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7/13/12 3:39 P

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Welcome to the Team Anna! Maybe SparkPeople can be what's different this time! It really is a great site - there is so much info (too much to take in at one time!) and a huge support system. Whether it's this group, or the hundreds of others, you'll definitely find people in the same shoes as yourself.

Stick with it, stay motivated, and you'll reach your goal.

If you ever need anything, let me know.

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7/13/12 2:12 P

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Hello. I'm Anna. I'm 26 and I've never been teensy. Ever. I've always thought that being funny and kind would kind of cancel out the way I look on the outside. It's not that I hate myself. It's not that I'm even all that uncomfortable with the way I look. I guess I realized how mean I'm being to myself by treating my body like this. It's not even that I eat that much, but I've realized how unhealthy the things I eat are. I definitely don't exercise the way I should. I'm great at finding "more important" things to do. So this is the latest start of something I've been trying to do on my own for (pretty much) my entire 26 years of existence. What's different this time? I have no idea.

Come on, motivation. Let's be friends.

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Welcome to the Team Kim! Best of luck!

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7/11/12 11:51 A

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Hi everyone, I'm Kim from New Hampshire. I want to lose over 100 lbs, (I'm 320) and only 24.. :)

"Success is always a work in progress."
"A year from now, you may wish you had started today" Robert Schuller.


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7/2/12 10:48 P

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@KILLERGAGA --- We have the same weight loss goal! I am 23 and this is my first time on SparkPeople. It seems impossible sometimes, but I'm determined to keep with it! It will take us awhile, but we can do it! Patience and a positive attitude! :) emoticon

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7/2/12 4:03 P

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Well, I am Benjamin, a 24 year old, that has been working as a professional chef, put on a lot of weight, (highest I got was 450) I recently had some major health problems causing me to loose my job, so with that being said, I made up my mind, I am going to loose fat mass. I have dropped already down to 380 but I need to get to a healthy weight, even though I still don't know what that exactly would be, but I know it is going to be from my research, around 198-230 for my height. I am a science and psychology nerd, and I read text books and run numbers for fun. Since the last time I was hospitalized I was told I need to find another career where I wouldn't be standing, so I am going back to school as well to get a degree in accounting and general business administration. I love doing research, and I love running numbers. Basically, I just need to learn to exercise and eat healthy, I joined spark people to get support. So lets see what we can get accomplished.

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7/2/12 1:50 P

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My name is Brittany Nicole, I'm 25 years old and this is my second time on SparkPeople. Long story..lol But I am back and I mean business this time! Looking to drop half my current weight so that will bring me to about 150, so I have a long way to go and could definitely use all the support I can get and will gladly give all I can in return!

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6/21/12 11:45 A

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Hey yall, My name is Daina and I am a 25 yr old from Texarkana, Texas. Over the last year of my life I have gained over 100 pounds and NOW I am ready to let it all go. I currently work as an Insurance agent, and plan on starting back college next year. i am majoring in Elementary Education and would also like to get my TEFL or ESL license. My dream is to teach English in South Korea, but I know I need to lose weight first. My weight holds me back because I am so self-cautious. I don't buy new clothes, I hate going to movies or out anywhere, I HATE eating in public because I feel like everyone is staring at me. I quit school this last time becasue I was so overweight and I hated sitting int he little desk and having to do all that walking around campus. Do not take this the wrong way, I dont just want my body to be smaller, I want to be healthier. I want to know that im eating the right foods and not putting garbage in my stomach. I want to know that I can get up and walk and run and play with my nieces without getting so out of breath that I feel like im going to faint. I want to know that I can fit int he little desk when I start school back. BUT most of all I WANT to be HEALTHY and no longer Overweight. :(

Sorry kinda just started ranting but it feels good to get that off my chest. Happy to be here and use Sparkpeople to motivate me and get me going in the right direction.

Daina Rachele

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6/20/12 10:14 P

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Hey I am here because I need support and would like to lean on people once and a while. My current goal is to lose 100 lbs by June of 2013. :)


I am always looking to support others, we can do this together

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6/20/12 2:10 P

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Hello my name is Sara and i am 25 ummmm currently 291lbs yikes. I would like to lose150lbs. I just want to feel comfortable in my own skin and climb the stair without losing my breathe. I am ready for this journey


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6/20/12 3:07 A

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Hello all,

Im Shay, 27 and ummm 286 pounds, max May 2012 295...Wow. In Undergrad & Grad School during a long period of sickness and depression after my mom died, I gained about 100+ pounds over 5 years. Im ready to move forward and lose the weight, commit to loving myself more to put my health first ! I have lost 30 pounds in the past but nothing more EVER. Im intimidated by the challenge but somethings got to change :).

