SparkPeople SparkPeople's New Member Challenge Team Messageboard SparkPeople’s New Member Challenge will help you learn all about the site and how SparkPeople will help you reach your healthy lifestyle goals! Get daily challenges and tips to get the most out of your SparkPeople experience. Welcome!<br><br> <a href="/myspark/calendar-challenge.asp?calendar=6">Visit the main Challenge page</a> SparkPeople SparkPeople's New Member Challenge Team Messageboard Emotional Eater looking for support ! Hi ! <BR> <BR> I've been struggling with EDs and my weight for a loooooong time. I'm switching between feeling beat up and trying to fight. <BR> I know that the keto lfestyle works best for me ( migraine & gut.) Yet, I have been in a bad downward spiral for the last 6 months... <BR> Anyway... <BR> I'll be updating my profile soon. It would be great if a "weight loss buddy", ie another female with shared common interests, would be willing to interact daily... <BR> That's this daily support ... Sun, 7 Mar 2021 04:59:41 EST Hello Again! Hello, I'm back again! I'm Shelli, originally from Oregon and now living in NSW, Australia. I'm trying to get out from under the Covid blahs, and work on bettering my nutrition, health, and fitness. Wed, 24 Feb 2021 20:43:29 EST Hello! Really struggling to get back on track. I was doing great until Covid came along and changed all of our lives! I was furloughed from work for 4 months so I lost my much needed structure. My son and 3 year old grandson moved in - no more still quite house (but totally worth it!) and with everything except the refrigerator locked down I stayed home and stress ate 50 pounds back on! <BR> For about a year I have the most crushing fatigue I've ever know with no real explanation. I'd have to rest ... Wed, 24 Feb 2021 12:13:10 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 14 Feb 2021 14:53:42 EST Too Curious for My Own Good Do you ever wonder why (fill in the blank)? <BR> <BR> This is meant to be pure craziness, no politics, badmouthing anyone, etc. <BR> <BR> Do you ever wonder why they leave the heads on sardines but pack them so tightly in those itty-bitty cans? Sat, 6 Feb 2021 11:57:18 EST Just getting started and ready to commit! Hi everybody! My name is Stephanie and I've struggled with my weight my whole life. I've dieted in the past, with some success, but I tend to get off-track due to stress and lack of planning. Even now as I am gearing up to really do this, I'm struggling to get my head on straight about HOW to go about I wanna do keto again, etc? I mentally want to jump into these big things, but deep down I know I need to just take it one baby step a time. <BR> <BR> My goals right now are (1) dr... Mon, 1 Feb 2021 12:47:30 EST Hello from Virginia Hey, <BR> Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Kim and I'm from Williamsburg, VA. I am a caregiver for my 80 year old mother who lives with me. Taking care of myself as a caregiver is important to me. I have been at this for several years now and it get's more challenging as my mom's health get's worse. I need some support and guidance which is why I'm here. Please reach out and say hello! Fri, 29 Jan 2021 18:32:58 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 22 Jan 2021 21:49:35 EST Lookg for friendship/support; how can I support u? Hi everyone! I'm Jeannine - I go by J9. I've lost 80lbs; gained 10 back. I want to lose 40 more. I tend to self-sabotage in the evenings and I drink too much, too often. I have set a goal to stop drinking until I hit 173lb (from 184) but so far have found every excuse I can to imbibe. I'm mostly Keto/Primal with a few temptations now and again; I workout: weight training at home machine/free weights/stretch bands and cardio at home with videos and walks. I'm active, energetic. I journal and w... Fri, 15 Jan 2021 11:34:56 EST Just Getting Started I've been here before, but I'm going to really try to make this work this time. I went to my doctor last week and found that a) I lost 4 pounds without doing anything, and b) my A1C is still going up. I'm not that worried about my eating habits, but I am FAR too sedentary for my own good. Really looking forward to motivation on low-stress in-house exercise. Thu, 14 Jan 2021 20:43:13 EST evpflug Hi new to board, looking forward to sharing my journey with you folks I am not new to this weight thing , have been battling all my life, now at 83 all I want to do is lose 15 lbs to fit comfortably in to my clothes, Sun, 3 Jan 2021 11:38:48 EST Hello! My name is Tracey. By the time I had surgery in 2007 to have a large brain tumor removed, I was at my highest weight ever - 200 lbs. Since then, I have managed to lose almost 50 lbs. Most of my meals are 50% (or more) veg + 25% protein + 25% carbs. I enjoy walking and am a member of a women's circuit training gym. Since the gym is closed right now due to COVID, I am doing the five 30 minute Zoom workouts they offer per week on Zoom plus 2.5-5 mile daily walks. Thinking this might be a fun way... Tue, 29 Dec 2020 14:53:49 EST Heathier Grandma My Granddaughter is getting married in June 2021 and I want to look better and be able to dance at her wedding!! Tue, 29 Dec 2020 01:53:30 EST Have Not Been On in Years Now I would like to start again and lose at least 20 lbs.I was wondering how Weight Watchers differs that SparkPeople. My sister swears by this. Mon, 28 Dec 2020 13:43:04 EST Hello... So today I've decided it's time for a change... Again. I've been on a journey to lose weight my entire life. I am not currently at my heaviest so something is working, but I've been very stressed lately. I was just laid off from work, and my boyfriend and I have been trying to convince for over a year now with no luck and it is taking a toll on me. I have been finding myself sinking into old habits of emotional eating and being lazy. I have about 100lbs to lose and I'm really just looking for... Sun, 27 Dec 2020 00:24:29 EST new to team Hello, <BR> <BR> I am grateful to become a member of this team and eager to continue my journey to the best me that I can be! <BR> <BR> TJ Mon, 21 Dec 2020 10:41:16 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 19 Dec 2020 18:25:10 EST Newbie Hello, I am returning to this diet after I did it years ago and lost lots of weight. Trying again! <BR> Sat, 21 Nov 2020 13:38:19 EST Time to change my life This isn't the first time I've reached out to an online community for support and accountability, but this time I have more things in my life sorted out than I had previously. I want to make a change. I need to make a change. <BR> <BR> I've got 180lbs(almost 82kg) to leave behind and it is high time I started. The weight has caused me nothing but grief and I want and need to feel like I belong in the body I am in. This isn't helping my medical issues any, that's for sure. I've recently deve... Thu, 12 Nov 2020 12:30:02 EST Add a “Search” to Member Blogs Hey, I have something to ask of Spark. Would you please make a way we can sift through each other’s blogs and find a SUBJECT we like? Can we have a blog SEARCH? Wed, 11 Nov 2020 08:22:05 EST Trying not to turn into an Old Maid! Hi, I'm Susan from Central Florida. I am 46 yo and have been overweight for most of my life. I am setting out again with a goal to make myself healthier and happier. No human children, just fur-babies. My most valuable titles are daughter, sister, aunt and friend. I work as an office manager and love everything that provides knowledge! I look forward to finding new members for my "tribe". Thu, 5 Nov 2020 11:16:53 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 28 Oct 2020 17:02:22 EST Is this working for you? I like all the aspects of Sparkpeople . I want to believe this will work. But, after 3 weeks of tracking and staying on track, I gained one pound. <em>40</em> Sat, 10 Oct 2020 10:59:45 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 7 Oct 2020 10:16:15 EST Dinner is done... calcium + folate + fiber= what food? At the end of the night... I'm low on these items in the food log... is there a Healthy one choice and done...? Thu, 1 Oct 2020 19:36:22 EST Stop taking yourself so seriously As I post this for my Phoenix Team I decided to share this with all of you and maybe we can do it on here here too. <BR> Well I just got done reading this spark article about 19 ways to stop taking yourself so seriously and it got me thinking how we can use it for our daily discussion and if I do it right I think I can do for at least twenty-five weeks. <BR> <BR> <BR> This week question is what else do you gain besides weight loss? <BR> <BR> I am hoping to gain friends that I can go out an... Fri, 25 Sep 2020 07:31:31 EST Try a new fruit or vegetable Try a new fruit or vegetable is part of a special health plan. <BR> Because we travel, I've tried more items than our grocery carries. Wed, 23 Sep 2020 14:31:54 EST Help! I can't figure out how to change the battery on my fitness tracker! Sun, 20 Sep 2020 14:15:04 EST Need help. First day Good Morning, <BR> I am sure you can all relate to my "today". It is one of those morning where I want to quit everything else, put the focus on my health and stop this vicious cycle of losing weight &amp; gaining everything back again. <BR> I am 44 year old, married, mother of 2 teenage sons, live in Canada. Today I weigh 295 lbs. I have been dealing with health issues since the beginning of pandemic. In early February I was diagnose with osteoarthritis and at that time I weighed 254 lbs. T... Sun, 20 Sep 2020 07:38:28 EST Been gone for awhile Hi. I'm actually a long time member but have not been active for awhile. Stopped charting my food about a year ago now after doing for the better part of 10 years. Used evey other day plan and went from 335 to 250! Two rotator cuff surgeries and one pandemic later, I'm at 290 and trying to find my way back. MY exercise is minimal because of knee issues, age, sedentary job. OH and I'm also lazy!! Just looking for direction as to where to go to talk about challenges, get suggestions, and i... Sat, 19 Sep 2020 19:05:03 EST Plant based I am whole grain plant based and use dexcom. Looking for soneone who also uses dexcom as I.have gained forty pounds since I started using it because of needing to eat too much because of all the extreme lows I have daily now. Very frustrating. Thu, 17 Sep 2020 07:05:46 EST Are your fitness goals S.M.A.R.T goals? According to many personal development books I've read, the best goal-setting practice is to make your goals S.M.A.R.T.: <BR> <BR> SPECIFIC <BR> MEASURABLE <BR> ACHIEVABLE <BR> REALISTIC <BR> TIME-SENSITIVE <BR> <BR> So are your fitness goals SMART goals? Or are you taking it easy with your progress? <BR> <BR> For example, my goal is to lose 10 lbs and three inches from my waist by February 10th. That's the specific and time sensitive part. It's measurable because I can use a scale and ... Sun, 13 Sep 2020 14:08:39 EST Good Morning <em>311</em> Sun, 13 Sep 2020 11:00:12 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 10 Sep 2020 22:25:42 EST Hi trying to get my spark back I was on here for a few years until my cancer then got off for awhile. That was a long time ago. Then I was off and on here, trying new teams. My favorite team 55+womens team was my favorite and was on there for a long time but it is no more. I led a few teams and loved it then something happened and I just lost my spark. I lost my mom and my husband within two months of each other in 2015, I had gastric sleeve in 2015 about 7 months later. I lost 90 pounds then gained half back. Some... Mon, 7 Sep 2020 13:32:55 EST How do you cut the carbs on a low carb diet I am diabetic and I have a hard time when the craving hits me. I did stock up on fruit this time but some of it has a high carb rating too. I bought cottage cheese and can put a little fruit on top to help the craving but I would like to know other things I can do to bring down the carbs Mon, 7 Sep 2020 13:23:13 EST Question about Spark Friends When I go to a persons page there is an "Add friend" button it's not weird for me to just 'friend' someone that I might think is interesting or maybe someone I'd like to follow? Tue, 1 Sep 2020 11:42:25 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 29 Aug 2020 11:58:14 EST Slow in Starting Hi my name is candi and I have type 2 diabetes. I desperately need to loose weight, but I don't know where to start. I signed up for the diabetes challenge thinking it would give me a list of foods or what I was supposed to eat for each meal. <BR> I signed up about a week ago and haven't done much of anything because I don't know what to eat. Can anyone help? Please!! Thu, 20 Aug 2020 15:06:24 EST Hi from Honey I am 60 and happy married with married children who have their own children, and have two sweet and old dogs. I'm stressed to the max by my hubby's disability, and looking for a way to practice self-discipline. <BR> <BR> I love to run, although I doubt REAL runners call what I do "running." <BR> I'm planning and preparing for a complete house declutter (it's time!), as well as freshening up