SparkPeople Woo Hoo! Button to Celebrate Success! Messageboard We want to recognize your accomplishments, however big or small. Let us celebrate with you! SparkPeople Woo Hoo! Button to Celebrate Success! Messageboard No eating past 8 pm Breaking up with the nightime binge! 14 straight nights! Tue, 14 Jan 2020 21:16:06 EST A Good Start I started a few days ago at 210 lbs. This morning I stepped on the scale again, and I was relieved to discover some of that must have been water retention: 3.5 lbs worth! Now the real work begins, but nice to have a bit of momentum. Mon, 30 Dec 2019 19:27:57 EST Maybe I am finally getting the message I have always treated weight loss as an "all or nothing" endeavor and any misstep from perfection always sent me to the fridge destroying any success I had enjoyed. I have finally internalized that this is a lifelong marathon and not a sprint. <BR> On November 7th, I had a severe and very scary episode of Atrial Fibrillation. My first, and so far as I know, only one. I felt a snap in my head followed by extreme vertigo, followed by a momentary loss of vision, followed by the worst hot flas... Mon, 16 Dec 2019 10:09:25 EST After 25 years am finally a "NORMAL BMI"/lost 46#! Am in a lonely place celebrating, so thought I'd yell this good news out on this message! <BR> <BR> If I can do this, then every single one of you can, too! <BR> <BR> Celebrating! Wed, 20 Nov 2019 15:06:22 EST Dancing I'd given up on dancing. I thought that due to my arthritis and other issues, it would just never happen for me again. <BR> <BR> Now, I have found out that I can dance for an hour. That is one hour more than I thought possible. <BR> <BR> WOOHOO! Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:33:33 EST Maintaining Hi, my name is Sheila. I didn’t realize there was a message board for maintainance. I have been a member of SP for many, many years. Just love it <em>252</em> I weighed 258 on 12-31-2016. Today I weigh 158. I am thankful but I am having a really hard time staying there. I have insomnia and lots of pain from Fibro and osteoarthritis. I am feeling anxious about gaining the weight back. Anyone got any ideas? Thank you Wed, 13 Nov 2019 22:25:46 EST So Sore but it's awesome! Started Roller Derby Boot Camp Monday night. I'm so sore but it's awesome! I have been able to do everything that is being asked of me and a year ago there is NO WAY I could have done any of it. Go me! Wed, 6 Nov 2019 08:57:17 EST My Blood Sugar is way down. My morning readings were 250 to 300 before last Sun.10/26/19 they have been coming down steadily over this past week. <BR> <BR> This morning my BS was 118. <em>9</em> Sun, 3 Nov 2019 11:57:59 EST Moving ahead Having a really hard time with the sugar lately. Yesterday I cleared out my stashes that I had hidden here and there and finally got rid of all of them. That was hard to do but I did it. WooHoo. Sat, 2 Nov 2019 09:37:07 EST 14th Sparkversary on Maintenance 14 years on SparkPeople!! I love SparkPeople! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> For 10+ years, I carried that last pesky 20-25 pounds. I was in the overweight category, but still ... I had a MAJOR loss in my life in early 2014, so I'm grateful my weight didn't get any higher than it was. <BR> <BR> This year - 2019 - I figured it out and made it happen. So I'm celebrating my 14th Sparkversary ON MAINTENANCE!! A true Woo Hoo moment if I ever knew one! <em>590</em> <em>345</em> <em>244</em> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 14:57:36 EST Well under 330 lbs for the first time in years! So my first goal was to get under 330 lbs so I could exercise on Wii Fit, that's how i lost 80-some-odd pounds in 2010-11. The Wii balance board has a 330 lb weight limit. I was stuck at 333 for the longest time, then I was stuck at 331, then 329 which is too close to 330 for comfort. I could take a big breath and gain enough to put me over the weight limit, lol. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Weight this morning, 323.8. Lowest weight since 2013 or so. It's slow going but I'm going in the right d... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 19:44:20 EST Have you ever seen nipple because bra was too big? Last weekend I was in shopping centre. When I was waiting for my food in restaurant I was standing next to a girl who was about 23 years old. She was wearing a low cut top and her bra was much too big. The gap between the bra and breasts was very large and I could see her entire nipple. Is it normal? Someone had a similar situation? Mon, 14 Oct 2019 02:03:10 EST Exercise! I've been lacking in exercising lately. Yesterday I decided when I skipped the gym yet again that I would take the dog for walk after dinner. And I kept my promise to myself. Even talked my husband into joining me! Wed, 9 Oct 2019 11:29:54 EST Under 12 stone! When I weighed myself yesterday I was under 12 stone. I've not weighed this since my oldest son was born 31 years ago! Sun, 6 Oct 2019 06:12:04 EST NOT GIVING UP - "tooting my horn" Well, this starts with my admitting that I have not been able to get back to the keto way of eating for about 8 months now. I had exceptional success doing this way of eating last year for over 6 months. My body changed, I lost quite a bit of weight, I felt good, my blood numbers were great and I even had my thyroid meds lowered. <BR> <BR> Then I had to have back surgery, fell off the wagon and have never got back on. I tried quite a few times but to no avail. <BR> <BR> Now comes me "too... Fri, 27 Sep 2019 05:48:50 EST Comprehensive Exams I passed my comprehensive exams with a 96%! This means I was accepted into and begin the dissertation process for my PhD on Monday! Thu, 26 Sep 2019 11:10:30 EST Woohoo! I walked more than 8200 steps yesterday! 2 months ago I was averaging 2300 steps/day. My current goal is to hit 6000 steps daily. Wed, 11 Sep 2019 13:12:12 EST Ask for What I Need We are traveling, staying in a hotel with a free breakfast buffet. So-called "free" food can be a real trigger for me, with the idea that I should eat everything I crave so I don't "waste" the chance to have it. But I have developed an axiom about these kinds of things . . . "There is a price to everything, and the cheapest way to pay is ALWAYS with money." What this means to me in this situation is that the food may be free in terms of cost, but if I eat too much, I pay a different kind o... Sun, 1 Sep 2019 10:24:33 EST Finished my required reading for comp sci class So I have repeated the current semester in distance education for a while- to be precise, three times but i am not happy to announce that i not only finished the required reading for the subjects but also passed it with much amazing grades. It was especially helpful to be part of message boards and discussion forums like these and i sort of read extra books outside the dry syllabus to understand the complexity of systems. Must say special mention to Stair and Reynold's Fundamentals of Informa... Sun, 25 Aug 2019 23:56:20 EST ByPassed the 50# weight loss mark today~! 269.4# as of today 8/19 <BR> <BR> Mar-Jun I began switching from soda to water and watching what I ate <BR> loss 15# <BR> <BR> Jun -Now Substituted 12 oz steamable bags of lo carb veggies for junk and eat a bag of veggies every day instead of chips etc <BR> <BR> Weaned off bread rolls pastas rice and potatoes= bad for me <BR> <BR> Now eating more Lettuce, some Onions, Cucumbers, <BR> Cabbage, Celery, Peppers, Mushrooms, Strawberries, <BR> <BR> Plus 5-8 oz daily of chicken or 95% lean ha... Mon, 19 Aug 2019 20:37:16 EST I'm Such a Loser It's true - yesterday I had to pull out some pairs of old pants because they're a full size smaller and now fit me again! <BR> <BR> And the pants I've been wearing are now too large and cinching them with a belt so that they don't fall down looks horrible. <BR> <BR> WOO HOO!! Fri, 16 Aug 2019 13:24:14 EST Maintenance for 19 months I have been at my goal weight for 19 months! And today is my birthday <em>383</em> Thu, 1 Aug 2019 09:10:00 EST Size I’m 300lbs , 5’1 and I fit in 20W and 22W Thu, 1 Aug 2019 03:05:27 EST Finally did IT! <em>9</em> I finally broke the 200 mark. I am so happy 199.9 . Makes me happy. I