SparkPeople 40+ with children of any age Team Messageboard 40 or older with small children, toddlers, older kidos or Grandbabies at home? Discuss topics on managing your weight while managing the kids. SparkPeople 40+ with children of any age Team Messageboard Hi, I'm new here I'm new to this team, having just come back to Sparkpeople and realising I've got older... I'm back with a few pounds to shift post-Christmas, and feeling in need of some support to do it. <BR> I have a 7 year old daughter, 13 and 25 year old step-daughters, and three grandchildren aged 8, 7 and 3. So a slightly weird modern family. <BR> Louise Sat, 19 Jan 2019 02:21:22 EST Did you workout today? I have not worked out yet today. I have been cleaning up the house throughout the day. My fitbit is not on either. OOPS Mon, 29 Oct 2018 14:33:39 EST Weigh In Day!! <em>192</em> Weigh in day for me is Saturday mornings. This Saturday I weighed in at 151# Mon, 29 Oct 2018 14:30:28 EST Hi, I'm new Hi Everyone, <BR> I just turned 40 in August with two kids that I'm raising on my own. I love to know how eveyone balances time for themselves. Sun, 29 Sep 2013 15:46:09 EST New Health Forum Hi please use this Forum to discuss General Health/Weight issues, concerns, tips and ideas! Thu, 20 Sep 2012 08:56:16 EST Hello...I'm new here (: I just turned 44...3 kids out of the nest, 1 of them is married, 1 graduated this May, 1 will be a Junior next year and my youngest will be going in the 1st grade. <BR> <BR> Raising him will be soo different then the other 5 but it is worth it. The other childern are so helpful. They take him on overnights so my husband and I can have some time together and forever taking him to dinner, movies, the park or to the beach. I am very grateful!! <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:05:45 EST re-new Hi, this is a quick intro as my toddler is nagging me for some computer time - which I told her she could have before getting sidetracked on Sparkpeople. I am a 44 yr old married mom with girls age 3, 9, 13 & 15 and a traveling man. I had planned to be done with this weight loss thing when I was 40, but I got pregnant instead and went backwards. I'm determined to be successful this time, but my intense and spirited toddler makes it challenging. Wed, 11 Apr 2012 16:28:13 EST Mrs G with 2 Toddlers & 35lbs to Shed My name is Maribel and I am 40! I never thought I would be this old, but I am finally 40! I do not feel old at all, but my body weight is holding me back. I never thought I'd be overweight, but I am. At my heaviest I weighed 201lbs. I cried that day, felt miserable, and decided I needed to do something, anything to get myself to a normal weight for my height. <BR> <BR> So far I have managed to lose 20lbs. Yay! Unfortunately, then I lost 5 more pounds, gain 2, lost 3, gained 6, lost 3, gained... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 02:08:42 EST Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition I have been watching Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition since it began. I have mixed emotions about the process. Although I love to see the final goal, at the end of the show, I am not totally convinced that the technique will continue to work. For those that have never seen the show, it is broken up into four 3 month sessions with goals of weight loss at the end of each session. Chris, the trainer, begins the first by spending 12 weeks with the recipient, training them in nutrition and ex... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 15:00:46 EST Started this team in 2008 Hi team, <BR> I am excited to begin my journey here again. My intentions, when I began this team, were to continue faithfully. After the economic crash, our family lost the house we lived in and were forced to begin again. Then July 31st 2010 became the worst day of our lives. Our 20 year old son took his life and left us devastated. I became extremely depressed and also gained 30 extra pounds that I didn’t need. Needless to say, I have been on a very difficult journey in life. It is time th... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 14:37:45 EST Hi I turned 40 in April and had a baby in December of 2010 so I don't have a toddler yet. I hope I can join you because being an older Mom has left me feeling a little isolated. My daughter is 6 months old and I am on maternity leave (in Canada we get a year off). I have decided I need to be a better role model so I am starting to change the way I eat and move. Thu, 16 Jun 2011 16:31:27 EST Is this an active board? Hi! I am just wondering if this board is active? I should have looked before joining but I am hoping it is or will become active. Tue, 14 Jun 2011 23:28:44 EST Looks Like We Need A New Leader I am a 41 year old working mother with 3 children, 2 boys and a new baby girl- 51/2 years old, 4 years old and 7 months old. I just joined SP and I was really excited to see that there was a group that had my kind of people. My husband and I are are not having any more children and I made a promise once we had our last child I would start getting healthy so I can be around for these three beautiful children. I hope to get motivated by each of you and hopefully can inspire you as well. I a... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 16:54:40 EST Hi! I'm new to Spark but so far I'm enjoying the website and message boards. I'm a 44 year old work at home mom to two boys aged 3 and 6. Since getting married I've gained 30 pounds and I would really like to take off the extra weight before I turn 45. I'm looking forward to reading everyone's posts and getting to know you all! Mon, 21 Mar 2011 12:38:06 EST Hello All! I found this page from the LiL Mommies page. Thought I would join since I am 42 and have a 2 1/2 year old son. <BR> <BR> I'm not new to Spark but just got serious about it December 28. Since then, I've modified my diet and added daily exercise to my life. I've lost 12.5 lbs and have started to gain a better sense of self again. <BR> <BR> I look forward to talking to you all! Fri, 28 Jan 2011 08:24:33 EST Hello My name is Kelly, I am 41 and a mother of a 5 year old girl and 2 year old boy. Both extremely active. I joined sparks people to assist in breaking a bad habit of eating when I am stressed, etc. I found this habit has gotten worse since I have been mainly a stay at home mom now almost 5 years. I know I need to stay in shape and be my best to keep up with my kids throughout the years. I don't want my kids friends to say "Why did you bring your Grandma? (Referring to me, SMILE) Sat, 25 Sep 2010 19:36:24 EST school School is going to be the death of me. My 3rd grader struggles and she has a test today. 1st week of school. I went over and over and over it and she still told me the wrong answers this morning! I pray for patience! And when I get this stressed I eat and don't care what I eat. I'm definitely a stress eater!! Fri, 20 Aug 2010 11:05:20 EST New here today! Hello My name is Jenn and I'm from SC. I am 40, married with 2 girls. one just started kindergarten today and the other started 3rd grade. I work full-time. I'm excited about finding this group to get hints on how to work, enjoy my family and exercise and eat healthy. Thanks! Tue, 17 Aug 2010 14:58:26 EST hello Hi, I'm new to the sight but definitly not new to the weight loss merry go round. (I'm working on staying off)I can use all of the help I can get! <em>198</em> Thu, 15 Jul 2010 17:52:28 EST Hello! First day here and excited! <em>224</em> Mon, 18 Jan 2010 21:10:23 EST Howdy from Oklahoma Hi, <BR> I am new here. I am 47 and I have 7 kids. 3 are married and have their own families. 4 are still school aged. The kids at home are 11, 9, 7 and 5. I also have some grandsons. I joined SP November 2008. I wanted to loose the weight I gained through 7 pregnancies. I was tired of people asking me if I was pregnant again. Even after having a hysterectomy I was asked if I was pregnant. LOL <BR> I lost most of it and I hope to get to my goal soon. <BR> Glad to be here. <BR> Lily <BR> <em... Thu, 10 Dec 2009 17:26:11 EST Hi all! I'm a 40 year old father of two (a 6 year old and a 2 year old.) This is my third diet, I hate to say. After I got married I got up to 285 and lost it all doing Weight Watchers. Then we had kids and I put it all back on again :( I did WW again but it is just too inconvenient between family and work. Third time's a charm though! I'm working with a naturopath to develop a diet not just to lose weight but solve some other long standing medical issues. Anyway, I'm two weeks in to an elimination d... Mon, 19 Oct 2009 00:33:18 EST Hello I'm new Hi I just joined this team. I just turned 40 and have a 4 year old and a 22 month old (and a 15 1/2 year old) - all boys! I joined SP to help me adopt a healthier lifestyle. I have found a lot of support so far and look forward to meeting people from this team who are in a similar situation to mine. Mon, 12 Oct 2009 13:32:17 EST A senior and a Kindergardener What an unbelievable thought. How can I have a graduating Sr. Much less one just starting his school years. Will we survive the year? With all that they need to do. Mon, 31 Aug 2009 10:30:02 EST Hi! I am 40 ("and three quarters" as my six year old would say. I have a second (and last) husband Laston, two beautiful daughters (Abby is six-and-a-half and Lizzy will be two in September) and a lovely stepdaughter (Leanna will be nine in August). <BR> <BR> I'm fat. Almost 300 lbs. My wii fit says I have good balance and that my wii fit age is 31, in spite of it also saying "That's obese" in it's chirpy little voice. I've been big since puberty but got much too big after having my girls by c-s... Wed, 15 Jul 2009 16:02:37 EST Sharing Some Words... Thought this rings true... had to share. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. <BR> ~ Albert Schweitzer Sat, 11 Jul 2009 12:08:55 EST 44 and still ticking I am a full time working mom with a 4 year old who will be 5 next month and a 6 year old who will be 7 in August. Those kids have so much energy they could give me half of theirs and still be bouncing off the walls, the beds, the get what I mean. It's hard trying to work and then come home to two demanding children. I can't even walk in the door and put my purse down and it's mama this, mama that. When I got married I was the lowest weight I've ever been but that was because I... Sun, 31 May 2009 00:51:07 EST Hello... Hello fellow Moms & Dads... <BR> <BR> New to being a Mommy and to SP, but loving them both. Hoping to get to know more about SP, the team and those I've met along the way so far. <BR> <BR> Finding it hard to juggle the "mommy life" with the "me time" and everything else in between, but hoping that isn't for long. <BR> <BR> Hello to all! <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 May 2009 17:15:20 EST New here with a 5 yr old AND a 14 yr old... Not sure if this is the right group to join- but I'm looking for support (and camraderie) with my diet and fitness goals. I am 40, a single mom, in a high-powered job which = no time for me! I'm so busy to catering to everyone else- I've developed very bad habits (i.e. eating on the go, processed/fast foods). I'm usually too tired to exercise when I get home- and have little energy for my super-energized 5 yr old. I have other health issues (cholesterol, apnea) and decided enough was enough. ... Wed, 13 May 2009 13:04:11 EST introducing myself properly Hi all, <BR> I posted a reply instead of a new thread to introduce myself yesterday. Just wanted to introduce myself correctly. <BR> I'm 41 with a 2 yo and looking forward to meeting all of you. Mon, 13 Apr 2009 17:48:53 EST Greetings! I would just like to say "Hello!" I was excited to see this team. Knowing there are other 40+ with a small child/children. My oldest is 13 (Aggie) and my newest addition (Austin) was born 2/25! Mon, 13 Apr 2009 05:31:01 EST Quick and Easy! This is a great one for speed and taste, as well as using up any left overs you may have around (cooked meats/cooked beans/veggies). <BR> <BR> Have fresh veggies you need to use up before they go? Have left over cooked meat? When making chicken, for example, I usually make more than we need just to have a quick "follow up" meal later in the week. With 5 kids still at home--this is a blessing! :) <BR> <BR> Chop veggies if using fresh or grab a bag of frozen mixed veggies--or any combinat... Tue, 17 Mar 2009 11:04:50 EST Breakfast today? yes...what; no...why not Hi there, <BR> how was your breakfast? <BR> did you pass on the coffee? <BR> fill up on the fruit? <BR> were you so busy looking after everyone else's breakfast that you forgot about you? Thu, 5 Mar 2009 08:09:24 EST How to Potty Train? Hi Mamas, <BR> I know how you potty train a puppy, I've done many a pup or kitten. Knowing their natural likes or dislikes there make it a cinch! <BR> <BR> I'm a first time mom and have never potty trained before a toddler. What's their natural instincts with potty training? <BR> <BR> Right now it's all a hit and miss! Any advice and stories about how you are doing or did it and what worked for your family I'd love to hear. Thanks! Mon, 12 Jan 2009 16:44:12 EST What an awsome Team! Hi ladies, I'm so glad I found this group. I'm 40 stay at home mama with a 2 yr old daughter. I started my family later in life. Not exactly wished it that way, just happened that way. I couldn't imagine life without her. She's such the joy in my life. But turning 40 meant body aches and stuff started popping up along with other challenges. Juggling that and raising a toddler, I find it hard to find the energy to keep up with my baby. LOL All and all though I'm finding myself wanting an... Mon, 12 Jan 2009 10:52:53 EST New to Sp and team I am new to both. I am 46 with a 3 year old. He was unexpected. I have a 22 year old daughter as well. Although he keeps me hopping, I need to lose about 40lbs and I am hoping SP will help me. i am very excited about SP. I have read the website all day today. Can't wait to get started. I have also found some wonderful recipes that I cant wait to try out. I am not telling the husband that I found them on SP. He will freak out..... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 15:44:22 EST Coming back!! Coming back and starting over???? Started at 207 last July and have goal of 135 - eventually. I hadn't seen 180 yet, but was getting close. School started back up and gradually... I kept messing this up more and more. Now I'm back up to 191. 