SparkPeople Panic! Button for Immediate Help Messageboard When you need a lift right now, “push the button!” Post here for some immediate moral support or help. SparkPeople Panic! Button for Immediate Help Messageboard Injured knee, sliding off program, please help I am pre-diabetic and have made big changes so I could avoid diabetes. I tore my meniscus (in knee) 2 weeks ago and cannot exercise until I see the PT in a few days. With no exercise and difficulty doing everything on crutches, my carbohydrates have doubled. Losing motivation and unhappy with myself. Any helpful ideas to get back on track? Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:49:01 EST Help! I fell off the wagon with my diet Aboout 2 years ago, I lost approx 50 pounds, with the help of SparkPeople. I was really pleased and finally thought I'd cracked my weight issue. But somehow things have slipped again. I've now put at least 21 pounds back on- possibly more- but I almost don't dare weigh myself now. My brain keeps telling me I'll never lose it again, and I feel so ashamed and disappointed in myself. I've tried starting again, but I never seem to be able to stay within my calorie limit for more than a couple of ... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:02:56 EST My pinky toenail is coming off! Ok so at some point in the last month I did something to my little toe and now the nail is 3/4 hanging off. It doesn't hurt, the nail bed underneath isn't sensitive and it doesn't look infected, but I have a few questions: <BR> <BR> Should I cut the hanging part off? <BR> Should I see a doctor or would it be a waste of their time? <BR> How long would it probably take the nail to grow back-will it grow back?! Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:33:47 EST Eercises to strengthen legs and lower back ? Does anyone have an ides for exercises that can strengthen legs and lower back ? I have an 8 hour a day desk job and to be honest I am not a very active person otherwise Even going for short walks really hurts my legs and back and knees. I am in terrible shape. I want to lose weight and I know I need to move also. I've got to build up strength in my lower half, just not sure where to start ??? Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:12:29 EST help please... I have no support system- all of my friends hate me and won't talk to me and I'm 27 years old, which makes me feel like I'm being a big stupid baby for being sad that I have no friends. I feel like crying all the time, and my appetite yoyo's from not being hungry at all to feeling nauseous and dry heaving because I haven't eaten in so long. Nothing sounds good to eat anymore, and when I do try to eat the food is bland and makes me feel nauseous. Lately the only thing I can tolerate is chocola... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:06:30 EST I Can't Get Below 163.1 Pounds! I have been eating 1550 calories or less per day, and exercising a few times a week. I haven't been able to get under 163.1 pounds for about a week now. My weight has been hovering around 163.1-164.2. I feel like giving up. Could I be having a weight loss plateau? If so, how can I break that cycle? Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:03:45 EST Anyone not losing while staying with the diet? I'm a 56 y.o. male disabled man, I'm not able to walk any real distance so I cycle. When I started I was over 400... maybe as much as 430 and now down to my current 379 since June 27th. I lost pretty fast but in the last couple weeks stalled to 1 lb last week and none this week. My calorie are 1660~2010 with (no activity) and I average 1000 ~ 1200 daily plus cycling a hour 3~4 times a week. I understand building muscle would cause some slowdown but to not lost altogether. I'm not going to qui... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:22:36 EST Was anyone else depressed at the start? A bit of backstory: I love going out to eat, especially with my husband. I am a huge foodie and live in the mecca of great restaurants. I consider eating and drinking to be one of y hobbies and interests. It got way out of hand and my husband and I decided to dial back to one restaurant meal a week. In between, I'm eating frequent nutritious, delicious meals (we can both cook) and I've been eating better and feeling full and nourished but not satisfied inside. <BR> <BR> Breakfast and lunch a... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 05:09:10 EST Options when not many around....... Hi! <BR> <BR> So I live on an island (sounds great-really not), there are fresh fruits around but anything else veggies, etc. are slim pickings in the grocery store and/or REALLY expensive (try $30USD for nuts-ouch!). I'm in school here and don't have a ton of time to cook, let alone go grocery shopping so i'm stuck eating out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Everything here is carb heavy (rice/pasta/"ground provisions" with EVERYTHING or drenched in sauce). <BR> <BR> Any ideas on wha... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 22:48:46 EST Depression keeping me from sticking with it CW: depression/mental health issues (not sure if this needed a content warning, but just in case) <BR> <BR> I really need some help, folks. How do you make yourself stick with changes/commitments? I've got severe depression, which I firmly believe makes it even more difficult (and it's already super difficult) to stick to a healthier lifestyle. I've tried making small changes; I can never stick with them. I've tried to make healthy swaps, and I never stick with it. I've tried to do only smal... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 20:22:40 EST new web site What idiot designed this and on what drugs? <BR> I have been logging in for 8 years, this is terrible Sat, 25 Jul 2015 05:11:43 EST so overwhelmed, I want to quit I saw my psychiatrist today, another med change, he told me giving up all pop, obvious sugars, breads and pastries really don't make much impact even though I have been housebound with depression and with a worker and my boys am moving and leaving the house more. The house looks like a bomb went off, during the day I am so stressed out I forget my goals and then feel terrible when I report on them. Others successes make me jealous or like I am a failure. I am trying to figure out if this is e... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 01:34:28 EST Depressed & facing down cookie dough Hi! I'm so glad this forum is here. I'm having a heck of a time. I have an issue I don't really want to discuss here, but I can't stop thinking about it and the refrain "you're such a mess anyway, why are you even bothering to try to lose weight" keeps going through my head. There's chocolate chip cookie dough in the freezer and all I want to do is just go bake and eat a dozen of them. <BR> <BR> I just needed to say something to someone so I could be accountable and NOT eat the dough. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:07:42 EST Feeling so sad Starting in January I have struggled to lose weight. By the end of May I had lost about 16 lbs, and then I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and put on Prednisone. I have regained 12 lbs and I am just feeling really bummed out by the whole thing. I could really use some support, please. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:45:37 EST help - breakfast binge!!! I just mindlessly at 1 entire Dr Oetker pesto pepperoni pizza - FOR BREAKFAST! <BR> That's about 1200 calories. <BR> Such a stupid move for me - I knew better, but didn't do better. <BR> What do I do for the rest of the day? What should I eat? <BR> HELP PLEASE! Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:57:02 EST Feeling trapped in fat I feel like there is no hope for me. Not able to lose weight, cant control my cravings, gaining weight feeling like crap, exhausted, miserable & I hate myself for being so weak & disgusting. <BR> Got a new hip a year ago & just found out I have to get the other one done. Pain & lack of mobility already a problem the thought of going through it again is depressing me in a big way. I'm pissed!! Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:55:44 EST gained and i don't know how? :( I stuck to my plan followed and staying in track with cals fat etc and exercised and gained 1.5lbs :( Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:18:13 EST Just want to give up... I've been doing everything right and when I say everything I mean everything - tracking and staying within calorie/fat range and exercising 4 - 5 days/week ranging from 30-90 minutes each day. My last recorded weight was in April - the scale hasn't budged since. I'm desperate to break 194. On the plus side, I've dropped a dress size from the waist down (I carry my weight around my middle). There are no words to express my frustration. 2 of my colleagues started their weight loss journey ... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:58:58 EST Lost weight, feel ugly So, I've lost 49 pounds since March. I'm firmly in the middle of "overweight" rather than "obese", and I'm excited about that. I only have 20 to go to NOT be in the overweight category (where I've been since junior high)! I feel better (I hadn't even realized I felt cruddy before), I'm thinking more clearly, and my memory has improved. <BR> <BR> What I'm not happy with, is the way I look. My boobs are nothing but flat loose bags of skin, I can't find a bra that fits, my upper arms flap like... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:58:35 EST leaders absent for months Help <BR> Tried sparmail,sparkguy,leaders spark pages coach Nicole post on message boards <BR> SpRdayton official team would like to be co leader. There are a few of us that spend time and post but leaders are not there Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:49:55 EST Stupid all or nothing mentallity strikes again ! I just finished eating breakfast and I feel like crap. I ate bacon (lots of it) eggs fried in the bacon grease, toast and chocolate milk. All before I go to work. I really don't like myself right now. I really hate what I am doing to myself but it's like I am so addicted and can't seem to stop myself. I have it in my head again to start the healthy journey... But not until September ( after labour day weekend) I know this does not make sense but I cannot seem to make myself realize that I nee... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 07:28:13 EST Low calorie oops! What do I do now? Ok, so I recently went to the doctor and found out that thanks to some medication, I'd gained a lot of weight and it was making me sick. I freaked out and went on a veggie diet and made sure to walk at least 3 miles a day. Had a great initial loss, then gained most of it back. I was still freaking out about the weight gain when I unfortunately saw myself on a live video camera and realized that I look hideous. It's ok, I've calmed down somewhat. But I've been sticking to the diet and exercise... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 23:01:08 EST Can I come back to real? I lost a lb on the scale. ... that tool only knows how to condemn. Even being 4 days ahead of a nearly impossible goal of 100 lbs in a year I don't believe. 21 days faithful to the plan I still don't believe. able to work out 3 days in a row for an hour and I don't believe I'll be able to stick out the course --- even for just today. I have some goals I believe I can stick to today. 10 minutes today. OK I can do that for sure. I just checked in and span the wheel that's two steps. I'll track ... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 08:41:39 EST jealous and miserable My best friend and I are incredibly close - we've worked together over the past several years to change old habits, treat ourselves better and make positive life choices (we trained together for our first 10K and it was one of the best experiences of my life). <BR> <BR> Right now things are coming together for him in a HUGE way - he just moved into his own apartment, he got a big promotion at his job, and started seriously dating someone - all within about 30 days. I am trying so hard to be... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 13:21:34 EST Yes, it really is THAT bad On a recent trip to the doctor, I got an incredible shock when they checked my weight. I'd been completely unaware that some of my medications cause weight gain. So I resolved to lose this weight. I went a bit extreme, sticking to a diet of vegetables and walking at least 3 miles a day. I was gratified when I lost 8 pounds the first week. Well aware of the dangers of low calorie intake, I added protein shakes for my second week. 4 days later I grew impatient and checked my weight. I gained 5 ... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 02:16:59 EST First 10k So I had did my first 10k on July 4th. It was pretty awesome and fun. It was the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta. The only thing is now my right foot has absolutely been killing me every since I did it. I mean like shooting pain in my arch and at the first of my heel. It hurts to walk on it most of the time. Have any of you ever experienced this? Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:03:20 EST Owwww Sorry to complain but my tooth really hurts. Im getting two root canals tomorrow morning but until then, one of them in particular just aches. <BR> <em>234</em> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 15:10:28 EST Hovering weight So, I've been slowly losing weight. I started working on it again in April and only lost 2-3 pounds. About 6 weeks ago, I switched to a lower carb/paleo-ish diet, and lost about 5 pounds within two weeks. That was about 2 weeks ago, and now, for the last two weeks, my weight keeps jumping between 185-187. I can't seem to get it under 185. I'm watching portions/calories. Will it just take a littler longer before it starts to show? Thu, 16 Jul 2015 08:36:22 EST depression - dealing with it when parents... simply dont understand. <BR> <BR> Factors why am I depressed: <BR> - I struggle to accept myself / i feel like a faliure / I am not good enough <BR> - I struggle with sleeping (Was given sleep tablet today), i find it hard to wake up <BR> - I never go out / feel like I am trapped <BR> - Don't have many friends & they are busy (I understand but its hard for me to see them) <BR> - My auntie & neigbour has cancer (and my neighbur has been given a year to live) <BR> - I struggle sometimes w... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 06:36:38 EST Family of Origin I'm about to visit a beloved cousin who is like a brother to me. He recently had to go on oxygen due to a heart issue related to his obesity. I want to be able to talk to him about my journey with recovering from compulsive overeating, and just don't know where to begin without him feeling on the spot. He must lose weight at this point without being able to exercise. It means learning to live with feeling actual hunger. I hope I can talk to him about this from my own experience without him te... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 21:01:37 EST Relapse into Old Habits I am feeling rather blue due to the fact that I have relapsed into old ways the last three days (today included). After having such a success with weight loss since last Monday, this week has just hit me way harder than I expected with stress and other obstacles. And now, after eating everything that I have eating, I'm starting to feel really depressed about it and I know that it's all my fault. <BR> <BR> Any ideas of how I can combat this for future references? The last thing I wanted was t... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:46:34 EST going to restaurant lowest fat on menu 32 g!!! Its a friends 40th meal I told her to chose where she wanted to go starting to regret that should have chosen a nice one myself, its Italian 632 calories and 32 grams of fat for a risotto would go for a salad but the salad is higher.... :( weigh in tomorrow Tue, 14 Jul 2015 10:43:48 EST weight loss I have been trying to get in shape and have been healthy eating and exercising almost every day from doing between 5 / 20 Km on a cross trainer and I walk regularly between 30 / 50 miles per week, ( I walk about 4/5 miles a day when I am at work ) as I work in a hospital, although I have been losing inches I am not losing Lbs, I also have very fat upper arms which i really want to know how to slim down without building muscle, can anyone offer me any advice, i would be great for any advice at... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 16:43:10 EST severe ocd!! I am fat because I regain weight to feel in control after someone says something that makes me feel I am no longer in control. If someone says "you have to lose weight" or "you have to get a job" or you HAVE TO, anything then I regain weight and can't lose weight because then I feel that they are in control and I am not and to get the control back my mind tells me I have to do the opposite of what they say. <BR> The good news is I KNOW THIS IS TOTALLY IRRATIONAL THINKING, BUT... THE BAD NEWS... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 14:32:28 EST Supervising for the First Time (rant) So I have 2 interns to supervise this summer and this is the first time I've really been responsible for making sure other people get work done correctly. And I *thought* I had explained myself clearly as to what was needed in a report I had one intern prepare and I *thought* that he understood what I said. <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> I didn't thoroughly check his work and handed it to my boss and there was a significant thing wrong so now I have to take the heat for it because I was the one w... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 08:37:00 EST PLease Help I am about to just give up , I gave up eating late snacks is fruit cut back on everything and gained 5 pounds in one week what is wrong with me Sun, 12 Jul 2015 23:40:04 EST is this really real this sparkpeople site is too good to be true. Is it really real? Sun, 12 Jul 2015 17:10:02 EST I just want to cry I weighed in today....295.2 lbs. How in the heck did I let myself get to close to 300 lbs? How did I handle the news? I've eaten almost an entire loaf of bakery Italian bread. I know I can do this, I've lost 45 lbs on Sparkpeople before. However this time is different....I feel like a failure, I feel defeated. I am ultimately my own worst enemy and I don't know what I can do to stay on track this time. I can't live like this. I'm 27 years old. I can feel my blood struggling to go through my ... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 14:25:00 EST How to combat the weight blues? I've been very motivated for a while now, even joking and pinching my fat saying "I love you" because it was going to disappear. I've been kind to my body for once while trying to lose weight and get fit but tonight I'm just all out of motivation. <BR> <BR> I'm going through the "It'll never work, what's the point in trying" and "You'll never lose this weight" phase again. Just over all negativity in my body and the work I'm putting in. <BR> <BR> What do you guys do to cheer yourselves up w... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 18:00:05 EST Anxiety Hi there, over the last couple of months I have suffered sever anxiety and it has really affected my whole life physically and mentally. I went to my GP 2 weeks ago because I couldn't cope anymore. She prescribed antidepressants but said they wouldn't work for 2-3 weeks. Does anyone have any advice about coping with anxiety and stress as I feel my life is a mess and find it difficult to look forward with hope. Thank you. Sat, 11 Jul 2015 12:24:01 EST What's the use?! I have been exercising, hiit, cardio, pilates and I have also been trying to eat healthier but today, the nurse at the dialysis center said that it's possible that I have gained a couple of pounds! <BR> <BR> I am so discouraged! I haven't eaten fast food for more than a month and THIS happens! What's the use of doing all the right things if I gain instead of lose!? <BR> <BR> Today was blood taking day and the nurse couldn't even draw blood from my hand because I am fatter! In the end, she h... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 00:29:22 EST Help how do I sync app with main web site? I have tried and can not figure it out. I have read up on it and still don't get it. The information is not syncing. Tue, 7 Jul 2015 23:56:42 EST Insulin resistance prediabetic without results HI. I need some guidance and support. I have been on SP for the past 6 weeks. I track honestly, exercise daily for at least an hour with an additional 5 miles walked ( per fit bit) on average. I am monitoring carbs but they average 150 ish. I eat clean, organic and home cooked 90% of the time. Doctor has me moving the carbs down to no more than 100 which is very hard for me. I am 163, 5'3". My sugar is stable but i cannot lose weight which is what is needed to get me off my medication ( me... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 10:37:27 EST Skin Removal A friend of mine had a gastric bypass surgery and lost a lot of weight. She's still got some around the middle but has quite a bit of skin hang that she feels self conscious about. Insurance refused to cover her skin removal, saying it wasn't necessary. She used to be almost 400 pounds and is now about 220. Skin removal seems pretty necessary to make her happy. Does anyone have any ideas how she can swing this surgery? Mon, 6 Jul 2015 20:15:41 EST Feeling hopeless I am in my early 40's and really need to lose weight! I know what I need to do but why can I not motivate myself like I have in the past. I feel like I am being left out when people are able to eat what they want and I have to eat something that in my mind I really don't want and I feel deprived. When I do eat something that I know I am not suppose to eat I beat myself up about it. Some days I just feel like I am going crazy thinking about what am suppose to do and not having the energy or mo... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 14:39:50 EST Feeling hungry But already maxed my calories today <BR> Trying to distract myself and be mentally strong <BR> Posting so I don't cave in Sat, 4 Jul 2015 21:36:56 EST quick weight gain with moving! Please help me calm down or give me suggestions please...I have gone from 126 to 132 in 6 months...I will remain the same and then jump 2 pounds...It took me 18 months to get down to 126 after my 3 child and c section that really laid me up...I was 129 forever and then we moved and I jumped 2 pounds the first week and now I've jumped another 2 pounds in another week...I am beside myself...I ran everyday and weight trained, now I do so much more work plus all the craziness of cleaning a house... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 10:01:13 EST Emotionally eating and stress! help! <BR> I went through a period of stress and emotionally eating and gained back some weight not I'm finding it hard to get motivated again! :( Sat, 4 Jul 2015 09:29:01 EST Taking all the small steps but... I read the advice recently given at this forum about 'starting with small steps'. <BR> Things like drink more water, eat 5 servings of fruit and vegetables, exercise 10 minutes per day. <BR> <BR> I DO all these things... I exercise for more than 200 minutes per week... I eat more than 5 servings of fruit and/or vegetables per day and I drink my water. <BR> But - I binge. I can do well for a few days or weeks and then POOF, all progress made goes up in thin air. So I am still gaining wei... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 19:53:46 EST HELP ME!! Yesterday I weighed myself and I was down three pounds. This morning I weigh myself and I gained back the three pounds. WHAT IS THAT?? <BR> It is so upsetting to be elated and than feel so down. <BR> I know I shouldn't watch the scales but I cannot help myself. <BR> I didn't over eat and I work out everyday for at least an hour. So why did I gain back what I lost? Fri, 3 Jul 2015 14:41:54 EST Haven't lost weight in too long! Hello there.... <BR> So here is a brief idea about my weight loss history. I have lost 16 kilos, i used to do a bit of low carbing, and a bit of just plain calorie counting, with lots of exercise. I have been through a plateau for almost 7 months now, this is too long. I wished to reach my goal weight before the end of this year. for the past 2 weeks i started hopeful, I joined a fitness group, got super motivated, calculated everything I ate. still no weight loss, I know 2 weeks doesn't seem... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 11:39:19 EST No Energy I just turned 27 and I feel I should have a lot more energy than I currently do. I wake up at 4am to get ready for work, I get home around 5pm and just crash on the couch, I am exhausted! I have no motivation to go to the gym or even go for a walk around the block. Usually when I get home I have a quick snack, crash on the couch, then start dinner a couple hours later. <BR> How do I get my mojo back? For the last several months I have been taking vitamins daily for energy and metabolism, I e... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 06:36:16 EST Favorite Exercises In the section where you list and track your "favorite exercises" ---How do you DELETE an exercise/exercise machine you no longer use from the listing? <BR> Our local "Y" has replaced weight machines as well as deleting some (I need to delete some they no longer have.) ...... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 03:01:47 EST Ugghhhh Anytime I seem to take 1 step forward, I take 3 steps back <BR> I am frustrated big-time with my ongoing weight gain <BR> I seem to have brief periods where I am on track with exercise and nutrition <BR> But I am having trouble sustaining the momentum <BR> I am in this vicious cycle of feeling down about my weight and feeling depressed, self-pity and loathing, and lack of motivation <BR> To add to my challenge, I am socially awkward to start off with and this frustration around my body image ... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 19:30:23 EST I'm tired of my lack of success and motivation feel like I am drowning in this critically overweight body of mine. Any activity hurts so hard for me to want to follow a routine. <BR> I am a complete food addict. 355lbs and 5' 2 " <BR> Committing suicide with a spoon. Wed, 1 Jul 2015 16:34:37 EST sleep I am presently on medication for sleep, but for the last 2 days I have been getting up before 4 am and starting my day. I do not know if it is my anxiety or I just do not want to try to go back to sleep. <em>102</em> Wed, 1 Jul 2015 07:54:51 EST My parents STILL blame me for my renal failure!!! I was diagnosed with SLE in December 1997. I managed to delay dialysis for 7 years, eventually starting dialysis in November 2004. <BR> <BR> The doctors told me in 1997 that I will eventually require dialysis and put me on a low protein diet. I did my best but my kidneys still failed in 2004. <BR> <BR> Till today, my parents still blame me for my renal failure, saying that I didn't follow the dietary restrictions I was put on. But trust me, I did! The doctors DID say that I will eventually ... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 04:56:23 EST I am deserate for my spark to return... I am writing here, just to get some things off my chest. I am also hoping that I can connect to someone that can identify with me, in my current struggle. I am a 33 year old woman and I am around 5'9". I have a very large frame and I weigh in at a whopping 290 pounds. I have been heavy my entire life, and can never actually remember a time when I was an ideal weight. <BR> Back in 2012, I reached 219 pounds, and I looked and felt incredible!! To a lot of people, that may still seem like a v... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:24:17 EST What do you do when you really want to eat What do you do when you really want to eat but for some reason can't. Let's say you're out of calories, out of food, out of money, whatever, the reason isn't important. But you're hungry and you want to eat but can't. What do you do? (And don't say chew gum because I lack the number of teeth to do so). Please help. I just drank a litre and a half of tea and I still want to eat, but I know I won't stop. Sun, 28 Jun 2015 22:51:36 EST Augh Exercise.. exercise.. exercise... proper food choicez... water.. fruit vegies. Nothing budging. Gave up 20# to lose and it's not budging. Totally frustrated. Ate ice cream at a party. Today slept. Ate crappy. Don't care. Tried since Feb with this weight loss thing actually past 2 yrs. I give up. What food plan works ? Help :( Sun, 28 Jun 2015 16:45:41 EST Depressed Hi! I am Cheryle and my 57th birthday is tomorrow. I weighed myself yesterday and am just disgusted with my weight. I was doing very well and had lost about 10 lbs. Well, didn't take me long to put it all back on. Tomorrow is my birthday and I don't even feel like celebrating. I am also worried I may not have a job soon. I work for a school district as a secretary and the bidding and bumping meeting is on July 10th. I only have 4 years service and I am up against most people have like 15 -20 ... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 13:41:40 EST This Close to Giving Up So. I started on 6/9, so motivated, so sure this time I'd do it right. I have about 50# to lose. SP says I can make it by the end of November. Hm. Well I've been religiously tracking my diet here on SP and coming in right around the lower number in my calorie range. I've been eating healthy. No fast food, no sugary soft drinks, no ice cream (sob!). My daughter's boyfriend had a birthday and I had one TINY SLIVER of cake and like 2 tablespoons of ice cream. No lie. I eat different meals from m... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 14:02:05 EST help. I did herbalife about 2 years ago and was super successful in losing 65lbs. I'm not gonna lie I put back about 10 or so pounds. My total goal was about 90lbs so I wanted to get back on and lose 30 more thinking it would be cake. I start it and come to find out my scale was broken so I'm not even sure what my total loss has been up to this point. So we will say it's 10lbs because I can feel and see a difference. The issue is I haven't lost anymore than that and it's been about month. I lost a... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 04:54:54 EST Panic Attack When you suddenly feel that you are feeling down, try to break the patter of your thoughts. Repeat "Break the pattern" or some other metaphor that you find helping, in your mind and suddenly you'll be distracted. Then try to change your train of thoughts to something else. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:14:13 EST girlfriend outweighs me hey I'm new here but I have a nagging question in my head. So I hit the panic button lol. Sorry, thought it was a funny name for a forum. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I have been with the same girlfriend for a long time. When we met she was a few lbs heavier than me. I've stayed about the same and shes packed on the lbs. At this point, it's quite a big difference. <BR> <BR> Is it weird for a girl to weigh more than her significant other? I'm not supportive of her gaining but I'm not going t... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:23:54 EST Happy Thursday all! Whining inside...... Yesterday, I got in a total of 70 minutes of exercise. Two sessions of motion machine - 20 in the am - 30 in the pm and a 20 minute walk at lunch which I thought was gonna kill me. Got up this am and did 30 minutes on the motion machine. Got on the scale thinking this is gonna be good......NOT! Up two pounds. I spent the whole drive to work fantasizing about what I was gonna eat to make myself feel better, bagel kept popping up, then I said no, low carb, how about bacon, lots of bacon an... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:32:35 EST Good morning everyone! Happy Wednesday. Middle of the week. We can review the past two days and plan the next several. I want to step it up a notch, get this weight loss thing going. I had a shake for breakfast and brought grilled chicken, cucumber and tomato for lunch. Did 20 minutes on motion machine this am. Hopefully will report a 15 minute walk around the hospital today (work thier, not a patient lol). Have a great day all! Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:35:09 EST This is definitely closing the barn door after the horse PIGGED out all weekend. I blew it big time. Hubby had oral surgery and I took Friday off from work. I ran around doing errands all day, even got in some small amount of walking. Laid around all day Saturday with a headache. Didn't think I did too badly on Saturday but I had cranberry and gineragle so I blew the low card thing. In addition, I have been eating half sour dill pickles like crazy and I think the sodium is killing me. Now for the real issue, yesterday. Family barbeque... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:19:04 EST Same old thing I can't stop overeating even though it's killing me and I'm in pain all the time. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 21:39:58 EST Need your advice I have worked in the past at losing weight but never with the determination I have now. I will be turning 40 in a year and a half and want to be fit for my 40th. I am working on creating a plan. <BR> <BR> Can you share: <BR> <BR> Do you have goal rewards? Like, if I lose 5lbs I will.... <BR> Does anyone put money into a jar for weight lost? <BR> Other ideas? <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any advice on how they started their journey and what they might do differently? <BR> <BR> I want to... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 09:28:04 EST hopeless and frustrated Sigh. I'm feeling very frustrated. It's not even any specific thing, my weight loss is coming along slowly but surely, and I'm making healthy choices 90% of the time. So why do I feel so hopeless? I feel stuck in a brain rut of "what's the point". Any and all words of wisdom will be much appreciated! Fri, 19 Jun 2015 23:18:09 EST frustration I have been doing so well lately with my weight loss, but for some reason I seem to be in a hurry to lose my last 15 pounds. I have given myself until December 2015 to get there, but now I am in a hurry? <em>56</em> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:39:14 EST I feel like a failure! Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE has remarked on my belly problem. I feel so discouraged and depressed! I certainly don't remember having such obvious belly fat in my 30s! Is it my age (42)? Is it my menopause (2 years and counting)? Is it because of water retention? But it can't be! Because excess fluids keeps getting extracted at every dialysis session. <BR> <BR> I feel like I have failed to allow myself to get into this state! In the space of 5 years, I have gained about 5kg! How could I hav... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 05:19:15 EST Just frustrated and in pain I have a (suspected) stress fracture in my foot, MRI to confirm it later this week. <BR> <BR> I am just in pain and frustrated because even walking to the bathroom is painful. I do not have transportation, so going to the pool to swim depends on if my neighbor feels like going. I am off my feet for an unspecified length of time, likely weeks. <BR> <BR> I am just down because I am tracking calories, have an eating plan from a nutritionist, and had begun walking (likely how I got the fractu... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:10:19 EST recovering from a bad weekend Not actually a "bad weekend", but a festival weekend. Our town has a festival once a year, and of course it is hard to say no to "fair food". I need some encouragement to get back on track. Help! Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:45:31 EST I totally messed up I have been so stressed out over the last month and have become so discouraged because of it. I have gone back to eating bread and high carb foods and seem so out of control with no will power. I feel so out of control and cry all the is crazy. <BR> <BR> I have not logged in for a few days because I knew I blew it and didn't want to see it in print. I have started over today and will get it in gear. I have a very strict diet from my doctor...calories 100-1250, protein 60-136, carb... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 14:59:07 EST nightmares I have been having nightmares of extra skin. I lost a little bit of weight and now I have a little sagging skin, I still need to lose A LOT more! I am afraid I am going to be swallowed in skin. My husband has been really supportive about it but I can help shake the feelings and I am even more afraid of self sabotaging the weight I have already lost. <BR> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 23:35:21 EST Stress eating! I just found out one of my family members is in the emergency room and now I'm stress eating. Can anyone give me advice to stop stress eating? Thanks! Sat, 13 Jun 2015 21:34:49 EST First 10k So I have my first 10k July the 4th it's the Peachtree Road Race. I haven't really trained for it 😏 and I'm also at my highest weight ever. I'm so nervous you guys I don't know whether I should just sell my number or just train for the remainder and get out there and do my best. What would you do? Sat, 13 Jun 2015 11:44:53 EST Nothing's working! I have added HIIT workouts to my regular routine. These workouts really make me sweat! You can find them on youtube under fitnessblender. I have also been refraining from fast food. I have been making my own smoothies using my new sports blender bottle. <BR> <BR> While I have noticed my belly roll getting slightly smaller, my weight has stayed the same. A friend of mine boasted to me that she has lost 5kg! Why can't I lose ANYTHING? Does it make a difference that I am going to be 43 this Oct... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 03:05:50 EST need some advice in april i weighed around 84 lbs but later that month i was diagnosed with pcos and put on a birth control pill levonor/ethi and since then my weight is increasing i weighed in today ay 102 lbs could it be the pill or is it something i am doing wrong i have my food tracker public so could someone look at it and give some advice or if needed tough love i am 4 ft 2 also Thu, 11 Jun 2015 20:05:28 EST Ice Cream Craving! Help!! lol I really want to drive to the grocery store and pick up a pint of ice cream, and eat all of it!! Haagen Dazs, So Delicious, or Ben & Jerry's....ahhhhh ice cream is my Achille's Heel, and I've been really good with tracking my nutrition this past week, so I know I shouldn't. Plus its bikini season and I live an hour from the beach. :P <em>76</em> <em>468</em> <em>40</em> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:54:11 EST Stress gets in my way Diagnosed with breast cancer in fall- treated and can say I am a survivor but testing, surgery, treatment, uncertainty of what will happen, need to take RX for 5+ years to prevent recurrence. Thought cancer Rx were causing weird symptoms like dizziness, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, but now they tell me valves in heart leak significantly. More tests and waiting to hear... more stress. Have lost some weight since I got back on Spark People June 3rd... not huge but sensible amount. N... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 12:09:53 EST Getting back into it Over the past year I feel I've come a long way with my health choices. Although I gained all the lost weight back, I don't crave fast food anymore, I love to cook healthier choices at home, I drink more water, my hair and skin have gotten better, and I've been exercising on and off. I could do so much better. <BR> Now that my wedding is over, I want/need to focus back on my health and start a new chapter in my life. Last year I lost up to 10 pounds, then life and stress got in the way and I g... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 06:40:07 EST Emotionally exhausted I started the experts diet because my niece has had such great results. I have an emotional eating problem and it is causing me to fail, which in turn makes me want to eat even more. Does any one else have this problem I could use some suggestions to help prevent me from eating on emotions and not for nourishment. I'm emotionally drained and frustrated with myself. For me this is a big problem and I would like to loose my pregnancy weight from my 6 and 3 year children. Please help. Tue, 9 Jun 2015 17:21:29 EST worried about weight I know i am doing the right thing and i track everything. I can't exercise due to many back surgery. or maybe i could if i knew what to do. I can't walk for and Doc will not let me ride a bike. I have a implant in my back. so i am stuck. As for the weight well i am just staying the same for weeks now. will i start lousing again soon. Worried worried. <em>198</em> Tue, 9 Jun 2015 15:30:09 EST Doing everything right and GAINING? OK, I realize I'm very early into this journey, but I'm seriously frustrated. <BR> <BR> I rejoined SP to get healthy again after a severe depression and weight gain. A few years ago, I lost 85 pounds on SP, so I know there can be setbacks. But I've never had this happen before: <BR> <BR> I've been diligently tracking my calorie intake - even over the weekend when hubby and I went out and I splurged quite a bit - and exercising every day. Last week, I had a nice, steady loss and all was w... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 09:12:19 EST Living on a small budget Now that I am unemployed, I am thrown off of my routine which creates so much anxiety that I just want to eat sweets and chips, etc. I am trying my best to figure out how to use coupons. I need to learn how to save cash on food. If I can just get through this hurdle it would really help quiet some of my stressors. Tue, 9 Jun 2015 08:16:34 EST Safety/scared to workout outside? I've always lived in an isolated part of a small village and I've always been told to never go out running alone because of predators, etc. I finally moved away from such influences in a tiny apartment in the city. Last week, I got brave and went out for a run despite the old nagging fears. Came back so proud and motivated, and told people at work about my success. <BR> <BR> Well, my co-workers all began to vent about how dangerous it was to go alone and I could've been raped/stolen from/et... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 09:18:28 EST can't get going The plan looks good on paper...but cant the mind to move the body I tell myself "baby steps" but that doesnt help either. ahhhhhhh. I am just plain lazy. Sun, 7 Jun 2015 16:17:01 EST Downward spiral Hey all sparkies <BR> It's almost 8am in my part of the world so Good Morning. <BR> I just weighed in couple of mine back and I'm like 66.4 kilograms (146.3 pounds) <BR> In March I was 63 kilograms(138 pounds) <BR> So that means, I am up by 3 kilos since March <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> Last week I was 144 pounds and now up by 2 pounds since last week. <BR> <BR> I am visiting my family for two weeks, and I have been nothing but in track. <BR> 1. Eating all right. I got 90%of my food fro... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 22:24:52 EST Plateau annoyance I use to weigh 265 lbs, I am down to 205. I am trying to figure out why I am no longer losing weight. I have adjusted my diet because I was told I was not eating enough. I am exercise by using a stepping machine, walking, swimming, biking, working on getting up to jogging and running. <BR> <BR> Since adjusting the diet I am noticing that I am gaining weight. How long does it take for a person's body to adjust to changes? How many hours of activity should I be getting in a day? What else can ... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 08:54:46 EST Could I Be Pre-Diabetic? About 2 weeks ago I went to my doctor because I've been struggling with extreme fatigue. In fact, just yesterday, I fell asleep sitting up in my work office chair. <BR> <BR> He didn't seem worried about it, just told me it's probably school and work stress combined with lack of sleep due to them. I kept telling him that this semester was long over, that my job isn't stressful, and I've been sleeping fine. He shrugged and offered a basic panel of blood tests. <BR> <BR> Not long ago they cal... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 11:54:03 EST Anyone have any success with this I did very well on Spark about two years ago until a health issue caused a setback and I gained all my weight and then some. I am 60 years old and began my most recent journey with a need to shed about 50-60 pounds. It has taken some time, but I have managed to take off 20 pounds but still have a long way to go, but I am completely stalled out. I am handling the calorie intake and my activity level is okay. I don't do cardio or strength training per se, but I walk and have enough activity du... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 13:15:59 EST all or nothing I lost about 100 lbs and gained back half. I realized i was being lazy and looked at what was happening so i am back on track. Some days i am not hungry i barely eat anything and then some days i can't control my hunger no matter what. I set out meals and snacks for the day but i am not interested then i am suddenly ravenous the next day and eat my daily calories plus the ones i didn't eat the day before. How do i get out of this cycle? Has anyone had this issue? Tue, 2 Jun 2015 04:55:34 EST Help! My Knee!!! What Should I Do? I have water on the knee - the right knee. I've had it for about 4 days now. I've been trying to self-treat it to a point (I could be doing better at it). But at the same time I still do all my usual activities. And one of those activities is making it to the gym. But in good faith, I've tried cutting the intensity of the cardio (although I'm not happy about that). I am still favoring the right leg some and making up for it on the left so now my left knee is just starting to bother me. Like g... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 14:10:35 EST Don't Want to be Living in this House This is probably not the right place to ask but I find SparkPeople very supportive and I am feeling extremely isolated and can't turn to my family for help. I live at home with my mum and my sister. I can't stay here. There are many reasons why, they are not important. I am so depressed, I can't afford rent anywhere. I find myself going out for walks at night (or early morning). It's dark, it's dangerous, but I feel like the walls are closing in and I can't breathe. I don't know what to do. Sun, 31 May 2015 17:13:44 EST Please help :( I am in the middle of moving to a different town. I'm packing and stressed. I did well earlier this week, but yesterday and today I binged big time. I just got done eating half a large pizza and several brownies all by myself. I am so ashamed of myself. I would never eat this way around ANYONE. I am sick of letting myself down. I am sick of telling myself that I'm going to make better choices tomorrow or with the next meal. I am trying to be positive but I can't believe how much I have let my... Sat, 30 May 2015 22:29:19 EST Stressed and Impatient Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been trying to lose weight for years. I have been overweight for as long as I can remember, and I know what I need to do. However, I continue to let stress and my emotions have control and ruin what ever amount of success I'm having/have had. Right now I am stuck in a work situation that I can't seem to get out of, and that is 90% of why I am stressed out. I read the message boards on here, and I keep seeing the advice to make small changes, only change 1 thing ... Sat, 30 May 2015 13:08:48 EST Body vs. Calories I am trying to lose weight I need to take in a given number of calories, fat, carb, protein, etc however it feels like too much food. I don't like to eat. what do you do? Sat, 30 May 2015 12:54:08 EST Beginning Exercise Very Sore Hi, <BR> I am out of shape and have started going to the gym. Because of some joint (knee and ankle) pain, was advised to start slow on elliptical then finish on the recumbent bike. Both are with no resistance. Was advised to go at my own pace and stop when I needed to. <BR> Day 1 Elliptical 3 min. Thighs on fire! 20 min on bike. <BR> Day 2 Rest <BR> Day 3 Elliptical 3 min. 20 min on bike. <BR> <BR> My out and top of my thighs are hurting so bad even to touch. I know I am really out of shape... Fri, 29 May 2015 01:10:53 EST Weird problem with sleeping For the last week or so, I 've been waking up in a state of anxiety. It'll be 12 or 2 in the morning. I'll wake up with this energetic, anxious feeling like I need to run. I have no thought of why I would need to run. I just have a feeling that I need to get away or move. My whole body will be charged up. My lack of sleep is causing me to be grumpy and irrational. I've yelled at my best friend and at my mom. I've also been screwy with my final papers at school. I can't concentrate. This is a ... Wed, 27 May 2015 10:46:14 EST I am so sorry! I broke my promise! I know I promised no Mcdonald's for one month but I got stomach flu last night, it hurt so bad that I didn't get much sleep. My Mom bought Mcd's breakfast wraps for my brother and me. I was feeling nauseous this morning and also threw up. <BR> <BR> I took a breakfast wrap to eat at the dialysis center. Didn't have much appetite and was too lazy to prepare my own lunch. <BR> <BR> So sorry! I only lasted 2 weeks! But what's done is done. I will stay away from Mcd's from now on. I was just laz... Wed, 27 May 2015 02:47:42 EST 44 and weight just won't go. Hi All, <BR> I'm frustrated. In 2006 I lost 55 lbs on spark people and kept it off until the past few years. I've gained about 20lbs back and am not comfortable in my body. It doesn't seem like my body wants to cooperate with calorie counting and exercise. I seem to be gaining weight, not losing. Have any of you experienced this? It is super frustrating. I'm wondering if hormones might be might be making it more difficult? Any thoughts? <BR> Thanks, <BR> Molly Tue, 26 May 2015 17:24:43 EST Can't get enough salt !!! I am a saltaholic ! LOVE salt. I know it is not good for me, I just cannot seem to stay away from it. I try other seasonings and spices when I cook which do help, but there are still certain foods that just need salt. tomatoes, cukes, picked eggs, etc ... I have been on a salt kick since Sunday, today is weigh day at TOPS it isn't going to be pretty. <BR> Any one have any suggestions on how to cure the salt cravings ??? Tue, 26 May 2015 14:31:14 EST How to be supportive? My fiance and I are getting married next Monday, we only invited our immediate family for the celebration. Last night my fiance's dad called us and told us he isn't coming because he spent too much money on a vacation last month... <BR> I don't want to say he's a deadbeat, because I wasn't there when my finance and brother were growing up, but from what I've heard, he's not the greatest father. He has been absent most of my fiances life, and will pop up here and there to say hi. However to t... Tue, 26 May 2015 09:58:07 EST Feeling Miserable I know that we are supposed to be celebrating NSV as well as scale victories, but it sucks when you've been logging on, cutting calories and exercising but not seeing results on the scale. That's the reason why we weigh in, right? <BR> <BR> This is my third time around with SP and I always seem to feel worse when I come back than I did before. <BR> <BR> The success stories are meant to motivate, but for me I end up saying to myself, "How come they can do it, but I can't" <BR> <BR> I just n... Tue, 26 May 2015 07:06:13 EST spiraling out of control. I need help and don't know where to start. Please read my blog. Tue, 26 May 2015 02:18:24 EST Help! I can't sleep because I'm sooo upset! I had a bad night last night, couldn't sleep till about 3.30am! As a result, I was late for dialysis, therefore I didn't have time to collect my laundry hanging outside myself. I was running out of clean underwear, so I made sure that I washed my clothes last night, and hung it to dry, planning to collect them before dialysis. But because of my sleepless night, I woke up late today and didn't have time to do so. <BR> <BR> Before leaving the house, I politely requested my Mom to take in my la... Mon, 25 May 2015 13:51:04 EST The Knees Have It I did my strength training workout today. I worked really hard to get in my reps. However, when it comes to squats, mountain climbers, or anything KNEE related.. My knees SNAP. Ohhh do they snap. It hurts and it's distracting. What do I do? Mon, 25 May 2015 13:36:23 EST Confused about caloric intake I am so confused about the amount of calories I should be eating. I burn a lot of calories doing my exercises and other various activities. If I eat more calories, will I gain the weight back? I'm trying not to over/under eat. Mon, 25 May 2015 12:14:48 EST Starting over and over and over ,I'm not sure that this is an immediate help request, but I'm so tired of constantly starting over and over. I had great success with sparkpeople years ago, but here I am again. I've defined myself as overweight since I was 10, and I'm now 47. <BR> <BR> I'm having a hard time figuring out the best way to find a team since I've been gone for so long. <BR> <BR> But I need to do something because my motivation is getting shot and my weight is increasing. Mon, 25 May 2015 10:26:43 EST depression Depression is making me suicidal. I don't feel like living because I get depressed everyday. I noticed that if I keep busy I have a distraction and I feel better. But I can't think of things to do without spending money. Whether I live at my apartment or my