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 I waited for the doctor 2 hours, expecting more. I went in for my 3 month checkup. Was waiting for the other shoe to fall. Glad news. Since going on SparkPeople, and committing myself to a more healthy lifestyle, I have gone from 150/90 for bloodpressure down to 120/69. Of course I am still on bloodpressure meds, but doctor said I have a chance to get off of them if I continue in changes!! He has it, I have it, I will be throwing away more meds in the future, and lose 21 lbs. and 3 inches in waste line. Doing 1 mile in 26 mins. Plan ... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 19:36:02 EST Take Two, Overcoming Life's Unexpected Moments I got on here almost a year ago now and I was 5 pounds from my goal weight. I had lost 20 pounds all together and was feeling fit and great about myself, was starting to make new goals and was getting excited about the way I felt and the way I looked. Then my dad got put into ICU for two weeks and I stayed with my mom in the waiting room the whole time, yes, over nights for two weeks. Yum hospital food. I got depressed, got cabin fever, and very stressed. I lost all my motivation in my workou... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 19:54:43 EST Resisting emotionally triggered eating What are your tips for getting past emotional eating? Mon, 23 Nov 2015 19:02:38 EST Workout Friend! I absolutely HATE working out! Especially in front of people. But I've been feeling so crummy lately that it's time to get my butt in gear. To keep myself accountable, I am working out with a good girl friend on Thursdays... hopefully this keeps me motivated! Feeling hopeful :) Sun, 22 Nov 2015 15:36:10 EST New start I have decided to start a facebook page on my journey. I need something to accountable. I feel this is a great way and a help others. I have been up and down in my weight loss. I decided to grab life by the horns on August 6 and have lost 59 lbs since. Feel free to like it. It's called Getting Tiny. Tiny is my nickname so I found it fitting. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:55:13 EST Very discouraged! My weight keeps going up. I know, bcoz as a dialysis patient, I have to weigh myself constantly, and I can tell you my weight keeps going up. I just don't understand it, I have been exercising regularly, Pilates, long walks, bodyweight and HIIT, trying not to overeat, even forgoing hash browns, fries and coke whenever I eat at Mcdonald's. <BR> <BR> I am trying to limit fast food, to once a month at most. My waist has increased from 28inches to 31inches. On the other hand, my upper abs have s... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 11:21:55 EST Meditation for Weight Loss I've been using Honest Guys meditation on YouTube. (I can't post a link but the page is youtube/thehonestguys). <BR> <BR> I use their stress and sleeping meditations but they also have weight loss and self image improvement meditations. <BR> <BR> Hopefully it will help someone! I know it's helping me. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 10:40:10 EST How can I find out WHY I want to improve my health Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I've been fairly quiet in this message board, but I believe it is time to come out from the back and ask for help. <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople, I've been on this journey for God knows how long and I've accomplished some AMAZING things on the way. I used to weigh 178 kgs in 2004 and by 2012 I weighed 122 kgs. But then I slowly went back to my original weight as I type this message to you. Life happens. <BR> <BR> I've had major shifts in my life including my WHY. Back then ... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 10:09:59 EST My Daily Mantra... Think about the first thing you are grateful for when you first wake up in the morning. Taking that first breath in, and acknowledging a new day before you. Where do you send your gratitude? <BR> <BR> Today I want to send a simple reminder out to everyone: You are enough. You are loved. You are connected to something much greater. <BR> <BR> Keep on the journey SP!! Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:51:55 EST METABOLISIM IS DEAD!!! I have struggled with diets for the past 10 years or so, I used to be quite thin because of diet and exercise. Well no matter what I did I could not loose a lb for the past 10 years. I finally went drastic and started with meal replacements, it worked great for a week, the lbs started to fall. I lost about 9 lbs, but since then it is like my metabolism caught on to what I was doing and STOPPED!! I kicked in some extra exercise, increased my water, more veggies, NOTHING WILL GET THE SCALE ... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 09:01:05 EST Working out is ruining my perfect skin!! Before I started working out last week, I had flawless skin. I was the girl that always looked best natural. No makeup needed ever. Now, in less than a week, my face is having the worst break out ever! <BR> <BR> I wash my face immediately after working out, but it doesn't seem to be helping me. I feel so self conscious now. It makes me not want to work out as much when I feel like it is making me look bad. But I really need to lose the weight and be healthy.... <BR> <em>46</em> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 19:05:54 EST Fitbit Friends I am seeking to find a few people that would be interested in becoming Fitbit friends to keep each other motivates. If you are interested leave your email that you use for fitbit and I'll request you as a friend. My email will be the name of my username here abspence12. Thanks!!!! Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:35:25 EST Help through the holidays What do you plan to do to avoid overeating during the holidays? I need some suggestions for staying motivated and avoiding the pitfalls of holiday foods (which are some of my FAVORITES of all time! Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:20:27 EST Balancing Act? how do you keep up with everything, exercise, family, friends, work? it seems impossible sometimes to get everything done. How do you guys do it? any tips? Sun, 15 Nov 2015 17:04:43 EST Trying to stay motivated, but .... Since April, I've lost 28 pounds. While I'm proud of that accomplishment, I still have quite a bit more to lose. Unfortunately, I've been at a plateau for about a month. I exercise 5 days a week, alternating my workouts weekly. I have been tracking my food and don't see anything different from when I was steadily losing weight. I have decided to take a short break from the scale, since I do see other positive changes that the scale doesn't reflect, such as increased endurance during work... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 22:56:41 EST Biggest Loser team challenge.... Check this out! If you're looking for a challenge and ready to make a commitment....I have the challenge for you! <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name. It's a 10 week commitment. You have several little teams (with 24 members) that compete with each other. Main requirement is to weigh in each week. If you know for some reason that you can't post your weight (let the leaders know). Otherwise after 2 missed weigh ins (with no excuse) you would be moved to honorary. We have ITC (inter team challenges) that cons... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 07:38:58 EST Motivation & Gratitude Setting goals, staying motivated and being focused can be hard for many of us. I know it is for me. I start the day off great and dwindle down by the hour. Sometimes by the end of the day I feel like I failed myself. <BR> <BR> When that happens, I begin to think about all the good things in my life, all the things that I have to be grateful for, all my successes in all areas of my life. <BR> <BR> It's an energy boost ! Practicing gratitude is a perfect motivator. It makes me feel goo... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 06:23:47 EST Give me some ideas. Spark coach is suggesting that I create a new streak. I had thought of two possibilities like doing SOMETHING each day with a goal date of my 50th b-day which is actually a few years away. Or for my 47th bday in March. <BR> One of my weight loss goals (by losing 2lbs a week until then) puts me just 6 lbs above 200 for my b-day. I would LOVE to be in the 190's by then. Can anyone think of something I could ADD to my days that might promote losing those extra 6 lbs? I already do 30 mins of l... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 15:45:18 EST How to get motivated Hi <BR> My problems such I'm a chef. I work early till late so I have gym in the am like 4:30am or 18:30 pm. I struggle with after work sessions. But I can't seem to get out of bed or at least force myself out. Once u actually make it out to gym everything is great. Just that initial push is lacking. Does anybody else feel like this? Tue, 10 Nov 2015 03:17:01 EST Burn out days? Do you ever have a time where you just want to stop and rest from exercising and worrying about calorie goals just for a couple days? I feel exhausted and under stress just from having to watch my intake, plan, exercise, everyday. I've been doing this for the last year except for a week or so when I got a super bad chest cold and also injured my mid back this fall but I've kept going. <BR> Sometimes it just feels like it gets to be too much, ya know? Measuring spoons, and cups, (I don't own ... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 20:10:34 EST Keep on, keeping on Today marks the day I have officially lost 15.5#. A note to the downhearted: it has taken me almost 6 years to do this so don't lose faith, ever! I started SP in 10/09 and am now within 4.5# of losing a total of 20#. My strategies may not work for everyone. But, they are: a) reduce carbs (wheat especially) substantially ~~ I eat what amounts to a "fist full of carbs"/day in terms of portion size; b) walk, hike or bike 2-3 times a week logging 210 fitness minutes/week; c) drastically redu... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 10:48:06 EST Why are you doing this? One big way I stay focused on fitness and nutrition is remembering why I want this...why I want to be strong and healthy. <BR> My big why is for my children...I make them my reason not my excuse.. <BR> I have 3 children and I love to be a role model for them... I am want them to grow up with roper nutrition and daily exercise in their lives so they are set up for success from the start! <BR> I also want this for finally meet my fitness goals I have set for myself..I deserve that! <BR... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 17:15:31 EST Sodium Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I've managed to eat well these past 2 weeks but was disappointed to step on the scale and see no weight loss. I feel quite frustrated. The only thing I'm able to MAYBE blame this on in sodium. How much does salt affect your weight? Yesterday I ate within my calorie goal but apparently ate upwards of 2700mgs of sodium :/ Fri, 6 Nov 2015 08:22:53 EST Where is the goal board? I've recently rejoined spark people and I've seen posts about the goal board. This interests me greatly, but I cannot find the link to it. I've seen posts that indicate there should be a link at the bottom of Step 2 on my Start page, but there is not link. Can someone please help? Wed, 4 Nov 2015 10:35:56 EST Best fitness tracker. I would like to know what the best fitness tracker is from the people that are using them. I work as a transcriptionist so I sit most of the day so I REALLY need to get going on fitness. Anyway, I have a recumbent bike that I use, a gazelle (like a glider) and also Leslie Sansone's walk tapes. Can anyone suggest a good tracker for me? Also I have read on some of the wrist ones about the bands being plastic and breaking and falling off. Please could I get some insight? thanks for your he... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 08:30:33 EST Advice please ~ I'm wondering if it's a good idea to buy a dress that is a bit too small in the hopes that I'll fit into it. This is not a habit I plan to take up regularly, but I fell in love with a dress that is only available (that I can find) in small and medium. The medium *almost* fits. It's a bit snugger than I like and pulls around the torso. I was thinking I could get it anyway and then it would be a natural reward for when it fits me properly...maybe in March if I keep up my visits to the gym. ... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 08:45:52 EST Help - need new challenges You can exercise without videos or spark people or teams, too. And you can diet on your own or from a book. But points are SO MOTIVATING...they're a way of "keeping track" - it's simply not as energizing to do them without points. Why not just print it out and do it....why spend time interacting with other Sparkers, going for milestones, giving and getting goodies? Points don't get you anything, anyway (which is another issue....why can't they get you access to Spark Coach, or some reward tha... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 10:16:32 EST Three Positive Words To Say Daily We all need an positive word or words to tell ourselves, we are special no matter what this world or people in it says about us.We matter. Sun, 1 Nov 2015 13:08:25 EST NOVEMBER '15 Daily Gratitude Thread, Welcome all "Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy." Fred De Witt Van Amburgh <img src=""> <BR> Please enjoy the tradition of posting 5 things each day that you appreciate, that you have gratitude for or are simply things that are working in your life. <BR> "Gratitude is more of a compliment to yourself than someone else." Raheel Farooq <BR> <BR> I will be here tomorrow ... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 19:07:45 EST Trying to breakthrough a weight loss plateau So I have hit a plateau in my weight loss journey. Happy I made it this far before it happened. Which is best to help break through, changing up my calories and macros or changing my gym routine, or both? <BR> <BR> A little about me I am currently 241, down from 287, 5'10". 32 years old, male. Desk job, but usually make it to the gym 5-6 days a week. Currently on 2,000 calories a day. I had bumped it up to 2,200 a little bit ago and steadily started gaining week by week so I dropped it back ... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 15:48:46 EST Be positive Be healthy and stay motivated Thu, 29 Oct 2015 15:36:03 EST Lost 60 pounds. Bulimia Hi, my name is Andrew and im 6 feet tall. <BR> i used to weight 230 december 2014. <BR> After 7-8 months of strict diet and exercize (1200-1500 and 3 hours of cardio a day) i dropped to 165. <BR> At first i was really happy with my weight loss, eveyone used to say nice things like "wow, you look amazing" etcc. <BR> I feelt really happy. <BR> <BR> <BR> what happend next, you proably already know from the title. <BR> It all started after a huge meal with friends, i feelt so guilty (even if i ... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:06:58 EST Sos I need someone who will keep me focused and motivated and I would do the same. Is anyone interested? I'm new to this and basically just looking for someone I could email or talk to outside of this Wed, 28 Oct 2015 23:25:52 EST Rainy Vacation Next week I'm on vacation! Yeah. <BR> <BR> I will be staying home (my partner is working) and the forecast is anouncing rain all week. <BR> <BR> Any advice on how to stay out of the kitchen and in to my exercise routine? I'm hoping to go to the gym every morning but my daily walks would not be possible because of the rain. <BR> <BR> Thanks Wed, 28 Oct 2015 13:51:25 EST Lost Cause Here I go again and again and again. For some funky reason that I can't figure out, I'm just not able to stay motivated and on track. There always seems to be something that distracts me. I wish I could get control of this. Just starting again feels like a waste of energy and time; knowing that something is going to stand in the way. I've tried every possible diet known to man, but life seems to pop up and off I go and then I feel so defeated that I say to myself "What's the use, why both... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 12:00:17 EST Fitbit friends Hi everyone my new fitbit is here and im hoping some people might like too add me. Mother of 2 in Australia. <BR> <BR> Please add me I could use and give motivation. <BR> <BR> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 07:42:10 EST Emotional Baggage Hi! I have been on SP for years now but I am still big. I have all the books, knowledge etc to lose weight but for some reason I just can't motivate myself. Yday I spoke to a colleague and he said something is blocking me and I need to work out why. The only thing I can think of is that growing up, I was always told I was fat when I was actually normal weight, even skinny. I was called names and told off for eating. Some of the biggest fights we had was over food. Even tho it happened years a... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 08:17:42 EST New Orleans Vacay So I'm down a total of 12 lbs, and I'm JUST finding my groove again. For months I've been sort of phoning it in, losing a couple lbs a month and mostly just gaining and losing and gaining and losing the same 3 lbs over and over again. But I'm doing it now for real. <BR> <BR> Just in time to go on vacation to New Orleans in two weeks... with my family. My family is just one big group of party animals. My parents took my older sister to New Orleans last year, and my mom and my sister got drunk... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 17:15:52 EST Fitting into a pair of jeans two sizes smaller. Hello, my name is Christine. I am a 45 year old mother of three. I have lost 21 pounds since the beginning of summer. I recently tried on some jeans and found that I could fit into a size into a 14 instead of an 18. My goal is a size 10. I am feeling good about being closer to my goal. Mon, 26 Oct 2015 12:25:58 EST Biggest Challenges for you? Hey everyone <BR> <BR> So I'm really pleased with my progress so far - I log my calories in a paper diary called 'Easy Diet Journal' and I'm 15lbs down in just over a month. <BR> <BR> When I used to log my calories, I would eat anything I wanted as long as it fit within my daily calorie total. However, that didn't work for me long term because I was still eating all the wrong foods and never let go of them. Now I have and instead I cook scrambled eggs on rye toast for breakfast, or oatmeal... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 11:28:01 EST Put on your own seatbelt first emoji needed I've been around SP for a while now and often think about the need to take care of yourself before taking care of others. I do think this is important for so many women, especially those who find themselves in a care taking role. Making healthy eating and fitness activity a priority is often last in the list of things to do. <BR> So I think having an emoticon of a seatlbelt, preferably of a woman buckling up, would be worth a thousand words. <BR> I wonder if there are any out there? Fri, 23 Oct 2015 14:14:25 EST Letting anger work for me Usually the joy of knowing what I have to do and doing it motivates me. But when I'm overtired and stressed or blindsided by temptation, I remember the "gotcha" pics my sister took of me at my heaviest & sent around and my "Oh no you don't!!" Powers me through. Fri, 23 Oct 2015 04:53:15 EST Did you get your flu shot ?? hope so. don't want any sick Sparker's out there. <BR> But first and foremost wash your hand's for 30 seconds. Clean door knobs and hand held & cell phone's. Wed, 21 Oct 2015 23:58:48 EST I need an accountability partner just starting and need someone to push me. To tell me to get off my lazy butt and do your 10 minute exercise etc. HELP!!! Wed, 21 Oct 2015 23:26:32 EST Self-Help/Motivation books I'm trying to improve my mental health while working on my physical health and I want to read some good books that will help me. What are some of your favorite self-help or motivational books? Is there a certain author or motivational speaker that you love? Sun, 18 Oct 2015 01:10:59 EST Help staying motivated Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been sparking for about two and a half months now and have enjoyed reading everyone's comments and experiences. I now have a selfish plea. I am at a plateau for about 3 weeks now and I am getting very disheartened. I feel like everything I read about getting passed it has been very conflicting or just hasn’t worked and would love some information on <BR> <BR> 1. The best ways that you personally found to get through it <BR> 2. How you stay motivated when yo... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 15:30:31 EST Failure Affecting Weight Loss Was feeling kind of defeated last night, sort of out of nowhere. I've been "turning over a new leaf" about every two weeks since May. Somehow managed to lose 10 lbs, but then just kept losing and gaining back and then losing again the same 3 lbs over and over again. <BR> <BR> Last Tuesday I went to my PCP for a follow up for something else, and without me even asking he prescribed me a weight loss pill, Phentermine, which I started last Friday. Ever since then my whole mindset about weight ... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 09:04:58 EST self control I have to do quite a bit of baking and I am a bowl licker when I bake, I can't seem to stop myself. Any suggestions beside putting duck tape on my mouth Wed, 14 Oct 2015 21:12:59 EST Staying With It On Weekends My husband and I have 9 acres of land we go to almost every weekend. Last weekend I made bad food choices and boy did it show on the scale when we got home. Prior to last weekend I had lost 6 pounds. I gained most of it back and am now having to re-lose those pounds. It's especially frustrating when I KNOW what I need to be eating, but made bad choices anyway. When will I learn? <BR> <BR> I'm making a plan to take healthy food in a separate cooler from the other food we take. Maybe if ... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 09:16:46 EST diet buddy wanted Hi I am Gwynlee2 -- I am looking for a diet buddy. I need to have someone keep me accountable to keep me in my diet range -- that is between 1200 -- 1400 calories per day. I will do the same for you Wed, 14 Oct 2015 08:28:38 EST How do you get the best out of sparkpeople?? I love this site and I use some features such as the message boards and weight tracker, but I'm curious of how others motivate themselves through sparkpeople and how do you get more involved in the online community? Wed, 14 Oct 2015 08:25:02 EST I feel like I am doing something wrong I just hit a month of my eating healthy life style change. Yes I have lost a few pounds during the month, but I feel like I am eating either too much or too little. Even though I have been strict with my tracking and logging every single thing, It is like i hit a wall right now for the last 2 weeks. Scale not moving..feeling big even though not gaining. I have my tracking open to all I believe if anyone wants to give me some tips, or advice on anything seen that is not good. I know this is no... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 07:54:30 EST What do we really DESERVE in our lives? I am new here. I need to write this as a pledge and a pep talk to myself. Started yesterday. I struggled yesterday afternoon and late last night. I worked all day, Stayed on my plan. When I got home, my mind was telling me that I worked hard, so now I should get a reward. I should be able to eat anything I want. I am an adult. I felt like I needed to reward myself with the pleasure of comfort food. It's between me and food and no one else. No one can tell me what to do. Then another thought e... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 12:24:59 EST Going Out To Dinner Tonight Normally I would tell myself these lies that I'm going to still eat well when I go out to dinner, even if I really want to mean it. But deep down I know I'm going to drink too much alcohol and eat too much food. <BR> <BR> This time though is different, I can tell. I just took a few minutes to look up the nutritional info for where we're going and already decided and tracked what I'm going to eat. I should even have enough calories left to have a few glasses of wine.. although I'm not sure ab... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 13:09:23 EST salad last night i ate a delicious salad, but i forgot to ask for dressing on the side. in the future, i'm going to say that every time (dressing on the side) as well as ask for no cheese. the salad was delicious but i think it had too much salt and bloated me. the only solution is to get back to exercising, go to the gym this morning. Sun, 11 Oct 2015 11:37:09 EST 50 - here I come! I have never posted anything here before. I started a 21 day (fix) challenge about a month ago. I succeeded in learning "clean eating" and how important a daily workout is. I am still learning. I am going to start another 21 day challenge on November 1st. I want to be done by my 50th birthday on November 22nd. I am actually excited to turn 50. And yes, when I am done I will reward myself with a food and non-food related prize. That's just who I am. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 18:26:02 EST Wedding Weekend Challenge I am attending a wedding this weekend out of town in a very small town. The reception menu will be country cooking; fried chicken, mac & cheese, corn bread, coleslaw, etc. Nothing that will be good for me to eat. So...I guess I can eat a chicken breast without the skin and a piece of cornbread? I'll eat a healthy breakfast in the morning before I leave. Then eat light on the trip there. No wedding cake. I'm really going to make a sincere effort to track everything I eat or drink! That will he... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 18:03:01 EST being a caretaker everyone is over watching the soccer game. I feel a responsibility to go to the grocery store (pay for groceries!) cook, clean, etc. but what i really want to do is go to the gym. what to do? <BR> <BR> if I want to make a real commitment to losing this weight (and i'm basically 200 lbs at this point) the gym has to become my 1st priority. <BR> <BR> the plan is: gym, sushi, santana row. maybe i'll even go to santana now, get a tea and then go to gym. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:26:36 EST The Yo-Yo with the knotted string I just rejoined SparkPeople today and I'll be honest: I have no idea if I will stick with it beyond today. I want to. It's nothing against the site. I think places like this are fantastic. I feel the same way about other sites that are similar. <BR> <BR> I just feel like a yo-yo with a knotted string. I've gone up and I've gone down and I've gone up again. Here I am now try to go down but I'm twisted into a knot. <BR> <BR> I'm full of self-doubt and it's difficult. I've written more blog po... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:09:56 EST SparkTeam for Dads? I was wondering if any other Dads on this site would be interested in a SparkTeam to motivate each other. <BR> <BR> Thanks, Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:02:58 EST Making It A Priority I am having a hard time making exercise a priority again since I had my daughter. She is six months old and I know it takes time to lose the baby weight but I still have about 17 pounds to go to get back down to where I was when I got pregnant. It is just so hard to find the time! We have so much going on in my house. I go to school full time, I work full time, I have two kids and I run my own Scentsy business. Where does exercise fit into all this?! It just gets me down because I did so well... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:43:07 EST Accountability partner Hi all! I'm looking for an accountability partner. I have about 34lbs to lose. I'm a 29yo female. I plan on daily exercise and 100% clean eating. I'm ready! Let me know if anyone is interested! Tue, 6 Oct 2015 21:44:32 EST What pushes you to finish instead of quit? Halfway into a workout I'll usually get that "Oh go ahead and stop, you did enough, just take the next day off too" and it plays again and again in my head until I finally stop half way through and fall off the wagon again. I'm back at it because I will NOT give up. Halfway through my workout today I thought about the reasons I started (weight loss, love interest, high blood pressure) and that was enough to keep me pushing forward to finish it. How about you? What keeps you motivated and goin... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 17:31:45 EST today I'm doing okay. at least i stopped the weight gain. since i started on sparkpeople i haven't been gaining weight. which is good. i'm recording my food that i've been eating. i was shocked by how many calories i ate yesterday. it didn't feel like that many at the time, and i thought i was eating healthy but i guess not. too many bagels and too many crackers. so from now on i'm cutting back on highly processed carbs, continuing to track my eating with the sparkpeople app. i think i'm g... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 09:58:19 EST Slippery slope I am 51 year old female. I have lost over 100lbs over the course of a few years. This last week I have been off track something terrible!! PLEASE someone out there give me the kick in the butt I need to not fall off the wagon totally!! Fri, 2 Oct 2015 22:17:25 EST OCTober 2015 Appreciations-Gratitudes, Welcome!! <img src="">I look forward to sharing those things that are working in our lives and other gratitudes and appreciations. <BR> Hope to see you here!! <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 19:39:33 EST yesterday I feel sort of frustrated because I did a lot of exercise yesterday at work (I was walking and standing all day) and at the end of the day my legs and feet really hurt. this morning I weighed myself and I hadn't lost anything. the last 3 days when i wasn't working i lost weight every day. I wasn't even on my feet all day the last 3 days too. I don't know what it is about working but I feel like it just sucks for me. I think I didn't eat enough earlier in the day, and ate too much before ... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:23:41 EST tomorrow I'm feeling good. I'm improving my habits. My fiance and I have a daily Mon, 28 Sep 2015 02:12:52 EST How do I stay motivated when I don't see progress? So I've struggled with my weight most of my life, I've never been super fat but I've never been as thin as I'd like. I've been steadily gaining weight since I had my son 4 years ago, I've been able to lose a bit only to gain it back and then some. Is it worth being depressed and miserable trying to reach my goal, or should I accept this as the new normal? <BR> <BR> I keep adjusting my weight loss goal to something more realistic, I've tried focusing on other factors, even tracking my body fa... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 20:46:08 EST Ladies...Weightloss and Aunt Flo? I'm just curious, Does anyone else have a tendency to gain during this time of the month? If so..How much typically? Last month somehow I managed to lose .5 during but this month It's like Oh hello almost 5 lbs this week?! I'm sure there are other factors like strength training or the chocolate chip banana pancake I made the other day (I only had one small one!!) But yeah.. Just wondering what this time of the month looks like for you, out there. Sat, 26 Sep 2015 13:36:18 EST the slow down I hate this. First few days you lose all that water weight and you're so excited. And then....nothing. <BR> Losing .2 ounces is not very exciting. In my twenties I would lose 1-3 pounds a week. Now this keeps happening. I did this for a period before quitting a few months ago and after the initial weight loss, I lost nothing. It makes me feel discouraged, frustrated! Like why I am torturing myself?! If I'm not going to lose weight I might as well grab a spoon and a jar of Nutella and drown ... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 07:02:40 EST Motivation Posting on facebook helps. Friends are cheering me on. Fri, 25 Sep 2015 17:28:05 EST need a weight loss buddy Hi I am 25 yrs old and i need a weight loss buddy....I wanna go loose 2lb/wk.....not somebody over whelming just some one with whom i can keep track of my workouts.... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 17:00:43 EST today somehow my breakfast got away with me and in my excitement of making a delicious breakfast, when i calculated the calories it was a crazy 950! WOW! So I'm about halfway done with my daily just in breakfast. My fiance wants to go out for lunch and I'm guessing if I really go nuts with a restaurant lunch I will be over by 2PM. So no restaurant lunch for me. <BR> <BR> How did breakfast get so crazy? Well, cream cheese and avocado... and bagel! From now on it's oatmeal, oatmeal, oatmeal... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 15:31:51 EST today I plan on eating similar to yesterday as I am already losing weight! Thu, 24 Sep 2015 12:01:51 EST today I'm feeling good because even though I haven't lost any weight yet my weight gain has stopped. I've been really scared to keep stepping on the scale and see more and more weight gain, so it's a relief to see the scale stop going up. I notice with spark people that it always helps, so that's great. Today I am working and I will be walking a LOT when I'm working. I went to the gym yesterday and walked a mile on the treadmill. However, I ate too much ice cream yesterday. Today my challeng... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 13:20:07 EST today it's the morning and i'm feeling motivated. since getting back on sparkpeople i've stopped my weight gain. i'm upping my protein and i've cut out junk food. now the plan is to continue with these small changes and see where that takes me. I also want to add in going to the gym in the mornings. I would like to get to the gym early in the morning, and take a nap in the afternoon before work. I'm planning on making my fitness my first priority. Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:54:03 EST today it's 11:15 and i want to get to santana row with my fiance. the plan is to eat healthy when i'm there, maybe a pinkberry and a tea. <BR> <BR> I want to start getting into the habit of going to the gym in the mornings. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling good because I've started adding in milk as a substitution for junk food. I'm finding it really filling and calming, and it adds in protein and hydration. luckily i'm not lactose intolerant so i can digest it easily. <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:51:56 EST My main goal for today. The thing I want to do more today than anything else is to mentally accept that I am in charge of how I spend my time and what I eat. REALIZE what I an actually doing to my life when I do not live in a healthy manner. Have a blessed day. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Mama Judy Tue, 22 Sep 2015 05:10:21 EST Seeking a virtual workout buddy. No gym membership here. Have everything I need at home. Problem is nobody cares! Lol, Seeking accountability partner. Facebook, text, whatever suits you best! I have a personal goal to cut my B.m.I in half! Message me or add me and I will send my #...T/y Mon, 21 Sep 2015 22:48:19 EST Complete Been here a little over 3weeks and already I see improvement. im thankful for all the support and encouragement given. Also thankful for the things I've been learning about goals, food, and what it feels like to have support from so many people. I'm thankful to have entered into this journey and I wish you all the best! Fri, 18 Sep 2015 23:19:41 EST Seriously, what have I done? I'm so freaking mad. <BR> <BR> I've spent at least 2.5 hours a day this week in the gym. 1 hour elliptical, 1 class (either zumba or cardio yoga), and then about a half hour of strength training. <BR> <BR> I've spent at least 1-4 hours a day every day but Sunday in the gym for the last month. <BR> <BR> I've gone from 246 down to 234, but now when I step on the scale today, after the last 4 days of 2.5 hours, my weight is registering back at 238. <BR> <BR> What have I done wrong to gai... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 15:13:34 EST Visualizations I don't want to do the whole Spark Coach program, but during my free trial I really enjoyed the daily visualizations. It doesn't seem worth it to pay for the entire program just for the visualizations, so I was wondering if anyone knew a good place for daily visualizations relating to weight loss? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 16:48:40 EST At The Beginning.... There's so much I want to say, but I'm not sure how to say it. But perhaps I should start simply: I am in desperate need of some motivational moxie. I need a community of supporters to help me on my new adventures of losing weight and, most importantly, taking care of myself. I've never done anything like this before in my life, but perhaps that's how I got here. I'm 35 years old, 5'10" and weigh approximately 400lbs. Please help! Tue, 15 Sep 2015 22:09:51 EST Scales ~ what do you use? I'm looking for a new scale, preferably one that measures in .1 increments. Any and all suggestions welcomed. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Sharon Tue, 15 Sep 2015 08:24:13 EST plateau phase i weighed 80kg in july. <BR> <BR> manage to shred 5kg off. (75kg) <BR> <BR> The problem is.... <BR> ive been stuck with this weight , 75kg (this is going to be my 3rd week) <BR> <BR> argh! this is frustrating! Tue, 15 Sep 2015 01:42:39 EST FOCUS Don't focus on the plan focus on the planner, every morning write 10 things you are thankful about and watch your happiness rise Sun, 13 Sep 2015 19:59:13 EST You are important know your value and choose to be happy, Life is a gift so we should be greatful for being alive. We can choose to be happy just the way we are, before we even lose weight. create positive habits and get clear about your goals, think of how good you'll feel about yourself once you lose weight. Sun, 13 Sep 2015 19:34:03 EST I need motivation tips- Some days waking up and getting to the gym is easy and someday's I wait until the end of the day to go. I normally walk in the morning or later evenings right now because Texas heat is no joke- but I tell myself I will go to the gym later a million times a day and then I don't end up going at all. Any tips to how to get or stay motivated would be greatly appreciated (: Sun, 13 Sep 2015 19:27:58 EST Am I making excuses for myself or not? This is the first week of me trying a new lifestyle (again). I decided to make little changes each week, lest I feel overwhelmed/unmotivated. Well, this week, my two changes are to exercise fifteen minutes every day but Sunday and drink two liters of water a day (I drink a lot in the first place, so two liters is just to have a round number to aim towards). <BR> <BR> Already I'm feeling unmotivated, and I've only been doing this since Wednesday. I'm still eating like I normally would. I'm a ... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 18:05:03 EST Stupid Food Tracker is too SLOW & Freezes I quit before because it was so hard to get my stuff entered. The first few days were fine -- but now it takes 4 or 5 attempts to get each item in. Today I entered lunch and tonight it wasn't there - entered it again AND then 2xs everything!! Come on!! Fix it -- Speed it up!! I'm losing weight BUT losing interest in using Sparkspeople!! Fri, 11 Sep 2015 22:19:23 EST Emotional eating for the sense of control Not sure if I'm posting this in the best place, let me know if not. <BR> <BR> I recently had a revelation and realized the reason I eat junk food that is bad for my health and causing weight gain. However, being aware of these reasons is not helping me stop eating in this out of control, secretive, expensive, unhealthy way. <BR> <BR> That's the kicker, huh? I thought being self-aware would help me make better choices, but it doesn't. I walk into the ice cream shop fully aware of all this on... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 02:40:42 EST How do I control myself? I don't know what to do anymore. <BR> <BR> Each day I wake up ready to face the day. I tell myself that I will get through it. Everything goes according to plan until lunch time, when I walk into my house and just start eating. <BR> <BR> I try to control myself. I try to convince myself that I don't want it but end up succumbing to the craving. Yesterday, I ate 8 muffins. I mean, who does that? <BR> <BR> Today, I looked in the mirror and noticed that my double chin is returning. this ca... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 11:55:34 EST Any tips or advice on taking phentermine I began taking phentermine 4 months ago. Have gained 9 pounds. I know i must be doing something wrong. My doctor thinks i may not be eating I am going to kick it in gear and really work this medicine to its potential. I realize it isnt a magic pill. I am kicking up the exercise and counting calories. When i go back to the doctor in January i want her to be in "awww". Any helpful tips or advice on taking phentermine. What works for you? Thu, 10 Sep 2015 09:20:49 EST Does anyone have Jesus on your t-shirt?? Mine say's "I EXERCISE MY FAITH WITH "JESUS ! Wed, 9 Sep 2015 23:49:48 EST How do I keep going? I have lost a total of 27kg since this time last year. The unfortunate thing is that from the beginning of this year, I have remained the same. I have tried my best to get motivated again but I guess since the depression is gone, there isn't much stopping me from eating whatever's in front of me. I am concerned though because I don't want to go back to where I came from. In the beginning, "cheating" wasn't an option but now, no matter what quotes I read; what I tell myself in my head... I gi... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 13:19:05 EST What keeps you motivated? Losing weight is a battle a lot of people deal with. I know I sure do. As of lately, my motivation is just.....well....gone..... I mean my kids are my biggest inspiration to get back into shape and better my health. But sometimes I step off my path and lose my way. What keeps you motivated? Tue, 8 Sep 2015 03:27:22 EST Nights are Difficult No matter how healthy I am throughout the day, I always seem to spiral downwards snacking at night! I really do not know how to break this habit, but it always depresses me before I sleep and overall hurts my wellbeing. Anyone have experience in this?? Mon, 7 Sep 2015 23:13:58 EST I feel off the wagon and i am so disappointed I feel off the wagon on the 5th. Stress got to me and then finals at school and busy work schedule. Today I have decided to jump back on. The only issue I am having now is how upset I am. I can't seem to let go at the fact I slipped up already and only 5 days into it. How do you guys stay motivated to eat right? How do you get over the disappointment? How so after your slip up do you get back on? I am seriously mad at myself Mon, 7 Sep 2015 10:09:32 EST FITBIT I got my Fitbit Charge HR, 2 weeks ago, and it already doubled my active minutes and exercises, the challenges are fun and not pressuring, anybody would like to join me in? Not a must to do specific workouts! Just to keep each other motivated to move more during the day; Mon, 7 Sep 2015 07:48:44 EST Really need to get motivated to work out I have been doing great with my eating, but just need to get motivated to work out more. I have started doing some light stretches in the morning, with some planking. I know the reason I am not losing any weight is because I have not been trying harder. Really need some inspiration and ideas to get me going!! <em>24</em> Thu, 3 Sep 2015 10:44:36 EST goals are important My very first goal is near completion. However it did not have a timeline. I wanted to use my tape measurement to confirm my goal. I wanted to reach 52 inches around my waist. In March I was at 59 inches, my goal was to get to 52. Praying that by this time next week I will be so close or even there. I measure once a month. My next goal is the tough one, 42... I must stay focused on my goals, and surrender my will to doing His will in my life, and that means getting healthy. Thu, 3 Sep 2015 06:25:54 EST Three questions I am really interested in. What bothers you most about your health and fitness? <BR> <BR> Why are you concerned about your health and fitness? <BR> <BR> If you could wave a magic wand and fix everything about your health and fitness, what would it look like and what would your life be like? <BR> <BR> I really want to know your honest thoughts. Thanks! Thu, 3 Sep 2015 00:24:25 EST Anyone looking for 28 day challenge? Hi the Ongoing 28 day challenge team starts the September Challenge Monday 9/7. <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=65279 </link> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 15:46:53 EST Spark Motivational Board <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Where can I find my Motivational Board...used to be on the Start Page. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:55:12 EST Spark Coach - Is It Worth It? For those of you that have used it, is it worth the money? What benefits do you get? My free trial expired (although I don't recall using it), so I can't check it out. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 12:52:43 EST What is Wrong with ME I am sabotaging everything I have worked so hard for. I have a little life stress and I fall off the wagon. I tell myself it is just a little bump in the road. Not so I cannot seem to shake it. Eating what I want not tracking not weighing in. Seriously why???? I have so much to lose sometimes it is over whelming. I started out so positive. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:25:46 EST LOTS MORE TO 'SHED' TO BE SUCCESSFUL I have posted on my spark page that i have to 'go back to the future' . this refers to getting my authentic true inner me back again - freeing myself from the years of stress and others' baggage that has been heaped and absorbed by myself. <BR> we all have this unfortunately like dead skin - it has to be shed, we have to breathe again. <BR> drinking in the better things in life we need to be more child like and not be so stern and serious with ourselves. i see that it is NOT A SIN to ... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 10:14:17 EST SEPTember '15, Appreciations - Gratitudes "I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder." G.K. Chesterton <img src=""> <BR> Hope to see all who wish to share this tradition here beginning 1 September and onward. <img src=""> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:34:26 EST Day #1 It has taken me a long time to just want to be back here and start again. But I'm here and I'm ready. <em>41</em> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:21:53 EST Weigh in Is it anyone else's weigh in day today? I have been stepping on the scale throughout the week to be sure i'm in check.. and last night the scale hadn't budged. I went to bed and woke up for my "offical" weigh in and am down by a pound! Very motivating. <BR> <BR> I'm so proud of myself and everyone on Spark People who are pushing daily to make their lives healthier. I know that in just my week working out and making healthier choices.. its HARD! So great job everyone and remember it's not jus... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:37:19 EST Summer is almost over Summer is ending over here and before I know it I'm coming to work in the dark and returning home in the dark. <BR> <BR> This will go over until April next year. During the week I live in the dark. <BR> <BR> As you may understand this changes my mood and my motivation. I get more depressed and lacking energy. <BR> <BR> Do you have this problem? How do you deal with it? Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:07:53 EST Belviq and phentermine Hi there, has anyone been on belviq and phentermine together? I've just been prescribed both together. I started today and am extremely sleepy. I thought that phentermine would give me that extra boost I needed. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:08:05 EST Advice from Stress Eaters This is for all my fellow stress eaters - or former stress eaters - out there. I am looking for motivational stories about how you have learned to dial back your stress levels so you can focus on eating healthier. <BR> <BR> How did your stress eating look before you started? <BR> What works for you short term? <BR> What works for long term - and how long have you been at it? <BR> <BR> I look forward to hearing from you. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:10:55 EST need advice i have been following an extremely low carb diet ( staying under 20g/day) i got to ketosis only one time within the past 13 days. i am writing down everything i eat but my weight is all over the place( down one day back up the next) i am also exercising daily. i don't understand what im doing wrong:( HELP! <BR> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:43:59 EST new page look is a motivation killer! for some reason sparkpeople changed my startup page. it used to have my daily quick picks of sleep, mood, vegetables eaten and water consumed. now it is gone, along with my motivations, don't know why but now it just shows my calories eaten and calories burned. i don't like this, it does not help. is there a setting to get my old start page back? not all change is good... this actually sucks. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 06:03:27 EST Staying Motivated Through Grief My husband passed away last September. The 1st anniversary of his death is quickly approaching. I have been trying to stay motivated to exercise, as I know that the endorphins I experience when I do exercise help with the grief. The problem is staying motivated to exercise. I will be very enthusiastic about exercising and even plan an exercising session, but when the time approaches, I just can't seem to want to do it. Thankfully I eat relatively well, so the scale hasn't actually moved ... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:19:12 EST taking a sick day this may seem like an odd question, but how do you all stay on track when you're not feeling well? do you still count calories and do some light exercise or do you just do whatever makes you comfortable and feeling better? <BR> <BR> I wake up with a migraine probably once a week and I usually end up popping some pills, sucking down some sugary drink and sleeping it off, then mentally rescheduling my workout for the end of the week. I've kicked the soda habit, but for whatever reason, drink... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:33:45 EST Can't Stay Positive I tell you, I have tried and tried to continue to be active and get about a month in and lose all motivation and drive. Aside from the obvious to want to shed major pounds, I am also trying to get in shape for a new career that can not start until I can pass a physical test. Any ideas would be great! Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:18:39 EST Plateau.... I've been averaging 10 lbs loss a month over last 9 months.And lost over a hundred lbs.But noticed I've only lost 11 lbs since June.I'm only averaging 1600-1700 calories a day as it is.Very discouraged right now,with a hundred more lbs to lose.Not sure how to proceed.Depressed. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:53:59 EST Gained weight Good morning! For the past couple of weeks I have been more mindful of my food choices.. I have been eating more fruits/veggies and drinking significantly more water than before. When I weighed in before these habits, I weighed 193 (my highest weight EVER). The past couple of days I have went for 4 mile walks.. so I just assumed today that weighing myself would be the best bet. I was up to 197.2!! What the heck! Is this normal? I haven't been specifically tracking calories because I was takin... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:00:24 EST Naked and Afraid Does anyone watch this show? I have found it somewhat helpful... to watch these (crazy) people survive for weeks and weeks on so little food. Not that I am encouraging under-eating in anyway... but when I feel like I am going to starve to death bc I haven't eaten in 2 hrs... I remember these folks and often I think "yea... I can wait until dinner." :) <BR> <BR> (Not to discount the power of frequent, healthy snacks, as appropriate) Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:34:01 EST STARTING Everyday I get up with good intentions and by noon the intentions are gone. Than I get upset thinking about it all day what I should of could of done. How do I get out of the routine. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:21:08 EST Mondays are bad I weigh in every day. I know, some will say it's bad, but it is a necessity for me, as I need to know where I am weight wise. <BR> <BR> Mondays are always bad days. Weekends are bad. Although I do a lot more exercise on weekends, and I really enjoy doing it, I always get so sad on Mondays when I see the weight went up. <BR> <BR> Friday dinner, Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch are my wrongdoing. I cannot simply stop having them as it's not fair on my very fit (runner) partner, who enjoys to... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 04:45:17 EST Hormones- grrrr! I can't wait till this week is over! My hormones are killing me! I'm up in calories, up in weight, and self control is out the window. I think each day through, then just walking through the kitchen, I magically inhale whatever carb crosses my path. <BR> I can do this! I've lost over 20 pounds already, I can keep going! Fri, 21 Aug 2015 09:19:24 EST Not good enough Hello! I joined Weight Watchers in 2012. I lost 67 pounds in 11 months. I have been maintaing since then, but I have been trying to lose. I am not sure if you could call it a plateau since its been so long. I eat 26 points a day (about 40 calories per point) and eat a banana everyday plus a few extra fruits. I eat around 3-5 a day. I also eat protein for breakfast and lunch and eat light for supper. I exercise 3-4 days a week. I walk, do the elliptical, and do strength exercise. I drink aroun... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 22:00:48 EST New here, need motivation i am heavier than I have ever been and feeling fat and old. I spend at least half of my day...and I am very ashamed to admit it...lying on the sofa reading or working/socializing on my computer. The only exercise I can think to do is walking. Driving anywhere, to a gym or for swimming, is problematical and I can't really afford exercise equipment. We live in the mountains so most of the walking around here involves uphill, which I can't do, but we do have a flat trail through the woods of abo... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 12:43:20 EST Power of Suggestion??? Hi there, I'm a newbie after being a lurker for years.... <BR> <BR> My first question is, how do you all cope with the temptations and power of suggestion? <BR> <BR> This is my week 2 on my journey and I've been doing great! However, I'm a big one for falling for the power of suggestion. Just today, I was talking to my husband during my lunch break. I had just had some oatmeal and was not hungry in the least...until he told me he was taking himself and our boys to Taco Bell for lunch! Mind ... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:16:20 EST So frustrated... So, here I sit, at 180ish pounds, give or take a few depending on the day I weigh myself and feeling like a fat, gross cow. I had a baby 4 months ago and haven't lost one single pound since the day she was born, might have even gained some weight. I'm breastfeeding, which is supposed to drop calories like nothing else but not for me. So here I sit, in maternity clothes still, not dropping any weight at all and I'm frustrated beyond belief. I am working out a bit, so at least that is good,... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:24:22 EST Before and after pictures Did you take before and after pics to motivate your weight loss? <BR> <BR> I'm restarted to behave myself about a month ago and haven't yet. But I read somewhere that it could help to take pictures along the way. <BR> <BR> What do you think about it? And how would those pictures be? Casually dress, in gym wear, or butt naked :)? Tue, 18 Aug 2015 05:35:25 EST I have some goals in mind.. Since this past weekend, I have given up on myself. At first losing weight was much easier. I could overcome my fears and doubts. I am now struggling because the fears and doubts have come true. I have not exercised. I have given up. I have not eaten healthy. I have procrastinated. I am stumped. I don't know what to do. I feel like though I have a nutritionist at hand, I am still struggling. I am worried that I am not on making any progress. It is I have a week to do so. My appoi... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:55:16 EST #MotivationalMonday ... Staying the Course "It's good to stay the course, finish the race and not throw the towel in before one had accomplished what they set out to accomplish. The end result is the difference between failure and success." ~unknown <BR> <BR> 10 Power Motivators on Determination and Staying the Course <BR> <BR> 1. Resolve to do it now and stay with it until its completion. You cannot make it if you are "half - hearted". Go all the way. Many people have all sorts of uncompleted projects and things; some even forgotte... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 15:08:19 EST Motivation..? I can't remember a time where I was truly happy with my body or anything else about my self really. And I know whit that mindset no matter how hard I try there will be failures. <BR> <BR> But I do want to lose weight, but why? I know if I lose the pounds I want to, I will still be unhappy about me, I've been smaller before and even larger, and never did I fully enjoy my body. <BR> <BR> I guess, I am asking if anyone know of any great help to maybe taking the first step in enjoying my self... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:04:13 EST answer a question, ask a question I'm not sure if there's another thread for this, but I'd like to start a threat where you answer a question and then ask a question......I'll ask a question, then the next person who posts will answer my question and then ask a new question for the person who posts after them. <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> <BR> Me: What color are your socks? <BR> Person 1: Blue. What did you do today? <BR> Person 2: Went grocery shopping. What is your health goal for today? <BR> Person 3: Drink 8 glasses of... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 19:26:28 EST A Dent in the Road... Today was me and my boyfriend's one year anniversary. We decided we would both like to celebrate by going to the movies. Anyway, at our local theater they sell un limited popcorn (no other choice) in a large bowl. Popcorn is my weakness food, the one food I cannot say no to. I asked for a little butter but it was drenched. I ate it anyway along with maybe a quarter of another bowl but the second time I asked for no butter. I'm going to try and keep my head held high, I realize I overindulged.... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 01:00:14 EST I have given up hope of completing this journey. I'm not 100% sure that this is even the correct board to post this in. I know that the title sounds very down & depressing and honestly that isn't/wasn't my intention. I have been battling with morbid obesity for some of my teenage years & now all of my adult life. <BR> <BR> I have continued as the years progressed after countless diets and failures to remain quite sick. I even went into cardiac arrest and essentially died twice back in 2011. I had what's called necrotising fascitis but som... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 14:50:14 EST Back to work and feeling stressed Yes, I've determined I don't respond well to stress! Ha-ha, it took me a while for that to really sink in. It's been about 5 months of sparking. How do you stay on track during stressful times and not reward yourself with food? Sat, 15 Aug 2015 08:41:49 EST afternoon fatigue I get sooo tired in the afternoon that I have to nap, more often than not. <BR> <BR> this is great but I could get a lot more done if I didn't. Ughhhh <BR> <BR> any ideas on something safe to use to stay away. Something thats NOT "no doze" or whatever? <BR> <BR> I would deeply appreciate some help. Sat, 15 Aug 2015 01:28:23 EST distraction technique? I'm reading about appetite and how just seeing or thinking about a food can make you want to eat it (basically, the story of my life). The article says to try a "distraction technique" but the link to what those are doesn't work. Does anyone have any ideas? I almost never want a donut, but when someone brings 4 dozen into the office and I know they're there, I can't get the thought out of my mind until I go eat one......or maybe two :( <BR> The only distraction I can think of is to go ta... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:52:13 EST To eat or not to eat...that is the question. I have lost a little over 70 pounds total. I only eat about 1,040 calories a day, and maybe a piece of fruit (like a banana) and a half a can of fruit with it. Somedays I am hungry, and some days I am not. I haven't lost weight in almost a year but I keep very consistent with my healthy lifestyle. I have a splurge meal on Saturdays and eat whatever I want. I cannot eat as much as I used to because I will get sick. I still do not eat very much then. Some days, I just wish I could starve myself... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:52:09 EST Try This I've lost 42 pounds (yeah!) The other day I bought a set of 10 pound hand weights to use at home. I brought them in from the car and I put my purse away and then I carried those weights downstairs. I noticed how tiring it was walking around with that extra 20 pounds. And then it occurred to me - that's not even half of what I lost! <BR> If you start getting discouraged about how slow your progress is, pick up the weight you've already lost and think about how far you've come! I needed ... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:13:18 EST Starting over again- overwhelmed & hopeless I don't usually post on these boards, but today has been hard. I am feeling frustrated and hopeless. It feels like my whole life I have been on a diet or trying to lose weight somehow. I will do really well for a month or so with counting calories or exercising and then I fall off the horse, regain all the weight I lost plus some. Today I have been feeling gross. My clothes don't fit very well, I can't move as well as I could a year or two ago. I am sick of it and ready for a change, but I am... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 18:37:35 EST Share your motivation for weightloss :) Hi :) <BR> What is your motivation for losing weight? <BR> Share your motivtion with others. Help others to stay motivated :) <BR> My motivation - success stories. <BR> What is your motivation today? :) <BR> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:27:55 EST Online Weight Loss Support Group If you need a support group that can encourage and share information on what has worked for them then jump in today. <BR> <BR> Personally I have hit a plateau and need help getting healthy. Who else needs support! <BR> <BR> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 14:28:33 EST lets be aware of what we put in our mouth today Hi Im Ronni and I've lost 125 pounds with weight watchers and it is so so important to be aware of food . also take baby steps on tracking looking up stuff and also make things fun and enjoy what you are doing only and i repeat only for you . please dont listen to people saying can you have this or that yes you can in moderation . listen to people that can support you Wed, 12 Aug 2015 10:07:59 EST 9 mos. of weight loss and now 'eh' I recently lost an extra 2 lbs. and I am was like 'yay' - because I am 1 lb away from 30. I usually work out 4 times a week, and enjoy the gym. I have had some pain in my heel (not plantar F. ) and decided to take a break. Still eating healthy, but just really burned out with the whole 'gym' thing. I hate it right now. Just don't want to go. I got the 'fat girl', "oh you must be new and extremely stupid" treatment the last few times I went. Annoying. I have been working out for months... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 23:23:34 EST Looking for Motivators Hello all, <BR> <BR> I hope you are having a good summer. I'm looking for motivators as well as people to stay in touch with frequently/almost daily to talk about our exercise routine etc. We can motivate each other to reach our goals. Let me know!! <BR> <BR> Thx! Tue, 11 Aug 2015 19:54:07 EST weightloss support group Hi all!! We are a local civic group and are in the process of TRYING to host a weightloss support group for our community. We really don't have a clue on what to do. We are limited on funds as far as having speakers come or dietitians. Do y'all have any advice? Things we should do, shouldn't do? They'll fill out a short form but beyond that, I got nothing. First class is Thursday! Eeek!! Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:49:45 EST How Do *YOU* combat "Excuses, excuses, excuses"!! GRRR - so frustrated with myself. <BR> <BR> Can't seem to get back into my exercise routine this summer, and I'm sick of hearing myself with the excuses. I work from home, and have almost limitless time other than work. Great areas to walk in, headset, plenty of time. <BR> <BR> Yet each morning I wake up, and go in to start work rather than walk because: <BR> * Oh, my left hip hurts - might be something serious, don't want to make it worse <BR> * It's too humid <BR> * I really need to star... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:53:21 EST I feel like I'm losing momentum. Maybe it's just because I felt pretty yucky today but I feel like I'm losing momentum. Today I could barely do my exercises, I was winded after a minute. The thing is, I have been gaining more and more stamina. I don't know if this is a result of me subconsciously thinking this is when I give up or if it is because I just had an under the weather kind of day. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 21:45:20 EST Trauma/ mental block/ = no weight loss? So my situation is kinda odd and I wonder if anyone else has a similar issue, and how you've gotten over it. <BR> <BR> In my teens/ early 20's I was thin. I dealt with a lot of harassment, cat calling, degrading/ womanizing comments, and men regularly had things to say to me about my body. <BR> So now I'm fat and I don't have that problem. <BR> Sometimes, I don't do the things that I need to do to lose weight. For example, I haven't worked out at all in the last week. I have the time, abi... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 14:23:42 EST DEJA VU Needing to vent ............... <BR> <BR> I can't seem to stay motivated more than a day or 2. I have restarted this whole lose weight process so many times over the last few years. I thought I could do it this time when I restarted in May. I'm so frustrated. I'm very disappointed in myself. Can't seem to pull myself up out of this latest fog. I've been sick the last few days & have loaded up on "comfort food". Personal life is a bit out of sync this past year. I know what I need to... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 20:51:09 EST I am a runner but an unhealthy eater! Hi, I am new and looking for a few friends to keep me motivated. I am a runner and I kayak, but I am an eater! An unhealthy eater. I am looking for friends that are in their 40's or older who would help me out. I am a fun and love to laugh and have a great time but need to get serious about my foods. Thank you, April Sun, 9 Aug 2015 20:33:14 EST How to lose weight without the scales Hi, <BR> <BR> I've started on here tentatively about 2 weeks ago. I'm using the food and fitness trackers but have estimated both my current and goal weight. <BR> <BR> Due to past eating disorders it's better for me if I don't weigh in, as I get extremely obsessive and fixated on the number. <BR> <BR> However, I'm struggling to stay motivated or notice change as a result of this. <BR> <BR> Can anyone offer any advice or encouragement? <BR> <BR> Thank you :) Sun, 9 Aug 2015 05:17:40 EST Needs some encouragement My weight is up and down. I am emotional. I am trying to fight the fact. I was emotional abused growing up. I am trying to be strong. My only child is not speaking to me now. I've been very good to her. My mom took her because I had her at a young age.It was a big mistake to do that. She ran my boyfriend away. I never got married. I am 58 even though I manage to go to a technical college and get a decent job. I moved away and my daughter is living in the house what I had. My mom put her out a... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 10:42:06 EST Article re interaction between ADHD and obesity This slideshow from ADDitude Magazine is a very illuminating presentation; as an ADHDer myself, I found a lot of the information spot-on ("Aha! So *that's* it!" I said more than once). <BR> <BR> Sharing it for the general edification and usefulness to the community. I hope it is helpful to someone. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ide-1.html </link> Fri, 7 Aug 2015 21:35:06 EST feeling like a failure well took 2 months to find an apartment! and boy have i been stress eating and not working out! i gained 20 lbs so i need to start back up and exercise and eat right Wed, 5 Aug 2015 19:53:47 EST 45 in 15 days...feeling like what is the point. So, I'm doing some deep soul's me, in my mind, playing therapist... <BR> <BR> Are you tired of being overweight/out of shape? <BR> Yes <BR> You work out every day at crossfit, but still don't eat healthy, why not? <BR> it's too hard <BR> It's not too hard...why do you not make good decisions regarding food? <BR> I'm afraid I'll go X amount of months, eating healthy, missing my fav foods, for nothing. <BR> Why would it be for nothing? <BR> Because what if I eat healthy, being... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 17:02:29 EST How long until I see something change? I am tracking my calories, usually staying under. I have been to some interval training (Orange Theory Fitness) and burning over 8oo calories. And yet, after a few days, the scale hasn't moved. <BR> <BR> Should I stop weighing myself constantly? <BR> Does it take longer than a week to notice something? <BR> Am I doing something wrong? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for any thoughts or input. <BR> <BR> -Greg Wed, 5 Aug 2015 12:10:04 EST Weight Plateaued I have lost 30-32 lbs. but, now I have stopped, actually I feel like I'm on a see see-saw, up and down. I was walking at least 10,000 steps 5 days a week but, have upped it to around 14,000 5 days a week, food journaling but, I'm stuck at the moment at 159.4. I can't do a lot of weight lifting because I had surgery almost a year ago (disc replaced in my neck and the onset of arthritis in my neck). I know we are supposed to adjust our calories as we lose weight but, I'm not sure how to do t... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 10:37:47 EST Motivation. Who is losing it Hi there, <BR> I have read a couple of posts that people are losing their motivation on losing weight. I have just read this article where they explain on a couple of reasons why you might be losing your motivation. I thought this might be helpful to some people :). While I am not able to past the link here, I have added in my signature. <BR> <BR> It really helped me a lot. Wed, 5 Aug 2015 09:28:46 EST In despair.... Good Morning all! Seeking any this point I am feeling hopeless... <BR> 1) 45/F 5'3 180 lbs <BR> 2) I am logging an average of 80,000 steps per week according to my Fitbit HR <BR> I interval train running/walking 3 days per week at work, walking with my Dog every evening 5 days a week, long 5+ mile walk on weekend. <BR> 3) I have been following a low carb diet for the last 6 weeks keeping under 100 carbs per day and monitoring that through My Fitness Pal <BR> 4) Lost 10 lbs initial... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 09:29:45 EST Please help me - I am desperate I am a sugar addict who can put away massive quantities of food. Sugar rules my life. I have been through countless diets and end up right back at the starting point. I have a sedentary desk job. My stats: 5'1"/125. Here is what I ate today - please send me any words of advice. I lose my battle to junk food every day!!! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1 blueberry muffin <BR> 1 coffee <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 2 wheat tortillas <BR> 3 cheese slices <BR> 1 bell pepper <BR> 1 grapefruit <BR> <BR> Snac... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 23:27:00 EST Help! Am I Doing Something Wrong? My weightlosss came to a halt few months ago I begin taking a water stretching class on MWF for an hour to 1 1/2hrs ( no exercise prior to this). On these days I record it into fitness tracker for 180 calories burned/hr (can't remember where I found this number). Calories automatically increased on these days and I eat within range each day. I thought this would increase weight loss but overall it hasn't. Am I doing something wrong? Mon, 3 Aug 2015 15:45:38 EST Down Having a hard day just so depressed and feel so alone. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 15:10:20 EST New batteries or scales? I've had these scales for a couple of years now and they used to be really good. They'd register a 0. something loss and would give consistent readings. <BR> <BR> Lately they've started to flicker between weights before settling. I went 14 days without losing even a point of a pound then dropped 2 over night. And it's been like that for a while. It will show not even a point loss then drop over night. It refuses to show anything less than a solid pound or in some cases 2. Today I weighed and... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:06:34 EST What am I Doing Wrong (job search related) A couple of weeks ago I had (what I thought was) a fantastic interview. I met with three people over three hours, one who would be my boss. I asked relevant questions about the position, shared stories of my experience that showcased how I was a good fit for the company and the job, and sent follow up thank you e-mails. My would-be boss told me she would be in touch the following week and I "should be encouraged." <BR> <BR> Since then, nothing. I have called to follow up twice, once to m... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 17:10:13 EST how do you stay motivated? I have been overweight for a long time. When my husband and I got married I was just above average weight and very healthy. I know how to eat healthy and I know how to exercise and I've always been fairly good at doing both, but I never really tried hard enough to lose weight and instead I put it on as I focused on being a good housewife and learning to cook and bake. So now I'm very overweight and my husband came to me, upset that he has gained quite a bit since we've been married as well... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 10:41:07 EST health I have made a decision to not only lose weight, but to increase my health through healthy eating and exercise. I know this a lifetime commitment and will need to be constantly reevaluated, fine tuned, and added to- but I am determined!!! Sat, 1 Aug 2015 04:44:05 EST Diabetes and exercise What are the benefits of exercise for diabetics? I had burning in my feet last night and I felt bad that I have not exercised. Can exercise reverse diabetes? What happened was a combination of a lack of motivation and burning feet for me to realize that I needed to exercise. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:35:37 EST Is that normal? I was in a bad mood. Rather, I was tired. I lacked motivation despite the fact that exercise has done me some good. Is that normal? Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:31:32 EST AUGUST 2015 -Gratitude & Appreciations-Welcome all This tradition of writing at least five things that are working in your life, things that you are appreciative for having and/or have gratitude for having them has been ongoing for years and it still is a superb way to start my day. <BR> <BR> Please join me tomorrow in adding your post...I will be here too!! <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:00:26 EST Why am I gaining weight?! I've been steady and on track for the past few months and had lost 18 lbs toward my goal of losing 24. But the last two weeks in a row I've gained weight. Last week I gained 1.4 lbs, and this week I gained another .2. <BR> <BR> I'm not doing anything different--in fact, this week I tried changing things up a little. I'm very frustrated and I don't know what could be causing this. It makes me want to throw in the towel--why do all this work and say no to the foods I want, just to gain wait a... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:13:07 EST Keeping Perspective and Noticing Accomplishments Since starting this journey I have realized that sometimes I don't have great perspective on my progress. It never seems like enough. However, this afternoon I was emptying our dog's large bag of dog food into the airtight container we store it in (so it doesn't make a mess) and it was SOOO HEAVY. I was huffing and puffing moving it around and pouring it. I looked at the weight on the bag...15lbs. "Holy crap!" is what ran through my mind right then. That is less than what I have lost so far. ... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:31:52 EST How to picture YOU at goal I wondered if other people struggled to picture themself at goal weight. I haven't been at the weight I'm going for since I was probably 16 or 17...and now I'm 46. I don't even know exactly what that weight looks like. So how do you help visualize - are their computer programs you can use or do you just find a photo of someone who's body you admire to help you imagine yourself? Experts say visualization really helps but I'm stumped! Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:10:17 EST Need a nice team that.... ... is active and works on consistency and creating better habits (rather than weight loss and counting calories). <BR> <BR> Do you know of one? Wed, 29 Jul 2015 03:08:17 EST Looking for TEAM-MATES Recently, while visiting a SparkPage, I ran across a program entitled: SparkPeople Fuel for Improvement. Turns out this is an old, inactive team. However, the team leader is still active. So I'm looking for others who would like to join the team because doing it alone just isn't half as fun as doing it together. How about it? Anyone looking for a bit more motivation and support for making serious, long-lasting change? <BR> <BR> If so, please stop by and join the team. Here is the lin... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:28:19 EST Jeans One of my big motivations for weight loss is to be able to be comfortable in a pair of jeans by fall. I'm not sure, for me, what that will be, but I am tired of wearing stretchy pants and maxi dresses because I am not comfortable in more fitted clothes. <BR> <BR> Anyone have that problem? Or a jean recommendation? I wouldn't even know what size to get, so I need to find a good brand and then get to trying them on. Curvy girls have a brand you like? Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:03:21 EST Anyone looking for 28 day challenge? If anyone is looking for a 28 day challenge, some extra support and accountability check out the team link <BR> <BR> First weigh in is due 8/3 <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=65279 </link> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:30:07 EST Keep trying? I feel like I have been gaining and losing the same 4-5 pounds for a year. I do well--lose the 5 lbs, fall off the wagon into a milkshake and gain them back. I have a pair of jeans I'd like to get into and a number I'd like to see on the scale. Should I give up the fight and carry those pounds around or keep trying to battle them into submission??? Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:34:11 EST Stay motivated I need help staying motivated to work out and eat healthy and how do ppl on a budget eat healthy all the time it had for me 2 please help me Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:19:14 EST upset over weight gain and frustrated I have been in such a bad mood over my weight lately. I have gained about 20 pounds over the past year and a half that I had lost. I don't feel very pretty and notice one area constantly. I just keep going back to old habits and have zero motivation at times. I want to do better but I just don't know if I will ever be to the weight I want or in a healthy weight range. I do have some bitterness from things said when I was about 70 pounds thinner and I also don't know what to do about changing ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:20:15 EST Starting Over AGAIN. Hello all! I have been a member of SP for about a year now. About 2 years ago, it took me 6ish months to lose 10 pounds. I have gotten pregnant & had my son in that time. I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight but the scale has not moved since I started SP. <BR> <BR> I am sure it has something to do with 'needing' some sort of chocolate daily. I have a sweet tooth at night after dinner. I have good days & bad days. Some days I get a lot of protein, some I barely hit the 60g I'm supposed to ha... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:08:32 EST A Week To Lose 1.5 pounds, a day to GAIN 3 I am feeling super discouraged right now. I can track/exercise and be good, and lose about 1.5 pounds in one week. Then I can have one bad night of bingeing and find I gained back that 1.5 PLUS another 1.5. <BR> <BR> I feel like it is too hard to lose more than a couple pounds without gaining it back. I am usually positive, but just really discouraged right now. This used to be much easier. Now I am in my 40s and it takes a real concentrated effort to see any weight loss. <BR> <BR> I feel... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 09:27:41 EST Compliment ? What was yours today Youre looking good <em>246</em> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:19:01 EST New Team - Looking for new members I am looking for those who would like to be an active participant in a team geared towards being successful. Not just with weigh loss but with other areas of our lives that we may find important to the quality of our lives. I have found so many teams that just are not active. The membership numbers look good but people just do not communicate. If you want to be in a group and want to participate in building the group, please come see us. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:20:00 EST Needing a buddy :) Hi my name is Amber, I'm 26 and I am struggling to stay on board with eating healthier and exercising. My ultimate goal is to lose between 90-100 lbs and in general to just be healthy. I don't care what your goals are I'm just looking for someone that I can help and that can help me stay on track, or even just someone to talk to who understands the struggle. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:54:24 EST Gravity Every time I've taken a few days off the gym or eaten too much and felt bloated, I have found that my body feels as though there is more gravity around me pulling my muscles, bones and skin closer to the earth. I know what I'm feeling is just fatigue due to too many fat grams or not enough exercise; but, I have decided to call the feeling a "gravity overload". Too much gravity is not a good feeling at all, like walking in heavy mud. So I keep going to the gym and prevent my body from feeling... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:16:32 EST Stubborn weight Well over the past month Ive lost about 20 pounds, but in the past week my weight hasnt moved.. I have tried eating more.. that didnt work,, I tried eating less,, that didnt work,, <em>234</em> <BR> Are there any tips in how to get my metabolism moving again? Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:31:18 EST diet buddy wanted :( Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:20:48 EST diet buddy wanted :( Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:19:51 EST This heat drains me Does anyone else get drained from the heat/humidity? <BR> This summer has been super muggy, and its been affecting my energy and motivation. I am not new to this, my body tends to shut down if I get really hot or uncomfortable because of the weather. How does everyone deal? Tue, 21 Jul 2015 07:08:27 EST Starting Over with Weight Loss I'm starting over with my weight loss. So far today has been a good day, but as the end of the workday comes closer my mood changes. I start to wonder what's the purpose of life. I don't go home to anyone who cares whether it's a pet/person. All of my family is on the other side of the country. Due to a contract with my job I just can't pack up and leave. I feel so alone sometimes......... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:30:30 EST Visualize. Minds eye: VisualEyes! Determine what you want to: <BR> <BR> * Look like <BR> * Be like <BR> * Feel like. <BR> <BR> Realize that not all things are possible for all people. <BR> <BR> Practice, and adapt!, that visualization as you develop, practice and adapt your programs of nutrition, wellness, and exercise. <BR> <BR> Enjoy, <BR> <BR> Lee Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:03:58 EST No big 4-0 party Just need a place to be sad for a bit. I threw my husband a big party when he turned 30, at a hotel with a DJ and bar and the works. When I turned 30 the next year, I had a 3 week old baby and a party wasn't happening. <BR> <BR> Now we're ten years down the road, and I asked him a few months ago if he was throwing me a party. He said probably not. I said to him that I'd really like something, then we moved on to other topics. My birthday is Wednesday. I said something to him about a pa... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:39:14 EST Summer is always more difficult for me... Good news. In about a year and a half, I've lost 140 pounds! <BR> I'm very proud of myself. <BR> The bad news is, during the summer I tend to get stuck around a certain weight, maintaining with 5 or so pounds for a month or two. I get lax on dieting, and I go through tough times (depression/anxiety) and just overall feel blah. <BR> I want to get motivated but it's hard. I want to lost 50 more pounds. Crossing my fingers I can do it... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:03:30 EST Needing Encouragement I recently had a tummy tuck, and I have this fear that I'm going to eat so much that I'll destroy the hard work I've put in. I've binged the last two days, and it feels that I binge every few days. It terrifies me, especially since I've put up with a lot of pain, and put out a lot of money for this. All I want is sugar, and even though I know what I'm doing is hurting myself, I can't seem to stop. I'm really needing some encouragement. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 16:26:52 EST Need to get some motivation started!! I have been on and off this board (apparently with more than one login!! LOL) since like 2008. Still haven't reached my goal weight, and if I'm honest, haven't really worked at it that much. <BR> But I really, really want to make some healthier changes and see some progress. So I am turning to you all for some encouragement and accountability. I am working full time and back in nursing school to accomplish my RN (I'm an LPN now), a goal I started years and years ago!! <BR> So...if anyo... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 13:45:51 EST Diet Buddy wanted My Name is GwynLee2 and I am looking for a diet buddy to help keep me accountable. I want to lose 100 pounds -- I am 61, and have been on spark people for 11 years. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 17:26:49 EST Instant Motivation I just watched a video about a woman who weighed over 750 pounds. This poor woman was ingesting over 10000 calories per day. She said she had suffered an injury in 2000 and was, I think, around 300 pounds then. She's now on a 1100 calories per day diet and lost 22 pounds in 4 weeks...I am freaking out. She's barely mobile; so, her boyfriend and daughter must be giving her more food than 1100 calories ? She's crying in the video and says she'll try harder to stay on track. My heart hurts for h... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 23:14:53 EST Today I am pondering..... Portion size. It is so easy to eat a larger portion when it's a home cooked meal, I need to be mindful of this, unless it's all salad I guess! Sun, 12 Jul 2015 15:04:29 EST Para archer looking for UK motivation buddy Hi all, hope this is the right place for me to ask for help. <BR> I am a 48yr old para archer, who has just been excepted onto the Invictus training team. I am also working towards getting onto the GB para squad. So you may ask why the help does she need help with motivation? The Desmond depression and lack of physical support at home. <BR> If anyone would like to join me on this roller coaster of training, flare ups of my condition, the joys of winning and the lows of losing I would love t... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 11:13:18 EST How do I learn to love myself........ despite what I weigh? <BR> <BR> In 2011 from January to September I lost 35 pounds, it was hard but I did it. Then in Feb 2012 I went into menopause and in December 2012 I had a hip replacement. From about April 2012 to April 2013 I gained about 15 of it back and for the last 27 months I have been struggling to get that 15 pounds off again. No matter what I do (besides starving myself which only results in a minor loss that always returns) I just yo-yo between a 6 pound variance never lower ... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 08:23:29 EST What are your top three? What are your recommendations for the top three things TO DO, and top three things TO AVOID when someone is just getting started with weight loss? Thu, 9 Jul 2015 15:54:33 EST living with people who eat poorly Hi All, <BR> I need advice on staying motivated and determined when I'm surrounded by bad food. I live with my boyfriend who has never struggled with his weight. He basically lives off candy and cookies. Lately we've been going to fast food a lot and he's been bringing home crap food, which, when I'm already struggling is too much to turn down. How do you stay determined in the face of temptation? I am planning on asking him to keep that stuff out of my sight so that it's not a temptation, bu... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 13:57:00 EST Goal Weight For those of you who have a weight loss ticker, did you put in your big picture goal weight or something different. The reason I ask is because I put 200 pounds as my goal, but I want to weigh less. I wondered if it was a confidence thing that didn't allow me to put my ideal weigh in ... just curious to see if anyone else has done this as well. Wed, 8 Jul 2015 21:51:33 EST Want a healthy weight. Don't want to be thin. Hi, I've got an odd problem that nobody seems to be able to give me more than a six-word answer to. Hopefully this place will be more specialized. <BR> <BR> I'm 5'10", 280 lbs, which puts me in the Morbidly Obese category. I have all sorts of reasons to lose weight, from preventing deadly illness to simply being more physically comfortable. I know it's what's best for me, health-wise. <BR> <BR> But here's the thing: I've never been happier with the way I look. I like the curves and the roun... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 21:20:12 EST Gonna be a Personal Trainer!! I got my books in the mail today to become a personal trainer. I signed up last tuesday very late. Got access to online materials immediately!! I have started my habits & Goals = rewards Board last wednesday (night after signing up) and I have lost 3.5 lbs. I have went to them gym on schedule 100% since and I have stayed under my 1660 max, 1200 ideal, 100% as well. <BR> <BR> Now I have til the 23rd to come up with ideas for personalized licenses plates for personal training! It will take up... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 14:25:32 EST VLCD Support Hello everyone :) <BR> <BR> My name is Tori and I've just begun a VLCD system for myself, and am looking to stay inspired with any suggestions for very low calorie snacks that keep you full and easy, very low carb meals (lunch or dinner) and any other suggestions by anyone who has done this. <BR> <BR> Two things: <BR> <BR> My VLCD: <BR> <BR> 1 - My system is a bit of a mish mosh - I am currently using slimright shakes (chocolate, 35gm sachets) with 250mls of soy milk (dairy aggravates my... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 06:51:43 EST Why are you stuck at a number on the scale? I lost 25 lbs and still need to lose at least 40 more. In the past when I get to this point I start putting back the weight and end up starting all over again. This time I want it to be different. What blocks me from reaching my goal? Tue, 7 Jul 2015 00:37:13 EST Set backs and what to do about it? I broke one of my vertebra in my neck on my bicycle tour in end of last May. So now my goal are to heal, do some walking and playing table tennis again. <BR> The doctor told me that I can do mostly any thing with my neck support on as long as it does not hurt!? Well it is like walking on eggs, however do I have any choice? No! So I am up to 30 km of walking per week and I play table tennis, very gingerly, twines a week. Also after my next visit to the doctor I think I will add some weight tr... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 12:33:47 EST Looking for a new challenge! I'm looking for a 5% summer challenge and am not bringing up any in the challenges or teams lists. I've done these before and it seems like I see them going on all the time, but now that I want to join one... <BR> Anyone doing a 5% challenge this summer that I could still jump into? Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:46:25 EST Affordable reward ideas I have just started (again) on my weight loss journey and I am determined to be in it for the long haul. I have 14 kgs to lose and I want to give myself a reward for each of them, as I have found I am very motivated by getting new stuff. However, I am a college student on a really tight budget so I can't afford to buy myself big gifts for every kg! <BR> Have anyone got any ideas for nice rewards in the 10-20 dollar range? <BR> Have a great day! :D Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:37:52 EST Dance Break!!! Drop Everything And Dance! Good song just came on the radio! <BR> <BR> Why yes, I am at work. I closed my office door. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> What was the song? Mumford & Sons - The Wolf <em>353</em> Wed, 1 Jul 2015 15:10:49 EST JULY 2015 -Appreciation- -Gratitudes-all welcome! <img src=""> <BR> Welcome to all who wish to share appreciations, gratitudes and good things that make you happy. <BR> Look forward to seeing your tomorrow!! <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:31:36 EST Need motivation A few years ago, I started a workout routine and began using the Spark People site. I lost around 20 pounds, but then I started slacking off. I gained back a few pounds, but always maintained a lost of 10-15 pounds. I started over several times, but then something always happens to throw me off kilter. <BR> <BR> Last year, I was working out regularly, and even though I wasn't losing many pounds, my body was changing for the better. A knee-injury put me on the sidelines again. <BR> <BR> Th... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:24:37 EST Dry Spells? Does anyone go through dry spells with their healthy lifestyle? <BR> I am going through one right now, its been over a month, and I cant seem to get myself back into the groove. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 07:42:29 EST Rainy motivation....Help Long day inside.....did not get out for a walk and it seemed I was looking for something to eat all day. <BR> I did stay within my points but felt sluggish all day. <BR> How do some of you stay motivated when you can't get outside? <BR> Sort of discouraged today..... <em>39</em> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:05:22 EST Starting over AGAIN!!! I am starting over AGAIN tomorrow for about the millionth time on Spark People. I keep coming back because it is the one program where I am allowed to eat whatever I want and still lose weight. I also know that it works because I lost quite a bit of weight on it before. Now I need to lose 40 pounds and my motivation level is at an all-time low, my spirit is low and my self-esteem is really down in the dumps as well. I tie all these things to my weight unfortunately and I am trying to work on ... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:01:56 EST Make a wish I wish I make the best out of me, look as good as I was created to be <BR> I am new here, with this amazing page and all you wonderful people it is possible! <BR> Bad physical condition and some extra weight make people lose their natural beauty, as all people are beautiful. <BR> <BR> what do you wish? Sat, 27 Jun 2015 16:19:25 EST Losing Encouragement Rapidly Good morning, all... I need some email friend/motivators. (My email is on my profile page.) I'm so discouraged today. But not because I'm doing poorly... that's why it's so frustrating. Here's what's going on.... <BR> <BR> I've lost 77 pounds in the last 11.5 months. I knew it was getting harder and harder, but every day I've stuck with it. My metabolism must be all messed up... I can no longer lose on 1200 calories a day. I don't know what to do! Had a great day yesterday with wo... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 09:50:59 EST Scale Obsession When I started SparkPeople I didn't have a scale. But, I knew in order to stay on top of things I would need one, so I bought a simple digital scale. The problem is that I become obsessed and weigh myself every other day. I weighed myself two days ago and I was 272.70 and since then I have worked out daily, drank plenty of water, stayed within my calorie goal and this morning I weighed 274. This is exactly why I hate the scale because it shifts my mood and makes this harder. <BR> <BR> I woul... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:18:28 EST On point but overwhelmed I've finally had a few good days following meal plans and becoming more active. <BR> I weigh 355 lbs and have two important weddings this sept <BR> Poor on my feet so dancings a challenge....used to love it. <BR> Then next June youngest son to marry. So two big goals for that to do mother son dance with pride and to feel good in my own skin that night. <BR> Recently there's a voice that keeps saying i don't want to hang around if I can't even tie my shoes or walk where I want to..... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 15:17:17 EST What have you done today to encourage someone? I was driving to work today and I saw a woman jogging along the sidewalk. She was overweight and shuffling along. It was obvious she was just starting out on her fitness journey. <BR> <BR> I was at a stoplight and I caught her eye as she went by. I smiled at her and gave her a thumbs up. The look on her face was so heartwarming. Her eyes got big and she grinned back at me, I think she might have even picked up her pace a bit. <BR> <BR> Too often I have read horror stories of Sparkmemb... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:24:55 EST Support System Hey guys, Something came to mind today. I always try to find people to add to my friends list but, it seems like its hard to find active people on this website. Alot of SP Pages are from 2013 ect. So, if you active NOW and you want support NOW.. Add me as a friend!! We need all the support we can get! Im here for you guys!! Love you all, and lets get this weight loss journey accomplished with the thoughts and ideas of others!! Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:32:33 EST Need an Accountabilit ty/Motiviation Partner! Not sure where to turn for this, so I'll start here! <BR> I'm looking for someone to help keep me accountable and motivated. I know you all know the cycle- my weight is constantly increasing which makes me even less motivated, more depressed, which equals more stress/emotional eating and lazy pity parties. <BR> <BR> What I'm looking for is someone I can email with weekly/daily for accountability and motivation. I have everything I need to be successful except for the will power... <BR> I am ... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:35:18 EST Diet buddy Hey guys:) I am starting a new diet plan and need a diet buddy to message and encourage each other throughout the week:)! Would anyone be up for teaming up:) we can WhatsApp or email 😉 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 22:56:34 EST What Was Your Most Fun & Exciting Workout & Why Yah, so the last time I worked out at home. I decided to turn on Pandora Radio, and I created a station like, “Ain’t Nothing Gonna Break My Stride”. Well, thank God I did! The music was so ENERGIZING! Just what I needed. I had so much fun, that I depend on music to Motivate me when I need a boost! In fact, I had a hard time to make myself stop moving. I was dripping in sweat and i felt fantastic. I would love to hear your experience, please share it here___________ Mon, 22 Jun 2015 12:46:08 EST people prefer you with extra weight? Last winter I became sedentary and my weight went up to 150lbs.I coudn`t fit into my skinny jeans anymore so I decided to start tracking my calories and exercising . <BR> <BR> I am down to 122 lbs….and I am 5`3 .I now exercise regularly and watch my portion sizes to maintain my weight. <BR> <BR> I feel great but today and I can fit into jeans again. However, I had one lady at work ask me if I dont eat anymore. I told her that I do and then she asked if I am on a diet .I told her that I ju... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 11:07:43 EST Looking for someone similar for motivation Hello! <BR> <BR> Just joined today. I have decided to change my lifestyle to lose some weight. I'm 27, currently 180 lbs and want to lose 40 lbs. I would like a weight loss partner for accountability and support :) Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:59:24 EST What is your Workout Playlist Music is a great motivator for me and I am always looking to add new songs to my workout playlist :) I figured I would share my workout playlist and if you want to share your favorite songs maybe we can find a few we haven't heard yet, or heard in a while and grow our playlist :) I am always adding to mine, and I find on the days that I feel like talking myself out of my workout just turning on my playlist will help to motivate me back into my routine :) <BR> <BR> Feed my Frankenstein-------... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:40:19 EST Accountability Parnter I am looking for an Accountability Partner to keep me motivated and on track in my weight loss journey. I will do the same for you. I need help staying within my calorie limits -- and to keep my carbohydrates down- that is my weakness. Fri, 19 Jun 2015 09:43:09 EST Staying motivated while sad/depressed Hi, <BR> <BR> I started eating better and exercising daily the beginning of April. My goal to get healthy. My Doctor told me I was heart attack or stroke waiting to happen. I was doing quite well with exercise and eating right. I had a minor set back with exercise as I injured my foot early into it but made adjustments. <BR> <BR> I unexpectedly lost my very beloved pet last Friday. He was old (at least 18 as how long I had him and was a stray adult when I got him) but doing well until last... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:22:34 EST Staying Motivated With Over 100 Pounds To Lose No, it's not fun to talk about. Yes, you know it's going to take a bit of time. People don't always notice when you've dropped even 20 pounds. You can still wear all your same clothes and they don't feel all that different. <BR> <BR> Any of that sound familiar? <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> I went to the doctor this morning and got weighed in. I was excited to see that I'd lost another 3 pounds this week. That brought me to 12 lost in a month. I was pleased. What I wasn't expecting was my doct... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:47:53 EST Night time binging When I get home after work I am ravenous! Will stand at the counter and eat sweets while cooking dinner for family. If I could control eating from 6-10pm I would be set! Too tired to exercise at that time and have to car pool kids, clean up after supper etc! What to do? Wed, 17 Jun 2015 08:18:50 EST Motivation Question Hi <BR> I hope this is the right place to ask questions. <BR> I am wondering if a reward system helps or not. <BR> Or is that more of a person to person thing? <BR> I'm curious about the answers and thank you. Wed, 17 Jun 2015 03:10:26 EST pie I had a bad day but i learned a very big lesson. So i went over a bit on calories. But the lesson was. I really did not need that coconut pie . But a better choice would of been go home make some coconut pudding for 80 calories and would of made me just as happy. So next time if i get a dessert attack i will think about it long and hard, Go for a better choice. And that pie 523. So i just dusted my feet off and got a bottle of water. Now it really turned a bad day to a good day. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 20:00:57 EST stop driving by the gym I have been paying for a membership to our small town community gym and haven't used it yet! My intentions was to stop in and use the treadmill, or the weight training equipment on my way home every night. Needless to say I haven't done it yet. How ever I have been still getting exercise in other ways and places. I'm not sure why I'm not committing myself yet. I come up with excuses like I need to get home, or I spend too much time in town before I come home. I live only 4 miles from th... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 22:14:17 EST Visualization and motivation, no drive! I can visualize myself being active and thinner. I have the want to exercise and eat cleaner, but I can't seem to push myself to exercise. Cleaner eating is easier as long as I tell my husband what I want to eat for dinner, but if he decides, it is usually not so good for me. Tastes great, but not so healthy! My question is, how do I get the drive to get out of bed 20-30 minutes earlier to work out? I've changed jobs and now sit ALL day long, big shock from being on my feet most of the da... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 09:39:01 EST Accountability buddy Hi everyone, I had lost 10 kg weight (22 pounds) last year, by running regularly and sensible eating, however have put on around 3kg in the last 4 months as was sitting at home and preparing for exams. I'm a 30 year old woman, doctor by profession, need a partner/s who I can keep in touch on a daily basis either by email or WhatsApp/WhatsApp group .. Please get back to me via email if anyone looking for a similar buddy. Mon, 15 Jun 2015 08:34:41 EST how do you stay motivated during a weekend away? I haven't been on a trip and sparked in a while. I find it much easier to stay on track while I'm at home. What do you do over the weekend, especially a weekend away to STAY ON TRACK?!? Fri, 12 Jun 2015 11:08:42 EST dislike your body AFTER you started working out? Has this happened to anyone? Fri, 12 Jun 2015 10:57:52 EST no motivation Since I started a new workout program about 4 months ago to firm and tone up my body, I have actually started to dislike my body. I never really had no issue with it before working out. I am 5'4" and weigh 132. I changed my diet to eat healthier and exercise 5 days a week, doing both cardio and weight lifting. I have gained 6 lbs, lost (very ) minimal inches, and my clothes fit the same. I look the same in the before and after pictures. I do not see results and have lost all motivation. Every... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 21:49:26 EST Motivation/Staying on Track I've been trying to stay on track these last few days, but I've come to realize that junk food is my absolute weakness! I've tried keeping all that bad food out of my house, but I've found that if I want it badly enough, I'll just drive to the store and get it. I don't know why I give in so easily, and it's so frustrating! The more I cave into sweets, the less motivated I feel, and the more I eat. How do you guys deal with those crazy cravings and stay motivated enough to stick with your plan... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:59:53 EST Motivation has left me. I lost 55 pounds.NOW I HAVE GAINED EIGHT (8), POUNDS. I CANNOT PUT MY FINGER ON WHERE MY MOTIVATION WENT, but I cannot seem to get a handle on it. Please help! Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:09:38 EST Need a new way of doing things I am 46 years old, I used to runt o stay in shape, in my early 40's my knees started bothering me, so I went to a walk/jog type of exercise. Now any form of jogging kills my knees and my back. I am only walking at this point. Since I cannot run any more my weight has been creeping up. I also now work in a more sedentary job for 12 hours a day. I am having a hard time adjusting to the new work schedule, the lack of mobility and the weight gain. Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:32:55 EST My first 1000 Calorie Burn!! So, yesterday after my 45 minutes workout on my old stationary bike, I logged it in my Spark People app, and guess what?......, I burned more than 1,000 calories in one day. I can not remember the last time, if ever I was able to achieve that!!! Anyhow, I stepped on the scale this morning and I lost 0.4 lbs., not the best, but I burned 1,000 calories!!! To me that was worth more!! I shall carry on!!! <em>198</em> Tue, 9 Jun 2015 13:00:14 EST Chair Dancing At Work I'm finding this surprisingly motivating! <BR> <BR> I do find it helps to have your own office and music. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Yes, I have been caught doing it by several coworkers. I just smile and tell them I'm feeling the music. No, I usually don't stop, they think I'm a little strange anyway. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Anyone else doing it? Tue, 9 Jun 2015 11:41:08 EST TODAY IM GOING TO EXCRISE LIKE WE SHOULD BUT ALSO REMBER GODJESUS LOVES US FOR HE MADE US Tue, 9 Jun 2015 07:06:04 EST Six weeks and no change on the scale Hi Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I need help! I have made the following changes in the last six weeks: <BR> -eating no sugar <BR> -diet of whole foods, eating 1.500-1.600 calories each day <BR> -exercise of 40-60 min each day (walking, spinning, swimming, strength training) <BR> -journaling every bite I eat <BR> -Meditating 5-20 min each day <BR> -Sleep: eight hours or more <BR> I am 6ft 4 and I weigh 151 pounds. <BR> <BR> Changes so far: I think some of ny clothes feel a little bit looser, but not a... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 17:32:07 EST Need friends. Ex Wanted me to GAIN lbs so I did :( I was working out at home for a half a hour, so I thought I would up things a little by joining a gym. Im not weighing myself til the 5th. That gives me a month, Ill do inches every week. Im doing weights and cardio. I know I'm going to add muscle. I need to work out my abs. Im a little big around the waist as you can see by my chart. My boyfriend and I broke up about 2 months ago. and I lost 18 pounds in a month. Just couldn't eat and workout at home. He wanted me FAT and I was okay with it ... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 16:51:11 EST not sure I can do this Coming back to spark was the easy part.... Actually sticking with it not so much. I don't think I have made one whole day where I have charted everything I ate or did. :-( Its hard to do with two little ones and they are the reason I have to lose weight and get into shape. Its just like I have a gym membership but it doesn't help if you don't go.... <BR> ANY SUGGESTIONS? Mon, 8 Jun 2015 16:34:00 EST I bought a bikini at 53 years old I am down to the last 10 lbs to lose and want to be back in a two piece suit for the summer. I have laid out in the sun twice now (using sunscreen) to get my belly and back tanned (oh they are so white). And i feel alot better than I thought I would. My first test wearing it out in public will be in a couple weeks when we go to Key West for our anniversary. I do not know anyone there, so will not care what anyone beside myself thinks about how I look. Then I have two months to finish losing t... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 09:56:38 EST Specific days of the week more tough? Does anyone else have a specific day or days of the week that is always harder to stay motivated? I seem to crash hard every Wednesday. It's the one day I'm guaranteed to have off work every week, but I can't seem to get anything done because I just feel like crap. And then I get frustrated with myself, because I'm wasting what should be productive time. Can anyone relate? Fri, 5 Jun 2015 13:09:19 EST Not Feeling It Today... Feeling blah..Didn't sleep well and my gallbladder was giving me fits last night. I ate some nutter butter cookies and a couple of tablespoons of icing. I do not want to workout today. I like coming here for motivation and inspiration. Help me! lol! Fri, 5 Jun 2015 08:15:20 EST Back at it...Again It has been just over a year since I last logged on to SP. In fact, May 19, 2014 was the last day. <BR> <BR> Last night, while I was reading with my eReader propped on my belly, I realized how puffy I was. This morning I weighed myself and discovered I have put on 44 pounds in the year I was away from SP. <BR> <BR> You see I suffer from Fibromyalgia with no medical support, I am under extremely high stress and often, to escape my wretched life, I disappear into books and/or binge eat. <BR> ... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 15:20:55 EST Accountability partner!! :D Good evening!! I am looking for an accountability partner!! My name is Chelsea and I am 29 year old mom of 2 boys!! I have lost 95 lbs and have hit a huge plateau. I LOVE fitness and exercise almost daily but really struggle with nutrition and staying on track with my motivation. I would love to find someone that I can check in with daily through messaging and email. If anyone would like someone that is upbeat and supportive we can support each other through this journey, send me a mess... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 23:38:07 EST Out of hope Venting/Self-pity party - I have been so discouraged lately. As if Fibromyalgia wasn't bad enough, it gets even worse when you add a lot of weight to it (like 200+lbs to lose). I think about how positive I was 3 years ago when I was initially diagnosed with it (had it a lot longer) and how despite the pain and fatigue, had more energy because I had hope. I'd lost 30lbs and have no gained it all back plus 10 more. Now, I've tried every drug out there for fibro and nothing has helped. I was... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 18:24:21 EST Back on Track So, yesterday after work, I decided to do something I have not done in a long time. I exercised for 45 minutes on my good old fashion stationary bike. I felt great afterwards. I thought to myself, "I should be doing this everyday after work." Sometimes, the "Old School" is the best way to stay on track. <em>30</em> Wed, 3 Jun 2015 12:21:50 EST Today was a bad day I just really tried starting at this yesterday, tried to eat healthy an work out, but already on day two i have failed. I didnt eat most of the day due to stress at work then come home an had a very unhealthy meal. It didnt help that i got in a huge fight with the boyfriend too. What can i do to stay motivated, not even a day yet and already having a hard time... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 23:39:26 EST feeling rather down at the moment Just came back from a community theatre audition that was held last night and tonight. I've been active with this house for the past three years, and (reading between the lines) have found out that the "powers that be" only want me for the regular comedies, and refuse to cast me in any singing parts whatsoever. <BR> The cast list will be chosen by tomorrow, and the calls for casting will begin probably Thursday or Friday. I know I will only be offered chorus (read: set dressing). <BR> <B... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 21:25:03 EST Results? I'm an old member who made it, then re-injured herself, and am now climbing myself back out of this hole. I've got roughly 65 lbs. to go. For two months, I've been working out faithfully 3-4 days a week. I have only seen a 6 lb. Loss, and that fluctuates daily with water in take. I'm used to larger weight loss by this point. What's been your experience with starting weight loss? Tue, 2 Jun 2015 19:25:29 EST Commenting on someone else weight loss..... Does anyone find it awkwards when you compliment someone on their weight loss and then 6 months later they gain it all back.I find it awkward <em>2</em> Ofcourse I wont say anything and I pretend like I don`t notice.This only happened with this guy from work that I am friends with from work who lost weight when he went on crash diet and he brought it up and asked me if he I notice that he lost weight.I said yes, you look great.Now months later he gained it back and its kind of awkward .I ... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 17:58:13 EST I Messed Up....again!!! Need help Good morning all, so, yesterday Monday, for some reason, I decided to eat everything in sight!!! Why am I always sabotaging myself!! I was doing so well, exercising, tracking what I was eating and having fun. So, this morning, I'm starting on the right foot. Let's see what happens... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 07:07:53 EST Rains got me down I hate this rain. I can't get out and use the streets. Mon, 1 Jun 2015 16:14:40 EST What do you do when you are depressed? I've had a bad weekend emotion-wise. I don't know how to get out of this down mood. <BR> <BR> I'd love to exercise but my knee is blown out so that is a huge issue right now for me. So far, I've managed to hold off the binge-eating - go me. <BR> <BR> What things do you do when life gives you lemons and things aren't looking too good for the future? Mon, 1 Jun 2015 13:18:37 EST What Really Motivates You? I'm doing well; however, I would love to hear what makes you motivated and how you get through the tough times. Mon, 1 Jun 2015 11:05:47 EST JUNE 2015 Appreciations/Gratitude Thread -Welcome! "If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get." Frank A. Clark <BR> <BR> If you are not familiar with this tradition, we suggest you write 5 things you are grateful for, appreciate or are working in your life each day. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hope to see you! Sun, 31 May 2015 20:57:53 EST On Day 2 of Rainy Day - Drained =[ I've been trying to exercise off my inches and doing fairly well - 2 more inches til my 20% mark and I want to get to the 40% mark before August. <BR> <BR> I'm determined to lose but it's been raining for 2 days straight now, gloomy and disgusting out and it's like pulling the energy from under my skin and the want to exercise - like a dementor =[ <BR> <BR> Need motivation or tips that help you deal with days like this... Sun, 31 May 2015 15:28:06 EST Need new people to keep me on track.. Anyone want to add me as a friend to encourage each other? <em>252</em> Sat, 30 May 2015 09:56:19 EST exercise Need a exercise body in the kingsport, tn area. Fri, 29 May 2015 20:53:35 EST Spark Teams and Having a firm grasp on what I want<BR>individual.asp <BR> I created a spark team but uh <BR> <BR> My motivation is I have a child on the way and I really don't want to feel like a failure beside him as he grows. I've always been told by my family to eat well, stay active, do this, do that - always trying to keep us active so we wouldn't become overweight like them... but I think it's kind of hard. They didn't practice what was preached... I don't know if that was entirely it, but I d... Fri, 29 May 2015 20:22:01 EST I saw my future at the supermarket, Well sort of.. So, the other day I was on my weekly grocery shop when I noticed a young woman in a motorized wheel chair. She was extremely over weight. All of a sudden I saw myself in that wheel chair. You see, I am over weight also and I have knee problems. I've already had two knee surgeries. When I saw the woman riding up and down the aisles, I just said to myself, " OMG!!!, that could be me in couple of years!!!" From that day on I have decided that no matter what size I am, I will start to exerc... Fri, 29 May 2015 05:25:10 EST What can I do to lose my bellyroll? It's driving me bonkers! I watch what I eat, do cardio and Pilates, HIIT too sometimes, but my bellyroll is still there. I have been trying for years but it just won't go! <BR> <BR> I am 42, 4 feet 11 and currently weigh 58.5kgs. <BR> <BR> I am on dialysis so I can't lift handweights. Thu, 28 May 2015 12:40:28 EST Quesion For The Ladies Ok Ladies, I have a question if anyone has the answer plz share.. <BR> The question is this...I'm wondering, is it possible that since I'm losing weight and more active than I used to be, and eating way better than I used cycle is lighter? <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks Thu, 28 May 2015 00:32:09 EST Anyone else have a Food Zombie? I need to lose over 150 pounds. I figure that's the size of another person I'm dragging around with me. She's just weighing me down, holding me back from what I want to do. Sometimes she wants stuff that isn't good for me... like donuts or fast food. I picture this moaning food zombie calling out for stuff. "Doooonnnnuuuts.... " And it makes me laugh. <BR> <BR> I found myself talking to her and telling her no. Sometimes, when I'm in the car (by myself), I will tell her no out loud. I figured... Wed, 27 May 2015 10:24:20 EST looking for a accountability partner I'm a business owner in the Seattle area, and I'm looking for a accountability partner regarding business, fitness and self development. I want to have a 30 min call each week and a couple of emails as well. Please respond to this post with your email, or email me directly at if you are interested. Tue, 26 May 2015 17:39:48 EST Motivation I never give up. Tue, 26 May 2015 09:32:23 EST No Motivation!!! I know what needs to be done. I've done it before. I was a healthy weight until about six years ago... The 40's hit and my first baby started college and I gained about 40 pounds FAST. I've exercised and successfully eaten healthy with fair results before. But I get frustrated or bored or sidetracked (not sure which one) and then it's over. <BR> Thankfully I am still physically and mentally able to do it. But I have less than ZERO motivation. <BR> I'm almost 48 years old and things are star... Mon, 25 May 2015 11:27:53 EST Weighing in....! Why is it effort isn't reflected on the scale, but instead the opposite shows up? So discouraging when you do all the healthy stuff and expect a result and get a downer instead. I am not letting it mess me up, just annoyed! Mon, 25 May 2015 11:07:11 EST not sure how to feel about myself Hi there, <BR> it's my first time using the message board as i'm a pretty shy person but i have a question for anybody that's reading this. How do you stay motivated when you don't see result? To be more specific, when you don't see the results you are hoping for? <BR> <BR> In my case I feel discouraged by my effort to get in shape. I've been working out for the past 4 months and although I saw good results in the first 2 months ( dropped 5 kg, lost cm on my hips and waist, even went down ... Sun, 24 May 2015 15:03:06 EST Weight loss and fear I realize this is going to make me sound completely loony, but I'm posting anyways just because I need some outside voices. So I'm 35, 5'6 with a little over 100lbs to lose, and I've made several starts and then stopped for various reasons, or rather excuses. But what it really comes down to is fear. I keep hearing I'm too old to lose weight (I'm 35) and I shouldn't even bother, I hear that I'll have tons of extra skin and I'll look like I never lost the weight, I'm afraid that if that's not... Sat, 23 May 2015 12:39:35 EST Come Join Us... I would love to invite you to join our team .... CALLING ALL VEGANS, VEGETARIANS and FLEXITARIANS. <BR> <BR> Making fruits, grains and vegetables the main source of our eating plan. Plant-based way of eating can help prevent, manage and even reverse serious illness. For those that are slowing cutting back on meat products and gearing for a Plant Based way of living, this is the place to be. <BR> <BR> All you have to do to join on my picture or the words below it on the right h... Tue, 19 May 2015 11:38:14 EST Best You Tube exercise sites I love You Tube. I like to find workouts and then I don't get bored. What channels do you go to? Who is your favorite instructor to follow? I am always looking for more. My favorites are Fitness Blender, Jessica Smith, Life time fitness, and Chris Freytag. How about you? Mon, 18 May 2015 14:41:55 EST Staying focused Good morning everyone! I work in a college athletic department and I am working with our strength and conditioning coach on a diet plan. Things are going well and I can't deny the success through five weeks (12.2 lbs down), but I also am starting to get bored with the same food; I feel like my life has revolved around Greek yogurt, chicken, lean beef and ground turkey for the last 35 days. He has told me that we will be changing up the program in a couple weeks, any suggestions for making thi... Mon, 18 May 2015 10:38:13 EST Motivation wavering. Hey guys! <BR> <BR> I started reeeally trying to lose weight again on the first of may. I lost fifty pounds, but gained a little back and I've kinda been stuck here. I started food logging and I haven't gone over my calories even once! I try to walk when I can and I live up two flights of stairs, so I get a little cardio every day, no matter what. <BR> <BR> I guess it's just that it's been sixteen days now and I don't own a bathroom scale or anything I could measure myself with ( my fault ... Sat, 16 May 2015 22:29:57 EST I am losing more motivation then weight with out going into a long back ground history of me I am going to come right out and say I am so frustrated and I just want to go off the grid.. I want to stop this nonsence of working out hard eating right and not being able to lose one pound.. and god for bid if I do eat something stupid maybe a slice of cheese cake or something I am up 3 pounds.. <BR> <BR> I have been struggling for 5 months now.. it really started 10 months ago.. I was struggling and then the holidays came and I was st... Sat, 16 May 2015 17:39:32 EST BUDDY Hi everyone! I am Abby and I am looking for a weight loss buddy for mutual support and accountability! Anyone? :) <BR> Let me tell you a little more about myself: I am 27 years young, happily married since 2012 and have a year young daughter. You can read more about me in my sparkpage Fri, 15 May 2015 20:24:41 EST who's determined? I am determined to keep a positive mind, work hard, stay focused and keep faith that no matter the situation(s) ahead I will get through them with flying colors. I will remember the why's and find the best way to get the answer to just keep being determined. <BR> <BR> Find it in yourself, a reason, a way keep being determined!!! Fri, 15 May 2015 16:10:13 EST Consistency Consistency is what I need to stay motivated. I do good for a few days or weeks, and then i revert back to what's confortable for me. I want to make a serious lifestyle change, and stop looking for comfort in food. Wed, 13 May 2015 14:25:10 EST June Birthday Challenge So, I've decided to take a new approach to weight loss. No measuring. No counting. No tracking. Just finding a balance between eating a LOT of whole, unprocessed foods, having some treats on occasion, and avoiding artificial ingredients as much as possible. I'm eating out less, cooking more, and focusing on healthy habits. <BR> <BR> As a kick start to this, I've decided to do a little Birthday challenge in the month of June to help get me off on the right foot with more fruits and vegetabl... Wed, 13 May 2015 14:19:59 EST Anyone else tired? I want to stay on track today so badly but I am just so tired. I am tired of planning meals, fearing failure and overeating. I am thinking of leaving work early today to catch up on sleep. Any tips from you seasoned sparkers out there? Tue, 12 May 2015 08:25:08 EST First goal is by October 1st I am shooting for 38-40 pounds by October 1st. I feel that if I lose that much then I can feel better about the way I look for family pictures. That is 143 days away. <BR> My second goal would be a total loss of 63 pounds by around January 1st. That is 235 days from now. Plus I would feel better about the way I look before I go to meet my husbands friends from his unit. <BR> I have an ultimate goal of around 93 pounds by mid May next year. Which is about 370 days away. I want to be able to g... Mon, 11 May 2015 17:48:31 EST Stress and weight loss If you are managing all mother aspects of your life correctly ( diet, exersize, etc...) can stress keep you from loosing weight? How big a factor does it play really? Mon, 11 May 2015 17:09:53 EST My scale was mean to be this morning But I will not give up. <BR> <BR> Although I worked our like crazy this weekend and ate within my range, my scale went up 0.8 kgs this morning. I'm sad and disapointed, After two weeks of behaving I still haven't lost anything. <BR> <BR> But I will not give up. <BR> Mon, 11 May 2015 06:12:56 EST fell off the band wagon So I been pretty absent in my working out and even eating right. Today I want to start it all over again. Is there any tips so I don't keep falling off. I fell off due to stress in my life and having to pull 50-75 hours a week because we are short of staffing that on my time I just want to sleep and snuggle with my little one. Now I am 250 pounds yeek any tips or advice or if anyone wants to slap me for these excuses let me know Sun, 10 May 2015 02:17:51 EST Lost & Found I've lost my "love handles" and found lots of energy. <BR> <BR> Your turn Sat, 9 May 2015 13:59:55 EST Want to be part of a team that checks in daily? Would you like to be a part of a team checking in DAILY? Give/receive motivation, accountability, encouragement, tips, and suggestions! Let's inspire each other to stay on track moving towards our goals! Join the team by clicking "My SparkPage" then scroll down and click on the team "250-350 Check in daily". <BR> <em>229</em> <em>213</em> <em>381</em> <em>223</em> <em>220</em> <em>235</em> <em>48</em> <em>30</em> <em>387</em> <em>331</em> <em>199</em> Sat, 9 May 2015 07:42:30 EST Telling someone that they gained weight.....? I remember one day I walked in at work and one of my co worker said hi to me and we exchanged pleasantries. I then went on about my business and while I was opening the linen room to put my purse away she said ``She put on so much weight! look at her bum! She was telling the other lady but she said it in very voice loud enough for me to hear it on purpose <BR> <BR> Not only was it hurtful but I was also embarrassed. It made me feel worse and ruined my day. I told her after that it hurt my f... Fri, 8 May 2015 19:57:40 EST Progress I've been consistent with working out at the gym in the mornings. I even upped the game a little today by using the "Weight Loss" program on the elliptical rather than the "Quick Start" option. I did sweat a little more! ;] Fri, 8 May 2015 11:41:39 EST