SparkPeople Scared to post? We can help! Team Messageboard This team is for any SparkPeople member who wants to post, but might be a little intimidated by our Community. Not sure how to start posting or nervous about getting involved? We're here to help! SparkPeople Scared to post? We can help! Team Messageboard Older Uni Student: New City, New Life, New Goals Hi! Here's the condensed novel of why I am here :) <BR> <BR> I recently relocated to my dream town on the PNW coast to finish my enviro science degree as a non-traditional older student. I've battled with weight issues most of my life, although I recently realized I wasn't actually overweight until my late 20s when I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I had internalized my mother's self esteem issues with her weight -- which she wasn't overweight either -- from the time I was a kid until qui... Sun, 6 Oct 2019 13:58:34 EST Hashimotos Warrior I have Hashimotos, which has caused many health problems, weight gain being just one thing to deal with. I'm to have a total thyroidectomy on May 14th, and am not wanting to gain any more weight. I already have 60 plus pounds to lose. I do good on a "diet" for about three days, then for some reason I get off track by eating something I shouldn't. I'm determined that I will succeed this time though. I do better with encouragement, and am hoping to find what I need to succeed on here. I need so... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:58:02 EST new and motivated to make changes happen I am coming back to spark people after a long hiatus. i have full days and don't typically post, but i would love to change old habits! I am 51 years old, married, with a 10 year old girl and I work part time. I have to say life is pretty good, but for my health and my spirits, I am on a journey to lose 50 pounds, one day at a time. Trying to give up sugar, refined products and night eating which has been a coping tool for hard days...things would come up and I would eat my emotions away,... Mon, 9 Apr 2018 18:10:58 EST Breaking out of the rut Hello my name is Gaya. I'm 40 and a mother of three. My twins are 8 and my oldest is 12. Which means I should have done this atleast 7 years ago. But that river has flown. The main thing is I'm ready to do it now. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for accountability partners. People that can motivate, and support me on my weight loss journey. I know I should be doing so many things differently, but I keeping falling back into my unhealthy patterns. I want to break out of the rut and start getting healt... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 06:19:13 EST Overwhelmed I'm back on SP and really want to go all in this time--connect, share, post, track, etc. But there are just so many people and so many boards. It's overwhelming. I'm the kind of person who is actually friends with everyone on my Facebook friends list (under 100). Not sure how to make any meaningful and inspiring connections here. <BR> <BR> Anyone have anything in common? From the Seattle area. I really, really want to start hiking but don't know where to go and have no one to go with... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:34:03 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 30 Jan 2017 19:58:31 EST girl with major back pain Hello I am new here and I would like to have some movitation to return to wieght lose.. I had accident that broke my back 15 months ago and I have gained a major amount of weight since then I was 150 now I have gained aleast 50 pounds since then I have alot pain when I do anything major so hard to get into the mood to get up each day I know that I am not helping myself by being sitting around on the couch in my misery <BR> I would love to have some feed back to help me get started <BR> Jen Sun, 31 Jul 2016 14:43:17 EST New Hello, I am a single mother of 3. I am trying to get back to a good weight. I have been exercising at home, have lost 12 lbs since I started working out in late January, and have seemed to hit a plateau. I think a lot of it has to do with the foods I eat. I used to be anorexic, well over 10 years, and in the last 4 years gained weight. Food is a hard balance with me. I am pretty anti social and introverted. Just want a place to start and get healthy. The right way. Would like some support. Ri... Wed, 18 May 2016 12:31:19 EST Getting it together hey y'all! :) my name is joanne. i am 56, former smoker (two years). been on this weight loss misery most of my life. looking to make this my final battle that sticks so i can enjoy the rest of my life. single, 1 niece living with me. have worked for cbs 26 years. feel like a dinosaur as i am having difficulty navigating this site!! Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:21:08 EST Hello from the Desert Hi all, <BR> I'm a "busy" mom of 3, ages 20, 14, and 7. I'm using a low-carb diet plan to help me with my weight loss goals. I'm doing this under my PCP's supervision. I don't really know what to say other than hi everyone! <BR> I have at least 40 lbs to lose and I would be on the VERY high end of healthy for my height. I've been successful with this way of eating before. In fact, I kept my weight off for years, but had setbacks with my mother passing away 8 years ago, an unexpected pregnancy... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 02:42:39 EST Starting again!! I am starting again!! Tue, 8 Mar 2016 12:01:01 EST Starting all over...again I was homeless for five long years. <BR> <BR> (I really don't care to go into how and why I became homeless or why it took me so long to get back on my feet. I only mention it because it's part of the reason that I signed up for SparkPeople, and it's this specific reason that I signed up for this board in particular.) <BR> <BR> I always knew that I would have my own place again. What I didn't know was that I would have to relearn everything, such as how to properly take care of my health no... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 18:05:38 EST Am feeling stuck in a dead end relationship Hi Ladies <BR> I just turned 70, am quite introverted and yet am a retired RN. How's that for being an oxymoron? Anyway, have been in a relationship with a man 5 years my senior, for 16 years (yes, I'm ashamed and embarrassed to admit this as you'll soon see why). He has declared that our relationship is a "committed one" and yet has NEVER, EVER called me his partner, his girl friend, significant other, etc. I am his "friend". He has always had other "women friends as well throughout our... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 11:01:05 EST Introduction Hi Everyone! I'm jingles. I hope I'm doing this correctly. If not, please don't hesitate to let me know :) <BR> <BR> I just found SparkPeople today, and am very excited to get started. I live in the southern part of the US, I have about 63 pounds to lose (yikes!), and just completed my very fist 5K walk about 3 weeks ago. <BR> <BR> My biggest challenges are: (1) changing to healthier eating habits, and (2) exercising regularly. <BR> <BR> I hope to do much better in both of those areas ... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 16:38:09 EST Need to get motivated! Hi! I haven't been to this site in quite awhile. I tried doing it on my own but obviously it isn't working. I am having some serious health issues and my doctor told me it could improve with some lifestyle changes. And also I just want to feel better! I am tired of feeling so lousy. I really need some support to help me get motivated. That's why I came back to this site. Sat, 24 Oct 2015 20:28:50 EST Just overwhelmed!! Hi, <BR> I have been a member of spark people for a while but have not been active with the community. Now I have news that I have an underactive thyroid and this among other things causes weight gain!! So I really have to get serious about getting this weight off. I am 54 years old and divorced after 30 years of marriage and pick up and moved to another city for a job. I really need to get some focus in my life and put all things in perspective. The first order of business is losing weight a... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 11:36:20 EST Help I am kind of shy and new at this but I want to take charge of my health and lose weight with group support and tips Sat, 3 Oct 2015 13:29:51 EST 31 reasons to ditch meat <link><BR>itch-meat-for-vegetarian-awareness-mon<BR>th.html </link> Fri, 2 Oct 2015 12:50:03 EST Totally terrified and no idea what I am doing Hi, I'm so terrified about this. My name is Lindsay. Married, mum of 2. Need to lose quite a bit of weight. Needing lots of help. I'm a good listener if anyone needs someone. Sun, 9 Aug 2015 15:35:36 EST Introduction Hello! <BR> I have been participating in spark people for a few months now. Felt it was time to hold myself accountable for increasing my activity and improving my overall health. In late April I weighed the heaviest I have ever been (including pregnancies). Since then, I have been motivated to change my portion sizes as well as food choices, and to add walking into my day. My spark page has told me I have lost a total of 11 pounds. It has been a very long and slow process. I am hoping ... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:58:27 EST Happiness A completed workout gives a day worth of happiness. Sat, 4 Jul 2015 12:59:08 EST Peacefullness Pecefullness has reclaimed my mind by simply locating a place I can gain support during the transition to abetter eating habit and the weight loss process. Wed, 1 Jul 2015 13:36:35 EST Hi. :) Hello! First time poster, long time lurker on SparkPeople. I'm not much of a talker at all and really shy, in real life and on the Internet, so here goes nothing! Sun, 14 Jun 2015 16:42:11 EST Getting <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=571 </link> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 21:17:25 EST Grateful -Making it to church on time <BR> - Not beating myself up over my ice cream binge <BR> - Time with kiddos <BR> - Date night! Sun, 7 Jun 2015 15:24:51 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi all, I'm starting my diet again and joining sparkpeople for the first time. I've had some practice tracking over at MFP, but never interacted with the community. I figured that should change so here I am. Wed, 6 May 2015 15:23:02 EST Good advice!! <BR> <img src=""> <link><BR>-to-reset-your-gut-optimize-brain-heal<BR>th.html </link> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:30:09 EST Hello Hi there my name is Raffdazzel John or Raffie for short. I'm 19 years old and weigh 236 pounds and recently was told that I have pre-diabetes. But I have been working out nearly everyday for about 30-60 minutes a day. I want to change my life for the better Sun, 19 Apr 2015 02:42:44 EST Hi all! Hi, I'm Becca. I've used Spark People before, and although I think it is a great, easy to use and motivational site, I always made excuses for myself and have never stuck to it. I have recently completed building a house, with help and instruction, over a years time. This has made me feel that I can do anything I really put my mind here I am again, to use the tracking systems and, hopefully give and receive motivational oomph! Wed, 11 Mar 2015 13:46:16 EST Hi I am 33 years old residing in India and a mother of a one year old baby. Since college, I have always been on the heavier side. But the pounds piled up like anything during my pregnancy. I gained around 45 pounds during my pregnancy and at present my total weight is 185 pounds. <BR> <BR> My target is to reach 132 pounds (around 60 kilos). Need some support in my journey Wed, 21 Jan 2015 04:36:47 EST Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:22 EST Support Hey everyone Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:09:19 EST getting started I'm not so comfortable with posting but I want to succeed at this program so I figured I would give it a go Mon, 12 Jan 2015 23:01:07 EST Restarting Spark again Each time I restart I at least look at past tries to see what I learned and where I slipped up. trying real hard not to blame myself, or consider it a failure. I am still alive and still trying to lose weight, so I have not failed. I do not usually participate in spark groups or message boards. Always unsure of what to say and judgments, just like I am in real life. I don't have any friends because I am too afraid to put myself out there and risk rejection. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 15:56:22 EST Sparkpeople Privacy You can read the Spark Privacy Policy here: <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=922 </link> <BR> The policy explains how Sparkpeople use the information you give them. <BR> <BR> ************* <BR> If you are worried about how much of your information can be seen by others there are some settings on your Sparkpage which can help you. <BR> Go to your page and click the "Edit Sparkpage" button. <BR> Read through the options and choose which elements you wa... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 13:12:33 EST 2016 Appreciation/GR ATITUDES-(Daily List) Please join me in posting things you appreciate, are thankful for or are working in your life.. <BR> <BR> "Gratitude is more of a compliment to yourself than someone else." Raheel Farooq emoticon <BR> "Keep your eyes open and try to catch people in your company doing something right, then praise them for it." Tom Hopkins <BR> "In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day--or to celebrate each special day." Rasheed Ogunlaru <em>67</em> <BR> “It is ... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 18:32:59 EST Adding Exercises This feels like a strange question. When I'm adding push-ups, sit-ups that kind of thing it requires me to put in a weight. Do I use my own weight? Tue, 30 Dec 2014 17:16:58 EST Hello there Hi my name is Sue and I am not sure exactly what to post and whether I will do it right. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 14:24:43 EST My determination Hello, my name is Faye. I'm not new to Sparkpeople. I've tried several times and I've been unsuccessful but this time I'm determined to succeed this time and I plan on doing everything that's suggested to me in order to reach my goal. I can't say all of this happened as I've aged because I've been overweight my whole life and I'm tired of it so here I go..... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:22:31 EST Do you eat fast food? If you answer 'yes'.... what and how often? <BR> <BR> Fri, 7 Nov 2014 21:00:52 EST Blood Moon Eclipse tonight (early tomorrow) <link><BR>pse-october8-guide.html </link> <BR> This will be a special celestial event!! Tue, 7 Oct 2014 20:48:48 EST gratitude I am grateful that this site is available to support people trying to become healthier and slimmer Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:44:31 EST using program Just how does this program work? Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:13:44 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Lori. I am sorta new here. I joined months ago but never jumped in and took it seriously. I am a happily married mother of 6. I have 20lbs to lose and really need the motivation. March of this year I had dental surgery and recently went back to work so now I am finding it difficult to make time for exercising and tracking my food. I know I can do this I just need to hold myself accountable Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:39:37 EST 43 pounds to go after lap band surgery! Hi, I'm Kay from MT. I had lap band surgery about 3 years ago and lost approximately 50 pounds and have about 43 to go. I joined for motivation and support. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:53:24 EST New Ideas Roll on the bed using only abs to raise legs and make me roll back and forth. Arms across my chest to protect the girls :). It's a hard workout and childish fun. Do it until you are winded. For me its about 20 rolls total, 10 back and forth. How many for you? Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:18:30 EST bequiltn8 I finally decided I need to take better care of myself-- I have a lot of weight to lose, and I certainly need help doing it. I have just spent 18 months away from my home caring for my ailing 90 yr old mother--has made me realize we don't have forever to do the things we thought we did. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 18:57:49 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 4 Jun 2014 10:22:06 EST Grateful I am grateful for the sunshine after all the rain. <BR> I am grateful for a weekend off. <BR> I am grateful for a day spent with family and friends. <BR> I am grateful for spark people. <BR> I am grateful for another day to be alive. Sat, 24 May 2014 12:42:59 EST My daily gratitude Grateful for the support this morning. <BR> Grateful for spring finally coming. <BR> Grateful for a husband who loves me and supports me. <BR> Grateful for my life. <BR> Thu, 22 May 2014 11:56:01 EST Gratitude Grateful to be alive. <BR> Grateful for a loving husband who calls to see how I am today. <BR> Grateful for another pound lost. <BR> Wed, 21 May 2014 12:02:27 EST Grateful Today I am grateful for low pain in my joints today. <BR> For a beautiful day of sunshine. <BR> Energy to work out and feel great. <BR> For another pound lost. Tue, 20 May 2014 13:09:32 EST Need more help to post I would like to post, but I feel like I need more help. I think the daily gratitudes are excellent, but I am struggling to actually post there. I think it would be helpful if there was a topic with a specific and simple question to answer, such as "What fitness activity did you do today?" Does anybody else think this would be helpful? Or have any suggestions to help those who are still too scared to post? <BR> Thanks, <BR> Melanie Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:28:52 EST Hi There Hi! My name is Storm, I'm 19 and I just joined SparkPeople today. <BR> <BR> I'm turning 20 in August and I want to start off my 20's by getting healthier and into better shape. I weigh 185 which is 45 down from my highest weight of 230. I actually didn't lose the 45 pounds on purpose. I really needed a job so I took the first job that was offered to me: cart pushing. Walking around the parking lot and collecting carts for the last year melted those 45 pounds off of me. I didn't change my eat... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 16:42:48 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:05:06 EST Thought I would give this a try. I am a 22 year old wife and mother, I know that sounds really young but I have always been ahead of the curve for my age. I was early to develop the desire to take care of people, I was early to desire marriage, I was early to wanting to start a family. Now once again I am early, I am early to hit the mommy who has let herself go category. So its time to do something about it. I am still young. I feel like i should look better than I look. I feel like I should be more comfortable in my own sk... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:58:55 EST Never posted before This posting is all new to me.. not sure what I am doing here.. but nevertheless, here I am.. just like everyone else, looking for support & help... I am 55, single with 2 grown sons. I have been struggling with my weight for years, & now do to a back condition, my weight has gotten out of hand.. I have to get it to a healthy # again. I have tried to do this alone, & am not having any success.. i have tried other weight loss programs, & all eventually become just too expensive to continue f... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 09:43:09 EST new here i feel like kind of an imposter here. i'm already at a weight i'd like to maintain rather than trying to lose. i joined to hopefully keep my motivation for eating well and get more exercise in. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:51:42 EST First Post Ever Hi, My name is Jess, im 22 this is my first time using spark people even though I think I got an account years ago. <BR> <BR> I'm 5'9 and currently 13st and looking to lose 3st. When/if I get there I will take a view as to whether to maintain or lose. I've lost over a stone before and wasted all my hard work and went back to binging. However, I am really determined to make a real change this time. <BR> <BR> If you have similar goals to me or want to have a friendly chat about dieting then... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 18:32:06 EST .. if you want to lead a successful life This is from a linkedin post from Deepak Chopra: <BR> <BR> "What do you really need if you want to lead a successful life? It seems odd in hindsight, but for a very long time no one seriously asked this question. Life was divided into traditional compartments - work, family, religion - that hadn't changed for centuries. A breakthrough came when the psychologist Abraham Maslow offered a new model that put basic needs first and worked up the ladder toward higher needs.... <BR> <BR> This "hier... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:31:29 EST you don't look 50 my oldest daughter couldn't believe I was 50!! she said, "mommy your skin looks amazing! " Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:44:34 EST New to Sparkpeople and Looking for Support I'm new to Sparkpeople and looking for support and strength to continue on my path to a healthy body weight. I reached an all time weight of 297 back in July 2013 and lost 55 pounds by the end of 2013. Since then I have been completely obsessed about my weight number on the scale and have gone back to eating horribly. I am terrified I am going to gain all my weight back. I am trying to break out of my obsessive, isolated brain and get back to eating normally and exercising and not overthin... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 22:06:45 EST Hello there! Hi everyone, <BR> I'm not really sure where to start, but here goes: <BR> I have struggled with my weight for most of my adult life and I finally decided that I needed to make some changes. <BR> I work part-time, go to college full-time, and have a 5 year old daughter so it's been difficult to find the time to take care of myself. I've set a goal to lose 20 lbs by summer but I'm afraid that I'll lose motivation. <BR> What do you all do to keep the momentum going? Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:40:51 EST What’s one thing you’re deeply proud of — but..... What’s one thing you’re deeply proud of — but would never put on your résumé? Fri, 3 Jan 2014 23:15:18 EST What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received? ...or best recently appreciated compliment/kindness? Thu, 2 Jan 2014 21:16:22 EST 2014 Gratitudes/App preciation-All R Welcome!! The Universe does not know whether the vibration that you're offering is because of something you're observing or something you're remembering or something that you are imagining. It just receives the vibration and answers it with things that match it. (Ester Hicks) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The common meaning of gratitude is to be thankful for benefits received. While this is important, I feel that the energy of gratitude is one of the most powerful attracting forces in the universe. A he... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 21:11:19 EST Need to be held accountable every week Hi, My name is saadia massey, I have been trying to lose weight like forever, but no success, what I need is to be pushed and motivated every week so I can stay on track. I can start any diet, but sticking to it is the hardest part. I want to lose 90lbs and encourage my children as well, since my daughter is overweight as well. I want to be a good example to her so she would automatically follow me, and both of us can become healthier. I have tried doing it alone, but it doesnt work. I need h... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 11:20:12 EST :-) I'm new to this forum.... mom of two kids went from 286 to 165 in 3 yrs... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 01:30:27 EST hi hi- I'm Tia. we'll say I'm in my "early 30s". I'm a mom to a very busy 3 year old boy, special ed teacher and I am training for a marathon so I'm shooting to loose about 20lbs by race day (approx. 11 months). I have no legitimate reason to be anxious about posting (my boss could care less and I think my friends are all on here, too), I just am. Sat, 9 Nov 2013 17:27:05 EST Diabetes and You November 1, 2013 <BR> Spring Valley, NY USA <BR> Contact: Editorial Department: <BR> <BR> Free copies of Walgreens Diabetes & You magazine are now available in all stores. <BR> <BR> November is American Diabetes Month, and free copies of the award-winning Walgreens Diabetes & You magazine are now available at over 8,000 Walgreens locations across the country, as well as online at <BR> <BR> Walgreens Diabetes & You's feature article is on hip... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 05:43:23 EST Is this where I introduce myself? Hey. My name is Shaunda, I'm 54 years old and I have menopausal weight gain. I am 5'3' and weigh 189 lbs. A real butterball I am. I've had weight problems all my life to the extent of 15 to 25 lbs and can usually get it off pretty easy, but this time I'm stuck. Normally when I gain weight I just start jogging and watching what I eat but this time I'm retaining incredible amounts of water (edema) in my legs and feet I can't even sit on my knees. I look like I have sausages for legs lol. I we... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 05:38:45 EST Hello I am new! Hello! <BR> I am new to SP! <BR> I happened to come upon this website when I was surfing the web this AM in desperation! <BR> I have been dieting for ever and just seem to be gaining weight! My goal weight is 129 and I am a very fat 153 and scared! I have no clothes that fit and I don't want to leave the house because of that! <BR> I think I will try the LCHF diet next! Does anyone have any suggestions? <BR> <BR> I decided not to try that diet but I am at as loss to what I should try! I am t... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:28:45 EST Hello Well my first post here goes! My name is Lavinia I'm 37 years old and weigh 285lbs!! It's the heaviest I've ever been and I hate it. I've tried so many diets I've lost count. Normal is something I don't seem to know the meaning of as I seem to either be on a diet and hungry or not on a diet treating everyday like I'm gonna be on a diet so therefore having my last treats. It's a horrible cycle I can't seem to get out of. So here I am asking for help to maybe change this mindset once and for al... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:11:12 EST Hi I've never posted on anything in my life but I hope that posting this will allow me to turn a page in my weigh loss journey. I have been an introvert all my life and because of this I eat to feel the void of being lonely. I'm hoping that posting on this board will be cathartic and I can come out of my shell enough to enjoy life and all it has to offer. Thanks for listening to my little rant. With all that being said HI ALL <em>213</em> Wed, 9 Oct 2013 18:18:33 EST Hello Hello everyone, My name is Jennifer. I am 27 years old and have lost 19 lbs and am 85 lbs to my goal weight. I have a personal blog (I know seems weird I would be scared to post lol.) that I has started to try and keep me accountable for my loss. Feel free to check it out. I would love to make new weight loss friends that understand the struggles we are going through. If you need support feel free to add me. <link> </link> Sat, 5 Oct 2013 15:59:11 EST new Hey all! I'm trying to lose weight and develop a healthier relationship with food. I have an almost 3 year old and am trying to instill healthy eating habits into her as well. I'm here looking for encouragement and motivation and I hope I can help others as well. I'm not really great at making friends because I have poor social skills but I'm trying to change this. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:28:02 EST Back on SparkPeople, Was a Member Last Fall/Winter Hi!! I'm Cindie. I was on SparkPeople last year, really enjoyed it, but left for a while. I've decided to come out of my shell and start communicating and joining teams on here. I think SparkPeople is so positive, I love the trackers, although, the last couple of days recently, haven't been using them. And that's not good. I've been dealing with PMDD and now my menstrual cycle. But as soon as I feel better, I'll be back on track. What started out as a way to get into better shape, feel better... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 00:23:46 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 20 Aug 2013 23:17:04 EST Graphs So, please could someone tell me how to post the little~~ graphs? So I can show my weight loss or mileage?? Dingbat can't figure out how to do that? Thanks Sat, 17 Aug 2013 14:01:42 EST To lengthen thy life lessen thy meals <em>4</em> <em>4</em> I am thankful that without the overwhelming taste of hot cheese puffs lettuce tastes so sweet. Without the chemically manipulated taste of ranch dressing balsamic vinegar is truly awesome. It is so true thar hunger flavors your food. Sun, 14 Jul 2013 11:15:40 EST First time posting but lifetime dieter Hello, I decided to try Sparkpeople after regaining 100 pounds and getting back up tp my pre gastric bypass weight. The daily menus arr so helpful. I am still learning my way around the site but I had to start somewhere! Sun, 14 Jul 2013 00:53:59 EST First time posting but lifetime dieter Hello, I decided to try Sparkpeople after regaining 100 pounds and getting back up tp my pre gastric bypass weight. The daily menus arr so helpful. I am still learning my way around the site but I had to start somewhere! Sun, 14 Jul 2013 00:52:56 EST Never posted, but I need to try something differen My name is Lauren and I'm "fluffy". Its something I've been struggling with as long as I can remember. I hope to lose roughly 75 pounds. Not only am I dealing with being over weight, but battling depression, asthma, taking care of a husband (whom I adore) with a TBI & drinking problem, plus we are recently married so we are still in that "just figuring out our roles"stage. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 16:32:59 EST Introduction I'm new to spark people and still figuring things out. I'd love to join this group. I've read some of the posts and find them encouraging and upbeat. Here's my very first post! <BR> <BR> Love the summer. <BR> I'm thankful for good health, good friends, my grandchildren, and music and dance. <BR> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:58:45 EST I am tired of comparing myself to others I have joined SparkPeople because I am tired of comparing myself to every beautiful woman. Never measuring up. The only true thing that I can change is my weight. I cant change all the other things wrong with me but at least with this I dont have to feel insignificant next to someone who is not obese. I will learn to accept the things I cant change but...this I can. I hope this will help me turn the page on obesity in my life. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:21:45 EST Discouraged and feel alone... I joined this site a few years back and never did anything - it's kinda funny that I was almost 20 lbs lighter then. About a year ago I was in the best shape of my life. I weighed 157 lbs but it was almost all muscle. I delivered mail and walked about six miles a day in the Florida heat. I had an accident last August and since then I have been out, with the exception of a few weeks in an office job. <BR> I'm five foot one so 182 lbs looks like 230 lbs on someone else. I can't stand to look at... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 13:39:26 EST Weight Bar How do I add the weight bar at the bottom of posts? <BR> <BR> *After posting this a link came up to add the ticker :) Sun, 30 Jun 2013 06:35:47 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 27 Jun 2013 16:20:02 EST ((Free TV))WatcH Australia vs Iraq Live Streaming Watch Australia vs Iraq Live Stream HDTV Online <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Click Here : <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Click Here : <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Click Here : <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Australia vs Iraq live,watch Soccer Football Games game live online, Australia vs Iraq live online, Philadelphia Phillies vs Minnesota Vikingss live on internet tv, <BR> <BR> Australia vs Iraq live webc... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 03:27:42 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 21 May 2013 11:34:22 EST scared, ashamed and lost I joined this site a few years ago and then didn't do anything with it. I'm great at reading about weight loss, healthy eating and new recipe ideas for healthier meals. If that counted for something I'd have lost weight by now. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I am embarrassed, ashamed and horrified about my current weight. I have 100+ pounds to lose to get my BMI just to the border of healthy /overweight. I'm scared to start and fail again and gain more weight. <BR> <BR> I don't want to share t... Fri, 17 May 2013 02:58:28 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 23 Mar 2013 20:20:15 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 16 Mar 2013 07:45:32 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:14:25 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:09:56 EST Hi My name is Audrey. I'm new to posting and a little nervous about posting, but I really want to. I enjoy reading what others have to say. I am a happy 56 year old grandmother. I need to lose 50 lbs, but I just don't stick to any programs. I went shopping with by two beautiful 32 year old twin daughter yesterday and tried on clothes. What a shocker. That's when you notice how you really look. I woke up this morning and thought 'today is the first day of my new self'. I need to take it ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 10:34:24 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:00:54 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 7 Jan 2013 14:58:53 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 7 Jan 2013 14:34:53 EST New Here Hello! Same as some others here, I too am not sure if I am doing this right, so let me know. I've joined for encouragement and motivation, so please feel free to help/advise. I joined Spark last year but the last 2 years have been emotionally draining on me and very stressful and left me as heavy as I was almost 10 years ago when I had my son and the least active I've ever been. I think I am now ready to try to make this work again and start my new life. I NEED to get healthy again if I ... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 15:58:10 EST Joined years ago I joined spark a few years ago but did nothing with it. This is my first post. Additionally, the groups seem to be women-centric. I'm not trying to be a creepy voyeur or something but I hope that maybe some peer pressure might help. <BR> <BR> I left a 28 year career that required fitness about a year ago and have ballooned since. I now need to lose about 70 pounds. <BR> <BR> I hope that maybe I can give and receive encouragement through this. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Bill Tue, 1 Jan 2013 18:33:37 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:29:13 EST 2013 Daily Appreciation s-Gratitudes (Welcome All) Whether you agree or just feel it could be possible, that you create your joy from within, Sincere gratitude empowers you to focus on the positive aspects of life, and develops into greater awareness and appreciation of the overlooked, often misinterpreted, and ever so important little blessings that make up this experience we call life. <BR> <BR> Please join me in posting 5 things you appreciate each day. I will be here with my 5 when it is 2013 for me. <BR> <BR> "When things go well gra... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 16:05:35 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 26 Dec 2012 23:07:08 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:01:22 EST HELLO!!! I've been working with Sparkpeople for about a month now, I thought it's about time I come out of my shell and introduce myself. I was having a blast with the trackers at first. And I was able to drop 10 pounds!!! Woo-Hoo!!! I took a break due to illness and I'm trying to get back into the swing of things. Oh, about that introduction, I'm Cindie, my grandfather use to call me Cinderella and my good friend Darryl. I'm 39, married, a mother to a tween, and a kitty lover. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 20:26:37 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 19 Nov 2012 22:38:50 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 16 Nov 2012 18:45:32 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 14 Nov 2012 11:59:42 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 1 Nov 2012 10:39:55 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 30 Oct 2012 19:58:45 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:09:58 EST help! I have been steadily gaining weight for the past 3 months I'm up to 15 pounds gained and I can't seem to stop! Everyday I get up thinking I'm going to be good and go back to the site and next thing I. Know im pigging out on some junk food...i need help and I don't know how to turn it around! I use to be so good and now I feel like i can't do it! <BR> Thanks for any advice, <BR> Adriana Thu, 25 Oct 2012 18:28:35 EST help! I have been steadily gaining weight for the past 3 months I'm up to 15 pounds gained and I can't seem to stop! Everyday I get up thinking I'm going to be good and go back to the site and next thing I. Know im pigging out on some junk food...i need help and I don't know how to turn it around! I use to be so good and now I feel like i can't do it! <BR> Thanks for any advice, <BR> Adriana Thu, 25 Oct 2012 18:27:58 EST help! I have been steadily gaining weight for the past 3 months I'm up to 15 pounds gained and I can't seem to stop! Everyday I get up thinking I'm going to be good and go back to the site and next thing I. Know im pigging out on some junk food...i need help and I don't know how to turn it around! I use to be so good and now I feel like i can't do it! <BR> Thanks for any advice, <BR> Adriana Thu, 25 Oct 2012 15:07:19 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 25 Oct 2012 09:48:12 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 14 Oct 2012 10:23:42 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 24 Sep 2012 13:33:54 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 16 Sep 2012 14:21:20 EST Staying on track I work in a grocery store. I have a very stressful job and the urge to snack is hard to resist. <BR> How can I keep on track without grabbing snacks on the spur of the moment? Sun, 16 Sep 2012 12:41:14 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 14 Sep 2012 20:42:57 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 13 Sep 2012 12:31:14 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:40:25 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 9 Sep 2012 12:36:18 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 9 Sep 2012 12:24:36 EST vibrations of solutions The Law of Vibration states that every thing in this Universe has a specific vibration. A problem vibrates at a different rate than the solution. In order to become a vibrational match with the solution, you need to stop giving energy to the problem. Get centered in your heart space, ask for Divine guidance and allow the solution to unfold. It may come to you through a dream, a song on the radio, a random conversation, a billboard or a repeating thought. The Universe has a great sense of humo... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 22:27:32 EST 8 Unique & Surefire Ways to Control Your Appetite <link><BR>surefire-ways-to-control-your-appetite<BR>-part-1/ </link> <BR> <BR> I met the author of this article several years ago and have enjoyed his unique perspectives and most helpful tips. Thought I would share his wisdom here, Enjoy! <em>213</em> Thu, 6 Sep 2012 10:06:27 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 16 Aug 2012 19:04:49 EST Hello Glad to be a part of the Spark Team. New to this so hopefully will do things right. But looks like there is no right or wrong way for doing things. <BR> Hope you all have a great day and stay on track. <em>30</em> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 12:56:47 EST New! Anyone who cares? My name is Rhia, 45yrs old. I'm a mother a 16yr old girl, 15, 13 and 9 yr old boys, a total of four. By this time, I'm working 8 to10 hours in a day - five times in a week in the office, working at least 2 to 3 hours in a day at home and full time on saturdays and sundays doing household chores. To tell you... I'm a solo parent and i don't have helper in the house. I missed those days that i was about at 20's... i used to exercise. Now i really feel i'm heavvvy and so so uggggly. I want to... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 03:25:28 EST Deep Breath... and Dive in My name is Jill and I am 28 years old. I have two children (Seven year old daughter, and Four year old son), and have been married 9 years yesterday. Unfortunately there have been some people in my life that have made it a habit to put me down daily, and have successfully squashed any real spirit I used to have in abundance. I have little to no self confidence left, and therefore have been a member here for years (under a different account for a while) and never actually posted. I'd love to g... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 16:10:44 EST Hi! My name is Diane. I am a former WW member who had to quit due to financial constraints. I found SparkPeople, but I'm a little shy about posting. I AM having a difficult time following any sort of weight loss programme. I eat healthfully, but too much. I want to cut back, but I feel the need to nosh frequently during the day. Sometimes for hunger, sometimes just as a crutch. I have started to track my food, but have not been consistent. I guess that would be my first step, no matter wha... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 09:45:29 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 9 Aug 2012 16:26:37 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 9 Aug 2012 12:39:56 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 9 Aug 2012 05:54:33 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 2 Aug 2012 16:14:13 EST New beginnings Hi all!!! I am so new to this and have no idea what I am doing but am going to try to stick it out. I have 20 lbs to lose and have tried and failed so many times it's not funny! Not even sure if I am learning how to post correctly so if I do something wrong please tell me. Wish me luck in all of this. Sat, 28 Jul 2012 07:27:32 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 13 Jul 2012 13:09:34 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 12 Jul 2012 06:28:56 EST feeling great today I'm going to slow down, smell the roses and appreciate what I've done to this point instead of looking at the negative. It's been a slow process and I've lost 8 pounds but I'VE LOST 8 POUNDS!!!! Yaay for me! <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 4 more pounds this month. I'm going to focus on drinking water and exercising - the rest will fall into place. <BR> <BR> Thanks to everyone who has been there for me! I appreciate you! Mon, 9 Jul 2012 07:48:37 EST umm....hi. I don't know why it's so hard for me to get involved here...I guess because my history of weight loss attempts shows so little success I didn't want to commit to something I couldn't follow through on. <BR> <BR> But here I am. I don't own a scale so I dont' know how much I weigh, nor do I want to. For me it's more about fitness and looking better. I'm 44 years old, 5'10" and for most of my life have fluctuated in size from a 12 to an 18...I've never been one to stick to any exercise or die... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 13:52:02 EST Ready to put in some work! Hey everyone, my name is SJ and I'm 20 years old. Honestly- I'm not quite sure what to put here so I guess I'll just talk a bit about my weight concerns along with some things I enjoy. Basically, I've never had serious problems with my weight. It's always just been a gradual increase kind of thing. Lately though, I've been starting to feel more and more crappy about it and I know that if I let it get even more out of control, things are going to change and instead of feeling crappy just every... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 09:08:42 EST Finally introducing myself hello i am hope4150 and i just wanted to take to break the ice and get involved with this group especially since we are a community of like-minded people as the the name of the group would aptly suggest, lol. i am 23 years old and i have been battling obesity my whole life. last year i had reached a point where i had had it. Up until recently i have been successful. but lately i am struggling to be motivated. I'm constantly putting the needs of others before my own and has cost me a lot. i c... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 12:28:23 EST hi hi my name is ana but i have question how i can lose weight i weight 150 and im short 4'10 i mean i work out and stuff but i fail i need help and support i been dealing with eating disoder at young age now i feel ashmed of eating too much i mean i watch how much i eat and stuff but i feel depressed sometime i have no friends because of my weight but i need help and support <em>39</em> Sun, 1 Jul 2012 01:55:51 EST Getting Started Today is the day I decided to recommit to really losing some serious weight. I've been with Spark for awhile but never stayed with it. This is my first post, but not the last. 50 pounds or bust! Thu, 28 Jun 2012 22:29:01 EST success is sweet i've lost 8 pounds and feel wonderful. with hypothyroidism and some health concerns, i've been able to lose 8 pounds.....i'm feeling great! Thu, 28 Jun 2012 07:14:05 EST Ready to lose a whole person!!!!! Hi everybody. I joined SP I think in January but I never followed through. But I am excited and ready to lose some weight, get healthier and fit and make some new Spark friends along the way. My name is Jennie and I have a lot of weight to lose although I have already lost almost 65 pounds since I started losing this time. I love to read; be online; encourage others and do lots of volunteer work. I also LOVE my job. I am single and very happy with my life. I look forward to meeting you or as ... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 17:52:41 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 23 Jun 2012 12:28:56 EST Scared but Determined! Hello, <BR> <BR> I've been part of Sparkpeople for quite a while now, but lose my motivation often. Also, I haven't had the guts to post anything. I really wanted to make a change in my health, not just my weight but the way I feel about myself in general. I'm my worst enemy and have always put myself down for this or that. At the end of the last school year (i'm a teacher too) I made a commitment to really change my lifestyle. Not just my weight, but my overall look at myself! I joine... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 17:00:05 EST Afraid to commit I'm afraid to commit, my life has been a roller coaster. 38 years ago I weight 113 pounds now I weight 173. I want to go back to my old way but I think I don't want enough because I haven't lost a pound. <BR> Spark people are been a great help, reading the messages and trying to made them my push to change. <BR> Today 12 of June is my start again but this time I'M GOING TO MAKE IT. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 06:26:10 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 31 May 2012 21:26:16 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 30 May 2012 09:32:26 EST Thankful for class Went to my diabetic management class and the dietician told me about this website Thu, 24 May 2012 15:51:04 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 19 May 2012 12:38:52 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 18 May 2012 14:56:44 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 14 May 2012 22:00:37 EST Thankful stuff? Hmm Howdy. New here. Probably setting myself up w/ too much stuff to do. <BR> It's a nice day today. <BR> Wife is doing well, enjoying Mom's day. <BR> Getting garden stuff done. <BR> Enjoying some new equipment, computer, kitchen gadgets. <BR> Oop, time to move the chickens. We do so enjoy them, and the eggs. Sun, 13 May 2012 13:46:13 EST I am not sure what I am doing here. I have only been with sparks people for 3 weeks. I am very grateful for the Nutrition tracker and the Fitness tracker. I have also made a few goals that have been quit helpful, but I feel lost and I am not sure how to go about joining the community. I am scared to post. I hope I have done this right? Bear with me. I will figure it out eventually. <em>40</em> Thu, 10 May 2012 17:10:26 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 8 May 2012 09:23:55 EST A lil advice please?!? I have been taking boxing classes for about a month now and I knew going into it that I would be gaining some muscle. However, i've gained about 6 lbs and im meeting all my goals for my food log. Does anyone have any idea how long this will last? I am starting to get discouraged and I don't want to get scared of the scale and quit. some advice is greatly appreciated!!! <em>33</em> Fri, 4 May 2012 21:14:01 EST Hi Hi, my name is cindy and i am new to sparkpeople. I am trying to lose weight and get healthier eating habits at the same time. I have tried some recipes I found here and enjoyed them. Fri, 4 May 2012 15:29:36 EST Question about fitness trackers Hi my name is Karen and I have a question about the fitness trackers. I been updating my activity for a while but I'm not sure if I'm doing right. I add the cardio activity manually and then checked the box to add the exercises in my strenght training workout page. But I'm also adding this activity, the strenght training, as a cardio, manually to have a record the calorie