SparkPeople Introduce Yourself Messageboard New to the SparkPeople Community? Introduce yourself on this board. We are a friendly group always looking to meet new people! And do not worry, you can edit any post you make. SparkPeople Introduce Yourself Messageboard Hello Friends... <em>521</em> <BR> I'm here to work hard at losing weight and I appreciate all the encouragement you want to give. I'm hitting 50 this year and it's already getting harder and harder to lose. But, I can still do this! Fri, 5 Jun 2020 21:03:55 EST my food entries disappeared H i, I'm back on spark people after several years. I find things to have changed. I added all my food entries for the day and they disappeared. Frustrating. <BR> <BR> Zoe Fri, 5 Jun 2020 20:39:20 EST New to Sparkle Hello. I want something daily to reference and assist in addition to my Samsung tracker. I have Lupus and if anyone has found any great exercises, stretches, meal plans to manage stiffness, joint pain, etc. Please share. I am looking forward to trying this out. Fri, 5 Jun 2020 18:57:05 EST Hi everyone newbie here Trying out spark people now as I finally got frustrated with my fitness pal going down one to many times. Lori 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 11:59:54 EST Almost Through Week 1.... Good morning everyone. Just thought I would leave a note here wishing everyone a Happy Friday and safe weekend. I joined this site 5 days ago and I have really found it to be a great resource and source of accountability. Something I was desperately needing. Every day seems to present a new struggle but I'm hoping that I'm retraining my mind in a way that makes it equipped to face them. I hope that as I progress I will feel comfortable sharing more but for now I thought a simple hello wou... Fri, 5 Jun 2020 10:42:15 EST Linda 1990 I want to lose 70 lbs Thu, 4 Jun 2020 21:05:29 EST New to this community Hello! My name is Lynette, 63 years young, and starting to get my health back in line. Not really anyone here for accountability, so glad to have this community!! I am on Day 5. Planning on just eating normally for the first week, journaling it all, and then seeing what needs to be tweaked for week 2. Any suggestions would be great!! Wed, 3 Jun 2020 14:13:45 EST I'm thinking about coming back after 7 long years Here's how things went last time. I lost 40 pounds and I felt better than ever. Since then I've been depressed. I lost my grandma. And I gained that 40 pounds back and then some. I weigh 340 pounds now. I'm at my heaviest ever weight. I'm 5'11". In 2013 I was 217 pounds. I still had more to lose but I felt better than ever. Now I can hardly stay on my feet very long without being in unbearable pain. The doctor said I have flat feet and plantar fasciitis. I'm sure the weight contributes to it.... Wed, 3 Jun 2020 02:26:53 EST Happy to join this great community Hello everyone. I am 43 years old. I recently started my life over. Lost 40 pounds, take a fancy for an iron sport (bodybuilding), become an ambassador for a specialized producer of products for heavy workouts, started my own youtube channel, and very excited and happy in the state I am right now. Glad I found this community of people who have the same interests and challenges. Hope will learn a lot of new interesting things and will definitely contribute in any capacity. Mon, 1 Jun 2020 16:53:58 EST Looking for others to be part of this w/ me! Hi all! I'm Iska, a single mom to a 5 month old. I live in Miami, Florida and am 29 years old. It's been a crazy ride the last few months and I'm really looking to start centering myself again. <BR> <BR> I was on sparkpeople a few years ago and lost over 80 lbs and kept it off up until a few months a year or so before I got pregnant. I can't wait to get back to where I was and love myself again. <BR> <BR> What really helped me the first time around was blogging and keeping up with others wh... Mon, 1 Jun 2020 16:39:24 EST New here! Looking for friends and support! Hi! I am trying this out hoping to get some support and encouragement. I have a long way to go. I know it won't be easy, but I am inspired by what I have seen on here so far. Mon, 1 Jun 2020 09:08:26 EST A New Day and A New Way Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> I have been a member for quite a while and have half heartedly used some of the trackers in the past. Tomorrow I will double down and begin to whole heartedly take better care of myself by managing stress, making better nutrition choices and a consistent commitment to exercise. I need to lose 50 pounds and I also have a milestone birthday later this summer that begins with a 6 and ends in a 0....I find both the weight and age shocking. <em>2</em> It is s... Sun, 31 May 2020 19:25:58 EST Hello everyone! Hi everyone, I'm Lynnie and I am so excited to be back on the spark. It was my first community of special people who helped me on the road to weight loss. I have lost 54 pounds , now enjoy exercise and can do much more at 58 than I could do 53. Spark is such a great community and now with having to exercise and get healthier at home, my gym has permanently closed because of COVID, I need to keep my self on the right track. Keeping a food journal really helps and I am planning on using the vid... Sun, 31 May 2020 18:57:25 EST New Here Hello. My name is Erin. I'm new to SparkPeople. I tried a different food tracker website years ago but eventually life and school got in the way. My doctor recommended SparkPeople a few days ago. We'll see if it sticks this time. Sun, 31 May 2020 12:44:25 EST back again after 5 years...oy! SO....when I was last here, I had just had my thyroid removed....that was fun. Now I'm inching closer to 50 (which scares me more than 40 ever did) and In the past year I've broken my foot and had my knees go out on me, which resulted in physical therapy. My favorite jeans are a bit too snug these days, and just cutting branches yesterday left me winded to the point where my 16yo was concerned. <BR> <BR> I have to make changes to the exercises that I do because: <BR> -wrists will no longer... Sun, 31 May 2020 09:09:25 EST Back again and so much has happened Its been about 10 years since I have been here and my weight is at the heaviest. So much has happened. Its been incredibly hard. I need to turn things around. <BR> <BR> About 10 years ago I got sick. It took 18 months to get a diagnosis of Trigeminal Neuralgia ( TN ). I was on taking tons of drugs to deal with the pain. I wasn't living, I was just existing. In April 2019, I got sick with pneumonia. Things got really weird and my husband called 911. I passed out in the ambulance. When we got ... Sat, 30 May 2020 20:27:23 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 29 May 2020 11:43:26 EST Today is my new 1st day on the path to success Hello. My name is Mandy. Once again I am on the path to weight loss. I was about 200 pounds in high school but not due to laziness. I worked, went to high school, was in the marching and pep band, was a cheerleader, and very active in general but was still very overweight. I lost a lot of weight having children. I got down to wearing a size 2 (about 115-120 pounds, I do not recall the weight). I then became disabled. I gained a lot of weight. I not only went back up to 200 but I passed that a... Thu, 28 May 2020 02:44:06 EST New Zealand Dutchy Hi there, I've been on sparkpeople many years ago and like to try it again. This morning I stood on the scales and I'm 99!!!!! Kg. Never been that heavy and not sure how or where to start.. happy for a buddy it some advice. Thanks 😀? Mon, 25 May 2020 04:40:21 EST Need help please 😃? Hi there. My name is Glena. I was a Spark Person a long time ago and I've returned. I'm having problems navigating the website. I can get to some areas but not the front page. I'm having trouble tracking and logging my exercising and other tracking activities. Any help would be appreciated. Sat, 23 May 2020 21:53:29 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 21:32:20 EST Hi, I'm Pam Since the pandemic began, I have been doing rather a lot of baking...and eating! Giving this ago, I know that I can do eat, I just need to be nudges in the right direction sometimes :) Fri, 22 May 2020 17:17:23 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 18 May 2020 23:33:52 EST Once more, with feeling! I've been obese most of my life (220-250lbs, at 5'3"). For a while a couple of years ago I lost a lot of weight (I was down to 150lbs, a size 8) and my mom said (as a joke), "I hate that my daughter is thinner than me now." ...and my then-boyfriend said that my weight-loss made him uncomfortable. <BR> <BR> I am a people pleaser (something I am working on), so I...gained the weight back. <BR> <BR> I dumped the guy, took a few years to figure myself out, tried, failed, tried again, failed ag... Mon, 18 May 2020 23:05:20 EST Hello and here we go again. Hi, <BR> <BR> I am Professor Jackie and excited to be here. I am looking forward to getting to know others and becoming part of a community. <BR> <BR> 2 years ago, I was on a journey were I lost 55 lbs over the course of 12 months. The weight loss had slowed to a trickle despite all my efforts. I was using myfitness pal but never really became part of the community so I hit a wall! <BR> <BR> I bet most of you can guess what happened. I was always hungry and not losing weight so I sto... Mon, 18 May 2020 09:39:15 EST Back again and introducing myself Hello, I'm back again because this is the most positive, supportive group for not only weight loss and fitness but for anything else going on. I live in Arkansas and have three grown children: a daughter in Wyoming and a son in the Marines in Virginia. My youngest son has Downs' and lives in a facility nearby but he is happy and healthy. And that is what I wish on all of you. Sun, 17 May 2020 13:07:27 EST Hello I am Ruby Hello everyone my name is Ruby I have been struggling with my weight almost all of my life. I have tried many different programs and have had success in losing weight, but I have been unsuccessful in keeping it off. So here I am again trying to lose at the very least 70lbs and then keeping it off. I am praying for everyone here to have great success along with myself. Sat, 16 May 2020 20:14:30 EST New to SP Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Penny and I live in Central Texas. I look forward to my wellness journey by eating a high plant based diet and creating a workout plan that burns fat and builds strength. Fortunately I've been collecting workout equipment and can set up a small home gym. My focus today is about creating the space for the workouts and doing some meal prep so that I can jump in and get going. <BR> <BR> Regards, <BR> Penny Sat, 16 May 2020 12:23:54 EST Beginnings Trying this again! I have actually had time lately to get acquainted with all the things going on here. I have spent the last couple months at home, not doing much and cooking, and it shows! Looking forward to all the things I can learn in SparkPeople! Fri, 15 May 2020 16:30:47 EST I'm Back!! After 3 surgeries in April 2019 with 30 day flat on my back hospital stay & 1 surgery in March 2020 I am cancer free. Slowly getting my strength back and trying hard to get weight off and back in shape. I am currently working on My Story, will post when I have finished. Fri, 15 May 2020 15:22:50 EST Hi! Hi! I've been a member for about 10 years but mostly just read the motivational blogs and sometimes used the videos. I want to lose some weight but also eat better and improve my health. My first step is to become more aware of what and how much I'm eating by using the nutrition tracker. I'm walking at least 5 days a week. I haven't decided my weight loss goal yet...just know that I don't want to catch up to what my husband weighs. lol Thu, 14 May 2020 19:44:15 EST looking for any judd dieters Hi I am looking for any of my old friends from the low carb friends site that was closed for some reason. I sure miss you guys if any are here. Thank You! Thu, 14 May 2020 10:08:33 EST New member Hey everyone.! My name is Kimberly I'm new here and have browsed through and I really like the support from everyone. Which I definitely need. I am almost 50 and overweight and starting to get health issues because of it. I have a lot of trouble sticking to diets /exercise. I always think tomorrow or one time won't hurt. I don't really have anyone to help keep me focused and i am soooo open for any advice!! Wed, 13 May 2020 13:03:36 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 13 May 2020 10:36:14 EST Teletubby looking tom get trim Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Penny and I'm from the UK, i suffer from Lipodistrophy so have a very