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 wii fit games, does anyone want to start? I am looking for a group that will come together and do Wii fit games. Maybe post what each had done for motivation daily. Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:16:49 EST Night Shift Needs... Hello all, long time - first time. I used SP back in 2008 or 2009 to get fit and healthy, but this is my first post on the forum. <BR> <BR> Back then I had somehow figured it out, but now that I'm almost 10 years older, I'm having a hard time. I'm a 911 operator and police dispatcher, and I work straight nights from 6p to 6a. It's a sedentary job, combined with a high stress environment, and a plethora of unhealthy eating habits. <BR> <BR> My question is, how do you manage your nutrition d... Fri, 22 Sep 2017 03:01:19 EST Cross post - stuck at a plateau/loosing motivation I am a female, 35 years old, 5'5" tall. I started out at 189 pounds this past January, and was at 183 in May but I have been stuck hovering between 178-176 pounds since the mid-July! I work out 5-6 days per week for 30-45 minutes, usually 3 days of strength training and 2-3 of cardio. I usually do beach body 21 day fix or core deforce workouts along with some intervals on an elliptical. I have been very seriously tracking and measuring all of my food intake since May and more loosely before t... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:40:54 EST do you buy new clothes while you are still losing? I am wondering how many people buy themselves new clothes before reaching your goal. Thanks for responding. Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:10:27 EST I can do it! ugh, 300 calories left for the day! I can do it... Hold on to will power! Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:11:37 EST Taking off the last 10 lbs Really need some help. Been playing around with these last 10 lbs. Up and down. Know my age is against me (over 70) but do not want the lbs. to creep up and that is what is happening. I start out tracking but by middle of day not so much. Good intentions but !!!!! Really need some motivation to get my mind going in right direction. Thanks for your help. <BR> Sat, 16 Sep 2017 12:00:34 EST Is anyone here hypothyroid? I've been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Needless to say, weight loss is very difficult for me but I've decided to just do what I need to do. I will exercise every day, keep myself hydrated and try to eat well. But for those of you who might be having the same experience.... are there any words of encouragement or hope in this weight loss battle? Mon, 11 Sep 2017 09:26:41 EST Missing my fitness partner In September 2015 my 14 year old dog collapsed when giving me a peppy welcome home. The vet said she had an enlarged heart and she was put on medication. She passed away on June 3, 2017.. We quit running together in 2015 which essentially meant I quit exercising. I made myself go out once last month and it was great (even though I cried half the time). I need to get back into a routine. I don't have her to encourage me to get out there and it is also hard because it was something we did to... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 11:08:33 EST How to talk myself out of cheat days. This is my achile's heel. I have the hardest time avoiding telling myself "whats 1 cheat day gonna do" or " one snacks not going to kill you ". Can anyone out there help me out? It's a real problem and a major reason why this has been a struggle for me. Wed, 6 Sep 2017 22:42:49 EST NEED HELP STAYING WITH IT! Okay class, I am not digging through this pile looking for the right answer. I am halfway through a 90 day diet / exercise program here at the home. At MY home, my blood pressure and blood sugar tended to sky-rocket. I fought to get them anywhere near normal. Here at the home [rehab center], I get a balanced diet with lots of salads, my meds on a regular schedule, and if I do not show up for morning physical therapy, THEY COME TO MY ROOM AND GET ME. How do I keep this up once I get home? Wed, 6 Sep 2017 14:46:59 EST Did You Start Your Day with Positive Affirmations? I did and here is one of those: <BR> <BR> Happiness is a choice. I base my happiness on my own accomplishments and the blessings I’ve been given. <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Sep 2017 18:03:51 EST Life with purpose “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” —Maya Angelou Mon, 4 Sep 2017 12:36:49 EST How do you treat yourself I am wondering how people reward themselves for reaching goals. Looking for ways that don't cost money and obviously aren't caloric rewards. Sun, 3 Sep 2017 18:38:18 EST Breast Cancer... Surgery Soon I was diagnosed with breast cancer on May 30th 2017. I am having a double mastectomy with reconstruction in 9 days. If there is someone out there who knows how and when to workout after these surgeries let me know. I'm 39 years old(40 in Oct.) and I now weigh 201.4 lbs. and would still like to workout during this time if I can somehow. I have a couple of books on the subject but it is always good to hear it from someone who's been through it. Sun, 3 Sep 2017 00:07:13 EST feeling so discouraged I weighed myself 119 on July 30th and today when i weighed myself I was only 117.8 I was dieting and exercising so much but why didnt I lose much? Fri, 1 Sep 2017 09:10:50 EST SEPTEMBER 2017 Gratitude, Thanks, ALL WELCOME! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one's voice." <BR> -Joseph B. Wirthlin <BR> <BR> I will be here tomorrow when it is September. Look forward to the shares!! <em>126</em> Thu, 31 Aug 2017 20:38:40 EST Getting complacent What do you do when you start to fall into a rut? <BR> <BR> I have been eating 1200 calories consistently for 3 weeks and work out every day to burn a minimum of 250 calories (half hour of exercise, sometimes more when I have time). When I first started, I would go to the gym and really bust a$$ but now I am just going and doing my 30 mins on the elliptical and calling it a day. I just don't feel like I have it in me anymore. <BR> <BR> I know that if I continue to consume 1200 calories/da... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 13:56:45 EST Goals for the next 12 weeks My goals for the next twelve weeks are: <BR> <BR> To eat 3 vegetables or fruits a day. Give up all soda. <BR> Do at least 5 Cardio routines a week and 4 strength Training workouts a week. <BR> <BR> I am recording the results daily in a notebook, with notes on how I feel for the day also. <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Aug 2017 13:46:08 EST Positive Quote You cannot live a positive life with a negative mind. "Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself." -Edmund Lee Sun, 27 Aug 2017 17:55:51 EST Accountability Hi, I'm 21 years old, male and can't ever get past the first week of working out before I give up. I have used accountability partners before to achieve other goals and I'm sure if I have an accountability partner I will be more motivated to not let them down. We can communicate via social media. If anyone is interested please let me know. <BR> Thanks Thu, 24 Aug 2017 15:04:12 EST Help clothing shopping and embracing my curves Hi everyone. I'm trying to learn to embrace my curves as I struggle to lose weight. I grew up hiding in baggy clothes. I bought a long clingy black skirt that is just outside my comfort zone. My bf loves it and I really want to wear it, but I struggle finding a top that I find flattering. I want to feel sexy (not slutty) and confident. <BR> I'm a bit pear shaped, about a 1x. I have a short torso and a high waist. I know I should emphasize my waist. Most skirts like this are shown with tucked... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:10:07 EST For people over 70Th Why is losing weight so hard ?My question is i lose it but,have a hard time maintaining it can anyone give me suggestions. Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:40:24 EST The Home Scale Very curious question if anyone has been through this. Please excuse if I am being blunt but, I have to know. So yesterday morning I weighed myself and it was at 429.8 lbs. This morning I woke up and the scale was reading 434.2 lbs... I was very concerned when I saw this because I know sure as hell I didn't eat any 14,0000 calories which are what I estimate based on 3,500 calories = 1 lb. So that completely confused me. I wrote it down anyway... so I then proceeded to eat my normal breakfast... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:18:13 EST Keep moving Don't let those negative voices cover your greatness Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:38:30 EST Trying to Muscle through Food Cravings/Appetite Hi Folks. <BR> <BR> I tend to struggle with wanting to constantly snack. (Very Low Carb Diet) <BR> <BR> Additionally, I struggle with having a large appetite at dinner time. <BR> <BR> Regarding me, I am down 56 lbs and have about 60 lbs to go. <BR> I exercise daily. <BR> <BR> Any tips? <em>40</em> And yes, I keep forgetting to drink more water. <em>4</em> Sunflower seeds are saving me today! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> A bottle of water on the road & an extra cup off black coffee ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:45:38 EST Awesome challenge team Hi. Do you want to add some fun, meet some awesome new people, with just a bit of competition to your journey to a healthier you? Have you considered joining a team in the Biggest Loser challenge? The Summer Challenge is in its final few days, and the Fall Challenge starting the beginning of September. <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name and living a healthier lifestyle is the game. It's a 10 week commitment with 10 teams of 24 members each. The main requirements is to weigh in each week an... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:50:40 EST Finding Inner Peace I’ve been reading Osho’s book “The Inner Journey” and I’m in love. It’s so well written and brings about such great peace. <BR> <BR> The main concept of “The Inner Journey” is the fact that over the course of generations we’ve chosen to neglect the soul. In the book they call it “the navel”, our life-energy. <BR> <BR> When born our life-energy comes from our mother through our umbilical cord, after cut we experience our first instance of separation from our mother’s. This first instance of... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:54:40 EST Will 15 lbs make a difference? So I was writing on my Spark Page about this... I have been on this journey for about a month now and I am a pretty big girl and I guess my frame is heavier on the bottom half of my body. I have only been able to lose roughly 15lbs in the past month. Now I have gotten myself into a pattern of keeping track of all my calories and writing everything down. The only problem I have is being physically active and that is because of lower back pain and the fact I am pretty sure I have a serious pinc... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:09:51 EST Please advice I have issues with self-discipline and being consistent. <BR> I also have Chronic Depression and Dissociative Identity Disorder. Been obese most of my life. I'm 44 years old. Please advice. Fri, 11 Aug 2017 01:55:54 EST Getting My Spark Back I have been away so long I feel as though I'm starting all over. Back when I first joined Sparkpeople I was determined and having the time of my life. Everything about this site was fun and everything I needed to get healthy. I wasn't seeing the scale change fast but the way I saw the scale changed drastically. It became a tool rather than a source of self hate and doubt. <BR> Just by walking 2.5/3 miles a day @ 6 days a week I created a whole new me. Walking led to more water that led to le... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 11:50:15 EST Support from partner Hi guys! <BR> <BR> I'm new here and I'm desperately trying to lose weight. <BR> I'm currently 86kg (190lbs) and 172cm (5'8") which means a BMI of 29 :-( and I'm trying to get down to at least 75kg (165 lbs) but would love to get to 60kg (132lbs) but am conscious that that probably won't be possible. <BR> I've started a HIIT program and am starting to cut out sugar, I am also going to take Alli tablets and cut out as much fat as I can. Clean eating etc. <BR> <BR> Full disclosure: this is not... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 06:21:32 EST Can't find the energy I've been feeling sick the past week with a really sore throat. I've kept up with my exercises until yesterday when it got really bad. <BR> <BR> So I went to the doctor, and found out I've got strep. <BR> <BR> Now I can't seem to find the energy to work out. <BR> <BR> Tips?? Sat, 5 Aug 2017 21:27:26 EST I live with a very negative mother. Please help. I live with a very negative mother. Please help. Sat, 5 Aug 2017 18:37:58 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> --------------------- <BR> <BR> Positive words to start the day: APPRECIATIVE and BRIGHT <BR> <BR> Good day yesterday - went to the gym, vacuumed the house and dusted furniture. cleaned the master bathroom, Went outside and pulled the weeds that had wandered into the flower beds, and did a couple of loads of la... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 05:38:06 EST Low calorie diet Hello all <BR> <BR> Fors those that are doing VLCD what does your meal plan look like? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Joe Thu, 3 Aug 2017 21:03:50 EST Does SP keep statistics Does SP keep statistics of how long members keep weight off? <BR> <BR> <BR> chris Wed, 2 Aug 2017 08:07:01 EST Where did my motivation go? The good thing is I am maintaining which for me is a good thing. I am a yo yo dietor with most of my years spend overweight. I lost 50+ pounds and now I am having trouble watching it closely so I can lose more. I am happy enough with where I am but know that I am still considered overweight and my joints would benefit from me losing more. In order to do that, I really need to be careful about each calorie and right now I just don't seem to have it in me. Also, in the past, I have gained... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 14:39:31 EST AUGUST 2017 Daily Gratitude-Thanks s-Smiles-welcome! "The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement."Charles Schwab <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here is to an August Abundance of Appreciations!