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 What do I have to do to have the figure of a Victoria Secret model? <BR> <BR> I already know I can't be as tall, as I was born short, but surely I can work towards these flat abs and slim waists. Is that impossible? <BR> <BR> I refuse to believe that it can't be done because I see small, perfect looking women all around me when I go to the mall! <BR> <BR> If they can acheive it, why can't I? How are they doing it? Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:09:41 EST Not feeling good with a cold Scared I stop my fitness routine. I've done it in the past... Never fails...every time I go on vacation or get sick it's SOO hard for me to get back on track :\ Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:42:37 EST UNDER TREMENDOUS STRESS <em>24</em> 'Started off at 291, reached 216, been under a boat load of stress and shot up to 250 <em>40</em> <BR> I am so stressed that I am now on anxiety meds., and I am eating out of control. I am so desperate for some words of wisdom that will help. <BR> <BR> As far as I can tell, this stress isn't going anywhere for awhile. <BR> The best I can do is deal with it and stop the emotional eating <BR> <BR> Words of wisdom/encouragement? Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:37:11 EST Huge disparity of treatment My Mom is always yelling at me. Talking me to me roughly like I was the hired help. Expecting me to help her in housework. <BR> <BR> But she always is so sweet tempered with my brother and doesn't expect him to help out with the housework, though he does help out with the mopping only. <BR> <BR> I know I am an adult but it still hurts to be treated like that when I see my parents everyday because I can't afford to move out. <BR> <BR> I always feel that she doesn't love me because of the w... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:12:43 EST Fat Phobic My husband is fat phobic. He has ADHD and takes meds that cause him not to be hungry. If only he could understand eating disorders! Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:34:11 EST Depressed why can't I keep the weight I loose off Wow wish I could have a magic wand for weight <BR> Last week went from 176 to 172 <BR> This week went from 172 to 177 <BR> What how can this be every time I get to a weight that's is better bang there I go <BR> So now today trying to turn this around Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:19:38 EST seem to be gaining a pound a day on sunday I was 150, yesterday 152, today 153.4...I lost weight pretty quick, 12 lbs in three weeks and now I'm nervous about gaining it back.. <BR> my nutrition is also sliding.. im eating snack granola bars and chocolates at night.. <BR> getting frustrated.. I feel like I cant stop grabbing that kind of food at night.. my body might be missing something.. I am taking magnesium but don't know what other supplements might be helpful... <BR> I have an issue with binge eating so im eating a lo... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:41:46 EST Can't get ahead Hi - I am sooo stressed and demotivated. I had lost 3 lbs. in 3 weeks - no big triumph, but I felt good about it. Now I have lost nothing and in fact have gained 1 lb. back in 2 weeks, which means I have only lost 2 lbs in 5 weeks!!! "Why do I bother?" is what I ask myself. Been having financial stress and have been eating whatever is at hand. Logging meals went out the door for a week and it seems this had a lot to do with my weight not moving. My head is just full and I can't seem to ... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:35:03 EST Need some help 'sorry for long post' I find it a bit hard asking for help. <BR> <BR> Lately I have been on an emotional journey and I am finding myself. I am learning to deal with and learn from my emotions. Been following a self help book on emotional eating. <BR> The hardest part of all I guess is learning to love or even like myself. I can see bits I like but I have no real love for me even though I am trying. <BR> I always look to others in the hope they will give me love or assurance.Yet it rarely comes. That is someth... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:34:16 EST I didn't gained a pound of muscle mass :( Hello there :) <BR> <BR> (sorry for grammar or spelling mistakes, i'm from germany and my english isn't the best..) <BR> <BR> I'm a bit frustrated. <BR> Yesterday I had an appointment at my gym. when i had my first appointment a year ago I stood on a scale and was measured. my weight, my bodyfat, water and musclemass. now a year later i was curious about how i changed. i lost about 22 pounds, i knew that. but i also wanted to know how my musclemass improved. and it didn't!!!!!!! i mean, i d... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:18:48 EST It's too late now. In less than 2 weeks, I will be flying to visit my dad. I decided to go just last week. The thing I am really dreading is squeezing into the seat for the flight. Of course, by the time I paid for the tickets, only middle seats were available. I am embarrassed and ashamed that I have let myself go (again.) My hips will rest on each of the other people sitting in my row. And not just rest, they will actually push against them. I know the time is too short to really make a difference. I find the... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 23:42:55 EST When life sends curve balls, I treat myself poorly Life has been sending me quite a few curve balls lately and while not all of them are bad, I have been using them all as excuses to not take care of myself. I had originally lost 40 lbs through SparkPeople but gained 15 lbs back. I have resolved to get back on track with my eating and exercising but I keep using life's curve balls as an excuse to eat the wrong things (and in the wrong quantities) and not exercise! Please help! I have a history of dealing with problems in a self destructive ma... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 23:04:43 EST Up late and trying not to overeat.... I picked up an extra shift at work, which means I'm sitting at my desk from 1130pm until 730am, and it's so boring. In the past I've passed time by eating, but I ate a bit more than I wanted to yesterday. I'll be fine as far as my calories go if I can make it through the shift without eating everything :/ Not to mention, I really want to stop eating just out of boredom! But it's soooo hard to get my mind off of food. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:10:37 EST stacy pita chips are the devil. they are like crack to me. and today i did pretty good then binged on them due to stress. ARGH... :( Sun, 22 Feb 2015 20:28:31 EST where to even start... I was doing so well 7 months ago..I was healthier, confident and sticking to my goals for the most part. Labor day my dad, 83, who has pakinsons and lewy body dementia ( now in end stage) had another fall and was placed in a nursing home. My mom is still in the family home. I became financial power of attorney and my mom's driver ( I had been doing this for awhile but it just got more often). Anyway, I also have an almost 12 yr old son and work 12 hour shifts weekends. In January dad declined... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 14:36:15 EST Out of Control Hello everyone. I have been away for quite a while. I wasn't really much of a poster; more of a lurker. <BR> <BR> I find myself in a situation I've been in before but which I never asked for moral support or suggestions from anyone. I'm more of a loner. <BR> Lately I find myself out of control with eating. I eat anything, whether I'm hungry or not; whether I know it's bad for me, whatever. I can't stop. I want to stop. I get up every morning vowing to really eat healthier, or at least... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:03:27 EST Are you in this to win this?please read this Ladies no more letting people push you around with their negative thoughts in 2015. This is your year ladies,you are in control and you are going to do great things. You are going to stop feeling guilty that you want to better yourself. You're going to stop sacrificing your happiness and your weight loss goals to others. Instead ladies you going to enter this weight loss journey and do the things you've always knew and wanted to do in every aspect of your life. Ladies while the doubters and h... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 08:30:02 EST My parents are so negative!!! I want to be able to discuss things with my parents like normal ppl. But each time I mention something, my parents will assume the worst of me and start calling me names and tearing me down. I am aware that my parents are trying to 'teach' me but this isn't the way to do it. It just makes me feel bad about myself. <BR> <BR> For instance, today, I told my Dad that I was disappointed in my church friends because they didn't give me any ang pows for Chinese New Year. Being that I'm single, I'm ... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 05:30:47 EST Disappointed with selfish friends It is the common practice for married ppl to give singles ang pows (lucky money in red packets) during the Chinese New Year season. <BR> <BR> But I was disappointed in my church members. Non of them gave me any except for one lady. I know I'm not a kid, but since it was common knowledge to everyone in my church that I'm unemployed and on dialysis, I was surprised at their selfishness. <BR> <BR> Surely, they would want a chance to bless me with a few bucks, knowing my financial situation but... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 01:04:27 EST food for the mind Today I will not include negative words in my vocabulary. Because I can, I will and I am going to make the best of my weight loss journey. If it doesn't challenge you then it doesn't change you. No weight loss is instant or microwavable. Before you put food into your mouth think ladies is it getting closer to your weight loss goal or further away from your goal. You can do this I believe that and so shall you. Dont beat yourself up with negative thoughts instead pick yourself up, shake it off... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 19:14:47 EST can't stand Mom's nitpicking! I was out to dinner with my parents yesterday. Everything was fine until my Mom made a comment that my hair was almost touching my food. I think I am too old for my Mom to nitpick at little things like that and I am not so stupid that I wouldn't know if my hair was touching my food! <BR> <BR> I resent being treated like a kid! Well, now my Mom is ignoring me! I mean, really, I wasn't rude or anything, I just told her to stop commenting on me. I am old enough to look after my hair and food! Sat, 21 Feb 2015 08:52:52 EST Help!!! My weight keeps increasing! The last time I saw the doctor last month, he increased my dry weight (weight I should be after dialysis) from 57kgs to 57.5kgs but now my blood pressure starts dropping at 58.5kgs! Which means I may have put on 1.5kgs in this short time! <BR> <BR> A couple of years back, my dry weight was 54kgs, my weight dropped the moment I stopped the steroids for SLE. But now, I may have put on a total of 4.5kgs! <BR> <BR> Help!!! Why can't my weight go down but keeps going up! I feel like a failure! Sat, 21 Feb 2015 07:37:27 EST Friday Night Binging Hi everyone, I'm new to this community. I actually just joined, hoping for some support for weight loss. I am currently 287 pounds and 5'10". I've been in denial for years over my weight gain. In 2007 I had lost 125 lbs and gotten my weight down to 160 lbs. Then, I went through a few bad relationships and the recession (stress)...and then married my ex-hubs in 2010. Our son was born in 2012, and 3 months later we were divorced. It's been a stressful few years, and during my pregnancy I packed... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 21:50:07 EST I dont know how to get myself there I lost about 80 pounds from high school and college and now that im settled down with my amazing wife Iv lost the urge to workout and the anger.. yes anger that drove me to lose so much weight and its coming back so fast. I feel like everything i worked for is being took from me so easily and its crushing me. I cant seem to stop myself and i can no longer control my all of my surroundings to keep myself from seeing the tempting foods. I just wish it didn't have to be so mentaly hard for me t... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 20:37:12 EST Notes I decided to put a note on my fridge telling me to eat healthy and to remember my diet. It helps. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:35:53 EST Dont i feel stupid. Well the other day I wrote about how I had gained weight during the night. Well I feel so stupid. I usually weigh myself with no clothes on and after I go to the bathroom. Well for someknown reason I left my socks,and pants on, thayt s my problem. All is good I figured it out and I feel much better about it. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:30:43 EST You have GOT to be kidding me So, I'm at work as a personal shopper at a grocery store. It's been a few hours since I've eaten breakfast, but my 15 minute break is a couple hours away at LEAST. I'm shopping for a customer, and I have a hot rotisserie chicken in the top portion of the cart (there are other cold items in the basket, so I can't keep the chicken there). Needless to say, the chicken smells REALLY good. <BR> <BR> I'm in the bakery, trying to find a good, fresh loaf of Italian bread, and of COURSE, the loaves a... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:07:31 EST weight I weigh 154 so last night when I went to bed I decided to weigh myself and I was 156, I know you don't weigh yourself at night but I did just to see. The following morning I weighed myself in the nude and after I went to the bathroom and I weighed 160. How is that possible. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:15:45 EST Why? Ok, I get it. <BR> <BR> I know that a diner of baked sweet potato, stir-fryed green beans, and baked chicken drumsticks is healthier than a dinner of pepperoni pizza lunchables, cherry turnovers, and half a pint of Cookie Butter ice cream. <BR> <BR> I know that a breakfast sandwich made with low sodium turkey, a sprouted grain English muffin, a slice of cheese, and an egg are a better choice than a box of cinnamon toast waffles and the second half of the pint of ice cream. <BR> <BR> So, ... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:19:43 EST gaining weight with exercise Hi ! I am 24 years old.5 feet and 60 kgs.I am at 1000 calorie diet per day.I walk for 5 kms each day.I am still gaining weight while following this routine.I want to weigh around 45 kgs. Please help.( I donot have hereditary obesity and I am not on any medication) Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:52:12 EST New type 2 diabetic Im sarah 26 and just diagnosed with lately my blood sugar has been in the 200s and 300s, highest was 392, today it was 320.wny ideas on how to lower it and I take oral medication no insulin.any tips would b helpful im scared of this disease Wed, 18 Feb 2015 23:30:39 EST I'm getting lazy! I have been getting so lazy, dont feel like exercising. I have been having the urge to eat burgers, pies, etc. I have been hungry all the time. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:48:11 EST Following diet exactly, gaining weight! For the first 5 days I lost a pound a day, then 1/2 pound the next, now I have gained 2 pounds. I have tried to weigh close to the same time each day. I had the flu when I started, so I didn't exercise for a few days, then the first day I exercise the next morning I get up and had gained. What am I doing wrong? <em>33</em> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:49:45 EST Gained weight I gained 6 pounds. I ate chips & drank 2 regular cokes. I ran out of diet cokes so i was drinking cokes. Bad mistake! I've got to lose them pounds & more. But no more cokes. I'm going to get diet cokes today. <em>39</em> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:06:16 EST Hungry……Help I have been doing this for a couple of weeks now. I have felt great up until the last two days. I am so hungry in the evening, and trying not to give in to the cravings. Sticking to the calories, exercise and the water intake. I have been steadily loosing and today had gained two pounds. I often have cravings around my period (sorry guys), should I go with it, or try and push through? Please help. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 23:46:44 EST Team shirt dilemma I am part of a team sport that recently got team shirts. I am mortified that mine is too small and that there is not a larger size that would be more comfortable! It is not a design that can be altered. I am on a downward slope; this has me feeling sick - knowing that playing, being seen and having team pictures taken will be mortifying! I need to stop my thinking or I will be head-first in a cookie jar! There is just not enough time to make this work before I have to wear this shirt in pub... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:25:49 EST Anniversary of my Father's Passing I am going into shock and don't have many words to express how I feel right now. But the pain never eases as time goes by and I do not have any family or support around me. It's been difficult but I've done this on my own... It's coming up on Friday and when I think about it I feel like I'm suffocating and can't breathe. <BR> <BR> Please if this was TMI I am truly sorry. I just don't know where else to turn. I am judged tremendously and so I have kept it bottled up for a while. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 17:07:54 EST Frustrated but not defeated Here I am venting for the purpose of comforting myself and maybe helping others. My pain and health issues are calling upon me as a taunt. My neck issues are causing me to suffer dizziness as another notch to the "getting older by the day team". <BR> <BR> Absolute frustration to the unending myriad of symptoms due to spinal herniations, pain and whatnot that just continues. Today I tried to get back on the wagon after eating more than I should this weekend. Today the dizziness that plague... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:45:28 EST should I cancel? I went home from dialysis today 700g heavier. After dinner, I put on another 600g. <BR> <BR> I have a lunch date with a friend tmrw. We are going to try a scrumptious prawn noodle. Problem is, I will be sorely tempted by the prawn broth! <BR> <BR> Help! I am thinking of cancelling because I am already so heavy! Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:36:03 EST Falling off the wagon Is anyone out there? I have been trying for years to lose at least 50 pounds. I am now a border-line diabetic, and I have high-blood pressure. My problem is that I want fast results. If I don't get them then I give up and go back to my old habits. Can anyone out there relate and give me some helpful advice. If needed, some constructive criticism to help me get back on the wagon and stay on it. Thanks A7ECTR Mon, 16 Feb 2015 10:06:19 EST Help! I can't stop munching! I know I said no mindless munching this Chinese New Year but that is exactly what I have been doing these past few days! I practically finished a small bottle of seaweed chips within 3 days! I also had a few handfuls of fish chips last night! <BR> <BR> Worse! My Mom bought lots of prawn floss mini spring rolls! My absolute favorite! I'm beginning to dread this Wednesday when the feasting begins! I am so afraid my new cheongsam (form fitting chinese dress) won't fit! Mon, 16 Feb 2015 02:44:28 EST Need immediate advice before excuses set in! I just moved to an apartment with a free gym! I am able to start Tuesdays and Thursdays but I need some suggestions real quick as to how to start. I know I have free weights, treadmill, and that thing with the weights in the box on the cable, yoga mat occasionally, and stationary bike. What's a good combination to start with considering that I have had almost no activity up until now? I felt great while moving (twice, long story :) but now there's nothing to do because I'm a country girl ... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:16:52 EST 3.5 weeks in & only a 1/2 lb down ... :( So, I have 45 - 50 lbs to lose, I'm 53 yrs old & am 5ft tall ...pretty much a yoyo-er all my life. But I have been more fit than not ...have I ruined my metabolism? I have dutifully eaten an average of 1200 daily for the past 25 days. According to the 'charts' I should need 1800 cals a day for my activity level why am I not losing? I should have lost 4 pounds, but have only lost a half pound. Needless to say at this rate I will be dead before I reach my goal. I had blood work - d... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 19:20:08 EST All I can think abt is Cheetoes! I saw an episode of Unwrapped a couple of weeks back featuring Cheetoes and I've been craving it ever since! <BR> <BR> The problem is, a nearby convenience store carries them and I'm soooo tempted to go get them! Help!!! Sun, 15 Feb 2015 01:53:52 EST gah! I tracked and went over my calories today! Soooo disappointed with myself! I still have that darn belly roll too! Chinese New Year is coming and my home is filled with fatty snacks! <BR> <BR> First, Christmas! Then CNY! Oh No! <BR> <BR> How can I ever get a perfect physique? Deprive myself? Sat, 14 Feb 2015 11:04:47 EST Same weight for 2 weeks I'm doing everything right. Exercising, eating the right amount of calories, eating what the program suggests. Why am I not losing weight. I started at 180. I am now 170. I eat around 1300 cal per day. Afraid to add more even when I exercise (elliptical and/or weights at the gym). Husband says to eat less. Don't think that's the answer. Should I try lots of little meals? <BR> Also having at least 8 glasses of water. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 05:34:21 EST Can't take it anymore.... I can't take being this big anymore. I'm at my highest weight of 308. I'm 25 years old I should be enjoying life. I should be able to buy any clothes and not have a problem finding my size. I'm tired of always being out of breath walking up stairs or short distances. I hate not being able to wear long socks, stockings and knee socks. I'm to big to go sky diving, rock climbing or six flags. Being this big I am limited to almost everything in my life. It is time for a real change. I am getting ... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 14:34:01 EST WHY ME It is so hard to stay on track and control my intake Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:32:06 EST Depression vs weight gain, plus caregiver issues I have fought depression for many, many years. It has ebbed and flowed, but I was on one medication (call it Drug A) for close to ten years which worked pretty well. About two and a half years ago, I was doing so well that with my doctor's approval, I gradually tapered off using the drug. I immediately lost fifteen pounds without making any changes. This was a pleasant surprise. I was off all medication for close to a year, and all was going well. <BR> <BR> Almost two years ago, my husband ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:30:08 EST SNOW!!! As I'm sure you've all seen 6 feet of snow in boston in the last 20 days... well i'm going crazy. I'm having the craziest cravings. the other night I left my warm apartment, cleaned off my car and then drove to mcdonalds to get a hot fudge sundae. the little one that's like 2.25 or something. they weren't letting anyone in because of the weather, but you could use the drive thru. <BR> <BR> I'm not normally a suites eater. But before that I had a personal size bag of doritos, a person... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 13:24:32 EST Valentine's Day So Valentine's day with be the 10 year anniversary of my first date with my husband. Valentine's day has always been special to us, but we have never been able to do much for it for financial reasons. Yesterday my husband told me he had made us reservations at a Brazilian steak house on Friday. It's a place where you pay a ridiculous amount of money, and you go eat as much really good meat as you can stuff into your mouth. <BR> <BR> It's stressing me out. I've been at this for a week. I've... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 12:18:02 EST Stupid hormones.... Or, perhaps I should say hormoans, as that's what I intend to do!! <BR> I have type 1 diabetes, which makes losing weight quite the annoyance, because you never know when you're blood sugar's going to drop so low that you have to consume an extra 300-500 calories. That's enough of a git on a normal day, but when I'm just about start my period, and for the first day or so, my hormones send my blood sugar extremely (but, unfortunately, not very predictably) low, so I have to eat A LOT of carbs.... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 07:50:00 EST Logging Exercise Calories I've read numerous articles that say the calorie counts on cardio equipment are inflated. That's nothing new. Because of this, when I log my exercise I only log 75% of the calories displayed. For example, the treadmill said I burned 500 calories during my workout, so when I logged it I only logged 375 calories in my tracker. Do you think this is the best way to get a good estimate? Or should I just log what it says? Or maybe log even less calories? Wed, 11 Feb 2015 22:21:21 EST Any binge eaters here? I have a binge-eating problem. Not always, but it seems to come after I have a stretch of good days. I feel so good about myself and my brain tells me that since I've been good, I can have some of (insert yummy food item here). It doesn't even have to be an unhealthy food like chips, but it's usually salty or cheese-flavored. For instance, Skinny Pop White Cheddar Popcorn. I can NOT eat just a serving or two of that....only a whole bag. I don't know where the binge-eating came from, but I was... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:32:53 EST Really upset – the weed talk – please don’t judge… Let me start off by saying, if you do weed, I don’t judge you. <BR> My fiancé was suspended from school about 7 years ago because he had weed on him. He stopped doing it for years and years, and now he has picked up the habit again last year because his co-workers are doing it and were giving him some. He now buys it and makes brownies… it’s definitely becoming a problem and I don’t know what to do. I am saving up my money for our wedding and a house right now. When I hear he spends money on ... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 11:18:58 EST No support from husband I dont have any support from husband. He does all the cooking and he likes greasy foods. I dont want to hurt his feelings. He brings me home candy, for example peanut patty, milk duds and pay days! <em>39</em> I dont know what do anymore. He doesnt want me to lose any more weight. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 22:49:18 EST Too Skinny? I am 5'2" and went from 165 to 120lbs. Now my BMI is 22 which is in the mid range of normal. My husband and his family keep saying "you're too skinny" and that I need to gain weight. It took me a very long time to learn how to eat healthy and stay motivated to lose this weight. I don't think I'm too skinny. I don't care much about what others think however I don't like the negative comments from my husband. Any similar experiences? Any suggestions? Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:23:38 EST 3 day military diet Has anybody done it. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 01:02:33 EST Somebody shoot me. Gaining wt. doing things right? So I've been actively trying to lose weight since early January 2015. I set a goal of 60 lbs. in 12 months. I figured given plateaus, set backs, etc. . ., an average of 5 lbs a month was reasonable and obtainable (Better than the 8-10 lb/month goal I set for myself 2 years ago.) The first 2 weeks were on target. I lost 4 lbs. The 3rd week I gained back 3 lbs?! I took a deep breath and chalked it up to having the flu the week before and being flat on my back for 2 days and less than my s... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 00:49:58 EST Saggy Skin So, I'm 53 and have been losing a a steady 1-2 lbs a week since September last year. I go to the gym 3 x a week and mix up my workouts so I don't get too comfortable with one thing, and also walk my dog 3 miles a day in all weather. <BR> <BR> I know that as I have aged my skin has become less elastic, but all this saggy skin I have on my thighs and belly is pretty unsightly and it's hard to love the way my new me looks when I see this. <BR> <BR> Anyone else having these issues? And how ar... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 18:04:50 EST 24 ounce beer well I am disheartened at work, 2 years in a row the “fill in boss guy” has changed my objective results so that i have a “poor”performance review. i’m thinking lawsuit. it’s hard to “take on the establishment”. I did ok yesterday, jogged 2 miles but had some drinks later. I think I am more depressed than I thought. I just ate chips and am drinking a beer, a big one. What do other people do in this situation? I actually don’t want to drink more or even really eat more so maybe I’m ok. Sun, 8 Feb 2015 17:38:49 EST Fractured toe God I wish I could afford foot surgery, can't be laid up that long. Can't afford pool access so guess I will need to come up with a plan that requires less pressure on my feet. fractured year ago. <em>33</em> Sun, 8 Feb 2015 11:46:54 EST coke I have a coke in the fridge what should I have it Sat, 7 Feb 2015 22:01:27 EST Diet and exercise not working Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm freaking out a bit here. I have been calorie counting and staying within 1200- 1500 calories daily, with some days a bit low and some a bit high. I've been exercising not as much as I should but at least 2x a week. And nothing is happening. Sure I feel a bit more toned, but the wieght is not going anywhere. <BR> <BR> I decided to get serious on myself after gaining 10lbs during one semester (Sept. -Jan). I'm taking Nexium. I'm 30. <BR> <BR> Please help! Sat, 7 Feb 2015 20:22:32 EST going to a baby shower <em>40</em> I have no idea other than probably cake and punch they will be serving....cake is the devil ...... what am I going to do Sat, 7 Feb 2015 14:37:10 EST foot problems Hi. This is my second day here. I just went to the doctor because I've been having problems with my foot. He told me not to walk on it very often. I need to lose 85 pounds, and walking is one of my main forms of exercise. Thu, 5 Feb 2015 23:18:58 EST I cant believe i just ate ALL OF THAT. HELP!!!!!!! I was sitting here CONSTANTLY aware, Reminding myself every half an hour that im suppose to be practicing NOT overeating. Yet i just realized i had almost eaten an entire fresh bag of Doritos and only until i could see the shiny sliver wrapping that indicated that absentmindedly i had consumed about 1,540 calories in one sitting. ONTOP of breakfast, and not even including dinner in a few hours, which my boyfriend is suppose to be taking me out. So not like i can just (try) to skip it. <BR> ... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 14:25:00 EST Trying really hard to not feel defeated... I took a big step and chance last night and showed my Spark Page to my husband. I've kept it personal and quiet because he has never been overweight and has a very defined thought process on how a person should lose weight (as do most people who've never struggled with food). I feared what he's say. But I felt compelled yesterday to share this part of my life with him. <BR> <BR> He pretty much did and said what I thought he would and now I feel something short of crushed that he wasn't ex... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 10:25:44 EST Tired of Trying So weighed in this morning. Not only did I gain the three pounds I'd lost back but I also gained two more. This was the first week I'd introduced exercise and before someone says muscle gain don't bother. I only exercised for ten minutes at a time, twice a day on my recumbent bike. I haven't incorporated strength training because of my chronic back pain. I don't know how to do strength training without putting my pain level over the edge. I'm so sick of trying and failing over and over again.... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 10:12:15 EST Downward Spiral Over the last 2 months I have notice the lack of emotional strength and the increase in cravings and binge eating. I NEED TO STOP!!!! but I can't seem to stop. I don't know what the trigger is and I have no support out here. I am usually the strong one with goals and focus. I am down to my last 30 lbs or so and I cannot afford to go back. Thu, 5 Feb 2015 08:56:59 EST Starting exercise with asthma I started walking a couple times a week, but I wanted to increase the frequency. I have noticed it almost feels like cobwebs in my lungs that take a few hours to clear, in reality it's fine rhonchi from the exertion with probably a little edema. This week my aim is to increase to daily, but today it took 8-9 hrs for this to clear. I'm always feel a little wheezy after exercise. My doctors tell me to increase as tolerated. Should I try to increase and walk daily and pray my lungs get stronger ... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 23:12:47 EST Limping to the starting line again Well, I did good on this site over the years, but I got away from using it. I lost my daughter at only a week old 2 years ago, then my best friend a few weeks later. Needless to say I fell into depression over these events, got away from this site and put the weight back on. I've been rebuilding my life through counselling and now my next step is to rebuild my physical self. I am confident I can do it, because I did it before and don't have as far to go this time. BUT... I am at ground zero r... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 22:37:41 EST Panic button weather (snow)has me down 18" on the grown now more due Thursday. i just walk the hall but i have other exercises to do but don't. Tue, 3 Feb 2015 18:47:21 EST Feeling so disheartened I'm almost at my all time highest weight, after losing much of it. Feeling really down, especially because I haven't been eating particularly badly, and even though I haven't been outrageously consistent about working out, I still do so about 2 times a week. Ugh. Tue, 3 Feb 2015 14:25:36 EST UGH <em>28</em> I feel frustrated.... SO I started this because my sister was on here... and I cant even find her... and she can't find me.... I dont have many friends on here... so I can't go here for much support or for someone to talk to... I've been getting flustered because I just weighed myself for my weekly weigh in and GAINED weight... I need to LOSE weight... 123 pounds now... WTF.. :( :( :( <BR> <BR> I want to know if I'm losing weight... but my friend is telling me that i may have... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 13:00:31 EST Food Cravings What do I do when all I can think about are Chicken Wings form Sonnys BBQ??? I am Obsessed!!!! Tue, 3 Feb 2015 10:19:23 EST Weigh day tommorow .... Tomorrow is weigh day. it's been 2 weeks as meeting was cancelled last week due to weather. Starting to panic and wishing I wouldn't have gone so crazy with eating the last few days. Got on my scales and it ain't pretty. Found myself trying to come up with an excuse not to go tommorow just so I can continue with my old habits ... <BR> I am going to go, hopefully it won't be as bad as I think, we'll see I guess ... <BR> Mon, 2 Feb 2015 22:34:54 EST Please help me bust the plateau! Hello there, <BR> I've lost 16 kilos, which is awesome but I still have about 9 more to lose. I used to run, went from 0 to 9k. I thought I would change it up, so I started insanity, I'm on week 5 now, no weight loss, I increased my calorie intake up to about 1600 per day, since I noticed I was eating too little, no weight loss. I haven't lost weight in so long, about 3 months if not more. I keep going up and down a kilo. It's very depressing, I'm having a hard time waking up to workout when ... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 22:29:15 EST Minor ankle sprain causing major upset Hey, folks. I was headed towards the back door today to let the dog in and had a fall on the stairs. I have a minor sprain in my ankle, no swelling or bruising, that I can see. Pain is mostly when I apply pressure, but I can walk. <BR> <BR> The trouble is that I had designs on amping up my walking and fitness this month. I want to make February the best. I am going to focus on feeding my self healthful foods within my calorie range, but I am looking for resources to keep burning calories an... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 21:02:11 EST Migraines and the day after I am a migraine sufferer and have medication for the times I get them. I had one last night - and the willpower to stay on my new way of eating track seems to fly right out the window. First, my neurologist wants me to take the meds with a Coke - the combination of caffeine and the fizz helps to digest the meds quickly. Then I crave carbs - bread, crackers... and the next day, while the headache is gone, I feel bloated, terrible... <BR> <BR> So today I decided to do this: I will make a ... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 11:45:21 EST Missed my TOPS meeting I rejoined tops 2 weeks ago, I was all ready to get back on track, smarten up etc... Did pretty good last week, not perfect but pretty good. Meeting got cancelled this week because of a storm, so, used that as an excuse to eat, eat and eat some more... Havn't stopped since yesterday. Meeting /weigh day is Tuesday . Definitely going to next meeting. Just upset with myself that I can fall back into old habits so easily. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 10:43:40 EST My ticker how can I get my ticker to appear on the screen whenever I open my account. It would be nice to see it on the screen . Thanks Sat, 31 Jan 2015 06:59:02 EST red ember my husbands work is paying for us to be on the red ember diet. My husband has lost 12 pounds in 4 days and I've lost 5. The problem is that I've had a headache for 4 days now. I think it's the fact that its only 500 calories and I'm trying to decide what to do. I really want to support him but I think this isn't healthy... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:22:21 EST Junk food cravings!!! I need some good tips to fight my junk food cravings! Any tips appreciated! <BR> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:38:21 EST How do I stay positive when I'm in so much pain? One of the biggest reasons that I want (and need) to lose weight is knee and back pain. I am starting to get arthritis in my knees, but I also know that carrying so much extra weight is making them hurt more. I have had problems with my back for about a year. I can be down for days just from running the vacuum cleaner. I know that I need to get more exercise but even walking is difficult. I can deal with sore muscles but just in the two weeks that I have been trying I have hurt my knee and my... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:30:42 EST Working at home and OMG I want a Pop-Tart!!!! <BR> <BR> OK - substituted sugar snap peas, and going to make a spinach salad with apple, some nuts, and balsamic and see if that gets these cravings to go!!! (It's NOT HELPING!!!) <BR> <BR> Raided the lunchtime tuna packs for breakfast, and that was GOOD - lemon pepper on toast. :) Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:28:19 EST Frustrated. Doesn't feel like it's worth it... <BR> I'm very frustrated right now. I've been working out and tracking my calories since the first week of January. I lost 6 lbs the first week, and for the last two, it's been ounces. I'm feeling so defeated. I am staying within my recommended ranges for calories, etc., and am running and doing the "Express Circuit" at Planet Fitness every other day. I don't drink anything but water and coffee (black, with an equal)...I'm doing everything by the book, so to speak. So what gives?? I just don... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:40:51 EST Bad day Yesterday was a bad day. Today is not shaping up any better. Laying in bed trying to decide if I should get up and cook or go back to sleep. That's what I did yesterday and I ended up eating whatever was easy not healthy. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:26:58 EST Bad day Yesterday was a bad day. Today is not shaping up any better. Laying in bed trying to decide if I should get up and cook or go back to sleep. That's what I did yesterday and I ended up eating whatever was easy not healthy. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:21:27 EST Gained 5 lbs in two days for no reason I've been following my diet religiously, doing light exercise, (muscle gain is not the cause), I haven't eaten salty foods, I've been drinking my water, (probably tmi) but have had regular BMs and yesterday I woke up and gained three pounds, then this morning gained another 2.2! <BR> I'm really bummed out and don't know what to do. I was so excited to hit the 10lb lost mark, now in two days I've regained half that and feel so bummed out and depressed. How do you gain five lbs in two days? H... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:25:30 EST Residual or recovery from workout? I worked out really hard last night - aerobic. I feel completely hung over today - sluggish physically and mentally, and my body is really tired. Tried to do my typical morning routine (Insanity) and couldn't get through it. <BR> <BR> What are my recovery steps at this point? Thanks! Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:49:48 EST stuck for a month I was doing great.I dropped 31 pounds in 3 months. Was feeling great. Now, I've been the same weight for a month. I added a little weight training after my usual cardio, then I was really feeling great. Now I'm stuck. Not sure what to do. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:45:36 EST I'm trapped on a plateau I just don't know what else to do! I have been stuck on this plateau for a year. I eat healthy and exercise regularly. I have even tried a more intense exercise regimen and I haven't gotten down any further. It's like my body has just said "No more". My BMI is still higher than need be and to get to a healthy weight I need to drop 30 lbs. I have lost 90 lbs in 2012-13 and gladly kept it off so far. I have gone from a size 20 to a 10. I just don't know what else I can do to drop that 30. I... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:32:53 EST Off the wagon! I was doing great! Three weeks, complete dedication, down 10 lbs, feeling great. Then along comes movie & dinner with the hubby on Friday, big homecooked meal for the kids yesterday & office dinner today. These are the things that usually send me into a downward spiral & I REALLY don't want that to happen this time... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:17:05 EST High Cholesterol Help Please I went to the Dr and they told me I was 20 pounds overweight and my cholesterol was 225. Any good suggestions on lowering it and what I can eat to lose weight and help with the cholsterol? <BR> <BR> Thank you <BR> April Mon, 26 Jan 2015 03:15:03 EST I gained 5lbs this week! I don't know why!! I've been working like crazy, and I've been so busy after work this week. I only ate 1 piece of chocolate cake, but I've been on point with everything else. What could have caused this? Water weight? That time of the month? I don't know! These 5lbs feel like 20lbs. And tomorrow is weigh in. <em>39</em> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:44:02 EST Depressed and Fat Sick of this weight back for another stab at it. I just am so tired of failure. Weigh more than ever before. Which is the best route for me to take. I believe I am a Carb addict for sure, but cant seem to stick to that either. I was thin all my life until age 41 and it has been downhill every since currently at 218 for a body of 4ft 5 inches tall. Totally Disgusted! Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:28:13 EST Weight up; Fat Percentage Going Down I know that's the way the process is supposed to work, and that muscle weighs more than fat and it will help my metabolism in the long run. Right? <BR> <BR> But it sucks - right in this moment - to be up 2.6 pounds since last Friday. My body fat percentage went down .6, so I'm trying to focus on that for this week. <BR> <BR> I'm the first to admit that I didn't eat as carefully in the past week as I had prior to that: We had company for 4 days and (later in the week) celebrated an annive... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:37:55 EST High Blood Chemistry Results and I don't know how I had this troubled feeling of how could I get back into healthy lifestyle and get rid again of being sick. Yesterday (Philippines time), I went to a mini-hospital to do some check-up and have the blood chemistry going through. Unfortunately, when I got the blood chem results, it seems that my SGPT, SGOT, Uric Acid, Triglycerides and Total Cholesterol goes high all over. <BR> <BR> I don't know how could I get rid of this. I wanted to show the full results but I am afraid that I might lose my... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:21:03 EST Doctors words cut like a knife I just do not know where to begin.. but I feel I need to tell my story.. which I will quickly rewind to this time January 2010. where I was 330lbs and willing and excited and ready to work hard to get the weight off. which it came off 12 months of working out and watching what I ate.. logging my food and fitness with spark.. getting to know most of you all the weight came off. yes I had more to go.. I lost 100 so I was pretty much feeling good.. but I got complacent and 40 came back on.. and... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:19:08 EST Brie Cheese in the Refrigerator!!! Oh No!!! My fiance is tall and needs to eat a lot of calories for baseline. Unfortunately, he doesn't like peanut butter (he's European) and he just bought a big slice of Brie Cheese to keep in the fridge. I know he needs it, but it's almost as bad as a slice of chocolate cake for me. I LOVE brie cheese. My british step dad used to keep it in the fridge too and I couldn't resist! Luckily it is currently completely sealed... <BR> <BR> I guess I will just try to stay full of oatmeal, and ... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:57:02 EST Am I too young to get backaches? I'm 42, will be 43 this October. <BR> <BR> My question is, when I've been sitting on the floor for a while doing cross-stitch at a low table, I get a backache! <BR> <BR> What!? Am I too young to get one? <BR> <BR> I just came back from a long walk, at 11,000+ steps, and I'm having a backache again! Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:09:10 EST Binge So I was going to eat two pieces of pizza and ended up eating five. Sigh. My mind seems to blank out and I don't even think to stop. Any others have these issues? Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:46:13 EST Freaking out, my eye lashes are falling out! Ok, for starters, I wear glasses and am a busy mom of 3 kids so I rarely have any time to look in the mirror, I mean really look in the mirror. Most days it is a quick glance to make sure I have no food on my face and to brush and flush my teeth. And no I don't wear make up. So, I finally decided to pluck my eyebrows, yep it has been a couple of weeks and they are well over due and I was shocked to find that half of the bottom of my left eye's eye lashes are gone! What the heck! I google... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:54:46 EST Feeling Insecure...And it's affecting my nutrition Let me preface this story by stating that I'm aware I'm probably being oversensitive about this. <BR> <BR> Here's what happened: Saturday night my fiance and I went dancing with some friends to celebrate my birthday. While we were there, he ended up running into a couple of people he knew that were there with another group of people. We all ended up hanging out together, and as I was standing right next to him, he looked at this random girl that was there with the group and told her, "yo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:38:57 EST gaining weight I just changed my tracker to indicate that I've gained some weight. Deep breath, start counting the calories and carbs using the nutrition tracker.... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:00:09 EST Heading to bed I work night shift. After I come home from work it is a big trigger for me to eat. I've already eaten too much this morning and I need to STOP now. <BR> <BR> I'm no longer hungry. <BR> <BR> I am just having cravings now. <BR> <BR> I am tired. <BR> <BR> It's time to sleep. <BR> <BR> I am going now, and I am not stopping by the kitchen on my way to the bedroom. <BR> <BR> I just needed to write this out. I needed to do something while I was in the midst of a craving. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:49:09 EST Where did all those ex. GO??? There used to be a workout generator?? Where did it go!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 19:30:37 EST bloating i started a new diet plan 10 days ago along with my daughter and my husband. my daughter has lost 12 lbs and feels good. me on the other hand havent lost anything and i stay bloated all the time.i also used to be regular and now im a little constipated. has anyone else had this problem when starting a new diet? the bloating is very uncomfortable. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 00:37:59 EST Desperate for junk after great day.. I've had such a great day. I went to my new gym, ate right and healthy, and am now in bed so I can get up early to go to a spinning class. So why am I now forcing myself to not get up and go to Wendy's or go to the store and get a big bag of chips?? <em>489</em> <em>486</em> I don't want to give into these cravings, but how do I stop myself?? <em>38</em> <BR> Help <em>24</em> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 22:20:27 EST How to get back when you feel a failure? I had 4 and a half really good days of healthy eating and I was so proud of that. May not sound a lot but that was very good for me. <BR> The past few days life got in the way and I started to eat badly again. <BR> I feel such a failure as I was so proud as was feeling in control. This has happened so many times in my life, I do well then mess up. <BR> I expect perfection which I know I cannot do. <BR> <BR> It just hurts to feel I am a failure again as I messed up. I want to get started... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 10:04:03 EST Sad I'm quite scared to post on this forum so please, don't give me any harsh replies. <BR> <BR> My problem is that I eat healthy foods most of the time - lots of vegetables and fruit, I eat some nuts (no more than 30 grams) daily, I avoid most processed foods, I'm a vegetarian. I exercise half an hour or more per day (cardio). But every so many days WHAM I have a binge. I don't know what to do about it. I read all the advice about taking small steps, drinking water, eating 5 servings of veggi... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:13:35 EST Christmas weight not coming off I gained 2-3 pounds over holidays even with good workouts. I.m seeing numbers on scale I've never seen before. Higher . Anybody else have a comment? <em>24</em> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 01:03:36 EST Aggravated i can't exercise I sprang & bruised up my knee & leg so now i'm on crutches & can't exercise. I've been on them for a week & now the dr says i'll be on them for at least 2 more weeks. He said it could take up to 6 to 8 weeks to heal. I'm hoping it don't take that long. <em>39</em> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 20:26:38 EST NEED help, fell way down hill and it hurts. for the past couple months after moving into this new house, i have fell off track with working out and keeping track of my food. just stepped on the scale today and realized i had gained back all 50 pounds i had lost prior to moving. and now weigh more than i did when i first started loosing weight. I am exaughsted all the time, i have a hard time waking up in the morning. And with seeing the weight back, just snapped me out of this daze. I need help to figure out how to one, fix my "interna... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:21:34 EST Just do it. It's easier to get up and do it as opposed to thinking about it. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:15:56 EST Low Blood count I recently had a blood test and they are referring me to a specialist because I have a "low blood count". Both my gram, dad and I have Thallasemia minor. They both have been to specialists and I guess haven't gotten much help from them for this. They aren't low on iron because they are bleeding or have cancer, but have had those tests. They are low iron because they have the thallasemia so they are not supposed to take iron medication. So I guess I am kind of biased going into this wondering ... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:48:05 EST comparison Hello!! <BR> <BR> It seems lately I feel like I am not worthy, or putting enough work into it. I am constantly aware of others work out plans and I am embarrassed to tell them what I do or what my plan is. <BR> I know as a 240 pound woman I should feel blessed to be able to do as much as I do, but I just can't seem to change my mind set on this. <BR> During the week I do free weight lifting 3 times a week, I also walk/jog on the treadmill between sets. I do the 4 or 5 mile walk away the poun... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:16:21 EST bipolar depression want te begin exercise <em>39</em> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 02:16:49 EST Stop EATING! I just made myself a wonderful dinner, beef bolognese, roasted vegetables, lovely glass of wine. I've had a great day, well within my calorie limit. <BR> <BR> I don't want to stop eating. I want to eat those other 2 servings of beef bolognese I packaged up and put in the fridge for lunch and dinner tomorrow. I want to eat a bowl of popcorn with spray butter and nacho cheese "sprinkles." <BR> <BR> Just reaching out here is helping. <BR> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 22:10:05 EST Daily Goal Why do your daily goal totals increase Tue, 13 Jan 2015 18:30:27 EST Need encouragement! I found out I have a thyroid problem over a year ago but I was still managing to lose weight. ( although very slowly) I had a Hysterectomy in May and was still doing ok until they put me on a new hormone. Now it seems I lose 1 gain 2!!! So frustrated and discouraged. My body seems out of control and I feel like its hopeless. Any one with advice? :((((( <em>46</em> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:48:20 EST Ankle Problems I'm so frustrated hurt my ankle. Now I can't do any cardio. I'm so afraid of gaining back weight that I've already lost. What's a girl to do? <BR> <BR> It's Jan 13th and I haven't tracked one fitness minute this month. I'm so disappointed. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:14:43 EST UGH I have made it over a month without just going and eating crap - and yet last night and today I've been so stressed out that I ate like 6 cookies last night and a huge brownie at work today (with chocolate chips and peanut butter cups in the brownie that was brought for a friends birthday - so amazing, yes - but ate WAY too big of a piece). And already was not feeling like going at working out as planned tonight AND I'm supposed to weigh in and now I'm really dreading it because I feel like ... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:04:07 EST Frustrated I have plateued with the same weight for over a year. Any suggestions. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 15:13:08 EST Fell way off the wagon and extremely disappointed I suppose I was setting myself up for this. Before the holidays I was foolishly trying to maintain a 2lb a week weight loss. In order to do this, I was practically starving myself eating an average of 1600 calories a day and working out for nearly two hours a day in order to maintain a 1000 calorie daily differential. I was getting burned out and stressed out and realized that this level of calories and exercise was not something I could sustain. The holidays were also looming large. So ... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:49:37 EST OMG!! I have a confession!! I just went wild, crazy and insane!!!! I have been doing so well started a few days ago. But I just ate 8 cheese hot dogs. Just the hot dogs. Ewwwww, I don't even like hot dogs that well!!! I don't eat 8 hot dogs in six months!!!!! OMG! I have gone over my calories by oh 1500 calories or so! I mean I did this before I even knew it!!! Oh I feel low! Not to mention the sodium!!!! Help! Sun, 11 Jan 2015 21:58:53 EST beverages I'm just starting my journey and I am wondering if diet drinks fit into my daily diet now or do they need to be eliminated? Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:53:49 EST Making friends... I consider myself a friendly person, I get along with alot of people and have many friends at work. However... in my job industry, i'm usually the youngest. The friends i've made over the years are usually 10 years or older than me. I love my job, I love my co-workers, but it would be nice to surround myself with people my age, people I can relate to, and people closer to me. <BR> My fiance works in retail and is always surrounded by people his age he can relate to. He has lots of friends he... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 11:39:03 EST Does anyone use a recumbent bike ? I was thinking about buying a recumbent bike but I am not sure if I could use it, or would use it. I have no place to try one first either. Because of my weight I feel limited to what exercises I do. Even walking is difficult, legs , knees and back ache. I am trying to get on track with eating, although I have not done very well so far this year. <BR> I need to do something soon. This is not the way I wanted to start the new year. I am not happy with myself and I know only I can change this. ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 09:14:54 EST weigh less but look fatter? I haven't been exercising for the past few months because of injury, and have been gaining. <BR> <BR> I've yo-yoed a lot over the past 5 years or so, so I know what to expect when I get on the scale after several months of overeating and under-exercising: <BR> <BR> I'm 5'7" and I tend to get up to 190 or so before I freak out and start dieting again...not the healthiest pattern, I know, but it's happened a few times over the years... <BR> <BR> ANYWAY, right now I look the same as I have i... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 23:07:45 EST Support Looking for people to help me support in the year of 2015. This has been my biggest downfall so letting the support manifest itself by putting it out there. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 20:42:51 EST how often to weigh self? Starting my weightloss journey of 40 lbs.....I've read so many articles, weigh self once a week, weigh self daily. I usually weigh self every 3 days... Wondering what works for you for motivation, accountability? Sat, 10 Jan 2015 18:08:13 EST facing another family gathering Well today is another day of family and good food. I have not fared so well this last 3 days with good food, I have let it control me. Today is Seahawk day and dinner while we watch the game (and I am not a Hawk fan) So wish me well that I shall stay on track and not derail to the bad stuff but rejoice in eating the healthy stuff. <em>521</em> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 15:41:22 EST Disappointed Today was my weigh-in day and my weight and measurements are exactly the same as last week! I started working out this week for the first time ever, and I worked my butt off this week! I am really proud of how hard I worked, and I did not sabotage myself with food either, which is a major victory for me. But I feel super let down by those numbers :( Sat, 10 Jan 2015 12:24:18 EST Much harder than I thought. I just got back from some international volunteer work where I was walking about 8-10 miles a day for 18 months. I guess my body is really used to eating a LOT, like I did to maintain that lifestyle, because I can't seem to hit my calorie ranges. I'll start out well in the morning, but by lunch I've overeaten. By the evening I've given up on tracking because I'm so ashamed of how much I've eaten. And because my eating habits are so out of control, I'm gaining weight like crazy instead of losi... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 10:12:03 EST Scale/weight question. Over two years I very slowly lost 26 lbs, just being mindful,of food. I still have about 50lbs to lose, so I decided to try to actively work on losing it. The first week I stayed within my sp calorie range and lost 3 lbs. the second week I stayed within calories, and started walking lightly. But somehow, in week 2, I gained the 3 pounds back. Based on calories I should have lost at least a pound. <BR> <BR> I get that this is a process and it takes time, but I can't figure out what happened. ... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 09:23:24 EST Recovering from a "cheat' day So, my big issue over the past few months has been that the moment I have a cheat meal, it becomes a cheat day, and then a cheat weekend, and sometimes, a cheat week. My brain just continuously says, "Might as well," when I see something tempting. Last night, I drove thru with the intention of getting one less-than-healthy snack and making up for it with a nice salad in the evening. By the time I got home, I had decided I'd have something else. I did all kinds of things to avoid it (went ahea... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 08:05:53 EST Niece's birthday party today Hello and good morning everyone. I need advice or help. My niece's 16th birthday party is today and I know there will be cake and food. I want to turn down the cake but I don't want to hurt my family I have already lost 6 pounds and I don't want to gain it back. What can I do? Sat, 10 Jan 2015 07:00:43 EST Totally fed up! Hi, <BR> <BR> I am so tired of trying to lose weight and failing. I have been overweight since childhood and reached my highest weight of 210 lbs when I was 18. I managed to lose 70 lbs and went down to 140 lbs. Not an easy task, as I remember being hungry all the time. I gained some weight back and was at 153 lbs for years...still fighting to get back to 140 . In the past few years I have noticed my weight climbing slowly. Now I weigh 165 lbs and am disgusted with myself, as well as ter... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 19:56:02 EST Frustrated with Rebelliousness I am totally frustrated with the fact that when I make a decision to keep track of my food and what I put into my mouth, I get rebellious with food and feel like I am starving. I sat down today and went through recipes to figure out some meal plans. Food is what I think about so much of my time. GGrrr so frustrating. If it was something that I would quit and never see again it would be so much easier. How do I start this journey towards healthier eating without feeling like I am starving... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 18:52:04 EST Hit a wall, now what? I have been maintaining about 2 years now and have done well. I always put on a little weight around the holidays and then lose it after the first of the year. This year is no different EXCEPT...I think I am gaining still. <BR> <BR> I eat 1750 - 1800 calories a day. I workout 50 - 60 minutes, 6 days a week and over the holidays, 7 days a week. I am supposed to burn 1600 calories, but since I know the tracker can be very generous with calorie burn numbers, I actually try to burn around ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 11:17:41 EST cant stop eating-don't care I found out i can never have children and i am sooo depressed! i don't care about myself or what i eat or drink. I know i need to stop over eating and get back on track, I have gained 12 lbs in the last 3 months. I just don't know how to turn my depression around and start caring again!! Wed, 7 Jan 2015 21:20:31 EST CAN IT BE TRUE?? Under the food tracker it says something along the lines of: The more calories you burn, the more you can eat! So I do. Or at least I have been the past few days. I'll binge on more food than I need and then go by the spark tracker to tell me I've burned enough calories for the amount not to have mattered. So doing it this way I should be able to lose my extra weight still? Why don't I just stop when I'm full and continue to exercise to have more calories burned than taken in? Mon, 5 Jan 2015 21:02:18 EST Bad Day Today just sucks... there's no other way to put it. <BR> <BR> It just feels like everything is wrong. I fought with my husband this morning, the car didn't want to start, I was late to work, and I just feel incredibly down about everything. <BR> <BR> On Saturday, we ordered out for pizza. Instead of having one or two slices, I binged and ate 3 or 4 (I don't even remember), plus breadsticks and buttery garlic sauce. It didn't even taste that good but I just ate and ate. The scale is punishin... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 13:35:26 EST Yoga or Zumba Zumba class is starting in half an hour and I want to motivate to go to it but I'm feeling like it's so cold outside and I'm afraid I'm getting sick and maybe I"ll go to yoga instead which starts in an hour... <BR> <BR> but I'm just afraid I can't make myself go out in the cold. Maybe I will do an exercise video at home instead or watch tv and exercise at the same time. <BR> <BR> I'm just afraid I'm going to not do any exercise at all this morning because it's so cold and I have to clean... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 12:20:07 EST Scared ... why can't I just do this ??? A new year is upon us, the holidays are over and it's time to get back on track, again .... I want to lose weight and be healthier, feel better, look better. I know what to do, I have been given great advice many times. Problem is, I'm scared. Scared I am going to fail again. I am such an all or nothing person which I know does not work, I just don't know how to make my brain stop thinking that way. I try the baby steps for a couple days, the all or nothing mentality of mine takes over, I get... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 10:44:08 EST First day back and I'M HUNGRY! I want to stick with this lifestyle change. It is at the point where my life is hanging in the balance. But I am so hungry. I want a muffin, or some banana bread, or a grilled cheese sandwich. What can I do to get through this? Sat, 3 Jan 2015 21:19:23 EST I am done with the negative!! I am so tired of telling myself I am going to re commit to this journey and then blowing it!! I am so tired of talking toxic trash to myself! I am so tired of not sleeping at night due to worrying about why I blew it!! I need some serious support!! Sat, 3 Jan 2015 17:24:03 EST I DON'T want another failed New Year's Resolution Like every year, I decide I MUST lose weight now. I've picked up some pounds over the holidays, and then there are a few (okay maybe more than a few) that have been hanging around since before then. <BR> <BR> I create charts, set goals, create menu plans, purchase exercise videos, but year after year, I start strong and fade. I am so disappointed in myself. I feel like I should be able to do better, but I am afraid to try again and fail again. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts? I am trying to talk my... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 16:52:52 EST At wit's end - can't live like this anymore!! I messed everything up. I lost 123lbs the good ole fashioned way. Then i stopped counting calories, had a lot of stress in life, and regained the majority of it. Along the way, developed multiple eating disorders. <BR> <BR> Now i've been huge again for several years and even though i'm not doing the disordered behaviors - THE WEIGHT WON'T COME OFF!!!! <BR> I've tried what i did before. nothing <BR> i've tried multiple different things - experimenting with different ratios of proteins/carbs... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 11:45:26 EST Ugh, off the wagon after only 3 days..... Yikes! I was doing so well and then I over ate at dinner - felt bad and then we had a fire in our new fire pit and I drank too much wine and had MORE to eat. <BR> I am totally an over eater, nothing anonymous about it. Ugh. <BR> Tomorrow is a new day and at least I exercised 35 minutes today.......... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 23:13:29 EST finding motivational active boards I need to drop some of the old sparkteams I was on and find some active motivational teams. <BR> As I search through new teams that look interesting I am finding that most of them are considered inactive. Why are inactive teams left up? This makes it hard for new or returning members to know where to go. <BR> Can someone help? <BR> I am over 50 and want to lose 50 pounds by this summer. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 07:41:45 EST Lost Control and Gained! Gained back several lbs over Christmas, and still a new Years Party and a dinner to go to! After the holidays, I am seriously getting back on track. No holiday until Easter which at our house is mostly a nice dinner and very small amount of candy/treats. Planning on being a size or two smaller by then! Sun, 28 Dec 2014 12:22:17 EST Sugar Addiction vs Sugar Fondness I told myself no soda. I have to stop treating my body like a waste receptacle and soda seemed like the no brainer place to start. I drunk 8+ cups of water today and I felt I was doing well....then all of a sudden it was 1 am and I was in desperate want of a soft drink. But the thing is I have been reaching for sugary-sweets all day (not even my own food!) and having to draw my hand back. So I'm sitting here on the edge of my bed, in the dark, nursing a 42 oz cup of ice water, and tryin to so... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 01:42:50 EST I'm losing this battle :-( I have turned to food for over 20 years to deal with pain, depression, anxiety and any other uncomfortable emotion. This began when I lost my sister, best friend in a car accident when I was just 18 years old. I was a beautiful, confident, sexy 125 pound girl. I wouldn't reach then surpass the 200's until into my 30's. If you told that 20 year old me I would some day weight 247 pounds I would laugh at you. I don't know how to quit turning to food. I'm so lonley and it seems my only friend is ... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 00:31:16 EST I am so not in a good place I have gained so much weight. I've been on this site for a few years never lost more than 10 lbs. The usual with me - lose - gain. The same vicious cycle. <BR> <BR> This time I feel as if I don't have the energy to lose weight. It does take work. There is nothing better to me than relaxing while eating junk food and watching television. I don't even feel guilty about it. I enjoy it. <BR> <BR> I've lost and gained so much weight over my lifetime. <BR> <BR> I'm embarrassed to write ab... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 06:47:27 EST Is any one with Plantar fasciitis excersing? I am currently dealing with Plantar fasciitis and not able to do my regular exercises on treadmill /elliptical nor zumba etc. <BR> At first I tried to look at it positively and felt that I could do some other things that I don't normally do such as using stationary bike but now losing motivation because I am used to doing more high impact exercises. <BR> Is anyone exercising successfully with Plantar fasciitis? How do you deal with the pain, what kind of exercises are you doing? Tue, 23 Dec 2014 23:34:23 EST Help! gained weight back with sugar cravings I need everyones help. Over the course of 5 months I lost about 80 pounds. Slowly through eating out, working in fast food, and being lonely, I started eating for comfort and have gained some weight back, about 10 pounds. I sit here knowing I should exercise but can't bring myself to do it. Even as I eat junk food I am telling myself "stop! You'll gain weight!" I continue to eat it as if I'm on autopilot. I'm not depressed, I'm actually very happy for once that I've found the right treatment ... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:35:29 EST In Need of Help Today has been a really rough day. I got the "let's just be friend" talk from my boyfriend of almost 3 years. I have ate and slept all day. I recently weighed myself (Tuesday) and I'm 241 and only 21. I'm really scared I will die of complications from weight. :( I need to really get motivated, but haven't yet, what can I do? Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:31:38 EST Bad news! The worst! I've gained weight! There's a reason why my blood pressure keep dropping at EVERY dialysis treatment. My dry weight has increased! By 0.5kgs! <BR> <BR> I am beyond upset! Despite exercising regularly and trying to eat less, my weight has STILL increased!!! <BR> <BR> What else can I do?! What is the point of trying when it backfires like this?! <BR> <BR> Should I just starve myself?! Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:02:11 EST OH MY I have had my first gain, it is unbelievable I gained 3 pounds this week and I can not even lose that in a week. I know I have been slacking on my tracking but that is just crazy!!! Need help overcoming this!!! Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:29:15 EST Where do I begin, I'm so overweight I am close to 370lbs and I can hardly walk currently with back pain. <BR> I have no idea what direction to go in, ww, low carb etc, except I know I need potassium rich foods! <BR> I never used to be lazy but I am not because EVERYTHING HURTS, I have lung problems and am so easily fatigued I find it embarrassing to be seen. <BR> I knew better than to get in this position and yet here I am. <BR> This really isn't living, just existence My health is at risk big time! <BR> My sister and best ... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:46:11 EST Totally out of control Please help. I am so out of control, it is just crazy. Every day I am over my calorie range, and am gaining weight. I am constantly subjected to food that I know I shouldnt eat, but can't help myself when I keep digging into it. Night time, day time, any time. And now our vendors are sending HUGE baskets of chocolates, cookies, you name it, for the Christmas holiday. I put it in the cubicle farthest away from my office. BUT, it is like a magnet drawing me to the table every 15 minutes. I know... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:55:28 EST Meal planning help I'm trying to deal with a crazy retail schedule and meal planning around it. I've realized that MOST days, I can typically eat breakfast between 8am and 11am and lunch between 12 and 3 or so. <BR> <BR> However, there is a small challenge with my schedule that I'm not sure how to overcome. <BR> <BR> On Thursdays and Fridays, I typically work from 12pm to 6pm. This means that I'll eat breakfast around 10, and lunch closer to 3 at work. Saturdays, I work 11-5 most weeks which means eating bre... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:20:12 EST Office meeeting in 10 minutes and lunch in an hour HELLLLP! So far today I have turned down a huge canolli, a birthday cake, and a bagel!!!! Im not sure I will make it through round 2 of donuts in our meeting and whatever is coming at me in this lunch.How do you guys keep the strength? Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:11:05 EST Pretty much have given up I really late to admit this but I am done struggling, I have been struggling since the Summer I worked so hard to lose weight but by the Fall I was up 10lbs.. I had some set backs with working out this Summer due to knee injury so my work outs where not as intense as I like.. as far as food, I pretty much tried everyday to stay on track and I would or a week or two then I get off track and then get back on.. so it has been on an off like on and off like a bad Hollywood relationship. <BR> <B... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:25:04 EST Not Seeing any changes Hello All, <BR> I am a 46 year old female with hypothyroid. I am doing my second round of tapout, well, week 4 of round 2 and I don't see any results in my body. my mid section is fluffier than ever, even tho I am keeping a good diet and keep my calories at a deficit of at least 500 and following tapout's original schedule. well, I am subbing some of the original tapout workouts with XT2 workouts, twice a week. <BR> I know I can not do spot fat burning, but I really want to see some results. ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:36:14 EST Running MIGRAINE SUFFERERS I just wanted to as a question, <BR> <BR> <BR> I have been a long time walker, at one time I actually lost over 100lbs BUT unfortunately that same 100lbs found me!! Any way my question is this, every time I start trying to run or jog I end up with a severe headache. I always tell my husband when I try to run it feels like my brain is in a blender!! Has anyone else have had this kind of experience? What did you do to get past it?? Any help would be greatly appreciated **I am a diagnosed migr... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 17:20:51 EST Depressed and in PAIN!!! I am so unhappy with no family support, a very dysfunctional family and now because of my weight I am bedridden and dependent on a Mom who is cruel and hateful. Please offer me help, encouragement because I'm at a really bad place. I have allowed myself to become fat by turning to food to make me feel better for so many years. I started this program as I have many times before but this time, since August I had lost weight and was taking care of me in spite of the negativity in my life. I had ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:48:36 EST About to quit. Keep gaining or staying where I am. I am working my butt off with exercise and I am doing between 30-45 minutes of exercise every day. Sometimes more. Plus I am sticking with 1200-1550 calories like my range says. And it is set for me to eat my exercise calories but I never do. I usually eat 1300-1400 because I feel hungry if I only eat 1200. But I have stopped losing and sometimes even gain. I still have a LONG way to go. So I am nowhere close to a healthy BMI yet. Been stuck for a couple weeks. I weigh myself every other day ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:55:08 EST Nobody supports me!!!! It's infuriating that I have no support other than on SP. I lost 11 lbs this first week and literally nobody cares!!! One person, Even accused me of lying. Grrrrrr. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 06:07:34 EST Sick as a Dog First of all, I'm sorry to use this feature but I need some help. I have the flu with a sinus infection too. You'd think you would't be hungry, right? I am. But my stomach can only deal with bready/carby right now or I will vomit. Also the meds have to be taken with food or you'll do the same. But this is the worst thing for my weight! I'm hungry but most foods are out. Frustrating! Any advice, pretty please? <BR> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:44:04 EST Laid Off and Depressed Hi everyone! My name is Gabrielle and I'm from the metro Detroit area. Last Friday I was told that I was laid off for a minimum of 30 days. (Even though they said lay off, I'm treating this as a termination because I don't trust that I'll actually be called back in 30 days.) I was unhappy with my job and was planning on looking for a new one in January anyway, but this still left me in a tailspin. I'm feeling depressed and lonely while my husband is away at work all day. I'm also gettin... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 01:29:10 EST Help!! Going Downhill Fast! I was doing really well on my tracking and exercise until early November and since then I've just been in a tailspin. I use an app on my phone to track every bite I eat, good or bad. For the past 5 weeks I have been at least 3,000 calories over every single week. Last week I was 6,500 calories over for the week. <BR> <BR> Before Thanksgiving I was at my lowest weight ever, and 3 pounds from my goal. Now I've gained 3 pounds and I'm miserable. I'm so disgusted with myself. I hate myself... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:28:56 EST frustrated! I am starting to work out again and trying to eat healthier. my husband said he will be supportive and the same day he said this he ordered a taco pizza and brought home a 12 pack of pop! i had one piece of pizza no pop though so I'm proud of that. I've been working out for a week now and haven't lost any weight. I'm going crazy and the only thing keeping me going is the smile on my 4-month old's face which is a great motivator but I need support Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:17:08 EST Feeling Lonely Feeling lonely and distant from everyone. Tue, 9 Dec 2014 13:28:45 EST I feel like I'm crazy I have struggled my entire life with weight loss. At the age of 9 or 10 I began playing sports (Softball in the summer basketball in the winter) through till I was 17, and by the age of 12 stopped eating breakfast and lunch for fear I would be ridiculed for what I ate. Regardless of these facts I continued to gain weight. By the time I was 22 I was 360 lbs. I underwent lap band surgery at that time and lost 60 lbs. 40 of which I gained back. Since then I have yo-yo'd between 275 and 340 unabl... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:51:00 EST Help! I am UGLY!!! I looked at myself in the mirror today and did not like what I saw. My belly was literally hanging over my undies and i looked FAT! I am 4 feet 11 and 57kgs or about 125lbs. <BR> <BR> I am not obese but I still think I look awful! I have been exercising and watching what I eat for years but I see no change! I am so depressed over the way I look. Jillian Micheles is around my age! Why can't I look more like that!? <BR> <BR> Honestly! I didn't look so bad in my 30s! But not all ppl in their 4... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 08:57:07 EST What's the point? ` <em>24</em> I'm a stay at home mom. 5'6 and did weight 208. I recently lost 17 pounds. Last time I weighed myself, I was around 191. The only problem is I'm still wearing the same size jeans. The numbers are changing but that is the only thing. I would like to see my body getting slimmer too. Should I just give up? I'm starting to lose all motivation and hope. Mon, 8 Dec 2014 10:20:12 EST Zumba I'm trying to decide whether to go to a zumba class this AM. I think I definitely will! I was going to save my exercise for tonight at 6PM but I think it's better to do it this morning and get the stress out. I was going to post this to ask if I should go but I've answered my own question. <BR> <BR> :) <BR> <BR> The bigger question is should I also go to the zumba I had already planned tonight? two in one day? I'm worried I will be really tired tomorrow. Mon, 8 Dec 2014 09:41:55 EST Anxiet Help, my fitness and nutrition are ok, but my anxiety ruins everything. I've missed days at work and missed social situations and soon this will get me depressed and probably homeless <BR> Exercising helps to relieve the anxiety, but it's still there any experience or advice on that? Sun, 7 Dec 2014 14:38:16 EST Why is it ... ? I hit a rough patch this weekend. Things have been going really well since Nov. 1 when I re-started this process of trying to be intentionally healthy and make good choices. But yesterday and today ... rough patch. Yesterday was a good day - including great exercise - but I made an eating mistake that cost me lots of calories and nutrition. I didn't even do it intentionally, I did it by old habit without thinking. You should've seen my surprise when it hit me. Granted, the exercise still brou... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 17:10:23 EST needing to wear a swimsuit for work. I work with disabled adults and special olympics swimming is starting this month... I was informed that ill have to be a coach since swimming is happening on my shift... I cried due to being in a swimsuit scares me like i have anixiety attacks over it... What do i do so i can do my job Sat, 6 Dec 2014 10:28:51 EST how do you motivate yourself to work out everyday? I struggle with consistency <BR> <BR> would appreciate tips from the SP community re how to stick/motivate oneself to exercise... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 10:21:59 EST YIKES! I actually struggled for a few minutes trying to figure out a title for my post. I knew I had gained a little bit of weight - we went to our cabin and I ate things I don't normally eat. I stepped on the scale this morning and I have gained A LOT of weight. I am up 15 pounds. I cannot even believe it. Yes, I noticed my clothes fitting tighter, but seriously? I practically wore the batteries out on my scale from hopping on and off to make sure I was seeing what I was seeing. I AM one of those p... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 07:34:16 EST Struggling Ok have been weighing up whether or not to post this on here. I have been struggling for a couple of weeks now, both emotionally and physically. 39 <BR> A couple of weekends ago, I was home alone (my husband works shifts), on Saturday night and a young man wearing a bandana across his lower face, broke in via the back door which hadn't closed properly. I heard a noise in the bedroom which I thought was our very naughty cat breaking something. The intruder was hiding behind the door - fortunat... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 04:50:00 EST avoiding temptation today! ok I have a meeting at work today on campus which is how I gained the 5 lbs in the first place. they have a ton of delicious food, and it's all free. normally I work off campus but I started going and getting the free food every day and I was eating a lot of desserts. Today my plan is to stick to salad bar, soup, and fruit. <BR> <BR> I will have oatmeal for breakfast so I feel full. <BR> <BR> I will bring some meat with me to go, but I'm not going to eat it there because I don't want t... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 13:04:51 EST Feeling blue and no motivation So I didn't get a good of rating at work as I would've liked and I'm just feeling down. I'm deployed and missing my family for the holidays. All I want to do is eat good ole comfort foods and sleep. I'm still going to the gym, but I feel like it's all a waste. I just have no motivation at all. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 15:15:28 EST Rough start I just restarting using SparkPeople after a long absence. Since I was gone, I have done Ideal Protein and Weight Watchers to no avail. Lost a bunch of weight on Ideal Protein, but couldnt afford the cost. Way too expensive, and restrictive. Went back to Weight Watchers for the 1000th time, only to leave again. Very tired of the routine. Back on Spark for the last couple days, and can not seem to stay in my calorie range. I deprived myself of all things sweet, and cant seem to say no to it now... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 14:25:15 EST Clothes Vs. Scale This question has probably been addressed many times, nonetheless, without me changing my diet or exercise routine, my weight has gone up a bit, however, my clothes feel looser, which is great but I can't figure out the weight gain. I do cardio 3x a week, weight train 3x a week and do yoga once a week. My diet consists mainly of vegetables and lean meats and whole grains. In addition, I am a "mover". I am 58 but I feel alot younger. It's a little disheartening when I work so hard, to see... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 13:42:13 EST My Panic Attack Won't Stop It's been going since about 12 am and it won't stop. I've tried my meds, I've tried working on things. I have my first read through for the first play I've been in in 5 years and I can't stop freaking out. I feel absolutely frozen. I have so much to do and I can't do anything and I'm just scared out of my mind. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 15:49:57 EST HELP!! My name is karen and i am new to all of this today! I am so morbidly obese. I just wrote down what food i am eating today. But the exercise. I have not exercised in years!! What can i do to start? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 14:48:41 EST Last official Weight Watcher Day Yesterday was my last official WW day. Even though I've been doing SparkPeople for the past few weeks, the WW site has been available to me, for $42.95 a month, of course. I'm actually losing weight, since I quit WW, but I feel my "crutch ", WW is gone. I've been on WW since I was 18, more or less. Now, I'm 58. I've lost 65 lbs on WW, so it has worked in the past, but since I've given up processed food, I haven't lost on it. I'm trying to figure out how to stay motivated without weekly meetin... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 21:09:04 EST Feeling depressed I weighted myself this morning and I didn't lose nothing. I stayed the same. I was really hoping for at least 3 lbs lost. This is really hard. Just needed to vent a bit I guess. Have a great day everyone. Sun, 30 Nov 2014 08:32:45 EST SP for eating disorders? I think I may have BED. (Binge Eating Disorder). I'm going to look for professional help. <BR> <BR> In the meantime I wonder if I 'should be' here at Sparkpeople if I do? Is SP also for those who have an eating disorder (like binge eating disorder)? Or is it better to stay away? Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:51:21 EST Gas Petral woud be nice. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:52:49 EST Weight creeping up for no apparent reason Hi all, <BR> I'm new to this site. I'm 34 years old and have successfully maintained about a 15-20 lb weight loss for three years using a different tracker than SparkPeople (I joined this site because of the forums :) <BR> <BR> Over the past month, though, my weight has slowly started creeping up. The absolutely frustrating thing is that there has been literally no change to my eating or exercise habits - and I know this for sure, because I've been tracking my food and exercise the same exa... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:50:52 EST two days of chaos for the past two days I have been running around helping everyone with their needs, trying to get my own errands done and getting my fitness in. I just realized I did not do any fitness yesterday and so far today only 10 mins on the bike and I am already tired. <BR> <BR> The other thing I realized is that tonight without even thinking, I reached for something to eat after dinner. I feel this is a real set back because it tells me that I allowed emotions to make me slip. I have reached goal w... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:36:32 EST consistently go over with vitamin A I have been monitoring vitamins and minerals and find that I am consistently over with Vitamin A. I understand too much vitamin a can cause problems. I do take a daily vitamin, but it only has 25% of the daily RDA. I am also consistently low in Potassium and Magnesium. <BR> How accurate would this tracking be with the foods in the database? <BR> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:00:42 EST send prayers her way I know this forum is for help with diet but I have a friend here on sparkpeople that could use all the prayers she can to help her daughter through her surgery tomorrow. it is a major surgery. this person has been nothing but helpful to me and is there for me and I just want to do something to help her through this. she needs all of our strength to help her through this. plus her daughters two teens could use all our prayers too. I am sure god will be there for her but every little prayer can... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:23:45 EST weight is ruining my life I have been overweight since I was 6 years old. My parents were never mindful of what I was fed. My weight as an adult has gone as high as 230lbs and as low as 128lbs in 2009. I had kept the weight off for about 4 years. But now here I am, 210lbs and 5'2....this is so embarrassing to say my weight. I feel trapped in my body, like I will never be stable. I have always gone up and down. Now the weight doesn't want to budge and I am so exhausted all the time. I am only 29 years old but feel olde... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:03:47 EST used all my calories! how to avoid eating the rest of the day? Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:21:50 EST Confused? Good Morning everyone :) <BR> About 2 years ago, I lost 76 pounds and have been able to keep it off this whole time. <BR> I'm still considered over weight (obese) but *I* am ok with how I look and feel and am probably the healthiest I've been in years, despite what the scale is saying about me. <BR> <BR> My weight has been sitting at 203.8 for over a year. Not moving an ounce. <BR> I've been working out about 30 minutes a day and eating around 1500 calories a day. <BR> <BR> So, two weeks a... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:03:40 EST My Aunt passed away Having a difficult time taking care of self while dealing with my aunts death. A family member gave me a ride to see my aunt before she passed away and it was difficult for me to eat right during that time so my sodium and calorie intake went way up during that time. This week I've been watching it but what to do when I go to the funeral this weekend. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:47:03 EST Evening binging is sabotaging my health plan I start out great but after a couple days, my favorite bad habit seems to return. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:39:14 EST Needing some advice!!! <BR> Hi everyone!! I am getting married next summer and have just started getting serious about my diet and exercise about a month ago. I have always been a very active person but my diet gets off track sometimes. I workout 4-5 days a week and do 20 minutes of cardio and 40 minutes of weightlifting, I have been doing this for the past month and feel like I am seeing ZERO results. The scale has stayed the same and I feel like I don't look different when i look in the mirror. I am looking for ... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:30:23 EST I need prayers Having a problem for which I can't find a solution. Very afraid the stress will cause weight gain, and create another problem. Please send prayers.... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:18:19 EST Do I eat too much? Hi, I'm trying to figure out how this works... I have been counting calories for the past days and when I eat 'enough', meaning not overeating but also not going (very) hungry, I eat an amount of about 2200-2400 calories per day. I burn between 180 and 400 calories per day exercising. I don't eat junkfood, I don't eat meat, I eat a lot of vegetables and fruit. I have about 20 kilograms to lose to reach a healthy BMI. (About 44 lbs). <BR> <BR> SP suggests that to lose weight I should eat b... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:55:48 EST Gained 10 pounds! I got a new job and I don't know what's going on but I have gained 10 pounds and 1 inch on my waist! I thought this job would help me lose weight and it did in the beginning but lately I have been gaining. I need to request to do the more active part of the job, which will keep me moving instead of the part where you are standing still. Also, I have been going out for lunch every day with my fiance (it is the only way I can see him!) But that needs to stop. <BR> <BR> I am going to make... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:04:17 EST Bad choices while trying to eat healthy? I have changed my eating lifestyle a lot this year without the help of a doctor or nutritionist, basically following what SparkPeople has provided for me. I feel like I’ve been making good choices but they might not be the best for my body… example, earlier this year I was eating a lot of veggies and couldn’t get a BM for a couple weeks, and my sparkpeople friends helped coach me to eating better to regulate my BM again. Now I am noticing whenever I eat out, my stomach can’t handle it. I was ... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:04:26 EST nutrition and finance i recently became a spark lover again been away for 2 years. <BR> i dont excersise alot but still want to lose weight i try to curtail my eating habits and stay away from chocolate but chocolate isnt my only issue.cookies, candy, chips, soda,etc. im always in trouble control and conditioning is my worst enemy please help any way you can Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:21:42 EST I think I need help I don't know where to begin. <BR> I've always been heavy. I started off at 283 lbs. And my weight loss process has been a slow one. In 2012 I lost 40 pounds. In 2013 I lost 20. <BR> <BR> I also dated a boy in 2013 and I'm pretty sure he was my soulmate. When he met me I was 240, and I lost 20 pounds throughout our relationship. <BR> <BR> It ended on Christmas Day last year. He cheated on me. He cheated on me because I'm fat and he wasn't attracted to me. <BR> <BR> We got back together ... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 13:06:32 EST Check my blog please It's not entirely fitness-related, but I wrote on my blog before I thought to check here. Please see my most recent post on my Sparkpage. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:27:49 EST Am I losing or gaining? I weighed myself last Friday and the scale said 174 pounds and then I weighed myself on Monday and it said 169 pounds and my waist measurement was 44 1/2 inches. Now I weighed myself today and it says 169 pounds and my waist measurement is 45 inches. I'm confused? I'm staying within my calorie range and gave up sweets, chocolate, and soda which I was eating on a daily basis. Why would my waist measurement go up. Thank you all of my spark friends I'm confused? Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:01:47 EST Help breaking the plateau By August I has lost a total of 45 pounds. It was my goal before my vacation. I went on vacation and gained 4 pounds, which was really surprising. By September I reached a 46 pound weight loss. It is now the middle of November and I am still at the 46 pound mark. I can't seem to get past it. I have had some days where I figured to hell with it all and pigged out but then quickly hauled myself out of that state but nothing is working. I've been watching calories, eating "clean", tracking food,... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:41:17 EST I just ate an entire box of cookies And it's the third time I've done so this week. I just calculates how many calories were in the box, and it equals to 2280. The plan was to limit them to one or two cookies a day. <BR> <BR> No matter what I eat, I am constantly hungry, and I keep going back to the junk food, no matter how many times I've tried to change. <BR> <BR> I'm a general science education major in college, and I'm going to be 30 in a few weeks. I know about nutrition, I just can't seem to get in the routine of pract... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 22:01:28 EST Bad day Today I went over my calories with unhealthy choices. It is 6:41pm and I don't want to work out. Feeling depressed. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:43:39 EST Bad day Today I went over my calories with unhealthy choices. It is 6:41pm and I don't want to work out. Feeling depressed. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:43:19 EST I have no energy and I'm so tired..... This is my fourth day and I have no energy. I'm so tired and I'm dragging at work. I feel like I just wanna sleep.....Is this normal? Thanks everyone Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:38:16 EST trying to get back on track I have been ssssoooooo off track for the past two weeks, first with Halloween and then the in laws came to visit and we ate out all week. Trying very hard to get back on track, could use some motivation please before I gain back the 30 pounds I lost!!!!!!!!!!! Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19:06:39 EST I want to quit I have been doing really well the past two weeks and now I am starting to fall off the deep end again! I am trying so hard not to but my cravings have been so bad the past two nights. And I eat for no reason at all. I'm not hungry, but it just seems like the time to eat so I eat! Ugh! I am frustrated and I want to quit but I really can't! Tue, 11 Nov 2014 23:34:14 EST I'm doing something wrong ??? .... This is week 2 for me at TOPS last week I lost .3 of a pound, not much considering how much I have to lose ... Tonight is weigh day for me, got on my scales and I'm up probably 2-3 lbs at least. I thought I did pretty good food wise this week but apparently not. <BR> I have been eating bagels/cream cheese for breakfast alot this week, and I have not been real good about drinking water but overall considering my eating habits before this last couple weeks, I thought I was doing pretty good.... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09:44:50 EST Feeling Lost Hi everyone, I've been meaning to make this post for awhile now. Before I start "venting" just be aware I'm not suicidal or clinically depressed. Here's my background. I'm a 21 year old college student (Junior) in college. I'm studying applied mathematics and I've been starting to realize i'm heading to a dead end. I have very little work experience, little social life, never had a girlfriend, etc. and this isn't the kind of lifestyle I want to live. I'm not completely shy as I have been invo... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:20:31 EST Hit a weight loss plateau For the past 2 weeks, I haven't dropped any weight at all. I fell like I'm just wasting my time at this point. I'm 5'4 and around 165-167. Also, it's that glorious time of month for me and my weights about the same, maybe that has something to do with it? Sun, 9 Nov 2014 15:08:01 EST Seven days in and craving are taking over Having a total freak out right now people. I have a serious sugar addiction and I'm really craving those bad for you carbs like white bread and cheesy pasta and cake. I know it'll pass but I just feel like this is a turning point in my program where it really starts to get difficult and I need some kind of coping techniques. Sun, 9 Nov 2014 13:55:48 EST leg going numb I had knee surgery back in 2006 I have some knee issues but lately its been going numb or tired. It does effect me when i work ot. My doctor said to look into other exercises. Idkwhich ones i shoukd or shouldnt do i love dancing walking and doing ab exercises. Should i give up? Sat, 8 Nov 2014 07:40:39 EST I feel so ugly I can honesty say that this is the first time that I've actually really felt ugly :'( As I type this I'm in tears. I feel so alone. I had my beautiful little boy a year ago, and have since then put more weight on then after I gave birth. I'm not really sure how to begin to lose the weight. Any help would be so appreciated. I feel that the hardest thing for me is to find the time to work out and eat healthy. I'm a single mom, I work full time but currently seeking new employment, take college... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 06:33:18 EST Are my eating habits disordered?! So, the past few weeks I have gotten into a habit of eating very lightly throughout the majority of the day. I'd say I consume, on average, 325-400 calories between breakfast and lunch with no snacking in between. As a result, I have the bulk of my calories to spend in the evening on one large (and sometimes not the healthiest) meal for dinner. <BR> <BR> I started doing this because it allows me to basically eat whatever I want at the end of the day and alleviates the burden of counting calo... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 18:43:29 EST Numberous dinner dates, calorie count goes up I got clam chowder for lunch today at work. Although it’s not healthy I figure if I indulge today its fine, I usually eat pretty healthy so I dont feel too guilty. However, I am going to dinner with a friend tonight, another friend tomorrow, and another friend wants to go next week. I love spending time with my friends, but right now I feel blah from the clam chowder, and thinking about all these dinner dates with my friends makes me worried about my calorie intake over the next week. I am tr... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 13:22:46 EST frustrated its been a week since my appointment with a dietitian and I did what she suggested, I added more calories, some grains and some fats. I also added treadmill every day 35 minutes 3.5 speed AND uphill. I KNOW im working heard cause I get a heart rate in the 170s. today isn't a weigh in day but I jumped up there anywys and GAINED 2lbs WTH. it makes me go back into my old way of thinking and with the negative reinforcement that 1200 is too many calories for a big girl on a diet. it is hard for me... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:38:31 EST I need serious help!! At work we are doing a 12 week weight loss challenge. It ends on the 20th of November and is by percentage lost. I currently am in second place and feeling myself wanting to sabotage all my efforts thus far. I almost feel like I want to fail. I dont know what to do, and not sure where this is coming from. Craving more food, consuming more calories!! PLEASE HELP!!! Does anyone else have this happen? Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:21:47 EST Breaking point I have been struggling to lose baby weight for 7 months now.. I was born with heart conditions and kidney problems. After the baby was born, I started having intestinal issues... After two weeks of working out, my liver became enlarged. I eat less because I'm always nauseous and I have IBS, the diarrhea form. I cannot sit in the bathroom without being in excruciating pain from my bulging liver and stomach cramps. I attend college full time, I'm passing my classes but my gpa is not at a 3.0, w... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 20:13:55 EST Frustrated: Hit a plateau I was on Spark, a few years ago, and lost about 40 pounds. <BR> I got frustrated, when I hit a long plateau and went off. <BR> After about a year, I gained back about 10 pounds, and I was upset, so I decided to join spark again, in September 24,2014. Since then, I have lost 9 pounds, and was feeling very happy with my success. But it seems I have hit a plateau again, and am afraid that if I remain on this plateau too long, I will get frustrated again, and go off again. I presently weigh 25... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 09:19:36 EST Glucose Monitoring In June 2014, my AIC was 6.2, which is listed as pre-diabetic. Although my doctor never contacted me about it, I bought a few books and have been researching my options. Several sources say I should check my blook glucose levels several times a day to see how certain foods and activities affect my blood sugar. Should I buy a glucometer and start testing without checking with my doctor? <BR> <BR> Thanks for any advice. <BR> <BR> Elaine Wed, 5 Nov 2014 11:27:57 EST So overwhelmed... Hello…. <BR> <BR> I have a lot going on and I'm feeling like I might drown…. <BR> <BR> Almost exactly a year ago I had an unexpected hysterectomy. Between being inactive from the surgery and all the body changes that accompany that I gained a solid 20lbs…Just when I was starting to feel like myself again..I had to have foot surgery. I had to be non-weight bearing for 8 weeks. Ugh…it was awful. So, as you can imagine I packed on an extra 5lbs for good measure. About two months ago, I could f... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 16:53:56 EST Food Tracker My Favorites on my Food Tracker Don't Work... Even new stuff I put in don't show up... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 11:56:33 EST Too out of shape to get into shape? At the beginning of September this year, I decided I wanted to change my life. There are many facets to this but one of the main focuses for me would be diet and exercise. Being over 300lbs, my goal was to lose at least 100lbs and then continue on from there. In October I started seeing a nutritionist every week to help me plan how many calories I should be eating (this included setting daily goals for carbs, protein, fat, sugar, fibre, sodium) and feel I have a good handle on the food aspect... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 20:15:00 EST Back after a year. Feeling so lost. <BR> Good afternoon everyone! <BR> I last logged into spark a week after I found out I was pregnant. That was exactly a year ago today. Now I have a healthy and *if I do say so myself* gorgeous 3 1/2 month old baby boy. I also have another 10lbs on my already obese body. <BR> I clock in at 220 now. And at 5'2, that's shockingly overweight. <BR> I feel so lost. I just can't wrap my mind around where to begin. Even though I know there are articles and everything on where to begin... I just fee... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 15:02:25 EST My personal Journal I am trying to find my old personal journal.It use to be under tools and then planner but planner is no longer there. I am starting again and want to keep a personal journal. Please can someone help me?Thanks in advance :) Mon, 3 Nov 2014 11:38:56 EST Negative self-talk I try to practice gratitude but have so many negative thoughts about myself <BR> <BR> I was looking online and came across some amazing TED talks by Brene Brown on shame and vulnerability <BR> <BR> Had one of this A-HA moments that I have felt shame around my body image and self-worth since I was 10 years old <BR> <BR> I realize I am not alone <BR> <BR> While I am happy I have come to recognize this in me- I am struggling with moving forward - I want to silence and not believe the neg... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 22:26:23 EST How do I share my nutrition tracker ? It was suggested to me to share my nutrition tracker, good idea so I can get feed back on where I may be able to improve but I don't know how to share my nutrition tracker ? Can anyone help ? Sun, 2 Nov 2014 12:46:02 EST 5 pound weight gain overnight!? I have been doing so well but last night I royally screwed up! I ate atleast 15 snack size candy's and some chips before bed (around 11/12am). This morning I got on the scale and weighed 5 pounds more. Please tell me it is just water retention from the foods I ate! I can't imagine gaining that much. It takes us all such incredible hard work to lose this weight then one screw up and we can it all back!? I'm feeling just awful but wanted to get on the boards so I don't continue eating bad today... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 10:13:44 EST Frustrated, scales have not moved .... Not sure what I am doing wrong, I have been tracking my food, eating a lot better and less than I usually do, drinking more water, the scales have not moved yet ... It's been almost a week. Usually week one I can lose quite a bit. What's up with that ??? <BR> Pretty frustrating.... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 09:56:30 EST Want to eat to stuff pain! Okay my mother and I wanted to loose weight....which was great and I still want to loose weight.unfortunately my mother forgot she's got dementia along with diabetes. <BR> <BR> Right now I want to stuff the pain of this hateful stage of dementia that's happening. I mean really hateful as in "Why are you such a hateful daughter?" "OH I'M SURE YOU'LL FORCE ME TO MAKE HALF THIS CAR PAYMENT" HELLO IT'S HER AND MY HUSBAND'S CAR! THEY ARE BOTH THE OWNER!!!!!!!!! THEY USED HER CREDIT AND HIS INCOM... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 20:11:33 EST getting back up over the last week I have binged twice. ordinarily I would give up, but this time I am in this for life! No giving up! We can make it even if we have years of disordered eating behind us! Thank God we have Sparkpeople and each other! Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:47:33 EST Suggestions for exercise after ankle surgery Hi everyone, <BR> I will be having tendon repair surgery on my ankle and I will not be able to weight bare on that ankle for 6-8weeks. <BR> I was walking the treadmill or around town 4 days a week ( 9 mile walked or more each week with intended exercise, not including daily walking around ) up until 10/14 when I had hand surgery...I haven't been on the treadmill since then as I cannot put weight on the hand due to stitches being in it...I have four incisions in that hand and want to make sur... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:08:36 EST HELP....Losing all motivation I'm so disappointed in myself and my husband doesn't help! I'm good for about a week and then something happens with stress/family/husband and I get sad and down and lose all my motivation. Sooo disappointed with myself!!!! <em>46</em> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:30:34 EST Baby weight won't budge ..&#128554; I cant get used to the jello belly and added weight after baby. I keep goung up and down ,.. Breastfeeding still atv16 monthes pp. feeling sad&#128532;&#128542; i had a goal of losing when she was a year (june ) . Then new one when i turned 30 , October 24th. I am feeling so disappointed Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:02:59 EST Withdrawals already ??? Well, I did it. I joined TOPS last night, made it through the first dreaded weigh in. It wasn't pretty but it's done. <BR> I have decided to start tracking my food as well, which I will do shortly. <BR> I know this is probably all in my mind but I feel starving already even though I had a healthy balanced breakfast and lots of water. Still another hour before lunch ... <BR> I am so used to having a large, pretty much unhealthy breakfast and usually an unhealthy snack <BR> of chips or choc... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:12:29 EST Scared to start this journey again This is my first time writing in a SP community board, so here goes... <BR> <BR> I am feeling pretty hopeless and helpless these days. One day I looked in the mirror and realized how bad it had gotten - pound by pound it has crept up and I look back and am 20 pounds heavier than I was three years ago. <BR> I am only 22 years old. I am a senior in college - supposed to be the best time of my life. I feel like now is the time when my body is the most likely to be in the best shape of my life, ... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:38:09 EST Nervous about tomorrow night !!! I have finally decided to go back to TOPS. I have been speaking to one of the ladies there and she has solved the scale problem. They have purchased a new scale, so getting weighed will not be an issue :) I am happy about that and excited to get back on track but I still am nervous knowing I am the heaviest person there I know everyone that goes to the meetings and I am definitely the largest person there. Not that it makes a difference to them I'm sure but I am wondering if they will make th... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:31:51 EST Not the success i wanted to see Ok here's the deal <BR> I am 28 years old and have had weight issues nearly since adolescence...I have polycystic ovarian syndrome ( diagnosed when I was 23 ) have done the gluten free thing several times as I was told I couldn't handle gluten...I first went GF in 2011 and I was exstatic over the results I saw...I went from 230.0 on 4/7/2011 and by 5/12/11 I was down to 217.0 <BR> I thought, I have finally found the answer! only that was short lived..before I knew it I was up to 225! I felt t... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:35:40 EST Gobbling Up Grief: One pint of gelato at a time. How is it possible that for two years I spend 6 days a week in the gym, count my calories, "learn" how to be gracious when people comment on my weight/improving health, etc., and then in the span of 3 months, destroy my progress?? <BR> <BR> OK... "no", I haven't gained all 150 lbs back, but it feels like it today. My father died this week, and now I'm sitting here dreading going to the funeral after having put on 25 lbs during the last few months of his life. It shouldn't matter, but I k... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 06:58:11 EST Getting really discouraged I've just come back to SparkPeople after being away for ages. I was under another name then. <BR> <BR> I'm having a really hard time because I do well for a few days, and then my chronic illnesses kick in and I'm in bed for a few days. And when I feel crap, I eat crap. <BR> <BR> I know I need to watch more closely what I eat on days I can't exercise but it just isn't happening. <BR> <BR> Thanks for listening. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:16:14 EST Need direction I have been averaging 6120 steps daily, 5 floors daily, calories burned 11567, 9123 calories eaten with 5250 plan deficit for the week, HOWEVER, I either gain weight or stay the same. I even bought a new scale. What am I doing incorrectly? The weight has basically been the same for months. Need help now, please. Thanks <em>46</em> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:00:13 EST Cant seem to get motivated =/ I keep going through periods where I am great with tracking and I eat healthy and feel great, then I fall off the horse and find myself where I am now... <BR> I tried going back to the gym to help but the gym just isnt my thing... I bought a hula hoop and tried lifting weights at home (that lasted maybe 2 weeks), I cant seem to keep it consistent. I want to get back into those things I really enjoyed it, but I need the motivation. Now with my eating habits I am slipping. I keep going through ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:26:41 EST Constantly feeling hungry I was doing really well for a couple of months. Since Sunday or Monday I have been feeling hungry all day. I have started back to eating an egg omelet for breakfast. Over the weekend I was eating green chili and a couple days of turkey chili after. (Being the only person in the house I usually eat the same thing until I have finished it or have frozen it.) Usually if I start out with an omelet (one egg) I don't get hungry during the day. Any help would be appreciated. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:53:26 EST ran a 5k, 2 fitness classes over 4 day period I ran a 5k and taught 2 fitness classes in a 4 day period, I swear I didn.t overeat during this time period and i gained 3pounds. I was just starting to make progress. Any ideas on what might have happened? Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:48:41 EST Hit a wall after 16 months I weighed 366 pounds and down to 214 and haven't lost anything in 3 months, lifting some weights, don't know if that has anything to do with it. any suggestions, lost 152 pounds and feel like I am in a rut, walk 3.5 miles and jog 2.5 miles everyday. I'm stuck, Help! Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:30:00 EST Desperately needing change I am writing this here as I just feel like I need to put this out and ask the universe for something to change. I don't want to say what because unless you could truly understand how it makes me feel it would probably sound stupid. I have done everything in my power to change something regarding a situation that instills such anxiety and unhappiness in me. It affects my mood and therefore my attempts at weight loss every day. I have made myself clear and no change, I contacted the proper p... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:04:50 EST I'm back and I need help Hello everyone so I have been off spark for awhile. I am at my closest heaviest weight which is 308 and I'm at 305. I am 25 and 5 '9. I am ready to make a change. I am tired of always feeling down and depressed because I can't be like normal people. I can't wear boots because my calves are to big. I can't go sky diving, zip lining, horse back riding or go to six flags. I get out of breath easily. I want to be able to go to any clothing store and find clothes with no problem. I just got engage... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:07:37 EST My husband has a sweet tooth. Last week my husband bought a dozen doughnuts (that sit out on the counter since he brought them home), bags--yes bags--of mini candy bars and cookies. <em>40</em> He knows I am in a weight loss group at the VA and online. He is not one who likes to "talk", but I tried! I just resorted to finally asking him not to offer it to me, I'd even prefer he not bring it in the house or do his best to hide his "stuff" from me. He made it very clear that he does not care about healthy eating and he w... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:39:57 EST Fluctuate up only? I know weight can go up and down a few pounds a day, but mine only ever seems to go up! <BR> <BR> I started tracking my meals again the end of August. And I was 142 lbs. and for a 5'4 frame that is on the high end. My goal was to get to 120-125, and I worked on it pretty consistently for 2 months. I got down to 129-131, consistently. Two weekends ago I took a bit of a break. But only a few days, and I still worked out every day but let myself eat what I want, my weight catapulted to 137! An... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:09:05 EST weekday workout fatigue ok, so I know other people have this problem so would like to know what tips you might have <BR> <BR> I work 9-5 Mon-Fri desk job. Luckily I don't have to work evenings or weekends. <BR> <BR> during the weekends when I have more flex time- I'm able to get in good workouts <BR> <BR> but during the weekdays- I am not consistent with workouts <BR> <BR> part of the issue is that I commute back and forth to work, and when I get home- I am just tired. I also live in a condo- and use the gym ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:37:48 EST Don't get it! Hi everyone, <BR> I started using SP on 9/8/14 in hopes of having the same or similar success I had a few years ago. So far it's not going as well as I had hoped :( <BR> When I started SP on 3/19/2012 I didn't know what to expect. But at my first weigh in I was down a few pounds :) And super excited :) in twelve weeks I went from 246.6 (starting weight) to 224.0!!!!! I couldn't believe it!!! then I stopped tracking which to this day I regret doing :( Over the past two years I have started an... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:28:49 EST Night eating. I cannot stop myself from eating carbs at night . I eat more calories after dinner than for my regular meals. I eat till I can not sleep. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:12:16 EST calorie counting out of control I am just sick of calorie counting. Now, I find out that different types of apples,( i.e., red delicious, granny smith...) all have different calorie counts. Some can be as much as 30 calories different. Not that it's a huge deal, as any apple is better to eat than junk food, but I'm just saying. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:35:06 EST Disappointed I have been plugging away and thought I was doing good. Until I started preparing my clothes for our holiday next week. <BR> <BR> I guess because I had lost some weight and cms that I would look okay. I didn't. I am feeling bad and don't want to go away now. God, now I am even crying. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 03:50:41 EST Hey all Losing my motivation....! Need some advice Hey all my name is Cassandra... I was doing good for almost a month and then all of a sudden went back to basically rock bottom almost... Which isn't any good at all... My poor health and mind is suffering from it... I wanted to be a good role model for family and people... Not to give up and keep pushing on... I guess I need some motivation and stuffs... Any ideas...? Or advice...? Just wondering... <BR> <BR> I hope everything is doing good, and wish everyone good luck with there Journey'... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 18:37:17 EST activity tracker I accidentally put my tracker in the washing machine. Should I order a new one. Has anyone done this. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:56:44 EST I am losing momentum. I don't know why. But this is the best I have ever done with ANY program. I have been on a ten day streak. But it is getting much harder to track my food. When I start getting like this I feel that it is only a matter of time before I lose it again. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:22:30 EST Ended up gaining the weight! Ugh! Over the past two and a half years I have gone from 245 down to 119. Back in March of this year I weighed around 119lbs. This morning I weighed myself and I am 130! Ugh. It's really frustrating. I've noticed that I've lost a lot of muscle, and have gained a lot of fat. Mind you, the past 6 months I tried starving myself and ended up gaining the weight instead. The past week almost every day I have been binging (around 10k calories a day) because I am not sure how much I should be eating, and ... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 01:14:40 EST I'm panicking! <em>198</em> I am so close to my goal weight! Another 14 pounds and I'm there! But, for the last two weeks I have been compulsively eating, especially sugar! I feel so hopeless...I don't want the weight to pile back on. But, fear has me in it's grip...the more I eat and gain the more afraid I am that I'll not be able to stop. I'm almost feeling hateful toward myself...which just perpetuates my overeating. <BR> sigh....I can't give up, but, motivation escapes me right now. My spous... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:54:18 EST A Very Bad Week I had been doing very well in all aspects of life for some time (mind/body/spirit). Then, a stressful even began last week, and my behavior was the exact opposite of what it should have been. I overate, and not only did I overeat, I consumed lots of very unhealthy foods - sugar, fats, processed, you get the picture. Now, I feel as if my body is so out of balance again, and I can't seem to rein in the cravings. I don't know what I expect to get out of posting here, but I hope some support a... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:14:23 EST Binge drinking I'm getting the craving and need of drinking this evening, I cant only drink one to get the sense of "relieve" since I'm only going to want to keep drinking till the point of no return. How can I STOP myself? Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:15:14 EST pain I hurt so much I want to scream!!!!! The pain is so unbearable sometimes! <BR> I exercise & I hurt. I don't exercise & I hurt! Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:37:23 EST Doing everything right and getting bigger I'm finally eating enough to meet my goals and slowly increasing my exercise and I'm getting bigger. I've gained 7 cm in the last 3 weeks, does any one have any tips? Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:48:25 EST Before Bed Eating I have a problem. I have 60 lbs. to lose and I do fine all day, but right before I go to bed, I seem to gorge myself on the leftovers from dinner. I don't do this all the time, but I do it enough where it is getting old. Does anyone else have this problem and how did you deal with it? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Caroline Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:17:35 EST feeling crappy and craving sugar I have just returned to SparkPeople after a year of non-participation. I got so tired of the tracking that I fell off the wagon. Now I am back on and trying very hard to eat right. If someone had waved a giant Hershey bar in front of me at 10 this morning, I would have lunged at it! Feeling achy and tired. The weather is bad, and my sinuses are acting up. Please God, do not let any chocolate cake wander into my path today! I need to lose 100 pounds, and it is going to take at least a year, as... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:03:17 EST About to GIVE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! UGH! <BR> I don't even know where to begin. I've been trying and trying to lose weight for several years. I've had successes but then something happens and I regain. <BR> <BR> But let me give you some perspective. I have an autoimmune disease (where your body basically attacks itself) so I have problems w/my joints, tendons and back. Multiple surgeries, major fatigue problems yada yada. And major steroid usage which doesn't help matters. I have 90lbs to lose. I recently gained 19lbs o... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 04:07:41 EST Struggling. I feel so discouraged about my body and emotionally I just feel like a mess and a failure. There probably isn't anything you guys can do, but right now I just need a safe place to say how I'm feeling. <BR> <BR> My weight makes me hate myself. It's time for a change. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:46:33 EST I need help on how to stop obsessing with exercise I do cardio mostly Tae-bo videos that are about an hour long each. I tell myself 30 mins is plenty but when I get there, I don't feel happy with myself because the dvd is still going. Like I finish doing 30 mins, see the dvd still has another 30 to go so I don't feel happy because I feel like I didn't complete my workout. I know I just did 30 hard minutes but I can't give myself any credit and feel like I did badly by not doing the entire hour long workout. Because of this, I push myself too ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:02:41 EST How do I subscribe to this message board? Am I missing something? Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:51:37 EST Tomorrow is a day I am not looking forward to... I have to travel into the city for a meeting that I am dreading. I don't know what is happening with my job and I am trying very hard not to eat over it. The unknown is stressing me out. I just joined back up with Spark People again today because I feel I am at a dead end. I have about 175 lbs to lose, I telecommute and basically keep myself confined to my home...self imprisonment, LOL. I feel really out of control. I know that I won't be able to lose 100lbs overnight, even though I wish I c... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:41:37 EST The scales won't weigh me ... I have been trying hard to get back on track, I realize I am the type of person who needs the accountability to do it. The problem I am having though is that I know for a fact that I exceed the weight on the scale at the weight loss group I want to go to. <BR> There are not many choices for weight loss groups for where I live as it is a small community. <BR> There is only one that I can attend weekly with jmy work schedule. <BR> I am frustrated because I really need and want to do this, I a... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:26:08 EST Frustrated and Stumped I've been with Spark People a long time. A while ago, I took a long break because I was getting frustrated that I was gaining and losing the same 3-4 pounds over and over despite my efforts. It was really stressing me out, so I took a step back. So now, after a few months away, I am making another effort. This was my first week back, and I tracked everything I ate. I only got exercise on a couple of days, and I normally walk around 5 miles just at work. So I was certain I'd lose weight ... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:28:34 EST Life and health beyond my control I just joined. Why, I don't know. <BR> Maybe, to see if anyone found their miracle. <BR> <BR> I'd like my spark page to be visible for all. If it's not, please instruct how I make it so. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:26:41 EST It's gone too far I am at an all time high for my weight right now, at 189 and it needs to stop. It ends here. I can't handle looking at myself in the mirror anymore. I need help. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 12:46:40 EST What can I do with a broken foot? <em>39</em> I am going to be on crutches for a month and a half what should I do to get some exercise in. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:32:54 EST In a very low place without someone to lean on I have struggled with my weight all my life. Constantly, I throw myself into a vicious cycle of eating well and exercising for a week then giving up all good habits and completely letting myself go for another 2 weeks. It's like for every one week of healthy behavior, I suffer through two weeks of unhealthy living and despair. <BR> Even worse, I am currently living on campus at a college away from my home. I have not made any real connections yet that would allow me to reach out to a friend, ... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 19:30:47 EST lost 20 lbs and feel...disappointed So, I've lost 20 lbs since January (142 to 122) and I should be proud of the accomplishment, but mostly I just feel disappointed. Maybe it's just that my expectations were too high. I was expecting to feel more confident in a swimsuit, look thin and hot and have to buy an awesome new wardrobe for the thinner me. Instead, I still see wide hips and thighs in the mirror and have a hard time seeing that I'm smaller than I was. Because of clever clothing choices before (empire waist dresses an... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 12:41:21 EST measure <em>198</em> Measuring my food,,,0.75 is it 3/4 of a cup ??? please someone help. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:48:20 EST Stress, Stress, and more Stress!!! Hi everyone, I have had a lot of stress with my family lately. I am feeling very overwhelmed trying to help everyone and making sure everyone is happy. I feel a responsibility to my family to take their stress away. In the meantime it is adding to my stress. Within the last month or two I have gained 10lbs. I get very depressed at night and sit in front of the tv and eat anything I possibly can. Wake up the next morning and beat my self up for eating so much and feeling like complete cr... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:24:28 EST What happened? I was doing pretty good. Now I will probably have to lose this 6 lbs all over again. When will I ever learn. I'm reading my own quotes and they look good, makes a lot of sense. So, why don't I get it? <BR> <BR> Must do better...must do better. Tue, 7 Oct 2014 18:31:57 EST UGH WHAT am I doing Wrong ? This morning I am so incredibly frustrated . I have changed my eating habits ( I am not cheating), I am exercising ( everyday ) and counting and watching everything. I have lost a few pounds but now I seem to be in a rut. It looks like I am loosing weight in my mid section and the muffin top , but no movement on the scale. UGH what oh what can I do differently ? Any suggestions? Tue, 7 Oct 2014 10:57:23 EST Judged by a close friend Not sure if this is the right place for this post, but here goes… I’m going to try to sum this up as much as possible! Sorry for the long post!!!! <BR> I have a friend I’m really close with, knew her for over 10 years, talk to her almost everyday. Unfortunately in college she developed a cyst in her brain, after 2 brain surgeries she had to drop out of college. Now she is on disability (she is 26), can’t walk or sleep well because the pressure in her head gives her constant pain, she is alway... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 07:24:07 EST feeling overwhelmed My father died on June 28, 2014. On July 2, 2014 I had my regularly scheduled 3 month checkup with my doctor. I did the blood work and the results were a little better than the prior 3 months. I felt like I was moving in the right direction. Last week, I went and had the blood work done again for the next 3 month check. I have been feeling overwhelmed, between my Dad's death and my husband's heart attack in April......I am just numb. Got the results back from the doctor today and they w... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 21:45:07 EST Tired of the battle. Looking for motivation and insight here....I've been losing and gaining the same 45-50 lbs all my life (I am 46). I don't crash diet (I did when I was 17 but vowed to never do that again). I lose the weight by calorie counting and exercise...and try to make my lifestyle reasonable. I know you can't give up everything, because deprivation will make you binge. Anyway, after Iose the weight, I tend to gain it back over the course of 10 years, and I'm getting tired of it. <BR> <BR> I use Body ... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 20:16:43 EST Jazzercise Help I have been going to Jazzercise three times a week. I just joined Spark people and when I tried to add it to my fitness tracker there is no category for it. For anyone tell me what an hour of Low Impact Jazzercise is equal to so I can add it to my tracker. Sun, 5 Oct 2014 11:38:02 EST