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 looking for a accountability partner I'm a business owner in the Seattle area, and I'm looking for a accountability partner regarding business, fitness and self development. I want to have a 30 min call each week and a couple of emails as well. Please respond to this post with your email, or email me directly at if you are interested. Tue, 26 May 2015 17:39:48 EST Motivation I never give up. Tue, 26 May 2015 09:32:23 EST No Motivation!!! I know what needs to be done. I've done it before. I was a healthy weight until about six years ago... The 40's hit and my first baby started college and I gained about 40 pounds FAST. I've exercised and successfully eaten healthy with fair results before. But I get frustrated or bored or sidetracked (not sure which one) and then it's over. <BR> Thankfully I am still physically and mentally able to do it. But I have less than ZERO motivation. <BR> I'm almost 48 years old and things are star... Mon, 25 May 2015 11:27:53 EST Weighing in....! Why is it effort isn't reflected on the scale, but instead the opposite shows up? So discouraging when you do all the healthy stuff and expect a result and get a downer instead. I am not letting it mess me up, just annoyed! Mon, 25 May 2015 11:07:11 EST not sure how to feel about myself Hi there, <BR> it's my first time using the message board as i'm a pretty shy person but i have a question for anybody that's reading this. How do you stay motivated when you don't see result? To be more specific, when you don't see the results you are hoping for? <BR> <BR> In my case I feel discouraged by my effort to get in shape. I've been working out for the past 4 months and although I saw good results in the first 2 months ( dropped 5 kg, lost cm on my hips and waist, even went down ... Sun, 24 May 2015 15:03:06 EST Weight loss and fear I realize this is going to make me sound completely loony, but I'm posting anyways just because I need some outside voices. So I'm 35, 5'6 with a little over 100lbs to lose, and I've made several starts and then stopped for various reasons, or rather excuses. But what it really comes down to is fear. I keep hearing I'm too old to lose weight (I'm 35) and I shouldn't even bother, I hear that I'll have tons of extra skin and I'll look like I never lost the weight, I'm afraid that if that's not... Sat, 23 May 2015 12:39:35 EST Come Join Us... I would love to invite you to join our team .... CALLING ALL VEGANS, VEGETARIANS and FLEXITARIANS. <BR> <BR> Making fruits, grains and vegetables the main source of our eating plan. Plant-based way of eating can help prevent, manage and even reverse serious illness. For those that are slowing cutting back on meat products and gearing for a Plant Based way of living, this is the place to be. <BR> <BR> All you have to do to join on my picture or the words below it on the right h... Tue, 19 May 2015 11:38:14 EST Best You Tube exercise sites I love You Tube. I like to find workouts and then I don't get bored. What channels do you go to? Who is your favorite instructor to follow? I am always looking for more. My favorites are Fitness Blender, Jessica Smith, Life time fitness, and Chris Freytag. How about you? Mon, 18 May 2015 14:41:55 EST Staying focused Good morning everyone! I work in a college athletic department and I am working with our strength and conditioning coach on a diet plan. Things are going well and I can't deny the success through five weeks (12.2 lbs down), but I also am starting to get bored with the same food; I feel like my life has revolved around Greek yogurt, chicken, lean beef and ground turkey for the last 35 days. He has told me that we will be changing up the program in a couple weeks, any suggestions for making thi... Mon, 18 May 2015 10:38:13 EST Motivation wavering. Hey guys! <BR> <BR> I started reeeally trying to lose weight again on the first of may. I lost fifty pounds, but gained a little back and I've kinda been stuck here. I started food logging and I haven't gone over my calories even once! I try to walk when I can and I live up two flights of stairs, so I get a little cardio every day, no matter what. <BR> <BR> I guess it's just that it's been sixteen days now and I don't own a bathroom scale or anything I could measure myself with ( my fault ... Sat, 16 May 2015 22:29:57 EST I am losing more motivation then weight with out going into a long back ground history of me I am going to come right out and say I am so frustrated and I just want to go off the grid.. I want to stop this nonsence of working out hard eating right and not being able to lose one pound.. and god for bid if I do eat something stupid maybe a slice of cheese cake or something I am up 3 pounds.. <BR> <BR> I have been struggling for 5 months now.. it really started 10 months ago.. I was struggling and then the holidays came and I was st... Sat, 16 May 2015 17:39:32 EST BUDDY Hi everyone! I am Abby and I am looking for a weight loss buddy for mutual support and accountability! Anyone? :) <BR> Let me tell you a little more about myself: I am 27 years young, happily married since 2012 and have a year young daughter. You can read more about me in my sparkpage Fri, 15 May 2015 20:24:41 EST who's determined? I am determined to keep a positive mind, work hard, stay focused and keep faith that no matter the situation(s) ahead I will get through them with flying colors. I will remember the why's and find the best way to get the answer to just keep being determined. <BR> <BR> Find it in yourself, a reason, a way keep being determined!!! Fri, 15 May 2015 16:10:13 EST Consistency Consistency is what I need to stay motivated. I do good for a few days or weeks, and then i revert back to what's confortable for me. I want to make a serious lifestyle change, and stop looking for comfort in food. Wed, 13 May 2015 14:25:10 EST June Birthday Challenge So, I've decided to take a new approach to weight loss. No measuring. No counting. No tracking. Just finding a balance between eating a LOT of whole, unprocessed foods, having some treats on occasion, and avoiding artificial ingredients as much as possible. I'm eating out less, cooking more, and focusing on healthy habits. <BR> <BR> As a kick start to this, I've decided to do a little Birthday challenge in the month of June to help get me off on the right foot with more fruits and vegetabl... Wed, 13 May 2015 14:19:59 EST Anyone else tired? I want to stay on track today so badly but I am just so tired. I am tired of planning meals, fearing failure and overeating. I am thinking of leaving work early today to catch up on sleep. Any tips from you seasoned sparkers out there? Tue, 12 May 2015 08:25:08 EST First goal is by October 1st I am shooting for 38-40 pounds by October 1st. I feel that if I lose that much then I can feel better about the way I look for family pictures. That is 143 days away. <BR> My second goal would be a total loss of 63 pounds by around January 1st. That is 235 days from now. Plus I would feel better about the way I look before I go to meet my husbands friends from his unit. <BR> I have an ultimate goal of around 93 pounds by mid May next year. Which is about 370 days away. I want to be able to g... Mon, 11 May 2015 17:48:31 EST Stress and weight loss If you are managing all mother aspects of your life correctly ( diet, exersize, etc...) can stress keep you from loosing weight? How big a factor does it play really? Mon, 11 May 2015 17:09:53 EST My scale was mean to be this morning But I will not give up. <BR> <BR> Although I worked our like crazy this weekend and ate within my range, my scale went up 0.8 kgs this morning. I'm sad and disapointed, After two weeks of behaving I still haven't lost anything. <BR> <BR> But I will not give up. <BR> Mon, 11 May 2015 06:12:56 EST fell off the band wagon So I been pretty absent in my working out and even eating right. Today I want to start it all over again. Is there any tips so I don't keep falling off. I fell off due to stress in my life and having to pull 50-75 hours a week because we are short of staffing that on my time I just want to sleep and snuggle with my little one. Now I am 250 pounds yeek any tips or advice or if anyone wants to slap me for these excuses let me know Sun, 10 May 2015 02:17:51 EST Lost & Found I've lost my "love handles" and found lots of energy. <BR> <BR> Your turn Sat, 9 May 2015 13:59:55 EST Want to be part of a team that checks in daily? Would you like to be a part of a team checking in DAILY? Give/receive motivation, accountability, encouragement, tips, and suggestions! Let's inspire each other to stay on track moving towards our goals! Join the team by clicking "My SparkPage" then scroll down and click on the team "250-350 Check in daily". <BR> <em>229</em> <em>213</em> <em>381</em> <em>223</em> <em>220</em> <em>235</em> <em>48</em> <em>30</em> <em>387</em> <em>331</em> <em>199</em> Sat, 9 May 2015 07:42:30 EST Telling someone that they gained weight.....? I remember one day I walked in at work and one of my co worker said hi to me and we exchanged pleasantries. I then went on about my business and while I was opening the linen room to put my purse away she said ``She put on so much weight! look at her bum! She was telling the other lady but she said it in very voice loud enough for me to hear it on purpose <BR> <BR> Not only was it hurtful but I was also embarrassed. It made me feel worse and ruined my day. I told her after that it hurt my f... Fri, 8 May 2015 19:57:40 EST Progress I've been consistent with working out at the gym in the mornings. I even upped the game a little today by using the "Weight Loss" program on the elliptical rather than the "Quick Start" option. I did sweat a little more! ;] Fri, 8 May 2015 11:41:39 EST Want to be part of a team that checks in daily? <em>30</em> <BR> Would you like to be a part of a team checking in DAILY? Give/receive motivation, accountability, encouragement, tips, and suggestions! Let's inspire each to stay on track moving towards our goals! Join the team by clicking "My SparkPage" then scroll down and click on the team "250-350 Check in daily". Thu, 7 May 2015 23:11:42 EST Feeling Discouraged? Even the best of us have down days. I wrote this blog several years ago and thought it might help. <BR> It's an oldie but a goodie. <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3019903 </link> Thu, 7 May 2015 14:04:42 EST Can't have a picnic without a few ants Need some motivation? Thought I'd share an oldie but a goodie. <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3034414 </link> Thu, 7 May 2015 13:52:24 EST New team, 250-350 Check in DAILY Would you like to be a part of a team checking in DAILY? Give/receive motivation, accountability, encouragement, tips, and suggestions! Let's inspire each to stay on track moving towards our goals! Join the team by clicking "My SparkPage" then scroll down and click on the team "250-350 Check in daily". Thu, 7 May 2015 11:10:28 EST first seizure at age 60 Good morning, <BR> <BR> A couple of weekends ago I had a seizure; I've never had one before. My husband called for an ambulance. We made an intermediate stop at urgent care and went from there to the hospital about 20 miles away & I was admitted for a couple of days. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The seizure was described as tonic clonic, and I have no memory of the event. I was non responsive and lost bowel control. A spinal tap was done at the hospital, as was a CT I believe. Thank goodness m... Thu, 7 May 2015 06:50:27 EST Failing Juice Fast....HELP! Hi!!! I need some help. I love drinking juice and would like to fast for more than a few hours. I hope to accomplish 60 days, but can't get through 1 day. How do you stay motivated and continue? Tips? fight cravings? fall into old habbits (which aren't horrible). I just want to reap the benefits of juicing. <BR> <BR> Thanks!! :) Wed, 6 May 2015 22:58:23 EST How do I diet > I work long hours and feel like i need a pick-me-up after work leading to "bad choices <BR> > My parents cook & most of the time I wouldn't call it healthy <BR> > I feel depressed & eat though I seem to "can't help it" <BR> > I have irregular periods that either don't come for months or I get one for 2+ weeks. <BR> > I'm dairy free <BR> > I love fruit & veg more than meats (I prefer soft meat) <BR> > I find it hard to do excersises; I don't know what Reps/Sets/20 lunges are or mean & how lo... Wed, 6 May 2015 17:36:37 EST What's the best way for a group to record progress Several friends and I are starting a fitness accountability group. We're going to post our workouts to try to push each other. I'd like something better than email, maybe an app or something that was made for this purpose. Any suggestions? Mon, 4 May 2015 20:49:17 EST medical restraints How can I get the exercise I need when I can not walk with out a walker. All my bones are slowly being replaced. I uss to love walking. I need exercise. All I can manage is to get to doctor appointment s. Mon, 4 May 2015 17:51:43 EST Does weight gain stress you out? So I was on such an amazing journey since August 2013, lost 74lbs the for the last six months I gained back 25. I know the reasons fell back into bad habits, emotional eating and late snacking. I just want encouragement either way. But when you gain it just is an emotional roller coaster. I am alone physically in this journey. Mon, 4 May 2015 11:47:15 EST the urge to overeat after 2 weeks on plan I do well for a couple weeks and then I have an urge to eat more than I should. I am an emotional and stress eater but things could be going well too. I have activities to distract myself and sometimes I just give in. Has this happened to any of you? Thoughts? Suggestions? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 May 2015 10:34:33 EST I just need to talk this out (long post, sorry) I don't know how to even start this. I once successfully lost almost 100 pounds. I felt great. I was running and I was 34 pounds away from being under 200 pounds for the first time in my adult life. my record was 10 miles in one go! I was SO proud of myself and was even thinking about training for a marathon. <BR> I struggled, gained about 40 pounds back, and maintained that gain for a couple of years. Over time, I regret to say that I have gained all of the weight back. Yes, ALL. Of. IT. <... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 22:23:07 EST MAY 2015 Appreciations -Welcome All! <img src=""> <BR> "He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has." Epictetus <BR> <BR> Please join me on this thread and share five things you appreciate, that or working in your life or you feel gratitude for having. <BR> <BR> Hope to see you tomorrow!! <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 19:25:14 EST My day 1 eat repent repeat. i do so well for 10 days then derail. over and over. day 1 - again again. gonna track it here - with your help - to 7/31 doctors weigh in. important for acting role!! Thu, 30 Apr 2015 12:57:36 EST Had a bad night Hi, <BR> Had a bad night I have been doing so well sticking to my plan and tonight all I wanted to do was eat. I can rejoice in the fact that I have lost 5 pounds and will keep striving to have a better day tommorow. I look at how far I have come. We can do this Spark People! Have a great week! <BR> <BR> Joni Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:22:20 EST 5K Record ideas I am disappointed after my 2nd 5K run in about 7 weeks. I beat my old time by only 18 seconds! <BR> 37 min 18 seconds...I'm at a beginner level. <BR> <BR> I want to keep running, but this little accomplishment is discouraging. I was hoping for at least a one minute improvement! <BR> <BR> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:06:29 EST New start! How to curb my old habits. Today is a new start for me. I just had a baby almost 3 months ago and have just been eating whatever I want whenever I want it... which of course did not help the fact that I have weight to lose. Even while breastfeeding I am not dropping pounds because I eat whatever I want.... which is a lot. I have stretched my stomach so much that I am like a bottomless pit and never get hungry. <BR> So today I am determined to stop that. This morning I had a cup of coffee with FF creamer (50 calories) ... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:30:20 EST tips on staying positive I tend to always try to remain positive but negatives around me tend to make me have more down off track days. Hoping to find encouraging ways to stay positive more! Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:38:36 EST Sharing out my goals to be accountable...join me! <BR> My goal right now is to eat withing my calorie count to continue to lose weight AND modify my SP Healthy Heart meal plan as little as possible so I can get all my daily nutritional needs met consistently and fully. In addition to this, when I deviate and cook off the menu that I am conscience of the nutritional needs I am trying to meet within that meal. Sometimes its seems a hard balance but I notice I am getting better and better at it. My third and forth goals are to remember to tak... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:49:05 EST depressed not losing ANYTHING So i started my diet keeping to 1200-1500 a day and exercising either in the pool, the gym or both 6 days a week. That was over 2 weeks ago and I have only lost 2 pounds (which was in the first few days as I weigh myself everyday). I am VERY depressed about this as I have 15 to go before I go the the keys for vacation and my summer clothes from last year do not fit me now. The nutrition tracker says I am on goal for everything except protein but I have fish and eggs and lean ham and lean beef... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 10:04:29 EST I am having trouble setting my goal. Help? Hello! <BR> I know the importance of a good goal to keep you focused and help make better decisions... but I am just struggling finding the right.... words.... goal.... <BR> <BR> In August this year I will be going on my first cruise with a friend to celebrate 20 years of piracy. <BR> So I know my end date is Aug 1st. <BR> <BR> But what I want to accomplish before then is kind of vague. I know that when I work out I have more confidence, and that will be helpful on a cruse full of stranger... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 23:14:54 EST not so positive today If you can say you have stressful days today is the worst, I'm emotionally just down. staying positive is really hard. If its not one thing then another. I feel alone Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:37:21 EST Losing Weight with No Internet or Scale I am about to begin a big experiment of 4 months with no scale. Internet will be spotty at best for use for tracking. We will be traveling with our travel trailer and seeing some wonderful parts of our big country. It's exciting and hubby and I are looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> After 3 years of tracking on SP I will really miss the nutritional breakdown every day. I do have a smart phone but I find the tracking a little harder. So I bought a pocket sized calorie counter book by Calor... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:56:01 EST Sprained Ankle Last year I broke my ankle and it needed a metal plate in it and 4 months off my feet. Needless to say I gained weight. This spring I had been walking 5 miles M-F and watch my diet. I was losing 2 lbs a week and then I went and sprained my ankle. Now my weight is creeping back on me. If there are any ideas on what I can do I would gladly take them. I have a two year old so it makes it hard to go to the YMCA and work out. I am trying to get this baby weight off and I know I can do it if... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:10:00 EST Hormonal weight fluctuations I had heard that your weight can fluctuate some around the "time of the month", but seeing an 8lb gain from last week is pretty depressing. <BR> I know I've just started, but I've been to the gym twice this week, for almost an hour each time, and I have stayed within my calorie range every single day. <BR> Kinda feeling discouraged today. I'm sure I'll *feel* better tomorrow, but is this kind of weight change normal? Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:38:15 EST I wish I could just snap my fingers and lose 50 lb Didn't work out today. For two weeks I've been working out 6 days a week, riding my bike to work a few times a week. I'm not weighing myself- not going to do it. I'm going by the way I feel and how my clothes fit. I become obsessive when I start weighing myself and then it becomes all consuming. I want to do this in a way I can maintain for my whole life, not gain it all back again (for the THIRD time!). <BR> <BR> So not weighing myself has the perks of not going cookoo over some number on ... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:32:59 EST starting again Today, as I was cutting out nutritional information for one of my families, I started to look at the chart for what type of foods to eat. I also got on a site to see a tracker and it tracked the empty calories in the food tracked. I thought what would I do if I tracked the food and then would I eat the food. If it was full of calories. So I thought why don't I try this. The next time I go get those fast food fries, or whatever, maybe I should save the food first and then track this... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:40:11 EST Down 52.6lbs - Began program in January I am proud of how far I've come! It hasn't been easy and I have slipped up more times than I can count! But I have come a long way since middle of January! I just started working out last week, so I've been hitting it hard at the gym! May is gonna be my month!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:25:18 EST moving and eating right but the scale isn't moving I've been tracking my eating for the past 6 weeks and working out 3-4 times a week doing strength training and 45 minutes of cardio and the scale hasn't moved. What am I doing wrong? Tue, 21 Apr 2015 18:55:38 EST NEED TO BE ORIGINAL. IT IS BETTER TO BE ORIGINAL THAN PAINTING OUR IMAGE AS IF WE ARE DOING WELL IN SELF CREATED ASSIGNMENT AND THAT EXPERTS CAN ASSIST IN OUR DIFFICULT. SPARK WELL AND SHARP ALSO. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:19:06 EST Frustration on not seeing results I have not really noticed any change... I have been working out for 3 weeks and only lost 3 pounds, now I was sick but only missed a few days of working out and my diet has been okay. <BR> When should I start to notice and feel results in your opinions? Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:52:36 EST Need help staying motivated I am having trouble staying motivated. I will do awesome for a couple weeks. I will exercise everyday and watch what I eat. And then the next week, I will go back to my old ways. I have read many motivational stories and techniques, but they do not seem to help me. If anyone has any ideas of what I should do, I am all ears. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:15:30 EST Inspire me with your story, please I just texted my husband that when I leave work, I want to eat, eat, eat. That time of the month, extra tired, renovating house stress.... I am inspired when I hear other people's stories. Can someone tell me your most recent success or a happy story? Please?!? I began my journey and had a very successful week last week and I don't want to blow it! Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:13:46 EST injury Severely sprained my left ankle, really worried bout my progress.. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:14:08 EST today I am grateful for: the great time I had with friends last night <BR> the spring rain we have had the last 2 days <BR> my old dog <BR> the feeling of joy I have Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:28:42 EST walking and arthritis I now have arthritis in both knees!! My sister tells me to keep walking, which I intend to do, but how does anyone else deal with this? This is new to me...will it get progressively worse or will the pain stay the same? I need to do some research!! Any advice is appreciated!! Fri, 17 Apr 2015 06:37:52 EST fear of loosing weight I have been talking with several family members. They always talk about wanting to loose weight, but some of them always seem to find reasons not to do anything about it. I have noticed that they seem to identify themselves as overweight people. Everything from the jokes they make about themselves to the reasons that they live their lives the way that they do( avoiding public places, etc) . Could they be afraid to loose weight. It just seems like this isn't a healthy way to be. I'm no... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:49:52 EST What a mess I am I am a mess. I keep thinking this time will be different. I can eat one of something, like a small ice cream bar. You know what? I can't.Can't pass up a sale plus a coupon so I bought Magnum bars. Telling myself I will have one and one a day for the rest of the week. Know what?? I ate the entire box last night. <BR> <BR> I keep telling myself (1) don't buy stuff like that and (2) Get through the first few days, and it will get a drop easier Not easy, but a little better. <BR> <BR> S... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 07:19:50 EST what to do when you are sick I have been sick since Friday. I have not been able to exercise and what little I have been able to eat has not been on the healthy side or things that I would normally eat. <BR> How do you stay motivated when you are sick? Mon, 13 Apr 2015 01:56:58 EST Today I will....... 1. Prep carrots, celery and whatever's in the crisper for snacks tomorrow. <BR> 2. Plan my food for at least tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 17:46:28 EST Difficult situation Heads up- a little off topic <BR> I'm going to face some thing/some one difficult for me this afternoon. It involves a personal situation. <BR> Any suggestions for how to survive it? Sun, 12 Apr 2015 11:43:30 EST Regaining motivation after loss So I was doing really well with my weight loss and starting to look super fit and suddenly I lost my grandfather who raised me since i was little it came as quite a shock we stayed by his side till the end. So for the last couple of weeks i didnt do any exercise and ate a ton of rubbish food which actually made me feel much worse so today i had that moment of what am i doing to myself he would want me to carry on and get to my goal. So i got of my backside did jillians extreme shred (sweated ... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 08:33:44 EST I am 180 pounds This was my first thought. I think this way even though I now weigh 300 pounds. I visualize that I am 180 pounds and I am looking back two years ago when I was 300. With the help from my creator God and the blood of Jesus Christ I can do all things even this visualization process. It works if I work it. After 32 years of smoking cigarettes I did the same visualization of being a non smoker looking back two years. Today 14 years later I am still a non smoker. I calculated that I saved myself f... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 07:14:08 EST negative comments towards weight loss So i have recently dropped 20 pounds due to eating healthy and exercising. I was feeling great about my weight loss until someone made a comment tonight. I went from a size large scrub top to a size medium. Someone made a comment asking if my scrub top shrunk because i looked bigger. I told them i went down a size. Only to have them tell me i looked like i gained weight. My entire life i have been an emotional eater, so my first thought was to stuff my face full of food. Instead i released fo... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 21:26:24 EST Where does one find motivation? I can NOT seem to get motivated to get and stay on plan. I am so disgusted with myself. <BR> In a couple of weeks, I am having my lapband removed. It has slipped, and I have been (TMI-sorry) losing a battle of keeping food down. I would think I would lose the weight...but its not budging. <BR> <BR> I have dieted on and off my whole adult life, and I KNOW what I need to ain't working. <BR> <BR> Any inspiration from you folks? <BR> Sherry Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:10:21 EST Having a Hard Time Hi Everyone - <BR> I'm a bit of a SP Veteran... on and off with different accounts several times and I just can't seem to stay motivated. I know I have reasons to BE motivated (I'm almost 30, close to 100lbs over weight, have a two year old daughter and want to be a good role model for her), but I literally have no drive. I can do really well for a few weeks, but then fall off the bandwagon HARD and end up in a worse place than when I started. Then starting again is a huge struggle because... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 20:42:37 EST Goal Board and Spark Streaks? I can't believe I'm asking this here because I don't feel safe in doing so, but I can't put it briefly enough to keep it just to the Mobile Chatters. <BR> <BR> I'm having problems staying motivated with my goal to run a 5K this year. I've been doing better with food since I started tracking, but the same isn't happening with my exercise. I'd like to do it every day, but the most I've managed so far is a 3-day streak and this week it looks like I won't even make that. <BR> <BR> Joining a S... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 16:10:58 EST My motivation Well my motivation is that my son is getting married in a little less than a year. I don't want to look like a beached whale.... I also NEED to do it for my health. <BR> <BR> Today I got more motivation that what I am doing is working. I lost 3 pounds this week. Yes it is my first week and I know it will drop off, but I would be happy if it would stay at 3 pounds a week, *LOL* Wed, 8 Apr 2015 21:11:22 EST exercise is fine -- but NO will power for food!! For the last month I've gotten really into morning exercise classes -- at 3-4 classes a week of tough classes, I'm burning lots of calories and actually feeling mildly stronger. But I'm losing very little weight. Reason is simple: my family and friends love food, and so do I. <BR> <BR> I buy and snack on snap peas and hummus, eat low fat home made chicken chili for lunch, yogurt and fruit for breakfast, everything is going fine, and then... <BR> <BR> My daughter buys my favorite chips, ... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 07:18:52 EST How do you make the lifestyle change stick? I've been back and forth with changing my lifestyle and losing weight, and letting it all go and going back to my old habits for the last 4 years now. I originally lost 100 lbs, gained 40 of it back, lost it, gained it back, etc. I'm an expert at losing the weight, but I suck at keeping it off. I really envy "thin" people that aren't focused on food all of the time and just were raised to eat less and to have self control. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any advice for this? What do you do w... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 14:57:10 EST Personal trainer I need a buddy to help keep me doing my routine every day <BR> By phone or text or email or in tie forum Tue, 7 Apr 2015 12:06:03 EST TODAY I LEARNED (TIL) I enjoy eating food more if I have already entered it in my nutrition tracker. <BR> Ha- strange but true! Mon, 6 Apr 2015 21:55:48 EST emotional eaters I tend to emotional eat in the evenings, I hate it when I do it. Have many regrets after, I am doing good though but everyday it can be challenging. Anyone with me and if so what things help you?? Fri, 3 Apr 2015 14:00:41 EST NOT FEELING MOTIVATED Here's the deal.. I gained about ten to fifteen pounds a few months back, and I recently weighed myself and haven't gained any weight in a while. I've been going for walks almost every other day and really trying to gradually make better lifestyle changes and habits. I eat fairly well but I am working as a missionary so sometimes I can't control what is served to me or the amount of exercize I can fit in a day. The point is, I have stretch marks still appearing even though I don't think I've ... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 14:32:00 EST Medifast Is there anyone that is currently doing medifast. I am almost done with y first month, and have lost 13 pounds. Wed, 1 Apr 2015 13:43:55 EST The Spark Hello - <BR> <BR> My name is Wendy - and I have been an on / off spark user for many years. Unfortunately mostly off. Recently due to some health changes, I am getting older, I have made a personal commitment to getting healthy. <BR> <BR> One thing that I have done to get myself there is get the book "The Spark" by Chris Downie, Founder and CEO of I have just read the introduction and chapter 1, "My Story". All I can say is this is going to be a very interesting read. ... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 13:43:23 EST The scale says I'm gaining... but... I don't know. For the past two weeks the scale has said I've gained. In the first two weeks I lost 5 pounds. Third week went up a pound. This week went up another. <BR> <BR> But I'm truly thinking (or, hoping, ha) that I may be losing fat and gaining muscle? I've been working out at least 2-3x a week. In those work out sessions I do at least 27 minutes of cardio, but usually about an hour worth. And I always do some strength training. <BR> <BR> I don't know. I guess I'm just wondering if th... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 08:23:30 EST need some encouragement Feel alittle down holiday coming up and im alone down here.most my family is up north. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:48:39 EST APRIL 2015 -Gratitude Thread -All are Welcome!! "Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy." Fred De Witt Van Amburgh <BR> <BR> Let's make April a month of appreciation. I will be here tomorrow to write my 5 gratitudes. <BR> Hope to see all my long practicing thankful friends and anyone who wants to join in this tradition. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:10:32 EST having a problem staying motivated I started Spark with the best intentions of losing weight. At first I was very motivated and lost several lbs., then I began eating again-no reason really. I just wanted to eat snacks that taste good to me which is mostly junk. Now I gained everything back UGH! I don't like the word "re-start" since I re-started so many times already. I need to break bad eating habits and jump back on track. <em>39</em> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:10:24 EST Trying to Stay Motivated I have been tracking food and exercise on Sparkpeople for a month and one day. I have not lost any weight since the middle of the month :( I suspect what I did lose was because I was sick not because of diet or exercise. <BR> <BR> I estimate (the website is not tracking correctly and I can't figure out how to fix it) that I've walked 45 miles this month. <BR> <BR> I eat an egg and toast or an English muffin for breakfast <BR> a smoothie and sandwich (tuna or egg salad) for lunch or a sa... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:01:43 EST How could this happen?? I don't understand. I tracked my nutrition every day this week, stayed within my ranges, never going over in anything and exercised on my elliptical trainer for 40 minutes every day.... and I gained a pound from last week! I don't get it. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:08:07 EST HELP! Fell off the wagon...AGAIN! I don't know if I can do this...I lost 100lbs using Sparkpeople a few years ago and I have since put back all 100 plus another 43! I started back on it for the millionth time since then, and lost 6 lbs in my first week...and then I fell off the wagon! In fact, I didn't even make it the whole week before I had food that I shouldn't have had! I have all the reason in the world to lose the weight...I need better health, and I have a wedding dress to fit into! But for some reason, I am not doing ... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:59:58 EST No Progress Hey Spark, I have been inconsistent with putting my food and calories into the calculator. However, I was consistent for over a month. I did not loose any weight.....I followed the calorie counts exercised and thought I was doing well. I did not loose anything though....please help me. A friend of mine suspects thyroid but when I have had it checked nothing came back. I need help! I need to loose at least 50 pounds but when you are not successful at loosing even 1 it is hard to stay moti... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:53:53 EST Women over 50 and staying motivated anyone remember Twiggy, the London model of the 1960s? She is 65 years old now. Here's an interesting article. <BR> <BR><BR>shion-celebrity-beauty/twiggy-the-styl<BR>e-rules-changed-5243351 Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:20:44 EST A. V. A. walk Volkssport Club we gather to walk or bike ride or run take our dogs or not. we walk in different towns about twice a month all ages welcome, one member was 90 this week. we do 5 or 10 K walks. we also go to historic spots in the town. walking with a large group gets me going. <em>345</em> fun Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:45:34 EST losing weight and female hormones I heard recently on a youtube video that its harder for women to lose weight, and to overcome plateaus because women have periods, and our hormones fluctuate soooo much. <BR> <BR> Is this true? Doesn't it have that much of an affect on health and weight loss? Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:30:14 EST tips with C25K week 9 I have followed the C25K program and progressed steadily though it has taken me a long time due to breaks for holidays and an injury (not running related). Now I am finally at week 9. Week 8 I was feeling really good, day 1 as plan, d2 and d3 felt easish, so I ran a few extra minutes. I run slow (7,6 - 8 kmh) so I was trying to get more distance! But now the week 9 sessions have been horrible! I struggle to run for 20 minutes, even if I try running slowly! I am feeling disappointed and dis... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:18:58 EST Looking for exercise pal/accountability I am looking to incorporate exercise into my early morning routine as I struggle for motivation in the evening. <BR> <BR> I am looking to do strength work and CrossFit style sessions. <BR> <BR> I am Male, 24, involved in strength training/general exercise already. <BR> <BR> Looking for an accountability partner to, well, stay accountable to. Looking to do this by email as a pen pal sort of situation. <BR> <BR> Male/Female <BR> <BR> I just think it would be quite cool! <BR> <BR> Thanks i... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 07:19:25 EST Help! Too much happening I'm freaking out a bit, lots going on around here. I need some help calming down so I can see clearly through this madness. I'm feeling so guilty not going to the gym; but, when I do go to the gym I'm not paying any attention to what I'm doing because of all I have going on at home....please someone give me a calming idea, and please not yoga...I tried but couldn't relax. Thanks spark peeps Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:32:53 EST A great collection of motivational quotes See this link at it has a great gallery of motivational quotes <BR> <BR>,,<BR>20706008,00.html Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:09:24 EST Overcoming Inertia One of my teammates, NOWYOUDIDIT, posted a link to this article on our team discussion forum this morning. Wow, this is some good stuff! My favorite passage is near the end: <BR> <BR> "The tipping point in behavior change, it appears, isn't scare tactics or additional justification but simple accessibility. Making your process more accessible - easier, clearer, more blatantly simple to follow - can be the best strategy to begin." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ome... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:52:22 EST Goal setting? I'm just crossing my fingers with this and hoping that it's on the correct message board. <BR> <BR> I know exactly why I'm here: I want to run a 5K, in no small part because my sister (who is not exactly what I would call in shape) did one last year and plans to do a second one this year. But I also know from personal experience that I get discouraged very easily. <BR> <BR> So I know I need smaller goals to work with, but I'm really lost on smaller ones that sound like they'd be doable. M... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:06:24 EST trying to hang in there A bit of OCD helps Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:26:54 EST Will you join me in a group support page? Hi &#9786;&#65039; I am a 45 year-old stay at home mom. I have had a page on here for years, and have gone up and down in my fitness level/weight in that time. I have created a closed group Facebook page called "Challenge Yourself", which was meant to be a place where my Facebook friends could create a goal for themselves and post everyday as to what they did towards that goal....a way to be accountable to themselves every day in working toward that goal and a way to support each other. I am ... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:37:49 EST A piece of cake as a breakfast - i feel awful Today is my father in law birthday so my mother in law baked TWREE cakes. They all are in my fridge, and I simply cannot resist. After all, I am a food addict. So I ate a piece, and I don't know how to survive today with everybody cooking and eating in front of me. <BR> <BR> And I cannot escape. It will be extremally rude. <BR> <BR> Those days like today I feel anxcious and helpless like I am cought in some trap and cannot get out of it. What woukd you do? Thu, 26 Mar 2015 03:48:02 EST How to get up after failing Here I am venting, as I find these message boards to be a safe place. I have been eating decently but I haven't been diligent about working out. I weighed myself and my insides crumbled, I had gained more. I enjoy yoga but when I get home from work, I find excuses as to why I cant do a 30 minute workout. I've been soul searching and I'm coming up empty with reasons why this continues to happen. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any good ideas or suggestions as to how to keep motivated, stick to a plan,... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:06:21 EST What have I done to myself??? I have been put in a situation that I had to dress up this past week. I am also in a position that I am going to need to be dressing up more often. Well my clothes aren't fitting right anymore. I almost had to go get a body shaper to get into my skirt!!!! As long as I didn't breath or bend over I would be ok! <BR> I stepped on the scales and some where between Jan 1 and now I have gained 8 pounds! I'm the heaviest I've ever been (other than being pregnant) I am so disappointed in myself. My ... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 23:08:58 EST When things don't happen instantly! Hello all, <BR> <BR> I have tried SparkPeople (and other sites) before but never really got past the starting blocks. I think when I consciously begin to engage with the task in hand I begin to get scared - of failing, of health things, of how overwhelming it seems, of how tired I feel. This fear means I tip into wanting instant results and panicking even more when I haven't immediately lost weight (or, as happened today, when I have put weight on). Normally, I wouldn't weigh myself and perh... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 18:16:01 EST Need your Help! So, the past 2.5 months I was doing T25 (Shaun T....he's the one who came up with Insanity). Well, as time went on I was really hoping that I would finally lose a few pounds (10 maybe) and change my shape/tone,etc. I am 5'1" and pear-shaped. I weigh 123 now thanks to T25. GRR! I was 119 before I started this program and fit into my 4's, now I cannot. Have to go shopping and find a lot of 6's do not fit. Not the direction I wanted to go of course. Granted, I probably gained muscle. I g... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 17:33:56 EST lack of energy? go to the swimmingpool If I feel a lack of energy I drag myself to the swimmingpool, trow myself in and once in the cool water I am instantly awake and full of energy, making myself swim for a full hour! <BR> Instead, if I take a nap or start to eat then I only feel worse. <BR> What are your experiences? Sun, 22 Mar 2015 09:53:18 EST What do you do when you get bored with a routine? I'm coming up on 4 months of doing pretty much the same thing. It's been very effective. I'm down about 35 pounds with about that much more to go. Even with all the progress I have found it difficult to keep doing the same thing. <BR> <BR> I wonder what other people do when they get to this point or if you get to this point? <BR> <BR> Aaron Sat, 21 Mar 2015 16:01:50 EST Tired and hungry - this I cannot fight. What to do Today I stuck without a meal for more then five hours with a very emotional work to do. So when I'm out, stressed out and emotional, I'm ready to eat whatever I can get. In my case I ate some junk food. Now I feel a little bit sorry, but seriously. I have no idea what to do in such case. I or had to wait for two more hours or eat some junk food. What would you do? Sat, 21 Mar 2015 13:42:45 EST weight loss partner Hi, <BR> My name is Lisa. I'm a 46 year old mom of 3 (20,18,11). I'm looking to loose 10 lbs by the end of May. I need accountability, so I'm looking for someone who would like to partner with me. I lost 10 lbs last year with a coach that I had to call everyday. It worked really well knowing that I had to call her and tell her what I ate since the last time I called her. <BR> <BR> I like to work out and read books. I have 2 dogs, 1 cat, 1 snake, 1 hamster, and 1 frog. All have been ... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 10:45:44 EST Nothing at all happening I am doing everything right - but results have really slowed down. <em>198</em> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 20:41:37 EST I am halfway there I started the round2 of my weight-loss at 72 kilos, last august. <BR> Now..I am sitting at 63 // 64 kilos. <BR> I have started sabotaging and I need some help from my friends. I am here to give the same too. <BR> :( Fri, 20 Mar 2015 08:07:12 EST need help! feeling so bummed So a couple years ago I used Spark to lose 50 pounds. Even though when I started I was 296, so obviously could have lost more, I was content with 50lbs. I wanted to get there and then... well, there never really was an "and then". <BR> <BR> So I did get there, and I felt pretty darn good. That night rewarded myself with a big mac, and it all fell apart after that. i stayed within about 10 pounds for a few months, gleefully abandoning counting calories and eating the things i missed. i loved... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:32:12 EST great day. Today is going to be a great day! It's up to me. I can make it great or make it so-so. I choose to make it great. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:00:45 EST Getting re-started,'s hard. So, I've been a member of Sparkpeople for as long as I can remember. The biggest issue I've been having is staying on track. I get so close to my goal, and something seems to happen that throws me off and I have to start over. <BR> This last time was a big one, and I honestly don't want to get into it, but I was pretty much out of it for six months. I got back up, found work again, and felt pretty happy. <BR> One thing I've been trying to do, is get back on the work-out routine and eating hea... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 01:07:13 EST Down 20 pounds…pictures As of March 15th (my 2 month mark in starting this journey) I hit my goal of 20lbs lost!!! Its basically a drop in the bucket of weight loss since I still have sooooo far to go but its progress!! <BR> <BR> The scale has has been in my favor (after a plateau) but inches just aren't budging, I did lose a couple on my "gut' but otherwise its not more than a 1/2 inch everywhere else. This is after 2 rounds of 21 day fix. I went from completely sedentary and eating pizza/pasta every day (obviousl... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:26:09 EST I am having a really really extra hard time Help Hi all, Well don't really know where to start..I guess I will jump right in. <BR> Ok my husband Ed & I left Washington State because of the lack of jobs, So we believed my mother that East Tennessee was sooo wonderful, Jobs were plenty she was going to help us, she knew people in places to get Ed jobs right away...ALL LIES.. we have been here in East TN for 2 years & He has NOT gotten 1 job, the only job he did get was maintenance evenings at a cabin rental place in Gatlinburg because my si... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 03:30:38 EST Hard time getting back on track! I've lost 130 pounds for which I am very proud of myself for doing. The winter has been terrible and I've caved into eating unhealthy. I love comfort foods and being nestled in made it a perfect excuse. I enjoy baking and I am sure that has attributed to my lack of motivation. That being said I have approximately 50 more pounds to lose and I have been around the same weight (probably gained 5-9 pounds over the course of 6 months of winter climate). I can't seem to pick up the pace and get mot... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 17:14:02 EST "Don't give up, just get up" Saw this quote on a church sign over the weekend and thought it could apply to many of us here. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:59:50 EST Challenge teams Hi I can see that there are a few closed challenge teams and they look really motivating and fun to be a part of. Can anyone advise me how I join them or if there are any good open challenge teams that are active daily. I think something like this could help keep me accountable and make me feel like part of something <BR> <BR> Any advice would be greatly received <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> Jacqui Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:02:03 EST Falling off the Wagon I have fallen off the wagon for a bit but ready to get back on. Between ice, snow, rain, and flat out unpleasant weather, I have not been out much. Now that temps are getting a little warmer it is time to back in the saddle and just get on with it. <BR> <BR> For the first time I have planned out a week's worth of meals, taking it one step at a time. Good to be moving forward and healthy again! Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:29:30 EST Food Addiction Are there any message boards relating to "food addiction" and binging? I need some help in this area. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 07:19:55 EST Daily Bible Verse- Post/Read a Verse JESUS LOVES U Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, <BR> Colossians 3:12 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 06:33:05 EST Staying Motivated Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am at the beginning of my weight-loss & lifestyle change journey. So far, the scale has gone steadily down, but this morning when I weighed, I had gained two pounds. I know that the body fluctuates (which is why we should only weigh once per week) but this was so disappointing to see and now I am very feeling unmotivated. Words of encouragement welcome and if you are in the same boat, I empathize! <BR> <BR> Take good care and spark on, <BR> Camela Sun, 15 Mar 2015 12:44:24 EST Frustration City!! I'm officially extremely frustrated. In three days will be the anniversary of 3 months from when I decided to make changes to lose weight and get fit! I have made many changes. I started exercising at the time both cardio and weight exercises. I tracked my food on spark people and was loving my exercises. I then added some more other exercises and started weighing my food so that I wasnt guessing. My workouts are always varied and I constantly challenge myself. I eat always within my calorie,... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 04:36:32 EST Losing my Drive I'm new to this place, so I hope I'm not posting in the wrong place... <BR> <BR> Last summer I weighed 441 when I turned scared me....I got a personal trainer twice a week, and started going to the gym daily. Got down to about 395 before depression took away my drive in late September.....Made it back up to 428 in January, started again...harder this time, uusally twice a day workouts for the last 43 days. Weighed myself 3 weeks ago and had made it down to 418. Today I weighed i... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 22:04:51 EST Motivating I can motivate others, I have helped many, but it's hard to get myself going, especially with all the health issues I have. I have a team to help others. Especially others who are dealing with health issues also. Maybe I can help you too. Be a part of my team. Let's hit our goals together. <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=60727 </link> <BR> <BR> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 16:12:19 EST Daily Bible Verse - JESUS LOVES YOU!!! In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. - John 1:1-2 <BR> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 06:50:19 EST Bad day Bad day - dental surgery - two implants - feel crummy - no appitite - perhaps thats good. <em>39</em> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 20:56:03 EST i finally learned something It has only taken 61 years but I think I finally learned a strategy for avoiding binges. I have noticed that when I first start an attempt to eat healthy, I don't eat my full allotment of calories. After a couple of weeks, surprise, surprise, I am REALLY hungry. Once that seal is broken I am out of control. This time, I intend to eat all the food I am allowed. Sure I will lose much more slowly, but I hope to avoid that 2-3 pound yo yo after the initial Gung Ho period is over. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:49:48 EST Daily Bible Verse - JESUS LOVES YOU I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 07:02:49 EST Two year anniversary to my commitment :) I am over two years out from the start of my weight loss/get healthy life change. I started the end of February two years ago. I met goal that August and lost a little more the couple months after that. It has been two years (since the start, anyway) and I'm still holding strong! I still weigh and log my foods everyday, take my lunch to work, make smart decisions when I eat out, and work out super consistently. The choices no longer take a lot of real thought; I know what I need to do an... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 23:02:05 EST Getting to the core of compulsive eating with EFT Has anyone tried this? I'm hoping it will help me. I am a compulsive eater and lose weight and gain it all the time but now it's more dramatic. I can't seem to sustain the weight loss for long before I start binging again and the weight piles on. Does anyone have some advice on this? Wed, 11 Mar 2015 02:31:10 EST 30-Day Walkabout Challenge Through SparkPeople Sparkpeople has a 30-day Walkabout Challenge. Has anyone completed it and/or would like to do it together? I'm already working out at the gym (Planet Fitness), which I walk on the treadmill. Let me know if you would be interested. Have a great day! <BR> <BR> Ruby Mon, 9 Mar 2015 12:02:48 EST What is your favorite stress reliever? My favorite stress reliever is listening to music. I love bluegrass music and whenever I listen to it and play my banjo along with some songs, the stress just melts away. <em>335</em> Mon, 9 Mar 2015 00:54:53 EST Struggling to get off the starting blocks! I've been a member of SP for a few months now, but for some reason it just isn't clicking with me. I know the theory of how to lose weight (eat well and move more) but putting it into practice seems almost impossible! I am an emotional eater and I also struggle to be organised. I feel tired *all* the time too, so really don't feel like exercising most days. <BR> <BR> Is there something I can do to turn things around? Any advice gratefully received! <BR> <BR> Thanks. Sun, 8 Mar 2015 15:30:17 EST Keeping things fresh This time around I have been faithfully tracking my weight and food on SparkPeople for over a year and have had wonderful results. I've lost over 75 pounds. Over the past year I have had to do new things to keep the motivation. I've added tracking exercise, keeping up my Spark page, posting messages etc. I've also looked for and joined new teams and challenges. This trick of keeping the journey fresh has kept me going. Sun, 8 Mar 2015 11:26:51 EST diet "systems" make me crazy Yesterday I went to a fitness center for a "kick start" three week program, to discover that the highlight of the program is not fitness but is instead a diet system with five different sizes of plastic boxes into which you put each different type of food to measure your precise dietary intake. <BR> <BR> "It's simple," they said. <BR> <BR> I said, "but I'm going out to lunch with my husband." <BR> <BR> They said "just eyeball it." <BR> <BR> OK... so I am eyeballing the precise quantit... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 09:00:20 EST Motivational Buddy I'm absolutely horrible at staying motivated and remembering to eat right. I need someone to email with (and hopefully eventually text with) to help keep me motivated, stay on track, and we could make goals. And obviously I would do the same for them. I am at my absolute biggest and need to lose about 100 lbs. altogether. I'm wanting to start this ASAP. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 23:40:16 EST 8 weeks in and in a slump Hi everyone, this is my first post and to be honest, I would have never thought that I would post in a forum. I'm on a weight loss- health journey and have been working at it for the past 8 weeks. I have a long way to go before I reach my goal. When I first started, I had hoped that I would be much further along at this point. I am a health professional, understand proper nutrition, psychology and physical activity and understand that it takes time however, i'm just tired of always making it ... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 20:07:32 EST would like to stay on track/help I've lost nearly 80 lbs in the past 15 months and feel great. I am really afraid now that I've reached close to my goal I will falter. I am looking for all the tools and info and help I can get to stay motivated. <BR> Does this site have bmi and calorie's burned calculators? And I am hoping to find others over 50 on this same journey. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 09:05:56 EST What keeps you motivated I have a lot of trouble staying motivated. I have roughly 40 pounds to lose and my husband has around 70 pounds. We both do good and try to stay motivated but we always fall off the wagon around week 2 1/2 even though we see great results. I sprained my ankle last Friday so I haven't been able to exercise except for using my crutches. This past Thursday I decided to order a huge wall calendar. I am going to put a workout schedule on it for both of us and hang it on the other side of the ... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 14:49:22 EST Looking for a friend for motivation Would like to have someone just to check in with, have fun with so that it isn't so hard to stay on track with this new way of life I am putting myself through. <BR> <BR> Anyone interested, let me know. Fri, 6 Mar 2015 14:42:02 EST My motivation: Time Night time and mornings are my favorite. We sleep naked every night, tangled around one another. He'll be playing with my hair. I'll be lightly scratching his back. We'll be giggling about some part of our day, using our special language. It is the most blissful, loving, selfless, beautiful, deeply connected love I have ever known. More wonderful than anything I could have ever dreamed up. We have been together almost 3 years and this summer we will be getting married. Our kids average 20 yea... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 12:56:35 EST Coping with Winter Anyone else feel like exercise is the only way to cope with this endless winter? Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:39:10 EST Hanging Still hanging in there. Wed, 4 Mar 2015 19:39:20 EST Looking for a online motivator video chat friend! <em>290</em> <BR> So I'm serious about losing wait, I thought it would be fun to find an online workout buddy, to video chat with and get to know threw this journey! :] Male or female, is fine. I really need a happy bubbly person to motivate me! To talk about staying healthy! Some one who can relate and wont mind helping a girl out! :] I'm a part time Model and full time mother, I have a lot going on in my life and just need to get back in the game of life! I want to get back in shape for ... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 14:36:09 EST Down 27lbs and 48 inches since January 19 I am very excited to be where I am right now and hope this could be motivating for some people who are struggling. I am using an all natural cleansing nutrition system that has totally helped me succeed with my weight loss thus far. It was the best decision I ever made because the increase in my energy alone has made it all worth it for me. <BR> <BR> I am down 38lbs total since December 1st. I lost about 11lbs before beginning the new system January 19th, 2015, and that is how I've lost the... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 10:03:17 EST In need of some encouragement Firstly--it's so refreshing to come to the motivational page and see it full of thankfulness and gratitude. I think this is a great a healthy place to be. :) <BR> <BR> I'm usually the person who would chime in and find something to be grateful for or something about my body that I love--however, in the interest of honesty, I'm struggling so hard right now. Two years ago I lost 45 pounds, which was about halfway to my goal. I decided to stop (the program I was on became too expensive), and in... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 01:30:46 EST Weight Loss Support My husband keeps making comments that are not helpful. How do I prevent him from discouraging me? I just feel like no matter what I do, he thinks it's not enough. Mon, 2 Mar 2015 07:28:27 EST I am thankful for for saving my soul <em>9</em> Mon, 2 Mar 2015 06:04:48 EST MARCH 2015 -Gratitude Thread -All are welcome!! "Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful." Buddha <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Please feel free to share 5 or more things you appreciate each day and enjoy a more joyful life. <BR> <BR> I will be here tomorrow to share mine <em>129</em> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:34:43 EST 3 Months and 15 pounds I looked at the calendar this morning and realized I only have 3 months left before my wedding! I still want to reach my goal weight, which means I have 15 pounds to lose by then. I must admit I have not been as disciplined as I should be lately. I eat fairly healthy through the day, however when I get home that's when I drop the ball. <BR> Is it possible to lose 15 in a healthy way in 3 months? I feel like I need to go back to basics...