10 pounds - TWO SUGAR BAGS! I've reset my starting weight and starting date. I've WAY extended my goal date so that I don't feel so pressured - I think that's why. Just think I need to start small again. I was doing soooo well with this site and I DON'T ... Sat, 3 Jan 2009 14:22:56 EST 3 things to be thankful for my family <BR> my health <BR> sparkpeople Thu, 18 Dec 2008 09:18:18 EST New to SP New to SP of yesterday night (12/1/08). Was checking out the Slim-fast web site (joined that free site almost 10 years ago), and discovered they changed everything (it’s been about a year since I last logged on), and another member recommended joining SP. I am 41 from the Pacific Northwest and have a daughter 9 and son 9 months. I will update more about myself and my weight loss/gain journey in the near future. Until then Hello! Tue, 2 Dec 2008 17:26:21 EST new here and looking for buddies.. Hi there: <BR> <BR> My name is Sparky_grl and I am in my 40s with a wee dude named "Dane" and a 13 year old daughter named "Brianne". <BR> <BR> I am usually fairly fit but just finished up treatment for the dreaded 'c' word and after a 6 month hiatus of eating nothing but breads and extra cream in my coffee, I decided to get off of the 'disney land' train of maybe not having tomorrow, and thus I'm here. <BR> <BR> I coached soccer through chemo and radiation and my team made the provincials... Sun, 23 Nov 2008 02:59:25 EST Newbie with two toddlers may return to work I am so glad to find a team that understands my day to day stresses and distresses. I am a teacher, but now I am at home after my fourth child. The ages of my children are 15, 8, 4 and 2 years. I started homeschooling the 8 year old after the birth of the fourth child. I am now considering going back to work now as staying at home has made me become very idle - far from my hectic life as a teacher! I dont know how I will be able to juggle working with raising the children! HELP! Mon, 17 Nov 2008 11:37:45 EST How's everyone doing?? It's been awhile since people have posted here! <BR> <BR> I'm proud to report I jogged 20 minutes in a row today!!! I'm doing the Couch to 5K program (found it on the 40 somethings with 25-50 pounds to lose) and today was the last workout of week 5. <BR> <BR> I'm frustrated because I haven't lost a ton of weight. In fact it's been wavering between 2-3 pounds the last three weeks! I think, no I know, I need to re-look at my food intake. <BR> <BR> However, I went to the doctors for ... Thu, 16 Oct 2008 13:37:39 EST Any Biggest Loser Fans here? I am a fan and will be watching each week. I don't have time to join another team and would love to chat with other fans here.... Just let me know..... <BR> <BR> Michelle (WA) Sun, 21 Sep 2008 18:36:43 EST New to the team Hi, my name is Brenda. I am 44 and have a 3 year old son, Reese. I also have a son, Matt, 22 and a daughter, Tiffany, 25, from a previous marriage. Reese is the best surprise I ever got.I can't imagine live without him. But along with the surprise of being pregnant at 41, I also gained 44 lbs during pregnancy. Tough to lose at this point. This last year I have been finally trying to get it off but it would be great to have support from mother my age in the same position. Fri, 19 Sep 2008 10:23:46 EST Work in the Mix How many of you work? I have to work because we live in southern California (my ex pays for daycare), but I wish I could stay home with my two boys. If you do work, how do you mix it all up? Getting exercise, healthy eating, taking care of the kids, work and the house, etc. all in? I have the help of my MIL around the house (she lives with us part-time), but I never seem to be able to get to really cooking or to really taking care of the house or any of our house "projects". <BR> <BR> Er... Tue, 16 Sep 2008 08:59:58 EST Sharing of informatio n.....Good Read I read this article tonight and thought it was good enough to share......: <BR> <BR> By Debbie Rocker on <BR> <BR> There are a few things that you can do besides eating well and exercising that will expedite your physical transformation: <BR> <BR> 1. STAY POSITIVE <BR> Believe that transformation is possible even when you haven’t seen the changes that you want yet. I am sure that you can site many examples in your life where you didn’t expect something to happen and then whoa, th... Tue, 16 Sep 2008 00:35:47 EST Support or is your family making you fat? That's the title of my doctor's speech that he made in a class that I took based on the book Habits Not Diets (which is quite good). I realized that what he really meant was am I letting my family make me fat by going to them for support when they're not ready to support me and I was wondering how many of you have the same issue. I mean toddlers aren't exactly support team members (although they work really well when they say things like Mommy, don't eat it all!). And I was wondering how o... Sat, 13 Sep 