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 Cravings Out of Control I have been using spark off and on but not consistently. Since the beginning of the year i have gained about 15 pounds and I am at my heaviest I've ever been at 165 lb. I have constant cravings for salty and sugary foods! I am determined to get loose weight before I go back to school and I am realizing how my weight gain is effecting my life and my self confidence. I work as a waitress and i am so tired after work because I am carrying all of this extra weight around. I partially blame stress... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:05:14 EST Weight keeps crawling up 3 to 6 ounces at a time Hi, <BR> <BR> I started a medication that causes edema (water retention). I take this med and a diuretic, although the diuretic doesn't do much. Since I've started these weight has crawled up 3 to 6 ounces a week. If it was a flat gain due to the water weight--fine, it would suck but I'd get over it. <BR> <BR> It was so hard, so hard to get under 200 pounds. I was down to the 197.3, now I've crawled back to 200. Every week, 3 to 6 ounces higher. Grr. <BR> <BR> I'm s... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 20:09:40 EST My body sabotages my efforts. How to fix?! Author note: this isn't short (not sure it's long either). Insights/advice/etc welcomed and requested! Cheers. <BR> <BR> I started this attempt to lose some fat, gain some muscle, and just be healthier overall at the end of March. At that point I weighed 182 and I wanted to get to 160. (About me: 5'8, 30 yo, male, type 1 diabetic, got overweight in high school, then lost weight to "heavy" and there for 7-8 years.) <BR> <BR> I tracked food and exercise. My habits had been okay, but not good ... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 22:44:00 EST Spouse sabotage need help now! How would you deal with this? You have been working your tush off all day to work out and lose weight. Walked an hour, did 45 minutes st and your significant other orders fried chicken, jojos, and slaw for dinner, knowing that you were going to cook a meal at home??? We are not happy either one of us right now! Help! SO doesn't see why I won't just be happy and eat the food he got, that I don't appreciate it. But I've been trying soooo hard to lose weight. Am I wrong? Please, I am so upset an... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:57:50 EST doing a search for elbow planks When I am in my fitness tracker and I search for elbow planks it does not come up, how can I add it to my fitness tracker? <BR> And where is the list of all exercises I know it is here somewhere? <BR> Thanx Fri, 9 Jun 2017 11:01:00 EST Here can I find my saved articles Geez, Wish you all would stop rearranging things! <BR> <BR> I can never find anything Wed, 7 Jun 2017 13:44:26 EST I HATE insurance companies and I have "great" insurance through my husband's job. After what should have been an unnecessary journal I got approval from our insurance "to cover" the BRAND name of a drug I had been taking successfully for chronic pain for year when the problems first started. Then the generic was fielded, I was switched to the generic because it was the "same" and continued, noticing I didn't feel as good - things hurt more. In the beginning I ignored it. Then I couldn't and I weaned myself off tha... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 12:13:28 EST sugar addict <em>198</em> I did not realize how much sweets I was having, from fresh fruits and chocs etc ..........I WILL EMPTY DRAWERS LOOKING FOR CANDY <BR> I did read what was suggest with Dr B, in Sparks, =I know the do's ....I have NEVER been like this before ---it been 6 months=== tried a lot of things, read books purchased sugar free items , WORST TIME, after I eat carb, I want sweets ,, any suggestions ?? Tue, 6 Jun 2017 18:47:45 EST Night time eater I do great during the day, but the night time is a different story!!! With medicines I take and no willpower I'm hungry. Please tell me some good snacks I can eat at not that is not a vegetable. Also I'm diabetic and love sweets Tue, 6 Jun 2017 13:50:33 EST really down . Tue, 6 Jun 2017 00:45:47 EST I'm Struggling In short, I have become a bitter, resentful, hateful person. <BR> <BR> I have done things that have hurt my immediate family because of my bitterness. I have taken my anger out on several people, and said terrible things about them. This is a form of projection--the problem, really, is me. <BR> <BR> I have quit social media (Twitter and Facebook) because those platforms do nothing but make me angry. I have unsubscribed from some of my podcasts. <BR> <BR> I am a failure in life, and in... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 10:41:33 EST I just lost a friend last night!!! My good friend passed away in the middle of last night! We always give each other a listening ear and commiserate with one another. She was suffering from lung cancer as well as having to do dialysis. <BR> <BR> I am so sad. The center won't be the same without her! <BR> <BR> I was just msging her yesterday. Her last reply was around 6pm. I noticed that the msgs I sent around 8pm went unchecked. She must have passed on around then! Mon, 5 Jun 2017 02:32:21 EST Sweet anxiety Hi 👋?, I have a serious problem, which I think has happened to others that are trying to lose weight. It gives me an anxiety without measure for sweets🍭?? ( chocolat🍫 ??) and when I feel that anxiety I take a banana but it does not take away the desire to eat something sweet and I finish eating more. Then it ended up ruining all the effort of a week. Please someone has any idea what to 😔o.?? Sat, 3 Jun 2017 11:11:28 EST Emotional eating Not had best eating habits lately...😣? Thu, 1 Jun 2017 09:15:48 EST roaring monster I was doing great and lost 7 lbs over the last nine month , (ya im a slow loser). guess what happened? the roaring monster awoke and wont stop, he is crazy humgry. i need a weapon to tame that monster! is there a pill for that or a supplement or whip and chain to sooth that savage beast? last time he came to life i gained 10 lbs in a month. He did disappear just as quick. wish i knew how..... any ideas? Tue, 30 May 2017 09:15:26 EST feeling like a yoyo up and down up and down! I don't get how motivation comes on so strong and them wham it is gone again! I know what to do, I know I don't want to live this way so how can I get this to stick??!! <BR> Sun, 28 May 2017 20:41:09 EST Restore Spark Streak? I had a long login Spark streak going (well, long for me, anyway), and I ended up falling asleep last night without meaning to and forgot to spin the wheel. Is there a way to restore my streak?? I am very upset about it! Sat, 27 May 2017 08:25:37 EST Need Friends Hi. Ive moved out of my parents a few months ago to start a new job. I've tried going to a few meet up groups, but people don't really form permanent friendships there and flake off. I need something where I see the same people on a regular basis like once a week at least. Couldn't find much with coed rec sports in my area either. I'm 23 by the way, thanks in advance! Wed, 24 May 2017 09:17:16 EST No Drinking Support!!! Hello All, <BR> <BR> I need to stop drinking every day desperately! I am in great need for some support. I am convinced this has led to issues with weight gain and high blood pressure. Anybody up for the task? Mon, 22 May 2017 16:11:16 EST Excited but scared! I have been for awhile trying to get back on track, taking baby steps, drinking more water, more fruits and veggies etc... but it is time to get serious. <BR> I am still making too many bad choices, too many carbs, sweets and junk food. <BR> Going to start tracking my food today to help me to see where I can improve in other places besides the obvious. I almost feel panicked about giving up junk food and cutting back on carbs and sweets. I know if I want any results at all, this needs to h... Mon, 22 May 2017 09:21:58 EST Motivation is gone after holiday I've been having a problem with motivation for couple of days now. I still try to workout and try to eat right (latter isn't going so well), but I'm basically running on fumes, so I figured it's the right time to call for help. <BR> <BR> I went on holiday with my mom. She is overweight, and she isn't doing much about it, except complaining. (I would recommend her SparkPeople, but she doesn't speak english). First few days of holiday were ok. I exercised for at least 10 minutes in the mornin... Mon, 22 May 2017 05:37:12 EST Bummed and Forced to Eat Out I just really need to vent. My roommate who "works" (1 part-time job, has weekends off) can't do her dishes and now I'm "forced" to eat out tonight. I came back from vacation about a week ago for my summer classes to find the sink, counter, and table overflowing with dirty dishes from my roommate. I finally got a handle on our dishes situation two days ago, went grocery shopping with stuff to make these new healthy recipes I saw, and today our sink is overrun with dishes. There are 3 knives (... Sat, 20 May 2017 16:23:05 EST Can't help feeling resentful! I haven't changed my schedule, I still arrive at the dialysis center ard the same time. But 2 old ladies that share a cab have now started coming a few minutes earlier than me! Resulting in me starting about 20 minutes later bcoz the nurses have to start them first! <BR> <BR> I mean how much earlier must I wake up!? As it is I m already forced to get up at 5:40am! Must I wake up at 5am just to start dialysis by 6:30am instead of 6:50am like currently? <BR> <BR> I can't help resenting the 2 ... Thu, 18 May 2017 22:50:30 EST This really bothers me! Whenever I ask a question the nurses' response is always the same : "It's a secret", even though it wasn't even a personal question or a sensitive issue. <BR> <BR> However, when they ask me a question and I don't want to share that info they get offended and keep trying to force the info out of me! I feel they are not respecting my privacy! How is it that they never tell me anythg but expect me to share everythg even private stuff. This is really maddening! Thu, 18 May 2017 02:47:32 EST No family support Hi dear Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I'm really worried about my progress as I'm not having family support <em>39</em> . I don't know how to make them understand how important is that the whole family (environment) get into the healthy and balance life. Too much temptations at home. What to do? <BR> Thank you all in advance! <em>334</em> <BR> Wed, 17 May 2017 20:54:45 EST Allergic and bored with food I have been diagnosed with wheat and corn allergies. Also peanuts, and most recently am experiencing inflammation with even a serving of rice. The problem is complete boredom with food. I try to try new things, less grains..., but I really hate cooking. I do things for ease like making a stuffed cabbage casserole... which I end up eating for a few days or more. I feel limited and I less than excited. I wish I could stop eating all together! Arg! Ideas? Mon, 15 May 2017 11:25:58 EST Feeling depressed There's nothing more motivating I guess then when you go try on clothes to find out that nothing fits ... so its time to get back on the train... I did really good last time, stopped due to being sick then just never got back on the diet again. But its time once again... Mon, 15 May 2017 10:26:04 EST Doing better... I'm sorry I haven't been supportive lately. I was struggling with my blood pressure (am struggling with it) and my days were full of Urgent Care and doctor's visits. <BR> <BR> I think I've turned the corner with this last medication. The weight loss did not help my blood pressure. My BP actually got worse but since it seems inherited, my doctor says that exercise and diet may be never be enough on it's own to lower my BP. <BR> <BR> But on the up note, this last medication seems to be... Sun, 14 May 2017 19:15:29 EST It's been a month :( hey all! <BR> <BR> It has been approximately 25 days and I have not LOST more than 2 lbs (on/ff) <BR> <BR> My diet has been upto 1200 calories <BR> And, I have been fairly active five times a week too, in the last one month. <BR> <BR> I manage about two/Three 4-5 K's a week <BR> And, body weight workouts for thirty min's. <BR> <BR> I have restricted carbs at night with dinner ( just go for veggies with chicken/ lentils) and after dinner I have a snack which is a tad carby( ryvita with ch... Thu, 11 May 2017 03:53:51 EST I Just Really Need to Vent s Wed, 10 May 2017 15:55:17 EST Just Starting Again I started using spark in 2008. I went from 220lbs to 140lbs, and was toned, felt good! I got off track about 4 years ago, and although I haven't gained much weight, I have a belly full of fat. I was drinking every night, out of habit, at least 4-8 oz of tequilla . I stopped Monday, April 24th, and started tracking calories again as well as working out at LEAST 5 days a week. I started incorperating weight training as well last week. I know this is a slow going process, and am thankful at this... Tue, 9 May 2017 14:43:49 EST i,M BACK BUT I HOPE IT'S NOT TOO SOON. STARTED LAST YEAR WHEN MY DARLING HUSBAND WAS ILL. HE DIED 6 DAYS AFTER MY WONDERFUL DAD IN FEBRUARY. I HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY DEPRESSED AND AM ON A LOT OF MEDICATION, i FEEL A LITTLE BIT BETTER SO THOUGHT I'D TRY AGAIN, TROUBLE IS I'VE EATEN RUBBISH AND SLEPT SO I WILL BE STARTING VERY SLOWLY SO PLEASE DON'T EXPECT TOO MUCH FROM ME. bUT AT LEAST THERE IS ONLY ME NOW. ANY ADVICE WOULD BE WELCOME. <BR> Mon, 8 May 2017 15:52:07 EST Why do these things only happen to me?! I start with a new dialyzer today. They only recycle it 15 times. Then we get a new one. Today, the lines were faulty. The nurse helped me replace the lines and get the machine ready all over again! <BR> <BR> As a result, there was a 20 minute delay in starting my treatment! I am so upset! Why do these things have to happen to me?! Sun, 7 May 2017 22:22:09 EST No weight lost So I was gone for over a week at training, which was very physically demanding and more difficult than I was prepared for. Over the week, I hardly ate, because they had us rushing from one training area to another and so I mostly ate breakfast in the mornings and dinner in the evenings, but very little for lunch or between the morning and evening meals. I did not do this on purpose, it was mainly the nature of the training and having a lot of anxiety from rushing around. Also, a lot of the f... Sun, 7 May 2017 19:36:57 EST What am I doing wrong??? I started back with SP on March 27. I exercise 5-6 days a week and have only gone over calories 1 time (21 calories over). I vary my exercise and my food. My calorie deficient is around 1300 calories on average. My weight at the beginning was 248. My weight now is 248. Some days its a pound less, sometimes a pound more, but that's it. <BR> <BR> Me: <BR> I'm female <BR> 36 years old <BR> 5'8" <BR> Lightly active job <BR> Workout 30 minutes-500 calories a day <BR> Calorie budget is 139... Fri, 5 May 2017 12:31:47 EST weight plateau / Scale help !!!! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I seriously don't know what the heck is going on here. I haven't been weighing in like normal cause I think my scale is messed up. the last time I weighted in was like I believe Saturday morning 4/29/17 ever since then ive been on like a plateau or something and cant seen to get over it no matter how many classes I do to jump start this weight loss thing again I even did like an 1hr and 25 mins on one machine and like 15 on another last nite and still nothing but a few... Wed, 3 May 2017 08:49:07 EST Discouraged Lost, then gained, then lost, then gained. <BR> Sitting at 200 lbs now. <BR> So discouraged and wanting to give up. Since the start of this year, I'm eating better than I have in YEARS, I'm exercising 5-6 days a week, I've drastically reduced my alcohol intake. <BR> Had a complete blood workup done, and everything is totally normal. Blood pressure's great, heart rate is strong & steady, haven't had any Crohn's-related problems in months, and I'm full of energy. <BR> But my summer clothe... Tue, 2 May 2017 12:14:03 EST Got on a scale the other day I have been away for awhile, with a busy year. I graduated in May, and got engaged, married in July and bought a house in February. With everything going on, I didn't realize how much I had been relying on junk food, and have gained about 15 to 20lbs since the wedding. <BR> <BR> Right now I feel like crap, and I know why, I had goldfish crackers for breakfast, burger and fries for lunch, and pizza and soda with dinner. I don't even remember the last time I had a vegetable, and I've only had... Mon, 1 May 2017 00:10:50 EST I am craving seconds! I just started trying to eat healthier. I just ate a whole grain bread with avocado and tomato and then I had an apple. It was delicious but I am wanting to eat more. NOOOO! I won't do it. No more seconds for me. <em>234</em> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 23:10:02 EST On a roller coaster ride this week ! This week has been a roller coaster ride for sure. One day I am overeating to the point I feel like I am going to explode literally the next day I do a bit better, trying to get back on track and that is the way this whole week has been. <BR> Yesterday was a bad day again, I went to a spring sale at a local church, first of all it was in the basement and I had such a hard time with the stairs. Had to get out of there because I heated up and started sweating profusely. I call it fat sweats but... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 08:44:39 EST Weekend Whiner Does anyone else find weekends are the hardest? <BR> <BR> During the week I have my packed lunch and snacks and I stay busy with work. <BR> <BR> This morning I went to a volunteer event and they had pasteries and and bagels and I had no problem turning them down. I ate a healthy breakfast before leaving the house. <BR> <BR> Now I am home and feeling super snackie. I am not even sure if it's as much hunger (although I am sure I worked up an appetite from yard work) it's more of just being... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:36:44 EST Why am I so sensitive? A small incident happened after dialysis today. I finished my dialysis, set my bags down and I was just trying to get a cab on my mobile app. <BR> <BR> A nurse came out and said 'excuse me' because she wanted to set another patient's bags in the chair next to mine. <BR> <BR> I felt extremely annoyed because there were other chairs around. Why must she insist that I move when I was clearly busy on my mobile and she can set the bags down elsewhere? <BR> <BR> In retrospect, this is a very sm... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:06:00 EST Stress Eating I have had many stressful events in the last few days. Today I ate more and more. It didn't solve anything. I lost my hope in the more of negativity! I am going too count my blessings and pray about the problems by writing them down. I don't want to write, but I need to write. There are better ways of dealing with stress than eating. I need to stop or I will gain a ton! I have lost weight. I don't want to put it on in a day's time. I need to think on good things and love and faith and perseve... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:37:15 EST Nasty remarks from Aunt!!! My Aunt made a very unfair and nasty remark to me today. She said I look like a Mom of 3 with my figure!!!! She says my cousin in Singapore is a Mom of 3 but has a much better figure than me!!! <BR> <BR> It isn't fair of her to compare us like that!!!! We have different genes and different parents!!! I am already trying my best!!!! I'm so upset!!!! These things take time!!!! Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:50:01 EST Completely out of control today ! Don't know what is going on with me today, I cannot stop eating! So far today I have had coffee with cream/sugar, 3 boiled eggs with salt a large butter tart, a chocolate bar, a bag of cheesies , 6" cold cut sub, a can of pop and a bag of potato chips ! I never over at this much !!! It's only 1:00 pm!!!! Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:55:55 EST To track or not to track! Hi <BR> <BR> So I have been losing weight at an infuriatingly slow 0.5kg a week (with some ups and downs). <BR> <BR> on the 12th April I reached 10kg lost! and finally felt that I was getting somewhere (still 15kg to go). <BR> <BR> Well on the 13th I left for a conference in USA...we were way out of town and with no car to go find healthy food. Ended up eating at the hotel buffet everyday as it was the cheapest thing. <BR> <BR> Anyway, just got back home and the scale is up 5kg! That wo... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:42:51 EST Need Support The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now. -- Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> Last night I traded in good health for a binge. Fortunately, I do not do this very often. <BR> <BR> When I do this, it takes a few days to get back on track. <BR> <BR> I want to get back on track now. <BR> <BR> Apparently, eating healthy is not a habit for me yet. For it to be a habit, I need to eat healthy at each meal. <BR> <BR> I need awareness to notice when ... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:26:28 EST My baby is 15 months and I'm at my highest. So, my second baby is 15 months now and I haven't stopped gaining weight since she was a month old or so. I weigh now the same I did at 40 weeks pregnant! <BR> I'm in serious need of a buddy, I need my own Jillian Michaels in Biggest Loser shouting at my face to get off my ass and to stop snacking on everything. I need to do this. I need to lose 25lbs! <BR> I feel like such a worthless piece of fat, I've been eating non stop lately, just today I ate twice what my husband did and he's a whole ... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:08:55 EST Depressed, worn out and gained back 12 pounds... I need some help! I lost 26 pounds last year and have gained back 12. I'm an emotional eater and my husband and I are in the wedding business which is just horrible in the winter. The wedding business is very slow the past year or so and I barely make our bills each month. I went back to eating sweets over the winter. <BR> <BR> Got back on track about a month ago and I just can't break 174 pounds! I'm back to walking 4 miles several times a week, drink 64 oz of water, choosing fruit and veg... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:57:29 EST Easter candy won Ate the leftover candy Tue, 18 Apr 2017 07:10:28 EST Sad and Injured I just need to vent here. I am really sad and I'm in a lot of pain. I made an appointment with my primary care doctor because something has happened to my back. I'm not sure what happened exactly, but a couple of weeks ago I felt like I had an ice pack or something leaking in my back. It didn't hurt, just felt strange and cold. And then on Thursday afternoon it started to actual pain. Feels like someone is stabbing me just below my right shoulder blade. So I rested over the... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 15:12:40 EST Weight Loss Medication Hi Everyone, currently taking Contrave but developed hives and have to stop. Anyone else trying some other type of meds? I lost 5 lbs this week on it but am scared of the rash progressing. Please help. This year has been very trying and I have ballooned to 236 pounds after a very premature birth of my little girl. With her medical care, I don't have time to work out more than 2 x per week. Need suggestions. =( Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:56:53 EST Not really weight related I'm an all or nothing person. I wish I wasn't but that seems to be the way I work. <BR> <BR> I'm considering going back to school and getting a different degree with the hopes of changing my job and eventually moving out of the area. <BR> <BR> I work a very stressful job and I'm afraid that I can't manage the gym, my food tracking work and courses on top of it. Yet if I don't, I'll be stuck at this job in this town forever. <BR> <BR> I suck at balance. <BR> <BR> Are any of you goi... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 21:45:18 EST Starting Over Joined SP the day after Thanksgiving last year with the plan to lose 30# by June - at the time it seemed reasonable. I got through the holiday season down 4# with no problems. Then in January I got scheduled for brain surgery in February and held steady - no loss, but no gain. Since surgery however it has been a struggle. I have not come back even 50%. I know it has been nearly 30 years since I had this particular surgery but this time it is very different among other things, I'm retired ... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:10:59 EST Slippery slope Ever since I had that nasty fight with my fiance, I have been on a slippery slope. I have been eating way too much sugar and I know that I am gaining weight. I cannot seem to stop even though I know that I need too. I don't know what to do. Help! Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:00:09 EST Water weight blues I know it's water weight, I know it's water weight, I know it's water weight! My logical brain knows that I can't gain 5 pounds in two days without upping my caloric intake by a huge amount, I have been on point with my calories, and even working out. So I know it's water weight. Even knowing that it's water weight my ED is yelling that I did something wrong and I should restrict my eating as much as possible. I will stick to my healthy eating plan, I can do this! No binging, no restric... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:15:43 EST I haven't been... I haven't been eating right <BR> I haven't been exercising <BR> I haven't been taken care of my self <BR> I haven't been losing weight <BR> I haven't been walking my dogs regularly <BR> <BR> I can change this <BR> I can turn it around <BR> I can get a grip on my own negative self talk <BR> I can lose more than 100 lbs <BR> <BR> Can't I ??? Thu, 6 Apr 2017 19:45:11 EST Feeling absolutely crushed Hi guys, I've recently been talking to this girl online and we initially hit it off pretty well. 2 days ago we went on a bowling date and it was nonstop laughing and then she offered to extend the date by walking for an hour. Again, very good flow of conversation. We both had fun and share similar interests. I got a text today saying that she had fun but didn't feel that we had a personality connection, which confused me. But I told her that I wished her the best so we can both move on. She d... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 10:24:22 EST Obsessive Exercise and Diet??? Help! I have a bit of a weight journey. Thanks in advance to anyone who reads this. <BR> <BR> I have always been a normal, typical weight for my height 100-115, but felt fat. I have bipolar and during a manic period I obsessed over every calorie and exercised several hours a day, and got down to 85 pounds. I'm short, but still, that's low. Then I got on meds, and gained a TON of weight, getting up to 150. Changing meds automatically dropped me down to 130, which is where I am currently. Lately I ... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 13:58:50 EST I really don't know what to do here! My brother is very stubborn and set in his ways. <BR> <BR> One thing that really irks me is why he has to use the dish cloth to wipe the seats! It's unhygenic and unnecessary! <BR> <BR> But if I even tell him nicely, he will lose his temper and fly off the handle and I will get all the blame! It will be all my fault! <BR> <BR> I've mentioned this to my parents before but it doesn't help, they will turn around and say I'm 'always' finding fault with him! <BR> <BR> I think it will be best ... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 08:21:06 EST I feel like SUCH a failure!!! It's my own fault! I was in denial! I didn't weigh myself on Friday and Saturday! I fooled myself into thinking I am not very heavy! Well, I am 66kg on a Monday morning! An all time high! <BR> <BR> What can I say? I was careless! I let myself drink extra because I have a flu and my throat felt scratchy! I didn't even lose thru sweating bcoz I skipped exercise these few days bcoz I am sick! <BR> <BR> I have to be vigilant and disciplined! I vow never to put myself in this situation again! I ... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 19:51:25 EST When you've hit a new low What is the first thing you do when you feel like you've hit rock bottom? <BR> <BR> I've come to a point where I can't focus on my eating habits or health, I'm always working and can't focus straight. My self esteem has plummeted and I'm really trying hard to keep it together. I feel so depressed, it comes in waves. I don't even want to be around people, I wish I could stay home and hide all weekend. I know I need to push through this week, but I don't know how to clear my mind and refresh f... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 19:26:00 EST Hungry and I shouldn't be Hello everyone, <BR> Why am I so hungry? I had breakfast at 6am: oatmeal with strawberries and a banana and about 10:15 I unexpectedly went out to breakfast with family right after church. I had 2 over easy eggs and a little hashbrowns, and 1 slice of wheat toast and I didn't even finish my breakfast I was not that hungry then. Now at 12:30pm I am starved out of my mind. What can I do to not raid the kitchen? What time should I eat next? Should I eat lunch or dinner next and then call i... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 12:34:58 EST Didn't eat-GAINED weight?? I had a huge binge last night and decided to fast today. Wasn't even hungry all day so it was easy, and I had some light excercise by going up lots of stairs and working and going to the store. I drank a TON of water. This morning my weight was 122, now it is the end of the day and it is 123. What the hell??? I usually lose a pound or two overnight but a day of not eating and I might have actually ended up gaining??? I'm so scared, I thought I cold easily get back down in weight :'( <BR> Sun, 2 Apr 2017 00:07:47 EST 800-900 calories a day I have been having 800-900 calories a day and haven't lost a pound in 2 weeks does anyone know why this might be? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks Sat, 1 Apr 2017 10:08:58 EST Help! I am feeling like a zombie I need suggestions to up my energy level asap! Thanks in advance. <em>24</em> Sat, 1 Apr 2017 09:54:07 EST Triggers I get really triggered over chocolate and just want to eat it until I am sick. I also have a big urge for diet soda all the time. How do people handle this? I don't seem able to moderate and eat just a little. Is the only thing to do is leave these foods alone forever? Any advice would be appreciated. Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:39:10 EST finally happened again asked if I was preggo.. <BR> <BR> I'm most of the way through my highest ever mileage week running (104K by Sunday), and I have enough of a gut to look pregnant? <BR> <BR> I don't know what I weigh right now, and I'm actually at a bit of a loss to figure out how to fuel properly and still drop a few pounds. <BR> <BR> Starting by cutting out nighttime snacks and cutting down on alcohol... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 22:23:29 EST well that didn't work.... First of all, thank you guys for all the support in this journey. Even when I'm really frustrated, I do appreciate it. <BR> <BR> As you may remember, after losing 59 pounds---I've been stuck more or less at the same weight since the holidays. <BR> <BR> So I decided to mix it up. I increased the intensity of my cardio work outs (but not the length). I add weights (arms, core squats) three times a week. <BR> <BR> Even though I love, love potato chips---I cut them way back and finally ou... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:17:01 EST Went to the Counselor Went to see the counselor yesterday afternoon. A woman I've worked with previously. We talked about the binge and the associated feelings, and also to touch on the alcohol dependence issues (which, I am happy to report, are diminishing...I've had no alcohol issues in weeks now and I feel great)...and she challenged me to go back and read some of my old journal entries from when I was in my initial therapy with her. <BR> <BR> It made me really sad to read all of it, but I realized that I ha... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:15:02 EST Food tracker struggle with the food tracker when it gives me so many choices of what I ate and its not listed . Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:09:01 EST Just finished dialysis and feeling terrible! Hi! I just finished dialysis and I'm feeling terrible! I am having an anxiety attack! I managed to 'pay' back what I owed the machine. I am now at dry weight! However, right now I'm feeling terrible! <BR> <BR> I shared some sushi with my Mom for lunch. We saved some for my Dad! I didn't really eat much but why do I feel so terrible now?! <BR> <BR> As I was finishing dialysis, my bp dropped toward the last few minutes but I made myself finish! <BR> <BR> My boss wants me to come to work tmr... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:08:41 EST Gave in to temptation last night I have been really working at watching what I eat. I don't bring junk food into the house. Usually I can pass on unhealthy food but I have a thing for chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting. I know it will sound weird but if it's choc with any other frosting I can pass it by but with the pb I just gravitate to it. Thankfully I don't run across it too often. It was at a church dinner last night. I get so miffed at myself for being so weak. <em>39</em> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:09:53 EST Relationship Weight Any tips on keeping off weight gain when in a relationship? <BR> Ive lost over 100 pounds was down to 180 (second time there) but gained about 15 pounds. I think it is either due to my thyroid (they upped my dose 2 times in one year) or because I end up going out to eat more frequently with my boyfriend. <BR> Its tough because he doesn't think I need to lose more weight. But for my BMI I am to be around 160 or less cause I am 5 feet 7 so being 190 ish now I need to lose. But he thinks I am pe... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:54:25 EST Finding stuff on mobile spark I just recently started using my phone as a computer due to my lap top is broken. <BR> I'm having a hard time trying to find all the items I had no problem finding on my computer.....Such as being able to spend points on my teams... Finding the points page. Why is this version so difficult to maneuver around. I did click to use desktop version, but I still haven't been able to find what I'm looking for Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:55:06 EST Help! I've gained! From 149 nearly a year ago to 156 now! Can't seem to find anything that works. Of course, I can't get much exercise. Short of breath, everything hurts. Any ideas of how to get back on track? Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:02:20 EST Feeling Discouraged? I've been there. We all have. It's nothing to be ashamed of. You should never be ashamed of yourself, who you are, or who you've become. This pain of not looking the way you want to will always be temporary. People who aren't in our position say "Picture what you'll look like in the end" or "Think about how sick you are of yourself right now". What we all need to do in this transition period is to remind ourselves of how strong we are. How confident we are. This. Will. Pass <BR> <BR> J... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:02:47 EST Bad Weekend - Binge Eating :( I am just feeling really down and needed to confess/vent/ask for encouragement. I had an absolutely awful weekend. I've been feeling pretty hormonal these past couple of days and very depressed and I totally blew it this weekend. <BR> <BR> We ordered pizza and mozzarella sticks for dinner Friday night and I ate four slices of pizza and four of the mozzarella sticks. My husband teased me about the pizza and sticks, not in a mean way at all, he made some comment like "must be that time of ... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:15:17 EST New weight loss group ??? A friend of mine from work has joined a new weight loss group in our area and suggested I give it a try too. It is not cheap but I'm thinking of giving it a try. I am nervous however as I am not sure how high the scale reads. A lot of digital scales I've used only goes to 330 lbs. I wiould be mortified if the scale cannot weigh me. I don't know the person running the program to ask questions and the meeting is tomorrow night . Don't know what to do ??? Sun, 19 Mar 2017 09:51:15 EST Feels like I am eating too much... It feels like I am eating too much these past two weeks, but when I do my calorie count, I am within my range. I get full then two hours later I'm hungry again. I normally eat something every three hours. I eat right, plenty of fiber and veggies and drink plenty of water, but I am still hungry. I am also 5# away from my goal. What's going on with me? Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:22:57 EST Can't stop eating today 😕? I don't know what is wrong with me today, I just keep eating and eating and I am not hungry ! Had eggs & toast for breakfast, went to sub shop and tried a new breakfast sandwich they had and a philly cheese steak sub just because it was new too along with a can of pop and a bag of chips. Now I just finished an ice cream bar and just put a chicken in the the oven for a roast chicken dinner. Cannot seem to get satisfied with food today ☹️ Sat, 18 Mar 2017 12:55:17 EST What do you think of WW? My back is finally back in. Yeah me! <BR> <BR> I'm thinking of re-joining Weight Watchers. Many years ago (10+) and I did lose over 95 pounds but I made restrictions I found hard to live with. After a few years, I gained it all back. <BR> <BR> But the things restrictions I made were a me problem, not a Weight Watchers problem. I hate to spend the money but I'm thinking I need to change things up to get out of my weight run. I did look at 'low carb' but I didn't find it a good fit for... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:34:37 EST I am in trouble again! I went back today owing the dialysis machine 500g, that's half a kilo! On a Friday! My Mom took me and my brother out for a nice lunch of hainanese chicken rice. It was so delicious that I finished the rice but I didn't finish my drink. I also had a few spoonfuls of soup. <BR> <BR> However, my weight increased by 800g just from that meal alone! I finished dialysis today with 61.5kg, this morning before dialysis, I was 64.4kg. I set the target at 3.7. However my bp dropped to 64 and the nurs... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:50:12 EST Slow Loser? I started my weight loss journey on January 24th. I am a 40yo female. SW:261, <BR> CW:251. GW:195. <BR> During these past 2 months my doctor prescribed phentermine 37.5mg. I don't exactly love it, but I had exceptional results back in 2011. I was 34 years old and lost 17lbs in my first month. I was on the phen for 7 months and did well keeping weight off for a couple years. Soon after my doctor started me on Prozac for my anxiety. That's when the weight came back. I worked and worked... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:17:47 EST What do normal eaters do when upset? Are you a 'normal eater'? (as opposed to an emotional eater or a binge eater). Or, do you KNOW a normal eater? <BR> <BR> In that case can you tell me: What do they do when they feel upset? I mean what do you think or know they do when they are in a situation when an emotional or binge eater tends to turn to food to cope? Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:11:13 EST I'm back :( (sorry long) Hi all...I'm back! <BR> <BR> So, to make it easier to understand I'm putting it in points. <BR> <BR> 1. I have been losing the SAME weight since 2014. I currently weigh 144 lbs and GW 125 (5'2 height) (35 y/o) <BR> <BR> 2. In 2016, from Sep - Nov I managed to lose almost ten pounds (147-138) <BR> 3. But, now I'm sitting at 144 again. <BR> <BR> I know it is my doing, but I cannot seem to continue losing. <BR> <BR> I became v obsessed back in November and I would just eat chicken with gree... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:20:30 EST Please help weight gain So i been weighing 145 for weeks now and for two days i had pork rinds and a muffin next day another muffin and coffee now the scale says im like 153 for like 2 days now what happened and if its water weight why didnt it go down please help i just want to cry could i gain that much that fast i bern eating healthy again but nomatter what i do it goes higher im so devastated.. Wed, 15 Mar 2017 04:13:58 EST Sorry to bother you guys... I was looking at pictures of myself from two years ago and one year ago and compared it to some footage of myself today and it's not good :( After two years of trying to diet and exercise and be healthy, I am at my highest weight ever with more fat in my stomach area then ever... Trying to be positive and keep going... But will I ever find a method that works for me?? Thank you for anyone who has kind words or maybe something to tell me to snap out of it... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:20:51 EST Panic Overload Overwhelmed. That is what I am. I have been given a warning and a second chance and I don't want to mess it up! Last month I was at stroke level (with my high blood pressure) and never had a stroke. I was put on one pill that had a fluid reducer in it. A few days later my whole right side went numb and I almost fell on my butt had my husband not been there to catch me. That really made me wake up to what is going on. <BR> <BR> I have a lot of weight to lose and as I said in a team I jus... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 11:45:40 EST Don't know where to start ... Doing better this week with eating and drinking water, even learning to manage stress a little better. Problem is exercise... my DH wanted me to go for a walk with him and the dog this afternoon, made an excuse and didn't go. I couldn't keep up, I know that for sure and I wouldn't get too far before my back/ legs would be aching like crazy. So out of shape I just don't know where to start when it comes to exercise 😕? Sun, 5 Mar 2017 16:59:01 EST How do you stick with it? I'm not seeing the results I'd like to on or off the scale, and even though I know I'm making good choices and I just need to stick with it, it is getting hard. I read all the success stories and pages and everyone seems to have decent losses in the first month, and I don't. Not giving up just need some words of encouragement. How long before you noticed changes? Thu, 2 Mar 2017 18:25:15 EST Ugh I fell off the wagon last night. 15 days alcohol-free and I drank yesterday. Quite a bit. I felt terrible this morning, actually got sick to my stomach. That hasn't happened in ages, all I can figure is that after 15 days my tolerance isn't as high (which is actually a good thing, I think). <BR> <BR> I just finished my hangover breakfast of McDonald's...for some reason, the only thing that will settle my stomach after too much alcohol is a BEC bagel combo with a Dr. Pepper. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 07:40:45 EST Set back Panic mode. I'm messing up big time. I've lost control. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 21:50:16 EST Soooooo upset with myself!!! I was already too heavy on Monday! 65.7kgs! Becoz I ate and drank too much on Saturday! Then the pump at the dialysis center malfunctioned! The plumber fixed the problem ard 11am. <BR> <BR> I had already dialyzed abt 3 hours but I listened to the nurse and left the center ard 10am. My appt with my friend to watch a movie was 3pm. So, I had the time to wait but I didn't. <BR> <BR> I went home on Monday with 63kg! Which means I owe 2kg! I am very upset with myself for not waiting! But I did h... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:36:37 EST Help!!!!! What do I do/eat? I am going for a movie today with a friend at 4pm. However, my friend wants to meet for lunch/dessert before the movie starts! We are meeting at 1.30pm. <BR> <BR> Help!!! What do I do?! I already owe the dialysis machine 2kg! An all time high because the center had plumbing problems today (no water). I can't afford to eat or drink anymore!!!!! Sun, 26 Feb 2017 23:45:25 EST Will I have to buy a another ticket I am around 300. About 298. I use to be 450 but have been on a diet for 2 years. I have to go to London on business on the 18th of March. I have already paid for a plane ticket and spent extra money on extra leg room seats next to the window... so I can try to stay away from other passengers. My worry is I will have to pay for an extra seat or not be able to make the flight. I take American Airline from Dallas to Boston and then British airways from Boston to London. Is 300 pounds at 5'8 goin... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:44:49 EST 2017 not off to a great start 😕? I know I have been mia again, it has been a rough year so far, very stressed out, lots of personal stuff going on and of course I let my stress be my excuse for not eating healthy, getting active, etc... I have been talking with family and friends and it has been helping, learning to deal with the stress a little better and I'm realizing that by continuing the way I am going with my eating habits is only making things worse. <BR> I think focusing on living a healthier life is what I need rig... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:35:39 EST What is wrong with me? My weight is back up again to 196. I've lost, then gained, then lost, and now again gained. I'm 10 lbs heavier than I was in December. <BR> My clothes are all starting to pull tight again...XL shirt pulls tight across my chest when it fit nicely before. Pants are cutting into my waist again...size 14 (the biggest size I have in my closet), even my face is starting to look fat! <BR> <BR> WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME? <BR> <BR> I hate this, I hate the way I look, I hate the way I'm feeling...I'm ... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:19:37 EST Lost weight but now gaining I lost 5 pounds in the first 4 weeks <BR> Doing great. Haven't changed anything but now have gained 4 pounds in two weeks. Exercising. Logging food. Doing the right thing but scale goes up not down. Measured yesterday. Lost .50 inch <BR> <BR> <BR> In waist and bicep. Help <BR> . <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:32:48 EST Not sure what is going on with my body? The last several weeks I have had this dull achy feeling all over my body even when I exercise. I have been diagnosed with a small amount of arthritis in my joints of my lower back. That was the extent of it for years. The most time when the pain is most intense is when I first wake up and I can barely move and sometimes I have to wake up and go out on the couch. When I lay down at night it will hurt too and I have been using ice packs on my back because it numbs the nerves in my lower back. ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:43:46 EST How can I get myself motivated?? I seem to have good intentions --- mentally --- but when it comes to doing I just seem to ignore it all. How can I get myself going??? I wish I had someone who would walk with me but none of my friends seem interested. I've been told it is all mind over matter --- well now I just need to get my "matter " to get in sync with my mind. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:21:33 EST been sick for over a week I've been severely ill for over a week. Fever, chills, body pain---lungs hurt. Exhaustion is killing me. Of course, I've had to stop working out. The only food I'm keeping down is crackers and bottled water. I did try other food...I just couldn't keep it down. <BR> <BR> Once I start to feel better (if that day ever comes), how long should I wait to build back up to working out? I feel like I'm 110 years old and I'm so, so tired. <BR> <BR> I figure I'm out of action for at least ano... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:31:09 EST I'm still being blamed! It's very upsetting but my Mom keeps on saying that it's my own fault that I'm on dialysis. She is saying that I didn't control my diet prior to dialysis that's why I'm on dialysis now! <BR> <BR> But believe me, I have! The doctor also told to be prepared as I will eventually need dialysis. My SLE is of a virulent strain, that it's unavoidable. It's just a question of when! <BR> <BR> How can I tell her I tried, I really did and that I didn't want this and it wasn't my fault! Besides, I am n... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 02:14:39 EST Stress eater/drinker/bather Yep, you read that correctly: my responses to stress triggers include eating lots of carby, fatty, tasty food regardless of whether or not I am hungry (I believe I have self-diagnosed binge eating disorder). I drink wine, usually a bottle at a time, when I do drink (this isn't often. No alcoholism. This is once every two months or so, but I make it a point to kill that bottle off). I also take long awesome epsom salt baths, but that's not really detrimental...I freaking love epsom salts and L... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:59:09 EST still overflow I get into the tub (small) and it still overflows... so frustrated about that.... angry and empty. Sun, 12 Feb 2017 20:21:43 EST At my highest weight ever I had a doctor appt the other day and weighed in at my highest weight. I hadn't realized I had gained as much as I did. I always told myself for years and years that I would never let myself weigh more than 150 pounds. That is the absolute limit and I've gone over. <BR> <BR> My blood pressure is up, so my doctor will now be putting me on medication. I had resisted medication for it for years, thinking that once I get my weight down, I won't need it. I had to recognize that I had been saying ... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:12:02 EST Nervous about new job! I am starting my new job tmrw morning. What is making me nervous is my parents bringing up my pass failures. I really need this job. But they are making me nervous by pronouncing doom on me! <BR> <BR> I know they mean well and are probably trying to warn me to behave myself but it's not helping! Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:54:41 EST Hungry after work Hi guys. I have this problem where I work the typical 9-5 shift but am STARVING by the time i leave and am driving back. This causes me to want to buy fast food for dinner so I can eat immediately when I get back to my apartment. I know this isn't healthy but I don't want to get home from a 40 min-1 hr commute back to wait ANOTHER 20-30 mins to cook food. Thanks for all the tips in advance! Wed, 8 Feb 2017 12:18:59 EST I un-did all I did :( I am just feeling so very discouraged. I got back from a fantastic vacation a couple of weeks ago. Over vacation, I made exercise a priority and watched what I ate and actually managed to lose weight...4 lbs in all. <BR> <BR> And then I got home and I just stopped. I stopped working out, I went back into my old habit of a nightly cocktail, I didn't plan my meals... <BR> And now, I've not only gained the 4 lbs back, I've gained back another 2 on top of it. <BR> <BR> I feel bloated and d... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 08:42:56 EST Feeling stuck and discouraged I've almost hit my goal weight of 110 pounds (right now i'm at 115), so at this point i'm looking to gaining muscle, lowering my body fat percentage, and losing inches. My current measurements are 34-25-35, but I still have quite a bit of fat gathered in my abdomen area. Right now I have about two weeks until I return home to Seattle from South Korea. Im thinking about signing up for a fitness blender workout program, but I'm really discouraged right now that I don't know if I'll end up st... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 08:16:21 EST family marriage kids my husband and I have been fighting daily for almost 5 years on our kids <BR> we have four living and since jan 1 all 4 hate us. we have been married almost 53 years . kids 51,50,38,40, ,Our biggest fight is why?who is the worst parent whos fault whos to blame. <BR> We have not a clue the last text from son never wants to talk to his dad again? ok why? no good reason and what he says he so far fetched. The girls have been distant for almost 5 years. My x soninlaw told a lie about my husband a... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 13:30:37 EST Munchies are out of control I do good with my eating until I hit the evening hours. I get the munchies and I can't stop eating. <BR> <BR> Then, on top of that I crave sugar all the time. <BR> <BR> I feel like I"m out of control. I've lost over 200 pounds now and I can't seem to keep myself on track. I've been like this the last 9 months. <BR> <BR> Please help. Sun, 5 Feb 2017 20:06:13 EST So very tired of this I'm so tired of being morbidly obeese. Just the thought of being 500 pounds is unbearable. I am almost immobile and am in extreme pain all the time. nothing I have ever done in the past twelve years has worked. I'm at the point where I need to try again. I have managed to follow my meal plan for the most part today and I did work out for fifteen minets today even though it hurt so much, but with the pain and depression and immobility I have not been able to go out and meet people or make... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 19:18:50 EST diet coke addict the irony of my life <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I know its bad, but I have given it up thrice, only to find it back. Each time drinking more. <em>222</em> <BR> <BR> What can I do? <BR> <BR> I feel I'm killing my bones but I'm addicted! <BR> <BR> <BR> thankyou! <em>304</em> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:52:54 EST I'm trying but nothing is working! So, I am diabetic and have been really careful with my eating this past week. My sugar this morning was 289. I don't know what else to do! I'm doing what I should with diet and exercise. I go to the Dr day after tomorrow and wanted to see improvement but looks like it isn't going to happen. I'm so depressed! Sun, 29 Jan 2017 16:32:54 EST Why is it ALWAYS my fault? My Mom cooked a beautiful reunion dinner. Everything was fine until my Mom asked me to wrap the leftovers. My brother was holding the dishcloth and the dining table was dirty. I offered to clean the table so I would have space to roll out the plastic foil wrap. But he obstinately wouldn't hand over the dishcloth. <BR> <BR> I mean, is the duty of who wipes the table worth fighting over? He lost his temper and shifted the leftovers to the much smaller kitchen table and said some disagreeable ... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 07:43:44 EST I feel like a failure!!!! Today, I owed the dialysis machine 500g! That's even worse than Wednesday! It's hopeless! I wish I could just die!!! I can't even enjoy Chinese New Year!!!! I will have to fast this weekend!!!! Why doesn't God just take me?!!! I tried so hard yesterday and the day before but I still put on 2.3kgs! What is the point of this life!!!!? On Wednesday, I ended up owing 400g!!!! Today, my bp dropped towards the last hour and the nurse gave me 200ml of saline!!!! <BR> <BR> I wish I could die right ... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 21:35:34 EST Im sick I am sick with bronchitis. I dont have the strength to track or exercise. The antibotics make me so hungry. I was thinking of waiting until I finish my meds before I start measuring and exercising. What do you all think? Wed, 25 Jan 2017 23:48:37 EST And I do it to myself... I'm overeating. I've been doing it for a few weeks. I don't gain. I don't lose. Since I started losing the weight, I've taken off 56 pounds. Which is great but I'm stuck now. <BR> <BR> The scale isn't moving now (almost five weeks). I'm working out five days a week...45 minutes to an hour. Mostly cardio but I do try to do weights at least twice a week. <BR> <BR> Instead of eating 1200 or so calories and burning 250 calories, I'm eating 1600 to 1800 calories and burning 500+. Plus it... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 22:29:40 EST Inability to let go I have a huge problem! Whenever anything happens that I feel is unfair, a mistake or something I don't like, it would literally ruin my day and I will feel miserable for hours. Then I will either call a friend, read a book or surf the net. Often, it will take me up to half a day to calm down! <BR> <BR> I wish I wasn't so sensitive and easily riled up but I am! <BR> <BR> How do I deal with this problem? Wed, 25 Jan 2017 10:20:19 EST Still hungry... So all day I think I did well: watched my portion size, ate healthy during the day, opted for hot lemon water instead of my usual coffee with cream and sugar… etc. <BR> <BR> At dinner, my boyfriend and I had a portion of homemade lasagna (I know… not really that healthy) but I didn't overindulge. <BR> <BR> Here's where things get tricky… it was only an hour and half later and I wanted to eat again. Chips, bran muffins (yes plural), peanut butter toast… and my boyfriend noticed it was al... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:17:31 EST How to feel full Firstly, sorry for posting again so soon! <BR> <BR> I am just wondering about feeling full, after my latest binge eat. <BR> <BR> I know my friends get to a point when they can't eat another bite. This doesn't happen to me....well there must be a point but honestly I seem to have an ability to happily consume large amounts and still want more. <BR> <BR> For example I just ate 13 slices of bread dipped in egg (total 6 eggs) and fried. And I would happily eat it all again, no problem. I did ... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:32:05 EST Sadness I just want to say that I'm sad. I'm trying so hard to make new choices and take new risks. Other people aren't responding to it so well. I'm seeing clearly that I can only change my choices. I'm sad at what some other people are choosing. I'm sad about what their choices are costing me. I'm reaching out for new help and probably leaving those people behind. It's a sad goodbye when some of them are your family. But with each day I become more convinced of this. The greatest risk is f... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:37:38 EST Food Tracker How do you add the name of the food yo the Quick Entry section? Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:33:24 EST Starting from scratch Hi everyone! My life has been going really well recently and I recently just got myself an awesome new job. I'll be moving to a nice apartment later this week and was worried about my social life. I need suggestions on how to meet new friends around my age (I'm 23). At work, I will be by far the youngest person on the team. And, I'm not sure where to find single women either :(. Help appreciated as always. Thanks in advance! Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:55:43 EST How Slow is Too Slow Last August, I started really paying attention to my weight. It was slowly going up and up and up. I made a decision that my lifestyle had to change and I have made some changes and am working on more changes. (Walking more, eating less...) <BR> <BR> It has been a journey with lots of ups and downs, but I have lost 6 pounds and 5 of those have been gone for over a month now. I was happy with my results because I know that those pounds are gone forever. I don't want another diet that will... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 12:24:31 EST How did I get here? Okay, so the title to my post is absolutely rhetorical. I know "how" I've gained 30 pounds over the last several years. The real question I'm struggling with is "why?" <BR> <BR> I will be turning 48 next month and I'm heavier than I've ever been. I'm a very social person by nature, but my weight is beginning to impact my desire to interact with friends. I really hit a wall in December when I couldn't find anything to wear (and I was willing to spend $$) to a holiday party at my husband's wo... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:37:57 EST OMG! WINE then CAKE......what have I done ! Had a lovely dinner with the family last night, Friday night treat.......I was only going to have 1 glass of vino. I HAD TWO LARGE GLASSES AND FINISHED OF THE CHRISTMAS CAKE. I feel ashamed........and my husband kept saying stop eating the cake..... I hid and ate in the kitchen when he wasn't looking. I'm a CHEAT. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 06:41:12 EST Needing to reset I could call it starting over or getting back on track. "starting over" sound so negative. <BR> <BR> So I have lost weight and I was maintaining until the last few months. I weighed myself and the beginning of last year I was 180 and this year I am 194 so I've gained maybe about 14 pounds. <BR> <BR> I have done this before. I started at 312, never got to my goal weight but got down to the 170s-low 180s twice and could not maintain that. I am not sure if I am not good at it or my body doesn'... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:11:20 EST Hormone Therapy and Weight Loss Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am looking for people who have started a *sucessful* weight loss plan while starting radical hormone therapy. Can it be done? <BR> <BR> Some backstory: I have many many gyno issues, that have lead to a lot of pain and missed work time. After months of treatment, my best case scenario is a minimally invasive hysterectomy. Worst case is cancer. <BR> <BR> To treat my symptoms while we sort through all of the issues, my doctor has tried several hormonal treateme... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:37:39 EST Here we go again starting over again So after a few months of very sporadic exercising and not being as strict with my eating, I joined a new gym and had an appointment today with a wellness coach for a "kick start" orientation to discuss goals, and nutrition information, etc. <BR> <BR> I've been settling into a new apartment, after making a state-to-state move a little more than a week ago. The last time I was able to work out was 2 days ago. Prior to that, it had been a couple of weeks. I've been exhausted from the move and t... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:53:30 EST Aqua tabata How many calories do you burn doing 50 minutes of tabata in the water? I do deep water tabata class at YMCA for 50 minutes. Mon, 9 Jan 2017 16:24:59 EST holiday gain I gained acouple of pounds over holidays now I'm struggling with depression about that. jAlso had a successful hip replacement and the one thing I can't do is run. My favorite.Im 5,4 ' and weigh about 195 That's just too much. I need some help in new exercise plan and self <em>33</em> Sat, 7 Jan 2017 22:56:20 EST Addiction I have been struggling with an addiction for the last couple years and need some support. I have not talked to anyone about this just yet, this is actually the first place I've opened up to about this topic. I started seeing a therapist but have not talked about this yet (its only been a couple sessions). <BR> <BR> Are there any support groups or threads on Spark that deal with addiction? I'd love to hear other peoples stories about their addictions and how they cope with it Sat, 7 Jan 2017 15:20:52 EST Tempted to Cheat Help OK so I've been good for a week now and seeing results. Then I get asked out and bam! Back to the old me. I need help! I thought I could be strong but not so. I need to lose weight for me and am resolved to do so. I have been pre-planning and it works well, however, this dinner out was not planned. It was spontaneous fun from my family and I regret eating a half a cheeseburger and half order of french fries. This was a treat to be taken to a local restaurant because I deserved a night out. Se... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 11:11:22 EST Worried about impending cataract op!! I saw an eye doctor late 2016. He says I have the beginnings of cataracts in both eyes. I have another appointment this March. He says, I have the beginnings of cataracts, I don't need surgery yet but will require one further down the road. <BR> <BR> It scares the begibbers out of me! I'm just so afraid of someone doing surgery on my eyes! Will it hurt?! Will it be uncomfortable? Will I be able to shower or wash my hair?! <BR> <BR> This doctor has a very good rep. He also did my Mom's catar... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 00:58:25 EST I am looking for a job I'm in school, with no way to legally drive so jobs are limited. I would ride a bus, but with no funds it is hard. If you could please keep me in your thoughts, I would appreciate it. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 20:13:14 EST Unable to control sugar cravings I've always liked sweets, particularly chocolate. The problem is, when I start eating it, I don't know how to stop. I've tried being without any sweets for some time, thinking that if I do so, when I start eating sweets again, I'll feel full after one or two cookies and will be able to stop. Unfortunately, no such luck, even though I managed not to eat anything sweet for 6 months. Almost immediately after I taste anything sweet, I'm not able to control myself and stop after one serving, even ... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 11:37:02 EST Weight & Wellbutrin/Pristiq Combo Hi, <BR> It's been a very long time since I have been on SP but I decided to come back, and get some help, and support with what I am going through. <BR> <BR> I am currently taking Wellbutrin 300mg, and Pristiq 50mg. Prior to this, I was taking Cipralex 5mg with Wellbutrin 300mg for about a year but after gaining over 20lbs, I told my doctor that I wanted to get off Cipralex, and try something else. She wanted to put me on Prozac but I detested. I did some research, and decided on Pristiq as... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 23:12:59 EST Am I being unrealistic? I am in my mid 40s. I have also menopaused early bcoz I am anemic. The reason I am anemic is bcoz I am on dialysis. <BR> <BR> However, I've noticed my body changing after menopause. I am just wondering, am I expecting too much to strive to get back my old 20s body? Is that even possible or should I just be happy where I am? <BR> <BR> I am not thin but you can't call me fat either. But I just want my old body back soooo bad! Sigh! I am still keeping some of my old clothes, hoping to fit into... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 10:45:05 EST Lost I am really hoping to make this year a successful year for me when it comes to my health and weight loss. I am overweight and have 20 pounds to lose but not sure where to start. <BR> I know eating healthy and being active is key, but I am so lost when it comes to nutrition, exercises, staying motivated and consistent... its all overwhelming. I'm generally an introverted person, so opening up on message boards is hard for me, but I do want to seek support here. <BR> I don't want another year... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 17:43:20 EST Helpless Weighed myself today and I'm the heaviest I've ever been. I know people always say, when you're really ready to lose weight you'll find something inside you that pushes you. When am i going to hit that point?? I'm getting married June 3rd. All i want is to feel proud of my body and instead i'm backtracking. I feel so desperate and discouraged. Not sure what i expect from posting this... i guess i just needed to get it out of my head. <BR> <BR> Thanks for listening. Mon, 2 Jan 2017 12:10:30 EST The wheels. I spun the wheels 3 different times and they didn't register. The daily little one was 2, line and 7, and the bonus I don't remember, just that it didn't register. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 21:11:17 EST Why do I do this to myself? I woke up extremely thirsty this morning and I went to bed very thirsty as well. I know I am dehydrated and need more water but I don't drink it throughout the day. My parents are here visiting because of the holiday season and won't be leaving until after the new year. Whenever they visit, my healthy eating habits go out the door and I go back to the person I used to be. I go back to the mindset of the obese me. I eat and eat and eat and don't drink water. I haven't exercised. I hate getting... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 13:32:30 EST I GAINED 30 POUNDS THIS MONTH???! I recently weighed myself and I knew that my eating habits have not been the best lately but I NEVER could have anticipated this. I feel discouraged, disgusted with myself, and completely overwhelmed. Why is it so much easier to gain than it is to lose? How do I come back from this? <em>46</em> Thu, 29 Dec 2016 05:10:08 EST Now obese, I should be worried! So 2017 is the year I am supposed to regain my health. The last 5 years I dedicated to getting a PhD. Health was not the most important thing on my priority list. Seven chapters later and PhD in hand I have gone from 65kg to 85kg. It was become abit of a joke amongst friends, or I make a joke of it with the finishing statement that I am not worried about it as "I will lose the weight once I graduate". Well I have just graduated so my excuse have just ran out on me. <BR> <BR> I just checked m... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 12:39:47 EST I have lost HALF of my Spark Activity Tracker! I live in Ontario, Canada and went out with my sister in downtown Toronto on Thursday night last week (Dec. 22). We stayed in a hotel - neither of us live in the city, we both live in surrounding municipalities. We went for dinner and took a taxi to the bar where we saw our favourite local band play. I had recently replaced the battery so I guess I did not re-attach the cover to the clip properly. When I took off my coat at the bar I discovered it gone. This has actually happened to me b... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 12:04:24 EST 2016 was going to be my year ... Well another has almost come and gone. 2016 was going to be my year ... The year I i took charge of my life and not let my addiction to food define who I am. I have not weight myself in a month or more now but I am up probably about 10 lbs. from where I was at the beginning of this year. It's not just about the numbers, it's about how this extra weight is affecting me physically and mentally. I am in pain daily. My knees, legs and back ache all the time. I have very little energy most days.... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 10:44:43 EST Why do I keep doing this to myself ??? Another year has almost come and gone, I had so many plans for 2016 ... This was going to be my year, the year I get serious about moving towards a healthier new me. Well, once again I let my love of food, sedentary lifestyle Tue, 27 Dec 2016 10:21:31 EST Holidays and $ equals 10 pounds back on! I had been doing so well, but being in the wedding business over the holidays is not a joyful time! It's slow from late November until March. This year was different, we usually do 5-12 weddings in early November, this year...ZERO! It was also slow at weird times, so our finances have been down for about 5 months straight. <BR> <BR> I'm an emotional eater, low income = eat. Then we have the holidays with a young son and a husband that grew up with crappy holidays and his father passed away ... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 13:18:10 EST Weight Gain and the Common Cold Okay, so ever since I started my diet a few months ago I've been doing pretty well, slowly but surely losing weight. My BMR while being sedentary is around 1,400 calories. A little background; I started at 145 pounds and recently got down to 117, averaging around 1 to 1.5 pounds per week. Last week I caught a cold and the weight fluctuation and gain I've seen has started to panic me. Two days after I weighed in at 117 I suddenly went down to 113.5 pounds. One day after that I went up to 1... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 03:07:08 EST No mail I still get no mail from SP,I mean e- mail,I miss SP mail,still done know why everything on computer workes fine,so bad. Sat, 24 Dec 2016 12:46:00 EST my weight is the same but i feel huge help i don't know what's wrong? i weigh the same but i'm worried i have lost muscle tone and am gaining fat but my exercise routine hasn't changed, i work out everyday for over an hour and i'm eating about the same as i always have but when i look at myself i'm not happy with what i see and i'm frustrated what's going on Fri, 23 Dec 2016 18:13:20 EST Worried about upcoming MRI and possible diagnosis My neurologist thinks I may have MS, or some other neurological son has MS and it is inherited. Can't get it off my mind, having to pretend and put on a happy face. I wish I could just get the testing over with and know, but then sometimes ignorance is bliss. I'm trying to embrace the thought that I won't be any different 10 minutes after the diagnosis than I've been these last months and years, I'll just be more informed about how to handle whatever is going on. Trying. Thu, 22 Dec 2016 09:48:18 EST Worried I May Not Be Able to Keep Exercising I've got a lot going on right now and it's stressing me out. My biggest stress factor is my exercise, though. Every single time I get on my treadmill, my right leg winds up taking the brunt of the exercise. I mean it HURTS. But, of course, it would. I mean, it's taking everything and my left leg is taking nothing. At first I just passed it off as one leg being weaker, but now that it has been happening for a while, I've been getting anxious and not wanting to exercise, which is no good at all... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:00:52 EST Blood Sugar and carbs question So I have just started a lower carb diet and am wondering how many carbs is to many carbs per a meal. I think I am averaging 45 g of carbs or less per a meal and trying to keep my snacks if any to 15-20g of carbs. I am diabetic so I am not sure if I am eating to many. I also am trying to find options low in carbs and high in fiber. I have just started a long acting insulin at night before bedtime, but am not sure how long it takes to work along with the meds I am on. Today my fasting was 197,... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 21:42:42 EST SELF SABOTAGE Hey How are u? <BR> I got back from a vacation almost two weeks back, stayed on track almost and caused minimal damage <BR> Now I can't seem to stop eating ( at least eating twice my normal food) & I don't feel like doing any workouts. <BR> On contrary in November I managed 50k run/walk for the whole month. <BR> <BR> It's 2 am here. Can't sleep:( <BR> Had a bad dinner, then chips and now a protein bar. <BR> <BR> This behaviour is something I used to do way back. Like two years ago. <... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 22:45:18 EST Plateau Help!! Hey everyone! I need some advice. I have been dieting and exercising the good old fashion way for the last 30 days and have lost 8 pounds so far which I am thrilled about. I am looking to lose about 50 but am giving myself small 10 goals to reach in order to not get discouraged. However I have been at this plateau for about a week and a half and am not sure how to break it. I have tried changing up my exercise routines to see if that helps, and even though I feel really good the scale is not ... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 10:30:31 EST Yada, yada, yada I have been on Spark off and on for several years and it seems like I always come back when I am at (what I think of as) the end of my rope. The story is the same, basically, but the situation at the time is worse than the time before. I am embarrassed to be coming back yet again. My weight is actually slightly better, but my physical state is much worse. My arthritis is even worse. My only hope is that I can lose enough weight to get knee surgery (about 40 more pounds), but it seems har... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 20:42:13 EST How do I post photographs on my blog Please I used to do it but it changed. Can you post the steps that I need to go through to get it to the BLOG. Pat in Maine. Mon, 12 Dec 2016 23:44:11 EST Reached my goal, but gained back Hello SP friends! <BR> In 2015 I managed to lose 33 pounds and get back to the weight of my teenage years, through conscious eating and exercising. It was around 4 pounds below my recommended weight, as I was told by my dietitian, so I 'relaxed' a bit and gradually got those pounds back. I thought I was doing perfectly ok maintaining my weight, then in early 2016 I started having some physical problems (back pain and knee chondropathy) forcing me to stop my physical activity. I only walk abou... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 10:22:47 EST Overwhelmingly stressed and hungry! On November 16th, I posted here in confusion when I suprisingly weighed in 5.5 pounds less then the previous week. Three days later, I was at the hospital being diagnosed with bronchitis and sinus infection so severe it was almost pneumonia. In the days after, I was barely well enough to get out of bed, let alone care about what my calorie count was, so I was not surprised at the next weigh in to have gained 2 pounds back. Then I injured my back. Long story short, my last weigh in (Wednesday)... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 17:07:48 EST trying so hard to fight my all or nothing "norm" Was doing so well, then one day off plan at a holiday and here it is nearly 3 weeks later and I'm over plan, low on exercise, and lower on self-esteem. Been doing this since I was 6 yrs old. Would have thought I'd have learned by now. Can I really do this?? Sun, 11 Dec 2016 02:42:25 EST blood sugar issue What am I doing wrong that my blood sugar is good before breakfast, but 2 hrs. later at its high, it always doubles the pre-breakfast? Only been on 1 nite-time shot of insulin at nite. I have tried high fibre, high protein, low carb, but results are the same every time Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:23:53 EST Help!! Having trouble losing weight. Medication increases appetite. Any suggestions? What can I do? Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:25:39 EST LOST My frustration is getting worse...WHERE is the message I just typed and posted? Where did it post????? HELP!! Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:42:03 EST LOST I'm trying to navigate through this site. I can't find where to enter messages, ask questions, see what I'm supposed to do next(???) I need help to get started, again. Idk, for example, I wanted to post this message, but where and how. "I actually got up and walked for 10 mins. on my Elliptical. The program in my Elliptical said I stopped at 8 mins and 45 secs, burning 13 calories, but I did NOT stop until I reached 10 mins and 10 secs., so I estimated about a 16 calorie burn." I tried but... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:39:18 EST Question about cooked vegetables on Eat to Live Hi all! I am a SAHM and student and am trying to follow the Eat to Live program without having yet read the book. (I've purchased it, I just haven't had time to read it!) I'm eating my pound of raw vegetables (sometimes 2 lbs), cup of beans, 4 fruits, working on the flax seed and I've omitted salt, animal products and oil.... My question is, what does Dr. Fuhrman say is the reason for having to specifically eat a lb of cooked veggies? It's so time consuming and I find it easier and more p... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 20:53:53 EST New to SparkPeople but not new to weight loss Overall, I'm new to the whole SparkPeople site but the whole reason I joined was because I've been losing motivation with weight loss. I wasn't losing motivation in the sense that I didn't want to shed the extra weight or didn't have a reason to, but I just have such a hard time focusing on it. I work an almost full time waitressing job so I am on my feet moving around all shift but I just don't have motivation to do meal prep. No motivation to do meal prep leads to eating whatever is conveni... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 22:55:57 EST Young, Lost, and Confused Seeking Help Hi guys, I'm a 23 year old male who graduated from University with a Mathematics degree 6 months ago and I'm unsatisfied with my quality of life right now and would appreciate any advice/insights. <BR> In the past during high school and college, I had very little to nonexistent social life (No parties/Dating) because I would play online games during most of my free time. I'd say i did pretty well in school, i got a 3.4 GPA which I thought was fine. <BR> During the next few months, I started ... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 22:41:17 EST taking myself too seriously never mind, I'm over myself. I was just over thinking past week of eating instead of putting this whole year in perspective I did do well this year, this past week won't mess me up Thu, 1 Dec 2016 03:59:56 EST still no messages from SP i still get no messages from the SP site,also I have yahoo mail.I get lots of other mail,I realy miss SP,I have not changed anything,I am lost,want to cry !!!!! Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:45:34 EST FEELING SO TRAPPED Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am feeling so trapped. I cannot seem to control my overeating and obsession with food. I have 100lbs to lose to be in a fit and healthy range and I have lost hope. It is the first time that I have really lost hope and just cannot get myself to believe that I can do it. <BR> I have obtained so many wonderful goals this year including finding a wonderful job, travelling to places I have wanted to see for 30 years, and even getting to see Lionel Richie at one of hi... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 07:32:12 EST Unwarranted Rude Remarks! The jeans I couldn't button 5 months ago I now can! It's still a little tight but at least I can button it! I am making good progress! <BR> <BR> That's why I'm so discouraged that I'm still getting rude remarks! Are these ppl blind? <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 23:44:56 EST When it rains it pours. I have been on a slow weight lose. I had lost 15 lbs since the beginning of school. I found out that last week that my liver enzymes are high, my thyroid is back to normal without medication(thank goodness), my triglycerides are high and for the first time I'm pre-diabetic. :'( I cried for two days. list morning I woke up and and weighed myself and have gained 10 pounds. I know it's my fault. I have been emotional eating( thank goodness) but I finds myself gorging as if I'm starving. ... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 11:21:52 EST Almost at goal but I lost my mojo. Help! I was in a CDC diabetic support group and lost 25 pounds. Swore I would never go back to my old eating habits. Now I'm up 3 pounds and eating sugars with renewed gusto. Need to get back to my previous and hard-earned mindset. <BR> <BR> Thank you in advance for moderating this page. <BR> <BR> Hernet Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:53:03 EST Weekends are hell for me....uuggg....HELP! Last i checked, i thought weekends were supposed to be when you de-stress from your work week. All i seem to do is stress on the weekends and i do just fine with caloric intake, tracking and exercising during the work week. <BR> <BR> I need some help trying to figure out how to keep in track for the days that i'm NOT at work. Suggestions?? <BR> <BR> Here's a little heads up on why im struggling so much more on weekends vs. weekdays. I have 2 jobs and they are VERY different. My primary job... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:28:57 EST no E-mail I don`t get any messages from SP,please help me,I`M ready to quit,been going on for 3 weeks,sent alot of messages to the teck page,no respone,what is going on with you guys????love Sat, 19 Nov 2016 12:48:38 EST Going through a breakup I'm having a bad time trying to make myself meals now that I'm by myself. I'm just not very motivated to cook anything. Suggestions? Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:08:17 EST like to talk myself out of things hi everyone <BR> anyonelse struggle with talking themselves out working out or eating better. especially with working out. I will be all set to work out.. and than I am too tired or I have a headache.. I know most people say go straight after work but its not always feasible for me as I have to get my kids from school. <BR> <BR> I feel really bad and than say next time...BUT THAN I end up doing the same thing again... I really struggle with staying consistent. <BR> <BR> and I am not a mo... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:05:12 EST Working with Weights/Cardio - weight not budging I've been working with a trainer once a week (yes it probably should be more) and bounce aerobics once a week, and self-imposed gym once a week .. but the weight has plateaued and I need to get it down to get off meds .. grr ... I KNOW weight training may do this but it's disappointing! Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:22:19 EST Getting Back on Track...Please Help So it's been a few years since I was super active on this site. A lot of things have happened between then and now (a couple of failed of which was mentally abusive...a new, wonderful relationship (currently)...and a lot of weight gain. When I was active on this site, way back when, I lost a good 40 pounds or so. Then things happened with my then relationship that threw me off track. I pretty much just stopped caring about myself and used food as a feel good type thing... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 20:33:52 EST feeling out of control i feel embarrassed and ashamed, this time last year i had lost almost 6 stone i am now up to only a 4.10 stone loss. I have 6 pounds in the last week alone. I struggle to lose weight as my anticonvulsants make me gain so I have to keep check on myself but because the weight wasn't coming off I got fed up and gorged now I feel like a blob. I woke this morning and weighed myself and feel determind, but how long for? Tue, 8 Nov 2016 02:43:11 EST Dongle is RED! My dongle was about the only thing that was working yesterday. Last night it went red. All the steps I was missing have shown up plus the steps from this morning. But when I got home the dongle is red. I have tried to reconnect the dongle but it can't find the internet. Obviously I have the internet or I couldn't send this to you. This is so frustrating. Can you please help? Mon, 7 Nov 2016 19:47:33 EST In pain Not sure I belong here with this question but here goes, I am a 67 year old female who feels over weight my doctor says i am not my daughter feels my weight is too much for my size also, My stomach has and is so distended that I look pg and I am in pain when I sit and it gets worse after eating my calorie intake is usually 700 to 1000 a day and I exercise daily burning 300 calories a day and I still keep putting weight on. A year ago I weighed 104 which was perfect for my bone structure and ... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 21:33:17 EST Tomorrow is Thanksgiving at in-laws! <em>429</em> <BR> Tomorrow Sunday Nov 6 is Thanksgiving at the in-laws! Homemade giant warm caramel cinnamon rolls, homemade rolls, all kinds of pies including cream pies, ham, prime rib, turkey, mashed potatoes, and all the trimmings! <BR> <BR> I have a few ideas of dealing with this... 1. carry water around & drink a lot of water, 2. I've already shared with my husband my desire of NOT having any desserts (I'm a diabetic too), 3. I'm going to try to focus on conversations rather than... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 00:59:50 EST Really irritated - vent session sorry Not sure if this is the right place to post but here goes... <BR> <BR> I have a coworker who I sit next to in a file room, and she talks and talks and talks all day... I love to talk too, however I am so swamped with work and can't afford to sit and talk for hours. I find myself staying late just to catch up, while she does her 8 hours and leaves on the dot. She prioritizes work/life balance which is great, but when there is a fun event that runs later she has no problem staying. This is rea... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 06:18:48 EST SO dissapointed in myself. I had been doing so well. And this week was a MESS. My food was over almost every day this week. I feel like I'm going to be stuck here forever. <em>46</em> Fri, 4 Nov 2016 00:01:57 EST I'm gonna kill the Burger King and the Dairy Queen Hi all. Gotta call in reinforcements. I'm fighting them, don't know how long I can hold on. I want a whopper and ice cream- I think I'll just go to sleep. It's gonna be a long night! <BR> Wed, 2 Nov 2016 22:21:40 EST Someone asked me if I'm pregnant... Someone asked me yesterday if I'm pregnant. A few weeks ago I made a comment about lying about my weight for something and was told I definitely should. I'm already majorly stressed. I work part-time 20 hours a week, and I own a small business. I'm a single mom of a 6 year old with ADHD and a 4 year old with a speech impairment. My house is a mess, I'm behind on everything, and now I'm basically being told I'm fat. I would love to lose weight, but haven't had much success with the effor... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 10:11:10 EST 51 I have spinal stenosis and a disintegrated disc in my lower back. I have insulin dependant diabetes. I'm on an insulin pump. I'm also going blind from diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. I'm in terrible pain! <BR> What exercises can I do? I need to lose over 100 pounds and feel hopeless and angry....and hungry! Please help! Tue, 1 Nov 2016 19:28:27 EST prediabetic again. I just got my blood work back and just as I suspected I am prediabetic again. I was doing so well last year. Lost 16lbs. Only to gain 7lbs thus year. <BR> <BR> I know I have to watch what I am eating again. That is how I got it down last time. I am an emotional eater and this pay year has been a hard one. <BR> <BR> I just can't best myself up over like I usually do. I got the levels down before I can do it again. Just needed to vent. <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading my post. Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:15:53 EST Going to be a hard week !!! I have been trying to get back on track.... Again .... Having a hard time. Going to be a hard week. Halloween tomorrow, trying to resist all those treats, a new restaurant is opening this week that I really want to try out, and I have a baby shower to go to this week where there are going to be lots of goodies that are so hard to resist. <BR> Wish I could could shake this all or nothing mentallity. Afraid if I i give in to a treat, I will just say to heck with it and blow the rest of the wee... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 10:15:05 EST I'm back so does anyone else get to feeling deprived when eating only 1500 to 2000 calories a day??? I did. And it's been almost 200 days since i last was here. But today I am back to try again. Any words of encouragement is welcome! Sat, 29 Oct 2016 15:27:21 EST Cookies! AHHHH. I'm so frustrated at myself. There are 3 kinds of cookies in my house. How do I keep doing this? I can't seem to resist the temptation to scarf them down while at the same time beating up on myself internally. Fri, 28 Oct 2016 21:16:13 EST over yesterday--do I subtract from today? I went over yesterday--by about 400 cal. <BR> <BR> Can I subtract that from today?? I can still be within my calorie allotment. <BR> <BR> Tell me what you think............. Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:41:13 EST Stressed and Losing Control Recent events have really affected my life. The overwhelming stress has affected my nutrition, fitness, and especially my quality of sleep. I am lucky if I get three hours a night. I am visiting my doctor tomorrow for a checkup so I am hoping for some solutions to help me cope with the stress. I am fighting daily to stay on track but finding it more and more difficult! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:25:04 EST No exercise since accident, no weight loss either! I'm 52 and 40lbs overweight. I am unable to do any real physical activity, outside of a slow, short walk due to an accident. I started SP and have religiously tracked everything that goes into my mouth for three weeks. I'm averaging about 1300 calories a day. I have only lost one pound! I know 1300 calories is a LOT less than I was eating so with this calorie deficit, I should've lost at least six by now. Would changing up the macro help? I'm not sure how to do that. Its really disappointing... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:04:39 EST Went to the doctor, feeling discouraged... I have been a member here for a long time, but recently joined the paid membership. <BR> <BR> I am not sure if there is a forum for this, so please let me know if I am in the wrong place. <BR> <BR> I have been overweight most of my adult life (as a very young child I was underweight with massive food allergies, but by the time I became a teen, I was already a chubster). <BR> <BR> Now that I am 52, losing weight seems hopeless to me. I joined Medifast a few years ago and actually saw ... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:07:01 EST Has old Fitbit, will not sync with new Oooppps!, posted to wrong forum Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:53:03 EST Think I have prediabetes, scared and need help Hi <BR> I have had numbness in my right foot across my toes and half of the foot for 3-4 days now, before I had a pain in the centre of my foot for a couple of weeks. I haven't seen a doctor and don't want to because I'm scared. I don't know what my blood sugar is, haven't had it done for a few years. <BR> I know it's not advisable to not see a doctor but how bad is this? And can I still turn it around? I've put on a lot of weight - 2 stone or more I'd guess - in the last few years doing shi... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:05:51 EST not sure just on how much fat,carb protien ratio my phone app tells me my goals are 48% carb, 26% fat 26% protein but my computer says my goals are 50% carb ,30%,fat and 20% protein which one is it. thats a big difference in what I eat..I'm confused I tried the computer one for the first 2 weeks and lost weight but I think that was mostly water, so now I'm trying the other less carbs more protein and less fat, loss a lb or 2. I'm switching up, I don't think I should be doing that. help anyone Sat, 15 Oct 2016 22:38:06 EST Pretty Sure My Body Is Weird I know you're supposed to weigh in the morning before you eat, drink, workout, etc. I have eaten as I should, I have worked out, and every weigh in is exactly the same. However, when I weigh in the evening after I've eaten, drank, worked out, etc. I see a weight loss! Is this normal fluctuations or a product of our weird swing shift schedule? When should I weigh? Sat, 15 Oct 2016 21:46:10 EST losing motivation On one hand, I've been doing well. I've lost 42 pounds since January. But I'm really tired. I'm sick of exercising. Really sick of it. <BR> <BR> And although watching my calories doesn't bother me as much---I've found myself eating eating 2nds when I'm not really hungry. <BR> <BR> How do you keep working at working out...when it isn't bringing you joy. I really don't want to go the gym any more. <BR> <BR> And yet, I know if I don't go at least four days a week...I'll start to gain th... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 23:40:31 EST at a stand still the first 2 weeks went great right on target now on 3 1/2 weeks and lost nothing, what am I doing wrong? Thu, 6 Oct 2016 20:12:50 EST Need Support Please I have posted this on another board but think this forum suits my needs at this present moment <BR> <BR> Hi <BR> <BR> Has anyone else encountered this - made a concerted effort to lose weight only to gain initially? <BR> Why do you think this was? <BR> How long did you persevere before benefits started to show? <BR> As long as I stick to my daily calorie allowance, should I ditch the scales compl <BR> <BR> I have decided to start this again - I lost focus for a while, so, this is my situat... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 06:20:50 EST Health & Exercise dilemma Hello! I hope I can get some advice about a recent unfortunate change in my life. Also, I apologize in advance for my English, not a native speaker :) <BR> <BR> I recently changed my lifestyle.To be precise, I finally started sleeping and eating breakfast, I stopped eating foods that contain processed sugar and I started exercising regularly. Unfortunately, my anemia reached a critical point, and my doctor ordered me to stop with any activity, even driving. I could only take light walks for ... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 18:00:21 EST Someone please help me!! Since May I have lost 6lbs. This week alone I have gained 3lbs back. I've done cardio, exercised around the park, and have been eating right. I'm starting to see my c-section pooch again. Please someone help me. What am I doing wrong? I'm 29 years and I'm trying to get it shape. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:18:55 EST It's unfair I'm being blamed for his problems!!! I just don't think it's fair I'm being blamed for my brother's awful behavior! He doesn't even show respect for my parents so how is it my fault when he has anger management problems?! My relationship and the way I interact with him is beside the point! HE is the one with the problem! <BR> <BR> I think my parents just want a scapegoat because they can't handle his explosive outbursts! But I don't think it's fair to just heap the blame on me! I'll bet even if I were to ignore him all the time... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:55:15 EST Lost 16 pounds in two years gained 5.5 back Arghhh...went on the scale this morning and I am creeping back up to 150 again I was doing so well. I even managed to go from prediabetic to normal levels. <BR> <BR> Now I am nervous to go back for blood work for the fear I may be prediabetic again. <BR> <BR> I went through a couple of losses so I started emotional eating again and I eat when I am bored. <BR> <BR> Just need some tips to get back on track again because right now I feel somewhat discouraged and beating myself up over it. ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:24:27 EST Exhausted Hi all! <BR> I didn't know where to post this, but this board seemed good to me. <BR> As my posts title says I'm exhausted. <BR> It's taking awhile to see results ( and that's okay) but I'm exhausted at family not being able to understand that this is important to me. <BR> Except my husband and parents no one really understands me. <BR> I stay in a joint family in india, and most of the time I'm not involved with any meals with my in laws. <BR> Recently, a lot of social situations have been h... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:09:11 EST Fear of gaining as recovering from surgery I have 2 surgeries in 2 years and now facing another one.. When I had the first one (Which wasnt the first on feet,,, this upcoming one is 23 or 24 on them) in June of 15 I was NOT allowed to move than to the couch, bed, toilet and that was IT ! I live alone now , but had GD and her H come down to help me out. <BR> <BR> I had sent them home (early to NOISY !) and fell one night (Why do these things ALWAYS happen at night?) Got up on my own instead of calling 911 for help, in the process I... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 01:34:39 EST Angry Can't help being angry today, did so well yesterday - ate right, drank water and exercised for more than 30 minutes, read motivational articles and even posted positively about my new goals so of course I thought I would see something positive on the scales or at least stay the same, but NO! I GAINED a pound! It might not seem like much but I've been at a plateau for months and my Oncologist said that now I HAVE to lose weight and I try and look what happens! I did a bad thing and binged o... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:06:37 EST Feeling down I am feeling down and out tonight. <BR> It seems that I can't stay on track with anything...losing weight ....going to the gym....taking care of my house....taking care of me. I feel so over whelmed that I just sit all day in my recliner watching TV. I don't go anywhere or see anyone, my DH is an over the road truck driver and is gone all week. <BR> I have a good relationship with my sister in-law, that is more my sister than in-law, when I'm with her people think we're sisters when it's our ... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:03:35 EST Don't think I can do this. I am a 45 year old women who has been married for 25 years and have 2 children, 1 in college and 1 a junior in high school. <BR> <BR> I was always overweight. When I was 16 I stopped eating and lost 75 lbs really quick. That led to an emergency cholecystecomy at 16. I still stayed under 200 until I finished college and got married. Then I blew up! I am now 370 and miserable but can't stop eating. <BR> <BR> I tell myself EVERYDAY, this has got to stop but I don't. I can't take long walks. I ... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:01:48 EST Feeling hopeless! It's just so hard to limit my fluids to just 500mls per day! But I am in dialysis and I have no choice! Now they have fixed the machine and it no longer extracts extra so I have to be extra careful. They won't even extract extra because they are afraid my blood pressure will drop. <BR> <BR> It's just so hard to limit my fluids like this. I keep trying and failing! I keep coming to the center with an average of 3 to 5kg of weight gain! I am so sick of living this way! I don't know how some of... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:19:32 EST Issues on Spark mail The little boxes that you click on for points and other things are not uploading properly---thought the techs might want to know---not very good at explaining--I can click on them but they are showing their normal look. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 06:57:38 EST Im tired :( I want to eat something else other than cereal for breakfast. The thing is that cereal is so easy to fix. I wake up too tired to cook eggs, oatmeal etc. I dont understand why i wake up so tired. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:34:40 EST Crohns and weight I do not think reaching a healthy weight is possible. I recently suffered a very painful partial blockage that has caused fluid retention and weight gain. So I guess I need to focus on health and not my weight Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:47:55 EST Stuck in a cycle and depressed Not too different from some people I'm sure, but I've been dealing with my depression, and it's causing me to gain the weight I just lost. I find myself getting complacent and telling myself I deserve to relax and live life, and then falling into this pit of dispare when I realize I ruined my progress. My boyfriend also hates that I'm hard on myself and encourages me to eat which isnt his fault because I'm my own person, but I'm easily convinced. I need a better mindset and to boost my motiva... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:24:16 EST Depressed at being blamed! My Mom and my Aunt keep blaming me for being on dialysis. They keep saying I brought it on myself for my unhealthy diet during my Uni days. <BR> <BR> I mean, really, I am already feeling horrible enough, blaming me doesn't help matters! I am really hurt! <BR> <BR> And most ppl just get fat with unhealthy diets! Why did I have to get SLE and kidney failure? Thu, 15 Sep 2016 20:23:09 EST binging I usually binge when I am sleepy around 3 o'clock in the afternoon and at night. I know its because I'm tired but I need to stop. Any Ideas? Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:27:37 EST Please does anyone know the answer to this? It took 13 months for me to shift over 6 stone and have maintained an active lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Last saturday something bad happened on holiday. I was raped by one of my friends and since that day I have taken to smoking 3 to 6 cigarrettes a day. I am too ashamed to tell my loved ones what happened and smoking helps me feel relaxed allthough I feel sick and often want to die. <BR> <BR> Today I booked a gp appointment to rule out pregnancy and disease. I am going to stop smoking. <BR> <B... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:19:41 EST Binge I am mindful about what I eat about 80% of the time <BR> <BR> Every 2 weeks or so I have a "binge" - in that I eat more desserts than I should or eat comfort food like grilled cheese - I usually do this because of boredom and don't feel great after <BR> <BR> When I am in the middle of overeating it is like logic does not work - ie I know I should change the activity e.g leave my apartment - but common sense fails me in these binges <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any tips for how you mentally... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 23:14:06 EST Frustrated and Medicated I just started a new medicine this week and already have gained three pounds despite staying on my calorie goal. I have already called the doc, but no return call. I am at my wits end on how to at least stay my overweight-self rather than growing even more. <BR> <BR> Help! I am hoping that it is all water weight--any suggestions to help keep the water weight down till I can get to the doc? Mon, 12 Sep 2016 15:46:30 EST Too tired today So I only got 5 hours of sleep last night. That's something I am deeply trying to work on. Anyway, I wanted to work out today but I am so tired. I did, however, go on a 30 min walk. Advice? Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:44:39 EST Im so upset I came back about 5 days ago. I have done very well eating healthy even though we went to a family party yesterday and I just ate the fresh veggies ( no dip) and drank a diet pop.My FIL who drives tour buses brought me a Rhubarb pie from Amish country because he knows I love rhubarb. I put it in the car. We went to dinner last night and brought home part of my steak and only ate one slice of bread no butter. Today My DD who is also dieting baked Chocolate chip cookies and left them on the ... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 21:15:09 EST Skipped dinner to stay within my calorie goal I'm not hungry, but I am feeling deprived! Please help me not go make myself a meat and cheese and cracker plate! Wed, 7 Sep 2016 22:26:44 EST stomach problems and overeating I have very severe sinuses. During peak allergy months, I get large amounts of drainage. This is one of those months. The drainage is so bad...half the time I eat and I almost immediately throw it back up with sinus drainage. Sorry for the visual. Once my stomach is completely empty, I can finally eat. And as long as I don't stop eating, no more vomiting. <BR> <BR> The only real thing that is easy to tolerate is dry carbs such as crackers ...and even then I sometimes still have iss... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 21:03:10 EST vehicle Accident I was involved in a minor accident today on a city bus. We were hit from behind. I tweaked my back and am very sore. I have not and do not plan on seeing a doctor. How long should I wait before beginning my workouts again. My back is very sore Tue, 6 Sep 2016 19:47:47 EST Panic City! My daughter just signed me up for a 5k breast cancer awareness walk! I have only started walking fora week! Any tips on how to not make a complete fool out of myself? I have until October 22 to get ready. How do I do that? Mon, 5 Sep 2016 13:46:56 EST So, so, so out of shape !!! I am so out of shape... Not a big surprise considering I weigh almost 400 lbs, have a desk job and live a pretty much sedentary lifestyle. I didn't realize quite how bad out of shape I actually am getting though until I helped my husband to put a load of hay in the barn yesterday. I usually help him some every year.well, first of all, I barely made it up onto the wagon, then lifting those bales of hay ( they weigh 50-60 lbs each) I was sweating so bad, this morning I am so sore my knees, bac... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 08:26:43 EST Sticking with plan during your period I struggle so much to stick to the plan during my period. I have not been eating very well. Any advice from anyone? Sun, 4 Sep 2016 23:44:04 EST trying running routine and having trouble I started Couch to 5k. I did the first two days already. Today will be my third day. Im not liking the idea at all. But if I want progress I need to do it. However, I don't like it very much and it is so difficult to actually run. I'm dreading it. I'm 44 years old and eventually want to be a runner. Should I keep trying or maybe this isn't the exercise for me? I need support in this matter. Your input would be great!! Thank you sparkfriends!!! Sun, 4 Sep 2016 06:47:41 EST slipping spark eating/exercise really tough yesterday. pulled it off mostly, but with difficulty. right now, not sure how i can keep this up for a lifetime. hope i can get the enthusiasm back. maybe need to do just 1 challenge at a time and take a true rest day on schedule. right now, afraid i"ll become fed up and begin to not care. don''t want that to become more the norm. will consider day after cruise (30 days away) rest day then start back at the beginning with better challenge schedule . also, do less ... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 09:48:46 EST Help! I'm not getting results! Today's weigh in marked my 5th week. <BR> I've cut calories to 1200 per day. <BR> Brisk 30 minute walk at lunch <BR> Brisk 30-45 minute in the evenings. <BR> week 1= -2.2 <BR> week 2= -2.2 <BR> week 3= -1.8 <BR> week 4= +.4 <BR> Today = +.2 <BR> Feeling sad with my efforts and no progress the last 2 weeks. I plan to: <BR> Lower my calorie intake and do a lot of cardio. <BR> <BR> Any suggetions greatly appreciated. <BR> Fri, 2 Sep 2016 16:43:00 EST Depressed I just dont want to feel this way, I just want to be happy inside as I fake it on the outside. you know what you see just maybe is not real. I love my job, family but if they knew all the pain I cover up it would surprise them all. Who else feels like living in a rut and finding a way to cope is very challenging, usuallly I am a high happy person yet my insides are broken. Fri, 2 Sep 2016 10:44:06 EST Bariatric Diet Plan- Help! I am considering having the gastric sleeve to help with my weight loss, but still unsure. I have been doing lot of research and came upon a suggested meal plan for after surgery and you go back to eating regular foods. I recently started following the meal plan and wondering if anyone has followed the plan without actually having the surgery and succeeded in losing weight. I do not really have a problem with the amount of food, since most of it is protein but don't want to waste my time eithe... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:50:57 EST how to deal with feelings of hunger and cravings Please share how you handle feelings of hunger and / or cravings when you are trying to lose weight. What works best for you? Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:29:29 EST How did you learn to focus? I think I have ADD in terms of focusing on my goals.... Why can't I focus? I need to focus on one thing to really get started. What is that one thing? How did you learn to focus? <em>52</em> What was your first goal to focus on? Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:48:27 EST Gaining a little (3 lbs) despite near perfection:) Happy Saturday Sparkers!!! <BR> I have been doing very well, a major nsv, eating right, avoiding sweets (very small amounts), eating within my calories, exercising every day (but the occasional day off). <BR> Honestly, this is the best I have ever done for a long period (100 days). Perfection is close although still not losing weight, even gained a little. I just gain weight so easily, if i look at a donut I gain a pound or more. <BR> <BR> I just went to the doctor to check my thyroid,... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 10:31:06 EST report for Gulcose Values How do I get a report with the glucose values I have entered in the tool <BR> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:28:49 EST Can't take a compliment! Does anyone else have this issue. I go along fine, losing weight, getting healthy when all of a sudden someone gives me a compliment. "oh you look good, you lost weight?". I throw everything to the wind and start gaining weight immediately! I don't know how many times I've lost the same 15 pounds, only to put it back on and more following the compliments. Why am I sabotaging myself? Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:03:00 EST Peoples attitudes trying Stay Positive Eat Healthy Hello, <BR> <BR> Year ago had cancer scare decided then to make some changes its been alot harder then I thought, New to exercise still learning, healthy cooking and ect <BR> my partner is trying to lose weight also at times she will cook something unhealthy and say dinner is done, I will tell her thank you anyway but I told you earlier when we talked i didn't want any but thank you anyway. she will get mad stomp through the house and tell me to eat it anyway and yell at me and slam pans ar... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 02:11:13 EST Lost and confused Hi. I'm 23 years old and just recently graduated from college with a degree in Applied Mathematics. I'm trying to determine which career path would be a great fit for me but can't seem to find anything in particular that would make me wanna wake up early every morning and strive to become better at that profession on a day to day basis. There are plenty of jobs I know I'm capable of doing and can pay well, but I don't see myself being excited about these jobs as most of them are seen as "behi... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:24:52 EST Starting over for the 100th time! Here it is Monday once again and again I am promising to eat healthier and to exercise. I am so over this weight loss journey that I have been on since I was in fourth grade. I have always been overweight and now that I am in my fourties I am in dire need of losing weight to avoid health issues that run in my family. I have so much weight to lose and I am overwhelmed! I am the only one in my family that is overweight. Although I have their support, I am still tempted by the foods they eat and... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:10:45 EST Frustrated at 64 Hi, <BR> New to the message boards but not to Sparkpeople. <BR> I am coming up on my 50 reunion in 3 weeks and have been trying to lose 20 pounds since April. Only lost 7 pounds. <BR> <BR> How do I lose 6-8 pounds in 3 weeks I am at a plateau been between 148 -150 lbs for 2 weeks,.....what is wrong? I am eating my 1200 calories with very little cheating. <BR> <BR> And suggestions, tricks and support would be helpful. <BR> <BR> Pattie Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:01:35 EST really trying to fight the urge Ice cream is calling my name. I saw a post on a friends FB feed of rich chocolate cake and now I am craving chocolate cake. Lemon tarts seems like a grand idea today, too. What the heck? <BR> <BR> I am doing my best to fight the urge. I am reminding myself how hard I have worked to get this far. I have put on tight leggings. I have logged into Spark People. I have read nutrition articles and motivation meme's. I have reminded myself I do not even like cake. <BR> <BR> I have recogniz... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:22:04 EST How to update settings? I am trying to figure out how to add that I am nursing a new baby to my settings. You used to be able to on but now redirects to sparkpeople. So is there anyway to add that to my settings on sparkpeople? Sun, 14 Aug 2016 14:24:36 EST Weight loss, meds, and Leslie Sansone In my attempt to find a "diet" (as in way of eating) that will suit my needs, I've come across two 6 week plans by Leslie Sansone (Walk Away the Pounds). <BR> <BR> One plan, is a 6 week "Walk Diet" where she guides you through a walking schedule. 5 days a week, you do a structured 1 to 3 mile walk (with or without strength training depending on the day). Once a week, there are no structured walks, but there is a daily step goal that you are encouraged to reach on that day (the goal starts a... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 08:55:04 EST Does anyone else do this? So I got to my first mini goal last week and I notice that I'm almost self sabotaging-am up 2lbs this week. I know I'm doing it and I know I do it a lot, I'll get to a mini goal and sub consciously I'll just relax and let go. It's irritating when you want to get below that goal. I'm going to toughen up on myself this next week, just wondered if anyone else had similar patterns of behaviour? Fri, 12 Aug 2016 03:25:02 EST What am I doing wrong? I've gone from very sedentary (about 900 steps a day) to more active: 10K-12K steps a day, 4-5 miles a day, 10-12 floors of stairs a day, making sure I get between 250 and 500 steps per hour for at least 9 hours in a day, 30 minutes of 'cardio zone' heart rate activity...5-6 days a week for ten days. My calorie count is around 1500/day, and I'm comfortable there; I don't feel like I'm over eating and I don't feel hungry, and I'm working hard at eating regularly through the day. <BR> <BR> WHY... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:05:34 EST Feeling Hungry I feel hungry but used up all my calories for today. What should I do? Wed, 10 Aug 2016 20:28:25 EST Crohns diagnosis I was just diagnosed with Crohns a month ago. My gastroenterologist says to not worry about weight loss while my medical doctor says to lose 40lbsss by October. Who do I listen to? This is nuts. <em>40</em> Tue, 9 Aug 2016 19:04:56 EST Blew it again 2 nights in a row I went to vending machines. Now I feel sick. Tue, 9 Aug 2016 02:27:16 EST Help. Have looked everywhere for the spot I clicked to add Meal Planner on my calorie meal count. I hate it and have spent days looking for the spot I can turn it off. Someone please help me get rid of Meal Planner. <BR> I am ready to quit tracking my calories it is that much annoying me. <BR> Thanks anyone for the help. Mon, 8 Aug 2016 17:01:07 EST I can't live like this I join different websites (Sparkpeople, MyFitnessPal, Weight Watchers) and lose weight until I get fed up with the deprivation and stress. <BR> <BR> Calorie counting works- but only to a certain degree. Yes, if I measure and track with excruciating detail, I will lose weight. The only problem is, I cannot seem to maintain those habits. If I'm miserable doing it, then does it REALLY work? <BR> <BR> I've become somewhat of a "food snob" in many ways. It's little things. When I'm at home, I'v... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 11:48:18 EST So frustrated! Hi, I started SP in 2011, was so enthused at first and lost 70#. Around the holidays of 2012, I ate one too many cookies, and lost my motivation, and steadily have climbed back up. My highest weight here, was 212 and this morning, I was back up to 204. I should explain that I have a severe case of Rheumatoid Arthritis since 2008. With being on strong meds., including Prednisone, this makes it hard to lose. I have to really eat minimal to lose. My Rheumatologist has told me to stop any f... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 21:55:30 EST Help!!!! I'm expanding sideways!!!! Fast!!!! I used to have a 28 inch waist, which I was very proud of! <BR> <BR> But after menopause, I have been expanding sideways!!!! <BR> <BR> Now, my waist is 34 inches!!!!! I am beyond upset!!!! <BR> <BR> I have stopped eating junk for most of my meals and I'm exercising regularly but my tightest shorts are still tight! Fri, 5 Aug 2016 07:06:28 EST So discouraged, feeling very down... Two summers ago I reached my goal of 160 and was maintaining beautifully. I then broke my foot, quit working at the ranch I was working at, and started a job where I am in a vehicle 8+ hours out of the day. I unfortunately gained it all back, (now up to almost 220) <em>46</em> and am feeling very very depressed. I feel awful, have no energy to do anything, none of my clothes fit and I am so unhappy about being fat again. I have been trying to make positive changes over the last month or t... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 20:11:23 EST Hungry late at night - what can i eat? I'm trying to lose weight, and decided not eat after 9pm. But I get soooo hungry between 10-11pm. I probably won't go to bed for another hour. I'm so hungry! What is a good snack option? Any ideas? Mon, 1 Aug 2016 22:55:07 EST Thinsulin Has anyone read this book, "Thinsulin"? I am curious about it. Apparently, it talks about eating foods that control your insulin levels to lose weight. But it cautions that eating more portions of fruits and vegetables could cause your insulin levels to spike, which will then cause your body to store fat. This is where I got confused, because aren't fruits and vegetables supposed to be good for you? Even the registered dietician I talked to told me to go ahead and eat fruits and vegetables ev... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 18:41:33 EST advice Should I count carbs or calories? I feel helpless in trying to lose weight. <BR> <BR> Sun, 31 Jul 2016 21:09:55 EST HELP ! Where do I find the conversion calculater Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:01:34 EST Help! I am GAINING! Hi there! I have been exercising consistently for a few years and eat healthy most of the time (I do indulge more on the weekends/special occasions). I have been slowly gaining weight, and it doesn't appear to be all muscle because my abdomen does not look any better! (Side note: I've given birth to 2 children, had my gallbladder removed, and currently have a golf ball sized lump in my upper abdomen that I am currently in the process of finding out what it is (bloodwork came back normal, j... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:47:35 EST Not Caring Today has been a very negative day for me. I'm just not caring today. I need to pull out of this funk because I don't want to backslide again. <em>39</em> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:58:11 EST I have reached the I FEEL LIKE QUITTING point..... Well it has been a crazy journey so far. In the beginning of 2015 I lost roughly 30lbs then I got pregnant. Well I had lots of issues during pregnancy and also watched my food intake so I was really lucky to come out of the hospital about the same size as pre pregnancy. That means I was able to maintain the 30lb pre preganancy weight loss!!! Yay me!! Well after 3 months of settling in to new baby I decided it was time to hop back on the wagon! <BR> <BR> So far it has been one month since I s... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:20:25 EST potluck at work Yesterday we had a potluck at work and I overdid it. Not by *too* much, but still I'd be ok if it was only one day BUT Now, I'm getting anxious because all of the leftovers from the potluck will be waiting for me at work. An entire table filled with cookies, brownies, chips, cake, etc. just two steps from my desk all day. And it will remain there for the rest of the week because most folk work from home Wed-Friday. But not me! I've been maintaining REALLY GOOD since May, stress free, enj... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:40:53 EST My Goal for Today..... So my goal for today is to track what I eat and walk for a minimum of 15 minutes - that's it - I know it sounds like a little but for me that's a lot! <BR> <BR> What are your goals for the day and how do you stay motivated to keep going every day? Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:21:00 EST Swelling in the hands Hey you guys so the past couple of weeks I've had some swelling in my hands. I'm not sure if it's because it's just really hot or something else. I can't even wear my engagement rings. Any ideas what I can do to reduce the swelling. Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:23:59 EST spot reducing people say spot reducing does not work, but if I work on my calves my arms don't get skinner because of it. What can I do to reduce my stomach, my stomach is bigger than my chest and has been for many a years no matter what I do, or not eat. no sugar for a month; nothing, walking over7000 steps a day, 8+ cups of water a day, soda maybe 1 can a week. Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:05:26 EST How do I report a user for harassment? A user has body shamed me on my blog because she didn't like what I wrote and then she commented "FAT" on one of my pictures. I'd like to report the user. Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:32:04 EST Upset over laziness of nurses I told them during treatment repeatedly that my blood test report was missing a page. Our blood gets tested once every 3 months so I know what I m talking abt! <BR> <BR> But instead of looking for the missing page they told me to check page 1! Well, I got home, checked and there WAS a page with crucial data missing! <BR> <BR> Now I have to wait till Monday for the missing page! I m sooooo mad! This is just pure laziness! Fri, 22 Jul 2016 00:17:18 EST Overwhelmed and overextended I just sat down and made a list of everything that I have to do. It's a giant list. Books to read for various commitments, everyday chores, extra things that aren't everyday things.... Plus I am panicked that I may have my apartment inspected soon. (They give me notice, but only a couple of days. I have A LOT to do if there's an inspection soon!!!) I have committees that I'm on and I have Bible studies plus book club. That's 3 books that I have to read in a limited amount of time. I j... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:59:26 EST Well this stinks. <BR> I'm in that stage where you're working hard -- extra-hard, really, since the tracking and the working out haven't become second nature yet -- but you don't yet look any different. And it stiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinks. And this is the heaviest I've ever been, so I look at how far I have to go and it's so demoralizing. And I'm PMSing so I'm retaining a lot of water, and last week's scale victory has been partially undone. <BR> <BR> I haven't quit because on some level I know that the only thi... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:30:01 EST Help! My hair is thinning! Please, God! I don't want to end up like my Mom! My bald line is getting more and more obvious! I really don't want to wear a wig but I guess I really have no choice! <BR> <BR> I am applying hair tonic regularly but I m still getting bald! Sun, 17 Jul 2016 08:33:05 EST Can't Stay Motivated for even 24hrs I swear I start a new diet every day. I can't even get through 24 hours without having a slip up. I've been trying to lose weight for over 5 years and I just keep gaining more and more. I've tried EVERYTHING. I just can't stay motivated or stick to any program. Has anyone experienced the same thing? Any tips? Programs that have worked? Sat, 16 Jul 2016 22:19:58 EST Back to square one...again I weighed myself yesterday and I see I've gained back 6 lbs since May, and I am almost back to my heaviest weight. I started a new full-time job in April and I started graduate school in May, so ever since I have not found any spare time to exercise. If I am not at work, I am in classes, and if I am not in classes, I am doing homework or research papers, and if I am not doing homework or research papers or exams, I am doing military training, and if I am not doing military training, I am slee... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 13:44:09 EST How can I stop my parents verbally abusing me? My parents get angry at practically nothing, stuff an ordinary adult would dismiss. Then comes the verbal abuse, saying I'm stupid, low-class, a pariah etc. They even call me names that cannot be typed here. <BR> <BR> Whenever I try to reason with them, they will never admit that they are wrong but become even MORE verbally abusive! <BR> <BR> They just cannot accept that I am now a woman. They just cannot accept that they have raised me well enough that I don't cheat or con others, that I a... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 10:03:44 EST Frustrated at slow progress! I am eating within my calorie range and doing the recommended amount of exercise, sometimes more than required but progress has been painstakingly slow! <BR> <BR> I am just so discouraged! My tightest shorts still don't fit! I can zip it now but still, it is tight! Why must weight loss be sooooo slow, when I am doing everything right?! I haven't had any junk for more than a month now! Sat, 16 Jul 2016 07:22:22 EST 4th of july was here I was doing very well to start , I was proud of how I felt , Then 4th of July came visitors came over, cook outs food that you don't usually get .Then I cant stop !!!! <BR> and it continues how to get back at what I was doing .Why do our minds take over what we know is wrong I want to feel good I want to look nice I want to be healthy <BR> HELP HELP HELP Fri, 15 Jul 2016 21:54:37 EST HELP Please I have been losing weight for over a year now and have successfully lost over 70lbs with exercise and a change of dietary habit. <BR> A few months ago I started wearing 20kg weight vest to help me continue weight loss after increasing my intake to around 1800 and keep a small deficit. <BR> I would like to know if anyone knows the amount of calories burned wearing the vest all day just doing basic house cleaning etc. I am not sure how much I weigh but last time I weighed myself over a month ag... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 15:40:45 EST Sleep and caffeine and me Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I will admit right now that it seems like it's really early for me to hit the panic button, but what I need to talk about has been a problem for a long time. <BR> <BR> The basics of it is that I have problems with nightmares. The sources of said nightmares, I guess, will come out in later blogs if that's kosher around here. <BR> <BR> The problem for me is when I have nightmares, it breaks my sleep, and hard. I've been known to lose a good 2-3 hours sleep on one nig... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:39:48 EST Self Sabotage Help! Every time I even consider eating healthier to lose weight, it seems like I trigger the junk food monster living inside of me. I immediately start craving things I know I shouldn't eat. And my willpower sucks. <BR> I am definitely exercising more. I've started doing 5ks, 10ks and even have a half marathon coming up in a few months. <BR> But I also know that I need to lose probably 60 lbs and probably more if I go by what the medical people think would be my "ideal" weight. And I wou... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:24:07 EST Whale on scale Hi guys <BR> <BR> I eat a sustainable 1200 calories a day and do an hour of light cardio a day. At 5'6 I weigh 65 kgs so am generally in my healthy weight range. However due to years of yo yo and bingeing, my waist is about 39" so am what can be called a "fat but light person" at 27 y/o. This is my issue: I'm obsessed with the scale. I'd reduced to 58 kgs and bounced up to 66 in a month of binge eating cus I restrained myself to like 700 calories a day. Sucks I know but am done with that pha... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:01:06 EST Shaky / Jittery Hi Yall, <BR> <BR> Im not sure why but the yesterday after eating lunch and when I stood up I got lightheaded as if I was about to pass out but after a few seconds I was fine and even before lunch I felt and still do feel shaky / jittery inside but u cant tell by looking at me tho. <BR> Im eating regularly tho maybe im not drinking enough water? I do live in Texas. <BR> Don't know if this is something I should be concerned about or not. <BR> <BR> Thanks Yall <BR> Lu Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:20:03 EST Upset over nonchalance of my parents I went to an optician last month, they tested my eyes and asked me to see an eye doctor for confirmation because they suspect I may have cataracts in my eyes. <BR> <BR> But that was last month and my Mom still hasn't taken me to see the eye doctor. He has just come back from a holiday overseas at the beginning of this week but my Mom still hasn't made an appointment! <BR> <BR> My Dad also says it's probably nothing because I am not a diabetic. But these are my eyes! The most important orga... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 06:15:55 EST More of a mini rant Does anyone else sometimes get annoyed when people keep trying to "fix" problems? I mean, I know it's mostly because people care, but sometimes, all I want is for someone to listen to what I'm saying and nothing more. I often don't share my problems with people because I do already know what I'm going to do about it, I just want to feel like someone will listen to me get it off my chest. It's getting to the point where I'd rather ring the Samaritans than talk to my SO or friends because no ma... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:55:48 EST My friend is still upset with me! I asked my friend to make some boxes for containing earrings this Christmas. I told her she had ample time to get them ready. However, a few months ago, I found a cheaper alternative, I msged her at once, cancelling the order, not knowing that she had already purchased the materials and had already made 5 of them out of the 16 required. <BR> <BR> I had already apologized profusely and told her I will pay her and take them anyway as agreed but now she is upset and won't make them anymore. She... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 21:57:56 EST Losing weight is hard! I lost 60 lbs three years ago and I actually used to brag about how "simple, not easy" it was to do. Now, after gaining it ALL back.... AH! It is just so hard! But it's all in my head... because it IS simple. I know what I need to do. I feel better doing the things I need to do. But in my head, I was seeing this going so much smoother, and quicker. "Well, I'll lose like 2 lbs a week so it'll only take me about 4 months lose 30 lbs." Umm yea.. maybe if I starve myself, lol. I'm still feeling p... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:54:13 EST Frustratedly Discouraged! HELP Hi Yall, <BR> Im sooo frustrated w my scale ( Homedics SC-C540 Fat and Water body Scale) and all I just want to throw it out the window cause its giving me crazy weight readings ( and ive found out that one of the batteries corroded in there changed out to new batteries but still no difference)and all and ive been stuck at 206.6 / higher like 207. something for nearly a week or so now and this has been happening for about 2 wks maybe at the least its soo frustrating I don't know what or how t... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09:30:22 EST I got this!! I think? Maybe? Remind me please!! Ok, this so goes against the grain for me... I don't usually put my ickiness and vulnerabilities out there, but there is no time like the present to try something new right? <BR> <BR> I'm struggling! Period. End of sentence. There I said it, that wasn't so hard was it? LOL <BR> <BR> I got me a lot on my plate right now, the biggest being a minor surgery in two weeks. I say minor because on paper, and compared to my history it is one of the "easiest". However, emotionally it is a huge pow... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:12:09 EST not losing any weight... hello, I have been working out for about 1.5 months, but I have not lost any weight. I think it might be that I work out too much, like 1.5-2.5 hours, 4 days a week, but for fitness reasons I do not want to stop working out that much. Can I have some feedback as to what I should do to lose weight? Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:38:31 EST Help! I am craving butter cookies!!! It's Hari Raya now, and all supermarkets are having deals on butter cookies and salty snacks among other things! But I just know I will binge if I buy any. The simplest solution would be just not to buy any but I would really LOVE some butter cookies! <BR> <BR> But they are full of phosphate from all that butter! That is bad for dialysis patients! Sun, 10 Jul 2016 21:14:19 EST I think my eating disorder is sort of back I suffer from Anorexia Nervosa. The last couple of days When i see food. I see sugar or salt not food. I am eating and eating properly. I have lost 3 lbs in the past week which makes me happy too. How do I stop seeing salt or sugar or even empty calories. This demon needs to stay quiet Fri, 8 Jul 2016 12:16:20 EST Camping and Family Issues! Making me want to eat! As if it's not bad enough to try like hell to stay strong and healthy when you are out camping, but now my hubby and I are having issues with his daughter. She wants to come live back home (has 3 very young kids of her own)! She lost her husband about a year ago (he died of a heart condition) and left her with the kids. I know that she needs help for her grieving and help from her social worker (she's on state aid) but I don't think I could handle all 4 living at home right now. Hubby has hea... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 15:25:46 EST Really bad day I suffer from depression and today is a really bad day. It is 6:45am and I am sitting at work crying. I drove into work and cried the whole way (dangerous I know). <BR> Nothing has caused this; it is just part of me I guess. <BR> <BR> I am feeling particularly bad that I am nearly 44 and I still have not got the one thing I have wanted for as long as I remember. I have wanted to be normal; normal weight, normal person. I can;t seem to do it. Is this as good as it gets? <BR> <BR> Each year I... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 16:49:58 EST Can I make a dent in my weight in 6 weeks? After messing about to and fro (see previous posts) I am drilling down and would love to make a dent in my weight loss before my holiday. <BR> <BR> Any ideas how to approach this? Mon, 4 Jul 2016 13:18:07 EST How do you re-teach yourself to eat? This question is for any nutritionists, dietitians, nurses, or doctors. <BR> <BR> I've been having a very bad depressive episode, and I've only been able to eat about 500 calories a day for the past three days as a result. I haven't lost any weight. I think I've gained weight. I don't know why. So, no good has come of this. <BR> <BR> Today, I tried to eat more, because it was my brother's birthday, so we went to a brunch buffet. Usually, this is my very favorite eating thing to do. I go to ... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 20:28:59 EST Confession time I have had an epiphany today. Apart from a brief period last year, o have not been logging food consistently. The reason why? I tend to sabotage myself and shave off calories from my day. You give me 1200, I will give myself less. It us a nasty cycle I got in to since ww which I did in the last 18 months and still did not lose no matter that I logged znd stayed within the points rigorously. I wonder if my body is damaged from this now which is why I don't lose continuously or consistently? ... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 15:26:22 EST