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 Please Help I am a 39yr old male. I am 5'5" and I weigh 435 lbs. I have struggled everyday with my weight since I was young. I am reaching out in the forum because I am ashamed to ask for help in person. I am embarrassed of how I look, and I feel like people are staring and making fun of me everywhere I go. I am so sick of feeling this way. It's not just the mental pain, but I am tired of feeling this way physically. I want to play with my kids, and take them places with feeling like I have embarrassed t... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 12:17:45 EST Needing a boost I'm 38 and quit smoking 3.5 years ago ever since then my weight's been a slow creep. Yet extremely stubborn to come off. I have committed to getting it off but it is SO frustrating it feels like my weight will not budge no matter how closely I control intake and I'm also exercising 5 days a week doing insanity max 30 which is a kick butt workout. This morning I weighed in expecting to see at least some loss and instead I saw 0.4 lb gain! Ugh!! I'm so frustrated! Looking for any pointers from ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 13:34:53 EST Staying motivated to get up early I searched through the message boards to see how everyone wakes up early, but it seems that most people work normal hours. I have to be at work by 6am. Before I started doing any exercise I would not wake up until 5:30am. Now, due more to my dogs exercise needs, I have been waking up at 5am to take them on a 20 minute walk and 10 minutes of obedience training. I already have trouble rolling out of bed at 5:30am and I am a horrible morning person. My husband can't even talk to me in the mornin... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 20:38:32 EST Staying motivated How do you stay motivated when your boyfriend constantly criticises you for rewarding yourself with a very small occasional treat? He won't even let the kids have treats anymore because I'm fat. My motivation to lose is turning to motivation to just "sneak eat" like I did when I was growing up. Plus I think I may be pregnant & that's not going to go over good at all. Anyone have any suggestions? I feel so alone & I need to get to a healthy size because after being told a year and a half ago t... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 10:28:12 EST This is what a pound of fat looks like! <img src=""> Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:05:28 EST Need advice.... I'm just starting this weightless journey. I'm alone in it with no family support :-( and I have a long way to go as a 5'8" tall woman weighing 290#. I love to be active outdoors hiking and biking, but tend to lose motivation when it's cold out. I'm joining a gym today to get started on a treadmill. What worries me is I'm terrible at logging what I eat, and its hard to cut carbs. I see those as my struggles. What are your advice on starting out so I don't overwhelm myself and can keep focused... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 03:02:49 EST Cant convince myself. I'm reaching out to just get some advice on how you convince yourself to work out. I have all the tools, I literally BUSTED my bum to get an entire room together, cleaned out spare rooms, reorganized my entire house LITERALLY, in between working both my jobs, and worked hard on it for two weeks straight.. got all my equipment in and havent stepped foot back in. Why? What is making me stray? Why cant I force myself to get in that "work out room" and get things done? <BR> <BR> I have all the ... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 14:30:07 EST Looking for advice... I wasn't quite sure where to post this, but I'm just looking for a little advice. My dentist recently (about a week and a half ago) put me on a general antibiotic because I have an advanced gum disease, something I've been dealing with for a while, so I don't have any major infections or anything, but anyway, the side effects completely threw me off. I was feeling nauseous when I took it in the morning, I had some other indigestion, I'm drained of energy, my appetite changed and I've had un... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 11:39:56 EST Sparkpoints are Motivating Me Maybe it's the competitor in me, but I LOVE Sparkpoints. I have been aiming for 100 points per day abut am now ready to ramp it up to even higher daily points totals. I am trying to move quicker from one level to the next. I love the variety of helpful ways to earn points each day. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 10:10:51 EST TODAY Today is the immediate part of my goal. It is my clean slate. What I write under my control. I choose to be positive and successful. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 10:09:38 EST What are some of your favorite workout songs? What are some of your favorite workout songs? I love to listen to classic rock while working out.:) Thu, 4 Feb 2016 13:47:20 EST Help for retirees You have lot of stuff for youth, families, workers, etc., but very shallow for seniors. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 11:39:16 EST Why is it important for you to reach your goals? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So why is it important for YOU to reach your goals? Wed, 3 Feb 2016 21:12:36 EST Trouble getting started I really am ready to lose weight. But I just can't stay focused. I need something to follow for accountability, but I don't want a program I have to pay for since there are so many good resources here at Sparkpeople. I want to eat healthier (mostly stop overeating), exercise more, and lose weight. What can help me with accountability, and staying focused? I'm having problems self-motivating! Wed, 3 Feb 2016 11:27:53 EST walking the mile I walked the "wicked" mile where I fell last week. Memorable day, going to lose a tooth from the accident, among other things, but I faced my stress on walking the mile today. Tue, 2 Feb 2016 19:41:44 EST Deleted Deleted Tue, 2 Feb 2016 18:59:04 EST Monthly assessment leads to frustration I've tried so hard this month to do what I needed to do to get on the right track and lose weight/become healthy...I'm doing the atkins with some input from Profile by Sanford (which I would do completely but it's too far away)....I've eaten like I'm supposed to and worked out better than I even thought I would....I've planned and prepared for when I'm not gonna eat at home etc. I've brought food with me and worked really hard and feel like I'm STUCK. I'm very frustrated. :( Anything right no... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 13:50:24 EST FEBRUARY 2016 -Appreciations, Thanks, Gratitudes!! <img src=""> <BR> "Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices." Robert Braathe <BR> <BR> As always please share 5 things you are grateful for, appreciate or are working for you. The daily gifts! <BR> <BR> "Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude." <BR> Denis Waitley <BR> <im... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 20:04:23 EST Trying to lose but keep gaining Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm new here but really interested in connecting with people and getting some feedback on how to stay motivated for the long term. <BR> <BR> I've always been a bit overweight but was able to drop from 145 to 120 a few years back. This is a good weight for me as I'm only 5'2". However, in the past year I've been experiencing a lot of stress, lack of sleep, and general exhaustion so I'm finding it hard to want to eat the same way I did when I was at a healthier weight. <BR>... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 14:18:15 EST Want/Need a Challenge? If you're looking for a challenge and ready to make a commitment....I have the challenge for you! <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name. It's a 10 week commitment. You have several little teams (with 24 members) that compete with each other. Main requirement is to weigh in each week. If you know for some reason that you can't post your weight (let the leaders know). Otherwise after 2 missed weigh ins (with no excuse) you would be moved to honorary. We have ITC (inter team challenges) that cons... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 22:37:14 EST Book: No Sweat Has anyone read the title book, "No Sweat - How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness" by Michelle Segar? <BR> <BR> I'm only about a tenth of the way in but so far, I find it fascinating. And right now for those with e-readers (or who don't mind reading on a computer), it's only $2 on Kindle! She advises as her primary instruction: "Take any and every opportunity to move, in any way possible, at whatever speed you like, for any amount of time. Do what makes yo... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 14:36:33 EST Goals and motiviation I've been struggling with instant gratification. I've been eating well, or so at least I think so, and just started back at the gym yesterday with cardio and weight lifting. Today though, as I was walking to my car from the gym, I felt defeated already. I have a hard to seeing past the big picture. All I see is the 80 lbs that I gained, and need to lose. I just couldn't stop thinking about how this is going to take forever to do. Then I started thinking about, what if I'm putting in all of th... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 23:17:18 EST What are three things you're thankful for? 1. My family <BR> 2. My friends <BR> 3. My SO Thu, 28 Jan 2016 22:21:59 EST Emotinal eating I have been trying to have diet for a long time.. i always fail and leave it.. for 2 years now my maximum to stay on diet was 10 days.. and then my cravings beat me and i eat more than before i started diet.. im hopeless.. i hate the way i look and feel Thu, 28 Jan 2016 17:57:43 EST Fighting away the depression! I have been going great for 2 and a half weeks! I started on a Sunday than weighed myself on the following Wednesday, and subsequently will weigh myself every Wednesday when I get home for work! The first time I weighed myself, I was down 8.6 pounds and it had only been 4 days. The second time I weighed myself I was up 1.9 pounds. Today I weighed myself (I forgot to last night) and I am up another pound! WHAT THE HECK! I am eating tons better and have been going to the gym the last 3 da... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:55:55 EST Letting Go This question can be as simple or as deep as you like. It can be answered here or you can use it to contemplate. <BR> <BR> "What can you let go of?" Wed, 27 Jan 2016 06:54:24 EST What motivates you aside from the obvious...better health....I need serious help with motivating myself to get up and move. Please share with me any creative ideas that motivate you to get off your rear and exercise. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 21:46:32 EST Late night cravings Yesterday was my first day/step to the new me. I did so good during the day. I was eating every 3 hours. I felt like I was eating a lot, but I did not go over my calories. Then it got into the evening and that's when I started to get my cravings. I want chocolate so bad(I did not eat any). It was hard to keep saying no, but I did not give in. My question is how do you stop the cravings? Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:25:55 EST its so hard! a big part of my plan nvolves eating heathier. Its so hard though! I just want to eat cookies and tons of sugar!! Tue, 26 Jan 2016 09:20:55 EST Office Get-Together This Week My office is very small, and each month we do a "Fun Day" when we'll usually cut out of here a bit early and all go to some bar or restaurant, one time we went to Dave and Busters. It's awesome, my boss is the best. But... I'm an alcoholic who's been off the wagon for a couple years. This last year has been one of the worst years. A different kind of "worst" than I've put myself through before, but then again sort of the same. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I've been losing weight and gaining weight and... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:35:14 EST Low carb and frustrated... I'm following a low carb living plan and not feeling successful even though I'm working so hard to do it to a T......... :( I track everything, eat only low/no carb foods as listed in the Atkins book and keep my carbs between 30-40 (net carbs)...have been more active and am not feeling any better or seeing any results. Monday is weigh in day and I'm up 5 pounds and ready to quit. :( So frustrated. I am watching everyone else drop drop drop and i'm struggling only to gain?? Feel... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:56:39 EST HELP!! Hi everyone, I'm James and i'm 23. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for some motivation and guidance. <BR> <BR> I lasted one day eating healthily, and now i'm back to eating rubbish. It's so hard to keep to it. <BR> <BR> Exercise wise, I've kept to the 10,000 steps a day (I brought a Pedometer to measure, and today I've done 15,281 steps) and I've also done a couple of 30 minute Zumba lessons. <BR> <BR> Now, I know it's me who has to do it, but I'm really struggling. <BR> <BR> It doesn't help me l... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 16:47:58 EST Disappointed but not Discouraged I have been on SP for the umpteenth time and have always lost a bit of weight in the beginning but then I plateau and get discouraged and quit. This time, I have not lost any weight, 21 days in, and though I am disappointed I am not discouraged. I really have an amazing will power that I have no clue where it is coming from but I would think that I would see some results. I have kept to my calories and even switched from being a 68+ oz drinker of diet coke to water. Even surprised myself ... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 14:44:05 EST Having trouble getting back into exercising 2 years ago I was active on SP and thru tracking and exercise I lost 70 pounds. Fast forward to 1 year ago. I torn Tendons in my foot and my exercising came to a screeching halt along with my food tracking. I did PT then had surgery, followed by more PT and here I am today. Foot is about 85% healed and I have found about 40 of those lost pounds. I have started tracking again but am afraid to start exercising. I'm fairly sure my fear stems from the worry my tendon will tear again. Help! Sat, 23 Jan 2016 09:47:25 EST SABOTEURS Do you have those that would sabotage you efforts, in your home? How do you deal with that? Suppose someone offered you a high calorie/sodium pizza and when you said no because you have to lose some weight and control your salt intake, their response was "Don't you want to die happy?" Ugh! What would you say? Sometimes it is hard to stay motivated but I know that I can do this, I did it before. Suggestions??? Fri, 22 Jan 2016 19:14:22 EST What was your moment of clarity? I had a depressing - but weirdly wonderful - "a-ha moment" this morning after yet another diet overhaul that didn't work out as advertised. I started slow-carb earlier this month, and you're allowed one cheat day per week. Not my finest hour, let me tell you. It's taken me a week to make a dent in the weight gain from that one day. <BR> <BR> I've been looking for the "magic bullet" that would solve my weight-loss problems forever - low-carb, slow-carb, low-fat, high-fat, fasting, Master Clea... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:08:02 EST What are you PROUD of yourself for doing TODAY??? People often forget to celebrate the "small" achievements in life, in this lifelong journey of health and fitness, and otherwise. But, as I tell my husband (who was a little upset that the scale stayed the same on week 3, as week 2, although he ate right and exercised consistently with me) , "CELEBRATE EVERYTHING!". So, no matter how small someone else might think it to be, what are you proud of yourself for doing today? Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:41:07 EST accountability So I started my workout journey and I would really like accountability partners I would like to do one on one with people you know let's exchange phone numbers let's talk to each other and let's work through it together I feel like it would be very motivational for me because this past year I just haven't been motivated to get fit after I had my son I got really motivated and now kind of lost that motivation so I really like some support and I'd love to support other people and I feel like i... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:05:59 EST If you are needing Motivation today Please Remember <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 19:00:42 EST Your Daily Sparkpoints Goal Have you set a daily Sparkpoints "goal"? I challenge myself to earn 100 points per day. yesterday I earned 116. It felt like a great day ad it really kept me motivated throughout the whole day! I love the various ways to earn Sparkpoints. They are all very helpful and encouraging! Mon, 18 Jan 2016 18:58:41 EST Staying Motivated When Life Kicks You Well. <BR> Today I was fired from my job. My boyfriend and I may now lose our house and car. It's SUPER hard to find any motivation to workout tonight and even harder to find the willpower not to binge on cupcakes and junk food. How do you stay on top of your A-Game when life takes the wind out of your sails? Mon, 18 Jan 2016 18:17:21 EST Whats more important to you to lose? Lbs or Inches A friend of mine was talking about how she hadn't lost any weight despite her best efforts. She has lost inches though and is toning up. I pointed out that she was building muscle hence toning and that muscle burns fat. She said she would rather see the number on the scale reflect her efforts than what the mirror showed. I told her that inches were better to lose because another person can look at you and tell you have lost weight because you getting smaller. They can't look at you and ... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:50:51 EST Staying motivated in winter I live in a cold weather climate. I hate the gym. I prefer to get my fitness minutes outside (walking, hiking, jogging, etc.). It is easiest for me to do it during a break from work (I call it "lunch" but depending on how crazy my day is, it might not be until 2 or 3pm). If that fails, I will do it in the evening wherever my kids' activities are that night. <BR> <BR> But now that there is snow on the ground and it gets dark so much earlier, those options are pretty much out for me, except... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 09:40:28 EST What Day of the Week? Is there a particular day of the week you find it hard to eat healthy? Sundays are hard for me and I'm not sure why. Sun, 17 Jan 2016 13:49:03 EST Skin after success... So I've been watching that show called "Skin Tight" and I have to admit I am scared to death that I will have that problem. Sorry, it may sound mean, but I am. Does everyone who lose alot of weight, as in go from morbidly obese to just obese, have this? Or is there a way to shrink the skin as you go? A lady I work with, who is a super healthy, thin woman, says the skin will shrink, but I would like to know from others in my situation. Sorry if this is the wrong board, but this is making me wo... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 12:18:13 EST Keeping Your Sense of Humour Life is full of challenges, and one of the best things we can do through it all is learn to laugh and keep our sense of humor. Laughter is a great stress reliever which in turn helps us achieve our weight loss goals. <BR> What has made you laugh today? Sun, 17 Jan 2016 09:47:56 EST How do you keep your momentum? I'm really in need of help! I started out with such momentum that I just couldn't picture failing. I have done this soon many times. I am 30 pounds from my goal. I really want to get there I'm just feeling impatient! I can't wait to see results and I think the way I pass time normally is by comforting myself with food. For losing weight this just is NOT gonna work! The time is going to pass no matter what I do. If I eat healthy or not the time is still going to move on. I just need h... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 00:02:36 EST self sabotage? Anyone any experience of self sabotage i.e. not losing weight due to underlying fears of what being an ideal weight will bring with it? Fri, 15 Jan 2016 19:23:05 EST Post something positive about yourself today! <img src=""> How can you expect to stay motivated to eat better, live better, and feel better if you do not, at the very centre of it, believe in your own worth?! Use this thread to post something positive about yourself at least once a week. I want you to share with us how much you actually deserve to be healthy!! Fri, 15 Jan 2016 09:39:15 EST Struggling this week, but staying w/in calories having a tough week this week professionally, personally, but really trying to eat within my calorie range. I have not gone over any day this week, but haven't lost (and it's only week 2!). been eating mid-range and even worked out for an hr last night. <BR> <BR> just hoping that soon all this starts working right, because it's hard to be motivated to do the right thing when nothing is happening. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:42:21 EST Seeking weight loss buddy Hello everyone. So many threads here, I don't know where to begin. I am in my 50's and in need of losing 40-50 lbs. Seeking the same, someone who wants to chat and give one another the encouragement we need to achieve our goal. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 22:29:49 EST Need help and advice for losing weight while BF I'm a Mum of a 3yr old who wakes most nights so I never get a good sleep and I'm still breast feeding her until she decides to wean. I'm very busy in the day and food has become the way I relax in the evenings but now I am over weight and my blood pressure is up. I'm 44yrs old and my metabolism is very slow everything seems to make me put on weight. I'm a sugar addict and it's hard to break the habit think I just have to cut it right out. I walk every day and push a stroller up and down hills... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 19:48:41 EST For those looking to lose 100+ pounds... When it comes to weight loss... <BR> <BR> If you could wave a magic wand and have any result today, what would that be? Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:08:28 EST Winter blues Do any of you have the Winter blues? <BR> <BR> Since Christmas I haven't been able to get back to my exercise routine. I feel tired and unmotivated. I'm cold and don't feel like leaving the house, or the sofa for that matter. <BR> <BR> I know I need to force myself, but after a days work, the cold, the rain, I cannot find willpower to make me do anything. <BR> <BR> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 04:28:10 EST New Year's Goals: What Are Your Little Rewards? Hi Everyone and Happy New Year! <BR> I'm really excited about getting some fitness streaks going, and I have found one of the best ways to achieve long term success and keep motivated, is to set small weekly goals with a small reward each week. One of my favorite methods is getting a calendar and those little gold/silver/red stars and giving myself a star for the goals I've accomplished every day. When I get to so many stars, I give myself a tiny reward -like nail polish, a bubble bath, et... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 15:11:42 EST Calling All Seniors/Retirees...How to Stay Upright I recently posted this...My life is the exact opposite. Since I've retired, I don't live a hectic lifestyle. There is only so much exercise, just sitting, reading, watching TV/Netflix, talking to family/friends, studying the Bible, meditating, and volunteering one can do in a day. After those things, I find myself laying down to rest and then waking up at midnight; therefore, I might be getting to much sleep. I also find myself struggling with eating healthy or unhealthy snacks because I've n... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 12:17:47 EST My streak is keeping me motivated! I'm sitting here watching my mom open a package of oreos-she just pointed out to me they're double stuffed. While I love sweets, especially cookies, cake, and the like, I've never been a huge fan of oreos. I will say though, I've turned down ice cream, fast food, and other junk. I know its one day at a time, but little victories like this keep me goal oriented. Fri, 8 Jan 2016 23:27:24 EST Meeting with Resistance...and Frustrations... I would like to Share a past Blog I wrote with you if I may...It is important to note that I wrote this back in October...To Explain Further...So you Understand where my Thoughts were emanating from at that time...I have GROWN SO MUCH Since then...I thought this might be Helpful to someone because this was coming out of one of the MOST INTENSE EMOTIONAL TIMES of my Life...So far. <BR> <BR> My youngest brother, 40 years old (I called him Bucky...His name was Matthew), was hit and Killed by a ... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 11:16:21 EST I hate working out However, I work out daily for the sole purpose of loosing weight. The above mentioned feelings towards exercise in general began in my 30's and continue in my 40's. However, I was a gym freak during my 20's. WHY? Thu, 7 Jan 2016 17:12:17 EST What's Making You Feel Good? Yesterday I ran into a former student I hadn't seen in a year or so. She hugged me, stepped back and said, "Wow, you look awesome"... that'll keep me motivated for a while! <BR> <BR> I hope you've had something like that happen. Or you can make it happen for someone else! Thu, 7 Jan 2016 14:30:29 EST I never wanted to be in this place again... In the last 3 years, I've worked up to 48 pounds lost, and now I have gained back all but 20 of it in the last 6-9 months. I have tried to ask doctors for help, as the weight just stopped coming off and I started gaining fairly rapidly about 8 months ago. The best "help" I've gotten was that if I wasn't fat nothing would be a problem...not exactly helpful in identifying the WHY things started going backwards and the fatigue has been so bad. My thyroid was tested about a year ago and they said... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 10:30:47 EST any teams doing biggest loser challenge? I went to the actual BLC team and it didnt seem very active. Are there any sparkteams that are active with posting updates on your weight loss with your teammates? Wed, 6 Jan 2016 03:54:40 EST Down and out I am down and out. I just found out today after a visit to my doctor that I have gained 14 lbs in 3 months. She didn't say anything but I KNOW I have steadily been gaining weight for the past 3 years. More than I have ever weighed even when I have pregnant. <BR> <BR> I lack motivation. I don't like feeling hungry. I am addicted to Coca Cola Classic. <BR> <BR> I work from home and sit alot at the computer. <BR> <BR> I NEED accountability, motivation and support. Tue, 5 Jan 2016 12:12:09 EST Different Ways of Measuring Progress The article below has really inspired me because it talks about ways other than the scale to measure progress. Since I have been maintaining for two years, these two resonate with me: <BR> <BR> "Performance – more endurance during exercise, doing them at a higher level, jumping higher, walking longer, running faster, playing a sport better <BR> General Feeling – rate energy level, rate attitude and outlook, track how often you feel very sleepy during the day, rate your confidence level" <B... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 23:34:17 EST Never Give Up <img src=""> Mon, 4 Jan 2016 12:40:06 EST Carpal Tunnel Help Hello Spark World. I will be undergoing carpal tunnel surgery, and wanted some advice on what to do after surgery, to keep on track with exercise, and staying motivated. Please help. With my hands tied up, I will be out of work for a month. Any suggested would be gladly welcome. Suzi Willpower Mon, 4 Jan 2016 00:23:56 EST Anyone age 18-25 looking for a motivational buddy? Hey all! I'm new here! I'm 18 and I'm currently in college and I was looking for a buddy to motivate me, as I would for them, to keep on track of my goal and become a healthier me. I chose this age group because I personally feel comfortable knowing people who are around my age, going through similar struggles, and can also relate to me. This is NOT to offend anyone this is what I feel comfortable with. Thank you! Sun, 3 Jan 2016 03:26:19 EST Loved the new book "How Not To Die" Food as medicine. Listened to it on Audible funnily narrated by the author, but will get the book for reference. There is so much good information on the most nutritional foods...and recipes....and simple. Sat, 2 Jan 2016 11:52:48 EST Looking for Accountability! ... or something like that :) <BR> <BR> What I'm looking for, specifically, is someone who is in similar circumstances that is willing to help push me to reach my goals and I, in turn, do the same for them. <BR> <BR> I'm a 30 year old mom (3 year old daughter, 8 year old step-daughter and 9 year old step-son - we have the older kids almost every weekend). I work full time as a school social worker and have a hard time staying on track because of the environment I work in (occasionally I ... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 10:32:29 EST Fitbit Friend Anyone interested in becoming Fitbit friends? <BR> <BR> I think it will really help with keeping motivated. Fri, 1 Jan 2016 19:30:03 EST Be Patient... Be patient, continue to persist and move in the direction of your dream. Many times a dream has a life of its own. It will take you on a journey to build your character, your confidence and your faith. Be patient! Patience does not mean being inactive. It means positive expectation and a knowing deep down in your heart that you will be alright. Believe that things are going to work out for you. Judge not according to appearances. <BR> Be patient ~ even if you do not have a dime in the bank, l... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 11:33:33 EST Emotional/Stress Eating - How to avoid Hello: <BR> What do you do to avoid yourself from emotional/Stress eating? <BR> Thank you Fri, 1 Jan 2016 08:38:06 EST Thinner in 30 by Jenna Wolfe <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Anyone else following this book? On day 1 today here <BR> <BR> Would love to connect with others reading this book <BR> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 08:26:10 EST JANUARY 2016 -Appreciations and Gratitudes-Welcome "I truly believe we can either see the connections, celebrate them, and express gratitude for our blessings, or we can see life as a string of coincidences that have no meaning or connection. For me, I'm going to believe in miracles, celebrate life, rejoice in the views of eternity, and hope my choices will create a positive ripple effect in the lives of others. This is my choice." Mike Ericksen <BR> <img src=""> ... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 18:44:41 EST Staying Ready I tried to post this as a Success Secret but didn't have enough characters, so I figured I'd share my thoughts here. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "If you stay ready, you ain't never gotta get ready," raps Andy Mineo in Know That's Right. <BR> <BR> That statement is one of the most profound I've heard in a while, and in a rap song, of all places! It's true, though. If you don't relapse into bad habits and you are constantly maintaining a healthy lifestyle, there are no pleasant physica... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 19:37:51 EST Staying motivated??!!! How on earth do you stay motivated when you're 66 years old, fat, have back problems, and fight periods of depression? I look like I'm 8 months pregnant and I've never been pregnant. Looking in the mirror and seeing the Goodyear Blimp or a beached whale does not make for a whole lot of "wow, I really want to go work out today". It's more of "what's the use, it's never going to change, why do I even bother". Mon, 28 Dec 2015 21:50:31 EST This helps me stay motivated Since I retired, I don't have to be anywhere at any given time, etc. <BR> However, I find if I wake up, take a shower right away, put on makeup, do my hair, and get dressed within the first hour of awakening, I am not starting to worry about what I will be eating or not eating all day. <BR> I was out walking right away today b/c of it and drank a liter of water while doing it. <BR> It helps that I live in a warm climate where I can get out everyday. Also, with shorts and tops being the atti... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 12:27:18 EST Looking for an accountability partner :) Hi all, <BR> <BR> My name is Sarah and I am a 31 year old female who lives near London. I weigh about 158 pounds and want to reach my goal weight of 140 lbs. I eat a mainly clean eating diet and try to exercise every day (I like to do kickboxing, strength training, cardio and jogging). <BR> <BR> If you would be interested in being accountability partners, please let me know. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 27 Dec 2015 10:49:20 EST starting over Hi, I started with sparkpeople about a month ago then fell off the wagon a week or so ago. Dreading looking at the scales so need some words of support/advice?? I plan to 'start again' on Monday when most of the goodies in the house will have been eaten. I have my adult children staying over and feel obliged to but their favourites which are also mine!! They are slim and fit and I am becoming a little roly poly! <BR> II have had a couple of difficult years following sudden death of my partne... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 07:17:56 EST Motivation to exercise Hi! <BR> I struggle with depression and I also work strange hours, so by the time I get home from work even if its the middle of the day im so tired and i usually go have a sleep instead, I would like to get myself moving but find it difficult, just wondering if anyone has any advice? Im tired almost all the time, ive had blood tests done with everything normal. <BR> <BR> Thanks guys! Tue, 22 Dec 2015 14:57:19 EST Monthly Challenge Hi all! I know the new year doesn't start until next week (the year has flown by!) and I got to thinking. A few years ago, I was on another site (can't find it again :( ) and we had something for a while similar to this. And if this is already on here, or this is not the right place, please let me know! <BR> Every month, someone would start a topic and it was for everyone to participate in, if they chose to. In the first post, the person would say their age, how much they weighed, their heigh... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 22:37:51 EST Break Up Letter with Binge Eating Disorder Hi everyone. I realize that not everybody may struggle this, but I have been struggling with Binge Eating Disorder for ten years and it is a major barrier toward weight loss. I have fallen back into old behaviors for a few days and needed some sort of assistance in getting back on track. I have decided to treat my BED as if it was a relationship that I am ready to leave and this exercise helped me get in a better head space. Wanted to share that it is on my blog if anyone wants to check it ou... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 19:37:14 EST Weight Tracker Hello, <BR> <BR> Can you please tell me how to add the little weight tracker scale that I am seeing on other people's pages to my page? I think seeing that move will help keep me motivated. I was just told that I either need to start losing weight or have weight loss surgery which I do not want at all. I am trying really hard to stay motivated and anything that I can do to help with that the better. Thanks! <BR> Sat, 19 Dec 2015 08:55:57 EST new low - HIGH I got back to 180 today!! That was my goal for this year. Beat it by 15 days. Now lost 75 lbs since my all time high. However, still looking to drop between 17-27 lbs. by the end of next year. When I go to 17 I will get to my high school weight of 55 years ago. If I get to 27 lbs., that will be my ideal weight, plus I will have lost 100 lbs. + since my all time high weight! It feels great! Tue, 15 Dec 2015 20:52:00 EST When did you start feeling better? I am trying to eat healthier. In particular, I have a sweet tooth and need to decrease my sugar intake. My weight is fine, so my goal is to maintain weight but eat better. I have motivation trouble since I don't see a difference in the way I feel when I eat sugar or not (my no sugar days are few and far between). How long did it take you to have increased energy and improvement in your mental health with improved eating? Thanks! Mon, 14 Dec 2015 21:21:06 EST Mental Fitness Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I have this issue that I have never really been able to beat. Every winter as it becomes too cold to get out as much I find I get horrid winter blues. I'm, in general, unmotivated. When I was in the military I had access to a free gym and that helped a lot, but, now that I'm out I don't have such a resource and I find it is very difficult to make myself even want to go to work (i like my job in general). <BR> <BR> What do you all do to beat winter depression? <BR... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:58:08 EST Motivational Music I have a whole playlist of songs I created on my youtube channel that motivate me. <BR> <BR> Besides "eye of the tiger" which I think it's like a law you have to have in your playlist- I have songs like "Killing Machine" by Judas Priest and "Born Again" by Newsboys. <BR> <BR> List just 1 or 2 songs that motivate you.... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:10:45 EST Anyone need a buddy??? I need an exercise buddy that will stay in contact with me and motivate me when I cannot motivate myself. In turn I will do the same. I am trying to get more involved with social media so that I can post my accomplishments and find new ways to stay on track. If anyone needs a exercise/accountability partner hit me up! Sun, 13 Dec 2015 01:35:04 EST What is your advice to success with weight loss? For those of you who have lost weight and kept it off, what is your best advice? Sat, 12 Dec 2015 11:45:16 EST Evening Motivation I do really well with my program during the day -- eating, exercising, etc. But when I get home from work I seem to lose all motivation and self control. Any ideas of what I can do to stay out of the kitchen in the evenings? I live alone so there isn't anyone else here to side track me. I've been thinking about exercising in the evening rather than the morning, but haven't made that change yet. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 09:19:29 EST getting back on track Please give me some easy, small ideas to just start again. I do nothing at this point to help myself!! I just a couple small but very helpful things to do to give me the motivation I need to start this!! Thu, 10 Dec 2015 08:49:31 EST holidays surprised myself I ate within my calorie range for thanksgiving hope to do as well Christmas and new years Thu, 10 Dec 2015 00:26:19 EST Had a major slip-up I don't think "slip-up" adequately describes my situation. <BR> <BR> I got prescribed Phentermine in October by my PCP. At my followup visit in early November, I had lost 9 lbs (in 3 weeks). My doctor was thrilled, he was so proud of me! And I was proud of me, I was feeling like the "old me," which is a good thing. But then two days later I went on vacation with my family, and totally slipped up. Got back, got back on track for 4 or 5 days, slipped up for 4 or 5 days, back on track 4 or 5 da... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 14:17:21 EST fluffy forever? 33 yrs old and 60lbs over weight.i know im losing muscles and just getting fatter. i know its harder to lose weight as you age and if you sit ideal your body will grow weaker and older faster. i know what i need to do and how to do it. i have time. <BR> but i dont want to. but need to. <BR> my lower tummy hangs just afraid that if i do drop weight it will just be a skin flap.i have bat wings that my children make fun tugging on my cloths knocking things over with my hips an... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 20:55:34 EST Leaving Vitamin Bottle at Work I am doing a MUCH better job at taking my vitamins since I started keeping a bottle at work! No more "I forgot" excuse! Tue, 8 Dec 2015 10:58:08 EST Why can't I find my motivation! I am going to be real. I am probably 5 years away from my first heart attack. My grandfather and mother both had one in their 30's (which I am 30 at the moment). I go out and exercise and something gets in the way and I use that excuse to quit exercising. I am not motivated enough to go myself and others who I find to go with me usually look at me to be the motivator. I need the kick in the a**, but even with the possibility of a MI in my future it is not enough for some reason. I have ... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 11:56:30 EST Clothing size Hello everyone. As this weekend comes to a close, I want you all to reflect on what size clothing you are- explaining how you look in the mirror and are okay with your clothing size.. Or if not, what actions you will take to change such? Sun, 6 Dec 2015 23:30:11 EST BORED I'm getting BORED with my eating, and workouts. which has caused me to go from working out 5-6 days a week to 2-4 days a week. Which has also caused me to get slack with my " counting of calories, water- intake", and all other " lifestyle" changes!! <BR> Any suggestions on how to kick start my " lifestyle change back into high gear"?!?! Sat, 5 Dec 2015 11:20:17 EST How to add structure to my day to reach my goals? I am a graduate student and I only have a part time job right now that I do on weekend evenings. I have a gym membership but I rarely go. I stay up until midnight or 1am most nights and get up between 10 and noon. I would like to change that and go to bed by like 10 or 11 at night (except when I work) and wake up at like 7:30am and actually get stuff done during the day. Does anyone have any tips on how to do that? I have so much reading that I want to do over my break from school and I want ... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 19:55:11 EST How to stop think of oneself as obese I have lost over 155 pounds, am am within 5 pounds of having a being in the healthy BMI range. I know I look a whole lot better then I used to, and am a whole lot healthier. Yet somtimes when I look at myself with out a shirt, I still feel overweight. I know a lot of it is loose skin, and just a outdated mental picture of myself. I figure it is a left Vs. right brain type thing. Being overweight since before puberty does help with one's self image. Did any one else get over this, or have any ... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 19:38:24 EST Needing some motivation I'm honestly not even sure I'm posting this in the right place. <BR> <BR> I used to be super active on here. I have PCOS and desperately wanted to get pregnant. I was super motivated and really put my all into it. I was down about 68 lbs... but not nearly at my goal weight. <BR> <BR> And then I got pregnant (yay!). I have an amazing 8 month old baby girl who I wouldn't trade for the world. And I gained most of my weight from before back. I spiraled so bad. I have no one to blame but ... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 09:09:34 EST Feeling very negative today I know what I have to do to get this weight off. Why is it so hard to say no to the things I know I have to avoid? I feel like I'm setting myself up for failure. Sending out invitations to my pity party!!! LOL. Wed, 2 Dec 2015 17:01:07 EST No Dec. Challenge? Am I missing something? Ok, I have to admit the monthly challenges motivate me. I got through Nov's burn 10,000.... with my eye on what was coming for Dec. It always seem to have a preview as it got closer but not in Nov. So here is Dec 1st & nothing. So what's the deal...challenge or no challenge....If it's something I'm missing PLEASE let me know! Tue, 1 Dec 2015 10:15:48 EST DECEMBER 2015 -Daily Appreciation-Welcome all!! "I truly believe we can either see the connections, celebrate them, and express gratitude for our blessings, or we can see life as a string of coincidences that have no meaning or connection. For me, I'm going to believe in miracles, celebrate life, rejoice in the views of eternity, and hope my choices will create a positive ripple effect in the lives of others. This is my choice." Mike Ericksen <BR> <img src=""> ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 21:25:27 EST Anyone else feeling like I am? Hi all, <BR> <BR> I don't tend to use this site very much as I'm normally quite motivated but these last few weeks I just feel terrible. I'm from the UK so I can't blame thanksgiving but my motivation has just gone out the window. I'm trying really hard to claw it back as I was doing really well and had got into really good habits. We've had a lot of financial difficulties so I think that has taken over in my mind and so my focus for my weight loss has just drifted. My other half gets his fi... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 08:31:04 EST do you ever set your standards too low? I was my largest last year when I was a sophomore in college and had lost about 15 pounds this past summer. Since then I have been rapidly putting it back on, and I think in the back of my head I've been telling myself "you're not as fat as you used to be, so it's fine if you eat like crap this week (and next week and next week and next week) because you'll still be smaller than you were last year". I think I need to set my standards higher so that instead of aiming to be "smaller than my fat... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 23:29:20 EST i can lose the weight I think everyone at one point or another has had something that they said they would or could ever do. My friend pointed out that I have done a lot that I don't see as significant in my life. I never thought I would make it through college, learn to dance, find God, finally have my mental health struggle get better, or get over my dads passing. Here's the thing: I made it through all those even when I was inches away from giving up. <BR> <BR> I have finally realized that I can do a few thing... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:43:09 EST Mantras Searching for a motivational mantra! Suggestions anyone? Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:43:11 EST Having a hard time getting motivated I have problems with both ankles and feet so getting motivated to exercise is very difficult. Has anyone tried the BODY GYM that I've seen advertised? It looks like something I could use to exercise without hurting my feet. I hate to spend the money if it's not worth it. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 23:36:03 EST I waited for the doctor 2 hours, expecting more. I went in for my 3 month checkup. Was waiting for the other shoe to fall. Glad news. Since going on SparkPeople, and committing myself to a more healthy lifestyle, I have gone from 150/90 for bloodpressure down to 120/69. Of course I am still on bloodpressure meds, but doctor said I have a chance to get off of them if I continue in changes!! He has it, I have it, I will be throwing away more meds in the future, and lose 21 lbs. and 3 inches in waste line. Doing 1 mile in 26 mins. Plan ... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 19:36:02 EST Take Two, Overcoming Life's Unexpected Moments I got on here almost a year ago now and I was 5 pounds from my goal weight. I had lost 20 pounds all together and was feeling fit and great about myself, was starting to make new goals and was getting excited about the way I felt and the way I looked. Then my dad got put into ICU for two weeks and I stayed with my mom in the waiting room the whole time, yes, over nights for two weeks. Yum hospital food. I got depressed, got cabin fever, and very stressed. I lost all my motivation in my workou... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 19:54:43 EST Resisting emotionally triggered eating What are your tips for getting past emotional eating? Mon, 23 Nov 2015 19:02:38 EST Workout Friend! I absolutely HATE working out! Especially in front of people. But I've been feeling so crummy lately that it's time to get my butt in gear. To keep myself accountable, I am working out with a good girl friend on Thursdays... hopefully this keeps me motivated! Feeling hopeful :) Sun, 22 Nov 2015 15:36:10 EST New start I have decided to start a facebook page on my journey. I need something to accountable. I feel this is a great way and a help others. I have been up and down in my weight loss. I decided to grab life by the horns on August 6 and have lost 59 lbs since. Feel free to like it. It's called Getting Tiny. Tiny is my nickname so I found it fitting. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:55:13 EST Very discouraged! My weight keeps going up. I know, bcoz as a dialysis patient, I have to weigh myself constantly, and I can tell you my weight keeps going up. I just don't understand it, I have been exercising regularly, Pilates, long walks, bodyweight and HIIT, trying not to overeat, even forgoing hash browns, fries and coke whenever I eat at Mcdonald's. <BR> <BR> I am trying to limit fast food, to once a month at most. My waist has increased from 28inches to 31inches. On the other hand, my upper abs have s... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 11:21:55 EST Meditation for Weight Loss I've been using Honest Guys meditation on YouTube. (I can't post a link but the page is youtube/thehonestguys). <BR> <BR> I use their stress and sleeping meditations but they also have weight loss and self image improvement meditations. <BR> <BR> Hopefully it will help someone! I know it's helping me. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 10:40:10 EST How can I find out WHY I want to improve my health Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I've been fairly quiet in this message board, but I believe it is time to come out from the back and ask for help. <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople, I've been on this journey for God knows how long and I've accomplished some AMAZING things on the way. I used to weigh 178 kgs in 2004 and by 2012 I weighed 122 kgs. But then I slowly went back to my original weight as I type this message to you. Life happens. <BR> <BR> I've had major shifts in my life including my WHY. Back then ... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 10:09:59 EST My Daily Mantra... Think about the first thing you are grateful for when you first wake up in the morning. Taking that first breath in, and acknowledging a new day before you. Where do you send your gratitude? <BR> <BR> Today I want to send a simple reminder out to everyone: You are enough. You are loved. You are connected to something much greater. <BR> <BR> Keep on the journey SP!! Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:51:55 EST METABOLISIM IS DEAD!!! I have struggled with diets for the past 10 years or so, I used to be quite thin because of diet and exercise. Well no matter what I did I could not loose a lb for the past 10 years. I finally went drastic and started with meal replacements, it worked great for a week, the lbs started to fall. I lost about 9 lbs, but since then it is like my metabolism caught on to what I was doing and STOPPED!! I kicked in some extra exercise, increased my water, more veggies, NOTHING WILL GET THE SCALE ... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 09:01:05 EST Working out is ruining my perfect skin!! Before I started working out last week, I had flawless skin. I was the girl that always looked best natural. No makeup needed ever. Now, in less than a week, my face is having the worst break out ever! <BR> <BR> I wash my face immediately after working out, but it doesn't seem to be helping me. I feel so self conscious now. It makes me not want to work out as much when I feel like it is making me look bad. But I really need to lose the weight and be healthy.... <BR> <em>46</em> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 19:05:54 EST Fitbit Friends I am seeking to find a few people that would be interested in becoming Fitbit friends to keep each other motivates. If you are interested leave your email that you use for fitbit and I'll request you as a friend. My email will be the name of my username here abspence12. Thanks!!!! Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:35:25 EST Help through the holidays What do you plan to do to avoid overeating during the holidays? I need some suggestions for staying motivated and avoiding the pitfalls of holiday foods (which are some of my FAVORITES of all time! Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:20:27 EST Balancing Act? how do you keep up with everything, exercise, family, friends, work? it seems impossible sometimes to get everything done. How do you guys do it? any tips? Sun, 15 Nov 2015 17:04:43 EST Trying to stay motivated, but .... Since April, I've lost 28 pounds. While I'm proud of that accomplishment, I still have quite a bit more to lose. Unfortunately, I've been at a plateau for about a month. I exercise 5 days a week, alternating my workouts weekly. I have been tracking my food and don't see anything different from when I was steadily losing weight. I have decided to take a short break from the scale, since I do see other positive changes that the scale doesn't reflect, such as increased endurance during work... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 22:56:41 EST Biggest Loser team challenge.... Check this out! If you're looking for a challenge and ready to make a commitment....I have the challenge for you! <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name. It's a 10 week commitment. You have several little teams (with 24 members) that compete with each other. Main requirement is to weigh in each week. If you know for some reason that you can't post your weight (let the leaders know). Otherwise after 2 missed weigh ins (with no excuse) you would be moved to honorary. We have ITC (inter team challenges) that cons... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 07:38:58 EST Motivation & Gratitude Setting goals, staying motivated and being focused can be hard for many of us. I know it is for me. I start the day off great and dwindle down by the hour. Sometimes by the end of the day I feel like I failed myself. <BR> <BR> When that happens, I begin to think about all the good things in my life, all the things that I have to be grateful for, all my successes in all areas of my life. <BR> <BR> It's an energy boost ! Practicing gratitude is a perfect motivator. It makes me feel goo... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 06:23:47 EST Give me some ideas. Spark coach is suggesting that I create a new streak. I had thought of two possibilities like doing SOMETHING each day with a goal date of my 50th b-day which is actually a few years away. Or for my 47th bday in March. <BR> One of my weight loss goals (by losing 2lbs a week until then) puts me just 6 lbs above 200 for my b-day. I would LOVE to be in the 190's by then. Can anyone think of something I could ADD to my days that might promote losing those extra 6 lbs? I already do 30 mins of l... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 15:45:18 EST How to get motivated Hi <BR> My problems such I'm a chef. I work early till late so I have gym in the am like 4:30am or 18:30 pm. I struggle with after work sessions. But I can't seem to get out of bed or at least force myself out. Once u actually make it out to gym everything is great. Just that initial push is lacking. Does anybody else feel like this? Tue, 10 Nov 2015 03:17:01 EST Burn out days? Do you ever have a time where you just want to stop and rest from exercising and worrying about calorie goals just for a couple days? I feel exhausted and under stress just from having to watch my intake, plan, exercise, everyday. I've been doing this for the last year except for a week or so when I got a super bad chest cold and also injured my mid back this fall but I've kept going. <BR> Sometimes it just feels like it gets to be too much, ya know? Measuring spoons, and cups, (I don't own ... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 20:10:34 EST Keep on, keeping on Today marks the day I have officially lost 15.5#. A note to the downhearted: it has taken me almost 6 years to do this so don't lose faith, ever! I started SP in 10/09 and am now within 4.5# of losing a total of 20#. My strategies may not work for everyone. But, they are: a) reduce carbs (wheat especially) substantially ~~ I eat what amounts to a "fist full of carbs"/day in terms of portion size; b) walk, hike or bike 2-3 times a week logging 210 fitness minutes/week; c) drastically redu... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 10:48:06 EST Why are you doing this? One big way I stay focused on fitness and nutrition is remembering why I want this...why I want to be strong and healthy. <BR> My big why is for my children...I make them my reason not my excuse.. <BR> I have 3 children and I love to be a role model for them... I am want them to grow up with roper nutrition and daily exercise in their lives so they are set up for success from the start! <BR> I also want this for finally meet my fitness goals I have set for myself..I deserve that! <BR... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 17:15:31 EST Sodium Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I've managed to eat well these past 2 weeks but was disappointed to step on the scale and see no weight loss. I feel quite frustrated. The only thing I'm able to MAYBE blame this on in sodium. How much does salt affect your weight? Yesterday I ate within my calorie goal but apparently ate upwards of 2700mgs of sodium :/ Fri, 6 Nov 2015 08:22:53 EST Where is the goal board? I've recently rejoined spark people and I've seen posts about the goal board. This interests me greatly, but I cannot find the link to it. I've seen posts that indicate there should be a link at the bottom of Step 2 on my Start page, but there is not link. Can someone please help? Wed, 4 Nov 2015 10:35:56 EST Best fitness tracker. I would like to know what the best fitness tracker is from the people that are using them. I work as a transcriptionist so I sit most of the day so I REALLY need to get going on fitness. Anyway, I have a recumbent bike that I use, a gazelle (like a glider) and also Leslie Sansone's walk tapes. Can anyone suggest a good tracker for me? Also I have read on some of the wrist ones about the bands being plastic and breaking and falling off. Please could I get some insight? thanks for your he... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 08:30:33 EST Advice please ~ I'm wondering if it's a good idea to buy a dress that is a bit too small in the hopes that I'll fit into it. This is not a habit I plan to take up regularly, but I fell in love with a dress that is only available (that I can find) in small and medium. The medium *almost* fits. It's a bit snugger than I like and pulls around the torso. I was thinking I could get it anyway and then it would be a natural reward for when it fits me properly...maybe in March if I keep up my visits to the gym. ... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 08:45:52 EST Help - need new challenges You can exercise without videos or spark people or teams, too. And you can diet on your own or from a book. But points are SO MOTIVATING...they're a way of "keeping track" - it's simply not as energizing to do them without points. Why not just print it out and do it....why spend time interacting with other Sparkers, going for milestones, giving and getting goodies? Points don't get you anything, anyway (which is another issue....why can't they get you access to Spark Coach, or some reward tha... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 10:16:32 EST Three Positive Words To Say Daily We all need an positive word or words to tell ourselves, we are special no matter what this world or people in it says about us.We matter. Sun, 1 Nov 2015 13:08:25 EST NOVEMBER '15 Daily Gratitude Thread, Welcome all "Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy." Fred De Witt Van Amburgh <img src=""> <BR> Please enjoy the tradition of posting 5 things each day that you appreciate, that you have gratitude for or are simply things that are working in your life. <BR> "Gratitude is more of a compliment to yourself than someone else." Raheel Farooq <BR> <BR> I will be here tomorrow ... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 19:07:45 EST Trying to breakthrough a weight loss plateau So I have hit a plateau in my weight loss journey. Happy I made it this far before it happened. Which is best to help break through, changing up my calories and macros or changing my gym routine, or both? <BR> <BR> A little about me I am currently 241, down from 287, 5'10". 32 years old, male. Desk job, but usually make it to the gym 5-6 days a week. Currently on 2,000 calories a day. I had bumped it up to 2,200 a little bit ago and steadily started gaining week by week so I dropped it back ... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 15:48:46 EST Be positive Be healthy and stay motivated Thu, 29 Oct 2015 15:36:03 EST Lost 60 pounds. Bulimia Hi, my name is Andrew and im 6 feet tall. <BR> i used to weight 230 december 2014. <BR> After 7-8 months of strict diet and exercize (1200-1500 and 3 hours of cardio a day) i dropped to 165. <BR> At first i was really happy with my weight loss, eveyone used to say nice things like "wow, you look amazing" etcc. <BR> I feelt really happy. <BR> <BR> <BR> what happend next, you proably already know from the title. <BR> It all started after a huge meal with friends, i feelt so guilty (even if i ... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:06:58 EST Sos I need someone who will keep me focused and motivated and I would do the same. Is anyone interested? I'm new to this and basically just looking for someone I could email or talk to outside of this Wed, 28 Oct 2015 23:25:52 EST Rainy Vacation Next week I'm on vacation! Yeah. <BR> <BR> I will be staying home (my partner is working) and the forecast is anouncing rain all week. <BR> <BR> Any advice on how to stay out of the kitchen and in to my exercise routine? I'm hoping to go to the gym every morning but my daily walks would not be possible because of the rain. <BR> <BR> Thanks Wed, 28 Oct 2015 13:51:25 EST Lost Cause Here I go again and again and again. For some funky reason that I can't figure out, I'm just not able to stay motivated and on track. There always seems to be something that distracts me. I wish I could get control of this. Just starting again feels like a waste of energy and time; knowing that something is going to stand in the way. I've tried every possible diet known to man, but life seems to pop up and off I go and then I feel so defeated that I say to myself "What's the use, why both... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 12:00:17 EST Fitbit friends - Wed, 28 Oct 2015 07:42:10 EST Emotional Baggage Hi! I have been on SP for years now but I am still big. I have all the books, knowledge etc to lose weight but for some reason I just can't motivate myself. Yday I spoke to a colleague and he said something is blocking me and I need to work out why. The only thing I can think of is that growing up, I was always told I was fat when I was actually normal weight, even skinny. I was called names and told off for eating. Some of the biggest fights we had was over food. Even tho it happened years a... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 08:17:42 EST New Orleans Vacay So I'm down a total of 12 lbs, and I'm JUST finding my groove again. For months I've been sort of phoning it in, losing a couple lbs a month and mostly just gaining and losing and gaining and losing the same 3 lbs over and over again. But I'm doing it now for real. <BR> <BR> Just in time to go on vacation to New Orleans in two weeks... with my family. My family is just one big group of party animals. My parents took my older sister to New Orleans last year, and my mom and my sister got drunk... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 17:15:52 EST Fitting into a pair of jeans two sizes smaller. Hello, my name is Christine. I am a 45 year old mother of three. I have lost 21 pounds since the beginning of summer. I recently tried on some jeans and found that I could fit into a size into a 14 instead of an 18. My goal is a size 10. I am feeling good about being closer to my goal. Mon, 26 Oct 2015 12:25:58 EST Biggest Challenges for you? Hey everyone <BR> <BR> So I'm really pleased with my progress so far - I log my calories in a paper diary called 'Easy Diet Journal' and I'm 15lbs down in just over a month. <BR> <BR> When I used to log my calories, I would eat anything I wanted as long as it fit within my daily calorie total. However, that didn't work for me long term because I was still eating all the wrong foods and never let go of them. Now I have and instead I cook scrambled eggs on rye toast for breakfast, or oatmeal... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 11:28:01 EST Put on your own seatbelt first emoji needed I've been around SP for a while now and often think about the need to take care of yourself before taking care of others. I do think this is important for so many women, especially those who find themselves in a care taking role. Making healthy eating and fitness activity a priority is often last in the list of things to do. <BR> So I think having an emoticon of a seatlbelt, preferably of a woman buckling up, would be worth a thousand words. <BR> I wonder if there are any out there? Fri, 23 Oct 2015 14:14:25 EST Letting anger work for me Usually the joy of knowing what I have to do and doing it motivates me. But when I'm overtired and stressed or blindsided by temptation, I remember the "gotcha" pics my sister took of me at my heaviest & sent around and my "Oh no you don't!!" Powers me through. Fri, 23 Oct 2015 04:53:15 EST Did you get your flu shot ?? hope so. don't want any sick Sparker's out there. <BR> But first and foremost wash your hand's for 30 seconds. Clean door knobs and hand held & cell phone's. Wed, 21 Oct 2015 23:58:48 EST I need an accountability partner just starting and need someone to push me. To tell me to get off my lazy butt and do your 10 minute exercise etc. HELP!!! Wed, 21 Oct 2015 23:26:32 EST Self-Help/Motivation books I'm trying to improve my mental health while working on my physical health and I want to read some good books that will help me. What are some of your favorite self-help or motivational books? Is there a certain author or motivational speaker that you love? Sun, 18 Oct 2015 01:10:59 EST Help staying motivated Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been sparking for about two and a half months now and have enjoyed reading everyone's comments and experiences. I now have a selfish plea. I am at a plateau for about 3 weeks now and I am getting very disheartened. I feel like everything I read about getting passed it has been very conflicting or just hasn’t worked and would love some information on <BR> <BR> 1. The best ways that you personally found to get through it <BR> 2. How you stay motivated when yo... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 15:30:31 EST Failure Affecting Weight Loss Was feeling kind of defeated last night, sort of out of nowhere. I've been "turning over a new leaf" about every two weeks since May. Somehow managed to lose 10 lbs, but then just kept losing and gaining back and then losing again the same 3 lbs over and over again. <BR> <BR> Last Tuesday I went to my PCP for a follow up for something else, and without me even asking he prescribed me a weight loss pill, Phentermine, which I started last Friday. Ever since then my whole mindset about weight ... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 09:04:58 EST self control I have to do quite a bit of baking and I am a bowl licker when I bake, I can't seem to stop myself. Any suggestions beside putting duck tape on my mouth Wed, 14 Oct 2015 21:12:59 EST Staying With It On Weekends My husband and I have 9 acres of land we go to almost every weekend. Last weekend I made bad food choices and boy did it show on the scale when we got home. Prior to last weekend I had lost 6 pounds. I gained most of it back and am now having to re-lose those pounds. It's especially frustrating when I KNOW what I need to be eating, but made bad choices anyway. When will I learn? <BR> <BR> I'm making a plan to take healthy food in a separate cooler from the other food we take. Maybe if ... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 09:16:46 EST diet buddy wanted Hi I am Gwynlee2 -- I am looking for a diet buddy. I need to have someone keep me accountable to keep me in my diet range -- that is between 1200 -- 1400 calories per day. I will do the same for you Wed, 14 Oct 2015 08:28:38 EST How do you get the best out of sparkpeople?? I love this site and I use some features such as the message boards and weight tracker, but I'm curious of how others motivate themselves through sparkpeople and how do you get more involved in the online community? Wed, 14 Oct 2015 08:25:02 EST I feel like I am doing something wrong I just hit a month of my eating healthy life style change. Yes I have lost a few pounds during the month, but I feel like I am eating either too much or too little. Even though I have been strict with my tracking and logging every single thing, It is like i hit a wall right now for the last 2 weeks. Scale not moving..feeling big even though not gaining. I have my tracking open to all I believe if anyone wants to give me some tips, or advice on anything seen that is not good. I know this is no... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 07:54:30 EST What do we really DESERVE in our lives? I am new here. I need to write this as a pledge and a pep talk to myself. Started yesterday. I struggled yesterday afternoon and late last night. I worked all day, Stayed on my plan. When I got home, my mind was telling me that I worked hard, so now I should get a reward. I should be able to eat anything I want. I am an adult. I felt like I needed to reward myself with the pleasure of comfort food. It's between me and food and no one else. No one can tell me what to do. Then another thought e... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 12:24:59 EST Going Out To Dinner Tonight Normally I would tell myself these lies that I'm going to still eat well when I go out to dinner, even if I really want to mean it. But deep down I know I'm going to drink too much alcohol and eat too much food. <BR> <BR> This time though is different, I can tell. I just took a few minutes to look up the nutritional info for where we're going and already decided and tracked what I'm going to eat. I should even have enough calories left to have a few glasses of wine.. although I'm not sure ab... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 13:09:23 EST salad last night i ate a delicious salad, but i forgot to ask for dressing on the side. in the future, i'm going to say that every time (dressing on the side) as well as ask for no cheese. the salad was delicious but i think it had too much salt and bloated me. the only solution is to get back to exercising, go to the gym this morning. Sun, 11 Oct 2015 11:37:09 EST 50 - here I come! I have never posted anything here before. I started a 21 day (fix) challenge about a month ago. I succeeded in learning "clean eating" and how important a daily workout is. I am still learning. I am going to start another 21 day challenge on November 1st. I want to be done by my 50th birthday on November 22nd. I am actually excited to turn 50. And yes, when I am done I will reward myself with a food and non-food related prize. That's just who I am. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 18:26:02 EST Wedding Weekend Challenge I am attending a wedding this weekend out of town in a very small town. The reception menu will be country cooking; fried chicken, mac & cheese, corn bread, coleslaw, etc. Nothing that will be good for me to eat. So...I guess I can eat a chicken breast without the skin and a piece of cornbread? I'll eat a healthy breakfast in the morning before I leave. Then eat light on the trip there. No wedding cake. I'm really going to make a sincere effort to track everything I eat or drink! That will he... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 18:03:01 EST being a caretaker everyone is over watching the soccer game. I feel a responsibility to go to the grocery store (pay for groceries!) cook, clean, etc. but what i really want to do is go to the gym. what to do? <BR> <BR> if I want to make a real commitment to losing this weight (and i'm basically 200 lbs at this point) the gym has to become my 1st priority. <BR> <BR> the plan is: gym, sushi, santana row. maybe i'll even go to santana now, get a tea and then go to gym. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:26:36 EST The Yo-Yo with the knotted string I just rejoined SparkPeople today and I'll be honest: I have no idea if I will stick with it beyond today. I want to. It's nothing against the site. I think places like this are fantastic. I feel the same way about other sites that are similar. <BR> <BR> I just feel like a yo-yo with a knotted string. I've gone up and I've gone down and I've gone up again. Here I am now try to go down but I'm twisted into a knot. <BR> <BR> I'm full of self-doubt and it's difficult. I've written more blog po... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:09:56 EST SparkTeam for Dads? I was wondering if any other Dads on this site would be interested in a SparkTeam to motivate each other. <BR> <BR> Thanks, Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:02:58 EST Making It A Priority I am having a hard time making exercise a priority again since I had my daughter. She is six months old and I know it takes time to lose the baby weight but I still have about 17 pounds to go to get back down to where I was when I got pregnant. It is just so hard to find the time! We have so much going on in my house. I go to school full time, I work full time, I have two kids and I run my own Scentsy business. Where does exercise fit into all this?! It just gets me down because I did so well... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:43:07 EST Accountability partner Hi all! I'm looking for an accountability partner. I have about 34lbs to lose. I'm a 29yo female. I plan on daily exercise and 100% clean eating. I'm ready! Let me know if anyone is interested! Tue, 6 Oct 2015 21:44:32 EST What pushes you to finish instead of quit? Halfway into a workout I'll usually get that "Oh go ahead and stop, you did enough, just take the next day off too" and it plays again and again in my head until I finally stop half way through and fall off the wagon again. I'm back at it because I will NOT give up. Halfway through my workout today I thought about the reasons I started (weight loss, love interest, high blood pressure) and that was enough to keep me pushing forward to finish it. How about you? What keeps you motivated and goin... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 17:31:45 EST today I'm doing okay. at least i stopped the weight gain. since i started on sparkpeople i haven't been gaining weight. which is good. i'm recording my food that i've been eating. i was shocked by how many calories i ate yesterday. it didn't feel like that many at the time, and i thought i was eating healthy but i guess not. too many bagels and too many crackers. so from now on i'm cutting back on highly processed carbs, continuing to track my eating with the sparkpeople app. i think i'm g... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 09:58:19 EST Slippery slope I am 51 year old female. I have lost over 100lbs over the course of a few years. This last week I have been off track something terrible!! PLEASE someone out there give me the kick in the butt I need to not fall off the wagon totally!! Fri, 2 Oct 2015 22:17:25 EST OCTober 2015 Appreciations-Gratitudes, Welcome!! <img src="">I look forward to sharing those things that are working in our lives and other gratitudes and appreciations. <BR> Hope to see you here!! <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 19:39:33 EST yesterday I feel sort of frustrated because I did a lot of exercise yesterday at work (I was walking and standing all day) and at the end of the day my legs and feet really hurt. this morning I weighed myself and I hadn't lost anything. the last 3 days when i wasn't working i lost weight every day. I wasn't even on my feet all day the last 3 days too. I don't know what it is about working but I feel like it just sucks for me. I think I didn't eat enough earlier in the day, and ate too much before ... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:23:41 EST tomorrow I'm feeling good. I'm improving my habits. My fiance and I have a daily Mon, 28 Sep 2015 02:12:52 EST How do I stay motivated when I don't see progress? So I've struggled with my weight most of my life, I've never been super fat but I've never been as thin as I'd like. I've been steadily gaining weight since I had my son 4 years ago, I've been able to lose a bit only to gain it back and then some. Is it worth being depressed and miserable trying to reach my goal, or should I accept this as the new normal? <BR> <BR> I keep adjusting my weight loss goal to something more realistic, I've tried focusing on other factors, even tracking my body fa... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 20:46:08 EST Ladies...Weightloss and Aunt Flo? I'm just curious, Does anyone else have a tendency to gain during this time of the month? If so..How much typically? Last month somehow I managed to lose .5 during but this month It's like Oh hello almost 5 lbs this week?! I'm sure there are other factors like strength training or the chocolate chip banana pancake I made the other day (I only had one small one!!) But yeah.. Just wondering what this time of the month looks like for you, out there. Sat, 26 Sep 2015 13:36:18 EST the slow down I hate this. First few days you lose all that water weight and you're so excited. And then....nothing. <BR> Losing .2 ounces is not very exciting. In my twenties I would lose 1-3 pounds a week. Now this keeps happening. I did this for a period before quitting a few months ago and after the initial weight loss, I lost nothing. It makes me feel discouraged, frustrated! Like why I am torturing myself?! If I'm not going to lose weight I might as well grab a spoon and a jar of Nutella and drown ... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 07:02:40 EST Motivation Posting on facebook helps. Friends are cheering me on. Fri, 25 Sep 2015 17:28:05 EST need a weight loss buddy Hi I am 25 yrs old and i need a weight loss buddy....I wanna go loose 2lb/wk.....not somebody over whelming just some one with whom i can keep track of my workouts.... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 17:00:43 EST today somehow my breakfast got away with me and in my excitement of making a delicious breakfast, when i calculated the calories it was a crazy 950! WOW! So I'm about halfway done with my daily just in breakfast. My fiance wants to go out for lunch and I'm guessing if I really go nuts with a restaurant lunch I will be over by 2PM. So no restaurant lunch for me. <BR> <BR> How did breakfast get so crazy? Well, cream cheese and avocado... and bagel! From now on it's oatmeal, oatmeal, oatmeal... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 15:31:51 EST today I plan on eating similar to yesterday as I am already losing weight! Thu, 24 Sep 2015 12:01:51 EST today I'm feeling good because even though I haven't lost any weight yet my weight gain has stopped. I've been really scared to keep stepping on the scale and see more and more weight gain, so it's a relief to see the scale stop going up. I notice with spark people that it always helps, so that's great. Today I am working and I will be walking a LOT when I'm working. I went to the gym yesterday and walked a mile on the treadmill. However, I ate too much ice cream yesterday. Today my challeng... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 13:20:07 EST today it's the morning and i'm feeling motivated. since getting back on sparkpeople i've stopped my weight gain. i'm upping my protein and i've cut out junk food. now the plan is to continue with these small changes and see where that takes me. I also want to add in going to the gym in the mornings. I would like to get to the gym early in the morning, and take a nap in the afternoon before work. I'm planning on making my fitness my first priority. Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:54:03 EST today it's 11:15 and i want to get to santana row with my fiance. the plan is to eat healthy when i'm there, maybe a pinkberry and a tea. <BR> <BR> I want to start getting into the habit of going to the gym in the mornings. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling good because I've started adding in milk as a substitution for junk food. I'm finding it really filling and calming, and it adds in protein and hydration. luckily i'm not lactose intolerant so i can digest it easily. <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:51:56 EST My main goal for today. The thing I want to do more today than anything else is to mentally accept that I am in charge of how I spend my time and what I eat. REALIZE what I an actually doing to my life when I do not live in a healthy manner. Have a blessed day. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Mama Judy Tue, 22 Sep 2015 05:10:21 EST Seeking a virtual workout buddy. No gym membership here. Have everything I need at home. Problem is nobody cares! Lol, Seeking accountability partner. Facebook, text, whatever suits you best! I have a personal goal to cut my B.m.I in half! Message me or add me and I will send my #...T/y Mon, 21 Sep 2015 22:48:19 EST Complete Been here a little over 3weeks and already I see improvement. im thankful for all the support and encouragement given. Also thankful for the things I've been learning about goals, food, and what it feels like to have support from so many people. I'm thankful to have entered into this journey and I wish you all the best! Fri, 18 Sep 2015 23:19:41 EST Seriously, what have I done? I'm so freaking mad. <BR> <BR> I've spent at least 2.5 hours a day this week in the gym. 1 hour elliptical, 1 class (either zumba or cardio yoga), and then about a half hour of strength training. <BR> <BR> I've spent at least 1-4 hours a day every day but Sunday in the gym for the last month. <BR> <BR> I've gone from 246 down to 234, but now when I step on the scale today, after the last 4 days of 2.5 hours, my weight is registering back at 238. <BR> <BR> What have I done wrong to gai... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 15:13:34 EST Visualizations I don't want to do the whole Spark Coach program, but during my free trial I really enjoyed the daily visualizations. It doesn't seem worth it to pay for the entire program just for the visualizations, so I was wondering if anyone knew a good place for daily visualizations relating to weight loss? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 16:48:40 EST At The Beginning.... There's so much I want to say, but I'm not sure how to say it. But perhaps I should start simply: I am in desperate need of some motivational moxie. I need a community of supporters to help me on my new adventures of losing weight and, most importantly, taking care of myself. I've never done anything like this before in my life, but perhaps that's how I got here. I'm 35 years old, 5'10" and weigh approximately 400lbs. Please help! Tue, 15 Sep 2015 22:09:51 EST Scales ~ what do you use? I'm looking for a new scale, preferably one that measures in .1 increments. Any and all suggestions welcomed. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Sharon Tue, 15 Sep 2015 08:24:13 EST plateau phase i weighed 80kg in july. <BR> <BR> manage to shred 5kg off. (75kg) <BR> <BR> The problem is.... <BR> ive been stuck with this weight , 75kg (this is going to be my 3rd week) <BR> <BR> argh! this is frustrating! Tue, 15 Sep 2015 01:42:39 EST FOCUS Don't focus on the plan focus on the planner, every morning write 10 things you are thankful about and watch your happiness rise Sun, 13 Sep 2015 19:59:13 EST You are important know your value and choose to be happy, Life is a gift so we should be greatful for being alive. We can choose to be happy just the way we are, before we even lose weight. create positive habits and get clear about your goals, think of how good you'll feel about yourself once you lose weight. Sun, 13 Sep 2015 19:34:03 EST I need motivation tips- Some days waking up and getting to the gym is easy and someday's I wait until the end of the day to go. I normally walk in the morning or later evenings right now because Texas heat is no joke- but I tell myself I will go to the gym later a million times a day and then I don't end up going at all. Any tips to how to get or stay motivated would be greatly appreciated (: Sun, 13 Sep 2015 19:27:58 EST Am I making excuses for myself or not? This is the first week of me trying a new lifestyle (again). I decided to make little changes each week, lest I feel overwhelmed/unmotivated. Well, this week, my two changes are to exercise fifteen minutes every day but Sunday and drink two liters of water a day (I drink a lot in the first place, so two liters is just to have a round number to aim towards). <BR> <BR> Already I'm feeling unmotivated, and I've only been doing this since Wednesday. I'm still eating like I normally would. I'm a ... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 18:05:03 EST Stupid Food Tracker is too SLOW & Freezes I quit before because it was so hard to get my stuff entered. The first few days were fine -- but now it takes 4 or 5 attempts to get each item in. Today I entered lunch and tonight it wasn't there - entered it again AND then 2xs everything!! Come on!! Fix it -- Speed it up!! I'm losing weight BUT losing interest in using Sparkspeople!! Fri, 11 Sep 2015 22:19:23 EST Emotional eating for the sense of control Not sure if I'm posting this in the best place, let me know if not. <BR> <BR> I recently had a revelation and realized the reason I eat junk food that is bad for my health and causing weight gain. However, being aware of these reasons is not helping me stop eating in this out of control, secretive, expensive, unhealthy way. <BR> <BR> That's the kicker, huh? I thought being self-aware would help me make better choices, but it doesn't. I walk into the ice cream shop fully aware of all this on... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 02:40:42 EST How do I control myself? I don't know what to do anymore. <BR> <BR> Each day I wake up ready to face the day. I tell myself that I will get through it. Everything goes according to plan until lunch time, when I walk into my house and just start eating. <BR> <BR> I try to control myself. I try to convince myself that I don't want it but end up succumbing to the craving. Yesterday, I ate 8 muffins. I mean, who does that? <BR> <BR> Today, I looked in the mirror and noticed that my double chin is returning. this ca... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 11:55:34 EST Any tips or advice on taking phentermine I began taking phentermine 4 months ago. Have gained 9 pounds. I know i must be doing something wrong. My doctor thinks i may not be eating I am going to kick it in gear and really work this medicine to its potential. I realize it isnt a magic pill. I am kicking up the exercise and counting calories. When i go back to the doctor in January i want her to be in "awww". Any helpful tips or advice on taking phentermine. What works for you? Thu, 10 Sep 2015 09:20:49 EST Does anyone have Jesus on your t-shirt?? Mine say's "I EXERCISE MY FAITH WITH "JESUS ! Wed, 9 Sep 2015 23:49:48 EST How do I keep going? I have lost a total of 27kg since this time last year. The unfortunate thing is that from the beginning of this year, I have remained the same. I have tried my best to get motivated again but I guess since the depression is gone, there isn't much stopping me from eating whatever's in front of me. I am concerned though because I don't want to go back to where I came from. In the beginning, "cheating" wasn't an option but now, no matter what quotes I read; what I tell myself in my head... I gi... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 13:19:05 EST What keeps you motivated? Losing weight is a battle a lot of people deal with. I know I sure do. As of lately, my motivation is just.....well....gone..... I mean my kids are my biggest inspiration to get back into shape and better my health. But sometimes I step off my path and lose my way. What keeps you motivated? Tue, 8 Sep 2015 03:27:22 EST Nights are Difficult No matter how healthy I am throughout the day, I always seem to spiral downwards snacking at night! I really do not know how to break this habit, but it always depresses me before I sleep and overall hurts my wellbeing. Anyone have experience in this?? Mon, 7 Sep 2015 23:13:58 EST I feel off the wagon and i am so disappointed I feel off the wagon on the 5th. Stress got to me and then finals at school and busy work schedule. Today I have decided to jump back on. The only issue I am having now is how upset I am. I can't seem to let go at the fact I slipped up already and only 5 days into it. How do you guys stay motivated to eat right? How do you get over the disappointment? How so after your slip up do you get back on? I am seriously mad at myself Mon, 7 Sep 2015 10:09:32 EST FITBIT I got my Fitbit Charge HR, 2 weeks ago, and it already doubled my active minutes and exercises, the challenges are fun and not pressuring, anybody would like to join me in? Not a must to do specific workouts! Just to keep each other motivated to move more during the day; Mon, 7 Sep 2015 07:48:44 EST Really need to get motivated to work out I have been doing great with my eating, but just need to get motivated to work out more. I have started doing some light stretches in the morning, with some planking. I know the reason I am not losing any weight is because I have not been trying harder. Really need some inspiration and ideas to get me going!! <em>24</em> Thu, 3 Sep 2015 10:44:36 EST goals are important My very first goal is near completion. However it did not have a timeline. I wanted to use my tape measurement to confirm my goal. I wanted to reach 52 inches around my waist. In March I was at 59 inches, my goal was to get to 52. Praying that by this time next week I will be so close or even there. I measure once a month. My next goal is the tough one, 42... I must stay focused on my goals, and surrender my will to doing His will in my life, and that means getting healthy. Thu, 3 Sep 2015 06:25:54 EST Three questions I am really interested in. What bothers you most about your health and fitness? <BR> <BR> Why are you concerned about your health and fitness? <BR> <BR> If you could wave a magic wand and fix everything about your health and fitness, what would it look like and what would your life be like? <BR> <BR> I really want to know your honest thoughts. Thanks! Thu, 3 Sep 2015 00:24:25 EST Anyone looking for 28 day challenge? Hi the Ongoing 28 day challenge team starts the September Challenge Monday 9/7. <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=65279 </link> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 15:46:53 EST Spark Motivational Board <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Where can I find my Motivational Board...used to be on the Start Page. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:55:12 EST Spark Coach - Is It Worth It? For those of you that have used it, is it worth the money? What benefits do you get? My free trial expired (although I don't recall using it), so I can't check it out. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 12:52:43 EST What is Wrong with ME I am sabotaging everything I have worked so hard for. I have a little life stress and I fall off the wagon. I tell myself it is just a little bump in the road. Not so I cannot seem to shake it. Eating what I want not tracking not weighing in. Seriously why???? I have so much to lose sometimes it is over whelming. I started out so positive. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:25:46 EST LOTS MORE TO 'SHED' TO BE SUCCESSFUL I have posted on my spark page that i have to 'go back to the future' . this refers to getting my authentic true inner me back again - freeing myself from the years of stress and others' baggage that has been heaped and absorbed by myself. <BR> we all have this unfortunately like dead skin - it has to be shed, we have to breathe again. <BR> drinking in the better things in life we need to be more child like and not be so stern and serious with ourselves. i see that it is NOT A SIN to ... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 10:14:17 EST SEPTember '15, Appreciations - Gratitudes "I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder." G.K. Chesterton <img src=""> <BR> Hope to see all who wish to share this tradition here beginning 1 September and onward. <img src=""> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:34:26 EST Day #1 It has taken me a long time to just want to be back here and start again. But I'm here and I'm ready. <em>41</em> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:21:53 EST Weigh in Is it anyone else's weigh in day today? I have been stepping on the scale throughout the week to be sure i'm in check.. and last night the scale hadn't budged. I went to bed and woke up for my "offical" weigh in and am down by a pound! Very motivating. <BR> <BR> I'm so proud of myself and everyone on Spark People who are pushing daily to make their lives healthier. I know that in just my week working out and making healthier choices.. its HARD! So great job everyone and remember it's not jus... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:37:19 EST Summer is almost over Summer is ending over here and before I know it I'm coming to work in the dark and returning home in the dark. <BR> <BR> This will go over until April next year. During the week I live in the dark. <BR> <BR> As you may understand this changes my mood and my motivation. I get more depressed and lacking energy. <BR> <BR> Do you have this problem? How do you deal with it? Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:07:53 EST Belviq and phentermine Hi there, has anyone been on belviq and phentermine together? I've just been prescribed both together. I started today and am extremely sleepy. I thought that phentermine would give me that extra boost I needed. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:08:05 EST Advice from Stress Eaters This is for all my fellow stress eaters - or former stress eaters - out there. I am looking for motivational stories about how you have learned to dial back your stress levels so you can focus on eating healthier. <BR> <BR> How did your stress eating look before you started? <BR> What works for you short term? <BR> What works for long term - and how long have you been at it? <BR> <BR> I look forward to hearing from you. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:10:55 EST need advice i have been following an extremely low carb diet ( staying under 20g/day) i got to ketosis only one time within the past 13 days. i am writing down everything i eat but my weight is all over the place( down one day back up the next) i am also exercising daily. i don't understand what im doing wrong:( HELP! <BR> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:43:59 EST new page look is a motivation killer! for some reason sparkpeople changed my startup page. it used to have my daily quick picks of sleep, mood, vegetables eaten and water consumed. now it is gone, along with my motivations, don't know why but now it just shows my calories eaten and calories burned. i don't like this, it does not help. is there a setting to get my old start page back? not all change is good... this actually sucks. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 06:03:27 EST Staying Motivated Through Grief My husband passed away last September. The 1st anniversary of his death is quickly approaching. I have been trying to stay motivated to exercise, as I know that the endorphins I experience when I do exercise help with the grief. The problem is staying motivated to exercise. I will be very enthusiastic about exercising and even plan an exercising session, but when the time approaches, I just can't seem to want to do it. Thankfully I eat relatively well, so the scale hasn't actually moved ... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:19:12 EST taking a sick day this may seem like an odd question, but how do you all stay on track when you're not feeling well? do you still count calories and do some light exercise or do you just do whatever makes you comfortable and feeling better? <BR> <BR> I wake up with a migraine probably once a week and I usually end up popping some pills, sucking down some sugary drink and sleeping it off, then mentally rescheduling my workout for the end of the week. I've kicked the soda habit, but for whatever reason, drink... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:33:45 EST Can't Stay Positive I tell you, I have tried and tried to continue to be active and get about a month in and lose all motivation and drive. Aside from the obvious to want to shed major pounds, I am also trying to get in shape for a new career that can not start until I can pass a physical test. Any ideas would be great! Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:18:39 EST Plateau.... I've been averaging 10 lbs loss a month over last 9 months.And lost over a hundred lbs.But noticed I've only lost 11 lbs since June.I'm only averaging 1600-1700 calories a day as it is.Very discouraged right now,with a hundred more lbs to lose.Not sure how to proceed.Depressed. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:53:59 EST Gained weight Good morning! For the past couple of weeks I have been more mindful of my food choices.. I have been eating more fruits/veggies and drinking significantly more water than before. When I weighed in before these habits, I weighed 193 (my highest weight EVER). The past couple of days I have went for 4 mile walks.. so I just assumed today that weighing myself would be the best bet. I was up to 197.2!! What the heck! Is this normal? I haven't been specifically tracking calories because I was takin... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:00:24 EST Naked and Afraid Does anyone watch this show? I have found it somewhat helpful... to watch these (crazy) people survive for weeks and weeks on so little food. Not that I am encouraging under-eating in anyway... but when I feel like I am going to starve to death bc I haven't eaten in 2 hrs... I remember these folks and often I think "yea... I can wait until dinner." :) <BR> <BR> (Not to discount the power of frequent, healthy snacks, as appropriate) Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:34:01 EST STARTING Everyday I get up with good intentions and by noon the intentions are gone. Than I get upset thinking about it all day what I should of could of done. How do I get out of the routine. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:21:08 EST Mondays are bad I weigh in every day. I know, some will say it's bad, but it is a necessity for me, as I need to know where I am weight wise. <BR> <BR> Mondays are always bad days. Weekends are bad. Although I do a lot more exercise on weekends, and I really enjoy doing it, I always get so sad on Mondays when I see the weight went up. <BR> <BR> Friday dinner, Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch are my wrongdoing. I cannot simply stop having them as it's not fair on my very fit (runner) partner, who enjoys to... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 04:45:17 EST Hormones- grrrr! I can't wait till this week is over! My hormones are killing me! I'm up in calories, up in weight, and self control is out the window. I think each day through, then just walking through the kitchen, I magically inhale whatever carb crosses my path. <BR> I can do this! I've lost over 20 pounds already, I can keep going! Fri, 21 Aug 2015 09:19:24 EST Not good enough Hello! I joined Weight Watchers in 2012. I lost 67 pounds in 11 months. I have been maintaing since then, but I have been trying to lose. I am not sure if you could call it a plateau since its been so long. I eat 26 points a day (about 40 calories per point) and eat a banana everyday plus a few extra fruits. I eat around 3-5 a day. I also eat protein for breakfast and lunch and eat light for supper. I exercise 3-4 days a week. I walk, do the elliptical, and do strength exercise. I drink aroun... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 22:00:48 EST New here, need motivation i am heavier than I have ever been and feeling fat and old. I spend at least half of my day...and I am very ashamed to admit it...lying on the sofa reading or working/socializing on my computer. The only exercise I can think to do is walking. Driving anywhere, to a gym or for swimming, is problematical and I can't really afford exercise equipment. We live in the mountains so most of the walking around here involves uphill, which I can't do, but we do have a flat trail through the woods of abo... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 12:43:20 EST Power of Suggestion??? Hi there, I'm a newbie after being a lurker for years.... <BR> <BR> My first question is, how do you all cope with the temptations and power of suggestion? <BR> <BR> This is my week 2 on my journey and I've been doing great! However, I'm a big one for falling for the power of suggestion. Just today, I was talking to my husband during my lunch break. I had just had some oatmeal and was not hungry in the least...until he told me he was taking himself and our boys to Taco Bell for lunch! Mind ... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:16:20 EST So frustrated... So, here I sit, at 180ish pounds, give or take a few depending on the day I weigh myself and feeling like a fat, gross cow. I had a baby 4 months ago and haven't lost one single pound since the day she was born, might have even gained some weight. I'm breastfeeding, which is supposed to drop calories like nothing else but not for me. So here I sit, in maternity clothes still, not dropping any weight at all and I'm frustrated beyond belief. I am working out a bit, so at least that is good,... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:24:22 EST Before and after pictures Did you take before and after pics to motivate your weight loss? <BR> <BR> I'm restarted to behave myself about a month ago and haven't yet. But I read somewhere that it could help to take pictures along the way. <BR> <BR> What do you think about it? And how would those pictures be? Casually dress, in gym wear, or butt naked :)? Tue, 18 Aug 2015 05:35:25 EST I have some goals in mind.. Since this past weekend, I have given up on myself. At first losing weight was much easier. I could overcome my fears and doubts. I am now struggling because the fears and doubts have come true. I have not exercised. I have given up. I have not eaten healthy. I have procrastinated. I am stumped. I don't know what to do. I feel like though I have a nutritionist at hand, I am still struggling. I am worried that I am not on making any progress. It is I have a week to do so. My appoi... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:55:16 EST #MotivationalMonday ... Staying the Course "It's good to stay the course, finish the race and not throw the towel in before one had accomplished what they set out to accomplish. The end result is the difference between failure and success." ~unknown <BR> <BR> 10 Power Motivators on Determination and Staying the Course <BR> <BR> 1. Resolve to do it now and stay with it until its completion. You cannot make it if you are "half - hearted". Go all the way. Many people have all sorts of uncompleted projects and things; some even forgotte... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 15:08:19 EST Motivation..? I can't remember a time where I was truly happy with my body or anything else about my self really. And I know whit that mindset no matter how hard I try there will be failures. <BR> <BR> But I do want to lose weight, but why? I know if I lose the pounds I want to, I will still be unhappy about me, I've been smaller before and even larger, and never did I fully enjoy my body. <BR> <BR> I guess, I am asking if anyone know of any great help to maybe taking the first step in enjoying my self... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:04:13 EST answer a question, ask a question I'm not sure if there's another thread for this, but I'd like to start a threat where you answer a question and then ask a question......I'll ask a question, then the next person who posts will answer my question and then ask a new question for the person who posts after them. <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> <BR> Me: What color are your socks? <BR> Person 1: Blue. What did you do today? <BR> Person 2: Went grocery shopping. What is your health goal for today? <BR> Person 3: Drink 8 glasses of... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 19:26:28 EST A Dent in the Road... Today was me and my boyfriend's one year anniversary. We decided we would both like to celebrate by going to the movies. Anyway, at our local theater they sell un limited popcorn (no other choice) in a large bowl. Popcorn is my weakness food, the one food I cannot say no to. I asked for a little butter but it was drenched. I ate it anyway along with maybe a quarter of another bowl but the second time I asked for no butter. I'm going to try and keep my head held high, I realize I overindulged.... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 01:00:14 EST I have given up hope of completing this journey. I'm not 100% sure that this is even the correct board to post this in. I know that the title sounds very down & depressing and honestly that isn't/wasn't my intention. I have been battling with morbid obesity for some of my teenage years & now all of my adult life. <BR> <BR> I have continued as the years progressed after countless diets and failures to remain quite sick. I even went into cardiac arrest and essentially died twice back in 2011. I had what's called necrotising fascitis but som... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 14:50:14 EST Back to work and feeling stressed Yes, I've determined I don't respond well to stress! Ha-ha, it took me a while for that to really sink in. It's been about 5 months of sparking. How do you stay on track during stressful times and not reward yourself with food? Sat, 15 Aug 2015 08:41:49 EST afternoon fatigue I get sooo tired in the afternoon that I have to nap, more often than not. <BR> <BR> this is great but I could get a lot more done if I didn't. Ughhhh <BR> <BR> any ideas on something safe to use to stay away. Something thats NOT "no doze" or whatever? <BR> <BR> I would deeply appreciate some help. Sat, 15 Aug 2015 01:28:23 EST distraction technique? I'm reading about appetite and how just seeing or thinking about a food can make you want to eat it (basically, the story of my life). The article says to try a "distraction technique" but the link to what those are doesn't work. Does anyone have any ideas? I almost never want a donut, but when someone brings 4 dozen into the office and I know they're there, I can't get the thought out of my mind until I go eat one......or maybe two :( <BR> The only distraction I can think of is to go ta... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:52:13 EST To eat or not to eat...that is the question. I have lost a little over 70 pounds total. I only eat about 1,040 calories a day, and maybe a piece of fruit (like a banana) and a half a can of fruit with it. Somedays I am hungry, and some days I am not. I haven't lost weight in almost a year but I keep very consistent with my healthy lifestyle. I have a splurge meal on Saturdays and eat whatever I want. I cannot eat as much as I used to because I will get sick. I still do not eat very much then. Some days, I just wish I could starve myself... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:52:09 EST Try This I've lost 42 pounds (yeah!) The other day I bought a set of 10 pound hand weights to use at home. I brought them in from the car and I put my purse away and then I carried those weights downstairs. I noticed how tiring it was walking around with that extra 20 pounds. And then it occurred to me - that's not even half of what I lost! <BR> If you start getting discouraged about how slow your progress is, pick up the weight you've already lost and think about how far you've come! I needed ... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:13:18 EST Starting over again- overwhelmed & hopeless I don't usually post on these boards, but today has been hard. I am feeling frustrated and hopeless. It feels like my whole life I have been on a diet or trying to lose weight somehow. I will do really well for a month or so with counting calories or exercising and then I fall off the horse, regain all the weight I lost plus some. Today I have been feeling gross. My clothes don't fit very well, I can't move as well as I could a year or two ago. I am sick of it and ready for a change, but I am... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 18:37:35 EST Share your motivation for weightloss :) Hi :) <BR> What is your motivation for losing weight? <BR> Share your motivtion with others. Help others to stay motivated :) <BR> My motivation - success stories. <BR> What is your motivation today? :) <BR> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:27:55 EST Online Weight Loss Support Group If you need a support group that can encourage and share information on what has worked for them then jump in today. <BR> <BR> Personally I have hit a plateau and need help getting healthy. Who else needs support! <BR> <BR> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 14:28:33 EST lets be aware of what we put in our mouth today Hi Im Ronni and I've lost 125 pounds with weight watchers and it is so so important to be aware of food . also take baby steps on tracking looking up stuff and also make things fun and enjoy what you are doing only and i repeat only for you . please dont listen to people saying can you have this or that yes you can in moderation . listen to people that can support you Wed, 12 Aug 2015 10:07:59 EST 9 mos. of weight loss and now 'eh' I recently lost an extra 2 lbs. and I am was like 'yay' - because I am 1 lb away from 30. I usually work out 4 times a week, and enjoy the gym. I have had some pain in my heel (not plantar F. ) and decided to take a break. Still eating healthy, but just really burned out with the whole 'gym' thing. I hate it right now. Just don't want to go. I got the 'fat girl', "oh you must be new and extremely stupid" treatment the last few times I went. Annoying. I have been working out for months... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 23:23:34 EST Looking for Motivators Hello all, <BR> <BR> I hope you are having a good summer. I'm looking for motivators as well as people to stay in touch with frequently/almost daily to talk about our exercise routine etc. We can motivate each other to reach our goals. Let me know!! <BR> <BR> Thx! Tue, 11 Aug 2015 19:54:07 EST weightloss support group Hi all!! We are a local civic group and are in the process of TRYING to host a weightloss support group for our community. We really don't have a clue on what to do. We are limited on funds as far as having speakers come or dietitians. Do y'all have any advice? Things we should do, shouldn't do? They'll fill out a short form but beyond that, I got nothing. First class is Thursday! Eeek!! Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:49:45 EST How Do *YOU* combat "Excuses, excuses, excuses"!! GRRR - so frustrated with myself. <BR> <BR> Can't seem to get back into my exercise routine this summer, and I'm sick of hearing myself with the excuses. I work from home, and have almost limitless time other than work. Great areas to walk in, headset, plenty of time. <BR> <BR> Yet each morning I wake up, and go in to start work rather than walk because: <BR> * Oh, my left hip hurts - might be something serious, don't want to make it worse <BR> * It's too humid <BR> * I really need to star... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:53:21 EST I feel like I'm losing momentum. Maybe it's just because I felt pretty yucky today but I feel like I'm losing momentum. Today I could barely do my exercises, I was winded after a minute. The thing is, I have been gaining more and more stamina. I don't know if this is a result of me subconsciously thinking this is when I give up or if it is because I just had an under the weather kind of day. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 21:45:20 EST Trauma/ mental block/ = no weight loss? So my situation is kinda odd and I wonder if anyone else has a similar issue, and how you've gotten over it. <BR> <BR> In my teens/ early 20's I was thin. I dealt with a lot of harassment, cat calling, degrading/ womanizing comments, and men regularly had things to say to me about my body. <BR> So now I'm fat and I don't have that problem. <BR> Sometimes, I don't do the things that I need to do to lose weight. For example, I haven't worked out at all in the last week. I have the time, abi... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 14:23:42 EST DEJA VU Needing to vent ............... <BR> <BR> I can't seem to stay motivated more than a day or 2. I have restarted this whole lose weight process so many times over the last few years. I thought I could do it this time when I restarted in May. I'm so frustrated. I'm very disappointed in myself. Can't seem to pull myself up out of this latest fog. I've been sick the last few days & have loaded up on "comfort food". Personal life is a bit out of sync this past year. I know what I need to... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 20:51:09 EST I am a runner but an unhealthy eater! Hi, I am new and looking for a few friends to keep me motivated. I am a runner and I kayak, but I am an eater! An unhealthy eater. I am looking for friends that are in their 40's or older who would help me out. I am a fun and love to laugh and have a great time but need to get serious about my foods. Thank you, April Sun, 9 Aug 2015 20:33:14 EST How to lose weight without the scales Hi, <BR> <BR> I've started on here tentatively about 2 weeks ago. I'm using the food and fitness trackers but have estimated both my current and goal weight. <BR> <BR> Due to past eating disorders it's better for me if I don't weigh in, as I get extremely obsessive and fixated on the number. <BR> <BR> However, I'm struggling to stay motivated or notice change as a result of this. <BR> <BR> Can anyone offer any advice or encouragement? <BR> <BR> Thank you :) Sun, 9 Aug 2015 05:17:40 EST Needs some encouragement My weight is up and down. I am emotional. I am trying to fight the fact. I was emotional abused growing up. I am trying to be strong. My only child is not speaking to me now. I've been very good to her. My mom took her because I had her at a young age.It was a big mistake to do that. She ran my boyfriend away. I never got married. I am 58 even though I manage to go to a technical college and get a decent job. I moved away and my daughter is living in the house what I had. My mom put her out a... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 10:42:06 EST Article re interaction between ADHD and obesity This slideshow from ADDitude Magazine is a very illuminating presentation; as an ADHDer myself, I found a lot of the information spot-on ("Aha! So *that's* it!" I said more than once). <BR> <BR> Sharing it for the general edification and usefulness to the community. I hope it is helpful to someone. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ide-1.html </link> Fri, 7 Aug 2015 21:35:06 EST feeling like a failure well took 2 months to find an apartment! and boy have i been stress eating and not working out! i gained 20 lbs so i need to start back up and exercise and eat right Wed, 5 Aug 2015 19:53:47 EST 45 in 15 days...feeling like what is the point. So, I'm doing some deep soul's me, in my mind, playing therapist... <BR> <BR> Are you tired of being overweight/out of shape? <BR> Yes <BR> You work out every day at crossfit, but still don't eat healthy, why not? <BR> it's too hard <BR> It's not too hard...why do you not make good decisions regarding food? <BR> I'm afraid I'll go X amount of months, eating healthy, missing my fav foods, for nothing. <BR> Why would it be for nothing? <BR> Because what if I eat healthy, being... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 17:02:29 EST How long until I see something change? I am tracking my calories, usually staying under. I have been to some interval training (Orange Theory Fitness) and burning over 8oo calories. And yet, after a few days, the scale hasn't moved. <BR> <BR> Should I stop weighing myself constantly? <BR> Does it take longer than a week to notice something? <BR> Am I doing something wrong? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for any thoughts or input. <BR> <BR> -Greg Wed, 5 Aug 2015 12:10:04 EST Weight Plateaued I have lost 30-32 lbs. but, now I have stopped, actually I feel like I'm on a see see-saw, up and down. I was walking at least 10,000 steps 5 days a week but, have upped it to around 14,000 5 days a week, food journaling but, I'm stuck at the moment at 159.4. I can't do a lot of weight lifting because I had surgery almost a year ago (disc replaced in my neck and the onset of arthritis in my neck). I know we are supposed to adjust our calories as we lose weight but, I'm not sure how to do t... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 10:37:47 EST Motivation. Who is losing it Hi there, <BR> I have read a couple of posts that people are losing their motivation on losing weight. I have just read this article where they explain on a couple of reasons why you might be losing your motivation. I thought this might be helpful to some people :). While I am not able to past the link here, I have added in my signature. <BR> <BR> It really helped me a lot. Wed, 5 Aug 2015 09:28:46 EST In despair.... Good Morning all! Seeking any this point I am feeling hopeless... <BR> 1) 45/F 5'3 180 lbs <BR> 2) I am logging an average of 80,000 steps per week according to my Fitbit HR <BR> I interval train running/walking 3 days per week at work, walking with my Dog every evening 5 days a week, long 5+ mile walk on weekend. <BR> 3) I have been following a low carb diet for the last 6 weeks keeping under 100 carbs per day and monitoring that through My Fitness Pal <BR> 4) Lost 10 lbs initial... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 09:29:45 EST Please help me - I am desperate I am a sugar addict who can put away massive quantities of food. Sugar rules my life. I have been through countless diets and end up right back at the starting point. I have a sedentary desk job. My stats: 5'1"/125. Here is what I ate today - please send me any words of advice. I lose my battle to junk food every day!!! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1 blueberry muffin <BR> 1 coffee <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 2 wheat tortillas <BR> 3 cheese slices <BR> 1 bell pepper <BR> 1 grapefruit <BR> <BR> Snac... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 23:27:00 EST Help! Am I Doing Something Wrong? My weightlosss came to a halt few months ago I begin taking a water stretching class on MWF for an hour to 1 1/2hrs ( no exercise prior to this). On these days I record it into fitness tracker for 180 calories burned/hr (can't remember where I found this number). Calories automatically increased on these days and I eat within range each day. I thought this would increase weight loss but overall it hasn't. Am I doing something wrong? Mon, 3 Aug 2015 15:45:38 EST Down Having a hard day just so depressed and feel so alone. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 15:10:20 EST New batteries or scales? I've had these scales for a couple of years now and they used to be really good. They'd register a 0. something loss and would give consistent readings. <BR> <BR> Lately they've started to flicker between weights before settling. I went 14 days without losing even a point of a pound then dropped 2 over night. And it's been like that for a while. It will show not even a point loss then drop over night. It refuses to show anything less than a solid pound or in some cases 2. Today I weighed and... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:06:34 EST What am I Doing Wrong (job search related) A couple of weeks ago I had (what I thought was) a fantastic interview. I met with three people over three hours, one who would be my boss. I asked relevant questions about the position, shared stories of my experience that showcased how I was a good fit for the company and the job, and sent follow up thank you e-mails. My would-be boss told me she would be in touch the following week and I "should be encouraged." <BR> <BR> Since then, nothing. I have called to follow up twice, once to m... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 17:10:13 EST how do you stay motivated? I have been overweight for a long time. When my husband and I got married I was just above average weight and very healthy. I know how to eat healthy and I know how to exercise and I've always been fairly good at doing both, but I never really tried hard enough to lose weight and instead I put it on as I focused on being a good housewife and learning to cook and bake. So now I'm very overweight and my husband came to me, upset that he has gained quite a bit since we've been married as well... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 10:41:07 EST health I have made a decision to not only lose weight, but to increase my health through healthy eating and exercise. I know this a lifetime commitment and will need to be constantly reevaluated, fine tuned, and added to- but I am determined!!! Sat, 1 Aug 2015 04:44:05 EST Diabetes and exercise What are the benefits of exercise for diabetics? I had burning in my feet last night and I felt bad that I have not exercised. Can exercise reverse diabetes? What happened was a combination of a lack of motivation and burning feet for me to realize that I needed to exercise. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:35:37 EST Is that normal? I was in a bad mood. Rather, I was tired. I lacked motivation despite the fact that exercise has done me some good. Is that normal? Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:31:32 EST AUGUST 2015 -Gratitude & Appreciations-Welcome all This tradition of writing at least five things that are working in your life, things that you are appreciative for having and/or have gratitude for having them has been ongoing for years and it still is a superb way to start my day. <BR> <BR> Please join me tomorrow in adding your post...I will be here too!! <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:00:26 EST Why am I gaining weight?! I've been steady and on track for the past few months and had lost 18 lbs toward my goal of losing 24. But the last two weeks in a row I've gained weight. Last week I gained 1.4 lbs, and this week I gained another .2. <BR> <BR> I'm not doing anything different--in fact, this week I tried changing things up a little. I'm very frustrated and I don't know what could be causing this. It makes me want to throw in the towel--why do all this work and say no to the foods I want, just to gain wait a... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:13:07 EST Keeping Perspective and Noticing Accomplishments Since starting this journey I have realized that sometimes I don't have great perspective on my progress. It never seems like enough. However, this afternoon I was emptying our dog's large bag of dog food into the airtight container we store it in (so it doesn't make a mess) and it was SOOO HEAVY. I was huffing and puffing moving it around and pouring it. I looked at the weight on the bag...15lbs. "Holy crap!" is what ran through my mind right then. That is less than what I have lost so far. ... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:31:52 EST How to picture YOU at goal I wondered if other people struggled to picture themself at goal weight. I haven't been at the weight I'm going for since I was probably 16 or 17...and now I'm 46. I don't even know exactly what that weight looks like. So how do you help visualize - are their computer programs you can use or do you just find a photo of someone who's body you admire to help you imagine yourself? Experts say visualization really helps but I'm stumped! Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:10:17 EST Need a nice team that.... ... is active and works on consistency and creating better habits (rather than weight loss and counting calories). <BR> <BR> Do you know of one? Wed, 29 Jul 2015 03:08:17 EST Looking for TEAM-MATES Recently, while visiting a SparkPage, I ran across a program entitled: SparkPeople Fuel for Improvement. Turns out this is an old, inactive team. However, the team leader is still active. So I'm looking for others who would like to join the team because doing it alone just isn't half as fun as doing it together. How about it? Anyone looking for a bit more motivation and support for making serious, long-lasting change? <BR> <BR> If so, please stop by and join the team. Here is the lin... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:28:19 EST Jeans One of my big motivations for weight loss is to be able to be comfortable in a pair of jeans by fall. I'm not sure, for me, what that will be, but I am tired of wearing stretchy pants and maxi dresses because I am not comfortable in more fitted clothes. <BR> <BR> Anyone have that problem? Or a jean recommendation? I wouldn't even know what size to get, so I need to find a good brand and then get to trying them on. Curvy girls have a brand you like? Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:03:21 EST Anyone looking for 28 day challenge? If anyone is looking for a 28 day challenge, some extra support and accountability check out the team link <BR> <BR> First weigh in is due 8/3 <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=65279 </link> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:30:07 EST Keep trying? I feel like I have been gaining and losing the same 4-5 pounds for a year. I do well--lose the 5 lbs, fall off the wagon into a milkshake and gain them back. I have a pair of jeans I'd like to get into and a number I'd like to see on the scale. Should I give up the fight and carry those pounds around or keep trying to battle them into submission??? Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:34:11 EST Stay motivated I need help staying motivated to work out and eat healthy and how do ppl on a budget eat healthy all the time it had for me 2 please help me Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:19:14 EST upset over weight gain and frustrated I have been in such a bad mood over my weight lately. I have gained about 20 pounds over the past year and a half that I had lost. I don't feel very pretty and notice one area constantly. I just keep going back to old habits and have zero motivation at times. I want to do better but I just don't know if I will ever be to the weight I want or in a healthy weight range. I do have some bitterness from things said when I was about 70 pounds thinner and I also don't know what to do about changing ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:20:15 EST Starting Over AGAIN. Hello all! I have been a member of SP for about a year now. About 2 years ago, it took me 6ish months to lose 10 pounds. I have gotten pregnant & had my son in that time. I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight but the scale has not moved since I started SP. <BR> <BR> I am sure it has something to do with 'needing' some sort of chocolate daily. I have a sweet tooth at night after dinner. I have good days & bad days. Some days I get a lot of protein, some I barely hit the 60g I'm supposed to ha... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:08:32 EST A Week To Lose 1.5 pounds, a day to GAIN 3 I am feeling super discouraged right now. I can track/exercise and be good, and lose about 1.5 pounds in one week. Then I can have one bad night of bingeing and find I gained back that 1.5 PLUS another 1.5. <BR> <BR> I feel like it is too hard to lose more than a couple pounds without gaining it back. I am usually positive, but just really discouraged right now. This used to be much easier. Now I am in my 40s and it takes a real concentrated effort to see any weight loss. <BR> <BR> I feel... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 09:27:41 EST Compliment ? What was yours today Youre looking good <em>246</em> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:19:01 EST New Team - Looking for new members I am looking for those who would like to be an active participant in a team geared towards being successful. Not just with weigh loss but with other areas of our lives that we may find important to the quality of our lives. I have found so many teams that just are not active. The membership numbers look good but people just do not communicate. If you want to be in a group and want to participate in building the group, please come see us. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:20:00 EST Needing a buddy :) Hi my name is Amber, I'm 26 and I am struggling to stay on board with eating healthier and exercising. My ultimate goal is to lose between 90-100 lbs and in general to just be healthy. I don't care what your goals are I'm just looking for someone that I can help and that can help me stay on track, or even just someone to talk to who understands the struggle. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:54:24 EST Gravity Every time I've taken a few days off the gym or eaten too much and felt bloated, I have found that my body feels as though there is more gravity around me pulling my muscles, bones and skin closer to the earth. I know what I'm feeling is just fatigue due to too many fat grams or not enough exercise; but, I have decided to call the feeling a "gravity overload". Too much gravity is not a good feeling at all, like walking in heavy mud. So I keep going to the gym and prevent my body from feeling... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:16:32 EST Stubborn weight Well over the past month Ive lost about 20 pounds, but in the past week my weight hasnt moved.. I have tried eating more.. that didnt work,, I tried eating less,, that didnt work,, <em>234</em> <BR> Are there any tips in how to get my metabolism moving again? Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:31:18 EST diet buddy wanted :( Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:20:48 EST diet buddy wanted :( Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:19:51 EST