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6/19/12 9:10 A

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6/11/12 4:33 P

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Hello everyone! My name is Jessi! I'm 24 going on 25 and I have about 100lbs I need to lose. I just got accepted to graduate school and I really want to start living my life, beginning with losing this extra weight. I can't wait to get started and see some progress!

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6/7/12 8:44 P

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Hi, My name is Dynee. I'm 22 (soon to be 23 years old). I'm wavering between 272 and 277 (depends on what i eat and when i jump on the scale), i have no kids and have been over weight my whole life. even at age 12 I was wearing size 14 clothes. I want to lose 110 pounds because my family history of disease + my weight does not = me living to be 102 yo like i planned :) Also I want to get back to feeling the way I did when I was playing softball in high school before my knee injury.

I read through some of the threads before i posted and you guys are so motivational. It will probably take a while before I get back to my old energy and endurance level but I've already been inspired to get up and start moving. I can't wait to start losing with you guys :D:D

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6/4/12 3:12 P

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Hey there everyone! My name is Erica, I am soon to be 29 years old (yikes!) and I am wanting/needing to lose about 150 lbs (double yikes!). I have struggled with my weight my entire life and for the most part, while I have always been aware of my inner-thinner diva, I was comfortable with myself and embraced my curves. After having my son, my curves turned into much more and it seemed like nothing I did or didn’t do could stop the weight gain spiral I found myself in.

I have so many blessings in my life (family, friends, my amazing husband and son, etc.) I find myself now coming to a place where I realize that accepting my weight will lead to some major health issues down the road, or just around the corner rather. Being completely honest, I am very lucky my weight hasn’t already caused some more serious issues.

So, now is the time to do it. I do NOT want my son to have to worry about me, be embarrassed by me or to have to live without me, all because I was accepting/selfish/lazy and didn’t take care of myself. On top of that my Hubby and I would love to have more children and because of my weight, that isn’t an option right now. Even if we were to conceive, I can only imagine the issues and complications we could face. That is why I am here.

On a side note: I would love to connect with others in the same situation and want some moral support! =)


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5/23/12 1:14 A

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Hello! My name is Courtney.I'm 27, married with 2 kids. I am currently 271lbs (AHHH! I just admitted that!) I have been working out since mid March but haven't lost any weightm in fact I've gained 6 pounds! (muscle weighs more than fat and all that :) ) I'm determined to lose weight. I've never put alot of effort into it and plan on pushing myself this time and doing it right. My goal is 140 long term, under 200 by the end of the year would be great but we'll see how it goes. I look forward to sharing my journey here! :)

Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels!


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4/30/12 9:02 P

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Bottom Line it is time!!

I have been on tons of yo-yo diets and it all comes back. I have never been super skinny ever it has been a struggle I have dealt with my whole life. I have two kidlets and trying to excercise can be tricky but where there`s a will there is a way!! I plan on doing it right this time researching the best food substitutes and being healthy I am also going to the Dr. to get his opinion. The more advise the better!!

I want my energy back and so much more. Through my previous divorce I realized that he brought me down and had no self confidence while I was with him. So one of my main goals is to keep myself surrounded by positive people thatt can help me and motivate me to do what needs to be done.

I plan on making a lifestyle change because thats my best way to succeed!!!

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4/27/12 12:06 P

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Hi all, my name is Trenae' I am married with three beautiful Children 2 girls n a boy. I have been having weight issues s all my life emoticon ....but it stops b now. I have of course lost weight a couple of times but always gain it all back..just recently I had went from 238-193 n I felt great I was also taking phentermine to loose the weight n when I stop taking them becausE of my heart Palpation I immediately gain I the weight I lost n then some I went from 193-273 I was floored......soon after I developed depression n my anxiety that I struggled with when I would get mad (I Would start shaking uncontrollably n start hyperventilating n would have to sit down n calm down) had grew into a terrible problem because of my depression n me being very fat I think......I started to have panic attacks .....BAD ONES .......I would have any time of the day but the most scary ones where the ones that happen while I'm v sleep n I would wake up heart b pounding n I would b n a state of shock and paranoia ....I would have this sense that something bad was about to happen.........SCARY.......so with all of that I knew then I had to start making drastic changes....I knew if I wanted to loose weight this time will have to be the safe and healthy way with diet and exercise......I started my diet on Jan 1 and went from273-255 I started last week exercising everyday (something I have never done to loose weight ) my goal is 150-165 depending on how I look when I get there .......but I do know one thing I will not quit ....I'm going to go all the way and can't wait to finally live a better happier n healthier life ....p.s I haven't had a panic nor an anxiety attack since starting my diet !!!!!! emoticon

