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 Keep trying? I feel like I have been gaining and losing the same 4-5 pounds for a year. I do well--lose the 5 lbs, fall off the wagon into a milkshake and gain them back. I have a pair of jeans I'd like to get into and a number I'd like to see on the scale. Should I give up the fight and carry those pounds around or keep trying to battle them into submission??? Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:34:11 EST Stay motivated I need help staying motivated to work out and eat healthy and how do ppl on a budget eat healthy all the time it had for me 2 please help me Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:19:14 EST upset over weight gain and frustrated I have been in such a bad mood over my weight lately. I have gained about 20 pounds over the past year and a half that I had lost. I don't feel very pretty and notice one area constantly. I just keep going back to old habits and have zero motivation at times. I want to do better but I just don't know if I will ever be to the weight I want or in a healthy weight range. I do have some bitterness from things said when I was about 70 pounds thinner and I also don't know what to do about changing ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:20:15 EST Starting Over AGAIN. Hello all! I have been a member of SP for about a year now. About 2 years ago, it took me 6ish months to lose 10 pounds. I have gotten pregnant & had my son in that time. I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight but the scale has not moved since I started SP. <BR> <BR> I am sure it has something to do with 'needing' some sort of chocolate daily. I have a sweet tooth at night after dinner. I have good days & bad days. Some days I get a lot of protein, some I barely hit the 60g I'm supposed to ha... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:08:32 EST A Week To Lose 1.5 pounds, a day to GAIN 3 I am feeling super discouraged right now. I can track/exercise and be good, and lose about 1.5 pounds in one week. Then I can have one bad night of bingeing and find I gained back that 1.5 PLUS another 1.5. <BR> <BR> I feel like it is too hard to lose more than a couple pounds without gaining it back. I am usually positive, but just really discouraged right now. This used to be much easier. Now I am in my 40s and it takes a real concentrated effort to see any weight loss. <BR> <BR> I feel... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 09:27:41 EST Compliment ? What was yours today Youre looking good <em>246</em> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:19:01 EST New Team - Looking for new members I am looking for those who would like to be an active participant in a team geared towards being successful. Not just with weigh loss but with other areas of our lives that we may find important to the quality of our lives. I have found so many teams that just are not active. The membership numbers look good but people just do not communicate. If you want to be in a group and want to participate in building the group, please come see us. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:20:00 EST Needing a buddy :) Hi my name is Amber, I'm 26 and I am struggling to stay on board with eating healthier and exercising. My ultimate goal is to lose between 90-100 lbs and in general to just be healthy. I don't care what your goals are I'm just looking for someone that I can help and that can help me stay on track, or even just someone to talk to who understands the struggle. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:54:24 EST Gravity Every time I've taken a few days off the gym or eaten too much and felt bloated, I have found that my body feels as though there is more gravity around me pulling my muscles, bones and skin closer to the earth. I know what I'm feeling is just fatigue due to too many fat grams or not enough exercise; but, I have decided to call the feeling a "gravity overload". Too much gravity is not a good feeling at all, like walking in heavy mud. So I keep going to the gym and prevent my body from feeling... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:16:32 EST Stubborn weight Well over the past month Ive lost about 20 pounds, but in the past week my weight hasnt moved.. I have tried eating more.. that didnt work,, I tried eating less,, that didnt work,, <em>234</em> <BR> Are there any tips in how to get my metabolism moving again? Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:31:18 EST diet buddy wanted :( Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:20:48 EST diet buddy wanted :( Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:19:51 EST This heat drains me Does anyone else get drained from the heat/humidity? <BR> This summer has been super muggy, and its been affecting my energy and motivation. I am not new to this, my body tends to shut down if I get really hot or uncomfortable because of the weather. How does everyone deal? Tue, 21 Jul 2015 07:08:27 EST Starting Over with Weight Loss I'm starting over with my weight loss. So far today has been a good day, but as the end of the workday comes closer my mood changes. I start to wonder what's the purpose of life. I don't go home to anyone who cares whether it's a pet/person. All of my family is on the other side of the country. Due to a contract with my job I just can't pack up and leave. I feel so alone sometimes......... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:30:30 EST Visualize. Minds eye: VisualEyes! Determine what you want to: <BR> <BR> * Look like <BR> * Be like <BR> * Feel like. <BR> <BR> Realize that not all things are possible for all people. <BR> <BR> Practice, and adapt!, that visualization as you develop, practice and adapt your programs of nutrition, wellness, and exercise. <BR> <BR> Enjoy, <BR> <BR> Lee Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:03:58 EST No big 4-0 party Just need a place to be sad for a bit. I threw my husband a big party when he turned 30, at a hotel with a DJ and bar and the works. When I turned 30 the next year, I had a 3 week old baby and a party wasn't happening. <BR> <BR> Now we're ten years down the road, and I asked him a few months ago if he was throwing me a party. He said probably not. I said to him that I'd really like something, then we moved on to other topics. My birthday is Wednesday. I said something to him about a pa... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:39:14 EST Summer is always more difficult for me... Good news. In about a year and a half, I've lost 140 pounds! <BR> I'm very proud of myself. <BR> The bad news is, during the summer I tend to get stuck around a certain weight, maintaining with 5 or so pounds for a month or two. I get lax on dieting, and I go through tough times (depression/anxiety) and just overall feel blah. <BR> I want to get motivated but it's hard. I want to lost 50 more pounds. Crossing my fingers I can do it... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:03:30 EST Needing Encouragement I recently had a tummy tuck, and I have this fear that I'm going to eat so much that I'll destroy the hard work I've put in. I've binged the last two days, and it feels that I binge every few days. It terrifies me, especially since I've put up with a lot of pain, and put out a lot of money for this. All I want is sugar, and even though I know what I'm doing is hurting myself, I can't seem to stop. I'm really needing some encouragement. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 16:26:52 EST Need to get some motivation started!! I have been on and off this board (apparently with more than one login!! LOL) since like 2008. Still haven't reached my goal weight, and if I'm honest, haven't really worked at it that much. <BR> But I really, really want to make some healthier changes and see some progress. So I am turning to you all for some encouragement and accountability. I am working full time and back in nursing school to accomplish my RN (I'm an LPN now), a goal I started years and years ago!! <BR> So...if anyo... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 13:45:51 EST Diet Buddy wanted My Name is GwynLee2 and I am looking for a diet buddy to help keep me accountable. I want to lose 100 pounds -- I am 61, and have been on spark people for 11 years. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 17:26:49 EST Instant Motivation I just watched a video about a woman who weighed over 750 pounds. This poor woman was ingesting over 10000 calories per day. She said she had suffered an injury in 2000 and was, I think, around 300 pounds then. She's now on a 1100 calories per day diet and lost 22 pounds in 4 weeks...I am freaking out. She's barely mobile; so, her boyfriend and daughter must be giving her more food than 1100 calories ? She's crying in the video and says she'll try harder to stay on track. My heart hurts for h... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 23:14:53 EST Today I am pondering..... Portion size. It is so easy to eat a larger portion when it's a home cooked meal, I need to be mindful of this, unless it's all salad I guess! Sun, 12 Jul 2015 15:04:29 EST Para archer looking for UK motivation buddy Hi all, hope this is the right place for me to ask for help. <BR> I am a 48yr old para archer, who has just been excepted onto the Invictus training team. I am also working towards getting onto the GB para squad. So you may ask why the help does she need help with motivation? The Desmond depression and lack of physical support at home. <BR> If anyone would like to join me on this roller coaster of training, flare ups of my condition, the joys of winning and the lows of losing I would love t... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 11:13:18 EST How do I learn to love myself........ despite what I weigh? <BR> <BR> In 2011 from January to September I lost 35 pounds, it was hard but I did it. Then in Feb 2012 I went into menopause and in December 2012 I had a hip replacement. From about April 2012 to April 2013 I gained about 15 of it back and for the last 27 months I have been struggling to get that 15 pounds off again. No matter what I do (besides starving myself which only results in a minor loss that always returns) I just yo-yo between a 6 pound variance never lower ... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 08:23:29 EST What are your top three? What are your recommendations for the top three things TO DO, and top three things TO AVOID when someone is just getting started with weight loss? Thu, 9 Jul 2015 15:54:33 EST living with people who eat poorly Hi All, <BR> I need advice on staying motivated and determined when I'm surrounded by bad food. I live with my boyfriend who has never struggled with his weight. He basically lives off candy and cookies. Lately we've been going to fast food a lot and he's been bringing home crap food, which, when I'm already struggling is too much to turn down. How do you stay determined in the face of temptation? I am planning on asking him to keep that stuff out of my sight so that it's not a temptation, bu... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 13:57:00 EST Goal Weight For those of you who have a weight loss ticker, did you put in your big picture goal weight or something different. The reason I ask is because I put 200 pounds as my goal, but I want to weigh less. I wondered if it was a confidence thing that didn't allow me to put my ideal weigh in ... just curious to see if anyone else has done this as well. Wed, 8 Jul 2015 21:51:33 EST Want a healthy weight. Don't want to be thin. Hi, I've got an odd problem that nobody seems to be able to give me more than a six-word answer to. Hopefully this place will be more specialized. <BR> <BR> I'm 5'10", 280 lbs, which puts me in the Morbidly Obese category. I have all sorts of reasons to lose weight, from preventing deadly illness to simply being more physically comfortable. I know it's what's best for me, health-wise. <BR> <BR> But here's the thing: I've never been happier with the way I look. I like the curves and the roun... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 21:20:12 EST Gonna be a Personal Trainer!! I got my books in the mail today to become a personal trainer. I signed up last tuesday very late. Got access to online materials immediately!! I have started my habits & Goals = rewards Board last wednesday (night after signing up) and I have lost 3.5 lbs. I have went to them gym on schedule 100% since and I have stayed under my 1660 max, 1200 ideal, 100% as well. <BR> <BR> Now I have til the 23rd to come up with ideas for personalized licenses plates for personal training! It will take up... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 14:25:32 EST VLCD Support Hello everyone :) <BR> <BR> My name is Tori and I've just begun a VLCD system for myself, and am looking to stay inspired with any suggestions for very low calorie snacks that keep you full and easy, very low carb meals (lunch or dinner) and any other suggestions by anyone who has done this. <BR> <BR> Two things: <BR> <BR> My VLCD: <BR> <BR> 1 - My system is a bit of a mish mosh - I am currently using slimright shakes (chocolate, 35gm sachets) with 250mls of soy milk (dairy aggravates my... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 06:51:43 EST Why are you stuck at a number on the scale? I lost 25 lbs and still need to lose at least 40 more. In the past when I get to this point I start putting back the weight and end up starting all over again. This time I want it to be different. What blocks me from reaching my goal? Tue, 7 Jul 2015 00:37:13 EST Set backs and what to do about it? I broke one of my vertebra in my neck on my bicycle tour in end of last May. So now my goal are to heal, do some walking and playing table tennis again. <BR> The doctor told me that I can do mostly any thing with my neck support on as long as it does not hurt!? Well it is like walking on eggs, however do I have any choice? No! So I am up to 30 km of walking per week and I play table tennis, very gingerly, twines a week. Also after my next visit to the doctor I think I will add some weight tr... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 12:33:47 EST Looking for a new challenge! I'm looking for a 5% summer challenge and am not bringing up any in the challenges or teams lists. I've done these before and it seems like I see them going on all the time, but now that I want to join one... <BR> Anyone doing a 5% challenge this summer that I could still jump into? Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:46:25 EST Affordable reward ideas I have just started (again) on my weight loss journey and I am determined to be in it for the long haul. I have 14 kgs to lose and I want to give myself a reward for each of them, as I have found I am very motivated by getting new stuff. However, I am a college student on a really tight budget so I can't afford to buy myself big gifts for every kg! <BR> Have anyone got any ideas for nice rewards in the 10-20 dollar range? <BR> Have a great day! :D Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:37:52 EST Dance Break!!! Drop Everything And Dance! Good song just came on the radio! <BR> <BR> Why yes, I am at work. I closed my office door. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> What was the song? Mumford & Sons - The Wolf <em>353</em> Wed, 1 Jul 2015 15:10:49 EST JULY 2015 -Appreciation- -Gratitudes-all welcome! <img src=""> <BR> Welcome to all who wish to share appreciations, gratitudes and good things that make you happy. <BR> Look forward to seeing your tomorrow!! <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:31:36 EST Need motivation A few years ago, I started a workout routine and began using the Spark People site. I lost around 20 pounds, but then I started slacking off. I gained back a few pounds, but always maintained a lost of 10-15 pounds. I started over several times, but then something always happens to throw me off kilter. <BR> <BR> Last year, I was working out regularly, and even though I wasn't losing many pounds, my body was changing for the better. A knee-injury put me on the sidelines again. <BR> <BR> Th... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:24:37 EST Dry Spells? Does anyone go through dry spells with their healthy lifestyle? <BR> I am going through one right now, its been over a month, and I cant seem to get myself back into the groove. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 07:42:29 EST Rainy motivation....Help Long day inside.....did not get out for a walk and it seemed I was looking for something to eat all day. <BR> I did stay within my points but felt sluggish all day. <BR> How do some of you stay motivated when you can't get outside? <BR> Sort of discouraged today..... <em>39</em> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:05:22 EST Starting over AGAIN!!! I am starting over AGAIN tomorrow for about the millionth time on Spark People. I keep coming back because it is the one program where I am allowed to eat whatever I want and still lose weight. I also know that it works because I lost quite a bit of weight on it before. Now I need to lose 40 pounds and my motivation level is at an all-time low, my spirit is low and my self-esteem is really down in the dumps as well. I tie all these things to my weight unfortunately and I am trying to work on ... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:01:56 EST Make a wish I wish I make the best out of me, look as good as I was created to be <BR> I am new here, with this amazing page and all you wonderful people it is possible! <BR> Bad physical condition and some extra weight make people lose their natural beauty, as all people are beautiful. <BR> <BR> what do you wish? Sat, 27 Jun 2015 16:19:25 EST Losing Encouragement Rapidly Good morning, all... I need some email friend/motivators. (My email is on my profile page.) I'm so discouraged today. But not because I'm doing poorly... that's why it's so frustrating. Here's what's going on.... <BR> <BR> I've lost 77 pounds in the last 11.5 months. I knew it was getting harder and harder, but every day I've stuck with it. My metabolism must be all messed up... I can no longer lose on 1200 calories a day. I don't know what to do! Had a great day yesterday with wo... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 09:50:59 EST Scale Obsession When I started SparkPeople I didn't have a scale. But, I knew in order to stay on top of things I would need one, so I bought a simple digital scale. The problem is that I become obsessed and weigh myself every other day. I weighed myself two days ago and I was 272.70 and since then I have worked out daily, drank plenty of water, stayed within my calorie goal and this morning I weighed 274. This is exactly why I hate the scale because it shifts my mood and makes this harder. <BR> <BR> I woul... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:18:28 EST On point but overwhelmed I've finally had a few good days following meal plans and becoming more active. <BR> I weigh 355 lbs and have two important weddings this sept <BR> Poor on my feet so dancings a challenge....used to love it. <BR> Then next June youngest son to marry. So two big goals for that to do mother son dance with pride and to feel good in my own skin that night. <BR> Recently there's a voice that keeps saying i don't want to hang around if I can't even tie my shoes or walk where I want to..... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 15:17:17 EST What have you done today to encourage someone? I was driving to work today and I saw a woman jogging along the sidewalk. She was overweight and shuffling along. It was obvious she was just starting out on her fitness journey. <BR> <BR> I was at a stoplight and I caught her eye as she went by. I smiled at her and gave her a thumbs up. The look on her face was so heartwarming. Her eyes got big and she grinned back at me, I think she might have even picked up her pace a bit. <BR> <BR> Too often I have read horror stories of Sparkmemb... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:24:55 EST Support System Hey guys, Something came to mind today. I always try to find people to add to my friends list but, it seems like its hard to find active people on this website. Alot of SP Pages are from 2013 ect. So, if you active NOW and you want support NOW.. Add me as a friend!! We need all the support we can get! Im here for you guys!! Love you all, and lets get this weight loss journey accomplished with the thoughts and ideas of others!! Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:32:33 EST Need an Accountabilit ty/Motiviation Partner! Not sure where to turn for this, so I'll start here! <BR> I'm looking for someone to help keep me accountable and motivated. I know you all know the cycle- my weight is constantly increasing which makes me even less motivated, more depressed, which equals more stress/emotional eating and lazy pity parties. <BR> <BR> What I'm looking for is someone I can email with weekly/daily for accountability and motivation. I have everything I need to be successful except for the will power... <BR> I am ... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:35:18 EST Diet buddy Hey guys:) I am starting a new diet plan and need a diet buddy to message and encourage each other throughout the week:)! Would anyone be up for teaming up:) we can WhatsApp or email 😉 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 22:56:34 EST What Was Your Most Fun & Exciting Workout & Why Yah, so the last time I worked out at home. I decided to turn on Pandora Radio, and I created a station like, “Ain’t Nothing Gonna Break My Stride”. Well, thank God I did! The music was so ENERGIZING! Just what I needed. I had so much fun, that I depend on music to Motivate me when I need a boost! In fact, I had a hard time to make myself stop moving. I was dripping in sweat and i felt fantastic. I would love to hear your experience, please share it here___________ Mon, 22 Jun 2015 12:46:08 EST people prefer you with extra weight? Last winter I became sedentary and my weight went up to 150lbs.I coudn`t fit into my skinny jeans anymore so I decided to start tracking my calories and exercising . <BR> <BR> I am down to 122 lbs….and I am 5`3 .I now exercise regularly and watch my portion sizes to maintain my weight. <BR> <BR> I feel great but today and I can fit into jeans again. However, I had one lady at work ask me if I dont eat anymore. I told her that I do and then she asked if I am on a diet .I told her that I ju... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 11:07:43 EST Looking for someone similar for motivation Hello! <BR> <BR> Just joined today. I have decided to change my lifestyle to lose some weight. I'm 27, currently 180 lbs and want to lose 40 lbs. I would like a weight loss partner for accountability and support :) Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:59:24 EST What is your Workout Playlist Music is a great motivator for me and I am always looking to add new songs to my workout playlist :) I figured I would share my workout playlist and if you want to share your favorite songs maybe we can find a few we haven't heard yet, or heard in a while and grow our playlist :) I am always adding to mine, and I find on the days that I feel like talking myself out of my workout just turning on my playlist will help to motivate me back into my routine :) <BR> <BR> Feed my Frankenstein-------... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:40:19 EST Accountability Parnter I am looking for an Accountability Partner to keep me motivated and on track in my weight loss journey. I will do the same for you. I need help staying within my calorie limits -- and to keep my carbohydrates down- that is my weakness. Fri, 19 Jun 2015 09:43:09 EST Staying motivated while sad/depressed Hi, <BR> <BR> I started eating better and exercising daily the beginning of April. My goal to get healthy. My Doctor told me I was heart attack or stroke waiting to happen. I was doing quite well with exercise and eating right. I had a minor set back with exercise as I injured my foot early into it but made adjustments. <BR> <BR> I unexpectedly lost my very beloved pet last Friday. He was old (at least 18 as how long I had him and was a stray adult when I got him) but doing well until last... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:22:34 EST Staying Motivated With Over 100 Pounds To Lose No, it's not fun to talk about. Yes, you know it's going to take a bit of time. People don't always notice when you've dropped even 20 pounds. You can still wear all your same clothes and they don't feel all that different. <BR> <BR> Any of that sound familiar? <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> I went to the doctor this morning and got weighed in. I was excited to see that I'd lost another 3 pounds this week. That brought me to 12 lost in a month. I was pleased. What I wasn't expecting was my doct... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:47:53 EST Night time binging When I get home after work I am ravenous! Will stand at the counter and eat sweets while cooking dinner for family. If I could control eating from 6-10pm I would be set! Too tired to exercise at that time and have to car pool kids, clean up after supper etc! What to do? Wed, 17 Jun 2015 08:18:50 EST Motivation Question Hi <BR> I hope this is the right place to ask questions. <BR> I am wondering if a reward system helps or not. <BR> Or is that more of a person to person thing? <BR> I'm curious about the answers and thank you. Wed, 17 Jun 2015 03:10:26 EST pie I had a bad day but i learned a very big lesson. So i went over a bit on calories. But the lesson was. I really did not need that coconut pie . But a better choice would of been go home make some coconut pudding for 80 calories and would of made me just as happy. So next time if i get a dessert attack i will think about it long and hard, Go for a better choice. And that pie 523. So i just dusted my feet off and got a bottle of water. Now it really turned a bad day to a good day. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 20:00:57 EST stop driving by the gym I have been paying for a membership to our small town community gym and haven't used it yet! My intentions was to stop in and use the treadmill, or the weight training equipment on my way home every night. Needless to say I haven't done it yet. How ever I have been still getting exercise in other ways and places. I'm not sure why I'm not committing myself yet. I come up with excuses like I need to get home, or I spend too much time in town before I come home. I live only 4 miles from th... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 22:14:17 EST Visualization and motivation, no drive! I can visualize myself being active and thinner. I have the want to exercise and eat cleaner, but I can't seem to push myself to exercise. Cleaner eating is easier as long as I tell my husband what I want to eat for dinner, but if he decides, it is usually not so good for me. Tastes great, but not so healthy! My question is, how do I get the drive to get out of bed 20-30 minutes earlier to work out? I've changed jobs and now sit ALL day long, big shock from being on my feet most of the da... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 09:39:01 EST Accountability buddy Hi everyone, I had lost 10 kg weight (22 pounds) last year, by running regularly and sensible eating, however have put on around 3kg in the last 4 months as was sitting at home and preparing for exams. I'm a 30 year old woman, doctor by profession, need a partner/s who I can keep in touch on a daily basis either by email or WhatsApp/WhatsApp group .. Please get back to me via email if anyone looking for a similar buddy. Mon, 15 Jun 2015 08:34:41 EST how do you stay motivated during a weekend away? I haven't been on a trip and sparked in a while. I find it much easier to stay on track while I'm at home. What do you do over the weekend, especially a weekend away to STAY ON TRACK?!? Fri, 12 Jun 2015 11:08:42 EST dislike your body AFTER you started working out? Has this happened to anyone? Fri, 12 Jun 2015 10:57:52 EST no motivation Since I started a new workout program about 4 months ago to firm and tone up my body, I have actually started to dislike my body. I never really had no issue with it before working out. I am 5'4" and weigh 132. I changed my diet to eat healthier and exercise 5 days a week, doing both cardio and weight lifting. I have gained 6 lbs, lost (very ) minimal inches, and my clothes fit the same. I look the same in the before and after pictures. I do not see results and have lost all motivation. Every... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 21:49:26 EST Motivation/Staying on Track I've been trying to stay on track these last few days, but I've come to realize that junk food is my absolute weakness! I've tried keeping all that bad food out of my house, but I've found that if I want it badly enough, I'll just drive to the store and get it. I don't know why I give in so easily, and it's so frustrating! The more I cave into sweets, the less motivated I feel, and the more I eat. How do you guys deal with those crazy cravings and stay motivated enough to stick with your plan... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:59:53 EST Motivation has left me. I lost 55 pounds.NOW I HAVE GAINED EIGHT (8), POUNDS. I CANNOT PUT MY FINGER ON WHERE MY MOTIVATION WENT, but I cannot seem to get a handle on it. Please help! Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:09:38 EST Need a new way of doing things I am 46 years old, I used to runt o stay in shape, in my early 40's my knees started bothering me, so I went to a walk/jog type of exercise. Now any form of jogging kills my knees and my back. I am only walking at this point. Since I cannot run any more my weight has been creeping up. I also now work in a more sedentary job for 12 hours a day. I am having a hard time adjusting to the new work schedule, the lack of mobility and the weight gain. Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:32:55 EST My first 1000 Calorie Burn!! So, yesterday after my 45 minutes workout on my old stationary bike, I logged it in my Spark People app, and guess what?......, I burned more than 1,000 calories in one day. I can not remember the last time, if ever I was able to achieve that!!! Anyhow, I stepped on the scale this morning and I lost 0.4 lbs., not the best, but I burned 1,000 calories!!! To me that was worth more!! I shall carry on!!! <em>198</em> Tue, 9 Jun 2015 13:00:14 EST Chair Dancing At Work I'm finding this surprisingly motivating! <BR> <BR> I do find it helps to have your own office and music. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Yes, I have been caught doing it by several coworkers. I just smile and tell them I'm feeling the music. No, I usually don't stop, they think I'm a little strange anyway. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Anyone else doing it? Tue, 9 Jun 2015 11:41:08 EST TODAY IM GOING TO EXCRISE LIKE WE SHOULD BUT ALSO REMBER GODJESUS LOVES US FOR HE MADE US Tue, 9 Jun 2015 07:06:04 EST Six weeks and no change on the scale Hi Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I need help! I have made the following changes in the last six weeks: <BR> -eating no sugar <BR> -diet of whole foods, eating 1.500-1.600 calories each day <BR> -exercise of 40-60 min each day (walking, spinning, swimming, strength training) <BR> -journaling every bite I eat <BR> -Meditating 5-20 min each day <BR> -Sleep: eight hours or more <BR> I am 6ft 4 and I weigh 151 pounds. <BR> <BR> Changes so far: I think some of ny clothes feel a little bit looser, but not a... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 17:32:07 EST Need friends. Ex Wanted me to GAIN lbs so I did :( I was working out at home for a half a hour, so I thought I would up things a little by joining a gym. Im not weighing myself til the 5th. That gives me a month, Ill do inches every week. Im doing weights and cardio. I know I'm going to add muscle. I need to work out my abs. Im a little big around the waist as you can see by my chart. My boyfriend and I broke up about 2 months ago. and I lost 18 pounds in a month. Just couldn't eat and workout at home. He wanted me FAT and I was okay with it ... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 16:51:11 EST not sure I can do this Coming back to spark was the easy part.... Actually sticking with it not so much. I don't think I have made one whole day where I have charted everything I ate or did. :-( Its hard to do with two little ones and they are the reason I have to lose weight and get into shape. Its just like I have a gym membership but it doesn't help if you don't go.... <BR> ANY SUGGESTIONS? Mon, 8 Jun 2015 16:34:00 EST I bought a bikini at 53 years old I am down to the last 10 lbs to lose and want to be back in a two piece suit for the summer. I have laid out in the sun twice now (using sunscreen) to get my belly and back tanned (oh they are so white). And i feel alot better than I thought I would. My first test wearing it out in public will be in a couple weeks when we go to Key West for our anniversary. I do not know anyone there, so will not care what anyone beside myself thinks about how I look. Then I have two months to finish losing t... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 09:56:38 EST Specific days of the week more tough? Does anyone else have a specific day or days of the week that is always harder to stay motivated? I seem to crash hard every Wednesday. It's the one day I'm guaranteed to have off work every week, but I can't seem to get anything done because I just feel like crap. And then I get frustrated with myself, because I'm wasting what should be productive time. Can anyone relate? Fri, 5 Jun 2015 13:09:19 EST Not Feeling It Today... Feeling blah..Didn't sleep well and my gallbladder was giving me fits last night. I ate some nutter butter cookies and a couple of tablespoons of icing. I do not want to workout today. I like coming here for motivation and inspiration. Help me! lol! Fri, 5 Jun 2015 08:15:20 EST Back at it...Again It has been just over a year since I last logged on to SP. In fact, May 19, 2014 was the last day. <BR> <BR> Last night, while I was reading with my eReader propped on my belly, I realized how puffy I was. This morning I weighed myself and discovered I have put on 44 pounds in the year I was away from SP. <BR> <BR> You see I suffer from Fibromyalgia with no medical support, I am under extremely high stress and often, to escape my wretched life, I disappear into books and/or binge eat. <BR> ... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 15:20:55 EST Accountability partner!! :D Good evening!! I am looking for an accountability partner!! My name is Chelsea and I am 29 year old mom of 2 boys!! I have lost 95 lbs and have hit a huge plateau. I LOVE fitness and exercise almost daily but really struggle with nutrition and staying on track with my motivation. I would love to find someone that I can check in with daily through messaging and email. If anyone would like someone that is upbeat and supportive we can support each other through this journey, send me a mess... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 23:38:07 EST Out of hope Venting/Self-pity party - I have been so discouraged lately. As if Fibromyalgia wasn't bad enough, it gets even worse when you add a lot of weight to it (like 200+lbs to lose). I think about how positive I was 3 years ago when I was initially diagnosed with it (had it a lot longer) and how despite the pain and fatigue, had more energy because I had hope. I'd lost 30lbs and have no gained it all back plus 10 more. Now, I've tried every drug out there for fibro and nothing has helped. I was... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 18:24:21 EST Back on Track So, yesterday after work, I decided to do something I have not done in a long time. I exercised for 45 minutes on my good old fashion stationary bike. I felt great afterwards. I thought to myself, "I should be doing this everyday after work." Sometimes, the "Old School" is the best way to stay on track. <em>30</em> Wed, 3 Jun 2015 12:21:50 EST Today was a bad day I just really tried starting at this yesterday, tried to eat healthy an work out, but already on day two i have failed. I didnt eat most of the day due to stress at work then come home an had a very unhealthy meal. It didnt help that i got in a huge fight with the boyfriend too. What can i do to stay motivated, not even a day yet and already having a hard time... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 23:39:26 EST feeling rather down at the moment Just came back from a community theatre audition that was held last night and tonight. I've been active with this house for the past three years, and (reading between the lines) have found out that the "powers that be" only want me for the regular comedies, and refuse to cast me in any singing parts whatsoever. <BR> The cast list will be chosen by tomorrow, and the calls for casting will begin probably Thursday or Friday. I know I will only be offered chorus (read: set dressing). <BR> <B... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 21:25:03 EST Results? I'm an old member who made it, then re-injured herself, and am now climbing myself back out of this hole. I've got roughly 65 lbs. to go. For two months, I've been working out faithfully 3-4 days a week. I have only seen a 6 lb. Loss, and that fluctuates daily with water in take. I'm used to larger weight loss by this point. What's been your experience with starting weight loss? Tue, 2 Jun 2015 19:25:29 EST Commenting on someone else weight loss..... Does anyone find it awkwards when you compliment someone on their weight loss and then 6 months later they gain it all back.I find it awkward <em>2</em> Ofcourse I wont say anything and I pretend like I don`t notice.This only happened with this guy from work that I am friends with from work who lost weight when he went on crash diet and he brought it up and asked me if he I notice that he lost weight.I said yes, you look great.Now months later he gained it back and its kind of awkward .I ... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 17:58:13 EST I Messed Up....again!!! Need help Good morning all, so, yesterday Monday, for some reason, I decided to eat everything in sight!!! Why am I always sabotaging myself!! I was doing so well, exercising, tracking what I was eating and having fun. So, this morning, I'm starting on the right foot. Let's see what happens... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 07:07:53 EST Rains got me down I hate this rain. I can't get out and use the streets. Mon, 1 Jun 2015 16:14:40 EST What do you do when you are depressed? I've had a bad weekend emotion-wise. I don't know how to get out of this down mood. <BR> <BR> I'd love to exercise but my knee is blown out so that is a huge issue right now for me. So far, I've managed to hold off the binge-eating - go me. <BR> <BR> What things do you do when life gives you lemons and things aren't looking too good for the future? Mon, 1 Jun 2015 13:18:37 EST What Really Motivates You? I'm doing well; however, I would love to hear what makes you motivated and how you get through the tough times. Mon, 1 Jun 2015 11:05:47 EST JUNE 2015 Appreciations/Gratitude Thread -Welcome! "If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get." Frank A. Clark <BR> <BR> If you are not familiar with this tradition, we suggest you write 5 things you are grateful for, appreciate or are working in your life each day. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hope to see you! Sun, 31 May 2015 20:57:53 EST On Day 2 of Rainy Day - Drained =[ I've been trying to exercise off my inches and doing fairly well - 2 more inches til my 20% mark and I want to get to the 40% mark before August. <BR> <BR> I'm determined to lose but it's been raining for 2 days straight now, gloomy and disgusting out and it's like pulling the energy from under my skin and the want to exercise - like a dementor =[ <BR> <BR> Need motivation or tips that help you deal with days like this... Sun, 31 May 2015 15:28:06 EST Need new people to keep me on track.. Anyone want to add me as a friend to encourage each other? <em>252</em> Sat, 30 May 2015 09:56:19 EST exercise Need a exercise body in the kingsport, tn area. Fri, 29 May 2015 20:53:35 EST Spark Teams and Having a firm grasp on what I want<BR>individual.asp <BR> I created a spark team but uh <BR> <BR> My motivation is I have a child on the way and I really don't want to feel like a failure beside him as he grows. I've always been told by my family to eat well, stay active, do this, do that - always trying to keep us active so we wouldn't become overweight like them... but I think it's kind of hard. They didn't practice what was preached... I don't know if that was entirely it, but I d... Fri, 29 May 2015 20:22:01 EST I saw my future at the supermarket, Well sort of.. So, the other day I was on my weekly grocery shop when I noticed a young woman in a motorized wheel chair. She was extremely over weight. All of a sudden I saw myself in that wheel chair. You see, I am over weight also and I have knee problems. I've already had two knee surgeries. When I saw the woman riding up and down the aisles, I just said to myself, " OMG!!!, that could be me in couple of years!!!" From that day on I have decided that no matter what size I am, I will start to exerc... Fri, 29 May 2015 05:25:10 EST What can I do to lose my bellyroll? It's driving me bonkers! I watch what I eat, do cardio and Pilates, HIIT too sometimes, but my bellyroll is still there. I have been trying for years but it just won't go! <BR> <BR> I am 42, 4 feet 11 and currently weigh 58.5kgs. <BR> <BR> I am on dialysis so I can't lift handweights. Thu, 28 May 2015 12:40:28 EST Quesion For The Ladies Ok Ladies, I have a question if anyone has the answer plz share.. <BR> The question is this...I'm wondering, is it possible that since I'm losing weight and more active than I used to be, and eating way better than I used cycle is lighter? <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks Thu, 28 May 2015 00:32:09 EST Anyone else have a Food Zombie? I need to lose over 150 pounds. I figure that's the size of another person I'm dragging around with me. She's just weighing me down, holding me back from what I want to do. Sometimes she wants stuff that isn't good for me... like donuts or fast food. I picture this moaning food zombie calling out for stuff. "Doooonnnnuuuts.... " And it makes me laugh. <BR> <BR> I found myself talking to her and telling her no. Sometimes, when I'm in the car (by myself), I will tell her no out loud. I figured... Wed, 27 May 2015 10:24:20 EST looking for a accountability partner I'm a business owner in the Seattle area, and I'm looking for a accountability partner regarding business, fitness and self development. I want to have a 30 min call each week and a couple of emails as well. Please respond to this post with your email, or email me directly at if you are interested. Tue, 26 May 2015 17:39:48 EST Motivation I never give up. Tue, 26 May 2015 09:32:23 EST No Motivation!!! I know what needs to be done. I've done it before. I was a healthy weight until about six years ago... The 40's hit and my first baby started college and I gained about 40 pounds FAST. I've exercised and successfully eaten healthy with fair results before. But I get frustrated or bored or sidetracked (not sure which one) and then it's over. <BR> Thankfully I am still physically and mentally able to do it. But I have less than ZERO motivation. <BR> I'm almost 48 years old and things are star... Mon, 25 May 2015 11:27:53 EST Weighing in....! Why is it effort isn't reflected on the scale, but instead the opposite shows up? So discouraging when you do all the healthy stuff and expect a result and get a downer instead. I am not letting it mess me up, just annoyed! Mon, 25 May 2015 11:07:11 EST not sure how to feel about myself Hi there, <BR> it's my first time using the message board as i'm a pretty shy person but i have a question for anybody that's reading this. How do you stay motivated when you don't see result? To be more specific, when you don't see the results you are hoping for? <BR> <BR> In my case I feel discouraged by my effort to get in shape. I've been working out for the past 4 months and although I saw good results in the first 2 months ( dropped 5 kg, lost cm on my hips and waist, even went down ... Sun, 24 May 2015 15:03:06 EST Weight loss and fear I realize this is going to make me sound completely loony, but I'm posting anyways just because I need some outside voices. So I'm 35, 5'6 with a little over 100lbs to lose, and I've made several starts and then stopped for various reasons, or rather excuses. But what it really comes down to is fear. I keep hearing I'm too old to lose weight (I'm 35) and I shouldn't even bother, I hear that I'll have tons of extra skin and I'll look like I never lost the weight, I'm afraid that if that's not... Sat, 23 May 2015 12:39:35 EST Come Join Us... I would love to invite you to join our team .... CALLING ALL VEGANS, VEGETARIANS and FLEXITARIANS. <BR> <BR> Making fruits, grains and vegetables the main source of our eating plan. Plant-based way of eating can help prevent, manage and even reverse serious illness. For those that are slowing cutting back on meat products and gearing for a Plant Based way of living, this is the place to be. <BR> <BR> All you have to do to join on my picture or the words below it on the right h... Tue, 19 May 2015 11:38:14 EST Best You Tube exercise sites I love You Tube. I like to find workouts and then I don't get bored. What channels do you go to? Who is your favorite instructor to follow? I am always looking for more. My favorites are Fitness Blender, Jessica Smith, Life time fitness, and Chris Freytag. How about you? Mon, 18 May 2015 14:41:55 EST Staying focused Good morning everyone! I work in a college athletic department and I am working with our strength and conditioning coach on a diet plan. Things are going well and I can't deny the success through five weeks (12.2 lbs down), but I also am starting to get bored with the same food; I feel like my life has revolved around Greek yogurt, chicken, lean beef and ground turkey for the last 35 days. He has told me that we will be changing up the program in a couple weeks, any suggestions for making thi... Mon, 18 May 2015 10:38:13 EST Motivation wavering. Hey guys! <BR> <BR> I started reeeally trying to lose weight again on the first of may. I lost fifty pounds, but gained a little back and I've kinda been stuck here. I started food logging and I haven't gone over my calories even once! I try to walk when I can and I live up two flights of stairs, so I get a little cardio every day, no matter what. <BR> <BR> I guess it's just that it's been sixteen days now and I don't own a bathroom scale or anything I could measure myself with ( my fault ... Sat, 16 May 2015 22:29:57 EST I am losing more motivation then weight with out going into a long back ground history of me I am going to come right out and say I am so frustrated and I just want to go off the grid.. I want to stop this nonsence of working out hard eating right and not being able to lose one pound.. and god for bid if I do eat something stupid maybe a slice of cheese cake or something I am up 3 pounds.. <BR> <BR> I have been struggling for 5 months now.. it really started 10 months ago.. I was struggling and then the holidays came and I was st... Sat, 16 May 2015 17:39:32 EST BUDDY Hi everyone! I am Abby and I am looking for a weight loss buddy for mutual support and accountability! Anyone? :) <BR> Let me tell you a little more about myself: I am 27 years young, happily married since 2012 and have a year young daughter. You can read more about me in my sparkpage Fri, 15 May 2015 20:24:41 EST who's determined? I am determined to keep a positive mind, work hard, stay focused and keep faith that no matter the situation(s) ahead I will get through them with flying colors. I will remember the why's and find the best way to get the answer to just keep being determined. <BR> <BR> Find it in yourself, a reason, a way keep being determined!!! Fri, 15 May 2015 16:10:13 EST Consistency Consistency is what I need to stay motivated. I do good for a few days