SparkPeople NY SparkTeam Team Messageboard Welcome Everyone!! This group provides a way for us to learn, communicate, and encourage our team to progressively achieve our fitness and nutritional goals. SparkPeople NY SparkTeam Team Messageboard Hey everyone, Lansing Ny Anyone near me? Fri, 14 Feb 2020 21:16:05 EST Hey everyone, Lansing Ny I decided to try again, is there anyone near me in New York state? Fri, 14 Feb 2020 21:14:11 EST Back,again Hi NY Team, I am back, I lost sight of my goals during my time gone from here,but, after a wake-up call Dr. 's appt ,I realized I was not doing myself any favors. I enjoy SparkPeople and the support that comes with them! Tue, 7 Aug 2018 19:54:25 EST Stop giving up. I don't know how many times I have started a new diet but I never seem to get to my goal I always give up. I keep telling myself this time I won't give up. I want to lose 50 pounds. Tue, 29 Aug 2017 09:30:06 EST Looking for an Accountability Buddy! 29 living in Astoria and motivated to loose 35lbs. Looking for someone to support and support back :) Who's interested? Let's connect by email! Thu, 9 Mar 2017 12:39:28 EST Kill me if I can't stick to my fitness program Hi, <BR> <BR> I want to change my health regimen. My weight yoyos from 170 to 210 and is usually at 190. I am pretty steady in strength training. I am spotty with cardio. I usually get on a "roll" and eventually hurt my Achilles , hip or knee. It takes me months to get back to running and the cycle continues. I was once a 7:00 minute pace runner and I think I get injured as I try to get back there and am having a problem accepting that is probably no longer achievable. I don't drink and drin... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:42:26 EST Hi to everyone I'm a soon to be 46 year old mother of two girls 8 and 5. I have knee and foot issues and about 20lbs to lose. I'm looking for support and I love to cheer people on. I've failed many times over, but I'm planing on posting here daily and would love to make some friends. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:47:33 EST Problem Gramma Hi - I've been a member of SparkPeople for a number of years but it has intimidated me and I simply ignored it for years. I was 276 and went down to 249 - that was last summer - slowly I've gone back up to 286 and I seem to have stuck. I just turned 70 and want to get down 99 pounds by next spring. I have a serious problem exercising because I have a bad knee and my legs swell up to twice their size. <BR> I have one child, a daughter who is 46 and she is married with one child, a daughte... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:31:06 EST I almost did it!!! Good Afternoon NY SparkTeam, <BR> before my total commitment to myself on my new heath lifestyles and eating habits, I use to sit at this time, at my computer to do my schoolwork. (College online student). Usually I get me something to snack on and my favorite is potato chips, Now its the unsalted Layer's. Well today at 4:45pm, I sat at my computer to start to do some class work, got up went to the kitchen and grab a bag of unsalted potato chips, and before I returned to my seat, I ate som... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 17:14:47 EST Hello Team Hi all, <BR> I joined SP 10 days ago, but this is my first time visiting the site on my computer as opposed to the app on my phone. I have found the tracking to be very easy and my motivation is high, as I have over 100 lbs. to lose. I am 54, have 2 kids ages 6 and 10, and have lived in Queens for 2 years, after living in Brooklyn for 15 years and Manhattan for 10 years. I have been going to physical therapy for my ankle, which was broken in 3 places and dislocated back in Sept. 2015, and I a... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 10:07:24 EST hi imi betty i am pursuing barbaric surgery, looking for a forum to chat about the sleeve surgery. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 17:56:21 EST BlaqBeri Hello Spark Community, this is my very first post and I'm not exactly sure where to begin. So, i'll start by saying my goals are to get healthy, lose weight, restore and maintain some sense of normalcy in my life. Tue, 8 Mar 2016 07:17:05 EST Hello team! Newbie here who will need advice. Sun, 17 Jan 2016 20:15:00 EST Hey all nice to meet you!!! I'm Katie I'm looking for some friends on here I can help motivate and who can motivate me as well! I hope to hear from you! I love making new friends :-) Wed, 6 Jan 2016 22:36:25 EST New Member I have found myself being a wonderful starter at many things but not such a great finisher. That statement is true unless it comes to eating(especially but not restricted to sweets). I have gone on now for so long grazing from sweets to salty to meats and continuing on this viscous circle all day for too long. I finally stopped after someone told me I was such a nice, sweet person. It suddenly hit me, why didn't I think of myself as that. For the next couple of days I woke up with a new... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 11:31:00 EST Newbie Diabetic in need of hlep Just yesterday I found out I was a diabetic. I feel so lost and confused as to what I can eat. I went to my dr, because I noticed a huge weight loss. In ten weeks I had lost 35 lbs. My dr. called my house yesterday and told me to only have 1500 calories. He then later called and told me to go to the ER. While in the ER I was given 20 units of insulin and 3 bags of fluid. At 11:30pm I was released from the hospital. I went to my pharmacy to pick up some medicine. I found that I had tw... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 10:34:22 EST Post emoticon on how you're feeling today &#128513; Sat, 27 Jun 2015 12:43:57 EST Hello Spark Members Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself. The reason I am joining this active board is because I am feeling overwhelmed, sad, tired, and am not doing any exercise and/or eating well. Hoping to find some support here....Have a great day and a wonderful Father's Day!! Sun, 21 Jun 2015 12:43:37 EST Need help to stop emotional eating... Hi everyone, <BR> This is my second time joining Sparkpeople. It's great - if I'm determined to follow the rules! But I've been shameless and don't even count my daily calories. <BR> I want to lose 10 lbs, and if only I'm disciplined enough, I can do it in no time. But I'm an emotional eater and literally need someone to physically keep me away from food when I feel the need to reach for the cookies and chocolate!! I am a SAHM/part time grad student. Working on my thesis is one of the major... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 19:02:23 EST where are we from in NY I grew up in the Finger Lakes region on Seneca Lake. My husband and I now live in western NY south of Buffalo Tue, 19 May 2015 17:04:36 EST Relieved to find this site!!!! I found this site when I was desperately seeking answers for weeks on end to unexplained weight gain, fluid retention and bloating. I googled so many different options, and found many articles and blogs from this site under almost every option. With what seemed like so much good advice coming from "Sparkpeople", I finally decided to visit the actual site !!! Tho I am still desperately seeking answers to my issue..the nutrition tracker has really been a huge eye opener and help as far as ho... Wed, 13 May 2015 19:58:44 EST Starting over Hello, several years ago I tried SP and like a lot of other things in my life stopped doing it...I now have a 2 year old and some extra 2 year old baby fat still lingering behind...I'd like to lose the weight not just to be better for my child because my overall health is great, but I'd really like to enjoy how I look and feel!! I am taking steps in other areas of my life to make changes and feel that this will also help me!! I'm glad to be back! Mon, 11 May 2015 11:32:02 EST Hi i am jsut joining! need all the support i can :) weight has always been struggle whether it is maintaining or losing :( hope this helps almost 20 pounds to lose! <BR> Fri, 8 May 2015 10:09:16 EST hi everyone just joined today, can't wait to lose weight and new recipes. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:44:26 EST I Can Do This! Hello, my name is Ruth. I am a wife, mother, and friend. I have two young adult boys both in college. My husband and I are whats called "empty nesters". This has been a hard winter on us both. Spring is here. My husband used to call me "Hot Momie". I want to lose weight, BOTH of us to eat healthy and get my exercise in EVERY DAY. I work full time and love my job at a nursing home doing admissions. I am usually always happy and smile alot. If you want other people to be happy, you h... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:07:51 EST NEED TO GET HEALTHY & HAPPY HI <BR> <BR> Here I am again I have lost weight before and gained it back, like many other people. <BR> I want this time to be different. I know I am a lot happier when I lose the weight and also more outgoing. <BR> Of course I also feel better ( healthier).. So hopefully with the help of Spark because doing it alone does not work for me I will reach my goal and maintain my weight so I can have a Healthier & happier life ... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 22:25:14 EST how to regain that motivation... Hi all! So I've been a member on and off here for years and have found this site totally useful to lose some extra pounds and cook healthy. I lost 13 lbs two years ago and managed to keep it off...until this past winter. I can't seem to regain the motivation to lose it again! And I'm just disgusted with my body and loss of muscle tone from not working out as much these past 6 months. I'm not a morning person so AM workouts aren't good, and I'm so tired when I get home from work that I usu... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 19:59:28 EST Hi, my name is Wendy I am 38yrs old. I am married to my high school sweetheart. We have been together for 23yrs. We have a beautiful 21yr old daughter and 2 amazing grandsons. I am looking to lose weight so I know I can be healthy to continue to enjoy my family and to hopefully help build my self-esteem. I struggle hard with motivation. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 16:31:59 EST Atkins induction starting on 4/7/15 Hi i am Eileen, 54, from long island. I am having good success with this prpgram and have lost 5 lbs in 6 weeks. Not Hungry! Love that! I Have to loose alot of pounds. I am a WW dropout which i discovered is <BR> Probably due to food allergies to egg whites and wheat grains, nitrates. I am looking forward to shedding this weight. <em>9</em> Mon, 6 Apr 2015 09:02:18 EST reggiea1 anyone in zipcode area 12804 Sun, 5 Apr 2015 11:27:49 EST Hi everyone! Hello! I just joined sparkpeople a couple days ago. I'm hoping being connected to a lot of people with similar goals will help me stay motivated. I'm always open to advice, chatting etc! :) Fri, 3 Apr 2015 13:01:18 EST Spark people cookbook I just love this cookbook. I've learned how to make so many different things. Applesauce oatmeal muffins are one of my favorites. Slow cooker lasagna was absolutely wonderful. <em>4</em> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:52:06 EST Today is the first My name is Diana and I am a over weight unhealthy person who has sat and watched life pass her by. I was recently told I have diabetes and with weight reduction I can come off of medication. For the past 18 plus years I have helped care for Alzhemiers patient and now I promised for the next year I will take care of me.I have 4 grown sons , 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. That alone should give me the motivation to get my act together.Most of my friends have no weight problem so they d... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:00:18 EST 2nd Annual Good Samaritan 5k Run/Walk April 11 I wanted to invite you to a race that I am helping to coordinate. It is called the Good Samaritan 5k Run/Walk. It is to benefit Christian Health Service of Syracuse located on Burnet Ave. The mission of Christian Health is to provide primary healthcare to those with little to no insurance. Since opening its doors December 2012, Christian Health has seen 7,000 patients with a constant waiting list. <BR> <BR> Please take time to view the links below, Thank YOU! <BR> <link>www.goodsamaritanr... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 21:28:49 EST Hiya from the Capital Region Hi, I'm Anna, a single 25 year old from the mid/upstate NY. I am in love with music in all it's forms and play a little piano and guitar but love singing the most. <BR> <BR> I want nothing more than to be healthy and feel good about the decisions I'm making for my body- no "diet" for me! It's all about a lifestyle change. I'm finishing up making a very in-depth plan to keep myself on track and I start in March. <BR> <BR> I'm really hoping I can find someone to buddy up with who is around ... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 04:28:10 EST what do you think about crock pot cooking? <em>38</em> I really like it, I am trying out new recipes, do you think the gravies from the dinner's have too many calories, if you have a recipe for chicken or beef or something please share Mon, 16 Feb 2015 17:50:20 EST Spring time hurry up and get here oh I can't wait till spring, this frigid weather is getting crazy 3 degree here in n.y.c., can't wait to see the crocus, tulips and daffodils to start blooming, l2 more days until March, I have cabin fever lol Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:23:21 EST Day 1 for me I feel very alone in my weight struggles. On the outside I present to the world a happy, friendly person yet inside I feel so inadequate and uncomfortable because of my weight. Food has been my comfort since early childhood and I struggle. <BR> Last November I turned 70 and had promised myself I would not be fat for this birthday, but I was. I have raised 3 daughters as a single parent and between them, I have 6 very handsome grandsons ages 25 to 7. <BR> My passion is sewing and all types... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 19:08:15 EST Lovee says hello Hello my name is Lovee, no that's not my government but that's what I'm called. In September I will be 50 years old and I have been diagnosed with too many ailments. I can barely move from all of the pain that I'm in. I love to dance and I want to exercise but it hurts too much. Sun, 8 Feb 2015 20:12:26 EST where do I begin?...... My entire life I have been goal the age of 35(9 years ago) I had 2 heart attacks, a quadruple bypass and now have a pacemaker/defibrillator. I have since found out that 2 of my children have heart issues as well. With all of this going on, things have spiraled out of control and I have gained 30lbs. I need to loose at least 20lbs by summer or risk another heart attack that I may not survive. Its hard for me to stay on track when my husband and children are all thin and do not need... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 07:40:49 EST New Year New Attitude! Hello all, <BR> <BR> I decided to start the new year with a new attitude. I am committing to myself, my health and my future. I decided to find people that were going thru the same things I was regarding my health and fitness goals. I hope to find people I can encourage and support who will do the same for me. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know many of you this year and to fulfilling my goals. <BR> <BR> Nancy Fri, 23 Jan 2015 01:25:42 EST Trying again. I joined before and didn't succeed at following though with diet and exercise - I really need to succeed this time but I admit I don't have an actual diet to follow - atleast yet. My goal is to loose an additional 86 pounds (I recently lost 18 pounds due to taking Lasix for fluid retention), eat healthier food, and get into a daily exercise routine once I get approval from my doctor. I would like to lift light weights 3 times weekly and walk on the other days and just maybe also use an Easy... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:14:01 EST Got lost for a while, need help getting ME back! I am 52 year old female that use to work out and be in good shape. I've lost my way over the past couple years. Lost my dad to cancer two years ago and then have had my own cancer battle. I need to get back into a solid workout routine ! I'm having no luck getting there on my own. I know I'll feel better about everything if I just get myself going again!! I'd love some help Sun, 11 Jan 2015 20:19:52 EST Midwife on Board Back on Spark people after being away for a few years...Should have never left! Now, after doing a 21 day "cleanse" i.e. reboot for my metabolism, and losing 22 # with Trim Healthy Mama eating style I am back to keep the healthy lifestyle going with spark people tools. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 13:27:17 EST Done with the YoYo dieting!But I need help! Hi everyone, <BR> My name is Lori and I live with my husband and two teenagers in upstate NY. I am 42 and have been a lifelong over eater. Not to say that I have not made multiple attempts at losing and keeping off the excess weight. I most certainly have. But in the end it waivers and fails and the weight slowly but surely comes back on .. with a few extra pounds to boot. I have noticed lately that my breathing is getting more labored and I have made the choice to look into weight loss surg... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 11:41:30 EST Hi! Hi. I'm Amanda. My overall goal is to lose 50 pounds by December 31, 2015. I plan to exercise more, eat better. Looking for support, motivation and new ideas over the next 12 months. <BR> #newyearnewme Sun, 4 Jan 2015 13:11:42 EST New Team: The 2015 Resolution Revolution Challenge I created a new SparkTeam for 2015 weight loss resolutions. It's called The 2015 Resolution Revolution Challenge, and I hope that you will join! <BR> <BR> The challenge starts on Sunday January 11, 2015. Are you ready? <BR> <BR> Join Here: <link><BR>2015 </link> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 14:37:09 EST Hi my name is Dawn Gordon My goals are to be able to get myself to eat 3 square healthy meals a day with snacking in between. However I am a diabetic and a smoker who just found out a few years ago that I have COPD/ Emphysema . I was also diagnosed with major depression and anxiety. My goals is to lose weight but cannot to strenuous activities due to joint pain and arthritis. I need to get a little more active without sending myself into a breathing issue but also not to hurt my joints any further then they are right... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:29:37 EST Hoping for a healthier life.. Hi! I'm a 42 year old stay at home mom.First off, I need to do this for my health, but who doesn't want to look better? My starting goal is to lose 50 lbs. I don't have any emotional support. I'm hoping to find some here. I definately need it! I would love to make this journey with others who are just starting out. Also, would love to hear from those who have had success, especially those that remember just how hard it was to start their journey. Hopefully, I can make new friends here :) Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:56:58 EST Cedwyer is here! I want to feel alive again because I am so tired of eating myself to death. Looking for support and words of inspiration to keep me moving forward. Moving at all, sounds pretty good right now. <BR> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 17:55:22 EST victorious_diva Hi fellow Sparkers....I could really use some support. I am trying to lose weight and fight againt medication that causes weight gain. I want to be healthy and I hope Spark can keep me going to see results. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:55:27 EST Cold weather NY weather is a real downer for me. I have lived here all my life but seem to hate the cold more and more every year. Lost some of my motivation the past few weeks with the weather change and some other personal things going on..really need to get back on track <em>39</em> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:11:25 EST Hello, I'm new here Hello everyone....I'm glad to be here on my new journey. I hope to learn from everyone and share with you as well. I have been ready for this for a long time and finally got off my butt. I know this will be a long and rough journey but I'm glad I can do it with all of you. <em>521</em> Fri, 7 Nov 2014 07:09:07 EST Hello this my first time using sparkpeople I am a 45 year old female of a special needs child . I am over weight and can't seem to loss the weight no matter what i do . I love being outside with my kids . Now that winter is fast approaching its kind of hard to get outside and get the exercise that i need . Thu, 6 Nov 2014 06:40:20 EST mood <em>213</em> Mon, 3 Nov 2014 11:30:43 EST mood <em>30</em> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 18:06:59 EST New member and new to message boards Hi everyone! I have never posted to message boards before but since I am living life differently now, I figure what the heck. I have recently quit smoking and lost 11 lbs at the same time. I am feeling encouraged and loving the changes I have made. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:36:08 EST Treating Myself Better Starting Today! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm starting fresh today for a healthier me in the future. I have contemplated weight loss surgery or the stomach band but I want to try AGAIN to do this on my own and I think Spark People can help me. I want to be much healthier when my son and daughter-in-law come home to visit from Japan in June of 2016. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:24:17 EST Brand newbie! Joined today :) Hello, my name is Sabrina. I've been going up and down with my weight for years. I was a heavy smoker and quit 2 1/2 years ago. I don't have much weight to lose, 25lbs would be great, 35 - ideal! I'm getting married next year and want to rock my wedding dress in October of 2015 :) My problem is that I'm experiencing hormonal changes (i'm 47 years old) and my stomach has blown up and it seems that everything I eat or drink causes this reaction. I can wake up in the morning and it will be g... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:04:56 EST Supper excited and motivated <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> My first few weeks I didn't see many results this week I have lost almost 3 I am starting to see results and I have a ton of energy from eating better and some physical activity that I am not used to going. I almost gave up, ecspecially when i started working out and didn't think I would make it through even 5 minutes (very upsetting but I just changed up what I was doing and went back to that exersice..kept telling myself I have to keep going). Also I h... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:46:48 EST just for me1 I am 57, got injured at work and started falling apart Health wise, I have limited mobility as Knee injury, Need to get back on track. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:08:20 EST Hello SparkPeople! My name is Hannah, im 21 years old and I tried out this website about 2 1/2 years ago and like everything else, I gave up on it.. Recently some thing have happened in my life and i'm choosing to change my lifestyle. Hopefully this time I dont give up! That is why I'm here! Hoping others out there have been where I am and are willing to help me out! -Hannah Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:58:19 EST 50's must be the new black, cause I'm working it. Hello Everyone, I stumbled upon this site and was very intrigued. I have lost 30 pounds since January 2014 and have gain tons of happiness, confidence and energy. I have more to do on this journey and facing it with a fierce detemination. I have been blessed with an opportunity to start again and I am hoping with your help and support the possibilities are just within my reach. Have a great day and stay encouraged, see ya next time. Sun, 3 Aug 2014 10:00:04 EST 3rd letter starts a new positive word awEsome Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:15:42 EST New to this team Hi All, <BR> <BR> I am restarting my journey and would love to here what is working for other New Yorker's out there. I am a 42 year old single mom with an 11 year old daughter. I want to be healthy for myself and her. Last time I was active on spark people I lost 45 pounds. I hope that some of you can lead me to challenge and push myself. <em>524</em> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:38:52 EST CourtClerk1987 I've been struggling forever with weight and have tried almost every diet/weight loss program. I'm so afraid of failure, AGAIN! This really looks like something I can do. I actually took a 15 minute walk at lunchtime and it's been about a year since I've walked for exercise. There was a time I could stick with maintaining my weight but not so much anymore. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers for a successful journey. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 13:29:46 EST Returning for the spark .... Apologies for posting twice! Wed, 9 Jul 2014 10:51:01 EST Returning for the spark ... Somehow I've gained all the weight I lost 4 years ago, plus another 10 lbs. I've tried WW, myfitnesspal, going it alone, trying to "be good" at least 80% of the time .... and I'm tired of struggling. Bottom line is I need to track for the portion control and the monitoring of calories, fat & carbs I'm consuming. Also, I need to MOVE. I have a new treadmill in my living room, there is NO EXCUSE NOT TO BE USING IT. <BR> <BR> I created a new account, clean slate. If anyone remembers me, I used ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 10:36:42 EST Kind of frustrated I have tried to blog but can't figure it out. Is this the same thing? Anyway, I am having ups and downs. I have been pretty consistent at my weight loss, over the past month. The thing is I'm still exhausted. Is this normal? I'm only exercising 4 times a week. Only because I always get gung ho and over do it. Then quit. So, I want to take is slow. I make sure to walk on different days each week. I have been eating better. I love the food tracker. It doesn't make me feel like I'm counting calo... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:14:16 EST Determined to get healthy... Until the age of 30 I never had trouble with my weight - always between size 3 & 5. After that a combination of depression and fibromyalgia took it's toll - I went from 115 to 230 lbs. 3 years ago after my divorce I managed to lose almost 70 lbs and hold steady at 160, good but not great. In the last year I started gaining that back and now weigh in at 185 again. I've noticed a huge difference in my health too, after losing the weight the fibro and migraines were easier to manage. Gaining... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 10:52:20 EST dealing with depression I am 37 years old with depression and rhuematoid arthritis and have gained alot of weight from over eating. I am new at this program but hoping it helps. Wed, 14 May 2014 18:14:27 EST Hello everyone! My name is Maritza and I am 58 yrs old. I am diabetic and have high cholesterol and high blood pressure too. I need to loose weight to get better. I will appreciate all the support given! thanks! Sun, 11 May 2014 23:33:03 EST Hi, Everyone! Hi, all! Starting up on SparkPeople for what seems like the millionth husband and I just recently got health insurance, and at my first doctor's appointment in nearly ten years I found out I have high cholesterol. I am hoping that, now that I have a legitimate medical reason to start taking care of myself, I will actually be able to follow through and get myself healthy. I've always known that I was overweight, but to have this added incentive will hopefully end up being a blessing ... Tue, 6 May 2014 15:52:26 EST Hello All Hi everyone <BR> I've been on a weight loss all my life with big and small loses. I need all the tools available to make a permanent change. I envision a life where I am healthy, strong and full of energy. I know that if I keep doing what I've done, my life will be short lived. So I'm getting up once again and see if I can finally find that life that I've envisioned. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:12:09 EST introductions Hey Everybody! <BR> <BR> Just joined and am loving the site. I would love to hear from you as well. I am currently on a weight loss ambition of about 35lbs. I am on day 2 of a 7 day challenge with advocate products. I am feeling the difference already. <BR> <BR> So what's your story.... and what do you do to lose weight.....lastly what is the biggest thing you've changed? Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:13:15 EST Hello from the ROC! Good Morning Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Amy (but I prefer to go by Zor). I have been around SP for a few years on and off, but this is the last time I'm going to come back here. I don't intend to leave this time. I officially started my weight loss journey last year on the January 1st. I did well and lost 40 pounds before I plateaued and gave up. <BR> <BR> I made a couple of half-hearted attempts after that to get back on track but never really got anywhere. I gained some of the weight... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:09:48 EST New..beyond help! my name is Shirley and I join as a last resort to help myself become healthier and lose mega pounds.. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 10:50:59 EST Bonus Points for today We can use our SparkAmerica points to push the NY team ahead! <BR> <BR> 20 points for me today Wed, 2 Apr 2014 13:58:37 EST Hello. Good day from Spinster321. Born & raised in New York City, looking to lose 51 pounds. Hopefully this will help. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:48:47 EST Can't Do This Alone I am a 53 year young female who has been struggling with her metabolism for many many years. I am 5'2" tall and weight approx. 132 pounds. I have been struggling for years to lose 5-10 pounds. I may lose 1 pound here and there but always seem to gain it right back. I joined sparkle several years ago but stopped because of no progress. I started tracking again a few months ago and still have not seen any results. I follow the nutrition plan and still do not lose weight. I seem to be con... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:24:03 EST Finally feeling motivated Hi, <BR> <BR> I live in Rochester and am eager, as I'm sure is everyone, for Spring to arrive! I just finished my first week of SparkPeople, during which I focused on getting and learning to stay motivated. I am feeling really hopeful heading into the diet and exercise portions of the program. I have a cast for a broken foot, but am not going to let that stop me from increasing my activity level. :) <BR> <BR> I look forward to sharing this journey with you! <BR> <BR> Kim Thu, 27 Mar 2014 03:05:34 EST Hello Friends My name is Wendy and I am trying to loose weight. My husband does all the cooking and I cant loose weight. Help I need some friends and suport. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:53:01 EST Woah, you just put me on the spot Hello everyone. My name is Sunny and this feels a bit like rehab ( not that I've been there). Anway, I'm 21 and graduating from college this semester and I really hope to slim down by then. My sister's wedding is also soon and I really don't want to hear any negative comments. I'm smart, pretty ( how conceited of me),sporty, adventurous and funny(they point and laugh at me, I must be funny). Just gave up so many times, but now I'm serious! I won't let my loser side win this time! You're g... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:34:11 EST Hi everyone Hi, I am new to the board & I look forward to the new me. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 20:36:23 EST Betty Hi, I would like to lose 20-30 lbs. I do work out with a trainer 3x a week. I wear a pedometer, but rarely get to 10,000 steps. my average is about 5,000. my additional problem is I will be leaving on a 3 month road trip so meals will be a problem. I am hoping to get a min. of 5,000 steps in a day, even on the days I will be driving all day. however I still need help trying to manage the 3 meals of eating out and some healthy snacks in between. can anyone help me with this???? Sat, 8 Mar 2014 13:10:46 EST Good Evening.... Hi - my name is Jeff, and I live in upstate NY. I've always been a "big guy"....I'm 6ft4, and usually weigh, plus or minus, about 300 pounds. I used to work in mental health, where size was often a factor in dealing with patients. And I've always felt that I derived part of my identity, from my size. <BR> <BR> Weight was never a problem - or at least I never perceived it as a problem......a number of years ago (probably more than 10), I was diagnosed as Type 2 diabetic....and I was main... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 19:10:49 EST Newb Hi all I'm Steve I live in Upstate NY. Trying to make an honest attempt at slimming down. Im 300 pounds so I need to lose about half of that. Working on coming up with a great gym routine that is supplemented with mainly bodyweight workouts at home. Changing up my diet to whole foods, organic as possible. Cutting back on sugar and eating as much plant strong food as possible. Still eating meat but mainly chicken and fish. Doing smoothies for breakfast, cutting back on caffeine, drinking more ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 12:41:15 EST Hello - Entering third week of Super Shred Hi all, <BR> I am a 63 year old female that is entering my third week of Super Shred. I have followed the diet carefully, but have only lost TWO pounds. I am very drepressed about this. I was so excited to start this new venture (my goal was to drop 20 lbs. in four weeks) as the diet promises to do. Is this normal? What could I be doing wrong? I was not able to exercize for a full 30-40 Minutes per day, so I started gradually at 10 minutes and added about 5 - 10 min. each day to my work... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 11:34:20 EST Here I am Hello, <BR> I'm Tessa (AKA Squishieme) I got the nick name squishie from my sister, I was at a Dr. appointment when I text her about it. It was a breast check up, there are some spots that they monitor every year. My sister asked how the boobies were doing I told he big and squishie. So squishie stuck. This is my third time working with sparkpeople. I really enjoyed it the first time met some members, but didn't keep in touch with them. The second time I let life get in the way. <BR... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:09:23 EST Harlita Hi everyone! this is it for me! i'm sick of being over weight! I quit smoking 5 years ago, while I was also going through menopause....the reward I got for that was an extra 30 lbs!! I want to feel like myself again. Any suggestions? Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:03:15 EST Looking for a Workout Buddy I'm in Orleans County and am looking for a work out buddy... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 15:22:44 EST SCleveley My name is Samantha and I'm 27 years old. I'm a stay at home mom that has climbed to 204 pounds. My physician told me about this site as she uses it! After quitting my job in September 2012 to stay home with my now 5 year old, I quit smoking and ballooned to this size. It not only affected how I feel about myself but how I feel in my marriage. My husband always tells me I'm beautiful and I'm not fat but I feel the total opposite no matter how many times he says it. He tells me he married me f... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 10:09:08 EST I'm ready to begin! Hi everyone! I'm mid 40's my goal weight loss is 50 Lbs.( nail #1). I have been inactive for the most part for 4 years since my total hysterectomy ( nail#2). I currently have 2 hernias that need repaired...but I need to lose weight first...(nail #3). So I have lived the last several years worrying and sitting and wasting!!! I'M READY TO CHANGE!! I'm just unsure which direction to go. <BR> I started really " practicing" tracking on Spark people about a month ago( possitive#1)I've join... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 07:16:19 EST Hello From The Bronx Hi everyone! I am completely new to this site! I am a 30 year single mother to a 6 year old who got out of an abusive relationship a little over 2 years ago and am looking to regain self confidence again. Since I've had my daughter, I've gained over 40 lbs. I know it may not seem like a lit but to me it's a big leap. I was never a healthy person. My foods consisted of fast foods and junk foods. Even being raised, veggies and fruits were not pushed towards us. Because of that I'm an extremely ... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:40:46 EST Bryan G2 Hello, I am new to this whole computer thing, my goal is to loose 100 pounds. Not sure what else to add Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:10:20 EST Here's to new beginnings I thought I could do it on my own. I tried, 4 years ago. I lost 60 pounds. I gained it all back. Then a few months ago in November I thought, what's stopping me? My only obstacle is myself. So I decided to try again. I lost 30 pounds since November, and got under 200, which was one of my goals. A part of me is scared to get back down to the weight I was when I last lost weight, in fear that it won't stick this time either. But I will never get there unless I try. Every day is a struggle, and ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:40:21 EST I am discouraged! Hi! I'm Sue. I work out everyday with strength training one day and cardio the next. I have been careful with portion control, and yet the scale doesn't budge. What am I doing wrong? Sat, 25 Jan 2014 07:29:59 EST Crossfit I'm looking to join a Crossfit box in Queens. Anyone have any recommendations? Sun, 19 Jan 2014 16:32:31 EST Pound Rockout Workout Hello everyone! Has anyone tried the "Pound Rockout Workout" yet? It's sort of a dance fitness/toning class that is popping up around the country, and I've been going for two weeks. The reason I ask is because I'm not sure how to log it in my tracker. I've been listing it as cardio dancing (which includes zumba and hiphop blast) but I'm not sure how accurate this is...Any input is appreciated ! Sat, 18 Jan 2014 09:51:46 EST hi my name is kathy new member I've been down this road before. I have become a yoyo dieter. I need ALL the support i can get. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:55:54 EST hi my name is kathy new member I've been down this road before. I have become a yoyo dieter. I need ALL the support i can get. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:55:54 EST Hi I'm new today is my first day! Hi! I'm excited it my first day doing this. I would like to say, Hello to everyone. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:08:43 EST Good Samaritan 5k Run/Walk 4/12/2014 Liverpool,NY Hi NY SparkTeam, <BR> <BR> I wanted to invite you to a race that I am helping to coordinate. It is called the Good Samaritan 5k Run/Walk. It is to benefit Christian Health Service of Syracuse located on Burnet Ave. The mission of Christian Health is to provide primary healthcare to those with little to no insurance. Since opening its doors December 2012, Christian Health has seen 7,000 patients with a constant waiting list. <BR> <BR> Please take time to view the links below, Thank YOU! <BR... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:02:54 EST Joining the team When I first joined this site, the site decided that it would be enough for me to lose about 36 pounds. That's not so bad. Then I went to another site that would show me what I should look like at my target weight goal. I still looked fat. I think it might be because of all those scrawny models out there. Anyway, whatever the case, I decided that I want to lose even more. Now I have 60 pounds to lose. I hope I did not set an unrealistic goal. I used the BMI chart to help me. Plus I never had ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 03:05:35 EST starting over again in Kirkwood Hey all. I'm not new to SP. I kind of dropped off the site but I am back now more determined to drop this weight. I've got a new set of goals and new ways of getting there. <BR> I gave up sugar about 10 days ago. I haven't eaten over 10-12 grams of sugar a day. Most days it's closer to 4 or 5. I've lost 5lbs already. I'm feeling better, I'm feeling more confident, and my hopes are up that this is the answer for me. <BR> Regulating the sugar isn't that hard its the outside things...go... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 06:52:51 EST 5k in Manhattan /Brooklyn Hi all, <BR> <BR> When this cold thaws, I'd like to restart training for a 5k, with the couch to 5k running program. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know of any SUNDAY (not Saturday) races in April? Wed, 8 Jan 2014 22:48:28 EST Like a Phoenix I will rise again! Bad Breakup this weekend,feeling bad about my weight for a very long time.This is a start for new beginning and <BR> A reaching a goal of a beautiful new me Mon, 6 Jan 2014 20:15:15 EST Sherri....51 years old I've been dealing with excessive weight gain for almost 8 years. I went from a size 2 to a 12 mainly due to perimenopause. I hope I will be done with it soon but the hormonal and pyschological aspects of it all are making me crazy. I do zumba four times a week and walk outside when the weather permits. Any ideas on diet for this situation??? Sat, 4 Jan 2014 16:22:46 EST Newbie Hi all :) Fri, 3 Jan 2014 22:09:44 EST Happy New Year! Hello everyone! I am a married mother of three from Herkimer County and like so many of you, I have had some weight loss success in the past that I have undone to some extent due to slipping back into old habits. I believe my underlying problem is my sedentary lifestyle, and I am really going to focus on being more active this year, with my ultimate goal being to participate in the Boilermaker 5K and at least one obstacle run. Best of luck to everyone! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 09:03:03 EST weigtloss I need to loosr the weight. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:27:32 EST Newest kid on the block. Hi My name is Patty, and I've been doing this to myself all of my life. Every time I lose I gain back more - until I am now at my highest weight. I need support and I admire all the people on this sight. It give me hope. Here's to an exciting new year of working hard, being accountable, and sharing. God Bless and Peace, Patty Sun, 29 Dec 2013 14:40:59 EST Ready to Get Fit! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm a 32 year old female from NY. I used to be fit during high school, but gained a lot in college and have continued gaining ever since. I have tried losing weight many times....sometimes successfully, sometimes not. I am so tired of being overweight, and now I have a big goal to shoot for - a trip to Hawaii next summer! My biggest problem is with staying motivated. I often start out great, but as time goes on and stress enters I slack off on workouts or begin ea... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 09:58:40 EST Hello from Endicott, NY Hey all, <BR> <BR> I'm Tess and I recently moved from SC back to NY to be close to my family again after 16 years in the South (born and raised in NY). Yeah... call me crazy but the snow and ice and cold are worth it to watch my nieces and nephews grow up! I am a content manager for a software company and I work from home full time. <BR> <BR> So, I live in Endicott and am trying to lose weight and regain strength after being sick for a while. I am looking at a few gyms in the area - Amer... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:36:09 EST Hi I'm Emily From LI Hi my name is Emily and I was on here back in 2007, lost 50 pounds then gained back the weight from over eating, found out I had tons of allergies and now suffer from chronic hives etc.. <BR> I have been losing weight now since November since I turned 30 years old I am determined to get healthy since I am 30 now. Right now I am just counting calories but slowly I will start taking out wheat then dairy for a little while. Its just so hard! I have lost 11 pounds so far and am determined to los... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 14:21:35 EST Returning to Fitness Hello, I'm Alex and I have just rejoined sparkpeople. Two years ago I started working out and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through weight watchers and a personal trainer in college and lost 20 lbs. However, during my last semester of college and a summer trip abroad (too much guinness!!!!) I gained everything back and am back to my original weight of 185. I am now trying to get back to eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle. I joined the YMCA, and also have a new job starting next ... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 11:03:42 EST I CAN do this !! Hello Everyone !! I really need to lose 20 -25 lbs, and I know I cannot do it on my own, because I have tried. So happy to have found Spark People !! I have been battling a couple of auto immune diseases along with arthritis, and really need to lose these extra pounds. I have aged tremendously in the past two years -- I want my life back !! I have no patience and I realize this takes small steps. With your help, support, and encouragement, I know I can do this. My son gets married July 4th 20... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 08:16:51 EST Hi. My name is Karen. Hi - I have struggled with weight all of m life. I am determined to stop yo-yo dieting and commit to changing my lifestyle to a healthier one! I am tired of the emotional roller coaster effect of losing and gaining weight. Tue, 3 Dec 2013 14:59:54 EST Yesican150 Trying hard again to be healthy and full of the energy I need to live fully! Have lost weight through weight down to 160s, but did not do what I need to to keep it off. I now weigh 188 through a combination of optifast and my mds advice for a month. I am weaning off the optifast shakes and transitioning to a healthy diet and exercise routine through spark people. My main challenges are staying organized and committed..especially on long days babysitting w grandchildren! Sat, 30 Nov 2013 15:31:35 EST Yesican150 Trying hard again to be healthy and full of the energy I need to live fully! Have lost weight through weight down to 160s, but did not do what I need to to keep it off. I now weigh 188 through a combination of optifast and my mds advice for a month. I am weaning off the optifast shakes and transitioning to a healthy diet and exercise routine through spark people. My main challenges are staying organized and committed..especially on long days babysitting w grandchildren! Sat, 30 Nov 2013 15:31:35 EST I'm back after 2 years to try this again. I tried Sparkpeople a few years ago but I never committed to it like I should have. So here I am giving it and myself another chance at success. If I could just overcome my low willpower and low motivation,I know I could do it! I welcome any positive advice ........ Wed, 27 Nov 2013 06:47:46 EST Hi everyone! Hello all , I'm Rose Anne I'm here to learn to be more healthy and lose some weight and have some fun! Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:05:43 EST hello from upstate NY <em>524</em> I have never posted before ... but I will be posting more as I get the hang of this. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 20:48:05 EST Spark Meetup in Binghamton, NY Sat 11/9 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> If you’re anywhere near Binghamton NY, come join me and DDOORN at a beginner-friendly contra dancing event happening next Saturday, November 9 in Binghamton. There will be LIVE MUSIC and lessons! <BR> <BR> Contra dancing is sort of like square dancing crossed with swing. There is always fun live music. It’s super beginner-friendly and if you can walk, you can pretty much contra dance. Here's a video with people explaining why they like contra dancing and showing t... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 20:19:15 EST My name is rosemary This my frist at time website I'm try get health eat lost 75 lb in 5 monuth Sun, 3 Nov 2013 08:55:41 EST Down in the dumps and looking for motivation I've had a rough year so far with my husband having an affair, asking for a divorce, and my daughter's mental health problems. I have gained a lot of weight and have zero motivation to exercise or eat better. My self esteem is in the toilet, and it's time for me to stop feeling sorry for myself, stop using food for emotional comfort, get off my ass and start working out. Sat, 2 Nov 2013 21:33:05 EST leighleigh57 Hi. I am new at this and kind of lost about how to do all of this right now. But I need to get moving and into shape, and I am so tired of being overweight. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:58:10 EST hi Hi I'm Chrissy. I'm 33 and over weight. I have recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. After many failed attempts at losing weight I'm hoping this site will be helpful. Exercise is sometimes very difficult for me but I'm hoping tracking my food intake will get me on the track to losing weight. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:12:28 EST Go walking in Manhattan Anyone work in Manhattan and would like to go walking with me???? I am located near Herald Square! <em>334</em> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:16:38 EST I want to feel hot again! My name is demetra, I am from Brooklyn, NY and I have been trying to lose my "baby weight" for 18 months. These last 35 lbs won't come off so I decided to go back on the South Beach Diet. I am a working mom, so I have a difficult time finding time for exercise and when I get a few minutes...the motivation is lacking. Most of my friends are stay at home moms and generally have time to exercise when the baby is napping, which would be a luxury to me. I would love some friends so we could supp... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:51:37 EST hi everyone my name is joanne and this is day one for me and so far so good. i am very determined to lose weight i quit smoking a little over a year ago and put on more weight so if i can quit smoking i can lose weight too so wish me luck Wed, 9 Oct 2013 19:53:59 EST new to team Hi. I'm in Kirkwood, NY and just joined SP. I'm a 40 yr old married mom of 1. I am in desperate need of weight loss support. My husband is a chef and I am his sous chef. We don't eat healthy at all, its mostly grab and go with us and it shows and I'm tired of it. I get frustrated at my lack of will power when we are at the restaurant. I've tried bringing my meals but I always seem to end up eating things I did not bring. The temptation is insane. <BR> <BR> I am hoping with team supp... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 12:32:31 EST Retired teacher Hi! <BR> I am new to this group and looking to lose 80 pounds by next July!! I was a first grade teacher for many undertaking the take care of me motto and get healthy!! Losing weight and getting fit is just a part of getting healthy!! I am so glad to have found this site. I have lost 40 pounds so far with WW and a lap band but fell off the wagon :) and am climbing back on. Thanks to all for adding me!! I need all the encouragement I can get. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:43:33 EST a new day...a new me Hello! Well its a little difficult for me to introduce myself. Its so much easier to talk about anything and everything than it is to talk about me. So for now I will stick to the basics. I am a female. There that wasn't so hard..I will try another. I'm married and have two beautiful daughters. (As if daughters could be anything but beautiful) huh! this intro isn't so hard. Ummmm...uh oh...I've got writers block. Sheesh! Figures! Thu, 19 Sep 2013 21:01:07 EST Getting Fit for my Wedding day Hi, my name is Katie. I have been putting off losing the weight I've gained since I graduated college but I only have 9 months until my wedding. Hoping to get back down to my normal weight which means 50 pounds to lose by the time of my bridal shower this upcoming March! Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:24:50 EST Need helpan friends Hi my name is Nancy I am 66 years old an I just lost my husband due to a illness of the lungs since he has passed I find myself very lonely an have gained 20 lbs I was I was already overweight so I really could use some help and friends thank you Thu, 12 Sep 2013 14:30:36 EST My Personal Battle of a lifetime 64 yrs of age and diagnosed and treated for Coronary Artery Disease about 20 yrs ago. Since then have had bypass surgery and numerous heart caths to insert cardiac stents. <BR> Currently a diabetic along with the other stuff and trying very hard to lose weight that I don't need in order to become healthier in the upcoming years. <BR> I login everyday to Sparkspeople and find it very helpful to track eating habits and for encouragement from others who are taking or have been taking this journ... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 08:29:41 EST anyone interested in physique57 BFF challenge? Hi NYC Physique57 go-ers, I am looking for someone to complete the NYC Physique57 BFF challenge with. Please let me know if you are interested! Thank you. <BR> <BR> <BR> If you and a friend each take 16 classes in 4 weeks, we'll reward each of you with: <BR> <BR> - Bliss Hot Cream Manicure <BR> - FREE Physique 57 class <BR> - 15% off your next class package <BR> <BR> It's simple. Sign-up at the front desk and get ready to take on the world! <BR> <BR> *Applies to NYC Studios... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:23:57 EST Adironda ks/North Country folks So happy to have found you..I am still stumbling around this is jam packed with good things! I live near Lake George..anyone close by? Have a fabulous week to come....debbie Sat, 17 Aug 2013 20:19:58 EST walking in central NY Looking for walking friends in the utica area Sat, 10 Aug 2013 10:54:08 EST Confident Hi everyone !! I'm Jennifer. I'm 29 years old . I weight 171 lbs. I've always been skinny (I was 110lbs when I got married 2004) but the past 3 years has really started to catch up with me. I'm getting ready to do IVF in Sept. and my doc wants me to lose as much weight as I can by then. (about 5 weeks !!) I know it's a short amount of time but I've done it before. I just need some ideas to get there faster. I just bought hip hop abs and Insanity ...Crazy I know ! I'm willing to try anything... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 09:08:42 EST Time for change... Hello Everyone - I am for the 1st time in my life trying to lose weight - I am 51 and never had a weight problem but the last 10 years it has appeared - I am not a over eater - in fact I have to learn to eat more - I usually only ate once a day and occasionally I eat lunch - Never breakfast - I don't eat breads and not a big sweet person and don't like chocolate - so where has al this weight come from? Somedays I have almost no energy for anything - I am a travel agent so I sit at a desk a l... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 11:56:04 EST Suz and I am planning to lose! Hi, New to this and hope to gain insight and support in this journey! Mon, 5 Aug 2013 10:51:14 EST Hi everyone Hi my name is Jordan and I'm a 23 year old who is moving to NY in September. I'm starting a new chapter in my life with my dream internship, downside is I'm moving from Alaska and losing my in person accountability and would love to have that and meet some people along the way since I only know a handful of people where I'm moving to. <BR> <BR> I'm moving to at this moment Elmira as that is where my internship is but might wind up with an apartment for a little bit in Corning. If there is ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 19:07:29 EST Mystical Winds Hi all. I am 36 and a mother of three teens. I love to swim, bike, walk, read, and write. I have fought to lose weight for years and am looking to drop as much as possible while toning the fat and still be healthy. I don't want to be a stick figure but a slimmer figure would be nice. Fri, 2 Aug 2013 11:03:18 EST Need support after diagnosis of PE Hi my name is Debbie 56 years old and was very active until I had rt. shoulder surgery 4/19/13. About 6 wks post op I experienced a horrible pain on rt side underneath rib cage when I turned to my right and could not take a breathe. That was just the beginning and as weeks went by other symptoms of chest pain burning feeling radiating down arms and then shortness of breath. After 5 ER visits I was diagnosed on 7/22/13 with bilateral PE and spent one week in hospital. I am home now on Coum... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 17:01:21 EST Where are you from? I think it would be fun to see where we all live. No specifics just town, city, or even county. <BR> <BR> I am from Norwich Wed, 31 Jul 2013 06:22:51 EST Hello I feel as though you will already know a lot about me since this message is going to appear on multiple boards, and if you want to know more you can visit my spark page. I don't normally interact with anyone online, but I do want to wish you all well and say thank you to Spark People. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 19:49:23 EST Hi All! I'm ready to be a loser! :) Hi! My name is Lisa and I want, no need, to lose at least 40 pounds! I'm not too much into exercise at this time. I do perform in Karate classes 3 times weekly. My goal is to become a Black Belt by the year I turn 50, which is by Jan 1, 2016. Many times my belly gets in the way of performing some of the activities and I have to do something about it! I also like to have support along the way.... so here we go! Good Luck Everyone! Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:41:02 EST Annmarie-c Hi I would like to introduce myself. I am a mother in my 40's. I need to get more energy to keep up with my very active boys. Every month that goes by I feel that I am getting more sluggish. Also since i have turned 40 (now 43.) I feel like I am gaining weight by the day. What I hope to get from joining Sparkpeiople is more energy, weight management, and healthy lifestyle. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:33:25 EST Fun looking race for Albany Area folk<BR>vents.html <link><BR>ents.html </link> <BR> <BR> This is a Run, Bike Inner Tube triathlon and it looks like *so much durned fun* but I am already committed to another race the same weekend (West Point Triathlon). Its in Lake Luzerne in the Glens Falls (Warren County) area. Race format is a 5K/3.1M run, then 7,5M bike and then an inner tube race across the Hudson River. The distances arent too long and it ... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 06:03:04 EST Good Morning to All I'm so happy to have found this site but actually I was searching the internet for a girdle to hide my belly and then I came across an article in the Huffing ton Post by Pam Holmes. She recommended your site and her story of losing 175 lbs. was so inspiring. She's an older woman as I am with joint aches etc. and I related so much with her journey and when she recommended your site; I said this might just work for me. At present, I cannot exercise but I will walk daily, even if it's just a ... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 10:22:00 EST Hi Everyone! I'm Kiera and live in Oswego! Just started running and am hooked. Looking forward to getting to know all of you! Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:51:43 EST new to the group Hello everyone! I am a 34 year old mother of 3. I had been doing weight watchers, and trying to lose weight. Then several months ago I had a injury that has been slow to healing. So I gained alot of weight, and now would like to try to lose it. I am not able to do alot of exercises. I am looking forward to starting and sharing my journey! Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:39:26 EST Hi.New and in need of support Hello All <BR> <BR> I'm new to spark people but not to weight issues. This has been an unsuccessful journey my entire life. I just turned 48 on Friday, married, one child. I'm starting to have too many weight related problems and I'm ready for a positive change. Hope this will be time to finally be successful. Sun, 9 Jun 2013 22:06:27 EST Rochester Ton of Fun Challenge Hi everyone, if you are in Rochester, on June 8th, Fleet Feet Sports is challenging Rochester to lose a ton of weight in 12 weeks! <BR> You pay to sign up but if you 1) weigh in 8 times and 2) lose 5% of your weight, you get gift cards to get all your money back. All you have to lose is the weight! <BR> Check out to join the challenge!! Wed, 29 May 2013 10:23:41 EST Hello My name is Pat and I would like to loose at least 90 pounds. The number seems to large for me to reach but, I am going to give it an all american try. I usually give up too soon. I love food but, mostly junk. I would like to make some life time changes. I am looking forward to being on this journey with the rest of you. I know I will need your support. So, thanks ahead of time. <BR> Thank you, Fri, 24 May 2013 09:51:11 EST Life begins today Am one that gets going well and tends to talk herself out of anything or justify why I am still sitting at my desk right now and not going to the stairs and doing a flight or two Mon, 20 May 2013 14:38:24 EST Hi there Hey, I'm Dani, I'm 24 years old. I joined this site in hopes to find encouragement and to stop feeling like I am alone in trying to lose the weight. I'm currently 182 lbs, and my goal weight as of right now is 120. I have a part time job and I go to school full time. I currently work in the backroom, and I'm hoping that because I will be more active at work, it will help the weight come off. I've spent my whole life struggling with my weight. I was teased for a very long time, and even now... Mon, 20 May 2013 03:11:45 EST Where in NYS do you live ? I live about 20 miles North of Utica ,is anyone a Spark member near me. I am fairly new to the site and have just loaded Spark Solutions on my mini IPAD. I have about 15-20 pounds to lose and it has been an uphill battle. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Sun, 19 May 2013 17:31:14 EST Hello New to Sparks People working hard at reaching my goal. I enjoy see the amount of points needed to get to the next award. Keeps me working harder. I am really enjoying seeing and hearing people say they are beginning to see a difference. I feel it in my pants and belt, I'm so happy. I really enjoy the new diet salads and sea food. Shrimps and salmon and cat fish, cod fish. I want to treat myself to a nice live lobster soon when I reach 160. I'm trying to get down from 204 to 145. I am now 184... Mon, 6 May 2013 14:41:58 EST where r u from? Wee gonna start a fun lil thread here, all ya gotta dotta do is pop in say where ya from in ny ya don't have to if u don't wish to but it will b kinda fun I think <BR> <BR> Chaffee,ny Sun, 28 Apr 2013 05:07:17 EST MUDRUN PAVILION, NY Have any of you heard of Mud Factor? If yes is anyone going? im just curious because me and the wife are going and we could be TEAM SPARK PEOPLE <em>334</em> Plus we could all meet with each other and what is better then that huh? heres the website to check it out if noone knows what it is. Funny story i was just listening to lily and on spark radio and they talked about going to see one, then wifey comes in and asks if i wanna go? HECK YEAH that looks awesome and whats better then playing... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 05:42:43 EST Hello from WNY Hello everyone my name is Brian, i just joined up this past Monday. I used to be a over the roadtruck driver until a brain aynurism shattered my world in 2009, now im perm. disabled and suffer from chronic migrains and depression. Was 190 lbs when driving when had aynurism i skyrocketed to 350, i have managed to get back down to 270 but hit a brick wall. So such is my life, just trying to get on the healthy track something i never have tried before so we will see how it goes thanks for all yo... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 05:21:34 EST Hey everyone Hi my name is danielle. I am new here. hoping to meet some new people and get motivated Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:20:23 EST Starting over with hopes of success this time Hi! I'm a 38 year old female who has battled her weight from child hood. I've gone through much in my 38 years, more than one should..but I have survived it.. unfortunately always blaming my lack of wt loss on to much other things to worry about.. It's time for me.. and I'm hoping this helps :) <BR> I joined yesterday and have been looking through the sight and it seems like an amazing source of support and community.. I'm excited to be a part of it and see what comes. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 12:43:46 EST Hi Hi I'm a 22 year old single mother of two toddlers. I was still thin after they were born so my new extra weight is not from them. Infact I didn't start gaining untill a year ago when I broke up with their daddy my partner of six years. I have gained 35 pounds since then and do not feel like I'm me anymore. I just want to wear all my favorite clothes again and be healthy. Sun, 14 Apr 2013 19:21:58 EST Losing some weight-- Hey my name is Nicole im 22 years old and trying to lose 60 pounds, this says i can do it my november what do you think/. Wed, 3 Apr 2013 12:37:28 EST Got to get with it! My name is Mary. I just turned 45! I signed on to SparkPeople months ago, but didn't really do anything with it. So here I am ready at last I think....I will need lost of encouragement. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 16:58:53 EST time to lose the chunk Hi, my name is Betty and I am 44 and trying to lose the chunk. After 4 kids it is time for me to focus on losing the 25 pounds around my midsection. I never really had to worry about what I ate but as I get older and everything seems to be slowing down I am realizing I better start. I look forward to utilizing the SparkPeople website and trackers. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 11:40:35 EST Hello everyone! Hi! My name is george, I am 40, married and have 2 boys. I live in bellmore. <BR> <BR> My goals are to lose weight and be healthy for my family <BR> <BR> I also want to get in better shape since I am also a volunteer Firefighter. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:43:35 EST Lunch time walk I decided to go for a little walk today during lunch, walked for 30 minutes and felt great after. Felt good to get out and walk for a bit. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:08:05 EST long way to go Hi my name is Elaine and i am wayyyyy overweight , i love living on my computer which is part of my problem , i cant seem to get out of infront of the thing . Plus i have an addiction to starch and carbs . My parents both had type 2 diabietis w/ insulin dependency . Im headed there too . My youngest son is getting married in Sept and while i know i probably wont look like Barbie , i do want to be lighter in the pictrures . I need to lose 100 + lbs by may and burn 900 + calores to do it . I us... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:40:46 EST Hello Everyone Im learning the site there's so much information, I hope to make Spark a part of my new healther lifestyle and hope to make some friends! Fri, 22 Mar 2013 22:02:56 EST 27 live in the Bronx. Workout buddy hi I'm 27 from the Bronx, I'm looking to put on weight and build muscle and stay fit. I have a lot of goals in mind and would be awesome to find another dream catcher as well. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 00:17:18 EST hello fellow spark peoples! Hey my name is julie ann and i just joined spark. I always had a weight problem. I am not too bad now but i want to get in shape for the summer. hopefully this will help me some lol, I sure do need it. I thought this would be a cool thing to do, ya know like be around like minded people. :) Tue, 19 Mar 2013 16:39:08 EST Saying Hello Hi I'm hoping to lose weight and get in shape but I don't have much confidence or motivation so hopefully you guys will help with that :) Tue, 19 Mar 2013 00:38:18 EST Hi New here -jaime Hi I want to lose weight to be a healthy 130, I weigh 163 and do plenty of exercise a week. I want a positive life that I wont be afraid or embarrassed to go to the beach. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:41:59 EST squishbutt Hi ppl, my name on here is Squishbutt, but in reality that is my granddaughters nickname. My real name is Ann. I was on this site years ago, I should have never left!! I am at my heaviest. Tried on some clothes today for a funeral, left the fitting room in tears. I have never been so ashamed of myself. Any support I can get would be great. Thanks for being here. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 20:12:35 EST Hi im sarah I joined this site to get myself back on track and hopefully over time lose all the weight i plan to lose. I have a huge goal, but im going to take my time to reach it. I plan on losing at least 100 lbs. I want to feel better about myself, and feel healthier. Im tired of feeling fat. I want to be comfortable in my own skin. So here i go. =] Fri, 15 Mar 2013 13:52:37 EST Just starting out. I'm just starting out for the first time, genuinely taking this seriously. Trying to make the life changes necessary to successfully tackle a weight problem that I have suffocated under for my entire life. <BR> <BR> Very overweight and actually sick physically so exercise is out. I can start with light 10 minute walks a day, but that's about it n the physical exertion front. As complete newbie, I would love to hear any tips anyone might have for food ideas. Been browsing through all the... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 06:43:03 EST Hello to all.... Hello, my name is Ashley. I'm a mother to 4 beautiful children, 2 living and 2 that look over me everyday I love to read do crafts and love to be with my children. After the lost of my last child I started to get into deep depression and now I'm finally ready to climb to the top of the hill again so I'm ready to lose weight and tone my stomach. Wed, 6 Mar 2013 22:38:06 EST motivation ? Checking In! Haven't been on here but need to get my motivation back especially for my daily walk. Wish I had an exercise / walking buddy. Sun, 3 Mar 2013 09:50:06 EST Margie I'm a grandmother of 7 grandchildren from ages, 2, 3, 11, 15, 20, 21, & 22. I would love to lose enough weight to be able to run and play around with my younger grandchildren without feeling so tired. Sat, 2 Mar 2013 11:02:08 EST Hi My name is Margarita and I'm looking forward to losing this extra weight I've Gained. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 20:46:27 EST kattykathy1 Hi everyone, We are one big support group. Looking forward to being a spark member. <BR> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 09:15:20 EST Looking for walk/races in the Binghamton area I am new to this walk/run thing and don't know exactly where to begin. I would like to do something in support of a health issue or group of some kind. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 23:08:30 EST Just saying Hi. Hi,I am Hermilyn and I just joined Sparkpeople.I am looking forward to meeting new people here .To hear and share our stories as we reach our goal weight . Mon, 18 Feb 2013 22:13:39 EST just had a baby hi my name is Stephanie and I am 33 years old and just had my 4th child ive been spending my days taking care of the little man and not to long ago returned back to work I am now ready to drop the rest of my weight and feel comfortable in my body again Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:02:28 EST New to sparkpeople Hello everyone:) My name is Brenda. I am 37 yrs old. I have 3 children. A set of 8 yr old twins(boy and a girl) and a 14 yr old daughter. I have been married for 16 yrs. I have tried so many weight loss plans and failed. I cannot seem to find the willpower. I need lots of encouragement and support! I want to look and feel better... most of all to be healthier. and maintain my weight. Please help!!! Thanks for listening!! Sun, 10 Feb 2013 16:52:14 EST The journey begins Just started sparks and looking forward to this new journey! Sun, 10 Feb 2013 13:54:44 EST Excited to start the journey! 50 years old looking to loose 25 pounds and start a new journey to rediscover my life and to enjoy every minute ! <BR> Looking forward to making many new friends on this site and building strong and lasting relationships, full of motivation, inspiration and lots and lots of fun! Sun, 10 Feb 2013 13:20:47 EST tired of being fat! Hi everyone, im turning 42 this year and im tired of being over weight. I lost weight 3 yrs ago and after some horrible events in my life. My eating and exercising habits went to hell. The weight crept back on. Well this yr im ready to put my self first again and realized I needed some support. Thu, 7 Feb 2013 03:32:24 EST Started 2 days ago Hi everyone. Learning how to navigate the SP site and am having such a great time. Went to the gym Mon. & Tues. for about 90 mins., only 20 min. on elyptical at home today. Back to the gym tomorrow. <BR> Wed, 6 Feb 2013 18:42:32 EST Just joined Hi all, Long Island New York here, trying to lose 30 lbs by summer. My slogan is "I want my ice cream". Wed, 6 Feb 2013 09:42:57 EST New at using this site Good morning. Back in August I had signed up on this site as well as another, and of cource we are all so busy so using both wasn't happening. So here I am again, just looking at changing things up a bit. Since Aug. 28, 2012, I have lost 37 lbs....made it through the holidays and kept focused. I would love some supportive friends. I am still learning how to use this site. It seems like there is so much to offer. Sat, 2 Feb 2013 06:39:21 EST I'm new Hi, <BR> I'm new and I'm scared. I'm so overweight and I don't feel like I can do this. Not even sure where to start. I need some support. Please! Fri, 1 Feb 2013 21:57:25 EST This Is It Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Marquetta. I have joined Sparkpeople because I am tired of not being happy with myself because of my <BR> weight. I've struggled for year always losing and gaining it all back and then some. I am currently the heaviest I've ever been. My goal is to finally reach my goal weight and maintain it. <BR> I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, writing poetry, and I am a Christian. <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:55:27 EST This Is It Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Marquetta. I have joined Sparkpeople because I am tired of not being happy with myself because of my <BR> weight. I've struggled for year always losing and gaining it all back and then some. I am currently the heaviest I've ever been. My goal is to finally reach my goal weight and maintain it. <BR> I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, writing poetry, and I am a Christian. <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:09:48 EST Hi! :) My name is Jenny and I am about to turn 30 the end of June. I've had a weight problem all my life. Growing up, my mom always cooked the most delicious meals... the ones that are drenched in butter and fat. She always pushed the desserts and the sodas and so I grew up with unhealthy portions and snacking. But at some point... you have to stop blaming others and start taking the responsibility upon yourself. That's what I am trying to do. As of now, I have been soda free for almost a month. I w... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:14:13 EST Newbie Hello, My grandkids call me Mimi--I prefer it to my given name. I am a returning "newbie" to spark people and hope with all my heart this time is the charm. Have lost large amounts of weight in the past on WW and Medifast only to put it back on. I am tired of the struggle, but willing to give it one more shot. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 06:45:18 EST Hi all! I joined a few weeks ago, but didn't really figure out how to post messages until today! Sat, 26 Jan 2013 20:06:51 EST A work in progress..... Hello, my name is Ali. I'm hoping to meet people on here who can inspire and motivate me. And maybe someday I may do the same. I definitely need a HUGE push !!! Sat, 26 Jan 2013 15:28:07 EST hello Hello my name is samori i am 300 pounds. i am new and i realy am looking foward to losing weight. Thu, 24 Jan 2013 17:41:17 EST Eating to Live My name is Michelle and I'm on a weight loss journey where I'm trying to change my motives in order to change my habits. I've lost about 80 lbs. in the past year and a half but recently I've gained 10 back. I'm determined to get back on track. I've dealt with it all: anorexia, bulimia, closet-eater, guilt, shame, bullied all through school, you name it. The only thing I know for sure is that Jesus is my Lord and Savior and He didn't intend for my life to be built around addictions, guilt,... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:03:17 EST Has anyone walked or cycled the Erie canal? My family and I are planning on cycling the canal this summer. Has anyone used it, live near it, or have taken the whole trek. <em>332</em> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 08:10:06 EST Roxanne Shante is going to lose -20+lbs Hi My Name is Roxanne Shante and some of you may know me if you remember 80's hiphop , but either way I am here to get Healthy, Fit and have some fun while doing it! I am in New York and Memphis I will come out join workouts and if its free count me in !! So lets do it! Plz Believe it !! Tue, 15 Jan 2013 13:57:01 EST Hi Everyone Just completed my first day! This seems to be a great program. Amazing once you start tracking your food intake and exercise how it puts things into perspective. <BR> <BR> Good luck to us all in meeting our goals and thank you in advance for the support and advice! Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:24:31 EST Hello I am 48 year old nurse who was recently diagnoses with Type 1 diabetes. I work out on a regular basis and eat healthy but I am unable to budge any weight. Very frustrating!!!! Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:23:16 EST Another 3 lbs. bites the dust! Was so happy to see the number on the scale this morning! I am on my way and am going to do this THIS time!! Tue, 8 Jan 2013 12:57:34 EST a little lost Hi everybody, I'm not sure how to communicate with others on this site. Too bad there is no chat where we could talk in real time. I would like to make friends who struggle with weight like me. I am the biggest of my friends and want to change that. I need support system!!! Please help! Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:22:14 EST Ready for a new year and a new start I have joined SparkPeople to help me get motivated to get back in gear, over the last 2 years I have lost over 100 lbs but still have a long ways to go. I have struggled the last 6 months and want to get back on track for myself as well as to be a better Mom and wife. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 14:07:54 EST Teri326 Hi my name is Teri and this is my first time using this program, It seems to be good. I have not started yet- trying to get over the Flu. Wishme luck. I can't wait to get started. <BR> <BR> Teri Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:59:48 EST Hi! Mom of 10 needs help to improve life I am a mom of 10, my oldest is 20, my youngest is 4 months. I need to loose 100 pounds and get my blood pressure and cholesterol under control, however i have a bad habit of neglecting myself, my needs. My mother passed in 2002, and she was my best friend. I have had increasingly more episodes with depression and social anxiety, and food seems to be my comfort. I have no close friends or family, besides my own children. I figured i would give this site a try. I really think if i improve... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 01:01:27 EST Glad to be here My name is Amanda, I'm 26 year old mother of 3. I have been in college for the past 16 months and hate to admit that in that time i have gained 30 pounds. I have for some reason developed a love of food that i have never had before. My goal has always been 130 and for about 4 years before i started school i held steady at 140. I'm not going to let that 140 be enough this time. I'm gong for it and hope to find some friends here to hold me accountable. I live in Elmira NY and would love to... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 22:07:40 EST Newbie needs support! Hi, I'm susan. I was doing another online weight loss plan but for some reason have become "stuck" and thought by joining I might find some new motivation and inspiration to lose not only the 10 lbs i've recently gained from a 30lb weight loss, but another 30 as well. <BR> Have heard a lot of good about so I'm looking forward to seeing what I can do! <BR> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 07:48:10 EST hello! Hii! I'm here to finally face the fact that I cannot do this alone. hope to meet fellow NY'ers on this journey and maybe make some new friends. :) Mon, 24 Dec 2012 14:54:00 EST PLANET FITNESS IN HARLEM ANYONE?? Does anyone go to the gym on 126th n lenox ave?? I need a gym partner! Im available like 9-10:30am Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:00:29 EST Did it Went to the gym and did an hour of cardio!! Tue, 27 Nov 2012 21:26:14 EST Hey Everyone! My name is Kerrie and I'm trying to find a way to finally get healthy in my life! I've made a lot of changes in my life in the past year and am almost down 30 lbs. I'm very excited except that I have a long way to go! I'm trying to find a way that will hold me accountable for all my actions and provide a little consistency in journey to get healthy! <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading and ANY advice or support will be greatly appreciated! Sat, 24 Nov 2012 21:09:41 EST kitkatflynn hi im new member who is trying to lose some weight this is scary for me.i don.t want to also a weightwatcher member.also cyndy 10 tried to e-mail back im not doiing something right.please do not think im ignoring you.ive aleady done qigong and some chair body is stiff.but i will not give up great times had by all .kitkatflynn Sun, 18 Nov 2012 20:59:44 EST I want to lose weight because of children I had open heart surgery about a year ago n gain 60lb that not good for I have try the p90x but that too much for me got mad n gave up now 200 pound Sun, 18 Nov 2012 08:11:40 EST i just want to be sexy again Hi, I am from Middletown ,NY and I am looking for someone to eaither workout with or I can talk to for support on losing weight. I want to feel good about muself again and I just don't have the motivation to do it alone. If you think you are the right perosn to get me to my goal, please write back. Sat, 17 Nov 2012 07:36:11 EST Is there a walking group that meets? I'm interested in finding motivation to start exercising and I was wondering if this group has any in-person meetings. Maybe walking around central park or something? Wed, 14 Nov 2012 20:42:57 EST Hello Hello my name is Sharon and I am from Pine Bush. I have two kids and ready to lose weight. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 16:22:00 EST CALIMILLO NEEDS HELP HI SPARKPEOPLE i AM TRYING TO LOSE SOME WEIGHT WITH YOUR HELP. I NEED MOTIVATION. I WAS JUST TOLD BY MY DOCTOR THAT I HAVE DIABETES AND I AM VERY SCARED. HE SAID I NEEDED TO LOSE SOME WEIGHT. PLEASE HELP ME. I NEED THE MOTIVATION. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:11:23 EST Hi. I'm Alyn and I'm fat. Hi, all. <BR> <BR> I'm 49 for another month and a half (will be 48 when January rolls along - no way I'm not counting backwards when the alternative is 50!!!) and I'm loaded with problems that keep me at my (BMI-labeled) "obese" level: work stress, home stress, diabetes, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, depression, bad back and knee, and other stuff I'm forgetting - oh, yeah, forgetfulness. <BR> <BR> Trying to go from my 216 down to 180. <BR> <BR> I know I'm not alone, so joining ... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 12:53:19 EST Ready for a new lifestyle! Hey everyone, my name is Rita. I have been goofing around with keeping track of what I eat or exercise but now it's not going to happen any longer because I am tired of feeling down and self conscious about myself, it's time for me to change my life around and start a Paleo diet. If anyone knows any good recipes on this website that are Paleo-safe please don't hesitate to share. Thanks! Wed, 7 Nov 2012 12:23:28 EST Jingle Bell Run 2012 Syracuse NY Hi <BR> This year will be my 3rd year to run the Jingle bell run. well I really walk/run it..but the reason why it is so important to me is because not only is it for a good cause, but 3 years ago when I started Spark it was my first 5k.. I had to walk it then the next year I jogged more then walking, this year I plan on doing the same.. <BR> <BR> It is a fun time the park is all decked up for Christmas and like I said it is for a good cause <BR> just wanted to know if anyone was interest... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 09:37:59 EST Ready to make some changes and take care of me! Hi All! I am an RN from upstate NY I recently switched from a very active night-shift job to a more sedentary day job. The positive and negatives here do not cancel each other out. While I do have a more normal family life, I am far less activeand have more opportunity to socialize and eat. Throw menopause into the mix and BOOM, I've got 15-20 lbs I would like to lose! Sun, 4 Nov 2012 09:57:43 EST NYC Marathon <link><BR>/02/alternative-to-nyc-marathon-26-2-m<BR>iles-sunday-11412-800-am/ </link> <BR> <BR> If you are trained and ready and in the area, drive about 1+ hour north to Goshen NY and try out the Hambletonian Marathon course. This event is scheduled to start in 2013, so its completely unofficial, and there will be some, but not full race support - but its a marathon course. And there is no charge. <BR> <BR> NYC was expecting $350 Million in economic i... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 09:28:21 EST Bronx, NY Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I've recently joined sparkpeople a few weeks ago and trying to be consistant on this site. I didn't know they have a NY SparkTeam Page which is great. <BR> <BR> I heard if I'm right that you can have a partner on sparkpeople, if so how do I get one. <BR> <BR> Teresa Fri, 2 Nov 2012 18:03:19 EST Introduction Hello all, My name is Sarika...and I am eager to lose weight and keep it off, I have PCOS and it is definitely hard for me to keep it off and I am determined this time to do so. So if anyone has any ideas or motivation, please do not hesitate to throw it my way. Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:39:23 EST Getting on track! Hi everyone! My name is Casey and I'm from the Upper Hudson Valley. Its time to get into shape (besides round.) <BR> <BR> I'm a single mom of 2, an 8 year old daughter and a 4 year old son. I work part time and I attend college full time. <BR> <BR> I'd love to get in shape, be able to keep up with the kids a bit better, lose about 40 pounds, have more motivation and look better in my clothes (as well as feel better in my skin!!) Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:04:49 EST Queens New to SparkPeople! Seeking additional support towards my goals. <em>213</em> Sat, 27 Oct 2012 11:53:17 EST Hello from small-town NY Hi all, <BR> <BR> I live about an hour west of Albany and am new to SparkPeople. I have tried, with moderate success, to lose weight. I have even tried other weight-loss websites. I would lose weight and then slowly I would let the old bad habits take over again. At this point I want to focus on making healthy choices (I want to be a good role model for my two daughters) and hope that the weight will follow. <BR> <BR> Heather Wed, 24 Oct 2012 13:37:31 EST hi, I'm kealoha79 basically I am here because I really need to lose weight and start a healthy lifestyle, but every time I try... I fail miserably. it is so discouraging, and I really need a support system of some kind to keep me on track. Sun, 14 Oct 2012 12:55:56 EST kentucky gal Hi I just gained 7lbs since August. disappointed with myself. But ready to get started with others who have same problem <BR> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 18:45:41 EST where I'm from I'm from East Aurora, NY, Just a half hour east of Buffalo. So far I've lost 41 pounds since starting Spark people in February. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 10:32:55 EST Hello everyone!! Hi there. I just joined the Sparkpeople team and I'm loving it!! I've lost 60 lbs. on my own, but have been at a plateau for months so I needed something like this to renew my health journey!! I'm just learning how to nagivate through this website, so your patience is appreciated! This is the first time I'm posting a message. I can not thank you enough for this!! It's AMAZING!! All the information! The daily recipes, workouts, the food journal to keep me accountable. I can't say enough praise... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 20:09:27 EST Looking for Motivation! Hi Spark People... This is my second attempt with Spark People, but this time I am committed to visiting the site daily and making friends who will help me reach my goal. I joined Weight Watchers in February of 2012 and lost 40 pounds but have started to gain some back (about 4 pounds). It works and it's a great program but the cost is becoming prohibitive. Many stresses in my life so I'm looking for some pointers and "chatters". Thanks... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 06:03:07 EST New to NY Hi everybody. I just moved to Albany from Shoshone, CA( in Death Valley) and am still adapting to the change from country to city and from extremely hot to eventually very cold,lol. <BR> <BR> I've never tried Spark before but I've let the pounds creep up on me and, since turning 50 this past August, I realize how much I miss being in shape and how much harder it is for me to do the things I still enjoy doing. I used to bike, run,and hike alot and got used to being able to eat whatever I w... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 11:40:14 EST Brooklyn Hello, <BR> Anyone out there live in Brooklyn????? Mon, 24 Sep 2012 16:56:49 EST Hey Everyone! I'm Ready! Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Shannon and I just joined a few days ago! This seems different than everything else I've tried! I've already had a great experience! Looking forward to my weight loss journey to a better life! Fri, 21 Sep 2012 05:08:13 EST New to Spark People Hi my name is Rena I'm 30 and recently realized I weigh 216 lbs. In Sep of last year I was 188 lbs down from 212 lbs. I felt great and thought I looked pretty good. My confidence was high and felt like I could do anything. But over the last 10 months I have hit some personal struggles in my life. I was diagnosed as having Fibromyalgia ( a chronic pain disorder that at times makes it hard to even move), and my home life started to crumble. I guess eating seemed to dull the pain so I turned to ... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 03:12:43 EST Chumbasmom I started this becuase my son just turned 13 and I weigh the same amount now that I did when I delivered him. :( Time to start fresh!! Sat, 15 Sep 2012 20:38:06 EST Great To Be Here This community is amazing. I joined last night, and can't believe the information in here. Being 61 years old and sitting all day looking at Surveillance cameras as a Security Officer, I have found it difficult to stay in shape. Boredom & inactivity leads to snacking, calories and pounds. So glad to have finally found a place to try and get healthy again, and then stay healthy!! Thu, 13 Sep 2012 09:11:32 EST ON THE ROAD TO GET FIT!!! HI EVERYONE, MY NAME IS DEE....I AM SO GLAD I CAME ACROSS THIS SITE....SO MUCH SUPPORT AND LOVE...GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE ON THEIR JOURNEY TO GREAT FITNESS... ;-) Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:13:05 EST alot to lose and overwhelmed I am a female with a lot to lose , I am 40 years old and weigh 386 I have tried weight watchers with no success and I continue to beat myself up over being over weight. I suffer from bi-polar disorder and have gained alot of weight ever since I started taking meds for it back when I was 17. I was an athlete in middle school and high school and because of the weight and the harm it has caused on my joints with the arthritis I suffer from I no longer can play sports which has taken a whole lo... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 21:09:59 EST 30 YR OLD WITH A BMI OF 40 Hi everyone, I'm kennie. I currently weigh 240 lbs and Im just 30 yrs old. Sometimes I really hate myself for the person that I have become today. I know that I lack discipline and motivation. I need help because I want to be healthy. I really do. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 17:56:30 EST Hello Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I just found out about SparkPeople and am very impressed by the wealth of information available. It is my hope that I will finally be successful in my plan to lose weight and become a healthier person. <em>334</em> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 04:32:42 EST Hey NY! Hi all! I'm turning 30 this year, and I'm making positive changes in my life! I quit smoking in May, and while I haven't gained any weight, I haven't managed to lose anymore either! I am excited to find a group of people out there striving to make a healthier life for themselves, and I hope that I can find the support I need to propel this desire of mine! Here's to change!!! Mon, 10 Sep 2012 20:12:35 EST Soldier here to slim down Hey everyone, just saw this site through Yahoo! and thought I'd try it out. I am a soldier in the Army and am, unfortunately, overweight. In an effort to get myself squared away I plan to be pretty active here and hope to make some friends here and there. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:47:09 EST hi! im a crazy mom to 3boys Hi my name's Megan. I've got 3 busy boys that I need more energy to keep up with. They're 6, 5 and 8 months. I sometimes tell them I need just a tsp of their energy to keep up with them. My hubbys a farmer so he's also very busy which get me a little lonely after a while. I work with a disabled individual who I have a bit of trouble keeping motivated to do anything besides playing video games. Any advise as how to help her break out of it so I can also move more then I do? Hope I can make a l... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 07:25:25 EST LOSE IT ONCE AND FOR ALL HELLO MY NAME IS ALBA AND I LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY. I AM 61 YEARS OF AGE AND I AM OVER WEIGHT. <BR> I TAKE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICINE AND CHOL. MED. AND FINALLY I WILL LIKE TO LOSE THIS WEIGHT THIS TIME FOR GOOD. ABOUT FIVE YEARS AGO I WAS WEIGHING 103 POUNDS BUT GAIN IT ALL BACK. I DO GO TO THE GYM BUT I HAVE NO MOTAVATION AND I AM DETERMINE THIS TIME TO DO THIS. Sat, 8 Sep 2012 11:56:38 EST New and hoping this will help me get motivated. Hello, My name is Winn, I'm 25 and from upstate NY. I've had a very hard time sticking with my fitness goals because I find it very hard to stay motivated. I have many people pointing out my flaws and really nobody backing me and telling me my pluses. I'm always told I can't and not I can and I find I just let everyone get to me and hold me back. So I'm hoping here I can meet some people that have the same goals as me and we can work together to support each other and help each other reach ou... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 05:32:02 EST almost 50! Hi I am new and trying once again to get healthy. I would love to lose weight, not be short of breath and reduce my medications by the time I turn 50 in april! I have tried other programs and always am enthusiastic in the beginning and then slack off. I hope I can commit to lifetime changes. Sat, 1 Sep 2012 19:39:10 EST New Girl ! Hello Everyone! My name is Livija (Livia) I'm 20 years old and I'm looking forward to getting to know people while shedding the pounds :-) I'm studying nutrition in school and health is my #1 value. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 20:44:44 EST New Member Intro Hi Everyone, <BR> Thanks so much for having me on this team. <BR> I look forward to getting to know you! <BR> I am 61 and (as always) struggle with my weight. I am excited about being with a community of people who understand what I am going through and hope that you will help me on this journey. I welcome your feedback, inspiration, and support. <BR> Theresa <em>41</em> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 12:27:41 EST Rome, NY Hello All: <BR> Is there anyone from the Rome area who would be interested in walking? The next couple of months are the perfect time to get outside and go for a stroll. I look forward to hearing from you. Best of success in your journeys and take care, <BR> Michelle aka Belekwal Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:37:03 EST New to sp <em>244</em> <em>334</em> <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> Hey NY! It was suggested to me to find a team. I can't wait to be sexy again and love my body. It's been so long. I struggle with eating right if I don't have accountability, so we'll see if this works. <BR> <BR> Cheers!!! <BR> <BR> <em>31</em> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 15:47:58 EST Back on the wagon.... I am restarting sparkpeople. I have no idea how to look for or add friends. Can someone please help me out here? =) Thu, 23 Aug 2012 21:47:51 EST Hi I'm new Hi all! I just joined today and am looking forward to getting fit. I've been fit before but I've never really been able to make it last. Hoping to benefit from the tracking tools and join the community. I live in NYC and I'm vegan. Wed, 22 Aug 2012 16:39:46 EST Proper Calorie Intake I signed up for SparkPeople two days ago and began tracking my nutrition intake and my fitness. According to SP I should consume 2180-2530 calories today. Yesterday I ate what I would consider to be a normal amount and according to the nutrition tracker I only consumed 1038 calories. Today I tried to eat more to increase my calorie intake. However, the foods I ate today were lower in calories than the foods I ate yesterday and so far I have only consumed 936 calories and I felt overfull when ... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 19:54:12 EST new here hi everyone! i'm new to the team. my name is missy. i'm a 26 yr old stay at home mom/student who has 2 kids and been married for almost 6 years. i've been in upstate ny (cape vincent) for about a year now and really know NO ONE here. so far i've lost 10 lbs with spark and have 20 to go! Sat, 18 Aug 2012 18:34:55 EST I need your help!! It took a long time, but I lost more than 50 pounds while on Weight Watchers (WW). Then, two things happened: in December, 2011 the "WW at Work" program was canceled, and in May 2012 the company I worked for closed the office I was employed out of. Since December, I gained back 15 pounds so decided to start going to WW. After weeks of following the program religiously, I've only lost .8 pound (that's eight-tenths of a pound). I'm told it's probably due to cortisol production because of stre... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 10:58:53 EST Introducing myself - Mitchell Hello everyone, I am new to I started my healthier living journey about 2 years ago with a vow to stop drinking soda. As time went on and small goal were accomplished I have completely changed the way I eat and think about food. I recently, started meeting with a trainer once a week and am hoping to find the motivation and will power to workout more throughout the week. My main goals are to become healthier and lead my sons into the same lifestyle by example. Sun, 12 Aug 2012 01:28:12 EST 5k Buddy? I'm interested in running a 5k in the fall and I'm wondering if anyone else in the NYC area would be interested in that as well? Sat, 11 Aug 2012 14:00:46 EST I'm new to Sparkpeople Hi everyone, I am new to Sparkpeople and would love to chat with you about fitness and nutrition. I have lost about 40 pounds so far and would like to lose 110 more. I was diagnosed with HBP in April and have been trying to lose weight and I also take a water pill to control it. I am hoping to lose enough weight that I can avoid taking a stronger BP medicine. I have been feeling very unsure of myself the last week and can feel my motivation slipping and I am afraid I will begin to gain weigh... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 20:48:47 EST Mom on a mission Hi everyone my name is Joyce, my goal is to lose alot of weight my starting point is at 190 and my goal is to drop down to 140. I know that if I stick to my healthy eating habits I will do just fine. Now who's ready to lose this fat with me? Tue, 7 Aug 2012 18:32:16 EST Hi. I'm new here Hello Everyone. I'm happy to have found this website! This past year ago I "buckled down" and lost about about 60 pounds. I was thrilled with the way I felt and looked. This summer, however, I got lazy and a bit off track. I gained back about 20 pounds and I'm so ANGRY with myself! So this week, I joined a much better gym than the one I previously belonged to (better equipment, personal trainers, highly motivating classes..etc...) so far I've been there 3 days in a row and have taken 3 AWSOME... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 15:35:12 EST hello hi am sort of new here Sat, 4 Aug 2012 15:45:28 EST First time jitters Hello to all, <BR> I found this site mentioned on Huffington Post today. I read the article and realized how much the words were reflecting who I am. I've always been able to start a program, of course never completing my goals, but I was not overwhelmed. Today I am overwhelmed. I want to start this program and I am apprehensive of failing once again. Is there one person out there that can be a beginning mentor to help me through the hurdles of understanding this program? Someone I can ask... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 10:33:06 EST August Fitness Challenge Progress This thread is for team members to post their progress over the month. If you added 5 minutes to your workout today then let us know! Wed, 1 Aug 2012 09:28:42 EST Hello & Good Morning from Queens, NY Hi there, everyone! <BR> <BR> Looking to connect w/ fellow SparkPeople from near & far... Hoping for some motivation and inspiration on my journey to becoming a healthier, more positive person, and leading a much more active lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Christina Sun, 29 Jul 2012 08:48:40 EST Say Hi from Long Island Its been quite the while since I have been here. About a year ago I was at my thinnest in preparation for my wedding. And well ... here I am with at least 20+ lbs to lose and hypertension in my 30s. Ugh! So I am here for any and all support. Ive been feeling frustrated that what I have been doing hasnt been working. So I figured I would try this again! Im angry at gaining all my weight back but with some medical issues and sheer laziness it happens. Ill get back there ... right??? Tue, 24 Jul 2012 09:53:56 EST I am Ready Hi, <BR> I'm Carol. I am a special education teacher from NY. I've been overweight for about twenty years. My goal is to lose 40 pounds to become healthier...I have high cholesterol and fibromyalgia (and all that comes with Fibro). My iinterests, as far as fitness is concerned, is biking and swimming. I have one knee replacement and will need the other replaced within a year. So it is difficult to walk...I am still bow-legged on the non-surgical knee...which leaves me 5/8 inch shorter ... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 17:49:53 EST Hi everyone! I'm Leanne, 18, and recently a high school graduate! I'm not going to college right away due to money issues, so I figured that without the stress of school on my back, I could really lose weight like I've always wanted to do. I'm really looking forward to my weight loss journey, and would love everyone's support! <BR> Please and thank you. <BR> <BR> Love, Leanne Sun, 22 Jul 2012 02:22:08 EST eve trying to loose Hello everyone that is a part of the spark team. The ceo of spark health, and members alike. Let me introduce myself, My name is evelyn. I choose to be on the 40,s spark team. . I choose spark health after doing research on the best diet plan for my age and lifestyle. This so far was my second choice over others. Im really excited to be apart of this. As we take this journey to a better and healthier lifestyle together. <BR> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 17:06:57 EST new add me! Sun, 15 Jul 2012 16:27:33 EST New and hopefully improved! Hi all! I am new here! I hope to learn from people here and be inspired to achieve my goals. I hope I can provide support and encouragemnt too! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sat, 14 Jul 2012 12:23:11 EST Eating more carbs Any suggestions on getting daily carve in. I eat tons of veggies and fruits but I'm not a big bread/pasta eater. Have not been able to get them all in. Help!!!! <em>4</em> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 21:54:45 EST Eating more carbs Any suggestions on getting daily carve in. I eat tons of veggies and fruits but I'm not a big bread/pasta eater. Have not been able to get them all in. Help!!!! <em>4</em> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 21:53:48 EST Newbie New to site. So far liking the ease and set up. Any pointers? Wed, 11 Jul 2012 22:12:57 EST Any Nassau County, LI Sparkers here? I live in Massapequa and would love to connect with Sparkers who live in my general area. The world is so big, it's nice when we can make it feel a bit smaller! <em>334</em> Sat, 7 Jul 2012 21:44:20 EST half of me hi im 55 married have 2 grown kids and 5 grandkids i love camping and my goal is to become half of me Sat, 7 Jul 2012 12:33:24 EST Trying to get started I find that I'm far to busy for myself and have difficulty getting started. When I get home from work I just want to relax and do nothing, which obviously is not working. So I look forward to your encouragement as I am determined dropping pounds and inches each month to reach my goal. Wed, 4 Jul 2012 10:24:57 EST Greetings from New York... Greetings from New York, My name is Ashley. I am 23 years old, happily married to my amazing husband Aaron, and a new Mommy to a beautiful (almost, in 8 days) 4 month old girl named Brielle. I am a type 1, insulin dependent, Diabetic. I gained 75lbs with my pregnancy. I am currently 194lbs and have a goal of 144lbs. :) I want to be healthy for my daughter and for myself. Sun, 1 Jul 2012 21:08:56 EST How hot has it been in your part of the state? W as 98 here on Sat. Sun, 1 Jul 2012 12:50:45 EST mamitalinda i hope i don't quit this program because i want to lose weight Thu, 28 Jun 2012 11:58:56 EST mamitalinda i hope i don't quit this program because i want to lose weight Thu, 28 Jun 2012 11:55:33 EST Hello everyone!!! Hi all, I am from the Catskills, in lovely NY. I have just joined Sparkpeople. I hope to support others and also gain support on our journey to our healthier beings!!! Can't wait to "meet" everyone!!! I have roughly 46 more pounds to lose through exercise and diet!!! Tue, 26 Jun 2012 21:12:26 EST Anyone else here work a P.M. shift? Hi Guys! So I work a 3-11 pm shift and that has proven to be very challenging on my weight loss journey!! Since I get home around 12 and go to sleep around 3 (sometimes 4) and wake up to what everyone else would consider late because of their norm 9-5 schedule, I just naturally eat late! My breakfast time is literally 3pm, lunch by 8 and dinner around 1am which sux cause who wants to work out at 2 am!? So guys, help me out here, Any advice from others who may have this same issue would be gre... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 01:25:15 EST NOT in the mood today !!! Tired of eating salads and veggies protein shakes and NOT seeing results WHAT going wrong ??? I am trying so hard I just wanna give up dieting BUT for some reason I still try again and again I wish it would b alot easier to lose weight BUt unfortunately it isn't Y is it so easy to gain !!! well I wish every1 a HAPPY day and enjoy the summer and Dont worry I am fine and I WILL b back watching what I eat on Monday again !!! <em>24</em> Sun, 24 Jun 2012 06:50:49 EST Hi Im jackie from NY Hello, iam jackie and I am 27 yrs old. I had my son pass away in nov 2011. I weigh 221 pounds. I want to loose weight bc I wanted my son to kinda live my dream for me and join the navy since i never did. But he passed away so now I feel like I should live this dream of joining the navy for both me and him. I have to weigh 131lbs in order to join. I just do not know where to start and I am on a very tight budget for food. Maybe 25-30 dollars a every two weeks I can spend. Wed, 20 Jun 2012 03:34:49 EST Good morning from Buffalo Happy Father's Day to all you fathers. Have a great and fit day! Sun, 17 Jun 2012 08:07:59 EST Good Morning n Good Luck Hi everyone, i stumbled upon this website after reading a weight loss story that plugged in it. my name is katie, i live on long island, i'm a single working mother with more health issue i care to have at 32 years old and i've tried numerous ways to lose the weight but nothing is working mostly because i don't have the motivation to stick with it. never been this heavy except when i was pregnant more than 6 years ago. im more than willing to try this since it is free which ... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 09:17:20 EST Starting new at 46 Hi!! I'm Jen. I am starting a new life now. I'm looking to lose 120 pounds. I doesn't matter how long it takes. I took me years to get to the weight I am, it will take years to be where my body feels best. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 09:54:28 EST June Challenge: Outdoor fitness minutes Feel free to add all your minutes for the month so far... <BR> 0+250= 250 Fri, 8 Jun 2012 17:36:21 EST