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4/20/12 7:39 A

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Hi everyone,

My name is Christi, I am 28 years old and have about 129 pounds to lose. I think I want to be around 150 pounds at my 5'5" height, but I have been overweight for so long now that I can't really remember a weight at which I was happy.

I have decided that now is the time to lose this weight (for good!) for a few reasons:
1) I just FEEL lousy. I am depressed, anxious, lethargic, insecure... I am tired of being and feeling so unhealthy! I will be 30 in less than a year and a half and I want my 30s to be better than my 20s because if I just face the facts, I have not really "lived" yet.
2) I am in crazy, stupid, head over heels love with a man who embodies fitness and healthy living to the max. He can tell me he loves me for me, he just wants me healthy and happy, etc... but I see the girls he glances at when we are at the gym. I would be naive to think that a man with a body builder physique who hits the gym 6 days a week doesn't want an equally attractive partner. I want to give my inner sexy, fit, wild, confident self to him.
3) I want to be able to do whatever I want to do. I recently made a "bucket list" of things I want to do before I die and I realized that the ONLY thing holding me back from actually doing them is my insecurity about my weight. Ok, maybe finances are stopping me from visiting Austrailia. But cage diving with sharks, nope, won't get into a wetsuit. Ziplining, nope, too heavy for the cable. I can feel this active, energetic, exciting person in me dying to get out!
4) I would love to shop in "regular" stores, wear colors other than black, and dress like my inner trendy, cute, fun self wants to. Dresses, heels, adorable tops, colors... be still my heart! Swapping clothes with friends, or even just shopping with them, that would be a first because all of my friends are small.

I could honestly go on and on and on about all of the things I want when I'm skinny. But basically, I want a chance at being ME. I can see my REAL self hiding inside of this blubbery exterior that I have created through binge eating when I am depressed. I am ready to be let out of my cage so I can actually experience this thing called life!

Looking forward to getting to know some of you that may want the same types of things. :)


"I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday." - Unknown

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4/14/12 4:28 P

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Hi everybody,

My name is Jessiree (sounds like Desiree, just with a 'J'). I'm new here and I'm 24. I started my weight loss journey about 4 months ago by cutting out sodas, reducing my fast food intake and incorporating more fruits and veggies. Recently, my doctor suggested (the 2nd time) that I consider Lap-Band surgery. That's not the route I want to take so I told him let me try the old fashioned way and see where we get in the next 7-10 months.

I currently weigh around 380 pounds and the long term goal is 280. The short term is 330. I've been doing Zumba,a couple of African dance classes and using a stationery bike, and just bought a regular bike. I also just started a 5 week diet plan. I'm finishing up week one. Eating less is an adjustment but I'll be okay. I just need to stay motivated.

Talk to you all later,
Jezzie

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4/9/12 9:51 P

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Hello! My name is Kit and I am obviously new here. I'm 25 years old and have been on my weight loss journey for about 6 months with a total of about 20 pounds lost via Weight Watchers. I will be using both WW and SP in hopes that the combination of the two will help me be successful.

I currently weight 274lbs and have a goal of 140lbs. My biggest obstacles are going out to eat for lunch during work and motivating myself to exercise. I am getting back into Bellydancing and am starting Zumba and Kickboxing, so hopefully, since I enjoy those things, I will stay motivated to stick with them. As for eating out, well, I just need to start bringing my own lunch and stick to it.

I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone and working with everyone toward our mutual success!

