SparkPeople Panic! Button for Immediate Help Messageboard When you need a lift right now, “push the button!” Post here for some immediate moral support or help. SparkPeople Panic! Button for Immediate Help Messageboard Going to Golden corral with my family Help! Help, I need advice about tracking food and not overdoing it when I go out to Golden Corral with my family tonight. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:34:23 EST I need help! Everything is bringing me down. I had a baby five months ago and I've been struggling to gain back my body appearance. I still have 50lbs to loose and my self esteem is down the toilet. I just started college and I decided to go running after school. I found out 3 days ago I have an enlarged liver and there may be something wrong with my intestines. In the mean time I cannot exercise. This happens everytime, I fix my diet and I start exercising and don't skip something goes wrong. Health, emotional, anything. It's making me... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:38:37 EST Depressed over lower belly pooch! My friend commented that I was so slim in my 30s but now that I m in my early 40s, I m fat! With a lower belly pooch. <BR> <BR> I m so frustrated I could scream! <BR> <BR> I have been walking morning and evening and starting Pilates again but took a break this week bcoz of flu. <BR> <BR> I m so depressed and disheartened. Can a few years make so much difference? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:17:22 EST Black Hole Suckage As my dad's estate probate is winding down, I seem to be 'crashing' emotionally by binging and sleeping/hibernating in my bed. <em>18</em> Needless to say, home life is lagging and job work productivity non-existent. Fear of 'being found out and called out' at home and work adds to the crap-load weighing me down...YIKES! <BR> <BR> I've been lurking around SP for weeks reading posts for inspiration, but didn't have anything worthwhile to contribute. Today, I finally mustered my resolve to ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:04:17 EST Skinny face after weight loss Hi! I'm just new here. <BR> <BR> I've been doing taebo since 2004 on and off. I was 52 kgs when I started 3 weeks ago, now I'm only 46kg. I love how my body look now, but I'm worried cause I lost all the fat on my face. I've been told I now look old. Not to add that I have TMJ and have a slight jaw misalignment. Is there anyone here who can help me with my problem? SOS :( <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:55:28 EST stress I guess you could say I am so tired of getting stressed out over my grandkids. my son lives here and he is suppose to get his two boys every other week end. well we had them almost the entire summer except when my husband and I went on a 3 and 4 day weekend to different car shows. we had them last week( not weekend tue thro. Monday. they started school Tuesday morning of this week . here it is Thursday and they are here. we are going to have them until Monday night . we had plans Saturday to... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:42:55 EST Disappointed after gain at weigh-in I weight in weekly and tonight I gained. I really thought I would lose I was watching what I ate (not measuring so not good enough) and it was the first week that I exercised every day. I will need to track more closely. What are some ways you all have shaken off the gain and moved on. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:21:14 EST Stopped Caring.. Just as the topic says I've lost that spark I've had and any hope I've had also in trying to get this weight off. I'm starting to think that this is just way my life is going to be and have to deal with it cause I fail every time. I live on my own so I don't really have any support system so it's just myself going through this alone. <BR> <BR> I've been trying to low carb thing and the first time I tried it was when I was going to a see a professional wegiht loss person so I had some one in ... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:59:57 EST Help! I'm gaining back all the weight I lost! Hi, My name is Sandi and this is my first post. I have been on Spark for 2 years now. I was very successful for 1 1/2 years, lost 60 lbs and thought I had truly changed my eating habits. Then, about 7 months ago everything changed. Since last November I have regained 28 lbs. I do have eating issues, binge eating, restricting and binging again. For reasons I can't explain I feel I have no control over what and how much I eat. I just ate 8 brownies and now feel so gross. I start off e... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:54:40 EST Don't know what my ideal weight is... I am 5'6" and currently 142 pounds. I am in good physical shape - I exercise 6 times a week. I have been overweight twice as an adult (around 170 lbs) and the second time I lost the weight, I went all the way down to 130 pounds, which was satisfying in a way, but was very hard to maintain and to be honest, I think I looked too bony at that weight. I've been counting calories for years now, and I go back and forth between being very conscientious and then overeating. This has prevented me from... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:20:48 EST School Days and Rainy Days So I've taken up the Spark Your Way to 5k Walking/Jogging challenger, and I have just been COMPLETELY derailed! I was just doing fine until the rainy weather started. Constant thunderstorms meant no outdoor running, and of course, I don't have the space for a gym, nor can I afford a gym membership. <BR> <BR> Add in that this past weekend I just binged on Saturday! I was in school most of the day and just kept eating and it was so hard to resist it! I know I shouldn't feel to... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 03:13:24 EST Completely traumatized by obstacle race experience This was seriously the worst thing that's ever happened to me. I'd rather give birth drug free to quadruplets, or bonk in every marathon. I had a panic attack on the course, I nearly fainted from lack of food and I especially hated everyone trying to tell me I was doing well, because it was obviously a lie. So embarrassed because even my delicate lily, non runner, non exercising friend was faster. Not even going to log it as exercise because I didn't even try. <BR> <BR> I don't want to he... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:40:32 EST Frustrated This had to have been my best week for staying on track and eating whole foods, yet somehow I've managed to gain 2 lbs. For the very first time I hit and exceeded my calorie burn goals for exercise along with staying close to the lower end of my ranges all the calculations I've done (and trust me, I've tracked every last bite as I ate it, it's not inaccurate) I should've lost 2 lbs at least. I know the calls of "water weight" are coming, but I used the bathroom before I weighed in. ... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:25:07 EST Dealing with a Busy Schedule I've been insanely busy over the last three weeks, and haven't been tracking what I've eaten as strictly as I could, nor have I been exercising the way I used to. As a result, my weight loss has stalled, but the great news is that I am not gaining as a result, although I could easily see it going that way. <BR> <BR> A large part of the problem, I think, is that I was working thirty or so hours per week at a very active, fast-paced job. When school started back this week, I've gone from being... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 20:49:16 EST calorie count???? ok I know I can be think in the head at age 64 but I just don't get it still. I key in my meals to make sure I am in the calorie range. lets say basic 1200 to 1550. I do some cardio on the gazelle for 45 minutes with weights in hand. now calories have gone up. 1700 to 2150. all my food is keyed in for the day so I read nutrition report. I am at 1476 calories and they are saying its not good to go under my calories recommended because I can screw up my metabolism . what the heck. I though I wa... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:37:02 EST Food Addiction? I don't even know how to start this. I mean I used to be somewhat fit. In fact I used to be only 30 lbs from my goal weight. But that was years ago. After three fast food jobs and a baby now all of a sudden I have 150 lbs to lose instead of just 30, and everything that had become basic instinct about healthy food, cooking and exercising has just been all but erased from my mind. I have never been this heavy before. Nor have I ever been this low. I have a little girl to think about now and if... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:51:23 EST Problem with nut butters... I've been trying for months to get over these. I know they're not necessarily bad, but I suck at portion control on them. Anytime they're around I want to binge on them. Sometimes I succeed in not buying them, but that never lasts long. I think I live too close to the grocery store, so it doesn't really take a lot of effort for me to go get something I want. Any suggestions? Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:31:41 EST About to give up I can't lose any weight. I have gained 4 pounds in 6 months- not lose anything. I want to lose 30 pounds but am getting frustrated. I can't seem to make any weight loss stick. Last week I lost a pound, this week gained it back. I just can't stay motivated or even want to change my lifestyle anymore but I am miserable being fat. Any help? <BR> <BR> I should add that I have lost 95 pounds before a setback of 29 -30 pounds. I am not new to weight loss. I can do this, but I got stuck and don't k... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:54:46 EST Celebration Dinner for daughter/Menu limited Tonight our daughter returns to Visit. Our family is going to a restaurant that menu is not "healthy" or has a lot of variety. Don't want to be the wet blanket at the party! Just a salad is not even an option on the menu. A filet perhaps with no sides. How do I get through this? Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:29:40 EST What if you just don't like to exercise ? I am one of these people to prays I can stop eating as many calories because I really don't like to exercise. <BR> <BR> I can walk and walk and walk. But I don't really like "gym" activities. I don't like group activities. I was never athletic. <BR> <BR> So is my option to somehow make myself cut the calories? <BR> <BR> One thing that can help is listening to books. I'm not a music person. <BR> <BR> I probably sound boring but are there others that identify ? Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:24:05 EST Night eater I did so well today. But still at night I have a hard time focusing on my goal. I would like to snack right now but I know I shouldn't. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:41:17 EST Rapid help for resurfacing addictive behavior??? Tonight for dinner we ended up at a different restaurant than the one I'd prepared for, and I ordered fish and chips with cole slaw. I intended to box up half right away but didn't, and despite my inner voice SCREAMING at me to stop I ate the entire platter. I recognize that I have some addictive behaviors around food (fortunately not around anything else!) but I haven't struggled with them in MONTHS. I've never been treated for an addiction although I have wondered if such treatment would... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:10:41 EST One Step Forward Two Steps Back This morning I went for my run and while I was doing my 1/4 mile warmup walk I felt a pop in my right knee. Pain shot down my leg. I stopped and rubbed my knee a bit and the pain subsided to a dull ache. it might not have been the best decision, but I tried to finish my morning run. I made it almost the whole way when it happened again. I took a few steps and it happened again. At this point I had no choice but to stop running and limp back home. <BR> <BR> The pain has mostly stopped ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:02:47 EST Disgusted - Weight Loss and Body Image This is a little TMI (apologies in advance) but I'm really struggling with my body image as I lose weight. In particular, my ta-tas have gone from being "fun bags" to "sad sacks." I know it's really vain to focus on that, but it's really messing with my head. I have a little extra skin on my stomach, but I've dealt with that, and you can't tell that much until I bend over. But the top half is just bringing me down (no pun intended). <BR> <BR> I don't know that I'm expecting a solution, m... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:50:40 EST Meds/weigth gain/frustration I really need to lose 20. My bipolar meds have piled on weight the past year. But another side effect is drowsiness. I can't seem to get motivated to work out or eat right (in other areas of life I'm more motivated than ever) but certain meds mess with your blood sugar and metabolism, making you hungrier for sweets and carbs. <BR> Any tricks/tips on how to deal with this issue? When i was more "manicky" my weight dropped too low and I was crazy obsessive. Help! I need balance! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:35:34 EST Team Support Hi, Im in this forum for one reason..To get myself back on track, I had triplets about 2 yrs ago and since then I have had a C-section pouch.Belly flab and generally feeling unwell. I thought If I join this group Id become what I once was. <BR> <BR> Lets face it, we are a team:) We have the common goal. So lets support each other.) Happy to be here;) <BR> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:24:27 EST Help I slipped The last three days I have not done my exercises. I do not know why. Then today I had I big bad carving and I gave into it. I feel so terrible and I need to get help for my obsession. I am obsessed with chocolate. I can not get away from it. I dont know how to stop eating it. My husband has tried many times to get me away from it but nothing I do works. I have been doing everything I could to get away from this thing. I need to figure a way to get this out of my system. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 18:50:00 EST Oh my, what a day already :( ........ I am supposed to be on holidays, yesterday was my wedding anniversary, you would think everything would be going great but .... My sister is in the hospital, she just had surgery yesterday, and I have a close relative who is trying very hard to get on my last nerve ..... Almost impossible to avoid this person. On a good note though, my sister came through surgery and us doing ok. <BR> I was just looking for a few quiet days. Just wish I didn't have to deal with this person who is trying my l... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 08:54:04 EST I am still fuming So yesterday I went to my job as a casino dealer. It was bad enough that I got tapped out of my cushy table in high limit and shoved onto a blackjack table in a high-traffic area (blackjack is not only boring and full of obnoxious people but it gives me back pain.) But when I arrived, a player, one who recognized me but I didn't recognize him, was present. <BR> <BR> The first thing out of his mouth? <BR> <BR> "You sure have gained a lot of weight." <BR> <BR> It shouldn't bother me. It shou... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 06:16:25 EST I am having a panic attack Ik i have talked about this before but im struggling even more! been struggling like 2 weeks ago went from 107.4 to 109.0 than like end of last week got back down to 107.6 but this week it went up to 108.4+ lbs and i dont know what to do!! Like ive been doing more lunges and squats also drive by inner thighs couple times a day and i need to quit snacking on pretzels but still i dont get why i could of gained?! Can drinking ton more water for couple days help? I drink like none but im gonna tr... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:45:53 EST Need Tips for preparing for 10k Hi, historically I've never really been a good runner. I'm planning to run a 10k in November which gives me plenty of time to start training. My goal is to run the entire 10k, but I want to run it at a decent pace and maybe finish it even under an hour! Historically, i was able to complete the first 10k i've done since i was in relatively good shape and finished that with no training in about 1 hr and 6 mins. Second year, i tried training but i only ran 3 miles and finished in 1 hr and like 1... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:29:58 EST Today, I am struggling. Haven't had breakfast and feeling a bit down. Have no idea why. Still on my first bottle of water. Help me, please. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:42:45 EST I want to drink tonight... I am struggling with the two notions tonight. <BR> one I should go to the gym and walk on the tred mill. <BR> I want to walk 2 blocks and drink some apple cider. <BR> I am trying to be healthier and have lost a little weight which i great. <BR> I know that I gain weight when I drink. <BR> hubby is gone out of town and I am by myself. He is due back in late this evening. <BR> bizi Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:31:11 EST Metabolism and Calories I've been eating a low calorie eating plan (around 1200 calories per day) for about a year now as part of my weight loss journey. It is the bottom of the range I was given. However, now that I'm 3 pounds away from my goal my weight loss has stalled and will not budge. <BR> <BR> Have I ruined my metabolism by being on a low calorie eating plan for so long? I would like to shift into maintenance mode if I can get rid of these 3 pounds, but I'm really concerned about gaining weight. <BR> <B... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:36:27 EST Incurable Sweet Tooth I know many have had the after meal sweet tooth, but I have seemed to have taken it to new heights. After a nice healthy meal on my new small brightly colored dining plates. . .I WANT A CHOCOLATE BAR! Okay, have a glass of water and wait it out. I SAID I WANT A CHOCOLATE BAR. How about an orange. That was good. Ooops I picked up my book to settle in for a nice escape. I WANT CHOCOLATE! Phase three. Maybe I am actually still hungry. A cheese stick and a couple bagel chips. And just t... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:13:26 EST i fell off the wagon and can't get back on hi i am so frustrated with myself. how does everyone eat healthy, exercise and keep going once you mess up. i have been saying for two weeks i was gonna start over tomorrow is teh back on track day. then tomorrow comes and i start off good but by afternoon I start eating stuff i am not even hungry. i am afraid to step on scale because i am pretty sure i gained a few lbs. help! money has been tight this summer with only a part time job. i go back to full time soon and i hope that helps me and ... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:41:23 EST It's my birthday & out of control **Sigh** Not sure why I am posting this, but today is my 42nd B-day, went to AC with my girl friends (no kids or hubby) over the weekend and ate and drank too much (don't get me wrong, had a blast!!)... Back on track yesterday, but today is my actual B-day -- so my work friends brought in everything from bagels to pastries, and soon it's cake time, followed by out to dinner tonight with the family. I am trying to navigate best I can, but I did eat more than I should have already... Saturday ... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:31:09 EST Plateauing? My actual goal weight is 160# but my maintenance range is 10# (150-160). I prefer to stay at about 155, but it varies according to sodium content more than anything else. Occasionally, I will eat something that my body reacts to oddly and I will have a weird weight bounce, but since I track religiously, I don't get spazzed out about it. I know that if I am eating within my calorie range and moving my body daily I am not gaining fat, just weight. There is a difference. <BR> <BR> Depending o... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:33:07 EST I can't seem to stay away from the junk food. I told myself last night that today was going to be the start of a new day, that I would cut down on the amount of junk food, and increase my intake of healthy food. <BR> <BR> After making a vegetable tray to leave out for everyone, I got 2 cookie for my self and my niece, and put the cookies away. Less then five minutes later I was getting the cookies out again, and in less then 20 min, the cookies were all gone. <BR> <BR> Now here I am, having eaten nothing but junk food today, hungry, ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:00:12 EST Weight Scale Question Good morning, <BR> <BR> I don't know where to post this question. It doesn't really seem to fit in any of the categories, and it's not really a "panic" situation. <BR> <BR> To make a long story short, I am using a different weight scale this week. You know how scale are usually calibrated differently? Well, last week I weighed myself on the old one and the new one. I added the difference to my starting weight to make up for the difference in calibration. <BR> <BR> My question is: Was tha... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:31:20 EST NUTRITIONALLY MOTIVATED BUT PHYSICALLY FRUSTRATED I am doing great so far as my nutritional goals and weight loss is concerned 15 lbs in 3 weeks. However due to a bad knee and battling depression formal exercise is nonexistent for me. I have been working on a project home that I dubbed MISSION: DECLUTTER and I am sweating up a storm and it is really vigorous work for me because I was sedentary (stayed in bed most of the day) for several months. So what is my frustration you may ask - I can't find where to track any of my sweaty accomplishmen... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:30:26 EST fibro soreness vs getting cardio I am so sore now from my strength training yesterday. I had just made a new commitment to do cardio YESTERDAY. Today I am so sore that I don't want to even do household chores. My left hip hurts pretty badly (a fibro thing not related to exercise), and my arms are very sore from the weight load yesterday. Yesterday I felt like a million bucks. I workout out hard, came home and busted out the housework, made dinner and took a short walk with my husband. Today I could hardly get out of bed. <BR... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 10:37:29 EST Need a helping hand... I've been doing well for nearly a month, but the past couple of days I have found myself falling back into bad habits - I've been eating very unhealthily and excessively and am concerned that I could be moving into a downward trend foodwise. I think it's partly to do with the fact that I'm a little under the weather, and so I'm allowing myself a little too much freedom to compensate for feeling not-so-good. <BR> <BR> I think I can get back on track, but a little helping hand in the way of so... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 09:13:43 EST Not losing and don't know why? One thing that is different on this journey than it has been in the past is how I look at the scales. Wow! In the past the scale could make or break my day! If I got on and saw a blip upward, I was depressed, frustrated and thought, "Why bother?". <BR> <BR> Not so, this time, Kemosabe! This time I was more realistic in my approach. I kept in my mind that I was doing this for health purposes. I got on the scale regularly, sure, but throughout my losing period, I could not tell you definitive... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 13:39:06 EST Is there something wrong with me... Ive been trying (or rather wanting) to lose weight my whole life, and now at 255 lbs, i know it has to stop. <BR> I have all the tools i need, knowledge and equipment. I know what to do. I have plans. I have goals. Ive learned every way possible to go about it. But for some reason... My mind cant control my body. Its like i literally cant do what i need to. <BR> I know im supposed to be eating healthy, and the whole time im driving to get fast food my mine is screaming at me that i dont need ... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 10:54:50 EST 900-1500 Cals, 30 min cardio and hydroxycut <BR> <BR> <BR> TIFANYDALPONT <BR> SparkPoints: (3,039) <BR> Fitness Minutes: (3,546) <BR> Posts: 1 <BR> 8/7/14 11:07 P <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> At 172 lbs,I started July 15th, with only 900-1500 Cals a day. All complex carbs, fat and protein. I'm 29 years old, 5 foot 9 inch. Also added 20-45mins of cardio and light weights about 4-6 days a week. I work as a waitress and bartender 6 days a week, so my body is use too running around at work. The first week I only burned about ... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 02:23:08 EST Nothing fits :( I have a wedding to go to in 2 weeks and I I have nothing to wear to it. Seriously, it's not that I am really fussy abut my clothes, I just cannot find anything that fits and doesn't make me look like a whale. I have been looking at dresses but .....not going to happen :( it is supposed to be hot according to the long range weather forecast. <BR> I know noone will be focusing on me but I still would like to look half way decent. <BR> The saying " A year from now you will wish you would ha... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 07:09:10 EST I had a tubal in 2010 I had a tubal and it messed up my ability to keep weight off and lose it. Does anyone else here struggle with hormone issues, how do you cope? Wed, 6 Aug 2014 17:43:56 EST I've GAINED WEIGHT. Help! Okay people, here's how it is...I set a modest goal at the beginning of the year to lose ten pounds. I have much more than that to lose, but I thought I'd start small and build up. But contrary to that plan, I've actually GAINED more than five pounds, putting me at my heaviest weight EVER. So I am officially open to any and all suggestions. I'm going to give you a layout of all the barricades that are in my way and I encourage you to give me anything you've got. I NEED to turn this thing arou... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 10:34:32 EST Self motivation is low - can't seem to fight it! When I started SP this second time I was so hyped - ready to lose this weight finally. I started off tracking my food, then started using a notebook (more comfortable with pen/paper). Kept track of exercising on my calendar. Someone gave me a compliment on my appearance. It felt good! I guess I had lost inches because the scale hadn't budged. A second person gave me a compliment...I started evening snacking! Now I know that is an EVIL but I continued - even baked a cake!!!! To make a long s... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 09:37:57 EST Self motivation is low - can't seem to fight it! When I started SP this second time I was so hyped - ready to lose this weight finally. I started off tracking my food, then started using a notebook (more comfortable with pen/paper). Kept track of exercising on my calendar. Someone gave me a compliment on my appearance. It felt good! I guess I had lost inches because the scale hadn't budged. A second person gave me a compliment...I started evening snacking! Now I know that is an EVIL but I continued - even baked a cake!!!! To make a long s... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 09:35:03 EST Don't Give Up... Because of a Bad Day... Don't Give up just because you had a Bad Day... Forgive yourself and Do better tomorrow... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 04:21:38 EST Painful, aching heel - how to continue exercise? Any experienced runners out there? I'm traditionally a non-exerciser, but wanted to start my program with SparkPeople out right. I recently started running and dancing quite a bit. Unfortunately I also started wearing different shoes for a new job. I've been in flats, running shoes, heeled and non-heeled dance shoes. I think I may have overdone it. My left foot has a tender area of soft tissue with swelling directly below my heel. It's an aching pain, worst first thing in the morning, but d... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 22:42:20 EST When am I going to get this right? I have been struggling with my weight my entire life. I can't ever think of a time when I wasn't overweight and miserable about my appearance and health. I remember giving Weight Watchers a try at the age of 12 years old...I have lost weight and regained it back so many times, that I have lost count. The last time being last year. I started on August 21, 2013 at 270 pounds and had gotten down to 229 by December 17, 2013. At my height and bone structure, 229 pounds looks awesome on me!!! Anywa... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 10:23:04 EST cheat days + weight gain? Help! So I eat around 1100-1250 because i eat lot low calorie foods but for past 2-3 days ive been slacking eating wise so cheat days (aka pretzels) and i went from 107.4 to 109.2 and im 5'1.5" btw so this is healthy weight but like my goal is 106.0 and like ive been starting to exercise more again i couldnt do too much last week cause my friend was in town. Why did i gain? Will it go down? <BR> <BR> What is it? What do i need to do? Mon, 4 Aug 2014 17:00:41 EST I so want a snickers right now!! I'm really struggling today, want a snickers, all I could think about while I was on the treadmill, also thought about getting off and having that snickers. Now it is lunch time and I would rather have that snickers than the planned salad. I just need someone to know I'm having a hard time with this today, maybe if I think someone knows then I won't have such a hard time. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 13:50:51 EST Had a really bad weekend with eating... Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've never posted anything like this before, but this weekend was a really terrible weekend as far as eating went. It was a family member's birthday on Saturday and I feel like I spent the whole day eating crap. I ate a huge greasy breakfast, a massive piece of strawberry shortcake in the afternoon, and in the evening we went to The Keg for dinner. I gorged on a salad with blue cheese dressing, a giant piece of steak, a baked potato and wine. <BR> <BR> Today didn't go so ... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 22:59:11 EST Weight loss stopped, Am I eating too little? Hi! <BR> So my weight loss has been slowing down to nadda since I started T25 three weeks ago, although I think it is a way harder workout then I did before (Jillian Michaels 30 day shred). I also started really watching what I ate when I started T25 and Im wondering if maybe Im eating too little and thats why it seems like no weight (or inches!!) is coming off? Im just confused because I had awesome results on the Jillian Michaels 30 day shred which was easy compared to what Im doing now, b... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 17:46:25 EST Need some advice... Im 25, with amazing fiance, great job, and wonderful life. Up until I was 16 years old, I was fit. I never had a problem with weight. I got my first job, started stress eating, and within 1 year went from a size 12 to a size 18. I've tried calorie counting, exercise, learning to cook, I will stay at the same weight until I try to change my lifestyle ans eat healthier. Then I never lose a pound for 3 months and get frustrated and gain 20 until 6 months later when I try to get healthy again. ... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 12:32:10 EST Need some advice... Im 25, with amazing fiance, great job, and wonderful life. Up until I was 16 years old, I was fit. I never had a problem with weight. I got my first job, started stress eating, and within 1 year went from a size 12 to a size 18. I've tried calorie counting, exercise, learning to cook, I will stay at the same weight until I try to change my lifestyle ans eat healthier. Then I never lose a pound for 3 months and get frustrated and gain 20 until 6 months later when I try to get healthy again. ... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 11:43:58 EST First binge in more than 40 days... and on the day that I weighed in my lowest in about a year! WHY? Self-sabotage? PMS? UGH! Now I'm focusing on drinking lots of water and hope to eat well tomorrow. I know it'll take more than hope, but I don't have food in my house and can't go out to get any now for tomorrow morning. <BR> Send good thoughts my way? <BR> Thanks! Sat, 2 Aug 2014 22:01:33 EST Discouraged I am so discouraged. I have been exercising, tracking my food, and drinking water. The scale has not budged. I do not want to give up, but it's not working. Sat, 2 Aug 2014 19:37:55 EST Guilty Free Rest Day I haven't really posted on a board before and I'm sorry there is so much, but I really need to get this out. <BR> <BR> This past 2 -3 week I have worked on getting back on track by doing some form of physical activity every day and tracking calories. <BR> <BR> This last week, I lost a lot of bloat and water weight pounds. <BR> I started a new 30 day exercise challenge where on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday you do 50 star jumps, 20 push ups and 20 squats three times and every day yo... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 23:40:39 EST Fell off the spark train!!!!! I am so disgusted with my week!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> I own the fact I did not pay attention, did not track and ate so many unhealthy snacks,very little exercise that I gained 6 lbs. Been sick for 2 weeks,had 2 spinal taps and bad reaction to both so spinal headache for 5 days!!!!!!!!!!!!ughhhh!!! <BR> <BR> WHAT WAS I THINKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GRRRRR!!! <BR> But in it for the long hall so new day ,fresh start!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Just had to vent and own it!!!! <BR> Thanks for listening everyon... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 12:18:54 EST Why can't I do this?! Someone please tell me what I am doing wrong. I have been trying very hard all summer long to lose weight and it just does not want to leave! <BR> <BR> I am a fairly healthy eater. I eat lots of veggies and fruit, lots of chicken and easy on the red meat. I even measure and track my food. I drink tons of water and tea. I try to stay away from soda and limit myself to 1 cup of coffee in the mornings. I have even sworn off all alcohol...but the weight still stays. <BR> <BR> No I am not an ex... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:51:47 EST Exercise Companion Needed! I have been having a problem with depression and loneliness for about 18 month so, I have a problem sticking to an eating and exercise program. Even though I start my day thinking, I will not let my depression and loneliness win today, it always does. <BR> <BR> I am looking for someone to walk with, someone to help make me accountable for at least part of my attempt at getting healthy. I live in the Allison Park/West Deer area of Pittsburgh, PA. <BR> <BR> Does anyone want someone to walk ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:08:04 EST I ate half a pizza I did... I ate half a pizza by myself. I feel nasty and like a failure. I don't know how to do this. I feel like I'll never be able to get better. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:39:21 EST stuck after a 7 pound lost I been on spark since may or june... I lost seven pounds now I'm stuck... I was just walking then I noticed I was really stuck... I tried adding pilates and yoga. I eat as healthy has can be and I don't have pop or chocolate unless its dark then its just a bite... am I done with my weightloss journy already :( Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:55:15 EST Trying To Start Back Up!!! Today I'm starting to track my water again. It's hard right now with the very tight budget we are on to feed 4 people a week and it all be healthy. It's hard. Next year, it will be much easier because we wont have this credit card debt after taxes. Rough estimate of if we get back what we did last year, they'll all be paid if not, it'll be close! So there's some stress I naturally worry about things even when I know it'll all work out and get better. We're way better than we were la... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:53:20 EST Plateaued ????? Hey guys! So I joined spark January but I haven't been very active online. I've lost 35 pounds since I started my journey but recently I've started to plateau. I still have another 100 pounds to go so any tips would be great. <BR> <BR> I try to cycle at least an hour a day, burning anywhere from 400-800 calories depending on my intensity that day. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:01:30 EST Help! I gained instead of losing?!? I'm not sure what I am doing wrong here. I watch what I eat, track my food(through body media), I workout every day except 2 days off for rest a week. Why did I gain 2 pounds? I eat 6 times a day, mostly veggies cooked and raw, 2 servings of fruit and 3 servings of protein. I'm ready to give in and just have weight loss surgery! <em>234</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:59:20 EST Help!!!! Plz I have been very depressed for a while now, and I just recently gave up self harm. But I have began to feel insecure with myself and my weight and I'm starting to have urges to self harm again.... What should I do? Any advice? <em>46</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:20:23 EST I feel alone I feel alone and a little scared because I don't know how MS is going to with my body. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:17:21 EST I feel lost This week's been stressful, and I've lost my way because of it. I'm picking at food, not eating fruits or vegetables, finding it hard to get myself to exercise. Portions are getting bigger and less healthier. The only day I did really well this week was Tuesday. <BR> <BR> I've lost my sense of awareness and focus on the fact that I do want to get healthy and feel better. My mood's been worse because of it. I feel like a failure. <BR> <BR> How do I get my desire to do this back? When I f... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:47:31 EST First failure - help! Hello, <BR> <BR> Over the weekend me and my partner went to stay with my Mum: we were only there for twenty four hours and ate a high fat, high protein, but relatively low calorie diet. I feel like I've failed because of the high fat content...will I gain weight? <BR> <BR> May just be panicking over nothing. <BR> <BR> Any advice on how to "start again" would be much appreciated? Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:31:17 EST Golly! I need help..... I list 138 lbs . Going great.....then hit plateau after discouraged and have been discouraged. Have at least another. 100 pounds to lose. I have become loose in my eating....eating more sugar and carbs. Get shaky and ravenous several times a day. Have been eating and gaining. Have tried many tactics, but my motivation is so down. I am a diabetic.....could i possibly be needing more protein, since i am craving carbs so badly? Any help is appreciated! Thank you. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:01:08 EST I am so frustrated... ...that I could just cry. <BR> <BR> I have PCOS/Insulin resistance (the latter part not official diagnosed, irritating pill pusher of a doctor just said 'If you have PCOS, I'm just going to treat you like you have insulin resistance too) and it took me two years to lose about 40 pounds, struggling all the way and I still had/have another 40 to go to get to where I'd like to be, 20 if I just wanted to make my doctor happy. <BR> <BR> I got off track about three months ago and that's all it's ... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:41:18 EST OMG! I just ate maybe around 4 Prezals Rolls... OMG! I just ate maybe around 4 Prezals Rolls... Over Stress... of all things... They just tasted so amazing good... and I felt so Hungry... that I just went CRAZY... so I'm writing this to ask others... for help... and I ask the Question... "How do you deal with Hard Stess" in your lives... because I really could use some pointers from other humans on what can I replace times like this... with a feel good emotion... I tried to take a shower... or lay down... but I'm just way too stress to tak... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 02:58:39 EST I'm having a hard time eating this much This is my 5th day into the program. I'm not used to eating this much and feel if I eat dinner today it's going to come back up. I'm stuffed and feeling nauseated. Is this normal? Is it OK to not eat dinner when I feel this way? Also, why do I want to sleep after eating after each meal? In case it matters, I treadmill 5 miles per day on average and did again today, so exercise is not a problem for me here. I'd appreciate any advice from those that experienced the same thing. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:04:44 EST So frustrated and want to give up. So I have been going at the healthy change of lifestyle since 6/9/14 so not long this time around. I have done sparkpeople and weight watchers in the past and usually do good the first 3 months and then plateau. However this time around I workout more and eat within my calorie range. My calorie range is 1200-1500 a day and I work out about 5 days a week doing different things. I will walk, go on the elliptical, once a week I do spinning, once a week I do a circuit training with 5lb weights an... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:45:15 EST not loseing weight. <BR> Well I am back at the same weight as when I started. Very frustrated in general. Help. <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:27:12 EST Message Board Confusion Hi everyone, <BR> I really don't know where to begin. I'm new to this site and already have major confusion over the message boards. I see too many choices & then nothing to indicate if anyone's responded (other than going in separately to watch my email?) Also, there's a spot to update "status feed" on my page but it says "change" instead of being blank with a new day? There are boards for groups that I guess I was automatically put into as soon as I joined, I found one of those threads, bu... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:50:31 EST Overwhelmed by it all!!!! Hello Sparkworld, <BR> <BR> I am new to this site. Been lurking around for a little over a month. I have been excited about what this site can do for me, but sadly I am still struggling... <BR> <BR> What I really need is people who have similar issues, a buddy or two to help support each other through this life transition of health and well being... <BR> <BR> You see I am 43 years old, and I have some very significant health issues, that began almost 2 years ago. I have been blessed with a... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:32:16 EST pushing the panic button for all its worth I have been away for a very long time and it shows. My Dr. just told me today that I have three months to get my sugar under control or I will have to take shots. I don't want to do this. I need a lifestyle change buddy. Is there anyone out there that will listen to me vent as I detox from my sugar addiction? Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:57:53 EST HOT!! I've been out mowing todat\y..yes its 97+ degrees here but have to have all the mowing done by friday..was only out for maybe an hour...what is the safest way to cool down? I feel like I'm going to throw up if I don't lose some of this heat off my body :-( Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:20:18 EST think i am doing everything right so i have been exercising 5 days a week and i eat the appropriate foods and get my calories. but last week i was at a 46lbs weight loss and this week i am up to a 43lbs weight loss. i don't know what i am doing wrong. i am ovulating so i don't know if that causes weight gain or not. any advice would be appreciated. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:11:36 EST What Would You Do? So once a week I go to a different gym from normal for boxing lessons. My usual instructor is on holiday and the guy who has trained me the last few weeks spent the last 20 minutes of my session yesterday talking about "supplements". By this he meant raspberry ketones, caffeine shots, green tea pills and ephedrine, all of which he said he could get for me. Now I didn't really say anything either way, even though I know I would never use any of them, I have read quite a lot of negative thin... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:48:45 EST 20 lbs gained in 2 weeks It doesn't seem possible. But I guess it kind of does. I was at 177, put myself on an intense (it felt intense) food detox* for 7 days. I felt amazing by day 7 and delighted when the scale read 172. Now I'm on vacation, parties and weddings and reunions- rich tempting food everywhere. Also, I'm finding it very hard to fit a workout routine in when I'm not at home, hopping from unfamiliar location to unfamiliar location and no one I stay with seems very keen on living a healthy or active lifes... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:22:36 EST Why Did I Gain?!? So for past 2 weeks or less ive been doing a bunch of jumping jacks a day but also going on 2+ mile walks/hikes a day cause texas trails are amazing!! I was 106.0 when first started hiking now it says 107.4 i am short so this is fine weight. I eat like 1000-1250 calories and i was hoping to be 105.0 but like why did I gain? I have been snacking lot lately cause ive been hungry for no reason. HELP!! why did i gain Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:29:12 EST Help!! I'm bored and want to snack! It's my time to's evening and I've put in a very active day I am watching TV and I want to snack!! <BR> <BR> I need some positive reinforcement my spark peeps!! I don't need food, I just need something to do! Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:04:54 EST Vacation woes I picked up 2 lbs on my 3 day road trip. I'm feeling defeated and a little ashamed of myself. I knew I had made some bad choices and now I feel like a bit of a failure. If I can't stick to being healthy once I leave my house I feel like I could be doomed. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:43:47 EST Confused Briefly, I lost 40lbs last year low carbing and walking. Hit a plateau once winter came. April 2014, I started jogging regularly. Since then, I'm running 7-10 miles per week, no wheat, no sugar, no starches or carbination. I track everything that passes my lips. Daily I eat between 1200--1500 calories, 15--30 carbs. Since April, I've gained 3 lbs. I cried when I got on the scale this morning. I feel great, but theoretically, I should have lost some weight. I'm working very hard on be... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:21:48 EST Mixing Phentermine and Paxil My doctor has me on Paxil for depression and Phentermine to lose weight. I have taken Phen before and I lost 30 lbs., and I had so much energy. This time is much different and I think it might be because of the Paxil. I feel zombie-like and tired most of the time. I work all day, so by the time I get home, I just want to crash. I don't know what to do. I can't get off the Paxil, I just started them. I really needed that energy boost to get this weight loss going..... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:20:29 EST Losing my MOJO sigh...its happened again. after all the work I put in. I went off track and started to eat too much and exercise too little...lost faith in myself AGAIN. and the dreaded "you are getting fat" comment from a frustrating! but at the same time as making me want to cry and hide kind of helps me get out of the "denial" stage (i know i'v put on can you not??winter...on holiday. lots of wine and creamy soups. and the chocolates...sigh) <BR> and into th... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 03:30:28 EST How do you make yourself start exercising? I know how to exercise, I know how to eat right. My baby #4 is five months, my twins are 3 & my oldest is almost 5. I gained a little with each pregnancy & then my Dad passed away a month before I had my 5 month old & I ate to comfort myself. Needless to say, I am the biggest I have ever been & I keep saying I will start & the time passes & before I know it it is midnight & I'm the last one to crawl in bed with zero actual exercise for the day & I promise myself I will "start" tomorrow. Help!... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:34:58 EST help very busy this last week, with 5 teenagers were here gone home now, a 19 year old appeared need all your prayers long story, taking husband for treatment tomorrow pray for good test results for cancer, I am a strong person but need your prayers and friend ship. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:40:56 EST Feeling anxious and frustrated Hi there <BR> I have been diagnosed prediabetic because of Pcos . My endo has me on birth control, thyroid med and for hair loss now he wants me to take a cholesterol pill . <BR> <BR> I am so worried about the long term side effects. I also need to increase my excersisng and watch what I eat <BR> <BR> I just wish I didn't have to take all theses drugs I an on anxiety med as well. I am thinking of seeing a naturopath but the mess they prescribe won't be covered whereas the ones I am on ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:21:34 EST Need to make a change...NOW! Okay, since my last birthday the weight has gone 25 pounds above where it has ever been. What have I done about it? Worry and get depressed. Guess what? That didn't do anything to get the weight off! So, I am starting by making two realistic changes, eat less/a reasonable amount and get moving more. From there I will move into tracking food, getting more fruits and veggies and doing organized exercise. Now is the time to do this, not tomorrow because tomorrow never comes! Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:40:03 EST Cravings My GAWD, I just want pizza! I really didn't eat enough today and now it's 12:16am and I can't help but crave carbs. MMMMM....grilled cheese....NO! Stop it! <BR> I don't know if I'm actually hungry or because it was a habit to order Pizza late on a Friday, or if there is an emotion that I need to deal with. I've definitely well hydrated. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 02:24:46 EST gaining weight despite best efforts I,ve been gaining one or two pounds a month for the last year. I'v had thyroid imbalance l this year too. <BR> <BR> Im 5'4'. Today I weigh 192 pounds. Yikes. I eat very healthy food. I'm I trying to eat less than 1600 calories a day. Usually I end up with daily total of 1700-1900 . <BR> <BR> I walk bike and swim.usually I burn 200 400 calories most day. <BR> <BR> I know I won't probably lose weight until I burn more and eat less. <BR> <BR> How do I stay motivated to do this even thoug... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 01:45:09 EST Just stress ate AAAHHHHH help I just ate a 10 oz block of cheddar and a bag of pop chips!!! My husband and I found out that he may possible have a 16 year old daughter and tonight we got some out of state court papers, which were confusing as all get out. On top of that he states he has never heard of the mother before and we are waiting to do a paternity test. On top of that we have already got some issues with him leaving on deployments all the time, etc... I finally started working on myself and trying to lose about 15... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 01:13:28 EST My hubby is getting back on track... This should be good news for me but he's been struggling with depression and food addiction so it just makes me frustrated and nervous. Every few weeks for the last few months he's decided to start over and start these crazy diets. He's a personal trainer and makes meal plans for people but his problem isn't that he doesn't know how to eat. His issues with food are very deeply ingrained in his attitudes and behaviors. He's an all or nothing guy. It's frustrating not only because I empathize w... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:01:05 EST I want to cry I was really killing it with this weight loss thing. I was really on a roll. The lightest I weighed in was back in February. I was a few pounds away from my goal weight, but I was satisfied with the way my body looked, I felt healthy, I ate healthy, so I decided to try to maintain rather than keep losing weight. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I stepped on the scale because I noticed I seemed a bit thicker. Actually, I've noticed it before yesterday, I just was in denial. Well, guess what? I gained TWE... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:38:21 EST Trying to start again I was doing great for a couple of months. I was eating better and finally sticking with working out consistently. I was losing weight and my body was showing noticeable changes. Then I got sick for nearly two weeks and I mean I barely even got out of bed kind of sick. I only gained a few pounds back and then went back to working out but got sick again a few weeks later with a cold that turned into a sinus infection and lingered on for nearly a month. I was still trying to eat healthy but I lo... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:34:48 EST Back with 35 extra lbs. to lose! Help! Hi, everyone. <BR> <BR> I've been trying to take off 100+ lbs. gained quickly due to medications, and that took me from size 6 to 20 in a few years. (Domperidone and Lexapro) Have tried many diets, but didn't stick to them due to stress, cravings, lightheadedness, etc. I don't trust my own word, and have to hope that this time, I will make my efforts stick. <BR> <BR> So here I am again, 35 lbs. heavier than when I left. I've read the nutrition books, I know what I should do. I tell myself t... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:17:58 EST My Mom with Alzheimer's has hit my last button It is so very hard dealing with my Mom. Maybe my sister & brother were right and she should go into a home. <BR> <BR> My DH & I have now lived with Mom for 2+ years. Dad died 7/15/12 - so I have had a hard day. She is SOOOO critical - there is NOTHING that me or my husband can do that will satisfy her. She is so critical of her caregiver also. I am in tears every single night over the last 2 weeks. And it's not just being critical, it's being hateful. <BR> <BR> We leave for vacation... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 01:38:13 EST Scale not moving Started June 21. First week on plan, down 5lbs, Second week down 3lbs now the scale is not budging. I am staying in my! Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:07:05 EST I have lost the motivation Actually, I think I am motivated when I think about it, and I have been working out about a half hour a day. But when it comes time to make a food choice, I don't choose to eat a normal amount, I choose something with sugar and lots of it. <BR> <BR> I really need to lose a hundred pounds for health reasons, and I feel like I can't do it. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:32:57 EST Dont wanna fall off the horse It takes me a while to get back into the rut of eating healthy, and after a couple months I finally got back on the horse and am seeing changes. I've lost 4 pounds so far, and it feels great. However, I'm starting to get back into bad habits (portion sizes are getting bigger, eating when i'm not hungry, not making the best choices). Last night my friend and I went to California Pizza and we shared the avacado eggrolls and I got the 4 cheese pasta... it was so delicious, but heavy and fattenin... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:57:25 EST Gaining Weight???? I know its unrealistic to expect huge results in such a small amount of time (only 9 days) - but I'm confused as to why I'm gaining weight as in 2-3 lbs when I've been eating between 1400-1800 calories a day and walking 4 miles every other day??? I use a fit bit and follow religiously log my calories on myfitnesspal so I'm getting a little discouraged :( Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:55:23 EST Out of control I started out so well and lost 6 pounds the first week. I don't know what happened but I've been binging ever since. I'm still tracking and can see the damage, but can't seem to get back within my calorie limits. I will try again tomorrow to stop the insanity of overeating. <BR> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:51:04 EST Mini-Binge Well, I just had my first binge since starting to track my food three weeks ago. I just mindlessly stuffed my face with my roommates left-over baked potatoes. As far as binging is concerned and compared to previous binges, this was just a small episode. But I'm still worried about the complete lack of control. For a few minutes there I didn't care. Not about my calories that day, not about at least measuring the food and certainly not about the fact that it wasn't even my food to begin with. ... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:56:03 EST If it's not one thing, it's my Mother. Struggling today as my Mother is on the warpath and I'm her favourite target. If I had a bag of salty chips and dip... I'd be all over it. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Thankfully... nothing like that exists in my home right now. I guess I'll drown my sorrows in red grapes and celery sticks. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:37:39 EST Sabotaging myself? So right now I'm at 202. I've been stuck here for a few weeks. I eat so well during the week but weekends are horrible. Today for example, I had fruit for breakfast, a turkey wrap for lunch and planned on half a bagel with 1 egg and 1 strip of turkey bacon for dinner. <BR> Like a breakfast sandwich. I did well but then we made a German chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting. Which the bf didn't like so what did he do? Topped it with brown sugar. So I'll pass on that. But then for dinner,... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:07:28 EST Heaviness is apparently ment for me...... I am wanting to lose weight, but I have a hard time staying on track. I like to exercise but feel as though I could do better if I had someone with me to keep me motivated. My sister told me she was going to help me out and be my support system but she bailed on me telling me that she didnt have the time or the energy. I have tried pleading with her that we both could benefit from this. As we are at our heavest point we have ever been in our mid to late 20 lives. I do not have many friends be... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:30:26 EST Stress and weight gain I am really struggling here and would love some input. <BR> <BR> I have always been one of those individuals who could eat absolutely anything and never gain an ounce. My weight has been rising steadily over the past five years and no matter what I do, I just can't shake the weight. I eat primarily a plant based diet and keep my calorie counts down and I still manage to gain. I rarely eat sugar, dairy, oil or white flour. I've had my thyroid checked so as far as I know there is no under... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:12:27 EST X post: What to expect for food on cruise Hi everyone! My wife and I are going on our honeymoon in a few days. We will be taking a Carnival cruise. Does anyone know what we can expect for food options while cruising? I'm okay having a goal of maintaining the week of the cruise, although I hope to do a lot of walking and maybe some yoga while on the ship. I'm just hoping the food options will include whole/healthy options! Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:52:25 EST In Need Of A Support System I have been fighting with this whole weight loss thing for years... and by years I mean YYYYEEEEEAAAARRRSSSSSSS!!! <BR> <BR> I think one thing I've been missing is a support system that understands my struggles. I have family that are a bit overweight but no one to the extent I'm at... (400+ lbs). I am in desperate need of people who have either been where I am, are where I am or fighting a similar battle. <BR> <BR> My reason for looking for like-minded people in similar situations is bec... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:25:15 EST I need prayer--asking for God's guidance ts been too long that Ive been doing this weight loss journey by myself. I need to turn this weakness over to God and hopefully God will take control. I cant do this by myself anymore. I dont have willpower to keep from eating all those unhealthy foods. Im getting tired and the motivation is getting less and less. I need God and those on sp to pray for me that there will be a divine interference in this matter. Im way too overweight to give up but my strength is declining. I dont want to give... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 23:38:35 EST All You Can Eat I have a weakness for All You Can deals. My standard date night place is a Chinese buffet. Every Wednsday I think about getting greasy AYCE wings from the place down the road. (I've benn good about not going, but I daydream about it.) Now TGI Fridays has a AYCE deal for $10. I'm going crazy with temptation. I don't eat myself sick like some people, but I do go way over my calorie range. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 12:14:48 EST Have to start all over again I am sad to say that because of many life altering and very stressful situations over the last year and a half I have gained a large part of the weight back that I had worked so hard to take off. I am ready to start over but feel like I will never be able to do this again. I have been in therapy for anxiety and depression for several months and a very sad and stressful situation has just come to an end so I need to focus on myself now. I also recently found out I have rheumatoid arthritis ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 06:40:08 EST How to get back on track during grieving My dad died a month ago and in the weeks leading up to his death and after, all the momentum and energy I've had into my weight loss has gone out the window. Fortunately I've only gained 6 lbs back, but having a hard time re-engaging in the rigors of eating right, and convincing myself to get out and exercise. And, of course, I am a comfort eater, so that's not helping. I know I haven't been sleeping well and that doesn't help either. The fog is starting to lift a little, but I still get over... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 15:54:15 EST Found what scares me....HELP! The phrase "lifestyle change" denotes forever....and ever and ever again amen! *Gulp* Those two words are so DAUNTING. I'm an overthinking uberanalytical change, soooo no more chocolate cake ...EVER...again....period. Uh...HELP!!! Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:36:13 EST Feeling Desperate and Hopeless If anyone out there can offer encouragement, it will mean so much. I have not had a computer so I just logged back on to Spark; I found I was supposed to meet my goal by 7/11. Not only have I not but I have gained 12 more pounds :( Now I am 50 pounds from my goal. Summer is particularly difficult for me because I do not do well in the heat. My family and I "attempted" to start over in a new state last year. However, despite not enjoying the heat and humidity of the deep south, we missed the p... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 11:39:01 EST Quick Question I'm just coming back to the site after far too long a hiatus, and I DESPERATELY NEED to figure out how to see my daily burn goal... That's one feature that helped me before to reach my goals, and they've changed the site since then... How do I figure out how many calories I need to burn each day, in order to reach my goals? It used to be so easy to see. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 16:51:53 EST In a funk Back in March and April I started having a mental breakdown. I was heavier than ever at 285. I thought I was having absent seizures. I felt complete utter despair. Life was not worth living...if it were not for my 3 wonderful boys. I needed help so I went to the doctor fot phentermine. They wouldn't give it to me. My blood pressure was high (turns out may have been anxiety) they put me on bontril and topamax. Didnt really help the weight loss. For 2 weeks I slept. I cried. My husband w... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 10:08:41 EST feeling very alone I have been on sparkpeople on and off between pregnancies for years. Enjoy the challenges a lot, but now am a single mother of six and a overfulltime student and not enough time to commit. Last year I lost 30 lbs. partly from stress of the divorce etc.... partly from bodysculpting class and nutrition. We moved out of my parents house where we were staying temporarily which was great to have our own space, but even working two jobs and then training to be a 911 operator I could not afford the ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 01:22:16 EST pray for my future help me make good decisions, about future. and finances, my husband health, my family . let god have control <BR> Sun, 6 Jul 2014 14:16:08 EST Love summer but .....,,. I really love summer, warm days, boating, swimming etc... But , I hate the fact that I am too embarassed to wear shorts or a bathing suit . There I sit on my boat in 30 plus Celsius weather and pretend I don't find yet that hot while I am wiping sweat off my brow. I also won't go swimming unless I am docked at shore because I don't think I could climb the swim ladder to get back on the boat. <BR> I am trying to make better choices, it is so hard when there are weddings, wedding showers, barb... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 13:17:03 EST zig zag weights So, my goal is only to lose a pound a week. Well, the last 2 weeks I can't figure out what is happening. My calories are consistently down, exercise is up, I lost a little, and now it keeps going up!! I'm freaking out!!!! Sat, 5 Jul 2014 09:36:44 EST Frustrated, angry, but with see-able options. I'm 24 years old, and have been majorly depressed since I was 18. I have struggled with crippling anxiety since I was 21. Due to both conditions, and after having tried numerous counselors, medications, methods, et cetera, with no success (as of yet, it's a constant battle and I'm not giving up), I was approved for disability. I tried working three jobs and ended up leaving each of them because my anxiety made it impossible for me to go in, and that was on the days when I wasn't in such a dep... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 16:17:56 EST low blood pressure wow just took my blood pressure for my weigh in numbers and it read 96 over 49 over 45. I am on blood pressure meds because it is usually to high. like around 138, 78, 60. I am floored to see it so low. I guess just watch it a day or two. then call doctor on Monday if it doesn't go up some. maybe I need my meds lowered. Fri, 4 Jul 2014 15:38:42 EST I've developed a sweet tooth!! I never ate sweets before I started this weight loss journey. About a month ago I started craving sweets! I am at least using reduced calorie recipes from, but what created this sweet tooth??? It does interfere with what else I should be eating because I use up my calories on sweets. HELP! Fri, 4 Jul 2014 12:24:05 EST mindless eating on a holiday Being around all of the great food today is going to be so hard. Normally I just graze all day. I am committed to losing weight and don't want to fail on my third day in. I am starting off right by getting my water in and going for a walk before I leave the house. I have bought fat free hot dogs to eat so that will help a little but I am still worried. Any other tricks out there? Fri, 4 Jul 2014 08:10:30 EST all out ravenous eating i started to track how much sugar i was eating. in the coffee, soda, added sugar in the hidden places.. i realized i was getting way more than i should... so i started to use one spoonful instead of 2 in my coffee and not drink soda... I split a soda with hubby instead of drinking a can with supper. guess what? i am now ravenous. How do i stop that? i am not at all satisfied with my calorie range at all 1200-1500. so what hormone is out of whack? i want to lose a bit more weight not hit the... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 19:09:42 EST SUMMER HOLIDAYS ARE HERE Well here we go again. It's summer and we are invited to parties this weekend. I am at my all time highest weight. I can barely look at myself in the mirror, and the latest pictures are so awful I barely recognize myself. One of the parties we are attending has all kinds of fun activities like swimming, hot tub, canoeing, get it. bathing suit activities. With lots and lots of alcohol. Since my husband has an external heart pump he can't do anything where he could get wet, and ... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 08:55:07 EST Medicines that cause weight gain! I joined Spark people in May and got started. Then as a result of a two month hospital stay in March and April, I am now on four medicines that cause weight gain and I have been discouraged, low mood, unable to walk due to back pain, and I am 57 this month. I am also a Type II diabetic and must eat at least 4 times a day. <BR> <BR> What can I do? Limited finances prevent buying fresh meats and veggies in the quantity that I need them. I get a food basket from the community and it is mostly... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 22:55:05 EST Is Insanity healthy for long-term? Hi, i'm very interested in trying out insanity, but im just worried that if i finish insanity and go back to my lighter workouts, which is doing good for me at the minute, will it have negative impacts on my body? I've heard people lose weight really quick from it and I hear that losing weight quickly isn't usually a good idea. Any input is appreciated, thanks! Wed, 2 Jul 2014 22:20:52 EST changed spark people having trouble daily getting the spark people web site to put things on seems like since they changed t he screen it has been very slow and our computer has not changed any suggestions god bless <BR> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 19:22:32 EST Very very depressed <BR> I have been working at a job I hate. Then I found out a new company was going to take over!!! Yea my chance to get out. I just found out they are going to keep me at the same job with the same supervisor. This is the thanks I get for doing a good job? I cannot stand the supervisor and she is also going to be with the new company. I am feeling very hopeless. Any suggestions?? Wed, 2 Jul 2014 15:58:23 EST Very Discouraged I am having a terrible time losing weight. I have been eating healthier, working out, and drinking lots of water for about a month. I still have not been able to lose any weight. Everyone keeps saying stay with it. But it's very hard when you see absolutely no results. I am tracking everything I put into my mouth as well as my exercise. Nothing is happening. <em>39</em> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 16:06:52 EST depression eating???? WOW!!! Today would of been one of my sister's 47th birthday,she died at the young age of 34 leaving 3 young kids behind( 10,12 and 16).She died from alcoholism!!!! I tried for 2 yrs. to get her to stop drinking as in 2000 my 46 yr. old brother passed from exact same thing also leaving 3 kids behind!!!! Almost exactly to the day 2 yrs. later (as I predicted to her )she passed!!! She now has a 21 yr. old son that is an alcoholic,a drug addicted 23yr. old and a spousal abused 27 yr. old !!!! I k... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:41:45 EST BIG TIME STRUGGLING REALLY STRUGGLING WITH THE BEREAVEMENT OF MY FAMILY AS BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARIES ARE OF MY PAPA AND MAMMA <BR> <BR> I FEEL LIKE A MESS Sun, 29 Jun 2014 18:21:06 EST Going to movies any suggestions Any suggestions for movies, water is fine instead of soda, but any ideas for. Popcorn substitute ideas. Going with family, teens. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 15:45:41 EST losing weight but don't feel smaller I've been losing weight since January and I'm down 15 lbs from 142- but I don't feel any smaller than when I started. It's nice to see the scale go down, but then I look in the mirror and there doesn't seem to be a difference. Has anyone else experienced this? I'm wondering if my expectations were too high or maybe the difference is too subtle because the weight came off slowly. I'm really discouraged to keep trying because the point was to look better. Does anyone have some words of wis... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 10:15:44 EST Feeling down and unmotivated due to apperance Hey guys. I've lost over 85 pounds and am very happy. Yesterday at work when reviewing the cameras, I saw who I thought was my coworker walking because he looked very trim and fit but when I zoomed in I realized I was actually looking at myself! That made me feel great. However at the same time, I started noticing my walking pattern. I've always walked "funny" beacause I was born with one leg a bit shorter than the other. My left is shorter than my right and I also have flat feet causing me t... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 20:35:24 EST *Insert profanities here* So yesterday while on my Wii Fit I hit 285.7 and was SUPER happy. Tonite I get on (trying to unlock all the stamps for the calendar lol) and it says I gained 2.4 lbs? What the crap gives? About ready to throw the dang thing out into the street for someone to run over (trying not to do the easy thing and give up lol) Sat, 28 Jun 2014 20:16:47 EST I need to start over again and don't know how! A couple of years ago I was at my smallest ever!! I went through a bunch of stupid stuff in life and basically thanks to depression and anxiety I gained weight in that year after that. About 20-30 pounds!! Ok maybe even 40! I know I've gained muscle in the past 8 months or so. About 10 pounds of muscle because I've been lifting weights at least 3 times a week. (lifting heavy trying to build muscle) While I'm Soooo close to being back to where I was before, I feel so far away from it! I hate i... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:20:51 EST Two weeks in and already bored to death! So I'm the 40+ yr old that everyone who struggles with their weight has always hated because I have always ate like a teenager, my whole entire life, never exercised, never gained a pound. <BR> Until this past year when I gained over 20 pounds which has now turned into almost 30. I joined Spark as a recommendation from a friend because I don't really have a weight loss support system or anyone willing to jump on the exercise band wagon with me & after a very lazy first week I got motivated, ... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:17:14 EST mind/body For some reason I can't get these 2 things on the same page. My mind says stop eating and start moving and my body says I'm too tired and who cares if you eat another bowl of ice-cream lol <BR> <BR> I started this journey (again) at the end of january, vowing it to be the last "start" (again) and so far I haven't actually stopped. Pausing slightly but not stopping and for that I hang on to a little pride that keeps me going. In the first 3 months I lost about 30lbs. <BR> <BR> I started pic... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 03:36:25 EST stressed and overeating.... In the last month I have had a brother die, a sister have triple bi-pass surgery, she and her husband moved in with me because they had been homeless and my husband is wanting his mom to move in with us! ah! I am out of control with my food....still maintaining the exercise, but, food is really shaky! Of course, what I want to eat to sooth myself are sweets, sweets and more sweets...that and peanut butter! <em>303</em> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:30:13 EST chinese food My family has been invited out to dinner this evening, since both my husband and I are trying to lose weight, and we are going to a chinese resturant. What kind of food do you recommend. We can''t have nothing spicy. Thanks for your help. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:56:40 EST Need help with post Dinner snacks! Ugh, the evening time is my downfall! I do great during the day and stay on track and then I feel hungry, tired and "snack-y" at night. I don't eat things that are too terrible...but I am out of "calories" and want to snack a bit. I know I should try to "save some calories" but they go so quickly! LOL! I have to eat "on the run" a lot and do a lot of wraps, etc. Does anyone have advice as to keep from ruining a good day right before bedtime? Thanks! :) Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:48:43 EST A simple calculation? Hiya all, <BR> <BR> Help? Maybe it's too early, but I thought weight loss would be a simple sum of calorie in - calorie out. <BR> <BR> I started out with 30 day shred on 21. April and joined a bootcamp outside the office once a week. I stopped at the end of June because an old foot injury hurt too much (that also stops me from doing pretty much all classical cardio). Quickly saw a small reduction on the tape measure though. <BR> <BR> 2 weeks of business travel and getting my foot heal br... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:02:33 EST Up 2 and a half pounds in one week? I know my eating wasn't the best this week. We had guests over, and so I made a homemade coconut cream pie and had two small pieces, (but the second was for BREAKFAST, so I thought I balanced it well into my day) and I had the munchies the last 2 days and grabbed a handful of Teddy Grahams a few times, plus a few bites of ice cream, no more than 5 spoonfuls. I walked my dog briskly for 30-40 minutes every evening last week except for one rainy day. (I should have done my Zumba video that day!... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:43:05 EST i can't take it tonight I worked out so hard I got physically sick. I don't like the way that made me feel for as long as it did. However, I will say. I felt very accomplished with having done all that cardio Tue, 24 Jun 2014 02:23:57 EST Trying so hard without progress! Hi. I m on dialysis. I currently weigh 57kgs. I am 4'11. I have a belly problem. I would like to work towards flat abs. Is it possible? I m currently in my early 40s. I walk 4 times a week for about an hour each time till my feet ache and I also do mat pilates abt twice a week for about an hour each time. <BR> <BR> But I still have a big belly and my weight is still the same! I keep looking at my reflection in the mirror and I hate what I see! I just see a fat blob! I would really like to be... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:13:40 EST Eating on Vacation Vacation next week. How do I manage to eat at restaurants 2-3 x a day & still stay within my goals???? Fri, 20 Jun 2014 08:50:00 EST How do I even start again? Last year I did everything right and lost 35 pounds over a period of about 6 months or so. I then got into a new relationship and fast forward to about 9 months... gained about 20 pounds back. I guess that is inevitable with new relationships sometimes. You get comfortable with each other and I embraced his bad eating habits that I gave up when dieting. <BR> <BR> Now it's gotten to a point where I would like to jump back into my dieting and exercising again full force starting July 1, but... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 23:12:11 EST Pre-diabetes Hello, <BR> <BR> I read a few boards that were old on the topic, so I decided to create a new one. I recently had a physical and the numbers came back with pre-hypertension, pre-diabetes, and slightly high total cholesterol. This is a big wake up call. I am 36 years old, and I need to lose at least 75 pounds. I would love to hear from you if you are on the same journey to wellness, or if you have already been there and beaten that. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Vicki Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:27:25 EST Hurtful comment How do you guys deal with hurtful comments pertaining your weight? <BR> <BR> I just recently got back in touch with someone who was my best friend in high school. I've gone through a lot of difficulty, which made me gain the pounds. We went out for ice cream once, and I'm pretty sure I raved about how much I love ice cream. I've gotten ice cream TWICE in the past like 2 months, I think that's pretty darn good. I don't even desire it anymore. <BR> <BR> She made a comment on my facebo... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:05:05 EST Starving with being sore and working out I'm sorry to use the panic button, but I asked for help with my team TWO DAYS AGO and nobody bothered to answer. I've been doing fairly okay with weight loss over the past year, but still have A LOT to go, and it seemed that I wasn't going to keep losing any weight AT ALL unless I started working out again. So, just over 2 weeks ago, I did. And I am CONSTANTLY STARVING! I mean, I can take SOME hunger, but this is ridiculously out of control! I think I'm drinking plenty of water, and I'm ... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:44:48 EST Lost New Members I have gotten notices of 2 new members; however they do not appear in the team. This is the team OCD. <BR> <BR> Bettie Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:18:02 EST Trying to keep my spirits up I will try to make this short and simple. I am a member of CURVES. I have been on CurvesComplete going on three years. I lost 45 pounds over the course of 2 1/2 years. My club sold out less than a year ago which was 3 miles away. I transferred 20 mins. away. Haven't been happy since plus gained back 10 pounds. Still keeping a journal which is saving me at the moment. The latest I have just found out I have a spinal disorder & had an MRI today waiting for results. very active 6 das a week un... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:37:06 EST Depression Regression Lately, between working at a new Walmart during it's first ultra busy season (The community didn't want it there so the Holidays were very slow comparatively speaking. They were sending people home on Black Friday.) Living with my boyfriend's mother who seems to hate everything he or I do, homesickness, isolation (I don't have any friends up here that I can see regularly aside from one, who I see maybe once a week with the boyfriend) and the fact that I have literally no money and facing the ... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:45:12 EST I feel like giving up... I have been at this for 10 days now. I gave up pop and even though I tried to drink some yesterday, it tasted AWFUL. I even have given up fast food for the most part. I went on my wii fit that last couple of days and I have gained 2.2 pounds. I feel like just throwing in the towel because in my mind I think...why try to lose weight if I'm just gaining it all back? Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:22:41 EST regressing It has been ages since I visited the vending machine at work and now I've gone once last week and once this week (Yup, it is only MONDAY!!!) and it frightens me. The snacks weren't even delicious. <BR> <BR> I know it is because I am spending a lot of time on my behind doing hard 'thinking' work and I need a distraction. Also, I haven't been packing my lunch and snacks. I guess I need to get back to that. <BR> <BR> I just don't want to get on that slippery slope... <BR> <BR> Anyone been h... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:31:49 EST elevated calcium I've recently been told my calcium is to high. My diabetes team nurse practitioner said they will be referring me to a dr. to deal with it. Her office is closed for the week. I am curious: is there anything I can do to lower it myself and what kind of dr. will they send me to? I already have eliminated milk & cheese products a lot. Everything in the US is fortified with calcium! I did find a multivitamin with no calcium but now it's not on the market. <BR> I have been diagnosed with stage 2 ... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:00:47 EST Looking for active team Hello! I am a nearly 40 year old Mom to a 13 DS, 10 DD and 6 month old baby. We homeschool and I work part time as a barista. My husband insists on buying he groceries and buys way too much junk and processed food although I do have access to some fresh local veggies from a CSA. I would prefer that my family eat "clean." <BR> <BR> I need to lose about 60 pounds. I want to be healthy for my kids, be more active and a good role model for them. I need creative ideas for healthy lunches an... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:20:20 EST Pathetic & Depressed over Impetigo Last week I worked outside with my husband picking up bounce houses from various events. I got rather sunburned and my lips hurt the most. <BR> <BR> Then, by Tuesday, I had blisters all over my lips which spread to my nose by Thursday, my chin by Friday and involves a lot of gross oozing and crusting. <BR> <BR> I am thankful that today I went to Urgent Care and found out that it is impetigo - something evidently common to the area we have just moved to but I had never even heard of befor... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 01:45:13 EST Pizza alert!! here I am spending time with family and they bought pizza. Im trying so hard not to eat it. If I eat one slice I will eat 5 or 6 and then I will really be in trouble. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:17:36 EST New to Sparkpeople Hello - I am new to Sparkpeople - I almost bought into Jenny Craig today - when finding it so expensive I then moved to Nutrisystem - and almost bought that too - a little cheaper. However I decided to do online research and I came up with Sparkpeople. Thank God! I can't do this myself - I need to lose 40 lbs - the weight just slow increases every week and I wonder where it will stop. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:14:43 EST Getting Around The SP Website I have only recently returned. I can't find the screen to add comments... <BR> <BR> Bettie Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:11:13 EST Carb Binge - Disgusted With Myself! I'm out of town for work and had a morning meeting. I was running late and didn't get breakfast but I knew they said they would provide breakfast. All they had was a little fruit, coffee cake, and iced scones. Even though I had a granola bar in my bag, I ate coffee cake and a scone with some fruit. Now I'm totally disgusted with myself. I was finally making some progress towards my goal and now I just went and ruined all my efforts. It's like I can't help but sabotage myself. I've been trying... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:38:39 EST Expertise needed!!! I started a strict no high fructose corn syrup diet 2 months ago along with a healthier lifestyle. Since December my stomach shrunk from 39" to 33" and my waist from 33 to 26.5. With that said I still have chub on my stomach but not nearly as much. I don't believe in weighing btw. Anyways is it possible to work on toning for the next few months with a medicine ball and see results. I want to see a tighter stomach but I hear you have to lose all fat before you start toning. Also if you have an... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:44:55 EST eating at night... So my biggest problem right now is eating after i get home from work... i work second shift so i get home around midnight and (after doing great all day), its like a switch flips and I just eat super crappy and undo all my hard work for the day.. and most of the time im not even hungry. This is the reason I'm not losing weight, I know it. Because when I dont do this for several days, the scale will go down. But then I always start doing it again... I wish we had like a group that had mandator... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:54:36 EST Lost 40 pounds and now feeling unmotivated! As of right now I have lost 40 pounds through Weight Watchers and now calorie counting. I have at least 20-30 more pounds to lose before I am at my goal weight. However, the past few weeks I have lost most of my motivation to continue losing. I have been making more poor food choices and as a result I have not lost much weight the past couple weeks. I have pretty much been fluctuating up and down between the same two pounds. I have not gone completely off plan, which is a huge improvement fo... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:50:36 EST Getting the Motivation Back This is the longest that I have stuck with a diet, although I feel like that's the incorrect word, because I'm really more about the change in my lifestyle than a temporary weight-loss solution. I am still doing fairly well as far as eating healthier goes, though maybe I could be more consistent with tracking what I eat. <BR> <BR> My problem is working out. I was sick last week, and had two hurt feet from wearing uncomfortable dress shoes during a shift as a retail associate at a department... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:41:10 EST acceptance I have been with spark people for a number of years and have not lost more than 10lbs. I have also tried weight watchers and low carb. In the past, I have posted numerous times needing help to figure out what I am doing wrong and asking why won't the weight come off? I have heard in response.... you aren't eating enough, try low carb, switch up your exercise, get your blood work done, etc, etc, etc....I have done all these and still no real weight loss. <BR> <BR> I am a chronic dieter and ca... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:13:37 EST Juviderm for under eye bags I'm having Juviderm on Friday - has anyone had experience with this? I want to get rid of undereye bags that have bugged me for years. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:03:01 EST I am so frustrated! Hi, I am so frustrated with myself! After a winter of dealing with the death of 3 family members, the grave illness of my sister and general stress, I have gained back 18 lbs. of the 72 pounds that I worked so hard to lose. <BR> I am ready to get these pounds off and get back on track with my diet and exercise. I have so much stomach flab that I can't stand to look at myself. Due to health issues, I am limited to the type of exercise that I can do. The exercises that target the abs aggravates... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:08:59 EST Can't Get Back on the Wagon I have completely lost my motivation and can't seem to find it again. I am eating whatever and sometimes tracking it, I am hardly walking these days which was my primarily source of exercise. I look in the mirror and at the scale and hate what I see. Each day I say I am going to start again and by the end of the day, my good intentions are gone. I have been on this rollercoaster for a couple of years now. <BR> <BR> I make excuses (5 kids, work full time, hubby who is gone a lot, volunteer ro... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:12:57 EST struggling Need encouragement Tue, 10 Jun 2014 01:17:43 EST prayer a true friend this evening I just received a tex from 19 year old granddaughter who is in a lost world with wrong people, please hold her up in prayer, so hateful, want to love her but it so hard, god is good but I need extra love this evening. Mon, 9 Jun 2014 21:11:08 EST Discouraged - Not Losing I am so tired of not losing. I think I am doing the right things but getting no results. I am sick of lettuce, veggies and fruit. Even the weeks I have been right on track, either a gain or no loss. I even have been trying to exercise more, but evidently not enough. Ugh! I guess I just have to grin and bare it and not give up but sometimes I feel like it! <em>7</em> Mon, 9 Jun 2014 19:29:16 EST What am I doing wrong? I'm wondering if anybody has any ideas for my weight loss obstacle. <BR> <BR> A quick background on me - I herniated a lumbar disc last spring which resulted in me doing absolutely nothing for 3 months straight. I could only do short walks and light physical therapy exercises for a few months more. I finally got back on my feet, but can't do any intense cardio or lifting - just light exercise like Walk Away the pounds, walking, or short distance biking. I gained about 20 lbs from this. P... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 14:54:56 EST Depression and anxiety I need help. I am so depressed that I haven't slept in a month and haven't eaten for 2 days but a large part of my anxiety is actually going to see a doctor and so I don't. I don't know how to get past this. I cannot be hospitalized because I will be financially ruined if I miss any work. Mon, 9 Jun 2014 07:55:45 EST Overwhelmed I feel so completely overwhelmed in every area of my life I feel like I am suffocating. My health, my weight, my finances, my job, my husband, my husbands health, my home. <BR> <BR> Where do you start when you need to work on everything? Mon, 9 Jun 2014 06:23:28 EST How do I change my goals? I can't find where I can put in my current info. Such as my current weight and my goal weight and by when. Any idea?? <BR> <BR> I looked under account settings and goal settings, nothing. Sun, 8 Jun 2014 22:45:05 EST Don't know if I can do this. I have been up and down with this working out and eating right thing. I been having a hard time with both. The more I work out the more junk food I eat. I am getting more fustrated everyday. My only support system is my boyfriend. I don't think I can do this. My dad was just diginosed with lung and prostate cancer.... he is only 46. I need to get in shape before my health does that to me. I use to be able to be my only support system but I realized losing weight and keeping a schedule is hard... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 18:47:28 EST BAD CRAVING ISSUE! Okay, i have been gone all day with my two daughters shopping and what not. I did eat my snacks and a dinner, but after coming home and putting the kids to bed, i have been battling with a stress craving. I bought my husband some poptarts, (and i haven't had any issue with them being in the house). but because when i stress, i stress eat.... i don't wanna fall off track again. i have been doing so well.... <BR> <BR> any advice??? TIA Sat, 7 Jun 2014 20:57:32 EST SparkPoints I have installed and uninstalled the Spark apps three times on my phone. I have not received my points for the four apps yet. Please help! Thanks. Sat, 7 Jun 2014 19:54:48 EST How Do I Get Back On Track? I was doing so well! I lost 110 pounds in about 1.5 years. Last month my life changed a lot. I graduated college and went straight to work for an internship. Between stress from college finals and stress from beginning a new chapter in life, I feel like I've lost my motivation. I have easily gained 10 pounds since I started slacking off last month. I always went to the gym in the morning but now that I'm working 8-5 every day (my first full-time job), I have no choice but to go at night when ... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 11:36:15 EST ugg hate periods I gained 7 pounds from this period of water weight. So annoyed. Hoping it will continue to come off so far lost 3 pounds of it. Fri, 6 Jun 2014 11:50:06 EST I have flab Even though I post undoctored pictures of me grabbing handfuls of belly flab, people still insist that I don't have any. It frustrates me to NO end! Sure, I might be fitter than the average person, but I certainly don't have NO fat and I do not have a perfect body! I wish people would see me for the real person that I am and stop idolizing me like I'm the next Zuzana Light. <BR> <BR> I don't hate my body, I just want people to have a realistic view of me. ARGH! Fri, 6 Jun 2014 10:06:33 EST ugh This morning I'm tired and stressed, but I will not turn to eating as that will only satisfy my anger momentarily. I'm not even hungry. Food has just always been my go-to thing when I get upset. Instead, I'm on this computer... taking deep breaths, knowing that this too shall pass. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> <BR> ahh okay. I feel better. <BR> <BR> thanks! Fri, 6 Jun 2014 09:39:52 EST The "day after" a day off the wagon.... This isn't a tale of woe....just the opposite! I want to send a message to those who think the world is going to end when (not 'if''s gonna happen!) they occasionally fall off the wagon. <BR> <BR> So, after more than five months of diligent tracking and getting through a few white-knuckled, "panic button" moments that were successfully averted by a wonderful support system that is SP, I was feeling a little burned out yesterday. I was also spending the day at my dad's house. Well, ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 12:11:22 EST About to give up - need outside input This will be long, bear with me! <BR> <BR> I'm stuck on a major plateau, and I don't know what to do. By plateau, I mean 23 months with no weight loss. I'm about to hit the 3 year mark of having lost 50 pounds and keeping it off (this is a win, I know, and I'm proud of myself). This is about to be the 3 year mark of eating well, sticking to my meal plans, and working out 5 times a week. But it's also about to be 2 years with no weight loss, and no drop in clothing size. This upcoming anniver... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 11:20:48 EST Life off track completely Hi, I have never written a message on any web site before, however I'm stuck in a hopeless. Spirall and don't seem to be able to get myself motivated to do positive things to make life bearable and to get a healthier routine. I know that sounds desperate and sometimes that is how I feel, yet I know that if I just did some exercise everyday, ate healthy food and most importantly had contact with another human being things would be ok, but it seems I'm finding it overwhelmingly difficult to co... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 08:48:08 EST No results :/ I've been at this for months, and the lack of results I've seen (and the negative comments I've continued to get) are really discouraging me and not helping my motivation. Any ideas? Thu, 5 Jun 2014 01:20:32 EST Subway Cookies This Subway Cookie Display is looking at me :/ I'm not making eye contact! Wed, 4 Jun 2014 22:16:39 EST Cannot lose this weight Hi all, <BR> <BR> I have been doing spark since 2010. I lost over 35 pounds, eating between 1200 - 1500 a day and exercising a LOT. I reached my goal in 2011, an kept my weight nice and low for 12+ months. I tracked my food, but slowly increased but was (and I still am) always mindful of intake. I used to run a lot, I ran loads of 10km races and 2 half marathons but then got struck down with a knee problem which resulted in about 3-4 months off everything. My weight crept up around then, and... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 03:40:49 EST patient and in control having lunch with my husband and Ki and maybe one more will see pray for a good lunch and prayer time. Tue, 3 Jun 2014 21:03:45 EST Nutrtion Numbers From Daily Menu Don't Add Up Could someone please tell me if I need to adjust any of these numbers - I think something is wrong... <BR> This is my daily goals <BR> Consume between 1200 & 1400 calories per day <BR> Consume between 27 & 60 grams of fat per day. <BR> Consume between 10 & 50 grams of carbohydrates per day. <BR> Consume between 100 & 136 grams of protein per day. <BR> Consume between 25 & 35 g of Fiber, total dietary <BR> Consume at least 8 cups of water per day. <BR> <BR> But this is my act... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 18:43:40 EST hard work,no loss i have been working out, trying to eat better and still no weight sucks!! Tue, 3 Jun 2014 16:19:04 EST So frustrated So I feel like I know what everyone will say to this post because I have heard it all before but I am just so frustrated and I need a place to express it. <BR> I have been working out and watching what I eat for 5 weeks now. When I weighed in yesterday I had gained 5 lbs since I started. I was so upset I just started crying. I just don't understand my body. People tell me that I am building muscle and that is what it is, but that just doesn't make me feel any better. To answer you questions:... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 15:02:21 EST 10 weeks, 1.5 pounds I cound my calories, get moderate exercise. Ocassionaly I have a bad day and go over my 1500 calorie goal. My exercise is walking, jogging, elliptical, weights....why is weight loss so ellusive? I can increase my exercise and decrease my calories, well I guess that’s my only choice. Just really perplexed. Over the last 8 months I have lost 13 lbs. I’m now 180 and 5’8.5” and think I should lose 20-30 lbs. I know the less one needs to lose the slower, but this is crazy! Mon, 2 Jun 2014 00:39:22 EST How do you manage stress? I was doing really well and had a huge financial setback. I spent a day in bed and have not been motivated to exercise since. I also have done poorly at tracking from daily m-f tracking to almost none. <BR> <BR> I've decided to be prepared next week - plan meals, pack food to work, track. <BR> <BR> But I feel like I lost my mojo. The "energy" feels gone. Sun, 1 Jun 2014 22:57:22 EST Eating Myself Sick Okay so that may have been a bit of an exaggeration. I'm not literally eating until I get sick, but I feel like I'm in this endless cycle of "oh, I'll start eating healthy tomorrow - I'll just pig out tonight and I'll be fine." And then I don't start eating healthy... ever. <BR> <BR> When I got home from the hospital after having my daughter in October 2012, I was 50lbs lighter than when I went into labor... 20lbs lighter that when I got pregnant. Now I'm 10lbs heavier. So I've gained 3... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 20:11:59 EST Help! Girls adventure. I am on the Ideal Protein diet (early phases). I am doing quite well and am proud of my accomplishments and willpower. I have made a couple bad choices, but definitely nothing terrible. But I am freaking out now. I have a wine trip coming up. Although I know wine is not allowed in Ideal Protein, I am not worried about controlling those decisions. I AM worried about the food we will have with us and at the cabin. I am bringing veggies, but everyone is talking about having pizza one nigh... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 17:44:09 EST Stuck on this plateau! Hi all, <BR> I think I'm stuck! It's been a month and haven't lost any weight-have lost 7lbs since I began April 11th. Now I've actually gained half a pound last two days! I am exercising daily, ie. going for a 20 minute walk, doing some gardening, doing one or two spark videos (the short ones) daily...I guess I can up my exercise, and well, just eat LESS calories! <BR> <BR> I read here that you have to recalculate your BMR (or is it BMI?) as weight goes down. I took a look at mine, and did ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 11:19:34 EST lost child please pray with me for a granddaughter who has not respond to phone calls or tex messages please lord a sign she is ok, I need prayer from other friends. Sat, 31 May 2014 19:21:14 EST lost child please pray with me for a granddaughter who has not respond to phone calls or tex messages please lord a sign she is ok, I need prayer from other friends. Sat, 31 May 2014 19:20:30 EST help- food craving Hi everyone does anyone have any advice regarding food cravings as I am really struggling today :-( Fri, 30 May 2014 04:28:19 EST No more motivation... Ugh. I had a tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy/turbinate reduction rhinoplasty about 4 weeks ago. For two of those weeks I was unable to eat, work, sleep, talk, basically any basic function was out of the question. The lack of eating caused me to lose 20 pounds in only a few days. You can imagine my elation! <BR> <BR> Of course, I knew when I started eating again that the weight would come back, but I had promised myself that I wasnt going to get AS heavy. I had planned to use the recovery period... Fri, 30 May 2014 00:40:56 EST Body images issues I hate to sound like a whiner but here it is: I actually like my body less now that I've lost weight, it seems so loose and messy to me. I have a tummy from 4 kids that I can't tame and it makes me feel so sloppy. I really thought that I'd slim down and feel better. Does anybody else have this? Thu, 29 May 2014 22:39:31 EST Ugh :( I was diagnosed with PCOS 3 years ago and I have insulin resistance as well. This makes my monthly visitor a huge pain. My doctor put me on birth control to help with the hormone and other issues and it is slowly helping plus I take my Metformin like I'm suppose to now ;). I guess it is just one of those days. I use to comfort myself with Little Debbie snacks and close myself off from everyone including my husband. I refuse to do that anymore because it isn't healthy and I usually felt even... Thu, 29 May 2014 17:30:11 EST be fit to loose weight, think about it but seems to always eat something I know better, have doctor appointment end of June for blood work, and Doctor Buckley July 2 need to have weight down at least 3 pounds, and good test. please pray for me, to be more positive. god bless. Thu, 29 May 2014 16:16:48 EST third shifters tracking meals Hey third shifters, <BR> <BR> Do you track starting at midnight? or with breakfast at 4pm? Do you use the breakfast/lunch/dinner format on the tracker here or did you change the names of the meals to fit your life? <BR> <BR> I just added a meal called "1am" cause that's break time... <BR> <BR> I am only third shift 3 days a week... Dawn patrol 2 days... and two days off... <BR> <BR> I'm trying to find a way to name these meals so I can track when and what i'm really eating. It needs a rou... Thu, 29 May 2014 09:42:23 EST back to basic gone for 2 weeks. to Ohio now need to get started back on track with excerise, and diet, and prayer, still needed for allegeries , and for lost granddaughter.god bless. Wed, 28 May 2014 22:28:39 EST Having a hard time sticking to anything I've been struggling a lot lately with staying on track, and I've gained back half of what I lost because of it. I've been trying trying