large mid section just like a Teletubby, but with skinny arms and legs lol! <BR> I have been put on a NO FAT diet by my doctor as i have very high Triglycerides. <BR> I HATE exercise and have no motorvation so I'm hoping to find it here. <BR> <BR> Love and hugs to all xx Wed, 13 May 2020 06:03:53 EST Restarted my journey! I have restarted my journey. I am 49 years old and a stay at home to babysit my 7 grandchildren. I have gained some weight. I mean I'm about 330 pounds! Time for me to buckle down and get healthy! Wed, 13 May 2020 01:08:14 EST New to SP Hi. I'm turning 50 this year and feeling motivated to Live Healthy and Happy. SP seems like a great place to start! Mon, 11 May 2020 07:08:32 EST Hi Hi, <BR> My name is Christa and from NJ. I've been an member for a long time. I will start dieting and try to lose weight. I've done it before and can do it again. Mon, 11 May 2020 04:56:02 EST 65 and thriving! Hi all! I am Kathy, and am new here. I live on a gulf beach in Florida. I am having some difficulty with my Diabetes (I had it under control 2 years ago and then became lax). So I'm back to a nutritional way of life and am going to beat it again! Spark People makes it so easy for me to track my food and exercise, so I am enjoying it! It's been a couple days now, and I am already feeling better. Determination! I hope to see you around and check out all tips. I am back to my 12,000 ste... Mon, 11 May 2020 00:36:57 EST Just starting out Greetings! <BR> <BR> I am FoxyOwl, a 31 year old Respiratory Therapist in the process of turning into a Software Developer. My back was injured 4 years ago at work and I have since continued to gain weight. <BR> <BR> I simply cannot stand how I feel anymore and I am now ready to take the steps to make a change to healthy! <BR> <BR> I took the first steps yesterday by signing up for Sparkpeople, a free trial of Daily Burn, and buying the Fitness Boxing game on the Nintendo Switch. I wish ... Sat, 9 May 2020 17:36:42 EST Newbie here! Hello everyone! Hi everyone! <BR> I've read some of the posts here and have felt really touched by how supportive the community here appears to be. I massively gained weight after getting hypothyroidism and I've been trying to lose weight for the past 7 years and was able to lose about fifteen/twenty. With COVID19 causing me to be cooped up at home and not going out as much, I've massively regained all the weight. I'm motivated to lose the weight but the lack of success from before in terms of being goal di... Sat, 9 May 2020 14:31:49 EST New member! Hello everyone! I'm new here! I have a YouTube channel where I do exercise tutorials and home workouts! No Problems Fitness. I am still researching, still learning and growing. I love helping people! Fri, 8 May 2020 17:43:02 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 Let's try this again! I often am full of great ideas and I get organized. I have all the tools in place to improve my health and I do well for a couple of weeks. Then I hit a bump or a wall and I give up because I can't master this journey perfectly. <BR> <BR> This time, however, I am giving myself grace. Grace to mess up, grace to reset, and grace to try again. I love SparkPeople and I know this tool works! <em>521</em> Thu, 7 May 2020 14:27:18 EST Newish Here Good morning! I've been here for a little bit, but haven't introduced myself before. My name is Jodi and I am 45 years old. I live in Connecticut, am married, and have 3 great step kids. I work in our family business, a nursing home, so am continuing to work through this pandemic. It is a rather stressful time in our industry, but by the grace of God, we do not have any cases of COVID-19 in our building! <BR> I'm generally pretty tired everyday lately, as we are working 50-60 hours a week, a... Thu, 7 May 2020 07:32:11 EST New here.. Hi everyone..Im new here.. I'm a married mom of 2 adult children.. and 4 step children... I am from Ontario Canada.. Wed, 6 May 2020 18:41:01 EST New Mamma Here Seeking New Parents Hi! <BR> My name is K and I'm a new Mamma, in fact, I have 2 under 2! Looking to get in the groove with my journey towards health and fitness and wanting to connect to new parents on here like me! I created a Spark Group - Healthy Living for New Moms & Dads and I would love it if you'd join or let likeminded souls know about it! We need to unite to make changes. <BR> <BR> Other things about me: I work full time outside of the home. I love alternative medicine. I never met a houseplant I didn... Tue, 5 May 2020 10:24:47 EST returning I dont even know what I am feeling it changes every day..I retired 2 yrs ago and really did well with exercise and diet..Since gym closed and this started gained 7pds .I need to feel part of a community if only on line Tue, 5 May 2020 08:42:05 EST Help navigating the site Somehow I got the SparkPeople meal suggestions on my nutrition tracker and I can't get rid of it. Can someone please tell me how to do it? TIA Tue, 5 May 2020 08:39:32 EST Looking for buddies who deal with emotional eating Any tips for dealing with depression and boredom other than eating? I do have hobbies, but spend a lot of time alone and I don't really want to socialize other than casually. Sun, 3 May 2020 23:02:20 EST I'm Back... Again Hello! <BR> This is the third time I've returned to Spark People. This time I intend to actually meet my goals. I'm 62 YO and weigh more than I've ever weighed. This time slow and steady! Sun, 3 May 2020 14:58:19 EST Just a little Hello Hi there, Epany here. Actually signed up a while ago and forgot - using a non-primary email address. Oops. Sat, 2 May 2020 08:23:45 EST How many restarts am I allowed? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> David's the name if you need one to the handle. I've been here before, but not for a significant period of time. <BR> <BR> The short version of what you need to know is that for me, healthy habits are difficult right now. I used to be a runner and have one 5K medal to show for it (maybe you'd like to see it sometime?). But my training plan had a lot of holes -- all I really used was this app called RunDouble, perhaps you've heard of it maybe -- and I came up really... Fri, 1 May 2020 20:33:40 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 30 Apr 2020 09:11:10 EST right exercise Hi, I have had 4 foot surgery in the last 2 yrs. (2 on each foot). I need help with suggestions on what can do to maybe straighten my feet and so I can stand for longer and lose some weight do to be bedridden for 6 to 8 weeks at a time and don't like the way clothes fit. I have been here before but it has been a while before my surgery and I think maybe before daughters. Tue, 28 Apr 2020 23:15:44 EST Another return I am so glad Spark people is here when I am ready to give up bad habits and get out of the insanity. Mon, 27 Apr 2020 20:50:11 EST Keep on Keepin' On Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm back on Spark to not only lose some poundage, but gain some healthy habits. I found that doing nothing about my weight is terribly exhausting, lol. Take care! Thu, 23 Apr 2020 07:16:14 EST Now is the Time It seems I've tried everything over my 57 years to lose weight and keep it off. Recently, I even tried just accepting myself at my current weight and level of fitness, but I just can't. It felt more like giving up than accepting. I don't feel like myself, or particularly healthy, for that matter. I suppose that's a good thing. <BR> <BR> I've learned a lot over the years. Weight loss is not a straight line. Not everything works for everyone. Life's not fair. But most importantly, try to be ki... Wed, 22 Apr 2020 13:48:41 EST Better late than never I'm 69 and have been battling weight issues all my life. I very much need this SPARK to get me going. Everything I've read is so positive and encouraging! Wed, 22 Apr 2020 11:48:33 EST Everything old is new again... Hi! I'm back after about 10 years. Did really well for a long time, but gained 20 pounds back after a concussion. Time to take it off! Wed, 22 Apr 2020 08:57:20 EST I need a little help In my calorie intake is supposed to be about 1200 a day, my question is if I eat 1700 calories and burn 500 calories a day would that still be the same? Tue, 21 Apr 2020 13:09:20 EST back again. I joined this site 12 years ago, and every few years I come back for a little and disappear again. maybe now that there's literally NOTHING else going on, i'll be more active and consistent and actually make some changes to my life. <BR> Sun, 19 Apr 2020 22:16:28 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 19 Apr 2020 21:56:29 EST Just hello Hi my name's Karen, my goal is to lost 100 lbs. I need hip surgery and this is my hurdle. It's been 3 years and my weight hasn't moved. <BR> Because of my broken hip, I have limited movement. <BR> Well have a good night 🌙? <BR> Blessings to all Sat, 18 Apr 2020 01:09:27 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 09:41:36 EST Looking for a accountability partner I'm in my late 40s and dealing with all the things you deal with in your late 40s. Lower metabolism, perimenopause, acid reflux, blood pressure issues, and a stressful job. With my job now at home (I'm a teacher), I've got more time to focus on myself, but frankly being at home leaves me with too much time to eat. So who out there is looking for someone to check in with every day, because that is what this gal needs. I need someone to push and motivate, and I need someone who will motivate an... Wed, 15 Apr 2020 23:09:44 EST Community I was just getting into the habit of going regularly to the gym. And now I cannot. I am setting up a good enough gym at home, but the feel is just not the same. I don't talk much at the gym. (Just an occasional question) So one would think that there would not be much of a difference. I think being able to see other people of all different fitness levels is something of a motivational factor. Wed, 15 Apr 2020 21:43:27 EST Linda Good afternoon All my name is Linda. I have joined again with hopes of losing a few pounds. I have a good 80 lbs to lose. I would so much like to succeed this time. <em>213</em> Wed, 15 Apr 2020 17:14:30 EST Weight Loss Howdy! my name is Linda I’m back again I really hope to succeed this time and not to get discouraged. I have a a Birthday coming up in August I really would like to look great! I have a lot of weight to lose (80) lbs I know that’s not going to happen by my birthday but I would like to get somewhat close. Tue, 14 Apr 2020 12:19:52 EST Hello 10 days in and counting. Hello. 10 days in and counting. I'm Ozell born in Ohio. I've been weight-watching for 35 years now. With the current situation and with my gym closing down for a short time. I found my self not regulating my meal intake. I have a diabetic daughter (15) and when we're eating out this site comes up so we can count carbs. 