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3/28/12 6:31 P

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Hi peoples!! =) My name is Jacqui. I'm 25 years old. I'm originally from Washington but moved to Arizona recently to live with my boyfriend (Brandon). We're both extremely anti-social in real life though he's better at it than I am. We're both over-weight by a good amount and he has a light case of diabetes. I'm worried about him and myself who has been diagnosed with pre-diabetes in the past and am having some problems currently with low blood sugar. I would also like to loose weight just...well...just for me. I don't like my body like this. I have tried other diets and exercise programs but I've never been able to stay with one for long. I would just loose interest/motivation. I really find it hard to keep at em when nobody else is on said diets. How exactly are you supposed to stay with it when the rest of the family brings in 2 large pizza's and sits there and eats in front of you? same with exercise. Arizona is really hot 75% of the year so outside exercise is limited. My boyfriend is supportive as far as motivating me but I'm not in charge of the food in the house so it's hard to eat healthy when every dinner they make has 1-3 sticks of butter in it. "Butter is flavor" or so they say. He himself seems to have no will to loose weight. I have a hard time doing this alone. Well anyway, sorry for the rant. One of my sore subjects. I hope this website will help me stay motivated and keep at it. If I can lose just 50lbs i'll be happy, though my goal is 180. Ty for listening. *HUG*

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3/28/12 1:22 P

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Hi everyone! My name is Kara. I'm 23 years old. I'm from Texas. Standing up as straight as I can, I only reach 5 feet tall =) I have an amazing boyfriend (David). We have been together for 4 years after being best friends for 5 years. We are in no way each other's types. I was at my biggest when David and I started dating. I was kind of in awe that it happened because he usually went for really skinny girls with the "perfect" body, but for some reason, he fell in love with me. We have a 16-month-old son (Draven). He is our little miracle baby. David and I both have very small chances of ever having children. I was told I would NEVER be able to. So, you can imagine our elation (and utter SHOCK!) when we found out I was pregnant with Draven. I've been overweight since I was about 8 years old and it's only gotten worse since I had Draven. When I found out I was pregnant, I had just lost 150 pounds, but not in a very healthy way. I'm looking to do things right this time and hopefully this site will help. I've tried so many things and I'm kind of at my wit's end. I wish everyone success on your journeys and hope that you all know how beautiful you are with or without the extra pounds. Virtual hugs for everyone!

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Hi my name is Gina, I'm 28 years old, I live in New Mexico, I'm a stay at home mom of 2 boys. Married for almost 8 years now. I have never been thin, as a child I was over weight. I have no idea what I would look like thin. I'm determined to lose the weight. I want to be more active with my boys. My energy level is so low, and I want to be able to do everything in a day that I want without being exhausted. I have tried many many diets, and I lose like 10 pounds and then all goes down hill from there. As becoming older I have realized that my risk of health problems will happen and I want to live as long as I possible can. I love LOVE desserts and bread. So those are going to be my biggest challenges. Exercise I hate, I hoping that I will get to the point that I love it. Also support is lacking here for me, so Im hoping to make up for it on SparkPeople!

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Hello everyone!

My name is Amanda. I have chosen to start SparkPeople because, well really, what do I have to lose? I have tried Weight Watchers, fad diets, christian diets, pills, nutritionists, personal trainers, and so many other diets. I have been overweight all of my life. I can't even remember a time that I was not shopping in the larger sizes for my age. Fortunately for me I have been blessed with amazing family and friends who support me in whatever I do. I was recently diagnosed with PCOS (Polys cystic ovarian syndrome) and told that children are not a probability for me and my fiancee. That was really crushing. On top of that I couldn't find employment and it seemed like we were drowning in debt. The icing on the cake was on May 22nd our town was devastated by a EF5 tornado that destroyed everything we owned and almost took our lives. My fiancee and I were in our second story apartment, exposed and helpless, while the tornado ripped through our building like paper. When it was over we just starred at each other in amazement because we knew at that moment we were given a second chance! All he kept saying to me was "I'm going to marry you! I love you!" I cannot think of anything more motivating than to be a beautiful bride for my handsome fiancee. We are both overweight and I am hoping that by me doing the diet he will also lose weight because I will be preparing the meals and getting him to do more activities. I have read some success stories and some of the message boards and I am very optimistic!

I wish you all the success this program has to offer!

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Hello My name is Angela and I am 29 yo, I am from Mexico and work for a Medical company I am single mother of one lovely who just turned 6 this past Saturday, I have been going to the gym but really doing any diet, for some I fooled myself thinking I was losing weight when in reality I am not, I saw the pictures of the party and I could not believe what I was seeing I felt that I lost control of me, Before having my baby I lost about 100 pounds and I literally did gain a lot weight during my pregnancy I actually lost most of it about a month after having her and going back to the gym, but then I simply could not keep up with everything I was unable to diet or go to the gym. Now that she is older I feel that I need to make time for me. I dint want to look at pictures of next year's birthday party for my daughter and look like I did on Saturday, It was really depressing but it definitely gave me that extra boost I needed to commit to losing weight. I want to get to my goal next, right now I weight 253 I want to get to at least 143 if not less...