or weeks, and then i revert back to what's confortable for me. I want to make a serious lifestyle change, and stop looking for comfort in food. Wed, 13 May 2015 14:25:10 EST June Birthday Challenge So, I've decided to take a new approach to weight loss. No measuring. No counting. No tracking. Just finding a balance between eating a LOT of whole, unprocessed foods, having some treats on occasion, and avoiding artificial ingredients as much as possible. I'm eating out less, cooking more, and focusing on healthy habits. <BR> <BR> As a kick start to this, I've decided to do a little Birthday challenge in the month of June to help get me off on the right foot with more fruits and vegetabl... Wed, 13 May 2015 14:19:59 EST Anyone else tired? I want to stay on track today so badly but I am just so tired. I am tired of planning meals, fearing failure and overeating. I am thinking of leaving work early today to catch up on sleep. Any tips from you seasoned sparkers out there? Tue, 12 May 2015 08:25:08 EST First goal is by October 1st I am shooting for 38-40 pounds by October 1st. I feel that if I lose that much then I can feel better about the way I look for family pictures. That is 143 days away. <BR> My second goal would be a total loss of 63 pounds by around January 1st. That is 235 days from now. Plus I would feel better about the way I look before I go to meet my husbands friends from his unit. <BR> I have an ultimate goal of around 93 pounds by mid May next year. Which is about 370 days away. I want to be able to g... Mon, 11 May 2015 17:48:31 EST Stress and weight loss If you are managing all mother aspects of your life correctly ( diet, exersize, etc...) can stress keep you from loosing weight? How big a factor does it play really? Mon, 11 May 2015 17:09:53 EST My scale was mean to be this morning But I will not give up. <BR> <BR> Although I worked our like crazy this weekend and ate within my range, my scale went up 0.8 kgs this morning. I'm sad and disapointed, After two weeks of behaving I still haven't lost anything. <BR> <BR> But I will not give up. <BR> Mon, 11 May 2015 06:12:56 EST fell off the band wagon So I been pretty absent in my working out and even eating right. Today I want to start it all over again. Is there any tips so I don't keep falling off. I fell off due to stress in my life and having to pull 50-75 hours a week because we are short of staffing that on my time I just want to sleep and snuggle with my little one. Now I am 250 pounds yeek any tips or advice or if anyone wants to slap me for these excuses let me know Sun, 10 May 2015 02:17:51 EST Lost & Found I've lost my "love handles" and found lots of energy. <BR> <BR> Your turn Sat, 9 May 2015 13:59:55 EST Want to be part of a team that checks in daily? Would you like to be a part of a team checking in DAILY? Give/receive motivation, accountability, encouragement, tips, and suggestions! Let's inspire each other to stay on track moving towards our goals! Join the team by clicking "My SparkPage" then scroll down and click on the team "250-350 Check in daily". <BR> <em>229</em> <em>213</em> <em>381</em> <em>223</em> <em>220</em> <em>235</em> <em>48</em> <em>30</em> <em>387</em> <em>331</em> <em>199</em> Sat, 9 May 2015 07:42:30 EST Telling someone that they gained weight.....? I remember one day I walked in at work and one of my co worker said hi to me and we exchanged pleasantries. I then went on about my business and while I was opening the linen room to put my purse away she said ``She put on so much weight! look at her bum! She was telling the other lady but she said it in very voice loud enough for me to hear it on purpose <BR> <BR> Not only was it hurtful but I was also embarrassed. It made me feel worse and ruined my day. I told her after that it hurt my f... Fri, 8 May 2015 19:57:40 EST Progress I've been consistent with working out at the gym in the mornings. I even upped the game a little today by using the "Weight Loss" program on the elliptical rather than the "Quick Start" option. I did sweat a little more! ;] Fri, 8 May 2015 11:41:39 EST Want to be part of a team that checks in daily? <em>30</em> <BR> Would you like to be a part of a team checking in DAILY? Give/receive motivation, accountability, encouragement, tips, and suggestions! Let's inspire each to stay on track moving towards our goals! Join the team by clicking "My SparkPage" then scroll down and click on the team "250-350 Check in daily". Thu, 7 May 2015 23:11:42 EST Feeling Discouraged? Even the best of us have down days. I wrote this blog several years ago and thought it might help. <BR> It's an oldie but a goodie. <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3019903 </link> Thu, 7 May 2015 14:04:42 EST Can't have a picnic without a few ants Need some motivation? Thought I'd share an oldie but a goodie. <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3034414 </link> Thu, 7 May 2015 13:52:24 EST New team, 250-350 Check in DAILY Would you like to be a part of a team checking in DAILY? Give/receive motivation, accountability, encouragement, tips, and suggestions! Let's inspire each to stay on track moving towards our goals! Join the team by clicking "My SparkPage" then scroll down and click on the team "250-350 Check in daily". Thu, 7 May 2015 11:10:28 EST first seizure at age 60 Good morning, <BR> <BR> A couple of weekends ago I had a seizure; I've never had one before. My husband called for an ambulance. We made an intermediate stop at urgent care and went from there to the hospital about 20 miles away & I was admitted for a couple of days. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The seizure was described as tonic clonic, and I have no memory of the event. I was non responsive and lost bowel control. A spinal tap was done at the hospital, as was a CT I believe. Thank goodness m... Thu, 7 May 2015 06:50:27 EST Failing Juice Fast....HELP! Hi!!! I need some help. I love drinking juice and would like to fast for more than a few hours. I hope to accomplish 60 days, but can't get through 1 day. How do you stay motivated and continue? Tips? fight cravings? fall into old habbits (which aren't horrible). I just want to reap the benefits of juicing. <BR> <BR> Thanks!! :) Wed, 6 May 2015 22:58:23 EST How do I diet > I work long hours and feel like i need a pick-me-up after work leading to "bad choices <BR> > My parents cook & most of the time I wouldn't call it healthy <BR> > I feel depressed & eat though I seem to "can't help it" <BR> > I have irregular periods that either don't come for months or I get one for 2+ weeks. <BR> > I'm dairy free <BR> > I love fruit & veg more than meats (I prefer soft meat) <BR> > I find it hard to do excersises; I don't know what Reps/Sets/20 lunges are or mean & how lo... Wed, 6 May 2015 17:36:37 EST What's the best way for a group to record progress Several friends and I are starting a fitness accountability group. We're going to post our workouts to try to push each other. I'd like something better than email, maybe an app or something that was made for this purpose. Any suggestions? Mon, 4 May 2015 20:49:17 EST medical restraints How can I get the exercise I need when I can not walk with out a walker. All my bones are slowly being replaced. I uss to love walking. I need exercise. All I can manage is to get to doctor appointment s. Mon, 4 May 2015 17:51:43 EST Does weight gain stress you out? So I was on such an amazing journey since August 2013, lost 74lbs the for the last six months I gained back 25. I know the reasons fell back into bad habits, emotional eating and late snacking. I just want encouragement either way. But when you gain it just is an emotional roller coaster. I am alone physically in this journey. Mon, 4 May 2015 11:47:15 EST the urge to overeat after 2 weeks on plan I do well for a couple weeks and then I have an urge to eat more than I should. I am an emotional and stress eater but things could be going well too. I have activities to distract myself and sometimes I just give in. Has this happened to any of you? Thoughts? Suggestions? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 May 2015 10:34:33 EST I just need to talk this out (long post, sorry) I don't know how to even start this. I once successfully lost almost 100 pounds. I felt great. I was running and I was 34 pounds away from being under 200 pounds for the first time in my adult life. my record was 10 miles in one go! I was SO proud of myself and was even thinking about training for a marathon. <BR> I struggled, gained about 40 pounds back, and maintained that gain for a couple of years. Over time, I regret to say that I have gained all of the weight back. Yes, ALL. Of. IT. <... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 22:23:07 EST MAY 2015 Appreciations -Welcome All! <img src=""> <BR> "He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has." Epictetus <BR> <BR> Please join me on this thread and share five things you appreciate, that or working in your life or you feel gratitude for having. <BR> <BR> Hope to see you tomorrow!! <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 19:25:14 EST My day 1 eat repent repeat. i do so well for 10 days then derail. over and over. day 1 - again again. gonna track it here - with your help - to 7/31 doctors weigh in. important for acting role!! Thu, 30 Apr 2015 12:57:36 EST Had a bad night Hi, <BR> Had a bad night I have been doing so well sticking to my plan and tonight all I wanted to do was eat. I can rejoice in the fact that I have lost 5 pounds and will keep striving to have a better day tommorow. I look at how far I have come. We can do this Spark People! Have a great week! <BR> <BR> Joni Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:22:20 EST 5K Record ideas I am disappointed after my 2nd 5K run in about 7 weeks. I beat my old time by only 18 seconds! <BR> 37 min 18 seconds...I'm at a beginner level. <BR> <BR> I want to keep running, but this little accomplishment is discouraging. I was hoping for at least a one minute improvement! <BR> <BR> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:06:29 EST New start! How to curb my old habits. Today is a new start for me. I just had a baby almost 3 months ago and have just been eating whatever I want whenever I want it... which of course did not help the fact that I have weight to lose. Even while breastfeeding I am not dropping pounds because I eat whatever I want.... which is a lot. I have stretched my stomach so much that I am like a bottomless pit and never get hungry. <BR> So today I am determined to stop that. This morning I had a cup of coffee with FF creamer (50 calories) ... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:30:20 EST tips on staying positive I tend to always try to remain positive but negatives around me tend to make me have more down off track days. Hoping to find encouraging ways to stay positive more! Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:38:36 EST Sharing out my goals to be accountable...join me! <BR> My goal right now is to eat withing my calorie count to continue to lose weight AND modify my SP Healthy Heart meal plan as little as possible so I can get all my daily nutritional needs met consistently and fully. In addition to this, when I deviate and cook off the menu that I am conscience of the nutritional needs I am trying to meet within that meal. Sometimes its seems a hard balance but I notice I am getting better and better at it. My third and forth goals are to remember to tak... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:49:05 EST depressed not losing ANYTHING So i started my diet keeping to 1200-1500 a day and exercising either in the pool, the gym or both 6 days a week. That was over 2 weeks ago and I have only lost 2 pounds (which was in the first few days as I weigh myself everyday). I am VERY depressed about this as I have 15 to go before I go the the keys for vacation and my summer clothes from last year do not fit me now. The nutrition tracker says I am on goal for everything except protein but I have fish and eggs and lean ham and lean beef... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 10:04:29 EST I am having trouble setting my goal. Help? Hello! <BR> I know the importance of a good goal to keep you focused and help make better decisions... but I am just struggling finding the right.... words.... goal.... <BR> <BR> In August this year I will be going on my first cruise with a friend to celebrate 20 years of piracy. <BR> So I know my end date is Aug 1st. <BR> <BR> But what I want to accomplish before then is kind of vague. I know that when I work out I have more confidence, and that will be helpful on a cruse full of stranger... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 23:14:54 EST not so positive today If you can say you have stressful days today is the worst, I'm emotionally just down. staying positive is really hard. If its not one thing then another. I feel alone Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:37:21 EST Losing Weight with No Internet or Scale I am about to begin a big experiment of 4 months with no scale. Internet will be spotty at best for use for tracking. We will be traveling with our travel trailer and seeing some wonderful parts of our big country. It's exciting and hubby and I are looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> After 3 years of tracking on SP I will really miss the nutritional breakdown every day. I do have a smart phone but I find the tracking a little harder. So I bought a pocket sized calorie counter book by Calor... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:56:01 EST Sprained Ankle Last year I broke my ankle and it needed a metal plate in it and 4 months off my feet. Needless to say I gained weight. This spring I had been walking 5 miles M-F and watch my diet. I was losing 2 lbs a week and then I went and sprained my ankle. Now my weight is creeping back on me. If there are any ideas on what I can do I would gladly take them. I have a two year old so it makes it hard to go to the YMCA and work out. I am trying to get this baby weight off and I know I can do it if... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:10:00 EST Hormonal weight fluctuations I had heard that your weight can fluctuate some around the "time of the month", but seeing an 8lb gain from last week is pretty depressing. <BR> I know I've just started, but I've been to the gym twice this week, for almost an hour each time, and I have stayed within my calorie range every single day. <BR> Kinda feeling discouraged today. I'm sure I'll *feel* better tomorrow, but is this kind of weight change normal? Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:38:15 EST I wish I could just snap my fingers and lose 50 lb Didn't work out today. For two weeks I've been working out 6 days a week, riding my bike to work a few times a week. I'm not weighing myself- not going to do it. I'm going by the way I feel and how my clothes fit. I become obsessive when I start weighing myself and then it becomes all consuming. I want to do this in a way I can maintain for my whole life, not gain it all back again (for the THIRD time!). <BR> <BR> So not weighing myself has the perks of not going cookoo over some number on ... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:32:59 EST starting again Today, as I was cutting out nutritional information for one of my families, I started to look at the chart for what type of foods to eat. I also got on a site to see a tracker and it tracked the empty calories in the food tracked. I thought what would I do if I tracked the food and then would I eat the food. If it was full of calories. So I thought why don't I try this. The next time I go get those fast food fries, or whatever, maybe I should save the food first and then track this... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:40:11 EST Down 52.6lbs - Began program in January I am proud of how far I've come! It hasn't been easy and I have slipped up more times than I can count! But I have come a long way since middle of January! I just started working out last week, so I've been hitting it hard at the gym! May is gonna be my month!