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3/1/12 1:09 P

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Hi y'all! I'm a college student graduating this spring. Between working multiple jobs and a busy class schedule, I usually end up having 18+ hour work days, sometimes closer to 20 by the time I'm done with my school work. That made losing weight pretty hard! I've been using Sparkpeople for about 6 weeks now and I've lost 23.2 pounds so far. Using Sparkpeople in conjunction with SlimFast has really been working for me. :) My goal by graduation in May is to be down to about 185 by graduation in May. I've already ordered my robes since the deadline was very early, so my goal is to make them look silly because they're so big on me! My long term goal is to get down to between 127 and 137. When I get closer I think I'll know what is a healthy weight for me to stop at. In the mean time, I'm just enjoying setting and meeting little goals!

I really hope to get to know you all better. I'd love to find someone who's about the same age/height/weight/size to be buddies with! I haven't really been using the community aspect of SP as much as I could be, so I'm looking forward to talking to some of you. Best of luck to everyone!

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2/29/12 5:57 A

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Just joined today and ready to get this ball rolling!

Just some quick facts about me, I'm 24 years-old, engaged, and work mainly with children. I was recently diagnosed with pre-diabetes and fibromyalgia. So those 2 things are just some of the reasons for my weight loss decision. My main goal is to lose enough weight by next year so my sister can buy my wedding dress for me :-D.

So that's me in a nutshell. Good luck to all!

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2/28/12 5:16 P

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Hi! I joined sparkpeople last week and I have been getting myself familiar with the site and all it has to offer. I am impressed so far about how much the message boards actually help. I am 25 years old and I want to lose 100+ lbs by the end of the year. I am engaged to a wonderful man and I want to be in the best shape of my life for our wedding in April of next year. We have been through a lot together. I recently had a miscarriage (February 7, 2012) and I want to be in better shape before I get pregnant again. It was heartbreaking to go through that...but at that point, I decided instead of getting insanely depressed and just sitting around and being sad, I was going to do something about my health. I want to be healther, happier and sexier! lol. I want to be proud of who I am. I think this is the best site for motivation and encouragement. I haven't done so well in the past several days but I am constantly learning about the foods to eat and what exercises I need to be doing in order to get results. I am proud to take this step but I don't want to give up like all of the other times I have tried in the past. I want to look back in December and be happy with what I have accomplished. Good luck to everyone out there. I hope we all make our weight loss dreams a reality! :)

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2/28/12 5:04 P

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Welcome Heather! 20lbs in 16 days is insanely fast and it won't and SHOULDN'T stay like that. Most everybody says the healthy way is 2 lbs a week but if you have a lot to lose like all of us on this team, we will probably lose more than 2 lbs a week with good nutrition and exercise. I'm not sure what the phentermine and diet you are talking about is, but if it is medically prescribed then talk to your doctor. If it isn't medically prescribed, check with your doctor still about it or with someone who has a lot of knowledge on it. My personal thoughts on it is it's not good, it's not something that can be used long term and what will happen when you get off of it? I definitely don't want to discourage you, I just want to be real with ya.
:-) If you're using it as a "jump start" then focus on a good diet that you can keep long term as a lifestyle change and you should be able to maintain a good 2-3 lbs weightloss a week probably, maybe even more. Again, I don't want to discourage you, but this isn't a quick fix, you want to be able to keep the weight off right? That involves learning healthier habits and learning what you should be eating.

I'm sorry if I kept repeating myself lol. There's so much to say but I don't want to seem like I'm preaching to ya. :-) Let me know if you want anymore info!

Remember, even small weight loss is great!!!

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2/28/12 4:53 P

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Welcome all newbies!

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2/28/12 1:31 P

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Hi Everyone,

My name is Robin, I'm from Canada, and am just about 6 months post-op from having the Vertical Sleeve Gasterectomy. I am just new to SP and new to this group. I'm 29 and have a total of 165 lbs to lose that of which I have lost about 70 in the last five months.

I really love SP for all the helpful hints and motivation it provides to me. As well as being able to track my dietary and fitness goals and intake.

Wishing everyone the best of luck in their individual weight-loss journey!!

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2/28/12 10:28 A

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I am 24 years old and am wanting to lose 150 lbs in a year(hopefully).I just started the phentermine and diet 3 weeks ago and had lost 20 lbs in the first 16 days, but now it seems like i am not losing anymore. Any suggestions on how to keep losing weight rapidly?

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2/26/12 7:26 P

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Hey Everyone! My name's Tara, I'm a 25 year-old who recently (past 2-3 years) put on about 150lbs. I've been trying hard to lose weight for the past couple years without much luck and thought joining an online support group might help. I am feeling extremely motivated and look forward to connecting with others who share my weight loss and health goals. :-)

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2/26/12 5:50 A

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Hi all! I've been in and out of SP for a while but I am here to stay from now on, I am feeling really motivated and its great to know that there are people to share this journey with!

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2/26/12 3:09 A

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Hey all! I'm Sophia. I'm 23 years old, currently living and attending graduate school in NYC. I'll be graduating soon, and I'm realizing that "real life" is right around the corner - and I've decided that I want to live mine to the fullest. For me, a big part of this means committing to a healthy lifestyle.
I've struggled with weight loss and weight gain since I was in elementary school. Today I weigh 288 lbs, the most I've ever weighed. My ultimate goal weight is 130 lbs. I know that reaching this goal won't be easy and I know that it's going to take some time. That's why I'm here! I plan to reach out to others for support, and I hope that you all will reach out to me as well. I'm new to SparkPeople, and I'm looking for support from folks like you all. Please feel free to add me (if I don't add you first!) - let's be friends!