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3/22/12 10:43 P

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Hi Everyone!
I'm Nicole and I'm a 24. I'm here to lose weight and hopefully find motivation, I have been overweight my whole life and when I was a freshman until my beginning of junior year I lost almost 60 pounds. My mom then got diagnosed with breast cancer for the third time the end of my sophmore yeart that moved to her brain, during that summer I was taking a summer class, working part time, and helping around the house.. with all the stress and everything my weight started back up... when she passed away my junior year I kept gaining with the stress so I turned to food...I was doing so well with losing before she got sick again and felt like a new person. Then in January after she died I was diagnosed with the BRCA2 gene for breast cancer. Ever since then I have been trying to lose weight but have eventually lost motivaiton. I have gained all my 60 lbs back plus some and can't seem to find any motivation to lose. It's to the point where I don't feel like going out with my friends because of my self confidence and am hoping that I can find motivation on here.

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Hello everyone!

I'm Blossome, I'm 5'8" and I'm a 25 y/o teaching student and mother of twin boys. I'm here looking to ultimately drop to 180lbs from my current 300. I've always been a higher weight than I've liked, and during the twin pregnancy, I reached my long-dreaded number of 300.

I've tried to lose weight many times before, and in the end, I just find myself so unable to stick with any plan I lay out for myself. I attribute this to both my own willpower and the lack of motivational support I've had during those times. This time around, though, I feel I'm much more serious about the situation- I recently had surgery to remove my gallbladder because of gallstones, and in the process found out that I also have a fatty liver. Going in for emergency surgery was extremely disconcerting, and kept me away from my boys for a week, and the risks that I face at my current weight have gone beyond what they should- I need to be there for my kids.

I keep decently active caring for my 4 month olds, but I'm really interested in getting outside and doing more outdoorsy activities, like walks with my boys and hikes in the nearby mountains in Phoenix. I would normally do those things with my wife, but last year she developed severe fibromyalgia, and that has made all but the simplest tasks too difficult for her (even just going down a flight of stairs causes her horrible pain). So I'm also looking for someone or a group of someones in my area to share these activities and get into a fun sort of routine with me.

I'm looking forward to meeting new folks, and working with new friends to help each other meet goals! :)

-Blossome

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2/29/12 10:46 A

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Hi all! I'm Laura, I am 20 years old from upstate NY. I just joined SP 2 days ago and I am very excited to be here! I am recently engaged and me wedding is in just about 2 years! My fiancé and I are committed to losing this extra weight before the wedding so that we can start a new, healthier life together. Message me or ass me as a spark friend! I would love to make some friends on here so we can help to keep each other motivated! :)

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2/28/12 9:40 P

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Hello All! My name is Ashley, I am 25 years young. Actually just turned 25 Feb 4th. I figured it was time I start losing most of this weight I have been carrying around for a good chunk of my life. I would like to be under 200lbs, that is at least the goal anyways. I just want to be healthy overall. I have been on medications that have caused me to gain weight, plus I have never been one to eat healthy. I have started to change my habits and hopefully I will start to drop the pounds.

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2/28/12 9:06 A

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Hi Everyone,

My name is Kimberly and I am 5' 9"/28 years old. Currently weighing in at 297 (down from 305 3 weeks ago). My goal is to reach to 175 (haven't been there in 10 years). Unfortunately due to using a number of different medication, I've gained a lot of weight. During the years I just went with the flow and accepted the weight gain.

Finally a few weeks ago my doctor changed my medication and helping me with my insulin resistance. I look forward to losing the weight although some days are a challenge with exercising!

I am happy to meet everyone and I do wish everyone luck in their goals as well :)

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2/17/12 5:02 P

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Hello Everyone,
My name is Michelle. I am 28 and 5'9" and weigh 345 lbs. I have a 6 year old daughter and recently decided I was tired of being this big and not having the energy to run and play with her. Plus I want her to be able to make better choices as she gets older as well. I have been big all my life and am tired of it. I am about 1 month into exercising and watching what I eat and was super excited to find this site. Am hoping it will help keep me motivated and focused. I look forward to getting to know everyone and taking advantage of all the great resources sparkpeople has to offer. :)

*~* Michelle Jones *~*


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2/13/12 12:27 P

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Hi All!!!!!!!!
My name is Chantelle, & I'm 20 years old! I'm from the east coast of Canada, and i LOVEEE music with a passion! I am obese, & its taking a toll on me, my body, my mind, my spirit, my LIFE! I no longer want to be this way, look this way, or feel this way! When i was younger, i was small but since repeated injuries to my knee, I have gained all this weight over the years, constantly blaming my knees or other factors of why I stopped exercising. I really want to gain my life back, I'm tired of feeling like I'm not living life to the fullest.
I'm excited to get to know great people, and make some friends while building a support system through this life journey that we all face: losing weight. We CANNNN do it!!!