10 day ago I started writing my meal intake down again. I haven't did my intake since my mother passing. That was The last day I did an intake of meals. Januar... Tue, 14 Apr 2020 12:19:20 EST New/old member Hi there. I'm Jen. It's been a while since the last time I joined the Spark family. I have about 80 pounds to lose but I'm trying to do it 20 pounds at a time so as not to get too overwhelmed. I also have a question because it has been a long time: What is a huddle? <BR> Tue, 14 Apr 2020 09:57:22 EST Hi Everybody! Hi! My name is Cassie. I'm new to SparkPeople. I just joined a few days ago. I'm excited to start this new journey in my life. I'm tired of being uncomfortable in my skin with clothes that are too tight. I hope to meet some new friends that help keep me accountable and offer motivation. Mon, 13 Apr 2020 17:25:59 EST Hello Hello: Newbie here. I look forward to reading and learning and most of all "doing". Mon, 13 Apr 2020 14:28:48 EST Here and Ready to Lose Weight Hey name is Mo and I'm here just like most of you lose some weight. I registered a while ago and then...well, life happened...but I'm back and committed to losing 50 pounds, no matter how long it takes. Let's Go! Sun, 12 Apr 2020 12:17:51 EST Hi all! New here :) looking for a chance to take some control of my eating and feel a bit better about myself. I love to be active and would like to have a body that will keep going (and look better doing it!) for the rest of my life. Sun, 12 Apr 2020 08:20:58 EST I'm back again but determined here in Charlotte Hi everyone! Looking for fellow Sparkers in Charlotte!! I love this program and looking forward to getting back on track again! Hope everyone is safe and well! Fri, 10 Apr 2020 11:11:29 EST Hello Spark People! Hi everyone! I am restarting my journey on Spark. The more I log in, track my food, talk to friends, and read articles, the better I have started feeling. It's only been a few days, but I am so happy to be back in the swing of things. I was a lot healthier and happier when I stayed active on here. Plus, it's always a good to know that it's never too late to start fresh and begin again. I also started a community journal so I figure being accountable with myself will benefit me too.It's just a... Wed, 8 Apr 2020 02:00:01 EST starting over - gained 40lbs AFTER having a baby I did sparkpeople more than 10 years ago and had good success,, <BR> today almost 6 years after having my baby, I realized I am 40 lbs more than I was the day I delivered. <BR> It just seems like an uphill battle to lose the weight and sometimes I just let go. Food has always been my comfort and not sure how to cut the cord! <BR> <BR> I look forward to all the support I can get here Sun, 5 Apr 2020 23:38:35 EST Newbie Here!! Hi everyone, Well I have decided after 3 weeks of over eating due to stress and being locked up in the house with my family, that it is time to STOP!!! I am back on track starting tomorrow. I am stocked up with healthy foods after my trip to the grocery store. No Excuses!! I look forward to getting any advice and encouragement from all of you, as well as to give it as well. <BR> <BR> Oh quick question....where do I get a tracker thingy most of you have at the end of your posts? Thanks! Sat, 4 Apr 2020 19:50:57 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 06:36:29 EST I see I am not the only one starting over Never give up!! Fri, 3 Apr 2020 00:37:57 EST Hello Everyone! Hey everyone! I am Albertina Geller from the USA. I have joined spark people recently & very excited to be here and hope to learn a lot from you guys! Thu, 2 Apr 2020 04:21:52 EST Trying Again I have tried many times to lose weight and keep it off since I stopped smoking 7 years ago. I have tried counting calories, I have tried low carb and that did work for a while but I started craving fruit and potatoes. Now trying this again I truly hope that this time I can hit my goal. My starting weight is 179 and I do have arthritis in both hips and back so I think if I can lose about 30 pounds that will help the hip pain Wed, 1 Apr 2020 18:52:25 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 Good Morning, I'm new <img src=""> Mon, 30 Mar 2020 09:37:30 EST Back again Let's see if I can make this work this time!! Sun, 29 Mar 2020 22:26:12 EST weight plateau I've lost 45 lbs in the last few years but am now plateaued (?) due to being disabled . <BR> I have to use a cane due to pain and weakness but must improve my health. So,I need help to continue the loss and how to exercise. <BR> I' glad to be a part of this group. Sat, 28 Mar 2020 12:50:50 EST Hello! I am new to spark. I let my health get way off track and now I am finally doing something about it. I'm a mother of 4 kids with a supporting husband that wants me to do what I need to in order to feel comfortable again. :3 Wed, 25 Mar 2020 18:48:51 EST Goals WE CAN ALL REACH OUR GOALS!!! KEEP GOING! :) Sat, 21 Mar 2020 19:05:28 EST I had a health wake up call today and I'm scared I'm 42, 6'1" but have ballooned up to 377 lbs. I'm a respiratory therapist so I am very concerned about covid-19. I did a pulmonary function test today in order to be fit for an N95 respiratory mask. My test showed mild lung restriction and it's due to my weight. I'm not a smoker. In fact, I'm a former college athlete (soccer). My blood pressure is not under control and I have type-2 diabetes. In 2014, I lost 185 lbs but gained in all back over three years. I know if I don't lose the weight p... Thu, 19 Mar 2020 21:56:04 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 Hi Hi I am new to spark people and looking to lose at least 100lb. The weight seems to of crept on since becoming a mum, and now it's time to get it all off again. I can't wait to start feeling healthier and fitter than I am now. I am going to take it one step at a time and 1 stone at a time x Mon, 16 Mar 2020 05:26:31 EST Hello Just became a sparkpeople member after being subscribed (somehow) to the email list for who knows how many years. I've been gaining weight and just want to not do that anymore. I want to drop about fifty pounds but would be really happy if I was just able to stop gaining weight. Sun, 15 Mar 2020 14:46:37 EST Staying Focused Hello everyone. Getting back in the game of frequent, weigh ins, watching my calorie intake and regular exercise. I joined SparkPeople to be with like-minded people. <em>220</em> Fri, 13 Mar 2020 06:38:30 EST Taking this time for me I am 63 years old and raised two amazing daughters as a single mom. I found myself stress eating and at 245 have a 100 pounds to lose. I made a job change and told the CEO if you hire me I will walk to work and not take up a coveted parking place. Two weeks into the job I walk to and from work. I gave up diet coke and fast food for lent. The diet coke is a huge deal. I am setting goals and moving forward. Thu, 12 Mar 2020 22:49:19 EST Back Again, for the 3rd time! Hi My name is Antoinette and I am back for the 3rd time. I have started here so many times and gradually quit. I am (currently) dedicated to lose this weight. I am looking for support and friends. I also am looking for accountability partners. <BR> I have joined a gym and I have gone every day this week so far and plan on continuing to do so. <BR> I am 51 and weigh 376 and honestly I am such a picky eater, I do not know how and in addition I do not eat a lot! I do not have a weight number I... Thu, 12 Mar 2020 12:21:11 EST Introducing myself Hello first time using this site. Trying to be healthier need to lose some weight. Thu, 12 Mar 2020 11:11:23 EST back again Hi, I'm back having never lost my weight. I am diabetic, A1C 6.6 with meds, over weight ;under motivated. With this virus going around I put my gym membership on freeze for the month of March. Today I don't even feel like eating and that is not good. just no motivation, house is a shambles, my mind is a shambles of fear. I need to get my rollator out and take a walk around the block. By the way, I am 76 years old, retired and my grown kids do call to check up on me, especially during this vir... Wed, 11 Mar 2020 15:03:28 EST Back after many years of a break..... Hello all - I'm trying to reignite my SPARK! I was a spark member MANY years ago. Learned so much and lost happened and now I'm trying to light that spark again. I forgot how overwhelming this site can be because there is literally SO MUCH INFORMATION......taking it one day at a time. <BR> Wed, 11 Mar 2020 13:57:12 EST Hello from Florida Hi everyone! Hope everyone is enjoying this like I am! Starting to feel better after 2 weeks! Wed, 11 Mar 2020 07:27:15 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 15:10:41 EST Greetings! Hello fellow sparky people! I'm CeElla, I'm 32, and I'm 339 lbs. I live in the beautiful state of Tennessee, and I am trying my hardest to improve in many ways. Mentally, physically, emotionally, financially. My family and friends who I consider family mean the world to me, and I want to be healthy enough to do things with them like Hike, go on a rollar coaster, walk around downtown without getting winded. I have a great many reasons to lose weight and keep it off. My highest weight was 355, ... Mon, 9 Mar 2020 13:27:34 EST I live in Idaho... and haven't been on Sparkpeople for 5 years...Looking forward to the experience again. Sun, 8 Mar 2020 18:03:09 EST Better back than forgotten There have been so many sweet people who have encouraged me here at the Spark. I hope they come back and keep trying with me. Almost 60 years old friends, about to get my twelfth grandchild. The kids always say I’m crazy and I have plenty of time to be remembered as thin and 😜? rather than fat! So much I still want to do and as I approach the retirement years, working in Cardiology I have seen that obesity plus older equals expensive and sad. ’’m not going to do it! Fri, 6 Mar 2020 17:09:31 EST Need to sleep better Hi everyone! I'm Belle. Glad to be back :>) Need more deep sleep... Thu, 5 Mar 2020 21:15:28 EST Brand new to spark people Hi everyone! My name is Tammy and I want to lose weight to be healthier and happier. And also to look my best. I joined weight watchers the day after Christmas 2019 and I have lost 28 pounds. I joined spark because I wanted that extra “something” to get better results. I am happy with what I have achieved so far, but doesn’t everyone need that “extra something”. <BR> <BR> Looking to meet new people and hopefully gain some friendships. I am 47 and looking for that second part of my life to ... Wed, 4 Mar 2020 17:41:15 EST Hello (: Hi I'm just starting sparkpeople. I am using it to help control/cut back on sugar cravings and track calories. Want to cut 15-20 lb fat and then do a healthy, slow bulk. Wed, 4 Mar 2020 07:57:34 EST Looking forward to this adventure I'd like to introduce myself, I'm 65 in pretty good health, have a husband, 2 grown sons, 2 grand kids and a loyal cat (asleep on my lap currently). I had a traumatic brain injury 3 years ago and had to quit work. It's been a slow recovery but I somehow managed to slowly gained weight too, so now have 50 pounds to lose (yikes!). It's time to address the weight & I chanced upon this web site (meant to be?) and I'm excited cause it feels like a good fit. I'm inspired by everything that I've rea... Sat, 29 Feb 2020 14:54:57 EST Not much hope, but here I am! I'm not one of those who have lost lots of weight and then gained it back. I only once lost weight doing very small portions--about 20 years ago. 58 now, lots of health issues, and my weight just keeps going up. <BR> <BR> Have been trying Intermittent Fasting and trying to go low carb, but no success with either so far. Joined SparkPeople to track calories and see if I'm just eating too much in my 8-hour window. Tried WW for 3 months last year but I was STARVING all the time and only lost a... Fri, 28 Feb 2020 17:25:00 EST Me Myself and I Hello everyone, <BR> I am so happy to be apart of this awesome community!! I need all the support that I can get so I stay motivated and real to myself!! I have tried many diets that have failed and now I just want to develop a healthy lifestyle and maintain it!! So far, I enjoy the premium coaching because I am a visual learner!! Its great to have others like myself in a community like this one. I trust that I will overcome my health challenges and negative mindsets!! So I could become the h... Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:30:20 EST Hello everybody!! My name is Brynn and I am new here to SparkPeople. I have set a goal to drop the 95 extra pounds that I have been carrying around. I’m not exactly sure where to begin so I’m glad that I came to this site for guidance. I have a long way to go until I reach my goal weight so I hope I can hang in there and not get discouraged this time. I have came to realize that I have to make a lifestyle change if I’m going to accomplish anything. It’s going to be hard in the beginning but I hope it gets easi... Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:02:07 EST It's time to look after myself For the last 2 years I was caring for my husband having Alzheimer. I did it because I could not think of anybody else to give him the care he deserved. He's been such a good companion for over 20 years and it's not because his condition was worn out that he did not deserve to be care with love. Of course I did not have much time to look after myself and now, being alone, I need to get back in shape. I have a long way to go. Wed, 26 Feb 2020 16:29:18 EST Hello! Hello everyone! I hope you are having an awesome morning! I joined sparkpeople about a week ago, but I've been doing this "dieting" thing for what seems like my whole life. For the past year though, I got off the rollercoaster and went low carb/high fat. I am always looking for new friends and inspiration along the way. I joined the site because of the ability to track my nutrients. I wasn't tracking before only doing lazy low carb - it of course worked, but now that I have lost 60+ lbs... Wed, 26 Feb 2020 07:58:25 EST Once more with feeling.... I was a Sparker several...several! years ago. And so proud of myself. I did so well and felt great. But life happens. My husband (the spouse of my house) had a stroke during an elective surgery three years ago. One minute he was making plans for his two week post-surgery recovery and going back to work. The next...I had a surgeon taking me into a room telling me our lives were changed forever. Somewhere during taking care of him I lost taking care of me. One week after Phil's Stroke I tore my... Tue, 25 Feb 2020 03:07:16 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 24 Feb 2020 15:41:37 EST On Board as of 2/23/20 Hi: I lost twenty pounds through another plan but have gained half back and really need to get my weight back down for health reasons. Giving SparkPeople a go because its free and have heard good things about this website. Good luck to all. Sun, 23 Feb 2020 19:46:44 EST It's Time Hello! I have tried so many times now to lose some weight, but I think now is really the time to do it. I turn 25 in May, and I know I'm much too young to already be feeling sore joints or just uncomfortable with the idea of going on a short hike in the mountains. I also smoke cigarettes, which is another thing I am going to work on giving up because I'm tired of it. I'm just tired of not feeling good so much of the time, physically. <BR> <BR> I'm going back to school to become a pharmacy te... Sun, 23 Feb 2020 12:04:55 EST Hello! I'm starting over today and refocusing all my goals. I've recently been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my knees,as well as a torn meniscus, and know I need to make changes in my life. I'm a bit nervous to share here because I'm shy, but am also grateful to know you are all working towards the same kinds of goals I am so I'm not alone. Sun, 23 Feb 2020 10:57:33 EST I am choosing to look after my health Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have had many years of lack of confidence and I am now in a wonderful place with a kind and supportive partner. So I am taking the step to take charge of my health, mind, body and spirit and doing it the Spark People way and it is kind and understanding as well as educational. I am from the UK and would love to get to know and support anyone who is in the same position as me as well as getting support from everyone on this site. <BR> <BR> Best wishes, Sarah Sat, 22 Feb 2020 05:50:53 EST It is for real this time! I joined SparkPeople to utilize all of the amazing resources to put me on track on my journey to becoming healthy. My husband and I started doing the low carb lifestyle today and would love to get to know others that do low carb. Feel free to add me as a SparkFriend. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 09:23:14 EST Discovered Spark Hey everyone, I'm new to spark and looking for friends to travel this journey with me, I'm looking to lose 100+ lbs and would love to hear all your tips and tricks, triumphs and bad days. I want the whole experience! feel free to add me, I'm working on getting my profile up and going! <BR> <BR> have a great night! <BR> Thu, 20 Feb 2020 19:48:47 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 Hello, I'm back again Hello, I'm back after being gone for a little while. Nice to be back. Hope that I can navigate the new changes that I see. <BR> Sat, 15 Feb 2020 19:10:33 EST Intermittent fasting Hi..I am 3 weeks into the intermittent fasting plan and wonder if there are others here doing the same. Wed, 12 Feb 2020 22:52:30 EST Interested in personal training Good day everybody. My name is Danyell Rob Wilson. I joined this website back in the early 2010s with a goal of living a healthier lifestyle. I have somewhat accomplished that. I having been obese in years. Now I want to become supportive for others. Wed, 12 Feb 2020 11:57:15 EST Losing the weight I just turn 60 and have tried every diet known to man and will stay on track until I decide I should have seen results. I know my problem is with carbs, but I’m weak and cave in every time. I want this time to be different. <BR> people say I quit too soon, don’t eat enough or others say too much. I also have friends who say (if) intermittent fasting is the way to go. <BR> I want to be able to eat smart, go to the gym, and lose the weight. Mon, 10 Feb 2020 21:50:06 EST Week 1 and Excited Hi my name is Cynwyn. I am attempting to lose over 200 pounds. I hope I am in the right place and that there are supportive people to hold hands with over and through the rough patches. Nobody believes I can do this without surgery. I have a hope that I can. I am excited to begin this journey. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Mon, 10 Feb 2020 08:13:44 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 Hey guys NEWBIE Im desperate to loose medication and now bad habit eating im now morbidly obese and struggling really badly im so ashamed of myself and i dont want to be seen in public its a vicious circlen Sat, 8 Feb 2020 14:51:05 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 Back to SP after 10-ish years! Hi I'm Nat! <BR> <BR> I used to belong to SparkPeople around 2008-10, and have decided I belong here again! Something tickled the back of my brain today and told me to re-join, so here I am! <BR> <BR> I've gained about 50 pounds since 2017-18, and since the last twenty pounds I've packed on since my wedding, I've decided enough is enough. Now that the scales are tipping over 200, IT'S TIME! <BR> <BR> A little about me: I'm an independent graphic designer, a newlywed, and a mother of four c... Thu, 6 Feb 2020 15:17:06 EST Starting all over Hi, <BR> <BR> Hi I've been a member for a long time. I lost weight and was happy. I moved to East Coast and gain weight. I'm disguised with it. More than 100 pounds. I'm want to lose weight. I will see a nutritionist and maybe join a gym. Problem is my motivation. I have depression and have no motivation. I hope I will lose the weight. Also hard to give up sweets and I did it before I can do it again. <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Feb 2020 12:38:17 EST A Fresh Restart I'm Janet, a 56 year old retread who is ready for a new beginning and a lot of change in 2020. My husband and I along with our 4 dogs are preparing to move from Nevada to Oregon where I will have more opportunity to work in my field as a Social Worker (we live in rural Nevada now). I have gained over 90 pounds and along with the pounds came medical issues and medications. I want to work on losing this weight and the need for the medications. Another goal this year is getting off of diet s... Tue, 4 Feb 2020 00:54:18 EST second chance After 2 hip replacements and 60 pound gain Im in the drivers seat now to lose. Mon, 3 Feb 2020 12:10:06 EST New Beginning I've used Sparkpeople in the past (about 2011-2013) and lost about 70 pounds. Back then I was portioning my foods, exercising (a lot), and felt real good about myself. Then as fate would have it, I thought I would try (keyword) and follow the plan without any real tracking (even though I knew better). Long story, short, the weigh I lost; found me! <BR> <BR> When I mentioned this to my twin sister and her husband, they downloaded the app, and re-challenged me to pick this back up by their wi... Sun, 2 Feb 2020 18:24:04 EST Back with a New Motivation! I'm Back with a New Motivation! As an added incentive, I introduced Sparkpeople to my sister and her husband, and they re-challenged me by offering to use this app with me, setting their goals as well. So all together there will be four of us "walking" this new challenge. Besides myself, there will be my wife, my sister and her husband. What I need to know is, Is it possible to communicate to each other via this app/website? I told them that I thought it might be but wasn't sure how to set it... Sun, 2 Feb 2020 17:58:06 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 09:19:49 EST anything just joined <em>30</em> Fri, 31 Jan 2020 02:50:50 EST No more donuts for breakfast :) Hello! It’s nice to meet you all and I hope everyone is having a good day so far. :) This is my first time using SparkPeople and my second time losing weight. <BR> <BR> Briefly, I lost ~20 pounds several years back when I got a little “fluffy” after transitioning to a sedentary job. I kept that off for a good while until life threw me for a loop and I ended up getting depressed, using food to self-soothe. Eventually I sought treatment and I’m now in a much better place, mentally, to deal ... Thu, 30 Jan 2020 10:12:55 EST Reset and buddies I have been using Sparkpeople for years. On and off. I am decided on starting fresh today and making this work for me. I have a lot of weight to lose. I am starting at 312.2lbs and my goal is to reach 150lbs. My goal for this year is to lose 50lbs by my birthday in October. I am determined to make this happen and I know that I can do this. Back in 2011, I lost 100lbs in one year using Sparkpeople and I know that I can do this again. My goal is to tackle the 100lbs in 2 years as I was very str... Thu, 30 Jan 2020 07:41:01 EST Hello! Just joined SP Hi, I just joined today and wanted to introduce myself. I am hoping that I will finally be able to gain control of my eating habits and lose that extra 30 pounds that I've been trying to get rid of for 3 years now. I don't really have anyone else in my life who I'm comfortable talking to about my weight loss goals, so I'm hoping it will help to have you guys to talk to. Wed, 29 Jan 2020 20:55:31 EST On and off the wagon Hi, I’m Nan (65) with about 30lbs to lose, again. <BR> I’ve done it before, but when life gets in the way I fall off the wagon and stop. <BR> Hopefully I can make this time the last Wed, 29 Jan 2020 01:22:48 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 27 Jan 2020 11:48:43 EST Hey Spark PPL!! New here. Hoping to give/get some encouragement, healthy info & tips, and reach my goals. <em>524</em> Sun, 26 Jan 2020 19:15:16 EST Newcomer ! Hello to all ! I'm new at this and need a lot of help ! <em>213</em> In my early 60's and have just no willpower but I have to help myself. Hmmmm 30 lbs by May 10th ? Can I do this ?? Sun, 26 Jan 2020 17:26:41 EST Greetings! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am not new here, I joined several years ago and have been visiting on and off since then. I have learned so much from this site and community! <BR> <BR> However, I have never really managed to build a support network here. I think it might be one of the keys to really get the most out of SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> So if you want to have a new contact and give and receive some peer pressure and peer support, do add me as your contact. <BR> <BR> I am over 40, from Nor... Sun, 26 Jan 2020 14:04:03 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 26 Jan 2020 07:23:14 EST Hello everyone Just joined and hope to make some new friends and get support and information. Please say hello if you get a chance. :) Sat, 25 Jan 2020 15:10:27 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi, my name is Ann and I'm new to sparkpeople trying to navigate the website. Looking forward to losing weight and meeting fellow people along the way! <em>30</em> Sat, 25 Jan 2020 14:41:51 EST does anyone do keto on spark people <em>30</em> Sat, 25 Jan 2020 11:28:33 EST Hello SP community! My name is Carolina and I haven't been on here since 2012 and it feels good to be back I'm really motivated and I think I will stick around this time. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 14:20:08 EST As is most everyone here..... I am back!.. I have done this program but always fall off for one reason or another. Only this time i have WAY more weight to loose and more complications as to why i am having touble... ie MEDS! <BR> <BR> Anyway.... I REALLY need emotional support thru this journey but when I get down i don't even log onto here because i feel so defeat! <BR> <BR> Wish my luck!! Happy Eating to all! Thu, 23 Jan 2020 13:26:40 EST Starting over... I have used Sparkpeople off and on over the past few years. This year my word is transformation. Making it happen once and for all. This year I am getting healthy, losing weight, and making it a lifestyle, not a diet Thu, 23 Jan 2020 09:42:53 EST I'm backkkkk!!!! I'm back from a very long time away. I've had two hip replacement surgeries on my right side and going for number 3 so needless to say I haven't been able to do much moving over the past couple of years so once I'm recovered it's back to exercise with a vengeance...pain free is the goal!!! Oh and the other goal is to loose about 20ish pounds. I need all the encouragement you all can give!!! Have a wonderful night! Wed, 22 Jan 2020 21:40:37 EST Hello I'm new to the site been here a week. Happy to report I'm down 3 lbs for the first week. Could someone tell me how to get a weight loss tracker for my page. Not sure where to find it. Happy Tuesday everyone <em>30</em> Tue, 21 Jan 2020 11:33:53 EST Hello SparksPeople! My name is nici and this is my very first day in the community! I am excited to have all of the lovely tools available on the site and look forward to making friends and bonds over our shared desire to get/be healthy! I've got a very long weightloss journey ahead of me, but I know that I am equal to the challenge. I'm here to make lifelong changes to my habits and lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Mon, 20 Jan 2020 18:41:33 EST Hello! I'm Jo, <BR> Ready to make a change for once in my life ;) I would like to lose 57 lbs by August, and here for moral support for you all as well! Mon, 20 Jan 2020 17:32:25 EST New to the program Hi! Im megan ! I have recently turned 30 and found my body slowing down in terms of shedding extra weight. I have looked at every program under the sun to help me better understand what I should and should not eat and do and not to do in terms of exercise. Sadly, none of them fit my lifestyle. As a mom of two very active little boys I needed something with easy access and could keep track of my progress for me because brain. I hope this program will help me reach my goals not only... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:19:42 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 19 Jan 2020 04:12:30 EST Like many, this is a restart for me. It is hard not to be frustrated that I didn't do it the first time around. Or #2 or #3. This time feels different. Life is much less chaotic, I'm at a different place in my journey. Let's see where this attempt takes me! I'm just going to try to enjoy the ride. Fri, 17 Jan 2020 22:19:51 EST HI Hello from Louisiana Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:45:50 EST new to spark people Hello I am LoreJae and would like to meet new friends and lose some weight.. I have been married 10 years now <BR> to a very nice gentleman. We were both widowed. I love meeting new people. I hope to be able to meet some new friends. LoreJae Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:45:39 EST Hi from London Hi all, <BR> <BR> Weight has crept on due to some bad habits.....I’m a comfort eater and a foodie. <BR> <BR> I was always so fit and healthy until the last 10 years when I’ve wanted to enjoy life more and struggle with Will power. <BR> <BR> I saw myself side on in the mirror at Christmas and shocked myself. There was no getting away from it-my tiny frame was overloaded with weight. My clothes done fit and I refuse to spend the money buying new clothes or go up another size. <BR> <BR> I ... Fri, 17 Jan 2020 20:01:29 EST Hello from Chicago Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am 57 and just starting my diet. I am doing Nutrisystem. Has anyone tried that? I have had 2 days worth of meals and it is actually good!! Thu, 16 Jan 2020 22:59:16 EST Hello, Splits challenge to keep me from drowning <BR> I am very independent and not looking for pity, I want someone to be there and help me stay grounded and focused on my goal. I have been told to be a great supporter and strong motivational consultant, but even I have my own limits when it comes to helping myself...we are sometimes our worst enemies. <BR> <BR> Anyone interested in being part of my journey or if you just need someone to listen...let me know. I need someone to message me each day and ask me if I did my workout Thu, 16 Jan 2020 18:36:32 EST Getting started Hi, this is a first of me. I have everything I need to start a new and better chapter in my life, except for the fact which I am now admitting, I AM Lazy!!!! By writing this message will tell myself, hey you can do this!!!! I will take the baby step to get there, but only I can do this. So "Let's do it" and be positive :) It's all up to you to make your life better. I thank you for listening and truly wish you all the best on your adventure to a better life style!!! Wed, 15 Jan 2020 09:29:39 EST Hello, my name is Rose and I want to lose weight Hello Sparkers, <BR> <BR> My name is Rose, I'm 41, and I have about 60lbs to lose. <BR> I put on weight because of health problems, but today (well not exactly today but you know what I mean) I feel like I'll be able to go on with my life and shed at least part of those 60lbs. <BR> <BR> But... I need support, and to be held accountable too. <BR> <BR> I don't want to share this with my partner for some reasons, and I have nobody here with whom I can work this on so... here I am. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 15 Jan 2020 06:52:23 EST Hello I'm baaack. I was on Spark People about 5 years ago and was unsuccessful with the weight loss circus. Since then, I've gained even more weight. I need to lose 30 lbs. I'm hoping to lose an average of 2 lbs. per week. I was hoping to have a few friends who would like to be my "accountability buddies". I am 61 and in fairly good health. Kathy Tue, 14 Jan 2020 19:51:08 EST Starting Again I am starting with Sparkpeople again. I am 25 pounds better off than the first time I started the program, so I obviously improved my skills even though I dropped out. Life will continue to get better! Tue, 14 Jan 2020 12:15:55 EST Hello from Minnesota! Hey Sparkfriends!!! IM BACK!!! Names Nichole and I LOVE, SUPPORT and RECOMMEND Sparkpeople!!! Each time I joined i lost 100+ pounds! I gained it back because i decided to try and do it on my own! This time im not going to make the mistake of stopping. Sparkpeople should be a lifelong journey!! This time im BACK AND STAYING!!! PLEASE ADD ME!!!! Mon, 13 Jan 2020 20:25:59 EST new to the program I am almost 47 years old. I have been obese all of my adult life, and mostly all of my adolescent life. I have always wanted to be at a healthy weight all of my life. I looked in the mirror this morning and I said to myself I am tired of being fat and looking disgusting. I am getting depressed as I type this, not only I am very unhealthy but I have carpal tunnel in both jt is hard to type and not make any typos, After every minute I go back and correct my typos. Mon, 13 Jan 2020 16:55:44 EST Hello All I've been dealing with this weight loss and healthy living thing for awhile. Over the last four years, I lost 80 lbs and am starting to put it back on which is doubly bad because I had 50 more pounds that I wanted to lose. I can deal with not being as far as I wanted but not with backsliding. So here I am, a little older and a little wiser, and a whole lot determined! Mon, 13 Jan 2020 10:07:56 EST Hello Everyone! I am new here and really like what I see so far! Sun, 12 Jan 2020 15:06:49 EST Introducing myself Hello, I'm FEISTYGAL64. I'm in my late 60's, I have diabetes & asthma, and am morbidly obese. I want to feel better; less/no joint pain, feel like being active, and so forth. Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:42:55 EST Hi everyone I've been off and on Sparkpeople for a few years now, but this year I turned 50 and am determined to stick to it. Doing good so far! Fri, 10 Jan 2020 13:55:51 EST New Year New 70's Decade A few big milestones will happen in 2020: (1) I will get a total new right knee in February; (2) In March, I will celebrate my 43rd wedding anniversary to the love of my life; and (3) In May, I will celebrate my 70th birthday. The Spark Community is helping me reach my goals of a healthier weight, good cardio endurance, strong body, a knee that will give me renewed ability to dance, hike and ski; and an attitude of gratitude for each new day to choose 'healthy.' Fri, 10 Jan 2020 12:37:53 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 New to the game Well im on day 5 of the challenges. Introducing myself. I am working on blood pressure goals. My blood pressure has gone up to 173/ 103 with a heart rate of 153 while i sleep. I have always ate healthy but didnt pay attention to what was in my food of to much sodium etc. So i need to run the course of check the lable. Well i am learning to make my old fashioned ways of life No Box food. Since i have started i have seen a big difference. I do however feel that urge to eat something not so good... Wed, 8 Jan 2020 09:18:46 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 16:41:35 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 7 Jan 2020 13:12:56 EST Hello Beautiful People!! Hello there!! I am new but not new here... and to the diet/lifestyle game. I have posted a couple of days ago to. I find it hard to find friends here when so many people are joining every day! Feel free to add me ! A bit about me: <BR> <BR> I am turning 50 this year!!!! I can’t believe it! <BR> I am a night shift full time nurse <BR> I am a dog mom and a human mom <BR> I love coffee and chocolate <BR> I am a Virgo <BR> <BR> I am glad to meet all of you! Good luck in your health journey ... Tue, 7 Jan 2020 11:31:42 EST Nervous trying something new Hi. I'm new to SP and have never been on a message board before. Trying to lose 30 lbs (again). Mon, 6 Jan 2020 10:50:07 EST New member Good morning everyone. I need to lose about 19 pounds. I love hiking, making greeting cards, and volunteering. I like the site it's easy to use and saves your food choices. I'm married to a wonderful man and have 5 children and great-grandchildren. I hope everyone has a productive day eat healthy and exercise. Yea. Mon, 6 Jan 2020 07:26:16 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 Hello! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I have a goal of losing 30 pounds in 2020. Excited to be part of this community! I also hope to create more of a work-life balance this year, spend more time with friends and family, and regain my life back by eating healthier, exercising, working less than 60+ hours per week, and surrounding myself with great people! Glad to be here. Sun, 5 Jan 2020 15:14:35 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 5 Jan 2020 11:36:27 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 5 Jan 2020 10:14:58 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 5 Jan 2020 09:27:01 EST Hello!! I am a returning newbie!! I would like some friends to cheer me on!! This year is a milestone year as I will be turning 50! I have already lost some weight but need more inspiration! Hope to meet some wonderful people!! Sun, 5 Jan 2020 01:19:14 EST My Grand Return... Ha! Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> I've been a member at SP off and on since 2007. My first time around I did very well. However, as time went on, I slipped away from my healthy habits and life happened. I've tried to return multiple times with no success other than 5 or so pounds. Since my success all those years ago, I have surpassed my original starting weight and have shamefully gained over 80 pounds. I hate typing that, but I need to see it to let it sink in. <BR> <BR> Every time I try to star... Sat, 4 Jan 2020 17:53:05 EST Garfield64 Hi, I really have been a member since I was age 64 and am now 71. I really haven't done much on the site but would like to become a regular and get back to my "healthy weight". I felt so much better then and would like your encouragement to get me back there! Let's do this!! Sat, 4 Jan 2020 07:42:27 EST A "re"-new user from Germany I set up this account over 6 years ago. I don't remember how long I stuck at it but in the meantime I've tried other sites...some good, some not so good but have never kept the weight off. I've reached my all time high of 85 kg (I don't want to see that number in pounds!) and its got to stop!! So, I'm determined to stick at it this time and really use the tools provided here. <BR> I'm end-50s, married and have a 20 year old son. Sat, 4 Jan 2020 03:02:56 EST started a new spark team Looking for new members for a new spark team. The people that are most successful in weight loss do it as a team. I have lost a large amount of weight but have more I would like to loose. Let me help you and you can help me as well. My goals have always been to improve my health, so that I can enjoy it. I am a nurse, so I may have some helpful tidbits to share. I have experience with the gastric sleeve. I also am a busy professional with a busy life that is trying to make this all fit. Hope... Fri, 3 Jan 2020 21:33:32 EST Hi from KC! I am new here. Starting a new year and hoping to lose 10-15 pounds before summer! I am a busy mom of 3 and teacher! Wish me luck! Fri, 3 Jan 2020 19:02:08 EST Returning again from Canada Here I am again---strong willed and ready to make a difference in myself--had loss around 50lbs about a year ago from stress but have gained it all back now----not looking to go up any further--looking to feel good about myself again--looking to take care of myself again---looking for a friend to help me along the way!! Here's to Day 1 retake Fri, 3 Jan 2020 10:39:31 EST Starting new Unrelated to the new year, I decided to hop back on here and see if it can help me get motivated. Been a bit depressed and lacking motivation the past 6 months or so. Fri, 3 Jan 2020 05:42:03 EST Restart Hi, I'm Amy. I am restarting my journey here on SP looking for support and buddies. It is a new