SparkPeople Panic! Button for Immediate Help Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_topics.asp?imboard=32 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_topics.asp?imboard=32 My Goal for Today..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39548507 So my goal for today is to track what I eat and walk for a minimum of 15 minutes - that's it - I know it sounds like a little but for me that's a lot! <BR> <BR> What are your goals for the day and how do you stay motivated to keep going every day? Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:21:00 EST Swelling in the hands http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39539550 Hey you guys so the past couple of weeks I've had some swelling in my hands. I'm not sure if it's because it's just really hot or something else. I can't even wear my engagement rings. Any ideas what I can do to reduce the swelling. Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:23:59 EST spot reducing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39535653 people say spot reducing does not work, but if I work on my calves my arms don't get skinner because of it. What can I do to reduce my stomach, my stomach is bigger than my chest and has been for many a years no matter what I do, or not eat. no sugar for a month; nothing, walking over7000 steps a day, 8+ cups of water a day, soda maybe 1 can a week. Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:05:26 EST How do I report a user for harassment? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39529428 A user has body shamed me on my blog because she didn't like what I wrote and then she commented "FAT" on one of my pictures. I'd like to report the user. Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:32:04 EST Upset over laziness of nurses http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39524814 I told them during treatment repeatedly that my blood test report was missing a page. Our blood gets tested once every 3 months so I know what I m talking abt! <BR> <BR> But instead of looking for the missing page they told me to check page 1! Well, I got home, checked and there WAS a page with crucial data missing! <BR> <BR> Now I have to wait till Monday for the missing page! I m sooooo mad! This is just pure laziness! Fri, 22 Jul 2016 00:17:18 EST Overwhelmed and overextended http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39507627 I just sat down and made a list of everything that I have to do. It's a giant list. Books to read for various commitments, everyday chores, extra things that aren't everyday things.... Plus I am panicked that I may have my apartment inspected soon. (They give me notice, but only a couple of days. I have A LOT to do if there's an inspection soon!!!) I have committees that I'm on and I have Bible studies plus book club. That's 3 books that I have to read in a limited amount of time. I j... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:59:26 EST Well this stinks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39507137 <BR> I'm in that stage where you're working hard -- extra-hard, really, since the tracking and the working out haven't become second nature yet -- but you don't yet look any different. And it stiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinks. And this is the heaviest I've ever been, so I look at how far I have to go and it's so demoralizing. And I'm PMSing so I'm retaining a lot of water, and last week's scale victory has been partially undone. <BR> <BR> I haven't quit because on some level I know that the only thi... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:30:01 EST Help! My hair is thinning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39489352 Please, God! I don't want to end up like my Mom! My bald line is getting more and more obvious! I really don't want to wear a wig but I guess I really have no choice! <BR> <BR> I am applying hair tonic regularly but I m still getting bald! Sun, 17 Jul 2016 08:33:05 EST Can't Stay Motivated for even 24hrs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39487251 I swear I start a new diet every day. I can't even get through 24 hours without having a slip up. I've been trying to lose weight for over 5 years and I just keep gaining more and more. I've tried EVERYTHING. I just can't stay motivated or stick to any program. Has anyone experienced the same thing? Any tips? Programs that have worked? Sat, 16 Jul 2016 22:19:58 EST Back to square one...again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39484368 I weighed myself yesterday and I see I've gained back 6 lbs since May, and I am almost back to my heaviest weight. I started a new full-time job in April and I started graduate school in May, so ever since I have not found any spare time to exercise. If I am not at work, I am in classes, and if I am not in classes, I am doing homework or research papers, and if I am not doing homework or research papers or exams, I am doing military training, and if I am not doing military training, I am slee... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 13:44:09 EST How can I stop my parents verbally abusing me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39483088 My parents get angry at practically nothing, stuff an ordinary adult would dismiss. Then comes the verbal abuse, saying I'm stupid, low-class, a pariah etc. They even call me names that cannot be typed here. <BR> <BR> Whenever I try to reason with them, they will never admit that they are wrong but become even MORE verbally abusive! <BR> <BR> They just cannot accept that I am now a woman. They just cannot accept that they have raised me well enough that I don't cheat or con others, that I a... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 10:03:44 EST Frustrated at slow progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39482082 I am eating within my calorie range and doing the recommended amount of exercise, sometimes more than required but progress has been painstakingly slow! <BR> <BR> I am just so discouraged! My tightest shorts still don't fit! I can zip it now but still, it is tight! Why must weight loss be sooooo slow, when I am doing everything right?! I haven't had any junk for more than a month now! Sat, 16 Jul 2016 07:22:22 EST 4th of july was here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39480549 I was doing very well to start , I was proud of how I felt , Then 4th of July came visitors came over, cook outs food that you don't usually get .Then I cant stop !!!! <BR> and it continues how to get back at what I was doing .Why do our minds take over what we know is wrong I want to feel good I want to look nice I want to be healthy <BR> HELP HELP HELP Fri, 15 Jul 2016 21:54:37 EST HELP Please http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39478712 I have been losing weight for over a year now and have successfully lost over 70lbs with exercise and a change of dietary habit. <BR> A few months ago I started wearing 20kg weight vest to help me continue weight loss after increasing my intake to around 1800 and keep a small deficit. <BR> I would like to know if anyone knows the amount of calories burned wearing the vest all day just doing basic house cleaning etc. I am not sure how much I weigh but last time I weighed myself over a month ag... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 15:40:45 EST Sleep and caffeine and me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39472052 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I will admit right now that it seems like it's really early for me to hit the panic button, but what I need to talk about has been a problem for a long time. <BR> <BR> The basics of it is that I have problems with nightmares. The sources of said nightmares, I guess, will come out in later blogs if that's kosher around here. <BR> <BR> The problem for me is when I have nightmares, it breaks my sleep, and hard. I've been known to lose a good 2-3 hours sleep on one nig... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:39:48 EST Self Sabotage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39470769 Help! Every time I even consider eating healthier to lose weight, it seems like I trigger the junk food monster living inside of me. I immediately start craving things I know I shouldn't eat. And my willpower sucks. <BR> I am definitely exercising more. I've started doing 5ks, 10ks and even have a half marathon coming up in a few months. <BR> But I also know that I need to lose probably 60 lbs and probably more if I go by what the medical people think would be my "ideal" weight. And I wou... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:24:07 EST Whale on scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39470653 Hi guys <BR> <BR> I eat a sustainable 1200 calories a day and do an hour of light cardio a day. At 5'6 I weigh 65 kgs so am generally in my healthy weight range. However due to years of yo yo and bingeing, my waist is about 39" so am what can be called a "fat but light person" at 27 y/o. This is my issue: I'm obsessed with the scale. I'd reduced to 58 kgs and bounced up to 66 in a month of binge eating cus I restrained myself to like 700 calories a day. Sucks I know but am done with that pha... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:01:06 EST Shaky / Jittery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39469534 Hi Yall, <BR> <BR> Im not sure why but the yesterday after eating lunch and when I stood up I got lightheaded as if I was about to pass out but after a few seconds I was fine and even before lunch I felt and still do feel shaky / jittery inside but u cant tell by looking at me tho. <BR> Im eating regularly tho maybe im not drinking enough water? I do live in Texas. <BR> Don't know if this is something I should be concerned about or not. <BR> <BR> Thanks Yall <BR> Lu Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:20:03 EST Upset over nonchalance of my parents http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39468356 I went to an optician last month, they tested my eyes and asked me to see an eye doctor for confirmation because they suspect I may have cataracts in my eyes. <BR> <BR> But that was last month and my Mom still hasn't taken me to see the eye doctor. He has just come back from a holiday overseas at the beginning of this week but my Mom still hasn't made an appointment! <BR> <BR> My Dad also says it's probably nothing because I am not a diabetic. But these are my eyes! The most important orga... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 06:15:55 EST More of a mini rant http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39461754 Does anyone else sometimes get annoyed when people keep trying to "fix" problems? I mean, I know it's mostly because people care, but sometimes, all I want is for someone to listen to what I'm saying and nothing more. I often don't share my problems with people because I do already know what I'm going to do about it, I just want to feel like someone will listen to me get it off my chest. It's getting to the point where I'd rather ring the Samaritans than talk to my SO or friends because no ma... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:55:48 EST My friend is still upset with me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39459232 I asked my friend to make some boxes for containing earrings this Christmas. I told her she had ample time to get them ready. However, a few months ago, I found a cheaper alternative, I msged her at once, cancelling the order, not knowing that she had already purchased the materials and had already made 5 of them out of the 16 required. <BR> <BR> I had already apologized profusely and told her I will pay her and take them anyway as agreed but now she is upset and won't make them anymore. She... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 21:57:56 EST Losing weight is hard! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39457538 I lost 60 lbs three years ago and I actually used to brag about how "simple, not easy" it was to do. Now, after gaining it ALL back.... AH! It is just so hard! But it's all in my head... because it IS simple. I know what I need to do. I feel better doing the things I need to do. But in my head, I was seeing this going so much smoother, and quicker. "Well, I'll lose like 2 lbs a week so it'll only take me about 4 months lose 30 lbs." Umm yea.. maybe if I starve myself, lol. I'm still feeling p... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:54:13 EST Frustratedly Discouraged! HELP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39454952 Hi Yall, <BR> Im sooo frustrated w my scale ( Homedics SC-C540 Fat and Water body Scale) and all I just want to throw it out the window cause its giving me crazy weight readings ( and ive found out that one of the batteries corroded in there changed out to new batteries but still no difference)and all and ive been stuck at 206.6 / higher like 207. something for nearly a week or so now and this has been happening for about 2 wks maybe at the least its soo frustrating I don't know what or how t... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09:30:22 EST I got this!! I think? Maybe? Remind me please!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39448120 Ok, this so goes against the grain for me... I don't usually put my ickiness and vulnerabilities out there, but there is no time like the present to try something new right? <BR> <BR> I'm struggling! Period. End of sentence. There I said it, that wasn't so hard was it? LOL <BR> <BR> I got me a lot on my plate right now, the biggest being a minor surgery in two weeks. I say minor because on paper, and compared to my history it is one of the "easiest". However, emotionally it is a huge pow... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:12:09 EST not losing any weight... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39447072 hello, I have been working out for about 1.5 months, but I have not lost any weight. I think it might be that I work out too much, like 1.5-2.5 hours, 4 days a week, but for fitness reasons I do not want to stop working out that much. Can I have some feedback as to what I should do to lose weight? Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:38:31 EST Help! I am craving butter cookies!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39443984 It's Hari Raya now, and all supermarkets are having deals on butter cookies and salty snacks among other things! But I just know I will binge if I buy any. The simplest solution would be just not to buy any but I would really LOVE some butter cookies! <BR> <BR> But they are full of phosphate from all that butter! That is bad for dialysis patients! Sun, 10 Jul 2016 21:14:19 EST I think my eating disorder is sort of back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39428453 I suffer from Anorexia Nervosa. The last couple of days When i see food. I see sugar or salt not food. I am eating and eating properly. I have lost 3 lbs in the past week which makes me happy too. How do I stop seeing salt or sugar or even empty calories. This demon needs to stay quiet Fri, 8 Jul 2016 12:16:20 EST Camping and Family Issues! Making me want to eat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39407836 As if it's not bad enough to try like hell to stay strong and healthy when you are out camping, but now my hubby and I are having issues with his daughter. She wants to come live back home (has 3 very young kids of her own)! She lost her husband about a year ago (he died of a heart condition) and left her with the kids. I know that she needs help for her grieving and help from her social worker (she's on state aid) but I don't think I could handle all 4 living at home right now. Hubby has hea... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 15:25:46 EST Really bad day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39400968 I suffer from depression and today is a really bad day. It is 6:45am and I am sitting at work crying. I drove into work and cried the whole way (dangerous I know). <BR> Nothing has caused this; it is just part of me I guess. <BR> <BR> I am feeling particularly bad that I am nearly 44 and I still have not got the one thing I have wanted for as long as I remember. I have wanted to be normal; normal weight, normal person. I can;t seem to do it. Is this as good as it gets? <BR> <BR> Each year I... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 16:49:58 EST Can I make a dent in my weight in 6 weeks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39399884 After messing about to and fro (see previous posts) I am drilling down and would love to make a dent in my weight loss before my holiday. <BR> <BR> Any ideas how to approach this? Mon, 4 Jul 2016 13:18:07 EST How do you re-teach yourself to eat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39394715 This question is for any nutritionists, dietitians, nurses, or doctors. <BR> <BR> I've been having a very bad depressive episode, and I've only been able to eat about 500 calories a day for the past three days as a result. I haven't lost any weight. I think I've gained weight. I don't know why. So, no good has come of this. <BR> <BR> Today, I tried to eat more, because it was my brother's birthday, so we went to a brunch buffet. Usually, this is my very favorite eating thing to do. I go to ... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 20:28:59 EST Confession time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39393600 I have had an epiphany today. Apart from a brief period last year, o have not been logging food consistently. The reason why? I tend to sabotage myself and shave off calories from my day. You give me 1200, I will give myself less. It us a nasty cycle I got in to since ww which I did in the last 18 months and still did not lose no matter that I logged znd stayed within the points rigorously. I wonder if my body is damaged from this now which is why I don't lose continuously or consistently? ... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 15:26:22 EST Food tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39386954 i have tried using the tracker for several but it get so frustrating to get so many choices for one food or the message it can't find the food you want. <BR> entered Trader Joe's hamburger all that showed up was information for buns <BR> Sat, 2 Jul 2016 12:35:42 EST doctor discouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39360563 A little history first. I saw my medical doctor back in April and weighed 140lbs. I was also very sick. My gallbladder was bad. I saw a surgeon the beginning of May and had it out on the 18th of May. Meaning I was diet derailed and couldn't really train. I stayed tired and nauseous for weeks before surgery. I had to quit my diet and all working out. I got clearance two weeks after surgery to resume until a week before I had a colonoscopy and endoscopy. That was last week. I am now back on my ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:19:36 EST Discouraged about my life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39358676 I started dialysis at a mere 32! I am now going to be 44 this October. Most dialysis patients are elderly diabetics. I got kidney failure from a combination of 2 factors, SLE, which isn't very common, and taking Lithium for my bipolar. <BR> <BR> I don't know why I was handed this misfortune! I would like to work full-time and travel like any normal working adult but no one wants to hire me now! The moment prospective employers hear I am on dialysis, they start making excuses why they can't h... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:01:31 EST Sick of walking on eggshells! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39346396 I told my Mom gently, mind you, to quit repeating over and over intructions on turning off the kitchen lights, that I know what is to be done. It's like she is just waiting to repeat her instructions even though it isn't necessary. <BR> <BR> I just resent being told what to do time and time again as though I am stupid. It's like she is just waiting to 'pounce' on me! <BR> <BR> Anyway, the long and the short of it is, now she's mad at me again and will probably give me the cold shoulder for ... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:31:09 EST Crying after doctor's visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39334507 It's been a little over a month since a failure to manage to shave my legs motivated me to make some extreme changes in my life. I'm not going to get into specifics because the last thing I need is someone nitpicking whether or not my plan is healthy or accurate. I will say I have been carefully monitoring my health to make sure I'm safe. I've been avoiding the scale and using a tape measure to give me some measure of success. <BR> However, today I had a doctor's appointment. I went after exp... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:02:05 EST Hamster Wheel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39315564 I'm certain many of you can relate to my dilemma, otherwise you wouldn't be here. My struggle is that I am empowered by fitness/nutrition education, but I significantly lack motivation. I feel as though I'm on a hamster wheel; fat and fatigued = no desire to exercise. No desire to exercise=fat and fatigued. So, I know exactly what it is I need to do to become Healthier, but I cannot bring myself to do it! <BR> Brief history just to give you a glimpse into who I am. I'm short, only 5'3 and 3/... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 04:43:15 EST I feel I am missing out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39313937 The day trip to the little fishing village is today! Among the itenary is a visit to a dragonfruit farm and a nice seafood lunch. I really wanted to go! But I can't because I have to go for dialysis! I can't skip dialysis because I was too heavy on Monday! It just isn't fair! Tue, 21 Jun 2016 21:02:24 EST Rocking some great changes..but no weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39311122 So I started a health and fitness journey March 1st. <BR> 1. I have half a non working thyroid (thyroidectomy) Diabetes and fatty liver. <BR> 2. I have been eating SUPER clean and healthy and have had my diabetes meds cut in half, with the hopes of being off them completely in a couple months. <BR> 3. I have major body changes, look better and feel better, but NO weight loss. I started at 233 of pure fat, and now hover between 230 and 233 still. I know I am making a huge difference, but that... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:59:04 EST Every time I start to diet I get sick? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39310842 I've been down this road too many times now! I exercise regularly, but last week decided to change the diet and stick to 1000 - 1200 calorie nutritional diet. Lots of veggies, complex carbs and low fat protein. Saturday the sore throat then Sunday, bam! Full blown sinus infection. Ugh! Every time I do this I get sick. Pushing through though. Not hitting the gym until my head gets back to normal though. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:15:49 EST struggling,bad hip http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39307158 I have a severely arthritic hip. I'm being evaluated for surgery. I'm still biking walking stretching doing strength exercises. watching calories. but weight going slightly up. Should I go to weight watcher's. P>S. i don't really want to. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 20:34:44 EST How do you know you're doing everything right!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39305159 I don't get it. I am eating a balanced diet of 1200 to 1400 calories a day. <BR> This includes all the fruit and refusing the pasta, going to the gym 3 times a week <BR> and spending 60 to 80 minutes with weights, treadmill and bike. Drinking all my water. I don't even cheat on weekends. I follow all Sparks idea's & suggestions. <BR> What am I doing WRONG! <BR> My husband thinks I'm shopping at the mall because he see's no difference and neither do I. <BR> HELP!!!! I'm ready to give up. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:33:26 EST Not getting anywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39302407 My weekend was pretty much full of junk food and laying on the couch being lazy. I would say this is ok, it only happens once in a while, however it happens a little too often, and I am not getting anywhere with my weight loss. I am back up to 160… I need to lose 15 pounds to get back into my normal BMI, which is my goal. <BR> After work I get home and have no energy to do anything… last week I went to the gym after work and it felt amazing… told myself I would go at least once again but I d... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 07:15:58 EST Help! I am getting an anxiety attack! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39301914 I usually get an anxiety attack if they extract more than 3kg from me! I came with 64.9kg but they only managed to extract 3kg exactly. The nurse gave me 3.8kg but my blood pressure kept dropping, so in the end, they lowered it to 3.2kg. But only 3kg came out! <BR> <BR> Now I am in trouble because I owe the machine 900g! After lunch, it's is now 62.2kgs. What am I supposed to do, starve? I try and try but I am always heavier on Mondays! <BR> <BR> Then my bp keeps dropping! My heart is getti... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 02:36:59 EST Recently diagnosed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39299770 About 2 weeks ago I was diagnosed through a blood test as hyperthyroid. I was given a scan and nodules were found. I left the office with a beta blocker for heart palpitations. And another appointment for thyroid uptake test and a needle biopsy. I've had the uptake scan and tomorrow the biopsy. In the meantime I feel miserable. Very, very tired, hot, headache, feel like a low grade virus. Is this typical fir untreated hyperthyroid? I am getting so depressed feeling badly daily. Will ... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 18:42:07 EST bored with the gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39280934 This last week (and other weeks), it's been a fight to make myself go to the gym. The last time I lost weight, I burned myself out on exercise...and eventually quit for years. <BR> <BR> This time, I'm trying to be smarter. I limit myself to 4 to 5 days a week for 30 to 45 minutes. I vary what I do. Some days I do cardio. Some days I do strength training. And it is working. I've lost almost 25 pounds. <BR> <BR> And if I have to go to they gym again tomorrow I'll scream <BR> I've been c... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 21:37:43 EST Mini Binge!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39280588 I had a meltdown this afternoon and it's been downhill ever since. I waited too long to eat and then I found myself eating a smorgasbord of leftovers... all small amounts but they add up. I just ate a granola bar while waiting for hot tea to steep. <BR> Pasta, fruit salad, tomato, sloppy joe, Quaker chewy Girl Scouts caramel coconut granola bar, peach tea... with honey... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:57:53 EST Having a craving for coconut jelly! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39267976 I already treated myself to a pack of cheezels. That's naughty enough for one day but I am really craving a coconut jelly right now. It's just fresh coconut water with some gelling agent to turn it into jelly! <BR> <BR> I suppose I really shouldn't! If I want to stay within my calorie allowance! But right now, I really, really want one but I just know I shouldn't! Wed, 15 Jun 2016 01:06:34 EST Utter disrespect! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39263809 I was with my Mom in a boutique. My Mom was paying when the salesperson asked about my dialysis puncture wound and even touched it out of curiosity! <BR> <BR> Since when is that acceptable?! What if it gets infected?! It is rude to touch someone uninvited! It is even more totally unacceptable to touch someone's wound! <BR> <BR> I am still seething over her cluelessness! You might ask but you don't simply touch! Asking is bad enough! But to actually touch is not only extremely rude, but unhy... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:31:36 EST I. Just. Can't. Stand. It. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39258073 I switched to here from mfp because I needed to be able to track macros on my phone and mfp doesn't let you do that unless you $ubscribe to their premium $ervice. <BR> <BR> I need to track macros on my phone because I need to go take care of my 86-yo mother who lives 200 miles away and doesn't have internet service, but does have pneumonia. <BR> <BR> I haven't left for Mom's yet because my sister, who lives locally, is a recovering alcoholic who has relapsed for the 4th time and I need to ... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 17:13:50 EST Google fit app http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39215296 Ok so everyday its been syncing fine except today. It is off completely. My app on the phone states I did 58 mins and when synced it says 42 min, 1.3 miles when it was 1.5, 355 calories burned when it was over 700 and steps 5,712 when it only synced 4.000. Whats going on? I tried redoing it, turning app off then on and resyncing it to here nothing changed. Tue, 7 Jun 2016 17:02:02 EST I admit that I need help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39208008 I started SparkPeople in January 2015 with a weight of 200. I set a goal to lose 25lbs in a year. The first pound I lost came off eight months later. So I pushed my weight loss goal up by six months. I've only lost a total of two pounds so I changed my goal to a loss of ten pounds by August. I've been stubbornly refusing to ask for help but now I am. <BR> <BR> I am a Type One Diabetic and I am wheelchair bound with a neurological disease. Mon, 6 Jun 2016 17:27:17 EST need diet buddy to help me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39202371 I'm back after several years to lose weight again. I am 69 need to lose at least 20# and lots of fat around middle. someone please answer. other sites not responding. thanks Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:12:30 EST Confused, tired and on the verge of giving up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39200192 Hello, <BR> <BR> I seriously need your help my dear spark family. <BR> <BR> I'm a 19 year old girl who's been 70 kg for almost a year now or more probably , and no matter how hard I exercise and how much i fix my eating habits and stick to a healthy meal plan , I still never manage to change it ! It's been constantly wavering between either 69 ' 70' 71. Furthermore , I even decided to get a personal trainer and train my bum off along the entire summer break, I'm in 2 weeks now. there's no... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 18:23:11 EST Embarrassed . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39193788 Lately, I have been avoiding my friends and outings because in the last year I have gained about 50 pounds. Just a few minutes ago I agreed to meet some dear ppl for dinner and now I am sick to my stomach about it. Any suggestions . . .instead of "suck it up buttercup"? Thanks! Sat, 4 Jun 2016 21:14:56 EST Fed up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39189684 I joined SP in 2009. Dropped 25 lbs in 3 months- 7 of those lbs the first two weeks! - and was so psyched I told everyone I came across about SP. So here it is 7 years later and I am 7 yrs older and the weight came back on because I quit smoking 8 months ago today. I decided to get back on SP and doing the EXACT same things I did 7 years ago and NOTHING is happening except that I am not only getting very depressed, but I am seriously thinking about going back to smoking - not for weight loss... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 08:51:54 EST How many calories should I be eating? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39189065 I'm 19, 5'0", 158.7 lb (about 72kg), female. <BR> My goal was automatically set for 1200-1500 a day, and I go to the gym after work (I work on a two week roster - shift work isn't great - so I go 4 days one week, and 3 the next, but if I'm going into town - I live out of town - I try to get to the gym again) for about 30 minutes to an hour (depending on what time I get there, and whether or not I've eaten yet that day - one of my days, I go at 9:30 at night after having been up since 5 am, an... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 07:27:53 EST How am I still here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39187767 Just getting back on Spark People after several years. I started by cleaning out the emailbox. There were 15+ pages of emails. One caught my eye, from a group, for ppl in their 20s with 50 or more pounds to lose. This is particularly frustrating since im now 33 and still have 50 pounds to lose. I go back and forth with my weight, i will drop 40 pounds in a summer but can put it back on in a rough couple months. A few months ago i was sick with lung issues, had to go on a couple rounds of ste... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 01:17:16 EST Chronic pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39179705 <BR> has anyone here been to a pain specialist? I have OA, think maybe fibromyalgia too. Haven't gotten much help from medical community. Don't really like going to Dr. Am on Celebrex, have tried Neurontin, tylenol PM. Going to water aerobics for seniors M, W, F. Have icy hot roll-on in use at moment & two ice packs. Have had shots about 4 times. It's waves of shooting pain from hip down thigh bone, knee down shin bone, to heels. Cutting feeling in heels. Neck pain, shoulder, forea... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 22:44:03 EST I can't find my recipe for dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39162473 how do I access my recipe box. I saved an amazing recipe to cook for dinner and can't find it!!! thanks Tue, 31 May 2016 21:23:23 EST emotional eating - doctors aren't helping http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39157334 <BR> Oh god, I've gained 8 pounds and am bigger than I've ever been. I ride my bike 20 miles a day, work at the barn an hour a day, and exercise and do things for my own emotional support.... <BR> <BR> but food is so hard to control and nurses and doctors say the emotional eating "can't" be helped. <BR> <BR> I actually went in to a nutritionist and it set off this last weight gain - up to then I was holding fairly steady though high. <BR> <BR> I know some of it's about childhood "stuff... Tue, 31 May 2016 10:39:08 EST Where can I log waist & hip measurements? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39142564 I cannot find a way to log waist and hip measurements. Has that been deleted? Thank you. Sun, 29 May 2016 12:40:26 EST Losing too fast? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39128788 Hi all is anyone having issues with losing weight too fast? I am on my third week and following the calorie intakes closely and only exercise minimal amounts but see myself losing about 2-3 lbs a day. Should I be worried? Fri, 27 May 2016 14:19:15 EST feeling totally confused and losing motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39101791 Can anyone please tell me, how it is that although I have been eating health,y stopped all junk and processed foods and walking between 6/8 miles a day but over the last 4 days I have gained 4 lbs, it just doesn't make sense to me and I am finding it hard to keep motivated, any advice will be greatly received, I have done this before and lost weight without this problem which is making it all the more confusing Tue, 24 May 2016 11:38:44 EST PMS cravings and lack of energy are killing me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39094685 Ate 2740 calories and had 113 grams of fat yesterday, due to PMS!!! Working hard today to get back on track! For over 7 months, I have been doing great. I've lost 25 pounds and have kept it off for a few months. I don't eat red meat, no fast food, sodas, high sodium, high fat or high sugar foods. I drink 8 glasses of water, a little bite of gourmet dark chocolate every once in a while and a 1/2 cup serving of Gelato when I want something sweet. Yesterday, I ate healthy for breakfast and lunch... Mon, 23 May 2016 17:07:56 EST Feeling motivated but a little scared http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39092080 Summer is fast approaching, I am still so full of I wish and I want. I wish I was smaller, I wish I would have smartened up before now, I want so bad to be smaller, healthier, more able to do the things I used to do ... Well, it is what it is I guess, all the wishing and wanting in the world isn't going to make me smaller, healthier or happier. <BR> I know I havn't been as active as I should have been on here, i just get caught up with life and forget about looking after me which I know is ... Mon, 23 May 2016 10:42:45 EST Sleepless nights http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39075411 I don't know if this is the right place to post this but I'm not sleeping well at night. I assume my mattress is the problem. I toss and turn all night due to lower and upper back pain. Does anyone have any suggestions on mattresses that work if you suffer from back pain. I'm also interested in hearing opinions on Casper or Bed In A Box type mattresses if anyone has tried them. <BR> Thanks for your help and good luck to everyone on your journey. Sat, 21 May 2016 13:35:39 EST My computer just died! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39073591 I've done all I can! Even reformatted the hard disk! Now I have no direct internet connection but at least the wifi is still working. So I can still use my mobile devices. I've called tech support and I was told I can't get parts anymore because my computer is abt 9 year's old! <BR> <BR> They have advised me to replace my PC. On Monday, I will call them again to see if they will help me set up the new one. I may have to pay for it myself, with my parents ok, of course. But I am hoping my Da... Sat, 21 May 2016 08:23:06 EST A depressing 10 lb gain.. how to stay motivated?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39066987 Weighed in today after not weighing for a month. Up 10 lbs and the thing is I deserve it. I havent been doing what I should and it shows. <BR> <BR> I feel so lost and discouraged. Shouldnt that motivate me to do something? Cause its just making me feel depressed. All I can see if that I have 170 lbs to lose and it seems impossible. It feels like I dont know what to do, even though I rationally know what steps to make to lose weight. Cut calories, move more, blah blah blah. This seriously ju... Fri, 20 May 2016 10:34:32 EST Yay.. But how? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39061624 Hi guys <BR> <BR> Coming from my posts here a lot of you would have figured out my story..prolonged vlcd then a 1 week binge followed by weight gain ... and guilty overexercising and under eating... And then road to hopeful recovery. Now a lil stats: <BR> Weight before binge: 59.3 <BR> Binge duration: 08/May to 15/May (both dates inclusive) <BR> Binge intake: about 4500 each day (2700 extra assuming a rather high 1800 maintenance level with zero exercise ) of ALL junk mostly high sugar high ... Thu, 19 May 2016 20:14:52 EST Unreasonable & Obnoxious http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39061348 We had a steamboat dinner at home on Wednesday. I was keeping an eye on the pot in case it started boiling. I was munching on some fish crackers while waiting, seated at the dining table. <BR> <BR> My Dad made a big fuss and kept on demanding I wait in the living room with them, saying I was a greedy pig or something to that effect. He even threatened to slap me if I didn't move away from the dining table! I mean, what's his problem?! <BR> <BR> Finally the pot started boiling and we started... Thu, 19 May 2016 19:30:13 EST What is wrong with me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39057212 I have struggled with weight most of my life. I have tried many things, yo-yo with my weight. Maxed at 280# after my daighter's birth/cancer diagnosis. Over a couple years, lost almost 40#. Started doing fitness DVDs, tracking food, increased activity Jan. 2015. 