parent's house, I can't feel at home anywhere because both places make me depressed. Does anyone know how to beat the hedonic treadmill? I'm getting so used to these houses that I don't like my living situations. Sat, 23 May 2015 22:48:07 EST Back and I gained <em>249</em> Yep <BR> Diabetes back <BR> Potassium high <BR> Need to get back on track a meal at a time <BR> All actual support appreciated! Sat, 23 May 2015 17:44:34 EST Back and I gained Yep <BR> Diabetes back <BR> Potassium high <BR> Need to get back on track a meal at a time <BR> All actual support appreciated! Sat, 23 May 2015 17:42:26 EST jump start I am wanting to restart/revamp my weight loss. I have started a new job and am right now dealing with and infection. However, I would like to jump start my weight loss to motivate me starting next week. <BR> <BR> How should I do this. I would like something fast with considerable weight loss, but then I could transition into healthy eating for long term loss and maintenance. Fri, 22 May 2015 13:34:37 EST Feeling claustrophobic in my clothes In the past month I've started to feel like my clothes are painted on! I just want to scream today. All I want to do is get home so I can put my stretchy pants on! <BR> <BR> I'm feeling bloated and just disgusted with myself that I allowed myself to get back to where I was! <BR> <BR> Freaking sucks!! Fri, 22 May 2015 13:00:30 EST Can't figure out this plateau/stall...ideas? I've been on SP since March of last year, and have had steady progress since then (not linear mind you, but steady). I had been consistently losing about 5 pounds per month, with which I'm happy. All of a sudden about a month ago the weight loss just stopped, and I can't figure out why. I have done a lot of soul searching and taken a hard look at what I'm doing, but nothing is surfacing to explain the sudden plateau. I need ideas! Has anyone else had this happen for this long, and if so, ... Fri, 22 May 2015 11:40:18 EST Tired of being tired, and living sucks bc of it PLEASE, I NEED SOME ADVICE! <BR> I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE... I'M TIRED OF BEING TIRED! And I'm tired of life because of it. <BR> <BR> For the past 2 months I have been more exhausted than I could ever imagine. Dishes? A lot of times I feel too tired to do them. That goes for clothes, sweeping, yard work, cooking, and working out. All of my failed attempts to stay on track recently involves my being exhausted. I'm 24, no kids, and have a full time desk job. I should be on top of my game! When... Thu, 21 May 2015 16:33:49 EST I am sooooo craving Mcdonald's right now! I haven't even tried Texas Fried Chicken! I am doing my best to stay away from fast food, I make myself walk away from fast food restaurants but the cravings are still there! <BR> <BR> I rewarded myself with a new handbag today. It's so cute! I am rewarding myself with non food items. But right now, I want a big mac! Note to self, stop watching food competition vids on youtube! Thu, 21 May 2015 13:32:44 EST Best TOPS meeting ever !!! I went to TOPS last night and even though I had a gain, it was the best meeting I have ever attended. We had a guest speaker, and she was amazing. I thought I knew everything I needed to know about losing weight and getting healthy, I just need to do it, right ? There is so much more to it than that. She told her story of weight loss and how she is living her best life. She gave a totally different insight on getting healthier. She spoke not only about the physical side of it but the emotion... Wed, 20 May 2015 07:38:12 EST Requesting encouragement, please..... I feel I'm on right path, but I know I'm slipping (a lot). I could use a little push, or nod. (smile) Wed, 20 May 2015 05:53:17 EST Your input needed...PLEASE!!!! I have always had a gym membership but thanks to someone stealing my bank info I had to suspend all drafts which meant my gym quit drafting, by the time I realized this is would have cost me 2 months to catch up (over $120 bucks)! I decided to let the membership go after all I have other things $65 a months could go towards but now I feel like I would be making a lot more progress with my daily workouts as far as weight loss goes. This is where you come in :) I need workout ideas...I have ... Tue, 19 May 2015 11:09:02 EST BORED! I am home bound right now because of medical issues and the fact that getting a license would cost me 8,000 dollars (I'm in a wheelchair). I want to get healthy and lose weight but I don't have anything to do, even with a beautiful trail a mile away but no one to take me. It's so frustrating and makes me want to give up. Mon, 18 May 2015 21:15:15 EST Cannot begin, dying to go buy a milkshake, despera te <BR> I say I want to loose weight, I look in mirror and can't even stand the sight there <BR> I am afraid I'll never get it together <BR> I want to loose weight but seem not to WANT to do the work <BR> I would love to understand this <BR> Mon, 18 May 2015 19:50:24 EST Losing motivation more then losing weight with out going into a long back ground history of me I am going to come right out and say I am so frustrated and I just want to go off the grid.. I want to stop this nonsence of working out hard eating right and not being able to lose one pound.. and god for bid if I do eat something stupid maybe a slice of cheese cake or something I am up 3 pounds.. <BR> <BR> I have been struggling for 5 months now.. it really started 10 months ago.. I was struggling and then the holidays came and I was st... Mon, 18 May 2015 07:44:50 EST Why can't I just be myself? I really don't know where to begin but basically my Mom wants a totally different daughter. I feel like I am a mistake! I feel unwanted! My Mom wants a demure, totally obedient doormat for a daughter, which I am not. <BR> <BR> Well, I do have my faults. Like today, when my Mom was driving and snapped at me to move my head. I was already leaning back for her to see through my window, so I snapped back, "what is it?". I mean what else was I supposed to do, I was already leaning back. Then whe... Fri, 15 May 2015 12:27:32 EST not losing I have been eating between 1200-1500 calories and working out with cardio 6 days a week at 30 mins and weights 3 days a week 30-40 mins. I am not losing any weight. I am 50 now and only have about 8 lbs I want to loose. Any suggestions. Fri, 15 May 2015 09:29:19 EST I can't believe myself!!! My Mom just fried a huge container of fish crackers. And they not just any fish crackers, they are thin and big and oh, so delish! Last night, I had a hunger pang and just couldn't resist opening the container and having a few. Also, there was a half bottle of the most delicious chilli sauce! So, I had 3 crackers, with the chilli sauce, then another 3, and before I knew it, I had finished half the container! <BR> <BR> Now my Mom is mad at me and I just can't believe I could eat so much! Just... Thu, 14 May 2015 10:56:21 EST Why does this keep happening? Every time I go to the hospital to fill up a prescription, this happens. Old folk holding up the queue! And I'm always the one waiting behind them so I can hear the ongoing convo. Seriously, it's like a merry go round, the dispenser will be patiently explaining again and again that he/she needs to see the doctor first to get a new prescription. That it's not in the dispensers power to give her/him more meds. But the poor dear just stands there arguing. The dispenser begins to sound like a tap... Thu, 14 May 2015 10:36:23 EST Feeling down today ... As I looked in the mirror this morning, I realize that I have spent my forties being seriously overweight. I turn 49 tomorrow and here I am almost 200 lbs over weight. I have made so many promises to myself, tried every diet going, every Monday, every first of the month ect... was going to be the day I start my new journey. I am doing a little better than I was, I have cut way back on the junk food, am drinking more water and am learning to portion my meals better. I have lost a few pounds bu... Thu, 14 May 2015 07:55:20 EST Life First of all, I'm very thankful for the Panic Button room. I need to come here, I'm just feeling really really overwhelmed. I want to stay positive, but sometimes it is just.....very difficult. I want to eat away my feelings right now, but I'm not doing it. <BR> <BR> There is just a LOT going on in my life right now, and people are not being supportive like I need them to be. I wish I could be more specific, but I'm embarrassed to even say what is going on in my life on this board out of fea... Tue, 12 May 2015 20:40:28 EST feeing Discouraged and worried I started diet in January, all healthy foods to bring down cholesterol, sugars and assist with my BP. Went ot Dr and redid my blood work, YEAH ME! all my numbers came down. BUT... My Lipoprotiens were Up in 92s. they were normal first time I had my blood work, Does not make sense when I lost 14 lbs in the 3 months and lowered all my other numbers. Yet LIPOPROTINES shot up? i am researching it but Hoping for some insight on it in here. I go back in 3 months for more blood tests and I know i w... Tue, 12 May 2015 19:43:39 EST Please help me.. I feel like i am orphan I am 2nd daughter to my parents. But my parents have left me alone. They dont give any moral support to me. I almost feel i dont have anyone in life. If i have to face any challenge I have to go behind people. I dont find anyone motivating me to help me to face my challenge. Infact nobody cares whether I am dead or alive. I am not getting any interest to lead my life. N I dont want to fall into any relationship which wont work out for marriage as I already had one and he was too dominating. H... Tue, 12 May 2015 09:19:59 EST Mindless Eating I need help to stop the mindless eating. Its not fast food or junk food, but regular food. If I stock my fridge with food I eat it all in a short period of time. I thought frozen healthy meals would help me get on track, all portioned, no mess cooking, but I eat them too fast and find I have to buy more. I'm horrible at portion control when I cook, if it is there I'll eat it, don't like to freeze fresh cooked food. Does anyone have suggestions? Mon, 11 May 2015 22:35:30 EST Off track <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> Not too sure, but I am feeling like I have previous times when I have self de-railed from eating well and being where I know I should be. I don't want to give up and be back where I was having to start again, and again and again (So far over an 8 year non journey always back to where I started). <BR> <BR> The abridged story... I was away for 3 days where I ate out at every meal but was somewhat successful at staying within the calorie range I set for myself. When I... Mon, 11 May 2015 13:28:55 EST Feeling discouraged! I have been watching what I eat and exercising regularly, about 3 to 4 times a week. I start with a long walk, usually aiming for 10,000 steps, then I do some Pilates, about 20 to 40 minutes. <BR> <BR> The reason I don't track more dilligently is because of the limited database. <BR> <BR> Anyway, the reason I am so discouraged is the lack of results. In particular, my belly fat! I want a perfect body like a Victoria secret model. But I feel like crying everytime I see my belly! <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 11 May 2015 04:17:51 EST What to do after a weekend of horrible choices? I've been using SparkPeople and focusing on my health for a little less than a month now and things had been going well. It was like something clicked and I no longer craved all of the unhealthy, super-processed foods I used to crave constantly. In that period I lost about 9 pounds and was feeling really proud of the fact that, aside from once a week "cheat meals", I had avoided making poor choices when eating. Then my older brother visited me this weekend and, in all of the excitement o... Sun, 10 May 2015 22:28:19 EST weakness severe w/constant sleeping After several Dr's I can't even get my T3 tested (I'm not covered) on levothyroxine now 9 yrs or so. I live on SSI ONLY and now can barely take care of myself. Sleep comes only a max of 2 hrs at a time, during day, at night insomnia. Hair is almost all gone, teeth gone, I am literally too weak to take a shower or wash my face. Living this last year on cereal milk and fruit preserves. Eye problems now BOTH, EXTREME PAIN, was told by 2 opthalmologists that again I'm not covered for surgeries. S... Sun, 10 May 2015 20:22:41 EST Catch me. I'm falling.... This morning I was so excited. I got on the fitbit scale and I'm down 3 lbs. I posted about how happy, motivated and determined I am but before the day was even through, I had some chocolate that I received in the mail for Mother's Day. Later, I went out with my sister and she was craving McDonald's and since I didn't want her to eat alone, I had a Big Mac with fries and soda. OMG! I wasn't even hungry because I just had a tuna sandwich for lunch. I should have had a side salad and a water. ... Sat, 9 May 2015 18:23:19 EST Want to be part of a team that checks in daily? Would you like to be a part of a team checking in DAILY? Give/receive motivation, accountability, encouragement, tips, and suggestions! Let's inspire each other to stay on track moving towards our goals! Join the team by clicking "My SparkPage" then scroll down and click on the team "250-350 Check in daily". <BR> <em>229</em> <em>213</em> <em>381</em> <em>223</em> <em>220</em> <em>235</em> <em>48</em> <em>30</em> <em>387</em> <em>331</em> <em>199</em> Sat, 9 May 2015 07:44:35 EST Summertime and Birthdays I have decided to use this summer to get myself back on track with my healthy eating. I have a break from my normal routine from June through September. Currently, I go to church events 3 to 4 days a week, but during the summer, it drops to Sundays and Wednesdays. <BR> <BR> I am also dropping my Weight Watchers meetings on Monday nights so I can focus more on work, church, and creating better habits (plus, it's expensive to go to meetings when I'm not losing weight). <BR> <BR> I already h... Sat, 9 May 2015 00:45:12 EST when depression strikes...i currently feel; I hate myself. I keep hating myself because I am so awkward and somewhat ashamed... I'm 21 soon and I act like a child and not purposely. I do things weirdly like pick up food off of the floor whilst someone's sweeping it up anyway, sit awkwardly in the staff room trying to eat a cheese sandwich when it all falls out... <BR> <BR> I rarely talk to anyone and when I do I often speak "childish" like not being able to say things simply or not doing things right. I feel like such a waste of a per... Fri, 8 May 2015 16:28:00 EST MRI and scared k well i have been haveing left leg pain for three months, and i ride a bike almost every day so i went to doc they said i have sciatica but i have never had any problums before , can u just develope sciatica?Anyone know? I got doc appt this morning so im just nerves about what they r gonna say they told me that i might have to get mri , So any advice would be graeely appreciated and i have tried muscle relaxers ,pain meds, only thing that help my pain is an inflammitory as long as i was tak... Fri, 8 May 2015 03:58:00 EST Feeling hopeless I am 5'5 and the last time I was weighed ( I don't have a scale) I was 160 lbs but I feel more like 165-170 now and I'm so scared to have it checked. I have a lot of belly fat it seems and everything seems to go down but that! I used to be 120-127 when I was younger. I certainly don't expect to be that ever again but I really want to get down to an ideal weight of 135. <BR> <BR> I have two special events coming up this summer and I'm using those as an excuse to not get pregnant again yet... Thu, 7 May 2015 16:17:15 EST dining out help! I'd like to eat a healthy dinner, but want to splurge a bit on dessert. Of the choices carrot cake, chocolate cake, strawberry cheesecake, and apple pie, which is least destructive? <BR> <BR> Thu, 7 May 2015 13:48:23 EST Nighttime Snacking is going to Sabotage Me! Help! I need some good suggestions and fast! How is it that I, and I'm finding out many others, can eat 3 sensible meals during the day, sensible healthy snacks and then nighttime comes and all I want to do is eat!! <BR> <BR> I can only read so much, watch so much TV, my hands are arthritic so crafts are out (I'm not a real crafty person anyway). I get on computer but even that doesn't take up much time. I live alone in a small apt that doesn't take much to keep up, so working in apt or declutt... Thu, 7 May 2015 10:45:14 EST I Need To Understand My Test Results! I'm 42. 135. 