time, and I want to fully put my focus into the here and now. It's like I once read: "The first rule of 2020 is not to talk about 2019." I am so ready to put the past behind me! <BR> <BR> I look forward to the day I can wear my favorite blue tank top again, walk up the stairs without being out of breath, and being able to pursue dreams without feeling like I have to hide in the shadows of insecuri... Fri, 3 Jan 2020 01:08:49 EST Hello from Iowa! Hello everyone! I am new here. Just joined at the end of last month. I have been on Spark before but have been gone for a while. <BR> I live with my husband, our daughter and a dog. I am a professional photographer, church secretary and I love to run. I am a 3x Marathoner and am in training for Half Marathon #9 right now. Thu, 2 Jan 2020 10:26:29 EST Hi everyone, I'm new here Hi everyone! I'm Diana, and I'm 28 years old. It has always been hard for me to be slim, but last year I went really uphill with my weight, and now I'm falling into the obese category. This is why I aim to lose 30 kg (~70 lbs) in 2020. I also have a major life event (PhD defense) planned by this summer, and I want to look good by then. <BR> I don't know how this website functions, but I'd really appreciate meeting people to motivate each other. Feel free to add me wherever, and best of luck ... Thu, 2 Jan 2020 06:19:42 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 1 Jan 2020 19:35:06 EST A new start to stop emotional eating! My goal is to track my food and post how I'm feeling each day to avoid emotional eating! <BR> <BR> My focus will be positive posts-- and so it begins! I'm 230 lbs, 5'9 and in my 50's. I am going to start walking each day regardless of weather and drink lots of water! Somebody's post title was taking back my life-- I agree! <BR> <BR> Happy New Year 2020! Wed, 1 Jan 2020 19:27:36 EST New Decade, Better Me Happy New Year! I've been a member for a long time, but, as a wife and mom, I always put my family first. From now on, I am going to focus more on myself and my health. I want to be around for a very many more decades! Wed, 1 Jan 2020 13:48:19 EST I'm a Newbie again with more weight to lose :( Hi there, my name is Sheri. I have been a sparkpeople member for quite a long time but I disappeared so long that spark took all my points away and I had tons. I am an emotional eater and this past year I totally ate all my emotions. I am now bigger than I was when I was pregnant 10 yrs ago. I literally gained 42 lbs this past year on top of the weight that I already needed to lose. UGH! I didn't have to get on a scale to know I had done myself wrong. I struggle bend over and I over all I fe... Wed, 1 Jan 2020 13:34:42 EST Taking my life back Hi my name is Ashlei, but my friends call me Ace. I am on this site to help me be held accountable. I also looking to make new friends. I have struggled with eating disorders and relapses of them. I am a mom of a 7 year old little girl. My boyfriend is very supportive ( he better be we been together for 8 years lol) I am very outspoken and an open book. I don't judge nice to meet you all. Tue, 31 Dec 2019 19:23:24 EST I'm back after many years I'm back. Good news is I don't have any more to lose than I did 10 years ago. Bad news is I don't have less to lose than 10 years ago. <BR> Putting my kids first, my husband first, my job first, has always been my issue. And it is certainly catching up to me with this evil thing called age. I held diabetes at bay for 15 years, my doctors kept telling me it would not last forever considering my messed up endocrine system, they were right. <BR> Now my goal is to put myself first for a chang... Mon, 30 Dec 2019 19:47:36 EST knee replacement Hi Spark people. I don't know how to ask this. How do you ease back into exercise after double knee replacement surgery? It seems to be such a fine line. I exercise and then get swollen knees. It was weight lifting and volleyball that caused my knee issues in the first place. I tend to be very competitive, so it is hard to go easy. However, I will add that we do a bit of hiking and a bit of biking. I have some exercises from PT to maybe do again. I had lost 30 lbs. prior to surgery ... Mon, 30 Dec 2019 14:17:31 EST Hand in hand with WW I will be restarting tomorrow along with WW. I tried restarting on December 26, lost 3 pounds but immediately gained it back. So today I decided to get a little extra help from Weight Watchers. This combo has worked for me before. I know it will again. Mon, 30 Dec 2019 13:02:15 EST Returning Member and New Team Leader Hi, I'm a returning member of SP, and I also wanted to introduce everyone to the new SparkTeam, Healthy Asians, which I founded. It's open to both Asians and Pacific Islanders and those who are interested in Asian diets. <BR> Feel free to check it out here: <link><BR>groups_individual.asp?gid=71479 </link> Sun, 29 Dec 2019 15:11:12 EST New member Hi I just signed up. Im ready to start this journey with all of you. Its going to be a long journey but with hard work and determination I'll get there <em>521</em> Sat, 28 Dec 2019 14:56:47 EST Ticker Icons? About using the ticker/tracker— *please* can a broader selection of ticker icons be added? There are about 20 different baby-themed ones, which is great if you’re a mom. There are also about a dozen or so sports-themed ones... great for kids and teens. <BR> <BR> I’m not a mom. I’m never going to be a mom. I don’t play sports. How about some animals? Dogs, cats, horse, dragon, something besides a teddy bear? Hobbies, maybe— chess, pen/pencil, ball of yarn, rocket, spaceship...? <BR> <BR> I ... Sat, 28 Dec 2019 13:30:26 EST Returning User I am a returning user and have royally messed up and gained back the weight I lost. <BR> I know from the past how helpful and supportive members are and this is home. <BR> I hope you had a nice Christmas or a Happy Hanukkuh. <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Dec 2019 11:12:45 EST Another Fresh Start Well, I guess 2019 wasn't a complete weight loss failure. I did manage to lose 2.5 pounds. That might not be much, but at least I didn't end up gaining. As the year comes to a close, I am ready to put my ups and downs behind me. I am ready for another fresh start Sat, 28 Dec 2019 06:34:42 EST New Member Hi all! How do I jump in??? Fri, 27 Dec 2019 14:48:16 EST Newbie in UK. Happy New Year everyone, when it comes.I am another of those lifelong dieters, hoping to really get a grip this time. Lost 5 stone about 3 years ago, but have now gained two and a half and want to go back down again.Looking forward to using these boards and hope I can support others, too.All the best. Fri, 27 Dec 2019 07:29:22 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 26 Dec 2019 17:41:44 EST I need motivation Hello, I really need some help and support. I have gained back 20 pounds in the past 3 years and it's been so hard trying to get it back off. I need some tips and help on how to get my weight down. Right now I'm 222 pounds and would love to be under 200 pounds by the summer time. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thu, 26 Dec 2019 17:25:27 EST Holiday pics wake up call So yes, I knew I'd gained weight this year.... but I told myself it wasn't ~that~ much, since I was still wearing the same clothes. I mean sure, they were all tight and I was only wearing the looser cut tops and wearing spanx to keep the rolls inside my pants and if I stand in the mirror at the right angle my arms don't look that fat...... but still the same clothes, right!?!? <BR> Well last night, after enjoying a wonderful day with family, I took a look at the pics that we took. Ooooffff... Thu, 26 Dec 2019 10:27:56 EST Addicted to food Hello everyone, <BR> I'm new here and hoping to learn tools to stop using food for everything. Thu, 26 Dec 2019 08:57:24 EST returning I havent visited this site in a long time. Im 63 years old and live in syosset ny. looking to meet other new yorkers <BR> <BR> sue Wed, 25 Dec 2019 11:44:55 EST Also returning I was a member a few years ago but left when I was met my goals. I'm back because I was sick and tired of being sick and tired (literally, I had a cold). This is only my first week back, and I've already lost 3 lbs. Sat, 21 Dec 2019 19:32:41 EST I'm going to make green tea work for me I hate tea. All teas. I've tried many and while I will finish them, I rarely go back for more, so I have loads of tea in my cupboards that I simply stopped using. <BR> <BR> Then I rejoined this group, figured I need to start incorporating green tea into my life again but didn't think I could make it work. <BR> <BR> Day two of my program and I'm trying to work on a healthy breakfast (heck, any breakfast would have done, since I never eat breakfast). I put together an idea. What if I m... Fri, 20 Dec 2019 12:31:42 EST Newbie :) Hi everyone! I've been trying to change my lifestyle. 2 years ago I lost 40 pounds and I gained back 30 and now I want to get back down to where I was plus another 20. That is my goal, so hold me accountable. Fri, 20 Dec 2019 10:54:33 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 19 Dec 2019 08:41:15 EST A new guy Just a quick intro of myself. I'm a 48yo dude, married and father of 2 teenage boys. Professionally, I teach biology at a small college. Personally, I have a lot of bad habits when it comes to health and eating. <BR> <BR> I'm going to give sparkpeople a try, primarily for the potential I see in getting some support as I try and make some major changes in my life, healthy eating and healthy living. I do have a weight goal in mind but I'm really trying to approach this from changing some... Tue, 17 Dec 2019 15:16:10 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 New to Spark I am new to Spark but have been on my weight-loss journey for the past 18 months. I have lost about 100 lbs so far but have hit a plateau this past July and have not lost anymore. I am hoping that this site will help me with my journey. Mon, 16 Dec 2019 17:45:21 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 Hello from Almost Heaven WV Fell off the wagon when went on vacation last week of September...then came Thanksgiving, now Christmas coming up. Need some help! hoping to get back on track. <BR> Fri, 13 Dec 2019 07:21:02 EST Renewing myself Again... Hi All! <BR> <BR> I used SP to lose weight back in 2006/2007 successfully. I found this community to be really helpful and essential in my weightloss journey. Since then I have gained 86 lbs and I lost 56 lbs with the help of the Gastric Sleeve Surgery 2 years ago, but due to my bad habits, binge eating disorder, bipolar disorder and medication side effects, I have gained 22 lbs since my surgery weight loss. It has been quite the YO-YO Dieting adventure. I have done WW, Nutrisystem, South Be... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 14:27:23 EST Back again! Hi Everyone! <BR> My name is Gerry, I am an almost 64 year old woman, with a great life, except for my weight and health challenges. I have been a member of Spark People off and on for several years, but never had the gumption to stick with it. My weight has been creeping up over the past few years. I went for my annual physical yesterday and my numbers were awful, Blood pressure, etc. In addition to my very poor eating habits, I have not been as vigilant as I should about taking my meds.... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 09:46:59 EST A new me Hello everyone! Time for a change! I basically know what I need to do...exercise, which I love to do. Eating healthy, I know what to do, but love to eat sweets and know this is sabotaging myself. I need a support group to be accountable to and to celebrate with when I have met goals. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 08:19:28 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 I'm back to SP - 7.5 yrs later It's been over 7 years since I was an avid SP user. Everyone here helped me to achieve my weight loss goals at that time. My weight has been up and down over the years, but never went up to the weight I was when I first joined SP. <BR> Last visit to my doctor I was told my sugar levels are creeping up as ell as my cholesterol. Nothing major but if I don't wiatch out it they could get higher. So.... I decided to lose those 15lbs and start to get regular exercise and reduce levels natu... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 23:43:14 EST First real snow today Well we got about 3 inches...light fluffy snow. Hoping it melts or at least the roads get plowed and dry by thursday. I have to go out tomorrow. HOPE YOU DONT MIBD THE CAPS. <BR> I SEE THE LETTERS BETTER. IM NIT YELLING FYI. <BR> BUT... IT was NICE to see THE SQUIRRELS and BIRDS still come around. My FIRST winter OF FEEDING THEM IN THE WINTER. ITS KIND OF NEAT YO SEE THEIR FOOT PRINTS IN THE SNOW. THE SQUIRRELS ARE EARLY BIRDS FOR ME. THEY PROBABLY COME BEFORE ME AS I SEE FOOT PRINTS WHE... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 22:26:00 EST New Year, New Me Hello Spark family! I'm a returning member, but I still consider myself new. My first entry into Spark was very short lived and I didn't take advantage of all Spark has to offer. However, I am back to give this my 100%. The past year has been a stressful one filled with a lot of loss and a bit a depression. Now, I am in a positive place mentally and I'm really to get there physical. I know this will be a long road for me, but with a positive community and support behind me, I will push forwar... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 13:39:41 EST New But Not Real New Hi, I'm Susan, and I've been a member here for a long time but haven't posted or tracked in quite a while. I'm 71 and retired and live in Central Virginia. I have lost weight since I have been here with downgrade of my thyroid med and following the Keto eating plan but I found my way back to my favorite, SP. <em>524</em> <em>249</em> <BR> I enjoy all messages and articles but my favorites are success stories. <BR> I'm so happy to be back. <BR> Tue, 10 Dec 2019 21:55:03 EST First post -- got to get my *&*$ together I have a long history of being active, but during the past year I've totally gone off the rails. I've gained 23lbs (now at 203) and don't even recognize myself. I've had it. That said, I do need to be in a community of like minded people to get my act together. My biggest problem is stress eating. I sit on my butt dealing with software development issues and sink my woes into food. It has to stop. Tue, 10 Dec 2019 20:50:21 EST Long Term Sparker I am happy to say that I am a long time member of SparkPeople since almost the beginning. I have been on and off since around 2006 or 2007, somewhere in there. I am not new by any means. But, so much has changed that I created a new sparkpage, plus I forgot my old information. <BR> <BR> <BR> My name is Tammy but I prefer Portia. I am a 49 year old female living in Los Angeles, CA with my cat Skitters. I have lost weight 2 times, getting down to a size 14 and then gaining it back. This time... Tue, 10 Dec 2019 20:21:58 EST New, but not new I was a member awhile back and loved it, moved where there was no net and now I'm back with the goals to get fit and keep fit! <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you all! <BR> <BR> Tue, 10 Dec 2019 20:00:39 EST Just getting back - would like help/ advice Hello! <BR> <BR> My name is Ken. I was a member before and had lost a lot of weight but have gained it back. <BR> <BR> I have been eating clean for a few days and want to get back to the gym, but am looking for an accountability partner to help. I have tried to lose and get back to the motivated person that I was (lost 100lbs in 8 months without starving - only ate very clean .. frequent excersise), but every time I tried I fell off. A lot of it had to do with a huge emotional burden that... Mon, 9 Dec 2019 17:59:34 EST Making a commitment I started with Sparks a few days ago as part of a reboot of my life. I'm just a month away from retirement and will have no excuses then for not paying attention to my food and excercise. I have at least 50 pounds to lose and my main problem with eating occurs after dinner. Mon, 9 Dec 2019 08:55:59 EST I have lost more weight now Hi to all' <BR> <BR> I have lost more weight now down to 82.1 which is really good I am really pleased to say the least I am so determined to do this. <BR> <BR> <BR> Dolphin500. Sat, 7 Dec 2019 16:51:23 EST Hello I am struggling with my weight and mad at myself for letting it get to this point. I just don't seem to have the motivation I need. Sat, 7 Dec 2019 07:39:37 EST My Introduction Hello Everyone! <BR> I am here to lose 200 pounds, and I am very excited to finally begin this journey! <BR> Best of luck to all of you as well! Thu, 5 Dec 2019 19:30:43 EST Greetings from TX! Hello Spark folks! I am returning with a brand spanking new account in hopes that this will be the time I finally get my stuff together. I don't plan to stress too much over the Holiday season, but rather get started now, making tracking a habit, so I will be able to hit the ground running in 2020. I hope to make some friends and accountability buddies along the way! Thu, 5 Dec 2019 16:44:57 EST Reboot in Progress Working on getting back on track. I had lost 45 pounds, but now have gained 20 back. My goal is to get down to 120 pounds, so only 85 to lose. Motivation was my down fall before, so am working on keeping it going. Tue, 3 Dec 2019 20:55:42 EST Hello! I am not technically new here. I've had accounts since I could sign up for Now it's basically ten years later, and I'm scared for my health. I am more serious about my weight now than I ever have before. I want to lose as much weight as possible in the next year but it's also important to me to develop and maintain healthy habits over the long term. I know this won't be easy and there will be setbacks. As long as I keep getting back on track over and over then I should be able... Mon, 2 Dec 2019 22:53:51 EST im new hi everyone. im here to lose weight and make friends!!! Mon, 2 Dec 2019 12:35:44 EST 2,524 Days Later... Sooooo... I started this whole weight loss journey 2,524 days ago. You would think that would have been plenty of time to reach my goals. It was plenty of time, but I fell of the wagon... got dragged by the wagon... the wagon ran over me.... the wagon reversed to pick me up, and ran over me again... BUT I am slowly climbing back on the wagon, and this time hope not only to stay on the dang thing, but to grab the reins and make it across the finish line. A LOT has happened between day 1 and 2,... Mon, 2 Dec 2019 11:02:49 EST Food Addict In Recovery Morbidly obese 65 year old female that needs to stop consuming food that is not in any way healthy. I am using a 12 Step Program to guide me toward a healthy balance with food. The Spark People Program will show my progress with numeric accountability and show patterns I need to correct. I look forward to the non-judgemental support. Sun, 1 Dec 2019 18:24:33 EST back for the umpteen time Hi, still overweight. this time I'm feeling lousy, very short of breath, miserable. will still try again to make myself exercise more, eat less each day, and eat well. my family and f riends are concerned about me but I have no zest. weight 236.6 lbs 5' 4" TALL. <BR> <BR> retired, widowed, go to gym, I enjoy creating gift cards, not scrapbooking. Sun, 1 Dec 2019 16:13:35 EST Joined a few days ago, hello SparkPeople! Been exploring and finding my way around. Set a few short term goals, joined the BLC winter challenge and loving the trackers. Looking forward to new friends and enjoying the process of a healthier lifestyle. Appreciate any/all recommendations and advice. Thank you. Sat, 30 Nov 2019 18:55:23 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 New Senior member Hi, I am new here. I am just about 65 (in about a week) and also over weight. I need to loose about 45 lbs. I am an active exerciser and getting back into running. I have run 4 half marathons and several 10Ks and I run a 5K every time I go out to run. I also go to a general exercise class twice a week. I am sidelined for running right now because of a hamstring injury. I just recently retired and I am really enjoying not going to work. I enjoy reading, crocheting and going to concerts. I ... Fri, 29 Nov 2019 18:02:49 EST looking for a better me Hi y'all, I am new to Spark. I am 44 and I have been dieting and exercising for over a year and have lost 80#'s. In the past 2 months I've only lost 3 #'s and I think i've hit a plateau. Ughh I found this group when searching for ideas of what to do. Looking forward to learning how to be a healthier me! <BR> <BR> I am open to any suggestions on breaking though the plateau. <BR> Thanks <BR> Tutti Wed, 27 Nov 2019 23:37:08 EST Challenged Senior Hello, <BR> I'm new to Sparks. I'm 62 years old and too fat. I just recently went back to work after 20+ years, at a large grocery store where I'm a checkout clerk. It's been a big challenge being on my feet for hours at a time and moving constantly but I can't help but feel it's healthy for me. <BR> <BR> I'm also a mom to an 11 year old. She was my grandbaby but became my daughter at 3. She keeps me busy too, but it's with school and shopping and driving her where she needs to go. <BR> ... Wed, 27 Nov 2019 10:29:39 EST Back again! I have been doing this since 2014. I am down 53 pounds in the last year. But have been stalled for the past few months. I need to find a way to get losing weight again! <em>593</em> Wed, 27 Nov 2019 10:08:38 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 I have been to hospital again today Hi to all <BR> <BR> I went to see the orthopedic surgeon today about my feet really painfull when walking had more xrays this morning doc thinks I have rheumatiod arthritis after looking at xrays and seeing my feet and me telling him how my knees are both swollen. <BR> I have to go back in 6 weeks time. <BR> For my blood results. <BR> <BR> Dolphin500. <em>46</em> Tue, 26 Nov 2019 18:24:52 EST I have lost some weight already Hi to all' <BR> <BR> I was 88.8 I am now 84kg through healthy eating. <BR> I want to loose more before Xmas and after Xmas hubby has been and bought Xmas bars really high sugar and I am diabetic so won't eat them at all. <BR> He dose it to stop me loosing weight which is not nice of him at all. <BR> <BR> <BR> Dolphin5001 Mon, 25 Nov 2019 14:25:19 EST Hello My name is Lyn. I'm new to the Spark world. I recently dropped 30 lbs in 4 months on Noom but have decided not to continue there and so here I am! I could stand to lose another 10-15 lbs but am finding it much harder now. Plan is to steady the course and up my exercise! I love the tight community here. I'm so happy to have found a new home! Mon, 25 Nov 2019 09:21:35 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 17:37:19 EST trying to do this right So, I'm a 20-year old college student and I really want to get in shape. I've been out of shape since middle school, even though at some points in my life I got really strong and somewhat fit, but I never really got to my goal. <BR> so last year, before I started college I had lost quite a bit of weight. throughout the previous weight I gained it back and actually got to my heaviest weight ever (over 190 lbs). At the beginning of last summer, I started losing weight without doing anything (p... Sun, 24 Nov 2019 06:06:24 EST New group - No sugar No flour Hi. I just wanted to share that I have put up a new group called <BR> <BR> No Sugar No flour using the guidelines of BLE (Bright Line Eating) <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=71454 </link> <BR> <BR> I have been on this program now for 17 days and have followed taking it one day at a time - as of today November 22 2019 I have lost 14.5 pounds = that I accomplished in 2 weeks 3 days. If I can do it you can do it. <BR> <BR> If interested please click o... Fri, 22 Nov 2019 22:17:16 EST YA New guy Hi. I'm Mike. I'm at SparkPeople to try to get into great shape -- I'm in OK shape now having lost 30 pounds since the first of the year. But I still have 18 more pounds to go. <BR> <BR> My ultimate goal? To see my abs again. Wish me luck. Wed, 20 Nov 2019 15:15:35 EST Back for round 2 18 months ago I lost 50lbs was successful at maintaining that my new weight for over a year, but then I hurt myself and had to put my training for a 1/2 marathon on hold... only problem, I neglected to adjust my food intake to account for the lack of not running 8+ miles 4 days a week. So here I am again! <BR> <BR> I've done this before, I can do it again! Wed, 20 Nov 2019 14:27:21 EST Back on the weight wagon again. Hi all! Trying for the 4th time to drop the weight and A1C #'s. Maintaining for good is my issue. Excuses...I've got a million of them. Wed, 20 Nov 2019 08:47:42 EST Starting over, one day at a time.... Hi, y'all! In 2008 I started this journey and a year later I had lost 102lbs. I did very well at maintaining that loss until about a year ago. I have slowly gained back 27 lbs. <BR> <BR> I'm back and slowly getting on track, using my SP tools. I am using SP to gain accountability too. I am hoping I can improve my nutrition. I know you can't out exercise a poor diet. I have a lot of work to do in that area. Wish me luck, as I work on retraining my brain around food. <em>224</em> Tue, 19 Nov 2019 13:56:04 EST New! Just had gallbladder removed 5 days ago. Hi all - I just