haven't been under 200 in years! Thank You Lord! Tue, 23 Jul 2019 10:39:24 EST June 18 = 306 lbs til July 21= 278 lbs LOSS 28 lbs I began buying more veggies and less carbs. <BR> Not having the carbs in the house has helped a lot. <BR> <BR> Eating more meats and veggies using butter instead of margarine has helped. <BR> Using Chicory Root for OA also works as prebiotic = enhanced weight loss help. <BR> Eating to not be hungry substituting cold cuts, eggs, meats or veggies has helped. <BR> <BR> This has been a menu change not a diet as I eat more now than before but not overdoing eating, just not going hungry. <BR> <... Sun, 21 Jul 2019 17:29:04 EST Woohoo moment I have been getting stronger in my meal choices when going out to eat. My husband and I went on a day trip to visit the WWI museum and eat at the restaurant on site. They had so many interesting sandwiches with fries to choose from, but I chose the spinach and pear salad with grilled chicken, dressing on the side. It was delicious and I ended up using less than half of the dressing that would have been included in the salad otherwise. I felt so empowered by being in control enough to make... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:23:50 EST Near Goal I've been carrying that last pesky 15-20 pounds for about 15 years now!! Finally, finally ... I'm 3 pounds from goal. <BR> <BR> This final weight loss has been almost all diet, as my exercise consistency has certainly been lagging this year. <BR> <BR> If I had to pick ONE key word - this would be it: SUGAR <BR> <BR> Just thought I would share my one-word success ... probably not a big surprise to anybody! Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:44:56 EST 10 Pounds Down It's not much, but it's progress. My first 10 pounds down! Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:23:46 EST My Very First WooHoo! Walking today, I realized that my hips were looser and I was walking with ease. I wouldn't go so far as to call it graceful, but walking has become much easier, and THAT is progress! A month ago I wouldn't go walking without my collapsible cane tucked into my backpack. Sometimes I had to use it in the first 1/4 mile, sometimes not at all. I have been visiting my chiropractor, doing yoga and walking. I have lost 5 lbs. and don't even bring my cane along at all on my evening walks! I feel free!... Tue, 9 Jul 2019 21:04:44 EST NSV I have been frustrated with this seemingly never ending plateau. In 6 months I have lost 5 lbs. <BR> <BR> However at this month’s weigh in, weight still the same, however, I lost 4.5 inches overall. Still no love from the scale but at least I know my on plan behavior is yielding some results. <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Jul 2019 07:02:39 EST Bought shorts a size smaller! I actually found 3 pair of shorts on sale in Target. I'm finally small enough that I can shop in Target. Go me! Sat, 6 Jul 2019 18:27:54 EST "I Lost 20 lbs." Just wanna say that I have lost 20 lbs. for the month of June and that was a, <BR> lot of work but didn't expect too lose that much but I did (WoW) and that makes, <BR> me feel wonderful and so I just wanted too share my weight loss with you all. <BR> <BR> "Have a wonderful day" <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>250</em> Mon, 1 Jul 2019 15:13:02 EST Walking with less pain! With the help of my chiropractor, I have been able to walk a little further and a little longer before having to stop due to pain. This means so much for my ability to become successful in exercising, so - Woo-Hoo! Tue, 25 Jun 2019 21:33:30 EST Milestone 50 pounds lost since last September, folks and still going strong! I'm using CICO plan with Spark support. The loss is slow, but comfortable and very 60 pounds to go to reach a healthy weight, but only 14 more pounds to lose to no longer be obese. Thank you SparkPeople! I especially appreciate the many articles about weight loss and how to keep off the excess weight! <img src=""> Sat, 22 Jun 2019 18:55:52 EST Limiting sugar = Weight Loss I have made changes in the amount of sugar I consume. Sugar is everywhere, as we all know! I'm not one of those people who can have NO SUGAR 100%. If I deprive myself, then I want it more than ever. My biggest strategy was to eat fresh fruit when I wanted sugar. <BR> <BR> I've been carrying my last pesky 15-20 pounds for so many years now. I started being very mindful of sugar consumption, logging everything I ate and here I am ... 