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> See you tomorrow with list of 5 or so! <em>247</em> Mon, 31 Jul 2017 18:03:22 EST Weekends are Rough Hello All <BR> <BR> I'm very new to Spark people and I am really enjoying all the tips, motivation & insight <BR> <BR> I find myself staying on track really well during the week but finding difficulty on the weekends. Especially during the summer with all the reunions, weddings, BBQ S, parties. Etc. any words of wisdom on how to maintain some self control during the weekends. Lol Mon, 31 Jul 2017 10:20:11 EST I'm on this journey because....... It's hard to keep motivated all of the time and sometimes you forget why you started this journey. Once it's in black and white it's hard to forte why you started. It's also good to see what motivates others Mon, 31 Jul 2017 03:06:39 EST Looking for support buddy Hi, I'm Jaime. I'm struggling to get into working out and eating right. I really don't like the way I look. So I'm looking for someone I can talk to, to get support. The support goes both ways, so if you need some help too, I'll be there. <BR> <BR> Please message me! :-D Sat, 29 Jul 2017 15:14:52 EST Looking for a fitness and weight loss buddy! Hello...I am alone on this journey. I have tried to bond with people that might be in the same boat as me, but we just didn't have the same issues. <BR> <BR> I have 60+ lbs to lose and I have to start my fitness level at beginner. This isn't my first time around the block. I know what it takes, I know what I have to do. I just want someone to do it with. Someone to talk to, encourage, get some from them, give high 5's to, and kicks in the butt when needed. <BR> <BR> I am 48, love anima... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:32:39 EST Why do I emotionally eat? It seems like every time things get tough, I start to eat. I feel like I can never get full and I end up eating stuff I know is bad for me or too much food or both. I feel frustrated, sad and angry all at the same time. Do you ever feel like this? How do you help yourself? Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:49:45 EST weight management Today was my first time i have gone to see a weight management doctor. I was given a lot of information and I have to follow up with another person next month. Sugar is my biggest problems along with drinking water and exercising. I am hoping I can finally get down to the goal I am striving for come January of next year. I hope there are people on sparkpeople that can help me out if I begin to struggle. <em>347</em> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:42:45 EST the problem with saying "it's not like I..." It's not like I eat fast food. Ever. <BR> It's not like I drink soda. Ever. <BR> It's not like I'm a binge eater. Ever. <BR> It's not like I'm really into booze. <BR> it's not like l have chips or cookies around the house. <BR> it's not like I eat much fried food. <BR> It's not like I don't exercise. <BR> It's not like I eat a lot of candy. <BR> It's just that -- despite all those things -- I weigh a lot more than should. And... it's frustrating!! Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:33:07 EST choosing and wearing clothes??! so I thought "I'll stop checking the scale," so I wouldn't drive myself crazy. <BR> <BR> But now I'm going nuts over clothes! First I thought, "just buy clothes that fit. you're big, so buy big clothes." <BR> <BR> So I bought bigger clothes -- and while they seemed to fit in the store, they stretched out so much so fast that they were literally falling down in two hours! <BR> <BR> So I bought smaller clothes -- which seem to lovingly outline every lump and bump. <BR> <BR> So I bought ... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:26:41 EST How to balance work, dieting, and workouts? I'm needing some advice cause for the life of me i'm not sure how to do this. I have been on a heavy weight loss journey before from 315 down to 185 but when i did it that time it was a bit easier because I was a stay at home mom. Literally i had nothing but time to plan out every meal and had a regular work out routine i was dedicated to. it was just easier i guess to shape my life around the goal. <BR> <BR> Now though i have gained 60 pounds back because of poor choices and recently going ... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:28:17 EST I know it's only been two weeks... But I am feeling discouraged. I started at 180. Last week when I weighed myself I was down to 177.5. But I have not lost this week, and I realized my start weight was right before my period, so likely my previous "loss" wasn't real. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I know it's silly, but I can't help but be bummed that the scale isn't moving when I have been eating at the bottom of my range and am generally pretty active (I walk at least an hour a day and am doing C25K). I'm worried also because pe... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:00:35 EST Emergencies I spent the last four days in the intensive care unit with my mom who was gravely ill. She's gotten much better now and will be sending her home. I was very impressed that I managed to keep up with my food plan and my exercise while I was in the hospital. Even though I was stressed and afraid and exhausted and emotional it was easy to pick healthy foods – very strange I wasn't even tempted to go for anything sweet or fatty. I got healthy spinach salads from the cafeteria and made tea from th... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 23:48:57 EST focus Hi Y'all, I'm new here. It's great to have a forum such as this. I don't need advice or anything . Rather I want suggestions. How do you all stay focused on this fitness journey? Knowing exactly what to do and what to eat is one thing. Staying focused on your goals is another thing. Most times most people just don't feel motivated to go on. Some people even go on to say whats the point. Life is short so we better enjoy it right? I kinda agree with that school of thought. That been said I wil... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:23:59 EST Trying to come back & nervous. I am obese,older &nervous to get started again. I know how great this group is: I tried Spark people years ago & loved it, but as I have become anxious when I exercise, thinking I will bring on a heart attack & get discouraged. I am going to physical therapy as I have arthritis and I like going, but nervous when I get tired or feel I am short of breath which I know a lot is normal for my age & being so obese. I have asthma but automatically think heart attack when I become short of breath, v... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:32:12 EST Do you use a planner? And for what? Your meals? Your everyday tasks? <BR> <BR> Does it work? Does it make things simpler? <BR> <BR> I will start using a planner, because I need to know what I have to do and when, so I don't have an excuse to miss gym because I forgot to cook something, or clean something at home. <BR> <BR> I don't think I make the best of my free time, so I'm hoping a planner will help. But will have to keep to it, which I know will be a hard habit. <BR> <BR> What is your experience? Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:55:48 EST Spark Pledge I found that it is easier to stay motivated at something once you made a commitment or pledge to that effect. Recently I clicked an old link to a "Spark Pledge" that spark members supposedly could make and found that the domain for the link had expired. Does anyone know if there is currently a "Spark Pledge"? Is there an an active link to it? Sat, 15 Jul 2017 06:09:49 EST Cauliflower is not the same as rice, bread or pota I am 2 weeks into a low carb diet and extremely discouraged with the lack of choices. I don't want to pretend that cauliflower is actually potatoes or that zucchini noodles are really pasta - they are not. I love vegetables and don't mind meat in small servings but am HANGRY. Is there a secret type of proper bread or cracker that is actually low carb? I need a vehicle for the healthy stuff. Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:18:03 EST Plateau problem Plateau problem. <BR> This week's stats: <BR> Calorie Goal (set by Spark) 1,720-2,070. Calories for this week: Lowest day 1,163. Highest day 1.934. Average 1,535. <BR> TDEE calculator says my Maint. Calories are 2,512 and my BMR is 1,827. ( <BR> Workout minutes for the week: 260, 45, 60, 90,20,120, 45. <BR> I am a 53 year old man, 172 cm and 95 Kg. <BR> <BR> I am eating all I want. I feel full and have lots of energy. People say the calories are low, but it feels like ... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 09:48:18 EST How not to lose weight Hi. ALL <BR> <BR> STILL trying to lose weight. Still exercising and enjoying it but the weight is rising. Why is that? Because the weather is hot and I feel even less like eating. It is however infuriating to see the numbers rise. I am going to have to review my 'summer eating' diet. I had lost weight at some stage this year but am now back to having only lost 2.2lbs from my heaviest early this year. <BR> <BR> It's so maddening. Its not even as though I am topping up with alcohol - I am fi... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 04:09:21 EST Need Encouragement I'm looking for someone to help keep me motivated and on track with my weight loss journey also getting past emotional stuff that's related to what I went through this past year, which was a car accident which set me back by a lot and weakened me. <BR> <BR> It just seems unfair that last year today I was on my way back to being healthy things were wonderful then it all went downhill and no matter how much I do I'm not seeing results, I keep falling for the same temptations and my body isn't... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 12:29:02 EST Hit a wall So I was doing WW and lost 20 lbs which is now mostly back as it seems to happen. My husband lost a lot of weight on his own and he eats salads all day every day. I just can't do that. It doesn't get me excited and it is hard because he doesn't really want anything but the salads for meals. <BR> I need more but I feel guilty when I don't eat a salad and then I just start that vicious cycle because I feel like he is judging me for failing. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else have this problem o... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 10:54:49 EST I Need Support Last night was very difficult for me, because there were a lot of really loud, illegal fireworks in my neighborhood. They go across the river to get the M80s, which are like little bombs. My breathing was off for hours, because it was causing some anxiety. I was up all night, because I was so keyed up! Next year, I'm thinking of going to visit one of my relatives in another town, instead of being here. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I was directed here from SparkCoach to leave a message. Today is much be... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 21:28:34 EST needing help to stay motivated I really don't know how to keep myself motivated can anyone give me some advice Wed, 5 Jul 2017 18:38:55 EST new here hello pretty new here stay focused and we can do this <em>381</em> Mon, 3 Jul 2017 11:53:11 EST So unmotivated to get back on the treadmill Over a year ago, I would walk on the treadmill daily. After a couple months, my weight jumped up 20 lbs. I thought it was muscle and blew it off. After another couple months had past, my stomach was growing in size and I wasn't able to get my pants on. By the end, I gained almost 30 lbs and went up 2 pant sizes. At month 6, I gave up and quit walking discouraged with my results. I'm scared to get on the treadmill again because I don't want my stomach to get any bigger and I don't want to incr... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 01:03:31 EST JULY 2017 appreciations, gratitude, thanks-Welcome <img src=""> <BR> Welcome, Welcome!! Here is the place to list 5 things that you appreciate, feel thankful for and whatever makes you smile. <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 30 Jun 2017 17:53:45 EST Staying focused and motivated I know what I want. I want to be fit. I want to be able to run 4 miles and not be breathless and not have to stop and do it in a shorter time than an hour. I want a life, friends, a boyfriend, a job, a career in the military. I just want to finally love me. I want to finally be happy. Fri, 30 Jun 2017 17:20:59 EST Motivation: Is being divorced from reality normal? Do we all see ourselves as small or average when in reality we are overweight? I am wondering if I am an anomaly? <BR> It is actually weird because I used to see myself as fat when I was thin or well normal. Now, I see myself as normal or small when I am overweight except if I see a picture of myself which helps me be more in touch with what I actually look like. Is that divorce from reality normal? Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:09:46 EST My motivations and story I wrote a blog post yesterday about my personal story and journey. Hope it helps someone else. Sun, 25 Jun 2017 12:03:54 EST S U C C E S S Success consists of going from failure to failure <BR> without loss of enthusiasm. <BR> - Winston Churchill Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:55:39 EST tiredness bingeing Any suggestions for preventing a binge when very tired at night, too tired to go to bed, too tired to act sensibly, productively, imaginatively? Sat, 24 Jun 2017 04:06:01 EST Deleted Deleted Thu, 22 Jun 2017 01:00:35 EST Stuck less then half way from my goal I lost 50 pounds in the past year. I went from between 240-250 to 190lbs, and then I've been stuck. I've been there for the past 3 months without any change in the scale (except for a couple weeks after I had a bad E.coli infection, but within a few weeks I went back up to 190 again)... and have just sat there since. I've been slacking on tracking things lately though, and want to get back into tracking. I just got an activity watch so it'll help me keep track of my steps, because any other e... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 19:51:24 EST trying not to lose motivation/ bad knees Hello all, I have bad knees, I have bone on bone arthritis in both knees and it is stopping me from walking as exercise. I go to an orthopedic surgeon on Thursday June 22 and I have no idea of what he is going to tell me, actually I sort of do. It is because of my weight. But this is depressing me, it is so hard for me. I can't even walk up and down steps it is so painful. How can I exercise to lose weight without walking and still keep my motivation. Sat, 17 Jun 2017 18:47:21 EST In need of encouragement Hello everyone. I am discouraged. I have been tracking what I eat and exercising regularly. I cardio for one hr 3 days a week and strength train 3 days. I have measured myself and weighed myself before I started 4 days shy of a month ago and I have lost no inches and only lost 1 pound. What gives? I don't know what to do. I'm not giving up but just...ugh and sigh. I know from the last time I tried to lose it came off slow but geesh not this slow. I'm sorry about the ranting just grumpy and fe... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 10:49:15 EST Weight Loss I lost 2 lbs in 2 weeks. I'm going to continue to update as I go along. This will keep me motivated. But I want to hear how you are doing with your journey. How much weight you lost, how you did it etc. Sat, 17 Jun 2017 10:03:43 EST Smoothie Ideas I recently bought a new blender after saving for a while. It was worth the wait! <BR> <BR> My usual smoothie that I make is strawberries, banana, spinach in some kind of watered down juice or caffeine free iced tea. <BR> <BR> Today I mixed blueberries, vanilla pea protein powder, weak apple juice with my spinach instead. I guess I needed the break. <BR> <BR> So....I'm looking for ideas <BR> <BR> What is your favorite smoothie? Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:58:39 EST Smoothies I have made a couple of smoothies for breakfast or occ. snack but my question is this...are they meant to be meal replacements? I got a Nutri Bullet and the recipes are around or over 350 calories but they are not protein heavy. They have a lot of fruit and greens which is fine except that I am not a vegetarian at all. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:54:24 EST neck problems Getting old is not always easy. Got problems with my neck. Having to go to a specialist in a week or so. Trying to stay motivated after several sets backs as far as health. Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:59:11 EST Weekend Dread How to continue dedication to diet and exercises on weekends? When you cook delicious yummy food for family but you have to stick to your diet? <BR> When you want to sleep in and dont feel like working out? <BR> Or when you are on an vacation and surrounded by awesome Food? Tue, 13 Jun 2017 01:00:39 EST Motivational Buddies Anyone? Wondering if anyone out there wants to check in daily (well...throughout the day...often) and keep each other motivated. Perhaps I can find someone similar to me and we can work together. <BR> <BR> Me: <BR> 33 Y/O/F <BR> 3 Kids (Daughter (almost 6yrs), Son 4yrs, Daughter 6mos) <BR> Working FT. Husband works FT. <BR> Hectic - working on home renovation (getting our current home ready to rent) and currently in the process of buying a foreclosure. <BR> <BR> Before kids I was pretty healthy. I... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:16:00 EST What earbuds do you use? I found a set that works for me after going through Beats, losing one airpod, and Jaybirds. Curious as to what everyone else is using. What do you like about them. Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:04:39 EST Knowing and Doing Hi. I'm Laura. My biggest issue is I know what I have to do but, I don't always do it. I need help and support. We live in a small town and not a lot here. I can't afford a coach and can't do the weight loss programs due to Kidney Disease.Its really hard on me because my husband is dealing with a lot of medical issues as well. We take care of each other. I have Type 1 Diabetes, which causes weight gain from insulin and I have Thyroid issues, weight gain, Addison's Disease, meds cause weight g... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 19:46:57 EST how to stay motivated I need help to stay motivated For years I have ate right for awhile and then back to same old bad habits. I have had a stroke so I feel the time is now to learn to eat right and keep it that way Thu, 8 Jun 2017 08:38:35 EST stressed out and eating out of stress I plan my food pretty well and get lots of exercise both strength and cardio but lately it seems everywhere I turn there is a no series of stress. The first thing I do is grab something to eat. Not too much that is not on our diet but eating too many in a hurry. Friday night a work change affected me and I came home and ate. Saturday we went to a graduation open house which was awkward and difficult we came home and I started stuffing my face. Today I did better but it is difficult to stop... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 01:04:50 EST Daily schedule Walk; 20 minutes. <BR> Keep healthy snacks on hand. <BR> Cook your meals. <BR> Drink lots of water <BR> Sleep; 8 hours <BR> <em>381</em> Sat, 3 Jun 2017 10:21:44 EST small victories I successfully avoided a donut on national donut day AND I was able to leave the grocery store without buying items that were not on my list. Fri, 2 Jun 2017 16:52:09 EST JUNE 2017-Appreciations, Gratitudes- Welcome All!! <img src="">"Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices." Robert Braathe <BR> <BR> I appreciate every person who contributes and shares on this thread. As always please share 5 things you are grateful for, appreciate or are working for you. The daily gifts! <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 31 May 2017 18:48:12 EST Jumping Jacks & Stretching When I am feeling sluggish, I do some jumping jacks. It immediatly changes my state and gives me an energy boost. <BR> I have noticed since stretching, I am more flexible! <BR> Go me! Wed, 31 May 2017 12:09:31 EST Why hitting your weight plateau is a good thing The body uses up energy, starting with glucose, then glycogen, then fat. When you eat carbohydrates, they first turn into glucose. Excess glucose is stored in your muscles as glycogen in your muscles, liver, and red blood cells. Excess glucose that cannot be stored as glycogen becomes fat. <BR> <BR> When you use up your energy, you first deplete your glucose, then glycogen, *then* fat. Glycogen attaches itself to water, meaning that, as you lose glycogen weight, you're also losing water wei... Tue, 30 May 2017 05:22:38 EST Anyone Need A Buddy Too? Hello! <BR> I am new to sparkpeople but not new to trying to lose weight. <BR> I have come to realise that I am not doing very well doing this on my own and I really would love to have a buddy who needs as much motivation as I do. <BR> I am hoping to get someone who would like to be in touch daily. I would prefer by email but I am happy for any format. <BR> I am hoping to have someone to share daily exercises, food intakes, wins, losses, good days, bad days or just general chit chat. <BR> ... Tue, 30 May 2017 05:20:40 EST upcoming vacation We are leaving on Thursday for a vacation and will return home on Saturday. Any suggestions on how to at least maintain my current weight while we are on vacation? there will be walking involved so I will get some exercise... any ideas would be greatly appreciate. TIA Mon, 29 May 2017 13:13:07 EST PLATEAU PANIC I'v been at this for about 2.5 months now.. lost 4-5 kgs in that time. I eat roughly 1100 cals/day and do about 4 miles walking/6 days a week (about 65 mins a day). <BR> <BR> DESPITE this, Iv been at a plateau for over 3 weeks now n only lost 1 lb in 3 weeks. <BR> <BR> Im 27, Female, Indian and weigh 62.5 kgs on 5'6'' frame. <BR> <BR> I take a weekly cheat day off too (NOT binge, but eat about 2500 calories total and no workout that day). <BR> <BR> Despite all this for 3 weeks my scale wo... Mon, 29 May 2017 04:04:03 EST MEMORIAL WEEKEND WALK !! I HAVE AN IDEA !! LET'S WALK EVERYDAY ESPECIALL THIS WEEKEND FOR THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES AND LIMB'S TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY FREE. JUST SERIOUSLY, THINK ABOUT IF YOU HAD TO LEG'S ARM'S. I KNOW OF 3. COME ON, AMERICA. FLY THAT <em>652</em> . SHOW THOSE WHO HATE US WE'VE GOT IT TOGETHER. <BR> <BR> A MARINE MOM Sat, 27 May 2017 19:49:59 EST Failing: Vent/Plansies So I recently decided to start seriously losing weight again. I had previously been extremely successful in losing a lot of weight and keeping it off for a number of years, then gained it all back as soon as I went through a ridiculously stressful period in my life. <BR> <BR> I joined this site and promised myself to get back into my old routines and... it hasn't happened. Every morning I tell myself I'm going to and it all falls apart. I am beyond frustrated. WHERE IS MY OLD MOTIVATION?? ... Thu, 25 May 2017 13:45:45 EST How are people dropping weight so fast?!?!?!! I think it's just crazy seeing people dropping 50+ lbs in 3 months. I have overhauled my eating, cut all fast food, getting 30 minutes of exercise a day, staying away from boxed foods (except brown rice noodles) and I have gained 1.6 lbs....What gives?!?! Wed, 24 May 2017 08:21:01 EST Thyroid Medicine I am wondering if anyone taking thyroid medication experiences pressure in their heads and dizziness, especially if taking it first thing in the morning and waiting to eat until lunch? Wed, 24 May 2017 01:24:53 EST does anyone else hide the scale?? I understand that "healthy" weight loss for a person who isn't obese or on a radical diet is going to be 1-2 pounds per week... and I know that weight fluctuates for a zillion reasons. <BR> <BR> But given all that, it's SO hard to see that after a week of tracking every bite you've apparently gained several ounces... or that after three weeks you've lost a pound and a half... <BR> <BR> My answer so far has been to shove the scale in the closet, as it just seems to frustrate me... I don't ... Mon, 22 May 2017 19:46:19 EST clothes and shoes I work hard to stay as gym motivated as I do with my food. It so hard bc after so many years with my eating disorder and abuse of my body I have so much loose skin from when I was even larger than I am now. Does anyone know where to buy good compression clothing for plus sizes? Also, I have bunions and a horrible time with my feet after 20 years in the medical field. What are your favorite tennis shoes? I had found mine but of course Sketchers stopped making them! Mon, 22 May 2017 12:54:07 EST COME GET MOTIVATED WITH THE BLC SUMMER CHALLENGE BLC34 - SUMMER CAMP IS REGISTERING NOW! <BR> <BR> (Registration will close on May 27....time is running out!) <BR> <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is an 8 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 10+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. <BR> <BR> What is it YOU need to reach your goals? <BR> Do you need lots of SUPPORT, to be CH... Sun, 21 May 2017 11:26:21 EST I think I will invest in some cute sweat wicking workout clothes to motivate me to exercise! <BR> <BR> Just putting them on will encourage me to start exercising! Sun, 21 May 2017 05:42:46 EST Avoiding sabatoge How do you keep up willpower and avoid sabatoge from a spouse? Talking to him about it doesn't work and when I said I was getting back on the wagon, he went straight out and came home with ice cream. Then, out of the blue tonight, he tried to get me to go get pizza. I resisted, and simply acted like I wasn't hungry, but I don't know how many days I can keep this up. Anyone know if self hypnosis is possible? Fri, 19 May 2017 22:36:14 EST A child shows us the way? Just like our Spark journey – try, fall down, try again! <BR> <BR> “First Steps” <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362497 </link> <BR> <BR> Persistence leads to success!!!!! <BR> Why do we forget this as we grow up? <BR> Tue, 16 May 2017 15:26:27 EST starting over hi my name is Erika <BR> im have been here on and off but now i need to start over funny thing thing is im not sure where to start any more i was sick over christmas and drs wanted to due sugry howvever they decided to wait and suggested i loose weight first so my dr put me on a list for a gastric by pass i would realy like to loose the weight on my own im realy not not sure about a gastric bypass i feel like a muddled mess not sure how to get stated again HELP Sun, 14 May 2017 21:14:29 EST Ginger Detox Bath Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried adding this to weight loss routine? <BR> <BR> Does it help you use or weight after working out? <BR> <BR> Im thinking about getting what I need and trying this weekend. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Lu Fri, 12 May 2017 16:17:47 EST hard to be motivated when ill. I have had many bumps in the road in the last 5 weeks and it is hard to stay active physically and emotionally. Tue, 9 May 2017 15:52:59 EST Sparkpeople Site is a Motivator Been a member for a few years ,but just came back after a <BR> lengthy absence . <BR> Just have to reinforce how much of a motivator his place can be once I start tracking nutrition and exercise. It always puts me back on track. <em>347</em> Tue, 9 May 2017 15:01:45 EST How do you keep track of weight loss visually? Hi everyone! Melissa from SparkPeople here. <BR> <BR> I'm working on an article that will include visual aids people use to track their progress toward their weight loss goals. Some examples include putting a marble in a jar for every pound lost, stacking Legos, etc. <BR> <BR> We're looking for members' photos to include in the article. If you have an idea and photo, please share it either in this thread, through SparkMail or in an email to <BR> <BR> Thanks so mu... Tue, 9 May 2017 10:54:33 EST Jogging I am out of shape and need tips on how to start jogging again. I start very slow around the block. Mon, 8 May 2017 21:54:46 EST Being motivated Thank God I continue to be motivated on my journey. I have been tested through food in the last previous days and did not give in. God is good. Don't give up. Sun, 7 May 2017 09:13:59 EST I don't know what I'm doing wrong I have not lost weight in weeks. In fact, it seems to be going up by a pound or two, and gets worse each day. The problem is, I have been doing everything absolutely right. I know a lot of people say that and sometimes are just clueless or fooling themselves while secretly cheating, but I am absolutely not. I have counted every single tiny calorie that has entered my mouth right down to a burst of Pam sprayed olive oil. I have not eaten anything I had to estimate calories or fat for. I have p... Sun, 7 May 2017 08:10:21 EST motivation? I have no motivation to make to the gym. I pay for the monthly and I been there once. What and how can I get the motivation I need to get into the gym? Sun, 7 May 2017 06:19:38 EST BIGGEST LOSER SUMMER CAMP INVITATION BLC34 - SUMMER CAMP IS REGISTERING NOW! <BR> <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is an 8 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 10+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. <BR> <BR> What is it YOU need to reach your goals? Do you need lots of SUPPORT, to be CHALLENGED, to focus on NUTRITION, EXERCISE, or some combination of the above? ... Wed, 3 May 2017 16:46:59 EST Any Daily Threads Around? I was here years ago and I remember being a part of an amazing daily thread. Someone would start it every morning and everyone would comment. Great friends! <BR> Any still around? :) <BR> Thanks! Tue, 2 May 2017 13:40:48 EST My Goals 1. lose another 160 lbs (199 altogether) <em>11</em> <BR> 2. I want to go on a cruise without my weight holding me back from enjoying to the fullest <em>340</em> <BR> 3. I would like to be able to do a Breast cancer 3 day <em>390</em> <BR> 4. To be a better example to my family <em>342</em> <em>554</em> <BR> 5. To be healthier and be able to enjoy life to the fullest <em>521</em> <BR> Mon, 1 May 2017 13:51:47 EST Motivational Videos/Speeches Ive had to start listening to motivational speeches lately. It helps. I listen before I go to the gym in the morning and sometimes when Im around the house. I think Ive got my diet pretty dialed in. I have been somewhat depressed and asking myself why am I killing myself at the gym everyday? I have a goal to do a fitness competition before I turn 50. I know this is a big goal. I have no expectations, other than, I just tell myself "get to the gym and just do it". I also have been stopping and... Mon, 1 May 2017 11:07:43 EST Completely downtrodden I don't understand what's going on. I started this at 338 pounds about 2 months ago and I've gained 10 pounds!! I went from COMPLETELY sedentary to making sure I go 3000 steps and 1.5 miles each day. That's a huge accomplishment for me and I feel like I'm being punished. <BR> <BR> I haven't started eating differently yet. Maybe a tiny bit healthier, but even then I'm not losing anything. I've got the increased exercise, the calorie deficit, the increased water. I don't understand why I've ga... Mon, 1 May 2017 05:13:07 EST MAY 2017 Appreciations -All are welcome! “When we use words filled with positivity, like “love” and “peace”, we can alter how our brain functions by increasing cognitive reasoning and strengthening areas in our frontal lobes. Using positive words more often than negative ones can kick-start the motivational centers of the brain, propelling them into action, Dr. Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at Thomas Jefferson University, and Mark Robert Waldman, a communications expert, collaborated on the book, “Words Can Change Your Brain.” <B... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:42:35 EST What Motivates You? Today's spark message asked this question -- and it has me baffled. I'm at least 20 pounds overweight, yet I have no health issues as a result... my husband loves 57 I am as energetic as I've ever been. I can dance, walk, swim, bike -- though not at an athletic level. <BR> <BR> I don't like the way I look in a swimsuit, and I wish clothes fit me better... I'd love to be fitter and stronger in general, but I don't have a specific fitness goal. These are pretty lightweight motivators f... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 16:30:07 EST Looking for an accountability buddy! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Kim, 5'3 and 165 lbs, size 14. <BR> <BR> My goal is 125 lbs and size 8. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for an accountability buddy so we can motivate each other - even better if you have the same goals as me :) <BR> <BR> Please let me know your goals and if you'd be interested :-) <BR> <BR> - Kim Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:18:00 EST Your instagram for VLCD (shakes/soups)? Hi everyone! I am very obese (around 300 pounds or 138 kg) and I am going on a VLCD diet over time. This includes shakes and soups with all the vitamins etc. you need. This is cleared with my doctor so it is all ready, and I am motivated and this is a way for me get to a healthier weight in a shorter amount of time, as doing surgery is not what I want to be doing. I'll be going to swap shakes for meals (dinners) at some point, but for a couple of months now I'll be shakes/soups only! <BR> <B... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:05:28 EST good news, finally Don't need to worry as much as to bladder cancer. Dr. gave me much more hope. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:13:23 EST bad news with heart and cancer Not good news, but I know God is still with me and will do His will. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:09:31 EST got good test, I think Good stress test. bp did not go above 150!!!! Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:15:56 EST good results today and maybe MON. Looks like I may have pasted test so I can have surgery!!! Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:59:20 EST Give me your best plateau breaking tips. Once again I am stuck, stuck stuck. My weight has been in the same range the last week and it has been exactly the same every morning for the last 3 days. I'm not freaking out or anything, I do however want to get past this hurdle. My body seems to plateau every time I lose 5-6 pounds. Generally I sit at the same weight for 2 weeks or so before weight loss starts up again. I know the scale will move if I wait it out, however I would like to get things moving sooner than later. Give me y... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:24:56 EST down again up I am losing weight again. Having the op. to walk on the treadmill more often. I think it is helping me not to eat as much. But coming up for surgery in a month and off treadmill for 3 days!@!# Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:00:41 EST Hit a wall My journey started November 10'th 2016, and the weight came off pretty steadily. There were a couple of no-loss weeks or a slight gain here or there, but the trend stayed steadily down. I peaked at 32 pounds lost by March 23rd. <BR> <BR> That all seems to have stopped. I've been stuck in the same three pound range since then. I'm now at 28 pounds lost - up 4 pounds. I'm starting to get discouraged. I need another seven pounds to hit a healthy BMI, and I'd like to lose another 12 altoge... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:19:10 EST I dont know where to go from here... Hi All <BR> <BR> I am looking for a tried and tested approach from people on here in their 40s who have put on weight in recent years and have not been able to lose using conventional dietary methods - I would really appreciate your thoughts. <BR> <BR> As you may know, since January this year, I started doing the 21 day fix <BR> By mid February I had lost 3kg but prior to this, was at an all time high in weight so not much in the way of a dent overall <BR> By late February early March I pla... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:13:53 EST Trying to stay focused i have once again returned to sparkpeople. I am trying to stay focused and motivated. At times I am so afraid of failure that I lose both motivation and focus. My plan is to stay committed. Hoping to read some motivational post here! Tue, 18 Apr 2017 07:03:07 EST 3 items today make my steps <BR> meatless monday <BR> work on life plan Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:05:46 EST How do these comments actually motivate you - I'm not even sure I know what to day but I need motivation this doesn't do it. Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:30:01 EST working on staying motivated It can be difficult getting old. Lots of drs. want to do things to you. Oh, well, beats the alternative. Sat, 15 Apr 2017 21:58:30 EST getting to see the grandkids Sat. Having seen the kids for about 4 weeks. Look forward to this weekend and next. The oldest grandchild going to some Regional gymnastics contest. Not sure what that regional is, west or midwest!! She is doing well and enjoying it. Fortunately she is home schooled so she doesn't have to be involved in fashions, drugs, nor the other things of school in this day and age. Still being able to interact with contemporaries. Thu, 13 Apr 2017 21:42:15 EST Listen to your own advice! Have you ever noticed that you always have an opinion whether you give it or not? It could be a friend or family member or just someone on a TV show. You are telling them not to give up on themselves or what to do to make them feel better, get organized or whatever the issue is. But do we listen to ourselves? I know in my case I don't. But today I am going to take my own advice and stay positive and finish race to my goal weight (which is yet to be determined.....right now I am shooting for 1... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:52:40 EST My Weight Loss Goals Good evening everyone!!! <BR> <BR> Hello My name is Jesse and I just joined this message board a little while ago. I joined in to have accountability in my new weight loss, and I will be doing my best to reach my weight loss goal. <BR> <BR> I am male and 5 ft 6 <BR> <BR> As of Wed April 12th I weigh at 176lbs <em>42</em> <BR> My goal weight will be 135lbs. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> My exercise has mainly been whitewater kayaking and attaining, but I realized my health is not doing m... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 23:22:25 EST Injury I've been inactive for three months because of a injury. I was really motivated last year but since then every day I get more and more frustrated and less motivated. I'm waiting on the doctor to approve me to do PT so maybe I can start doing little things without being worried I'm going to reinjure my self. How can I stay more motivated? Wed, 12 Apr 2017 23:12:39 EST Listen call this your "come to Jesus" moment. For some it is huge, for others not so big, but just as powerful. <BR> Whatever size or shape you are, if you have that moment in time when you know something has to change, Listen! I waited 5 years through gastric bypass, 2 knee replacements and a cancer scare to finally take control. In the past 2 months I have found renewed passion in a healthier body, lost 21 pounds, am walking about 2.5 miles a day, have a sculpted waistline and "I'm sittin' on t... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 06:14:04 EST My Goal Updating and sharing. <BR> <BR> My goal is to be a healthier, happier version of me. Sort of a "Luann 2.0" Wed, 12 Apr 2017 05:40:35 EST Counting caloreis and still eating well Stayed under maximum calories recommended by SparkPeople today, even though we went out to eat. I had a Black ''N Tan Burger - sauteed onions, garlic, peppers, swiss cheese, topped with Black "N" Tan battered onion rings. It was excellent and shows me I can still enjoy food I like if I watch my total calorie count for the day. Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:13:10 EST Feeling defeated I've gained weight after doing so well! I thought I'd have a bit extra on Sunday which led to a whole week of going off track. Now it feels like I can't start over coz I've gained so much weight in just a week! I feel like I'll never reach my goal! What helps motivate you back on track? Tue, 11 Apr 2017 03:23:15 EST Disheartened Hi all haven't been on here for about a year but I'm back. <BR> Last November Hubby and i joined a gym and I lost half a stone.evan my autistic son came with us. We were eating really well to, then Christmas came and ever since then we haven't been to the gym so I cancelled the membership and we bought a treadmill, we have weights and a exercise bike,exercise dvds and games. I just can't seem to lose the weight, the last 2 Sundays we were invited to the in laws for celebrations and apart fro... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 02:04:08 EST Feeling Emotional I didn't have such a good morning. When I have a bad day I usually go out and eat and cry and repeat it 4 or 5 times. Then after that I feel so guilty about it that I start the cycle again. This time I don't want to but I don't know what else to do to release this stress. Sun, 9 Apr 2017 12:21:54 EST Is it ok to maintain at "pudgy, healthy, happy?" Each time I "diet" I lose a few pounds with enormous effort. Each time life gets in the way and I eat a few hundred calories more a day, I put those pounds back on. I'm not obese, but I am overweight... <BR> <BR> I do exercise, I do eat healthy foods, cholesterol and blood pressure are fine, but those extra couple hundred calories on a post-menopausal body mean weight loss is just not gonna happen. I'd have to eat 1400 calories or less per day, which makes me pretty miserable. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 09:33:58 EST God is the great motivator Recently: <BR> Found I have bladder cancer, then, 2 days later, got ingrown toenail! <BR> <BR> But He's here and I am going to continue. Fri, 7 Apr 2017 19:30:26 EST finding motivation in cancer I found out that I have bladder cancer, but if I die I am going to die healthy!! Wed, 5 Apr 2017 15:58:00 EST Non-Food Rewards? What do you all do when you reach one of your weight loss goals? <BR> <BR> DH and I decided that once I get to 190 lbs (and stay there or lower for 3 weeks so I'm sure it's not a water loss) we are going to park DD with her grandparents and spend a night alone at a nice hotel :) <BR> <BR> Besides the usual things - mani/pedis, cute accessories, etc...what other non-food rewards do you give yourselves when you reach a goal? Looking for ideas :) <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Apr 2017 10:03:19 EST Stupid Bonus spin all points were 5+ except one 3 slot. Of course I got the 3. The system should shut down all spins or readd the ones taken away. Wed, 5 Apr 2017 09:37:41 EST The problem with weighing daily. I weigh myself daily for a few reasons, logically I know that the numbers day to day are not a true indicator of weight loss. However for the first time in a week my weight had increased, only .2 pounds but still not fun to see. I worked out yesterday and my guess is water retention is the culprit. Hoping tomorrow shows a little loss! Mon, 3 Apr 2017 12:55:00 EST spinning!? What's the use??? What is the use of spinning? It sure doesn't encourage me. Since they took away the spinning towards the bottom I get an average of the two spins about 5 points. Kind of discouraging. They should do away with those spins as well!!!!! Sun, 2 Apr 2017 18:29:43 EST getting strated how I know and believe that if i could lose weight I could get up and start walking I can move the legs just can't get up, I have all these thing to tell me what to do but not how to get started and to exersise in a wheel chair how do I start help me there first and I want to take the first step Sun, 2 Apr 2017 15:56:26 EST Monday weigh in friends. Would anyone like to weigh in on Mondays and post here? I find that having Monday as my official weigh in day helps keep me on track through the weekend. Post your start weight, current weight and goal weight. Here's to Monday! ( I am tracking from my starting weight on SP ) <BR> SW 145. <BR> CW 144. <BR> GW 120. <BR> 24 pounds to go! Sat, 1 Apr 2017 13:50:16 EST Spark Teams Since the Start page was changed I haven't been able to find my Spark teams. Where can I find my teams so that I can get my team points? Sat, 1 Apr 2017 11:48:12 EST Motivational Songs (Not Necessarily Workout Songs) Good morning! <BR> <BR> I'm trying to put together a motivational playlist. They are songs that are encouraging but don't necessarily have to be fast/upbeat workout music. For example, I have... <BR> <BR> - Man in the Mirror, Michael Jackson <BR> - Fight Song, Rachel Patton <BR> - Proud, Heather Small (Biggest Loser theme) <BR> - Learning to Fly, Tom Petty <BR> - Roar, Katy Perry <BR> - Stronger, Kelly Clarkson <BR> - and more <BR> <BR> I would love any other suggestions! Most lists I find... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 11:35:47 EST How do you manage your weekends? I enjoy going to weekend brunch and I find it difficult at times to stay committed to my diet. <BR> <BR> What types of challenges do you have during your weekends? Sat, 1 Apr 2017 08:55:34 EST APRIL 2017 Gratitude, Appreciations, Thanks 'Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out." John Wooden <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here is our place to share five (or so) things that we appreciate, are grateful for or want to show thanks that they are part of our lives. <BR> Look forward to seeing you throughout April! <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 22:27:34 EST Wish water tracker was easier to see! Does anyone else forget to track water because it is so far down on the nutrition tracker page or is it just me? I remember some times and then other times I forget it as I don't see it......out of sight out of mind! Think if it were somewhere on my screen when I'm tracking I might be more cognizant of it. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:21:24 EST April, a month of celeb. Celebration in Am. Rev. started. End of Civil War. Sadly, death of Abe Lincoln. This month, 54 years ago, I went into the Air Force. 50 years ago I got out of the Air Force. The last month 49 years ago without my to be wife. 50 years ago without being married. <BR> <BR> It's great to be alive. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:40:19 EST 5% Spring Challenge-sign up now Still time to get on a team! <BR> <BR> Race to Fascinating Places - 8 Weeks this Spring. Join a supportive team and let's have fun as we lose 5% of our weight, make new friends and improve our health! Start date Saturday 4/8. <BR> Check out this 8 week Challenge! We get results and we hold you accountable. Please read the sticky topics and ask questions on the Discussion Buzz. <BR> <link><BR>roups_individual.asp?gid=68315 </link> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 05:00:28 EST sayings to help keep going <img src=""> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:25:28 EST Accountability partner I am trying to get back into a routine but am having a really hard time sticking to it. I'm in search of an accountability partner to help stay motivated. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:42:59 EST 21 Day Fix - Another Question Hi All <BR> <BR> You willl have seen recently that I posted about a plateau that I am experiencing on the 21 day fix. I started doing this programme at the same time as my friend and having caught up with her recently I understand that she is experiencing the same issues I am. <BR> <BR> This made me wonder whether this is common at this stage in such a programme? We are both on the 3rd attempt on this programme and had plateau for 3 weeks and then gain(s) despite sticking to the programme... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:59:31 EST Preparing for success <em>550</em> <em>341</em> <BR> Preparing, whether it is for meals or exercise is essential... I am trying how to figure out this part.... I am not moving towards my goal and I seem stuck... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:36:48 EST Sparkpeople Meal Plan? Where do I find the sparkpeople meal plan on this site? Thinking of giving it a try. Thanks Teagirl49 :) Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:43:40 EST Starting to lose motivation :( So, I've been battling my weight my entire adult life. I've put my life on hold so many times because I wasn't able to eat or drink the things that other people were at a restaurant or a party. So most of the time I just don't go. If I do, I end up breaking my diet & gaining 5-8 pounds in one day. Mostly water but still. I've been trying all week to get rid of the 5 lbs I gained last Sat. and I've only lost 3 (water I'm sure). But I cannot get rid of the other 2 no matter what I do. No... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:05:06 EST Relative Success So far, I have had success with weight loss, getting more sleep, and getting fit. For a few weeks, I have done great with exercise, but hit a low point for 3 days last week. What did I do? Walk, just walk to get steps in with my Fitbit. Even if it means I jump around in place like an idiot in front of the mirror while I brush my teeth, I make sure to get those steps in. I have also tried doing 250 steps every hour for eight hours a day. I seem to enjoy this for some reason, but I am not ... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:13:20 EST Loose Skin Fear... At 290 pounds, I'm back on Spark People with a new resolve to get healthy. However, I am so terrified that over time, I will have loose skin because of all the weight I have to lose. As a result, part of me wants to not lose "too much" weight, for fear of having skin hanging off of me, although I know I need to lose over 100 pounds. Does anyone else share this same fear, or know of ways to help with it? Sun, 19 Mar 2017 23:57:33 EST Motivation to slim down! My new Mr. Bean pyjamas is tight! <BR> <BR> I will need to lose at least 1 to 2 inches off my thighs and 2 to 3 inches off my torso! <BR> <BR> I really want to wear them comfortably, so I will get serious from now on! Sun, 19 Mar 2017 09:33:28 EST Right now I am feeling down!! I began right made my pages trying to take my life back.Seems like now my health issues are trying to rake over.I had to slow my mini workouts down.On the 28 of this mouth I have another mini surgery.I have to rethink some of my med it seems the med's I am taking for my diabetes has some sides effects.Looks like when I see my primary doctor we have a lot to talk about. Anyhoo when my head is a little clearer I shall return and will be seeking help to things on spark that I haven't ye figured ... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 04:37:59 EST 21 Day Fix Hi all <BR> <BR> I have posted on the diet and nutrition thread about my own recent experience on the 21 day fix programme. Via that I managed to communicate with another person on the programme who, in addition to the post responses has been very helpful. <BR> <BR> I wonder if I could invite anyone else who is currently doing/done the plan to comment on here? <BR> <BR> My reason for this is because this is the first time in a long time where I have embarked on something that initially se... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:34:49 EST what motivates me? Am I even serious right now? I busted my A$$ to lose my weight, and get to goal. And its ALL RECORDED right here, on SparkPeople! Because of a group I belonged to. I had friends, and accountability. We had challenges, and fun!! <BR> I read through my old blogs from 2008 to current. I see myself changing before my eyes. I am sifting through online sites searching for meal plans, and prep, when in my blog... its all in black and white. Did I really forget the "how to"?? <BR> <BR> but it... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:30:22 EST What Worked (and DIDN'T Work) for You? Hope everyone is having a healthy and happy day! <BR> <BR> I'm looking for some feedback from our awesome members for an article we're working on. <BR> <BR> Obviously, everyone's weight loss journey is different, and what works for one person won't necessarily work for everyone. We'd love for you to share your personal experiences with trial and error, and how you figured out what WASN'T working and then made adjustments. For example, maybe you had to make a slight tweak to your nutrition... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:25:08 EST Have I hit a plateau? If so, how do I get past it? Hi <BR> <BR> I posted previously but it doesn't seem to have posted so I will try to recreate it here. <BR> <BR> As many of you know, in addition to losing weight, I have had an issue in terms of eating calories ie I always under ate (less than 1200 often less than 1000) despite knowing that this hasn't and doesn't work consistently! <BR> <BR> To combat my 'fear' of the calories, I decided to try a different approach and instead of counting food, I focused on portion control using a prog... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 11:41:59 EST Have I hit a plateau? If so, how do I get past it? Hi All <BR> <BR> As you know, I have been battling not just with weight loss but with issues about eating ie constantly eating under calories despite the fact that experience tells me that this is not working. <BR> <BR> Over the festive season the scale groaned as I reached 10 stone 7. Way too much for my 5ft height. <BR> <BR> So, on new years day I resolved to address this once and for all. I embarked on a programme which focuses on portions sizes using specified containers and eating ... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 10:53:20 EST Need a kick in the pants I lost 110 pounds 3 years ago and I needed to lose 20 more pounds to reach my goal. Well, I moved from AZ to GA and the food here was amazing still is! Fried chicken and bbq to die for. Needless to say I gained almost all of my weight back . I mean seriously another 46 pounds and I will be right back where I started. This is hard for me because I have Fibro and permanent nerve damage throughout my body. Anyway, a bunch of health issues but I try to do aqua therapy twice a week and even though... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 21:10:21 EST Handling failures for compulsive eaters Please consider reading a recent blog entry of mine to learn or review a thinking strategy to use after a failure and a suggestion for avoiding it. It's been pivotal in my loss and 5-year maintenance. <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331320 </link> Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:45:34 EST Fun apps for motivation I find games motivating. I am using one called fitness race which I love and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for any others? Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:47:21 EST Strategies to Stay on Track So I typically undo all of my healthful eating on the weekends because I tend to consume too much alcohol and snack mindlessly during the day. I've decided to try some different strategies to keep myself on track this weekend. I had a game plan before I went on vacation and it suited me well, so I thought of applying the same principle on the weekend, and hopefully I'll have success. If anyone has suggestions or feedback, I'd love to hear them. Or if anyone finds these ideas useful, pleas... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:25:35 EST On a roll Now that we are having warm weather, I am getting outside more. I have been re-potting my plants, and have bought new plants to put in the ground. Nothing like being outdoors! Planning on getting in more hiking with my dogs and taking my camera with me. I will sign up for the 5% Spring Challenge. The challenge keeps me accountable. Thu, 9 Mar 2017 23:04:47 EST Stay posditive We all have our ups and down. Don't ever give up. We can do this together. Wed, 8 Mar 2017 12:39:20 EST My treat to encourage myself!!! I just got a mani to treat myself to encourage myself to carry on with this healthy lifestyle! But it's very subtle and a pic won't do it much justice otherwise I would definitely post a pic! <BR> <BR> Just take my word for it that it's very pretty! It's light pink in gradients with glitter! Wed, 8 Mar 2017 03:41:17 EST Diet Not Working Anymore, Please Help? 3 years ago I changed my eating habits from unhealthy to healthy after I gave up smoking. I lost 13 kilos in about 6 - 9 months and felt so much better. I still want to lose another 10 kilos, all the articles and information I have read states that I should be around 70 kilos (currently I am 81.4 kilos). I eat very healthy, between 4 - 5 pieces of fruit and vegetables per day plus lots of fibre and very low carbs and fat. Holidays and special events excluded. Usually I put on about 2 kil... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 20:34:42 EST Non-Scale Victory, What's yours? Its so easy to get caught in the numbers on the scale and forget about all the hard work you've been doing. Let's not depend solely on the scale. what are you celebrating today. No victory too small or too big. <BR> <BR> My clothes are fitting better. I have more energy <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 7 Mar 2017 10:34:00 EST SparkPeople tv So I was browsing through a couple of the fitness videos on SparkPeople tv. Why do most look like they were made in the 80's? :) Tue, 7 Mar 2017 09:28:33 EST TAKING MY LIFE BACK! LOOKING FOR BUDDIES Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am on a mission to reclaim my 54 yr old self! I want my body back! I know I can do this once I get started and focus. <BR> I am in need of Weight Loss Buddies who I can reach out to for motivation and to shake their finger at me when I feel like I'm slipping (lol). <BR> I can also be a great buddy to you as well and together we can make this plan work for us! <BR> T.I.A. Mon, 6 Mar 2017 22:28:51 EST Shirt I got a free shirt today at church. Biggest size they had was 2XL. It's too tight. I know I've lost weight. 20 lbs. But looking at myself in the shirt, makes me break out in tears. Sun, 5 Mar 2017 20:49:09 EST Getting to new level Can't quite realize it, but getting to a point level I never thought I would get to. Now to get to the weight level I want. Still a long way off, but I know I can and will do it!! Sun, 5 Mar 2017 14:53:42 EST hard to stay motivated I've lost 57+ pounds in the last year or so. And that's great. <BR> <BR> The problem is I'm burned out. I'm sick of the gym. I'm sick of working out. I'm sicking of counting my calories. <BR> <BR> I never enjoy working out. That's okay. It is what it is. <BR> A few weeks a go I got really sick then I put my back out after that. I spent 2 and half weeks unable to work out. And it was such a relief not to have to go. I feel like working out sucks up all my free time. I go to wor... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 23:16:31 EST Binge eating Relapse After going a couple consecutive weeks binge free, I got down to 127 lbs. Felt alot better physically. Didn't have that constant heaviness or asleep haze that carbohydrates tempt and leave me with. I'm impulsive though in any way I can be it seems. And alot of times when I'm not binging, I do something else impulsive in my life that creates consequences which leave me so depressed with what I've done, that I hate myself and want to binge. Ugh. Even though it only brings me misery. This circle... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 22:50:25 EST Chantix Users Hi,today I got a prescription for chantix from my dr...will be picking it up from pharmacy when hubby gets home from work soon...should I go ahead and start taking it today? Thu, 2 Mar 2017 15:20:58 EST staying motivated So far, I am a diabetic. I have been staying off all sweets. I want some, but I am afraid, if I eat any I will splurge and can't stop. Should I eat some, to keep my sugar under control? I know I get some complex carbs without sweets. My husband always wants me to make him sweets. Sweets are always in sight, which tempts me. I need some advice. Temptation keeps me stressed out. Does insulin make you gain weight? I think that is one of my problems.Thank you all. Wed, 1 Mar 2017 13:42:49 EST out of sight out of mind I bought some pastry 4 days ago. Saw them in the freezer where I put them and ate one today. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:00:47 EST MARCH 2017 -Appreciations, Gratitudes-Welcome All! "I don't have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness - it's right in front of me if I'm paying attention and practicing gratitude." Brene Brown <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here is the place to log five things everyday that you appreciate in your life...and watch your joy increase. Welcome everyone <em>129</em> <BR> <img src=""> ... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:43:34 EST Paralyzing Guilt at Overeating This may seem a strange request but I am looking for some support that at 24 stone I won't drop dead today at the age of 44! <BR> <BR> My story is that I've been overweight since a child because I'm a secret eater who craves delicious chocolatey and salty foods. My size has been a constant issue for me all my life but thankfully I used to be active in sports (abet very badly!) and made a great group of friends and then met an amazing man and had 5 wonderful healthy children who are aged bet... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:51:06 EST Staying motivated after 2 years of 5 by-pass surg. I just celebrated my 2nd year since my 5 by-pass surgery!! I feel great, and still working on better eating ritual. I am now exercising much more. Before, almost no walking much less any other type of exercise since in the military in 1963-1967! Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:58:42 EST Mum drops 3 dress sizes but only loses less than . "Mum drops three dress sizes but only loses less than one kilo" <BR> <BR> This is a great read <BR> <link><BR>ticle.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11807841 </link> <BR> <BR> Kris Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:57:36 EST what is your reward? A co worker let me know i haven't been giving myself any reward for doing the right things. Logging food, losing a couple pounds, getting promoted. Time to set up a reward system... no more giving a shrug and moving on. I need to celebrate some of these things instead of downplaying them. Any ideas to do it? Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:35:50 EST Just Starting, But Gained 2 - Help! GAH! <BR> <BR> I've started working out, have been counting my calories (not over or under), eating whole foods, drinking loads of water, avoiding caffeine and alcohol...and not only am I getting nowhere, but I've gained two pounds in the last week. <BR> <BR> I know it's because I've just started and I've been through this before, but I still feel like quitting and just want to crawl under a blanket and destroy a pile of cookies. <BR> <BR> Have any of you experienced this? How did you get... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:19:23 EST Step 1 What is step 1? Life has overcame my motivation and willpower. I seriously burn the candle at both ends and can't seem to make time for me. I am a full time caregiver for my Gram, I take care of my grandson, I have a hubby, 2 "kids" at home and a house to take care of. I have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. I sell Mary Kay and am a Beachbody Coach. Which is hysterical right now. I know what to do, I had a success story and now I just feel lost. Let's be real. I feel guilty for doing things ... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:20:00 EST Are you interested in joining a challenge team <BR> Are you having a difficult time staying motivated, doing your exercises, eating right, drinking your water? Do you need some friendly challenges and competition to get out of your rut? <BR> <BR> Why not join the BIGGEST LOSER TEAM? We're a group of men and women, of all ages, and fitness levels, all striving to live a healthier life. Regardless of fitness level, whether you're new to healthy eating or a seasoned pro, there's always something to learn from others. These teams are also ... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:50:03 EST 21 Day Fix vs. Calorie Counting Hi Everyone! <BR> I'm not new to this whole SparkPeople journey thing; however, I keep getting sidelined by my own unrealistic expectations and those bumps in the road that you don't always see coming. In the past, I've lost 40lbs and kept it off, then met my (now) husband, had kids, etc. and its much more difficult now for me to count calories and stick with a meal plan and workout program. My health has taken a backseat for the last few months (read: years) and I really want to jump back ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:30:53 EST Trainer and $$$$ Maybe I made a mistake of joining a local Goodlife Fitness centre?? (2 years contract commitment) <BR> <BR> Anyways, I paid for 6 sessions for life starter program. 3 sessions of hard work then my trainer asked me to sit down with her and look through my goals. She knew that I've signed up for 2 years and made a written plan for 144 sessions ( I didn't ask her to do that!). This will cost approx $8100 and she wants $4000 upfront if I agree. This is called HAZING as she said "you canno... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:01:46 EST Keeping motivated during stressful times Something stressful/upsetting happened on Friday and since then I have lost all motivation and willpower. I've over eaten, not exercised, not tracked properly. I have no desire to lose weight and just want to stuff my face with chocolate until the bad things go away. I know that I need to stick with this through thick and thin, but can't see how right now. How do you guys stay motivated at times like this? Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:52:43 EST Inspirational any? I am looking for a role model. <BR> Does anyone have a list of inspirational older women? <BR> <BR> I would love to find someone to pin on my inspiration board. <BR> My PERSONAL preference is people who are Christian, pro-life, Survivors, mothers, teachers... <BR> <BR> Can anyone give me ideas? Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:17:56 EST How to get back on track? I have been off track for a couple years now and have gained 90% of my weight back. I have ignored my sugar and my carbs. I really don't want to go back on meds for sugar and BP. My husband has had open heart surgery and is eating more healthy and I slip around and cheat. I need a little encouragement. I am short so the distance between heart and belly is zero. I can't tie my shoes without getting out of breath. Does anyone have any tips? I am in my mid fifties so please take that into consid... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:43:40 EST Stress and motivation solution? There is one thing that is a sure fire solution - Read the Bible for 15 minutes. For stress, for sure, read the Book of Psalms. Any passage for stress and motivation!! Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:06:36 EST 2 weeks into old ww points system Hello <BR> I have started back with the old WW points being away for almost 3 yrs. I have looked at the "new" program but the old one is not as confusing ( for me) the new program... but in saying that .... I am eating my required points but I am still hungry. My question is how long can it take for my body to get use to my healthy eating? Any advise would be much appreciated 😳? <BR> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 05:36:41 EST What do you do to help a stall and stay motivated I need to lose around 50 pounds. So far I have lost 17 and it has been a hard fight. I am dieting, exercising, keeping track of the carbs, fat and protein and within my calorie range. I am altering my exercise but I get in at least 30 minutes of cardio and 15 of weight training everyday. I measure my food so I know I am not miscalculating and if I eat an almond or an appleslice - no matter how insignificant the portion, I add it. The scale hasn't budged in three weeks and that is frustrating.... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:31:27 EST 2017 JUST PLAIN LIFE what are your thoughts life weightloss relationships families jobs Sun, 12 Feb 2017 13:23:04 EST My goal is to reach 22% body fat So far I have removed (not lost because I dont want to find it again) 80 lbs. I am still about 30% fat so now I am focused on building more lean as I work to burn off the last few pounds of fat. There are times I am tempted to burn it off faster, but am hoping that eating more will protect the lean I have and help me build more. Sat, 11 Feb 2017 11:33:39 EST Still in there kicking Tomorrow is my 2nd anniversary. I went into the hospital that night, pneumonia. Was in 2 weeks. They discovery heart problem. 2 weeks later had 5 by-pass surgery!! After about 2 more weeks still recovering from pneumonia and heart surgery I got to go to a rehab center that I didn't want to go to but it was either that or stay in the hospital!! Within 2 days I got c-diff!! Went back into the hospital for a little over 2 weeks! Then got to go home after losing over 40 lbs. Too much, bu... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 21:13:42 EST Off track Well, after a month of success and a 10lb loss, I've gotten off track. I don't even know what happened. Well, actually now that I think about it, I do. Had cravings for the foods I used to eat, gave myself a pass for a few days off the diet, the few days turned into a couple of weeks. Now I've lost that momentum I had where I was so excited to lose the weight and so hopeful that this time would be different. Plus, I've lost ground and gained back a few pounds. Ugh. Now I've got to start again... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:13:21 EST Accountability buddy Hello everyone! <BR> I'm a 26 year old in Mississippi. <BR> I'm getting married soon, and I'm looking to lose about 100 pounds. <BR> I would love an accountability buddy to keep me motivated, and to help as much as possible. <BR> <BR> If anybody is interested?? Thu, 9 Feb 2017 16:29:39 EST Sharing my goals My main goal for the month of February is to eat without binging or overeating. That's it, plain and simple. No matter what I eat, it must be in moderation. Thu, 9 Feb 2017 11:12:49 EST Need to lose weight and motivation Hi, <BR> <BR> It's been a while since I last post. I having a hard time losing weight and being motivate to eat healthy and be on track. <BR> I've been busy helping my Mom and now with things going on like trying to get personal things straighten out with Medicaid, Social Security, and food stamp. I'm mostly worry about my Mom (she have stage 2 lung cancer) and making trips to NYC to see her Dr. I know I can stay home but I try every chance I can to see Time Square which is not al... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 20:07:42 EST Sticks and stones.... I am really having a struggle with words that were said to me how I look pregnant like 5 months pregnant. <BR> I was ready to give in with the "why bother" mode or pull up my big girl panties and just keep pressing on towards the goal. <BR> Than the words came to me " sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me" but I have to confess the words did hurt but its not going to stop me one bit!! <BR> Pressing on towards the goal, like I havent heard those kind of words before... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 19:09:57 EST today i will.... today i will love myself enough to...... <BR> be honest <BR> move my body <BR> be gentle <BR> stop when I'm full <BR> give myself grace Wed, 8 Feb 2017 18:08:07 EST Discussion Questions for Biggest Loser Challenge Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am leading a challenge at work for "The Biggest Loser" and every week for the next 12 weeks I have a discussion question for employees to answer. <BR> <BR> I need to come up with questions to put on the board and am open to suggestions. <BR> <BR> I have asked: <BR> What would you like to learn? <BR> How much water do you drink a day? <BR> Whats your favorite workout song? <BR> <BR> Any suggestions?? <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone! Wed, 8 Feb 2017 13:36:00 EST just not feelin this today I have no humph today. Not wanting to work on all of this today Wed, 8 Feb 2017 09:27:39 EST skype womens group to help with motivation hi everyone I would love to start a daily group Skype exercise/healthy eating meet up and chat for women wanting to lose weight and get healthy I think it would help motivate encourage and inspire and keep each other on track just having 1 skype exercise buddy I know would help me tremendously and having face to face group support isn't something that I have access to right now . So if your a woman who has little or no access to in person group exercise classes and support message me and le... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 22:47:15 EST I need some motivation! Over the weekend I had a cheat day but didn't go too crazy. I'm starting to think that was a bad idea. I was doing so good at not craving many sweets but after that I have had a hard time. Today, I am dying for a Dr. Pepper! It seems so easy sometimes just run to the vending machine at work and grab a candy bar and a Dr. Pepper which I am avoiding at all cost! I even quit carrying any sort of change in my purse so even if I am tempted I can't give in. I wish someone would just follow me aroun... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 13:02:03 EST Birthday Present for my Boyfriend I am sad to say that I didn't use sparkpeople for a few weeks since i joined and i actually gained 2 pounds! <BR> <BR> I was going to try to lose some weight for Valentine's Day for my boyfriend but since this is only a few weeks away I can only healthfully lose a couple pounds by then :/ <BR> <BR> I have been over eating so much! I tracked my food today and I ate almost 2200 calories by 2PM! 1000 calories over my goal I have walked 2 miles so far and I am going to walk to my mans house ins... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 18:09:29 EST FEBRUARY 2017 -Gratitude, Appreciations- Welcome!! “Be as you wish to seem.” Socrates <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is the place to list 5 things every day...that you appreciate, found joy with experiencing and any sort of gratitude that you want to share. <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 19:58:09 EST Minor set back but still pushing forward Yesterday, I had a minor surgery that has put me back a bit on the exercise plan no new fast paced speed walks for the next few days. I have to heal and makes sure it is only a minor set back not a major! <BR> <BR> Making time to ensure I heal is important, gone are the days of just pushing through the pain that is what got me here in the first place! Now I am down 34 pds and feel great. Just walking with a limp.... only for a couple days! Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:07:35 EST Sharing my goals My goals are to: <BR> 1. avoid processed sugars <BR> 2. increase my steps <BR> 3. stay focused on being healthy <BR> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 07:40:21 EST Bored with SP It can't be only me - no problem with the tracking of food and nutrition but the challenges never feature new ideas if you are doing it for the second time etc. I've book marked articles I really enjoyed and will re-read them but otherwise everyone seems to say and do the same ol' same ol'. I loved finding exercises for those of us who have health issues that will never change ... not the weight related ones but most of the videos are not captioned- and there's no way to pre-sort and ask i... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 10:56:59 EST Please Send a Motivating Comment! I'm struggling this week. Can you please send a motivational comment? I truly believe in positive energy, prayers and sayings to get me through. Thank you! Sat, 28 Jan 2017 15:08:37 EST Keep Your Eyes On The Prize Motivation is something we need. Unfortunately, we will not always be motivated to do the things we need. That is where effort and discipline comes into play. For example, some of us don't like going to work all the time. Because there is a bigger picture is why we do. Bills, family, vacations, or etc. What keeps us going is the bigger picture which creates an effort and a discipline to do so. That does not mean you won't have ups and downs. Or even fall off at times. When you decide to creat... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 07:46:41 EST Really reaching here but anything to help me ... So, over christmas I reached an all time high in weight. Higher than I have even complained of before coming on here. I addressed this on the 1st of January by regulating my eating and consuming more (you all may recall I was eating under calories) and totally eliminating alcohol - something I never thought I would do but for many reasons, have decided this is best and a way forward. <BR> <BR> So, for the first 3 weeks I have had success. This week is totm and I always gain. I was howeve... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 06:26:56 EST commitment “Most people fail, not because of lack of desire, but, because of lack of commitment.” ~Vince Lombardi Wed, 25 Jan 2017 14:25:37 EST Chocolate Honestly, I could just about live on chocolate. But it has to be the good stuff. There have been times when I've eaten whatever is around, and then not be happy. Right now at work there are 2 bowls of candy, mostly chocolate-flavored stuff, and a box of World's Finest chocolate. I had some of that last year and it wasn't as good as I remembered. I haven't had a problem eating what doesn't taste all that good. But if they bring in Cadbury or Ghirardelli, that's a whole different story! Wed, 25 Jan 2017 11:28:51 EST First Time Back in the Gym... Went to a sculpt class tonight. First time in the gym in at least 2 1/2 years, but I have been swimming laps to try and get back into moving more. I just about died. My arms and legs feel like rubber. I could barely squat. I had to stop a lot. But I made it through the class. I'm going to feel this tomorrow! Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:52:08 EST I'm in a funk. This is hard work. I've seriously worked at eating healthy and exercising since 2010. I've lost weight, have lots of energy and generally feel great. But all the tracking, planning and cooking gets to be hard every now and then. <BR> <BR> Do you ever just want to eat a hot dog instead of dinner? <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:05:01 EST What can you do now that you couldn't before? I climbed on my woodshed roof ladder, just using the walls and fence. I tried last summer and wasn't even close. Guess all those burpees and pushups have made a difference. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:40:43 EST need help with motivation when alone when I am with friends and family, I am all gung ho about exercising and eating right but when I am alone, it seems like but motivation seems to drift away. I live alone so I am alone a lot. Is there any advice for me? Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:54:02 EST Feeling down I lost 5 l s the first week in January and been up and down on the scale ever since. Today I weighed the same as last week. Ugh. I weigh in once a week and the scale is stuck. I'm getting frustrated and say why bother. I track everything and I'm a Zumba instructor 5 classes a week. So I do exercise and do weights on the weekend. It's just so frustrating. Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:33:33 EST Weekend With Friends and Staying Healthy My boyfriend and I have a three day weekend trip planned with 8 other friends this weekend. There will be eating out and drinking all weekend (going to a brewery, nightclub, etc). I plan on taking healthy snacks and water jugs with me (I drink a gallon a day). I want to go with the flow but also make sure that I don't derail too much. What are your suggestions for being flexible in a 3 days weekend 'vacation" situation? Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:17:40 EST Why am I gaining weight? I lost 4 lbs my first week and this week I've gained 3 back! Why is that? I'm still working out and counting calories. I am feeling bummed now :( Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:32:11 EST New Challenges Hi all! I had quit smoking in November 2015 and had gained 30 lbs over the course of 6 months. I felt trapped in my own body so this past October I started making healthy changes. I joined a gym and started cooking more. I cut back my nightly 2 glass of wine (or more on the weekends), to just drinks on the weekend. I feel healthier and more positive now...but my body hasn't really changes. No change in weight, size or measurement. So now it's time to really start pushing myself to make those ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:25:40 EST Feeling so unmotivated I have been exercising and working out for two weeks and the scale hasnt moved one inch. I have been tracking calories. I have cut out snacking, I don't even buy them anymore. I am not starving. I drink between 64 and 96 ounces of water a day. I plan my meals but nothing...I want to give up because it seems I lost more weight when I didn't try but I know that's is not the way. <BR> <BR> Also my measurements have not moved either. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else been through this? How long did i... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:06:28 EST Sparks Premium I joined the premium January 1st and I love it. On day 12 I was asked from the coaching section to create a Motivational Poster Board. I created mine and it helps remind me of different things on my weight loss journey. I can change it when I need more help. What a great idea. Thanks Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:12:40 EST love dean anderson articles...great for the brain! Being consistent does not mean being perfect. (There are going to be days when you decide to do something other than stick to your exercise and diet routine, and that’s fine.) But becoming consistent does mean giving yourself the power to choose. <em>252</em> Sat, 14 Jan 2017 22:09:17 EST resturant eating help I lose myself when viewing a resturant menu. . I lost control at Denny's with banana foster pancakes, egg, sausage,potatoes. feeling like a failure. my friend ordered the same thing. I don't want to weigh myself. any advice Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:29:50 EST My goal is 12.000 fitness minutes My goal for this year is to achieve 12.000 fitness minutes before the year ends. I tried it 2 times and failed. Last year I achieved almost 10.000 fitness minutes. This year I'm going to make it 💪🏽?? Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:54:03 EST What are your goals and how are you doing? I made it back to my goal weight last June and I am determined to maintain at or below goal for the full year of 2017! So far so good!! I am currently 11 lbs below my WW goal weight! Woohoo!! Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:17:06 EST Non food rewards When you achieve small goals, how do you reward yourself? Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:48:43 EST I don't understand Ok, here is my difficulty in understanding something. I got on the scale right away when I got up this morning and weighed exactly 192 lbs.. I drank 1 cup of water and got on the scale again and weighed 193.4. How can you put on 1.4 lbs. with only 1 glass of water. It makes me a little upset at times, but I know it is only a number and it will fluctuate, but that much with only 1 drink kind of baffles me.. Anyway, my attitude stays positive, because I am losing weight and I am starting to fe... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:23:24 EST Even a little workout can help Today was a rough day for me - my mood took a bad dive as "life" did a good job of ruining my weekend plans. <BR> <BR> Quick background - I (fairly badly) broke my leg on Dec 3. I'm single, and live alone in a second story house. I kept a pretty good attitude for the first month, but right around the new year, my inability to participate in, well, a LOT of things really began to wear on me. The day to day struggles and being far more house bound than I'm used to basically wore down my otherw... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 21:06:29 EST Favorite motivational health movie Do you have a favorite motivational movie about health? I've been watching movies like Super Size Me, Fed Up, and Fat Sick and Nearly Dead (all on Netflix). Looking for other motivation. Sun, 8 Jan 2017 19:44:37 EST Getting motivated Hi, my name is Tina and I'm having trouble getting motivated to get back to exercising. I need to lose 30 pounds. I was hoping I can get some advice and tips to help get back on track. Thank you. Sat, 7 Jan 2017 17:48:28 EST Lose a Few, Then OverEat Good Morning, <BR> <BR> I have a frustrating cycle. I'll lose a few pounds and then think I can have a treat or two --- and then I overeat and I'm right back where I started. Anyone else do this? How do you solve this? Aargh! Sat, 7 Jan 2017 08:54:43 EST Weight loss plateau I have been at a standstill with my weight loss for the last 10 days. Any inspiration for how to get the weight loss going again? I have been keeping up with exercising and staying within my food ranges. Feeling unmotivated :-( Fri, 6 Jan 2017 08:54:57 EST Tying Family Budget to Health I have noticed in the past that when our eating and workouts go out the window, our spending also is out of control. <BR> <BR> So we have found a way to tie it all together in a way that will motivates us to keep to our budget and also keep to our "fitness" budget. <BR> <BR> In case someone else would find it motivating, here is a brief rundown of our rules: <BR> <BR> Each week my husband and I get a certain amount of "allowance". However, every day that we do one of the following activit... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 17:58:44 EST It's just water weight....Right?!? This is what I keep telling myself so I don't lose sight of what I'm doing but it is hard when the scales seems to be going up!!! <BR> <BR> I've recently started back up after years of off and on commitment but this time - really - I am in it 100%. I've been here enough times to know that I am not going to get immediate results and tht even if I did it would be unhealthy. <BR> <BR> I'm eatting better, cutting out processed foods and being mindful of what I eat and when, I'm exercising - ... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 07:55:21 EST Collage/Vision Board Today's SparkCoach video was about collage boards. Anyone here make one? Thu, 5 Jan 2017 06:56:19 EST Anemia, fatigue and keeping motivation up Long story short, I have anemia and I'm activvely getting iron transfusions for it; my levels are coming up but slowly. My problem is keeping the motivation up when I have a low energy day(s), or on a day when I have one of my transfusions. Right now I'm just getting back into exercise/eating healthy, so it's not habit yet (doesn't seem like I get enough good energy days to string it together to make it a habit again, yet). The problem is when I'm tired it's a lot easier for all of the good i... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 00:24:56 EST Progress Pictures How often should I take progress pictures of my body? Mon, 2 Jan 2017 12:35:39 EST SP mugs with sayings for motivation-I'd buy one! My goal just for today is... <BR> Today, did you exercise yet? <BR> Today, did you track your food? <BR> Today, did you post on SP? <BR> <BR> etc. <BR> <BR> I like to emphasize goals and behaviors for one day at a time! <BR> <BR> chris Mon, 2 Jan 2017 10:20:38 EST Just a couple of Buddy's wanted to help motivate Hi there, Just come on this site to try again to lose at least 14lbs before I hit the big 60, was wondering if anyone else was in the same position and we could get together online to motivate each day :-) Mon, 2 Jan 2017 03:12:51 EST JANUARY 2017-Appreciations- -Gratitude..Welcome! <img src=""> <BR> Welcome longtime keepers of this special tradition and Welcome all who want to share the gratitudes and appreciations in your day/s. <BR> I will see you in 2017 with my list of five reasons for having thanks. <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 22:22:16 EST Happy 2017! I wish you <BR> 12 months of no worries, <BR> 52 weeks of happiness, <BR> 365 days without illness, <BR> 8760 hours of good fun, <BR> 525,600 minutes of memorable moments <BR> and 31,536,000 seconds of love. <BR> <BR> Get fit, stay fit! <BR> <BR> Urša : ) Sat, 31 Dec 2016 08:27:55 EST Husband eats all he wants and never gains a pound My husband eats all day and night long and never gains weight. He eats really fattening foods too. My problem is that he is disabled and in a wheelchair so I am the one who gets him his food and Cokes for him and when I do I want to eat and drink pop with him. I have no self control especially if the food or drink is right in front of me. Does anyone else have this problem? Any suggestions? Thu, 29 Dec 2016 23:11:00 EST NEED EXPERT HELP This question primarily for the experts but anyone else can chime in. <BR> <BR> I just read a Sparkpeople article from my email by Megan Coatley - it was very good. I know that key to making positive health changes starts with the mind. My struggle: why do I not do the things that I need to do - that I must do? I say I want to do something but it never happens. <BR> <BR> I struggle with organization the most. My kitchen is more of an office than a place to make healthy meals. I don't ... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 09:25:57 EST Staying motivated My goal every day is to walk at least 10000 steps. I do that and more as much as i can. My goal is to keep active and continue to track everything I consume. Sometimes this can be trying. I continue to encourage myself to do what is best for me. I am have a wonderful with my management of motivation. I also work out every day after work. I do my best to stay on a regimen. <em>317</em> Wed, 28 Dec 2016 21:17:45 EST Making a Motivational post Hi, <BR> I want to make a motivational thread on my team. This thread will be an on going one that has to do with rewarding yourself. What are the important points to make when posting a Reward Yourself on going thread? <BR> Thank you Wed, 28 Dec 2016 12:30:58 EST Can't believe it For the first time while trying to lose weight I lost a little during Christmas time!! Wed, 28 Dec 2016 08:20:55 EST Some good motivational quotes needed! Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> We run a facebook page called fb/Discoverquotes. Our goal is to provide people with motivational quotes that help them achieve there goals. We have started this thread so people can put there favorite motivational quotes that have helped get you through the hard times. Happy holidays and enjoy the festive season :) Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:57:47 EST Frustrated I guess being over the hill is better than being under it, but sometimes, well!?! Asthma, ankle, hip, etc. Trying to stay motivated, but one thing after another. Now asthma at Christmas, seems to always happen. Slows down my exercise and walking. Then I go back to exercises that I did after heart surgery and drinking more liquids. <BR> Fri, 23 Dec 2016 13:11:38 EST Suggestions needed hi everyone and anyone that reads this. <BR> I'm in need of a little help. I need ideas for activities to stop my brain from telling me that I need to eat in certain situations. I'm also quitting smoking so this is kind of a two-fer. when I have cigarette cravings y brain says "Eat something!". When I'm stressed, sad, really happy, or what could be considered bored my brain screams "Eat something" even if I just had had a low cal or high protein snack. TIA! <em>30</em> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 17:57:45 EST How to stay encouraged Hello all! I am new to SparkPeople. Have used several other weight loss sites but decided to give this one a try as I have been feeling very discouraged on my current plan. I know that we all do sometimes but just hoping I can shake this feeling. I have lost 30 lbs since June. I started overweight and still am considered overweight at 222 lbs. Just hoping to find ways to jump start my weight loss again and most importantly not give up. I am very discouraged. I have no health issues prohibitin... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:03:34 EST Need gym buddy! Hello I'm Javier I'm having some trouble staying motivated and I think a gym buddy would help me be more committed to the gym. I currently go to th e 24 hr fitness in San Bernardino. If anyone would like to join me please feel free to contact me. Thank's Sun, 18 Dec 2016 17:19:05 EST Cutting back TV, and Social Media So I'm cutting back social media, and tv. I've found that I have way more energy, and motivation to actually do stuff? <BR> <BR> DO you ever find you don't have enough time in your day. yet you watch hours of tv, and scroll mindlessly through your numerous social media accounts? Try this, even for just a day or two. Start small. It really helps. <BR> <BR> Let me know what you think about this. Along with what you decided to do instead. I've been cleaning and reorganizing my house. Along wi... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 16:41:34 EST Lisa tissari Hi. My name is Lisa tissari and I live in bangor maine. I eat pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I feel guilty about how much I love food. Even my boyfriend told me that he needs me to lose weight to find me Fri, 16 Dec 2016 02:30:18 EST College student - Struggling to lose my weight! Hi y'all! <BR> I am a current college student in the 190-200 range (depends on the week to be honest) and I used to weigh in at around 130 - 150 in high school. I REALLY need the motivation and help to be who I was. I find myself not really caring about what I am eating any more - and I need help with some easy weighs to keep track, lose the weight and motivate myself! Thanks in advanced! Wed, 14 Dec 2016 22:11:35 EST Accountability/Weight Loss Buddy Hey! <BR> <BR> I'm a 23 year old woman living in Vancouver, BC. Over the past two years I've put on close to 15 lbs and haven't been able to lose it (I was already slightly overweight when I started gaining weight). I was hoping to meet someone on here who we can keep each other accountable. Talk fitness goals, weight goals, encourage each other, and check in on progress. It'd be great if I could find someone who actually lives in BC, but I'm totally down with buddying up with a motivated i... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 12:03:16 EST Staying on Track on the Weekends I blew it this weekend. Again :( <BR> <BR> I don't know what it is about the weekend...I just get so run down during the week, and then I want to lounge around on Saturdays and Sundays. And I tend to eat badly on weekends and drink too much. <BR> <BR> How do you keep yourself on track on the weekends or on days when there is very little structure? I do really well with my eating and exercising Monday-Friday when I'm on a tight schedule. But I'm just no good when I'm left to my own d... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 08:52:55 EST WANTED - FitBit/Sparkpeople buddy for 2017 I live alone so I do not have the support at home I need to keep my butt working in the right direction. I need some friendly competition, a buddy to help me stay accountable. Someone to give me that atta girl to keep moving forward. I need a reason to post to Spark People and Fitbit everyday. Would anyone be interested in being my "Will Power"? Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:33:43 EST Losing my gut! For the last month the scale has been slowing way down, and bumming me out. Today I did my monthly measurements and my stomach lost 1.5 inches! I feel better - even if the scale is still moving too slow ha ha Fri, 9 Dec 2016 19:31:02 EST How do you deal with haters? Yesterday, I had someone (not a stranger) compare my efforts to be healthier to a pedophile. As in child rapists don't get congratulated for not touching children, so why should I be congratulated for not drinking Mountain Dew. I'm generally not easily offended, but as a mother of two young children, I was especially upset by this. It derailed my mood for the rest of the day, and it very nearly derailed my efforts as well. And I'm only on Day 3! <BR> <BR> I keep reminding myself that I'm... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:00:25 EST need friends for added motivation I created a facebook page dedicated to my healthy lifestyle... exercise posts, food posts ect... I could use some extra friends for the accountability and support. :-) <BR> If you interested my facebook page is below. <BR> <BR> if you dont have facebook i would love your support here. I want to get back to the place I was a few years ago. I have been having issues with staying motivated and have gained some weight back. <BR> <BR> thanks everyone :-) <BR> <BR> Jess <link> Mon, 5 Dec 2016 09:21:29 EST So frustrating!!! Ugh. <BR> I've gained back 3 lbs in the past week. <BR> So discouraging :( <BR> It makes me want to stuff my face because it seems so hopeless. <BR> Rationally, I know it's not hopeless, and that fluctuations are normal. <BR> Really I do know. <BR> I'm just so sad, though. <BR> I tried on clothes for our upcoming vacation and felt horrible in everything I put on, especially the swimsuits. I've got one month till we leave. I had promised myself that I would be 165 by the time we left,... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 07:57:45 EST a catch to all and type one Diabetes too What d you do when after all the correction in the world hasn't changed a thing and food is still one the biggest pains that will hold me back for the rest of my days? and then that factors in to the general sense of self care? I know I'm here and I should be happy but I don't understand... not one much for personal advancement..counting the days until my 41st people here...last month being a female played a BIG part and it's gonna happen AGAIN! NOOOO! Sun, 4 Dec 2016 05:28:00 EST :) Have a fantastic Thursday! Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:54:38 EST DECEMBER 2016-Gratitude, Appreciations "I truly believe we can either see the connections, celebrate them, and express gratitude for our blessings, or we can see life as a string of coincidences that have no meaning or connection. For me, I'm going to believe in miracles, celebrate life, rejoice in the views of eternity, and hope my choices will create a positive ripple effect in the lives of others. This is my choice." Mike Ericksen <BR> <img src=""> ... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:05:15 EST Non-Number Accomplishments It's easy to get discouraged when the number on the scale doesn't seem to be moving. I thought it would be nice to post a blog detailing our "non-number" accomplishments. Anyone who would like to share, please feel free :) <BR> <BR> 1. I can now hold a plank for 60 seconds (I used to struggle to even hold for 10) <BR> 2. My energy level is higher than it ever was before, and it's consistent, rather than spiking and then dropping throughout the day. <BR> 3. My daughter is learning how to ea... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:38:30 EST Staying motivated I am struggling with staying motivated. I will do good sticking with everything for about 2 weeks and then I give up. I am not sure if it is boredom or if it is that I am not seeing expected results. I am so overwhelmed when it comes to diet and weightloss and I feel like I always make the wrong choices....even when I feel like I am doing something that is healthy. Maybe I am just being too hard on myself. I am really struggling with drinking enough water. I don't know how people get in... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:41:10 EST Ready to throw in the towel Im so sick and tired of being so hungry all the time. Its to the point I hate myself. I sat here and ate 4 stalks of Celery and im still hungry. I can eat a full mean and im still hungry. I could win this if it wasnt for this unending hunger. Am I the only one that is cursed with this hell? Sun, 27 Nov 2016 18:13:43 EST Are you struggling with a food addiction? I am really tired of being overweight. Even though I work out 5 days a week, I am <BR> still addicted to eating all of the wrong food! I try to talk myself out of eating bad food, but I can't seem to stop. What are some creative ways you use to stop your food cravings? Sat, 26 Nov 2016 19:26:07 EST carbs I'm a type 2 diabetic. Today I have 177 carbs. That seems high but I'm not sure how to get them down. <em>39</em> Fri, 25 Nov 2016 19:45:43 EST Looking for individualized support Hello, I am looking for a weight loss buddy that is interested in supporting each other through daily emails, looking for support and encouragement , sharing ideas and feelings etc. I have a lot to lose and am really struggling. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to email me <BR> <BR> Thank you Fri, 25 Nov 2016 10:44:47 EST kgcfkjgcf lyhg Hi Sparkpeople! <BR> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:20:56 EST Good way to control over indulging tomorrow Hi! I have found that if I start downing water first thing in the morning of Thanksgiving, and keep drinking it all day, water water water, it will make you feel too full to over indulge ----- if want to eat at all. lol Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:16:19 EST How did I wind up going backwards I had been doing so good. I had lost 18 lbs. In one month, but the last two days, the scales shows, that I've gained 4 lbs. I'm down and depressed, even avoided doing my cardio the pass 2 days. I been watching my calories and had been exercising 30-60 mins. Every day. This is so disappointing. Tue, 22 Nov 2016 05:47:13 EST Learning to wait One article I read today was about the attitude of gratitude. Sometimes it is difficult for me to wait to lose any weight, but I am learning to be patient. It rests in the Biblical passage - Wait on the Lord always. He tests but gives the answers as well. Sun, 20 Nov 2016 15:44:53 EST How do you all stay motivated? I feel as if I manage to stay motivated for about 2.5 seconds and then drift back to my unhealthy eating habits. I have managed to lose a lot of weight but seem to have hit a plateau due to not being able to stay motivated and sticking to my plan. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any advice or tips for actually sticking to the plan? <BR> <BR> I have tried using charts and apps, recording everything, getting family and friends to help but when I'm at work or alone I just scoff away my feelings ... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:14:39 EST Restarting My Program How do I restart my program? Will all of my teams and Fitness minutes disappear? Also, can I change my Nutrition goals ( tracker) before I restart my program ( Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:57:04 EST Need an accountability partner? Just let me know! No strings attached...just like to help others (and I know how it feels to feel like the only one). I've been with SP a long while and still working out!! C'mon, you can do it!! Clean eating and caring for yourself is key ;) <BR> <BR> Blessings...push, push!! <BR> Danelle34 ;) Tue, 8 Nov 2016 15:13:58 EST Teams Are there any active teams on Sparkpeople that deal with body image issues? Tue, 8 Nov 2016 05:08:34 EST how did you spend your evening? I watched my beautiful grandsons. . <em>9</em> Sat, 5 Nov 2016 21:40:50 EST Long trip Had my trigger finger fix yesterday, but didn't do too much then. Very tired this AM, but did over 3.5 miles of walking. It felt great and help to wake me up. Wed, 2 Nov 2016 16:21:13 EST Sparkversary I went in to give myself my 11th Sparkversary trophy in October, only to discover there is none. Do Sparkversaries end after 10 years? <BR> <BR> I will think of this as me being very rare, though I'm pretty sure there are others who have been on Spark more than 10 years as I personally know at least 3 of them!! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 2 Nov 2016 13:14:59 EST Need help finding true motivation I could use some help getting motivated. I hate being overweight, but I haven't found enough reason to do anything about it yet. I like to eat. Overall, I eat pretty healthy. I'm too exhausted most of the time to exercise. I'm a single mom of two young kids, with a part-time job and own a small business. I'm doing well with maintaining my current weight, but I can't seem to shrink my pants size (or my appetite). I want to set a good example for my kids. I want to not get out of breath... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 11:43:07 EST Biggest Loser Challenge - Winter Season! Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> One of my main motivators and sources of success is the Biggest Loser Challenge! We are ending our Fall session and starting to prepare for our Winter session. We have 10 teams of 24 and we work together on weekly nutrition and fitness challenges to keep you on track and motivated! <BR> <BR> You can sign up here: <link><BR>ndividual.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Just join the team and add your name to the Winter sign up thread! <B... 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