different things to see if there will be something that will "click" for me. <BR> <BR> I'm still going to Weight Watchers meetings, and I found a meeting that I really like. <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, I went on a 2 week "real food" challenge. I spent two weeks avoiding white flour and refined sugar, and my cravings vanished. I work in a grocery store, an... Wed, 28 May 2014 18:04:47 EST Hungry all the time... I feel like there is something wrong with me, because I just cannot seem to get it together when it comes to eating healthy. I do my best to eat whole foods, get plenty of fruits and vegetables and I am still hungry. I thought at first it was just boredom or other emotions, but it is to the point where my stomach is making noise and feels completely empty even though I just ate something an hour ago. I'm eating full meals, too, with plenty of protein, fiber, etc., but still feel this way. <B... Wed, 28 May 2014 11:56:24 EST lack of weight loss I'm overly frustrated. I've done this life style since the end of February. and also am on week four of my challenge. I've hardly seen any difference even though I'm within range on my calories. For almost half a week, I haven't contiued with Coach Nicoles' workouts. I'm now at the point where I'm eating everything in site. HELP! Tue, 27 May 2014 18:52:23 EST Fiance's habits leading to my weight gain Hello. <BR> <BR> I'm writing to get some advice and thoughts from everyone. <BR> <BR> My boyfriend now fiance and I moved in together in August. I'd been on a weight gain trend prior to that but it really sped up after we moved in together. I think I've let some of my healthier habits die off in order to spend more time with him. He tends to watch a fair amount of TV - I used to be without a TV. I'd spend my time outside or staying busy inside. I never used to sit down to until aroun... Tue, 27 May 2014 12:20:23 EST Weekend Weight Gain =( I figured i'd gain weight this weekend. I went away to NH with my parents and had a blast, but didnt watch my food intake. My parents made Indian food which is amazing, and ofcourse I pigged out on that and junk food. Got on the scale last night which I knew wouldnt thrill me. I have to get back on track now, but how many times am I gonna 're-set' and say 'ok time to get back on track'? Its hard for me to maintain and discipline myself to not just let go on these type of occasions <BR> I gues... Tue, 27 May 2014 06:54:57 EST Over eating Hi All, <BR> I lost 50 LBS in 2006 using Spark People. I kept at a steady weight for a few years, gained about 15 back, lost it and kept it off for a few years and now I've found myself up 20 lbs and I'm not happy about it. I can't seem to get my motivation started and I wind up eating too much at night - I'll do OK during the day and then lose all motivation at night. I am embarrassed and keep making deals with myself saying this is the last bite (but I do that over and over). This is ju... Mon, 26 May 2014 22:44:21 EST Feeling like I can Not do anything right! Hi! My husband broke his collarbone 6 weeks ago. Now I have to mow(allergic to grass..but I take allergy meds before doing it) He said we could hire it out but I know we really can't afford it. So we were helping paint at his sisters shop(husband helped and should not have..caused him to be hurting last night). So I figured as tired as I was to mow the lawn toward evening. My husband was sleeping and I got to work and was almost done when he came outside and said he would finish the last bit ... Mon, 26 May 2014 13:37:08 EST off track I have completely gotten off track and struggling to get back on. Several months ago I lost my exercise buddy. She and I worked together and she now has a new job at a new company and we have completely different schedules. Now my job has gotten chaotic and where I could workout on shift (I work third shift) now I'm dealing with unstable clients, coworkers who will leave them for me, and if I'm lucky a coworker, to clean up their mess, and local law enforcement when we need assistance that... Mon, 26 May 2014 11:19:59 EST Hunger & Anger don't mix... After 6 weeks of eating a 100% plant based diet & not missing a single day of my P90x schedule, I lost it. Last night I skipped my workout (traded days off, I told myself.) Then today I went out to pizza & had 3 slices. Not gonna lie, it tasted like heaven! But I feel so guilty because I was doing so good & just got sick of never being able to go out to eat, never splurging, & never taking a night off. <BR> <BR> The thing is, if I'm not 100% committed & kicking butt every day, I can't lose ... Sun, 25 May 2014 17:49:51 EST adult learn to bike I have run well over 50 road races, including 9 marathons. The natural assumption is I can bike, swim and multisport is the natural progression. My dirty secret is that I can't swim or bike. I never learned as a child. In 2008, I took a 3 hour adult learn to bike course and can ride about 200 m down the street, but can't even turn a corner without falling. I went home after the class to practice and I SAW people leaning out of their cars, pointing and laughing. It was not my imagination... Sun, 25 May 2014 15:27:01 EST Just had surgery and going backward. I just had surgery last Friday for a bicep tear. Of course it's my right hand and my fiance is doing all the cooking. I am not allowed to use my arm at all and I'm in a lot of pain. No exercise, bad food and I am losing this battle with my weight. I am going to be in this sling 6-8 weeks with Nick cooking. The only exercise I am getting is from physical therapy. I need some support! <BR> Sat, 24 May 2014 20:33:04 EST Feeling Hopeless So my ex best friend did something terrible and might be going to prison (ex best friend as of me finding out about it), I got promoted (I don't deal well with change) and my eating has been out of control the last ten days. <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm going to be fat forever. I feel like there's nothing I can do about it. One tiny little hiccup and I freak out, spiral out of control like the world is ending. I don't know what's wrong with me. And my work schedule has been insane so me sleep ... Sat, 24 May 2014 09:07:28 EST Calorie Intake changed on the site! Is that right? Yesterday my caloric intake estimate was 1380 to 1640 (I think). Today after I logged my dinner I noticed that my caloric intake estimate should be between 1670 - 2020 calories per day. I am very concerned about this because I did not change my weight loss goals and I know the 1670 is more than my high end range before. If this is just a glitch on the site then I risk overeating but if it is correct I risk undereating which may cause my body to go back into starvation mode. PLEASE HELP! <em>... Fri, 23 May 2014 23:17:39 EST Week Four and Trudging OK. I started this structured eating program because when I don't pay attention I put on weight. That is the bottom line for me. I have to document everything I do and eat. <BR> <BR> The first week I lost 3 lbs, yay! <BR> The second week I gained 3 lbs, really? I was "guessing" my intake. <BR> The third week no change...what the <BR> <BR> Week four I am faithfully tracking everything. I pushed my workouts up from 3 to 6 (I missed one this week). <BR> <BR> I am learning the older I get th... Fri, 23 May 2014 17:30:07 EST Just diagnosed with PCOS and feeling discouraged <BR> :( I came off birth control almost a year ago and have had few periods since them. An ultrasound revealed I have very cystic enlarged ovaries. I had irregular periods in the past (before being on long term birth control), but doctor's never took it seriously. I am in the normal weight range, so I am not sure how much weight I can loose. Diet and exercise seem to be what helps most people, but I already eat really well and exercise well too; I have a tendency to gain weight very easily, ... Fri, 23 May 2014 17:27:19 EST My hair is falling out. It started shortly after I had my third child almost 2 years ago. I figured it would have stopped by now but it hasn't. I think it's getting worse. My hair used to be super thick and have loads of natural curl, now its thin and straight unless I load it with product and blow dry it. <BR> <BR> I don't know if I am not getting enough of something in my diet, if I am losing weight to fast or if it could still be hormones. This isn't my first rodeo with losing weight after a baby and this d... Fri, 23 May 2014 16:38:57 EST Panic, I feel like I look fatter than ever Any advice out there? I have been staying within my cal, fat,and protien intakes, my tape measure even shows the inch I've lost, and I dropped 3 dress sizes....But why do I feel like I look like I've gotten bigger in my upper arms, my calfes, and my boobs.....uggghhhh... Fri, 23 May 2014 14:25:37 EST Scale confusion! I just started doing the optifast dr. monitored weight loss program. This requires me to come in for weekly weigh-ins on Thursday nights. Then on the following morning (Friday morning) i also weigh myself so i can take a picture of the scale and add it to my weight loss diary! I don't don't weigh myself for the rest of the week. <BR> <BR> When i first went to the dr. for my first weigh in last week (at night) the scale said i was 216. Then as planned the next morning i weighed myself on my ... Fri, 23 May 2014 10:25:57 EST Stuck at the same weight How do you deal with not moving forward, or seem to still weigh the same? I am 69 years old. Fri, 23 May 2014 08:08:47 EST Feeling defeated I can't count how many times I've lost weight and gained back more. I am now at my highest weight and feel defeated. Why should I keep trying to lose when I know I will just gain it back? I work out hard 4 to 6 days a week and love it. My biggest struggle is food. I eat too much and sometimes can't stop. I'm feeling defeated and I'm not sure I want to keep working at this. Thu, 22 May 2014 23:36:37 EST Goodbye Alcohol Dear Alcohol, <BR> It has been my glorious fortune to have had you in my life; we've shared so many wacky misadventures together! I thought we'd be lifelong friends. <BR> However, you are a bad influence on my diet. No matter how and when we get together, you destroy my efforts to be good with caloric intake. <BR> I just need a break, no offense. Dearest friend alcohol, don't take it personally. I still really like you. But for now I'm calling it quits. <BR> Txt me when a 20 calorie b... Thu, 22 May 2014 17:59:30 EST Wedding, work stress, flu.. I'm overwhelmed I just got engaged last weekend, which should make me incredibly excited and happy, but I'm feeling very stressed out and overwhelmed. I'm sick with the flu and I'm dealing with a lot of stress and problems at work. I feel like I'm dealing with too many things at once and I have to let go of something. Lately that's been cooking and working out. I just don't see how I can continue a healthy lifestyle and stay on top of all my obligations and responsibilities. I either eat a quick fast-food me... Thu, 22 May 2014 14:58:00 EST How do I manage this? Hello, everyone. I don't really think this is a "Panic!" worthy post, but I couldn't figure out where else to post. I've been a member of the forum for a while, but I haven't ventured much into the message boards. <BR> <BR> Back in 2000, I lost 60lbs. I kept it off until 2008 when I became pregnant with my second son. I gained a lot of weight, and I've got 40lbs to lose. I've lost quite a bit (almost all) of it, but then I gained it back. I'm very good at losing weight . . . but my office en... Thu, 22 May 2014 14:03:06 EST This is a mentally exhausting journey Am I the only one who feels like every day is a battle? If my BMR is 1770, I need to create a pretty significant calorie deficit each day in order to see the slightest progress but I have managed to do it, "bingeing" at 2000 calories a day, less than a handful of times in 2014. At celebrations and get-togethers, everyone around me is eating and drinking with reckless abandon and enjoyment, while I stand there drinking water. It feels like I'm forced to hold my breath all day...don't do this... Thu, 22 May 2014 11:21:15 EST working out when down with arthritis flare up I am in a fix! <BR> i was never very serious about my workouts. always loved walking though. But now that i am down and out with a flare up in my right hip, i am not able to walk properly. It hurts and if i try to balance my body weight - it affects my gait. In any case the pace is so slow, that it cant help in burning any calories. I read that swimming is the best exercise for arthritis. But i can't swim! I can try to enroll myself in a swimming class. But not sure if i should start now or ... Thu, 22 May 2014 01:53:28 EST How did you get started with your journey? I have between 85-100 pounds to lose, and I am at a loss as to how to start. I am constantly reading information about weight loss (the healthy way, not gimmicks), but I feel like so much info is out there now that I am overwhelmed, don't know where to begin, and feel like I am too far gone, and hopeless. I keep telling myself to start with small manageable changes (like drinking water instead of soda, exercising at least 10 minutes daily, etc...), but the problem is I never seem to get sta... Wed, 21 May 2014 22:23:12 EST sliding back lots of things going on the last couple of weeks and i think i am sliding back to bad portion sizes. i really want and need to do this. saw a picture of me with my grand daughter lately and i even noticed the differences but lately i cant seem to stay on track like i should. i am eating the right stuff but i think i am eating too much. and everything i do pick to eat adds up to too much sodium. not sure what to do. need a diet partner but i live at least 30 minutes from daughter and her sch... Wed, 21 May 2014 19:39:35 EST It's only breakfast, already feel like I blew it. Its only breakfast, I have had a Coke (TERRIBLE), 2 sausage and biscuit rolls, and a granola bar.. I don't know why I ate so many bad things... I feel like my entire day is shot even though I know that I should just keep it together and finish out the day strong. Really need some encouragement. Wed, 21 May 2014 10:41:30 EST In a rut.....haven't lost in over a month! Still tracking every day. I have a fitbit so I am getting in at least 10,000 steps a day. Weather has been crap so I have not been getting too much cardio. I haven't seen the scale move in over a month! No more inches coming off either. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Tue, 20 May 2014 20:56:29 EST Should I weigh myself now? I have totally fallen off the wagon of weight loss. when I first started, i lost some weight, felt good and was getting in shape running. then life happened and i have since been off and on SP since that time. and i have gained a LOT of weight (I can tell because my clothes are so tight and my stomach is big for the first time). so, i started off at 145 or so...then i have steadily gained weight in the last 2 years or so. <BR> <BR> my question is, should i weight myself now before i ge... Tue, 20 May 2014 13:04:09 EST You'd think I would try a little harder :/ I have lots of reasons to want to lose weight. I want to feel better, have more energy, look better, have more self esteem/self confidence .... I also don't want to look like a whale this summer while out on the boat, I want to look half decent at the 2 weddings I have been invited to, I want to look and feel better about myself over all. <BR> I have not been doing so well this last month or so, having a hard time getting my mind to believe that even though it is mid May already it is not too... Tue, 20 May 2014 08:35:31 EST Binge Eating and Not working out I've pretty much given up any motivation for being healthy lately. I'm not sure what it is. I used to find that working out gave me a good break from my son and left me happy afterwards. I can really feel the difference from not working out, as I've gained almost 12 pounds in the last two months. My problem is, I can't take my son to the gym at night anymore (because of his health condition). I know I need to rework my schedule, but I have no motivation to do so. <BR> <BR> I am also binge e... Mon, 19 May 2014 01:35:01 EST start up page I am confused I joined last fri 16 May 14. Weight 173. My Goal is to lose 50lbs by Christmas 14. But on my start up page it said Goal to go from 173 to 123 by 16 June 14. I cant do that its impossible, how do I change that on start up. and how do I get that little motivational ruler, I see most people have. Can any one help please. <em>303</em> Sun, 18 May 2014 13:46:29 EST Wish me luck! In about 2 hours I'll be leaving for my family reunion. There will be pizza, fried chicken, cake and who knows what else. Yikes! <BR> <BR> I made a beautiful quinoa and black bean salad with veggies to bring along for something healthy, but I don't have complete confidence that I'll be able to resist all the other stuff. I know that people will say I can just have a little, it's a special occasion after all. But I know myself, and just a little of my triggers can turn into a full-fledged bin... Sat, 17 May 2014 12:00:31 EST Motivation? What's that?! I'm having a really hard time at the moment. I've gained weight because I can't seem to say no to ANYthing. Some treats are fine. I know that. I've understood that for a long time. But for some reason my ability to say no to most things just has gone out the window. <BR> I know I'm stressed. I know I'm unwell. I know I have a plethora of other reasons to justify my poor choices of late. But the simple fact of the matter is that there is always something stressful. There is always something di... Sat, 17 May 2014 03:21:43 EST Didnt realize how big I got till I saw pics... My family and I went to MN last week, and my dad just put up pics of our trip... I know