SparkPeople Staying Motivated Messageboard Do you need some instant inspiration or have a motivation strategy to share? Get helpful tips from other members and SparkPeople Coaches, or give some advice of your own. SparkPeople Staying Motivated Messageboard On again off again I'm notorious for starting on Sparkpeople and then getting discouraged and quitting. I've been on and off of this site multiple times. Any ideas for how I can keep myself motivated? Sat, 28 May 2016 20:29:48 EST Weight Loss Rewards Have any of you ever set up weight loss rewards for certain goals met? I am thinking it's a neat way to keep motivated (amongst other things) but I am having a hard time coming up with a list........... ideas welcome. Sat, 28 May 2016 16:06:55 EST Anyone loose weight for their career? Has anyone on here lost weight for their career? I'm a massage therapist and I've had a really hard year and gained back most of the 96 pounds I had lost. I've noticed that my personal business has completely dried up. I still get clients at the spa and they love me. I know my skill only improves with time so its not that. I'm starting to think it the open secret that being over weight in America is one of the worst things you can be and a lot of people are disgusted by fat people. I also kn... Sat, 28 May 2016 11:07:17 EST 20 lbs down...cant tell a difference I have worked hard and lost 20 lbs...started at 255 and now at 235...i have a long way to go, but I am proud of myself. Im just not sure why after 20 pounds I cannot see a difference. Anyone have any advice or past experience like this? Fri, 27 May 2016 18:04:32 EST body image hello i have been trying real hard to love who i am but when i look in the mirror and see them flabs and rolls and cellulite i just hate myself as much as society does..All the exercise in the world isnt going to spring my skin back to normal and im not rich enough for skin surgery...But i listen to some who are just so happy the way they are and i am puzzled for i see what they do and i dont get it. I would never ever tell someone the things i tell myself for i wouldnt hurt no one in that wa... Wed, 25 May 2016 17:27:13 EST It doesn't work aka body hate Today, I've started a week long detox. Yeah, I know, controversial. But let me give you some background. I've almost always been overweight. I believe that my body was forever ruined by the parental abuse and starvation I was put through during puberty, but whatever. My first experience with weight loss came during college. I went to the medical center on campus to complain about my weight and instead of help the doctor yelled at me for expecting her to have some miracle cure. She said I coul... Wed, 25 May 2016 16:58:40 EST A new motivation Tonight I made it through an entire yoga class without modifications or quitting early! In the past I've had to stop because of pain (I have lots of physical issues that cause joint issues) or the instructor didn't explain things well enough. I'm happy to say that I've found an instructor who explains things fabulously, and who moves around the room adjusting body position if necessary. She also knows plenty of modifications that she provided to my friend (she has RA) who took the class wi... Wed, 25 May 2016 00:53:21 EST HEY! - Where are all the REAL TEAMS ???? What's Up Spark People! <BR> <BR> Help me out here! <BR> <BR> Where are you hiding all of the REAL TEAMS ?? <BR> <BR> There are many definitions for "TEAM". <BR> <BR> I went online and found this one...and it really resonates with me, especially when I think about weight management teams. <BR> <BR> If you can honestly say that the definition below describes how YOUR TEAM functions... <BR> <BR> I DEFINITELY want to hear from you! <BR> <BR> If not, maybe this will inspire you to a... Tue, 24 May 2016 06:44:35 EST Why You Do What You Do A great motivation: <BR> WHY do you do what you do? <BR> Why are you tracking your food? <BR> Why are you exercising? <BR> WHY do you need/want to drop this weight? <BR> <BR> Daily/Weekly, post here. Remind yourself. See others' reasons. It can help encourage you. <BR> ____________________________________ <BR> <BR> I'm trying to lose weight because I gained a lot through my pregnancy. I swore I'd never be over 300lbs. I was. I JUST lost 5 and got under it. <BR> <BR> I want the body I've o... Sun, 22 May 2016 21:37:55 EST Motivation, how do I keep it up? My problem with eating healthy and exercising is keeping motivated. What are some things I can do to stay motivated? Sun, 22 May 2016 20:29:16 EST Lazy to track regularly but I m going to make myself do it anyway! <BR> <BR> Ever felt that way? Sun, 22 May 2016 19:29:54 EST Back Slide I had to have my wisdom teeth pulled a week and a half ago. Before that I measured everything. I was doing SO good protein shakes, fruits, vegetables, low carb. I was at the gym EVERY day do at least an hour of cardio. When I had those teeth pulled I back slid. Now, I'm trying SO hard to get back into the swing of things. Today is the day. I'm currently drinking my morning protein shake and thinking about the gym. Sun, 22 May 2016 11:40:55 EST I Need a "True Friend" I Need a “True Friend” <BR> <BR> I probably wasted a good hour of my life and journey tonight on a potential teammate. <BR> <BR> I don't get it. I reach out to people hoping to create something more than a superficial blogging team of cheer leaders, and the folks I have talked so far just aren't into it. <BR> <BR> I don't understand. <BR> <BR> Why would anyone prefer to blog meaningless rah-rah comments to one another, and then claim they are providing, or receiving, anything more ... Fri, 20 May 2016 04:18:28 EST I need a LOT of encouragement... This may be long, so let me apologize beforehand. First a backstory. Like many of you, I have been dealing with obesity my whole I remember trying Weight Watchers at age 12. Anyway, in the past 5 years, I've experienced 4-5 successful weight loss endeavors. Going from 290 down to 240 then having it back, several months later, I got down to 220....gained it back....and so on. <BR> <BR> This morning, I weighed it at 289.2. I'm feeling so discouraged and I need some ... Thu, 19 May 2016 22:11:13 EST I keep losing my motivation Hi all! <BR> <BR> Every time I start the road to wellness, I end up quitting after a few weeks or a couple of months. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have advice for sticking with it? Thu, 19 May 2016 09:48:36 EST Obese Accountability Partner Needed!! Hi! My name is Alyssa. I am 22, 5'2 and ~330 lbs. My ultimate goal weight is ~125 lbs. I know people in a similar weight bracket are hard to come by, especially around my age and height. <BR> I would like someone to text daily/most days to keep each other on track and talk about our progress/stumbles/whatever. I only say texting because it is the most convenient. Ideally you are similar in stats (age, height, weight) and being female is a plus. <BR> That said, you certainly do not have to b... Thu, 19 May 2016 01:19:19 EST What's stopping you?? What do you feel is sometimes holding you back from reaching your full potential? I find that sometimes I get 'stuck in a rut' and it's tough to keep moving forward... I'd love to hear what is holding back others in our community... Wed, 18 May 2016 22:45:58 EST If You Could Change Anything about SP Teams... Here is my challenge to you: <BR> <BR> If you could change anything about SP Teams, what would it be? <BR> <BR> How would it help you in your struggle? <BR> <BR> How would it make you more accountable? <BR> <BR> How would it allow you to better support others? <BR> <BR> What would the risks be? <BR> <BR> What would the rewards be? <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 18 May 2016 05:11:15 EST Maybe this is just the way I am I'm 28, and I've been losing weight and gaining weight and losing weight and gaining weight since I was in 7th grade. The last time I lost weight was in 2013 before my wedding, I lost 55 lbs. But I gained nearly all of it back since then. I'm generally very good at getting in "the zone" and doing what needs to be done to lose weight. But I've been having one good week, one bad week (you know, generally) for the last several months. <BR> <BR> I don't think I'm mentally up for anything very r... Tue, 17 May 2016 16:14:38 EST Weight loss buddy wanted mostly looking for someone who i could reach out to when ever i feel like cheating or discouraged and vise versa. Let me know if you are interested. <BR> Email: <BR> Mon, 16 May 2016 23:51:50 EST Cheer Leading Vs. Accountability I want more than cheer leading. I want accountability partners. <BR> <BR> I need a close-knit group of people who want to become friends over the long haul that it takes to sustain behavior modification and will result in achieving our individual and Team goals. <BR> <BR> I NEED cheer leading, but I WANT accountability partners. <BR> <BR> If you are SERIOUS, write me back, or check out the team I am starting: "I Control Me - Calorie Crushers 01". <BR> <BR> I'm in this fight for life, ... Mon, 16 May 2016 11:30:55 EST Feeling discouraged Hello SP friends! <BR> Between September 2014 and June 2015 I managed to lose nearly 34 lbs (I was regularly seeing a dietitian and exercising). My weight was stable for some months, then from January 2016 on, I slowly piled on 13-14 lbs again! I know that I wasn't eating less strictly healthy anymore and my dietitian agreed on this after I reached my weight goal, but I guess that too much useless stuff is sneaking in my daily food intake. And it's blowing my efforts up! The main problem is ... Mon, 16 May 2016 10:21:19 EST Getting back on track! Today I sit at home with my 10 month old wondering how I have fallen off track so far?Both of my children are my world and I always put them first and focus on what they need . Which is good to an extent . Putting your children first ..until you are compromising taking care of yourself in the process. Sure feed them first then you eat that's fine, but now I find ways to not make myself meals and eat junk, I find ways to not shower.. I have put them first so much that I have become paralyzed w... Fri, 13 May 2016 13:27:18 EST Social Media I see people on Instagram tracking their weight loss journey over the course of months, even years. Has anyone used social media as a motivator to stay on track? If so, does it help you stay motivated? Fri, 13 May 2016 06:21:06 EST Blew it already I just started the 28 day challenge yesterday and really blew it bad today. I don't know how to fill out my nutrition I blew it so bad.I just have to start over tomorrow. I I feel so bad. Thu, 12 May 2016 22:47:11 EST Getting on a schedule Hey, Everyone, I'm Jess. I was on SparkPeople a while back, but I managed to lose about sixty pounds, so I stopped checking in. I have, however, gained thirty pounds back and I need help and support, because I can't do it on my own. <BR> <BR> I was at 220 at my highest, and my psychiatrist prescribed me this anti-depressant that also works as an appetite suppressant. It worked for a while and I ended up losing sixty to sixty-five pounds. I was at 161 last May. <BR> <BR> I was in LA for grad... Thu, 12 May 2016 17:46:29 EST burnt out i finally decided after feeling burnt out today, i needed to get some spiritual fill up so physically i could feel better. <img src=""> Thu, 12 May 2016 00:06:56 EST Scale is creeping back up... So, last summer I decided it was time to lose weight and went from 170 lbs to 120 lbs. I did it through exercise and eating around 1200 calories a day. I managed to keep the weight off for a while by strictly monitoring my diet, but in the last month I just completely lost it. I gained five lbs in three weeks because I keep binge-eating and I really don't know how to stop. I'll wake up and start fresh the next day, use the my exercise bike and follow my diet plan, but once a week I fall off ... Wed, 11 May 2016 21:36:41 EST Cardio Music Need some ideas for great songs to work out to for Cardio and separately for Strength Training. Desperately seeking to update my Ipod Wed, 11 May 2016 08:56:16 EST ADVICE, HELP! ! Hi there, I am trying to find out more about loosing 1,2 pounds a week the right way.. i exercise daily, i try to eat clean, but am stuck....what I doing wrong? Calories 1300 1500 Tue, 10 May 2016 09:45:56 EST ADVICE, HELP! ! Hi there, I am trying to find out more about loosing 1,2 pounds a week the right way.. i exercise daily, i try to eat clean, but am stuck....what I doing wrong? Calories 1300 1500 Tue, 10 May 2016 09:45:30 EST ADVICE, HELP! ! Hi there, I am trying to find out more about loosing 1,2 pounds a week the right way.. i exercise daily, i try to eat clean, but am stuck....what I doing wrong? Calories 1300 1500 Tue, 10 May 2016 09:45:03 EST ADVICE, HELP! ! Hi there, I am trying to find out more about loosing 1,2 pounds a week the right way.. i exercise daily, i try to eat clean, but am stuck....what I doing wrong? Calories 1300 1500 Tue, 10 May 2016 09:44:25 EST Focusing on Stress and Well-being This week, I'm going to focus on limiting stress and maintaining a positive attitude. I don't want to make my body uncomfortable and I don't want to shock it and stunt progress by expecting too much. I want to focus on taking my journey slowly and making sure that health is the number one goal. <BR> <BR> This process is too important and delicate to rush, and I intend to do it right. <BR> Slow progress is permanent progress and I will do my best to spread that word and to remember it wh... Sun, 8 May 2016 20:03:27 EST Why do people regain weight? Your input needed! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> One of our writers is doing an article about some of the reasons people tend to regain weight. Here are some she found: <BR> <BR> 1. Setting Unrealistic/Unsustainable Goals <BR> 2. Mindless Eating <BR> 3. Using A Short-Term Diet To Lose Weight <BR> 4. Losing Sight Of Physical Vs. Emotional Hunger <BR> <BR> Can you relate to any of these? If so, please share your experiences here, and your responses could be featured in an upcoming article. <BR> <BR> Thanks in adva... Thu, 5 May 2016 19:44:18 EST Why do you want to be healthier? I'm wondering what reasons you have to be healthier. A lot of people say they want to lose weight to look good in a bathing suit, feel more confident, feel better in general, prevent disease, but why? <BR> <BR> What are the deeper reasons you might want to have that bikini body or boost self confidence? Thu, 5 May 2016 12:20:22 EST Don't Choose B/t Being Healthy or Enjoying Life You want to enjoy life. You want to enjoy doing the things you love. Spending time with friends, family, watching sports, celebrating birthdays, graduations, engagements, stopping for lunch after a great hike, going to festivals, brunches, and parties, all involve eating, and drinking too. And in the attempt to get healthy, you feel dread as these events approach, wondering if there will be healthy options, if you’ll have fun while everyone else is eating the creamy spinach dip in the bread b... Thu, 5 May 2016 11:12:21 EST Question: how many people do you know How many people do you know personally - I mean in real life: friends, co-workers, family.... who lost a significant amount of weight (at least 30 lbs) and kept it off for more than 5 years? <BR> <BR> I hardly know any... and at times I wonder if that saying is true that only 5 % (or less) of those who lose weight can keep it off. Wed, 4 May 2016 16:41:47 EST Feeling Motivated I hope everyone is feeling motivated today! I am ready to start my day and be active. Since I can not access the spark people app on my phone. I decided to not use that as an excuse and get on my computer to post and track foods I eat today. Nothing is going to stop me!! By the grace of God I am accomplishing my goals day by day. My prayer is that you are too! Have a BLESSED DAY!! Tue, 3 May 2016 10:12:29 EST What motivates you into action? Hi Everyone! Lots of things inspire us but what motivates you into action? What was/is it that got you all excited to start? <BR> <BR> For me it was 3 things. One, all the things I can't do because I'm too overweight at this time. Two, all the things I can do but could do easier if I wasn't carrying around an extra 165 pounds every second of every day. Three, avoiding or prolonging health issues that will happen if I remain obesse. <BR> <img src=" Mon, 2 May 2016 00:23:45 EST GOALS I am definitely going to lose 5 pounds before memorial day. What are your short-term goals? Sun, 1 May 2016 15:51:26 EST Humorous quote for "dieters" “I tried every diet in the book. I tried some that weren’t in the book. I tried eating the book. It tasted better than most of the diets.” ~Dolly Parton Sun, 1 May 2016 15:20:48 EST Creative Before and After Photos...OPINIONS NEEDED I am doing a before-after photoshoot for my weight loss journey, similar to The Beth Project (look it up on google...its super cool!). Mine is going to be Alice in ONEderland themed because my goal weight is in the 100s, and I honestly can't remember the last time i weighed under 200lbs. <BR> I plan on dressing as the Cheshire cat, Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, and possibly the Caterpillar and/or Queen of Hearts as my "fat" self, and then dressing as Alice for the "after" part of the photos. I ha... Sun, 1 May 2016 00:26:44 EST SparkTeams I have been on and off Spark for the past 9 years. I used spark to lose a lot of weight and get on a good track in 2007 after my son was born and then it faded when I had my daughter in 2009 after some other struggles. Needless to say, 6 years later I'm the biggest I've ever been and ready to get back on track again. <BR> <BR> In the past, I led a spark team and joined several others. It was a great motivator; however, I'm struggling to find active teams now. Do you have teams you reco... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:13:26 EST MAY 2016-Gratitudes, Appreciations, Welcome All! “A noble person is mindful and thankful for the favors he receives from others.” – Buddha <BR> <img src=""> <BR> When you enter into a state of mindfulness, you make the choice to open your awareness to all aspects of your experience… positive, negative, and neutral. You look at yourself, others, and the world with an open-eyed sense of curiosity, nonjudgment, and acceptance. When you apply this same attitude of ... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 17:36:39 EST Thinspiratonal quote “Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:27:06 EST I cried at dinner tonight I cried at dinner tonight. <BR> <BR> - 2 years go I was in a wheelchair with heart arrhythmia <BR> <BR> - last year I was struggling to walk from the living room to the bathroom without getting winded, and my husband had to wash my hair because I didn't have the energy <BR> <BR> - 6 months ago I could get up and do some minor light chores but have to sit down after every 5 or 10 minutes, sweaty and winded. At the grocery store I had to use a motorized cart, if I was able to go at all. <BR... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:53:41 EST Thinspirational quote “Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” ~Chinese Proverb Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:40:57 EST Biggest Loser Summer Challenge Need help getting healthier this summer? If you're looking for a challenge and ready to make a commitment....I have the challenge for you! <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name. It's a 10 week commitment. You have several little teams (with 24 members) that compete with each other. Main requirement is to weigh in each week. If you know for some reason that you can't post your weight (let the leaders know). Otherwise after 2 missed weigh ins (with no excuse) you would be moved to honorary. We h... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:55:39 EST I'm stuck! Hey there! I'm Liz, a SAHM of 2 girls. I've kind of been one of those "spend most of the day on the couch with minimal getting up to go do some dishes or change the laundry over" people for the last 8 years. I wasn't particularly active when I was younger either, but I'm sad to say, I'm sitting at about 260 lbs, and I REALLY want to get down to about 180. I know weight is NOT the best show of results, but that's my ballpark figure. I'd like to drop about 4 sizes in pants, and a couple band si... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:14:14 EST Thinspiratonal quote “None of us can change our yesterdays but all of us can change our tomorrows.” ~Colin Powell Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:02:28 EST Thinspiratonal quote It's a slow process. Don't make it slower by quitting! Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:10:25 EST Are you tired everyday? Do you wake up tired? Do you count the hours before you go to bed as soon as you wake up? Do you miss your energy? I once did i am so thankful i am able to function during the day and not be exhausted anymore. I also have been thankful for the weight loss that has come with it. DO you miss living life? How much of your life have you missed out on because you have no energy. I have more energy than i did at the age of 18 i have energy to care for my three kids and work full time. Tell m... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 21:07:15 EST Thinspirational quote "Weight loss is like driving; If you ever veer off the road just make a U-turn and head back in the right direction!" Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:10:20 EST Thinspiratonal quote "You are one step closer every day so don't give up today!" Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:19:21 EST Thinspirational quote for the day “The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” ~William Faulkner Sun, 24 Apr 2016 12:04:24 EST Help! I Regained The Weight I Lost!!! Hi. Here's the story. I successfully lost 70 pounds. Proud, confident, happy... the whole nine yards. Then after being sick, getting lazy I go back to old habits of eating crap and not going to gym anymore. Well that has packed back on more than half the weight I lost. Now I'm ashamed and no longer confident. <BR> <BR> I started out successfully losing with a workout buddy who was also aiming to lose weight. She gave up. I am on my own, which is fine. I just need to find some extreme mojo to... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 19:26:49 EST Struggling Hi, I am new to the site. Am looking for motivation, support and new tools for success. I need to lose over 100 lbs and started slow about 2 months ago by cutting sodas and making healthier choices. <BR> <BR> I went to the doctor and he added Phentermine and Topamax plus a blood pressure medication. I have been on that a little over a week. I didn't weigh myself at the very start, but did not too long into the process. All in all I have lost about 12 lbs, 4 of those since starting the medica... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 03:09:48 EST got some good news for health Need to contact VA to get some good health care. The 4 years years ago may be helpful now!?! Fri, 22 Apr 2016 19:28:19 EST Weight chart Where do I find those cute charts that show your weight goal and how much weight you have lost? Thu, 21 Apr 2016 14:02:37 EST Do you like yourself from the inside out? I try to encourage my inner self everyday sometimes all day .I have to feed my spirit on the inside my core self as I would feed my physical body on the outside the two go hand in hand they come together to create a more happier, optimistic, and well rounded individual with a positive attitude towards life and life's situations. Think positive for as much as you can despite what it may appear to be and look Like otherwise .BE GOOD TO YOURSELF FROM THE INSIDE OUT LOVE YOU FOR YOU AND FOR ALL ... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:59:24 EST Who has beat the cycle of binging? I am looking for a group of women here who have been bingers that can share with those of us who struggle with binging. Is there a way we can start a group? Anyone else out there interested? Thu, 21 Apr 2016 02:27:56 EST How to eat right I can not seem to stop snacking I work with clients who ALWAYS have treats such as cookies cake always around and it's so hard not to have some. But I stepped in the scale and I've actually gained weight part of me feels to give up the other part want a to try idk how to resist the sweets I've always loved sweets Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:28:13 EST How to go from losing to maintaining? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> When I'm paying attention, tracking every day, and weighing myself every day, I can lose weight. Once I get to my goal weight though, I lose focus, consider that I'm done, and then over a year or so, 10 lbs comes back. <BR> <BR> Has anyone had success in relaxing the efforts and still keeping the weight off? I can't stay at 1200-ish calories forever, but it seems once I go off that restriction, I don't do well. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Sun, 17 Apr 2016 17:57:56 EST GAINED 3 pounds So today I jumped on the scale to do my weekly weight check in. When I started I was 182. I lost 2 pounds and was down to 180. Today I go on the scale and I weight 183 pounds. I feel so angry and frustrated. I've been working out a lot to get ready for this race that I'm running. But this added weight is REALLY bothering me. Why isn't what I'm doing reflecting on the scale? Maybe I am eating too much. It just stinks. And I feel so bothered that I just want to eat everything around me.... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:44:39 EST How do you reward yourself? I am a big food reward person, which is sabotaging me when it comes to having a healthier lifestyle. I also don't have a lot of money to play around with, so saving for a cool new toy or movie or whatever is difficult. Does anyone have any ideas for motivating rewards that are free or pretty inexpensive? Thu, 14 Apr 2016 23:36:02 EST Motivational Reading Hi everyone, <BR> I'm wondering if anyone has read any nonfiction or memoirs about weight loss success stories that they could share? I read "It Was Me All Along" by Andie Mitchell and her story really resonated with me because of how much I could related to her emotional eating. I've found a couple others and find that reading them while also committing to my own goals helps me stay on track. I'd appreciate any suggestions! Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:11:41 EST Illness + Stress= HELP! I am finding myself wandering off track for the last week. I need HELP! Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:42:57 EST Can I Just Skip a Few Months? Day three now of my weight loss journey. Got on the scale, actually for the first time (when I started three days ago I was a little fragile, couldn't handle what I might see there) and it was three lbs heavier than just a week ago. I'm at the big 2-0-0. I seriously, literally, gain weight just by looking at junk food. And that's when I realized two things. <BR> <BR> One, this is going to be a lot harder than I thought. And two, I'm glad I'm here. <BR> <BR> But I've done this before and I ... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:30:47 EST Activity trackers Hi i am new here and wanted to know how many people use activity trackers, or wearable to track their fitness goals etc, Have they made you more active or motivated <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 05:05:03 EST Staying Motivated Hi, I returned back to Sparking today after some time off. Motivation has seemed to be my main issue with losing. I will be doing so well and lose then BAM! Something happens to knock me off the wagon, I'll begin to overeat again or return to unhealthy snacks and gain back. This cycle needs to end and I need help to find how to end it. That's why I returned to Spark. Tue, 12 Apr 2016 16:41:06 EST If you could go back To a younger age, what age would you pick? I'd go back to 17-18 to make different schooling/career choices. Tue, 12 Apr 2016 06:56:18 EST getting close to getting well again Got a visit to biopsy then one of 3 is complete, no more guessing on the one. Can live with the other 2 conditions. Mon, 11 Apr 2016 22:42:10 EST Disappointed and need a lift Good Afternoon, all! <BR> <BR> First off, I'm a self-starter and a teacher. Motivating others is what I do all the time. I'm pretty good at motivating myself, but am in a bit of a slump and could use some optimism myself. <BR> <BR> In January I had my second son (yay!) Prior to that, I lost 50lbs on TSFL/Medifast. During my pregnancy, I gained 30lbs. I'm fine with this. It happens. However, this past month, I've been eating clean, watching portions, drinking over a gallon of water, and wor... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 19:59:39 EST Shake your booty! Just found some '70's CDs at a garage sale, and have been dancing to them all morning out in California. That is one way to get exercise and smile! Sun, 10 Apr 2016 14:33:15 EST I Need Help!!!!! Day 50 here and I have done so very well, I have a binge eating problem that I have let go unchecked for several years now. I am no stranger to weight loss I lost 156lbs 10 years ago, but today find myself right where I started. Only 10 years older. I am so proud of the effort that I have given! I have stayed within my calorie range for 50 days. I have logged my nutrition, remained positive, but with very little results. I lost 1 lb this week. I feel the emotions that give me the desi... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 07:20:18 EST Frustration So, here's the thing, I am 52 years old, 5'6" and, as of this morning, weigh 244 pounds. I do not have high blood pressure, my cholesterol is fine, my blood glucose levels are perfect and my resting heart rate ranges from 45 to 52. I am hypothyroid but according to the endocrinologist I saw in January my thyroid medication has it under control. I am exercising 45 to 60 minutes a day 6 days a week. I don't drink pop - never have as I'm not a fan of the carbonation and I make almost all of o... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 22:09:12 EST Energy how do you force yourself off the couch to do anything Thu, 7 Apr 2016 21:14:00 EST huge success Ok I did not lose weight this week but I tracked everything and kept it real with Spark p and did not gain weight. I have adhd,bipolar 2, and ocd and a major breakup of three plus years going on. The fact that I kept with this program for 7 days is the huge success. The fact that I controlled myself and didn't do emo eating and beer drinking is awesome. I am proud of myself. Thu, 7 Apr 2016 11:20:12 EST plateau beating Im 65 lbs into my target 100lbs weight loss and have at last come to a plateau. <BR> <BR> I have double checked to make sure that there is no calorie creep and have increased my activity level. Based on the maths I should loose at least 2lbs a week. <BR> <BR> Is this the body doing something for its self and if so why does it do it and more importantly how do I get through it fast - as its driving me crazy! <BR> <BR> Current weight constant for 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> Cheers Thu, 7 Apr 2016 09:59:43 EST Yo-yo Sparker, Back Again I'm back, again. After gaining all my weight back, again. I've got a cruise in October which is sort of the date I'm chasing. But I'm really looking forward to losing some of this weight and feeling better. I'm really down on myself. And I gain weight so freakishly fast- I don't even eat that poorly, and I work out 6 days a week, yet I've gained 5 lbs in the last two weeks alone. So I usually have to be pretty restrictive on myself to actually see any results, which is a bit of a double edged... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 16:42:33 EST Comments from work I know this will sound silly but it's something that has been bugging me more and more. At work I bring my lunch and snacks (generally fruit & veggies) and will munch on them throughout the day. I've had a few people comment "eating again?" now in a joking manner but it's starting to irritate me. <BR> <BR> I used to snack heavily throughout the day but never on junk. I've been working on my grazing and am happy to report that I am down 4 lbs as of today! When I graze, it's not uncommon for ... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 15:57:26 EST Getting back on track... First let me say that I have been overweight all of my life. I have diabetes and am on insulin. On February 4th, I started using Spark People and was very good at logging everything. Lost 10 pounds in 5 weeks which was amazing for me especially being on insulin. I started out doing 30 minutes of exercise 6 times per week... then upped it to 50 minutes. I was so proud of myself. My dad had surgery two weeks ago and I got really stressed.... slowly I fell off the proverbial wagon. I am trying a... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 11:19:49 EST APRIL 2016-Gratitudes Thanks Appreciations!! "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> <BR> Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. <BR> Denis Waitley <BR> Sometimes we should express our g... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 20:50:24 EST How do you break the yo-yo cycle? I lost 80lbs going on 6 years ago, gained back 40, lost 40, gained 40...etc..? Does anyone have any advice for breaking the yo-yo cycle?? It seems every time I feel like I'm finally at the weight I want to be, I lose all motivation to maintain and just go nuts and gain it all back.... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 14:48:53 EST Are you DETERMINED? Today is the one day I can be determined. I can plan for tomorrow by my determination is reserved for today. Good morning. Have a determined day. (J.L.Norman) Hugs, Mama Judy <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 16:52:29 EST Calorie counting or not - what works best for you? Hi everyone <BR> <BR> my obesity is now WAY out of control. 3 years ago I was 175lbs and now I'm up to 220. I've felt like the entire time I've been battling yet could not grasp hold of the problem. I've gained more and more bad habits and now I do things I never would have considered - like eating a box of chocolates every single night, and dinner is normally a whole pizza, like every single day. I don't know why I can't stop! <BR> <BR> I THINK I need a way to eat less and eat healthier in... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 17:10:00 EST starting over ~ AGAIN I was doing so well then LIFE HAPPENED. I just can't seem to get motivated again. Mon, 28 Mar 2016 10:28:08 EST Keeping the determination in the face of adversity Today will be a big challenge for me: family gathering. Food means love, in our family. I plan to eat small portions, and drink lots of water. Tomorrow, I weigh myself for the second time. It would be huge for me to have even lost one pound, despite this big day. I want to keep this determination. To be an example, and have a healthy heart. Have a super day! Sun, 27 Mar 2016 11:32:22 EST Break up effects health My girlfriend and I of 8 years broke up. I feel so devastated and the thing is one my favorite hobbies is working out and I can't even motivate myself to go like I used to I would 7 days a week now I go 2 if I am feeling it I really have no friends family is busy and I don't have my very best friend I know it's over I am accepting that but what do I do to break this wall any advice would help Sat, 26 Mar 2016 17:46:32 EST Looking for a daily check-in buddy! Hello all! <BR> <BR> I would love to meet someone who is interested in having a daily check-in buddy. I need someone to be accountable to, but I think it is also beneficial to have someone counting on me to help them through the tough days too. <BR> <BR> A bit about me... <BR> I'm a 33yo high school teacher near Toronto, married no kids. I have about 73 lbs to lose to get to my goal weight. I have been overweight since I was 8 years old, and have always been trying to lose the weight, but e... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 07:25:33 EST it's nothing new. Still having trouble staying motivated. I am doing well, but need a lot of encouragement, which I get from my wife most of the time. Thankful for her. Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:20:39 EST raw vegan texting buddy Hello, <BR> I am looking for a raw vegan texting buddy- US only Fri, 25 Mar 2016 13:30:08 EST Losing my mind... I think I am losing my mind! My emotions are all over the place and race from depressed to angry in split seconds. I haven't been on medications for mood swings but in December I weaned off Pristiq, per Dr orders. I had been on it since my car accident in 2009 and it was prescribed to help with hot flashes and anxiety. It was hell weaning off it and never want to go through that again. I was feeling fine until recently (app2 weeks). Then started having erratic thoughts, emotions and not... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 15:23:27 EST Healthy goals? I want to lose weight to fit into a favorite pair of pants. I also don't want to be waddling next year when I go to Europe. Are these healthy goals? Thu, 24 Mar 2016 00:50:11 EST The number on the clothes... As I'm in VA and the weather is getting warmer, I am realizing that my shorts from last year (size 12) do not fit AT ALL. I tried to psych myself up to believe that I could be back in these clothes in a few months. I finally broke down and went to target today to buy a couple pairs of shorts that DO fit me RIGHT now. Surely a size 14 would fit...nope. Size 16!!! I was about to sink into a deep depression but reminded myself that I'm exercising daily and tracking my food. Yes I have wor... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 22:00:29 EST Looking for a buddy to keep me accountable Hello, <BR> I am usually pretty active. With work, my activity level has diminished. My takeout orders have gone up. Today I am on day 2 of no takeout and for my first day on here, I am meeting my goals. Any advice or motivation is welcomed! Trying to lose 20 pounds. Wed, 23 Mar 2016 18:42:31 EST Lost motivation, trying to get it back. These past few weeks, I've been especially lax. You could say even the past few months I've been not as careful, but I've maintained when I've been wanting to lose more weight. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty sure I've put on the pounds in the past few weeks and It's really brought me down. I think of when I first started and how disciplined and hard I worked at it and I get so anxious thinking about gaining all that I've lost back. <BR> <BR> I've lost about 140 lbs. now and anytime I overeat I worr... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 15:37:10 EST Life going down hill How do you stay motivated when you're a breath away from losing your job and your Mum has said she feels like she doesn't have a daughter (me)? Mon, 21 Mar 2016 20:27:57 EST Feeling Discouraged I ate a really sugary breakfast and I am feeing really upset with myself Mon, 21 Mar 2016 12:46:59 EST Please Help! I just signed up for the coaching program. I am 66 years old and getting fatter every day. I would like to have a coach that can help me just get started. Its so hard. I tried just logging my calories everyday for the past two weeks. but nothing is changing. I can't seemed to get motivated to do any kind of exercise. My job keeps me sitting most of the day. When I get home at night I just want to relax. I try bring my own lunches and breakfast to work, but don't seem to pick the right... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 08:31:39 EST It's been difficult With asthma and c diff it has been difficult in maintaining my tracking on SparkPeople, but my wife of 47 years, has been a pillar for me!!! Sun, 20 Mar 2016 21:34:01 EST Need a weight loss partner I have been with sparkpeople since 2009. I am eating low carb/keto and would love a partner to help get this weight off. I recently lost my mom and my gym, so I am pretty in the dumps in the motivation dept. I live in Missouri, I'm single w/4 kids, 39. I run a fitness gear website, and another website for chickens, so I work remotely and have limited access to people. I do enjoy 5ks, I love CrossFit, but looking into a home gym now (since my gym closed, and no others are very close, I live in... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 13:03:39 EST Weight loss while taking Seroquel About 4 years ago I weighed 454 pounds. Since then I have been working on my weight through diet, exercise and weight training. I got down to 289 pounds which is so close to my goal of 250 pounds. I have been having some issues with anger and went to see my doctor and after a bunch of tests I was diagnosed with being Bi-Polar. After trying a couple different meds I finally found that Seroquel XR works awesome and I feel like a new person. One of the side effects is weight gain. Over the past ... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 13:39:36 EST "Small goals" rewards What are some good rewards to have for reaching those smaller goals? I tend to find it easier/more motivating to look forward to the little things in addition to the big payoff at the end. <BR> What do you reward yourself with for hitting the smaller milestones? Thu, 17 Mar 2016 08:08:21 EST i want to fast before college graduation so guys, i have a considerable amount of BF on me. <BR> <BR> here is the weird thing... <BR> <BR> 2 1/2 weeks ago i had strep throat and a fever of 108!! can you believe that? despite eating up to 1800 calories a day and being sedentary, i lost 6 lbs in BED! i had to be admitted to the hospital 2x and they found a bacteria in my lungs (and later, you know, the other end). <BR> <BR> here is the thing that i am grappling with: how the frick did that happen, and why does it keep going? i am... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 02:09:18 EST Favorite workout song Mine is a little-known Britney Spears song called 'Work Work'. What is your favorite song to workout to? Wed, 16 Mar 2016 20:38:15 EST Accountability Buddy I am a 32 year old Female looking for a weight loss / accountability buddy. I am just starting my journey to a newer me, and would like to loose 100 lbs. I am going the low carb with exercise route. Anyone out there that would be interested? Thank you! Tue, 15 Mar 2016 22:35:22 EST Having trouble staying motivated I'm 48 almost, 140 lbs overweight. I can and have lost weight then gained more back beause I get lazy. The worst part is my knees are killing me. I can only stand about ten minutes and i have to sit. Hard to clean, cook, excercise and stay motivated. Sat, 12 Mar 2016 11:20:55 EST Not seeing results I lost over ten pounds, but am not seeing results. I decided to lose weight, eat healthier, and exercise in order to help with my heartburn and insomnia. Ten pounds later, and two months of sparkpeople and I still get heartburn and have just as much trouble sleeping. The past couple of days I have been very frustrated. It's nice to look thinner, but that was never my goal. My goal was to feel better but I don't! <BR> <BR> I know I may have to change my diet more, but I feel miserable th... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 21:48:39 EST Sooo hungry. Are the first few days the worst? Hi all, <BR> <BR> I started counting my calories (I refuse to say I started a diet) on Monday, so today is the fifth day. I'm irritated and hangry (yes, hangry - this is beyond hungry and has put me in a foul mood). Is this normal for the first few days? I'm hoping it is and that this will pass soon. I've lost three pounds already, so I know I'm doing something right, but I'm just so hungry. I'm used to being a grazer, but I haven't figured out how to eat like that and still stay within... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:05:52 EST 2016 Spring 5% Challenge Community Summer IS coming - are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Spring 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. You get to have fun, make new friends and get in shape! <BR> <BR> During the winter challenge I lost 6lbs. Now I'm looking forward to hitting Onderland in the Spring Challenge. The 5% community is on... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 13:18:32 EST oh man losing it Not the mind! gotta get it together. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 16:51:53 EST Help!! I just think I am going to over weight for the rest of my life. I just cannot get into the groove again to start eating healthy. I am so miserable with myself but I keep eating and falling into same ruts. I know it is up to me to do this but I just wish there was a magic pill that I could take and it would get me to where I want to be. I am so unhealthy and I have no energy to even exercise. I just really need some motivation and some word that will get me started again. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 15:22:51 EST So no help from husband today :( Now I thought that my husband would be more encouraging about me losing weight but that seems to be the opposite. I bought a WII so I could get the WII Fitness program so we could both work out together but he just rather sit in his chair and that just makes me want to do the same. How can I get him interested in working out with me so I just don't give up ?? <em>46</em> Wed, 9 Mar 2016 21:31:07 EST Rewards One of my goals that I track is if I rewarded myself each day. I'm just wondering how each one of you rewards yourself for sticking to your plan. Wed, 9 Mar 2016 18:29:12 EST The struggle is REAL!!! Hi All, <BR> <BR> - I NEED a buddy, not just any buddy!!! I need a true buddy. not just here on Spark people but an "in my business" buddy. I need someone who is walking a similar journey, who is serious about this and isn't afraid to be a friend and kick a little butt and still be empathetic and understanding. Some one who checks in often and prods till it gets done. I need someone who will fight the fight, walk the walk and talk the talk; TOGETHER. I need someone whose in this life to wi... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 17:47:32 EST need a find ten exercise buddy anyone out there willing to help? Wed, 9 Mar 2016 07:33:43 EST Too much on Saturday I ate too much on Saturday. Too many sweets. So what do I do now? Get back on track and back to walking and eating right. Oh, but I did reach my walking goal on Saturday, so the day did hold some merit as for my weight loss journey! Tue, 8 Mar 2016 11:15:22 EST How do you keep your commitment? I'm having trouble staying committed with my plan to lose weight. How do you keep going? I feel like I lose some weight and then I feel okay so I start adding in little junk food here and there. I just don't know how to keep the momentum! I weigh 151 and when I get below 150 I feel like I start gaining again.. I do it to myself! It's very frustrating! What keeps you going? Mon, 7 Mar 2016 09:44:27 EST Transitions are hard Hi guys - I've used sparkpeople on and off for at least 7 years now. I graduated from college in May and was not prepared for the transition to adulthood, mentally or physically. I moved from a small college community on the East Coast that provided me with healthy nutrition options and a free gym to a small, isolated military town on the West Coast. This town is just opening the first (nice) gym this month and food options are scarce. <BR> <BR> I want to start getting healthy again - really... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 22:49:07 EST Motivation Videos Hello, <BR> <BR> Im looking for the best motivation videos on the web. i have seen some websites like and on youtube. They have until now the best motivation video content. Do you have any reccommendations? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 5 Mar 2016 18:42:30 EST about to give up Soooo discouraged. Working out 5 - 6 days a week. Keeping calories at about 1200 and not losing a single pound! 5 years ago I did the exact same thing and dropped 25 lbs in 3 months! Is it because I quit smoking? Do I need to go back on nicotine? Even greatly reduced simple carbs and still no luck. I know it gets harder when you get older but this is ridiculous. Sat, 5 Mar 2016 09:36:13 EST Finding Your Smile On the Inside I want to wake up in the morning and feel whole again. Even if things aren't how I -need- them. <BR> <BR> I would like to rise from bed, make my coffee, and drink it with a sense of calm, knowing everything will be alright. <BR> <BR> After losing a baby and my husbands infidelity only a few weeks ago, I'm starting to see the fatigue in my face, the lack of hunger, the restless sleep, the knowing that the man beside me wasn't faithful after all these years. And lets not forget the plateau of... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 17:49:58 EST Counting calories is difficult Hi guys <BR> <BR> I have counted calories and tried to lose weight countless times before. Now I'm at my heaviest ever and I just want to lose at least some of it. I'm not sure where I keep losing my motivation, but I think part of it is that I think counting calories is really hard. I never know how much I ate exactly (how many grams of something for example)or what constitutes a small or a large banana for example. It's also just a lot of work to add all the various small ingredients. Furt... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 12:06:19 EST Struggling to stay motivated I have been working out fairly consistently for the past three months. But for the past two nights I found myself sitting on my sofa playing games on my ipad after work until I crawled into bed. I just didn't feel like moving. I am worried that I am losing my motivation and I am not sure what to do.... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 11:04:45 EST MARCH 2016-Gratitudes Thanks Appreciations!! "When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around." Willie Nelson <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Let's keep the tradition of sharing 5 things that are working in our lives, we appreciate or that just make us smile. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I look forward to seeing all my grateful friends tomorrow! Mon, 29 Feb 2016 18:52:12 EST Hobbies can keep you motivated I am an amateur artist, and I started a painting today. I actually forgot about being hungry (afternoon is usually my danger time) b/c I was so engrossed in my art. Does that happen to you? What do you do that makes you forget? Mon, 29 Feb 2016 15:49:00 EST Serial Bingeing/BED Hi <BR> <BR> So I got back on my healthy eating habits of over 6 months after a massive 6 week carb-centric binge, and I know a lot of us have been there and done that. However, since this was the first (and hopefully last) time I did what I did, I stumbled on a couple of gasp-inducing realizations that seem to be a common pattern with serial binge-eaters, which I'd like to share with y'all: <BR> <BR> 1. If it's probable BED, PLEASE get it checked. I'm from India where mostly even a visit t... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:39:33 EST Feel like I have no control Two years ago I had lost 40 pounds and was still working on it when I kind of fell out of my good habits I'd formed. I managed to stay around 185 (ultimate goal 160) and ended up being hired as a shorebird intern with the Park Service in Cape Cod over last summer. Every single day I was out on the beach walking miles in the sand searching for nests, using an 8lb sledgehammer to pound out miles of fencing with the tides. I was gaining fitness quickly but continued eating what I wanted. I neve... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 22:31:50 EST I'm having a hard time with motivation I restarted SP like gangbusters and now am having a hard time keeping up my motivation. Been feeling down in the dumps lately and can't seem to shake it. I start my days ready to face the world, then the day comes & I feel I just can't cope so I eat. I know we all go thru this from time to time & just need a little guidance. Sun, 28 Feb 2016 17:09:03 EST I lost 10 pounds, but can't really tell..? Hello everyone! This is my first post in the forum, I'm really enjoying having this platform to track my weight loss progress. <BR> <BR> Since going vegan - a little over a month ago - I've lost about 5kg. The thing is, I can't really tell a difference, not in the mirror, nor on my daily life... The only place where I can kind of tell some shrinking is my breasts, and my boyfriend says my legs are skinnier (I can't see it). <BR> <BR> I was a little overweight before (about 70 kg - 5'5") an... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 16:22:41 EST Motivation I need help with this. I am not motivated. I gave up but now i want to try it again. Sun, 28 Feb 2016 15:41:23 EST New Month - New Attitude March into the new month. Sun, 28 Feb 2016 15:25:57 EST Starting over....and over, and over, and over I have tried getting fit and healthy (and losing weight) so many, many times in my life. I have almost stopped believing it is even a real possibility, even though, intellectually, I know it must be. I am not actually overweight (though I am getting close and weight the most I ever have in my whole life). But I am seeing my body changing in a way I don't like, and I see the direction this is leading. Also, I feel like my body can't do all the amazing things I want it to be able to do... be st... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 10:01:42 EST I just massively overate two days in a row... Everyone keeps telling me i'm teeeny-tiny and that I don't need to lose any weight and that I look fantastic and so I just eat whatever but then at the end of the night I hate myself for doing it :( <BR> <BR> Everyone just see's that I'm a size 6-7 and that I used to be an 18 and that I've lost 80+ lbs already and that I'm active now and they tell me to stop but I see myself for what I actually look like (without clothes to hide behind) and am disgusted because I still have fat on my stomac... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 23:55:55 EST just say no I just said "No" to the donuts in the break room! I am so proud <em>104</em> Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:34:38 EST #100daysofhealthy With 100 days to go until my 30th birthday, I've decided to use this time to focus on changing my habits and being healthy - taking it 1 day at a time for the next 100 days. I think I'm finally in the right mindset to do this! No weight loss goal, just being consistent day by day so that just over 3 months from now, my healthy choices are routine. <BR> <BR> I'll be tagging some of my meals and workouts as #100days on Instagram - would love it if other people could join in! Wed, 24 Feb 2016 08:25:53 EST Fitbits? How accurate have you found your fitbit to be? I have the Charge HR and I'm loving it, assuming it's pretty accurate, of course! Tue, 23 Feb 2016 00:12:38 EST I need Expert advice - What to do next? Hoping a SP Resident Expert can give me some guidance... <BR> <BR> I have been on SP for many years. Love this place! But I have always lost weight so incredibly slowly that I find myself giving up after several months of no success. Then after a few months later I come back to SP and get back to tracking. Sometimes I've gained weight, sometimes I haven't. I don't give up on a healthier lifestyle, I just have to take a mental break from tracking everything because not seeing it turn into res... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 17:05:56 EST Smaller jeans I've bought two pairs of smaller jeans last Friday and I was on cloud 9. <BR> <BR> "Oh my God, I hadn't fit in a 38 since I don't now how long. Oh I look so good!" You know, the drill. I used to wear a 44, so I drop 4 sizes. I was happy. <BR> <BR> I left the pants to have the hems done and pick them up yesterday. I put them on and... <BR> <BR> I feel fat in them. They fit, but I feel fat. They don't seem to look so good now. <BR> <BR> Do any of you felt fat when you try smaller clothes ... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 04:33:47 EST Today I laughed when... Today I laughed when my husband told me that my nephew's girlfriend has had a crush on him since she was in the first grade..😀 Sun, 21 Feb 2016 21:47:50 EST with this blog I don't know about blogs or frogs, though my grandpa taught me how to gig for frogs and watched my grandma cook frog legs. However, with this message I go on to another level, but I am revamping my diet for more healthy and less "wants." Sun, 21 Feb 2016 19:13:33 EST getting discouraged I started to change my diet (notice I did not say dieting) on January 4th. I've lost 11 pounds since then. It's been that way for about 3 weeks now.I have much healthier eating habits and I gave up all kinds of pop. No diet. No regular.I've cut back on the amounts of food I eat. I was eating over 3000 calories a day. Now I am eating about 1600 most days. Some days I go under by a couple of hundred. Other days I go over by as much. It all evens out. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I wonder if this is all... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 22:14:53 EST Working out... and only more exhausted than before My husband and I joined a gym just 6 weeks ago. <BR> <BR> When I started going I was hoping that I'd be able to boost my daily energy level. Before: I often found myself, with my sedentary life as an editor, being exhausted mid-day, often napping instead of working (from home). But then I'd end up staying up until 12 or 1am working... repeat. <BR> <BR> Well since going to the gym my night sleep habits are far better - much more routine (tired for bed - and then going to bed - all before mid... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 22:55:54 EST Good Morning All Wow started the day with a band... Sun is shinning and so is my spirits... I had a bowl of Grapenuts Cereal and 5 oz of OJ... I will save the other 5oz for dinner... down 3lbs but I am sure some of it is water... I will be like a turtle slow and steady... <BR> Spring is just around the corner... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 11:05:27 EST Feeling frustrated with my plateau Hi everyone. I am curious as to how many people feel completely down about hitting plateaus? I have lost 25 pounds and have 25 left to go but the last few weeks my weight hasn't budged. I changed up my exercise routine and swapped out some foods to try to kick start my system again and nothing has seemed to work so far. Any suggestions on how you get through this? I'm working out and still putting in max effort but looking at myself and feeling down for not progressing. How long can this last... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 22:05:05 EST How do you imagine Skype could help fitness? I'm thinking of people with injuries or older ages who don't go out to a gym or have friends over to do stretches or workouts with them. I love this topic and I haven't heard many people talking about Skype's possible role in fitness. Wed, 17 Feb 2016 19:12:38 EST Got off track-Need advice ASAP! Hi guys, <BR> <BR> I am pretty new, but I was doing so well! Just by tracking my food, I lost 4 pounds in the first week. Then Valentine's Day came and I totally went off track, especially with our dinner out. You would think I would just get back on track the next day, but no...I ate left overs..too many and then just continued. I did well for breakfast and lunch today but then not dinner again and I have now eaten too many sweets today. I need to change this now, but what can I do tom... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 23:01:14 EST Need help. I have a fear of exercising Ok this might sound really stupid but I'm having trouble getting past this point and could use some advice from people that actually work out. <BR> <BR> I'm over weight. I don't work out at all and every time I consider starting to jog and maybe lose some weight I hit a mental road block. And I don't really know how to get past it. It's just a fear I have. Yes a fear of getting healthy... <BR> <BR> When I was younger I was chubby. I gained quite a bit in my chest and developed man boobs. We... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 00:56:58 EST Buddies Not going to lie I have had the hardest time trying to figure out how to make some buddies/friends on Sparkpeople to help each other with motivation and friendship along the way. Thanks for listening! Mon, 15 Feb 2016 11:47:11 EST I had motivation, but was always short lived. I learned something new today. Its something that is simple and does not take a medical or college degree to get. If you are trying to lose weight, having junk food all around you does not help you in stay on track to succeed. <BR> <BR> I am in my 50's, I havent been a healthy weight for over 30 years. I have either joined or have done many different diet plans,I have gotten healthy, good food to eat and stock my shelves and frig, but the moment my kids ask me to buy something I shouldn't h... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 08:49:41 EST No MORE stretching! Ok, I just joined SparkPeople 3 days ago...But, I have been running, weight lifting and doing many varieties of workouts for about 4 months off and on. The last 2 months I have been really serious about my workouts. I do watch what I eat. I watch my portions and calories. I have been on just about every diet out there and really counting calories and working out is just the best and easiest way. <BR> So, on to my topic... <BR> After getting more serious about my workouts (not changing my die... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:04:08 EST Say "Well done to someone on this app.Toda. To all my Spark family who are on this journey together with me who has lost even 1 pound and those who are trying very hard:"Well done ! Proud of you all.Stay positive. Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:11:36 EST self motivation I'm having a hard time getting motivated to exercise. I need to find some self-motivation. I n need some help with tips of motivation Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:56:29 EST Time to be OPTIMISITC I know with all of this cold weather it's easy to fall into the traps of eating unhealthy and being lazy. That's why I think it is important to focus on what we HAVE done for the day rather than what we HAVEN'T. <BR> <BR> With that, I want to hear one thing that you've completed today that has made you happy. It doesn't even have to be fitness related! It can be anything! <BR> <BR> My happy moment was participating in all of my classes today. It's something I never do because I don't like... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:22:17 EST Need some help with motivation Hello all! <BR> <BR> I lost 50 lbs about 2 years ago using Sparkpeople. I felt great, but a move, new job, and a break up left me with an extra 20 lbs. I am trying to shed the extra 20 plus some! I just turned 25, and my goal is to lose 25% of my weight before my next birthday. I lost 15 lbs using the 21 day fix, but the scale isn't moving anymore, and I am losing my motivation. Any tips for breaking this plateau? Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:05:22 EST Please Help I am a 39yr old male. I am 5'5" and I weigh 435 lbs. I have struggled everyday with my weight since I was young. I am reaching out in the forum because I am ashamed to ask for help in person. I am embarrassed of how I look, and I feel like people are staring and making fun of me everywhere I go. I am so sick of feeling this way. It's not just the mental pain, but I am tired of feeling this way physically. I want to play with my kids, and take them places with feeling like I have embarrassed t... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 12:17:45 EST Needing a boost I'm 38 and quit smoking 3.5 years ago ever since then my weight's been a slow creep. Yet extremely stubborn to come off. I have committed to getting it off but it is SO frustrating it feels like my weight will not budge no matter how closely I control intake and I'm also exercising 5 days a week doing insanity max 30 which is a kick butt workout. This morning I weighed in expecting to see at least some loss and instead I saw 0.4 lb gain! Ugh!! I'm so frustrated! Looking for any pointers from ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 13:34:53 EST Staying motivated to get up early I searched through the message boards to see how everyone wakes up early, but it seems that most people work normal hours. I have to be at work by 6am. Before I started doing any exercise I would not wake up until 5:30am. Now, due more to my dogs exercise needs, I have been waking up at 5am to take them on a 20 minute walk and 10 minutes of obedience training. I already have trouble rolling out of bed at 5:30am and I am a horrible morning person. My husband can't even talk to me in the mornin... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 20:38:32 EST Staying motivated How do you stay motivated when your boyfriend constantly criticises you for rewarding yourself with a very small occasional treat? He won't even let the kids have treats anymore because I'm fat. My motivation to lose is turning to motivation to just "sneak eat" like I did when I was growing up. Plus I think I may be pregnant & that's not going to go over good at all. Anyone have any suggestions? I feel so alone & I need to get to a healthy size because after being told a year and a half ago t... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 10:28:12 EST This is what a pound of fat looks like! <img src=""> Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:05:28 EST Need advice.... I'm just starting this weightless journey. I'm alone in it with no family support :-( and I have a long way to go as a 5'8" tall woman weighing 290#. I love to be active outdoors hiking and biking, but tend to lose motivation when it's cold out. I'm joining a gym today to get started on a treadmill. What worries me is I'm terrible at logging what I eat, and its hard to cut carbs. I see those as my struggles. What are your advice on starting out so I don't overwhelm myself and can keep focused... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 03:02:49 EST Cant convince myself. I'm reaching out to just get some advice on how you convince yourself to work out. I have all the tools, I literally BUSTED my bum to get an entire room together, cleaned out spare rooms, reorganized my entire house LITERALLY, in between working both my jobs, and worked hard on it for two weeks straight.. got all my equipment in and havent stepped foot back in. Why? What is making me stray? Why cant I force myself to get in that "work out room" and get things done? <BR> <BR> I have all the ... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 14:30:07 EST Looking for advice... I wasn't quite sure where to post this, but I'm just looking for a little advice. My dentist recently (about a week and a half ago) put me on a general antibiotic because I have an advanced gum disease, something I've been dealing with for a while, so I don't have any major infections or anything, but anyway, the side effects completely threw me off. I was feeling nauseous when I took it in the morning, I had some other indigestion, I'm drained of energy, my appetite changed and I've had un... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 11:39:56 EST Sparkpoints are Motivating Me Maybe it's the competitor in me, but I LOVE Sparkpoints. I have been aiming for 100 points per day abut am now ready to ramp it up to even higher daily points totals. I am trying to move quicker from one level to the next. I love the variety of helpful ways to earn points each day. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 10:10:51 EST TODAY Today is the immediate part of my goal. It is my clean slate. What I write under my control. I choose to be positive and successful. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 10:09:38 EST What are some of your favorite workout songs? What are some of your favorite workout songs? I love to listen to classic rock while working out.:) Thu, 4 Feb 2016 13:47:20 EST Help for retirees You have lot of stuff for youth, families, workers, etc., but very shallow for seniors. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 11:39:16 EST Why is it important for you to reach your goals? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So why is it important for YOU to reach your goals? Wed, 3 Feb 2016 21:12:36 EST Trouble getting started I really am ready to lose weight. But I just can't stay focused. I need something to follow for accountability, but I don't want a program I have to pay for since there are so many good resources here at Sparkpeople. I want to eat healthier (mostly stop overeating), exercise more, and lose weight. What can help me with accountability, and staying focused? I'm having problems self-motivating! Wed, 3 Feb 2016 11:27:53 EST walking the mile I walked the "wicked" mile where I fell last week. Memorable day, going to lose a tooth from the accident, among other things, but I faced my stress on walking the mile today. Tue, 2 Feb 2016 19:41:44 EST Deleted Deleted Tue, 2 Feb 2016 18:59:04 EST Monthly assessment leads to frustration I've tried so hard this month to do what I needed to do to get on the right track and lose weight/become healthy...I'm doing the atkins with some input from Profile by Sanford (which I would do completely but it's too far away)....I've eaten like I'm supposed to and worked out better than I even thought I would....I've planned and prepared for when I'm not gonna eat at home etc. I've brought food with me and worked really hard and feel like I'm STUCK. I'm very frustrated. :( Anything right no... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 13:50:24 EST FEBRUARY 2016 -Appreciations, Thanks, Gratitudes!! <img src=""> <BR> "Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices." Robert Braathe <BR> <BR> As always please share 5 things you are grateful for, appreciate or are working for you. The daily gifts! <BR> <BR> "Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude." <BR> Denis Waitley <BR> <im... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 20:04:23 EST Trying to lose but keep gaining Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm new here but really interested in connecting with people and getting some feedback on how to stay motivated for the long term. <BR> <BR> I've always been a bit overweight but was able to drop from 145 to 120 a few years back. This is a good weight for me as I'm only 5'2". However, in the past year I've been experiencing a lot of stress, lack of sleep, and general exhaustion so I'm finding it hard to want to eat the same way I did when I was at a healthier weight. <BR>... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 14:18:15 EST Want/Need a Challenge? If you're looking for a challenge and ready to make a commitment....I have the challenge for you! <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name. It's a 10 week commitment. You have several little teams (with 24 members) that compete with each other. Main requirement is to weigh in each week. If you know for some reason that you can't post your weight (let the leaders know). Otherwise after 2 missed weigh ins (with no excuse) you would be moved to honorary. We have ITC (inter team challenges) that cons... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 22:37:14 EST Book: No Sweat Has anyone read the title book, "No Sweat - How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness" by Michelle Segar? <BR> <BR> I'm only about a tenth of the way in but so far, I find it fascinating. And right now for those with e-readers (or who don't mind reading on a computer), it's only $2 on Kindle! She advises as her primary instruction: "Take any and every opportunity to move, in any way possible, at whatever speed you like, for any amount of time. Do what makes yo... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 14:36:33 EST Goals and motiviation I've been struggling with instant gratification. I've been eating well, or so at least I think so, and just started back at the gym yesterday with cardio and weight lifting. Today though, as I was walking to my car from the gym, I felt defeated already. I have a hard to seeing past the big picture. All I see is the 80 lbs that I gained, and need to lose. I just couldn't stop thinking about how this is going to take forever to do. Then I started thinking about, what if I'm putting in all of th... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 23:17:18 EST What are three things you're thankful for? 1. My family <BR> 2. My friends <BR> 3. My SO Thu, 28 Jan 2016 22:21:59 EST Emotinal eating I have been trying to have diet for a long time.. i always fail and leave it.. for 2 years now my maximum to stay on diet was 10 days.. and then my cravings beat me and i eat more than before i started diet.. im hopeless.. i hate the way i look and feel Thu, 28 Jan 2016 17:57:43 EST Fighting away the depression! I have been going great for 2 and a half weeks! I started on a Sunday than weighed myself on the following Wednesday, and subsequently will weigh myself every Wednesday when I get home for work! The first time I weighed myself, I was down 8.6 pounds and it had only been 4 days. The second time I weighed myself I was up 1.9 pounds. Today I weighed myself (I forgot to last night) and I am up another pound! WHAT THE HECK! I am eating tons better and have been going to the gym the last 3 da... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:55:55 EST Letting Go This question can be as simple or as deep as you like. It can be answered here or you can use it to contemplate. <BR> <BR> "What can you let go of?" Wed, 27 Jan 2016 06:54:24 EST What motivates you aside from the obvious...better health....I need serious help with motivating myself to get up and move. Please share with me any creative ideas that motivate you to get off your rear and exercise. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 21:46:32 EST Late night cravings Yesterday was my first day/step to the new me. I did so good during the day. I was eating every 3 hours. I felt like I was eating a lot, but I did not go over my calories. Then it got into the evening and that's when I started to get my cravings. I want chocolate so bad(I did not eat any). It was hard to keep saying no, but I did not give in. My question is how do you stop the cravings? Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:25:55 EST its so hard! a big part of my plan nvolves eating heathier. Its so hard though! I just want to eat cookies and tons of sugar!! Tue, 26 Jan 2016 09:20:55 EST Office Get-Together This Week My office is very small, and each month we do a "Fun Day" when we'll usually cut out of here a bit early and all go to some bar or restaurant, one time we went to Dave and Busters. It's awesome, my boss is the best. But... I'm an alcoholic who's been off the wagon for a couple years. This last year has been one of the worst years. A different kind of "worst" than I've put myself through before, but then again sort of the same. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I've been losing weight and gaining weight and... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:35:14 EST Low carb and frustrated... I'm following a low carb living plan and not feeling successful even though I'm working so hard to do it to a T......... :( I track everything, eat only low/no carb foods as listed in the Atkins book and keep my carbs between 30-40 (net carbs)...have been more active and am not feeling any better or seeing any results. Monday is weigh in day and I'm up 5 pounds and ready to quit. :( So frustrated. I am watching everyone else drop drop drop and i'm struggling only to gain?? Feel... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:56:39 EST HELP!! Hi everyone, I'm James and i'm 23. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for some motivation and guidance. <BR> <BR> I lasted one day eating healthily, and now i'm back to eating rubbish. It's so hard to keep to it. <BR> <BR> Exercise wise, I've kept to the 10,000 steps a day (I brought a Pedometer to measure, and today I've done 15,281 steps) and I've also done a couple of 30 minute Zumba lessons. <BR> <BR> Now, I know it's me who has to do it, but I'm really struggling. <BR> <BR> It doesn't help me l... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 16:47:58 EST Disappointed but not Discouraged I have been on SP for the umpteenth time and have always lost a bit of weight in the beginning but then I plateau and get discouraged and quit. This time, I have not lost any weight, 21 days in, and though I am disappointed I am not discouraged. I really have an amazing will power that I have no clue where it is coming from but I would think that I would see some results. I have kept to my calories and even switched from being a 68+ oz drinker of diet coke to water. Even surprised myself ... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 14:44:05 EST Having trouble getting back into exercising 2 years ago I was active on SP and thru tracking and exercise I lost 70 pounds. Fast forward to 1 year ago. I torn Tendons in my foot and my exercising came to a screeching halt along with my food tracking. I did PT then had surgery, followed by more PT and here I am today. Foot is about 85% healed and I have found about 40 of those lost pounds. I have started tracking again but am afraid to start exercising. I'm fairly sure my fear stems from the worry my tendon will tear again. Help! Sat, 23 Jan 2016 09:47:25 EST SABOTEURS Do you have those that would sabotage you efforts, in your home? How do you deal with that? Suppose someone offered you a high calorie/sodium pizza and when you said no because you have to lose some weight and control your salt intake, their response was "Don't you want to die happy?" Ugh! What would you say? Sometimes it is hard to stay motivated but I know that I can do this, I did it before. Suggestions??? Fri, 22 Jan 2016 19:14:22 EST What was your moment of clarity? I had a depressing - but weirdly wonderful - "a-ha moment" this morning after yet another diet overhaul that didn't work out as advertised. I started slow-carb earlier this month, and you're allowed one cheat day per week. Not my finest hour, let me tell you. It's taken me a week to make a dent in the weight gain from that one day. <BR> <BR> I've been looking for the "magic bullet" that would solve my weight-loss problems forever - low-carb, slow-carb, low-fat, high-fat, fasting, Master Clea... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:08:02 EST What are you PROUD of yourself for doing TODAY??? People often forget to celebrate the "small" achievements in life, in this lifelong journey of health and fitness, and otherwise. But, as I tell my husband (who was a little upset that the scale stayed the same on week 3, as week 2, although he ate right and exercised consistently with me) , "CELEBRATE EVERYTHING!". So, no matter how small someone else might think it to be, what are you proud of yourself for doing today? Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:41:07 EST accountability So I started my workout journey and I would really like accountability partners I would like to do one on one with people you know let's exchange phone numbers let's talk to each other and let's work through it together I feel like it would be very motivational for me because this past year I just haven't been motivated to get fit after I had my son I got really motivated and now kind of lost that motivation so I really like some support and I'd love to support other people and I feel like i... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:05:59 EST If you are needing Motivation today Please Remember <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 19:00:42 EST Your Daily Sparkpoints Goal Have you set a daily Sparkpoints "goal"? I challenge myself to earn 100 points per day. yesterday I earned 116. It felt like a great day ad it really kept me motivated throughout the whole day! I love the various ways to earn Sparkpoints. They are all very helpful and encouraging! Mon, 18 Jan 2016 18:58:41 EST Staying Motivated When Life Kicks You Well. <BR> Today I was fired from my job. My boyfriend and I may now lose our house and car. It's SUPER hard to find any motivation to workout tonight and even harder to find the willpower not to binge on cupcakes and junk food. How do you stay on top of your A-Game when life takes the wind out of your sails? Mon, 18 Jan 2016 18:17:21 EST Whats more important to you to lose? Lbs or Inches A friend of mine was talking about how she hadn't lost any weight despite her best efforts. She has lost inches though and is toning up. I pointed out that she was building muscle hence toning and that muscle burns fat. She said she would rather see the number on the scale reflect her efforts than what the mirror showed. I told her that inches were better to lose because another person can look at you and tell you have lost weight because you getting smaller. They can't look at you and ... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:50:51 EST Staying motivated in winter I live in a cold weather climate. I hate the gym. I prefer to get my fitness minutes outside (walking, hiking, jogging, etc.). It is easiest for me to do it during a break from work (I call it "lunch" but depending on how crazy my day is, it might not be until 2 or 3pm). If that fails, I will do it in the evening wherever my kids' activities are that night. <BR> <BR> But now that there is snow on the ground and it gets dark so much earlier, those options are pretty much out for me, except... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 09:40:28 EST What Day of the Week? Is there a particular day of the week you find it hard to eat healthy? Sundays are hard for me and I'm not sure why. Sun, 17 Jan 2016 13:49:03 EST Skin after success... So I've been watching that show called "Skin Tight" and I have to admit I am scared to death that I will have that problem. Sorry, it may sound mean, but I am. Does everyone who lose alot of weight, as in go from morbidly obese to just obese, have this? Or is there a way to shrink the skin as you go? A lady I work with, who is a super healthy, thin woman, says the skin will shrink, but I would like to know from others in my situation. Sorry if this is the wrong board, but this is making me wo... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 12:18:13 EST Keeping Your Sense of Humour Life is full of challenges, and one of the best things we can do through it all is learn to laugh and keep our sense of humor. Laughter is a great stress reliever which in turn helps us achieve our weight loss goals. <BR> What has made you laugh today? Sun, 17 Jan 2016 09:47:56 EST How do you keep your momentum? I'm really in need of help! I started out with such momentum that I just couldn't picture failing. I have done this soon many times. I am 30 pounds from my goal. I really want to get there I'm just feeling impatient! I can't wait to see results and I think the way I pass time normally is by comforting myself with food. For losing weight this just is NOT gonna work! The time is going to pass no matter what I do. If I eat healthy or not the time is still going to move on. I just need h... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 00:02:36 EST self sabotage? Anyone any experience of self sabotage i.e. not losing weight due to underlying fears of what being an ideal weight will bring with it? Fri, 15 Jan 2016 19:23:05 EST Post something positive about yourself today! <img src=""> How can you expect to stay motivated to eat better, live better, and feel better if you do not, at the very centre of it, believe in your own worth?! Use this thread to post something positive about yourself at least once a week. I want you to share with us how much you actually deserve to be healthy!! Fri, 15 Jan 2016 09:39:15 EST Struggling this week, but staying w/in calories having a tough week this week professionally, personally, but really trying to eat within my calorie range. I have not gone over any day this week, but haven't lost (and it's only week 2!). been eating mid-range and even worked out for an hr last night. <BR> <BR> just hoping that soon all this starts working right, because it's hard to be motivated to do the right thing when nothing is happening. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:42:21 EST Seeking weight loss buddy Hello everyone. So many threads here, I don't know where to begin. I am in my 50's and in need of losing 40-50 lbs. Seeking the same, someone who wants to chat and give one another the encouragement we need to achieve our goal. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 22:29:49 EST Need help and advice for losing weight while BF I'm a Mum of a 3yr old who wakes most nights so I never get a good sleep and I'm still breast feeding her until she decides to wean. I'm very busy in the day and food has become the way I relax in the evenings but now I am over weight and my blood pressure is up. I'm 44yrs old and my metabolism is very slow everything seems to make me put on weight. I'm a sugar addict and it's hard to break the habit think I just have to cut it right out. I walk every day and push a stroller up and down hills... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 19:48:41 EST For those looking to lose 100+ pounds... When it comes to weight loss... <BR> <BR> If you could wave a magic wand and have any result today, what would that be? Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:08:28 EST Winter blues Do any of you have the Winter blues? <BR> <BR> Since Christmas I haven't been able to get back to my exercise routine. I feel tired and unmotivated. I'm cold and don't feel like leaving the house, or the sofa for that matter. <BR> <BR> I know I need to force myself, but after a days work, the cold, the rain, I cannot find willpower to make me do anything. <BR> <BR> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 04:28:10 EST New Year's Goals: What Are Your Little Rewards? Hi Everyone and Happy New Year! <BR> I'm really excited about getting some fitness streaks going, and I have found one of the best ways to achieve long term success and keep motivated, is to set small weekly goals with a small reward each week. One of my favorite methods is getting a calendar and those little gold/silver/red stars and giving myself a star for the goals I've accomplished every day. When I get to so many stars, I give myself a tiny reward -like nail polish, a bubble bath, et... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 15:11:42 EST Calling All Seniors/Retirees...How to Stay Upright I recently posted this...My life is the exact opposite. Since I've retired, I don't live a hectic lifestyle. There is only so much exercise, just sitting, reading, watching TV/Netflix, talking to family/friends, studying the Bible, meditating, and volunteering one can do in a day. After those things, I find myself laying down to rest and then waking up at midnight; therefore, I might be getting to much sleep. I also find myself struggling with eating healthy or unhealthy snacks because I've n... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 12:17:47 EST My streak is keeping me motivated! I'm sitting here watching my mom open a package of oreos-she just pointed out to me they're double stuffed. While I love sweets, especially cookies, cake, and the like, I've never been a huge fan of oreos. I will say though, I've turned down ice cream, fast food, and other junk. I know its one day at a time, but little victories like this keep me goal oriented. Fri, 8 Jan 2016 23:27:24 EST Meeting with Resistance...and Frustrations... I would like to Share a past Blog I wrote with you if I may...It is important to note that I wrote this back in October...To Explain Further...So you Understand where my Thoughts were emanating from at that time...I have GROWN SO MUCH Since then...I thought this might be Helpful to someone because this was coming out of one of the MOST INTENSE EMOTIONAL TIMES of my Life...So far. <BR> <BR> My youngest brother, 40 years old (I called him Bucky...His name was Matthew), was hit and Killed by a ... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 11:16:21 EST I hate working out However, I work out daily for the sole purpose of loosing weight. The above mentioned feelings towards exercise in general began in my 30's and continue in my 40's. However, I was a gym freak during my 20's. WHY? Thu, 7 Jan 2016 17:12:17 EST What's Making You Feel Good? Yesterday I ran into a former student I hadn't seen in a year or so. She hugged me, stepped back and said, "Wow, you look awesome"... that'll keep me motivated for a while! <BR> <BR> I hope you've had something like that happen. Or you can make it happen for someone else! Thu, 7 Jan 2016 14:30:29 EST I never wanted to be in this place again... In the last 3 years, I've worked up to 48 pounds lost, and now I have gained back all but 20 of it in the last 6-9 months. I have tried to ask doctors for help, as the weight just stopped coming off and I started gaining fairly rapidly about 8 months ago. The best "help" I've gotten was that if I wasn't fat nothing would be a problem...not exactly helpful in identifying the WHY things started going backwards and the fatigue has been so bad. My thyroid was tested about a year ago and they said... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 10:30:47 EST any teams doing biggest loser challenge? I went to the actual BLC team and it didnt seem very active. Are there any sparkteams that are active with posting updates on your weight loss with your teammates? Wed, 6 Jan 2016 03:54:40 EST Down and out I am down and out. I just found out today after a visit to my doctor that I have gained 14 lbs in 3 months. She didn't say anything but I KNOW I have steadily been gaining weight for the past 3 years. More than I have ever weighed even when I have pregnant. <BR> <BR> I lack motivation. I don't like feeling hungry. I am addicted to Coca Cola Classic. <BR> <BR> I work from home and sit alot at the computer. <BR> <BR> I NEED accountability, motivation and support. Tue, 5 Jan 2016 12:12:09 EST Different Ways of Measuring Progress The article below has really inspired me because it talks about ways other than the scale to measure progress. Since I have been maintaining for two years, these two resonate with me: <BR> <BR> "Performance – more endurance during exercise, doing them at a higher level, jumping higher, walking longer, running faster, playing a sport better <BR> General Feeling – rate energy level, rate attitude and outlook, track how often you feel very sleepy during the day, rate your confidence level" <B... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 23:34:17 EST Never Give Up <img src=""> Mon, 4 Jan 2016 12:40:06 EST Carpal Tunnel Help Hello Spark World. I will be undergoing carpal tunnel surgery, and wanted some advice on what to do after surgery, to keep on track with exercise, and staying motivated. Please help. With my hands tied up, I will be out of work for a month. Any suggested would be gladly welcome. Suzi Willpower Mon, 4 Jan 2016 00:23:56 EST Anyone age 18-25 looking for a motivational buddy? Hey all! I'm new here! I'm 18 and I'm currently in college and I was looking for a buddy to motivate me, as I would for them, to keep on track of my goal and become a healthier me. I chose this age group because I personally feel comfortable knowing people who are around my age, going through similar struggles, and can also relate to me. This is NOT to offend anyone this is what I feel comfortable with. Thank you! Sun, 3 Jan 2016 03:26:19 EST Loved the new book "How Not To Die" Food as medicine. Listened to it on Audible funnily narrated by the author, but will get the book for reference. There is so much good information on the most nutritional foods...and recipes....and simple. Sat, 2 Jan 2016 11:52:48 EST Looking for Accountability! ... or something like that :) <BR> <BR> What I'm looking for, specifically, is someone who is in similar circumstances that is willing to help push me to reach my goals and I, in turn, do the same for them. <BR> <BR> I'm a 30 year old mom (3 year old daughter, 8 year old step-daughter and 9 year old step-son - we have the older kids almost every weekend). I work full time as a school social worker and have a hard time staying on track because of the environment I work in (occasionally I ... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 10:32:29 EST Fitbit Friend Anyone interested in becoming Fitbit friends? <BR> <BR> I think it will really help with keeping motivated. Fri, 1 Jan 2016 19:30:03 EST Be Patient... Be patient, continue to persist and move in the direction of your dream. Many times a dream has a life of its own. It will take you on a journey to build your character, your confidence and your faith. Be patient! Patience does not mean being inactive. It means positive expectation and a knowing deep down in your heart that you will be alright. Believe that things are going to work out for you. Judge not according to appearances. <BR> Be patient ~ even if you do not have a dime in the bank, l... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 11:33:33 EST Emotional/Stress Eating - How to avoid Hello: <BR> What do you do to avoid yourself from emotional/Stress eating? <BR> Thank you Fri, 1 Jan 2016 08:38:06 EST Thinner in 30 by Jenna Wolfe <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Anyone else following this book? On day 1 today here <BR> <BR> Would love to connect with others reading this book <BR> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 08:26:10 EST JANUARY 2016 -Appreciations and Gratitudes-Welcome "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=""> ... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 18:44:41 EST Staying Ready I tried to post this as a Success Secret but didn't have enough characters, so I figured I'd share my thoughts here. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "If you stay ready, you ain't never gotta get ready," raps Andy Mineo in Know That's Right. <BR> <BR> That statement is one of the most profound I've heard in a while, and in a rap song, of all places! It's true, though. If you don't relapse into bad habits and you are constantly maintaining a healthy lifestyle, there are no pleasant physica... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 19:37:51 EST Staying motivated??!!! How on earth do you stay motivated when you're 66 years old, fat, have back problems, and fight periods of depression? I look like I'm 8 months pregnant and I've never been pregnant. Looking in the mirror and seeing the Goodyear Blimp or a beached whale does not make for a whole lot of "wow, I really want to go work out today". It's more of "what's the use, it's never going to change, why do I even bother". Mon, 28 Dec 2015 21:50:31 EST This helps me stay motivated Since I retired, I don't have to be anywhere at any given time, etc. <BR> However, I find if I wake up, take a shower right away, put on makeup, do my hair, and get dressed within the first hour of awakening, I am not starting to worry about what I will be eating or not eating all day. <BR> I was out walking right away today b/c of it and drank a liter of water while doing it. <BR> It helps that I live in a warm climate where I can get out everyday. Also, with shorts and tops being the atti... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 12:27:18 EST Looking for an accountability partner :) Hi all, <BR> <BR> My name is Sarah and I am a 31 year old female who lives near London. I weigh about 158 pounds and want to reach my goal weight of 140 lbs. I eat a mainly clean eating diet and try to exercise every day (I like to do kickboxing, strength training, cardio and jogging). <BR> <BR> If you would be interested in being accountability partners, please let me know. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 27 Dec 2015 10:49:20 EST starting over Hi, I started with sparkpeople about a month ago then fell off the wagon a week or so ago. Dreading looking at the scales so need some words of support/advice?? I plan to 'start again' on Monday when most of the goodies in the house will have been eaten. I have my adult children staying over and feel obliged to but their favourites which are also mine!! They are slim and fit and I am becoming a little roly poly! <BR> II have had a couple of difficult years following sudden death of my partne... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 07:17:56 EST Motivation to exercise Hi! <BR> I struggle with depression and I also work strange hours, so by the time I get home from work even if its the middle of the day im so tired and i usually go have a sleep instead, I would like to get myself moving but find it difficult, just wondering if anyone has any advice? Im tired almost all the time, ive had blood tests done with everything normal. <BR> <BR> Thanks guys! Tue, 22 Dec 2015 14:57:19 EST Monthly Challenge Hi all! I know the new year doesn't start until next week (the year has flown by!) and I got to thinking. A few years ago, I was on another site (can't find it again :( ) and we had something for a while similar to this. And if this is already on here, or this is not the right place, please let me know! <BR> Every month, someone would start a topic and it was for everyone to participate in, if they chose to. In the first post, the person would say their age, how much they weighed, their heigh... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 22:37:51 EST Break Up Letter with Binge Eating Disorder Hi everyone. I realize that not everybody may struggle this, but I have been struggling with Binge Eating Disorder for ten years and it is a major barrier toward weight loss. I have fallen back into old behaviors for a few days and needed some sort of assistance in getting back on track. I have decided to treat my BED as if it was a relationship that I am ready to leave and this exercise helped me get in a better head space. Wanted to share that it is on my blog if anyone wants to check it ou... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 19:37:14 EST Weight Tracker Hello, <BR> <BR> Can you please tell me how to add the little weight tracker scale that I am seeing on other people's pages to my page? I think seeing that move will help keep me motivated. I was just told that I either need to start losing weight or have weight loss surgery which I do not want at all. I am trying really hard to stay motivated and anything that I can do to help with that the better. Thanks! <BR> Sat, 19 Dec 2015 08:55:57 EST new low - HIGH I got back to 180 today!! That was my goal for this year. Beat it by 15 days. Now lost 75 lbs since my all time high. However, still looking to drop between 17-27 lbs. by the end of next year. When I go to 17 I will get to my high school weight of 55 years ago. If I get to 27 lbs., that will be my ideal weight, plus I will have lost 100 lbs. + since my all time high weight! It feels great! Tue, 15 Dec 2015 20:52:00 EST When did you start feeling better? I am trying to eat healthier. In particular, I have a sweet tooth and need to decrease my sugar intake. My weight is fine, so my goal is to maintain weight but eat better. I have motivation trouble since I don't see a difference in the way I feel when I eat sugar or not (my no sugar days are few and far between). How long did it take you to have increased energy and improvement in your mental health with improved eating? Thanks! Mon, 14 Dec 2015 21:21:06 EST Mental Fitness Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I have this issue that I have never really been able to beat. Every winter as it becomes too cold to get out as much I find I get horrid winter blues. I'm, in general, unmotivated. When I was in the military I had access to a free gym and that helped a lot, but, now that I'm out I don't have such a resource and I find it is very difficult to make myself even want to go to work (i like my job in general). <BR> <BR> What do you all do to beat winter depression? <BR... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:58:08 EST Motivational Music I have a whole playlist of songs I created on my youtube channel that motivate me. <BR> <BR> Besides "eye of the tiger" which I think it's like a law you have to have in your playlist- I have songs like "Killing Machine" by Judas Priest and "Born Again" by Newsboys. <BR> <BR> List just 1 or 2 songs that motivate you.... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:10:45 EST Anyone need a buddy??? I need an exercise buddy that will stay in contact with me and motivate me when I cannot motivate myself. In turn I will do the same. I am trying to get more involved with social media so that I can post my accomplishments and find new ways to stay on track. If anyone needs a exercise/accountability partner hit me up! Sun, 13 Dec 2015 01:35:04 EST What is your advice to success with weight loss? For those of you who have lost weight and kept it off, what is your best advice? Sat, 12 Dec 2015 11:45:16 EST Evening Motivation I do really well with my program during the day -- eating, exercising, etc. But when I get home from work I seem to lose all motivation and self control. Any ideas of what I can do to stay out of the kitchen in the evenings? I live alone so there isn't anyone else here to side track me. I've been thinking about exercising in the evening rather than the morning, but haven't made that change yet. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 09:19:29 EST getting back on track Please give me some easy, small ideas to just start again. I do nothing at this point to help myself!! I just a couple small but very helpful things to do to give me the motivation I need to start this!! Thu, 10 Dec 2015 08:49:31 EST holidays surprised myself I ate within my calorie range for thanksgiving hope to do as well Christmas and new years Thu, 10 Dec 2015 00:26:19 EST Had a major slip-up I don't think "slip-up" adequately describes my situation. <BR> <BR> I got prescribed Phentermine in October by my PCP. At my followup visit in early November, I had lost 9 lbs (in 3 weeks). My doctor was thrilled, he was so proud of me! And I was proud of me, I was feeling like the "old me," which is a good thing. But then two days later I went on vacation with my family, and totally slipped up. Got back, got back on track for 4 or 5 days, slipped up for 4 or 5 days, back on track 4 or 5 da... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 14:17:21 EST fluffy forever? 33 yrs old and 60lbs over weight.i know im losing muscles and just getting fatter. i know its harder to lose weight as you age and if you sit ideal your body will grow weaker and older faster. i know what i need to do and how to do it. i have time. <BR> but i dont want to. but need to. <BR> my lower tummy hangs just afraid that if i do drop weight it will just be a skin flap.i have bat wings that my children make fun tugging on my cloths knocking things over with my hips an... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 20:55:34 EST Leaving Vitamin Bottle at Work I am doing a MUCH better job at taking my vitamins since I started keeping a bottle at work! No more "I forgot" excuse! Tue, 8 Dec 2015 10:58:08 EST Why can't I find my motivation! I am going to be real. I am probably 5 years away from my first heart attack. My grandfather and mother both had one in their 30's (which I am 30 at the moment). I go out and exercise and something gets in the way and I use that excuse to quit exercising. I am not motivated enough to go myself and others who I find to go with me usually look at me to be the motivator. I need the kick in the a**, but even with the possibility of a MI in my future it is not enough for some reason. I have ... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 11:56:30 EST Clothing size Hello everyone. As this weekend comes to a close, I want you all to reflect on what size clothing you are- explaining how you look in the mirror and are okay with your clothing size.. Or if not, what actions you will take to change such? Sun, 6 Dec 2015 23:30:11 EST BORED I'm getting BORED with my eating, and workouts. which has caused me to go from working out 5-6 days a week to 2-4 days a week. Which has also caused me to get slack with my " counting of calories, water- intake", and all other " lifestyle" changes!! <BR> Any suggestions on how to kick start my " lifestyle change back into high gear"?!?! Sat, 5 Dec 2015 11:20:17 EST How to add structure to my day to reach my goals? I am a graduate student and I only have a part time job right now that I do on weekend evenings. I have a gym membership but I rarely go. I stay up until midnight or 1am most nights and get up between 10 and noon. I would like to change that and go to bed by like 10 or 11 at night (except when I work) and wake up at like 7:30am and actually get stuff done during the day. Does anyone have any tips on how to do that? I have so much reading that I want to do over my break from school and I want ... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 19:55:11 EST How to stop think of oneself as obese I have lost over 155 pounds, am am within 5 pounds of having a being in the healthy BMI range. I know I look a whole lot better then I used to, and am a whole lot healthier. Yet somtimes when I look at myself with out a shirt, I still feel overweight. I know a lot of it is loose skin, and just a outdated mental picture of myself. I figure it is a left Vs. right brain type thing. Being overweight since before puberty does help with one's self image. Did any one else get over this, or have any ... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 19:38:24 EST Needing some motivation I'm honestly not even sure I'm posting this in the right place. <BR> <BR> I used to be super active on here. I have PCOS and desperately wanted to get pregnant. I was super motivated and really put my all into it. I was down about 68 lbs... but not nearly at my goal weight. <BR> <BR> And then I got pregnant (yay!). I have an amazing 8 month old baby girl who I wouldn't trade for the world. And I gained most of my weight from before back. I spiraled so bad. I have no one to blame but ... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 09:09:34 EST Feeling very negative today I know what I have to do to get this weight off. Why is it so hard to say no to the things I know I have to avoid? I feel like I'm setting myself up for failure. Sending out invitations to my pity party!!! LOL. Wed, 2 Dec 2015 17:01:07 EST No Dec. Challenge? Am I missing something? Ok, I have to admit the monthly challenges motivate me. I got through Nov's burn 10,000.... with my eye on what was coming for Dec. It always seem to have a preview as it got closer but not in Nov. So here is Dec 1st & nothing. So what's the deal...challenge or no challenge....If it's something I'm missing PLEASE let me know! Tue, 1 Dec 2015 10:15:48 EST DECEMBER 2015 -Daily Appreciation-Welcome all!! "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=""> ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 21:25:27 EST Anyone else feeling like I am? Hi all, <BR> <BR> I don't tend to use this site very much as I'm normally quite motivated but these last few weeks I just feel terrible. I'm from the UK so I can't blame thanksgiving but my motivation has just gone out the window. I'm trying really hard to claw it back as I was doing really well and had got into really good habits. We've had a lot of financial difficulties so I think that has taken over in my mind and so my focus for my weight loss has just drifted. My other half gets his fi... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 08:31:04 EST do you ever set your standards too low? I was my largest last year when I was a sophomore in college and had lost about 15 pounds this past summer. Since then I have been rapidly putting it back on, and I think in the back of my head I've been telling myself "you're not as fat as you used to be, so it's fine if you eat like crap this week (and next week and next week and next week) because you'll still be smaller than you were last year". I think I need to set my standards higher so that instead of aiming to be "smaller than my fat... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 23:29:20 EST i can lose the weight I think everyone at one point or another has had something that they said they would or could ever do. My friend pointed out that I have done a lot that I don't see as significant in my life. I never thought I would make it through college, learn to dance, find God, finally have my mental health struggle get better, or get over my dads passing. Here's the thing: I made it through all those even when I was inches away from giving up. <BR> <BR> I have finally realized that I can do a few thing... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:43:09 EST Mantras Searching for a motivational mantra! Suggestions anyone? Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:43:11 EST Having a hard time getting motivated I have problems with both ankles and feet so getting motivated to exercise is very difficult. Has anyone tried the BODY GYM that I've seen advertised? It looks like something I could use to exercise without hurting my feet. I hate to spend the money if it's not worth it. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 23:36:03 EST I waited for the doctor 2 hours, expecting more. I went in for my 3 month checkup. Was waiting for the other shoe to fall. Glad news. Since going on SparkPeople, and committing myself to a more healthy lifestyle, I have gone from 150/90 for bloodpressure down to 120/69. Of course I am still on bloodpressure meds, but doctor said I have a chance to get off of them if I continue in changes!! He has it, I have it, I will be throwing away more meds in the future, and lose 21 lbs. and 3 inches in waste line. Doing 1 mile in 26 mins. Plan ... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 19:36:02 EST Take Two, Overcoming Life's Unexpected Moments I got on here almost a year ago now and I was 5 pounds from my goal weight. I had lost 20 pounds all together and was feeling fit and great about myself, was starting to make new goals and was getting excited about the way I felt and the way I looked. Then my dad got put into ICU for two weeks and I stayed with my mom in the waiting room the whole time, yes, over nights for two weeks. Yum hospital food. I got depressed, got cabin fever, and very stressed. I lost all my motivation in my workou... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 19:54:43 EST Resisting emotionally triggered eating What are your tips for getting past emotional eating? Mon, 23 Nov 2015 19:02:38 EST Workout Friend! I absolutely HATE working out! Especially in front of people. But I've been feeling so crummy lately that it's time to get my butt in gear. To keep myself accountable, I am working out with a good girl friend on Thursdays... hopefully this keeps me motivated! Feeling hopeful :) Sun, 22 Nov 2015 15:36:10 EST New start I have decided to start a facebook page on my journey. I need something to accountable. I feel this is a great way and a help others. I have been up and down in my weight loss. I decided to grab life by the horns on August 6 and have lost 59 lbs since. Feel free to like it. It's called Getting Tiny. Tiny is my nickname so I found it fitting. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:55:13 EST Very discouraged! My weight keeps going up. I know, bcoz as a dialysis patient, I have to weigh myself constantly, and I can tell you my weight keeps going up. I just don't understand it, I have been exercising regularly, Pilates, long walks, bodyweight and HIIT, trying not to overeat, even forgoing hash browns, fries and coke whenever I eat at Mcdonald's. <BR> <BR> I am trying to limit fast food, to once a month at most. My waist has increased from 28inches to 31inches. On the other hand, my upper abs have s... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 11:21:55 EST Meditation for Weight Loss I've been using Honest Guys meditation on YouTube. (I can't post a link but the page is youtube/thehonestguys). <BR> <BR> I use their stress and sleeping meditations but they also have weight loss and self image improvement meditations. <BR> <BR> Hopefully it will help someone! I know it's helping me. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 10:40:10 EST How can I find out WHY I want to improve my health Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I've been fairly quiet in this message board, but I believe it is time to come out from the back and ask for help. <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople, I've been on this journey for God knows how long and I've accomplished some AMAZING things on the way. I used to weigh 178 kgs in 2004 and by 2012 I weighed 122 kgs. But then I slowly went back to my original weight as I type this message to you. Life happens. <BR> <BR> I've had major shifts in my life including my WHY. Back then ... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 10:09:59 EST My Daily Mantra... Think about the first thing you are grateful for when you first wake up in the morning. Taking that first breath in, and acknowledging a new day before you. Where do you send your gratitude? <BR> <BR> Today I want to send a simple reminder out to everyone: You are enough. You are loved. You are connected to something much greater. <BR> <BR> Keep on the journey SP!! Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:51:55 EST METABOLISIM IS DEAD!!! I have struggled with diets for the past 10 years or so, I used to be quite thin because of diet and exercise. Well no matter what I did I could not loose a lb for the past 10 years. I finally went drastic and started with meal replacements, it worked great for a week, the lbs started to fall. I lost about 9 lbs, but since then it is like my metabolism caught on to what I was doing and STOPPED!! I kicked in some extra exercise, increased my water, more veggies, NOTHING WILL GET THE SCALE ... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 09:01:05 EST Working out is ruining my perfect skin!! Before I started working out last week, I had flawless skin. I was the girl that always looked best natural. No makeup needed ever. Now, in less than a week, my face is having the worst break out ever! <BR> <BR> I wash my face immediately after working out, but it doesn't seem to be helping me. I feel so self conscious now. It makes me not want to work out as much when I feel like it is making me look bad. But I really need to lose the weight and be healthy.... <BR> <em>46</em> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 19:05:54 EST Fitbit Friends I am seeking to find a few people that would be interested in becoming Fitbit friends to keep each other motivates. If you are interested leave your email that you use for fitbit and I'll request you as a friend. My email will be the name of my username here abspence12. Thanks!!!! Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:35:25 EST Help through the holidays What do you plan to do to avoid overeating during the holidays? I need some suggestions for staying motivated and avoiding the pitfalls of holiday foods (which are some of my FAVORITES of all time! Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:20:27 EST Balancing Act? how do you keep up with everything, exercise, family, friends, work? it seems impossible sometimes to get everything done. How do you guys do it? any tips? Sun, 15 Nov 2015 17:04:43 EST Trying to stay motivated, but .... Since April, I've lost 28 pounds. While I'm proud of that accomplishment, I still have quite a bit more to lose. Unfortunately, I've been at a plateau for about a month. I exercise 5 days a week, alternating my workouts weekly. I have been tracking my food and don't see anything different from when I was steadily losing weight. I have decided to take a short break from the scale, since I do see other positive changes that the scale doesn't reflect, such as increased endurance during work... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 22:56:41 EST Biggest Loser team challenge.... Check this out! If you're looking for a challenge and ready to make a commitment....I have the challenge for you! <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name. It's a 10 week commitment. You have several little teams (with 24 members) that compete with each other. Main requirement is to weigh in each week. If you know for some reason that you can't post your weight (let the leaders know). Otherwise after 2 missed weigh ins (with no excuse) you would be moved to honorary. We have ITC (inter team challenges) that cons... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 07:38:58 EST Motivation & Gratitude Setting goals, staying motivated and being focused can be hard for many of us. I know it is for me. I start the day off great and dwindle down by the hour. Sometimes by the end of the day I feel like I failed myself. <BR> <BR> When that happens, I begin to think about all the good things in my life, all the things that I have to be grateful for, all my successes in all areas of my life. <BR> <BR> It's an energy boost ! Practicing gratitude is a perfect motivator. It makes me feel goo... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 06:23:47 EST Give me some ideas. Spark coach is suggesting that I create a new streak. I had thought of two possibilities like doing SOMETHING each day with a goal date of my 50th b-day which is actually a few years away. Or for my 47th bday in March. <BR> One of my weight loss goals (by losing 2lbs a week until then) puts me just 6 lbs above 200 for my b-day. I would LOVE to be in the 190's by then. Can anyone think of something I could ADD to my days that might promote losing those extra 6 lbs? I already do 30 mins of l... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 15:45:18 EST How to get motivated Hi <BR> My problems such I'm a chef. I work early till late so I have gym in the am like 4:30am or 18:30 pm. I struggle with after work sessions. But I can't seem to get out of bed or at least force myself out. Once u actually make it out to gym everything is great. Just that initial push is lacking. Does anybody else feel like this? Tue, 10 Nov 2015 03:17:01 EST Burn out days? Do you ever have a time where you just want to stop and rest from exercising and worrying about calorie goals just for a couple days? I feel exhausted and under stress just from having to watch my intake, plan, exercise, everyday. I've been doing this for the last year except for a week or so when I got a super bad chest cold and also injured my mid back this fall but I've kept going. <BR> Sometimes it just feels like it gets to be too much, ya know? Measuring spoons, and cups, (I don't own ... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 20:10:34 EST Keep on, keeping on Today marks the day I have officially lost 15.5#. A note to the downhearted: it has taken me almost 6 years to do this so don't lose faith, ever! I started SP in 10/09 and am now within 4.5# of losing a total of 20#. My strategies may not work for everyone. But, they are: a) reduce carbs (wheat especially) substantially ~~ I eat what amounts to a "fist full of carbs"/day in terms of portion size; b) walk, hike or bike 2-3 times a week logging 210 fitness minutes/week; c) drastically redu... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 10:48:06 EST Why are you doing this? One big way I stay focused on fitness and nutrition is remembering why I want this...why I want to be strong and healthy. <BR> My big why is for my children...I make them my reason not my excuse.. <BR> I have 3 children and I love to be a role model for them... I am want them to grow up with roper nutrition and daily exercise in their lives so they are set up for success from the start! <BR> I also want this for finally meet my fitness goals I have set for myself..I deserve that! <BR... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 17:15:31 EST Sodium Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I've managed to eat well these past 2 weeks but was disappointed to step on the scale and see no weight loss. I feel quite frustrated. The only thing I'm able to MAYBE blame this on in sodium. How much does salt affect your weight? Yesterday I ate within my calorie goal but apparently ate upwards of 2700mgs of sodium :/ Fri, 6 Nov 2015 08:22:53 EST Where is the goal board? I've recently rejoined spark people and I've seen posts about the goal board. This interests me greatly, but I cannot find the link to it. I've seen posts that indicate there should be a link at the bottom of Step 2 on my Start page, but there is not link. Can someone please help? Wed, 4 Nov 2015 10:35:56 EST Best fitness tracker. I would like to know what the best fitness tracker is from the people that are using them. I work as a transcriptionist so I sit most of the day so I REALLY need to get going on fitness. Anyway, I have a recumbent bike that I use, a gazelle (like a glider) and also Leslie Sansone's walk tapes. Can anyone suggest a good tracker for me? Also I have read on some of the wrist ones about the bands being plastic and breaking and falling off. Please could I get some insight? thanks for your he... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 08:30:33 EST Advice please ~ I'm wondering if it's a good idea to buy a dress that is a bit too small in the hopes that I'll fit into it. This is not a habit I plan to take up regularly, but I fell in love with a dress that is only available (that I can find) in small and medium. The medium *almost* fits. It's a bit snugger than I like and pulls around the torso. I was thinking I could get it anyway and then it would be a natural reward for when it fits me properly...maybe in March if I keep up my visits to the gym. ... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 08:45:52 EST Help - need new challenges You can exercise without videos or spark people or teams, too. And you can diet on your own or from a book. But points are SO MOTIVATING...they're a way of "keeping track" - it's simply not as energizing to do them without points. Why not just print it out and do it....why spend time interacting with other Sparkers, going for milestones, giving and getting goodies? Points don't get you anything, anyway (which is another issue....why can't they get you access to Spark Coach, or some reward tha... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 10:16:32 EST Three Positive Words To Say Daily We all need an positive word or words to tell ourselves, we are special no matter what this world or people in it says about us.We matter. Sun, 1 Nov 2015 13:08:25 EST NOVEMBER '15 Daily Gratitude Thread, Welcome all "Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy." Fred De Witt Van Amburgh <img src=""> <BR> Please enjoy the tradition of posting 5 things each day that you appreciate, that you have gratitude for or are simply things that are working in your life. <BR> "Gratitude is more of a compliment to yourself than someone else." Raheel Farooq <BR> <BR> I will be here tomorrow ... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 19:07:45 EST Trying to breakthrough a weight loss plateau So I have hit a plateau in my weight loss journey. Happy I made it this far before it happened. Which is best to help break through, changing up my calories and macros or changing my gym routine, or both? <BR> <BR> A little about me I am currently 241, down from 287, 5'10". 32 years old, male. Desk job, but usually make it to the gym 5-6 days a week. Currently on 2,000 calories a day. I had bumped it up to 2,200 a little bit ago and steadily started gaining week by week so I dropped it back ... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 15:48:46 EST Be positive Be healthy and stay motivated Thu, 29 Oct 2015 15:36:03 EST Lost 60 pounds. Bulimia Hi, my name is Andrew and im 6 feet tall. <BR> i used to weight 230 december 2014. <BR> After 7-8 months of strict diet and exercize (1200-1500 and 3 hours of cardio a day) i dropped to 165. <BR> At first i was really happy with my weight loss, eveyone used to say nice things like "wow, you look amazing" etcc. <BR> I feelt really happy. <BR> <BR> <BR> what happend next, you proably already know from the title. <BR> It all started after a huge meal with friends, i feelt so guilty (even if i ... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:06:58 EST Sos I need someone who will keep me focused and motivated and I would do the same. Is anyone interested? I'm new to this and basically just looking for someone I could email or talk to outside of this Wed, 28 Oct 2015 23:25:52 EST Rainy Vacation Next week I'm on vacation! Yeah. <BR> <BR> I will be staying home (my partner is working) and the forecast is anouncing rain all week. <BR> <BR> Any advice on how to stay out of the kitchen and in to my exercise routine? I'm hoping to go to the gym every morning but my daily walks would not be possible because of the rain. <BR> <BR> Thanks Wed, 28 Oct 2015 13:51:25 EST