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2/25/12 8:02 P

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Hey everyone! My name is Ashley. I am officially on the way to losing all this extra weight that i have put on over the years. I currently weigh in at 357 (Yeah ouch I know) and my goal weight would have to be around 180. I know its a huge chunk of weight to lose,but i know that with support i will be able to do this. It's hard for me to lose weight because my family isn't really fat. They are all pretty fit and look good, i'm the ugly duckling, but i am going to change that! I am ready to kick the extra fat's a** :)

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2/24/12 4:52 P

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Hey guys! My name is Amanda and I'm bran new to SP. I've been wondering around on the site a bit and I think I'm in love! I currently weigh in at 375lbs (ouch) Never said that out loud lol but it's time for a change :) I'm a bit of a procrastinater... well I WAS a bit of a procrastinater! Time to get my life headed in the right direction :) Looking forward to my weigh loss journey. You all are such an inspiration! Thank you for helping give me the motivation and hope that I needed. For the first time in a while I'm actually looking forward to what my future holds!

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2/23/12 12:12 P

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I'm new to the group and Spark. I'm Nat, a single mummy to 2 children under 3! I've abeen overweight since I first began suffering with depression aged 14 and the weight's crept on since then.

I just want to get down to a healthy weight so I can shop in normal clothes shops and be able to run around after my girls!

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Welcome other newbies.

I am new too. Though i joined sparkpeople end of october. So been with spark now for 4 months, and just trying to figure out my flaws and such that im taking a new approach to sparkpeople and my weight.

I am 26, wife and mother to 3. I have not always been this big just since i had my first about 7 years ago. Before that i was always good with my weight. I guess with alot of changes, marriage, pregnancy, children you tend to rack up the scale but i am no longer going to make excuses, i am going to make changes, of my habit, of my approach to weight loss, and everything that goes with it.

Glad i have found an group not only is it in my age group but the amount i too need to loose. Hopefully i will meet many friends here to compare our words , get advice and support that we all desperately need in this battle we should take together.

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2/22/12 1:47 P

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Welcome Carmen & On_A_MissionMom!

Carmen, it sounds like you have a good support system at home which is great! We're also here to support you as well....and I would love to have your support also!

On A Mission Mom (I should've looked at your page first to see if your name was on it), that's so awesome that your kids are eating healthier. That's so important. I don't have kids yet but one of my reasons for doing this is so I can get healthy and learn as much as I can so that when I have kids I can teach them the right ways to eat and to be active so hopefully they'll never struggle with weight like I have. And I think as far as your hubby, definitely cook healthy so he can at least eat the right stuff too...but I think the more he sees how much better you feel with eating healthy and exercising, he'll want to do it with you.

Good luck to both of you! WE CAN DO THIS!!!!! :-)

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2/22/12 11:43 A

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Hello everyone! I'm new to the group but not to SPARK emoticon .I'm 24 yrs old. Stay at home mom of 2. I originally joined then left then rejoined spark because I'm going on vacation and was embarrassed of my weight. I had big plans to lose all this weight before vaca time but looks like i'm not going to hit that goal. I am however considered healthier then i have been in a long time. I thank Spark for giving me well...me back. I seem to not be losing much weight but i have gone down a size in my clothes so thats at least a positive thing. I track almost every calorie I eat or drink, count every minute on the treadmill or other exercise i do. I live in a very small town with limited rescorces so I have been trying to make do with what i do have. I am sooooo ready for warmer weather so I can take my kids outside and go walking at the park or playing soccer with them. After reading tons of info on here i realized I am not just doing this for myself, but for my kids. They now eat healthier and always eat at least 1 veggie with every meal. I cut out sodas except maybe once on the weekend. I've had a hard struggle with trying to get the hubby motivated to exercise because he works so many hours a day at work (oilfield) but at least I can control what he eats when he is home. I really hope this team has active members bc thats what I am really looking for. emoticon

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2/21/12 8:15 A

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Good morning everyone! I'm Carmen and im 26. I'm looking to lose a bit over 100 lbs so i can finally be my healthy weight for my height and feel comfortable with myself. I'm 5'2 and 237 pounds.

I have not always been overweight. In high school i was quite the athlete. When i went to college, i lost control, especially since i was not working out or taking care of myself like i was before (in high school.)

I finished college and started working in 2007. I love my job and i met the man of my dreams! He's very supportive, treats me well, gives me a lot of love and very patient. Despite me having a lot of fun with him (traveling, cooking, etc.) I do not have control over my weight. He recognizes this and tries to help me. But I am my worst enemy, so his efforts (and mine) have not gone so well...

I decided that enough is enough. I need to take control over my weight and eating habits. I think the group will be great support! Of course, I'm here to support YOU as well! I hope to be able to show my progress and gain the self confidence that I so badly need (and crave.)

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2/20/12 3:01 P

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Hi Jessica & Lindie, welcome!

Lindie, you'll look awesome and make the extended family eat their words. :-) I hate when people make fun of others, especially family!

Jessica, I've not done Weight Watchers but I know several people who have and they enjoy it. I prefer to eat clean (cut out pretty much all processed foods). It works the best for me and when I do that, I hardly have to count calories, etc, it's usually right on the money.

Good luck to both of you!

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2/20/12 1:26 P

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Hey everyone! I'm Jessica and I'm 22. I'm graduating in a couple of months and starting grad school soon! I'm excited to graduate but also scared to leave behind the comfortable- school, old job, etc.

Anyways, I've always been overweight, for as long as I can remember and with all these other changes happening, I want to add one more- lose weight. I'm 5'6'' and weight 310lbs (that sucks to say, even typing it hurts). Ideally, when I'm all said and done I'd like to be about 130-140 but for now, I'm trying to get to 175 by June 2013, which I know will be a serious challenge.

I was excited to see this group, with other 20 somethings who need to lose serious weight. I think it will be a great support!

Has anyone ever tried any programs like weight watchers? I'm seriously considering joining, but want to know if it's worth the money.