paint, carpets, and deck. <BR> I live in a "treehouse," and absolutely love it! <BR> <BR> I am SO ha... Thu, 20 Aug 2020 12:42:26 EST Hello from a long term goal chaser! Hi all, joined SP in January, but never really got started. Since August 21, 2019 I have gone from 219 lbs to 152 lbs, but have been floundering around between 152 and 158 lbs since April. I am hoping to be re-inspired here at Sparkpeople! Want to reach approximately 128 lbs. Married with 3 kids, enjoy hiking, walking, and tentative efforts at running. :-) In the non-physical realm, I like reading, puzzles, and gathering with close friends and family. Currently working full time while ... Sat, 15 Aug 2020 09:04:26 EST Hello out there Hi, I've just found your site and know that I do much better with an online support group, I gave up cigarettes for good 8 years ago with the help of here goes. <BR> Probably the same old story that many of you have with compulsive eating and the havoc it wreaks on one's life, weight up and down like a whore's drawers, 50 years of it now and that can get really boring. I'm all the way over in New Zealand and piled on the weight with our 6 week lockdown here with covid-19 and it just ... Fri, 7 Aug 2020 21:05:12 EST I have returned! Well, I am glad sparkpeople is still here, it's been quite a few years since Ive been on this site. Went through a few laptops, and re-gained the weight since then. Partly due to covid shutdowns, and partly due to age. 36 pounds to drop now, and at the age of 50, I can't afford to have any preventable health problems- if I plan to walk easily upon this planet for some time to come. I have broken every personal rule for diet over these years, like stop eating after 7pm, avoid gluten which ... Thu, 6 Aug 2020 18:46:37 EST I would like to know Today's article was on how to handle set backs so I would like to know- <BR> WHAT WAS A SET BACK OF YOURS AND HOW DID YOU OVER COME IT? Mon, 3 Aug 2020 08:33:20 EST New Sparkie Person Good morning, just getting started on SP. I could use some support and motivation. If you can help, thanks! Mon, 27 Jul 2020 11:16:45 EST Today's Lesson How do you get back the articles once you have read them? Fri, 17 Jul 2020 10:22:16 EST how are you keeping cool? I was just wondering how you were keeping cool with everything being closed? Wed, 15 Jul 2020 20:52:19 EST trying this again Hello my name is Beth, I am 48 years old, I have 5 grown children, 8 grandchildren, and 3 dogs. I am a practicing Roman Catholic. <BR> I join LA Fitness back in November and even hired a personal trainer but I haven't loss any weight. Yes I have gone to the gym everyday except the weekends( the reason for not going on the weekends is because I run around do all sort of stuff) until Covid shut them down. <BR> I did sparks a few years ago and I did lose some weight but getting on the computer... Wed, 15 Jul 2020 08:23:50 EST Hello! "Newbie" Here! Hi! I am reintroducing myself to SparkPeople after many, many years. I lost about 25 pounds nearly 18 years ago (Jenny Craig) and kept it off... until I entered a relationship that was NOT good for me. In a very short time I stopped working out regularly and have gone up a couple of sizes. The me now is NOT the me I have known most of my life. Am looking forward to all the inspiration of all of you, my new teammates!! :) Wed, 8 Jul 2020 17:13:33 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 7 Jul 2020 12:22:18 EST Hello :o) newbie here. Hi; I'm new here, I found it because I was looking for a calorie tracker and looked around and, hey, what a cool community. <BR> <BR> So I'm Mac, or Kenzie or Mackenzie-- any will do. I'm working on my Spark page but the nutshell version is: I'm 50, a writer, a mom of 3 humans & a furbaby, I'm Pagan, I'm originally from NY but relocated to TN a couple of years ago & am loving it here. <BR> <BR> My weight has long been an issue but I need to get my weight and blood glucose levels under con... Sat, 4 Jul 2020 23:42:11 EST Recent weight gain; looking for accountability I've gained 20 pounds in the last couple of years, putting me at my highest weight ever. I know I can lose the weight, but I need some motivation and accountability to eat right. Sun, 28 Jun 2020 23:22:11 EST Hello!! I'm Lorraine, but I prefer Raine. I just re-joined Spark after a 6 year hiatus. I learned so much and had a lot of success the last time I was here! Single in my 30s, full-time attorney and dog mom, diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis almost 2 years ago. Looking to get back into a routine and keep myself accountable! Mon, 15 Jun 2020 19:42:52 EST Here I am Hi, Here I am, just as I am. Singer (classical), grandma, writer, Believer, and more. So grateful for the help provided here! Sun, 14 Jun 2020 13:18:08 EST Hi Hi. I am new to this challenge and SP Sat, 13 Jun 2020 19:56:38 EST Hello! Hope everyone is having a great week and Friday! Looking forward to learning helpful info on tackling healthy weight loss in my 40s and beyond...glad to be here! <em>213</em> Fri, 12 Jun 2020 13:25:18 EST Lost my self will🙄 I use to be good at making change but it seems like I’ve lost it now I keep putting things off till tomorrow or next week Thu, 11 Jun 2020 07:21:49 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 5 Jun 2020 12:38:51 EST Hi would like to lose 50lbs Hi I'm graham 31 years old and live in alaska. lost 20 already and want to lose 50 more. Hanging in there! Fri, 5 Jun 2020 11:59:55 EST Hi from Ohio! I have 117 to loose to reach perfection, health matters and sheer laziness got me here, and I want to reverse it and be the way I was in my late 40's only enjoying this time with my grandkids.... if you are wondering, I'm 58. Sun, 31 May 2020 21:21:23 EST Birthday milestone, turning 65 June 1st! Hello! <BR> <BR> I am so happy to be returning to Spark.f <BR> My daughter started a few days ago and encouraged me to rejoin. <BR> This site is a ray of sunshine <em>67</em> during these sad time in our lives. <BR> Wishing everyone the best! <BR> <BR> Sun, 31 May 2020 15:34:50 EST Hi, I have 170 pounds to lose... Hi, I'm an almost-60 year old happily single lady who is having some BIG issues right now! I got addicted to take-out food, and I'd be afraid to tell you how much weight I've gained in the past two months! I'm worried, because I have arthritis and diabetes and can't afford to be gaining weight like that.I'm here to get encouragement and maybe help you all out, too! I live in Kansas, have a big poofy black shelter kitty that i just adopted, and I love to read -- big Stephen King fan here.I ... Sat, 23 May 2020 21:32:21 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 22 May 2020 17:17:23 EST Tricia from Illinois Hi there, <BR> Overweight, almost 60 grandma, wants to change some things! <BR> Hope this site and you folks can help. <BR> Interests: like to knit, read, play piano (learning) <BR> Work full time sitting at the computer - I do enjoy it though!! Thu, 7 May 2020 17:19:28 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 30 Apr 2020 09:11:10 EST What type of meals do you like to make? Anyone have any recipes that they would like to share with the team? What type of foods do you generally like to add to your tracker through out the day? Let's share some ideas here! Fri, 17 Apr 2020 20:26:59 EST Hi There! Im Erica Hi There, my name is Erica. <BR> I just turned 45 and realized that I don't want to be like this anymore.. I had told myself that this is just how it is for me now. Well.... I don't like it!! I have lost weight before, and I can do it again, despite my changes in life and age and kids and all the other things I've been telling myself these past few years. I'm going to need help and dedication and ideas on what to eat!! LOL.. I'm happy to be here, excited and can't wait to meet some of you and... Fri, 17 Apr 2020 09:41:37 EST hello from PA My name is Kim, I am 43, I live near Philly. I have 100 pounds to lose. Wed, 15 Apr 2020 22:07:14 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 10 Apr 2020 08:36:20 EST Motivation Questions <em>38</em> Five Questions for You <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> 1. How does Spark People help you? <BR> 2. What do you hope to accomplish by being here? <BR> 3. What are your short term and long term goals? <BR> 4. What are your reasons for wanting to lose weight? <BR> 5. What motivates you to keep going <BR> <BR> My answers: <BR> <BR> 1. I like the accountability, friendships, and many articles and resources on here! <BR> 2. I would like to become a SP success story, inspire others, become ... Thu, 9 Apr 2020 01:18:39 EST Seeking Online Workout/Accountability buddy! Hello! My name is Robyn, and I am (recently turned) 39 year old who likes to partake in Obstacle Course Races (think Spartan, Tough Mudder, Rugged Maniac..) I have also participated in an Off-road Duathlon, just to put a better idea on my interests. However, I have quite a few OCR's lined up this year that I am having difficulty in keeping myself motivated to work out for. The first one is mid-July. <BR> <BR> I feel strongly that with a workout partner, or accountability buddy, I (WE!) can... Sat, 4 Apr 2020 06:36:30 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 31 Mar 2020 18:06:59 EST Starting over AGAIN! I have tried sparkpeople in the past with great success! Trying at this again. 3rd time around- 3rd times a charm, right? Looking for motivation during these new and trying times. Homeschooling 3 boys at the time, because of pandemic, and working full time becomes very challenging. I am sure numerous people on here are in the same boat. We can do this together with some positive re-enforcement and the help of each other. Good luck to all of you and lets ride this out together! Mon, 30 Mar 2020 12:27:42 EST Change for good Hello, <BR> looking for the tools to loose weight and get healthier. I have depression and knackered knees that can make exercise difficult. I also suffer with a lack of motivation through the depression. Wed, 18 Mar 2020 06:45:38 EST New Member Challenge/me not new Hello! I am a 66 yr old who has been a member of Sparkpeople for a few years. Decided to rejoin this group and get updated on the sites updates. Maybe learn a few new things along the way and share some of things I know. <BR> Coach Jen Day 2 needs an Update for the New Start Page. Please and Thank You! Thu, 12 Mar 2020 09:02:01 EST Sabrina-almost to goal weight, need last push Hello everyone. My name is Sabrina, I am in my 40's. I am a stay at home homeschooling mom. I love reading, scrapbooking and going to the gym. I have 5 children 4 adults and one 11 years old. I lost and maintained my current weight for over 3 years but the last 10 pounds I am struggling. I lost it by low carb lifestyle I wanted to post a picture of my before and after but not sure how to do it? Looking forward to learning more about this site as this is my first day.. Mon, 9 Mar 2020 15:10:42 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 22:15:05 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 Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 9 Feb 2020 01:38:00 EST Pre-Day 1 (Again) Hi, <BR> I am a 50 year old woman who has lost the same pounds over and over again. I have been over weight most of my adult life. I haven't started quite yet, but I'm in the process of gearing up. My first goal is to get under 200, so about 53. (Two years ago I was under 200 then several life events happened and I turned to my drug of choice-food). I'm praying I can find the motivation -I know I won't see the results very quickly and in the past, that has been discouraging. I have to get pas... Fri, 7 Feb 2020 11:53:46 EST Hi from the land down Under Hi. I'm Mish & I've decided I don't want to be fat,frumpy & 50 anymore. <BR> I can't do anything about the 50 bit, but I CAN and WILL change the fat & frumpy - I KNOW that there is a kick ass Goddess hidden in here & It's time she's unleashed. <BR> I'm currently 103 kg and want to get down to 75 kg. <BR> I have depression & turned to food as a coping tool - NOT a good thing to do. <BR> I've learnt to own each & every extra kg I weigh - no one held me down & force fed me - I did this all... Fri, 31 Jan 2020 09:19:50 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> Have the BEST day that you can <BR> <BR> Sparkling_nici 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 renew Hello everyone. I was a member of Spark People back when it first started and got to my goal weight which I maintained for 8 years. I then had some serious health issues and gained 50 pounds. In the last year I keep gaining and losing 20 of those pounds. Now, I am at a point where I am eating extremely well, going to a gym and determined to lose that 30 pounds once and for all. Therefore, I am here not only for support but to help anywhere I can from my own experience. I am glad to know SP is... Sat, 11 Jan 2020 06:47:55 EST New to the forum Hello everyone. I was a member of Spark People back when it first started and got to my goal weight which I maintained for 8 years. I then had some serious health issues and gained 50 pounds. In the last year I keep gaining and losing 20 of those pounds. Now, I am at a point where I am eating extremely well, going to a gym and determined to lose that 30 pounds once and for all. Therefore, I am here not only for support but to help anywhere I can from my own experience. I am glad to know SP is... Fri, 10 Jan 2020 11:34:04 EST georgette i was on this site 6 years ago i liked it so here i am again. trying to lose weight in 2 months i have lost 11 pounds but i am at a stand still. Thu, 9 Jan 2020 13:00:30 EST Back to square one I lost over 10 kg 10 year ago, BUT am now back in exactly the same place as before! A move to another country, less excercise, less control over what I eat etc. etc. So I want to turn things around and get back to a healther lifestyle as well as look better. Would like to lose 4 kg before my holiday towards the end of Feb... Tue, 7 Jan 2020 16:41:36 EST AMDSPARKER Greetings! <BR> <BR> I lost twenty pounds this last year and would like to lose twenty more this year! I exercise daily and started eating vegan, gf and no refine sugar. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to encouraging one another. <BR> <BR> Love and God's Blessings! Sun, 5 Jan 2020 15:43:46 EST Hi! I'm new. Hi! I am new to this. Hoping this year is the beginning of a lifelong change. Happy New Year. Wed, 1 Jan 2020 08:35:25 EST A newbie I'm very new to Spark People, so I'm trying to figure out just what is going on. <BR> Gaining Spark points has been fun because it is helping me to focus on the good things I'm actually doing. It is so easy to only notice the ways that I mess up and get stuck focusing on that. <BR> I'm close to goal, but it has been an elusive goal for quite awhile, so I've been sad and discouraged with myself. Tue, 31 Dec 2019 21:33:55 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 31 Dec 2019 13:25:09 EST PATTIMAC2020's SparkPage Hi. <BR> <BR> New to this site and would love to connect with like-minded spirits. My passions (that have fallen by the wayside) are running, biking, triathlon, kayaking and back country hiking. <BR> <BR> Would love to connect! <BR> <BR> Peace... Mon, 16 Dec 2019 18:04:43 EST Looks like I found the perfect site for me Hi all I'm type 2 diabetic/pre diabetic. I've lost 20 lbs since being diagnosed 6 weeks ago. Also in the middle of a not much appetite.I'm 62 and want to be in much better shape for retirement Fri, 13 Dec 2019 21:36:00 EST Hi folks Thanks for letting me join you. I started this journey at 270 pounds with high blood pressure, gout, and COPD. I've lost 60 pounds so far and the Doctor is taking me off all medications except baby aspirin and a multi-vitamin. Plan to lose another 35 pounds. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 03:35:56 EST new here as of today (11/30/19) My name is Tina B and I just signed up with SparkPeople today. Today is also day 1 of me starting a low-carb way of life. I am 58 years old and have 5 grown children (and 6 grandchildren). A gym is too far away, but I do have a treadmill and I plan to research how I can shape up at home. At my last doctor's appointment, I learned that my sugar is pre-diabetic, and my cholesterol is going up as well. My joints ache, and I'm not ready to give up. <BR> <BR> I am seeking others to connect w... Sat, 30 Nov 2019 17:42:36 EST Hello! Hey team! <BR> New here, but definitely looking forward to finding some account-a-bill-a-buddies. Hoping a challenge will be the boost I need to really start working on myself. I do love a good challenge, so whenever you hear of any...please share with me. Also, how does this challenge thing even work exactly? There's a lot to understand on this site and I just want to make sure I am doing it all right. <BR> Thanks. <BR> -Heather Sat, 30 Nov 2019 15:54:57 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 29 Nov 2019 09:59:30 EST New to SparkPeople Hello! I am new to this group and excited to start this journey. I am a lifetime WW member but find it nearly impossible to attend meetings, so I thought I would try this. As someone who has lost and gained and lost and gained over and over again, I know the value of tracking and am hoping to use this feature to lose the 10 or so pounds I have gained over the past year. Also looking to connect with others on this journey (although I am admittedly bad at checking emails/message boards regularl... Wed, 27 Nov 2019 09:14:08 EST It's beautiful here in Florida! Former member, returning, this might be an easier way to keep track of macros and exercise. Any other newbies in Florida? <BR> Sun, 24 Nov 2019 17:37:20 EST Introducing... Maybe Hello all, I'm not really sure what to say to introduce myself. I'm 38 years old (turning 39 in February) and would like to get in better shape and learn how to stay healthy. I've been on SparkPeople before but that feels like a different person ago. I'm looking for motivation to get moving in a new direction. I look forward to getting to know those of you that are active on here and helping to support eachother. Wed, 6 Nov 2019 17:46:52 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 Hi, Im new to this site Im not sure what to say, but I have always tried to watch my weight. Since menopause, my have has gone up 15 lbs in 14 years. In spite of me trying to keep the extra weight off. in the last 8 weeks I have lost 4 lbs. One of my friends suggested this place. I just want to loose 10 more lbs. But the biggest thing is not to REGAIN IT BACK!!!! <BR> Well, that's where I am. Thu, 3 Oct 2019 19:18:01 EST forever dieting HI - I just joined and think there are many things here that can help me. <BR> My main problem is I LOVE FOOD! I can pass up desserts no problem - <BR> sure I like them but I can avoid eating main problem is plain <BR> old FOOD - I love mashed potatoes and noodles, potato chips, etc. <BR> I am 70 years old with health issues - doing better health wise now, but <BR> it's been a really rough two years!.... <BR> I have been yo-yo dieting for years! Need to find the motivation to stic... Thu, 3 Oct 2019 16:36:34 EST Painting a Picture Hi there! <BR> <BR> I'm a 43yr old mom of 6. I smoke, drink, eat too much and don't exercise enough. My doc wants me to go on Statins which I don't like. I'm also having blood sugar issues and I pretty much am tired all the time. I want to feel better and live longer. That's why I'm here! <BR> <BR> It's all a little overwhelming though. My daughter told me this today: it's like a painting mom, little strokes all come together. <BR> <BR> Beautiful! Wed, 25 Sep 2019 23:13:47 EST Handicapped Senior I am interested in strength building exercises; perhaps using chair yoga . My health and weight on target; will use recipe section for new ideas. Doe anyone know if there are yoga for seniors videos out there? Sun, 22 Sep 2019 08:47:33 EST Here I go! I?ve been overweight the majority of my life and have been on that rollercoaster of weight loss programs many times. <BR> I have yet to figure out ?why? that ride has never come to a successful ending. <BR> I?m eager to get to the bottom of of the ?why? and work on the ?how? to get off of that darned rollercoaster ride. <BR> Wed, 18 Sep 2019 11:03:37 EST 100 LBS TO LOSE I ONCE LOST 80 LBS, AND I WAS STARVING THE WHOLE TIME I STAYED SKINNY! IT WAS AN UPHILL BATTLE (WHICH I LOST), AS I HAD FIVE MAJOR BARRIERS TO WEIGHT MANAGEMENT: HYPOTHYROIDISM, HYPERPROLACTINOMA, PCOS, FIBROMYALGIA, AND DEPRESSION. <BR> <BR> AFTER 15 YEARS OF NOT TREATING THE ABOVE CONDITIONS, I FINALLY DECIDED TO SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION AND GET ON THE MEDS I NEEDED FOR THE FIRST THREE, AND GET ACCUPUNCTURE AND MASSAGE FOR THE LAST TWO. <BR> <BR> AFTER NEARLY A YEAR OF GETTING ME DIAGNO... Tue, 17 Sep 2019 03:25:52 EST Rejoining this challenge Hi ya'll <BR> I have done this challenge before but being unsuccessful obtaining my goals I have decided to restart the program from scratch. <BR> My name is Karen. I am a 54 year old mom of 6 wonderful children. 4 young adults and 2 teens. My kids are my world. <BR> There have been some ups n downs in my life over the years. How do I deal with the downs?? Emotional and night eating . <BR> Since 2007 I've gained 100 pounds. <BR> My health is suffering as a result of such a large gain on m... Sun, 15 Sep 2019 11:01:15 EST It's time for a change My name is Kari and I am setting a goal of downsizing, selling my house and seeing the country. I have a 2-year time frame and one of the first thing I need to do is to get to a healthier me. Sun, 8 Sep 2019 12:30:52 EST On a mission at 40! My name is Octatives and I'm 39 years old. I have gotten up to 233 pounds at 5'11' and am now on a mission to lose 50 pounds. I hope that I can inspire someone as well as get inspired by you! Thanks for allowing me to be a part of this group! Sun, 1 Sep 2019 19:26:56 EST Here for a re-boot Hi, all. I've lost more than 50 lbs twice in the last 10 years, but haven't managed to keep it off, although I am still about 35# below my highest weight. Anyway, in July, I went to the ER with what I believed to be a stomach bug (nausea and dizziness), thinking it would mean anti-nausea meds and fluids before returning home. Instead, they discovered a heart block (electrical, not vessel) and bradycardia (very low heart rate). Not only was I admitted, I was admitted directly to the ICU, and l... Wed, 21 Aug 2019 13:17:08 EST It is time for me to get healthy Thank you for allowing me to join. I had my regular appointment yesterday with my nurse practitioner to go over bloodwork and such. She has never really pushed me about my weight before, but this time she told me I have to lose some weight. My liver enzymes have been high for the last couple of times, and she has already run the standard liver tests. This implies that I have a fatty liver due to my poor eating habits. It is now imperative that I stop talking about losing weight and actually d... Thu, 15 Aug 2019 18:14:21 EST Just joined Hi I am Dawn. <BR> I have just joined today and plan on getting to grips with changings my lifestyle not just losing weight. <BR> I want to do this for me not anyone else, it has taken me a long time to realise that I have to do this for myself. The time is now. <BR> Thu, 1 Aug 2019 10:38:50 EST Hi! I just joined today Hi, I'm Christi. I am 54, and suffer from severe RA and constant pain. I want to lose the weight in the hopes of alleviating the pain. Exercise is difficult because moving is difficult, but I have to find a way to push through it. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Mon, 22 Jul 2019 17:45:17 EST Hello I joined today because I desperately need to lose weight and get my diabetes under control. I've been exploring the site this afternoon and am now looking for teams that are active and give me the push/accountability that I need. Sun, 7 Jul 2019 18:42:07 EST Hi All. Hi- joined on June 24th. I've lost 2 pounds so far! Not a lot, but I'll take it. My goal is to lose 30-35 lbs. by October. I know from past success that tracking my food intake and making myself go to the gym at least 3 times a week is key. One of the biggest things I've done is to eliminate my evening wine, which has been really hard. I'm also not being hardcore on limiting sugar or carbs at this point, meaning that I'm not giving up entire food groups (i.e. sugar, bread), but making c... Wed, 3 Jul 2019 16:41:16 EST wendy fehr hi been on this program before and i loved it,now on it again still love it Fri, 28 Jun 2019 23:08:45 EST Giribuoy Hi. I am Girish from India. Wed, 26 Jun 2019 13:01:48 EST Hello! 40+ and New Job For almost 15 years, I was a practicing attorney. As an attorney, with children and home life, I didn't move around much at work and didn't have time to exercise. Oh, I walked here and there with my camera, but mostly, sitting. I dropped law at the beginning of April, and now am training to be a barista. Consequently, I am on my feet 8+ hours a day. I am suddenly weary and tired and exhausted, and feel like I need a stretch I cannot achieve. So, I figure it's time to change things up a bit ou... Fri, 21 Jun 2019 12:21:16 EST mypacemyway Joined yesterday, did my weight and measurements today. Oh my gosh, knew it was bad but not that bad. Am a 65 just about 66 year old female with one new knee and one bad knee but I want to change my life. Had joined Weight Watchers twice, it worked the first time but then I gained it back. Second time was not a charm. I need help, please. <BR> I could go on and on but I think what I am really looking for support and I do want to change my life. Thu, 20 Jun 2019 16:54:12 EST Looking for motivation and accountability Hello everyone, I'm hoping to find some accountability and motivation. My energy has been pretty low lately. Anyone from the midwest? Thu, 20 Jun 2019 08:06:00 EST Back again I'm 69yo retired wife mother grandmother. Have really put on weight. Have congestive heart failure, bad hips and knees. Want to lose weight but can't get started or follow through. Very hard to exercise and don't know what diet to try. It's all so confusing. Hoping to find helpful advice here. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 10:16:24 EST Alesia Hello I'm new here. This is my first day. I desperately want to lose the max amount of weight. But honestly don't know where to start. I'm hoping Spark will be the answer. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 08:26:12 EST Loking for my Spark again Good morning everyone. This is my second week. This is my second return to SParkPeople. I lost 75 lbs last time. I quit smoking and had some life events that sent my depression in a downward spiral. I now need to lose 130 lbs to get back to my healthy weight. Mon, 3 Jun 2019 10:13:25 EST I am back Hello all Sp. I am 63 yr old and I have been a SP member before. but left. Now I am back. <BR> I have started again the last few weeks. I have to lose 75 lbs per dr.'s orders. I have found out that I have Lupus and need to have the right knee replaced. So all the help is needed. I do not work any more. But I do try to exercise by walking several times a day. Sun, 2 Jun 2019 10:24:50 EST Hi to the Spark Community I would like to introduce myself, my name is Karen and my goal is to lose 33 pounds by January but I hope to lose these before December. I have already lost 5 pounds since the beginning of April but realize it is definitely my diet and portion size that I am struggling with , so hopefully I can learn how to monitor calories etc. I have never understood how to calorie count so its going to be a new learning tool. Looking forward to your success stories and techniques..thanks Wed, 29 May 2019 22:10:28 EST Fed up (and overfed), no support at home I'm new here but not unique - I'm moderately overweight, in my upper 40s, and have tried just about every plan/diet/app/drink/pill/packet out there to control my weight. Still carrying at least 25 pounds I really don't need. <BR> <BR> I am active-ish; I walk a few miles every day as part of my commute, garden, do the occasional hike, bike, etc. I have a full-time day job that keeps me out of the house 11 hours a day and part-time side hustle that consumes most weekends. <BR> <BR> I know foo... Wed, 29 May 2019 14:11:57 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 27 May 2019 12:09:00 EST New member Hello from Illinois. I am a new member hoping to loose a few pounds. This past year has been a rollercoaster of emotions. I have lost weight, had my first anxiety attack after my dad passed away and now getting ready to move into the house I grew up in ( a lot if emotions and memories) and now I have gained the weight back. I am always craving sugary foods ( cookies and Little Debbie snack cakes) I just want to feel like myself again. Sun, 26 May 2019 10:05:37 EST Back to SP Hi all! I've been a SP member for a few years, visiting on &amp; off without consistency. Hoping this time to make it stick and to be more successful in my weightloss journey. Playing around with the forum to learn how to navigate. Sat, 25 May 2019 09:10:53 EST New to Keto Hi, My name is Mary Ann and I have been struggling with my fasting blood sugars, hgb A1c, and my weight going up.. Recently started on Metformin and decided to try a healthy version of keto dieting. I am not sure in tracking where to set up my percentages/goals. Any keto dieters out there with advise on how to set it up in sparks would be helpful Sun, 19 May 2019 15:30:14 EST Here we go again Hi, My name is Tawny and I am 53 and struggling with my weight. I am in need of an accountability buddy. My family members are not willing to hold me accountable for my bad eating habits or my lack of weight loss. I am looking for someone who will be my coach or weight loss advisor. Basically I am looking for a person that is going through the same issues as myself, who is willing to give me 5 minutes a day in text or email to talk about the accomplishments or failures of the day. I am h... Tue, 7 May 2019 11:32:25 EST doingit64 Hello everyone I am at my highest weight of 260.6 my knees and back are hurting, I really need help Mon, 6 May 2019 01:00:35 EST Recent widow I'm a 66 year old female. I have been a fairly active person in the past. Now that I'm a recent widow (21 months) I have very little motivation to eat or do any strenuous activity. My therapist seems pleased with my progress regarding grieving . I have a history of depression, hence the therapist. I sold my old house 4 months ago which involved a lot of meeting code enforcement requirements for yard, roof etc. I know that I need to eat , exercise, and sleep better and I'm hoping this site ... Mon, 6 May 2019 00:05:01 EST Hello Everyone! I'm New! Hi everyone! I'm new here and looking forward to making new friends. I'm a mom of 3 amazing kids who are off living the life God has planned for them. This empty nest stuff is harder than I imagined it would be. But ... now is time for me. After years of taking care of everyone else, it's time for me to take care of myself. I'm determined to make it fun! Sun, 28 Apr 2019 22:28:36 EST tracker question Hi my name is Lee I am a senior citizen and not very tech entry savy lol. <BR> I tried to enter breakfast into tracker but no mtter what I did it disappeared tnen I couldn't find a how to place. Can someone please explain process to me? thanks in advance. Sun, 28 Apr 2019 11:52:27 EST Juan Just joined the premium part of the program. need to lose about 40 lbs. Sure hope this works Sun, 21 Apr 2019 12:52:47 EST Hello from a new member I just joined SparkPeople and am excited and nervous at the same time. Excited because it is a new opportunity to get healthy and in shape and nervous because I've been trying to do the same thing for at least 2 decades. As I've gotten older, at least I no longer believe that losing weight will make my life wonderful and perfect. All I want now is to have a high quality of life that will allow me to continue doing the things that bring me joy. I look forward to meeting new friends in the comm... Sun, 21 Apr 2019 00:54:14 EST Hello Everyone Hi, My name is "Gracey" and I am here to work toward getting my body to a healthy weight, and to meet some amazing spark buddies to encourage and to be encouraged by in order to reach our desired weight loss goals. I welcome friend request. Thank you in Advance! Thu, 18 Apr 2019 13:11:16 EST Hello friends! I'm new to this site and wanted to get tips as well as provide some myself. Fri, 12 Apr 2019 10:44:26 EST Working thru the first few days of Keto! Hi - I have been trying to lose this weight for a while and have tried many weight loss plans. I have come to the realization that I cannot eat carbs and sugars. Once I eat just a little it is all up for grabs. So I investigated the Keto diet and found out that a friend from college was working it as well and had lost 35 lbs so I have started emailing her and she has lots of recipes etc. I feel encouraged and today was the first day that I listed my foods. I am encouraged and feel better ... Tue, 2 Apr 2019 19:38:19 EST newbie hi peeps new here. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 22:02:03 EST Greetings from the Northeast Hello all, here i go again trying to lose a lot of weight. Staying motivated is my biggest issue. Maybe this is the right time, Lord please give me strength! Tue, 12 Mar 2019 02:21:42 EST 2nd times the charm I was a member of Spark People before it was revamped and updated. The first time around I rarely used any of the tools provided by this amazing site. My personal and professional life was a wreck so no matter how much I really wanted to lose weight at that time my head just wasn't in the game. <BR> <BR> Thankfully I am clawing, lifting, punching, and kicking my way back to being myself. I have big plans but none of it will happen until I get this crazy mess of myself under control. Sat, 9 Mar 2019 20:48:19 EST It's so difficult to get this ball rolling ... Grateful to be here with others like me. Thanks! Sat, 9 Mar 2019 15:32:47 EST Returning Member Good morning! I used to be a member here about 10 years ago and managed to lose a bit of weight before falling off the wagon (as I usually end up doing). It was helpful, especially the calorie tracker, so here I am again. I've been exercising for about 2 weeks now and have completely revamped my diet - I cut out coffee (I was drinking about 6 a day) and soda and drink mostly tea & water now. I still eat bad food occasionally, but I'm really working on a healthier lifestyle. I recently went th... Sat, 9 Mar 2019 04:49:02 EST 56 years old in a 66 year old body Hello everyone! I'm back! I was a member over 10 years ago and lost 31 pound! I need to lose between 10 and 12 now. But more important then that...I need to feel alive! I don't want to feel like I'm living in a body 10 years my senior. I want to be an active Grandmother and be able to hike with my husband again this summer! <BR> Fri, 8 Mar 2019 08:03:18 EST Hi everyone I am a 37 year old mother of 4, junior at PSU, and run a small business from home. I started a journey towards a healthier me in January. So far I have quit a 20 year smoking habit and have lost 22 pounds. I really want to keep that momentum going but want to make sure I am doing it in a healthy way so I found this site/community. I've found that the best way to reach our goals is to 1. be accountable and 2. find others with the same goals and we can crush them together. Mon, 4 Mar 2019 22:12:55 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 09:07:42 EST Introduction f I am brand new to Spark and I would like to have a place to post my walking so that I am accountable. Is there another way to log my walking or is this the place to be? Tue, 26 Feb 2019 21:40:27 EST Introduction I was successful on SparkPeople a few years back and this past year has been very challenging physically resulting in a 20 pound weight gain on top of a few previous creeping pounds. I have a prediabetic diagnosis that I'd like to change and remembered that SP has a special program for that! I will be 70 in July and ride often with my over the road trucker husband. <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Cindy in Indiana <BR> Mon, 25 Feb 2019 09:46:42 EST Running is not easy. It's rewarding . <em>192</em> I used to run a lot , but over time I stopped . I do like my bike , my yoga mat and a walk. I walk every day. I have a running app that I love . I am running intervals and walking intervals , it ended up being 41 minutes. It's been great. I can feel it in the morning like a hard class . <em>347</em> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 15:47:47 EST Hello from Florida! I got off track but I'm back again with 42 pounds to lose. I went shopping last week and came away so depressed because of how my body looked in the mirror that I went home and cried. I'm starting to have more and more health problems because of my weight, so it's time to bite the bullet and get this thing done! <BR> <BR> I know it's going to be harder in my 60s than it was in my 50s, but I don't care. It's never too late to get healthy! <BR> <BR> Nice to know I have a team for support her... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:17:02 EST Moving On... Hi. My name is Joy. <BR> <BR> I'm a newly retired school teacher as of July 9th, 2018. At my annual physical - and over 200 lbs - I said I needed advice on a diet. My doctor didn't even let me finish the sentence! I started again - and again immediately cut off "NO!" Huh? I responded. She asked "Are you still working full time as a special ed teacher working with children who have high behavioral needs?" Hmmm...Yes. "Then the answer is NO. You're eating habits are stress related. Cha... Wed, 13 Feb 2019 13:05:32 EST Back at the starting line Looking for Atkins group...Starting back on it,which before seemed to work Tue, 12 Feb 2019 12:31:45 EST Once Again Rejoining again. Can't remember who I was last time so now I'm Berry1957. <BR> my goal is to lose 55 pounds. <BR> I started at 162 so guess I have a start. <BR> Good luck to everyone in your challenges and meeting your goals. Fri, 8 Feb 2019 10:14:53 EST Here we go again Hi all, <BR> <BR> First, let me say that I am so excited to kick off this journey! From what I am seeing I think SparkPeople just might be what I need for success. <BR> <BR> Now, a little about me and my journey up to this point. I am a wife, mother of two, full-time employee, and student (graduating in October). Like many moms, I often put myself last and often find myself in survival mode. Eating the quickest snack I can find before running to another task, or picking up the closest fas... Thu, 7 Feb 2019 12:01:00 EST rejoining need help I am rejoining spark people I am 77 year,s old I am doing low carb diet need all the help I can get also make friends for support Thank You Thu, 31 Jan 2019 21:50:23 EST Here I come again!! I am hoping 4 is a charmer, I joined in Sept 2018, but I really didn't work at it. Tue, 22 Jan 2019 16:06:28 EST Hello! My name is Wendy Hi, this is my fourth day using Sparkpeople. I don't really know what I am doing yet. I have been overweight most of my life. I have several health problems and I want to make a change. I hope this will help me reach my goals. I have 2 sons age 25 and 18. My 25 year old is in the Navy and my 18 year old is away at college. I am adjusting to being an empty nester and know it is time I focused on my health (way past time!) My husband needs to lose weight as well. He is starting to have health p... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 01:23:50 EST Introducing myself Hi! My name is Mowry, am 63 years old. Wow...I have actually typed my intro and deleted it 4 times LOL. I guess what I really need to say is that I am morbidly obese and am tired of it, however, fixing the problem is totally overwhelming to me. I have two medical conditions, one caused by my obesity, type 2 diabetes, and the other is lupus. I have fatigue and pain with the lupus which puts a wrench in my wanting to move, which I know I have to do... What a quandry. Glad I am on this si... Thu, 17 Jan 2019 19:24:27 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Melinda and I am 41 years old. I am a Type 2 diabetic with, right now, uncontrolled diabetes. I was not taking my medication as I should and, consequently, ended up with blood glucose readings of over 400. I am starting a regimen of Metformin and Glipizide along with exercise. I am disabled and use a wheelchair. I have osteoarthritis and lymphedema. I am homebound. <BR> <BR> I am a Christian and believe that Jesus sent me here because I need the support and encouragement of others... Thu, 17 Jan 2019 09:58:27 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 15:11:46 EST Music What's everyone listen to when walking? And where did you download it from? Sun, 13 Jan 2019 10:15:58 EST Just introducing myself Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> I'm a female pushing 60 and need to lose 50 pounds. Hard to get motivated. I love food and hate going to the gym. Looking for support and I want to support others also. <BR> I'm married so it's hard to make meals that I need to eat and my husband wants to eat. <BR> Wishing y'all a great day. Thu, 10 Jan 2019 12:06:57 EST Hi Again Well I am trying this again. My name is Barbara and I have been a member of Sparkpeople before. It has been a while so I decided to start a new profile. I have always gone by some form of my screen name Xoiya so some of you might remember me by that. I am hoping to lose about 50lbs by Dec. 22. I would love to lose half of that by my birthday which July 29. <BR> <BR> I tried to stop drinking soda the last time I was here and that lasted about 100 days before I started drinking it again. ... Sun, 6 Jan 2019 10:49:55 EST What are you hoping to accomplish for 2019? Happy New Year everybody! <em>411</em> <BR> <BR> How did it go today for you? <BR> <BR> What are your goals for the new year, health related, as well as other goals? Mine are to drink lots more water, track my food and eating in moderation, and trying new exercise routines. Hopefully I can build myself up with some strength training. How about you? <em>41</em> Tue, 1 Jan 2019 15:31:01 EST Team Goals? Can we get some team goals set up? Fri, 28 Dec 2018 14:05:40 EST Walk for 30 minutes daily It is almost the new year of 2019. I'm working on loosing one pound a week. <BR> <BR> <em>313</em> WALK for 30 MINUTES every day is my mini challenge until January 4, 2019. <BR> <BR> At that point I'll increase time and speed. Fri, 28 Dec 2018 10:07:06 EST Hello this is my third time using Spark People to change my habits. Obviously I haven't done a good job changing them permanently yet. I joined last week on my 64th birthday. It seemed a good time to begin again. Today I'm down nearly 7 pounds and I'm on my way to healthier habits. This time I'm determined to make them permanent change. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:29:04 EST hello hello i am a mom of a crazy 3 year old and i really want to lose weigh and kick my bad soda and candy habit. i deal with a ton of pain from the birth of my 3 year old. i also love to chat.. <BR> <BR> thanks janette Wed, 5 Dec 2018 02:29:50 EST New Here I stumbled across this site when I was browsing for other things and decided to join it. I'm 32 years old and have always struggled with my weight. Hopefully hopping in here will help me get more motivation to eat better or just simply eat less. Food has always been a comfort for me when I'm stressed. Tue, 4 Dec 2018 18:45:08 EST Can Do Attitude Hi! My name is Dottie and I am not new to Spark, nor am I new to losing weight. Lots of things going on in my life and I am feeling like right now is the time to put me first. I have a new Can Do attitude and look forward to making new friends and cheering each other on moving toward our weight loss goals. <BR> <BR> Have a great week everyone!!!! Mon, 3 Dec 2018 18:09:20 EST Hello from OtterHeartJoy Hi all. This is my first time on SparkPeople. I've heard and seen your nutrition additions for a long while but didn't realize it was so comprehensive! I've come from MyFitnessPal and I think I like you better! Just welcome emails are friendly! <BR> I'm 53, diabetic and ready to make some positive changes. Any tips or tricks or blips you can share? <BR> Mon, 26 Nov 2018 18:00:12 EST Finally feeling like I'm where I'm supposed to be ...except for the weight! I gained more than 50 lbs about 2 years ago due to severe anxiety/depression. My life is going MUCH better, but unfortunately I haven't managed to shake the weight I gained. So, I decided to try out Spark People, and hopefully meeting some positive friends on here, and maybe even some local Philly buddies, I might be able to get on the right track! Sun, 25 Nov 2018 18:41:32 EST I am new . Hi my name is Robyn, I live in idaho. and I am here to seek support. I am 200+ ibs over weight. and my goal is to make a life style change. and work hard to get these unwanted pounds off. The right way. But upon making this life style change I realize I cannot do it alone, and so I am here to seek support and offer support as well . I hope to make lots of friends here. Sun, 18 Nov 2018 18:24:11 EST I can't put it off any longer Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm new here and I guess I should introduce myself. My name is Kristina, I'm 45 with health issues, and I can't put my health off any longer. I have about 87 lbs to lose and today is day 1 of my journey. <BR> <BR> I hope to meet many new friends along the way, find support and give support to others. Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:10:34 EST Hello from Michigan Hi all, I'm not quite new to SparkPeople, I just haven't been using the tools available. I wonder if anyone has used the meal plan SparkPeople provides. Have you been successful with weight loss? I'm looking for a place to start and I like that a meal plan is provided to use. Thank you! Sat, 10 Nov 2018 19:22:03 EST Returning to SP I'm back and am looking forward to a greater success now that I'm meal planning and prepping. Wed, 7 Nov 2018 19:34:16 EST Trying again Hi, I?m new here after successfully losing 25 lbs last year on WW. I left when they introduced Freestyle as it wasn?t working for me. On my own now and I?m up 10 lbs. I want to stop this free fall before I gain it all back. I?m retired now and I think that?s part of my problem. Winter is fast approaching and I need to get back to healthy living. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Mar Wed, 7 Nov 2018 08:58:57 EST Happy to Be Here! Hello, I am looking forward to getting to know others on this journey. I will offer my encouragemen and hope to be inspired by your successes! Mon, 5 Nov 2018 13:24:28 EST Horizontal Hi, my name is Zombie. I'm a 60 year old male and am approaching 300 lbs. I was always very healthy until I broke my back about 20 years ago. There is a long and boring story that brings me to where I am today but the main thing is that I am slowly eating my life away, I've always told myself I could do it alone, but as you now know that isn't working. My main issue is the fact that I can not exercise. I am now admitting that I am clueless. It's probably to late but I really need answers. I a... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 21:09:28 EST I am goodeats15 and am back after several years. My weight fluctuates and has all my life. I'm not sure what foods are best for my health but do read about the super foods and try to eat healthy. The first day I managed to report the foods I ate for breakfast. I would like to get help. HELP! How do I list the foods I have eaten for each meal?After I learn this process, I will write more about myself. I know this is a good program and know it will be an asset for my life. Hugs to all Tue, 16 Oct 2018 11:00:02 EST Hey y'all! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Hey y'all! I'm Shelby. I'm 37yrs old and I'm trying to lose 35lbs. I'm new to SparkPeople and hoping to stay on track. My first goal is to stay on track for 21 days straight. <BR> <BR> 10/15/18 is my <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is finding themselves well and remember <em>381</em> !! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> ~Shelby ~ <BR> Sun, 14 Oct 2018 20:14:41 EST Time for a better me I’m new to SP and hope that the tracking and groups will help me reach my goals. Sun, 14 Oct 2018 15:11:36 EST New to the team Hey all! I am new to SparkPeople as of yesterday. I am super excited about this new journey, but also scared of failing. I am a 36 year old Wife, Mom, and Bank Teller. I have been struggling to become healthier and losing this unwanted weight for about 2 years now. I quit smoking three years ago and also had a hysterectomy around that same time which contributed to my weight gain. Any and all support and prayers will be most welcome. Thanks! Sat, 29 Sep 2018 11:18:26 EST Spark Newbie Hi everyone, I have been using My Fitness Pal for a very long time and now joining Spark People for more insight and motivation. Sun, 23 Sep 2018 11:55:57 EST Ro Bo Dad Ro Bo Dad Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:06:05 EST Here goes nothing! I have fought my weight my entire life. At my heaviest I was 310 lbs. I had a gastric bypass in 2004 and went down to 175 lbs within one year. Over the past 14 years I have regained and am currently 220. I have gained 20 lbs just this year. I know it is due to stress eating and I was a sous chef with access to munching all day long. I left that job in April and have been unemployed since. We had a move and our last child graduated high school etc. Anyhow, I start a new job tomorrow have been ... Sun, 9 Sep 2018 10:16:01 EST Newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes I just found out for sure that I have diabetes, after quite a while of suspecting that I was. I'm hoping it's the kick in the pants I needed to get more active and eat healthier. I've joined the site in search of information and the tracking tools. Fri, 31 Aug 2018 22:20:05 EST PACWOMAN11's SparkPage I'm new to Spark People. I'm sick of being called fat. I came here to lose weight and receive som support on this journey Sun, 26 Aug 2018 21:28:37 EST Hello! Hello~ My name is Autumn. I am 23 years old, and currently, weigh 237 pounds. I've done every diet under the sun, completely changing what I eat to lose weight. Obviously, I relapse quick and HARD. But, for the past 3 weeks, I've been slowly transitioning to healthier foods, no fast food/processed food, and I've been feeling so much better physically and mentally. I found I have gluten intolerance/allergy as I feel like CRAP if I touch it... it was also the reason why it was so hard to breath... Sun, 19 Aug 2018 23:13:19 EST New Here Hello Everyone. My name is Lisa. I came across Spark as I was looking for some information on pre-op liquid diets. I am loving it here so far and I have only been on here one day so far. I am 46 years old and I had a sleeve done Feb 2015 and will be having a revision in October of this year. I'm just hoping to meet some people and build myself some support with people who have had some of the experiences that I have had with this whole weight loss surgery thing. Anyway, not sure what else to ... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 19:53:29 EST Determined in Missouri Hey all, I've come to the realization that I can't help getting older, but I am DETERMINED that I am not going to get old and FAT. So, I'm glad to find this site, Looking forward to the journey! <BR> I am a 66 year old grammy of 15 beautiful grandchildren. It's hard to keep up with them now that I have put on some pounds. Really motivated to get started. Sun, 12 Aug 2018 20:05:20 EST Back Again Back again....A little older...Hopefully a little wiser. 