SparkPeople Staying Motivated Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_topics.asp?imboard=31 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_topics.asp?imboard=31 Do you use a planner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42452265 And for what? Your meals? Your everyday tasks? <BR> <BR> Does it work? Does it make things simpler? <BR> <BR> I will start using a planner, because I need to know what I have to do and when, so I don't have an excuse to miss gym because I forgot to cook something, or clean something at home. <BR> <BR> I don't think I make the best of my free time, so I'm hoping a planner will help. But will have to keep to it, which I know will be a hard habit. <BR> <BR> What is your experience? Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:55:48 EST Spark Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42405661 I found that it is easier to stay motivated at something once you made a commitment or pledge to that effect. Recently I clicked an old link to a "Spark Pledge" that spark members supposedly could make and found that the domain for the link had expired. Does anyone know if there is currently a "Spark Pledge"? Is there an an active link to it? Sat, 15 Jul 2017 06:09:49 EST Cauliflower is not the same as rice, bread or pota http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42366566 I am 2 weeks into a low carb diet and extremely discouraged with the lack of choices. I don't want to pretend that cauliflower is actually potatoes or that zucchini noodles are really pasta - they are not. I love vegetables and don't mind meat in small servings but am HANGRY. Is there a secret type of proper bread or cracker that is actually low carb? I need a vehicle for the healthy stuff. Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:18:03 EST Plateau problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42342560 Plateau problem. <BR> This week's stats: <BR> Calorie Goal (set by Spark) 1,720-2,070. Calories for this week: Lowest day 1,163. Highest day 1.934. Average 1,535. <BR> TDEE calculator says my Maint. Calories are 2,512 and my BMR is 1,827. (tdeecalculator.net) <BR> Workout minutes for the week: 260, 45, 60, 90,20,120, 45. <BR> I am a 53 year old man, 172 cm and 95 Kg. <BR> <BR> I am eating all I want. I feel full and have lots of energy. People say the calories are low, but it feels like ... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 09:48:18 EST How not to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42319994 Hi. ALL <BR> <BR> STILL trying to lose weight. Still exercising and enjoying it but the weight is rising. Why is that? Because the weather is hot and I feel even less like eating. It is however infuriating to see the numbers rise. I am going to have to review my 'summer eating' diet. I had lost weight at some stage this year but am now back to having only lost 2.2lbs from my heaviest early this year. <BR> <BR> It's so maddening. Its not even as though I am topping up with alcohol - I am fi... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 04:09:21 EST Need Encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42314605 I'm looking for someone to help keep me motivated and on track with my weight loss journey also getting past emotional stuff that's related to what I went through this past year, which was a car accident which set me back by a lot and weakened me. <BR> <BR> It just seems unfair that last year today I was on my way back to being healthy things were wonderful then it all went downhill and no matter how much I do I'm not seeing results, I keep falling for the same temptations and my body isn't... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 12:29:02 EST Hit a wall http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42313961 So I was doing WW and lost 20 lbs which is now mostly back as it seems to happen. My husband lost a lot of weight on his own and he eats salads all day every day. I just can't do that. It doesn't get me excited and it is hard because he doesn't really want anything but the salads for meals. <BR> I need more but I feel guilty when I don't eat a salad and then I just start that vicious cycle because I feel like he is judging me for failing. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else have this problem o... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 10:54:49 EST I Need Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42308456 Last night was very difficult for me, because there were a lot of really loud, illegal fireworks in my neighborhood. They go across the river to get the M80s, which are like little bombs. My breathing was off for hours, because it was causing some anxiety. I was up all night, because I was so keyed up! Next year, I'm thinking of going to visit one of my relatives in another town, instead of being here. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I was directed here from SparkCoach to leave a message. Today is much be... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 21:28:34 EST needing help to stay motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42307155 I really don't know how to keep myself motivated can anyone give me some advice Wed, 5 Jul 2017 18:38:55 EST new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42284304 hello pretty new here stay focused and we can do this <em>381</em> Mon, 3 Jul 2017 11:53:11 EST So unmotivated to get back on the treadmill http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42271472 Over a year ago, I would walk on the treadmill daily. After a couple months, my weight jumped up 20 lbs. I thought it was muscle and blew it off. After another couple months had past, my stomach was growing in size and I wasn't able to get my pants on. By the end, I gained almost 30 lbs and went up 2 pant sizes. At month 6, I gave up and quit walking discouraged with my results. I'm scared to get on the treadmill again because I don't want my stomach to get any bigger and I don't want to incr... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 01:03:31 EST JULY 2017 appreciations, gratitude, thanks-Welcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42259828 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1ea333f8-923a-4103-b3fd-934b87af29ac.jpg"> <BR> Welcome, Welcome!! Here is the place to list 5 things that you appreciate, feel thankful for and whatever makes you smile. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ff4e41f-7b35-485b-a45c-fb588a8d3877.jpg"> Fri, 30 Jun 2017 17:53:45 EST Staying focused and motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42259693 I know what I want. I want to be fit. I want to be able to run 4 miles and not be breathless and not have to stop and do it in a shorter time than an hour. I want a life, friends, a boyfriend, a job, a career in the military. I just want to finally love me. I want to finally be happy. Fri, 30 Jun 2017 17:20:59 EST Motivation: Is being divorced from reality normal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42217613 Do we all see ourselves as small or average when in reality we are overweight? I am wondering if I am an anomaly? <BR> It is actually weird because I used to see myself as fat when I was thin or well normal. Now, I see myself as normal or small when I am overweight except if I see a picture of myself which helps me be more in touch with what I actually look like. Is that divorce from reality normal? Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:09:46 EST My motivations and story http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42205303 I wrote a blog post yesterday about my personal story and journey. Hope it helps someone else. Sun, 25 Jun 2017 12:03:54 EST S U C C E S S http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42204478 Success consists of going from failure to failure <BR> without loss of enthusiasm. <BR> - Winston Churchill Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:55:39 EST tiredness bingeing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42193113 Any suggestions for preventing a binge when very tired at night, too tired to go to bed, too tired to act sensibly, productively, imaginatively? Sat, 24 Jun 2017 04:06:01 EST Deleted http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42173767 Deleted Thu, 22 Jun 2017 01:00:35 EST Stuck less then half way from my goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42141206 I lost 50 pounds in the past year. I went from between 240-250 to 190lbs, and then I've been stuck. I've been there for the past 3 months without any change in the scale (except for a couple weeks after I had a bad E.coli infection, but within a few weeks I went back up to 190 again)... and have just sat there since. I've been slacking on tracking things lately though, and want to get back into tracking. I just got an activity watch so it'll help me keep track of my steps, because any other e... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 19:51:24 EST trying not to lose motivation/ bad knees http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42132728 Hello all, I have bad knees, I have bone on bone arthritis in both knees and it is stopping me from walking as exercise. I go to an orthopedic surgeon on Thursday June 22 and I have no idea of what he is going to tell me, actually I sort of do. It is because of my weight. But this is depressing me, it is so hard for me. I can't even walk up and down steps it is so painful. How can I exercise to lose weight without walking and still keep my motivation. Sat, 17 Jun 2017 18:47:21 EST In need of encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42130165 Hello everyone. I am discouraged. I have been tracking what I eat and exercising regularly. I cardio for one hr 3 days a week and strength train 3 days. I have measured myself and weighed myself before I started 4 days shy of a month ago and I have lost no inches and only lost 1 pound. What gives? I don't know what to do. I'm not giving up but just...ugh and sigh. I know from the last time I tried to lose it came off slow but geesh not this slow. I'm sorry about the ranting just grumpy and fe... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 10:49:15 EST Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42129578 I lost 2 lbs in 2 weeks. I'm going to continue to update as I go along. This will keep me motivated. But I want to hear how you are doing with your journey. How much weight you lost, how you did it etc. Sat, 17 Jun 2017 10:03:43 EST Smoothie Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42125168 I recently bought a new blender after saving for a while. It was worth the wait! <BR> <BR> My usual smoothie that I make is strawberries, banana, spinach in some kind of watered down juice or caffeine free iced tea. <BR> <BR> Today I mixed blueberries, vanilla pea protein powder, weak apple juice with my spinach instead. I guess I needed the break. <BR> <BR> So....I'm looking for ideas <BR> <BR> What is your favorite smoothie? Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:58:39 EST Smoothies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42123417 I have made a couple of smoothies for breakfast or occ. snack but my question is this...are they meant to be meal replacements? I got a Nutri Bullet and the recipes are around or over 350 calories but they are not protein heavy. They have a lot of fruit and greens which is fine except that I am not a vegetarian at all. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:54:24 EST neck problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42090765 Getting old is not always easy. Got problems with my neck. Having to go to a specialist in a week or so. Trying to stay motivated after several sets backs as far as health. Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:59:11 EST Weekend Dread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42083744 How to continue dedication to diet and exercises on weekends? When you cook delicious yummy food for family but you have to stick to your diet? <BR> When you want to sleep in and dont feel like working out? <BR> Or when you are on an vacation and surrounded by awesome Food? Tue, 13 Jun 2017 01:00:39 EST Motivational Buddies Anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42078440 Wondering if anyone out there wants to check in daily (well...throughout the day...often) and keep each other motivated. Perhaps I can find someone similar to me and we can work together. <BR> <BR> Me: <BR> 33 Y/O/F <BR> 3 Kids (Daughter (almost 6yrs), Son 4yrs, Daughter 6mos) <BR> Working FT. Husband works FT. <BR> Hectic - working on home renovation (getting our current home ready to rent) and currently in the process of buying a foreclosure. <BR> <BR> Before kids I was pretty healthy. I... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:16:00 EST What earbuds do you use? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42075287 I found a set that works for me after going through Beats, losing one airpod, and Jaybirds. Curious as to what everyone else is using. What do you like about them. Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:04:39 EST Knowing and Doing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42040437 Hi. I'm Laura. My biggest issue is I know what I have to do but, I don't always do it. I need help and support. We live in a small town and not a lot here. I can't afford a coach and can't do the weight loss programs due to Kidney Disease.Its really hard on me because my husband is dealing with a lot of medical issues as well. We take care of each other. I have Type 1 Diabetes, which causes weight gain from insulin and I have Thyroid issues, weight gain, Addison's Disease, meds cause weight g... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 19:46:57 EST how to stay motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42034999 I need help to stay motivated For years I have ate right for awhile and then back to same old bad habits. I have had a stroke so I feel the time is now to learn to eat right and keep it that way Thu, 8 Jun 2017 08:38:35 EST stressed out and eating out of stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=42001006 I plan my food pretty well and get lots of exercise both strength and cardio but lately it seems everywhere I turn there is a no series of stress. The first thing I do is grab something to eat. Not too much that is not on our diet but eating too many in a hurry. Friday night a work change affected me and I came home and ate. Saturday we went to a graduation open house which was awkward and difficult we came home and I started stuffing my face. Today I did better but it is difficult to stop... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 01:04:50 EST Daily schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41986240 Walk; 20 minutes. <BR> Keep healthy snacks on hand. <BR> Cook your meals. <BR> Drink lots of water <BR> Sleep; 8 hours <BR> <em>381</em> Sat, 3 Jun 2017 10:21:44 EST small victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41979380 I successfully avoided a donut on national donut day AND I was able to leave the grocery store without buying items that were not on my list. Fri, 2 Jun 2017 16:52:09 EST JUNE 2017-Appreciations, Gratitudes- Welcome All!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41959688 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2df17eae-89a5-4768-93bb-b76eff4e39e1.jpg">"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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fcf4b330-feb5-43df-ac2e-7506c7a97972.jpg"> Wed, 31 May 2017 18:48:12 EST Jumping Jacks & Stretching http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41956789 When I am feeling sluggish, I do some jumping jacks. It immediatly changes my state and gives me an energy boost. <BR> I have noticed since stretching, I am more flexible! <BR> Go me! Wed, 31 May 2017 12:09:31 EST Why hitting your weight plateau is a good thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41942263 The body uses up energy, starting with glucose, then glycogen, then fat. When you eat carbohydrates, they first turn into glucose. Excess glucose is stored in your muscles as glycogen in your muscles, liver, and red blood cells. Excess glucose that cannot be stored as glycogen becomes fat. <BR> <BR> When you use up your energy, you first deplete your glucose, then glycogen, *then* fat. Glycogen attaches itself to water, meaning that, as you lose glycogen weight, you're also losing water wei... Tue, 30 May 2017 05:22:38 EST Anyone Need A Buddy Too? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41942256 Hello! <BR> I am new to sparkpeople but not new to trying to lose weight. <BR> I have come to realise that I am not doing very well doing this on my own and I really would love to have a buddy who needs as much motivation as I do. <BR> I am hoping to get someone who would like to be in touch daily. I would prefer by email but I am happy for any format. <BR> I am hoping to have someone to share daily exercises, food intakes, wins, losses, good days, bad days or just general chit chat. <BR> ... Tue, 30 May 2017 05:20:40 EST upcoming vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41936243 We are leaving on Thursday for a vacation and will return home on Saturday. Any suggestions on how to at least maintain my current weight while we are on vacation? there will be walking involved so I will get some exercise... any ideas would be greatly appreciate. TIA Mon, 29 May 2017 13:13:07 EST PLATEAU PANIC http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41932268 I'v been at this for about 2.5 months now.. lost 4-5 kgs in that time. I eat roughly 1100 cals/day and do about 4 miles walking/6 days a week (about 65 mins a day). <BR> <BR> DESPITE this, Iv been at a plateau for over 3 weeks now n only lost 1 lb in 3 weeks. <BR> <BR> Im 27, Female, Indian and weigh 62.5 kgs on 5'6'' frame. <BR> <BR> I take a weekly cheat day off too (NOT binge, but eat about 2500 calories total and no workout that day). <BR> <BR> Despite all this for 3 weeks my scale wo... Mon, 29 May 2017 04:04:03 EST MEMORIAL WEEKEND WALK !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41921320 I HAVE AN IDEA !! LET'S WALK EVERYDAY ESPECIALL THIS WEEKEND FOR THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES AND LIMB'S TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY FREE. JUST SERIOUSLY, THINK ABOUT IF YOU HAD TO LEG'S ARM'S. I KNOW OF 3. COME ON, AMERICA. FLY THAT <em>652</em> . SHOW THOSE WHO HATE US WE'VE GOT IT TOGETHER. <BR> <BR> A MARINE MOM Sat, 27 May 2017 19:49:59 EST Failing: Vent/Plansies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41901381 So I recently decided to start seriously losing weight again. I had previously been extremely successful in losing a lot of weight and keeping it off for a number of years, then gained it all back as soon as I went through a ridiculously stressful period in my life. <BR> <BR> I joined this site and promised myself to get back into my old routines and... it hasn't happened. Every morning I tell myself I'm going to and it all falls apart. I am beyond frustrated. WHERE IS MY OLD MOTIVATION?? ... Thu, 25 May 2017 13:45:45 EST How are people dropping weight so fast?!?!?!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41888420 I think it's just crazy seeing people dropping 50+ lbs in 3 months. I have overhauled my eating, cut all fast food, getting 30 minutes of exercise a day, staying away from boxed foods (except brown rice noodles) and I have gained 1.6 lbs....What gives?!?! Wed, 24 May 2017 08:21:01 EST Thyroid Medicine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41886199 I am wondering if anyone taking thyroid medication experiences pressure in their heads and dizziness, especially if taking it first thing in the morning and waiting to eat until lunch? Wed, 24 May 2017 01:24:53 EST does anyone else hide the scale?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41873695 I understand that "healthy" weight loss for a person who isn't obese or on a radical diet is going to be 1-2 pounds per week... and I know that weight fluctuates for a zillion reasons. <BR> <BR> But given all that, it's SO hard to see that after a week of tracking every bite you've apparently gained several ounces... or that after three weeks you've lost a pound and a half... <BR> <BR> My answer so far has been to shove the scale in the closet, as it just seems to frustrate me... I don't ... Mon, 22 May 2017 19:46:19 EST clothes and shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41870977 I work hard to stay as gym motivated as I do with my food. It so hard bc after so many years with my eating disorder and abuse of my body I have so much loose skin from when I was even larger than I am now. Does anyone know where to buy good compression clothing for plus sizes? Also, I have bunions and a horrible time with my feet after 20 years in the medical field. What are your favorite tennis shoes? I had found mine but of course Sketchers stopped making them! Mon, 22 May 2017 12:54:07 EST COME GET MOTIVATED WITH THE BLC SUMMER CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41861161 BLC34 - SUMMER CAMP IS REGISTERING NOW! <BR> <BR> (Registration will close on May 27....time is running out!) <BR> <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is an 8 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 10+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. <BR> <BR> What is it YOU need to reach your goals? <BR> Do you need lots of SUPPORT, to be CH... Sun, 21 May 2017 11:26:21 EST I think I will invest in some http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41858719 cute sweat wicking workout clothes to motivate me to exercise! <BR> <BR> Just putting them on will encourage me to start exercising! Sun, 21 May 2017 05:42:46 EST Avoiding sabatoge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41848137 How do you keep up willpower and avoid sabatoge from a spouse? Talking to him about it doesn't work and when I said I was getting back on the wagon, he went straight out and came home with ice cream. Then, out of the blue tonight, he tried to get me to go get pizza. I resisted, and simply acted like I wasn't hungry, but I don't know how many days I can keep this up. Anyone know if self hypnosis is possible? Fri, 19 May 2017 22:36:14 EST A child shows us the way? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41815200 Just like our Spark journey – try, fall down, try again! <BR> <BR> “First Steps” <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362497 </link> <BR> <BR> Persistence leads to success!!!!! <BR> Why do we forget this as we grow up? <BR> Tue, 16 May 2017 15:26:27 EST starting over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41797764 hi my name is Erika <BR> im have been here on and off but now i need to start over funny thing thing is im not sure where to start any more i was sick over christmas and drs wanted to due sugry howvever they decided to wait and suggested i loose weight first so my dr put me on a list for a gastric by pass i would realy like to loose the weight on my own im realy not not sure about a gastric bypass i feel like a muddled mess not sure how to get stated again HELP Sun, 14 May 2017 21:14:29 EST Ginger Detox Bath http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41779991 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried adding this to weight loss routine? <BR> <BR> Does it help you use or weight after working out? <BR> <BR> Im thinking about getting what I need and trying this weekend. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Lu Fri, 12 May 2017 16:17:47 EST hard to be motivated when ill. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41750965 I have had many bumps in the road in the last 5 weeks and it is hard to stay active physically and emotionally. Tue, 9 May 2017 15:52:59 EST Sparkpeople Site is a Motivator http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41750693 Been a member for a few years ,but just came back after a <BR> lengthy absence . <BR> Just have to reinforce how much of a motivator his place can be once I start tracking nutrition and exercise. It always puts me back on track. <em>347</em> Tue, 9 May 2017 15:01:45 EST How do you keep track of weight loss visually? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41748668 Hi everyone! Melissa from SparkPeople here. <BR> <BR> I'm working on an article that will include visual aids people use to track their progress toward their weight loss goals. Some examples include putting a marble in a jar for every pound lost, stacking Legos, etc. <BR> <BR> We're looking for members' photos to include in the article. If you have an idea and photo, please share it either in this thread, through SparkMail or in an email to melissa@sparkpeople.com. <BR> <BR> Thanks so mu... Tue, 9 May 2017 10:54:33 EST Jogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41743324 I am out of shape and need tips on how to start jogging again. I start very slow around the block. Mon, 8 May 2017 21:54:46 EST Being motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41727078 Thank God I continue to be motivated on my journey. I have been tested through food in the last previous days and did not give in. God is good. Don't give up. Sun, 7 May 2017 09:13:59 EST I don't know what I'm doing wrong http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41726471 I have not lost weight in weeks. In fact, it seems to be going up by a pound or two, and gets worse each day. The problem is, I have been doing everything absolutely right. I know a lot of people say that and sometimes are just clueless or fooling themselves while secretly cheating, but I am absolutely not. I have counted every single tiny calorie that has entered my mouth right down to a burst of Pam sprayed olive oil. I have not eaten anything I had to estimate calories or fat for. I have p... Sun, 7 May 2017 08:10:21 EST motivation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41725991 I have no motivation to make to the gym. I pay for the monthly and I been there once. What and how can I get the motivation I need to get into the gym? Sun, 7 May 2017 06:19:38 EST BIGGEST LOSER SUMMER CAMP INVITATION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41693440 BLC34 - SUMMER CAMP IS REGISTERING NOW! <BR> <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is an 8 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 10+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. <BR> <BR> What is it YOU need to reach your goals? Do you need lots of SUPPORT, to be CHALLENGED, to focus on NUTRITION, EXERCISE, or some combination of the above? ... Wed, 3 May 2017 16:46:59 EST Any Daily Threads Around? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41682597 I was here years ago and I remember being a part of an amazing daily thread. Someone would start it every morning and everyone would comment. Great friends! <BR> Any still around? :) <BR> Thanks! Tue, 2 May 2017 13:40:48 EST My Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41672780 1. lose another 160 lbs (199 altogether) <em>11</em> <BR> 2. I want to go on a cruise without my weight holding me back from enjoying to the fullest <em>340</em> <BR> 3. I would like to be able to do a Breast cancer 3 day <em>390</em> <BR> 4. To be a better example to my family <em>342</em> <em>554</em> <BR> 5. To be healthier and be able to enjoy life to the fullest <em>521</em> <BR> Mon, 1 May 2017 13:51:47 EST Motivational Videos/Speeches http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41671617 Ive had to start listening to motivational speeches lately. It helps. I listen before I go to the gym in the morning and sometimes when Im around the house. I think Ive got my diet pretty dialed in. I have been somewhat depressed and asking myself why am I killing myself at the gym everyday? I have a goal to do a fitness competition before I turn 50. I know this is a big goal. I have no expectations, other than, I just tell myself "get to the gym and just do it". I also have been stopping and... Mon, 1 May 2017 11:07:43 EST Completely downtrodden http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41668331 I don't understand what's going on. I started this at 338 pounds about 2 months ago and I've gained 10 pounds!! I went from COMPLETELY sedentary to making sure I go 3000 steps and 1.5 miles each day. That's a huge accomplishment for me and I feel like I'm being punished. <BR> <BR> I haven't started eating differently yet. Maybe a tiny bit healthier, but even then I'm not losing anything. I've got the increased exercise, the calorie deficit, the increased water. I don't understand why I've ga... Mon, 1 May 2017 05:13:07 EST MAY 2017 Appreciations -All are welcome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41663108 “When we use words filled with positivity, like “love” and “peace”, we can alter how our brain functions by increasing cognitive reasoning and strengthening areas in our frontal lobes. Using positive words more often than negative ones can kick-start the motivational centers of the brain, propelling them into action, Dr. Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at Thomas Jefferson University, and Mark Robert Waldman, a communications expert, collaborated on the book, “Words Can Change Your Brain.” <B... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:42:35 EST What Motivates You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41662599 Today's spark message asked this question -- and it has me baffled. I'm at least 20 pounds overweight, yet I have no health issues as a result... my husband loves me...at 57 I am as energetic as I've ever been. I can dance, walk, swim, bike -- though not at an athletic level. <BR> <BR> I don't like the way I look in a swimsuit, and I wish clothes fit me better... I'd love to be fitter and stronger in general, but I don't have a specific fitness goal. These are pretty lightweight motivators f... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 16:30:07 EST Looking for an accountability buddy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41653596 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Kim, 5'3 and 165 lbs, size 14. <BR> <BR> My goal is 125 lbs and size 8. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for an accountability buddy so we can motivate each other - even better if you have the same goals as me :) <BR> <BR> Please let me know your goals and if you'd be interested :-) <BR> <BR> - Kim Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:18:00 EST Your instagram for VLCD (shakes/soups)? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41650470 Hi everyone! I am very obese (around 300 pounds or 138 kg) and I am going on a VLCD diet over time. This includes shakes and soups with all the vitamins etc. you need. This is cleared with my doctor so it is all ready, and I am motivated and this is a way for me get to a healthier weight in a shorter amount of time, as doing surgery is not what I want to be doing. I'll be going to swap shakes for meals (dinners) at some point, but for a couple of months now I'll be shakes/soups only! <BR> <B... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:05:28 EST good news, finally http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41619893 Don't need to worry as much as to bladder cancer. Dr. gave me much more hope. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:13:23 EST bad news with heart and cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41601581 Not good news, but I know God is still with me and will do His will. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:09:31 EST got good test, I think http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41568281 Good stress test. bp did not go above 150!!!! Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:15:56 EST good results today and maybe MON. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41560893 Looks like I may have pasted test so I can have surgery!!! Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:59:20 EST Give me your best plateau breaking tips. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41559729 Once again I am stuck, stuck stuck. My weight has been in the same range the last week and it has been exactly the same every morning for the last 3 days. I'm not freaking out or anything, I do however want to get past this hurdle. My body seems to plateau every time I lose 5-6 pounds. Generally I sit at the same weight for 2 weeks or so before weight loss starts up again. I know the scale will move if I wait it out, however I would like to get things moving sooner than later. Give me y... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:24:56 EST down again up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41547835 I am losing weight again. Having the op. to walk on the treadmill more often. I think it is helping me not to eat as much. But coming up for surgery in a month and off treadmill for 3 days!