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2/20/12 12:33 P

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Hi guys! I'm Lindie, 29, from South Africa. I have been overweight since I was about 11, but at 260 I am the biggest I have ever been and am mortified to find that most of my clothes are getting too tight. Again. I had a small measure of success on this site last year, but allowed myself to backslide and then dig the hole a little deeper.

Enough of that, I say. This year I plan on working my ass off (literally). My 30th birthday is coming up in December and should the world not end before then, I plan on throwing a big party. Being mid summer over here during that time, I would actually like to be able to wear my bathing suit and not feel like I should hide in my room all night out of shame. It would also be nice to no longer be on the receiving end of the extended family's fat girl jokes.

I am hoping to make some friends here and that we can keep each other motivated and on track.

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2/19/12 7:20 P

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Hey y'all! It's so refreshing to see other people around my age looking for the same thing. I'm 28 from North Carolina and started at 248lbs on 2/14/12. I've tried a few times before to lose weight and lost 30lbs here and 20 there but it always came back on plus more because I wouldn't stick with it. I've read so much about how to eat clean and workout but would hardly do it. I'm so blessed to have my mom going through this with me. We joined a gym last weekend and had a free training session on Tuesday...Valentine's Day! Thank you Lord we had an awesome trainer who kicked our butts. I finally realized what it was that I was missing until now...someone to push me! I can work out all I want on my own or even with my mom but if I start to feel nauseous (which happens a lot) I always quit or I don't push myself to do more. But Andy pushed me, and I was able to take a minute break and get right back in there, I would never have done that without him. We signed up for a years worth of sessions so I know I have to stick with it. They're expensive but I know I need them, and I'll have to cut down on spending elsewhere...I mean hey, I'm already not going to fast food restaurants daily so that's some money saved! :-)

I want to lose 125-130lbs and would love to do it in a year but definitely by my 30th birthday in May 2013.

I could sit here and write all night but most of it is on my page so check it out if you want to know more.

I can't wait to get to know y'all better and go through our journey's together!!

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2/19/12 6:07 P

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Have you guys ever tried Weight Watchers? I did it for a spell and had some great success with it, thinking of doing it again. I definitely don't want to pay for all of it though, so good thing I still have most of my stuff! If you guys want any pointers, let me know.

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Howdy! I'm Lauren, 29 from Cleveland, TN. I joined SparkPeople & this team back in Aug 2011 but didn't stick with it. I came back in Jan & have been doing better ever since. I am still looking for a support system as that's what I really need to help me on my weight loss journey. People to be supportive when I need it & to give me a kick in the butt when I need that as well.

I've been overweight my whole life but was slowly but steadily losing weight before I moved out-of-state 3 years ago to be with my-now husband. I gave up graduate school, a new job, & moved far from family & friends to move. Totally worth it because I have my husband but things were still hard. I gained roughly 100+ in 3 years & I hate, hate, hate it. I was also diagnosed with depression & severe anxiety during those 3 years. It's hard for me to leave the house sometimes because in the past several years, I've had so many rude comments & stares thrown my way.

I don't recognize the person I've become. I wouldn't take crap from anyone before & I'm not going to let any losers affect me now. I have 150 lbs total to lose but my first goal is to get to below 200. I've lost 7 lbs so far, but still have a long way to go & am looking for Spark buddies to have on this journey & go through the highs & lows together.

2012 is the year ALL of us need to be happy & healthy. I can do it & so can you. Feel free to add me as a friend!

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2/19/12 10:57 A

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PS- feel free to add me and chit chat! :)

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2/19/12 10:44 A

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Hello. My name is Ashley and I am 21.

I am 5'2 and 270 pounds. I have been trying to get rid of these pounds with no avail! However I am ready to totally make a change. I am in college right now which makes it hard to eat right because I live on campus. I can't cook my own food and I am on a meal plan. My school has some good foods but most of it is fried and unhealthy. It seems that everything comes with fries. I don't know what else to say but hello everyone. I hope we can all help each other and finally get healthy. emoticon

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2/18/12 4:29 P

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AHHHH I FEEL LIKE IVE DONE A MILLION OF THESE ALREADY!!

OK Hi!!

Im Charlene :)
Im 24 and currently 287lb.
Ideally, and I STRESS IDEALLY I should be 170 for my height of 5'10" but frankly I'd be the cow over the moon if I get to 200!

I currently work out 5 days a week for about 2 hrs and I leave a sweaty mess but I dont always feel like I've done enough and my weight is coming off very sloooooowly but Im trying to stick with and reaching out for support.

All the best and happy sweating!

Jamaican born and raised!!!

Sunflower looking for the sunlight.
Learning to love myself and keep it together.
Peace and Blessings.
"Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there."

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2/18/12 4:16 A

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Hi Everybody! Well my name is Christina, I'm 28, a mother of 1 and currently 280 lbs, ugh. I came across this person's youtube video talking about Couch 2 5K, I was inspired. Did some more research and then came across this website, so Happy I found this. I'm at a point in my life where I'm ready for a positive change, no more excuses and taking accountability for my weight. I've always been bigger than the majority of my friends but during high school times it didn't really bother me as much as it does now. When I was pregnant with my daughter I thought that was the biggest I'd ever be, I was somewhere around 250 or so. Oh lord was I wrong lol, bad habits and no exercise defiantly got the best of me. I'm a emotional eater I guess you could say, I eat when I'm sad, or just plain bored. I'm a stay at home mommy, so any sort of exercise went out the window with my motivation. I really want to change all that, I have the time to exercise and educate myself to eat better but I can't figure out why I don't. Until now, I realized I'm tired of being tired. My friends used to tell me I had this spark about me, that when I wanted something I accomplished it, no matter the obstacles, I want that woman back the person I feel I lost sight of. Oh one other thing I found out this year I'm diabetic so that was really a wake up call. I need to do something for myself and my family. This weight really makes me feel horrible about myself that I let it go on for this long. I hate going out because my feet start hurting or my back, I avoid pictures at all cost lol, because I don't want to believe them or see what I really look like. But I realize now the only thing stopping me is ME. I only lack the tools and support. So with that being said that's why I'm here, I hope to find support with people which I feel I lack with friends because they're all skinny and could never understand what it feels like. My goal is to loose at least 100 lbs by next year and to continue with Couch 2 5k, I've only been doing it for a few days now and allready feel better. My second goal is to Run my first 5k, to prove to myself that I can do this. And my most important goal is to be healthy and feel better about myself. I hope to be inspired by others on here and maybe even inspire someone along the way =-) So if you'de like to add me please do, the more the merrier!