66-year-old, retired. Secretly wondering if it's too late for me. Need to drop some serious weight so I can be more comfortable and more active. Thu, 9 Aug 2018 13:55:36 EST Hey there Hi there I am a31 year old mother of two a 7 year old daughter named rebecca and a 9 month old son named allan i am also a wife. <BR> I like to watch netflix and youtube and spend time with my kids. i am very shy lil you get to know me Sun, 22 Jul 2018 22:52:24 EST Happy to be here Hello Everyone <BR> <BR> My name is Marilyn and I have 100 pounds or so to lose. right now I am down 3 pounds so that's a good start. I hope to keep it off this time. Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:58:50 EST Oh Those Carbs !!!! Hello: My name is Devlinna, please call me Dev. I have type 1 diabetes. I'm looking for a meal plan but can't seem to find one here on SparkPeople. If anyone has information regarding this, please point me in that direction. I am hoping to get my blood sugars under control and those carbs under control. I don't seem to know where to start. If I do the keto diet, it could cause problems for me. I would appreciate any help. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day ! <BR> Dev Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:39:04 EST Brand new Good evening!! I?m brand new to this sight, but not brand new to the Weightloss journey. I?ve struggled for many years! I work two jobs, 65-70 hours a week. I need all the help I can get, tips on quick meals, motivation, and anything in between. Let?s see where this journey takes me. <BR> <BR> Have a great night!! Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:07:46 EST carol new today Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:28:57 EST I'm new My goal is to lose 100 lbs. I would like to hear what's working for others and what I can do to reach my goal. Exercise is a challenge for me, I had a accident at work and 4yrs later I think this is as good as it gets. I go to water aerobics at least 3x a week. That's the extent of my exercise. All suggestions would be appreciated. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Kandi Sat, 7 Jul 2018 14:45:47 EST new new to this team Sat, 7 Jul 2018 12:32:36 EST New here! Hi I am Kathy! I have used Sparkpeople briefly in the past, but I came here now with lots of determination. I would like to lose at least 50# and try to regain some of my health. I am dealing with rheumatoid disease, Fibro, Osteoarthritis and depression. On May 7 I had a total knee replacement done, and having the therapy has increased my determination as well as beginning to boost the metabolism too. I have lost 15# since my surgery and that has really inspired me as well. I want to go back ... Wed, 27 Jun 2018 11:51:54 EST melisa d Hi Good Morning Everyone Well this the first time I have posted but I'm sure not the last. I have 150lbs to lose sooo we will be spending a lot of time together. I am a life long dieter and have lost 100 lbs a couple of times on my own but at the ripe old age of 55 I have come to the epiphany that I might need some help. I have 2 daughter 18 and 14 and am a single mother. I am a cardiac nurse and a RABID Disney fan. I hate that I feel so tired and hurt so bad after a day of work and fe... Tue, 26 Jun 2018 08:53:56 EST red face and total sweat I have been walking for 11 weeks now , 305 miles total or 490 kilos and this past week and a half I have been starting to get over heated and totally sweating soon after I begin my walk. yes the temperatures are a little warmer but I start really early in the morning. <BR> <BR> <BR> I also notice I am more red faced and increased sweating when I do my easy workouts. <BR> is this a normal happenstance? Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:13:40 EST Starting on the road to Health Hi my name is Dawn, I have had some health problems that ave made me gain a lot weight. I am going to need a support team , that is one of the reasons why I joined Sparks.. I have made a major decision we have ,]moved from RI to New Mexico, total lifestyle changes nd I hope this one changes me completely. Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:18:09 EST Hi I?m Lisa Hello just joined spark people, looking for walking buddies and looking to join walking challenges. Trying to stay the course on maintaining my weight lose and staying healthy. Sat, 16 Jun 2018 07:08:24 EST Lisa C Hi my name is Lisa I am a 52 year old widow of almost 2 years my husband had Congestive Heart Failure and Diabetes I also have type 2 diabetes but I didn't my husband had diabetes until he was in the hospital with his heart condition we could of worked together on a better diet or something if I knew anyway, I know he is a better place but now if I want to live a longer life I need to get my sugars and A1C down so I won't run into any complications like my husband did, he had heart disease on... Sun, 10 Jun 2018 16:10:01 EST Jenny Here.. Hi I am Jenny. I have been on SP off and on for awhile. But I decided to try it again since I reached my last goal and now have a new one :) I am at 153 and trying to get to 125-130 for my final goal to be achieved. :) I will post my beginning pics for this new beginning soon. Mon, 28 May 2018 14:06:28 EST New to SparkPeople and eating Keto Hi. I am new to SparkPeople and have been eating keto for about 2 months. I am still learning lots about keto and benefits/concerns. So far it is going good but I have found I really need to log food to stay on track. Sat, 26 May 2018 10:53:36 EST New comer Good morning, my name is Mattie. I am 51 and I quit smoking a year and 2 months now. I have gained 20 pounds in the process. Although I had already been overweight before i quit, 20 more pounds feels like 100. My physician said that I was in the pre-diabetic stage and my cholesterol was slightly high. I can't find the motivation to start. I need a meal plan that I like. I grew up on high sodium and fatty foods and I need to break this generational curse. Tue, 22 May 2018 07:58:41 EST Help and support Hi everyone.Just glad to be a part of the community for support and to give support and encouragement. Any one doing low carb or keto for weight loss. If so how did you start? <BR> Mon, 21 May 2018 22:08:46 EST Hello and looking for fellow travellers Hi there - I look at my facebook feed from five years ago and can't believe that I was running half marathons and looking and feeling great. Since then, I've become injured and gotten a more sedentary job and weight has crept up (probably twenty pounds) as activity has slowed down. I've done SparkPeople before and liked it but drifted away from that as well. I'm a 49 year-old-woman with a busy job, husband, two college-aged sons and a great dog (who is probably the only reason I am still movi... Sun, 20 May 2018 11:04:16 EST I drink water no pop Spine issue L4L5 also degenerative osteoarthritis neck spine effects left leg triggers pain when walking. I do pool therapy and some land equipment. Keto eating past two years and low carb, cut salts, sugars, potato, breads, pasta’s not losing any weight need help. Class reunion sept 1 Sun, 13 May 2018 22:50:44 EST New to this. Hi, I'm new and need help with this journey. Anyone having success with this program out there? Fri, 11 May 2018 20:49:26 EST New here today Hi, I am a widow and live alone with my dog. I have had a bad couple of years with health issues and am now finding myself weighing more than I have ever weighed. I decided I need to get back on track and lose the weight. I enjoy ballroom dancing for exercise and walking the dog. I am not much of a dieter so I have been researching it. I am going to start with just counting calories and try to stay in the 1300-1500 cal. range. I have no idea how many calories I am currently consuming. Thu, 10 May 2018 13:44:58 EST Hello Team My name is Marcel I just joined Spark as of 5/7/18 and to be honest I have never heard of SparkPeople. I was just browsing the web to find ways to lose weight this year and I saw this listed on the Chicago Tribune website as being one of the best online weight loss program. So here I am! <BR> I have a goal to lose 47 lbs this year by October. <BR> I am new to Dallas Texas and want to start off my year in great shape and I look forward to meeting some new friends! : ) <BR> Mon, 7 May 2018 18:13:37 EST hi- i am judy--- Nanny to most i am here because hubs is on a low sugar- high protein- low carb thing-- on the other hand- i was at 63 pounds for 3 years-- happy to say i am at nearly 85 lbs-- anyway-- i would love to hear some other ideas-- as he has to have lunches every day- no sandwiches:-)-- well, any and all suggestions are welcome-- thanks to all:-) Thu, 3 May 2018 17:36:30 EST Hello from the land of Oz I'm trying to get back into the healthy eating/fitness routine once again. A few years ago I was very successful, but due to personal situations and working two full time jobs it has fallen to the way side. Unfortunately my work load can't be reduced at this time so I am hoping logging my food intake and ANY exercise I am able to get in will at least motivate me to make better choices. Going to the gym or taking an exercise class is not an option currently, hopefully in the future I can add... Thu, 3 May 2018 11:25:30 EST At peace Beginning a diet for weight-loss is is. Staying in the diet harder. Doing it everyday for several months, four, six months seems hellish and tough, and even boring. But it's the way it is. And maybe is not that bad, if I keep my spirits high. This is key, feeling happy, good, that will make me succeed. This is my first day at spark, is my first challenge and I look forward for sharing everyday. Have a good day! Thu, 3 May 2018 10:13:22 EST Making myself accountable in May With May just a day away I’ve decided to publish my plan for the month to see if that helps me stick with it for more than just May 1st <BR> Ultimate goal to lose 4 lbs by 31st May <BR> <BR> So <BR> W/c Monday 30/4/18 <BR> Daily <BR> Start with a 30 minute walk (me time and planned exercise) directly after breakfast. <BR> Plan meals to fit 50/30/20 scheme <BR> Plan meals to stay below 1300 cals <BR> Plan meals to include at least 20g fibre <BR> <BR> W/c 7/5/18 <BR> Daily <BR> Inc... Sun, 29 Apr 2018 18:11:54 EST Carol Hi. I just joined today. I'm hoping I will have some success with this program. I was on the WW free style for 2 months with only a 4 pound weight loss. So many seem to be disappointed with their new program including me. I lose very slow to begin with and need to take off 30 pounds. Sat, 28 Apr 2018 14:46:54 EST I'm ready! Today is day one here at Spark People. I'm impressed with the variety of support, ideas, recipes and suggestions to keep on track. I lost thirty pounds last year and have gained 20 back during the winter and spring (bad weather, bad excuses). <BR> Happy to be here! Sat, 28 Apr 2018 09:28:30 EST newbie I'm new to this and would like to find friends to help me on my goals. I'm a mom of three adult children and two grandsons. Sat, 28 Apr 2018 09:22:42 EST Another Beginning Good Monday Everyone, I've crossed that threshold of beginning again, in search of getting mentally focused and challenged to journey into healthy habits. I went through 4-stents a few weeks ago after being told bypass. Life is scary, now with 7 new proscription drugs to wishfully wean off of at some point, I realize exercise or simply moving must become part of my life. At 59 I'm beyond wondering "How the hell did this happen...and when?" I could use and welcome all the support, advise, and ... Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:34:46 EST Graduating at 45! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am about to graduate from college in September and have been quite sedentary these last seven years. I want to make a permanent change in my lifestyle and live the remainder as a fit(ter?) woman. I hope everyone is having a great Friday and have plans to make the best of the upcoming weekend. <BR> <BR> Amy Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:11:04 EST hi everyone Hello from Georgia! so, i have decided to get back on track, AGAIN. anyway, looking for a weight loss buddy, who can do a one month challenge with me. I am on high protein, low carb diet. I exercise 1 hour every morning, sometimes it is hard to stay on track though. Anyway, I am starting tomorrow, who wants to join me? Sun, 15 Apr 2018 01:33:21 EST Hello :D I am 37, just got diagnosed as pre-diabetic, and for the first time in my life feel more interest than repulsion toward tracking information in my life, so I'm giving this a shot. I am an online student and full-time parent. I am married to a great guy, am an INFP, and tend to be very indoorsy and spend too much time sitting. I am trying to do a yoga with adriene video five times a week for my fitness as it is the only thing I will do inside and by myself. My doctor wants me to do keto, but I... Sat, 14 Apr 2018 05:22:04 EST Hi everyone! New to the idea of having support with my weight loss goals. I've come so far with it only to be stalled with that last 25 lbs to go. I hope that this gets me out of the funk that I might be sabotaging myself to quit. Thu, 12 Apr 2018 05:17:22 EST medication causes side effects Hello Everyone, <BR> I'm a new member to Challenge, and I need to stop munching ! I fooled myself into thinking I hadn't overdone it. Ha ! When I stepped on the scale YIKES ! 