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2/10/12 5:11 A

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Hello my name is Tiffany. I am 23 years old, 5'6, and 285lbs. I am way overweight and tired of it. When I was a kid I was really skinny and small, but when I hit high school I had gained a lot of weight real quick and have been overweight since. I want to be able to be more active and be able to do more things, have no more headaches, breathing problems, and the feeling like I'm wasting away because i'm to tired to do anything, and I want to be healthy and feel good about myself. I'm looking forward to getting to you guys, give each other help and support, and lose this weight! ♥

♥ Tiffany ♥

"In the end, the only people who fail are those who don't try."


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2/9/12 8:58 P

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Hi My name is Karen, I'm 29 yrs old. Turning 30 this year has brought me to a realization that I need to wake up and take care of myself. I have always been a little over weight. Once I had my children my weight began to spiral out of control. I am ready to get my marriage, my breath and my life back! So here I am!!!

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Karen ~ CT
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1/31/12 7:05 P

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Hi! My name is Kristye and I am 22. I live in a very small town with my very caring, faithful and full of life boyfriend. I am very overweight, actually obese. Last time I was on the scale, back in September 2011, i was more than embarrased. I have always been a big girl, but I am now the biggest I have ever been, right now wearing a 24/26 size jeans. I gotten this big since September 2010 in which I was wearing a size 18, more so a 20 and didnt look that big. I know I have to take control of my life again and this seems like a very good way to start things back up. I am going all out this time, buying myself a scale, tracking my progress, telling people about what I am doing and the most important thing to me, trying to get my boyfriend to participate and help. It is hard when you want to do something like this and everyone else in the house does not want to. I am really looking forward to some good support here and will most likely rely on some of you more than people at home. I really hope this works. My ultimate goal is to be 200lbs and very active. I am a new EMT in the state of VA and being this big also sometimes gets in the way of doing what I have to do out on the scene of a call, or even trying to climb into a car where someone has wrecked. I will offer the same love and support to any one else who needs it, as I expect and know I will need it for myself. I really look forward to this. EMS, my family and just living is what I call life and I want to be here for as long as I possibly can, and be HEALTHY, not the fat girl anymore.

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12/13/11 9:41 P

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helloe all i'm new to the team back to the site after falling off the wagon ... i am 24 years old going on 25 in jan and i kknow it is know time for me to take control of my life instead of putting it off for tomorrow i am currently 351 last time i checked and 5ft my bmi is off the chart i think it was in the high 70 and i have two beautiful kids i'm on this change to be a heathier me i want to be around for my kids and see them grow and not be embarassed when i go to my childs classroom wondering how long it will be before of of the kids point out that my son has a fat mom..... i want to look in the mirror and admire what i see not being disgusted ... i did this to myself over the past 10 years so i don't expect it to all come off over night but i'm here for support and motivation looking for some spark friend feel free to drop by my page and say hi if you would like but i say it loud and proud this time next year i WILL HAVE A NEW,HEALTHIER ROCKIN BODY so MARK YOUR CALENDERS

If you can believe it YOU CAN ACHIEVE IT!!!!!


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12/13/11 12:51 P

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Hello Everyone I'm Danielle I'm 23 years old and I'm here cause i want to lose the weight that i have been struggling with my who life i don't want to be the fat girl anymore or feel uncomfortable when i eat I'm a great listener and i give great advice my problem is i never take what i say to heart over the past 4 1/2 years i have put on so much weight that sometime i wonder if this is a dream i ate looking at my self naked cause it makes me sick but for the the first time in my life i have decided that i want to take control of my life and do something about it and I'm so happy i found this website cause all these people are to support on another and i fine that fantastic to know that their are others out there just like me going through the same stuff i am so thank u for allowing me to be myself for the first time and be this opened with my self

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12/11/11 1:59 A

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Hey, I am Antleader. I am 21 and am graduating with a degree in Special education with an emphasis in emotional behavioral disorders in May. I have been obese my entire life. In elementary school I was picked on incessantly. I was once told that I was so fat that my parents shouldn't love me. I ignored the person, but the message was already sent. I hope that some day I will be able to recognize that I am not unlovable.