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2/17/12 4:01 P

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Hey Everyone! My name is Samantha but everyone calls me Sam. Of course all of my friends/roommates/classmates are skinny and don't have the issues I do, so its hard to find the support I need to stay on track. I'm so glad I found this site! I am definitely a junk food/soda/fast food binger. I eat whatever is easiest to prepare, open, obtain, etc. I'm also an emotional eater and suffering with bouts of depression just makes me eat constantly, even when I'm not that hungry. Now that I'm getting closer to finishing school and being in the reach of more opportunities, I really want to get myself going. I NEED to lose weight. Not only is my self esteem hurting but I know my health is being greatly affected. I want to be healthy and live a happy life. This is the first step!

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2/16/12 11:37 P

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Hello Everybody. I'm Sylvia and am here to lose weight (obviously). I want to be fit and happy. I have about 125 lbs to go reach my goal weight. I am determined to do it and have started making changes already. I'm excited to do this and am excited to have the support of people here. Good luck to everyone!!!

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Hey everybody! My name is Amber and I'm a junkaholic. I've spent years eating whatever I wanted when I wanted it, and it's time to make some changes. I'm looking forward meeting new people and staying motivated :)

btw... I just ate a banana with a tbs of peanut butter for breakfast, rather than the big piece of red velvet cake that i really wanted. Yay for small victories!

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I'm 25, and live in Louisiana. I am the news editor at a small community newspaper and I also edit the quarterly magazine we put out. The job is big stress. Thankfully, at the beginning of next month I'll finish up graduate school - so that will be one less thing to focus on.

With that burden lifted, I've decided that it's time to better myself once again. Only, this time, not with another educational experience. Well, except that it will be very educational (including failures and triumphs I know) to finally lose weight.

I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes when I was 23, and I've not done enough to take care of myself - mostly because I was too stressed. I'm determined that before it's too late, I want to get healthy, live a full life and be able to have a happy, normal family - when my husband and I decide to finally add little ones.

I've tried various things - from Weight Watchers to Slim Fast - through the years, but none of it has ever stuck well. I'm hoping to get plugged in and involved so that maybe together we can all work toward our goals.


@Amy - I am not a middle school teacher - though I am the education reporter for our paper (such a small paper we all have to wear multiple hats), so I understand what you go through at least on some level. I also planned a wedding while in graduate school and working full-time last year. You can definitely do it!

I'm not going to promise that it's going to be the best experience of your life (which is disappointing if you're like me and expected it should be) - but once you've walked down the aisle, all the stress will have been worth it.

I too am a stress eater - big time. This is my first real day on this plan as well. Perhaps we'll both find what we need here!

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Hi Everyone!

My name is Nicole and I have started this journey so I can thank myself in a year. In May 2013 I will be graduating college, moving to the beach & turning 22! It is my goal to absolutely be the best me for the new chapter in my life and I refuse to look back and think I should have started then! The me in a year will definitely deserve it :)

Wish me luck!!
Nicole

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Hi! My name is Amy, I'm 24 years old and I live in Sidney, NY. I have about 150 pounds to lose before I reach my goal weight, and since this is the first day of the journey I have lost a grand total of...0. I'm in my second year of my very first job as a middle school teacher (anyone feel my pain?), I'm engaged and planning a wedding on a budget, and my fiance and I just bought a house that is in need of some serious TLC. Big stress = big weight gain. Any other stress eaters with way too much stress out there?

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Hi everyone!
My name is Samantha but prefer Sam :) Live in the cold UK! Joined Yesterday! Looking forward to the new journey and hope to lose 7st by next year! well before that be nice :) Already lost 3stone literally working my behind off :) hope to get tips and talk to others trying to do the same thing! cant wait :)
hope everyone is having a fabulous day :)

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Hey y'all!!
My name is Kesley. I'm 28-years-old from rainy Seattle. I'm new to the SparkPeople scene and am really excited to get more involved and start changing my life! :) I have about 120 pounds to lose to get to my overall goal and know that I can and WILL achieve it! :) With so many events (Weddings, SUMMER, HS REUNION (AH!)) in the near future that's enough motivation to kick my butt into gear!
I'm ready to win this battle once and for all and couldn't be more thrill to embark on this amazing journey! WHOOHOO!

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Hello everyone! emoticon I'm Alicia. I've been a member of SP since August of 2011 however I fell off of the wagon so to speak. Or perhaps never really committed. As of last week (2/6/2012) I have started my fitness program. I'm going to the gym twice a day, doing cardio and weights in the mornings before work, and group exercise classes in the evening. I am hoping for a lot of changes to occur in my life (new job, start MBA) and I would like to meet those changes with a stronger and healthier me.

I have 100+ lbs to lose and I'm 26 (27 in March). Glad to be here and hoping to make new friends as I work towards my 140lb-150lb goal. The plan is to achieve this in a year's time.

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Hello everyone!

I'm Traci and I'm 26 and from the UK, I have been on SP for a week now and loving it! I started SP needing to lose 100lbs and now need to lose just under that :) ...I am starting my nursing degree in two weeks and don't want to be tired and unhealthy whilst on my feet constantly whilst on placement, so my goal is to get fit whilst losing weight in a healthy way.

I would love to find some friends on SP, so I am not just a lurker forever!