5'3". Have MS & CRPD (RSD). Had Tests Cuz Dr Thinks My Organs R Shutting Down. Need help understanding them! Cholesterol 203, Triglycerides 352, HDL 37, LDL 96, Vitamin D3 14.9. So... Anyone know Wat this all means?? Wed, 6 May 2015 18:48:53 EST So Sick of starting over... I am the heaviest I have ever been not being pregnant..2 years ago I was 50 pounds lighter and in the best shape in my life..went thru some medical things and I now I am bigger than ever and for 2 years I haven't excercised or lost any weight..i just don't know what to do anymore.... Wed, 6 May 2015 16:48:37 EST Heaviest I've ever been in my life I am so disgusted with myself. Gained weight over the winter which put me at the highest weight I've ever been in my life. Now I'm panicking. Help. Need some encouragement to start watching what I eat. I'm always looking to eat something. Even after I've eaten. Trying to keep busy. Started volunteering and garden work. Hope that helps. Any words of encouragement appreciated. <BR> <BR> Anne Mon, 4 May 2015 14:00:30 EST I'm not losing ANY weight I have been very careful of what I eat and I track EVERYTHING. I am exercising every day and tracking that as well. According to the metrics, I should have lost SOMETHING. But no, after two and a half weeks, I gained weight. What the heck am I doing wrong??? What's the sense of doing this if I keep gaining weight??? I am mad. I am confused. Any suggestions? Mon, 4 May 2015 12:50:54 EST Vibrating on the Inside! Has anyone else been so stressed that your insides feel like they are vibrating?! I feel like I live in this constant state now days. Stress, aggravation, temper's a vicious circle and I feel like I'm stuck in it! <BR> Any advice would be appreciated. Mon, 4 May 2015 10:00:25 EST Why do people feel the need to be so rude ?????? Yesterday I went to a benefit for a relative who is battling cancer, it was great to meet up with family and friends I have not seen in awhile there was a great turn out and the day was a great success. <BR> All except for someone I was standing talking to that commented n how different my sister looked as she had lost a lot of weight. he asked how she lost that much weight and I explained she had weight loss surgery last summer. he looked at me and said " looks like you should do the same t... Mon, 4 May 2015 07:15:06 EST Melatonin Overdose Recovery Questions Yes you can overdose on melatonin. Especially if you didn't need it and you took it for over a year like I did. <BR> It left me dizzy, fatigued, nausea, panic attacks and a list of other problems. <BR> <BR> I've been off of it for almost 3 months and I'm slllooowly getting better. <BR> Even before I realized what I had done to myself my doctors said I was the peak of health. Except. Sick. <BR> <BR> Anyone else go through this? I'm never hungry, I workout a lil when I have the energy. I ju... Sun, 3 May 2015 20:43:43 EST Weekend Difficulties The last two weekends, I have derailed my healthy food choices and overate by about 1000-2000 calories per day. This weekend, my family and I chose to go out for dinner on Friday, and then last night some friends came over and we ordered Chinese food. I do so well all week and then undo my progress on Fridays and Saturdays. I'm feeling discouraged. I suppose its a step in the right direction that I still track all I eat, because in the past I've given up and not tracked, and then just gave up... Sun, 3 May 2015 12:59:43 EST My legs are hurting I have taken up walking but for some reason my legs from below the knees, to my ankles seem to get lame and hurt. I walked a little today but that's it. Until I see the doctor I will only walk when they agent like this. Whatever happens though, I am NOT giving up. Will find a way to work around this " bump in the road" <em>214</em> Sat, 2 May 2015 16:58:08 EST Set Point weight, Hip Bursitis and Frustration Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> It’s been a while since I’ve written a post like this but the frustration has been building for a long time. I have been on Sparkpeople for about five years and during that time I have gone from 245 to an average weight of 165. I have dropped about six pants sizes. I know that sounds great and it is but really for the last three years I feel as if I have been in a circle of losing the same five to ten pounds. I am 5'6 in height. <BR> <BR> I workout five to six day... Fri, 1 May 2015 16:51:31 EST Help! My Spouse Doesn’t Want to Get Healthy My spouse and I have been married for 7 years and within all those years, he has been struggling with his weight and getting healthy. He had gained over 50 lbs since his mother died (which was over 10 years ago). His confidence had also suffered then. When we were on our honeymoon, he wouldn't even take off his shirt while we were at the beach or when we're intimate. Its only when I mention it to him that he sometimes does take off his shirt. Our intimacy is almost non-existent. He’s lost alm... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:18:57 EST Need advice :( <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I've started emotional eating. The thing is, I'm fine during the day. But I'm unhappy in my living situation and will be here for the next three months. The walls are thin and while sometimes my roommate is genuinely being rude, sometimes she just simply is listening to music or has friends over and talks with them, but it comes through the walls. <BR> <BR> To combat my emotional eating, I try to engage in relaxing habits like reading or doing yoga or scanning the I... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 22:25:49 EST More exercise more weight while maintaining calori I exercise this weekend for 5 hours. 3 hours of vigorous stand up paddling Sat. and 2 hours of walking and fogging in my THR I ate only 1600 kcal each day and gained 3 pounds What"s Up? Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:28:08 EST I feel like I can't do it anymore I'm sitting here alone in my condo, crying because I'm so physically and mentally exhausted with trying to lose weight. It all started so well, but I've been backsliding and it feels like there's nothing I can do to fix it. <BR> <BR> Between 2009-2012, I lost about 130 pounds, very easily. I exercised, tracked my food, etc. I felt great. <BR> Between 2012-2015, I gained 35 pounds. I can't get it to come off, and I keep gaining. <BR> <BR> I have cheat days from time to time, they're where I ... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 17:33:45 EST Pizza temptaion at work again! Here we go again!! I have been doing so well this past month and I dont want to screw it up!! My company is having pizza for everyone again, and I grabbed 1 slice of the sausage pizza. Took off the cheese, ate the sausage and up to the crust (do I sound crazy?). I am satisfied, I've been drinking water... however now I want more... I just cant, I shouldnt! I dont want to screw up my progress, but its literally just a couple cubes away from me and the halls smell like fresh out of the oven pi... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:44:29 EST How do I Help? Hmm, I posted this in the guys lounge, but maybe I should post here... <BR> <BR> So my boyfriend is quite overweight, and he hates it. I want to help him because it makes me feel terrible when I hear him hate on himself. He hates getting ready to go out and being all sweaty instead of fresh crisp. He hates that he can barely reach his feet to put on socks and shoes. He hates that his clothes are too tight and hurt his tummy, but he WILL NOT go a size up. He gets livid when he can’t reach his... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:57:31 EST Really sad... I just found out that a good friend from one of the online games I play and have played for years is dying of cancer. End game. I can do one of two things. 1. Go to the refridge and jam everything I see into my mouth or 2. Take this bitter and sad information and use it in a good way. That is working hard like I have been and take care of myself. Let's hope and prey that I do the right thing and honor her memory in the best way I know how...just horribly sad... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:39:54 EST No weight loss I am over weight slowly moving to obese. I have realised this after 5 years. I have started to run thrice a week after. This is after completing couch to 5k programme. I also follow fitnessblender 4 week plan. The beauty of it that I am able to run and come home to exercise. whenever I feel hungry I eat salads and try to drink 8 glasses of water. I have been doing this 2 months. I haven't seen any improvement in my weight loss. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 09:48:42 EST So Angry I know this is not weight related but could lead to emotional overeating if I don't talk about it. I have been struggling with my parents lately We put them in assisted living for Mom's Safety(she has late stage Alzheimer's & my Dad is blind, has heart problems,and other health issues). Mom's fine but Dad can't "take it anymore", says it feels like a prison, & has insisted on going home by himself, I am so angry at him leaving her there (she still knows him and relays on her) for his own self... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 09:48:16 EST no loss for 2 weeks First I will say I am pleased that I have not gained, but disheartened that I have not lost. I have continued to workout, although I have missed days because of being sick. I feel like I am failing. I lost 3 pounds the first week and nothing since. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 03:21:21 EST upset at binge eating I am having a lot of trouble with episodes of binge eating. In 2008, I was raped by a caregiver after being released from a nursing home I recovered from a major surgery at. Since this happened, if I try and lose weight, I start to panic and binge eat. Its like my brain keeps saying that if I get skinnier, the same thing will happen again, even though I know it isn't true. I am currently down to 270 pounds (I was 294 back in November), and I need to lose 5 more pounds for a bladder remova... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:19:53 EST TOM Sucks. I could eat my body weight in food!! I can follow a diet with minimal difficulty until it gets close to TOM. I can gain every single bit of weight loss in 3 weeks over the course of 2 to 3 days. I have no will power. I can't seem to get full. My sugar cravings are through the roof and so are my salt cravings. I never plan for this. I don't even know how to. My will power is nonexistent during this time. If I try to fight the cravings, I just end up binging later. How do others get through this? Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:46:16 EST Feeling Stuck I thought I'd never see onerland again. So I'm happy that I am now 185lbs below which is 46 lbs below my highest weight of 231. But I have stayed (give or take a 1 or 2) at this weight for quite a while now. Even though people tell me that I look like I "lost a lot of weight," the scale has not budged. And now I've been prescribed Abilify to take for depression along with the Wellbutrin I've been taking for a couple of years. I read that a possible side effect of the Abilify is weight gain... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:30:25 EST A1C My A1C is high I need help finding recipes that are low carb. <em>46</em> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:18:16 EST Reallydiscouraged ... 7.2 lbs. gained in 2 weeks ! I went to TOPS last night thinking I didn't do too bad and bam !!! I gained 7.2 pounds in 2 weeks ? <BR> I have been drinking water with lemon, trying new vegies cutting back on treats and portion sizes and even getting a little exercise. <BR> I was so upset after the weigh in, I just wanted to cry and come home and eat everything in site. <BR> I didn't though, I came home and ate a healthy chicken stir fry my husband made for supper. <BR> Really not helping the motivation right now. Rea... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 07:38:51 EST I'm fat and getting fatter. No hope... So I've been fat since like... 3rd grade. I've always been fat. I'm 5'3. <BR> I've always been around like 140-150 lbs ish. <BR> 6 years ago, I hit 160. I bet my mom that I can lose 20 pounds. <BR> And for some WEIRD reason,( like I went out a lot with my friends instead of staying home and eating) I lost that 20 pounds. I put in ZERO effort. So I became 140. And then for the next 4 years, I slowly started to gain weight. I hit 160 again. I watched exercise videos occasionally and was just ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 21:07:14 EST Jump Rope HI everyone -i am asking for some help <BR> i STARTED excitedly with my new jump rope yesterday. I figured i might as well have fun and this was a favorite childhood game. But at 45 yrs old and 2 kids later one is 23 and the other is 8 --yes i waited a while.. lol I can't jump rope not because i can't but because of what happens when i am. I really didn't expect this. I've been researching glute exercises and kegels but how long does it normally take to get the strength of those muscles bac... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:34:09 EST Getting cold feet.... Has anyone here postponed their wedding because they got cold feet or didn't think they and their partner were ready? Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:14:07 EST Mediterranean diet meal plan Is there a Mediterranean diet meal plan on this site? If so how do I find it. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 19:31:03 EST 7900 kcal weekly deficit and only lost 1 lb.. It's kind of discouraging. I've recorded EVERYTHING down to the teaspoon this last week (the last 3 weeks even) and despite a 7k kcal deficit I still only lost a single pound. I've been exercising over an hour a day (I mostly only record cardio on here because of what a pain it is to record my weight training due to it being HIIT and changing weight all the time, so 3X a week I lift weights for about 45 minutes on top of what's in my exercise charts) every day, been eating in my ranges withou... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 15:43:37 EST Need support Ok...I really need some support..I have accessed Sparkpeople in the past, then gone off unto smoothies, low carbs, and then just eating whatever I wanted. So my scale is up, my spirits are low. I am going to make an effort to record my intake and I will be sure to exercise at least 4 times a week. I am tired of obsessing about my weight, how it look etc. I am 63 years young and want to have acceptance about my body. Seems kind of ridiculous to be vain at this age! So, I want to focus on... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 11:38:12 EST Bloating I am on medications for Gastroparesis, I drink at least 8 glasses of water daily and I limit my sodium, but I still feel bloated all the time. I even think it is effecting my weight loss and making the scale show no loss when I really have. It makes my clothes uncomfortable too. <BR> <BR> Can anybody tell me how to get rid of bloating? Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:09:22 EST Thyroid Why is it so hard to lose weight if one has hypothyroidism? Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:39:29 EST Skip dinner because of calories? I had an all day company meeting today, which of course provided us with food and drinks. I tried to make smart choices, had 2 sausage links, scrambled eggs for breakfast. A veggie hummus wrap, potato salad, and a side salad for lunch, and I tried to resist but I did have a slice of this rich creamy chocolate cheesecake. After the meeting was a cocktail party where I had 2 beers. Besides the beers I had water all day. I didn't track any of this since I don't know how to calculate all of it, b... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:10:56 EST Rude comments! An old man at the dialysis center (another patient) has been making rude comments about my physique. He is always saying how fat I am and that I look 4 months pregnant! <BR> <BR> I am really trying to laugh it off but it's affecting me deeply! I feel so ashamed of my weight gain and that I let it happen in the first place. <BR> <BR> Honestly, yes, I have gained a little but I don't think I look so bad but I feel so fat after one of his comments! I feel like going for a liposuction after he ... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:00:53 EST Fitness Minutes Since I joined my fitness minutes have not shown up on my sparkpage. What do I do? Wed, 15 Apr 2015 20:02:37 EST Help I gained more weight. I lost weight but i gained all of it back plus some. I haven't been able to exercise because i hurt my knee bad. So i've been gaining weight. But i'm going to start doing some exercises anyways. I've got to lose weight. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:59:20 EST DIY Cognitive coping cards for emotional eaters I've made a set of cards to help me deal with sabotaging thoughts. If you're interested, please read my blog entry:<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911231&<BR>SPShared=TRUE <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:27:39 EST Really want to eat my feelings away :( This past few days has not been good, at all ... on Saturday we had to say goodbye to my beloved dog of 14 years. It was a devastating day, it was like losing a very close family member. I still look for him everywhere I turn in the house. Miss him so much. On Sunday we had a little get together with some family and my sister took pictures and sent me some OMG !!! the picture of me was ... there's not even words to describe what I look like in that picture. Totally disgusting. Trying really h... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 07:36:00 EST Weight tracker is stuck on measuring in 'k" My weight tracker is stuck on weighing in 'k" which I assume means kilograms but I don't know how to change it back to pounds. Can anyone help me? Please & thank you! Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:32:21 EST Constant Weight Gain DESPITE Exercise and Diet Guys, I'm kinda losing it. <BR> <BR> I have been exercising and dieting consistently since the beginning of March and I have gained about 10 lbs. <BR> <BR> Here's the deal. I'm 31, I don't have a problem with my thyroid (I got it checked) and I take Nexium for GERD. <BR> <BR> I have stopped the Nexium, even though I'll pay in acid reflux and dental problems. I just can't stand this anymore. I'm eating only 1200 calories a day AND exercising at least 4x a week. <BR> <BR> Last Friday, the... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 21:43:55 EST I have lost motivation and need to get back to it I have attempted to lose weight many times and this past year lost 30 pounds. I have been somewhat stable over the past month but am no where near my goal. I began again yesterday and feel like I'm starting all over again. I ate terrible last week and gnawed on chocolate and cheese and basically anything I wanted. Of course this didn't work. I was doing well until my computer crashed and then I got out of the habit of being accountable here on SP. That is what started it. So, the past ... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 14:13:49 EST Help! No idea where to start Hello, <BR> I'm not sure where to start again. I lost weight before but recently I've lost it completely. I have started a job involving working shifts and moved to a place where I live alone. I'm useless at cooking for one, I just don't see the point and don't enjoy it. I know I could make big batches but I have done this before and I really don't want to eat the same thing day after day and have no space in the freezer. I'm so tired at the end of the day I tend to just eat bread and whateve... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 18:22:34 EST FEMALES ONLY: please help advice needed Hey ladies, so I am feeling extremely depressed and frustrated right now. I haven't figured out anything to curb my unlimited hunger feeling or cravings during the time of the month. Every month, at least 7-10 days before, I start to crave and eat things that I never do any other time and it's upsetting because nothing else seems to help or satisfy. <BR> <BR> If anyone else has experienced this, please share any things you've tried and have helped...this is really starting to make me feel e... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 17:38:48 EST Parents are insensitive to my weight loss efforts I'm obese..272 lbs...on the edge of diabetes, high blood pressure, & heart disease. I already have insulin resistance, fatty liver, fibromyalgia, and severe (suicidal) depression. I'm living with my parents..unable to work right now. They are minimally overweight..maybe extra 20 lbs each. But they insist on cooking & eating "soul food" & junk food all the time. They are active & can eat a small portion and stop. I can't. I learned to be a comfort eater at a very young age. Food is like a high... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 11:15:06 EST Eating out with friends and family......... I try very hard to have a destination of where we are going long before we leave the house. We went to Olive Garden and prior to leaving I took time to go on line, find their home page, read through their menu. From there I started to plug in different food choices in My Nutrition Tracker. I was able to understand and realize what foods and portion sizes I could have their and/or have and bring home what items. This worked well for me however restaurant industry serves way to much food.I am ... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 01:54:29 EST Help!!! craving cheetos AGAIN!!! I have a bad feeling that this craving won't go away until I actually get a bag! But the only size they come in is giant! I know all that sodium and phosphate is v bad for me bcoz I m on dialysis but I just keep on craving cheetos! HELP!!! Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:23:57 EST Someone please break my temptation! I work in an office environment, and there is always food around. I sit next to a conference room so there are many lunch conferences and the food is usually left right outside my cube, sometimes I'll grab a salad or some chips. Right now... there is pizza... omg it smells so good. I've been pretty good this past week, and I dont want to ruin it. I know a slice wont kill me, but I dont want to get into a habit, because one slice will lead to another... and something unhealthy tonight... Tryin... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 13:20:40 EST I need a new way to get my Husband to stop nagging He is a good provider and I know I need to change. I have gotten very lazy over the last couple years (married 3 together 5) I have asked him to positively support me. I hate how lazy I have become, I want to change but he nags and I rebel I don't want to turn into his mother she stayed at home keep the house spotless, and ran a home business on the side. Her husband worked and knows everything (just ask him he read the book on it; if he didn't write it). <BR> <BR> My husband wants me to as... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 04:21:05 EST that's it I am on a weight loss journey yet again, trying to take things slow, and now I just get in a disagreement with my boyfriend and he wont talk to me for tonight. I don't even know how to function right now. All I want to do is go to the kitchen and pig out. I don't even know if I can go to school tomorrow, my emotions are a wreck. This happens to me whenever I try to lose weight. Something happens with family drama or something in my personal life, I let it get to me, eat, and the cycle continu... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 22:59:42 EST Serious Bloat problem Hi all, <BR> <BR> This is my first post and I desperately need some advice. I've been following my diet very closely for 2 weeks now, I am barely losing any weight and have a bad problem with stomach bloat. It's the "I look 6 months pregnant" kind of bloating which is really discouraging my progress because I look so bad. In the past 7 days, I have had just 2 days where my stomach looks normal. I already don't overdo it on the salt, carbonated beverages so it's not that. Does anyone hav... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 11:01:27 EST Help I am crashing and burning! I could sure use some insight. I began with SP about a month ago now. I have been dedicated to eating right and exercising in some fashion every single day. <BR> <BR> 2 days ago my hubby and I received the bad news that he has cancer. We are facing a long haul over the next several months. <BR> <BR> In just these past two days I have already crashed and burned. I have essentially stopped eating, or if I do eat I can't even meet my minimum calories so I know my metabolism will slow way d... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 10:11:34 EST Desperation.......... My aged parents are in really bad shape and it is tearing me up. Don't know how to handle the desperation I am feeling so I have been binging at night, but that seems to make it even worse! Really need to get back on track, but each night I seem to fall apart. Would really appreciate any suggestions.......... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 00:02:08 EST Starting Again So here I am starting again. I have started many times. I want this to be the last time! Tue, 7 Apr 2015 22:44:42 EST stress eating strikes again I started the nutrisystem plan on 4/1/15, where I have been eating everything listed (actually a bit less than what is suggested, but I've never been hungry). <BR> Well, flash forward to today, where I've been dealing with a LOT of stress both work and home, and I get off the diet completely. I still stay well within the caloric range I've been doing up to this point, but I still feel like I am cheating. <BR> <BR> Basically, I ate a brat on a potato roll with a slice of cheese. I counter... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 18:16:49 EST Trying again after failing This is not the first attempt on this website before I became depressed and stopped going to the website in 2012. Within the last year I have had a child and I am wanting to make myself the healthiest that I can for her and to be able to do all of the active things that she wants to do. My husband is not one to go on a diet and doesn't want to change his lifestyle because I am going on this I need advice on how to do get discouraged and need people who are going to motivate me and keep me ... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 15:04:45 EST When can I expect to see some results I have been dieting and working out since January and in that time I have lost almost 40 lbs. I know it takes a while to see results but I had hoped by this time I would notice something! My clothes are a little loser but not a size difference. I have lost less than 3 inches total. My body fat has gone down a little but not much. What am I doing wrong? <em>198</em> Tue, 7 Apr 2015 06:23:12 EST Would like to be in 5K SparkTeam, but terrified Hi everyone, I'm having a panic button moment. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling alone in my quest to run in one of the SP Virtual 5Ks this year -- probably this fall -- so there's part of me that wants to be in a SparkTeam to that end. But experience -- especially from high school -- has taught me that people are no darn good and not to be trusted, so there's a bigger part of me that wants to avoid them like the plague. <BR> <BR> I'm torn because I know I'll never make it to that Virtual 5K by my lon... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 20:28:32 EST HELP! I want to binge! I don't know what happened, today started so well... <BR> All of a sudden I want to eat everything in sight! Part of me wants to get all the chocolate in the house and go to town. Another part wants to go to 3 drive thrus and eat as much as possible. I'm a chronic binge eater and got to my goal weight but I'm STILL dealing with this!!! <BR> I'm still having these episodes where I want to binge <BR> What should I do? <BR> I'm drinking water like crazy and ate healthy about 20 minutes ago...... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 18:21:12 EST Am I Being Selfish to Expect More from Him? This doesn't have anything to do with weight loss, but I feel I really need support from you guys, and I didn't know where else to post this. <BR> <BR> My boyfriend and I are very much in love. We plan to have a future together and will have been dating for a year next week. We always slit our expenses (although he hardly pays me anything to live in the house Im renting) and Im okay with that. He is in the military and makes roughly about the same amount as I do. But do not get me wrong, he ... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 10:12:35 EST ?How do I eat all these calories? I changed my nutrition to let SP decided my calories, carbs, fat, and in the world am I suppose to eat all this food! Usually the only day I take off from exercise is Sunday's. Should I eat lower on this day. <BR> I am so full and I haven't reached my calories or carbs for the day. HELP ME!!! Sun, 5 Apr 2015 21:35:45 EST Looking for motivators Trying to lose 15 lbs. Looking for others who are motivated or struggling - motivators who will keep me motivated or people that are struggling so we can support each other. Overall, I do pretty well - maintaining but I would like to lose 15 lbs... <BR> <BR> Let me know what your successes have been - what has helped you lose. What your exercise regimen is like.. And, also your downfalls!! <BR> Sun, 5 Apr 2015 15:32:33 EST TYPE 2 Diabetes I was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes 2 days ago. Feeling totally overwhelmed and lost. There is so much information out there that I don't know where to start. Frustrated! Disappointed and angry with myself! <BR> Sat, 4 Apr 2015 12:11:10 EST add/create recipe wont work MY APPOLIGIES IF THIS ISNT THE CORRECT FORUM TO ASK ABOUT THIS BUT: <BR> <BR> I would like to modify or create a recipe.... tried several times but can't get ingredients to ADD OR MODIFY <BR> Thanks for any help Sat, 4 Apr 2015 10:25:56 EST Fatty girl with a boyfriend I have lost about 20 pounds and today am still 10 pounds overweight. I recently found a boyfriend with whom I'm pretty much in love with already. <BR> But recently he told me I should loose weight, like pls loose weight etc. I just felt soooooo bad about it and soooo demotivated, I have tried so hard to reach this weigh I'm currently at and started to feel good about myself actually. <BR> But now it's all over, i feel super-shy around him now and feel so bad. I also ate lots of fast-food due ... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 09:41:08 EST Should I quit drinking? So I am a university student (college to most I suppose) and having a major dilemma about drinking alcohol. During the day I seem to be like wonder woman powering towards my goals but as soon as evening hits it seems to unravel. Drinking is pretty hard to avoid in my social circle but I find that it causes me to overeat and often even binge eat which I have had problems with in the past. I wish it was easy to just avoid drinking altogether but I find it very difficult.. my friends regularly g... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 19:34:22 EST Pizza Problem I need some help, guys. I have enough reward points with Papa John's to get a free 3-topping large pizza. I'm really torn. I love the success I've been having and I don't want to ruin it. On the other hand, I'm so food focused that it's difficult for me to keep my mind off of the free pizza. Pizza is one of my trigger foods so if I order it I will devour the whole thing, undo some of my hard work, and feel horribly sick and nauseated tomorrow. Tomorrow is also my scheduled run day so having a... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 16:31:05 EST Question. I cant eat a 1200 calorie diet anymore I get full to fast, So how do I find out how many calories I should be eating. I am 57 and I am 5'0"? Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:42:07 EST Good all day bad all night I have always eaten at night bad habits from university now i am going having some insomnia always a battle to sleep and i am eating all night feels like a switch comes on and i eat everything in site, why am i doing this to myself ?! <em>39</em> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:04:38 EST Husband is derailing diet. Help! <BR> I started dieting 6 weeks ago when my husband left home for work. I knew it would be much easier to get on a schedule of exercise and healthy meals on my own. I saw my family Dr. and he started me on a low carb diet of 40 gms or less a day, and at least 20 minutes of cardio. And it has worked! I am down 20 lbs. and 9 inches. <BR> <BR> My husband is overweight as well. He has diabetes and high blood pressure. But he has never tried to control either one of these with diet. He jus... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 03:23:46 EST Went over my calories today! Because my Mom brought home a durian cream puff and cake! Now, normally I don't have a sweet tooth problem but today I had to have a big appetite. I had 3 cream crackers with margarine and a bit of jam around midnight! <BR> <BR> I really blew it today! Oh! And not forgetting the cupcakes at church this morning, with buttercream frosting, no less! AND a few pieces of Easter chocs! What's wrong with me?! Sun, 29 Mar 2015 12:23:55 EST Horrified After A 6-Pound Gain!!! What To Do? But honestly, I know the answer. I know how it happened & I know how to fix it. Old habits crept up, mostly eating out too much (and ordering all the wrong things). But the "fix" I will get in my head is wanting to lose those 6 pounds fast using more drastic measures. I'm not into diet pills, but will be tempted to go Atkins-ish, all green smoothies, or eat nothing but salads & chicken or shrimp. <BR> <BR> I do workout at least 3x/week doing an hour of cardio first, then some abs & strength ... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 11:10:26 EST Help Been struggling with weight for years & trying this again (even though stressful times...husband lost job & 2 kids under 10). I found last time on spark I starting getting frustrated with journaling... Not keeping goals & then not logging which just lead to stopping althoughter. <BR> This time I've been taking the advice of logging everything but feeling discouraged - past 2 days went over & last night when I knew I was over, I was stil hungry so had trinkets. I feel like the food journal i... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 08:17:38 EST Lower Back Pain with Exercise I am in Pulmonary Rehab. I have constant lower back pain because I am super morbidly obese and not accustomed to exercise. <BR> <BR> I don't want to quit. How can I manage the pain? Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:20:18 EST Overwhelmed at my starting point This is my first post to Sparkpeople in quite a long time. I know I need support, and I know I need to get myself in gear. Next week is my 30th birthday, and I am bigger than I've ever been. My weight over the past year has jumped 40 pounds due to medication side effects and some emotionally disruptive events. You read that right - somehow I managed to gain 40 pounds in ONE YEAR. My metabolism was shot and my cravings were through the roof. I was on Zoloft for anxiety and I have since weaned ... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:38:35 EST completely hopeless I'm fat, disgusting and tired. Every diet I start I fai.l Which spirals me deeper into depression and self loathing. I lost 70 lbs and kept most of it off for 10 years and in the last 5 years I've gained every bit of it back. I feel absolutely miserable about myself. I'm depressed and unhappy and helpless. I feel helpless to help myself. I feel worthless and I'm drowning in work and worry and stress and anxiety and self loathing. I don't know what to do. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:50:35 EST Hard day tomorrow. Tomorrow is going to be a hard day for me. It is Dairy Queens 75th anniversary. They have Blizzards on sale-buy 1 get the second free, ice cream cakes on sale-buy 1 get the second free, cheeseburgers on sale-buy 1 get the second free and the same for the fries, onion rings and pop. I am hoping I can get through the day without eating ant of the stuff. I am planning on being so busy I don't have time to think about it. <em>24</em> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:56:18 EST Appetite out of control How do the successes here deal with that STRONG, PROFOUND URGE TO EAT, even when not physically hungry? It is a real beast for me lately, and it's really, really hard to overcome for me. If not impossible (at this time.) So that's why I'm asking you guys... what is this and how do I get rid of it? Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:53:00 EST I ate too much today & I feel soooo guilty :( I went over my calories today...and I didn't eat healthy. Ughhhh this is my 2nd week and this is the worst day I had. I even walked today but I blew it on the calories. I am soooo mad at myself right now. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:09:53 EST arrrgggh! Why is it when I don't pay attention to my intake I lose more weight than when I concentrate on it? When I track my food and follow the nutritional guidelines for a 1000 calories a day the scale shows an increase rather than a decrease. I am exercising too, could it be muscle? Some days I am not even hitting a thousand calories. I am concentrating on protein and veggies because that is what my doctor wants me to do and 1000 calories is what she wants me to consume. What am I doing wrong? ... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:06:28 EST PLEASE HELP before my willpower leaves again! Hello.... I created an account about a year ago and never did anything with it. My 'willpower' left shortly after creating the account and it finally returned a few days ago. I want to get a good start before it takes another long vacation! <BR> <BR> I don't have a lot of computer time, so I still haven't figured out exactly how this works, but I was able to find the Panic Button. <BR> <BR> The past 3 days I have been (on my own) trying to eat more protein and less carbs to lose weight.... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:14:06 EST Just General Panicking School, work, losing weight, my birthday, having kids, what I'm going to do with my life, you know... all the stuff that makes us people. <BR> <BR> I let myself get behind in my classes - but I'm not actually behind! I'm just not ahead! I do school online and I wanted to have finished Ch. 2 for my Spanish class by now but I got roped into pulling a 10 hour shift yesterday and it completely screwed me up. But Ch. 2 isn't due until... next FRIDAY! <BR> <BR> What is wrong with me? <BR> <BR... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:58:59 EST Same Old 2 lbs I am so discouraged...I started this weight loss journey around Feb 7th so about 6 or 7 weeks and all I have been doing is gaining and losing the same 2 lbs???? I am 45 yrs old and female 5"2 and 200 lbs. I try to eat between 1400-1500 calories a day. I have mobility issues so exercise is minimal 20 mins 3 times a week or so. Not sure what I am doing wrong Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:20:16 EST Earthquake I live in California and we had a small earthquake yesterday. I threw up and felt really nauseous. It sucked because I felt like I was eating really healthy food, taking my vitamins, doing everything right, and then I threw up so I was like, what am i doing wrong? and i was losing weight too. so then today i went back to junky habits like eating popcorn with tons of butter because i was afraid my healthy habits would make me throw up. even though i am pretty sure it was the earthquake. ... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:38:41 EST Stressssed I have been so, so stressed out. Lots of stuff going on at work. I've been turning to food as a stress reliever. Falling into old, bad habits. Part of me doesn't even care about making healthy choices any more. I need a lift!!! Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:56:24 EST steps How do I get my steps, to connect with my exercise. I want my steps to also connect with how many calories I can eat. I hope someone can help me with this. Thanks in advance. Sun, 22 Mar 2015 17:22:52 EST Spring - time for new beginnings .... I was given a spark goody recently, the message that came with it really hit home with me. It read <BR> "spring is the time for new beginnings and transformation " how true, but what I really got out of that message is I have been struggling for many years now with this extra weight always looking for support, motivation, waiting for that ah - ha moment, the right time .... <BR> The support has been here for me and I have not been taking advantage of it. I have been given great advice and h... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 10:17:09 EST Determined to finally lose the weight! My weight has been steadily climbing until now. At 2004, I was 68kgs. Then in 2008, I stopped the steroids (prednisolone) because I didn't need them anymore, almost instantly, my weight dropped to 54kgs! I was ecstatic but today, my weight has climbed back to 58.5kgs! Why couldn't I maintain my weight loss? Now even my favourite shorts are snug! I am so angry with myself for letting this happen! <BR> <BR> I am determined to start losing again! I gotta stop all fast foods, snack foods and oth... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 07:21:12 EST I caved Well as I said before I work at a Dairy Queen. I have been fighting the urge to have a banana spit for months now and I have been doing a good job, I haven't had one until today. I know I shouldn't have had it but it seemed to calling my name so I gave in and had one. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 21:17:15 EST Healthy food in the fridge, but I want junk food! Ok, so my fridge is full of veggies, fruit, and chicken breast, so why do I want to go through the drive-thru? Sat, 21 Mar 2015 18:21:21 EST I'm trying not to give in to an urge right now At this very minute, I'm working on NOT giving in to the urge to eat complusively. I made the conscious decision to go to my food journal and write down what I've already eaten today, looked at the calories I've consumed and planned the rest of my day's eating. I will remain in my caloric range for the day. For the last several days, whenever this familiar urge comes over me to eat when I'm obviously not hungry, I ask myself if I will regret acting on the urge tomorrow. The word REGRET is ... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 17:32:21 EST Aiyah Yah! Enough with the sore throat already!!! I've had this cough with phlegm for more than a week! And I am so sick if it! Pun intended! I wish I could be well again so I can exercise again! Sigh! But I keep coughing up phlegm, it's disgusting! Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:50:53 EST Help! It's 11PM and I can't sleep! I'm finally getting over the flu so I really need to rest but I was working all day and I guess my muscles are tight or something. Plus I'm having a HUGE craving for the banana bread with chocolate chips I bought for my fiance. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm on sparkpeople but I need some support to not eat that banana bread... i hate eating in the middle of the night. <BR> <BR> I'm just drinking some lemon water but I hope I can continue to say no. I'm going to ... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 02:04:09 EST Need help to get back on track I have lost over 60 pounds and although I don't usually weigh myself am guessing I have gained 10 back over the past few months. I am having trouble getting back on track and choosing healthy foods. I have had too many dinner invitations and at work people bring in a ton of sweets which I haven't resisted... and ate WAY too much of. I am in need of some encouragement and reminders from others who have been there. I am just feeling pretty much out of control right now. I know I can do this, ... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 21:09:32 EST I'm panicked about my wedding dress I have a wedding coming up mid June and my wedding dress doesn't fit. I bought it a year ago when I was losing weight and I was in between sizes. Stupid me got the size down, since I was so close. I kick myself for that everyday. Fast forward to now and I weigh the same as I did when I tried it on. I've been doing the Spring Into Shape Bootcamp Challenge for the past week and a half, plus exercising a few times a week before that. I haven't lost a thing! My measurements haven't moved m... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:47:42 EST My impossible brother! I know this has nothing to do with weightloss but it's causing me real stress! He likes to use his thumb and forefinger to catch mucus from his nose instead of a piece of tissue paper and then wipe it on his clothes! He will pick at the fried fish with his fingers to his mouth repeatedly! How unhygenic is that?! He talks about nothing but football though I have repeatedly told him that football doesn't interest me! It's no use talking to him, he is so stubborn that he won't listen! He is more... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:27:39 EST I don't want to run It is not my rest day but I just don't want to. I had a heavy eating and lazy long holiday weekend and today I just don't want to get back on the horse. I don't want to run, I want to sit in a chair and eat cake. I just wish for once that someone would tell me to get off my fat bum and DO IT. <BR> <BR> I will go put my gear on and see if that encourages me! Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:24:43 EST Shrinking without weight lose. I'm confused. Since January I lost some weight...but I went down 4 sizes losing 13 pounds! Is this normal? Safe? <BR> The other dieters in my group lost 25-35 pounds in the same amoutn of time. Doctors look at numbers not body structure. Any insights on this? <em>40</em> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 09:10:07 EST Need Help Staying Positive Looking for some help to stay positive today. Got into a huge fight with hubby this morning about my weight and long story short him asking me for years to do something about it and me not. I had a baby two years ago and it is super hard to lose weight. <BR> I am not making excuses because I do go for the food everytime I feel bad but this time around it seems extra hard to get motivated and lose. <BR> Looking for help in not going for the food today. Thank you for listening. Hope everyone h... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:15:42 EST Help! My weight has increased again! My dry weight for dialysis has increased a full kg! That means my dry weight is now 58.5kgs! The nurses have also commented on my belly fat! And my fave shorts is still snug! A couple of years ago, I was 54kgs! That's a nearly 5kg increase! <BR> <BR> I am taking a break from the exercise bcoz of flu. How can I lose this weight? I have been trying for months but my weight keeps increasing! It just isn't fair that's it's so easy to gain weight but so hard to lose! Tue, 17 Mar 2015 02:31:36 EST Gained Weight! I just got back from the doctors office and since april of last year I have gained 10 pounds! I moved in with my fiance about a year ago and since then I've gained 10 pounds. Over the past 10 years I have been steadily losing weight (I've lost about 100 pounds) but over the past year I've started gaining it back since I moved in with him. Plus right now I have a bad case of the flu and I am stuck at home, according to dr's orders can't exercise... My fiance has gained 10 pounds too but it... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:04:19 EST No where to turn Hello everyone. I am a mother of a very beautiful but very "typical" 2 year old. I have been married for almost 14 years. My biggest struggle is my over eating. My husband has many times including today told me he cannot deal with it anymore. He says it affects everything. I cannot help but agree with him but cannot help but wish he understood that I do not choose to be this way. It is a vicious cycle that I cannot seem to get out of. I eat because I am depressed yet I get depressed when I ea... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:44:21 EST Picturing yourself at your goal weight a little background would explain that I've been overweight my entire life. <BR> <BR> Stemming from the moment I entered public school, and continued to get worse the more I aged. <BR> When I was 9 until 12 I was sexually abused by a close family member, at the same time I was dealing with my first death- my Opa was in a car accident and stayed in the hospital for three years until passing when I was 14. I didn't take the grief well, I fell into depression and since entering highschool I pac... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 17:18:25 EST Gaining weight I have no will power. I've gained too much weight. I can't say no to chocolates or chips or sometimes big meals. I just feel like giving up. I can't do exercises for my whole body because i messed up my.knee but i do upper body exercises when i have a chance which hasn't been much. I have no motivation. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 15:05:40 EST How do I ask for a significant raise at work? I am working as an x-ray tech in an urgent care. Because I work mainly front desk/reception and our x ray quota is usually small, I am grossly underpaid, basically I am being paid as a receptionist 15.00 dollars an hour, instead of the 25.00 an hour that a newly graduated x ray tech can expect to get paid. <BR> I have been working with this company for two years now, and in that time I have moved from one location to another, moved from part time into full time, and at one point for ove... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 12:51:46 EST I'm not sure if I'm in a healthy mindset... :/ I'm just venting here I guess. <BR> <BR> I've been back here for two days now, and I've been using the tracker. <BR> I'm not sure if tracking my food is actually healthy for me though. <BR> <BR> This isn't my first time dealing with weight loss. If you read my introduction post, you know I was obese as a child. In 6th grade I weighed about 160 pounds. I eventually brought that down to 120 through healthy eating and exercise, BUT before I got to that point in my life, I was... I don't want ... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:08:58 EST Welbutrin and 24 Day challenge Can these be taken together? Fri, 13 Mar 2015 17:32:56 EST I want to die bcoz my life sucks! I was diagnosed with SLE in 1997, told to go on the renal diet but the doctors told me that my kidneys will eventually fail bcoz I have a serious form of SLE. I manage to delay dialysis for 7 years and had to start dialysis at a mere 32 years of age. <BR> <BR> In that 7 years, I prayed and prayed to God for healing but He apparently doesn't care! Most ppl on dialysis are diabetic and elderly, imagine how I felt to have a senior problem in my early 30s when I should have been in the prime of ... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 04:15:48 EST Feeling a bit down, wanting to resist food. Help! Anyone who'd be willing to check out my latest SparkBlog entry (it's short) and see if they relate, could you share your own experiences/struggles? It involves binge eating disorder, depression, anxiety, and shady therapists -_- I'll post it here: <BR> <BR> I spoke with my mom yesterday and told her how bummed out I am about life in general. Whenever something good happens, it's like 3 bad things happen to negate it. <BR> <BR> I spoke with my mom about going to a counselor for depression... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:52:01 EST So scared I so want to lose weight but I am scared to try again. I am new to Spark people but have tried so many different things. I love the site and I so want to use it but I am scared this will not work. Please please can someone tell me if this has worked for them. Where do I start? Wed, 11 Mar 2015 22:42:27 EST Fitbit vs. other items This isn't a panic post...but thought I would find knowledgeable folks. Most people I know seem to have a fitbit...but I cannot justify spending that kind of money on that right now. I remember seeing some sparkpeople it similar? Do any of you have it? What kinds of things does it do? <BR> <BR> I gained a pound over the weekend <em>39</em> but I'm not letting it ruin my motivation. I know what I did and I didn't even enjoy the junk food I ate. I guess my tastes are chan... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 17:59:48 EST staying motivated How do I stay motivated when its been raining for 2 days straight . every joint in my body hurts. and I just want to curl up in bed with a pint of Ben and Jerrys ugh Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:47:05 EST How to not get down when your weight is up Hey everyone--I feel like such a Debbie Downer writing this post, and I apologize if this comes off as whiny, but I need some help. <BR> <BR> What are some coping mechanisms that work for you when your weight is up? I have gained about 7-8 pounds since I started a new job a couple months ago (I work at night now, so my eat/sleep cycle is totally out of whack). I've managed to remain in denial about the weight gain by wearing stretchy pants and skirts. I knew I had gained weight, but didn't w... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:06:11 EST It's just too hard! I have been on dialysis for 10 years. Until recently, my weight has been stable because I can still urinate, so I have some allowance. However, starting from 2013, I stopped producing urine, so everything I drink gets stuck inside me. <BR> <BR> My blood pressure keeps dropping towards the final hour of treatment and I am getting anxiety attacks more often now. I do try to drink less but what can I do when I am hungry and thirsty? <BR> <BR> I just feel like throwing in the towel and praying ... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:57:12 EST Late Night Snack Binge HELP! For the last couple of weeks, I have been trying hard to lose weight. I count my calories through out the day and are eating a normal amount. Then after dinner, poof, I start eating every healthy food in the house and smoke any chance of losing weight for that day. Please help. The foods I binge on are healthy, like fruits, muesli, Greek yogurt, etc. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:46:23 EST Sick of lower belly pooch! I have been exercising regularly, both cardio and body weight exercises, I exercise mostly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends. Sometimes I squeeze in a morning walk if I happen to be up early, which isn't often as I am just not a morning person. <BR> <BR> I eat around 1200 to 1500 calories most days and I am trying to stay away from fast food and only having them ocassionally. I am also watching my portion sizes and taking fried foods less often. If I have a craving for fried foods, I have ... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:17:38 EST Easy healthy meals?? Any ideas for Easy healthy meals? Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:43:24 EST For those who feel like giving up Plain and simple...DON'T GIVE UP!! <BR> <BR> This is a hard journey, you will have days when you completely fall off track. You're human, it's bound to happen, but you know what? You pick yourself up and keep on truckin! It does NOT make you a failure if you binge! <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS AND YOU ARE WORTH IT! Sun, 8 Mar 2015 13:58:40 EST Wasted yet another year ... I just finished going through my old posts. Pretty sad, this time last year I was all gung ho. starting another new diet, all excited, and then ... I fell off track again and again. I have wasted yet another year of yo-yoing. I am trying to get on track again, even got out for a little walk yesterday <BR> . I am just so frustrated with myself, knowing I wasted all this time eating poorly and being so sedentary. Finding it so hard to have patience with myself ... I hope I can stick to it thi... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 10:58:08 EST Would you talk to an ex if they owed you money? So, this guy I went out with briefly a million years ago, who was a liar, cheater, narcissist and talked down to just about everyone recently contacted me. <BR> <BR> He really will not contribute anything positive to my life. <BR> <BR> But he owes me money, like a lot, more than $1,000. <BR> <BR> Should I talk to him? <BR> <BR> What would you do? Fri, 6 Mar 2015 10:01:09 EST Help - I'm SO close to giving up completely Well, I found two new sources for a month of meal plans that I had not seen before. Hopefully, they will work for my family. If not - then I suppose I'll give up. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>files/tools/1monthdiet.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>thy-eating/superfoods/healthy-eating-p<BR>lanner-31-days-of-superfoods/ </link> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:24:41 EST Stuck Hello. I just joined. I feel like an emotional mess. I feel like I've exhausted all kinds of avenues and now I'm looking for a support community, as I feel so alone in my struggle. It's funny because I know so much about nutrition and I am an awesome planner. Everyday I start with positive affirmations and a sensible eating plan. I have all my supplies and I'm ready to go. Before morning is over, I've messed up. I'll feel like a failure like all the other days, and start giving myself permiss... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:19:27 EST Feel disappointed After doing well for 2 1/2 months and losing almost 20lbs, I went back to my old habits of eating everything in my cabinet and fridge after having dinner. I feel so down right now. Why can't I stop this horrible habit of overeating at night? I was doing so good and I felt so proud of myself, but now I just feel like I've dumped all my hard work down the toilet. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 19:49:01 EST Ready to give up! Sorry this is so long but I've got to let this out. I've been working my butt off and weighing and measuring and logging for 3 months now and I'm hardly getting anywhere! Yesterday I fell of the wagon and had oreos and fast food. I'm really trying to be good but not seeing results makes me just want to give up and reach for the bad stuff. <BR> <BR> I'm a 5'7" woman currently weighing 215 pounds. My starting weight on December 15th was 228 pounds. My daily exercise consists of 30-40 minu... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 15:46:49 EST Vacation!! Does anyone have any tricks for staying on plan during a vacation? <BR> We're going to Hawaii for 7 days and I have been doing so good. <BR> I don't want to ruin all of my effort, but I also want to enjoy myself! <BR> There will be 4 of us, and we like to cook/ grill. <BR> Our housing has a kitchen and we are close to Costco. <BR> I can do this, right? <BR> <em>2</em> Tue, 3 Mar 2015 15:42:25 EST Sick 50% of 2015. I'm sick all the &^*^&$^%# time. Seriously, since January 1, I have had a couple of colds, a gland infection, the flu, which started with a week-long autoimmune flareup....just ridiculous. All while eating healthy and exercising. Lost 10 pounds. But, dang. Where's the healthy part? Seems unfair. <BR> Been feeling fairly healthy (sneezing all the time though - allergies!!) for 3 days. Just *waiting* to get sick again. Stupid. <BR> Anne in Mpls Tue, 3 Mar 2015 13:21:05 EST Support needed It been one of those days.... no family or friends in the area. How to get out of this slump and get my motivation back?????? Mon, 2 Mar 2015 19:49:13 EST last supper mentality How do you deal with what I call "the last supper" mentality? <BR> <BR> I have a very unstable schedule where I rarely know when my next meal will be. Some days, I can eat breakfast at 9, but lunch isn't until close to 5. <BR> <BR> And so, I find it hard to resist food or stop eating. My coworker brought in homemade cookies? They are giving out free samples of Oreo pancakes? It's really hard to resist when I don't know when I am going to eat next. <BR> <BR> There really is no way for me t... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 18:01:49 EST Feeling very hurt I was out shopping with my Mom and her sister (my aunt) today. When it came time to pay for our many items, the cashier gave us a plastic bag that was obviously too small but she kept struggling to fit everything in. I politely requested for a bigger bag. My Mom butted in and told me "enough! Be quiet!". Then I asked the cashier about whether we get loyalty points, she didn't answer me properly, so I asked again. Again, my Mom butted in and said the same thing. <BR> <BR> The way my Mom treat... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 11:32:23 EST what happened to my skin? I have lost about 22 lbs in 5-6 months, still trying to get rid of a few more ones-My weight loss wasn't fast as I didn't follow any crash diet, but tried to eat healthily with the help of a dietitian. I have also exercised regularly, walking everyday ()30 to 90 minutes) and doing SP workout videos (kickboxing, core etc). My problem is, my legs and especially my arms look flabby, with toneless skin, especially in the 'cubital fossa' ie the area between the arm and the forearm, on the other si... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 03:52:43 EST Addicted & Gaining Lost 111 gained 6 and now at 105 lb lost . <BR> <BR> My biggest problem is I am addicted to sugar and I need help with dealing with sugar. <BR> <BR> I feel stuck and discouraged. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:24:12 EST Help! My favorite shorts are snug!!!! I can still button them, but they are tight. 2 years ago, they were comfy and loose, but now they are snug!!! <BR> <BR> I need a plan of attack! Cardio and Strength Training consistently and NO MORE MINDLESS MUNCHING!!!! The CNY (Chinese New Year) snacks are now disappearing (guess where they went) but when they are gone, there'll be no more replacing them, then we can really mean business. <BR> <BR> I WILL NOT BUY ANYMORE SNACKS!!!! No sir!!! That's what started the problem in the first pl... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:43:27 EST Stressed! So I'm writing this paper that's due in 10 hours or so, and while I'm not super concerned about finishing it (as in I'm sure I can finish it), I AM concerned that I will fail. The irony is that I have a 99/100 in the class so even if I did fail it wouldn't be a huge problem. So why am I so stressed out? <BR> <BR> How do you deal with fear of failure? I deal with it, apparently, by giving up! Always have! I've been better about it recently. But it's taken me 3 years of losing weight off and... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:19:29 EST What do I have to do to have the figure of a Victoria Secret model? <BR> <BR> I already know I can't be as tall, as I was born short, but surely I can work towards these flat abs and slim waists. Is that impossible? <BR> <BR> I refuse to believe that it can't be done because I see small, perfect looking women all around me when I go to the mall! <BR> <BR> If they can acheive it, why can't I? How are they doing it? Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:09:41 EST Not feeling good with a cold Scared I stop my fitness routine. I've done it in the past... Never fails...every time I go on vacation or get sick it's SOO hard for me to get back on track :\ Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:42:37 EST UNDER TREMENDOUS STRESS <em>24</em> 'Started off at 291, reached 216, been under a boat load of stress and shot up to 250 <em>40</em> <BR> I am so stressed that I am now on anxiety meds., and I am eating out of control. I am so desperate for some words of wisdom that will help. <BR> <BR> As far as I can tell, this stress isn't going anywhere for awhile. <BR> The best I can do is deal with it and stop the emotional eating <BR> <BR> Words of wisdom/encouragement? Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:37:11 EST Huge disparity of treatment My Mom is always yelling at me. Talking me to me roughly like I was the hired help. Expecting me to help her in housework. <BR> <BR> But she always is so sweet tempered with my brother and doesn't expect him to help out with the housework, though he does help out with the mopping only. <BR> <BR> I know I am an adult but it still hurts to be treated like that when I see my parents everyday because I can't afford to move out. <BR> <BR> I always feel that she doesn't love me because of the w... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:12:43 EST Fat Phobic My husband is fat phobic. He has ADHD and takes meds that cause him not to be hungry. If only he could understand eating disorders! Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:34:11 EST Depressed why can't I keep the weight I loose off Wow wish I could have a magic wand for weight <BR> Last week went from 176 to 172 <BR> This week went from 172 to 177 <BR> What how can this be every time I get to a weight that's is better bang there I go <BR> So now today trying to turn this around Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:19:38 EST seem to be gaining a pound a day on sunday I was 150, yesterday 152, today 153.4...I lost weight pretty quick, 12 lbs in three weeks and now I'm nervous about gaining it back.. <BR> my nutrition is also sliding.. im eating snack granola bars and chocolates at night.. <BR> getting frustrated.. I feel like I cant stop grabbing that kind of food at night.. my body might be missing something.. I am taking magnesium but don't know what other supplements might be helpful... <BR> I have an issue with binge eating so im eating a lo... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:41:46 EST Can't get ahead Hi - I am sooo stressed and demotivated. I had lost 3 lbs. in 3 weeks - no big triumph, but I felt good about it. Now I have lost nothing and in fact have gained 1 lb. back in 2 weeks, which means I have only lost 2 lbs in 5 weeks!!! "Why do I bother?" is what I ask myself. Been having financial stress and have been eating whatever is at hand. Logging meals went out the door for a week and it seems this had a lot to do with my weight not moving. My head is just full and I can't seem to ... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:35:03 EST Need some help 'sorry for long post' I find it a bit hard asking for help. <BR> <BR> Lately I have been on an emotional journey and I am finding myself. I am learning to deal with and learn from my emotions. Been following a self help book on emotional eating. <BR> The hardest part of all I guess is learning to love or even like myself. I can see bits I like but I have no real love for me even though I am trying. <BR> I always look to others in the hope they will give me love or assurance.Yet it rarely comes. That is someth... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:34:16 EST I didn't gained a pound of muscle mass :( Hello there :) <BR> <BR> (sorry for grammar or spelling mistakes, i'm from germany and my english isn't the best..) <BR> <BR> I'm a bit frustrated. <BR> Yesterday I had an appointment at my gym. when i had my first appointment a year ago I stood on a scale and was measured. my weight, my bodyfat, water and musclemass. now a year later i was curious about how i changed. i lost about 22 pounds, i knew that. but i also wanted to know how my musclemass improved. and it didn't!!!!!!! i mean, i d... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:18:48 EST It's too late now. In less than 2 weeks, I will be flying to visit my dad. I decided to go just last week. The thing I am really dreading is squeezing into the seat for the flight. Of course, by the time I paid for the tickets, only middle seats were available. I am embarrassed and ashamed that I have let myself go (again.) My hips will rest on each of the other people sitting in my row. And not just rest, they will actually push against them. I know the time is too short to really make a difference. I find the... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 23:42:55 EST When life sends curve balls, I treat myself poorly Life has been sending me quite a few curve balls lately and while not all of them are bad, I have been using them all as excuses to not take care of myself. I had originally lost 40 lbs through SparkPeople but gained 15 lbs back. I have resolved to get back on track with my eating and exercising but I keep using life's curve balls as an excuse to eat the wrong things (and in the wrong quantities) and not exercise! Please help! I have a history of dealing with problems in a self destructive ma... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 23:04:43 EST Up late and trying not to overeat.... I picked up an extra shift at work, which means I'm sitting at my desk from 1130pm until 730am, and it's so boring. In the past I've passed time by eating, but I ate a bit more than I wanted to yesterday. I'll be fine as far as my calories go if I can make it through the shift without eating everything :/ Not to mention, I really want to stop eating just out of boredom! But it's soooo hard to get my mind off of food. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:10:37 EST stacy pita chips are the devil. they are like crack to me. and today i did pretty good then binged on them due to stress. ARGH... :( Sun, 22 Feb 2015 20:28:31 EST where to even start... I was doing so well 7 months ago..I was healthier, confident and sticking to my goals for the most part. Labor day my dad, 83, who has pakinsons and lewy body dementia ( now in end stage) had another fall and was placed in a nursing home. My mom is still in the family home. I became financial power of attorney and my mom's driver ( I had been doing this for awhile but it just got more often). Anyway, I also have an almost 12 yr old son and work 12 hour shifts weekends. In January dad declined... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 14:36:15 EST Out of Control Hello everyone. I have been away for quite a while. I wasn't really much of a poster; more of a lurker. <BR> <BR> I find myself in a situation I've been in before but which I never asked for moral support or suggestions from anyone. I'm more of a loner. <BR> Lately I find myself out of control with eating. I eat anything, whether I'm hungry or not; whether I know it's bad for me, whatever. I can't stop. I want to stop. I get up every morning vowing to really eat healthier, or at least... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:03:27 EST Are you in this to win this?please read this Ladies no more letting people push you around with their negative thoughts in 2015. This is your year ladies,you are in control and you are going to do great things. You are going to stop feeling guilty that you want to better yourself. You're going to stop sacrificing your happiness and your weight loss goals to others. Instead ladies you going to enter this weight loss journey and do the things you've always knew and wanted to do in every aspect of your life. Ladies while the doubters and h... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 08:30:02 EST My parents are so negative!!! I want to be able to discuss things with my parents like normal ppl. But each time I mention something, my parents will assume the worst of me and start calling me names and tearing me down. I am aware that my parents are trying to 'teach' me but this isn't the way to do it. It just makes me feel bad about myself. <BR> <BR> For instance, today, I told my Dad that I was disappointed in my church friends because they didn't give me any ang pows for Chinese New Year. Being that I'm single, I'm ... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 05:30:47 EST Disappointed with selfish friends It is the common practice for married ppl to give singles ang pows (lucky money in red packets) during the Chinese New Year season. <BR> <BR> But I was disappointed in my church members. Non of them gave me any except for one lady. I know I'm not a kid, but since it was common knowledge to everyone in my church that I'm unemployed and on dialysis, I was surprised at their selfishness. <BR> <BR> Surely, they would want a chance to bless me with a few bucks, knowing my financial situation but... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 01:04:27 EST food for the mind Today I will not include negative words in my vocabulary. Because I can, I will and I am going to make the best of my weight loss journey. If it doesn't challenge you then it doesn't change you. No weight loss is instant or microwavable. Before you put food into your mouth think ladies is it getting closer to your weight loss goal or further away from your goal. You can do this I believe that and so shall you. Dont beat yourself up with negative thoughts instead pick yourself up, shake it off... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 19:14:47 EST