SparkPeople UK MAIN - Spark People Team Team Messageboard Welcome to Spark People and to the main UK team for new members. We are a large team as this is the Main Team for ALL UK members! Join in have fun - your country needs you!!! WELCOME! SparkPeople UK MAIN - Spark People Team Team Messageboard Maths was never my strong point I'm returning to SparkPeople after a long time to keep me focused on losing lockdown lbs. I started lockdown well: lost 8 lbs by running each day, but fell, damaged my knee and was out of action for months. I was lucky to get physio advice via a video consultation and subsequent targeted exercise that the physiotherapist was able to send on an app. <BR> <BR> I took my first short run this morning. Only 20/25 minutes, but it was wonderful to be able to. <BR> <BR> I mistakenly input 180lbs in... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:17:25 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 3 Feb 2020 13:12:43 EST The Weather Report <em>246</em> <BR> Hey! We're the UK team - how's the weather where you are? <BR> <BR> But seriously, is anyone interested in having a chat thread here that is UK focused? If not, don't worry, it'll just fall to the bottom of the forum - I guess I'm just wanting to know my UK peeps a bit better. <BR> Mon, 9 Dec 2019 04:11:02 EST Hello Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm Adele, 53, divorced, one grown up son. I was born in London but am now to be found in leafy Surrey and I work full time for a charity supporting adults with disabilities. I've been on Spark a looonnnnngg time and have done the loss... gain... loss... gain... loss .... gain rollercoaster way too many times now.....but... I'm still here and still trying! <BR> <BR> Happy to find a UK team! <BR> <BR> :o) Sun, 6 Oct 2019 07:22:49 EST Anyone doing BLC40? <em>215</em> BLC40 - SPRING/SUMMER ROUND - REGISTERING NOW! <BR> <link><BR>board_thread.asp?board=0x68423x66641053 </link> <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to BLC40 (Spark People's much better version of a biggest loser challenge). I have asked to be put on the Determined Desert Tortoises team again. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> They are an awesome bunch of people. So la... Thu, 18 Apr 2019 03:43:30 EST Best thing you ate yesterday? Organic medjool dates - taste like toffee! Tue, 12 Mar 2019 06:26:18 EST Is anyone else trying to kick the snacking habit? I know some people like to snack, but I feel so much better when I don't... <BR> <BR> Snacked on Friday - tried a new recipe - no protein so was hungry after (or indigestion?) <BR> No snacks on 7 Feb <BR> No snacks on 6 Feb <BR> No snacks on 5 Feb <BR> Slipped up on Monday - same old Monday evening issue - working on conquering this <BR> No snacks on 3 Feb <BR> No snacks on 2 Feb <BR> No snacks on 1 Feb <BR> Thu, 7 Feb 2019 15:23:51 EST useful twitter feeds you might like I am a mainly plant-based eater, and also try to eat locally as much as possible. A lot of vegan foods come from coconut, cashew, soya, quinoa etc which generally don't grow in the UK. <BR> <BR> I was pleased to discover two new companies (via Twitter) which have some interesting recipes and information about UK grown pulses and grains. <BR> <BR> Pulses UK ( <BR> <BR> and British Dal Festival ( <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <em>373</em> <em>371</em> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 08:32:22 EST Another old member returning... I joined in 2015 when I was 3 stone lighter (and ironically wanted to lose weight) i’d LOVE to be down at that weight... <em>24</em> <BR> I’ve lost both my parents since then, which has been really tough, I am in menopause, suffer from fibromyalgia, depression and anxiety..and PCOS. <BR> I would love to find out if anyone else is in the same position and needs a fresh day one started yesterday..have just had enough and badly need to get better and i’m hoping beyond hope th... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:11:30 EST What did you do today? Watched 'An American Tail' with my daughter and her partner. Magical! <em>30</em> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 5 Aug 2018 11:12:19 EST Small Losses I'm all for non-scale victories and small wins and so on, but I hadn't thought about "small losses." (That's not as in "small losses of weight," lol.) A few weeks ago I subscribed to an odd little website with information and suggestions and inspiration. It's a quiet little article / blog site, but I'm becoming rather fond of it. <BR> <BR> Today there was this post: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s/ </link> <BR> <BR> I like how they point out that "small losses... Sun, 27 May 2018 08:48:03 EST Bad Penny Hi there <BR> <BR> I have just rejoined SparkPeople. I have completed something called OurPath which has put me back on track eating wise and so far I have lost a stone. This is the only SparkPeople forum where I can post that and people will know what I mean! <BR> <BR> I'm doing low carb (but not ketogenic), moderate protein and relatively high fat. This works for my insulin resistant body so I'm going to stick to it. <BR> <BR> I am walking quite a bit - I averaged about 12,000 steps l... Sun, 29 Apr 2018 11:36:43 EST hi all hi all ,i' <em>524</em> am wanting to loose 28lb as my first goal but really need to loose 56 ish ,my name is mandy and i am 53 year old daughter,sister mum and grandma .im from west yorkshire ...pleased to meet you all <BR> Tue, 2 Jan 2018 13:21:13 EST Greetings & salutations From Another New Girl :) Hay.... I just wanted to say hi & hope you are having a day, as nice & lovely as you are :) <BR> I look forward to getting to know you, shrinking beside you & learning together. <BR> I'm hoping to connect with other Low Carb/Keto people. <BR> Always open to help & Advice :) <BR> Oh yeah!! I'm Mel :) Pleased to meet you :) Mx Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:05:14 EST hi :) Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I'm Audrey, from Wiltshire with 65 lb to lose. I've been a member on Sparkpeople before and it helped loads. I'm back after gaining a little too much.....ok a lot too much weight back :( Hoping this time to make it stick and also make some friends along the way. :) Sat, 20 May 2017 17:09:10 EST Any Jojo Moyes fans? I'm a diehard Anglophile stuck in the Texas countryside. Just wrapping up Jojo Moyes' "After You." It's a sequel to "Me Before You" (which became a movie). "After You" is so well written I wanted to give it a plug here for those who have not read Jojo Moyes. It's set in present-day London. It's a romance at the core but wow, it is intertwined with so many heartstring pulling storylines including grief, aging parents and going mad over a rebellious teen that it's far more than a romance. I'm l... Tue, 2 May 2017 14:31:01 EST Adapting recipes between the UK and the US... It can get tricky when it comes to translating recipes between different countries. <BR> <BR> There's a fair percentage of Americans (and Canadians, and Australians, and a sprinkling of others) on our team. As they already are interested in "things British," they might like to try making some traditional British recipes, but - where to start? <BR> <BR> SparkPeople has an extensive recipe database, but the vast majority of the recipes use a measurement system first devised in Boston, MA, in ... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 09:06:48 EST hello Found this site a while back and enjoyed it helping me shift some tonnage. Sadly the lard has returned and so must I. From a cold and frosty Norfolk. <BR> <BR> goaty Fri, 6 Jan 2017 06:31:46 EST Hello, everyone--! I'm new, but not new, to the UK Main team, as I belonged to it some years ago but drifted away when I became more active in another UK team. But now I'm back and with a kindly invitation from Trev (TCANNO) have agreed to help him co-lead the team. <BR> <BR> I've been on Spark since February 2008 (I think!) after my daughter put me on to it. More of a social-media site than Facebook and with a healthy-lifestyle angle, I found it just what I needed. <BR> <BR> Currently I live on two continent... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 07:54:34 EST My introduction Hi all. <BR> <BR> What's to say or know? I live in SE London, in Penge. I am a single mum with 2 teenage boys and 1 adult young man who lives with his fiancee a few miles from me. <BR> <BR> I saw my rheumatologist the other week and was very dismayed to see that my weight had crept up by 20kg over the previous 9 months. And, my blood pressure was borderline high for the first time in my life. I'm already on medications for arthritis and depression and a minor kidney trouble, I don't want ... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 07:16:13 EST What interesting thing did I learn about the UK I learned about the gangs of Liverpool during the 50's 60's and 70's, from a documentary on Utube Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:29:43 EST Canadian new to the team Hope you don't mind. I've joined because I'm obsessed about all things British, Scottish, Irish at the present time. History, Google Street View, and blogs have made me obsessed with the UK. Hoping to meet UK friends here. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:09:07 EST 2016 Step challenge This challenge is until the end of the year. It is not a race. All you have to do is log your steps daily, weekly or any time you feel like it, you don't even set a goal. <BR> <BR> Please keep a total so that other can be inspired by you <BR> <BR> Starting off <BR> <BR> 6/9/2016 27949 <BR> 7/9 15567 <BR> 8/9 14223 <BR> 9/9 15591 <BR> Wed, 7 Sep 2016 04:02:11 EST New To The Team Hi everyone :) <BR> I've been a member of SP for quite a few years now - with my weight yo-yo-ing so often it's enough to make me dizzy. Into my late 40's now, and I have managed to lose about 11 stones in the past 18 months and the trick for me now is to lose that last bit and then keep it off for good. <BR> I'm a happily married mum of four grown children and four grandchildren (and fur-mummy to 3 haughty cats and a dumb doggy lol), living in Southampton (Hampshire) <BR> Hope to get to know... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 20:30:33 EST How I would motivate other Please help out both old and new members. <BR> <BR> I will start this off. <BR> <BR> If you feel like giving up look back from where you have come from Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:24:03 EST Fresh Start :) Hi guys, <BR> <BR> I started over on Thursday this week, reset my goals and my starting weight. In the process, SP joined me up to this team and I figured why not give it a go! <BR> <BR> My only goal is to lose 1lb a week. To do that, I am trying to create an activity streak of 10mins+ a day, which is proving harder than you might think! I am also trying to reduce my carb intake, but small steps and all that :) <BR> <BR> I'm often on the message boards if anyone wants to chat, or feel fre... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 15:53:53 EST Daily Step challenge This challenge works by you setting your goals and deciding if you have done it. It is ongoing so no time limit. It is the best way I know of getting you to exercise and to loose weight. <BR> <BR> For the last three years I have set my goal to take between 10k and 20k step every day and I have maintained a healthy weight for 3 1/2 years <BR> <BR> Good luck <BR> Trev <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 03:50:49 EST diabetic need to lose weight im having insulin seems to add weight but anyway i need help Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:57:41 EST Advice needed About 2-3 months ago I rejoined W W after a break of about 10 years, last time I did so well and got to goal(28lb loss) and kept it off until I had an hysterectomy several years later. I put on about 45-50 lbs and over the last 3-4 years I have managed to lose about 40lbs and this is when I rejoined. <BR> I am on antidepressants, sleeping tablets and something to stop itching, I have halved what I am taking as I believe they are not helping(I was told that I should do this but not to soon s... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 15:23:25 EST How many Spark points did you earn yesterday The other day I earned 267 Spark points I wondered how many other get <BR> <BR> Lets try and find out <BR> Trev Thu, 12 May 2016 04:22:27 EST Monthly weigh in Would anyone like to join me for a monthly weigh in? <BR> <BR> My current weight is 14 st 7.5 (203.5) <BR> and I will be weighing again Mid May. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 04:44:29 EST Need to Vent! I've posted before about all the workplace food temptations I face but it's getting worse. We've had a team move round and a new manager has arrived. Two of the team were doing Weight Watchers already, and the new one announced on her first morning that she was going to start some new habits and lose weight. <BR> <BR> I swear they are actually eating more as a result - they keep moaning that they aren't losing. It's nothing to do with me, except they keep offering me food which is really... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 16:58:08 EST Trivia question comments This one made me laugh as I bought some grape in Tesco's from South Africa. A bit more than a 1000 miles, i think <BR> <BR> <BR> In the U.S., how far does the average food item travel before it reaches your table? <BR> Over 1,000 miles ( some of ours in the UK comes from South Africa) <BR> Our existing system of food transportation and distribution requires enormous amounts of energy and resources. Before reaching your table, the average food item in the United States will travel 1,300 mi... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 04:07:30 EST My PB step walking can I beat it This is what most of you have said you do "walking". When please try this, <BR> <BR> Set up a Personal best and the try and beat it. <BR> <BR> Example 5k a day. start off and you do 5500 on Monday. So Tuesday (or the next time you want to look to get 5600 in. <BR> <BR> Please give it a try and we can all take it from here <BR> <BR> Mon, 4 Apr 2016 05:28:41 EST How do you get yourself motivated I normally say to my self "do I want to be where I have come from, That has got to be a no. <BR> <BR> Trev Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:10:21 EST Rosemary Conley's book "The FAB Diet" I've just started reading this - it's basically a calorie controlled diet with exercise and the book has recipes with colour photos. I started a spark team for anyone who would like to join me in doing this plan. I'm starting on Friday to give me time to read more of the book and get some groceries in. <link><BR>idual.asp?gid=66627 </link> Mon, 14 Mar 2016 12:12:04 EST Cardio Today I did Coach Nichole's 28 Day Boot Camp Cardio Burst Day 1. I made it 16 minutes in. Mon, 7 Mar 2016 19:11:44 EST March challenge - Land's End to John O'Groats Anyone any ideas for a March challenge? Fri, 26 Feb 2016 06:40:10 EST Not sure if I have already said Hi, I don't think I have already said hello in this forum, so I am taking the opportunity to do so now. Wont bore you, but briefly I am a 40 something, single mum of one teenage boy, and a dog and cat. I work full time and love to craft or continue researching my family tree Sun, 14 Feb 2016 14:34:06 EST Midlands Team February Challenge Midlands team are challenging themselves to get from Land's End to John O'Groats in February. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> We wish them well! Wed, 3 Feb 2016 16:55:17 EST hi. Hi I'm new to the team :) have restarted my journey to my target weight :) Sun, 31 Jan 2016 14:19:59 EST Anyone following the Holford GL diet? This is my second time on this diet. <BR> I successfully shed 7.5 stone (105 pounds) on this diet, within a year and never felt so healthy. That was four years ago. <BR> I managed to keep the weight off until I started dating my lovely man. He loves his food too and we ate out/had far too many takeaways and indulged in creating fabulous but fattening meals for each other at home. <BR> Before I knew it I had put on 2.5 stones. Then I had some problems with my daughter and I stress-ate. Now ... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 15:01:16 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 15 Jan 2016 07:37:22 EST Anyone from the UK doing BLC30? If so, what teams have you applied for? <BR> <BR> My choices were <BR> 1 Spicy Sparkologists <BR> 2 Determined Desert Tortoises <BR> 3 Midnight Mustangs <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:48:01 EST Weigh In Thought I'd start a weigh in thread. I'll weigh in tomorrow and monthly after that. Feel free to join me, whatever your weigh in schedule is. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 04:40:08 EST Time for a chat? Just thought I'd set up a chat thread as there doesn't seem to be one. <BR> <BR> Also wondering how many of us are from the UK and how many from further afield? <BR> <BR> I was born in and am living in England. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>609</em> <em>665</em> Thu, 24 Dec 2015 11:46:39 EST January challenge Care to share what you will be doing in January to achieve your goals? Wed, 23 Dec 2015 11:28:08 EST An old member making a new start <img src="">Hello team. <BR> I am a yo yo dieter. I had great success on Slimming World but then gained again when I lost focus so tried calorie counting which was also successful when I did not cheat -- but to my shame I often did! Now my health is suffering as a result so I have been advised to start a low carb plan. It is not realistic to start such a radical change at this time of celebration so I am going to s... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:37:04 EST December Challenge Ok - the November challenge was a bit of a disaster for me so I'm going to see how I get on with December which is <BR> <BR> Do some exercise every day and/or increase your daily exercise (including things like getting off the bus a stop early, doing extra cleaning, etc) and track it all on the "What did you do today?" thread (link below!) <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>board_thread.asp?board=0x24x54578559 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 2 Dec 2015 10:59:33 EST 12 reasons why people overeat CD £4.50 inc p&p Someone asked me to let them know what I thought of this CD, so I thought I'd do a little post on it <BR> <BR> Well firstly I thought it was excellent value for money at £4.50 for well over an hour, although the quality of the recording was not great, but I persevered, and was glad I did. Although the title is 12 reasons etc, she packs a massive amount of ideas/angles/examples into this CD. And she is so straight talking it is absolutely hilarious! The recording is available on the link b... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 09:49:26 EST Beck Diet Solution/NoS Diet challenge Nov-Jan 2016 This first post is a copy of my blog with some info on the challenge. I will be checking in on the challenge threads that I have set up on the No S Diet team and on the Beck team but... <BR> <BR> I would love it if some people from the UK team would join in too - if so we could keep in touch with each others progress on this thread? Let me know! :-) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Would you like to join me on a combined Beck Diet Solution and No S Diet mini challenge? I realise these two conflict... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 04:51:47 EST November challenge November already... Well I'm going to start journaling. Anyone care to join me? <BR> <BR> Actually I've made it my 100 day challenge. That is - to journal for 100 days, but not necessarily every day. And to blog a summary each week. <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> Tue, 3 Nov 2015 06:45:23 EST Wondering what diet/exerise plan we are all on? I have started NoS today and I haven't really got an exercise plan but I do walk most days. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The people on the Spark NoS team are very supportive and knowledgeable and I am determined to get the hang of eating right! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>idual.asp?gid=33739 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 04:57:14 EST New here? How to get the most out of Spark People I just wanted to let new members know that there are three changes you may like to make that might result in a better spark experience. <BR> <BR> On your spark page, click "edit my spark page" and <BR> <BR> un-tick "Only allow my spark friends to see my page" <BR> un-tick "Turn my page offline" <BR> <BR> tick "Allow comments on my page" <BR> <BR> That way people will find it easier to get to know you and contact you with supportive comments. <BR> <BR> Feel free to send me a spark mail i... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 09:09:03 EST A different sort of exercise each day? At the moment my exercise routine is 20+ minutes walk each day. Usually half of it is up quite a steep hill. I'm also trying to get in the habit of doing a half hour cleaning and a half hour spring cleaning/decluttering etc each day. It's all extra movement and will make the house nicer to live in (and me feel less guilty!) <BR> <BR> My doctor (years ago) told me to do a different sort of exercise each day to make it more fun and stop getting bored with it. I love that idea but a lunchti... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 02:57:00 EST Introducing ourselves again Would it be a good idea to re-introduce ourselves for the sake of any newcomers? <BR> <BR> I'm 51, from Devon, married, no pets or children, my main exercise is walking, <BR> <BR> I am 5'6", have lost about 50 pounds, and still have about 50 pounds to lose to get to an interim goal which puts me just inside the healthy BMI range. <BR> <BR> Hobbies - reading, writing letters, music, films, watching The Great British Bake Off, cooking, gardening, walking, GB holidays. <BR> <BR> <em>213</... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 03:19:46 EST October challenge Anyone up for joining me in 5+ freggies every day? Mon, 5 Oct 2015 03:46:26 EST uk 40 plus Hi, my name is mel and I am from Scotland in the UK. I am fairly new to spark people so I thought I would just say hi. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 16:38:04 EST Newbie <em>524</em> - I looked at myself and thought where did all this weight come from, I must have blacked out whilst eating cake. Anyway, glad that I found this site, loads of information and and sensible recipes. Its been ages since I done any exercise so was pleased that they have beginner videos. So I am starting my weight loss journey and feel really positive. Tue, 8 Sep 2015 09:28:10 EST New member Hi everyone I am new, starting today. There is a lot of information to read on here. If you have any tips or advice feel free to let me know. Thank you Sat, 15 Aug 2015 17:26:24 EST Hello! Hi all <BR> <BR> New guy to Spark People. Im 20, at University and looking to lose 3 stone. <BR> I enjoy cricket and want to lose some weight to help get fitter, general health and look better. <BR> Look forward to being accountable to you! Tue, 11 Aug 2015 04:17:30 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 Spice So (don't hate me) I'm on my Summer holidays and I wanted to try and avoid being bored. I came across a site called Spice (I'm not going to lie, I saw the name and thought it sounded like a swingers club) and it has loads of activities that you can go on/participate in, including a walk with wolves, blacksmithing, salsa dancing etc. I'm tempted to join and was wondering if anyone here had any experience with it? The site (for my area) is: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 15:39:00 EST Complete newbie Hi everyone <BR> Thought it would be nice to say hello. I joined this site to support and get some support as I have 'mysteriously' gained 2 stone recently. <BR> Anyone else know this one? <BR> Anyways, like to drop 56lbs, never done it online...let's see hey &#128512; Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:58:55 EST I'm on day 1 of no snacks today. Care to join me? Let's see how far we can get! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 02:46:04 EST Hey there :) I am again. Really want to succeed this time - managed to lose a stone last year but since changing job roles from a shift pattern I tend to spend my evening snacking and have put it all back on which has just made me feel awful :( <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone :D <BR> <BR> May all our dreams come true <BR> <BR> Sarah <BR> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 06:16:57 EST any one from yorkshire im mandy and im from castleford west yorkshire near wakefield and leeds Sun, 12 Jul 2015 07:58:03 EST Hi there Hey. So I'm not new to Spark but I needed to make a fresh start. I'm 28, from Birmingham and a secondary school teacher. Hoping that I can get back on track in the Summer. Looking to be 10stone before I go back to school. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 05:42:34 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 10 Jul 2015 12:52:34 EST Trying Again Hi All, <BR> Here we go again. Was at the doctors last week, in addition to being told that I need a new knee, I was told I was a borderline diabetic and that I need to loose weight. <BR> I am looking at retiring next year, so it's time I got myself sorted out. I've been bombarded with info from friends, you must do the Atkins, the Dukan, the Paleo, the Mediterranean etc etc <BR> Can anyone advise me on a good diet to use. Although having said that I need to make lifestyle changes, not just t... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 04:34:05 EST Anyone else doing the No S Diet? <link> </link> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:50:23 EST Hello! Hi! I'm 52, and have set my initial weight loss goal at 49 pounds, which will bring me down to a healthy weight. Mon, 1 Jun 2015 06:48:04 EST Hi, i am Granshaz Hi, i need to lose about 28lbs and nees all the help and support i can get. Sun, 17 May 2015 10:50:00 EST Hello Hi i am michelle and i have just joined the site today. Nice to meet you all :) Wed, 13 May 2015 14:38:34 EST Hi, my name is Danny Hi! My name is Danny and today I'm starting my weight loss journey... it's a long road, I mean to loose 77 lbs to be on a more healthy weight than today. I also want to quit smoking and start a more active life. Thanks :) Mon, 11 May 2015 13:19:02 EST Hi from Hertfordshire Hi, I've just moved back to Hertfordshire (Stevenage) and I'm looking for people in the area to connect with. I am very enthusiastic about healthy living but fall off the wagon at times so it would be really good to have a healthy living buddy. <BR> <BR> I enjoy running, yoga and pretty much any sport going. I do lack confidence though and find it hard to motivate myself to participate by myself. I'm the only one in my family who really enjoys being active so it can be hard at times to try ... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:11:32 EST Anyone around north west london It would be lovely to find a buddy to do exercise together. Sat, 4 Apr 2015 05:02:09 EST Anyone around Queens Park/Kensal Green area Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new here and I would like to find a buddy to go jogging in the evening around NW10 area Sat, 4 Apr 2015 04:57:18 EST Fitness and accountability partners / buddies? Hello all! <BR> <BR> Sorry, i've just posted in the local get-togethers thread, but then i thought it worth creating a new discussion post for this, as other people seem to want to make friends in their area too. <BR> <BR> I'm in south London and i'd like to start on some very slow, beginners type jogging. I may join one of the cheap gyms so maybe a 'gym buddy' for mutual support and motivation? I'd also like to try the Couch to 5K thing (on the NHS Choices web-site). Aaaand, god, i coul... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:27:14 EST anyone from Moray? Just joined would love to hear from you <em>213</em> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:21:11 EST Time to change Hi Everyone, I joined SparkPeople a few years ago but family loss and emotions got the better of me. Now I am back and need to make important changes in my life. I have several bad habits to break but I know I can do it with the support of the SP community. Looking forward to moving forward and loosing :D Sat, 14 Mar 2015 13:08:13 EST Determined to make changes As my title suggests I've found the determination to start my fitness and weight loss journey again. Just wanted to say hi and hope to become part of this community :-) Sat, 7 Mar 2015 06:56:35 EST HI, Hello Friends, got a way to go, hope to lose around 60 pounds, taking small but sure steps at first. <BR> Take care, and thanks for reading. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:30:53 EST Hey all Just a quick hi. <BR> I have been back and fourth with Spark for a few years. <BR> This year I made a choice to really make changes. I have said that many times but this time is it for me <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I have battled with my weight all of my life. Hit an all time low at end of last year by getting to 31.7 stone. Terrible!! My health was finally suffering and everything was and still is in some ways a real effort. Carrying all that excess weight has caught up on me. I am 34 and ... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 06:15:56 EST Favourite Frozen meals or ingredients The sainsbury's commercials about frozen food rings so true. I love to have something in the freezer that just needs heating and eating. <BR> <BR> Waitrose does a really good Thai Chicken curry - it could use more veg, but in a pinch tasty filling and good on the calories. <BR> <BR> However - the Waitrose frozen risotto dishes are awful. <BR> <BR> What are your favourite discoveries in the freezer ailse? Thu, 12 Feb 2015 11:59:46 EST Walking I live in dartford kent . I would like a buddy to walk with! Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:42:40 EST hello Hi! I joined Spark people 10days ago and have lost ten pounds so far. I'm not feeling too well right now, but am doing my best to stick to the diet anyway. Motivation to exercise is low as just getting through my daily work and housework is tiring me out. Not sure whether I have a virus or just a heavy cold. Mon, 9 Feb 2015 09:31:01 EST Loosing my kitchen for 2 months Okay I'll be loosing my kitchen this summer. And I want to stay on track with the nutrition. This is going to be a challenge. I will have a microwave slow cooker and hob element and mini fridge. Buckets or bathroom sink for washing up. <BR> <BR> Eating out and convenience meals are going to be pretty common for us me thinks. <BR> <BR> Would love your ideas. Help! Mon, 9 Feb 2015 04:51:20 EST Hi i'm Dani Okay, so this is my very first time using SparkPeople. I've tried multiple different ways of losing weight before and although they have initially worked, I always fall off the healthy wagon and am now the heaviest I've ever been. 191 pounds at 5ft 3inches seems quite unhealthy. So I thought if i found a buddy who could help keep me on track and stop me reaching for that bar of chocolate and vice versa. Sun, 8 Feb 2015 04:40:13 EST Hello! Hi! I am 51 years old, and want to lose at least 40 pounds. I am married with no children, and I enjoy walking, reading, listening to music, watching films, gardening, and cooking. Tue, 3 Feb 2015 08:32:07 EST Newbie Hi there! I am Laura, 30, mum of a 3yr old boy. I've struggled with illness since having my son and my weight has yo-yo'd as I've been feeling good or bad. At the moment it's reached an all-time high as I let myself eat whatever I wanted for the last few months because I've been so pleased to get my appetite back. Now is the time for action - I had a shock on the scales and need to get down to a healthy weight. Looking forward to getting some moral support on these message boards! Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:31:05 EST Hello, I am new here I am new here obese in weigh and Very unhealthy with lots of other problems. I am very overwhelm being on here and taking the 1st step to being a newer and improved me. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:23:06 EST Eating out suggestions So your going out, where do you go and what do you order so that you keep to your plan? <BR> <BR> Subways 6inch tuna sub is a quick bite. <BR> Pizza Express Leggera pizza tastes good and typically takes care of the hunger. <BR> There is also a Vietnamese place close by that does a wonderful sweet and sour soup - large filling portions with lots of veg and even fresh pineapple. I hope on that one - as I don't actually know the calorie count. <BR> <BR> How do you keep to plan? Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:36:18 EST Hello Everyone Hi everyone, my name is Kieran, i am 32 and live in Essex UK. I would like to loose 80 pounds by christmas 2015 Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:29:25 EST hello hello everyone just started this , is it easy let me know thank you Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:08:14 EST Apple shaped emotional eater needs a fresh start Hi all I am new and looking to eat more healthy and lose weight especially around my middle. I like the gym when I go but sometimes it's hard to motivate myself. I have found sites like this very helpful in the past. Have lost lots of confidence in myself and am tired of not being able to fit into my clothes and reluctant to get a bigger size. Looking for friends for mutual help and support on my journey xx Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:38:51 EST Looking for a uk buddy I'm 51 with about 50 pounds to lose and looking for a uk buddy for mutual support :-) Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:50:51 EST Hello Uk Hi <BR> I have been using spark USA. I'm so pleased I've found Spark Uk. I live In Reading Berkshire. Would be nice to team up with others from my area ? Sun, 4 Jan 2015 17:30:22 EST Anyone in Glasgow? I know this is a massive long shot, but are there any Fitbit One owners in Glasgow willing to let me use their charger for an hour? <BR> <BR> I have left my charger down in England (which I didn't realise until I got back to Scotland), Mum and Dad can't find it, the Fitbit store is out of stock, and my battery is dead as a doornail. I'm desperate! Thu, 1 Jan 2015 13:04:36 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 11 Dec 2014 06:33:17 EST Hello From Scotland Hi from Scotland Just posted an introduction on the main boards so thought I'd Post one here to. Sorry it's basically the same post but not much more I can add but looking forward to using the site <BR> <BR> Hello, Just thought I'd introduce myself over the past 18 months I have lost 145 pounds on another site and have just come across here to continue my progress. Over the past 18 months I have become an avid runner so I run a lot. I am the full time carer for my sick and disabled wife and ... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 08:40:13 EST Hello Hi everyone I was part of spark people years ago but life took over and in trying again. <BR> <BR> Here I am for a new start, we have a gorgeous toddler And I want to spend this autumn running in the park and getting home for home baked treats, not sitting on the sofa (where I am now!!!) <BR> <BR> I have a big social event in 28 days and got the spark book yesterday so hoping this autumn can be the transformation our little family needs &#128516; Sat, 11 Oct 2014 11:47:36 EST new Hi im new on here and am hopin to lose 35 lb by may and could do with some advice Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:51:06 EST whats on near you next weekend? We are always looking for places to go at the weekend with Mum in Law and the kids we care for (respite carers) So if you know of any events or places of interest near you I am sure that I and many others would appreciate hearing about it here Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:22:07 EST newbie saying hello Hi everyone, I'm Colleen,41, from Grimsby, a serial dieter for many years but i have never counted calories! <BR> I have around 7 stone to loose, so today i started my journey, I actually walked the school run instead of driving... a big first for me :). <BR> I've got lots of lessons to learn and I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone. <BR> xxxx <BR> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 13:19:39 EST Brand New! London Folk Weight Loss Meet Up? Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Anyone in the London area up for weight loss activities? Give me a shout! <BR> <BR> Chloé <BR> <BR> X Wed, 3 Sep 2014 13:16:01 EST I REALLY NEED TO DO THIS BUT AM SCARED Hello - I am a 'slightly older' lady who has let herself go due to ill health and need some support please!!!! I am also willing to give support to anyone else who needs it. This is my first visit to any site like this and really don't know what to do or say. Please help!!! <BR> <BR> Thank you Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:18:20 EST Hello everyone! Hi guys. I am new here and looking forward to making it work this time. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>247</em> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 11:46:06 EST Newbie switching from Slimming World Hi everyone, I decided to join Spark people as I need a change from SW. Fed up with getting the highs and lows of eating too many carbs and not seeing results on scales, just eating too much. Also feeling deprived of things I love/ social events. Got about 3 stone to lose. Never done calorie monitoring before. Ideally want low carb diet as think that will help the cravings. Can anyone recommend the right % of carbs? Sun, 10 Aug 2014 04:35:42 EST New to this! Hi my name is Michelle I'm 42 and have over 56 lbs to lose. I live alongside a rare bone condition and fibromyalgia. My goal is to be healthier in body and mind and reduce the meds I'm on. I could do with all the help you can give. <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone, Michelle xx Sun, 3 Aug 2014 20:59:59 EST Hi there! So I'm Alison and I just joined SP today. I was automatically put into this team and I thought I would check it out. <BR> <BR> Please take a look at my page for more details on why I'm here and what I want to achieve, but in summary I want to lose 70lbs and I am going to achieve this slowly but surely! <BR> <BR> I hope to get to know some of you soon. Have a great evening! <BR> <BR> Alison x Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:31:37 EST Hi From Scotland!!! <em>212</em> <BR> <BR> Hey folks <BR> <BR> New here and wanted to say hi! Already lost 135lbs in 13 months now looking to shift the last 30-40lbs so that's why i'm here! <BR> <BR> Feel free to say hi! Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:18:32 EST Hi everyone! I am new here. I joined because I want to live a healthier lifestyle without going on a 'diet'. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:17:44 EST Hi originally from UK and returning soon Hi all, <BR> <BR> I hope you don't mind me joining the UK forum but that is where I am from and will be returning to. <BR> <BR> I am working in Spain at the moment and in the 2 years I have been here I have put on 2 stone! Add to that I have reached the 60 year old milestone and I have to get my life back on track. <BR> <BR> I should be returning to the UK in about 2 years time but don't want to put on another 2 stone before I do! <BR> <BR> At the moment I am trying to find my way around... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:54:54 EST Greetings Hi there, <BR> <BR> I'm new here and relieved to find that there are others from the UK using this. <BR> <BR> Has anyone had any success with it so far? is much more intense than fitness pal. <BR> <BR> I'm a 35yr old female have 90lbs to lose and feel very daunted by that. I struggled with depression for a couple of years and put a lot of weight on in that time. I now am ready to start reversing the damage which Im hoping will have other positive health effects also. <BR> <BR> I am ba... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:51:48 EST Hi there to everybody Hi Cheers for the invitations. I hope you can keep me motivated! I do well at the start then the usual happens, I get down and can't be bothered. So I've got nothing to lose weight for except myself now. No weddings, big parties nowt. So the biggest reason I do have if for myself. I think that maybe motivation enough. But please keep me on track and do my nut in if I lose the plot or you don't hear from me in a while. 1st day done and dusted and feeling good. So cheers again everybody x <BR> ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:59:44 EST Can I read while I pedal an exercise bike? Will it affect my cycling effort? Trying to fit my daily bible readings and my exercise into my time before work in the morning!!!! Breakfast I can carry and have at my leisure in the train. The first train is always quite so I generally get a seat with a table. Muesli is ok with the milk added before bedtime the night before. <BR> <BR> Not back to work till Wednesday this week but I am going to experiment with water intake the three days I will be there to see ... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:47:31 EST How many of my exercise calories should I eat? <BR> My normal allowable range is 1200-1550 cals <BR> I have eaten 1267, but I have done 470 cals in the exercise bike. Should I eat some of these or can I realistically stop eating now? <BR> I have not had much success in the past Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:26:58 EST Hello, I've come to re-join the human race, hehe <em>524</em> <BR> I have been on sparks for a long time, well on and off, mostly off. but i thought i'd give it another go. <BR> <em>249</em> again <BR> I have about 100 lbs to lose, my health is really poor, i'm tired all the time and i have clinical depression. In fact I've hidden myself away from the world for about a year now, so that the only people i see on a regular basis is my husband and daughter. so i have no real friends (which is something i did to myself) and no support ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:42:46 EST hiya Hi all <BR> <BR> I'm new not sure what to say and feel a bit of an oddball being here, joined as it was the only site that has given me ways to gain and not lose weight. <BR> <BR> I'm a 32 mum of 5 kids with one who has special needs and have been struggling to find time to look after myself more as so far I've not done a great job when it comes to me.but i want and need to be as fit and healthy as possible. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 5 Jul 2014 17:08:57 EST hello Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> I joined the forum a couple of weeks ago thought I'd introduce myself here. I'm very nearly 50 years old and I have ME. This makes exercising while losing weight a big problem. I'm making changes toward a diet that can be helpful for people with my condition,as well as wanting to lose 42 pounds if I can. <BR> <BR> I have in the past eaten when stressed, tired, bored, you name it. I don't do that much now, but find preparing the right things difficult when I am f... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 13:47:27 EST How to set up your own fast break streaks If you hover on “my trackers”, click on “other goals”, click on “add/remove fast break goals”, you will get three lists. One is to do with nutrition, one is fitness, and one is motivation. Click on a maximum of 1 thing from each list that you want to do every day. I chose go for a walk, read something motivational, and don’t snack in the evenings. The aim is to do it every single day, and see how many days you can go. <BR> <BR> Tick each day that you do it under “other goals”. If you ... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 10:36:47 EST I am trying a week of exerccise I will report back. <BR> i am taking a new view on weight loss and will be logging but not tracking my food while adding exercise (couch potato me) to see over a couple of weeks if that does anything. <BR> I am also going to try to fit in ME-time thoughthat could be hard. <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 02:07:58 EST I will do it this time Hi I am Nan (59) from Fife in Scotland. <BR> I ave re-joined Sparkpeople for the last time. I have been on and off here more times than I can remember. Recently it has been an effort to last even 2 weeks without falling off the wagon. Trouble is I comfort eat. Bury myself in sugar every time the going gets rough. <BR> Boredom at work is a trigger and I cannot just get up and walk away. (not for another 6 months when I retire) <BR> Frustration at home is the main other trigger. We lost dad ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 14:38:14 EST July Challenge Choose one thing you eat on a regular basis and change it for something less fattening, or healthier. I'm going to swap my full fat milk for skimmed. <BR> <BR> Plus set yourself a weight goal for the month. I'm going for 1 lb per week. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 12:21:54 EST Exercise you enjoy most & exercise you do most? What exercise do you do most, and what exercise do you enjoy doing most? <BR> <BR> I love walking outdoors and that is my main form of exercise. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 02:12:31 EST Newbie Hi, I am starting my T25 focus today, yoohoo! Fri, 27 Jun 2014 05:11:54 EST Hi All : ) Hi All, <BR> <BR> Joined again a few months ago but finally going to do things properly. <BR> <BR> Good Luck to everyone, hope we all achieve our dreams : ) <BR> <BR> Sarah Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:32:50 EST NEWBEE Hey friends! So I'm new to this outlet but I just wanted to reach out and introduce myself! I'm Anne and I'm excited to embark on this journey to a healthier me! I'm looking to use this site as a support group more than anything else, and I think I came to the right place! I look forward to sharing some experiences and hopefully successes with you! :D Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:02:25 EST Hello! Hiya :) <BR> <BR> Joined Sparkpeople tonight, so very new. <BR> <BR> I'm in the UK, Midlands. <BR> <BR> Sorry it's so short, I'm not sure what to write lol Thu, 29 May 2014 18:36:03 EST Reaching the sticky point.... I re-started with Spark in March and have lost nine pounds since. I have a habit of getting close to a stone lost and falling by the way side. Although over the last year I have been consistent more often than not and the diet changes and exercise are starting to feel like every day. <BR> <BR> I just need to avoid emotional eating and break through the initial loss. <BR> <BR> Hoping to kick start some support here and looking forward to helping out where I can. <BR> <BR> Happy Weekend... Sun, 18 May 2014 17:32:30 EST New to England and need a buddy Hello everyone, <BR> My family and I just moved to England a few months ago (from the USA) for my husband's work. I'm 45 and need to lose over 100 lbs. I live near Oundle (near Peterborough). I would love to have some friends and join some teams. Also, can someone please tell me how to add the little weight loss tape to the bottom of the post? Thanks, Christa. Wed, 14 May 2014 16:39:42 EST I'm just starting my story My name is Kat. I'm 24 and overweight. I've always struggled with weightloss. I work as a waitress so i run around a lot and i still can't lose any weight. I'm hoping that people who are in a similar position or who were can give me an idea of how to start my journey to a slimmer me. <BR> <BR> In January I weighed 196 pounds (14 stone) <BR> Today Tue 13 May 2014 I weigh 189 pounds (13.5 stone) <BR> My Goal weight is: 154 pounds (11 stone) <BR> 11 stone will be the lightest I have been in a d... Tue, 13 May 2014 16:59:25 EST Mini Break-advice please! So, I realised I haven't had a holiday away from home in about 3 years and I think I am overdue! I've gotten impatient with waiting for friends to have a space free for me, and I've decided to bite the bullet and just go away on my own at the end of May. I'm keeping it in the UK-but I can't decide between Wales or Scotland. Can anyone offer up any ideas for me? Tue, 22 Apr 2014 03:53:08 EST Looking for buddies Hi! I just joined Spark People yesterday and am looking for buddies. <BR> <BR> I'm 50 years old, and weigh 14 stone 10.5 pounds. <BR> <BR> I have about 56.5 pounds to lose to get to my goal of 150 pounds. <BR> <BR> I'm 5'6" and have to stay within 1200-1550 calories to get to goal by 10th May 2015 (that's if I lose 1 pound a week) <BR> <BR> Anyone want to join me on this journey? <BR> <BR> If you add me as a friend, I'll add you back. <BR> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 04:28:12 EST Hello all Hi, my name is Andi, I'm a 36 year old mum of three currently living in Hull. I have a lot of weight to lose and to give me motivation I have signed up to do the race for life in July1 Last night I "installed" the Paul McKenna hypnotic gastric band, which thus far sems to be working much to my surprise! Feel free to add me as a friend :) Sun, 6 Apr 2014 05:26:03 EST In need of guidance My profile has been created today after I have finally hit rock bottom. I am 18 years old and I weigh 198lbs. I had an incredibly active childhood and I have slowly drifted out of sport and exercise, over the past few months I have noticed myself getting bigger but avoided facing the reality of my destructive path. I feel right now very weak and in desperate need of someone to help me give me a boost/advice or any genuine help, please!! Sat, 5 Apr 2014 14:40:52 EST Intro Hi, just joined the spark community. Looking to shed at least 40 lbs. Interested in horses and nature. Any friends would be most welcome. Thx Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:26:58 EST need to do this finally!!!! Hi <BR> I have been struggling with mt weight for years, i had my son 4 years ago and have never lost my baby weight, i have tried different things, i realise now at my age 44 that i need to get fit and loose some weight has i am am very very unhappy about it, its like a dead weight, i look pregnant !!! its ruining my life, please help: Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:44:00 EST Big Burn I've just posted this in the London group but thought I'd drop by here too in case anyone else fancies going to the Big Burn event at the end of May? I think they've only just started advertising it: <BR> <BR> <BR> It's not cheap for just a class/expo but I think it would be an amazing atmosphere. I haven't got my ticket yet but hoping to soon. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:39:33 EST Grocery List For The Week??? Continuing my exploration of the SP site I came across the, "Grocery list for the week" tool. I thought this may be very useful to me. I presumed I would be able to get a weekly shopping list based on any past week of my Nutrition Tracking but this does not seem to be the case. <BR> <BR> Has anyone used this tool; can anyone explain how it works? Tue, 25 Mar 2014 08:18:03 EST Hello Hi there <BR> have just rejoined spark people after a massive break. Didnt make use of the forums last time I was a member and lost interest quickly. I have decided to make full use of the site after realising I have around 80 pounds to lose and am rapidly approaching forty. Not sure about adding spark friends yet but if anyone wants to add me as a friend for motivation and encouragement then please feel free <em>41</em> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 07:46:56 EST Hi I'm from Medway, Kent HI all, I started Spark 2 days ago and am trying to get through all the trackers and help on here. The thing that is bothering me is that, after being a couch potato for over 30 years I have just started walking, just around the block a couple of times early in the morning each day, it takes about 15 minutes and I plan to increase that soon, I weighed myself and have put on 2lb although my 'walking trousers' feel a bit looser, not much but I cannot work out if I have put on weight how my cl... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 03:58:23 EST time Zone I have noticed that if I try to log anything from 11:30 pm onwards then it records the info as if I was starting a new day. Has anyone else experienced this? Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:32:53 EST Yorkshire lass :) Hi all <BR> <BR> I live in Yorkshire, and am enjoying the site so far. <BR> My aim is to lose a stone, but am happy to lose more if I can! <BR> <BR> Talk to you all soon :) Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:45:18 EST Trev from Devon would like to share his music with Hi all fellow Brits and hopefully music lovers, <BR> <BR> I don't know if I am the only composer in sparkpeople but I have yet to see anybody else load up any of their work into a blog. I only found out a week ago that I could do this so I have chosen to add some of my work in my blogs. <BR> <BR> I feel that music can be used as a terrific motivator be it fast upbeat to move to, slow and tranquil to chillout to and everything in between. It certainly can contribute to a healthier lifestyl... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:51:55 EST Hey All Hi Everyone, <BR> hope you are all doing great, iam in the Uk and work as a manager at a GP surgery. I love reading i love peice and quite,love walking trekking, anything adventurous. decided that i want to start getting health and treat my body right. i wanted to set myself chalanges as i want to tone up y body and strenghtent it too,. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 04:40:56 EST HELP! I'm feeling really down. Weighed in and I've either lost only 0.3/4 pound or nothing at all.... Weighted myself yesterday and I had lost 0.3/4 pounds, disappointed I decided to weigh myself again this morning... regained the 0.3/4... what's going on? <BR> <BR> I've been very good all week, stuck to my allocated calories and done my daily 20/30 minute walk plus 45 minute swim, twice a week.... This is where I normally give up and have a nice slice of chocolate cake, or a packet,... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 05:28:26 EST Hello I am new to this team but not to Spark. I live in Malta but was born in London. I am hoping to lose some weight this year, before my 60th birthday. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 13:44:53 EST Hi everyone! I hope that it isn't weird that an American joined a UK team...I'm obsessed with the UK and one of my goals when I lose my weight is to go on a trip the UK. <BR> <BR> My name is Jennifer, and I have a goal to lose 200+ pounds. I currently live in North Carolina, but I feel in my heart that my home is England. (One day!!!!) <BR> <BR> Can someone tell me which thread we use for daily conversation? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:32:36 EST Hi From A Midlands Newbie Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I've been a member of Sparks People for a while now, but sadly could never stay on track and never put the work in I should have done. I gave up smoking nearly six years ago which I couldn't have done without the help of an online support group. I am now hoping to find the support I need to help me ditch the fat here at Sparks People. <BR> <BR> I am married we recently celebrated our Golden Wedding Anniversary by driving to Sicily. We have 4 grown up chil... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 08:03:57 EST I'm Back! Hi <BR> <BR> I'm Graham from London I'm 56 <BR> <BR> I registered with this website 4 years ago and lost 27 pounds but I'm back to 15 stone 7 and need some kind of change <BR> <BR> mainly I'm concerned now about health issues rather than looking better or fitting into clothes etc. <BR> <BR> I have a lot of heart disease and diabetes in my family and the fatal heart attacks of relatives (3 last year) make me feel a cardiac arrest is coming towards me with alarming speed across the family ... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 09:42:06 EST Hello All Thanks to all of you that sent me welcoming emails - much appreciated. <BR> I've only been on SP for a week but finding it great. Looking forward to exploring the many parts of SP, losing some wight and getting fitter (very slowly as i'm in my 70s) <BR> <BR> <em>665</em> Fri, 7 Mar 2014 15:42:04 EST Hello!!!! Hello, nice to meet you all. <BR> <BR> I have come on here to motivate myself and maybe I can help some people out too. <BR> <BR> I have already lost 35 pounds and I have 60 more to go. <BR> <BR> I have nearly finished couch to 5k and I can jog for 25 minutes. <BR> <BR> I stop smoking on 25th May 2013 <BR> <BR> I am hoping to do a race for life on 25th May 2014 <BR> <BR> I am dealing with past life abuse but I am on the way to a better life. <BR> <BR> I have recently came out as a le... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 14:21:17 EST Spark Shop Is there anyone who has bought items from the Spark Peoples shop? If so what were the posting and packing details? I want to purchace things but not sure of the extra cost. <BR> <BR> Thanks Sun, 2 Mar 2014 09:10:06 EST Hi there ....ok this is hard.....I'm 45 next month and have now faced up to my 100kg. I'm finding the day to day things hard and get out of breath. I would like to keep up with my kids and loose a bit. I'm good with the food and healthy cooking but by the evening I have lost all energy for any exercise. Anybody got any tips. Thank you! Anni :) Tue, 25 Feb 2014 05:00:12 EST Hi my name is Sharisse Hey everyone I'm Sharisse,just joined today :) hoping to lose 50lbs and make some friends along the way..thought I'd introduce myself, I'm 43 and mum to 9 wonderful kids who all keep me very busy, I guess along the way I lost who I am and forgot to take care of me lol so now I'm hoping to lose weight and get back to being me x Sun, 23 Feb 2014 08:47:18 EST Finding it tough!! Hi, I have been on 1200 calories for a month and have been religiously weighing my food and not cheating, recording every single thing I have eaten, and have lost only three pounds! I have taken up running on my treadmill and do twenty minutes two or three times a week, other than that I am fairly sedentary at work. given that I used to eat about 1200 calories a meal I am really surprised I am not losing weight faster to be honest... I am trying to stay positive but the lack of weight loss i... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:03:15 EST newbie Hi I am Sarah and I have just joined - not sure what happens next as I came across this site by accident, but I want those 100 lb over the next year Sat, 15 Feb 2014 19:50:45 EST I'm new to Sparkpeople! Hello, I'm Jasmin. I have always struggled with my weight since I was a child. I am only 19 now though! I have lost weight in the past - I lost about 20lbs in the summer after I finished school but there were no distractions. Now I'm trying to lose weight when I'm living away from home at university. It's much harder because I hate cooking. And I'm a very bad snacker! My main goal is just to feel healthier and like my body. And it's going to be a struggle! <BR> <BR> Any support on this journ... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 06:01:34 EST temptation hello , iv only been doing this a week and so far iv lost 1 pound , but there's always temptation , my husband and my children love having the odd treat , choccy bar or pack of crisps , and even tho my husband knows i really want to cut down , whenever he has something he always offers me some , and its getting harder to say no ta , i do have will power but that can only take me so far , i feel i need a verbal boot up the bum to keep on the right path , and any advice is welcome <em>24</em>... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:16:36 EST Week 1 weigh in Mornin everyone thanks all for the lovely welcomes. You'll never guess what happened this morning? I had my weekly weigh in AND I have lost 5lbs! 5 whole lbs! I am absolutely over the moon, don't know if you can tell <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> This is a big thing for me, having convinced myself in recent months ( and after numerous attempts at diets) that I can't do it, it seems that when I track what I eat and exercise I can! Strange that eh? <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone else is d... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 07:15:36 EST Hi I'm Shakira I live in London, hope you all have a good day Tue, 4 Feb 2014 11:17:21 EST Anyone doing WeightWatchers? Just wondering what your favourite recipes/meals are? Mon, 3 Feb 2014 16:08:03 EST Hi Everyone Hello all I'm new to message boards but just wanted to pop in and say hi. Joined years ago, had a half hearted attempt and never returned. This time is different, no more diets! Just a gradual change to a healthy lifestyle. Have spent a lot of time today really looking round the site and tracking all my food. I feel strangely optimistic <em>334</em> Fit and healthy here I come!javascript:void(0) Sun, 2 Feb 2014 18:18:21 EST Hi. My name is Fran. HI! My name is Fran. Just joined on here. Want to loose another 70 lbs. . I have lost 45 already but have stopped again and need some help getting back on it! Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:08:54 EST Make friends with your food This blog by Pam is a must-read for all Spark people. <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> Pam has asked that those of us who agree with her ideas, kindly pass it on to all our teams and friends. <BR> <BR> thank you! <BR> <BR> please copy this link into your browser <BR> <BR> <BR> urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604929 <BR> <BR> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 16:25:36 EST Hi hi and HELP :) Hello fellow UK peeps <BR> <BR> I'm new to this site and am just finding my way around the place so if I make any standard newbie errors apologies. <BR> <BR> So a bit about me - well I'm a bit embarrassed really. I am having a hard time dealing with the amount of weight I have put on in the past few years and the negative changes in my lifestyle. Currently, I need to lose at least 4 stone :(. <BR> <BR> I use to be very active and fit. I was an athlete, dancer and yoga enthusiast until a... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:36:07 EST Hi to all! <em>58</em> <em>9</em> <em>30</em> I am new here. I really like this website and I am ready to learn how live a healthier lifestyle Sun, 26 Jan 2014 05:09:07 EST New and already struggling (Cross posted on main forum cos didn't know about UK one) <BR> <BR> Hi, I'm Nic. 28yr old female in the UK. Started using this site a couple of days ago to help me lose at least 5 stone this year. Completely changed the way I'm eating and been religiously filling out my trackers. But despite feeling like I'm eating loads of fruit, veg, fish and meat....I'm coming up short on recommended calories everyday. Is this a problem? I was always led to believe that filling up on fruit and veg is a go... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:59:06 EST New today Hi Uk Im a very newbie, still dont know my way around the site, but I will get there. I live east yorkshire, near Hull. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 07:30:58 EST Hey, Im caraflo Hey, I'm caraflo and I'm trying to lose 10 pounds in 5 weeks as im going on holiday! I currently weight 180 pounds so I know its gunna be tough! really need some motivation! Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:06:41 EST Hello Hi, <BR> <BR> I had lost 42 lbs now i've put 14 back on. I have severe depression that has been with me for years, right now i feel awful, it's a chore just to get out of bed in the morning, but I am trying. I want to go back to losing and exercising. <BR> <BR> Good luck everyone!!!! <BR> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 07:16:25 EST Hi to all Hi <BR> <BR> I am returning to Sparkpeople having gained some weight but am motivated to get back to continue losing and feeling healthier and fitter. I look forward to being in contact with those who want to befriend me to discuss and support one another . Any new starters who want a buddy please get in contact. I have lots to loose so need support. <BR> <BR> Lynne <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 04:42:41 EST Hello Hi <BR> <BR> I'm quite new to this. I've tried a number of ways to lose weight over the years and been quite successful, but it keeps creeping back on and I want to find a way to keep it off and stay healthy. <BR> <BR> As most of us do I have a busy job and family with two teenage children who seem to view me as on call whenever they need something, so my needs have come quite low down the list and I'm working towards changing this. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to progressing and achievin... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 04:50:49 EST Hello everyone I am 58 years of age and I share a house with a wonderful husband. We have 2 lovely daughters, a great son in law and a beautiful granddaughter. <BR> <BR> I have had a weight problem all my life. I had lost almost 4 stone in the last 18 months but it is slowly going back on again, so this is the first thing that I have to deal with this year. If I weigh in stones and pounds I get cross because I know I used to be lighter than that, so this year I am weighing in kilos and I am not going ... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 03:26:59 EST looking for friends hi im Sarah im 35 and I live in lowestoft which is a seaside town near Norwich in my mid 20's i was 280 pounds and I never eat any fruit or veg just had full sugared drinks,crisps,chocolate and fish and chips every night one day I could not get up the stairs as was so out of breath so decided to change my eating habits and to start to go for walks I lost about 60 pounds but have not lost any more so I decided to join spark people im looking for friends to help keep me motivated Fri, 10 Jan 2014 09:08:17 EST Hi! Hi there, <BR> <BR> I've only just come across this website so I thought I'd join up and make myself accountable! <BR> <BR> I'm a very lazy person by default, so I'm making a point of being more active & healthy this year! <BR> Tue, 7 Jan 2014 12:42:17 EST Ready for a better lifestyle Hiya, <BR> <BR> I'm Jenny from Scotland (originally from Boston), and am very much wanting to get back to a healthier me once my flu goes away. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 10:25:12 EST thyroid problems Hi I'm finding it hard to loose weight as I have a under active thyroid. any advice will be grateful Thanks. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 05:49:03 EST New Year, new me! Hello people! I am new here (joined New Year's day). This year I am determined to lose 30 lb, stop smoking, get fit, and get ready for a very significant birthday, my half century! I live in the UK and have two children and one grandson. Sat, 4 Jan 2014 11:35:51 EST Blasphemedora Vs the Plank Hi all, <BR> just# a quick email to say im not new to dieting but am new to the support system started this up last year and never used it ...this year no resolutions just small goals set ...e.g. The Plank, some of you may know this exercise ...i refer to it as goddamnmot#@"4!. I wish you all good luck in the war on weight ...but remember don't beat yourself up if you hit the choc biccy's as they say tomorrow is a new day :) Thu, 2 Jan 2014 09:47:26 EST Trying..... .....again! Ok, 62 this month and still overweight! Think I was last at a good weight mid forties. Seriously fed up of giving myself endless excuses for eating just that last piece of pie/cake/trifle etc.. I've never joined a forum before so here goes! Wish me luck (but what I really need is willpower)! Thu, 2 Jan 2014 06:07:25 EST Debbie Hello everyone...I am joining SparkPeople as a way of helping me commit to a weight loss programme this year. It all seems pretty daunting at the moment and I cried when I stepped on the scales today and actually saw what weight I am...although it is no surprise! .I will be 50 in June this year and want to do something exciting as a celebration. I have no idea how to use this site, but would love to share this journey with others going through a similar thing in their lives, giving and r... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 08:31:30 EST coke Zero Hi SP can anyone tell me if it's Ok to drink Coke Zero ? I have 1 or 2 glasses per day. All the American's say is don't drink soda, I'm confused. Thanks Tue, 31 Dec 2013 07:55:04 EST January Jumpstart Challenge Just thought I'd signpost this challenge, it's ideal for new starters and also for people (like me) who've been around for a while but are looking to shake things up and get shot of those mince pies. <BR> It's suitable for everyone - all ages, sizes and fitness levels, it lasts for 28 days and you can start it whenever you're ready on the link below. <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e_detail.asp?challenge=10 </link> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 15:41:22 EST Christmas and New Year just wishing everyone a very Happy New Year, and with hope and determination we will succeed. I have had a very good Christmas with lots of food and Gin and Tonics, but at the back of my mind was a voice and it spoke of enjoyment with moderation. Over December I have maintained my weight and I'm delighted. Looking forward to 2014 and buying smaller clothes as all of mine are gradually going to the charity shops, and I'm getting desperate for something to wear. Happy New Year Mon, 30 Dec 2013 08:19:46 EST new and clueless hi there everyone.Im Rozzadee and new to this site and have no idea how to use it or get around,im not on facebook and would like to keep away from them as always get unwanted attention.But I would like to know how I can get the site to work for me and help to get food wise and find out what foods I can eat that are low I need to loose 2 plus stones as quickly and safely as I can.Your help would be much appricated Mon, 30 Dec 2013 07:54:10 EST Newbie Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Im new to Sparkpeople and i am ready to start changing my lifestyle to become a healthier person! <BR> <BR> I am obese but i am not looking to be 'skinny', i just want to be healthier and generally a lot fitter than i am at the moment. I am keen to start new things and have recently enrolled at my local gym as a starting point. My first class is tomorrow! Wish me luck haha <BR> <BR> :) Fri, 27 Dec 2013 06:05:05 EST Christmas Greetings I just wanted to wish all my fellow UK Sparkers a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. <BR> <BR> Hope you all stay safe in the current storms. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>460</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>444</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 13:01:34 EST Scottish hi <BR> <BR> I'm Les and live in Scotland <BR> <BR> anyone else from here?? xox Thu, 19 Dec 2013 11:39:07 EST Hey, i'm new :-) Hey, i'm an 18 year old girl from the Uk and i have came on here as i currently 112 kg and I hope i can get to 86 kg,so i just want to know how have you guys found it, and have you scene weight loss? :-) xx Tue, 10 Dec 2013 18:42:02 EST New :) Hi everyone :) I'm Daisy, 22 from Devon. I really need a big kick up the bum - I need to lose some weight as I have gradually put on over the years, being comfortable and happy in a long term relationship, with a boyfriend who likes to cook [he was a chef]. He can eat and stay trim, but I cannot, and I've always loved my food! I also have an office job of just sitting all day. <BR> I'm 5'10 and always been a bit bigger, which I'm fine with - but I've put on about 2 stone / 28 pounds and I nee... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 11:59:32 EST introduction to a new team Hello Uk SP, <BR> I am a 24hr residential carer for a lovely old gentleman, I work 3 weeks on and 3 weeks off. During my "off time " I go home to Spain to see my husband of 42 years (I'm 61yrs old) - we have lived over in Spain nearly 13 years and love it. We have 2 sheep, 3 cats and 2 dogs all are rescue pets and 2 sons back in Yorkshire. <BR> I have high blood pressure and cholesterol and I'm on medication for it, since joining SP I have lost 5kg ( +2kg previous) . I have received support ... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 06:36:19 EST Hello I really need some support and the motivational tools are going to be really useful. <em>213</em> <BR> I'm 47 and pre diabetic. I've tried WW and slimmers world with some success. I'm looking for a new way to get fit and healthy and keep the weight off. I lose motivation very easily and put all the weight back on plus some more. I stumbled across this site and it's seems impressive. I'm looking to link in with others to help keep me on goal. Good luck everyone. Sun, 24 Nov 2013 11:38:05 EST Hi Hello, <BR> my name is Zuzana and I live in London. I've been overweight for long time but I got fed up and decided that I need to do something about it to change it. :) I did well. I lost about 10kg in less than one year. But then my weight stayed same for some time and I got frustrated. I am back on track now. I want to get in shape and live healthier lifestyle. I am here for support , motivation and advice. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:36:46 EST hi there Hi, just thought I'd say hello. New to here but not to the weight loss. <BR> I did a pretty good job of losing about 6.5st in 6 months but then I hit that brick wall where nothing I did made a difference, so my motivation faded. Spent the last year just hovering around the same weight, lose a couple of pounds, gain a couple etc. I did at least make sure I didn't put it all back on. <BR> I think keeping track of everything I'm doing on here and seeing what others are doing will help get that ... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:40:44 EST WHO IS INTERESTED? Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> At present only the States and Canada can purchase items in the shop. <BR> <BR> I was just wondering who is interested in purchasing the spark tracker device? <BR> <BR> Or has anyone purchased it through <BR> <BR> Have a great day <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 07:42:01 EST Day 1......and counting! Hello all, <BR> This is my 1st day to try and claim back some controle of my out of controle eating habbits. In the past year I have gone from a UK size 10 to a 16 and have to date tried every diet going, only to find myself eating more as I feel such a failer when gaining the odd poubd or 2 which as we all know adds on a few more pounds...and so the cycle continues. <BR> I am so down about it all, especially where as only a couple of years ago I was 6 stone lighter, training in the gym 3-4 ... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 09:31:43 EST Looking for Some Support Back on the site full force looking for some support and motivation to get off the last six pounds. Any help, hints, stories, solutions are greatly appreciated!!! Thu, 7 Nov 2013 23:34:50 EST Hello! Looking for a buddy for no-cheat November! Hi there. I'm new around here, but I figured I'd jump right in. :) <BR> <BR> Just like it says on the title, I'm looking for somebody to help with mutual motivation over the rest of the month. I've spontaneously decided to try to eat awesome over the next few weeks. Something of an experiment, to see if I can. For me, no cheat November means no sweets, lots of veggies and protein and low fat/carbs. Not necessarily counting calories, but paying attention to my intake and being careful with wh... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 17:58:02 EST SPARK ACTIVITY TRACKER Hiya <BR> <BR> does anyone know if you can buy the 'Spark Activity Tracker' in the UK? <BR> <BR> thank you Tue, 5 Nov 2013 10:44:22 EST Pedometers & CV I've recently got myself a pedometer and I know the recommendation is 10000 steps a day. If I go to the gym and use CV machines or go out cycling do I still need to aim for 10000 steps as I'm finding it takes quite a lot of time to achieve this. (I aim for 150 mins aerobic exercise per week). <BR> Tessa Sun, 3 Nov 2013 18:43:39 EST New to Spark People after trying EVERYTHING else! Hi there, I've just discovered this site and am hoping it will help me to find the support and motivation I need to shift the 50 pounds or so I need to lose. I'm 47 and over the last 30 years or so I have: counted calories, counted fat units, been to Slimming World, Weight Watchers and Rosemary Conley, done the Atkins diet, done meal replacements, done the grapefruit and egg diet, done 5:2/intermittent fasting, bought magazines and followed meal plans out of them, joined other online slimming... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 03:10:47 EST I AM BACK!! July771 I have recently started shopping in Aldi again & when I go past the banners it says "You know you should get your 5 a day"? Why not pick from our range of fruits! Aldi Store is narrow but quiet & nice. Not like the other big supermarkets or noisey. Oh all Aldis own brand! My husband birthday next week 40! No no party going out for a meal on Saturday his birthday is Tuesday. My dad decided against a party! Any how a nice quiet Meal with my family parents & sister & partner. Glad really that we... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 17:52:35 EST Hey there Hello all!!!! <BR> New here & hoping to shift some of my post surgery weight as had a hysterectomy in june & have piled the weight on from being inactive during my recovery Tue, 29 Oct 2013 17:02:46 EST hello sparkle people hi I am james new lost 28pounds never give up another 14pounds to go Mon, 28 Oct 2013 06:38:04 EST hi im dave from yorkshire..overweight..over age..over blood pressure..over sugar level and not fit...BUT we aint gonna stay that way!! o no we are gonna reverse everything!!! <BR> im gonna get younger! fitter! better looking (i know its a tall order innit:D)slimmer and dynamic but til then i need you help!!!! <BR> <BR> help me reach my goal ill help you reach your goal! Sat, 26 Oct 2013 00:06:35 EST Hello :) Hi there, My name is Lamya, i am a 20 year old student and I have been overweight for as long as I can remember. I am constantly suffering from the legendary yo-yo diet and I have been stuck in a rut for ages. I have just joined and i hope that this attempt will work. At the moment I weigh 130kgs, and I am hopeful that I will succeed. Also, I am looking for a diet buddy- so if anyone is interested please let me know! Fri, 25 Oct 2013 22:44:45 EST Low calorie pub drinks; please recommend Hi there team! <BR> <BR> hope everything here is fine for you :) <BR> <BR> I've given up drinking wine (or any alcohol) and don't really know what to order in pubs and restaurants, save diet coke/pepsi, which I don't much like. <BR> <BR> I don't like sweetness nor bitterness and I get quite enough water. :) Any ideas? what's your favourite non-alcoholic, low calorie tipple? <BR> <BR> Mia Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:16:15 EST Hey :) New to this, cant wait to see the changes in the next few months feeling positive :) Tue, 22 Oct 2013 22:41:57 EST HERE GOES, LESS WEIGHT MORE ESTEEM I AM HOPING TO LOSE 8POUND IN A MONTH AND JUST SET THESE GOALS RATHER THAN FOCUSING ON MY MAIN GOAL WHICH IS TO LOSE 4STONE. <BR> HOPE TO MEET SOME ON-LINE BUDDIES FOR TIPS AND MUTUAL SUPPORT. <BR> TAKE CARE FOR NOW, HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON. <BR> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:08:45 EST A little bit about me Hi, I’m Tanvee, I’m in my twenties. I was overweight for most of my life; I entered the gym for the first time when I was 24. All my life I wanted to become ‘thin’ but it took me a lot of time to actually start working towards my fitness. I had all the possible unhealthy habits you can think of (I hated exercise, I loved snacking and junk food was how I bonded with T, I would get up in the middle of the night just to eat). The only reason I ever wanted to lose weight was to wear nice clothes... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 13:14:17 EST uk food Hello, I have just joined SP and I think it's fab, just by logging in my daily food intake I can see where I've been going wrong. I just find it difficult to find the UK foods listed, and not many are homemade dishes, any tips? <BR> many thanks <BR> Bronwen Sat, 12 Oct 2013 13:46:36 EST Looking for new spark friends :) Hi everyone, i signed up a few years ago but never carried on with it. I started to watch what i ate and doing excercise in April this year and up to yet have lost 2 and a half stone!! im so happy. im still a way off my target weight so thought i would sign up again and hopefully find some new spark friends so we can all spur each other on :) xx Fri, 11 Oct 2013 04:25:19 EST WHERE ARE WE ALL As there seems to be a lot of talk in here about a local get together I thought it would be a good idea to add this topic where we can each put an approximate location to make the possibility of these gatherings more realistic. By doing this if any of you decide to meet up with each other it would be possible to work out approximate distance you would all have to travel to make a meet up possible. <BR> <BR> I will start with my approximate location and please feel free to add yours. <BR> <... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 11:03:13 EST just joined looking for friends Hi im sarah im 35 im from east anglia i live in a seaside town near norwich and I joined sparkpeople a few days ago and I am looking for some spark friends Thu, 3 Oct 2013 18:43:49 EST Looking for uk buddies Hi folks, I'm back again to aim to loose 2-3 stone ,i'v lost 1 stone 7 so far ,not bad after a very yukky year so far . I'm ready now . I have mobility problems due to my back being 30 years older than me,have stenosis,spondylthesis,chronic nerve pain. I live in hampshire between southampton and portsmouth but can travel.I would love some uk friends to communicate with and hopefully meet up,so if anyone is looking for the same please email me :) I'm 52, widowed, a grandma, an outdoor lover,an... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 03:53:51 EST Starting from the beginning... again. Hi Everyone. <BR> Well I have joined because I find that I miss having someone to talk to about weight loss and the daily struggles of a foodie to not eat everything in sight. A few years ago I managed to loose 20 kgs but in the last 6 months I've gained half of that back again. On the positive side I am maintaining my new found weight gain - but I am hoping to finally loose those 13 kgs that I've wanted off for quite a while. <BR> I love exercising and tend to do an hour every day. This ye... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 13:34:12 EST Have Any Of You Tried Green Tea Extract? I bought some green tea extract tablets from H&B (am i allowed to mention shops and brands?) and wondered whether they were a good idea because i've heard so many good things about green tea in general but can't stand the taste. <BR> <BR> Have any of you guys tried it with positive or negative results? <BR> <BR> Izzie <BR> xo Fri, 13 Sep 2013 06:21:04 EST This is the last time Greetings to all. I am 57, nearly 58 (shockingly). I have used food all my life foe emotional reasons and dieted as a result since I was 11. I now have an awful lot of weight to lose with many acquired health problems. I almost feel defeated before I start. But my health is deteriorating so I have to force myself to do The Last Big Push before it is too late and for my future health. Therefore I need all the help I can get!!!! If I could just get this lardy bum off the sofa..... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:15:34 EST This is the last time Greetings to all. I am 57, nearly 58 (shockingly). I have used food all my life foe emotional reasons and dieted as a result since I was 11. I now have an awful lot of weight to lose with many acquired health problems. I almost feel defeated before I start. But my health is deteriorating so I have to force myself to do The Last Big Push before it is too late and for my future health. Therefore I need all the help I can get!!!! If I could just get this lardy bum off the sofa..... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:15:33 EST Hi am venesia Thank you everyone. Mon, 9 Sep 2013 18:31:21 EST I AM TRYING TO MOTIVATE MY HUBBY WITH HIS FITNESS <em>381</em> He has been diagnosed t2 diabetes and is in awe of my fitness BUT i am no instructor Sun, 8 Sep 2013 14:59:49 EST CAN YOU BUY THE BOOK SPARK SOLUTION IN THE UK? Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> can anyone like me know if you can order the book 'Spark Solutions' in the UK, as I have tried to order on, but it says that it can not be shipped to the UK. <BR> <BR> Or are there any other places I can order it from? <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> Sat, 7 Sep 2013 07:50:59 EST hi new to this page Thu, 5 Sep 2013 10:14:00 EST opinions on what i might be doing wrong I've been receiving spark updates for a while and find them very inspiring and interesting reading.. I've been on my own devised eating plan and whilst I've been losing weight I don't feel I'm doing as well as I should or could be.. I eat 3 maelstrom a day. fruit and fat free yogurt for breakfast.. minced beef and veg hotpot for lunch with veg at the side.. chicken or pork chop for dinner either with salad and very low fat mayo or hot veg or baked beans.. I rarely snack but have a banana or g... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 14:16:53 EST opinions on what i might be doing wrong I've been receiving spark updates for a while and find them very inspiring and interesting reading.. I've been on my own devised eating plan and whilst I've been losing weight I don't feel I'm doing as well as I should or could be.. I eat 3 maelstrom a day. fruit and fat free yogurt for breakfast.. minced beef and veg hotpot for lunch with veg at the side.. chicken or pork chop for dinner either with salad and very low fat mayo or hot veg or baked beans.. I rarely snack but have a banana or g... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 14:09:05 EST opinions on what i might be doing wrong I've been receiving spark updates for a while and find them very inspiring and interesting reading.. I've been on my own devised eating plan and whilst I've been losing weight I don't feel I'm doing as well as I should or could be.. I eat 3 maelstrom a day. fruit and fat free yogurt for breakfast.. minced beef and veg hotpot for lunch with veg at the side.. chicken or pork chop for dinner either with salad and very low fat mayo or hot veg or baked beans.. I rarely snack but have a banana or g... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 14:06:39 EST New, from the Welsh borders! Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm a new Sparker from the Welsh borders (nr Bristol and Newport) <BR> <BR> I'm interested in training, getting strong, and eating food! <BR> <BR> I have some pounds to lose, but I'm happy to do it slowly the sustainable way :) As long as the muscles are growing!! I love strength training - bodyweight, heavy weights, whatever. I'd love to meet some local weight-lifters, as I'm pretty scared of going to the gym on my own. I have a few weights at home, but not really enough... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 17:30:45 EST UK Hi, anyone from Reading? <em>381</em> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:13:27 EST Newbie from Newport Hi, <BR> <BR> I am new to this, hoping to find some motivation. Anyone else from Wales? Sat, 24 Aug 2013 11:51:22 EST West Sussex SPARK-Girl I'll tell you a little about me and if you like what you read please feel free to message me or add me as a friend. <BR> I am Vikki, I live near Worthing in West Sussex, but am originally from Cambridgeshire, I'm 35 years young and a housewife. I have a six year old daughter called Caitlin and the newest addition to our family is a small black cat called Misty. <BR> Since late 2008 I have had constant chronic back pain which means I am unable to have any more children or go back to work. Un... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 16:30:36 EST Hi everyone I jumped the gun earlier today by posting before I introduced myself. Sorry! ;) <BR> <BR> I'm a 46yr old expat living/working near Paddington in London. After letting my fitness levels slide for a few years I am back on track and midway through Podrunner's C25K programme. I plan on carrying on with the Gateway to 8K when I finish. <BR> <BR> I'm really loving my rediscovery of running and the addictive quality of the physical high afterward. Five weeks in and I can already see and feel the... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 10:28:58 EST Seeking running buddy-Hyde Park (London) Hi all. I am new to this team but not to SP. I have recently started a C25K programme with the intent to carry on through to being able to do about 8K three times/week. <BR> <BR> At the moment I am running solo in Hyde Park as the days are still long but it would be nice to find a buddy to run with for safety and motivation as the daylight hours grow shorter. I would be happy to run in the early morning (6 or 7) or evenings after 6PM. <BR> <BR> Let me know if you're interested. :) Sun, 18 Aug 2013 06:38:17 EST New to Team UK Hello Team UK, I've been doing SP for about a year now. Its been going well but I have reached a plateau and decided to re-set all my goals. With a shiny new start I thought I'd join the forum and say hi. I live in Edinburgh, anyone else from here or near? Hope all going well with everyone's personal challenges and goals. Got any super insider-tips? Sun, 18 Aug 2013 03:49:00 EST Hello Hi I am new to the team. I have 70 pounds to lose and at the moment it feels like an impossible task so I am trying to take it baby steps at a time :-) Sat, 17 Aug 2013 01:36:23 EST New Boy- AGAIN Hi All, <BR> Here we go again. Why, why, can't I keep going? Used SP some months ago, lost about a stone, gave in, now I'm at my heaviest. <BR> I broke my shoulder in May, so couldn't work and sat about doing nothing for weeks, I came off holiday yesterday, and then this morning the scales said " One at a time please " <BR> I am 63 years old, I live in Ripon, North Yorkshire and I need to loose 70 pounds and I need help <BR> <BR> Cheers <BR> <BR> Dave Tue, 13 Aug 2013 01:48:17 EST Body beautiful striver Ray Reid. Hi fellow community members. I am a 51 year old trying to get back the body I had as a 21 year old..haha <BR> Seriously I am trying to increase my fitness level and reduce my weight, having been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 2 years ago. <BR> Good luck to all of you in your personal goals. <BR> <BR> Ray Fri, 9 Aug 2013 09:27:14 EST Newbie Hi everyone. New member here I live in Choppington in Northumberland, mid 40's and trying to get fit. Fri, 9 Aug 2013 05:31:08 EST Join the SparkPeople Biggest Loser Challenge! <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <BR> <BR> I'm part way through the 22nd cycle of this challenge and I can't speak highly enough of it. I recommend it to everyone. It's suitable for all fitness abilities and goals. <BR> <BR> I've done several other challenges before, but this is the best by far. It's really well organised, very friendly and provides loads of motivation and encouragement to keep striving for your goals. Plus ... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 17:03:46 EST Hello to all I'm from Norfolk. Nice to have a UK team - at least you stand a chance of being awake at the same time as me :) Looking forward to the journey. I joined yesterday and have been wading through all the stuff on the site - quite mind boggling... I'm getting used to all the buttons and pointers gradually (and making plenty of mistakes, too). Anyway, I look forward to exchanging views and info with you in the coming weeks. Sun, 4 Aug 2013 08:54:43 EST New to here and scared and hesitantly excited Hi everyone, I'm hoping this move gives me the kick start and support I need to lose 140lbs. I'm so proud of all the people who've achieved their goals. I hope I'm one of them. <BR> I have 3 children and have never had pictures taken with them and have never been out with them as I'm too embarrassed. I want to be the mum I dream of being for them and the woman I dream of being for myself. <BR> Thanks Fri, 2 Aug 2013 17:43:09 EST I'm BACK! JULY771 I am back!! I feel heavy, hot sticky in this summer UK weather! One time last month I had diet Coke with lemon in & water with lemon in all <BR> day! 2 Cans diet coke in the EVENING a bit after my water with lemon in taking water bottle to mums! Oh I had a jug of water asked mum & put some Ice in! No ice here! How do I cut down on the alcohol & when at mums not be tempted? Even though my mum likes a drink? What can you do differently in the evenings? Loved my ready meals with baked beans! fil... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:05:53 EST Hello from newbie based in London I am newbie here. I have joined community to keep myself motivated on my journey towards healthier life. I am based in London UK. I am non-alcoholic, vegetarian, non-smoker with aim of loosing 12 kilos till chirstmas2013 <BR> <BR> Have a happy healthy day Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:05:05 EST Hi Hi all, I am new here and looking forward to getting started on a new healthy lifestyle... :) Fri, 12 Jul 2013 14:45:34 EST Hi Hi everyone, I joined about 4 weeks ago after 10 years of illness and immobility. I fave at least 100 lbs to lose, but have already lost 5lbs. Quirking a pedometer I found I was only doing about 800 steps a day, but after a month of daily seated cardiac work outs yesterday I found I had done 4000! Great heh. I've also joined a gym, and whilst I can only do 10 minutes on the treadmill at the moment, very, very slowly I know it will get better. <em>244</em> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 05:58:05 EST honey the washing machine shrank my clothes evening my fat friends, just starting to give sparks a go, <BR> I'm very good at the first three days of a diet and then lose interest. I am determined that I can make a fortnight this time.....ok think positive, I will get to wear that beautiful dress dress I bought 2 years ago that still has the labels in. <BR> Need help x <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 16:48:29 EST sun? yep sun happy sunny afternoon. Even sunny in Norfolk. Got that noob enthusiasm. Again. Also horrified at the way that washing machine has shrunk all my nice summer clothes! So time to start and shrink myself. Mon, 8 Jul 2013 13:13:27 EST Starting Again A little over a year ago I sat here full of hope, the weight was beginning to drop off and I was enjoying exercise again. Newly engaged I was looking forward to starting a new life and getting married. Then one awful August night my fiancée had a seizure and ended up in intensive care. He had an inoperable aggressive brain tumour. Nine months of caring for him at home later he died in my arms on Sunday 5th May. We did get married, a quiet ceremony with a few friends and our time together will... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 07:41:51 EST hi all trying to lose the weight after surgery 2 yrs ago it just kept piling on didn't realize that an incisional hernia was causing the weight gain so now im losing weight and hoping to get back to my old self Sun, 7 Jul 2013 13:00:55 EST Not sure if I should post it here but need help Well I hv been using sp since feb 2013. I really like it here and finally am able to start eating healthy, exercise and lose weight. <BR> <BR> But for a few days now the sites recipe calculator won't work, it doesn't add food or anything. I thought maybe my laptop is old and slow that's why the page is not working! But it doesn't work on my iPod touch or even my hubby's iPad! Don't know what to do!! Have to add some new recipes! <BR> <BR> Help!!! Anyone?! <BR> <BR> Rabbia Sat, 6 Jul 2013 14:33:07 EST New! I'm Niki, I've been on a long weightloss journey, and I'm currently 7 stone down on my startpoint. I need to lose another 4 ideally. <BR> <BR> I had hit the 8 1/2 stone mark, but bounced up a little bit and now need to kick myseld back into gear, it's working. I've been on the case for a week and a day, and am hitting the gym hard and it's paying off already. Especially in my head....motivation is everything!! <BR> <BR> I have a metabolic I'm one of the 1 in 10,000 who could ... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 06:03:08 EST Hi! Hi I am a newbie, I need to lose around 70 pounds but am really struggling. I just seem to keep putting it on! I struggle with emotional and binge eating. I am looking forward to getting to know you all :) <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:06:39 EST Exercise Clothes Hi All, <BR> Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for where to buy exercise clothes. <BR> I'm not a fan of having my wobbly bits on display, and find most options very clingy... or very hot. It seems like the good fabrics only come in fitted styles, and the more relaxed options come in heavy sweaty fabrics! <BR> Thanks in advance! <BR> <BR> p.s. I'm looking for an 16-18 top and 18-20 bottom. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:10:04 EST Hello Hi there <BR> <BR> I have just restarted my Spark journey after having toyed with Slimming World since February. Since February I have lost 24 pounds but still have 64 pounds left to lose. <BR> <BR> My name is Carol and I live in Warrington, Cheshire, UK with my partner Paul and our dog Sandy. I am 58 years old and work in a call centre dealing with Mobile Phone insurance for a major bank. I had an accident just over 18 months ago at work and damaged my back and neck. At the moment my back... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:43:20 EST Hello from Lincolnshire Hi everyone - I joined this site a couple of days ago but this is my first post. I'm just trying to find my way around - there's so much going on! <BR> <BR> Janet <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 03:07:34 EST how fast you loose weight i count my callories and do some exercise accroding SP recomendations; i should loose 2 kg each month, but now in one month i lost about 7kg already.. is it normal? maybe in the begining its faster and later is harder to loose rest of kg.. ? Sun, 23 Jun 2013 06:58:00 EST hi Just to say hello to everyone <em>213</em> . <BR> I've not been on the site long,but am finding it quite useful so far in my weight loss journey,if anyone wants to stop by my spark page and cheer me on,i'd appreciate it....especially if you have any low cal/fat ideas for me that are dairy free. <BR> Thanks! Thu, 20 Jun 2013 09:55:11 EST Here We Go Again! Hey all! So I've tried this Spark and dieting thing a few times over the past three years or so and failed miserably each time thanks to being a slacker and ultimately being too lazy and not motivated enough to follow through. I'm uber determined to get this under control now though and going to give it my all! Following all your posts and getting lots of inspiration from you all, so keep it up! Wed, 19 Jun 2013 07:12:25 EST Hi everybody New to this site.bit confused how to use it Tue, 18 Jun 2013 05:51:22 EST The Returned? Just watching the second episode now. Anyone else getting involved in this? I love it, even if it is in subtitles. It's so creepy, without trying too hard! I won't give anything away, but it's worth checking out-catch up on 4OD if you have to! Sun, 16 Jun 2013 16:08:20 EST I need Spark Coach help Has anyone from the UK actually managed to sign up for spark coach? I've been trying since my free trial ended, but my payment keeps getting refused as my address isn't recognised. I've checked with my bank, and the problem is that Spark doesn't complete the payment. There's nothing wrong with my details. <BR> <BR> I emailed and asked for help here but didn't get very far. Am I the only person to whom this has happened or is it a regular thing in the UK? <BR> <BR> Please help if you can...... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 15:32:46 EST Hiya Hi <BR> <BR> I am new, hoping to tome up for my holidays and keep that way. <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> I live in North London <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 05:57:45 EST Hi, another newbie! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> After spending a year driving a lot for work and not looking after myself, I need to make some changes. Looking forward to losing a few pounds and getting a bit fitter. <BR> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 01:10:49 EST From The Uk And New To The Spark Hi I am Frank (The Butcher's Dug) <BR> <BR> I am from Scotland and i am planning to follow the spark solution to get me up and running. <BR> <BR> I have around 100lbs to loose but more importantly i want to become more fitter and to be a more positive role model for my two daughters. <BR> <BR> Anyway i really hope to get to know a lot of you and wish everyone every success with their own spark journey's. <BR> <BR> The Butcher's Dug. Wed, 5 Jun 2013 16:05:49 EST New to S and UK MAIN Page - Hi :) Hi there! My name's Sam and I'm new to SparkPeople. <BR> I'm 32, single and have a 12 (almost 13) year old son. I struggle with my weight daily due to my busy work schedule - I eat a lot of take away junk food on the road because I just don't have the time to cook when I get home. I also work away a lot too so eat out at hotel restaurants or live on pot noodles & any snacks I can have in the comfort of my hotel room. <BR> I have joined SparkPeople to try and help get myself motivated to lo... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 07:45:12 EST Born Again Slimmer :) Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I've decided to give this a go. I've spent a lot of money on the 'keep people in the dark by changing foods to syns or points' people and have decided this is a much better way to eat. At least when I get to my target weight I'll not need to stay joined to count my calorie intake? <BR> <BR> I'm fed-up yoyoing; I want to wake up every day and get into the clothes I wore yesterday! <BR> <BR> If anyone has any advice about keeping weight off when you've been prescribed a... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 10:53:53 EST finally taken the plunge Hi, I have just joined (during my lunch break) I badly need to lose weight and as I retire at the end of this month I figured I have no excuses left. I live in Scotland about forty miles from Edinburgh, I live with my husband, dog, and cat. I have a son and daughter and 7 grandchildren and a mother ... so here goes 53 pounds to lose!!! please wish me luck I've tried this before. Tue, 4 Jun 2013 08:36:55 EST Ho Here I am I'm in this for the long haul. Finding it all a bit daunting at present but I know you are all here to help. <BR> Anyone out there from coventry like to be in touch if so. Mon, 3 Jun 2013 02:03:13 EST Another newbie Hi folks. I need help. Too much weight to lose and I know I'll lose motivation - it's just too hard. Help me to stay positive. Sun, 2 Jun 2013 17:02:30 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 2 Jun 2013 07:19:11 EST Slim in Six Starter today HI i am a woman of 53 years young in mind but alas not currently in body. I joined spark-people today as an incentive as I am going on holiday in 7 weeks time and it seems like the ideal opportunity to do something about my out of shape body. The thought of wearing summer clothes with bulges is awful. The slim in 6 pack seems like a good start point does anybody out there have any advice. ?? Sat, 1 Jun 2013 14:13:02 EST Aaaaaghh! Just started on sparkpeople! Hi all, I've joined spark people today after finding myself coming across your forums through internet searches on my many different questions on weight loss (saggy skin, how much exercise, diet etc.) and I thought I would join as you all seem such a friendly and supportive bunch. Anyway, I'm 32 and have been overweight for about 9 years now. I was always a skinny little thing but then bad eating habits and laziness caught up with me. At the start of this year I decided I was serious about... Fri, 31 May 2013 18:19:25 EST Its Nice to Meet You All I am new to this so hope this time am going to crack the weight once and for all <BR> Fri, 31 May 2013 15:34:18 EST do you exercise then you ill? recently i get cold with coughing, lost of voice, temperature and etc. my friend advice to slow down with exercising, because if will make me feel worse.. I feel that i have less energy for exercising, but should i wait when i get well and do my normal exercises or should do at least minimum workout? now i just go for a walk for 30-60 minutes.. Fri, 31 May 2013 08:37:02 EST OOO its a bit daunting being new! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Not to sure where to start. I want to loose 1st and a bit at least. I have a long story but I shall save for another day. I wanted a group that would support my task and also I could help by giving feed back too. But not having the money to pay to go to meetings, I felt a little lonely, until I came across this site today. Still working my way around here and would love to talk to some people. Tue, 28 May 2013 09:47:38 EST Hellooooo Hi my name is Gillian. <BR> I've been a member of Spark People for a while now but didn't realise there were teams or forums so please excuse the fact that I've not introduced myself till now! <BR> I'm delighted to know there is a place where I can chat/whinge/celebrate along my journey as I think it's really vital to have a sounding board. <BR> I look forward to hearing from anyone else who feels this way & I I think we all do sometimes! <BR> <BR> Gillian x Mon, 27 May 2013 04:02:15 EST Newbie from Scotland Hi Everyone <BR> I have just found this site and really need some inspiration and encouragement to get focussed on my weight loss journey. I have been 'maintaining' my weight for the last two years .... alas maintaining at 100 pounds + what I should be ! <BR> <BR> So I'm hoping that this site will help me focus and keep track of what I need to do to achieve my goals. Would love to meet others who feel the same. <BR> <BR> Linda <BR> <BR> Fri, 24 May 2013 15:54:46 EST hello SparkPeople and bye overweight Hi, <BR> i find this page when googled for fitness buddies.. decided to join, maybe you will help me to stay on my way of loosing weight.. <BR> So there is my loosing story.. <BR> I was fat all my childhood.. But it was normal to be fat and nice kid.. It wasn't so normal when i was teenager so i decided to loose weight for my prom.. No eating after 6pm, smaller portions made a miracle.. i weighted 57 kg at my prom (it was smallest number on scales in my life). When at uni i gained weight ag... Thu, 23 May 2013 15:52:00 EST Fitocracy Has anyone checked out the app Fitocracy or Zombies Run? I'd be interested to see how they incorporate that into the training and if its worth downloading? Wed, 22 May 2013 09:22:34 EST Looking for friends Hey guys, <BR> <BR> I lost around 50lbs with Spark People before but going to uni, settling into a long term relationship & then getting engaged, along with a knee injury has really taken its toll on my fitness. I'm back again wanting to lose around 50lbs (perhaps a little more or less, not sure yet!) and looking for friends to help with my motivation. I'm hoping that chatting to people around my age with similar goals and reasons for weight loss will really help. <BR> <BR> I'm 24, live in... Mon, 20 May 2013 11:11:10 EST Rest Days Hey all, <BR> <BR> I ran a 10km race on Saturday. I had been training every day but I've been told / read that we need to respect the necessity of the Rest Day. So I am resting for 2 days before I get back out there but it is hard not to feel lazy and guilty for not exercising. How does everyone keep their motivation and momentum up on rest days? Mon, 20 May 2013 09:59:51 EST Healthy snacks/food ideas I thought it would be a great idea if we could all share any healthy snacks/food we have come across. Mon, 20 May 2013 06:24:16 EST Newbie from Kent Hi, I'm very new to SparkPeople. I have about 50 lbs to lose - most of them picked up after two pregnancies. Finally managed to kick myself in the behind to lose at least some of them before trying to get pregnant again. Hoping to make some friends on here. Anybody out there based in West-Kent or East-Sussex? <BR> Bye for now Wed, 15 May 2013 05:54:23 EST Want to be slim again! Hi <BR> <BR> I am Manu, and at the moment my weight is 91kg. I want to lose around 20kgs. I hope I will find help to gain my <BR> goal! <BR> Thank you Tue, 14 May 2013 15:43:23 EST Hello :) Hi, I have been on here a number of time during some hard times in my life, I am finally coming out of it and I have lost 2 stone. I started my exercise and healthy habits back up because i out on 5 pounds, doesnt sound a lot but it got me thinking of carrying on jogging. <BR> I do find it hard to say no to things which is annoying because I love to randomly binge its like a craving and espeically on takeaways meaning it not only ruins my weight but my money too...( i am a student). <BR> I j... Tue, 14 May 2013 10:55:21 EST Trainers Can anyone recommend a good pair of trainers for running and other high impact exercises. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance Sat, 11 May 2013 12:29:30 EST Hello everyone! I am new to the Spark People site and am looking forward to getting to know other members on here :) <BR> According the the tracker I need to lose 49lbs in weight, and I would love to hear from anyone who has been successful in losing this amount of weight, and any tips they can pass on to keep me on the straight and narrow :) Fri, 10 May 2013 08:05:53 EST hello Hello I am a newbie from the Midlands with 2st to lose. Fri, 10 May 2013 07:47:23 EST Hello Hi I am new here, I have 60 pounds to lose and am obese so I have a long way to go!! I hate how I look and am desperate to finally shed this weight, I just find it sooooo hard <BR> <BR> I was born in Winchester, spent my childhood in Surrey, moved to Sussex and now live in Devon right by the sea which I love <BR> <BR> Wed, 8 May 2013 17:27:12 EST Another newbie Hi, I'm Sue, 52 from Redditch. I have been on sparkpeople before but decided to rejoin with a new user name so could start again from scratch. <BR> <BR> I have type 2 diabetes and over 4 stone to lose so am in this for the long haul. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know everyone. <BR> Wed, 8 May 2013 07:46:30 EST I don't have still waiting for it to be fixed. So at Mum's any replies I will do early Evening <em>67</em> ! Tue, 7 May 2013 15:09:25 EST Diet Lemonade early evening Is Diet Lemonade the way to go early evening then 2 small bottles wine late late evening! So you don't ruin Sparks! Ohh Refreshing Diet Lemonade! Mon, 6 May 2013 09:40:59 EST