Hugs to all and thanks for reading! :)

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Hello,
My name is Ashley and I am new to SP. I am a 26 year old with about 140 pounds to lose. I am looking forward to this journey and feel really good as I near my first week on here. I will enjoy reading through the 20 somethings with 100+ pounds to lose and looking to you all for support. I have set some pretty high goals for myself and have failed miserably in the past. I am determined to make a change for good this time! I am a wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend and my family needs me around for many years to come. Good luck to you all on this adventure. Any advice you have to pass along will always be appreciated. Thank you!

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Hey everyone! I'm Ellie and I'm 23 years old. I'm brand new to SP and really excited to meet some new people and finally have a weight loss support system!

I have struggled with my weight for years and every time I would start a new diet or workout plan I would somehow find a way to avoid it or get off track. I realize now that if I would have just stuck to my weight loss goal 2 years ago I would have had a LOT less weight to lose and would have already met it by now!

So here's to a year of doing something for myself and GETTING IT DONE! :)


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Hi everyone!!!
I'm 27 yrs old! I'm new to this and I've heard good things about it! I made my shopping trip, downloaded the app and I'm ready to start this. I want to lose around 110 lbs. In high school I did sports but I've always been overweight, when I started college I dropped the pounds but then I guess I got too comfortable and started gaining the weight to my heaviest which is now. More than looking good, whay I really want to do is be healthy. I'm about to graduate from mechanical engineering and I would like to have lost some weight for my graduation and for my ten year high school reunion. I will try to post to keep myself accountable and motivated. emoticon

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Hey everyone! So I'm not really NEW to SP, but I am returning! I added a handful of the newbies who posted to friends! I can't wait to cheer everyone on!

I'm looking to drop 100 lbs by 12/31/2012 and I know that I can do it! So far 14lbs down this year!

Drink you water, and have a great day!

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Hello all! My name is Jackie McGriff and I'm from Rochester, NY. I'm 23, I'm single (and loving every minute of it), and currently unemployed, but looking for a job. I graduated from FL Tech in 2010 with a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Meteorology with a minor in Communication. During senior year, however, I expressed more of an interest in film, so I'll attending Monroe Community College in the fall for Cinema and Screen Studies.

In regards to my weight, I've always been overweight throughout my childhood and as I grew, it went from overweight to obese. I'm an active person, but I've always struggled with maintaining a healthy diet. I've also always struggled with self-image as far as the weight and I figured this year, "Why not change that?" I haven't always been consistent in regards to staying true to having both a well, balanced diet and staying active, but I'm looking to change that this year and for the years to come!

I'm so ready to shed this weight! :)

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Hi my name is Kat and I'm 21 years old. I can't remember the last time I was at a healthy weight and the weight has just continued to creep on. I now have at least 100 pounds I need to lose to be back to being healthy. While I have always wanted to lose the weight I have never had been able to stay motivated to stick with anything and have found that counting calories a really hard thing for me to stay motivated to do. I hope now that I have found SparkPeople that this will change and in my first few days I have remained strong in being accountable to both logging my food but also doing my workouts.

I am someone who really struggles to stay motivated when trying to get healthy and once I lose that motivation I usually fall off the wagon...HARD and then it is months before I even think about trying to lose the weight again. I am hoping that by joining this team I will find not only the motivation I need but also have the chance to motivate others.

I wish you all luck in your journey to happier, healthier lifestyle and a happier, healthier you. :)

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What's Up! I'm 25 and an accountant. My job is very boring (I'm currently typing this at work...) and I sit in front of a computer (with dual monitors!) all day, every day. Which means I spend a lot of my time NOT moving very much.

I've always been heavier, even though I played every sport imaginable all the way through high school. But, after high school, not doing any activity anymore and then choosing a career that puts me on my ass in a chair most of the time, it's gotten much worse and I started this journey at my heaviest (285.0).

Luckily, through my work's awesome wellness program, I have started participating in small-group personal training sessions twice a week. We have 45 minutes with a real personal trainer (mine's a former female body builder) kicking our butts into shape. And we get to do it in the middle of the workday. So, I scheduled mine around when I usually get the afternoon head nods because I'm starting to fall asleep. We can leave our desks, go workout, and come back to work to finish our days. She also has us track our food every day (and suggested www.sparkpeople.com which brought me here!) and turn it in once a week for critique, suggestions, recipes, etc. We get to use the cardio/strength equipment for free as employees whenever we want and they also have free group fitness classes.

I'm currently doing Zumba three times a week to supplement the 2x strength training, which is pretty much the best cardio class ever. I would strongly suggest Zumba to anyone who gets bored on a treadmill or elliptical! You will not get bored there, I promise :)

My sister has always been the small one, around a size 10. Which means she's by no means super skinny, but is at a healthy weight for her height (we're both around 5'7") and looks great. She's gotten to do so many things that I would never even attempt because of heavy I am, which probably doesn't even cross her mind. Like skydiving where there's a weight limit. Or riding rollercoasters where the safety bars have to come down so far or you can't ride. Or flying and having to ask for a seatbelt extender and worry about what the person sitting next to you thinks about you being all up in her space, too, because you don't fit into just your own.

That's what I want. I want to be able to do anything I want without having to think about my weight at all. For it to not even have to cross my mind. For it to be a non-issue entirely. Through the help of my trainer and this website, I'm fairly certain I'll reach my goal of 100lbs lost by 12/31/12 and reward myself with a trip to Ireland (with the sister) and getting a commemorative tattoo on my hip that I can actually show people.

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Hello all my name is Kristin I'm 28 years old....soon to be 29 cry :( and I have been battling my weight my whole life. I just graduated with my Masters degree and now have a lot more free time. I have decided that now is the time to change my life and become heather for me and my family. I have a wonderful husband of almost 9 years and the cutest 4 year old son in the world. I want to be around when he is grown and I want to feel better in general. I have close to 150 lbs I need to loose to reach my goal and I hope through dedication and the Spark community that I will be able to do it!