(drink more water, be more active, move veggies/ fruits... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:23:51 EST I'm looking for some help... I've lost a little over 100 pounds in the last year and a half. I've hit that horrible plateu, so I've taken a break from dieting and exercising in hopes of kickstarting my weight loss again. I plan on starting again this Monday. My question is... I don't know where to begin again! I don't think I should do the same thing I was doing because my body is used to it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!! Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:23:22 EST Need motivation! I work in the Boston area that has been basically been buried under I don't even know how many feet of snow and our public transit system has been on a "recovery schedule." I took me 2 hours to get to work and by the time I got here I am drained/exhausted. I packed my gym bag last night, but the only thing I want to do is just head straight home and relax. Hoping for a second wind or a double dose of motivation. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:32:43 EST not happy yet im not motivated to change Why do I let myself be unhappy with my looks and health but put no effort into trying to change? I know what I need to do yet I don't do it. I am Bipolar so depression plays a part and I know that interferes. Beyond that its just me not doing anything. I know this wont happen without exercise or eating better, or finding a long term solution yet I don't do anything! I am driving myself crazy. I have figured out that I am bad with starting a new routine or implementing changes. Letting go of w... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:29:19 EST Started Jan 15th and now down... I started this healthy journey on Jan 15th. I started out at 207. It is now Feb 23rd and I am now down to 194. <BR> <BR> 13 pounds gone FOREVER! <BR> <BR> I feel like I am losing at a great rate!! Do you? Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:44:33 EST Motivation to get you Fired Up! Join the new FIRED UP! Team to help you make 2015 your year to achieve your goals and stay motivated for the long run. <BR> <BR> Join daily, weekly, and monthly challenges to keep you motivated and interested. Have fun, lose weight and keep it off. Make the lifestyle changes to achieve a healthy, fit, strong new YOU! <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=64688 </link> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:43:49 EST Attempting to save the day...after ice cream So everything was going just fine then I opened the freezer and there it was, hagen daaz white chocolate raspberry truffle ice cream. far as calories go I should be done eating till tomorrow morning, that's unreasonable and won't work. Any tricks up your sleeve you care to share? Thanks! Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:10:48 EST battered and bruised I am back again hoping that this works. I have been battered and bruised emotionally, mentally and physically. I need to fix myself and there is so much to do I don't know where to begin. I feel lost. There are at times that I cry in my room by myself because I am lonely. I have asked family and friends why I am unlovable and they tell me im not. Im just so lost in this world.... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:48:14 EST the battle staying motivated I recently gave up drinking soda and began drinking only water and coffee. Baby steps to giving up the caffeine. I live with 6 other people in the house. My oldest son took on this challenge with me, but he is giving up soda and drinking tea, Gatorade etc.. I have found this challenge to leading me to track my food and trying to eat more healthy. I have type 2 diabetes which has been uncontrolled for quite some time. I have found that I am in a household full of picky and unhealthy eaters. Th... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:05:51 EST Was wondering if someone would like to be my helpe I am in a REALLY bad place right now & I am a wreck. Was wondering if there is a tool on the page where we can do one on one check in when a craving begins? I had a really late night & I journaled my food. I had 5 pizza logs, microwaved w/ blue cheese, then, it is like Im in a food daze/rage.. I had a total of 4 slices of white bread, slathered in peanut butter & jelly. <BR> <BR> I resisted the urge to throw it up but now, I am so afrai I will have a heart attack when I finally do sleep. ... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 03:59:36 EST I'm trying to stay motivated I'm trying to saty motivated. There are days I just to "lazy" to cook anythings. I know it's not a good idea to starve yourself. I weighted myself today and I lost 7 pounds. I'm so happy about that. I hope you all have a good weekend and stay warm in Sunny Phoenix, AZ Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:04:55 EST I'm trying to stay motivated I'm trying to saty motivated. There are days I just to "lazy" to cook anythings. I know it's not a good idea to starve yourself. I weighted myself today and I lost 7 pounds. I'm so happy about that. I hope you all have a good weekend and stay warm in Sunny Phoenix, AZ Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:04:39 EST Going over calories I have a question for anyone that went over their calories for the day. How did you approach the issue of going over? Did you say "Eh, I went over, screw it" and just didn't care the rest of the day or did you say "Well crap, I went over but I will make sure to do better tomorrow and I will be careful the rest of the day?" Right now I am fighting both mentalities lol. Part of me wants to say screw it and just keep eating and snacking, then a part of me wants to just eat ok for dinner (we're h... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:16:49 EST food for the mind Ladies remember that we take one step at a time and life is not about finding yourself it is about creating yourself. With that said dont feel your mind with negative words,never give up on your weight loss dream or goal just because of the length of time it will take to accomplish.Make the rest of your life the best of your life. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:09:52 EST motivational saturday Hi ladies today is check in time come through and let me know one healthy thing you have done,ate or drank today. <BR> <BR> I did my water challenge today and started meditation yoga 30 day challenge. <BR> <BR> Cant wait to hear back from you as always I can, I will and I am. We all in this to cross the finish line. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:22:57 EST You Start off Slow Head down, don't look at anyone as you hurry to the elliptical. Yes, you're overweight. But you found a wonderful site called Sparkpeople and you're going to give this "Getting in Shape" lifestyle thingy a whirl. You have on sweat pants and an old t-shirt. <BR> <BR> Thirty minutes on the elliptical/stairclimber/treadmill three times a week. Some weeks it's only twice a week, but you find yourself hitting the gym on Saturday to make up for anything you missed. <BR> <BR> You buy a food sc... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:53:51 EST How do you stay motivated if you get put down. Hey there. I am finding it really hard to stay motivated especially when my husband puts me down when I do not lose at least two pounds a week. I have tried just about everything I can do. I am not sure what else I can do. I walk every where and I do on my elliptical for 20 minutes a night and I am not loseing anything and I do not eat dairy or gluten. I am totally unsure of what else I can do to lose this wieght. Instead of loseing it I am gaining. I was 208 now I am 211. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:29:15 EST Looking older after weight loss I have watched about every episode of extreme weight loss and visited every site on success stories and before and after photos and one thing I notice a lot is that after a certain age, when losing a lot of weight, the person seems to age ALOT! It seems fat is a filler especially in the face and when losing it, the wrinkles start to form and just seems to age a person by many years. It almost makes me not want to do it because I'm 49. If I lose the 35 pounds I need to lose, am I going to l... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:58:30 EST I know I shouldn't .... but I am going to have boneless buffalo wings for dinner. I know I shouldn't, I really don't want to, but they are clucking my name. <BR> <BR> If I don't eat them all, I will still be within my max calories and fat for the day, but still I feel very guilty. (But I'm going to eat them anyway. Hopefully they will give me motivation to get on my stationary bike and get some extra exercise). <BR> <BR> Anyone else having a problem eating healthy today? I think it's due to the cold and snowy ... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 21:01:36 EST Calling on Plateau People I have been stuck at 179 since New Years. I work an 8 hour job then a 4 hour every day and even slide in short exercise each day. I exercise a little more on the weekends. I guess I need to change things up. I should be 150 lbs at 5'9". I find that I eat 1500-1900 calories a day thought that would get the scale moving down but its not (anymore). I need friends who are trying to break the plateau scale to check in with. I'm planning to increase fiber, decrease carbey snacks (like Nature... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:28:11 EST Did you take a step or Leap toward goal today Step <em>250</em> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:06:15 EST Will make you smile. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:29:06 EST How to handle rude words Today, after lunch, I was in a lift when a colleague of mine suddenly asks me "Are you not continuing with walking these days. You keep on growing laterally" and gestured his hands to indicate I was fat. I was totally shocked as this colleague is a senior of mine and we generally don't interact apart from official communication. I was literally fuming inside. I have started my efforts to lose weight and have lost 2 kilos in about 20 days. So who was he to judge that I am fat and I am not doin... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 04:36:31 EST MHR vs Karvonen formulas I need help understanding..... why is it that doing my MHR formula going 50% to 60% is 90 beats to 108 beats. Then I did the Karvonen formula it says that 50% is 128beats and 60% is 138? Can anybody explain why there is so much difference?? <em>40</em> <em>46</em> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 14:19:59 EST My Oh My What A Wonderful..... Meal! Fri, 13 Feb 2015 22:37:17 EST my weight and my friends supposed weight I am writing because I have a friend who knows I am trying to lose weight. That is great but she is always telling me she lost this much or weighs this much and I am skeptical. I think she's not telling everything and it drives me nuts as to why she would do this! I shouldn't let it bother me but it does for some reason. <BR> <BR> I am 5'6, 238 and about a size 18 in pants and 1-2x in tops. This friend claims she is 210 pounds. I know for a fact that she is 5'10 and about a size 2-3x for top... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:11:01 EST Need to overcome a trigger! I have a problem every time I go grocery shopping. I have an urge to sample everything I bought; not a lot but all those tastes add up in a big way! Even today, I only bought fruits, veggies, nuts etc., but I am still feeling the need to have a little of this and that. I have allowed a snack (handful of nuts) and later lunch, but I keep thinking about the rest of it! This is one of my biggest triggers and I need to be able to avoid it. Anyone have suggestions for how to overcome triggers? Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:01:13 EST Those last few pounds.... I'm about 7 pounds away from being at my goal weight........but I've been there for months <em>39</em> I'm very active, run a lot, lift weights, circuit train and do yoga. I'm on my feet for my job so I'm thinking maybe it's my dietary intake/nutrition that I need to take a closer look at. Any suggestions? Wed, 11 Feb 2015 22:31:53 EST How do U motivate yourself to make good choices? On a daily basis, how do you keep up your motivation? When you are in a tempting situation, what do you do to rein yourself back in and make the right choice? Wed, 11 Feb 2015 22:02:43 EST The dreaded scale ... duhn duhn duhn! Hi folks, I'm somewhere near the 2.5 or 3 week mark since I came back to Spark People this year. (I'd fallen off the wagon for a few years, with predictably disastrous results.) <BR> <BR> What I want to ask about are two things: <BR> <BR> 1. Does anyone else feel a sense of dread, guilt, shame, low self esteem? ... I could go on, but I'll try to tone down the Debbie Downer, lol. I weighed in after my first week restarting SP, but haven't been able to force myself to weigh again since. I w... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:34:12 EST Need Motivation I think I have finally got an exercise routine that I like but I cannot get my mind set on that I have to count calories too. My body is not equipped to just do one thing and lose weight. I have to exercise and watch what I eat. I just love to eat and I feel deprive when I can't eat the foods I want to eat. The way my body works is I have to quit everything bad for me cold turkey and then I can gradually start putting a little of what I love back in my diet. Any suggestions on how I can jump ... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 09:16:45 EST Staying motivated? "One foot in front of other" Here's my "secret" to getting and staying motivated. <BR> <BR> Keep putting one foot in front of the other!! Amazing just how well this technique works. <BR> <BR> Happy February!!! Spring is on her way!!!!! <BR> <BR> MsBootcamp <BR> <BR> Mon, 9 Feb 2015 23:55:55 EST New here Stress and emotional eating are my problems Mon, 9 Feb 2015 12:00:46 EST I lost my motivation!!!! Been great for 3 months, using Fitbit, lots of Y time and outdoors walking and eating well, maybe 85% of the time :), lost 10 lbs, yay! now, loads of snow, freezing temps, inside more than I like. this has given way to temptations, over and over again. Instead of having a measured portion of raisins, almonds or apple chips I down handfuls, mindlessly…as if I am in a trance, then, wake up and realize what I just did….arrgh! How do I get my mind back on track before I gain back what I have lo... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 16:17:23 EST Visualizations My visualizations for today: <BR> <BR> I am beautiful and powerful. <BR> <BR> I achieve my goals. <BR> <BR> I am healthy. <BR> <BR> I am the weight and shape that is healthy for me. <BR> <BR> I look beautiful when I exercise. <BR> <BR> I choose to eat healthy food. <BR> <BR> I spend time with people who care about me and I have many supportive relationships. <BR> <BR> I have a loving relationship with my fiance. <BR> <BR> I surround myself with beauty and peace. <BR> <BR> I make the... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 11:53:50 EST Water Motivation Drinking water has always been very hard for me. When I started my 8 glasses of water a day challenge, I noticed that it would take me the entire day to finish my bottles of water. I would finish around 6, 7, even 8 at night or later. Some days, I wouldn't even finish it. But as I've kept going, I noticed that it's getting easier. Today for example, I started my day around 9 in the morning and I finished my water by 1:30. I'm really happy about that because that means I have the rest of ... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 14:59:52 EST If anyone can offer a bit of advice!?!? Ive been doing of walking with Leslie over the past week and feel a little tired. Should I push through the tiredness and get my cardio in or rest? Sat, 7 Feb 2015 14:06:54 EST Trouble with night eating I am on WW program but having trouble at the end of the day by overeating. Can anyone help with this.? Sat, 7 Feb 2015 10:19:34 EST Working out with a sore foot Hi. I just started three days ago. I went to the doctor yesterday because of an ongoing sore foot. He told me not to walk too much on hard surfaces. Does anyone have suggestions for workouts that don't require standing, walking, or too much weight on the foot? Thanks! Fri, 6 Feb 2015 17:00:34 EST Starting Over Is a Gift to good not to give to you Firstly I know my title is long. Just as my battle with losing weight and gaining weight has been long. I used to dread Day 1, now I am on Day 10 and have came to the realization that I will continue to reinvest in me. That's what Day 1 is, realizing that you are worth another try. So as I moved forward in this life long journey I will have a different prospective on (Day1) Fri, 6 Feb 2015 07:51:33 EST Slow Going I'm starting to lose some of my motivation, even though I know that it's not just my weight that I'm improving. <BR> <BR> In October, I stopped smoking and my weight shot up to 210 pounds. Today, I weigh 189. In a mental way, I know that losing 21 pounds in four months is an accomplishment, on top of quitting smoking, but it seems so slow. <BR> <BR> I've been stuck at the 189 for almost 3 weeks now, and it's been discouraging. I eat 1200 calories per day and I work out hard 3-4 days per wee... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 15:13:09 EST AHHHH.... Crunch time to my sisters wedding!!!!! Hi Everyone <BR> My sisters wedding is in 141 Days (JUNE 26th) <BR> I am the Maid of Honor <BR> ..... <BR> I ordered it small to push myself to lose the weight.... I still don't fit yet!!!!!!!! <BR> It is a size 12 and I hope that I can get into it by then. <BR> <BR> I have lost 60 pounds since my heaviest again at 236lb... I was about a 20/22 then. <BR> <BR> I could use all the motivation/tips I can get! Thank you!!!! Wed, 4 Feb 2015 13:48:32 EST Join Biggest Loser SPRING Motivation and Challenge BELOW IS THE LINK FOR THE SPRING 2015 BIGGEST LOSER WAITING LIST <BR> <BR> SPRING 2015 <BR> <BR> RECRUIT - 2/25 ??? <BR> ( 3/14) - Starting weight due <BR> first day of challenge (3/15) <BR> first weighin (3/21) <BR> report dates <BR> 1. 3/21 <BR> 2. 3/29 <BR> 3. 4/04 <BR> 4. 4/11 <BR> 5. 4/18 <BR> 6. 4/25 <BR> 7. 5/02 <BR> 8. 5/09 <BR> <BR> You can begin to sign up for the SPRING BIGGEST LOSER CHALLENGE....... GO TO THE WAITING LIST AND SIGN-UP DIRECTLY at this link for S... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 00:45:09 EST Anyone need a friend? Fitness is my life and something I am extremely passionate about. I'd love to motivate others to help reach their goals! Let's be friends. <BR> <BR> What is it that you need most help with? Tue, 3 Feb 2015 22:46:09 EST SparkPeople are motivating! Every time I'm thinking about eating something I shouldn't, I come to the site and find so many stories of success and inspiration! It's a great distraction and it works! Thanks people!! Tue, 3 Feb 2015 19:29:27 EST New, looking for friends ~ Join The Club New, Looking for friends ~ Join The Club! Whatever weight you have to lose. This is a great SparkTeam where we'll share successes, struggles, tips, suggestions, what motivates us, cravings, temptations, and daily chit chat. <BR> <BR> Join The Club by clicking under my picture on My SparkPage then scroll down to SparkTeams and click on Looking for friends ~ Join The Club <BR> <em>223</em> <em>381</em> <em>30</em> <em>199</em> <em>48</em> <em>386</em> Mon, 2 Feb 2015 14:14:33 EST Confession Time I have utilized Spark People for about 1 1/2 years and lost about 40 pounds. Lately I have lost ground. God convicted me last night of sinning against him. Gluttony and perjury (I lied to my tracker) are sins. I am a born again Christian. I take sinning seriously. Starting today, I am renewing my commitment to losing more weight and being a better witness for Christ. Mon, 2 Feb 2015 05:23:04 EST Looking for friends! Everyone is welcome to join! Looking for friends! Everyone is welcome to join Club 150+ whatever weight you have to lose and especially 150+ Sharing our successes, struggles, tips, suggestions, motivation, cravings, temptations and the daily chit chat. Welcome new Spark Friends! Mon, 2 Feb 2015 01:34:18 EST New, looking for friends ~ Join The Club New, Looking for friends ~ Join The Club! Whatever weight you have to lose. This is a great SparkTeam where we'll share successes, struggles, tips, suggestions, what motivates us, cravings, temptations, and daily chit chat. <BR> <BR> Join The Club by clicking under my picture on My SparkPage then scroll down to SparkTeams and click on Looking for friends ~ Join The Club <BR> <em>223</em> <em>381</em> <em>30</em> <em>199</em> <em>48</em> <em>386</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 21:46:05 EST What are you doing to keep yourself from quitting? What are you doing to ensure that THIS TIME you'll stay the course? <BR> <BR> As for myself, I started on January 4th and was doing okay on my own program for a couple of weeks. Then I weakened a bit, a day here, a day there. Eventually I stopped exercising completely for a couple of days and ate pretty much whatever I wanted for about 4 days. Danger lights started flashing in my brain and I decided I needed more motivation and support. I had known Sparkpeople from other weightloss attempts... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:41:06 EST What's what ??? Is a daily multi-vitamin essential for weight-loss goals ? Is it a necessity ? Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:07:23 EST FEBRUARY 2015 -Gratitudes/appreciations -Welcome!! <em>30</em> By consciously taking a few minutes each day to see what is going well in your life, you are gently (but firmly!) training yourself to have a more positive outlook, lifting your spirits and making you more likely to smile and laugh your way through your day. Please join this thread and share 5 (or more) things that are working in your life or that you appreciate or are thankful for and I will post mine tomorrow when it is February in my time zone. <BR> <em>126</em> "The world... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 18:15:57 EST Spring goal By the time the warm weather comes I want to not have a muffin top with any of my pants. I've done 30- 60 mins of working out every day this week (mainly doing 40-50 mins). I haven't been aggressive with the dieting yet because I wanted to get good at exercising first (working on one thing at a time makes a little easier) Any advice? Sat, 31 Jan 2015 10:02:35 EST falling fast the problem is I have gained a teenage in my house that goes to school thirty minutes away and he thinks I can just get up and go when ever the notion hits him. I live on very small amount every week and my bills come first before I eat. oh yes I have shown him how little I have every week but it doesn't seem to fazes him. so the problem is all the stress I am under right now trying to balance everything around here including being able to buy enough food for us all. oh did I mention I get my... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:13:12 EST Don't think I'm going to reach my goal I started the program in Jan 2015 and my goal is to get down to 180 from 217. I gave myself until May 2015 to lose the weight but at the rate I'm going I won't get there until Aug 2015. I have lost 10 pounds to date, and it seems now I'm only losing 1 pound a week. I exercise everyday for at least 15 minutes, but most days (for the past week) for 30 minutes. I know it's healthy to lose 1-2 pounds per week but not sure what else to do to lose that extra pound per week. I know I'm complaining a... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:15:06 EST All the clothes I got too big for... Do I keep them so I can hopefully wear them after I lose weight? Or should I just donate and start fresh? I'd hate to have to buy a whole new wardrobe, but after all this time staring at them, it makes me feel terrible that I gained so much weight. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:02:16 EST Frustrated! I'm very frustrated right now. I've been working out and tracking my calories since the first week of January. I lost 6 lbs the first week, and for the last two, it's been ounces. I'm feeling so defeated. I am staying within my recommended ranges for calories, etc., and am running and doing the "Express Circuit" at Planet Fitness every other day. I don't drink anything but water and coffee (black, with an equal)...I'm doing everything by the book, so to speak. So what gives?? I just do... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:13:15 EST What to do when I have no mood to exercise? I constantly feel this way! Am I lazy or crazy? But most of the time, I make myself do it anyway. But how do I get rid of this feeling!? It's like I think : Exercise time! Oh No! Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:10:17 EST I A.M. D.O.I.N.G. I.T!!!!!! Just a quick note to scream out into the SPark Universe that I have been working this science o physiology that is Spark People AND I AM DOING IT!!! I am going to reach my goal and already felt great from day 2. SO grateful and so happy. I am actually enjoying modifying my body everyday. Keep it up all you heroes on SP. We got this!!!! Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:09:24 EST Afraid to get on the scale... Week four of my new "commitment to health" and I am afraid to get on the scale. <BR> <BR> I had two pieces of cake and four cookies this weekend and I feel like I derailed myself and the scale will only prove me right. <BR> <BR> Why can't I do this? I KNOW what to do WHY can't I do it? Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:33:08 EST staying motivated with little sleep Hi All! <BR> I am in need of a little assistance. <BR> I have a toddler, and 9 month old, I work full time, and due to tough circumstances my family is living in 1 room in my parent's basement. <BR> Our toddler struggles to sleep through the night, and will wake up once or twice a night. <BR> Our 9 month old also may wake up once a night, sometimes more if my toddler wakes him up. <em>101</em> <BR> My family has all had boughts of colds, and flu-like bugs, meaning even more night awakenin... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:58:36 EST Staying motivated? More like re-motivating! After a break since around Thanksgiving or before, I am working to get back to counting my food calories every day and getting back down to my goal intake. I also am looking for more employment this year to add to our family's income. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:52:31 EST Feeling so sore & tired! I walked 10,300 steps this morning, and now my legs feel so sore and I feel so tired! I also forgot to stretch! Is it too late to stretch now, it has been several hours after my walk. <BR> <BR> I was planning on some Pilates in the evening, ab work, mostly but I just feel so tired and sore! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 01:41:52 EST What is your night time routine? Currently I don't really have one, (I work late) but I'd like to add in that even when I get home late from work I do at least 5 min of stretching to unwind and eat a small healthy snack when I get home (I have an active job). Like yogurt. <BR> <BR> In the evenings, I'd like to take a shower every night to help relax, make sure the house is clean (my fiance is very clean so as long as I clean up all of my own messes before I leave for work this shouldn't be a huge problem.) <BR> <BR> So: <... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:15:18 EST INSTAGRAM Is there anyone that has a motivating instagram that has health/fitness post or lifting, etc. If so post your username! Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:27:28 EST No motivation. missing my workout buddy Been a rough 6 months. My daughter went to college and was my workout buddy. Wondering how everyone stays motivated and on track? Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:00:58 EST Need motivation It seems that I'm lacking the motivation needed to eat healthy & exercise......I'm always leaving it for the "next day" and it never happens.......any advice will be appreciated.... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:52:32 EST Levels Above 20 I am writing to ask to consider making the levels above Level 20 20,000 points between levels. I really find it motivating to work toward the next level, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. It seems like forever until I reach Level 21 - it's a 50K difference from 20 - 21. I still have over 32K to go, and I spark everyday. <BR> <BR> If there are others of you who feel the same way, please post your notes here. But I'm not sure how many will see this, as I often don't come to this board unl... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:43:47 EST Say 1 positive thing about yourself I'm caring <em>224</em> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:21:14 EST Stay True Slow and steady wins the race every time! Stay true to yourself and stay focused on your weight goal. Rome wasn't built in a day. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:40:12 EST Singer/Pianist John McAndrew Shows Hope on "Pray" Accomplished singer and pianist John McAndrew shows us the true meaning of hope and forgiveness on “Pray”, the new single off of his brand new album titled Forgiven. No stranger to inspiration, John has utilized his talents to pass that same motivation onto the listener, sending messages of love and worship through the art of storytelling. Although he has a strong spiritual foundation, his deep love of the blues genre has made it possible for him to expand beyond the Christian rock community ... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:34:50 EST I'm grateful for... health and life Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:02:20 EST Ever wonder if it's all worth it? So background on me, back in 2010 I lost over 80 lbs, down from 233 or so. Over the course of the last 4 years I've gain and lost and gained and lost again. As of right now, I'm down 25lb from my all time high in the last 4 years. I'm on a roll, I'm tracking religiously, I'm exercising about 260 minutes a week (18 miles total). I'm cross-training, I limit sugar, salt, carbs, and I eat tons of veggies and lean proteins, and I'm always in my optimal calorie range. <BR> <BR> Over the last m... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:27 EST a new way of thinking i worked in a hospital for 30 years as a med tech, they often had programs for nurses concerning stress but never for us, we were on our own, its obvious you are dealing with too much stress but im sure you need the job, so you are stuck there for awhile anyway, stress causes weight gain and tiredness. i gained 100 pounds during my career. i am retired now and have managed to lose 60lbs. tracking your food is a must!!! i think turbo jam is the best workout for me because i can pretty much do ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:31:33 EST ugh someone motivate me :/ I did 50 minutes of cardio today (20 minutes of it vigorous) and i'm finding it hard to motivate myself to do my strength training :/ <BR> <BR> I just really want to lay here like a tub of lard lol. <BR> <BR> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:46:31 EST I Am Motivated Since I joined Spark, I have been motivated to lose weight. I am eating more vegetables now since I can see my nutrition after I log my food eaten. It tells me what to eat more of and I really get encouraged. Also Spark Coach is awesome! It helps me to exercise more and eat right. I love SparkPeople. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 19:27:13 EST No scale weight loss? I want to do this journey without stepping on a scale for at least 6 months. Only using my clothes and pictures as indicators of weight loss. Do you think this is a good idea or am I setting myself up for failure? Fri, 16 Jan 2015 19:49:23 EST Ain't Nothing To It But To Do It I know that I spend more time talking about it than I do being about it but when I just get up and do it , time flies and it's done. So , I say " ain't nothing to it but to do it " . Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19:18:33 EST Is your kitchen clean? Mine is a big mess, but I am going to clean it right now. I'm going to put on some rockin' music on Pandora and clean that mess!! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>306</em> <em>223</em> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:46:36 EST Can't lose weight! So frustrated! Hi there! <BR> <BR> I have 90 pounds to lose. Last year I lost 10 pounds in two weeks, just watching my calories. I gained 2 back and am now 229 at 5'4". I started back slowly in Dec. just watching my portions and carbs but not really journaling my food because of the holidays. Well Jan.3 I started a 1500cals diet and keeping my carbs under 45g per meals. Most days I stay under the 1500 even. I have only lost a pound! I am so discouraged because I lost so fast last year. I was hoping the fir... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:18:29 EST Your Quote of the Day Quote of the day: "If the person you are talking to doesn't appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear." ~ Winnie the Pooh Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:24:28 EST From 213 to 185 Daily Check IN Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:16:41 EST MY 21 DAY CHALLENGE my 21 day challenge consist of eating fish chicken white meat only fruits veggies whole grains and cutting out all junk food dairy no red meatI stay motivated by thinking once my 21 day challenge is done with I have a nice bowl of ice cream to treat myself and start the 21 day challenge all over again. So far I've been on it for a week and I have lost 3 pounds no exercise and my confidence is up the roof Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:16:07 EST A good motivational clip Do you think your size gets in your way of exercise or wearing certain clothing? Check this out: <BR> <link><BR>-next-blew-everyone-away/?utm_source=d<BR>amn&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=chubbydamn </link> <BR> <BR> Kris Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:10:11 EST What is your weight loss plan for the week? Today: rest, eat healthy so I don't get sick. Cook a crock pot meal tonight. Go to grocery store. Cook a stir fry of cabbage and tofu. Go to work. Do some yoga and stretch out. Drink a LOT of water. Buy a gallon of water to drink at work. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow: have the day off work! walk dog to the park in the morning 1 mile. oatmeal for breakfast. go to grocery store, cook lunch and dinner. zumba tomorrow night at 6pm. during the day, clean the house, consider buying craft suppli... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:06:20 EST I am not Inspired At my Toastmasters meeting yesterday, one of our DTMs* gave a speech on inspiration. He pointed out something I hadn't thought of. <BR> <BR> Inspiration is external. Motivation is internal. <BR> <BR> I realized that all the inspiring posts, memes, videos, and stories do nothing until we decide we're ready to make a change. We can wipe away a tear at the little girl who runs with prosthetic legs, but until we decide to get off our butt and move the inspiration means nothing. <BR> <BR> Ma... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:12:39 EST New team to help keep you motivated I created a new fitness/exercise team to help keep you motivated. We are called Team30. It was created because I didn't want to get stuck in the same old patterns of exercise. I needed to up my program- so I decided to include friends/ teammates. It helps keep us motivated! Come check us out. Link is included in my signature line!! Mon, 12 Jan 2015 06:47:19 EST Does your family make it tough to keep on track? I have to say that having a family is definitely difficult because I'm the only one with a weight problem. They have foods that I can't have and when I cut a piece of cake for my kids or give them a cookie I have to go to a happy place! lol My husband has been the same ideal weight for 16yrs. How is that possible!? We don't eat bad things but snacks and portion sizes are a constant issue. My kids won't finish their popcorn or last night it was Doritos and I just want to finish it for them. M... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 10:01:22 EST Everyone in my house has problems gaining weight.. Well except me, my husband and kids (aged 17 months and 3 1/2 yrs) really struggle to put on weight so to make them eat what I eat is not realistic. I have always had to give the kids full fat dairy and although fruits and veggies are alway plentiful and the kids eat a wide variety I will also give them higher calorie foods. My husband will be supportive as far as he will tell me not to eat something I shouldnt be, but has no problem eating chips and junk food in front of me. Sorry just ne... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 21:47:18 EST Fat under chin I remember getting down to 95 pounds which is the lowest normal weight for my height and there was no fat at all under my chin. Now that I put on a few more pounds and in the middle healthy range It's back a little bit. So does that mean I have to be either underweight/ or the lowest normal weight to get rid of that little bit of fat under my chin? I feel so disgusting with it there. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 19:54:50 EST Feeling great I am feeling great now all I have to do is exercise but eating healthy is a plus. I had steamed broccoli with green, yellow, and red bell peppers, water chestnuts, and Portobello mushrooms, with grilled chicken I really enjoyed this healthy meal. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 14:48:05 EST This is much harder than I thought. I just got back from some international volunteer work where I was walking about 8-10 miles a day for 18 months. I guess my body is really used to eating a LOT, like I did to maintain that lifestyle, because I can't seem to hit my calorie ranges. I'll start out well in the morning, but by lunch I've overeaten. By the evening I've given up on tracking because I'm so ashamed of how much I've eaten. And because my eating habits are so out of control, I'm gaining weight like crazy instead of losi... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 09:36:13 EST What to do with big triggers? I had two big triggers yesterday. I set myself up for failure because I'm not ready for one much less two. <BR> 1. Doing bills with my husband leaves me frustrated. We both have different styles, one isn't better than the other, just different. And we are entrenched in our ways. I don't need financial suggestions just how to deal with the cravings from anger? <BR> <BR> 2. I love my grandchildren and we have great times together. The best. My 8 yr ikd granddaughter is my best play pa... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 08:41:22 EST Challenge Team - 100% Commitment to losing 100lbs Hey Ladies! <BR> <BR> My friend and I have started a team for ladies called 100% to 100lbs. This is a challenge for any ladies who want to drop 100 in 2015. It doesn't matter if 100lbs is your ultimate goal or if you want to go further after that, but we are challenging each other to lose 100 this year. <BR> <BR> Our goal is to motivate ourselves and each other to reach this goal in 2015! <BR> <BR> There are monthly challenges (January's is to try one new activity that you haven't done be... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 13:43:37 EST I wish I were an early bird... I have this vision of getting up early and exercising before work every day -- occasionally I manage to actually do it but so often I sleep too late and work out after a 12-hour day (which makes me dislike it intensely) or I miss it because I'm too tired by 9pm! <BR> <BR> Who else struggles with being a night owl? Any tips for coping with it or changing your sleeping habits? Thu, 8 Jan 2015 15:46:43 EST Excel Spreadsheet Group Tracking Help Does anyone have a spreadsheet they could share? I'm responsible for tracking results of our group. Something simple is better. Starting weight, weekly weigh-ins, and percent lost. <BR> <BR> Oh and I started SP 3 years ago and have lost 35 lbs. Changed my life! Thu, 8 Jan 2015 13:05:05 EST Just. Can't. Get. Motivated. Helllpp !!! :-} I have a thousand reasons to lose this weight. I have a thousand reasons to be motivated... I have a zillion things I'm grateful for... but for some unknown reason I just can't FEEL the motivation!! <BR> I even have the tools I need IN MY HOUSE! <BR> WHY oh WHY can't I take the facts and translate them into action? <BR> <BR> HELP !!!! :):):) Wed, 7 Jan 2015 09:41:29 EST Need a new point of view. Can someone help me with ways to stay motivated and break how much I have to lose up so it doesn't seem so overwhelming. The life change is so hard and I"m trying to figure out how to slowly integrate it because right now I'm so overwhelmed. <BR> <BR> I had lost 37 lbs. last year because the doctor gave me phentromine (it's been the only way diet and exercise has ever resulted in weight loss for me). But it is only available for 3 months because of heart issues. I got comfortable and stopp... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 08:21:24 EST spark store? New...again... and as a way of staying motivated I had promised myself I would get something small from spark (a DVD or socks or top) for every month on I drop 10-15 lbs. I don't see that stuff on the site any longer. Am I missing it? Tue, 6 Jan 2015 16:43:04 EST Structure & Weight Loss Goals I always thought I hated a routine and structure. I think after working for so many years and needing to get up at a certain time, eat at a certain time, sleep at a certain time and do what I was asked to do by a certain time just made me hate the idea of structure. <BR> <BR> Lol, the simple fact is I get myself into trouble when I don't have enough structure. I've learned that spontaneous eating and grazing sabotages my weight loss efforts. <BR> <BR> How has structure help you achieve yo... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 10:28:52 EST What I Learned in 2014- The motivation myth The jounrey to healthy living really is a journey of self discovery. Probably the biggest thing I learned about healthy living in 2014 is that lack of motivation is a myth. Much like the fabled unicorn, it does not exist. You see, in our heads, we tend to live life backwards. We externalize the internal (e.g. make excuses) and internalize the external (beat ourselves up for things we really have no control over). As a result, we take on what I call the "victim mentality". I see it all t... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 11:55:01 EST getting frustrated Good Morning everyone, I once again am getting frustrated with trying to find my way around the Spark site. When I think I am doing it right I hit the save button and than get messages saying something isn't right so I try to fix it and keep getting the same message so I give up. <BR> This is what happened to me when I was on here 3 years ago and I quit. <BR> I am not going to quit. Is there anybody willing to help this older lady that is not to savvy on these pages navigate around them? Sun, 4 Jan 2015 12:24:40 EST Organizing Live I'm feeling very frustrated because I've been working so hard at weight loss, I've been tracking nutrition and exercise for over a month and I just got on the scale this morning and I am exactly where I was when I started. However, my body looks more toned. I'm just feeling so stressed about money it's hard to exercise. I know exercise will relax me but I feel so tense it's hard to take good care of myself. I need to organize. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 11:46:54 EST need support Have just returned after a few hard years, will have to start all over again but will succeed for my sake and my families.I want to see my grandchildren grow up. <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Jan 2015 06:43:57 EST Impatience I really think the hardest part of losing weight/getting healthy, for me, is the waiting. I have no patience when it comes to this. I want to eat a salad and wake up 100 pounds lighter. Does anyone else know what I mean? How do I deal with this, Sun, 4 Jan 2015 00:34:31 EST Chatter What kinds of self talk chatter goes on in your head? Mine is I'm hungry, what can I eat? No stop and get a glass of water first. Sat, 3 Jan 2015 15:08:41 EST Starting Again I'm making a fresh start today. I invite you to join me and I ask that you encourage me and help me to be accountable to this commitment I've made today. In turn I invite you to reach out to me to help you find the motivation you might need to move forward with your own goals. <BR> <BR> Please visit my SparkPage to read my share today. Sat, 3 Jan 2015 00:20:01 EST Biggest Loser WOW....I just finished watching the last episode on Hulu. Just wonderful. <BR> Jordan, got to go home, I say it that way, because he really needed to be home for the birth of his son. <BR> <BR> But to watch him out running in the COLD with his dog, at 195 lbs. Just so awesom. May he continue forward now that he has arrived!!! Fri, 2 Jan 2015 14:59:23 EST Real Reasons to Get In Shape. 1. Look better in clothes. <BR> 2. Less wheezing when walking. <BR> 3. More energy <BR> 4. Better mood after workouts. <BR> 5. More attention 1hour equals 4 hours remedy for my ADHD. <BR> 6. People at the gym are nice. <BR> 7. My example will encourage other family membersl to make healthier changes. <BR> 8. Need to lower cholesterol. <BR> 9. Work rate 600 bucks higher if don’t lose weight. <BR> 10. Major likelyhood I will get Diabetes if I don’t get in better shape. <BR> 11. Like w... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 10:29:21 EST Hourly Commitment Release Weight! <BR> <BR> Here is where I am, I accept that, I will own that, and I am responsible for all my decisions from this point forward. <BR> <BR> Today I'm willing to get back on track as often as necessary without shame, one meal, one snack at a time. <BR> <BR> How do you get and stay motivated? Hourly? Fri, 2 Jan 2015 09:55:55 EST Staying motivated when scale's not moving much Hey all! I'm Gabriel. I started this journey over a year ago and have lost over 70 pounds to date. I'm on my last 15-20 pounds and it's tough mentally. This is because when I was heavier, I could easily drop 4-5 pounds in a week. Now that I'm much lighter, I lost 2 pounds this week. I know this is the ideal goal but at the same time, I'm in mixed emotions since I was used to losing such big numbers each week. I'm still working at it 100% and not giving up, but I could use some words of wisdom... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 09:47:12 EST Getting started Hey everyone! I'm new to SparkPeople.... <BR> <BR> A few years ago, I had lost all my excess weight but I've put on all the pounds again and can't seem to find the motivation. Can anyone suggest any tips to help keep myself motivated and wanting/enjoying being healthy? Thu, 1 Jan 2015 22:47:24 EST When I'm not 'Feelin' it', I.... When I'm not feeling motivated or chompin at the bit to be active, I think about others who would love to have the opportunity, but can't due to health reasons... <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> When I'm not 'feelin it', that's OKAY, because habits don't develop over feelings, they develop over words put in action... <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Join the thread and tell us what you do when you just 'don't feel it'.... <BR> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 17:42:28 EST 365 Days of Choosing Kindness in 2015 Day 1: I will tell my daughters, my husband, my sister and my pets how much I love them Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:32:54 EST 365 Days of SparkPeople. Did you do it today? Day 1: Yes! Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:30:09 EST 365 Signs of Growth and Change in 2015 Day 1: Picking myself up, dusting myself off, smiling at myself, and being kind to myself on this first day of a brand new year. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:27:58 EST 365 Days of Physical Activity Day 1: Walking my doggy for half an hour Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:25:19 EST 365 Positive Thoughts for 2015 Day 1: I don't have to start over every single day, I only have to my best each day and wake the next day and do the same thing Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:23:22 EST 365 Small Steps to Take for a healthy 2015 Day 1: tracking today on SparkPeople Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:21:13 EST 365 Things to Be Thankful for in 2015 Snuggling in bed on this cold New Year's morning with my wonderful husband and sweet puppy Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:19:22 EST New Team: The 2015 Resolution Revolution Challenge I created a new SparkTeam for 2015 weight loss resolutions. It's called The 2015 Resolution Revolution Challenge, and I hope that you will join! <BR> <BR> The challenge starts on Sunday January 11, 2015. Are you ready? <BR> <BR> Join Here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2015 </link> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 10:50:40 EST JANUARY 2015 -Appreciation/Gratitudes -Welcome All Happy New Year!! Thanks to all who are familiar with writing 5 things you are thankful for each day and Welcome all who wish to join this tradition <em>220</em> <BR> "Gratitude is more of a compliment to yourself than someone else." Raheel Farooq <em>409</em> <BR> "Keep your eyes open and try to catch people in your company doing something right, then praise them for it." Tom Hopkins <em>410</em> <BR> "In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special da... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 19:09:02 EST Wrong motivation? Is that a thing? So, I've been trying to lose weight for a while, but not too hard core. I'm down about 30 lbs since my last baby. Well, I just found out that there is a reunion (extended family situation) in about 5 months. Well.....I hate just about everyone there. Hate them. Most are actually heavier than me, and still comment on how fat I've gotten since I've had children. So, I a mega motivated to lose some weight before the get together. What is a realistic goal? As of this morning I am 192lbs and 5 ft ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 13:49:10 EST Planners? Does anyone use a planner? I've always liked planners and calendars and it's that time of year. I've been looking for a good one that I can use for school, home, etc. I prefer paper planners, something about writing things down on paper does it for me. <BR> I finally bit the bullet and bought a Passion Planner with my Xmas money (even though I won't get it til February because it's back ordered, but I have the PDF to get started). I was torn between the PP and an Erin Condren one. I got the ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 07:30:36 EST Soupin it up I find that everytime I eat soup I feel so satisfied, in control, and good about myself. I've been taking the time to use the bones from our chicken meals or turkey dinners and cook up some bone broth. I can use either the crock pot or the roasting pan in the oven (I suppose I could do stovetop too) and it turns out fine every time. I just add salt and pepper usually. I get 2 batches out of every batch of bones. Once I am done cooking them (generally 12 hours on low), I portion them up to fre... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 12:31:12 EST Starting out and staying strong Hello, <BR> <BR> I have been a Sparkpeople member for over 5 years. Everytime I start an exercise/diet routine, I stick to it diligently for a couple months at most until a personal/professional problem arises and then I give up completely. It never used to be a problem because I was never overweight but recently after relocating to the US, it seems that just breathing the air causes me to gain a few pounds. <BR> <BR> I know its crucial to be consistent in any routine but even if I try hard... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 00:33:12 EST Need motivational help I am grateful for another day of life and that I can give this thing a try again. Been off of here for quite awhile and want to give it a try again and see what happens this time. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 18:14:07 EST Just wanted to share for motivation. This is what I've accomplished in 2014. <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840591 <BR> <BR> I hope it will help someone else. <BR> <BR> YOU can do it. YOU'RE worth it~! Mon, 29 Dec 2014 14:44:07 EST Feeling defeated before I even start! So, so had planned for start my weight loss journey on January 1. However, since I now only have healthy food in the house after food shopping today, I decided to start now. Well, I weighed myself last night, and I gained weight, so now I have even more to lose!! I already feel defeated! Mon, 29 Dec 2014 00:34:41 EST Hypnosis does it work Thinking about an app Sun, 28 Dec 2014 20:40:14 EST Sparkcoach Where do I go to on the site to sign up for the free trial of sparkcoach? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 17:46:06 EST Do you have family support? Yesterday I was telling my mother-in-law about this site and she cut me off. She said to stop telling her about all of these plans I have because I'll never stick with it. I asked dh if he believed that I'd do it this time and his response was along the lines of 'Yeah...whatever'. <BR> Do you have family support? If not how do you deal? Is it crucial for success? Sun, 28 Dec 2014 02:00:40 EST Trouble with motivation to lose... maintenance? I'm thrilled with the weight I've lost on Sparkpeople (56 pounds, plus 5 pounds before SP), but I'm not at my goal yet. However, my upper body is looking gaunt - my ribs aren't just sticking out, the flesh is sinking behind my collar bones and they look scary. I have shoulder bones sticking out I honestly didn't know existed. The compliments I'm getting are beginning to be sprinkled with questions about my health, and more and more people urge me to stop losing weight. But my thighs, rea... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 08:21:55 EST Making time and energy for weight loss I'm feeling a little overwhelmed right now... it's the holidays (of course) and I'm going back to work today. I have 2 days on and then a few more days off. But the days I work it always seems so overwhelming. I went to the gym this morning, then took a short nap. But tonight I'm working til 11PM. I want to get to the gym tomorrow morning... but it's going to be tough. I'm planning on cooking stuff to bring with me to work to eat so I don't have to eat junky processed food. However my... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 15:22:56 EST Very much in need of motivation Hey all. I've been really struggling with motivation recently. A year ago, I was only 20 pounds from my goal weight and was feeling really good about myself, but grad school and stress have gotten in the way and now I have to lose over 40! I'm really struggling with believing it's possible and motivation has been really hard to find. Anybody feel like offering motivation to a total stranger on the interwebs? Please? I was feeling so good about how I looked and now it's just…blah! Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:08:48 EST Feeling very down on myself today I am feeling very down on myself. I fell off the wagon for 7 months after I had made such progress. Now I am getting back on it. I was at the gym last night and then again before work this morning. But looking at myself in the gym mirror I can tell just how much I have put back on. I was fooling myself thinking that I wasn't making progress but I wasn't gaining. But now the realization has hit home. It makes me feel awful. Usually I would just feel motivated to work harder or longer b... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:46:05 EST I have lost all my motivation and I'm scared! Hi everyone. Last year in September I started my weight loss journey... I truly just woke up one day and made myself an omelet and POOF, I started watching every calorie I ate. I did utterly FANTASTIC, in four months just watching calories I had lost 20 pounds, and by February after taking up jogging and weightlifting, I had lost an additional 10. I felt amazing, powerful, strong, and confident. Then, well, I hit a plateau, that's right, the arch nemesis of those trying to lose weight... it s... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:17:01 EST Need a kick to get back on track I know what I need to's a matter of doing it. I let eating get out of hand, don't work out as much and then slowly but surely keep sliding down the slippery slope. It's not rocket less, exercise more. But, sometimes it feels like there is a secret that I'm not let in on:} Like, surely I can wake up, have more will power and all good will come to me. So, I need to motivation! I think I will re-write my goals and instead of losing a certain amt of weight, they ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:48:41 EST walking I have lost around 100 pounds. I feel great! I try everyday to take a walk. Even if you can get 10 minutes in that is great. I try to walk between 25 to 45 minutes a day. It is really great for you. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:36:16 EST Cant get motivated much less staying motivated Hi, I am Lynda . I turned the big 50 in June ever since I had back surgery 18 months ago I have slowly put on weight. I want to lose about 50 pounds but could stand to lose more...I have a twin sister who never had to worry about weight...I get discouraged easy and to be honest I like food...I dont do salads, never have so not going to start now...I am also an emotional eater and boy the last few months have been rough. I have been in and out of temps jobs after I lost my job of 6 years afte... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:42:31 EST Recovering and getting motivated I love to walk as my form of exercise and was walking on a daily basis until the pain in my foot made in too much to bear. I had foot surgery in October and start physical therapy tomorrow. While recovering, I was non-weight bearing and was using a scooter. Well, klutz that I am, I fell off the scooter and am now looking at possibly having knee surgery for a torn meniscus. Yay me!! I was so looking forward to walking again and now know that it will be a while before I can do that. I am ... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:53:41 EST motivation It feels like I'm not losing weight at all! I just checked my reports and I weigh the same as I did one month ago. I'm working so hard, recording everything I eat, struggling to eat healthy and not overeat, exercising every day, drinking a lot of water, eating fruits and vegetables and healthy grains. <BR> <BR> I don't know what I'm doing wrong! <BR> <BR> I hope this is just related to my cycle and I will lose some more soon after this. <BR> <BR> I'm trying not to get de-motivated. <... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:35:33 EST I need help and a friend I made almost this same post on the introduction board but it seemed like this would be a good place too. <BR> My names Angela, I'm a 29 year old wife, day care teacher and mother of an amazing 2 year old little boy, and need help. <BR> I was chubby as a kid, and after trying lots of things in my teens, I didn't lose the weight until I got sick. I got really sick and for a good 6-8 months I could barely eat anything, but when I was getting better the positive from that was I lost a ton of wei... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:40:30 EST Motivational tips? Hello all! this is my 3rd time back to spark people. I know. it is supposed to be a one time journey right? but some times things just dont come that easily to me. My main focus is to stay motivated. I lack responsibility to get up and go to the gym, to not have that delicious cookie i long for, and to just eat healthy in general. are there any tips out there from you all that are doing so well? i could please use a few pointers. Thanks! <BR> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:56:19 EST Weight fluctuation is driving me insane Weight fluctuation is driving me a bit nutso emoticon . Yesterday I weighed 82.1 and this morning it shows that I'm up 1.4 kilos. Has this happened to you? Could it be the forbidden cheese that I ate? <BR> <em>40</em> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 03:51:34 EST staying motivated today i got a slow start But then i worked on not procrastinating and that triggered my motivation to move and think positive Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:55:00 EST No willpower at all And nothing seems to motivate me ! :/ <BR> <BR> I have even written down why i think i should/ need/want to lose weight, and fir fun, i also wrote down why i dont wanna!! <BR> I came up with 33 reasons why i want to lose weight, and only one reason why i dont <BR> <BR> And yet, this didnt move me one step further. <BR> <BR> The stronger the "motivators" are that dont work, the more depressed nd hopeless i get <BR> <BR> If ppls success stories dont <BR> If my own logic doesnt <BR> If my o... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:39:16 EST plateau I feel like i'm losing weight, my clothes are looser, but the scale is staying in the same place. it's frustrating! it makes me want to give up. I know I have to keep trying though. This morning I will walk the dog and do a little yoga. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 12:15:36 EST low blood sugar and staying on track As I look back at the challenges of keeping on track, there is a recurrent challenge -- low blood sugar. I am a diabetic and use an insulin pump. I get so frustrated when I am faithfully eating what I should, exercising and recording everything, only to have low blood sugars which means I have to eat to bring them up -- or pass out. I am just so frustrated and want to forget the whole thing. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:04:01 EST What do you do when you don't *want* to change? I don't want to count calories, eat less, drink the right amount of water (16 glasses at 250mLs each for my height... heck 8 cups is too many for me), don't want to exercise etc? <BR> <BR> I know I need to change for my sake of my health, to be appealing to a significant other, to look nicer in clothes, but I don't think I'm willing to put the work in to get there. <BR> <BR> How do you get yourself to want it enough to be willing to put some work in? <BR> <BR> Thanks Sat, 13 Dec 2014 03:33:46 EST