SparkPeople Staying Motivated Messageboard Do you need some instant inspiration or have a motivation strategy to share? Get helpful tips from other members and SparkPeople Coaches, or give some advice of your own. SparkPeople Staying Motivated Messageboard I need some help Howdy! This is my first post on Sp and I just wanted to ask for some help on keeping myself motivated. <BR> <BR> On top of a slew of mental health issues which really impair my ability to keep myself on track with anything, I feel I have no support around me on my journey to become healthier. <BR> <BR> I originally was going to join WW because of the meetings and community but I figured what the heck, and decided I would give SparkPeople a try first. <BR> <BR> Long story short, I just want... Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:15:29 EST Staying on track Taking it step by step today and trying to distract myself from cravings that won't do me any good. Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:56:08 EST Why isn't it working? I joined a group at the beginning of January and my weight loss has been up and down I've lost 5llb but everyone else is losing a lot faster! I'm on beta blockers and am wondering if this could be having an affect? Anyone else in this situation? Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:10:07 EST How did you get back on track? I've been struggling and been yoyoing with diet plans. I must have tried at least 5 different plans and cant keep to any of them. I have a trainer although I don't always go and the smallest stupidest things trigger me to crave sweets, muffins chocolate and all the wrong foods. I need some inspiration to get back on track, what helped you? Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:25:00 EST Staying active I am having a hard time getting back to my fitness goals was doing good for about 6 weeks and then I hit a snag and just started today and I want to get back on trackwish me luck! Sun, 11 Feb 2018 20:27:16 EST walking around the block? Advice? In my neighborhood there is a block at the end of my street with a lake in the center. Houses surround the lake. I walk around it and it is half a mile. I usually walk around it four times. I feel self conscious when I walk around it. Once in a while, there might be a neighbor outside talking and I feel they don't want me there. I don't want to be an eyesore or a problem. I usually just stay to myself and walk around. I like it because at night it is lit up and there is very little traffic. I... Thu, 8 Feb 2018 13:58:44 EST I need motivation and support! Hi i just sign up. I need to lose weight. I am extremely over weight that now its affecting me everyday. I get headaches everyday and acid reflex sometime after eating i feel tired and lazy. I want to lose weight not only to look good but to feel good I'm tired of feeling tired everyday. I sign up for a gym but the only thing is I lost motivation going to the gym. I work a full time job and have a relationship so most of my time is put into my relationship and work. I need to learn how to bal... Wed, 7 Feb 2018 16:44:17 EST What diet (eating plan) do you enjoy most? <BR> In the past I have tried many.. different phases and years.. But 2 years ago I really enjoyed FMD and liked the science behind it. And really thought I could do it! I did try but then fell off a cliff.. And no matter how much I try, I eat foods that I shouldn't. Dr Ian has a new book coming out in April and it seems interesting as it's only 30 different foods for 20 days and the weight comes off. Maybe this could be it!! : ) Tue, 6 Feb 2018 14:37:54 EST still hungry I've eaten all my calories for the day but I'm still hungry. Any suggestions? Sat, 3 Feb 2018 19:43:47 EST How to stay motivated without family's support? My family is very unhealthy and despite all the talks I've had with them about making small changes, eating healthier, and losing some weight, no one is on board with me. Some of my family members mock me if I choose a salad over fried food. Most don't say anything but they'll buy cakes, cookies, and fast food and offer me some even though they know I'm trying to cut back. I can handle saying no. It's just that sometimes you need someone to talk to about your efforts but I just don't have tha... Fri, 2 Feb 2018 18:56:55 EST Staying Motivated A person told me once a quote that has also seemed powerful to me. <BR> <BR> "If you always do, what you always did, you will always get what you always got!!" <BR> <BR> Her mom told her that, and she didn't know where she heard it, but I loved it! If you always do the same thing, you won't grow, you won't learn and you will never make a difference. Change one thing today, then tomorrow and next month, your life could be going in a better direction! You are the only one who can make that di... Fri, 2 Feb 2018 11:30:57 EST What does it take? Is it a matter of will power? <BR> <BR> What does it take to lose weight in a healthy way and keep it off? <BR> <BR> (I am sorry but please reply only if you have actually done it!) Thu, 1 Feb 2018 14:36:15 EST Motivation trouble Hi guys I've been back with sp since the new year and I've started working out again, tracking (not nearly enough though) I cut back from 3 liters of Dr pepper to one 20 oz soda a day (want to stop this) but at night is hard and I find it difficult to stay in my calorie range. I'm not giving up though I'm going to switch out to fat free milk and wheat bread next week and I'm taking it slow. I'm having a hard time starting motivated and just focusing hard on my goals but I am committed to ke... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 03:15:12 EST FEBRUARY 2018-Gratitudes, Thanks..Please Post here <em>26</em> "Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." Oprah Winfrey <BR> "Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful." Buddha <BR> <img src=" Wed, 31 Jan 2018 19:25:56 EST How to motivate someone who has no interest!? Long story short, 3 of us are going through this healthy lifestyle change together. 2 out of the 3 are motivated, try sharing inspirational stories with each other, remind one another to weigh-in and utilize the site and fellow Spark Peeps for guidance. The third, unfortunately, is like pulling teeth and has passionately stated they have no interest in being motivated, hate that they're doing it but are begrudgingly doing it for the weight loss. This worries me because it's been a recipe f... Mon, 29 Jan 2018 15:25:05 EST Self Rewards Ideas Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> Please share self rewards that really motivated and satisfied you. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Mon, 29 Jan 2018 11:17:14 EST Weekend help At weekends I find myself often ongoing all the hard work I've done all week. Any good advice for keeping motivated at weekends, any ideas welcome Sat, 27 Jan 2018 15:33:31 EST Bit depressed Hi <BR> I started my diet about a week ago. It’s going o.k. I feel a bit depressed. Not sure if its because I can’t eat what I want anymore or maybe it’s the snow and I can’t go outside like I want. I don’t have a condition of depression, I just feel not myself. I am retired so I don’t see many people outside my family. Maybe I need a hobby or something. Any ideas. <BR> Sat, 27 Jan 2018 09:18:38 EST Accountability Buddy/Group Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm new to the community, and really interested in either finding an accountability buddy or group. <BR> Someone(s) I can chat with back and forth, motivating each other to get up and moving or make sure we're honest about calorie counts. Even maybe organise a weekly weigh in together. <BR> <BR> I'm a momma in Ontario, Canada to three boys, work full time and an aspiring author so getting motivated to take time for myself can REALLY challenging. And then keeping mys... Fri, 26 Jan 2018 19:16:26 EST I need some motivation So I started the school year (as a teacher I always view back to school as the start of a new year) with great intentions. I was in the pool 3-4 days a week, I was tracking, I was getting good sleep; things were great and I felt really good. People were stopping me to tell me how great I looked, and my clothes were starting to get too big. Then in mid-October I got a lower respiratory infection that didn't clear up until Christmas. I was barely dragging myself to work, trying to stay with... Fri, 26 Jan 2018 05:10:12 EST What rewards do you use? I am trying to come up with ideas for 'rewards' for being consistent with my health goals. <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear suggestions! Thu, 25 Jan 2018 05:24:29 EST Weight Watchers Partner Howdy! I'm a 30 year old mom with about 100 lbs to lose and I'm signing up for weight watchers online. I went to the meetings when I was in college and it was effective back then, but I don't want to drag my 2'year old to them now. I would like to find someone with similar stats that is interested in doing WW and being accountability partners via email or phone/text. I definitely need the motivation of weekly weigh ins and vent sessions lol. Please let me know if you're interested! Wed, 24 Jan 2018 16:45:02 EST Accountability Buddy! Hi all! I am a 27 year old single mother who is looking for someone to help me lose the weight! I am new to the site, and looking for someone else in the same position where you are trying to lose weight again, and you want this to be the LAST time you "start again". I have been heavier all of my life, and I am to the point now, where enough it enough and I need to change. I work a full time job, then take care of my daughter so some days I feel so exhausted, I need to have someone to keep me... Wed, 24 Jan 2018 12:08:18 EST I feel crappy today I do not feel well physically and emotionally. I have not been feeling well all year. I have pushed myself to the max and now my body is telling me so. <BR> <BR> I am in pain and right now my motivation level is zero. I do not exercise because my sciatica problem has resurfaced. I do not feel like preparing meals. I am eating all the wrong things. I have to get out of this place. This is not good for me. I have to do something that will bring me back to the place where I once was. <B... Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:50:36 EST Can someone please help me? Back in 2012 I went from 265 to 219 pounds. People were telling me all the time how I looked so much better and congratulating me on my weight loss. Here's what they didn't understand was going on in my head though. When I looked in the mirror I saw the same 265 pound man looking back at me. I hadn't changed a bit in my head. I was still the same 265 pound person. So I thought I'd quit tracking my food and just enjoy it sense it made no difference in my head. In 2016 I was 289. <img src="htt... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:33:45 EST middle age frustration I have posted before about my concerns and I think I really need some encouragement today. I've been on my weight loss journey since july of 2017 and I have lost 20 pounds (Yay!). My frustrations arise because I track all my food on MFP and I am consistent at 1100-1300 calories a day. I don't have a lot of time to exercise, but I am a teacher and I am on my feet and walking campus everyday. <BR> <BR> I am almost 47 years old 5'1" (used to be 5'2" shrinking?). I gained 30 pounds in one year d... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:47:03 EST Keeping up Hey guys, <BR> <BR> Just hoping for some feedback. <BR> <BR> How do you all stay motivated when you have faced a really rough life challenge, successfully? <BR> <BR> Have you found a good breathing technique, exercise, good book, tv show etc.. <BR> <BR> I am just looking for some what of a boost to help my self stay in the game :) Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:08:23 EST Healthy Wage?? Has anyone heard of the Healty Wage challenge? Good or bad? It's not a SP challenge...just curious. I read reviews about it and it seems legit.😬? Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:26:31 EST Accountability Partner/Buddy Hey Guys, I'm looking for a male partner/buddy who can keep me accountable for my weight loss goals. I'm 32, a semi-active guy who is looking to lose weight before my trip to southeast asia in september. I have a workout routine that I have started and I am in the beginning stages of a keto diet. I would also like to be a partner or buddy for that person as well. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from others. Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:15:40 EST Working mom's who have lots 40 lbs or more Hello! I was wondering if there are any working moms put there who have lost 40 lbs or more. Does suck a thing exist? Today is my first day on Spark. I'm the primary care giver to two small children and I work full time. Looking for motivation, advice and tips. I need to drop 52 lbs. Sat, 13 Jan 2018 13:02:03 EST My vice is beer I enjoy beer. It is my relaxation after a long day of work and stress and maintaining my family and home. It is my escape. I am kind of a beer snob, says my fiance, I like the microbrewery beers and drink for the actual taste of the beer, not so much the tipsy factor. How do I break the habit? I eat my very minimum in calories from food, and though I am not extremely active, I do not really sit still very long. I do not feel that I am lazy. I can't seem to budge my weight, no matter how mu... Thu, 11 Jan 2018 19:04:43 EST Habit Apps Anyone use habit apps? Which one do you use and why? Tue, 9 Jan 2018 00:49:28 EST Pep talks! Get your pep talks here! Wow! You are an AMAZING PERSON who has decided to care of your health and fitness. That's one unstoppable person right there. You're not the sort to let any set backs or plateaus or ANYTHING get in your way when you are protecting someone you love, and you have decided to protect and love YOURSELF! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> (Post pep talks for others, and come read pep talks when you need one.) Sun, 7 Jan 2018 12:46:59 EST Motivation Need some serious motivation on getting started with a weightloss program... I m at my heaviest... I weighed less even when I was pregnant 🙈?... my biggest problems are lack of patience, rewarding myself with cheat days way too often, and overthinking :/... I also hate vegetables and seeing everyone post about salads and their veggie portions just demotivates me even more because I ca’’t eat vegetables... makes me gag :(.... so would love to get some help/ motivation on how to push myself to ... Sat, 6 Jan 2018 19:50:48 EST consistency I need someone to keep me in check with my low carb high fat weight loss. I have lost 18 pounds since the end of July 2017. My goal is to get down to 130 pounds. I realize now I will probably be at a plateau. I need someone to help me not give up before I get to my goal. I am pre-diabetic and am on metformin. this has helped me quite a bit. if there is someone out there that is willing to help, please get in touch through spark mail. Fri, 5 Jan 2018 20:34:25 EST Overeating tips? Overeating is my biggest vice and the largest block to achieving weight loss goals for me. It led to weight gain and while I've done meal planning, diets, all these things - and I still find a way to overeat. Any advice or tips on how to combat this? Fri, 5 Jan 2018 14:57:34 EST Staying warm Tempted to indulge in comfort food during this very very cold and stormy weather! Fri, 5 Jan 2018 08:01:11 EST One More Time I saw a blog in my email titled one more time. It had a quote from Thomas Edison. Imagine if he gave up after one of his failed attempts at creating the light bulb. He made the world brighter because he never gave up. I am so glad that was the email I got this morning. What a message. I will do this one more time. If I fall I will get up one more time. Thu, 4 Jan 2018 08:21:13 EST Life knocks you down I constantly return to SP for motivation. I know what to eat, how to eat it. But life continues to knock me down...mostly financial. So i need suggestions of healthy eating on a budget! <BR> My second biggest issue is chronic pain. I have fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. I have let myself suffer badly, i want to take the steps to can control. <BR> I need to stop letting life knock my down... Please help....thanks Tue, 2 Jan 2018 23:35:51 EST JANUARY 2018- Appreciations, here! "Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices." Robert Braathe <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I appreciate every person who contributes and shares on this thread. As always please share 5 things you are grateful for, appreciate or are working for you. The daily gifts! Certainly it is a powerful path to peace. <em>532</em> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 31 Dec 2017 18:05:53 EST No Resolution, just a Goal. I'm not into New Year's Eve resolutions, but I'll ask: <BR> <BR> What are you looking forward to for 2018? <BR> Sun, 31 Dec 2017 16:11:36 EST Starting Anew... Hi All! <BR> I am a 31 year old mother to an amazing 5 Year Old, he is my whole entire world. Being with my SO for almost 12 years I have definitely fallen off the wagon and have lost my self...completely. I have gained about 100lbs and feel completely miserable. I am lack motivation...100%. I will have it for a little and then something happens and I fall off once again and start back at square 1 all of again. How do y'all stay motivated? Sun, 31 Dec 2017 15:26:18 EST Did good for years now almost back to beginning :( I never quite reached by ultimate goal, but for many years I exercised regularly and even was somewhat disciplined with my eating. Over the past year, I let stress get the best of me and I just started eating more. I kept exercising but not as much. So, of course I gained weight. I am bummed but I can't change the past. I do need to work at removing stress from my life, but that isn't a quick fix either (just like losing weight). Has anyone had a set-back like this? What helped you get... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 14:50:23 EST Motivation for 2018 Every year I like to delete my Fitness Minutes for the year. Could someone please remind me how to do that? Sun, 31 Dec 2017 12:42:04 EST Looking for chat buddies! Hi guys! Im Shelli. I'm a wife and SAHM. I hit the gym every morning for 2 hours usually sometime between 5 and 8 am. I lift heavy, and I love the gym. I am hardcore in love with keto. Low carb, high fat, moderate protein. I'm kind of a lady meathead. I am also considering a path as a personal trainer/health and fitness coach. I love talking about everything health and fitness and am more than willing, if not eager, to help and give motivation or advice to anyone who wants it. I also want som... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 22:00:59 EST meditation I've been working really hard at visualizing my stronger thinner self...having 20 to 30 lbs to go sometimes i get caught up IN that NUMBER on the scale.... <BR> I got me some great visualizations from jon Gabriel. ...cheers to 2018! The year of THIN AND HEALTHY FOREVER. Tue, 26 Dec 2017 17:57:25 EST Tips for being patient when trying to lose weight Anyone have any?? I’m feeling so motivated but I am also just starting! Tue, 26 Dec 2017 12:15:03 EST Motivational Memes, Jokes and Quotes <img src=""> Tue, 26 Dec 2017 00:10:21 EST Help! Ate all my calories for the day I ate all my calories for the day by 3:00 pm and I still have to teach two yoga classes tonight so I’ll be out late. I know when I get home I’ll want to eat but won’t need to. Any motivational words or quotes to get me right to bed when I get home without gong over my calorie limit? Tue, 19 Dec 2017 15:42:08 EST self edited thread Self edited. Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:12:29 EST Pre workout supplement? I am a working (full-time) mom and have been trying to workout on a regular basis. I usually do not find time to fit it in until the end of the day after my kids are in bed. Which makes me usually pretty tired when I need to get started. I have never tried a supplement, but would like some advise on if it would help with energy and modivation? Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:47:04 EST Looking for a workout buddy in East Orlando. Hi! I am looking for a stay at home mom or dad or simply someone that can workout in the am. Or around noon. I have my own business and this are the best times to go to the local gym (less crowded). <BR> <BR> I have 50+ pound to loose. :) Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:23:56 EST looking for active teams I need to lose over 100 pounds and I was looking for teams to join to stay motivated, but Im having a hard time finding teams that are still active and have daily interactions. Can You recommend any active and motivational teams to join? Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:50:58 EST Motivation Motivation is so hard to explain and it is like a motion and a feeling all together sort of a "task" I have trouble keeping on track there is so much distractions in all of my days my prayer is to stay focused Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:43:06 EST The Elephant In The Room..... This article is discouraging because it's just one more reinforcement of all I see and read on the subject. Now, I must be one of the outliers the article refers to and there must be a lot of them here on SparkPeople because I see the posts that confirm it. Some of us have stayed at ten or more percent lost of original body weight for far more than five years. So I guess it's the same thinking that makes the state-sponsored lotteries so successful that keeps us trying. "Somebody's gotta' ... Fri, 8 Dec 2017 17:40:12 EST Getting motivated when life's exhausting! Hey all! Ideas needed! A little about myself - I'm married with a 5 y.o., 2 cats and a brand new puppy. They all count on me to keep things running smoothly. I work full time. My weight is at an all time high as is my stress level! Tell me what you do to try and fit in the necessary "me" time that so many of us sacrifice, find the motivation to get moving and make better choices. Mon, 4 Dec 2017 15:16:10 EST How should i determine my Goal? Hi, <BR> I am new here :) I just started my a diet and daily routine exercises. I do not clearly determined my goal for 1 year later, do i have to determine a goal. Is it beneficial for me. If yes, what kind of goal it should be. Many thanks <BR> Cafer <BR> Sat, 2 Dec 2017 14:48:15 EST Advices to keep patient and motivated Hi <BR> I am new here:) I just started my a diet and daily routine exercises. I know that it will be a long trip to get an obvious change at current weight. If you know could you please inform me, when can i observe an obvious change on my body. So i can motivate myself to be patient. Many thanks. <BR> Cafer <BR> Sat, 2 Dec 2017 14:32:29 EST I Feel Like I Lost My Motivation I was doing good with my eating and exercising but then I caught a cold that has lingered for 3 weeks. When, I feel bad I want to eat. I also didn't have energy to exercise. <BR> <BR> I feel like all my progress has gone out the window. Each day I wake up with good intentions. Start off right, then end up messing up. I'm tired of this vicious cycle and how it makes me feel. I feel down in the dumps, because I can't stay on track with my eating. <BR> <BR> I feel like I need something n... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 13:37:10 EST DECEMBER 2017 Appreciations, Gratitude post here "The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement."Charles Schwab <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I appreciate every person who contributes and shares on this thread. As always please share 5 things you are grateful for, appreciate or are working for you. The daily gifts! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "When I start... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:24:00 EST Hello! New to Spark People My longest and rockiest relationship has been with the scale. I was heavy as a child and teen. I managed to lose the weight in my 20s, but when marriage and children came along, I topped out to my heaviest weight ... 223. Five years ago, through diet and exercise, I lost 95 lbs. For the first time, I was truly comfortable in my skin. I guess it had more to do with the fact that, unlike in my 20s, it was no longer about wanting being a size "0". <BR> <BR> I was able to keep the weight off fo... Sun, 26 Nov 2017 15:52:52 EST GETTING motivated I can wake in the morning, get my workout clothes on... and then sit.HELP Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:34:22 EST BUDDY WANTED!!!! I need a friend i have lost over 4 stone so far need to lose another 6 stone, I need a buddy to support and get support from. hopefully via facebook as well so we can video chat through messenger on weigh in day or if your having a bad day. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:41:36 EST How do you get motivated? Greetings from SW VA, <BR> <BR> The late fall and winter time are the most difficult times for me, I have never been diagnosed but I do believe I suffer from a mild case of seasonal depression. I also suffer from edema localized to my feet/ankles. I know it is most likely due to my weight and my job. If anybody could give me any ideas of how I could get motivated, I would greatly appreciate it. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:20:11 EST Need some support I have struggled with weight issues my entire life. Fifteen years ago, I joined Weight Watchers. Through diet and exercise, I eventually lost a total of 70 pounds. I stopped attending Weight Watcher meetings several years ago, but I kept the weight off. However, the last two years have been very stressful. My parents became ill and both passed away within nine months of each other. I feel like my world has turned upside down. I have gained back about 25 pounds due to emotional eating, ... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:26:26 EST Working from home In a couple of weeks, my office will be undergoing some big renovations, and we'll all be working from home for 5 weeks. I'm trying to plan ahead and come up with some strategies for how to avoid the mindless nibbling that can go along with sitting at a desk all day long. When I'm at the office, it's easy - I don't have access to any more food than what I've brought with me for the day. But at home, unless I just buy one meal at a time and keep the fridge and cupboards empty, there will be a ... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:41:27 EST Motivation buddy/ group I'm looking for a buddy or a group to message and update each other on workouts and diet. not necessarily looking for a workout buddy, just a motivational buddy. sometimes i need that extra push and someone to tell me i can make it to the gym today, or say no to that 4th slice of pizza. any takers? Mon, 20 Nov 2017 01:59:51 EST 12 weeks of not smoking ever since i stop smoking i feel that i lost something in my life. folks tell me im going through nicotine withdrawal. I am depressed all day at work i think about just having a cig,. However i tell my self no . but just feeling sad most of the time just stinks im not sure if this is how the rest my life is going to be, but 12 weeks of this stinks., smoking stinks too so im not going back to that either. i hope im not boring any body with this message coping with not smoking stinks thanks ... Sat, 18 Nov 2017 20:54:21 EST How to deal with the "You'll be too thin" Brigade? I have been very open about my weight loss journey at work and have had lots of support from my colleagues, however, now that I am heading towards my goal weight, I'm getting a lot of "You'll be too thin if you lose another 7.5kg / 16.5lbs!" and a lot of "You look great the way you are! Why lose more?!" <BR> <BR> How do I deal with these comments without sounding weight obsessed? I am being realistic about my weight goal, taking into account my body composition, frame, previous weight, ag... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:51:56 EST Having trouble The trouble im having isnt to do with not reaching goals i am 5'11 and 170 lbs right now over the course of last year i lost 60 lbs right now my goal is a nice set of abs lol the problem i have is everyone telling me im getting too skinny ( though i know very well i cant have visible abs with a gut ) ive already told them about my goals none of them listen any ideas on how to deal with constantly being told i dont need to lose weight ? I know its a weird problem to have but everyone being on ... Sun, 12 Nov 2017 11:06:38 EST Acountabili-buddy? Hello! <BR> <BR> I've been having trouble staying on track lately. When I lost 40 lbs before, I met a friend here who would e-mail back and forth about our struggles and things we felt accomplished about. It really did help! <BR> <BR> I'm looking to lose about 70 lbs over the next year. I know I can do it! Let's keep each other on track. :) Fri, 10 Nov 2017 07:08:33 EST Feeling numb Nt Thu, 9 Nov 2017 19:29:12 EST Tangible Evidence of Your Journey It had been awhile (!) since I'd done any sorting and donating. I discovered I was hanging on to older clothes that REALLY were too large like several sizes and not worn for several years...! <BR> <BR> Its an amazing motivator to have a tangible and visual piece of how far you've actually come---rather like looking back down a trail you've climbed, only to see where you started far away and down below... I really want to get to do that this will keep me just a bit more ... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 19:01:49 EST How to start a life change at 68 I know I am pre-diabetic. I am overweight by at least 30 lbs. I am 68. My mind has great intentions but to actually do something is overwhelming. What do I do? How do I start never mind stay motivated? <BR> <em>24</em> Sun, 5 Nov 2017 12:14:51 EST Need a Kick Start! Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> <BR> I live in a great place for walking and biking -- plus, I have 2 dogs that need exercise as well! I'm not doing anything -- help! Please send some hugs my way -- I'm in OHIO. Thanks! Sat, 4 Nov 2017 17:36:21 EST Have You Written a Blog? Have you written a blog about how you are doing with your healthy living journey? <BR> <BR> I just finished one and it made me more motivated than I thought it would. Try doing that. It was very eye opening for me and I realized it was Time To Reset....Again. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful weekend. Sat, 4 Nov 2017 15:18:57 EST Real Life Buddies? Hi, first post here. I am looking for a way to meet fitness buddies in my area. <BR> I can’t seem to find that on here. Maybe because I’m using the mobile version and not the app. Sorry if it’s super obvious. Thanks for your help! Sat, 4 Nov 2017 00:42:01 EST Need help gettiing motivated and staying there I always have this fantastic idea that today is the day that I will begin my journey. I have been over weight most of my life but I am at my heaviest. The hardest part is getting started. I start our strong and by the end of the day I feel like I can't do it. I have lost weight in the past only to regain it. I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I know I have to do this for me and my health. Where do I get the motivation to keep this journey going in the right direction? <em>39</em>... Fri, 3 Nov 2017 08:22:38 EST slowing metabolism I used spark to loose 65 lbs through tracking food and lots of exercise. As I approached my goal weight I started inching up calories to what I hoped would be maintenance. When I got up to 1800 and still doing the exercise it should have been about a 500 cal deficit and coasting to final goal. It was not, I started to gain weight, even though the charts said no way. I was not burning what a 180 lb man excising should. How long does it take to lower your set point? Frustrating. So now I trac... Wed, 1 Nov 2017 08:34:30 EST NOVEMBER 2017-Gratitude, Appreciations-Welcome All Here is the place to write five or more things you appreciate, are thankful for or that simply made you smile...every day. <BR> <BR> I look forward to those who have contributed to this tradition for a very long time, those who visit from time to time and anyone who has the inclination to join in. <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 17:54:41 EST 2 Hour Challenge The 2 hour challenge is simple. Go 2 hours without eating anything. <BR> I just did it, I know it can be done. <BR> <BR> Good luck. Fri, 27 Oct 2017 21:49:33 EST Need Motivation I’m needing motivation to stay on track I keep falling off the train and I’m sick of doing that I’m made such great progress I don’t want to go back wards I’ve already lost almost 40 pounds and it’s been hard as hell to get there. Fri, 27 Oct 2017 09:50:12 EST Wanna play a game? For the next four days, I will do the following BEFORE NOON - drink 6 glasses of water, get 5,000 steps and include two servings of fruit and/or vegetable in my diet. Anyone care to join me? <BR> <BR> I need motivation - and support. I am hoping to jump start myself with these easily attainable steps in the hopes that good behaviors will follow throughout the day. Thu, 26 Oct 2017 10:32:21 EST Fun outdoors but winter is a challenge! It is really difficult to come back when you have had a lapse. I tried to do the same routine and it was a bit of a disaster. <BR> I was happy doing my same as before and after the next days I was stiff and aches and depressed. <BR> I will try just a bit of stretches and getting moving. I used the summer doing garden work but the work is so different as the exercises . Now it is a new beginning. My weight is still the same but the energy and eagerness to begin will have to go slow. <BR> Win... Wed, 25 Oct 2017 10:07:55 EST Need to get back on track Hey, guys!!! <BR> <BR> So, my story is kind of a good one, when talking about dealing with extra weight. In my teen years, up until like sixteen I was a skinny as a stick energetic girl, etc... Later on, I got depression, caused by bullying and... that's where everything went down the hill for me. For the next three years, my highest weight reached 155-160lbs (~70kg.), but then, at the age of 19, I managed to loose 26lbs (~12kg) and that was a very positive thing. My weight dropped from 70 t... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:03:00 EST Recovery from Food Addiction Hey Spark! It's been mega years since I've been back on Spark and I'm wondering if there are any gals in recovery from food addiction around to connect. I've been in long term recovery for over 25 years and since losing my parents I've had a few ups and downs with getting into the sugar and flour. Please PM me if you can relate. Would love to connect. <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:25:45 EST How do you make yourself DO IT? I try to stay motivated but I can't seem to hold myself to my promises, specifically with hitting the gym. I go to bed with a gym bag packed saying I'll go in the AM. Then I sleep in. I say I'll go after work, then I get home exhausted and promise myself I'll go tomorrow...and so on and so on. My budget is so tight I can't bribe myself. I WANT to lose weight but I just can't find it in myself. When I go I feel good but even trying to cling to that feeling doesn't help. THEN I get so di... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:06:31 EST Having trouble here When I was living in Arizona I lost a good amount of weight. I moved ti East Coast over a year ago. I can't seem to motivate myself. I'm gain like 3 pounds and really disguised with myself for gaining. I just sti on the couch and watch TV unless my mom need help. <BR> I helped my Mom on Friday and Saturday. We did a lot of walking on Friday. My Feet was killing me. I have plates and screws in my right ankle due to a car accident in '07. I just wish there was a way to get my butt... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 18:11:23 EST Really creative rewards Looking for really creative non-food rewards. This could be fun, posting ideas that are way out there....maybe we can all get a few ideas... <BR> <BR> I've lost 32lbs since Spring, hoping to lose 10-15 more before going to Disney World in November. <BR> <BR> I thought if I reach 50-60 I might bump into an old girlfriend from way back in the 80's <BR> <BR> Maybe update my Facebook picture, we all search old flames..... <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:43:25 EST How often do you weigh in? I do daily. I was originally going to only weigh in each day for one week and see how much my weight fluctuates. Then I came across an app called "Happy Scale" So far I absolutely love it. I'm just wondering if anyone uses that app? How often do you weigh in? What has been you experience in general and how does your weigh fluctuate? Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:29:40 EST The way is the destination I just made the group "The way is the destination" <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=69028 </link> <BR> <BR> I have 5 years experience as a motivator and 10 years experience with nutrition. I used to be obese in the past, so I know how tough finding the right motivation and staying on track can be. I turned my life around and so can you! <BR> <BR> My passion is to help people and be a good example for others. So if you need motivation or any other kin... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:41:15 EST The weight off I have kept the weight off for a while now. I try to walk everyday! Tue, 10 Oct 2017 18:35:24 EST Post Pregnancy Blues Hi there, <BR> I suppose you could call this a cry for help. I had a baby 5 months ago, and my tiny frame (5ft 3, 102lbs) was destroyed by carrying my gorgeous chunky son (10lbs 11 at birth). <BR> It's one thing having to contend with the plethora of stretch marks covering my chest, stomach, legs, bum and arms, but it's another having to deal with the now frumpy, out of shape, hanging body I have. <BR> My stomach hangs to my groin, I have fat deposits that make me look 6 months pregnant. A w... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 06:38:15 EST Accountability Partner Hi Everyone - <BR> I am looking for an accountability partner - someone that is in circumstances similar to my own that is also in need of someone to check in with them on a regular basis to offer support, encouragement and accountability. I am 32, married and have children and a full time job. Despite how busy my schedule can be, I'm actually pretty active online during the day. If anyone is interested, please send me a message! :) Mon, 9 Oct 2017 08:55:01 EST Hi I have gain 30 + pounds. I walked this week up and down 3 times and past Sunday I walked 1.02 miles. Problem is I have plates and screws in my right ankle and I can't stand or do much activities for a long period of time. I know I can do Sit to Be Fit video. I need to get some exercise cause I'm gaining weight. What other exercises can I do that won't strand on my ankle? <BR> Thu, 5 Oct 2017 22:09:58 EST Fighting my couch I feel so great after I work out, but I come home from work and if my butt hits the couch for a minute, it's hours later before I know it. I was already determined to not sit down, just change into workout gear immediately, but my schedule showing which workout to do (that I thought I transferred onto my phone) was messed up, so I had to open the computer... dunh dunh dunh!!!! Since I've been fighting this every day for days now, I'm just posting to shame myself into getting up!! So I won't b... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 17:07:31 EST Obesity and Cancer I seem to respond well to negative incentives. If I keep putting on the lard here is what will happen and if I lose weight, a whole different outcome. When they told me I could go blind, lose limbs, succumb to heart and circulatory problems, and more if I didn't control Diabetes, it motivated me. Here's some more negative motivation: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-cancers-on-the-rise-in-the-u-s/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>370</em> Tue, 3 Oct 2017 20:44:44 EST OMG why am I not loosing weight Hi everybody. I´m trying to troubleshoot why I´m not loosing any weight. I started working out in beginning of April and have been watching closely my calorie intake but the scale is NOT moving... at all. I´m 38 years old, 69 kg, eat about 1500-1600 a day, run 4 km every other day, work out in the gym 3 times a week (20 min treadmill/rowing machine, lifting weights) and I walk around 12000 steps a day. :/ Any suggestions? Mon, 2 Oct 2017 02:54:30 EST OCTOBER 2017-Gratitude, Appreciations-Welcome All! <img src=""> <BR> Here is the place to post five or more things you are thankful for in your day/your life....every day. <BR> This is a practice that opens your life to more positive outlook and a happier life. <BR> <BR> I look forward to seeing your post tomorrow. <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 30 Sep 2017 21:08:48 EST wii fit games, does anyone want to start? I am looking for a group that will come together and do Wii fit games. Maybe post what each had done for motivation daily. Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:16:49 EST Night Shift Needs... Hello all, long time - first time. I used SP back in 2008 or 2009 to get fit and healthy, but this is my first post on the forum. <BR> <BR> Back then I had somehow figured it out, but now that I'm almost 10 years older, I'm having a hard time. I'm a 911 operator and police dispatcher, and I work straight nights from 6p to 6a. It's a sedentary job, combined with a high stress environment, and a plethora of unhealthy eating habits. <BR> <BR> My question is, how do you manage your nutrition d... Fri, 22 Sep 2017 03:01:19 EST Cross post - stuck at a plateau/loosing motivation I am a female, 35 years old, 5'5" tall. I started out at 189 pounds this past January, and was at 183 in May but I have been stuck hovering between 178-176 pounds since the mid-July! I work out 5-6 days per week for 30-45 minutes, usually 3 days of strength training and 2-3 of cardio. I usually do beach body 21 day fix or core deforce workouts along with some intervals on an elliptical. I have been very seriously tracking and measuring all of my food intake since May and more loosely before t... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:40:54 EST do you buy new clothes while you are still losing? I am wondering how many people buy themselves new clothes before reaching your goal. Thanks for responding. Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:10:27 EST I can do it! ugh, 300 calories left for the day! I can do it... Hold on to will power! Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:11:37 EST Taking off the last 10 lbs Really need some help. Been playing around with these last 10 lbs. Up and down. Know my age is against me (over 70) but do not want the lbs. to creep up and that is what is happening. I start out tracking but by middle of day not so much. Good intentions but !!!!! Really need some motivation to get my mind going in right direction. Thanks for your help. <BR> Sat, 16 Sep 2017 12:00:34 EST Is anyone here hypothyroid? I've been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Needless to say, weight loss is very difficult for me but I've decided to just do what I need to do. I will exercise every day, keep myself hydrated and try to eat well. But for those of you who might be having the same experience.... are there any words of encouragement or hope in this weight loss battle? Mon, 11 Sep 2017 09:26:41 EST Missing my fitness partner In September 2015 my 14 year old dog collapsed when giving me a peppy welcome home. The vet said she had an enlarged heart and she was put on medication. She passed away on June 3, 2017.. We quit running together in 2015 which essentially meant I quit exercising. I made myself go out once last month and it was great (even though I cried half the time). I need to get back into a routine. I don't have her to encourage me to get out there and it is also hard because it was something we did to... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 11:08:33 EST How to talk myself out of cheat days. This is my achile's heel. I have the hardest time avoiding telling myself "whats 1 cheat day gonna do" or " one snacks not going to kill you ". Can anyone out there help me out? It's a real problem and a major reason why this has been a struggle for me. Wed, 6 Sep 2017 22:42:49 EST NEED HELP STAYING WITH IT! Okay class, I am not digging through this pile looking for the right answer. I am halfway through a 90 day diet / exercise program here at the home. At MY home, my blood pressure and blood sugar tended to sky-rocket. I fought to get them anywhere near normal. Here at the home [rehab center], I get a balanced diet with lots of salads, my meds on a regular schedule, and if I do not show up for morning physical therapy, THEY COME TO MY ROOM AND GET ME. How do I keep this up once I get home? Wed, 6 Sep 2017 14:46:59 EST Did You Start Your Day with Positive Affirmations? I did and here is one of those: <BR> <BR> Happiness is a choice. I base my happiness on my own accomplishments and the blessings I’ve been given. <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Sep 2017 18:03:51 EST Life with purpose “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” —Maya Angelou Mon, 4 Sep 2017 12:36:49 EST How do you treat yourself I am wondering how people reward themselves for reaching goals. Looking for ways that don't cost money and obviously aren't caloric rewards. Sun, 3 Sep 2017 18:38:18 EST Breast Cancer... Surgery Soon I was diagnosed with breast cancer on May 30th 2017. I am having a double mastectomy with reconstruction in 9 days. If there is someone out there who knows how and when to workout after these surgeries let me know. I'm 39 years old(40 in Oct.) and I now weigh 201.4 lbs. and would still like to workout during this time if I can somehow. I have a couple of books on the subject but it is always good to hear it from someone who's been through it. Sun, 3 Sep 2017 00:07:13 EST feeling so discouraged I weighed myself 119 on July 30th and today when i weighed myself I was only 117.8 I was dieting and exercising so much but why didnt I lose much? Fri, 1 Sep 2017 09:10:50 EST SEPTEMBER 2017 Gratitude, Thanks, ALL WELCOME! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one's voice." <BR> -Joseph B. Wirthlin <BR> <BR> I will be here tomorrow when it is September. Look forward to the shares!! <em>126</em> Thu, 31 Aug 2017 20:38:40 EST Getting complacent What do you do when you start to fall into a rut? <BR> <BR> I have been eating 1200 calories consistently for 3 weeks and work out every day to burn a minimum of 250 calories (half hour of exercise, sometimes more when I have time). When I first started, I would go to the gym and really bust a$$ but now I am just going and doing my 30 mins on the elliptical and calling it a day. I just don't feel like I have it in me anymore. <BR> <BR> I know that if I continue to consume 1200 calories/da... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 13:56:45 EST Goals for the next 12 weeks My goals for the next twelve weeks are: <BR> <BR> To eat 3 vegetables or fruits a day. Give up all soda. <BR> Do at least 5 Cardio routines a week and 4 strength Training workouts a week. <BR> <BR> I am recording the results daily in a notebook, with notes on how I feel for the day also. <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Aug 2017 13:46:08 EST Positive Quote You cannot live a positive life with a negative mind. "Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself." -Edmund Lee Sun, 27 Aug 2017 17:55:51 EST Accountability Hi, I'm 21 years old, male and can't ever get past the first week of working out before I give up. I have used accountability partners before to achieve other goals and I'm sure if I have an accountability partner I will be more motivated to not let them down. We can communicate via social media. If anyone is interested please let me know. <BR> Thanks Thu, 24 Aug 2017 15:04:12 EST Help clothing shopping and embracing my curves Hi everyone. I'm trying to learn to embrace my curves as I struggle to lose weight. I grew up hiding in baggy clothes. I bought a long clingy black skirt that is just outside my comfort zone. My bf loves it and I really want to wear it, but I struggle finding a top that I find flattering. I want to feel sexy (not slutty) and confident. <BR> I'm a bit pear shaped, about a 1x. I have a short torso and a high waist. I know I should emphasize my waist. Most skirts like this are shown with tucked... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:10:07 EST For people over 70Th Why is losing weight so hard ?My question is i lose it but,have a hard time maintaining it can anyone give me suggestions. Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:40:24 EST The Home Scale Very curious question if anyone has been through this. Please excuse if I am being blunt but, I have to know. So yesterday morning I weighed myself and it was at 429.8 lbs. This morning I woke up and the scale was reading 434.2 lbs... I was very concerned when I saw this because I know sure as hell I didn't eat any 14,0000 calories which are what I estimate based on 3,500 calories = 1 lb. So that completely confused me. I wrote it down anyway... so I then proceeded to eat my normal breakfast... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:18:13 EST Keep moving Don't let those negative voices cover your greatness Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:38:30 EST Trying to Muscle through Food Cravings/Appetite Hi Folks. <BR> <BR> I tend to struggle with wanting to constantly snack. (Very Low Carb Diet) <BR> <BR> Additionally, I struggle with having a large appetite at dinner time. <BR> <BR> Regarding me, I am down 56 lbs and have about 60 lbs to go. <BR> I exercise daily. <BR> <BR> Any tips? <em>40</em> And yes, I keep forgetting to drink more water. <em>4</em> Sunflower seeds are saving me today! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> A bottle of water on the road & an extra cup off black coffee ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:45:38 EST Awesome challenge team Hi. Do you want to add some fun, meet some awesome new people, with just a bit of competition to your journey to a healthier you? Have you considered joining a team in the Biggest Loser challenge? The Summer Challenge is in its final few days, and the Fall Challenge starting the beginning of September. <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name and living a healthier lifestyle is the game. It's a 10 week commitment with 10 teams of 24 members each. The main requirements is to weigh in each week an... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:50:40 EST Finding Inner Peace I’ve been reading Osho’s book “The Inner Journey” and I’m in love. It’s so well written and brings about such great peace. <BR> <BR> The main concept of “The Inner Journey” is the fact that over the course of generations we’ve chosen to neglect the soul. In the book they call it “the navel”, our life-energy. <BR> <BR> When born our life-energy comes from our mother through our umbilical cord, after cut we experience our first instance of separation from our mother’s. This first instance of... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:54:40 EST Will 15 lbs make a difference? So I was writing on my Spark Page about this... I have been on this journey for about a month now and I am a pretty big girl and I guess my frame is heavier on the bottom half of my body. I have only been able to lose roughly 15lbs in the past month. Now I have gotten myself into a pattern of keeping track of all my calories and writing everything down. The only problem I have is being physically active and that is because of lower back pain and the fact I am pretty sure I have a serious pinc... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:09:51 EST Please advice I have issues with self-discipline and being consistent. <BR> I also have Chronic Depression and Dissociative Identity Disorder. Been obese most of my life. I'm 44 years old. Please advice. Fri, 11 Aug 2017 01:55:54 EST Getting My Spark Back I have been away so long I feel as though I'm starting all over. Back when I first joined Sparkpeople I was determined and having the time of my life. Everything about this site was fun and everything I needed to get healthy. I wasn't seeing the scale change fast but the way I saw the scale changed drastically. It became a tool rather than a source of self hate and doubt. <BR> Just by walking 2.5/3 miles a day @ 6 days a week I created a whole new me. Walking led to more water that led to le... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 11:50:15 EST Support from partner Hi guys! <BR> <BR> I'm new here and I'm desperately trying to lose weight. <BR> I'm currently 86kg (190lbs) and 172cm (5'8") which means a BMI of 29 :-( and I'm trying to get down to at least 75kg (165 lbs) but would love to get to 60kg (132lbs) but am conscious that that probably won't be possible. <BR> I've started a HIIT program and am starting to cut out sugar, I am also going to take Alli tablets and cut out as much fat as I can. Clean eating etc. <BR> <BR> Full disclosure: this is not... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 06:21:32 EST Can't find the energy I've been feeling sick the past week with a really sore throat. I've kept up with my exercises until yesterday when it got really bad. <BR> <BR> So I went to the doctor, and found out I've got strep. <BR> <BR> Now I can't seem to find the energy to work out. <BR> <BR> Tips?? Sat, 5 Aug 2017 21:27:26 EST I live with a very negative mother. Please help. I live with a very negative mother. Please help. Sat, 5 Aug 2017 18:37:58 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> --------------------- <BR> <BR> Positive words to start the day: APPRECIATIVE and BRIGHT <BR> <BR> Good day yesterday - went to the gym, vacuumed the house and dusted furniture. cleaned the master bathroom, Went outside and pulled the weeds that had wandered into the flower beds, and did a couple of loads of la... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 05:38:06 EST Low calorie diet Hello all <BR> <BR> Fors those that are doing VLCD what does your meal plan look like? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Joe Thu, 3 Aug 2017 21:03:50 EST Does SP keep statistics Does SP keep statistics of how long members keep weight off? <BR> <BR> <BR> chris Wed, 2 Aug 2017 08:07:01 EST Where did my motivation go? The good thing is I am maintaining which for me is a good thing. I am a yo yo dietor with most of my years spend overweight. I lost 50+ pounds and now I am having trouble watching it closely so I can lose more. I am happy enough with where I am but know that I am still considered overweight and my joints would benefit from me losing more. In order to do that, I really need to be careful about each calorie and right now I just don't seem to have it in me. Also, in the past, I have gained... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 14:39:31 EST AUGUST 2017 Daily Gratitude-Thanks s-Smiles-welcome! "The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement."Charles Schwab <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here is to an August Abundance of Appreciations!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> See you tomorrow with list of 5 or so! <em>247</em> Mon, 31 Jul 2017 18:03:22 EST Weekends are Rough Hello All <BR> <BR> I'm very new to Spark people and I am really enjoying all the tips, motivation & insight <BR> <BR> I find myself staying on track really well during the week but finding difficulty on the weekends. Especially during the summer with all the reunions, weddings, BBQ S, parties. Etc. any words of wisdom on how to maintain some self control during the weekends. Lol Mon, 31 Jul 2017 10:20:11 EST I'm on this journey because....... It's hard to keep motivated all of the time and sometimes you forget why you started this journey. Once it's in black and white it's hard to forte why you started. It's also good to see what motivates others Mon, 31 Jul 2017 03:06:39 EST Looking for support buddy Hi, I'm Jaime. I'm struggling to get into working out and eating right. I really don't like the way I look. So I'm looking for someone I can talk to, to get support. The support goes both ways, so if you need some help too, I'll be there. <BR> <BR> Please message me! :-D Sat, 29 Jul 2017 15:14:52 EST Looking for a fitness and weight loss buddy! Hello...I am alone on this journey. I have tried to bond with people that might be in the same boat as me, but we just didn't have the same issues. <BR> <BR> I have 60+ lbs to lose and I have to start my fitness level at beginner. This isn't my first time around the block. I know what it takes, I know what I have to do. I just want someone to do it with. Someone to talk to, encourage, get some from them, give high 5's to, and kicks in the butt when needed. <BR> <BR> I am 48, love anima... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:32:39 EST Why do I emotionally eat? It seems like every time things get tough, I start to eat. I feel like I can never get full and I end up eating stuff I know is bad for me or too much food or both. I feel frustrated, sad and angry all at the same time. Do you ever feel like this? How do you help yourself? Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:49:45 EST weight management Today was my first time i have gone to see a weight management doctor. I was given a lot of information and I have to follow up with another person next month. Sugar is my biggest problems along with drinking water and exercising. I am hoping I can finally get down to the goal I am striving for come January of next year. I hope there are people on sparkpeople that can help me out if I begin to struggle. <em>347</em> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:42:45 EST the problem with saying "it's not like I..." It's not like I eat fast food. Ever. <BR> It's not like I drink soda. Ever. <BR> It's not like I'm a binge eater. Ever. <BR> It's not like I'm really into booze. <BR> it's not like l have chips or cookies around the house. <BR> it's not like I eat much fried food. <BR> It's not like I don't exercise. <BR> It's not like I eat a lot of candy. <BR> It's just that -- despite all those things -- I weigh a lot more than should. And... it's frustrating!! Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:33:07 EST choosing and wearing clothes??! so I thought "I'll stop checking the scale," so I wouldn't drive myself crazy. <BR> <BR> But now I'm going nuts over clothes! First I thought, "just buy clothes that fit. you're big, so buy big clothes." <BR> <BR> So I bought bigger clothes -- and while they seemed to fit in the store, they stretched out so much so fast that they were literally falling down in two hours! <BR> <BR> So I bought smaller clothes -- which seem to lovingly outline every lump and bump. <BR> <BR> So I bought ... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:26:41 EST How to balance work, dieting, and workouts? I'm needing some advice cause for the life of me i'm not sure how to do this. I have been on a heavy weight loss journey before from 315 down to 185 but when i did it that time it was a bit easier because I was a stay at home mom. Literally i had nothing but time to plan out every meal and had a regular work out routine i was dedicated to. it was just easier i guess to shape my life around the goal. <BR> <BR> Now though i have gained 60 pounds back because of poor choices and recently going ... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:28:17 EST I know it's only been two weeks... But I am feeling discouraged. I started at 180. Last week when I weighed myself I was down to 177.5. But I have not lost this week, and I realized my start weight was right before my period, so likely my previous "loss" wasn't real. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I know it's silly, but I can't help but be bummed that the scale isn't moving when I have been eating at the bottom of my range and am generally pretty active (I walk at least an hour a day and am doing C25K). I'm worried also because pe... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:00:35 EST Emergencies I spent the last four days in the intensive care unit with my mom who was gravely ill. She's gotten much better now and will be sending her home. I was very impressed that I managed to keep up with my food plan and my exercise while I was in the hospital. Even though I was stressed and afraid and exhausted and emotional it was easy to pick healthy foods – very strange I wasn't even tempted to go for anything sweet or fatty. I got healthy spinach salads from the cafeteria and made tea from th... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 23:48:57 EST focus Hi Y'all, I'm new here. It's great to have a forum such as this. I don't need advice or anything . Rather I want suggestions. How do you all stay focused on this fitness journey? Knowing exactly what to do and what to eat is one thing. Staying focused on your goals is another thing. Most times most people just don't feel motivated to go on. Some people even go on to say whats the point. Life is short so we better enjoy it right? I kinda agree with that school of thought. That been said I wil... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:23:59 EST Trying to come back & nervous. I am obese,older &nervous to get started again. I know how great this group is: I tried Spark people years ago & loved it, but as I have become anxious when I exercise, thinking I will bring on a heart attack & get discouraged. I am going to physical therapy as I have arthritis and I like going, but nervous when I get tired or feel I am short of breath which I know a lot is normal for my age & being so obese. I have asthma but automatically think heart attack when I become short of breath, v... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:32:12 EST Do you use a planner? And for what? Your meals? Your everyday tasks? <BR> <BR> Does it work? Does it make things simpler? <BR> <BR> I will start using a planner, because I need to know what I have to do and when, so I don't have an excuse to miss gym because I forgot to cook something, or clean something at home. <BR> <BR> I don't think I make the best of my free time, so I'm hoping a planner will help. But will have to keep to it, which I know will be a hard habit. <BR> <BR> What is your experience? Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:55:48 EST Spark Pledge I found that it is easier to stay motivated at something once you made a commitment or pledge to that effect. Recently I clicked an old link to a "Spark Pledge" that spark members supposedly could make and found that the domain for the link had expired. Does anyone know if there is currently a "Spark Pledge"? Is there an an active link to it? Sat, 15 Jul 2017 06:09:49 EST Cauliflower is not the same as rice, bread or pota I am 2 weeks into a low carb diet and extremely discouraged with the lack of choices. I don't want to pretend that cauliflower is actually potatoes or that zucchini noodles are really pasta - they are not. I love vegetables and don't mind meat in small servings but am HANGRY. Is there a secret type of proper bread or cracker that is actually low carb? I need a vehicle for the healthy stuff. Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:18:03 EST Plateau problem Plateau problem. <BR> This week's stats: <BR> Calorie Goal (set by Spark) 1,720-2,070. Calories for this week: Lowest day 1,163. Highest day 1.934. Average 1,535. <BR> TDEE calculator says my Maint. Calories are 2,512 and my BMR is 1,827. ( <BR> Workout minutes for the week: 260, 45, 60, 90,20,120, 45. <BR> I am a 53 year old man, 172 cm and 95 Kg. <BR> <BR> I am eating all I want. I feel full and have lots of energy. People say the calories are low, but it feels like ... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 09:48:18 EST How not to lose weight Hi. ALL <BR> <BR> STILL trying to lose weight. Still exercising and enjoying it but the weight is rising. Why is that? Because the weather is hot and I feel even less like eating. It is however infuriating to see the numbers rise. I am going to have to review my 'summer eating' diet. I had lost weight at some stage this year but am now back to having only lost 2.2lbs from my heaviest early this year. <BR> <BR> It's so maddening. Its not even as though I am topping up with alcohol - I am fi... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 04:09:21 EST Need Encouragement I'm looking for someone to help keep me motivated and on track with my weight loss journey also getting past emotional stuff that's related to what I went through this past year, which was a car accident which set me back by a lot and weakened me. <BR> <BR> It just seems unfair that last year today I was on my way back to being healthy things were wonderful then it all went downhill and no matter how much I do I'm not seeing results, I keep falling for the same temptations and my body isn't... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 12:29:02 EST Hit a wall So I was doing WW and lost 20 lbs which is now mostly back as it seems to happen. My husband lost a lot of weight on his own and he eats salads all day every day. I just can't do that. It doesn't get me excited and it is hard because he doesn't really want anything but the salads for meals. <BR> I need more but I feel guilty when I don't eat a salad and then I just start that vicious cycle because I feel like he is judging me for failing. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else have this problem o... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 10:54:49 EST I Need Support Last night was very difficult for me, because there were a lot of really loud, illegal fireworks in my neighborhood. They go across the river to get the M80s, which are like little bombs. My breathing was off for hours, because it was causing some anxiety. I was up all night, because I was so keyed up! Next year, I'm thinking of going to visit one of my relatives in another town, instead of being here. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I was directed here from SparkCoach to leave a message. Today is much be... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 21:28:34 EST needing help to stay motivated I really don't know how to keep myself motivated can anyone give me some advice Wed, 5 Jul 2017 18:38:55 EST new here hello pretty new here stay focused and we can do this <em>381</em> Mon, 3 Jul 2017 11:53:11 EST So unmotivated to get back on the treadmill Over a year ago, I would walk on the treadmill daily. After a couple months, my weight jumped up 20 lbs. I thought it was muscle and blew it off. After another couple months had past, my stomach was growing in size and I wasn't able to get my pants on. By the end, I gained almost 30 lbs and went up 2 pant sizes. At month 6, I gave up and quit walking discouraged with my results. I'm scared to get on the treadmill again because I don't want my stomach to get any bigger and I don't want to incr... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 01:03:31 EST JULY 2017 appreciations, gratitude, thanks-Welcome <img src=""> <BR> Welcome, Welcome!! Here is the place to list 5 things that you appreciate, feel thankful for and whatever makes you smile. <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 30 Jun 2017 17:53:45 EST Staying focused and motivated I know what I want. I want to be fit. I want to be able to run 4 miles and not be breathless and not have to stop and do it in a shorter time than an hour. I want a life, friends, a boyfriend, a job, a career in the military. I just want to finally love me. I want to finally be happy. Fri, 30 Jun 2017 17:20:59 EST Motivation: Is being divorced from reality normal? Do we all see ourselves as small or average when in reality we are overweight? I am wondering if I am an anomaly? <BR> It is actually weird because I used to see myself as fat when I was thin or well normal. Now, I see myself as normal or small when I am overweight except if I see a picture of myself which helps me be more in touch with what I actually look like. Is that divorce from reality normal? Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:09:46 EST My motivations and story I wrote a blog post yesterday about my personal story and journey. Hope it helps someone else. Sun, 25 Jun 2017 12:03:54 EST S U C C E S S Success consists of going from failure to failure <BR> without loss of enthusiasm. <BR> - Winston Churchill Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:55:39 EST tiredness bingeing Any suggestions for preventing a binge when very tired at night, too tired to go to bed, too tired to act sensibly, productively, imaginatively? Sat, 24 Jun 2017 04:06:01 EST Deleted Deleted Thu, 22 Jun 2017 01:00:35 EST Stuck less then half way from my goal I lost 50 pounds in the past year. I went from between 240-250 to 190lbs, and then I've been stuck. I've been there for the past 3 months without any change in the scale (except for a couple weeks after I had a bad E.coli infection, but within a few weeks I went back up to 190 again)... and have just sat there since. I've been slacking on tracking things lately though, and want to get back into tracking. I just got an activity watch so it'll help me keep track of my steps, because any other e... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 19:51:24 EST trying not to lose motivation/ bad knees Hello all, I have bad knees, I have bone on bone arthritis in both knees and it is stopping me from walking as exercise. I go to an orthopedic surgeon on Thursday June 22 and I have no idea of what he is going to tell me, actually I sort of do. It is because of my weight. But this is depressing me, it is so hard for me. I can't even walk up and down steps it is so painful. How can I exercise to lose weight without walking and still keep my motivation. Sat, 17 Jun 2017 18:47:21 EST In need of encouragement Hello everyone. I am discouraged. I have been tracking what I eat and exercising regularly. I cardio for one hr 3 days a week and strength train 3 days. I have measured myself and weighed myself before I started 4 days shy of a month ago and I have lost no inches and only lost 1 pound. What gives? I don't know what to do. I'm not giving up but just...ugh and sigh. I know from the last time I tried to lose it came off slow but geesh not this slow. I'm sorry about the ranting just grumpy and fe... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 10:49:15 EST Weight Loss I lost 2 lbs in 2 weeks. I'm going to continue to update as I go along. This will keep me motivated. But I want to hear how you are doing with your journey. How much weight you lost, how you did it etc. Sat, 17 Jun 2017 10:03:43 EST Smoothie Ideas I recently bought a new blender after saving for a while. It was worth the wait! <BR> <BR> My usual smoothie that I make is strawberries, banana, spinach in some kind of watered down juice or caffeine free iced tea. <BR> <BR> Today I mixed blueberries, vanilla pea protein powder, weak apple juice with my spinach instead. I guess I needed the break. <BR> <BR> So....I'm looking for ideas <BR> <BR> What is your favorite smoothie? Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:58:39 EST Smoothies I have made a couple of smoothies for breakfast or occ. snack but my question is this...are they meant to be meal replacements? I got a Nutri Bullet and the recipes are around or over 350 calories but they are not protein heavy. They have a lot of fruit and greens which is fine except that I am not a vegetarian at all. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:54:24 EST neck problems Getting old is not always easy. Got problems with my neck. Having to go to a specialist in a week or so. Trying to stay motivated after several sets backs as far as health. Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:59:11 EST Weekend Dread How to continue dedication to diet and exercises on weekends? When you cook delicious yummy food for family but you have to stick to your diet? <BR> When you want to sleep in and dont feel like working out? <BR> Or when you are on an vacation and surrounded by awesome Food? Tue, 13 Jun 2017 01:00:39 EST Motivational Buddies Anyone? Wondering if anyone out there wants to check in daily (well...throughout the day...often) and keep each other motivated. Perhaps I can find someone similar to me and we can work together. <BR> <BR> Me: <BR> 33 Y/O/F <BR> 3 Kids (Daughter (almost 6yrs), Son 4yrs, Daughter 6mos) <BR> Working FT. Husband works FT. <BR> Hectic - working on home renovation (getting our current home ready to rent) and currently in the process of buying a foreclosure. <BR> <BR> Before kids I was pretty healthy. I... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:16:00 EST What earbuds do you use? I found a set that works for me after going through Beats, losing one airpod, and Jaybirds. Curious as to what everyone else is using. What do you like about them. Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:04:39 EST Knowing and Doing Hi. I'm Laura. My biggest issue is I know what I have to do but, I don't always do it. I need help and support. We live in a small town and not a lot here. I can't afford a coach and can't do the weight loss programs due to Kidney Disease.Its really hard on me because my husband is dealing with a lot of medical issues as well. We take care of each other. I have Type 1 Diabetes, which causes weight gain from insulin and I have Thyroid issues, weight gain, Addison's Disease, meds cause weight g... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 19:46:57 EST how to stay motivated I need help to stay motivated For years I have ate right for awhile and then back to same old bad habits. I have had a stroke so I feel the time is now to learn to eat right and keep it that way Thu, 8 Jun 2017 08:38:35 EST stressed out and eating out of stress I plan my food pretty well and get lots of exercise both strength and cardio but lately it seems everywhere I turn there is a no series of stress. The first thing I do is grab something to eat. Not too much that is not on our diet but eating too many in a hurry. Friday night a work change affected me and I came home and ate. Saturday we went to a graduation open house which was awkward and difficult we came home and I started stuffing my face. Today I did better but it is difficult to stop... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 01:04:50 EST Daily schedule Walk; 20 minutes. <BR> Keep healthy snacks on hand. <BR> Cook your meals. <BR> Drink lots of water <BR> Sleep; 8 hours <BR> <em>381</em> Sat, 3 Jun 2017 10:21:44 EST small victories I successfully avoided a donut on national donut day AND I was able to leave the grocery store without buying items that were not on my list. Fri, 2 Jun 2017 16:52:09 EST JUNE 2017-Appreciations, Gratitudes- Welcome All!! <img src="">"Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices." Robert Braathe <BR> <BR> I appreciate every person who contributes and shares on this thread. As always please share 5 things you are grateful for, appreciate or are working for you. The daily gifts! <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 31 May 2017 18:48:12 EST Jumping Jacks & Stretching When I am feeling sluggish, I do some jumping jacks. It immediatly changes my state and gives me an energy boost. <BR> I have noticed since stretching, I am more flexible! <BR> Go me! Wed, 31 May 2017 12:09:31 EST Why hitting your weight plateau is a good thing The body uses up energy, starting with glucose, then glycogen, then fat. When you eat carbohydrates, they first turn into glucose. Excess glucose is stored in your muscles as glycogen in your muscles, liver, and red blood cells. Excess glucose that cannot be stored as glycogen becomes fat. <BR> <BR> When you use up your energy, you first deplete your glucose, then glycogen, *then* fat. Glycogen attaches itself to water, meaning that, as you lose glycogen weight, you're also losing water wei... Tue, 30 May 2017 05:22:38 EST Anyone Need A Buddy Too? Hello! <BR> I am new to sparkpeople but not new to trying to lose weight. <BR> I have come to realise that I am not doing very well doing this on my own and I really would love to have a buddy who needs as much motivation as I do. <BR> I am hoping to get someone who would like to be in touch daily. I would prefer by email but I am happy for any format. <BR> I am hoping to have someone to share daily exercises, food intakes, wins, losses, good days, bad days or just general chit chat. <BR> ... Tue, 30 May 2017 05:20:40 EST upcoming vacation We are leaving on Thursday for a vacation and will return home on Saturday. Any suggestions on how to at least maintain my current weight while we are on vacation? there will be walking involved so I will get some exercise... any ideas would be greatly appreciate. TIA Mon, 29 May 2017 13:13:07 EST PLATEAU PANIC I'v been at this for about 2.5 months now.. lost 4-5 kgs in that time. I eat roughly 1100 cals/day and do about 4 miles walking/6 days a week (about 65 mins a day). <BR> <BR> DESPITE this, Iv been at a plateau for over 3 weeks now n only lost 1 lb in 3 weeks. <BR> <BR> Im 27, Female, Indian and weigh 62.5 kgs on 5'6'' frame. <BR> <BR> I take a weekly cheat day off too (NOT binge, but eat about 2500 calories total and no workout that day). <BR> <BR> Despite all this for 3 weeks my scale wo... Mon, 29 May 2017 04:04:03 EST MEMORIAL WEEKEND WALK !! I HAVE AN IDEA !! LET'S WALK EVERYDAY ESPECIALL THIS WEEKEND FOR THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES AND LIMB'S TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY FREE. JUST SERIOUSLY, THINK ABOUT IF YOU HAD TO LEG'S ARM'S. I KNOW OF 3. COME ON, AMERICA. FLY THAT <em>652</em> . SHOW THOSE WHO HATE US WE'VE GOT IT TOGETHER. <BR> <BR> A MARINE MOM Sat, 27 May 2017 19:49:59 EST Failing: Vent/Plansies So I recently decided to start seriously losing weight again. I had previously been extremely successful in losing a lot of weight and keeping it off for a number of years, then gained it all back as soon as I went through a ridiculously stressful period in my life. <BR> <BR> I joined this site and promised myself to get back into my old routines and... it hasn't happened. Every morning I tell myself I'm going to and it all falls apart. I am beyond frustrated. WHERE IS MY OLD MOTIVATION?? ... Thu, 25 May 2017 13:45:45 EST How are people dropping weight so fast?!?!?!! I think it's just crazy seeing people dropping 50+ lbs in 3 months. I have overhauled my eating, cut all fast food, getting 30 minutes of exercise a day, staying away from boxed foods (except brown rice noodles) and I have gained 1.6 lbs....What gives?!?! Wed, 24 May 2017 08:21:01 EST Thyroid Medicine I am wondering if anyone taking thyroid medication experiences pressure in their heads and dizziness, especially if taking it first thing in the morning and waiting to eat until lunch? Wed, 24 May 2017 01:24:53 EST does anyone else hide the scale?? I understand that "healthy" weight loss for a person who isn't obese or on a radical diet is going to be 1-2 pounds per week... and I know that weight fluctuates for a zillion reasons. <BR> <BR> But given all that, it's SO hard to see that after a week of tracking every bite you've apparently gained several ounces... or that after three weeks you've lost a pound and a half... <BR> <BR> My answer so far has been to shove the scale in the closet, as it just seems to frustrate me... I don't ... Mon, 22 May 2017 19:46:19 EST clothes and shoes I work hard to stay as gym motivated as I do with my food. It so hard bc after so many years with my eating disorder and abuse of my body I have so much loose skin from when I was even larger than I am now. Does anyone know where to buy good compression clothing for plus sizes? Also, I have bunions and a horrible time with my feet after 20 years in the medical field. What are your favorite tennis shoes? I had found mine but of course Sketchers stopped making them! Mon, 22 May 2017 12:54:07 EST COME GET MOTIVATED WITH THE BLC SUMMER CHALLENGE BLC34 - SUMMER CAMP IS REGISTERING NOW! <BR> <BR> (Registration will close on May 27....time is running out!) <BR> <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is an 8 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 10+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. <BR> <BR> What is it YOU need to reach your goals? <BR> Do you need lots of SUPPORT, to be CH... Sun, 21 May 2017 11:26:21 EST I think I will invest in some cute sweat wicking workout clothes to motivate me to exercise! <BR> <BR> Just putting them on will encourage me to start exercising! Sun, 21 May 2017 05:42:46 EST Avoiding sabatoge How do you keep up willpower and avoid sabatoge from a spouse? Talking to him about it doesn't work and when I said I was getting back on the wagon, he went straight out and came home with ice cream. Then, out of the blue tonight, he tried to get me to go get pizza. I resisted, and simply acted like I wasn't hungry, but I don't know how many days I can keep this up. Anyone know if self hypnosis is possible? Fri, 19 May 2017 22:36:14 EST A child shows us the way? Just like our Spark journey – try, fall down, try again! <BR> <BR> “First Steps” <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362497 </link> <BR> <BR> Persistence leads to success!!!!! <BR> Why do we forget this as we grow up? <BR> Tue, 16 May 2017 15:26:27 EST starting over hi my name is Erika <BR> im have been here on and off but now i need to start over funny thing thing is im not sure where to start any more i was sick over christmas and drs wanted to due sugry howvever they decided to wait and suggested i loose weight first so my dr put me on a list for a gastric by pass i would realy like to loose the weight on my own im realy not not sure about a gastric bypass i feel like a muddled mess not sure how to get stated again HELP Sun, 14 May 2017 21:14:29 EST Ginger Detox Bath Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried adding this to weight loss routine? <BR> <BR> Does it help you use or weight after working out? <BR> <BR> Im thinking about getting what I need and trying this weekend. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Lu Fri, 12 May 2017 16:17:47 EST hard to be motivated when ill. I have had many bumps in the road in the last 5 weeks and it is hard to stay active physically and emotionally. Tue, 9 May 2017 15:52:59 EST Sparkpeople Site is a Motivator Been a member for a few years ,but just came back after a <BR> lengthy absence . <BR> Just have to reinforce how much of a motivator his place can be once I start tracking nutrition and exercise. It always puts me back on track. <em>347</em> Tue, 9 May 2017 15:01:45 EST How do you keep track of weight loss visually? Hi everyone! Melissa from SparkPeople here. <BR> <BR> I'm working on an article that will include visual aids people use to track their progress toward their weight loss goals. Some examples include putting a marble in a jar for every pound lost, stacking Legos, etc. <BR> <BR> We're looking for members' photos to include in the article. If you have an idea and photo, please share it either in this thread, through SparkMail or in an email to <BR> <BR> Thanks so mu... Tue, 9 May 2017 10:54:33 EST Jogging I am out of shape and need tips on how to start jogging again. I start very slow around the block. Mon, 8 May 2017 21:54:46 EST Being motivated Thank God I continue to be motivated on my journey. I have been tested through food in the last previous days and did not give in. God is good. Don't give up. Sun, 7 May 2017 09:13:59 EST I don't know what I'm doing wrong I have not lost weight in weeks. In fact, it seems to be going up by a pound or two, and gets worse each day. The problem is, I have been doing everything absolutely right. I know a lot of people say that and sometimes are just clueless or fooling themselves while secretly cheating, but I am absolutely not. I have counted every single tiny calorie that has entered my mouth right down to a burst of Pam sprayed olive oil. I have not eaten anything I had to estimate calories or fat for. I have p... Sun, 7 May 2017 08:10:21 EST motivation? I have no motivation to make to the gym. I pay for the monthly and I been there once. What and how can I get the motivation I need to get into the gym? Sun, 7 May 2017 06:19:38 EST BIGGEST LOSER SUMMER CAMP INVITATION BLC34 - SUMMER CAMP IS REGISTERING NOW! <BR> <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is an 8 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 10+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. <BR> <BR> What is it YOU need to reach your goals? Do you need lots of SUPPORT, to be CHALLENGED, to focus on NUTRITION, EXERCISE, or some combination of the above? ... Wed, 3 May 2017 16:46:59 EST Any Daily Threads Around? I was here years ago and I remember being a part of an amazing daily thread. Someone would start it every morning and everyone would comment. Great friends! <BR> Any still around? :) <BR> Thanks! Tue, 2 May 2017 13:40:48 EST My Goals 1. lose another 160 lbs (199 altogether) <em>11</em> <BR> 2. I want to go on a cruise without my weight holding me back from enjoying to the fullest <em>340</em> <BR> 3. I would like to be able to do a Breast cancer 3 day <em>390</em> <BR> 4. To be a better example to my family <em>342</em> <em>554</em> <BR> 5. To be healthier and be able to enjoy life to the fullest <em>521</em> <BR> Mon, 1 May 2017 13:51:47 EST Motivational Videos/Speeches Ive had to start listening to motivational speeches lately. It helps. I listen before I go to the gym in the morning and sometimes when Im around the house. I think Ive got my diet pretty dialed in. I have been somewhat depressed and asking myself why am I killing myself at the gym everyday? I have a goal to do a fitness competition before I turn 50. I know this is a big goal. I have no expectations, other than, I just tell myself "get to the gym and just do it". I also have been stopping and... Mon, 1 May 2017 11:07:43 EST Completely downtrodden I don't understand what's going on. I started this at 338 pounds about 2 months ago and I've gained 10 pounds!! I went from COMPLETELY sedentary to making sure I go 3000 steps and 1.5 miles each day. That's a huge accomplishment for me and I feel like I'm being punished. <BR> <BR> I haven't started eating differently yet. Maybe a tiny bit healthier, but even then I'm not losing anything. I've got the increased exercise, the calorie deficit, the increased water. I don't understand why I've ga... Mon, 1 May 2017 05:13:07 EST MAY 2017 Appreciations -All are welcome! “When we use words filled with positivity, like “love” and “peace”, we can alter how our brain functions by increasing cognitive reasoning and strengthening areas in our frontal lobes. Using positive words more often than negative ones can kick-start the motivational centers of the brain, propelling them into action, Dr. Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at Thomas Jefferson University, and Mark Robert Waldman, a communications expert, collaborated on the book, “Words Can Change Your Brain.” <B... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:42:35 EST What Motivates You? Today's spark message asked this question -- and it has me baffled. I'm at least 20 pounds overweight, yet I have no health issues as a result... my husband loves 57 I am as energetic as I've ever been. I can dance, walk, swim, bike -- though not at an athletic level. <BR> <BR> I don't like the way I look in a swimsuit, and I wish clothes fit me better... I'd love to be fitter and stronger in general, but I don't have a specific fitness goal. These are pretty lightweight motivators f... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 16:30:07 EST Looking for an accountability buddy! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Kim, 5'3 and 165 lbs, size 14. <BR> <BR> My goal is 125 lbs and size 8. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for an accountability buddy so we can motivate each other - even better if you have the same goals as me :) <BR> <BR> Please let me know your goals and if you'd be interested :-) <BR> <BR> - Kim Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:18:00 EST Your instagram for VLCD (shakes/soups)? Hi everyone! I am very obese (around 300 pounds or 138 kg) and I am going on a VLCD diet over time. This includes shakes and soups with all the vitamins etc. you need. This is cleared with my doctor so it is all ready, and I am motivated and this is a way for me get to a healthier weight in a shorter amount of time, as doing surgery is not what I want to be doing. I'll be going to swap shakes for meals (dinners) at some point, but for a couple of months now I'll be shakes/soups only! <BR> <B... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:05:28 EST good news, finally Don't need to worry as much as to bladder cancer. Dr. gave me much more hope. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:13:23 EST bad news with heart and cancer Not good news, but I know God is still with me and will do His will. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:09:31 EST got good test, I think Good stress test. bp did not go above 150!!!! Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:15:56 EST good results today and maybe MON. Looks like I may have pasted test so I can have surgery!!! Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:59:20 EST Give me your best plateau breaking tips. Once again I am stuck, stuck stuck. My weight has been in the same range the last week and it has been exactly the same every morning for the last 3 days. I'm not freaking out or anything, I do however want to get past this hurdle. My body seems to plateau every time I lose 5-6 pounds. Generally I sit at the same weight for 2 weeks or so before weight loss starts up again. I know the scale will move if I wait it out, however I would like to get things moving sooner than later. Give me y... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:24:56 EST down again up I am losing weight again. Having the op. to walk on the treadmill more often. I think it is helping me not to eat as much. But coming up for surgery in a month and off treadmill for 3 days!@!# Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:00:41 EST Hit a wall My journey started November 10'th 2016, and the weight came off pretty steadily. There were a couple of no-loss weeks or a slight gain here or there, but the trend stayed steadily down. I peaked at 32 pounds lost by March 23rd. <BR> <BR> That all seems to have stopped. I've been stuck in the same three pound range since then. I'm now at 28 pounds lost - up 4 pounds. I'm starting to get discouraged. I need another seven pounds to hit a healthy BMI, and I'd like to lose another 12 altoge... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:19:10 EST I dont know where to go from here... Hi All <BR> <BR> I am looking for a tried and tested approach from people on here in their 40s who have put on weight in recent years and have not been able to lose using conventional dietary methods - I would really appreciate your thoughts. <BR> <BR> As you may know, since January this year, I started doing the 21 day fix <BR> By mid February I had lost 3kg but prior to this, was at an all time high in weight so not much in the way of a dent overall <BR> By late February early March I pla... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:13:53 EST Trying to stay focused i have once again returned to sparkpeople. I am trying to stay focused and motivated. At times I am so afraid of failure that I lose both motivation and focus. My plan is to stay committed. Hoping to read some motivational post here! Tue, 18 Apr 2017 07:03:07 EST 3 items today make my steps <BR> meatless monday <BR> work on life plan Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:05:46 EST How do these comments actually motivate you - I'm not even sure I know what to day but I need motivation this doesn't do it. Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:30:01 EST working on staying motivated It can be difficult getting old. Lots of drs. want to do things to you. Oh, well, beats the alternative. Sat, 15 Apr 2017 21:58:30 EST getting to see the grandkids Sat. Having seen the kids for about 4 weeks. Look forward to this weekend and next. The oldest grandchild going to some Regional gymnastics contest. Not sure what that regional is, west or midwest!! She is doing well and enjoying it. Fortunately she is home schooled so she doesn't have to be involved in fashions, drugs, nor the other things of school in this day and age. Still being able to interact with contemporaries. Thu, 13 Apr 2017 21:42:15 EST Listen to your own advice! Have you ever noticed that you always have an opinion whether you give it or not? It could be a friend or family member or just someone on a TV show. You are telling them not to give up on themselves or what to do to make them feel better, get organized or whatever the issue is. But do we listen to ourselves? I know in my case I don't. But today I am going to take my own advice and stay positive and finish race to my goal weight (which is yet to be determined.....right now I am shooting for 1... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:52:40 EST My Weight Loss Goals Good evening everyone!!! <BR> <BR> Hello My name is Jesse and I just joined this message board a little while ago. I joined in to have accountability in my new weight loss, and I will be doing my best to reach my weight loss goal. <BR> <BR> I am male and 5 ft 6 <BR> <BR> As of Wed April 12th I weigh at 176lbs <em>42</em> <BR> My goal weight will be 135lbs. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> My exercise has mainly been whitewater kayaking and attaining, but I realized my health is not doing m... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 23:22:25 EST Injury I've been inactive for three months because of a injury. I was really motivated last year but since then every day I get more and more frustrated and less motivated. I'm waiting on the doctor to approve me to do PT so maybe I can start doing little things without being worried I'm going to reinjure my self. How can I stay more motivated? Wed, 12 Apr 2017 23:12:39 EST Listen call this your "come to Jesus" moment. For some it is huge, for others not so big, but just as powerful. <BR> Whatever size or shape you are, if you have that moment in time when you know something has to change, Listen! I waited 5 years through gastric bypass, 2 knee replacements and a cancer scare to finally take control. In the past 2 months I have found renewed passion in a healthier body, lost 21 pounds, am walking about 2.5 miles a day, have a sculpted waistline and "I'm sittin' on t... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 06:14:04 EST My Goal Updating and sharing. <BR> <BR> My goal is to be a healthier, happier version of me. Sort of a "Luann 2.0" Wed, 12 Apr 2017 05:40:35 EST Counting caloreis and still eating well Stayed under maximum calories recommended by SparkPeople today, even though we went out to eat. I had a Black ''N Tan Burger - sauteed onions, garlic, peppers, swiss cheese, topped with Black "N" Tan battered onion rings. It was excellent and shows me I can still enjoy food I like if I watch my total calorie count for the day. Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:13:10 EST Feeling defeated I've gained weight after doing so well! I thought I'd have a bit extra on Sunday which led to a whole week of going off track. Now it feels like I can't start over coz I've gained so much weight in just a week! I feel like I'll never reach my goal! What helps motivate you back on track? Tue, 11 Apr 2017 03:23:15 EST Disheartened Hi all haven't been on here for about a year but I'm back. <BR> Last November Hubby and i joined a gym and I lost half a stone.evan my autistic son came with us. We were eating really well to, then Christmas came and ever since then we haven't been to the gym so I cancelled the membership and we bought a treadmill, we have weights and a exercise bike,exercise dvds and games. I just can't seem to lose the weight, the last 2 Sundays we were invited to the in laws for celebrations and apart fro... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 02:04:08 EST Feeling Emotional I didn't have such a good morning. When I have a bad day I usually go out and eat and cry and repeat it 4 or 5 times. Then after that I feel so guilty about it that I start the cycle again. This time I don't want to but I don't know what else to do to release this stress. Sun, 9 Apr 2017 12:21:54 EST Is it ok to maintain at "pudgy, healthy, happy?" Each time I "diet" I lose a few pounds with enormous effort. Each time life gets in the way and I eat a few hundred calories more a day, I put those pounds back on. I'm not obese, but I am overweight... <BR> <BR> I do exercise, I do eat healthy foods, cholesterol and blood pressure are fine, but those extra couple hundred calories on a post-menopausal body mean weight loss is just not gonna happen. I'd have to eat 1400 calories or less per day, which makes me pretty miserable. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 09:33:58 EST God is the great motivator Recently: <BR> Found I have bladder cancer, then, 2 days later, got ingrown toenail! <BR> <BR> But He's here and I am going to continue. Fri, 7 Apr 2017 19:30:26 EST finding motivation in cancer I found out that I have bladder cancer, but if I die I am going to die healthy!! Wed, 5 Apr 2017 15:58:00 EST Non-Food Rewards? What do you all do when you reach one of your weight loss goals? <BR> <BR> DH and I decided that once I get to 190 lbs (and stay there or lower for 3 weeks so I'm sure it's not a water loss) we are going to park DD with her grandparents and spend a night alone at a nice hotel :) <BR> <BR> Besides the usual things - mani/pedis, cute accessories, etc...what other non-food rewards do you give yourselves when you reach a goal? Looking for ideas :) <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Apr 2017 10:03:19 EST Stupid Bonus spin all points were 5+ except one 3 slot. Of course I got the 3. The system should shut down all spins or readd the ones taken away. Wed, 5 Apr 2017 09:37:41 EST The problem with weighing daily. I weigh myself daily for a few reasons, logically I know that the numbers day to day are not a true indicator of weight loss. However for the first time in a week my weight had increased, only .2 pounds but still not fun to see. I worked out yesterday and my guess is water retention is the culprit. Hoping tomorrow shows a little loss! Mon, 3 Apr 2017 12:55:00 EST spinning!? What's the use??? What is the use of spinning? It sure doesn't encourage me. Since they took away the spinning towards the bottom I get an average of the two spins about 5 points. Kind of discouraging. They should do away with those spins as well!!!!! Sun, 2 Apr 2017 18:29:43 EST getting strated how I know and believe that if i could lose weight I could get up and start walking I can move the legs just can't get up, I have all these thing to tell me what to do but not how to get started and to exersise in a wheel chair how do I start help me there first and I want to take the first step Sun, 2 Apr 2017 15:56:26 EST Monday weigh in friends. Would anyone like to weigh in on Mondays and post here? I find that having Monday as my official weigh in day helps keep me on track through the weekend. Post your start weight, current weight and goal weight. Here's to Monday! ( I am tracking from my starting weight on SP ) <BR> SW 145. <BR> CW 144. <BR> GW 120. <BR> 24 pounds to go! Sat, 1 Apr 2017 13:50:16 EST Spark Teams Since the Start page was changed I haven't been able to find my Spark teams. Where can I find my teams so that I can get my team points? Sat, 1 Apr 2017 11:48:12 EST Motivational Songs (Not Necessarily Workout Songs) Good morning! <BR> <BR> I'm trying to put together a motivational playlist. They are songs that are encouraging but don't necessarily have to be fast/upbeat workout music. For example, I have... <BR> <BR> - Man in the Mirror, Michael Jackson <BR> - Fight Song, Rachel Patton <BR> - Proud, Heather Small (Biggest Loser theme) <BR> - Learning to Fly, Tom Petty <BR> - Roar, Katy Perry <BR> - Stronger, Kelly Clarkson <BR> - and more <BR> <BR> I would love any other suggestions! Most lists I find... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 11:35:47 EST How do you manage your weekends? I enjoy going to weekend brunch and I find it difficult at times to stay committed to my diet. <BR> <BR> What types of challenges do you have during your weekends? Sat, 1 Apr 2017 08:55:34 EST APRIL 2017 Gratitude, Appreciations, Thanks 'Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out." John Wooden <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here is our place to share five (or so) things that we appreciate, are grateful for or want to show thanks that they are part of our lives. <BR> Look forward to seeing you throughout April! <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 22:27:34 EST Wish water tracker was easier to see! Does anyone else forget to track water because it is so far down on the nutrition tracker page or is it just me? I remember some times and then other times I forget it as I don't see it......out of sight out of mind! Think if it were somewhere on my screen when I'm tracking I might be more cognizant of it. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:21:24 EST April, a month of celeb. Celebration in Am. Rev. started. End of Civil War. Sadly, death of Abe Lincoln. This month, 54 years ago, I went into the Air Force. 50 years ago I got out of the Air Force. The last month 49 years ago without my to be wife. 50 years ago without being married. <BR> <BR> It's great to be alive. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:40:19 EST 5% Spring Challenge-sign up now Still time to get on a team! <BR> <BR> Race to Fascinating Places - 8 Weeks this Spring. Join a supportive team and let's have fun as we lose 5% of our weight, make new friends and improve our health! Start date Saturday 4/8. <BR> Check out this 8 week Challenge! We get results and we hold you accountable. Please read the sticky topics and ask questions on the Discussion Buzz. <BR> <link><BR>roups_individual.asp?gid=68315 </link> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 05:00:28 EST sayings to help keep going <img src=""> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:25:28 EST Accountability partner I am trying to get back into a routine but am having a really hard time sticking to it. I'm in search of an accountability partner to help stay motivated. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:42:59 EST 21 Day Fix - Another Question Hi All <BR> <BR> You willl have seen recently that I posted about a plateau that I am experiencing on the 21 day fix. I started doing this programme at the same time as my friend and having caught up with her recently I understand that she is experiencing the same issues I am. <BR> <BR> This made me wonder whether this is common at this stage in such a programme? We are both on the 3rd attempt on this programme and had plateau for 3 weeks and then gain(s) despite sticking to the programme... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:59:31 EST Preparing for success <em>550</em> <em>341</em> <BR> Preparing, whether it is for meals or exercise is essential... I am trying how to figure out this part.... I am not moving towards my goal and I seem stuck... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:36:48 EST Sparkpeople Meal Plan? Where do I find the sparkpeople meal plan on this site? Thinking of giving it a try. Thanks Teagirl49 :) Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:43:40 EST Starting to lose motivation :( So, I've been battling my weight my entire adult life. I've put my life on hold so many times because I wasn't able to eat or drink the things that other people were at a restaurant or a party. So most of the time I just don't go. If I do, I end up breaking my diet & gaining 5-8 pounds in one day. Mostly water but still. I've been trying all week to get rid of the 5 lbs I gained last Sat. and I've only lost 3 (water I'm sure). But I cannot get rid of the other 2 no matter what I do. No... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:05:06 EST Relative Success So far, I have had success with weight loss, getting more sleep, and getting fit. For a few weeks, I have done great with exercise, but hit a low point for 3 days last week. What did I do? Walk, just walk to get steps in with my Fitbit. Even if it means I jump around in place like an idiot in front of the mirror while I brush my teeth, I make sure to get those steps in. I have also tried doing 250 steps every hour for eight hours a day. I seem to enjoy this for some reason, but I am not ... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:13:20 EST Loose Skin Fear... At 290 pounds, I'm back on Spark People with a new resolve to get healthy. However, I am so terrified that over time, I will have loose skin because of all the weight I have to lose. As a result, part of me wants to not lose "too much" weight, for fear of having skin hanging off of me, although I know I need to lose over 100 pounds. Does anyone else share this same fear, or know of ways to help with it? Sun, 19 Mar 2017 23:57:33 EST Motivation to slim down! My new Mr. Bean pyjamas is tight! <BR> <BR> I will need to lose at least 1 to 2 inches off my thighs and 2 to 3 inches off my torso! <BR> <BR> I really want to wear them comfortably, so I will get serious from now on! Sun, 19 Mar 2017 09:33:28 EST Right now I am feeling down!! I began right made my pages trying to take my life back.Seems like now my health issues are trying to rake over.I had to slow my mini workouts down.On the 28 of this mouth I have another mini surgery.I have to rethink some of my med it seems the med's I am taking for my diabetes has some sides effects.Looks like when I see my primary doctor we have a lot to talk about. Anyhoo when my head is a little clearer I shall return and will be seeking help to things on spark that I haven't ye figured ... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 04:37:59 EST 21 Day Fix Hi all <BR> <BR> I have posted on the diet and nutrition thread about my own recent experience on the 21 day fix programme. Via that I managed to communicate with another person on the programme who, in addition to the post responses has been very helpful. <BR> <BR> I wonder if I could invite anyone else who is currently doing/done the plan to comment on here? <BR> <BR> My reason for this is because this is the first time in a long time where I have embarked on something that initially se... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:34:49 EST what motivates me? Am I even serious right now? I busted my A$$ to lose my weight, and get to goal. And its ALL RECORDED right here, on SparkPeople! Because of a group I belonged to. I had friends, and accountability. We had challenges, and fun!! <BR> I read through my old blogs from 2008 to current. I see myself changing before my eyes. I am sifting through online sites searching for meal plans, and prep, when in my blog... its all in black and white. Did I really forget the "how to"?? <BR> <BR> but it... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:30:22 EST What Worked (and DIDN'T Work) for You? Hope everyone is having a healthy and happy day! <BR> <BR> I'm looking for some feedback from our awesome members for an article we're working on. <BR> <BR> Obviously, everyone's weight loss journey is different, and what works for one person won't necessarily work for everyone. We'd love for you to share your personal experiences with trial and error, and how you figured out what WASN'T working and then made adjustments. For example, maybe you had to make a slight tweak to your nutrition... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:25:08 EST Have I hit a plateau? If so, how do I get past it? Hi <BR> <BR> I posted previously but it doesn't seem to have posted so I will try to recreate it here. <BR> <BR> As many of you know, in addition to losing weight, I have had an issue in terms of eating calories ie I always under ate (less than 1200 often less than 1000) despite knowing that this hasn't and doesn't work consistently! <BR> <BR> To combat my 'fear' of the calories, I decided to try a different approach and instead of counting food, I focused on portion control using a prog... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 11:41:59 EST Have I hit a plateau? If so, how do I get past it? Hi All <BR> <BR> As you know, I have been battling not just with weight loss but with issues about eating ie constantly eating under calories despite the fact that experience tells me that this is not working. <BR> <BR> Over the festive season the scale groaned as I reached 10 stone 7. Way too much for my 5ft height. <BR> <BR> So, on new years day I resolved to address this once and for all. I embarked on a programme which focuses on portions sizes using specified containers and eating ... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 10:53:20 EST Need a kick in the pants I lost 110 pounds 3 years ago and I needed to lose 20 more pounds to reach my goal. Well, I moved from AZ to GA and the food here was amazing still is! Fried chicken and bbq to die for. Needless to say I gained almost all of my weight back . I mean seriously another 46 pounds and I will be right back where I started. This is hard for me because I have Fibro and permanent nerve damage throughout my body. Anyway, a bunch of health issues but I try to do aqua therapy twice a week and even though... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 21:10:21 EST Handling failures for compulsive eaters Please consider reading a recent blog entry of mine to learn or review a thinking strategy to use after a failure and a suggestion for avoiding it. It's been pivotal in my loss and 5-year maintenance. <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331320 </link> Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:45:34 EST Fun apps for motivation I find games motivating. I am using one called fitness race which I love and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for any others? Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:47:21 EST Strategies to Stay on Track So I typically undo all of my healthful eating on the weekends because I tend to consume too much alcohol and snack mindlessly during the day. I've decided to try some different strategies to keep myself on track this weekend. I had a game plan before I went on vacation and it suited me well, so I thought of applying the same principle on the weekend, and hopefully I'll have success. If anyone has suggestions or feedback, I'd love to hear them. Or if anyone finds these ideas useful, pleas... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:25:35 EST On a roll Now that we are having warm weather, I am getting outside more. I have been re-potting my plants, and have bought new plants to put in the ground. Nothing like being outdoors! Planning on getting in more hiking with my dogs and taking my camera with me. I will sign up for the 5% Spring Challenge. The challenge keeps me accountable. Thu, 9 Mar 2017 23:04:47 EST Stay posditive We all have our ups and down. Don't ever give up. We can do this together. Wed, 8 Mar 2017 12:39:20 EST My treat to encourage myself!!! I just got a mani to treat myself to encourage myself to carry on with this healthy lifestyle! But it's very subtle and a pic won't do it much justice otherwise I would definitely post a pic! <BR> <BR> Just take my word for it that it's very pretty! It's light pink in gradients with glitter! Wed, 8 Mar 2017 03:41:17 EST Diet Not Working Anymore, Please Help? 3 years ago I changed my eating habits from unhealthy to healthy after I gave up smoking. I lost 13 kilos in about 6 - 9 months and felt so much better. I still want to lose another 10 kilos, all the articles and information I have read states that I should be around 70 kilos (currently I am 81.4 kilos). I eat very healthy, between 4 - 5 pieces of fruit and vegetables per day plus lots of fibre and very low carbs and fat. Holidays and special events excluded. Usually I put on about 2 kil... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 20:34:42 EST Non-Scale Victory, What's yours? Its so easy to get caught in the numbers on the scale and forget about all the hard work you've been doing. Let's not depend solely on the scale. what are you celebrating today. No victory too small or too big. <BR> <BR> My clothes are fitting better. I have more energy <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 7 Mar 2017 10:34:00 EST SparkPeople tv So I was browsing through a couple of the fitness videos on SparkPeople tv. Why do most look like they were made in the 80's? :) Tue, 7 Mar 2017 09:28:33 EST TAKING MY LIFE BACK! LOOKING FOR BUDDIES Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am on a mission to reclaim my 54 yr old self! I want my body back! I know I can do this once I get started and focus. <BR> I am in need of Weight Loss Buddies who I can reach out to for motivation and to shake their finger at me when I feel like I'm slipping (lol). <BR> I can also be a great buddy to you as well and together we can make this plan work for us! <BR> T.I.A. Mon, 6 Mar 2017 22:28:51 EST Shirt I got a free shirt today at church. Biggest size they had was 2XL. It's too tight. I know I've lost weight. 20 lbs. But looking at myself in the shirt, makes me break out in tears. Sun, 5 Mar 2017 20:49:09 EST Getting to new level Can't quite realize it, but getting to a point level I never thought I would get to. Now to get to the weight level I want. Still a long way off, but I know I can and will do it!! Sun, 5 Mar 2017 14:53:42 EST hard to stay motivated I've lost 57+ pounds in the last year or so. And that's great. <BR> <BR> The problem is I'm burned out. I'm sick of the gym. I'm sick of working out. I'm sicking of counting my calories. <BR> <BR> I never enjoy working out. That's okay. It is what it is. <BR> A few weeks a go I got really sick then I put my back out after that. I spent 2 and half weeks unable to work out. And it was such a relief not to have to go. I feel like working out sucks up all my free time. I go to wor... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 23:16:31 EST Binge eating Relapse After going a couple consecutive weeks binge free, I got down to 127 lbs. Felt alot better physically. Didn't have that constant heaviness or asleep haze that carbohydrates tempt and leave me with. I'm impulsive though in any way I can be it seems. And alot of times when I'm not binging, I do something else impulsive in my life that creates consequences which leave me so depressed with what I've done, that I hate myself and want to binge. Ugh. Even though it only brings me misery. This circle... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 22:50:25 EST Chantix Users Hi,today I got a prescription for chantix from my dr...will be picking it up from pharmacy when hubby gets home from work soon...should I go ahead and start taking it today? Thu, 2 Mar 2017 15:20:58 EST staying motivated So far, I am a diabetic. I have been staying off all sweets. I want some, but I am afraid, if I eat any I will splurge and can't stop. Should I eat some, to keep my sugar under control? I know I get some complex carbs without sweets. My husband always wants me to make him sweets. Sweets are always in sight, which tempts me. I need some advice. Temptation keeps me stressed out. Does insulin make you gain weight? I think that is one of my problems.Thank you all. Wed, 1 Mar 2017 13:42:49 EST out of sight out of mind I bought some pastry 4 days ago. Saw them in the freezer where I put them and ate one today. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:00:47 EST MARCH 2017 -Appreciations, Gratitudes-Welcome All! "I don't have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness - it's right in front of me if I'm paying attention and practicing gratitude." Brene Brown <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here is the place to log five things everyday that you appreciate in your life...and watch your joy increase. Welcome everyone <em>129</em> <BR> <img src=""> ... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:43:34 EST Paralyzing Guilt at Overeating This may seem a strange request but I am looking for some support that at 24 stone I won't drop dead today at the age of 44! <BR> <BR> My story is that I've been overweight since a child because I'm a secret eater who craves delicious chocolatey and salty foods. My size has been a constant issue for me all my life but thankfully I used to be active in sports (abet very badly!) and made a great group of friends and then met an amazing man and had 5 wonderful healthy children who are aged bet... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:51:06 EST Staying motivated after 2 years of 5 by-pass surg. I just celebrated my 2nd year since my 5 by-pass surgery!! I feel great, and still working on better eating ritual. I am now exercising much more. Before, almost no walking much less any other type of exercise since in the military in 1963-1967! Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:58:42 EST Mum drops 3 dress sizes but only loses less than . "Mum drops three dress sizes but only loses less than one kilo" <BR> <BR> This is a great read <BR> <link><BR>ticle.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11807841 </link> <BR> <BR> Kris Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:57:36 EST what is your reward? A co worker let me know i haven't been giving myself any reward for doing the right things. Logging food, losing a couple pounds, getting promoted. Time to set up a reward system... no more giving a shrug and moving on. I need to celebrate some of these things instead of downplaying them. Any ideas to do it? Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:35:50 EST Just Starting, But Gained 2 - Help! GAH! <BR> <BR> I've started working out, have been counting my calories (not over or under), eating whole foods, drinking loads of water, avoiding caffeine and alcohol...and not only am I getting nowhere, but I've gained two pounds in the last week. <BR> <BR> I know it's because I've just started and I've been through this before, but I still feel like quitting and just want to crawl under a blanket and destroy a pile of cookies. <BR> <BR> Have any of you experienced this? How did you get... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:19:23 EST Step 1 What is step 1? Life has overcame my motivation and willpower. I seriously burn the candle at both ends and can't seem to make time for me. I am a full time caregiver for my Gram, I take care of my grandson, I have a hubby, 2 "kids" at home and a house to take care of. I have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. I sell Mary Kay and am a Beachbody Coach. Which is hysterical right now. I know what to do, I had a success story and now I just feel lost. Let's be real. I feel guilty for doing things ... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:20:00 EST Are you interested in joining a challenge team <BR> Are you having a difficult time staying motivated, doing your exercises, eating right, drinking your water? Do you need some friendly challenges and competition to get out of your rut? <BR> <BR> Why not join the BIGGEST LOSER TEAM? We're a group of men and women, of all ages, and fitness levels, all striving to live a healthier life. Regardless of fitness level, whether you're new to healthy eating or a seasoned pro, there's always something to learn from others. These teams are also ... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:50:03 EST 21 Day Fix vs. Calorie Counting Hi Everyone! <BR> I'm not new to this whole SparkPeople journey thing; however, I keep getting sidelined by my own unrealistic expectations and those bumps in the road that you don't always see coming. In the past, I've lost 40lbs and kept it off, then met my (now) husband, had kids, etc. and its much more difficult now for me to count calories and stick with a meal plan and workout program. My health has taken a backseat for the last few months (read: years) and I really want to jump back ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:30:53 EST Trainer and $$$$ Maybe I made a mistake of joining a local Goodlife Fitness centre?? (2 years contract commitment) <BR> <BR> Anyways, I paid for 6 sessions for life starter program. 3 sessions of hard work then my trainer asked me to sit down with her and look through my goals. She knew that I've signed up for 2 years and made a written plan for 144 sessions ( I didn't ask her to do that!). This will cost approx $8100 and she wants $4000 upfront if I agree. This is called HAZING as she said "you canno... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:01:46 EST Keeping motivated during stressful times Something stressful/upsetting happened on Friday and since then I have lost all motivation and willpower. I've over eaten, not exercised, not tracked properly. I have no desire to lose weight and just want to stuff my face with chocolate until the bad things go away. I know that I need to stick with this through thick and thin, but can't see how right now. How do you guys stay motivated at times like this? Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:52:43 EST How to get back on track? I have been off track for a couple years now and have gained 90% of my weight back. I have ignored my sugar and my carbs. I really don't want to go back on meds for sugar and BP. My husband has had open heart surgery and is eating more healthy and I slip around and cheat. I need a little encouragement. I am short so the distance between heart and belly is zero. I can't tie my shoes without getting out of breath. Does anyone have any tips? I am in my mid fifties so please take that into consid... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:43:40 EST