6 months later only lost 22#. I was working out EVERY DAY. Got frustrated. Slacked off. Gained some back. Have really recommitted but the scale doesn't move. I literally worked my butt off the last two weeks, lost 2#...took 2 ... Thu, 19 May 2016 08:44:32 EST Thank you all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39045485 This may be the wrong board forum for this, but thank you to everyone who helped me get by my guilt and try to make amends, which I'd written about under "confession" and "2 days became a week." <BR> <BR> 3 days post getting tracking again, I'm about 2 kgs (4.4 pounds) up from my pre-binge weight, which I hope will pass off in the coming 2 weeks. My DP is a celebration of how far I'v come, notwithstanding how much I still got to go. <BR> <BR> Thank u ppl! Wed, 18 May 2016 04:41:28 EST Sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39042677 I've felt bad since Friday. I drug myself through the gym on Friday and Sunday. Saturday is dog park day. By Monday, I'm coughing and full on sick. I skipped the gym. Today, I drug myself to a lite workout but I feel like crap. <BR> <BR> I know I'm living on carbs because my stomach is tolerating them but I'm in my calories even though they aren't particularly healthy calories. <BR> <BR> I'm just afraid if I start skipping the gym, I won't go back. <BR> How do you deal with being sick... Tue, 17 May 2016 19:52:14 EST Full Knee Replacement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39040818 I had my surgery 6 weeks ago the pain was so bad I didn't think I was going to survive it and it lasts for weeks not hours not days. In the hospital they gave me morphine, Percocet's, Tylenol, and tramadol yes all of that. I have never had so many drugs pumped in me in my life I'm not an opioid user or drug user I don't even drink alcohol. When I left the hospital after 3 days they gave me a low dose of Percocet for at home that didn't work the pain was insane. So my physician gave me dilaudi... Tue, 17 May 2016 15:14:57 EST I fell and I need help getting back up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39039130 I've been changing my lifestyle since January 2016, and I had been doing very well. Of course there had been some minor bumps in the road, but nothing that bumped me off that proverbial wagon. Then my daughter got sick this month with a brain infection, It appeared that we would lose her. That knocked my butt off the wagon! She is getting stronger, but I can't seem to grab ahold of the side of the wagon. <BR> <BR> I've stopped tracking my foods, I've been to ashamed to track what I'm consum... Tue, 17 May 2016 10:40:08 EST Confession http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39035811 This is the first time since 2009 I'm glad im anonymously located to everyone here on SP. <BR> <BR> Here's the deal: Since 2009, I'v lost weight N no. of times and gained it back. Not once, not twice, but 5 times. <BR> <BR> I was at my lowest a week back and as you'all may have read, I binged a whole week and am up 6 pounds again. Here's the lie I told everyone, and heres the admission: <BR> <BR> I'v been eating like 700 calories a day to get to that weight. Which is why I blew the top off... Tue, 17 May 2016 04:26:18 EST Discouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39029297 I apologize this could be on the long side. <BR> <BR> I wear a tracking device that's pretty on the money. I only track when I'm actually set out to walk/run. That's why there are a couple entries on the same day. Shealth says I average about 255 minutes of cardio a day. But I do track all my steps separate in a different spot. <BR> <BR> Monday 14.59 total miles 26727 steps <BR> Tues 13.83 total miles 25098 steps <BR> Weds 15.24 total miles 28426 steps <BR> Thurs 16.26 total miles 3000... Mon, 16 May 2016 08:55:10 EST dO NOT WANT TO BLOW IT... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39026631 I am being tempted--I do not want to blow it!1 Mon, 16 May 2016 02:11:15 EST 2 days became one week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39026568 Hi guys <BR> <BR> so anyone who's seen my posts knows I posted last about how I binged 2 days and I'd make up for it by eating 1200 and overdoing exercise. <BR> <BR> I did that for 2 days before falling flat the second night and going on 5 more days of a binge. HUGE ONE. <BR> <BR> This time though I regret not hearing to sound advise given by my nutritionist (im a BED diagnose and had successfully done treatment few months ago) and people at SP too... and well, I clocked in over 35000 kcal... Mon, 16 May 2016 01:32:48 EST Trying Not to Beat Myself Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39026513 Saturday and Sunday have been awful days. I had a very emotional day on Saturday, and I have not dealt with it very well. I wish I would have dealt with my stress by exercising or doing something productive, but instead, I probably consumed about 8,000 calories in two days. <BR> <BR> I know I shouldn't beat myself up, but I just can't believe I did this. For 305 days I've done so well. I've lost 105 lbs and I'm .5 lb away from the 100's! I would be okay if it was just one splurge meal... Mon, 16 May 2016 01:13:41 EST Struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39022328 Urgh. Re-starting the whole weight loss thing (again), and I'm struggling worse than ever. <BR> <BR> A few years ago, I used SP to successfully lose about fourteen pounds, and was within a few pounds of being at a 'healthy' BMI. I ran several 5K's and a 10K. Then I finished up grad school, and between the stresses of writing my thesis, finding a job in a pitiful job market, and learning the ins and outs of my new job, I re-gained (almost) everything, and all the fitness that I had worked so... Sun, 15 May 2016 13:30:28 EST Calorie counter nutrition page http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39010061 No matter what I do the actual number of calories I edit do not show up on my nutritional page. Say I edit the calories for 1200 and save the page it still shows up as 2444 what do I need to do to get this right Fri, 13 May 2016 21:41:47 EST Fed up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39008288 I have come to a halt. I lost 30 pounds, well some days it is 30 some days it is 29, and come to a screeching halt. So don't look at the scale they say, every other gauge is out the window. I have not had my clothes fit any looser since the scale went down so that doesn't work. Measure yourself, I can't measure the same place even close twice, so that doesn't work. Look at your mood, I am a basket case that wants to quit and be angry about it, so that doesn't work. I've read 3 motivational ar... Fri, 13 May 2016 15:43:09 EST Doing my best, but it's a constant battle. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39006345 Hi! This is my first time posting on a message board and I feel uncomfortable asking for help, but I need something. I lost 9 pounds (doesn't show on my Spark page because I signed up before I gained a few more pounds.) I've been trying very hard to stick to the 1200-1500 calorie limit a nutritionist gave me, changing my eating habits, tracking my food intake honestly, gave up the Dr. Pepper, and doing aerobic videos every day but Sunday. I'm taking the stairs, walking the dog daily, and ... Fri, 13 May 2016 10:26:41 EST over calorie limits too often http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39003379 Like many other people i resolve every day to eat about 1600 calories per day I'm not exercising as much as I used to because of a arhritic hip and depression. By lunch I've had about 800 calories afer a health snack a <BR> healthy dinner and a bit of chocolate for dessert usually am up to 1799- 1900 kcal.By the way I/m barely maintaining my weight at 194 or so and 5'4. Yecch. Up until 2013 i never weighed more than 163. <BR> <BR> Part of the reason I'm depressed now is my... Fri, 13 May 2016 03:05:44 EST Help with Fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39001492 I have tried everything with my fitbit - I have the charge model and cannot figure out what I'm doing wrong. It syncs my food and calories burned but shows 0 for activity minutes. I do spinning and kickboxing and weights so when I've tried to log in on the fitbit I can't because it requires you know the mph in the spinning or amount of miles finished. The bikes we use don't have either of these gauges available. Any suggestions? Thanks I'm SO frustrated!! Thu, 12 May 2016 20:18:52 EST How to post photos on my page and message board. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39000763 I cannot remember how to access and photos on my page and then on to a team message. HELP! Thank you. <BR> Roberta <BR> Thu, 12 May 2016 18:36:03 EST No alcohol today. HELP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=39000670 I am just going 30 days without wine to see if I can. Would it really be SO bad to have one glass of wine right this freaking second. <BR> (CRY FOR HELP!!) Thu, 12 May 2016 18:16:22 EST Starting over...again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38990039 Hello...here I am again trying to lose weight. Every time I start, I tell myself this time it will be different. Yet, so far, that is not the case. Ever since my hysterectomy two years ago I have been 25 lbs heavier. And I can't seem to lose it! I'm so discouraged. In the past losing weight was hard, but if I kept at it I'd have success. Now, nothing. Help me!!! Has anyone had the same problem? If so, how did you overcome it?? <BR> <BR> Words of wisdom are welcome... Wed, 11 May 2016 11:33:48 EST BINGE UNDOING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38977079 Hi all <BR> <BR> I'd been binge free for a year, and then bam... suddenly went out 2 full days clocking in 11000 calories over maintenance across the two days. (Blame it on the breakup!) <BR> <BR> However, now I'm trying to make good, albeit in a slightly extreme way. I'm doing 1100 calories a day, plus burning about 600 walking 4MPH for 3 hours a day (1.5 morn and eve..... 1.5 up from my otherwise usual 1.5 hours * 4-5 times a week) <BR> <BR> I'm 135 pounds (61 kg), 5'6 (176 cm) and 27 yr... Tue, 10 May 2016 03:49:32 EST Very frustrated about waist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38972972 New here. I wonder what approach I should take. In the last few months I've lost about 25 lbs--from 153 to 127. I'm 5'4" and age 57. When I started, I would have thought 25 pounds would be enough. But my waist measurement has not budged. It began at 35 inches and remains 35 inches. One of the main reasons I got serious about losing, was to get my waist line out of the "danger zone." I've been walking off the weight outside, but with the season change, I need to start exercising indoors. <B... Mon, 9 May 2016 14:27:42 EST TOM question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38963701 I spent the last three weeks losing 4 lbs. It was a hard earned four pounds. Today I weighed myself and I put all four back. TOM is due, can that cause a huge weight gain like this all of a sudden? Sun, 8 May 2016 10:41:21 EST Totally Frustrated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38942695 This is my 10th Day. <BR> <BR> For me, SP has not been very user friendly. I feel like I am all over the place. <BR> <BR> Just ONCE I would like to be able to enter my Food Nutritional Values without having to spend an hour+ trying to find the correct calories/amounts in servings! <BR> This is an exercise in futility. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not giving up yet. I need any ideas... better apps/sites with more info? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 5 May 2016 18:49:03 EST sweets are egging me on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38941954 I don't know why--but it feels like all my life I have struggled to stay away from sweets, and all else carbs (breads, pasta, etc). But yet, I cannot seem to tell myself no any day of the week. I try popping in gum, drinking water (maybe not enough)...but I keep on giving in to my sweet tooth craving. When sweets are not around, I freak out. So, I am in a tough spot right now. I really want to lose the weight, but somehow, I'm still lacking the motivation and willpower. <BR> <BR> If yo... Thu, 5 May 2016 16:46:26 EST Keep regaining http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38940423 I feel so down lately. A few years ago I started my weight loss journey and after about a year I lost about 15 kg (or 33 lbs). I have gained pretty much all of it back and instead of just starting over I keep losing some and gaining some. It's like I lost the joy of losing because I have seen all those numbers before so I just give up! Someone feeling the same way? What did you guys do? Thu, 5 May 2016 12:50:15 EST zero fat diet until surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38924614 how do i do it. I am on a very restricted diet until I have my gallbladder out in two weeks. This is torture already. Well yesterday he restricted me further. No fat at all not even healthy kinds. This is nuts. i cannot as of right now eat sugary, fatty, greasy, and processed food. I have been living on bran flakes, a weight loss protein shake and sweet potato fries for the past month and will for another two weeks. what else can i eat. So many food hurt or make me very nauseous. Tue, 3 May 2016 17:04:51 EST Self sabotage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38923256 As I'm hearing to a healthier me and upping my cals towards maintenance... By 50 every 4-5 days, the cravings are insane (I'm also Pmsing) n am tempted to binge too frequently now... :( pls advise how to change this mindset. Iv been here at this weight n so close to my goal once earlier too n ended up undoing all efforts one earlier also. Too scared actually. Tue, 3 May 2016 13:29:13 EST Vacation = Panicing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38920859 I'm so Panicing right now as I'm getting ready to leave to head to a week long vacation/graduation. I'm so afraid of losing control, not tracking, drinking to much etc. we'll be staying at a beautiful resort, eating out all meals..ugh. Not sure I'll have time to track, or check in for that matter. As for exercising <em>311</em> well I'm going with two 80 year olds and not sure how much of that I'll do. I have good intentions on doing so and making right decisions on food <em>45</em> cho... Tue, 3 May 2016 07:37:50 EST Wavering http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38901871 Twenty days ago, I decided I had let my weight get out of control again. <BR> <BR> Many years ago, I got in shape, lost 96 pounds. I even kept it off a few years. Then I got burnt out, struggled with depression and fell off the wagon. <BR> <BR> I've been doing okay. I've lost about ten pounds (yeah I know most of it was water). I even started Spark to help me track what I'm eating. I've went back to the gym. I was feeling good about it. <BR> <BR> And I was doing great. But the la... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:32:37 EST Hungry before bedtime http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38891635 I am a diabetic, I have dinner around 6 to 7 pm. What can I eat that will stop the growling between 10 and midnight? I have high blood sugar every morning so I thought something before bed would help it stay moderately low so I can have a good reading in the morning. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:29:56 EST True to log in my own food. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38860159 I want to use my own food list and not the food list that SparkPeople Has given me. So how do I delete there food permanently. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to learn how to use the mobile app but it's so hard for me Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:35:21 EST Is my calorie range too high? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38853960 I hope someone can help me figure out why I am not losing weight. I am 5'2 and 167 lbs. I want to lose 1-1.5 lbs per week. My calorie range is 1200 -1500 and I am lightly active. I have a sedentary job, but get in 5000 steps at work and then exercise at least 30 minutes per day when I get home. Yes, I am drinking water. Am I eating too much? UGH!!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:22:52 EST Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38839318 Sigh, I think my scale is broken. In the past week, I have been eating healthy (more so than usual) and working out everyday, but each day, my weight on the scale fluctuates within 15 pounds. Last I checked today, I was on the upper end. It's a digital scale. It just doesn't make sense. Sat, 23 Apr 2016 17:20:32 EST Staggering creating stumbles :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38834481 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm about 8 kgs (17.6 pounds) to my goal, and have noticed that the last 1 month my weight has been staggering a lot as I weigh myself every 4 days. The avg loss has also dropped to around 1 pounds per week (so it's stagnant in the midweek weigh in and there's a swoosh down of 1 pound on the second weigh in) as compared to the earlier 2.6 or more per week that would happen. <BR> <BR> I'll be honest, for exercise I primarily do only 3 days a week of 60 minutes per ses... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 00:36:22 EST Evenings are my downfall http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38813862 I do great all day, but when evening comes, I lose my way and usually end up snacking, even after a truly great dinner. We do nothing at night but watch television and I am so bored, I munch. <BR> <BR> Any ideas to help me not fall prey to snacks tonight? Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:52:44 EST Shift worker blues! :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38804515 Hi everyone, I'm kinda new to all of this and having any sort of support from anyone other than my husband. Anyway, if anyone could give me any advice I would greatly appreciate it! So here it is, I work a DuPont schedule for my local electric company and if you don't know what a DuPont schedule is, it's a work schedule of 12hour shifts. Mine is 6am - 6pm or 6 pm - 6 am. I work three weeks on, one week off and those three weeks on change from night shift to day shift. <BR> <BR> I'm struggli... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:50:02 EST Self-Sabotage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38804042 I'm really struggling. I do great all day long. I meet my calorie goals (and working on getting more exercise). However at night while somewhat sleepy, I eat everything I shouldn't. Last night I ate a chocolate covered coconut granola bar, finished off the box of cheese crackers, ate a bowl of ice cream and 4 sandwich cookies. That was all after dinner. Ugh. I wasn't even hungry, just self sabotaging. I don't know why I keep doing this. It makes me feel terrible all the next day. I'm failing ... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 12:26:48 EST Spark's fitness trackers and stalled weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38803789 I just need to rant about how I have no actual idea how much I should be eating because the spark tracker thinks that I'm an Olympic calibre swimmer and that I burn 1000 calories an hour and wants me to eat 3000 calories a day. I obviously don't do that and try to stick down towards the lower end. <BR> <BR> Now...I know I almost certainly don't eat enough on my workout days, but I'm afraid to go too high, which keeps me too low because I can't figure out how high I *should* go, so I've post... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:45:03 EST CAN'T TAKE ANY MORE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38799189 It's been a rough year and it keeps going downhill. I try to stay positive and remember everything is temporary but I feel like everything is falling apart and out of my control. <BR> <BR> I hate my job but I feel stuck. We're in a hiring freeze and we have an employee resigning w her last day being Friday. I will be taking over her job while doing my own job. My job, by itself, is enough on it's own and stresses me to the max! But now we're adding more responsibilities and I just don't know... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 21:50:54 EST Stressed to the Max http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38796575 I have so much going on right now, that I am so stressed beyond belief. I know God always finds a way to make it work out, but at this moment it's hard. I just want to grab a bunch of fast food for supper tonight and just eat and eat. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:11:27 EST Trying to lose weight before summer ...., http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38785593 I know summer is fast approaching, I know i won't be anywhere near skinny by summer but I have been trying to do better with eating, water & exercise. It is not <BR> easy, I am far from perfect but am trying to realize that it's ok not to do perfect every day. I even bought a fitness tracker which is helping as it is making me more conscious of my activity levels throughout the day. I find myself moving more to see a larger number of steps on my tracker. <BR> My problem is, the other day som... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 09:16:23 EST KFC crave http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38779965 So I'm hanging out in my living room right now and reeeaaallly want some KFC fried chicken and mashed potatoes... I know it's bad for me, I have not had it it years, but I really want some. I don't want to taste it and then want more and more. <BR> What to do what to do.... should I ignore this craving or cave? Sat, 16 Apr 2016 15:00:49 EST Not Really Panic'd . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38773082 but I wondered if there are Challenge archives and if we are able to do previously listed challenges? Fri, 15 Apr 2016 18:08:27 EST Not a meat eater.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38772534 Can someone give a good diet to follow our perhaps a good protein substitute for some one who doesn't eat much meat. My Dr told me one of the reasons I'm not losing weight is that I need to increase my proportion intake. I need at least 125 grams a day to lose weight. I get like 15 to 30. My husband loves beef of any kind..... It makes me physically ill. I'm good work chicken wings and I love fish. But spring my husbands beef budget doesn't leave much for me. So I'm lucky I get meat once or t... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:18:54 EST Fear of dieting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38767922 I have been really wanting to make a life change and I feel like ever since I developed a bit of an anxiety disorder, I can't get the ball rolling. I have a horrible fear of feeling deprived. I am sitting here and the thought of not eating something sweet when i want causes me intense anxiety. I don't know what I should do about it. Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:37:04 EST donut http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38765678 I feel hungry... but I didn't feel too bad until I was up visiting my mom and saw my favorite donuts, right there, on the cupboard. I ate 6 servings of greens today, 3 servings of fruit, 5 of protein.... and also ate 6 servings of carbs and two and a half servings of cheese... I should not be hungry!!! But a donut (which isn't even accessible now anyway!) would have been in my caloric range... would that seriously derail me? feeling conflicted and confused. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 19:58:31 EST Out of control eating!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38753445 Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Kevin and I have gone up and down with my wright over the 25 years. 3 times in my life I have lost over 150 pounds but put it back on plus more. About 10 years ago I lost over 200 pounds and kept it off until I landed a very good job as the Director of Dietary at a large skilled nursing facility over 2 years ago. Since starting there I have put on 100 pounds due to stress and having the availability of breakfast, lunch, and dinner after its served to our reside... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 07:53:06 EST As the pounds drop http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38752216 Hi All, <BR> <BR> So as I'm crawling towards a healthier weight, I had a query on weight fluctuations. <BR> <BR> I weigh once a week now, and I'v noticed the last 4 weeks that my weight is fluctuating crazily more frequent than it used to. The whooshes and swooshes of loss is happening every alternate week, so say if week 1 I lost some, week 2 will be same/ mostly a gain, and week 3 itll be down lower by about 2-3 pounds from the week 1 number.. This has become recurring occurrence off late... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 01:22:20 EST Help! New scale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38745403 My scale has begun to show weird figures, so I replaced it with a new digital scale. The new one shows my weight as 10 pounds heavier than the old one! That's the weight I have lost so far. I don't know how to make this change on my weight tracking on SparkPeople, but I'm discouraged in general. The old scale was in keeping with the Doctor's; it just doesn't work anymore. Tue, 12 Apr 2016 08:18:28 EST Pushing onward but could use a lift http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38732543 Good Afternoon, all! <BR> <BR> First off, I also posted in Staying Motivated for obvious reasons. I'm a self-starter and a teacher. Motivating others is what I do all the time. I'm pretty good at motivating myself, but am in a bit of a slump and could use some optimism myself. <BR> <BR> In January I had my second son (yay!) Prior to that, I lost 50lbs on TSFL/Medifast. During my pregnancy, I gained 30lbs. I'm fine with this. It happens. However, this past month, I've been eating clean, wat... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 20:05:59 EST Out of control hunger http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38719205 I normally do not have much of an appetite, in fact I normally never even come close to meeting my daily calorie allowance. However, Wednesday I went over my calories by 200 calories. Thursday I went over my calorie allowance by over 500 calories. Today I was at the end of the high range of my calorie allowance. I'm consuming mostly healthy foods but I'm craving carbs like fruit, and whole grains, and dark chocolate.I have gained 4-5 pounds just this week. My hunger is intense and isn't being... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 00:11:10 EST Anemic ! Exercising ~ Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38712071 Hello, <BR> Currently I am Anemic and Vitamin D deficient and the doctor has me on Iron pills 3 x a day and Vitamin D Pills 3 x a week. My Question is with me being Anemic can I walk 3 miles everyday ? I stopped walking 3 miles everyday in the morning because a friend told me that, with me being deficient on Iron already, that with all of the exercising and walking all it is going to do is deplete my iron much more. So do I need to let my body rebuild itself before I get back to my old routi... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 05:35:51 EST Toto Confused :-/ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38703047 Hi All <BR> <BR> If anyone's seen my post at http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/message<BR>board.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38695141 , I'd mentioned how I ate 21000 calories (by strict calculation) of ALOT of fats, carbs and proteins (mostly the first 2) above maintenance spanning 4 days, and how much weight I'd have gained from that. However, after 2 days of getting back on track, I see myself weighing only 1.2 KGs (about 2.7 pounds) above what I was the day I started the binge. I was also on ... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 00:02:41 EST Binged cus of constipation..now what :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38695141 I was in Pakistan for my sister's in-laws' ceremonies last week.. and due to the paucity of vegetables and other healthy foods in a marriage home, ended up with constipation followed by binge eating 4 days straight, and ALOT of gas issues. I ate about 21,000 calories 4 days straight of mostly chocolates, cakes, milky high sugar desserts, naan bread, whole wheat oily paranthas (round breads deep-fried in oil), chicken and mutton curries and ALOT of other oily, Asian curried dishes. Finally, I ... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 06:19:38 EST Ommmmmm! Help!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38694297 Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm a little overwhelmed, by financial, work, home life stressors. I need help reminding myself why I'm doing this. What I'm doing it for! <BR> <BR> It's a goal of mine to be mindful of what goes into my body. It's a goal of mine to exercise 3 x weekly. I don't particularly want to give up on those goals. I need help reminding myself that they are important. <BR> <BR> Sometimes, I feel like my default goes to self -pity rather than the default going to try and fail, or try ... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 03:00:05 EST Can't stop eating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38682163 Ever since I ramped up my running (1/2 marathon in 4 weeks), my appetite is through the roof. I was doing well keeping my calories between 1600-2000. But for the last month I'm well over 2000--sometimes up to 3000/day. <BR> <BR> I have no will power at all. <BR> <BR> Arrrggghhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 4 Apr 2016 19:46:52 EST Vicious Cycle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38682090 I'm new to the community, and am really hoping to find some like-minded people who have overcome some of the blocks I have and can give me some tips! <BR> <BR> I'm not 100% sure what is wrong, but over the last couple of months I've been seeing a therapist for suspected depression - likely it's seasonal, but I also want to prevent this from becoming more frequent as my family certainly struggles. I've also felt more anxiety than I have in the past. Work is a huge stressor (as in, crying in m... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 19:35:18 EST Why can't I lose my belly fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38678305 It protrudes whenever I sit down! I look like I am 3 month's pregnant! Everyone is commenting on how big it is! Some ppl have even rubbed it! It makes me want to cry! <BR> <BR> But I love my food! I try my best to watch my portion sizes and eat healthy. I exercise regularly but my belly just won't go! Seems for all my effort, nothing's changing! <BR> <BR> I have been on SP since 2006 but my physique hasn't improved in all this time. I have gained weight after menopause 3 years ago. Help!... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 10:44:33 EST Elevated fasting blood glucose http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38675095 I got a test result from a blood draw I had done over a month ago which shows I have an elevated fasting blood glucose, essentially saying that I might be prediabetic. I didn't see this coming. I am confused now on what I may be doing wrong because I have been eating much healthier and not overeating like I used to. The carbs I tend to eat are mostly fruit and veg now and I have cut way back on bread and bakery goods. I cook most of my food at home and I don't even eat out as much as I used t... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 01:10:55 EST Working out while sick. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38673114 I have managed to work out twice in the last month. I have been sick with something or other the whole time and now that the colds/bronchitis/sinus infection/etc is getting better now my stomach has decided it is its turn. <BR> <BR> I have a Fitbit and most days I get 10,000 steps in (or pretty close) but I have not done any cardio or what I would consider a work out. <BR> <BR> So do you make yourself work out when sick or wait till you feel better? :/ Sun, 3 Apr 2016 19:48:56 EST How to get back on track... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38669873 First let me say that I have been overweight all of my life. I have diabetes and am on insulin. On February 4th, I started using Spark People and was very good at logging everything. Lost 10 pounds in 5 weeks which was amazing for me especially being on insulin. I started out doing 30 minutes of exercise 6 times per week... then upped it to 50 minutes. I was so proud of myself. My dad had surgery two weeks ago and I got really stressed.... slowly I fell off the proverbial wagon. I am t... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 10:14:21 EST Contrave http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38648213 I know I shouldn't have, but I started on two Contrave pills and it's only the third day. I feel fine but a little scared. Has anyone else done this? Thu, 31 Mar 2016 16:54:37 EST Blood tests worse after large wt. loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38636563 I was so happy to get my diabetes under control this past year with a 50# weight loss and change in eating and exercise patterns. But when I had my yearly blood tests done my cholesterol had hardly gone down at all with total count still at 266 and my HDL went up. My hemoglobin and RBC are also up. I am confused now, do I try to eat to maintain my low BS counts or switch to a different diet? I was so disappointed! Wed, 30 Mar 2016 11:52:57 EST Lower weight, tighter clothes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38632790 Hey All <BR> <BR> I'v been on the health route before, and the last time I was 65 kgs, I got a skirt that was actually comfortably loose on me... like it fit well and flared. However, then I gained a lot again and lost weight again, but this time at even 2 kgs lower, the skirts like 4 inches tighter around my belly, lower abdomen, thighs and butt. No im not PMSing and no other symptoms of bloating that could cause the fit to be like that. <BR> <BR> How's that at an even lower weight the clo... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 01:57:22 EST Weight Loss Plateau :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38620622 Hey, <BR> <BR> I started in November 2015 and have lost 21 pounds so far. I started off with very less exercise but in the past month, I have been exercising 4-5 times a week, should I be eating a little more to start losing weight again? The past 6-7 weeks I have hit a plateau. I feel i have become a little slimmer but the scale hasn't budged below 150 :( I am a little concerned that my body has become used to this or maybe the sudden increase in exercise is causing it to hit starvation an... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 18:05:01 EST Weighing on my mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38616975 Another holiday come and gone. That feeling of overeating weighing on my mind. I have tried so hard all my life to eat like I should and exercise like I should but I think I have figured out one thing that is keeping me from being motivated. I read all the time about people dying from this and that and that they always ate right, never smoked a day in their life and exercise daily and still got sick. So I wonder what is the use in putting myself through the agony of being on a health kick bec... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 09:08:22 EST Sprained wrist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38616883 I sprained my left wrist doing Pilates. That was a couple of months ago. I can use my hand but have twinges when I use that hand to scratch my back. <BR> <BR> When will it fully heal? Mon, 28 Mar 2016 08:56:45 EST I am Stressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38614613 I just need some emotional support. I am so stressed. I keep letting people steal my spirits. I let GOD enter my soul so he can handle these challenges that I am going through. I need to find some friends on here. I would love to have a buddy that I can chat with every now and then to check up on our progress and chat about family life etc.... It is sad because the people who are close to you are the ones who are always hurting you. I am opening my eyes and my heart is clear for me to make s... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 00:46:37 EST 10k and plantar fascitis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38607274 So I'm doing the peachtree road race this year for my second year in a row :) The only problem is I have plantar fascitis. I had it last year for about 2 months and I haven't had any problems out of it for a long time. I need to start training but I don't want to having it. It hurts so bad. I don't know what to do. Sun, 27 Mar 2016 01:58:57 EST Sugar Addiction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38606918 <em>39</em> I need some serious hood advice and help. I have been in a sugar binge to where I'm so out of control and sick. Like a alcoholic or drug addict. I lost 65lbs and have gained 30 back. Tomorrow I promised my self to stop sugar, diet pop and artifical sugars. I need some good tools that really help with withdrawals and irritability. Sun, 27 Mar 2016 00:11:18 EST Torn muscle still??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38601461 So I used to be very flexible and fit. A couple of months ago I went to do a split and the next day felt I had toenough a muscle. I rested and tried to gently stretch intermittently for 2 months. Went ton stretch yesterday and it still kills! <BR> Stupid question but I guess I have to go to the doctor? But what could they say I literally could not rest it anymore I do not exercise at this point. It feels like the connection point to of glute and hamstring. Sat, 26 Mar 2016 08:38:39 EST The scale at the doctor's office http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38600679 I am trying really hard to not get upset by this, but more than anything, I am puzzled. <BR> <BR> I had my first post-op follow up appointment with my doctor following my surgery I had almost a month ago. As usual, right after they check you in, they do weight and vitals. I stepped on the scale, and it said I weighed 150 lbs. The scale is broken or it is lying, because I weighed myself at home before leaving for my appointment, and my scale at home said I weighed 143.7 lbs. <BR> <BR> I wasn... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 03:34:47 EST I can't help this feeling of resentment! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38582876 I know I'm wrong and I know I must pray to God for more patience. But have you ever had the feeling of resentment and annoyance when dealing with aging parents. My Mom treats me like a walking dictionary and thesaurus. Both parents keep asking me for assistance with apps and electronic devices. My Mom keeps asking me to look for her glasses and more and more, they are depending on me to look after the house keys, lock up the house when we go out, and other household tasks. <BR> <BR> My Dad i... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 05:34:15 EST Epidural steroids and weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38581188 I get these epidural injections, and my weight goes up every time. Just had one, and it's beginning already. Increased appetite, holding water. Ugh. Next time I might just put up with pain. Wed, 23 Mar 2016 22:09:47 EST Trying so hard and the weight isn't shifting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38574575 Morning All, <BR> <BR> Newbie here. I've been in a self-loathing bubble for the last couple of years after putting on 50lbs. I made the now traditional new years resolution to lose weight, and have been trying... First with just diet, and then over the last 3 weeks with diet and exercise. <BR> <BR> I'm a serial weigher, and step on the scales everyday. The numbers just won't change... I've been stuck on 184lbs for 3 weeks, even after starting daily gym visits (cardio and weights) and changi... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 07:58:00 EST Unable to travel! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38573875 Travelling is very difficult now that I'm on dialysis. I am just so envious of my brother because he has made many trips overseas recently with other relatives. <BR> <BR> If I want to go, I have to make arrangements for dialysis overseas, which can be very expensive, a waste of time, and I don't feel comfortable with strange nurses. I am very comfortable with the dialysis center I now attend. <BR> <BR> I don't want to turn this post into a 'Why Me?' rant but that is exactly how I feel now!... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 06:33:26 EST HELP/STRESSING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38572943 Hi guys so I an opportunity came up to travel to Japan and without thinking I accepted. Tickets are booked but now I'm worried about fitting into my seat or being "too fat to fly". I'm 5'8" and weight 310 pounds, I've googled for the past few hours and some a lot of people say you should be fine with a seat belt extender.. I've already ordered one but I'm still freaking out!! It seems like everything aligned so I would be able to go and now my weight once again is the problem.. so if anyone c... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 01:57:55 EST Discouraged by Stretch Marks and Cellulite :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38572721 I have yo-yo'd a few times, and this time, when I did it all good, I have cellulite and stretch marks on my shoulders, upper back, abdomen and even mid-thighs :( I could manage with the rest but shoulders, upper arms and mid-thigh means I won't ever be able to wear short shorts or sleeveless/off shoulder clothes :( <BR> <BR> This is really discouraging me and sabotaging my motivation :( do they ever go? I'v been using Mederma religiously but not to much avail thus far... even keeping my othe... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 00:18:58 EST What is the best mobile pedometer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38560640 Anyone have a good cell phone app they use as a pedometer Mon, 21 Mar 2016 17:55:44 EST Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38560613 I have terrible knees I am 5 8 212 pounds and 53.I am having great difficulty excersing can't do squats or lunges not even jumping jacks.How will i ever burn calories to slim down if I have trouble excersing. Yes I have ridden the stationary bike but to much for my aching knees.Help Mon, 21 Mar 2016 17:50:59 EST How rude! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38556757 I met an Indonesian maid who works for a neighbor during my walk today. She remarked that I am fatter now! Is that any way to talk to someone?! <BR> <BR> Without missing a beat, I told her she was fatter too. The nerve of her! <BR> <BR> These are things you don't say to ppl! I really don't need this! I m already trying my best to lose weight but these things take time! I don't need constant reminders from all and sundry abt how fat I m! Mon, 21 Mar 2016 09:02:27 EST Kid food in the house and leftovers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38545534 So for those parents out there... how do you avoid the thing where you child doesn't finish their sandwich so you finish it for them... you eat their pizza crusts... you polish off the leftovers so they won't go to waste because the kids didn't finish them off...? <BR> <BR> I find that I am pretty terrible about just eating as a means to not toss food out and I know I shouldn't but I tend to do it so automatically, I don't even think before I pop something in my mouth. Ack! HELP! <BR> <BR... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 01:11:48 EST Discolated Hip. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38542414 I reached my goal weight but don't know if I can maintain because my exercise is limited to walking (slowly, with left leg immobilized) and some upper body workout (no twisting). I hope all my hard work to lose weight has not been for naught. Doctor is still trying to find out why my left hip dislocated <em>335</em> . Guess I'll listen to music and call some old friends. Sat, 19 Mar 2016 17:31:09 EST Need feedback: 6lb weighted vest or Fitbit Alta http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38534780 I'm looking into both of these and can not decide. I have a Fitbit One already so I'm leaning toward the vest to increase my walking... <BR> <BR> But then I like the be features of the new Fitbit Alta. <BR> <BR> Looking for your opinions to help with my decision. <BR> <BR> Which one, Why.. <BR> Thanks in advance!!!! Fri, 18 Mar 2016 20:37:44 EST One step from diabetes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38530476 I had my checkup with my doctor this week and I am one step away from becoming a diabetic. And yet I still am eating foods I am not suppose to eat. My husband says everyone is prediabetic when you think about it so he does not seem to be concerned and so I guess that is not making me very motivated or concerned to start changing my habits. I know I need to to because diabetes runs on both sides of my family and I do not want to take insulin. Everything else was great! Blood pressure, choleste... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 09:18:58 EST Why am I not losing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38528480 My weight has stayed the same this entire time that I have been trying to lose weight. I have been exercising, cutting out my snacks, and suppers, trying to eat as healthfully as possible. Limiting the junk. <BR> <BR> I even cut out chocolate. But no progress. The only progress is my tightest pair or shorts can be buttoned, but it's still tight! When can I see some tangible progress. <BR> <BR> Feel free to have a look at my trackers. I may not be the best tracker in SP, but I try. Fri, 18 Mar 2016 05:12:09 EST Can't stop thinking about candy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38526575 I can't stop thinking about candy. It doesn't help that Easter candy is EVERYWHERE right now. <BR> <BR> I've upped my fiber and water today to make sure I'm full. <BR> <BR> But... <BR> <BR> Maybe it's all the stress. Maybe it's because I'm feeling down. <BR> <BR> BUT I WANT IT. <BR> <BR> And I've had all the calories I'm supposed to have today. <BR> <BR> Anyone else having a hard time right now? Thu, 17 Mar 2016 22:15:37 EST im full really, but still want cake http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38525799 oddest thing. I have a full stomach. I know im not hungry. but, for some reason, i want a piece of pound cake. maybe its the bbc programing im watching with all the fire place, tea and cakes.... but, I have a taste for those creamy pound cakes. and I am still full from dinner! how do u guys deal with situations like this? I am going to the gym for a run. that might have helped... thoughts? anyone? Thu, 17 Mar 2016 20:35:54 EST Former Doritos fan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38523044 Before I found spark people, I could have ate Doritos with every meal, they were a total comfort food for me. I would crave crunchy things when I was stressed, and Doritos were always my go to. I have been a member for almost 40 days now. To help with my Doritos withdrawal, I switched to sun chips. I count out my serving size too when I have sun chips. I also limit myself to one serving a day, if that. So far I have lost 8 pounds. I have been stuck for a week and a half at the same weight, gi... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 14:37:12 EST Is anyone out there!? Help a sister out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38514277 So I have been a member of sparkpeople since Sept 2011 and have not lost a pound! I thought that joining would help me get back motivated and back into the groove of things and unfortunately that is not what happen and I have no one to blame for this but myself! <BR> <BR> <BR> I think talking about wanting to loose weight and actually going out and doing what you should is something that I have always had a hard time grasping if that makes sense? <BR> <BR> My 2 biggest issues with my w... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 17:50:35 EST Stopping a binge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38504088 There are cookies in the kitchen. I had one with lunch (calculated indulgence) and now all I want is another. It's amazing to me how quickly addictive the sugar and carbs are. I've added and deleted a second cookie to my nutrition tracker twice now. <BR> <BR> I keep repeating to myself, "you are not hungry." and " 6 Oreos is better than 6 Oreos and pie." <BR> (The second is from Oprah - it's never too late to stop a binge.) <BR> <BR> What do you say to yourself to stop the binge? Tue, 15 Mar 2016 17:55:19 EST How to motivate myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38502214 So I am back here...again. Last year I went from 77 kilos to 70 (I was aiming for 64). I was happy with my progress and it was no longer a struggle. I relaxed. Now I am 80 kilos! <BR> <BR> I keep thinking, I am not that bad, I am fairly active (no focussed exercise, but an active job), I am healthy no known problems. Then I see photos of myself and it hits me that I am the biggest I have been since I was 18 when I lost a lot of weight (I am now 31). So every night I say that tomorrow I will ... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 13:19:13 EST Overate and feeling guilty http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38496949 I KNOW I ate too much today. I had 2 scrambled eggs with white toast and a sausage patty for breakfast today. Then I ate two bananas a little later, followed by two jello with fruit in it for a snack. I ate a 1/3 lb hot dog with chili from 7-11. <BR> Finally for dinner I ate a chick fil a sandwich. I came home and about an hour and a half later I ate two bacon sandwiches with 4 thick slices each with mayo and white bread. I finished out the night with a slice of my granddaughter's home made... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 23:44:46 EST What is WRONG with me?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38485472 I was doing so well and then I started to backslide. Had way too many snacks, ate too much and most of all, drank too much fluids! <BR> <BR> I am a dialysis patient and I have to be extra vigilant with my diet. I know what I have to do but I lack discipline! My shorts are getting tight again and my tummy problem is getting worse! <BR> <BR> What is WRONG with me?! Why can't I do things right?! Sun, 13 Mar 2016 20:26:25 EST login streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38468555 I have a login streak of 1378 days, <BR> <BR> I'm going away next week to a place that will have little to no internet access. <BR> <BR> I'm sad to see my streak go down the drain because of vacation. :( Fri, 11 Mar 2016 22:08:03 EST Need advice.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38460625 I get up at 2 am...work a 10 hour shift behind a sewing machine ( get up and walk every hour at least ) ...when I get home at 3pm, it's all I can do to get my lunch made, clothes out for next day , dinner and animal chores done before going to bed st 7 pm....TOO tired for even a 30 min workout ! I have gained at least 10 lbs this year from this !! I am used to working out every day , then gardening and landscaping for hours before this job ....... Help !! Do I eat less to compensate or... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 23:46:58 EST Mystery of low bp solved! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38459458 Great news! I now have permission to drink somethg sweet during dialysis! This is because I keep feeling faint towards the last hour or so of dialysis. The machine extracts everythg! Sugar, nutrients, etc. <BR> <BR> Therefore I have been getting hypo at every treatment bcoz I don't have enough sugar in my body! <BR> <BR> Yippeeee! I can drink sweet coffee or tea 3 times a week now! Why didn't I know this?! Thu, 10 Mar 2016 21:16:55 EST gallbladder surgery cancelled http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38457450 anesthesiologist says I need a stress test, cardiologist on staff cleared me and told me to get one later, surgeon listened to anesthesiologist and cancelled it as they rolled me into surgery with iv already in place. can't get stress test for six weeks according to that office--now what? <BR> Thu, 10 Mar 2016 17:09:51 EST Eating Right But Gaining More http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38454150 Hi all. I'm really trying harder than ever to lose weight & get in shape. Simply put, the better I eat the more I seem to gain. I'm increasing my fruits, eating a meal-sized salad everyday, decreasing starches, everything we're told to do. Plus I workout minimum 3 times a week. I'm 47, but in my mind I haven't hit 30 yet. So what gives? What else can I possibly do? Thanks so much!!! Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:51:14 EST missed workouts due to being sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38448752 I am several weeks into a couch to 5k program. I missed two workout this week due to being sick. There are three workout a week. Do you I will have lost all the progress I made and go back to square one due to having missed two workouts? I just don't know how fast you lose your conditioning. Wed, 9 Mar 2016 20:49:27 EST Back to sq. 1???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38444515 I'm having a serious OMG moment!! I was doing so well,then a month ago was so proud to be off a bunch of high dollar meds. but am hungry all the time.. not for good food but for junk!! Thing is I have never been a so called junk food eater!! I am fixing to have a surgical procedure for my Severe Reflux Disorder but am 4 out of 6 days having severe tummy issues.Not sure how to track as a result so I just stopped tracking... BIG mistake,so now back to my 268 lbs. again had gotten down to 257,de... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 11:18:13 EST What do I do ????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38432367 Today is TOPS day, I have been debating on wether or not to rejoin. I go through this every week. I have rejoined many times and have been successful at times but always end up quitting. I feel the accountability of a weigh in helps when I do go. I also have been thinking ww online ( no ww in my area) just not sure what I should do, I have been doing a bit better with eating but have lots of room for improvement. I have until tonight to decide as meeting is this evening. Got to get some kind ... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 07:15:09 EST It's NOT goin' down :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38429984 Hi all <BR> <BR> I was at 68.4 kg last Tuesday... went down to 67.9 (Aunt Flo came and went), and as of today, again a Tuesday, I'm upto 68.4 again. I'm eating right, taking tab of micros and working out as well (just started walking 5 times/week a month or so back). Everything is AS WAS, including the weight :( (clothes fit the same too... just FYKI).. WHATS GOING ON? It's not water retention, no increase in salt, ample rest b/w exercise and same food intake. I'm on the verge of throwing in... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 23:13:12 EST Pain in toe causing me to derail http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38412312 I wanted to do cardio today but my 4th toe on my right foot hurt so bad I had to stop! Then I wanted to do an ab workout but then I couldn't plank bcoz of that toe. So I decided to take a break just for today. I applied some medicated cream on the affected area. I hope I can workout agn tmrw! <BR> <BR> It's frutrating that one little hurt toe can cause such havoc! Sun, 6 Mar 2016 08:19:10 EST GAINED WEIGHT?! HOW?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38412269 I went from being completely sedentary to a very strict workout routine. I am not overweight at all, but decided that I want to become lean and fit! emoticon For 3 weeks I have been working out 5-6 days a week, doing 2-4 miles of cardio every day along with some kind of strength training. I have been counting my calories with MyFitnessPal and have been eating less than 1600 a day, while making healthy choices. <BR> <BR> I feel so much better and am getting stronger every day. However, I am ... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 08:11:13 EST Hungry! Ahhhh!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38397901 So, over the past (nearly) two weeks, I've been working on a different approach to weight loss/health. Rather than focus on calories or points or food lists, I'm focusing on 5 goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 8 glasses of water (I count unsweetened tea in here) per day <BR> 2. Do 30 minutes of intentional activity each day (yesterday it was a walk to Starbucks after babysitting; tonight, I'm going ice skating) <BR> 3. Eat at least 5 servings of fruit/vegetables each day <BR> 4. Stop eating by 9pm (... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 16:19:32 EST No appettite after surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38389656 I had surgery on Monday and stayed 2 nights in hospital. I arrived home last night. The first 2 days in hospital, they had me on a clear liquid diet: jello, chicken broth, hot decaf tea, Italian ices, water. The day I was released, they started me on regular food, but I couldn't eat much. A half serving of fruit, a few bites of breakfast and lunch. Later in the day, I could only eat half a banana and a bite of a sandwich. Today was not much better: a bowl of oatmeal and later a piece of toast... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 19:43:10 EST Disappointed in myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38385039 Like my title suggests I'm not so much panicked as I am disappointed in myself. <BR> <BR> Last year I made a goal to start getting back in shape. I started running and finished my first race! It was a slow 4 miles, but I didn't stop. I managed to lose nearly 50 lbs and dropped down to 275. I had such a great momentum going. <BR> <BR> Then winter hit. I changed jobs, and basically moved across the country. I stretched myself too thin and fell back into old habits. Bad weather on the east co... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 09:27:22 EST Advise for weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38374287 I need a bit of advise when it comes to weight loss. <BR> <BR> I've been working out 6x a week for 7 weeks, no weight loss, weight gain actually. <BR> I've been feeling completely bloated for almost two months and actually stopped having a period. <BR> <BR> I work out an hour to two hours almost everyday, 80% cardio and 20% strength training and I eat between 1,800-2,200 calories per day my height is 5'11" and my weight is 235. <BR> <BR> Am I doing something wrong or should I keep waitin... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 09:40:03 EST Need advise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38361113 I'm not sure if this is the right board for this. <BR> <BR> This evening I went to the gym. After I finished up my workout, I sat with my kids in the pool area of the gym while they swam. A beautiful, heavyset teen girl(about 15yr) was just finishing up a workout in the lap pool. She exited the lap pool, and proceeded to walk towards the family pool. She dove into the family pool and proceeded to play. <BR> <BR> Two of the teen male life guards began to make faces, and silently snicker an... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 00:23:32 EST Recovery from setback http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38355084 So here is my dilemma . . . . . I've worked hard for 1 month with great success (lost 15 pounds). I have a lot to lose and I acknowledge that a lot of that loss was likely 'water weight' but still - it is 15 pounds! Things have started to slow down now. I had a week with no loss and then last week I worked really hard and weighed myself before the weekend and saw a 1 pound loss. I'll take it!! Yeah! <BR> <BR> Here's the dilemma. I went over to a friends house on Saturday night and ha... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 12:23:09 EST help me think straight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38346221 Please share with me some thoughts that may help me return to normal now that I have 'blown it'. <BR> <BR> I am trying to come up with reasons why I should not continue to eat unhealthy foods. Sun, 28 Feb 2016 14:43:24 EST Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38339856 Does anyone here have cancer? I'm not even sure I'm suppose to diet while on chemo and having cancer but I want to improve my eating habits. Is SparkPeople geared to support cancer patients? Sat, 27 Feb 2016 20:57:09 EST Daily low carb menu plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38338556 I no longer receive the daily menu. What happened? Sat, 27 Feb 2016 18:15:23 EST no emails? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38335377 Hi! in the last 3 days I haven't recieved any emails at all from Spark, I checked my settings and my spam and everything is still set the same! Anyone else having this problem?? <BR> <BR> Sat, 27 Feb 2016 09:33:06 EST Exchanging one habit for another? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38320938 Hey guys. I've recently decided to cut down my alcohol consumption to only special occasions and on those special occasions I can't go crazy. I'm confident I dodged a bullet by noticing my high levels of alcohol consumption early enough to be able to get control (4 or 5 beers A NIGHT). So far it has been really easy to not drink, the first few days were rough, but I hardly crave it and when I do I drink some water and I'm fine. However, I've noticed that I may be exchanging my drinking habit ... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 18:52:29 EST my saved rout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38286699 I can't find my map and saved rout. Help ? Mon, 22 Feb 2016 12:18:58 EST What is the big deal?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38282489 Me and my Mom went shopping last night. I spent RM10 on a waterproof bag to protect my tablet from the rain (it was raining when my Dad picked me up from dialysis on Friday) and about RM20 on chocolate that was on sale. <BR> <BR> The chocolate was Rum and Raisin, my absolute fave. I intend not to eat it in one go but to have one or 2 squares per weekend, as it is a treat and full of sugar. <BR> <BR> Well, my Mom flew off the handle in the car and started yelling at me saying, if I became di... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 05:10:27 EST 4 minutes ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38274522 I got a treadmill this week. Gave it a try and could only do 4 minutes ! My legs were like rubber ! I knew I wasn't in great shape but only 4 minutes ? I really have my work cut out for me. All those years of abusing my body with food and sedentary lifestyle has taken a huge toll on me. <BR> This is definitely an eye opener. Not giving up though, going to keep trying, hoping it will get easier. Definitely not going to get any better sitting on my butt. <BR> Going to do a 12 week challenge (... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 07:58:20 EST Throwing away food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38273156 This is something I am still struggling with. As I've said, as I was growing up, I didn't always get enough to eat. I was very thin and small all the way thru my childhood to middle 20s. My weight didn't become a problem until my 30s. <BR> <BR> So I've had to be away from home for four days, and when I left, I packed a bag full of snacks (mostly fruit, a few cereal bars, and a chocolate bar). Whenever I go on a short trip, I worry that I will be hungry and I pack a bunch of food. My Mom did... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 01:59:46 EST How do you have the strength to way away? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38265914 Ok. yesterday was going pretty good until I bought my kids Little caesars pizza. I smelled it in the car, I smelled it in the house and It smelled so so good. I did the, "i will start again tomorrow" thing.Well 20 plus yrs later I am still saying that. How do I stop doing that? Just walk away? Its crazy how much food controls my life. Help!!! Sat, 20 Feb 2016 10:10:59 EST Almost midnight and wanting to EAT!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38263044 I am not hungry. This is my first day here. The worst time for me is night. I feel like I need to eat until I am so stuffed!!! I have done better than usual today so I'm going to try to cut myself some slack. I wish I had more gumption and would quit being so spineless. OK. Im going to try to just go lay down now. thanks for listening. Donna <BR> Fri, 19 Feb 2016 23:51:53 EST Why is the weight not dropping?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38248064 I've been eating healthy and logging calories for nearly 2 months now and have only managed to lose 2 pounds. On a bloated NOT so good day it's ZERO pounds. I weigh myself once a week only and have not seen very much change at all. I'm NOT eating too few calories per day either. I'm 5'1" and eating around 1400 per day. I'll have one treat per week but then get right back to it the next day. I don't drink soda, I don't eat candy and I don't eat that much bread either. I count macros as well. W... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 12:30:09 EST embarrassed at gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38247447 I already go to a by appointment gym to see a trainer but want to start a running program. I wanted to sign up at the gym near my house but now am afraid. The parking lot always seems full and I am afraid I will run into tons of people. I am afraid because I am so big and have never run before that people will laugh at me. <BR> I decided to go at 5:30 am when it opens. I hope there are less people there at that time. What has been everyone's experience as a bigger person at a gym? Thu, 18 Feb 2016 11:09:04 EST Feeling down and frustrated with plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38242584 Hi everyone. I am curious as to how many people feel completely down about hitting plateaus? I have lost 25 pounds and have 25 left to go but the last few weeks my weight hasn't budged. I changed up my exercise routine and swapped out some foods to try to kick start my system again and nothing has seemed to work so far. Any suggestions on how you get through this? I'm working out and still putting in max effort but looking at myself and feeling down for not progressing. How long can this last... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 22:06:39 EST RECIPES !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38239346 <em>40</em> I HAD SOME RECIPES , NOT MY OWN , AND WANTED TO PUT THEM IN MY TRACKER AND ALSO DIDN'T KNOW THE CALORIES ETC. SO I PUT IT ALL IN THE CALCULATER AND THEY SHOW UP LIKE I SUBMITTED THEM AS MY OWN ?? IS THAT A PROBLEM , DON'T WANT TO GET IN TROUBLE !! THANKS Wed, 17 Feb 2016 15:52:43 EST Failure!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38227194 I am such a failure when it comes to weight loss. This is has always been nemesis in my life and I know what to do but cannot ever stick with it. I know I need to do this because of my family history. Eating is what I love to do! It is so unfair. Why can't I eat what I want and as much as I want and still be healthy. My life has always been consume with losing weight and you can't have that and that and that. I have never once in my life not thought about food or what my next meal was going t... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 13:13:17 EST What am I doing wrong? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38225918 I've been focused on my weight/health for exactly one month now. Tracking food, fitness, weight, measurements, etc. The first two weeks I lost 2lbs each. Third week wasn't quite one lb. Last week? Not even HALF a lb! So I guess I plateaued as soon as I started. :( I've tried everything from increasing my calories AND exercise (had been eating under), decreasing my calories and increasing exercise, decreasing BOTH, and increasing calories and decreasing exercise. Nothing makes any difference! ... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 10:33:04 EST Binge Eating Disorder---Why Not Binge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38211099 So I decided today that I have to start counting calories again because nothing else was working. I gained over 30 pounds back from losing 75 before! I have binge eating disorder. There is chocolate cake in the house. Why not give in and binge? Help! Sun, 14 Feb 2016 20:20:55 EST lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38197034 I don't know what to do. I feel like this is a last resort for help. I've gained 30 pounds since my mother died last September. My toddler was diagnosed with severe autism the same time. Before that, I was my mother's caretaker for 2 years. I gained about 30 pounds during that time as well. I was overweight before that, but couldn't put myself first. <BR> Now I eat to numb my mind and I can't stop. My mother was my best friend. I have my kids (6 and 2), and my husband, but I still feel alone.... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 07:35:48 EST beyond frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38181769 I have been trying to lose weight for over a year, all last year tried and had no results, even working out with two personal trainers and they were stumped. finally figured it was my birth control iud that was causing me not to lose weight or that's what I thought. Got it removed 01/11 this year and doing the same things I did all last year I dropped 7 lbs in 4 weeks, this week I gained back 3 lbs, I count calories and have been under my calorie count every day. I work out 3 times a week at... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:04:56 EST Going Insane http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38131398 How do you keep from going insane? <BR> <BR> I'm one of those people who can drop the weight fairly quickly and easily if I actually stay on track. For me, this means eating mostly minimally processed, whole foods, cooking for myself, and weighing, measuring, and tracking everything. <BR> <BR> However, if I have a last-minute 30+ hour babysitting job that I'm unable to pack food for, or if I'm invited over for dinner, I lose control. This means I start doing crazy things. I go over to one f... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:48:19 EST Almost 400 lbs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38127845 I posted recently on the message boards and one of the replies i got really ht home with me. They said you are almost 400 lbs. That's right, just 21 lbs. short of 400 lbs. <BR> When i first read this, it felt like they were talking about someone else, this can't be me I wouldn't let myself get to almost 400 lbs. but i have ... and it's not a good place to be. All this extra weight is affecting me in such a negative way both physically and mentally. It's like, i know i weigh 378.4 lbs, I know ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 10:25:43 EST Help! Haven't lost any weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38121134 Hi, <BR> <BR> I started working out again after being sedentary for over a year and gaining back 50 lbs. I have been working out strength training and 30-40 min cardio 5 days a week and cleaned up my diet since 11/6/2015. However I have only lost 1 lb and it has now been 3 months. I hear people going from sedentary to just fixing diet losing at least 5-10 lbs in the first 2 months. I have only lost 1? For the life of me I can't figure out why only 1 lb. I am counting ALL of my calories and t... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 15:35:08 EST Confused and Upset http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38119961 I apologize because this may be a bit rambling but I am desperate for advice. I am hoping that you may be able to give me some advice. I have been with SP since October 2014. From then until Spring 2015, I only followed my nutritional intake and wasn't exercising. I lost weight. Then I began walking daily. I was up to 38-40 miles per month before winter hit. Since then my weight loss has totally stalled and I am going up again. <BR> <BR> Winter has hit me really hard for the first time. My ... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 12:36:32 EST Concerned abt young cousins http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38114092 I have 2 male cousins in their mid 20s living in my neighborhood. One has a hygeine problem, he stinks, and the other has been in 4 car accidents in 2015 alone! <BR> <BR> I don't dare speak to them abt it bcoz they don't even respect their own parents, I am just an older cousin. <BR> <BR> But I can't help worrying abt them! What can I do? Thu, 4 Feb 2016 21:48:42 EST Dreaded fitting room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38111855 I rarely go clothes shopping. I went today because I needed a new blouse for a meeting tomorrow. Once I went into the fitting room to try on a few blouses, I dreaded it. For the first time in a long time, I got a good look at myself in the full-length mirror. At home, I usually get dressed very quickly without really looking at myself. I don't like how my body looks right now at all. It made me so sad. I do have a medical condition which has had me on an injection for the past almost-year and... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 17:38:20 EST Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38107590 Help <em>303</em> Thu, 4 Feb 2016 09:19:57 EST Weight Loss HELP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38107381 Hi Yall, <BR> <BR> Can someone please help me understand this! So I recently started working out and eating right and all and about everyday I would lose like a pound or more everyday now its like I work out sweat like a pig in hot yoga and I did a double yoga class last nite and this morning I got up went to the restroom and then I weighted myself and I was still the same weight as yesterday how come that is???? Then the next day I hardly do anything workout wise and I lose some weight how ... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 08:49:44 EST I'm hungry and I've had all my calories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38104466 I'm hungry. I had all my calories. I want to go eatttttttt. <BR> <BR> But noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. <BR> <BR> But I want to! Wed, 3 Feb 2016 23:23:29 EST Not eating enough carbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38097768 Hi. Not my first rodeo with weight loss. Keep trying, but can't seem to eat enough carbohydrates to get within the limits defined. First off I can't stand yogurt of any kind or flavor so that is out. I like many vegetables and some fruit. Have been trying to choke down watermelon because of it's high carbohydrate levels... not easy. I really want to succeed, but being a somewhat picky eater with the fruits it is making it very hard. Need new eyes to help me through the hurdles. Any suggestion... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 09:47:38 EST Idk what to do... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38095411 I'm a mess, guys. I've gained so much weight over the past few years and I'm officially at my heaviest. I know what I need to do to lose the weight but I just can't seem to make myself do it. I know I can but there's no motivation. <BR> <BR> You'd think having issues doing every day tasks (tying shoes, taking a bath, etc) would kick my ass into gear. But it doesn't. Idk what's wrong with my brain. I sit around and go over what all I could do to help kickstand me but then I talk myself o... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 05:34:57 EST No motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38094945 I have hit the biggest roadblock and I just can't kick it out of the way like all the others. I've been doing this since the end of September, and I've had my falls, but they were relatively easy compared to this one. I cannot find any motivation. Anywhere. All my old tricks that got me back on track are not working. I've got a vacation in June that I want to get down to around 190 for. I'm so close to my 10% goal. But everyday, I get up and I might or might not start the day out right, but b... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 01:33:54 EST Urge to cheat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38092115 I've been eating so much better the past 3 days. I am full right now after good dinner.Been Staying in my daily cal range. <BR> All of a sudden i feel to eat cookies and have soda and i haven't felt this since i started. <BR> I hope it passes soon and i don't give in. <BR> I just needed to let it out and decided to post it here. My goal this year is to get my health under control and that mean having control of what i eat and i hope i stick to this! <BR> <BR> I am going to try having some te... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 19:02:42 EST Joined Last Monday, day 4 of going over calories!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38084228 I joined last Monday, did REALLY well for 4 days, then totally bombed since Friday. <BR> <BR> Well, maybe not completely bombed because I still got some exercise in and some water...and tracked food on 3 of those days even though I went way over... <BR> <BR> But...sigh... <BR> <BR> I feel out of control :( <BR> <BR> Part of the problem was I was out of town, there was a party, lots of food. I am feeling so emotional and prone to bingeing. <BR> <BR> And the sadder I feel about it, the mor... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 23:36:00 EST same weight since summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38080500 I lost 50 lbs in a year then I stopped losing weight. I keep going to the gym but I know sometimes I don't follow my diet as well as I should. I know that's why I am not losing. I have lost 5 lbs since the beginning of they year but I still feel like a failure. <BR> I just want to know what do you do when you start to lose your motivation? I just feel like I have so much more to lose I can't see the end of the tunnel. Mon, 1 Feb 2016 16:49:42 EST Feeling empty and un-grounded http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38080405 Can anyone help me understand what I can do to help me be part of my own life? I have had depression for most of my life and I am sure that this is part of it however I just do not know where to start. <BR> <BR> I keep feeling sort of 'outside of myself' and feel so completely alone inside my head. <BR> <BR> I know I am not explaining myself properly but I am choosing the wrong foods then eating too much of it. I kind of go into a trance where I keep eating not even aware of being full or n... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 16:31:57 EST I fell off the wagon - help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38078238 I've decided to stop drinking as alcohol has ruined so much for me. I'm also getting back into my workouts which I loved while I was sober. While I know it's the right choice, it's also a difficult one! Any support would be appreciated. Mon, 1 Feb 2016 12:02:19 EST Fitness & weight during disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38073241 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm new here and am desperately seeking out some support to lead a healthy lifestyle after going overboard in the past and now falling off the wagon. <BR> <BR> I have some bowel problems that don't allow me to eat high fiber foods (esp. raw) and I have very low exercise tolerance after essentially burning out from over-exercising and under-eating (especially carbs). I lost my period for 4 years and finally got it back this year after upping my carb intake. <BR> <BR> But ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 22:25:48 EST Need a little encouragement here . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38067480 I've been staying very positive mentally, I've tracked EVERYthing that has gone into my mouth (and have not once gone over my calorie limit), I've been drinking my water, I've been getting anywhere from 10 to 45 minutes exercise for at least 5 days out of 7. I've been doing so well that I'm stunned that I've even had to hit the panic button. <BR> <BR> However, today I need your help. Since January 3, I've only dropped 1.5 pounds; as a matter of fact, I've gained 1.5 pounds in the last 3 wee... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 11:06:46 EST Support~Love~Neg gativity~Confusion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38056682 I have lost 25 pounds, I felt so proud and excited and happy It took me over 6 months of hard work. When I told my partner she just said 'cool' and walked off. Then later I was reading email from some friends congratulating me she walked over to the table so I showed her, She said so what about it and walked off. she never said I am proud of you and talked to me about it at all. I don't know why she can be so cold at times . <BR> <BR> I know she loves me but I don't understand how everything... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:08:56 EST Depressed and frustrated right now http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38025648 It's so frustrating and depressing when you can't stop feeling hungry in spite of eating at your higher range (or even a little over). I am always, and I mean always, hungry in the evening! I eat 3 meals a day and even include an evening snack every night but I find myself still hungry. I have even tried waiting a while to see if it passes but nope. I have been struggling with trying to lose my last ten lbs for a few months now! What can I do?! I try to eat healthier snacks as much as I can o... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 22:13:42 EST Night time binge eating help. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38023644 I am new here. HELLO EVERYONE!!! I lost close to one hundred pounds three years ago on Weight Watchers. I'd never been one to exercise but I found walking/jogging and fell in love with it. Then went to a gym and fell in love with that also. Lost the weight, felt great, bought new clothes, started paying attention to my hair and nails. Things I'd never really done before. Then I had to have back surgery. It was my fault, I overdid the jogging and exercise. Surgery went great. Doctor... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 19:21:12 EST Confused and hangry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38012647 I have off and on tried to get healthier for about 10 years, after the birth of my son. I'm currently rockin 315 lbs of fabulous on a 5'11 frame and I hate it. Sometimes my attempts have been successful but never to a goal weight, always top out at 40 lbs then gain it back over the next year or so. Here's the deal, I am feeling super down today even though I have been doing amazingly well for over a month now. I keep reading articles about other morbidly obese folks that lose hundreds of poun... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:50:56 EST I sucks at this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38006082 And I don't think I am ever going to get anywhere. I am pretty much where I was when I started a few years ago. I'm pathetic. :( Sun, 24 Jan 2016 23:50:06 EST This is just sooooo hard! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38004998 The nephrologist (kidney doctor) came today. He told me to exercise more intensely and cut way back on my portions. He also told me to avoid dairy and no more burgers. No more snacks either. No eating after 8pm. <BR> <BR> I told him I have been walking, he says I should switch to running. I guess this also means I have to do HIIT more often at longer sessions and really sweat it out. He said I should exercise more. <BR> <BR> I have been trying, but I guess I will just have to step it up! Al... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 21:25:46 EST The scale won't budge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37983126 I know, it happens, but for months at a time? I am trying to stay in calorie range and get lots of walking in, but it just dosen't seem to be enough. I have lost 8 1/2 inches in the last 5 months and I know I should be excited about that and know that everything I am doing is working, but I would like it to work a bit faster!!! Fri, 22 Jan 2016 11:15:46 EST Soul Searching http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37961731 I have spent most of my life focusing on others. I love spending time with others and making people happy. However, I’m at a point where I want to do some soul searching and figure out who I am, what I stand for and what I believe in. I've been in a rut, I can't look at myself in the mirror and say 'I stand for this, I believe in this, I am strong in this....' <BR> <BR> I am 27 now and married, and lately I’ve been feeling ‘old’. My husband and I have been talking about kids and buying our f... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 07:03:54 EST So busted !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37959602 OMG, I am not sure where to start.... First of all, I posted recently that I am turning 50 in May and that this is going to be my year. Well, I havn't done much yet other than eat, be sedentary whenever possible and feel sorry for myself. All while I am reading every article I can about weight loss, watching every fat show ( as my husband calls them)! To try to get me motivated. I have been on SP more lately this year, browsing but not really participating. <BR> I was going to rejoin TOPS fo... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 22:27:31 EST advice please- feeling down about my bum knee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37958401 hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I've struggled with my weight for a long time, but since August, I've recommitted to health and have been more successful with the help of SP to be more mindful about my nutrition and more active since getting a gym membership. <BR> I've lost about 20 pounds. Part of my success is that I found an activity that I just love - running. I really feel a sense of reward when I run - mentally, physically, spiritually. Running is my jam! But I've been warned and know that... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 20:11:12 EST Why gaining rather than losing?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37944643 I have been on a 1200- 1500 calorie diet for 7 days. 1 1/2 hours of intense cardio per day ie cross country skiing. Fairly active the rest of the day as I live on a farm/horses. I have gained almost 3 lbs in the last 7 days. Makes no sense to me. My metabolism must be practically nothing. Very frustrating. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:37:10 EST Care-giver stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37939433 not sure how to reduce stress as a 24/7 caregiver. I am able to get away for a few hours at a time but am "on-duty" the rest of the time including overnight. It is a good night if I only have to get up once or twice. I think it is the stress that is making me gain weight. I have gained almost 10 pounds in the past year. I eat mostly healthy foods but realize that I do some stress eating also. <BR> . Sun, 17 Jan 2016 20:59:31 EST Sudden weight gain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37938445 So I've been doing a fitness video game that I input my weight and inches every so often -- it checks about every week or so. This last time I seemed to gain about 3 pounds and an inch around my arms, waist, thighs and hips, which seems totally ridiculous to me. I can't imagine all of this would happen in less than 2 weeks for no reason (no major changes to diet and exercised consistently.) <BR> I can understand weight gain if I lost inches, but that doesn't seem to be the case. <BR> I'm wond... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 19:02:09 EST 2600 calories today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37937711 I have been doing really well with my meal plan and exercise then today happened. My dad bought kfc and I could not resist those fluffy biscuits and crispy fried chicken. So now I feel awful because tomorrow I have a weigh in at the gym. I know it takes 3500 calories to gain a pound but you know how it is the day after you over eat, you always appear to have gained several pounds on the scale. Sun, 17 Jan 2016 17:26:53 EST Not losing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37926618 I weighed in Friday I gained alomost all my 7 pounds back. I eat either I took chocolate out of my diet most sugar out caffine out Eat manly chicken and fruits and veggies don't really go back for seconds stick with the serving size. I work out 30-40 mins a day 5 days a week I burned 953 calories by Wed. Mother nature came to visit me yesterday I don't know if that is causing it. But if I don't lost at least 40 pounds this year I will not be pregnant again. I want a second kid and I am crying... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 11:19:30 EST Inches only 😕 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37925575 I don't understand and I am getting frustrated. I have been working out hard since December 15, 2015. I am not seeing any weight come of the scales. I have only lost some inches. I feel like I am working hard for no reason. Is it really true that when you have a total hysterectomy that you can't lose the weight ad you might as well not try? Ugh, beyond frustrated and very disappointed!! Sat, 16 Jan 2016 09:23:51 EST Period sabotage! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37920204 Hello to u all. I'm in a real panic and need some serious serious help. I've been doing excellent on this new me, life changing goal. Lost 4 lbs last week and eating healthy. Now I'm craving everything under the sun as I always do whenever my period shows up. Scared to weigh in this week because the water weight will disappoint me on the scale and the last two days have been a bust. I still have 3 more days of this and don't know how I'm going to make it before I end up back to old habits. Do... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 16:53:13 EST Impossible brother! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37914710 My brother is impossible! He flys off the handle for no reason and he doesn't respect me or my parents! He doesn't even talk normally but gesticulates like a monkey and raises his voice unecessarily! And he does this ALL the time! I don't know why he is such an angry person! <BR> <BR> I used to think he wasn't like this at work at least but I heard from his workmates he sometimes does this at work too! I am concerned because I don't want him to lose his job or die from a heart attack! Being... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 01:30:25 EST Food intake http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37900969 I can not manage to get all the food in and I have not lost anymore weight and have gained three pounds back by trying to eat everything and calories. Where do I go from here? I am so upset with this setback. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 17:09:42 EST just depressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37894319 I'm so depressed...I wish I had more energy and cared more about myself......I don't :'( Tue, 12 Jan 2016 22:49:25 EST Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37880553 I cannot seem to get motivated. I have a conversation with myself every evening and do well for breakfast and plan to go to the gym but before even lunch time I will eat something I shouldn't and talk myself out of getting to the gym or even the tread <BR> mill in my own house. I am afraid one more year will pass by before I get the weight off I want and need to get off. <BR> <BR> Any ideas on how to get going? Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:51:00 EST Nothing seems to be working! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37874448 I watch my portion sizes, try to eat healthy and exercise regularly but nothing seems to be working! <BR> <BR> The nurses at the dialysis center keep commenting on how fat I am! Saying that it's harder for the needles to go in now! <BR> <BR> I am so depressed. I keep trying but my weight just won't go down! Sun, 10 Jan 2016 22:38:35 EST Depressed need to exercise. Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37865637 I,m having trouble getting self to exercise.. Im sad about loss of an animal. I know moving and exercise will help the most but can't get myself to do it. Any suggestions? Sun, 10 Jan 2016 03:36:15 EST DODO diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37861049 Anyone who can provide me some orientation concerning this subject will be appreciated. Although I read the book, I still do not get the science re: pre-post and break-fast Sat, 9 Jan 2016 15:55:06 EST Quitting my worst habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37861020 Happily reporting After 10 years of addiction to regular Coca Cola, I was able to stop for the sake of weight loss. Determined!!! Sat, 9 Jan 2016 15:51:32 EST Fuhrman's Eat to Live Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37849933 I wasn't able to find any recent thread's on the Eat to Live program. Is anyone able to give me advice? <BR> I'm on day 6 and am down less than 2#. I have substantially increased my exercise (walking, pump, combat classes), strictly followed the plan (no dairy, meat, etc.), increased my water intake, and the scale barely budges. I do have less bloating, but I was hoping for a bit more weight loss after all I've read. <BR> Thanks! Fri, 8 Jan 2016 11:50:16 EST Gross http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37845388 I'm new here and having a terrible time. I'm thoroughly disgusted with myself and the words that keep running through my head to describe myself are very insulting. I'm so bloated, round and miserable. I want to make a change, but the change never sticks. I need to lose at least 60-70 pounds. Anyone else at the same point right now? Thu, 7 Jan 2016 22:56:34 EST gained http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37818252 I have had a very long few weeks . My 90 year old day in VA home. My friend is dying of cancer.a lot of things plus Christmas. And i am a stress eater. So yes i gained. And here it is 12 pm still awake . I am going to try and dust my feet off and get with the program when i wake up in the morning. Mon, 4 Jan 2016 23:49:28 EST Trouble Refusing Sweets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37811814 I have a huge problem refusing cookies or other sweets in mass quantities. It seems that if I have one bite there is the problem of going on a binge. Has anyone else that is peri-menopausal experienced this extreme craving for sugar? If so, how do you handle it? Thanks Mon, 4 Jan 2016 10:12:14 EST Quitting WINE and food SUGARS for a month. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37791534 I'm 48, WAS 120 lbs half my life, had a baby at 39 by that point i was 170. I thought running around chasing a toddler would help lose the excess weight but instead i gained more. My husband and I love our wine and carbs. I just recently broke the 200 lb mark. And saw some pics just taken of myself and there's some serious disappointment. I know I need to make a life change. But i need help AND support. There's only so much my husband can do support wise, i mean he's great and supportive but ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 23:36:17 EST Gained 10 lbs over the Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37781151 Getting back on track,way to much unhealthy eating! Reaching my goal in 2016! I will do this!! New Year, New Changes! New Attitude! A bad Attitude causes bad Choices!! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 15:08:11 EST Eating simple cause Im sick. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37777734 I am really trying to plan my meals the day before. But lately since im sick I dont have the energy. I find myself eating poor choices and going over on sodium and fatty stuff. Im trying not to get down on myself...but its so hard when I dont feel good... <em>198</em> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 01:40:17 EST Going out twice tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37769267 Tomorrow I have plans to meet someone at a local Mexican restaurant for lunch and then I have plans to eat at Bonefish Grill with my family tomorrow for dinner. I want to be sure to stay in the proper range for all of my nutrients. Does anyone have advice? Thanks! Tue, 29 Dec 2015 21:59:17 EST losing weight but staying sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37768369 I have lost 22 lbs. Yay to that. The problem is its first one illness after another. I am frustrated 2015 brought 5 kidney infections three of which were before the weight loss journey began. 2 since then. 3 colds a sinus infection and now an ear infection. I am eating better so why am I getting sick so much. I really don't have time to be sick. I am a busy mom and full-time college student. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 20:05:55 EST 2016 --- The year I turn 50 ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37758569 Wow, I will be 50 this coming May ... Time to make some serious life changes. I am getting older and even though I am only 49, most days I feel at least 20 years older. I have so many aches and pains, I have no energy, I have lost most of my oomph! I know all this extra weight and sedentary lifestyle are causing most of my problems. I have been MIA from SP for awhile again, I tend to do that when I don't want to have to deal with things... Pretend it doesn't exist and it will go away , right?... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 11:04:40 EST Eating Enough Calories? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37740705 Hello All, <BR> I have been struggling to lose weight now for a while. 20 faithful days at WW recently, Nutri-system, (a few years ago, I felt extremely weak and couldn't continue). At best I would maintain. Maybe up or down a pound or two. I followed a program from two separate nutritionists for a few months that were basically the same. They put me around 1800 cal. per day. Same results, maintain or fluctuate a 1lb or 2. <BR> <BR> I would suggest changing things up a bit but they would ... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 06:57:59 EST Lovely family...not http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37740281 Just at my parents Christmas dinner and I have had 3 different family members tell me how much weight I've put on. Sigh shouldn't have worn a tighter dress today :( Fri, 25 Dec 2015 02:09:46 EST It's the Holidays - Don't Panic ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37737914 First, I'd like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas ! Second, whatever happens tomorrow and this weekend,"DON'T PANIC !" <BR> <BR> I know we're either trying to lose weight or maintain the weight we've lost. BUT, I don't want anyone beating themselves up if they happen to eat a little too much during the holidays. Here are a few strategies that might help you get through the party season. <BR> <BR> 1) Eat a little something at breakfast. Don't starve yourself to save room for extra dessert... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 12:52:10 EST my body is a wreck http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37727203 I have lost 175 lbs in the past 18 months and I look like a pile of melted cheese. I can pull myself together by wearing long sleeves and pants and tucking and hiding all my extra skin away but without clothes I look like I'm standing in a fun house mirror, but it's no fun for me. I don't think I'll ever be able to get intimate with someone for the rest of my life because I can't afford plastic surgery. The thought of having to show someone my body makes me cry. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 15:59:22 EST I fell off the bandwagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37726161 I was doing well in the beginning and then suddenly lost my way to staying healthy by maintaining a healthy life style. I have gained weight again by allowing other peoples bad eating habits to become my eating habits. I do not want to give up. How do I get back on track and stay on track for good? <em>39</em> Tue, 22 Dec 2015 11:54:04 EST Gained Half Back! Please Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37722024 Hi & Happy Holidays everybody! <BR> <BR> I am in a bad way with myself. I proudly lost 70 pounds with diet & exercise over the course of about a year & a couple months. Then I gained about 30 pounds of it back over the course of a year of bad choices including food & not working out. <BR> <BR> I'm a 46-yr-old female (with the mindset much younger than 46). So I worry about a much slower metabolism. I started working out as a new gym has open 5 minutes from my home. I think I'm most worried... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 19:55:11 EST Binge Eating Disorder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37722008 Anyone else here struggle with binge eating disorder? I have for 10 years and have been in and out of treatment. Really interferes with any weight loss goals I have. I am wondering if anyone else has a similar experience and would like to discuss it. Mon, 21 Dec 2015 19:49:22 EST Thyroid meds and depression? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37719141 3 weeks ago I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, basically my thyroid level is at 150 when they should be between 1-4, so my thyroid is seriously underperforming. I started medication when they told me, and I’ve noticed myself getting pretty moody and depressed lately. I have my moments where my mood goes up and down, but lately I’ve really been feeling depressed and alone. I barely have an appetite, which is strange for me because I love to eat... <BR> Has anyone experienced this on thyroid ... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 08:29:24 EST How rude! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37716882 My Mom cooked porridge yesterday and made fruit rojak for dinner. I also had beef noodles for dinner on Saturday. So, I am a little heavy today. My face was probably puffed up with the excess fluids. <BR> <BR> I went into the dialysis hall to weigh myself and this rude old man said, "you've put on a LOT of weight, you should eat less!". <BR> <BR> If that were true, I wouldn't be able to fit into my clothes! I tried to tell him that he offended me but he ignored me! I wish I had told him off... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 21:58:37 EST desperate for help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37715925 Hello.. I'm desperate for help! I've lost a lot of weight twice before but now I've gained it all back and have stopped leaving the house. This year alone I've gained 84lbs. I really need help. Is there anyone who can help me please? Sun, 20 Dec 2015 19:09:01 EST No support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37699033 Hi there. I've been struggling in finding support and motivation. I've lost 60 lbs before, but I was in my mid twenties and had more health-nuts around us. <BR> <BR> This time I'm past 30 with no support system. I have a work schedule that does not lend to meeting new folks (I don't get off work until 930P or later). I have almost zero motivation most days and am absolutely mortified that I gained the weight back for the most part. My workouts are testaments to my "set back"- I feel weak, em... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 17:31:44 EST Soooooo disappointed with myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37688300 My weight increased by exactly 4kg today but the nurse wouldn't let me extract that much, no matter how much I begged! I am so worried that I will have excess fluid in me when the dialysis is done! <BR> <BR> They only gave me 3.4kgs! Why can't I be as light as the other dialysis patients?! I am the biggest failure here! I don't understand why I can't do as well as the others! I eat a little extra and bam! 700g! I drink a little extra and bam! 400g! <BR> <BR> I guess I just have to be more d... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 00:28:54 EST Eyes bigger than stomach http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37683996 I have 3 things going on that are keeping my weight at a standstill. I am working on my awareness of these things but could use some tips. <BR> <BR> My eyes are bigger than my stomach and every time I go to the grocery store, I want to buy everything I see, especially when I pass the bakery section. I usually eat before I go to the store, but I still stare at the donuts and pastries. I don't always buy them, but it's hard to walk away. When we go out to eat, I want to order everything I see ... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:51:46 EST New and so much confusing info http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37681836 I don't know how to start.I checked in at 50+over 50lb site. <BR> Need guidance b/c of age and very low fitness/stamina level.Don't have a food plan. <BR> YIKES! Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:04:39 EST That's IT!!! No more salty snacks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37678976 I've had it! I must have been crazy to buy those Shapes crackers! They don't even taste that good anyway and they've given me a horrible thirst! <BR> <BR> They are going in the thrash pronto! And I am DONE with salty snacks! I've learnt my lesson! Never agn! <BR> <BR> From now on, I will follow the renal diet closely! No more rebellion! Sigh! I m now 63.4kgs! I will have to fast the whole of today! Dialysis agn tmrw! Sigh! Mon, 14 Dec 2015 17:13:03 EST No ideaa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37678904 I just came to know I didn't lose any weight, just may be inch of belly and around my arms.. I worked so hard .. I need to lose weight and I don't know how Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:48:28 EST Disgusted http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37675660 I am so disgusted with myself. I had been doing so well then BAM eating everything in site. Gaining back like quick fire. What is wrong with me I admit this holiday I am a little depressed life has not turned out as I thought it would. <BR> <BR> I log on and track then stop because I am eating bad. <BR> <BR> Well thank you for listening. <BR> <BR> Diane Mon, 14 Dec 2015 07:05:20 EST water log in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37674378 Help. where do I log in how many glasses of water I drink??? I haven't been on this site in 5 years. I have just started my life over. thank you kindly for responding. Sun, 13 Dec 2015 22:47:35 EST I am doomed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37674018 I can't help feeling I am at the end of my rope! I have been on dialysis for 11 years and I feel the end is near! Try as I might, I just can't achieve my dry weight! Which means I still have excess water in me even after each treatment, esp on a Monday, bcoz the weekend is 2 days. <BR> <BR> I don't know what is wrong with me! Why can't I eat and drink less? I just have no willpower! Or mayb I m just greedy! Or unconciously, I have given up on myself and I have a death wish! I can literaly fe... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 21:44:56 EST bloating and weight gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37670168 Have been gaining at least a pound a week, and sometimes two. <BR> Usually consume a 1200-1500 calorie diet and hour a day workout. <BR> Help, thyroid being checked... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 10:20:21 EST Anxious about success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37661135 I have struggled hard against the 200 pound mark for YEARS. I can get to 203, even 201, but I could never break down out of the 200s. I maxed out at 225. This morning I was 199.6. At first I was all excited. I was proud. But then all day I've been anxious. I'm afraid to eat. I'm afraid I'll creep back up. It's date night. We're going OUT. I logged my food ahead. I know what I can eat, but I'm afraid to freaking eat. This must be what an eating disorder feels like. (I've never had one of those... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 20:24:53 EST Ketogenic life style http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37658212 I'm trying to look at this as a new way of life/eating, not yet another low carb diet. I've lost weight on Atkins, but I got caught up in the processed shakes, bars, etc., and it really worked against me. So, I threw them out and am back on track. <BR> I'm a "mindless" eater at times, so I keep a bag of shredded cheddar near me and nibble one here and there. Seems to satisfy the urge to just plain eat! <BR> Breakfast for me is cottage cheese with cayenne pepper and natural pistachios and a to... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 09:39:06 EST Starting again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37645850 This is probably my 5th time starting over with Spark and my weight loss goals. I've been having some medical issues that partially caused my gain. The other cause was not being as careful with my eating when I was working 3 jobs. I would just eat what was available due to lack of time. I have been having a lot of pain, off and on, and this made it difficult to go to the gym or do any sort of movement. The back pain kept me from exercising, but knowing the exercise would help me to feel bette... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 11:11:39 EST What could i possibly be doing wrong?(i feel lost) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37642072 This is officially the first day i'm seriously working on achieving a goal that i've set years ago Since, apparently i was too busy procrastinating and expecting the future me to do all the work while i just sit on my lazy bum and wait for it to happen like a miracle. <BR> <BR> Everything has been going well so far with me, if we're speaking motivation wise. I am as motivated as i could ever be. And so i'm not struggling with this matter since i spent days trying to get me to want to change... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 19:44:15 EST Gaining after starting exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37639416 Good Morning: Two weeks ago, I started walking consistently five days a week (I had been walking, but it was hit and miss) and I added in 15 mns of strength training three times per week. Just that little bit of exercise has triggered my arthritis. I'm achy and sore, but think that's just part of getting back into shape. My plan is to build up and add more strength training as I get stronger. <BR> <BR> My calorie intake has been between 1200 and 1500, but instead of losing weight, I'm gai... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 09:33:09 EST Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37633605 I need help accepting my faults and praising my accomplishments. I get so emotional and depressed during the holidays when you should be glowing in joy. <BR> Anyone feel this way?? Mon, 7 Dec 2015 11:54:56 EST Help with accountability!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37633150 I just found out I have insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and have to quit carbs. I have been trying this for under a week and I am struggling and need an active group for support. Anyone have any ideas which group I can join that is currently active and helps with accountability and moral support? So many groups I have checked seem to be inactive. Any help is much appreciated. Mon, 7 Dec 2015 10:22:51 EST Needing Prayers for another Medical Scare http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37606159 In the last few weeks I have noticed a suspicious spot or lesion forming on the side of my upper thigh/buttock area. I didn't want to jump to worse case scenario at first, so I had hoped it may have been just some excema or very dry skin forming. It started off very small, and not too noticeable. I tried to go on and not grow concerned over it, hoping it would disappear, but now it has "changed" and I think getting a little bit bigger too. <BR> <BR> I am sorry if me posting in here upsets a... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 16:55:37 EST Help, dental problem requires drink liquids only. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37605433 My root canal exploded in my mouth Sunday morning. Needless to say I was on only liquids & soft foods then. <BR> I went to the dentist yesterday and he said to save the tooth I must stay away from solid foods. My appt to repair/save this tooth may be as late as January 5th 2016. ? <BR> I can't figure out how to get enough protein. Any advise will help. <BR> I looked for a group but none were to be found. <BR> Thank you. Wed, 2 Dec 2015 13:11:35 EST I can't take it anymore! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37604142 I am still living with my parents bcoz I can't afford to move out. My brother works but he lives here too bcoz he still can't afford to move out. <BR> <BR> The problem is, in their eyes, my brother can do no wrong, so the blame always falls on me. My parents can be very verbally abusive against me and they know the exact buttons to push. I am not even allowed to confide in my friends. My parents will threathen to break up my friendships with those ppl I usually confide in. <BR> <BR> The pro... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 09:31:12 EST Ready to Give Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37596967 I got on The Scale this morning was up 5 pds,A lot of Stress at My House,Medical Challenges,Money Issues,Those are just excuses,I am usuallly 170-`72 <BR> When the Scale read 177,I just wanted to crawl back in bed,Totally Fustrated this Am and very upset with myself. <BR> <BR> I Hope My Spark Friends Have a Good Day <BR> And Here Come The Holidays <BR> ... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 07:37:31 EST why do i keep doing this.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37589061 I am so depressed.. I had lost over sixty lbs and then personal things started to happen.. I became lazy and stopped exercising and started stuffing my face again.. and drinking sodas.. sodas are the worst..such an addiction to sugar you wouldn't believe. I'm 35 and am in college.. I failed two of my classes so now I have to come up with 1000 dollars to go back.. my job sucks. my relationship makes me happy. he says he loves me and I love him lord knows I do.. but I know he isn't attracted to... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 23:37:33 EST I need some input about a pulled muscle... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37576616 Hi, <BR> About a week and a half ago I woke up in the morning, tried to sit up, and pulled my neck/shoulder muscle with my leading side. It hurts pretty bad and feels like a nerve is pinched in several places down my arm. Like the 'funny-bone' feeling in my upper arm, elbow and inside wrist. At first my hubby thought I should try to work through it, so it wouldn't lock up. But that didn't work. Then I lightened my movements and it still hurt. On the 6th day I finally went to Statcare and go... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 22:55:19 EST Weight Watchers and Free Fruit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37576483 I recently rejoined Weight Watchers, and was doing GREAT for several weeks, but I don't think the program is completely right for me. I suspect I'm not eating enough on it because I've been having hunger-related binges lately. I also am finding tracking on the website tedious compared to tracking on other sites (like MyFitnessPal- I feel the Sparkpeople database is lacking). Plus, there are a lot of issues with the website- including major features simply NOT working. <BR> <BR> However, whil... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 22:13:45 EST Self concious over horrible complexion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37568103 I had really bad skin as a teen. Bad acne and massive blackheads. my skin problems continued thru my early 20s. <BR> <BR> In Uni, I went to a Doctor and he prescribed Diane 35. within months my skin cleared up but it left me with scarring. I mean no more acne and blackheads but I have an uneven complexion. <BR> <BR> I am in my early 40s now and I still have scarring on my face. esp on my right cheek. This has made me very self concious. Which guy will ever date me now? esp now that I m on d... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:12:00 EST Am I eating enough? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37564086 Okay, here's the situation... <BR> <BR> I swim 2-3 miles 4x/week in a relatively short amount of time (a two mile swim usually takes me about 45 minutes if I do a straight set, though I usually work on drills and shorter sets, so it averages out to about 70 minutes for 2 mile swim and 100 for a 3 mile swim). I've just adjusted by fitness goals so that it's more reflective of what I'm actually doing -- upped the time to 320 min/week and the calories to 6400/week. <BR> <BR> Now...my question... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:53:46 EST Thanksgiving - DON'T PANIC ! What to Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37563606 First, I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Second, whatever happens tomorrow,"DON'T PANIC !" <BR> <BR> I know we're either trying to lose weight or maintain the weight we've lost. BUT, I don't want anyone beating themselves up if they happen to eat a little too much tomorrow. Here are a few strategies that might help you get through your day. <BR> <BR> 1) Eat a little something at breakfast. Don't starve yourself to save room for extra dessert. If you go to the meal already hun... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:16:39 EST An Impossible task! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37559716 The dialysis nurses have given me an impossible task : to only increase my weight by a mere 3% of my dry weight by the next dialysis! Which means a mere 1.8kg (calculated from my current dry weight of 60kg). <BR> <BR> I feel that I will have to fast during dinner in order to achieve this. Why does it have to be so hard?! I feel I must be the worst dialysis patient in the world. I haven't achieve my dry weight in more than a month! I feel like such a failure! <BR> <BR> I have also put on we... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:03:02 EST Thyroid Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37548615 I had a physical last week and I told my doctor I had gained almost 25lbs in 2 years. She told me I should get my thyroid checked, so today I am scheduled for an ultra sound. I am really nervous, I am not good with doctors/hospitals/blood being drawn... ugh I get really nervous and its all in my head. I had to get my blood drawn after my physical and they had to lay me down and count down before they put the needle in, I get so nervous and sweaty over this stuff <BR> <BR> Has anyone gotten a... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 06:54:51 EST Not Losing Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37543285 Very much need suggestions on how I can loss weight in the coming week, have not loss any so far since I re-committed myself. Can anyone please help? Moral/motivation is a little low. Thank you any advance for all suggestions and help. <em>426</em> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 10:28:16 EST not consistent http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37539858 So upset right now. I can eat fruits, veggies, and lean proteins for about four days, before succumbing to overeating carb and sugar laden foods on Friday and Saturday in an all-out calorie bomb. I'm honestly just sad. I feel like crying over the lack of control on the weekend. I've even had weekends where I've over eaten healthy foods...I just ALWAYS overeat on the weekend. I just don't know what to do anymore. I just want to sob on my couch. I'm so worried about this emotional eating proble... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 18:53:07 EST Not seeing results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37537187 Hi everyone! <BR> 2 months ago I started in earnest to lose weight. I started hitting the gym at 5:30am Monday-Friday for strength training superset, then on the weekends for power cardio classes. I am eating between 1300-1600 calories most days of whole foods, with plenty of water and supplementation. I have logged almost every day during that period. There has been 7 days in the last 2 months where I struggled with binge eating- a habit I have a long and illustrious past with. I only bi... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 09:01:58 EST Question about exercise and increased calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=32&imparent=37533332 I finally got used to eating less calories (1730) since I have now lost 52#. However, I have greatly increased my exercise. My exercise is "speed" walking (as fast as I can do it..lol). I input my exercise and my Garmin also adds daily activity of burned calories which in turns bumps up my minimums. Sometimes depending how much I walk my minimums can be 1890-2200. I'm afraid to eat that much more...should I really do that? I know I had to get used to eating MORE food in order to lose w... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:52:58 EST