SparkPeople Acid Reflux Support Team Messageboard For those who suffer from acid reflux problems. SparkPeople Acid Reflux Support Team Messageboard I was on this team before Hello everyone! My name is Joellen, but I prefer to be called Jo. I had joined this team before, but my little nephew was visiting and he was playing on my laptop and somehow deleted most of my teams that I was on!! Anyway I'm back!! I was having a lot of issues with heartburn and bad that even water triggered it and I was having reflux litterally all day long! My surgeon suggested that I get hiatal hernia repair surgery......I had that surgery on August 19th and I'm happy to say... Fri, 11 Sep 2020 22:30:39 EST GERD I have really bad heartburn if Ido not take prescription medication. I take Lansaprazole daily, and it works fine. I avoid spicy food, onions, and garlic. I try to eat blander foods and fruits and vegetables. Mon, 4 May 2020 20:43:25 EST Newbie, and a bit lost Hi! I'm new, and trying to find my way around. This looks like an amazing resource in helping on the quest to be more fit. A bit overwhelming, but also exciting! Tue, 18 Feb 2020 22:15:06 EST Hey y'all! My name is Cheyenne. I am a single mom and a nurse. I am here because I want to be healthy. I want to lose weight, get into shape, and lower my risk of terrible health issues I am facing if I continue as I am and have been doing all of my (almost) 31 years. I love to cook and write. I want to share my journey to inspire others as well as myself. I dream of traveling and having new experiences. Sun, 9 Feb 2020 19:24:11 EST Hello SparksPeople! My name is nici and this is my very first day in the community! I am excited to have all of the lovely tools available on the site and look forward to making friends and bonds over our shared desire to get/be healthy! I've got a very long weightloss journey ahead of me, but I know that I am equal to the challenge. I'm here to make lifelong changes to my habits and lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Mon, 20 Jan 2020 18:41:33 EST Hello! I'm Jo, <BR> Ready to make a change for once in my life ;) I would like to lose 57 lbs by August, and here for moral support for you all as well! Mon, 20 Jan 2020 17:32:25 EST A to Z. HOLIDAY PRESENTS NAME ANY TYPE OF PRESENT. <BR> <BR> I'LL START WITH: A - ARTWORK Sun, 17 Nov 2019 00:42:37 EST Been down this road before Hi, My name is Brenda and I was a previous Sparkperson about 14 years ago and really enjoyed the community then. Life is changing rapidly for me and I need to keep up by getting in shape. Something other than "round". I have started an empty-nester phase of life and being single feel it's time to take care of me. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 12:37:13 EST I'm back on my Zantac daily I don't like taking acid reducers, but my reflux was getting so bad, I had to get back on my Zantac. I had weaned myself down from 300mg twice a day to 75mg as needed, so I didn't get a prescription. I bought the 150mg pills at WalMart for under $12, then cut them in half. <BR> <BR> I've been doing this for a few weeks now, but I worry because I know you're not supposed to take it over 2 weeks at a time. It is helping though. My cough is getting better, but I still cough when I eat or drink... Tue, 16 Apr 2019 23:41:02 EST Vitamin Therapy for GERD - A Study I found this the other day while searching for new treatments. This study was done in 2012, but it sounds promising. The problem is that there are no dosages listed, but I've tried this just using RDAs of most of the vitamins it helps me a lot. <BR> <BR> I don't take the L-tryptophan, methionine or betaine, but I do take these: <BR> <BR> Vit A <BR> B-complex <BR> B-12 <BR> Vit C (only if I don't get outside for at least 30 minutes or if it's cloudy) <BR> Vit D3 <BR> A Senior Multi <BR> Mela... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:00:59 EST Nighttime GERD Attacks - How to Avoid them I know we have all waked up in the middle of the night with a reflux attack. Some aren't so bad, just pop some Tums and keep on going, but some are downright scary painful! I woke up the other night feeling like I was having a heart attack! I've found that when this happens, it's usually because I've had a silent attack during the night and breathed it into my lungs. Yes, you can do that. <BR> <BR> I find that drinking 8 ozs of water with a teaspoon of baking soda and sitting bolt-straight... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:44:02 EST Hey Spark People! Hi everyone, My name is Jessica. I'm 34 and I live in New Orleans (not the easiest place to get fit). I'm looking to maybe make some friends and find some support in my goal to transition to a permanently healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I have two cats, I'm engaged, I can't wait for the last season of game of thrones. I do legal research for a living. look forward to chatting with y'all. - Jess Mon, 11 Mar 2019 14:26:35 EST Just gettng started I will be 72 in May. Ever since I retired in 2016 I have let myself go. Now I am ready to get healthy again. Need all the good vibes I can get. Thu, 28 Feb 2019 09:07:43 EST Tikki_Tikki My name is Darla, Tikki-Tikki is just a charter I created on a game . I am 308 pounds, and want to/ have to loose 100 or so pounds in order to have both of my knees operated on; they are bone on bone . My weight is crippling me, and I am tired of being like this. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:11:47 EST HELP...I'm gaining weight! I have been taking omeprazole for about a week now and have gained 5lbs. I thought it couldn't possibly have anything to do with this but i looked it up, apparently it's water weight, i have bad bloating in my stomach area. Apparently it's common for people taking this, so is a number of very scary side effects like vitamin B deficiency and osteoporosis. I'm freaking out a little that the doctor even gave this to me without a diagnosis, i have an appt on Thursday with the gastroenterologis... Mon, 22 Oct 2018 12:05:29 EST Hi I have had an undiagnosed condition for about 8 years now, it came out of nowhere and i ended up in the hospital for a week when it first happened, they wouldn't let me leave. It's very gross but basically it's a very sharp sudden persistent pain the the upper abdomen, extreme bloating (like 9 months pregnant bloating) and nausea (to the point that if I even smell food I get sick) and the the ever wonderful end result of v****ing repeatedly until my stomach is completely empty. I have found... Mon, 15 Oct 2018 17:23:23 EST triggers My triggers are chocolate milk, caffeine products like coffee, sometimes water and laying down after I eat to soon. My goal is to not eat or drink anything after 8pm at night. Thu, 11 Oct 2018 17:54:34 EST Hello! I am new to this group and my first night on Spark. I am in my late 50s, mom to one, grandma to two. I have two dogs, work in the food industry (not a big help there). I aspire to get out of there and do something I really love. In my spare time I volunteer and love photography. My weekends are spent volunteering and out and about taking pictures. I make my own Christmas cards and this year I'll be using my photos that I have taken on them. <BR> <BR> This has been a heck of a year for me an... Thu, 11 Oct 2018 17:51:40 EST Fibroids and Reflux L&amp;#7895;i font Mon, 9 Jul 2018 23:01:19 EST Endoscopy - I'm a little nervous I've suffered from AR (acid reflux) symptoms for a number of years. I've tried over the counter meds, but they don't seem to work. I'm scheduled to have an endoscopy next week. I'm a little nervous about the procedure itself. I'm hoping everything comes back okay. I know I need to lose weight. It's been super hard. And now that I'm in my mid 40s, with pre-menopause symptoms, it is even harder! Anyway, glad to have found this forum... Sun, 8 Jul 2018 23:55:32 EST Get Heartburn Solution By RefluxMD Get Heartburn Solution. Wed, 13 Jun 2018 07:04:15 EST Traveling Terrible heart burn when I travel---strange bed, awful food in airports, not enough sleep, How to eat health when on the road? Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:53:27 EST Reflux Sux! New to board. Came here looking for ideas on how to curb my reflux symptoms. Been dealing with acid reflux for years. I'm currently taking Pantoprazole Sod. 40 Mg 1x day. Ready to be done w/ Reflux! I know there are certain foods that trigger my issues, but sometimes it's just drinking water! I have to give up the things that I love, which is not something I'm excited about...I need to lose weight, so I guess it will be worth it in the end. Looking for some support as I go about getting this ... Sat, 31 Mar 2018 01:12:41 EST Excited to be here! I am so glad to be here!! I am excited and optimistic about what SparkPeople is going to help me accomplish in the next few months and beyond! Although I do not have a lot of weight to lose, it is stubborn weight recently gained in midlife. I want to reverse the trend I see on the scale and I want to develop healthy habits that I can maintain for the rest of my life. I think that this can be a powerful tool for me! Fri, 9 Mar 2018 22:36:26 EST New Member Angela G. Hatchett Hi, Just getting started today. I've already lost 29 lbs. over the past year, but I still have 33 more lbs to go. I have a lot of health issues, including Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Stage 3b) and Spark People was recommended to me by someone in my support group. I think this is just what I need to keep tract of my diet. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:15:16 EST Julius here from California My name is Julius from Anaheim, California. I am a promotional consutant I love to walk. I do meditation and love to bike. I have a pre-hypertension. Just doing some diet. Sun, 18 Feb 2018 21:59:20 EST Need a accountability partner Hello, my name is Shelly and i need some extra help and need a friend that will encourage me through this journey. Im kinda a shy person at first when you try to get to know me but I will eventually open up. I deal with a lot of social anxiety and deal with depression on a daily basis. I am currently 160lbs and would like to get down to 125lb. Message me if interested. thanks Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:28:01 EST Hello My Name Is DJ, My Goal Is To Loose 60 Pounds My goal is to loose 60 pounds. Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:22:15 EST weding I am going to be 60 in September. My youngest son is getting married February 18 of this year. (4 weeks away.) I am a diabetic, Just want to be healthy and look a little bettter than I do. I need to loose at least 50lbs. My goal is to loose the 50 by my birthday. HELP Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:20:57 EST How often do you see your gastro doctor? I'm sort of confused by my gastro doctor. I live in a small town, and the practice he's in is the only one other than the local hospital. I had my endoscopy on Dec.13, and he found Grade C esophagitis, gastritis &amp; hiatal hernia, but he never set up a follow-up appt., or even explained to me what to do other than take the Zantac. I feel like the doctors there are just diagnosticians, not real doctors that treat people. <BR> <BR> How often do you see your gastro doctor? Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:27:25 EST I have Barrett's Espophagus Does anyone else have this pre-cancerous condition? Sat, 13 Jan 2018 23:33:52 EST Hello! Hi! My name is Angie. I went to my Dr this week and he thinks I have acid reflux. He wants me to get have a scope down my throat. I had a really bad episode a couple days ago. I ate a piece of chocolate and I was hurting really bad. I have not eaten any foods that made me hurt but i still have a burn in my throat which sucks. Sat, 13 Jan 2018 23:33:01 EST Newbie Hi Everyone, I'm new to the team, and new to Barrett's Esophagus. I've been stuck in a dietary rut for a while, but I'm ready for a re-start. Tue, 9 Jan 2018 10:33:56 EST Reflux back Been off Omeprazole for a couple years, reflux has been back with me about 6 months. Have been keeping it tolerable with vinegar (with the mother) . Either make a “tea” with honey or drink it with water. Helps if I also keep the onions and peppers to a minimum. I’ve let my water drinking get a little lax too. Mon, 8 Jan 2018 23:56:32 EST Got all my tests results back - Good news! No H. Pylori - so glad because the treatment is hellish! <BR> No gallstones - not even ONE <BR> All digestive organs look normal save for a fatty liver, which the doctor's physician's assistant says means I need to lose weight (DUH!) <BR> <BR> So if I get serious about losing weight, all that should be cleared up, and HOPEFULLY it will fix the reflux too. The first doctor I went to said my reflux was caused by my weight, but of course, I've been lazy and not serious about dieting. Now I will... Tue, 26 Dec 2017 21:39:26 EST Hi All Well, giving Spark People a try since I saw it was recommended for what I am going to be doing. I have a lot of health issues (like I'm sure many people do), but basically, I am insulin resistant, leptin resistant (genetically, not due to being insulin resistant), I have the mutation of the MTHFR gene so I don't process B vitamins, low adiponectin, and low vitamin D. I have been working with a functional medicine doctor and a dietitian for the past year and with the recent diagnosis of low ad... Wed, 20 Dec 2017 19:34:23 EST Had my endoscopy yesterday - bad news I have Grade C esophagitis, gastritis and a hiatal hernia. I can't take PPIs because of my lupus, but he put me on 300mg of Zantac twice a day. He took biopsies, so I guess he'll call to make an appt. to discuss it further. He was very stern about me taking the pills, because he knows I hate them, but I'll do it. <BR> <BR> He didn't say anything about diet, but I'm changing that on my own. I wrote a blog post about it if you want to know more about what I'm doing. <BR> <BR> Also, if you ... Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:14:09 EST What to tell the doctor? I'm finally going to the doctor next Tuesday about his. What do you recommend that I not forget to tell him? <BR> I'm going to make a list of symptoms, OTC meds I have tried, &amp; what my triggers seem to be. I don't want to forget anything, though. Sun, 12 Nov 2017 12:41:30 EST Hello all, been out for awhile but I'm back!! I've had personal issues slowing me down from reaching my goals but I'm back prayerfully to stay in the game of losing!! <em>252</em> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:38:06 EST Hi everyone! Just wanted to introduce myself! I've been on WW but thought I would try this instead! Do you like it? :) Fri, 6 Oct 2017 12:31:07 EST New to this team! Found out I had GERD a few years ago and just now found this SparkTeam. I am taking meds but every once in a while I get an attack anyway. I also have diabetic dry eye so I have to actually drink at least 12 glasses of water a day and do eye drops too. Fits right in. And sometimes I feel nobody really understands how much GERD can HURT! Thanks for being a team I can relate to. Wed, 27 Sep 2017 09:02:07 EST On the road to a NEW life! Hi, My name is Tina and I am excited to be beginning a new lifestyle. I have in the past three weeks been following a Ketogenic diet. I have already seen a reduction in my blood sugar, my cholesterol, and most wonderfully my food craves, ie. sugar. I am finding myself less and less hungry. That is quite a feat for a 27 year long diabetic. I am hoping to hook up with other Keto folks here on Spark People. Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:30:28 EST hello, my name is anne with an E Hi, I am picking myself off the ground and getting healthy after getting some scary news from my doctor. I used to be very active and outdoorsy and ate mostly healthy. Then I put myself on the backburner while seeing to the needs of several special needs kids. I learned to ask for help with all of that and wanted to work on myself. Now, I HAVE to work on me and get into the mindset that it is okay to set aside time to work on me and find balance. I will poke around the site but wanted to get ... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:46:45 EST HELLO FROM ENGLAND Hello everyone. I turned a zippy, youthful 66 yesterday and I live in a rambling farmhouse in pretty South Lincolnshire, England, with my husband, 2 little parrots, 2 cockatiels, 2 rescue Old English Sheepdogs and a front-leg amputee, rescued German Shepherd. I have been suffering what I now realise to be GERD symptoms gradually over 2-3 years, not really knowing what the problem was. Certain much-loved things had become an issue, starting with orange juice, orange squash and other similar... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 16:54:47 EST Colleen Hi everyone, my name is Colleen, I am new to this. I look forward to comment on my journey, as well as hearing from all you that are just starting the program, or have success stories. Good luck to all and have a wonderful day Wed, 2 Aug 2017 08:49:10 EST Low fat diet and serrapeptase are helping a lot! Since my gallstone attack that sent me to the ER, I've been on an extremely low fat diet. ER doc said "no fat," but then said 10g a day is o.k., so that's what I'm going by. Seems most of my reflux was caused by my inflamed gall bladder. Who knew? <BR> <BR> I also started taking Serrapeptase again a few days ago, and between the two, I'm doing 90% better. I only have twinges here and there during the day if I eat/drink something acidic. I'm down from about 6-8 tums a day to sometimes none, ... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 14:23:31 EST Kathy Hi I'm not new to Sparkpeople, but I've been away for quite some time. A bit about me, . I had gastric bypass in 2012. I was diagnosed with GERD and Barretts Esophagus last year adder a routine scoping. The Barretts is no dysplasia but due to how much of my esophagus is affected I've been going through ablation since October. Tomorrow I have another upper endoscopy to see if all of the cells are fine, then move forward from there. I'm on protonix twice a day. I know once they are cut down I'l... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 10:18:27 EST pia Hi, I had a gastric sleeve 2 years ago. I need to find a protein mix that is lactose free. I am having the most difficult time. I tried Unjury, and Whey protein products. I used to be able to use Unjury. I cannot tolerate either now. I use almond or cashew or coconut milk. I cannot use soy milk. I have GI Problems including GERD. i would be appreciate any suggestions. tHANKS. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:28:08 EST Finally getting referred to a gastroent erologist My reflux isn't getting any better and the Zantac has such bad side effects, I can't really take it. My doctor has done all he can do, so I'm going to a gastro doc to get tests. Wish me luck. Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:42:44 EST Can Pineapple actually trigger acid reflux? Hi, I read on this blog that I usually check for interesting facts on food. It states that pineapple can cause acid reflux. I know that it is acidic for sure but how much and how soon can it affect anyone with heart burn or similar conditions. Please enlighten here. You can go through this: <link><BR>ple-acidic-and-can-pineapple-cause-aci<BR>d-reflux-30675 </link> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 02:57:54 EST Returning newbie Hi, I was at Sparkpeople in 2009 losing 50 pounds then life got a little crazy! I'm back and need to lose weight, control my diabetes and I've just started having problems with Acid Reflux. Here to learn more! Sun, 16 Jul 2017 17:26:04 EST Hello from Steamy Texas! In Need of a Re-Set From 2009 - 2010 I lost 100 lbs going to the gym and eating healthier/smarter. Then I hit my 40s. Hysterectomy in 2014 and have slowly gained majority of that weight back. Not only gained weight, but recently diagnosed with diverticulitis and hiatal hernia. Kinda feel like my 86 yr old mother!! I've half-heartedly tried to get back on track, but nothing seems to work. This site seems like a great place to try again. Hoping to get motivated and somehow find my willpower again. Thu, 6 Jul 2017 15:08:12 EST Heartburn/Acid Reflux Heartburn and acid reflux is killing me! I can' eat anything without feeling the burning in my throat. I used to take Nexium, but I cant afford it anymore. So, I have been taking Pepcid over the counter, it doesnt seem to help either. I dont know what to do anymore. I heard about a book called Heartburn No More, but I dont know if its worth buying. Fri, 30 Jun 2017 23:09:32 EST H. Pylori Anyone diagnosed with H. Pylori along with their reflux? Did the reflux continue after treatment for H. Pylori? Sun, 25 Jun 2017 11:49:16 EST LPR I was recently diagnosed with LPR (silent reflux) along with H. Pylori and Thyroid disease. Very shocking and scary as to i had no idea i had these issues. <em>39</em> I came here to see if i can get some support on these chronic conditions so i can begin my journey to recovery. I have been eating healthy for 2 years along with excercising. Have a yearly physical with bloodwork. Everything was normal until this shocking outcome of this years Dr. Visit. Im devastated beyond belief. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:28:13 EST Is premium membership worth the cost? I've been using Sparkpeople off and on for quite a few years. Getting back to it now and wondering if anyone can shout out their opinions of whether the $30 premium membership is worth it. No way to preview without adds and see whatever else it gets you. Let me know. Thanks! Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:33:37 EST I'm new to the group. Hello everyone! I'm in my 30's from Michigan. I've lost 100 lbs. before but gained it all back and then some because of PTSD. My blood sugars forced me to wake up and decide to try to save my own life again. I cough a lot now and the doctor said it was GERD. It's pretty annoying. Changing my diet has helped a little but I could use more discipline in that area. LOL. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:39:31 EST Jen Hey out there, I am a 40 year old engaged woman with a graduate, senior in high school and a freshman in high school. I work up to 13 hours a day at an assisted living facility in a memory care unit which I love. On December 15, 2015 I had a ROUX-EN-Y surgery. At that time I was at my heaviest which was 254. I am currently 186 and wanting to be 140. I love to do needlepoint, cross-stitching, going for walks and playing cards or board games. I am currently looking for exercise ideas because th... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:21:10 EST Bloating Hi, I have been having a problem with bloating. This is just about every day. Just drinking water can cause me to bloat. Small meals, large meals it doesn't matter. I don't regularly take medication for acid reflux but just began again hoping it will help. <BR> <BR> Was thinking of doing a detox and / or elimination diet. <BR> <BR> Has anyone had experiences like this with constant bloating? Any suggestions appreciated. thank you <BR> Laura Mon, 22 May 2017 06:41:42 EST Sugarpie18 Hi, I've been checking in, counting calories for 10 days and have lost 11 pounds. Yeah! But I just do not find myself able to meet my daily goals. Recovering from one knee surgery and have another in the near future. Exercise is almost non existent except for physical therapy with limitations. Simple recipes are what I need. Foods that do not make me feel gassy or foods my body does not agree with. No wheat, dairy, or chicken. Most veggies are okay but had to live on. Well, hello and thanks ... Sun, 21 May 2017 22:07:04 EST Backagain - stomach pain question I dropped the group as my prevacid is as needed. Still taking Rantidine to avoid complications to asthma. Suddenly last week I woke up feeling nauseous &amp; severe ab pain.Then next week - no nausea but pain in ab - feels like I've been sucker punched right below center ribs. The pain has faded and returned. This was my original sympton for original GERD diagnosis. But other related conditions online list "burning" sensation but I know when I've had that. This is punched-in-the-breadbox. Is ... Sun, 7 May 2017 00:44:37 EST It's a great day... I'm Angie and I want to lose about 30 lbs. I have recently started walking daily, about 4 to 6 miles a day and I am slowly incorporating strength training into my routine. I am hoping to find help and motivation here as well as a few friends along the way. Wed, 5 Apr 2017 00:40:04 EST Bad bout of reflux has made eating very difficult I had a bad bout of reflux before and during my son's visit, mostly from stress and poor eating habits, and now I can barely eat. Everything sticks in my throat and makes me cough, even pudding. I gag and choke on anything that has any texture. I'd go on a liquid diet, but any liquid that isn't room temperature makes me cough and gag as well, and sometimes even water makes me gag. <BR> <BR> I'm back doing lazy keto, because when I experimented with it before, it helped my GERD a lot. In fac... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:32:52 EST Aloe Vera juice in water for reflux and GERD I mix Faron Aloe juice drink in equal parts bottled drinking water and sip it throughout the day to settle my stomach acids a bit and do find it helpful. Part of my every day delima is I've never been Abel to swallow a pill like a normal person and I crush all my mess have to take them down the esophagus to the stomach, very bitter. I suffered a Stroke last July 2016 and have to add aspirin to that mix and most days my throat, esophagus and stomach feel like they've been sandpapered! Added to... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:55:05 EST Sue Bee Hi, I am a 65 year old grandma. I lost 70 pounds several years ago and kept it off for many years. However, I broke my arm and injured my knee which stopped my ability to exercise like I once did. If I exercise regularly I seem to be able to eat better. I have regained 45 pounds and feel terrible. It has been like a snowball effect. I am hoping to lose the weight and regain a healthy lifestyle even with a knee that hurts at times. Fri, 3 Mar 2017 12:21:20 EST Pat101 Hi! My name is Pat. I am 70 years old, soon to be 71 March 18. I am female. I am in a power wheel chair. I cannot walk, due to an auto accident in 1967. I have several medical conditions wrong with me. I have, Asthma, rhinitis, I am a diabetic type 2, I have hypo-theroidism ,diverticulosis, acid reflux, congestive heart failure, osteo-arthritice, gout, fiberomyalgia, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, edema, kidney(cronic renal insufficiency) and sleep apnea. I weigh about 315 lbs.... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:17:19 EST GERD and Esophageal Cancer Just a heads up to all. <BR> <BR> My reflux seemed to get better magically. My Doctor said I could cut back on my meds and to see what would happen. I got to the point where i wasn't taking any. <BR> <BR> I started to have a bit of discomfort swallowing so I got sent for an endoscopy. Found the reason for the miracle reflux cure. Cancer of the esophagus was doing the job of all the meds. <BR> <BR> I am at stage 2, half way through 6 weeks of aggressive chemo and radiation. To be followed ... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:13:22 EST Another Refluxed Posts Hello everyone, my name is Tammy and I am 46 years old. I have been diagnosed with GERD a few years ago at the same time that I was told that I have autoimmune disease. yay me. I take Omeprazole for mine. It seems to work pretty good. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I currently reside in Los Angeles. I am single with no pets. I am disabled and use a power chair to get around. Not really much else to say at the moment. Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:57:17 EST Trying to Get Fit! Hi! I am a 59 year old mother and grandmother. I am also a Pastor's wife and teacher. I have little time but decided that i would make time to alter my bad habits. I have 30 pounds to lose and I am not a fitness guru by any means but I am ready and willing to make life time changes. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 12:18:44 EST mama1234563 Hi! I'm Sharon from Kentucky. I joined spark people to add to my accountability and also to feel supported by and offer support to others on our journey to healthier living. I especially need the support of others, as I have a tendency to get discouraged and quit. I have, however, come a long way in my decision that I am worth the effort! Fri, 3 Feb 2017 16:38:20 EST This Dr. makes a lot of sense I found this searching for how magnesiium affects GERD, and he makes a lot of valid points about the acid blockers, and how dangerous they are to take long-term. He also mentions the belly fat pushing up on your stomach, which is just what my doctor said is causing my GERD. He also does mention the magnesium. The one day I had no symptoms was the day I remembered to take my magnesium-zinc supplement. I have to be better about taking my vitamins and see what happens, because I really don't eat... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 09:23:52 EST Do we not have a daily discussion thread? I was trying to find one so I didn't have to start a new topic, but I guess there isn't one? Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:21:46 EST Gerd Hi, new to site, not to gerd! Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:22:24 EST Hi, I am Charolette and a new member. I would like to join today because I just found Sparkpeople and the Reflux blog. I need ya'll. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 09:23:05 EST Bettys girls Hi I'm Betty decided to join Sparks because have huge health issues and can't go to gym or do strenuous exercise but need to lose weight badly.I thought with support I could at least try. Wed, 7 Dec 2016 18:42:39 EST Elsa Hello, I am Elsa. This is the first time I do something like this so I am not sure how it goes. I need to lose weight. I want to lose weight. However, I am succumbing to temptations. I am also dealing with a very slow metabolism because I am going through a medical induced menopause. I work out 3 to 4 times a week for about 45 minutes, mostly cardio. I do not think exercising is my problem, eating is my problem. Any words of encouragement are appreciated. <BR> <BR> Elsa Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:17:34 EST Dianah needs help! I am 58 a wife, grandmother and have no motivation . I live in Carlisle Indiana <BR> Thu, 3 Nov 2016 21:15:45 EST What is causing my pain? I have a question concerning some pain that I am having but I am not sure what is causing it. I have acid reflux and have been on prescription medication for years. Lately, my symptoms are worse. I have cut out some things that I know aggravate my condition such as my morning cup of coffee, iron supplement, and carbonated sodas. I have been working to boost my metabolism and so I am trying to eat on a tight schedule. In the process, I have found that around the 3 to 3 1/2 hour mark, I begin t... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:57:22 EST New to the Team I am a 46 year old type 1 diabetic with 60 lbs to lose. I also am a breast cancer survivor and suffer from acid reflux and fibromailgya. My main goals are to feel better and have better control over my blood sugars, but I know doing those things will also help me lose weight. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:22:00 EST HI INTRODUCING MYSELF i LIVE ON MY OWN FOR SOME YEARS NOW.I do not like it, but that's life, I want to stay fit and positive and faithful to the LORD I believe in. I need to be encouraged to go out off the house, I tend to become very isolated and home bound, hense lonely Thu, 13 Oct 2016 09:26:36 EST needtoloose11 hey guys I am the new totally lost and nee to loose wait desperately, don't know what I'm doing hope to get a little help from you nice people Wed, 12 Oct 2016 17:04:44 EST needtoloose11 hey guys I am the new totally lost and nee to loose wait desperately, don't know what I'm doing hope to get a little help from you nice people Wed, 12 Oct 2016 17:04:44 EST Rebirth at Retirement I want to like the way I feel and look which means creating a new Life Style and also learning how to communicate with others as I became secluded. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:53:07 EST Rejoined Hello, I'm back after a few years hiatus. Big changes happened and now it's time to get back on track, not to mention, my acid reflux and heartburn problem. I have been taking Prilosec for a lot of years now and can't live without it. One of my goals is to get off this med because of the long term side effects UGH. <em>15</em> . <BR> Thank you for this team <BR> Linda Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:02:04 EST Newbie Greetings! Just getting started on this adventure! Fri, 7 Oct 2016 14:03:30 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Annie from San Diego, CA. I'm new to this site. My foremost goals in life daily is to: Seek First the Kingdom of GOD and His Righteousness, and all these things will be added unto us, as well (Matt.6:33); and to learn to Trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). "In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths straight"(Proverbs 3:6). "...For without Him, we CAN DO Nothing."(John 15:5). I hope that s... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:19:40 EST Hi there I just joined SparkPeople yesterday and I am hoping to drop a few pounds and just get more generally healthy. Right now I'm just learning my way around the site. I and a long-time GERD sufferer so I thought this would be a good group to join. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:27:11 EST Gerd (new to site) I am new here. I have so much gas and bloating. I need to lose 30 lbs and have been eating low carb. Not sure what to do, but I am misersble!!!!! I take two ppi each day. Help would be so very much appreciated need help with diet . Bonnie Sat, 10 Sep 2016 20:27:11 EST Just joined Hi all, I have been on spark forever, but last few years not as active. <BR> I also have had gerd for quite awhile but the last year or so has gotten worse, been on nexium and begged dr get me off after all the negative things going on with ppi. so he agreed if I tried more things he would give me zantac. I still burp some but no pain. however every am I cough and have mucous. doesnt matter if I dont eat after supper or not, if I lay flat or not I still cough and yuk every a.m. However, sto... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 21:40:39 EST Gurgling in stomach Every so often I get a gurgling in my stomach. It will gurgle every 10 seconds or so for about 6 or 7 times. I am sure it has to do with my acid reflux/hiatel hernia. Anybody else ever get this? Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:14:27 EST BLUECHESSDRESS HELLO EVERYONE I AM HERE TO GET CONTROL OF MY HEALTH AND LIFE... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:48:41 EST new member hi to all Thu, 25 Aug 2016 02:08:26 EST Hi, just call me Deb Hi, I am a newbie to say the least. Trying to lose about 90 pounds as I have let myself go and feel completely unhealthy. Making big changes in our lives so I figured I would add this to the mix of changes. Have a question. How do you track packing up a house by yourself in exercise. That has to count, right? Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:58:48 EST feedup1964 im feed up with my weight. need HElp! Mon, 22 Aug 2016 02:20:42 EST Joining to get tips on living with acid reflux Hi - I'm Gail, a 72-year-old wife, mother, grandmother and volunteer from Southern Ontario, Canada. I was diagnosed with acid reflux about 5 years ago, because of an ongoing cough which didn't respond to other treatments. <BR> <BR> The head of our bed is elevated, I use 2 pillows, but sometimes wake up with the feeling of something coming up in my throat. I also have this feeling after meals. <BR> <BR> I was on Pantoprazole Sodium Sesquihydrate, 40 mg/day for several years, but recen... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 15:38:59 EST Reta Need help with counting carbs. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 18:29:06 EST Reta Need help with counting carbs. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 18:29:06 EST Old, But new here I am new here and am scheduled for the Nissen procedure on August 18, three days after my 77th birthday. Although the Nissen used to be the gold standard surgery, there is a new gold standard in town! <BR> <BR> It is the LINX procedure and immediately after the surgery you can eat real food and stop taking GERD meds. Unfortunately my hatial hernia was too large for the LINX. emoticon <BR> To read about my journey go to my Sparkpage and read my recent blogs about my journey..... <BR> <BR>... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 18:22:56 EST New to the ARS (Acid Reflux Support) I've been a member of the Spark community since 2009. I decided to join this team because I wanted to learn more about GERD. I'm not currently suffering from GERD symptoms, but my husband is. I want to learn how other Sparkers deal with their GERD symptoms. <BR> <BR> Hope you have a great Sunday evening and a great week to come. <BR> <BR> --Lynne Sun, 31 Jul 2016 17:59:59 EST New gal on the block Blessings to you all, my name is Kelly . I am so overwhelmed. I was doing Weight Watchers and it works being on disability I cant afford it. I know its baby steps and such but I see the whole picture. I gotta lose 88lbs and to me that just seems impossible. I love sweets and eating late. I swim and walk but its my eating habits. My friend from childhood was on here a few years ago and she lost I want to say over 100lbs. She had mentioned this place. I dont know how to get started. I dont know... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 02:01:05 EST Acid reflux causing chronic cough? I've had Gerd for years, seems controlled by Protonix. I have been dealing with a chronic cough for 7 months, tried a couple of asthma inhalers. Still looking for answers. Does anyone have experience with the possibility of acid reflux causing chronic cough? Thanks for your help! Newest update 083016, still trying to find out what is causing the chronic cough that leads to vomiting almost every time. Gone to a couple specialists, but I think I'm now on the right track with a Gastroenterol... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:31:54 EST Hi Im new here too! I suffer from ARD too, I've been on Sparkpeople for 7 years and it's nice to see that I'm not the only 1 that suffers from this disease, wouldn't mind meeting new people! Mon, 11 Jul 2016 17:41:36 EST here Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm new to this group. I just started experiencing acid reflux recently. I'm 43 years old, slightly overweight. The doc put me on prevacid, and it worked on the acid, but I'm still waking up at about 1am-2am every night with's just not acid. I can't sleep like that! I've been referred to a GI specialist, but I'm going to have to wait at least a week for my referral to go through and be assigned to a specialist to see. I have no way of elevating myself at night ... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 14:32:23 EST I am sooo ready Hello. I am a recent retired school teacher. Because of several health issues I am unable to do a lot of exercises and activities that I would like to do. Due to my sedentary lifestyle and hypothyroidism, I have gained a lot of weight. I am so ready to make some changes in my lifestyle in order to become more healthy. how lucky for me that SparkPeople is available for free to help people like me and look forward to loosing some weight (45 pounds), to get where I should be. Thu, 7 Jul 2016 10:35:44 EST Hi it's me, Christy I am a 40+ single mother of 3 wonderful children. I need to lose more than a few pounds, and in general just need to be more active, as I have a sit down job... Overall, me and my children are looking to make healthier life style changes. I suffer from a few mild conditions, that are most likely fixed by making better choices and exercising more. If you have any suggestions you'd like to share, I'm willing to take the advice :) Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:17:43 EST Just joined; saying hello I have been diagnosed with acid reflux disease about three years ago and have been taking Omeprozole, which the doctor has stopped prescribing and has changed to a lower dose of Zantac. <BR> <BR> I will probably have to be more careful with my diet, so I joined your group as a support and to learn what you do to combat this without giving up all your favorite foods. <BR> <BR> ~~Anne Fri, 3 Jun 2016 12:15:47 EST Waiting on a diagnosis, trying to cope... Hey, all... <BR> <BR> I've been having a lot of GI pain for over a month. The pain started in my pelvic area, so I thought it was gynecological. That was ruled out, saw a GI specialist on Friday. By that time, the pain had spread throughout my torso. The pain tends to move around. Sometimes my intestines hurt (stabbing pain), cramp, or feel sore like I've been punched. I have random stabbing pains throughout my torso, and my stomach has recently started burning like fire! I had a fever for a... Sun, 29 May 2016 16:08:44 EST Reflux after surgery My name is Christine and I'm a Nurse Practitioner working in a hospital in Marion, NC. I have suffered from acid reflux for years, history of gastritis too. Just had hip surgery yesterday and the reflux is off the chain now! Not sure if it was from surgery or what. Anyone else experience this after surgery? <em>39</em> Fri, 27 May 2016 09:58:12 EST Antacids Does anyone have any antacid suggestions besides Tums and Rolaids? The calcium in them makes me sick. I don't like the liquids. Wed, 25 May 2016 18:56:25 EST Hello I am just coming down from a three week depression and am trying to find a way to deal with my many issues as a Christian. I just got done reading the book Honestly by Sheila Walsh. It helped a lot. I was online trying to find more books and saw this site. I am 42 years old and deal with chronic pain, brain injury, spinal injury, depression, anxiety and recently stomach problems. I take 22 pills a day on a good day. I see my husband and and 19 year old daughter going forward in life as I am g... Tue, 24 May 2016 14:11:43 EST Hi new to the team Hi everyone! <BR> I am MUMMY2BUBBA.....I am new to this team but not to sparkpeople. I have had acid reflux for sometime but it was not so bad as it has been the last 8-9 months. Recently I have been having throat problems because of it. I restarted losing weight with sparkpeople this february. I used to eat a whole grapefruit everyday. And i did this for a whole month (I don't know what I was thinking) and because of it my acid reflux got so bad that I had a very sore throat, my voice go... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:17:17 EST Acid Reflux and Anxiety Has anyone ever noticed that when taking meds for Acid Reflux they suffer anxiety problems? And also, once you lost weight, did your AR symptoms and reflux go away? <BR> <BR> Thank you. Mon, 11 Apr 2016 19:07:48 EST Second Time Around Hi Fellow SparkPeople members. My name is Linda. I was on the SparkPeople program for about one year. It was the beginning of my weight loss journey. I had some health issues, had major pancreatic surgery, and took a break from the program. After losing weight post-surgery, I thought I didn't have to worry about weight gain, as it was effortless to lose the weight. As things stabilized, my late-night snacking and weight gain got the best of me. So, I'm back with SparkPeople, trying to ... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 19:06:59 EST Green Smoothie cleanse and reflux symptoms Hi all, <BR> <BR> I have LPRD - the reflux that comes all way to the throat. I have been doing the JJ Smith 10 day green smoothie cleanse and I have noticed that I am daily having a sore throat. I am wondering if anyone else has done the cleanse or green smoothies and experienced this problem. <BR> <BR> I am surprised by the sore throat because the cleanse only involves fruit, vegetables, and grilled chicken/fish with a salad for lunch. I am not eating anything I don't normally eat, but I ... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 09:22:24 EST New member says hello Hello - My name is Jack, and I live in Denver and just had sleeve surgery. Just trying to connect with others who have had the same. Thanks. Sat, 26 Mar 2016 22:31:14 EST Hi, I joined a few days ago I'm Monica1900. I see I've been taking in about the same amount of calories per day. Shocked at how much salt I'm getting. Fri, 26 Feb 2016 18:10:53 EST Long-Term PPI usage I have heard talk of long-term side effects from PPI usage. When do these side effects seem to occur- if they do? <BR> I have been on 60 mg lansoprazale 4 four years- since I was 14, because it is the only thing that seems to control it! I reflux at least 90 times a day (while I am awake) and with the meds it's non-acidic, which seems to be better in the long run! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 25 Feb 2016 15:01:32 EST second and last time around years ago I joined, but still adjusting to being a widow and too distracted.....I am sad to think of the time I wasted...My environment can be judgmental so I need the motivation and support of the Sparkpeople....This is for my health...I have family that needs me here and not having to worry about me would be a great benefit....I have had to let go of the past and am now working for the future... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 14:25:01 EST Sue from Addison I am looking for a walking partner or if anyone is interested in a walking team. I live in Addison and love to walk the forest preserves or the many trails that surround this area. Also, would like to get my bicycle out this year. I am 53 years old and would like to keep active and meet new friends. Anyone interested, let's get walking. Sun, 21 Feb 2016 13:14:07 EST Endoscope Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I had an endoscopy yesterday to test for celiac and other possible causes for my GERD. The good news is that the doctor said there were no ulceration or erosion on my esophagus, and my stomach and duodenum looked normal. That's good news, but it will be about three weeks before I receive the results of the biopsy back. Sat, 20 Feb 2016 13:14:47 EST HI NEWBIE HERE My name is Jean and I am 61 years old. I have been taking omeprazole for a LONG time, years and now the news comes out about causing dementia or kidney problems and such. Anyway, I tried taking ranitidine and it didn't work at all. So today is the first day I am trying it without my omeprazole. Does anyone else use this and gotten off of it or know other ways to help? I am worried about Barrett's esophagus because of the burning. I always get the burning in my throat along with the horrible ... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 09:08:37 EST bluejeanslady Good Monday morning, decided to join spark because I think I will do better with help and support from others like myself. I am a carb freak, oatmeal for breakfast, lunch I usually good but if not then I am looking for candy etc, dinner I try to cook healthy unless I am exhausted then it's something quick. I am addicted to Coke 0 for the caffeine throughout the day and change to caffeine free at 6:00.. I also drink V8-Energy drinks 50 calories but I tell myself it's healthy because fruit an... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:45:24 EST Hello Here to hopefully keep myself motivated and moving in the right direction. :) Sat, 23 Jan 2016 16:27:40 EST 34 and ready to be healthy again! Hello everyone! I am excited to start this new challenge. I want to be back done to the health and size I was when I was in the United States Navy.. Of course that was years ago and I have grown older, and with growing older, I of course have also gained some health issues. :( I am hoping the SparkPeople can help me on my journey of weight loss and a healthier me! Tue, 19 Jan 2016 23:46:51 EST East county animal lover Hi there, I am looking for a walking partner for Lake Murray or the new walking path in Santee. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 23:00:04 EST Bone loss with Nexium I am really afraid that I have lost bone density due to my long term use of Nexium. Is anyone else worried about that? I hope to have a bone density test soon and I am working hard to get off of Nexium for good! Sometimes I now have hip pain and I am worried what I have done to myself. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 01:31:51 EST Looking to take it off and keep it off Hello, I hope this introduction finds all who have decided to make a choice to live a healthier life, well. I never thought that I would be so motivated with wanting to be healthy. Since I'm an absolute workaholic at 44yrs of age, single, with so much energy that has been misused in the wrong way for so long that I am literally on this site reading and looking at all of the success stories and becoming more and more enthused with healthy living and not just existing. I am a vocalist and an as... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:25:27 EST Non Food Tips for Dealing with Acid Reflux? Please share your non-food tips for dealing with acid reflux. For me: <BR> <BR> 1. Wedge pillow so the head of my bed is elevated. I have been experiencing less of the throat burn and acid taste in my mouth since. <BR> 2. Taking my medication (Protonix) without delay .5 to 1 hour before my first meal. <BR> 3. Drink 8 ounces of water a day. <BR> 4. Regular exercise. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm working on cutting down the stress factors in my life. The last two years I have been working a lo... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 11:17:54 EST Non-Suspicious Trigger Foods I've dealt with acid reflux, which worsened in the fall of last year when we found out my partner had to have open heart surgery. Even though he got better, I didn't and ended up going on prescription medicine to help alleviate the symptoms. I have also been instructed to eliminate the usual suspect foods (citrus, coffee, chocolate, etc.) and to change my diet. I have read numerous books on acid reflux to learn as much as I can. <BR> <BR> My question is, do you have any foods that trigger ... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 11:13:19 EST Hoping to get off Nexium for good this time. I have been on Nexium for most of the past 10 years probably or maybe longer. I have tried many times to stop but no such luck. Early this year I was able to get off for months by using the alkaline/acid diet, but another health problem arose and I was so sick I had to stop eating that way and soon found myself back on Nexium. So this time I'm going to try first losing some weight and then reducing and ELIMINATING caffeine. This will be the hardest thing because I love tea and coffee!! But fo... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 23:49:51 EST New Day I'm 67 and a caregiver to my mother (87) who has dementia. I was going to Weight Watchers and decided to stop paying the $45 a month. I need a support system and Sparks seems to offer much more then WW. Your support system is totally amazing. I'm not sure if the Fitbit will work with Sparks but it stills tells me how many steps I take. As it is extremely late for me now (1 am) I will start my new adventure one step at a time. Sun, 3 Jan 2016 04:07:08 EST Hi, I am Anita - Happy New Year! (a little early) I am looking forward towards losing five to eight pounds by limiting my sugar intake and exercising. I wish you all good luck with your goals. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 15:36:54 EST hi I started yesterday. I actually lost 14lbs. the beginning of the year, but put 7 of them back on. So I decided this time I'll do it with support from others going through the same struggles. We've got 11 grandkids and I've become too heavy to be able to play with the younger ones like I used to with the older ones. I'm changing that right now. <BR> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 08:36:24 EST Finally ready for change Hello everyone, I'm finally ready to get my life back instead of fighting it. My short term goals are simple. Exercise at least three times per week and eat healthier. Some of my long term goals are to lose 47 pounds to reach 225 and live a healthy lifestyle overall. I look forward to learning and supporting the groups I am part of. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 13:06:05 EST Hi to all Sparks People Hi, I joined Sparkpeople today because I need help losing weight. I have been over weight most of my adult life and have tried every diet program under the sun, they work short term but I alway regain the lost weight. My hope is to start by losing weight in 30 pounds increments. I love to quilt and be with my three cats and visit with my grand kids. I hope to meet some great members on this site. Thank you for any suggestions that you may have. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 22:42:42 EST Newbie to Sparkpeople Hello! My name is Kym and I am brand new here! My best friend recommended this site, so I am game! I have been on My Fitness Pal and am a lifetime Weight Watcher member. However, I am all for doing this for free and have some fun a long the way! I am 53, hoping to lose about 50 pounds and find my way back to the healthy, happy Kym I used to know!~ This all seems different, brighter and slightly more confusing than anything I have used! But I am excited! :) I am about to go back to school and ... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 13:10:28 EST Over weight and over it! Hello I'm Dianah a 57 year old married woman over weight by 60 pounds. Does anyone live in Indiana and if so where. I live in Carlisle In. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 00:08:57 EST Advice for a newbie? Hello. After a year of going cluelessness to denial to anger to despair, I have decided to take control of my disease. Though I must say, nothing I've read during my research is assuring. Even my other doctor is mildly alarmed that my GERD is so severe for my age. <BR> <BR> Currently on a diet of mostly greens and a little meat. Had cut out chocolate, coffee, and all other usual triggers. I never smoked before, and I don't intend to start now. Not overweight, but I'll be dropping the pounds ... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 08:12:27 EST Heny Tucker of Lanham Maryland Hi my name is Henry, I have been battling my weight forever I quite smoking , retired and the struggler just got worst. All I can do is keep on trying , hope someone can wish me luck Wed, 18 Nov 2015 08:45:25 EST i am back I AM BACK ON SPARKPEOPLE Mon, 9 Nov 2015 18:05:20 EST Finally taking this serious I'm scared and mad. I've always had acid problems .I can remember my mom giving meds. Recently I lost my voice. It's been gone for four days. I'm taking my meds daily now as I have neglected them on the past. Will my voice come back? Will it sound normal again? Sat, 7 Nov 2015 20:22:00 EST Sherri I have hopped on board. My suggested goal is to loose 50 pounds by March of 2016. Thu, 1 Oct 2015 23:34:47 EST LPR? Hi, I'm new to this team. I was diagnosed with LPR or silent reflux several years ago. I took 40 mg of Prilosec 2X per day for 6 months & have been ok since then until the past few months. Suddenly I can't eat much of anything without horrible full feelings in my throat. <BR> <BR> Anyone else suffer with this form of reflux? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 25 Sep 2015 17:37:13 EST Where Oh Where Do I Go I'm a 67 year old woman with many varied interests. Recently the computer is my main interest and I need to get away from it and get up and get shaking. There are so many groups here I just don't know which one(s) to start with. I hope to be able to encourage and support you as much as I know you will me. Blessed Be Wed, 23 Sep 2015 14:16:33 EST Anyone else with hiatal hernia? I went from feeling fine to having horrible reflux almost over night. Some tests show a hiatal <BR> Hernia but the doctor just said to take acid blockers, he isn't interested in what caused the problem and fixing it. <BR> <BR> I need to lose weight but don't know what kinds of exercises might be dangerous. One website recommends crunches while another says they put pressure on the hernia. One website says try massage to help with discomfort one says that can cause a strangulation. <BR> <BR... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 01:22:34 EST HI My name is Susan. <em>213</em> I'm new here. Sun, 20 Sep 2015 08:48:32 EST GERD friendly portable meals I have been transitioning into semi-retirement from a hectic, 60-80 hour a week job in educational administration to part-time educational consulting. I am now working in an after-school setting a good distance from my home, which means I often don't get home until between 8 and 10 PM. I don't know how to manage my eating around this, especially because I go to bed around 11. Advice on simple, gluten free, GERD-friendly portable meals welcome. I'm thinking maybe I need to consider my evenin... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 08:59:57 EST Anyone else gluten free? Bad enough I had to give up gluten for health reasons, now GERD, and even more food restrictions. Any ideas how to spice things up, but not, too spicy, lf course ... Oh yeah. You get it :) Thu, 17 Sep 2015 21:53:48 EST Drug free? Is anyone else here trying to manage GERD drug-free? I'm terrified of using acid-blockers, because my mother's osteoporosis was so disfiguring and acid blockers prevent calcium absorption. i took them for about a month. My GERD used to be silent, but for he first time, i started getting reflux xymproms with a vengeance. All the more reason Inwant to stay off thr blockers long term. The main reason I came onto Spark was to begin tracking my food. I find having to give up citrus, peppers,... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 21:46:36 EST Is shoulder pain normal? The doctor confirmed I don't have cardiac problems, but I've been having lots of pain in my left shoulder today. Very very uncomfortable. is that probably the GERD or exercise? I am brand new to this. Wed, 16 Sep 2015 19:35:11 EST Needing support excited to get started! Hello My name is Mrs Miller I want to lose 70 lbs to get thin and healthy Wed, 9 Sep 2015 19:13:27 EST Here I go again Hi My name is Eileen im from Scotland, Iam a retired nurse, married and have 12 grandkids aged from 26 to 7. I first joined Spark about 9 or 10 years ago. I managed to lose weight and enjoyed the experience of meeting new folks giving and getting encouragement. I have lost nearly 2 stone but I am stuck so I thought I would come back to Spark. My weight gain has been due to comfort eating big time, but ive got that sorted out. So there you go me in a nut shell. :) Mon, 7 Sep 2015 12:47:36 EST Hello everyone My name is Lauren. I'm 55 years old and I'm ready to take charge of my health. I live in Kansas. Sat, 5 Sep 2015 02:59:35 EST hi name is zora i am a diabetic cardiac patient on insulin and weigh 178 lbs i started to exercise AGAIN! and I have lost 8lbs to date I used to be a member of spark people but kinda fell off anyway I have made up my mind AGAIN because apart from losing weight i also would like to get my HbA1c down to atleast 6% it is now at 9% I can use all the help I can get ..thank you I am 5ft tall (or Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:03:00 EST hey... and question... Tom from Georgia I've had reflux most of my life, as did my Dad.. what a relief when the PPI'S came out! (Prilosec, omeprazole, etc.) <BR> My problem now is.. having taken it all these years since it came out.. it's losing its effectiveness, and there doesn't seem to be another option... all my doc could do is give me an omeprazole that acts sorta like Nexium... repairs the esophageal damage, but little else... help! Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:06:45 EST Hi I am old, fat, and depressed <BR> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:57:23 EST Hello and question Hello everyone! I am new here and had a question. I have recently restarted my weight loss journey. Last year I was successful at losing about 40 pounds and then quit for a while (several reasons). As I restarted my journey, I was not losing weight like I had before. I was even sometimes gaining. I looked to see what I was doing differently from last year and the only thing was that I was taking Nexium OTC for my acid reflux. So, thinking that that may be the culprit, I quit taking it. I have... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:05:33 EST Kathy0606 Hi my name is Kathy, when I started my journey I weighed 207. I've been walking 3 miles a day for 6 weeks I've lost 13 pounds and have been cutting back on portion sizes, but some days all I want to do is snack. Potato chips are my downfall. Help!!! Sat, 22 Aug 2015 22:44:51 EST joined sparkpeople tonight 7/28/15 My nickname is moose I am 46 and I need to loose weight. <BR> I just won the cancer fight last year just had a total knee and I have got to get healthy. I miss work and my friends.joined hoping to lose 100 pounds and get healthy!&#128591; Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:36:55 EST Young at heart I turned 50 this year and kind of went into a "life is over" mode. I need a new attitude and I am here to find one! Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:01:54 EST Plateau I have hit a plateau for the past two weeks. I keep telling myself to just keep exercising and eating right, but I haven't lost. In fact, I gained two pounds. Help! Any ideas? <BR> Sat, 18 Jul 2015 15:43:24 EST How do you take your medicine? I am taking protonix twice daily. I don't feel like it's enough. Do some of you take your full dose at one time in the morning? Sun, 5 Jul 2015 18:22:35 EST Returning once again and again So I live in rural Ottawa area and have been on a diet since I have been 10. I just turned 60. So you would think I would figure this out. <em>24</em> . I have a hiatus hernia and have been on medications for over a decade. I like wine and chocolate and spicy tomato sauce which is my worst food for triggering heartburn and pain. <BR> <BR> I am trying to get off my medication and use more natural means of treating my condition due to some side affects (osteoporosis in my spine) that I ... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 10:17:29 EST Problems drinking water in the evening Does anyone else have difficulty drinking water toward the evening hours? This has been a huge issue for me. Even a few sips can give me the worst pain ever. I generally get the majority of my fluids in the morning but I'm not sure that this is the best way to do things, especially if I am active later in the day. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:36:41 EST Hello everyone. New here Just wanted to introduce myself. I am 51 years old and have about 50 pounds to lose to get to my goal weight. I have already lost 15 doing 16:8 intermittent fasting but need to be a little more aware of what I eat and my exercise routine. I also have acid reflux which made the initial stages of 16:8 somewhat challenging but I think I have worked out how to manage that fairly well. <BR> <BR> Other than that, I am the mother of one. I work with adults with disabilities and am an artist. ... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:13:08 EST Late Intro Good morning! I'm new-ish here. I've been lurking here for about a week but haven't posted an intro yet. My name is Shannon, I'm a 33 year old mother of three (ages 11, 4, & 3). I'm a public health nurse who loves what I do. I'm constantly taking care of everyone else and while doing that I forgot to take care of myself and gained 30 pounds. I recently joined a gym and I've been going 3 times a week for the last 3 weeks. I started my weight loss journey on Jenny Craig back in April at 175 pou... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:27:25 EST Hello from Ontario Canada Hi: I'm Kathy and a returning Spark member. I have had GERD for years, with the main symptom being a relentless cough (also have a touch of asthma and allergies). <BR> I have been managing it with Pantoloc and do find if I back off from the sugar, it is better. I also know that being overweight makes it worse as well, so with my doctor's gentle nudging, I am working on releasing those first 10 pounds. <BR> Looking forward to 'meeting' all of you. <BR> <BR> Kathy Sun, 14 Jun 2015 10:53:15 EST just starting where do I begin? I am so confused! LOL! I need ideas... need to lose fast for 4 wks, then I can settle down and lose 1-2#wk. (surgery on 7/13) Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:44:15 EST Hello everyone. My name is NASCOW, and i'm just begun to start this new lifestyle of eating better and exercise. I'm looking forward to using this site and making friends along the way. Mon, 8 Jun 2015 18:23:59 EST teacherterri I've had 34 surgeries on my left leg. Any suggestions on how or what exercises I can do. I can walk about 1200 steps a day. Sun, 7 Jun 2015 02:26:29 EST Im new to sparkpeople I put a message already somewhere so if you see me twice Im sorry. Im 50 pounds overweight and 58 felling like 85! Trying to do the strength exercises to start slow, I new I was out of shape but I had not idea. doing them has made me feel like a limp noodle my muscles are so weak, but im going to keep doing them cause obviously I need them badly. Just want to start feeling better and have more energy. Living a little longer has its pluses too. Good Luck everyone. Sat, 6 Jun 2015 20:01:17 EST Hi everybody Introducing myself to the group. I am 58, a lot overweight, and determined to get healthy. I have had melanoma and breast cancer twice, am a borderline diabetic and my triglycerides are too high. Last August I ended up hospitalized with pancreatitis, with no apparent reason. So, I am now determined to get healthy by healthy eating and movement (I don't like to call it exercise, I prefer movement). Tue, 2 Jun 2015 10:00:29 EST Hello! Here's a description of my experience with acid reflux: <BR> <BR> My awful diet and eating habits promote acid reflux, which is why I'm trying to improve it. <BR> Sometimes I have to sleep sitting down to ease or avoid the pain and the heartburn. <BR> Sometimes mornings are difficult and about five years ago I used to say I had "morning sickness" even though I've never been pregnant, but I just couldn't wake up early in the morning or it would mean instant discomfort and pain. <BR> I can't e... Sun, 31 May 2015 22:49:19 EST Up and running finally Wow didn't think getting a new computer was going to be such a hassle been trying to get my page up and just not succeeded woot woot ,time to get serious Mon, 4 May 2015 23:53:29 EST Hello from Middle GA Hello everyone. My name is Brande and I am new to the message boards. I joined back in January, but have only been using the tracker part of this web site and sporadically at best. I was using a different tracker on my phone for the most part, but have had a little more time to explore and have found there are some really great things on this site, so I think I will quit jumping back and forth and stay here :) . So for my intro, I am a 40 year old mother of 3. I have always battled my weight ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 01:38:07 EST Hello Hi everyone. Finally decided to start posting. Looking forward to learning more about this problem and ways to calm it down. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:57:13 EST Hello Hello, I am praying this works for me. I am so tired of being over weight. This is not something new for me. I have always been over weight. In my younger days I was always active. Not so much anymore. I am ready to start anew. I don't want the surgery because I have been sick and had my fare share of them. So Please Help me to put my best foot forward. If anyone has help please let me know. Thank you ,,, I so want to make this work. I will tell you this. I have never in my life ever really b... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 03:56:17 EST Has anyone ever experienced this? A few days ago I awoke at around 4 am. I could not go back to sleep and shortly after my body started to shake and shiver and my teeth were chattering. This went on for about an hour or two. During that time I was also wretching and vomiting up a foamy and light yellowy liquid. I also had several bowel movements which were loose and not really diarrhea. My mouth was really dry and I was probably dehydrated. <BR> <BR> I eventually went back to sleep for a couple of hours and when I woke ... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 11:21:46 EST New to all of this Hello, <BR> <BR> I am Karen, 42 years old, I have 2 teenagers, married for 17 years and I am stay home Mom/full time volunteer in the community. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with a Hiatal Hernia when I was pregnant with my son 15 years ago, but was never given any information about it, medication, etc. The pain simply went away and I thought that was the end of it. I didn't know that the problems I've had since then, when I tried yoga or bent over were connected (chest feels like it's in a v... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:44:01 EST And away I go.... I very briefly signed up for Sparks in 2009 without trying at all, just seeing what it would be like. Well, I found myself back at the same website but something is different this time, I am older, of course, and just sick and tired of feeling like I am being held back by this weight. I have a wonderful, supportive husband and the kids are all out of the house, what better time than now. Appreciate any support from the over 55's out there! Sun, 5 Apr 2015 04:18:12 EST Newby Hi I'm new to this site. Found it by chance. Anyone on here from New Jersey? Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:57:07 EST Hello again I have now turned 50 and making my final run at this weight thing.I don't consider myself extremally heavy,but standards say I am. I am 5/8..247 pounds...most I consider muscle except for this belly fat,:)..wish me luck,I am a letter carrier so I have walking on my side,take care <BR> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:36:18 EST Hello again I have now turned 50 and making my final run at this weight thing.I don't consider myself extremally heavy,but standards say I am. I am 5/8..247 pounds...most I consider muscle except for this belly fat,:)..wish me luck,I am a letter carrier so I have walking on my side,take care <BR> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:35:56 EST Hello! I am new to this forum. I have Acid Reflux, I love green veggies, which causes my reflux to not be kind. My goal is to lower the acid, without giving up green veggies. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 09:39:26 EST Hi I am new again Hi I am here again, not good at sticking with the program but I have to lose 100 lbs I don't want all my body pain anymore I am a miracle whip addict, I need to overcome this. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 16:44:25 EST Hi I am new again Hi I am here again, not good at sticking with the program but I have to lose 100 lbs I don't want all my body pain anymore I am a miracle whip addict, I need to overcome this. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 16:44:25 EST 54, 4'11" 148lbs. I need lots of help and encouragement to lose weight and get healthier. It's very frustrating to work out, eat right, and not lose I give up for a while...then start I again. It's a cycle I don't like. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:45:38 EST surviving Hi my name is Cat. I hope all is well with everyone. I suffer from manic depression/Bipolar and have been an insomniac since a child. That was very traumatic especially when there is school in the morning. My story is long and depressing so I'll skip all that. I have taken every sleeping pill natural, medical, listening to music cd's and the only thing that works is my Ambien. I love this pill. I call it my miracle pill. after years of no healthy sleep. Now I can sleep, yes I get up ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:04:39 EST Introduction-Long time away! Greetings everyone I'm Christine! I had been on SparkPeople a few years back. It's been awhile but I am back now. Now that I am at a different point in my life, I hope to be able to share my story and my journey just do what I can to help motivate others cope and get through any current challenges of their own. Please feel free to reach out if you would like or need any nutritional resources, performance training plans, etc. I am finishing up my Registered Dietitian license as well as current... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 11:22:38 EST Hi I'm patty Just had gastric sleeve bypass any support groups for this? 1 week today! Wed, 4 Feb 2015 20:24:05 EST Hi, This is Mountainviewme And I am soooo lost right now! <BR> Thanks for having me! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:32:36 EST Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:21 EST SlimGrandma5 I would like to hear from people with Diabetes. People with needing to lose weight for health reasons. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 21:29:38 EST To Love Me again I am 34, been married for almost 15 years to my amazing husband, whom met me at 17 and spunky. I was pleasantly thick in the right places, but was always the BIG girl compared to my friends. We have two wonderful boys who are very active in sports. I lost 80 pounds about 7 years ago and felt wonderful, then I changed to a desk job with high stress and pot lucks galore and gained 100 back. Now here I am fat and sassy, however, disappointed with my reflection. I love my inner me and my family, ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:20:57 EST sharonagibson Hello. I'm new here and hope to have fun meeting everyone and getting and receiving support on our weight loss. Wed, 7 Jan 2015 20:05:56 EST Penny from Vermont Hi, <BR> I am a 55 yr old woman from Vermont. I was told by my heart doctor that I had to quit smoking and lose 20 lbs by June. Eventually, I will have to have my heart valve fixed and he wants me in the best health so recovery will be easy. I quit smoking on January 1st (cold turkey) and joined Sparkpeople to log in my meals to keep an eye on what I eat. I just started walking on my treadmill. I feel a little overwhelmed:} Any words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated. This ... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 16:29:32 EST Making new habits. Hello everyone. This is going to be the year that I would like to make healthy living a way of life and I am going to need all the support that I can get. So I thank you all in advance for this long journey that I am about to begin. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 23:13:27 EST Making new habits. Hello everyone. This is going to be the year that I would like to make healthy living a way of life and I am going to need all the support that I can get. So I thank you all in advance for this long journey that I am about to begin. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 22:55:06 EST KS-S Hi, looking forward to communicating w/ you! Desperately need some motivation, please! Sun, 4 Jan 2015 11:07:33 EST Hi. Once upon a time, I weighed 125 lbs. Now I don't. My son just turned 4, and I still have the baby weight, 10 lbs of which I have lost & gained. Earlier last year, I was working with a health coach through my health insurance provider, but I switched jobs and, of course,switched insurance & lost my coach. I'm not super-active, but I do enjoy walking. I love to cook, and am actually pretty good at it. One thing I was working on with the coach was transitioning to Clean Eating, and I'm abou... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 23:16:54 EST i need a support system My name is betty I am 57 years young I need to lose 100 PDS I had my thyroid removed this year I was 305 lost to 288 went back up to 299 I am married to a wonderful man for 28 years but he is not a support system he loves junk food when I get depressed I eat all junk food I was praying someone can help me to lose this weight thank. You Mon, 29 Dec 2014 20:00:38 EST hello I am Sue and happy to be apart of the group. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 23:31:39 EST WANT TO SEE LESS OF MYSELF! Hello there! I was always walking 3 miles per day 3 years ago, and then became sedentary due to taking care of mother. The 50 #'s crept up on me again. I've done it before, and I KNOW I can do it again, because I am psyched for the new year ahead. If you don't have a supportive husband, and he doubts your efforts, get started like I did with a new girlfriend to walk in the park with. What a motivation and a blessing for 2015!! Hey, he is going to miss seeing more of me, but he is g... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 13:22:35 EST Tired of being tired Hello everyone, I'm looking for motivation and support to meet my goal of losing 30 pounds. The past year, I've neglected my health with working full time, wrapping up my BSN, and taking on a new role leaving very little time for anything else. I'm wanting to gain my energy and health back by being more active and eating healthier. This site looks like the place to achieve that! <BR> Thanks! <BR> Mary Sat, 27 Dec 2014 19:36:08 EST New to Sparks and looking for support. Hello, I am new to Sparks and could use as much support as I can get. Recently just got out of a 3.5 year relationship which has been horrible on my emotions. I am trying to view this as a positive to regroup and focus on me. Get back to a healthy state both physically and mentally. Thu, 25 Dec 2014 19:27:04 EST Starting over...again I just wanted to say hello to everyone. In the last year and a half I have moved to a new city, got a new career, was pregnant and now have a beautiful 10 month old boy. In addition to all the wonderful additions I also have added a little more than an extra 50 lbs. since my weight gain I have been having terrible acid reflux. I look forward to having the support from this forum. I am also looking for people to help keep me accountable. Looking forward to meeting you all and Happy Holidays :) Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:21:47 EST Oregonrain... that's me Hi, I joined spark people in the hopes that I would finally be able to reach my goal of losing this weight. I've been obese all my adult life and would like that streak to end! I want to get off the medication I'm on, and would love to be able to get active again. I know the best way to overcome arthritis is to exercise, but the pain.... My husband has A-fib and is on warfarin. He's decided not to eat the vegies that affect his levels. I'm searching for alternatives and hoping I'll find them... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:47:02 EST Oregonrain... that's me Hi, I joined spark people in the hopes that I would finally be able to reach my goal of losing this weight. I've been obese all my adult life and would like that streak to end! I want to get off the medication I'm on, and would love to be able to get active again. I know the best way to overcome arthritis is to exercise, but the pain.... My husband has A-fib and is on warfarin. He's decided not to eat the vegies that affect his levels. I'm searching for alternatives and hoping I'll find them... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:24:10 EST Newbie Hi I am new. I need to lose about 50 lbs. My acid relux is forcing me to change my diet: no more caffeine, no diet pop and I am working at cutting out red wine... that's the hard one. My doc just changed my medication to try and heal my esophagus. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:54:50 EST G'day . G'day team my names Gary , lm knocking on the door of sixty , reflux give me a lot of grief , lm looking for knowledge and support to help me .learn how to get control <BR> over it and in time learn how to help others . Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:19:51 EST Procrastination Meets Determination & Goals Hi! So Military injury & surgeries packing on some weight, changing my look & outlook (on lots of things) has finally reached the need for change. I have become involved with my husband's recovery option of bicycling. 500-600 mile awareness/fundraisers for the military & non-profits who support us. My first one is a few months away and I will reach my goals along the way! I'm excited. I just hope I hold off my old friends 'procrastination & self-criticism'!! Tue, 9 Dec 2014 08:55:54 EST starting over!! Hello my name is Debra I have decided not to give up on my goal to change my life for the better .I lost a great amount of weight and then I was just stuck because I couldn't loose any more. Its been almost two years since I tried to get back on track. So I am feeling defeated so I decided to come back to Sparkle and get support and possible find a group or walking group in Charlotte to help me get restarted and to give me some tips on how to get back on track, and me remain accountable. I j... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 08:33:13 EST Wens. I am 46 and trying to lose weight and quit smoking at the same time. I have fibro and other medical conditions that make it difficult at times to stay active. We have a new dog that I try to walk everyday. When it is raining like today that is not so easy to do because he does not like the rain. Wed, 3 Dec 2014 08:42:37 EST New member Hello, I'm new on here and hope to learn how to better handle my GERD symptoms. I'm living in southern Missouri right now and want to get back in shape and live a healthier lifestyle. Happy to be in this group. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:26:01 EST New from Southern Utah I have always wondered why someone 20-25 lbs. overweight couldn't easily loose the weight, JUST DO IT. How hard would a little self control be? Well, NOW I know. I keep saying I can do it, but now I understand it is not that easy. I keep trying...a day maybe;( I have to admit NOW I KNOW what it is like to want/need to loose weight and I'm not strong enough to just do it. I really do need help from others...HELP! Sun, 9 Nov 2014 11:28:19 EST Hi I'm Cathy i have recently been told I have diabetes. That is why I'm joining again to Sparks people. I don't want to get worse and have to start taking pills oe injections. I need to lose 90 lbs. I have been overweight most of my adult life. I've tried many things before and failed. I've read most in enters have failed some 1000 times before there invention finally comes together. I have to believe this time it will all come together for me. Thu, 6 Nov 2014 08:22:57 EST acid reduction I take an OC acid reliever, and it helps. I don't like all the other meds long term. they don't do anything for me. I also drink green tea, and that seems to soothe it. but this may not work for everyone. it is worth a try. <BR> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 20:22:51 EST Relaxation helps GERD symptoms for me Drop your shoulders, breath deep into lower stomach, count to ten before eating and after eating. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:54:16 EST Hi I am Jess wishing I can stay healthy and lose w I am jesse and I have struggled with weight all my life but at this age I have realized I need to be healthy for my kids and live to see them happy . I feel quiet upset coz of my weight but I know I`ll definitely lose it this time and keep it off Mon, 27 Oct 2014 03:03:11 EST Hi everyone! Hi my name is Kali. I'm 52 and I've gained a lot of weight in the recent months. It's funny how fast it goes on and how slow it goes off. I totally believe it should be the other way around. I'm currently living in Utah by way of Georgia. It is so beautiful here. I hope to hear back from some of you guys I know I will need the support as this is my first day. Take care everyone! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:35:24 EST Complicated life... THIS is for ME!!! New to Spark, 49, newlywed (3 years), mom lives with us, dementia, his mom is in ICU post car accident, & I'm pulling my hair out! Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:01:03 EST I am new hello everyone. I found this web site on a google search. I am a desperate lady, desperate enough to try anything to lose weight. My health is affected by my weight. I have sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, hypothyroidism, and I am borderline diabetic. I will admit when I need help, and I need it. I also need to get some kind of motivation. I need to be held accountable of my weight loss somehow. Thu, 9 Oct 2014 16:50:22 EST sassypants1969 Hello, I joined sparks today. I am excited&#128548; Sun, 5 Oct 2014 17:28:37 EST still desperate for help I could really use somebody to talk to regarding my dd's newly diagnosed GERD. I'm having a very difficult time finding recipes that are GERD friendly as well as lactose free and I have questions about substitutions and new products. I truly understand that you all don't know me and are busy with your own lives but I really need help. This is the third time I'm posting. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Sun, 5 Oct 2014 10:28:17 EST please help, I'm desperate My 14 year old was diagnosed with acid reflux yesterday and after doing hours of research online, am very confused about some things. At this point, I have no idea what to feed my daughter. The dr. just told us to stay away from anything acidic, fried and to stop all dairy. We never eat fried foods and she's lactose intolerant which I've learned how to cook for and what she can and cannot tolerate. We eat a lot of beans here which the dr. said was okay. Our main meals are chicken and fish wit... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 15:26:27 EST Nice to meet you! New to this site. Giving it a try. I usually feel beyond help most days-sometimes there's a breakthrough but it doesn't seem to last. I exercise with Teresa Tapp (T-Tap) at home and I hate to go to the gym Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:56:10 EST Nice to meet you! New to this site. Giving it a try. I usually feel beyond help most days-sometimes there's a breakthrough but it doesn't seem to last. I exercise with Teresa Tapp (T-Tap) at home and I hate to go to the gym Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:56:10 EST New to spark people. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi, I am a chronic obese woman, I have been obese all of my adult years and chronically overweight during my teenage years. Dealing with my weight issues is very depressing. I suffer medically and mentally with my weight issues. My medical issues include: hypothyroidism, sleep apnea, hypertension, high triglyceride's, back and knee pains, And of course I have depression. I have gotten to the point where I am just tired of it. I need to lose this weight if not just for ... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 01:51:50 EST New to Spark People I am new to spark people. I am an obese woman who is 41, with some health problems. Among my health problems are sleep apnea, high blood pressure, depression, Gerd, hypothyroidism, high cholesterol which all are being treated with medications. I have been on these medications for years and I have been told that if I lose weight I could get off most of these medications. I am tired. I am sick and tired of feeling and being like this. I want to lose this weight my problem is I get started t... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:08:27 EST Hi Again Hello fellow sparkers. I am sorry I have been AWOL for a while but there's a lot going on in my life and I have not been able to post as often as I would like to. We are downsizing and have put our house up for sale. I have been busy packing, cleaning up, looking for a new house and all the "good stuff" associated with moving. We are staying in the same area but we want a house of half the size of the one we had. <BR> <BR> I will do my best to post more often. I hope y'all had a great summe... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:54:29 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:29:01 EST Hi everyone! As you can tell I am new here. I've had a pretty bad flare up for 6 days now (better yesterday and today). Anyway, I've been reading what some of you are having issues with. <BR> <BR> I take generic prevacid and occasionally famotadine (pepcid). I can go for months and eat just about anything. Like someone else here said there's no rhyme or reason unless it's stress. I have had a lot of stress lately. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting some tried and true tips from all of you. <BR> Tue, 9 Sep 2014 16:58:30 EST New to Spark Hi, I'm new to Spark, and I would like to lose about 55 pounds. I have been overweight for over 21 years. I have already lost 14 pounds in the last 3 months just by using my treadmill 5 - 6 days a week. My goal is to lose 55 more pounds by the time my daughter graduates from college next year. I could really use the support and make new friends. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:24:32 EST weight loss hi my name is Rebecca I'm 34 years of age and I weigh 333lbs and my doctor wants med to get weight loss surgery but I want to do it myself.I need help to get motivated any suggestions please let me know what you think Fri, 5 Sep 2014 01:16:38 EST Hello Friends! Hello Spark People Friends, I was committed to Spark People several years ago but lost touch. With the motivation of co-workers I am back and ready to work towards my health. I am excited to meet more people who have the same goals that I do. Tue, 2 Sep 2014 19:59:15 EST Cathy, me, needs motivation. I have lost 120 ponds about 5 yrs ago. But I put back on 30 of those pounds and can't get motivating to taking it off. I am afraid 30 will turn into a 100. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:04:50 EST HELLO, My name is Lottie I am a 47 year old Mim-ma of a 3 yr old beautiful granddaughter, and a mother of 25 yr old daughter, I really need support, so hopefully I will get it here on this site. I am moving back to Texas soon, sometime in October or soon after, I would love to lose quite a bit of weight, I want to be a "SEXY Mim-Ma" hehe..seriously, I DO. I want my fiance to be proud to be with me ( he is, but I want him to be OVERLY PROUD. ) <BR> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:40:32 EST New to SP Just wanted to introduce myself. I signed up yesterday for SP. Still finding my way around the sight but have found it very user- friendly. I'm in my mid-60's and married. My husband and I are both native Floridians and our primary home is in Jacksonville. Children are grown and right now we are enjoying our 2nd home in the North Georgia mountains. Looking forward to permanent life- style changes which is something that has alluded me with the numerous weight loss programs I've been on.... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:37:21 EST New to Site I am a retired Senior Citizen and wish to eat healthier. I've been working on a diet plan for several months but am beginning to back slide. I could use some support and advice as I try again. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:30:12 EST Hi! I am hoping to gain more energy and better health. I am going from long vegetarian to raw vegan. I want the energy to up my exercise. And the motivation! Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:33:25 EST Newly Wheat Free Hello all! I've been suffering from Acid Reflux ever since I was pregnant with my oldest son 19 years ago. I've taken over the counter stuff, practically bought stock in Tums, and was taking Nexium on and off up until it went to OTC earlier this year. I never really had complete relief from my symptoms and thought that it was just something that I would have to live with for the rest of my life. <BR> <BR> About 2 months ago I decided to give up wheat for 30 days. I had been doing some resear... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:53:17 EST my goal are eating healthy deal withdepression Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:54:19 EST Swallowing Problems Lately I experience swallowing problems, like food cannot go down, Happened a lot over the weekend. Any ideas on how to cope with this? Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:13:55 EST Help Hi, <BR> My name is Shelly, I am looking for help..I am disabled at 52 years old from an accident and looking at having several surgeries, but must lose weight before. I have so many obstacles right now that have played a huge role in my weight gain and inability to lose the weight! One of the many things I have wrong is Thyroid disease, hypothyroidism and I have only gotten worse..I see no hope in sight as I am doing this all alone and unable to exercise...So I guess God has sent me to this ... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:17:39 EST I have returned-Shouldn't have left! I have returned to SparkPeople because I have enjoyed it and it worked-when I put in the required motivational umph. My motivation tends to come and go. At the moment I am hoping that THIS time things will really stick and that in a year I will still be here and be living a healthy life at a good weight. <BR> <BR> I keep trying to "like" exercising. So far my recumbant bicycle and Total Gym are the two pieces of equipment I keep returning to. Walking used to be enjoyable, but frankly, my... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 14:26:17 EST Favorite healthy meal options? What are your favorite options for meals that don't trigger acid reflux problems? I'm interested in your positive coping strategies! <BR> My favorite is: I buy a good rotisserie chicken (usually Costco) and make meals from there. <BR> Dinner 1: hot chicken with salad and vegetable (right now usually fresh corn) <BR> Dinner 2: chinese chicken salad with lots of different veggies and sesame soy ginger dressing, or mexican chicken salad with green and red peppers, black beans, avocado, and fresh... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 16:18:20 EST hi I just joined or was invited to join and I have a case of severe acid reflux and my doctor took me off them and bad idea. I was wondering if anyone knows anyway to calm it down so I won't feel like I am going to throw up. My triggers vary day to day if possible. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:26:43 EST Lorraine Just started today June 25th which is a wed. need to lose 50 pounds for self esteem and health, quit smoking and gained a ton of weight <BR> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:43:31 EST Leewall Hello Sparkspeople. I'm from Cedar, Michigan. I had a great workout today, enjoyed the meals I made. Cannot wait to hear from others. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:00:57 EST Finally Caring about me I am a 45 year old wife and mother . I work 40 hours per week. and i suffer from a joint disease called MCTD. and i have vertigo. I never know when it will strike. Trying to make a change in my life and get healthy. The doctors have told my husband he has fatty liver disease. so now is a good time to change the way we eat and move. I have failed before but know that i have to do this for him. So i wont fail this time. <BR> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 21:24:09 EST Lsable I just joined today I sure hope it works for me.i have back problems and fibromyalgia and do a lot of sitting unable to exercise much,so here's hoping that i can get my weight off of me..I am 67 and live in north Florida with my husband my 5 dogs 4 cats one horse and 5 Nigerian goats wish me luck Sat, 14 Jun 2014 19:30:25 EST How do I un-join? SparkPeople may be a good system, but I don't have the time to work it. The website makes it very easy to join, but I find it almost impossible to un-join. Can anyone help? Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:30:53 EST Hello Hi my name is Tonia...I am new to SparkPeople. I am a mother of 4 and very happily married. I have struggled with my weight since my last child was born 16 months ago. I have been able to drop 13 lbs and I want to lose about 25-30 more. Looking forward to meeting you! Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:19:05 EST Quotes of the Week ( June 1 - 7 ) <BR> QUOTES BY RENE DESCARTES <BR> ============================== <BR> <BR> 1It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well. <BR> <BR> 2)Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it. <BR> <BR> 3)The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt. <BR> <BR> 4)Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 15:56:11 EST general chit chat good morning everyone. I hope you are all as comfy as you can be today/night. <BR> <BR> I thought I might start this thread so we can just chat about nothing much and anything as a means of bringing the team together for a little more with general friendship. <BR> <BR> As I have said I am from Central Victoria, Australia and it is almost winter here with just 3 days to go. I love winter, it is my most fave season but we dont get it as cold here in my area as many in the USA & UK do. It r... Mon, 26 May 2014 17:43:09 EST Hello from Australia <em>524</em> everyone. My name is Sharyn & I'm from Central Victoria, Australia. <BR> <BR> I have been suffering from acid reflux for many years now. In early 2009 they were, after many tests, finally able to diagnose a hiatus hernia but according to the Dr then it was inoperable because of a throat muscle condition I have called Alacasia. I wasn't impressed but with medication & a carefully watched diet I got the acid in control. <BR> <BR> Over the last couple years though I allowed m... Wed, 21 May 2014 17:10:01 EST New (again) to SparkPeople Hi all, <BR> Just introducing myself. I'm Tammy, (mom to 5) and also a full time Music Director. I love my family and my job, but have put myself last for too long. Had some pretty serious health struggles with lupus this past year+ and I'm trying to get healthy. Looking forward to being part of this community! :) Wed, 21 May 2014 16:05:12 EST Hello from PA Hello, my name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1 boy. I joined this site to get support and motivation when needed because I have struggled with my weight for my entire life. My main goal for losing weight is to have my own child (my son is my husbands unfortunately not biologically mine) and overall be healthier to take care of my family. If anyone has any questions for me or would just like to be friends, just send me a message. Blessed be everyone. Wed, 21 May 2014 00:34:03 EST New Hello, <BR> My name is Lynne. I am a 50 yo female. I am 9 weeks post Nissen Fundoplication/Paraesophogeal Hernia Repair/ Excision of 9inch Lipoma on Left rib and diaphragm. I had this reflux surgery due to being treated for COPD/ Asthma with no relieve from meds. Tests showed horrible reflux with aspiration into my lungs. Hence the unable to breath. Also the majority of my stomach was in my chest with the lipoma pushing on my diaphragm and esophagus making the reflux worse. Any who, I had ins... Tue, 20 May 2014 21:00:00 EST Hello Hi I'm so new to this but I'm here cause i want to stay fit and healthy. I'm waiting to lose 100 pounds by next year in may 2015. So I will do this with exercise and the way I eat. I'm on a diet already through my doctor that I follow everyday. Thanks!! Tue, 20 May 2014 18:02:24 EST DIZZ55 New To All This Hi, Hi, I'm Dizz. I drive an 18 wheeler so its to stay on track. I'm Not New To Louisville, persay, Have Moved back was gone for about 20 yrs. Being pretty much sedimentary in my job need to keep from gaining any more pounds and could stand to lose aprox 10 pounds. need to tone up not interested in beefing up to old to be a body builder now. again Hi, Hi. Sun, 18 May 2014 01:08:10 EST Cindy Hi I have been doing the nutra bullet for breakfast for two weeks, salad for lunch and a limited amount of carbs for dinner. I am finding the scale doesn't move so I want to try spark people to get a balance diet without feeling hungry. Please send any help or suggestion to get me started. Fri, 16 May 2014 21:22:54 EST Feeling Inspired Good Morning to everyone This is a new journey for me I just turned 60 years old.. I am an administrative manager at a local hospital, unfortunately divorced after 30 years of marriage. My divorce almost 10 years ago hit me hard and it was like I was in a trance. When I came out of the trance through therapy, support of my friends and family I found my emotional health and strength better than ever, however my body has not recovered, I am 85 YES 85! pounds heavier than I was 10 years... Sat, 10 May 2014 08:23:28 EST Trying to get back to what I know is best for me.. Though I did find this great site back in 2008...I have not been a faithful follower...a lot has changed in my life since 2008, the most life changing being that I lost an adult child in 2009, married my long time sweetheart in 2012 ( my "present" for my 60th birthday), and inherited a 14 year old grandson in Dec 2013. I am a survivor. But raising a teenager, who has now lost both parents, after the nest has been empty for at least 15 yrs, has been a bit of a shock to my system. I am so bl... Tue, 6 May 2014 13:11:28 EST I need snack and lunch ideas for a 5yr old. My son is 5 almost 6 and has been throwing up small bits since he was born. He has had 2 GI Scopes done (one the other day) and so far all they know is there is a lot of inflammation. The doctor has put him on a no acid diet and prevacid, as well as some night time medicine. He gave us a small piece of paper that said to avoid chocolate, mint, citrus fruits, soda, and pepper. We have had him on this diet for 3 weeks now and nothing has changed. I know there are a lot more foods you should avo... Tue, 6 May 2014 01:07:52 EST What Are the Best Foods For Bad Days? I have had a bunch of bad days since Easter. I went off my diet a bit then. Four birthdays and Easter... <BR> <BR> Now it seems as though I am having pain most every day even after eating things that normally don't bother me. Bananas are usually ok but now they seem to be an irritant. <BR> <BR> What do you eat when you are trying to recover and have had a series of bad days? I am looking for one or two easy to digest foods that give a lot of nutrition in small amounts. Oatmeal and eggs... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 19:02:26 EST New to this at 45 Hi my name is Cherie and I am new to this I am in my 40 and have high blood pressure so its time to do something about it.. I hope their is someone els going thru the same thing we can do it together... talk to ya soon. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 23:41:06 EST Useful product I discovered a new product for acid reflux. I was dubious about it, because it's marketed by Life Extension™, and all their otherwise good articles plug their products shamelessly. I usually veer away from such sites. <BR> <BR> However. I did break down and try this one. It's called "Esophageal Guardian™", and it seems pretty much benign other than the intended use. The active ingredients are ellagic and alginic acids. They're big chewable tablets, and you take them after your largest meal o... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 20:42:49 EST Hi everyone My name is Marcia, this is my first time to SparkePeople i will need your help and support, i cannot stick to health plan but with your help and support i think i can. thank you. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:35:43 EST Thanks everyone Thanks for all the wonderful B-day wishes <em>247</em> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:30:17 EST Insurance denied me coverage for Nexium Ok...I am pissed...really pissed. My insurance denied me coverage on my meds, Nexium. I have been on the 'purple pill' for 10 years for acid reflex. THANK YOU Obama Care aka Affordable Care. I guess it is time I make my final arrangements.....aka Death Panel Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:06:59 EST Just had a barium swallow test Hi, <BR> Im in my late thirty's and have been experimenting some awful symptoms. It started about a month ago. I'm having a hard time swallowing food, and I feel like I have a lump or mucus always in the back of my throat like postnasal drip or something. Now I'm also experiencing a sore throat and sometimes I can't even read my son a book because it feels like I have strained my throat. I thought it was an allergy and started to take benedryl. Then the swallowing was getting worse so... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:51:06 EST Lap Nissen Fundoplication for GERD I finally scheduled the Lap Nissen Fundoplication Surgery for my GERD for June 2, 2014. Has anyone experienced this surgery and any input would greatly be appreciated. Thank you! Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:11:01 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 13 - 19 ) 1)You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there. <BR> <BR> 2)It’s better to know and be disappointed than to never know and always wonder. <BR> <BR> 3)There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go <BR> <BR> 4)Happiness is not determined by what’s happening around you, but rather what’s happening inside you. Most people depend on others to gain happin... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:07:39 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 6 -12 ) 1)Anyone can come into your life and say how much they love you. It takes someone really special to stay in your life and show how much they love you. <BR> <BR> 2)Love and appreciate your parents. We are often so busy growing up, we forget they are also growing old. <BR> <BR> 3)When someone tells you, “You’ve changed,” it might simply be because you’ve stopped living your life their way. <BR> <BR> 4)When you’re up, your friends know who you are. When you’re down, you know who your friends ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:01:05 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 30 - April 5 ) 1)You can learn great things from your mistakes when you aren’t busy denying them. <BR> <BR> 2)In life, if you don’t risk anything, you risk everything <BR> <BR> 3)There isn’t anything noble about being superior to another person. True nobility is in being superior to the person you once were. <BR> <BR> 4)Trying to be someone else is a waste of the person you are. <BR> <BR> 5)You will never become who you want to be if you keep blaming everyone else for who you are now. <BR> <BR> 6)Peopl... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:49:17 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 23 -29 ) 1)You cannot change what you refuse to confront <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2).Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)If a person wants to be a part of your life, they will make an obvious effort to do so. Think twice before reserving a space in your heart for people who do not make an effort to stay. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are spe... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:42:37 EST New challenge Hello Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I successfully lost 20 pounds and developed new eating and exercise habits over the period of a couple of years. I got my prediabetes and borderline high blood pressure under control. Now it seems like I have the symptoms of GERD. Boo-hoo. So far, it means that I have had a diminished appetite, have been hesitant to do my normal exercise routine, and have to cut out a lot of the foods that worked for my healthy diet ( spices, onions, citrus, etc.). I'm sure I c... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 01:07:55 EST busy and fat I am a grandmother, mother, wife, xspecial ed teacher, great cook, and very caring. I am not able to control my eating some of the time, at other times it is easy to focus on low calorie eating and feel confident about it. I lost 50 pounds a few years ago and have been able to keep my weight even. Last month I lost a cousin who was very dear to me. It has left me drained, and I am eating too much. I have gained 10 pounds after helping him die with dignity and helping deal with his estat... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 08:52:00 EST Kelly Hi everyone, I'm scheduled for gastric sleeve tomorrow morning at 7 wish me luck. It was actually recommended by my specialists because my health is very bad. so here I go, Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:17:15 EST Getting ready for gastric sleeve This is my first post. I am preparing for the procedure to help my weight loss journey to cone to a more favorable conclusion. I lost ninety five pounds four years ago via a structured medical weight loss program Unfortunately the weight slowly crept back. All of my chronic health conditions returned with a vengeance. I have never experienced long term success with weight loss. Always something got in the way, I am an overeater ANSI have no control over my eating. I realize that failure in th... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 15:51:06 EST Hi, newbie here! I am a 42 year old mother of two. Since my early twenties I have battled my weight over and over again. I was a strong, healty highly athletic person. I have steadly gone down hill. I know now with age that this process needs to be one step at a time and it will not be overnight. I don't want to end up like others in my family who cannot even get out of bed or a chair most days and no longer participate in life. That scares me. Looking forward to this.....i think.... apprehensive. <BR>... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:21:45 EST Just joined I have struggled with my weight for years. It is so much harder to lose as I get older (as it is for everyone). I lost 30 pounds and still had more to go when I had foot surgery and gained 15 back. I took a vacation and I'm tired of not liking to have my picture taken. Exercise is somewhat easy, the food is an issue. I have tried many programs and hope this one helps me,! <BR> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 20:58:27 EST The Fluffy Fox Hi this is my first time on any blog site and I'm here because over the past 10 years I've gained 100 pounds and I'm serious about getting it off. But I don't want to use a fad diet I want to do it the right way and make a lifestyle change. All suggestions are welcomed. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 01:01:38 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 16 -22 ) 1)No one can understand the truth until he drinks of coffee's frothy goodness. <BR> Sheik Abd-al-Kadir <BR> <BR> 2)Conscience keeps more people awake than coffee. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork. <BR> English Proverb <BR> <BR> 4)Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter which fork you use. <BR> Emi... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:53:39 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 9 - 15 ) 1)Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. <BR> M. Kathleen Casey <BR> <BR> 2)I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders. <BR> Jewish Proverb <BR> <BR> 3)Turn your wounds into wisdom. <BR> Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> 4)We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. <BR> Kenji Miyazawa <BR> <BR> 5)Bad is never good until worse happens. <BR> Danish Proverb <BR> <BR> 6) It just wouldn't be a picnic without the ants. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 7)You may not realize it ... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:36:11 EST Nexium Lawsuits from kidney failure. If you have taken or are taking Nexium, you may want to read this? <BR> <BR><BR>-lawsuits-kidney-failure-renal-failure<BR>-nephritis/ Sat, 15 Mar 2014 23:48:20 EST Hope To Be Accepted Hi, <BR> I learned about this group through support meetings at the military hospital on Ft Bragg in North Carolina. I injured my knee and started to gain weight after doing Atkins for around 10 years successfully. Due to my physical limitations, I have had problems exercising at the level I used to do. As a result I have been going through the process of preparing to have bariatric surgery. I am looking for support and am hoping to find others that have been through the process. Thanx! Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:10:08 EST Melissa for Workouts and Diets Hello! Looking for a virtual workout buddy. Someone who won't let me take a rest day just because.... <BR> My main goal is to continue working out, rather than just rushing to get fit for events. Right now I'm doing well, but I don't want to stop just because I reach my goal weight. I always do that. My workout goals are to run/jog, 6 times a week, 12-18 miles. I try to do the Spartacus workout 3 times a week, and do a dedicated Ab and lower back workout twice a week in addition. When ... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:26:33 EST Help I hope someone out there can help. A vegan would be nice. 33 years ago the Dr told me NO animal products, none, nada, zilch. For those if you that don't know what meat is. no beef, chicken, fish, hotdogs, pepperoni, pork, lamb, or bacon. These are things people have said but you can eat, they aren't meat. 2 weeks ago the Dr said I had acid reflux, yes the Dr had to tell me, I don't feel any pain. If I under stand what I'm reading right I'm not to have nuts, beans or soy. So what protein shoul... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 23:06:45 EST Hi- I am from Jacksonville, FL I am looking forward to this new journey in my life where I am learning to make better food choices, incorporating daily exercise into my life. <BR> Kids are grown, grandchildren out of town so I have reason no reasons why I shouldn't do this. <BR> I was a dental hygienist for thirty-two years and have been married for almost forty years. <BR> Actually, my husband has joined me in this effort as well! <BR> Wish us well, please, we are on our way :-) Thu, 6 Mar 2014 16:25:28 EST hi i'm gary Hey everyone, just dropping by to say hi as this is the first group i have joined, and I joined SP today after spending an hour researching acid reflux and deciding something had to give! Will enjoy getting to know some you i'm sure, thanks! Wed, 5 Mar 2014 23:09:05 EST Looking for Supportive Friends New to SparkPeople and looking for supportive friends and groups. Wed, 5 Mar 2014 07:09:07 EST Hi, my name is Faith I have pre diabetes, A1C is 7.1 my goal is to lose 70 lbs. by my birthday 22 Jan. 2015. But right now I need to lose 20 lbs in 8 weeks. Does this sound like to much? I don't want to disappoint my Dr. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 21:12:49 EST