2008 23:24:14 EST Newbie, but not so new Hi, I'm just coming back to Sparkpeople to try to get a back in the groove. A year ago I lost nearly 50 pounds and then sunk into a super deep depression and gained 100, now I've lost 30 and have 70 to go and I'm craving sugar so I'm looking for support. I turned 40 last year and have 2 wonderful little boys ages 3 and 2 and I got married to a wonderful, loving man. I work full time and miss spending time with my kids. For exercise I do Callanetics and yoga and I follow a macrobiotic meth... Wed, 10 Sep 2008 11:59:28 EST It's been a week OK - I have issues. <BR> <BR> I've been here a week and so far I've had my birthday weekend and now I'm coming up on another weekend filled with parties. <BR> <BR> HOW DO YOU LOSE WEIGHT when there's so much celebrating to do??? <BR> <BR> I sound awful and maybe it's just these past two weekends specifically but I almost always find excuses and therefore I'm not losing any weight. It's horrible. <BR> <BR> The only goal I've been able to accomplish this week was the 8 glasses of water a... Fri, 5 Sep 2008 11:52:36 EST I'd like to join, too! I just turned 41 and have two boys, 3 and 1. I have 25-50 pounds to lose. My goal is 25 by 11/30/08. <BR> <BR> Thu, 4 Sep 2008 16:06:37 EST May I join you? Hey ladies, I'm 43 (will be in two weeks), a full-time working mom with a 2 1/2 year old son. Needless to say, a lot on my time for myself, and overweight. I currently weight about 185 and am small-boned so that extra weight makes me look way out of porportioned.....and having a small child seems to wear me out to where I'm too tired to exercise. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I'd like to join your team to help get some motivation and support. <BR> <BR> Help me! <BR> <BR> Thanks, Becky Wed, 3 Sep 2008 16:10:52 EST how/where is everybody? Hello to all. We've been pretty quiet on here - not that we all don't have one or more squirmy little reasons running wild through our houses preventing us from "quality time" with our computers! <BR> <BR> Just wondered who considered themselves "active" on here and how you are doing with your challenges. <BR> <BR> As for me... I've lost a total of 13 pounds - around 8 since starting SP on July 18 (I think that was the date). I've done fairly well - lost my walking two nights due to fami... Sun, 10 Aug 2008 21:37:15 EST disappearing member explanation Hello all... just thought I'd explain the mysterious appearance and disappearance of Parish59. That was my mother!!! She's been a member of SP for a while, but really only for the newsletters, resources and message boards (ate healthy and walked for YEARS - not an extra pound on the woman!). She had misunderstood the "teams" idea and thought she would simply be getting more newsletters. She was interested in this group because she is the main sitter for my daughter and she wanted to suppo... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 21:39:31 EST finally saying hello! I've been on here a few days now, getting acquainted with things. Finally taking a few minutes out for the introduction. <BR> I am Lisa, age 42. Adopted a child 12 years ago (now 20!) and lived as a single parent before marrying my best friend at the age of 39. I gained two step-children (13 and autistic 11). THEN I got pregnant at the age of 40! My daughter is almost 15 months old. It makes for a hectic family life, but the big kids are SUCH a help. <BR> I have struggled with weight s... Tue, 22 Jul 2008 16:25:18 EST I'm 40 & a stay at home Mom too. My name is Becki & I just joined yesterday. <BR> I'm still trying to figure everything out. Sat, 12 Jul 2008 13:16:25 EST 43 and struggling I guess it's just you and me so far! I have one child, my first and only, born two days after my 40th birthday! (My birthday was my due date.) She is now 3 and will be four in September. I cannot imagine having five of the little devils! She is nearly killing me all by herself, but it's worth it. I'm at 171 and have a fairly small frame. I'm 5'4". In fact, I used to be a size 3, about a dozen years ago! I have some back and foot problems so I'm hoping that losing some of the extra weight migh... Mon, 2 Jun 2008 12:58:49 EST 40 and a stay at home mom I am -again- a stay at home mom with a 1 year old toddler. I have 5 other children (ages 13- 26) and find myself doing it all again. I just started on the Sparkspeople last week and already find it so so useful. I started at 212pds and am already down to 206. I find that most of my challenges are starting over and trying to get healthy is hard. I hope to find encouragement from others with the same dilimas. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Fri, 30 May 2008 16:01:34 EST exercising with kids How do you manage to exercise when you have young children? <BR> <BR> <em>77</em> Fri, 30 May 2008 15:39:00 EST