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 PMS cravings and lack of energy are killing me! Ate 2740 calories and had 113 grams of fat yesterday, due to PMS!!! Working hard today to get back on track! For over 7 months, I have been doing great. I've lost 25 pounds and have kept it off for a few months. I don't eat red meat, no fast food, sodas, high sodium, high fat or high sugar foods. I drink 8 glasses of water, a little bite of gourmet dark chocolate every once in a while and a 1/2 cup serving of Gelato when I want something sweet. Yesterday, I ate healthy for breakfast and lunch... Mon, 23 May 2016 17:07:56 EST Feeling motivated but a little scared Summer is fast approaching, I am still so full of I wish and I want. I wish I was smaller, I wish I would have smartened up before now, I want so bad to be smaller, healthier, more able to do the things I used to do ... Well, it is what it is I guess, all the wishing and wanting in the world isn't going to make me smaller, healthier or happier. <BR> I know I havn't been as active as I should have been on here, i just get caught up with life and forget about looking after me which I know is ... Mon, 23 May 2016 10:42:45 EST Sleepless nights I don't know if this is the right place to post this but I'm not sleeping well at night. I assume my mattress is the problem. I toss and turn all night due to lower and upper back pain. Does anyone have any suggestions on mattresses that work if you suffer from back pain. I'm also interested in hearing opinions on Casper or Bed In A Box type mattresses if anyone has tried them. <BR> Thanks for your help and good luck to everyone on your journey. Sat, 21 May 2016 13:35:39 EST My computer just died! I've done all I can! Even reformatted the hard disk! Now I have no direct internet connection but at least the wifi is still working. So I can still use my mobile devices. I've called tech support and I was told I can't get parts anymore because my computer is abt 9 year's old! <BR> <BR> They have advised me to replace my PC. On Monday, I will call them again to see if they will help me set up the new one. I may have to pay for it myself, with my parents ok, of course. But I am hoping my Da... Sat, 21 May 2016 08:23:06 EST A depressing 10 lb gain.. how to stay motivated?? Weighed in today after not weighing for a month. Up 10 lbs and the thing is I deserve it. I havent been doing what I should and it shows. <BR> <BR> I feel so lost and discouraged. Shouldnt that motivate me to do something? Cause its just making me feel depressed. All I can see if that I have 170 lbs to lose and it seems impossible. It feels like I dont know what to do, even though I rationally know what steps to make to lose weight. Cut calories, move more, blah blah blah. This seriously ju... Fri, 20 May 2016 10:34:32 EST Yay.. But how? Hi guys <BR> <BR> Coming from my posts here a lot of you would have figured out my story..prolonged vlcd then a 1 week binge followed by weight gain ... and guilty overexercising and under eating... And then road to hopeful recovery. Now a lil stats: <BR> Weight before binge: 59.3 <BR> Binge duration: 08/May to 15/May (both dates inclusive) <BR> Binge intake: about 4500 each day (2700 extra assuming a rather high 1800 maintenance level with zero exercise ) of ALL junk mostly high sugar high ... Thu, 19 May 2016 20:14:52 EST Unreasonable & Obnoxious We had a steamboat dinner at home on Wednesday. I was keeping an eye on the pot in case it started boiling. I was munching on some fish crackers while waiting, seated at the dining table. <BR> <BR> My Dad made a big fuss and kept on demanding I wait in the living room with them, saying I was a greedy pig or something to that effect. He even threatened to slap me if I didn't move away from the dining table! I mean, what's his problem?! <BR> <BR> Finally the pot started boiling and we started... Thu, 19 May 2016 19:30:13 EST What is wrong with me? I have struggled with weight most of my life. I have tried many things, yo-yo with my weight. Maxed at 280# after my daighter's birth/cancer diagnosis. Over a couple years, lost almost 40#. Started doing fitness DVDs, tracking food, increased activity Jan. 2015. 6 months later only lost 22#. I was working out EVERY DAY. Got frustrated. Slacked off. Gained some back. Have really recommitted but the scale doesn't move. I literally worked my butt off the last two weeks, lost 2#...took 2 ... Thu, 19 May 2016 08:44:32 EST Thank you all This may be the wrong board forum for this, but thank you to everyone who helped me get by my guilt and try to make amends, which I'd written about under "confession" and "2 days became a week." <BR> <BR> 3 days post getting tracking again, I'm about 2 kgs (4.4 pounds) up from my pre-binge weight, which I hope will pass off in the coming 2 weeks. My DP is a celebration of how far I'v come, notwithstanding how much I still got to go. <BR> <BR> Thank u ppl! Wed, 18 May 2016 04:41:28 EST Sick I've felt bad since Friday. I drug myself through the gym on Friday and Sunday. Saturday is dog park day. By Monday, I'm coughing and full on sick. I skipped the gym. Today, I drug myself to a lite workout but I feel like crap. <BR> <BR> I know I'm living on carbs because my stomach is tolerating them but I'm in my calories even though they aren't particularly healthy calories. <BR> <BR> I'm just afraid if I start skipping the gym, I won't go back. <BR> How do you deal with being sick... Tue, 17 May 2016 19:52:14 EST Full Knee Replacement I had my surgery 6 weeks ago the pain was so bad I didn't think I was going to survive it and it lasts for weeks not hours not days. In the hospital they gave me morphine, Percocet's, Tylenol, and tramadol yes all of that. I have never had so many drugs pumped in me in my life I'm not an opioid user or drug user I don't even drink alcohol. When I left the hospital after 3 days they gave me a low dose of Percocet for at home that didn't work the pain was insane. So my physician gave me dilaudi... Tue, 17 May 2016 15:14:57 EST I fell and I need help getting back up! I've been changing my lifestyle since January 2016, and I had been doing very well. Of course there had been some minor bumps in the road, but nothing that bumped me off that proverbial wagon. Then my daughter got sick this month with a brain infection, It appeared that we would lose her. That knocked my butt off the wagon! She is getting stronger, but I can't seem to grab ahold of the side of the wagon. <BR> <BR> I've stopped tracking my foods, I've been to ashamed to track what I'm consum... Tue, 17 May 2016 10:40:08 EST Confession This is the first time since 2009 I'm glad im anonymously located to everyone here on SP. <BR> <BR> Here's the deal: Since 2009, I'v lost weight N no. of times and gained it back. Not once, not twice, but 5 times. <BR> <BR> I was at my lowest a week back and as you'all may have read, I binged a whole week and am up 6 pounds again. Here's the lie I told everyone, and heres the admission: <BR> <BR> I'v been eating like 700 calories a day to get to that weight. Which is why I blew the top off... Tue, 17 May 2016 04:26:18 EST Discouraged I apologize this could be on the long side. <BR> <BR> I wear a tracking device that's pretty on the money. I only track when I'm actually set out to walk/run. That's why there are a couple entries on the same day. Shealth says I average about 255 minutes of cardio a day. But I do track all my steps separate in a different spot. <BR> <BR> Monday 14.59 total miles 26727 steps <BR> Tues 13.83 total miles 25098 steps <BR> Weds 15.24 total miles 28426 steps <BR> Thurs 16.26 total miles 3000... Mon, 16 May 2016 08:55:10 EST dO NOT WANT TO BLOW IT... I am being tempted--I do not want to blow it!1 Mon, 16 May 2016 02:11:15 EST 2 days became one week Hi guys <BR> <BR> so anyone who's seen my posts knows I posted last about how I binged 2 days and I'd make up for it by eating 1200 and overdoing exercise. <BR> <BR> I did that for 2 days before falling flat the second night and going on 5 more days of a binge. HUGE ONE. <BR> <BR> This time though I regret not hearing to sound advise given by my nutritionist (im a BED diagnose and had successfully done treatment few months ago) and people at SP too... and well, I clocked in over 35000 kcal... Mon, 16 May 2016 01:32:48 EST Trying Not to Beat Myself Up! Saturday and Sunday have been awful days. I had a very emotional day on Saturday, and I have not dealt with it very well. I wish I would have dealt with my stress by exercising or doing something productive, but instead, I probably consumed about 8,000 calories in two days. <BR> <BR> I know I shouldn't beat myself up, but I just can't believe I did this. For 305 days I've done so well. I've lost 105 lbs and I'm .5 lb away from the 100's! I would be okay if it was just one splurge meal... Mon, 16 May 2016 01:13:41 EST Struggling Urgh. Re-starting the whole weight loss thing (again), and I'm struggling worse than ever. <BR> <BR> A few years ago, I used SP to successfully lose about fourteen pounds, and was within a few pounds of being at a 'healthy' BMI. I ran several 5K's and a 10K. Then I finished up grad school, and between the stresses of writing my thesis, finding a job in a pitiful job market, and learning the ins and outs of my new job, I re-gained (almost) everything, and all the fitness that I had worked so... Sun, 15 May 2016 13:30:28 EST Calorie counter nutrition page No matter what I do the actual number of calories I edit do not show up on my nutritional page. Say I edit the calories for 1200 and save the page it still shows up as 2444 what do I need to do to get this right Fri, 13 May 2016 21:41:47 EST Fed up! I have come to a halt. I lost 30 pounds, well some days it is 30 some days it is 29, and come to a screeching halt. So don't look at the scale they say, every other gauge is out the window. I have not had my clothes fit any looser since the scale went down so that doesn't work. Measure yourself, I can't measure the same place even close twice, so that doesn't work. Look at your mood, I am a basket case that wants to quit and be angry about it, so that doesn't work. I've read 3 motivational ar... Fri, 13 May 2016 15:43:09 EST Doing my best, but it's a constant battle. Hi! This is my first time posting on a message board and I feel uncomfortable asking for help, but I need something. I lost 9 pounds (doesn't show on my Spark page because I signed up before I gained a few more pounds.) I've been trying very hard to stick to the 1200-1500 calorie limit a nutritionist gave me, changing my eating habits, tracking my food intake honestly, gave up the Dr. Pepper, and doing aerobic videos every day but Sunday. I'm taking the stairs, walking the dog daily, and ... Fri, 13 May 2016 10:26:41 EST over calorie limits too often Like many other people i resolve every day to eat about 1600 calories per day I'm not exercising as much as I used to because of a arhritic hip and depression. By lunch I've had about 800 calories afer a health snack a <BR> healthy dinner and a bit of chocolate for dessert usually am up to 1799- 1900 kcal.By the way I/m barely maintaining my weight at 194 or so and 5'4. Yecch. Up until 2013 i never weighed more than 163. <BR> <BR> Part of the reason I'm depressed now is my... Fri, 13 May 2016 03:05:44 EST Help with Fitbit I have tried everything with my fitbit - I have the charge model and cannot figure out what I'm doing wrong. It syncs my food and calories burned but shows 0 for activity minutes. I do spinning and kickboxing and weights so when I've tried to log in on the fitbit I can't because it requires you know the mph in the spinning or amount of miles finished. The bikes we use don't have either of these gauges available. Any suggestions? Thanks I'm SO frustrated!! Thu, 12 May 2016 20:18:52 EST How to post photos on my page and message board. I cannot remember how to access and photos on my page and then on to a team message. HELP! Thank you. <BR> Roberta <BR> Thu, 12 May 2016 18:36:03 EST No alcohol today. HELP! I am just going 30 days without wine to see if I can. Would it really be SO bad to have one glass of wine right this freaking second. <BR> (CRY FOR HELP!!) Thu, 12 May 2016 18:16:22 EST Starting over...again I am again trying to lose weight. Every time I start, I tell myself this time it will be different. Yet, so far, that is not the case. Ever since my hysterectomy two years ago I have been 25 lbs heavier. And I can't seem to lose it! I'm so discouraged. In the past losing weight was hard, but if I kept at it I'd have success. Now, nothing. Help me!!! Has anyone had the same problem? If so, how did you overcome it?? <BR> <BR> Words of wisdom are welcome... Wed, 11 May 2016 11:33:48 EST BINGE UNDOING Hi all <BR> <BR> I'd been binge free for a year, and then bam... suddenly went out 2 full days clocking in 11000 calories over maintenance across the two days. (Blame it on the breakup!) <BR> <BR> However, now I'm trying to make good, albeit in a slightly extreme way. I'm doing 1100 calories a day, plus burning about 600 walking 4MPH for 3 hours a day (1.5 morn and eve..... 1.5 up from my otherwise usual 1.5 hours * 4-5 times a week) <BR> <BR> I'm 135 pounds (61 kg), 5'6 (176 cm) and 27 yr... Tue, 10 May 2016 03:49:32 EST Very frustrated about waist New here. I wonder what approach I should take. In the last few months I've lost about 25 lbs--from 153 to 127. I'm 5'4" and age 57. When I started, I would have thought 25 pounds would be enough. But my waist measurement has not budged. It began at 35 inches and remains 35 inches. One of the main reasons I got serious about losing, was to get my waist line out of the "danger zone." I've been walking off the weight outside, but with the season change, I need to start exercising indoors. <B... Mon, 9 May 2016 14:27:42 EST TOM question I spent the last three weeks losing 4 lbs. It was a hard earned four pounds. Today I weighed myself and I put all four back. TOM is due, can that cause a huge weight gain like this all of a sudden? Sun, 8 May 2016 10:41:21 EST Totally Frustrated! This is my 10th Day. <BR> <BR> For me, SP has not been very user friendly. I feel like I am all over the place. <BR> <BR> Just ONCE I would like to be able to enter my Food Nutritional Values without having to spend an hour+ trying to find the correct calories/amounts in servings! <BR> This is an exercise in futility. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not giving up yet. I need any ideas... better apps/sites with more info? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 5 May 2016 18:49:03 EST sweets are egging me on... I don't know why--but it feels like all my life I have struggled to stay away from sweets, and all else carbs (breads, pasta, etc). But yet, I cannot seem to tell myself no any day of the week. I try popping in gum, drinking water (maybe not enough)...but I keep on giving in to my sweet tooth craving. When sweets are not around, I freak out. So, I am in a tough spot right now. I really want to lose the weight, but somehow, I'm still lacking the motivation and willpower. <BR> <BR> If yo... Thu, 5 May 2016 16:46:26 EST Keep regaining I feel so down lately. A few years ago I started my weight loss journey and after about a year I lost about 15 kg (or 33 lbs). I have gained pretty much all of it back and instead of just starting over I keep losing some and gaining some. It's like I lost the joy of losing because I have seen all those numbers before so I just give up! Someone feeling the same way? What did you guys do? Thu, 5 May 2016 12:50:15 EST zero fat diet until surgery how do i do it. I am on a very restricted diet until I have my gallbladder out in two weeks. This is torture already. Well yesterday he restricted me further. No fat at all not even healthy kinds. This is nuts. i cannot as of right now eat sugary, fatty, greasy, and processed food. I have been living on bran flakes, a weight loss protein shake and sweet potato fries for the past month and will for another two weeks. what else can i eat. So many food hurt or make me very nauseous. Tue, 3 May 2016 17:04:51 EST Self sabotage As I'm hearing to a healthier me and upping my cals towards maintenance... By 50 every 4-5 days, the cravings are insane (I'm also Pmsing) n am tempted to binge too frequently now... :( pls advise how to change this mindset. Iv been here at this weight n so close to my goal once earlier too n ended up undoing all efforts one earlier also. Too scared actually. Tue, 3 May 2016 13:29:13 EST Vacation = Panicing! I'm so Panicing right now as I'm getting ready to leave to head to a week long vacation/graduation. I'm so afraid of losing control, not tracking, drinking to much etc. we'll be staying at a beautiful resort, eating out all meals..ugh. Not sure I'll have time to track, or check in for that matter. As for exercising <em>311</em> well I'm going with two 80 year olds and not sure how much of that I'll do. I have good intentions on doing so and making right decisions on food <em>45</em> cho... Tue, 3 May 2016 07:37:50 EST Wavering Twenty days ago, I decided I had let my weight get out of control again. <BR> <BR> Many years ago, I got in shape, lost 96 pounds. I even kept it off a few years. Then I got burnt out, struggled with depression and fell off the wagon. <BR> <BR> I've been doing okay. I've lost about ten pounds (yeah I know most of it was water). I even started Spark to help me track what I'm eating. I've went back to the gym. I was feeling good about it. <BR> <BR> And I was doing great. But the la... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:32:37 EST Hungry before bedtime I am a diabetic, I have dinner around 6 to 7 pm. What can I eat that will stop the growling between 10 and midnight? I have high blood sugar every morning so I thought something before bed would help it stay moderately low so I can have a good reading in the morning. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:29:56 EST True to log in my own food. I want to use my own food list and not the food list that SparkPeople Has given me. So how do I delete there food permanently. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to learn how to use the mobile app but it's so hard for me Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:35:21 EST Is my calorie range too high? I hope someone can help me figure out why I am not losing weight. I am 5'2 and 167 lbs. I want to lose 1-1.5 lbs per week. My calorie range is 1200 -1500 and I am lightly active. I have a sedentary job, but get in 5000 steps at work and then exercise at least 30 minutes per day when I get home. Yes, I am drinking water. Am I eating too much? UGH!!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:22:52 EST Scale Sigh, I think my scale is broken. In the past week, I have been eating healthy (more so than usual) and working out everyday, but each day, my weight on the scale fluctuates within 15 pounds. Last I checked today, I was on the upper end. It's a digital scale. It just doesn't make sense. Sat, 23 Apr 2016 17:20:32 EST Staggering creating stumbles :( Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm about 8 kgs (17.6 pounds) to my goal, and have noticed that the last 1 month my weight has been staggering a lot as I weigh myself every 4 days. The avg loss has also dropped to around 1 pounds per week (so it's stagnant in the midweek weigh in and there's a swoosh down of 1 pound on the second weigh in) as compared to the earlier 2.6 or more per week that would happen. <BR> <BR> I'll be honest, for exercise I primarily do only 3 days a week of 60 minutes per ses... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 00:36:22 EST Evenings are my downfall I do great all day, but when evening comes, I lose my way and usually end up snacking, even after a truly great dinner. We do nothing at night but watch television and I am so bored, I munch. <BR> <BR> Any ideas to help me not fall prey to snacks tonight? Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:52:44 EST Shift worker blues! :( Hi everyone, I'm kinda new to all of this and having any sort of support from anyone other than my husband. Anyway, if anyone could give me any advice I would greatly appreciate it! So here it is, I work a DuPont schedule for my local electric company and if you don't know what a DuPont schedule is, it's a work schedule of 12hour shifts. Mine is 6am - 6pm or 6 pm - 6 am. I work three weeks on, one week off and those three weeks on change from night shift to day shift. <BR> <BR> I'm struggli... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:50:02 EST Self-Sabotage I'm really struggling. I do great all day long. I meet my calorie goals (and working on getting more exercise). However at night while somewhat sleepy, I eat everything I shouldn't. Last night I ate a chocolate covered coconut granola bar, finished off the box of cheese crackers, ate a bowl of ice cream and 4 sandwich cookies. That was all after dinner. Ugh. I wasn't even hungry, just self sabotaging. I don't know why I keep doing this. It makes me feel terrible all the next day. I'm failing ... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 12:26:48 EST Spark's fitness trackers and stalled weight loss I just need to rant about how I have no actual idea how much I should be eating because the spark tracker thinks that I'm an Olympic calibre swimmer and that I burn 1000 calories an hour and wants me to eat 3000 calories a day. I obviously don't do that and try to stick down towards the lower end. <BR> <BR> Now...I know I almost certainly don't eat enough on my workout days, but I'm afraid to go too high, which keeps me too low because I can't figure out how high I *should* go, so I've post... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:45:03 EST CAN'T TAKE ANY MORE It's been a rough year and it keeps going downhill. I try to stay positive and remember everything is temporary but I feel like everything is falling apart and out of my control. <BR> <BR> I hate my job but I feel stuck. We're in a hiring freeze and we have an employee resigning w her last day being Friday. I will be taking over her job while doing my own job. My job, by itself, is enough on it's own and stresses me to the max! But now we're adding more responsibilities and I just don't know... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 21:50:54 EST Stressed to the Max I have so much going on right now, that I am so stressed beyond belief. I know God always finds a way to make it work out, but at this moment it's hard. I just want to grab a bunch of fast food for supper tonight and just eat and eat. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:11:27 EST Trying to lose weight before summer ...., I know summer is fast approaching, I know i won't be anywhere near skinny by summer but I have been trying to do better with eating, water & exercise. It is not <BR> easy, I am far from perfect but am trying to realize that it's ok not to do perfect every day. I even bought a fitness tracker which is helping as it is making me more conscious of my activity levels throughout the day. I find myself moving more to see a larger number of steps on my tracker. <BR> My problem is, the other day som... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 09:16:23 EST KFC crave So I'm hanging out in my living room right now and reeeaaallly want some KFC fried chicken and mashed potatoes... I know it's bad for me, I have not had it it years, but I really want some. I don't want to taste it and then want more and more. <BR> What to do what to do.... should I ignore this craving or cave? Sat, 16 Apr 2016 15:00:49 EST Not Really Panic'd . . . but I wondered if there are Challenge archives and if we are able to do previously listed challenges? Fri, 15 Apr 2016 18:08:27 EST Not a meat eater.... Can someone give a good diet to follow our perhaps a good protein substitute for some one who doesn't eat much meat. My Dr told me one of the reasons I'm not losing weight is that I need to increase my proportion intake. I need at least 125 grams a day to lose weight. I get like 15 to 30. My husband loves beef of any kind..... It makes me physically ill. I'm good work chicken wings and I love fish. But spring my husbands beef budget doesn't leave much for me. So I'm lucky I get meat once or t... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:18:54 EST Fear of dieting I have been really wanting to make a life change and I feel like ever since I developed a bit of an anxiety disorder, I can't get the ball rolling. I have a horrible fear of feeling deprived. I am sitting here and the thought of not eating something sweet when i want causes me intense anxiety. I don't know what I should do about it. Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:37:04 EST donut I feel hungry... but I didn't feel too bad until I was up visiting my mom and saw my favorite donuts, right there, on the cupboard. I ate 6 servings of greens today, 3 servings of fruit, 5 of protein.... and also ate 6 servings of carbs and two and a half servings of cheese... I should not be hungry!!! But a donut (which isn't even accessible now anyway!) would have been in my caloric range... would that seriously derail me? feeling conflicted and confused. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 19:58:31 EST Out of control eating!! Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Kevin and I have gone up and down with my wright over the 25 years. 3 times in my life I have lost over 150 pounds but put it back on plus more. About 10 years ago I lost over 200 pounds and kept it off until I landed a very good job as the Director of Dietary at a large skilled nursing facility over 2 years ago. Since starting there I have put on 100 pounds due to stress and having the availability of breakfast, lunch, and dinner after its served to our reside... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 07:53:06 EST As the pounds drop Hi All, <BR> <BR> So as I'm crawling towards a healthier weight, I had a query on weight fluctuations. <BR> <BR> I weigh once a week now, and I'v noticed the last 4 weeks that my weight is fluctuating crazily more frequent than it used to. The whooshes and swooshes of loss is happening every alternate week, so say if week 1 I lost some, week 2 will be same/ mostly a gain, and week 3 itll be down lower by about 2-3 pounds from the week 1 number.. This has become recurring occurrence off late... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 01:22:20 EST Help! New scale! My scale has begun to show weird figures, so I replaced it with a new digital scale. The new one shows my weight as 10 pounds heavier than the old one! That's the weight I have lost so far. I don't know how to make this change on my weight tracking on SparkPeople, but I'm discouraged in general. The old scale was in keeping with the Doctor's; it just doesn't work anymore. Tue, 12 Apr 2016 08:18:28 EST Pushing onward but could use a lift Good Afternoon, all! <BR> <BR> First off, I also posted in Staying Motivated for obvious reasons. I'm a self-starter and a teacher. Motivating others is what I do all the time. I'm pretty good at motivating myself, but am in a bit of a slump and could use some optimism myself. <BR> <BR> In January I had my second son (yay!) Prior to that, I lost 50lbs on TSFL/Medifast. During my pregnancy, I gained 30lbs. I'm fine with this. It happens. However, this past month, I've been eating clean, wat... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 20:05:59 EST Out of control hunger I normally do not have much of an appetite, in fact I normally never even come close to meeting my daily calorie allowance. However, Wednesday I went over my calories by 200 calories. Thursday I went over my calorie allowance by over 500 calories. Today I was at the end of the high range of my calorie allowance. I'm consuming mostly healthy foods but I'm craving carbs like fruit, and whole grains, and dark chocolate.I have gained 4-5 pounds just this week. My hunger is intense and isn't being... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 00:11:10 EST Anemic ! Exercising ~ Walking Hello, <BR> Currently I am Anemic and Vitamin D deficient and the doctor has me on Iron pills 3 x a day and Vitamin D Pills 3 x a week. My Question is with me being Anemic can I walk 3 miles everyday ? I stopped walking 3 miles everyday in the morning because a friend told me that, with me being deficient on Iron already, that with all of the exercising and walking all it is going to do is deplete my iron much more. So do I need to let my body rebuild itself before I get back to my old routi... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 05:35:51 EST Toto Confused :-/ Hi All <BR> <BR> If anyone's seen my post at<BR>board.asp?imboard=32&imparent=38695141 , I'd mentioned how I ate 21000 calories (by strict calculation) of ALOT of fats, carbs and proteins (mostly the first 2) above maintenance spanning 4 days, and how much weight I'd have gained from that. However, after 2 days of getting back on track, I see myself weighing only 1.2 KGs (about 2.7 pounds) above what I was the day I started the binge. I was also on ... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 00:02:41 EST Binged cus of what :( I was in Pakistan for my sister's in-laws' ceremonies last week.. and due to the paucity of vegetables and other healthy foods in a marriage home, ended up with constipation followed by binge eating 4 days straight, and ALOT of gas issues. I ate about 21,000 calories 4 days straight of mostly chocolates, cakes, milky high sugar desserts, naan bread, whole wheat oily paranthas (round breads deep-fried in oil), chicken and mutton curries and ALOT of other oily, Asian curried dishes. Finally, I ... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 06:19:38 EST Ommmmmm! Help!!!! Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm a little overwhelmed, by financial, work, home life stressors. I need help reminding myself why I'm doing this. What I'm doing it for! <BR> <BR> It's a goal of mine to be mindful of what goes into my body. It's a goal of mine to exercise 3 x weekly. I don't particularly want to give up on those goals. I need help reminding myself that they are important. <BR> <BR> Sometimes, I feel like my default goes to self -pity rather than the default going to try and fail, or try ... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 03:00:05 EST Can't stop eating! Ever since I ramped up my running (1/2 marathon in 4 weeks), my appetite is through the roof. I was doing well keeping my calories between 1600-2000. But for the last month I'm well over 2000--sometimes up to 3000/day. <BR> <BR> I have no will power at all. <BR> <BR> Arrrggghhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 4 Apr 2016 19:46:52 EST Vicious Cycle! I'm new to the community, and am really hoping to find some like-minded people who have overcome some of the blocks I have and can give me some tips! <BR> <BR> I'm not 100% sure what is wrong, but over the last couple of months I've been seeing a therapist for suspected depression - likely it's seasonal, but I also want to prevent this from becoming more frequent as my family certainly struggles. I've also felt more anxiety than I have in the past. Work is a huge stressor (as in, crying in m... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 19:35:18 EST Why can't I lose my belly fat? It protrudes whenever I sit down! I look like I am 3 month's pregnant! Everyone is commenting on how big it is! Some ppl have even rubbed it! It makes me want to cry! <BR> <BR> But I love my food! I try my best to watch my portion sizes and eat healthy. I exercise regularly but my belly just won't go! Seems for all my effort, nothing's changing! <BR> <BR> I have been on SP since 2006 but my physique hasn't improved in all this time. I have gained weight after menopause 3 years ago. Help!... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 10:44:33 EST Elevated fasting blood glucose I got a test result from a blood draw I had done over a month ago which shows I have an elevated fasting blood glucose, essentially saying that I might be prediabetic. I didn't see this coming. I am confused now on what I may be doing wrong because I have been eating much healthier and not overeating like I used to. The carbs I tend to eat are mostly fruit and veg now and I have cut way back on bread and bakery goods. I cook most of my food at home and I don't even eat out as much as I used t... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 01:10:55 EST Working out while sick. I have managed to work out twice in the last month. I have been sick with something or other the whole time and now that the colds/bronchitis/sinus infection/etc is getting better now my stomach has decided it is its turn. <BR> <BR> I have a Fitbit and most days I get 10,000 steps in (or pretty close) but I have not done any cardio or what I would consider a work out. <BR> <BR> So do you make yourself work out when sick or wait till you feel better? :/ Sun, 3 Apr 2016 19:48:56 EST How to get back on track... First let me say that I have been overweight all of my life. I have diabetes and am on insulin. On February 4th, I started using Spark People and was very good at logging everything. Lost 10 pounds in 5 weeks which was amazing for me especially being on insulin. I started out doing 30 minutes of exercise 6 times per week... then upped it to 50 minutes. I was so proud of myself. My dad had surgery two weeks ago and I got really stressed.... slowly I fell off the proverbial wagon. I am t... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 10:14:21 EST Contrave I know I shouldn't have, but I started on two Contrave pills and it's only the third day. I feel fine but a little scared. Has anyone else done this? Thu, 31 Mar 2016 16:54:37 EST Blood tests worse after large wt. loss I was so happy to get my diabetes under control this past year with a 50# weight loss and change in eating and exercise patterns. But when I had my yearly blood tests done my cholesterol had hardly gone down at all with total count still at 266 and my HDL went up. My hemoglobin and RBC are also up. I am confused now, do I try to eat to maintain my low BS counts or switch to a different diet? I was so disappointed! Wed, 30 Mar 2016 11:52:57 EST Lower weight, tighter clothes? Hey All <BR> <BR> I'v been on the health route before, and the last time I was 65 kgs, I got a skirt that was actually comfortably loose on me... like it fit well and flared. However, then I gained a lot again and lost weight again, but this time at even 2 kgs lower, the skirts like 4 inches tighter around my belly, lower abdomen, thighs and butt. No im not PMSing and no other symptoms of bloating that could cause the fit to be like that. <BR> <BR> How's that at an even lower weight the clo... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 01:57:22 EST Weight Loss Plateau :( Hey, <BR> <BR> I started in November 2015 and have lost 21 pounds so far. I started off with very less exercise but in the past month, I have been exercising 4-5 times a week, should I be eating a little more to start losing weight again? The past 6-7 weeks I have hit a plateau. I feel i have become a little slimmer but the scale hasn't budged below 150 :( I am a little concerned that my body has become used to this or maybe the sudden increase in exercise is causing it to hit starvation an... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 18:05:01 EST Weighing on my mind Another holiday come and gone. That feeling of overeating weighing on my mind. I have tried so hard all my life to eat like I should and exercise like I should but I think I have figured out one thing that is keeping me from being motivated. I read all the time about people dying from this and that and that they always ate right, never smoked a day in their life and exercise daily and still got sick. So I wonder what is the use in putting myself through the agony of being on a health kick bec... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 09:08:22 EST Sprained wrist I sprained my left wrist doing Pilates. That was a couple of months ago. I can use my hand but have twinges when I use that hand to scratch my back. <BR> <BR> When will it fully heal? Mon, 28 Mar 2016 08:56:45 EST I am Stressed I just need some emotional support. I am so stressed. I keep letting people steal my spirits. I let GOD enter my soul so he can handle these challenges that I am going through. I need to find some friends on here. I would love to have a buddy that I can chat with every now and then to check up on our progress and chat about family life etc.... It is sad because the people who are close to you are the ones who are always hurting you. I am opening my eyes and my heart is clear for me to make s... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 00:46:37 EST 10k and plantar fascitis So I'm doing the peachtree road race this year for my second year in a row :) The only problem is I have plantar fascitis. I had it last year for about 2 months and I haven't had any problems out of it for a long time. I need to start training but I don't want to having it. It hurts so bad. I don't know what to do. Sun, 27 Mar 2016 01:58:57 EST Sugar Addiction <em>39</em> I need some serious hood advice and help. I have been in a sugar binge to where I'm so out of control and sick. Like a alcoholic or drug addict. I lost 65lbs and have gained 30 back. Tomorrow I promised my self to stop sugar, diet pop and artifical sugars. I need some good tools that really help with withdrawals and irritability. Sun, 27 Mar 2016 00:11:18 EST Torn muscle still??? So I used to be very flexible and fit. A couple of months ago I went to do a split and the next day felt I had toenough a muscle. I rested and tried to gently stretch intermittently for 2 months. Went ton stretch yesterday and it still kills! <BR> Stupid question but I guess I have to go to the doctor? But what could they say I literally could not rest it anymore I do not exercise at this point. It feels like the connection point to of glute and hamstring. Sat, 26 Mar 2016 08:38:39 EST The scale at the doctor's office I am trying really hard to not get upset by this, but more than anything, I am puzzled. <BR> <BR> I had my first post-op follow up appointment with my doctor following my surgery I had almost a month ago. As usual, right after they check you in, they do weight and vitals. I stepped on the scale, and it said I weighed 150 lbs. The scale is broken or it is lying, because I weighed myself at home before leaving for my appointment, and my scale at home said I weighed 143.7 lbs. <BR> <BR> I wasn... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 03:34:47 EST I can't help this feeling of resentment! I know I'm wrong and I know I must pray to God for more patience. But have you ever had the feeling of resentment and annoyance when dealing with aging parents. My Mom treats me like a walking dictionary and thesaurus. Both parents keep asking me for assistance with apps and electronic devices. My Mom keeps asking me to look for her glasses and more and more, they are depending on me to look after the house keys, lock up the house when we go out, and other household tasks. <BR> <BR> My Dad i... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 05:34:15 EST Epidural steroids and weight I get these epidural injections, and my weight goes up every time. Just had one, and it's beginning already. Increased appetite, holding water. Ugh. Next time I might just put up with pain. Wed, 23 Mar 2016 22:09:47 EST Trying so hard and the weight isn't shifting Morning All, <BR> <BR> Newbie here. I've been in a self-loathing bubble for the last couple of years after putting on 50lbs. I made the now traditional new years resolution to lose weight, and have been trying... First with just diet, and then over the last 3 weeks with diet and exercise. <BR> <BR> I'm a serial weigher, and step on the scales everyday. The numbers just won't change... I've been stuck on 184lbs for 3 weeks, even after starting daily gym visits (cardio and weights) and changi... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 07:58:00 EST Unable to travel! Travelling is very difficult now that I'm on dialysis. I am just so envious of my brother because he has made many trips overseas recently with other relatives. <BR> <BR> If I want to go, I have to make arrangements for dialysis overseas, which can be very expensive, a waste of time, and I don't feel comfortable with strange nurses. I am very comfortable with the dialysis center I now attend. <BR> <BR> I don't want to turn this post into a 'Why Me?' rant but that is exactly how I feel now!... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 06:33:26 EST HELP/STRESSING! Hi guys so I an opportunity came up to travel to Japan and without thinking I accepted. Tickets are booked but now I'm worried about fitting into my seat or being "too fat to fly". I'm 5'8" and weight 310 pounds, I've googled for the past few hours and some a lot of people say you should be fine with a seat belt extender.. I've already ordered one but I'm still freaking out!! It seems like everything aligned so I would be able to go and now my weight once again is the problem.. so if anyone c... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 01:57:55 EST Discouraged by Stretch Marks and Cellulite :( I have yo-yo'd a few times, and this time, when I did it all good, I have cellulite and stretch marks on my shoulders, upper back, abdomen and even mid-thighs :( I could manage with the rest but shoulders, upper arms and mid-thigh means I won't ever be able to wear short shorts or sleeveless/off shoulder clothes :( <BR> <BR> This is really discouraging me and sabotaging my motivation :( do they ever go? I'v been using Mederma religiously but not to much avail thus far... even keeping my othe... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 00:18:58 EST What is the best mobile pedometer Anyone have a good cell phone app they use as a pedometer Mon, 21 Mar 2016 17:55:44 EST Help I have terrible knees I am 5 8 212 pounds and 53.I am having great difficulty excersing can't do squats or lunges not even jumping jacks.How will i ever burn calories to slim down if I have trouble excersing. Yes I have ridden the stationary bike but to much for my aching knees.Help Mon, 21 Mar 2016 17:50:59 EST How rude! I met an Indonesian maid who works for a neighbor during my walk today. She remarked that I am fatter now! Is that any way to talk to someone?! <BR> <BR> Without missing a beat, I told her she was fatter too. The nerve of her! <BR> <BR> These are things you don't say to ppl! I really don't need this! I m already trying my best to lose weight but these things take time! I don't need constant reminders from all and sundry abt how fat I m! Mon, 21 Mar 2016 09:02:27 EST Kid food in the house and leftovers So for those parents out there... how do you avoid the thing where you child doesn't finish their sandwich so you finish it for them... you eat their pizza crusts... you polish off the leftovers so they won't go to waste because the kids didn't finish them off...? <BR> <BR> I find that I am pretty terrible about just eating as a means to not toss food out and I know I shouldn't but I tend to do it so automatically, I don't even think before I pop something in my mouth. Ack! HELP! <BR> <BR... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 01:11:48 EST Discolated Hip. I reached my goal weight but don't know if I can maintain because my exercise is limited to walking (slowly, with left leg immobilized) and some upper body workout (no twisting). I hope all my hard work to lose weight has not been for naught. Doctor is still trying to find out why my left hip dislocated <em>335</em> . Guess I'll listen to music and call some old friends. Sat, 19 Mar 2016 17:31:09 EST Need feedback: 6lb weighted vest or Fitbit Alta I'm looking into both of these and can not decide. I have a Fitbit One already so I'm leaning toward the vest to increase my walking... <BR> <BR> But then I like the be features of the new Fitbit Alta. <BR> <BR> Looking for your opinions to help with my decision. <BR> <BR> Which one, Why.. <BR> Thanks in advance!!!! Fri, 18 Mar 2016 20:37:44 EST One step from diabetes! I had my checkup with my doctor this week and I am one step away from becoming a diabetic. And yet I still am eating foods I am not suppose to eat. My husband says everyone is prediabetic when you think about it so he does not seem to be concerned and so I guess that is not making me very motivated or concerned to start changing my habits. I know I need to to because diabetes runs on both sides of my family and I do not want to take insulin. Everything else was great! Blood pressure, choleste... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 09:18:58 EST Why am I not losing? My weight has stayed the same this entire time that I have been trying to lose weight. I have been exercising, cutting out my snacks, and suppers, trying to eat as healthfully as possible. Limiting the junk. <BR> <BR> I even cut out chocolate. But no progress. The only progress is my tightest pair or shorts can be buttoned, but it's still tight! When can I see some tangible progress. <BR> <BR> Feel free to have a look at my trackers. I may not be the best tracker in SP, but I try. Fri, 18 Mar 2016 05:12:09 EST Can't stop thinking about candy. I can't stop thinking about candy. It doesn't help that Easter candy is EVERYWHERE right now. <BR> <BR> I've upped my fiber and water today to make sure I'm full. <BR> <BR> But... <BR> <BR> Maybe it's all the stress. Maybe it's because I'm feeling down. <BR> <BR> BUT I WANT IT. <BR> <BR> And I've had all the calories I'm supposed to have today. <BR> <BR> Anyone else having a hard time right now? Thu, 17 Mar 2016 22:15:37 EST im full really, but still want cake oddest thing. I have a full stomach. I know im not hungry. but, for some reason, i want a piece of pound cake. maybe its the bbc programing im watching with all the fire place, tea and cakes.... but, I have a taste for those creamy pound cakes. and I am still full from dinner! how do u guys deal with situations like this? I am going to the gym for a run. that might have helped... thoughts? anyone? Thu, 17 Mar 2016 20:35:54 EST Former Doritos fan Before I found spark people, I could have ate Doritos with every meal, they were a total comfort food for me. I would crave crunchy things when I was stressed, and Doritos were always my go to. I have been a member for almost 40 days now. To help with my Doritos withdrawal, I switched to sun chips. I count out my serving size too when I have sun chips. I also limit myself to one serving a day, if that. So far I have lost 8 pounds. I have been stuck for a week and a half at the same weight, gi... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 14:37:12 EST Is anyone out there!? Help a sister out! So I have been a member of sparkpeople since Sept 2011 and have not lost a pound! I thought that joining would help me get back motivated and back into the groove of things and unfortunately that is not what happen and I have no one to blame for this but myself! <BR> <BR> <BR> I think talking about wanting to loose weight and actually going out and doing what you should is something that I have always had a hard time grasping if that makes sense? <BR> <BR> My 2 biggest issues with my w... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 17:50:35 EST Stopping a binge There are cookies in the kitchen. I had one with lunch (calculated indulgence) and now all I want is another. It's amazing to me how quickly addictive the sugar and carbs are. I've added and deleted a second cookie to my nutrition tracker twice now. <BR> <BR> I keep repeating to myself, "you are not hungry." and " 6 Oreos is better than 6 Oreos and pie." <BR> (The second is from Oprah - it's never too late to stop a binge.) <BR> <BR> What do you say to yourself to stop the binge? Tue, 15 Mar 2016 17:55:19 EST How to motivate myself! So I am back here...again. Last year I went from 77 kilos to 70 (I was aiming for 64). I was happy with my progress and it was no longer a struggle. I relaxed. Now I am 80 kilos! <BR> <BR> I keep thinking, I am not that bad, I am fairly active (no focussed exercise, but an active job), I am healthy no known problems. Then I see photos of myself and it hits me that I am the biggest I have been since I was 18 when I lost a lot of weight (I am now 31). So every night I say that tomorrow I will ... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 13:19:13 EST Overate and feeling guilty I KNOW I ate too much today. I had 2 scrambled eggs with white toast and a sausage patty for breakfast today. Then I ate two bananas a little later, followed by two jello with fruit in it for a snack. I ate a 1/3 lb hot dog with chili from 7-11. <BR> Finally for dinner I ate a chick fil a sandwich. I came home and about an hour and a half later I ate two bacon sandwiches with 4 thick slices each with mayo and white bread. I finished out the night with a slice of my granddaughter's home made... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 23:44:46 EST What is WRONG with me?! I was doing so well and then I started to backslide. Had way too many snacks, ate too much and most of all, drank too much fluids! <BR> <BR> I am a dialysis patient and I have to be extra vigilant with my diet. I know what I have to do but I lack discipline! My shorts are getting tight again and my tummy problem is getting worse! <BR> <BR> What is WRONG with me?! Why can't I do things right?! Sun, 13 Mar 2016 20:26:25 EST login streak I have a login streak of 1378 days, <BR> <BR> I'm going away next week to a place that will have little to no internet access. <BR> <BR> I'm sad to see my streak go down the drain because of vacation. :( Fri, 11 Mar 2016 22:08:03 EST Need advice.... I get up at 2 a 10 hour shift behind a sewing machine ( get up and walk every hour at least ) ...when I get home at 3pm, it's all I can do to get my lunch made, clothes out for next day , dinner and animal chores done before going to bed st 7 pm....TOO tired for even a 30 min workout ! I have gained at least 10 lbs this year from this !! I am used to working out every day , then gardening and landscaping for hours before this job ....... Help !! Do I eat less to compensate or... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 23:46:58 EST Mystery of low bp solved! Great news! I now have permission to drink somethg sweet during dialysis! This is because I keep feeling faint towards the last hour or so of dialysis. The machine extracts everythg! Sugar, nutrients, etc. <BR> <BR> Therefore I have been getting hypo at every treatment bcoz I don't have enough sugar in my body! <BR> <BR> Yippeeee! I can drink sweet coffee or tea 3 times a week now! Why didn't I know this?! Thu, 10 Mar 2016 21:16:55 EST gallbladder surgery cancelled anesthesiologist says I need a stress test, cardiologist on staff cleared me and told me to get one later, surgeon listened to anesthesiologist and cancelled it as they rolled me into surgery with iv already in place. can't get stress test for six weeks according to that office--now what? <BR> Thu, 10 Mar 2016 17:09:51 EST Eating Right But Gaining More Hi all. I'm really trying harder than ever to lose weight & get in shape. Simply put, the better I eat the more I seem to gain. I'm increasing my fruits, eating a meal-sized salad everyday, decreasing starches, everything we're told to do. Plus I workout minimum 3 times a week. I'm 47, but in my mind I haven't hit 30 yet. So what gives? What else can I possibly do? Thanks so much!!! Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:51:14 EST missed workouts due to being sick I am several weeks into a couch to 5k program. I missed two workout this week due to being sick. There are three workout a week. Do you I will have lost all the progress I made and go back to square one due to having missed two workouts? I just don't know how fast you lose your conditioning. Wed, 9 Mar 2016 20:49:27 EST Back to sq. 1???? I'm having a serious OMG moment!! I was doing so well,then a month ago was so proud to be off a bunch of high dollar meds. but am hungry all the time.. not for good food but for junk!! Thing is I have never been a so called junk food eater!! I am fixing to have a surgical procedure for my Severe Reflux Disorder but am 4 out of 6 days having severe tummy issues.Not sure how to track as a result so I just stopped tracking... BIG mistake,so now back to my 268 lbs. again had gotten down to 257,de... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 11:18:13 EST What do I do ????? Today is TOPS day, I have been debating on wether or not to rejoin. I go through this every week. I have rejoined many times and have been successful at times but always end up quitting. I feel the accountability of a weigh in helps when I do go. I also have been thinking ww online ( no ww in my area) just not sure what I should do, I have been doing a bit better with eating but have lots of room for improvement. I have until tonight to decide as meeting is this evening. Got to get some kind ... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 07:15:09 EST It's NOT goin' down :( Hi all <BR> <BR> I was at 68.4 kg last Tuesday... went down to 67.9 (Aunt Flo came and went), and as of today, again a Tuesday, I'm upto 68.4 again. I'm eating right, taking tab of micros and working out as well (just started walking 5 times/week a month or so back). Everything is AS WAS, including the weight :( (clothes fit the same too... just FYKI).. WHATS GOING ON? It's not water retention, no increase in salt, ample rest b/w exercise and same food intake. I'm on the verge of throwing in... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 23:13:12 EST Pain in toe causing me to derail I wanted to do cardio today but my 4th toe on my right foot hurt so bad I had to stop! Then I wanted to do an ab workout but then I couldn't plank bcoz of that toe. So I decided to take a break just for today. I applied some medicated cream on the affected area. I hope I can workout agn tmrw! <BR> <BR> It's frutrating that one little hurt toe can cause such havoc! Sun, 6 Mar 2016 08:19:10 EST GAINED WEIGHT?! HOW?! I went from being completely sedentary to a very strict workout routine. I am not overweight at all, but decided that I want to become lean and fit! emoticon For 3 weeks I have been working out 5-6 days a week, doing 2-4 miles of cardio every day along with some kind of strength training. I have been counting my calories with MyFitnessPal and have been eating less than 1600 a day, while making healthy choices. <BR> <BR> I feel so much better and am getting stronger every day. However, I am ... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 08:11:13 EST Hungry! Ahhhh!!! So, over the past (nearly) two weeks, I've been working on a different approach to weight loss/health. Rather than focus on calories or points or food lists, I'm focusing on 5 goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 8 glasses of water (I count unsweetened tea in here) per day <BR> 2. Do 30 minutes of intentional activity each day (yesterday it was a walk to Starbucks after babysitting; tonight, I'm going ice skating) <BR> 3. Eat at least 5 servings of fruit/vegetables each day <BR> 4. Stop eating by 9pm (... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 16:19:32 EST No appettite after surgery I had surgery on Monday and stayed 2 nights in hospital. I arrived home last night. The first 2 days in hospital, they had me on a clear liquid diet: jello, chicken broth, hot decaf tea, Italian ices, water. The day I was released, they started me on regular food, but I couldn't eat much. A half serving of fruit, a few bites of breakfast and lunch. Later in the day, I could only eat half a banana and a bite of a sandwich. Today was not much better: a bowl of oatmeal and later a piece of toast... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 19:43:10 EST Disappointed in myself Like my title suggests I'm not so much panicked as I am disappointed in myself. <BR> <BR> Last year I made a goal to start getting back in shape. I started running and finished my first race! It was a slow 4 miles, but I didn't stop. I managed to lose nearly 50 lbs and dropped down to 275. I had such a great momentum going. <BR> <BR> Then winter hit. I changed jobs, and basically moved across the country. I stretched myself too thin and fell back into old habits. Bad weather on the east co... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 09:27:22 EST Advise for weight loss I need a bit of advise when it comes to weight loss. <BR> <BR> I've been working out 6x a week for 7 weeks, no weight loss, weight gain actually. <BR> I've been feeling completely bloated for almost two months and actually stopped having a period. <BR> <BR> I work out an hour to two hours almost everyday, 80% cardio and 20% strength training and I eat between 1,800-2,200 calories per day my height is 5'11" and my weight is 235. <BR> <BR> Am I doing something wrong or should I keep waitin... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 09:40:03 EST Need advise I'm not sure if this is the right board for this. <BR> <BR> This evening I went to the gym. After I finished up my workout, I sat with my kids in the pool area of the gym while they swam. A beautiful, heavyset teen girl(about 15yr) was just finishing up a workout in the lap pool. She exited the lap pool, and proceeded to walk towards the family pool. She dove into the family pool and proceeded to play. <BR> <BR> Two of the teen male life guards began to make faces, and silently snicker an... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 00:23:32 EST Recovery from setback So here is my dilemma . . . . . I've worked hard for 1 month with great success (lost 15 pounds). I have a lot to lose and I acknowledge that a lot of that loss was likely 'water weight' but still - it is 15 pounds! Things have started to slow down now. I had a week with no loss and then last week I worked really hard and weighed myself before the weekend and saw a 1 pound loss. I'll take it!! Yeah! <BR> <BR> Here's the dilemma. I went over to a friends house on Saturday night and ha... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 12:23:09 EST help me think straight Please share with me some thoughts that may help me return to normal now that I have 'blown it'. <BR> <BR> I am trying to come up with reasons why I should not continue to eat unhealthy foods. Sun, 28 Feb 2016 14:43:24 EST Cancer Does anyone here have cancer? I'm not even sure I'm suppose to diet while on chemo and having cancer but I want to improve my eating habits. Is SparkPeople geared to support cancer patients? Sat, 27 Feb 2016 20:57:09 EST Daily low carb menu plan I no longer receive the daily menu. What happened? Sat, 27 Feb 2016 18:15:23 EST no emails? Hi! in the last 3 days I haven't recieved any emails at all from Spark, I checked my settings and my spam and everything is still set the same! Anyone else having this problem?? <BR> <BR> Sat, 27 Feb 2016 09:33:06 EST Exchanging one habit for another? Hey guys. I've recently decided to cut down my alcohol consumption to only special occasions and on those special occasions I can't go crazy. I'm confident I dodged a bullet by noticing my high levels of alcohol consumption early enough to be able to get control (4 or 5 beers A NIGHT). So far it has been really easy to not drink, the first few days were rough, but I hardly crave it and when I do I drink some water and I'm fine. However, I've noticed that I may be exchanging my drinking habit ... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 18:52:29 EST my saved rout I can't find my map and saved rout. Help ? Mon, 22 Feb 2016 12:18:58 EST What is the big deal?! Me and my Mom went shopping last night. I spent RM10 on a waterproof bag to protect my tablet from the rain (it was raining when my Dad picked me up from dialysis on Friday) and about RM20 on chocolate that was on sale. <BR> <BR> The chocolate was Rum and Raisin, my absolute fave. I intend not to eat it in one go but to have one or 2 squares per weekend, as it is a treat and full of sugar. <BR> <BR> Well, my Mom flew off the handle in the car and started yelling at me saying, if I became di... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 05:10:27 EST 4 minutes ! I got a treadmill this week. Gave it a try and could only do 4 minutes ! My legs were like rubber ! I knew I wasn't in great shape but only 4 minutes ? I really have my work cut out for me. All those years of abusing my body with food and sedentary lifestyle has taken a huge toll on me. <BR> This is definitely an eye opener. Not giving up though, going to keep trying, hoping it will get easier. Definitely not going to get any better sitting on my butt. <BR> Going to do a 12 week challenge (... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 07:58:20 EST Throwing away food This is something I am still struggling with. As I've said, as I was growing up, I didn't always get enough to eat. I was very thin and small all the way thru my childhood to middle 20s. My weight didn't become a problem until my 30s. <BR> <BR> So I've had to be away from home for four days, and when I left, I packed a bag full of snacks (mostly fruit, a few cereal bars, and a chocolate bar). Whenever I go on a short trip, I worry that I will be hungry and I pack a bunch of food. My Mom did... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 01:59:46 EST How do you have the strength to way away? Ok. yesterday was going pretty good until I bought my kids Little caesars pizza. I smelled it in the car, I smelled it in the house and It smelled so so good. I did the, "i will start again tomorrow" thing.Well 20 plus yrs later I am still saying that. How do I stop doing that? Just walk away? Its crazy how much food controls my life. Help!!! Sat, 20 Feb 2016 10:10:59 EST Almost midnight and wanting to EAT!!!!!!!! I am not hungry. This is my first day here. The worst time for me is night. I feel like I need to eat until I am so stuffed!!! I have done better than usual today so I'm going to try to cut myself some slack. I wish I had more gumption and would quit being so spineless. OK. Im going to try to just go lay down now. thanks for listening. Donna <BR> Fri, 19 Feb 2016 23:51:53 EST Why is the weight not dropping?? I've been eating healthy and logging calories for nearly 2 months now and have only managed to lose 2 pounds. On a bloated NOT so good day it's ZERO pounds. I weigh myself once a week only and have not seen very much change at all. I'm NOT eating too few calories per day either. I'm 5'1" and eating around 1400 per day. I'll have one treat per week but then get right back to it the next day. I don't drink soda, I don't eat candy and I don't eat that much bread either. I count macros as well. W... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 12:30:09 EST embarrassed at gym I already go to a by appointment gym to see a trainer but want to start a running program. I wanted to sign up at the gym near my house but now am afraid. The parking lot always seems full and I am afraid I will run into tons of people. I am afraid because I am so big and have never run before that people will laugh at me. <BR> I decided to go at 5:30 am when it opens. I hope there are less people there at that time. What has been everyone's experience as a bigger person at a gym? Thu, 18 Feb 2016 11:09:04 EST Feeling down and frustrated with plateau Hi everyone. I am curious as to how many people feel completely down about hitting plateaus? I have lost 25 pounds and have 25 left to go but the last few weeks my weight hasn't budged. I changed up my exercise routine and swapped out some foods to try to kick start my system again and nothing has seemed to work so far. Any suggestions on how you get through this? I'm working out and still putting in max effort but looking at myself and feeling down for not progressing. How long can this last... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 22:06:39 EST RECIPES !! <em>40</em> I HAD SOME RECIPES , NOT MY OWN , AND WANTED TO PUT THEM IN MY TRACKER AND ALSO DIDN'T KNOW THE CALORIES ETC. SO I PUT IT ALL IN THE CALCULATER AND THEY SHOW UP LIKE I SUBMITTED THEM AS MY OWN ?? IS THAT A PROBLEM , DON'T WANT TO GET IN TROUBLE !! THANKS Wed, 17 Feb 2016 15:52:43 EST Failure!! I am such a failure when it comes to weight loss. This is has always been nemesis in my life and I know what to do but cannot ever stick with it. I know I need to do this because of my family history. Eating is what I love to do! It is so unfair. Why can't I eat what I want and as much as I want and still be healthy. My life has always been consume with losing weight and you can't have that and that and that. I have never once in my life not thought about food or what my next meal was going t... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 13:13:17 EST What am I doing wrong? I've been focused on my weight/health for exactly one month now. Tracking food, fitness, weight, measurements, etc. The first two weeks I lost 2lbs each. Third week wasn't quite one lb. Last week? Not even HALF a lb! So I guess I plateaued as soon as I started. :( I've tried everything from increasing my calories AND exercise (had been eating under), decreasing my calories and increasing exercise, decreasing BOTH, and increasing calories and decreasing exercise. Nothing makes any difference! ... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 10:33:04 EST Binge Eating Disorder---Why Not Binge? So I decided today that I have to start counting calories again because nothing else was working. I gained over 30 pounds back from losing 75 before! I have binge eating disorder. There is chocolate cake in the house. Why not give in and binge? Help! Sun, 14 Feb 2016 20:20:55 EST lost I don't know what to do. I feel like this is a last resort for help. I've gained 30 pounds since my mother died last September. My toddler was diagnosed with severe autism the same time. Before that, I was my mother's caretaker for 2 years. I gained about 30 pounds during that time as well. I was overweight before that, but couldn't put myself first. <BR> Now I eat to numb my mind and I can't stop. My mother was my best friend. I have my kids (6 and 2), and my husband, but I still feel alone.... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 07:35:48 EST beyond frustrated I have been trying to lose weight for over a year, all last year tried and had no results, even working out with two personal trainers and they were stumped. finally figured it was my birth control iud that was causing me not to lose weight or that's what I thought. Got it removed 01/11 this year and doing the same things I did all last year I dropped 7 lbs in 4 weeks, this week I gained back 3 lbs, I count calories and have been under my calorie count every day. I work out 3 times a week at... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:04:56 EST Going Insane How do you keep from going insane? <BR> <BR> I'm one of those people who can drop the weight fairly quickly and easily if I actually stay on track. For me, this means eating mostly minimally processed, whole foods, cooking for myself, and weighing, measuring, and tracking everything. <BR> <BR> However, if I have a last-minute 30+ hour babysitting job that I'm unable to pack food for, or if I'm invited over for dinner, I lose control. This means I start doing crazy things. I go over to one f... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:48:19 EST Almost 400 lbs. I posted recently on the message boards and one of the replies i got really ht home with me. They said you are almost 400 lbs. That's right, just 21 lbs. short of 400 lbs. <BR> When i first read this, it felt like they were talking about someone else, this can't be me I wouldn't let myself get to almost 400 lbs. but i have ... and it's not a good place to be. All this extra weight is affecting me in such a negative way both physically and mentally. It's like, i know i weigh 378.4 lbs, I know ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 10:25:43 EST Help! Haven't lost any weight! Hi, <BR> <BR> I started working out again after being sedentary for over a year and gaining back 50 lbs. I have been working out strength training and 30-40 min cardio 5 days a week and cleaned up my diet since 11/6/2015. However I have only lost 1 lb and it has now been 3 months. I hear people going from sedentary to just fixing diet losing at least 5-10 lbs in the first 2 months. I have only lost 1? For the life of me I can't figure out why only 1 lb. I am counting ALL of my calories and t... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 15:35:08 EST Confused and Upset I apologize because this may be a bit rambling but I am desperate for advice. I am hoping that you may be able to give me some advice. I have been with SP since October 2014. From then until Spring 2015, I only followed my nutritional intake and wasn't exercising. I lost weight. Then I began walking daily. I was up to 38-40 miles per month before winter hit. Since then my weight loss has totally stalled and I am going up again. <BR> <BR> Winter has hit me really hard for the first time. My ... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 12:36:32 EST Concerned abt young cousins I have 2 male cousins in their mid 20s living in my neighborhood. One has a hygeine problem, he stinks, and the other has been in 4 car accidents in 2015 alone! <BR> <BR> I don't dare speak to them abt it bcoz they don't even respect their own parents, I am just an older cousin. <BR> <BR> But I can't help worrying abt them! What can I do? Thu, 4 Feb 2016 21:48:42 EST Dreaded fitting room I rarely go clothes shopping. I went today because I needed a new blouse for a meeting tomorrow. Once I went into the fitting room to try on a few blouses, I dreaded it. For the first time in a long time, I got a good look at myself in the full-length mirror. At home, I usually get dressed very quickly without really looking at myself. I don't like how my body looks right now at all. It made me so sad. I do have a medical condition which has had me on an injection for the past almost-year and... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 17:38:20 EST Help Help <em>303</em> Thu, 4 Feb 2016 09:19:57 EST Weight Loss HELP Hi Yall, <BR> <BR> Can someone please help me understand this! So I recently started working out and eating right and all and about everyday I would lose like a pound or more everyday now its like I work out sweat like a pig in hot yoga and I did a double yoga class last nite and this morning I got up went to the restroom and then I weighted myself and I was still the same weight as yesterday how come that is???? Then the next day I hardly do anything workout wise and I lose some weight how ... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 08:49:44 EST I'm hungry and I've had all my calories! I'm hungry. I had all my calories. I want to go eatttttttt. <BR> <BR> But noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. <BR> <BR> But I want to! Wed, 3 Feb 2016 23:23:29 EST Not eating enough carbs Hi. Not my first rodeo with weight loss. Keep trying, but can't seem to eat enough carbohydrates to get within the limits defined. First off I can't stand yogurt of any kind or flavor so that is out. I like many vegetables and some fruit. Have been trying to choke down watermelon because of it's high carbohydrate levels... not easy. I really want to succeed, but being a somewhat picky eater with the fruits it is making it very hard. Need new eyes to help me through the hurdles. Any suggestion... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 09:47:38 EST Idk what to do... I'm a mess, guys. I've gained so much weight over the past few years and I'm officially at my heaviest. I know what I need to do to lose the weight but I just can't seem to make myself do it. I know I can but there's no motivation. <BR> <BR> You'd think having issues doing every day tasks (tying shoes, taking a bath, etc) would kick my ass into gear. But it doesn't. Idk what's wrong with my brain. I sit around and go over what all I could do to help kickstand me but then I talk myself o... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 05:34:57 EST No motivation I have hit the biggest roadblock and I just can't kick it out of the way like all the others. I've been doing this since the end of September, and I've had my falls, but they were relatively easy compared to this one. I cannot find any motivation. Anywhere. All my old tricks that got me back on track are not working. I've got a vacation in June that I want to get down to around 190 for. I'm so close to my 10% goal. But everyday, I get up and I might or might not start the day out right, but b... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 01:33:54 EST Urge to cheat! I've been eating so much better the past 3 days. I am full right now after good dinner.Been Staying in my daily cal range. <BR> All of a sudden i feel to eat cookies and have soda and i haven't felt this since i started. <BR> I hope it passes soon and i don't give in. <BR> I just needed to let it out and decided to post it here. My goal this year is to get my health under control and that mean having control of what i eat and i hope i stick to this! <BR> <BR> I am going to try having some te... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 19:02:42 EST Joined Last Monday, day 4 of going over calories!! I joined last Monday, did REALLY well for 4 days, then totally bombed since Friday. <BR> <BR> Well, maybe not completely bombed because I still got some exercise in and some water...and tracked food on 3 of those days even though I went way over... <BR> <BR> But...sigh... <BR> <BR> I feel out of control :( <BR> <BR> Part of the problem was I was out of town, there was a party, lots of food. I am feeling so emotional and prone to bingeing. <BR> <BR> And the sadder I feel about it, the mor... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 23:36:00 EST same weight since summer I lost 50 lbs in a year then I stopped losing weight. I keep going to the gym but I know sometimes I don't follow my diet as well as I should. I know that's why I am not losing. I have lost 5 lbs since the beginning of they year but I still feel like a failure. <BR> I just want to know what do you do when you start to lose your motivation? I just feel like I have so much more to lose I can't see the end of the tunnel. Mon, 1 Feb 2016 16:49:42 EST Feeling empty and un-grounded Can anyone help me understand what I can do to help me be part of my own life? I have had depression for most of my life and I am sure that this is part of it however I just do not know where to start. <BR> <BR> I keep feeling sort of 'outside of myself' and feel so completely alone inside my head. <BR> <BR> I know I am not explaining myself properly but I am choosing the wrong foods then eating too much of it. I kind of go into a trance where I keep eating not even aware of being full or n... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 16:31:57 EST I fell off the wagon - help! I've decided to stop drinking as alcohol has ruined so much for me. I'm also getting back into my workouts which I loved while I was sober. While I know it's the right choice, it's also a difficult one! Any support would be appreciated. Mon, 1 Feb 2016 12:02:19 EST Fitness & weight during disease Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm new here and am desperately seeking out some support to lead a healthy lifestyle after going overboard in the past and now falling off the wagon. <BR> <BR> I have some bowel problems that don't allow me to eat high fiber foods (esp. raw) and I have very low exercise tolerance after essentially burning out from over-exercising and under-eating (especially carbs). I lost my period for 4 years and finally got it back this year after upping my carb intake. <BR> <BR> But ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 22:25:48 EST Need a little encouragement here . . . I've been staying very positive mentally, I've tracked EVERYthing that has gone into my mouth (and have not once gone over my calorie limit), I've been drinking my water, I've been getting anywhere from 10 to 45 minutes exercise for at least 5 days out of 7. I've been doing so well that I'm stunned that I've even had to hit the panic button. <BR> <BR> However, today I need your help. Since January 3, I've only dropped 1.5 pounds; as a matter of fact, I've gained 1.5 pounds in the last 3 wee... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 11:06:46 EST Support~Love~Neg gativity~Confusion I have lost 25 pounds, I felt so proud and excited and happy It took me over 6 months of hard work. When I told my partner she just said 'cool' and walked off. Then later I was reading email from some friends congratulating me she walked over to the table so I showed her, She said so what about it and walked off. she never said I am proud of you and talked to me about it at all. I don't know why she can be so cold at times . <BR> <BR> I know she loves me but I don't understand how everything... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:08:56 EST Depressed and frustrated right now It's so frustrating and depressing when you can't stop feeling hungry in spite of eating at your higher range (or even a little over). I am always, and I mean always, hungry in the evening! I eat 3 meals a day and even include an evening snack every night but I find myself still hungry. I have even tried waiting a while to see if it passes but nope. I have been struggling with trying to lose my last ten lbs for a few months now! What can I do?! I try to eat healthier snacks as much as I can o... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 22:13:42 EST Night time binge eating help. I am new here. HELLO EVERYONE!!! I lost close to one hundred pounds three years ago on Weight Watchers. I'd never been one to exercise but I found walking/jogging and fell in love with it. Then went to a gym and fell in love with that also. Lost the weight, felt great, bought new clothes, started paying attention to my hair and nails. Things I'd never really done before. Then I had to have back surgery. It was my fault, I overdid the jogging and exercise. Surgery went great. Doctor... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 19:21:12 EST Confused and hangry I have off and on tried to get healthier for about 10 years, after the birth of my son. I'm currently rockin 315 lbs of fabulous on a 5'11 frame and I hate it. Sometimes my attempts have been successful but never to a goal weight, always top out at 40 lbs then gain it back over the next year or so. Here's the deal, I am feeling super down today even though I have been doing amazingly well for over a month now. I keep reading articles about other morbidly obese folks that lose hundreds of poun... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:50:56 EST I sucks at this And I don't think I am ever going to get anywhere. I am pretty much where I was when I started a few years ago. I'm pathetic. :( Sun, 24 Jan 2016 23:50:06 EST This is just sooooo hard! The nephrologist (kidney doctor) came today. He told me to exercise more intensely and cut way back on my portions. He also told me to avoid dairy and no more burgers. No more snacks either. No eating after 8pm. <BR> <BR> I told him I have been walking, he says I should switch to running. I guess this also means I have to do HIIT more often at longer sessions and really sweat it out. He said I should exercise more. <BR> <BR> I have been trying, but I guess I will just have to step it up! Al... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 21:25:46 EST The scale won't budge! I know, it happens, but for months at a time? I am trying to stay in calorie range and get lots of walking in, but it just dosen't seem to be enough. I have lost 8 1/2 inches in the last 5 months and I know I should be excited about that and know that everything I am doing is working, but I would like it to work a bit faster!!! Fri, 22 Jan 2016 11:15:46 EST Soul Searching I have spent most of my life focusing on others. I love spending time with others and making people happy. However, I’m at a point where I want to do some soul searching and figure out who I am, what I stand for and what I believe in. I've been in a rut, I can't look at myself in the mirror and say 'I stand for this, I believe in this, I am strong in this....' <BR> <BR> I am 27 now and married, and lately I’ve been feeling ‘old’. My husband and I have been talking about kids and buying our f... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 07:03:54 EST So busted !!! OMG, I am not sure where to start.... First of all, I posted recently that I am turning 50 in May and that this is going to be my year. Well, I havn't done much yet other than eat, be sedentary whenever possible and feel sorry for myself. All while I am reading every article I can about weight loss, watching every fat show ( as my husband calls them)! To try to get me motivated. I have been on SP more lately this year, browsing but not really participating. <BR> I was going to rejoin TOPS fo... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 22:27:31 EST advice please- feeling down about my bum knee hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I've struggled with my weight for a long time, but since August, I've recommitted to health and have been more successful with the help of SP to be more mindful about my nutrition and more active since getting a gym membership. <BR> I've lost about 20 pounds. Part of my success is that I found an activity that I just love - running. I really feel a sense of reward when I run - mentally, physically, spiritually. Running is my jam! But I've been warned and know that... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 20:11:12 EST Why gaining rather than losing?? I have been on a 1200- 1500 calorie diet for 7 days. 1 1/2 hours of intense cardio per day ie cross country skiing. Fairly active the rest of the day as I live on a farm/horses. I have gained almost 3 lbs in the last 7 days. Makes no sense to me. My metabolism must be practically nothing. Very frustrating. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:37:10 EST Care-giver stress not sure how to reduce stress as a 24/7 caregiver. I am able to get away for a few hours at a time but am "on-duty" the rest of the time including overnight. It is a good night if I only have to get up once or twice. I think it is the stress that is making me gain weight. I have gained almost 10 pounds in the past year. I eat mostly healthy foods but realize that I do some stress eating also. <BR> . Sun, 17 Jan 2016 20:59:31 EST Sudden weight gain? So I've been doing a fitness video game that I input my weight and inches every so often -- it checks about every week or so. This last time I seemed to gain about 3 pounds and an inch around my arms, waist, thighs and hips, which seems totally ridiculous to me. I can't imagine all of this would happen in less than 2 weeks for no reason (no major changes to diet and exercised consistently.) <BR> I can understand weight gain if I lost inches, but that doesn't seem to be the case. <BR> I'm wond... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 19:02:09 EST 2600 calories today I have been doing really well with my meal plan and exercise then today happened. My dad bought kfc and I could not resist those fluffy biscuits and crispy fried chicken. So now I feel awful because tomorrow I have a weigh in at the gym. I know it takes 3500 calories to gain a pound but you know how it is the day after you over eat, you always appear to have gained several pounds on the scale. Sun, 17 Jan 2016 17:26:53 EST Not losing I weighed in Friday I gained alomost all my 7 pounds back. I eat either I took chocolate out of my diet most sugar out caffine out Eat manly chicken and fruits and veggies don't really go back for seconds stick with the serving size. I work out 30-40 mins a day 5 days a week I burned 953 calories by Wed. Mother nature came to visit me yesterday I don't know if that is causing it. But if I don't lost at least 40 pounds this year I will not be pregnant again. I want a second kid and I am crying... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 11:19:30 EST Inches only 😕 I don't understand and I am getting frustrated. I have been working out hard since December 15, 2015. I am not seeing any weight come of the scales. I have only lost some inches. I feel like I am working hard for no reason. Is it really true that when you have a total hysterectomy that you can't lose the weight ad you might as well not try? Ugh, beyond frustrated and very disappointed!! Sat, 16 Jan 2016 09:23:51 EST Period sabotage! Hello to u all. I'm in a real panic and need some serious serious help. I've been doing excellent on this new me, life changing goal. Lost 4 lbs last week and eating healthy. Now I'm craving everything under the sun as I always do whenever my period shows up. Scared to weigh in this week because the water weight will disappoint me on the scale and the last two days have been a bust. I still have 3 more days of this and don't know how I'm going to make it before I end up back to old habits. Do... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 16:53:13 EST Impossible brother! My brother is impossible! He flys off the handle for no reason and he doesn't respect me or my parents! He doesn't even talk normally but gesticulates like a monkey and raises his voice unecessarily! And he does this ALL the time! I don't know why he is such an angry person! <BR> <BR> I used to think he wasn't like this at work at least but I heard from his workmates he sometimes does this at work too! I am concerned because I don't want him to lose his job or die from a heart attack! Being... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 01:30:25 EST Food intake I can not manage to get all the food in and I have not lost anymore weight and have gained three pounds back by trying to eat everything and calories. Where do I go from here? I am so upset with this setback. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 17:09:42 EST just depressed I'm so depressed...I wish I had more energy and cared more about myself......I don't :'( Tue, 12 Jan 2016 22:49:25 EST Help I cannot seem to get motivated. I have a conversation with myself every evening and do well for breakfast and plan to go to the gym but before even lunch time I will eat something I shouldn't and talk myself out of getting to the gym or even the tread <BR> mill in my own house. I am afraid one more year will pass by before I get the weight off I want and need to get off. <BR> <BR> Any ideas on how to get going? Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:51:00 EST Nothing seems to be working! I watch my portion sizes, try to eat healthy and exercise regularly but nothing seems to be working! <BR> <BR> The nurses at the dialysis center keep commenting on how fat I am! Saying that it's harder for the needles to go in now! <BR> <BR> I am so depressed. I keep trying but my weight just won't go down! Sun, 10 Jan 2016 22:38:35 EST Depressed need to exercise. Help I,m having trouble getting self to exercise.. Im sad about loss of an animal. I know moving and exercise will help the most but can't get myself to do it. Any suggestions? Sun, 10 Jan 2016 03:36:15 EST DODO diet Anyone who can provide me some orientation concerning this subject will be appreciated. Although I read the book, I still do not get the science re: pre-post and break-fast Sat, 9 Jan 2016 15:55:06 EST Quitting my worst habit Happily reporting After 10 years of addiction to regular Coca Cola, I was able to stop for the sake of weight loss. Determined!!! Sat, 9 Jan 2016 15:51:32 EST Fuhrman's Eat to Live Plan I wasn't able to find any recent thread's on the Eat to Live program. Is anyone able to give me advice? <BR> I'm on day 6 and am down less than 2#. I have substantially increased my exercise (walking, pump, combat classes), strictly followed the plan (no dairy, meat, etc.), increased my water intake, and the scale barely budges. I do have less bloating, but I was hoping for a bit more weight loss after all I've read. <BR> Thanks! Fri, 8 Jan 2016 11:50:16 EST Gross I'm new here and having a terrible time. I'm thoroughly disgusted with myself and the words that keep running through my head to describe myself are very insulting. I'm so bloated, round and miserable. I want to make a change, but the change never sticks. I need to lose at least 60-70 pounds. Anyone else at the same point right now? Thu, 7 Jan 2016 22:56:34 EST gained I have had a very long few weeks . My 90 year old day in VA home. My friend is dying of cancer.a lot of things plus Christmas. And i am a stress eater. So yes i gained. And here it is 12 pm still awake . I am going to try and dust my feet off and get with the program when i wake up in the morning. Mon, 4 Jan 2016 23:49:28 EST Trouble Refusing Sweets I have a huge problem refusing cookies or other sweets in mass quantities. It seems that if I have one bite there is the problem of going on a binge. Has anyone else that is peri-menopausal experienced this extreme craving for sugar? If so, how do you handle it? Thanks Mon, 4 Jan 2016 10:12:14 EST Quitting WINE and food SUGARS for a month. I'm 48, WAS 120 lbs half my life, had a baby at 39 by that point i was 170. I thought running around chasing a toddler would help lose the excess weight but instead i gained more. My husband and I love our wine and carbs. I just recently broke the 200 lb mark. And saw some pics just taken of myself and there's some serious disappointment. I know I need to make a life change. But i need help AND support. There's only so much my husband can do support wise, i mean he's great and supportive but ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 23:36:17 EST Gained 10 lbs over the Holidays Getting back on track,way to much unhealthy eating! Reaching my goal in 2016! I will do this!! New Year, New Changes! New Attitude! A bad Attitude causes bad Choices!! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 15:08:11 EST Eating simple cause Im sick. I am really trying to plan my meals the day before. But lately since im sick I dont have the energy. I find myself eating poor choices and going over on sodium and fatty stuff. Im trying not to get down on myself...but its so hard when I dont feel good... <em>198</em> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 01:40:17 EST Going out twice tomorrow Tomorrow I have plans to meet someone at a local Mexican restaurant for lunch and then I have plans to eat at Bonefish Grill with my family tomorrow for dinner. I want to be sure to stay in the proper range for all of my nutrients. Does anyone have advice? Thanks! Tue, 29 Dec 2015 21:59:17 EST losing weight but staying sick I have lost 22 lbs. Yay to that. The problem is its first one illness after another. I am frustrated 2015 brought 5 kidney infections three of which were before the weight loss journey began. 2 since then. 3 colds a sinus infection and now an ear infection. I am eating better so why am I getting sick so much. I really don't have time to be sick. I am a busy mom and full-time college student. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 20:05:55 EST 2016 --- The year I turn 50 ! Wow, I will be 50 this coming May ... Time to make some serious life changes. I am getting older and even though I am only 49, most days I feel at least 20 years older. I have so many aches and pains, I have no energy, I have lost most of my oomph! I know all this extra weight and sedentary lifestyle are causing most of my problems. I have been MIA from SP for awhile again, I tend to do that when I don't want to have to deal with things... Pretend it doesn't exist and it will go away , right?... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 11:04:40 EST Eating Enough Calories? Hello All, <BR> I have been struggling to lose weight now for a while. 20 faithful days at WW recently, Nutri-system, (a few years ago, I felt extremely weak and couldn't continue). At best I would maintain. Maybe up or down a pound or two. I followed a program from two separate nutritionists for a few months that were basically the same. They put me around 1800 cal. per day. Same results, maintain or fluctuate a 1lb or 2. <BR> <BR> I would suggest changing things up a bit but they would ... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 06:57:59 EST Lovely family...not Just at my parents Christmas dinner and I have had 3 different family members tell me how much weight I've put on. Sigh shouldn't have worn a tighter dress today :( Fri, 25 Dec 2015 02:09:46 EST It's the Holidays - Don't Panic ! First, I'd like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas ! Second, whatever happens tomorrow and this weekend,"DON'T PANIC !" <BR> <BR> I know we're either trying to lose weight or maintain the weight we've lost. BUT, I don't want anyone beating themselves up if they happen to eat a little too much during the holidays. Here are a few strategies that might help you get through the party season. <BR> <BR> 1) Eat a little something at breakfast. Don't starve yourself to save room for extra dessert... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 12:52:10 EST my body is a wreck I have lost 175 lbs in the past 18 months and I look like a pile of melted cheese. I can pull myself together by wearing long sleeves and pants and tucking and hiding all my extra skin away but without clothes I look like I'm standing in a fun house mirror, but it's no fun for me. I don't think I'll ever be able to get intimate with someone for the rest of my life because I can't afford plastic surgery. The thought of having to show someone my body makes me cry. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 15:59:22 EST I fell off the bandwagon I was doing well in the beginning and then suddenly lost my way to staying healthy by maintaining a healthy life style. I have gained weight again by allowing other peoples bad eating habits to become my eating habits. I do not want to give up. How do I get back on track and stay on track for good? <em>39</em> Tue, 22 Dec 2015 11:54:04 EST Gained Half Back! Please Help! Hi & Happy Holidays everybody! <BR> <BR> I am in a bad way with myself. I proudly lost 70 pounds with diet & exercise over the course of about a year & a couple months. Then I gained about 30 pounds of it back over the course of a year of bad choices including food & not working out. <BR> <BR> I'm a 46-yr-old female (with the mindset much younger than 46). So I worry about a much slower metabolism. I started working out as a new gym has open 5 minutes from my home. I think I'm most worried... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 19:55:11 EST Binge Eating Disorder Anyone else here struggle with binge eating disorder? I have for 10 years and have been in and out of treatment. Really interferes with any weight loss goals I have. I am wondering if anyone else has a similar experience and would like to discuss it. Mon, 21 Dec 2015 19:49:22 EST Thyroid meds and depression? 3 weeks ago I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, basically my thyroid level is at 150 when they should be between 1-4, so my thyroid is seriously underperforming. I started medication when they told me, and I’ve noticed myself getting pretty moody and depressed lately. I have my moments where my mood goes up and down, but lately I’ve really been feeling depressed and alone. I barely have an appetite, which is strange for me because I love to eat... <BR> Has anyone experienced this on thyroid ... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 08:29:24 EST How rude! My Mom cooked porridge yesterday and made fruit rojak for dinner. I also had beef noodles for dinner on Saturday. So, I am a little heavy today. My face was probably puffed up with the excess fluids. <BR> <BR> I went into the dialysis hall to weigh myself and this rude old man said, "you've put on a LOT of weight, you should eat less!". <BR> <BR> If that were true, I wouldn't be able to fit into my clothes! I tried to tell him that he offended me but he ignored me! I wish I had told him off... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 21:58:37 EST desperate for help Hello.. I'm desperate for help! I've lost a lot of weight twice before but now I've gained it all back and have stopped leaving the house. This year alone I've gained 84lbs. I really need help. Is there anyone who can help me please? Sun, 20 Dec 2015 19:09:01 EST No support Hi there. I've been struggling in finding support and motivation. I've lost 60 lbs before, but I was in my mid twenties and had more health-nuts around us. <BR> <BR> This time I'm past 30 with no support system. I have a work schedule that does not lend to meeting new folks (I don't get off work until 930P or later). I have almost zero motivation most days and am absolutely mortified that I gained the weight back for the most part. My workouts are testaments to my "set back"- I feel weak, em... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 17:31:44 EST Soooooo disappointed with myself! My weight increased by exactly 4kg today but the nurse wouldn't let me extract that much, no matter how much I begged! I am so worried that I will have excess fluid in me when the dialysis is done! <BR> <BR> They only gave me 3.4kgs! Why can't I be as light as the other dialysis patients?! I am the biggest failure here! I don't understand why I can't do as well as the others! I eat a little extra and bam! 700g! I drink a little extra and bam! 400g! <BR> <BR> I guess I just have to be more d... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 00:28:54 EST Eyes bigger than stomach I have 3 things going on that are keeping my weight at a standstill. I am working on my awareness of these things but could use some tips. <BR> <BR> My eyes are bigger than my stomach and every time I go to the grocery store, I want to buy everything I see, especially when I pass the bakery section. I usually eat before I go to the store, but I still stare at the donuts and pastries. I don't always buy them, but it's hard to walk away. When we go out to eat, I want to order everything I see ... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:51:46 EST New and so much confusing info I don't know how to start.I checked in at 50+over 50lb site. <BR> Need guidance b/c of age and very low fitness/stamina level.Don't have a food plan. <BR> YIKES! Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:04:39 EST That's IT!!! No more salty snacks! I've had it! I must have been crazy to buy those Shapes crackers! They don't even taste that good anyway and they've given me a horrible thirst! <BR> <BR> They are going in the thrash pronto! And I am DONE with salty snacks! I've learnt my lesson! Never agn! <BR> <BR> From now on, I will follow the renal diet closely! No more rebellion! Sigh! I m now 63.4kgs! I will have to fast the whole of today! Dialysis agn tmrw! Sigh! Mon, 14 Dec 2015 17:13:03 EST No ideaa I just came to know I didn't lose any weight, just may be inch of belly and around my arms.. I worked so hard .. I need to lose weight and I don't know how Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:48:28 EST Disgusted I am so disgusted with myself. I had been doing so well then BAM eating everything in site. Gaining back like quick fire. What is wrong with me I admit this holiday I am a little depressed life has not turned out as I thought it would. <BR> <BR> I log on and track then stop because I am eating bad. <BR> <BR> Well thank you for listening. <BR> <BR> Diane Mon, 14 Dec 2015 07:05:20 EST water log in Help. where do I log in how many glasses of water I drink??? I haven't been on this site in 5 years. I have just started my life over. thank you kindly for responding. Sun, 13 Dec 2015 22:47:35 EST I am doomed! I can't help feeling I am at the end of my rope! I have been on dialysis for 11 years and I feel the end is near! Try as I might, I just can't achieve my dry weight! Which means I still have excess water in me even after each treatment, esp on a Monday, bcoz the weekend is 2 days. <BR> <BR> I don't know what is wrong with me! Why can't I eat and drink less? I just have no willpower! Or mayb I m just greedy! Or unconciously, I have given up on myself and I have a death wish! I can literaly fe... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 21:44:56 EST bloating and weight gain Have been gaining at least a pound a week, and sometimes two. <BR> Usually consume a 1200-1500 calorie diet and hour a day workout. <BR> Help, thyroid being checked... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 10:20:21 EST Anxious about success I have struggled hard against the 200 pound mark for YEARS. I can get to 203, even 201, but I could never break down out of the 200s. I maxed out at 225. This morning I was 199.6. At first I was all excited. I was proud. But then all day I've been anxious. I'm afraid to eat. I'm afraid I'll creep back up. It's date night. We're going OUT. I logged my food ahead. I know what I can eat, but I'm afraid to freaking eat. This must be what an eating disorder feels like. (I've never had one of those... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 20:24:53 EST Ketogenic life style I'm trying to look at this as a new way of life/eating, not yet another low carb diet. I've lost weight on Atkins, but I got caught up in the processed shakes, bars, etc., and it really worked against me. So, I threw them out and am back on track. <BR> I'm a "mindless" eater at times, so I keep a bag of shredded cheddar near me and nibble one here and there. Seems to satisfy the urge to just plain eat! <BR> Breakfast for me is cottage cheese with cayenne pepper and natural pistachios and a to... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 09:39:06 EST Starting again This is probably my 5th time starting over with Spark and my weight loss goals. I've been having some medical issues that partially caused my gain. The other cause was not being as careful with my eating when I was working 3 jobs. I would just eat what was available due to lack of time. I have been having a lot of pain, off and on, and this made it difficult to go to the gym or do any sort of movement. The back pain kept me from exercising, but knowing the exercise would help me to feel bette... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 11:11:39 EST What could i possibly be doing wrong?(i feel lost) This is officially the first day i'm seriously working on achieving a goal that i've set years ago Since, apparently i was too busy procrastinating and expecting the future me to do all the work while i just sit on my lazy bum and wait for it to happen like a miracle. <BR> <BR> Everything has been going well so far with me, if we're speaking motivation wise. I am as motivated as i could ever be. And so i'm not struggling with this matter since i spent days trying to get me to want to change... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 19:44:15 EST Gaining after starting exercise Good Morning: Two weeks ago, I started walking consistently five days a week (I had been walking, but it was hit and miss) and I added in 15 mns of strength training three times per week. Just that little bit of exercise has triggered my arthritis. I'm achy and sore, but think that's just part of getting back into shape. My plan is to build up and add more strength training as I get stronger. <BR> <BR> My calorie intake has been between 1200 and 1500, but instead of losing weight, I'm gai... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 09:33:09 EST Depression I need help accepting my faults and praising my accomplishments. I get so emotional and depressed during the holidays when you should be glowing in joy. <BR> Anyone feel this way?? Mon, 7 Dec 2015 11:54:56 EST Help with accountability!! I just found out I have insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and have to quit carbs. I have been trying this for under a week and I am struggling and need an active group for support. Anyone have any ideas which group I can join that is currently active and helps with accountability and moral support? So many groups I have checked seem to be inactive. Any help is much appreciated. Mon, 7 Dec 2015 10:22:51 EST Needing Prayers for another Medical Scare In the last few weeks I have noticed a suspicious spot or lesion forming on the side of my upper thigh/buttock area. I didn't want to jump to worse case scenario at first, so I had hoped it may have been just some excema or very dry skin forming. It started off very small, and not too noticeable. I tried to go on and not grow concerned over it, hoping it would disappear, but now it has "changed" and I think getting a little bit bigger too. <BR> <BR> I am sorry if me posting in here upsets a... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 16:55:37 EST Help, dental problem requires drink liquids only. My root canal exploded in my mouth Sunday morning. Needless to say I was on only liquids & soft foods then. <BR> I went to the dentist yesterday and he said to save the tooth I must stay away from solid foods. My appt to repair/save this tooth may be as late as January 5th 2016. ? <BR> I can't figure out how to get enough protein. Any advise will help. <BR> I looked for a group but none were to be found. <BR> Thank you. Wed, 2 Dec 2015 13:11:35 EST I can't take it anymore! I am still living with my parents bcoz I can't afford to move out. My brother works but he lives here too bcoz he still can't afford to move out. <BR> <BR> The problem is, in their eyes, my brother can do no wrong, so the blame always falls on me. My parents can be very verbally abusive against me and they know the exact buttons to push. I am not even allowed to confide in my friends. My parents will threathen to break up my friendships with those ppl I usually confide in. <BR> <BR> The pro... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 09:31:12 EST Ready to Give Up I got on The Scale this morning was up 5 pds,A lot of Stress at My House,Medical Challenges,Money Issues,Those are just excuses,I am usuallly 170-`72 <BR> When the Scale read 177,I just wanted to crawl back in bed,Totally Fustrated this Am and very upset with myself. <BR> <BR> I Hope My Spark Friends Have a Good Day <BR> And Here Come The Holidays <BR> ... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 07:37:31 EST why do i keep doing this.... I am so depressed.. I had lost over sixty lbs and then personal things started to happen.. I became lazy and stopped exercising and started stuffing my face again.. and drinking sodas.. sodas are the worst..such an addiction to sugar you wouldn't believe. I'm 35 and am in college.. I failed two of my classes so now I have to come up with 1000 dollars to go back.. my job sucks. my relationship makes me happy. he says he loves me and I love him lord knows I do.. but I know he isn't attracted to... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 23:37:33 EST I need some input about a pulled muscle... Hi, <BR> About a week and a half ago I woke up in the morning, tried to sit up, and pulled my neck/shoulder muscle with my leading side. It hurts pretty bad and feels like a nerve is pinched in several places down my arm. Like the 'funny-bone' feeling in my upper arm, elbow and inside wrist. At first my hubby thought I should try to work through it, so it wouldn't lock up. But that didn't work. Then I lightened my movements and it still hurt. On the 6th day I finally went to Statcare and go... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 22:55:19 EST Weight Watchers and Free Fruit I recently rejoined Weight Watchers, and was doing GREAT for several weeks, but I don't think the program is completely right for me. I suspect I'm not eating enough on it because I've been having hunger-related binges lately. I also am finding tracking on the website tedious compared to tracking on other sites (like MyFitnessPal- I feel the Sparkpeople database is lacking). Plus, there are a lot of issues with the website- including major features simply NOT working. <BR> <BR> However, whil... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 22:13:45 EST Self concious over horrible complexion I had really bad skin as a teen. Bad acne and massive blackheads. my skin problems continued thru my early 20s. <BR> <BR> In Uni, I went to a Doctor and he prescribed Diane 35. within months my skin cleared up but it left me with scarring. I mean no more acne and blackheads but I have an uneven complexion. <BR> <BR> I am in my early 40s now and I still have scarring on my face. esp on my right cheek. This has made me very self concious. Which guy will ever date me now? esp now that I m on d... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:12:00 EST Am I eating enough? Okay, here's the situation... <BR> <BR> I swim 2-3 miles 4x/week in a relatively short amount of time (a two mile swim usually takes me about 45 minutes if I do a straight set, though I usually work on drills and shorter sets, so it averages out to about 70 minutes for 2 mile swim and 100 for a 3 mile swim). I've just adjusted by fitness goals so that it's more reflective of what I'm actually doing -- upped the time to 320 min/week and the calories to 6400/week. <BR> <BR> question... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:53:46 EST Thanksgiving - DON'T PANIC ! What to Do First, I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Second, whatever happens tomorrow,"DON'T PANIC !" <BR> <BR> I know we're either trying to lose weight or maintain the weight we've lost. BUT, I don't want anyone beating themselves up if they happen to eat a little too much tomorrow. Here are a few strategies that might help you get through your day. <BR> <BR> 1) Eat a little something at breakfast. Don't starve yourself to save room for extra dessert. If you go to the meal already hun... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:16:39 EST An Impossible task! The dialysis nurses have given me an impossible task : to only increase my weight by a mere 3% of my dry weight by the next dialysis! Which means a mere 1.8kg (calculated from my current dry weight of 60kg). <BR> <BR> I feel that I will have to fast during dinner in order to achieve this. Why does it have to be so hard?! I feel I must be the worst dialysis patient in the world. I haven't achieve my dry weight in more than a month! I feel like such a failure! <BR> <BR> I have also put on we... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:03:02 EST Thyroid Check I had a physical last week and I told my doctor I had gained almost 25lbs in 2 years. She told me I should get my thyroid checked, so today I am scheduled for an ultra sound. I am really nervous, I am not good with doctors/hospitals/blood being drawn... ugh I get really nervous and its all in my head. I had to get my blood drawn after my physical and they had to lay me down and count down before they put the needle in, I get so nervous and sweaty over this stuff <BR> <BR> Has anyone gotten a... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 06:54:51 EST Not Losing Weight Very much need suggestions on how I can loss weight in the coming week, have not loss any so far since I re-committed myself. Can anyone please help? Moral/motivation is a little low. Thank you any advance for all suggestions and help. <em>426</em> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 10:28:16 EST not consistent So upset right now. I can eat fruits, veggies, and lean proteins for about four days, before succumbing to overeating carb and sugar laden foods on Friday and Saturday in an all-out calorie bomb. I'm honestly just sad. I feel like crying over the lack of control on the weekend. I've even had weekends where I've over eaten healthy foods...I just ALWAYS overeat on the weekend. I just don't know what to do anymore. I just want to sob on my couch. I'm so worried about this emotional eating proble... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 18:53:07 EST Not seeing results Hi everyone! <BR> 2 months ago I started in earnest to lose weight. I started hitting the gym at 5:30am Monday-Friday for strength training superset, then on the weekends for power cardio classes. I am eating between 1300-1600 calories most days of whole foods, with plenty of water and supplementation. I have logged almost every day during that period. There has been 7 days in the last 2 months where I struggled with binge eating- a habit I have a long and illustrious past with. I only bi... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 09:01:58 EST Question about exercise and increased calories I finally got used to eating less calories (1730) since I have now lost 52#. However, I have greatly increased my exercise. My exercise is "speed" walking (as fast as I can do I input my exercise and my Garmin also adds daily activity of burned calories which in turns bumps up my minimums. Sometimes depending how much I walk my minimums can be 1890-2200. I'm afraid to eat that much more...should I really do that? I know I had to get used to eating MORE food in order to lose w... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:52:58 EST My worst fears are CONFIRMED!!! I just downloaded an app to calculate body fat, input my measurements and other data.....and I was classified as OBESE! Abt 37% body fat!!! <BR> <BR> I am soooooo mortified and sooooo ashamed!!! I just want to curl up into a ball and cry!!! Fri, 20 Nov 2015 04:14:11 EST First day here - and feeling a little unmotivated Hello all, <BR> <BR> First day here and I have a question. <BR> I started eating right and exercising on Nov 2. <BR> I was 211 lbs @ 5'3 and I'm a 50 year old women. <BR> I'm eating about 1200 or less calories a day, walking at least 14000 steps a day @ miles per hour. <BR> Nov 16 I was at 198.6 and was elated!!! Today I hopped on the scale and I'm at 201 lbs! :-( <BR> <BR> Feeling blue, discouraged, angry and need help figuring out what I've done wrong! <BR> <BR> The only thing I can... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:17:30 EST Feeling Guilty! I feel guilty every time I eat even 100 calories more then my daily allowance of 1200. <BR> <BR> I'm really struggling with my appearance and I get upset that I am not taking control and fixing it. <BR> <BR> What do you guys do to combat this? Tue, 17 Nov 2015 21:45:05 EST Working out is ruining my perfect skin!! Before I started working out last week, I had flawless skin. I was the girl that always looked best natural. No makeup needed ever. Now, in less than a week, my face is having the worst break out ever! <BR> <BR> I wash my face immediately after working out, but it doesn't seem to be helping me. I feel so self conscious now. It makes me not want to work out as much when I feel like it is making me look bad. But I really need to lose the weight and be healthy.... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:56:49 EST Feeling depressed & trouble with motivation. I'm on a low carb diet, have lost 8lbs, but now for 3 wks i have not lost any wt. having trouble keeping motivated to keep on diet program. do exercises everyday.Just need some advice on what to do or suggestions on what i'm doing wrong.Got any ideas? Tue, 17 Nov 2015 14:15:43 EST Uggghhhh....Thanksgiving. Been doing quite well and now that thanksgiving is next week the closer the day comes the more anxious I am getting. I love and hate this holiday because of all the good food that will be there and I ALWAYS eat way to much and regret it later. I love to see my family but this year I am thinking of skipping it because I just dont want that guilt (and extra weight) for one day. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:33:33 EST How to reduce waist inches? Any good tips, articles, recipes, exercises, advise.... you can think of. <BR> <BR> PLEASE HELP! <BR> <BR> Thank You! Tue, 17 Nov 2015 04:47:08 EST Fell off the wagon with SWEETS oh boy what was I thinking??? 8 pounds back in 2 weeks STOP THE MADNESS ~ ~ get back on track right NOW (note to self!!) Tue, 17 Nov 2015 04:44:18 EST Is it normal to be anxious? Right now, I am anxious about losing weight. I have spent a long time struggling to lose weight. I need to overcome this anxiety and I am tempted to change all at once. I realize that it is not wise to change things all at once. I feel like I need to go slower. Right now I have been consuming moderate portions of food and I have also learned to measure out food. I am also anxious because taking baby steps have been hard. I need some advice on overcoming this anxiety so that my weight l... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 06:22:08 EST I need some advice; it will be appreciated greatly I have yet to formulate a diet and exercise plan for tomorrow. That is because, I am not so sure how. I have struggled with doing so. I know I need to lose weight and keep it off. I didn't realize how out of shape I truly am. Going out there and walking made me realize that. Of course being in pain doesn't help either; I have pain in my back and I have difficulty getting up. I have no excuses because I have decided to make no more excuses. My plans tend to change and that could also be... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 21:04:14 EST Change in mindset I am so glad that there is a forum such as this. I could use help. I would like to know how I can change my mindset about food. It is scary that I have tried everything and planned meals and even went to a nutritionist, but I still struggle with my weight. Your advice will be greatly appreciated. Sat, 14 Nov 2015 20:59:02 EST Sidlined with Kidney Stones :-( Saturday night I was fine and by Sunday morning I was in the ER with my first kidney stones. Now I'm on medication that makes me feel like a zombie, I haven't lost any weight this week at all, haven't worked out at all, and I just feel so discouraged. I'm going to try to work out tomorrow and have a Veteran's Walk on Saturday but by the time I get off work I'm too exhausted to even go grocery shopping. Here it is 8:00 p.m. and I want to crawl into bed. Any idea how long it takes to recove... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 23:04:51 EST What am I doing wrong? Per my doctors instructions (so please dont tell me I should follow a different plan) Im doing a low carb high fat diet. Im eating greens, low carb veg, evoo, vinigar, about 12oz of meat and plenty of water every day. My calories are about 1300. No nuts, no dairy, no low carb junk, measuring everything. Ive been in ketosis about 3 weeks. I am doing yoga and gentle walking. I am not building muscle. I though Id FINALLY started losing after 4 weeks of dieting, only to gain all 5 lbs back in two... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 18:41:05 EST Just got back from vacation... I'm a mix of things.. negative things. I didn't actually eat all that badly, but I drank an awful lot, even after I said I wouldn't. I was with my family, so that's what I do. Every time. So now I feel slow, sluggish, hugely fat, and disappointed in myself. I went to the doctor 10/6/15 and he prescribed me Phentermine, wanted me to lose at least 4 lbs by my follow-up appointment 11/4/15. I lost 9, and we were both thrilled. Then I went on vacation and who knows what I weigh now. Certainly I c... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 12:38:16 EST I'm feeling out of control in life and in eating! I feel desperate at this point! I don't know why, but I've gotten really off track, and my weight is going up quickly again. I can't stop myself from eating! Rationally I know that I'm not even hungry, but I am continuing to put food into my body. I've tried not buying things, but then I scrounge and will eat just about anything I can find. <BR> <BR> I need help on how to stop myself & start to get back on track. I really do just feel like crying. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 08:03:25 EST gained 4 pounds in a week I finally start losing only to gain it back. At this rate I will never reach my goal. I never go over my range. <BR> I hate this. Tue, 10 Nov 2015 09:43:07 EST Going Backwards! I log the miles, I finish the challenges, I kept within the calorie limit and I've gained weight. With all due respect, please don't say it's muscle weight! Over the past few months I've put on 27 lb. How can anyone do that when they're on a fitness program? I won't bore you with details, but I will honestly swear that I've worked the program as well as I can and everything has just gone to pot! I get more exercise now than I've ever gotten in my life. I'm defeated and depressed and in... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 09:40:27 EST A 1C testing having my a1c done tomorrow does anyone know if i still so my insulin like normal? Mon, 9 Nov 2015 20:44:28 EST Stick2itiveness It's so frustrating to be eating right and exercising and see little to no results in 3 weeks. So that's when I give up and eat what I want. How can I get past this???? Sun, 8 Nov 2015 18:12:31 EST Getting started again Help! I can't get started. I have successfully lost weight using Spark People in the past. I have put all that wight back. The last time I logged on here was July. Since then, I have gained 10 more pounds!! I am the heaviest that I have ever been, and I want to change it! <BR> <BR> I have trouble with food tracking (even though I know it works for me). Entering each ingredient (especially since so much of my food doesn't have a bar code) is tedious and time consuming. I often forget to do it... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 14:28:08 EST Little control over menu for 5 days. Help. We are going to visit out-of-town friends for several days and will be staying at their house. How do I meet my nutritional needs and not over eat when I will not be planning menus or preparing much of the food? I feel it would be rude to weigh and measure my food in front of my hosts. I have already told my friend that I am getting healthy and am watching my food intake but I feel very out of control. Any ideas or suggestions please. Sun, 8 Nov 2015 10:45:11 EST lost my pedometer need app suggestions I lost my pedometer this morning while shopping. I've had it almost a year and wear it daily. I'm willing to use my phone temporarily but I need a good app suggestion, one that's accurate without using GPS, don't want an app that eats my battery. Sat, 7 Nov 2015 16:35:28 EST Ugh, to much to eat! I have not been able to get all my calories in each day. The tracker says 1400 but I hit 1100 or less a day. I am just not hungry! Of course the pound are not melting away but I am not sure what to do. I bought a food scale today to double check my measuring. So far so good. Any suggestions? This is getting very frustrating! Fri, 6 Nov 2015 20:30:06 EST What is it about Friday? I didn't exercise at all, because I just didn't feel like it. Just no motivation at all. My mood is lousy. Fri, 6 Nov 2015 20:21:44 EST Pain in hip Has anyone ever had bursitis in the hip? It's horribly painful and one of the ways to help is to rest, but I need to lose weight so that it goes away and that means exercise. Any suggestions? Fri, 6 Nov 2015 15:20:06 EST Feel like a failure! I had a plan to start new. I got all my stats & info logged in on Sparkpeople once again. Picked my start date. I got all excited about it & my stress level was pushed to the limits again which lead to more binging. Now I've gained more weight! <BR> I just feel like every time I plan to do something for myself something always happens to spoil it! <BR> I have a lot of phobias & anxiety issues, & yes I am seeing a therapist, but it's not just as simple as some may think it is for me to just s... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 01:54:15 EST Lost 13 pounds but no inches :( So I've been doing taking phentermine for the past four weeks and I lost about 13 pounds. But I notice I have lost no inches at all! I mean, there is no difference in the way I look whatsoever. Could all of that have been water? Also, I discovered that the slightest amount of carbs bloats me up and I way about 3.5 pounds more on the scale :( Thu, 5 Nov 2015 19:00:04 EST Uninspired/unmotivated d/disgusted/disappointed Hello, everyone! I've been with SP for quite awhile I lost over 40+ lbs the 1st time. I've had so much going on in my life that I've gotten off track again. I've nearly gained all the weight back that I lost previously over a year and a half. I just need some encouragement and suggestions on how to get started again. I feel disgusted yet I still eat foods that are "bad" for me with no second thought. I work 12hr nights and there's food all the time. I feel weak mentally and sometimes physical... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 05:52:29 EST how to manage nutrition tracker? How do you delete foods off of your nutrition tracker? Mon, 2 Nov 2015 11:33:38 EST What's eating me..... <em>189</em> I'm learning that it isn't ALL about what I'm eating, but a great deal to do with what is eating me at any given moment. Do you know what I mean? <BR> <BR> Over the past two months, outside of planned and tracked meals, I've made a conscious decision every time I reach for anything to eat. First, I stop...then I ask myself, "What just happened? Was I confronted with something that made me feel uncomfortable in some way? What am I feeling?" More often than not, I answer tho... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 10:13:29 EST hard to care ....when you get called whale. <BR> When everything you do means nothing. <BR> I don't even want to eat let alone track anything. <BR> Why call me names now that I am busting my ass trying to lose weight? Sun, 1 Nov 2015 19:25:42 EST SO FRUSTRATED...DID ALL THE CHALLENGES I completed ALL the challenges, and enjoyed it....nothing new, can't do them over, it won't let you. They were motivating while they lasted. Now they're done. Sun, 1 Nov 2015 01:06:44 EST OH No It's Halloween! Lots of help needed today. It is my 1st real obstacle since starting this healthy lifestyle change. I was, am and probably always be a chocoholic. I crave it all day and see it everywhere. I am as addicted as a junkie to his drugs, an alcoholic to his liquor, or a gambler to his gambling. I know my weakness and I need help to make it through today. Parties everywhere and temptations too many to count. Sat, 31 Oct 2015 11:30:01 EST What do I eat??? I just woke up and my mind is saying that I want to eat 2 bagels with cream cheese. Is this acceptable? I know that it probably isn't but I'm not sure what to eat. If not, what is a better meal? I'm learning to accept that I eat the "wrong" things but I don't yet get what the "right" things are. Please help. Sat, 31 Oct 2015 11:13:34 EST CARB CRAVINGS I'm suffering from serious carb cravings am I missing something from my diet or just trying to cut back is backfiring??? Thu, 29 Oct 2015 22:10:44 EST I blew my success I don't feel good about myself right now. I had a really good week and I blew it tonight. I had a plate of hashbrowns and numerous snacks. I wanted to throw the hashbrowns out but I thought that was wasting money. Had them in the fridge since before my commitment to get healthy. Now I feel bad. What should I do? Thu, 29 Oct 2015 21:57:50 EST Out of Control Pain! Have had physical problems for a lifetime. <BR> Many years and surgeries later, my story has not improved. <BR> Am facing another spinal fusion which is a BIG one. <BR> Had an epidural today for the pain and am in more pain tonite. <BR> Have no pain medication; ice packs aren't working and don't know what else to do! <BR> Any suggestions? Wed, 28 Oct 2015 22:15:49 EST Gained 2 pounds in a WEEK!!! WHY?! I am ready to give up - the scale put me 2 pounds UP this week. I have been killing myself with the running. Everything hurts, my foot, my knee, the "rubbing" rash under my arm. All of this effort and I get punished for it. I feel worse than last week. I am on the verge of quitting and just accepting that I'm supposed to look like a sausage for the rest of my life. When am I going to stop hating myself? Wed, 28 Oct 2015 09:39:54 EST I forgot my gym BAG!!!!!! Oi vey - okay so - most people when they say that it's no big deal.... so I walk a little extra at work...... I get up more..... I may even go and lift some weights -- BUT!!!! <BR> <BR> OMG! I'm not a normal person! :( SO - we get time to exercise while at work..... and since I come in so early, I come to work in my work-out clothes....... and my gym bag is packed with my work clothes for the day, my make up, my soap/shampoo, my hair dryer....... like My LIFE! <BR> <BR> And here I sit - an ... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 06:34:30 EST bread i heard that wheat bread is bad for you and packs on calories. do you have to give up all bread to maintain weight loss. Why are these diets such as the wheat belly diet so popular and why are their books about this written by doctors. They make it so hard to know what is good for you. We were always taught that whole wheat was <BR> healthy for you. Tue, 27 Oct 2015 19:58:10 EST Parathyroid Are there any other people on here with Parathyroid disease ? How has it effected your weight loss attempt. Tue, 27 Oct 2015 17:04:04 EST need some motivation I'm in my mid thirties and had been a comfortable size 12 for a long time. Now I put on some more weight, and I'm around 200. I need a buddy/accountability partner to strategize with and get motivated together. <BR> This isn't only about looking better, it's about feeling better. It's about not wanting to be intimidated by stairs or sports. It's about letting go of old habits patterns and beliefs- in fact, it's about discovering where my warped thinking is and then planning ahead so it won't... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 01:48:19 EST Feeling helpless! Lot's of ppl have commented on my weight gain. I was doing so well not too long ago! What happened? My weight just keeps going up and up. I have to weigh myself constantly bcoz I am on dialysis. <BR> <BR> Most of my clothes still fit but some are getting tight or snug. I feel I am fighting a losing battle! I am trying to get a handle on my snacking. Nowadays, if I do snack, I try my best not to binge but my weight keeps going up anyway! <BR> <BR> I have also been exercising, long walks, HI... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 11:15:58 EST Ladies: Weight loss and your period How much can losing weight change your cycle? I haven't had a period since the end of August. I have lost 20 lbs since then and have been working out quite a bit. I'm DEFINITELY not pregnant. There is absolutely no chance of that. Though, I have considered taking a pregnancy test in case I'm carrying the second coming. I started spotting a bit this week and cramping like something is going to happen, then... nothing. I've only ever missed a period once before when I was eating way too much so... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 13:18:34 EST Stressed and Depressed I keep telling myself that things could be worse but I can't see a light at the end of this tunnel. This all revolves around my 21 year old son who is in college. Since he graduated high school there has been nothing but stress. He has failed two semester. We got him to go to therapy and get tested for ADHD. His issue is he can't sit through classes. He has plenty of issues and now we found out his girlfriend is pregnant and has moved out due to their fighting over what to do. She is k... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 18:53:39 EST Fairly New, Hitting Calorie Goals, No Results My best friend has been totally focused on tracking calories (including measuring) and exercising daily but is not seeing any weight loss. I don't understand how that is possible. I know that people sometimes hit plateaus, but since she just started in the last several months, it seems like a sure thing that her body would have no choice but to drop the pounds. In addition to counting calories, she is tracking her food on SP and hitting her carb/fat/protein goals and drinking plenty of wat... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 13:12:36 EST Feeling trapped I have been overweight my entire life. My family loves to eat and really loves to eat. I cannot count the many times I have started a diet, lost weight only to gain it back plus some. I stepped on the scales today and cannot believe what I pound from 300. How in the world did I get to this? I am so overwhelmed right now I cannot even fathomed where I am going to start. Why do I always start full speed ahead only to lose steam about a month into it. I am so unhappy with myself and can... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 13:10:53 EST Where has the search bar gone? I'm a leader on the 5% challenge. I have member needing help for stress eating. She's not the only one. <BR> <BR> I went to type into the search bar,,,stress eating. But!! No search bar?? I heavily rely on this feature. <BR> <BR> Thanks Wed, 21 Oct 2015 22:56:31 EST Having Trouble Getting Started This may sound weird but I'm so preoccupied about losing weight that I can't even lose weight. I keep gaining. I dream about a thinner me all the time and I even daydream about it sometimes and I still can't get started. <BR> <BR> I am not new to the game. I've lost weight before only to gain it right back. I need to try a different approach. <BR> <BR> I need a hand to hold and someone who will kick me in the butt to stay motivated. Because I'm so confused over weight loss because of a... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 09:13:27 EST Ice cream! I was doing great the last 2 weeks. and then panic! I had a major regression the last 2 days where I ate waaaaay too much ice cream. like 3,000 calories of ice cream in 2 days. i don't know why! (actually i was stressed about money...) so emotional eating. but that's no excuse. i should have found a better way to relieve stress. blah. <BR> <BR> now i feel terrible, bad about myself, terrified of getting on the scale... ashamed to face my fiance... and angry at myself. <BR> <B... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 15:17:46 EST Medical Lab Results Back...Follow up:Females Only Greetings SP, <BR> <BR> I posted a board last month regarding my fear and break down regarding having another pelvic and PAP after the recent scare with my abnormalities last summer. <BR> <BR> Well, I've been waiting and waiting and unfortunately the office called me today with the news. It's mostly good with a little "but" in there... <BR> <BR> So, it did not come back negative which is of course what I was praying for, however, the results were ASCUS and they don't even want to see me a... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 15:54:28 EST Beyond stressed; trying to stay focused I'm in my senior year as an undergraduate psychology student, and as of today, I have begun the application process to graduate schools. This hasn't been the easiest semester and even though I am hanging in there grade-wise, I have let a lot of things fall through the cracks. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to refocus myself: prepare for the GRE in 13 days, finish the IRB proposal for a project that is way overdue (seriously, I have all the materials, what's wrong with me?!), keep my grades up, and fi... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 15:08:43 EST I have messed up the last two days. I was doing so well. I lost 7 lbs in the last month. I work out 5 days a week and keep my calories somewhere between 1150 and 1300. Monday morning I weighed 181 lbs. Monday night, however, everything went to crap. My daughter had her Daisy Girl Scout Investiture and we got out late. I stopped to pick her up a happy meal with full intention of going home and having a salad with some salmon. I was so hungry, though, so I ordered a meal. Ugh. Tuesday was recovery day and I needed it as ... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 12:34:05 EST how can I offset a booboo? I ate some really bad stuff and too much of it today. However, I know that I am not over my calorie limit for the day. If I just track it and be good the rest of the day will this still set me back? Wed, 14 Oct 2015 12:15:06 EST Going to try this again ... I decided last night to go back to TOPS hoping the accountability will help. <BR> I'm not real well prepared though, should have went grocery shopping first. Didn't realize how much unhealthy food is in my house. Nothing whole grain, no fresh fruit , not much in the line of veggies, no. Yogurt, tuna, or chicken breast. I am going to go shopping after work, just not sure what to do for today. <BR> Anyway, I am going to bring my water bottle to work with me today and focus on getting some wa... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 07:35:57 EST Back again... and again... and again I have been on SP on and off for a long time now, I was consistently on for maybe a year, lost some weight, life happened I got distracted and months later here I am again, at my highest weight. I wouldn't say I have hit rock bottom but I don't want to get there. I have been feeling so gross and big lately, and I know why, I have gained 10 pounds since July and I need to stop going down this path before I gain more and more. <BR> Its always overwhelming to get the ball rolling again, my moti... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 06:43:05 EST Scared of the gym So here I am, dressed in my exercise clothes and awesome shoes...just sitting on the couch. I got up early so I could go to the gym and I'm scared. My gym partner has stopped going with me, and for two weeks I've been waiting for her to start up again but once again, she said she would go and she's not answering her phone. I have a huge fear of the gym, and while I've gone by myself before, I hate it. I live in a small town so people that I work with tend to be there, and they always stare ... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 07:38:36 EST Sparks & Thin Within Is any one else out there combinding Sparks and Thin Within? Just started today. Working on portion control. Fruits and Veggies and vitamins . Wasn't perfect. Just improved. Biggest thing I didn't beat my self up about it. Still motivated. Noww that's progress for me . If anyone else is doing Sparks and Thin Within let me know how its working for You. Thanks Sun, 11 Oct 2015 23:00:37 EST Social situations - trying to retrain my brain I really struggled this week with my nutrition <BR> <BR> It was my brother's birthday- so i ate lots of cake <BR> <BR> And it is thanksgiving - so i ate way too much turkey, stuffing, cake again and lots of bread <BR> <BR> I just cannot seem to get a grip on social situations where i am faced with temptations. <BR> <BR> I have not been able to find balance in these situations. <BR> <BR> I try to be prepared and plan --- but inevitably, i end up gorging <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any t... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 22:08:12 EST Bitter/Sweet To begin with, after being injured for three and a half months and unable to run, I began to seek unnecessary comfort in food. I gained a solid 8 pounds. Realizing that with horror, this week I tracked my calories and ate wisely. Today, I began my day strong with good food choices (protein and fiber friendly) while maintaining my caloric goal. By evening, like most Saturdays for me, I found myself eating beyond my goals and even beyond comfort. Disappointed, I picked up the spoon once more fr... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 22:42:45 EST WW project on my positive self well I have none. I am doing WW because my clothes don't fit.loose weight or buy bigger size. <BR> My life is complicated at age 70. <BR> I don't want to be a roll model or tell sparklers you can do it when each day is a struggle. 8 weeks 8 pounds I am great full. I want to give up almost daily but know if I do the weight will come back. <BR> I guess one positive I am pushing myself to keep going. I have set no goal just stick to this it is working Fri, 9 Oct 2015 10:52:42 EST Nothing is working I have been exercising everyday for 276 days, most days I stay within my calories. I did fall off the wagon and still exercised but did not eat well and regained the 6 lbs that I lost. I restarted 2 weeks ago, bought a recumbent exercise bike to change up my workouts. I exercise at a minimum of 30 minutes a day and stay within my calories and I have not lost an ounce, in fact I gained .6 lbs in 2 weeks. I try and switch between the bike and treadmill several times a week. <BR> <BR> I'm 1... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 09:12:20 EST out of wack Help i fell off my band wagon. I was doing fairly successful for the first 3 months of my weight loss journey and September threw me for a loop and my depression kicked in full blast. <BR> <BR> Anyway, i need help. Everytime is start to work on my weight loss again i get super overwelmed and panicked. Any advise? <BR> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 02:51:07 EST Am I doing smthg wrong? I am doing HIIT workouts almost daily now. 20 minutes if I am lazy, 40 to 60+ minutes if I want to push myself. I also sometimes just do body weight exercises or mat Pilates. I alternate between cardio and strength. <BR> <BR> Among the exercises that I do, I also do lots of lunges and squarts. The problem is, the waist of my pants are getting looser but tighter in the butt. I feel my butt is getting bigger and more defined. I have a feeling my butt muscles are getting bigger. I now look good... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 00:06:49 EST How do I start again??? I had lost 80+lbs on Spark years ago, and now after 3 kids I've gained it all back... I'm looking for motivation to start losing again... anything. Articles? Insight? Suggestions? Tips?? Personal support/friendship? <BR> <BR> Thank you in advance!!!! Tue, 6 Oct 2015 12:32:43 EST