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 Sharing Good News! Be sure to read today’s lesson, “FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH”, and share today’s lesson with those you love! God Bless You! Vic. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:10:20 EST 5 words I will finish this task! Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:35:31 EST Focusing on yourself This might sound like a dumb question, but when your life has so much going on, and you feel like everything is falling apart, how do you put all that aside and focus on bettering yourself? <em>39</em> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:14:43 EST There is nothing like a fitness tracker to keep ; <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> The one sided girl wonder walked 6400 steps today and my Fitbit is my friend. I sweated buckets today and drank all kinds of water when I got back home. Usually I am ok if I do 3-4000 but 5000 is my happy goal but today I have no limits. I am dancing to Pharrell. <em>521</em> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:57:50 EST Instead of overeating and giving in to sugar I... would love to get some ideas! I am struggling today after 7 weeks of being completely on program. I know it's probably a good thing as THIS is what I need to learn to deal with to be successful in this journey. I know this is normal, but #@$@ when sugar calls, it's hard. I thought the sugar craving would go away completely but it came back with a vengeance yesterday and I'm having a hard time ending it. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:23:05 EST Feeling very blah It's a dark, yucky, rainy and very cold day out. Me and my son both didn't sleep well last night and so we're both feeling tired and can't go outside and get some much needed vitamin D. <BR> I've worked out everyday since last Friday, using Sunday as rest day and haven't missed any other days since, but today I lost that excited feeling about it. I feel like I just want to settle in, be lazy and just eat and not count everything. I know I don't want to do that and if I let today slide, it wil... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:12:12 EST setting food and weight loss goals I am trying to figure out how to start going about getting healthier. I want to lose a good amount of weight in the long run. I just don't know what to set as my first goal. Should I track my activity and food for a while then figure out how much to lose or what's a good first step. <BR> <BR> I have heard and seen on here and in most weight loss plans that losing 1-2lbs, per week is ideal for most, 20 minutes per day of some kind of activeness, and I need to track food and what I do when I ... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:02:16 EST Looking for a weight loss buddy! I'm Angelina, a college freshman. I'm looking to lose 50 pounds. In order to do this, I want to eat healthier (and less!) and exercise by going on walks on playing tennis throughout the summer. <BR> <BR> If anyone's interested in being my weight loss buddy, feel free to reply to this, private message me, or comment on my page! I want someone I can talk to regularly about how I am doing and how they are doing with their weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:57:20 EST temptations I have created a new self-talk when i'm tempted. It goes something like this, Oreos, stop it, I am losing this weight, you are not stopping me. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:46:27 EST weight loss buddy I am going ti try this one last time. I am looking for someone who wants to chrck in through text on email or even here. I need to loss 50 pounds. I will suport you and help you lose weight igf that is what you need. I will be here for you if you will be here for me. I am in this for the long haul <BR> Please send me message if you are interested. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:32:51 EST Looking for a Sparkpeople buddy Hi all! I am hoping to make some virtual friends to motivate me and I will motivate you. I need to lose 20 pounds. I have used Sparkpeople for quite a long time. I have lost 30+ pounds on here but the last of the weight is lingering. Maybe if I have some friends to check in with this journey will be successful. Please friend me if your feeling the same way! <em>381</em> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:12:46 EST How do you deal with bullies? Sorry if this is posted in the wrong place, but how do you deal with bullies? <BR> <BR> 1) in general? <BR> 2) say you brought a drink, and they said ''eww that has so much sugar in it'' in an attempt to shame you <BR> 3) you were in a group of people you never met, and you say something that after much thought seemed intelligent, and they end up laughing at you in a cruel way, leading to everyone else laughing at you, making a fool out of you over nothing <BR> 3) you're in a zumba class and... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:14:07 EST any sparkpeope diet bet challenges? Looking for a litte extra motivation. I was thinking about joining one of the dietbet challenges. Anyone know if there are any sparkpeopke ones? Would love to make some new freinds. Have some rules and win some money at the same time. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:40:53 EST Today's Excuse - Busted Post any excuse that is whirling in the back of your head today for not eating right, working out or keeping you in line with your goal. Then talk it out and bust it! Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:27:31 EST Keeping on when the scale won't budge. I think I must have much less patience or willpower than most people. I started out on a healthier eating plan and lost 8 pounds the first 5 days. Naturally I was excited and enthusiastic but now I have not lost any more in the next 6 days. It is hard to keep on depriving myself when I am making no progress. My doctor wants me to lose a lot of weight in order to have a hernia surgery. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 23:01:01 EST Mental Blocks/Barriers This is the second time in my life I've reached a certain weight in my goals and gotten just plain stuck. <BR> <BR> The first time was after my second child I made it this far and then a few things happened and my weight started going up again. At that point I had lost about 22 lbs. <BR> <BR> This time around I'm stuck around 46lbs but it's the SAME number where I got stuck last time. I don't know how much of it is my body fighting against all this, or me mentally getting stuck and acting l... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:35:40 EST Need to use Food Tracker Regularly I know I've done this before and I know how important it is to track your calories everyday but I'm finding it hard to stay motivated to consistently track my food. <BR> Sometimes I skip days track. If I do track I usually track my breakfast, lunch and snacks (because I eat the same for those almost everyday) then dinner differs and I tend to skip tracking that. <BR> Sometimes I get lazy. Sometimes I figure it doesn't matter because what if I can't find the right things in the tracker? Like i... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:12:25 EST Positively - Pass It On Visit the person's Spark Page who lasted posted a message and find out a little bit about them. Then post something positive about them. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:16:41 EST Positive Self Talk Post your positive self talk that is getting you through the day. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:08:50 EST I Am Not A Bloody Disease I'm getting really fed up with all of this fat bias. I KNOW that being overweight is correlated with a bunch different diseases. I KNOW that I should lose weight to help with my aches and pains. I KNOW ALL OF THESE THINGS. It's impossible for me NOT to with all of the shaming I experience regularly! This isn't coming from people I know, which thank the gods I've been blessed with a supportive group of friends and my loving husband who have all been willing to undergo this journey with me and ... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:05:33 EST In search of the right motivating program In September of last year I joined Weight Watchers. I chose WW because I had fantastic success with the program in 2001. In September 2013 when I re-joined, I weighed 169 lbs. Today, 7 months later, I weigh 164. The WW program today is very different than what it was 13 years ago. Quite honestly I don't like the new Points Plus program and am looking for something else. Is Spark People the answer? I've been a long-time Spark People member but not very active on the site. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 19:20:17 EST spark streaks my motivation right up front i'm going to say i messed up. for over 4 months i have been religious about signing on and listing all my foods and my exercise and my water and my fresh fruit and veggies and i take part in the posts. i have been counting off the continuous days as my success. sounds dumb, but it was working for me. another day. click it off. <BR> <BR> well i was in the spark site several times on monday and forgot to spin the wheel. did everything else. posted. journaled. diaried.... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 17:22:15 EST Easier to be in denial I am finally addressing some major weight and blood pressure issues I have had for several years. I went to the doctor, faced the scale, and had some blood work done, all I had been putting off for some time now. I have been eating a healthy diet for a week now, and trying to add in some exercise. <BR> <BR> All good right? Then why do I feel so bad? Before in my "denial" I wasn't constantly thinking about what I need to eat, how much weight I need to lose and how out of shape I am. Now... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 16:18:05 EST I have lost my motivation. Help me!! I have truly lost my motivation to track my food and exercise. I honestly feel burned out. I was doing good for a while and now I have gotten into this slump that I am truly having a hard time getting out of. When I go to the gym I feel lost and alone. At one time there were other ladies going with me but they have stopped and now I seem to struggle to get motivated. I have tried to work out at home, too many interruptions from the phone ringing, my children, the dogs and husband. But wh... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 09:40:08 EST Getting back on track but struggling Hello sparkfriends! I have been falling off the horse a bit (well alot), and have gained back about 5 pounds within the last couple weeks <em>198</em> I need to get back on track and its so hard... I am trying to get back into my routine I had before, I was really good about eating clean and healthy, but after a vacation I totally fell off the boat. Now that i'm starting back up I find that i'm eating more per meal and not as turned off by bad foods. I guess its a habit that wont happen ov... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 12:24:26 EST Newbie, but feel like an oldie........... New around here, but am looking forward to becoming an old shoe.. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 21:33:55 EST Core Confession I am confessing my sins of the core. I have established a good cardio routine. I have racked up some mileage in the last couple years. I think it's safe to say that I am hooked on exercise especially 5k walking. However, my strength work especially concerning the core is pretty much nonexistent. I'm ashamed to admit this but it isn't because I'm lazy. I walk over 3 miles a day. I just don't know where to start. I have countless dvds but I don't stick with the program. I want a strong core... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 19:33:49 EST So Disgusted I have now gained back 7 pounds. I can't seem to help myself. I was so laser focused on my goals and now I have trouble being "good" for a whole day. <BR> <BR> This morning I have started out correctly and my plan is to stay on track.....but I seem to be doing a lot of emotional eating. <BR> <BR> I had my Quest Bar for breakfast, I am drinking my water now, I am getting ready to have my "snack" of a few nuts for mid-morning. <BR> <BR> Lunch will be a very healthy, colorful, garden sala... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:21:19 EST Night Shift Weight Gain I have been really struggling losing weight and just keeping it off since I started the night shift in January. I work a 12 hour overnight then two 8 hours and finally another 12 hour. I have in 4 months put on close to 50 lbs. I barely sleep between shifts, because I have to sleep during the day. To top it off I have a 1.5 hour commute one way to work. So between the commute, lack of sleep and staying up all night I am too dead to even exercise. I tried adjusting my eating, but find the odd ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 01:17:49 EST how to spend more time at gym this is the 3rd month straight that I get to the gym and feel like staying only 10 minutes. I mostly blame it on being winter/too cold out to get a good sweat in. <BR> Sat, 5 Apr 2014 09:58:05 EST Smoking? I have been in a relationship with same girl for about 10months now and she's a smoker. I ask her to stop smoking about 8 weeks ago and she stopped. But she recently picked up the bad habit again without considering me or considering my feeling. Will i still try to persuade her to prevent or just accept the very fact of her as being a smoker? Thu, 3 Apr 2014 05:36:03 EST Looking for Motivation I am looking for some motivation...I have very simple goals; try and stay within my calorie range and to burn about 1000 calories/week. <BR> <BR> Normally I would say I am doing fairly well but last week I let my fitness slip (my only saving grace being 3 hours of snow snowing I did at the end of the week for work or I would not have made my goal) and this week, well it's Wednesday and I've only started my weekly fitness today. And the calories, I've been over my count for the last 7 days at... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 22:10:30 EST My man is losing weight 3X faster than me! My long term boyfriend and I started a diet and exercise plan at the same time a few weeks ago and he's already lost almost 30 lbs! <BR> I know, I've seen the Slim Quick commercial where the couple start a diet and the guy slims down completely and the girl's boobs shrink. That's hilarious as a cartoon, but it's real!!! And it's super discouraging and I feel a lot of pressure to catch up. <BR> Has anyone else overcome this? How do you stay positive? Wed, 2 Apr 2014 10:01:04 EST What is on your goal board? I'd be interested to hear what other people put on their goal board to stay motivated. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 05:02:40 EST My Struggle with Forgiveness Two years ago I weighed 160 pounds, 6 months later that ballooned into 185 pounds. <BR> <BR> This weight gain was devastating. I had never experienced any bodily changes quite so drastically before, and it just about killed me emotionally to start working out and exercising again. But, somehow, I did. <BR> <BR> Thanks to that determination, one year ago I weighed 150 pounds, though 6 months after that point I weighed in at 185 pounds. Again. <BR> <BR> I am so disappointed in myself for reg... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 14:34:33 EST Hungry ALL DAY Yesterday! So... yesterday was a real hard day for me. I stayed on track... didn't cheat... but it was soooo hard! I was very hungry all day. I don't know if I was actually hungry OR if I just had the munchies but I wanted everything I saw and I thought about every other food I didn't see. It was absolutely miserable. I went to bed hungry. I hate that feeling. I figured I'd wake up this morning and be proud of myself but instead, I woke up dreading to face today in fear it will be the same. Does th... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 07:57:09 EST Keeping track of personal statistics Hi! <BR> <BR> A quick question, have ever tried to track your personal stats to get motivated? How many chocolate bars you eat per day/week/month, how often do you visit gym, or similar activities? And if you have, what tool do use to collect and analyze your data? Any help would be greatly appreciated :) Tue, 1 Apr 2014 06:58:56 EST Winter It appears winter has returned, going to keep staying motivated anyway... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:52:14 EST Moody & Lethargic Today has been a pretty good day. I've definitely had those cravings for the bad stuff but I've managed. This evenings dinner was filling and tasted great. Of course, I still wanted more and wanted my sweet dessert afterwards but I refrained. <BR> <BR> Since my husband is not doing this diet/lifestyle change with me, I had to fix him a completely different meal which turned me from happy to moody...REAL FAST. <BR> It was not fun standing over the stove fixing an entirely different meal...Fix... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:32:41 EST blogs I'm stuggling with binge/compulsive eating and like to read blogs of others also stuggling with the same thing.Let me know if you have a blog so I can read it Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:54:51 EST APRIL '14-Appreciat tions/Gratitudes -Welcome!! "When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. ." <BR> Tecumseh <BR> <BR> Please join me in posting 5 things you are thankful for in your life, things that are working in your life or simple kindnesses you notice. <BR> <BR> namaste... <em>351</em> <BR> p.s. I have no idea how the "Appreciations" part of the subject line translated like it did <em>2</em> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:59:00 EST That exercise "high"? After 5 weeks, mine is gone. <em>24</em> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:47:44 EST sunshine Today even though the sun is shining I need a little motivation today Sun, 30 Mar 2014 13:42:19 EST Need a buddy to keep me accountable Hey :) <BR> My name is Meredith and I'm 18. I am not new to SP, but I am newly active again. <BR> I have a tough time with weight management and exercise due to several knee surgeries over the past few years. Combine that with poor craving control and a family with unhealthy eating habits and I have steadily put on weight since childhood. After every surgery I eventually get back into the swing of things, lose around 15 pounds, and then go back in for the next surgery. Being bed ridden for mo... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 12:56:36 EST losing with another This is the first time i have had someone to lose wt. with. My daughter and i are working together. I cook light foods, she eats. Of course i do as well. Finding the recipes and planning a meal has become fun as well. We have been lost 14, and 19 lbs. So i would say it is working. <BR> K Sun, 30 Mar 2014 09:09:08 EST trouble finding the movitation to get this started Hi, I am new here and also new to dieting and exercising. I was always one of those people that could eat anything and stay thin, then after having my son (he's 6) the body changed as it does. About 8 months ago, due to a lot of things, I started suffering depression and was put on medication, one side effect being weight gain. I am now 20kgs heavier and very unhealthy. <BR> However, I see the positive in this, I had my son later in life (I'm 43) so it's made me become aware of being healthy ... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 00:53:56 EST Looking for a fresh start Long story short... I started new relationship about 7 months ago and my once excellent healthy eating habits went out the door. You get comfortable with new sig other and bad choices can be made. I gained a significant weight back and I need to get back into control. I need to stop weighing myself daily and go back to plan that was most successful for me... Chicken, turkey, fish, certain veggies , certain fruits no sugar. Lots of water... Exercise about 3 days a week. <BR> <BR> I know ... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 22:33:32 EST Looking for a buddy Hey :) <BR> My name is Meredith and I'm 18. I am not new to SP, but I am newly active again. <BR> I have a tough time with weight management and exercise due to several knee surgeries over the past few years. Combine that with poor craving control and a family with unhealthy eating habits and I have steadily put on weight since childhood. After every surgery I eventually get back into the swing of things, lose around 15 pounds, and then go back in for the next surgery. Being bed ridden for mo... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:13:23 EST stress weight gain? is there such a thing as stress related weight gain? can stress really have an affect on weight? and hormones? <BR> <BR> just curious. my great aunt told me about this. not sure if its true or not. <BR> <BR> <BR> It is true I have a lot of stress related to being a caretaker for my chidlren with special needs. <BR> <BR> would love to know more, thanx Sat, 29 Mar 2014 15:11:53 EST Success breeds success! I am not always consistent...that is why I am thrilled at my Spark People consistency! I have discovered that I am so motivated by the easy tools, positive points, and using my Spark Tracker, that I miss it when I am not exercising and tracking my food. Didn't really expect this but am thrilled. What makes you happy about this program? I am happy at my slow but constant weight loss and my healthier life. I am proud! Sat, 29 Mar 2014 10:02:42 EST I've hit the plateau, help!!! I've been losing weight for about 3 months now and I have just hit the weight loss plateau. I'm feeling a little unmotivated. The past times that I have plateaued, I gave up. I don't want to give up this time!!! What helps you stay motivated and stay on track? Sat, 29 Mar 2014 01:59:02 EST HI I am happy to be alive!!!! Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:37:26 EST What Did You Overcome Today? We all have obstacles that trip us up, from bad weather convincing us not to go on walks to that candy bowl in the office that beckons us to enjoy a piece or two, or three, or ten. What obstacle did you overcome today and how did you do it? <BR> <BR> For me, rain made me not want to go on my walk today, but I reminded myself that a migraine had knocked out my desire yesterday and went on a 26-minute walk anyway, to make sure I got some physical activity in today. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:40:28 EST weight stagnant for too long I have been stuck between 180 and 185 for a month. I can't drop any weight for some reason. I know there is supposed to be a point where muscle mass starts to counter weight loss but I thought I had more weight to lose before that. It is almost getting frustrating but I am really liking the little distracting jaunts on my Gazelle during the day so I guess I can deal with it. <BR> <BR> Am I over thinking it or maybe something is not going right? <BR> <BR> Jan 3rd 205 <BR> April 15th 190 <BR... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:52:43 EST How to lose weight with a family of four I would like to realistically lose weight for the long term but I'm finding it difficult to lose the weight and getting off my feet. I'm finding it especially difficult to start losing weight because I'm battling depression. I'm living with my mother,sister, and nephew, and we all have different tastes. <BR> <BR> My mother will only drink coffee and soda and will not drink anything else. I always end up buying it for her, and in turn I will drink it because I always eat whatever is in the f... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 03:48:53 EST Falling Off Track I think it is hard for us to get back on the horse once we have fallen off. Apparently today is one of those days for me, but I am trying. I reached my goal weight back in September and have leveled out about 5-10lbs over my goal weight. It is frustrating. This move we are experiencing is causing me to emotionally eat. All sweets are subject to being eaten if around me, and I am lacking in self control due to the overwhelming nature of this stress. Has this happened to you? <em>228</em> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:49:58 EST The Things we tell ourselves I used to call my knee "Stupid." I'd be walking along and I'd feel a twinge of pain and I'd just say, "Oh, it's just my stupid knee." Then one day, someone told me that my body was anything but stupid and I should be calling it my lucky, wonderful knee. That really got me thinking of all the things I've told myself, like: <BR> I can't lose weight <BR> I'm too tired <BR> I have no metabolism <BR> It's too hard <BR> I really have to have something sweet at night (still saying that one) <BR> ... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:52:49 EST First time poster.. help? Tips for encouragement or similar experience? When did you start to see changes on the scale and in your physical look after starting a regimented fitness program? I know I'm building muscle and toning, but the scale is stagnant!! <BR> <BR> Background: I've been on a weight loss journey, up and down for the last year. Just as I would reach a milestone, I would face major setbacks at work or at home and reprioritize, only to end up gaining back what I lost. In the past I would reduce calories... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:43:04 EST 30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself The pictures and messages in this are really something. <link> </link> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 08:59:01 EST Looking For An Accountability Buddy Well, I am doing well enough right now, but I know myself well enough to know that willpower wanes at times and the best laid plans can sometimes be derailed by self-sabotage, uncontrollable circumstances, or problems with other people in my house. SO! <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to find an accountability buddy that I can message back and forth with a few times a week to help stay on track. I know some people on here have had success doing that, and I would like to see how well it helps. Besides t... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:54:18 EST What is YOUR .... What is YOUR greatest PERSONAL challenge to "sticking with it" here? What de-rails you? What makes you give up, or stop? Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:13:38 EST Getting Motivated How did you get motivated and stay motivated? I start everyday thinking this is my day to start. Then I overeat and my motivation goes out the window. And exercising is completely at a standstill theses days. Need some encouragement. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:31:16 EST Coping with doctors i am having a hard time staying up beat after appointments with my doctor. <BR> <BR> she keeps on emphasizing my weight gain since i tore my meniscus and injured my ligament. i know and it hurts like hell. <BR> <BR> well . . .I just feel so depressed and like a failure afterwards. I have a hard time when I feel fat shamed to stay healthy afterwards. And then shes talking about decreasing my calories and blah blah blah <BR> <BR> just having a hard time. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:48:32 EST feeling discouraged For about the past week I have eating vegetables, a little bit of whole grains, lean animal proteins and nothing processed. I have cut out alcohol as well. The scale says I've gain 3.5 lbs :( Iv'e also run 15 minutes, twice a day) <BR> <BR> I'm the heaviest I have ever been 170lbs...I don't know why its so difficult this early on... <BR> <BR> <BR> any help? Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:08:20 EST Motivation Music? Hi everyone! Need some more music on my iPod to keep me going! Can you provide some songs that you can think of? Thanks in advance! <BR> <BR> I love pop and rock :-). <BR> <BR> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:58:29 EST Feeling pretty discouraged During these last 18 months, I have struggled so much with many things. One thing is my weight. I feel like I exercise so much, and I have yet to see any results. I walk to work (1.5 miles) every day. I run at least 2.5 miles every other day. I am in a yoga class twice a week. I play Just Dance on the Wii, which really works up a sweat, on the days that I don't run or walk. I am eating very healthy every day. Being gluten intolerant helps with eating healthier. I don't know what else I can do... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:45:46 EST I look like a beach ball SO over the weekend I took a picture with some friends and then I cried for hours and locked myself in my apartment. I feel like a beached whale. I sat all weekend thinking of ways that I can cut the fat off my body. Hating all people that looked skinny and healthy as I sat there hating everything about my body. I need to lose weight I need to be healthy. <BR> <BR> I am looking for support and motivation. I have tried diets, pills, shakes everything I am about to give up and just eat myself... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 06:05:26 EST Depressed & Lack Support Group In a way I feel I' m being childish. After all, we are adults and responsible for our own selves. Right? But I've just been feeling down because, except for the one friend I workout with, I really have no support group in the whole healthy lifestyle issue. <BR> <BR> I know that's no excuse for making bad choices or letting old habits creep back up, but in all honesty sometimes it does happen. My husband has been dealing with his own health issues and that gets him quite down. Being in a grea... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:21:47 EST A Punch in the Morale I'm having trouble taking my own advice today. <BR> About a week and a half ago, I was feeling good, noticing the changes in my body, and feeling stronger, physically, than I have in a long time. I've lost almost 30 pounds, and that's something to be happy about, and I was. of my friends posted a photo of me on Facebook, and oh my god. All I can see is how far I still have to go. It really took the wind out of my sails. <BR> But, I pulled it together, and doubled down in th... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 05:38:06 EST Struggling We just got notice yesterday they are doing a spot inspection on my apt on Monday. So now I have to rush around all weekend and make sure everything looks nice and is up to code. I hate when they come in. I feel like someone is invading my personal space and it does not feel good. I'm at the point of thinking about moving because of these "spot" inspections that they call. <BR> <BR> Karin Sat, 22 Mar 2014 18:43:37 EST back from the dead sorry, but that is how i feel. i don't even know that i'm back yet....but this last six months has been awful. the worst was february, when one of my daughters died from an overdose. Like so many addicts, she had been clean a while and decided to take "one last" dose. RIP, penny lane. the world will miss you, but no where near as much as your mom and sisters will. <BR> <BR> so i'm right at that point where i forget to eat, to sleep.....its a good thing breathing is automatic. apachesteve h... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 02:36:59 EST Need motivation I am just having a tough time at work these days. I really need to change employers. Today is one of those tough days. I am just emotional and stress and really not in the mood to work out on my lunch break today. But I know I need too. Sorry for the rant, sometimes it just helps to let stuff of my chest so I won't resort to emotional eating. <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> <em>331</em> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:21:38 EST Feeling motivated I have been feeling motivated more the past couple of weeks. spring is here and its warming up now I can do some more gardening and teach my son how to respect nature and all its glories. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 01:00:55 EST calories what is a good amount of calories if you are on a low exercise regimen? Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:45:25 EST Looking for positive communicators I came back to SP 3 days ago and am looking for people to communicate and share support with. I love to write and be social and want to feel this journey with those of like. <BR> <BR> In the past, I have always started weight loss endeavors with gusto and vigor and then quickly slipped into boredom, telling myself I can have this and that while this and that put weight on me. <BR> <BR> I'd like to figure out tricks for getting through the evenings and tricks for not going over my fat allow... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:04:16 EST This is nuts but... I am feeling like I should be further along weight loss wise because the weight report yellow line says I should be 2 pounds less then I am. I was ok with my progress, I traveled and didn't gain weight but now I am, hey, I am not doing well. Please tell me what I should already know about reacting to the weight report line graph. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:38:39 EST Your favorite motivational music? today mine is Voulez-Vous by ABBA. I love that SPARK is in the 3rd line. <BR> <BR> "Voulez-Vous" <BR> <BR> People everywhere <BR> A sense of expectation hanging in the air <BR> Giving out a —SPARK-- <BR> Across the room your eyes are glowing in the dark <BR> And here we go again, we know the start, we know the end <BR> Masters of the scene <BR> We've done it all before and now we're back to get some more <BR> You know what I mean <BR> <BR> Voulez-vous (ah-ha) <BR> Take it now or leave i... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:56:06 EST Gratitude for Spring What a wonderful afternoon! I crossed the 7,000 step barrier. I am so thankful for mild temperatures and cool breezes. <em>184</em> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:24:56 EST The good, bad, & ugly I just came back from a weekend visiting the boyfriend. Despite my best intentions this long weekend (Thursday-Monday) was not great eating-wise. I would make good choices with meals (for the most part) and go way overboard on snacking in the evening.. this tends to happen when I'm bummed about something (ie long distance is rough!). <BR> <BR> My scale arrived in the mail today. Should I weigh myself tomorrow morning to see the "damage" or wait a couple days to see if I can get back on trac... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:43:43 EST I'm stuck!!!!!!!!!!!! Hi, My name is Dennis. I set out a year ago this coming May 25th to lose 36lbs. Started at 206 and want to get down to 170. Totally changed my life style and lost 20 lbs up to two months ago and since then have been stuck at 185. I eat a scrambled egg or 1/2 cup oatmeal with a little honey and some blueberries or a poached egg on a slice of toast for breakfast. I walk a mile every morning and when I get home I work out on my Total gym for 20 minutes. One day strength training and the next car... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 05:40:27 EST What do you think? So I am a restarter on Spark and I am trying to get off to a good start. I was thinking of putting something on my wrist to constantly remind me of conscious eating. Since your wrist is something that comes up to your mouth and you can see it when you are eating. Does anyone else have a daily reminder like this around them? What do you think of the idea? <BR> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:28:17 EST Looking for a Motivation Buddy Hi, <BR> I'm a 28 year old mum and wife looking for a motivation buddy. <BR> I had knee surgery after my son was born and it's just recently been healed enough for me to start getting in better shape. <BR> I am starting to be very unhappy with my weight and need a friend and a push. <BR> A texting buddy would be perfect (I have free texting anywhere in North America) because with my little guy I don't normally have much down time so a quick text here and there through out the day would be p... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:45:51 EST Motivation to track.................... My problem isn't with working out, but TRACKING and PLANNING! I work out at least five days a week. That's not a problem. My bag is always ready when I need to go to the gym, my workout notebook is there. I just can't make the connection between doing the work and logging the work and my food intake. <BR> <BR> For instance, I work out, as I mentioned. When I get home, I forget to log my workouts. I never track calories and whatnot. Doing the program I am on, I am supposed to log my food int... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:01:21 EST very discouraged I'm feeling so down today about all of this. I actually gained weight this week, I think (Monday mornings are my final weigh-ins at home). I check the scale ... honestly.... about 4 times a day. It's a bit of an obsession with me. I can't stand all the ups and downs, but I want to know how I'm doing. <BR> <BR> For all my hard work (3 cardio workouts and two weight training sessions a week) and logging every bite into the SparkPeople tracker, I'm actually GAINING weight! <BR> <BR> Has this h... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 10:08:28 EST Will to Am I'm feeling inspired today, so I thought I would share. <BR> <BR> I have gone through all of my motivational materials, and changed any instance of the word "will" to "am". It is not a page of "I will eat healthy, I will work out, I will try my best", but instead a page of "I am eating healthy, I am working out, I am doing my best". The way that we think and talk to ourselves is more powerful than I think we often realize. <BR> <BR> My focus had shifted some time ago, to this will get ar... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 12:51:24 EST weight loss friend I have been looking for a weight loss friend for over a year now. I have had many but for what ever reason they never work out. I thought this last one was the perfect one. We had so much in common but for some reason things did not work out. <BR> Should I keep loking for a weight loss friend I am compatible with or should I just give up? <BR> I need to lose about 50 pounds or so. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 22:46:36 EST can this be the reason why i gained and cant lose? i was in recovery last February to August i was 106 lbs in August and reached 120 lbs by november than 116 than 114 now 112-113. I have been a long ass plateau for 3+ months and i just cant lose! This week i have been trying to spread out meals to 3-4 smaller meals around 1200-1600 to break plateau i went from 113.6 to 112.6 this weekend but than back to 113.6 today!! <BR> <BR> My meal plan since school started: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 160 cal oatmeal <BR> Lunch: if i eat it fruit or fruit ... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:25:53 EST motivated What keeps everyone motivated to exercise and eat right because there are days I really struggle any new suggestions you can give would be greatly appreciated Thanks Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:28:39 EST The Weekend... The weekend is a very hard time for me to stay on track....I need help, so if I feel myself drifting can I come here to talk to you guys??? <em>521</em> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:11:26 EST a good week First week down and I had a good week...treated myself to some dessert last night even though it did put me over my calories and fat for the day BUT today I am back on the straight and narrow and back to basics.....because I will keep telling myself... <BR> <BR> I can do this! <BR> I will do this! <BR> This time will be different! Thu, 13 Mar 2014 14:17:29 EST 63 yo woman training for 1/2, join me? I am hoping someone out there might be interested in joining me in training for my first half marathon. I am looking at completing one in October or November. It would be so nice to find someone to work with so we could support each other. I am using the walk/run program and am up to 3/2 run/walk. Interested? Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:52:58 EST How? How do you get motivated when it just isn't there? Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:40:09 EST Feel like giving up So I have gained 10 pounds over the last 6 months.I have started working out again for 2 months and not seen any results at all.I hate to be negative butIm feeling so discouraged and wonder why I work out anyway.I try to tell myself it's not just about the weight los, but can't help feeling like giving up since I'm a busy mom and there are a million other things that need to get done in the day and I make myself take out time to workout.How long did it take some of you to notice the scale mov... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:30:41 EST where is my motivation these days? I am sure this post, most are familiar with..and I am positive it has hit the message boards before, however not by me. I keep searching for the motivation to lose the weight and become healthy, however I cannot see to find it no matter where I look...and if I do find it, it lasts about three days..that is the number I need to surpass and yet not sure where to look. I thought if I came back to this it would be like before and I would stick with clue if it is the fact that after I added... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:18:49 EST how to start I have lost total motivation to lose weight and exercise. I have considered getting a personal trainer at the gym for accountability and someone to help and encourage me. I also think about joining Weight Watchers for support. I do check SP all the time also. <BR> I don't get much support at home from my family. So I seem to be alone and can easily talk myself out of exercise. <BR> I am just struggling to improve myself. <BR> Any support or suggestions that anyone can offer to help me j... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:18:33 EST What non-scale benefits have you gained? Nine weeks in, I haven't lost as much weight as I had hoped to by now. As in, I've lost hardly any. <BR> <BR> But today I went to the doctor, where I proceeded to become exceptionally lost and arrive late (which I hate) for a very stressful appointment. <BR> <BR> In spite of this, my blood pressure measured well within a healthy range, after two years of pre-hypertension bordering on high blood pressure. I have a family history of high blood pressure and was pretty disappointed when it sta... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:04:46 EST Clothing Help! :) So... one of the ways I motivate myself is either by rewarding (or rather, indulgingggggg since they can be expensive!) myself with some awesome sports bra I've been lusting after or getting some new clothes/sneakers to work out in when I hit a slump. <BR> <BR> I'm wondering what brands or products people love? I feel like there are so many brands I never heard of (especially with yoga clothes!) that range in prices but have really awesome products... so I need some new ideas to supplement m... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:21:51 EST Trying AGAIN! If at first you don't succeed, try, try again....right? So this is about my 4th time starting Sparkpeople again. Only this time I've added Planet Fitness to my routine. <BR> <BR> I've noticed a pattern in myself, that as long as I'm working and relatively happy, I stick to my resolve, but the past 8 months, my employment has been on again/off again and that sends me into depression. I had lost about 30 lbs by last summer, but then I got laid off and the combination of depression and bein... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:49:55 EST goal board review Reviewing the goal board everyday definitely keeps me motivated to walk everyday 2 miles. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:48:02 EST HELP!!! All inclusive vacation coming up! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I really need some help...I have been doing so well since I started with Spark as my New Year's Resolution and have lost 19 lbs. since then. (yay) The whole time I have been worrying about a special trip I have coming up with my 16 year old daughter. We are going to an all exclusive resort for 10 days and I am so worried about falling off track. I need suggestions about how to eat at all day buffets without going crazy (like I have every other time I have been at a... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 09:36:38 EST Looking for a weightloss buddie! Hello everyone - Ive been on this weightloss journey for a while now. Over the past 3 years Ive lost over 50 pounds through healthy lifestyle changes, but in the past year I have plateaued at my current weight. I'm looking to be more intentional with my weight loss efforts to get myself to a healthy BMI. <BR> <BR> Would love to find someone who is interested in keeping tabs on each other weekly if not more often, and providing some buddie to buddie support. Let me know if you're interested! Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:59:39 EST this man inspired me to lose 140 lbs please check out this guy he has helped me so much my highest weight recorded was 281 lbs now a year later i am 141 lbs still need to lose some more but thanks to him i can do it have an open mind though this is his youtube channel <link><BR>SnC0ko6-K3nA </link> <BR> look for the video series called how to be happy he makes really good points <link><BR>ial </link> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:37:16 EST Looking for a friend / accountability partner Hi, I'm looking for someone to buddy up with so we can motivate each other and keep each other accountable. I lost 35 pounds last year but then my motivation started dwindling, I would really like to lose another 30. I know how to do it, but it's so much easier with help from Spark friends. My name is Andreja, I'm from Europe, 28 years old and married. I love walking, turbo jam, reading... In the last year and a half I've gradually changed my lifestyle so it's much healthier now. If you want ... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:51:59 EST Daily practical routine Hello Friends; <BR> <BR> My name is Eman and I am a spark member since 2010. I need a daily practical routine to eat well/exercise/ take care of my home, child and work. <BR> <BR> please consider that i work 7 hours per day. from 9am-4pm and i have an 11 month baby. <BR> I am very frustrated as i gained more weigth after delivery to be 80 Kg although i am nursing my son. i got a target of losing 20-25 kg. i don't know how to start as i always feel that there is no time. i got no time for my... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 05:20:16 EST need motivation after weekend crash and burn My husband surprised me with a weekend trip to Philly and- despite my good intentions- all good eating habits went right out the window. Too much food, too many calories and a very large serving of chicken and waffles (extra syrup) have me feeling totally guilty. How does everyone stay motivated after falling off the wagon? Sun, 9 Mar 2014 21:18:57 EST Feeling kind of low. Hi all. I'm in need of some advice. I am currently in the process of losing weight. I have gone from a high of 435lbs to currently 405lbs. I seem to be losing at a steady pace but I'm feeling a bit down. I just have sooooo much to lose. I am doing my best to avoid junk food temptation and I'm doing good so far. It's just that I have such a long way to go and the more i resist the bad foods, the more I want them. I am just so anxious to see results. How do you keep yourself going when you have... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 22:35:52 EST Awesome Blog! just sayin' I think this has some wonderful short little messages!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642618 </link> Sat, 8 Mar 2014 11:58:55 EST No Matter What I do No matter what I do, I will not be able to lose weight at this point in my life. About a year or so ago, I packed up all my stuff, said goodbye to my Illinois dust bunnies (knowing that I would have Ohio dust bunnies to replace them), and started a new job. I like the people and the office isn't that far from my apartment. I love the job itself even though the company is not on my love list. They are extremely slow to update computers, answer questions, and I just don't get the impression... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 15:41:44 EST First day...and ... So I just signed up today and put in my lunch and realized I eat more than my portion should be. I also took in about 2/3 of my calories for the day. I was so motivated this morning but now I feel depressed. I was a real eye opener to see just what the values were for lunch. I am wondering what I am going to do for dinner that will fill me up and stay within my calories. How can I stay motivated each day while I am learning and seeing what I eat? Fri, 7 Mar 2014 13:00:06 EST How to start a diet and stick to it? I've done it before, I lost 60 pounds, but that as several years ago and college has taken its toll on me with stress and everything. I'm having trouble not giving into cravings, snacking mindlessly at night, etc. I don't seem to have the motivation I did then (my boyfriend's parents called me fat, so I wanted to prove them wrong). My boyfriend now calls me beautiful all the time, but I do want to get back down to a healthy weight (I've gained 30 of those pounds back). I'm having trouble star... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 12:18:37 EST So I fell off the wagon It is true. I lost it. I was doing so well and made it down to my goal. Then I let life distract me and stress me out. I made poor decisions and today I realized that not only did I end up up right where I was before all my hard work but I gained even more weight. Now I am sitting at 194 and I have even more of a battle ahead of me. I guess this is day 1, again. I am mad at myself for slipping so far. I am angry but I plan to use that anger to fuel me. Here goes everything. Thu, 6 Mar 2014 10:40:49 EST Feeling so discouraged I have lost around 80 lbs so far , because I had gastric sleeving , When I first got the surgery two years ago I worked out as soon as I was well but did not stick to it . <BR> I made a promise to myself on my 30th Birthday that I would get to the best shape of my life . sometimes it's hard to believe with all this excess skin , I feel so inscure about it mostly my arms but I don't sit around feeling sorry for myself I do as much arm work outs as I can , Yesterday I found out this lady I wo... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 03:26:05 EST Goal reached! Staying there... I've been at my goal weight for nearly 3 months now! The lifestyle tweaks have stuck. <BR> But I have allowed occasional weeks for a little of my one trigger food/ weakness, and have been able to stay maintained in it. <BR> Now I've been feeling, looking, and managing everything very well, I can feel myself a little less motivated to reach for something. I have bigger fitness goals to work up more strength and muscle, but the only part of my diet that is off is that trigger food. I am less m... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 00:05:38 EST The usual, "I gained it all back." I totally feel off the wagon about 6 months ago after a loss and buying a home and gained everything back plus a few more pounds. I am having such a hard time accepting it and getting back into the swing of eating correctly and getting my body moving. <BR> <BR> It doesn't help that I watch my husband head out to run 20 miles as he preps for another marathon in about a month. I WISH I had his discipline! <BR> <BR> Just need some encouraging words to get back out there! Wed, 5 Mar 2014 09:02:22 EST I want to lose weight but... I seriously seem to not be able to. Since the new year started I was trying to lose the weight I gained over the holidays. I admit it didn't go that well initially, but in the last month or so i've genuinely tried. I've been doing 30-45 minute workouts 4 times a week, and I've been trying to eat healthier (or not overeat, at that is my main problem).And you know what's happened after I've been working my ass off? I've gained weight. I'm now up to 165 lbs. which is probably the most I've ever ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 23:52:40 EST How do YOU stay motivated? as a new member, I was wondering for how everyone stay motivated. Motivation is my Biggest struggle. I have tried having a buddy. I have tried my fitness pal. and I have tried reminders. <BR> <BR> Any tips on motivations? <BR> thanks! <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Tue, 4 Mar 2014 12:13:34 EST inspiration I am in need of some new inspiration stuck in a rut. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 09:06:38 EST What is a quote that motivates you? What quotes helps you stay motivated? Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 22:41:12 EST Lost all motivation So I've tried so many times to set a goal for myself, track my calories, and hit up the gym at least 3 times a week. All seems to be going well for about a week or so and then BAM! I lose all my motivation. I live on/near a college campus so there is a gym in walking distance, and there are healthy foods all throughout campus. My problem is that I can't stick with something. I've reached the bottom of the bottom and I'm not sure where to go next. It seems like I lose a few pounds just to gain... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 19:12:11 EST Feeling like giving up, though I know I shouldn't. I am struggling. I am eating better than I have been in years, getting my recommended fiber, drinking lots of water (gave up soda a month ago), and working out. I've been working out a minimum of three days a week for a month now (sometimes more). However, I've only seen three pounds go away. I'm just not sure what to do. I have bad knees so it's really difficult to do a lot of things. <BR> <BR> Just feeling defeated, really. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 18:01:09 EST 4 Month Break Hi everyone...... <BR> <BR> Well here I am...... I lost 9 stone in 18 months and after a 4 month break have put about one back on..... I am now about 2 stones from target ( 30lbs )..... Need to climb back on the horse..... Need to get this done. I was enjoying being 'normal' so much..... Clothes fitting, not feeling bloated, exercising..... <BR> I just lost it.... Sick of dieting..... Wanted all the things i hadn't had for so long....... <BR> I have learned my lesson..... <BR> <BR> I am rav... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 16:58:13 EST not enough hours in the day Between working, going to college full-time, and being a single mom I never have enough time to get everything done. I squeeze in workouts almost everyday. On my days off I do longer workouts. But I feel like I go go go and never have time to just relax. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 16:44:14 EST Small, Incremental Goals, WHAT LEVEL ARE YOU ON? Today I finally got to Level 13 (my current trophy from SparkPoints)!!! It's been a long time in coming. I made it a small goal to provide incentive to begin tracking again and re-lose 10 pounds!!! Instead of focusing too much on the scale, I am focused on my points. Clever distraction that will hopefully help me move in the right direction. Level 14, here I come... <em>209</em> <BR> <BR> WHAT LEVEL ARE YOU ON? Sun, 2 Mar 2014 12:15:42 EST Two weeks in, no pounds lost I started increasing my cardio four weeks ago and then two weeks ago I began tracking and sticking to the middle of my calorie range. I haven't lost an ounce! What could be going on? I only want to lose about 10-12 pounds (BMI is right at 25), 8 of which I packed on 6 months ago after an injury. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 08:55:59 EST Fear of Gaining Weight Okay, you can check my latest blog for more details. But I am writing this in regards to the fact I have struggled with my weight and been up and down 20-30 lbs my whole life (and I'm only 24). Right now I have my weight at not my lowest weight, but a weight I am happy with, feel comfortable with, and feel like I have maintained well over the past couple of months. That being said, I don't want to track food or anything. I've been working to be able to identify what kinds of food and how ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 08:45:21 EST MARCH 2014 - Gratitudes - Welcome Everyone!!! The Universe does not know whether the vibration that you're offering is because of something you're observing or something you're remembering or something that you are imagining. It just receives the vibration and answers it with things that match it. (Ester Hicks) <em>354</em> <BR> <BR> The common meaning of gratitude is to be thankful for benefits received. While this is important, I feel that the energy of gratitude is one of the most powerful attracting forces in the universe. A hear... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:15:08 EST Feeling a little frustrated I am feeling a little frustrated. I have been doing a Leslie Sansone dvd for a little over a month and although I like it I am starting to get a little bored with it. So I decided to try some new things. I tried Zumba and Hip Hop Abs, both made my left knee hurt. It's frustrating because I'm trying to change but I feel like my body is getting in the way. Has anyone else felt like this? How did you deal with it? I am trying to not let it get to me but I have to admit it is. That old "... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:53:27 EST Inspiration (AKA a kick in the butt) So I've been feeling defeated by this soul-sucking winter, scale won't budge and I'm crabby as heck. I found this video and was blown away. If you're in a bad place, or even if you're not, give it a look. <link><BR>=408048816007029 </link> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 09:11:57 EST How do you keep going? Just wanted to know how everyone keeps going? We've all been doing the healthy thing for a while but sometimes do you get tired of counting calories, tracking, portioning and measuring? What do you say to yourself or do to keep going when you just want to overeat, not exercise, etc? Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:48:50 EST Hypnosis I've recently discovered a hypnosis app (use on my kindle) by Darren Marks, called losing weight. It is <em>345</em> I've been using it about a week and I've actually discovered that not only has it helped me feel more focused, but I also have been going to bed earlier and falling and staying asleep. There are also 2 other sessions included that I haven't tried yet, one for exercising and one for limiting beliefs. <BR> <em>244</em> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:00:07 EST I need to get on track This was to be "the" year to finalize getting as healthy as I can. While I've bounced up and down a few pounds, I keep slipping back into bad habits. Was VERY bad today. I vow to start again tomorrow but MUST get and stay on track. Very frustrated with myself!! Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:40:38 EST Spark Buddy Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm looking for a Spark Buddy to share experiences and to help me keep me on my toes. :) <BR> <BR> I'm 36yo, in a committed relationship for 5 years, no kids. <BR> <BR> I live in Portugal so my hours are a bit different, but I log in every day. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:46:08 EST What's one of your favorite motivational quotes? We all know sometimes finding the motivation to continue to do something can be challenging but sometimes saying just the right words puts pep in our step. Do you have any sayings or quotes you refer to when you need motivation in your day or life? One of my favorites is below: <BR> <BR> "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." <BR> Thomas A. Edison <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:20:44 EST Almost Starting Over In 2012 I went from a size 12 to a size 6 for the first time in my life. It was pretty awesome! At one point I even squeezed into a size 4 jeans. I also met an amazing goal and became a Les Mills Body Combat Instructor! That was pretty awesome for a woman who has never been athletic! <BR> <BR> In June 2013 my husband was injured on the job and I lost my workout buddy. Since then I have gained back all of the weight that I lost, although I am not back to wearing a size 12, I am wearing an 8-... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 00:18:14 EST Women: What do you do? What do you do to help get through that dreaded week of the month? I'm in the midst of it and am bloated and showing +4 lbs on the scale. (I know, I know. AVOID THE SCALE! lol) I'm still exercising, eating healthy, drinking plenty of water. I feel bloated, and I know it will hang around until TOM is gone. The bloat is leaving me feeling blah and a little discouraged. What do you do to help with bloat? I was thinking of upping my exercise this week, but I'm not sure if that would help or not. ... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:19:22 EST What to do when you feel sluggish Ugh. I'm a SAHM. My child is still a baby and he had a bad night. I had to get up with him every hour and a half. Not even coffee is enough to slay this beast. I wanted to make eggs with veggies. Didn't feel like it. I made just plain eggs with chocolate milk, a roll with butter and Swiss cheese and coffee. I tallied my calories and found I'm already nearly half my allotment. <BR> <BR> What do you do on those days when you just don't feel like putting any effort? Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:12:58 EST Will I get loose skin??? So I need to lose 80lbs to get to my ideal weight <BR> <BR> I am 5'3ft and 225lbs <BR> <BR> I am 19 years old (a girl) <BR> <BR> So if I end up losing all my extra weight , will I have loose skin <BR> <BR> Thank Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:57:57 EST How do you cope with eating right with an injury I strained my lower back yesterday during exercise. I took the rest of the day to rest and eat what was on my logs. Today, I did a little slow (VERY SLOW) walking so that I could get a little exercise, but I am having serious motivational issues as night has fallen. I feel that if I cannot workout, I should just eat what I want to for now. I really don't want to do it (which is why I am trying to seek help) but that little, food-obsessed part of my brain is saying "eat bad things" and it ... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 22:00:11 EST How to get the banner? Someone please tell me how I can post the pounds lost banner on SP page? I've lost a total of 55 pounds. <BR> <BR> Thankyou in advance! Sun, 23 Feb 2014 14:04:56 EST I need help! I went on the scale and it is up just over 5 pounds and now I am peaking!!! As well as second guessing all the calories it states I can eat and still lose. I am trying really hard to remember that the whole Nutri system and Herbal Magic places have you eating less than 1000 and some less than 800 cal a day but on both I have lost had no energy and my hair was falling out but... OMG!!! I am also stressed out with my surgery coming up and have not been feeling well so not getting the cardio in ... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 12:04:48 EST Frustration!!!! I went on the scale and it is up just over 5 pounds and now I am peaking!!! As well as second guessing all the calories it states I can eat and still lose. I am trying really hard to remember that the whole Nutri system and Herbal Magic places have you eating less than 1000 and some less than 800 cal a day but on both I have lost had no energy and my hair was falling out but... OMG!!! I am also stressed out with my surgery coming up and have not been feeling well so not getting the cardio in ... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 11:47:45 EST Motivation... Sometimes I will need encouragement to get me motivated if not I find myself eating and eating because I am bored. <BR> It has been easy so far because we have snow and I have to move it around. <em>444</em> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 17:58:12 EST Injury or Condition and Motivation Sometimes its hard to stay motivated when you have an injury or condition which limits activity and slow weight loss towards the goal. The issue. I think, is to recognize that weight lose mis not really the BIG GOAL its adapting a life long eating habit which keeps you as strong and healthy as possible. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:33:47 EST How I Stay Motivated I find it hard to stay motivated. Quite a few people do. But what I do, is I look at myself in the mirror every single day and say "you ARE beautiful. No matter what you look like. You're beautiful on the inside. Don't let what people are going to say to you today, or behind your back, hurt you." I picture myself healthy. I don't picture myself "skinny." That is just setting yourself up for a failure. If you need someone to talk to I am always here. Feel free to add me or send me a message. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:38:24 EST Plateau Hi All, <BR> <BR> I have done so well starting at 212 and in a month 196, but since then nothing. <BR> Have joined Hot Yoga, and started jogging (OMG) and continued with phase 1. I have not lost a pound since. <BR> Any suggestions on what I can do now, it has been at total of 7 1/2 weeks and is hard to stay motivated when you don't see results. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:02:15 EST Stuck in the 90's ..... The 290's I weighed 320 lbs on November 14 2013 My Dr. prescribed Phentermine to me and I stopped drinking soda and my weight dropped from 320 lbs to 295 lbs by January 1st 2014. I thought I was on the fast track to losing weight but now I'm stuck in the 290's. This morning I weighed myself and thought I should have been below 290 but I weighed 293.4. which is a loss of about .6 lbs from last week which is better than gaining but it's just a little disappointing. I started doing a cardio routine 2 wee... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:12:04 EST Loose skin or excess fat? How can you tell if your "extra baggage" is loose skin or fat? I still have about 15-20 lbs to lose but am wondering what is going on with my arms and lower abdomen. I've lost quite a bit of weight so I am aware I may have to deal with loose skin but I am hoping this is actually extra poundage that I can eventually burn off. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:33:40 EST What are your tricks and tips to STAY MOTIVATED??? I have avery tough time staying motivated. Of late, I've started updating my exercises and bingeing(if I do it) as honestly as possible on Facebook. So when my friends click like and post comments, I'm on a high. But this may not work too well in the long run. <BR> <BR> <BR> As far as wt is concerned I've lost a lot of wt (from 94 kgs to 68.5 kgs) but I need to do a lot of toning job esp around the middle. So I REALLY need to pull myself together and do abdominal exercises along with cardio... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:48:59 EST Discouraging Doctor Visit Hi all, <BR> This is my first time posting so I apologize if I'm doing it wrong! Next week I'm moving back to Korea to teach English. I've been stateside for about 7 months and I've gained about 20 lbs (which brought me up to 276 lbs). Today, I went to my family doctor who also runs a weight loss clinic. I told her that I'd been trying to lose weight for the last 6 weeks and have been exercising for about an hour, 4-5 days a week and restricting calories to about 1,400. I've been able to los... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:45:15 EST Chocolate after workout? <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=30 </link> <BR> <BR> I've been looking at this video, and I must say, I'm intrigued. <BR> <BR> Getting into an exercise habit, for me, is my biggest challenge. For the most part, my food is under control (though, I do struggle with special circumstances/events). However, I never stay in a workout routine for more than a day or two. <BR> <BR> I understand that the purpose of eating a small piece of chocolate is t... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:28:07 EST Anyone else feel like no one gets it? I am about 120 lbs overweight. I have so many skinny friends constantly telling me just eat healthy and exercise. It's like they don't understand it is hard to stay motivated when you work hard at it and your scale doesn't move but a pound. I have hypothyroidism and I cannot get people to understand how that affects my body. I am so sick of this! <BR> <BR> ~A. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:17:44 EST I Really Need Help (Getting Started) I've struggled with my self-esteem since I was a teenage. I was always over weight, even as a kid I was big for my age. Not just tall, big. It didn't help that my mom was constantly yelling at me for putting things in my pockets in my jeans (such as my cell phone) because it made my "hips look fatter than they already are" in my mom's term. I always had this struggle, and I just felt like nothing could ever get better. <BR> <BR> In early high school, I was eating healthy, never eating fast ... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:16:20 EST Weight Today is my weigh-in. <BR> <BR> Weighed in and gained 1 1/2 lbs followed the program, not sure where I would have gained the weight???? Feeling a little discouraged but trying to be positive for still dropping 2lbs. in 6 weeks. <BR> <BR> I have also increased my exercise the last 4 days so we will see what that brings next week. <BR> Still feel hopeful. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 10:42:02 EST LOOKING FOR FRIENDS Have tried and tried and still having problems losing weight. I know I don't eat real healthy and I don't exercise, which I need to do, but I am going to be 60 and REALLY NEED AND WANT to lose weight. Anyone looking for friends please add me to your list. Good luck to everyone on their trip. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 10:17:10 EST Pick a picture that motivates you & share the link<BR>/2012/02/goals.jpg Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:15:52 EST Weight loss attempt 4,763...or something like that I have been a member here since 2008. I was in college then and boy was that a struggle! I have never really gotten where I wanted to be, but did lose 40 lbs last year for my wedding. Shamefully, I put back on about 10 of those once we said I do. Stress has been ever present since our wedding (IE family deaths, job change, relocation.....), but I am climbing my super chunky butt back on the horse and hopefully I can hold on this time! I will be 30 in December and would LOVE to feel bette... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:05:09 EST How to put yourself in the weight loss mindset? My weight has fluctuated quite a lot over the years. Any time that I've been successful in losing weight, it seems that I was in the right "mindset" to do so. During those times it was challenging to stay motivated at times, but still do-able. Lately it just seems impossible. It's like for some reason I'm just lacking the willpower I need. I'm not sure how to get it back?! I know it can only really come from within, but I'm hoping someone has some tips for me or something?! I don't kno... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 23:35:57 EST How many points from spinning Bonus Wheel? 20 Mon, 17 Feb 2014 18:29:37 EST Psychiatric help Has anyone ever sought Psychiatric help for weight loss? I feel like that is what might help me, not sure how. I see on Biggest Loser the contestants face some things they are dealing with in life and they seem to get focused after that. I have been trying this thing nothing seems to work long term, I am at a point to consider surgery but I am scared. <em>303</em> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 17:29:59 EST Munching in the evening! I am so bad later on in the evening and/or late at night. I end up strolling to the fridge or cupboard and eating/picking. Does anyone have any issues or had any issues with this and if so how did or are you coping with it? <BR> I am in some need of accountability and support with this. There is a huge difference on scale days when I stop eating after 730. So when I fall I have to fight the throw in the towel tantrum from taking over. <BR> Any help would be greatly appreciated, this is mak... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 00:55:24 EST falling off track i have been doing my work out plan for a month now i was loosing weight good but now like always it stopped how can i push past that point. it seems like i can not get past that 195 point but it is easy to go back to the 200 210 mark Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:45:38 EST Looking for a weight loss buddy Going to give this a try. I am hoping to find somebody similar to myself to help me stay motivated. I am a 45 yr old single mom. I have an 18 yr old son and a 4 yr old daughter. I'm a nurse, plus going to grad school part time for my masters in public health. Seems these days I just cannot get my metabolism to work LOL I try and watch my diet, but I always seem to lose willpower when food is around. I have a fitbit and my exercise right now it just trying to get my 70,000 steps a week i... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 04:06:23 EST Body measurements question I have a question and I don't know in which forum to ask it. Since it does involve motivation, I figured this thread was as good as any. <BR> <BR> I've been working out regularly since January 10 and I've noticed some good improvements. My weight is moving downward, albeit slower than it used too (bleh), but it's been consistent so I don't mind too much. I am happy that my clothes are fitting better so I decided to check my measurements today. I last measured myself December 23rd. I am conf... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:40:37 EST Another Set Back.... Got back into the game about 6 weeks ago after my back doctor gave me permission to workout with limits. I went right to work. Been a struggle and seems like one set back after another. I also have severe RA but the medication and steroids have helped. Every time I pack a gym bag- something seems to come up. Over the weekend my right foot got very swollen and bruised. Had to see doctor yesterday and yet again- they had to drain my foot but this time was the worst it has ever been. (have a ... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:47:07 EST How do YOU manage emotions? Hello fellow Sparkpeople! <BR> <BR> Over the past five years, if I added up all the weight I've lost (without putting it back on each time!), it's about 60 lbs. The problem is that for ever lb I've lost, I've gained it back... plus a bit more. As a result of this, I'm now 55 lbs heavier than 5 years ago :( <BR> <BR> Last week, I had a breakthrough in my weight - and that is that it makes me feel safe. I did a visualisation exercise and realised that being slim (not thin even - just a 'norma... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:23:56 EST BED/COE Support. Hello everyone. I hope that this is the right place to post this topic. I have always had a problem with BED. I have a lot of wonderful support in my life but one thing I am lacking is people who I can connect with who understand the Overeating part of what I am going through. I know there are people who are going through and I really want to reach out to people.I I am hoping that I can find someone through this topic who will be a support for me and I hope to be a good support for them. :) Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:48:43 EST Funny or Unusual Motivations?? Do you have some? When I'm really honest about my motivations to drop this extra weight, I have noticed my personal reasons are quirkier than run-of-the-mill "ah yes, improve health" reasons. Here's one example: I don't think I've included myself in a family photo or a kids photo or a group photo or a work photo in at least 3 years! I'd say: no nooo, pls do *not* take my picture blah blah. Now looking back at several years of *very* happy occasions, I've edited myself out of all of 'em & it looks as if I'd die... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:10:43 EST Ugh!!! I just turned 40 last month. I got on the scale this morning and discovered that I weigh 1.5 lbs. more today than I did on the day I went into labor!! <BR> <BR> My BF was talking to his brother and SIL over the weekend about joining them on a cruise next month. As amazing as that would be, all I kept thinking during that conversation was how much I would HATE putting on a bathing suit right now. <BR> <BR> I have been steadily gaining weight for the past 3 years. I am now the heaviest I h... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:25:04 EST I feel like giving up! Weight loss is impossible! I'm 29, female 5 ft 2 (I weigh around 140, but I lift weights so it's not like I'm a mushy ball of fat- my biceps are awesome) and losing weight is super hard I've only lost like 1 or 2 lbs this year. I really get annoyed not losing weight every week. I really don't want to have to keep a food diary because I don't feel comfortable doing that. Frankly I just want to lose 15-20 lbs, become one of those women who LOVE workouts, and get to work on the next phases of my self improvement plan. My... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 21:15:21 EST Help for Mind Set I find I can stay motivated and eat healthy for just so long and then my mind and taste buds call out for my favorite unhealthy foods. Then I cave with the attitude ''Just this Once'' which, of course, turns into a downward spiral. <BR> <BR> So - what methods/tricks do you employ to stop falling back into bad habits? Sun, 9 Feb 2014 12:31:54 EST Motivation to work out when you get home from work Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I know this has probably been answered, but I need some input--I'm a teacher (seniors in high school), and sometimes by the end of the day I feel like I've been put through the wringer. I have to get up at 5 a.m. just to make sure I get to work on time, so I have to work out when I get home. How do those of you who have to do the same stay motivated to get walkinig, on that equipment, etc., and not just flop down on the couch? Any advice would be great. Thanks! <BR... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 11:27:15 EST Does anyone have some advice? I am newly back to SP after 3 yrs of inactivity and spine surgeries. I am tracking everything I eat or drink, exercising 30 mins 6 days a wk. I lost 13 lbs the first month and now this week, no loss. <BR> <BR> What should I change? I am pretty bummed out. I know I am in a tougher age group for metabolism/weight loss, but really....I MADE myself exercise every day. No cheating. No excuses. Should I always try to stay at the low end of my daily calories? Somedays I do, other days, it... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 14:04:30 EST Health/fitness books? What are some good books about eating healthy and staying healthy? Are there any out there actually worth the read that isn't a fad? Fri, 7 Feb 2014 16:36:15 EST I feel good I feel pretty good today, down 5 lbs and it is a start now just need to get over the weekend, it is my hardest part. <BR> Fri, 7 Feb 2014 08:54:39 EST measuring food I am sick of measuring everything I eat. I'm tired of my measuring cups all being dirty almost all the time. I'm tired of the extra time it takes. I've had it. <BR> <BR> But I cannot trust my eye. Experience has shown I consistently don't judge well how much food I'm taking unless I measure. <BR> <BR> Is there any hope? I need ways to think about this that keep it from being such a drudgery. Thu, 6 Feb 2014 09:03:11 EST sabotage I do good for a few weeks or so then I see some results I unconsciously sabotage myself by skipping or not working as hard as I should and eat a lot. Anyone else do this to themselves? <BR> Wed, 5 Feb 2014 17:54:43 EST How do i stay motivated with no family or friends I have a set goal and how much i want to lose. It is going to be very hard but not impossible to achieve. But i have no family only my boyfriend. and i dont have any friends at all. How am i going to stay motivated with such little support? Wed, 5 Feb 2014 13:46:59 EST LADIES: Is anyone else having this problem too? Not trying to be creepy... but I am having a really hard time with the weight loss and I have a feeling it might be because its my "time of the month". If it was something regular or even fairly normal I think I could handle it. But sadly that is just not the case. I have a birth control implant in my arm and it makes me EXTREMELY irregular. I could go two months without one or like this month have three short ones a little less than a week apart! I know its normal to get bloated and reta... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 22:26:15 EST Looking for motivation pals Hey all, <BR> <BR> I just came back to spark after being gone for some time and now I just sort of log on and do my thing by myself..its so much easier when you have some friends to share ideas, success, failures etc. with. Just looking for some pals to share our journey together :) Tue, 4 Feb 2014 21:57:51 EST Helping others imagine your goal with you So I have set a goal for 145lbs based on my BMI. Most of the friends I have now have never seen me at that weight--the motivational problem comes in that now that I have taken 20+ pounds off my friends are saying, "you look great now, why would you go for more?" How do I a) accept the compliment part and disregard the de-motivation b)help them get on board to support. Its not just a matter of caring what others think, but acknowledging that as I change that has real possibilities of changin... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 17:25:50 EST Not seeing progress I have been a member for 2 years and have had some ups and downs, but with the new year, like most people, I have decided to rededicate myself to getting to my fitness and health goals. <BR> <BR> For the entire month of January I tracked everything I ate and most days I stayed about 100 calories under my low end (2100-2200) with only 5 days going over my high end with my biggest day being 2950 cal. In addition I made sure and had a least 3 servings of fruit and veggies and 10 glasses of wat... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 09:47:04 EST NOT ENOUGH HOURS IN THE DAY Hello, I am having a very DIFFICULT time trying to stay motivated, logging in everyday, working out, and just eating healthy. I was told that I need to want to be healthy to actually get healthy. I do want it more than anything. It just seems like I never have enough time for everything. My sleep schedule is so jacked up. I work third shift and I am a full time student at a University. Between classes, study groups, homework, work, sleep/no sleep, and projects I cant do it all. I feel stresse... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 05:12:41 EST Out of shape and starting focus t25 Hey I'm new to the site (just starting to log on regularly). I was planning on starting focus t25 today and i was wondering if anyone on here has had some dramatic changes from the work out. <BR> Also i was wondering if there have been any (very) out of shape people who have focus t25 and what it was like for you. Im out of shape but committed to getting into it. Also if anyone has some motivation tips because that has always been my biggest problem. Well that and procrastination. If anyone w... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 15:51:59 EST What more can I do to drop the pounds? I've been at this for a month now, staying within my recommended calorie range (even keeping it at the lower end as much as possible), exercising at least 15 minutes per day, 5 days per week. But I've only lost 2 pounds in the past 3 weeks. And, yes, I know, the scales don't tell the whole story, and I have noticed my clothes getting a bit looser. But it would be nice to see the expected loss of 2 pounds per week. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I'm remaining motivated, and will keep at it. And... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:29:23 EST Trying to start but very depressed. Hi. I'm new here. I have bipolar with severe depression. I am going through a point in my life where I just can't seem to move. I am sad all of the time, feel like a failure and feel guilty for gaining weight through it all. My psychiatrist changed my meds around and I'm waiting for them to start working. Also on top of this I went to my regular doctor and told her about my weight gain and before she allowed me to say anything else she told me to keep a,journal of everything I ate for a we... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:15:05 EST Oops I slipped up Hi all, <BR> I have been doing so much better than I ever thought possible these last three weeks. , BUT that darn old Super Bowl!! <BR> Hopefully when I get back on the wagon tomorrow I will be able to stay there, because I know how hard the first week was. :( <BR> <BR> Cross your fingers Sun, 2 Feb 2014 19:00:08 EST Texting weight loss friend I need someone who can I can text with to keep me on track and in line. i need to loss about 50 pounds or so. Sun, 2 Feb 2014 14:32:06 EST On again, off again? I'm tossing the idea around of doing something a little bit differently. <BR> <BR> I've been maintaining a 50 pound loss for 6 months, and am at 165 pounds. This was my initial goal. I feel i'm at a healthy weight. I'm pretty fit and physically active. I got really, really tired of all the tracking and effort I have to put in to keep losing weight. Maintaining this weight has been pretty easy, but I'm not totally satisfied with it. <BR> <BR> I'm debating doing an one month on, on month off... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 19:39:57 EST A Healthier NOW The other day, I didn't have the best day. I didn't make great choices,but I woke up the next day and realized it's a new day and the day before doesn't have to define me. I can make healthy choices. I teach my 8 year old daughter that everything is about making good choices. Time to practice what I preach. <BR> I realized this morning, it's not about the future - it's about today and if I want to lose weight, I have to have a healthier present. So many people talk about wanting to be h... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 11:53:18 EST Getting discouraged I've been working out for an hour, 4 days a week, starting at 5am since August. I've also continued to watch what I eat and integrate weight training and circuit training in my work outs. Move gained 13lbs since I've started, some of my measurements have decreased other have increased. What am I doing wrong??? I'm not so much worried about the scale I just want to know why it seems like I've lost no fat and I'm only gaining muscle (which you can't really see because there's still fat there) I... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 11:50:03 EST Looking for Fitness Friend Looking for someone to keep me accountable, and me with them. Tomorrows the 1st of the new month, I'm sure there must be SOMEBODY looking :D Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:29:03 EST Lacking motivation? So i am a hardheaded type person so i beat myself up a lot i know that in reality i have no excuse why i am still overweight, I decided to make a change when i hit 205lbs at the age of 23 and only being 5'4 Looking at myself in the mirror Discussed with what i saw. I am the type of person when i commit to something it consumes me. So i was hitting the gym for a while and did not like the scene, so i started doing insanity. Boy did that kick my butt. I dropped down to 168lbs last summer, the n... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:50:57 EST FEBRUARY 2014 Gratitudes/Appreciation -Welcome All It is a joy to have whoever is drawn to this tradition of appreciation join me. <BR> <BR> <em>87</em> “Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” <BR> Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:48:49 EST Discouraged Ok, today is the fifth consecutive day that I go the gym and of eating consciously healthy, results?....I gained 4 ounces. I know, I know, its not the end of the world, but it really discourages me and a few other people, I can bet on that, that after so much hard work and, you end up gaining instead of loosing, what gives? <em>234</em> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:42:58 EST Time to get motivated about weight loss I looked at my ID from a few years back one day last week and realized just how fat my face was now compared to then. I decided it was time to stop thinking about going on a diet and time to get motivated about losing weight and getting in shape. I thought I was gonna starve the first day I cut out junk foods, but the less junk I eat the less I want. I am motivated and ready to get fit! Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:19:17 EST Need some tips for getting back in the groove! This past weekend myself and my one year old both had a stomach bug. I had been making great progress up until then, but now that we're both better it's been so hard to go back to eating right and exercising! Any tips to help get my motivation back?! Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:19:03 EST How do you fight self-destructive behavior? Hello all! <BR> <BR> So far so good, week two is done! But I know from trying this in the past, I will do great for a month, even six weeks, then people start to compliment me and I just absolutely lose focus and everything goes downhill. What do you do when self-destructive urges hit (overeating, stopping exercise, stop counting calories)? I'm going into this knowing that this is something I do, and I want to be proactive about being aware and fixing the problem before I end up back wher... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 23:40:41 EST Needing some inspiration, motivation, help anyone I will lose weight one week, then the next week I gain a couple of pounds out of no where and don't lose anything for the following week. Then the next week is hit or miss, I might lose a couple of pounds or I might stay the same again. Then the 3rd week, I get another big loss usually for 4-5 pounds. It's frustrating! I work so hard to see my weight doesn't budge or even goes up. <BR> <BR> My clothes are fitting better/loose so I know I am probably losing inches, but why does it take a lon... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:09:42 EST Stay at home mom has trouble staying motivated I have been a stay at home mom for 5 months now but I have been trying to find a job. Its hard! So I start off each day feeling happy and motivated but by the afternoon I'm bored and want to eat everything in sight! Anyone else feel the same way or have tips for overcoming this? In the afternoon and evening my goals just don't matter anymore. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:55:48 EST What I'm happy for this morning Grandmama time with Prince Akil and Hisham Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:13:40 EST Lack of weight loss I have been fighting the H1N1 flu virus for almost a week now and today after 3 days on Tamiflu I am finally able to function a little. I decided to weight myself hoping that the one good thing could be I have lost weight... Not really. I always hear people say they lost when sick. I have lost a total of 4 pounds in the past month. Now I am rethinking about having weight loss surgery if I cant loss while sick. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:25:08 EST Facial changes with lot of weight loss HI, <BR> This may sound a really lame question. <BR> I have a lot of weight to lose and I have always been big. Do you think my face will change a lot as i lose weight?/ <BR> Will my face look different if I lose around 100lbs or more? I just have no idea what I can expect? <BR> If i am brutally honest I am hoping it will make me nice looking. Don't feel in slightest bit handsome at moment. <BR> <BR> I just wonder if anyone noticed how there face is after a lot of weight loss. <BR> I guess ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:33:49 EST eating right when the pickings are slim any tips for eating healthy at the end of the month when food and cash are low? it's frustrating and can be somewhat discouraging Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:26:03 EST Seeing the difference I have a hard time staying motivated if I dont see results, as i'm sure many of you are as well. So a couple weeks ago my mother told me I had gained alot of weight, to the point where I "looked different". This really hit me hard, and thats why I joined spark people. So this morning (2 weeks later) I went to my parents house and asked my mom how I looked, and she said "you look different... did you lose weight?" Woop woop!! <BR> That deff sparked my motivation this morning! <BR> <em>104</... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 08:38:15 EST Fitness Buddy I live in Friendswood, TX, and looking for a fitness buddy. Any suggestions on how to find one in our forums? New to this. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:53:32 EST because of the pain, you WILL NOT LOSE WEIGHT!!! this is a fact. for me the pain puts my body through so much trauma, grief and agony - it cannot cope with anything else. <BR> i have been through TWO bouts of the abscessed tooth which really almost killed me. i narrowly missed having to have a trach and the antibiotics lasted almost six weeks, stripping me of all the good flora and fauna. despite my taking pro biotics, yogurt and living on clear broth - i GAINED poundage. <BR> now i have this gastro entrinitis which is now in the second ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:20:58 EST Workout Buddy Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I live in Etobicoke, Ontario and am looking for a friend to go to the gym with me. I have about 20lbs left to lose and I'm finding it hard to do this on my own. I've already lost about 30. I'm 5'7", 24 years old, and very friendly. :) <BR> I like weightlifting and any kind of cardio that keeps my mind engaged - I get bored easily. Really want to be in the be shape of my life for Summer 2014! <BR> Send me a private message if you're interested. Have a good one :) <BR> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:56:37 EST sticking with it I feel better, even though the shirt I put on was obviously too small for me. oh well, a reason to work harder Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:24:51 EST HELP! I am so disappointed in myself. I am (and have been) the type of person that gets extremely discouraged any time I het a bump in the road. I thought that paying for a gym membership with a year contract, over working out at home would be motivation enough to keep going. Not only am I having a hard time staying motivated, but I am also having buyers remorse with the gym membership! I work 8 to 5 every weekday and have a hard time squeezing in working out, eating dinner, and getting to bed a... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 16:17:12 EST 5:30am CST Workout Accountability Partner I do better when I have a partner. I would love to meet someone with similar goals. <BR> <BR> Why 5:30am central standard time? Because I am a working mother and that is the only time I have to myself. I will commit to getting up especially if I know my partner is doing the same. <BR> <BR> My goals: <BR> -Get back in the habit of exercising 5 days a week. <BR> -Lose 10 pounds <BR> -Tone and Tighten <BR> -Eat healthier <BR> <BR> My workout routines: <BR> -Jillian Michael's DVDs <BR> -Wal... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:47:44 EST Exercising when you can't sleep at night? Early mornings are the only chance I have to exercise but lately I have not been sleeping or sleeping well enough to get up and do it. <BR> <BR> I have tried many sleep aids, but nothing works consistently. <BR> <BR> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:23:53 EST Starting to wonder if it's worth it? So, I'm on day 49 of my Sparkpeople journey. My starting weight was 252 and I weighed in today at 246.3. Total weight loss of a little under 6 pounds total (less than 1 pound per week). I am so disappointed and frustrated!!! I have eaten no more than 1350 calories every one of those 49 days except for 2 (Christmas Day and New Years Eve). I am fairly sedentary (I'm on disability right now, so not able to work out like I would like to) but I do arm weights every other day and do some walking wh... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 17:54:06 EST In need of some motivational friends I'm Megan, 18, leaving for college in August. I am currently 158 pounds and trying to get down to 130-ish. I'm only 5'2, as well. I've been on SparkPeople since January 2nd and I've lost 3 pounds so far. It's been great to me and I would love to have some sort of accountability partner or something. Thank you! Sun, 26 Jan 2014 16:28:59 EST Depression I am having a hard time crawling out of depression. I seem to sleep most of the day. Any advice? Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:03:25 EST Active spark group? Hey all, <BR> I've been gone for some time and I am looking for a fairly active sparkteam to join. It seems most of the ones i was a part of aren't as active as before. Looking for some motivational friendships/groups to keep me on track. Thanks :) Sat, 25 Jan 2014 22:21:00 EST How to make it a priority Ive tried to do this so many times. Before, although still hard, I felt like if i put my mind to it, and just made myself do it, I did, and I actually managed to lose some weight. Back then it was all on me, my motivation and will power. <BR> <BR> But now I feel like my own life is against me. I am in an intense doctoral program, and I feel the constant pressure of working towards graduation. If I do something that is not related to school/dissertation/'internship application/get more compet... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:46:54 EST Just need a little push and encouragement... I was having pelvic, back and hip pain ever since I did a 500 m sprint in Crossfit right before the holidays. I had several test done at the doctors office and was finally told that I have osteoarthritis in my hips, lower back and pelvic area. I am a young 43 year old and I am so frustrated because I have picked up a passion for running and I feel that I won't be able to proceed with the physical activities that I love to do. Any advice or encouragement would greatly be appreciated. Thanks... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:41:01 EST Just Need The Final Push I've had bulimia for well over a year and a half now. But I want to stop. The only thing that's stopping me is the massive weight gain I've been told about that incurs with returning to a normal diet. But honestly speaking, that shouldn't matter. I'm just 18, I need to return to a normal diet. <BR> The bulimia has caused massive hairfall, weakness and I've become so very pale. Sometimes I just feel so tired and demotivated. I end every day thinking this will be the last and every morning this... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:12:56 EST Designing Your Perfect Day I don't know about you but most of my days are spent reacting to cues. <BR> If you could design a perfect day what would it look like? <BR> Just wondering. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:14:04 EST Does anyone have costochondrities Hello Everyone <BR> I was hoping that I someone can give me some suggestions and or advise. <BR> I suffer from Costochondritis and am at wits end. Don't know what to do for it anymore. <BR> I do low impact cardio 3x a week I cannot do yoga it recks havic on my body would like to try ti-chi <BR> Anyone else out there who suffers from costo I would love to hear from you . Thu, 23 Jan 2014 08:41:36 EST How do you stay motivated? There are ups and downs of eating right and exercising. How do we stay motivated to continue improving through the ups and downs? Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:04:25 EST feeling like a failure I feel like such a failure i have no support latly i lost my motivation big time. I start than i never finish. I need help n i need support. I went from 208 to 240 when i was supposed to get down to 170... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:13:23 EST Why can't I stay motivated for more than a day? HELP! I am having the hardest time staying within my calorie range, I go over everyday! I don't feel like exercising, I don't know what's wrong with me. I cannot afford to keep delaying this, I want to be slimmer by spring/summer!!! Wed, 22 Jan 2014 00:28:22 EST Discouraged Started exercising in October, started eating better and quit smoking in November and after almost 3 months I have only lost 5 pounds. Some days, like today for instance I just feel like chucking it all away and giving up. Am at a complete loss as to what the issue is and why I am not losing more weight. Totally and completely discouraged today. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:42:08 EST Right back where I started! Need help! Been on spark coach for several months. Lost 2 lbs but gained it back. Can't seem to get motivated! <em>39</em> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:08:24 EST Grrr...Trying to stay positive Good afternoon....I've been a member for awhile now, although not very active here. I guess I'm looking for some positive reinforcement and motivation. Someone who wants to kick me in the butt and push me! I will be 35 this weekend, 5'3" and 166 lbs. Discouraged as I am at my delivery weight from both my boys :( I purchased a fitbit flex in July and have for about 95% of the time, met my daily goals, most going way over as I avg. 13k steps a day. 10k steps, 5 miles, burning 2285 in cal.... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:30:54 EST Help with rewards system... I need help. I'm trying to set up a goal/rewards system for my food journal. I'm not writing a food journal nearly as often as I should. I'm currently averaging two half days per week.I want to start keeping a food journal more often without pressuring myself to do it every single day. I've made a list of rewards and divided them into five categories (small, medium, big. large, and huge) I don't want a streak system where I need to do it every day, but I'm lost as how to connect the rewards I... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:26:07 EST How can I stay motivated? Dispite implying to my username -.-how can I stay motivated. Im a mom to a two year old and step mom to two older children. Im a full time student but am really depressed :/ I know getting fit again will really help, but how do I get back into the mojo of things? <BR> <BR> No negitivity plz :) thx Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:20:04 EST How can I stay motivated? Dispite implying to my username -.-how can I stay motivated. Im a mom to a two year old and step mom to two older children. Im a full time student but am really depressed :/ I know getting fit again will really help, but how do I get back into the mojo of things? <BR> <BR> No negitivity plz :) thx Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:19:46 EST Looking For Weight Loss Journay Buddies... Ok, I am about to start a New hybrid workout program on Monday to re-start my weight loss journey again. I fell off the horse when the holidays came, plus I wanted to stop smoking so I can give my best to my workout and be a happier, healthier me!!! So today I stop, I know it isn't going to be easy but I am determine to accomplish my journey, I am very proud of myself!!!!! <BR> I am writing because I have a long journey and am looking for some people who would like to take the journey toget... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 23:48:01 EST Thank you Just wanted to give a shout out to everyone who has helped me on SparkPeople =) You've all helped me start my journey to a healthy lifestyle, I've already learned so much and am looking forward to learning more! Not only a healthy lifestyle nutritionally but mentally as well I have gotten back on my feet slowly yet surely. Looking forward to continuing this journey and making more friends <BR> thanks!!!! <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 20:59:53 EST Weigh loss challenge at work I am doing a weight loss challenge at work where we are divided into teams. I am working on changing my diet and activity levels in a way that will be healthy and sustainable, so hopefully I won't have a hard time maintaining once I reach my goal weight. I have been losing about 1 to 2 lbs a week, which I have always been told is pretty ideal. The problem is that everyone is being so competitive in this that some of them are losing between 5 and 10 lbs a week, and I started to feel like I am ... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:24:24 EST Words of Encouragement I am slowly learning to encourage myself... I honestly don't need validation from anyone else!!! Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:10:54 EST Belonging to a Group is a huge asset <em>381</em> When you have the support of others, whatever type of diet or change in your eating habits/lifestyle has a huge impact vs. doing it solo. A large well known diet organization that went to your choice of not attending meetings and doing it alone online, personally from my own experience I think the group support is a great perk. Years ago I was a member and knowing I had that "weigh in" along with the speaking was a huge asset and a great motivator. SP though not in person can h... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 23:33:20 EST I'm an overeater How do I stop myself before I overeat and binge? Sun, 19 Jan 2014 23:08:19 EST Changing negative thoughts Hello, I am new here, but look forward to some support and motivation. I have spent most of my life with little or very low self esteem. It is very HARD to change this negative thought process, especially if you have been living with it more than 30+ years. I am quick to doubt myself, very worried what others think of me, and always take blame for anything bad that happens around me. My favorite phrase is "I am sorry" and I say it a lot everyday. I spent more than 12 years in a physical/... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 16:02:09 EST Need help, feeling scared about my weight loss? I'm eating healthy, exercising regularly, but feeling scared at times with my weight loss. I have not tried talking to friends or family because they wouldn't understand. I feel that they would see that I'm losing lots of weight so why should I feel scared? I should feel happy. I do feel happy but at the same time I feel vulnerable I guess. I used to over eat for comfort, usually all day long. It eased my stress and depression. Now that I've lost a load of weight and am continuing to lose wei... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 11:17:12 EST How to fight cravings? Hello all. <BR> I will always do so well for like 3-4 days and then suddenly I will just be overcome with a craving for something bad and I cant stop my self. I have tried drinking water or tea or a piece of fruit instead <BR> <BR> what do you guys do to stop the craving from taking over and how do you stay motivated? <BR> Do you have a picture of the shape you want to be in around the house? Or is there someone who helps you stay motivated. <BR> <BR> Motivation and stress are my biggest e... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 08:24:18 EST The scale won't budge Hi Everyone, <BR> I've been working out consistently for the last 2 years. I'm down 33 lbs but I would like to see another 20 gone! Who wouldn't right? Well, I'd say for the last 6 months I've seriously plateaued, however I notice an increase in muscle tone. Please don't get me wrong, there are still some body parts that jiggle, so I know there is more work to do. I've been trying to get my eating habits back into check and increase my cardio and HIIT training. What do you do when you hit... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 07:44:40 EST starting my weight loss plan again I loss 43lbs and got busy tried,however i have my motivation back.I have stared a soup swap at my job,My friends each brought homemade soup for lunch It was so much fun everyone tried each other soup and went home with containers of soup to freeze Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:32:50 EST I got my Trike! I finally received my adult trike! I am riding it every chance I get. Looking forward to building up my strength enough to take 'day trips' with it. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:42:41 EST Motivation quote of the day.... Just think, <BR> You're here not by chance, but by His choosing. His hand formed you and made you the person you are. <BR> He compares you and no one else-you are one of a kind. <BR> You lack nothing that his grace can't give you. <BR> He has allowed you to be here at this time in history to fulfill His purpose for this generation. <BR> .....Hope that made everyone's day, because I know it made mine! :) Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:36:45 EST Not feeling motivated today :( I woke up today not feeling up to doing anything. I didn't over eat or even eat any chocolate but I was not up to exercising today. I feel so guilty about not exercising, I almost opened the 3 pounds of chocolate I got as a gift for Christmas. Uuuggghhh This is my first week of diet and exercise in months and I am afraid I might fall back to complacent again. I don't want too but it is so hard. Did anyone have this problem or am I just making too much excuses? Well, tomorrow is a new da... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:30:40 EST the spark has anyone read this book, i just started it and it seems really interesting? I finding the book is very helpful..Does anyone have any comments on this book <BR> <BR> <BR> Sharon Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:09:10 EST Sore and stiff The last couple of days I have been feeling really stiff all over. I have arthritis, And I can feel it in my feet. It makes the bottom of them hurt so bad that it's hard to walk. I already walk with a walker. My toes hurt to move them. One of my shoulders hurts to move it ( I Think that it has something to do with the job I use to have. ) I know I sound like I'm wining but I just can't help it. I seem to have no motivation when I feel like this, but I am still trying , and that's why I'm on ... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:07:42 EST staying motivated Some really interesting articles & stories on how people stay motivated. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:58:56 EST Tips for waking up in the morning? I am NOT a morning person but I sure wish I was. I would love to be one of those people who wakes up on the first alarm and doesn't hit the snooze button over and over and over again. I would like to be a morning person so I can start working out in the morning. I know I would feel better if I did it first thing in the morning instead of after work when I'm already exhausted. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any tips or suggestions on how to turn me into a morning person instead of a night owl? <BR> ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:25:41 EST Finding myself this year Good Morning, <BR> the past couple days have been kinda blah. Work/home/work/home... same routine. This is how it was for me all last year, and it got me into a weird rut so i'm determined to make 2014 a fantastic year. I start school tomorrow, then the animal shelter on Saturday, then a counseling session on Tuesday so I have a couple things coming up which i'm excited about. I havnt been in school for 3 years now, so i'm nervous about going back tomorrow but it will be good for me. The col... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 07:07:15 EST Looking for an article I read here I read something called Plan Today, Succeed Tomorrow. It talked about having a Plan B. I really would like to find it again as I read it on my phone previously and would like to bookmark it for the future. Do you know where I can find that article? I REALLY want to find this!! Thanks so much for your help!! (yes I did a search but cannot find it.) Tue, 14 Jan 2014 18:09:43 EST Thinspiration on social media Have y'all seen some of the before and after pics on pinterest etc? Man that really keeps me motivated. If I could look like some of THOSE gals in six months. Shoooottt... I could stay pretty motivated. :) if nothing else it is a great inspiration to remind me that i will be a better, skinnier, and fitter me as time goes on. I hope you all have a great day and that you do something nice for YOU. Keep up the awesome work spark friends! Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:36:50 EST lost motivation After just 2 weeks I slipped off completely. This can't happen so I'm getting back up and trying again. I was feeling better too and now I am depressed. I think this comes from how I am eating. <BR> I think with the support that is offered here, I WILL MAKE IT! Tue, 14 Jan 2014 05:42:19 EST Eating better and exercising gained weight Ok I need some help, I am so excited my exercise is going well my eating is way improved although not perfect this week I lost about 5 pounds however when I stepped on the scale this morning I was right back where I was last Monday, I have increased my exercise a lot and my water intake, has anyone else experienced this with increasing exercise? Mon, 13 Jan 2014 18:23:00 EST Please, give Me A Hard Kick In The Motivation! Motivation beginning to lag...Its been almost a year since mom passed and I get to thinking about her. For comfort, I want to eat. I realize I am using food to fill the void in my life, but could use a good kick in the motivation. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:32:57 EST Any pickleball players? My favourite exercise is pickleball. How many calories can you burn playing an hour of pickleball? Mon, 13 Jan 2014 02:25:54 EST How do you keep focused? I am having problems staying motivated and keeping my focus on where I want to be. Does anyone have any advice? I tend to be an emotional eater and eat/drink too much in the evening when I am not at work. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 18:11:24 EST Need some new workout music suggestions Its a new year I need some new music suggestions as my workout mix is a little tired. Any thoughts? I got a bunch of Itunes cards for the holidays and want to use them to help motivate myself to keep working towards my goals. I would love to hear your thoughts on artists or songs. <BR> Thanks! <BR> Kerri Sat, 11 Jan 2014 23:29:15 EST Exercise=Not my thing I am doing well with my diet, but I cannot get motivated to go exercise. I find myself making excuses. Anyone with any advice? Sat, 11 Jan 2014 21:02:29 EST Lost that last stinkin pound!!! I have to say, this has been a journey that seemed to never end, but I finally hopped on the scale for my weekly "oh my still a pound away" weigh-in and by golly would you believe it, 140 lbs! Not 140.2 or 139.8!! 140 dead even, goal weight baby! I even re-weighed like 3 times! <BR> <BR> So why am I posting this here?? Someone gave me a picture of me yesterday that I had never seen. It was a picture taken at one of my proudest moments, when I graduated college at age 36. I have no idea what... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 12:49:49 EST Does anyone belong to Spark Coach ? I am not sure if I should sigh up for Spark Coach. I would appreciate some feed back! Sat, 11 Jan 2014 06:23:43 EST workout buddy wanted im from mcloud oklahoma and was wondering if there was anyone close that would like a workout buddy to help keep motivated. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 02:08:21 EST Ready for the healing I have been doing some soul-searching as to why I over eat and I believe it is result of being taught by my mom to use food for everything . How don I get healed from a toxic childhood ? Thanks! God bless Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:09:07 EST Looking for a buddy HI I'm new to sparks. I have a very hard time staying motivated and think I would have an easier time if I had a little support. I'm a 25 year old stay at home wife and mother of 2 young daughters and have been overweight most of my life. Before I had kids I was just a little chunky but I definitely packed on pounds after having my kids. My interests are music, reading, video games and family life. If anyone would be interested in being motivation buddies please get back at me :) -Amber Thu, 9 Jan 2014 17:55:12 EST Why don't we ever hear from the other side? On this website and others, I can find plenty of articles, advice and message board topics related to getting your spouse to lose weight, eat healthy or get active; or how your own weight loss can affect the relationship (how the non weight loser can sabatoge get jealous etc.). But why haven't we heard from the other side? The people who are BEING pushed to lose weight, for whatever reason. <BR> I am one of those people, and I cant find ANYTHING online , no support , no advice on how to deal... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 15:49:07 EST How do you beat the evening commute energy sink? So everyday, I get psyched up at work to go home and get things done - excercise, cleaning, etc... and then the long drive home in traffic completely wrings out every last drop of my energy. Anyone have any ideas (short of working from home or getting a new job closer to home!) to beat this one? Thu, 9 Jan 2014 15:42:59 EST Looking for someone to take this journey with me Looking for friends to keep me accountable. I have a habit of doing well for maybe a week or two and then... back to my old ways. I'm the type who expects to lose at least 5-10 pounds in the first week because it's all water, right? And then I don't, I give up because nothing is working. Well this time I am not going in with that mindset and I want to continue until treating my body right is the new normal. <BR> <BR> I work a stressful full-time job in an office ... sitting ... 9-6 and s... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 15:17:48 EST Brand New.. So has anyone else not been euphoric their first week of starting this journey? One would think I would feel great..eating right, water, exercise..etc..but i am downright grumpy, and sort of blah feeling..Thoughts? Thu, 9 Jan 2014 12:46:19 EST Help! I started my weight loss journey last year actually and within about 3-4 months I had lost 30lbs! in May of 2013 we moved and I had some health issues and just totally lost motivation, was too far away to go to the gym and locked all my fitness equipment up in storage so in return I gained 15 pounds back! i am sooo distressed and angry at myself for letting this happen. I feel like i am in a depressive state I do not feel like i have the energy or the desire to work out anymore or eat right. ... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 12:42:07 EST Willpower and Why Sometimes It Isn't Enough I wrote this post in my blog today, but I thought it might be helpful for other people who might be in the same boat. <BR> <BR> On paper, 2013 doesn't look that successful. <BR> <BR> I didn't lose any weight (actually gained a few too many). <BR> <BR> I didn't hit the jackpot. <BR> <BR> However, the things that I did achieve this year are BIG to me. <BR> <BR> I have faced my depression head on. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with depression a few years ago. I was afraid of taking medic... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 14:27:13 EST What amount of time do you workout daily? <em>386</em> Wed, 8 Jan 2014 14:17:25 EST Off for a month. How do i get back? So I haven't worked out in about a month. I was very busy at work for two weeks and didn't really have time/energy. Then I got sick and my two kids got sick. Last night I probably could have worked out but I decided to sit on the couch and play games on my phone instead. How do I get my motivation back? Wed, 8 Jan 2014 10:18:53 EST Completed One week of goals... I am so excited to have stuck with something for the past week even if they were really easy goals at least I completed them. I worked out for 40 minutes 6 out of 7 days and for 10 minutes on the 7th day. I drank 64 ounces of water or more each day and did not drink any pop/soda. I did drink about 4 oz o tea, so I did have some caffeine, 2 cups of hot chocolate the rest was a little bit of orange juice and some milk. I also tracked my nutrition which needless to say needs a little tweaking b... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 10:03:47 EST Weight isn't changing I only joined the site in the past week or two, but since then I've been trying hard to stay within my calorie limits, and have been jumping rope and doing yoga daily. I weighed myself yesterday, and despite everything I've gained weight. Any ideas why, and how to stay motivated to keep going when this is happening? I wasn't gaining before I started, I've been the same weight for months. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 00:44:28 EST college student needs help! I'm a sophomore in college in a really difficult major and it's really hard for me to find time in my day to get in a solid workout. I know that I will be less stressed if I can workout (endorphins yayyyy!) but I don't know where to fit it in! any help and advice would be greatly appreciated :) Tue, 7 Jan 2014 23:11:47 EST This plateau is killing me..... I have been stuck at the same weight since I had hernia/tummy surgery at the end of August. Even though I've been able to walk and do PT body has decided this is the weight it wants to be at. And my body and I don't have the same idea. I have extra pounds on my's not like I am trying to be underweight. I've been following my own advice....have faith, keep up the food tracking and consistent exercise and the body will eventually catch on. But my fat is being extr... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 23:09:18 EST cant get motivated went to the doctor and she told me I'm on the verge of being a Pre Diabetic. Just hearing that scared me, but for some reason I cannot seem to get motivated even after hearing that ,i always feel tired and not motivated at all,even though I want so bad to do so .I Need some simple starter exercise I can do just when I'm laying down in the bed Tue, 7 Jan 2014 21:49:10 EST Why will it not click!!!!?? I've been trying to lose weight for a long, long time. Trying meaning thinking about it and wanting to. I know how, I have no problem with where to start. I love good food and healthy food, I know how to exercise, but it just wont click! I cannot make myself do it. I've been so lazy for so long, it's nearly impossible to get myself up to do anything, even though i know i can and i know i feel good when i do. I need some help and some motivation on how to make it click. How to get that discipl... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 19:37:34 EST Trouble getting back on track OK - I'm going to TRY and keep this post brief. I'm having a little trouble getting back on track. I've been on sparkpeople for years and really credit it for helping me live a healthy lifestyle. I've been exercising consistently and eating healthy for years. I've kept my weight (mostly) in a healthy BMI even if it was just barely and I've always felt healthy. <BR> <BR> I've lost track before but never had trouble getting back into the routine after a bad week or two. Overtime, holidays... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 21:32:30 EST Struggling to get back on track, anyone else? For the last month or so I haven't really been keeping up with my food or fitness, I took a "well its the holidays so I will not focus on my weight" kind of attitude. The good news is I didn't gain anything, but I didn't loose either. But the holidays are over and I am ready to get back to business, but I seem to be struggling. I have this maybe today, maybe tomorrow sort of thing going on. I know I need to just get back on the horse so to speak, but I just seem to be lacking the get up a... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 12:57:08 EST Sometimes we need a friend that can relate... I think why I haven't been able to lose the weight permanently is because I don't have a support system. I am hoping to find several people that I can get to know on this crazy journey to lose this weight together. A little about myself: 33 year old, married, mother of 2 small kids, I work nights, thyroid cancer survivor but still constantly running into thyroid and autoimmune issues, and someone who needs to lose 50 pounds. I don't have the time or money for a gym and not looking for the nex... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 01:47:14 EST Looking for a fitness buddy to help motivate! I am looking for someone who is serious about their weight loss journey and has 50+ lbs to lose. I need someone who will check in regularly either through spark, text, or email. I have tried time and time again to lose weight alone and its pretty much impossible. I need someone who can check in and talk anytime either person slips and needs a helping hand. Let me help you, and you help me, and make a lasting change as well as a new friend! <em>334</em> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 00:32:44 EST Looking for an accountability buddy Hi! I'm looking for someone to talk to a few times a week and trade stories of success and hardships during our weight loss journeys. I don't have anyone close to me trying to stay for and healthy. It would be nice to have someone to talk to on a regular basis about my new lifestyle. Feel free to add me as a spark buddy and message me on spark mail. Sat, 4 Jan 2014 20:26:39 EST What was that article about moderation? A couple of months ago I read an article in some mainstream magazine (Real Simple? Shape?) about a woman's struggle with food. She talked about the conventional advice that we so often hear "all things in moderation" and how she found it much easier to just go cold turkey. The article resonated with me because in the past, I have found it much easier to completely avoid a particular food than to just have a little bit. <BR> <BR> I'd like to read the article again. Anyone here remember it?... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 23:23:06 EST Rollercoaster I feel like I am on a motivational rollercoaster. Some moments i have it, and others, i really don't. I don't know how to make myself do the things i need to do, when its so much easier to say screw it, and watch netflix. <BR> <BR> My health and life is at risk, my family is at risk, and I have so much apathy about it all <BR> <BR> I know i am the only one that can change anything in my life...but right now I feel like a prisoner. And i have no idea why. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 14:24:18 EST Motivation buddy needed! Someone who will remind me to workout every day or at some point in my day ask me if I've been eating right or if I've worked out. I need someone to talk to like every day that I can message on kik, & if we become friends I'll give you my number from there. I'm 18 so I'd prefer someone within 18-21 or so that I have more in common with probably. Thanks[: Message me for my kik username!! Fri, 3 Jan 2014 01:11:32 EST Stressed and Sad intoduction Hi there! My name is Ciera. I am a stay at home mom to my daughter and I babysit 2 other children daily. I have a busy schedule that I feel doesn't allow me to go to a gym or have time for myself. Being at home all the time, I've noticed that I eat way more and snack without even noticing that I am doing it. I know that I have weight to lose and every time I set a goal, I do well for 1-3 weeks, then I have a downfall and have to start all over again. I lack motivation and when I do, eventuall... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 20:11:30 EST Have a cold I have a cold, and I am coughing. The house is full of the junk food people gave us as gifts (cookies, chocolates) and I am eating them! I don't want to go outside and exercise, I'm afraid the cold will make me cough, and I am too tired to go buy soup at the grocery store. I think I am going to toss the cookies and candy in the garbage and do an exercise vid. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 19:13:42 EST Need some friends and some check in pals! Hey guys! <BR> I am new to SP and really want to stick to something for once in my life! <BR> My name is Bree, I am 23 and engaged to a wonderful man named Ryan. I am a student at Western Washington University, studying to become a Speech Language Pathologist. My goal is to work with children with autism when I graduate. Once class starts again (in a few days) I will definitely need some extra accountability help. <BR> I am looking for some people to add as friends, to help me check in and be... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 18:35:17 EST Excuses Begone Book Club discussion Anyone interested? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x5<BR>6172319 </link> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 18:29:20 EST how to get motivated once it's evening time hi-i'm new here. just wondered if any of you had any tips how to get motivated once it's a certain time of late afternoon or evening. once it is like 4PM or after, i keep putting my work out off and then it feels like all of the sudden it just feels too late to do a workout and take a shower and all of that. lol! i sound so lazy! any tips to make myself just do my workout no matter what time it is? thanks! <em>41</em> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 18:17:33 EST anyone ever had knee surgery? Feeling so discouraged! I was doing good and then on the 18th I took my little boy and my cousin outside to play and my knee just let go for no reason. It just popped, I fell it popped back in when I fell but not without a lot of damage. Two days later I had to have surgery, they shorten muscles on one aide and lenghtened them on the other to hopefully hold my knee in place later and had to remove a chunk of cartilage over 3cm in size. So the doctor never told me any thing besides put weight ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 12:29:42 EST I've done my 10 minutes, what did you do? I did the 10 minute Jump Start video, so easy :) what exercise have you done today? Thu, 2 Jan 2014 10:52:54 EST The Happiness Project - Spark Team Hello! I've started a SparkTeam for readers of The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. <BR> <BR> It's a book that has reflections and suggestions for each month of the year with the goal of being more happy and peaceful. This book can IGNITE us to create goals and work for them while making changes that make our lives more meaningful. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ps_ind ividual.asp?gid=61745 </link> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 10:50:50 EST When you need just a little more.. So many of start on here like gang-busters, then fizzle out, but hang around for the social aspect. Maybe one 'excuse' after another has resulted in lack of progress on your plan. Does that sound like you? Are you ready to kick into high gear and "git-R-Dun" in 2014? How about checking out a new Sparkteam here on SP. Tough love, No Wimps Allowed will keep you accountable and on track for success. Come check us out now! <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=61977 <... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 18:01:34 EST Happy New Year Just wanted to tell everyone Happy New Year! Don't forget to stick to your goals this year and rely on your SparkFriends for motivation!! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 17:21:31 EST Gained about 16 pounds from new relationship :( It's horrible. Before I started my relationship, I reached my goal weight and dropped 35 pounds. Of course when I start dating again and away from my gym, I gained 16 lbs in about 3.5 months. Part of problem is my boyfriend doesn't eat healthy stuff like me and eats chips, ice cream and soda. He isn't overweight but I've told him the fast food will catch up to him over time. <BR> <BR> So we go to pizza places a lot and burgers etc... I don't know how to even get myself back on track when ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:10:20 EST What's your NY Resolution(s)? Mine is getting back on track and becoming more sociable. There are many sub-categories, but these sum it up. How about you? Wed, 1 Jan 2014 10:16:17 EST Friend wanted Hi my name is Erin I'm 30, have been on sparkpeople for a while and I'm looking for anyone who would like to be spark friends and maybe accountability partners. Feel free to message me if you would also like a partner. <BR> <BR> Thanks for any help you can give <BR> <BR> Erin Wed, 1 Jan 2014 03:18:55 EST What get's you out of bed in the mornings? I'm having trouble getting up in the morning to workout before work. I am to tired after work and feel like if I don't do it in the mornings before work it won't get done. Any suggestions? Wed, 1 Jan 2014 00:53:03 EST JANUARY 2014 Gratitude and Appreciations My heart is glowing with warm joy for all who have kept this tradition in 2013. <BR> All are welcome to join us. <em>31</em> <BR> <BR> Here is recycled post from Jan 2012 for anyone who is not yet acquainted with this tradition. <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> "Whatever you are waiting for--peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of Simple Abundance--it will surely come, but only when you are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart. " <BR> Sarah Ban Breathnach <BR... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:53:55 EST How do I get started AGAIN? I was doing really well. Getting up at 6am, stretching, and then taking a walk for an hour to an hour and a half m-f. Then decided to do the couch to 5k app which was to be done every other day for 9 weeks. I did it for two days and quit. Why because once I start something and take off even one day that one day turns into two, a week and a month later. I need to learn how to exercise and still give my body a chance to recover but still continue. Unemployment doesn't help either. I have... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:44:08 EST