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 What are YOUR Top 3 Holiday Strategies for ..... What are YOUR Top 3 Holiday Strategies for Staying on Track with your diet and fitness? <BR> <BR> Here is what I am doing? <BR> 1) I normally exercise 4 x a week for 30 minutes. I am going to up it to 40 minutes. The extra 10 minutes a day is equivalent to an extra workout. <BR> <BR> 2) All the experts say to eat something before I go to an event. I've never done that because I thought I would overeat. But I'll give it a whirl and perhaps I'll keep it in the back of my mind that I've eaten... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:19:19 EST Help! Been overeating bad and need advice! I've been on Sparkpeople for the past year and a half or so and have been doing really good up until the past 2 weeks. I was able to lose 45 pounds and became more aware about what I was eating and how much I was exercising. Then about two weeks ago I started getting off track really bad. I went out to a few social events that provided meals free-choice (you know, those fundraisers with the food around the dies of the room), and then babysitting my cousin I snacked way too much. I'm at a loss... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:27:19 EST AGH! I quit smoking, and a while later I got hit by a car when I was on my bike. I sprained my back and I haven't been able to work out for months, and between those two things I have gained SO MUCH WEIGHT BACK. <BR> <BR> I've finally got the go-ahead to exercise again from my doctor, but I don't even know how to make room in my schedule for it anymore. I don't know what to do! Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:58:45 EST Need motivation I am 66 years old. Need to lose 25 pounds. Can't seem to stay motivated. <BR> I have lower back problems and a foot problem so have been unable to exercise. <BR> Getting very discouraged. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:55:42 EST I need encouragement I am trying to achieve my first weight loss goal by November 22. I need to lose three pounds to do this!! My weigh in is Saturday and I've been involved in weight loss since October consistently. This month I am doing the 28 day bootcamp challenge and have been loyal to the effort. Last month I did the fit food challenge and completed it. I am trying to stay positive and exercising consistently and I like to eat and I do not want to go over the calorie limit!!! I especially like to eat ... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:37:43 EST motivation I went to Colorado for a week to see my kids and grandkids and really blew it in every way! I have been back home for 2 days now and can't seem to stop binge eating. Having a difficult time motivating myself. HELP! Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:31:12 EST Staying Movtivated Through Grief On Friday one of my best friends only grandchild. a 7-month old boy, died after being dropped when his father had a grandmal seizure. I was at the hospital with the family when the baby passed. <BR> <BR> This has really put me in a funk and I went COMPLETELY off the rails with my eating this weekend. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any tricks for staying on track through grief and worry? Like most of us, I am a stress eater. It's hard to care about yourself when someone you love and care for... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:40:11 EST when losing slowly, how do you know if you've lost I know this may be a silly question but... if you're trying to lose a relatively small amount of weight, and you're hoping to lose about 1/2 to 1 pound per week, and your scale (as seems to be normal) can fluctuate by multiple pounds over time even if you weigh in at the same time of day -- how can you tell if you're gaining or losing? Do you have to weigh in for weeks to see a trend? I'm seeing a lot of ups and downs, though I stick to tracking and exercise, and it's hard to see whether i... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:23:46 EST Where does the weight go? It may be obvious for some but where does weight go? Like when you burn it, where does it go? I like processes and so want to understand this part better. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:53:41 EST Are you tired of wearing sweatpants? I want to wear jeans again and not have them be so tight! Sun, 16 Nov 2014 12:59:43 EST can't even start I am 130kg ; have been yo-yo dieting for some time. My knees are killing which in itself should be a motive for me to do anything about we increasing weight STILL I CAN”T STOP THINKING OF FOOD. I can start any real efforts to lose weight ; I go on decent clean eating habits for a day or two then I binge eat nonstop for weeks that get back to where I started and even more. Sometimes I even lie about being on diet to avoid comments about my weight but the truth is : I feel that I can’t lose wei... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 03:04:04 EST need accountable workout sparks buddy Hi; I am finding after working out for two months I am in a slump and could use a sparks work out buddy that we be accountable to each other each day to motivate, kick but, to help each other to work out each day. <BR> <BR> Something like at the end of the day we send a message to each other saying what we did for our work out that day or did not do. <BR> <BR> Be honest, and serious about working out (joking allow though <em>30</em> ) <BR> <BR> e-mail me if you are interested. <BR> <BR... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 23:30:56 EST Maid of Honor Dress to fit into by June 2015!!! So..... i'm 26 years old and i'm my sisters maid of honor for her wedding next June. <BR> I ordered my maid of honor dress online and I ordered it a size 12...yes, a size 12... at the time I ordered it I was about 225 llb and a size 18 womens. So, that was July and here we are... I'm a size 16 probably but down to 192lb. I may be down more in size I am just trying to not buy any clothes until I need to. :) <BR> <BR> I just would like to already say I fit into it by now. I've been working out... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 16:26:17 EST crazy scales = crazy me! So two days ago, I saw that I'd put on (apparently) 4 pounds! So I went back to careful tracking for two days and -- voila -- I lost the 4 pounds! <BR> <BR> Now, there is no conceivable way that I lost four pound in two days by eating 1500 calories a day. Right?? I mean, I'm over 50, and I didn't run a marathon. <BR> <BR> So... what the heck? Weighed in at the same time of day, etc., so does this mean I'm suddenly in diet heaven? Or....? Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:54:58 EST Cold Weather Cravings I don't know about the rest of you, but when the mercury drops my food cravings go up. Way up. And mainly for carbs. Preferably smothered in a creamy, cheesy sauce. So what's a girl to do?!!! I don't know. So far, I am loosing this battle. Hmmm, think some macaroni and cheese sounds good for lunch. <BR> <BR> I need help. How do you handle your cold weather cravings? Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:09:08 EST Everyday check in Hi everyone. Who wants to join me here to keep each other accountable on this post with their daily exercise and goals. I have joined several spark teams and am getting frustrated a bit because I would really like to find somewhere on spark I can be held accountable with people. It seems people don't really go to the same spot every day. Who's with me? Daily accountability on here? Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:27:36 EST activity tracker I can't get my activity tracker to sync to my lap top computer.. Help <BR> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 23:12:02 EST Plateau Already???? I have been losing 1 to 2 pounds a week for the last six weeks and this week I gained one and then came back down. I always thought I would be farther in the process before I might plateau. I did the same things this past week I have been doing including staying within my calorie range and exercising daily. I even added 5 minutes each to my elliptical and treadmill workout, bringing them to 35 minutes. Usually get discouraged and back off the plan when this happens but want to stay motiva... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:37:57 EST Epilepsy/Bipolar and reaching goal weight Has anyone on medications for Epilepsy or Bipolar actually reached their goal weight? <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if it's possible for me. I have lost 10 kilos this year, but still have 53 to go. I'm assuming I will stop losing weight in another 15 kilos, because that's where I have plateaued in the past. <BR> <BR> I am on Olanzapine and Epilium. I am not hungry all the time, but I still eat a lot of junk food. Before I went on Olanzapine I always ate too much. Now I try to eat protein at every ... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 13:10:25 EST How To Get Off The Couch. Aloha Everyone. My name is Malu. A couple of weeks ago I did my first message board message. I was in a real rut and could NOT get off the couch. I decided to see if there were some SP out there that knew what I was going through. I received great replies and advice. Mostly around motivating to move - all true as well. Movement begets movement. Even if it is 10 minutes. But I wanted to share with you another part of how I got off the couch. It may help one person it may just be scream... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 12:29:54 EST Time Management Advice Please! I know it takes lots of time to live a healthy lifestyle (hr long workouts, learning to cook, and reading about health and fitness) and I also know one live life (do personal grooming, go to work, help aging parents, work on other goals, and try to clear the clutter out of the house). How can I manage my time properly so I can do everything with ease, style and a cheerful attitude? Thu, 6 Nov 2014 23:51:27 EST Need Some Help and Suggestions Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am struggling right now. Discovered on Monday I have 3 stress fractures in left foot, which also has plantar fasciitis and bone spur in heel. One fracture is almost healed; other two are new. I overdid it on May trip overseas, with too much cobblestone walking, and then I tried to get back into my Leslie Sansone walks too quickly and for too long (30 minutes at a time). <BR> <BR> Any ideas, suggestions on what works for you when you're temporarily unable to do yo... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 12:19:21 EST Need a Little Help for a friend plse Morning everyone, my name is Jerry, and I have a bit of a problem I was wondering if some one could help? <BR> I have a very good friend who used to love to walk every where, he would walk so much he wore his shoes out more often than I can count! :-) <BR> Anyways, I need some help on how to help him, he is losing the ability to walk due to several health issues, and he is feeling really low, and because of that he is packing on the pounds, he really isn't able to walk very far any more, he c... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 12:04:21 EST Join me in "No Sugar November" until Thanksgiving! On November 1, I felt so terrible physically after eating a bunch of Halloween candy and pizza for dinner the night before that I decided to do something drastic. I decided to institute for myself a "No Sugar November." So far, so good! (I'm not going to lie to myself and say that I won't eat dessert on Thanksgiving, but I have given up sugar for the rest of the days in this month.) <BR> <BR> The first couple of days can be the roughest because you will crave sugar if you have been addicted ... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 09:47:21 EST Struggling Ok, I just need to take a minute to vent. I am really struggling with this whole lifestyle change. I really need to lose weight for my health. I am soon to be 30 years old and weigh in the low 300s. I have high blood pressure, low self-esteem, depression, and no energy. I want to get married and have kids one day and I want and need to be healthy to do this. I do so well like my first week then I slack off and lose my motivation. I do really well at tracking for the first week and then... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 11:58:45 EST What level are you in? I'm just going to start 13 and its fun. Wed, 5 Nov 2014 11:26:32 EST looking for a weight loss buddy Hee i am looking for a weight loss buddy, someone who wants to loss some weight to so we can in a way do it togheter  i want tp loss 11 kg, i am 63 now and i would like to go to 52 kg. <BR> I hopesomeone has a bit the same goals so we can do it with eachother  <BR> <BR> Tue, 4 Nov 2014 16:01:23 EST 2015 bride needs encouragement Any spring 2015 brides out there with 20+ pounds to loose before the big day? I need your best body toning tips & meal plans. Thanks in advance! <BR> Tue, 4 Nov 2014 10:12:54 EST looking for a weight loss buddy Hee i am looking for a weight loss buddy, someone who wants to loss some weight to so we can in a way do it togheter  i want tp loss 11 kg, i am 63 now and i would like to go to 52 kg. <BR> I hopesomeone has a bit the same goals so we can do it with eachother  <BR> <BR> Tue, 4 Nov 2014 09:26:03 EST Another Rebooter <em>249</em> I have rebooted myself back to the Spark---AGAIN--I am at the highest I have ever been and I really need to get a handle on this--so instead of waiting until the moorrow I put in what I had today--the major no no was the choclote spread on Graham Cracker--kept it down to a dull roar--but realize it is something I should not be keeping in my cupboards--anyway here I am back to give it another shot. <em>521</em> Mon, 3 Nov 2014 20:45:46 EST options for accounting to other sparkers? weightwatchers has weekly meetings, which is how their folks stay accountable -- but I've never seen anything like that, even virtually, for sparkers. ARE there weekly hangouts or skypes or what-have-you to talk about how people have done, etc.? I don't find that just posting on a forum has the same outcome! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Lisa Mon, 3 Nov 2014 08:42:18 EST motivation when weight causes no physical problems I'm healthy and active, and about 20 pounds over what I think is considered an ideal weight (I weigh 160 at 5 foot 4 inches). I'd love to drop the twenty pounds, and keep looking at motivational articles -- but they're all about "I want to drop the weight to be healthy," or "I want to drop the weight so I can do X thing." <BR> <BR> Am I really unusual in that my extra weight, while it looks kind of yucky, isn't causing me any physical problems? I mean -- I know that if I lose the weight ... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 08:38:36 EST Gym Harassment Help! So, I am just jumping on the fitness wagon. Something, I should have none years ago. I work in a doctor's office, and I am a very active horse back rider. At 250 pounds, I don't give a good message. Last night, I went to the gym for the first time by myself and without my normal workout partner. I was already so nervous to go, and when I pulled up into the parking lot, at 9:30PM after work, I almost chickened out. Trying to prove myself wrong, I went inside, and climbed on the elliptical. The... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 18:28:21 EST Feeling Down...Looking Up...Cannot GET Up. I am reaching out to you from the couch. My energy is so low. I haven't worked out in two weeks. My eating is OK - but my energy is blah. Does anyone have anything they do to get themselves out of this state? Sun, 2 Nov 2014 11:55:31 EST My son's realization I have had a lot of trouble staying motivated doing any sort of strengthening exercises. My 14 year old son, who is gearing up for 8th grade basketball, was concerned because he is built like his father. My son is 6'1" and only weighs 129 lbs. wants to be the starting post but was concerned about being knocked out of the way because of his small frame. My husband and I encouraged him to start working out with 12 lbs.dumbbells 5 times a week to help him build up muscle and because of his bu... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 06:43:12 EST NOVEMBER '14 Gratitudes - Welcome All!! "If you count all your assets, you always show a profit." Robert Quillen <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> As always the idea here is to write at least five things you are grateful or appreciative each day, thus cultivating an attitude of gratitude I will be here with my 5 when it is November for me. I appreciate everyone who joins me in this tradition <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> "'Enough' is a feast." Buddhist proverb Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:25:07 EST Halloween Candy How do you refrain from digging into your Child's Halloween candy? I try every year and never succeed!!! Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:49:29 EST Need a check-in pal! Hi <BR> I seem to be in need of a friend to help me stay motivated. Ideally, I'd like to create a very small team, private or public, of friends to help each other. If the friends were in any way similar to me (50 years old and about 20 lbs overweight), it would be a bonus, but at this point, I'm open to anyone! <BR> Thanks, Maureen Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:37:44 EST Why can't women's jeans be sized in a RATIONAL way I was SO excited today... I got up and got ready for work... snagged a pair of jeans from my pile of clean clothes I hadn't put away yet... been a lil while... lol. ANYWAY, I was thinking they were my size 16 jeans. They weren't as loose as I was hoping, and I was a bit bummed (thought I gained weight). Then later, I checked the size... they say size 12! Woohoo! I must have lost a bit of weight! Hmmm... NOT. JUST weighed myself at work in the fitness center. Can ANYONE tell me just wh... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:01:30 EST In the Zone What a great weekend! I was "in the zone" from Thursday until Monday. Now it's Tuesday and I still feel like I'm riding the wake. <BR> <BR> Thursday, after work, I arrived home and mowed the lawn. I know that doesn't sound exciting, but wait. I pushed my lawnmower for 5,792 steps in just over 75 minutes. Then I got on the treadmill and walked another 5.75 miles in 90 minutes. Now that's a good workout. <BR> <BR> Friday, I was up at 5 a.m., rode my bike to the pool and swam laps for an hou... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:16:06 EST Trying to Re-Boot my Spark I was quite active on Sparkpeople at one time. I have been mostly off for about a year....I have also lost a lot of motivation and regained weight.....I would like to rekindle my past successes. and that includes a re-boot of my Sparkpeople participation. <BR> <BR> When I went to look over my Sparkpage, I noted that many (most actually) of my Sparkfriends show little activity....such as no status update for hundreds of days. <BR> <BR> How would one handle this? I am thinking of "cleaning ... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:37:10 EST The Spark App Yoo Hoo... I just put the Spark App on my phone in preparation for a trip I am going to be taking. Will make it so much easier to stay in line Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:03:52 EST Motivation Kick Start I need help!! They always say if you want something hard enough, you will make it happen. Well, I want to lose weight and I need to lose weight, but I can't make it happen. I have a pretty stressful job and then when I get home at 5 at night, I need to make supper, play/spend time with my 2 little boys (3 and 11 months), get them to bed, clean the house/do laundry, catch up with the husband while doing emails/going through daily mail it is 10 at night before I know it and then to bed I go s... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:58:15 EST Looking for a Skype workout buddy Hello my name is Ana and I have 40 lbs to get rid of. I'm looking for a virtual workout buddy to workout with via Skype. I need accountability and I do better when I have an appointment to workout with someone, otherwise, I put it off and end up never doing it :( Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:31:13 EST 100 pounds to go! I stepped on the scale this morning, and I saw the daunting number 275. My husband then came in and stepped on the scale. I of course would never let him see my number, but I took a peak at his. 175 was his number. He then stepped off and said "sweet I lost 5 pounds!" 100 pounds, 100 more than my husband. <BR> Last night we went to a preseason NBA game. We had awesome tickets right behind the bench. We sat with and spent halftime with the team president, and the other important team people. ... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:36:46 EST Marathon High! Sparkpeople Athlete Last Sunday I ran my first Full Marathon!!!!! So I've done several halves and the marathon high was pretty awesome, it's an amazing feeling and I'm so glad I have changed my life and am fit and active!! So I am curious, how many people here on sparkpeople started here a novice to exercise and have become an athlete? Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:28:25 EST Calling all MOMS :) I've started a team for moms! <BR> Stay at home, working, single, married, dating, widowed, divorced, biological and non-biological moms of any age! <BR> As long as you're a mom then this team is for you! <BR> <BR> We'll have weekly challenges beginning Monday November 3rd. Our monthly challenge will begin November 1st-- simply pick your fitness minutes goal and update it regularly in our November challenge thread. <BR> <BR> Team goodies will be given to our Top 3 "Monthly Achievers" in fi... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:37:36 EST Quit smoking Ok, I used to be heavy smoke, then quit buying packs and started rolling own and then went to vapor ecigs and now have quit all together. Yes, this is a good thing; however, I feel like I'm gaining a pound a day. My appetite seems to have increased and don't know why. I'm not hungry, but because it's there, I'll eat it. Right before bedtime too. I need to get back on track and I think it's all in the head that just because I don't smoke anymore, I'm going to blimp out. Any ideas to chan... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:42:48 EST Totally Indulged - But I am okay... Had a fancy work dinner last night. Four Courses, and I tried and enjoyed each one. Also made the mistake of weighing today. Gained a pound even though I worked out yesterday....what is interesting is, I am totally okay with that. The world didn't end, and I am still alive, and what is great is that I am super ready to get back on the wagon. After my four course dinner and glass of wine, I don't feel deprived and even though I gained a pound, I am not broken like I would have been in times pa... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:33:14 EST Looking for a buddy hi I'm looking for a buddy to keep myself motivated while I try to lose weight again. I gained back all the weight I lost the last time and a bit more so I'm struggling to be motivated Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:42:00 EST Is this normal? Have I really thought things through? Really. There are times when I don't wish to lose weight. Do I want to lose weight? Do I really need to lose weight? The desire is not there. As I type this, I am surprised by my candor. But at the same time, I wonder if I am taking a risk. Have I really thought this through? <BR> <BR> I talk a good game but my heart isn't in it. I want to do the right thing for myself and my overall health, but there are other factors to other factors to cons... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:34:16 EST Getting Softer I've been working on T25, this week we just started the Beta phase (second round). I've been eating better also. I've barely noticed much of a change on the scale, and I saw an initial decrease in body measurements, but nothing significant lately. There are several other things that I've noticed that are improvements (feeling better, sleep better, etc). I'm motivated to keep going as long as I see some sort of difference somewhere. <BR> <BR> One thing I'm trying to wrap my head around ... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:49:51 EST I'm Back! I've been gone for awhile but I have decided to come back. I do so much better when I am on this site. I lost 18 pounds last time and gained about 12 back. I am ready and feel motivated to get healthy!!! Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:31:53 EST I can't win!! I am so frustrated &#128556;. I lost 7.2 pound with in the first week. Then with in few days I gained back 6 pounds. It''s been 4 weeks and NOTHING!!!! I weighed my self today hoping to see the scales go back down again but still the same. It''s my story for 5 years and getting pretty tired of it. I watch what I eat 80 percent of the time and I am active at work all day. I have to watch what I eat all the time or I be much bigger &#128532; <BR> I honestly think my thyroid and other meds are ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:33:39 EST Your healthy changes affect those around you So my motivation has been wavering lately, but I had a great motivation moment yesterday. <BR> <BR> My son is six, and always wants a snack right after school. I used to bring fruit juice and chips or candy. Now, he is the type of kid who would drink 24 oz of juice a day if we let him. So we switched over to non-fat chocolate milk without a problem. But although he would have apples with me as a snack at home, the chips/candy afterschool were much harder to change without a battle. <BR> ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:03:31 EST Staying Motivated ...suggestions appreciated Hello All <BR> I have been away for some time but back at it again ...I have had some tests done and this kept me from working out and watching my diet ...which this week I am starting to log again ...I havent gained weight but I have lost tone and stamina ...these things I need to regain ...and motivation to work out ... <BR> I have several issues so high impact cardio is not an option ...I did do Biggest loser dvd/leslie swanson walking dvd/nicole from sparkpeople ... <BR> I also went back... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:49:32 EST Weight loss gifts. I'm working with a consultant and one of the questions that I have been asked of is when I set a weight loss goal they want me to gift myself something. I'm at my last 40lbs of my 90lb weight loss and I have no idea what to gift myself for the last 20lbs lost. I for one am currently 215, and at 209 I will gift myself something and then 199 I will gift myself something, 189, and then 179 and like 4lbs. My goal is 175, mind you I'm almost 6' so this is a healthy weight for me. <BR> <BR> I'm s... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:46:54 EST Gained back my weight but not frustrated! I did a weigh in this morning and I weigh what I did when I started 185! Previously I lost 7 pounds (178) and was excited about the progress, but today the scale <em>192</em> says 185, but I am just as focused today as I was 7 pounds ago! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> TRUST me!! I am not messed up about this because I am still going forward in the name of Yahushua! I am not sure why the weight has come back; however my inches continue to go down so that is GREAT news! As I cont... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:41:20 EST Does the scale really matter? I saw the ad for the scale that will report my weight info. I searched it and it's a bit high. I would like to know has it helped anyone stay motivated? I also have a problem. I weighed 173 when I joined in jan. I weigh 187 now so,I can't make a tracker because,the weight now is too high. What else can I do here? also would any scale that has wifi help me? thanks a lot.. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:19:06 EST Need advice with my mom Hey guys. I just need some advice. My mom doesn't eat very healthy. She doesn't drink water at all. All she drinks is soda, alcohol sometimes, and juice to take her pills. She has a sweet tooth, so she sometimes buys cookies or ice cream to fulfill that, or sometimes other junk food like chips or chex mix. You get the jist. I, of course, have trained myself to not eat that junk food. She also doesn't exercise. She goes to work, comes home and either gets on her computer or watches tv while sh... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:28:17 EST Recovering from injury Hi all ~ <BR> <BR> So I started tracking in June and although I have only lost about 6lbs, I am a lot fitter, stronger and my clothes are looser. <BR> <BR> I go to the Y as much as I can for water classes (aquazumba and aquafit are my faves !) and on days that I can't go, I try to walk at least 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> I had been doing great until this week when my big toe (right side) started hurting like crazy. Finally was diagnosed with two inflamed nerves (both on the big toe) and got str... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:10:26 EST Staying motivated for the right reasons Hello there spark people my name is Sam I am 28 and my husband and I are coming up on our one year wedding anniversary this week. We are both embarking on a fitness and healthy life style journey, however he was a professional athlete so our programs are very different. He hits the gym several times a week and eats hard boiled eggs like they are going out of style...I walk on the treadmill in our guest room as much as I can and try not to eat junk. I am new to spark people as of this morning ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:14:58 EST hi yes Tue, 14 Oct 2014 01:19:33 EST Staying Motivated for The Long Haul- How do you? I started on 1/14/14 at 250 pounds. Today I am just under 200 and I have another 30 to 40 pounds to go. When I started I told myself that this was not a diet, it could not be a diet, it was a lifestyle change. The whole notion of "diet" is ridiculous. I can't deprive myself until I reach a certain weight and then go back to doing what I did before. Doing what I did before was what made me a fat lazy slob in the first place. This change had to be permanent, old habits had to be replaced ... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:04:36 EST I did <em>224</em> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 01:54:41 EST 2nd time around I'm restarting Spark, working out, and eating better. I broke my ankle over Labor Day weekend and completely fell off the wagon. I'm gained back all the weight I managed to lose over the last year and kicking my butt all over the place. Feeling very discouraged but I know if I did it once I can do it again. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 22:21:07 EST Coming back for the 2nd time Hello all :) my wife and I have had a lap band done and we both lost 30-40 lbs but now we are in a rut. We have had all the adjustments done to them and just feel like we can't get motivated to lose it. We tried the same old routine of "today we start over" and "tonight I won't pig out in bed" but we just can't find the right niche. I feel like a loser and a failure because I have not lost a pound in over a month. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 09:55:18 EST Exercise Low thyroid and depression make it hard to prioritize exercise. Rather clean house..need motivation help Sat, 11 Oct 2014 11:14:27 EST weekends I usually go out to eat on weekends with family and friends. And I wind up eating more than usual and gain a few pounds by monday. It takes me about two days to get rid of the extra pounds. <BR> <BR> However it is my mood that is a problem. I find weekends depressing. My husband and child are home more and I find myself kinda lost. As a result I think I eat to regulate my mood. <BR> <BR> <BR> Any advice. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 08:58:17 EST HI !! I use to be positive most of the time. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:10:42 EST Vitamins ? Yes, I did Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:08:16 EST Goal between now and end of 2014 I am working to lost 10 lbs between now - Oct 10 - and the end of the year. <BR> <BR> I know I can do it. I did it before, last year. Then I got lazy with my regimen. I was down to 156, but now I'm back to 175. 165 lbs is in my sites. <BR> <BR> What do I need to do? <BR> <BR> 1) Cut way back on refined carbs. <BR> 2) Get back to 1 hard-boiled egg at 5 am instead of 2 eggs with toast with breakfast at 8 am. <BR> 3) Though I don't drink often, but back on it. Only weekends, or even less. <... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 23:51:47 EST Today, an overweight person made fun of my weight. I've gained weight and I get that. I wear a size 12 right now and it's my largest in life. I don't work out and I eat crap. A woman at my job decided to go on a diet and has lost 12 pounds over the last month. Today, as I was eating donuts, she blew her cheeks out and said I should focus on my eating. This is not her first comment on my weight as she has tried to achieve her weight loss goals. <BR> <BR> Even at my heaviest in life, as I am now, I have never compromised another's self esteem ... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:19:11 EST Thank God today... Because today I have no time to go out for my walk, but you help me to do my walk at home, taking care of my grandkids and doing all the things I have to do. Thanks for helping me to complete my 10000 steps . <em>248</em> <em>41</em> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:17:27 EST Cried all day today...... Ok so it is almost the end of yet another year that I have failed to keep myself motivated and disciplined. I have only managed to gain weight ... I went clothes shopping today b/c it is getting colder where I live, and I only have 2 pairs of pants that fit. Let's just say I ended up feeling disgusted/ ugly/ ashamed / and more, none of them good. I just want my body back. I know that after 2 boys that having my pre pregnancy body is never going to happen, but I want to feel pretty, heck even ... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 15:57:31 EST Not tracking how I would like Hi all, <BR> I am not getting the results I would have hoped for. I am walking every day (7 km split over 3 sessions) and am sticking to under 1300 cals per day. However I am only losing about 0.5kg (about 1 lb) per week. <BR> is this right or can I be doing something different? Thu, 9 Oct 2014 14:56:42 EST need daily spark buddy to check with For me, the best motivation is a daily check in with a real person to track my progress and get a response..I can't figure out how to set that up. <BR> please help. <BR> <BR> Thu, 9 Oct 2014 14:35:38 EST Obstacles Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. <BR> Henry Ford <BR> What do you think? <BR> what's the most powerful one for you? <BR> Tue, 7 Oct 2014 03:06:17 EST What is your Kryptonite? My Kryptonite is CHOCOLATE, CHOCOLATE and guess what more CHOCOLATE!! <BR> <BR> As I look over my nutrition tracker, I saw that chocolate had been incorporated in my diet at least 3 times out of the week. Now there is nothing wrong with it as long as it is done in moderation, so with that said I will replace it a least once this week with something else! I will continue to do this every week until I have gotten down to 1 day a week! <BR> <BR> I GOT A PLAN AND I AM STICKING TO IT! <BR> <BR>... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 20:02:39 EST Motivational wristband Has anyone heard of the health conscious wristband, Pavlok? It is like FitBit. Supposedly it helps you break your goals into manageable tiny habits (i.e. going to the gym) and keeps you accountable to building them. I want to try it out. It sounds interesting! Mon, 6 Oct 2014 19:46:23 EST Survival... I love "The Walking Dead". And as I've watched to show and I think about how strong you have to be to be able to survive in the ways they have to. What about the food? When there is food. They have to know how to cook and learn to eat anything. They have to be able to walk forever and fight or run. The fit last longer. They can do harder things for a longer period of time. Makes me think how long I'd last in my "condition" if some some reason something happened that I had to rely most on it. ... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 19:32:49 EST Have others bribed you? How have others inspired you or bribed you to lose weight? <BR> <BR> My mother offered me money for every dress size I went down. Problem is, I've lost 10 kilos but stayed the same size. I had clothes in a size 18 and 20, before I was a tight 20 and now I'm a tight 18... so well, I don't feel like I've gone down a size. You'd think I would go down sizes quickly because I am 5'8 but that is not the case. <BR> <BR> You'd think being offered that sort of incentive would make one lose weight, b... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 12:01:06 EST Support! On my own I am really struggling with staying healthy. I myself can do well but my husband sabotages my work. This weekend he decided boiled picnic ham and bean soup with fresh bread and scalloped potates. <BR> Does anyone else struggle with this. The kids are grown so it is just us two now. He does not worry about his health and I do. He should. We are both overweight. Sun, 5 Oct 2014 08:01:36 EST I have exercised every day for 3 weeks I cannot believe that I have been riding my recumbent bike for over three weeks now and my goal is to do half hour or 8 miles each day. I also cannot believe that I actually look forward to it and some days do more. After riding the bike- have to admit with lowest resistance on it, but I am 66 yrs young and feeling pretty good about it. Now I have to do better on my food intake. Oh and after I do the bike I actually do 6 games on my wii of 100 pin bowling games. I figure that way will work up... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 06:07:29 EST What do you do? Hi <BR> <BR> I'm new here, but I want to succeed for more than a week or a couple months this time. I have always been overweight, but I used to at least be fit. How do you get yourself going when you cannot do 1/3 of what you could do just a few years ago? Sat, 4 Oct 2014 18:54:21 EST overwhelmed I just started my new diet plan a couple of days ago, and I already feel way too overwhelmed with the whole thing. Tried to go grocery shopping the first day and I had to leave the store half way through without buying anything because I lost it trying to figure out what to buy, what I can and can't have. At home, I have pretty much no support from my boyfriend or his family. I want to lose the weight, not just for me, but my health. I'm just not sure what to do <em>46</em> Sat, 4 Oct 2014 18:26:09 EST Walking or running today? I'll be walking (a lot!) Sat, 4 Oct 2014 10:29:34 EST When I diet I feel angry... I know it's ME telling MYSELF "no, no more rice," or "nope, can't have those chips," but I almost always feel ANGRY when I exercise self-control -- and as often as not, I rebel against myself just a few minutes later saying "who cares what SHE says?!" <BR> <BR> Getting to eat what I want feels like freedom, and controlling myself feels like BEING controlled. <BR> <BR> Am I nuts?? Fri, 3 Oct 2014 19:57:56 EST Thinspiration? What if all the success stories that are suppose to motivate me just make me feel worse about myself? Fri, 3 Oct 2014 17:32:55 EST feeling overwhelmed My 14 year old daughter was diagnosed yesterday with GERD (heartburn) which may not seem like a big deal, but she's also lactose intolerant. We do eat a pretty healthy diet and I've learned how to cook without lactose by using lactose free milk but the dr wants her off of all dairy. I also realized that a lot of my recipes are tomato based. The information about GERD is contradictory so I'm having a hard time putting together a menu. Tonight is date night with my husband and I have no idea wh... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 11:34:01 EST How do you find willpower without a buddy? I have the hardest time eating right, or exercising if I'm doing it alone. How do I concur this feeling and just realize that being healthy is for me? It all makes sense in my mind, but the actual going through with it is so hard for me. I was spoiled and had a workout/eating buddy for a whole year, she quit on me, or closed up about things with me. So now I feel so alone, and lost. Fri, 3 Oct 2014 11:00:18 EST Fun article for motivation<BR>ade-My-Weight-Loss-Journey-32080339 <BR> Fri, 3 Oct 2014 07:18:32 EST Finding it so very hard Back in May I joined a gm and started working with a trainer to lose weight ad get into shape. Then I injured my knee, my hamstring after that then developed plantar fasciitis and have had chronic shoulder issues since January this year. All the physical setbacks make me want to just give up. I am having a hard time staying motivated to keep going on my journey to getting in shape. Any suggestions? I am currently in a walking boot for the plantar fasciitis and getting physical therapy on... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 21:13:38 EST need to get back on track This last week I have been going over my calories. I had a couple good days, but man when I start eating beyond my calories and me being an emotional over eater it is extremely hard to get back on the right track. I need to start walking and doing my work outs again too. I keep thinking that maybe I will just wait until Monday to get back on track because I have a bbq to go to and I want to enjoy food that day. Anyone ever try natural PGX and if so does it work. I get munchies at night and it... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 20:40:56 EST Help Ive tried every diet possible, seen doctors, been on every kind of fad diet, had personal trainers, ect ect ect. And I cant seem to stick to it and lose weight. I know what to do and how to do it but I just cant seem to make it work. Ive had depression since I was a kid so maybe that's a factor? Now im considering the lap band or bypass. they both scare me and seem drastic but Im kinda at the end of my rope. Let the fat kill me or these surgeries kill me or just give up all the way and accept... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 17:58:11 EST Up against it in the motivation dept. What's new? When I finish this short sentence, I need to get up and move! <BR> <BR> Hope others are doing better. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 22:53:34 EST Check-In/Motivati ion/Accountability Buddies Needed Howdy, Spark and Spark friends have been the only thing that keep me on track. I'm looking for a couple of people who check in daily and log food and fitness daily. I have done this for about a year and a half so I can go the distance and will. <BR> <BR> October 1st and I am feeling renewed! I want to keep this going strong with a few focused people who want this and will go after it. 27 lbs to go for me. <BR> <BR> L Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:33:54 EST OCTOBER 2014 - Appreciation/Gratitudes Welcome All Gratitude practices can be powerfully transformative and can improve our emotional and physical well-being. Sarah Ban Breathnach, author of Simple Abundance, says: <BR> <BR> "You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you." <BR> <BR> Those of you who have been part of this... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:41:16 EST When you're too busy to think about it.... how do you check yourself? <BR> <BR> I just started this on wednesday, I think? Then my dh told me we were going to a B&B for 2 days! <em>4</em> <em>24</em> We had chicken wings, mashed potatoes and corn on the cob for dinner with huckleberry sundaes for dessert... the first night. Huckleberry pancakes, sausage links, oj, and a large fruit bowl for breakfast the next day. Buffalo burgers with fries the 2nd night, and another sundae! An omelet and bacon with fruit for breakfas... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:42:05 EST Grocery Shopping Isn't it funny how difficult we make things for ourselves? I came to a big realization on Sunday. I start off the school year with great intentions of healthy meals. This year, we barely have time to eat dinner, so I had planned simple meals made quickly. On the first day of school, I did some major grocery shopping at Sam's Club and bought a lot of produce. I usually shop there once a month. We did good eating it, but a lot of it went bad quickly and had to be thrown out. I felt so di... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:33:44 EST Feeling ready I heart a motivational speaker over the weekend, she spoke about finding your cause. She said you can't just say "i want to loose weight" and not have a reason. She said if you find a cause and you really want it and it means something to you, then you are ready. <BR> <BR> Just wondering if any of you have thought of it this way, and when the motivational starts to get low how do you re-adjust your view to feel strongly about your cause? Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:06:18 EST Trouble with numbers Mid 30's soccer mom here. I'm finding myself getting very frustrated lately. I'm having difficulty turning away food that I know isn't nutritious. For instance this last Saturday out with my family left me eating a cheeseburger and chips followed by nachos, tater tots and tacos in the evening. It's one thing to take a break for a meal occasionally however I find myself indulging in things I shouldn't far too often. This morning is was banana nut bread for breakfast with butter. I'm not ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:52:53 EST How important are 20 pounds? I'm 5' 4.5" and I weigh about 161. I know that to be really in the okay weight zone (and wearing clothes I prefer and looking the way I want to look) -- I should lose and keep off about 20 pounds. I'm not diabetic, nor do I have other health issues, so the weight is really about looks and knowing I'm doing what I should for the long term. <BR> <BR> What I've discovered, post-menopause, is that I can STAY at about 160 by weighing in regularly and "dieting" for a week or so to take off an "e... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:34:25 EST Mid-to Late- Twenties Energy Dip I think that it's common knowledge that our metabolisms slow down as we age, but I've noticed that my body changed when I turned 26. It's just not as easy for me to lose weight -- I get tired during workouts more easily, need much more sleep, and those 100-200 extra calories eaten DO prevent me from losing weight. <BR> <BR> I just turned 27, and am worried that I will never reach my goal. What should I do? Has anyone experienced this? Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:55:34 EST "quick tips" for experienced dieters? You know those quick tips for new dieters like... "don't drink your calories -- quit the soda habit" or "park farther from your destination?" Well, I'm an experienced dieter who NEVER drinks her calories, takes three exercise classes a week, and hasn't eaten a fast food burger in about ten years. I already get my salad dressing on the side, and fix my sandwiches "open faced." <BR> <BR> I'm betting you're a lot like me. <BR> <BR> Any "quick tips" that can help those of us who're already so... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:19:23 EST Dealing with nasty roommates Hi All! <BR> <BR> I recently moved, and am living with roommates again for the first time in a LONG time. And I find myself having constantly grit my teeth and not go to pieces because one of them is just plain old awful human being. Who keeps giving me &")$@ for buying healthy food and having a lot of spices, not just salt and salt in the kitchen and constantly disapproves what I do. <BR> <BR> I tend to soothe my emotions with food a lot, and I don't have punching bag sadly. Does anyone h... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 04:46:31 EST looking for diet groups Hello everybody, <BR> my name is Marcela and I would like to know if there is some good recommendations for support groups, not just here on the internet but also groups like weight watchers, lain, etc., any recomendations and also if possible experiences <BR> Thank you <BR> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:18:35 EST Favorite healthy snack?! Let's hear 'em! Sun, 28 Sep 2014 13:38:30 EST Motivational Quotes for Today "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." - Arthur Ashe <BR> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 12:52:06 EST HOW TO GET MOTIVATION BACK So I have lost all motivation to loose weight at the moment my mind is not in it I don't want to go to the gym I don't want to do pt nothing I have put weight on stopped coke for 2 weeks but drinking it again now :( I want to give it up and not drink it again I know I can do it but my mindset is so hard to change :( <BR> <BR> PLEASE HELP ME Sat, 27 Sep 2014 05:18:21 EST How do you keep from binging in the evening? I have a huge problem with being hungry in the evening and night after dinner. It doesn't help that I stay up late. Even when I eat a good breakfast and lunch, I still get hungry after dinner and want to eat everything in sight. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 20:47:57 EST Motivation Boosters? Hello all--I have been a part of the SP/SC sites for about two weeks. I was doing great with both food and exercise until this morning. We had a staff meeting where people brought in food, and I have already eaten my calories for the day. I tried to motivate myself to go for a walk, but my overall energy level and dedication seem to be MIA today. I don't want SP to be another program that I let peter out after a few weeks. Any suggestions? Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:13:37 EST How could I have gained 4lbs in a week... I've been eating clean and working out 5-6 days a week. I have my fitbit, workout during my lunch, eat clean, I haven't drank as much water this week, but I haven't eaten anything fattening. How could my scale say I've gained 4lbs? Does this even make sense? My scale is defintely right, my daughter got on it and it was correct down to the 10th of a pound. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 11:12:07 EST Looking for a workout buddy I'm looking for a lookout buddy, I live in Wisconsin. <BR> I like to walk, run (although I'm kinda clumsy), swim, and playing volleyball. <BR> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 22:30:12 EST Have hit a plateau and need to be kept motivted I hit a plateau. I started out at 300 at the beginning of July and down to 277. I have read just about everything out there about plateau's but everything seems to all say the same things. Change routine for workouts drink more water, lower calories and so on. So I have been doing that and I know it may take a couple of weeks for weight loss to continue. I just need some mental/emotional support because not seeing the scale or the body measurements get lower make me tend to say screw it, if I... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:04:02 EST Girl Scout Cookies Purchased 5 boxes of GS cookies today, but had them sent to the troops overseas. That really makes me feel good on so many levels <em>30</em> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:17:02 EST Have you ever: Starting a job for motivation Have you ever started a part time or weekend job for motivation on getting more active. <BR> <BR> I Have been considering on starting a job at my local walmart to lose some weight and get a bit more motivated. I think it may help me out a bit more since now I'm doing most of this alone. <BR> <BR> My grandmother has always told me I'm to lazy to get a job or to big and I sit to much. <BR> <BR> But I figure if its part time maybe a few days a week to start out its a win win. I can move ca... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:11:17 EST My tip My tips for staying motivated...the spark tracker I love so much makes me want to walk...weights , strength training will take off the fat in areas you do not want fat. Wii fit...oh how I love the WII FIT. Staying motivated with any tools necessary is the Key Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:29:55 EST feeling great well I have been going strong for 3 days now and already can tell mentally that I am going to succeed at becoming a healthy person I am so motivated right now I can do anything I put my mind too. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:58:43 EST Accountability I'm looking for ways to be more accountable... do you have tips? Wed, 24 Sep 2014 03:14:21 EST Feeling overwhelmed and shutting down I don't know if anyone else has this problem but I find that the older I get (I am almost 65), I find myself shutting down and doing nothing if I have too many things that I need to do. When I come to an obstacle or when something doesn't go exactly as I thought it would, I shut down and do nothing. All this 'shutting down and doing nothing' obviously makes what ever the issue even bigger. It snow balls. What is worse is that I feel like I am watching this happen to myself. What do I do? Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:05:32 EST making it through birthday month Too many celebrations this month with the sweets and treats that go with them. I have watched portions and forgiven myself the slip-up and hopefully I am back on track. I still have two more parties to make it through. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:32:12 EST Need some positive motivation - watch this video This kid's attitude is unbelievable - <BR> <BR><BR>sibly-the-most-motivational-post-game-<BR>football-interview-ever-video/ Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:01:09 EST First Week ~ Just So So I don't know why I expect "GREAT THINGS" in my weight loss program in just one week. It took several years of slowing putting weight on and it is going to take a while to get the weight off. A little over 4 pounds for the first week is good, I just feel a little defeated this morning. Maybe it is the shorter days causing the me the blues this morning. I know that when I get like this I would normally go for a bag of cookies. Struggling this morning and thankful there are no candy machine... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:42:02 EST God gives us strength to work hard every day Praise God for the good things He gives us every day. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:22:44 EST Need help staying focused I have been on and off spark people for a few years now..I love this site. But I have a very hard time staying motivated. Also, my life right now is very, very stressful. And to make matters worse I am a stress eater too. I have some back issues and nerve damage in my leg which sometimes makes it very difficult to do some exercises..and I can forget about doing high impact exercises. I am not trying to be a whiner just need some pointers on how to stay motivated and focused. <BR> Any help wou... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:44:35 EST Made myself a sticker chart I've been having a hard time getting motivated lately, so today I created a sticker chart! <BR> <BR> I have 6 goals i'd like to work on (in bed by 9, 8 glasses of water a day, take my vitamins...etc) that I need to do daily. I do cut myself some slack, for example 'in bed by 9', I have 5 freebies per month. Every goal has a different 'freebie number' of course. Everyday I give myself a sticker if I fulfilled that task. <BR> <BR> At the end of the month I will see how many goals I have ful... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:11:17 EST Rewarding yourself How do you reward yourself when you accomplish a goal? Can be a big goal or a small goal Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:15:34 EST A friend and I who enable each other I am having trouble because I have a really good friend who I have a lot of fun with but who enables me and I enable her. We often sit around chatting and eating or eating while catching up on the shows we both love. When I mention that I have to eat better and I am going to try and cut back she seems hurt, takes it personally as me blaming her or doesn't really listen and shows up with chocolate/snacks. How can I change this routine but still maintain our friendship? Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:40:55 EST For the ladies... Periods and stuff Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> So I'm having my first period since I started on SP, and I actually gained 1.5 lbs since the 11th. I am having a really hard time staying motivated, because I feel like it's a ridiculous body fail. <BR> <BR> I don't know if it's extra water weight that I will get rid of after it's all done, or is it actual fat gain... I feel bloated and all the "fun" stuff that comes with periods, so I'm fairly certain it's just fluid retention, but I feel like I'm trying to explain ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:53:44 EST Help I know I need to lose weight. And I know what I need to do in order to make that happen. My problem is, my mind has already given up. I feel like I don't care about what I eat, whether or not I excercise. But truth is, I do care. Because I am miserable. Tired and miserable. How do I change my mindset? :( Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:15:07 EST Accountability/motivation partner? Hello! I'm looking for an accountability buddy. I'd like to find someone in her 20s with a similar goal/time frame (~60 lbs by April). If I can find another grad student who understands the time constraints, that would be even better. I'm very reliable, so I'm looking for somebody who will take this seriously. Ideally we could check in with each other once or twice a week to make sure neither of us falls behind. We can congratulate each other on successes and motivate each other to make smart... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:04:01 EST Body Scale I need to purchase a new scale to see where I am exactly and to stay motivated. Any suggestions on the best one out there? Thanks Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:01:53 EST Need a buddy for motivation! My name is Brittany and I'm looking for a buddy, male or female, that mutually needs help with motivation. I've back slide too many times, and I'm getting married October 2015 so I need to lose it. I'm 21, 5'0 and I'm currently 180 and my desired weight is 125-130. I'm looking for someone who has similar goals and can text. It'd be super cool if someone lived in or around Montgomery, AL and could meet up for runs or work outs from time to time but in no way is that required. I also have two s... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:16:35 EST Let's do some dreaming! This is helping me immensely , so I wanted to share and encourage everyone to do it! <BR> <BR> What is your ideal clothing size? What does your dream body look like? Put the weight thing aside, as it holds no real value. Instead, think of your ideal size and body. Now go ahead and think of how it will feel to be there. What will you do in your new body? How will you FEEL? <BR> <BR> For me, I see myself in a size 10 with an absolutely amazing body. Lean, but curves in the right places. Big ... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:57:03 EST how can i help me 11 year old daughter? My little girl is a little overweight and loves to eat the wrong things. Help!!!! Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:46:34 EST Maxing out my Sparkpoints Today I pledged to myself to max out my Sparkpoints every day for the rest of the year. I have 106 days left in 2014. I want to see how far over 12.500 points I can get. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:59:48 EST Lessons by Winnie the Pooh :) I found this article that talks about life in Pooh gifs. Pooh is my favorite and always has been. I thought this would bring a smile to anyone who needs one. Enjoy! <BR> <BR><BR>4/07/10/11-steps-to-a-better-you-by-wi<BR>nnie-the-pooh/?cmp=SMC|blgmusic|Playli<BR>stSeptember|FB|betteryou-Eeyore|InHous<BR>e|091614|repost||esocialmedia||| Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:22:03 EST Not losing weight and getting frustrated I went on WW with my mother in law, and started to lose a little weight until I got to 225, and then over the next few weeks didn't lose anything. I wasn't eating anything overly horrible either. <BR> <BR> I then decided to kick up my cardio to see if that worked. It did for about 2 weeks and now i'm back to losing nothing. <BR> <BR> I eat about 1300 calories a day (Give or take depending on If I worked out that day) and I work out every other day for about 45 mins or so- I started runni... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:57:12 EST Binging for over a year? The first time I was at SP.. I went from 84 (kg) to 69. I then maintained/restricted/normalized my diet (quit the exercise) and went to 72 in 4 months (not bad considering the amounts I binged in 2 day spurts during those months.) From 72, I went down to a whopping 59 in about 4 months.. this was a period of Godsent energy, motivation, controlled dieting and 2 months of wonderful cardio+ST regimes 6 mornings a week. However, owing to a rather tumultuous (but Godsent) breakup, I zipped from 59... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:00:10 EST Lose 20-30 by Christmas mobile support! So this is ideally for those who showed interest on Spark's new mobile chat system. I'll friend all ya'll and send this url link, it'll just take me some time. Guessing this would be best used for support, encouragement, questions, congratulations; that kind of thing. <BR> <BR> Let's start with brief little introductions and then what you're working on right now for immediate goals? These could even just be baby steps. Having a shot of flavored cream in coffee instead of a Starbuck's monster... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:00:36 EST Tracking Hi, <BR> <BR> How do other people consistently track what they eat? I do it for a day and then it dies out. <BR> <BR> -Kim Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:53:15 EST what if your mind does not catch up... Hello everybody <BR> <BR> I am finally coming out of "lurkerdom" with my own question: In May 2014, I weighed approximately 255 lbs at a height of a little over 5.5 inches. I had also been diagnosed diabetic about 6 months prior to that but had not been able to make any improvements. It actually started with some mood issues that caused my to loose my appetite and I lost quite a bit of weight in a short period of time. Once I started feeling better, I figured I might just as well keep going ... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:37:48 EST Staying motivated with less than 10lbs to go! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I've been at 123 (I'm 5'5ish) pounds for over a year now. I work out regularly and eat healthy most of the time. I do have days where I binge, which is why I am not losing weight. My plan is to lose the rest of the belly fat on my stomach. I have days where I wake up and I am totally motivated, mostly because I am feeling bloated or I feel my stomach looks big. Depending on the time of the month, my stomach looks and feels flatter, so I tend to focus less on my eating... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:29:57 EST What motivates you to work out? I walk and sometimes water aerobics BUT I need to move it up a notch,,, What do you do and what keeps you motivated? <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:20:11 EST How do you keep from being hungry all the time? I feel like I always want to eat. How do you keep yourself from being hungry all the time? Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:19:38 EST After Surgery Rotator cuff surgery last year. Recovery was pretty quick, but getting back my weight has been slow! Sat, 13 Sep 2014 01:48:14 EST Could I lose 2 lbs. in a week? This is my second weight loss journey, I'm trying to lose 50 pounds and I want to have lost 10 lbs. by Halloween. I've been doing circuit training for nearly two hours every day since I started my journey. Are there any high calorie burning exercises other than circuit training that could help? Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:47:59 EST 3 Days with Spark 3 Day and am still hanging in been slacker for while nursing sore knee but keep on pushing my since this week decided enough feeling down. Been getting back to my excerise routine 15 min. 2x's a day. Everyone have a great day. BBL Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:08:53 EST Set your mind to it you can do anything I'm 74 and lost 70 lbs 3 yrs ago and worked out 4 hours a day. I was on top of the world then last year found out I had stage 3 rectal cancer. Did the Chemo / Radiation after which I had a operation and still manage to work out 4 hours a day with a chemo pump. I didn't let it stop me form going to the gym everyday, it keep me going.. Just remember don't give up and keep going you will feel a lot better...., Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:05:45 EST What are you doing for yourself today! Hi I just joined yesterday and want to not only lose weight I also want to distress. So I am going to start doing something just for me each day. After thinking on something I can do for me is something I use to love to do very much to write. I am going to sit down for half and hour and write. <BR> <BR> What are you guys doing just for yourself today? Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:19:46 EST 3 item list eat a light breakfast, <BR> log onto spark people <BR> plan the meals for the next day Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:06:03 EST HELP:Recommitting to a healthy diet n excercise. Hello everyone! I'very been out the sparkepeople loop for several months now. I was doing so well and then fell out of my routine and have packed on some pounds. I feel ashamed and disappointed because I did so well for so long. My challenge once again is mindset and motivation. I felt better n looked better when I was eating right and exercising daily. So can u please help encourage me. Thank u! <BR> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 05:22:47 EST A long road! I am feeling so overwhelmed with the amount of weight I have to lose. I need to lose 100 pounds to get to a healthy weight of 150. I am currently 260. I just would be so thrilled to get out of the 200's. As I am getting older this extra weight really worries me. You just don't see any 260 pound 80 year olds walking around and that is a sobering thought. Any words of encouragement or ideas to not feel so overwhelmed? Sun, 7 Sep 2014 01:38:08 EST Fitbook: If you've used it, would you recommend it I'm having trouble tracking after I get home from work & I'm not at the computer, I wonder if paper & pen tracking might help. So I saw this Fitbook. It looks really cool & motivating, and I was wondering if anyone on SparkPeople has used it, and would recommend it? Was it worth getting? Did you use it all 12 weeks? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for your answers. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 07:08:15 EST Clothing size I didn't know where to put this. This is sort of a vent and frustration and also part motivation. I hate that I can't fit into any clothes that I want. I have added so many sites on my faves tab so i can look at for later. I need a CUTE winter hoodie/jacket that actually fits. i am looking online and so frustrated how they all are so ugly for plus size and they don't even fit!! plus size and they all go to 1x. ugh. I should be motivated to lose weight and get in shape but i'm not. i'm just th... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 22:20:08 EST Getting back into the groove With the help of Sparkpeople and a nurtitionist a few years ago, I lost what I wanted to lose. I wasn't perfect (but there is no such thing), but I was happy with how far I had gotten. <BR> Then...I got pregnant. I gained what I was supposed to gain, went back up to and above what I had ever been before. After the birth, I lost most of the weight in the first couple of months, but as I breastfed I was hungry AT ALL times and the weight just started piling back on. <BR> I am back to the wei... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 15:21:21 EST Staying Motivated I was using a goals website and then the website closed. now i'm at loose ends trying to journal on my own but it's harder without the social networking part of it. i'm hoping spark people will work for me too :) I don't always get emails letting me know i have a reply on the boards though. maybe they go to spam? I have to check. <BR> <BR> I have been overeating lately and I have to correct that. I have access to a fantastic cafeteria at work and that makes it hard. I'm also tempted... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 23:33:57 EST im too far gone, why try? I feel like I am too far gone to try and lose weight. I don't like what I see yet I don't see the point in trying. I haven't had a whole lot of success in losing weight and have pretty much convinced myself that I will be overweight or obese my whole life like I have always been since I was a teenager. I feel confused, depressed, and more alone or hopeless than anything. I know I need to do better with my health, I just don't care anymore. People always think or say that I am 28 and should be... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 17:00:56 EST Biggest Loser Challenge Ok, so I have figured out over the past 2 years that I cannot do this journey alone. I start out good, then lose motivation, or something happens or just get back into my lazy mode. <BR> <BR> Well tonight that changes. A local fitness club is doing a Biggest Loser Challenge and I am signing up for it. I meet with the trainer tonight and my friend from work is going with me. Hopefully this will turn my attitude towards myself around and keep my determination high! The only thing I am con... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 16:35:14 EST not good day! this was not a good day for me! headache! I didn't get anything accomplished. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 22:51:29 EST Austin TX weight loss buddy Hi there! <BR> I am 25 yrs and about 40 lbs overweight and have recently signed up with a running group. The problem is I don't have a whole lot of motivation to get up and run, or exercise, or eat healthy. Soooo I need some help. I need someone that will hold me accountable. Preferably who lives in south Austin but I'm sure distance isn't a huge issue. If there is another fellow Austinite who is looking for weight loss support send me a message and let's get healthy! (claire.booher@yaho... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 23:17:45 EST What drives your motivation? What's the driver behind your motivation? Tue, 2 Sep 2014 17:07:46 EST Staying Motivated This is the 4th or 5th time I've started back up with Sparkpeople. I do really well for a month or so, then fall off. This time it's been over a year since I last tracked my food, fitness and everything. I did get a good surprise this morning, stepping on the scale for the first time in over 2 months. I'd lost 8 lbs! I really need help sticking to a healthy eating plan, exercise and just doing the things I should to be healthy. <BR> <BR> What are your opinions for a healthy (and reali... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:50:37 EST Points for The Spark Didn't know where to go to find the answer to this: I bought The Spark book from Amazon a month or two ago. Now I see there is a point award for purchasing this book. Does anyone know to whom I should direct a question about getting the spark points? Was it a requirement to make the purchase through Spark People? Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:16:27 EST I need help, I feel unmotivated! Hey guys I really need some pick-me-ups. I reached my main goal to get healthy, but I'm slipping into bad habits. I'm eating out a lot more (unhealthy foods of course) and not exercising. I know this is a routine for disaster but I am feeling very unmotivated. When I lost weight I was motivated because some of my family said hurtful things about my weight. Now that I'm thin they of course no longer make those remarks, but without being hurt I guess I don't have the motivation to look better. ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:09:10 EST SEPTEMBER Gratitudes 2014 - Welcome All ! The idea here is to write at least five things you are grateful or appreciative each day, thus cultivating an attitude of gratitude I will be here with my 5 when it is September for me. I appreciate everyone who joins me in this tradition. <em>432</em> <BR> <BR> “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” <BR> ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:08:08 EST I love swimming! When I get in the pool I feel like a little kid. This is probably my favorite form of exercise. <em>345</em> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:24:38 EST Accountability Buddy Needed I was hoping to find some sort of competition or challenge where two people team up against other teams to lose weight/stay healthy. Not quite the BLC since that is a single person. I like the thought of being part of a two person team and being accountability buddies... Even if I can't find that challenge, I would love to have an accountability buddy. My lifestyle is hectic with work and school and even if it is a once a week thing it would be greatly appreciated and reciprocated! Sun, 31 Aug 2014 06:54:56 EST Never going to be thin Anybody ever feel like that? The last time I ever remember being skinny was when I was 2. I have always been the fat person, the fat kid in class that everyone picked on. Even today when i try to make changes I think people don't believe in me. How do I change and make those changes stick? I'm doing good now because even though I have gained 29lbs I haven't gained the whole 95 pounds like I usually do. I just feel sometimes that I will never be the person I want to be. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:11:23 EST pictures to motivate me I Googled the word 'motivation' and printed out a lot of pictures of things that would get me moving and eating better...(a skinny waist, a new pair of skinny jeans, a leather jacket I could buy with the money I'm not spending on expensive lattes and doughnuts...I've taped them up all over the house....on the fridge goes the skinny jeans, on my bathroom mirror a few things I'd get if I saved money....I love seeing all these reminders that I deserve to be happy! What would you post to your fri... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:31:10 EST I really need to share this with other sparkies After breakfast this morning I ran an error, and while I was out I started thinking about everything that I did not want to eat. Baked potatoes chips, candy coated almonds, etc., OMG, I thought get the fruit out of the bag. I brought a piece of fruit with me, finished that and drunk my water. I got to my destination and walked pasted a variety store, but I got weak and went in the store and I bought some candy coated almonds :-( <BR> <BR> But, the decision was candy or baked potatoes c... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:49:03 EST HELP! I'm out of control with my eating... again! I've lost a good deal of weight to date, and recently I find I'm getting WAY off track with my eating. I can't seem to control myself -- I'm eating too much, and am not stopping, especially eating a lot of sugar and fat. I need serious help to get me back on track and I'm at a loss as to HOW to do that currently! All suggestions are welcome!! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:55:49 EST How do you deal with the naysayer? Lately I've had family members who second guess my decisions to workout. They look at me like I'm crazy for wanting to bike 20 miles. Tell me I'm going to get struck by lightening, when I went for a 5 mile run with a storm on the horizon. I've been called selfish for wanting to get in a longer workout. Some days I have trouble convincing myself to keep going, I don't need a second voice in my head. <BR> <BR> Anyone else out there have a similar problem? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:23:18 EST Excellent article that helps motivate you <link> </link> <BR> <BR> "When you measure backward, you get to enjoy the progress you are making right now rather than yearn for a different life in the future." Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:03:33 EST Why Can't I Do This? Ok - the question should really be why "won't" I do this. I am 60 years old and have been dieting my whole life - I now weigh more then I ever have 233lbs on a 5'1 frame is not good. Luckily I have no health problems at this time (well not any related to my weight) but I know it is only a matter of time - esp if I keep gaining. I start each day determined to make it through the day - plan my meals - log them - then lunch comes and I am not in the "mood" for the sandwich I brought - so ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:04:59 EST How long does it take? A little background: I'm extremely active, but haven't had the best eating habits for the past couple of years. I'm 5'2 and 140lbs; I have about 20 pounds to lose. I have lost significant weight in the past, and am no stranger to how many calories are in standard servings, so I don't count my calories but I have a ballpark idea of what I'm eating. <BR> <BR> I went from binge eating a lot of junk like chips, chocolate, cookies, to eating a lot more fruits and veggies. A typical day for me n... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:12:45 EST addicted to the scale I am having a serious problem with the scale. Every where I go, that has a scale, I'm finding myself throwing off my shoes, coat....anything that I can take off....and weighing myself. Sometimes twice in the same day. My Hubby is getting sick of it, and I can truly understand. I'm on my way to losing the 50 lbs. I've gained over the 3 years we've been married. My health is suffering because of the weight...(luckily not the marriage! He's an awesome man!!) It's all in my head, thinking the wei... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:39:34 EST WOW !! I LIKE THE NEW LAYOUT <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I LIKE THE NEW LAYOUT , DO YOU. EASIER TO READ. "GOOD JOB SPARKPEOPLE" Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:16:31 EST Fear of losing Does anyone else have absolute panic when they drop a few pounds? I do fine until I realize this plan is working and before I know it I have immediately started a binge to regain it. This has been a lifelong pattern so nothing new except I have gotten to a weight I am absolutely miserable at. Any thoughts appreciated. <em>198</em> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:07:03 EST 40 something and things have changed Hey! I'm 44 years old and I'm telling you I feel like the weight sticks to me like glue now. When I was younger it was so much easier to lose the extra pounds. I can't be the only one who finds this? Are there any other women in their 40s who are taking off weight? I'm curious if you find the same thing? Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:09:51 EST staying motivated I know that it's taken me over two years to gain this 35 pounds. But I'm still so impatient when I eat well and exercise well and don't lose weight RIGHT AWAY. I really need to work on patience and sticking with it. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:02:26 EST Fitness and weight loss buddy? Hello all! I am 23 years old and started out at 195lbs in June of this year. I lost 17pounds but over the last two weeks my motivation has dropped to none. Now I gained back 5 pounds and was hoping for someone willing to share motivation and keep each other accountable. I would like to lose 25pounds, and am hoping for someone between the ages of 20-30 that would like to lose the same amount of weight. <BR> Thanks, and good luck all on your journey to health and happiness! Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:23:01 EST No Fit Friends, Looking For One to Stay Motivated. Right now fitness is very important to me, and I am working hard to get healthy. Problem is, not one of my close friends is trying to be fit, so it is hard for me to stay motivated and healthy. I am looking for a friend, with a similar mindset to help me stay on the path. Someone I can share fitness failures and success' with, and who enjoys talking about being healthy. <BR> <BR> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:54:34 EST Accountability Buddy So, I go on an off of spark as a loose weight. Recently, it occurred to me that if I had a buddy or two perhaps we could keep each other on track and motivated. <BR> <BR> A lilttle about me: mother of four (yes four) all 10 years old and under, stay at home mom, lives in So Cal with about 25 lbs to lose. <BR> <BR> If you think you would like to give this a shot send me a message. Women only please. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:35:33 EST Why are you here? Really? What is your motivation for losing weight? Do you think about it daily? Do you have it written down and posted everywhere? Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:39:29 EST THIS BLOG SHOULD WIN 'BLOG OF THE WEEK' HELLO WONDERFUL COMMUNITY, <BR> <BR> I READ ONE OF MY SP FRIEND'S BLOGS THIS MORNING AND JUST HAD TO SHARE IT WITH YOU ALL. <BR> <BR> I THINK THAT SHE IS A VERY TALENTED WRITER, HOPE YOU ENJOY AS MUCH AS I DID <BR> <BR> I FEEL THAT SHE CAN REACH SO MANY WITH HER HONESTY AND SIMPLY HONEST SOUL BEARING WAY OF ILLUSTRATING HER JOURNEY <BR> <BR> WALKING THE LABYRINTH BY A_RARE_BEAN <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763154 <BR> <BR> I CAN ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:02:00 EST How to reverse a day of bad decisions? I started with high hopes. I knew that I needed more fruit and vegetables, and that it was possible to stay satisfied, have dessert, and still stay within my allotted calories. I took the kids roller skating, and then took them to a pizza parlor. I could have ordered a salad, but I ate an entire pizza by myself. At least I drank mineral water. At home I thought "screw it"and ate a brownie. I drank an aranciata, followed it with a limonata (<BR>m/int/en... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:44:44 EST How many times can I lose the same 5 lbs? The past couple of months I've been pushing myself. I've been working out and watching what I'm eating. I'm feeling stronger and leaner, but the scale isn't cooperating. I lose a couple pounds only to gain it a few days to a week later. I'm not giving up, but it sure is frustrating. Maybe its time to check my measurements again... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:41:31 EST Extra Points! Got extra points yesterday for every hundredth post. <BR> <BR> YAAY!! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:01:51 EST Looking for a weight loss buddy ! Hi, I am looking for someone who can not only help motivate me but can give me the kick in the butt I need when I am feeling discouraged. We can help each other through this journey to a happier healthier life. I don't really have a preference on gender. <BR> <BR> My stats : <BR> Current weight :340 lbs <BR> Goal weight : 140 lbs <BR> I am 23 years old & a female. <BR> <BR> We could keep in touch daily via a messenger such as yahoo or kik. <BR> Thanks for taking the time to read my post. <... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:32:43 EST Depression and Eating. I need help staying motivated to not eat when I get upset.... I have postpartum depression ( just had a baby 4 months ago ) and I just can't control myself when it comes to food now. It upsets me so much because I want to lose weight so bad. I gained 70lbs during my pregnancy and I lost 30lbs right after. I have another 40 to lose but it's so hard trying to contain myself when it comes to eating. I've always had a depression eating problem but I never gained weight before the baby :( Can anyo... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:25:08 EST Super Rough Day So it isn't even 1:15pm and I am having such a bad day at work that I am happy I didn't plan well enough to bring food or my wallet... <BR> <BR> Any advice to not binge as soon as I get home for the day? Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:06:47 EST Does anyone know? Does anyone know where I can go to get that "I lost 5 lbs. with SparkPeople" photo? Not the trophy but the actual photo? <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:48:27 EST THE NEED TO BE MOTIVATED <BR> <BR> HI EVERYONE, <BR> <BR> HAVE A GREAT AND HEALTHY DAY. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:15:26 EST Needing some words of wisdom and encouragement I am not losing weight like I thought or hoped that I would. My husband and I have been riding our bikes at least 11 miles a day, and I can't shed a pound. I'm trying to incorporate the spark diet plan but the problem with this is that I have 3 picky eaters who wouldn't eat some of this and my husband is on Atkins. So, basically I'm doing 3 different meals at dinner. It is a lot of money to spend at the grocery store to eat healthy to begin with. It was overwhelming, so I'm starting small and... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:53:48 EST Putting weight back on after only 2weeks. HELP I was doing super well the first week, second week xas okay but not as good, and this third week i'm slowly putting the tny bit of weight that i had lost BACK ON. <BR> Has this happened to anyone? Did you figure out what you were doing wrong? <BR> I've looked at my daily intakes and everything, I might have found the reason why I'm putting on weight but some help from other spark members would be really appreciated. <BR> I DO NOT WANT TO GIVE UP ALREADY!! Thu, 14 Aug 2014 03:13:56 EST My First Day and i am scared!! Today is my first day on diet to loose my 10-12 Kg. <BR> after that back injury i have it became a part of my treatment to lose that weight <BR> yet i am scared!! I've lost this weight before and i always get it back :( <BR> Specially now, after loosing my job, stressed & bored of staying home, things that always get me to eat as if eating eats the time !! <BR> i think i need all the motivation and support i can get to stay strong and do it again and this time to add a small piece to this goa... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:33:01 EST How many times have you started over? How many times in the past few years have you tried to lose weight and get fit only to give up and have to start again? <BR> For me it's been several....sometimes I wouldn't necessarily give up but I would let other inks get in the way or I would get close to reaching my goal and think I could slack off and then find it at much harder to start up again. This time though I am determined and have realized that if I don't make the time for myself then I'm not giving the best of myself to my f... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:27:16 EST Getting Motivation Back -Suffering from Depression anyone know how to get or build motivation while suffering from depression? I was moving along great and acomplishing so much and loving it and then I had a couple bad days that turned into a couple more bad days that turned into a few weeks and now a couple of months. Spark is my only support and I dont want to post about negative feelings or loss of motivation but I really need help to get back on track. any advice, any tips would be appreciated espceially if you know what I am going throug... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:09:34 EST Need to lose 2 pounds a week until March I am currently 200 & need to lose 2 pounds a week until March . Is this a realistic goal? I am trying to lose 60 pounds. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:39:59 EST Do-able goals I need to set some goals that are easy to achieve. <BR> <BR> 1. Get the candy out of my HOUSE!!!! <BR> 2. Exercise for at least 30 min a day. <BR> 3. Walk as much as possible. <BR> <BR> These are my 3 reachable goals this week. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:48:29 EST Getting started I wasn't sure if I should post this here or until exercise and fitness. I seem to have a mental block about starting any type of exercise or activity. I used to love to walk but now I can barely get myself out of my house unless it's to my mailbox or the car. Any tips on how to get going? Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:08:09 EST The ERR is gone Well tomorrow is my official weigh day but so far I havent been able to give anything official since my scale continues to ERR out, so I recorded the last weight it looks like. <BR> <BR> Got on the scale today NO ERR I got a real weight, <BR> <BR> Hope this trend continues tomorrow for the official weigh in Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:15:56 EST What's your incentive? It's hot here in Florida, so I've been doing my walking at the mall in the mornings before the stores open. There are lots of regulars there now. I can see my reflection in the store windows as I walk by. I am for sure the chubbiest little lady there. I don't want to be! <BR> <BR> What's your incentive? Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:45:20 EST i'm actually going to do it this time! i've tried this over and over in the past and just cant keep at it. last thursday i found out i'm prediabetic. and i guess that made my husband decide to do this with me for a chance. i think thats been my biggest downfall. he likes to go out to eat, and i'll eat bad things since i'm a picky eater. so far its been 4 days and we've both made decisions on what to get before we went out with my family to a steak house. and we've both been eating lots of fruit. <BR> <BR> we're going to do ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:28:22 EST Just when I'm starting to feel good.... Lately I've been working hard and feeling good. The scale hasn't moved far, but I've been feeling stronger ... I can workout harder ... I can run farther. However, this morning I just saw a picture of myself from this weekend and I'm not happy about what I saw. I didn't see a strong healthy person. I saw a chubby overweight person. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:56:53 EST #backontrack ... anyone?? <link><BR>st=back_on_track_a_consistency_challen<BR>ge_for_august </link> <BR> <BR> anyone doing the aug #backontrack? it's a consistency challenge for august that I just found on sparkpeople and starting it today. what will you focus on? <BR> <BR> I'm focusing on working out consistently...goodness knows i need it!! I bought a new ipod, workout clothes, changed the battery in my pedometer and paired my ipod to a portable speaker so I can blast tho... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 08:34:01 EST Spreadsheets come in handy I have just been looking at my spreadsheet re calories, etc. One thing that has stood out like a sore thumb (because it is colour-coded) is that when I am really tired and/or very cold, I have really bad cravings which I tend to give in to. I do give myself permission to eat whatever I want and not worry about calories occasionally, so there is no beating myself up. <BR> <BR> Anyway, up until and including my dinner, I had eaten 1451 Calories. Roll on about 3/4hr after dinner and the cra... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 05:38:58 EST I have a feeling I'm gonna need this board I'm really trying to keep my motivation. My hubby, while supportive, just doesn't care about losing weight, or eating healthier, etc. So his support isn't the best. I mean he gives me great lip service, and at times tries to cook better meals, he does 90% of the cooking, but he always buys junk food, and at times cooks crappy meals. And by the time I get home from work and Crossfit, I just don't have the energy to cook myself a second supper. <BR> <BR> So this board will be a place I thi... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 20:57:09 EST I feel so bad Last month i had donated my winter clothes ri Goodwill cuz i thought i was gonna be losing weight by at least Sept and had to buy smaller sized sweat pants and sweat shirts but it looks like im goin to have to buy the same sized clothes as last winter. Every time i look at myself i tell myself how "fat" i am, how much i have been disappointed at myself and how disgusted i feel. I never like how i feel about myself. Oh well Sat, 9 Aug 2014 15:52:22 EST Vacation A vacation can be a break without breaking your resolve. Just returned from week away, Enjoyed the extravagance of a butterbeer and chocolate cake but took the few minutes to track. Kept me mindful of making better choices while accepting that my numbers would be higher. Tried to stay active. Didn't lose weight but didn't gain any either. Did gain priceless memories with my family. Thanks Spark Sat, 9 Aug 2014 14:31:05 EST How do you guys manage your wardrobe? How do you guys manage your wardrobe if your weight fluctuates up and down? I have tons of clothes that are too small for me. Although I know they will one day fit me again, sometimes I get frustrated having this HUGE closet full of clothes, and only a handful of items I wear on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> Do you guys ever save things in hopes they will fit you soon? It's nice to have something to look forward to fitting into, but at the same time I hate having my clothes take up so much s... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 23:03:14 EST weight gain Just started tracking a week ago and have been quite diligent about working out and tracking. Only downfall is that I'm not eating all of my calories. Weighed self and am 4 pounds up. Thinking it is partially due to not eating enough each day. Any input would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! Fri, 8 Aug 2014 15:22:36 EST Detrimental trip to the doctor! Last doctor visit I brought up that I had been trying to lose weight on my own and had thus far lost about 20lbs in about 2 months through reduced calorie diet, some exercise, and a few supplements. The response was underwhelming. Given, he is also my mother's doctor from whom he had heard it all before. That being said, I am an entirely different person! I brought up that I'd like to continue losing weight, which got me a few crickets then a 'well that's good'. I pressed further asking 'Shou... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 11:08:11 EST What do you find to be the hardest? Is it the diet or is it the working out? For me it can be one or the other...and sometimes both at the same time! <BR> I find that if I actually take the time to pre-plan all my meals and snacks for the entire week I stay on track. And if I schedule my workout in my phone it makes me feel like it's an appointment that I need to go to lol Fri, 8 Aug 2014 09:38:56 EST Binge eating Hey everyone!! So I was hoping that someone could give me advice on how to get back into my diet. The last week I've been binging almost everyday and I just don't want to gain a ton of weight. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thu, 7 Aug 2014 23:43:16 EST 126 points today I love reading about other people. It helps keep me going and inspire me. I also also like watching the video's. <em>381</em> Thu, 7 Aug 2014 23:03:54 EST staying movtivated today Always makes you feel good about yourself when your motivated. Woo Hoo <em>334</em> Thu, 7 Aug 2014 15:25:39 EST Question for the ladies... I was wondering how much weight if anything you allow for that time of the month? My weight is all over this week I wonder if I should just skip this week weigh-in? Seriously I can not go up and down two pounds in a day. Thu, 7 Aug 2014 09:31:33 EST How do you get back into a good mood? I've had a bad day/week/month. I feel like my friend has been taking advantage of me, I haven't been able to keep my room clean and tidy and I've been having money troubles. It may not seem like a big deal but there's no smile on my dial. <BR> <BR> What do you do? <BR> <BR> Here's some of my ideas: <BR> -Go for a walk <BR> -Write in my blog <BR> -Get my washing done <BR> -Attempting cleaning up- again! <BR> -Do my dishes <BR> -Hang out at the library for a few hours and use their internet <... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 05:44:51 EST No motivation, HELP! I'm finding it hard to find motivation now as a Mum, still breast feeding my toddler who is almost 2 years old. Chocolate and sweet snacks have become such an addiction and it's so hard to break the habit. I've already put on 14 pounds. I tried to cut out sugar for a week and it was easy at first but then harder and then on day 4 I was sleep deprived and needed a large sugar fix! I'm pretty fit though and otherwise healthy and that makes it harder to be motivated. To lose weight now I have to... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 02:55:13 EST Should & pick walking or exercising ? I AM GETTING OLDER 74 LAST WEEK. i T SEEMS NOW I CAN'T DO BOTH AT THE SAME TIME. wHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND ? Thu, 7 Aug 2014 02:33:33 EST Just now wanted I am just now exploring the power of essential oils. I use doTerra for ingest able and and therapeutic. I use The Essential Oil Company for perfume, candle and bath product oils. So I have a few questions for each of you.... <BR> 1. What oil would you recommend over any other and why? <BR> 2. What is your favorite, use, tip or trick and why? <BR> 3. What one thing about essential oil use do you wish you would have known from the beginning? <BR> <BR> inquiring minds want to know...... <BR> ... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 00:42:16 EST If I Could Do It Again.....? As I type the topic for this I was struck with one thought, the 5K I completed in 2010. This might seem like a small thing for some, but for me, it was my most accomplished and rewarding moment of my weight loss journey. I never felt happier and so confident. I still have my hat with the speed completion time ticket pinned to it. I am starting over again and learned much from the past attempt at getting fit. My goal: complete another 5K and beat my time. That I can and will do ;-p Wed, 6 Aug 2014 09:57:33 EST motivation Keeping my chin up and staying focused <em>334</em> Tue, 5 Aug 2014 21:57:47 EST Changing it Up So I've been hovering in the same 2 to alb "zone" for the last week or so. <BR> <BR> I've been good about my nutrition intake and my exercise...and I'm not talking about 20 minutes of cardio here and there. My exercise I do upper and lower weights along with stretching. My cardio is walking my dog. <BR> <BR> I seem to have hit a plateau and I'm not sure how to bust through it... <BR> <BR> Suggestions? Tue, 5 Aug 2014 13:05:05 EST Keep the Faith I tell myself I didn't gain the weight over night and it's not going all come off tonight. So keep the Faith. Tue, 5 Aug 2014 01:35:25 EST 4 week back on track August challenge Hello! <BR> <BR> Ok, here we go again! Trying to get motivated again to get back on track when I saw the August challenge. Lets do this!!! Mon, 4 Aug 2014 12:47:54 EST Am I being realistic I set my goal at 180 by the end of the year. I am currently at 201. 