joined after gallbladder removal jump started my weight loss with 10# off because I couldn't eat for 5 days! Any other others who've had theirs out and have continued success. I'm 55 yo and 5'5" had climbed up to 220#. Looking forward to healthy living. <em>9</em> Mon, 18 Nov 2019 21:53:00 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 17 Nov 2019 18:15:16 EST JAK2 gene is my so called health ussue. Im wondering if anyone else has this health issue .it causes a lot of major health issues and so does the medicine the drs have me on. This gene causes strokes, which i had one, in 1979. It also causes heart attacks; which i have had two last December. But... It was how i learned of my blood disorder, abd that it also causes leukemia abd cancer. <BR> <BR> My sister lost a child at age leukemia. I think that happened because she had a gene from both her parents as my sister... Sun, 17 Nov 2019 02:31:41 EST so excited and not so confused HI EVERYONE: TODAY IS DAY ONE FOR ME AND I AM SO EXCITED TO FIND LIFE AGAIN. GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS IS NOT FUN. WHEN I FIRST SIGNED INTO SPARK I THOUGHT I WOULD HAVE A TOUGH TIME WITH THE PROGRAM. HOWEVER, THIS IS WONDERFUL. LOVIN' THIS. IS THIS EASY TO STAY ON? HAS IT TRANSFORMED ANYONE FOR A BETTER LIFE? Fri, 15 Nov 2019 18:20:33 EST Hi I'm 58. Tired of struggling with my weight and being unhealthy. Need Help!!!! I can't put it all together. Don't even know where to start. Work 2 jobs and feel I don't have the time or ability to fit in getting healthy and lose weight. Please tell me where to start. I've tried so many different diets and feel confused at what to do, what plan to follow. Should it be keto, paleo, etc.? I'm so tired, I have little energy after work to cook healthy meals let alone exercise. How's that for... Fri, 15 Nov 2019 07:38:19 EST Back, but will i be here long? Been here before but they keep changing things and i cant seem to alway get access. And i feel loss. Im wondering how my old spark friends are doing? Me not so good. Found out after 40 plus years i got a blood disorder, a rare one, and all the Doctors can do for me is give me blood thinners and they want to instill a defibrillator in me, but i refused. Because I'm tired of Drs. I THINK they just want to keep you sick, so they can milk you for a pay day. And besides heaven is a better an... Thu, 14 Nov 2019 10:04:36 EST Here we go again! Hello, my name is Lisa. I have been on and off of sparkpeople for the last 10 years. I have recently lost 65lbs ( was 70 but gained a bit back) I have used the trackers the entire time but think getting back into the community will help push past my plateau and just keep me accountable. I have been killing it at the gym, which was always my biggest struggle, I go 5 days a week for a good hour now, however, my food which I used to nail is suffering and is the main cause of me flip flopping. It... Thu, 14 Nov 2019 09:04:46 EST Reaching Onederland by End of the Decade Hi all ~ I managed to lose 70lbs last year, then stalled and have been gaining and losing the same 10-15 pounds most of this year. Recently realized we're quickly approaching the END OF DECADE and I'm not going out like that! It's not nearly enough time to reach my goal weight of 178lbs (total 100lb loss) w/out surgery, but its certainly time enough to reach onederland. All I need is a swift kick in the azz and a roadmap, lol. Sat, 9 Nov 2019 20:04:06 EST Helphelpfreaknghelp Please someone tell me how to make a blog entry. The post new blog button is NOWHERE to be found!!!!😭? Sat, 9 Nov 2019 17:00:40 EST Needing some help Hello. I'm a 67 year old woman who has decided that being over weight has got to stop. I know that at my age I have to go slowly so that's why I joined Spark. I understand that it lets you lose at your own pace without giving up some of those favorite foods that you love so much. I haven't told my family that I set a goal for myself for next June because I feel they would be constantly watching me and let's face it....they are not the most supportive. This is something I am doing for mys... Fri, 8 Nov 2019 17:49:21 EST Looking for a different way of life Hi, I'm Laryn and I'm tired of hating myself <BR> <BR> Two years ago I was extremely fit and had a very physically demanding job as a barn hand. I left that job because of personal issues and my body quickly changed. I have never been fond of the gym or 'working out'. I much prefer an active lifestyle and physically demanding labor. But over the last year or so I have found it very difficult to maintain any sort of fitness schedule. <BR> <BR> I have gained about 15 pounds from my barn days,... Thu, 7 Nov 2019 14:43:01 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 17:46:51 EST New to this forum I'm new to this website and have been getting the gist of everything. <BR> <BR> My journey to being more serious about health and fitness started after my doctor shared the results of my cholesterol tests some years ago: 242. I immediately changed my nightly feeding patterns which featured mostly Buffalo wings, Pizza Hut Meat-Lovers pizza, or Whoppers with cheese. <BR> <BR> I also slowly backed away from the bar scene, too. After months of eating better, my cholesterol dropped to 139.... Sat, 2 Nov 2019 06:18:13 EST Happy to be back at SP Many years ago I was a regular here at SP. I have returned to the place that I got wonderful support and where I can log things for accountability purposes. It helps me to be more successful in my journey to better health. <BR> <BR> Barbara Fri, 1 Nov 2019 22:10:37 EST New Kid on block Hi - <BR> <BR> I recently joined SparkPeople and have posted a few messages but not really sure who all is seeing them? <BR> <BR> I will be 71 on the 28th and I need to get myself in better shape! <BR> I am trying sooo hard to loose weight and get healthy. <BR> <BR> My husband and I both had major heart surgery in 2017. We both had other issues after that - one was my husband developed dementia and I just had lots of complications after the surgery. <BR> <BR> My dear husband passed away ... Fri, 1 Nov 2019 17:39:03 EST 21 Day New Member Challenge Hi everyoone! <BR> <BR> My name is Jayne and I am on my 21 day challenge! I am very shy and normally won't post much, just "like" other posts, but part of my challenge is saying hello. <BR> <BR> So it's day 5, I am a yoga instructor who is have a REALLY big birthday in a month, and have gotten "thick" over the years. I wanted to track my food and activity to help me get to a healthier weight, so here I am with sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> Thanks for just being here. <BR> Om shanti, Jayne Fri, 1 Nov 2019 11:14:51 EST Not sure I want to lose weight, but maybe I do? I lost a bunch of weight a couple of years ago. It was hard. I have PCOS with insulin resistance. I had to eat no carbs and work out like crazy, and even then the weight loss was slow. I got down to a size 10, and I felt really good. Then, I suddenly lost my job, due to the company's financial issues, and I was rejected by a guy I thought I was building a future with. Out of the blue, he cut me off completely, wouldn't return my messages or calls or anything. Haven't heard a word from him sin... Thu, 31 Oct 2019 15:21:59 EST Newbie - hello Sparks :) With multiple health issues, including weight that blew up with the type of chemo I was on for leukemia (cured now), diabetes, neuropathy, dysautonomia/POTS, degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, seizures, and degenerative joint disease (to which the rheumatologist said, as did 2 orthopedic surgeons, that I'm not a candidate for joint replacement since I've had lung blood clots), I need to dump the lard. I finally got a referral with a dietician that I'm looking forward to, to increase m... Tue, 29 Oct 2019 15:20:27 EST trying again....need a buddy Hi , I am Patty. I am a 63 year old grandma to one . I have several age related problems the biggest being my weight and my diabetes. I am a couch potato. I am uninspired to exercise at a gym. I am looking for someone to exercise with ...walk or whatever just no gym. I am way to embarrassed for that. I live in Nutter Fort West Virginia. Mon, 28 Oct 2019 15:17:24 EST First Day So I am new here and I heard about Spark People from a friend at work. I told her I needed a weight loss buddy or something to keep me on track. If it is just me I cannot seem to stick to it. Don't really know if this is what we do here. I am 38, from Des Moines, IA, looking to lose 100lbs. Mon, 28 Oct 2019 13:15:55 EST Starting my new day today I have slacked off for at least a year now and now I find myself in a pickle. Obese and high blood pressure. I am starting with small goals for now. Giving myself January 12 to lose 27 pounds. Then I will start a new challenge. <BR> Happy to find this place. Mon, 28 Oct 2019 09:27:10 EST Happy to be here! Morning!! I am so excited to have found this amazing site but must admit to being a bit overwhelmed by the amount of info and activities available. I'm 71 and want to lose weight so that, hopefully, I can get of some meds! Any advise on the best way to navigate this program would be most appreciated! Thank you and don;t fprget to count your blessings today! <em>247</em> Mon, 28 Oct 2019 08:43:08 EST Slow and Steady Wins the Race Here I am trying hard to stay on track. I have been a member for many years. I have learned a lot from SparkPeople by reading daily articles and joining different challenges. <BR> We all know that staying healthy is our ultimate goal. Doing things to stay on track is easier somedays than others. <BR> Talking on the message boards is not something that I do often. I am trying to incorporate it into my daily routine. <BR> <em>593</em> Mon, 28 Oct 2019 07:43:12 EST New here Hello from coooold South Dakota! The wind is blowing and it's 31 degrees outside. Too cold for October for me. If you can't tell, I'm a transplant from the East Coast. Can't wait to retire and get back there to enjoy four seasons again. I am new here on SP and this is my first board post. I want to get healthy again. I have a lot of inflammation issues and get sick a lot. Kind of sick of being sick. So here I am. Off on a new journey. Sun, 27 Oct 2019 12:31:29 EST Napa, CA or Bay Area Walking Buddy? Hi there! <BR> I've done a few challenges on here and i'd like to take it to the next level and meet some people! I live in Napa, if you live nearby and are interested in a walking buddy, feel free to let me know via private message! <BR> -Kaele (Kay-lee) Sat, 26 Oct 2019 19:15:31 EST New/Introduction Good morning, I wanted to say hello from Texas. I’ve unplugged from all social media and now spend much more time exercising. I’m tracking my meals, but unfortunately my 50 year old sister-in-law passed away unexpectedly and today is her funeral. I find myself wanting unhealthy comfort food and started overindulging yesterday (huge meal and dessert). Any tips as to how to divert my mindset of eating away my grief? Sat, 26 Oct 2019 07:31:30 EST coming back to spark people Hi everyone, this is my spark page. I am really hoping that I can better myself through weight loss and also hoping that I can increase my self esteem. I really have a negative opinion about myself. I have church friends they like me for who I am, but do I like me for who I am, No. I don't know why I feel this way, I just do. I know that Spark is a weight loss program, I know I need to lose weight I am 5'4'' tall and weigh 345 pounds and believe me I want to lose this weight, health reasons a... Fri, 25 Oct 2019 16:48:19 EST Newbie I'm working to lose over 100 pounds and do so in a moderate, sustainable way. Want to take it slow and introduce habit change in a methodical way. <BR> <BR> I want to switch my thinking and behaviors for the positive. Fri, 25 Oct 2019 11:52:30 EST Let's do this again! I found sparkpeople 3 years ago and it was great. I did loose weight but then of course life gets in the way and other things seem to take priority. I am back now and very committed. I know it works if I stick with it and most of all am honest about logging everything. Good luck everyone, we can do this! Fri, 25 Oct 2019 06:49:55 EST New girl in town Hi im new here! i have 96 lbs to lose! i did lose 9 stone but issues surrounding family did my usual trick of turning to food and unhealthy snacks. I have a long way to go but im sure i will get inspiration from spark people. Looking forward to getting to know my way around. Wed, 23 Oct 2019 14:20:30 EST Up 2 Hi all. Did my weekly weigh in this morning. Find a 2 pound weight gain. I have had a cold last week and didn't do much for three days. Is that the reason? <BR> Tue, 22 Oct 2019 07:08:45 EST