@!# Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:00:41 EST Hit a wall http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41546236 My journey started November 10'th 2016, and the weight came off pretty steadily. There were a couple of no-loss weeks or a slight gain here or there, but the trend stayed steadily down. I peaked at 32 pounds lost by March 23rd. <BR> <BR> That all seems to have stopped. I've been stuck in the same three pound range since then. I'm now at 28 pounds lost - up 4 pounds. I'm starting to get discouraged. I need another seven pounds to hit a healthy BMI, and I'd like to lose another 12 altoge... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:19:10 EST I dont know where to go from here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41536120 Hi All <BR> <BR> I am looking for a tried and tested approach from people on here in their 40s who have put on weight in recent years and have not been able to lose using conventional dietary methods - I would really appreciate your thoughts. <BR> <BR> As you may know, since January this year, I started doing the 21 day fix <BR> By mid February I had lost 3kg but prior to this, was at an all time high in weight so not much in the way of a dent overall <BR> By late February early March I pla... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:13:53 EST Trying to stay focused http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41531614 i have once again returned to sparkpeople. I am trying to stay focused and motivated. At times I am so afraid of failure that I lose both motivation and focus. My plan is to stay committed. Hoping to read some motivational post here! Tue, 18 Apr 2017 07:03:07 EST 3 items today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41525076 make my steps <BR> meatless monday <BR> work on life plan Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:05:46 EST How do these comments actually motivate you - http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41522679 I'm not even sure I know what to day but I need motivation this doesn't do it. Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:30:01 EST working on staying motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41506999 It can be difficult getting old. Lots of drs. want to do things to you. Oh, well, beats the alternative. Sat, 15 Apr 2017 21:58:30 EST getting to see the grandkids Sat. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41487206 Having seen the kids for about 4 weeks. Look forward to this weekend and next. The oldest grandchild going to some Regional gymnastics contest. Not sure what that regional is, west or midwest!! She is doing well and enjoying it. Fortunately she is home schooled so she doesn't have to be involved in fashions, drugs, nor the other things of school in this day and age. Still being able to interact with contemporaries. Thu, 13 Apr 2017 21:42:15 EST Listen to your own advice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41484983 Have you ever noticed that you always have an opinion whether you give it or not? It could be a friend or family member or just someone on a TV show. You are telling them not to give up on themselves or what to do to make them feel better, get organized or whatever the issue is. But do we listen to ourselves? I know in my case I don't. But today I am going to take my own advice and stay positive and finish race to my goal weight (which is yet to be determined.....right now I am shooting for 1... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:52:40 EST My Weight Loss Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41477480 Good evening everyone!!! <BR> <BR> Hello My name is Jesse and I just joined this message board a little while ago. I joined in to have accountability in my new weight loss, and I will be doing my best to reach my weight loss goal. <BR> <BR> I am male and 5 ft 6 <BR> <BR> As of Wed April 12th I weigh at 176lbs <em>42</em> <BR> My goal weight will be 135lbs. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> My exercise has mainly been whitewater kayaking and attaining, but I realized my health is not doing m... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 23:22:25 EST Injury http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41477353 I've been inactive for three months because of a injury. I was really motivated last year but since then every day I get more and more frustrated and less motivated. I'm waiting on the doctor to approve me to do PT so maybe I can start doing little things without being worried I'm going to reinjure my self. How can I stay more motivated? Wed, 12 Apr 2017 23:12:39 EST Listen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41469207 call this your "come to Jesus" moment. For some it is huge, for others not so big, but just as powerful. <BR> Whatever size or shape you are, if you have that moment in time when you know something has to change, Listen! I waited 5 years through gastric bypass, 2 knee replacements and a cancer scare to finally take control. In the past 2 months I have found renewed passion in a healthier body, lost 21 pounds, am walking about 2.5 miles a day, have a sculpted waistline and "I'm sittin' on t... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 06:14:04 EST My Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41469045 Updating and sharing. <BR> <BR> My goal is to be a healthier, happier version of me. Sort of a "Luann 2.0" Wed, 12 Apr 2017 05:40:35 EST Counting caloreis and still eating well http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41460399 Stayed under maximum calories recommended by SparkPeople today, even though we went out to eat. I had a Black ''N Tan Burger - sauteed onions, garlic, peppers, swiss cheese, topped with Black "N" Tan battered onion rings. It was excellent and shows me I can still enjoy food I like if I watch my total calorie count for the day. Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:13:10 EST Feeling defeated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41457345 I've gained weight after doing so well! I thought I'd have a bit extra on Sunday which led to a whole week of going off track. Now it feels like I can't start over coz I've gained so much weight in just a week! I feel like I'll never reach my goal! What helps motivate you back on track? Tue, 11 Apr 2017 03:23:15 EST Disheartened http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41457154 Hi all haven't been on here for about a year but I'm back. <BR> Last November Hubby and i joined a gym and I lost half a stone.evan my autistic son came with us. We were eating really well to, then Christmas came and ever since then we haven't been to the gym so I cancelled the membership and we bought a treadmill, we have weights and a exercise bike,exercise dvds and games. I just can't seem to lose the weight, the last 2 Sundays we were invited to the in laws for celebrations and apart fro... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 02:04:08 EST Feeling Emotional http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41441086 I didn't have such a good morning. When I have a bad day I usually go out and eat and cry and repeat it 4 or 5 times. Then after that I feel so guilty about it that I start the cycle again. This time I don't want to but I don't know what else to do to release this stress. Sun, 9 Apr 2017 12:21:54 EST Is it ok to maintain at "pudgy, healthy, happy?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41430302 Each time I "diet" I lose a few pounds with enormous effort. Each time life gets in the way and I eat a few hundred calories more a day, I put those pounds back on. I'm not obese, but I am overweight... <BR> <BR> I do exercise, I do eat healthy foods, cholesterol and blood pressure are fine, but those extra couple hundred calories on a post-menopausal body mean weight loss is just not gonna happen. I'd have to eat 1400 calories or less per day, which makes me pretty miserable. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 09:33:58 EST God is the great motivator http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41425273 Recently: <BR> Found I have bladder cancer, then, 2 days later, got ingrown toenail! <BR> <BR> But He's here and I am going to continue. Fri, 7 Apr 2017 19:30:26 EST finding motivation in cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41401573 I found out that I have bladder cancer, but if I die I am going to die healthy!! Wed, 5 Apr 2017 15:58:00 EST Non-Food Rewards? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41398398 What do you all do when you reach one of your weight loss goals? <BR> <BR> DH and I decided that once I get to 190 lbs (and stay there or lower for 3 weeks so I'm sure it's not a water loss) we are going to park DD with her grandparents and spend a night alone at a nice hotel :) <BR> <BR> Besides the usual things - mani/pedis, cute accessories, etc...what other non-food rewards do you give yourselves when you reach a goal? Looking for ideas :) <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Apr 2017 10:03:19 EST Stupid Bonus spin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41397781 all points were 5+ except one 3 slot. Of course I got the 3. The system should shut down all spins or readd the ones taken away. Wed, 5 Apr 2017 09:37:41 EST The problem with weighing daily. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41377690 I weigh myself daily for a few reasons, logically I know that the numbers day to day are not a true indicator of weight loss. However for the first time in a week my weight had increased, only .2 pounds but still not fun to see. I worked out yesterday and my guess is water retention is the culprit. Hoping tomorrow shows a little loss! Mon, 3 Apr 2017 12:55:00 EST spinning!? What's the use??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41370670 What is the use of spinning? It sure doesn't encourage me. Since they took away the spinning towards the bottom I get an average of the two spins about 5 points. Kind of discouraging. They should do away with those spins as well!!!!! Sun, 2 Apr 2017 18:29:43 EST getting strated how http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41369886 I know and believe that if i could lose weight I could get up and start walking I can move the legs just can't get up, I have all these thing to tell me what to do but not how to get started and to exersise in a wheel chair how do I start help me there first and I want to take the first step Sun, 2 Apr 2017 15:56:26 EST Monday weigh in friends. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41359539 Would anyone like to weigh in on Mondays and post here? I find that having Monday as my official weigh in day helps keep me on track through the weekend. Post your start weight, current weight and goal weight. Here's to Monday! ( I am tracking from my starting weight on SP ) <BR> SW 145. <BR> CW 144. <BR> GW 120. <BR> 24 pounds to go! Sat, 1 Apr 2017 13:50:16 EST Spark Teams http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41358706 Since the Start page was changed I haven't been able to find my Spark teams. Where can I find my teams so that I can get my team points? Sat, 1 Apr 2017 11:48:12 EST Motivational Songs (Not Necessarily Workout Songs) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41358554 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I'm trying to put together a motivational playlist. They are songs that are encouraging but don't necessarily have to be fast/upbeat workout music. For example, I have... <BR> <BR> - Man in the Mirror, Michael Jackson <BR> - Fight Song, Rachel Patton <BR> - Proud, Heather Small (Biggest Loser theme) <BR> - Learning to Fly, Tom Petty <BR> - Roar, Katy Perry <BR> - Stronger, Kelly Clarkson <BR> - and more <BR> <BR> I would love any other suggestions! Most lists I find... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 11:35:47 EST How do you manage your weekends? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41356789 I enjoy going to weekend brunch and I find it difficult at times to stay committed to my diet. <BR> <BR> What types of challenges do you have during your weekends? Sat, 1 Apr 2017 08:55:34 EST APRIL 2017 Gratitude, Appreciations, Thanks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41353784 'Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out." John Wooden <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/257766db-3754-4659-9c74-bd9b7859e12c.jpg"> <BR> Here is our place to share five (or so) things that we appreciate, are grateful for or want to show thanks that they are part of our lives. <BR> Look forward to seeing you throughout April! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/71faf71e-6200-4390-ae02-e815b2a19e59.jpg"> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 22:27:34 EST Wish water tracker was easier to see! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41341086 Does anyone else forget to track water because it is so far down on the nutrition tracker page or is it just me? I remember some times and then other times I forget it as I don't see it......out of sight out of mind! Think if it were somewhere on my screen when I'm tracking I might be more cognizant of it. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:21:24 EST April, a month of celeb. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41340401 Celebration in Am. Rev. started. End of Civil War. Sadly, death of Abe Lincoln. This month, 54 years ago, I went into the Air Force. 50 years ago I got out of the Air Force. The last month 49 years ago without my to be wife. 50 years ago without being married. <BR> <BR> It's great to be alive. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:40:19 EST 5% Spring Challenge-sign up now http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41324985 Still time to get on a team! <BR> <BR> Race to Fascinating Places - 8 Weeks this Spring. Join a supportive team and let's have fun as we lose 5% of our weight, make new friends and improve our health! Start date Saturday 4/8. <BR> Check out this 8 week Challenge! We get results and we hold you accountable. Please read the sticky topics and ask questions on the Discussion Buzz. <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/g<BR>roups_individual.asp?gid=68315 </link> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 05:00:28 EST sayings to help keep going http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41319653 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/654e36ac-e1eb-4b6c-9602-ad8513a708a4.jpg"> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:25:28 EST Accountability partner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41309917 I am trying to get back into a routine but am having a really hard time sticking to it. I'm in search of an accountability partner to help stay motivated. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:42:59 EST 21 Day Fix - Another Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41294638 Hi All <BR> <BR> You willl have seen recently that I posted about a plateau that I am experiencing on the 21 day fix. I started doing this programme at the same time as my friend and having caught up with her recently I understand that she is experiencing the same issues I am. <BR> <BR> This made me wonder whether this is common at this stage in such a programme? We are both on the 3rd attempt on this programme and had plateau for 3 weeks and then gain(s) despite sticking to the programme... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:59:31 EST Preparing for success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41293234 <em>550</em> <em>341</em> <BR> Preparing, whether it is for meals or exercise is essential... I am trying how to figure out this part.... I am not moving towards my goal and I seem stuck... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:36:48 EST Sparkpeople Meal Plan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41286065 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 :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41278150 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41241979 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41237995 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41231817 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!