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12/8/11 12:03 P

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hi. I'm Bola and I'm 23 years old and over 300 lbs @ 5' 7''. I am also SICK of being fat. I've been fat since I was 6 or 7 and my immediate family is fat too. Must be predisposed to it. Anyway, I hate it more than anything because it makes me hate myself. I have tried a lot of fad diets. Some have worked and others have not. To be honest, I gave up on some to early to tell after not seeing results fast enough. I'm very tuned in on how to eat healthy and loes weight, but it's not accessible to me.

I'm a college grad and have been unemployed for over a year. With no money I can't move to other cities to find work related to what I studied. It's also affecting my nutrition and health. I can't buy healthy foods and diet. I always have some ache pain or crack, but can't see anyone about it (no insurance thanks America!). My family is also Nigerian and we eat mostly African food. It's not really on the healthy side consists of a lot of starches (rice and yams), meat, and salt. But it doesn't help that my portion control and hunger is out of whack either. We're not in good financial standing either.

So all of this has made me a bit depressed(means I eat junk or eat carelessly) and discouraged about ever being able to lose weight. I try one thing and something happens and I take several steps back. It feels like in all aspects of my life I'm at a stand still. I even pray to God to work a miracle and I'd wake up at the right size. lol I know crazy. But I still try a new thing once in a while and I have some hope left in me. I have to continue battling in what seems like the 100 year war of weight.

I'm looking for people who can understand and empathize my situation. I hope we all can encourage each other to keep fighting. So if anyone wants to talk let me know by sending a message.

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12/5/11 12:09 A

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Welcome Sabrina and Joy, you have come to the right place!

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Post Surgery Starting Weight 279.2 (-24): 12/01/14

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12/4/11 3:52 P

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Hey everyone. My name is Joy and I weigh in at 285 lbs, 5'9" tall these days. I am a graduate student working towards my doctor of Chiropractic degree. My biggest fear is that I will be graduating a year from now, still at 285 lbs, and will become the "fat chiropractor" who can't talk to her patients about losing weight to be healthy because she isn't. I know what I need to do, and I know how to do it, but it has yet to be done! I need to motivate myself to get out there and stop falling off the wagon! Last year, I had lost about 20 pounds and have since gained it all back following the death of my mom-in-law. No more excuses- just changes!

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12/3/11 6:25 P

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Hi all. My name is SabrinaW (anirbaSW backwords). I am 23 years old and have been over weight ALL my life :) My family and I are all over weight because we just love food. Our get-togethers are always centered around eating. I currently weight 265lbs. However, I have lost around 13lbs since Sept 13, but not due to a well balanced diet or exercise. I started my new job after graduating as a Registered Nurse, but working nights just leaves me so busy that I don't give myself the opportunity to eat. I was also recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism, so my medications are also helping me with weight loss too. There is a possibilty that I have polycystic ovarian syndrome due to some family members having it; but I have yet to be diagnosed with it yet :) Anywho, I really need to change my life. I need to get healthy so that I can finally live my life the way I have always wanted. I am desperate to enjoy life without being restricted physically, mentally, and emotionally. Any shout outs/ friends are more than welcome!

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11/30/11 2:57 A

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I've been at both ends of the spectrum. Morbidly obese to skin 'n bones. I've finally come to the point where just standing causes extreme pain in my lower back after minutes, I cant walk normally... no matter how hard I try, I can never get comfortable, it's hard to put on pants or socks, its hard to wipe after going to the bathroom (gross, I know. I actually cried because of it), it's hard to shower even, etc.. I cant tell you how many times I've said, "this is it" and then fell off the wagon. I was prediabetic, but last I checked, my numbers were alot better. The weight slowly starting coming back as I began dating and going out for fast food in high school... then getting my first job at a restaurant and bakery, then off to college, etc. I've also had depression for most my life because of an abusive mother (I feel weird saying the word 'abusive' because I've never really called it that, but that's what it is). I had a bad break up a little over a year ago from a 5 and a half year relationship. The depression from that added to my weight gain and even turned me into an insomniac. The sleeping pills I have to take either knocked me out for two days at a time, or not at all. I would wake up only to give my dogs food and water and get myself some sort of fast food or delivery because I was too tired to cook anything. My house became a mess because I had no energy to do anything. I was recently unemployed and therefor not forced to get up every day. Eventually, I adjusted to the medicines enough that I get up each day, although I'm still drowsy for several hours. That is when most of the weight piled up.... from sleeping all day and only getting up to eat. I have broken the addiction to eating food and haven't ate it in a couple months. I have a video blog on YouTube (youtube.com/LysMyMiss) as well as a written blog on lysmymiss.wordpress.com
I've learned not to focus on larger goals, but smaller ones. My first goal is to get back in the 200s again. Last I weighed myself I was 300 lbs, but I KNOW I've gained since then so I'll have to re-weigh in the morning and see where I'm at. I think I'm going to start with focusing on just 5 lb goals at a time and increase it as exercising becomes a habit.