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Hello! My name is Holly and I am 24 years old. I will be 25 this year in July. I have 130 lbs to lose if I am to be at my eventual goal weight. I have been steadily gaining weight since I was about 19 and the bigger I get, the less I feel like it will ever go away.

A friend showed me this site and I will be eternally grateful to her for it. I have been on here for about two or three weeks now and have been focusing solely on tracking what I eat, so that I can see where I can improve. I generally already eat fairly healthy and get some decent exercise, but I think it is time to kick it up a notch or two.

When I was 19 years old, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome which pretty much devastated me. Not only does it cause severe weight gain and the difficulty in conceiving, but weight loss is a really important part of managing it. How are you supposed to lose weight and be healthy enough to have children when you have a disease that makes it twice as hard to do so. My doctor literally told me that I would have to exercise twice as much as the average person for the rest of my life if I wanted to lose weight and maintain it. I don't know about anyone else, but I have not been able to find the time to exercise more than I do. :-( I have made the decision several times to be a healthier me but seem to always hit an emotional wall and quit. I lead a pretty high stress life and sometimes just give up.

My motivation has always been my health and the deep desire I have to produce children. I have the baby bug, and I have it BAD! Sometimes I just break down and cry thinking its hopeless and that I am helpless. Sometimes, this causes emotional stress in my relationship. I have been in a loving relationship with my man for over two years now and we both really want to get married and have children. My most recent motivation however was my sister's wedding. She asked me to be her Maid of Honor and I was ecstatic until I realized how awful I looked in my dress compared to the six other very healthy bridesmaids. I felt like a bus (the dress was bright yellow)! The whole day was very uncomfortable for me and I hated pictures. I hated them even more when I saw them. I hated the whole thing and that makes me feel bad because my sister is my best friend and I have waited my whole life to have that wonderful opportunity. At first, I didn't feel quite as bad because my other sister was a bridesmaid also and she has always been a little bit overweight her entire life though I have passed her markedly. But then, one day she decided to get into shape and became thin and healthy in what seemed like overnight. I was the only overweight girl in the wedding party after all. Even though I was vary happy for her, I was really super jealous. Not only that, but when I realized that I had to obtain a strapless bra for my dress, I had the most difficult time finding one that would fit me. I tried every store I could find including the plus-sized stores and everything was too small! I was devastated and humilated and I got into the car and threw a complete tantrum. It was definitely a low point in my life. Needless to say, my boyfriend didn't like it much either. It was the first time in my current weight struggle that I had really worried about my physical appearance and how it has started to affect my social life. I have become somewhat of a social recluse and I have often gone as far as to describe myself as a "social disease". I can't even enjoy time with my friends anymore and often avoid big social gatherings including birthdays that are important for me to attend. I am missing out on life and tired of it! I have had my friends tell me that it's okay and they love me for me and I shouldn't worry about it, but they don't understand. While I appreciate their care, I still feel judged (perhaps an unwarranted feeling, but a feeling nonetheless). This is another source of strain on my relationship. I just want to be healthy and happy again.

The very last part of my motivation is my relationship. One of my boyfriend's friends made a comment about me when we first got together that really hurt my feelings. Before that point, I had always had confidence in myself. After that, it all went down hill. I started to have that low self-esteem. Even though at that time, I was only 260 lbs as opposed to my current 305. The more I worried about it, the more weight I gained and the more self-esteem loss I experienced. I thought my boyfriend was becoming less attracted to me as our intimacy decreased almost exponentially. AND HE WAS!! But it's not what you might think. He wasn't becoming less attracted to me because of the way I looked, he was becoming less attracted to me because of my lack of confidence and constantly putting myself down and crying over my appearance. The more I felt undesirable, the more undesirable he found me. We are deeply in love with each other, but intimacy is an important component to me and I would like to have that back. I feel that if I can just stop thinking of myself in this way, things will go back to the way they should be. My boyfriend and I have decided to try and take this journey together as he has quite a bit to lose as well.

Now that I have beared most of my soul to all of you, I do hope to find support here and accountability. I feel like I have never wanted something more.

~Holly Nicole~


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Hi everyone! My name is Lauren, I'm 23, just graduated from the University of Georgia, and live just outside of Atlanta. I've struggled with my weight my entire life....up and down, up and down. A few years ago I was 200 pounds, which is still overweight obviously, but I felt good and thought I looked good. I've always been one to hold my weight well, so I guess I didn't realize that it was slowly and slowly going back up. I knew that I had put on some weight but I didn't know how much until a recent doctors visit. I was...here goes....350 pounds. The biggest I've ever been. EVER. I was so disappointed in myself. In fact, I sat there and cried in the doctors office, wondering how the heck I got to 350 pounds. I lost my dad a little over two years ago, and I really turned to food for comfort. I would have a bad day and just go to the store, buy a pack of Oreos, then park my ass on my couch and eat the entire package in one sitting. I always felt bad afterwards, but I would do it again the next day. I don't even want to know the calories I consumed on a daily basis.

Despite having that hole and missing my dad like crazy, I have a pretty happy life. I have a great family who I'm very close with, and amazing friends. I love to go out and I'm very social, but I know that my weight has held me back from certain things....it's held me back from really living my life to its full potential. This time I'm more serious than I have ever been before. I am so ready to do this! I know it's going to be hard, but I know that we can ALL encourage and motivate each other!

On another note, I'm SOOOO glad I stumbled upon this board. I've been on Spark People for a while and I've joined some groups of people my age, but I honestly felt like I was the only person on this site that had a significant amount of weight to lose...at least the only person my age. I'll go on the message boards and see that people need to lose like 15 pounds. That's great for them, but...really? 15 pounds barely makes a dent on me-- in fact I've lost 20 pounds so far and I can't really tell a difference quite yet. Anyways, enough with that...just expressing my gratitude for this board and the people on it.