64 years young and exercising with water aerobics, walking the treadmill and tracking food. I also have to take medication that encourages weight gain. Am I being realistic in my numbers? Mon, 4 Aug 2014 12:20:08 EST Happy <em>334</em> Mon, 4 Aug 2014 09:44:49 EST losing weight and keeping it off? So I am back to use this site again to track my calories. I have been on and off of here roughly the last four years. When I first started using this site and working out I was doing my workouts at home. I was roughly at 255lbs at the time. Needless to say I never ever wanted to get close to that weight again. I managed to get myself down to 226lbs and I was feeling pretty good about myself and I quit working out for a while. I then started working out again and I managed to get myself down t... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 00:39:14 EST What did your mirror say today? What did your mirror say today? Mine said "your face looks smaller"! and that felt amazing! Sun, 3 Aug 2014 20:25:53 EST Motivation Buddy! Hey! My name is Ciera and I'm 24 years old. I would love to have a few spark friends to chat with, help stay motivated, and such! <em>381</em> Sat, 2 Aug 2014 18:00:11 EST Making peace with your body..... I hope I can express this properly. <BR> <BR> My whole life I have struggled with an all or nothing attitude and used the simple calories in vs out to gage what I believed my success or failure "should be". If the math didn't work out onthe scale I was frustrated and defeated. If I burned 3500 a week and didn't see that one pound off I would blame myself and feel like I was doing something wrong so what is the point if it isn't going to work? Sound familiar? <BR> <BR> I am working now on ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 13:46:41 EST Do you listen to music while exercising? Yes, I love listening to music during my workout. It motivates me to keep going when I want to stop. Sat, 2 Aug 2014 08:20:04 EST lost my walking partner My walking partner gave up on working out she said work and her mom was more important... now my problem is trying to stay on track with my walking. my two year old daughter would come with us too but she can't push me out the door. any tips to getting back to working out? I work fulltime days has a cna. so don't tell me that working out super early is going to motivate me. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 08:50:55 EST Just don't want to do it? So what do you so when you hit the wall? Everything is going good but you just don't want to exercise anymore? Life is busy, your body hurts? How do you motivate? Fri, 1 Aug 2014 08:14:51 EST Reconnecting with yourself Hello. <BR> I was hoping someone will read this and provide any advice they may have. <BR> I have started to notice that I am not involved with myself; I go through the motions every day but I am not there, if that makes sense. <BR> I have struggled with my weight for so long that this is now who I am. I go on diets every week starting each Monday but seem to be only doing the cursory things like trying to eat well but failing without a backward thought. I walk my puppy but that is the only e... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:41:25 EST AUGUST '14, Gratitude Thread...Welcome All "He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has." - Epictetus <BR> <BR> If you are new to this tradition, the idea is to write 5 things (or more) that you appreciate, are grateful for or simply things that are working in you life. <BR> <BR> I look forward to seeing everyone's posts tomorrow when I return to post mine. <BR> Thank You!! <em>220</em> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:48:38 EST Hitting HUGE mile markers! Today was the first time in 5 years that my BMI has officially fallen out of the "Obese" category and into the "overweight" category! I realize it's just a number but I feel great and this is a huge milestone for me! It's amazing how great you feel when drinking a lot of water becomes a routine and not a hassle. Cheers to making lifestyle changes & to the future. <em>208</em> Just another thing to be excited for, I am well on my road to having my Ph. D. in Psychology too! :) Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:17:13 EST Food Tracking Any tips on tracking your food? I know it's an important step to figure out where my calories are coming from, but I just can't seem to get my act together to do this. No matter how motivated I am in the morning, by the evening the motivation is gone. Thanks! Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:03:57 EST stress and weight last two weeks I have been stressing out about medicare stuff and trying to get life insurance I can afford because my 15 yr term ended..i gained this week and that's the only reason I can think I gained. any suggestions. I am trying so hard to at least lose a pound and it doesn't want to happen. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:44:52 EST focus I have to remember to shake things up a little to keep things interesting. Try a new recipe, go to your favorite stone and the outfit you like the most(price being no option-the feeling of having the outfit on feels wonderful), walk a new path or shake up your daily routine. <BR> <BR> Don't forget to establish goals and reward yourself with non-food rewards. Make a certificate for each goal you accomplish and frame them and hang them on a wall. You worked hard for that goal-keep a record ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:42:26 EST Convincing my body I'm in the 2nd week of my restart, and my body is starting to fight back! I'm getting some complaints from my stomach that I haven't been feeding it as much as usual. I know this is something that will pass, but it sucks having to tell myself that I'm not REALLY hungry all the time. I definitely am eating enough, and I get plenty of fiber and protein. I have to turn the tummy growls into a good thing and think of it as a sign that I'm doing this right. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:07:42 EST The scale lies I just want to say for all those out there who are looking at the scale and getting discouraged that the scale is my worst enemy. I was shedding pounds pretty steady and it was just like a sudden halt. However I am wearing the clothes I couldn't fit into a month ago and I feel so much better and I look so much better. People at work are asking me about my weight loss because it's noticeable. Looking at the stall in pounds being shed I was very upset however I'm going to stop weighing for ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:50:03 EST I really need help! I'm in a dilemma! Hi, <BR> So I had been working out everyday and watching what I eat for about 35 days but since past weekend and even today, I have stopped going to the gym and just eating whatever I wanted. <BR> <BR> People say I shouldn't feel guilty but I really do for not training in the morning and after work. Also, I feel guilty for eating relentlessly. <BR> <BR> I don't feel motivated to go because I have a 30 minute presentation to work on that is due by next friday and I feel like I will never ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:04:16 EST Give me a reality check Discouraged! I have been working out 6 days/week for six weeks, I've been within my calories 90% of the time. I'm doing so much more and eating so much less over the past six weeks. I feel great. But....I weigh and measure myself every 3 weeks. Today was the day. <BR> <BR> Over the past 3 weeks I lost half a pound. <BR> I lost half an inch from my waist <BR> I lost half an inch from my hips <BR> Arms stayed the same <BR> I gained half an inch on my thigh! :( <BR> <BR> I need a reality ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:11:07 EST One of my goals I would like to have a flatter belly by Christmas of this year. <BR> How will I measure this? Well, I guess if I lose 2-3 inches off of the belly area, that would be nice. <BR> <BR> Some steps I take to reach this goal: <BR> <BR> Eat healthy meals <BR> Exercise dally. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:59:52 EST Couch 2 5K I am doing the couch 2 5K program with full motivation to run my first 5K this fall. I started week 1 going strong, with my daughter cheering me on and riding her bike with me (she is 5), and now just finished week 2. But now my daughter has lost interest in joining me. Being a single parent, I can't leave without her, so i have resorted to doing a marching/jogging in place. Do you think this is 'cheating' or as effective? I still feel my muscles working, and I am getting my HR up (not a... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:08:07 EST Staying Motivated when .... I have been walking 5-7 miles a day since April and really watching what I eat yet I've only lost 7 pounds. Last week I hiked Trails in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons - and yet I've not been able to lose any weight in over a month. Doing the math, I should be losing - My waist and hip measurements haven't changed. <BR> <BR> I need to keep going ... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:27:31 EST Help, need to lose weight again! Whats the best way like doing stuff to lose couple pounds (3-4) pretty quick like in a week or two I eat 900-1250 ive been having hard time snacking pretzels and ice cream etc! <BR> <BR> What do i need to do? What has worked for u? <BR> <BR> And I eat lot of low calorie foods so thats why my count is kinda low i guess <BR> <BR> In 3 weeks i went from 106.0 to now 108.0 im short btw 5'1.5" Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:09:00 EST I can't keep myself motivated! HI my name is michelle foote and I'm 5'2'' and I'm 33yrs old....I weight 220lbs and I have high blood pressure and cholesterol and I'm on meds but I hate taking them...I want off them so bad but I can't seem to lose the weight...I don't exersice so thats my BIGGEST problem so I do know what I can do to motivate myself to get up and move...Plus I don't have support in my house because I'm the only one that needs to lose weight....I'm really depressed about my weight and I don't know what to do... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:08:47 EST Positive I am feeling very positive today. I have been achieving most of my daily goals I have set. I am up to a mile a week now, and steadily increasing my exercises. My original plan was to walk a 5k by next summer, but lately I have been thinking of moving that goal up to a sooner date. I want to do an actual race, instead of a virtual one. I also just joined a new gym that opened in our area (Planet Fitness) and renewed my local YMCA membership. I tend to keep at something more when I have investe... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:15:30 EST to try harder for weight make my time more in control Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:54:53 EST Weight Loss Weapons! I should not give up. I am there. Losing weight is not that easy to do. but thanks to people who is always there to lift me up. My weight loss weapon is helping me a lot <BR> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:38:46 EST I need a pep talk.... I haven't told anyone in my family I am doing anything re: my weight, but I have been in calorie range for five days and have been making good food choices...I just need a few rah-rahs to keep me going... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:16:05 EST my mission hi, its ravi here, i take challanges in my life and here is a new ambition to get a fit and strong body now. i've been doing exercise for last 2 months and has reduced my weight from 95kg to 88 kg. Now the new mission for the next 2 months is come to <em>521</em> 75 kg from 88kg. i wana take help from SPARKPEOPLE b coz its the best coach and friend too. i believe that we can do anything bcoz I CHALLANGE TO WIN. And so i am back in gym after 13 years with all my emotions, power and strength... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:05:18 EST Becoming Motivated There are certain changes I have made in my life style that are now habit, but there are others that I need to make if I want success. <BR> <BR> I have - stopped drinking anything except for coffee, tea, club soda and water <BR> I limit my desserts to one piece of 80-90% dark chocolate (3-4 days a week) or 2 whole grain fig bars (once or twice a month) or frozen yogurt (once every 2-3 months) <BR> I only eat bread 2-3 days a week <BR> I eat a variety of fruits and vegetables everyday (7-1... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:45:55 EST A small Brag I went to my Doctor Appt, this morning and I have stayed the same,( since April) I may not have lost, but I haven't gained, even though I was on Vacation last week. So I count that as a success. Starting to track again after some time off, so hopefully I'll begin to see some more weight come off. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:54:53 EST food is not love reading the article on "nothing ever changes if we don't change" made me think "why" do i overeat? maybe its my moms fault for feeding me till i was stuffed as a baby because they feared we would die if they didn't feed us properly? i need to forgive her, it wasnt her fault. <BR> maybe in reality we are hunting for love and we substitute food as the material object? theres an old saying that you have to love yourself first before anyone else will love you. i really dont like myself, mainly ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:05 EST SP Activity Tracker: do you love it? I have been using the SP Activity Tracker daily since 2 July, and I have met my goals each day! I stacked the deck the first week: I knew I'd walk a lot while we were on vacation for the July 4th holiday, and I knew I'd walk a lot the following week due to my involvement in a family wedding. The result is I logged nearly a two week streak without really trying. I also spent the vacation monitoring my pain and tiredness level after each day's activity, so I found my absolute max. I've been wor... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:27:11 EST App and websites I find new apps for my phone or websites highly motivating. I was wondering if anyone out there uses any of these things and which to keep them motivated. <BR> <BR> Apps that I use: <BR> 30 plank challenge (just for fun) <BR> Charity Miles (donates to a charity 10 cents a mile) <BR> Striiv (challenges with friends to donate water to 3rd world countries) <BR> Nike Running (keeps track of my running km for me as well as speed comparatively) <BR> <BR> Websites: <BR> Sparkpeople (shocker I know... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:01:53 EST Lost motivation I started my healthy life change in April for 2 months I worked out gave up soda which is all I drank ate healthier and lost 20 lbs I was ecstatic only 25 lbs to go to my goal weight. My hubby was on nights these 2 months beginning of June he went back on days and I lost all motivation. I always worked out in the living room and did work out videos but I don't like doing them in front of him so I quit he also cooks and gets upset when I eat something else when what he makes is unhealthy do I... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:11:38 EST Getting started AGAIN I've tried so many different diet fads (yes, I am a yo-yo dieter)they all worked for a short time. I am sick and tired of no success. But I got to thinking about what's going wrong. I realized it isn't the diet that failed it IS me. <BR> <BR> When I was a teen I did the fruit & rice diet, I stuck with it & lost NOTHING! Barely into high school, I was on Jenny Craig. Lost 17 in 2 months (got too expensive (about 500 a month). About 8 years ago, I did Weight Watchers (followed it to a "T", los... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:04:41 EST Okay i need help Hello, my name is Sam, im 24 years old and i lack all motivation and really am new to this. I signed up along time ago, i just never committed to it...and i want that to change. But i know i cant keep going on my own. So can anyone help me? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:57:24 EST Setting Goals to stay motivated this week It has been 2 weeks since I have found the strength to start watching what I eat and to begin exercising again. I feel my flexibility and strength have improved over the last two weeks and I have been doing some form of exercise consistently so in that respect I feel good. The problem is the scale has not really moved in those two weeks and I feel I have really cut back and tried to make better choices with my food, which is saying alot for an emotional eater. At my weight I need to see th... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:39:08 EST I am reaching out. I am back. I have been on this weight loss journey so many times, with no success. The scale goes up and up. I know it is because of me, lack of motivation, poor eating habits, no excersize.I feel so defeated. I start, when I wake do good for breakfast, blow it by lunch. Life is passing me by as I sit on the couch. As I read this over, wth, loser. Input is appreciated. <em>249</em> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:13:30 EST Shakin' it up- try something new It's funny, sometimes, how something can seem like a good idea at the start, but as the day or moment arrives to take action, one suddenly becomes a big ball of doubt. Such was my experience when a co-worker proposed that we bike to work on Friday. <BR> <BR> I accepted the challenge on Monday, focusing on all the ways that this would make me a total bad-ass; exercise, team-building with a co-worker, no car on the road, trying new things. <BR> <BR> The week progressed and I prepared. I l... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:05:32 EST I hate it I am just restarting my journey to lose weight and I don't wish to fall on my old habits. My old habits are giving up causing me to overeat and eat an abundance of sweets while consuming as few fruits and vegetables as possible. I have difficulty eating in moderation and giving up the processed foods. I tried meal planning, but it seems to make the whole thing worse. I need your advice. Is food planning a must in losing weight or is it an individual thing? Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:24:46 EST Can you not track one day and still be successful? I have done sparkpeople and weight watchers in the past. I find tracking is very successful. I also find tracking is very tedious and sometimes annoying. When I have gotten to that stage I seem to lose motivation. However in my mind I know it works so I should continue to do it. However for a day like today I just don't want to even though I know am eating healthy because I still measure my food and plan what to eat. Is it ok to have a free day of no tracking and still be successful? Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:25:22 EST I just can't do it Please no mean comments. I have to let some stuff out. I don't know why I can't do it. I have a million reasons why I need to. I just turned 27 a week ago. I have prediabetes. My blood pressure is high (today it is 146/101). My mom died almost 3 years ago due to complications with gastric bypass surgery. I lost the weight but gained it all back plus an extra 40 pounds. I need to lose 80 pounds just to be on the high end of a healthy range. I am addicted to food. I eat to feel better, to celeb... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:07:16 EST starting over... again Hello all, I am having a really hard time staying motivated to eat right. I do great for a week, slip and fall all the way down. I am exercising like crazy which I love but gaining weight like crazy too. I just don't know how to keep at it. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:15:58 EST Help! I really need advice! Hello folks! Thanks for taking a look at my post. Last month, I turned 30 and for some reason that's been a huge motivation for me to make a change. Over the past five years, I've put on nearly 80lbs! Yuck! It's about time to get my rear in gear and get back down to a normal and healthy weight. I'm not afraid of putting in the work, but there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day. I know many of you on here are also very busy - so I could use some insight. I'm also a regional airlin... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:23:05 EST Positive Sayings on Start Page This is a serious request. There were positive motivational sayings on the start page that has been replaced with Spark Points. Please, the motivation is much more important than having the spark points. The spark points are still under My Trackers--why do we need them in two places. In advance, your kind consideration is appreciated. <BR> <BR> Bettie Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:36:36 EST STARTING is everything! I know that if I START, I will continue to exercise. I know that if I have a goal to get in a morning exercise, I am more likely to reach my exercise goals. I know that if I exercise, I will feel better. This morning, I woke up with blurred vision--a sure sign a headache is coming, and I just can't read the paper, one of my favorite morning routines. I rested my eyes for a bit in a dimly-lit room, felt a bit better, and later exercised with a short walk. My motivation is back and I feel ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:54:11 EST wish mandabear722 a Happy Birthday!!! wish amanda a Happy Birthday!!!her birthday is on the 22nd. She is working so hard on weight loss. A hello would be welcome!! Thank you. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 03:23:10 EST Today I'm so motivated I so motivated today. I'm cleaning my house and a few days ago I got rid of stuffs I didn't want since I will be moving once there an opening in HUD housing back East. Today I cleaned the bathroom and now I'm dusting my apartment. There is still a lot more to do. But I hope I can keep motivate through out the day. Sometime by the next day I'm so pooped out and just need a few days to rest. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:17:17 EST Gaining-help!! I reached my goal weight in the spring and still did not look the way I wanted/should for my "stats" and realized I wasn't gaining muscle the way I was supposed to because of my body being in a constant "breakdown" state according to my health coach/nutritionist. She had me up my calories to 1600 (from 1200) and do more intense strength training/cardio circuits. My "maintenance" is supposedly 1800 according to most calculators. I have basically stayed off the scale because I knew it may go up... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:27:06 EST Weight loss buddy Hi, I am a women in my 40's who needs to loss about 50 pounds or so, I feel I will do better with a weight loss friend. If anyone else is in the same boat please send me message, I would prefer if it was someone who likes to text. <BR> I hope to hear from you soon. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:12:28 EST Evening - TV - and Eating I'm on maintenance. There are two things that are slipping. My daily walk which I love to do and will get back to now that the guests are gone and I'll have time for it. I eat very well all day. I enjoy my meals and they are in my calorie range and nutritious. But come evening, I find myself pulling out the peanuts, chocolate chips or something equally calorie rich to eat while I watch TV and get in some relaxation time. I can't seem to find a substitute for this. I like the comfort t... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:59:28 EST I gained 4 pounds this week. I don't know what to do. I need help. I gain weight every other week even though I exercise. I am not sure exactly what is going on. Despite what I eat, I still gain weight. Am I gaining muscle or fat? Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:14:47 EST I'm back after a "weight relapse" I'm back on Sparkpeople after losing 50 pounds and gaining 30 back in less than a year *sigh*. I went to the doctor for a physical and that number on the scale shocked me. I wanted to cry. This is my first day back on the site in like months and I'm already feeling a little down on myself because I'm almost back to square one. I didn't realize just how fast you can put the weight back on. How do you stay motivated after gaining a significant amount of weight back? I'm down in the dumps. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:25:33 EST Hi starting again on losing weight and excerise Hi, <BR> I just bought a 6mm yoga mat and since I was sick with Upper respiratory infection and getting better but maybe tomorrow or next week I will start going to gym and do my workout and the classes. I joined 24HRS Fitness. They have great classes like Silver Sneaker, Yoga, Aqua classes. I have to get my butt to the gym and workout. I just have a hard time getting motivated and really have no one to go with. I can get my friends in on pass. Cost a lot of money to have them join t... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:08:07 EST Need motivation I need to loose 15 pounds and I can't seem to find the motivation to do so. I lost my dad a couple of years ago and since then I can't seem to stick to eating the right foods. I know I would feel much better if I would loose the extra weight. Any suggestions will be much appreciated. <em>41</em> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:53:28 EST 3 WK CHALLENGE: LOSE 2.5 LBS A WEEK 7/10-731 I want to weigh in the 170s by Aug 1. My current weight is 187 lbs. <BR> <BR> My plan: <BR> <BR> 35 gms carbs per meal <BR> 1200 calories per day <BR> 8 glasses water/gr tea <BR> 2 green smoothies a day <BR> 7 or more hrs of sleep per day <BR> 15 -30 mins of exercise a day <BR> <BR> Weigh ins: 17th, 24th and 31st <BR> <BR> ALL are welcomed to join, watch or support. <BR> <BR> My plan or yours. Good luck!! <em>521</em> <em>306</em> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:27:19 EST To all those who are discouraged/complaining I have been a spark people member for some time now. I have noticed that as the weather is getting warmer, things have changed a lot. I see people are talking about eating more junk, messing up their progress and not doing as much. None of us are perfect, in fact just yesterday I too, had way too many calories. But each day is a new day. We are supposed to be here to help encourage and motivate each other. I feel like we are just bringing each other down and saying it is alright to mess up a... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 17:34:16 EST Extreme Weightloss...Encouraging TV or Diet Porn? So DW and I have been watching DVR'd shows of "Extreme WeightLoss". For any of you that haven't seen it, it is kind of like "The Biggest Loser" without the competition part. <BR> <BR> Many of the same Dramatic Aspects such as the randomized scale reading, the commercial Cliffhangers and the shirtless before pics followed by the shirted afters...It does seem to me to be a healthier version of the over-the-top weightloss genre with the subjects spending only 3 months in the controlled envir... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 17:00:27 EST Hi Hi, <BR> My name is Christa and I starting my diet. I lost 6-7 pound and then gain 10. I was disguised and upset I gain. I would like to receive motivation to help me lose the weight. How do I start that? I'm trying to get to the gym but as now I'm sick with Upper Respiratory Infection. I have to take it easy for now. What other ways can I still get motivated to lose the weight? <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 15:54:43 EST Accountability pal Hey gang! <BR> I'm a 26 year old American living in Taipei. I obviously can't really go workout with any of you, but I'm kind of hoping to find an accountability partner, someone I can chat to about what I'm doing right and wrong, and someone to help keep me motivated. I've noticed patterns in my weight loss/gain and I think having someone to talk to about it regularly might help. I'm working to lose 25lbs by Christmas which I think is pretty doable. <BR> <BR> As a bonus: I'm also really f... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 01:48:09 EST Getting off my butt lol I have a fully supportive husband for me losing weight but I need a little extra umph to get going. Are there challenges or races or things to help me set goals with others. I want to ... Well..... Compete or have a goal challenge or race some one to the next goal. Any suggestions? I'm trying but I know I can do better if some one will do it with me. Xoxo Tue, 8 Jul 2014 01:46:12 EST 100 lbs to lose and need help staying motivated! I have just started my weight loss journey...(again)...and I need help staying motivated. I have joined a personal training group at my gym, and have started eating healthy but it seems like I do good for a couple weeks then slide off and gain it all (and more!) back. I would like to have a "buddy" to hold me accountable. Messaging regularly, and keeping each other on track! Friend me! <BR> <BR> Also, how do you keep yourself motivated? I'd love to hear some tips! Mon, 7 Jul 2014 23:18:57 EST What are you committing to tomorrow? There’s an ancient Chinese proverb that says, “One step at a time is good walking.” Try to remember this when you feel a bit overwhelmed with the task at hand. What are you committing to tomorrow? Getting 8 hours of sleep? 8 glasses of water? Staying within your calorie range? Walking to work? Taking the stairs instead of the elevator? <BR> <BR> For me, I am committing to staying within my calorie range, drinking 8 glasses of water and being active on SparkPeople. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 21:03:24 EST Self- Sabotage? Are you your own worst enemy? I know I am. I have so many "tricks" up my sleeve to help me rationalize just about any unhealthy choice I make. Funny how after so many years of making up excuses or reasons for my choices, they have become a warped form of reality. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 16:08:45 EST Motivation with saboteur. I wanted to type up some past history here, but it was dragging on. How do you deal with diet saboteurs? <BR> <BR> My husband was overweight when we met and still overweight. This doesn't bother me. He however is self concious but hides behind a mask. He is the joking fat guy. He makes a big show of eating tons of food and joking about it. His friends joke about him liking to taste everything. But I know he doesn't like the way he is based on comments he has made in the past etc. He has terr... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 06:57:34 EST Fishing for motivation. Hi my name is Inara. I am trying to lose 100lbs. It has been a week and i lost 7lbs so far. I ate huge meal today. Feeling super guilty. I am not like you guys. I always quit when it comes to weight loss. I dont want that this time. I wanna be healthy skinny sexy n all. So i am here to fish inspiration and motivation. I know there are some awesome people in here. So shower me with your love and befriend me people! Xoxoxo Mon, 7 Jul 2014 00:11:26 EST Sparkpeople to the rescue!Where do I go from here? Hi everybody! <BR> My name's Ally and I'm looking for a little advice. I'm a junior in college and definitely more than a little overweight. I am at the beginning stages of my weight loss journey. Of course, I've been a chunky gal my whole life and have tried starting over several times. At this point however, I am very serious and very determined to make healthy, sustainable choices that will ultimately lead to healthier life long habits. Unfortunately, I don't quite know where to start. Hop... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 21:14:05 EST how do i maintain my focus Hi i'm looking for some advice really. I weighed 399lbs in December 2012, and now currently weigh 230.50lbs. I have 62.50lbs left to lose. I am very pleased with what I have done and where I am now, and know I will get to my goal.the only thing that bothers me is that I spend so much time and mental energy in trying to lose weight, i'm worried that I won't be able to keep up the changes that I have made, and go back to the bad habits that got me to over 400lbs should feel good about myself, ... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 13:05:09 EST saying "no thanks" to food and people you love! On my own, I'm just great at making low calorie, tasty foods and sticking to them. Pickled veggie salad, fruit soup made with fat free yogurt, and so forth. It's all good. <BR> <BR> But take me to a pot luck and put a bunch of fritos and artichoke dip in front of me, and I'm GONE! LOVE that stuff, never get it, it's a party -- YUM! <BR> <BR> Similar problem: my 14 daughter loves making pancakes, and invites me to eat brunch with her... how do you tell your teenager "no thanks, honey,... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 08:26:19 EST mentor/partner/accou untability/motivation Hey Ladies- <BR> <BR> My name is Angie. I am fairly new to Spark People, but was on a similar site for 2 years. In that time I've had 2 babies (making a total of 3 C-sections. Losing the "pooch" is a reality!), and have reached many goals in fitness and weight loss. While helping myself I've helped a lot of other women on their journeys. If you are having trouble with weight loss, or just need that extra push, I have a lot of encouragement and knowledge to offer. Plus, I can always use extra... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 08:17:14 EST