burned and the time expended in that activity. Am I doing wrong? <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help. Thu, 3 May 2012 20:45:52 EST Hello My name is Tina. I've been a member of SparkPeople since 2008. I've been on the weight roller coaster for many years. I really like this community and am jumping in with both feet this time. Though I'm still learning to navigate through the site I hope to become more active with participating in all that it has to offer for the journey. I am looking forward to getting healthier and meeting new friends along the way. <BR> Thu, 3 May 2012 13:28:20 EST Hi I am new at doing this (blogging?) I am a happy 56 year old grandma who would like to lose about 50 lbs. I and not very disciplined with my eating and exercising so I thought this site would help. I do want to look better and feel better (especially as I'm getting older). I hope I can keep this up. Tue, 1 May 2012 12:43:35 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 1 May 2012 11:08:14 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 29 Apr 2012 14:00:58 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 27 Apr 2012 19:04:08 EST Hi! Hi, Just wanted to say that I am so ready to live a healthier lifestyle. I am finding it hard to incorporate exercise into my busy schedule, but I know I can do it. I just need to make small changes. Anyway, I am here and I am ready to be a loser. =) Wed, 25 Apr 2012 15:25:07 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 24 Apr 2012 13:44:08 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 23 Apr 2012 13:37:16 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 21 Apr 2012 06:49:48 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 14 Apr 2012 09:30:35 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 5 Apr 2012 13:38:50 EST Posting for the first time Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm not exactly new to Spark People but I am recently back to regain some ground I lost. In 2010, I had a fantastic job and I was out on my own for the first time in my life, a girl from central PA out in the wilds of North Dakota! I got motivated and lost 40lbs. Within a few months of meeting that goal, I unfortunately lost my job and had to go home with my tail tucked between my legs. Now, I gained all my weight back ( I had gone from 295- 255) and I'm ready to work all of i... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 00:54:36 EST Newbie Alert Hi, my name is Brandy. I am a 30y/o woman who has struggled with her weight since about the age of 13! I'm pretty shy, new around here and still learning the ropes and any help/advice is appreciated. I hope to be a regular around here, make some new friends and achieve some awesome goals!! <BR> <BR> Good luck everyone!! Mon, 19 Mar 2012 00:00:47 EST Easy Vegan Meals Cookbook I am not sure I will even be able to get back to this page or topic but here it goes..... <BR> I came across an article on eating vegan and ended up on looking at the "Easy Vegan Meals by Spark People............. by Stephanie Romine. It sounds awesome and I would love to have it but I only found it available on Kindle. Since I don't have one it is no help to me. Is there another version available to Spark Members? Hope I can find the reply when it comes. <BR> I am not computer saa... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 15:45:08 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:31:32 EST How long will I carry this baby fat? Hello all, I am Pat. I have been on spark for about a month. I am over 50 and my baby will be 30 in June, and I still have a 42 inch waist! I have come to realize that as a single female I stepped back out of living into my own private life. With no regular friends I visited. I went out to work, food shopping and that was it for the most part. So on Friday's my parties were with cookie, potato chips, ice cream and soda and a good movie. I thought I was doing fine until I started having healt... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 12:22:36 EST hi, i'm karen I'm starting my weight loss journey (again!). I really need some support from others in the same situation. I'm fighting an uphill battle tho, with work ($) stress, medical problems, age, and no body to look to for support. Trying to lose weight seems like just one more chore. I've tried at lot of diet plans and they have worked (to an extent) but the emotional toll took over and I gave up. <BR> If someone has any thoughts or positive insights I could really use them. Wed, 7 Mar 2012 21:34:37 EST Hi Hello, <BR> <BR> I joined this site a long time ago then some health issues got in the way and I never followed up. Well now I am back and have a lot of weight to drop between now and August because I am GETTING MARRIED!!!!! I found the dress now to make it look good!!!! Here goes!!!! <em>104</em> Tue, 6 Mar 2012 12:25:28 EST At 63 plus I want to only "yo" Hi - I'm Dee63 (almost Dee64) I have been yo-yo dieting my entire life. I finally realized that it is time to only "yo" - that is to stop vacillating, lose weight for good and adopt a healthier lifestyle. I am on my "weigh..." I've lost a few pounds and have joined a gym with a mature buddy. (Working out with a woman my own age and with the same limitations is liberating.) <BR> I have been reading sparkpeople on the net and find it truly motivational. Thank you all for helping me begin... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 08:18:26 EST New to this site. Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I've just joined Sparkpeople as I want a healthier new me. I'm a busy mum of four and I run my own business. My children range between 20 and 11 and now I seem to have a lot more time to myself to concentrate on looking after myself. <BR> <BR> It's time to get this show on the road! If anybody fancies joining me to keep motivated your very welcome as I am going to need it. Fri, 2 Mar 2012 14:59:20 EST Hello to Everyone Hi, my name is Jo. I am a mother of 6 children aged between 19 and 2. I enjoy reading and music as well as swimming and walking. However, I have found it difficult to indulge in any of my hobbies in recent years, mostly due to lack of time or energy. I have always struggled with my weight, having successfully lost weight in the past only to gain it again. The birth of my youngest child resulted in quite a large weight gain, which I have been unable to lose. I've been told that my age i... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 11:35:30 EST Over 50 Hi! I am totally am so sick of following these crazy diets that eliminate food...I lose weight and then gain it all back plus some extra just for fun haha. I would like to know is anyone else over 50 has lost weight just by counting the calories. What is everyone eating? i cannot tell you how excited I am to eat good food like fruit and healthy carbs instead of just protein. Please someone out there let me know how you are doing and what you are doing. Thanks. A starving teacher! Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:21:42 EST Hello friends I am elizabeth from Ohio. I just recently joined sparkpeople. I have a long way to go in my journey to weight loss but stay optimistic. I have many wonderful resources here to fall back on. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks for having this team, I find myself anxious to post in any of the other teams. Sun, 26 Feb 2012 15:07:02 EST Just to tell myself I am not scared to post Hi all, <BR> <BR> well, ever since I've joined this team I receive mails every now and then that somebody has posted in the "Scared to post". I just wanna say that I am not scared to post anymore and here's my first post. <em>41</em> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 02:03:54 EST diet and exercise?? Hi, <BR> I'm not sure if I am doing this right I have never posted on spark but I have a question about the whole diet and exercise thing. My first month was great this is my second month and I have stopped losing weight. I eat my 1200 calories a day and do cardio 5 times a week (burning 400-600 calories on those days) It's weird but it seems adding the cardio was what stopped me :( <BR> Help... I'm sure this added stress isn't good either. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Michelle Fri, 24 Feb 2012 09:47:14 EST New Kid on the Block Hello; my name is Lori and I am new to posting. I am not new to, just didn't have the motivation to do it the first time around. Now I am at my heaviest weight and have around 175 pounds to lose. That is almost 3/4's of my current weight. I have some health issues currently going on and I know that if I lost this weight that is currently weighting me down, that not only would I feel better, but I would have much more energy. Right now, I am currently a caregiver for my e... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 03:12:23 EST Hi everyone Just started and wanted to say "Hi". I am starting my new journey. Trying to make a lifestyle change and not going on another diet. Looking forward to sharing this journey with all of you. <em>213</em> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 12:55:38 EST newbeeie hi i need tips on grocerys i can't afford fresh produce and fruit the heakth food is exs=pence and he junk food is not i have a tight budget im widowed since 99 my boys were 10 &4 they are 22&17 any help would be great Thu, 16 Feb 2012 02:42:37 EST A Beautiful View Suggest you view this in fullscreen (click on the little 4-arrow icon to the immediate left of the word vimeo at lower right of vid frame) <BR> <BR> Don't forget: Esc key gets you out of fullscreen. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ll-blow-your-mind/ </link> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 22:29:01 EST Exercise When is the best time to exercise? Sun, 12 Feb 2012 17:37:39 EST New to Spark Hi I've recently stopped smoking and now I'm going to lose these extra pounds so I ll be healthy once again. I need all the motivation I can get so I'm looking forward to all the great advice and tips from fellow members that I know Ill find on here.I can do this <em>249</em> Sat, 11 Feb 2012 20:23:18 EST just getting started Not yet physical fit but looking forward in exercising and breathing in fresh air. <BR> Tue, 7 Feb 2012 10:59:05 EST 5 weeks until Spring Break :) Hi! My name is Marianna Jelani! And I'm on here to achieve the weight/size that I've always wanted to be which is a size 10/12 so I can be a plus sized model/actress. My intermediate goal is to look good in my swimsuit for spring break which will probably be a monokini since I doubt my stomach will be flat enough lol. <BR> I've always been pretty closed about my goals because I'm afraid of people judging me when I don't achieve them. I'm looking for positive support so that if I go off track... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 15:02:23 EST Heyyyyy!!!!! A little about me.. <BR> Im Amber, im 22 and i have a gorgeous little boy who will be 2 in may, im from the UK. <BR> I started my weightloss journey last june weighing 216.5lbs and im currently at 198.5lbs using weightwatchers (slow but steady LOL) but im getting abit bored of it so i thought id give this ago. <BR> <BR> I hope to meet some lovely, supportive people on here. <BR> Good luck to everybody here (and especially those of you kind enough to read my post hehe :)) xx Wed, 1 Feb 2012 18:56:56 EST Hello First time joining something like this and I am not a poster. I think that's correct. Anyway, hello everyone. I need to lose a tremendous amount of weight and I hope that I am strong enough to do so. Wed, 1 Feb 2012 16:32:13 EST hello Hey everyone, My name is Leslie and I'm 42 years old (uggg so dislike the sound of that) anyway, I'm the mother of two awesome kids 18 and 16. I live near Vidalia, ga. and have about 18 lbs to lose, as of which is kicking my butt to get off. I'm very shy, so this is a big step for me to be posting anything. Hope to make some friends since i've lost touch with most of mine that I went to school with. Good luck with the weight loss everyone. :-) Thu, 26 Jan 2012 19:16:05 EST New Need Help on how to get stated Hi, <BR> This is a first for me. I'm just starting and trying to learn and will need help on how to get started. <BR> <BR> I know we can do this together. Please relpy <BR> Sat, 21 Jan 2012 23:09:10 EST I am new to this! I am new to the site confused about using spark people where do I start ? <em>40</em> Sat, 21 Jan 2012 05:07:10 EST Hi my name is Luceepop Im a single mum with a 7 month old and a 14 year old ive let myself go considerably my weight has reached a massive 18st 4 im devastated lonely and suffer depression im on anti depressants which are not helping my weight i hate my body not worked for a few years I want this year to be my year to change i want to lose 8 stone and gain employment or volunteer i have so many bad habits dont no where to start im so fed up of being fat frumpy an unattractive i wanna be able to take kids swimming a... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 14:14:17 EST Intoduction Hello. Joined SP today. I'm looking forward to losing at least 30 lbs that I haven't been able to get off for the last 4 years. i love dance type exercise & stumbled across this site looking for exercise shoes. i'm 61 years old, married 40 years, have 5 grandchildren, and am excited about promoting my health and energy for optimal living. <BR> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 14:25:48 EST Intoduction Hello. Joined SP today. I'm looking forward to losing at least 30 lbs that I haven't been able to get off for the last 4 years. i love dance type exercise & stumbled across this site looking for exercise shoes. i'm 61 years old, married 40 years, have 5 grandchildren, and am excited about promoting my health and energy for optimal living. <BR> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 14:24:38 EST Intoduction Hello. Joined SP today. I'm looking forward to losing at least 30 lbs that I haven't been able to get off for the last 4 years. i love dance type exercise & stumbled across this site looking for exercise shoes. i'm 61 years old, married 40 years, have 5 grandchildren, and am excited about promoting my health and energy for optimal living. <BR> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 14:23:14 EST Intoduction Hello. Joined SP today. I'm looking forward to losing at least 30 lbs that I haven't been able to get off for the last 4 years. i love dance type exercise & stumbled across this site looking for exercise shoes. i'm 61 years old, married 40 years, have 5 grandchildren, and am excited about promoting my health and energy for optimal living. <BR> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 14:21:43 EST Another Newbie My name is Diane and I have decided that it's time to take my life back. I recently turned fifty (gasp!!!) and it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with my beautiful, adorable, and dare I say perfect, eight year old grandson. I want to be around to watch him grow up and become the man God intends him to be! I also want to enjoy the company of my wonderful husband for many, many years to come. I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and currently working as a Christian Counsel... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 12:47:19 EST Hi....AGAIN!!! Who I Am? Three words that are hard for me to figure out how to answer. I could start with the obvious: I am a mother to a wonderful, active, vibrant 6 year-old little girl and a 2 month old little girl (YIKES!!); engaged to a wonderful husband (I love my soldier!), and a daughter to two wonderful and loving parents. But underneath it all is the description that the world sees: I AM A FAT PERSON!! This is the description that I want to change the most. I am tired of being the “fat girl”. I wa... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 00:47:27 EST loosing weight Hi everyone, I am a member of sparks but have really never used it that long, I want to loose weight but dont know how to go about doing it, I have no motivation, want to start up some kind of a weight loss program, how can I do that with sparks? Tue, 10 Jan 2012 06:52:24 EST hello everyone Hello. I am new to sparkpeople. I would just like to introduce myself. I am 28 years old and a mother of 3 children. I joined this website because I am trying to lose 50 pounds. I would like to be healthy for myself, my kids, and my husband. So anyway, hello everyone, lol. I am new to this type of thing so if anyone has any suggestions for me please let me know. Sat, 7 Jan 2012 13:21:36 EST new to Spark Hi I'm Janet and have known about Spark for about a year now but my new year resolution is to become more healthy and fit and of course lose weight ! My aim is to lose about 16 Kilos. Not sure what that converts to in pounds. I am English & have lived in Athens, Greece for many years. Could really do with the support of Spark members and looking forward to this journey. Thu, 5 Jan 2012 08:03:13 EST Here I go again I am 61 years old and each January I seem to start again with the goals. Want to keep it up this time! I have about 15 pounds to go and want to be realistic about starting and keeping it up! <BR> I am off of work this week and am getting ready to put everything in place for a real start on Jan 9 when I am back to a routine. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 10:11:54 EST Hi I'm Ms Lisa , I'm diabetic , shy , single , a people person and trying to get tone up for better health. I'm not sure what to say here but , I'm willing to give spark people a try , I'm not very motivated when it comes to walking or excercising so Help . walking alone is no fun. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 06:22:48 EST Hello This is my my first day with Spark People. I am very excited to start and finish my weight loss goals. I am navigating through the website and trying to figure everything out. Wow! I am very impressed with it so far. I look forward to working with all of you to help motivate me and stay on track. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 14:15:16 EST 2012 Daily Gratitudes -Welcome All! "The common meaning of gratitude is to be thankful for benefits received. While this is important, I feel that the energy of gratitude is one of the most powerful attracting forces in the universe. A heart filled with Thanksgiving, even when appearances tell us that we are mired in scarcity, conflict, and affliction, moves us to a higher frequency in consciousness -- and we soon witness reality shining through the illusion." <BR> - John Randolph Price <BR> <BR> The idea here is to write at l... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 14:03:36 EST 2012 Daily Gratitude/Ap ppreciations Since there is no way to edit the topic, I am re-posting this thread with correct spelling.... <BR> <em>245</em> <BR> Please post to other post with correct spelling.... <em>24</em> Sun, 1 Jan 2012 13:55:50 EST NewYears Hi. This is my third time trying sparkpeople, and i want to fully commit this time! Im hoping i can finally take the initiative to change and become a healthier person. My new years resolution :) Sun, 1 Jan 2012 03:13:59 EST Depression Hello. Depression is a big part of my yoyo behaviors over the years. I am now at my highest weight ever at age 61. My kids are very worried about my descent into immobility and isolation. I don't just want to lose weight. I want to be active, organized, and hopeful. I am going to a mental health center which is working on the emotional end of this problem. I'm hoping this site will give me the direction to move forward and take good care of myself. Thank you so very much, Robertakaye Sun, 1 Jan 2012 02:14:35 EST Anyone Have Any Helpful Advice?? Hello Everyone. My name is Stephanie Lynn and I just joined today. I am getting married in 10 months and I don't feel comfortable the way I am. I have gained a lot of weight over the past 3 years that I have been with my fiancée and I am not happy about it. I am a little nervous doing this alone without help. I don't know if I can be strong. Well I guess I just need others to reassure me that I can do things sometimes. Well I wish everyone the best of luck! Wed, 28 Dec 2011 10:40:27 EST ? hi, I have a question. I am really confused on how to use these forums and I don't know how to post on certain topics in groups and I don't know how I can delete my posts, does anyone have any recommendations? Thu, 15 Dec 2011 11:09:47 EST Hello everyone! glad I wasn't the only one scared to post. :) Tue, 13 Dec 2011 21:47:27 EST Finally ready to change my body, and life:) My name is Becky....I am 48 years old. I am married & have 4 grown Children. I joined this site a few years back but never really was ready to change my life:( I am disabled... I have Lupus, Type 2 Diabetes, and also Thyroid problems. I was feeling sorry for myself for the longest time but then we got a treadmill given to us so I have been walking on it for about 2 months now:) It has become part of my morning routine, and is just second nature now:) I am up to 37 minutes:) <BR> When I first... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 21:11:42 EST LOA and affirmations "Any words you speak have a frequency, and the moment you speak them they are released into the Universe. The law of attraction responds to all frequencies, and so it is also responding to the words that you speak. When you use very strong words, such as "terrible", "shocking" and "horrible" to describe any situation in your life, you are sending out an equally strong frequency, and the law of attraction must respond by bringing that frequency back to you. <BR> <BR> The law is impersonal, an... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 18:48:25 EST Not sure I am posting right I guess I am suppose to created a new topic to talk to everyone on a Sparks team like I am doing now. If I want to reply to a certain person I hit their reply button.... Right??? Fri, 18 Nov 2011 22:08:56 EST Nurse J HI everyone just call me Nurse J. my friend introduce me to sparks people and i"m glad she did,right now i am just getting familiar with all the options and support i can get from know that with your help i will not fail again,i"m feeling confident and happy already thanks a million everyone. Wed, 16 Nov 2011 12:06:47 EST Can't figure out how to post! I'm sure I'm making this too hard, but I CAN NOT figure out how to post under an established topic! Help is appreciated. Tue, 15 Nov 2011 11:09:45 EST The Latest China Study "Usually, the first thing a country does in the course <BR> of economic development is to introduce a lot of livestock. <BR> Our data are showing that this is not a very smart move <BR> and the Chinese are listening. They are realizing that <BR> animal-based agriculture is not the way to go...We are <BR> basically a vegetarian species and should be eating a <BR> wide variety of plant food and minimizing our intake of <BR> animal foods...Once people start introducing animal <BR> produc... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 08:32:07 EST grateful The chance to regroup <BR> -my kids <BR> -the rain and snow holding off till I go for a walk <BR> Tue, 8 Nov 2011 08:54:16 EST Looking for friendship and motivation !!!!!!!!!! hey all! I'm back here after having my self pity party for the last 3 months cuz i put 10 pounds back on, meanwhile as i was sulking about that 10 pounds I've managed to gain an additional 12 pounds. So I am back, and starting fresh. I am a 24 yo single mother of a near 4 yr old little boy. I love him to death but wish i had some other companionship and someone to talk to about my woes when it comes to my body,and someone to honestly help keep me going. I want to be able to play with him all ... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 02:00:20 EST What did you do for a workout today? We had our second big snowstorm of the season so I shoveled snow for an hour....and the sun came out when I was nearly finished. It felt like a reward for my effort. <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> What did you do? Wed, 2 Nov 2011 21:41:03 EST hello my name is missy i am excited to be a part of this site and i am thankful for sparkpeople and i'm always looking for friends and i wish everyone good luck.... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 00:08:26 EST Newbie Hi all, <BR> Have no idea what i'm doing, but my bestie is doing weight watchers and i wanted to do something along the same lines but online, so here i am. I have inflammation issues and am just starting to learn how food and diet are wreaking havoc on my body. I am interested in nutrition and weight loss and making it work for the rest of my family. <BR> <BR> ~J <em>249</em> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 13:03:11 EST Hi I am Joeleane Hello, my name is Joeleane and I live in Florida. I am a mother to a wonderful eight year old son, and have been married for eight years too. :) I am a full time college student, and hope to become an elementary teacher. I gained weight during my pregnancy with my son, and then shortly after he was born I was in two serious accidents, which made me gain even more weight. Well now I am sick of being out of shape, and ready to make a change!! I hope this website really helps me, because I have ... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 13:14:08 EST Grateful Grateful for my wonderful husband of 24 years. <BR> Grateful for my 2 wonderful boys <BR> Grateful for my church <BR> Very grateful for sparkpeople finally found something that I belive is going to be a life long motivation for me <BR> <BR> Sun, 9 Oct 2011 22:45:17 EST Im starting again. i need some motivation Hi im new and this if my first post my name is Katie and i lost 10 on this before but then i think i got to happy about it and went back to my old ways. thinking i wouldn't gain it back i need some help some motivation something! I have high blood pressure and cholesterol. Wish me luck im on my way to being happy and healthy and not failing again! Thu, 6 Oct 2011 04:35:36 EST Hello I'm new I'm amanda, and I'm excited to be using sparkpeople to help me get healthy. It's definitely hard but I know it will be worth it. If any of you have any advice I'd love to hear it. Wed, 5 Oct 2011 14:55:38 EST I'm new Hi, My name is Maria. I am 47 years old. I am a stay at home mom of twin boys age 13. I have been trying to lose 20lbs for a long time and can't seem to get it off. I would like to start to live a healtheir lifestyle and to be a good example for my boys. Mon, 3 Oct 2011 15:34:14 EST Hi This is my first post. I am the mother of three great kids, 2 teens and a tween. I have been doing SP for about 7 weeks now. I read that people who post are more successful than people who do not--so I thought I would give it a try. I have battled my weight off and on for most of my life. I have been on just about every diet. Lo carb took off the weight, but for me it was not a sustainable life style. I need balance in my life. I am excited about the support that SP provides to help members ... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 00:00:05 EST Hi to All! Today is my first day on Sparkpeople...first post on sparkpeople. (and it is a bit scary) I'm not the most internet knowledgeable person but I am willing to do what I can to help me lose this extra weight I've been carrying and get healthy. I'm really looking forward to meeting people who are sharing similar goals. <BR> <BR> This site looks fantastic. I can't wait to do a bit more exploring. I've already joined my first team...already signed up to visit daily and post my "i am thankful f... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 19:49:27 EST Hi, I'm gonna need a lot of support from all!!! I am fighting 30 pounds and it's winning! I work 3-12 hour days then have 3 days off, so my schedule fluxuates.I love to eat chips! I will try fuit and then buy chips! I also love the starbucks frappuccino (they keep me awake). So I guess I have some addictions to work on! I live alone during the week, my bf drives a truck and is only home on the weekends. I think I should tell you all I work in a store that sells grocs! Sun, 25 Sep 2011 10:06:50 EST New to Spark (tomorrow's my FIRST day!) Hi my name is Amy. I just signed up with Spark and tomorrow will be my "first day" to: make healthy choices/changes, exercise, think positive (try).... <BR> I want to loose about 35 pounds. I've always struggled with my weight. It's such a battle. <BR> We had to have our photos updated for our company website. What an eye-opener, I hardly recognized myself. I thought 'how could I let myself go like this??' <BR> Anyone else feel this way? Where do you find your motivation / inspiration? ... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 20:53:14 EST All Some People Need Is A Push Hey, <BR> I'm so very very new to this whole thing, and just happened to stumble upon this site and this discussion board, and I'm actually glad I did. I'm not quite sure what to say exactly, except that I'm just that normal 19 year old girl whose tired of looking this way. My problem is, I skip meals a lot, and then I overeat. And of course combined with the fact I dont exercise... EVER its just hit me now. I'm going away to school, and I want to go away a new person. <BR> Just need a lil m... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 00:25:19 EST Hey I devoted most of the day to learn about this site and there is so much information! I am so excited to be a new member! Tue, 20 Sep 2011 14:09:41 EST Need Help - can't find where to get tech support Dear SparkTeam... I didn't know where to ask for help on technical issues so I'll post it here or if you can point me to the right area on this site to ask such questions. <BR> <BR> I'm having an issue with Google Chrome browser. When trying to enter my daily strength info, the pop-up window does not display any of the fields correctly. Any ideas?? <BR> <BR> thank you for any help... Greg Fri, 16 Sep 2011 20:10:54 EST Hi Everyone! Hi, I'm a 29 year old mother of 3. I'm a registered nurse, so I know what I am supposed to do, but can't seem to get the job done. I had all three of my kids close together and never lost all of the weight between them. I recently lost 15 lbs on Weight Watchers, but proceeded to gain 25 back. I'm really encouraged by all the posts and SparkPages in SparkPeople and super motivated to get the job done the right way this time!!! Good luck to everyone in your weight loss journey! Wed, 14 Sep 2011 15:58:46 EST On my way... first time posting! Hi, I am a small business owner and mother of two. I love to exercise, but struggle with my food intake. I'm hoping I can connect with other motivated individuals and stay committed to tracking every morsel! Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:22:03 EST Help!! after 2 years of dieting and losing 5st I suddenly find myself falling off the wagon an odd biscuit here a spoon of sugar there. I'm trying to keep the fitness up but there always seems to be something more urgent demanding my time. I eat once a day and have been fine but the past few weeks its just not been enough and then I reach for the biscuit tin. I don't like eating but I love food - how does that work. I just got to my goal weight and now seem to have lost all control. I keep telling m... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 19:06:24 EST Brand New Hello everyone. Im new here and looking for friends to help with this journey that I have started many times before. Please help me to figure out what Im doing wrong!! Sun, 28 Aug 2011 04:51:22 EST Yo-Yo's anyone? 2007 = 140 lbs.= my ideal weight. I'm 5'8" and 60 years old so I think that's appropriate. Fast forward to now, 2011 = 210.4lbs. I'm disgusted at myself, beating myself up for gaining it all back. Hate to exercise - doesn't matter what kind. Love to read, computers, teach high school (don't EVEN get me started!) I remember in the day I used to LOVE to go to the club to do resistance and strength training (never did like cardio- ICK!) Now cannot even think about it let alone actually go.... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 23:09:53 EST Hi, I am MagicandBoo, I am excited to start this lifestyle change, I don't really know what I am doing so if anyone what's to help me out i would greatly appreciate it. I am a 48 yr old female who has 2 adult children, I also have 5 grandchildren 1 two year old, 3-six year olds and one 10 year old. I have been married for 20 years. I have been over weight all my life and been on too many diets i have lost count. I have type two diabetes and I need to lose weight and keep it off if I want to live to see my gran... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 03:50:18 EST hello!!! i am not new to spark people, but i am new to posting. i look forward to giving and getting encouragement from this community. Sat, 20 Aug 2011 11:52:39 EST I'm new Hey guys. I'm new to dieting this way. I'm new to asking for help. I'm new to being open like this but I know the other way was not working for me. So, I'm trying something new. I don't come to SparkPeople everyday (I'm working on it). I'm hoping getting involved will help me lose the 60 lbs that have to go. My doctor said I am boardering on diabeties, my ankles swell and my knees hurt all the time. There is a great possibility my weight has a lot to do with these problems. <BR> <BR> I give ... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 10:17:48 EST Gratitude After maybe three weeks I am finally posting. I am grateful to have conquered my hesitation. I am grateful for my wonderful children and supportive family. I finally graduated college. I am stronger emotionally. <em>334</em> Sat, 13 Aug 2011 13:10:04 EST Sure hope I did this correctly... I finding the message boards daunting and confusing. That aside... <BR> <BR> Hi! My name is Leslie and I've been a member for years, but have never, ever posted. The very prospect gives me severe anxiety, but I think having feedback from others would be beneficial. So! Here we are. I am 27 years-old and live in Colorado in the middle of nowhere where it's nice and quiet. I love working out and taking care of myself (in theory) but always seem to fall short by setting unrealistic goals... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 08:34:57 EST My name is Veronica aka "OHSOCREAMEE" I am a Mother of 4 and a very Laid-Back, Down-2-Earth Woman with a Beautiful Soul who enjoys meeting new individual, learning new things, and most of just experiencing what life as to offer. Not going into any major detail of why I am on here because I am pretty sure that you already as a notion of my joining this site...Right now this is bout all i have to say feel free to hit me up. Thu, 11 Aug 2011 15:41:15 EST Hi :) Hello everyone, I am new to the site, Im 26, and looking to make some big changes to my life an d hopefully make a few friends along the way. I want to lose 80lbs and Im Currently at 242 lbs. Wishing everyone good luck on their journeys Thu, 11 Aug 2011 14:46:28 EST Hey! Hi, I've been working with the Spark People for about 2 weeks and it really does intimidate me to post. I know I seriously need all the support I can get. I'm almost afraid to lose.weight for fear that I could just gain it back like so many times before. I know I'm a major emotional eater and unconscious eater. I also sabotage my own weight loss efforts. But all that said, I am hopefull, I have lost almost 4 lbs! I love all the motivational pages.and seeing all the success stories. Thanks fo... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 00:47:08 EST Hello Everybody! This is my first post and I am excited to be here I welcome anybody's advice when it comes to motivation. Looking forward for some feedback. Thu, 4 Aug 2011 22:13:58 EST Looking for new friends :) Hi guys, <BR> <BR> Ive just joined sparkspeople and am looking for likeminded people with 90lbs or so to lose. I am a stay at home mum so do not really have many people in terms of friends and the ones I do have are uber tiny and tell me I look fine how I am (i know I dont) just looking for support from anyne who is in the same boat as me, be nice to be able to share how I am doing with someone else. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to add, not really worked out how to do it just yet lol <BR> <B... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 13:24:52 EST SHE'S HERE! Cora Elaine was born Saturday, July 23, 2011, at 5:56 pm. She was 7 lbs, 13.6 oz, and 21.5" long. She and I both had a few complications, so she has had to stay in the hospital a few extra days to finish a course of antibiotics. She's coming home on Saturday, on what would have been her great-grandfather's 96th birthday (he passed in 1999). That was also one of my calculated due dates, so it's like a second birthday that she gets to share with him. <BR> <BR> Now we wait until I get the all ... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 07:13:14 EST New starter Hi, I just wanted to make my first post and this seemed the most comfortable place to do it :) <BR> I'm 43, live in the UK and want to lose 30 pounds. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 11:11:53 EST Singapore..a food paradise ..