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:25:18 EST moving and eating right but the scale isn't moving I've been tracking my eating for the past 6 weeks and working out 3-4 times a week doing strength training and 45 minutes of cardio and the scale hasn't moved. What am I doing wrong? Tue, 21 Apr 2015 18:55:38 EST NEED TO BE ORIGINAL. IT IS BETTER TO BE ORIGINAL THAN PAINTING OUR IMAGE AS IF WE ARE DOING WELL IN SELF CREATED ASSIGNMENT AND THAT EXPERTS CAN ASSIST IN OUR DIFFICULT. SPARK WELL AND SHARP ALSO. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:19:06 EST Frustration on not seeing results I have not really noticed any change... I have been working out for 3 weeks and only lost 3 pounds, now I was sick but only missed a few days of working out and my diet has been okay. <BR> When should I start to notice and feel results in your opinions? Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:52:36 EST Need help staying motivated I am having trouble staying motivated. I will do awesome for a couple weeks. I will exercise everyday and watch what I eat. And then the next week, I will go back to my old ways. I have read many motivational stories and techniques, but they do not seem to help me. If anyone has any ideas of what I should do, I am all ears. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:15:30 EST Inspire me with your story, please I just texted my husband that when I leave work, I want to eat, eat, eat. That time of the month, extra tired, renovating house stress.... I am inspired when I hear other people's stories. Can someone tell me your most recent success or a happy story? Please?!? I began my journey and had a very successful week last week and I don't want to blow it! Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:13:46 EST injury Severely sprained my left ankle, really worried bout my progress.. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:14:08 EST today I am grateful for: the great time I had with friends last night <BR> the spring rain we have had the last 2 days <BR> my old dog <BR> the feeling of joy I have Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:28:42 EST walking and arthritis I now have arthritis in both knees!! My sister tells me to keep walking, which I intend to do, but how does anyone else deal with this? This is new to me...will it get progressively worse or will the pain stay the same? I need to do some research!! Any advice is appreciated!! Fri, 17 Apr 2015 06:37:52 EST fear of loosing weight I have been talking with several family members. They always talk about wanting to loose weight, but some of them always seem to find reasons not to do anything about it. I have noticed that they seem to identify themselves as overweight people. Everything from the jokes they make about themselves to the reasons that they live their lives the way that they do( avoiding public places, etc) . Could they be afraid to loose weight. It just seems like this isn't a healthy way to be. I'm no... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:49:52 EST What a mess I am I am a mess. I keep thinking this time will be different. I can eat one of something, like a small ice cream bar. You know what? I can't.Can't pass up a sale plus a coupon so I bought Magnum bars. Telling myself I will have one and one a day for the rest of the week. Know what?? I ate the entire box last night. <BR> <BR> I keep telling myself (1) don't buy stuff like that and (2) Get through the first few days, and it will get a drop easier Not easy, but a little better. <BR> <BR> S... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 07:19:50 EST what to do when you are sick I have been sick since Friday. I have not been able to exercise and what little I have been able to eat has not been on the healthy side or things that I would normally eat. <BR> How do you stay motivated when you are sick? Mon, 13 Apr 2015 01:56:58 EST Today I will....... 1. Prep carrots, celery and whatever's in the crisper for snacks tomorrow. <BR> 2. Plan my food for at least tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 17:46:28 EST Difficult situation Heads up- a little off topic <BR> I'm going to face some thing/some one difficult for me this afternoon. It involves a personal situation. <BR> Any suggestions for how to survive it? Sun, 12 Apr 2015 11:43:30 EST Regaining motivation after loss So I was doing really well with my weight loss and starting to look super fit and suddenly I lost my grandfather who raised me since i was little it came as quite a shock we stayed by his side till the end. So for the last couple of weeks i didnt do any exercise and ate a ton of rubbish food which actually made me feel much worse so today i had that moment of what am i doing to myself he would want me to carry on and get to my goal. So i got of my backside did jillians extreme shred (sweated ... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 08:33:44 EST I am 180 pounds This was my first thought. I think this way even though I now weigh 300 pounds. I visualize that I am 180 pounds and I am looking back two years ago when I was 300. With the help from my creator God and the blood of Jesus Christ I can do all things even this visualization process. It works if I work it. After 32 years of smoking cigarettes I did the same visualization of being a non smoker looking back two years. Today 14 years later I am still a non smoker. I calculated that I saved myself f... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 07:14:08 EST negative comments towards weight loss So i have recently dropped 20 pounds due to eating healthy and exercising. I was feeling great about my weight loss until someone made a comment tonight. I went from a size large scrub top to a size medium. Someone made a comment asking if my scrub top shrunk because i looked bigger. I told them i went down a size. Only to have them tell me i looked like i gained weight. My entire life i have been an emotional eater, so my first thought was to stuff my face full of food. Instead i released fo... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 21:26:24 EST Where does one find motivation? I can NOT seem to get motivated to get and stay on plan. I am so disgusted with myself. <BR> In a couple of weeks, I am having my lapband removed. It has slipped, and I have been (TMI-sorry) losing a battle of keeping food down. I would think I would lose the weight...but its not budging. <BR> <BR> I have dieted on and off my whole adult life, and I KNOW what I need to ain't working. <BR> <BR> Any inspiration from you folks? <BR> Sherry Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:10:21 EST Having a Hard Time Hi Everyone - <BR> I'm a bit of a SP Veteran... on and off with different accounts several times and I just can't seem to stay motivated. I know I have reasons to BE motivated (I'm almost 30, close to 100lbs over weight, have a two year old daughter and want to be a good role model for her), but I literally have no drive. I can do really well for a few weeks, but then fall off the bandwagon HARD and end up in a worse place than when I started. Then starting again is a huge struggle because... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 20:42:37 EST Goal Board and Spark Streaks? I can't believe I'm asking this here because I don't feel safe in doing so, but I can't put it briefly enough to keep it just to the Mobile Chatters. <BR> <BR> I'm having problems staying motivated with my goal to run a 5K this year. I've been doing better with food since I started tracking, but the same isn't happening with my exercise. I'd like to do it every day, but the most I've managed so far is a 3-day streak and this week it looks like I won't even make that. <BR> <BR> Joining a S... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 16:10:58 EST My motivation Well my motivation is that my son is getting married in a little less than a year. I don't want to look like a beached whale.... I also NEED to do it for my health. <BR> <BR> Today I got more motivation that what I am doing is working. I lost 3 pounds this week. Yes it is my first week and I know it will drop off, but I would be happy if it would stay at 3 pounds a week, *LOL* Wed, 8 Apr 2015 21:11:22 EST exercise is fine -- but NO will power for food!! For the last month I've gotten really into morning exercise classes -- at 3-4 classes a week of tough classes, I'm burning lots of calories and actually feeling mildly stronger. But I'm losing very little weight. Reason is simple: my family and friends love food, and so do I. <BR> <BR> I buy and snack on snap peas and hummus, eat low fat home made chicken chili for lunch, yogurt and fruit for breakfast, everything is going fine, and then... <BR> <BR> My daughter buys my favorite chips, ... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 07:18:52 EST How do you make the lifestyle change stick? I've been back and forth with changing my lifestyle and losing weight, and letting it all go and going back to my old habits for the last 4 years now. I originally lost 100 lbs, gained 40 of it back, lost it, gained it back, etc. I'm an expert at losing the weight, but I suck at keeping it off. I really envy "thin" people that aren't focused on food all of the time and just were raised to eat less and to have self control. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any advice for this? What do you do w... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 14:57:10 EST Personal trainer I need a buddy to help keep me doing my routine every day <BR> By phone or text or email or in tie forum Tue, 7 Apr 2015 12:06:03 EST TODAY I LEARNED (TIL) I enjoy eating food more if I have already entered it in my nutrition tracker. <BR> Ha- strange but true! Mon, 6 Apr 2015 21:55:48 EST emotional eaters I tend to emotional eat in the evenings, I hate it when I do it. Have many regrets after, I am doing good though but everyday it can be challenging. Anyone with me and if so what things help you?? Fri, 3 Apr 2015 14:00:41 EST NOT FEELING MOTIVATED Here's the deal.. I gained about ten to fifteen pounds a few months back, and I recently weighed myself and haven't gained any weight in a while. I've been going for walks almost every other day and really trying to gradually make better lifestyle changes and habits. I eat fairly well but I am working as a missionary so sometimes I can't control what is served to me or the amount of exercize I can fit in a day. The point is, I have stretch marks still appearing even though I don't think I've ... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 14:32:00 EST Medifast Is there anyone that is currently doing medifast. I am almost done with y first month, and have lost 13 pounds. Wed, 1 Apr 2015 13:43:55 EST The Spark Hello - <BR> <BR> My name is Wendy - and I have been an on / off spark user for many years. Unfortunately mostly off. Recently due to some health changes, I am getting older, I have made a personal commitment to getting healthy. <BR> <BR> One thing that I have done to get myself there is get the book "The Spark" by Chris Downie, Founder and CEO of I have just read the introduction and chapter 1, "My Story". All I can say is this is going to be a very interesting read. ... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 13:43:23 EST The scale says I'm gaining... but... I don't know. For the past two weeks the scale has said I've gained. In the first two weeks I lost 5 pounds. Third week went up a pound. This week went up another. <BR> <BR> But I'm truly thinking (or, hoping, ha) that I may be losing fat and gaining muscle? I've been working out at least 2-3x a week. In those work out sessions I do at least 27 minutes of cardio, but usually about an hour worth. And I always do some strength training. <BR> <BR> I don't know. I guess I'm just wondering if th... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 08:23:30 EST need some encouragement Feel alittle down holiday coming up and im alone down here.most my family is up north. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:48:39 EST APRIL 2015 -Gratitude Thread -All are Welcome!! "Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy." Fred De Witt Van Amburgh <BR> <BR> Let's make April a month of appreciation. I will be here tomorrow to write my 5 gratitudes. <BR> Hope to see all my long practicing thankful friends and anyone who wants to join in this tradition. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:10:32 EST having a problem staying motivated I started Spark with the best intentions of losing weight. At first I was very motivated and lost several lbs., then I began eating again-no reason really. I just wanted to eat snacks that taste good to me which is mostly junk. Now I gained everything back UGH! I don't like the word "re-start" since I re-started so many times already. I need to break bad eating habits and jump back on track. <em>39</em> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:10:24 EST Trying to Stay Motivated I have been tracking food and exercise on Sparkpeople for a month and one day. I have not lost any weight since the middle of the month :( I suspect what I did lose was because I was sick not because of diet or exercise. <BR> <BR> I estimate (the website is not tracking correctly and I can't figure out how to fix it) that I've walked 45 miles this month. <BR> <BR> I eat an egg and toast or an English muffin for breakfast <BR> a smoothie and sandwich (tuna or egg salad) for lunch or a sa... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:01:43 EST How could this happen?? I don't understand. I tracked my nutrition every day this week, stayed within my ranges, never going over in anything and exercised on my elliptical trainer for 40 minutes every day.... and I gained a pound from last week! I don't get it. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:08:07 EST HELP! Fell off the wagon...AGAIN! I don't know if I can do this...I lost 100lbs using Sparkpeople a few years ago and I have since put back all 100 plus another 43! I started back on it for the millionth time since then, and lost 6 lbs in my first week...and then I fell off the wagon! In fact, I didn't even make it the whole week before I had food that I shouldn't have had! I have all the reason in the world to lose the weight...I need better health, and I have a wedding dress to fit into! But for some reason, I am not doing ... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:59:58 EST No Progress Hey Spark, I have been inconsistent with putting my food and calories into the calculator. However, I was consistent for over a month. I did not loose any weight.....I followed the calorie counts exercised and thought I was doing well. I did not loose anything though....please help me. A friend of mine suspects thyroid but when I have had it checked nothing came back. I need help! I need to loose at least 50 pounds but when you are not successful at loosing even 1 it is hard to stay moti... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:53:53 EST Women over 50 and staying motivated anyone remember Twiggy, the London model of the 1960s? She is 65 years old now. Here's an interesting article. <BR> <BR><BR>shion-celebrity-beauty/twiggy-the-styl<BR>e-rules-changed-5243351 Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:20:44 EST A. V. A. walk Volkssport Club we gather to walk or bike ride or run take our dogs or not. we walk in different towns about twice a month all ages welcome, one member was 90 this week. we do 5 or 10 K walks. we also go to historic spots in the town. walking with a large group gets me going. <em>345</em> fun Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:45:34 EST losing weight and female hormones I heard recently on a youtube video that its harder for women to lose weight, and to overcome plateaus because women have periods, and our hormones fluctuate soooo much. <BR> <BR> Is this true? Doesn't it have that much of an affect on health and weight loss? Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:30:14 EST tips with C25K week 9 I have followed the C25K program and progressed steadily though it has taken me a long time due to breaks for holidays and an injury (not running related). Now I am finally at week 9. Week 8 I was feeling really good, day 1 as plan, d2 and d3 felt easish, so I ran a few extra minutes. I run slow (7,6 - 8 kmh) so I was trying to get more distance! But now the week 9 sessions have been horrible! I struggle to run for 20 minutes, even if I try running slowly! I am feeling disappointed and dis... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:18:58 EST Looking for exercise pal/accountability I am looking to incorporate exercise into my early morning routine as I struggle for motivation in the evening. <BR> <BR> I am looking to do strength work and CrossFit style sessions. <BR> <BR> I am Male, 24, involved in strength training/general exercise already. <BR> <BR> Looking for an accountability partner to, well, stay accountable to. Looking to do this by email as a pen pal sort of situation. <BR> <BR> Male/Female <BR> <BR> I just think it would be quite cool! <BR> <BR> Thanks i... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 07:19:25 EST Help! Too much happening I'm freaking out a bit, lots going on around here. I need some help calming down so I can see clearly through this madness. I'm feeling so guilty not going to the gym; but, when I do go to the gym I'm not paying any attention to what I'm doing because of all I have going on at home....please someone give me a calming idea, and please not yoga...I tried but couldn't relax. Thanks spark peeps Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:32:53 EST A great collection of motivational quotes See this link at it has a great gallery of motivational quotes <BR> <BR>,,<BR>20706008,00.html Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:09:24 EST Overcoming Inertia One of my teammates, NOWYOUDIDIT, posted a link to this article on our team discussion forum this morning. Wow, this is some good stuff! My favorite passage is near the end: <BR> <BR> "The tipping point in behavior change, it appears, isn't scare tactics or additional justification but simple accessibility. Making your process more accessible - easier, clearer, more blatantly simple to follow - can be the best strategy to begin." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ome... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:52:22 EST Goal setting? I'm just crossing my fingers with this and hoping that it's on the correct message board. <BR> <BR> I know exactly why I'm here: I want to run a 5K, in no small part because my sister (who is not exactly what I would call in shape) did one last year and plans to do a second one this year. But I also know from personal experience that I get discouraged very easily. <BR> <BR> So I know I need smaller goals to work with, but I'm really lost on smaller ones that sound like they'd be doable. M... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:06:24 EST trying to hang in there A bit of OCD helps Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:26:54 EST Will you join me in a group support page? Hi &#9786;&#65039; I am a 45 year-old stay at home mom. I have had a page on here for years, and have gone up and down in my fitness level/weight in that time. I have created a closed group Facebook page called "Challenge Yourself", which was meant to be a place where my Facebook friends could create a goal for themselves and post everyday as to what they did towards that goal....a way to be accountable to themselves every day in working toward that goal and a way to support each other. I am ... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:37:49 EST A piece of cake as a breakfast - i feel awful Today is my father in law birthday so my mother in law baked TWREE cakes. They all are in my fridge, and I simply cannot resist. After all, I am a food addict. So I ate a piece, and I don't know how to survive today with everybody cooking and eating in front of me. <BR> <BR> And I cannot escape. It will be extremally rude. <BR> <BR> Those days like today I feel anxcious and helpless like I am cought in some trap and cannot get out of it. What woukd you do? Thu, 26 Mar 2015 03:48:02 EST How to get up after failing Here I am venting, as I find these message boards to be a safe place. I have been eating decently but I haven't been diligent about working out. I weighed myself and my insides crumbled, I had gained more. I enjoy yoga but when I get home from work, I find excuses as to why I cant do a 30 minute workout. I've been soul searching and I'm coming up empty with reasons why this continues to happen. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any good ideas or suggestions as to how to keep motivated, stick to a plan,... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:06:21 EST What have I done to myself??? I have been put in a situation that I had to dress up this past week. I am also in a position that I am going to need to be dressing up more often. Well my clothes aren't fitting right anymore. I almost had to go get a body shaper to get into my skirt!!!! As long as I didn't breath or bend over I would be ok! <BR> I stepped on the scales and some where between Jan 1 and now I have gained 8 pounds! I'm the heaviest I've ever been (other than being pregnant) I am so disappointed in myself. My ... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 23:08:58 EST When things don't happen instantly! Hello all, <BR> <BR> I have tried SparkPeople (and other sites) before but never really got past the starting blocks. I think when I consciously begin to engage with the task in hand I begin to get scared - of failing, of health things, of how overwhelming it seems, of how tired I feel. This fear means I tip into wanting instant results and panicking even more when I haven't immediately lost weight (or, as happened today, when I have put weight on). Normally, I wouldn't weigh myself and perh... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 18:16:01 EST Need your Help! So, the past 2.5 months I was doing T25 (Shaun T....he's the one who came up with Insanity). Well, as time went on I was really hoping that I would finally lose a few pounds (10 maybe) and change my shape/tone,etc. I am 5'1" and pear-shaped. I weigh 123 now thanks to T25. GRR! I was 119 before I started this program and fit into my 4's, now I cannot. Have to go shopping and find a lot of 6's do not fit. Not the direction I wanted to go of course. Granted, I probably gained muscle. I g... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 17:33:56 EST lack of energy? go to the swimmingpool If I feel a lack of energy I drag myself to the swimmingpool, trow myself in and once in the cool water I am instantly awake and full of energy, making myself swim for a full hour! <BR> Instead, if I take a nap or start to eat then I only feel worse. <BR> What are your experiences? Sun, 22 Mar 2015 09:53:18 EST What do you do when you get bored with a routine? I'm coming up on 4 months of doing pretty much the same thing. It's been very effective. I'm down about 35 pounds with about that much more to go. Even with all the progress I have found it difficult to keep doing the same thing. <BR> <BR> I wonder what other people do when they get to this point or if you get to this point? <BR> <BR> Aaron Sat, 21 Mar 2015 16:01:50 EST Tired and hungry - this I cannot fight. What to do Today I stuck without a meal for more then five hours with a very emotional work to do. So when I'm out, stressed out and emotional, I'm ready to eat whatever I can get. In my case I ate some junk food. Now I feel a little bit sorry, but seriously. I have no idea what to do in such case. I or had to wait for two more hours or eat some junk food. What would you do? Sat, 21 Mar 2015 13:42:45 EST weight loss partner Hi, <BR> My name is Lisa. I'm a 46 year old mom of 3 (20,18,11). I'm looking to loose 10 lbs by the end of May. I need accountability, so I'm looking for someone who would like to partner with me. I lost 10 lbs last year with a coach that I had to call everyday. It worked really well knowing that I had to call her and tell her what I ate since the last time I called her. <BR> <BR> I like to work out and read books. I have 2 dogs, 1 cat, 1 snake, 1 hamster, and 1 frog. All have been ... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 10:45:44 EST Nothing at all happening I am doing everything right - but results have really slowed down. <em>198</em> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 20:41:37 EST I am halfway there I started the round2 of my weight-loss at 72 kilos, last august. <BR> Now..I am sitting at 63 // 64 kilos. <BR> I have started sabotaging and I need some help from my friends. I am here to give the same too. <BR> :( Fri, 20 Mar 2015 08:07:12 EST need help! feeling so bummed So a couple years ago I used Spark to lose 50 pounds. Even though when I started I was 296, so obviously could have lost more, I was content with 50lbs. I wanted to get there and then... well, there never really was an "and then". <BR> <BR> So I did get there, and I felt pretty darn good. That night rewarded myself with a big mac, and it all fell apart after that. i stayed within about 10 pounds for a few months, gleefully abandoning counting calories and eating the things i missed. i loved... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:32:12 EST great day. Today is going to be a great day! It's up to me. I can make it great or make it so-so. I choose to make it great. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:00:45 EST Getting re-started,'s hard. So, I've been a member of Sparkpeople for as long as I can remember. The biggest issue I've been having is staying on track. I get so close to my goal, and something seems to happen that throws me off and I have to start over. <BR> This last time was a big one, and I honestly don't want to get into it, but I was pretty much out of it for six months. I got back up, found work again, and felt pretty happy. <BR> One thing I've been trying to do, is get back on the work-out routine and eating hea... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 01:07:13 EST Down 20 pounds…pictures As of March 15th (my 2 month mark in starting this journey) I hit my goal of 20lbs lost!!! Its basically a drop in the bucket of weight loss since I still have sooooo far to go but its progress!! <BR> <BR> The scale has has been in my favor (after a plateau) but inches just aren't budging, I did lose a couple on my "gut' but otherwise its not more than a 1/2 inch everywhere else. This is after 2 rounds of 21 day fix. I went from completely sedentary and eating pizza/pasta every day (obviousl... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:26:09 EST I am having a really really extra hard time Help Hi all, Well don't really know where to start..I guess I will jump right in. <BR> Ok my husband Ed & I left Washington State because of the lack of jobs, So we believed my mother that East Tennessee was sooo wonderful, Jobs were plenty she was going to help us, she knew people in places to get Ed jobs right away...ALL LIES.. we have been here in East TN for 2 years & He has NOT gotten 1 job, the only job he did get was maintenance evenings at a cabin rental place in Gatlinburg because my si... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 03:30:38 EST Hard time getting back on track! I've lost 130 pounds for which I am very proud of myself for doing. The winter has been terrible and I've caved into eating unhealthy. I love comfort foods and being nestled in made it a perfect excuse. I enjoy baking and I am sure that has attributed to my lack of motivation. That being said I have approximately 50 more pounds to lose and I have been around the same weight (probably gained 5-9 pounds over the course of 6 months of winter climate). I can't seem to pick up the pace and get mot... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 17:14:02 EST "Don't give up, just get up" Saw this quote on a church sign over the weekend and thought it could apply to many of us here. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:59:50 EST Challenge teams Hi I can see that there are a few closed challenge teams and they look really motivating and fun to be a part of. Can anyone advise me how I join them or if there are any good open challenge teams that are active daily. I think something like this could help keep me accountable and make me feel like part of something <BR> <BR> Any advice would be greatly received <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> Jacqui Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:02:03 EST Falling off the Wagon I have fallen off the wagon for a bit but ready to get back on. Between ice, snow, rain, and flat out unpleasant weather, I have not been out much. Now that temps are getting a little warmer it is time to back in the saddle and just get on with it. <BR> <BR> For the first time I have planned out a week's worth of meals, taking it one step at a time. Good to be moving forward and healthy again! Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:29:30 EST Food Addiction Are there any message boards relating to "food addiction" and binging? I need some help in this area. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 07:19:55 EST Daily Bible Verse- Post/Read a Verse JESUS LOVES U Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, <BR> Colossians 3:12 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 06:33:05 EST Staying Motivated Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am at the beginning of my weight-loss & lifestyle change journey. So far, the scale has gone steadily down, but this morning when I weighed, I had gained two pounds. I know that the body fluctuates (which is why we should only weigh once per week) but this was so disappointing to see and now I am very feeling unmotivated. Words of encouragement welcome and if you are in the same boat, I empathize! <BR> <BR> Take good care and spark on, <BR> Camela Sun, 15 Mar 2015 12:44:24 EST Frustration City!! I'm officially extremely frustrated. In three days will be the anniversary of 3 months from when I decided to make changes to lose weight and get fit! I have made many changes. I started exercising at the time both cardio and weight exercises. I tracked my food on spark people and was loving my exercises. I then added some more other exercises and started weighing my food so that I wasnt guessing. My workouts are always varied and I constantly challenge myself. I eat always within my calorie,... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 04:36:32 EST Losing my Drive I'm new to this place, so I hope I'm not posting in the wrong place... <BR> <BR> Last summer I weighed 441 when I turned scared me....I got a personal trainer twice a week, and started going to the gym daily. Got down to about 395 before depression took away my drive in late September.....Made it back up to 428 in January, started again...harder this time, uusally twice a day workouts for the last 43 days. Weighed myself 3 weeks ago and had made it down to 418. Today I weighed i... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 22:04:51 EST Motivating I can motivate others, I have helped many, but it's hard to get myself going, especially with all the health issues I have. I have a team to help others. Especially others who are dealing with health issues also. Maybe I can help you too. Be a part of my team. Let's hit our goals together. <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=60727 </link> <BR> <BR> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 16:12:19 EST Daily Bible Verse - JESUS LOVES YOU!!! In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. - John 1:1-2 <BR> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 06:50:19 EST Bad day Bad day - dental surgery - two implants - feel crummy - no appitite - perhaps thats good. <em>39</em> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 20:56:03 EST i finally learned something It has only taken 61 years but I think I finally learned a strategy for avoiding binges. I have noticed that when I first start an attempt to eat healthy, I don't eat my full allotment of calories. After a couple of weeks, surprise, surprise, I am REALLY hungry. Once that seal is broken I am out of control. This time, I intend to eat all the food I am allowed. Sure I will lose much more slowly, but I hope to avoid that 2-3 pound yo yo after the initial Gung Ho period is over. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:49:48 EST Daily Bible Verse - JESUS LOVES YOU I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 07:02:49 EST Two year anniversary to my commitment :) I am over two years out from the start of my weight loss/get healthy life change. I started the end of February two years ago. I met goal that August and lost a little more the couple months after that. It has been two years (since the start, anyway) and I'm still holding strong! I still weigh and log my foods everyday, take my lunch to work, make smart decisions when I eat out, and work out super consistently. The choices no longer take a lot of real thought; I know what I need to do an... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 23:02:05 EST Getting to the core of compulsive eating with EFT Has anyone tried this? I'm hoping it will help me. I am a compulsive eater and lose weight and gain it all the time but now it's more dramatic. I can't seem to sustain the weight loss for long before I start binging again and the weight piles on. Does anyone have some advice on this? Wed, 11 Mar 2015 02:31:10 EST 30-Day Walkabout Challenge Through SparkPeople Sparkpeople has a 30-day Walkabout Challenge. Has anyone completed it and/or would like to do it together? I'm already working out at the gym (Planet Fitness), which I walk on the treadmill. Let me know if you would be interested. Have a great day! <BR> <BR> Ruby Mon, 9 Mar 2015 12:02:48 EST What is your favorite stress reliever? My favorite stress reliever is listening to music. I love bluegrass music and whenever I listen to it and play my banjo along with some songs, the stress just melts away. <em>335</em> Mon, 9 Mar 2015 00:54:53 EST Struggling to get off the starting blocks! I've been a member of SP for a few months now, but for some reason it just isn't clicking with me. I know the theory of how to lose weight (eat well and move more) but putting it into practice seems almost impossible! I am an emotional eater and I also struggle to be organised. I feel tired *all* the time too, so really don't feel like exercising most days. <BR> <BR> Is there something I can do to turn things around? Any advice gratefully received! <BR> <BR> Thanks. Sun, 8 Mar 2015 15:30:17 EST Keeping things fresh This time around I have been faithfully tracking my weight and food on SparkPeople for over a year and have had wonderful results. I've lost over 75 pounds. Over the past year I have had to do new things to keep the motivation. I've added tracking exercise, keeping up my Spark page, posting messages etc. I've also looked for and joined new teams and challenges. This trick of keeping the journey fresh has kept me going. Sun, 8 Mar 2015 11:26:51 EST diet "systems" make me crazy Yesterday I went to a fitness center for a "kick start" three week program, to discover that the highlight of the program is not fitness but is instead a diet system with five different sizes of plastic boxes into which you put each different type of food to measure your precise dietary intake. <BR> <BR> "It's simple," they said. <BR> <BR> I said, "but I'm going out to lunch with my husband." <BR> <BR> They said "just eyeball it." <BR> <BR> OK... so I am eyeballing the precise quantit... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 09:00:20 EST Motivational Buddy I'm absolutely horrible at staying motivated and remembering to eat right. I need someone to email with (and hopefully eventually text with) to help keep me motivated, stay on track, and we could make goals. And obviously I would do the same for them. I am at my absolute biggest and need to lose about 100 lbs. altogether. I'm wanting to start this ASAP. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 23:40:16 EST 8 weeks in and in a slump Hi everyone, this is my first post and to be honest, I would have never thought that I would post in a forum. I'm on a weight loss- health journey and have been working at it for the past 8 weeks. I have a long way to go before I reach my goal. When I first started, I had hoped that I would be much further along at this point. I am a health professional, understand proper nutrition, psychology and physical activity and understand that it takes time however, i'm just tired of always making it ... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 20:07:32 EST would like to stay on track/help I've lost nearly 80 lbs in the past 15 months and feel great. I am really afraid now that I've reached close to my goal I will falter. I am looking for all the tools and info and help I can get to stay motivated. <BR> Does this site have bmi and calorie's burned calculators? And I am hoping to find others over 50 on this same journey. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 09:05:56 EST What keeps you motivated I have a lot of trouble staying motivated. I have roughly 40 pounds to lose and my husband has around 70 pounds. We both do good and try to stay motivated but we always fall off the wagon around week 2 1/2 even though we see great results. I sprained my ankle last Friday so I haven't been able to exercise except for using my crutches. This past Thursday I decided to order a huge wall calendar. I am going to put a workout schedule on it for both of us and hang it on the other side of the ... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 14:49:22 EST Looking for a friend for motivation Would like to have someone just to check in with, have fun with so that it isn't so hard to stay on track with this new way of life I am putting myself through. <BR> <BR> Anyone interested, let me know. Fri, 6 Mar 2015 14:42:02 EST My motivation: Time Night time and mornings are my favorite. We sleep naked every night, tangled around one another. He'll be playing with my hair. I'll be lightly scratching his back. We'll be giggling about some part of our day, using our special language. It is the most blissful, loving, selfless, beautiful, deeply connected love I have ever known. More wonderful than anything I could have ever dreamed up. We have been together almost 3 years and this summer we will be getting married. Our kids average 20 yea... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 12:56:35 EST Coping with Winter Anyone else feel like exercise is the only way to cope with this endless winter? Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:39:10 EST Hanging Still hanging in there. Wed, 4 Mar 2015 19:39:20 EST Looking for a online motivator video chat friend! <em>290</em> <BR> So I'm serious about losing wait, I thought it would be fun to find an online workout buddy, to video chat with and get to know threw this journey! :] Male or female, is fine. I really need a happy bubbly person to motivate me! To talk about staying healthy! Some one who can relate and wont mind helping a girl out! :] I'm a part time Model and full time mother, I have a lot going on in my life and just need to get back in the game of life! I want to get back in shape for ... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 14:36:09 EST Down 27lbs and 48 inches since January 19 I am very excited to be where I am right now and hope this could be motivating for some people who are struggling. I am using an all natural cleansing nutrition system that has totally helped me succeed with my weight loss thus far. It was the best decision I ever made because the increase in my energy alone has made it all worth it for me. <BR> <BR> I am down 38lbs total since December 1st. I lost about 11lbs before beginning the new system January 19th, 2015, and that is how I've lost the... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 10:03:17 EST In need of some encouragement Firstly--it's so refreshing to come to the motivational page and see it full of thankfulness and gratitude. I think this is a great a healthy place to be. :) <BR> <BR> I'm usually the person who would chime in and find something to be grateful for or something about my body that I love--however, in the interest of honesty, I'm struggling so hard right now. Two years ago I lost 45 pounds, which was about halfway to my goal. I decided to stop (the program I was on became too expensive), and in... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 01:30:46 EST Weight Loss Support My husband keeps making comments that are not helpful. How do I prevent him from discouraging me? I just feel like no matter what I do, he thinks it's not enough. Mon, 2 Mar 2015 07:28:27 EST I am thankful for for saving my soul <em>9</em> Mon, 2 Mar 2015 06:04:48 EST MARCH 2015 -Gratitude Thread -All are welcome!! "Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful." Buddha <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Please feel free to share 5 or more things you appreciate each day and enjoy a more joyful life. <BR> <BR> I will be here tomorrow to share mine <em>129</em> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:34:43 EST 3 Months and 15 pounds I looked at the calendar this morning and realized I only have 3 months left before my wedding! I still want to reach my goal weight, which means I have 15 pounds to lose by then. I must admit I have not been as disciplined as I should be lately. I eat fairly healthy through the day, however when I get home that's when I drop the ball. <BR> Is it possible to lose 15 in a healthy way in 3 months? I feel like I need to go back to basics...(drink more water, be more active, move veggies/ fruits... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:23:51 EST I'm looking for some help... I've lost a little over 100 pounds in the last year and a half. I've hit that horrible plateu, so I've taken a break from dieting and exercising in hopes of kickstarting my weight loss again. I plan on starting again this Monday. My question is... I don't know where to begin again! I don't think I should do the same thing I was doing because my body is used to it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!! Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:23:22 EST Need motivation! I work in the Boston area that has been basically been buried under I don't even know how many feet of snow and our public transit system has been on a "recovery schedule." I took me 2 hours to get to work and by the time I got here I am drained/exhausted. I packed my gym bag last night, but the only thing I want to do is just head straight home and relax. Hoping for a second wind or a double dose of motivation. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:32:43 EST not happy yet im not motivated to change Why do I let myself be unhappy with my looks and health but put no effort into trying to change? I know what I need to do yet I don't do it. I am Bipolar so depression plays a part and I know that interferes. Beyond that its just me not doing anything. I know this wont happen without exercise or eating better, or finding a long term solution yet I don't do anything! I am driving myself crazy. I have figured out that I am bad with starting a new routine or implementing changes. Letting go of w... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:29:19 EST Started Jan 15th and now down... I started this healthy journey on Jan 15th. I started out at 207. It is now Feb 23rd and I am now down to 194. <BR> <BR> 13 pounds gone FOREVER! <BR> <BR> I feel like I am losing at a great rate!! Do you? Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:44:33 EST Motivation to get you Fired Up! Join the new FIRED UP! Team to help you make 2015 your year to achieve your goals and stay motivated for the long run. <BR> <BR> Join daily, weekly, and monthly challenges to keep you motivated and interested. Have fun, lose weight and keep it off. Make the lifestyle changes to achieve a healthy, fit, strong new YOU! <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=64688 </link> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:43:49 EST Attempting to save the day...after ice cream So everything was going just fine then I opened the freezer and there it was, hagen daaz white chocolate raspberry truffle ice cream. far as calories go I should be done eating till tomorrow morning, that's unreasonable and won't work. Any tricks up your sleeve you care to share? Thanks! Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:10:48 EST battered and bruised I am back again hoping that this works. I have been battered and bruised emotionally, mentally and physically. I need to fix myself and there is so much to do I don't know where to begin. I feel lost. There are at times that I cry in my room by myself because I am lonely. I have asked family and friends why I am unlovable and they tell me im not. Im just so lost in this world.... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:48:14 EST the battle staying motivated I recently gave up drinking soda and began drinking only water and coffee. Baby steps to giving up the caffeine. I live with 6 other people in the house. My oldest son took on this challenge with me, but he is giving up soda and drinking tea, Gatorade etc.. I have found this challenge to leading me to track my food and trying to eat more healthy. I have type 2 diabetes which has been uncontrolled for quite some time. I have found that I am in a household full of picky and unhealthy eaters. Th... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:05:51 EST Was wondering if someone would like to be my helpe I am in a REALLY bad place right now & I am a wreck. Was wondering if there is a tool on the page where we can do one on one check in when a craving begins? I had a really late night & I journaled my food. I had 5 pizza logs, microwaved w/ blue cheese, then, it is like Im in a food daze/rage.. I had a total of 4 slices of white bread, slathered in peanut butter & jelly. <BR> <BR> I resisted the urge to throw it up but now, I am so afrai I will have a heart attack when I finally do sleep. ... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 03:59:36 EST I'm trying to stay motivated I'm trying to saty motivated. There are days I just to "lazy" to cook anythings. I know it's not a good idea to starve yourself. I weighted myself today and I lost 7 pounds. I'm so happy about that. I hope you all have a good weekend and stay warm in Sunny Phoenix, AZ Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:04:55 EST I'm trying to stay motivated I'm trying to saty motivated. There are days I just to "lazy" to cook anythings. I know it's not a good idea to starve yourself. I weighted myself today and I lost 7 pounds. I'm so happy about that. I hope you all have a good weekend and stay warm in Sunny Phoenix, AZ Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:04:39 EST Going over calories I have a question for anyone that went over their calories for the day. How did you approach the issue of going over? Did you say "Eh, I went over, screw it" and just didn't care the rest of the day or did you say "Well crap, I went over but I will make sure to do better tomorrow and I will be careful the rest of the day?" Right now I am fighting both mentalities lol. Part of me wants to say screw it and just keep eating and snacking, then a part of me wants to just eat ok for dinner (we're h... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:16:49 EST food for the mind Ladies remember that we take one step at a time and life is not about finding yourself it is about creating yourself. With that said dont feel your mind with negative words,never give up on your weight loss dream or goal just because of the length of time it will take to accomplish.Make the rest of your life the best of your life. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:09:52 EST motivational saturday Hi ladies today is check in time come through and let me know one healthy thing you have done,ate or drank today. <BR> <BR> I did my water challenge today and started meditation yoga 30 day challenge. <BR> <BR> Cant wait to hear back from you as always I can, I will and I am. We all in this to cross the finish line. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:22:57 EST You Start off Slow Head down, don't look at anyone as you hurry to the elliptical. Yes, you're overweight. But you found a wonderful site called Sparkpeople and you're going to give this "Getting in Shape" lifestyle thingy a whirl. You have on sweat pants and an old t-shirt. <BR> <BR> Thirty minutes on the elliptical/stairclimber/treadmill three times a week. Some weeks it's only twice a week, but you find yourself hitting the gym on Saturday to make up for anything you missed. <BR> <BR> You buy a food sc... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:53:51 EST How do you stay motivated if you get put down. Hey there. I am finding it really hard to stay motivated especially when my husband puts me down when I do not lose at least two pounds a week. I have tried just about everything I can do. I am not sure what else I can do. I walk every where and I do on my elliptical for 20 minutes a night and I am not loseing anything and I do not eat dairy or gluten. I am totally unsure of what else I can do to lose this wieght. Instead of loseing it I am gaining. I was 208 now I am 211. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:29:15 EST Looking older after weight loss I have watched about every episode of extreme weight loss and visited every site on success stories and before and after photos and one thing I notice a lot is that after a certain age, when losing a lot of weight, the person seems to age ALOT! It seems fat is a filler especially in the face and when losing it, the wrinkles start to form and just seems to age a person by many years. It almost makes me not want to do it because I'm 49. If I lose the 35 pounds I need to lose, am I going to l... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:58:30 EST I know I shouldn't .... but I am going to have boneless buffalo wings for dinner. I know I shouldn't, I really don't want to, but they are clucking my name. <BR> <BR> If I don't eat them all, I will still be within my max calories and fat for the day, but still I feel very guilty. (But I'm going to eat them anyway. Hopefully they will give me motivation to get on my stationary bike and get some extra exercise). <BR> <BR> Anyone else having a problem eating healthy today? I think it's due to the cold and snowy ... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 21:01:36 EST Calling on Plateau People I have been stuck at 179 since New Years. I work an 8 hour job then a 4 hour every day and even slide in short exercise each day. I exercise a little more on the weekends. I guess I need to change things up. I should be 150 lbs at 5'9". I find that I eat 1500-1900 calories a day thought that would get the scale moving down but its not (anymore). I need friends who are trying to break the plateau scale to check in with. I'm planning to increase fiber, decrease carbey snacks (like Nature... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:28:11 EST Did you take a step or Leap toward goal today Step <em>250</em> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:06:15 EST Will make you smile. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:29:06 EST How to handle rude words Today, after lunch, I was in a lift when a colleague of mine suddenly asks me "Are you not continuing with walking these days. You keep on growing laterally" and gestured his hands to indicate I was fat. I was totally shocked as this colleague is a senior of mine and we generally don't interact apart from official communication. I was literally fuming inside. I have started my efforts to lose weight and have lost 2 kilos in about 20 days. So who was he to judge that I am fat and I am not doin... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 04:36:31 EST MHR vs Karvonen formulas I need help understanding..... why is it that doing my MHR formula going 50% to 60% is 90 beats to 108 beats. Then I did the Karvonen formula it says that 50% is 128beats and 60% is 138? Can anybody explain why there is so much difference?? <em>40</em> <em>46</em> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 14:19:59 EST My Oh My What A Wonderful..... Meal! Fri, 13 Feb 2015 22:37:17 EST my weight and my friends supposed weight I am writing because I have a friend who knows I am trying to lose weight. That is great but she is always telling me she lost this much or weighs this much and I am skeptical. I think she's not telling everything and it drives me nuts as to why she would do this! I shouldn't let it bother me but it does for some reason. <BR> <BR> I am 5'6, 238 and about a size 18 in pants and 1-2x in tops. This friend claims she is 210 pounds. I know for a fact that she is 5'10 and about a size 2-3x for top... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:11:01 EST Need to overcome a trigger! I have a problem every time I go grocery shopping. I have an urge to sample everything I bought; not a lot but all those tastes add up in a big way! Even today, I only bought fruits, veggies, nuts etc., but I am still feeling the need to have a little of this and that. I have allowed a snack (handful of nuts) and later lunch, but I keep thinking about the rest of it! This is one of my biggest triggers and I need to be able to avoid it. Anyone have suggestions for how to overcome triggers? Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:01:13 EST Those last few pounds.... I'm about 7 pounds away from being at my goal weight........but I've been there for months <em>39</em> I'm very active, run a lot, lift weights, circuit train and do yoga. I'm on my feet for my job so I'm thinking maybe it's my dietary intake/nutrition that I need to take a closer look at. Any suggestions? Wed, 11 Feb 2015 22:31:53 EST How do U motivate yourself to make good choices? On a daily basis, how do you keep up your motivation? When you are in a tempting situation, what do you do to rein yourself back in and make the right choice? Wed, 11 Feb 2015 22:02:43 EST The dreaded scale ... duhn duhn duhn! Hi folks, I'm somewhere near the 2.5 or 3 week mark since I came back to Spark People this year. (I'd fallen off the wagon for a few years, with predictably disastrous results.) <BR> <BR> What I want to ask about are two things: <BR> <BR> 1. Does anyone else feel a sense of dread, guilt, shame, low self esteem? ... I could go on, but I'll try to tone down the Debbie Downer, lol. I weighed in after my first week restarting SP, but haven't been able to force myself to weigh again since. I w... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:34:12 EST Need Motivation I think I have finally got an exercise routine that I like but I cannot get my mind set on that I have to count calories too. My body is not equipped to just do one thing and lose weight. I have to exercise and watch what I eat. I just love to eat and I feel deprive when I can't eat the foods I want to eat. The way my body works is I have to quit everything bad for me cold turkey and then I can gradually start putting a little of what I love back in my diet. Any suggestions on how I can jump ... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 09:16:45 EST Staying motivated? "One foot in front of other" Here's my "secret" to getting and staying motivated. <BR> <BR> Keep putting one foot in front of the other!! Amazing just how well this technique works. <BR> <BR> Happy February!!! Spring is on her way!!!!! <BR> <BR> MsBootcamp <BR> <BR> Mon, 9 Feb 2015 23:55:55 EST New here Stress and emotional eating are my problems Mon, 9 Feb 2015 12:00:46 EST I lost my motivation!!!! Been great for 3 months, using Fitbit, lots of Y time and outdoors walking and eating well, maybe 85% of the time :), lost 10 lbs, yay! now, loads of snow, freezing temps, inside more than I like. this has given way to temptations, over and over again. Instead of having a measured portion of raisins, almonds or apple chips I down handfuls, mindlessly…as if I am in a trance, then, wake up and realize what I just did….arrgh! How do I get my mind back on track before I gain back what I have lo... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 16:17:23 EST Visualizations My visualizations for today: <BR> <BR> I am beautiful and powerful. <BR> <BR> I achieve my goals. <BR> <BR> I am healthy. <BR> <BR> I am the weight and shape that is healthy for me. <BR> <BR> I look beautiful when I exercise. <BR> <BR> I choose to eat healthy food. <BR> <BR> I spend time with people who care about me and I have many supportive relationships. <BR> <BR> I have a loving relationship with my fiance. <BR> <BR> I surround myself with beauty and peace. <BR> <BR> I make the... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 11:53:50 EST Water Motivation Drinking water has always been very hard for me. When I started my 8 glasses of water a day challenge, I noticed that it would take me the entire day to finish my bottles of water. I would finish around 6, 7, even 8 at night or later. Some days, I wouldn't even finish it. But as I've kept going, I noticed that it's getting easier. Today for example, I started my day around 9 in the morning and I finished my water by 1:30. I'm really happy about that because that means I have the rest of ... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 14:59:52 EST If anyone can offer a bit of advice!?!? Ive been doing of walking with Leslie over the past week and feel a little tired. Should I push through the tiredness and get my cardio in or rest? Sat, 7 Feb 2015 14:06:54 EST Trouble with night eating I am on WW program but having trouble at the end of the day by overeating. Can anyone help with this.? Sat, 7 Feb 2015 10:19:34 EST Working out with a sore foot Hi. I just started three days ago. I went to the doctor yesterday because of an ongoing sore foot. He told me not to walk too much on hard surfaces. Does anyone have suggestions for workouts that don't require standing, walking, or too much weight on the foot? Thanks! Fri, 6 Feb 2015 17:00:34 EST Starting Over Is a Gift to good not to give to you Firstly I know my title is long. Just as my battle with losing weight and gaining weight has been long. I used to dread Day 1, now I am on Day 10 and have came to the realization that I will continue to reinvest in me. That's what Day 1 is, realizing that you are worth another try. So as I moved forward in this life long journey I will have a different prospective on (Day1) Fri, 6 Feb 2015 07:51:33 EST Slow Going I'm starting to lose some of my motivation, even though I know that it's not just my weight that I'm improving. <BR> <BR> In October, I stopped smoking and my weight shot up to 210 pounds. Today, I weigh 189. In a mental way, I know that losing 21 pounds in four months is an accomplishment, on top of quitting smoking, but it seems so slow. <BR> <BR> I've been stuck at the 189 for almost 3 weeks now, and it's been discouraging. I eat 1200 calories per day and I work out hard 3-4 days per wee... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 15:13:09 EST AHHHH.... Crunch time to my sisters wedding!!!!! Hi Everyone <BR> My sisters wedding is in 141 Days (JUNE 26th) <BR> I am the Maid of Honor <BR> ..... <BR> I ordered it small to push myself to lose the weight.... I still don't fit yet!!!!!!!! <BR> It is a size 12 and I hope that I can get into it by then. <BR> <BR> I have lost 60 pounds since my heaviest again at 236lb... I was about a 20/22 then. <BR> <BR> I could use all the motivation/tips I can get! Thank you!!!! Wed, 4 Feb 2015 13:48:32 EST Join Biggest Loser SPRING Motivation and Challenge BELOW IS THE LINK FOR THE SPRING 2015 BIGGEST LOSER WAITING LIST <BR> <BR> SPRING 2015 <BR> <BR> RECRUIT - 2/25 ??? <BR> ( 3/14) - Starting weight due <BR> first day of challenge (3/15) <BR> first weighin (3/21) <BR> report dates <BR> 1. 3/21 <BR> 2. 3/29 <BR> 3. 4/04 <BR> 4. 4/11 <BR> 5. 4/18 <BR> 6. 4/25 <BR> 7. 5/02 <BR> 8. 5/09 <BR> <BR> You can begin to sign up for the SPRING BIGGEST LOSER CHALLENGE....... GO TO THE WAITING LIST AND SIGN-UP DIRECTLY at this link for S... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 00:45:09 EST Anyone need a friend? Fitness is my life and something I am extremely passionate about. I'd love to motivate others to help reach their goals! Let's be friends. <BR> <BR> What is it that you need most help with? Tue, 3 Feb 2015 22:46:09 EST SparkPeople are motivating! Every time I'm thinking about eating something I shouldn't, I come to the site and find so many stories of success and inspiration! It's a great distraction and it works! Thanks people!! Tue, 3 Feb 2015 19:29:27 EST New, looking for friends ~ Join The Club New, Looking for friends ~ Join The Club! Whatever weight you have to lose. This is a great SparkTeam where we'll share successes, struggles, tips, suggestions, what motivates us, cravings, temptations, and daily chit chat. <BR> <BR> Join The Club by clicking under my picture on My SparkPage then scroll down to SparkTeams and click on Looking for friends ~ Join The Club <BR> <em>223</em> <em>381</em> <em>30</em> <em>199</em> <em>48</em> <em>386</em> Mon, 2 Feb 2015 14:14:33 EST Confession Time I have utilized Spark People for about 1 1/2 years and lost about 40 pounds. Lately I have lost ground. God convicted me last night of sinning against him. Gluttony and perjury (I lied to my tracker) are sins. I am a born again Christian. I take sinning seriously. Starting today, I am renewing my commitment to losing more weight and being a better witness for Christ. Mon, 2 Feb 2015 05:23:04 EST Looking for friends! Everyone is welcome to join! Looking for friends! Everyone is welcome to join Club 150+ whatever weight you have to lose and especially 150+ Sharing our successes, struggles, tips, suggestions, motivation, cravings, temptations and the daily chit chat. Welcome new Spark Friends! Mon, 2 Feb 2015 01:34:18 EST New, looking for friends ~ Join The Club New, Looking for friends ~ Join The Club! Whatever weight you have to lose. This is a great SparkTeam where we'll share successes, struggles, tips, suggestions, what motivates us, cravings, temptations, and daily chit chat. <BR> <BR> Join The Club by clicking under my picture on My SparkPage then scroll down to SparkTeams and click on Looking for friends ~ Join The Club <BR> <em>223</em> <em>381</em> <em>30</em> <em>199</em> <em>48</em> <em>386</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 21:46:05 EST What are you doing to keep yourself from quitting? What are you doing to ensure that THIS TIME you'll stay the course? <BR> <BR> As for myself, I started on January 4th and was doing okay on my own program for a couple of weeks. Then I weakened a bit, a day here, a day there. Eventually I stopped exercising completely for a couple of days and ate pretty much whatever I wanted for about 4 days. Danger lights started flashing in my brain and I decided I needed more motivation and support. I had known Sparkpeople from other weightloss attempts... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:41:06 EST What's what ??? Is a daily multi-vitamin essential for weight-loss goals ? Is it a necessity ? Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:07:23 EST FEBRUARY 2015 -Gratitudes/appreciations -Welcome!! <em>30</em> By consciously taking a few minutes each day to see what is going well in your life, you are gently (but firmly!) training yourself to have a more positive outlook, lifting your spirits and making you more likely to smile and laugh your way through your day. Please join this thread and share 5 (or more) things that are working in your life or that you appreciate or are thankful for and I will post mine tomorrow when it is February in my time zone. <BR> <em>126</em> "The world... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 18:15:57 EST Spring goal By the time the warm weather comes I want to not have a muffin top with any of my pants. I've done 30- 60 mins of working out every day this week (mainly doing 40-50 mins). I haven't been aggressive with the dieting yet because I wanted to get good at exercising first (working on one thing at a time makes a little easier) Any advice? Sat, 31 Jan 2015 10:02:35 EST