Spark People

United States
September 29, 2007 10:15pm CST
Over the last year, I've managed to lose 45 pounds. I was 210 in August of last year. Now, I'm 165. I have walked, cut down on soft drinks, increased my water intake, and tried not to eat anything fried. I have been at a stand still for a month or more, and was becoming frustrated. Today I found a website called Sparkpeople. It is a free diet and excercise site. You put all of your information in, and they personalize a program just for you. This is not a pay site. It is 100% free. My question is, have any of you used it. have you had success or has it been a dud? If nothing else, there are some great recipes on it!
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7 responses
@villageanne (8579)
• United States
16 Oct 07
I have never really used this website much. I have been very sick the last few months. I had emergency surgery and now they want to do more surgery. I have lost over 21 pounds just since the emergency surgery. I really dont need to loose any more weight.
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• United States
18 Oct 07
OH no! I knew you hadn't been here or at gather much, but I sure didn't know you'd had emergency surgery! Are you alright? Bless your heart. Tell me what's going on so that I can put you on my prayer list would you?
@mi2ok02 (406)
• United States
1 Oct 07
First of all, congrats on the weight loss! I am in the same place as you. Weighing in over 200 pounds and I am so unhappy with myself about it. I have never heard of it and thanks for the info. I am going to check this out!
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• United States
1 Oct 07
It wasn't easy. It's taken me forever and I didn't think I could do it. It's so wonderful to look into a mirror and see half of the person I used to be! I just can't describe it fully. Once you decide to take off the weight, you must get people around you who will support you and stand up to you when you want to quit.
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• Philippines
30 Sep 07
I have heard about the site from some of my friends and they said that it was able to help them. i do not have enough time yet to check on their programs personally but maybe I would one day. Anyway, I am also desperate about losing weight.
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• United States
1 Oct 07
Your photo doesn't look like you have anything to worry about! You are so beautiful! I think all of us struggle with our weight at times. It is like I've been trying all my life to get thinner. I remember being so little and skinny in high school and thinking I was fat!
@AmbiePam (46358)
• United States
30 Sep 07
I've been signed up to it for a while. I don't follow it as much as I should, because I am limited in how far I can use it. But the exercises they give are helpful to me, and several of their recipes have worked for me as well.
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• United States
1 Oct 07
I love the recipes! I found a great one for parmesan crusted talapia that I can't wait to try for dinner tonight. i had some fresh fish in the freezer, and was looking for something different to do with it. It's broiled, so I can have it!
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
30 Sep 07
I have with the low carb high protein. I need to get back to drinking more water though and lay off of soda and eat more fruits for snack instead of junk. I think we all mess up from time to time. I admit I do.
• United States
1 Oct 07
I do not drink enough water either. I need to start trying to do better there. It is so easy to just grab a coke though! I have a bottle of water on my desk right now. I think I will go fill it up and see if I can't drink it instead of the Dr. Pepper that I really want.
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• United States
30 Sep 07
I have not used it and don't know much about the site, but I just wanted to say congrats on your weight loss!
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• United States
1 Oct 07
It feels great! Thanks for your kind words. I think I got the most awesome compliment last night when my two teenaged daughters came into my room and said "Mom, can we go through your closet?" It seems, that they can now wear my shirts, and those pants with elastic.
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@piasabird (1737)
• United States
30 Sep 07
I've signed up for it but I haven't spent very much time using it. I think it looks cool. There seems to be a lot of good information there. I don't see how it could hurt. There's everything there to help and a chat board for inspiration.
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• United States
1 Oct 07
I believe that the chat board will probably become my best friend. The other people on there, are in many cases in the same boat as me. Losing weight and just trying to get into better health. It's scary when you feel like you're all alone and everyone is judging you.