*sigh* Hi all! <BR> Its my first time here...pretty nervous. <BR> I'm a mother of 1 and have been struggling to lose weight since before my wedding. Being in Singapore, where eating is a lifestyle, I fell off the wagon more times than I can count. I'm really hoping I can get motivated and lose weight with the help of sparkpeople. Wish me luck!! <em>30</em> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 21:39:46 EST New Member I know nothing about posting a comment can someone please advise Wed, 20 Jul 2011 21:08:07 EST Falling off and getting back on I am a mom of two teens and an infant (surprise!). I was already 20 lbs overweight when I found out I was pregnant and finding it harder to lose the baby and additional weight now that I'm in my forties! <BR> <BR> I've been a Sparkpeople member for quite a while, but this is the very first time I've posted anything. I was on a bit of a streak for the last 3 weeks and then my older kids went to camp and my husband went on a business trip and voila, I reverted back into bad eating habits the ... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 08:10:09 EST Thankful for..... -for my husband <BR> -for my family <BR> -for being off fromwork these last two days <BR> -being able to just rest and relax for a couple of days <BR> -being able to sleep in in the morning <BR> <em>249</em> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 20:10:28 EST I could use some good ideas I've been going to a gym on and off for years. I recently just started going again a few months ago. However, I could use some help finding exercises that are ok for a fractured foot. I've been doing the elliptical, and pilates, but if anyone have any other ideas, please share them. I get bored easily, lol Wed, 13 Jul 2011 09:53:22 EST A Beginning to my Goal Hi, <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to new friends and reaching my goals. I have picked up so much weight and feel so unhealthy. I wish I would have know about this program 6 months ago but, it is never too late. <BR> <BR> I found this site on Women's First and thought this is for me. This is my first time participating and I am so very excited. I ask you My friends to Help Me! I need your support and knowledge in this program. <BR> <BR> Your friend, <BR> Bellanette Sat, 9 Jul 2011 23:23:50 EST new to the group I'm new here, but just love making gratitude lists. <BR> <BR> Today's list: <BR> 1. sharing a veggie garden with my neighbor. <BR> 2. Our view of beautiful green rolling hills and farmland. <BR> 3. Comical dogs and kittens that keep us company as we garden. <BR> 4. Hedges full of wild blackberries that are ripening. <BR> 5. Good water and healthy food. Sat, 9 Jul 2011 08:27:09 EST Somewhat new to SP Hello, <BR> <BR> I can't say I'm an SP newbie, I actually started SP in August of 2009, and did it for a couple months, fell off the deep end, got back on, and fell off again. All since then. <BR> <BR> It has come to the point now where I really want to make a life time commitment to living a healthier lifestyle and losing this weight, and I think now is as good as time as ever since I am newly engaged. <BR> <BR> I have a nasty habit of being really gung-ho and going all out for the first... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 22:36:44 EST Not ready to jump in the deep end Hi! I left sparkpages but now I am back. I am a very quiet and shy person but I am beginning to realize I cannot do this alone. <BR> <BR> <BR> Laura Tue, 5 Jul 2011 14:17:26 EST setting up weight loss goal Howdy folks, <BR> First day here! And I am excited; this site looks awesome. <BR> <BR> So, I am sure it is easy, but I cannot figure out how to set up my weight loss goal, and rate of loss...dates, etc. When I entered in my weight, somehow the site automatically gave me a goal weight. But I want to set my own and figure out how to do rate of loss...1 lb/week or .5lbs /week, etc. <BR> Can anyone help? <BR> <BR> Thanks so much!!! <BR> <BR> Xo3 Fri, 1 Jul 2011 18:17:29 EST Want to add Healthy Life to my Happy Life Hi, I am new here. Just joined few days ago. Not real good at writing, so bear with me. I am 48 and want to learn how to start eating healthier (one of my biggest problems is chocolate. I live and breathe chocolate), and a exercise program. Haven't really set any goals and not much on exercise except for walking. Love to walk. Have a few health issues, and hoping a healthier way of life will improve my health along with losing weight. Ready for a change, one day at a time. Fri, 1 Jul 2011 15:58:10 EST Hi, I am scared to post I am trying to find a healthy lifestyle I can maintain for the rest of my life. I have traveled the weight loss road many times before, and it is hard to get back on track every time after I have gained weight back. Still this time I know I need to focus on defining and creating a healthy lifestyle. Developing good habits that work for me and support my health goals. There are so many ways our thinking can sabotage our efforts. In a sense it is really my negative thinking that needs to be let... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 10:06:44 EST Hi, I'm new! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new here. I'm about 2/3 of the way through my weight loss journey but only at the beginning of the rest of my life of healthy eating and fitness. I'm here to meet likeminded people and to learn lots from you all. :) Sat, 25 Jun 2011 02:00:09 EST Hey everyone :) My name is Megan and I'm 21 years old. It's been a challenging couple of years for me and during those years, I gained a total of 40 pounds. I want to change my consistent gaining of weight to a consistent loss of weight...that makes sense right? <BR> <BR> I'd like to make some buddies while on here as well. I'd love some support and would love to support others as well!!! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Megan Wed, 22 Jun 2011 14:33:37 EST Just saying hi : ) Hey everyone! I'm new to sparkpeople but it looks great and I'm excited about working towards my goals! Mon, 20 Jun 2011 23:17:54 EST My new found HOPE in life Hi...I am 47 yrs old and reside in California. I feel very fortunate to have stumbled across Sparkpeople,com and look forward to being a part of this team. New to messaging/blogging and sharing online when it comes to my weight issue...but slowly learning and doing alot of self-talk just to get this introduction out. I have decided to not hide any longer and reach out. It's been alittle over a year's total time that I've gained over 100 pounds because I believed I had everything under con... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 17:10:20 EST Frustrated I really do well when someone keeps me honest about dieting. I did great with Weight Watchers years ago but then I got an autoimmune and compounded health problems due to being on Prednisone for so long. I wanted a website so I could track food, meet other dieters in the same boat. I found Everyday Health and was no successful with this site because I found some of the calorie tracking and group interaction to be too cumbersome. My daughter told me about Sparkle People and said she really... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 16:19:41 EST IM LOST HOW DO I DIET DIFFERENTLY?? I DO NOT KNOW THE INS AND OUTS OF DIETING WITH THIS DISORDER, I AM ON MEDICATIION. BUT THIINGS SEEM DIFFERENT????????????? HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thu, 9 Jun 2011 20:32:40 EST i'm new and excited about my future i've gained and lost weight most of my life. It's basically been a losing battle but I believe that I can do this and keep it off. With the support from Spark, I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. I've just got to keep motivated and make sure that I track my food intake. Thu, 9 Jun 2011 08:01:41 EST I am new and nervous about this. My name is Lisa and I have bever been involved in anything like this before. I needed to lose weight and know that I cannot do this on my own. I found this on the internet and was hoping for some motivational tools. Tue, 7 Jun 2011 23:41:06 EST Hello I'm new here, as I'm sure you've guessed, haha. <BR> <BR> I'm a bit of a nervous person, so please excuse me if I'm awkward at all. <BR> Hmm, let's see, I joined Spark just yesterday, in hopes I could lose 20 pounds. I'd heard it helps to have a group or buddy who supports you, so I was hoping I could get that from here :). <BR> I hope to become acquainted with you all! Mon, 6 Jun 2011 10:41:24 EST Hello I have joined to find a way to keep me motivated and inspired. I have always had a hard time staying committed and consistent so I'm hoping with the help of the teams and the community I will find the encouragement to reach my goals and maintain them. Sun, 5 Jun 2011 11:33:15 EST hello need help with motivation, would love to lose, but can't keep it up. walk for a few days then don't help if you can!!!! Sun, 5 Jun 2011 11:15:31 EST Hi I'm Peggy New to this site, had joined back in 2008 its time to get serious, it just seems a little confusing. <BR> enjoying reading the different blogs and post. Sat, 4 Jun 2011 18:51:35 EST Not really scared, just not sure what to do! Hi, I live near the Katy area. I read all the Spark emails I get BUT...I do not think that I am doing things correctly. I have tried to post but it doesn't come out and I try to sign up for things but I do not think I do them correctly. Anyway, I need to be around people otherwise I conveniently don't have time to walk or exercise. I also need help on the computer because I must not do the steps correctly. Fri, 3 Jun 2011 07:33:52 EST New Hi, am lyn. just joined. Want to lose weight and maintain a healthy life style. Need your support guys. a buddy would be fantastic. Fri, 3 Jun 2011 02:09:09 EST Hey Hey all! I'm finally ready to begin this weight loss journey. Hope i'm as successful as some of the others i've seen on here! Fri, 3 Jun 2011 01:13:26 EST Hello :) Hey everybody, I'm Brandi. Been on here for a little while, but haven't really been motivated to do much till now. I wanna be healthy and happy. Sometimes I feel like I need a support system or a little push now and then...i'm hopin this helps. :) Fri, 3 Jun 2011 01:05:28 EST Hey My name is Jackie, i'm new at this and here's to hoping it works! Good luck to everyone. Sat, 28 May 2011 21:22:29 EST How is everyone doing? What healthy habits have you found? Are you working out? Favorite exercises? Sat, 28 May 2011 20:43:53 EST Hello Hello to everyone! This is my first time posting. I have been overweight most of my life (all of my adult life). I finally "woke up" to my need to change due to medical issues (probably due to my obesity) and starting exercising and watching what I ate last September. I have lost 45 pounds - but have more to lose. I have been encouraged by seeing others who are struggling and pursuing a healthier, more disciplined life. I have hope of change! Sat, 28 May 2011 09:10:18 EST 1st time poster - new member Hi, I just joined today! Excited. Thu, 12 May 2011 11:32:07 EST hello My name is Debbie and I don't really like to post. But I like to tead posts. I need to lose a few pounds that I put on when I quit smoking a year ago. Wed, 11 May 2011 20:39:19 EST 250 pounds or more to lose Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm new to this program and posting (just started a half hour ago!) and I would like to know if there is a team dedicated to those who have at least 250 pounds or more to lose. <BR> <BR> I am a 55-year-old introvert who is very nervous about posting, as I have never done it before and don't know what to expect. I would appreciate any feedback anyone has to offer. Thank you. <BR> <BR> dbourne Sat, 7 May 2011 15:45:19 EST it's me again it's me again. once again I need all the help I can get is there anybody else that is handicapped and having a hard time losing weight? if so I could really use some help I have no idea what I am doing it's like I'm stuck on stupid or something, I know you can make your own menu witch is great but, if it were"nt for what I have been eating and my in mobility I wouldn't be in this mess Thu, 5 May 2011 12:42:20 EST Hello Hi, everyone im returning after 2yr, to finish what i started . im willing this time to do whatever it takes to lose weight and get healthy . Wed, 4 May 2011 23:54:27 EST Hello :) Hi, <BR> <BR> I have been on Spark People for about 2 weeks now. I am hoping this will help me to learn more about being healthy and lose some weight. Tue, 3 May 2011 10:49:10 EST advice I am struggling to lose the last 10 pounds. I am trying to eat all the calories I'm told and find it difficult sometimes. I drink the water recommended. I also exercise 4 days a week. Any suggestions? Sat, 30 Apr 2011 06:43:51 EST HELLO! SO I HAVE BEEN TELLING MY HUSBAND FOREVER HOW I WOULD REALLY LOVE TO DO SOME KIND OF MARATHON. ALL I HAVE EVER DONE IS TALK ABOUT IT. NOW I AM READY TO PUT MY MONEY WHERE MY MOUTH IS...BYE BYE COUCH, HELLO PAVEMENT. I AM NEW TO THE SITE AND SOCIAL NETWORKING IN GENERAL, BUT I AM HOPING THE SUPPORT WILL HELP ME REACH MY GOALS! <BR> <BR> THANKS Mon, 25 Apr 2011 21:11:16 EST