I love talking and making new friends so please feel free to add me! :)

~Lauren~

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Hi everyone,
i am 28 years old and just joined this site because i want to put my life long battle with weight to rest. i have 2 boys and also want to be able to teach them healthy lifestyle choices. i am excited for this journey and all the joy, confidence and other positive things it will bring. however i know it is going to be hard so i am also very excited for the support system this site offers. i really look forward to getting to know people on here and helping each other along.
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Hi everyone! My name is Kristyna and I am 24 years old. I am 6 foot 1 and weigh 330lbs. I have been on spark people quite a while now using the calorie counter and weighing in but this is my first time posting to the boards. I hope to come on here more often and hopefully make some new friends in the same situation as me. :)

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Hi Sparks,
Hows everyone doing?
I'm a newb and still sparks page challenged! I'm still trying to figure everthing out! I'm hoping meet me great friends on here going through the same thing i am! I'm 29! Yikes! emoticon I work 58+ hours a week so its hard to meet people! I am a mother to 3 cats. Recently married hence the wedding pic!!!! emoticon I'm trying to lose somewhere between 110-138 pounds what ever size i feel most comfortable. I love music, hockey and reading. I hope you all have a fantastic night

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Hello everyone!

So I've had an account on spark for a few years now however i hadn't really taken the time to look it over & actually use it to it's full potential. Today, the day before i turn 21, i took a good long look in the mirror and didn't see what i wanted to see, what i use to see. I saw a person that was sad, unhealthy, obese. Up until this point i have never identified myself as being "obese", but in reality, i have been for a long time. I long to feel that energy, that lust for life that i use to have when i was healthy & had all the confidence in the world. I am DETERMINED to get that back. I currently weigh in at 260.4 & my goal weight is 150 by Feb 27th 2013 ( & i WILL succeed.) I am definatly looking for support as i am lacking confidence in myself & have failed at loosing weight so many other times & ways. I am fully committing myself, to bettering my life & the lives of others in the process. If you can relate to me and or are looking for some sort of support person , add me!! I hope to hear & keep in contact with you soon, & good luck with all your weight loss goals ! thanks for reading this little tid bit about me! :D

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Hi everybody!

I'm Emma, and I'm chubby. To be honest, I passed chubby a long time ago. I turned 24 on January 29th, and when I got on the scale on January 31st... I weighed 304 pounds. I couldn't believe it! How did that happen... when did that happen...?!

It's actually been happening for a while. I've been in my current (very happy) relationship for 6.5 years, and I've put on about 10 pounds a year. Happiness, financial stability, and emotional learning lead me to a lot of poor eating decisions that I didn't realize I was making. Since my "big BIG" weigh-in, I took a hard look in the mirror to uncover the reasons I over eat.

The first reason is because I was homeless twice and very destitute besides as a child. Food was this amazing luxury, as were candy and soda and many other things. When I finally left home and was in charge of cooking and shopping, I made wish-fulfilling choices subconsciously. I just love food! That love went way overboard.

The other reason I overeat is emotional substitution. My wonderful, loving man has some sexual difficulties and we don't make love very often. This has lead me to feel like it's my fault, that I'm not attractive or special - and in my darker moments - that it's because he doesn't love me anymore. In truth, it's simply because sometimes... he can't. But before I understood and accepted that, I ate to fill that void ... without realizing it. I had to really examine myself to figure out what I was doing and why.

On February 1st, I gave up junk food entirely - diet soda, candy, chocolate, chips, cakes - all gone. On February 2, I committed to a 30 minute-per-day cardio routine. I can't continue on at this weight, at this level of downright obesity. I'm ready to make a real change, and I KNOW I can do this.

Hopefully with a group of people around me dealing with this same lifechange, I'll be able to lose 124 pounds by June 14, 2013 - my eighth anniversary.

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Hey there,

So my name is Tiffany, I'm 23, a stay at home mom, an army wife and im fat, unhealthy, and unhappy with myself. That may sound really negative to some of you, but I'm just trying to be blunt and honest. I'm 5'11 and just over 400lbs. I've always been a bigger girl and have used the excuses that doctors give me, "youre just bigger boned, you have a larger frame, you are still healthy even with the weight, etc..." I'm just done. I need to change and I need it for myself but now also for my family. For my 3 year old daughter. I know I'm missing so much of her life already and being able to fully enjoy this time with her because I have no energy. I'm just lazy and stressed out all the time. I'm always feeling down about myself and its effecting everyone I love, including me.

I have tried a couple times to really get serious about losing weight and each time I have lost my momentum. I even went in my kitchen one day and literally threw out 2 full bags of food and junk because I was just tired of living like that. When I was like 12 I went to a high end "fat camp" in LaJolla, Ca where I learned alot of information about what was good for your body and what wasn't. I lost 35 pounds in 6 weeks, but in just a couple months I gained it back because that lifestyle wasn't continued when I got home. Since then I have gained so much more information on how to treat my body better, even things that the average person might not realize but I just struggle with the motivation to use it.

I don't know what makes this time different, but it just has to be. I'm hoping to find a few people on here that I can trade support and motivation with. People who are struggling and hoping for change just like I am. I am hoping that by being honest with my habits and my faults I will be able to change them into things that benefit me. I also want to be one HOT MAMA! And make my family proud of me :)

(I hope this post doesn't make you think I'm just a big sappy sad person. I do smile and know how to have a good time lol! I just felt being real upfront would show my vulnerability and maybe "spark" some one with relative goals.)

Thanks for reading!

