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 Sparkpeople Meal Plan? Where do I find the sparkpeople meal plan on this site? Thinking of giving it a try. Thanks Teagirl49 :) Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:43:40 EST Starting to lose motivation :( So, I've been battling my weight my entire adult life. I've put my life on hold so many times because I wasn't able to eat or drink the things that other people were at a restaurant or a party. So most of the time I just don't go. If I do, I end up breaking my diet & gaining 5-8 pounds in one day. Mostly water but still. I've been trying all week to get rid of the 5 lbs I gained last Sat. and I've only lost 3 (water I'm sure). But I cannot get rid of the other 2 no matter what I do. No... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:05:06 EST Relative Success So far, I have had success with weight loss, getting more sleep, and getting fit. For a few weeks, I have done great with exercise, but hit a low point for 3 days last week. What did I do? Walk, just walk to get steps in with my Fitbit. Even if it means I jump around in place like an idiot in front of the mirror while I brush my teeth, I make sure to get those steps in. I have also tried doing 250 steps every hour for eight hours a day. I seem to enjoy this for some reason, but I am not ... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:13:20 EST Loose Skin Fear... At 290 pounds, I'm back on Spark People with a new resolve to get healthy. However, I am so terrified that over time, I will have loose skin because of all the weight I have to lose. As a result, part of me wants to not lose "too much" weight, for fear of having skin hanging off of me, although I know I need to lose over 100 pounds. Does anyone else share this same fear, or know of ways to help with it? Sun, 19 Mar 2017 23:57:33 EST Motivation to slim down! My new Mr. Bean pyjamas is tight! <BR> <BR> I will need to lose at least 1 to 2 inches off my thighs and 2 to 3 inches off my torso! <BR> <BR> I really want to wear them comfortably, so I will get serious from now on! Sun, 19 Mar 2017 09:33:28 EST Right now I am feeling down!! I began right made my pages trying to take my life back.Seems like now my health issues are trying to rake over.I had to slow my mini workouts down.On the 28 of this mouth I have another mini surgery.I have to rethink some of my med it seems the med's I am taking for my diabetes has some sides effects.Looks like when I see my primary doctor we have a lot to talk about. Anyhoo when my head is a little clearer I shall return and will be seeking help to things on spark that I haven't ye figured ... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 04:37:59 EST 21 Day Fix Hi all <BR> <BR> I have posted on the diet and nutrition thread about my own recent experience on the 21 day fix programme. Via that I managed to communicate with another person on the programme who, in addition to the post responses has been very helpful. <BR> <BR> I wonder if I could invite anyone else who is currently doing/done the plan to comment on here? <BR> <BR> My reason for this is because this is the first time in a long time where I have embarked on something that initially se... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:34:49 EST what motivates me? Am I even serious right now? I busted my A$$ to lose my weight, and get to goal. And its ALL RECORDED right here, on SparkPeople! Because of a group I belonged to. I had friends, and accountability. We had challenges, and fun!! <BR> I read through my old blogs from 2008 to current. I see myself changing before my eyes. I am sifting through online sites searching for meal plans, and prep, when in my blog... its all in black and white. Did I really forget the "how to"?? <BR> <BR> but it... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:30:22 EST What Worked (and DIDN'T Work) for You? Hope everyone is having a healthy and happy day! <BR> <BR> I'm looking for some feedback from our awesome members for an article we're working on. <BR> <BR> Obviously, everyone's weight loss journey is different, and what works for one person won't necessarily work for everyone. We'd love for you to share your personal experiences with trial and error, and how you figured out what WASN'T working and then made adjustments. For example, maybe you had to make a slight tweak to your nutrition... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:25:08 EST Have I hit a plateau? If so, how do I get past it? Hi <BR> <BR> I posted previously but it doesn't seem to have posted so I will try to recreate it here. <BR> <BR> As many of you know, in addition to losing weight, I have had an issue in terms of eating calories ie I always under ate (less than 1200 often less than 1000) despite knowing that this hasn't and doesn't work consistently! <BR> <BR> To combat my 'fear' of the calories, I decided to try a different approach and instead of counting food, I focused on portion control using a prog... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 11:41:59 EST Have I hit a plateau? If so, how do I get past it? Hi All <BR> <BR> As you know, I have been battling not just with weight loss but with issues about eating ie constantly eating under calories despite the fact that experience tells me that this is not working. <BR> <BR> Over the festive season the scale groaned as I reached 10 stone 7. Way too much for my 5ft height. <BR> <BR> So, on new years day I resolved to address this once and for all. I embarked on a programme which focuses on portions sizes using specified containers and eating ... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 10:53:20 EST Need a kick in the pants I lost 110 pounds 3 years ago and I needed to lose 20 more pounds to reach my goal. Well, I moved from AZ to GA and the food here was amazing still is! Fried chicken and bbq to die for. Needless to say I gained almost all of my weight back . I mean seriously another 46 pounds and I will be right back where I started. This is hard for me because I have Fibro and permanent nerve damage throughout my body. Anyway, a bunch of health issues but I try to do aqua therapy twice a week and even though... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 21:10:21 EST Handling failures for compulsive eaters Please consider reading a recent blog entry of mine to learn or review a thinking strategy to use after a failure and a suggestion for avoiding it. It's been pivotal in my loss and 5-year maintenance. <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331320 </link> Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:45:34 EST Fun apps for motivation I find games motivating. I am using one called fitness race which I love and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for any others? Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:47:21 EST Strategies to Stay on Track So I typically undo all of my healthful eating on the weekends because I tend to consume too much alcohol and snack mindlessly during the day. I've decided to try some different strategies to keep myself on track this weekend. I had a game plan before I went on vacation and it suited me well, so I thought of applying the same principle on the weekend, and hopefully I'll have success. If anyone has suggestions or feedback, I'd love to hear them. Or if anyone finds these ideas useful, pleas... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:25:35 EST On a roll Now that we are having warm weather, I am getting outside more. I have been re-potting my plants, and have bought new plants to put in the ground. Nothing like being outdoors! Planning on getting in more hiking with my dogs and taking my camera with me. I will sign up for the 5% Spring Challenge. The challenge keeps me accountable. Thu, 9 Mar 2017 23:04:47 EST Stay posditive We all have our ups and down. Don't ever give up. We can do this together. Wed, 8 Mar 2017 12:39:20 EST My treat to encourage myself!!! I just got a mani to treat myself to encourage myself to carry on with this healthy lifestyle! But it's very subtle and a pic won't do it much justice otherwise I would definitely post a pic! <BR> <BR> Just take my word for it that it's very pretty! It's light pink in gradients with glitter! Wed, 8 Mar 2017 03:41:17 EST Diet Not Working Anymore, Please Help? 3 years ago I changed my eating habits from unhealthy to healthy after I gave up smoking. I lost 13 kilos in about 6 - 9 months and felt so much better. I still want to lose another 10 kilos, all the articles and information I have read states that I should be around 70 kilos (currently I am 81.4 kilos). I eat very healthy, between 4 - 5 pieces of fruit and vegetables per day plus lots of fibre and very low carbs and fat. Holidays and special events excluded. Usually I put on about 2 kil... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 20:34:42 EST Non-Scale Victory, What's yours? Its so easy to get caught in the numbers on the scale and forget about all the hard work you've been doing. Let's not depend solely on the scale. what are you celebrating today. No victory too small or too big. <BR> <BR> My clothes are fitting better. I have more energy <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 7 Mar 2017 10:34:00 EST SparkPeople tv So I was browsing through a couple of the fitness videos on SparkPeople tv. Why do most look like they were made in the 80's? :) Tue, 7 Mar 2017 09:28:33 EST TAKING MY LIFE BACK! LOOKING FOR BUDDIES Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am on a mission to reclaim my 54 yr old self! I want my body back! I know I can do this once I get started and focus. <BR> I am in need of Weight Loss Buddies who I can reach out to for motivation and to shake their finger at me when I feel like I'm slipping (lol). <BR> I can also be a great buddy to you as well and together we can make this plan work for us! <BR> T.I.A. Mon, 6 Mar 2017 22:28:51 EST Shirt I got a free shirt today at church. Biggest size they had was 2XL. It's too tight. I know I've lost weight. 20 lbs. But looking at myself in the shirt, makes me break out in tears. Sun, 5 Mar 2017 20:49:09 EST Getting to new level Can't quite realize it, but getting to a point level I never thought I would get to. Now to get to the weight level I want. Still a long way off, but I know I can and will do it!! Sun, 5 Mar 2017 14:53:42 EST hard to stay motivated I've lost 57+ pounds in the last year or so. And that's great. <BR> <BR> The problem is I'm burned out. I'm sick of the gym. I'm sick of working out. I'm sicking of counting my calories. <BR> <BR> I never enjoy working out. That's okay. It is what it is. <BR> A few weeks a go I got really sick then I put my back out after that. I spent 2 and half weeks unable to work out. And it was such a relief not to have to go. I feel like working out sucks up all my free time. I go to wor... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 23:16:31 EST Binge eating Relapse After going a couple consecutive weeks binge free, I got down to 127 lbs. Felt alot better physically. Didn't have that constant heaviness or asleep haze that carbohydrates tempt and leave me with. I'm impulsive though in any way I can be it seems. And alot of times when I'm not binging, I do something else impulsive in my life that creates consequences which leave me so depressed with what I've done, that I hate myself and want to binge. Ugh. Even though it only brings me misery. This circle... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 22:50:25 EST Chantix Users Hi,today I got a prescription for chantix from my dr...will be picking it up from pharmacy when hubby gets home from work soon...should I go ahead and start taking it today? Thu, 2 Mar 2017 15:20:58 EST staying motivated So far, I am a diabetic. I have been staying off all sweets. I want some, but I am afraid, if I eat any I will splurge and can't stop. Should I eat some, to keep my sugar under control? I know I get some complex carbs without sweets. My husband always wants me to make him sweets. Sweets are always in sight, which tempts me. I need some advice. Temptation keeps me stressed out. Does insulin make you gain weight? I think that is one of my problems.Thank you all. Wed, 1 Mar 2017 13:42:49 EST out of sight out of mind I bought some pastry 4 days ago. Saw them in the freezer where I put them and ate one today. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:00:47 EST MARCH 2017 -Appreciations, Gratitudes-Welcome All! "I don't have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness - it's right in front of me if I'm paying attention and practicing gratitude." Brene Brown <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here is the place to log five things everyday that you appreciate in your life...and watch your joy increase. Welcome everyone <em>129</em> <BR> <img src=""> ... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:43:34 EST Paralyzing Guilt at Overeating This may seem a strange request but I am looking for some support that at 24 stone I won't drop dead today at the age of 44! <BR> <BR> My story is that I've been overweight since a child because I'm a secret eater who craves delicious chocolatey and salty foods. My size has been a constant issue for me all my life but thankfully I used to be active in sports (abet very badly!) and made a great group of friends and then met an amazing man and had 5 wonderful healthy children who are aged bet... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:51:06 EST Staying motivated after 2 years of 5 by-pass surg. I just celebrated my 2nd year since my 5 by-pass surgery!! I feel great, and still working on better eating ritual. I am now exercising much more. Before, almost no walking much less any other type of exercise since in the military in 1963-1967! Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:58:42 EST Mum drops 3 dress sizes but only loses less than . "Mum drops three dress sizes but only loses less than one kilo" <BR> <BR> This is a great read <BR> <link><BR>ticle.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11807841 </link> <BR> <BR> Kris Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:57:36 EST what is your reward? A co worker let me know i haven't been giving myself any reward for doing the right things. Logging food, losing a couple pounds, getting promoted. Time to set up a reward system... no more giving a shrug and moving on. I need to celebrate some of these things instead of downplaying them. Any ideas to do it? Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:35:50 EST Just Starting, But Gained 2 - Help! GAH! <BR> <BR> I've started working out, have been counting my calories (not over or under), eating whole foods, drinking loads of water, avoiding caffeine and alcohol...and not only am I getting nowhere, but I've gained two pounds in the last week. <BR> <BR> I know it's because I've just started and I've been through this before, but I still feel like quitting and just want to crawl under a blanket and destroy a pile of cookies. <BR> <BR> Have any of you experienced this? How did you get... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:19:23 EST Step 1 What is step 1? Life has overcame my motivation and willpower. I seriously burn the candle at both ends and can't seem to make time for me. I am a full time caregiver for my Gram, I take care of my grandson, I have a hubby, 2 "kids" at home and a house to take care of. I have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. I sell Mary Kay and am a Beachbody Coach. Which is hysterical right now. I know what to do, I had a success story and now I just feel lost. Let's be real. I feel guilty for doing things ... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:20:00 EST Are you interested in joining a challenge team <BR> Are you having a difficult time staying motivated, doing your exercises, eating right, drinking your water? Do you need some friendly challenges and competition to get out of your rut? <BR> <BR> Why not join the BIGGEST LOSER TEAM? We're a group of men and women, of all ages, and fitness levels, all striving to live a healthier life. Regardless of fitness level, whether you're new to healthy eating or a seasoned pro, there's always something to learn from others. These teams are also ... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:50:03 EST 21 Day Fix vs. Calorie Counting Hi Everyone! <BR> I'm not new to this whole SparkPeople journey thing; however, I keep getting sidelined by my own unrealistic expectations and those bumps in the road that you don't always see coming. In the past, I've lost 40lbs and kept it off, then met my (now) husband, had kids, etc. and its much more difficult now for me to count calories and stick with a meal plan and workout program. My health has taken a backseat for the last few months (read: years) and I really want to jump back ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:30:53 EST Trainer and $$$$ Maybe I made a mistake of joining a local Goodlife Fitness centre?? (2 years contract commitment) <BR> <BR> Anyways, I paid for 6 sessions for life starter program. 3 sessions of hard work then my trainer asked me to sit down with her and look through my goals. She knew that I've signed up for 2 years and made a written plan for 144 sessions ( I didn't ask her to do that!). This will cost approx $8100 and she wants $4000 upfront if I agree. This is called HAZING as she said "you canno... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:01:46 EST Keeping motivated during stressful times Something stressful/upsetting happened on Friday and since then I have lost all motivation and willpower. I've over eaten, not exercised, not tracked properly. I have no desire to lose weight and just want to stuff my face with chocolate until the bad things go away. I know that I need to stick with this through thick and thin, but can't see how right now. How do you guys stay motivated at times like this? Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:52:43 EST Inspirational any? I am looking for a role model. <BR> Does anyone have a list of inspirational older women? <BR> <BR> I would love to find someone to pin on my inspiration board. <BR> My PERSONAL preference is people who are Christian, pro-life, Survivors, mothers, teachers... <BR> <BR> Can anyone give me ideas? Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:17:56 EST How to get back on track? I have been off track for a couple years now and have gained 90% of my weight back. I have ignored my sugar and my carbs. I really don't want to go back on meds for sugar and BP. My husband has had open heart surgery and is eating more healthy and I slip around and cheat. I need a little encouragement. I am short so the distance between heart and belly is zero. I can't tie my shoes without getting out of breath. Does anyone have any tips? I am in my mid fifties so please take that into consid... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:43:40 EST Stress and motivation solution? There is one thing that is a sure fire solution - Read the Bible for 15 minutes. For stress, for sure, read the Book of Psalms. Any passage for stress and motivation!! Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:06:36 EST 2 weeks into old ww points system Hello <BR> I have started back with the old WW points being away for almost 3 yrs. I have looked at the "new" program but the old one is not as confusing ( for me) the new program... but in saying that .... I am eating my required points but I am still hungry. My question is how long can it take for my body to get use to my healthy eating? Any advise would be much appreciated 😳? <BR> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 05:36:41 EST What do you do to help a stall and stay motivated I need to lose around 50 pounds. So far I have lost 17 and it has been a hard fight. I am dieting, exercising, keeping track of the carbs, fat and protein and within my calorie range. I am altering my exercise but I get in at least 30 minutes of cardio and 15 of weight training everyday. I measure my food so I know I am not miscalculating and if I eat an almond or an appleslice - no matter how insignificant the portion, I add it. The scale hasn't budged in three weeks and that is frustrating.... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:31:27 EST 2017 JUST PLAIN LIFE what are your thoughts life weightloss relationships families jobs Sun, 12 Feb 2017 13:23:04 EST My goal is to reach 22% body fat So far I have removed (not lost because I dont want to find it again) 80 lbs. I am still about 30% fat so now I am focused on building more lean as I work to burn off the last few pounds of fat. There are times I am tempted to burn it off faster, but am hoping that eating more will protect the lean I have and help me build more. Sat, 11 Feb 2017 11:33:39 EST Still in there kicking Tomorrow is my 2nd anniversary. I went into the hospital that night, pneumonia. Was in 2 weeks. They discovery heart problem. 2 weeks later had 5 by-pass surgery!! After about 2 more weeks still recovering from pneumonia and heart surgery I got to go to a rehab center that I didn't want to go to but it was either that or stay in the hospital!! Within 2 days I got c-diff!! Went back into the hospital for a little over 2 weeks! Then got to go home after losing over 40 lbs. Too much, bu... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 21:13:42 EST Off track Well, after a month of success and a 10lb loss, I've gotten off track. I don't even know what happened. Well, actually now that I think about it, I do. Had cravings for the foods I used to eat, gave myself a pass for a few days off the diet, the few days turned into a couple of weeks. Now I've lost that momentum I had where I was so excited to lose the weight and so hopeful that this time would be different. Plus, I've lost ground and gained back a few pounds. Ugh. Now I've got to start again... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:13:21 EST Accountability buddy Hello everyone! <BR> I'm a 26 year old in Mississippi. <BR> I'm getting married soon, and I'm looking to lose about 100 pounds. <BR> I would love an accountability buddy to keep me motivated, and to help as much as possible. <BR> <BR> If anybody is interested?? Thu, 9 Feb 2017 16:29:39 EST Sharing my goals My main goal for the month of February is to eat without binging or overeating. That's it, plain and simple. No matter what I eat, it must be in moderation. Thu, 9 Feb 2017 11:12:49 EST Need to lose weight and motivation Hi, <BR> <BR> It's been a while since I last post. I having a hard time losing weight and being motivate to eat healthy and be on track. <BR> I've been busy helping my Mom and now with things going on like trying to get personal things straighten out with Medicaid, Social Security, and food stamp. I'm mostly worry about my Mom (she have stage 2 lung cancer) and making trips to NYC to see her Dr. I know I can stay home but I try every chance I can to see Time Square which is not al... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 20:07:42 EST Sticks and stones.... I am really having a struggle with words that were said to me how I look pregnant like 5 months pregnant. <BR> I was ready to give in with the "why bother" mode or pull up my big girl panties and just keep pressing on towards the goal. <BR> Than the words came to me " sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me" but I have to confess the words did hurt but its not going to stop me one bit!! <BR> Pressing on towards the goal, like I havent heard those kind of words before... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 19:09:57 EST today i will.... today i will love myself enough to...... <BR> be honest <BR> move my body <BR> be gentle <BR> stop when I'm full <BR> give myself grace Wed, 8 Feb 2017 18:08:07 EST Discussion Questions for Biggest Loser Challenge Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am leading a challenge at work for "The Biggest Loser" and every week for the next 12 weeks I have a discussion question for employees to answer. <BR> <BR> I need to come up with questions to put on the board and am open to suggestions. <BR> <BR> I have asked: <BR> What would you like to learn? <BR> How much water do you drink a day? <BR> Whats your favorite workout song? <BR> <BR> Any suggestions?? <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone! Wed, 8 Feb 2017 13:36:00 EST just not feelin this today I have no humph today. Not wanting to work on all of this today Wed, 8 Feb 2017 09:27:39 EST skype womens group to help with motivation hi everyone I would love to start a daily group Skype exercise/healthy eating meet up and chat for women wanting to lose weight and get healthy I think it would help motivate encourage and inspire and keep each other on track just having 1 skype exercise buddy I know would help me tremendously and having face to face group support isn't something that I have access to right now . So if your a woman who has little or no access to in person group exercise classes and support message me and le... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 22:47:15 EST I need some motivation! Over the weekend I had a cheat day but didn't go too crazy. I'm starting to think that was a bad idea. I was doing so good at not craving many sweets but after that I have had a hard time. Today, I am dying for a Dr. Pepper! It seems so easy sometimes just run to the vending machine at work and grab a candy bar and a Dr. Pepper which I am avoiding at all cost! I even quit carrying any sort of change in my purse so even if I am tempted I can't give in. I wish someone would just follow me aroun... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 13:02:03 EST Birthday Present for my Boyfriend I am sad to say that I didn't use sparkpeople for a few weeks since i joined and i actually gained 2 pounds! <BR> <BR> I was going to try to lose some weight for Valentine's Day for my boyfriend but since this is only a few weeks away I can only healthfully lose a couple pounds by then :/ <BR> <BR> I have been over eating so much! I tracked my food today and I ate almost 2200 calories by 2PM! 1000 calories over my goal I have walked 2 miles so far and I am going to walk to my mans house ins... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 18:09:29 EST FEBRUARY 2017 -Gratitude, Appreciations- Welcome!! “Be as you wish to seem.” Socrates <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is the place to list 5 things every day...that you appreciate, found joy with experiencing and any sort of gratitude that you want to share. <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 19:58:09 EST Minor set back but still pushing forward Yesterday, I had a minor surgery that has put me back a bit on the exercise plan no new fast paced speed walks for the next few days. I have to heal and makes sure it is only a minor set back not a major! <BR> <BR> Making time to ensure I heal is important, gone are the days of just pushing through the pain that is what got me here in the first place! Now I am down 34 pds and feel great. Just walking with a limp.... only for a couple days! Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:07:35 EST Sharing my goals My goals are to: <BR> 1. avoid processed sugars <BR> 2. increase my steps <BR> 3. stay focused on being healthy <BR> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 07:40:21 EST Bored with SP It can't be only me - no problem with the tracking of food and nutrition but the challenges never feature new ideas if you are doing it for the second time etc. I've book marked articles I really enjoyed and will re-read them but otherwise everyone seems to say and do the same ol' same ol'. I loved finding exercises for those of us who have health issues that will never change ... not the weight related ones but most of the videos are not captioned- and there's no way to pre-sort and ask i... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 10:56:59 EST Please Send a Motivating Comment! I'm struggling this week. Can you please send a motivational comment? I truly believe in positive energy, prayers and sayings to get me through. Thank you! Sat, 28 Jan 2017 15:08:37 EST Keep Your Eyes On The Prize Motivation is something we need. Unfortunately, we will not always be motivated to do the things we need. That is where effort and discipline comes into play. For example, some of us don't like going to work all the time. Because there is a bigger picture is why we do. Bills, family, vacations, or etc. What keeps us going is the bigger picture which creates an effort and a discipline to do so. That does not mean you won't have ups and downs. Or even fall off at times. When you decide to creat... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 07:46:41 EST Really reaching here but anything to help me ... So, over christmas I reached an all time high in weight. Higher than I have even complained of before coming on here. I addressed this on the 1st of January by regulating my eating and consuming more (you all may recall I was eating under calories) and totally eliminating alcohol - something I never thought I would do but for many reasons, have decided this is best and a way forward. <BR> <BR> So, for the first 3 weeks I have had success. This week is totm and I always gain. I was howeve... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 06:26:56 EST commitment “Most people fail, not because of lack of desire, but, because of lack of commitment.” ~Vince Lombardi Wed, 25 Jan 2017 14:25:37 EST Chocolate Honestly, I could just about live on chocolate. But it has to be the good stuff. There have been times when I've eaten whatever is around, and then not be happy. Right now at work there are 2 bowls of candy, mostly chocolate-flavored stuff, and a box of World's Finest chocolate. I had some of that last year and it wasn't as good as I remembered. I haven't had a problem eating what doesn't taste all that good. But if they bring in Cadbury or Ghirardelli, that's a whole different story! Wed, 25 Jan 2017 11:28:51 EST First Time Back in the Gym... Went to a sculpt class tonight. First time in the gym in at least 2 1/2 years, but I have been swimming laps to try and get back into moving more. I just about died. My arms and legs feel like rubber. I could barely squat. I had to stop a lot. But I made it through the class. I'm going to feel this tomorrow! Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:52:08 EST I'm in a funk. This is hard work. I've seriously worked at eating healthy and exercising since 2010. I've lost weight, have lots of energy and generally feel great. But all the tracking, planning and cooking gets to be hard every now and then. <BR> <BR> Do you ever just want to eat a hot dog instead of dinner? <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:05:01 EST What can you do now that you couldn't before? I climbed on my woodshed roof ladder, just using the walls and fence. I tried last summer and wasn't even close. Guess all those burpees and pushups have made a difference. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:40:43 EST need help with motivation when alone when I am with friends and family, I am all gung ho about exercising and eating right but when I am alone, it seems like but motivation seems to drift away. I live alone so I am alone a lot. Is there any advice for me? Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:54:02 EST Feeling down I lost 5 l s the first week in January and been up and down on the scale ever since. Today I weighed the same as last week. Ugh. I weigh in once a week and the scale is stuck. I'm getting frustrated and say why bother. I track everything and I'm a Zumba instructor 5 classes a week. So I do exercise and do weights on the weekend. It's just so frustrating. Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:33:33 EST Weekend With Friends and Staying Healthy My boyfriend and I have a three day weekend trip planned with 8 other friends this weekend. There will be eating out and drinking all weekend (going to a brewery, nightclub, etc). I plan on taking healthy snacks and water jugs with me (I drink a gallon a day). I want to go with the flow but also make sure that I don't derail too much. What are your suggestions for being flexible in a 3 days weekend 'vacation" situation? Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:17:40 EST Why am I gaining weight? I lost 4 lbs my first week and this week I've gained 3 back! Why is that? I'm still working out and counting calories. I am feeling bummed now :( Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:32:11 EST New Challenges Hi all! I had quit smoking in November 2015 and had gained 30 lbs over the course of 6 months. I felt trapped in my own body so this past October I started making healthy changes. I joined a gym and started cooking more. I cut back my nightly 2 glass of wine (or more on the weekends), to just drinks on the weekend. I feel healthier and more positive now...but my body hasn't really changes. No change in weight, size or measurement. So now it's time to really start pushing myself to make those ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:25:40 EST Feeling so unmotivated I have been exercising and working out for two weeks and the scale hasnt moved one inch. I have been tracking calories. I have cut out snacking, I don't even buy them anymore. I am not starving. I drink between 64 and 96 ounces of water a day. I plan my meals but nothing...I want to give up because it seems I lost more weight when I didn't try but I know that's is not the way. <BR> <BR> Also my measurements have not moved either. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else been through this? How long did i... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:06:28 EST Sparks Premium I joined the premium January 1st and I love it. On day 12 I was asked from the coaching section to create a Motivational Poster Board. I created mine and it helps remind me of different things on my weight loss journey. I can change it when I need more help. What a great idea. Thanks Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:12:40 EST love dean anderson articles...great for the brain! Being consistent does not mean being perfect. (There are going to be days when you decide to do something other than stick to your exercise and diet routine, and that’s fine.) But becoming consistent does mean giving yourself the power to choose. <em>252</em> Sat, 14 Jan 2017 22:09:17 EST resturant eating help I lose myself when viewing a resturant menu. . I lost control at Denny's with banana foster pancakes, egg, sausage,potatoes. feeling like a failure. my friend ordered the same thing. I don't want to weigh myself. any advice Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:29:50 EST My goal is 12.000 fitness minutes My goal for this year is to achieve 12.000 fitness minutes before the year ends. I tried it 2 times and failed. Last year I achieved almost 10.000 fitness minutes. This year I'm going to make it 💪🏽?? Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:54:03 EST What are your goals and how are you doing? I made it back to my goal weight last June and I am determined to maintain at or below goal for the full year of 2017! So far so good!! I am currently 11 lbs below my WW goal weight! Woohoo!! Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:17:06 EST Non food rewards When you achieve small goals, how do you reward yourself? Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:48:43 EST I don't understand Ok, here is my difficulty in understanding something. I got on the scale right away when I got up this morning and weighed exactly 192 lbs.. I drank 1 cup of water and got on the scale again and weighed 193.4. How can you put on 1.4 lbs. with only 1 glass of water. It makes me a little upset at times, but I know it is only a number and it will fluctuate, but that much with only 1 drink kind of baffles me.. Anyway, my attitude stays positive, because I am losing weight and I am starting to fe... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:23:24 EST Even a little workout can help Today was a rough day for me - my mood took a bad dive as "life" did a good job of ruining my weekend plans. <BR> <BR> Quick background - I (fairly badly) broke my leg on Dec 3. I'm single, and live alone in a second story house. I kept a pretty good attitude for the first month, but right around the new year, my inability to participate in, well, a LOT of things really began to wear on me. The day to day struggles and being far more house bound than I'm used to basically wore down my otherw... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 21:06:29 EST Favorite motivational health movie Do you have a favorite motivational movie about health? I've been watching movies like Super Size Me, Fed Up, and Fat Sick and Nearly Dead (all on Netflix). Looking for other motivation. Sun, 8 Jan 2017 19:44:37 EST Getting motivated Hi, my name is Tina and I'm having trouble getting motivated to get back to exercising. I need to lose 30 pounds. I was hoping I can get some advice and tips to help get back on track. Thank you. Sat, 7 Jan 2017 17:48:28 EST Lose a Few, Then OverEat Good Morning, <BR> <BR> I have a frustrating cycle. I'll lose a few pounds and then think I can have a treat or two --- and then I overeat and I'm right back where I started. Anyone else do this? How do you solve this? Aargh! Sat, 7 Jan 2017 08:54:43 EST Weight loss plateau I have been at a standstill with my weight loss for the last 10 days. Any inspiration for how to get the weight loss going again? I have been keeping up with exercising and staying within my food ranges. Feeling unmotivated :-( Fri, 6 Jan 2017 08:54:57 EST Tying Family Budget to Health I have noticed in the past that when our eating and workouts go out the window, our spending also is out of control. <BR> <BR> So we have found a way to tie it all together in a way that will motivates us to keep to our budget and also keep to our "fitness" budget. <BR> <BR> In case someone else would find it motivating, here is a brief rundown of our rules: <BR> <BR> Each week my husband and I get a certain amount of "allowance". However, every day that we do one of the following activit... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 17:58:44 EST It's just water weight....Right?!? This is what I keep telling myself so I don't lose sight of what I'm doing but it is hard when the scales seems to be going up!!! <BR> <BR> I've recently started back up after years of off and on commitment but this time - really - I am in it 100%. I've been here enough times to know that I am not going to get immediate results and tht even if I did it would be unhealthy. <BR> <BR> I'm eatting better, cutting out processed foods and being mindful of what I eat and when, I'm exercising - ... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 07:55:21 EST Collage/Vision Board Today's SparkCoach video was about collage boards. Anyone here make one? Thu, 5 Jan 2017 06:56:19 EST Anemia, fatigue and keeping motivation up Long story short, I have anemia and I'm activvely getting iron transfusions for it; my levels are coming up but slowly. My problem is keeping the motivation up when I have a low energy day(s), or on a day when I have one of my transfusions. Right now I'm just getting back into exercise/eating healthy, so it's not habit yet (doesn't seem like I get enough good energy days to string it together to make it a habit again, yet). The problem is when I'm tired it's a lot easier for all of the good i... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 00:24:56 EST Progress Pictures How often should I take progress pictures of my body? Mon, 2 Jan 2017 12:35:39 EST SP mugs with sayings for motivation-I'd buy one! My goal just for today is... <BR> Today, did you exercise yet? <BR> Today, did you track your food? <BR> Today, did you post on SP? <BR> <BR> etc. <BR> <BR> I like to emphasize goals and behaviors for one day at a time! <BR> <BR> chris Mon, 2 Jan 2017 10:20:38 EST Just a couple of Buddy's wanted to help motivate Hi there, Just come on this site to try again to lose at least 14lbs before I hit the big 60, was wondering if anyone else was in the same position and we could get together online to motivate each day :-) Mon, 2 Jan 2017 03:12:51 EST JANUARY 2017-Appreciations- -Gratitude..Welcome! <img src=""> <BR> Welcome longtime keepers of this special tradition and Welcome all who want to share the gratitudes and appreciations in your day/s. <BR> I will see you in 2017 with my list of five reasons for having thanks. <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 22:22:16 EST Happy 2017! I wish you <BR> 12 months of no worries, <BR> 52 weeks of happiness, <BR> 365 days without illness, <BR> 8760 hours of good fun, <BR> 525,600 minutes of memorable moments <BR> and 31,536,000 seconds of love. <BR> <BR> Get fit, stay fit! <BR> <BR> Urša : ) Sat, 31 Dec 2016 08:27:55 EST Husband eats all he wants and never gains a pound My husband eats all day and night long and never gains weight. He eats really fattening foods too. My problem is that he is disabled and in a wheelchair so I am the one who gets him his food and Cokes for him and when I do I want to eat and drink pop with him. I have no self control especially if the food or drink is right in front of me. Does anyone else have this problem? Any suggestions? Thu, 29 Dec 2016 23:11:00 EST NEED EXPERT HELP This question primarily for the experts but anyone else can chime in. <BR> <BR> I just read a Sparkpeople article from my email by Megan Coatley - it was very good. I know that key to making positive health changes starts with the mind. My struggle: why do I not do the things that I need to do - that I must do? I say I want to do something but it never happens. <BR> <BR> I struggle with organization the most. My kitchen is more of an office than a place to make healthy meals. I don't ... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 09:25:57 EST Staying motivated My goal every day is to walk at least 10000 steps. I do that and more as much as i can. My goal is to keep active and continue to track everything I consume. Sometimes this can be trying. I continue to encourage myself to do what is best for me. I am have a wonderful with my management of motivation. I also work out every day after work. I do my best to stay on a regimen. <em>317</em> Wed, 28 Dec 2016 21:17:45 EST Making a Motivational post Hi, <BR> I want to make a motivational thread on my team. This thread will be an on going one that has to do with rewarding yourself. What are the important points to make when posting a Reward Yourself on going thread? <BR> Thank you Wed, 28 Dec 2016 12:30:58 EST Can't believe it For the first time while trying to lose weight I lost a little during Christmas time!! Wed, 28 Dec 2016 08:20:55 EST Some good motivational quotes needed! Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> We run a facebook page called fb/Discoverquotes. Our goal is to provide people with motivational quotes that help them achieve there goals. We have started this thread so people can put there favorite motivational quotes that have helped get you through the hard times. Happy holidays and enjoy the festive season :) Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:57:47 EST Frustrated I guess being over the hill is better than being under it, but sometimes, well!?! Asthma, ankle, hip, etc. Trying to stay motivated, but one thing after another. Now asthma at Christmas, seems to always happen. Slows down my exercise and walking. Then I go back to exercises that I did after heart surgery and drinking more liquids. <BR> Fri, 23 Dec 2016 13:11:38 EST Suggestions needed hi everyone and anyone that reads this. <BR> I'm in need of a little help. I need ideas for activities to stop my brain from telling me that I need to eat in certain situations. I'm also quitting smoking so this is kind of a two-fer. when I have cigarette cravings y brain says "Eat something!". When I'm stressed, sad, really happy, or what could be considered bored my brain screams "Eat something" even if I just had had a low cal or high protein snack. TIA! <em>30</em> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 17:57:45 EST How to stay encouraged Hello all! I am new to SparkPeople. Have used several other weight loss sites but decided to give this one a try as I have been feeling very discouraged on my current plan. I know that we all do sometimes but just hoping I can shake this feeling. I have lost 30 lbs since June. I started overweight and still am considered overweight at 222 lbs. Just hoping to find ways to jump start my weight loss again and most importantly not give up. I am very discouraged. I have no health issues prohibitin... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:03:34 EST Need gym buddy! Hello I'm Javier I'm having some trouble staying motivated and I think a gym buddy would help me be more committed to the gym. I currently go to th e 24 hr fitness in San Bernardino. If anyone would like to join me please feel free to contact me. Thank's Sun, 18 Dec 2016 17:19:05 EST Cutting back TV, and Social Media So I'm cutting back social media, and tv. I've found that I have way more energy, and motivation to actually do stuff? <BR> <BR> DO you ever find you don't have enough time in your day. yet you watch hours of tv, and scroll mindlessly through your numerous social media accounts? Try this, even for just a day or two. Start small. It really helps. <BR> <BR> Let me know what you think about this. Along with what you decided to do instead. I've been cleaning and reorganizing my house. Along wi... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 16:41:34 EST Lisa tissari Hi. My name is Lisa tissari and I live in bangor maine. I eat pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I feel guilty about how much I love food. Even my boyfriend told me that he needs me to lose weight to find me Fri, 16 Dec 2016 02:30:18 EST College student - Struggling to lose my weight! Hi y'all! <BR> I am a current college student in the 190-200 range (depends on the week to be honest) and I used to weigh in at around 130 - 150 in high school. I REALLY need the motivation and help to be who I was. I find myself not really caring about what I am eating any more - and I need help with some easy weighs to keep track, lose the weight and motivate myself! Thanks in advanced! Wed, 14 Dec 2016 22:11:35 EST Accountability/Weight Loss Buddy Hey! <BR> <BR> I'm a 23 year old woman living in Vancouver, BC. Over the past two years I've put on close to 15 lbs and haven't been able to lose it (I was already slightly overweight when I started gaining weight). I was hoping to meet someone on here who we can keep each other accountable. Talk fitness goals, weight goals, encourage each other, and check in on progress. It'd be great if I could find someone who actually lives in BC, but I'm totally down with buddying up with a motivated i... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 12:03:16 EST Staying on Track on the Weekends I blew it this weekend. Again :( <BR> <BR> I don't know what it is about the weekend...I just get so run down during the week, and then I want to lounge around on Saturdays and Sundays. And I tend to eat badly on weekends and drink too much. <BR> <BR> How do you keep yourself on track on the weekends or on days when there is very little structure? I do really well with my eating and exercising Monday-Friday when I'm on a tight schedule. But I'm just no good when I'm left to my own d... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 08:52:55 EST WANTED - FitBit/Sparkpeople buddy for 2017 I live alone so I do not have the support at home I need to keep my butt working in the right direction. I need some friendly competition, a buddy to help me stay accountable. Someone to give me that atta girl to keep moving forward. I need a reason to post to Spark People and Fitbit everyday. Would anyone be interested in being my "Will Power"? Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:33:43 EST Losing my gut! For the last month the scale has been slowing way down, and bumming me out. Today I did my monthly measurements and my stomach lost 1.5 inches! I feel better - even if the scale is still moving too slow ha ha Fri, 9 Dec 2016 19:31:02 EST How do you deal with haters? Yesterday, I had someone (not a stranger) compare my efforts to be healthier to a pedophile. As in child rapists don't get congratulated for not touching children, so why should I be congratulated for not drinking Mountain Dew. I'm generally not easily offended, but as a mother of two young children, I was especially upset by this. It derailed my mood for the rest of the day, and it very nearly derailed my efforts as well. And I'm only on Day 3! <BR> <BR> I keep reminding myself that I'm... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:00:25 EST need friends for added motivation I created a facebook page dedicated to my healthy lifestyle... exercise posts, food posts ect... I could use some extra friends for the accountability and support. :-) <BR> If you interested my facebook page is below. <BR> <BR> if you dont have facebook i would love your support here. I want to get back to the place I was a few years ago. I have been having issues with staying motivated and have gained some weight back. <BR> <BR> thanks everyone :-) <BR> <BR> Jess <link> Mon, 5 Dec 2016 09:21:29 EST So frustrating!!! Ugh. <BR> I've gained back 3 lbs in the past week. <BR> So discouraging :( <BR> It makes me want to stuff my face because it seems so hopeless. <BR> Rationally, I know it's not hopeless, and that fluctuations are normal. <BR> Really I do know. <BR> I'm just so sad, though. <BR> I tried on clothes for our upcoming vacation and felt horrible in everything I put on, especially the swimsuits. I've got one month till we leave. I had promised myself that I would be 165 by the time we left,... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 07:57:45 EST a catch to all and type one Diabetes too What d you do when after all the correction in the world hasn't changed a thing and food is still one the biggest pains that will hold me back for the rest of my days? and then that factors in to the general sense of self care? I know I'm here and I should be happy but I don't understand... not one much for personal advancement..counting the days until my 41st people here...last month being a female played a BIG part and it's gonna happen AGAIN! NOOOO! Sun, 4 Dec 2016 05:28:00 EST :) Have a fantastic Thursday! Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:54:38 EST DECEMBER 2016-Gratitude, Appreciations "I truly believe we can either see the connections, celebrate them, and express gratitude for our blessings, or we can see life as a string of coincidences that have no meaning or connection. For me, I'm going to believe in miracles, celebrate life, rejoice in the views of eternity, and hope my choices will create a positive ripple effect in the lives of others. This is my choice." Mike Ericksen <BR> <img src=""> ... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:05:15 EST Non-Number Accomplishments It's easy to get discouraged when the number on the scale doesn't seem to be moving. I thought it would be nice to post a blog detailing our "non-number" accomplishments. Anyone who would like to share, please feel free :) <BR> <BR> 1. I can now hold a plank for 60 seconds (I used to struggle to even hold for 10) <BR> 2. My energy level is higher than it ever was before, and it's consistent, rather than spiking and then dropping throughout the day. <BR> 3. My daughter is learning how to ea... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:38:30 EST Staying motivated I am struggling with staying motivated. I will do good sticking with everything for about 2 weeks and then I give up. I am not sure if it is boredom or if it is that I am not seeing expected results. I am so overwhelmed when it comes to diet and weightloss and I feel like I always make the wrong choices....even when I feel like I am doing something that is healthy. Maybe I am just being too hard on myself. I am really struggling with drinking enough water. I don't know how people get in... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:41:10 EST Ready to throw in the towel Im so sick and tired of being so hungry all the time. Its to the point I hate myself. I sat here and ate 4 stalks of Celery and im still hungry. I can eat a full mean and im still hungry. I could win this if it wasnt for this unending hunger. Am I the only one that is cursed with this hell? Sun, 27 Nov 2016 18:13:43 EST Are you struggling with a food addiction? I am really tired of being overweight. Even though I work out 5 days a week, I am <BR> still addicted to eating all of the wrong food! I try to talk myself out of eating bad food, but I can't seem to stop. What are some creative ways you use to stop your food cravings? Sat, 26 Nov 2016 19:26:07 EST carbs I'm a type 2 diabetic. Today I have 177 carbs. That seems high but I'm not sure how to get them down. <em>39</em> Fri, 25 Nov 2016 19:45:43 EST Looking for individualized support Hello, I am looking for a weight loss buddy that is interested in supporting each other through daily emails, looking for support and encouragement , sharing ideas and feelings etc. I have a lot to lose and am really struggling. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to email me <BR> <BR> Thank you Fri, 25 Nov 2016 10:44:47 EST kgcfkjgcf lyhg Hi Sparkpeople! <BR> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:20:56 EST Good way to control over indulging tomorrow Hi! I have found that if I start downing water first thing in the morning of Thanksgiving, and keep drinking it all day, water water water, it will make you feel too full to over indulge ----- if want to eat at all. lol Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:16:19 EST How did I wind up going backwards I had been doing so good. I had lost 18 lbs. In one month, but the last two days, the scales shows, that I've gained 4 lbs. I'm down and depressed, even avoided doing my cardio the pass 2 days. I been watching my calories and had been exercising 30-60 mins. Every day. This is so disappointing. Tue, 22 Nov 2016 05:47:13 EST Learning to wait One article I read today was about the attitude of gratitude. Sometimes it is difficult for me to wait to lose any weight, but I am learning to be patient. It rests in the Biblical passage - Wait on the Lord always. He tests but gives the answers as well. Sun, 20 Nov 2016 15:44:53 EST How do you all stay motivated? I feel as if I manage to stay motivated for about 2.5 seconds and then drift back to my unhealthy eating habits. I have managed to lose a lot of weight but seem to have hit a plateau due to not being able to stay motivated and sticking to my plan. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any advice or tips for actually sticking to the plan? <BR> <BR> I have tried using charts and apps, recording everything, getting family and friends to help but when I'm at work or alone I just scoff away my feelings ... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:14:39 EST Restarting My Program How do I restart my program? Will all of my teams and Fitness minutes disappear? Also, can I change my Nutrition goals ( tracker) before I restart my program ( Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:57:04 EST Need an accountability partner? Just let me know! No strings attached...just like to help others (and I know how it feels to feel like the only one). I've been with SP a long while and still working out!! C'mon, you can do it!! Clean eating and caring for yourself is key ;) <BR> <BR> Blessings...push, push!! <BR> Danelle34 ;) Tue, 8 Nov 2016 15:13:58 EST Teams Are there any active teams on Sparkpeople that deal with body image issues? Tue, 8 Nov 2016 05:08:34 EST how did you spend your evening? I watched my beautiful grandsons. . <em>9</em> Sat, 5 Nov 2016 21:40:50 EST Long trip Had my trigger finger fix yesterday, but didn't do too much then. Very tired this AM, but did over 3.5 miles of walking. It felt great and help to wake me up. Wed, 2 Nov 2016 16:21:13 EST Sparkversary I went in to give myself my 11th Sparkversary trophy in October, only to discover there is none. Do Sparkversaries end after 10 years? <BR> <BR> I will think of this as me being very rare, though I'm pretty sure there are others who have been on Spark more than 10 years as I personally know at least 3 of them!! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 2 Nov 2016 13:14:59 EST Need help finding true motivation I could use some help getting motivated. I hate being overweight, but I haven't found enough reason to do anything about it yet. I like to eat. Overall, I eat pretty healthy. I'm too exhausted most of the time to exercise. I'm a single mom of two young kids, with a part-time job and own a small business. I'm doing well with maintaining my current weight, but I can't seem to shrink my pants size (or my appetite). I want to set a good example for my kids. I want to not get out of breath... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 11:43:07 EST Biggest Loser Challenge - Winter Season! Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> One of my main motivators and sources of success is the Biggest Loser Challenge! We are ending our Fall session and starting to prepare for our Winter session. We have 10 teams of 24 and we work together on weekly nutrition and fitness challenges to keep you on track and motivated! <BR> <BR> You can sign up here: <link><BR>ndividual.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Just join the team and add your name to the Winter sign up thread! <B... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 09:37:07 EST NOVEMBER 2016 Gratitude - Thanks - Welcome all! "Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance." Eckhart Tolle <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I appreciate each and every post to this thread to express things that are working in our lives, made us smile, happy or worthy of thanks. 5 is a great number to name. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "Gratitude i... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:43:33 EST need to get back on track Now up 30# from where I should be, I am watching my intake and exercising but need motivation to get that scale moving. Mon, 31 Oct 2016 15:18:17 EST How to stay motivated on your journey <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I lost 100 lbs and it wasn't easy at first. <BR> Finding your motivation can be difficult, trust me I can relate! I know what it feels like to give up a million times and I also know what it feels like giving your all and doubting yourself . When I finally decided enough was enough... I found my motivation and changed my life. <BR> <BR> 1.Why are you living,What is your purpose? <BR> 2.What... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:36:36 EST My lower BP is motivating me I have been walking between 3-6 kilometers a day for over 2 months now. And, of course, watching what I eat. As I lose weight (7 kilos so far) it helps me stay motivated. Well today I got a surprise. <BR> <BR> I have tracked my blood pressure for the last 15 years. I check it at least once a month. It started as a test trying to determine the unknown cause of my seizures. Now it is just habit. <BR> <BR> For the last 15 years it has changed very little... even as my weight increased. It ... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 06:47:47 EST small setback I went to my doctor's appointment and got weighed the other day and I weigh now 248 and I am 5"5. I am a little disappointed but I hope I can try harder to lose weight. I think it would help if I had more friends or support with this losing pounds. Fri, 28 Oct 2016 18:20:54 EST Blog Suggestions? Shout outs? Who are your favourite Spark bloggers? I'm looking to follow a few people who have had really great success and who started out very obese (or who still are but are making progress!). <BR> <BR> In serious need of some..not mentors, that's not the right word...guiding stars? LOL People whose stories I can tap into when I'm in need of emotional support.. <BR> <BR> So - who do you like to follow? Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:18:12 EST Some Mental Issues I feel like everyone is here just to lose weight, and I'm the only one here overcoming an eating disorder... I have binge eating disorder and it's really painful. I just want to feel healthy. Am I the only one...? Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:20:11 EST I lost 100 lbs & You can do it also! ( I CAN RELATE!) What doesn't kill you makes you stronger! I suffered from many health problems from broken bones to chronic hypertension. I almost lost my life and I had to make changes and start working on a better me. Failing was not an option!!! <BR> <BR> I know what it feels like getting out of breath after walking up a flight of stairs. <BR> Looking down in the shower, and not being able to see your feet. <BR> Taking blood pressure - medication everyday. <BR> Not being able to find tha... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:35:50 EST Help! I'm just getting started I need support please! I keep starting and stopping. Blowing how I eat. It's like I self sabatoge and or act like calories don't really matter, though I know they do. It seems like even when I keep my calories to 1,540 I still gain weight. I try to fit in sweets but it seems to stick to my butt. Anyone here relate? Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:53:03 EST Help! I keep gaining weight I'm really struggling with weight loss seems like I like sugar way too much. I need encouragement from someone who's been there and has succeeded. I need someone to care. I don't have friends other than online so I struggle with not feeling supported. I'm mainly on Facebook. This is why I joined Spark People. Can anyone relate? <em>213</em> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:38:31 EST Depression and a Healthy Lifestyle I've been struggling with depression for the last couple days (I have anxiety and depression and some days are worse than others). Does anyone have advice on how I can remotivate myself to get up and do anything? Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:11:07 EST I NEED MOTIVATION!!!! Tonight was my first time going to the gym! I sat outside in the parking lot watching people come and go for like 30 mins talking to my friend on the phone trying to get motivation to go in! Finally after a good bit of people left i went in and got on the treadmill. I walked 1 mile at 3mph then did another machine for about 5 mins and went back and walked another half mile on the treadmill. Then before i left i did some inner and outer thigh workouts and leg presses. I was there for about a h... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:29:17 EST new to me I started going to a new gym (for me). It has a swimming pool with no "classes" so I had the pool to myself this AM. It was great!! Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:31:30 EST need help I know that I need to start working out but I do not know how , when, where or what . any ideas that can help <BR> <BR> Mimi Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:19:25 EST Looking for a buddy or group Hi <BR> I'm looking for a buddy or few buddies to share support and keep us accountable. I have lost a good amount of weight here before but have not done well adapting to unpredictability of shift work and am back at the start plus more. I have around 100lb to lose. I'm late 20s, UK, work shifts, need to work on planning meals I can take with me and eat on the go, I simply don't get time to prepare a meal in my break, barely get time to eat it. I am also aiming to work in more walking as thi... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:31:44 EST Calling all ladies 300 lbs.... I am a 34 year old woman who, as of this morning, who weighs 305 pounds. I am 5'9 and my goal weight is 230....I would love nothing more than to "meet" some gals who are like me. I have lost weight and gained it back so many times and need some people in my corner who I can talk to and who understand my struggles. I absolutely will not give up until I reach a goal I'm comfortable with and I want to learn to KEEP IT OFF!! Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:11:53 EST Feeling good about the little weight gains I never used to weigh myself daily. It was too depressing. After finally loosing my first 60 pounds, I started to weigh every day. I never liked seeing the scale go up even a pound but finally realized that even weight gains could inspire me to keep up my plan. I noticed, after looking at the graphs that over time I was still loosing weight but not in a linear fashion. Up 2 pounds down 3, stay the same for a while up 2 more pounds and then down 4 pounds. After analyzing the weight I started t... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 11:34:47 EST day 1 - small victory! This may sound stupid but its a tiny victory for me... one of my problems is when I am cooking dinner and I am hungry I eat snacks.. or whatever is around.. chips, cookies... well last night.. while I was cooking and waiting for it to be finished..I managed to do some laundry and straighted out one closet... and drank water! <BR> <BR> whooo hooo! that a good thing for me!! Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:56:52 EST So how is your mental attitude about your journey? I'm not sure I worded my question right. What I wanted to know is, however far along on your journey you are, how hard is it to follow? Is it still, every day you have to make yourself drink water or do that set of crunches, or is it finally beginning to feel like habits, like a new lifestyle? Thu, 13 Oct 2016 14:01:37 EST Six months...ready, set, go ! My youngest sister is getting married in May. <BR> I want to look & feel good in a pretty dress for her wedding. <BR> Six months to get focused. <BR> Six months to get back into a healthy routine. <BR> Six months to get back on track. <BR> Six months goes pretty quickly. Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:53:51 EST Is the Motivational Sparks Pages still active? I am a team leader through the 5% Challenge which has over 600 members. Those 600 are divided into 13 teams. It's a GREAT Challenge ! In it we do what we can to lose 5% of our weight in 8 weeks. It's very supportive and DOES help you to lose if you are serious and simply follow through on what we are working on (Exercise, and 2 skills a week, such as drinking up to 8 glasses (can more but, only 8 count) and tracking our food, while STAY IN RANGE), <BR> <BR> I am a ML (Motivational Leader) ... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 00:24:07 EST I gained 4 lbs overnight?! Tracking everything I eat. Last night I carefully planned to have two chicken strips with a half size portion of fries and coleslaw. Today: up 4 lbs....what's the deal... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 09:46:49 EST I need help Hi <BR> <BR> Has anyone else encountered this - made a concerted effort to lose weight only to gain initially? <BR> Why do you think this was? <BR> How long did you persevere before benefits started to show? <BR> As long as I stick to my daily calorie allowance, should I ditch the scales compl <BR> <BR> I have decided to start this again - I lost focus for a while, so, this is my situation... <BR> <BR> I have posted before but since returning from holiday, I have not managed my weight well... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 06:06:40 EST more in control Food track good, exercise good, junk food in control, sleep better, etc. Wed, 5 Oct 2016 11:01:13 EST Keep falling off the horse I keep going through these cycles of being mindful, then I go back to bad habits, then i'm good for a couple days, then fall off the horse again... its been a pattern all summer and I dont know how to stay consistent. <BR> <BR> This past weekend I didnt do too well, ate a lot of junk and wasnt mindful of what I was putting in my body. Yesterday I did great, I was mindful, watched my portion sizes and made healthier choices. Today I am keeping that in mind and took a walk this morning and pa... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 08:06:37 EST When your job sabotages your weight loss I've had my ups and downs with my current job. I've been here for seven years, and have had more downs than ups. Five years ago I'd leave almost daily and go drive to an empty parking lot nearby and cry for my lunch hour. It's my dad's company, and I've used that as the reason to stay- the excuse, when in reality it's fear keeping me here. <BR> <BR> Anyways, my current plight is the fact that, well not only do I do the job of at least four people (I've confirmed this), but one or more of tho... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 13:24:29 EST I so hate myself I haven't been on here for so long and decided today to get back in to it and went through everything and a year ago I was 16 kilos lighter. I feel like an idiot for allowing myself to get back to this point. I am so much more motivated to get to a healthy weight. I can and will do this Tue, 4 Oct 2016 01:21:30 EST Life better Everything ok in ur life.?? Mon, 3 Oct 2016 19:02:04 EST Today Hope all had an awesome day!!! Mon, 3 Oct 2016 18:57:57 EST Today I had am awesome , hope u did!!!! Mon, 3 Oct 2016 18:57:06 EST New Hello I am new here and I want to keep myself motived to do well and change my habits Sat, 1 Oct 2016 15:42:23 EST free non-food rewards I have set some specific fitness and nutrition goals for myself this week (no added salt, walk 3x, 8 glasses water 3x). Any ideas on good non-food rewards that don't cost anything? Sat, 1 Oct 2016 08:41:42 EST OCTOBER 2016 Gratitudes, Appreciations WELCOME "One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child." Carl Jung <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I appreciate every person who contributes and shares on this thread. As always please share 5 things you are grateful for, app... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:08:50 EST As I am retired, need to think about time As one grows older days, weeks, even hours get muddled. To help me be active I have a timer. I put it on one hour time length. When buzzer rings I get up and do anything for at least 5-15 minutes. Do some of my walking, chores, genealogy work. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:23:33 EST Is it possible for a mature woman to have washboard abs? Even if she has already gone through menopause? When I was in my 30s, I didn't have the muffintop I have now. <BR> <BR> If I try hard enough, can it be possible to have the washboard abs of a fitness model? Or should I just settle for my flawed body now? Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:29:00 EST the big word "IF" I should change my wording from IF" to "I WILL" Most of the time when I say "IF" I lose something, except weight. When I say "I will not snack after 7 PM" I lose some weight most of the time, but DO NOT gain weight. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:26:55 EST Looking for buddies who can motivate everyday! Hi, <BR> I'm new to this site - but like many on here, not new to dieting. But I'm thinking motivation/check-ins/support may be the one piece that has been missing in my past attempts. <BR> I'm looking for a few buddies that I can communicate with everyday -- hoping to create a small network where we can encourage and motivate each other. <BR> I have 30-50lbs to loose -- and ideally, my buddies will be in their 30s or 40s. <BR> Hope to hear from you! Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:17:17 EST I'm giving Up I started exercising since May of this year. So far until now I have only lost 6lbs, but then I gained a lb back. I don't see the scale moving at all. I eat right, do cardio, exercise around the park and no results. I'm about to quit. There is no use in me continuing if the scale doesn't move. What do I need to do? <em>39</em> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:02:39 EST No more junk food! This last weekend, I got rid of every single bit of junk food in the house. Couldn't bring myself to throw it away, so I gave it to my daughter. <BR> <BR> It's a relief to have it out of the house, and makes it sooo much easier to make healthy choices. <BR> <BR> Feels like a win. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:27:39 EST Anyone near Vineland, NJ Looking for workout buddies near Vineland, NJ Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:43:35 EST did it again Already back to my old habit of late night snacks, but I am catching it after two nights. Going back to my new ways. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:43:49 EST What did you do when you lost your motivation In the last few months I have given up on myself and do not like me right now. It seems like every time I get started on the road to a better, healthier me something goes wrong, illness or injury. I kept getting back up and going again but feel that I have reached a point of why bother anymore. I want to get past this but feel beaten down. While I am typing this, presently have severe sinus, taking anti-biotics and this has cause complications with my asthma so on rescue inhaler daily and... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:18:08 EST What is your favorite reward Every five pounds I have been treating myself to a new piece of exercise clothing. Nothing expensive but fun. I never bothered with nice workout stuff because I did not really work out much. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 01:00:35 EST getting to my low watermark Even with my bad scale I am below 190!! Also, doing well, lately as to no post-7 PM snacking. Watching more closely to tracking EVERYTHING I am eating. Feels great!! Sun, 25 Sep 2016 07:50:33 EST What goal have you reached? One of my goals was to do 60 push-ups in 60 seconds. After a lot of work with a push-up app on my phone, I did my monthly fitness test today and passed my goal with 61 push-ups! Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:18:20 EST Staying motivated when you're in pain! Ok guys, so I suffer from A multitude of various pain most days, I'm pretty familiar with the various pain and what I can do even when it's bad. I try to keep myself motivated, I know after doing things I tend to be in less pain. But what can I, or do you do, when it's pain that's been caused by doing to much on a previous day? For example yesterday I walked my weekly shopping home and today I can't move my right arm without a tearing sensation running through it. Today I've mainly focused on... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:41:52 EST A little something a Dr. Once told me Every few weeks you'll notice your lower belly is kind of dangling and you've hit a plateau. You have not hit a plateau, what is happening is that your body is adjusting to it new size. Your skin is skrinking back in, to adjust to your new size. Within 2 to 4 weeks you'll start to lose again, and the process will repeat itself once the body needs to adjust again. This has been keeping me motivated, thus far I've found that the Dr. Was right! Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:26:40 EST Depression diet sabotage I have type 2 diabetes and recently injured my shoulder and knee, making it hard to exercise. I've gained some of the weight I had lost back because of this, and now find myself battling comfort eating because I'm depressed from the weight gain and inability to exercise and partake in activities like golf.. <BR> I feel like diving in to a tub of ice cream even though I know it will add to my weight gain and high glucose numbers. HELP!! Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:22:06 EST Buddy? I am looking for a friend on here to talk to. That way I am more motivated. Anybody up to the challenge? Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:07:43 EST Dad died and can't get back into the swing of thin Hi, my Dad died in May and I can't seem to get back in the routine of walking or any kind of exercise. Trying to drink fluids is hard for me also but need to lose some of my weight. Don't understand exactly how to do this site. Any help would be appreciated. Husband is no help at all Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:44:50 EST Motivation We moved up to a small town and it is where I want to be but, I can't seem to feel happy about it. I have a good job, a wonderful family. I have had to deal with more drama than I am use too but, I can't seem to get out of this funk I am in. Any help would be great. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:57:21 EST Help! Totally stuck. I have not lost a pound or an inch in over a month. Still religiously following all of the nutritional and portion rules. Only real exercise is yard work and walking. <BR> Any suggestions? <BR> Thanks Mon, 19 Sep 2016 08:28:02 EST Weight Loss Buddy (Please!) Hello, I am newish to Spark People and after years of trying to lose weight, I am hoping that a weight loss buddy will be the key to keeping me motivated and accountable. I am a great at keeping others accountable and motivated etc (I have friends who have lost weight but prefer to do it on their own) but when it comes to me, well it all goes to poo! <BR> <BR> I am 47, a mother and grandmother. I have almost 100 pounds (40kilos) to lose and I have a few other health issues going on. I am ... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 22:49:30 EST Motivation What are different things you do to stay motivated? Sun, 18 Sep 2016 14:10:31 EST It feels good I did not snack past 6:35 last night. Saw it on the scale this morning. Below 190, again. Now shooting for 180, then 175, then 170. Plan to get to 170 by my 74th birthday, but will be happy with 175 since Christmas is coming!! Sat, 17 Sep 2016 14:47:39 EST reading, not my best This program helps me read more. I never was much of a reader. Had 3 speed reading classes between grade school and junior year in high school. Not much help. Never liked reading. However, here I am seeing the benefits in the trivia section and it gives me ways to be motivated. Sat, 17 Sep 2016 06:55:46 EST Learn to Write Backward To write yourself a note of cheer on the mirror. <em>306</em> Sat, 17 Sep 2016 02:00:04 EST Self control problems please help I just can't seem to stay motivated at all, I anyways start off so strong and after about a week of diet and exercise i start to over eat again and I honestly dk why i know im not hungry but yet it's like once I start eating i just can't seem to stop. Does anyone have any advice or suggestions that might help and I do drink plenty of water to try to kind of bloat myself so I won't eat so much but didn't seem to work for me. Please help Fri, 16 Sep 2016 21:50:59 EST My Motivation Reading something every day from a Paleo book or cookbook to keep me motivated and remind me of my new life style. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:54:36 EST Lost motivation due to problems bothering me. I am struggling with financial issues and being a caregiver for my mom. I am overwhelmed with life and don't know what to do. My husband makes me feel good and he is very supportive. Does anyone have any ideas for me to makes this less overwhelming and help me to want to take care of myself? Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:01:38 EST BMI System Frustrations Hello! I've been told by doctors, nurses, nutritionists and other 'experts' that I need to lower my BMI under 25 in order to be healthy. I'm 5'2'' and I would be perfectly content if I could reach 150lb, but according to the BMI, I would still be overweight, 27.4 BMI. I'm looking to be healthy, not skinny. I don't feel like losing 14 extra pounds just to be considered 'healthy'. Does anyone have a solution? Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:18:34 EST The (bra) cup half full I'm having trouble staying motivated. <BR> <BR> I've lost 15 lbs in 7 weeks, and about a cup and a half. My cup has always runneth over, and now it's the cup half full, and I wasn't prepared for that. I always thought that I'd just be a smaller version of me, but my body seems to have other plans. It just makes it hard to identify the woman in the mirror. <BR> <BR> It also makes it hard to figure out what to wear. My shoulders are still as broad as they always were, so it's not like I... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:39:19 EST Are u happy with your progress ? Yes I am. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 06:17:19 EST Frustrated and need REAL Solutions. Not Hype. So I've been a part of SparkPeople for almost 10 years. I have lost only about 15 lbs in all of that time. I brought my A1c down from 12 to 6 at one time. This past 6 months it's gone from 6.5 which is the norm I've maintained all this time to 6.8 to 7 and now to 7.5. I will admit that I didn't count every calorie, every carb, or even paid much attention to what I was eating most of the time. I started a full time job, I work from 7am to 3:30 pm, I have an hour drive each day. I can har... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 21:23:58 EST My husband does not support me My husband gets kind of upset because I dont eat what he eats. I trying to eat healthier, with the menus on SparkPeople, instead of eating cereal every day. I says, " I eat anything I want, I dont people to tell me what to eat." I tell him I want to eat healthy but he doesnt understand. Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:34:11 EST Coaching Apps/Websites - WW, Rise, Noom, Others? Has anyone used an app that connects you with a coach? <BR> Here are the apps that I have found: <BR> - Weight Watchers <BR> - Rise.Us <BR> - Noom <BR> <BR> Are there others? <BR> <BR> Have you had success with the coaching app? Mon, 12 Sep 2016 15:25:04 EST I use to love to run...what happened? I know I'm older and have two more kids but, I just can't seem to enjoy exercise anymore. I need some ways to strengthen my will power.! Sun, 11 Sep 2016 17:08:32 EST it's difficult I seem to freeze on my weight control when I get down to 190, but I am going to beat it this time with common sense Sat, 10 Sep 2016 20:00:46 EST Naps I have never been one to nap. But just this week I have dosed off doing homework twice?! I'm 30 not 17! What is up with me? Sat, 10 Sep 2016 00:35:21 EST I need help with accountability I am in the same boat, I am 5'4 and 235 pounds. I am looking for help staying in line I am a single mom and I think I have been over eating due to my broken heart from the divorce. I need an accountability buddy someone to text or email daily with, if interested just send me a message. Fri, 9 Sep 2016 15:14:07 EST I feel so organized It may be the new member excitement, gung-ho high, but today I've been pretty big on organizing and getting everything set up so I can be as successful as possible. I've found an old hard-covered spiral bound notebook that I bought and never used that I've been writing out daily workouts in so I can check them off as I go (including weights, who I'm working out with, or apps I'm using to track). I've also been organizing my workout clothes so they're ready to go each day of the week first thi... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 11:46:28 EST What Surprised You Most about Weight Loss? Hello, Sparkers! <BR> <BR> For an upcoming article, I'm looking for people who discovered something surprising after losing a good amount of weight. For example, were you surprised by people's perceptions of your weight loss? How hard (or easy) it was to keep the weight off? Shopping for clothes after weight loss? Any surprise discovery is welcome! The more specific and unique, the better. :) <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! <BR> Melissa Fri, 9 Sep 2016 09:14:24 EST FITBIT over 15,000 steps If anyone averages over 15,00 steps per day, please add me! I need some new challenging folks to get me moving. I am very competitive. <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 Sep 2016 22:30:12 EST bad, bad scale Numbers off on scale, had to redo. Thu, 8 Sep 2016 20:00:51 EST Lost 10 pounds first month but... So, I started a challenge to get a better lifestyle and losing weight. I am following a deliberate process of limited calories (1,000-1,500 per day) and increased exercise (200-500 kCals per day) to create a caloric deficiency and lose about 1-2 pounds per week. August was a great month as I was down 10 pounds by end of month. <BR> <BR> But, I took a weekend to enjoy cabin life and spend 20 plus hours in 3 days driving and violating my 'no fast food' policy. I still tracked my calories an... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 14:39:58 EST What keeps you motivated? What tactics do you use to stay motivated when just the general knowledge that you want to get healthier fails? Thu, 8 Sep 2016 13:39:02 EST activity to keep hands busy at nite I do really well during the day exercising for at least an hour and eating very clean and low carb. Come nite time and after dinner and I am tired so I sit and watch TV but this is the hard time for me not to snack. I am not really hungry but I snack at nite and I know it is just a bad habit and I can not seem to talk myself out of it. Does anyone have any ideas? Or things to do to keep my hands busy and mind off of snacks? Any help would be appreciated! Thu, 8 Sep 2016 12:10:47 EST Help Me Make a Difference - Stay True Be You! Hi ladies and gents, hope all is well!...Would really appreciate your support! <BR> <BR> I'm trying to get my story out there...I believe I can help and inspire many people...Would love to make a difference in people's lives! <BR> <BR> I was born with Cerebral Palsy and for most of my life I couldn't utilise my limbs or hardly talk; Thank god I'm improving by the day...My goal is to walk one day and become a motivational speaker. <BR> <BR> This is my first official YouTube video, I'll be p... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 06:46:02 EST Be YOU and only YOU. Being yourself is the most important thing you can do to your body. Natural is one of a kind is being real to yourself and nobody else but YOU. Be YOU and only YOU : ) Wed, 7 Sep 2016 19:09:18 EST Do you want a Grinders Mentality? Everyone wants to put a mark on the world, but not everyone has that grinders mentality <BR> to do so. If someone told you that they would pay you to start working towards your dreams, <BR> Would that change the amount of hours a day you spent working towards your dream? <BR>   <BR> That would give you a lot of motivation, you wouldn’t want to let them down <BR> because there investing in you. That feeling of what you would have is the grinders <BR> mentality. Grinders don’t need someone to... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 22:10:15 EST Feeling sad today. A lot of Effort, No Results. Today's weigh in marked my 5th week. <BR> I've cut calories to 1200 per day. <BR> Brisk 30 minute walk at lunch <BR> Brisk 30-45 minute in the evenings. <BR> week 1= -2.2 <BR> week 2= -2.2 <BR> week 3= -1.8 <BR> week 4= +.4 <BR> Today = +.2 <BR> Feeling sad with my efforts and no progress the last 2 weeks. I plan to: <BR> Lower my calorie intake and do a lot of cardio. <BR> <em>234</em> Fri, 2 Sep 2016 16:14:39 EST Need help staying on track Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I desperately need an accountability partner. Some one I cant text or email back and forth with. I know what I have to do but it gets down to it I procrastinate and don't do what I have to do. Does anyone need a buddy? <BR> <BR> Dhaiana Fri, 2 Sep 2016 11:20:31 EST What Activity Did You Work into Your Day? Today I walked with my granddaughter and her baby brother (whom I had in a strap-on carrier) to the duck pond, up the "mountain" and around the big tree. There was no power walking, but some fast walking was involved! lol...after the kiddos left I went on a 2+ mile power walk. It was a beautiful day! Thu, 1 Sep 2016 23:31:03 EST Starting over yet again I have so much weight to lose. I need to lose over 100 lbs. I am really stressed about it. I hope I can find the strength to do it this time. I have now tried 9 times to lose weight. This is attempt #9. Wish me luck! Thu, 1 Sep 2016 21:55:55 EST Meals the day before you Weigh In Just wondering...I'm a WWer, and weigh myself once a week (Fridays). Thursdays I eat even a little healthier than I do the other days...would definitely not have something like a burger or a slice of pizza. Today I've had grilled chicken, baked chicken, salads, fresh fruit and oatmeal. Just wondering if you eat even better on the day before you weigh in, or do you weigh yourself more often...FYI I've been on WW for 15 months and have lost 80 pounds and still have 35 more that I'd like to l... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 20:30:24 EST I guess I do my own thing I do much better at treadmill and cycling with "easy listening" music vs. fast paced music. I like Montivoni. Thu, 1 Sep 2016 11:00:16 EST SEPTEMBER 2016 -Appreciations, Gratitude-Welcome!! <img src=""> <BR> "A noble person is mindful and thankful for the favors he receives from others" Buddha <BR> <BR> When you enter into a state of mindfulness, you make the choice to open your awareness to all aspects of your experience... positive, negative, and neutral. You look at yourself, others, and the world with an open-eyed sense of curiosity, nonjudgment, and acceptance. When you apply this same attitud... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:37:24 EST Overwhelmed: Ankle Injury, PCOS, Pre-Diabetic-HELP Hello <BR> <BR> This is my first time writing in the message board, not sure if I am in the right category but hey, I am giving this a shot. I am feeling super overwhelmed with my current situation and was wanting/hoping to find some words of wisdom (or encouragement) from the fellow SP community. <BR> <BR> Pls bare with me, I am going to share some very important information about me, which will hopefully help someone give me some advice, perhaps there's someone here going thru a similar s... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:27:47 EST Rainy daze Does anyone else feel especially lazy on rainy days? How do you overcome this? Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:17:41 EST 21-day challenge After one week, I'm feeling good. Mon, 29 Aug 2016 23:38:47 EST I'm ready to quit I know that sounds horrible, but it's how I feel.. The more I workout, the worse I feel. I have been working out somewhat regularly since March. But I'm seeing so little results. And eating, HA! I have trouble not eating right and I hate eating like a rabbit. I don't like complaining, but I want to feel better, I've felt crappy for far too long.. <em>234</em> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 20:32:11 EST Motivate me Please So I have been working out since June. I go to Orange Theory twice a week and burn 500 calories then I do hot yoga once a week. (I am not sure what I burn there but I believe it has to be close to 400). This last week I upped it to three times at Orange and 2 times at Yoga and still I am not losing weight. I also quit drinking alcohol (was drinking 2 to glasses of wine a night) and I started Isagenix. I am positive I am getting less than 1500 calories a day this last week and I know I nor... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:05:46 EST Lost weight twice but gained back twice Hi Everybody, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to share how I feel. The first time I was on a good exercise schedule from Oct 2014, I had lost 8 kgs until 24th Dec 2014. On 25th Dec, I was down with typhoid + hepatitis and recovered after 3 months. In the recovery process I managed to gain a few kilos but I did not feel fit enough to start my fitness regime. At the end of 2015 in December I gathered some guts to go on a diet and managed to reduce 11 Kgs by the end of April. Starting May 2015 I could no... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 03:54:23 EST Weight loss buddy?? Hi! My name is Meghan , I am 23 years old and I currently weigh around 240 lbs with a height of 5"6. I have been trying to lose weight for years but it's proving to be challenging. I didn't start gaining a lot of weigh until around 2012 and it just increases each year. I really want to actually lose weight this time. I was diagnosed with PCOS which makes it really easy to gain and really hard to lose. I want to feel good physically and mentally about myself and I'm ready to start a family but... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 01:02:50 EST Greatful Every morning I am so grateful to get up and login to Spark People and see my progress, and how my community is doing. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 08:34:55 EST walking I finally made the 4.1 miles walking today. First time over the 4 mile walking!! Feels great! Sat, 27 Aug 2016 22:09:26 EST Banishing Bad Body Thoughts Bad body thoughts are never about your body. At least, that's what Jane Hirschmann and Carol Munter assert in their book, Overcoming Overeating. And they're absolutely right. Allow me to tell you a little story. <BR> I went to a yoga class today. I haven't gone in ages and I needed to shake things up a bit, so I thought I'd trek to the gym in a neighboring town after my dentist appointment. <BR> I arrive right on time. Immediately, I notice that the only remaining good spot on the floor is ... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 18:26:34 EST Models, models, models Funny how SparkPeople attempt us to not think about fake pictures of models, and motivation with weight loss success stories, yet they have numerous ads with extremely thin models in skimpy outfits???? Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:47:41 EST Baffled by Research I saw this and it sent me into a tail spin. Has anyone read the book? How are we supposed to respond to this?? The Ted Talk is by the author of "Why Diets Make You Fat." I've ordered the book. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>odt_why_dieting_doesn_t_usually_work/t<BR>ranscript?language=en </link> <BR> <BR> Any words of wisdom are appreciated. I've been on the roller coaster all my life, I'm 47 and feel like I can make the change, but this is haunting me rele... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:03:13 EST What's Your Excuse? Okay, we all know about Maria Kang (the fitness instructor mom who got in trouble for "fat shaming" people with her poster posing the same question). <BR> <BR> What I'm wondering is, have I been using my excess weight as an excuse not to get on dating sites again? It's been over a year and I'm much heavier than I was the last time I began online dating. Is it possible that I'm using the "guys won't like me at my current size" line just to save myself from the emotional roller coaster ride t... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 19:21:36 EST A Little Biblical Encouragement for Today <BR> Hebrews 12:11 - 13 <BR> <BR> 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant; later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. <BR> 12 Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, <BR> 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. <BR> <BR> Obviously the true context is vastly different than my interpretation, but I couldn't hel... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 17:33:33 EST struggling with consistency and discipline hi everyone, <BR> i am sure alot of you can relate... but i really have problems staying consistent... i will start of good, say "walking on my lunch break"....going to the gym 2 to 3 times a week.... and than eventually that mindset creeps in..." i am too tired, or i will go tommorow". <BR> <BR> really looking for some tips or what has helped you stay on track to reach goals... i did manage to lose almost 20lbs but that was more of watching portions and what i ate than excercising. <BR> ... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 06:28:18 EST How do I continue to eat? Weird topic title I know but for anyone who remembers some of my previous posts, my issue was that I would end up sabotaging myself by not eating enough in an attempt to combat any weight gain. What this didn't help was weight loss which is what I have been craving. The advice on here and anywhere has been to 'eat more'. Well, although I haven't been calorie counting (probably good for me in these early stages), I have been on a break with my family and eating more. I have also been able ... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 09:15:29 EST Be your own CHEERLEADER! Sometimes you WILL NOT have people cheering for YOU! You may even have people BOOING at you!!!! But, NEVER EVER STOP PLAYING! You gotta CHEER FOR YOURSELF! YOU ARE TOO IMPORTANT! Wed, 17 Aug 2016 16:39:39 EST What do you guys do for motivation? I've tried photo journals, weekly weigh ins. Looking at old photos ect.. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:49:25 EST Goals SparkCoach asked me to make by goals public today so here goes! <BR> <BR> I will lose 90lbs. <BR> I will no longer need blood pressure medication. <BR> I will be a positive role model for my students and other family members. <BR> I will be HEALTHY! <BR> <BR> What are your goals? Tue, 16 Aug 2016 07:30:20 EST Looking for an accountability buddy! I'm 32 and have approximately 100 lbs to lose. I'm going to be my sister's maid of honor at her wedding at the end of June 2017 and am wanting to get as close to my goal weight as possible by then! I'm super motivated and am looking for an accountability buddy, someone who can keep me in check and give lots of motivation, and vice-versa! Send me a SparkMail message if interested!! Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:50:21 EST Celebrating small victories Hi all you lovely people, <BR> <BR> I've been feeling a bit demotivated this weekend and had two major red flag cravings, one on Saturday afternoon and one on Sunday evening. It was really bad and I wanted to give in with everything that I am, though I persevered. What got me was that the scale didn't reward me this morning for my willpower and I only saw a 0.2kg loss which is much much less than normal over 3 days. Though I thought I should celebrate the fact that I didn't give in and I cou... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 07:43:12 EST Seattle Area Workout/Accountability Buddy Needed Is anyone in the Seattle/North Seattle area? I need some motivation and accountability to workout and am hoping to find a workout buddy. I'm ~350lbs and want someone in a relatable place to help push/motivate me when I need it. Fri, 12 Aug 2016 10:20:04 EST Completely bummed I've belonged to Sparkpeople for years now but haven't been "on" for a year. I'm so frustrated with trying to lose weight and not seeming to get anywhere. I've tried a host of eating plans but lately the 5/2 eating plan and the FMD. Neither are doing it for me because the 500 calorie 2 day-ers are nuts in the 5/2 and the FMB's 2 days of veggies and protein is equally difficult to stick to. Then there's Paleo. Right. No dairy and few carbs of any sort. Who can do these?? I've got to find somet... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 01:18:17 EST Exercise question: Please share your experiences! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> One of our writers is looking for member quotes to be included in her story. Below is her question that she would like to get some quotes for: <BR> <BR> You're 40 minutes into your workout and the sweat starts pouring as your legs start screaming at you to please, have mercy and just stop this madness. What do you say to yourself to keep going? <BR> <BR> Please share your answers here by Monday, August 15th and we'll feature the best quotes in a new blog post! <BR> ... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 20:05:01 EST At what point could you tell a difference? Ok, so I had reached the biggest I had ever been. Scary to say but I was only 3 pounds away from 300! What scared me most was that I weighed only 240 when I went to the doctor less than a year before. That means I gained nearly 60 pounds in less than a year and somehow I never saw it happening. <BR> <BR> Now that I am making a serious effort to lose weight I am seeing results on the scale.I have lost 30 pounds in a little under 2 months. However I still can not see a difference in my clothe... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 14:48:45 EST Binge Eating....... Can anyone out there offer any advice on how to get over binge eating??!! I start off the day with great intentions and feel so motivated, track all my food and make good choices and then its like a switch is flicked in my brain instantly and I start bingeing on junk food when I'm not even hungry or feeling emotional. I am a big stress/comfort food eater but seem to go in cycles of struggling to get over it, once I'm in the right head space I can go for days, weeks or months without bingein... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 10:52:09 EST motivation it use to take a lot for me to become motivated, but now i just find 3 days out of the week to go to the fitness center and other days to do other physical things Mon, 8 Aug 2016 14:14:25 EST How much weight have you lost and how long? How much weight have you lost and how long has it been so far for you? Mon, 8 Aug 2016 09:32:32 EST Can't Pass Go Feeling frustrated. I'm 57 and can't seem to find my hope anymore. Had gastric bypass 6 years ago....lost 150 lbs....was finally able to get out of a wheelchair and walk again (and breathe at the same time). Was feeling wonderful and starting to love life. Then life turned upside down. And so did I. Started all the old habits....have gained back 50 pounds....can't walk more than 30 feet without getting out of breath....arthritis and fibromyalgia pain are at an all-time high....have f... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 19:43:02 EST how to stay focused I am having a hard time staying focused on my goal to exercise more. I feel like I can't make more time to exercise. I don't have a job to worry about but I do have another commitments. I also not on the website as much because I deleted the app off my phone. So I hope I can get some good feedback about this. Sun, 7 Aug 2016 15:29:52 EST Journal So excited I went to Michael's and got all the stuff to start a journal of the ups and downs and exciting changes and challenges. <em>41</em> <BR> I got 1 blank journal and the other is a fitness and food. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 14:37:22 EST Never give up! And don't be afraid of failure.. I've been using SparkPeople for 6 years now and I'm so grateful I got the right information in my path. I'm also using the app called "Coach.Me" for tracking many habits and to stay motivated. <BR> My advice is this: Don't ever give up! Why? Because after failing so many times, you get some sort of "push" as in you don't want to fail anymore. That means after failing so many times you become tougher and also stronger. And when you learn to overcome one obstacle, you overcome more obstacles wi... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 12:01:03 EST Tips for Being Patient for Results When I eat lousy or binge and don't workout, my body size matches my feelings so it makes sense. Now that I've been eating better and exercising for a few weeks now, I feel much better emotionally and mentally, so much so that I don't feel like a 230 lbs person. My body doesn't seem to match how I feel. I've lost a few lbs so far, and it's not even about the number on the scale. I would like to feel confident and comfortable in my body. I know that it will just take time, and I don't think I ... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 17:00:42 EST Bit scared about this Saturday night My hubby will be away on Saturday night and although I am more than happy with my own company, traditionally I have a good old fashioned binge when he is away. <BR> <BR> I have been keeping on track the last little while and am feeling comfortable-ish with the day to day but I am worried about eating only what I should be eating and not over doing it. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Wed, 3 Aug 2016 01:07:51 EST goal I want to get a personal training session as my treat for meeting a goal, but I don't know what it should be. <BR> <BR> What is one of your goals? Tue, 2 Aug 2016 09:47:26 EST STARTING AGAIN... It seems when I get to ALMOST five pounds something in my life stops me from continuing and I am starting again. Last week it was vacation. Now I am back to square one. Back to the original weight I was the first of last month. Ugg!!! and it is so warm out now I can't find myself going for a walk at lunch time like I used to. Evenings get a head of me as I have two kids and once they get to sleep I find myself just wanting to sit and enjoy a few minutes of quite. what do I do to get back ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 13:51:20 EST Biggest Loser Fall Challenge First of all, you will need to have a sparkpage made and set to public. <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name of this challenge. It's a 10 week commitment. You have several little teams (with 24 members) that compete with each other. Main requirement is to weigh in each week. If you know for some reason that you can't post your weight (let the leaders know). Otherwise after 2 missed weigh ins (with no excuse) you would be moved to honorary. We have ITC (inter team challenges) that consist of e... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 13:15:33 EST Feeling Overwhelmed HI Spark People! <BR> <BR> I am new here, and am really needing your best advice as to how to get started and maintain accountability. I have been unhealthy for years now, and I have no idea how to even begin. It's hot in Arizona, and I don't have a gym membership. Please send me your best ideas..I would really appreciate it. I want to make this work! Sun, 31 Jul 2016 23:28:39 EST How do you reward yourself for accomplishments? Hi all! I've been beaming with support on my first week with SP and now I'm developing a reward system to continue to motivate myself as I continue to make progress. <BR> <BR> I think I want to set a small reward for every successful week I have, and then a larger reward for each milestone, like every 10lbs, or every milestone weight. <BR> <BR> I've heard some good ones so far, like: <BR> Massage <BR> New hair color <BR> Nice water bottle <BR> Swimsuit <BR> Clothes, in general <BR> Movies ... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 22:16:31 EST AUGUST 2016 -Appreciations and Gratitude- Welcome <img src=""> "Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices." Robert Braathe <BR> <BR> I appreciate every person who contributes and shares on this thread. As always please share 5 things you are grateful for, appreciate or are working for you. The daily gifts! <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 31 Jul 2016 15:51:22 EST Motivated by guilty pleasures I have a guilty pleasure - the Housewives of any city. I make my brain drain habit a little less remorse Inducing by combing it with exercise. By the time I am halfway through an episode, I have completed 30 minutes on the stationary bike. Two more televised screaming matches, dinner parties, Dubai shopping sprees or white parties later, and I find I'm on the cool down phase of my elliptical session. <BR> <BR> What's great about keeping my covert trash tv viewing localized to the gym is tha... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 12:11:49 EST I need initial motivation to eat healthier I am returning to sparkpeople after, I think, about 10 years. The first time around I lost about 60-70 lbs. I have only gained back about 20. But, it's uncomfortable and it's largely due to depression, poor nutrition, and laziness in this summer heat. <BR> <BR> While I find working toward being more active is the easy part, I need motivation to get back in the kitchen. My husband died about 5 years ago and it's been a downward slope since then. I rely heavily on convenience items like froze... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 16:52:57 EST singles what do you do when feeling lonely? While trying to lose weight I have noticed when I feel lonely I normally head for the fridge. So let's talk about what we can do instead of piggy out when feeling lonely. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:25:31 EST Inspirational cards for purse/wallet Many many many many moons ago I had a deck of cards which were inspirational/motivational that you could keep in your wallet/purse or pop them up on your mirror etc. I have since lost those but was wondering whether anyone has anything similar? I have tried googling it but am not seeing the kind of thing I am looking for. <BR> <BR> Thanks <em>88</em> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:18:59 EST Am feeling really low Have been using SP for 25 days and had a weigh in this morning. Due to the lack of control I have over my bingeing, I am now 0.4kg GREATER than when I started. <BR> <BR> Maybe weight loss is not actually possible for all people <em>39</em> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:51:49 EST how to stay motivated Hello my name is Malcolina and this is my first week here i am so far doing ok but at time it's hard to keep myself motivated, i want to lose 56 pounds by the end of the year i need help to keep going what should i do? Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:26:36 EST Asthmatics and exercise So it's been awhile, but I recently have decided I wanted to get back into a healthy lifestyle. The past couple weeks have been rough due to family being in town, working full time, and putting in volunteer hours every morning before work to a theatre camp. <BR> <BR> I stepped on the scale and had gained two pounds. Not that it's much, but it makes me afraid I may gain back all the weight I lost (around 30lbs). I have been doing Pilates every now and then and playing pick up/semi competitive... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 13:29:29 EST Sad motivation, but powerful On vacation this week, visiting family and traveling a bit. Yesterday I saw my sister. She is 4 years older than me. We had dinner with her and her husband at a buffet style restaurant. I did my research ahead of time, knew what I "could" have and logged it into my food journal. Very tasty food, and I was more than satisfied. But my sister, God love her is not at a place where she is able to make even small changes, better choices. She seemed upset with me that I chose a plain baked swe... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 07:33:23 EST I am exhausted So here's my M.O. I am very into and motivated from the time I wake up in the morning until about 3-4pm. By that time, I start thinking things like, "What am I even doing this for, anyways?" And, "Oh well," and stuff like that. <BR> <BR> I think the thing is that I've always struggled with my weight. I'm either overweight and trying to lose it, or I've lost weight and I'm trying to maintain it. Either way, it's a struggle. Sometimes after a few days of tracking, I'll not track for like a da... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:45:31 EST Looking Hey Ya'll :) Happy Tuesday <BR> <BR> I have just recently started a new group for anyone looking to stay accountable and just take it day by day. Feel free to come and join! Just copy the link and it will take you right to the team <BR> <BR><BR>se Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:58:36 EST How do you stay motivated? I just finished the 30-Day Workout Challenge. I've been cutting my portions, eating more salads, and adding more veggies to my diet. In short, I feel like I've been working really hard. I have issues with my feet and knee (I've had three surgeries between them) and they're so sore at this point from working out everyday that I'm almost limping. My energy is tanked; I feel exhausted all the time now. I thought eating better and getting more exercise was supposed to feel good - but all I want t... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:58:33 EST Tracking Hi, <BR> <BR> I am having so much trouble tracking, I just can't get into the groove AND/OR admit to what I'm eating. How do I fix this? <BR> <BR> Also, I can't seem to start eating healthier and kick out junk food, it tastes too good! <BR> <BR> PLEASE HELP!! Thu, 14 Jul 2016 08:54:18 EST Keep It Simple You have chosen to embark on a great journey to health and fitness and you'll make some great new Spark Friends along the way! <BR> And it's easy if you follow these guidelines... <BR> *Drink your <em>274</em> <BR> *Eat your five servings <em>550</em> <BR> *Track your food and fitness <em>17</em> <BR> *Get in an extra 10 minutes of dancing <em>354</em> <BR> *Get plenty of <em>102</em> <BR> *Believe that you are worth it <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> You are not alone on this... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:39:02 EST Thanks to the emergency services in our city If those in the military and police and other e.r. people could stay in shape in order to protect us, I should too. Thanks to all the military, police, etc. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:55:33 EST Financial woes, sleep and motivation. I am a mom of seven. Three are in college but everyone comes home off and on during the summer. We recently moved back to my home town because my youngest (3) is autistic and we needed better services. My husband found a job immediately but they pay is not that great. I am reopening a law practice but it is going to take a while because we are putting together services for my son. I am really worried about affording healthy food. I also do not feel like exercising when they keep me up a... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:30:16 EST Trying to focus on the positive I got on the scale this morning and am disappointed that I didn't lose any weight last week. I've been eating so much better and exercising, but it's really hard for me to lose weight. <BR> <BR> That being said, I am trying to stay positive. I feel SO much better, physically. I have energy (I cleaned my whole house, top to bottom, on Saturday. Planned to just rest on Sunday but I got up and was productive on Sunday too), I feel more confident. <BR> <BR> I think I am going to spend the next... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:07:42 EST What do you say to yourself when the scale goes up You are faithfully tracking and eating healthy. You see results. Then the day comes when the scale goes up for no good reason. What do you say to yourself to keep motivated and to stay positive? <BR> <BR> I tell myself , " I believe in the process. It could be salt. I am staying on track." Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:25:27 EST Hard to Forgive "Resentment is the poison you feed yourself. " <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <BR> Someone, who I thought was a friend said something very unkind to me today, and a day that started well almost went bad. Then I realized on this hot summer day that I needed to stop feeling hurt and forgive this person, not for them but for me. Thanks Spark People for providing an avenue for me to share and let this go! <BR> <em>252</em> Wed, 6 Jul 2016 17:13:14 EST What's Missing From Your Day? for me, there's days when I am extremely active and then there's days when I just seem to be in recovery mode. certain things only happen on certain days and cannot be changed. I know recovery time is important, but there is also such thing as active recovery and then there's maintenance - not resting/recovering so much that your health/fitness actually deteriorates. I need to find that balance. <BR> <BR> some days I can drink plenty of fluids and other days, I don't get around to it unt... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 12:31:25 EST Miracle Morning Has anyone else read the book, heard about it? I met with a friend recently, whom I hadn't seen in a few months. She looked amazing! Down 40 lbs, skin glowing, eyes sparkling. She was completely different from the last time we met. She had been depressed, working a job she didn't love...I told her about manifesting, and what it had done for me. Dream home, job, car. But that's where it ended for me. I tried to continue with manifesting a healthy body and lifestyle, and came up short.... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 11:02:24 EST Mood Tracker I've been on and off Spark People for many, many years. I remember there was once a mood tracker. Is that still a thing? Sat, 2 Jul 2016 11:52:49 EST SHARING MY GOALS On Sparkcoach today SparkGuy's message was about sharing your goals. So, here I go. <BR> <BR> Daily Goal 1...track meals at the beginning of the day so that my calories are set up and I can reach for my goals at the beginning of my day. <BR> <BR> Daily Goal 2...track fitness at the beginning of my day and strive to meet at least that and add to it if I need to. <BR> <BR> At this point of my journey, I want only to set Daily goals and not be discouraged by the goals that are not in my DAILY... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 10:23:56 EST JULY 2016-Appreciations, Gratitudes-welcome all!! <img src="">By living life in a way that brings healing to Mother Earth and all of our fellow creatures we are in harmony with the Universe. <BR> Seeking wholeness is part of the pathway to power. It certainly seems that writing our appreciation daily is a great step towards a joyful life. <BR> <BR> See you here in July! <BR> <img src=" Thu, 30 Jun 2016 18:36:51 EST Summer Book Read: "Life is Hard, Food is Easy" Join us at "Just Check In" Spark team (under 100+ lbs. to lose category) for our summer book read. <BR> <BR> We will be reading the book "Life is Hard, Food is Easy!" by Linda Spangle. The subtitle says it all: the 5 step plan to overcome emotional eating and lose weight on any diet. <BR> <BR> We will start on July 15th. I would like to end on Labor Day or the Friday after. <BR> <BR> No weigh ins or cardio minutes to report, just a team discussion of this book as we read it together. <em... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:57:03 EST I am not losing weight. Help. I started back in April and have done great and lost 30lbs but suddenly my body is not responding and I have not lost any for two weeks now. Why has my body stopped responding to the diet. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:15:48 EST Extremes Hey, <BR> <BR> I've been on this site before, lost 10kg, then gained it all back and then some. Now at my heaviest, I really want to lose the weight and maintain that. However, I always find myself at extremes, either on a perfect diet/exercise plan or completely off the tracks. I find it very hard to strike a balance. I feel doomed to fail eventually, but want to change that. Any tips? Wed, 29 Jun 2016 06:04:39 EST Stuck on the Plateau, needing encouragement. I have a goal of losing 20 pounds in 3 months, before I go back home to see my family and friends. In the first two weeks I lost a total of 8 pounds! But now for the last 2.5 weeks, with the same diet and exercise, I have stayed steady at 164 lbs. Needing motivation to stay the course... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 04:24:41 EST Is it to hot to workout outside today? I live in Kansas City MO. It's about 94 degrees out today Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:33:59 EST Not good, slipping into old ways hmmm, have gotten away from my motivation lately- I need to reboot ASAP!! Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:38:48 EST Staying motivated with a junk-food loving husband? Hi all! I began a LCHF diet today and am so excited about it. What I'm not excited about is my junk-food addicted hubby. While I must admit he LOVED dinner tonight (to my surprise as it was LOW carb!), he eats so much junk. I began making two meal versions of everything and it's exhausting. For example, I eat zuccini noodles and marinera - he wants normal noodles. So tiring. Any tips on getting your hubby on board? Mon, 27 Jun 2016 03:08:34 EST Getting back on the horse. I'm getting back into SparkPeople and tracking my food and exercise after three years (and 15 pounds gained). I know I can do this and will feel better when I take better care of myself. <BR> <BR> I am surrounded by people (my husband and two of my closest friends) who can eat/drink whatever they want and not exercise without gaining weight, so they are not exactly supportive or understanding when I try to track my food and exercise. I could use a little encouragement to get me going. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 13:38:25 EST Insulin Resistance I have just learned that I am insulin resistant. I am trying to learn quickly and make drastic changes in my diet and exercise. I am not new to dieting but this concept is completely new to me. I may be overthinking things but am completely overwhelmed. Any advise on how a working, busy mom can make this transition any easier? Thu, 23 Jun 2016 19:46:58 EST looking for some travel girls . for Norway hi, <BR> I want to visit Norway & Sweden (maybe) before it gets too cold up there. I am a Viking TV show fan, and want to visit the Viking ship .. in aug. <BR> is anyone interested ? <BR> I am a modest traveler, no smoking , no clubbing, modest wine drinker- <BR> merci <BR> <em>252</em> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:07:45 EST