SparkPeople 50+ members with 50-99 pounds to lose Team Messageboard This team is for those of us 50 and older, hoping to lose 50-99 pounds. Welcome! SparkPeople 50+ members with 50-99 pounds to lose Team Messageboard joining the forum for the first time Hello All, i am feeling pretty defeated but since i have not been on spark people for several years I figured that I would give it one more try. Wish me luck. thanks! <BR> Sat, 9 Nov 2019 22:02:40 EST Been down this road before Hi, My name is Brenda and I was a previous Sparkperson about 14 years ago and really enjoyed the community then. Life is changing rapidly for me and I need to keep up by getting in shape. Something other than "round". I have started an empty-nester phase of life and being single feel it's time to take care of me. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 12:37:13 EST Newbie I joined this time awhile ago, but never posted anything or got involved. At this point, can use some support from others--not getting anywhere on my own. Thanks for establishing this group, I'm going to give a shot at trying to check in (do I sound tentative?) regularly. <BR> Fri, 18 Oct 2019 07:23:25 EST Numbers are off I use a stationary bike/elliptical for my exercise. It has a feature that tracks mph, distance, time and calories burned. I did it this morning and it said I burned 186 calories. When I try to log it in, I get 137 calories burned? Is there a way to enter my own info? <BR> <BR> Edited to add: Never mind. I found my answer Wed, 16 Oct 2019 07:38:13 EST The No Sweet Treats Halloween Challenge One of my goals is to break my addiction to sweets. Every year, for the past 10 years, I have purchased Halloween candy "for the children"---except---I began opening those bags ahead of time and eating from them *everyday*, then replaced the bags. This year I am going *zero* consummation of any candy during this season to further break my sugar cravings and to start a new pattern at this time of year. <BR> <BR> The challenge will begin when we first purchase the sweets to 4 weeks *after* Hal... Fri, 11 Oct 2019 18:30:00 EST Back after a nine year hiatus My name is Bill. Several years ago I joined But my job and my life got in the way is my finding my goal. Today I am retired and re-invigorated. I have the time and energy to do a daily cardio workout and my wife and I practice a more healthy lifestyle. I am much closer to my goal than I was 10 years past and I'm excited to rejoin the Sparkpeople community. Thu, 10 Oct 2019 21:28:24 EST Back again-hope to find the motivation to stay Ugh. Years ago after I quit smoking, I took up a hobby making websites at the same time, and driving my kids around to various sporting events almost daily. Couple all that with my daytime desk job.....I gained a bunch of weight over time. I was miserable. Lots of health issues started popping up and more peeking up over the horizon, so I knew I had to do something. Back then, I found Spark People and it was the one thing that kept me going - I lost a lot of weight, got into the best shap... Mon, 7 Oct 2019 18:38:43 EST Hello, newish person New person in the group. I have a lot to loose, but my focus is on improving health not loosing numbers. Lots to learn on making the right choices. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 20 Sep 2019 14:49:18 EST How do you blend up your Smoothies? A lot of the smoothie recipes call for blended veggies and fruit. What kind of machine do you use to make your smoothies? Will a regular blender do it? Or do I need like a Vita-Mix Sat, 14 Sep 2019 16:17:24 EST Introduction Hi everyone~ <BR> I'm new to SparkPeople, and I'm kind of intimidated by message boards, but decided to stick my toe in the water anyway. :) <BR> <BR> My name is Laurie, and I've joined SparkPeople to try to get more fit and lose weight. I have back pain and lots of inflexibility, so it makes exercise a big challenge. I'm hoping that I can find ideas here that will help me move more without exacerbating the pain. <BR> <BR> I'm from Wisconsin, my husband and I have been married for 30 years.... Thu, 12 Sep 2019 10:13:52 EST Newbie alert Hi to all! Just wanted to introduce myself &amp; to wish you all a great weekend. Just started Sparks yesterday &amp; fumbling my way around the site (Ha!), having fun doing so though. :))) Fri, 30 Aug 2019 11:24:27 EST Time for healthy changes Hi! My weight has been going up since I turned 45, and I have decided it is time to change this upward trend. Over the past 15 - 20 years, I have lost lots of weight, but every time I reach a goal and have stopped following my current diet plan, I gain it all back, then add even more. Two weeks ago when I stepped on the scale I was 79 pounds overweight. I am hoping to not choose any diet plan, but make changes that can become lifelong changes. I'm looking forward to being a team member whe... Fri, 23 Aug 2019 11:32:49 EST New to group Hi all. I'm new to the group. Have been trying to lose weight for 20+ years. Have had undiagnosed PTSD that whole time. Now, 6 months into therapy, I believe I am finally able to do so. The trauma response will really mess with your life! Thu, 22 Aug 2019 23:00:30 EST Here for a re-boot Hi, all. I've lost more than 50 lbs twice in the last 10 years, but haven't managed to keep it off, although I am still about 35# below my highest weight. Anyway, in July, I went to the ER with what I believed to be a stomach bug (nausea and dizziness), thinking it would mean anti-nausea meds and fluids before returning home. Instead, they discovered a heart block (electrical, not vessel) and bradycardia (very low heart rate). Not only was I admitted, I was admitted directly to the ICU, and l... Wed, 21 Aug 2019 13:17:08 EST It is time for me to get healthy Thank you for allowing me to join. I had my regular appointment yesterday with my nurse practitioner to go over bloodwork and such. She has never really pushed me about my weight before, but this time she told me I have to lose some weight. My liver enzymes have been high for the last couple of times, and she has already run the standard liver tests. This implies that I have a fatty liver due to my poor eating habits. It is now imperative that I stop talking about losing weight and actually d... Thu, 15 Aug 2019 18:14:21 EST Back at it again Hi, my name is Ann I am 64 and just retired, now is the time for me. I rejoined WW 3 weeks ago and have lost 8 lbs in the first 2 weeks. I weigh in tonight, always makes me nervous no matter how well I have done,. My goals are to get healthy and reduce the arthritis pain in my knees. I know planning, prepping and journaling are my key tools to succeed. <BR> Tue, 13 Aug 2019 07:59:43 EST Hi I go by Bree and this is my first day. It is a pleasure to meet you, but I am hoping to graduate to less lbs in the future. Sun, 11 Aug 2019 17:05:40 EST Back again Hi, everyone! I'm Ann and I rejoined SparkPeople the minute I found out I weighed 224 pounds (at 5'0) and had borderline high blood pressure. No idea what my cholesterol is, but I'm sure it isn't a good number. The first goal is 50 pounds, then we'll see. I'm glad this site is here! One day at a time :). Sat, 10 Aug 2019 14:59:58 EST need help I have been up &amp;down with my wright loss. So I'm back again to get help. <em>521</em> Tue, 30 Jul 2019 10:08:27 EST Spell check The spell checker does more to harm than help us. It made me look like I have a third grade education. I have a masters degree &amp; the loans to prove it, LOL! Sat, 13 Jul 2019 01:48:29 EST New again I don’t know where I got that username, maybe because I logged in with Facebook. Anyway, back in February, I fell &amp; could’t get up, spent the night sleeping on the floor. In the morning, I got hubby’s attention, he could get me up, so he called our son, who could’t either. They called 911. In the hospital, they took blood ( I think8 slept through it). And found I had a glucose level of 599, was anemic &amp; septic. I was shipped off to ICU, while my son was visiting. After 3 days &am... Sat, 13 Jul 2019 01:38:42 EST I’m new..again. I recently found out that I only have a year to a year and a half left to live. I decided I didn’t want to spend that time being fat and out of shape. I’ve tried this plan more times than I can count in the past and have always dropped out, mostly because I have a hard time figuring out the food amounts and measurements. It takes bad news however to figure out your priorities, so before I go I want to be able to go to Maine and hike like I used to one more time. That will only happen if ... Wed, 10 Jul 2019 20:14:44 EST Small steps BIG results I opened this tread so we can share what we have learned and what worked best to lose all those unwanted pounds. How do we achieve this? I hope someone else will help me on my journey. I'd love to do this together <BR> <BR> My starting weight was 234 lbs on April 14th, 2019. I needed to lose 93 lbs and so far have lost 13. This year by December I want to be at 180lbs.. It would be awesome if I lost more <BR> <BR> Today I read about food and their preservative. Somehow it made sense to me.... Sun, 23 Jun 2019 09:29:37 EST Small steps = BIG results. I opened this tread so we can share what we have learned and what worked best to lose all those unwanted pounds. How do we achieve this? I hope someone else will help me on my journey. I'd love to do this together <BR> <BR> My starting weight was 234 lbs on April 14th, 2019. I needed to lose 93 lbs and so far have lost 13. This year by December I want to be at 180lbs.. It would be awesome if I lost more <BR> <BR> Today I read about food and their preservative. Somehow it made sense to me. <... Sun, 23 Jun 2019 09:24:26 EST 2019 Spring into Summer Anyone wanting join this challenge is welcome. Lets Spring into fall with a new challenge of 2.5% weight loss. Just copy the Template below and weight in every Saturday to keep yourself accountable. <BR> <BR> MY PERSONAL WEEKLY WEIGH IN TEMPLATE <BR> <BR> Starting Weight 06/01/2019: 272 <BR> Goal Weight: 268.1 <BR> 2.5% Goal: 6.8 <BR> Maintenance? Y or N: No <BR> Maintenance Midpoint or 5 pound Range: <BR> <BR> Week 1 06/08/2019: <BR> Week 2 63/15/2019: <BR> Week 3 06/22/2019: <BR... Tue, 4 Jun 2019 10:16:05 EST henry 70 arthritis has let up.back rto waking off winter weight.feels good out in the the heat Mon, 27 May 2019 12:09:00 EST New to Keto Hi, My name is Mary Ann and I have been struggling with my fasting blood sugars, hgb A1c, and my weight going up.. Recently started on Metformin and decided to try a healthy version of keto dieting. I am not sure in tracking where to set up my percentages/goals. Any keto dieters out there with advise on how to set it up in sparks would be helpful Sun, 19 May 2019 15:30:14 EST Here we go again Hi, My name is Tawny and I am 53 and struggling with my weight. I am in need of an accountability buddy. My family members are not willing to hold me accountable for my bad eating habits or my lack of weight loss. I am looking for someone who will be my coach or weight loss advisor. Basically I am looking for a person that is going through the same issues as myself, who is willing to give me 5 minutes a day in text or email to talk about the accomplishments or failures of the day. I am h... Tue, 7 May 2019 11:32:25 EST Spark For The Third Time Such a great forum for weight loss help. I was looking at pictures from years past and I was consistently on the "chunky" side. This is the impetus to get on the road to weight loss. I will seek Spark's help with nutrition guidance and community help. On the road to being "unchunky." Thu, 2 May 2019 12:07:32 EST Hello from a new member I just joined SparkPeople and am excited and nervous at the same time. Excited because it is a new opportunity to get healthy and in shape and nervous because I've been trying to do the same thing for at least 2 decades. As I've gotten older, at least I no longer believe that losing weight will make my life wonderful and perfect. All I want now is to have a high quality of life that will allow me to continue doing the things that bring me joy. I look forward to meeting new friends in the comm... Sun, 21 Apr 2019 00:54:14 EST Books What books have you enjoyed recently? I have been reading mostly historical fiction of all time periods and locations and I always feel like I learn something. People overcame so many struggles Sat, 20 Apr 2019 10:07:46 EST Is anyone on Nutrisystem? My husband and I are starting week 4 and we just updated our next autoship. We are pleasantly surprised with the food. Our main struggle is eating enough veggies. We were also in the habit of eating out almost every day. Now we go out twice a week for our flex meals at night. Sat, 20 Apr 2019 08:51:50 EST Hello My name is Lori I'm new to sparks <em>213</em> Wed, 17 Apr 2019 18:52:54 EST Rebooting Hi everyone! I was a member of Spark a few years ago and lost some weight thanks to the friendly and supportive people I encountered here. But then life got in the way and I found excuses to get lazy. So now I’m back for round 2. <BR> <BR> I have not totally relapsed. Some of the good habits I learned the first time around stuck with me. I still chug my daily water and eat lots of veggies. I have kept some of the weight off – enough that I am able to join the “50-99 pounds to lose” group ... Wed, 10 Apr 2019 11:55:01 EST New Too Hi all, <BR> <BR> Just like the rest of you, I'm overwhelmed, hopeful, confused, encouraged, trying to learn, trying not to look too far ahead, wanting to change---not just the weight, but who I am. <BR> <BR> Mary Thu, 4 Apr 2019 10:11:52 EST Hello everyone I'm a newbie so it's going to take me a bit to get used to the site. I'm a 53 yr old Mom of 4 and grandmother to 1 and one on the way due in My. I'm setting new goals d hope to accomplish them through here, I could use all the support you want to send me way! Mon, 1 Apr 2019 06:25:17 EST Hello Stopping by to say HELLO and looking forward to my new future. Wed, 27 Mar 2019 16:25:48 EST It's so difficult to get this ball rolling ... Grateful to be here with others like me. Thanks! Sat, 9 Mar 2019 15:32:47 EST Hello! So... hello! I am Michelle, a 52 year old, full-time mom of teenagers and public school (high school) teacher. About 10 years ago I began a journey of clean-eating and working out (at ungodly morning hours) and I lost 40+ pounds... yay! I kept it off for about 2 years before work and life and emotional eating took control and I put it back on - and then some. I have tried all sorts of non-structured, organic ways of trying to get the weight back off but the truth is - I do best with struc... Fri, 8 Mar 2019 20:31:33 EST I am New Hello, <BR> I am John. I am 56 years-old and trying to shed the excess pounds that have slowly, but consistently accumulated over the years. I work in a high stress job with an unpredictable schedule. That makes it a challenge, but I do know it can be done! Sat, 2 Mar 2019 21:31:41 EST Hi, my name is Lisa I have a food addiction, more specifically, sugar addiction. I am ready to give up. I have for years kept track of weight and sometimes (not often enough) tracked my food on this site, but keep doing that without any success of actually losing weight/improving my health. I am diabetic and in this last year been diagnosed bulimic. My weight has gone up instead of down the last few months. My cholesterol is high. I have never posted here before and thought maybe if I had a few friends I might h... Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:35:36 EST Moving On... Hi. My name is Joy. <BR> <BR> I'm a newly retired school teacher as of July 9th, 2018. At my annual physical - and over 200 lbs - I said I needed advice on a diet. My doctor didn't even let me finish the sentence! I started again - and again immediately cut off "NO!" Huh? I responded. She asked "Are you still working full time as a special ed teacher working with children who have high behavioral needs?" Hmmm...Yes. "Then the answer is NO. You're eating habits are stress related. Cha... Wed, 13 Feb 2019 13:05:32 EST Back at the starting line Looking for Atkins group...Starting back on it,which before seemed to work Tue, 12 Feb 2019 12:31:45 EST Back again! Hello! I've been trying to take this healthy living journey without my friends here at SP. I decided today to come back here for the motivation and support that is here. I've lost 13 pounds on my own, but have a lot more to kick to the curb. I look forward to getting to know each of you! Thu, 7 Feb 2019 19:50:26 EST What Healthy habit are you working on? I have three that are my focus. When I am on target, I lose weight. So I am refocusing on these three: 1.Drink water - aim for 8 cups a day. 2. Track my food. I won't lie to myself and I feel guilty writing down things I shouldn't eat so this helps me. 3. Get up and move 10 minutes a day! Doesn't seem like much, but it works. You will be glad you did and sometimes when you get started you keep going. <BR> So what are your goals? and how are you doing? Wed, 6 Feb 2019 10:46:15 EST NEW YEAR 2019 1# A WEEK CHALLENGE 1/23 - 4/03 I'm not a moderator or team leader but wanted to keep the 1# a week challenge going. Below's the template to help out but you're welcome to make your own start and end date to suit you. Good luck! <BR> <BR> <BR> NEW YEAR 2019 1# A Week Challenge 1/23 - 4/03/2019 (10 weeks) <BR> <BR> 01/23 - (starting weight) <BR> 01/30 - <BR> 02/06 - <BR> 02/13 - <BR> 02/20 - <BR> 02/27 - <BR> 03/06 - <BR> 03/13 - <BR> 03/20 - <BR> 03/27 - <BR> 04/03 - Wed, 23 Jan 2019 15:13:53 EST Hello everybody! It's a new day for me because I found you all. Thanks for being here. It's great to know I'm on a team who's members encourage each other through all the ups and down of the weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> I've been doing this trek alone for a while, but am now glad to be in the company of others engaged in the same effort. I'm down 31 pounds from my heaviest in late August of this year. My BMI then was 39.9. I have 80+ pounds to go to reach my goal weight of 140 pounds by October of 202... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 06:00:50 EST friend needs prayers Hello, I spoke to a friend the North who is suffering from a bacterial lung infection from the dust storm he encountered in AZ. Tim is also fighting prostrate problems after 44 radiation treatments he has gone from 180 lbs to 130. He is more than 6 ft. tall. He finds himself with little hunger, less sleep and little energy. I am asking for Tim to be lifted up in prayer to restore his health and vitality for his greatest good. Amen Mon, 7 Jan 2019 22:13:18 EST Hi, I'm Rachael First of all, let me tell you that I know this program works. I've done it successfully before. However, several life changing injuries and surgeries mean that I can't approach taking care of myself the way I used to. I'm no longer able to cardio dance, walk for more than 6 blocks, or play. And I have been grieving that. I have been ANGRY about that. But, I'm also thankful to even be alive..... Today, I've realized I just have to deal with the new me, find ways to get my blood sugars un... Sun, 30 Dec 2018 23:39:59 EST New to Spark I am a few days shy of 70 and I have had a weight problem for many years. I am not sure how I feel about losing it so I am here to make a new start. Sun, 23 Dec 2018 16:32:20 EST December 2018 Chatter Box Home now 3 days after 3 months in hospital. Weight is still going up due to fluid retention <em>46</em> have to make better efforts in sticking to daily fluid allowance. My skin is driving me mad too, as the ointment hasnt been correctly or fully applied, and the skin is like parchment in areas. <BR> I have a busy schedule early next week with followup appointments, the podiatrist and my social group being on the agenda. <BR> <BR> cheers richard Sat, 15 Dec 2018 20:16:56 EST here goes nothing!! over 9 years ago I went on a huge 6 month fitness and health crusade and dropped my weight to 210 pounds - I had a goal to take and pass my ski instructors exams. After that my weight crept back on and 3 weeks ago my doctor "read me the riot act" am 59 and almost 300 pounds. So three weeks in have been cutting back on all the things I like (with me there is no such thing as moderation!!) and exercising - tough to do when this heavy - dropped 10 pounds so far and now looking for a site to t... Wed, 5 Dec 2018 15:19:24 EST Returning and getting back on track Hello all! I love SP for all the FREE resources that keep my motivation strong and keep me on track to getting the healthy life I really want. Just wanted to say <BR> <em>252</em> Tue, 6 Nov 2018 15:10:35 EST New again Goal to loose 50 lbs. Today was my first day and wouldnt you know I woke up with the flu. Manage to eat properly but feel too icky to do anything. We will see what tomorrow brings! Mon, 5 Nov 2018 22:38:31 EST Happy to Be Here! Hello, I am looking forward to getting to know others on this journey. I will offer my encouragemen and hope to be inspired by your successes! Mon, 5 Nov 2018 13:24:28 EST Overwhlemed I am back after, well, I don't know how many years. One of the reasons I left SP was that I was overwhelmed by trying to keep track of everything. Now, looking at all the categories, message boards, and things to keep track of, I have that feeling again. I need the interaction and encouragement, but I want to enjoy my life, not spend it in front of the computer tracking every moment of my day. And there is so much to go through, just to get started again. Any suggestions to simplify the proce... Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:35:02 EST weight tracker How do I get one of the pounds lost to show up here? The tracker thingee. Thanks Fri, 5 Oct 2018 09:14:51 EST I am Back The first time I was here I lost 100 lbs. Since i stopped I gained almost 40 lbs back. Time to get started again. <em>213</em> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:11:13 EST New to the Team Hello, I'm new to the team. I am returning to Spark after gaining back everything I lost and then some. I know it works and I love the support. Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:20:11 EST onward and DOWNWARD! 65 with 2 new hips and a shoulder... working my way back to where I was before arthritis destroyed my joints and added ugly, unwanted fat and cost me much needed muscle. Hips done first and gained back 20-25 pounds of muscle with percentage if fat remaining stable. Still recovering from shoulder surgery, consequently exercise program is limited. Need to work on calories consumed. HELP!!! Sun, 16 Sep 2018 00:05:49 EST New looking for like friends, 50+ 100 to lose Hi! Looking forward to success and achieving it with friends! Thu, 23 Aug 2018 17:45:33 EST Hello - Starting over ..Again Hi everyone. <BR> I'm Susan. I've been on SP for a long time and lost a great deal of weight.. then life happened, I became a caregiver and my health went by the wayside. Now I'm up in weight and down in muscle. <BR> I'll be 65 this year......Time to make my health a priority again! <BR> But I'm finding it hard to get started. <BR> Looking forward to being a member of this team and would love to have an accountability buddy if anyone else is looking. <BR> Hope everyone has a great day! <B... Wed, 22 Aug 2018 06:36:49 EST Encouraged Hi, my name is Crystal. I'm 53 years young and I have three grown individuals and two stepdaughters as well as six grandchildren. I suffer with sciatica and I have both knees replaced. The sciatica makes it hard to find exercises that work effectively but won't leave me hurting and bed ridden afterwards. Fri, 3 Aug 2018 20:31:14 EST Hello! Hello! I'm new to the team. Looking forward to getting to know everyone. I have an ongoing struggle with my weight and hope to get more control using Spark People tools. Hope everyone is having a great weekend. :) Sun, 29 Jul 2018 08:07:14 EST Happy to be here Hello Everyone <BR> <BR> My name is Marilyn and I have 100 pounds or so to lose. right now I am down 3 pounds so that's a good start. I hope to keep it off this time. Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:58:50 EST I broke my plateau This morning I did it! After years of not getting past a certain point in my weight, I did it. I'm at the next ten pounds I need to lose. Woo Hoo! I wanted to share with somebody so if you are reading this. Thanks. I've been eating healthy, swimming almost every day at the gym, plus walking dogs one at a time as well as water aerobics 2 xs a week. <BR> <BR> It's been a challenge. But this year it feels so different to me. I'm down now 13 pounds and I have lots more to go but I'm at t... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:23:23 EST New to the Team Hi Everybody, I'm new to this team. I've been away from SP, but I'm back today, bound and determined to get these pounds off. I vow no popcorn tonight. Hugs and prayers for a successful weekend. Ann Paul Sat, 14 Jul 2018 16:36:06 EST 2018 SUMMER into FALL lose 1# a week challenge SUMMER into FALL Lose 1# a week for 15 week Challenge <BR> <BR> No contest just challenge yourself. Enter your starting weight and each week post your weight next to the date until we reach our final weight on 10/23. <BR> This is a 15 week challenge. Official day to weigh in will be Friday but any day that is good for you will work. <BR> Here is the list of dates. Copy and paste each week. <BR> <BR> Starting Weight FRIDAY 7/13 <BR> 7/20 <BR> 7/27 <BR> 8/3 <BR> 8/10 <BR> 8/17 <BR> 8/24 <BR> ... Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:12:11 EST Lost Enough For This Team Hi, my name is Deb. I joined spark in June and have lost enough to fit in to this team category. I am retired and working part-time. I also help my elderly mother who lives next door to me. I lost the weight once 10 years ago but didn't maintain. My end goal is not to just hit my target but then maintain. Tue, 10 Jul 2018 11:36:37 EST melisa d Hi Good Morning Everyone Well this the first time I have posted but I'm sure not the last. I have 150lbs to lose sooo we will be spending a lot of time together. I am a life long dieter and have lost 100 lbs a couple of times on my own but at the ripe old age of 55 I have come to the epiphany that I might need some help. I have 2 daughter 18 and 14 and am a single mother. I am a cardiac nurse and a RABID Disney fan. I hate that I feel so tired and hurt so bad after a day of work and fe... Tue, 26 Jun 2018 08:53:56 EST Hi! Good morning! I am a new member of this team. I am a teacher and am taking this summer to focus on healthy habits. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you!! <em>521</em> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 10:07:48 EST New to this Team, Need Help! <em>524</em> I am new to this team and I need to lose a lot of weight. I have been struggling for years. My weight has gone up and down most my life. Now, I need to make a lot of small changes and need to take hold of my life. My weight has caused me many health issues, Depression, finally under control. High BP, High Cholesterol, Anxiety attacks, Sleep disorder, Bad arthritis is my both knees and in all my joints. Medication helps, but not that much. I am not feeling sorry for myself but, ... Wed, 20 Jun 2018 01:51:55 EST Starting on the road to Health Hi my name is Dawn, I have had some health problems that ave made me gain a lot weight. I am going to need a support team , that is one of the reasons why I joined Sparks.. I have made a major decision we have ,]moved from RI to New Mexico, total lifestyle changes nd I hope this one changes me completely. Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:18:09 EST Vacation Hi I am new n need to loose 100pds. This week comping up is my husband vacation. He loves to eat sweets that I can not have n its so hard. What can I do? I have loss 9 pounds this first week. Thu, 14 Jun 2018 20:14:14 EST New to the team Hi, I'm new. I think SparkPeople automatically added me to this team, but that's cool; y'all look friendly. Hi! Sun, 10 Jun 2018 17:53:51 EST I want to do this challenge Since this past weekend was the unofficial start of Summer and I need a motivator.To do this, I am going to try to lose one pound a week until Labor Day weekend. <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Start weight 5/29/18 221.5 pounds in exercise clothes <BR> 6/05/18 <BR> 6/12/18 <BR> 6/19/18 <BR> 6/26/18 <BR> 7/03/18 <BR> 7/10/18 <BR> 7/17/... Tue, 29 May 2018 12:41:27 EST New comer Good morning, my name is Mattie. I am 51 and I quit smoking a year and 2 months now. I have gained 20 pounds in the process. Although I had already been overweight before i quit, 20 more pounds feels like 100. My physician said that I was in the pre-diabetic stage and my cholesterol was slightly high. I can't find the motivation to start. I need a meal plan that I like. I grew up on high sodium and fatty foods and I need to break this generational curse. Tue, 22 May 2018 07:58:41 EST Where do you go for journey buddies? I have nothing to report since this is my first day &amp;#128512; <BR> <BR> I feel a bit overwhelmed since I have 150lbs to lose but I need to start for my health. <BR> <BR> I am excited after reading so many kind words of encouragement people have for each other <BR> <BR> Thank you <BR> Kristin Mon, 21 May 2018 13:05:14 EST Back again I was a SP member several years ago, but tried something else for a while - I needed to shake things up a little. But, I found out that I was paying a lot of money and not doing much better than I did here on SP. <BR> <BR> So, I'm back again. Older, more wrinkles, and a few more pounds. Fri, 18 May 2018 14:42:28 EST Now is the Time to Do This Hi Everyone! I signed up today.It's time to make some changes and get accountable. I need to lose 56 pounds. When I think of it in one big lump of weight it's scary. But if the way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time, then I guess the way to lose it is the same. <BR> <BR> So looking forward to inspiration, accountability, ideas and such. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you all better! Tue, 15 May 2018 09:36:03 EST trying again I have been here before. I go to weight watchers but feel I need more support. Have made myself a goal to lose 10lbs by my birthday, June 23. It also happens to be the day my daughter graduates high school. I have lost 3lbs since joining WW two months ago, I don't track what I'm eating like a I should. I'm hoping that between WW and rejoining here I should be-able to do it. Sun, 13 May 2018 06:19:00 EST New to this. Hi, I'm new and need help with this journey. Anyone having success with this program out there? Fri, 11 May 2018 20:49:26 EST Enough is Enough gotta do this AGAIN!!! <em>249</em> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> I was on the program about 6 years ago. Hit my goal and then some. <BR> But, after being told that I was too thin and looked gaunt over and over again, I threw in the towel. i gained everything back and just kept adding to that. <BR> I'm having the hardest time getting motivated, but I have to do this for me, for my health. <BR> And so it begins.....Again. Tue, 8 May 2018 07:49:28 EST Hello from the land of Oz I'm trying to get back into the healthy eating/fitness routine once again. A few years ago I was very successful, but due to personal situations and working two full time jobs it has fallen to the way side. Unfortunately my work load can't be reduced at this time so I am hoping logging my food intake and ANY exercise I am able to get in will at least motivate me to make better choices. Going to the gym or taking an exercise class is not an option currently, hopefully in the future I can add... Thu, 3 May 2018 11:25:31 EST Prayer for Weight Loss Father, <BR> Only you have journeyed closely besides me though my life, <BR> Seeing the heartache I have felt as I have battled daily with my weight. <BR> As I come before you now, please touch my body and correct the metabolism rate. <BR> Bring restoration to my whole being, bringing new balance and wellbeing. <BR> Cover me with love as I seek to cope with a poor self image. Help me to love myself. <BR> Bring wisdom and truth to my mind, and help me to plan my daily food and to enjoy it. <BR... Thu, 3 May 2018 08:57:08 EST Third time is the charm...I hope. Good morning!! This isn't my first rodeo on SparkPeople, but I do hope its my last! The first time was about 10 years ago...did pretty good at first. The second time was about three years ago...I was doing really well then my daughter got very sick and other things took priority. She's all better now, and graduating high school this year, along with her twin! I quit smoking almost two years ago...yay, I can breathe better but I'm 20 pounds thicker in the middle...and everywhere else!! S... Wed, 2 May 2018 08:38:41 EST Newbie Hello. New here. <BR> <BR> Looking to connect with others to help motivate one another. <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting you all. <BR> <BR> Debbie Mon, 30 Apr 2018 11:57:50 EST I'm ready! Today is day one here at Spark People. I'm impressed with the variety of support, ideas, recipes and suggestions to keep on track. I lost thirty pounds last year and have gained 20 back during the winter and spring (bad weather, bad excuses). <BR> Happy to be here! Sat, 28 Apr 2018 09:28:30 EST It's Time Hi Everyone. My name is Paula I'm 58 and need to lose 65 lbs. I am looking forward to making new friends and sharing hope, inspiration and motivation. Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:29:55 EST Introduction: New to Group Hello Everyone, <BR> I am new to this group and looking for inspiration and tips on how to begin this journey. Sometimes I look at myself and can not believe I let my self get to a point where I need to lose 100 lbs. <BR> <BR> I am mindful for the first time that beating myself up for the past will not help me. I realize this is going to be a lifestyle change not just for me but for my family. ( if I am to succeed). I am grateful to have found this group and look forward to sharing my j... Mon, 23 Apr 2018 22:11:53 EST Curious about calorie ranges Hi, I seem to be hovering around the same weight and was wondering if because I am older my calorie burn is lower. I would love to hear what your calories range is for weight loss. I’m 5’7, 240lbs and am gaining weight on 1500 to 1600 calories. Thanks for any replies :) Sun, 8 Apr 2018 15:50:40 EST 3 years post stroke Always struggled with weight , but been able to diet and exercise. Since stroke it?s been difficult and I?ve gained even more. Regaining mobility now and motivated! Was left side paralyzed, can now walk and have some shoulder and elbow mobility. Waiting for left hand! Thank God for his love and care! There were no cognitive effects from stroke, just motor! Fri, 6 Apr 2018 08:16:11 EST Trying to find things. Hello, just bumbling around trying to find how this site works. I am enjoying the discussions for sure. Accountability is so important but I avoid it for days, months, and even years. This time I plan it to be a lifestyle, so there must be give and take, the all or nothing mentality must change for me. <BR> Thu, 5 Apr 2018 10:50:31 EST I DONT KNOW how to fill in THE FOOD TRACKER?? Hi everyone Im Ana from New Zealand and when I do myself a boil up pot or vege soup pot with beef bones I dont know how to fill in the nutritional value in the food tracker ... it does my head in, there must be an easier way. Grateful for any help. <BR> <em>40</em> Wed, 4 Apr 2018 10:08:45 EST Spring into Summer challenge I'm in would love to join the challenge. Tue, 3 Apr 2018 22:18:07 EST XXX Cancel ... no message Tue, 3 Apr 2018 20:47:17 EST Spring into Summer 1# a week until 7/10/18 Spring into Summer 1# a week until 7/10/18 <BR> <BR> 4/3 Starting weight 178 <BR> 4/10 <BR> 4/17 <BR> 4/24 <BR> 5/1 <BR> 5/8 <BR> 5/15 <BR> 5/22 <BR> 5/29 <BR> 6/5 <BR> 6/12 <BR> 6/19 <BR> 6/26 <BR> 7/3 <BR> 7/10 Final weight <BR> Tue, 3 Apr 2018 09:32:01 EST do not post here error Tue, 3 Apr 2018 09:21:56 EST Hello new to the group Hello I'm new to group just join spark people this evening. I'm looking lose about 68 pounds. But I'm taking them in small amounts. I would like to lose 5 pounds this month. I have Fitbit and walk 2 miles someday and 3 other days. well hoping to meet some new people as well. I live in Orlando Fl. Hope everyone had a Great Easter. <em>448</em> <em>524</em> Sun, 1 Apr 2018 21:36:56 EST Hi, I?m Francine Hi, <BR> I?m not really new here. I?ve been here before and wish I would have stayed. Weight lose I?s so hard. I hate it when people say ?just don?t eat?. I have many health issues and many diet restrictions. I had cancer surgery this year, and for now I am cancer free. I had the lower left lung and 11 lymph nodes removed. In addition. I have LUPUS, fibromyalgia, diabetes, kidney disease, gout and minor heart problems. Needless to say I spend a lot of time visiting doctors. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 30 Mar 2018 16:13:48 EST Looking for my smile. Hi, my name is Deb. And I am looking for my smile. I think sometimes we get so caught up with living we forget to enjoy each day. I do know I got so busy with the living, paying bills, and life in general, that I did not see that extra pounds creep in until it was apparent that someone had drastically shrunk all my cloths and I did not recognize that over age, over weight person in the mirror. HOW did that happen. <BR> <BR> The good thing about it - is that Spark People works, and it is... Sat, 24 Mar 2018 17:13:36 EST Returning to SparkPeople Hi! I am back and ready to get healthy again! I found such great advice and motivation on here. I had a total knee replacement and now I want to finally lose this weight and become the active, thinner and happier version of myself! Sat, 17 Mar 2018 18:22:04 EST Where do I start? I’m new here and am overwhelmed with all the info. Appreciate any pointers I can get.. <em>521</em> <BR> Fri, 9 Mar 2018 05:51:41 EST Last chance Hi, my name is Rose. I have been on SparkPeople well over a year ago.I am back. Since that time I have tried many ways to lose weight. I was able to lose 20 to 30 pounds on almost all of them but couldn't keep it up. Each time I gained back double what I lost. I am now at a point of desperation. If I don't lose the weight this time I feel I will die. Since I am over 50 by a decade my insurance won't pay for surgery. I need all the help and support I can get. Mon, 26 Feb 2018 02:28:30 EST Starting a new journey w/newly found Sparkpeople Hello, my name is Deborah, I am 53 years old and grossly overweight. I have a combination of medical issues that have contributed to this dilemma: high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, bi-polar disorder, sleep apnea, and PTSD. One of my doctors called this a "deadly cocktail" that needs to be gently stirred and never shaken!! LOL I have well over 151lbs to loose to be at a normal weight for overwhelming amount in my, I am breaking it up into manageable amounts. My first g... Sat, 24 Feb 2018 17:42:44 EST New to Spark Hi, my name is Cathie. I need to lose 70 pounds and I need all the support I can get. I'm excited and to be honest I don't know where to start. But I will take all the advise I can get. Thank You Everybody. Lets do this together!! :) Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:08:52 EST Low Carb Eating Just starting my journey eating low carb! Who is eating this way and being successful? I am starting Monday 2-12-2018. Hope we can join in a life change together. Fri, 9 Feb 2018 23:48:20 EST Excited to be on a journey My name is Judy and I am 61 with about 70 lbs to say good bye to. I work as a procurement manager in a large healthcare system. I live in the foothills of NC and love it, although previously I was born and raised in Pittsburgh PA. <BR> <BR> Wanting to enjoy this journey and get ready to travel in my retirement. <em>521</em> Tue, 6 Feb 2018 19:11:19 EST Hello everyone, a little about me. I'm 71 and have a few medical issues, Type II diabetes, stage II emphysema, High Blood Pressure and a few fusions in my spine. I recently quit smoking, 7 months ago, after smoking since I was teenager. That was my first goal, and it was probably the hardest thing I ever did. <BR> <BR> My next goal is to lose wieght, i weigh over 200 pounds, not sure how much as I don't have a scale. &amp;#128515; I plan on getting one on the 3rd. <BR> <BR> I`ve been here for 3 days, and with logging foo... Sun, 28 Jan 2018 22:29:36 EST Trying to get in shape after 2 knee replacements Good morning! I came across this site and decided to give it a go! I've been overweight and out of shape for years. In the past 5 months I got two new knees, which I had put off doing for far too long. I'm in the process of rehabbing, and it's time to get in shape and lose some weight! I do the majority of the cooking in our household, which includes my husband, my son and grandson. Though we eat pretty wel,l I am looking for easy healthy meals and snacks. I also need a better, low impact wor... Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:08:27 EST Dee Dee big goal is getting in shape for hiking. I love being outside with my dog Ozzie and she loves to take walks. Looking forward to a big trip planned this spring. Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:43:26 EST Hello My Name Is DJ, My Goal Is To Loose 60 Pounds My goal is to loose 60 pounds. Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:22:15 EST Making my way back ! It's been to long! Hi I am Cathe. I am from Northwestern Ohio. At one time I was very active in the Sparkspeople Community. I lost weight, achieved many goals, made some friends, heck I was even a Sparks Motivator. Then I fell off the wagon. Don't know how, why, or what happened. It just happened. .I am so a shamed of myself for I am now I am 100 pounds over weight. I am so out of shape and self confidence whats that? But the past is the past its gone and I can't cry over spilled milk, so I am moving forward. I... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 22:44:26 EST hello. Hello Everyone I'm gonna have to really get in gear if I want to lose any weight. I'm at 200 lbs. and at 5'3" it really don't look too healthy. lol. I just don't know what to do. I have COPD so I just cant go like I used too. I turned the big 50 on the 2nd of this month. think I'm just going to join a gym so I can use the machines. although both my hips hurt. I'm currently in PT for that. For the last year all I done is eat when I get upset or bored. this has got to stop. Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:14:50 EST need help! I have HBP ,on meds that worked for a while but now don't seem to be working ,Doc. said at last visit she said The Dash way of eating would help, just can't seem to get started can't get the to that place .Thanks Sun, 7 Jan 2018 19:42:37 EST I am new here and this is a HUGE webpage.... Hello, my name is Linda. First I am a born again Christian and Jesus is first in my life. :) I am a 62 year old mother of 2 grown sons, Michael 33, who is an OTR flatbed trucker and Troy 29 who is still working on a career. I was married once for 9 years and have been divorced for 24 years. I have three precious grandchildren, Lane 12, who is the light of my life, Gabriel who is 2 (but I have never seen) and Alexis who will be two in February. Lane and Gabriel belong to Michael and Alexi... Sun, 7 Jan 2018 15:48:41 EST Nancy I am 67 and 200 lb. I think it is time to do something better late then never Wed, 3 Jan 2018 15:57:20 EST Hello Hi, My name is Regi, short for Regina. I am 52 years old and live in North Carolina. I am married and we have 2 daughters. I look forward to making new friends as well as gaining and giving encouragement. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 1 Jan 2018 18:37:22 EST 2018 Daily Chat Will anyone join me in a daily chat? Della had the right idea about the support we can give each other with keeping in touch and talking about our daily successes, challenges, and whatnot. I check into SP every day, usually a couple of times, and would love to get and give some support in the coming year. <BR> <BR> A little about me - I am a 54 year old woman, live on the east coast, and have lost 54 pounds since February 2017 and am continuing in 2018 with a goal of losing about another 45... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 16:47:16 EST New Year, New Me Hi. I'm Donna, and I'm a compulsive overeater. This is round 2 for me on Sparkpeople. I was successful 10 years ago at losing 60 pounds. (check out NVDONNA sparkpage). My how time flies. And with it, all my good intentions and new eating habits flew right out the window. I am back to 195 pounds and pretty much hating myself for it. But, tired of kicking myself and feeling bad. It's a new year, and it's never too late to start again. Sparkpeople worked for me before, and I can do it again. My... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 14:01:30 EST New Member Hi - I am Anne and looking forward to meeting new people and reaching my goals! Sun, 31 Dec 2017 08:44:14 EST For animal lovers - amazing video <link> </link> <BR> <BR> If you love animals you won't want to miss this! <BR> I've never seen anything like this! <BR> <BR> In the video you see the Trust Technique demonstrated by James French. This method is a way of being mindful which helps animals (horses, dogs, cats, lions, bears) to relax and feel safe. <BR> The video shows the technique's effect on horses that have been abused. The events shown are not the result of training but of trust. <... Wed, 27 Dec 2017 10:38:41 EST NEW YEAR 2018 Challenge. 1# a week until 4/3/18 I am not a moderator but I want to keep the 1# a week challenge going. <BR> NEW YEAR 2018 Challenge starts 1/2/18 until 4/3/18 <BR> Tue, 26 Dec 2017 21:39:16 EST Seasons Greetings! <img src=""> Sat, 23 Dec 2017 05:31:08 EST newbie om the block! Hi Everyone <BR> I'm new and looking forward to a fun filled, healthy and exciting journey.! Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:16:26 EST RD Version 52sf, 1 ds, 1gs-otw, lbs to goal 83, horse rider and lover of life. <BR> Only the oldies or flybabies will probably be able to decipher this. Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:15:38 EST New again - from Alabama I was really active here 10 years ago...and lost almost to my goal weight - then 'life happened'.... <BR> <BR> Regained it all plus and now am needing to lose 100+ pounds with initial goal set to lose 50 by June 2018. <BR> <BR> I am 62 and a new entrepreneur/ business owner and need to drop this weight so i have the energy to keep up with my team and my grandkids! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting new friends and maybe bumping into some old ones from myfirst SparkPeople time.... <BR> ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:24:34 EST Hi I'm Becky Hi Everyone, I'm Becky, 50 something and very unhappy with my weight. Nothing unusual about me. The whole family is overweight. I think my diet is ok, but then I don't lose anything on the scale. I need to improve the amount of work outs I do. So, just looking for some support, some ideas or suggestions and some challenges. Thanks everyone! Sun, 3 Dec 2017 06:20:11 EST Hi I am the skatman Good Day, I returned this July after my Doctors visit and as of to day I have lost 32lbs, I went Vegan in July this year and started walking a 20k on Sundays and Tuesdays a 5k, gradually jogging 3min intervals. Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:36:34 EST Newly diagnosed with diabetes Just looking for new ways to live with major diseases. Hoping to find encouragement and support through others who are experiencing the same thing. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:47:18 EST Hi! I'm Dawn I'm new. I'm open to suggestions & ideas. Have you been successful or somewhat successful with this plan? Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:29:17 EST Weight loss and hormonal changes? Anyone? The past month I have been getting more hot flashes then I had in many months prior. I want to assume that is because maybe as I'm losing weight it is affecting my hormones - has this happened to anyone else? Or maybe you are going the other way - getting less flashes? Whatever the case, it is uncomfortable! Blankets on, blankets off. Sweater on, sweater off. Yikes! Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:58:47 EST Hi! I'm Dawn I'm new. I'm open to suggestions & ideas. Have you been successful or somewhat successful with this plan? Mon, 13 Nov 2017 04:52:22 EST Starting Over Hi ya'll, <BR> I am not new to SP or this team, but it has been a very long time. Now that I have my depression under control, I am ready to start over. Sun, 12 Nov 2017 18:41:17 EST 1 lb is a lot if.... You look at a pound of butter or a lb of fat. A pound sure looks like a lot then. My lb weights are also a good comparison. Fri, 10 Nov 2017 17:40:11 EST I also am starting all over again I was gradually losing weight and getting back into healthy habits, when my younger sister was diagnosed with a rare and fast moving form of cancer. She was gone in two months. I emotionally ate and put on the weight I lost and more. So, now my knees are hurting, my clothes don't fit right. I made an appointment with a nutritionist, and am back on track. I'm going to the YMCA today after work to join. I'll gradually get up to 5 days a week - 30 minutes, but for now I'll go 3 times a wee... Thu, 9 Nov 2017 12:07:34 EST Continuing my journey I'm new to the group but not to Sparkpeople. I initially joined years ago but eventually stopped tracking. I'm hoping that this time, I'll be able to reach my goals. Fri, 27 Oct 2017 09:55:46 EST New, again Hi Just joined yesterday. SP directed me here. Actually I rejoined, I was active a few years ago. I had good results then but stopped when cancer interfered. In remission and starting over. Happy to be here. Barb Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:35:55 EST 3rd Time's the Charm? This is my third attempt with SparkPeople and I want to succeed because I'm tired of being fat. I've tried to follow the Weight Watchers plan on my own but I realize that I need additional support to help me reach my goal. SparkPeople has a wealth of resources I can take advantage of in addition to support from fellow members. <BR> <BR> Thanks for being here for me. Sat, 14 Oct 2017 13:26:52 EST fresh start Need to find the motivation to stay in a healthy lifestyle I have such a sugar addiction smart enough to know what I have to do just need the push to follow through. Hoping to find that all here, Sat, 14 Oct 2017 11:07:18 EST new member of SparkPeople Hi, all. <BR> <BR> Just turned 60 this week, stepped on the scale and was mortified--180 lbs. at 5'2". I've been watching the numbers climb, and I knew once I hit this weight it would be time to do something different. Don't get much support for better health at home or at work. Have had lots of chronic pain for the last 10 years (never had that before) and I'm just trying to put one foot in front of the other. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I've flipped thru some posts and before/after pics, ... Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:46:38 EST Back in the saddle After being in denial about my weight regain for the last couple of years. I am facing it, and on a journey to lose 80 pounds FOR THE LAST TIME. <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:16:25 EST Getting back on track After a very challenging year, health issues that have left me disabled, and a substantial weight gain to go along with them, I'm working to get back on track. I'm moving in early December into a much more supportive living situation than I've been living in (I hope... no telling till I'm in it), and I've returned to the ketogenic nutrition plan that supports my neurological challenges as well as my diabetes and weight issues. <BR> <BR> Glad to be aboard. Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:21:08 EST Hi everyone! Just wanted to introduce myself! I've been on WW but thought I would try this instead! Do you like it? :) Fri, 6 Oct 2017 12:31:06 EST New to SP - New to Team I'm Amanda. I'll be 51 in a few months and have 100 lbs to lose. I don't even know what my goals are yet except that I need to do something different because what I've been doing just isn't working. I've been really lucky that my weight hasn't terribly impacted my health (yet), but I can feel it coming in my feet, my ankles, my knees. I feel very embarrassed by the weight I've gained (probably 70 lbs over the past four years) and want to change my relationship with food. This site is a l... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 22:25:25 EST Starting again looking for support I am in search of a few good friends who will help me on this weight loss journey. I feel I start over so many times but don't have support and end up failing and going back to my old bad habits. I am 54 and have 50+ pounds to lose. I hope I can join you in this journey since we all have so much in common. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:19:40 EST New Scale I finally purchased a new scale after using an old scale for over twenty years and well aware it wasn't accurate. The scale is making me honest and brought me to begin a long journey of losing both pounds and inches. I am noting physical problems related to my weight, so I am motivated to improve my health. My husband, who now has an overweight BMI with the new scale, believes the old scale is more or still accurate. The old scale weighs you fifteen pounds less than the new scale. What c... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 17:17:12 EST Good Morning I joined this site a while ago, but I haven't been very active .In May I started my weight loss journey and started walking. The first few days I could only walk 200-400 yards and today I am walking 4 miles a day. Not bad for having arthritis and 2 auto-immune disorders that make walking painful. I am also down 34 pounds. I have another 130 pounds to go.I look forward to learning all I can here and getting to know the people here. <em>41</em> Fri, 25 Aug 2017 08:25:33 EST Newie Hi Everyone, I'm new to the group, and not sure what to do after after I join a team or challenge......need some help! Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:56:29 EST not new to SP but new in the team. Hi, I am Flavi, new in this team. <BR> I have known Sparkpeople for a few years but I now want to stick to it and loose 90-98 Pounds in the next 2 years. <BR> I just turned 50 and I realize I just cannot loose all that weight on my own. <BR> I hope to find help here and help others to achieve their goal. <BR> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 03:29:10 EST New To The Group Hi, I'm Skatman, I just joined the group. <BR> I'm hoping to get to 180 lbs by Christmas this year. <BR> I'm at 213 as of today. <em>521</em> Sun, 13 Aug 2017 15:54:53 EST Did You Exercise Today? Thumbs Up or Down. <em>48</em> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:15:14 EST What Fruit or Vegetable Do You Like? ~ Emoticon. <em>788</em> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:10:59 EST Not new to SP but new to the team! :-) I just recently turned 50 and realized I'm running out of time to get healthy. It just gets harder to do the same things. With the help of SP... I'm ready. No more messing around! Wed, 9 Aug 2017 17:05:46 EST Daily: Any Emoticon You Like! <em>776</em> Wed, 9 Aug 2017 08:20:47 EST Daily: Share a Emoticon to Inspire Each Other. <em>381</em> <em>593</em> Wed, 9 Aug 2017 07:01:31 EST Doing A Good Job <em>250</em> I've been steady now for over 2 weeks! Losing VERY slowly but that is the way it's always been. Have a great week Everyone! Mon, 7 Aug 2017 13:09:27 EST Time to change! HI all- new to Sparkpeople. i have quite a bit to lose but am first focusing on change.... my eating choices, drinking enough water and moving my body each day. Put one foot in front of the other.... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 13:21:08 EST Back At It Again My challenge is to stay connected with you all. If I make a commitment to stay engaged with the group, I can make progress with my healthy goals. Sat, 5 Aug 2017 16:10:00 EST 12 days in Hello everyone. I'm a bit late in introducing myself. I'm a spark returnee. I had great success back in 2008-2009 but sad to say I slid all the way back and then some. So, I'm back for more .. or less (of me). <BR> <BR> Being 9 years older than last time there are some differences. For one I came in last time with a weak back but relatively energetic. Now my back is relatively strong but now my joints in general are creaky. With going back and finishing college (at 51!) and now a very seden... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 15:10:37 EST Joining in Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Julie and am joining this group to help get me back into exercise. I have always struggled with food and exercise. About 10 years ago, I lost 60 pounds with WW and exercise. My mother died and I self medicated with food. Now I'm heavier than ever (I think) but am trying to turn things around. <BR> <BR> I am not getting on the scale yet because I know it will depress me so I'm going to go by measurements instead. I am married with a 22 year old daughter, a 29 ... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 16:19:46 EST New me Hello, <BR> Giving this a go to help me commit to losing 60lbs. My last 6 months had been extremely stressful, but now I have a little more time to focus on myself. I admit, exercising beyond my job (it is very physical) is not a priority right now. I hope, as I recover from the stress of the last 6 months, that I will become interested in doing things again. First step is to commit to walking the dogs more regularly, but I am giving myself the rest of this month to relax. I am putting f... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:01:07 EST New to Spark People and New to this Group I am 59 years old, 5' 1.5" and weigh 207.6 lbs. My long term goal is to lose 70 lbs. and consistently eat three times a day. Up until yesterday when I joined Spark People I was only eating once a day. Another goal that I have (short-term) is to drink 8 glasses of water a day and work out 6 days a week. I do have some physical limitations but I believe that nothing is impossible and also the thing that you want the most might not always be easy but in the long run it will be well worth the eff... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:43:09 EST New to the group Good morning everyone, I am new to the group of 50 and fabulous! I am battling severe high blood pressure and an upcoming cervical fusion surgery in Sept. I have to get my health on track so here I am on day one of my journey of a healthy me. I look forward to conversing with all of you. <BR> Nadine Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:08:01 EST New Here Joined today and looking for people I can support, as well as people that will support me in this weight loss journey. I am 56 and have steadily gained weight year after year since I was about 35 years old. I hate to cook, eat out a lot, and need to make a plan to start eating healthier and get to a healthier weight. I have a YMCA membership that I need to start using. I live in Missouri and am a retired elementary teacher. I love retirement! Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:21:07 EST And they're Off!!! The pounds I hope LoL Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I just posted to the wall then I found this place to Introduce myself, sorry about that. So Hello my name is Sherry. I've been on Spark for quite a while and really haven't been working at all on myself. Life and stuff get in the way, you know how it is. I recently hit a milestone birthday and decided it's time to get serious and reach my goal of losing 70#. I've never really said it out loud before because I am ashamed of allowing myself to ge... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:34:54 EST (Re)Starting the Journey HI, My name is Joyce. I just rejoined Spark People this week after several years off. Been re-familiarizing myself with the site. Feeling more motivated than I have in a long time. I need to lose 50 + lbs. I want to feel better and be healthier. <BR> One step, one choice at at a time right?! Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:29:36 EST Please help me lose 100 pounds I'm old to SparkPeople but new to my desire to finally lose the weight I have to. I'm a 70-yr old woman who weighs (as of this morning) 290 pounds. I have been diagnosed with diabetes 2 and have been tracking my morning blood levels but no medication (as yet). I have to get my weight down, begin walking, plan better meals and eat more healthy foods. <BR> <BR> I get a senior CSA every two weeks and its from an organic farm - I have a freezer filled to overflowing with meats, veggies and ... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:46:07 EST Just joined! My friend called me this evening and inspired me with her weight loss and how easy this site can be so I've sat down joined and entered my food for today and I didn't do too bad! <BR> I suffer from Adrenal Fatigue so I'm going to take the exercise slow and easy so I don't set myself back. <BR> It said I could obtain my weight goal by March 2018! 67 pounds, that seems doable. <BR> My main thing is not not complicate this and make it burdensome. <BR> So I'm excited to join you all and hopef... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:03:50 EST Having Another Go At It I haven't been around for quite some time. I'm ready to live a healthier lifestyle. Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:37:54 EST Day 1 My name is Debbie and I'm 61. I've been overweight most of my life and I am so tired of it. I have had high cholesterol for years and can't get it under control. I'm a traumatic brain injury survivor and I'm dealing with impact of that every day of my life. I'm looking for lots of support. Sun, 16 Jul 2017 12:05:21 EST Hi! Hi! This is my first day (again). I am jumping in with both feet as I need to get healthy and lose these extra pounds that are weighing me down. Looking forward to losing and learning! <BR> <em>334</em> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 20:42:12 EST Repsonding to the Wake Up Call Hello, I'm Becca aka Redis2K17. I'm back with Sparkpeople because I need all the help I can get to make the changes needed to restore my health and save my life. I'm 59 and single, living south of Houston, TX, near my loving daughter and grandkids. I have a couple good friends who will support me in this time of change, but I also need people who know what I'm going through and who are either walking the journey along with me or willing to encourage me from their spot just ahead of me. I love... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:51:54 EST newbie Started this a couple days ago.... onwards and upwards! Sun, 9 Jul 2017 14:27:19 EST New to the group Started Sparkpeople last week. Looking to lose 50+. Taking it day by day to reach my goal. If anyone is new at this also and would like to chat for support offer is there :) Mon, 3 Jul 2017 18:44:19 EST Lynda Carr Hi, I am Lynda Carr and I have no idea what I am doing, or really how to get started. Plus I want to download to my phone so I can scan nutritional info at store, etc. Can somebody please help me. Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:37:43 EST jo Anne starting a challenge if I can only get a diet plan with meal suggestions <BR> Can anyone direct me?? Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:15:26 EST Hello Folks! Hi! I just joined on Monday. I am following the Ideal Protein protocol (low carb). I've been only half-heartedly following the plan, so I'm hoping that Spark People can be a motivational tool for me. I'm looking forward to making some new friends here. Wed, 28 Jun 2017 21:14:19 EST Don't Fall Behind! - a lb a week until 9/26/17 6/27/17: Starting weight <BR> 7/4/17: <BR> 7/11/17: <BR> 7/18/17: <BR> 7/25/17: <BR> 8/1/17: <BR> 8/8/17: <BR> 8/15/17: <BR> 8/22/17: <BR> 8/29/17: <BR> 9/5/17: <BR> 9/12/17: <BR> 9/19/17: <BR> 9/26/17: <BR> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:42:00 EST resuming my journey to wellness Hello, I joined yesterday, actually rejoined, I was a member many years ago and it was a positive experience getting support in general, not just with weight. <BR> <BR> My name is Carmen. I am 53 years old, a mom to a 20-year old daughter and I'm so screwed up in the head I wouldn't know where to begin to say what I need to do better. In a nutshell I need to be healthier, mind, body, spirit, everything and I don't know how to do it alone or even talking to people I know. <BR> <BR> I nee... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:49:13 EST Intorduction I just wanted to introduce myself. I am Lynna and I just joined yesterday after hearing great things about the site and the people who are here. I am 59 and I work in a library system as an Extension Clerk III and on the Bookmobile. I have been on my job 22 years and hope to retire in 3 years if all goes well (and I can learn to be home with my hubby 24/7). I am pre diabetic and 80 pounds over weight now. My highest weight ever was 305 and now I am 240. But, I gave up for several years ... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:43:44 EST Everything old is new again! I have been a Spark member for a while but I come and go. This time I actually have to make an effort to do something. I have a sit down job and man do we sit lol. So here I am ready for another adventure in to change something, anything really to help me lose the weight I need and feel better. Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:13:11 EST back again I joined awhile back and seemed I just had too much to do to keep at it. I am in so need of a support system. name is Debbie and I live in Nevada. I hope to get to know other people that are working at getting healthy once and for all. Sat, 17 Jun 2017 03:28:22 EST Introducing Myself for day 5. I don't know if I am doing this right. But I will learn. LOL. Ready to get Healthy. I am 61yrs old &amp; weigh 207.I would love to lose down to 150. I love how everyone on here is so positive &amp; helpful. Thank you all. Mon, 12 Jun 2017 21:30:49 EST Clean Eating and/or Ketogenic Journey WISEOWL1929 Hello Team. Started SP Years Ago ... however, been away years and recently returned with a twist on my journey. I don't plan to be online often, as I keep quite busy. Curious if there are any "clean eaters" or "ketogenic" persons here. 1 minute ago <BR> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:57:36 EST Determined to do it this time. <em>521</em> Sat, 10 Jun 2017 19:38:52 EST I can do this Hope I am doing this correctly. I have 50 plus pounds to lose. I have a Fitbit I have been using to get my steps in which is hard because I sit behind a desk all day. looking for challenges and ideas Thu, 8 Jun 2017 13:27:08 EST Newbie from Massachusetts. Hello! New member here. I'm over 60 and about 100 pound over idea weight. Trying to lose 60 plus pounds. My plan .... watch calories, and exercise. Right now, walking is about all I can do. Wondering how it got this bad. Yes, I know. I did the damage. Now I have to fight my way back to health. Any support would be much appreciated. Mon, 5 Jun 2017 16:03:15 EST New member I've been with spark people since middle of March and lost 11 lbs. Sun, 4 Jun 2017 13:35:50 EST One more time I lost 20 pounds to get into a dress for a formal wedding. A month after the wedding, I gained 11 pounds. A month! <BR> <BR> I went to Annapolis with friends yesterday and tried on a pair of shoes. Yours truly couldn't bend over, without sweating, to tie them! <BR> <BR> I'm done. The round-look phase is officially over. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 4 Jun 2017 08:34:35 EST Back for some support Hello, <BR> <BR> I stopped using Spark a while back but I kept the emails, knowing I would eventually be back. I'm glad I kept them. so I am starting again. Going shopping later for fruits and veggies! Sat, 3 Jun 2017 12:57:50 EST Grouping Foods I am having trouble setting up a new group of foods. I try to follow the steps but can not get to Step 2. I enter the foods I want then I do not see a step 2 button. Directions say to hit the "close" button" I do not see one so I "x" out which closes all that I entered. Do I need an upgrade or something? Wed, 31 May 2017 07:38:33 EST Hi There My name is Debbie. I am 51 years old and I need to lose 100 pounds. I am the mother of 6 children and several grandchildren. I have an auto immune disease called Palmoplantar pustulosis (PPP). This causes the bottoms of my feet to blister and peel several layers down constantly. I only mention this ailment, though because it has caused me to become even less active than sedentary. Every step taken is painful, so for many years I just stopped moving. I gained lots of weight because I didn't c... Tue, 30 May 2017 12:43:20 EST Health Breakfast I would like to get some healthy breakfast tips Wed, 24 May 2017 11:42:54 EST lost 19 lbs from knees replaced Recovering from having both knees replaced in last 1--last one 6 weeks ago. Challenge is not being able to exercise much. Mon, 22 May 2017 13:47:54 EST Staring Fresh Hi Everyone, <BR> I am 50 years of age and it has been a very long time since I've been a healthy weight. I recently got back into exercising hoping that would get the pounds off but I'm still struggling with the food aspect and I also like my red wine. I think reading about everyone's success and troubles with help keep me motivated. Sun, 21 May 2017 10:10:52 EST one more time starting again and promise myself to do better this time. thanks in advance for the support <em>249</em> Thu, 18 May 2017 20:45:57 EST New and Lost Although I signed up several weeks ago, I'm just getting started exploring the board. Mostly I felt I had to wait until the end of a very difficult semester to take on anything new. I had a lot of success with Weight Watchers years ago but when I joined again, I found that they have eliminated the discussion boards--the number one reason for my prior success. I've been working on becoming more active and served recently completed Walk Across Texas (although I substituted aqua-jogging and yard... Tue, 16 May 2017 20:47:46 EST Is this a strange food? So i was talking story with a coworker and i mentioned eating a egg sandwich. It's just hard boiled eggs, a little bit of mayo, dash of salt &amp; pepper on bread. pickles optional. She just thought it was the strangest thing! So tell me folks, how is that wierd? <BR> <em>38</em> <em>40</em> Mon, 15 May 2017 18:40:12 EST Oshawa ON - Looking for diet & exercise buddies <em>213</em> Hi everyone: <BR> I am new to this group. I have lost weight before &amp; found that having a diet and exercise buddy really helped me. Unfortunately things changed in my life &amp; I got out of my routine; I have had a lot of stress/loss in my life over the last 1 1/2 years &amp; gained all the weight (&amp; then some). I am looking for diet and exercise buddies in my area so we can work together and support each other in our lifestyle change (diet &amp; exercise). It wo... Mon, 15 May 2017 00:33:23 EST New me Hi I'm Marea, <BR> I've tried so many things in the past to lose weight etc, I've always lost a little bit but then gained it all back &amp; then some. <BR> Started with sparkpeople 2 weeks ago &amp; am learning so much about how to get my health back &amp; my weight down. <BR> There are so many great tools &amp; so many helpful people. <BR> This time I'm ready to lose the weight &amp; get healthy &amp; stay that way. :) <BR> Fri, 12 May 2017 20:09:45 EST Up and Down Up and Down At 51, I've struggled...or at least THOUGHT I struggled all my life with my weight. As a teen/.young adult I was probably rather "normal", but being told you are fat really impacts your self image. <BR> <BR> As time went on, I gained maybe 15 pounds after marriage but THEN proceeded to have 4 c-sections and kept around 10-15 pounds with EACH child! At my highest I was probably around 250, but I never would get on a scale! <BR> <BR> About 11 years ago, something clicked and I knew I had to g... Thu, 11 May 2017 11:18:56 EST Living Life at 64 Over the past two years I have lost 60pounds. I was I'm bad health prior to losing weight. Life is better now, but my doctors want more weight loss and I need a support team. I do go to the gym but I have not gone all week. I am only 4 feet eleven inches tall with arthritis. I am happy to have found you guys. Sat, 6 May 2017 00:34:18 EST Began 19 Apr 2017 Hi to everyone, <BR> My name is Diane. I've been over weight all my life and on every diet out there, but nothing ever stuck with me except the weight and then some. <BR> I have finally made up my mind that the remainder of my life, on earth, I want to be healthy, happy and fit so here I am. <BR> God blessed me with my most wonderful husband, Joe (of almost 44 years and counting) <em>337</em> . We were both blessed to have two lovely daughters and now lots of grandchildren <em>251</em> ... Wed, 3 May 2017 16:57:25 EST New to the team Hi All, <BR> My name is Sue, I'm a wife and mom to four "children" all in their 20's. Love crafting. Mostly doing scrapbooking type crafts but dabble in a lot of different crafty things. LOVE journaling and plan to journal my way through my weight loss processes. I've been over weight for many years. Some of that time I was working on it and some of that time I wasn't. Would love to reach the finish line this time around. Looking forward to chatting with you all. <BR> Sue Wed, 3 May 2017 15:51:27 EST Figuring it out I joined SparkPeople a while back, but found it confusing. So, I used another app and tracked my weight loss etc there. I decided to give it another shot today and had better luck. Why is that? Clearer mentally (I have fog from both Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia so yeah, that could be it), changes to make the whole think easier, something else? Whatever it is, I am here now. <BR> <BR> I have been actively trying to change my lifestyle for the last 10 months. I started with quitting Coke, ... Mon, 1 May 2017 23:24:14 EST Kim Hi so frustrated with myself, never,ever been this heavy, feel awful, but ready to go the journey. Mon, 1 May 2017 17:20:35 EST Gaining it back! When I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in April 2014, I got serious and over tome lost 100 lbs., from 273 to to 169. Then once I came off diabetes medicine, and started eating a little more "normally," the weight started coming back. I eat low carb still, and miss bread a LOT, but chose not to eat it except VERY rarely, but I've added fruit back into my diet, and an occasional dessert. Not daily, or even weekly, just occasional. And I have crept back up to 199. <BR> <BR> I still walk ... Mon, 1 May 2017 10:01:09 EST Just put one foot in front of the other Hello. I'm Connie. I am rejoining sparkpeople to get to my goal weight. I was here 4 years ago, and almost made it. I let myself slip or should I say Dive bomb right back to where I was. Now that I have gone through my " I'm Fat " depression, I am getting back in the saddle and am going to hit my goal this time! I just have to keep telling myself.... <BR> " Just put one foot in front of the other" Sun, 30 Apr 2017 06:59:27 EST First day! I am in the biggest, longest rut of my life. I have weighed between 225 and 238 for a long time, but recently I found the 40's-- all the way up to 46. I feel that I am at a point where if I do not turn it around now, my weight and health is really going to be out of control. <BR> I did well today (so far) on my eating, but I was unable to pull myself off the couch, and I have so many things that I could be doing around this place. I started with a MIO slice 5 days ago, and I have TWO poi... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:45:13 EST Hi everyone. I'm back again. I was gone for over five years. I lost 20 lbs., and then had a health crisis and put them all back on. Now I'm trying to get them off again. I need SparkPeople to keep me focused and accountable! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:25:11 EST Hi, I'm Paula. Not very successful losing weight.. Well, I'm here trying again and wanting to do it by healthy eating and cutting down on how much I eat. I'm a compulsive stress eater, ugh. I'm an insulin and pills diabetic type 2. Gotta change my life style or it's not gonna be good. I'm an old crone and I want to live many more years... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:24:57 EST Looking for support and suggestions Joining again. This is going to be the time I learn what I need to do for the rest of my life Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:43:48 EST EAGER TO LOSE AND GET FIT HELLO EVERYONE... I HAVE MADE THIS JOURNEY MANY TIMES BUT AM DETERMINED TO MAKE THIS A LASTING EFFORT AT THIS POINT IN MY LIFE. i CAN RECALL AS A TEENEAGE THINKING AT MY WEIGHT OF 165LBS THAT I WAS "FAT" BECAUSE YOU SEE i WAS TOLD THAT I WAS OVERWEIGHT IN COMPARISON TO MY CLASSMATES IN HIGH SCHOOL. I AM OF LARGE FRAME, SIZE 10 SHOE.... HEIGHT OF A SKOSH UNDER 6 FEET TALL.......YET WAS MADE TO FEEL THAT IN ORDER TO FIT IN WITH THE CLASSMATES THAT I NEEDED TO BE A SIZE 9 IN CLOTHES. WHAT I DIDN... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:10:41 EST My first day! Hello there! I just joined tonight! I need to lose at least 50 pounds as my first goal! I want to walk 1 mile a day! Happy to be part of the team! Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:22:30 EST try again I'm back with a better conviction. I have decided to change my life and lose weight in addition with slowing down on school and outside commitments. I recently realized I have been doing a lot to keep busy and rushing through life and my goals. <BR> Today I have decided to try to enjoy the ride and lose weight. I started tracking my food again and will be picking up a fitbit after work...I had something similar and I liked that it would beep to remind me to walk a little. <BR> So - starting t... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 23:53:55 EST Here I go Hi, I am starting my journey over today. I have let my weight get out of hand. I'm 56 years old and have Fibromyalga. I really need to take better care of myself so here I go. Mon, 17 Apr 2017 08:00:46 EST Hello Hi, My name is Gina and I am 51 years old. I have been married for 29 years, have two daughters and am owned by Jasper, a cairn terrier (think Toto from Wizard of Oz). We live in North Carolina. <em>125</em> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 06:56:42 EST Easter Candy - To Eat It or Not To Eat It??? <em>449</em> <em>452</em> <em>450</em> <em>453</em> <BR> <BR> How will you deal with eating or not eating Easter candy this Easter? <BR> <BR> - I will stick with my regular meal plan and fit some candy it in <BR> <BR> - I will go cold turkey and not eat one piece of candy <BR> <BR> - I will limit myself to 1-2 pieces of candy only <BR> <BR> - I won't have any Easter candy in the house <BR> <BR> - Other ways that help you deal with eating or not eating "Easter Basket Cand... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:18:50 EST Best Meal Planner? I am just now starting to realize that I need to really make a weekly and/or monthly meal plan to help me with shopping for the right items. <BR> <BR> Anyone ever use an app or even something from online that helps them with planning meals? Breakfast is usually half a bagel and a 1/2 c of cottage cheese, so that is taken care of and lunch is usually just something from the night before. <BR> <BR> For me it is the suppers I need to plan better. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions are welcome! Fri, 7 Apr 2017 07:37:33 EST I will join this one pound challenge But I just can't bear to show my weight on this board. I will just show the number of pounds lost or gained each week. <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> 3/28/17: <BR> 4/4/17: My starting point <BR> 4/11/17: <BR> 4/18/17: <BR> 4/25/17: <BR> 5/2/17: <BR> 5/9/17: <BR> 5/16/17: <BR> 5/23/17: <BR> 5/30/17: <BR> 6/6/17: <BR> 6/13/17: <BR> 6/20/17: <BR> 6/27/17: <BR> Thu, 6 Apr 2017 10:29:50 EST MEDIFAST I started Medifast (again). I have approx. 50 lbs to lose. Have been very successful w/ Medifast in the past. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:42:58 EST Spring into Summer 1lb a Week Challenge until 6/27 3/28/17: Starting weight <BR> 4/4/17: <BR> 4/11/17: <BR> 4/18/17: <BR> 4/25/17: <BR> 5/2/17: <BR> 5/9/17: <BR> 5/16/17: <BR> 5/23/17: <BR> 5/30/17: <BR> 6/6/17: <BR> 6/13/17: <BR> 6/20/17: <BR> 6/27/17: <BR> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:02:15 EST Weight gain Just got back from an Hawaiian vacation and boy did I gain weight. It doesn't help that I am on bipolar medication that causes weight gain so I have to be very careful. I am following the Mediterranean diet and staying within the points range here on SparkPeople of 1200 to 1500 calories. So I can't wait to start seeing a difference on my scales. Getting Back in the Saddle Again taking care of myself in the morning. I'm looking forward to it. Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:23:19 EST March 2017 Chat , starts now. This is a thread to talk about anything and everything <BR> <BR> Cheers Richard <BR> <BR> Just thought I would make mention of an ancient easy diet. <BR> It is the 1 my SIL used to use whenever she wished to lose weight. <BR> You could call it "The Simplicity Diet" <BR> This dates back to about 1978. <BR> It just consists of eating salads and steak. <BR> In this era people could vary the protein sources rather than only having meat <BR> Cheers Mon, 6 Mar 2017 21:50:28 EST THIS MONTH: what is your plan to lose weight This month I will: <BR> - drink 3 glasses of water per day <BR> - stationary bike 3 times a week <BR> - not eat after 7;00 P.M. <BR> - go to bed by 11:00 p.m. <BR> ADD walk 3 times a week Sun, 5 Mar 2017 08:02:33 EST Trying it again 64 and trying this website again...Worked the 1st time but things got in the way of my success...Right now I'm learning all over again...I right now am drinking my water..The more I drink it the more I Thirst for it...Also working on being consistent with exercising...Haven't got my food down like it needs to be just yet but any place to start beats no place at all way I see would really like to get down close to my goal by the time I get to 65..I do more reading of how people are... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 22:07:58 EST New to the group also I am 58 tears old and just got my first pedometer. I am a couch potato so the idea of walking 6000 to 10000 steps a week is crazy. I did it every day this week and even made it to 11000 one day. <BR> Wow Fri, 3 Mar 2017 22:14:53 EST New Looking to lose 95 lbs. and can use any support I can get. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:23:51 EST Hi! I just joined today. I need to lose 65 lbs. and at age 63 it's fighting me every step of the way! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:15:40 EST I'm back! Hi all, <BR> If I don't start again, I'll never reach my goal...right? Having been laid off from my job 17 months ago, I have gained all the weight back that I lost with the help of our in-office WW meeting. I'm determined to finally lose weight without spending money. While I'm unemployed, I can't justify paying for WW or exercise classes. I am grateful that SparkPeople is here to help. Just leaving this intro message is a sign that I am "all in" this time. Okay...let the games begin!! Good ... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:47:55 EST Anyone want to help or coach me? I'm a 60 year old male who knows little about losing weight. I never had to diet when I was younger. I'm a difficult case, I think, for a variety of reasons. But if anyone wants to work with me, please write me. <BR> <BR> Please don't write if you're selling something... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:08:56 EST new AGAIN! I am back to Sparkpeople after a decade break. Old habits have caught up with me in that elapsed time frame. I am back with renewed vigor and "suggestions" from a doctor. See, he says for my 5' frame that I should weigh 100 pounds. (I might have been that in Jr. Hi.) I would welcome 130. I know I have a long way to go to get even there, but I remember the encouragement and fun I had when I was here so long ago. AND I did loose weight. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:41:15 EST Hi, I'm new here Hello, I am new here, I am looking for support and friendship as I endeavor to lose about 70 pounds. I am looking forward to joining some of the challenges that this site offers. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:20:29 EST Hey all Hey there, <BR> <BR> My name is Patrick and I'm obviously new. :) I've recently had two heart attacks and am serious about losing weight. My overall goal is to weigh in at 200. My starting weight is 282. I realize I need friends to help me along the way cause I haven't been able to stay on course before. Looking to encourage others and be encouraged and stretched. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:36:27 EST Hello Sorry...posted in the wrong forum <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:07:38 EST Hi I am new here Hi I am new here. I am here because I need to lose almost 70 pounds. I'm not sure how I have let myself get this out of control! But I am ready to do it! Tue, 14 Feb 2017 03:30:56 EST One bad habit to break, one good habit to start Hello! I am proposing a one week challenge, starting today, Monday, February 13. It is hard making all the healthy changes we should, so let's start out slowly. I am starting a week of trying to break one bad habit, and starting one good habit. So as of today I am breaking my very bad habit of eating candy really late at night, and starting a good habit of replacing one meal a day with a salad of greens, cut up veggies and some protein. Anyone who wants to join me gets to pick their own bad a... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:04:53 EST small goals 1st small goal met! <em>590</em> <em>30</em> Sat, 11 Feb 2017 09:24:19 EST Greetings! Hi I'm Sheila and glad to have joined this group. I just turned 55 so I will fit right in! My initial goal is to lose 50 lbs. although I have more to lose than that. Just trying to keep it a smaller goal so it won't seem so overwhelming. Hope to meet some of you and share our journey. Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:23:19 EST Team Points On Spark Points page it lists Team Points and says "Use Bonus Points". What does that mean? Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:19:45 EST Old- Old New Good morning <BR> I am old and have returned a few times. I enjoy collecting old books and just found peace in writing. I am a romantic guy who need to get his old but where he needs to be. Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:27:40 EST Hi I am new to the team I am diabetic and I really need to loose this weight I have tried everything to loose weight and It is impossible to loose I have no one to guide me through this journey to successfully loose weight Please help me to do this <BR> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 01:22:29 EST Chris is new too! I was a Sparker in the past but dropped when I had a significant injury that sidelined me for two years. I had to do physical rehabilitation to learn to walk properly again. I am severely limited in physical activities but I plan to lose weight by eating healthy for the time being. I'm making menus with high nutritional foods and since beans are one of the healthiest foods and cause a person to feel full longer this house will be musical! As soon as my fractured hand heals I will be getting b... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 20:57:25 EST New here , 53 yrs young New to the group , Married to a great guy for the past 3 years, No kids, No grand kids ,and we like it that way lol. I quit smoking 4 years ago and gained over 100 lbs in that 4 years so Im not a happy camper right now . Hoping to get some extra motivation from this site and some of the people in the groups, besides what I get at home ( yes I'm needy lol) Thu, 9 Feb 2017 04:15:32 EST HOWDY I'm TEE or Teester. Yup I live in rural west Texas where the deer and the antelope play in the yard! I left Spark three years ago, but I'm back and ready to lose some weight. Eating under 1500 calories a day is going to be by first challenge. It's good to be back. Wed, 8 Feb 2017 18:30:59 EST Sweet Iced Tea Can anyone tell me what the consensus is on sweet tea using Splenda? Here in the south sweet tea is as basic as greens and cornbread. <em>274</em> Tue, 7 Feb 2017 14:18:58 EST Hi! Hello, I'm Annie! I've been a member of SparkPeople before and have rejoined today. <BR> <BR> I am all ready to start, got a 7 day menu planned, 1500 calories average per day, no added sugar, sweeteners, or snacks. My exercise is just walking at the moment. I want to start including other types of exercise soon though. <BR> <BR> I am not starting until Saturday 11th as I am away this week. I will be doing some walking while I'm away, and the meals won't be huge, so I don't expect to ... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 06:10:49 EST New to the group Hi everyone. <BR> I have been off and on with SP for years. I do somewhat well and then leave the pages thinking I will focus on exercise if I am not on the web so much. Of course, then I gain everything back. It is a vicious cycle that needs to stop. It doesn't get any easier as we get older and our health depends on success. <BR> <BR> I hope my brain is in the right place this time. Sun, 29 Jan 2017 00:51:01 EST hello I am a 71 year old who has been told by my Dr. that I have to loose weight. Cut the carbs he says. So here goes. I know I will feel better and it will solve my heath issues by doing this. So here I am and the treadmill is set up as well so lets hope I can stick to it. Sat, 28 Jan 2017 14:11:30 EST Food addiction counselor Hello I'm chatty, <BR> I am so addicted to food and I don't know why. <BR> I have dieted all my life and I know how to eat healthy <BR> But yet I'm Obese. <BR> <BR> I thought of going to a food specialist and wondered if anyone else have gone to one. <BR> I don't know what to expect and I'm fearful. Crazy huh!!! <BR> <BR> I just know plain dieting isn't working cause of my love for food. <BR> Thanks for any comments. Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:43:45 EST New Member Hi there from Nova Scotia, Canada. <BR> Glad I found this place. Have been here for 25 days now and am 8 lbs lighter on my way to hopefully lose 60 lbs. <BR> Looking forward to hear from other members of the group on how things are going. <BR> Chuck Thu, 26 Jan 2017 17:26:40 EST 1 POUND/WEEK FEBRUARY Specific CHALLENGE on your weighin day just list your starting weight to begin with <BR> Cheers <em>381</em> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 19:27:01 EST New member Hi, I'm new to the group and am ready to get healthy. I am 63 years young and about to be a grandma for the second time this summer. I want to help my daughter with the kids when she needs me. But mostly I don't want to look and feel like an old grandma. Looking forward to the new and improved me! Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:07:33 EST New team member question re; earning points I've seen several posts in the daily thread re; "earned X points" for the team. What is that referring to? Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:57:04 EST My lucky year... I turned 50 last summer and I have 50 pounds to lose... I am taking this as a sign that i should make this year my lucky year... It is January 23 and I want to reach my goal by July. It's possible and to make it happen, I will diligently use the Sparkpeople app to track my good nutritional and exercise new habits, drink plenty of water everyday and stay active as much and as often as possible. Let's make the process fun by connecting with new people, finding great uplifting music to work out ... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:52:20 EST Hi, my name is Geneva I just turned 51 and need to lose at least 50-65lbs. My oldest daughter lost her dad last week and told me she couldn't handle losing me to and to please get healthy. This was an eye opener for me and I asked my Dr to help me. I'm an emotional over eater. I can use all the support I can get. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:20:20 EST New Member I started Sparkpeople about a week ago but have been working out 3-4 times a week at Planet Fitness since October. I weighed in over the weekend and I didn't lose any weight. Before signing up here I never weighed myself. I have gone down one pant size since October and family has noticed changes to my body. <BR> <BR> I am puzzled....I started an official diet plan and haven't lost any weight......what do you all think? <BR> <em>33</em> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 21:46:32 EST Garcinia I see a article on Garcinia and Apple cider vinegar stating it helps in weight loss. Does anyone have any personal experience with trying this? Was it effective? Is this just another scam? Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:19:24 EST On the Road Again I take this journey here once again. I believe it's my third trip, lol! Only this time the journey is longer and harder. I'm older and have more to lose(gain). I've begun with quitting cigarettes and that added several miles to my journey. So yesterday, I packed and headed up this road! See you all along the way :) <em>521</em> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:40:08 EST Hi I'm Elizabeth I have been working on losing weight but I am not a great success story though I dream of it one day. My doctor's tell me, lose weight or else. I am now over 50 with diabetes, My liver is starting to get fat deposits and so time is now to change for ever. <BR> <BR> I'm scared because I really haven't found much success in weight loss but I have to do it. <BR> <BR> I hope as time goes on I can share how I overcame and conquered this. Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:35:41 EST Hi, My name is Amy and I'm a food addict Greetings all. I'm a returning sparker with a need to not simply loose weight to like how I look (although that's definitely a factor!), I need to loose weight and get healthy to hopefully slow down the progression of my Multiple Sclerosis. I was diagnosed 4 years ago this summer and thankfully I have not had many issues thus far. After going through a relapse over the past month which involved some mobility issues in my right leg I reached the point where I said "Enough is enough." I kno... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:27:03 EST 1st day 1st day today. Have to think about my goals. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:52:10 EST A brief intro :)) Hi everyone, just joined and have lots of work to do but looking forward to seeing positive changes and being healthier in more ways than one. Most of my introduction is on my page and less computer time is one of the changes I'm working on, so if I don't respond to your comments in a timely manner or don't spend much time on this team please don't take it personally. Best wishes everyone. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:19:41 EST Serious changes Hi! With a nutribullet Rx I am finding it easy to get my veggies in. I've been an exercise girl and am taking a food bAsed, stress reduction approach in 2017. This means decreasing my exercise, more emphasis on meditation, yoga, and really focusing on food. Whole foods. <BR> <BR> I'm stunned by the info I've read on adrenal fatigue and even more so by the info found in the book nutrition tests for better health by Dr. Cass Ingram. Sugar, white flour really put us at risk. Even if we have i... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:55:46 EST I really want to do this! Hi, I was in a car accident 18 yrs ago and gained 90 lbs.u I don't motve well. I tend to focus on what I can't do rather than what I can. . I can do light exercise and ride a bike. Would love to get myself back in the pool. Joined Spark People for help and support Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:48:50 EST New member Hello everyone glad to be here. Is anyone else here from western upstate NY? I'm really excited to get to know everyone and encourage and be encouraged by the members in this group. My goal is to lose 74 lbs. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 16:11:39 EST Moving from Calorie Count I have used Calorie Count off and on for a number of years - more off than on or I wouldn't have so many pounds yet to loose. That website is being discontinued in March, so I am jumping now to get a head start on a new tracker system. <BR> <BR> I imagine that many of Calorie Count's members will find their way to this site, so it use may grown over time. <BR> <BR> My intention is to journal my weight-loss journey to my appropriate weight. I hope to be a frequent participant in the forum, <... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:32:40 EST new start on my weight loss journey hi all, <BR> i am a new member who has just ordered the 12 day fix. which will arrive tomorrow , i will be starting this on monday 16/1/17. I chose it because i have tried many diets but find that they are always lacking the foods that i crave so i end up eating the things i crave most, and too much of it. I would like to someone to travel this journey with me , a whole team if you are out there, i am aiming to loose about 50lbs using the 21 day fix eating plan. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:51:34 EST What type of scale to buy? I've started using the fitness tracker and nutrition tracker with a weight guesstimate. I know what my weight from last summer was at my doctor's visit, but I know I weigh even more now. I don't have a scale and would like some suggestions. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:39:51 EST Is the sign up for this team automatic? Is the sign up for this team automatic? It is on My SparkTeam list. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:13:26 EST Hello all This is a new experience for me. Look forward to making new friends and learning to live a new healthy life style. Have found lots of interesting information and am learning how to interact online. I am finding myself a little shy and for a loss for words and hopefully in time you will learn that is not me. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:37:42 EST Wendy Hi, I just heard about this and am going to have my only childs wedding in October. I AM READY! I love carbs so this will be tough but I have to do it. I want to lose 50 by October 1st. any recipes you want to share I would greatly appreciate. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Sun, 8 Jan 2017 19:34:16 EST Hello as I start this new year I start a weight loss journey for myself before it is to late to do it as the years have gone by I have watched myself grow in the wrong way I am new to sparks and I want to use it or all it has to offer I hope to meet many new friends offer them support as I hope to be able to support and encourage them to. I am a stay at home mom o 4 and a grandma of 2 soon to be 3, married and living the good life in the midwest Fri, 6 Jan 2017 21:12:56 EST Carol I am a grandmother of 1, a retired Probate Paralegal of 38 years, and have been diagnosed with NASH a few years ago and just days ago I have been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and full blown type 2 diabetes. Medications affect my cirrhosis so I need to lose 50 pounds and get back to good and healthy living. I am raising my 6 year old grandson and have many stressful times with my daughter, his mother. I also need to learn how to handle the stresses in my life without letting them tota... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 18:52:01 EST I'm brand new to this! I'm Angie and I have just joined SparkPeople. I'm very nervous right now! I'm not good at dieting or exercising. I'm 57 yrs. old and would like to lose 95 lbs. When I was 21, I never imagined that I would gain so much weight! But 30 years later, bad relationships, being a sing mom, a divorce, and currently in a sad marriage, I've given up on me. I don't want to give up. Now that I've joined Sparks, I have to be accountable. In all honesty, I am scared to death! I'm afraid I'll fail. ... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 15:01:20 EST Hello Hello. My name is Karla. I joined SparkPeople because I want to learn to live a healthier life and I was impressed by what I learned when I looked into this web site. I enjoy reading, knitting, playing computer games and cuddling with my husband and my cats. I look forward to see what this new year will bring. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 22:10:04 EST Now I am 50 I am not new to spark people when I turned 40 I found this wonderful website and thought I had hit the jackpot with this free program and everything you could imagine at my fingertips...and I had...I utilized this site to the fullest and lost 50lbs. I felt great and kept the weight under control for about 2 years....then the years passed by and here I am again..50 and yes I have 50 + lbs to lose really more like 60 to 70 ..and I realize the same jackpot is here, and everything one can imagine... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 20:57:34 EST hi I re-joined tonight. It has been years since I was here. I am tired of looking and feeling the way I do.I look forward to getting back into the groove.I am hoping to accomplish my goal with the help of all you lovely ladies Wed, 4 Jan 2017 20:43:18 EST Hi team I've been less than serious about tracking and so have continually gained weight. I'm here to track and add my support. Shirley from Indiana Wed, 4 Jan 2017 20:21:39 EST Focus Believe you can achieve your goal -imagine/dream it... talk to God,your heavenly helper. <BR> I know he listens... so I will be chatting with Him - because He cares. Wed, 4 Jan 2017 06:53:58 EST newbie I am new and would appreciate any advice you can give me. I have a bad back and legs and on oxygen so it is hard to exercise <BR> I have quite a bit to lose and I am hoping it will help my other problems if I can stick to this <BR> Tue, 3 Jan 2017 22:26:48 EST Thanks Thanks for allowing me to join your group I am 54 and have about 45-50 pounds I would like to lose. I look forward to the interaction here. Tue, 3 Jan 2017 18:29:29 EST Back again Starting user name was (BarbieofBorg ) <BR> Still have around 75 lbs to lose. Lost 20 and then went still for months. Gave up. Now I'm trying again and hope to find a workout buddy. Not my husband because he has Army flashbacks and thinks he's a drill sergeant. I am not a recruit and berating me was never a good motivator. Tue, 3 Jan 2017 17:36:20 EST Hi! Hi! Happy New Year! Back to Spark and ready to roll. I want to be the healthiest and happiest version of myself! It is time to take care of me. I am so looking forward to being on this journey with you all. Spark people members are the most motivating and supportive people I have ever met. Let's do this thing! Mon, 2 Jan 2017 18:44:10 EST On my Journey to Divalicious! Hi all. I just joined. Would love some new Friends. 2017 is the year this excess weight goes! Sun, 1 Jan 2017 16:36:36 EST New and ready to ROCK! 2016 was not a good year for me. I gained the 20 pounds I lost and couldn't pull myself out of my downward spiral. Part of it was medical (serious hormonal challenges) and part of it was grief (my family experienced an unexpected passing of 2 family members). I literally gave up trying but still remained connected to SP and glad I did! <BR> No more excuses - just action! Ready to start the New Year right! Sun, 1 Jan 2017 11:05:38 EST Willpower I've always believed that losing weight depended on my willpower to avoid "bad" foods and deprive myself of things I loved to eat. Boy was I wrong. I have to teach myself that it is not the food that is bad, it is how I control how much and how often I enjoy those foods. Sat, 31 Dec 2016 10:09:55 EST New to Spark!! Hello - just wanted to introduce myself to the forum. I am looking forward to getting healthy and forming new friendships. Happy New Year!! <em>249</em> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 08:44:04 EST Happy3 Want to start on December 30th w/ better eating habits. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 23:24:48 EST DietQuitter Hi~ Starting over AGAIN! Last year I joined Weight Watchers online and loved it, but it cost about $50/month. This SparkPeople website is much friendlier and it is free! I lost over 20 lbs in 5 months last year, but gained most of it back after I stopped tracking my food! So, I KNOW what I need to do! I just need to keep on doing it now! Thu, 29 Dec 2016 16:28:19 EST Brand New to Spark Hi, <BR> I am 63 years young grandmother and wife and daughter living in Jerusalem. Would like any advice how to use this site and connect to other like;minded women. I have a sense of humor and am willing to use laugh at myself. Good luck and let's have some fun! <BR> Amy Thu, 29 Dec 2016 09:54:04 EST VoiceOfAnEagle2 Hi there! Happy New Years everyone. I am here to make major changes in my life this year because if I don't I won't be here next year. I am fifty years old and I am fighting bad habits that I need to break. I am looking forward to joining this team of people and meeting my goals along with all of the rest of you. <BR> Sincerely, Brenda. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 19:45:00 EST Hello from Mohave Desert With 100 pounds to loose after many grueling, depressing years, I am wanting to be ready to be active again. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 17:03:25 EST Newly Returning to SparkPeople Hello, Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm not new to SP, but it has probably been 5 or more years since I've been active on the site. Have explored other fitness strategies over the years, but need to revert back to behaviors that were sustainable and didn't rely on gimmicks or programs. I know what to do and want to do it in a supportive, informative environment! Looking forward to seeing how 2017 goes!! Mon, 26 Dec 2016 21:39:32 EST Starting over I am not new to Sparkpeople but have been away far too long. I look forward to the motivation and inspiration I find here and wish the best for all of trying to find our way out 50-99 pounds to lose group. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 13:30:54 EST Warm Greetings from Canada! Just joined Spark, a result of reflection on the past year. Many challenges, hesitant to try, but it is quite literally do or die. <BR> Biggest concern is safety when going out to walk, or transit, or whatever. So I'll look forward to learning about fitness within those constraints. <BR> Look forward to a long and healthier relationship. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 12:43:31 EST New Year-New You 1lb a Week Challenge til 3/28 12/27/16: Starting weight <BR> 1/3/17: <BR> 1/10/17: <BR> 1/17/17: <BR> 1/24/17: <BR> 1/231/17: <BR> 2/7/17: <BR> 2/14/17: <BR> 2/21/17: <BR> 2/28/17: <BR> 3/7/17: <BR> 3/14/17: <BR> 3/21/17: <BR> 3/28/17: <BR> Mon, 26 Dec 2016 11:17:13 EST