4 pounds from my goal weight. I haven't weighed this little ... Thu, 20 Jun 2019 15:05:53 EST Comfortable I have stayed much below goal for going on 6 years and am some <BR> healthier for it. SP Rocks. Tue, 11 Jun 2019 18:01:45 EST I Did It! I said no to my husband’s suggestion that he’d go out and buy ice cream tonight. Now he’s pouting! <em>334</em> Fri, 7 Jun 2019 23:39:41 EST Woo Hoo Hi I just won 1000 points on my Bonus Spin today. I also have been going to the gym at least 3 times a week. I have until June 19th to lose 4 more pounds to reach my (next) goal of another 10 pounds. Woo Hoo <em>244</em> <em>381</em> Thank you for letting me boast a little Linda <em>347</em> Tue, 4 Jun 2019 19:49:09 EST "Look what I said No to" Look what I turned down ? <BR> <BR> My brother offered me a maple bar and I said No because I was doing so well &, <BR> I don't wanna blow it after all the work I have done on myself so far and besides, <BR> it looks so yucky now like I don't care for sweets anymore "Woohoo" and my, <BR> brother looks @ me and says are you sick and I said No that I am trying too make, <BR> myself a lot healthier and better and he says ok good he says keep it up and then, <BR> he says that he will not be both... Tue, 14 May 2019 19:39:36 EST exercise Yesterday I didn't get much exercise in. I was wondering if practicing in the choir for a half hour would be exercise. Today I made up for it. Got more exercise in. Mon, 13 May 2019 18:38:28 EST Skipped the gym, not the workout! I just couldn't drag my butt out of bed this AM, so I forced myself (it required a serious pep talk!) to do an at home cardio workout this evening! Yey me! And thanks Spark for introducing me to Jessica Smith- her videos are great! Wed, 1 May 2019 19:03:41 EST Taking care of the machine I have started seeing a chiropractor to help me get straightened out - literally; so that I can exercise more effectively, and in less pain! Fri, 26 Apr 2019 18:37:38 EST Non Scale Victory I have been unable to zip my down vest this winter. I've lost 5 pounds this month. Now I can zip it comfortably. :) Mon, 1 Apr 2019 21:36:20 EST Fittting into old clothes I decided today, after 22 days on the SparkPeople program, that I'd try on my capris and pants from before my big weight gain (I gained 130 pounds in one year due to using Xyprexa). So, I went in my bedroom and took out all the capris and pants that didn't fit before (5 pairs of capris and a pair of pants, excluding the "fat"jeans, hich I also took out). <BR> <BR> I tried on all of the clothes except the "fat" jeans (size 22W) which I wore at my highest weight. ALL of the capris and the pai... Tue, 26 Mar 2019 13:52:26 EST Exercise Success My major source of exercise is walking. Sometimes, if the weather is bad, or if the hour is too late, all I can manage is 10 minutes pacing up and down my upstairs hall, And sometimes that has to be good enough for that day. But today I had a better plan: I had an appointment about a half mile away from my house. Instead of hassling with driving the car and finding parking. I made a plan last night to walk to and from the appointment. Now, it's easy for me to find an excuse not to exerc... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 19:52:19 EST Got Below the 150 Plateau My beloved home scale had me down to 148.8 this morning. <BR> Whoo Hoo! Thu, 21 Mar 2019 19:12:00 EST Fit in old clothes I tried on a shirt today I haven't worn in about seven years. It was one of my favorites, so I couldn't bring myself to donate it. So glad I didn't. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 12:41:19 EST Food Tracker Paying Out I was over my breakfast calorie range, so I refrained from eating a nutrition poor item. Now I am in my recommended range of calories for breakfast. It has put me in a good mood. Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:00:42 EST Pants fit baggy This is the first week I haven't lost any weight since I started four weeks ago, but man don't I feel a difference in my pants this week. So much lose material weighing them down! Tue, 26 Feb 2019 14:17:05 EST Steps I have 45.000 steps so far this week. Woo Hoo Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:44:59 EST Maintenance Rocks!! I have been maintaining Since July 10, 2018. Thanks to the challenges I am in, the articles and videos, and all the SparkFriends' encouragement and inspiration, I am happy to be maintaining. I am enjoying the complements from my friends and I feel so much better. <BR> <BR> Thanks to SparkPeople I am able to maintain and keep the weight off. Sat, 16 Feb 2019 20:27:48 EST Walked Didn't run this morning, as planned. But, early evening decided to go and walk, instead. So, grateful I did my exercise today. Tue, 12 Feb 2019 20:13:30 EST lost Lost couple of pounds this week. 😃? Sat, 9 Feb 2019 19:27:40 EST A happy success My husband and I just finished a very nice 15 day cruise to and from Hawaii.... and I was worried about backsliding on my eating plans and gaining back hard lost pounds. But.... when I weighed the day after we got home, I found I'd actually lost one pound during that time. The buffet lost. I was religious about planning what to eat, not grabbing convenient snacks all the time, walking on the deck on sea days, and most of all, being careful of portion sizes. That included a small dessert ... Fri, 8 Feb 2019 12:04:50 EST Not sure how but yippee I really have no clue how this happened but....the scale says I've only lost 2 pounds. Well, the weather has warmed up so yesterday instead of wearing my big winter coat I wore my lighter winter coat. Haven't worn it since December. I could only button the top two buttons and I felt like I was a smushed sardine in a can. <em>584</em> Yesterday when I was buttoning the coat I could button the 3rd button too!! It only has the 3 buttons but wow!! <em>244</em> Some how my stomach is smal... Wed, 6 Feb 2019 08:43:08 EST This post should put me over 26k points I've been a member for more than 10 years, using this site off and on again, often at the very least I log in to get my daily points, especially on week days. I'm proud I haven't I'm still a part of this site after all of that time, even if the weight loss has been a roller coaster Tue, 29 Jan 2019 15:11:13 EST Fast food not so much My favorite fast food is very hot fresh French fries from McDonald’s. Today I grabbed the kids something to eat and they were like the fries are very hot be careful. I was thinking awesome my favs so I grab one, take a bite AND guess what? It tasted like a raw potato to me no real Yum or anything. Just blah. I swallowed it and that was it I didn’t take another fry. <BR> I’ve cut out fast food, chips etc and coke so maybe that’s what it is? I just had no desire to eat them. Now before I woul... Tue, 29 Jan 2019 07:42:53 EST Weight down with fasting I have been doing interment fasting the last week and the scale is down four pounds <em>244</em> Sat, 26 Jan 2019 16:47:35 EST I lost 7 lbs. I restarted myself on 1/9/19 @ 355 lbs. and this year is going to be my year, <BR> to lose my first goal of 40 lbs. before my doctor appointment on 4/15/19, <BR> so I have a lot of work to do before my doctor appointment...even though I am, <BR> disabled I am doing what I can to get where I wanna be. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to share my Happiness with you all here at Sparkspeople, <BR> I started my weight @ 355 lbs. on 1/9/19 and weighed again on Friday, <BR> 1/18/19 and I lost 7 lbs. that ma... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 22:06:57 EST Small goals I set small goals so I don’t get overwhelmed and quit, first 10pds gone!!! Yay Tue, 15 Jan 2019 04:56:31 EST Gone from XL pants to medium!! Since August I've been on a medication to help with migraines, a pleasant side effect has been weight loss. <BR> <BR> I started out at 185lbs on August 8th, wearing xl pants. Today, I'm 157lbs, slightly swimming in medium pants. <BR> <BR> I don't eat as much as I used to, and I control my intake of junk food rather well. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to lose a bit more this year, but not too much. Mon, 14 Jan 2019 11:04:11 EST Woo Hoo - Exercised and tracked calories I did not want to do even 10 minutes of exercise, but I did! Even though it's such a small amount of time, I feel very proud for telling myself I'd do it and doing it even though I didn't want to. <BR> <BR> I didn't want to track my food, because I knew I'd already gone way over my goal for the day, but I did! I did because knowing is better than not knowing. I can't hide from my choices, so best to face them and move forward! <BR> <BR> Good luck to all, this is going to be a great year! Tue, 1 Jan 2019 19:00:21 EST Reached my goal weight <em>252</em> <BR> Happy New Year everyone! I am so excited today. My goal was to weigh between 144-149 on 12-31–2018 andI I weighed 143.9today I have been keeping track of my weight and measurements on SP for like 10 years. Just started keeping track of my food on it too. So helpful to me. Total I have lost 114 lbs and 71 inches of fat in 3 years. <em>244</em> I am so thankful to God and SP for helping me accomplish this goal. My goal for 12–31-2019 is to keepweight at 144-149. Blessi... Mon, 31 Dec 2018 15:29:40 EST Sugar whaaat? I challenged myself to not have added sugar for 21 days and while I still have 2 days my work week is coming to an end and let me tell you people bring us all kinds of sweet treats annnd I DID NOT INDULGE!!! I am so very proud of myself because I am a chocolate addict! Woohoo go me! Thu, 20 Dec 2018 17:20:38 EST I didn't lose this week... BUT I got my 1st "are you losing weight " comment!!!! I am on top of the world! Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:00:31 EST 50 Pounds down! This morning I hit my first big goal and have lost 50 pounds bringing me to 188 from 238! I am hoping to get to 168, which puts me in the "overweight" BMI category versus the "obese" category that I have lived in my whole life! 50 down, 20 to go! Fri, 7 Dec 2018 11:26:05 EST WhooHoo! Even though I was frustrated yesterday having to deal with fire ants invading the house for the 4th day, I STILL RODE MY BIKE...a stationary recumbent. And know what? That exercise took away some of the frustration. And to think I was going to give myself a 'pass' not to ride yesterday!?! Mon, 19 Nov 2018 14:47:29 EST Getting BACKinto my jeans by losing ONE pants size WOW! It's happening! First,got BACK into my jeans! Then, tried on the flannel-lined chinos and matching sweater and top and THEY fit.Now, the grey blazer and matching pants are easy to put on! And all due to down one pants size and losing 5% of my weight [plus more!= - 11 lbs.} all summer in the 5% Summer Challenge of 2018! And losing now in the 5% Fall Challenge of 2018 ~only 7 lbs. away from GOAL WEIGHT! Thu, 25 Oct 2018 02:10:29 EST I never thought I'd see it again!!! I'm under 200! Finally! Finally finally finally I'M UNDER 200 AGAIN!!! <em>334</em> Sat, 29 Sep 2018 13:54:54 EST No Soda since 12/25 I haven't had any sodas since 12/25. My boyfriend bought me a sodastream machine so I could make my own sparkling water. I really don't crave sodas, just the carbonation. Mon, 8 Jan 2018 23:30:07 EST The Plateau I have been stuck between an 83-85 lb. weight loss plateau for the last two months. While I have been happily celebrating my success to date, it is still frustrating when I can't get things going forward again. On the same note, I have taken great pride in clothing myself during my weight loss on a budget. Other than undergarments and a few pairs of crop leggings, I have bought nothing new and found really cute items second hand. Well, with fall coming I took the plunge and put in a Kohls... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 22:22:17 EST How much do you weigh and what size do you wear? I weigh 177 and I wear a 14. Hoping I will get down to a 10! Wed, 26 Aug 2009 15:13:57 EST