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 Binging for over a year? The first time I was at SP.. I went from 84 (kg) to 69. I then maintained/restricted/normalized my diet (quit the exercise) and went to 72 in 4 months (not bad considering the amounts I binged in 2 day spurts during those months.) From 72, I went down to a whopping 59 in about 4 months.. this was a period of Godsent energy, motivation, controlled dieting and 2 months of wonderful cardio+ST regimes 6 mornings a week. However, owing to a rather tumultuous (but Godsent) breakup, I zipped from 59... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:00:10 EST Lose 20-30 by Christmas mobile support! So this is ideally for those who showed interest on Spark's new mobile chat system. I'll friend all ya'll and send this url link, it'll just take me some time. Guessing this would be best used for support, encouragement, questions, congratulations; that kind of thing. <BR> <BR> Let's start with brief little introductions and then what you're working on right now for immediate goals? These could even just be baby steps. Having a shot of flavored cream in coffee instead of a Starbuck's monster... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:00:36 EST Tracking Hi, <BR> <BR> How do other people consistently track what they eat? I do it for a day and then it dies out. <BR> <BR> -Kim Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:53:15 EST what if your mind does not catch up... Hello everybody <BR> <BR> I am finally coming out of "lurkerdom" with my own question: In May 2014, I weighed approximately 255 lbs at a height of a little over 5.5 inches. I had also been diagnosed diabetic about 6 months prior to that but had not been able to make any improvements. It actually started with some mood issues that caused my to loose my appetite and I lost quite a bit of weight in a short period of time. Once I started feeling better, I figured I might just as well keep going ... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:37:48 EST Staying motivated with less than 10lbs to go! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I've been at 123 (I'm 5'5ish) pounds for over a year now. I work out regularly and eat healthy most of the time. I do have days where I binge, which is why I am not losing weight. My plan is to lose the rest of the belly fat on my stomach. I have days where I wake up and I am totally motivated, mostly because I am feeling bloated or I feel my stomach looks big. Depending on the time of the month, my stomach looks and feels flatter, so I tend to focus less on my eating... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:29:57 EST What motivates you to work out? I walk and sometimes water aerobics BUT I need to move it up a notch,,, What do you do and what keeps you motivated? <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:20:11 EST How do you keep from being hungry all the time? I feel like I always want to eat. How do you keep yourself from being hungry all the time? Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:19:38 EST After Surgery Rotator cuff surgery last year. Recovery was pretty quick, but getting back my weight has been slow! Sat, 13 Sep 2014 01:48:14 EST Could I lose 2 lbs. in a week? This is my second weight loss journey, I'm trying to lose 50 pounds and I want to have lost 10 lbs. by Halloween. I've been doing circuit training for nearly two hours every day since I started my journey. Are there any high calorie burning exercises other than circuit training that could help? Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:47:59 EST 3 Days with Spark 3 Day and am still hanging in been slacker for while nursing sore knee but keep on pushing my since this week decided enough feeling down. Been getting back to my excerise routine 15 min. 2x's a day. Everyone have a great day. BBL Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:08:53 EST Set your mind to it you can do anything I'm 74 and lost 70 lbs 3 yrs ago and worked out 4 hours a day. I was on top of the world then last year found out I had stage 3 rectal cancer. Did the Chemo / Radiation after which I had a operation and still manage to work out 4 hours a day with a chemo pump. I didn't let it stop me form going to the gym everyday, it keep me going.. Just remember don't give up and keep going you will feel a lot better...., Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:05:45 EST What are you doing for yourself today! Hi I just joined yesterday and want to not only lose weight I also want to distress. So I am going to start doing something just for me each day. After thinking on something I can do for me is something I use to love to do very much to write. I am going to sit down for half and hour and write. <BR> <BR> What are you guys doing just for yourself today? Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:19:46 EST 3 item list eat a light breakfast, <BR> log onto spark people <BR> plan the meals for the next day Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:06:03 EST HELP:Recommitting to a healthy diet n excercise. Hello everyone! I'very been out the sparkepeople loop for several months now. I was doing so well and then fell out of my routine and have packed on some pounds. I feel ashamed and disappointed because I did so well for so long. My challenge once again is mindset and motivation. I felt better n looked better when I was eating right and exercising daily. So can u please help encourage me. Thank u! <BR> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 05:22:47 EST A long road! I am feeling so overwhelmed with the amount of weight I have to lose. I need to lose 100 pounds to get to a healthy weight of 150. I am currently 260. I just would be so thrilled to get out of the 200's. As I am getting older this extra weight really worries me. You just don't see any 260 pound 80 year olds walking around and that is a sobering thought. Any words of encouragement or ideas to not feel so overwhelmed? Sun, 7 Sep 2014 01:38:08 EST Fitbook: If you've used it, would you recommend it I'm having trouble tracking after I get home from work & I'm not at the computer, I wonder if paper & pen tracking might help. So I saw this Fitbook. It looks really cool & motivating, and I was wondering if anyone on SparkPeople has used it, and would recommend it? Was it worth getting? Did you use it all 12 weeks? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for your answers. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 07:08:15 EST Clothing size I didn't know where to put this. This is sort of a vent and frustration and also part motivation. I hate that I can't fit into any clothes that I want. I have added so many sites on my faves tab so i can look at for later. I need a CUTE winter hoodie/jacket that actually fits. i am looking online and so frustrated how they all are so ugly for plus size and they don't even fit!! plus size and they all go to 1x. ugh. I should be motivated to lose weight and get in shape but i'm not. i'm just th... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 22:20:08 EST Getting back into the groove With the help of Sparkpeople and a nurtitionist a few years ago, I lost what I wanted to lose. I wasn't perfect (but there is no such thing), but I was happy with how far I had gotten. <BR> Then...I got pregnant. I gained what I was supposed to gain, went back up to and above what I had ever been before. After the birth, I lost most of the weight in the first couple of months, but as I breastfed I was hungry AT ALL times and the weight just started piling back on. <BR> I am back to the wei... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 15:21:21 EST Staying Motivated I was using a goals website and then the website closed. now i'm at loose ends trying to journal on my own but it's harder without the social networking part of it. i'm hoping spark people will work for me too :) I don't always get emails letting me know i have a reply on the boards though. maybe they go to spam? I have to check. <BR> <BR> I have been overeating lately and I have to correct that. I have access to a fantastic cafeteria at work and that makes it hard. I'm also tempted... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 23:33:57 EST im too far gone, why try? I feel like I am too far gone to try and lose weight. I don't like what I see yet I don't see the point in trying. I haven't had a whole lot of success in losing weight and have pretty much convinced myself that I will be overweight or obese my whole life like I have always been since I was a teenager. I feel confused, depressed, and more alone or hopeless than anything. I know I need to do better with my health, I just don't care anymore. People always think or say that I am 28 and should be... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 17:00:56 EST Biggest Loser Challenge Ok, so I have figured out over the past 2 years that I cannot do this journey alone. I start out good, then lose motivation, or something happens or just get back into my lazy mode. <BR> <BR> Well tonight that changes. A local fitness club is doing a Biggest Loser Challenge and I am signing up for it. I meet with the trainer tonight and my friend from work is going with me. Hopefully this will turn my attitude towards myself around and keep my determination high! The only thing I am con... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 16:35:14 EST not good day! this was not a good day for me! headache! I didn't get anything accomplished. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 22:51:29 EST Austin TX weight loss buddy Hi there! <BR> I am 25 yrs and about 40 lbs overweight and have recently signed up with a running group. The problem is I don't have a whole lot of motivation to get up and run, or exercise, or eat healthy. Soooo I need some help. I need someone that will hold me accountable. Preferably who lives in south Austin but I'm sure distance isn't a huge issue. If there is another fellow Austinite who is looking for weight loss support send me a message and let's get healthy! (claire.booher@yaho... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 23:17:45 EST What drives your motivation? What's the driver behind your motivation? Tue, 2 Sep 2014 17:07:46 EST Staying Motivated This is the 4th or 5th time I've started back up with Sparkpeople. I do really well for a month or so, then fall off. This time it's been over a year since I last tracked my food, fitness and everything. I did get a good surprise this morning, stepping on the scale for the first time in over 2 months. I'd lost 8 lbs! I really need help sticking to a healthy eating plan, exercise and just doing the things I should to be healthy. <BR> <BR> What are your opinions for a healthy (and reali... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:50:37 EST Points for The Spark Didn't know where to go to find the answer to this: I bought The Spark book from Amazon a month or two ago. Now I see there is a point award for purchasing this book. Does anyone know to whom I should direct a question about getting the spark points? Was it a requirement to make the purchase through Spark People? Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:16:27 EST I need help, I feel unmotivated! Hey guys I really need some pick-me-ups. I reached my main goal to get healthy, but I'm slipping into bad habits. I'm eating out a lot more (unhealthy foods of course) and not exercising. I know this is a routine for disaster but I am feeling very unmotivated. When I lost weight I was motivated because some of my family said hurtful things about my weight. Now that I'm thin they of course no longer make those remarks, but without being hurt I guess I don't have the motivation to look better. ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:09:10 EST SEPTEMBER Gratitudes 2014 - Welcome All ! The idea here is to write at least five things you are grateful or appreciative each day, thus cultivating an attitude of gratitude I will be here with my 5 when it is September for me. I appreciate everyone who joins me in this tradition. <em>432</em> <BR> <BR> “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” <BR> ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:08:08 EST I love swimming! When I get in the pool I feel like a little kid. This is probably my favorite form of exercise. <em>345</em> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:24:38 EST Accountability Buddy Needed I was hoping to find some sort of competition or challenge where two people team up against other teams to lose weight/stay healthy. Not quite the BLC since that is a single person. I like the thought of being part of a two person team and being accountability buddies... Even if I can't find that challenge, I would love to have an accountability buddy. My lifestyle is hectic with work and school and even if it is a once a week thing it would be greatly appreciated and reciprocated! Sun, 31 Aug 2014 06:54:56 EST Never going to be thin Anybody ever feel like that? The last time I ever remember being skinny was when I was 2. I have always been the fat person, the fat kid in class that everyone picked on. Even today when i try to make changes I think people don't believe in me. How do I change and make those changes stick? I'm doing good now because even though I have gained 29lbs I haven't gained the whole 95 pounds like I usually do. I just feel sometimes that I will never be the person I want to be. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:11:23 EST pictures to motivate me I Googled the word 'motivation' and printed out a lot of pictures of things that would get me moving and eating better...(a skinny waist, a new pair of skinny jeans, a leather jacket I could buy with the money I'm not spending on expensive lattes and doughnuts...I've taped them up all over the house....on the fridge goes the skinny jeans, on my bathroom mirror a few things I'd get if I saved money....I love seeing all these reminders that I deserve to be happy! What would you post to your fri... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:31:10 EST I really need to share this with other sparkies After breakfast this morning I ran an error, and while I was out I started thinking about everything that I did not want to eat. Baked potatoes chips, candy coated almonds, etc., OMG, I thought get the fruit out of the bag. I brought a piece of fruit with me, finished that and drunk my water. I got to my destination and walked pasted a variety store, but I got weak and went in the store and I bought some candy coated almonds :-( <BR> <BR> But, the decision was candy or baked potatoes c... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:49:03 EST HELP! I'm out of control with my eating... again! I've lost a good deal of weight to date, and recently I find I'm getting WAY off track with my eating. I can't seem to control myself -- I'm eating too much, and am not stopping, especially eating a lot of sugar and fat. I need serious help to get me back on track and I'm at a loss as to HOW to do that currently! All suggestions are welcome!! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:55:49 EST How do you deal with the naysayer? Lately I've had family members who second guess my decisions to workout. They look at me like I'm crazy for wanting to bike 20 miles. Tell me I'm going to get struck by lightening, when I went for a 5 mile run with a storm on the horizon. I've been called selfish for wanting to get in a longer workout. Some days I have trouble convincing myself to keep going, I don't need a second voice in my head. <BR> <BR> Anyone else out there have a similar problem? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:23:18 EST Excellent article that helps motivate you <link> </link> <BR> <BR> "When you measure backward, you get to enjoy the progress you are making right now rather than yearn for a different life in the future." Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:03:33 EST Why Can't I Do This? Ok - the question should really be why "won't" I do this. I am 60 years old and have been dieting my whole life - I now weigh more then I ever have 233lbs on a 5'1 frame is not good. Luckily I have no health problems at this time (well not any related to my weight) but I know it is only a matter of time - esp if I keep gaining. I start each day determined to make it through the day - plan my meals - log them - then lunch comes and I am not in the "mood" for the sandwich I brought - so ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:04:59 EST How long does it take? A little background: I'm extremely active, but haven't had the best eating habits for the past couple of years. I'm 5'2 and 140lbs; I have about 20 pounds to lose. I have lost significant weight in the past, and am no stranger to how many calories are in standard servings, so I don't count my calories but I have a ballpark idea of what I'm eating. <BR> <BR> I went from binge eating a lot of junk like chips, chocolate, cookies, to eating a lot more fruits and veggies. A typical day for me n... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:12:45 EST addicted to the scale I am having a serious problem with the scale. Every where I go, that has a scale, I'm finding myself throwing off my shoes, coat....anything that I can take off....and weighing myself. Sometimes twice in the same day. My Hubby is getting sick of it, and I can truly understand. I'm on my way to losing the 50 lbs. I've gained over the 3 years we've been married. My health is suffering because of the weight...(luckily not the marriage! He's an awesome man!!) It's all in my head, thinking the wei... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:39:34 EST WOW !! I LIKE THE NEW LAYOUT <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I LIKE THE NEW LAYOUT , DO YOU. EASIER TO READ. "GOOD JOB SPARKPEOPLE" Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:16:31 EST Fear of losing Does anyone else have absolute panic when they drop a few pounds? I do fine until I realize this plan is working and before I know it I have immediately started a binge to regain it. This has been a lifelong pattern so nothing new except I have gotten to a weight I am absolutely miserable at. Any thoughts appreciated. <em>198</em> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:07:03 EST 40 something and things have changed Hey! I'm 44 years old and I'm telling you I feel like the weight sticks to me like glue now. When I was younger it was so much easier to lose the extra pounds. I can't be the only one who finds this? Are there any other women in their 40s who are taking off weight? I'm curious if you find the same thing? Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:09:51 EST staying motivated I know that it's taken me over two years to gain this 35 pounds. But I'm still so impatient when I eat well and exercise well and don't lose weight RIGHT AWAY. I really need to work on patience and sticking with it. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:02:26 EST Fitness and weight loss buddy? Hello all! I am 23 years old and started out at 195lbs in June of this year. I lost 17pounds but over the last two weeks my motivation has dropped to none. Now I gained back 5 pounds and was hoping for someone willing to share motivation and keep each other accountable. I would like to lose 25pounds, and am hoping for someone between the ages of 20-30 that would like to lose the same amount of weight. <BR> Thanks, and good luck all on your journey to health and happiness! Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:23:01 EST No Fit Friends, Looking For One to Stay Motivated. Right now fitness is very important to me, and I am working hard to get healthy. Problem is, not one of my close friends is trying to be fit, so it is hard for me to stay motivated and healthy. I am looking for a friend, with a similar mindset to help me stay on the path. Someone I can share fitness failures and success' with, and who enjoys talking about being healthy. <BR> <BR> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:54:34 EST Accountability Buddy So, I go on an off of spark as a loose weight. Recently, it occurred to me that if I had a buddy or two perhaps we could keep each other on track and motivated. <BR> <BR> A lilttle about me: mother of four (yes four) all 10 years old and under, stay at home mom, lives in So Cal with about 25 lbs to lose. <BR> <BR> If you think you would like to give this a shot send me a message. Women only please. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:35:33 EST Why are you here? Really? What is your motivation for losing weight? Do you think about it daily? Do you have it written down and posted everywhere? Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:39:29 EST THIS BLOG SHOULD WIN 'BLOG OF THE WEEK' HELLO WONDERFUL COMMUNITY, <BR> <BR> I READ ONE OF MY SP FRIEND'S BLOGS THIS MORNING AND JUST HAD TO SHARE IT WITH YOU ALL. <BR> <BR> I THINK THAT SHE IS A VERY TALENTED WRITER, HOPE YOU ENJOY AS MUCH AS I DID <BR> <BR> I FEEL THAT SHE CAN REACH SO MANY WITH HER HONESTY AND SIMPLY HONEST SOUL BEARING WAY OF ILLUSTRATING HER JOURNEY <BR> <BR> WALKING THE LABYRINTH BY A_RARE_BEAN <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763154 <BR> <BR> I CAN ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:02:00 EST How to reverse a day of bad decisions? I started with high hopes. I knew that I needed more fruit and vegetables, and that it was possible to stay satisfied, have dessert, and still stay within my allotted calories. I took the kids roller skating, and then took them to a pizza parlor. I could have ordered a salad, but I ate an entire pizza by myself. At least I drank mineral water. At home I thought "screw it"and ate a brownie. I drank an aranciata, followed it with a limonata (<BR>m/int/en... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:44:44 EST How many times can I lose the same 5 lbs? The past couple of months I've been pushing myself. I've been working out and watching what I'm eating. I'm feeling stronger and leaner, but the scale isn't cooperating. I lose a couple pounds only to gain it a few days to a week later. I'm not giving up, but it sure is frustrating. Maybe its time to check my measurements again... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:41:31 EST Extra Points! Got extra points yesterday for every hundredth post. <BR> <BR> YAAY!! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:01:51 EST Looking for a weight loss buddy ! Hi, I am looking for someone who can not only help motivate me but can give me the kick in the butt I need when I am feeling discouraged. We can help each other through this journey to a happier healthier life. I don't really have a preference on gender. <BR> <BR> My stats : <BR> Current weight :340 lbs <BR> Goal weight : 140 lbs <BR> I am 23 years old & a female. <BR> <BR> We could keep in touch daily via a messenger such as yahoo or kik. <BR> Thanks for taking the time to read my post. <... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:32:43 EST Depression and Eating. I need help staying motivated to not eat when I get upset.... I have postpartum depression ( just had a baby 4 months ago ) and I just can't control myself when it comes to food now. It upsets me so much because I want to lose weight so bad. I gained 70lbs during my pregnancy and I lost 30lbs right after. I have another 40 to lose but it's so hard trying to contain myself when it comes to eating. I've always had a depression eating problem but I never gained weight before the baby :( Can anyo... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:25:08 EST Super Rough Day So it isn't even 1:15pm and I am having such a bad day at work that I am happy I didn't plan well enough to bring food or my wallet... <BR> <BR> Any advice to not binge as soon as I get home for the day? Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:06:47 EST Does anyone know? Does anyone know where I can go to get that "I lost 5 lbs. with SparkPeople" photo? Not the trophy but the actual photo? <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:48:27 EST THE NEED TO BE MOTIVATED <BR> <BR> HI EVERYONE, <BR> <BR> HAVE A GREAT AND HEALTHY DAY. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:15:26 EST Needing some words of wisdom and encouragement I am not losing weight like I thought or hoped that I would. My husband and I have been riding our bikes at least 11 miles a day, and I can't shed a pound. I'm trying to incorporate the spark diet plan but the problem with this is that I have 3 picky eaters who wouldn't eat some of this and my husband is on Atkins. So, basically I'm doing 3 different meals at dinner. It is a lot of money to spend at the grocery store to eat healthy to begin with. It was overwhelming, so I'm starting small and... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:53:48 EST Putting weight back on after only 2weeks. HELP I was doing super well the first week, second week xas okay but not as good, and this third week i'm slowly putting the tny bit of weight that i had lost BACK ON. <BR> Has this happened to anyone? Did you figure out what you were doing wrong? <BR> I've looked at my daily intakes and everything, I might have found the reason why I'm putting on weight but some help from other spark members would be really appreciated. <BR> I DO NOT WANT TO GIVE UP ALREADY!! Thu, 14 Aug 2014 03:13:56 EST My First Day and i am scared!! Today is my first day on diet to loose my 10-12 Kg. <BR> after that back injury i have it became a part of my treatment to lose that weight <BR> yet i am scared!! I've lost this weight before and i always get it back :( <BR> Specially now, after loosing my job, stressed & bored of staying home, things that always get me to eat as if eating eats the time !! <BR> i think i need all the motivation and support i can get to stay strong and do it again and this time to add a small piece to this goa... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:33:01 EST How many times have you started over? How many times in the past few years have you tried to lose weight and get fit only to give up and have to start again? <BR> For me it's been several....sometimes I wouldn't necessarily give up but I would let other inks get in the way or I would get close to reaching my goal and think I could slack off and then find it at much harder to start up again. This time though I am determined and have realized that if I don't make the time for myself then I'm not giving the best of myself to my f... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:27:16 EST Getting Motivation Back -Suffering from Depression anyone know how to get or build motivation while suffering from depression? I was moving along great and acomplishing so much and loving it and then I had a couple bad days that turned into a couple more bad days that turned into a few weeks and now a couple of months. Spark is my only support and I dont want to post about negative feelings or loss of motivation but I really need help to get back on track. any advice, any tips would be appreciated espceially if you know what I am going throug... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:09:34 EST Need to lose 2 pounds a week until March I am currently 200 & need to lose 2 pounds a week until March . Is this a realistic goal? I am trying to lose 60 pounds. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:39:59 EST Do-able goals I need to set some goals that are easy to achieve. <BR> <BR> 1. Get the candy out of my HOUSE!!!! <BR> 2. Exercise for at least 30 min a day. <BR> 3. Walk as much as possible. <BR> <BR> These are my 3 reachable goals this week. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:48:29 EST Getting started I wasn't sure if I should post this here or until exercise and fitness. I seem to have a mental block about starting any type of exercise or activity. I used to love to walk but now I can barely get myself out of my house unless it's to my mailbox or the car. Any tips on how to get going? Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:08:09 EST The ERR is gone Well tomorrow is my official weigh day but so far I havent been able to give anything official since my scale continues to ERR out, so I recorded the last weight it looks like. <BR> <BR> Got on the scale today NO ERR I got a real weight, <BR> <BR> Hope this trend continues tomorrow for the official weigh in Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:15:56 EST What's your incentive? It's hot here in Florida, so I've been doing my walking at the mall in the mornings before the stores open. There are lots of regulars there now. I can see my reflection in the store windows as I walk by. I am for sure the chubbiest little lady there. I don't want to be! <BR> <BR> What's your incentive? Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:45:20 EST i'm actually going to do it this time! i've tried this over and over in the past and just cant keep at it. last thursday i found out i'm prediabetic. and i guess that made my husband decide to do this with me for a chance. i think thats been my biggest downfall. he likes to go out to eat, and i'll eat bad things since i'm a picky eater. so far its been 4 days and we've both made decisions on what to get before we went out with my family to a steak house. and we've both been eating lots of fruit. <BR> <BR> we're going to do ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:28:22 EST Just when I'm starting to feel good.... Lately I've been working hard and feeling good. The scale hasn't moved far, but I've been feeling stronger ... I can workout harder ... I can run farther. However, this morning I just saw a picture of myself from this weekend and I'm not happy about what I saw. I didn't see a strong healthy person. I saw a chubby overweight person. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:56:53 EST #backontrack ... anyone?? <link><BR>st=back_on_track_a_consistency_challen<BR>ge_for_august </link> <BR> <BR> anyone doing the aug #backontrack? it's a consistency challenge for august that I just found on sparkpeople and starting it today. what will you focus on? <BR> <BR> I'm focusing on working out consistently...goodness knows i need it!! I bought a new ipod, workout clothes, changed the battery in my pedometer and paired my ipod to a portable speaker so I can blast tho... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 08:34:01 EST Spreadsheets come in handy I have just been looking at my spreadsheet re calories, etc. One thing that has stood out like a sore thumb (because it is colour-coded) is that when I am really tired and/or very cold, I have really bad cravings which I tend to give in to. I do give myself permission to eat whatever I want and not worry about calories occasionally, so there is no beating myself up. <BR> <BR> Anyway, up until and including my dinner, I had eaten 1451 Calories. Roll on about 3/4hr after dinner and the cra... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 05:38:58 EST I have a feeling I'm gonna need this board I'm really trying to keep my motivation. My hubby, while supportive, just doesn't care about losing weight, or eating healthier, etc. So his support isn't the best. I mean he gives me great lip service, and at times tries to cook better meals, he does 90% of the cooking, but he always buys junk food, and at times cooks crappy meals. And by the time I get home from work and Crossfit, I just don't have the energy to cook myself a second supper. <BR> <BR> So this board will be a place I thi... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 20:57:09 EST I feel so bad Last month i had donated my winter clothes ri Goodwill cuz i thought i was gonna be losing weight by at least Sept and had to buy smaller sized sweat pants and sweat shirts but it looks like im goin to have to buy the same sized clothes as last winter. Every time i look at myself i tell myself how "fat" i am, how much i have been disappointed at myself and how disgusted i feel. I never like how i feel about myself. Oh well Sat, 9 Aug 2014 15:52:22 EST Vacation A vacation can be a break without breaking your resolve. Just returned from week away, Enjoyed the extravagance of a butterbeer and chocolate cake but took the few minutes to track. Kept me mindful of making better choices while accepting that my numbers would be higher. Tried to stay active. Didn't lose weight but didn't gain any either. Did gain priceless memories with my family. Thanks Spark Sat, 9 Aug 2014 14:31:05 EST How do you guys manage your wardrobe? How do you guys manage your wardrobe if your weight fluctuates up and down? I have tons of clothes that are too small for me. Although I know they will one day fit me again, sometimes I get frustrated having this HUGE closet full of clothes, and only a handful of items I wear on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> Do you guys ever save things in hopes they will fit you soon? It's nice to have something to look forward to fitting into, but at the same time I hate having my clothes take up so much s... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 23:03:14 EST weight gain Just started tracking a week ago and have been quite diligent about working out and tracking. Only downfall is that I'm not eating all of my calories. Weighed self and am 4 pounds up. Thinking it is partially due to not eating enough each day. Any input would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! Fri, 8 Aug 2014 15:22:36 EST Detrimental trip to the doctor! Last doctor visit I brought up that I had been trying to lose weight on my own and had thus far lost about 20lbs in about 2 months through reduced calorie diet, some exercise, and a few supplements. The response was underwhelming. Given, he is also my mother's doctor from whom he had heard it all before. That being said, I am an entirely different person! I brought up that I'd like to continue losing weight, which got me a few crickets then a 'well that's good'. I pressed further asking 'Shou... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 11:08:11 EST What do you find to be the hardest? Is it the diet or is it the working out? For me it can be one or the other...and sometimes both at the same time! <BR> I find that if I actually take the time to pre-plan all my meals and snacks for the entire week I stay on track. And if I schedule my workout in my phone it makes me feel like it's an appointment that I need to go to lol Fri, 8 Aug 2014 09:38:56 EST Binge eating Hey everyone!! So I was hoping that someone could give me advice on how to get back into my diet. The last week I've been binging almost everyday and I just don't want to gain a ton of weight. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thu, 7 Aug 2014 23:43:16 EST 126 points today I love reading about other people. It helps keep me going and inspire me. I also also like watching the video's. <em>381</em> Thu, 7 Aug 2014 23:03:54 EST staying movtivated today Always makes you feel good about yourself when your motivated. Woo Hoo <em>334</em> Thu, 7 Aug 2014 15:25:39 EST Question for the ladies... I was wondering how much weight if anything you allow for that time of the month? My weight is all over this week I wonder if I should just skip this week weigh-in? Seriously I can not go up and down two pounds in a day. Thu, 7 Aug 2014 09:31:33 EST How do you get back into a good mood? I've had a bad day/week/month. I feel like my friend has been taking advantage of me, I haven't been able to keep my room clean and tidy and I've been having money troubles. It may not seem like a big deal but there's no smile on my dial. <BR> <BR> What do you do? <BR> <BR> Here's some of my ideas: <BR> -Go for a walk <BR> -Write in my blog <BR> -Get my washing done <BR> -Attempting cleaning up- again! <BR> -Do my dishes <BR> -Hang out at the library for a few hours and use their internet <... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 05:44:51 EST No motivation, HELP! I'm finding it hard to find motivation now as a Mum, still breast feeding my toddler who is almost 2 years old. Chocolate and sweet snacks have become such an addiction and it's so hard to break the habit. I've already put on 14 pounds. I tried to cut out sugar for a week and it was easy at first but then harder and then on day 4 I was sleep deprived and needed a large sugar fix! I'm pretty fit though and otherwise healthy and that makes it harder to be motivated. To lose weight now I have to... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 02:55:13 EST Should & pick walking or exercising ? I AM GETTING OLDER 74 LAST WEEK. i T SEEMS NOW I CAN'T DO BOTH AT THE SAME TIME. wHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND ? Thu, 7 Aug 2014 02:33:33 EST Just now wanted I am just now exploring the power of essential oils. I use doTerra for ingest able and and therapeutic. I use The Essential Oil Company for perfume, candle and bath product oils. So I have a few questions for each of you.... <BR> 1. What oil would you recommend over any other and why? <BR> 2. What is your favorite, use, tip or trick and why? <BR> 3. What one thing about essential oil use do you wish you would have known from the beginning? <BR> <BR> inquiring minds want to know...... <BR> ... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 00:42:16 EST If I Could Do It Again.....? As I type the topic for this I was struck with one thought, the 5K I completed in 2010. This might seem like a small thing for some, but for me, it was my most accomplished and rewarding moment of my weight loss journey. I never felt happier and so confident. I still have my hat with the speed completion time ticket pinned to it. I am starting over again and learned much from the past attempt at getting fit. My goal: complete another 5K and beat my time. That I can and will do ;-p Wed, 6 Aug 2014 09:57:33 EST motivation Keeping my chin up and staying focused <em>334</em> Tue, 5 Aug 2014 21:57:47 EST Changing it Up So I've been hovering in the same 2 to alb "zone" for the last week or so. <BR> <BR> I've been good about my nutrition intake and my exercise...and I'm not talking about 20 minutes of cardio here and there. My exercise I do upper and lower weights along with stretching. My cardio is walking my dog. <BR> <BR> I seem to have hit a plateau and I'm not sure how to bust through it... <BR> <BR> Suggestions? Tue, 5 Aug 2014 13:05:05 EST Keep the Faith I tell myself I didn't gain the weight over night and it's not going all come off tonight. So keep the Faith. Tue, 5 Aug 2014 01:35:25 EST 4 week back on track August challenge Hello! <BR> <BR> Ok, here we go again! Trying to get motivated again to get back on track when I saw the August challenge. Lets do this!!! Mon, 4 Aug 2014 12:47:54 EST Am I being realistic I set my goal at 180 by the end of the year. I am currently at 201. 64 years young and exercising with water aerobics, walking the treadmill and tracking food. I also have to take medication that encourages weight gain. Am I being realistic in my numbers? Mon, 4 Aug 2014 12:20:08 EST Happy <em>334</em> Mon, 4 Aug 2014 09:44:49 EST losing weight and keeping it off? So I am back to use this site again to track my calories. I have been on and off of here roughly the last four years. When I first started using this site and working out I was doing my workouts at home. I was roughly at 255lbs at the time. Needless to say I never ever wanted to get close to that weight again. I managed to get myself down to 226lbs and I was feeling pretty good about myself and I quit working out for a while. I then started working out again and I managed to get myself down t... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 00:39:14 EST What did your mirror say today? What did your mirror say today? Mine said "your face looks smaller"! and that felt amazing! Sun, 3 Aug 2014 20:25:53 EST Motivation Buddy! Hey! My name is Ciera and I'm 24 years old. I would love to have a few spark friends to chat with, help stay motivated, and such! <em>381</em> Sat, 2 Aug 2014 18:00:11 EST Making peace with your body..... I hope I can express this properly. <BR> <BR> My whole life I have struggled with an all or nothing attitude and used the simple calories in vs out to gage what I believed my success or failure "should be". If the math didn't work out onthe scale I was frustrated and defeated. If I burned 3500 a week and didn't see that one pound off I would blame myself and feel like I was doing something wrong so what is the point if it isn't going to work? Sound familiar? <BR> <BR> I am working now on ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 13:46:41 EST Do you listen to music while exercising? Yes, I love listening to music during my workout. It motivates me to keep going when I want to stop. Sat, 2 Aug 2014 08:20:04 EST lost my walking partner My walking partner gave up on working out she said work and her mom was more important... now my problem is trying to stay on track with my walking. my two year old daughter would come with us too but she can't push me out the door. any tips to getting back to working out? I work fulltime days has a cna. so don't tell me that working out super early is going to motivate me. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 08:50:55 EST Just don't want to do it? So what do you so when you hit the wall? Everything is going good but you just don't want to exercise anymore? Life is busy, your body hurts? How do you motivate? Fri, 1 Aug 2014 08:14:51 EST Reconnecting with yourself Hello. <BR> I was hoping someone will read this and provide any advice they may have. <BR> I have started to notice that I am not involved with myself; I go through the motions every day but I am not there, if that makes sense. <BR> I have struggled with my weight for so long that this is now who I am. I go on diets every week starting each Monday but seem to be only doing the cursory things like trying to eat well but failing without a backward thought. I walk my puppy but that is the only e... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:41:25 EST AUGUST '14, Gratitude Thread...Welcome All "He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has." - Epictetus <BR> <BR> If you are new to this tradition, the idea is to write 5 things (or more) that you appreciate, are grateful for or simply things that are working in you life. <BR> <BR> I look forward to seeing everyone's posts tomorrow when I return to post mine. <BR> Thank You!! <em>220</em> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:48:38 EST Hitting HUGE mile markers! Today was the first time in 5 years that my BMI has officially fallen out of the "Obese" category and into the "overweight" category! I realize it's just a number but I feel great and this is a huge milestone for me! It's amazing how great you feel when drinking a lot of water becomes a routine and not a hassle. Cheers to making lifestyle changes & to the future. <em>208</em> Just another thing to be excited for, I am well on my road to having my Ph. D. in Psychology too! :) Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:17:13 EST Food Tracking Any tips on tracking your food? I know it's an important step to figure out where my calories are coming from, but I just can't seem to get my act together to do this. No matter how motivated I am in the morning, by the evening the motivation is gone. Thanks! Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:03:57 EST stress and weight last two weeks I have been stressing out about medicare stuff and trying to get life insurance I can afford because my 15 yr term ended..i gained this week and that's the only reason I can think I gained. any suggestions. I am trying so hard to at least lose a pound and it doesn't want to happen. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:44:52 EST focus I have to remember to shake things up a little to keep things interesting. Try a new recipe, go to your favorite stone and the outfit you like the most(price being no option-the feeling of having the outfit on feels wonderful), walk a new path or shake up your daily routine. <BR> <BR> Don't forget to establish goals and reward yourself with non-food rewards. Make a certificate for each goal you accomplish and frame them and hang them on a wall. You worked hard for that goal-keep a record ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:42:26 EST Convincing my body I'm in the 2nd week of my restart, and my body is starting to fight back! I'm getting some complaints from my stomach that I haven't been feeding it as much as usual. I know this is something that will pass, but it sucks having to tell myself that I'm not REALLY hungry all the time. I definitely am eating enough, and I get plenty of fiber and protein. I have to turn the tummy growls into a good thing and think of it as a sign that I'm doing this right. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:07:42 EST The scale lies I just want to say for all those out there who are looking at the scale and getting discouraged that the scale is my worst enemy. I was shedding pounds pretty steady and it was just like a sudden halt. However I am wearing the clothes I couldn't fit into a month ago and I feel so much better and I look so much better. People at work are asking me about my weight loss because it's noticeable. Looking at the stall in pounds being shed I was very upset however I'm going to stop weighing for ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:50:03 EST I really need help! I'm in a dilemma! Hi, <BR> So I had been working out everyday and watching what I eat for about 35 days but since past weekend and even today, I have stopped going to the gym and just eating whatever I wanted. <BR> <BR> People say I shouldn't feel guilty but I really do for not training in the morning and after work. Also, I feel guilty for eating relentlessly. <BR> <BR> I don't feel motivated to go because I have a 30 minute presentation to work on that is due by next friday and I feel like I will never ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:04:16 EST Give me a reality check Discouraged! I have been working out 6 days/week for six weeks, I've been within my calories 90% of the time. I'm doing so much more and eating so much less over the past six weeks. I feel great. But....I weigh and measure myself every 3 weeks. Today was the day. <BR> <BR> Over the past 3 weeks I lost half a pound. <BR> I lost half an inch from my waist <BR> I lost half an inch from my hips <BR> Arms stayed the same <BR> I gained half an inch on my thigh! :( <BR> <BR> I need a reality ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:11:07 EST One of my goals I would like to have a flatter belly by Christmas of this year. <BR> How will I measure this? Well, I guess if I lose 2-3 inches off of the belly area, that would be nice. <BR> <BR> Some steps I take to reach this goal: <BR> <BR> Eat healthy meals <BR> Exercise dally. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:59:52 EST Couch 2 5K I am doing the couch 2 5K program with full motivation to run my first 5K this fall. I started week 1 going strong, with my daughter cheering me on and riding her bike with me (she is 5), and now just finished week 2. But now my daughter has lost interest in joining me. Being a single parent, I can't leave without her, so i have resorted to doing a marching/jogging in place. Do you think this is 'cheating' or as effective? I still feel my muscles working, and I am getting my HR up (not a... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:08:07 EST Staying Motivated when .... I have been walking 5-7 miles a day since April and really watching what I eat yet I've only lost 7 pounds. Last week I hiked Trails in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons - and yet I've not been able to lose any weight in over a month. Doing the math, I should be losing - My waist and hip measurements haven't changed. <BR> <BR> I need to keep going ... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:27:31 EST Help, need to lose weight again! Whats the best way like doing stuff to lose couple pounds (3-4) pretty quick like in a week or two I eat 900-1250 ive been having hard time snacking pretzels and ice cream etc! <BR> <BR> What do i need to do? What has worked for u? <BR> <BR> And I eat lot of low calorie foods so thats why my count is kinda low i guess <BR> <BR> In 3 weeks i went from 106.0 to now 108.0 im short btw 5'1.5" Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:09:00 EST I can't keep myself motivated! HI my name is michelle foote and I'm 5'2'' and I'm 33yrs old....I weight 220lbs and I have high blood pressure and cholesterol and I'm on meds but I hate taking them...I want off them so bad but I can't seem to lose the weight...I don't exersice so thats my BIGGEST problem so I do know what I can do to motivate myself to get up and move...Plus I don't have support in my house because I'm the only one that needs to lose weight....I'm really depressed about my weight and I don't know what to do... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:08:47 EST Positive I am feeling very positive today. I have been achieving most of my daily goals I have set. I am up to a mile a week now, and steadily increasing my exercises. My original plan was to walk a 5k by next summer, but lately I have been thinking of moving that goal up to a sooner date. I want to do an actual race, instead of a virtual one. I also just joined a new gym that opened in our area (Planet Fitness) and renewed my local YMCA membership. I tend to keep at something more when I have investe... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:15:30 EST to try harder for weight make my time more in control Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:54:53 EST Weight Loss Weapons! I should not give up. I am there. Losing weight is not that easy to do. but thanks to people who is always there to lift me up. My weight loss weapon is helping me a lot <BR> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:38:46 EST I need a pep talk.... I haven't told anyone in my family I am doing anything re: my weight, but I have been in calorie range for five days and have been making good food choices...I just need a few rah-rahs to keep me going... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:16:05 EST my mission hi, its ravi here, i take challanges in my life and here is a new ambition to get a fit and strong body now. i've been doing exercise for last 2 months and has reduced my weight from 95kg to 88 kg. Now the new mission for the next 2 months is come to <em>521</em> 75 kg from 88kg. i wana take help from SPARKPEOPLE b coz its the best coach and friend too. i believe that we can do anything bcoz I CHALLANGE TO WIN. And so i am back in gym after 13 years with all my emotions, power and strength... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:05:18 EST Becoming Motivated There are certain changes I have made in my life style that are now habit, but there are others that I need to make if I want success. <BR> <BR> I have - stopped drinking anything except for coffee, tea, club soda and water <BR> I limit my desserts to one piece of 80-90% dark chocolate (3-4 days a week) or 2 whole grain fig bars (once or twice a month) or frozen yogurt (once every 2-3 months) <BR> I only eat bread 2-3 days a week <BR> I eat a variety of fruits and vegetables everyday (7-1... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:45:55 EST A small Brag I went to my Doctor Appt, this morning and I have stayed the same,( since April) I may not have lost, but I haven't gained, even though I was on Vacation last week. So I count that as a success. Starting to track again after some time off, so hopefully I'll begin to see some more weight come off. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:54:53 EST food is not love reading the article on "nothing ever changes if we don't change" made me think "why" do i overeat? maybe its my moms fault for feeding me till i was stuffed as a baby because they feared we would die if they didn't feed us properly? i need to forgive her, it wasnt her fault. <BR> maybe in reality we are hunting for love and we substitute food as the material object? theres an old saying that you have to love yourself first before anyone else will love you. i really dont like myself, mainly ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:05 EST SP Activity Tracker: do you love it? I have been using the SP Activity Tracker daily since 2 July, and I have met my goals each day! I stacked the deck the first week: I knew I'd walk a lot while we were on vacation for the July 4th holiday, and I knew I'd walk a lot the following week due to my involvement in a family wedding. The result is I logged nearly a two week streak without really trying. I also spent the vacation monitoring my pain and tiredness level after each day's activity, so I found my absolute max. I've been wor... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:27:11 EST App and websites I find new apps for my phone or websites highly motivating. I was wondering if anyone out there uses any of these things and which to keep them motivated. <BR> <BR> Apps that I use: <BR> 30 plank challenge (just for fun) <BR> Charity Miles (donates to a charity 10 cents a mile) <BR> Striiv (challenges with friends to donate water to 3rd world countries) <BR> Nike Running (keeps track of my running km for me as well as speed comparatively) <BR> <BR> Websites: <BR> Sparkpeople (shocker I know... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:01:53 EST Lost motivation I started my healthy life change in April for 2 months I worked out gave up soda which is all I drank ate healthier and lost 20 lbs I was ecstatic only 25 lbs to go to my goal weight. My hubby was on nights these 2 months beginning of June he went back on days and I lost all motivation. I always worked out in the living room and did work out videos but I don't like doing them in front of him so I quit he also cooks and gets upset when I eat something else when what he makes is unhealthy do I... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:11:38 EST Getting started AGAIN I've tried so many different diet fads (yes, I am a yo-yo dieter)they all worked for a short time. I am sick and tired of no success. But I got to thinking about what's going wrong. I realized it isn't the diet that failed it IS me. <BR> <BR> When I was a teen I did the fruit & rice diet, I stuck with it & lost NOTHING! Barely into high school, I was on Jenny Craig. Lost 17 in 2 months (got too expensive (about 500 a month). About 8 years ago, I did Weight Watchers (followed it to a "T", los... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:04:41 EST Okay i need help Hello, my name is Sam, im 24 years old and i lack all motivation and really am new to this. I signed up along time ago, i just never committed to it...and i want that to change. But i know i cant keep going on my own. So can anyone help me? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:57:24 EST Setting Goals to stay motivated this week It has been 2 weeks since I have found the strength to start watching what I eat and to begin exercising again. I feel my flexibility and strength have improved over the last two weeks and I have been doing some form of exercise consistently so in that respect I feel good. The problem is the scale has not really moved in those two weeks and I feel I have really cut back and tried to make better choices with my food, which is saying alot for an emotional eater. At my weight I need to see th... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:39:08 EST I am reaching out. I am back. I have been on this weight loss journey so many times, with no success. The scale goes up and up. I know it is because of me, lack of motivation, poor eating habits, no excersize.I feel so defeated. I start, when I wake do good for breakfast, blow it by lunch. Life is passing me by as I sit on the couch. As I read this over, wth, loser. Input is appreciated. <em>249</em> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:13:30 EST Shakin' it up- try something new It's funny, sometimes, how something can seem like a good idea at the start, but as the day or moment arrives to take action, one suddenly becomes a big ball of doubt. Such was my experience when a co-worker proposed that we bike to work on Friday. <BR> <BR> I accepted the challenge on Monday, focusing on all the ways that this would make me a total bad-ass; exercise, team-building with a co-worker, no car on the road, trying new things. <BR> <BR> The week progressed and I prepared. I l... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:05:32 EST I hate it I am just restarting my journey to lose weight and I don't wish to fall on my old habits. My old habits are giving up causing me to overeat and eat an abundance of sweets while consuming as few fruits and vegetables as possible. I have difficulty eating in moderation and giving up the processed foods. I tried meal planning, but it seems to make the whole thing worse. I need your advice. Is food planning a must in losing weight or is it an individual thing? Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:24:46 EST Can you not track one day and still be successful? I have done sparkpeople and weight watchers in the past. I find tracking is very successful. I also find tracking is very tedious and sometimes annoying. When I have gotten to that stage I seem to lose motivation. However in my mind I know it works so I should continue to do it. However for a day like today I just don't want to even though I know am eating healthy because I still measure my food and plan what to eat. Is it ok to have a free day of no tracking and still be successful? Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:25:22 EST I just can't do it Please no mean comments. I have to let some stuff out. I don't know why I can't do it. I have a million reasons why I need to. I just turned 27 a week ago. I have prediabetes. My blood pressure is high (today it is 146/101). My mom died almost 3 years ago due to complications with gastric bypass surgery. I lost the weight but gained it all back plus an extra 40 pounds. I need to lose 80 pounds just to be on the high end of a healthy range. I am addicted to food. I eat to feel better, to celeb... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:07:16 EST starting over... again Hello all, I am having a really hard time staying motivated to eat right. I do great for a week, slip and fall all the way down. I am exercising like crazy which I love but gaining weight like crazy too. I just don't know how to keep at it. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:15:58 EST Help! I really need advice! Hello folks! Thanks for taking a look at my post. Last month, I turned 30 and for some reason that's been a huge motivation for me to make a change. Over the past five years, I've put on nearly 80lbs! Yuck! It's about time to get my rear in gear and get back down to a normal and healthy weight. I'm not afraid of putting in the work, but there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day. I know many of you on here are also very busy - so I could use some insight. I'm also a regional airlin... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:23:05 EST Positive Sayings on Start Page This is a serious request. There were positive motivational sayings on the start page that has been replaced with Spark Points. Please, the motivation is much more important than having the spark points. The spark points are still under My Trackers--why do we need them in two places. In advance, your kind consideration is appreciated. <BR> <BR> Bettie Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:36:36 EST STARTING is everything! I know that if I START, I will continue to exercise. I know that if I have a goal to get in a morning exercise, I am more likely to reach my exercise goals. I know that if I exercise, I will feel better. This morning, I woke up with blurred vision--a sure sign a headache is coming, and I just can't read the paper, one of my favorite morning routines. I rested my eyes for a bit in a dimly-lit room, felt a bit better, and later exercised with a short walk. My motivation is back and I feel ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:54:11 EST wish mandabear722 a Happy Birthday!!! wish amanda a Happy Birthday!!!her birthday is on the 22nd. She is working so hard on weight loss. A hello would be welcome!! Thank you. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 03:23:10 EST Today I'm so motivated I so motivated today. I'm cleaning my house and a few days ago I got rid of stuffs I didn't want since I will be moving once there an opening in HUD housing back East. Today I cleaned the bathroom and now I'm dusting my apartment. There is still a lot more to do. But I hope I can keep motivate through out the day. Sometime by the next day I'm so pooped out and just need a few days to rest. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:17:17 EST Gaining-help!! I reached my goal weight in the spring and still did not look the way I wanted/should for my "stats" and realized I wasn't gaining muscle the way I was supposed to because of my body being in a constant "breakdown" state according to my health coach/nutritionist. She had me up my calories to 1600 (from 1200) and do more intense strength training/cardio circuits. My "maintenance" is supposedly 1800 according to most calculators. I have basically stayed off the scale because I knew it may go up... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:27:06 EST Weight loss buddy Hi, I am a women in my 40's who needs to loss about 50 pounds or so, I feel I will do better with a weight loss friend. If anyone else is in the same boat please send me message, I would prefer if it was someone who likes to text. <BR> I hope to hear from you soon. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:12:28 EST Evening - TV - and Eating I'm on maintenance. There are two things that are slipping. My daily walk which I love to do and will get back to now that the guests are gone and I'll have time for it. I eat very well all day. I enjoy my meals and they are in my calorie range and nutritious. But come evening, I find myself pulling out the peanuts, chocolate chips or something equally calorie rich to eat while I watch TV and get in some relaxation time. I can't seem to find a substitute for this. I like the comfort t... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:59:28 EST I gained 4 pounds this week. I don't know what to do. I need help. I gain weight every other week even though I exercise. I am not sure exactly what is going on. Despite what I eat, I still gain weight. Am I gaining muscle or fat? Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:14:47 EST I'm back after a "weight relapse" I'm back on Sparkpeople after losing 50 pounds and gaining 30 back in less than a year *sigh*. I went to the doctor for a physical and that number on the scale shocked me. I wanted to cry. This is my first day back on the site in like months and I'm already feeling a little down on myself because I'm almost back to square one. I didn't realize just how fast you can put the weight back on. How do you stay motivated after gaining a significant amount of weight back? I'm down in the dumps. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:25:33 EST Hi starting again on losing weight and excerise Hi, <BR> I just bought a 6mm yoga mat and since I was sick with Upper respiratory infection and getting better but maybe tomorrow or next week I will start going to gym and do my workout and the classes. I joined 24HRS Fitness. They have great classes like Silver Sneaker, Yoga, Aqua classes. I have to get my butt to the gym and workout. I just have a hard time getting motivated and really have no one to go with. I can get my friends in on pass. Cost a lot of money to have them join t... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:08:07 EST Need motivation I need to loose 15 pounds and I can't seem to find the motivation to do so. I lost my dad a couple of years ago and since then I can't seem to stick to eating the right foods. I know I would feel much better if I would loose the extra weight. Any suggestions will be much appreciated. <em>41</em> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:53:28 EST 3 WK CHALLENGE: LOSE 2.5 LBS A WEEK 7/10-731 I want to weigh in the 170s by Aug 1. My current weight is 187 lbs. <BR> <BR> My plan: <BR> <BR> 35 gms carbs per meal <BR> 1200 calories per day <BR> 8 glasses water/gr tea <BR> 2 green smoothies a day <BR> 7 or more hrs of sleep per day <BR> 15 -30 mins of exercise a day <BR> <BR> Weigh ins: 17th, 24th and 31st <BR> <BR> ALL are welcomed to join, watch or support. <BR> <BR> My plan or yours. Good luck!! <em>521</em> <em>306</em> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:27:19 EST To all those who are discouraged/complaining I have been a spark people member for some time now. I have noticed that as the weather is getting warmer, things have changed a lot. I see people are talking about eating more junk, messing up their progress and not doing as much. None of us are perfect, in fact just yesterday I too, had way too many calories. But each day is a new day. We are supposed to be here to help encourage and motivate each other. I feel like we are just bringing each other down and saying it is alright to mess up a... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 17:34:16 EST Extreme Weightloss...Encouraging TV or Diet Porn? So DW and I have been watching DVR'd shows of "Extreme WeightLoss". For any of you that haven't seen it, it is kind of like "The Biggest Loser" without the competition part. <BR> <BR> Many of the same Dramatic Aspects such as the randomized scale reading, the commercial Cliffhangers and the shirtless before pics followed by the shirted afters...It does seem to me to be a healthier version of the over-the-top weightloss genre with the subjects spending only 3 months in the controlled envir... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 17:00:27 EST Hi Hi, <BR> My name is Christa and I starting my diet. I lost 6-7 pound and then gain 10. I was disguised and upset I gain. I would like to receive motivation to help me lose the weight. How do I start that? I'm trying to get to the gym but as now I'm sick with Upper Respiratory Infection. I have to take it easy for now. What other ways can I still get motivated to lose the weight? <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 15:54:43 EST Accountability pal Hey gang! <BR> I'm a 26 year old American living in Taipei. I obviously can't really go workout with any of you, but I'm kind of hoping to find an accountability partner, someone I can chat to about what I'm doing right and wrong, and someone to help keep me motivated. I've noticed patterns in my weight loss/gain and I think having someone to talk to about it regularly might help. I'm working to lose 25lbs by Christmas which I think is pretty doable. <BR> <BR> As a bonus: I'm also really f... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 01:48:09 EST Getting off my butt lol I have a fully supportive husband for me losing weight but I need a little extra umph to get going. Are there challenges or races or things to help me set goals with others. I want to ... Well..... Compete or have a goal challenge or race some one to the next goal. Any suggestions? I'm trying but I know I can do better if some one will do it with me. Xoxo Tue, 8 Jul 2014 01:46:12 EST 100 lbs to lose and need help staying motivated! I have just started my weight loss journey...(again)...and I need help staying motivated. I have joined a personal training group at my gym, and have started eating healthy but it seems like I do good for a couple weeks then slide off and gain it all (and more!) back. I would like to have a "buddy" to hold me accountable. Messaging regularly, and keeping each other on track! Friend me! <BR> <BR> Also, how do you keep yourself motivated? I'd love to hear some tips! Mon, 7 Jul 2014 23:18:57 EST What are you committing to tomorrow? There’s an ancient Chinese proverb that says, “One step at a time is good walking.” Try to remember this when you feel a bit overwhelmed with the task at hand. What are you committing to tomorrow? Getting 8 hours of sleep? 8 glasses of water? Staying within your calorie range? Walking to work? Taking the stairs instead of the elevator? <BR> <BR> For me, I am committing to staying within my calorie range, drinking 8 glasses of water and being active on SparkPeople. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 21:03:24 EST Self- Sabotage? Are you your own worst enemy? I know I am. I have so many "tricks" up my sleeve to help me rationalize just about any unhealthy choice I make. Funny how after so many years of making up excuses or reasons for my choices, they have become a warped form of reality. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 16:08:45 EST Motivation with saboteur. I wanted to type up some past history here, but it was dragging on. How do you deal with diet saboteurs? <BR> <BR> My husband was overweight when we met and still overweight. This doesn't bother me. He however is self concious but hides behind a mask. He is the joking fat guy. He makes a big show of eating tons of food and joking about it. His friends joke about him liking to taste everything. But I know he doesn't like the way he is based on comments he has made in the past etc. He has terr... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 06:57:34 EST Fishing for motivation. Hi my name is Inara. I am trying to lose 100lbs. It has been a week and i lost 7lbs so far. I ate huge meal today. Feeling super guilty. I am not like you guys. I always quit when it comes to weight loss. I dont want that this time. I wanna be healthy skinny sexy n all. So i am here to fish inspiration and motivation. I know there are some awesome people in here. So shower me with your love and befriend me people! Xoxoxo Mon, 7 Jul 2014 00:11:26 EST Sparkpeople to the rescue!Where do I go from here? Hi everybody! <BR> My name's Ally and I'm looking for a little advice. I'm a junior in college and definitely more than a little overweight. I am at the beginning stages of my weight loss journey. Of course, I've been a chunky gal my whole life and have tried starting over several times. At this point however, I am very serious and very determined to make healthy, sustainable choices that will ultimately lead to healthier life long habits. Unfortunately, I don't quite know where to start. Hop... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 21:14:05 EST how do i maintain my focus Hi i'm looking for some advice really. I weighed 399lbs in December 2012, and now currently weigh 230.50lbs. I have 62.50lbs left to lose. I am very pleased with what I have done and where I am now, and know I will get to my goal.the only thing that bothers me is that I spend so much time and mental energy in trying to lose weight, i'm worried that I won't be able to keep up the changes that I have made, and go back to the bad habits that got me to over 400lbs should feel good about myself, ... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 13:05:09 EST saying "no thanks" to food and people you love! On my own, I'm just great at making low calorie, tasty foods and sticking to them. Pickled veggie salad, fruit soup made with fat free yogurt, and so forth. It's all good. <BR> <BR> But take me to a pot luck and put a bunch of fritos and artichoke dip in front of me, and I'm GONE! LOVE that stuff, never get it, it's a party -- YUM! <BR> <BR> Similar problem: my 14 daughter loves making pancakes, and invites me to eat brunch with her... how do you tell your teenager "no thanks, honey,... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 08:26:19 EST mentor/partner/accou untability/motivation Hey Ladies- <BR> <BR> My name is Angie. I am fairly new to Spark People, but was on a similar site for 2 years. In that time I've had 2 babies (making a total of 3 C-sections. Losing the "pooch" is a reality!), and have reached many goals in fitness and weight loss. While helping myself I've helped a lot of other women on their journeys. If you are having trouble with weight loss, or just need that extra push, I have a lot of encouragement and knowledge to offer. Plus, I can always use extra... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 08:17:14 EST The Monthly Aftermath of PMDD I haven't been officially diagnosed yet, but I am 1,000% positive that I have Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, more commonly known as PMDD. It's a more severe form of PMS -- the emotional symptoms include anxiety, extreme depression, and restlessness. <BR> <BR> The physical symptoms include intense food cravings, joint pain, and fatigue. This seriously sabotages my weight loss efforts. I'm not too far from my goal weight, but this 10-day period before my period destroys me each and every tim... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 22:46:07 EST I'm worried I've lost all my motivation!!! :( Hey everyone, <BR> Since last September I've lost 32 pounds, BUT I have been plateaued since February... which I feel has caused me to slide back into my old ways :(. I feel like I've lost my motivation and it's scaring me! I was doing SO WELL! But now I find myself stopping nearly every other day to get a bag of chips or some ice cream to snack on, where as before I was stopping for fruit like mangos or plums! Which is another issue in and of itself... I'm a snacker, and for the longest... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 10:32:26 EST Looking for Athlete to be Accountability Partner Trying to unleash my full potential as an athlete and make competitive soccer teams. Looking for anyone that is serious about working out and wants to get better to be my fitness accountability partner! Thu, 3 Jul 2014 17:43:42 EST Looking to mentor / partner and be accountable Hi there! <BR> <BR> My name is Sarah and I am on the last leg of my weight loss journey before I proceed to the previously unattainable "maintenance" stage. <BR> <BR> I'm struggling to lose the last five pounds, and after speaking with my husband about ways I've been able to get motivated before, it's always been by feeling accountable to someone else going through the same hardships as me. <BR> <BR> I would like to partner / mentor someone who is beginning (whether for the first of 15th... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 17:03:11 EST where did my motivation go I was working out 6 days a week, sometimes 2 hours at a time. I've lost my motivation, my desire. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 16:52:59 EST No motivation I have all kinds of intentions to get started working out, but when it comes down to I have no motivation to get up and do it. My career is draining emotionally (I deal with mental patients) and by the time i hit the bed I am out like a light. In the morning, all I want to do is sleep. I can see myself working out but just cant get there. It just seems like everytime i get started my life crashes around me and I have to stop everything i am doing to go fix it. When am I gonna get time for... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 12:16:22 EST No Joy in my Career I am finding more and more that I dread going to work. I am not finding the joy in what I do anymore. It's well paying, yes. It does have moral value. But I feel like I'm just going through the motions. <BR> <BR> "So what DO you enjoy doing, IAMARMSTRONG?", say 1,000 SparkFriends.... <BR> <BR> That's the kicker. I.don't.know. I just don't. I don't want to be they type to run from something I don't like. I'd rather start by running towards something I do. <BR> <BR> I am at a loss o... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:04:07 EST What are your goals for your weight loss journey? My goals are: <BR> 1. To reach my goal weight by my 65th birthday in Oct <BR> 2. To keep my cholesterol, a1c and blood pressure within normal ranges <BR> 3. To run/jog a 5k without stopping by my 65th birthday <BR> 4. To stay consistent in tracking my food and exercising. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:18:24 EST JULY '14 Appreciations/Gratitudes - Welcome All!! “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” <BR> &#8213; Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose <BR> <BR> The idea here is to write at least five things you are grateful or appreciative each day, thus cultivating an attitude of gratitude I will be here with my 5 when it is July for me. I appreciate everyone who joins me in this tradition. emoticon <em>351</em> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:07:41 EST Beating the stress/emotional eating habit.... Hi all, <BR> <BR> One of my biggest weaknesses is boredom snacking (OK, sometimes binging) in the evenings. I also like to reward myself with special junk food treats or often feel like I deserve a double dessert after a stressful day. For those of you who have beat this problem, what are your tips and advice? Thanks. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:59:00 EST Do you ever think . . . How in the world did I let myself get to this point? <BR> <BR> I've been overweight (obese) a very long time . . . this is nothing new. <BR> I've looked in the mirror 972,311 times. <BR> I should have known. <BR> <BR> But now, after two weeks of being "serious", I look in the mirror, see the changes I'm working on and think, "What in the heck did you do to yourself?" <BR> "Will it ever get better?" <BR> "How come you didn't see this earlier?" <BR> <BR> Perhaps it is just one of those days,... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:06:56 EST the all encompassing scale Help!! I'm fairly new here and have been tracking faithfully for the past two weeks, as well as exercising almost daily. Although I am new to SparkPeople, I have been seriously working out and tracking since the beginning of the year. However, I can't seem to lose the weight. Moreover, even though I make strides in other areas, I cannot seem to shake the idea that the scale is the most important item to check!! <BR> <BR> I mean, I am happy I went down a size...and that I participated in TWO ... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 14:41:48 EST Stick to it or throw in the towel? Just looking for some encouragement/advice. <BR> I started the 5:2 about 3 months ago and initially had pretty good results (about 10 lbs.) However, recently I have gained back a few of those pounds. I added the Plexus Slim drink and accelerator 3 weeks ago and gained another 2 lbs. You always hear that you need to stick with programs to really see a difference but I feel ready to throw in the towel. How long do you stick with something before deciding it just isn't working? How do I know if... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:08:48 EST Needing that extra push. So I did absolutely perfect today...UNTIL....dinner! I binged on 3 helpings of cornbread, a can of corn, 5 slices of bacon and about 2 servings of chips. I had such high hopes for the day. And I wasn't even that hungry. But when I saw the was over with. I thought to myself: "Why do I have to write down everything I eat, why does eating have to be coupled with a duty to count the calories, write down every last detail, etc." I want to lose the weight. I just hate denying myse... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:38:21 EST Off to a great start Two days in and I free great. I hope it last. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:24:06 EST Body image question This may sound odd, but can you picture yourself at a healthy weight? <BR> <BR> I was at a healthy weight in my 20s, so I guess I associate that with youth. Plus, I remember my mom at my age always struggling with her weight. <BR> <BR> I look at myself in the mirror, and I just can't picture it. I can't develop a mental image of me with less weight, a smaller belly, etc. <BR> <BR> I'm not letting this hold me back, but its frustrating and I'm just wondering if anyone else runs into this ... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:45:43 EST Goal Board Motivation! What reminder on your goal board is helping you push through today? <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> <BR> Commit and Conquer! <BR> <BR> <em>23</em> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:07:38 EST Getting slightly frustrated... I asked last night over on the cafe board how much on average people are losing, and if they are losing overnight and then plateau-ing, repeat, repeat...or if the are losing a little everyday. For me weight usually seems to come off overnight...then I don't lose for several days. This is frustrating to me...since I am consistently staying under on everything, including calories, carbs, and fat. When I say under I mean under the low number! I lost 3 pounds in 3 days and since I have lost nothi... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:56:43 EST Change Change is all around us...Happening every minute of every day. Ask yourself, are you ready to be the change that you want to see in the world? I'm on my way.... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:33:25 EST Looking for a weight loss buddy Hello, <BR> I'm looking for a weight loss buddy to check in with regularly and keep each other accountable. I'm 27 so ideally someone in in the 20-35 age range with at least 75 pounds to lose as I need to lose over 100 myself. Looking for somone who is online fairly often. <BR> <BR> A bit a bout me: I've restarted diets and million times and really want to make a life style change now. I'm from Wisconsin, but currently live in Scotland with husband who's a bad influence diet wise. lol. I wo... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:18:18 EST What are you doing to stay motivated today? Today I'm looking at my progress and seeing the positive changes I've made. I'm also spending some time here on SP looking at other people who have come so far! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:09:09 EST Check in buddy...? Hey everyone...anyone wanna be my SparkPal? <BR> <BR> I was thinking early 50s, female, outgoing, maybe going through a mid-life crisis? (lol) <BR> <BR> Oh wait, that's me...anyway, so now you know what you're getting into! <BR> <BR> Been doing this for 2 weeks (this time!) and doing well, very motivated, ahead of schedule! Just thinking I could use an accountability partner on the walking/exercise portion of the day, and just someone to check in and on! <BR> <BR> Let me know! <BR> <B... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:18:04 EST Whoever invented the term "workout" anyway? I work at work. I work around the house. Why would I want to take on more "work" with a WORKout? Does that sound like fun? Like something you can't wait to do? So lately I've taken to rebranding it "me time." When I don't have to tend to the dog, or answer the phone, or get pulled into some other direction by someone else. "Me time" sounds so much better than "WORK out." <BR> <BR> So here's my question: <BR> <BR> Besides calling it "dessert" (and believe me, it crossed my mind briefly, but ... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:25:10 EST Struggling to get started I've been a member here for a couple of years already and had some success when I first joined. Probably lost 5 pounds or so. Then got lazy. Did the same thing about a year later after putting the weight back on. <BR> <BR> I got a hernia back in the Fall and had it repaired. I haven't been able to get back into my exercise routine since then (climbing at the local climbing gym). I now weigh more than I ever have, about 173. I'm male, 41 in July, 5'11". My belly and chest are filling m... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:45:40 EST Battling with the scale For the last 2 months I've been eating better and exercising. I've been feeling better, but haven't gotten the changes I'm looking for on my scale. (This last weigh in I actually gained!) I know that if I stick to it I'll get there, but its hard not to get discouraged. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:13:37 EST feeling better setbacks 1st setback...went out of town for 3 days so no exercise @ curves.. ..rode bike, felt proud, then got bronchitis + no energy 4 five DAYS. BUT!! Even though I'm not completely over the bronchitis , I've only gained one lb. back and I'm really itching to ride my bike again. . So I will get outside , walk around and check on the garden...get some cleaning done here in the house and start out slow, untill I can do more strenuous exercising without coughing so hard from this. ... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:58:31 EST Giving up hope OK Members I need some serious motivation to keep going. I have been running for the last 4 weeks and have been working my way up too 4 miles. I have been eating super healthy and have only allowed myself small portions when i feel like eating poorly (so far, once) I have not lost a single pound and my goal is to lose 30 pounds. What am i doing wrong? any suggestions / advice? Anything will be greatly appreciated! Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:32:54 EST How am I suppose to stay motivated when.... How am I suppose to stay motivated when my body starts fighting back? <BR> Right now I have not been doing much because my left knee has been injured somehow. Today I will be going back to Roller Derby practice just to skate, which is basically what I was doing before except I was also doing knee falls. When I go back tonight I will only be skating, but I am still have some issues with my knee. I tend to have pain around my knee cap with extra fluid build up around the lower part of my kn... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:36:04 EST Help..i need positive HELP! i cant seem to stay motivated and its getting me VERY depressed and down on myself. all weekend i kept lookin at myself in a mirror and blaming my lack of motivation on my weight! anything ...anyone can help me with being more positive?? Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:31:00 EST The Biggest Loser Challenge SA Join the facebook page The Biggest Loser Challenge SA to motivate and be motivated, Healthy and Fit. Just go to your facebook if you have one. and go to search on your facebook page and type The Biggest Loser Challenge SA. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:21:54 EST If I do one thing to be a better me today, it is.. I will be a better me today by taking my medications, keeping within my calorie limit, and taking 2% of my day to exercise. <BR> <BR> How about you? Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:13:34 EST Why?! God, why?!!!! Why does it seem like 2 weeks of being a diet/exercise stickler can be undone with one weekend of "cheating"? <BR> <BR> This isn't logical and I'm struggling with that! Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:23:18 EST i believe every day is a gift Sun, 22 Jun 2014 20:49:28 EST Has anyone gotten jealous? Has anyone gotten jealous of someone else while you were working on losing weight? I'll give an example of my situation: I have been at this for two weeks now. This past week I didn't lose anything. However, someone else who is MUCH smaller than I am, lost 6 pounds this week and just started. Now perhaps it may just be lying since I saw it on Facebook, but all I could think of was "Why the heck should I keep going if I can't lose a damn pound!" So, for anyone in my situation, how did you deal... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 15:01:10 EST working graves.... Does anyone have suggestions on good things to eat while working graves? I can't seem to find that balance between satisfied and healthy when I'm up all night.... I always seem to go over my cals because I'm up at 8 am and then don't get to bed til 6 am the following day.... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:56:53 EST 30somethingandsingle? Let's lose weight together. Hi I'm Kate <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> 31 year old lawyer, working all the time. divorved after a marriage I never should have entered into in the first place. career is great, but i can't stop eating my stress/feelings. I've always been a binger and always battled it. But I'm tired of not feeling as confidant as I know I should. I'm ready to do this--once and for all and just be healthy finally. Could definitely use some supporters along the way! Sat, 21 Jun 2014 04:12:00 EST Wanted: Motivation Buddy! Hi! I just joined Sparkpeople. My goal is to lose 20 lbs by October, because I'm getting married October 11! <BR> <BR> I put all this in my profile too- <BR> <BR> Last winter I was making a lot of healthy foods and we were on a great track losing weight (both of us!)- we had both lost 15 lbs. A few months ago we started a second job, self employed, and it takes up a lot of time and energy. We have been slacking with our food prep and exercise, and we are back to where we were before. <BR> ... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:38:29 EST Breaking down and having to buy bigger clothes I've gotten off track the past few months and have gained weight. sound familiar? <BR> Now I have this daily struggle with myself to try and squeeze into clothes that no longer fit. I know this is just not good for me mentally. <BR> <BR> I feel like if I breakdown and buy a bigger size I am failing. How do I get passed this feeling? <BR> <BR> Advice would be appreciated. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:02:46 EST Looking for a motivation/accountability buddy! Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm a 25 year old mom of 2 looking for someone interested in keeping each other motivated and accountable! I seem to struggle with staying on track and have very little support and I'm so tired of starting over. Any form of communication you're comfortable with is fine by me! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Stacy Thu, 19 Jun 2014 00:06:56 EST *nothing changes if nothing changes* Hi all, I am a 29 y/o who has been battling my weight for years. It's all in my diet, and I know this. When I have been successful, it was when I was diligently counting calories. I don't mind exercising and in fact in the past year I trained for and completed two half marathons. But apparently it's true, you can't exercise out a bad diet. I saw this simple motivational quote on a website yesterday and it really hit me... NOTHING CHANGES IF NOTHING CHANGES... It kind of gave me a kick in... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 01:22:41 EST Why can't I? WHY? Hi everybody. I'm in real need of some motivation right now. I've been on (and off) Spark for several years now with an original goal in mind - since I've last logged in, I've gained 40 lbs. Mostly due to pure laziness. I've tried several times within the past 2-3 years to start working out again and eating healthy but with every single attempt, I've failed. I just started another one a few weeks ago and stopped again for the last 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> Starting up again today was really hard a... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:22:59 EST Please help? Hi everyone. <BR> I am not new to SparkPeople, but haven't used the site in 4 years. I have had some health issues which have prevented me from continuing with this site and now am back. I was doing really well up until recently where I was walking 10000 steps per day and lost 12 pounds by doing that and watching my caloric intake. However, I have had some news recently which has made me feel a little depressed because I have to have surgery. Now I have absolutely no motivation to walk even... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:28:56 EST How to work on self esteem? Okay, so, how do you improve your self esteem? I seriously think I'm like the ugliest person ever, and I know that's not a "right" way to feel. <BR> I also recognize that my day to day eating habits are certainly not excessive. My problem is binging. I was bulimic and these are real binges not "teehee I ate a couple cookies." They can be any food even foods I don't like and it's eating past the point of pain. And binges are never in response to wanting a food or being hungry. Now I have... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 07:08:12 EST Introduction Hello all! I'm new to SparkPeople and wanted to introduce myself to a group that I identified with the most. I find that I have trouble with overeating. I hope to find some help and support with this issue in this message board. Thanks! Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:12:47 EST Ah, moderation. Hi Friends, <BR> <BR> I don't often post on here. I'm actually a Health Coach that helps people to lose but often check back into sparkpeople when I feel myself slipping for a few weeks or so. Keeps me on track. Sometimes I can be a very black and white personality when it comes to my diet. I'm VERY good most of the time and I have to be because I have a rare syndrome that requires the best kind of health I can give. I don't love the black and white because when I'm bad, I'm very bad (... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:38:55 EST Dealing with nonsense I realized that everyone was keeping me from doing what I needed to do for myself, or was it really me. I made a change in my life to loose weight. I got a real wake up call when I was provided a free assessment and realized that I was high risk for Cancer, Stroke, Diabetes, and other health issues. There is just one thing that is bothering me; when other people don't provide you support, such as loved ones. I am battling with this issue now. At times they just put me down and make me feel s... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 22:17:24 EST Being Shamed For Your Diet/Lifestyle Choices I am currently on a low carb diet and find it quite enjoyable. My issue is, I am constantly getting nasty looks, shameful eyes, laughs, and snickers at my food choices when I'm out to eat. I would train staff to be accepting of different diets and needs, not to make fun of them. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 22:10:23 EST Calorie deficits not equaling pounds lost Hi, I'm new here and have been using SP for almost 2 weeks. Great program to track your nutrition. But I am not new to dieting and exercising. I have literally been at it for years and am about to lose my mind instead of the fat around my middle. I could use some advice please. <BR> <BR> First, a little about me: I am female, 5-9", 62 years young and weigh 177. I'm only moderately active during the day but I am an exercise nut and love to work out. I usually eat very well, getting 5-7 ... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 18:00:32 EST Music for Motivation When I don't want to exercise (usually) I start playing music and start dancing It works every time for me! Even chair dancing is better than no dancing. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:51:29 EST Discouraged I went shopping for clothes today. Hadn't done that in a long time. I've gained weight in the past years but going shopping really confronted me with it. <BR> <BR> Is that just me or do mirrors in clothes stores really show us at our worst? <BR> <BR> Ouch. I'm nearly 50. I didn't know I had that much flab. I didn't realize I had gotten this big. I don't get it. Why have I missed that? I feel silly, not to say stupid. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 10:42:58 EST Knee injury need some motivation I got My knee injured at Zumba class. <BR> Now I'm in bed rest, Using crutches and feeling bad. <BR> Need lot of motivation. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:16:16 EST I'm a quitter... For years, I have repeatedly quit. I don't know if I'll ever be able to lose weight. I am tired of thinking about it, but so scared to even try again. I need help... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 02:12:52 EST Accountability Looking for some friends to help keep me accountable. Anyone out there? <BR> <BR> I'm almost 30 and I'm roughly 260lbs, which means I have a lot to lose. I'm a stay at home mom looking to reenter the workforce after less than a year, but looking to start a job in my career field, which I have been unable to attain so far (accounting). <BR> <BR> This time is different. Why? New motivation, or I've found my true motivation I guess. My father recently passed from an undiagnosed heart conditi... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:35:00 EST How do you deal with people bringing you down? All the motivation articles say to include people on your weight loss journey. Tell them your goals and your plans. <BR> I find this to be crap. <BR> Every time I try to include my family or friends I get negative feedback. Never anything positive. <BR> This is my first week (of THIS journey) and my challenge is to stop hitting the drive thru every morning. That's it. I'm going to try this time fixing one thing at a time. Every time I try to fix my whole life all at once I end up panicking... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:22:54 EST Rebuilding when the Jenga tower falls! Hi friends! <BR> <BR> I am in search of motivation when my "Jenga" tower falls. I had a medical mishap in February that continues to challenge me. I have constant pain and limited in my activity due to the potential fear of added damage to my body. <BR> <BR> I have started and restarted and restarted my exercise and healthy eating program several times. I stay motivated with tracking my foods, getting outside to exercise, and making great food choices. I love the taste of fruits and vegeta... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:07:44 EST Nervous I am going to go an fill out new-hire paperwork at my new job. I should be excited, but I'm nervous. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:35:32 EST Daily Weigh-ins: Motivational or Counterproductive This month I've started exercising daily and making decent food choices (better than before at least), but I've been avoiding weighing myself. I'm starting to wonder if I should weight myself daily. I feel like when I did daily weigh-ins in the past, I got too obsessed over the scale. What are your thoughts? Do you weigh-in often? Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:33:09 EST I hate myself for letting myself go like this. I have lost the weight so many times and I always gain it all and then some back. This time I gained it all and then another 40 pounds. Now I am 220 pounds and need to be 145 or under to be at a healthy BMI. It seems so overwhelming. My problem is I hate being hungry and I associate food with love and happiness. I eat to feel better, to cure boredom, to celebrate, etc. Plus I absolutely hate exercise. I hate the feeling. <BR> This isn't really a question. Just wanted to get it out so I can s... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:43:39 EST Getting motivated....yet again.... I was on a roll for a couple of weeks. I added in cardio exercise in the second week and the next day I was very sore. So I took that day off. Well it has turned into a complete relapse in my mind about diet and exercise. I am making excuses as to why I cannot do it. It's clearly self-sabotage. <BR> <BR> My eating habits have returned to they way they used to be, and then some. I have felt very tired, due to my change in eating habits back for the worst.So, what now? <BR> <BR> I know ther... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 06:03:58 EST Expertise wanted!! I started a strict no high fructose corn syrup diet 2 months ago along with a healthier lifestyle. Since December my stomach shrunk from 39" to 33" and my waist from 33 to 26.5. With that said I still have chub on my stomach but not nearly as much. I don't believe in weighing btw. Anyways is it possible to work on toning for the next few months with a medicine ball and see results. I want to see a tighter stomach but I hear you have to lose all fat before you start toning. Also if you have an... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:43:52 EST Goal Board Hi, I am playing around with creating a "Goal & Action Board". I was just curious if anyone has created a Vision type board or any other crafty item to keep them motivated throughout their journey to be healthy. Would you please share them if you can? I would love some ideas. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:06:13 EST Gym Fears I was wondering if anyone has had the same....I guess you could say fears as myself? I recently joined a gym on Saturday. My first day there was awesome because NO ONE was there. Today I went and there were people there and I felt like I was being judged because of my size. Heck, I couldn't even get the machines to work. Has anyone else felt this way before and if so, how did you overcome it? Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:55:25 EST How do you get started again? I have completely lost my motivation and can't seem to find it again. I am eating whatever and sometimes tracking it, I am hardly walking these days which was my primarily source of exercise. I look in the mirror and at the scale and hate what I see. Each day I say I am going to start again and by the end of the day, my good intentions are gone. I have been on this rollercoaster for a couple of years now. <BR> <BR> I make excuses (5 kids, work full time, hubby who is gone a lot, volunteer ro... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:54:34 EST Why did you start SPARKPEOPLE ?? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> MINE WAS 2- <em>26</em> ATTACK'S AND ALMOST #3. Mon, 9 Jun 2014 02:41:45 EST Daughter getting married. I have been doing really well in my weight loss lately. I have dropped 75 lbs. and my goal is drop another 59. <BR> Now with my daughter getting married, which is not an ideal situation, but it's not my life. Anyway, I am going to take advance of this motivation to get to my goal before the wedding (which by the way, I haven't any idea when that might be). <BR> I just know that I can do it. Sun, 8 Jun 2014 23:22:00 EST I don't know how to start I know how to start technically. <BR> I know almost everything there is to know about weight loss. <BR> I even went to see a personal trainer for an entire year. <BR> Every time I try to start my "new plan" I get so overwhelmed I just end up quitting before I even start. <BR> When I get overwhelmed I get depressed and then I just end up in bed sleeping all my days away. <BR> I'm depressed because I'm fat and I'm fat because I'm depressed. <BR> <BR> I don't really like "healthy food" I'... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 22:37:05 EST Activity Trackers? *Cross Posted - I also posted in the Fitness and Exercise board but realized later that this might be more appropriate* <BR> <BR> Hi All - <BR> The last time I successfully lost weight (about 40lbs in 2009-2010) my lifestyle was MUCH different. I was living with my parents and was between college and career. I had time to go to the gym, workout at home and successfully calorie count. Now I'm a full time social worker, mother to one (plus two bonus kids) and have a SUPER busy life. <BR>... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 20:55:04 EST What motivational quote has helped you? My all time favorite quote: <BR> "Tired of starting over? Stop giving up!" Sun, 8 Jun 2014 13:51:41 EST feeling defeated and put down I planned on starting my new fiet/lifestyle Monday. I've been doing a lot of recent research after years of here and there research. I decided a combination of atkins induction to start a long with following into the paleo. I'm not a Dr but figured I'd expirement. Problem is when I brought it up to my boyfriend he totally made me feel like crap telling me how unhealthy it is and what a bad idea it is. I stressed this was my decision after my research and I am very overweight willing to try ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 03:42:15 EST Creating a small accountability group If you're interested message me I have a couple people in the group already but I think we need more, It's focusing on summer goals and we'll be checking in on each other every day, - message me for more info and contact details! :) Sun, 8 Jun 2014 02:55:27 EST Staying Motivated Is Difficult When.... <em>375</em> <BR> <BR> When I first originally went on my weight loss journey - my husband was stressed out because I had to stop eating the stuff he was eating & I had decided to track my calories. He ended up being okay about it and pretty much left me alone to track my calories. Which was great! He is about 60 pounds overweight right now & can continue to eat anything he really wants & not gain a single pound! I on the other hand, feel like I can walk past a bakery ... smell t... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 21:32:41 EST Not hungry but feel empty Anyone else experience this and have a work-around? Sometimes after eating dinner, I know I'm not hungry, but I feel so empty like I need to eat. I assume this is emotional and try to have a cup of tea or a soda. Fri, 6 Jun 2014 15:46:09 EST What are your tools? Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> So I've been on my weight loss journey for a few weeks now! I have a blog between my friend and sister and I. I have a work out buddy, and a great meal plan! I even have a weigh loss money jar, that I put money in as a reward after a workout, or after not eating a sweet thing and in July I'm going shopping before I go on vacation! <BR> <BR> Anyways, I'm struggling to stay motivated to eat healthy at work, especially during lunch! I typically have a salad, and it ge... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 09:02:17 EST desperately need a check- buddy! I've recently lost close to 10 pounds by due to a medicine that kills my appetite and makes me nauseous whenever I eat. It seems to be lessening each week I take it, which is a big relief! My problem is with consistently exercising. I would love to give and get support. I have no support in my off-line life. <em>303</em> <em>220</em> Fri, 6 Jun 2014 06:07:31 EST Advice...Eating, Tracking, loss I have been tracking my food and exercise for the last 3 weeks and have lost nothing. I am actually staying at my calorie minimum, not including my including execising at least 45-60 minutes a day. Last week, I did lose an inch from both my waist and hips. Today was my weekly weigh-in yet in still no weight loss. I'm trying not to get discouraged, but needless to say I'm disappointed. <BR> <BR> Today, I also linked my exercise tracker to my nutrition and my calorie deficit for the las... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 14:10:20 EST Motivating/Uplifting Playlists I'm setting up an official Uplifting Playlist on my phone. For the past month the only thing I have been listening to is my "Angry Playlist". I love it, and it really gets my blood going... or boiling I should say. <BR> <BR> I want a happy and uplifting playlist now! I don't want to be bogged down with angry music anymore! So this is the list of songs I have been putting together. I'd love feedback and to hear what songs inspire or motivate you so I can make a great list! <BR> <BR> 1... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 12:37:51 EST ISO Accountability Partner I am looking for someone who is willing to be a source of support as I have lost my internal sense of regular motivation. It comes in waves and I can see the benefit of having someone outside of my normal circle to be a great source of inspiration and helping me to stay accountable. <BR> In turn, I will provide support back to you and inspire/push you as well. <BR> <BR> It is my goal to lose 68 pounds to get my body to a more healthy weight. I have lost and gained several times and I am lo... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 10:19:55 EST Ever sad about your SUCCESS? I know this may sound crazy, but as pleased as I am to be successful I still find myself missing my favorite clothes sometimes. I have a few jeans (especially jeans!) and other outfits that felt GREAT at my larger size and were very flattering. Finding jeans that fit well is very, very difficult so it's not just a matter of "reward yourself with new clothes". I am really sad to have to put those great looking, great fitting clothes away. <BR> I don't want suggestions on how to get over it,... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 00:25:36 EST Losing Motivation My hubby and I started a "healthy lifestyle change" back in January. This coincided with a challenge at work for him that could have meant $500 to the winner. So I decided to do it with him, just because, and we both did great. He lost 40 pounds and I have lost 17, and am now within about 5 pounds of where I'd like to be. His challenge ended at the beginning of April. Since then he has lost his motivation even though he could stand to lose another 15-20 pounds. So, he is exercising less... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 14:32:58 EST Motivational Movies. Thinking of watching movies( in sections) on the treadmill.... Along the lines of fried green tomatoes, in that Kathy Bates' character transforms herself... Looking for suggestions. <BR> <BR> Thanks all!! Tue, 3 Jun 2014 22:01:05 EST Motivation and Desire Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek. <BR> <BR> ~~ Mario Andretti ~~ <BR> <BR> Tue, 3 Jun 2014 11:53:57 EST Summer remix for MEEEEE Hello Sparkmembers, <BR> <BR> I'm on day 2 of summer break and I gotta get my act together. Ive moaned, groaned, stopped, restarted, and give up on some days. However, I know what i need to do but I get off track, distracted by life or other things that don't need my total focus. I LOOK FORWARD TO holding myself ACCOUNTABLE without paying for it ($$$$). Thanks for your future support and I hope to return it back for we all need someone to keep us on track. Thank you in advance. <BR> <B... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 10:19:51 EST Difficulty I am really struggling eating healthy and working out. I am looking for people in my area that would be willing to walk with me. Going to school and working third shift is very difficult. I have started a grocery list of fresh fruits and veggies. I really need to get healthy and lose weight. SO Im looking for support and motivation. Always looking for new ideas and tips on weight loss and health. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Bobbi Tue, 3 Jun 2014 04:52:08 EST Anyone Else Use Tumblr? I'm really into tumblr, and I started a side blog to keep track of my weight loss stuff. Post pictures, keep a journal of sorts, etc. I think it's really going to help me stay motivated, because I can see an active timeline of this stuff, as well as easily look at where I've been to keep me where I'm going. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else use tumblr for this? It'd be nice to follow other people doing the same thing! <BR> <BR> =) <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Jun 2014 22:40:06 EST This is Hard! Eating Healthy is Hard. <BR> Meal Planning is Hard. <BR> Losing Weight is Hard. <BR> Cooking Food in Advance is Hard. <BR> Shopping on a Budget is Hard. <BR> Saying No to Extra Snacks is Hard. <BR> Being Overweight is Hard. <BR> <BR> <BR> Choose Your Hard. Mon, 2 Jun 2014 11:44:58 EST Bad day What do you do after a bad day of over indulgence in food and no exercise? Me, well. Honestly I can fall in the trap of not getting back on track so easily. Mon, 2 Jun 2014 00:01:22 EST JUNE '14 Appreciations/Gratitudes - Welcome All!! The idea here is to write at least five things you are grateful or appreciative each day, thus cultivating an attitude of gratitude I will be here with my 5 when it is June for me. I appreciate everyone who joins me in this tradition. emoticon <BR> <BR> “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” <BR> &#8213; Ralp... Sat, 31 May 2014 21:06:24 EST Need fiends I am needing some Spark friends to keep me motivated on my down days. I have struggled a bit here lately. I recently found out I will be working in a different department at work. This means going from a desk job to walking 12 miles!! And that is not exaggerating. And it is not slow walking either, so I am burning around 1800-1900 calories alone at work. So now I have to eat more to keep my blood sugar stable. There still may be days I work at my desk and then the next walking,walking... Sat, 31 May 2014 20:14:29 EST I am struggling with this I am such a people pleaser that often I change my schedule just to accommodate others. I know this is OK sometimes but It happens so often that I am really stressed about it. I even eat to make others happy. I even change doctor appointments because family members ask me to help them one way or another. Any advice. Sat, 31 May 2014 12:03:56 EST Early Stage Plateau?? So I've been at this weight loss thing for three weeks now and have only lost 2lbs (in the first week) and the scales are stuck already? I'm not sure if this is from my body screaming at me that it doesn't want to lose anymore weight (in the last 2 years I've lost 81lbs but put some of that back on and I'm trying to shift it) It hasn't discouraged me per se, because the numbers aren't going up, but I'm just not sure why they aren't going down, especially this early?? Confused :P Thu, 29 May 2014 18:44:38 EST Getting motivated to re-lose weight Hello, all. I am having trouble getting motivated to lose the 10 pounds I re-gained after initially losing 60. I have days where I am motivated (i.e., I don't eat a lot and I do exercise a lot), then days where I'm not (the reverse). I feel gross and guilty after I do eat too much and don't exercise as much as I could. <BR> Help! I do enjoy running obstacle course races (Spartan Sprint, Warrior Dash, etc.). I didn't do so well in the Spartan Sprint last month, and it was a little embarrassin... Thu, 29 May 2014 07:41:58 EST Drinking water. Have you drank your 64 oz. of water? I have found that I am more thirsty now if I miss drinking water after 6 weeks of regular water intake. Wed, 28 May 2014 23:02:53 EST ? Hey all, my name is Star and I am 17. I weight 284. I am looking trying to start dieting and I need recipe ideas, preferably low calorie. I have started a reward system for myself and hope to lose 5 pounds for now. Wed, 28 May 2014 20:11:30 EST Success is a commitment. It is far better to commit to success a thousand times than to commit to failure even once. <em>381</em> Wed, 28 May 2014 13:53:22 EST thankfull I made it though my 1st week staying on track with my food, and exerciseing 15 min everyday or more. I lost 5 lb. Wed, 28 May 2014 11:46:55 EST So much better during the work week! I do so much better during the work week. I did a lot better this weekend, which I am very proud of myself with all the cookouts and fabulous food. <BR> <BR> I have to STAY motivated.... my work week is shortened because of a field trip with my daughter, my other daughter's 8th grade graduation & graduation dance! I get so down on myself if I blow one day and then just give up on all the others. Any good tips on how to change my way of thinking?? <BR> <BR> We have all been there... Tue, 27 May 2014 11:04:18 EST Looking for motivation buddies If you feel like you are someone that will stay in touch often so we can get through this weight loss challenge together - friend me. I will stay in touch as well! <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! Tue, 27 May 2014 08:23:45 EST What does your fitbit say today (yesterday)? These are yesterday's stats from my fitbit: <BR> Steps: 52751 <BR> Calories: 3116 <BR> Distance: 25.34 <BR> Very Active Minutes: 209min <BR> Floors: 180 <BR> Sleep: 7h 0min <BR> <BR> Do you feel like sharing? Tue, 27 May 2014 01:33:00 EST Need help getting motivated I just can't seem to get myself motivated. Frustrating <BR> <BR> Any hints that others have used to get back on track would be appreciated! Mon, 26 May 2014 21:48:41 EST What's your reward system? I know that losing weight and being healthy is a reward in itself, but I need ideas for rewards to keep me motivated. Whats yours? Mon, 26 May 2014 06:41:53 EST Advice Please... I hear making a lifestyle change should be done with another person or group. Well I live in a tiny town in Iowa and really don't have that. I am turning to SparkPeople for that help. <BR> <BR> Out side of tracking my calories and fitness does anyone have any good ideas so I dont feel alone in this? I thought about blogging daily. <BR> <BR> My next problem would be motivation to get up in the morning and exercise. I am sooo tired I don't want to get up,the only other option is to ex... Sun, 25 May 2014 23:00:22 EST Bad Day Today.... I'm not sure if this is the appropriate place for this message but here I go. I'm on day 15. I've been in awesome mode. Today I woke up and the scale didn't say what I was hoping for.. I still ate good.. I'm usually under my calories to be honest. I don't know if that has something to do with it. But, i've turned to alcohol... now today is a bad