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 Binging when alone... I'm attempting to gain control of my binge eating habits. I've spent the past week doing fairly well as far as working out and tracking food, but my husband left for a while tonight to spend time with some friends while I worked on some assignments. For some reason, I indulged in a mini binge while he was gone, which led me to realize that most, if not all of my binges occur when I am alone. I was wondering how common this was, and strategies for avoiding them. Tonight's wasn't too much of a ... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:25:43 EST Stress has consumed me I'm just in from work and have had a very stressful week. I made a sensible dinner but I want to go on a binge sooooo sooooo badly! It's how I've coped. I know I can't but I feel like climbing the walls. So, I'm reaching out. Help Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:37:32 EST weight plateau problem OK, so I've done this since late Feb. I've either lost .5 a week, or stayed the same for the past 4 weeks. In order to lose weight do I have to follow the Smart People diets to a t. I've been substituting alot, but I check the graphs and I should be where I should be most of the time and I don't get salt in and drink most of my water. <BR> One of my goals is to keep getting the glow getter every day. Am I being to active or not enough. <em>234</em> <BR> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:03:32 EST Help! I have two weeks So I have two weeks before I leave for Italy on a school trip. I just recently got really sick and have since been able to durastically change my eating habits for the better. I hope to get back in the swing of working out 4-5 days a week. I have gained muscle in the past two months of working out but have been unable to lose much weight. I just need some motiviation and advice on what I should do for the next two weeks to optimize my tone up and weight loss for the next two weeks Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:55:35 EST Always hungry Been trying to eat sensible. 3 meals a day and healthy snacks in between. 3 snacks per day. <BR> <BR> Trying to have a lean protein, a fast carb (pasta,bread etc.) and a slow carb (vegetable, lettuce salad) . <BR> As well as fruit. 400-500 cals. per meal. Maybe a tad more than that even. <BR> <BR> Snacks would include: yogurt with fruit, salad, fruit and cheese, things like that. 200-250 cals. per snack. <BR> <BR> So around that 2300 calories a day.? <BR> <BR> 1-2 cups coffee in the morn... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:00:08 EST Is Sparkpeople ever going to Fix the Fitbit issue? I have my account set to losing 2 pounds per week at a sedentary activity level. <BR> <BR> April 14, 2014: <BR> Sparkpeople Range: 2,417-2,767 <BR> Fitbit Calories Burned: 2,834 <BR> <BR> April 16, 2014: <BR> Sparkpeople Range: 2,096-2,449 <BR> Fitbit Calories Burned: 2,513 <BR> <BR> How am I supposed to lose weight based on this? If I burned 2,834 calories on Monday, then shouldn't my range be 1,584-1,934 if I want to lose 2 pounds per week. <BR> <BR> I'm a little annoyed that Sparkpeopl... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:29:37 EST pepsi :/ I think Pepsi is my trigger. I can have chocolate and not go crazy wanting more almost anything. The one thing I have done is not have a Pepsi in 3 months. I have been really stressed out and I fell like an alcoholic saying just want one. There were days I would easily drink over 1000 calories a day just with Pepsi. Im losing it here :(. I have lost over 50 pds I don't want to gain that back. Ugh im so depressed . It's bad when you would feel safer with a huge cheesecake than a 2 litter Pepsi... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:59:19 EST Lemon Detox Diet Maple Syrup Diet..desperate My college graduation in right around the corner(May 17th WOO) however I'm hating my body. I've only lost 2 pounds and right now I'm desperate. I don't want to look like a fattie in my graduation dress. I asked my thinner friend how she loses weight so fast for the summer she said she does the Lemon Maple syrup diet: fasting for like 10 days and only drinking this weird concoction of lemons, cayenne pepper and maple syrup. I want to do it but I'm scared I don't know what it'll do to my body. ... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:20:15 EST I just can't lose weight at all I'll tell you my story, and my trials. <BR> I have always been overweight, my entire life. I tried a a few fad diets, lost and gained weight quite a few times. Then about 7 years ago, i decided I needed to have a serious lifestyle change. I bought the books, found spark people. turned my life around. turned from a total couch potato to working out everyday, eating healthy, logging in my calories, etc.. I lost about 15 kilos (about 30 pounds) Then I graduated college, started working. I had a ... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:25:20 EST Weight loss seems to be literally impossible Hey everyone. I've pretty much become desperate. Let me give you a little background on my situation. I used to be 170 pounds, then I got prescribed Zyprexa for insomnia and went up to 250. I dieted and went down to 200ish for a long time, but the longer I was on the med, the more my metabolism went downhill. Eventually I was able to quit the med and overcome the insomnia naturally by quitting cigarettes and with lots of exercise. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I thought for sure the weight would d... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:12:53 EST In a Really Rough Place I just set up this new account (though I've used SP before), hoping that something would trigger inside of me, but I'm not really sure how well it's going to go. <BR> <BR> Here's the story: I just recently turned 30 years old, and I've been trying (and failing) to lose weight since my daughter was born a little over three years ago. At my healthiest/best looking/best feeling, I weighed about 128 lbs (at 5 foot 1 inch). As of this morning I weighed myself at 169 lbs. I feel awful, and I hate ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:35:39 EST Hating my Body I'm having a very low self esteem day. I looked at my old pictures on my profile and I feel so sad. I've gained 20 lbs, and at 4'10, that's a lot. <BR> <BR> It was really easy over the summer to be in super good shape because I was manic. But now that I'm on meds I am so much more tired and calm, and I have a harder time motivating myself to exercise. I also have been eating more. <BR> <BR> I bought new clothes online and when they arrived I was so downtrodden by the way they looked on my... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:22:47 EST In Deep Trouble!!! Help!!! The head nurse at the dialysis center has threatened to charge me more and delay my treatments if my weight increases by 3kg or more! This is very difficult for me as this means I have to slash my portion sizes drastically and really watch my fluid intake. This means no sweet or salty snacks either bcoz they make me thirsty! <BR> <BR> I have been on dialysis for 10 years and she claims that I had better control a couple of years back! I am just sick of all the restrictions but I have no choi... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:19:29 EST Help! Junk food Craving is at Full Throttle! Hi guys, I am having the biggest sweet tooth and junk food craving. I am on a short break from work, but I am worried that once I get off work I will head straight for fast food or for something high in sugar and calories. <BR> <BR> I have dinner planned already and will not take me long at all to make, but I am not trusting myself to go home and cook what I have planned. Any tips or suggestions??? I have been thinking about food all day long! I am not physically hungry either, because I rec... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:19:11 EST need to let go but can't Hey guys, <BR> <BR> So I recently went through a terrible breakup with my ex. He's about six years older than me and I wasn't ready for where he was in life (buying a house together, marriage, babies, etc). And it totally freaked me out, so I tried to talk to him about it. He totally took it the wrong way and won't give me another chance. I know I need to let go, but can't find the power to do it. And it's negatively affecting my weight loss journey. I feel like I can't even get out of bed s... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:56:24 EST Fell off the wagon Well today is the day I get back on, I have gained 12lbs back in two weeks. My husband works away and when he comes home he wants pizza, fried chicken, burgers and fries. So of course I go along with him, I love his company but not his food choices. I have to stand up and make my own. Don't get me wrong I'm not blaming him, I was the one putting the food and beer in my mouth not him it was my choice. Now its time to face the music and get back on track. I even feel like crap with all tha... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:41:30 EST Huge Belly Problem Hi, I'm on dialysis and have been having osteoporosis problems for the past few years as a result. I recently had surgery to rectify this in March 2013. I still have some aches and pains but it is getting better. Because of this, I can't exercise as intensely as I used to before I got the osteo problems. <BR> <BR> The problem now is, my belly fat has come back with a vengence, I now look like I'm 4 months pregnant when I sit down! And I really short at 4 feet 11, so I look awful! Ppl are sta... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:39:05 EST Need Help.. advice.. ... somebody to tell me they are going through the same thing as I am and they got out of it.. <BR> I seemed to me that as soon as I tuned 51 in January everything went down hill, weight went up hill and my attitude and mind set went down hill. I am also in the mist of menopause and it has hit me hard. I well telling my doc this two weeks ago and how hard it was for me to lose a pound that is seemed that it has come on more..besides it has come on 10 since the holiday but worse is I feel so... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:45:54 EST How can I lose some weight fast? I have been trying to motivate myself by reading weight loss success stories and I stumbled on this website. I am close to 50 years old and need to lose about 100 pounds. I would like to find a way to 'jump start' my weight loss journey and lose as much as possible in the next 2 months for a very special event. Is there a way to do this???? <BR> <BR> I have gained a lot of weight recently and I am miserable! My legs, knees, and feet hurt all the time, and it is very difficult for me to 'w... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:15:42 EST Annoyed I'll start this off by saying I know this is probably fluid retention. I'm telling myself the same thing I told everyone else that got discouraged with the scale, and that's that it's probably water weight and that this isn't about the weight, but I feel bad atm because my scale reported a 4 lb gain when I have eaten enough calories for a 1 lb loss. I'm hoping it's my period gearing up to start, but weight loss is so darn hard with hypothyroidism, it's discouraging because I feel like it's an... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:08:59 EST possible plateau I've been the same weight for 3 weeks now. I've been working out with the spark people work outs and getting my spark acivity to light every day. Why won't the scale budge? Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:25:44 EST Need Help Deleting Multiple SP Accounts Due to forgetting password, I've obviously opened several SP accounts and can't seem to figure out how to eliminate them. Can anyone help? <BR> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:33:20 EST how do I track complex food dishes? I am having a hard time staying motivated with tracking my food. It seems to take too much time. I spend a lot of time trying to calculate serving size especially if the food listed is in a different measurement size than I consumed. We eat casseroles and that is hard for me to calculate. Even a side salad. Do you add in each item? I need to streamline the time it takes me to track my food. Any help is appreciated. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:21:30 EST Can't Stay Motivated Never thought I'd have this weight problem...never understood someone who didn't have control over what they put in their mouth...never understood someone who couldn't get motivated to exercise. Now, I'm one of those people, and I don't know what to do. I'm sooooo sorry for the times I got frustrated with friends and family for not taking control! I finally understand. HELP! Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:48:23 EST I've turned into a shar pei..... Feeling very down at the moment as I have worked really hard the last year in a half to get healthy and loose the weight. I am below my original goal weight of 175 and weigh 169, I find it a big disappointment I still look fat. All the excess skin just hides all my muscle and is baggy, saggy and if I am on all fours working out something quite out of a horror movie. I feel disappointed that I let myself be obese for most of my life and now I am being punished and trapped in the body I created... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:25:56 EST night shift worker I have been on night shift for about a year now and since then I have gained 46 pounds I am not happy with the way I look or how I feel. I have been getting sick lately and my clothes are getting to small I need help really bad. I don't know what to do I feel like this is my life because im on night shift can someone help me and tell me what to do please. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:07:18 EST I could use some help This is my 2nd time with spark people and i think this is why i failed the last time i REFUSE to quit this time LOL....Im trying to figure out how many carbs proteins fruits veggies dairy i need a day? also how many fats, also i know butter is a fat but i do not know what else is considered,is there is a list or a guideline that could help me understand better? today my numbers were so out of wack ill never lose weight like this :( <BR> <BR> Bummed out Fri, 11 Apr 2014 05:58:34 EST Confused - Weight/Measurements Weird My diet and exercise have taken an utter nosedive over the past several months, going from eating very healthy and exercising regularly to eating OK (not a lot of junk, but unbalanced) and exercising rarely. <BR> <BR> Yet somehow I've lost weight and inches in my waist, and gained in my thighs/hips/upper arms. <BR> <BR> As an aside, I also feel really out of shape. <BR> <BR> What the heck does this even mean?! Never had such inconsistent results before. Wondering if stopping birth contr... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 04:18:11 EST not tonight Helppppp!!! <BR> Here I sit, almost 930pm, I have had all my food and calories for the day, lots of water, etc, and so now here I sit, with hunger pangs!!! <BR> I dont know where they are coming from, maybe the knowledge there is a piece of chicken leftover from supper???? <BR> Maybe stressing out over money, finding a job, paying off student loan debt???? <BR> Maybe many things. <BR> But not from lack of food. <BR> I am just so tired of this happening night after night. <BR> I am full, I am ... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:27:50 EST Confused Confused .... Do you eat back your calories that you burn. So today I did a bike ride for an hour and the tracker says I burned aprox 400 calories . That would say I need to eat a min of 1800 to lose weight . Seems high. What if I ate 1600 that would leave me a net 1200 is that a big deal. Who eats back there calories or do you not? I have noticed that since eating back my calories at the low range I haven't lost a pound. I have been 137 to 140 for over a year with no change. I have had horom... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:11:55 EST Self-sabotage at 18 pounds down I don't get it! <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago, I weighed in at 15 pounds down, and I got my butt back into gear. I exercised, ate right, and dropped enough weight to get into the 18 pounds down range. <BR> <BR> But suddenly, my motivation was gone. The idea of measuring and tracking seemed horrible. Now, I didn't go on an all-out binge on junk. In fact, I ate only a small potion of the gelato I bought instead of the whole pint. <BR> <BR> But this has been happening since February. It seems th... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:21:54 EST Is it even worth the fight? Hi All, <BR> <BR> In need of a little support I think, I don't have anyone in my life I feel comfortable sharing these concerns with. <BR> <BR> I started my weight loss journey 3 years ago and in the first two years lost 30 lbs then held steady at my low for another. Even though I stopped losing weight I knew I was getting stronger and healthier, I could lift more, do more reps and I ran a 10k in September '13. But then the deep freeze hit - we've had our worst winter in years and years an... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:19:38 EST weight loss stalled- calorie ranges inaccurate? I lost 10 lbs using the nutrition tracker and exercising daily but the past few weeks the scale won't budge. I thought my calories might be too high, so I started playing around with my weight loss per week goal and realized that spark is giving me the lowest calorie range no matter how many lbs/week I enter. I'm planning on eating closer to 1200/day but now I have no idea how much weight I can reasonably lose in a week. Can someone help me calculate it? I'm really discouraged. <BR> <B... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 05:56:04 EST removefiltercannot tusekeyboardhellllp helpmei Wed, 9 Apr 2014 16:43:55 EST Confused and Concerned about the Calorie Ranges These calorie ranges are killing me. I am so confused and so stressed over this, it's not even funny. When I signed up to Spark it asks you what are your goals, weight loss, etc... I wanted to lose 2lbs a week. I am assuming that the calorie ranges are set up to help me achieve that goal. My calorie ranges are 1480-1830 the days I do not exercise which is ok. My main concern is when I do exercise, how high my calorie ranges increase. Depending on the aerobic classes I take, my average calorie... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 11:00:03 EST Boy, Did I mess up......... Just started this program last week, but have been tracking my eating habits for about a month now, outside this site. (So subconsciously, I knew there were potential)(Should have listened) I was so happy last night because for the first time I actually stayed within my calories, with 200 calories left over and 37g of fiber for the day. I was happy happy, and felt in charge of eating. HOWEVER, after getting off work at 10pm, I come home and should have went straight to bed and to sleep, but i... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 07:01:51 EST Loss of period ? Hi all, my period has been clock work most of my life.. 33 yo female. I recently (over 9 months) lost 35#s and counting! Presently around 164.. past few weeks upped my work-outs (one long run, and a few gym sessions, as well as a 10 mile bike ride last weekend). I took Preg test and it was negative. I dont think I am preg. Period is several days late.. just wondering whats going on, do i need to up my cals? I try to eat 1200-1500 but a few days went up to 1700 and 2000. Still netting around 1... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:21:22 EST Trying to break the pattern but I'm struggling I've always been an emotional eater. I usually have a pattern. <BR> <BR> 1.) Things are really good for a while. My anxiety level is low. I have little stress. I exercise regularly (usually in the form of 2-3 long walks a day). I plan and stick to healthy meals and snacks. <BR> <BR> 2.) Things are really stressful. My anxiety level is ridiculously high. I have no energy after trying to keep the anxiety back all day. Little to no exercise. Soothing myself with food. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 16:19:09 EST Depression Lately I've been feeling really down and not caring what/how much I eat. I've gained 5 pounds in two weeks. My Grama is 100 years old (I am her primary caregiver) and my Mom is very sick recovering from surgery and have massive chemotherapy (we all live together). <BR> <BR> My depression has gotten bad. I was telling my Aunt and she said she didn't realize it was that bad. She gave me a lecture and then asked if I was mad at her for speaking like that to me. I told her of course not but... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 22:03:25 EST Want to work out, but OWWWWW I've been doing a lot better with my activity and workouts lately. On Friday, I did a strength training DVD (Leslie Sansone's Firm 30), and I spent my work shift feeling like my legs and arms were made of Jell-O. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, it hit me. My thighs hurt like crazy.Sitting, standing, going up and down stairs/inclines are all excruciating. I walked around work, took a hot bath, and made sure to stretch, but I'm just not able to motivate myself to actually work out when I hurt this much.... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 10:46:25 EST Knee surgery - hitting rock bottom I am scheduled for knee surgery April 15th and until then, I can't do any exercise or walking. My pain comes and goes even if I am asleep and I can only take pain medication which make me sick most of the time. My motivation is going down hill and I no longer track my food intake. I have been eating half healthy and half junk food and already gained a few pounds. I feel lost and frustrated. I have fallen down and can't get back up. Sun, 6 Apr 2014 09:49:43 EST Feeling like I am starving all the time! I have been working really hard and have seen really good results ( not just looking better but also feeling better) in past couple of months. The past couple of weeks I have upped my activity significantly and this week I absolutely feel like I am starving. I have not made any certain foods off limits since I started so it's not that feeling that I am deprived. Has anyone else had this happen to them? Will it pass? I cannot seem to think of anything but eating today....HELP! Sat, 5 Apr 2014 15:29:13 EST Need exercise ideas, Any ideas , anyone ???? I have lost almost 20 lbs and am doing pretty good with the food and water thing, now it's time to start exercising. Exercise is not an easy thing to do at 341 lbs , I know the obvious is walking but I am having a lot of trouble with lower back and knees really hurting bad when I try walking. I don't have access to a pool, only in the summer. <BR> Anyone have any ideas for exercising for a seriously overweight, sedentary living mid 40's woman. <BR> I know it's not going to be easy, but I w... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 09:52:32 EST Gaining steadily after surgery... Hello, <BR> <BR> I had a hysterectomy in November. I was basically sedentary for a month and 'careful' for weeks after that. Didn't help that all the holidays fell during that time. Now I'm back on track…but none of my old methods seem to work. No matter what I do I cannot lose the 20lbs I gained since my surgery. I feel awful. I hate the way I look and I'm tired all the time. It's so hard to stay motivated when I am not getting any results. <BR> <BR> Please help me! Has anyone else gone th... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 08:48:54 EST Don't want hurt my friend's feelings but.......... sometimes my friend and i will walk at lunchtime during work. to be honest with you, she walks so slowwwwwwwww.... i really need to work on getting rid of this gut i have developed, not to mention the fat on my hips, thighs. the pace that we walk at its never going to happen. <BR> <BR> i don't want to hurt her feelings, and i have mentioned in the past if we could go abit faster, but she is not up to brisk walking. <BR> <BR> there is another group of walkers, some walk quite fast, other... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 16:53:57 EST Craving food I don't eat Last night, I started thinking about Frappucinos. <BR> <BR> Now, I haven't touched one since December 2010. I completely cut them out of my diet, and the idea of drinking one now is weird. I know they don't have any nutritional value, but I still can't help thinking about them. Cinnamon Dolce, Caramel Espresso (I can't even have caffeinated coffee anymore), Java Chip, Raspberry White Mocha Creme, Mocha Toffee Nut... <BR> <BR> After going over 3 years without drinking my calories (aside fr... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 09:35:29 EST I Messed up Gods, I've done so well for the past few weeks! I'm a little po'd at myself. Yesterday I went to an awesome vegan place with my friend and we had sweet and sour "chicken" was fantastic, but it was also deep fried. It ended up being close to 1200 calories/serving. I ate about 3/4 of it and saved the rest for my husband, but then on my medication later that night I lost control and ate 3 ice cream sandwiches. I don't even want to track to see how bad it was... <BR> <BR> I'm trying to work... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 15:40:43 EST Dont know what to do... I really dont like venting about my relationship... but I dont know what to do... I feel like things are falling apart and i'm losing one of my best friends. My fiance and I just celebrated our 6 year anniversary a couple weeks ago. We've been together for a while, after some time people have expectations of getting married and thinking about the next step in life. We are both 25, engaged for a year and lived together for 2 years. My parents have been asking about when we will get married for... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 13:13:34 EST nothing fits me :O :'( I joined spark people 2 years back and i lost like 20 pounds and after that i thought i didn't need it anymore so i just stopped tracking food and stopped exercising (what was i thinking??!) now I've gained those 15-20 pounds again. :'( I was just trying my summer clothes on and NOTHING FITS ME !!!! what m I going to do ? I feel like throwing up everything i ate today and the day before and .. arghhhh! please help me I've got a paper tomorrow but since my "trial session" i m unable to concen... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:45:55 EST 1200-1300 calories per day? Who can do that? Unless you are on some sort of liquid diet this doesn't seem possible. I eat approx 400 in morning to get me to lunch (includes protien). By lunch I need the full 400-500 calories because I'm so hungry (includes protien). 500 cals at dinner but what about snacks? Even eating fruits and veggies throw me above the line. An apple/ banana is 100. Red peppers, celery, cucumbers etc. I need to eat with dressing and that throws me over. ugh... WOULD YOU PLEASE GIVE ME A SHORT/BASIC EXAMPLE OF YOUR D... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 08:55:39 EST I'm trying not to panic buuuut..... Okay, So I've been a Spark People User on and off for quite some time (don't ask me I'm not sure). So, Holiday Season 2013... My scale tipped at a staggering (for me) 287lbs. The highest ever in my 28 years on this planet. So I slashed immediately the extras I has purchased during the season and all of the "because I can eat it and I will" foods. To some relief end of January I dropped to 279lbs, but my cholesterol was awfully high for 28yrs old (above 200 for LDL below 40 for HDL and triglyc... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 08:34:51 EST Logging in I'm back after leaving for a few months and every time I get on the website I have to log in, even thought I always click 'remember me'. I thought once you logged out and wanted to come back you would be remembered and didn't have to go through the log-in process again. Should I be doing something different? It's not a huge deal, just annoying. Thanks for your feedback. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 10:17:02 EST REALITY CHECK FOR ME, UGH (THIS IS MY MOST RECENT BLOG, FOR TODAY, BUT JUST WANT TO EXTEND OUT TO THE BOARDS AND GET SOME MORE TIPS OR HINTS OR IDEAS) So a relative had some pants to give away. She thought they might fit me. They're size 20 and size 22 pants, and a capri jean that's XL. I figured XL won't fit, but the one pair of stretch jeans that I've used the past year is a 21, so I figured regular 20 or 22 would fit. So I tried on the 22, nope, at least an inch just from buttoning. :( So discouraging. <BR> <BR> I... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 17:54:45 EST Stuck and sinking I've been through a lot in the past year. I started my weight loss journey for real last year on the first. I was really serious about it and very motivated. I managed to lost 40 lbs. then the dreaded plateau. I sat there for weeks and weeks. I lost count after 6. I tried to change things up vary my workouts, vary my caloric intake. I did everything you are supposed to do to bust through a plateau. NOTHING. I didn't budge... then I gave up. First I gave up tracking and then before I knew it I... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 11:29:09 EST SP recommended guidelines NOT working?!?!?! After two years of severe clinical depression and a completely sedentary existence, I was firm in my New Year's resolution to stop the insanity, get fit, and lose 50 lbs. without diet pills or starvation. My first move was to join Sparkpeople and eliminate all soda and caffeine from my diet. I have followed the calorie guidelines, incorporated whole foods, eliminated fast and most processed foods, and drink water only; I hit the treadmill 5x/week for 60-70 minutes each day, building from 3... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 10:22:03 EST cheated my diet I had been doing good on my diet. I quit drinking pop because of the calories and I get UTI's easily. Well this weekend after almost a month of no pop I drank a couple cans and now of course I got some of the symptoms of UTI. <em>39</em> It's my own fault Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:25:45 EST Need Help Staying Motivated Since Sept I have gain back about 15 lbs I had previously lost. I know exactly why. It's not rocket science. Husband was deployed- I ate well then and exercised. He came back and I have not been doing either. So, now it is 7 months later and I would really like to hop back on the train and lose some of this weight before shorts season comes around and I am the only one in jeans on a 95 degree day. So, my question is this. What is the best way to stay motivated? Most of the weight loss stuff ... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 21:07:24 EST Need a buddy to keep me accountable Hey :) <BR> My name is Meredith and I'm 18. I am not new to SP, but I am newly active again. <BR> I have a tough time with weight management and exercise due to several knee surgeries over the past few years. Combine that with poor craving control and a family with unhealthy eating habits and I have steadily put on weight since childhood. After every surgery I eventually get back into the swing of things, lose around 15 pounds, and then go back in for the next surgery. Being bed ridden for mo... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 12:55:55 EST Extremely Unexpected Weight GAIN! :( Very frustrated. I was getting NO exercise, for years, on the couch, until Tuesday. This week I did just over a mile on the treadmill on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, plus circuit training on Wednesday and Saturday. I haven't really changed my diet much yet, but I'm sure I've cut about 200 calories each day. I've also all but quit diet pop, drinking 8 glasses of water almost every day. <BR> I weighed myself on Wednesday. It was about the same as the last time I went to the docto... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 00:19:57 EST Hot Flashes at 25 I've had hot flashes since my late teens. My period has always been regular. One thing I've heard is that it could be from a panic attack, but I don't have any other symptoms with it. Does anyone have any ideas or insights? I've been getting them more often lately, and it might be from stress. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 00:07:22 EST 1 is too many and 1,000 is never enough One of the biggest pieces of advice I've seen on different diet websites is to not make any foods off-limits. If you are craving something, allow yourself to have a reasonable portion. You want ice cream? Have half a cup within your calorie allowance. Craving specific fast food fries? Order a small one and savor it. <BR> <BR> I've been putting foods off-limits. Sure, I allow myself to have whatever I want when I eat out on Mondays, and I am usually ok with skipping dessert and fries Tuesday... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 10:24:19 EST *grumble* insurance companies *grumble* So I got a letter from our bank that has our car loan saying we have no insurance, get it fixed. I'm floored. Why wouldn't we have insurance, I've been paying the bill and the last one was cashed earlier this week. I made my husband call the insurance company and was told we were canceled due to lack of payment. WTH...relevance to spark. I'm pissed and I'm an emotional eater. It's day one and I was doing so well. Now I've had a leg of fried chicken (cold, leftovers) and 2 slices of white... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:23:56 EST Help I've plateaud and can't get off!! I've lost about 55-57 pounds so far but I've hit a MAJOR plateau and can't get past it. My clothes are still fitting great and I'm motivated to keep going, but nothing else is happening. I've done all steps you're supposed to do when you've hit a plateau but my body is saying, 'nah-uh, not gonna do it!' <BR> What now???!!!???!!!!???? <BR> <BR> Annette Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:22:42 EST Help Me Banish My Inner Curmudgeon Ok I need some help. I just don't take any time out of my day to take care of myself. Showers are usually taken "on the fly" or "as necessary" and I walk the dog when I feel guilty that I haven't taken him out for a proper walk for 2, 3 or sometimes 4 days. I postpone exercising and I (sometimes deliberately?) make poor food choices when I'm in this frame of mind. <BR> <BR> I can't seem to turn off the inner curmudgeon that lives inside of me saying the things that keep me in the same nega... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:55:43 EST Help choosing from a restaurant menu This evening, I have to leave right from work to go to a meeting. The meeting will be held at a pizza joint that does not have online nutritional guides for their menu. I am planning to have dinner there as will most people who are attending. I will not have an opportunity to eat prior to the meeting and because the drive home is 1 1/2 hours and I likely won't even get home until about 11pm, I don't want to wait. <BR> <BR> They have subs, some salads (mostly iceburg), chicken strips and pizz... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:48:31 EST Low Carb Diet How many carbs should you have in a day and per meal if following a low carb diet? Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:34:46 EST Streak Ideas I'm on vacation and going way over my calorie range. I want to start a streak, I can stick with for the rest of my vacation. I'm getting my workouts in, so my streak needs to focus on my eating. Any suggestions? Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:41:37 EST Off the Rails I have struggled with exercising my whole life. However, last July, something clicked, and I started exercising most days without much trouble at all. I was even able to get up early to exercise, nearly every day! Until about six weeks ago. I came down with a bad virus and was in bed for several days. But I haven't really gotten back on track with the exercise since then, even though I feel much better now (and have been feeling better for weeks). <BR> <BR> Now, I just go back to sleep when... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:20:16 EST HELP--this is craziness!! Ok, so I've asked my hubby as well as my family for help and as I know they really can't help I can only help myself... I will now just look for advice.. I have more problems with food than I can count, I am 37 years old and have three lovely children. I was raised in a very unhealthy environment concerning food and have been on one diet or another since I was 8 or 9 years old. I am addicted to sugar, when I am not binging on sugar I am trying to compensate for the damage. I have done purgin... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:09:40 EST need help i am a 30 yr old female, I do not take any medicines. I have been doing Atkins since Feb 28, 2014 and I had lost 20lbs but the last two days I have gained 2lbs back and that scares me. the only thing that I have done different in the last 2 days is I have started walking 2 miles in the evenings. <BR> <BR> A typical days food <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> Bacon or sausage <BR> 1 hard boiled egg <BR> coffee with half n half <BR> <BR> lunch <BR> hard boiled egg <BR> cheese <BR> or a sala... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:37:08 EST Feeling exhausted from random anxiety attack. I had some form of a panic attack last night and feelings of unreality. This morning I felt exhausted. I've been trying to exercise 10 minutes a day most days of the week, but today feels impossible. Should I focus on de-stressing and relaxing, or should I push through it? <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:58:59 EST Feeling pretty discouraged During these last 18 months, I have struggled so much with many things. One thing is my weight. I feel like I exercise so much, and I have yet to see any results. I walk to work (1.5 miles) every day. I run at least 2.5 miles every other day. I am in a yoga class twice a week. I play Just Dance on the Wii, which really works up a sweat, on the days that I don't run or walk. I am eating very healthy every day. Being gluten intolerant helps with eating healthier. I don't know what else I can do... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:47:59 EST cannot loose a pound! Right now, i am 5'6" and 166lbs. I started using spark just a week or so ago, but have been dieting and working out since November. I started out at 180 and have gotten down as low as 164. I'm putting in 45 minutes on the stair climber (using the fat burn program) 3-4 days a week. I'm typically within my calories for the day and I know I'm way over on my fitness goals, but I definitely go overboard with calories on weekends. I lost 2 pounds this week and then gained it right back over th... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:21:34 EST Help! I've gained 20 pounds in 11 days!!! I went from 138.8 to 158.8 in 11 days. I weighed myself several times just to be sure. <BR> I did eat REALLY bad for those 11 days. Literally whatever I wanted, lots of cake, ice cream, chips, burgers, fries, pancakes. I was bad, really bad. But seriously how is is possible to gain 20 pounds in 11 days when at most I can lose is 2 pounds in 7 days :( It's really ridiculous... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 05:51:40 EST PO'd At Myself So I've been trying to concertedly track my food for a few days...and I'm kinda upset with myself. Out of 6 days I've tracked, I stayed in my ranges for 3 of them including today. I feel like I keep losing control when I'm on my meds (I use medical cannabis because literally nothing else works on my back pain or migraines without making me sick or giving me stomach ulcers) and eating healthy snacks but too much of them. Other than one ancient packet of ramen that I ate on Wednesday, I'm eatin... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:13:51 EST Sooooo discouraged I need to lose about 15 pounds by May 20 or so. I'm attending a family wedding and there is a lot of pressure to look a certain weight. I lost about 35 pounds or so last year through the 17 day diet book and exercising regularly. Unfortunately I gained a good 20 pounds back. <BR> <BR> So for the past month I tried garcinia cambogia pills. For first few days it worked well but sure enough, it didn't suppress appetite at all. In fact I was eating more but I wasn't overeating. In past ... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 21:44:49 EST SEE FOOD DIET. . . You know. . .I see food and then I eat it. Help! I have no control. <em>29</em> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 18:32:31 EST I need help I can't stick with the weight loss. I can't stay on track. I always feel like giving up. I should be motivated, I have a wedding in 13/14 months I need to look AMAZING for and I want to lose 110 pounds for it. I need a friend. I need someone who will help me stay on track. I just need help.... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 18:03:31 EST out of control after dinner I do good during the day. It's after dinner between dinner and bed time. I feel like I going to lose it. I think of something I can eat for example sugar free pecan delights. I will only eat 1 for a snack. But then I don't stop there. I start thinking there is only 2 left so I tell myself eat the other ones and you won't have anymore. Then it doesn't stop there I'll eat anything I can until I go to bed. I don't have anyone I can be accountable to. I need a friend. I've lost 41 pounds since N... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 12:48:16 EST one night of binging -- feeling defeated dear all -- need your help and guidance on overcoming a bad night of binging and getting back on track. i've been sticking to the spark people program for three weeks and was doing great. kept my calories within range and got my butt off the couch on a regular basis for exercising. my biggest issue with dieting in the past was uncontrolled binging, where i would stick to a diet plan for three-four days, and then come home from work one night and clear out everything in the fridge. the spa... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 03:20:07 EST PLEASE help!!! Hair loss/breakage!! Hello fellow Sparkers. I have an issue that has really been hard to deal with. My hair started shedding really badly last Sept after losing 45 lbs in about 4-5 months. It breaks off and it is so dry and brittle. It's like straw.It seems like there is a little bit of improvement but not too much. I read that this can come from losing weight too quickly and the stress it can cause on your body. I was wondering if anyone has experienced this? If so can you please answer the following questions: ... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:50:49 EST Help! Big cake at work in an abandoned room... And I want it! I was just revelling in the fact that I have gone 2 weeks without eating cookies, cakes or dessert. I am eating very low carb and my cravings for carbs have greatly diminished. That is until a lady in my office had a retirement party. I avoided the party because I knew I wouldn't be able to resist. This is definitely a problem area for me so I kept my nose to the grindstone. Now the word in the hall is that the cake was just left in the room and "no one is there!" So a c... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:39:42 EST Going know where fast I am just finishing up my 4th week of Focus T25 but seem to be going in the opposite direction of where I want to be. I am following the workout schedule and have been doing better with every workout but I'm not losing any inches or weight. I also run 15-20 mins on the treadmill and lift weights 3x a week. I track all foods on the food tracker and stay within all of the limits of calories, fat, carbs and protein. I do eat back some calories burned to support my workout regimen. My midsect... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:52:04 EST Why did I gain 6 lbs over night and can't lose? Well I had cut out refined sugar and I had one as treat Wednesday my weight was 112.6 and Thursday weighed 118!!! Today it said 117.6 like I don't know what to do <BR> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:49:01 EST Backslide One month ago I crossed a personal threshold. After almost two and a half years of work I lost more than 100 pounds, 104 to be exact. Since then I have gained slightly more than 8. This cannot continue. I am determined to get back on track with exercise and eating right. I welcome all tips and advice but my main reason for this post is to publicly acclaim that I will do better. <em>198</em> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 02:18:14 EST Worked Out For the Wrong Reasons So...I'm kind of upset with myself. On the one hand I got in a workout today, which I didn't yesterday (and due to my medicine overate as well) and have stuck within my calorie range for the most part. On the other...I worked out specifically so I could eat a little more. <BR> <BR> I know working out isn't supposed to work that way and that eating on the lower end of my calorie totals might help me get there faster, but I was worried about my iron for the day (I chose something healthy when ... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:39:20 EST Walking Paths? My best friend and I are both free this afternoon, and with the nice weather, we've made plans to go on a walk to get a little exercise. <BR> <BR> In the past, we've gone on walks in four places: walking around stores/shopping malls, out travelling (NYC, Peddler's Village/New Hope, Corn Maze), a park in a nearby town, and the local golf course and neighboring town. <BR> <BR> The golf course path is about three miles, but there's no actual walking path there. We have to walk along the edge o... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:22:13 EST Totally out of control and gaining weight I don't know what the matter is with me, but I am so out of control I can't stand it. I am eating, and eating and eating. I dont know when to stop. I have never felt so out of control with myself. Please help. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:40:13 EST Lack of time is making me miserable. I've tried sparkpeople a few times before, and usually stayed on track quite well but kept failing for one reason and another. This time I feel I've planned it really well - looked at all the areas where I failed in the past & come up with solutions for when I face these challenges. I feel like this time I won't fail. <BR> <BR> Only problem is that I'm feeling miserable Lol. My biggest issue is time - I work 5 days a week, leave at 7:30am & return home at 7pm. I breed pet rats & mice as a ho... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:27:10 EST I am getting frustrated! HELP!, I have been eating clean and weight training/cardio 5 days a week for an hour an a half each day yet I am not loosing anything and actually fluctuate a pound up and down.. I know i shouldnt be weighing myself everyday but im starting to wonder what im doing wrong. I am drinking enough water, eating enough protein and balancing carbs and good fats. I sleep 8 hours. I am thinking maybe it has something to do with my diet, but yet i was loosing more weight faster when I was not working ou... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:08:10 EST Trying to get back on track and failing. A lot. Hi all, <BR> <BR> I kept a healthy diet and a fairly regular exercise routine for a few years now until recently, when we moved and I got my first job in a very short time and my routine up and died. <BR> <BR> I work 9-12 hours per day as a reporter and occasionally take side jobs which also eat up my energy. I have to constantly be "on" for work and now find myself living off of a sandwich, if that, every day and having extreme sugar cravings. <BR> <BR> In addition, I have had great dif... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:21:31 EST Help please!!!!!!!!!!! I have done the worst possible thing. I had roommate issues (they were over hygienic, judgemental people and I did not meet their standards) who sprang it on me that they all wanted to move out, but since I could not afford it, I had to move out instead. A friend and their roommates were kind enough to let me stay with them, but I have a night eating problem and one night I woke up and polished off so much food they noticed. Additionally they have other stuff that seems to be finishing fast (... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 22:11:47 EST New and confused I baked peanut butter cookies from scratch yesterday for the family promising myself I wouldn't eat any. Well since I was craving peanut butter, I ate four cookies! I limited myself to four because I know if my cravings weren't satisfied, it would lead to a binge causing me to eat the whole plate! Problem is I broke a promise to myself and feel guilty even though I have been limiting sweets. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:16:28 EST Confused =/ Do you ever have phases in your life where something changes, it might be exciting, or nerve wrecking, or something tragic might have happened...and it makes your world feel so weird, different and even anxious? I am a very routine, goal oriented person, so when something changes, it can be hard for me to adjust (something I’ve been working on and have gotten better at). Maybe those examples I gave aren’t too great, because nothing major or tragic has happened in my life. I’ve just been feel... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 07:22:52 EST feeling defeated I'm 19 years old and I weigh 137. Which isn't terrible, but I'm 5ft 2in and I carry it all in my belly and my thighs. I can't lose my belly! I have allergies so I have to stick to a chicken and veggie diet..sometimes I splurge and have a gluten free hamburger (rarely). I'm a waitress,so I'm active. Plus i ride horses. What am I doing wrong? I feel like I've tried every workout routine known to man, but with fibromyalgia its hard enough just horseback riding and waitressing. I don't feel like ... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 01:06:44 EST No control. ALL I want to do is eat. I think about food nonstop. I eat a whole bag of chocolate at a time. Seriously, what is my problem. How can I overcome this? I say I am going to start fresh every other hour it seems like. Then when I feel like I 'need' chocolate I just say to myself 'oh well, one more time won't hurt.' I have gained 20 pounds this year! Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:12:51 EST new start ouch, went back to old eating habits and gained weight! Over a couple lbs from where i started but ready to begin again! Today! Mon, 17 Mar 2014 07:24:29 EST Not lasting I had a couple of rough weeks after starting a new job, but I was doing a LOT better this past week. I started going back to what was working for me, but I also wasn't stressing over perfection. <BR> <BR> Friday night, I had a Pi day party. Apple pies, chocolate pies, smores pie, lemon, buffalo chicken, pizza, chicken and mushroom, cheesy artichoke, and more. I did go a little overboard, but I also planned for it and banked my weekly points and most of my dailies. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, howe... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 10:55:53 EST corned beef I am debating if it is okay to eat some corned beef. it has alot of calories, carbs and fats but is it worth to switch a meal just to indulge on once a year treat? So far i have been very good on my diet any advice? Sun, 16 Mar 2014 01:18:25 EST PMS cravings suck!!!! I am having sugar cravings sooooo bad today and it sucks. I am getting ready to start and all I can think about is getting a hot fudge brownie sunday from the ice cream shop around the corner that just opened for the season today. I messed up yesterday so I can't do it today again. I've had fruit and gum but it's not helping! This is killing me! Sorry for the rant..... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 20:59:57 EST Crazy cravings! This is my first week really sticking to my weight loss plan (Weight Watchers). I have been doing pretty well so far but I have been having some major issues with cravings. Initially I thought that I was hungry, but I am starting to think that it is less hunger and more cravings. <BR> <BR> I am having cravings for sweet, salty, and everything in between! It is a struggle to not give into these cravings and completely blow it but I have been handling it so far. However, I know that I only hav... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 18:49:26 EST Birth control and weight loss plateau? I have been exercising 30-60 minutes a day, 6 days a week. I am well within my recommended calorie range (sometimes on the higher end, sometimes on the lower end). And for a month I have lost NOTHING!! Since starting my exercise regimen and recording my food intake, I lost about 5 pounds but have since gained 3 of them back. I eat tons of fruits, veggies, drink plenty of water, no alcohol, limited sodium and sugar. My exercising includes at least 30 minutes of hard cardio followed by 15-30 mi... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:40:44 EST How to get out of the same cycle It seems my life is a never ending cycle of the same behavior. I get all gung-ho about being healthy and losing weight......then I always do the same thing. Go right back to my emotional eating and comforting. I need to some how conquer the bad days and turn them into more good days. I have read a ton of articles on spark and it seems I have the right tools and info I need, but some how I always ignore it all. I am feeling pretty low about myself and feel I will go one more summer with co... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:04:11 EST Not Happy I have been diagnosed as prediabetic. My doctor has not given me meds has given me a chance to try and head it off with diet and exercise and I have been grateful for that. I know what diabetes does to the body and really want no parts of it. I have really been watching my food intake, carb, sugars, you name it. I have lost 19 lbs since October, I have been exercising especially at night before going to bed and also getting in a 30 miin walk before work. My last meal is usually around 6 p.m. ... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:28:31 EST bummed I am sticking to my allotted calories when I am at home but when I am on shift, at the fire department, I always over eat. I pack my meals with the calories all figured out but if there are sweets I get into them. I workout and burn the calories on my off days but I am not loosing weight. I seem to be stuck at 211.5. Goal weight is 155. Feeling discouraged. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 07:24:51 EST Help! Girl Scout Cookies! I am on day 3 of my new diet plan, and I am really proud of how well I have done in terms of watching what I eat, and tracking it, and really being conscious of what I eat. <BR> <BR> I met with a friend who delivered the SIX boxes of girl scout cookies I ordered about a month ago. I thought, ok, I will treat myself to 2 (only 140 calories, and I still had them in my calorie budget for the day) and that will be fine. The problem is, now I am sitting here having to force myself no... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:34:54 EST Im disgusting I'ts like I don't want to get better. I know that a lot of it has to do with my depression but I planned on excercisng this week but because I don't HAVE to leave the house this week my body just decides that I wont. I just sit here all day watching netflix. Then I order food and I devour all of it. Its so much food and it hurts to eat it but I keep going and going until its all gone. Its like this all the time. I know people look at me and think im gross. Im 21. I should be healthy and out t... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:30:03 EST It awfully feels like it won't get better I know it will. But all I wanna do is curl up on the floor and cry. This feel like depression (not at his worst.. but it's a close call!) - I am taking medication for both depression (6 years now) and thyroid problems. <BR> <BR> It's just.. that.. it's been 2 days that my energy is down and everytime it has happened, I drifted away from my healthy journey and went back to being lazy and not making any efforts. This time around, I don't want that and maybe.. just maybe, asking for help or jus... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:40:48 EST My plateau just won't break :( so.I was at a wonderful weight of 106 lbs than in September I jumped to 120 to116 now 113-114 flucuates between 3 lbs I want to be 106 by April but I've en stick for months I eat between 700-1250 I get most of my calories at night snack I have 300 cal ice cream habit but I have breakfast 160 cal oatmeal and no lunh usually and dinner what my mom cooks and night snack I quit the ice cream though only once a week but I haven't lost I think I hve thyroid underactive but I won't find out til next... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 08:36:08 EST to join a gym or not, that is the burning question hi everyone, <BR> a few weeks ago i went to check out a Good Life gym, near my house, the fees arereasonable, and its an all women's gym. <BR> <BR> now the dilema....i have BIG BIG problem with consistency, my hubby has no issues with me joining, but he knows me well. he said you start off going on a regular basis, but eventually, you stop going, saying i am too tired to go. etc etc.... so than he feels the money has been wasted. he is true to a point. <BR> <BR> so i thought to myself, m... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 07:23:01 EST Ashame to say!!!! HELP!!!!! I am totally ashame of myself... keep falling off the wagon at night time... I am a working mom alway on the go.. eating healthy.. I kick to the curb me my most precious bad habit the one that kept me going on the afternoon Soda Pops!!!! its been 1 month and half that I have not touched it I have resisted the urge sevral times ... now I do not have the urge now I like tea and water with lemon... Now I have evening craves for sweets... I try not to have anything at home but family do bring t... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:46:05 EST I Feel Like.... Failure So, today I decided it was time to kick in the "fitness" part of this journey. My "walking" up until now has been when we go out to the mall or to stores and just walk around. Sometimes, it's 30 minutes...sometimes it's an hour or more, depending on where we go. <BR> <BR> I decided to actually take a walk in my neighborhood today. I made it.... to the stop sign and had to turn around and walk back. I couldn't even make it around the block. It was a total of 15 minutes there and back and... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:33:27 EST where do I begin...... I just joined Spark today at the advice of a counselor. I am extremely depressed about how I am looking these days. I am 42 almost 43 and I am at the heaviest I have ever been in my life..... I am so unhappy but I just dont know where to begin to get back..... I have a large appetite and hate to exercise.... yupp great combo...I have never liked to exercise but I do enjoy walking... the problem has been the weather is horrible so outside walking is out AND I have issues with the treadmill...... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:04:00 EST Help! I'm Falling and I can't get up I have gained back 32 pounds of the 80 I had lost and I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to fix it overnight. This has all been while doing bootcamp five days a week. I am realizing the cold hard truth - you can't out run or out exercise bad eating habits. I am back after being gone from Spark People for a while, but I am in a panic. I am afraid I am going to do what I usually do at this point - self destruct and gain everything back. I am trying to just breat... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:56:52 EST Starting a new 12 hour rotation desperate for help Recently we switched from 8 hour work days to 12 hours. I am really struggling with this. We start work earlier and I don't get home till 7 ish. It seems like I should take all my meals with me to work so I am not eating too late in the evening because I am in bed usually by 9 to be up for 5. I have no idea what my lunch kit should look like. Which may seem strange but it is more complicated the more meals packed. <BR> Another problem is work home balance. 12 hours means up at 5 home at 7 be... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:43:29 EST Something is wrong with me I am on my 4th week and I haven't noticed any difference at all. I just added everything up and week 1 I had a deficit of -433, 2nd week -585, 3rd -441 and last week -449 calories. Admittedly I'm using a measuring tape and not scales, but I should be able to notice SOMETHING. I'm really bummed out and don't know what do. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:59:55 EST Diet and exercise getting me down! Just wondering if anyone else feels the same as me about all of this! Apologizes a head of time for a very negative post, I'm just trying to get everything out and be host :) <BR> <BR> First off I already know it's not supposed to be a 'diet' it's supposed to be a lifestyle change. But for me it's always going to be and feel like a diet (and a punishment). <BR> <BR> I've lost 95 pounds so far. I've gone from 233 to 138, it's taken me about 11 months. I am honestly miserable with all of thi... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:24:58 EST about to give up! I just went to the Dr. today with bladder or kidney infection. I asked what my weight was and he said about the same.....WHAT I have been working out for at least 8 weeks! I'm logging my food ( I don't cheat because I would only be cheating myself). I work out 6-7 times a week. Sculpt about 4 or 5 days a week, Jillian Michaels Body Revolution week 4 7 days a week plus walk 3 to 4 days a week 3 miles outside. I drink only water unless Shakeology or like this. Water at least 10 to 12 cups a ... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:11:24 EST Could it be the time change? After a month of doing all the "right things" all of sudden its falling apart. yesterday I forgot to set my clock up and the whole day was a disaster. For the past two days I am craving sugar, I am tired and sleepy, no motivation, and don't want to work out. I am trying to go through the motions of being active but already my diet is blown for the day. What gives? Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:38:15 EST Really blew it yesterday Started with some chocolate covered almonds, and then once I had had a 1/4 cup I kept going and then I became all or nothing, figured since I blew it, go for it. I had bread, fried calamari, wine. Feel really bloated and sick this morning and really disappointed. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 10:14:47 EST Confused. Help please! Hi guys, I'm in this odd situation and I would appreciate any ideas or words of wisdom :). Anyways, I'm university and there's a girl that's in one of my classes that I like and want to get to know better. I was in a group with her for something for a short time and talked to her briefly after class. Then the following week, i catch her after class again and ask if she wanted to meet up sometime and then she told me that we'd make something work and then i asked her for her number, which she ... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 15:46:26 EST Thursday had plate of food not on sparks!! tut I had a plate of food! Well got out of bath at 8PM! Was hungry felt hunger going to come on & said I am not doing SPARKS TUT TUT! I have really enjoyed doing SPARKS! Going TO BED EARLY NOT EATING IN FRONT OF THE T.V. I HAVE ALSO BEEN SAYING NO TV AT NIGHT ASWELL! My stomach WAS LIGHT FROM EATING THE CALORIES is this correct? I HAVE 1, 500 CALORIES DEPEDING ON EXCERCISE FOR 30 MINUTES HOUSE CLEANING I HAVE CUP A SOUP AT LUNCH TIME WITH A BANANA WATER WHILE EATING THE SOUP WITH A SPOON IN A MUG... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 13:31:24 EST Frustration = no motivation + depression I am struggling to get motivated this time around. I know some of it is depression because I've got this weight to lose and because my recent efforts haven't worked. I have a gym membership but see all the thin people and that makes me feel worse about myself and then I don't want to go - especially w/o results. I'm discouraged with the food because I am struggling to make it perfectly balanced. So I'm thinking I should just simplify with bars and tv dinners? I am so confused I don't know... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 11:31:30 EST Need some ideas for working out without standing I've been very sore from being on my feet for about 34-36 hours a week- mostly walking. My activity level has shot up drastically. I'm burning about 500-700 more calories per day than I was on some of my more sedentary days. However, I'm not actually doing any real workouts, and I'm not sure what to do. <BR> <BR> The other day, I took out my mom's weighted hula hoop. I was horrible at it, and I wasn't able to go for more than 5 minutes before my foot started to hurt too badly to stand on it,... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 11:28:36 EST Is it me or is this it? I have been on the Fast Metabolism diet now for 3 weeks and as I get closer to my goal weight (or what I think it should be) I have less and less energy. Six years back I tried a different diet which included 6 day workouts and by the time I hit my goal weight (108) I was so exhausted I had no energy to chase and play with my kids or dogs let alone everyday house stuff and work. Is my goal weight off or am I? <BR> <BR> Background: I am 45yrs old and 5ft just about 1 inch and I was always... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 07:03:55 EST I have so much to lose! I looked in the mirror and saw my double chins and all the extra pounds that I gained to keep my ex away from me but now I just see all the fat and flab I need to lose to be the person I am inside. But today everything seems so impossible I need help getting my head back in the right place because this being in such a bad place will cause a setback if I can't get it turned around very soon! Fri, 7 Mar 2014 14:09:57 EST Need inspiration to go to the gym. TLDR: been away from the gym a long time, need inspiration to get back. <BR> <BR> I'm having a lot of trouble. I went to Hawaii back in mid January and gained about 5 pounds in a week while I was there and I haven't been able to lose it. My dog was hit by a car and in the past month I've had to spend all my time indoors with him watching him. He is finally sleeping through the night but I've been woken up a lot during the night. I also had the flu! So I can't go for long dog walks with ... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 12:32:09 EST was maintaining, now gaining I don't understand what's happening here. I was maintaining at my goal weight for 2 years and now I"m gaining. I thought, okay I'm not paying enough attention to my diet so I started journaling my food and keeping at 1200 cal per day. I gained another pound. Then I thought, I'm being lazy, I'm not working out hard enough so I stepped it up as much as my 60 year old joints will let me. I do cardio and weight training. Sometimes 1 1 /2 hr a day but always at least 1 hr a day. I have leve... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 09:03:39 EST Eating lunch in under 15 minutes I recently started a new job at a local grocery store. I spend 5-6 hours per day shopping for grocery items that people order online (walking, lifting heavy items, bending, twisting, etc). <BR> <BR> Because I only work 6 hours most days, I only get a 15 minute break (if I get one at all. I've missed my break twice this week.) This is all the time I have to use the restroom, heat up a packed lunch, eat, clean up, and get back to work. <BR> <BR> I prefer eating a few larger meals, and 15 min... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 00:40:03 EST The stress goes up, my healthy eating goes down During my time in Spark people, I've been able to learn how to deal with stress and to stop using food as a way to escape my feelings. Still I'm not perfect and there are parts of my life that I cannot control: My parents are going through a divorce right now and Im feeling terrible. During this whole week I've been able to eat healthy food during the morning but from the morning on I only eat junk and today was a low point: Although I felt full I went to the grocery store and ate 2 sandwiche... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 23:49:25 EST Feels like standing still I know I know, I have read this before from others and think I know what to say to them. But I am feeling it too. <BR> I feel like I am doing the best I can and not getting there fast enough. I usually do not lose for the first two weeks but this time I lost 6 lbs the first 2 1/2 weeks of feb or so. Then nothing...even though I have been slowly increasing my workout regime as I can. Trying to build back up to the fitness level I was before. It will take some time to get back to that but pro... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 17:47:08 EST Help! I'm having a depressed, PMS, junk food day! I had trouble getting out of bed this morning and now all I want is sweets and carbs and I can't get away from it. I ate a cinnamon roll for breakfast and am feeling so guilty! <em>39</em> Thu, 6 Mar 2014 16:32:00 EST Panic Attacks I had a panic attack last night, not something i'm new to... I have so much going on in my life right now that I get overwhelmed and eventually snap. I like to keep myself busy because I tend to get bored pretty easily, I can’t seem to just sit down and relax, I feel like I have to be doing something at all times (like cleaning or cooking) so I tend to keep my schedule busy... I don’t have any friends around, my fiancé is the only one I know in my town so I started volunteering at an animal s... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 07:56:19 EST More than just a plateau I've stated working out in october, till January, i didn't lose a single pound. Initially I mixed up running with a bit of turbo jam. for a couple of months, no weight loss. <BR> <BR> I read somewhere, since running is repetitive, it might not be great for weight loss. So i decided to change up a bit. I started on turbo fire(cardio) and chalean extreme(weight lifting) in february, following the schedule religiously (60 minutes 6 days a week) I did lose one kilo, but that's it. in one month... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 00:57:19 EST cortisone shots I HAVE HAD 2 CORTISONE SHOTS SINCE NOVEMBER AND HAVE GAINED ABOUT 10LBS BACK AND CANNOT SEEM TO LOOSE IT HAS ANYONE ELSE HAD THESE SHOTS AND CANNOT LOOSE WEIGHT BECAUSE OF THEM Tue, 4 Mar 2014 13:29:40 EST I Need To Vent Hello, <BR> <BR> Apologies in advance for this, as I will ramble a bit! I've never really been one for community help or sharing things,but it's worth a go if anybody can just give me some support? <BR> <BR> I was doing really well with a low carb diet for 6 weeks. Incredibly well in fact, I didn't even feel the need to cheat once. The weight loss was amazing and I was feeling great. <BR> <BR> And then...well I could add loads of excuses as to why I went off plan. I did have some disruptio... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 11:15:24 EST I need some SP TLC You read it, I need some TLC from my fellow sparkers. It has been forever since I've checked in either on the message boards or my own logging. I've been maintaining OK, but right now I'm just in a rut. My life is just so busy so of course the first thing I start to let go of is myself. Whether it is eating or hitting up the gym... plus my sister is getting married in July and I want to make sure I look gorgeous, lol. Please send over some words of affirmation!! Mon, 3 Mar 2014 23:49:02 EST Evaluate the colestrol Guys trying to understand my colestrol levels that I got today from tests,what does the below mean <BR> <BR> Component Standard Range Your Value <BR> CHOLESTEROL 264 <BR> TRIGLYCERID 162 <BR> HDL 49 <BR> LDL CALCULATED 183 <BR> CHOLESTEROL/HIGH DENSITY LIPOPROTEIN 5.4 <BR> CHOLESTEROL, NON-HDL 215 Mon, 3 Mar 2014 19:10:43 EST A little weightloss blip So today right after I went to the gym I had this overwhelming feeling of not wanting to feel like weight loss is a full time job in itself. I work 2 jobs and workout 5 days a week. Because of this every Sunday I cook all my meals and snacks ahead of time for no excuses and no wasted time during the week. I am very proud of my progress so far (1 pants size, 12 lbs, and 2% body fat reduced in 1 month) but I couldn't shake this feeling of just being tired of watching everything I do and this... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 21:45:31 EST NO MEAT!!! Why is there no meat on my meal plan?? I just signed up today (pre-diabetes, asthma, sleep apnea) and there is no meat on my plan??? I can't do it without meat and the substitues dont seem to have any. And is Spaghetti/Marinara actually include the pasta? HELP! I'm a guy btw Sun, 2 Mar 2014 15:24:25 EST I know I will gain, how to soften the blow I was out of control for a few days, I weigh in every Monday. I know I will gain, but what if I gain a lot of weight? <BR> what do I tell myself to not take it to hard? Sun, 2 Mar 2014 13:08:12 EST creeping up For the past two weeks, one thing or another has caused me to not track all day, and when I don't track I eat more than I should. The scales are showing the result. Hopefully today I will get back to what I know I should be doing. <BR> <BR> Words of encouragement are <em>229</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> in advance. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 10:31:39 EST FRUIT BOWL OUT I have put a bowl of fruit out APPLES2 TANGERIES2 For 2 days to encourage me to eat more FRUIT! I Actually got up early this morning about 10.00AM! No reason or hangover Thought I am doing Sparks will motivate me to stop eating & boozing! Yes went well Breakfast then Lunch! Which I have Cup A Soup Cappuccino 1 Banana 2x Water While eating my Soup FIRST THEN CAPPUCCINO THEN BANANA Which I am full of LIQUID! <em>224</em> <em>334</em> But I know I Should of Had Apple Tangerine I have not f... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 21:58:06 EST Ready to Quit I only really started this a couple of weeks ago the whole changing my diet thing. (Diet is not a dirty word when you use it the way it is meant to. Everyone has one. Everything you eat is part of your diet.) I took out all of the bad for you foods like candy and sweets, and I replaced it with healthy food. At first I didn't really count calories. I ate what I wanted and just had whatever a portion was. I didn't worry about how much this was or that's way to many calories so I can't really ha... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 18:02:01 EST Too sore to work out I started a new job last week, and I've been very sore. Today, I woke up and I can barely put any weight on my left foot. It feels like I sprained it, but all I did was spend more than 20 hours in a 4 day span walking. <BR> <BR> My feet have always given me problems after walking/standing for long periods of time. If I walk in NYC, I'm usually in quite a bit of pain the day after. <BR> <BR> I was looking at trying to start working out next week (probably Walk Away the Pounds DVDs alternat... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 09:18:59 EST Exhausted and eating I had a day off and was exhausted and didn't want to move. I sat in front of the TV all day and ate and went well over my calorie range. I took a nap and that didn't help. Any suggestions what I should do when I'm this exhausted and don't want to go out and can't stop eating? Sat, 1 Mar 2014 09:07:33 EST Grocery Store Temptations Good news: I got a job! <BR> <BR> Good news (again): in my 6.5 hour shift, 5 hours and 45 minutes are spent walking around a large store shopping for groceries. <BR> <BR> Bad news: The store has my chips. <BR> <BR> I've been struggling with staying on track this week. Between getting breaks 2+ hours later than I am supposed to (and not being allowed to eat while on the clock), and looking at some of my favorite trigger foods over and over, it's hard to resist them. Normally, I know to av... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 08:58:56 EST What has happened? I was at one time down to 153. As I started to run long distance I crept up twenty pounds. Yesterday I got on the scale and I was up by 27 pounds -- 180! <BR> <BR> I reall yneed to get serious before this gets out of hand and I am back where I was before, six years ago. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 01:20:14 EST What do you do for stress eating? I am an emotional eater. Specifically, I eat when I am anxious. I have stuck with my weight loss plan for over 2 weeks now, but today I am feeling overwhelmed. SO of course I really want to just start snacking on chips and cake and chocolate...How do you deal with stress and anxiety? Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:35:37 EST mental hurdle I went shopping for some new clothes last night for the first time in a while. Depression set in as soon as I stepped into the dressing room, although I had to get a size smaller than last time I bought something YAY, looking at myself in the mirrors just really hit me hard. I didn't even want to try anything on. I have been overweight all my life, several years ago I lost 70lbs, ate healthier, exercised and within the last 2years i have gained about 40lbs back. I am definitely an emotion... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:34:48 EST Bipolar and Gaining weight :( Over the summer I dropped down to my (too low) goal weight of 88 lbs at 4'10. I was working really hard, but I had the additional energy edge of being manic and exercising at 4 am! I got diagnosed as bipolar 1 shortly after, and since then have been gaining. (which has been my pattern. Get depressed, gain weight. Go manic, lose too much) <BR> I'm now back at 110 and I don't carry weight as well as other ladies my height. I really need to lose and regain my fitness level, but I feel so overwh... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:47:40 EST On the Every Other Day Diet On the Every Other Day Diet where you only eat 500 calories every other day and finding it hrd to say no to extra food today. I checked with my doctor and going this low on calories every other day is okay. Need help staying on diet today!!!!!! Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:57:20 EST Tryna get back on track...ugh For these past couple weeks i've been snacking and going over my calorie count. I was mostly going over due to lots of veggies... but lately its been more greasy unhealthy foods... i'm trying to drink lots of water and get back on track but its hard! I'm trying to do it slowly in moderations so i'm not just jumping in and changing my diet cold turkey. I'm getting frustrated, the first week I was like ok i'm falling off the horse a bit but its ok, i'm drinking water... i'm just overeating on v... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:29:40 EST OMG, will my skin ever look normal again? Since joining the spark I have more that met my original goal. When I was young I weighed a hefty 95 lbs soaking wet. Then I had some medical issues, they didn't cause weight gain but the medication they put me on did. At my heaviest I was 197 (more then double my weight) It took alot of years to get to where I am now at 110. Recently I saw a plastic surgeon regarding my breast (seeking a reduction) However, he said I didn't need a reduction, just an augmentation because there was no weight t... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:31:22 EST help! Feeling discouraged! Need motivation! Hello, I just found this site yesterday and joined mainly for the sense of camaraderie... I am aiming to lose 35 pounds by October 2014 and absolutely hate exercising - about 3 weeks ago I joined a fitness Kickboxing gym and go 3 times a week for a killer 45 minute workout - since I joined the gym the number on the scale stopped dropping and has been stagnant since then. I'm a couch potato and was SO SO SO very excited when I found that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE kickboxing... I've never been good at... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:11:03 EST new and need help I need help, im very depressed and sick of my fat body, and people making judgements of me. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 05:10:47 EST Frustrated I have been on this journey for about 16 months. I have lost a total of 70+ lbs but over the Thanksgiving to New years I gained 16lbs back. Now I have lost most of that again goodness this is hard. My issue is my scales at home say I have not lost any weight but the doctors scale says I have lost 6. Are my scales broke or did the doc get my hopes up? Trying so hard to lost this last 20 lbs. <em>46</em> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:40:50 EST Need advice I have to go to a wake tonight, and my husband wants to go out and eat, I said I'm trying to loose weight he tells me to order a salad. Really? And I have to sit there and watch everyone else eat what they love. What am I going to do? It's not fear! Any suggestions? Feeling scared to over eat and I'm doing good........ <em>39</em> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:59:58 EST Eating Out Just had a very caloric lunch.. I had no idea how many calories were in what I was eating!! Just need to remind myself to check that kind of stuff BEFORE I eat something.. Ugh. So frustrating! Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:02:13 EST What jeans Hello all, I know it may seem kind of trivial but I am getting to were I don't want to go around people for something as ridiculous a jeans. I gained weight and trying to lose but the problems is I don't want people or myself to see bumps and lumps on my butt and legs. Every pair of jeans I see are stretch, which is the worst kind to wear. Does anybody know where to get jeans that don't have so much stretch to them. Thanks for your help. <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:22:12 EST On the verge of a huge emotional eating binge... I got Rheumathoid Arthritis, Ehlers-Danlos-Syndrome. I eat pescatarian to control the symptooms and I´m good. <BR> My bloodwork shows barely any inflammatory activity at all. <BR> What it shows, is mild lupus titers (It´s NEVER LUPUS!) and signs of mild renal failure on top of everything else. <BR> Why! <BR> <BR> Why, damn it? <BR> <BR> I just want to dig in my veggie burger and be done with it right now. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:25:49 EST HELP! DIABETES & SCARED I NEED HELP! <BR> <BR> I was recently diagnosed with Diabetes, I am scared to death because a very close friend just passed from this diabetes. I'm not sure what to eat, how much and most importantly How in the heck do I get rid of this disease. I need some help please someone. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Prendergastm~ <em>46</em> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 08:03:52 EST emotional binge So today I not only fell off the wagon, but it rolled over me. I just had one of those days where a good cry just didn't help. So, I went to my old stand by...Dairy Queen. And when all was said and done I'm actually feeling a lot worse than when I started. I feel so low that we might need a crane to get me back up <em>39</em> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 05:26:31 EST Pushing the re-set button in life 'Pushing the re-set button on life', thats what I would like to do. Change doesnt come all at once, but there are some things I would like to change/ work on in my life right now. I keep going through phases where things are really great, then I crash, then things are great again, then I crash... and this all happens within the span of 2 weeks... I feel inconsistent and shaky. I feel like I need to put a plan in place, or even a schedule of what I need to get done, and get myself into a routi... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 09:04:25 EST REALITY CHECK :( Just saw myself in a video and didn't even recognize myself. I wanted to cry. Why is it I don't feel as big as I look? If I didn't have the motivation to do this before....I just got a super-size dose of it. To my own defense, I just had my 4th child (the last 2 just 2.5 yrs apart) and I'm 39 so my body just can't bounce back like it did after babies 1 and 2. But baby #4 is 7 months now so my excuses are OVER!!! I have always been so careful to watch my weight and not let it get out of ha... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 23:38:05 EST UGH!!!!!!!!!! I get so frustrated! I know what I should do, but I'll be darn if I can! Start out doing great, eat sensibly, track, exercise & then one emotional episode & it all goes. Then I get upset with myself which just leads to more bad decisions! UGH!!!!!!!!! I CAN do this, I know I CAN, so back in the saddle I go!! I want to do this for myself & for my 3 girls. Thanks for letting me vent! Happy Monday to you all! Mon, 24 Feb 2014 10:47:45 EST Water Aquatics-Arthritis Class I have tried different combinations of these words but I can't find any thing in exercise tracker that will work. The class is a 45 min water aquatics-Arthritis class. There is about 10 min of high cardio but rest of movements are low impact exercise but not specifically cardio. I have no idea how many calories I would burn if I tried putting it in manually. Help! Someone must have run into the same problem. What should I do????????? Best wishes and GOD bless you....Sandy Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:27:17 EST Why can't I do this?!!!!! Why is is so hard to say no to treats? Why do I crave them? After I eat something I know isn't good for me I just want to cry because the treat won...something that can't talk or fend for itself won me over! I have the power to not pick it up and eat it yet I do and then I say tomorrow I will be stronger. That tomorrow hasn't come yet! I get home late so I really don't feel like eating supper so I just grab chips or something. Is anyone else feeling like this because it really is frustrating!... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:51:20 EST how to incorporate items that I like to eat I'm new to sparkpeople and am a little confused!! I see that meal plans are planned to make it easier but I would like to know how (as weight watchers does) to substitute items on the meal plans for something that I like that is not in the substitution list. For example I do not eat Yoplait yogurt but I like Kefir yogurt and I don't know how to eliminate the yoplait to incorporate my choice , please help !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:07:28 EST Frustrated, stress eating, and need to vent. First, I should say I work 3rd shift at a residential treatment facility and work currently with 11 behaviorally challenged preteen and teenage girls. (The home I work in holds up to 12 girls). I have been working at this organization in different roles since 2001 and can handle most situations without help, but will ask if needed. This home is located next door to another home that holds 12 behaviorally challenged teenage boys, which currently only has 6 clients in it. Because these 2 ho... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 03:41:07 EST need to eat but do not want to I am a type 2 diabetic and i know i need to eat, but i just really do not want to. Food looks disgusting. just looking at it i get the yuckies. How to fix this. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:08:54 EST Getting Rid Of Clothes I've lost about 20 pounds over the past year and now the majority of my clothes are just on the other side of "too big to be altered." I know it's recommended to purge clothes that are too large so you don't have them as a fall back and so you can treat yourself to something new. But I'm kind of terrified. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Even though I have more to lose and I'm steadily working towards it, I'm supremely worried I'll gain the weight back. I'm also really stressed out about having ... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:21:18 EST Forming habits with post-workout chocolate? <BR> deos-detail.asp?video=30 <BR> <BR> I've been looking at this video, and I must say, I'm intrigued. <BR> <BR> Getting into an exercise habit, for me, is my biggest challenge. For the most part, my food is under control (though, I do struggle with special circumstances/events). However, I never stay in a workout routine for more than a day or two. <BR> <BR> I understand that the purpose of eating a small piece of chocolate is to help the bra... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:06:12 EST So mad at my every day failure It makes me so angry at myself that every night I have such great intentions for the next day and then I repeatedly blow it. I read and read to get the motivation I need and believe I have a game plan and obviously I can't be mad enough at myself or I wouldn't give in to failure like I do. I have 20 lbs to lose and I feel like I will never get it off. I maintained my weight for 9 years when I lost in Weight Watchers years ago. I just turned 50 and I would love for this to melt off again! ... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 23:09:08 EST Really? Really?? I've been working so so hard for three weeks now. Lost two pounds the first week, but this second week, not even an ounce! I know this is a gradual process. But really? This slow? I knowb there is some practical reason and that the scale isn't everything, but I have 100 pounds to lose, and it's hard to keep at it without progress. =/ Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:39:18 EST Need motivation! So, I was doing great for the first month. Then....went on vacation for four days last weekend. Needless to say I did not stick to my healthy eating plan and drank alcohol. In our family every get together is about food and alcohol. =VERY challenging. I had no alcohol since Jan. 12th and was eating right until last weekend. I did go snowmobiling and logged that as exercise. <BR> Now, is this normal? I am having the hardest time getting back into it. UGH! <BR> I do not have a partner or team... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 10:37:41 EST I'm afraid I ruined my future So this isn't about weight loss. This is something more personal that happened yesterday. Just a bit of background... After a semester long full-time internship in two different schools under the supervision of two different teachers/mentors, I successfully completed my BA in Music Education and graduated my program in December. <BR> <BR> So as I said, last semester September-December I was doing a full time internship under two different teachers as the last stage of my program. I finished ... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:28:07 EST Am I making a huge mistake? Last Thursday I started my latest lifestyle change, and for the first time ever I have stuck to it for longer then a day. Today I finally got around to changing my start weight- I have gained 8 lbs since signing up with spark people 5 years ago. So that changed my calorie intake requirements and I have only been meeting minimum some days, or coming up 200-350 cal short other days. I feel fine, I eat if I am hungry, but I have been eating low carb, high fat, lots of veggies and I am actually... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 18:46:16 EST Food Addiction I can't stop eating and drinking sodas... I have lost 70 pounds using Sparkpeople in the past and have gained it all back in the last year. I know what I need to do and how to do it but I can't seem to get past the eating. I say I'll have one snack and then end up eating half the box. Or we'll go out to eat and I'll plan on eating half of my food and before I know it my plate is gone and I'm eyeballing the dessert menu. I know a lot of you are going to say or at least think everything I a... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:20:10 EST SCALE HAS MOVED UP! HAAGGSHAHAGAGAHAHAHAGGGGGHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAA<BR>AAAAA! <BR> <BR> OK so I signed up the second week of Jan and lost 2lbs (ya!) but wasn't working with the right motivation and stopped, gaining the 2 back.... I've been reading the spark people book and trying to do this right. For the last week I have moved for 30 min EVERY DAY. Some days it is 2.5 miles walking and some days it is body weight work and some days its 1.5 miles... I'm working on a streak of movement. <BR> <BR> I've been drinking... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:54:24 EST But I don't want to go OUT to eat! I was doing great. I finally found the healthiest way to lose weight. <BR> But I keep getting pulled into situations where I have to go OUT to eat! It's killing me! I'm not a good enough cook to invite people over..... I don't know what to do but eating out is killing my weight loss routine. Today for example, I was asked for a lunch interview. What can I do? Should I just eat less and save the calories for that bigger meal? I've noticed a lot of places here don't offer nutritional info eithe... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:21:50 EST Getting My Mojo Back Since Thanksgiving I have fell off the wagon with my weight loss. I had lost 55 lbs and now almost 3 months later I have gained almost half that back. I am facing up to it, and although I am disappointed in myself, I am now picking myself up and dusting myself off and getting back on track again. Any words of encouragement would be appreciated. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 23:44:40 EST Trying not to turn to binge eating!! In a nutshell, I'm trying really hard to keep repeating "it's his core beliefs and behavior, it's not me." I really need to believe it in order to refrain from punishing myself by binge eating. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 21:18:34 EST so you had a bad day.... Having the worst day. My oldest son isnt talking to me. Making hard emotional decisions and dealing with digging out of a financial hole... I started a biggest loser competition at work. I have been sparking for 2 weeks. My first week i lost 6 lbs! Very pleased with myself. I didnt prepare for what I would do when my emotions wanted to rule my appetite. I see that this is a common problem, but i am so disappointed in my self, and i am terrified to weigh in tomorrow... I have been AWFUL ... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 21:02:29 EST Family drama leads to emotional eating :( I'm dealing with a lot of family drama atm, which has lead to me being left without most of my family not talking to me. I now am not eating or over eating to deal with being upset about it all. I was wondering if you have any suggestions on changing that habit? Fri, 14 Feb 2014 18:06:18 EST Predisone for a cold I've had a cold over the past week and the anti-biotic they prescribed isn't helping. In fact it makes me feel worse and a little exhausted. So now they gave me a new prescription for predisone and I looked it up thinking how is this going to make me feel. <BR> It is supposed to make you hungry and maybe cause weight gain. Has anyone taken this before for just a cold (like a week) and not gained weight? <BR> I am not going to not take it. This cold sucks. I am not really hungry with this anti... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:33:19 EST Pie, Pi, WHY?!! It seems like any social event I'm involved in involves food. Lately, they've been serving food (usually pasta or pizza) at youth group- and on nights they don't serve food, everyone goes out. I go to church on Sundays, and they serve bagels and pastries before and after service (I usually bring my own breakfast and only eat the fruit and veggies). <BR> <BR> Next month, I have a couple pretty major challenges. A trip to Virginia for my grandfather's memorial service on the 22nd of March (not... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:25:50 EST Can't Seem To "Get Started" Been here only a few days and having a difficult time with motivation. I can't seem to get started. My first day went ok, then downhill from there. I know what to do and lacking the motivation to go forward. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:50:22 EST BI POLAR DISORDER?? If anyone has any information/experience with respect to getting a definitive diagnosis - how to get it accurately, also any one living with a person suffering from this - please share what ever you can. <BR> it is urgent. thank you BB Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:16:41 EST Valentine party at work !!!! There is going to be a Valentine potluck at my work tomorrow ! I LOVE potluck. Going to be really hard not to round my plate like I usually do. And the desserts ...... there are 2 of my favorite desserts that are going to be there . Chocolate lasagna for one ! <BR> I am going to make sure I eat good breakfast and I will keep my ice water handy. I just hope I can enjoy a nice meal without going over board or worse going over board and giving in this week to that "all or nothing mentality " Thu, 13 Feb 2014 07:31:36 EST Exercise and Showers So, I've been trying to get into a workout routine, but I'm really struggling with it, <BR> <BR> One of the problems I have is that even with a simple 10-20 minute workout, I still get sweaty and gross. I have to wash my hair after a workout, but that also means I need to wash my hair daily. My hair does NOT do well with being washed daily. <BR> <BR> It's easy to fit in a 20 minute workout into the day, but adding in another 20-30 minutes to shower and change afterwards, it makes the task ... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:12:50 EST I'm completely out of control I have almost gained back all the weight I had lost at a medical wt loss program and I am just ready to through in the towel. I am 200 pounds overweight. I am not sure I can conquer this problem. I am feeling depressed and desperate. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:56:59 EST Bowel Movements... So i've been eating healthier than usual for the past 5 weeks, and my BM has been normal (every day). But this past week I have not gone! I took a laxitive this past Sunday which did help, but for the past 2 days I have not gone... i'm not sure if its my food intake, i havent changed anything drastic, i've been drinking plenty of water (8 cups or more a day)... <BR> I'm not feeling any discomfort or bloating which is good, but it makes me nervous that my body isnt pushing out the waste... A ... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 07:08:33 EST How do you make a diet a lifestyle? I'm just wondering how you turn a diet into a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I've been doing pretty well at staying within my points (and now calories) most days. I eat a primarily real food diet, but I also allow treats in moderation. However, even though picking healthier options is becoming more and more natural, I still feel like I'm "dieting." <BR> <BR> Earlier today, I was looking at the event calendar for this town in PA that I visited back in October. In the spring and summer, they ... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:30:40 EST I need HELP now!!! I need some help about setting my startpage/sparkpage. I set my unit of measurements in pounds/feet, but when I did my ticker on the sparkpage, it set it on on kilogrammes make my weight outrageous and untrue because I filled in 172lbs and it wrote 172kg. What do I do to rectify this please? Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:02:43 EST I'm REALLY struggling right now I am really having a hard time. I am about 50 pounds overweight, and I've been overweight all throughout highschool. I was really exciting to go off to college and get a "fresh start" which would include loosing weight and eating healthier. Enter Cafeteria food. and "flex dollars." I keep trying to stick with my recommended plan here, but I always go over! Right when I feel like I am doing good I eat a big piece of cheesecake and cookies after dinner. I have only had like 2 days this whole mo... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:20:09 EST Gaining, need help I was in a car accident shortly after joining and now cannot exercise until I finish PT. Have gained two lbs back of the weight I lost, although I am eating right around 1200 cals, the lower limit of my range. There were two days when I went over but still didn't approach the 1800 calorie baseline for my size. Not sure what is going on or how to address it. Any Ideas? Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:27:50 EST Need help for emotional over eating please This was my problem of the past. Any emotions I had would be smothered with food for comfort and caused me to gain a ton of weight. I recently met a wonderful woman but along with meeting her, I reunited with my habit of eating my emotions. I am naturally anxious with people and I think my body is reverting to old ways to calm my nerves. Good for my mind, bad for my body. I completely binged the day before yesterday, and then yesterday I ate well in the day and then had a huge burger and frys... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:36:59 EST Why is this happening?!? I'm going to talk about poop. You've been warned! Sorry for the TMI but this is a problem. <BR> <BR> So I've reached the point in my diet where everything... slows down. When I first start following a diet, it all runs smoothly. Once I lose about 25-30 lbs, things almost stop. Why is that? I feel bloated all the time, I have pain in my abdomen, it's very difficult to go, and I stop losing weight. I've upped my fiber dosage (I take fiber therapy supplements... you can take up to 5 or 6 a ... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 07:43:20 EST Thin by 30? Doesn't seem like it <BR> I've been saying I'd be "Thin by 30" for probably almost 3 years. I'm going to be 30 in 7 months. I haven't even really all. I weigh 250 pounds. When I met my husband 7 or 8 or 9 years ago (the years don't matter because we are soulmates) I weighed ~170 lbs I looked good and I should've realized that but didn't. When I used to go to stay the weekend or the night with him I had a strict rule that I didn't eat (completely fasted) for AT LEAST 2 days before I was going to see him... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 01:02:42 EST Feeling really bad about bad surgery results I had a breast reduction in August of 2012, it didn't heal right. The scars were very painful and ugly. <BR> On Friday I had a surgery to fix that surgery. I took a shower today for the first time since Friday, so I saw the results for the first time today, and I hate it. no matter how it heals this time my breasts are butchered. The incisions go all the way to my back and they are not completely even on the sides. There are huge stretch marks forming on my breasts, where the incisions end I ... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:41:28 EST need help concerning pain medication i am just wondering if anyone else has ever been prescribed lortab, or hydrocodone 5 mg? <BR> i am researching online to find out if there is a cause for increased appetite with this medication? <BR> i used to be prescribed a higher dosage, 10 mg and never had this side effect. <BR> but since being put on the lower dosage, i starve to death, and my stomach growls with hunger and there is no other cause for it. <BR> i began watching what i eat when i take it and still my appetite increased out... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:09:07 EST Lost and confused I do not seem to be making progress my life before I started changing my habits for the better were. I would drink a 2 liter of soda a day by myself so many empty calories, I rarely ate breakfast, and ate a lot of junk. I know for sure I was getting a minimum of 850 calories in soda. alone. I also was getting no exercise. <BR> <BR> I started January 21 at 250 pounds and SP gave me the following calorie intake 1630 - 1980 <BR> <BR> I am eating healthy usually and staying in my intake if I go... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:50:52 EST derailed and needs help..or an intervention! I am not new to Spark People. But I have returned after a few years absence. I was never severely overweight but always had about five or eight pounds to lose. I am a special ed. teacher that got blind sided by the recession. The reason I bring that up is that when I didn't get a job last year, I coped very badly and did nothing but eat and cry. Now I have over twenty pounds to lose. This is the most I ever ever weighed in my life and I am paralyzed by the horror of it. I have done many thing... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 12:38:04 EST Drowning without water Help! I have completely stopped soda but I can't drink anything with artificial sweeteners due to health reasons. Anyone have any ideas about drinks. I am trying to drink water(Yuck) but am not getting enough fluids. Best wishes and God Bless.......Sandy Sun, 9 Feb 2014 11:58:28 EST has anyone stopped and started as much as me?! Good morning! <BR> <BR> My name is Cherie and I have been on and off Spark for Many many years! At one point I got within 15 lbs of my goal weight, looked fabulous only to gain it all back!! <BR> What is the secret? How do you stay on track long term? Why do so many people find that Ah ha moment and move forward? Yes, I know it takes hard work and commitment I just don't know how a person can go so far and still end up failing! <BR> I don't think I am having a pity party,I just want to do be... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 09:45:14 EST Bad week Hi am into my fifth wk have been good so far but this wk I introduce what I thought was control portion of carbs and having shockingly put on 3lb again.lAst three days have been bad too because I just seem to be pigging out on carb. Help needed with how to get bk onto schedule or understand what went wrong Sun, 9 Feb 2014 05:42:37 EST The mirror almost made me cry! I just looked in the mirror and I feel HORRIBLE. <BR> <BR> I have been working out every day doing 30 Day Shred and sometimes yoga and pilates. How strict do I really need to be with my diet in order to actually see results? I truly think I am a healthy eater and have been for a long time. I slip up here and there, like the occasional few french fries on the weekend or something else high in fat or sugar. But really not that often. Once a week (sometimes twice max) but it's still not that m... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 00:32:40 EST I know it's worth it but.... So I originally posted this under the 20 somethings daily check in but I feel like this might be a better place... <BR> I feel like I have been letting a lot of things slip by in my health journey lately. When I first started out I only ate healthy foods, was exercising at least 5 days a week, and was making sure I got 8 hours of sleep. I was seeing great results, I lost 24 lbs. The last two weeks I've been snacking on treats/sweets instead of fruits and veggies and going to bed later and lat... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 21:26:35 EST Confused on BMR I am really confused on the BMR, I understand how the formula works and all that. What I am not sure about is if I have a lightly active lifestyle or a sedentary lifestyle. I know the SP does not include exercise in calculating the BMR. I am a homemaker, I have no children. So I spend my days doing typical homemaker stuff, cooking 3 meals a day, dishes (by hand) afterward, cleaning, laundry, running errands like grocery shopping. Of course I am not doing all these things each day...When I ... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 10:16:32 EST avoidance eating Argh...I was doing so good today...until about an hour ago. I am supposed to be working on writing my thesis, but dreading it, so I decided to have a small light snack. This turned into a mini binge. My calories for the day are a bit high and I will still have to make dinner for the family later. I guess I will just have a smaller portion for dinner. Why do I always start eating when I don't want to do something? Does anyone else have this problem? Why can't I just focus on what needs ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 19:23:01 EST Staying motivated in unhealthy work environment... Three of my four coworkers said that we would all get healthy starting this year. We were all going to start our own plans but keep each other motivated as we got on the right track towards losing weight and improving our own health. <BR> <BR> One month in and I'm the only one still sticking to it. <BR> <BR> My girlfriend has been doing Sparkpeople with me and she's stuck to it as well as I have so I'm not entirely without support but some days are harder than other. Today in particular my... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 19:11:28 EST Feeling Discouraged Another time of no loss and a gain out of no where. I don't know what I do wrong but I guess this body likes me fat. I think I am trying and I do well for a while and then a setback that makes me feel it's not even worth it. I will have to get past this period as it has happened before but I seem to be going backwards instead of forward. It was much easier when I was young to lose weight and exercise but I won't give up though sometimes I wonder why I do this to myself. Fri, 7 Feb 2014 13:17:45 EST Self esteem and food I recently read this article that discussed the link between self esteem issues and eating disorders. I could relate deeply, even though I don't think I have a proper eating disorder, I do use food compulsively as a distraction or a numbing method to deal with certain deficiencies in the way I see and deal with myself. <BR> <BR> But today I had a breakthrough disguised as a setback. I have realized that my problem is not food itself. After a long day of on and off bingeing, it had dawned on... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 13:09:18 EST water retention What are some tips I can use to help with water retention? Fri, 7 Feb 2014 06:42:48 EST stress I am looking for something that helps with stress. I already know about yoga but I am looking for something else. Any suggestions? Fri, 7 Feb 2014 06:08:44 EST Trying not to give in to late night snacking... I'm like 5 feet from the kitchen and I swear the chocolate truffles are calling my name. <BR> <BR> But seriously - any awesome ideas out there for late night munchy cravings around 100 calories? Fri, 7 Feb 2014 00:12:35 EST Is it even worth it? About 2 years ago in April I decided that I was going to loose a ton of weight and I did (over 80 lbs). Then I got a job (yay?). If the scale is to be believed right now I gain back most of it. Although I was a morning weigh in person so I'm not trusting it yet (and my tracker is my best guess right now). I just don't know what to do. I was so proud of myself and my body then. I would lay in bed at night and actually touch my stomach and legs to prove that they were still there and thin.... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 20:50:26 EST So mad at myself About a yr ago I reached my goal weight of 140 lbs and felt great !!! I felt like I had my eating disorder under control. Running 5-6 miles a day. But in June my husband moved out and I went back to work. Finding it hard to make time for exercise and I guess with all the stress of being a single mom of 3, Slowly the weight is creeping back on. I have not stepped on the scale in months. Last week I finally decided it was time to face it and I have gained 10lbs <em>46</em> I'm so mad at my... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 19:55:11 EST Accepting my body Hi girls! <BR> <BR> My name is Dana and I am 25 years old. <BR> <BR> My biggest problem in life right now is that, putting it mildly, I don't like how I look. I'm not overweight but I have a disproportional body - the fat is going mainly to belly so I look like I'm pregnant. Also I have very large legs. They are not fat, but overly muscular. They look like man's legs. I have very thin hair. I know that with age it will get only thinner because my mum and grandmother have the same problem. A... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 18:13:01 EST Ten pounds in a week, I don't understand! I gained TEN pounds this week and I don't understand why! I have limited mobility because I had knee surgery but I'm hopping around in my brace after my son most of the day, and anytime I'm laying down I will do three or four minutes of crunches on and off through out the day, I've been very careful the past week or so to weigh and write down every single thing I ate and drank and I feel so upset and discouraged. Over the past year ( since I had my son) I've gained 30 pounds, but ten has been... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 15:36:07 EST Scared to death of the scale I made a lot of changes in my diet and activity level on Jan. 1st, and have been tracking every bite of food, every glass of water, every treadmill and weight training workout since becoming part of the Sparkpeople community on Jan. 8th, but I can't bring myself to go near the scale to glimpse my progress or lack there of. I am having a hard time eating all of the calories that are recommended, because I have never lost weight without starving and being miserable. I guess that is a hard min... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 12:43:53 EST How to not be hungry all the time? I am having such a hard time even getting started. I can eat a big meal and I am starving 2 hours later. Even when I eat a lot of fiber, protein, fruits, and vegetables, it doesn't matter. No matter what I eat, I am still always hungry and need a lot of food to feel satisfied. Are there any supplements or anything else I can do to help? What helps you? <BR> I have lost weight before and got down to a good weight, but after getting tired of being hungry all the time, I go back to my old ways. ... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 17:22:13 EST Surrounded by perfect bodies at my new job... Hi everyone, I have been on SP for years now and have read lots of good advice. I'm currently on the heavier end of the healthy range on the BMI (5'6", 147 lbs) but I feel more comfortable when I'm about 7-8 pounds lighter than I am now. I was already having a bit of trouble feeling comfortable in my body (my clothes aren't fitting properly, for one thing), but this week I started a job at a fitness training / rehab center where everyone is in great shape and it's really getting to me. I know... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 16:18:14 EST is there a problem with mail from sparkpeople? I haven't received any email from sparkpeople today. Is there a problem? Please respond to Thanks Wed, 5 Feb 2014 12:47:48 EST Why do I get so fluffy by the end of the day? Everybody knows this. We all feel the skinniest in the morning. It feels great. However, by the end of the day I feel round and fluffy! I hate it. Even when I make good food choices, stay in my range I look and feel a lot rounder around my tummy and hip area. I feel fluffy! Shirts seem to be tighter, and if we get ready to go out some clothes don't look as flattering anymore. I know I am not gaining and losing fat in this short amount of time, but something changes, that's for sure! <BR> I am... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 09:46:53 EST Help! I have an important question. Hey everyone! Thank you so much for clicking on my message board! <BR> <BR> So I have already lost pretty much 40 lbs and I am super happy! I still have 180 lbs to go until my goal weight. I am scared about my lower stomach. I am afraid its not going to tighten up because whenever I workout I feel like it's putting too much strain on it. I would love to shrink it up as fast as I can because I really don't want it to sag. It's pretty big, well not huge but it's big.. It's big enough that bec... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 12:53:44 EST NEED HELP Hi I need help just join Sparkpeople want to do a low carb diet but don't know the first thing about low carb. Can anyone please help. I also want to eat healthy not sure what to buy as far as food goes. <BR> Thank you Tue, 4 Feb 2014 12:02:47 EST I Keep Eating! I'm in a full-blown binge mode right now... someone please talk me out of eating anything else! Tue, 4 Feb 2014 00:18:31 EST Motivation going down... and i'm feeling it I started SP the beginning of January and I had a great start, I even lost almost 5 pounds. But as the month went on, mostly last week, I was eating bigger portions and not drinking enough water... I can feel it in my body, my mood, my energy. I have gained a pound back, and that's how it starts isn't it? I'm even starting to get hungry after I eat my meals, I think im getting back into the habit of always wanting to munch on something. I need so 'Spark' that motivation back and I don't know ... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 18:50:38 EST sow weight loss I have been doing spark people for a few weeks now and I am only down 5 pounds...what gives? I lost 2 pounds every week in 3/2012 with SP and all I was doing was tracking and doing minimal, I can't lose anything....I am tracking what I eat and exercising more then before, but there's no results....what the heck???? I am getting so discouraged..... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 18:46:37 EST After ER IV Needle Pain leftover Hello, <BR> I just got out of the ER and I had some blood drawn and I was given some intravenous drugs to help with an asthma attack. As I was released the nurse removed the needle and it was really bent. I have never experienced that before and I am worried. <BR> She said at first she thought she blew my vein because their was so much blood. It hurt a lot and she continued to draw blood. She left the needle in my arm and walked away to get something to clean it up. it was unsecured I have al... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 03:33:40 EST I'm feeling really blah. I haven't done anything crazy. I even did some exercise today, but I don't really feel like doing anything more. I just want to relax and veg. I just feel guilty because I don't want to do anything today. Is it wrong to take a day to yourself? Sun, 2 Feb 2014 14:24:54 EST Compulsive over-eater and I need help!!!! No matter how full I am i cant stop eating and it has recently gotten worse. I have breakfast at 630-700 by 9 i feel like I have to eat again. Dont know if i am just thinking about the food that I have and thats why I feel so hungry even then I cant stop myself. I am gaining weight and nit fitting into clothes i worked so hard to get back into. Does anyone else have this problem?? If so please help me so i dont gain back all of the 40 pounds I lost. i nee help with diversion techniques pl... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 11:05:23 EST How do you handle Sunday Brunch?? After church, our family usually goes out to brunch or lunch. <BR> Now that I have been counting calories, I am shocked <BR> at how many calories are in just tiny, basic foods. <BR> What is a good, safe choice so I don't in-do a week's worth of Sparking?? Sun, 2 Feb 2014 10:13:36 EST Eye opening weekend ....... This has been an eye opening weekend ..... It started yesterday with going shopping with a friend. I was really looking forward to it but that all changed when I decided to try on clothes. I went to Walmart as that is the only store in that area that has clothes that fit me., and the choices there are very few. I cannot fit into the pants, only the tops. I came home with one stretchy tshirt style top. I ended up eating a brunch buffet, needless to say I did not stop at one plate and brought h... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 09:45:13 EST People's compliments make me feel uncomfortable.. I have lost a ton of weight and totally transformed my body. Yes I am very proud and happy about it, and still working for the last few pounds to come off. Everywhere I go though people are always talking about it and it makes me very uncomfortable. "OMG is that Gabe? He looks so good! What's your secret? How much do you weigh? What size clothes do you wear? What do you eat? You're so skinny!" it goes on and on. I know you might be thinking "I'd love to hear that" and I thought I would too, b... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:03:53 EST crying - shopping trip I went shopping this afternoon with my mom and sister-in-law. My SIL is "perfect" - one of those size 4's without trying. She eats everything. <BR> <BR> I tried on a few things and they made me look horrible. The biggest size in the store. I cried in the change room. <BR> <BR> Eventually, I saw a beautiful knitted poncho. I showed my mom: "look how beautiful this is" and she took it over to my SIL and said "Honey, this would look beautiful on you." <BR> <BR> I just burst into tears and l... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:42:50 EST Do i have an eating disorder?? or am i just fat Okay so i've finally figured out (or i think i have) why i cant lose weight. I have no problem with eating healthy food (when its available) but i think i may possible be a serious binge eater. More often than not i'll go all day without eating, either due to being busy or because i legit dont have an appetite and then at the end of the day i'll gorge myself. On anything and everything i can find. To the point that even when i get to the point i feel so stuffed full im gonna be sick, i still ... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:23:17 EST Queen of Excuses I am definitely the queen of excuses. I can make up and find more excuses for not losing weight ..... I really want to lose weight, be healthier, feel better, look better. Apparently, I must not want it bad enough yet. <BR> y friends at work say to me that I am always on the Monday diet. Every Monday is going to be the day I start losing weight once and for Wednesday, old habits quickly sneak back in. I've tried pretty much every diet out there, read every diet book, magazine an... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 07:33:31 EST It's a daily struggle..... Hey everyone. I really need some help and advice. I suffer from several atuo-immune and chronic pain diseases. I want to have a regular exercise program but with these problems, it really hinders me from doing that. Does anyone have any advice or suggestions for me? I'd really appreciate any kind of feedback. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 18:45:58 EST Cabin Fever? I feel lonely today and I am not sure what to do by myself. Everyone is at work and unfortunately, hours were tight at work for me. Money is kinda tight. I am craving some interaction with people...anyone have any ideas? <BR> <BR> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:45:33 EST Feeling discouraged Hi, I wanted to get some suggestions/ideas from the Spark Community. I have been a member since 2007, did great using in 2007/2008 when I had my second child. I have gained back all the weight I lost and then some. I started back up with a renewed commitment this year. My job is no longer as stressful, I have a gym at my office, my babies are no longer babies and I am not as stressed. I am enjoying my longest Spark Streak ever at 27 days. I have purchased a FitBit and find t... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:03:07 EST Magic tablets? HELP! I know there is no thing such as a diet pill that works and I believe in hardwork pays off but here's the thing I have been trying to lose the last 10 pounds since June/July of last year but they just WON'T come off. I did switch things around introduced new exercises and even started working out twice a day and it still will not come off, I changed my diet and all but still they won't come off. I don't know what to do anymore I was thinking of reducing my calories to 1200 for everyda... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 01:33:20 EST Nighttime Binge Eating Long story short, I fell off the wagon for awhile and now I am trying to get back into my healthy routine. I do great until dinner and then...BAM!...all I want to do is munch on everything bad for me. Even if it's not bad for me, I just eat till I am sick. I know I'm doing it and I am mad at myself the whole time but I keep doing it. I need advice on how to avoid this....or some tips to stay motivated at night. I'm sabotaging myself every night and I'm so embarrassed. I don't understand how I... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 00:00:11 EST Completely hopeless I really want to give up. There's a small, insignificant part of me that wants to try again, but the overwhelming majority of me is tired. Tired of fighting this weight that never goes away; tired of being surrounded by people who are twice my age WITH CHILDREN and half my size; tired of being a slave to the mirror, the scale, and my negative self-image. Tired of living in fear of food, feeling like anything that I eat that isn't green is going to contribute another 5lbs to my mass. Tired of ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:32:55 EST Discouraged after car accident I had a car accident Jan 19 after just getting to where I really enjoyed doing this program, the gym, etc. I think I am having a pity/anger party today and have been careless over the past two days about my food choices (eating too much) and not weighing and measuring like I was doing. When I work out I have an easier time doing the rest of this because I don't want to waste the effort and I feel more energized so I don't turn to food for energy. I don't know if I need a kick in the butt or ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:24:32 EST worried about my husband so last few days me and the hubby have been having discussions about his weight and his diet, his attitude at the time was "well when it is your time to go, it is your time to go, there are people who have been super fit and dropped dead of a heart attack" yes i do agree with him to extent, but it doesn't mean you shouldnt take care of yourself while you are still on this earth. <BR> <BR> he can't stand for long periods of time without his feet hurting, he gets tired easily and lastly he sn... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:28:29 EST Losing Motivation Hi guys. My name is Crystal and I have lost 50 lbs using sparkpeople. However, I still have about 50 more to go and I am having a really hard time staying motivated. I have been gaining and losing the same pound or two for over a month now! I really need to start moving forward on my journey again. Does anyone have any advice or helpful tips of how to keep pushing through?? I appreciate any help. Thanks :) Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:59:54 EST vitamins and minerals I started tracking my vitamins and minerals, I eat extremely healthy, I thought. <BR> Potassium is less than half of what I should be taking in, when I went to the health store she questioned how much potassium I was looking for. <BR> RDA 4700 mg....I am getting around 1800 mg <BR> should I suppliment this on my own or go see my doctor first? <BR> Is it normal to be taking in so much under the RDA? <BR> Thanks Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:00:55 EST somebody can give me a little pick me up? it´s all the usual: the scale doesn´t budge... which is stupid, because it WILL at some point. <BR> And I think, It might have already. I feel better with eating less and moving more. <BR> <BR> All this is perfectly good and well. <BR> The thing is: no matter what I do, my body just keep flipping me the bird. <BR> <BR> I got rheumathoid arthritis and I am on Cortisone. <BR> And I´m just on enough Cortisone to give me Cushing´s. I can live with the water, I can live with the weight gain a... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 10:56:55 EST Over the past year I've worked to lose 50 pounds. I had lost 55 and then joined the January fit challenge. I have been doing my workouts and eating healthy but gained 3 pounds. They said to try eating at my high calorie end (1200-1550) for a while. I did that for a week or so and gained another 2 pounds! I'm totally confused to how I can get my body to respond and start dropping that and the other 50 pounds I need to lose. I'm 5'4 and now weigh 190 again. I do cardio (dance, stationary ... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 05:48:52 EST Didn't take long It didn't take long for me to mess up. 3 days this week over my calories and 2 days of no exercise. I still went over my exercise goal and calorie burn goal for the week, but that's not good enough. I've got a bad cold, don't feel like exercising and I just feel like I have went back to being a failure. I let my cold and the cold outside win. If I can't even make it a month, how can I make it a life time? :( Sun, 26 Jan 2014 02:36:47 EST I WANT TO EEEEEEAT! I've been snacking and picking at things today. Hubs got fresh bagels for the kids for breakfast and I knew I didn't want to eat one but I started picking and probably ended up eating half. UGH. Then my youngest daughter decided to make brownies from scratch, with frosting from scratch, and I licked the spoon, and a whisk, and took a few swipes with my fingers. We came home from our sushi dinner date and the kids had been helping themselves, which means there were brownie crumbs in the pan, w... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 20:28:20 EST FInally hating myself back to health I was medically retired from the Army in 2005, by 2006 ballooned up to 250lb. Joined a weight loss contest, lost 25lb...(didn't win), gained those back plus some very quickly. 2009, weighed 250 again..started weight loss contest and won loosing 50lb, those results are still on my profile page. Then, everything has gone and been downhill. A thyroidectomy affecting my ability to lose weight easily..the passing of my father, and now in 2014 I am 255lbs of diabetes on two different meds, meds bec... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 11:52:23 EST Going to a party So I just got invited to a party (at the end of February). This is an annual party I never miss because it's with some of my closest friends. <BR> <BR> It's a birthday party with a ton of drinking and unhealthy food. I'm 24, so this is what people my age pretty much do to celebrate. The problem is, the last party I went to in December, the drinking and even eating a couple of the things my friends brought to eat - my body did not react well. I got extremely sick to my stomach (a really bad s... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 09:47:50 EST good words I just want to fall down, crawl somewhere dark and pass out till the world changes and none of what I know matter. <BR> I feel like a failure. I've finally gotten somewhere with my weight, meaning I'm fighting it all well for like 6 months now, but I've gotten wrong everywhere else. <BR> I study economics (i'm 21) but I've actually given up on my studies. I hardly ever go to school and it's been a long time since I felt like a student. I don't even show up at exams... <BR> I want to do someth... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 09:19:37 EST What do you do when you go over your calorie goal? When I go over my daily calorie goal, I panic and beat myself up. What do you do? Sat, 25 Jan 2014 09:18:04 EST 24 days in and I'm ready to QUIT!!! I have been doing great these last 24 days, I've lost 13lbs and an finally out of the 300lb weight bracket after almost 4 yrs. For some reason that's not keeping me motivated, I'm ready to just through in the towel and live with the issues I have. WHY do I feel like this?? WHY is being under 300 finally not keeping me motivated? HELP!!!! Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:41:09 EST Always on my mind Every single moment of my day, I stress about my weight. I think about what I ate, what I will eat, what my workout will be, rage against myself when I don't get a workout in, cry when I look in the mirror, stress about what my friends think when they see I've gained weight, etc. Every. Single. Minute. I even dream about my weight struggle. <BR> I've been struggling with this issue for about 5 years now...really when I first started losing weight. Weight loss since then has been extremely di... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:39:37 EST Try Try Try Again... I'm so sick of this rollercoaster of trying to lose weight. I feel like it's the one thing I am a total failure at. I feel like I have no will power... I lose weight and then I gain more.. and then I lose weight again and gain more.. The cycle just keeps happening over and over again and I'm so tired of it. I want something to be permanent!! My mom is overweight and I just don't want to end up overweight later in life.. I desperately want to get this under control now... I'm in my mid twentie... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:32:16 EST Looking for Helpful Tips on Waking Up Earlier One of my new years resolutions this year is to wake up earlier. I am not a morning person. I sleep until the last possible minute and rush to get me and my kids ready and bolt out the door. I don't like the rushed feeling of how my day starts out. It would be nice if I could get my butt out of bed earlier. Every night I set my alarm with good intentions, then reset it when it goes off in the morning! Any suggestions or tips would be appreciated. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:47:24 EST I gave in last night :-( Before bed I gave in to a chocolate peanut butter and banana sandwich. Well it was on whole wheat bread so I suppose there is a plus side :-/ Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:19:00 EST Why am I so TIRED!? I began my health and fitness lifestyle transformation on 1/6/14. I've been doing great staying active, eating right, and I even noticed my energy increased. However, now I have been feeling very tired the past three days. I managed to get a workout in the day before yesterday, but yesterday I was soooo tired I just slept. I'm pretty good at listening to my body, but I thought that I would have more energy than this. Could this possibly be my body adjusting to change? Has anyone else experien... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:16:27 EST So Discouraged! I can't take it anymore! I have been fully participating on this site since October 7th, and all I've lost as of today is 6 lbs! I swear I have been faithful! Every time I reach out to find out what I doing wrong, I take the advice, but I can't get the weight to go down! Is there such a thing as a three month plateau? I drink 72 ounces of water each day, cut out sodium (under 2300 mg), sleep 8 hours, exercise 60+ minutes, stay within my calorie range, and this is as far as I've gotten??? <BR... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 09:15:33 EST Girl drama Good Morning, <BR> Tonight i'm going out with a 'friend' tonight for dinner... I use the word 'friend' lightly because the girl i'm hanging out with tonight and I arent really close. She is my fiances best friends fiance. We have had friction in the past (known her for 2 years), but I think alot of it is due to misunderstandings (I hope). Now that she's engaged to my fiances friend... I figured we should get to know each other better, and who knows, maybe we'l end up being friends too. <BR> ... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 08:11:27 EST I just want to cry! I just want to cry… I stepped on the scale this morning, and nothing has changed. It seems like nothing is working! I wanted to cry all the way to work this morning, and now there is a damper on my day. <BR> <BR> I started going back to the gym in the New Year. I have worked with a personal trainer 4 times, and I try to work out 3-5 times per week by myself. I have also been watching what I’ve been eating, 1200-1500 calories per day. I have pretty much cut out bread, pasta, and flour from m... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 08:04:53 EST pay cut My husband chose to take a lesser paying job at work and now taking a $500 a month pay cut without consulting me first to chase a dream. I'm just nervous I guess about this and frustrated. I have a plan to call my student loan and mortgage banks and work out lower payments, cut off the cable, pick up extra hours, and cut as much as I can. He's offering to pick up hours but I know it'll end up him being unhappy and taking it out on me. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for another job or even like a p... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 05:19:10 EST Why can't I stick to healthy eating? Hi, <BR> <BR> I will start by saying that I have been following a calorie restricted program for the past 2 months and I have seen some weight loss. However, I am struggling to stick to my plan and eat healthfully. I will have several good days where I am doing well and then I will get extra hungry or have added stress and will deviate. This deviation usually lasts for a few days before I finally get back on track. I think part of this may happen because I am generally hungry even when I tr... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:40:33 EST Fighting that hungry feeling It seems that no matter how many small meals I eat in a day, currently 3 meals and 2 snacks a day, I always feel hungry. I'm getting enough water I am always drinking a bottle of water. I don't know what to do, it's very frustrating. Does anyone have some suggestions for me? Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:25:14 EST weight loss not happening Hello everyone, I have been working out and eating the required amount of calories each day. But I have not lost any weight, I eat low calorie wheat bread, greek yogurt, fat free cottage chesse, and I measure everything I eat. I also work out, but nothing is happening. This is so very frustrating, I know it says if you work out you can eat more, and it ups my number of calories i can have that day. I'm almost afraid to eat more then the 1200 to 1300 calories that I do, it just seems like I'm ... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 07:26:33 EST First week and discouraged already! I've only joined Spark People a week ago and I'm already losing motivation. <BR> I did my weekly weigh in this morning and lost 100grams (.1kg) in the last 7 days. <BR> I realise it may take a little while for my body to work out what is happening, I've made massive changes to my food and water intake, but I was still hoping to see a change in the scales. <BR> I struggle with depression and anxiety which is medicated and therapy, and seeing the scales today makes me think in my old thought pa... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:18:59 EST I am so very frustrated... with myself! First, let me just say that I am NOT here looking for a pity party. Trust me, I know the problem and I am the only one to solve it, but I do need to vent my frustrations, anyway. <BR> I restarted my WLJ on 8-21-13. When I restarted, I weighed 270 pounds. I was doing so well, until the second week of December (I had gotten down to 226 pounds). From then, I would completely overeat one day, make it 2-3 days within my calorie ranges and getting in exercise, there was a cycle of th... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:43:05 EST Age/Bones/knees and running Hi everyone, <BR> I'm a 61 year old very active lady and this last week I've decided instead of just walking 3 miles (which takes me 45 minutes at 4mph) I would try walking 15 seconds then running for the other 45 seconds at 6 mph. I seem to be tolerating it pretty well but have never had a bone density test done so I'm wondering if the impact on the body is worth the time saved. I console myself with the fact that it's much more cardio then my 4 mph and that's got to be great for my heart.... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 18:37:55 EST panic button for immediate help we all need to use it once in a while Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:03:24 EST Rough Morning Had a rough morning already and it's only 8AM. <em>39</em> <BR> Just need some words to help keep me motivated today to not go into emotional eating. One of those habits that are hard to break sometimes. Writing this actually helps me some so I know I can get through this. <BR> <em>386</em> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 07:57:40 EST when did you finally stop sabotaging yourself !!! hi everyone, <BR> once again haven't been on here for awhile, last week or so hasn't been good in terms of eating and excersing. <BR> <BR> i seem to keep sabotaging myself over and over gain, its like a vicious circle. does anyonelse have that problem? i say "tomorrow will be a good day, only for that day to be just as bad as the day before or worse. <BR> <BR> also i know my eating the wrong foods, is due to emotional boredom, stress {when the kids are really pushing my buttons, and not... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:40:07 EST Discouraged after 3 months.. For 3 months, I've ate better, been exercising. I went from 225 down to 212. Yay, right? Well I weighed 220 today, and it has been between 212-216. I try not to rely on the scale, but it'd kind of depressing when it goes up that much. I felt groggy yesterday so i skipped exercising, and today I feel kind of burned out on Turbo Fire. I haven't really done that for more than a month. Idk if it's cause I messed up yesterday and had a candy bar, 2 energy drinks bcause i felt so BLAH, and chips h... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:57:05 EST Lost all control and binged I had trouble sleeping last night and woke several times crying over the same dream This sound werd but in my dream I am given a block of veleeta cheese and told that I should take that and leave that I hurting everyone around me and need to leave. I refuse to leave and then I wake because they leave me. Werd isn't it. <BR> That just started my mood then my group meeting was canceled and When I want leave house anyway was told might be better to stay home living on limited income and not wan... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:32:04 EST Ate anything and everything today I've been doing really well this past week on my meal plan, but today I messed it up. I know one day wont make a huge impact, and I should focus on tomorrow but I feel soooo gross right now. We were watching the Pats game, and I made chilli, and we ordered food (I got a salad) and was good to go. Then after the game came the chips... and the snacks... then the desserts... oh gosh I ate so much... i'm so full and gross feeling. I hate the bloated feeling where you cant even suck in. I've been ... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 21:56:34 EST Weight doesn't budge anymore Years ago I lost 30 lbs kickboxing and eating right. I went on <BR> Mirena and gained 30lbs over 6 years no matter how hard I tried to lose. Finally had it removed, and am trying again. I don't remember it being this hard to make the scale budge. I'm at my starting weight, kickboxing hard 1x each day, and eating about 1000-1400cals. Going on 3 weeks, is it normal to see no change? Getting frustrated. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 21:18:21 EST 1 year postpardem and strugling to lose One year ago I delivered my big baby. once I was home after a very emergency C-section and about 2 months of bed rest prior. I came home, stepped on the scale and weighed 157. One year later I weigh 137-138. Now I will say that is a great accomplishment, the day I delivered I weighed 180 ( 125 was prepregnancy). So I am ecstatic about that .But every pound was like pulling teeth! I exclusively nursed until about 7 to 8 months and he still is a huge nurser about 80% of his diet. About 2... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 12:43:38 EST Help! My pants are tight!!!!!!! I've gained a kilo! NO! Seriously! I weigh myself every time I start dialysis and again when I end dialysis! Even the doctor agrees that I've gained weight! My dry weight (the weight they aim for after dialysis) has increased by 1 kilo, so in essence, I've gained 1kg!!!!! <BR> <BR> ARRRRGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> My tightest (smallest) clothes are not fitting! Even my shorts, which are normally falling off me are now snug! I know! I know! The weight won't come off overnight and I need to ... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 05:24:28 EST I will NOT make brownies, I will NOT make brownies Today is my cheat day so I'm making chili for dinner. I am fighting with my self to not make brownies. We always have brownies on chili night so I'm craving them really bad right now. :( So I'm sucking down water like no other trying to get myself to think about how nice, yummy, and cold my mio water is vs. milk & brownies. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:48:07 EST fitness/step counter device cheap looking into buying a step counter fitness recording type device this weekend. but i need it to be cheap and decent think under 50dollars. we have walmart kmart best buy hibbits etc nearby Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:25:05 EST I feel so, so discouraged.... I feel like I am never going to lose weight. When I married 10 years ago, I was18 years old, and a size 2. Now I'm a snug size 16 and 200 lbs. I've gained 80 lbs in 10 years, and now I am just miserable. <BR> <BR> The stress of 3 kids, being a military spouse, and now my husbands un employment have really gotten to me. I have always dealt with any negative feelings by eating. <BR> <BR> I've tried so many diets, and they have only ever lasted a few days to a few weeks. I've never lost ... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:14:50 EST Winter blues Anyone got any ideas as to how to overcome Winter-itis. I try to get out as often as possible but we've had lots of snow recently so there's been a lot of treadmill time. When I'm inside a lot I eat more - there's no unhealthy stuff in the house but I just eat more healthy stuff. How do others balance it - my brain is screaming 'just eat more for now and get back on track later.' I hate mid January. Doing good overall but would take any suggestions from other who suffer at this time - I'... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:01:16 EST SO ANNOYED WITH THE SCALE Grr...I have been following healthy eating for over a week now (I know its not that long) and exercising and I am not seeing any results on the scale, which is making me want to eat things that arent healthy...I know I just have to work at it longer but have any of you experienced this in the beginning of your weight loss journey? <BR> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:35:08 EST Grrrr!!!!! Ugh I cant help but feel so blah lately!!! I need to get my motivation up somehow. Its not the new meal plans i'm following, i'm actually enjoying that, I need to find things in my day to look forward to and enjoy. I find myself getting bored quite easy nowadays, and when I get bored I start feeling down and over think things and feel worthless, and I know its all in my head! Im geting back into that weird rut that i'm desperately trying to get myself out of after being in it for so long last... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:27:32 EST Friday Binge Eating I'm usually fine during the week when it comes to staying on plan but on Friday's I binge. I feel like I need to reward myself by eating. <BR> <BR> Not surprisingly, I negate much of the work i do by overeating and then avoiding exercise. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any ideas how to stop this? Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:04:21 EST How do I tighten up without losing too much weight I recently went from 170lbs to 130lbs, I am able to fit small sizes of clothing but I still feel like I look a little flabby especially on my lower belly there is flab that is being stubborn, I mostly just do cardio because I don't know much about weight training how do I tighten up without losing too much fat? Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:12:58 EST Only Gaining and Bloating Hi guys, <BR> <BR> So I recently started eating clean and exercising. However, ever since I've started, I've gained 2+ pounds in less than a week and my stomach is noticeably bigger and I feel bloated and uncomfortable. Whenever I work out, I feel great, and I feel like it's working, but the next day, I'm swollen to the point where I think I'm going to burst. <BR> <BR> I've tried several times in the past to adopt a healthier lifestyle, but this is making me want to give up immediately. ... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:13:07 EST i screwed EVERYTHING up.. and i do mean EVERYTHING. {{disclaimer: i posted this on babyfit too but there's not much activity on that site}} <BR> <BR> Here it is in a nutshell. <BR> <BR> -Been obese my whole life <BR> -Married at age 24 to the only man who ever showed an interest in me. <BR> -He was an emotionally abusive jerk who refused to let me get pregnant even tho we had discussed it pre-marriage. <BR> -I lost 123lbs solely by eating right and exercise <BR> -I got divorced at age 28 <BR> -I developed eati... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:40:45 EST been a while since I signed on here. Since I have been on here things have changed on the site. Over the summer and fall I was half marathon training for a specific goal and made it yay . A half done under 1:40:00 and I did it in 1:38:49 . I completely focused on my training and not weight loss and was able to to maintain my weight. <BR> <BR> Here is the question I am going to still run. But far far far less ( was running 50 miles a week) now til spring I am going to be avg 4 to 5 miles 4 days a week... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:21:05 EST Feeling discouraged I have lost 15 pounds which makes me happy, but the next pound doesn't want to come off! <BR> I increased my exercise and am eating within my calories, but still nothing. <BR> I feel like I am never going to lose another pound and this was a fluke that I lost what I did. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else felt like that? Tue, 14 Jan 2014 20:39:26 EST Falling off track My husband has brought a lot of candy into the house because of this huge sale at blockbuster. My willpower has been off the charts since Friday. I can't seem to get myself out of it. I feel depressed and like a failure. The candy isn't going anywhere, so I need to figure out how to pick myself up and get back on track and stay away from the bad food. I can't eat just a small portion, I end up eating the entire box. Any suggestions or advise would be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> Than... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:52:21 EST Eating Right on Vacation We are on Maui and trying to exercise (go swimming etc) and we have our own little kitchen so we can buy fruits and veggies and do our own cooking. However we bought 2 boxes of chocolate macadamia nuts which are my weakness!!!! They are sitting around the hotel room and I keep thinking about them. I have a bad habit of just eating a whole box of chocolate in one sitting (chocolate is my food I can't stop with) how do i avoid doing that? I am here with my fiance's daughter (he stayed home... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:29:54 EST struggling with getting all numbers within range Ugg I have gotten good at keeping my calories where they need to be and even my carbs most days. Where I am struggling is with potassium, magnesium and calcium. Does anyone have any ideas how to increase those by food choices? If so what ones are best? <BR> Thanks! <BR> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:25:55 EST Just need some words of encouragement When I joined SP and lost 25 lbs. (in about 6-7 months), I thought I'd NEVER lose my newly acquired skill of recognizing hunger and actually tasting and enjoying food. I also NEVER thought I'd binge again. Of course I knew that I wouldn't be perfect, but I really felt like I had jumped over a huge hurdle. <BR> <BR> Now, 2 years later, I have put back on 10 of those pounds, and feel discouraged about it. I can mostly tell by the way my pants feel. They are tighter! I also HAVE given in... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:26:18 EST When the stress is too much...:( I've been going through some stress this week. Stress and emotional mess that has literally left me lying on floor, just bawling my eyes out. I know this is going to be an ongoing stress, because this is of the heartache variety. We haven't broken up, we aren't quite together, and its putting a lot of mental and emotional, and physical stress on me. And it's affecting my diet, my exercise. Everything. For the past 48 hours, I haven't been able to eat well. Or really eat at all. And today, I'v... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:46:40 EST