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Hi there! My name is Whitney and I'm 25 years old. I live in the Northwest and work a coffee shop (talk about temptation... haha). I have been overweight pretty much my whole life. Actually I'm technically "obese." Man, that stings to say/type. I hovered around 230-240 for most of my high school & college year but after a being diagnosed with severe depression my junior year I've been on a slow and steady climb to 280, which is where I find myself today. I've tried dozens of diets and even gone through stints of 'exercising' but never remotely regularly. Certainly not enough to form a habit of it.
The last year or so has been a time of serious personal growth for me. As I've come to peaceful place with many aspects of my life, my weight is one area I've continued to be unhappy with. A major event that started me towards beginning my weight loss journey was in late November 2011 ( just a few months ago). I was a bridesmaid for one of my closest college friends. It was an out-of-state weddings so I spent about a week with her and rest of the bridal party finishing up last minute planning before the weddings. I found out the other two bridesmaids miffed because we couldn't get the dresses they had originally wanted because they didn't come in a big enough size for me. That was pretty uncomfortable and made me feel awful. Then at the bachelorette party we went to cowboy bar and all decided to ride the mechanical bull. I stepped up to the booth to sign the waiver and pay the fee and the man in charge said, " Woah, there big girl...." and pointed at the sign on the counter: 'Weight limit: 200 lbs.' I tried to brush it off and pushed the money across the counter as if to say, 'Oh, I'm not over 200 lbs.' and he stepped closer, pushed my cash back and said, "Lady, we both know you can't ride this bull." I was mortified. Absolutely mortified. He had kind of a cocky smile spread across his face as I turned bright red and backed away from the booth which only made my humiliation worse. Luckily the other girls in mr group weren't paying attention (and were probably too drunk) to notice what happened so I just said I didn't want to ride because I was getting the spins. haha
Since that trip I've decided I will never let that happen to me again. I am sick of my size/weight holding me back from experiencing my life. I'm 25 years old and I feel like an old lady sometimes. I don't know many people in real life who are going through any sort of weight loss or life-style change like this so I'm very grateful for this site. Not only is it an excellent source of information (I've already learned so much about nutrition) but a great place to find motivation and inspiration. So far I've really only been reading success stories but I'd really like to find some people to connect with for accountability and encouragement.

Right now goal-wise I'm focusing on where my calories are going everyday. Really focusing on what I'm eating and how that plays into my calorie count. Been struggling on getting enough protein and TOO much carb/calorie. Once I get my diet down, I'll start to really work on my exercise plan. Right now I'm just walking more and trying to be as active as a I can but not really stressing about the "workouts" yet. I'd really like to get into running when that time comes. I've never RAN a mile in my life, time to change that...

Wow. Sorry this is so long-winded! Just wanted to say hi. :)

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2/3/12 7:54 P

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A little about me: I am 28, I have been married to an amazing man for almost 6 years. We have two little boys who keep me very busy. We are currently stationed in the South and will be here for the next few years.
My goals are pretty simple. Lose weight and become a runner by the time I am 30. My husband runs marathons and I would love to be able to join him for a few 1/2 marathons.

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2/3/12 5:20 P

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Hey, I'm Jacob, I'm 20 years old and I weigh 235 pounds, I just joined today because i want to lose weight and be a healthier person, my diet officially starts tomorrow and exercise will begin sometime next week once i get the gym membership (luckily for me its a great 24 hour gym, large with plenty to do, and is a couple of blocks from my house.)

Looking to meet people here with some or lots of experience and willing to give advice to a newb in the world of health and fitness.

Well, that's all for now, bye.

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2/3/12 4:31 P

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hi y'all! :) completely new here, a little overwhelmed, but that's okay. looking for encouragement as i start to lose weight to become a healthier version of myself. hopefully i make some friends here who will give me the support and advice that i need. currently, i weigh .. -big deep breath- ... 367. i don't know how i got this big so quickly after losing from 315 to 275, but i blinked and here i am. my biggest ever. EVER. but i hope that i look back at this point of my life and know that i have found the strength to overcome my obstacles and fears, and actually lose the weight.

if you would like to be friends, just add me!! like i said, i'm looking for support.. and i would love to encourage each and every one of you.. okay, that's not true.. that might take like all day to write to each of you, but you know what i mean..

here's to health! xoxo.

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2/3/12 2:28 P

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Hello! My name is Katie. I just joined sparkpeople and I've heard nothing but great things about it so I thought I'd give it a go. I actually started this new lifestyle (NOT A DIET) on Dec. 31, 2011...so a month ago. My husband and I have decided that we wanted to get healthy so we can have some little ones in a couple of years. I have quite a bit of weight to lose but I know I can do it...just lots of hard work. I started at 392.5 and a present weight 379. I keep a photoblog if anyone would like to follow it on tumblr. Link is below! Thanks!!

http://mattersofmyheart.tumblr.com/

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Hello, My name is Sarah and I am joining to finally conquer my weight and be who I really want to be. I am 26 and live in Topeka, KS. My husband and I have been married for a little more than 2 years and have decided to start TTC (trying to conceive) so its time to kick my rear into gear and get going. Thus being said I have found out I have some health obstacles I need to focus on and get in line as well. 2012 is my last year to be unhappy about my weight. This is the year I WILL do something about it and quit talking about it. Right now I weigh approximately 270 (haven't weighed myself in a few days) and my goal is to be 170.

Looking forward to the support and challenges!
Bring it on!

Sarah

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Hello everyone, I'm a 20 year old college student from Atlanta Georgia and weigh 300 pounds. I'm new to SparkPeople and want to lose at least a 100. So long way to go, but I hope to accomplish it before I graduate.

Hope to be motivated by y'all.

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2/2/12 3:49 P

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Hi new friends!!

I joined a little while ago but just now am getting to really explore the site. So my name is Becky, I'm 25 and I've got a lot to lose. When I started my weight loss plans I was 293 and now just about 2 months later I'm already at 265!! While I'm very excited about what I've lost I have a lot to go considering my goal weight is 170.

Just wanted to say hi and thanks in advance for all of the support!! :)

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2/1/12 10:46 A

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emoticon Please introduce yourself here. Also include your goals! emoticon

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