day.. I don't know what happened. I've been so good staying on track. I walked 60 minutes today which is on the longer side of my usual walks.. I ate... Sun, 25 May 2014 21:47:50 EST Instagram as a motivation ... My name is Sunny and in April I came across two amazing girls who have a fantastic Instagram and Facebook site. And they really really inspired me to go for it and really smash through my goals. <BR> <BR> Fast forward to the first of May and I began a huge life changing overhaul. <BR> I restarted my sparkpeople journey and a 100happydays journey <BR> <BR> And so far it has been fantastic!! I have lost 8kgs officially so far and found things in my life everyday to genuinely be happy about... Sat, 24 May 2014 18:40:16 EST Plateaued for almost a month now... :( When I started my diet late March, I lost about 10 lbs instantly, and then another 5lbs by the end of April. However I haven't lost ANYTHING all of May and I don't know what I'm doing wrong. <BR> <BR> Every morning I drink a shake with Bananas, Coconut Oil, Protein Enhanced Almond Milk, and a dab of raw honey. <BR> For a snack I drink about 8oz water mixed with about 4oz of (fresh juiced) strawberries and pineapples with a tablespoon of chia seeds. <BR> <BR> I usually eat a salad with half ... Fri, 23 May 2014 23:10:28 EST Once upon a time... ...I could not clean my house without getting winded and sore the next day and had to pay a kid to mow the lawn because both hubby and I were not up to it. Now, we scrub the place in no time, argue over who gets to mow (Who does that?), and use that $25 a week at the farmer's market. Someday, I will run a marathon. <BR> <BR> <BR> The pace of weight loss is often frustrating. While many of us still have a ways to go to achieve our ultimate goals, I find it helps to look back on how far I'... Fri, 23 May 2014 15:46:29 EST When Your Motivation Dies Do you have motivational problems when it comes to food? <BR> Yes I do! <BR> At the end of the day! <BR> What helps me is starting over bright and early the next morning and never looking back. <BR> I talk to myself, how can you make it a better day, from the day before? <BR> Pick up your shoes and go out the door and walk in this beautiful day that was created just for you! <BR> Never, never looking back, that's the promise I make for myself everyday! <BR> How about you? <BR> <em>381</em> ... Fri, 23 May 2014 08:42:24 EST The tiny changes! Since starting up here on Sparkpeople, I've begun drinking 8+ glasses of water a day and even after 2 weeks I'm already seeing the tiny changes to things like my skin. It's so nice to be able to look in the mirror at a clear face. I'm used to being quite red in the cheeks, with a fair amount of those angry red under the skin spots, but that's actually beginning to lighten up! <BR> <BR> A rather big change because of the water though, is I'm seeing an awful lot of the inside of the bathroom!... Fri, 23 May 2014 00:31:10 EST Any tips? I just try to set small goals each week Thu, 22 May 2014 11:23:33 EST Seriously, what's wrong with me? I've been in a rut lately and am wondering why I can't get motivated to get in shape. I know that it's not going to happen overnight, but I have been really down on myself. Here's a few of my concerns: <BR> <BR> 1) I hate the way I feel and look, so why can't I get motivated to eat more healthy? <BR> <BR> 2) I actually enjoy lifting weights, so why is it so hard for me to, A) stick with a single routine for more than a few weeks, and B) get my butt into the gym and do said routine? <BR>... Thu, 22 May 2014 10:22:59 EST Three Non-Scale Victories you're working toward? 1. I want to be able to comfortably wear my wedding rings <BR> 2. I want to be able to buckle my seat belt without an extender. <BR> 3. I want wear a size 2X by July 1st <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>521</em> <em>521</em> <em>521</em> Wed, 21 May 2014 17:45:50 EST When you're sick How do you stay motivated when you're sick? Should you work out or just rest? How do you eat healthy when you're too tired to cook? <BR> -Struggling Wed, 21 May 2014 11:48:27 EST What is your motivational quote of the day??? Mine is "Discipline is simply the ability to discern between what we want most, and what we want right now." Not sure who said it! Saw it on Pinterest! Wed, 21 May 2014 09:58:08 EST Rate of Weight Loss in Obese Maybe not the right forum, but here's my question anyway. <BR> <BR> Somebody I know - a successful body builder who has a few exercise science degrees - said something that made me think: he said that obese people can afford to lose weight quite a bit quicker (not SUPER obese, but in the 30-35 BMI range). He said that while strength training is important (I don't think anybody contests this any more), cardio should be the focus along with the right calorie intake and improved nutrition in or... Wed, 21 May 2014 09:52:34 EST Do you ever feel it's not worth it? My whole life has been a struggle with my weight. I wasn't blessed with "skinny" genes and I work hard at keeping weight off even though everyone tells me I'm not fat. 4 years ago I put on a lot of weight and 2 years ago started trying to get rid of it. <BR> <BR> I started logging what I ate, found I had a passion for running and basically lost 17kgs in a year. Then life intervened and I put on weight again (10kgs) even though I was still exercising regularly. I'm now trying to lose some of ... Wed, 21 May 2014 01:14:18 EST Weight Loss Challenges? I'm logging into Sparkpeople after a while now and I'm having trouble navigating. <BR> Just need a little help: <BR> <BR> Are there any ongoing weight loss challenges that you can tell me about? I remember being a part of BLC and I can't find the details of the same in the message boards. <BR> I need a support group to keep myself motivated and I thrive on challenges. <BR> <BR> Any help would be appreciated!! Wed, 21 May 2014 01:01:12 EST I need a favor from you... Dear Fellow Sparkpeople-- <BR> <BR> I need to ask you a favor. Today has already been a miserable failure for me, as have the past several months, to be honest. I haven't visited SP in I don't know how long. I thought I had it down; my weight was good, and I was feeling fine. But slowly the weight has crept back on and I have found it impossible to get back on track. So the favor I am asking you is for you to please offer up a few words of motivation, mantras, or any encouraging thought... Tue, 20 May 2014 21:58:07 EST How did you get motivated to lose weight? Hello my name is Lolo. I am new to SparkPeople. I currently weight 309lbs. This is the heaviest I have ever been. I am 30 years old. I want to lose weight. I have high blood pressure, so there is a real need for me to shed some pounds. My issue is getting motivated. I have all kinds of work out videos, dancing video games, and I have gone to a few Zumba classes. I struggle with my eating habits. I am not quite sure where I should begin in my weightloss journey. Could you tell me what finally ... Tue, 20 May 2014 19:15:59 EST wow wow ! Tue, 20 May 2014 02:53:13 EST Does anyone have morning routine suggestions? I have been really slacking lately and I feel like if I could exercise in the AM it would help me stay motivated during the day... The problem is I am NOT a morning person. Does anyone have any helpful ideas to possibly learn to become a morning person? =) Mon, 19 May 2014 22:51:48 EST How can I stay motivated???? How can I stay motivated??? I get so frustrated with myself. I do great for the first 3 - 4 months.... 21lbs lost since January!! Then the slipping starts. The weekends are killers. I seem to go home after work and just start grazing! I CAN do this and WILL do this!! thanks for letting me vent. <em>30</em> Mon, 19 May 2014 13:22:50 EST WEIGHT LOSS REWARDS??? What weight loss rewards will you give yourself? Here are mine! <BR> -10pounds: Pedicure <BR> -15pounds: 2 monogrammed shirts <BR> -20pounds: Contacts (I usually wear glasses because I hate how chubby my face is but 20 pounds will make a big difference) <BR> -25pounds: Highlights in my hair! <BR> -30pounds: Getting my teeth bleached! <BR> <BR> Also since I am an avid reader I normally buy a new book every 2 or 3 weeks (also full time college student) and thought that after I hit the 30 po... Mon, 19 May 2014 10:43:14 EST Fighting not to throw in the towel... *ugh* Right now I am feeling so frustrated and defeated. I'm going to try and use my blog today to help me sort a few things out... normally, when I'm feeling like this I tend to withdraw in to myself. <BR> <BR> So, this is me... trying to change my behavior and keep moving forward. <BR> <BR> Let's see how it goes... <BR> <BR> I've been a member of Spark since Feb. 2011 - so just over 3 years now. In my first year, I managed to lose just over 35 pounds. I also gained a TON of new friends ... Mon, 19 May 2014 08:07:44 EST Spark Tracker Just ordered my Spark Tracker and can't wait to give it "workout"....LOL Sun, 18 May 2014 14:13:35 EST Keeping a fitness routine when your life doesn't! O.k.-- I had a very good thing going for a few years, I had an exercise routine that was varied and interesting, built up my strength and endurance, I lost 14 lbs, had lots of energy and everything was going well. I loved my routine, we jogged on Monday and Wednesday mornings, played tennis or racquetball on Fridays, I did a cardio dance and aerobic workout on Tuesdays and Thursdays, always at the same time in the morning. <BR> <BR> Last year, we adopted a baby girl, and now I have absolute... Sat, 17 May 2014 17:57:31 EST Summer Motivational Dare List <em>67</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Idk if anyone has ever seen "Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer", but what if we did a Summer Dare List. So it would be a little different, but we could all come up with things to do this summer and the person who does the most wins and not all of it has to be strictly exercise related. So for example <BR> <BR> -Go to the beach <BR> -Participate in a charity walk/run <BR> -Go Bicycle Riding <BR> -Spend the day at a state park from open to close, a... Fri, 16 May 2014 18:08:38 EST Very frustrated! I have lost 50 pounds in the past 3 years. I started at 233 and lost 50, I keep gaining and losing 20 of those pounds. I want to lose another 40 to bring me to 140 which is right for my height and frame. For the last month I have been stuck on 180! I don't understand why because I am taking in the right amount of calories and doing my walking. there is not a lot of exerise that I can do because of my disabilites. I have already tried several things I have read, like cutting less calories and ... Fri, 16 May 2014 12:14:52 EST Accountability partner! Hey everyone! I am 21 years old and so far I have almost 40lbs but sill want to loose another 15-20. There are many days that i slip up with my diet and i would like to find some people that have similar goals, lifestyle or interest as I do. I love zumba, sports, hiking, the elliptical and taking walks. I am a student and I usually work about 40 hrs a week between jobs <BR> I have snapchat, email and kik! Please message me if you are interested!! <BR> <BR> -Bri Wed, 14 May 2014 23:09:58 EST Totally kicking my butt, but totally notgiving up. Hello all- I hope today finds everyone well. So, I've upped my training routine this week, and was doing REALLY well, until today. Today, I feel like I crashed. Low energy, low motivation, super hungry and fatigued. Yup- it's a mini-crash. So, today is a recovery day, even though it was initially planned as a work day. Instead of my hour of pilates, it will be some (20 min, or so) low-intensity yoga and a lot of stretching, plus getting up to simply move around often. <BR> <BR> RE: the hung... Wed, 14 May 2014 16:35:57 EST Proud Of Myself Today Me and my daughter was looking at some old pictures and reminising when suddenly she got a strange look on her face saying, Mom, Do you remember this, the one you used as a before picture in your journal. I forgot all about it and thought it was lost forever! I looked at it, on the back written "me at 315 lbs", I couldn't believe it was me! It doesn't Look like me! Now weighing in at 220 lbs and still a way to go. What Motivation! Wed, 14 May 2014 12:03:41 EST Rewarding my challenges Someone gave me a lot of brand new clothes (price tags still attached) but are too small. I finally took the box out and went thru some of them. I intend on wearing some of them by the end of summer if not before. This is going to help keep me motivated. Tired of my "fat" clothes and anxious to get into something more stylish. Wed, 14 May 2014 11:53:59 EST How do you stay motivated and stick with it? I was doing so well when I first started.... but now I don't feel motivated and I'm not sure how to get back on track. <BR> <BR> I want to track my eating and workouts. <BR> I want to walk daily and strength train 3 or so times a week. <BR> I want to eat healthy again. <BR> <BR> I guess I was being too much of a perfectionist in the beginning. I was trying to do too much and I was trying to do it perfectly. I tried to build up too fast and after a couple of months, I crashed hard. <BR> <B... Tue, 13 May 2014 23:53:58 EST STRETCHMARKS Anyone out there deal with these? What are ways you look past them and stay happy with yourselves while you have these? And not from pregnancy, just from weightloss:( pretty down on myself today! <em>42</em> Mon, 12 May 2014 17:26:40 EST Pretty Desperate....Any Advice Welcome Welp, for the past month or so I have been really de-motivated. I have been eating a lot of junk and skipping workouts. As a result, I've gained 5 lbs. Now, the exercise is not really the issue... butI'm having so much trouble with eating right. I absolutely can not find the willpower to eat healthy. This may be linked to me having depression. I really need some advice to back on board! Mon, 12 May 2014 16:15:36 EST Motivated More than anything I need help being motivated, I can say a million times that I am going to do something, but the following through is my problem. I am eating better, I am working out more, but I am not doing it whole-heartedly. I do it when it is convenient for me. I will take all the help that I can get. Mon, 12 May 2014 13:37:08 EST My life is finally settled and I'm gaining weight? After 3 years of living apart, my divorce was finalized in March. Since then I have been putting on weight and seem to be unable to resist the chocolates at my co-worker's desk, the cookies I baked for my boys, the chips for their lunch boxes. <BR> <BR> Not sure what is happening but am not happy about what is happening to my figure. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to get back on track. I thought once the divorce was final it would be easy. Sigh. It's just been harder to do w... Mon, 12 May 2014 10:53:25 EST Need to get back on track After two weeks of being ill, <em>39</em> I am trying to get back on track. According to the scale, I have maintained over the past two weeks. But not being able to exercise and not having the energy to plan and cook nutritious meals has been hard on the motivation. Help! Mon, 12 May 2014 10:46:10 EST Help me... I feel like I am drowning here! Every where I look are obstacles that I can't get passed. My 24 hour work schedule. My classes. Children's sports requirements. I haven't been able to get to the gym in a while now and I haven't been on here either. I thought about trying in home workouts but I can't do them everyday with my work schedule and everything I read says that you have to do them everyday or you lose what you've built up. I'm so frustrated and overwhelmed and feeling down... I know I... Sun, 11 May 2014 11:47:17 EST Thankful I am thankful that I can look thru all the messages here and keep motivated. I have been on this weight loss journey, this time, since Jan 7th 2013 and I've loss 44 pounds, Great and slow. My motivation, my parents health. They are sick. I want to do what I can to be healthy, as my family lives to be in their 100's!!! <BR> But I have been on this plateau since Jan of this year. The scale will not budge, may be 2 pounds here and then they come back. I try so hard as I wanted to be down... Sun, 11 May 2014 08:28:43 EST Needing motivation Hello all <BR> <BR> Joined the gym in March with my son and am having a hard time staying motivated. The machines overwhelm and intimidate me. I cannot afford a trainer for myself and my son so I paid for just him. I am at a loss when I am there which then makes me lose my motivation to go. I don't want to waste money which is very limited at this time. Please give me some motivation and routines I can do that will keep me focused and engaged in my goals. <BR> <BR> Any and all thoughts a... Sat, 10 May 2014 21:19:06 EST