SparkPeople Staying Motivated Messageboard Do you need some instant inspiration or have a motivation strategy to share? Get helpful tips from other members and SparkPeople Coaches, or give some advice of your own. SparkPeople Staying Motivated Messageboard my mission hi, its ravi here, i take challanges in my life and here is a new ambition to get a fit and strong body now. i've been doing exercise for last 2 months and has reduced my weight from 95kg to 88 kg. Now the new mission for the next 2 months is come to <em>521</em> 75 kg from 88kg. i wana take help from SPARKPEOPLE b coz its the best coach and friend too. i believe that we can do anything bcoz I CHALLANGE TO WIN. And so i am back in gym after 13 years with all my emotions, power and strength... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:05:18 EST Becoming Motivated There are certain changes I have made in my life style that are now habit, but there are others that I need to make if I want success. <BR> <BR> I have - stopped drinking anything except for coffee, tea, club soda and water <BR> I limit my desserts to one piece of 80-90% dark chocolate (3-4 days a week) or 2 whole grain fig bars (once or twice a month) or frozen yogurt (once every 2-3 months) <BR> I only eat bread 2-3 days a week <BR> I eat a variety of fruits and vegetables everyday (7-1... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:45:55 EST A small Brag I went to my Doctor Appt, this morning and I have stayed the same,( since April) I may not have lost, but I haven't gained, even though I was on Vacation last week. So I count that as a success. Starting to track again after some time off, so hopefully I'll begin to see some more weight come off. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:54:53 EST food is not love reading the article on "nothing ever changes if we don't change" made me think "why" do i overeat? maybe its my moms fault for feeding me till i was stuffed as a baby because they feared we would die if they didn't feed us properly? i need to forgive her, it wasnt her fault. <BR> maybe in reality we are hunting for love and we substitute food as the material object? theres an old saying that you have to love yourself first before anyone else will love you. i really dont like myself, mainly ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:05 EST SP Activity Tracker: do you love it? I have been using the SP Activity Tracker daily since 2 July, and I have met my goals each day! I stacked the deck the first week: I knew I'd walk a lot while we were on vacation for the July 4th holiday, and I knew I'd walk a lot the following week due to my involvement in a family wedding. The result is I logged nearly a two week streak without really trying. I also spent the vacation monitoring my pain and tiredness level after each day's activity, so I found my absolute max. I've been wor... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:27:11 EST App and websites I find new apps for my phone or websites highly motivating. I was wondering if anyone out there uses any of these things and which to keep them motivated. <BR> <BR> Apps that I use: <BR> 30 plank challenge (just for fun) <BR> Charity Miles (donates to a charity 10 cents a mile) <BR> Striiv (challenges with friends to donate water to 3rd world countries) <BR> Nike Running (keeps track of my running km for me as well as speed comparatively) <BR> <BR> Websites: <BR> Sparkpeople (shocker I know... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:01:53 EST Lost motivation I started my healthy life change in April for 2 months I worked out gave up soda which is all I drank ate healthier and lost 20 lbs I was ecstatic only 25 lbs to go to my goal weight. My hubby was on nights these 2 months beginning of June he went back on days and I lost all motivation. I always worked out in the living room and did work out videos but I don't like doing them in front of him so I quit he also cooks and gets upset when I eat something else when what he makes is unhealthy do I... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:11:38 EST Getting started AGAIN I've tried so many different diet fads (yes, I am a yo-yo dieter)they all worked for a short time. I am sick and tired of no success. But I got to thinking about what's going wrong. I realized it isn't the diet that failed it IS me. <BR> <BR> When I was a teen I did the fruit & rice diet, I stuck with it & lost NOTHING! Barely into high school, I was on Jenny Craig. Lost 17 in 2 months (got too expensive (about 500 a month). About 8 years ago, I did Weight Watchers (followed it to a "T", los... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:04:41 EST Okay i need help Hello, my name is Sam, im 24 years old and i lack all motivation and really am new to this. I signed up along time ago, i just never committed to it...and i want that to change. But i know i cant keep going on my own. So can anyone help me? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:57:24 EST Setting Goals to stay motivated this week It has been 2 weeks since I have found the strength to start watching what I eat and to begin exercising again. I feel my flexibility and strength have improved over the last two weeks and I have been doing some form of exercise consistently so in that respect I feel good. The problem is the scale has not really moved in those two weeks and I feel I have really cut back and tried to make better choices with my food, which is saying alot for an emotional eater. At my weight I need to see th... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:39:08 EST I am reaching out. I am back. I have been on this weight loss journey so many times, with no success. The scale goes up and up. I know it is because of me, lack of motivation, poor eating habits, no excersize.I feel so defeated. I start, when I wake do good for breakfast, blow it by lunch. Life is passing me by as I sit on the couch. As I read this over, wth, loser. Input is appreciated. <em>249</em> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:13:30 EST Shakin' it up- try something new It's funny, sometimes, how something can seem like a good idea at the start, but as the day or moment arrives to take action, one suddenly becomes a big ball of doubt. Such was my experience when a co-worker proposed that we bike to work on Friday. <BR> <BR> I accepted the challenge on Monday, focusing on all the ways that this would make me a total bad-ass; exercise, team-building with a co-worker, no car on the road, trying new things. <BR> <BR> The week progressed and I prepared. I l... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:05:32 EST I hate it I am just restarting my journey to lose weight and I don't wish to fall on my old habits. My old habits are giving up causing me to overeat and eat an abundance of sweets while consuming as few fruits and vegetables as possible. I have difficulty eating in moderation and giving up the processed foods. I tried meal planning, but it seems to make the whole thing worse. I need your advice. Is food planning a must in losing weight or is it an individual thing? Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:24:46 EST Can you not track one day and still be successful? I have done sparkpeople and weight watchers in the past. I find tracking is very successful. I also find tracking is very tedious and sometimes annoying. When I have gotten to that stage I seem to lose motivation. However in my mind I know it works so I should continue to do it. However for a day like today I just don't want to even though I know am eating healthy because I still measure my food and plan what to eat. Is it ok to have a free day of no tracking and still be successful? Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:25:22 EST I just can't do it Please no mean comments. I have to let some stuff out. I don't know why I can't do it. I have a million reasons why I need to. I just turned 27 a week ago. I have prediabetes. My blood pressure is high (today it is 146/101). My mom died almost 3 years ago due to complications with gastric bypass surgery. I lost the weight but gained it all back plus an extra 40 pounds. I need to lose 80 pounds just to be on the high end of a healthy range. I am addicted to food. I eat to feel better, to celeb... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:07:16 EST starting over... again Hello all, I am having a really hard time staying motivated to eat right. I do great for a week, slip and fall all the way down. I am exercising like crazy which I love but gaining weight like crazy too. I just don't know how to keep at it. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:15:58 EST Help! I really need advice! Hello folks! Thanks for taking a look at my post. Last month, I turned 30 and for some reason that's been a huge motivation for me to make a change. Over the past five years, I've put on nearly 80lbs! Yuck! It's about time to get my rear in gear and get back down to a normal and healthy weight. I'm not afraid of putting in the work, but there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day. I know many of you on here are also very busy - so I could use some insight. I'm also a regional airlin... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:23:05 EST Positive Sayings on Start Page This is a serious request. There were positive motivational sayings on the start page that has been replaced with Spark Points. Please, the motivation is much more important than having the spark points. The spark points are still under My Trackers--why do we need them in two places. In advance, your kind consideration is appreciated. <BR> <BR> Bettie Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:36:36 EST STARTING is everything! I know that if I START, I will continue to exercise. I know that if I have a goal to get in a morning exercise, I am more likely to reach my exercise goals. I know that if I exercise, I will feel better. This morning, I woke up with blurred vision--a sure sign a headache is coming, and I just can't read the paper, one of my favorite morning routines. I rested my eyes for a bit in a dimly-lit room, felt a bit better, and later exercised with a short walk. My motivation is back and I feel ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:54:11 EST wish mandabear722 a Happy Birthday!!! wish amanda a Happy Birthday!!!her birthday is on the 22nd. She is working so hard on weight loss. A hello would be welcome!! Thank you. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 03:23:10 EST Today I'm so motivated I so motivated today. I'm cleaning my house and a few days ago I got rid of stuffs I didn't want since I will be moving once there an opening in HUD housing back East. Today I cleaned the bathroom and now I'm dusting my apartment. There is still a lot more to do. But I hope I can keep motivate through out the day. Sometime by the next day I'm so pooped out and just need a few days to rest. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:17:17 EST Gaining-help!! I reached my goal weight in the spring and still did not look the way I wanted/should for my "stats" and realized I wasn't gaining muscle the way I was supposed to because of my body being in a constant "breakdown" state according to my health coach/nutritionist. She had me up my calories to 1600 (from 1200) and do more intense strength training/cardio circuits. My "maintenance" is supposedly 1800 according to most calculators. I have basically stayed off the scale because I knew it may go up... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:27:06 EST Weight loss buddy Hi, I am a women in my 40's who needs to loss about 50 pounds or so, I feel I will do better with a weight loss friend. If anyone else is in the same boat please send me message, I would prefer if it was someone who likes to text. <BR> I hope to hear from you soon. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:12:28 EST Evening - TV - and Eating I'm on maintenance. There are two things that are slipping. My daily walk which I love to do and will get back to now that the guests are gone and I'll have time for it. I eat very well all day. I enjoy my meals and they are in my calorie range and nutritious. But come evening, I find myself pulling out the peanuts, chocolate chips or something equally calorie rich to eat while I watch TV and get in some relaxation time. I can't seem to find a substitute for this. I like the comfort t... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:59:28 EST I gained 4 pounds this week. I don't know what to do. I need help. I gain weight every other week even though I exercise. I am not sure exactly what is going on. Despite what I eat, I still gain weight. Am I gaining muscle or fat? Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:14:47 EST I'm back after a "weight relapse" I'm back on Sparkpeople after losing 50 pounds and gaining 30 back in less than a year *sigh*. I went to the doctor for a physical and that number on the scale shocked me. I wanted to cry. This is my first day back on the site in like months and I'm already feeling a little down on myself because I'm almost back to square one. I didn't realize just how fast you can put the weight back on. How do you stay motivated after gaining a significant amount of weight back? I'm down in the dumps. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:25:33 EST Hi starting again on losing weight and excerise Hi, <BR> I just bought a 6mm yoga mat and since I was sick with Upper respiratory infection and getting better but maybe tomorrow or next week I will start going to gym and do my workout and the classes. I joined 24HRS Fitness. They have great classes like Silver Sneaker, Yoga, Aqua classes. I have to get my butt to the gym and workout. I just have a hard time getting motivated and really have no one to go with. I can get my friends in on pass. Cost a lot of money to have them join t... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:08:07 EST Need motivation I need to loose 15 pounds and I can't seem to find the motivation to do so. I lost my dad a couple of years ago and since then I can't seem to stick to eating the right foods. I know I would feel much better if I would loose the extra weight. Any suggestions will be much appreciated. <em>41</em> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:53:28 EST 3 WK CHALLENGE: LOSE 2.5 LBS A WEEK 7/10-731 I want to weigh in the 170s by Aug 1. My current weight is 187 lbs. <BR> <BR> My plan: <BR> <BR> 35 gms carbs per meal <BR> 1200 calories per day <BR> 8 glasses water/gr tea <BR> 2 green smoothies a day <BR> 7 or more hrs of sleep per day <BR> 15 -30 mins of exercise a day <BR> <BR> Weigh ins: 17th, 24th and 31st <BR> <BR> ALL are welcomed to join, watch or support. <BR> <BR> My plan or yours. Good luck!! <em>521</em> <em>306</em> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:27:19 EST To all those who are discouraged/complaining I have been a spark people member for some time now. I have noticed that as the weather is getting warmer, things have changed a lot. I see people are talking about eating more junk, messing up their progress and not doing as much. None of us are perfect, in fact just yesterday I too, had way too many calories. But each day is a new day. We are supposed to be here to help encourage and motivate each other. I feel like we are just bringing each other down and saying it is alright to mess up a... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 17:34:16 EST Extreme Weightloss...Encouraging TV or Diet Porn? So DW and I have been watching DVR'd shows of "Extreme WeightLoss". For any of you that haven't seen it, it is kind of like "The Biggest Loser" without the competition part. <BR> <BR> Many of the same Dramatic Aspects such as the randomized scale reading, the commercial Cliffhangers and the shirtless before pics followed by the shirted afters...It does seem to me to be a healthier version of the over-the-top weightloss genre with the subjects spending only 3 months in the controlled envir... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 17:00:27 EST Hi Hi, <BR> My name is Christa and I starting my diet. I lost 6-7 pound and then gain 10. I was disguised and upset I gain. I would like to receive motivation to help me lose the weight. How do I start that? I'm trying to get to the gym but as now I'm sick with Upper Respiratory Infection. I have to take it easy for now. What other ways can I still get motivated to lose the weight? <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 15:54:43 EST Accountability pal Hey gang! <BR> I'm a 26 year old American living in Taipei. I obviously can't really go workout with any of you, but I'm kind of hoping to find an accountability partner, someone I can chat to about what I'm doing right and wrong, and someone to help keep me motivated. I've noticed patterns in my weight loss/gain and I think having someone to talk to about it regularly might help. I'm working to lose 25lbs by Christmas which I think is pretty doable. <BR> <BR> As a bonus: I'm also really f... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 01:48:09 EST Getting off my butt lol I have a fully supportive husband for me losing weight but I need a little extra umph to get going. Are there challenges or races or things to help me set goals with others. I want to ... Well..... Compete or have a goal challenge or race some one to the next goal. Any suggestions? I'm trying but I know I can do better if some one will do it with me. Xoxo Tue, 8 Jul 2014 01:46:12 EST 100 lbs to lose and need help staying motivated! I have just started my weight loss journey...(again)...and I need help staying motivated. I have joined a personal training group at my gym, and have started eating healthy but it seems like I do good for a couple weeks then slide off and gain it all (and more!) back. I would like to have a "buddy" to hold me accountable. Messaging regularly, and keeping each other on track! Friend me! <BR> <BR> Also, how do you keep yourself motivated? I'd love to hear some tips! Mon, 7 Jul 2014 23:18:57 EST What are you committing to tomorrow? There’s an ancient Chinese proverb that says, “One step at a time is good walking.” Try to remember this when you feel a bit overwhelmed with the task at hand. What are you committing to tomorrow? Getting 8 hours of sleep? 8 glasses of water? Staying within your calorie range? Walking to work? Taking the stairs instead of the elevator? <BR> <BR> For me, I am committing to staying within my calorie range, drinking 8 glasses of water and being active on SparkPeople. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 21:03:24 EST Self- Sabotage? Are you your own worst enemy? I know I am. I have so many "tricks" up my sleeve to help me rationalize just about any unhealthy choice I make. Funny how after so many years of making up excuses or reasons for my choices, they have become a warped form of reality. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 16:08:45 EST Motivation with saboteur. I wanted to type up some past history here, but it was dragging on. How do you deal with diet saboteurs? <BR> <BR> My husband was overweight when we met and still overweight. This doesn't bother me. He however is self concious but hides behind a mask. He is the joking fat guy. He makes a big show of eating tons of food and joking about it. His friends joke about him liking to taste everything. But I know he doesn't like the way he is based on comments he has made in the past etc. He has terr... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 06:57:34 EST Fishing for motivation. Hi my name is Inara. I am trying to lose 100lbs. It has been a week and i lost 7lbs so far. I ate huge meal today. Feeling super guilty. I am not like you guys. I always quit when it comes to weight loss. I dont want that this time. I wanna be healthy skinny sexy n all. So i am here to fish inspiration and motivation. I know there are some awesome people in here. So shower me with your love and befriend me people! Xoxoxo Mon, 7 Jul 2014 00:11:26 EST Sparkpeople to the rescue!Where do I go from here? Hi everybody! <BR> My name's Ally and I'm looking for a little advice. I'm a junior in college and definitely more than a little overweight. I am at the beginning stages of my weight loss journey. Of course, I've been a chunky gal my whole life and have tried starting over several times. At this point however, I am very serious and very determined to make healthy, sustainable choices that will ultimately lead to healthier life long habits. Unfortunately, I don't quite know where to start. Hop... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 21:14:05 EST how do i maintain my focus Hi i'm looking for some advice really. I weighed 399lbs in December 2012, and now currently weigh 230.50lbs. I have 62.50lbs left to lose. I am very pleased with what I have done and where I am now, and know I will get to my goal.the only thing that bothers me is that I spend so much time and mental energy in trying to lose weight, i'm worried that I won't be able to keep up the changes that I have made, and go back to the bad habits that got me to over 400lbs should feel good about myself, ... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 13:05:09 EST saying "no thanks" to food and people you love! On my own, I'm just great at making low calorie, tasty foods and sticking to them. Pickled veggie salad, fruit soup made with fat free yogurt, and so forth. It's all good. <BR> <BR> But take me to a pot luck and put a bunch of fritos and artichoke dip in front of me, and I'm GONE! LOVE that stuff, never get it, it's a party -- YUM! <BR> <BR> Similar problem: my 14 daughter loves making pancakes, and invites me to eat brunch with her... how do you tell your teenager "no thanks, honey,... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 08:26:19 EST mentor/partner/accou untability/motivation Hey Ladies- <BR> <BR> My name is Angie. I am fairly new to Spark People, but was on a similar site for 2 years. In that time I've had 2 babies (making a total of 3 C-sections. Losing the "pooch" is a reality!), and have reached many goals in fitness and weight loss. While helping myself I've helped a lot of other women on their journeys. If you are having trouble with weight loss, or just need that extra push, I have a lot of encouragement and knowledge to offer. Plus, I can always use extra... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 08:17:14 EST The Monthly Aftermath of PMDD I haven't been officially diagnosed yet, but I am 1,000% positive that I have Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, more commonly known as PMDD. It's a more severe form of PMS -- the emotional symptoms include anxiety, extreme depression, and restlessness. <BR> <BR> The physical symptoms include intense food cravings, joint pain, and fatigue. This seriously sabotages my weight loss efforts. I'm not too far from my goal weight, but this 10-day period before my period destroys me each and every tim... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 22:46:07 EST I'm worried I've lost all my motivation!!! :( Hey everyone, <BR> Since last September I've lost 32 pounds, BUT I have been plateaued since February... which I feel has caused me to slide back into my old ways :(. I feel like I've lost my motivation and it's scaring me! I was doing SO WELL! But now I find myself stopping nearly every other day to get a bag of chips or some ice cream to snack on, where as before I was stopping for fruit like mangos or plums! Which is another issue in and of itself... I'm a snacker, and for the longest... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 10:32:26 EST Looking for Athlete to be Accountability Partner Trying to unleash my full potential as an athlete and make competitive soccer teams. Looking for anyone that is serious about working out and wants to get better to be my fitness accountability partner! Thu, 3 Jul 2014 17:43:42 EST Looking to mentor / partner and be accountable Hi there! <BR> <BR> My name is Sarah and I am on the last leg of my weight loss journey before I proceed to the previously unattainable "maintenance" stage. <BR> <BR> I'm struggling to lose the last five pounds, and after speaking with my husband about ways I've been able to get motivated before, it's always been by feeling accountable to someone else going through the same hardships as me. <BR> <BR> I would like to partner / mentor someone who is beginning (whether for the first of 15th... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 17:03:11 EST where did my motivation go I was working out 6 days a week, sometimes 2 hours at a time. I've lost my motivation, my desire. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 16:52:59 EST No motivation I have all kinds of intentions to get started working out, but when it comes down to I have no motivation to get up and do it. My career is draining emotionally (I deal with mental patients) and by the time i hit the bed I am out like a light. In the morning, all I want to do is sleep. I can see myself working out but just cant get there. It just seems like everytime i get started my life crashes around me and I have to stop everything i am doing to go fix it. When am I gonna get time for... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 12:16:22 EST No Joy in my Career I am finding more and more that I dread going to work. I am not finding the joy in what I do anymore. It's well paying, yes. It does have moral value. But I feel like I'm just going through the motions. <BR> <BR> "So what DO you enjoy doing, IAMARMSTRONG?", say 1,000 SparkFriends.... <BR> <BR> That's the kicker. I.don't.know. I just don't. I don't want to be they type to run from something I don't like. I'd rather start by running towards something I do. <BR> <BR> I am at a loss o... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:04:07 EST What are your goals for your weight loss journey? My goals are: <BR> 1. To reach my goal weight by my 65th birthday in Oct <BR> 2. To keep my cholesterol, a1c and blood pressure within normal ranges <BR> 3. To run/jog a 5k without stopping by my 65th birthday <BR> 4. To stay consistent in tracking my food and exercising. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:18:24 EST JULY '14 Appreciations/Gratitudes - Welcome All!! “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” <BR> &#8213; Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose <BR> <BR> The idea here is to write at least five things you are grateful or appreciative each day, thus cultivating an attitude of gratitude I will be here with my 5 when it is July for me. I appreciate everyone who joins me in this tradition. emoticon <em>351</em> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:07:41 EST Beating the stress/emotional eating habit.... Hi all, <BR> <BR> One of my biggest weaknesses is boredom snacking (OK, sometimes binging) in the evenings. I also like to reward myself with special junk food treats or often feel like I deserve a double dessert after a stressful day. For those of you who have beat this problem, what are your tips and advice? Thanks. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:59:00 EST Do you ever think . . . How in the world did I let myself get to this point? <BR> <BR> I've been overweight (obese) a very long time . . . this is nothing new. <BR> I've looked in the mirror 972,311 times. <BR> I should have known. <BR> <BR> But now, after two weeks of being "serious", I look in the mirror, see the changes I'm working on and think, "What in the heck did you do to yourself?" <BR> "Will it ever get better?" <BR> "How come you didn't see this earlier?" <BR> <BR> Perhaps it is just one of those days,... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:06:56 EST the all encompassing scale Help!! I'm fairly new here and have been tracking faithfully for the past two weeks, as well as exercising almost daily. Although I am new to SparkPeople, I have been seriously working out and tracking since the beginning of the year. However, I can't seem to lose the weight. Moreover, even though I make strides in other areas, I cannot seem to shake the idea that the scale is the most important item to check!! <BR> <BR> I mean, I am happy I went down a size...and that I participated in TWO ... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 14:41:48 EST Stick to it or throw in the towel? Just looking for some encouragement/advice. <BR> I started the 5:2 about 3 months ago and initially had pretty good results (about 10 lbs.) However, recently I have gained back a few of those pounds. I added the Plexus Slim drink and accelerator 3 weeks ago and gained another 2 lbs. You always hear that you need to stick with programs to really see a difference but I feel ready to throw in the towel. How long do you stick with something before deciding it just isn't working? How do I know if... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:08:48 EST Needing that extra push. So I did absolutely perfect today...UNTIL....dinner! I binged on 3 helpings of cornbread, a can of corn, 5 slices of bacon and about 2 servings of chips. I had such high hopes for the day. And I wasn't even that hungry. But when I saw the was over with. I thought to myself: "Why do I have to write down everything I eat, why does eating have to be coupled with a duty to count the calories, write down every last detail, etc." I want to lose the weight. I just hate denying myse... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:38:21 EST Off to a great start Two days in and I free great. I hope it last. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:24:06 EST Body image question This may sound odd, but can you picture yourself at a healthy weight? <BR> <BR> I was at a healthy weight in my 20s, so I guess I associate that with youth. Plus, I remember my mom at my age always struggling with her weight. <BR> <BR> I look at myself in the mirror, and I just can't picture it. I can't develop a mental image of me with less weight, a smaller belly, etc. <BR> <BR> I'm not letting this hold me back, but its frustrating and I'm just wondering if anyone else runs into this ... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:45:43 EST Goal Board Motivation! What reminder on your goal board is helping you push through today? <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> <BR> Commit and Conquer! <BR> <BR> <em>23</em> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:07:38 EST Getting slightly frustrated... I asked last night over on the cafe board how much on average people are losing, and if they are losing overnight and then plateau-ing, repeat, repeat...or if the are losing a little everyday. For me weight usually seems to come off overnight...then I don't lose for several days. This is frustrating to me...since I am consistently staying under on everything, including calories, carbs, and fat. When I say under I mean under the low number! I lost 3 pounds in 3 days and since I have lost nothi... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:56:43 EST Change Change is all around us...Happening every minute of every day. Ask yourself, are you ready to be the change that you want to see in the world? I'm on my way.... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:33:25 EST Looking for a weight loss buddy Hello, <BR> I'm looking for a weight loss buddy to check in with regularly and keep each other accountable. I'm 27 so ideally someone in in the 20-35 age range with at least 75 pounds to lose as I need to lose over 100 myself. Looking for somone who is online fairly often. <BR> <BR> A bit a bout me: I've restarted diets and million times and really want to make a life style change now. I'm from Wisconsin, but currently live in Scotland with husband who's a bad influence diet wise. lol. I wo... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:18:18 EST What are you doing to stay motivated today? Today I'm looking at my progress and seeing the positive changes I've made. I'm also spending some time here on SP looking at other people who have come so far! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:09:09 EST Check in buddy...? Hey everyone...anyone wanna be my SparkPal? <BR> <BR> I was thinking early 50s, female, outgoing, maybe going through a mid-life crisis? (lol) <BR> <BR> Oh wait, that's me...anyway, so now you know what you're getting into! <BR> <BR> Been doing this for 2 weeks (this time!) and doing well, very motivated, ahead of schedule! Just thinking I could use an accountability partner on the walking/exercise portion of the day, and just someone to check in and on! <BR> <BR> Let me know! <BR> <B... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:18:04 EST Whoever invented the term "workout" anyway? I work at work. I work around the house. Why would I want to take on more "work" with a WORKout? Does that sound like fun? Like something you can't wait to do? So lately I've taken to rebranding it "me time." When I don't have to tend to the dog, or answer the phone, or get pulled into some other direction by someone else. "Me time" sounds so much better than "WORK out." <BR> <BR> So here's my question: <BR> <BR> Besides calling it "dessert" (and believe me, it crossed my mind briefly, but ... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:25:10 EST Struggling to get started I've been a member here for a couple of years already and had some success when I first joined. Probably lost 5 pounds or so. Then got lazy. Did the same thing about a year later after putting the weight back on. <BR> <BR> I got a hernia back in the Fall and had it repaired. I haven't been able to get back into my exercise routine since then (climbing at the local climbing gym). I now weigh more than I ever have, about 173. I'm male, 41 in July, 5'11". My belly and chest are filling m... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:45:40 EST Battling with the scale For the last 2 months I've been eating better and exercising. I've been feeling better, but haven't gotten the changes I'm looking for on my scale. (This last weigh in I actually gained!) I know that if I stick to it I'll get there, but its hard not to get discouraged. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:13:37 EST feeling better setbacks 1st setback...went out of town for 3 days so no exercise @ curves.. ..rode bike, felt proud, then got bronchitis + no energy 4 five DAYS. BUT!! Even though I'm not completely over the bronchitis , I've only gained one lb. back and I'm really itching to ride my bike again. . So I will get outside , walk around and check on the garden...get some cleaning done here in the house and start out slow, untill I can do more strenuous exercising without coughing so hard from this. ... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:58:31 EST Giving up hope OK Members I need some serious motivation to keep going. I have been running for the last 4 weeks and have been working my way up too 4 miles. I have been eating super healthy and have only allowed myself small portions when i feel like eating poorly (so far, once) I have not lost a single pound and my goal is to lose 30 pounds. What am i doing wrong? any suggestions / advice? Anything will be greatly appreciated! Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:32:54 EST How am I suppose to stay motivated when.... How am I suppose to stay motivated when my body starts fighting back? <BR> Right now I have not been doing much because my left knee has been injured somehow. Today I will be going back to Roller Derby practice just to skate, which is basically what I was doing before except I was also doing knee falls. When I go back tonight I will only be skating, but I am still have some issues with my knee. I tend to have pain around my knee cap with extra fluid build up around the lower part of my kn... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:36:04 EST Help..i need positive HELP! i cant seem to stay motivated and its getting me VERY depressed and down on myself. all weekend i kept lookin at myself in a mirror and blaming my lack of motivation on my weight! anything ...anyone can help me with being more positive?? Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:31:00 EST The Biggest Loser Challenge SA Join the facebook page The Biggest Loser Challenge SA to motivate and be motivated, Healthy and Fit. Just go to your facebook if you have one. and go to search on your facebook page and type The Biggest Loser Challenge SA. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:21:54 EST If I do one thing to be a better me today, it is.. I will be a better me today by taking my medications, keeping within my calorie limit, and taking 2% of my day to exercise. <BR> <BR> How about you? Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:13:34 EST Why?! God, why?!!!! Why does it seem like 2 weeks of being a diet/exercise stickler can be undone with one weekend of "cheating"? <BR> <BR> This isn't logical and I'm struggling with that! Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:23:18 EST i believe every day is a gift Sun, 22 Jun 2014 20:49:28 EST Has anyone gotten jealous? Has anyone gotten jealous of someone else while you were working on losing weight? I'll give an example of my situation: I have been at this for two weeks now. This past week I didn't lose anything. However, someone else who is MUCH smaller than I am, lost 6 pounds this week and just started. Now perhaps it may just be lying since I saw it on Facebook, but all I could think of was "Why the heck should I keep going if I can't lose a damn pound!" So, for anyone in my situation, how did you deal... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 15:01:10 EST working graves.... Does anyone have suggestions on good things to eat while working graves? I can't seem to find that balance between satisfied and healthy when I'm up all night.... I always seem to go over my cals because I'm up at 8 am and then don't get to bed til 6 am the following day.... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:56:53 EST 30somethingandsingle? Let's lose weight together. Hi I'm Kate <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> 31 year old lawyer, working all the time. divorved after a marriage I never should have entered into in the first place. career is great, but i can't stop eating my stress/feelings. I've always been a binger and always battled it. But I'm tired of not feeling as confidant as I know I should. I'm ready to do this--once and for all and just be healthy finally. Could definitely use some supporters along the way! Sat, 21 Jun 2014 04:12:00 EST Wanted: Motivation Buddy! Hi! I just joined Sparkpeople. My goal is to lose 20 lbs by October, because I'm getting married October 11! <BR> <BR> I put all this in my profile too- <BR> <BR> Last winter I was making a lot of healthy foods and we were on a great track losing weight (both of us!)- we had both lost 15 lbs. A few months ago we started a second job, self employed, and it takes up a lot of time and energy. We have been slacking with our food prep and exercise, and we are back to where we were before. <BR> ... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:38:29 EST Breaking down and having to buy bigger clothes I've gotten off track the past few months and have gained weight. sound familiar? <BR> Now I have this daily struggle with myself to try and squeeze into clothes that no longer fit. I know this is just not good for me mentally. <BR> <BR> I feel like if I breakdown and buy a bigger size I am failing. How do I get passed this feeling? <BR> <BR> Advice would be appreciated. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:02:46 EST Looking for a motivation/accountability buddy! Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm a 25 year old mom of 2 looking for someone interested in keeping each other motivated and accountable! I seem to struggle with staying on track and have very little support and I'm so tired of starting over. Any form of communication you're comfortable with is fine by me! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Stacy Thu, 19 Jun 2014 00:06:56 EST *nothing changes if nothing changes* Hi all, I am a 29 y/o who has been battling my weight for years. It's all in my diet, and I know this. When I have been successful, it was when I was diligently counting calories. I don't mind exercising and in fact in the past year I trained for and completed two half marathons. But apparently it's true, you can't exercise out a bad diet. I saw this simple motivational quote on a website yesterday and it really hit me... NOTHING CHANGES IF NOTHING CHANGES... It kind of gave me a kick in... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 01:22:41 EST Why can't I? WHY? Hi everybody. I'm in real need of some motivation right now. I've been on (and off) Spark for several years now with an original goal in mind - since I've last logged in, I've gained 40 lbs. Mostly due to pure laziness. I've tried several times within the past 2-3 years to start working out again and eating healthy but with every single attempt, I've failed. I just started another one a few weeks ago and stopped again for the last 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> Starting up again today was really hard a... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:22:59 EST Please help? Hi everyone. <BR> I am not new to SparkPeople, but haven't used the site in 4 years. I have had some health issues which have prevented me from continuing with this site and now am back. I was doing really well up until recently where I was walking 10000 steps per day and lost 12 pounds by doing that and watching my caloric intake. However, I have had some news recently which has made me feel a little depressed because I have to have surgery. Now I have absolutely no motivation to walk even... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:28:56 EST How to work on self esteem? Okay, so, how do you improve your self esteem? I seriously think I'm like the ugliest person ever, and I know that's not a "right" way to feel. <BR> I also recognize that my day to day eating habits are certainly not excessive. My problem is binging. I was bulimic and these are real binges not "teehee I ate a couple cookies." They can be any food even foods I don't like and it's eating past the point of pain. And binges are never in response to wanting a food or being hungry. Now I have... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 07:08:12 EST Introduction Hello all! I'm new to SparkPeople and wanted to introduce myself to a group that I identified with the most. I find that I have trouble with overeating. I hope to find some help and support with this issue in this message board. Thanks! Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:12:47 EST Ah, moderation. Hi Friends, <BR> <BR> I don't often post on here. I'm actually a Health Coach that helps people to lose but often check back into sparkpeople when I feel myself slipping for a few weeks or so. Keeps me on track. Sometimes I can be a very black and white personality when it comes to my diet. I'm VERY good most of the time and I have to be because I have a rare syndrome that requires the best kind of health I can give. I don't love the black and white because when I'm bad, I'm very bad (... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:38:55 EST Dealing with nonsense I realized that everyone was keeping me from doing what I needed to do for myself, or was it really me. I made a change in my life to loose weight. I got a real wake up call when I was provided a free assessment and realized that I was high risk for Cancer, Stroke, Diabetes, and other health issues. There is just one thing that is bothering me; when other people don't provide you support, such as loved ones. I am battling with this issue now. At times they just put me down and make me feel s... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 22:17:24 EST Being Shamed For Your Diet/Lifestyle Choices I am currently on a low carb diet and find it quite enjoyable. My issue is, I am constantly getting nasty looks, shameful eyes, laughs, and snickers at my food choices when I'm out to eat. I would train staff to be accepting of different diets and needs, not to make fun of them. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 22:10:23 EST Calorie deficits not equaling pounds lost Hi, I'm new here and have been using SP for almost 2 weeks. Great program to track your nutrition. But I am not new to dieting and exercising. I have literally been at it for years and am about to lose my mind instead of the fat around my middle. I could use some advice please. <BR> <BR> First, a little about me: I am female, 5-9", 62 years young and weigh 177. I'm only moderately active during the day but I am an exercise nut and love to work out. I usually eat very well, getting 5-7 ... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 18:00:32 EST Music for Motivation When I don't want to exercise (usually) I start playing music and start dancing It works every time for me! Even chair dancing is better than no dancing. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:51:29 EST Discouraged I went shopping for clothes today. Hadn't done that in a long time. I've gained weight in the past years but going shopping really confronted me with it. <BR> <BR> Is that just me or do mirrors in clothes stores really show us at our worst? <BR> <BR> Ouch. I'm nearly 50. I didn't know I had that much flab. I didn't realize I had gotten this big. I don't get it. Why have I missed that? I feel silly, not to say stupid. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 10:42:58 EST Knee injury need some motivation I got My knee injured at Zumba class. <BR> Now I'm in bed rest, Using crutches and feeling bad. <BR> Need lot of motivation. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:16:16 EST I'm a quitter... For years, I have repeatedly quit. I don't know if I'll ever be able to lose weight. I am tired of thinking about it, but so scared to even try again. I need help... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 02:12:52 EST Accountability Looking for some friends to help keep me accountable. Anyone out there? <BR> <BR> I'm almost 30 and I'm roughly 260lbs, which means I have a lot to lose. I'm a stay at home mom looking to reenter the workforce after less than a year, but looking to start a job in my career field, which I have been unable to attain so far (accounting). <BR> <BR> This time is different. Why? New motivation, or I've found my true motivation I guess. My father recently passed from an undiagnosed heart conditi... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:35:00 EST How do you deal with people bringing you down? All the motivation articles say to include people on your weight loss journey. Tell them your goals and your plans. <BR> I find this to be crap. <BR> Every time I try to include my family or friends I get negative feedback. Never anything positive. <BR> This is my first week (of THIS journey) and my challenge is to stop hitting the drive thru every morning. That's it. I'm going to try this time fixing one thing at a time. Every time I try to fix my whole life all at once I end up panicking... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:22:54 EST Rebuilding when the Jenga tower falls! Hi friends! <BR> <BR> I am in search of motivation when my "Jenga" tower falls. I had a medical mishap in February that continues to challenge me. I have constant pain and limited in my activity due to the potential fear of added damage to my body. <BR> <BR> I have started and restarted and restarted my exercise and healthy eating program several times. I stay motivated with tracking my foods, getting outside to exercise, and making great food choices. I love the taste of fruits and vegeta... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:07:44 EST Nervous I am going to go an fill out new-hire paperwork at my new job. I should be excited, but I'm nervous. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:35:32 EST Daily Weigh-ins: Motivational or Counterproductive This month I've started exercising daily and making decent food choices (better than before at least), but I've been avoiding weighing myself. I'm starting to wonder if I should weight myself daily. I feel like when I did daily weigh-ins in the past, I got too obsessed over the scale. What are your thoughts? Do you weigh-in often? Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:33:09 EST I hate myself for letting myself go like this. I have lost the weight so many times and I always gain it all and then some back. This time I gained it all and then another 40 pounds. Now I am 220 pounds and need to be 145 or under to be at a healthy BMI. It seems so overwhelming. My problem is I hate being hungry and I associate food with love and happiness. I eat to feel better, to cure boredom, to celebrate, etc. Plus I absolutely hate exercise. I hate the feeling. <BR> This isn't really a question. Just wanted to get it out so I can s... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:43:39 EST Getting motivated....yet again.... I was on a roll for a couple of weeks. I added in cardio exercise in the second week and the next day I was very sore. So I took that day off. Well it has turned into a complete relapse in my mind about diet and exercise. I am making excuses as to why I cannot do it. It's clearly self-sabotage. <BR> <BR> My eating habits have returned to they way they used to be, and then some. I have felt very tired, due to my change in eating habits back for the worst.So, what now? <BR> <BR> I know ther... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 06:03:58 EST Expertise wanted!! I started a strict no high fructose corn syrup diet 2 months ago along with a healthier lifestyle. Since December my stomach shrunk from 39" to 33" and my waist from 33 to 26.5. With that said I still have chub on my stomach but not nearly as much. I don't believe in weighing btw. Anyways is it possible to work on toning for the next few months with a medicine ball and see results. I want to see a tighter stomach but I hear you have to lose all fat before you start toning. Also if you have an... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:43:52 EST Goal Board Hi, I am playing around with creating a "Goal & Action Board". I was just curious if anyone has created a Vision type board or any other crafty item to keep them motivated throughout their journey to be healthy. Would you please share them if you can? I would love some ideas. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:06:13 EST Gym Fears I was wondering if anyone has had the same....I guess you could say fears as myself? I recently joined a gym on Saturday. My first day there was awesome because NO ONE was there. Today I went and there were people there and I felt like I was being judged because of my size. Heck, I couldn't even get the machines to work. Has anyone else felt this way before and if so, how did you overcome it? Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:55:25 EST How do you get started again? I have completely lost my motivation and can't seem to find it again. I am eating whatever and sometimes tracking it, I am hardly walking these days which was my primarily source of exercise. I look in the mirror and at the scale and hate what I see. Each day I say I am going to start again and by the end of the day, my good intentions are gone. I have been on this rollercoaster for a couple of years now. <BR> <BR> I make excuses (5 kids, work full time, hubby who is gone a lot, volunteer ro... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:54:34 EST Why did you start SPARKPEOPLE ?? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> MINE WAS 2- <em>26</em> ATTACK'S AND ALMOST #3. Mon, 9 Jun 2014 02:41:45 EST Daughter getting married. I have been doing really well in my weight loss lately. I have dropped 75 lbs. and my goal is drop another 59. <BR> Now with my daughter getting married, which is not an ideal situation, but it's not my life. Anyway, I am going to take advance of this motivation to get to my goal before the wedding (which by the way, I haven't any idea when that might be). <BR> I just know that I can do it. Sun, 8 Jun 2014 23:22:00 EST I don't know how to start I know how to start technically. <BR> I know almost everything there is to know about weight loss. <BR> I even went to see a personal trainer for an entire year. <BR> Every time I try to start my "new plan" I get so overwhelmed I just end up quitting before I even start. <BR> When I get overwhelmed I get depressed and then I just end up in bed sleeping all my days away. <BR> I'm depressed because I'm fat and I'm fat because I'm depressed. <BR> <BR> I don't really like "healthy food" I'... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 22:37:05 EST Activity Trackers? *Cross Posted - I also posted in the Fitness and Exercise board but realized later that this might be more appropriate* <BR> <BR> Hi All - <BR> The last time I successfully lost weight (about 40lbs in 2009-2010) my lifestyle was MUCH different. I was living with my parents and was between college and career. I had time to go to the gym, workout at home and successfully calorie count. Now I'm a full time social worker, mother to one (plus two bonus kids) and have a SUPER busy life. <BR>... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 20:55:04 EST What motivational quote has helped you? My all time favorite quote: <BR> "Tired of starting over? Stop giving up!" Sun, 8 Jun 2014 13:51:41 EST feeling defeated and put down I planned on starting my new fiet/lifestyle Monday. I've been doing a lot of recent research after years of here and there research. I decided a combination of atkins induction to start a long with following into the paleo. I'm not a Dr but figured I'd expirement. Problem is when I brought it up to my boyfriend he totally made me feel like crap telling me how unhealthy it is and what a bad idea it is. I stressed this was my decision after my research and I am very overweight willing to try ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 03:42:15 EST Creating a small accountability group If you're interested message me I have a couple people in the group already but I think we need more, It's focusing on summer goals and we'll be checking in on each other every day, - message me for more info and contact details! :) Sun, 8 Jun 2014 02:55:27 EST Staying Motivated Is Difficult When.... <em>375</em> <BR> <BR> When I first originally went on my weight loss journey - my husband was stressed out because I had to stop eating the stuff he was eating & I had decided to track my calories. He ended up being okay about it and pretty much left me alone to track my calories. Which was great! He is about 60 pounds overweight right now & can continue to eat anything he really wants & not gain a single pound! I on the other hand, feel like I can walk past a bakery ... smell t... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 21:32:41 EST Not hungry but feel empty Anyone else experience this and have a work-around? Sometimes after eating dinner, I know I'm not hungry, but I feel so empty like I need to eat. I assume this is emotional and try to have a cup of tea or a soda. Fri, 6 Jun 2014 15:46:09 EST What are your tools? Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> So I've been on my weight loss journey for a few weeks now! I have a blog between my friend and sister and I. I have a work out buddy, and a great meal plan! I even have a weigh loss money jar, that I put money in as a reward after a workout, or after not eating a sweet thing and in July I'm going shopping before I go on vacation! <BR> <BR> Anyways, I'm struggling to stay motivated to eat healthy at work, especially during lunch! I typically have a salad, and it ge... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 09:02:17 EST desperately need a check- buddy! I've recently lost close to 10 pounds by due to a medicine that kills my appetite and makes me nauseous whenever I eat. It seems to be lessening each week I take it, which is a big relief! My problem is with consistently exercising. I would love to give and get support. I have no support in my off-line life. <em>303</em> <em>220</em> Fri, 6 Jun 2014 06:07:31 EST Advice...Eating, Tracking, loss I have been tracking my food and exercise for the last 3 weeks and have lost nothing. I am actually staying at my calorie minimum, not including my including execising at least 45-60 minutes a day. Last week, I did lose an inch from both my waist and hips. Today was my weekly weigh-in yet in still no weight loss. I'm trying not to get discouraged, but needless to say I'm disappointed. <BR> <BR> Today, I also linked my exercise tracker to my nutrition and my calorie deficit for the las... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 14:10:20 EST Motivating/Uplifting Playlists I'm setting up an official Uplifting Playlist on my phone. For the past month the only thing I have been listening to is my "Angry Playlist". I love it, and it really gets my blood going... or boiling I should say. <BR> <BR> I want a happy and uplifting playlist now! I don't want to be bogged down with angry music anymore! So this is the list of songs I have been putting together. I'd love feedback and to hear what songs inspire or motivate you so I can make a great list! <BR> <BR> 1... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 12:37:51 EST ISO Accountability Partner I am looking for someone who is willing to be a source of support as I have lost my internal sense of regular motivation. It comes in waves and I can see the benefit of having someone outside of my normal circle to be a great source of inspiration and helping me to stay accountable. <BR> In turn, I will provide support back to you and inspire/push you as well. <BR> <BR> It is my goal to lose 68 pounds to get my body to a more healthy weight. I have lost and gained several times and I am lo... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 10:19:55 EST Ever sad about your SUCCESS? I know this may sound crazy, but as pleased as I am to be successful I still find myself missing my favorite clothes sometimes. I have a few jeans (especially jeans!) and other outfits that felt GREAT at my larger size and were very flattering. Finding jeans that fit well is very, very difficult so it's not just a matter of "reward yourself with new clothes". I am really sad to have to put those great looking, great fitting clothes away. <BR> I don't want suggestions on how to get over it,... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 00:25:36 EST Losing Motivation My hubby and I started a "healthy lifestyle change" back in January. This coincided with a challenge at work for him that could have meant $500 to the winner. So I decided to do it with him, just because, and we both did great. He lost 40 pounds and I have lost 17, and am now within about 5 pounds of where I'd like to be. His challenge ended at the beginning of April. Since then he has lost his motivation even though he could stand to lose another 15-20 pounds. So, he is exercising less... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 14:32:58 EST Motivational Movies. Thinking of watching movies( in sections) on the treadmill.... Along the lines of fried green tomatoes, in that Kathy Bates' character transforms herself... Looking for suggestions. <BR> <BR> Thanks all!! Tue, 3 Jun 2014 22:01:05 EST Motivation and Desire Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek. <BR> <BR> ~~ Mario Andretti ~~ <BR> <BR> Tue, 3 Jun 2014 11:53:57 EST Summer remix for MEEEEE Hello Sparkmembers, <BR> <BR> I'm on day 2 of summer break and I gotta get my act together. Ive moaned, groaned, stopped, restarted, and give up on some days. However, I know what i need to do but I get off track, distracted by life or other things that don't need my total focus. I LOOK FORWARD TO holding myself ACCOUNTABLE without paying for it ($$$$). Thanks for your future support and I hope to return it back for we all need someone to keep us on track. Thank you in advance. <BR> <B... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 10:19:51 EST Difficulty I am really struggling eating healthy and working out. I am looking for people in my area that would be willing to walk with me. Going to school and working third shift is very difficult. I have started a grocery list of fresh fruits and veggies. I really need to get healthy and lose weight. SO Im looking for support and motivation. Always looking for new ideas and tips on weight loss and health. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Bobbi Tue, 3 Jun 2014 04:52:08 EST Anyone Else Use Tumblr? I'm really into tumblr, and I started a side blog to keep track of my weight loss stuff. Post pictures, keep a journal of sorts, etc. I think it's really going to help me stay motivated, because I can see an active timeline of this stuff, as well as easily look at where I've been to keep me where I'm going. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else use tumblr for this? It'd be nice to follow other people doing the same thing! <BR> <BR> =) <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Jun 2014 22:40:06 EST This is Hard! Eating Healthy is Hard. <BR> Meal Planning is Hard. <BR> Losing Weight is Hard. <BR> Cooking Food in Advance is Hard. <BR> Shopping on a Budget is Hard. <BR> Saying No to Extra Snacks is Hard. <BR> Being Overweight is Hard. <BR> <BR> <BR> Choose Your Hard. Mon, 2 Jun 2014 11:44:58 EST Bad day What do you do after a bad day of over indulgence in food and no exercise? Me, well. Honestly I can fall in the trap of not getting back on track so easily. Mon, 2 Jun 2014 00:01:22 EST JUNE '14 Appreciations/Gratitudes - Welcome All!! The idea here is to write at least five things you are grateful or appreciative each day, thus cultivating an attitude of gratitude I will be here with my 5 when it is June for me. I appreciate everyone who joins me in this tradition. emoticon <BR> <BR> “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” <BR> &#8213; Ralp... Sat, 31 May 2014 21:06:24 EST Need fiends I am needing some Spark friends to keep me motivated on my down days. I have struggled a bit here lately. I recently found out I will be working in a different department at work. This means going from a desk job to walking 12 miles!! And that is not exaggerating. And it is not slow walking either, so I am burning around 1800-1900 calories alone at work. So now I have to eat more to keep my blood sugar stable. There still may be days I work at my desk and then the next walking,walking... Sat, 31 May 2014 20:14:29 EST I am struggling with this I am such a people pleaser that often I change my schedule just to accommodate others. I know this is OK sometimes but It happens so often that I am really stressed about it. I even eat to make others happy. I even change doctor appointments because family members ask me to help them one way or another. Any advice. Sat, 31 May 2014 12:03:56 EST Early Stage Plateau?? So I've been at this weight loss thing for three weeks now and have only lost 2lbs (in the first week) and the scales are stuck already? I'm not sure if this is from my body screaming at me that it doesn't want to lose anymore weight (in the last 2 years I've lost 81lbs but put some of that back on and I'm trying to shift it) It hasn't discouraged me per se, because the numbers aren't going up, but I'm just not sure why they aren't going down, especially this early?? Confused :P Thu, 29 May 2014 18:44:38 EST Getting motivated to re-lose weight Hello, all. I am having trouble getting motivated to lose the 10 pounds I re-gained after initially losing 60. I have days where I am motivated (i.e., I don't eat a lot and I do exercise a lot), then days where I'm not (the reverse). I feel gross and guilty after I do eat too much and don't exercise as much as I could. <BR> Help! I do enjoy running obstacle course races (Spartan Sprint, Warrior Dash, etc.). I didn't do so well in the Spartan Sprint last month, and it was a little embarrassin... Thu, 29 May 2014 07:41:58 EST Drinking water. Have you drank your 64 oz. of water? I have found that I am more thirsty now if I miss drinking water after 6 weeks of regular water intake. Wed, 28 May 2014 23:02:53 EST ? Hey all, my name is Star and I am 17. I weight 284. I am looking trying to start dieting and I need recipe ideas, preferably low calorie. I have started a reward system for myself and hope to lose 5 pounds for now. Wed, 28 May 2014 20:11:30 EST Success is a commitment. It is far better to commit to success a thousand times than to commit to failure even once. <em>381</em> Wed, 28 May 2014 13:53:22 EST thankfull I made it though my 1st week staying on track with my food, and exerciseing 15 min everyday or more. I lost 5 lb. Wed, 28 May 2014 11:46:55 EST So much better during the work week! I do so much better during the work week. I did a lot better this weekend, which I am very proud of myself with all the cookouts and fabulous food. <BR> <BR> I have to STAY motivated.... my work week is shortened because of a field trip with my daughter, my other daughter's 8th grade graduation & graduation dance! I get so down on myself if I blow one day and then just give up on all the others. Any good tips on how to change my way of thinking?? <BR> <BR> We have all been there... Tue, 27 May 2014 11:04:18 EST Looking for motivation buddies If you feel like you are someone that will stay in touch often so we can get through this weight loss challenge together - friend me. I will stay in touch as well! <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! Tue, 27 May 2014 08:23:45 EST What does your fitbit say today (yesterday)? These are yesterday's stats from my fitbit: <BR> Steps: 52751 <BR> Calories: 3116 <BR> Distance: 25.34 <BR> Very Active Minutes: 209min <BR> Floors: 180 <BR> Sleep: 7h 0min <BR> <BR> Do you feel like sharing? Tue, 27 May 2014 01:33:00 EST Need help getting motivated I just can't seem to get myself motivated. Frustrating <BR> <BR> Any hints that others have used to get back on track would be appreciated! Mon, 26 May 2014 21:48:41 EST What's your reward system? I know that losing weight and being healthy is a reward in itself, but I need ideas for rewards to keep me motivated. Whats yours? Mon, 26 May 2014 06:41:53 EST Advice Please... I hear making a lifestyle change should be done with another person or group. Well I live in a tiny town in Iowa and really don't have that. I am turning to SparkPeople for that help. <BR> <BR> Out side of tracking my calories and fitness does anyone have any good ideas so I dont feel alone in this? I thought about blogging daily. <BR> <BR> My next problem would be motivation to get up in the morning and exercise. I am sooo tired I don't want to get up,the only other option is to ex... Sun, 25 May 2014 23:00:22 EST Bad Day Today.... I'm not sure if this is the appropriate place for this message but here I go. I'm on day 15. I've been in awesome mode. Today I woke up and the scale didn't say what I was hoping for.. I still ate good.. I'm usually under my calories to be honest. I don't know if that has something to do with it. But, i've turned to alcohol... now today is a bad day.. I don't know what happened. I've been so good staying on track. I walked 60 minutes today which is on the longer side of my usual walks.. I ate... Sun, 25 May 2014 21:47:50 EST Instagram as a motivation ... My name is Sunny and in April I came across two amazing girls who have a fantastic Instagram and Facebook site. And they really really inspired me to go for it and really smash through my goals. <BR> <BR> Fast forward to the first of May and I began a huge life changing overhaul. <BR> I restarted my sparkpeople journey and a 100happydays journey <BR> <BR> And so far it has been fantastic!! I have lost 8kgs officially so far and found things in my life everyday to genuinely be happy about... Sat, 24 May 2014 18:40:16 EST Plateaued for almost a month now... :( When I started my diet late March, I lost about 10 lbs instantly, and then another 5lbs by the end of April. However I haven't lost ANYTHING all of May and I don't know what I'm doing wrong. <BR> <BR> Every morning I drink a shake with Bananas, Coconut Oil, Protein Enhanced Almond Milk, and a dab of raw honey. <BR> For a snack I drink about 8oz water mixed with about 4oz of (fresh juiced) strawberries and pineapples with a tablespoon of chia seeds. <BR> <BR> I usually eat a salad with half ... Fri, 23 May 2014 23:10:28 EST Once upon a time... ...I could not clean my house without getting winded and sore the next day and had to pay a kid to mow the lawn because both hubby and I were not up to it. Now, we scrub the place in no time, argue over who gets to mow (Who does that?), and use that $25 a week at the farmer's market. Someday, I will run a marathon. <BR> <BR> <BR> The pace of weight loss is often frustrating. While many of us still have a ways to go to achieve our ultimate goals, I find it helps to look back on how far I'... Fri, 23 May 2014 15:46:29 EST When Your Motivation Dies Do you have motivational problems when it comes to food? <BR> Yes I do! <BR> At the end of the day! <BR> What helps me is starting over bright and early the next morning and never looking back. <BR> I talk to myself, how can you make it a better day, from the day before? <BR> Pick up your shoes and go out the door and walk in this beautiful day that was created just for you! <BR> Never, never looking back, that's the promise I make for myself everyday! <BR> How about you? <BR> <em>381</em> ... Fri, 23 May 2014 08:42:24 EST The tiny changes! Since starting up here on Sparkpeople, I've begun drinking 8+ glasses of water a day and even after 2 weeks I'm already seeing the tiny changes to things like my skin. It's so nice to be able to look in the mirror at a clear face. I'm used to being quite red in the cheeks, with a fair amount of those angry red under the skin spots, but that's actually beginning to lighten up! <BR> <BR> A rather big change because of the water though, is I'm seeing an awful lot of the inside of the bathroom!... Fri, 23 May 2014 00:31:10 EST Any tips? I just try to set small goals each week Thu, 22 May 2014 11:23:33 EST Seriously, what's wrong with me? I've been in a rut lately and am wondering why I can't get motivated to get in shape. I know that it's not going to happen overnight, but I have been really down on myself. Here's a few of my concerns: <BR> <BR> 1) I hate the way I feel and look, so why can't I get motivated to eat more healthy? <BR> <BR> 2) I actually enjoy lifting weights, so why is it so hard for me to, A) stick with a single routine for more than a few weeks, and B) get my butt into the gym and do said routine? <BR>... Thu, 22 May 2014 10:22:59 EST Three Non-Scale Victories you're working toward? 