i've gained weight over the months/ years... but seeing my body next to my family gave me a wake up call, I really have gained a ton of weight... like... i'm discusted to see myself in these pics. I'm 152, 5'4, and i'm 25 years old. I'm considered overweight by 10-15 pounds... but looking at these pics makes me want to cry... <BR> <em>39</em> Thu, 15 May 2014 11:05:35 EST Suggestions please! I have been a Sparks member for a couple of years now, however I do fluctuate on how often I track food/fitness. I lapse on tracking because after a while I already know just about how many calories I'm consuming, and how many I'm burning with activity. My weight had plateaud at the end of 2013 and then I took a new job where I literally walk 6-7 miles per day (furniture sales consultant). I only recently discovered just how much I was walking when I got a new phone with a fitness tracker on ... Wed, 14 May 2014 17:13:13 EST Crushing Realization |SI Trigger Warning| I'll start by saying I am.. I am aggressively overweight. Sure, whatever, I get told all the time by people that I don't look how I weigh and I'm 'pretty for my size'. My boyfriend tells me I'm not fat all the time but what's starting to scare me is. I'm going to my sisters for the sheer purpose of getting a jumpstart on losing weight. Considering the several times I've tried, crashed, and burned. And it's.. a really tangible possibility. And now that it is. I can't help but realize that losi... Tue, 13 May 2014 18:58:21 EST power of prayer thank you for all the prayers, that has been sent to my postings, have heard from granddaughter, I believe she is in Foley AL , I just wanted her to be safe, please pray as I start to Ohio early tomorrow, god bless Tue, 13 May 2014 15:17:10 EST Unable to enter foods in the log for lunch <em>24</em> Is anyone else having an issue? I tried with the search button and nothing then on the lunch I hit add foods and nothing happens. Frustrating. Tue, 13 May 2014 11:49:49 EST Backsliding I completely fell off the wagon this week end. This is the place in my normal "diets" where I throw in the towel and call it quits. But then all this work was for nothing. I chose to put it behind me and just pick myself up and jump back on the wagon. This is probably more important than so me of my successes, I hope it helps someone else! Tue, 13 May 2014 11:28:16 EST back pain how does one lose weight with herniated lumbar discs Tue, 13 May 2014 10:52:20 EST Progress crushed It's only been three months since I've started this journey. I'm taking it slow and steady and committing to a life style change. I'm not looking for a temporary solution, a pill or shake that'll make me lose 30 pounds in a month. My goal is to lose 15lbs a year from now (trying to be realistic). So far I've been keeping track of the foods I eat and have reduced my calorie intake. I'm slowly eliminating processed foods and trying to find alternatives to the processed foods. I'm slowly introdu... Mon, 12 May 2014 16:17:15 EST OUT OF CONTROL!!! After having a fairly easy time staying on track with most of my new healthy habits for months, I have let two weddings and a one week holiday turn into 3 weeks of not tracking food, eating chocolate and snacks, slacking on exercise, sleep and freggies, and gaining back 4 kilo of the 23 I had lost! <BR> <BR> My first reaction would be to stop logging into SP, feel sorry for myself and console myself with even more chocolate. <BR> But I know that's no good. I really need to stop this destruct... Mon, 12 May 2014 10:22:38 EST I let my "all or nothing mentality" take over :( I was doing so good, I was watching what I was eating, getting in a little exercise and learning not to beat myself up if I slipped up. Well, the last couple weeks have been horrible, I have let life take over once again. Things weren't and aren't going perfect so .... here comes the excuses again , I am using food to try to solve all my problems and it is definitely not working, but I am having a hard time to break this bad habit cycle again. <BR> My brain knows what I need to do, my body ju... Mon, 12 May 2014 08:16:46 EST 15 pounds in two days, I don't understabd Freaking out. I have been exercising every day for almost two months and it wasn't doing anything. I completely changed my diet and I finally seemed to start losing weight. I lost about 10lbs last week and was so excited. So we spent the weekend at my in-laws so I didn't really have a choice on what's e ate. The first day I had two pieces of KFC chicken and mashed potatoes, but that was it for the day, the second day I had two pieces of toast and peanut butter for breakfast, a hot dog for lun... Sun, 11 May 2014 15:11:33 EST I look awful! My belly is hanging over my panties! I look like I've had a c-section or something! But I am single and childless! I refuse to believe that I can't have flat abs and a slim body in my 40s! <BR> <BR> But I have been exercising regularly and trying to eat healthy for months but with no results! My belly is as huge as ever! I am so discouraged! I can't afford a liposuction neither do I want unecessary surgery but I am just at my wit's end! <BR> <BR> I look awful! I look disgusting! And I feel... Sun, 11 May 2014 09:43:44 EST FEEL I AM GOING TO BINGE GOING THROUGH SOME EMOTIONAL TIMES AS IT IS MOTHER'S DAY AND STRUGGLING, I HAVE BEEN DOING EXERCISE AFTER EXERCISE AND DRINKING TO STOP ME FROM GOING IN THE KITCHEN AND RAIDING IT...ALSO CHEWING GUM HELP, THE MORE I CRY THE MORE I FEEL TO EAT Sun, 11 May 2014 06:46:36 EST Rainy Rainy Days I can't seem to get going when the days are cloudy if it's sunny outside I have a big burst of energy and like the energizer bunny keep on going. When it's cloudy out goes my motivation. Any suggestions? Sat, 10 May 2014 14:10:18 EST Feeling overwhelmed, again. Going through some tough stuff. It's not all about weight loss, although that's part of it. My fiance has been focusing really hard on losing weight, and he has been successful for the most part. I have been starting work for the first time in a long time. My life has changed since I moved from Santa Cruz to San Jose (the San Francisco Bay Area) and I don't have as many exercise options. I have switched to going to the gym but I don't have the freedom for as many relaxing outdoor walks b... Sat, 10 May 2014 11:48:55 EST Anyone else out there experience with this? I am trying again to lose weight after a hiatus. I have recently been to a registered dietitian at the local hospital to help me get to the bottom of why I don't lose weight. I've had a very difficult time of it. No, it's not my thyroid, I've had it checked every year. I just started a new exercise regimen, swimming and water aerobics because of arthritic knees and one ankle. I use a cane and so even WATP with Leslie Sansone is difficult. Tried "chair exercise" and it just doesn't cut it for ... Fri, 9 May 2014 21:48:45 EST I am at a loss I have been with Sparkpeople for two weeks now. I have been dieting and exercising for about a month. In the first two weeks of doing all of this, I lost ten pounds. These last two weeks I haven't lost a single pound. <BR> <BR> Then today I apparently gained weight. I have had a total of 3 splurges. 2 of them back to back. On those days I worked out anyways, hoping to keep myself at a lower calorie intake. With exercise my calorie intake was only around 1400. <BR> <BR> How in the world am ... Fri, 9 May 2014 10:02:42 EST bulimia recovery I am currently 4 months free of bulimia. I still deal with the anxiety that comes with food. I exercise everyday to help deal with it. i go out on the weekends almost always, so at least one day and sometimes two i will drink and sometimes eat some sort of unhealthy food after a night of drinking. besides that i eat pretty clean and exercise for sure 6 days a week. what i am trying to get at is, is it possible i still be suffering from bulimia bloat and the weight gain that comes with it stil... Fri, 9 May 2014 02:18:18 EST Munchies It is that time of the month and I can't stop munching. Any suggestions? Thanks! Thu, 8 May 2014 08:36:43 EST This half pound a week sucks! Being faithful to the plan, drinking all the water, exercising 30 mins. per day, sleeping 8 hours per night, and this is all I lose? <BR> <em>46</em> Wed, 7 May 2014 23:09:47 EST Lost but not losing I began my journey to health about two years ago by joining weight watchers. I have lost about 37 pounds. About nine months ago, I just stopped losing. I have maintained around 190 pounds (plus/minus 3). I really want the scale to move, but can't seem to figure it out. <BR> <BR> In January, I began tracking with Spark and realized that I was eating too much sodium and that I was probably not eating enough on weight watchers. (Like literally under 1200 calories is what my weekly points/daily... Wed, 7 May 2014 19:37:56 EST I can't stay on track. =( I don't even know where to begin. Let's me just say this is diet #2358250735. I want so badly to be a healthy weight. My whole life I have been overweight and trying to diet. A diet will last anywhere from a couple days to a couple months. But, I always fall off track and gain back all the weight if not more weight then before.. I need help. What keeps you on track? Why does this keep happening. I wish I could just automatically eat healthy and exercise regularly. It is a very hard challenge ... Tue, 6 May 2014 23:22:39 EST Frustration. blank Tue, 6 May 2014 21:30:34 EST Weight Regain Question Good morning, <BR> <BR> I am not sure really where to ask this question. I am just wondering if there have ever been a person who has used SP exclusively that lost a lot of weight, then regained it all, then lost it all again and kept it off for good. <BR> <BR> I've been on SP for a few years and had good success, and then I burned out really bad and gained it all back. I am starting all over now and I hope that I will maintain my weight loss without burning out this time. <BR> <BR> Thank... Tue, 6 May 2014 11:24:18 EST Garcin Cambogia Extract Has anyone heard of this extract and have you used it? Reading about it, it sounds really good but I wonder if it is harmful or does it help anything? I am in a plateau and need a jump start and wonder if this might help. <em>40</em> Mon, 5 May 2014 15:12:02 EST Mobile Phone I need suggestions on what phone to buy now. I am just tired of the phone I use now, its been over two years and its simbian. <BR> <BR> My preference is anything that is ok for all my fitness stuff. I surf the net a lot and most of them are weight loss/fitness sites. Mon, 5 May 2014 11:20:38 EST on a yo-yo, need to stay on track I was doing so good, for 99% of the time since August but then all of a sudden for the last two weeks I have really been struggling to stay within my recommended range. I am so embarrassed of how much I am eating, I haven't even been tracking all days in the last two weeks, which is unlike me also. Since August I didn't miss tracking ANYTHING that passed my mouth, now all of a sudden I am embarrassed to track when I am being 'bad'. I am not going to give up, I just need some kind of motivatio... Mon, 5 May 2014 07:51:21 EST daily goal vs. recommended goal I've gotten different answers from people and I'm desperately looking for a sure answer here. Under "MY TRACKERS"on "START" page I'm given a caloric in & out of 1200-1550 calories. I track every day under "MY NUTRITION" I scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "SEE TODAYS FULL REPORT". This shows an amount (in red) which is not the same as the recommended goal. My question is which do I follow to lose weight? Sun, 4 May 2014 22:25:46 EST Calories and Working Out I'm about 10 pounds away from my goal weight and it's starting to stress me out. I'm wondering if I'm doing enough and if I'm sabotaging myself and failing. I've never been this close to my goal before and it's definitely been much more difficult to lose even a fraction of a pound. So I have a few questions: <BR> <BR> 1. I generally eat 1200 calories. But lately I've been eating 1400-1500 and then trying to burn off the extra calories (or more) through exercise. Is this as effective as just ... Sun, 4 May 2014 18:33:01 EST Bad Weekend Hi everyone. I'm feeling really stressed and overwhelmed by trying to eat healthy. I've had a lot of work/community events where dinner is provided, which would be fine if I ate reasonably the rest of the time...but I'm not. My partner's been sick, and I'm in the middle of finals, and I feel like everything is spinning out of control and I just dont' have the energy to engage with healthy eating right now. <BR> <BR> Encouragement appreciated. Sun, 4 May 2014 11:11:50 EST VERY HUNGARY - HELP It's 2 hours before dinner - I had 1/2 ounce cheese, 20 grapes and 2 oz bean sprouts for a snack. I was still hungry so I ate two small oranges. I am still hungry - sipping on green tea and water with lemon. The kitchen is calling my name H-E-L-P- Sat, 3 May 2014 16:07:15 EST not losing ok, im getting really demotivated :( i workout 5-6 nights a week (45-60 min) mostly cathe freidrich and firm DVDs. i tried eating my 1200-1550 without adding in extra calories for working but, no loss, i tried adding in some of my calories burned, no loss. basically, no loss. i have a heart rate monitor to tell me how many calories burned and i dont eat them all back. i am very carefully recording my calories too, im not lying to myself and leaving out car-food (lol) or any tricks ive be... Sat, 3 May 2014 10:27:24 EST breaking pattterns it is very hard to break patterns sometimes, I understand at 69 I have to share everthing with the lord daily, almost hourly, for a lost granddaughter, who I love so much, for health which im very blessed outside of hearing and new hearing aids such a blessing, pray for your future god bless. Fri, 2 May 2014 23:28:47 EST big schedule change in my life! From full time student to full time research assistant with a wedding coming up and wanting to stay healthy and still have a social life still. <BR> <BR> Need to work on some time management so I don't crash next week. I'm already feeling overwhelmed! <BR> Fri, 2 May 2014 13:34:41 EST weight loss quit making excuses and do it Thu, 1 May 2014 23:14:08 EST slow start lord just right now as I type im thinking of Erica, please give me a sign she is ok and safe Im not sure what I expect but maybe a word from a friend on spark people, or a certain scripture to read .she said do ask any questions what does that mean, thank you lord and holy spirit. Thu, 1 May 2014 23:12:52 EST What is exercising doing to my legs? So I have been going to gym for 2 weeks so far doig weights not much anymore and treadmill stationary bike and elliptical and I measure Last night and my thighs grew an inch omg idk do they swell and get bigger for awhile when first exercising and like my clothes feel tighter but my prob is I don't drink much water at all maybe I'm retaining water or maybe swell? maybe since im gaining some muscle the jigglier fat type is just more visible during process. How long till it goes away im 110 lbs... Thu, 1 May 2014 17:11:10 EST Not losing - plateau again I guess Once again on the stay the same or gain or small loss. So tired of this. Can not get to losing again but I won't give up. <em>39</em> Thu, 1 May 2014 16:29:25 EST How do you get through the night??? I joined yesterday, and have been on again off again dieting for years... I was injured about 3 years ago and diagnosed with a sever case of Fibromyalgia... so exercise is difficult for me... so the weight has been packing on... My loving wonderful husband doesnt care how big or small i am, that is a double edged sword!!! in one way its great that i dont have to worry about him leaving or putting me down for being this big but in another there really isnt any encouragement form him to loose.... Thu, 1 May 2014 08:56:54 EST I dont want to do this alone I am here because I have a hard time sticking to things when I don't have support. I have a new town home, in a new city, with a new job. I would like friends that will be here to encourage me, push me, pray with me, hold me accountable, give me ideas and so on...... but most of all, to actually be there. I don't have any local "real life" friends so I am reaching out to you. Thu, 1 May 2014 05:18:59 EST trying to fight a binge Im trying to fight a sugar binge. It's been two days with no binge. It's 1am and I just need a few words to remind me it's ok. Thu, 1 May 2014 01:09:34 EST Binge on the way or just a little bump on the road OK, I've been doing great. Lost 10 Lbs in a week, exercised like a mad woman, ate 1200-1300 Cals. Its been raining and drab all week and all I wanted to do is give in and eat carbs and curl up on the sofa. I gave in to take out for dinner, hubby offered to pick up dinner and who am I to say no. So now my cals are at 1800 but I am hoping I don't use it as an excuse to go on a binge. Help... <BR> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:09:10 EST diet control need prayers to get back on track Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:46:12 EST prayer looking for a granddaughter 19 foley or summerdale alabama, with 2005 nissan Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:44:24 EST Stupid, broken toe I was moving into my last week of Alpha round for t25 and I smashed my pinky toe on my daughters highchair. It's awful trying to hobble around, it's swollen and incredibly bruised and painful. <BR> <BR> I'm almost 9 months postpartum and I breastfeed, so I can't cut too many calories so my milk supply doesn't drop. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking Pilates and modified plank holds and push-ups will probably be okay to do until my toe is feeling better. <BR> Any other ideas for workouts that won't h... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:57:02 EST