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 Does your workout attire help motivate you? If so what do you wear? Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:16:52 EST May 2018 Step it up challenge Hello everyone welcome to the May step it up challenge. This months challenge is going to be walking 30-45 minuets a day 3-4 times a week. 3 times a week do strength training. We will be keeping track of our miles all month/year long. How many miles can you walk in a year☺️ The person that walks the most miles at the end of the year will win the title of the ultimate stepper. Remember to take your time. You can do this. It takes time to see challenge. Here is your monthly walk plan. Please le... Tue, 17 Apr 2018 22:10:02 EST Does anyone have small goals they can share? I'm looking for daily or weekly small goals that I can use to motivate myself in the short term. I'm having a creativity block trying to come up with some! <BR> <BR> All I can think of is 'lose 2 lbs this week' but I'm stuck at a plateau so I don't want to set a goal that might not be achievable. Wed, 11 Apr 2018 10:56:56 EST Looking for Weight Loss Partner I lost about 60 pounds over two years, and have recently gained back about 35 over 5 or 6 months. I'm looking for a weight loss partner who'd like to talk daily for just a few minutes and keep each other accountable, motivated, and give advice, etc. I'm a college student with a hectic lifestyle so someone who can relate would be really nice! <BR> <BR> I got my best results when I had a partner who I talked to daily or texted over the phone. If you'd like to get fit with me let me know! Mon, 9 Apr 2018 18:18:08 EST Pen friends. Hi. I am 35 and I am married with 3 children. I am struggling to get motivated with losing weight and I'd love a penfriend who I can exchange letters and cards with get motivation from and also help motivate. I am feeling so lost. I would love someone to talk to who understands. Jackie. Xxx <em>303</em> Thu, 5 Apr 2018 17:38:28 EST Recovering after a bad day Yesterday was a holiday at family's home, and it proved terrible for my diet. I ate too much and drank too much. I feel bloated from unhealthy food and hungover. <BR> <BR> What do you do to get back on track, especially when you don't feel great? Mon, 2 Apr 2018 16:47:01 EST APRIL 2018 Appreciation and Thanks...Welcome All! "Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance." Eckhart Tolle <BR> I will be here to post 5 things I am grateful for tomorrow. No Fooling! <BR> Look forward to all who join us. <BR> <img src="">(honey locust pods dusted with snow) Sat, 31 Mar 2018 19:19:46 EST Did you get your workout in? I did on a early morning routine <em>315</em> <em>23</em> <em>362</em> <em>414</em> <em>593</em> Fri, 30 Mar 2018 10:17:53 EST Excuses NOT to overeat It's an overeater's habit to look for excuses to eat more. What excuses will you look for NOT to overeat? <BR> <BR> Today, mine will be that I'm going to want to have extras this weekend, so I don't want to overload myself now. Thu, 29 Mar 2018 12:19:21 EST Step it up challenge motivation How can you stay motivated to keep working need to take it one step at a time. Challenge number 1 starts April 2nd. If you are interested please reply to this post. Wed, 28 Mar 2018 11:31:08 EST Accountability buddy needed!! =) I am looking for someone to help keep me accountable as I lose a total of 100+ pounds. I'm setting easy to achieve goals of lose 10% of my weight rather than focusing on the larger number because that gets to be overwhelming. I've never done this but was told this is the website to come to so I'm hoping I'm even in the right place. <BR> <BR> I'm looking to follow a lower-carb, higher-protein diet. My issues are emotional eating and lack of motivation exercising because of bad knees/liga... Mon, 26 Mar 2018 10:37:16 EST Move Your Body <img src=""> <em>593</em> Sun, 25 Mar 2018 16:24:45 EST New to Spark People Hi Guys! <BR> <BR> My name is Cheyenne and I'm new to Spark People. I really want to make this experience the BEST possible. Any tips? Especially ones on staying motivated? I have been so up and down on this journey and I want this to be my journey where I complete ALL of my goals! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 23 Mar 2018 18:23:32 EST LETS ROLL!!! Day one and I’m fixin to work out! 45 minutes intense Stationary bike ride! <BR> Staying focused and getting it done! <BR> I’m putting on my big girl pants right now. <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:13:07 EST I am staying "Motivated *Move Your Body* Morning I am on a early morning routine Love my exercise time <em>593</em> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:43:34 EST Need some motivation Hi, beautiful people, how are you all? I'm having a bad day today. It is pretty common with endo but it's scaring me today. I've been TTC for more than 3 months now. SO and I have a beautiful baby girl from surrogacy. She has become very irritable recently. For some reason, I feel guilty, too. I don't know how to make things easier for her to accept. She's 5 years old and I told her how she was born to us. Did I do the right thing by telling her? Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:25:21 EST Motivated after surgery???? I had my gallbladder removed last Friday and I am still really sore. I don't want to eat or exercise. Any guidance during this recovery time? I know it will take time, but it still feels like I will get out of my groove. <BR> <em>198</em> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:57:43 EST Staying accountable daily Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> I was curious what methods you use to keep yourself accountable daily. So far I'm enjoying sparkpeople since I joined a month ago, however I can't seem to get into the groove of visiting daily even with all of the teams and boards it has to offer. I know if I logged in daily I would be doing so much better. Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Trish Sat, 17 Mar 2018 17:45:14 EST Finding Friends and motivation Hi! <BR> <BR> So I was on sparkpeople a few years ago and was able to join a really supportive sparkteam to stay motivated. I find that most of the sparkteams that I can find are not very active or very old. Is there a way to find which sparkteams have people posting in it? Or is there a new place for this? Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:16:44 EST My Thank You You had your wake-up call and are now on an important journey. It is time to reflect and be honest about where you currently stand and the path you want to take. Do not look back on your past with any regrets or self-bashing. You are a work of wonder and well worth the time and resources, you are going to spend for self-improvement. Personal growth (not goals that are both self criticism and self limiting) should be your priority each day. List your strengths and weaknesses for the journey y... Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:45:53 EST Moving Forward Even one step creates a "spark" and moves us aw <em>386</em> ay from past bad habits. Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:52:13 EST I'm trying to be motivate Hi, <BR> I've been overweight for years and today I weight myself and I lost 11 pounds. I'm so happy I lost weight. Kind of hard when for me to have plates and screws in my right ankle and wrist. Some time when I walk too much I ache in my ankle and food. But I'm trying to lose weight. It's for my own health. Now the next step will be to quit smoking. Mon, 12 Mar 2018 21:53:23 EST heart motivation When I was 38 I had my first Congestive heart Failure. Years later I was plagued with AFIB and 2 heart attacks. I know have a damaged heart and am on medication for it. <BR> I have good days of breathing and bad days of breathing. But I do not let my heart define me or hold me back. My dog Buster and I walk, well try to, put in at least 35 to 50 miles a week and I am not afraid to tackle a good size hill. Mind you, a healthy person can tackle a hill no problem, but it can take me up to 25 min... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 20:21:03 EST Going at it alone Good morning, <BR> I live alone with my black lab., buster and he and I love to walk and hike. Since I can not find any one around me that likes to walk and hike the way Buster and I do, Buster has become my motivator. Does anyone else walk with a dog and hike lots of miles with their dog. <BR> Fri, 9 Mar 2018 05:03:57 EST Motivation and Depression Hi guys, <BR> <BR> I’m new here and need some support. <BR> <BR> I am a runner. I’ve ran four marathons so far...I have the London marathon next month and a couple down the line this year. A couple of years ago I was really motivated, it may have been when I was at a running club where I used to live. I ran the Barcelona marathon last March when my mum was terminally ill. I wasn’t going to go but she wanted me to do it, so I did it for her. She passed away in May last year and I’m not sure... Thu, 8 Mar 2018 05:09:49 EST Night Eating I've read the articles, I know the self-pep-talks. It's not working. <BR> <BR> Please share your personal tips and tricks for when the nighttime hunger demons strike! <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> <em>15</em> Tue, 6 Mar 2018 14:03:00 EST need tips i plan on quietting smoking as of tonight. what are somethings i can do to get my mind away from wanting to pick one up. <BR> <BR> Thanks Sun, 4 Mar 2018 21:44:28 EST motivation quotes Does motivation quotes as wall art help you stay motivated and if so what quotes do you use? Sun, 4 Mar 2018 11:46:32 EST MARCH 2018-Gratitude, here!! "Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out." John Wooden <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I appreciate every person who contributes and shares on this thread. As always please share 5 things you are grateful for, appreciate or are working for you. The daily gifts! Wed, 28 Feb 2018 21:52:09 EST It has been two weeks! I know progress is being made but the scale is just not moving down any more. I am logging in all meals and exercising. I walk 5 miles or over 13,000 steps daily and also I'm doing 30-40 minutes of cardio. I have limited myself to 41-45 grams/daily carbs, and calories average 1000/daily. Per doctor's orders: no bread, no starches, no sugar for the next couple of weeks. I haven't lost but 6-7 lbs. However, my clothes do fit better, my stomach has gone down, and the most important goal of lo... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 11:11:18 EST On the Lookout for Motivation Buddies Starting is always easy.. finding the motivation to stay with it, not so much! I know what I'm supposed to do but doing it isn't always easy. If you know what that feels like, drop on in here and let's do this together!! Cheers for the good days, support for the not so good ones... <BR> <BR> So far for me - Day #2 today of another try... and so far, so good. Keeping calories around where they should be (hard as I'm an emotional eater) and got my exercise in both days (walking is my p... Mon, 26 Feb 2018 22:59:41 EST need encouragement no more coffee I have changed my eating habits and now I realize coffee gives acid reflux. I have been at this about two weeks and have cut my coffee in half. From three cups to one and a half. This has been way harder than changing my diet. <BR> <BR> I can't switch to tea. I actually started drinking coffee once I couldn't have tea anymore. <BR> (Kidney stone). <BR> <BR> Do you guys have another hot drink to recommend? ( No alchohol) , <BR> <BR> THhanks! <BR> Mon, 26 Feb 2018 10:13:46 EST Inspiration pics <img src=""> Mon, 26 Feb 2018 07:30:01 EST I need some help Howdy! This is my first post on Sp and I just wanted to ask for some help on keeping myself motivated. <BR> <BR> On top of a slew of mental health issues which really impair my ability to keep myself on track with anything, I feel I have no support around me on my journey to become healthier. <BR> <BR> I originally was going to join WW because of the meetings and community but I figured what the heck, and decided I would give SparkPeople a try first. <BR> <BR> Long story short, I just want... Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:15:29 EST Staying on track Taking it step by step today and trying to distract myself from cravings that won't do me any good. Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:56:08 EST Why isn't it working? I joined a group at the beginning of January and my weight loss has been up and down I've lost 5llb but everyone else is losing a lot faster! I'm on beta blockers and am wondering if this could be having an affect? Anyone else in this situation? Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:10:07 EST How did you get back on track? I've been struggling and been yoyoing with diet plans. I must have tried at least 5 different plans and cant keep to any of them. I have a trainer although I don't always go and the smallest stupidest things trigger me to crave sweets, muffins chocolate and all the wrong foods. I need some inspiration to get back on track, what helped you? Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:25:00 EST Staying active I am having a hard time getting back to my fitness goals was doing good for about 6 weeks and then I hit a snag and just started today and I want to get back on trackwish me luck! Sun, 11 Feb 2018 20:27:16 EST walking around the block? Advice? In my neighborhood there is a block at the end of my street with a lake in the center. Houses surround the lake. I walk around it and it is half a mile. I usually walk around it four times. I feel self conscious when I walk around it. Once in a while, there might be a neighbor outside talking and I feel they don't want me there. I don't want to be an eyesore or a problem. I usually just stay to myself and walk around. I like it because at night it is lit up and there is very little traffic. I... Thu, 8 Feb 2018 13:58:44 EST I need motivation and support! Hi i just sign up. I need to lose weight. I am extremely over weight that now its affecting me everyday. I get headaches everyday and acid reflex sometime after eating i feel tired and lazy. I want to lose weight not only to look good but to feel good I'm tired of feeling tired everyday. I sign up for a gym but the only thing is I lost motivation going to the gym. I work a full time job and have a relationship so most of my time is put into my relationship and work. I need to learn how to bal... Wed, 7 Feb 2018 16:44:17 EST What diet (eating plan) do you enjoy most? <BR> In the past I have tried many.. different phases and years.. But 2 years ago I really enjoyed FMD and liked the science behind it. And really thought I could do it! I did try but then fell off a cliff.. And no matter how much I try, I eat foods that I shouldn't. Dr Ian has a new book coming out in April and it seems interesting as it's only 30 different foods for 20 days and the weight comes off. Maybe this could be it!! : ) Tue, 6 Feb 2018 14:37:54 EST still hungry I've eaten all my calories for the day but I'm still hungry. Any suggestions? Sat, 3 Feb 2018 19:43:47 EST How to stay motivated without family's support? My family is very unhealthy and despite all the talks I've had with them about making small changes, eating healthier, and losing some weight, no one is on board with me. Some of my family members mock me if I choose a salad over fried food. Most don't say anything but they'll buy cakes, cookies, and fast food and offer me some even though they know I'm trying to cut back. I can handle saying no. It's just that sometimes you need someone to talk to about your efforts but I just don't have tha... Fri, 2 Feb 2018 18:56:55 EST Staying Motivated A person told me once a quote that has also seemed powerful to me. <BR> <BR> "If you always do, what you always did, you will always get what you always got!!" <BR> <BR> Her mom told her that, and she didn't know where she heard it, but I loved it! If you always do the same thing, you won't grow, you won't learn and you will never make a difference. Change one thing today, then tomorrow and next month, your life could be going in a better direction! You are the only one who can make that di... Fri, 2 Feb 2018 11:30:57 EST What does it take? Is it a matter of will power? <BR> <BR> What does it take to lose weight in a healthy way and keep it off? <BR> <BR> (I am sorry but please reply only if you have actually done it!) Thu, 1 Feb 2018 14:36:15 EST Motivation trouble Hi guys I've been back with sp since the new year and I've started working out again, tracking (not nearly enough though) I cut back from 3 liters of Dr pepper to one 20 oz soda a day (want to stop this) but at night is hard and I find it difficult to stay in my calorie range. I'm not giving up though I'm going to switch out to fat free milk and wheat bread next week and I'm taking it slow. I'm having a hard time starting motivated and just focusing hard on my goals but I am committed to ke... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 03:15:12 EST FEBRUARY 2018-Gratitudes, Thanks..Please Post here <em>26</em> "Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." Oprah Winfrey <BR> "Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful." Buddha <BR> <img src=" Wed, 31 Jan 2018 19:25:56 EST How to motivate someone who has no interest!? Long story short, 3 of us are going through this healthy lifestyle change together. 2 out of the 3 are motivated, try sharing inspirational stories with each other, remind one another to weigh-in and utilize the site and fellow Spark Peeps for guidance. The third, unfortunately, is like pulling teeth and has passionately stated they have no interest in being motivated, hate that they're doing it but are begrudgingly doing it for the weight loss. This worries me because it's been a recipe f... Mon, 29 Jan 2018 15:25:05 EST Self Rewards Ideas Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> Please share self rewards that really motivated and satisfied you. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Mon, 29 Jan 2018 11:17:14 EST Weekend help At weekends I find myself often ongoing all the hard work I've done all week. Any good advice for keeping motivated at weekends, any ideas welcome Sat, 27 Jan 2018 15:33:31 EST Bit depressed Hi <BR> I started my diet about a week ago. It’s going o.k. I feel a bit depressed. Not sure if its because I can’t eat what I want anymore or maybe it’s the snow and I can’t go outside like I want. I don’t have a condition of depression, I just feel not myself. I am retired so I don’t see many people outside my family. Maybe I need a hobby or something. Any ideas. <BR> Sat, 27 Jan 2018 09:18:38 EST Accountability Buddy/Group Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm new to the community, and really interested in either finding an accountability buddy or group. <BR> Someone(s) I can chat with back and forth, motivating each other to get up and moving or make sure we're honest about calorie counts. Even maybe organise a weekly weigh in together. <BR> <BR> I'm a momma in Ontario, Canada to three boys, work full time and an aspiring author so getting motivated to take time for myself can REALLY challenging. And then keeping mys... Fri, 26 Jan 2018 19:16:26 EST I need some motivation So I started the school year (as a teacher I always view back to school as the start of a new year) with great intentions. I was in the pool 3-4 days a week, I was tracking, I was getting good sleep; things were great and I felt really good. People were stopping me to tell me how great I looked, and my clothes were starting to get too big. Then in mid-October I got a lower respiratory infection that didn't clear up until Christmas. I was barely dragging myself to work, trying to stay with... Fri, 26 Jan 2018 05:10:12 EST What rewards do you use? I am trying to come up with ideas for 'rewards' for being consistent with my health goals. <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear suggestions! Thu, 25 Jan 2018 05:24:29 EST Weight Watchers Partner Howdy! I'm a 30 year old mom with about 100 lbs to lose and I'm signing up for weight watchers online. I went to the meetings when I was in college and it was effective back then, but I don't want to drag my 2'year old to them now. I would like to find someone with similar stats that is interested in doing WW and being accountability partners via email or phone/text. I definitely need the motivation of weekly weigh ins and vent sessions lol. Please let me know if you're interested! Wed, 24 Jan 2018 16:45:02 EST Accountability Buddy! Hi all! I am a 27 year old single mother who is looking for someone to help me lose the weight! I am new to the site, and looking for someone else in the same position where you are trying to lose weight again, and you want this to be the LAST time you "start again". I have been heavier all of my life, and I am to the point now, where enough it enough and I need to change. I work a full time job, then take care of my daughter so some days I feel so exhausted, I need to have someone to keep me... Wed, 24 Jan 2018 12:08:18 EST I feel crappy today I do not feel well physically and emotionally. I have not been feeling well all year. I have pushed myself to the max and now my body is telling me so. <BR> <BR> I am in pain and right now my motivation level is zero. I do not exercise because my sciatica problem has resurfaced. I do not feel like preparing meals. I am eating all the wrong things. I have to get out of this place. This is not good for me. I have to do something that will bring me back to the place where I once was. <B... Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:50:36 EST Can someone please help me? Back in 2012 I went from 265 to 219 pounds. People were telling me all the time how I looked so much better and congratulating me on my weight loss. Here's what they didn't understand was going on in my head though. When I looked in the mirror I saw the same 265 pound man looking back at me. I hadn't changed a bit in my head. I was still the same 265 pound person. So I thought I'd quit tracking my food and just enjoy it sense it made no difference in my head. In 2016 I was 289. <img src="htt... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:33:45 EST middle age frustration I have posted before about my concerns and I think I really need some encouragement today. I've been on my weight loss journey since july of 2017 and I have lost 20 pounds (Yay!). My frustrations arise because I track all my food on MFP and I am consistent at 1100-1300 calories a day. I don't have a lot of time to exercise, but I am a teacher and I am on my feet and walking campus everyday. <BR> <BR> I am almost 47 years old 5'1" (used to be 5'2" shrinking?). I gained 30 pounds in one year d... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:47:03 EST Keeping up Hey guys, <BR> <BR> Just hoping for some feedback. <BR> <BR> How do you all stay motivated when you have faced a really rough life challenge, successfully? <BR> <BR> Have you found a good breathing technique, exercise, good book, tv show etc.. <BR> <BR> I am just looking for some what of a boost to help my self stay in the game :) Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:08:23 EST Healthy Wage?? Has anyone heard of the Healty Wage challenge? Good or bad? It's not a SP challenge...just curious. I read reviews about it and it seems legit.😬? Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:26:31 EST Accountability Partner/Buddy Hey Guys, I'm looking for a male partner/buddy who can keep me accountable for my weight loss goals. I'm 32, a semi-active guy who is looking to lose weight before my trip to southeast asia in september. I have a workout routine that I have started and I am in the beginning stages of a keto diet. I would also like to be a partner or buddy for that person as well. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from others. Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:15:40 EST Working mom's who have lots 40 lbs or more Hello! I was wondering if there are any working moms put there who have lost 40 lbs or more. Does suck a thing exist? Today is my first day on Spark. I'm the primary care giver to two small children and I work full time. Looking for motivation, advice and tips. I need to drop 52 lbs. Sat, 13 Jan 2018 13:02:03 EST My vice is beer I enjoy beer. It is my relaxation after a long day of work and stress and maintaining my family and home. It is my escape. I am kind of a beer snob, says my fiance, I like the microbrewery beers and drink for the actual taste of the beer, not so much the tipsy factor. How do I break the habit? I eat my very minimum in calories from food, and though I am not extremely active, I do not really sit still very long. I do not feel that I am lazy. I can't seem to budge my weight, no matter how mu... Thu, 11 Jan 2018 19:04:43 EST Habit Apps Anyone use habit apps? Which one do you use and why? Tue, 9 Jan 2018 00:49:28 EST Pep talks! Get your pep talks here! Wow! You are an AMAZING PERSON who has decided to care of your health and fitness. That's one unstoppable person right there. You're not the sort to let any set backs or plateaus or ANYTHING get in your way when you are protecting someone you love, and you have decided to protect and love YOURSELF! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> (Post pep talks for others, and come read pep talks when you need one.) Sun, 7 Jan 2018 12:46:59 EST Motivation Need some serious motivation on getting started with a weightloss program... I m at my heaviest... I weighed less even when I was pregnant 🙈?... my biggest problems are lack of patience, rewarding myself with cheat days way too often, and overthinking :/... I also hate vegetables and seeing everyone post about salads and their veggie portions just demotivates me even more because I ca’’t eat vegetables... makes me gag :(.... so would love to get some help/ motivation on how to push myself to ... Sat, 6 Jan 2018 19:50:48 EST consistency I need someone to keep me in check with my low carb high fat weight loss. I have lost 18 pounds since the end of July 2017. My goal is to get down to 130 pounds. I realize now I will probably be at a plateau. I need someone to help me not give up before I get to my goal. I am pre-diabetic and am on metformin. this has helped me quite a bit. if there is someone out there that is willing to help, please get in touch through spark mail. Fri, 5 Jan 2018 20:34:25 EST Overeating tips? Overeating is my biggest vice and the largest block to achieving weight loss goals for me. It led to weight gain and while I've done meal planning, diets, all these things - and I still find a way to overeat. Any advice or tips on how to combat this? Fri, 5 Jan 2018 14:57:34 EST Staying warm Tempted to indulge in comfort food during this very very cold and stormy weather! Fri, 5 Jan 2018 08:01:11 EST One More Time I saw a blog in my email titled one more time. It had a quote from Thomas Edison. Imagine if he gave up after one of his failed attempts at creating the light bulb. He made the world brighter because he never gave up. I am so glad that was the email I got this morning. What a message. I will do this one more time. If I fall I will get up one more time. Thu, 4 Jan 2018 08:21:13 EST Life knocks you down I constantly return to SP for motivation. I know what to eat, how to eat it. But life continues to knock me down...mostly financial. So i need suggestions of healthy eating on a budget! <BR> My second biggest issue is chronic pain. I have fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. I have let myself suffer badly, i want to take the steps to can control. <BR> I need to stop letting life knock my down... Please help....thanks Tue, 2 Jan 2018 23:35:51 EST JANUARY 2018- Appreciations, here! "Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices." Robert Braathe <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I appreciate every person who contributes and shares on this thread. As always please share 5 things you are grateful for, appreciate or are working for you. The daily gifts! Certainly it is a powerful path to peace. <em>532</em> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 31 Dec 2017 18:05:53 EST No Resolution, just a Goal. I'm not into New Year's Eve resolutions, but I'll ask: <BR> <BR> What are you looking forward to for 2018? <BR> Sun, 31 Dec 2017 16:11:36 EST Starting Anew... Hi All! <BR> I am a 31 year old mother to an amazing 5 Year Old, he is my whole entire world. Being with my SO for almost 12 years I have definitely fallen off the wagon and have lost my self...completely. I have gained about 100lbs and feel completely miserable. I am lack motivation...100%. I will have it for a little and then something happens and I fall off once again and start back at square 1 all of again. How do y'all stay motivated? Sun, 31 Dec 2017 15:26:18 EST Did good for years now almost back to beginning :( I never quite reached by ultimate goal, but for many years I exercised regularly and even was somewhat disciplined with my eating. Over the past year, I let stress get the best of me and I just started eating more. I kept exercising but not as much. So, of course I gained weight. I am bummed but I can't change the past. I do need to work at removing stress from my life, but that isn't a quick fix either (just like losing weight). Has anyone had a set-back like this? What helped you get... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 14:50:23 EST Motivation for 2018 Every year I like to delete my Fitness Minutes for the year. Could someone please remind me how to do that? Sun, 31 Dec 2017 12:42:04 EST Looking for chat buddies! Hi guys! Im Shelli. I'm a wife and SAHM. I hit the gym every morning for 2 hours usually sometime between 5 and 8 am. I lift heavy, and I love the gym. I am hardcore in love with keto. Low carb, high fat, moderate protein. I'm kind of a lady meathead. I am also considering a path as a personal trainer/health and fitness coach. I love talking about everything health and fitness and am more than willing, if not eager, to help and give motivation or advice to anyone who wants it. I also want som... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 22:00:59 EST meditation I've been working really hard at visualizing my stronger thinner self...having 20 to 30 lbs to go sometimes i get caught up IN that NUMBER on the scale.... <BR> I got me some great visualizations from jon Gabriel. ...cheers to 2018! The year of THIN AND HEALTHY FOREVER. Tue, 26 Dec 2017 17:57:25 EST Tips for being patient when trying to lose weight Anyone have any?? I’m feeling so motivated but I am also just starting! Tue, 26 Dec 2017 12:15:03 EST Motivational Memes, Jokes and Quotes <img src=""> Tue, 26 Dec 2017 00:10:21 EST Help! Ate all my calories for the day I ate all my calories for the day by 3:00 pm and I still have to teach two yoga classes tonight so I’ll be out late. I know when I get home I’ll want to eat but won’t need to. Any motivational words or quotes to get me right to bed when I get home without gong over my calorie limit? Tue, 19 Dec 2017 15:42:08 EST self edited thread Self edited. Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:12:29 EST Pre workout supplement? I am a working (full-time) mom and have been trying to workout on a regular basis. I usually do not find time to fit it in until the end of the day after my kids are in bed. Which makes me usually pretty tired when I need to get started. I have never tried a supplement, but would like some advise on if it would help with energy and modivation? Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:47:04 EST Looking for a workout buddy in East Orlando. Hi! I am looking for a stay at home mom or dad or simply someone that can workout in the am. Or around noon. I have my own business and this are the best times to go to the local gym (less crowded). <BR> <BR> I have 50+ pound to loose. :) Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:23:56 EST looking for active teams I need to lose over 100 pounds and I was looking for teams to join to stay motivated, but Im having a hard time finding teams that are still active and have daily interactions. Can You recommend any active and motivational teams to join? Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:50:58 EST Motivation Motivation is so hard to explain and it is like a motion and a feeling all together sort of a "task" I have trouble keeping on track there is so much distractions in all of my days my prayer is to stay focused Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:43:06 EST The Elephant In The Room..... This article is discouraging because it's just one more reinforcement of all I see and read on the subject. Now, I must be one of the outliers the article refers to and there must be a lot of them here on SparkPeople because I see the posts that confirm it. Some of us have stayed at ten or more percent lost of original body weight for far more than five years. So I guess it's the same thinking that makes the state-sponsored lotteries so successful that keeps us trying. "Somebody's gotta' ... Fri, 8 Dec 2017 17:40:12 EST Getting motivated when life's exhausting! Hey all! Ideas needed! A little about myself - I'm married with a 5 y.o., 2 cats and a brand new puppy. They all count on me to keep things running smoothly. I work full time. My weight is at an all time high as is my stress level! Tell me what you do to try and fit in the necessary "me" time that so many of us sacrifice, find the motivation to get moving and make better choices. Mon, 4 Dec 2017 15:16:10 EST How should i determine my Goal? Hi, <BR> I am new here :) I just started my a diet and daily routine exercises. I do not clearly determined my goal for 1 year later, do i have to determine a goal. Is it beneficial for me. If yes, what kind of goal it should be. Many thanks <BR> Cafer <BR> Sat, 2 Dec 2017 14:48:15 EST Advices to keep patient and motivated Hi <BR> I am new here:) I just started my a diet and daily routine exercises. I know that it will be a long trip to get an obvious change at current weight. If you know could you please inform me, when can i observe an obvious change on my body. So i can motivate myself to be patient. Many thanks. <BR> Cafer <BR> Sat, 2 Dec 2017 14:32:29 EST I Feel Like I Lost My Motivation I was doing good with my eating and exercising but then I caught a cold that has lingered for 3 weeks. When, I feel bad I want to eat. I also didn't have energy to exercise. <BR> <BR> I feel like all my progress has gone out the window. Each day I wake up with good intentions. Start off right, then end up messing up. I'm tired of this vicious cycle and how it makes me feel. I feel down in the dumps, because I can't stay on track with my eating. <BR> <BR> I feel like I need something n... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 13:37:10 EST DECEMBER 2017 Appreciations, Gratitude post here "The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement."Charles Schwab <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I appreciate every person who contributes and shares on this thread. As always please share 5 things you are grateful for, appreciate or are working for you. The daily gifts! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "When I start... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:24:00 EST Hello! New to Spark People My longest and rockiest relationship has been with the scale. I was heavy as a child and teen. I managed to lose the weight in my 20s, but when marriage and children came along, I topped out to my heaviest weight ... 223. Five years ago, through diet and exercise, I lost 95 lbs. For the first time, I was truly comfortable in my skin. I guess it had more to do with the fact that, unlike in my 20s, it was no longer about wanting being a size "0". <BR> <BR> I was able to keep the weight off fo... Sun, 26 Nov 2017 15:52:52 EST GETTING motivated I can wake in the morning, get my workout clothes on... and then sit.HELP Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:34:22 EST BUDDY WANTED!!!! I need a friend i have lost over 4 stone so far need to lose another 6 stone, I need a buddy to support and get support from. hopefully via facebook as well so we can video chat through messenger on weigh in day or if your having a bad day. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:41:36 EST How do you get motivated? Greetings from SW VA, <BR> <BR> The late fall and winter time are the most difficult times for me, I have never been diagnosed but I do believe I suffer from a mild case of seasonal depression. I also suffer from edema localized to my feet/ankles. I know it is most likely due to my weight and my job. If anybody could give me any ideas of how I could get motivated, I would greatly appreciate it. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:20:11 EST Need some support I have struggled with weight issues my entire life. Fifteen years ago, I joined Weight Watchers. Through diet and exercise, I eventually lost a total of 70 pounds. I stopped attending Weight Watcher meetings several years ago, but I kept the weight off. However, the last two years have been very stressful. My parents became ill and both passed away within nine months of each other. I feel like my world has turned upside down. I have gained back about 25 pounds due to emotional eating, ... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:26:26 EST Working from home In a couple of weeks, my office will be undergoing some big renovations, and we'll all be working from home for 5 weeks. I'm trying to plan ahead and come up with some strategies for how to avoid the mindless nibbling that can go along with sitting at a desk all day long. When I'm at the office, it's easy - I don't have access to any more food than what I've brought with me for the day. But at home, unless I just buy one meal at a time and keep the fridge and cupboards empty, there will be a ... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:41:27 EST Motivation buddy/ group I'm looking for a buddy or a group to message and update each other on workouts and diet. not necessarily looking for a workout buddy, just a motivational buddy. sometimes i need that extra push and someone to tell me i can make it to the gym today, or say no to that 4th slice of pizza. any takers? Mon, 20 Nov 2017 01:59:51 EST 12 weeks of not smoking ever since i stop smoking i feel that i lost something in my life. folks tell me im going through nicotine withdrawal. I am depressed all day at work i think about just having a cig,. However i tell my self no . but just feeling sad most of the time just stinks im not sure if this is how the rest my life is going to be, but 12 weeks of this stinks., smoking stinks too so im not going back to that either. i hope im not boring any body with this message coping with not smoking stinks thanks ... Sat, 18 Nov 2017 20:54:21 EST How to deal with the "You'll be too thin" Brigade? I have been very open about my weight loss journey at work and have had lots of support from my colleagues, however, now that I am heading towards my goal weight, I'm getting a lot of "You'll be too thin if you lose another 7.5kg / 16.5lbs!" and a lot of "You look great the way you are! Why lose more?!" <BR> <BR> How do I deal with these comments without sounding weight obsessed? I am being realistic about my weight goal, taking into account my body composition, frame, previous weight, ag... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:51:56 EST Having trouble The trouble im having isnt to do with not reaching goals i am 5'11 and 170 lbs right now over the course of last year i lost 60 lbs right now my goal is a nice set of abs lol the problem i have is everyone telling me im getting too skinny ( though i know very well i cant have visible abs with a gut ) ive already told them about my goals none of them listen any ideas on how to deal with constantly being told i dont need to lose weight ? I know its a weird problem to have but everyone being on ... Sun, 12 Nov 2017 11:06:38 EST Acountabili-buddy? Hello! <BR> <BR> I've been having trouble staying on track lately. When I lost 40 lbs before, I met a friend here who would e-mail back and forth about our struggles and things we felt accomplished about. It really did help! <BR> <BR> I'm looking to lose about 70 lbs over the next year. I know I can do it! Let's keep each other on track. :) Fri, 10 Nov 2017 07:08:33 EST Feeling numb Nt Thu, 9 Nov 2017 19:29:12 EST Tangible Evidence of Your Journey It had been awhile (!) since I'd done any sorting and donating. I discovered I was hanging on to older clothes that REALLY were too large like several sizes and not worn for several years...! <BR> <BR> Its an amazing motivator to have a tangible and visual piece of how far you've actually come---rather like looking back down a trail you've climbed, only to see where you started far away and down below... I really want to get to do that this will keep me just a bit more ... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 19:01:49 EST How to start a life change at 68 I know I am pre-diabetic. I am overweight by at least 30 lbs. I am 68. My mind has great intentions but to actually do something is overwhelming. What do I do? How do I start never mind stay motivated? <BR> <em>24</em> Sun, 5 Nov 2017 12:14:51 EST Need a Kick Start! Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> <BR> I live in a great place for walking and biking -- plus, I have 2 dogs that need exercise as well! I'm not doing anything -- help! Please send some hugs my way -- I'm in OHIO. Thanks! Sat, 4 Nov 2017 17:36:21 EST Have You Written a Blog? Have you written a blog about how you are doing with your healthy living journey? <BR> <BR> I just finished one and it made me more motivated than I thought it would. Try doing that. It was very eye opening for me and I realized it was Time To Reset....Again. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful weekend. Sat, 4 Nov 2017 15:18:57 EST Real Life Buddies? Hi, first post here. I am looking for a way to meet fitness buddies in my area. <BR> I can’t seem to find that on here. Maybe because I’m using the mobile version and not the app. Sorry if it’s super obvious. Thanks for your help! Sat, 4 Nov 2017 00:42:01 EST Need help gettiing motivated and staying there I always have this fantastic idea that today is the day that I will begin my journey. I have been over weight most of my life but I am at my heaviest. The hardest part is getting started. I start our strong and by the end of the day I feel like I can't do it. I have lost weight in the past only to regain it. I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I know I have to do this for me and my health. Where do I get the motivation to keep this journey going in the right direction? <em>39</em>... Fri, 3 Nov 2017 08:22:38 EST slowing metabolism I used spark to loose 65 lbs through tracking food and lots of exercise. As I approached my goal weight I started inching up calories to what I hoped would be maintenance. When I got up to 1800 and still doing the exercise it should have been about a 500 cal deficit and coasting to final goal. It was not, I started to gain weight, even though the charts said no way. I was not burning what a 180 lb man excising should. How long does it take to lower your set point? Frustrating. So now I trac... Wed, 1 Nov 2017 08:34:30 EST NOVEMBER 2017-Gratitude, Appreciations-Welcome All Here is the place to write five or more things you appreciate, are thankful for or that simply made you smile...every day. <BR> <BR> I look forward to those who have contributed to this tradition for a very long time, those who visit from time to time and anyone who has the inclination to join in. <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 17:54:41 EST 2 Hour Challenge The 2 hour challenge is simple. Go 2 hours without eating anything. <BR> I just did it, I know it can be done. <BR> <BR> Good luck. Fri, 27 Oct 2017 21:49:33 EST Need Motivation I’m needing motivation to stay on track I keep falling off the train and I’m sick of doing that I’m made such great progress I don’t want to go back wards I’ve already lost almost 40 pounds and it’s been hard as hell to get there. Fri, 27 Oct 2017 09:50:12 EST Wanna play a game? For the next four days, I will do the following BEFORE NOON - drink 6 glasses of water, get 5,000 steps and include two servings of fruit and/or vegetable in my diet. Anyone care to join me? <BR> <BR> I need motivation - and support. I am hoping to jump start myself with these easily attainable steps in the hopes that good behaviors will follow throughout the day. Thu, 26 Oct 2017 10:32:21 EST Fun outdoors but winter is a challenge! It is really difficult to come back when you have had a lapse. I tried to do the same routine and it was a bit of a disaster. <BR> I was happy doing my same as before and after the next days I was stiff and aches and depressed. <BR> I will try just a bit of stretches and getting moving. I used the summer doing garden work but the work is so different as the exercises . Now it is a new beginning. My weight is still the same but the energy and eagerness to begin will have to go slow. <BR> Win... Wed, 25 Oct 2017 10:07:55 EST Need to get back on track Hey, guys!!! <BR> <BR> So, my story is kind of a good one, when talking about dealing with extra weight. In my teen years, up until like sixteen I was a skinny as a stick energetic girl, etc... Later on, I got depression, caused by bullying and... that's where everything went down the hill for me. For the next three years, my highest weight reached 155-160lbs (~70kg.), but then, at the age of 19, I managed to loose 26lbs (~12kg) and that was a very positive thing. My weight dropped from 70 t... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:03:00 EST Recovery from Food Addiction Hey Spark! It's been mega years since I've been back on Spark and I'm wondering if there are any gals in recovery from food addiction around to connect. I've been in long term recovery for over 25 years and since losing my parents I've had a few ups and downs with getting into the sugar and flour. Please PM me if you can relate. Would love to connect. <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:25:45 EST How do you make yourself DO IT? I try to stay motivated but I can't seem to hold myself to my promises, specifically with hitting the gym. I go to bed with a gym bag packed saying I'll go in the AM. Then I sleep in. I say I'll go after work, then I get home exhausted and promise myself I'll go tomorrow...and so on and so on. My budget is so tight I can't bribe myself. I WANT to lose weight but I just can't find it in myself. When I go I feel good but even trying to cling to that feeling doesn't help. THEN I get so di... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:06:31 EST Having trouble here When I was living in Arizona I lost a good amount of weight. I moved ti East Coast over a year ago. I can't seem to motivate myself. I'm gain like 3 pounds and really disguised with myself for gaining. I just sti on the couch and watch TV unless my mom need help. <BR> I helped my Mom on Friday and Saturday. We did a lot of walking on Friday. My Feet was killing me. I have plates and screws in my right ankle due to a car accident in '07. I just wish there was a way to get my butt... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 18:11:23 EST Really creative rewards Looking for really creative non-food rewards. This could be fun, posting ideas that are way out there....maybe we can all get a few ideas... <BR> <BR> I've lost 32lbs since Spring, hoping to lose 10-15 more before going to Disney World in November. <BR> <BR> I thought if I reach 50-60 I might bump into an old girlfriend from way back in the 80's <BR> <BR> Maybe update my Facebook picture, we all search old flames..... <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:43:25 EST How often do you weigh in? I do daily. I was originally going to only weigh in each day for one week and see how much my weight fluctuates. Then I came across an app called "Happy Scale" So far I absolutely love it. I'm just wondering if anyone uses that app? How often do you weigh in? What has been you experience in general and how does your weigh fluctuate? Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:29:40 EST The way is the destination I just made the group "The way is the destination" <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=69028 </link> <BR> <BR> I have 5 years experience as a motivator and 10 years experience with nutrition. I used to be obese in the past, so I know how tough finding the right motivation and staying on track can be. I turned my life around and so can you! <BR> <BR> My passion is to help people and be a good example for others. So if you need motivation or any other kin... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:41:15 EST The weight off I have kept the weight off for a while now. I try to walk everyday! Tue, 10 Oct 2017 18:35:24 EST Post Pregnancy Blues Hi there, <BR> I suppose you could call this a cry for help. I had a baby 5 months ago, and my tiny frame (5ft 3, 102lbs) was destroyed by carrying my gorgeous chunky son (10lbs 11 at birth). <BR> It's one thing having to contend with the plethora of stretch marks covering my chest, stomach, legs, bum and arms, but it's another having to deal with the now frumpy, out of shape, hanging body I have. <BR> My stomach hangs to my groin, I have fat deposits that make me look 6 months pregnant. A w... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 06:38:15 EST Accountability Partner Hi Everyone - <BR> I am looking for an accountability partner - someone that is in circumstances similar to my own that is also in need of someone to check in with them on a regular basis to offer support, encouragement and accountability. I am 32, married and have children and a full time job. Despite how busy my schedule can be, I'm actually pretty active online during the day. If anyone is interested, please send me a message! :) Mon, 9 Oct 2017 08:55:01 EST Hi I have gain 30 + pounds. I walked this week up and down 3 times and past Sunday I walked 1.02 miles. Problem is I have plates and screws in my right ankle and I can't stand or do much activities for a long period of time. I know I can do Sit to Be Fit video. I need to get some exercise cause I'm gaining weight. What other exercises can I do that won't strand on my ankle? <BR> Thu, 5 Oct 2017 22:09:58 EST Fighting my couch I feel so great after I work out, but I come home from work and if my butt hits the couch for a minute, it's hours later before I know it. I was already determined to not sit down, just change into workout gear immediately, but my schedule showing which workout to do (that I thought I transferred onto my phone) was messed up, so I had to open the computer... dunh dunh dunh!!!! Since I've been fighting this every day for days now, I'm just posting to shame myself into getting up!! So I won't b... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 17:07:31 EST Obesity and Cancer I seem to respond well to negative incentives. If I keep putting on the lard here is what will happen and if I lose weight, a whole different outcome. When they told me I could go blind, lose limbs, succumb to heart and circulatory problems, and more if I didn't control Diabetes, it motivated me. Here's some more negative motivation: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-cancers-on-the-rise-in-the-u-s/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>370</em> Tue, 3 Oct 2017 20:44:44 EST OMG why am I not loosing weight Hi everybody. I´m trying to troubleshoot why I´m not loosing any weight. I started working out in beginning of April and have been watching closely my calorie intake but the scale is NOT moving... at all. I´m 38 years old, 69 kg, eat about 1500-1600 a day, run 4 km every other day, work out in the gym 3 times a week (20 min treadmill/rowing machine, lifting weights) and I walk around 12000 steps a day. :/ Any suggestions? Mon, 2 Oct 2017 02:54:30 EST OCTOBER 2017-Gratitude, Appreciations-Welcome All! <img src=""> <BR> Here is the place to post five or more things you are thankful for in your day/your life....every day. <BR> This is a practice that opens your life to more positive outlook and a happier life. <BR> <BR> I look forward to seeing your post tomorrow. <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 30 Sep 2017 21:08:48 EST wii fit games, does anyone want to start? I am looking for a group that will come together and do Wii fit games. Maybe post what each had done for motivation daily. Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:16:49 EST Night Shift Needs... Hello all, long time - first time. I used SP back in 2008 or 2009 to get fit and healthy, but this is my first post on the forum. <BR> <BR> Back then I had somehow figured it out, but now that I'm almost 10 years older, I'm having a hard time. I'm a 911 operator and police dispatcher, and I work straight nights from 6p to 6a. It's a sedentary job, combined with a high stress environment, and a plethora of unhealthy eating habits. <BR> <BR> My question is, how do you manage your nutrition d... Fri, 22 Sep 2017 03:01:19 EST Cross post - stuck at a plateau/loosing motivation I am a female, 35 years old, 5'5" tall. I started out at 189 pounds this past January, and was at 183 in May but I have been stuck hovering between 178-176 pounds since the mid-July! I work out 5-6 days per week for 30-45 minutes, usually 3 days of strength training and 2-3 of cardio. I usually do beach body 21 day fix or core deforce workouts along with some intervals on an elliptical. I have been very seriously tracking and measuring all of my food intake since May and more loosely before t... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:40:54 EST do you buy new clothes while you are still losing? I am wondering how many people buy themselves new clothes before reaching your goal. Thanks for responding. Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:10:27 EST I can do it! ugh, 300 calories left for the day! I can do it... Hold on to will power! Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:11:37 EST Taking off the last 10 lbs Really need some help. Been playing around with these last 10 lbs. Up and down. Know my age is against me (over 70) but do not want the lbs. to creep up and that is what is happening. I start out tracking but by middle of day not so much. Good intentions but !!!!! Really need some motivation to get my mind going in right direction. Thanks for your help. <BR> Sat, 16 Sep 2017 12:00:34 EST Is anyone here hypothyroid? I've been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Needless to say, weight loss is very difficult for me but I've decided to just do what I need to do. I will exercise every day, keep myself hydrated and try to eat well. But for those of you who might be having the same experience.... are there any words of encouragement or hope in this weight loss battle? Mon, 11 Sep 2017 09:26:41 EST Missing my fitness partner In September 2015 my 14 year old dog collapsed when giving me a peppy welcome home. The vet said she had an enlarged heart and she was put on medication. She passed away on June 3, 2017.. We quit running together in 2015 which essentially meant I quit exercising. I made myself go out once last month and it was great (even though I cried half the time). I need to get back into a routine. I don't have her to encourage me to get out there and it is also hard because it was something we did to... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 11:08:33 EST How to talk myself out of cheat days. This is my achile's heel. I have the hardest time avoiding telling myself "whats 1 cheat day gonna do" or " one snacks not going to kill you ". Can anyone out there help me out? It's a real problem and a major reason why this has been a struggle for me. Wed, 6 Sep 2017 22:42:49 EST NEED HELP STAYING WITH IT! Okay class, I am not digging through this pile looking for the right answer. I am halfway through a 90 day diet / exercise program here at the home. At MY home, my blood pressure and blood sugar tended to sky-rocket. I fought to get them anywhere near normal. Here at the home [rehab center], I get a balanced diet with lots of salads, my meds on a regular schedule, and if I do not show up for morning physical therapy, THEY COME TO MY ROOM AND GET ME. How do I keep this up once I get home? Wed, 6 Sep 2017 14:46:59 EST Did You Start Your Day with Positive Affirmations? I did and here is one of those: <BR> <BR> Happiness is a choice. I base my happiness on my own accomplishments and the blessings I’ve been given. <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Sep 2017 18:03:51 EST Life with purpose “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” —Maya Angelou Mon, 4 Sep 2017 12:36:49 EST How do you treat yourself I am wondering how people reward themselves for reaching goals. Looking for ways that don't cost money and obviously aren't caloric rewards. Sun, 3 Sep 2017 18:38:18 EST Breast Cancer... Surgery Soon I was diagnosed with breast cancer on May 30th 2017. I am having a double mastectomy with reconstruction in 9 days. If there is someone out there who knows how and when to workout after these surgeries let me know. I'm 39 years old(40 in Oct.) and I now weigh 201.4 lbs. and would still like to workout during this time if I can somehow. I have a couple of books on the subject but it is always good to hear it from someone who's been through it. Sun, 3 Sep 2017 00:07:13 EST feeling so discouraged I weighed myself 119 on July 30th and today when i weighed myself I was only 117.8 I was dieting and exercising so much but why didnt I lose much? Fri, 1 Sep 2017 09:10:50 EST SEPTEMBER 2017 Gratitude, Thanks, ALL WELCOME! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one's voice." <BR> -Joseph B. Wirthlin <BR> <BR> I will be here tomorrow when it is September. Look forward to the shares!! <em>126</em> Thu, 31 Aug 2017 20:38:40 EST Getting complacent What do you do when you start to fall into a rut? <BR> <BR> I have been eating 1200 calories consistently for 3 weeks and work out every day to burn a minimum of 250 calories (half hour of exercise, sometimes more when I have time). When I first started, I would go to the gym and really bust a$$ but now I am just going and doing my 30 mins on the elliptical and calling it a day. I just don't feel like I have it in me anymore. <BR> <BR> I know that if I continue to consume 1200 calories/da... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 13:56:45 EST Goals for the next 12 weeks My goals for the next twelve weeks are: <BR> <BR> To eat 3 vegetables or fruits a day. Give up all soda. <BR> Do at least 5 Cardio routines a week and 4 strength Training workouts a week. <BR> <BR> I am recording the results daily in a notebook, with notes on how I feel for the day also. <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Aug 2017 13:46:08 EST Positive Quote You cannot live a positive life with a negative mind. "Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself." -Edmund Lee Sun, 27 Aug 2017 17:55:51 EST Accountability Hi, I'm 21 years old, male and can't ever get past the first week of working out before I give up. I have used accountability partners before to achieve other goals and I'm sure if I have an accountability partner I will be more motivated to not let them down. We can communicate via social media. If anyone is interested please let me know. <BR> Thanks Thu, 24 Aug 2017 15:04:12 EST Help clothing shopping and embracing my curves Hi everyone. I'm trying to learn to embrace my curves as I struggle to lose weight. I grew up hiding in baggy clothes. I bought a long clingy black skirt that is just outside my comfort zone. My bf loves it and I really want to wear it, but I struggle finding a top that I find flattering. I want to feel sexy (not slutty) and confident. <BR> I'm a bit pear shaped, about a 1x. I have a short torso and a high waist. I know I should emphasize my waist. Most skirts like this are shown with tucked... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:10:07 EST For people over 70Th Why is losing weight so hard ?My question is i lose it but,have a hard time maintaining it can anyone give me suggestions. Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:40:24 EST The Home Scale Very curious question if anyone has been through this. Please excuse if I am being blunt but, I have to know. So yesterday morning I weighed myself and it was at 429.8 lbs. This morning I woke up and the scale was reading 434.2 lbs... I was very concerned when I saw this because I know sure as hell I didn't eat any 14,0000 calories which are what I estimate based on 3,500 calories = 1 lb. So that completely confused me. I wrote it down anyway... so I then proceeded to eat my normal breakfast... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:18:13 EST Keep moving Don't let those negative voices cover your greatness Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:38:30 EST Trying to Muscle through Food Cravings/Appetite Hi Folks. <BR> <BR> I tend to struggle with wanting to constantly snack. (Very Low Carb Diet) <BR> <BR> Additionally, I struggle with having a large appetite at dinner time. <BR> <BR> Regarding me, I am down 56 lbs and have about 60 lbs to go. <BR> I exercise daily. <BR> <BR> Any tips? <em>40</em> And yes, I keep forgetting to drink more water. <em>4</em> Sunflower seeds are saving me today! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> A bottle of water on the road & an extra cup off black coffee ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:45:38 EST Awesome challenge team Hi. Do you want to add some fun, meet some awesome new people, with just a bit of competition to your journey to a healthier you? Have you considered joining a team in the Biggest Loser challenge? The Summer Challenge is in its final few days, and the Fall Challenge starting the beginning of September. <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name and living a healthier lifestyle is the game. It's a 10 week commitment with 10 teams of 24 members each. The main requirements is to weigh in each week an... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:50:40 EST Finding Inner Peace I’ve been reading Osho’s book “The Inner Journey” and I’m in love. It’s so well written and brings about such great peace. <BR> <BR> The main concept of “The Inner Journey” is the fact that over the course of generations we’ve chosen to neglect the soul. In the book they call it “the navel”, our life-energy. <BR> <BR> When born our life-energy comes from our mother through our umbilical cord, after cut we experience our first instance of separation from our mother’s. This first instance of... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:54:40 EST Will 15 lbs make a difference? So I was writing on my Spark Page about this... I have been on this journey for about a month now and I am a pretty big girl and I guess my frame is heavier on the bottom half of my body. I have only been able to lose roughly 15lbs in the past month. Now I have gotten myself into a pattern of keeping track of all my calories and writing everything down. The only problem I have is being physically active and that is because of lower back pain and the fact I am pretty sure I have a serious pinc... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:09:51 EST Please advice I have issues with self-discipline and being consistent. <BR> I also have Chronic Depression and Dissociative Identity Disorder. Been obese most of my life. I'm 44 years old. Please advice. Fri, 11 Aug 2017 01:55:54 EST Getting My Spark Back I have been away so long I feel as though I'm starting all over. Back when I first joined Sparkpeople I was determined and having the time of my life. Everything about this site was fun and everything I needed to get healthy. I wasn't seeing the scale change fast but the way I saw the scale changed drastically. It became a tool rather than a source of self hate and doubt. <BR> Just by walking 2.5/3 miles a day @ 6 days a week I created a whole new me. Walking led to more water that led to le... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 11:50:15 EST Support from partner Hi guys! <BR> <BR> I'm new here and I'm desperately trying to lose weight. <BR> I'm currently 86kg (190lbs) and 172cm (5'8") which means a BMI of 29 :-( and I'm trying to get down to at least 75kg (165 lbs) but would love to get to 60kg (132lbs) but am conscious that that probably won't be possible. <BR> I've started a HIIT program and am starting to cut out sugar, I am also going to take Alli tablets and cut out as much fat as I can. Clean eating etc. <BR> <BR> Full disclosure: this is not... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 06:21:32 EST Can't find the energy I've been feeling sick the past week with a really sore throat. I've kept up with my exercises until yesterday when it got really bad. <BR> <BR> So I went to the doctor, and found out I've got strep. <BR> <BR> Now I can't seem to find the energy to work out. <BR> <BR> Tips?? Sat, 5 Aug 2017 21:27:26 EST I live with a very negative mother. Please help. I live with a very negative mother. Please help. Sat, 5 Aug 2017 18:37:58 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> --------------------- <BR> <BR> Positive words to start the day: APPRECIATIVE and BRIGHT <BR> <BR> Good day yesterday - went to the gym, vacuumed the house and dusted furniture. cleaned the master bathroom, Went outside and pulled the weeds that had wandered into the flower beds, and did a couple of loads of la... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 05:38:06 EST Low calorie diet Hello all <BR> <BR> Fors those that are doing VLCD what does your meal plan look like? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Joe Thu, 3 Aug 2017 21:03:50 EST Does SP keep statistics Does SP keep statistics of how long members keep weight off? <BR> <BR> <BR> chris Wed, 2 Aug 2017 08:07:01 EST Where did my motivation go? The good thing is I am maintaining which for me is a good thing. I am a yo yo dietor with most of my years spend overweight. I lost 50+ pounds and now I am having trouble watching it closely so I can lose more. I am happy enough with where I am but know that I am still considered overweight and my joints would benefit from me losing more. In order to do that, I really need to be careful about each calorie and right now I just don't seem to have it in me. Also, in the past, I have gained... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 14:39:31 EST AUGUST 2017 Daily Gratitude-Thanks s-Smiles-welcome! "The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement."Charles Schwab <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here is to an August Abundance of Appreciations!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> See you tomorrow with list of 5 or so! <em>247</em> Mon, 31 Jul 2017 18:03:22 EST Weekends are Rough Hello All <BR> <BR> I'm very new to Spark people and I am really enjoying all the tips, motivation & insight <BR> <BR> I find myself staying on track really well during the week but finding difficulty on the weekends. Especially during the summer with all the reunions, weddings, BBQ S, parties. Etc. any words of wisdom on how to maintain some self control during the weekends. Lol Mon, 31 Jul 2017 10:20:11 EST I'm on this journey because....... It's hard to keep motivated all of the time and sometimes you forget why you started this journey. Once it's in black and white it's hard to forte why you started. It's also good to see what motivates others Mon, 31 Jul 2017 03:06:39 EST Looking for support buddy Hi, I'm Jaime. I'm struggling to get into working out and eating right. I really don't like the way I look. So I'm looking for someone I can talk to, to get support. The support goes both ways, so if you need some help too, I'll be there. <BR> <BR> Please message me! :-D Sat, 29 Jul 2017 15:14:52 EST Looking for a fitness and weight loss buddy! Hello...I am alone on this journey. I have tried to bond with people that might be in the same boat as me, but we just didn't have the same issues. <BR> <BR> I have 60+ lbs to lose and I have to start my fitness level at beginner. This isn't my first time around the block. I know what it takes, I know what I have to do. I just want someone to do it with. Someone to talk to, encourage, get some from them, give high 5's to, and kicks in the butt when needed. <BR> <BR> I am 48, love anima... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:32:39 EST Why do I emotionally eat? It seems like every time things get tough, I start to eat. I feel like I can never get full and I end up eating stuff I know is bad for me or too much food or both. I feel frustrated, sad and angry all at the same time. Do you ever feel like this? How do you help yourself? Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:49:45 EST weight management Today was my first time i have gone to see a weight management doctor. I was given a lot of information and I have to follow up with another person next month. Sugar is my biggest problems along with drinking water and exercising. I am hoping I can finally get down to the goal I am striving for come January of next year. I hope there are people on sparkpeople that can help me out if I begin to struggle. <em>347</em> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:42:45 EST the problem with saying "it's not like I..." It's not like I eat fast food. Ever. <BR> It's not like I drink soda. Ever. <BR> It's not like I'm a binge eater. Ever. <BR> It's not like I'm really into booze. <BR> it's not like l have chips or cookies around the house. <BR> it's not like I eat much fried food. <BR> It's not like I don't exercise. <BR> It's not like I eat a lot of candy. <BR> It's just that -- despite all those things -- I weigh a lot more than should. And... it's frustrating!! Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:33:07 EST choosing and wearing clothes??! so I thought "I'll stop checking the scale," so I wouldn't drive myself crazy. <BR> <BR> But now I'm going nuts over clothes! First I thought, "just buy clothes that fit. you're big, so buy big clothes." <BR> <BR> So I bought bigger clothes -- and while they seemed to fit in the store, they stretched out so much so fast that they were literally falling down in two hours! <BR> <BR> So I bought smaller clothes -- which seem to lovingly outline every lump and bump. <BR> <BR> So I bought ... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:26:41 EST How to balance work, dieting, and workouts? I'm needing some advice cause for the life of me i'm not sure how to do this. I have been on a heavy weight loss journey before from 315 down to 185 but when i did it that time it was a bit easier because I was a stay at home mom. Literally i had nothing but time to plan out every meal and had a regular work out routine i was dedicated to. it was just easier i guess to shape my life around the goal. <BR> <BR> Now though i have gained 60 pounds back because of poor choices and recently going ... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:28:17 EST I know it's only been two weeks... But I am feeling discouraged. I started at 180. Last week when I weighed myself I was down to 177.5. But I have not lost this week, and I realized my start weight was right before my period, so likely my previous "loss" wasn't real. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I know it's silly, but I can't help but be bummed that the scale isn't moving when I have been eating at the bottom of my range and am generally pretty active (I walk at least an hour a day and am doing C25K). I'm worried also because pe... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:00:35 EST Emergencies I spent the last four days in the intensive care unit with my mom who was gravely ill. She's gotten much better now and will be sending her home. I was very impressed that I managed to keep up with my food plan and my exercise while I was in the hospital. Even though I was stressed and afraid and exhausted and emotional it was easy to pick healthy foods – very strange I wasn't even tempted to go for anything sweet or fatty. I got healthy spinach salads from the cafeteria and made tea from th... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 23:48:57 EST focus Hi Y'all, I'm new here. It's great to have a forum such as this. I don't need advice or anything . Rather I want suggestions. How do you all stay focused on this fitness journey? Knowing exactly what to do and what to eat is one thing. Staying focused on your goals is another thing. Most times most people just don't feel motivated to go on. Some people even go on to say whats the point. Life is short so we better enjoy it right? I kinda agree with that school of thought. That been said I wil... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:23:59 EST Trying to come back & nervous. I am obese,older &nervous to get started again. I know how great this group is: I tried Spark people years ago & loved it, but as I have become anxious when I exercise, thinking I will bring on a heart attack & get discouraged. I am going to physical therapy as I have arthritis and I like going, but nervous when I get tired or feel I am short of breath which I know a lot is normal for my age & being so obese. I have asthma but automatically think heart attack when I become short of breath, v... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:32:12 EST Do you use a planner? And for what? Your meals? Your everyday tasks? <BR> <BR> Does it work? Does it make things simpler? <BR> <BR> I will start using a planner, because I need to know what I have to do and when, so I don't have an excuse to miss gym because I forgot to cook something, or clean something at home. <BR> <BR> I don't think I make the best of my free time, so I'm hoping a planner will help. But will have to keep to it, which I know will be a hard habit. <BR> <BR> What is your experience? Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:55:48 EST Spark Pledge I found that it is easier to stay motivated at something once you made a commitment or pledge to that effect. Recently I clicked an old link to a "Spark Pledge" that spark members supposedly could make and found that the domain for the link had expired. Does anyone know if there is currently a "Spark Pledge"? Is there an an active link to it? Sat, 15 Jul 2017 06:09:49 EST Cauliflower is not the same as rice, bread or pota I am 2 weeks into a low carb diet and extremely discouraged with the lack of choices. I don't want to pretend that cauliflower is actually potatoes or that zucchini noodles are really pasta - they are not. I love vegetables and don't mind meat in small servings but am HANGRY. Is there a secret type of proper bread or cracker that is actually low carb? I need a vehicle for the healthy stuff. Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:18:03 EST Plateau problem Plateau problem. <BR> This week's stats: <BR> Calorie Goal (set by Spark) 1,720-2,070. Calories for this week: Lowest day 1,163. Highest day 1.934. Average 1,535. <BR> TDEE calculator says my Maint. Calories are 2,512 and my BMR is 1,827. ( <BR> Workout minutes for the week: 260, 45, 60, 90,20,120, 45. <BR> I am a 53 year old man, 172 cm and 95 Kg. <BR> <BR> I am eating all I want. I feel full and have lots of energy. People say the calories are low, but it feels like ... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 09:48:18 EST How not to lose weight Hi. ALL <BR> <BR> STILL trying to lose weight. Still exercising and enjoying it but the weight is rising. Why is that? Because the weather is hot and I feel even less like eating. It is however infuriating to see the numbers rise. I am going to have to review my 'summer eating' diet. I had lost weight at some stage this year but am now back to having only lost 2.2lbs from my heaviest early this year. <BR> <BR> It's so maddening. Its not even as though I am topping up with alcohol - I am fi... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 04:09:21 EST Need Encouragement I'm looking for someone to help keep me motivated and on track with my weight loss journey also getting past emotional stuff that's related to what I went through this past year, which was a car accident which set me back by a lot and weakened me. <BR> <BR> It just seems unfair that last year today I was on my way back to being healthy things were wonderful then it all went downhill and no matter how much I do I'm not seeing results, I keep falling for the same temptations and my body isn't... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 12:29:02 EST Hit a wall So I was doing WW and lost 20 lbs which is now mostly back as it seems to happen. My husband lost a lot of weight on his own and he eats salads all day every day. I just can't do that. It doesn't get me excited and it is hard because he doesn't really want anything but the salads for meals. <BR> I need more but I feel guilty when I don't eat a salad and then I just start that vicious cycle because I feel like he is judging me for failing. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else have this problem o... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 10:54:49 EST I Need Support Last night was very difficult for me, because there were a lot of really loud, illegal fireworks in my neighborhood. They go across the river to get the M80s, which are like little bombs. My breathing was off for hours, because it was causing some anxiety. I was up all night, because I was so keyed up! Next year, I'm thinking of going to visit one of my relatives in another town, instead of being here. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I was directed here from SparkCoach to leave a message. Today is much be... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 21:28:34 EST needing help to stay motivated I really don't know how to keep myself motivated can anyone give me some advice Wed, 5 Jul 2017 18:38:55 EST new here hello pretty new here stay focused and we can do this <em>381</em> Mon, 3 Jul 2017 11:53:11 EST So unmotivated to get back on the treadmill Over a year ago, I would walk on the treadmill daily. After a couple months, my weight jumped up 20 lbs. I thought it was muscle and blew it off. After another couple months had past, my stomach was growing in size and I wasn't able to get my pants on. By the end, I gained almost 30 lbs and went up 2 pant sizes. At month 6, I gave up and quit walking discouraged with my results. I'm scared to get on the treadmill again because I don't want my stomach to get any bigger and I don't want to incr... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 01:03:31 EST JULY 2017 appreciations, gratitude, thanks-Welcome <img src=""> <BR> Welcome, Welcome!! Here is the place to list 5 things that you appreciate, feel thankful for and whatever makes you smile. <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 30 Jun 2017 17:53:45 EST Staying focused and motivated I know what I want. I want to be fit. I want to be able to run 4 miles and not be breathless and not have to stop and do it in a shorter time than an hour. I want a life, friends, a boyfriend, a job, a career in the military. I just want to finally love me. I want to finally be happy. Fri, 30 Jun 2017 17:20:59 EST Motivation: Is being divorced from reality normal? Do we all see ourselves as small or average when in reality we are overweight? I am wondering if I am an anomaly? <BR> It is actually weird because I used to see myself as fat when I was thin or well normal. Now, I see myself as normal or small when I am overweight except if I see a picture of myself which helps me be more in touch with what I actually look like. Is that divorce from reality normal? Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:09:46 EST My motivations and story I wrote a blog post yesterday about my personal story and journey. Hope it helps someone else. Sun, 25 Jun 2017 12:03:54 EST S U C C E S S Success consists of going from failure to failure <BR> without loss of enthusiasm. <BR> - Winston Churchill Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:55:39 EST tiredness bingeing Any suggestions for preventing a binge when very tired at night, too tired to go to bed, too tired to act sensibly, productively, imaginatively? Sat, 24 Jun 2017 04:06:01 EST Deleted Deleted Thu, 22 Jun 2017 01:00:35 EST Stuck less then half way from my goal I lost 50 pounds in the past year. I went from between 240-250 to 190lbs, and then I've been stuck. I've been there for the past 3 months without any change in the scale (except for a couple weeks after I had a bad E.coli infection, but within a few weeks I went back up to 190 again)... and have just sat there since. I've been slacking on tracking things lately though, and want to get back into tracking. I just got an activity watch so it'll help me keep track of my steps, because any other e... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 19:51:24 EST trying not to lose motivation/ bad knees Hello all, I have bad knees, I have bone on bone arthritis in both knees and it is stopping me from walking as exercise. I go to an orthopedic surgeon on Thursday June 22 and I have no idea of what he is going to tell me, actually I sort of do. It is because of my weight. But this is depressing me, it is so hard for me. I can't even walk up and down steps it is so painful. How can I exercise to lose weight without walking and still keep my motivation. Sat, 17 Jun 2017 18:47:21 EST In need of encouragement Hello everyone. I am discouraged. I have been tracking what I eat and exercising regularly. I cardio for one hr 3 days a week and strength train 3 days. I have measured myself and weighed myself before I started 4 days shy of a month ago and I have lost no inches and only lost 1 pound. What gives? I don't know what to do. I'm not giving up but just...ugh and sigh. I know from the last time I tried to lose it came off slow but geesh not this slow. I'm sorry about the ranting just grumpy and fe... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 10:49:15 EST Weight Loss I lost 2 lbs in 2 weeks. I'm going to continue to update as I go along. This will keep me motivated. But I want to hear how you are doing with your journey. How much weight you lost, how you did it etc. Sat, 17 Jun 2017 10:03:43 EST Smoothie Ideas I recently bought a new blender after saving for a while. It was worth the wait! <BR> <BR> My usual smoothie that I make is strawberries, banana, spinach in some kind of watered down juice or caffeine free iced tea. <BR> <BR> Today I mixed blueberries, vanilla pea protein powder, weak apple juice with my spinach instead. I guess I needed the break. <BR> <BR> So....I'm looking for ideas <BR> <BR> What is your favorite smoothie? Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:58:39 EST Smoothies I have made a couple of smoothies for breakfast or occ. snack but my question is this...are they meant to be meal replacements? I got a Nutri Bullet and the recipes are around or over 350 calories but they are not protein heavy. They have a lot of fruit and greens which is fine except that I am not a vegetarian at all. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:54:24 EST neck problems Getting old is not always easy. Got problems with my neck. Having to go to a specialist in a week or so. Trying to stay motivated after several sets backs as far as health. Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:59:11 EST Weekend Dread How to continue dedication to diet and exercises on weekends? When you cook delicious yummy food for family but you have to stick to your diet? <BR> When you want to sleep in and dont feel like working out? <BR> Or when you are on an vacation and surrounded by awesome Food? Tue, 13 Jun 2017 01:00:39 EST Motivational Buddies Anyone? Wondering if anyone out there wants to check in daily (well...throughout the day...often) and keep each other motivated. Perhaps I can find someone similar to me and we can work together. <BR> <BR> Me: <BR> 33 Y/O/F <BR> 3 Kids (Daughter (almost 6yrs), Son 4yrs, Daughter 6mos) <BR> Working FT. Husband works FT. <BR> Hectic - working on home renovation (getting our current home ready to rent) and currently in the process of buying a foreclosure. <BR> <BR> Before kids I was pretty healthy. I... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:16:00 EST What earbuds do you use? I found a set that works for me after going through Beats, losing one airpod, and Jaybirds. Curious as to what everyone else is using. What do you like about them. Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:04:39 EST Knowing and Doing Hi. I'm Laura. My biggest issue is I know what I have to do but, I don't always do it. I need help and support. We live in a small town and not a lot here. I can't afford a coach and can't do the weight loss programs due to Kidney Disease.Its really hard on me because my husband is dealing with a lot of medical issues as well. We take care of each other. I have Type 1 Diabetes, which causes weight gain from insulin and I have Thyroid issues, weight gain, Addison's Disease, meds cause weight g... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 19:46:57 EST how to stay motivated I need help to stay motivated For years I have ate right for awhile and then back to same old bad habits. I have had a stroke so I feel the time is now to learn to eat right and keep it that way Thu, 8 Jun 2017 08:38:35 EST stressed out and eating out of stress I plan my food pretty well and get lots of exercise both strength and cardio but lately it seems everywhere I turn there is a no series of stress. The first thing I do is grab something to eat. Not too much that is not on our diet but eating too many in a hurry. Friday night a work change affected me and I came home and ate. Saturday we went to a graduation open house which was awkward and difficult we came home and I started stuffing my face. Today I did better but it is difficult to stop... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 01:04:50 EST Daily schedule Walk; 20 minutes. <BR> Keep healthy snacks on hand. <BR> Cook your meals. <BR> Drink lots of water <BR> Sleep; 8 hours <BR> <em>381</em> Sat, 3 Jun 2017 10:21:44 EST small victories I successfully avoided a donut on national donut day AND I was able to leave the grocery store without buying items that were not on my list. Fri, 2 Jun 2017 16:52:09 EST JUNE 2017-Appreciations, Gratitudes- Welcome All!! <img src="">"Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices." Robert Braathe <BR> <BR> I appreciate every person who contributes and shares on this thread. As always please share 5 things you are grateful for, appreciate or are working for you. The daily gifts! <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 31 May 2017 18:48:12 EST Jumping Jacks & Stretching When I am feeling sluggish, I do some jumping jacks. It immediatly changes my state and gives me an energy boost. <BR> I have noticed since stretching, I am more flexible! <BR> Go me! Wed, 31 May 2017 12:09:31 EST Why hitting your weight plateau is a good thing The body uses up energy, starting with glucose, then glycogen, then fat. When you eat carbohydrates, they first turn into glucose. Excess glucose is stored in your muscles as glycogen in your muscles, liver, and red blood cells. Excess glucose that cannot be stored as glycogen becomes fat. <BR> <BR> When you use up your energy, you first deplete your glucose, then glycogen, *then* fat. Glycogen attaches itself to water, meaning that, as you lose glycogen weight, you're also losing water wei... Tue, 30 May 2017 05:22:38 EST Anyone Need A Buddy Too? Hello! <BR> I am new to sparkpeople but not new to trying to lose weight. <BR> I have come to realise that I am not doing very well doing this on my own and I really would love to have a buddy who needs as much motivation as I do. <BR> I am hoping to get someone who would like to be in touch daily. I would prefer by email but I am happy for any format. <BR> I am hoping to have someone to share daily exercises, food intakes, wins, losses, good days, bad days or just general chit chat. <BR> ... Tue, 30 May 2017 05:20:40 EST upcoming vacation We are leaving on Thursday for a vacation and will return home on Saturday. Any suggestions on how to at least maintain my current weight while we are on vacation? there will be walking involved so I will get some exercise... any ideas would be greatly appreciate. TIA Mon, 29 May 2017 13:13:07 EST PLATEAU PANIC I'v been at this for about 2.5 months now.. lost 4-5 kgs in that time. I eat roughly 1100 cals/day and do about 4 miles walking/6 days a week (about 65 mins a day). <BR> <BR> DESPITE this, Iv been at a plateau for over 3 weeks now n only lost 1 lb in 3 weeks. <BR> <BR> Im 27, Female, Indian and weigh 62.5 kgs on 5'6'' frame. <BR> <BR> I take a weekly cheat day off too (NOT binge, but eat about 2500 calories total and no workout that day). <BR> <BR> Despite all this for 3 weeks my scale wo... Mon, 29 May 2017 04:04:03 EST MEMORIAL WEEKEND WALK !! I HAVE AN IDEA !! LET'S WALK EVERYDAY ESPECIALL THIS WEEKEND FOR THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES AND LIMB'S TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY FREE. JUST SERIOUSLY, THINK ABOUT IF YOU HAD TO LEG'S ARM'S. I KNOW OF 3. COME ON, AMERICA. FLY THAT <em>652</em> . SHOW THOSE WHO HATE US WE'VE GOT IT TOGETHER. <BR> <BR> A MARINE MOM Sat, 27 May 2017 19:49:59 EST Failing: Vent/Plansies So I recently decided to start seriously losing weight again. I had previously been extremely successful in losing a lot of weight and keeping it off for a number of years, then gained it all back as soon as I went through a ridiculously stressful period in my life. <BR> <BR> I joined this site and promised myself to get back into my old routines and... it hasn't happened. Every morning I tell myself I'm going to and it all falls apart. I am beyond frustrated. WHERE IS MY OLD MOTIVATION?? ... Thu, 25 May 2017 13:45:45 EST How are people dropping weight so fast?!?!?!! I think it's just crazy seeing people dropping 50+ lbs in 3 months. I have overhauled my eating, cut all fast food, getting 30 minutes of exercise a day, staying away from boxed foods (except brown rice noodles) and I have gained 1.6 lbs....What gives?!?! Wed, 24 May 2017 08:21:01 EST Thyroid Medicine I am wondering if anyone taking thyroid medication experiences pressure in their heads and dizziness, especially if taking it first thing in the morning and waiting to eat until lunch? Wed, 24 May 2017 01:24:53 EST does anyone else hide the scale?? I understand that "healthy" weight loss for a person who isn't obese or on a radical diet is going to be 1-2 pounds per week... and I know that weight fluctuates for a zillion reasons. <BR> <BR> But given all that, it's SO hard to see that after a week of tracking every bite you've apparently gained several ounces... or that after three weeks you've lost a pound and a half... <BR> <BR> My answer so far has been to shove the scale in the closet, as it just seems to frustrate me... I don't ... Mon, 22 May 2017 19:46:19 EST clothes and shoes I work hard to stay as gym motivated as I do with my food. It so hard bc after so many years with my eating disorder and abuse of my body I have so much loose skin from when I was even larger than I am now. Does anyone know where to buy good compression clothing for plus sizes? Also, I have bunions and a horrible time with my feet after 20 years in the medical field. What are your favorite tennis shoes? I had found mine but of course Sketchers stopped making them! Mon, 22 May 2017 12:54:07 EST COME GET MOTIVATED WITH THE BLC SUMMER CHALLENGE BLC34 - SUMMER CAMP IS REGISTERING NOW! <BR> <BR> (Registration will close on May 27....time is running out!) <BR> <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is an 8 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 10+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. <BR> <BR> What is it YOU need to reach your goals? <BR> Do you need lots of SUPPORT, to be CH... Sun, 21 May 2017 11:26:21 EST I think I will invest in some cute sweat wicking workout clothes to motivate me to exercise! <BR> <BR> Just putting them on will encourage me to start exercising! Sun, 21 May 2017 05:42:46 EST Avoiding sabatoge How do you keep up willpower and avoid sabatoge from a spouse? Talking to him about it doesn't work and when I said I was getting back on the wagon, he went straight out and came home with ice cream. Then, out of the blue tonight, he tried to get me to go get pizza. I resisted, and simply acted like I wasn't hungry, but I don't know how many days I can keep this up. Anyone know if self hypnosis is possible? Fri, 19 May 2017 22:36:14 EST A child shows us the way? Just like our Spark journey – try, fall down, try again! <BR> <BR> “First Steps” <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362497 </link> <BR> <BR> Persistence leads to success!!!!! <BR> Why do we forget this as we grow up? <BR> Tue, 16 May 2017 15:26:27 EST starting over hi my name is Erika <BR> im have been here on and off but now i need to start over funny thing thing is im not sure where to start any more i was sick over christmas and drs wanted to due sugry howvever they decided to wait and suggested i loose weight first so my dr put me on a list for a gastric by pass i would realy like to loose the weight on my own im realy not not sure about a gastric bypass i feel like a muddled mess not sure how to get stated again HELP Sun, 14 May 2017 21:14:29 EST Ginger Detox Bath Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried adding this to weight loss routine? <BR> <BR> Does it help you use or weight after working out? <BR> <BR> Im thinking about getting what I need and trying this weekend. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Lu Fri, 12 May 2017 16:17:47 EST hard to be motivated when ill. I have had many bumps in the road in the last 5 weeks and it is hard to stay active physically and emotionally. Tue, 9 May 2017 15:52:59 EST Sparkpeople Site is a Motivator Been a member for a few years ,but just came back after a <BR> lengthy absence . <BR> Just have to reinforce how much of a motivator his place can be once I start tracking nutrition and exercise. It always puts me back on track. <em>347</em> Tue, 9 May 2017 15:01:45 EST How do you keep track of weight loss visually? Hi everyone! Melissa from SparkPeople here. <BR> <BR> I'm working on an article that will include visual aids people use to track their progress toward their weight loss goals. Some examples include putting a marble in a jar for every pound lost, stacking Legos, etc. <BR> <BR> We're looking for members' photos to include in the article. If you have an idea and photo, please share it either in this thread, through SparkMail or in an email to <BR> <BR> Thanks so mu... Tue, 9 May 2017 10:54:33 EST Jogging I am out of shape and need tips on how to start jogging again. I start very slow around the block. Mon, 8 May 2017 21:54:46 EST Being motivated Thank God I continue to be motivated on my journey. I have been tested through food in the last previous days and did not give in. God is good. Don't give up. Sun, 7 May 2017 09:13:59 EST I don't know what I'm doing wrong I have not lost weight in weeks. In fact, it seems to be going up by a pound or two, and gets worse each day. The problem is, I have been doing everything absolutely right. I know a lot of people say that and sometimes are just clueless or fooling themselves while secretly cheating, but I am absolutely not. I have counted every single tiny calorie that has entered my mouth right down to a burst of Pam sprayed olive oil. I have not eaten anything I had to estimate calories or fat for. I have p... Sun, 7 May 2017 08:10:21 EST motivation? I have no motivation to make to the gym. I pay for the monthly and I been there once. What and how can I get the motivation I need to get into the gym? Sun, 7 May 2017 06:19:38 EST BIGGEST LOSER SUMMER CAMP INVITATION BLC34 - SUMMER CAMP IS REGISTERING NOW! <BR> <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is an 8 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 10+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. <BR> <BR> What is it YOU need to reach your goals? Do you need lots of SUPPORT, to be CHALLENGED, to focus on NUTRITION, EXERCISE, or some combination of the above? ... Wed, 3 May 2017 16:46:59 EST Any Daily Threads Around? I was here years ago and I remember being a part of an amazing daily thread. Someone would start it every morning and everyone would comment. Great friends! <BR> Any still around? :) <BR> Thanks! Tue, 2 May 2017 13:40:48 EST My Goals 1. lose another 160 lbs (199 altogether) <em>11</em> <BR> 2. I want to go on a cruise without my weight holding me back from enjoying to the fullest <em>340</em> <BR> 3. I would like to be able to do a Breast cancer 3 day <em>390</em> <BR> 4. To be a better example to my family <em>342</em> <em>554</em> <BR> 5. To be healthier and be able to enjoy life to the fullest <em>521</em> <BR> Mon, 1 May 2017 13:51:47 EST Motivational Videos/Speeches Ive had to start listening to motivational speeches lately. It helps. I listen before I go to the gym in the morning and sometimes when Im around the house. I think Ive got my diet pretty dialed in. I have been somewhat depressed and asking myself why am I killing myself at the gym everyday? I have a goal to do a fitness competition before I turn 50. I know this is a big goal. I have no expectations, other than, I just tell myself "get to the gym and just do it". I also have been stopping and... Mon, 1 May 2017 11:07:43 EST Completely downtrodden I don't understand what's going on. I started this at 338 pounds about 2 months ago and I've gained 10 pounds!! I went from COMPLETELY sedentary to making sure I go 3000 steps and 1.5 miles each day. That's a huge accomplishment for me and I feel like I'm being punished. <BR> <BR> I haven't started eating differently yet. Maybe a tiny bit healthier, but even then I'm not losing anything. I've got the increased exercise, the calorie deficit, the increased water. I don't understand why I've ga... Mon, 1 May 2017 05:13:07 EST MAY 2017 Appreciations -All are welcome! “When we use words filled with positivity, like “love” and “peace”, we can alter how our brain functions by increasing cognitive reasoning and strengthening areas in our frontal lobes. Using positive words more often than negative ones can kick-start the motivational centers of the brain, propelling them into action, Dr. Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at Thomas Jefferson University, and Mark Robert Waldman, a communications expert, collaborated on the book, “Words Can Change Your Brain.” <B... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:42:35 EST What Motivates You? Today's spark message asked this question -- and it has me baffled. I'm at least 20 pounds overweight, yet I have no health issues as a result... my husband loves 57 I am as energetic as I've ever been. I can dance, walk, swim, bike -- though not at an athletic level. <BR> <BR> I don't like the way I look in a swimsuit, and I wish clothes fit me better... I'd love to be fitter and stronger in general, but I don't have a specific fitness goal. These are pretty lightweight motivators f... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 16:30:07 EST Looking for an accountability buddy! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Kim, 5'3 and 165 lbs, size 14. <BR> <BR> My goal is 125 lbs and size 8. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for an accountability buddy so we can motivate each other - even better if you have the same goals as me :) <BR> <BR> Please let me know your goals and if you'd be interested :-) <BR> <BR> - Kim Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:18:00 EST Your instagram for VLCD (shakes/soups)? Hi everyone! I am very obese (around 300 pounds or 138 kg) and I am going on a VLCD diet over time. This includes shakes and soups with all the vitamins etc. you need. This is cleared with my doctor so it is all ready, and I am motivated and this is a way for me get to a healthier weight in a shorter amount of time, as doing surgery is not what I want to be doing. I'll be going to swap shakes for meals (dinners) at some point, but for a couple of months now I'll be shakes/soups only! <BR> <B... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:05:28 EST good news, finally Don't need to worry as much as to bladder cancer. Dr. gave me much more hope. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:13:23 EST bad news with heart and cancer Not good news, but I know God is still with me and will do His will. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:09:31 EST Give me your best plateau breaking tips. Once again I am stuck, stuck stuck. My weight has been in the same range the last week and it has been exactly the same every morning for the last 3 days. I'm not freaking out or anything, I do however want to get past this hurdle. My body seems to plateau every time I lose 5-6 pounds. Generally I sit at the same weight for 2 weeks or so before weight loss starts up again. I know the scale will move if I wait it out, however I would like to get things moving sooner than later. Give me y... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:24:56 EST I dont know where to go from here... Hi All <BR> <BR> I am looking for a tried and tested approach from people on here in their 40s who have put on weight in recent years and have not been able to lose using conventional dietary methods - I would really appreciate your thoughts. <BR> <BR> As you may know, since January this year, I started doing the 21 day fix <BR> By mid February I had lost 3kg but prior to this, was at an all time high in weight so not much in the way of a dent overall <BR> By late February early March I pla... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:13:53 EST My Goal Updating and sharing. <BR> <BR> My goal is to be a healthier, happier version of me. Sort of a "Luann 2.0" Wed, 12 Apr 2017 05:40:35 EST Feeling defeated I've gained weight after doing so well! I thought I'd have a bit extra on Sunday which led to a whole week of going off track. Now it feels like I can't start over coz I've gained so much weight in just a week! I feel like I'll never reach my goal! What helps motivate you back on track? Tue, 11 Apr 2017 03:23:15 EST finding motivation in cancer I found out that I have bladder cancer, but if I die I am going to die healthy!! Wed, 5 Apr 2017 15:58:00 EST Non-Food Rewards? What do you all do when you reach one of your weight loss goals? <BR> <BR> DH and I decided that once I get to 190 lbs (and stay there or lower for 3 weeks so I'm sure it's not a water loss) we are going to park DD with her grandparents and spend a night alone at a nice hotel :) <BR> <BR> Besides the usual things - mani/pedis, cute accessories, etc...what other non-food rewards do you give yourselves when you reach a goal? Looking for ideas :) <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Apr 2017 10:03:19 EST Monday weigh in friends. Would anyone like to weigh in on Mondays and post here? I find that having Monday as my official weigh in day helps keep me on track through the weekend. Post your start weight, current weight and goal weight. Here's to Monday! ( I am tracking from my starting weight on SP ) <BR> SW 145. <BR> CW 144. <BR> GW 120. <BR> 24 pounds to go! Sat, 1 Apr 2017 13:50:16 EST Spark Teams Since the Start page was changed I haven't been able to find my Spark teams. Where can I find my teams so that I can get my team points? Sat, 1 Apr 2017 11:48:12 EST APRIL 2017 Gratitude, Appreciations, Thanks 'Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out." John Wooden <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here is our place to share five (or so) things that we appreciate, are grateful for or want to show thanks that they are part of our lives. <BR> Look forward to seeing you throughout April! <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 22:27:34 EST Accountability partner I am trying to get back into a routine but am having a really hard time sticking to it. I'm in search of an accountability partner to help stay motivated. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:42:59 EST Preparing for success <em>550</em> <em>341</em> <BR> Preparing, whether it is for meals or exercise is essential... I am trying how to figure out this part.... I am not moving towards my goal and I seem stuck... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:36:48 EST What Worked (and DIDN'T Work) for You? Hope everyone is having a healthy and happy day! <BR> <BR> I'm looking for some feedback from our awesome members for an article we're working on. <BR> <BR> Obviously, everyone's weight loss journey is different, and what works for one person won't necessarily work for everyone. We'd love for you to share your personal experiences with trial and error, and how you figured out what WASN'T working and then made adjustments. For example, maybe you had to make a slight tweak to your nutrition... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:25:08 EST Paralyzing Guilt at Overeating This may seem a strange request but I am looking for some support that at 24 stone I won't drop dead today at the age of 44! <BR> <BR> My story is that I've been overweight since a child because I'm a secret eater who craves delicious chocolatey and salty foods. My size has been a constant issue for me all my life but thankfully I used to be active in sports (abet very badly!) and made a great group of friends and then met an amazing man and had 5 wonderful healthy children who are aged bet... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:51:06 EST VLCD Support Hello everyone :) <BR> <BR> My name is Tori and I've just begun a VLCD system for myself, and am looking to stay inspired with any suggestions for very low calorie snacks that keep you full and easy, very low carb meals (lunch or dinner) and any other suggestions by anyone who has done this. <BR> <BR> Two things: <BR> <BR> My VLCD: <BR> <BR> 1 - My system is a bit of a mish mosh - I am currently using slimright shakes (chocolate, 35gm sachets) with 250mls of soy milk (dairy aggravates my... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 06:51:43 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 Did you overeat at your last meal? No! <em>244</em> Fri, 9 Aug 2013 15:03:06 EST This is my Emoticon today... <em>381</em> <em>386</em> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 16:45:21 EST How did you feel when you woke up this morning? I woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed. Worked out on my elliptical and will check out a video to work out with before I start work. <em>104</em> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 07:17:59 EST Say it in A WORD! AWESOME! Wed, 23 Jan 2013 09:43:09 EST Are you at peace and grateful right now? When at peace, one does not have emotional hunger. Wed, 9 Jan 2013 14:27:06 EST How many cups of water today (or yesterday)? I know there are a number of these threads on SP, but I am starting this one for my friends and HSM4C teammates. If others come along, then "the more, the merrier!" <BR> <BR> I will try to post every day, so I will say something like "8 cups today!" <BR> <BR> But I often finish my water late at night, so my post may say something like: "8 for yesterday" or "9 on Monday". <BR> <BR> Feel free to post either way; go ahead and add an emoticon it you feel like it! Let's use this message bo... Tue, 1 May 2012 11:04:56 EST What are you looking forward to? This morning I am looking forward to: <BR> <BR> - reviewing and practicing singing and playing guitar on an old song that I'll be teaching students. <BR> - getting out the information sheet for the party next weekend. <BR> - connecting with colleagues and students today. <BR> <BR> What about YOU? What are you looking forward to right now? Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:15:09 EST What Emoticon Are You Today? Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> So myself and my other two co-leaders at The Biggest Loser Workout Club came up with this creative and fun way to getting our members checking in daily and thought I'd bring it to the message boards! <BR> <BR> With that being said, we came up with a really great idea in having this thread! What will we do is each day you can check in here and let everyone know what emoticon you feel today!? <BR> <BR> To do this, go ahead and click on "Add An Emoticon" and then tell... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 19:44:00 EST Are You Walking and/or Running Today? If so! How far? Gopd Bless, Vic. Sat, 6 Mar 2010 07:53:40 EST Did you take your vitamins today? I forget to take my calcium vitamin most days, but when I notice it on the message board I remember to take it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 8 Jan 2010 23:31:25 EST Positive Words In the book "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking" by Malcolm Gladwell, the author talks about a study which showed that simple exposure to words actually influenced peoples' behavior, feelings and attitudes. Since reading about that, I've often purposely used words to self-direct. And I've been delighted by the results. <BR> <BR> Thus, this thread. This is a place to post words that indicate how you would like to behave, feel or be in the immediate future. Post as many, or as few, ... Sun, 20 Dec 2009 09:33:46 EST Today I am thankful for... A wonderful holiday/birthday weekend celebration with my love, my daughters and my friends; <BR> <BR> My snuggly little dog <BR> <BR> Signs of fall in the air Tue, 8 Sep 2009 10:08:29 EST Are you feeling Positive or Negative today? Today I'm feeling positive. When I'm feeling negative it's so much harder to motivate myself. Changing attitude is simple when I recognize it. Reality what a concept. Sun, 23 Aug 2009 10:17:01 EST 3 Item To Do List I read somewhere that one way to stay motivated is to create a 3 item To Do list every day. Each item should be something that is realistically achievable. The idea is that once you complete all 3 items, you will have a great sense of satisfaction. With that in mind, here are my 3 for today. Feel free to add yours. <BR> <BR> 1. Get data to Jennifer. <BR> 2. Complete the retailers analysis. <BR> 3. Complete the Top 5/Top 10 report. Mon, 27 Jul 2009 07:58:17 EST How motivated are you today? Scale from 1-10 Be sure to read the rating scale! <BR> <BR> <BR> 10= Very motivated and won't give up no matter what. <BR> <BR> 9= close to 10 but not quite. <BR> <BR> 8= Very motivated but I still need lots of support. <BR> <BR> 7= close to 8 but on the lower end. <BR> <BR> 6= Very motivated but loses focus quickly. <BR> <BR> 5= Motivated but will give up when things get hard. <BR> <BR> 4= I want to lose weight but it gets too tough. <BR> <BR> 3= I am motivated but whatz the point. <BR> <BR> 2= I... Thu, 9 Jul 2009 10:58:37 EST today i feel... rejuventated...even though these last 2 weeks have been HORRIBLE...yard work and exercise helped me stress out i feel rejuventated Fri, 3 Apr 2009 16:25:03 EST I want to eat healthily and exercise because... It helps to regularly think about, and remember, our reasons for doing this work. I will be posting here almost every day at least one reason why I want to eat healthily and exercise. Please join me in maintaining this focus. <BR> <BR> Suggestions: <BR> <BR> - Anything counts. Big, tiny. Whatever your mind comes up with as a motivation is great. <BR> <BR> - Repetition is not only OK, it is GOOD! If you repost the same reasons, it only means that you are remembering and reminding yourself o... Thu, 26 Feb 2009 08:08:23 EST Say one positive thing about yourself each day... I am creative! Fri, 20 Apr 2007 00:10:08 EST Are You Happy Right Now? I just wanted to share this with everyone here because we all need to be happy with ourselves and sometimes it's pretty hard to do. <BR> <BR> First of all, it would be nice to know how to be <BR> happy...right? <BR> <BR> Happiness has more to do with your attitude about the things that happen to you than it does with what actually happens. The happiest people are those who can take lemons and make lemonade. <BR> - Stress Management Guide Elizabeth Scott from <BR> <BR> This is w... Mon, 5 Mar 2007 20:42:04 EST Today I will not... Today I will not beat myself up for things that happened yesterday!(ie that bowl of ice cream I had!) Thu, 21 Sep 2006 08:12:21 EST Finish this sentence...Today I'm Thankful For.... ....finally being healthy after 2 months of consecutive viruses, Dayna my weight-loss partner and motivator, God's favor. <em>26</em> Fri, 14 Apr 2006 23:09:15 EST