12lb HELP is needed. <BR> <BR> After looking for a sensible way to #1. stay on a 1200 cal diet, not give in to the munchies,and one that provides motivation, recipes, I was thoroughly impressed with the options Spark Team offers. <BR> <BR> Join in and let's conquer the MUNCHIES !!! Wed, 11 Apr 2018 19:42:55 EST I feel so Isolated I have Hoshimots's and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. I am physically disabled...but I need to stop being in bed depressed and move when and how I can - but I feel so Isolated. Anyone else with mobility issues who would like to become friends so we can encourage each other. We are trying to reduce carbs - but our Autistic daughter who wont eat meat is making the change difficult - but for her health as well we are going to keep trying. BTW - I am Angie, 45 and I am an advocate for special needs c... Sat, 7 Apr 2018 06:52:28 EST 3 years post stroke Always struggled with weight , but been able to diet and exercise. Since stroke it?s been difficult and I?ve gained even more. Regaining mobility now and motivated! Was left side paralyzed, can now walk and have some shoulder and elbow mobility. Waiting for left hand! Thank God for his love and care! There were no cognitive effects from stroke, just motor! Fri, 6 Apr 2018 08:16:11 EST Hi, I?m Francine Hi, <BR> I?m not really new here. I?ve been here before and wish I would have stayed. Weight lose I?s so hard. I hate it when people say ?just don?t eat?. I have many health issues and many diet restrictions. I had cancer surgery this year, and for now I am cancer free. I had the lower left lung and 11 lymph nodes removed. In addition. I have LUPUS, fibromyalgia, diabetes, kidney disease, gout and minor heart problems. Needless to say I spend a lot of time visiting doctors. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 30 Mar 2018 16:13:48 EST No, I'm not New. No, I'm not a new member, but I'm gonna act like one, I am re-starting this today also. I am watching my family with Diabetes and Heart problems. Six of my siblings have already past on and three more are being treated. I live with two of them, the other refuses to keep her Diabetes in check, over 400-500 to under 35. I don't want what is happening to them to come into my lifestyle. SO! I HAVE TO MAKE A CHANGE, TO SEE THE CHANGE. As I once was told, NOTHING CHANGES, IF NOTHING CHANGES... Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:11:19 EST New here and ready to get healthy Hi all. I moved to Sunny South Florida last summer from up north. I am a retired school teacher after 36 years in the public school system. I want to not only lose weight but I want to get healthier and feel more energy to be able to enjoy the lifestyle in this new state I live in. Year round warm and sunny means more outdoor and active lifestyle, so I need to be able to have the ability to take every opportunity to experience all that this place has to offer. <BR> My hubby recently was d... Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:26:11 EST Introduction Hi. I'm an older student pursuing a bachelor degree. I love photography and being outside. <BR> <BR> I've been on the on-again-off-again exercise and diet yo-yo for years. I've gained and lost and gained back more a few times. I have asthma and it's getting worse. Since I'm going to school, I sit a lot to study. I really want to do something to get healthy, but just when I start thinking I can, I want an ice cream cone. I don't really have any accountability. <BR> <BR> So, I'm looking for m... Sun, 11 Mar 2018 23:17:18 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 Introducing myself HI <BR> I started today and woke up feeling pretty stressed with my life just now. However, I just read some of the posts and feel like their are others in the same place as I am. I am 65 and have struggled with weight most of my life. I really wanted to have the goal this year of losing weight. I am fairly active physically - but find it hard to manage night time eating. I am looking forward to this group. Fri, 2 Mar 2018 14:55:26 EST Beginner Finding the site confusing still. I've been navigating around for a couple of days to see if I wanted to start. Still finding and learning. Happy to see so many people liking it. Thu, 1 Mar 2018 10:45:58 EST Redoing this Challenge I hope to actually complete it this time. I want to learn more about this site and the changes, such as Sparkpeople TV. I want to continue to improve my overall Health, physically and mentally and spiritually. Wed, 28 Feb 2018 17:56:58 EST Hello My name is Holly. I have early onset ataxia (you walk like your drunk) and into a few months of a back surgery. I am modifying exercise as I go. My walking is standing, walking with hubby, or with my walker. I have used a rolling walker for about 10 years. At this time, I have not been able to go places by m6self. My goals are simple working towards that. Wed, 28 Feb 2018 08:26:00 EST Hi am Mac, I am a 64 year male that really needs to drop some weight and keep it off. No health issues but really noticing a lack of energy. this is my 1st time joining a system like Spark. Looking forward to getting pointers on the do's and don'ts and having someone push me. <BR> Mac Tue, 27 Feb 2018 11:12:44 EST Newbie I had my consultation a week ago today. Right after my consultation I went ice skating and some kid knocked me over and I got a concussion. I also suffer from depression and anxiety which have been magnified since the concussion. I?m on day 5 of the diet and find that I?m so depressed I can barely move. I am also itching from head to toe and it?s unbearable. I called the office and they said to stop taking the magnesium for now but that the itching could be from the soy products. Has anyone ... Sat, 24 Feb 2018 16:06:18 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 11:15:15 EST Spinal Reconstructive Surgery, so overweight I am in need of some kind of emotional support. I am in month 6 ( really 8 since my first surgery). I gained 20 lbs my first surgery in June of 2017 and an additional 20 lbs after my second surgery in August. I have rods from T6-L3. I stay completely exhausted all of the time and am in peri-menopause. I ate great for 2 months to try and take some weight off but I only lost 5 lbs in two months. I?m so frustrated, I feel like I?m in a Catch 22 where, I have to spend all day in my back bra... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:48:54 EST I,m new. Hi, I just joined yesterday. I love this site. The food and exercise trackers are great. I had gastric sleeve surgery Nov. 7th, 2917. I've lost 55 lbs. so far, and am looking to lose another 100 by next Feb. for my son's wedding. I walk 5 or 6 times a week. Usually two times a day, for 25 minutes each. I had to walk right after the surgery to prevent blood clots. So I just kept at it. There is a Planet Fitness just a block from my apartment complex. I'm going to join in March or April... Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:15:35 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 21:59:19 EST ms. kathy mccloud I ba wedding this summer and in need to lose weight, not only for the wedding but for myself. All the weight is in my midsection. my bad habit is soda and juice. I need a replacement for this besides water and crystal lite. my eating habit are bad it just sugar drinks. I swim and walking 3 days a week, plus I voluntary at a day care 4 days a week, so the work out is happening. help Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:34:32 EST A little about me and My epiphony I am 39yrs old, I have asthma, diabetes and have been overweight my whole life. I recently had that moment where I realized I need to start taking my own advice. You see I happen to be a LPN and find myself shaking my head at some of my patients when they are noncompliant in their care and management of their diabetes reminding them of the dangers of high blood sugar levels and they don't seem to care or make the effort to improve their situation. That's when it hit me. I am a hypocrite. My o... Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:49:40 EST Hello&#128522; I'm new to this site. My name is Penny and I really need to shed some weight. For the last year I've followed THM and although I feel healthier I'm not losing weight. I'm thinking of trying the KetoDiet. Would love to have a sharing community to help me through this process. I'm 63 years young and M very busy with grandchildren. So would love to support all of you. Thanks! Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:06:31 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... any one else out there? I am here hoping to improve my overall health, reach and maintain a healthy lifestyle as a 3rd shifter. My goals are to be active, feel good, and achieve a healthy weight. I have joined this site in hopes of find people who also work night and have found ways to have a healthy life. My interests include music, attending concerts, talking, and being active. Thu, 15 Feb 2018 01:42:29 EST I Just Can't Do It Without My Spark! Hello Everyone, <BR> Yeah, I, like others started a New Years Resolution last year... to lose weight! I joined Spark People and lost 21 lbs., then I began to eat whatever, whenever and really gave up. The, I can start again tomorrow was long gone! Gained it all back!! So, this time around I am determine to stick with it and lose this 50 lbs. I can't do it alone! I need my SPARK PEOPLE!!! Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:18:17 EST New to Spark Hi, my name is Cathie. I need to lose 70 pounds and I need all the support I can get. I'm excited and to be honest I don't know where to start. But I will take all the advise I can get. Thank You Everybody. Lets do this together!! :) Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:08:51 EST New Member Hello everyone, My name is Lorrie and I look forward to getting to know the SparkPeople's community. I have a goal to lose 50 pounds by September 2018 and to get in shape. I look forward to sharing with you! Sun, 11 Feb 2018 22:18:18 EST New here Hello everyone I'm allie from Toronto Ontario and needing to lose weight with support from other people that are here to do the same thing. husband is a skinny Minnie so he cant help he eats everything and gains nothing Mon, 5 Feb 2018 12:33:34 EST Newbie Hi my name is Susan. I was referred by my friend Steven who thought this might be helpful.i just turned 60 and need to make some important lifestyle changes I?m hoping for an emotional and stress eater.Hoping that the support that I hear that you offer will inspire me. Fri, 26 Jan 2018 18:17:38 EST Trying to get in shape after 2 knee replacements Good morning! I came across this site and decided to give it a go! I've been overweight and out of shape for years. In the past 5 months I got two new knees, which I had put off doing for far too long. I'm in the process of rehabbing, and it's time to get in shape and lose some weight! I do the majority of the cooking in our household, which includes my husband, my son and grandson. Though we eat pretty wel,l I am looking for easy healthy meals and snacks. I also need a better, low impact wor... Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:08:27 EST Dee Dee big goal is getting in shape for hiking. I love being outside with my dog Ozzie and she loves to take walks. Looking forward to a big trip planned this spring. Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:43:26 EST Hello My Name Is DJ, My Goal Is To Loose 60 Pounds My goal is to loose 60 pounds. Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:22:14 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 09:20:56 EST Finish today I think I lost eight pounds. I am also doing a couple of other challenges. I was wondering if their is anything I need to do for the trophy. <BR> SparkPeople’s New Member Challenge will help you learn all about the site and how SparkPeople will help you reach your healthy lifestyle goals! Get daily challenges and tips to get the most out of your SparkPeople experience. By tracking your progress and completing the challenge, you’ll receive a special SparkTrophy to display on your SparkPage. We... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:49:32 EST Back at it - for real Hi Everyone, <BR> I'm back after a couple of years - and with more determination than ever. I had done so well back in 2016, losing almost 30 pounds, and was well on my way to my target weight. Then in August, I was in a bus collision that left me with a head injury and I got thrown off all of my healthy lifestyle because I was in constant pain. Needless to say, I've gained back all the weight. But now, since I've had a non-stop headache for a year and a half, the neurologist is worried about... Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:04:56 EST New Here Hello, my name is Carol. I really joined Sparks People again to help my husband. While he doesn't exercise, I am hoping to get him to join the Y. Mostly I wanted to learn what I can cook to make us both eat more healthy and in return, we will learn a healthier lifestyle. We will be joing the Silver and Fit through our insurance and I will make every effort to get him to go. He still works at 71 and is up and out by 5:00 a.m. EST so when he comes home the last ting he wants is to go out a... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:41:33 EST Hi loves Char here... Hi loves, too many ailments & way too much "fluff" to not make 2018 the beginning of the best year yet.Looking forward to losing weight & illnesses both while working out with my hearts love & my daughter as well as any new friends we are blessed to meet along the journey. Blessings to all Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:31:05 EST 2018 New Beginnings Hello to everyone, especially new members! I just signed up today and looking forward to completing this challenge. Is there anyone on this team still active on this challenge? If so, what day are you on? What are your goals? <BR> <BR> I'm on day one. <BR> My goal is to: 1. Get healthy. <BR> 2. Lose at least 50 lbs this year. <BR> <BR> Jo <em>214</em> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:26:57 EST Hello! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> This is my 2nd day on SparkPeople. I lost weight through personal training and gained it all back. :( While I actually enjoy exercising and going to the gym, my eating habits need work. <BR> <BR> Hoping to make gradual, long-term changes in eating habits with help from everyone here. Sun, 14 Jan 2018 09:31:34 EST Hello! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> This is my 2nd day on SparkPeople. I lost weight through personal training and gained it all back. :( While I actually enjoy exercising and going to the gym, my eating habits need work. <BR> <BR> Hoping to make gradual, long-term changes in eating habits with help from everyone here. Sun, 14 Jan 2018 09:31:34 EST Just signed up. Deaf as a doorknobs so the videos won't work for me but the rest should. <BR> Hope y'all are having a great day! Fri, 12 Jan 2018 19:10:55 EST hello Hi, I am Mary. new to the team. just anted to say hello. Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:04:22 EST Starting Over Again... Hi, my name is Meggan :) I've used Sparkpeople in the past after I had my first daughter (who is now 14!) and found the support to be phenomenal! I gave birth to my second daughter almost 6 months ago and am trying to lose the weight that I gained during my pregnancy. 45 lbs seems like a lot but, I'm hoping with the support I get from this site, some hardwork, and determination I can achieve my goal! I've never been able to wear a bikini, and I want 2018 to be the year I can finally wear ... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:52:10 EST need help! I have HBP ,on meds that worked for a while but now don't seem to be working ,Doc. said at last visit she said The Dash way of eating would help, just can't seem to get started can't get the to that place .Thanks Sun, 7 Jan 2018 19:42:36 EST I am new here and this is a HUGE webpage.... Hello, my name is Linda. First I am a born again Christian and Jesus is first in my life. :) I am a 62 year old mother of 2 grown sons, Michael 33, who is an OTR flatbed trucker and Troy 29 who is still working on a career. I was married once for 9 years and have been divorced for 24 years. I have three precious grandchildren, Lane 12, who is the light of my life, Gabriel who is 2 (but I have never seen) and Alexis who will be two in February. Lane and Gabriel belong to Michael and Alexi... Sun, 7 Jan 2018 15:48:41 EST Nancy I am 67 and 200 lb. I think it is time to do something better late then never Wed, 3 Jan 2018 15:57:20 EST hello hi everyone . Im just starting, so Im checking in. Mon, 1 Jan 2018 19:32:05 EST Hi all! I'm Laurie I'm starting the new year with a renewed desire to accomplish something on my weight loss journey. I am also a member of weight watchers at the moment, but I figure, hints from both WW and SP can't hurt, right? Had a rough 2017 with the death of my father at the first of the year and my brother in law at the end of the year... my focus was pulled away from my weight loss journey. I'm hoping 2018 will be easier on the emotions so that I can get somewhere with this project. Mon, 1 Jan 2018 12:09:05 EST Busy mom Happy New Year! I am a wife and mother to twin boys. They are very active and keep us on the road with their sports. My goal is to eat healthier and workout consistently. Mon, 1 Jan 2018 01:33:59 EST Not So Newbie Hey all! <BR> <BR> Like many people here, I am starting over. Again. For the umpteenth time. It feels pretty crappy to know what's ahead-but also exciting to know that the feeling of success is around the corner (albeit a long corner, but that's beside the point <em>20</em> ). I look forward to crushing goals with you! <BR> <BR> Sincerely, <BR> A transfer from "another" tracking site, which has NEVER been as effective as Sparkpeople for me, personally :) Fri, 29 Dec 2017 11:14:37 EST I am ready for 2018 Hi I am Jennifer and 2017 was full of changes for me. It is now time to get things under control again. I want to get healthier before I turn 50 in December. So I am hoping to use this site for inspiration and motivation. I am going to do my best to do something daily on here :) Whether it be blogging or message boards or challenges. Anything to keep me moving towards my goal. Fri, 29 Dec 2017 02:30:29 EST MELANIE HERE I'm here to try and get the pound off and keep off and would love support!!! EMOTIONAL EATER... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 17:46:01 EST Mirror's problem Can't get my heart into it. So many of the foods on diets are foods I just don't like, and if I don't like them <BR> I am no going to stay with it. Have tried so many times. I want to get healthy. Weight loss is an adjunct, not <BR> my main goal. When I focus o weight, as I have numerous times, I fail each time. Time to take another route. <BR> Can use all the help I can get. Wed, 27 Dec 2017 19:56:06 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 19:34:22 EST old nutrabolic/formu 3 person did these in the 90's and lost over 50 lbs. much younger then and more active but they worked for me. I need a strict plan to follow- I am not good at counting calories or "just eat 1000 calories a day". I need a food plan I can strictly follow- also as a single person I don't and cannot eat a large variety of food as it will go bad too quickly. I am an administrative assistant for the fed gov and on my feet 85% of the day but tend to also be an emotional eater and work is not pleasant. s... Tue, 19 Dec 2017 08:43:58 EST Hi, my name is Angie. Hi everyone! My name is Angie. I live in Goldendale ,Washington. Goldendale is one of those places that is close enough to another state that it's within spitting distance. My goal is to lose weight. I have said that so often throughout my life! I am tired of not including me in my life because I am embarrassed about my weight, or tired, or unable to do what thinner people do. I want to be able to like myself and feel as though I have made a difference in the world. The only way that I can do... Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:22:56 EST stuck stuck stuck I am a 75 year old lady who has struggled with weight all my life. When I was 30, I lost 100 pounds, from 228 to 128. Over the next 30 years, pounds snuck back on, topping at 226 in 2014. I am now "down" to 175, and so stuck, fighting to not gain a pound. I lost two close family members in the last few years, and occasionally depression grabs me for a few days, but that is improving rapidly. <BR> I am as active as I can be, I have in my back and Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:29:14 EST New here, hello! Hello all! I feel a hair overweight and have had zero luck with losing it on my own, so I'm hoping a little support might do the trick. Thanks for having me everyone! Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:01:41 EST newbie om the block! Hi Everyone <BR> I'm new and looking forward to a fun filled, healthy and exciting journey.! Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:16:26 EST Breaking out of the rut Hello my name is Gaya. I'm 40 and a mother of three. My twins are 8 and my oldest is 12. Which means I should have done this atleast 7 years ago. But that river has flown. The main thing is I'm ready to do it now. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for accountability partners. People that can motivate, and support me on my weight loss journey. I know I should be doing so many things differently, but I keeping falling back into my unhealthy patterns. I want to break out of the rut and start getting healt... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 06:19:13 EST Greetings & salutations From Another New Girl :) Hay.... I just wanted to say hi & hope you are having a day, as nice & lovely as you are :) <BR> I look forward to getting to know you, shrinking beside you & learning together. <BR> I'm hoping to connect with other Low Carb/Keto people. <BR> Always open to help & Advice :) <BR> Oh yeah!! I'm Mel :) Pleased to meet you :) Mx Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:05:13 EST momrockz hello..i just sighned up and am ready to get moving Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:03:55 EST Newly diagnosed with diabetes Just looking for new ways to live with major diseases. Hoping to find encouragement and support through others who are experiencing the same thing. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:47:19 EST Feeling Hopeless... I know that's not a very positive message title but since the tears are always flowing, the weight keeps coming on, and my body has started to give out, it's exactly how I feel right now. I'm 59 years old and I work at a desk job where I sit for 9 hours a day and I sit in a car for over 2 hours a day to get to and from this job. I'm too tired when I get home to do anything but eat, drink wine and go to bed. I try almost every day to start eating healthy but I fail every time. I have a foo... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:44:29 EST Can I Be Motivated Good evening! My name is Laurie and I'm a 52 year old widow. My husband passed away from a massive heart attack. I am also a mother of an angel. My son (20) at the time, passed away from an accidental drowning. Shortly following the death of my husband, I went back to school, and now I'm an Elementary Principal. I'm tired of feeling tired, old, and out of shape. I have two beautiful daughters, two wonderful and supportive son in laws, and four grandkids. I want to be healthy for them-but more... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:03:10 EST Hi! I'm Dawn I'm new. I'm open to suggestions & ideas. Have you been successful or somewhat successful with this plan? Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:29:17 EST Hi! I'm Dawn I'm new. I'm open to suggestions & ideas. Have you been successful or somewhat successful with this plan? Mon, 13 Nov 2017 04:52:21 EST Returning Member Hello, my name is Linda. Never really took advantage of this site last year so I still have 82 pounds to lose. This time will be different. Tracking food and exercise everyday and looking for new friends who want to do the same. Sat, 4 Nov 2017 13:19:49 EST New Year/New Me October 17 2017, I turned 55 I have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and Diabetes II, I have 5 grandkids that are my life and I want to be around a long while. So here I am. Have heard a lot of good about this website. Gonna need a lot of encouragement and support if I'm going to make this work. So hello Spark People. Sat, 28 Oct 2017 21:26:57 EST Looking for supportive folks. Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am just starting Sparkpeople and am getting used to the site. The only challenge I am going to do right away is the 21 day Newcomers challenge. It seems like the right one to get me used to how to use the site. What I am really looking for in this experience is support from a community of people who are facing the same challenges I am. Right now I am trying to lose 50 pounds so I can get my BMI down to a level that allow my surgeon to proceed with knee replacemen... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 18:05:46 EST everything I enjoy involves sitting All my hobbies and pass times involve sitting down, watching, tv, playing computer games, writing, crocheting, doing bead work, doing crafts, reading. <BR> <BR> Something has to give and I need to make some changes so that I don't spend all my sitting. Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:52:54 EST Sticking to It and Losing Weight Prayer Hello there! I don't want to do this alone. I am in my 60s and need to stay <BR> focused on me..not on others. I eat out of frustration and food is comfort to me. <BR> That is so common. Isn't ? Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:07:17 EST