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11/29/11 6:06 P

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Hello. My name is Michelle, and I'm 25 years old. I live in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. I weight 292lbs with a goal weight of 150lbs by March 11th, 2013, which will be my 27th birthday. I've been overweight since the age of 9-10 years old, and tend to choose poorer food choices about 40% of the time. Otherwise, I do enjoy healthy food and do crave them. My biggest downfall is lack of exercise. I joined a gym 2 weeks ago and feel I'm on a good track. My boyfriend and I broke up after 6 years together...this past Friday, so I'm feeling very vulnerable right now, and am trying to reach out to others so that I treat myself with kindness and health through this hard time.

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11/29/11 10:21 A

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I'm Hillary. I fell off the wagon in September and came back and decided to try this again. I upped my goal, and I gave myself longer to do it in. I'm going to do this!
I'm a student at Adrian College, and I'm a Theatre major. But somehow with my busy super stressful schedule I will do this.

"Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you'll land among the stars!"
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11/28/11 12:22 A

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Hi, I'm Stephanie. I just joined and I'm so excited to have found a free support system. I'm 24, a full time student at UOregon, and home is in Missouri. I live a pretty active lifestyle and have a very athletic history, but I've always been big. Over the last 5 years, big turned into huge. I am now 345 lbs, and for the first time, my weight is starting to limit me. I'm so over that, so here I am. My goal weight is 185, to get back to "average" bmi, but when I was super athletic as a dancer/swimmer/golfer I weighed 226. In fact, I don't ever remember being aware of my weight under 200lbs. Breaking 200 would be a life-changer. This whole thing is a life-changer. So anyway, that's me!

~Stephanie~

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11/26/11 1:19 P

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Hi, my name is Jill and I am new to this group again. I was an active part of this group about 2 years ago but since then I fell of the wagon, then was pregnant so I am back to where I started 2 years ago. I currently weight 336 pounds and I really want to be healthy not only for me but for my daughter. I want to get down under 150 pounds eventually and by May I would like to be able to jog/run a mile without slowing down. It doesn't sound like a lot, but I don't think I have been able to do that my entire life. My goal is small steps to a healthy lifestyle. Here to my health!

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~Jill~


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11/26/11 6:31 A

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Hello everyone, my name is Jessica. I'm 21 years old and I live in Oregon. I've been overweight for the majority of my life. The only time that I was even close to a decent weight was when I was 13 and I weighed 140 pounds which was still overweight. I'm currently 5'6" and I weigh 275. My highest weight was 315. My goal weight is 130, and I am hoping to reach that goal by the end of January of 2013. I'm joining a gym at the beginning of the new year and I'm going to be working out with my best friend when we can. Her and I both have over 100 pounds to lose and we motivate and inspire each other to be the people that we want to be, but sometimes we just need the extra support. That's why we both joined Spark People. I'm excited to get started and improve while watching you all improve! Good luck!

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11/22/11 11:58 P

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Hello! My name is Courtney and I am 21. I have struggled with my weight until I got into high school where I dropped down to 135lbs. Even then at 5'1 I was told by my doctor that I was overweight and needed to lose 35lbs. Anyway, 4 years later I found myself pregnant and my little girl was born in June 2009. I gained an awful amount of weight and just can't seem to lose it, although, I have to admit that I haven't tried very hard. I recently quit smoking, so I hope that this will not make it so difficult when I try to exercise. My husband isn't very supportive of me losing weight, in fact he tells me that I don't need to ( he is a big liar emoticon ) and I figured that if I needed support and motivation to get where I needed to be, then I needed to find people who were trying to do the same things as me. Hopefully this works. Good luck to you all!

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