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41229796 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41206798 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41186113 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41185395 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41165641 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41165294 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41161827 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41159361 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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331320 </link> Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:45:34 EST Fun apps for motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41151992 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41148186 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41144439 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41132241 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!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41128245 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41126833 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41124222 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5c0da01f-9e3f-422d-bbc8-85329b071d88.jpg"> Tue, 7 Mar 2017 10:34:00 EST SparkPeople tv http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41123937 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41120348 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41112579 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41111028 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41107281 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41101526 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41093111 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41083563 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41078798 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41077158 "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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d4a4ae39-abfa-4b96-a6db-23da03893667.png"> <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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/65067e9f-882c-422b-bd1e-a7a885c0a290.jpg"> ... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:43:34 EST Paralyzing Guilt at Overeating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41067282 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41062960 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 . http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41056141 "Mum drops three dress sizes but only loses less than one kilo" <BR> <BR> This is a great read <BR> <link>www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/ar<BR>ticle.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11807841 </link> <BR> <BR> Kris Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:57:36 EST what is your reward? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41039751 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41039106 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41037602 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41037181 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41020455 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 $$$$ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41012787 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=41009745 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 People...got any? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40995028 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40992543 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40991613 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40975330 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40968938 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40963551 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40956858 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40952630 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40948775 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40943402 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40942015 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40937319 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.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40937057 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.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40936784 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40935390 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40933734 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40930575 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40919555 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40882777 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!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40875732 “Be as you wish to seem.” Socrates <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/13a4c81f-37c9-4430-b998-45aca997fc5d.png"> <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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/efbd3387-0b7d-479d-a55b-593dcbcfedb7.jpg"> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 19:58:09 EST Minor set back but still pushing forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40873265 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40863588 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40856861 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40851024 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40840884 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 ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40832155 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40826802 “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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40825836 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40821082 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40803753 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40796421 I climbed on my woodshed roof yesterday....no 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40788931 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40778395 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40771836 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40762365 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40755424 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40747689 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40745836 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/234845a6-047d-47d6-a5f5-50eb40feb403.JPG"> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:12:40 EST love dean anderson articles...great for the brain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40741070 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40738214 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40723913 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40721136 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40716621 When you achieve small goals, how do you reward yourself? Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:48:43 EST I don't understand http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40714150 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40693662 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40693084 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40684938 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40681597 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40674467 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40669345 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?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40666563 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40666231 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40664504 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40643180 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40642152 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40639569 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40631703 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cb2bd0c5-2518-4ab9-a7cc-13aa33a15610.jpg"> <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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/78d377fe-9045-4c88-806c-587f91f969f8.jpg"> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 22:22:16 EST Happy 2017! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40627490 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40619154 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40614995 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40611879 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40609699 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40608567 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40595329 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40584052 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40561810 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40560481 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40555760 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40555682 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40541415 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40534559 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40531866 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40518442 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40506413 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40501895 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40492685 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40473041 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>www.facebook.com/j... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 09:21:29 EST So frustrating!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40472674 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40465749 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 bit...so much for personal advancement..counting the days until my 41st ...christmas...more 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 :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40448139 Have a fantastic Thursday! Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:54:38 EST DECEMBER 2016-Gratitude, Appreciations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40442815 "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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/060db540-5c39-4bb8-9479-1aebfed4ed19.jpg"> ... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:05:15 EST Non-Number Accomplishments http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40434397 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40432997 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40421287 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40414959 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40408566 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40406656 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 sunshineblue84@gmail.com <BR> <BR> Thank you Fri, 25 Nov 2016 10:44:47 EST kgcfkjgcf lyhg http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40401342 Hi Sparkpeople! <BR> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:20:56 EST Good way to control over indulging tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40393906 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40385500 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40374471 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40363508 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40342128 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40295425 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40291317 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40274847 I watched my beautiful grandsons. . <em>9</em> Sat, 5 Nov 2016 21:40:50 EST Long trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40253496 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40252725 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40252375 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40244432 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>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40239789 "Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance." Eckhart Tolle <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6719abeb-853d-40db-a5cc-53a71606510a.jpg"> <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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c74dbc9a-7c81-4f8c-9a61-ff98642aff32.jpg"> <BR> "Gratitude i... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:43:33 EST need to get back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40238691 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40237417 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/812aa68d-d3ba-48b7-b179-2f17aa1b353a.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40228727 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40218166 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40216881 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40204988 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40195745 ( 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40180625 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40180536 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40163056 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!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40155766 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40154324 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40144173 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40143056 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.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40131464 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40121253 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40115801 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40108668 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 ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40101149 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40068576 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?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40064167 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40055954 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40050869 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40049775 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40044533 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40040233 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40037370 Everything ok in ur life.?? Mon, 3 Oct 2016 19:02:04 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40037353 Hope all had an awesome day!!! Mon, 3 Oct 2016 18:57:57 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40037350 I had am awesome , hope u did!!!! Mon, 3 Oct 2016 18:57:06 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40022401 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40019700 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40015913 "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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/079e7cc6-ce88-45e9-81e5-ef9aa76198ec.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40013627 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40011943 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" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40010377 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40009294 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=40006730 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39996296 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39995980 Looking for workout buddies near Vineland, NJ Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:43:35 EST did it again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39993855 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39986390 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39983168 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39978347 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39973938 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39962008 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39959961 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39957738 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39951293 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39950407 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39947430 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