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 Frustrated! I'm very frustrated right now. I've been working out and tracking my calories since the first week of January. I lost 6 lbs the first week, and for the last two, it's been ounces. I'm feeling so defeated. I am staying within my recommended ranges for calories, etc., and am running and doing the "Express Circuit" at Planet Fitness every other day. I don't drink anything but water and coffee (black, with an equal)...I'm doing everything by the book, so to speak. So what gives?? I just do... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:13:15 EST What to do when I have no mood to exercise? I constantly feel this way! Am I lazy or crazy? But most of the time, I make myself do it anyway. But how do I get rid of this feeling!? It's like I think : Exercise time! Oh No! Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:10:17 EST I A.M. D.O.I.N.G. I.T!!!!!! Just a quick note to scream out into the SPark Universe that I have been working this science o physiology that is Spark People AND I AM DOING IT!!! I am going to reach my goal and already felt great from day 2. SO grateful and so happy. I am actually enjoying modifying my body everyday. Keep it up all you heroes on SP. We got this!!!! Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:09:24 EST Afraid to get on the scale... Week four of my new "commitment to health" and I am afraid to get on the scale. <BR> <BR> I had two pieces of cake and four cookies this weekend and I feel like I derailed myself and the scale will only prove me right. <BR> <BR> Why can't I do this? I KNOW what to do WHY can't I do it? Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:33:08 EST staying motivated with little sleep Hi All! <BR> I am in need of a little assistance. <BR> I have a toddler, and 9 month old, I work full time, and due to tough circumstances my family is living in 1 room in my parent's basement. <BR> Our toddler struggles to sleep through the night, and will wake up once or twice a night. <BR> Our 9 month old also may wake up once a night, sometimes more if my toddler wakes him up. <em>101</em> <BR> My family has all had boughts of colds, and flu-like bugs, meaning even more night awakenin... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:58:36 EST Staying motivated? More like re-motivating! After a break since around Thanksgiving or before, I am working to get back to counting my food calories every day and getting back down to my goal intake. I also am looking for more employment this year to add to our family's income. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:52:31 EST Feeling so sore & tired! I walked 10,300 steps this morning, and now my legs feel so sore and I feel so tired! I also forgot to stretch! Is it too late to stretch now, it has been several hours after my walk. <BR> <BR> I was planning on some Pilates in the evening, ab work, mostly but I just feel so tired and sore! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 01:41:52 EST What is your night time routine? Currently I don't really have one, (I work late) but I'd like to add in that even when I get home late from work I do at least 5 min of stretching to unwind and eat a small healthy snack when I get home (I have an active job). Like yogurt. <BR> <BR> In the evenings, I'd like to take a shower every night to help relax, make sure the house is clean (my fiance is very clean so as long as I clean up all of my own messes before I leave for work this shouldn't be a huge problem.) <BR> <BR> So: <... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:15:18 EST INSTAGRAM Is there anyone that has a motivating instagram that has health/fitness post or lifting, etc. If so post your username! Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:27:28 EST No motivation. missing my workout buddy Been a rough 6 months. My daughter went to college and was my workout buddy. Wondering how everyone stays motivated and on track? Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:00:58 EST Need motivation It seems that I'm lacking the motivation needed to eat healthy & exercise......I'm always leaving it for the "next day" and it never happens.......any advice will be appreciated.... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:52:32 EST Levels Above 20 I am writing to ask to consider making the levels above Level 20 20,000 points between levels. I really find it motivating to work toward the next level, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. It seems like forever until I reach Level 21 - it's a 50K difference from 20 - 21. I still have over 32K to go, and I spark everyday. <BR> <BR> If there are others of you who feel the same way, please post your notes here. But I'm not sure how many will see this, as I often don't come to this board unl... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:43:47 EST Say 1 positive thing about yourself I'm caring <em>224</em> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:21:14 EST Stay True Slow and steady wins the race every time! Stay true to yourself and stay focused on your weight goal. Rome wasn't built in a day. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:40:12 EST Singer/Pianist John McAndrew Shows Hope on "Pray" Accomplished singer and pianist John McAndrew shows us the true meaning of hope and forgiveness on “Pray”, the new single off of his brand new album titled Forgiven. No stranger to inspiration, John has utilized his talents to pass that same motivation onto the listener, sending messages of love and worship through the art of storytelling. Although he has a strong spiritual foundation, his deep love of the blues genre has made it possible for him to expand beyond the Christian rock community ... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:34:50 EST I'm grateful for... health and life Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:02:20 EST Ever wonder if it's all worth it? So background on me, back in 2010 I lost over 80 lbs, down from 233 or so. Over the course of the last 4 years I've gain and lost and gained and lost again. As of right now, I'm down 25lb from my all time high in the last 4 years. I'm on a roll, I'm tracking religiously, I'm exercising about 260 minutes a week (18 miles total). I'm cross-training, I limit sugar, salt, carbs, and I eat tons of veggies and lean proteins, and I'm always in my optimal calorie range. <BR> <BR> Over the last m... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:27 EST a new way of thinking i worked in a hospital for 30 years as a med tech, they often had programs for nurses concerning stress but never for us, we were on our own, its obvious you are dealing with too much stress but im sure you need the job, so you are stuck there for awhile anyway, stress causes weight gain and tiredness. i gained 100 pounds during my career. i am retired now and have managed to lose 60lbs. tracking your food is a must!!! i think turbo jam is the best workout for me because i can pretty much do ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:31:33 EST ugh someone motivate me :/ I did 50 minutes of cardio today (20 minutes of it vigorous) and i'm finding it hard to motivate myself to do my strength training :/ <BR> <BR> I just really want to lay here like a tub of lard lol. <BR> <BR> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:46:31 EST I Am Motivated Since I joined Spark, I have been motivated to lose weight. I am eating more vegetables now since I can see my nutrition after I log my food eaten. It tells me what to eat more of and I really get encouraged. Also Spark Coach is awesome! It helps me to exercise more and eat right. I love SparkPeople. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 19:27:13 EST No scale weight loss? I want to do this journey without stepping on a scale for at least 6 months. Only using my clothes and pictures as indicators of weight loss. Do you think this is a good idea or am I setting myself up for failure? Fri, 16 Jan 2015 19:49:23 EST Ain't Nothing To It But To Do It I know that I spend more time talking about it than I do being about it but when I just get up and do it , time flies and it's done. So , I say " ain't nothing to it but to do it " . Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19:18:33 EST Is your kitchen clean? Mine is a big mess, but I am going to clean it right now. I'm going to put on some rockin' music on Pandora and clean that mess!! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>306</em> <em>223</em> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:46:36 EST Can't lose weight! So frustrated! Hi there! <BR> <BR> I have 90 pounds to lose. Last year I lost 10 pounds in two weeks, just watching my calories. I gained 2 back and am now 229 at 5'4". I started back slowly in Dec. just watching my portions and carbs but not really journaling my food because of the holidays. Well Jan.3 I started a 1500cals diet and keeping my carbs under 45g per meals. Most days I stay under the 1500 even. I have only lost a pound! I am so discouraged because I lost so fast last year. I was hoping the fir... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:18:29 EST Your Quote of the Day Quote of the day: "If the person you are talking to doesn't appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear." ~ Winnie the Pooh Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:24:28 EST From 213 to 185 Daily Check IN Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:16:41 EST MY 21 DAY CHALLENGE my 21 day challenge consist of eating fish chicken white meat only fruits veggies whole grains and cutting out all junk food dairy no red meatI stay motivated by thinking once my 21 day challenge is done with I have a nice bowl of ice cream to treat myself and start the 21 day challenge all over again. So far I've been on it for a week and I have lost 3 pounds no exercise and my confidence is up the roof Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:16:07 EST A good motivational clip Do you think your size gets in your way or exercise or wearing certain clothing? Check this out: <BR> <link><BR>-next-blew-everyone-away/?utm_source=d<BR>amn&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=chubbydamn </link> <BR> <BR> Kris Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:10:11 EST What is your weight loss plan for the week? Today: rest, eat healthy so I don't get sick. Cook a crock pot meal tonight. Go to grocery store. Cook a stir fry of cabbage and tofu. Go to work. Do some yoga and stretch out. Drink a LOT of water. Buy a gallon of water to drink at work. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow: have the day off work! walk dog to the park in the morning 1 mile. oatmeal for breakfast. go to grocery store, cook lunch and dinner. zumba tomorrow night at 6pm. during the day, clean the house, consider buying craft suppli... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:06:20 EST I am not Inspired At my Toastmasters meeting yesterday, one of our DTMs* gave a speech on inspiration. He pointed out something I hadn't thought of. <BR> <BR> Inspiration is external. Motivation is internal. <BR> <BR> I realized that all the inspiring posts, memes, videos, and stories do nothing until we decide we're ready to make a change. We can wipe away a tear at the little girl who runs with prosthetic legs, but until we decide to get off our butt and move the inspiration means nothing. <BR> <BR> Ma... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:12:39 EST New team to help keep you motivated I created a new fitness/exercise team to help keep you motivated. We are called Team30. It was created because I didn't want to get stuck in the same old patterns of exercise. I needed to up my program- so I decided to include friends/ teammates. It helps keep us motivated! Come check us out. Link is included in my signature line!! Mon, 12 Jan 2015 06:47:19 EST Does your family make it tough to keep on track? I have to say that having a family is definitely difficult because I'm the only one with a weight problem. They have foods that I can't have and when I cut a piece of cake for my kids or give them a cookie I have to go to a happy place! lol My husband has been the same ideal weight for 16yrs. How is that possible!? We don't eat bad things but snacks and portion sizes are a constant issue. My kids won't finish their popcorn or last night it was Doritos and I just want to finish it for them. M... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 10:01:22 EST Everyone in my house has problems gaining weight.. Well except me, my husband and kids (aged 17 months and 3 1/2 yrs) really struggle to put on weight so to make them eat what I eat is not realistic. I have always had to give the kids full fat dairy and although fruits and veggies are alway plentiful and the kids eat a wide variety I will also give them higher calorie foods. My husband will be supportive as far as he will tell me not to eat something I shouldnt be, but has no problem eating chips and junk food in front of me. Sorry just ne... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 21:47:18 EST Fat under chin I remember getting down to 95 pounds which is the lowest normal weight for my height and there was no fat at all under my chin. Now that I put on a few more pounds and in the middle healthy range It's back a little bit. So does that mean I have to be either underweight/ or the lowest normal weight to get rid of that little bit of fat under my chin? I feel so disgusting with it there. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 19:54:50 EST Feeling great I am feeling great now all I have to do is exercise but eating healthy is a plus. I had steamed broccoli with green, yellow, and red bell peppers, water chestnuts, and Portobello mushrooms, with grilled chicken I really enjoyed this healthy meal. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 14:48:05 EST This is much harder than I thought. I just got back from some international volunteer work where I was walking about 8-10 miles a day for 18 months. I guess my body is really used to eating a LOT, like I did to maintain that lifestyle, because I can't seem to hit my calorie ranges. I'll start out well in the morning, but by lunch I've overeaten. By the evening I've given up on tracking because I'm so ashamed of how much I've eaten. And because my eating habits are so out of control, I'm gaining weight like crazy instead of losi... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 09:36:13 EST What to do with big triggers? I had two big triggers yesterday. I set myself up for failure because I'm not ready for one much less two. <BR> 1. Doing bills with my husband leaves me frustrated. We both have different styles, one isn't better than the other, just different. And we are entrenched in our ways. I don't need financial suggestions just how to deal with the cravings from anger? <BR> <BR> 2. I love my grandchildren and we have great times together. The best. My 8 yr ikd granddaughter is my best play pa... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 08:41:22 EST Challenge Team - 100% Commitment to losing 100lbs Hey Ladies! <BR> <BR> My friend and I have started a team for ladies called 100% to 100lbs. This is a challenge for any ladies who want to drop 100 in 2015. It doesn't matter if 100lbs is your ultimate goal or if you want to go further after that, but we are challenging each other to lose 100 this year. <BR> <BR> Our goal is to motivate ourselves and each other to reach this goal in 2015! <BR> <BR> There are monthly challenges (January's is to try one new activity that you haven't done be... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 13:43:37 EST I wish I were an early bird... I have this vision of getting up early and exercising before work every day -- occasionally I manage to actually do it but so often I sleep too late and work out after a 12-hour day (which makes me dislike it intensely) or I miss it because I'm too tired by 9pm! <BR> <BR> Who else struggles with being a night owl? Any tips for coping with it or changing your sleeping habits? Thu, 8 Jan 2015 15:46:43 EST Excel Spreadsheet Group Tracking Help Does anyone have a spreadsheet they could share? I'm responsible for tracking results of our group. Something simple is better. Starting weight, weekly weigh-ins, and percent lost. <BR> <BR> Oh and I started SP 3 years ago and have lost 35 lbs. Changed my life! Thu, 8 Jan 2015 13:05:05 EST Just. Can't. Get. Motivated. Helllpp !!! :-} I have a thousand reasons to lose this weight. I have a thousand reasons to be motivated... I have a zillion things I'm grateful for... but for some unknown reason I just can't FEEL the motivation!! <BR> I even have the tools I need IN MY HOUSE! <BR> WHY oh WHY can't I take the facts and translate them into action? <BR> <BR> HELP !!!! :):):) Wed, 7 Jan 2015 09:41:29 EST Need a new point of view. Can someone help me with ways to stay motivated and break how much I have to lose up so it doesn't seem so overwhelming. The life change is so hard and I"m trying to figure out how to slowly integrate it because right now I'm so overwhelmed. <BR> <BR> I had lost 37 lbs. last year because the doctor gave me phentromine (it's been the only way diet and exercise has ever resulted in weight loss for me). But it is only available for 3 months because of heart issues. I got comfortable and stopp... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 08:21:24 EST spark store? New...again... and as a way of staying motivated I had promised myself I would get something small from spark (a DVD or socks or top) for every month on I drop 10-15 lbs. I don't see that stuff on the site any longer. Am I missing it? Tue, 6 Jan 2015 16:43:04 EST Structure & Weight Loss Goals I always thought I hated a routine and structure. I think after working for so many years and needing to get up at a certain time, eat at a certain time, sleep at a certain time and do what I was asked to do by a certain time just made me hate the idea of structure. <BR> <BR> Lol, the simple fact is I get myself into trouble when I don't have enough structure. I've learned that spontaneous eating and grazing sabotages my weight loss efforts. <BR> <BR> How has structure help you achieve yo... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 10:28:52 EST What I Learned in 2014- The motivation myth The jounrey to healthy living really is a journey of self discovery. Probably the biggest thing I learned about healthy living in 2014 is that lack of motivation is a myth. Much like the fabled unicorn, it does not exist. You see, in our heads, we tend to live life backwards. We externalize the internal (e.g. make excuses) and internalize the external (beat ourselves up for things we really have no control over). As a result, we take on what I call the "victim mentality". I see it all t... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 11:55:01 EST getting frustrated Good Morning everyone, I once again am getting frustrated with trying to find my way around the Spark site. When I think I am doing it right I hit the save button and than get messages saying something isn't right so I try to fix it and keep getting the same message so I give up. <BR> This is what happened to me when I was on here 3 years ago and I quit. <BR> I am not going to quit. Is there anybody willing to help this older lady that is not to savvy on these pages navigate around them? Sun, 4 Jan 2015 12:24:40 EST Organizing Live I'm feeling very frustrated because I've been working so hard at weight loss, I've been tracking nutrition and exercise for over a month and I just got on the scale this morning and I am exactly where I was when I started. However, my body looks more toned. I'm just feeling so stressed about money it's hard to exercise. I know exercise will relax me but I feel so tense it's hard to take good care of myself. I need to organize. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 11:46:54 EST need support Have just returned after a few hard years, will have to start all over again but will succeed for my sake and my families.I want to see my grandchildren grow up. <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Jan 2015 06:43:57 EST Impatience I really think the hardest part of losing weight/getting healthy, for me, is the waiting. I have no patience when it comes to this. I want to eat a salad and wake up 100 pounds lighter. Does anyone else know what I mean? How do I deal with this, Sun, 4 Jan 2015 00:34:31 EST Chatter What kinds of self talk chatter goes on in your head? Mine is I'm hungry, what can I eat? No stop and get a glass of water first. Sat, 3 Jan 2015 15:08:41 EST Starting Again I'm making a fresh start today. I invite you to join me and I ask that you encourage me and help me to be accountable to this commitment I've made today. In turn I invite you to reach out to me to help you find the motivation you might need to move forward with your own goals. <BR> <BR> Please visit my SparkPage to read my share today. Sat, 3 Jan 2015 00:20:01 EST Biggest Loser WOW....I just finished watching the last episode on Hulu. Just wonderful. <BR> Jordan, got to go home, I say it that way, because he really needed to be home for the birth of his son. <BR> <BR> But to watch him out running in the COLD with his dog, at 195 lbs. Just so awesom. May he continue forward now that he has arrived!!! Fri, 2 Jan 2015 14:59:23 EST Real Reasons to Get In Shape. 1. Look better in clothes. <BR> 2. Less wheezing when walking. <BR> 3. More energy <BR> 4. Better mood after workouts. <BR> 5. More attention 1hour equals 4 hours remedy for my ADHD. <BR> 6. People at the gym are nice. <BR> 7. My example will encourage other family membersl to make healthier changes. <BR> 8. Need to lower cholesterol. <BR> 9. Work rate 600 bucks higher if don’t lose weight. <BR> 10. Major likelyhood I will get Diabetes if I don’t get in better shape. <BR> 11. Like w... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 10:29:21 EST Hourly Commitment Release Weight! <BR> <BR> Here is where I am, I accept that, I will own that, and I am responsible for all my decisions from this point forward. <BR> <BR> Today I'm willing to get back on track as often as necessary without shame, one meal, one snack at a time. <BR> <BR> How do you get and stay motivated? Hourly? Fri, 2 Jan 2015 09:55:55 EST Staying motivated when scale's not moving much Hey all! I'm Gabriel. I started this journey over a year ago and have lost over 70 pounds to date. I'm on my last 15-20 pounds and it's tough mentally. This is because when I was heavier, I could easily drop 4-5 pounds in a week. Now that I'm much lighter, I lost 2 pounds this week. I know this is the ideal goal but at the same time, I'm in mixed emotions since I was used to losing such big numbers each week. I'm still working at it 100% and not giving up, but I could use some words of wisdom... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 09:47:12 EST Getting started Hey everyone! I'm new to SparkPeople.... <BR> <BR> A few years ago, I had lost all my excess weight but I've put on all the pounds again and can't seem to find the motivation. Can anyone suggest any tips to help keep myself motivated and wanting/enjoying being healthy? Thu, 1 Jan 2015 22:47:24 EST When I'm not 'Feelin' it', I.... When I'm not feeling motivated or chompin at the bit to be active, I think about others who would love to have the opportunity, but can't due to health reasons... <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> When I'm not 'feelin it', that's OKAY, because habits don't develop over feelings, they develop over words put in action... <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Join the thread and tell us what you do when you just 'don't feel it'.... <BR> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 17:42:28 EST 365 Days of Choosing Kindness in 2015 Day 1: I will tell my daughters, my husband, my sister and my pets how much I love them Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:32:54 EST 365 Days of SparkPeople. Did you do it today? Day 1: Yes! Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:30:09 EST 365 Signs of Growth and Change in 2015 Day 1: Picking myself up, dusting myself off, smiling at myself, and being kind to myself on this first day of a brand new year. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:27:58 EST 365 Days of Physical Activity Day 1: Walking my doggy for half an hour Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:25:19 EST 365 Positive Thoughts for 2015 Day 1: I don't have to start over every single day, I only have to my best each day and wake the next day and do the same thing Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:23:22 EST 365 Small Steps to Take for a healthy 2015 Day 1: tracking today on SparkPeople Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:21:13 EST 365 Things to Be Thankful for in 2015 Snuggling in bed on this cold New Year's morning with my wonderful husband and sweet puppy Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:19:22 EST New Team: The 2015 Resolution Revolution Challenge I created a new SparkTeam for 2015 weight loss resolutions. It's called The 2015 Resolution Revolution Challenge, and I hope that you will join! <BR> <BR> The challenge starts on Sunday January 11, 2015. Are you ready? <BR> <BR> Join Here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2015 </link> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 10:50:40 EST JANUARY 2015 -Appreciation/Gratitudes -Welcome All Happy New Year!! Thanks to all who are familiar with writing 5 things you are thankful for each day and Welcome all who wish to join this tradition <em>220</em> <BR> "Gratitude is more of a compliment to yourself than someone else." Raheel Farooq <em>409</em> <BR> "Keep your eyes open and try to catch people in your company doing something right, then praise them for it." Tom Hopkins <em>410</em> <BR> "In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special da... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 19:09:02 EST Wrong motivation? Is that a thing? So, I've been trying to lose weight for a while, but not too hard core. I'm down about 30 lbs since my last baby. Well, I just found out that there is a reunion (extended family situation) in about 5 months. Well.....I hate just about everyone there. Hate them. Most are actually heavier than me, and still comment on how fat I've gotten since I've had children. So, I a mega motivated to lose some weight before the get together. What is a realistic goal? As of this morning I am 192lbs and 5 ft ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 13:49:10 EST Planners? Does anyone use a planner? I've always liked planners and calendars and it's that time of year. I've been looking for a good one that I can use for school, home, etc. I prefer paper planners, something about writing things down on paper does it for me. <BR> I finally bit the bullet and bought a Passion Planner with my Xmas money (even though I won't get it til February because it's back ordered, but I have the PDF to get started). I was torn between the PP and an Erin Condren one. I got the ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 07:30:36 EST Soupin it up I find that everytime I eat soup I feel so satisfied, in control, and good about myself. I've been taking the time to use the bones from our chicken meals or turkey dinners and cook up some bone broth. I can use either the crock pot or the roasting pan in the oven (I suppose I could do stovetop too) and it turns out fine every time. I just add salt and pepper usually. I get 2 batches out of every batch of bones. Once I am done cooking them (generally 12 hours on low), I portion them up to fre... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 12:31:12 EST Starting out and staying strong Hello, <BR> <BR> I have been a Sparkpeople member for over 5 years. Everytime I start an exercise/diet routine, I stick to it diligently for a couple months at most until a personal/professional problem arises and then I give up completely. It never used to be a problem because I was never overweight but recently after relocating to the US, it seems that just breathing the air causes me to gain a few pounds. <BR> <BR> I know its crucial to be consistent in any routine but even if I try hard... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 00:33:12 EST Need motivational help I am grateful for another day of life and that I can give this thing a try again. Been off of here for quite awhile and want to give it a try again and see what happens this time. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 18:14:07 EST Just wanted to share for motivation. This is what I've accomplished in 2014. <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840591 <BR> <BR> I hope it will help someone else. <BR> <BR> YOU can do it. YOU'RE worth it~! Mon, 29 Dec 2014 14:44:07 EST Feeling defeated before I even start! So, so had planned for start my weight loss journey on January 1. However, since I now only have healthy food in the house after food shopping today, I decided to start now. Well, I weighed myself last night, and I gained weight, so now I have even more to lose!! I already feel defeated! Mon, 29 Dec 2014 00:34:41 EST Hypnosis does it work Thinking about an app Sun, 28 Dec 2014 20:40:14 EST Sparkcoach Where do I go to on the site to sign up for the free trial of sparkcoach? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 17:46:06 EST Do you have family support? Yesterday I was telling my mother-in-law about this site and she cut me off. She said to stop telling her about all of these plans I have because I'll never stick with it. I asked dh if he believed that I'd do it this time and his response was along the lines of 'Yeah...whatever'. <BR> Do you have family support? If not how do you deal? Is it crucial for success? Sun, 28 Dec 2014 02:00:40 EST Trouble with motivation to lose... maintenance? I'm thrilled with the weight I've lost on Sparkpeople (56 pounds, plus 5 pounds before SP), but I'm not at my goal yet. However, my upper body is looking gaunt - my ribs aren't just sticking out, the flesh is sinking behind my collar bones and they look scary. I have shoulder bones sticking out I honestly didn't know existed. The compliments I'm getting are beginning to be sprinkled with questions about my health, and more and more people urge me to stop losing weight. But my thighs, rea... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 08:21:55 EST Making time and energy for weight loss I'm feeling a little overwhelmed right now... it's the holidays (of course) and I'm going back to work today. I have 2 days on and then a few more days off. But the days I work it always seems so overwhelming. I went to the gym this morning, then took a short nap. But tonight I'm working til 11PM. I want to get to the gym tomorrow morning... but it's going to be tough. I'm planning on cooking stuff to bring with me to work to eat so I don't have to eat junky processed food. However my... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 15:22:56 EST Very much in need of motivation Hey all. I've been really struggling with motivation recently. A year ago, I was only 20 pounds from my goal weight and was feeling really good about myself, but grad school and stress have gotten in the way and now I have to lose over 40! I'm really struggling with believing it's possible and motivation has been really hard to find. Anybody feel like offering motivation to a total stranger on the interwebs? Please? I was feeling so good about how I looked and now it's just…blah! Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:08:48 EST Feeling very down on myself today I am feeling very down on myself. I fell off the wagon for 7 months after I had made such progress. Now I am getting back on it. I was at the gym last night and then again before work this morning. But looking at myself in the gym mirror I can tell just how much I have put back on. I was fooling myself thinking that I wasn't making progress but I wasn't gaining. But now the realization has hit home. It makes me feel awful. Usually I would just feel motivated to work harder or longer b... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:46:05 EST I have lost all my motivation and I'm scared! Hi everyone. Last year in September I started my weight loss journey... I truly just woke up one day and made myself an omelet and POOF, I started watching every calorie I ate. I did utterly FANTASTIC, in four months just watching calories I had lost 20 pounds, and by February after taking up jogging and weightlifting, I had lost an additional 10. I felt amazing, powerful, strong, and confident. Then, well, I hit a plateau, that's right, the arch nemesis of those trying to lose weight... it s... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:17:01 EST Need a kick to get back on track I know what I need to's a matter of doing it. I let eating get out of hand, don't work out as much and then slowly but surely keep sliding down the slippery slope. It's not rocket less, exercise more. But, sometimes it feels like there is a secret that I'm not let in on:} Like, surely I can wake up, have more will power and all good will come to me. So, I need to motivation! I think I will re-write my goals and instead of losing a certain amt of weight, they ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:48:41 EST walking I have lost around 100 pounds. I feel great! I try everyday to take a walk. Even if you can get 10 minutes in that is great. I try to walk between 25 to 45 minutes a day. It is really great for you. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:36:16 EST Cant get motivated much less staying motivated Hi, I am Lynda . I turned the big 50 in June ever since I had back surgery 18 months ago I have slowly put on weight. I want to lose about 50 pounds but could stand to lose more...I have a twin sister who never had to worry about weight...I get discouraged easy and to be honest I like food...I dont do salads, never have so not going to start now...I am also an emotional eater and boy the last few months have been rough. I have been in and out of temps jobs after I lost my job of 6 years afte... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:42:31 EST Recovering and getting motivated I love to walk as my form of exercise and was walking on a daily basis until the pain in my foot made in too much to bear. I had foot surgery in October and start physical therapy tomorrow. While recovering, I was non-weight bearing and was using a scooter. Well, klutz that I am, I fell off the scooter and am now looking at possibly having knee surgery for a torn meniscus. Yay me!! I was so looking forward to walking again and now know that it will be a while before I can do that. I am ... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:53:41 EST motivation It feels like I'm not losing weight at all! I just checked my reports and I weigh the same as I did one month ago. I'm working so hard, recording everything I eat, struggling to eat healthy and not overeat, exercising every day, drinking a lot of water, eating fruits and vegetables and healthy grains. <BR> <BR> I don't know what I'm doing wrong! <BR> <BR> I hope this is just related to my cycle and I will lose some more soon after this. <BR> <BR> I'm trying not to get de-motivated. <... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:35:33 EST I need help and a friend I made almost this same post on the introduction board but it seemed like this would be a good place too. <BR> My names Angela, I'm a 29 year old wife, day care teacher and mother of an amazing 2 year old little boy, and need help. <BR> I was chubby as a kid, and after trying lots of things in my teens, I didn't lose the weight until I got sick. I got really sick and for a good 6-8 months I could barely eat anything, but when I was getting better the positive from that was I lost a ton of wei... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:40:30 EST Motivational tips? Hello all! this is my 3rd time back to spark people. I know. it is supposed to be a one time journey right? but some times things just dont come that easily to me. My main focus is to stay motivated. I lack responsibility to get up and go to the gym, to not have that delicious cookie i long for, and to just eat healthy in general. are there any tips out there from you all that are doing so well? i could please use a few pointers. Thanks! <BR> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:56:19 EST Weight fluctuation is driving me insane Weight fluctuation is driving me a bit nutso emoticon . Yesterday I weighed 82.1 and this morning it shows that I'm up 1.4 kilos. Has this happened to you? Could it be the forbidden cheese that I ate? <BR> <em>40</em> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 03:51:34 EST staying motivated today i got a slow start But then i worked on not procrastinating and that triggered my motivation to move and think positive Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:55:00 EST No willpower at all And nothing seems to motivate me ! :/ <BR> <BR> I have even written down why i think i should/ need/want to lose weight, and fir fun, i also wrote down why i dont wanna!! <BR> I came up with 33 reasons why i want to lose weight, and only one reason why i dont <BR> <BR> And yet, this didnt move me one step further. <BR> <BR> The stronger the "motivators" are that dont work, the more depressed nd hopeless i get <BR> <BR> If ppls success stories dont <BR> If my own logic doesnt <BR> If my o... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:39:16 EST plateau I feel like i'm losing weight, my clothes are looser, but the scale is staying in the same place. it's frustrating! it makes me want to give up. I know I have to keep trying though. This morning I will walk the dog and do a little yoga. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 12:15:36 EST low blood sugar and staying on track As I look back at the challenges of keeping on track, there is a recurrent challenge -- low blood sugar. I am a diabetic and use an insulin pump. I get so frustrated when I am faithfully eating what I should, exercising and recording everything, only to have low blood sugars which means I have to eat to bring them up -- or pass out. I am just so frustrated and want to forget the whole thing. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:04:01 EST What do you do when you don't *want* to change? I don't want to count calories, eat less, drink the right amount of water (16 glasses at 250mLs each for my height... heck 8 cups is too many for me), don't want to exercise etc? <BR> <BR> I know I need to change for my sake of my health, to be appealing to a significant other, to look nicer in clothes, but I don't think I'm willing to put the work in to get there. <BR> <BR> How do you get yourself to want it enough to be willing to put some work in? <BR> <BR> Thanks Sat, 13 Dec 2014 03:33:46 EST Posting nutrition and exercise. Does anyone else like to share what they eat and exercise each day? I find it keep me accountable for my food and exercise choices. If anyone else feels like sharing I would love to have you on here as friends. Happy for you to add me. <em>252</em> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:02:32 EST I know I need to do it, but how do I get it done?? I look at the scale and the number is going higher every week. My mind tells me I need to do something, my body tells me I need to do something, my heart tells me I need to do something...but for whatever reason I'm just not caring! <BR> <BR> Last year I lost close to 50lbs and I've gained about 15 of them back just in the last few months. I've just shut down for some reason and I cannot get back on track. I will do great for up to 5 days, but I cannot even make it a full week without dro... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:28:33 EST I need an accountablity partner! I need an accountability partner to help keep me motivated and someone who will push me to do better! I've slacked off and only have myself to blame for it. It is really hard though when you have a husband who can eat anything he wants and drinks Dr. Pepper all day, every day and not gain an ounce. Anyone willing to be my buddy please let me know! :) :) Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:12:48 EST Weather and lifestyle/diet Just curious how people keep on track when the cold weather hits and you are always freezing cold. I have been trying to keep warm, have on a sweat shirt, heavy hoodie, and covered by a comforter and still cold. I keep ending up drinking a ton of tea (which gets cold by the time I get to the other room) and hot chocolate and eating soups, gravy, different kinds of potatoes (which I'm not supposed to have, either. I just want some way to stay/get warm without all the stuff going into my sto... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 16:06:05 EST Bouncing Back from an Injury I love to work out and was in the habit of doing 3-4 days of HIIT during the work week and 10-15-mile hikes (with loads of hills) on the weekends. I love being active...I love eating healthy...I love geeking out on health and fitness. <BR> <BR> Then I injured my knees and have been out of commission for two months. Unfortunately, I ended up getting super bummed out and did exactly the opposite of what I should have done. Instead of focusing on what I could do and being extra careful about... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:16:09 EST Help I've fallen off the wagon bad. I think I feel off in August and have not been able to get back on for the life of me. I've tried getting back into things but it lasts about a day and then back to nothing. Its the end of the year and i didn't accomplish what i wanted too. What do i do? How do i stay on track? Tue, 9 Dec 2014 02:24:27 EST motivate I am so happy lately and so in love with my fiance! <BR> <BR> I have been feeling really good lately. I'm sleeping better because sometimes I take a rest in the 2nd bedroom, so I get some sleep despite my fiance's snoring, but we are still getting lots of cuddle time so I am getting the best of both worlds. <BR> <BR> I went to a spinning class this morning, and I plan on going to a zumba class tomorrow at 6pm. <BR> <BR> my weight loss goals are to keep eating black beans (cheap and he... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 22:20:27 EST night noshing Hi---It's night time which is about the time my eating gets out of control. So instead of eating I am posting. I had a very good day--ate well and cleanly, had a very nutritious dinner and I am not hungry at all. But that is my downfall---eating at night when I don't need to. I just wanted to get that out there, just to be accountable to you all for my actions. Sun, 7 Dec 2014 21:12:20 EST starbucks challenge! Its a freezing morning and I am challenged with a very difficult decision! I am really craving a chocolate chip frapp from starbucks right now and I cant find it in me to resist! Help! <em>29</em> Sun, 7 Dec 2014 14:16:06 EST starbucks challenge! Its a freezing morning and I am challenged with a very difficult decision! I am really craving a chocolate chip frapp from starbucks right now and I cant find it in me to resist! Help! <em>29</em> Sun, 7 Dec 2014 14:06:36 EST Ready to Give Up I was finally making real progress. I got down to 229 which felt great! I ate right 6 out of 7 days last week. On Friday I went out with a friend for a going away party, had a few drinks and went up 4 pounds. I know that I didn't eat that much or even drink that much for a 4 pound gain. I was careful all day Friday to give the room for the extra drink calories. Yesterday I drank plenty of water and went back to eating within my calorie range yet the weight is still there this morning. This se... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 09:25:20 EST Ups and downs Since I started this program I have had so many ups and downs. My husband went out of town for 3 months so I tried to losses the weight then but my son and his family moved in and the grocery list changed and my son took over the cooking. Then my husband came home and my son moved out. By that time I had lost interest in loosing the weight and was feeling very disappointed in myself. Since then I have tried to get back in track but I can't seem to stop eating so much. I took a look at what my... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 18:32:15 EST check-in/accountability partner I am looking for someone to check in with and that I can do the same for them. My biggest struggles are not being active, not making the best food choices, and I am a lover of way too many not so healthy foods. I do want to be more active too and start somewhere. <BR> <BR> I would love to find someone in the Midwest and Iowa or anywhere. Someone who is a at a similar stage or has a similar life would be great. I am a 20 something almost college graduate who is very busy and on the go. I don'... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 14:15:58 EST check in pal and accountability partner Hey all, I am looking for someone to check in with and keep me accountable and I will do the same back. I keep stalling and don't have anyone I am close with living near me that really wants to get healthy or is at a similar stage as me. I am in Iowa and would love to have someone in the same state or from around the Midwest or anywhere. <BR> <BR> As far as my life and how it affects me being healthy here is what's happening and what I hope someone may also be having in their life. 1. I am b... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 22:05:30 EST Where the blame belongs. I was always very thin until my 50's and hormone changes. Then came arthritis and lots of surgeries and pain. Then came the feeling sorry for myself and comfort eating and moving slower. I started a couple of times on Spark People and would lose a little weight but didn't seem to keep at it. <BR> <BR> I mentioned to my husband that I wanted to lose weight but he would always sneak goodies into the shopping cart anyway. He loved to snack (and then so would I) and then he began to gain we... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 11:00:36 EST Why can't I lose weight? I've plateaued after 6 months of very slow and steady weight loss. I lost 20 pounds since the 17th of July with the help of a nutritionist's diet. <BR> But now I'm not losing weight anymore. I'm maintaining like a brick wall. The number never ever moves! <BR> I'm literally stuck at 206.2. I want desperately to lose 15 pounds by my birthday next month. But at this rate I'm nearly killing myself working out every single day, I'm watching what I eat, I've cut out sugar and I've stopped using cre... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 09:50:11 EST Success with Low Body Temperature? Wondering if anyone here has had success with weightloss that has a low body temp diagnosis? <BR> My PA told me my 96.1 body temp is to blame for my lack of results. <BR> Hoping to find others who have low body temps but have found a way to shed some weight. Wed, 3 Dec 2014 15:39:29 EST motivation when having skin/shape issues Is anyone else struggling due to these issues? I have over 100lbs to lose if I'm to get to my ideal weight. Already I realise that my body shape and skin has been so impacted by my weight that it's just not going to spring back. For some reason weight has been coming off my legs, rather than my middle - I'm diabetic and on another med so I suspect that's the reason - to my distress, the skin on my thighs then wrinkled markedly <BR> <BR> I can't afford surgery privately and I've been advis... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 04:03:43 EST am i ready to lose weight? I have an issue going on with me and what attempts I am making to be healthy. The biggest one is I want to lose weight yet I just don't try with anything. Part of it is laziness and the other part is not being motivated most days. I know I need to lose weight to help improve my health. I am not in bad health but am going towards what can be serious problems in a few years if I am not careful such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure in my family plus my triglycerides aren't great. They... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 21:50:11 EST Daily plan Do exercise video this morning, buy persimmons, go to work, come home & eat yogurt. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 14:35:16 EST Plan for the next year Weight Loss Goals <BR> <BR> #1: Flat Stomach <BR> <BR> Jan 1st: 152 pounds <BR> <BR> Feb 1st: 149 lbs <BR> <BR> March 1st: 147 lbs <BR> <BR> April 1st: 145 lbs <BR> <BR> May 1st: 143 lbs <BR> <BR> June 1st: 141 lbs <BR> <BR> July 1st: 139 lbs <BR> <BR> Aug 1st: 137 lbs <BR> <BR> Sept 1st: 135 lbs <BR> <BR> Oct 1st: 133 lbs <BR> <BR> Nutrition: Consisting Primarily of Cooked Black beans, cooked cabbage, cooked broccoli, chicken salmon and rice, salads and soups. Also fruit and yog... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 14:33:56 EST Thanks for the help I have been reading all the comments on this subject and found what I needed. My mom was in the hospital over a week ago and I have been so busy that I haven't found time to exercise. Today I have been walking around my office for 2-3 minutes so I am not sitting all day long. I really want to get back into my exercise routine but just haven't done it. I am ready to do what ever it takes. <em>521</em> Tue, 2 Dec 2014 12:09:22 EST DECEMBER 2014 -Gratitudes/Appreciations -Welcome! <em>87</em> "I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder." G.K. Chesterton <BR> <BR> I hope you will join me in expressing five things that you appreciate, are grateful for or are working in your life. <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> See you when it is December... <em>126</em> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 20:59:09 EST HELP! I need to lose weight I had guy problems about 2 months ago and was 111 6 weeks ago now im 121 ive been over snacking mindless eating (emotional). Cause of all the emotional eating am I probably over long period of time retaining water? Cause 10 lbs seems like so much in 6 weeks :( Since I have been eating bad like snacking on carby ice cream chips etc I feel period bloated all the time. Im scared my weight wont go down. Sun, 30 Nov 2014 13:04:53 EST A New Day I love how when I open SP in the morning and my trackers are completely blank and I have a new chance to fill them correctly. <BR> <em>252</em> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 07:50:24 EST First Day on Board Hi All, <BR> Today is my first day on this board! <BR> Healthy by day, snacker by night! I've been consistently exercising over the last three months (not muscleman mania, but definitely moving), but then 8:00/9:00 pm rolls around and my sugar monster rears its ugly, blubbery head. I out eat my exercise program! <BR> Yes, of course I know that's a dumb idea and of course I promise myself that I'll change my ways the next day, but that doesn't always make me keep my grabby fingers out of the ... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 01:26:38 EST Too Cold outside I have this bad excuse for going to the gym...and I've never been the type to work out at home because that's where my kids get in my way. <BR> God love them. Like right now this second my 5 yr old won't get off my lap. <BR> <BR> <em>226</em> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 13:39:20 EST NEEDED...CHEERLEADERS QUICK! OK PEOPLE...NOW I NEED MOTIVATION <BR> <BR> ITS A YEAR SINCE THE LOVE OF MY LIFE DIED AND HE WAS MY MOTIVATION..MY CHEERLEADER PER SAY (AND A CUTE ONE) <BR> <BR> RECENTLY LOST A YOUNG SON IN LAW... <BR> <BR> SO ALL OF THIS HAS MADE ME NOT WANT TO CARE BUT DEEP DOWN I DO...I JUST NEED SOME CHEERLEADERS IN MY LIFE <BR> <BR> WILL YOU HELP GET THAT SPARK GOING AGAIN.... <em>311</em> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 13:20:11 EST how healthy changes have affected those around me I have never replied to none of the topics but I had to reply to this one because I did notice a changed in the way my family eats after I started changing my way of eating. We are a very busy family and sometimes there is no time to cook so we are a family that eats out a lot so our normal use to be fast food chains that were the worst I mean KFC, McD, SHAKEYS ect. but after eating to more fresh, not fried just healthier places they don't even want it anymore its as if they have been detox ... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 11:33:37 EST does body shape matter for diet or exercise? I am really curious as to whether my body shape really does need to be taken into consideration for my health and also to lose weight. I am apple shaped and I have been reading a lot of articles about health risks for my shape, how to lose weight, and what to eat. I know its frustrating mainly because I lose in my stomach last and gain it back there first. It starts in the legs, then goes between my upper body and stomach when I am losing. I just don't know what to believe, all I know is my p... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 00:57:37 EST UPDATE: What are YOUR Top 3 Holiday Strategies for When I originally posted this question, my 3 Holiday Strategies were.... <BR> ) I normally exercise 4 x a week for 30 minutes. I am going to up it to 40 minutes. The extra 10 minutes a day is equivalent to an extra workout. <BR> <BR> RESULT: Goal was 160 minutes (as per above). Actual (so far): 198! <BR> <BR> 2) All the experts say to eat something before I go to an event. I've never done that because I thought I would overeat. But I'll give it a whirl and perhaps I'll keep it in the back o... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:00:59 EST Does Crowdiet works? Did anyone try it? Hi all, <BR> <BR> Recently, a friend told me about this new social network called Crowdiet for motivating dieters. The idea seems nice, you can post your meals to your friends using your mobile and your friends can immediately comment and motivate you.My friend told me that this social reinforcement alone had her losing 1-2 pounds a week without changing anything in her diet. <BR> I have used many mobile apps before and quite frankly it didn't help me much. Did anyone try Crowdiet and can sh... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:47:57 EST Looking for a consistent check in friend, please. Hi, <BR> <BR> I have belong to forums and it's nice, but I need a check-in friend that will help me stay on track with my exercise and activity. Would be nice, anyway. I've met a couple, but it seems after a week or two they forget to write. I'm looking for someone that will help me stay on track. They don't have to be my best friend. Lol. In exchange I will do the same for them. I am an older, but cool person to get to know. It doesn't matter how old you are. It matters how committed you ar... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:55:15 EST Dr said my thyroid is fine, but... I lost a good bit of weight in my early 20s. Since then I have been working to maintain my weight. I workout any where from 5 days a week to 7, sometimes I work out twice a day (adding a run/dog run). My weight settled at 130 after I lost the weight and I was happy. I have been working very hard making healthy choices, and watching calories, measuring food and stuff like that. My workout are normally the beachbody workouts. I like the more intense stuff. In the past 5 year I have slowly gaine... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:06:13 EST When You Feel You Can't Go On... <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822726 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:59:56 EST Pressure/ Expectations Hello All! I've just joined Spark People online thou I've been using the mobile app for a while to track my food and weight. <BR> <BR> I've lost 62 lbs since May. Weight loss is much slower now, but I am 23lbs away from my healthy weight goal. When I started my weight loss journey I didn't tell anyone except my husband. I've always felt uncomfortable with attention. I'm definitely on the introverted side. I didn't want people scrutinizing everything I put in my mouth. Part of me also didn... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:16:24 EST What are YOUR Top 3 Holiday Strategies for ..... What are YOUR Top 3 Holiday Strategies for Staying on Track with your diet and fitness? <BR> <BR> Here is what I am doing? <BR> 1) I normally exercise 4 x a week for 30 minutes. I am going to up it to 40 minutes. The extra 10 minutes a day is equivalent to an extra workout. <BR> <BR> 2) All the experts say to eat something before I go to an event. I've never done that because I thought I would overeat. But I'll give it a whirl and perhaps I'll keep it in the back of my mind that I've eaten... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:19:19 EST Help! Been overeating bad and need advice! I've been on Sparkpeople for the past year and a half or so and have been doing really good up until the past 2 weeks. I was able to lose 45 pounds and became more aware about what I was eating and how much I was exercising. Then about two weeks ago I started getting off track really bad. I went out to a few social events that provided meals free-choice (you know, those fundraisers with the food around the dies of the room), and then babysitting my cousin I snacked way too much. I'm at a loss... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:27:19 EST AGH! I quit smoking, and a while later I got hit by a car when I was on my bike. I sprained my back and I haven't been able to work out for months, and between those two things I have gained SO MUCH WEIGHT BACK. <BR> <BR> I've finally got the go-ahead to exercise again from my doctor, but I don't even know how to make room in my schedule for it anymore. I don't know what to do! Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:58:45 EST Need motivation I am 66 years old. Need to lose 25 pounds. Can't seem to stay motivated. <BR> I have lower back problems and a foot problem so have been unable to exercise. <BR> Getting very discouraged. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:55:42 EST I need encouragement I am trying to achieve my first weight loss goal by November 22. I need to lose three pounds to do this!! My weigh in is Saturday and I've been involved in weight loss since October consistently. This month I am doing the 28 day bootcamp challenge and have been loyal to the effort. Last month I did the fit food challenge and completed it. I am trying to stay positive and exercising consistently and I like to eat and I do not want to go over the calorie limit!!! I especially like to eat ... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:37:43 EST motivation I went to Colorado for a week to see my kids and grandkids and really blew it in every way! I have been back home for 2 days now and can't seem to stop binge eating. Having a difficult time motivating myself. HELP! Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:31:12 EST Staying Movtivated Through Grief On Friday one of my best friends only grandchild. a 7-month old boy, died after being dropped when his father had a grandmal seizure. I was at the hospital with the family when the baby passed. <BR> <BR> This has really put me in a funk and I went COMPLETELY off the rails with my eating this weekend. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any tricks for staying on track through grief and worry? Like most of us, I am a stress eater. It's hard to care about yourself when someone you love and care for... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:40:11 EST when losing slowly, how do you know if you've lost I know this may be a silly question but... if you're trying to lose a relatively small amount of weight, and you're hoping to lose about 1/2 to 1 pound per week, and your scale (as seems to be normal) can fluctuate by multiple pounds over time even if you weigh in at the same time of day -- how can you tell if you're gaining or losing? Do you have to weigh in for weeks to see a trend? I'm seeing a lot of ups and downs, though I stick to tracking and exercise, and it's hard to see whether i... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:23:46 EST Where does the weight go? It may be obvious for some but where does weight go? Like when you burn it, where does it go? I like processes and so want to understand this part better. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:53:41 EST Are you tired of wearing sweatpants? I want to wear jeans again and not have them be so tight! Sun, 16 Nov 2014 12:59:43 EST can't even start I am 130kg ; have been yo-yo dieting for some time. My knees are killing which in itself should be a motive for me to do anything about we increasing weight STILL I CAN”T STOP THINKING OF FOOD. I can start any real efforts to lose weight ; I go on decent clean eating habits for a day or two then I binge eat nonstop for weeks that get back to where I started and even more. Sometimes I even lie about being on diet to avoid comments about my weight but the truth is : I feel that I can’t lose wei... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 03:04:04 EST need accountable workout sparks buddy Hi; I am finding after working out for two months I am in a slump and could use a sparks work out buddy that we be accountable to each other each day to motivate, kick but, to help each other to work out each day. <BR> <BR> Something like at the end of the day we send a message to each other saying what we did for our work out that day or did not do. <BR> <BR> Be honest, and serious about working out (joking allow though <em>30</em> ) <BR> <BR> e-mail me if you are interested. <BR> <BR... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 23:30:56 EST Maid of Honor Dress to fit into by June 2015!!! So..... i'm 26 years old and i'm my sisters maid of honor for her wedding next June. <BR> I ordered my maid of honor dress online and I ordered it a size 12...yes, a size 12... at the time I ordered it I was about 225 llb and a size 18 womens. So, that was July and here we are... I'm a size 16 probably but down to 192lb. I may be down more in size I am just trying to not buy any clothes until I need to. :) <BR> <BR> I just would like to already say I fit into it by now. I've been working out... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 16:26:17 EST crazy scales = crazy me! So two days ago, I saw that I'd put on (apparently) 4 pounds! So I went back to careful tracking for two days and -- voila -- I lost the 4 pounds! <BR> <BR> Now, there is no conceivable way that I lost four pound in two days by eating 1500 calories a day. Right?? I mean, I'm over 50, and I didn't run a marathon. <BR> <BR> So... what the heck? Weighed in at the same time of day, etc., so does this mean I'm suddenly in diet heaven? Or....? Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:54:58 EST Cold Weather Cravings I don't know about the rest of you, but when the mercury drops my food cravings go up. Way up. And mainly for carbs. Preferably smothered in a creamy, cheesy sauce. So what's a girl to do?!!! I don't know. So far, I am loosing this battle. Hmmm, think some macaroni and cheese sounds good for lunch. <BR> <BR> I need help. How do you handle your cold weather cravings? Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:09:08 EST Everyday check in Hi everyone. Who wants to join me here to keep each other accountable on this post with their daily exercise and goals. I have joined several spark teams and am getting frustrated a bit because I would really like to find somewhere on spark I can be held accountable with people. It seems people don't really go to the same spot every day. Who's with me? Daily accountability on here? Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:27:36 EST activity tracker I can't get my activity tracker to sync to my lap top computer.. Help <BR> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 23:12:02 EST Plateau Already???? I have been losing 1 to 2 pounds a week for the last six weeks and this week I gained one and then came back down. I always thought I would be farther in the process before I might plateau. I did the same things this past week I have been doing including staying within my calorie range and exercising daily. I even added 5 minutes each to my elliptical and treadmill workout, bringing them to 35 minutes. Usually get discouraged and back off the plan when this happens but want to stay motiva... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:37:57 EST Epilepsy/Bipolar and reaching goal weight Has anyone on medications for Epilepsy or Bipolar actually reached their goal weight? <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if it's possible for me. I have lost 10 kilos this year, but still have 53 to go. I'm assuming I will stop losing weight in another 15 kilos, because that's where I have plateaued in the past. <BR> <BR> I am on Olanzapine and Epilium. I am not hungry all the time, but I still eat a lot of junk food. Before I went on Olanzapine I always ate too much. Now I try to eat protein at every ... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 13:10:25 EST How To Get Off The Couch. Aloha Everyone. My name is Malu. A couple of weeks ago I did my first message board message. I was in a real rut and could NOT get off the couch. I decided to see if there were some SP out there that knew what I was going through. I received great replies and advice. Mostly around motivating to move - all true as well. Movement begets movement. Even if it is 10 minutes. But I wanted to share with you another part of how I got off the couch. It may help one person it may just be scream... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 12:29:54 EST Time Management Advice Please! I know it takes lots of time to live a healthy lifestyle (hr long workouts, learning to cook, and reading about health and fitness) and I also know one live life (do personal grooming, go to work, help aging parents, work on other goals, and try to clear the clutter out of the house). How can I manage my time properly so I can do everything with ease, style and a cheerful attitude? Thu, 6 Nov 2014 23:51:27 EST Need Some Help and Suggestions Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am struggling right now. Discovered on Monday I have 3 stress fractures in left foot, which also has plantar fasciitis and bone spur in heel. One fracture is almost healed; other two are new. I overdid it on May trip overseas, with too much cobblestone walking, and then I tried to get back into my Leslie Sansone walks too quickly and for too long (30 minutes at a time). <BR> <BR> Any ideas, suggestions on what works for you when you're temporarily unable to do yo... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 12:19:21 EST Need a Little Help for a friend plse Morning everyone, my name is Jerry, and I have a bit of a problem I was wondering if some one could help? <BR> I have a very good friend who used to love to walk every where, he would walk so much he wore his shoes out more often than I can count! :-) <BR> Anyways, I need some help on how to help him, he is losing the ability to walk due to several health issues, and he is feeling really low, and because of that he is packing on the pounds, he really isn't able to walk very far any more, he c... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 12:04:21 EST Join me in "No Sugar November" until Thanksgiving! On November 1, I felt so terrible physically after eating a bunch of Halloween candy and pizza for dinner the night before that I decided to do something drastic. I decided to institute for myself a "No Sugar November." So far, so good! (I'm not going to lie to myself and say that I won't eat dessert on Thanksgiving, but I have given up sugar for the rest of the days in this month.) <BR> <BR> The first couple of days can be the roughest because you will crave sugar if you have been addicted ... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 09:47:21 EST Struggling Ok, I just need to take a minute to vent. I am really struggling with this whole lifestyle change. I really need to lose weight for my health. I am soon to be 30 years old and weigh in the low 300s. I have high blood pressure, low self-esteem, depression, and no energy. I want to get married and have kids one day and I want and need to be healthy to do this. I do so well like my first week then I slack off and lose my motivation. I do really well at tracking for the first week and then... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 11:58:45 EST What level are you in? I'm just going to start 13 and its fun. Wed, 5 Nov 2014 11:26:32 EST looking for a weight loss buddy Hee i am looking for a weight loss buddy, someone who wants to loss some weight to so we can in a way do it togheter  i want tp loss 11 kg, i am 63 now and i would like to go to 52 kg. <BR> I hopesomeone has a bit the same goals so we can do it with eachother  <BR> <BR> Tue, 4 Nov 2014 16:01:23 EST 2015 bride needs encouragement Any spring 2015 brides out there with 20+ pounds to loose before the big day? I need your best body toning tips & meal plans. Thanks in advance! <BR> Tue, 4 Nov 2014 10:12:54 EST looking for a weight loss buddy Hee i am looking for a weight loss buddy, someone who wants to loss some weight to so we can in a way do it togheter  i want tp loss 11 kg, i am 63 now and i would like to go to 52 kg. <BR> I hopesomeone has a bit the same goals so we can do it with eachother  <BR> <BR> Tue, 4 Nov 2014 09:26:03 EST Another Rebooter <em>249</em> I have rebooted myself back to the Spark---AGAIN--I am at the highest I have ever been and I really need to get a handle on this--so instead of waiting until the moorrow I put in what I had today--the major no no was the choclote spread on Graham Cracker--kept it down to a dull roar--but realize it is something I should not be keeping in my cupboards--anyway here I am back to give it another shot. <em>521</em> Mon, 3 Nov 2014 20:45:46 EST options for accounting to other sparkers? weightwatchers has weekly meetings, which is how their folks stay accountable -- but I've never seen anything like that, even virtually, for sparkers. ARE there weekly hangouts or skypes or what-have-you to talk about how people have done, etc.? I don't find that just posting on a forum has the same outcome! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Lisa Mon, 3 Nov 2014 08:42:18 EST motivation when weight causes no physical problems I'm healthy and active, and about 20 pounds over what I think is considered an ideal weight (I weigh 160 at 5 foot 4 inches). I'd love to drop the twenty pounds, and keep looking at motivational articles -- but they're all about "I want to drop the weight to be healthy," or "I want to drop the weight so I can do X thing." <BR> <BR> Am I really unusual in that my extra weight, while it looks kind of yucky, isn't causing me any physical problems? I mean -- I know that if I lose the weight ... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 08:38:36 EST Gym Harassment Help! So, I am just jumping on the fitness wagon. Something, I should have none years ago. I work in a doctor's office, and I am a very active horse back rider. At 250 pounds, I don't give a good message. Last night, I went to the gym for the first time by myself and without my normal workout partner. I was already so nervous to go, and when I pulled up into the parking lot, at 9:30PM after work, I almost chickened out. Trying to prove myself wrong, I went inside, and climbed on the elliptical. The... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 18:28:21 EST Feeling Down...Looking Up...Cannot GET Up. I am reaching out to you from the couch. My energy is so low. I haven't worked out in two weeks. My eating is OK - but my energy is blah. Does anyone have anything they do to get themselves out of this state? Sun, 2 Nov 2014 11:55:31 EST My son's realization I have had a lot of trouble staying motivated doing any sort of strengthening exercises. My 14 year old son, who is gearing up for 8th grade basketball, was concerned because he is built like his father. My son is 6'1" and only weighs 129 lbs. wants to be the starting post but was concerned about being knocked out of the way because of his small frame. My husband and I encouraged him to start working out with 12 lbs.dumbbells 5 times a week to help him build up muscle and because of his bu... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 06:43:12 EST NOVEMBER '14 Gratitudes - Welcome All!! "If you count all your assets, you always show a profit." Robert Quillen <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> As always the idea here is to write at least five things you are grateful or appreciative each day, thus cultivating an attitude of gratitude I will be here with my 5 when it is November for me. I appreciate everyone who joins me in this tradition <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> "'Enough' is a feast." Buddhist proverb Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:25:07 EST Halloween Candy How do you refrain from digging into your Child's Halloween candy? I try every year and never succeed!!! Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:49:29 EST Need a check-in pal! Hi <BR> I seem to be in need of a friend to help me stay motivated. Ideally, I'd like to create a very small team, private or public, of friends to help each other. If the friends were in any way similar to me (50 years old and about 20 lbs overweight), it would be a bonus, but at this point, I'm open to anyone! <BR> Thanks, Maureen Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:37:44 EST Why can't women's jeans be sized in a RATIONAL way I was SO excited today... I got up and got ready for work... snagged a pair of jeans from my pile of clean clothes I hadn't put away yet... been a lil while... lol. ANYWAY, I was thinking they were my size 16 jeans. They weren't as loose as I was hoping, and I was a bit bummed (thought I gained weight). Then later, I checked the size... they say size 12! Woohoo! I must have lost a bit of weight! Hmmm... NOT. JUST weighed myself at work in the fitness center. Can ANYONE tell me just wh... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:01:30 EST In the Zone What a great weekend! I was "in the zone" from Thursday until Monday. Now it's Tuesday and I still feel like I'm riding the wake. <BR> <BR> Thursday, after work, I arrived home and mowed the lawn. I know that doesn't sound exciting, but wait. I pushed my lawnmower for 5,792 steps in just over 75 minutes. Then I got on the treadmill and walked another 5.75 miles in 90 minutes. Now that's a good workout. <BR> <BR> Friday, I was up at 5 a.m., rode my bike to the pool and swam laps for an hou... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:16:06 EST Trying to Re-Boot my Spark I was quite active on Sparkpeople at one time. I have been mostly off for about a year....I have also lost a lot of motivation and regained weight.....I would like to rekindle my past successes. and that includes a re-boot of my Sparkpeople participation. <BR> <BR> When I went to look over my Sparkpage, I noted that many (most actually) of my Sparkfriends show little activity....such as no status update for hundreds of days. <BR> <BR> How would one handle this? I am thinking of "cleaning ... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:37:10 EST The Spark App Yoo Hoo... I just put the Spark App on my phone in preparation for a trip I am going to be taking. Will make it so much easier to stay in line Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:03:52 EST Motivation Kick Start I need help!! They always say if you want something hard enough, you will make it happen. Well, I want to lose weight and I need to lose weight, but I can't make it happen. I have a pretty stressful job and then when I get home at 5 at night, I need to make supper, play/spend time with my 2 little boys (3 and 11 months), get them to bed, clean the house/do laundry, catch up with the husband while doing emails/going through daily mail it is 10 at night before I know it and then to bed I go s... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:58:15 EST Looking for a Skype workout buddy Hello my name is Ana and I have 40 lbs to get rid of. I'm looking for a virtual workout buddy to workout with via Skype. I need accountability and I do better when I have an appointment to workout with someone, otherwise, I put it off and end up never doing it :( Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:31:13 EST 100 pounds to go! I stepped on the scale this morning, and I saw the daunting number 275. My husband then came in and stepped on the scale. I of course would never let him see my number, but I took a peak at his. 175 was his number. He then stepped off and said "sweet I lost 5 pounds!" 100 pounds, 100 more than my husband. <BR> Last night we went to a preseason NBA game. We had awesome tickets right behind the bench. We sat with and spent halftime with the team president, and the other important team people. ... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:36:46 EST Marathon High! Sparkpeople Athlete Last Sunday I ran my first Full Marathon!!!!! So I've done several halves and the marathon high was pretty awesome, it's an amazing feeling and I'm so glad I have changed my life and am fit and active!! So I am curious, how many people here on sparkpeople started here a novice to exercise and have become an athlete? Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:28:25 EST Calling all MOMS :) I've started a team for moms! <BR> Stay at home, working, single, married, dating, widowed, divorced, biological and non-biological moms of any age! <BR> As long as you're a mom then this team is for you! <BR> <BR> We'll have weekly challenges beginning Monday November 3rd. Our monthly challenge will begin November 1st-- simply pick your fitness minutes goal and update it regularly in our November challenge thread. <BR> <BR> Team goodies will be given to our Top 3 "Monthly Achievers" in fi... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:37:36 EST Quit smoking Ok, I used to be heavy smoke, then quit buying packs and started rolling own and then went to vapor ecigs and now have quit all together. Yes, this is a good thing; however, I feel like I'm gaining a pound a day. My appetite seems to have increased and don't know why. I'm not hungry, but because it's there, I'll eat it. Right before bedtime too. I need to get back on track and I think it's all in the head that just because I don't smoke anymore, I'm going to blimp out. Any ideas to chan... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:42:48 EST Totally Indulged - But I am okay... Had a fancy work dinner last night. Four Courses, and I tried and enjoyed each one. Also made the mistake of weighing today. Gained a pound even though I worked out yesterday....what is interesting is, I am totally okay with that. The world didn't end, and I am still alive, and what is great is that I am super ready to get back on the wagon. After my four course dinner and glass of wine, I don't feel deprived and even though I gained a pound, I am not broken like I would have been in times pa... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:33:14 EST Looking for a buddy hi I'm looking for a buddy to keep myself motivated while I try to lose weight again. I gained back all the weight I lost the last time and a bit more so I'm struggling to be motivated Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:42:00 EST Is this normal? Have I really thought things through? Really. There are times when I don't wish to lose weight. Do I want to lose weight? Do I really need to lose weight? The desire is not there. As I type this, I am surprised by my candor. But at the same time, I wonder if I am taking a risk. Have I really thought this through? <BR> <BR> I talk a good game but my heart isn't in it. I want to do the right thing for myself and my overall health, but there are other factors to other factors to cons... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:34:16 EST Getting Softer I've been working on T25, this week we just started the Beta phase (second round). I've been eating better also. I've barely noticed much of a change on the scale, and I saw an initial decrease in body measurements, but nothing significant lately. There are several other things that I've noticed that are improvements (feeling better, sleep better, etc). I'm motivated to keep going as long as I see some sort of difference somewhere. <BR> <BR> One thing I'm trying to wrap my head around ... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:49:51 EST I'm Back! I've been gone for awhile but I have decided to come back. I do so much better when I am on this site. I lost 18 pounds last time and gained about 12 back. I am ready and feel motivated to get healthy!!! Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:31:53 EST I can't win!! I am so frustrated &#128556;. I lost 7.2 pound with in the first week. Then with in few days I gained back 6 pounds. It''s been 4 weeks and NOTHING!!!! I weighed my self today hoping to see the scales go back down again but still the same. It''s my story for 5 years and getting pretty tired of it. I watch what I eat 80 percent of the time and I am active at work all day. I have to watch what I eat all the time or I be much bigger &#128532; <BR> I honestly think my thyroid and other meds are ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:33:39 EST Your healthy changes affect those around you So my motivation has been wavering lately, but I had a great motivation moment yesterday. <BR> <BR> My son is six, and always wants a snack right after school. I used to bring fruit juice and chips or candy. Now, he is the type of kid who would drink 24 oz of juice a day if we let him. So we switched over to non-fat chocolate milk without a problem. But although he would have apples with me as a snack at home, the chips/candy afterschool were much harder to change without a battle. <BR> ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:03:31 EST Staying Motivated ...suggestions appreciated Hello All <BR> I have been away for some time but back at it again ...I have had some tests done and this kept me from working out and watching my diet ...which this week I am starting to log again ...I havent gained weight but I have lost tone and stamina ...these things I need to regain ...and motivation to work out ... <BR> I have several issues so high impact cardio is not an option ...I did do Biggest loser dvd/leslie swanson walking dvd/nicole from sparkpeople ... <BR> I also went back... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:49:32 EST Weight loss gifts. I'm working with a consultant and one of the questions that I have been asked of is when I set a weight loss goal they want me to gift myself something. I'm at my last 40lbs of my 90lb weight loss and I have no idea what to gift myself for the last 20lbs lost. I for one am currently 215, and at 209 I will gift myself something and then 199 I will gift myself something, 189, and then 179 and like 4lbs. My goal is 175, mind you I'm almost 6' so this is a healthy weight for me. <BR> <BR> I'm s... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:46:54 EST Gained back my weight but not frustrated! I did a weigh in this morning and I weigh what I did when I started 185! Previously I lost 7 pounds (178) and was excited about the progress, but today the scale <em>192</em> says 185, but I am just as focused today as I was 7 pounds ago! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> TRUST me!! I am not messed up about this because I am still going forward in the name of Yahushua! I am not sure why the weight has come back; however my inches continue to go down so that is GREAT news! As I cont... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:41:20 EST Does the scale really matter? I saw the ad for the scale that will report my weight info. I searched it and it's a bit high. I would like to know has it helped anyone stay motivated? I also have a problem. I weighed 173 when I joined in jan. I weigh 187 now so,I can't make a tracker because,the weight now is too high. What else can I do here? also would any scale that has wifi help me? thanks a lot.. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:19:06 EST Need advice with my mom Hey guys. I just need some advice. My mom doesn't eat very healthy. She doesn't drink water at all. All she drinks is soda, alcohol sometimes, and juice to take her pills. She has a sweet tooth, so she sometimes buys cookies or ice cream to fulfill that, or sometimes other junk food like chips or chex mix. You get the jist. I, of course, have trained myself to not eat that junk food. She also doesn't exercise. She goes to work, comes home and either gets on her computer or watches tv while sh... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:28:17 EST Recovering from injury Hi all ~ <BR> <BR> So I started tracking in June and although I have only lost about 6lbs, I am a lot fitter, stronger and my clothes are looser. <BR> <BR> I go to the Y as much as I can for water classes (aquazumba and aquafit are my faves !) and on days that I can't go, I try to walk at least 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> I had been doing great until this week when my big toe (right side) started hurting like crazy. Finally was diagnosed with two inflamed nerves (both on the big toe) and got str... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:10:26 EST Staying motivated for the right reasons Hello there spark people my name is Sam I am 28 and my husband and I are coming up on our one year wedding anniversary this week. We are both embarking on a fitness and healthy life style journey, however he was a professional athlete so our programs are very different. He hits the gym several times a week and eats hard boiled eggs like they are going out of style...I walk on the treadmill in our guest room as much as I can and try not to eat junk. I am new to spark people as of this morning ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:14:58 EST hi yes Tue, 14 Oct 2014 01:19:33 EST Staying Motivated for The Long Haul- How do you? I started on 1/14/14 at 250 pounds. Today I am just under 200 and I have another 30 to 40 pounds to go. When I started I told myself that this was not a diet, it could not be a diet, it was a lifestyle change. The whole notion of "diet" is ridiculous. I can't deprive myself until I reach a certain weight and then go back to doing what I did before. Doing what I did before was what made me a fat lazy slob in the first place. This change had to be permanent, old habits had to be replaced ... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:04:36 EST I did <em>224</em> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 01:54:41 EST 2nd time around I'm restarting Spark, working out, and eating better. I broke my ankle over Labor Day weekend and completely fell off the wagon. I'm gained back all the weight I managed to lose over the last year and kicking my butt all over the place. Feeling very discouraged but I know if I did it once I can do it again. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 22:21:07 EST Coming back for the 2nd time Hello all :) my wife and I have had a lap band done and we both lost 30-40 lbs but now we are in a rut. We have had all the adjustments done to them and just feel like we can't get motivated to lose it. We tried the same old routine of "today we start over" and "tonight I won't pig out in bed" but we just can't find the right niche. I feel like a loser and a failure because I have not lost a pound in over a month. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 09:55:18 EST Exercise Low thyroid and depression make it hard to prioritize exercise. Rather clean house..need motivation help Sat, 11 Oct 2014 11:14:27 EST weekends I usually go out to eat on weekends with family and friends. And I wind up eating more than usual and gain a few pounds by monday. It takes me about two days to get rid of the extra pounds. <BR> <BR> However it is my mood that is a problem. I find weekends depressing. My husband and child are home more and I find myself kinda lost. As a result I think I eat to regulate my mood. <BR> <BR> <BR> Any advice. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 08:58:17 EST HI !! I use to be positive most of the time. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:10:42 EST Vitamins ? Yes, I did Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:08:16 EST Goal between now and end of 2014 I am working to lost 10 lbs between now - Oct 10 - and the end of the year. <BR> <BR> I know I can do it. I did it before, last year. Then I got lazy with my regimen. I was down to 156, but now I'm back to 175. 165 lbs is in my sites. <BR> <BR> What do I need to do? <BR> <BR> 1) Cut way back on refined carbs. <BR> 2) Get back to 1 hard-boiled egg at 5 am instead of 2 eggs with toast with breakfast at 8 am. <BR> 3) Though I don't drink often, but back on it. Only weekends, or even less. <... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 23:51:47 EST Today, an overweight person made fun of my weight. I've gained weight and I get that. I wear a size 12 right now and it's my largest in life. I don't work out and I eat crap. A woman at my job decided to go on a diet and has lost 12 pounds over the last month. Today, as I was eating donuts, she blew her cheeks out and said I should focus on my eating. This is not her first comment on my weight as she has tried to achieve her weight loss goals. <BR> <BR> Even at my heaviest in life, as I am now, I have never compromised another's self esteem ... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:19:11 EST Thank God today... Because today I have no time to go out for my walk, but you help me to do my walk at home, taking care of my grandkids and doing all the things I have to do. Thanks for helping me to complete my 10000 steps . <em>248</em> <em>41</em> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:17:27 EST Cried all day today...... Ok so it is almost the end of yet another year that I have failed to keep myself motivated and disciplined. I have only managed to gain weight ... I went clothes shopping today b/c it is getting colder where I live, and I only have 2 pairs of pants that fit. Let's just say I ended up feeling disgusted/ ugly/ ashamed / and more, none of them good. I just want my body back. I know that after 2 boys that having my pre pregnancy body is never going to happen, but I want to feel pretty, heck even ... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 15:57:31 EST Not tracking how I would like Hi all, <BR> I am not getting the results I would have hoped for. I am walking every day (7 km split over 3 sessions) and am sticking to under 1300 cals per day. However I am only losing about 0.5kg (about 1 lb) per week. <BR> is this right or can I be doing something different? Thu, 9 Oct 2014 14:56:42 EST need daily spark buddy to check with For me, the best motivation is a daily check in with a real person to track my progress and get a response..I can't figure out how to set that up. <BR> please help. <BR> <BR> Thu, 9 Oct 2014 14:35:38 EST Obstacles Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. <BR> Henry Ford <BR> What do you think? <BR> what's the most powerful one for you? <BR> Tue, 7 Oct 2014 03:06:17 EST What is your Kryptonite? My Kryptonite is CHOCOLATE, CHOCOLATE and guess what more CHOCOLATE!! <BR> <BR> As I look over my nutrition tracker, I saw that chocolate had been incorporated in my diet at least 3 times out of the week. Now there is nothing wrong with it as long as it is done in moderation, so with that said I will replace it a least once this week with something else! I will continue to do this every week until I have gotten down to 1 day a week! <BR> <BR> I GOT A PLAN AND I AM STICKING TO IT! <BR> <BR>... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 20:02:39 EST Motivational wristband Has anyone heard of the health conscious wristband, Pavlok? It is like FitBit. Supposedly it helps you break your goals into manageable tiny habits (i.e. going to the gym) and keeps you accountable to building them. I want to try it out. It sounds interesting! Mon, 6 Oct 2014 19:46:23 EST Survival... I love "The Walking Dead". And as I've watched to show and I think about how strong you have to be to be able to survive in the ways they have to. What about the food? When there is food. They have to know how to cook and learn to eat anything. They have to be able to walk forever and fight or run. The fit last longer. They can do harder things for a longer period of time. Makes me think how long I'd last in my "condition" if some some reason something happened that I had to rely most on it. ... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 19:32:49 EST Have others bribed you? How have others inspired you or bribed you to lose weight? <BR> <BR> My mother offered me money for every dress size I went down. Problem is, I've lost 10 kilos but stayed the same size. I had clothes in a size 18 and 20, before I was a tight 20 and now I'm a tight 18... so well, I don't feel like I've gone down a size. You'd think I would go down sizes quickly because I am 5'8 but that is not the case. <BR> <BR> You'd think being offered that sort of incentive would make one lose weight, b... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 12:01:06 EST Support! On my own I am really struggling with staying healthy. I myself can do well but my husband sabotages my work. This weekend he decided boiled picnic ham and bean soup with fresh bread and scalloped potates. <BR> Does anyone else struggle with this. The kids are grown so it is just us two now. He does not worry about his health and I do. He should. We are both overweight. Sun, 5 Oct 2014 08:01:36 EST I have exercised every day for 3 weeks I cannot believe that I have been riding my recumbent bike for over three weeks now and my goal is to do half hour or 8 miles each day. I also cannot believe that I actually look forward to it and some days do more. After riding the bike- have to admit with lowest resistance on it, but I am 66 yrs young and feeling pretty good about it. Now I have to do better on my food intake. Oh and after I do the bike I actually do 6 games on my wii of 100 pin bowling games. I figure that way will work up... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 06:07:29 EST What do you do? Hi <BR> <BR> I'm new here, but I want to succeed for more than a week or a couple months this time. I have always been overweight, but I used to at least be fit. How do you get yourself going when you cannot do 1/3 of what you could do just a few years ago? Sat, 4 Oct 2014 18:54:21 EST overwhelmed I just started my new diet plan a couple of days ago, and I already feel way too overwhelmed with the whole thing. Tried to go grocery shopping the first day and I had to leave the store half way through without buying anything because I lost it trying to figure out what to buy, what I can and can't have. At home, I have pretty much no support from my boyfriend or his family. I want to lose the weight, not just for me, but my health. I'm just not sure what to do <em>46</em> Sat, 4 Oct 2014 18:26:09 EST Walking or running today? I'll be walking (a lot!) Sat, 4 Oct 2014 10:29:34 EST When I diet I feel angry... I know it's ME telling MYSELF "no, no more rice," or "nope, can't have those chips," but I almost always feel ANGRY when I exercise self-control -- and as often as not, I rebel against myself just a few minutes later saying "who cares what SHE says?!" <BR> <BR> Getting to eat what I want feels like freedom, and controlling myself feels like BEING controlled. <BR> <BR> Am I nuts?? Fri, 3 Oct 2014 19:57:56 EST Thinspiration? What if all the success stories that are suppose to motivate me just make me feel worse about myself? Fri, 3 Oct 2014 17:32:55 EST feeling overwhelmed My 14 year old daughter was diagnosed yesterday with GERD (heartburn) which may not seem like a big deal, but she's also lactose intolerant. We do eat a pretty healthy diet and I've learned how to cook without lactose by using lactose free milk but the dr wants her off of all dairy. I also realized that a lot of my recipes are tomato based. The information about GERD is contradictory so I'm having a hard time putting together a menu. Tonight is date night with my husband and I have no idea wh... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 11:34:01 EST How do you find willpower without a buddy? I have the hardest time eating right, or exercising if I'm doing it alone. How do I concur this feeling and just realize that being healthy is for me? It all makes sense in my mind, but the actual going through with it is so hard for me. I was spoiled and had a workout/eating buddy for a whole year, she quit on me, or closed up about things with me. So now I feel so alone, and lost. Fri, 3 Oct 2014 11:00:18 EST Fun article for motivation<BR>ade-My-Weight-Loss-Journey-32080339 <BR> Fri, 3 Oct 2014 07:18:32 EST Finding it so very hard Back in May I joined a gm and started working with a trainer to lose weight ad get into shape. Then I injured my knee, my hamstring after that then developed plantar fasciitis and have had chronic shoulder issues since January this year. All the physical setbacks make me want to just give up. I am having a hard time staying motivated to keep going on my journey to getting in shape. Any suggestions? I am currently in a walking boot for the plantar fasciitis and getting physical therapy on... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 21:13:38 EST need to get back on track This last week I have been going over my calories. I had a couple good days, but man when I start eating beyond my calories and me being an emotional over eater it is extremely hard to get back on the right track. I need to start walking and doing my work outs again too. I keep thinking that maybe I will just wait until Monday to get back on track because I have a bbq to go to and I want to enjoy food that day. Anyone ever try natural PGX and if so does it work. I get munchies at night and it... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 20:40:56 EST Help Ive tried every diet possible, seen doctors, been on every kind of fad diet, had personal trainers, ect ect ect. And I cant seem to stick to it and lose weight. I know what to do and how to do it but I just cant seem to make it work. Ive had depression since I was a kid so maybe that's a factor? Now im considering the lap band or bypass. they both scare me and seem drastic but Im kinda at the end of my rope. Let the fat kill me or these surgeries kill me or just give up all the way and accept... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 17:58:11 EST Up against it in the motivation dept. What's new? When I finish this short sentence, I need to get up and move! <BR> <BR> Hope others are doing better. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 22:53:34 EST Check-In/Motivati ion/Accountability Buddies Needed Howdy, Spark and Spark friends have been the only thing that keep me on track. I'm looking for a couple of people who check in daily and log food and fitness daily. I have done this for about a year and a half so I can go the distance and will. <BR> <BR> October 1st and I am feeling renewed! I want to keep this going strong with a few focused people who want this and will go after it. 27 lbs to go for me. <BR> <BR> L Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:33:54 EST OCTOBER 2014 - Appreciation/Gratitudes Welcome All Gratitude practices can be powerfully transformative and can improve our emotional and physical well-being. Sarah Ban Breathnach, author of Simple Abundance, says: <BR> <BR> "You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you." <BR> <BR> Those of you who have been part of this... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:41:16 EST When you're too busy to think about it.... how do you check yourself? <BR> <BR> I just started this on wednesday, I think? Then my dh told me we were going to a B&B for 2 days! <em>4</em> <em>24</em> We had chicken wings, mashed potatoes and corn on the cob for dinner with huckleberry sundaes for dessert... the first night. Huckleberry pancakes, sausage links, oj, and a large fruit bowl for breakfast the next day. Buffalo burgers with fries the 2nd night, and another sundae! An omelet and bacon with fruit for breakfas... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:42:05 EST Grocery Shopping Isn't it funny how difficult we make things for ourselves? I came to a big realization on Sunday. I start off the school year with great intentions of healthy meals. This year, we barely have time to eat dinner, so I had planned simple meals made quickly. On the first day of school, I did some major grocery shopping at Sam's Club and bought a lot of produce. I usually shop there once a month. We did good eating it, but a lot of it went bad quickly and had to be thrown out. I felt so di... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:33:44 EST Feeling ready I heart a motivational speaker over the weekend, she spoke about finding your cause. She said you can't just say "i want to loose weight" and not have a reason. She said if you find a cause and you really want it and it means something to you, then you are ready. <BR> <BR> Just wondering if any of you have thought of it this way, and when the motivational starts to get low how do you re-adjust your view to feel strongly about your cause? Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:06:18 EST Trouble with numbers Mid 30's soccer mom here. I'm finding myself getting very frustrated lately. I'm having difficulty turning away food that I know isn't nutritious. For instance this last Saturday out with my family left me eating a cheeseburger and chips followed by nachos, tater tots and tacos in the evening. It's one thing to take a break for a meal occasionally however I find myself indulging in things I shouldn't far too often. This morning is was banana nut bread for breakfast with butter. I'm not ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:52:53 EST How important are 20 pounds? I'm 5' 4.5" and I weigh about 161. I know that to be really in the okay weight zone (and wearing clothes I prefer and looking the way I want to look) -- I should lose and keep off about 20 pounds. I'm not diabetic, nor do I have other health issues, so the weight is really about looks and knowing I'm doing what I should for the long term. <BR> <BR> What I've discovered, post-menopause, is that I can STAY at about 160 by weighing in regularly and "dieting" for a week or so to take off an "e... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:34:25 EST Mid-to Late- Twenties Energy Dip I think that it's common knowledge that our metabolisms slow down as we age, but I've noticed that my body changed when I turned 26. It's just not as easy for me to lose weight -- I get tired during workouts more easily, need much more sleep, and those 100-200 extra calories eaten DO prevent me from losing weight. <BR> <BR> I just turned 27, and am worried that I will never reach my goal. What should I do? Has anyone experienced this? Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:55:34 EST "quick tips" for experienced dieters? You know those quick tips for new dieters like... "don't drink your calories -- quit the soda habit" or "park farther from your destination?" Well, I'm an experienced dieter who NEVER drinks her calories, takes three exercise classes a week, and hasn't eaten a fast food burger in about ten years. I already get my salad dressing on the side, and fix my sandwiches "open faced." <BR> <BR> I'm betting you're a lot like me. <BR> <BR> Any "quick tips" that can help those of us who're already so... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:19:23 EST Dealing with nasty roommates Hi All! <BR> <BR> I recently moved, and am living with roommates again for the first time in a LONG time. And I find myself having constantly grit my teeth and not go to pieces because one of them is just plain old awful human being. Who keeps giving me &")$@ for buying healthy food and having a lot of spices, not just salt and salt in the kitchen and constantly disapproves what I do. <BR> <BR> I tend to soothe my emotions with food a lot, and I don't have punching bag sadly. Does anyone h... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 04:46:31 EST looking for diet groups Hello everybody, <BR> my name is Marcela and I would like to know if there is some good recommendations for support groups, not just here on the internet but also groups like weight watchers, lain, etc., any recomendations and also if possible experiences <BR> Thank you <BR> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:18:35 EST Favorite healthy snack?! Let's hear 'em! Sun, 28 Sep 2014 13:38:30 EST Motivational Quotes for Today "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." - Arthur Ashe <BR> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 12:52:06 EST HOW TO GET MOTIVATION BACK So I have lost all motivation to loose weight at the moment my mind is not in it I don't want to go to the gym I don't want to do pt nothing I have put weight on stopped coke for 2 weeks but drinking it again now :( I want to give it up and not drink it again I know I can do it but my mindset is so hard to change :( <BR> <BR> PLEASE HELP ME Sat, 27 Sep 2014 05:18:21 EST How do you keep from binging in the evening? I have a huge problem with being hungry in the evening and night after dinner. It doesn't help that I stay up late. Even when I eat a good breakfast and lunch, I still get hungry after dinner and want to eat everything in sight. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 20:47:57 EST Motivation Boosters? Hello all--I have been a part of the SP/SC sites for about two weeks. I was doing great with both food and exercise until this morning. We had a staff meeting where people brought in food, and I have already eaten my calories for the day. I tried to motivate myself to go for a walk, but my overall energy level and dedication seem to be MIA today. I don't want SP to be another program that I let peter out after a few weeks. Any suggestions? Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:13:37 EST How could I have gained 4lbs in a week... I've been eating clean and working out 5-6 days a week. I have my fitbit, workout during my lunch, eat clean, I haven't drank as much water this week, but I haven't eaten anything fattening. How could my scale say I've gained 4lbs? Does this even make sense? My scale is defintely right, my daughter got on it and it was correct down to the 10th of a pound. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 11:12:07 EST Looking for a workout buddy I'm looking for a lookout buddy, I live in Wisconsin. <BR> I like to walk, run (although I'm kinda clumsy), swim, and playing volleyball. <BR> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 22:30:12 EST Have hit a plateau and need to be kept motivted I hit a plateau. I started out at 300 at the beginning of July and down to 277. I have read just about everything out there about plateau's but everything seems to all say the same things. Change routine for workouts drink more water, lower calories and so on. So I have been doing that and I know it may take a couple of weeks for weight loss to continue. I just need some mental/emotional support because not seeing the scale or the body measurements get lower make me tend to say screw it, if I... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:04:02 EST Girl Scout Cookies Purchased 5 boxes of GS cookies today, but had them sent to the troops overseas. That really makes me feel good on so many levels <em>30</em> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:17:02 EST Have you ever: Starting a job for motivation Have you ever started a part time or weekend job for motivation on getting more active. <BR> <BR> I Have been considering on starting a job at my local walmart to lose some weight and get a bit more motivated. I think it may help me out a bit more since now I'm doing most of this alone. <BR> <BR> My grandmother has always told me I'm to lazy to get a job or to big and I sit to much. <BR> <BR> But I figure if its part time maybe a few days a week to start out its a win win. I can move ca... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:11:17 EST My tip My tips for staying motivated...the spark tracker I love so much makes me want to walk...weights , strength training will take off the fat in areas you do not want fat. Wii fit...oh how I love the WII FIT. Staying motivated with any tools necessary is the Key Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:29:55 EST feeling great well I have been going strong for 3 days now and already can tell mentally that I am going to succeed at becoming a healthy person I am so motivated right now I can do anything I put my mind too. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:58:43 EST Accountability I'm looking for ways to be more accountable... do you have tips? Wed, 24 Sep 2014 03:14:21 EST Feeling overwhelmed and shutting down I don't know if anyone else has this problem but I find that the older I get (I am almost 65), I find myself shutting down and doing nothing if I have too many things that I need to do. When I come to an obstacle or when something doesn't go exactly as I thought it would, I shut down and do nothing. All this 'shutting down and doing nothing' obviously makes what ever the issue even bigger. It snow balls. What is worse is that I feel like I am watching this happen to myself. What do I do? Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:05:32 EST making it through birthday month Too many celebrations this month with the sweets and treats that go with them. I have watched portions and forgiven myself the slip-up and hopefully I am back on track. I still have two more parties to make it through. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:32:12 EST Need some positive motivation - watch this video This kid's attitude is unbelievable - <BR> <BR><BR>sibly-the-most-motivational-post-game-<BR>football-interview-ever-video/ Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:01:09 EST First Week ~ Just So So I don't know why I expect "GREAT THINGS" in my weight loss program in just one week. It took several years of slowing putting weight on and it is going to take a while to get the weight off. A little over 4 pounds for the first week is good, I just feel a little defeated this morning. Maybe it is the shorter days causing the me the blues this morning. I know that when I get like this I would normally go for a bag of cookies. Struggling this morning and thankful there are no candy machine... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:42:02 EST God gives us strength to work hard every day Praise God for the good things He gives us every day. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:22:44 EST Need help staying focused I have been on and off spark people for a few years now..I love this site. But I have a very hard time staying motivated. Also, my life right now is very, very stressful. And to make matters worse I am a stress eater too. I have some back issues and nerve damage in my leg which sometimes makes it very difficult to do some exercises..and I can forget about doing high impact exercises. I am not trying to be a whiner just need some pointers on how to stay motivated and focused. <BR> Any help wou... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:44:35 EST Made myself a sticker chart I've been having a hard time getting motivated lately, so today I created a sticker chart! <BR> <BR> I have 6 goals i'd like to work on (in bed by 9, 8 glasses of water a day, take my vitamins...etc) that I need to do daily. I do cut myself some slack, for example 'in bed by 9', I have 5 freebies per month. Every goal has a different 'freebie number' of course. Everyday I give myself a sticker if I fulfilled that task. <BR> <BR> At the end of the month I will see how many goals I have ful... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:11:17 EST Rewarding yourself How do you reward yourself when you accomplish a goal? Can be a big goal or a small goal Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:15:34 EST A friend and I who enable each other I am having trouble because I have a really good friend who I have a lot of fun with but who enables me and I enable her. We often sit around chatting and eating or eating while catching up on the shows we both love. When I mention that I have to eat better and I am going to try and cut back she seems hurt, takes it personally as me blaming her or doesn't really listen and shows up with chocolate/snacks. How can I change this routine but still maintain our friendship? Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:40:55 EST For the ladies... Periods and stuff Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> So I'm having my first period since I started on SP, and I actually gained 1.5 lbs since the 11th. I am having a really hard time staying motivated, because I feel like it's a ridiculous body fail. <BR> <BR> I don't know if it's extra water weight that I will get rid of after it's all done, or is it actual fat gain... I feel bloated and all the "fun" stuff that comes with periods, so I'm fairly certain it's just fluid retention, but I feel like I'm trying to explain ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:53:44 EST Help I know I need to lose weight. And I know what I need to do in order to make that happen. My problem is, my mind has already given up. I feel like I don't care about what I eat, whether or not I excercise. But truth is, I do care. Because I am miserable. Tired and miserable. How do I change my mindset? :( Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:15:07 EST Accountability/motivation partner? Hello! I'm looking for an accountability buddy. I'd like to find someone in her 20s with a similar goal/time frame (~60 lbs by April). If I can find another grad student who understands the time constraints, that would be even better. I'm very reliable, so I'm looking for somebody who will take this seriously. Ideally we could check in with each other once or twice a week to make sure neither of us falls behind. We can congratulate each other on successes and motivate each other to make smart... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:04:01 EST Body Scale I need to purchase a new scale to see where I am exactly and to stay motivated. Any suggestions on the best one out there? Thanks Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:01:53 EST Need a buddy for motivation! My name is Brittany and I'm looking for a buddy, male or female, that mutually needs help with motivation. I've back slide too many times, and I'm getting married October 2015 so I need to lose it. I'm 21, 5'0 and I'm currently 180 and my desired weight is 125-130. I'm looking for someone who has similar goals and can text. It'd be super cool if someone lived in or around Montgomery, AL and could meet up for runs or work outs from time to time but in no way is that required. I also have two s... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:16:35 EST Let's do some dreaming! This is helping me immensely , so I wanted to share and encourage everyone to do it! <BR> <BR> What is your ideal clothing size? What does your dream body look like? Put the weight thing aside, as it holds no real value. Instead, think of your ideal size and body. Now go ahead and think of how it will feel to be there. What will you do in your new body? How will you FEEL? <BR> <BR> For me, I see myself in a size 10 with an absolutely amazing body. Lean, but curves in the right places. Big ... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:57:03 EST how can i help me 11 year old daughter? My little girl is a little overweight and loves to eat the wrong things. Help!!!! Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:46:34 EST Maxing out my Sparkpoints Today I pledged to myself to max out my Sparkpoints every day for the rest of the year. I have 106 days left in 2014. I want to see how far over 12.500 points I can get. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:59:48 EST Lessons by Winnie the Pooh :) I found this article that talks about life in Pooh gifs. Pooh is my favorite and always has been. I thought this would bring a smile to anyone who needs one. Enjoy! <BR> <BR><BR>4/07/10/11-steps-to-a-better-you-by-wi<BR>nnie-the-pooh/?cmp=SMC|blgmusic|Playli<BR>stSeptember|FB|betteryou-Eeyore|InHous<BR>e|091614|repost||esocialmedia||| Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:22:03 EST Not losing weight and getting frustrated I went on WW with my mother in law, and started to lose a little weight until I got to 225, and then over the next few weeks didn't lose anything. I wasn't eating anything overly horrible either. <BR> <BR> I then decided to kick up my cardio to see if that worked. It did for about 2 weeks and now i'm back to losing nothing. <BR> <BR> I eat about 1300 calories a day (Give or take depending on If I worked out that day) and I work out every other day for about 45 mins or so- I started runni... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:57:12 EST Binging for over a year? The first time I was at SP.. I went from 84 (kg) to 69. I then maintained/restricted/normalized my diet (quit the exercise) and went to 72 in 4 months (not bad considering the amounts I binged in 2 day spurts during those months.) From 72, I went down to a whopping 59 in about 4 months.. this was a period of Godsent energy, motivation, controlled dieting and 2 months of wonderful cardio+ST regimes 6 mornings a week. However, owing to a rather tumultuous (but Godsent) breakup, I zipped from 59... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:00:10 EST Lose 20-30 by Christmas mobile support! So this is ideally for those who showed interest on Spark's new mobile chat system. I'll friend all ya'll and send this url link, it'll just take me some time. Guessing this would be best used for support, encouragement, questions, congratulations; that kind of thing. <BR> <BR> Let's start with brief little introductions and then what you're working on right now for immediate goals? These could even just be baby steps. Having a shot of flavored cream in coffee instead of a Starbuck's monster... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:00:36 EST Tracking Hi, <BR> <BR> How do other people consistently track what they eat? I do it for a day and then it dies out. <BR> <BR> -Kim Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:53:15 EST what if your mind does not catch up... Hello everybody <BR> <BR> I am finally coming out of "lurkerdom" with my own question: In May 2014, I weighed approximately 255 lbs at a height of a little over 5.5 inches. I had also been diagnosed diabetic about 6 months prior to that but had not been able to make any improvements. It actually started with some mood issues that caused my to loose my appetite and I lost quite a bit of weight in a short period of time. Once I started feeling better, I figured I might just as well keep going ... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:37:48 EST Staying motivated with less than 10lbs to go! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I've been at 123 (I'm 5'5ish) pounds for over a year now. I work out regularly and eat healthy most of the time. I do have days where I binge, which is why I am not losing weight. My plan is to lose the rest of the belly fat on my stomach. I have days where I wake up and I am totally motivated, mostly because I am feeling bloated or I feel my stomach looks big. Depending on the time of the month, my stomach looks and feels flatter, so I tend to focus less on my eating... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:29:57 EST What motivates you to work out? I walk and sometimes water aerobics BUT I need to move it up a notch,,, What do you do and what keeps you motivated? <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:20:11 EST How do you keep from being hungry all the time? I feel like I always want to eat. How do you keep yourself from being hungry all the time? Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:19:38 EST After Surgery Rotator cuff surgery last year. Recovery was pretty quick, but getting back my weight has been slow! Sat, 13 Sep 2014 01:48:14 EST Could I lose 2 lbs. in a week? This is my second weight loss journey, I'm trying to lose 50 pounds and I want to have lost 10 lbs. by Halloween. I've been doing circuit training for nearly two hours every day since I started my journey. Are there any high calorie burning exercises other than circuit training that could help? Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:47:59 EST 3 Days with Spark 3 Day and am still hanging in been slacker for while nursing sore knee but keep on pushing my since this week decided enough feeling down. Been getting back to my excerise routine 15 min. 2x's a day. Everyone have a great day. BBL Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:08:53 EST Set your mind to it you can do anything I'm 74 and lost 70 lbs 3 yrs ago and worked out 4 hours a day. I was on top of the world then last year found out I had stage 3 rectal cancer. Did the Chemo / Radiation after which I had a operation and still manage to work out 4 hours a day with a chemo pump. I didn't let it stop me form going to the gym everyday, it keep me going.. Just remember don't give up and keep going you will feel a lot better...., Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:05:45 EST What are you doing for yourself today! Hi I just joined yesterday and want to not only lose weight I also want to distress. So I am going to start doing something just for me each day. After thinking on something I can do for me is something I use to love to do very much to write. I am going to sit down for half and hour and write. <BR> <BR> What are you guys doing just for yourself today? Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:19:46 EST 3 item list eat a light breakfast, <BR> log onto spark people <BR> plan the meals for the next day Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:06:03 EST HELP:Recommitting to a healthy diet n excercise. Hello everyone! I'very been out the sparkepeople loop for several months now. I was doing so well and then fell out of my routine and have packed on some pounds. I feel ashamed and disappointed because I did so well for so long. My challenge once again is mindset and motivation. I felt better n looked better when I was eating right and exercising daily. So can u please help encourage me. Thank u! <BR> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 05:22:47 EST A long road! I am feeling so overwhelmed with the amount of weight I have to lose. I need to lose 100 pounds to get to a healthy weight of 150. I am currently 260. I just would be so thrilled to get out of the 200's. As I am getting older this extra weight really worries me. You just don't see any 260 pound 80 year olds walking around and that is a sobering thought. Any words of encouragement or ideas to not feel so overwhelmed? Sun, 7 Sep 2014 01:38:08 EST Fitbook: If you've used it, would you recommend it I'm having trouble tracking after I get home from work & I'm not at the computer, I wonder if paper & pen tracking might help. So I saw this Fitbook. It looks really cool & motivating, and I was wondering if anyone on SparkPeople has used it, and would recommend it? Was it worth getting? Did you use it all 12 weeks? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for your answers. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 07:08:15 EST Clothing size I didn't know where to put this. This is sort of a vent and frustration and also part motivation. I hate that I can't fit into any clothes that I want. I have added so many sites on my faves tab so i can look at for later. I need a CUTE winter hoodie/jacket that actually fits. i am looking online and so frustrated how they all are so ugly for plus size and they don't even fit!! plus size and they all go to 1x. ugh. I should be motivated to lose weight and get in shape but i'm not. i'm just th... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 22:20:08 EST Getting back into the groove With the help of Sparkpeople and a nurtitionist a few years ago, I lost what I wanted to lose. I wasn't perfect (but there is no such thing), but I was happy with how far I had gotten. <BR> Then...I got pregnant. I gained what I was supposed to gain, went back up to and above what I had ever been before. After the birth, I lost most of the weight in the first couple of months, but as I breastfed I was hungry AT ALL times and the weight just started piling back on. <BR> I am back to the wei... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 15:21:21 EST Staying Motivated I was using a goals website and then the website closed. now i'm at loose ends trying to journal on my own but it's harder without the social networking part of it. i'm hoping spark people will work for me too :) I don't always get emails letting me know i have a reply on the boards though. maybe they go to spam? I have to check. <BR> <BR> I have been overeating lately and I have to correct that. I have access to a fantastic cafeteria at work and that makes it hard. I'm also tempted... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 23:33:57 EST im too far gone, why try? I feel like I am too far gone to try and lose weight. I don't like what I see yet I don't see the point in trying. I haven't had a whole lot of success in losing weight and have pretty much convinced myself that I will be overweight or obese my whole life like I have always been since I was a teenager. I feel confused, depressed, and more alone or hopeless than anything. I know I need to do better with my health, I just don't care anymore. People always think or say that I am 28 and should be... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 17:00:56 EST Biggest Loser Challenge Ok, so I have figured out over the past 2 years that I cannot do this journey alone. I start out good, then lose motivation, or something happens or just get back into my lazy mode. <BR> <BR> Well tonight that changes. A local fitness club is doing a Biggest Loser Challenge and I am signing up for it. I meet with the trainer tonight and my friend from work is going with me. Hopefully this will turn my attitude towards myself around and keep my determination high! The only thing I am con... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 16:35:14 EST not good day! this was not a good day for me! headache! I didn't get anything accomplished. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 22:51:29 EST Austin TX weight loss buddy Hi there! <BR> I am 25 yrs and about 40 lbs overweight and have recently signed up with a running group. The problem is I don't have a whole lot of motivation to get up and run, or exercise, or eat healthy. Soooo I need some help. I need someone that will hold me accountable. Preferably who lives in south Austin but I'm sure distance isn't a huge issue. If there is another fellow Austinite who is looking for weight loss support send me a message and let's get healthy! (claire.booher@yaho... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 23:17:45 EST What drives your motivation? What's the driver behind your motivation? Tue, 2 Sep 2014 17:07:46 EST Staying Motivated This is the 4th or 5th time I've started back up with Sparkpeople. I do really well for a month or so, then fall off. This time it's been over a year since I last tracked my food, fitness and everything. I did get a good surprise this morning, stepping on the scale for the first time in over 2 months. I'd lost 8 lbs! I really need help sticking to a healthy eating plan, exercise and just doing the things I should to be healthy. <BR> <BR> What are your opinions for a healthy (and reali... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:50:37 EST Points for The Spark Didn't know where to go to find the answer to this: I bought The Spark book from Amazon a month or two ago. Now I see there is a point award for purchasing this book. Does anyone know to whom I should direct a question about getting the spark points? Was it a requirement to make the purchase through Spark People? Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:16:27 EST I need help, I feel unmotivated! Hey guys I really need some pick-me-ups. I reached my main goal to get healthy, but I'm slipping into bad habits. I'm eating out a lot more (unhealthy foods of course) and not exercising. I know this is a routine for disaster but I am feeling very unmotivated. When I lost weight I was motivated because some of my family said hurtful things about my weight. Now that I'm thin they of course no longer make those remarks, but without being hurt I guess I don't have the motivation to look better. ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:09:10 EST SEPTEMBER Gratitudes 2014 - Welcome All ! The idea here is to write at least five things you are grateful or appreciative each day, thus cultivating an attitude of gratitude I will be here with my 5 when it is September for me. I appreciate everyone who joins me in this tradition. <em>432</em> <BR> <BR> “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” <BR> ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:08:08 EST I love swimming! When I get in the pool I feel like a little kid. This is probably my favorite form of exercise. <em>345</em> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:24:38 EST Accountability Buddy Needed I was hoping to find some sort of competition or challenge where two people team up against other teams to lose weight/stay healthy. Not quite the BLC since that is a single person. I like the thought of being part of a two person team and being accountability buddies... Even if I can't find that challenge, I would love to have an accountability buddy. My lifestyle is hectic with work and school and even if it is a once a week thing it would be greatly appreciated and reciprocated! Sun, 31 Aug 2014 06:54:56 EST Never going to be thin Anybody ever feel like that? The last time I ever remember being skinny was when I was 2. I have always been the fat person, the fat kid in class that everyone picked on. Even today when i try to make changes I think people don't believe in me. How do I change and make those changes stick? I'm doing good now because even though I have gained 29lbs I haven't gained the whole 95 pounds like I usually do. I just feel sometimes that I will never be the person I want to be. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:11:23 EST