1. I want to be able to comfortably wear my wedding rings <BR> 2. I want to be able to buckle my seat belt without an extender. <BR> 3. I want wear a size 2X by July 1st <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>521</em> <em>521</em> <em>521</em> Wed, 21 May 2014 17:45:50 EST When you're sick How do you stay motivated when you're sick? Should you work out or just rest? How do you eat healthy when you're too tired to cook? <BR> -Struggling Wed, 21 May 2014 11:48:27 EST What is your motivational quote of the day??? Mine is "Discipline is simply the ability to discern between what we want most, and what we want right now." Not sure who said it! Saw it on Pinterest! Wed, 21 May 2014 09:58:08 EST Rate of Weight Loss in Obese Maybe not the right forum, but here's my question anyway. <BR> <BR> Somebody I know - a successful body builder who has a few exercise science degrees - said something that made me think: he said that obese people can afford to lose weight quite a bit quicker (not SUPER obese, but in the 30-35 BMI range). He said that while strength training is important (I don't think anybody contests this any more), cardio should be the focus along with the right calorie intake and improved nutrition in or... Wed, 21 May 2014 09:52:34 EST Do you ever feel it's not worth it? My whole life has been a struggle with my weight. I wasn't blessed with "skinny" genes and I work hard at keeping weight off even though everyone tells me I'm not fat. 4 years ago I put on a lot of weight and 2 years ago started trying to get rid of it. <BR> <BR> I started logging what I ate, found I had a passion for running and basically lost 17kgs in a year. Then life intervened and I put on weight again (10kgs) even though I was still exercising regularly. I'm now trying to lose some of ... Wed, 21 May 2014 01:14:18 EST Weight Loss Challenges? I'm logging into Sparkpeople after a while now and I'm having trouble navigating. <BR> Just need a little help: <BR> <BR> Are there any ongoing weight loss challenges that you can tell me about? I remember being a part of BLC and I can't find the details of the same in the message boards. <BR> I need a support group to keep myself motivated and I thrive on challenges. <BR> <BR> Any help would be appreciated!! Wed, 21 May 2014 01:01:12 EST I need a favor from you... Dear Fellow Sparkpeople-- <BR> <BR> I need to ask you a favor. Today has already been a miserable failure for me, as have the past several months, to be honest. I haven't visited SP in I don't know how long. I thought I had it down; my weight was good, and I was feeling fine. But slowly the weight has crept back on and I have found it impossible to get back on track. So the favor I am asking you is for you to please offer up a few words of motivation, mantras, or any encouraging thought... Tue, 20 May 2014 21:58:07 EST How did you get motivated to lose weight? Hello my name is Lolo. I am new to SparkPeople. I currently weight 309lbs. This is the heaviest I have ever been. I am 30 years old. I want to lose weight. I have high blood pressure, so there is a real need for me to shed some pounds. My issue is getting motivated. I have all kinds of work out videos, dancing video games, and I have gone to a few Zumba classes. I struggle with my eating habits. I am not quite sure where I should begin in my weightloss journey. Could you tell me what finally ... Tue, 20 May 2014 19:15:59 EST wow wow ! Tue, 20 May 2014 02:53:13 EST Does anyone have morning routine suggestions? I have been really slacking lately and I feel like if I could exercise in the AM it would help me stay motivated during the day... The problem is I am NOT a morning person. Does anyone have any helpful ideas to possibly learn to become a morning person? =) Mon, 19 May 2014 22:51:48 EST How can I stay motivated???? How can I stay motivated??? I get so frustrated with myself. I do great for the first 3 - 4 months.... 21lbs lost since January!! Then the slipping starts. The weekends are killers. I seem to go home after work and just start grazing! I CAN do this and WILL do this!! thanks for letting me vent. <em>30</em> Mon, 19 May 2014 13:22:50 EST WEIGHT LOSS REWARDS??? What weight loss rewards will you give yourself? Here are mine! <BR> -10pounds: Pedicure <BR> -15pounds: 2 monogrammed shirts <BR> -20pounds: Contacts (I usually wear glasses because I hate how chubby my face is but 20 pounds will make a big difference) <BR> -25pounds: Highlights in my hair! <BR> -30pounds: Getting my teeth bleached! <BR> <BR> Also since I am an avid reader I normally buy a new book every 2 or 3 weeks (also full time college student) and thought that after I hit the 30 po... Mon, 19 May 2014 10:43:14 EST Fighting not to throw in the towel... *ugh* Right now I am feeling so frustrated and defeated. I'm going to try and use my blog today to help me sort a few things out... normally, when I'm feeling like this I tend to withdraw in to myself. <BR> <BR> So, this is me... trying to change my behavior and keep moving forward. <BR> <BR> Let's see how it goes... <BR> <BR> I've been a member of Spark since Feb. 2011 - so just over 3 years now. In my first year, I managed to lose just over 35 pounds. I also gained a TON of new friends ... Mon, 19 May 2014 08:07:44 EST Spark Tracker Just ordered my Spark Tracker and can't wait to give it "workout"....LOL Sun, 18 May 2014 14:13:35 EST Keeping a fitness routine when your life doesn't! O.k.-- I had a very good thing going for a few years, I had an exercise routine that was varied and interesting, built up my strength and endurance, I lost 14 lbs, had lots of energy and everything was going well. I loved my routine, we jogged on Monday and Wednesday mornings, played tennis or racquetball on Fridays, I did a cardio dance and aerobic workout on Tuesdays and Thursdays, always at the same time in the morning. <BR> <BR> Last year, we adopted a baby girl, and now I have absolute... Sat, 17 May 2014 17:57:31 EST Summer Motivational Dare List <em>67</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Idk if anyone has ever seen "Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer", but what if we did a Summer Dare List. So it would be a little different, but we could all come up with things to do this summer and the person who does the most wins and not all of it has to be strictly exercise related. So for example <BR> <BR> -Go to the beach <BR> -Participate in a charity walk/run <BR> -Go Bicycle Riding <BR> -Spend the day at a state park from open to close, a... Fri, 16 May 2014 18:08:38 EST Very frustrated! I have lost 50 pounds in the past 3 years. I started at 233 and lost 50, I keep gaining and losing 20 of those pounds. I want to lose another 40 to bring me to 140 which is right for my height and frame. For the last month I have been stuck on 180! I don't understand why because I am taking in the right amount of calories and doing my walking. there is not a lot of exerise that I can do because of my disabilites. I have already tried several things I have read, like cutting less calories and ... Fri, 16 May 2014 12:14:52 EST Accountability partner! Hey everyone! I am 21 years old and so far I have almost 40lbs but sill want to loose another 15-20. There are many days that i slip up with my diet and i would like to find some people that have similar goals, lifestyle or interest as I do. I love zumba, sports, hiking, the elliptical and taking walks. I am a student and I usually work about 40 hrs a week between jobs <BR> I have snapchat, email and kik! Please message me if you are interested!! <BR> <BR> -Bri Wed, 14 May 2014 23:09:58 EST Totally kicking my butt, but totally notgiving up. Hello all- I hope today finds everyone well. So, I've upped my training routine this week, and was doing REALLY well, until today. Today, I feel like I crashed. Low energy, low motivation, super hungry and fatigued. Yup- it's a mini-crash. So, today is a recovery day, even though it was initially planned as a work day. Instead of my hour of pilates, it will be some (20 min, or so) low-intensity yoga and a lot of stretching, plus getting up to simply move around often. <BR> <BR> RE: the hung... Wed, 14 May 2014 16:35:57 EST Proud Of Myself Today Me and my daughter was looking at some old pictures and reminising when suddenly she got a strange look on her face saying, Mom, Do you remember this, the one you used as a before picture in your journal. I forgot all about it and thought it was lost forever! I looked at it, on the back written "me at 315 lbs", I couldn't believe it was me! It doesn't Look like me! Now weighing in at 220 lbs and still a way to go. What Motivation! Wed, 14 May 2014 12:03:41 EST Rewarding my challenges Someone gave me a lot of brand new clothes (price tags still attached) but are too small. I finally took the box out and went thru some of them. I intend on wearing some of them by the end of summer if not before. This is going to help keep me motivated. Tired of my "fat" clothes and anxious to get into something more stylish. Wed, 14 May 2014 11:53:59 EST How do you stay motivated and stick with it? I was doing so well when I first started.... but now I don't feel motivated and I'm not sure how to get back on track. <BR> <BR> I want to track my eating and workouts. <BR> I want to walk daily and strength train 3 or so times a week. <BR> I want to eat healthy again. <BR> <BR> I guess I was being too much of a perfectionist in the beginning. I was trying to do too much and I was trying to do it perfectly. I tried to build up too fast and after a couple of months, I crashed hard. <BR> <B... Tue, 13 May 2014 23:53:58 EST STRETCHMARKS Anyone out there deal with these? What are ways you look past them and stay happy with yourselves while you have these? And not from pregnancy, just from weightloss:( pretty down on myself today! <em>42</em> Mon, 12 May 2014 17:26:40 EST Pretty Desperate....Any Advice Welcome Welp, for the past month or so I have been really de-motivated. I have been eating a lot of junk and skipping workouts. As a result, I've gained 5 lbs. Now, the exercise is not really the issue... butI'm having so much trouble with eating right. I absolutely can not find the willpower to eat healthy. This may be linked to me having depression. I really need some advice to back on board! Mon, 12 May 2014 16:15:36 EST Motivated More than anything I need help being motivated, I can say a million times that I am going to do something, but the following through is my problem. I am eating better, I am working out more, but I am not doing it whole-heartedly. I do it when it is convenient for me. I will take all the help that I can get. Mon, 12 May 2014 13:37:08 EST My life is finally settled and I'm gaining weight? After 3 years of living apart, my divorce was finalized in March. Since then I have been putting on weight and seem to be unable to resist the chocolates at my co-worker's desk, the cookies I baked for my boys, the chips for their lunch boxes. <BR> <BR> Not sure what is happening but am not happy about what is happening to my figure. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to get back on track. I thought once the divorce was final it would be easy. Sigh. It's just been harder to do w... Mon, 12 May 2014 10:53:25 EST Need to get back on track After two weeks of being ill, <em>39</em> I am trying to get back on track. According to the scale, I have maintained over the past two weeks. But not being able to exercise and not having the energy to plan and cook nutritious meals has been hard on the motivation. Help! Mon, 12 May 2014 10:46:10 EST Help me... I feel like I am drowning here! Every where I look are obstacles that I can't get passed. My 24 hour work schedule. My classes. Children's sports requirements. I haven't been able to get to the gym in a while now and I haven't been on here either. I thought about trying in home workouts but I can't do them everyday with my work schedule and everything I read says that you have to do them everyday or you lose what you've built up. I'm so frustrated and overwhelmed and feeling down... I know I... Sun, 11 May 2014 11:47:17 EST Thankful I am thankful that I can look thru all the messages here and keep motivated. I have been on this weight loss journey, this time, since Jan 7th 2013 and I've loss 44 pounds, Great and slow. My motivation, my parents health. They are sick. I want to do what I can to be healthy, as my family lives to be in their 100's!!! <BR> But I have been on this plateau since Jan of this year. The scale will not budge, may be 2 pounds here and then they come back. I try so hard as I wanted to be down... Sun, 11 May 2014 08:28:43 EST Needing motivation Hello all <BR> <BR> Joined the gym in March with my son and am having a hard time staying motivated. The machines overwhelm and intimidate me. I cannot afford a trainer for myself and my son so I paid for just him. I am at a loss when I am there which then makes me lose my motivation to go. I don't want to waste money which is very limited at this time. Please give me some motivation and routines I can do that will keep me focused and engaged in my goals. <BR> <BR> Any and all thoughts a... Sat, 10 May 2014 21:19:06 EST Self Discipline help Before when I was on here I was very diligent in logging in and tracking my food and what not. But now I don't have the self discipline anymore. It's not the motivation that's keeping me, as I know I have to, or should for that matter, log on and keep going. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions or advice to get myself mentally back into the self discipline mind set? Sat, 10 May 2014 20:05:13 EST Ladies I need help!!! Ok... <BR> I'm about to get a little personal here but I need some help with motivation and what other place to get that than here. <BR> <BR> Whenever my "monthly friend" comes along I have the biggest cravings (as mostly every woman does) and literally want to eat everything in the fridge. I honestly have no self control and what makes matters worse is I become lazy and stop working out all together (not going to lie the first 2 days of my "friend" are hell.) <BR> <BR> I'm usually good t... Sat, 10 May 2014 13:30:12 EST Sunny days Happy for these bright sunny days .Enjoy being able to spent time outside with family and doggies. Fri, 9 May 2014 09:04:56 EST Finally Quit My Job Well, I finally did it. I quit the job that I hated and that kept me sitting still for hours at a time (I gained 30 lbs. in ONE year on that job!). I decided that my mental and physical health are way to important to continue working in a job that felt as though it was killing me. As it turns out, it just may have been. It has taken me about a month to get back to focusing on a healthy diet and exercise, but I'm beginning to feel like myself again. Problem: While I can feel some muscle ... Fri, 9 May 2014 08:32:22 EST Wearing cute shoes again I wasn't sure wear to post this, so I apologize if this is the wrong place. Ever since I became a SAHM mom, almost 6 years ago, my once slender feet have become more like "Fred Flinstone" feet. It really just happened in the last year of so. I have let my looks go ever since I started having children, and now that are more self-sufficient and I have some more time on my hands in the mornings, I want to start looking nice again. However, my heels don't fit anymore! I was not one to wear h... Fri, 9 May 2014 07:54:40 EST Walk I can't wait to take a walk on my lunch break. I look forward to it everyday. By the end of the work week, I've completed 5 hours of walking. This motivates me most of all!!! Thu, 8 May 2014 13:39:38 EST What keeps me motivated Looking at myself in the mirror and accepting the things that I cannot change and changing the things that I can. Staying focused, feeling better about myself, getting my blood pressure under control, having more energy, and getting back into clothes that I haven't worn for a while. Thu, 8 May 2014 12:09:04 EST Binge Eating Does anyone have tips on how to overcome binge eating? <BR> <BR> It seems no matter what I do, I'm always mindlessly stuffing my face with junk....every night. <BR> <BR> My weight is quickly rising. Please help. =( Tue, 6 May 2014 02:21:25 EST Accountability partner? Hiya, my name is Sarah and I've been on SP for many years now. It helped me go from 210lbs to my goal weight of 140! Staying at that weight was hard and, due to changing circumstances and eating / exercise habits, I've put on a bit if weight. I have about 24 lbs to lose and would love to fit into my fave clothes again! If you would like an accountaility partner and email / message each other to stay on track with our individual goals, then would be great! Mon, 5 May 2014 06:19:26 EST People in Need Noticing a lot of people on here lately that are in need of a lot of support and motivation. Let's face it people, the outside world is cruel. All of us on here are joined in a common goal and purpose. We need to lift up others and help keep them motivated. I have noticed a lot ( and I mean a lot) of barely active teams on here. What is that, once the leaders reach all their goals they just forget the people that are counting on them to help lead them? Really? I just recently became a leader ... Sun, 4 May 2014 22:28:15 EST Workout buddies Is there any place on the message boards to find workout buddies? I have been using Sparkpeople on and off for several years now. However, the first 2-3 months I do great, but then drift away. <BR> <BR> I really need to have someone that I can communicate with on a daily basis and support/motivate each other. <BR> <BR> I think by having someone to check in with each day, it will help to hold me more accountable for what I do or don't do. <BR> <BR> If there is a place on the boards, pl... Sun, 4 May 2014 19:16:11 EST working hard at it i have been working so hard to keep as busy as i can so i keep moving. been doing lots of repairs in my home, walls floor tiles. deep cleaning like today i cleaned under and behind the refrigerator and stove and repaired tiles and washed floors after. i also did 20 minutes on the gazelle. Sun, 4 May 2014 16:50:15 EST In serious need of a exercise/diet buddy, help! Hi! <BR> My name is Kacey and I am almost 20 years old. I have been trying to lose weight for years but I always fail and now I'm the highest that I have ever been. I really want to make this happen but I know that that's not always enough. I need someone to help me and be with me every step of the way. I need someone who is going to hold me accountable on the days that I don't exercise or the days that I sleep up and maybe eat a little bit too much. I'm a very social person so I really think... Sat, 3 May 2014 21:08:10 EST Life is good Life is good is one thing i think about each morning i wake up .Thanks to GOD i give thanks and praise. Just give a thought each day about all the blessing you have and say LIFE IS GOOD !!! Sat, 3 May 2014 14:14:33 EST Accountability Partners? I'm looking for someone (could be more than one person) to be accountability partners with! This could include email, texting, snapchatting, etc together as a group to hole each other accountable. Those social networking apps are easier to maintain constant connection to than spark people. <BR> <BR> It would be nice to have some way for us all to talk about what we had for our last meal, what workouts we did, an easy way to encourage eachother. It could also be fast-acting encouragement. If ... Sat, 3 May 2014 00:03:52 EST HUDDLE Hiya, has the huddle option gone? It was nice to see other in the team Thu, 1 May 2014 12:15:29 EST Sharing My Goals I started this "get healthier" effort in a very private way...not even telling my husband. Along the way I told my husband, then my daughter-in-law, my doctor, and a few others as the opportunity has arisen. But today's challenge is to make my goals public, which means I need to articulate my goals in such a way that others can understand them, as well. I guess my biggest goal is to just be the healthiest me that I can, though that is kind of vague. My original goal was to get my blood suga... Thu, 1 May 2014 07:27:54 EST health and sleep how many hours do you sleep? <BR> <BR> how many hours do you need? do you actually get? <BR> <BR> how much sleep helps you get healthier and stronger in your workouts? <BR> <BR> is sleep really as important as some of the new studies claim it is? Thu, 1 May 2014 01:43:10 EST MAY 2014 Gratitudes/Appreciations -Welcome All!! "Develop a gratitude practice to open your heart and rewire your brain. Gratitude can lead to feelings of love, appreciation, generosity, and compassion, which further open our hearts and help rewire our brains to fire in more positive ways" .Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D <BR> <BR> <em>126</em> The practice of writing five things that are working in your life or that you appreciate or have gratitude for has a transforming and positive impact that empowers our lives. <BR> I hope to see all shar... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:46:23 EST Today I'm proud of myself for... I'm proud of myself today because I was having an intense hunger attack... I picked up a Cadbury egg, checked calories, then put it down and got a protein bar instead. Woot! I'm giving myself a big old thumbs up! <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> Today, what are you proud of yourself for doing or thinking? And go ahead and give yourself a congratulatory emoticon at the end, too! Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:52:54 EST accurate weight Any thoughts on how to maintain somewhat accurate measurement of progress? <BR> <BR> I, like most people I think, have a set of scales that are my standard (I.e.the ones I actually use to track) <BR> <BR> Just for fun this week I tried out a few different scales that I have access to, the gym, the pool, some scales I found in the garage etc. <BR> <BR> I found that they are all significantly different measurements, one of them was fifteen pounds different. Even allowing for different measu... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:32:17 EST Can't stay on track.... Hello everyone, <BR> It has been awhile since I've been on here. I have lost all of my motivation, early last year I dropped 20 pounds, but ever since then I haven't been able to stay on track and keep going. I haven't gained any of the weight back. Now that I have more time available and a beach vacation coming up in late August, I want to get as close to my goal as I can. I'm not sure where to start or what will be most affective and long lasting, I can't afford a fitness trainer. :-( <... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:53:16 EST Is it wrong to have big #dream? Words say a little ... Effort says a lot ... Doing says it all. <em>521</em> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:37:28 EST why not of course Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:35:35 EST What emoticon would you like to see for your use? I was leaving some comments on blogs today and I realized I often use the same phrase of encouragement and I wished there was a cute little emoticon to go with it. <BR> <BR> I'd like to see a "GET IT!" emoticon <BR> <BR> what would you like to see? Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:43:42 EST Losing weight is tricky! It can be tough to figure out the right formula for losing weight! You always hear it's just about calories in vs. calories out...maybe that's true over the long run, I don't know. But it seems a bit trickier than that! <BR> <BR> I started swimming daily and watching my calories and lost 13 pounds in the first month. Then I went 3 weeks without dropping a pound! <BR> <BR> I skipped 3 days going to the gym (busy, didn't make it a priority) and didn't watch my calories as well, ate a bit... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:20:37 EST Dramatic Stress is Dramatic... I'm not even going to hide it, I really need the encouragement today and something encouraging to be said to me. Also I just need to vent. <BR> <BR> Looking back i probably should've reached out a week ago honestly… because for at least the past seven days I have just been straying so hard lately. <BR> <BR> However, I did learn something. I am a stress eater. My stress has been coming from work. just suddenly too much got dumped on me at once and I feel really bitter to coworkers who cry ... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:17:30 EST Diet Bet as Motivation? I was just looking into and think I may start one for my friends and coworkers to join in on. It's an interesting concept, lose weight, win money. I like that it doesn't pay out to the person who loses the most - as that would have people cheating or doing unhealthy habits. I think it may be a good motivational tool for me and those I get to join. You don't really win much really - but it would be a fun way to inspire! <BR> <BR> Any thoughts? Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:22:22 EST what are your biggest diet challenges? I have two: saying "no" when my teenage daughter offers to, variously, bake cookies, make pancakes, buy me my favorite candies, or otherwise do sweet things that are loaded with calories... and figuring out how to eat when I have to go off to early rehearsal that starts at 6 and ends at 9. A nutritious snack before I leave is helpful, but I always arrive home ravenous! <BR> <BR> I can think of some ways to fix the issues (ask my daughter to cook or buy something OTHER than desserts, for ex... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 17:00:09 EST Staying Motivated Hi, <BR> <BR> I just got a new job doing substitute teaching. So I am really excited about that, but it means waking up early in the morning, and my fiance doesn't get home from work until 9:30. So I think I can make dinner for him earlier so he can just heat it up in the microwave, and then we can go straight to sleep. Right now I have a cold so my main focus is just getting better from that so I can get to work on monday and I can't exercise yet. I am taking Tues and Wed off, I want to... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 15:16:39 EST How long did it take to loose 100lb? I am 2 weeks shy of my 1 year anniversary of losing and keeping it off. I am very happy with what I've accomplished and sustained over the year, but knowing I probably could have been further down the road (And trying not to think too hard about Biggest Loser people). <BR> <BR> Everything I've done has been on my own, or with support from family. no gym, no trainer, no dietician, no surgery. Just SP, lots of internet searches, and trying to do my best to hang on through the process. I've al... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 23:42:51 EST Why is it always so hard in the beginning? I've just started logging my food and activity and really need to lose weight as I am pre diabetic. I am taking this very seriously as surgery might be my next and only option. I was doing great day one and two and even had energy to take a 50 minute walk. But day 3 of the new diet gave me headaches and no energy at all, no walk and funky mood all day. Today I woke up with a little headache. It's only been since Monday of this week that I drastically reduced my calories to 1200-1500 to lose w... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:03:13 EST What am I doing wrong? I've been staying in my calories and fat most days (I had a few days I went over on my fat a little bit like Easter, even yesterday I had a couple of Easter treats but only a couple days) and have been working out everyday for three weeks. I've been running on the treadmill for an hour and elevate my heart rate a lot, have a pretty good sweat going and feel like I'm getting a good workout. I usually do about 2-2.5 miles, and this week I've also added a walk with my son too, and we usually wal... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:48:07 EST If I could have 2 trackers.... one would be to track an 8 week challenge and the other would be to track exercise minutes Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:11:51 EST HELP! with it all!!!! Ok I know that many people have asked for help with motivation and what not..I guess I will just be one of those that are BEGGING!!! I can't seem to stay on track. I do so well for about 2 weeks then i slide. I just can't stand it. I stepped on the scale and I am so disappointed that i just want to eat. Yes comfort food! <BR> <BR> Plus on Monday I got a bridge put in on my front teeth and i can"t bite into anything hard. Apples etc. i finally am not that sore anymore and WANT to get on ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:31:50 EST Gaining weight back - mad at myself Hi, everyone! I am new to the board and joined because of frustration. In 2011 I went from 182 to 152 pounds. I was so proud of myself. I never felt better and I was able to manage my weight, skip most desserts, eat low calorie and exercise regularly for about 3 years. This winter I began to do hot yoga and not as much cardio. Without looking at the scale for months I went from 155 to 167! I am so mad at myself. Please note that I think yoga has more benefits than I can count and I lo... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:10:19 EST 1st woman to run a marathon - 1967 Boston Marathon This year the men's champion ran it in 2:08, and the women's champion ran it in 2:19.. just 11 mins separating them. We've come a long way since we thought women were incapable of running more than 1.5 miles. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:41:26 EST Recovering from Holiday Weekend Indulgence With a big holiday weekend behind us (even bigger in Boston with Marathon Monday making our weekend extra long!) I though it would be helpful to share some articles and posts that are useful to "recover" or "get back on track" after lots of indulgence. Please feel free to add! We can all use each other's support :) <BR> <BR> This one is a bit aggressive! But it will help snap you back into things: <BR> <link><BR>etting-fit-how-to-start-now/ </link> <BR... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:35:06 EST Exercise personality Since I'm struggling with motivation (I have little today, but plan to go to the gym anyway), I took the sparkpeople exercise personality test... <BR> <BR> According to it? I have no personality. I am a rock <em>246</em> I've looked at some of the motivation/reward articles...I don't see myself using body piercings ot tattoos as rewards. And if one more person tells me "don't reward yourself with food, you are not a dog" I am going to scream. <BR> <BR> How do I stay motivated when I don... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:40:33 EST Forming new healthy habits I am 65 years old. Until last month I have believed that I am a late riser(7.30 am). After coming to spark people, I have decided to get up at 5,30 am. For the first few days I felt sleepy most of the day. After a week my body adjusted well and now I am fresh most of the day. The advantage of getting up early is that I could go for a 30 minute walk, meditate and read for 30 minutes and all these finished before the work day starts. So, Change your beliefs if you want to change your habits. Th... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:09:26 EST Deliberate Practice I wrote this as a blog in 2012, so it's a little outdated (I'm now finished with my degree). At any rate, I thought everyone might enjoy ... <BR> <BR> I'm currently in my 4th semester of a 6-semester graduate degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. If you don't know about I/O it is basically the application of psychology to the workplace. I/O Psych looks at everything from employee recruitment and selection to performance appraisals to job satisfaction ... all revolving around the ba... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:07:58 EST self talk I'm learning the power of self-talk. <BR> In the past if I wanted to loss weight I usually gave up and felt defeated. <BR> Now I am talking to myself about each challenge. <BR> I am actually angry at tempting foods and I tell myself how they (food) just want to see me fail. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 02:33:45 EST How do you stay modivated? I've been tracking and working out for a week. Thus far I haven't been doing so well with eating right and a few times had to drag myself to the gym after a long pep talk. My bf is a great support system but I have over ate alot this week and need some advice. How do you stay modivated? I think thats the big question for me right now. I've been looking at fitness trackers in hope that seeing my day to day progress might help but what do you do? Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:39:40 EST Reaching out for help and suggestions Hi everyone! First...Happy Easter! I sure hope you had a blessed Easter!!! <BR> <BR> Next weekend we have our first hockey tournament of the summer season. This has been the number 1 stressor in the past with my weight loss. During the winter months its every other weekend....summer is way less but still I am not going to be home here in my "comfort zone". Usually it consists of a lot of fast food and eating out all weekend long and I am NOT going to throw in the towel or gain back what... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:37:26 EST Cheat day on Easter Will/did you have a cheat day or meal this Easter? Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:03:00 EST Needing a boost :( Hi guys, I'm Sam :) I'm 26 and about 80 lbs over my limit. Over the years, I've done the all-to-well known up and down of losing weight and gaining weight and I'm yet again at another road block. I'm doing my best to stay positive about learning more about eating right yet EVERYTHING I read about there's always another source to say 'uhm, no that's not healthy'....I am BEYOND frustrated because I'm tired of being big and unhappy with my body image. Not to mention my fear of losing weight to f... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 05:32:31 EST DR.'S 6 MONTH CHECK-UP !! WELL, SPARKIES HERE IS WHAT MY 6 MONTH CHECKUP WAS DIAGNOSED.FROM APRIL 20TH, 2014 AT 11:32 AM. <BR> <BR> BLOOD PRESSURE 97/62 <BR> HEART RATE 64 <BR> BMI 18.92 <BR> WGHT. 100 LBS. <BR> <BR> DR.'D COMMENTS:- WELL DEVELOPED & WELL NOURISHED BODY. ALSO SAID HE WISHED ALL OF HIS PATIENTS WERE LIKE ME. <BR> SO WHAT DOES THAT SAY?? <BR> <BR> GET WITH THE PROGRAM.!! HMMMMMMM. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:01:00 EST Share your weight loss transformaton This question is for all the successful individuals who were very much obese most there life then were able to make changes in there life that allowed them to loose the weight and keep it off for at least three years of longer. <BR> <BR> After struggling with weight issues much of your life and failed weight loss attempts what changes produced the most impact to allow everything to click, get in the zone to loose all the weight and successfully maintain your weight these past years? ... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:46:30 EST tracking your mood/ stress do u track your mood or stress? <BR> I track both, I have found that exercise has a positive effect on me. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:18:13 EST All Health&Fitness...but not a pound gone! Lately I gained about 10 pounds (from 130 to 140, 5"9 - right now I'm 38-26-40). Two weeks ago I decided to get back on track since I registered for my second half-marathon this upcoming autumn. <BR> <BR> I'm not counting calories since I want to adopt a lifestyle that I can actually maintain (and I don't believe in counting calories all your life). So I'm staying away from junk food and eating healthy. A typical day would be: oatmeal with peanut butter for breakfast, salad or soup + a vege... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:13:01 EST Hitting a wall I have plateaued and it is a little frustrating since before it happened I only lost 5 lbs towards my goal. I am more active now than I have been in years. I feel better than I did but I am getting frustrated because things aren't changing, I keep telling myself that its a marathon not a sprint, that the longer it takes the longer it stays off and that I am making a lifestyle change not a quick fix. Has anyone else had this problem? How did you combat it? <BR> Thanks! <BR> K Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:42:39 EST Sharing Good News! Be sure to read today’s lesson, “FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH”, and share today’s lesson with those you love! God Bless You! Vic. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:10:20 EST 5 words I will finish this task! Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:35:31 EST Focusing on yourself This might sound like a dumb question, but when your life has so much going on, and you feel like everything is falling apart, how do you put all that aside and focus on bettering yourself? <em>39</em> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:14:43 EST There is nothing like a fitness tracker to keep ; <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> The one sided girl wonder walked 6400 steps today and my Fitbit is my friend. I sweated buckets today and drank all kinds of water when I got back home. Usually I am ok if I do 3-4000 but 5000 is my happy goal but today I have no limits. I am dancing to Pharrell. <em>521</em> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:57:50 EST Instead of overeating and giving in to sugar I... would love to get some ideas! I am struggling today after 7 weeks of being completely on program. I know it's probably a good thing as THIS is what I need to learn to deal with to be successful in this journey. I know this is normal, but #@$@ when sugar calls, it's hard. I thought the sugar craving would go away completely but it came back with a vengeance yesterday and I'm having a hard time ending it. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:23:05 EST Feeling very blah It's a dark, yucky, rainy and very cold day out. Me and my son both didn't sleep well last night and so we're both feeling tired and can't go outside and get some much needed vitamin D. <BR> I've worked out everyday since last Friday, using Sunday as rest day and haven't missed any other days since, but today I lost that excited feeling about it. I feel like I just want to settle in, be lazy and just eat and not count everything. I know I don't want to do that and if I let today slide, it wil... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:12:12 EST setting food and weight loss goals I am trying to figure out how to start going about getting healthier. I want to lose a good amount of weight in the long run. I just don't know what to set as my first goal. Should I track my activity and food for a while then figure out how much to lose or what's a good first step. <BR> <BR> I have heard and seen on here and in most weight loss plans that losing 1-2lbs, per week is ideal for most, 20 minutes per day of some kind of activeness, and I need to track food and what I do when I ... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:02:16 EST Looking for a weight loss buddy! I'm Angelina, a college freshman. I'm looking to lose 50 pounds. In order to do this, I want to eat healthier (and less!) and exercise by going on walks on playing tennis throughout the summer. <BR> <BR> If anyone's interested in being my weight loss buddy, feel free to reply to this, private message me, or comment on my page! I want someone I can talk to regularly about how I am doing and how they are doing with their weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:57:20 EST temptations I have created a new self-talk when i'm tempted. It goes something like this, Oreos, stop it, I am losing this weight, you are not stopping me. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:46:27 EST weight loss buddy I am going ti try this one last time. I am looking for someone who wants to chrck in through text on email or even here. I need to loss 50 pounds. I will suport you and help you lose weight igf that is what you need. I will be here for you if you will be here for me. I am in this for the long haul <BR> Please send me message if you are interested. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:32:51 EST Looking for a Sparkpeople buddy Hi all! I am hoping to make some virtual friends to motivate me and I will motivate you. I need to lose 20 pounds. I have used Sparkpeople for quite a long time. I have lost 30+ pounds on here but the last of the weight is lingering. Maybe if I have some friends to check in with this journey will be successful. Please friend me if your feeling the same way! <em>381</em> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:12:46 EST How do you deal with bullies? Sorry if this is posted in the wrong place, but how do you deal with bullies? <BR> <BR> 1) in general? <BR> 2) say you brought a drink, and they said ''eww that has so much sugar in it'' in an attempt to shame you <BR> 3) you were in a group of people you never met, and you say something that after much thought seemed intelligent, and they end up laughing at you in a cruel way, leading to everyone else laughing at you, making a fool out of you over nothing <BR> 3) you're in a zumba class and... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:14:07 EST Today's Excuse - Busted Post any excuse that is whirling in the back of your head today for not eating right, working out or keeping you in line with your goal. Then talk it out and bust it! Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:27:31 EST Keeping on when the scale won't budge. I think I must have much less patience or willpower than most people. I started out on a healthier eating plan and lost 8 pounds the first 5 days. Naturally I was excited and enthusiastic but now I have not lost any more in the next 6 days. It is hard to keep on depriving myself when I am making no progress. My doctor wants me to lose a lot of weight in order to have a hernia surgery. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 23:01:01 EST Mental Blocks/Barriers This is the second time in my life I've reached a certain weight in my goals and gotten just plain stuck. <BR> <BR> The first time was after my second child I made it this far and then a few things happened and my weight started going up again. At that point I had lost about 22 lbs. <BR> <BR> This time around I'm stuck around 46lbs but it's the SAME number where I got stuck last time. I don't know how much of it is my body fighting against all this, or me mentally getting stuck and acting l... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:35:40 EST Need to use Food Tracker Regularly I know I've done this before and I know how important it is to track your calories everyday but I'm finding it hard to stay motivated to consistently track my food. <BR> Sometimes I skip days track. If I do track I usually track my breakfast, lunch and snacks (because I eat the same for those almost everyday) then dinner differs and I tend to skip tracking that. <BR> Sometimes I get lazy. Sometimes I figure it doesn't matter because what if I can't find the right things in the tracker? Like i... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:12:25 EST Positively - Pass It On Visit the person's Spark Page who lasted posted a message and find out a little bit about them. Then post something positive about them. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:16:41 EST Positive Self Talk Post your positive self talk that is getting you through the day. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:08:50 EST I Am Not A Bloody Disease I'm getting really fed up with all of this fat bias. I KNOW that being overweight is correlated with a bunch different diseases. I KNOW that I should lose weight to help with my aches and pains. I KNOW ALL OF THESE THINGS. It's impossible for me NOT to with all of the shaming I experience regularly! This isn't coming from people I know, which thank the gods I've been blessed with a supportive group of friends and my loving husband who have all been willing to undergo this journey with me and ... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:05:33 EST In search of the right motivating program In September of last year I joined Weight Watchers. I chose WW because I had fantastic success with the program in 2001. In September 2013 when I re-joined, I weighed 169 lbs. Today, 7 months later, I weigh 164. The WW program today is very different than what it was 13 years ago. Quite honestly I don't like the new Points Plus program and am looking for something else. Is Spark People the answer? I've been a long-time Spark People member but not very active on the site. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 19:20:17 EST spark streaks my motivation right up front i'm going to say i messed up. for over 4 months i have been religious about signing on and listing all my foods and my exercise and my water and my fresh fruit and veggies and i take part in the posts. i have been counting off the continuous days as my success. sounds dumb, but it was working for me. another day. click it off. <BR> <BR> well i was in the spark site several times on monday and forgot to spin the wheel. did everything else. posted. journaled. diaried.... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 17:22:15 EST Easier to be in denial I am finally addressing some major weight and blood pressure issues I have had for several years. I went to the doctor, faced the scale, and had some blood work done, all I had been putting off for some time now. I have been eating a healthy diet for a week now, and trying to add in some exercise. <BR> <BR> All good right? Then why do I feel so bad? Before in my "denial" I wasn't constantly thinking about what I need to eat, how much weight I need to lose and how out of shape I am. Now... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 16:18:05 EST I have lost my motivation. Help me!! I have truly lost my motivation to track my food and exercise. I honestly feel burned out. I was doing good for a while and now I have gotten into this slump that I am truly having a hard time getting out of. When I go to the gym I feel lost and alone. At one time there were other ladies going with me but they have stopped and now I seem to struggle to get motivated. I have tried to work out at home, too many interruptions from the phone ringing, my children, the dogs and husband. But wh... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 09:40:08 EST Getting back on track but struggling Hello sparkfriends! I have been falling off the horse a bit (well alot), and have gained back about 5 pounds within the last couple weeks <em>198</em> I need to get back on track and its so hard... I am trying to get back into my routine I had before, I was really good about eating clean and healthy, but after a vacation I totally fell off the boat. Now that i'm starting back up I find that i'm eating more per meal and not as turned off by bad foods. I guess its a habit that wont happen ov... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 12:24:26 EST Newbie, but feel like an oldie........... New around here, but am looking forward to becoming an old shoe.. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 21:33:55 EST Core Confession I am confessing my sins of the core. I have established a good cardio routine. I have racked up some mileage in the last couple years. I think it's safe to say that I am hooked on exercise especially 5k walking. However, my strength work especially concerning the core is pretty much nonexistent. I'm ashamed to admit this but it isn't because I'm lazy. I walk over 3 miles a day. I just don't know where to start. I have countless dvds but I don't stick with the program. I want a strong core... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 19:33:49 EST So Disgusted I have now gained back 7 pounds. I can't seem to help myself. I was so laser focused on my goals and now I have trouble being "good" for a whole day. <BR> <BR> This morning I have started out correctly and my plan is to stay on track.....but I seem to be doing a lot of emotional eating. <BR> <BR> I had my Quest Bar for breakfast, I am drinking my water now, I am getting ready to have my "snack" of a few nuts for mid-morning. <BR> <BR> Lunch will be a very healthy, colorful, garden sala... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:21:19 EST Night Shift Weight Gain I have been really struggling losing weight and just keeping it off since I started the night shift in January. I work a 12 hour overnight then two 8 hours and finally another 12 hour. I have in 4 months put on close to 50 lbs. I barely sleep between shifts, because I have to sleep during the day. To top it off I have a 1.5 hour commute one way to work. So between the commute, lack of sleep and staying up all night I am too dead to even exercise. I tried adjusting my eating, but find the odd ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 01:17:49 EST how to spend more time at gym this is the 3rd month straight that I get to the gym and feel like staying only 10 minutes. I mostly blame it on being winter/too cold out to get a good sweat in. <BR> Sat, 5 Apr 2014 09:58:05 EST Smoking? I have been in a relationship with same girl for about 10months now and she's a smoker. I ask her to stop smoking about 8 weeks ago and she stopped. But she recently picked up the bad habit again without considering me or considering my feeling. Will i still try to persuade her to prevent or just accept the very fact of her as being a smoker? Thu, 3 Apr 2014 05:36:03 EST Looking for Motivation I am looking for some motivation...I have very simple goals; try and stay within my calorie range and to burn about 1000 calories/week. <BR> <BR> Normally I would say I am doing fairly well but last week I let my fitness slip (my only saving grace being 3 hours of snow snowing I did at the end of the week for work or I would not have made my goal) and this week, well it's Wednesday and I've only started my weekly fitness today. And the calories, I've been over my count for the last 7 days at... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 22:10:30 EST My man is losing weight 3X faster than me! My long term boyfriend and I started a diet and exercise plan at the same time a few weeks ago and he's already lost almost 30 lbs! <BR> I know, I've seen the Slim Quick commercial where the couple start a diet and the guy slims down completely and the girl's boobs shrink. That's hilarious as a cartoon, but it's real!!! And it's super discouraging and I feel a lot of pressure to catch up. <BR> Has anyone else overcome this? How do you stay positive? Wed, 2 Apr 2014 10:01:04 EST What is on your goal board? I'd be interested to hear what other people put on their goal board to stay motivated. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 05:02:40 EST My Struggle with Forgiveness Two years ago I weighed 160 pounds, 6 months later that ballooned into 185 pounds. <BR> <BR> This weight gain was devastating. I had never experienced any bodily changes quite so drastically before, and it just about killed me emotionally to start working out and exercising again. But, somehow, I did. <BR> <BR> Thanks to that determination, one year ago I weighed 150 pounds, though 6 months after that point I weighed in at 185 pounds. Again. <BR> <BR> I am so disappointed in myself for reg... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 14:34:33 EST Hungry ALL DAY Yesterday! So... yesterday was a real hard day for me. I stayed on track... didn't cheat... but it was soooo hard! I was very hungry all day. I don't know if I was actually hungry OR if I just had the munchies but I wanted everything I saw and I thought about every other food I didn't see. It was absolutely miserable. I went to bed hungry. I hate that feeling. I figured I'd wake up this morning and be proud of myself but instead, I woke up dreading to face today in fear it will be the same. Does th... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 07:57:09 EST Keeping track of personal statistics Hi! <BR> <BR> A quick question, have ever tried to track your personal stats to get motivated? How many chocolate bars you eat per day/week/month, how often do you visit gym, or similar activities? And if you have, what tool do use to collect and analyze your data? Any help would be greatly appreciated :) Tue, 1 Apr 2014 06:58:56 EST Winter It appears winter has returned, going to keep staying motivated anyway... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:52:14 EST Moody & Lethargic Today has been a pretty good day. I've definitely had those cravings for the bad stuff but I've managed. This evenings dinner was filling and tasted great. Of course, I still wanted more and wanted my sweet dessert afterwards but I refrained. <BR> <BR> Since my husband is not doing this diet/lifestyle change with me, I had to fix him a completely different meal which turned me from happy to moody...REAL FAST. <BR> It was not fun standing over the stove fixing an entirely different meal...Fix... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:32:41 EST blogs I'm stuggling with binge/compulsive eating and like to read blogs of others also stuggling with the same thing.Let me know if you have a blog so I can read it Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:54:51 EST APRIL '14-Appreciat tions/Gratitudes -Welcome!! "When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. ." <BR> Tecumseh <BR> <BR> Please join me in posting 5 things you are thankful for in your life, things that are working in your life or simple kindnesses you notice. <BR> <BR> namaste... <em>351</em> <BR> p.s. I have no idea how the "Appreciations" part of the subject line translated like it did <em>2</em> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:59:00 EST That exercise "high"? After 5 weeks, mine is gone. <em>24</em> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:47:44 EST sunshine Today even though the sun is shining I need a little motivation today Sun, 30 Mar 2014 13:42:19 EST Need a buddy to keep me accountable Hey :) <BR> My name is Meredith and I'm 18. I am not new to SP, but I am newly active again. <BR> I have a tough time with weight management and exercise due to several knee surgeries over the past few years. Combine that with poor craving control and a family with unhealthy eating habits and I have steadily put on weight since childhood. After every surgery I eventually get back into the swing of things, lose around 15 pounds, and then go back in for the next surgery. Being bed ridden for mo... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 12:56:36 EST losing with another This is the first time i have had someone to lose wt. with. My daughter and i are working together. I cook light foods, she eats. Of course i do as well. Finding the recipes and planning a meal has become fun as well. We have been lost 14, and 19 lbs. So i would say it is working. <BR> K Sun, 30 Mar 2014 09:09:08 EST trouble finding the movitation to get this started Hi, I am new here and also new to dieting and exercising. I was always one of those people that could eat anything and stay thin, then after having my son (he's 6) the body changed as it does. About 8 months ago, due to a lot of things, I started suffering depression and was put on medication, one side effect being weight gain. I am now 20kgs heavier and very unhealthy. <BR> However, I see the positive in this, I had my son later in life (I'm 43) so it's made me become aware of being healthy ... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 00:53:56 EST Looking for a fresh start Long story short... I started new relationship about 7 months ago and my once excellent healthy eating habits went out the door. You get comfortable with new sig other and bad choices can be made. I gained a significant weight back and I need to get back into control. I need to stop weighing myself daily and go back to plan that was most successful for me... Chicken, turkey, fish, certain veggies , certain fruits no sugar. Lots of water... Exercise about 3 days a week. <BR> <BR> I know ... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 22:33:32 EST Looking for a buddy Hey :) <BR> My name is Meredith and I'm 18. I am not new to SP, but I am newly active again. <BR> I have a tough time with weight management and exercise due to several knee surgeries over the past few years. Combine that with poor craving control and a family with unhealthy eating habits and I have steadily put on weight since childhood. After every surgery I eventually get back into the swing of things, lose around 15 pounds, and then go back in for the next surgery. Being bed ridden for mo... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:13:23 EST stress weight gain? is there such a thing as stress related weight gain? can stress really have an affect on weight? and hormones? <BR> <BR> just curious. my great aunt told me about this. not sure if its true or not. <BR> <BR> <BR> It is true I have a lot of stress related to being a caretaker for my chidlren with special needs. <BR> <BR> would love to know more, thanx Sat, 29 Mar 2014 15:11:53 EST Success breeds success! I am not always consistent...that is why I am thrilled at my Spark People consistency! I have discovered that I am so motivated by the easy tools, positive points, and using my Spark Tracker, that I miss it when I am not exercising and tracking my food. Didn't really expect this but am thrilled. What makes you happy about this program? I am happy at my slow but constant weight loss and my healthier life. I am proud! Sat, 29 Mar 2014 10:02:42 EST I've hit the plateau, help!!! I've been losing weight for about 3 months now and I have just hit the weight loss plateau. I'm feeling a little unmotivated. The past times that I have plateaued, I gave up. I don't want to give up this time!!! What helps you stay motivated and stay on track? Sat, 29 Mar 2014 01:59:02 EST HI I am happy to be alive!!!! Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:37:26 EST What Did You Overcome Today? We all have obstacles that trip us up, from bad weather convincing us not to go on walks to that candy bowl in the office that beckons us to enjoy a piece or two, or three, or ten. What obstacle did you overcome today and how did you do it? <BR> <BR> For me, rain made me not want to go on my walk today, but I reminded myself that a migraine had knocked out my desire yesterday and went on a 26-minute walk anyway, to make sure I got some physical activity in today. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:40:28 EST weight stagnant for too long I have been stuck between 180 and 185 for a month. I can't drop any weight for some reason. I know there is supposed to be a point where muscle mass starts to counter weight loss but I thought I had more weight to lose before that. It is almost getting frustrating but I am really liking the little distracting jaunts on my Gazelle during the day so I guess I can deal with it. <BR> <BR> Am I over thinking it or maybe something is not going right? <BR> <BR> Jan 3rd 205 <BR> April 15th 190 <BR... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:52:43 EST How to lose weight with a family of four I would like to realistically lose weight for the long term but I'm finding it difficult to lose the weight and getting off my feet. I'm finding it especially difficult to start losing weight because I'm battling depression. I'm living with my mother,sister, and nephew, and we all have different tastes. <BR> <BR> My mother will only drink coffee and soda and will not drink anything else. I always end up buying it for her, and in turn I will drink it because I always eat whatever is in the f... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 03:48:53 EST Falling Off Track I think it is hard for us to get back on the horse once we have fallen off. Apparently today is one of those days for me, but I am trying. I reached my goal weight back in September and have leveled out about 5-10lbs over my goal weight. It is frustrating. This move we are experiencing is causing me to emotionally eat. All sweets are subject to being eaten if around me, and I am lacking in self control due to the overwhelming nature of this stress. Has this happened to you? <em>228</em> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:49:58 EST The Things we tell ourselves I used to call my knee "Stupid." I'd be walking along and I'd feel a twinge of pain and I'd just say, "Oh, it's just my stupid knee." Then one day, someone told me that my body was anything but stupid and I should be calling it my lucky, wonderful knee. That really got me thinking of all the things I've told myself, like: <BR> I can't lose weight <BR> I'm too tired <BR> I have no metabolism <BR> It's too hard <BR> I really have to have something sweet at night (still saying that one) <BR> ... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:52:49 EST First time poster.. help? Tips for encouragement or similar experience? When did you start to see changes on the scale and in your physical look after starting a regimented fitness program? I know I'm building muscle and toning, but the scale is stagnant!! <BR> <BR> Background: I've been on a weight loss journey, up and down for the last year. Just as I would reach a milestone, I would face major setbacks at work or at home and reprioritize, only to end up gaining back what I lost. In the past I would reduce calories... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:43:04 EST 30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself The pictures and messages in this are really something. <link> </link> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 08:59:01 EST Looking For An Accountability Buddy Well, I am doing well enough right now, but I know myself well enough to know that willpower wanes at times and the best laid plans can sometimes be derailed by self-sabotage, uncontrollable circumstances, or problems with other people in my house. SO! <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to find an accountability buddy that I can message back and forth with a few times a week to help stay on track. I know some people on here have had success doing that, and I would like to see how well it helps. Besides t... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:54:18 EST What is YOUR .... What is YOUR greatest PERSONAL challenge to "sticking with it" here? What de-rails you? What makes you give up, or stop? Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:13:38 EST Getting Motivated How did you get motivated and stay motivated? I start everyday thinking this is my day to start. Then I overeat and my motivation goes out the window. And exercising is completely at a standstill theses days. Need some encouragement. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:31:16 EST Coping with doctors i am having a hard time staying up beat after appointments with my doctor. <BR> <BR> she keeps on emphasizing my weight gain since i tore my meniscus and injured my ligament. i know and it hurts like hell. <BR> <BR> well . . .I just feel so depressed and like a failure afterwards. I have a hard time when I feel fat shamed to stay healthy afterwards. And then shes talking about decreasing my calories and blah blah blah <BR> <BR> just having a hard time. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:48:32 EST feeling discouraged For about the past week I have eating vegetables, a little bit of whole grains, lean animal proteins and nothing processed. I have cut out alcohol as well. The scale says I've gain 3.5 lbs :( Iv'e also run 15 minutes, twice a day) <BR> <BR> I'm the heaviest I have ever been 170lbs...I don't know why its so difficult this early on... <BR> <BR> <BR> any help? Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:08:20 EST Motivation Music? Hi everyone! Need some more music on my iPod to keep me going! Can you provide some songs that you can think of? Thanks in advance! <BR> <BR> I love pop and rock :-). <BR> <BR> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:58:29 EST Feeling pretty discouraged During these last 18 months, I have struggled so much with many things. One thing is my weight. I feel like I exercise so much, and I have yet to see any results. I walk to work (1.5 miles) every day. I run at least 2.5 miles every other day. I am in a yoga class twice a week. I play Just Dance on the Wii, which really works up a sweat, on the days that I don't run or walk. I am eating very healthy every day. Being gluten intolerant helps with eating healthier. I don't know what else I can do... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:45:46 EST I look like a beach ball SO over the weekend I took a picture with some friends and then I cried for hours and locked myself in my apartment. I feel like a beached whale. I sat all weekend thinking of ways that I can cut the fat off my body. Hating all people that looked skinny and healthy as I sat there hating everything about my body. I need to lose weight I need to be healthy. <BR> <BR> I am looking for support and motivation. I have tried diets, pills, shakes everything I am about to give up and just eat myself... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 06:05:26 EST Depressed & Lack Support Group In a way I feel I' m being childish. After all, we are adults and responsible for our own selves. Right? But I've just been feeling down because, except for the one friend I workout with, I really have no support group in the whole healthy lifestyle issue. <BR> <BR> I know that's no excuse for making bad choices or letting old habits creep back up, but in all honesty sometimes it does happen. My husband has been dealing with his own health issues and that gets him quite down. Being in a grea... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:21:47 EST