SparkPeople Staying Motivated Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_topics.asp?imboard=31 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_topics.asp?imboard=31 Banishing Bad Body Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39751273 Bad body thoughts are never about your body. At least, that's what Jane Hirschmann and Carol Munter assert in their book, Overcoming Overeating. And they're absolutely right. Allow me to tell you a little story. <BR> I went to a yoga class today. I haven't gone in ages and I needed to shake things up a bit, so I thought I'd trek to the gym in a neighboring town after my dentist appointment. <BR> I arrive right on time. Immediately, I notice that the only remaining good spot on the floor is ... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 18:26:34 EST Models, models, models http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39748440 Funny how SparkPeople attempt us to not think about fake pictures of models, and motivation with weight loss success stories, yet they have numerous ads with extremely thin models in skimpy outfits???? Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:47:41 EST Baffled by Research http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39748129 I saw this and it sent me into a tail spin. Has anyone read the book? How are we supposed to respond to this?? The Ted Talk is by the author of "Why Diets Make You Fat." I've ordered the book. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.ted.com/talks/sandra_aam<BR>odt_why_dieting_doesn_t_usually_work/t<BR>ranscript?language=en </link> <BR> <BR> Any words of wisdom are appreciated. I've been on the roller coaster all my life, I'm 47 and feel like I can make the change, but this is haunting me rele... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:03:13 EST What's Your Excuse? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39744296 Okay, we all know about Maria Kang (the fitness instructor mom who got in trouble for "fat shaming" people with her poster posing the same question). <BR> <BR> What I'm wondering is, have I been using my excess weight as an excuse not to get on dating sites again? It's been over a year and I'm much heavier than I was the last time I began online dating. Is it possible that I'm using the "guys won't like me at my current size" line just to save myself from the emotional roller coaster ride t... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 19:21:36 EST A Little Biblical Encouragement for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39743708 <BR> Hebrews 12:11 - 13 <BR> <BR> 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant; later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. <BR> 12 Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, <BR> 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. <BR> <BR> Obviously the true context is vastly different than my interpretation, but I couldn't hel... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 17:33:33 EST struggling with consistency and discipline http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39725010 hi everyone, <BR> i am sure alot of you can relate... but i really have problems staying consistent... i will start of good, say "walking on my lunch break"....going to the gym 2 to 3 times a week.... and than eventually that mindset creeps in..." i am too tired, or i will go tommorow". <BR> <BR> really looking for some tips or what has helped you stay on track to reach goals... i did manage to lose almost 20lbs but that was more of watching portions and what i ate than excercising. <BR> ... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 06:28:18 EST How do I continue to eat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39719032 Weird topic title I know but for anyone who remembers some of my previous posts, my issue was that I would end up sabotaging myself by not eating enough in an attempt to combat any weight gain. What this didn't help was weight loss which is what I have been craving. The advice on here and anywhere has been to 'eat more'. Well, although I haven't been calorie counting (probably good for me in these early stages), I have been on a break with my family and eating more. I have also been able ... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 09:15:29 EST Be your own CHEERLEADER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39714154 Sometimes you WILL NOT have people cheering for YOU! You may even have people BOOING at you!!!! But, NEVER EVER STOP PLAYING! You gotta CHEER FOR YOURSELF! YOU ARE TOO IMPORTANT! Wed, 17 Aug 2016 16:39:39 EST What do you guys do for motivation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39706568 I've tried photo journals, weekly weigh ins. Looking at old photos ect.. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:49:25 EST Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39702365 SparkCoach asked me to make by goals public today so here goes! <BR> <BR> I will lose 90lbs. <BR> I will no longer need blood pressure medication. <BR> I will be a positive role model for my students and other family members. <BR> I will be HEALTHY! <BR> <BR> What are your goals? Tue, 16 Aug 2016 07:30:20 EST Looking for an accountability buddy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39696563 I'm 32 and have approximately 100 lbs to lose. I'm going to be my sister's maid of honor at her wedding at the end of June 2017 and am wanting to get as close to my goal weight as possible by then! I'm super motivated and am looking for an accountability buddy, someone who can keep me in check and give lots of motivation, and vice-versa! Send me a SparkMail message if interested!! Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:50:21 EST Celebrating small victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39694995 Hi all you lovely people, <BR> <BR> I've been feeling a bit demotivated this weekend and had two major red flag cravings, one on Saturday afternoon and one on Sunday evening. It was really bad and I wanted to give in with everything that I am, though I persevered. What got me was that the scale didn't reward me this morning for my willpower and I only saw a 0.2kg loss which is much much less than normal over 3 days. Though I thought I should celebrate the fact that I didn't give in and I cou... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 07:43:12 EST Seattle Area Workout/Accountability Buddy Needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39675907 Is anyone in the Seattle/North Seattle area? I need some motivation and accountability to workout and am hoping to find a workout buddy. I'm ~350lbs and want someone in a relatable place to help push/motivate me when I need it. Fri, 12 Aug 2016 10:20:04 EST Completely bummed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39666777 I've belonged to Sparkpeople for years now but haven't been "on" for a year. I'm so frustrated with trying to lose weight and not seeming to get anywhere. I've tried a host of eating plans but lately the 5/2 eating plan and the FMD. Neither are doing it for me because the 500 calorie 2 day-ers are nuts in the 5/2 and the FMB's 2 days of veggies and protein is equally difficult to stick to. Then there's Paleo. Right. No dairy and few carbs of any sort. Who can do these?? I've got to find somet... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 01:18:17 EST Exercise question: Please share your experiences! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39664980 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> One of our writers is looking for member quotes to be included in her story. Below is her question that she would like to get some quotes for: <BR> <BR> You're 40 minutes into your workout and the sweat starts pouring as your legs start screaming at you to please, have mercy and just stop this madness. What do you say to yourself to keep going? <BR> <BR> Please share your answers here by Monday, August 15th and we'll feature the best quotes in a new blog post! <BR> ... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 20:05:01 EST At what point could you tell a difference? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39663546 Ok, so I had reached the biggest I had ever been. Scary to say but I was only 3 pounds away from 300! What scared me most was that I weighed only 240 when I went to the doctor less than a year before. That means I gained nearly 60 pounds in less than a year and somehow I never saw it happening. <BR> <BR> Now that I am making a serious effort to lose weight I am seeing results on the scale.I have lost 30 pounds in a little under 2 months. However I still can not see a difference in my clothe... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 14:48:45 EST Binge Eating....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39654502 Can anyone out there offer any advice on how to get over binge eating??!! I start off the day with great intentions and feel so motivated, track all my food and make good choices and then its like a switch is flicked in my brain instantly and I start bingeing on junk food when I'm not even hungry or feeling emotional. I am a big stress/comfort food eater but seem to go in cycles of struggling to get over it, once I'm in the right head space I can go for days, weeks or months without bingein... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 10:52:09 EST motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39648686 it use to take a lot for me to become motivated, but now i just find 3 days out of the week to go to the fitness center and other days to do other physical things Mon, 8 Aug 2016 14:14:25 EST How much weight have you lost and how long? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39646842 How much weight have you lost and how long has it been so far for you? Mon, 8 Aug 2016 09:32:32 EST Can't Pass Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39643371 Feeling frustrated. I'm 57 and can't seem to find my hope anymore. Had gastric bypass 6 years ago....lost 150 lbs....was finally able to get out of a wheelchair and walk again (and breathe at the same time). Was feeling wonderful and starting to love life. Then life turned upside down. And so did I. Started all the old habits....have gained back 50 pounds....can't walk more than 30 feet without getting out of breath....arthritis and fibromyalgia pain are at an all-time high....have f... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 19:43:02 EST how to stay focused http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39642251 I am having a hard time staying focused on my goal to exercise more. I feel like I can't make more time to exercise. I don't have a job to worry about but I do have another commitments. I also not on the website as much because I deleted the app off my phone. So I hope I can get some good feedback about this. Sun, 7 Aug 2016 15:29:52 EST Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39627866 So excited I went to Michael's and got all the stuff to start a journal of the ups and downs and exciting changes and challenges. <em>41</em> <BR> I got 1 blank journal and the other is a fitness and food. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 14:37:22 EST Never give up! And don't be afraid of failure.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39627200 I've been using SparkPeople for 6 years now and I'm so grateful I got the right information in my path. I'm also using the app called "Coach.Me" for tracking many habits and to stay motivated. <BR> My advice is this: Don't ever give up! Why? Because after failing so many times, you get some sort of "push" as in you don't want to fail anymore. That means after failing so many times you become tougher and also stronger. And when you learn to overcome one obstacle, you overcome more obstacles wi... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 12:01:03 EST Tips for Being Patient for Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39622207 When I eat lousy or binge and don't workout, my body size matches my feelings so it makes sense. Now that I've been eating better and exercising for a few weeks now, I feel much better emotionally and mentally, so much so that I don't feel like a 230 lbs person. My body doesn't seem to match how I feel. I've lost a few lbs so far, and it's not even about the number on the scale. I would like to feel confident and comfortable in my body. I know that it will just take time, and I don't think I ... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 17:00:42 EST Bit scared about this Saturday night http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39609529 My hubby will be away on Saturday night and although I am more than happy with my own company, traditionally I have a good old fashioned binge when he is away. <BR> <BR> I have been keeping on track the last little while and am feeling comfortable-ish with the day to day but I am worried about eating only what I should be eating and not over doing it. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Wed, 3 Aug 2016 01:07:51 EST goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39604103 I want to get a personal training session as my treat for meeting a goal, but I don't know what it should be. <BR> <BR> What is one of your goals? Tue, 2 Aug 2016 09:47:26 EST STARTING AGAIN... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39597901 It seems when I get to ALMOST five pounds something in my life stops me from continuing and I am starting again. Last week it was vacation. Now I am back to square one. Back to the original weight I was the first of last month. Ugg!!! and it is so warm out now I can't find myself going for a walk at lunch time like I used to. Evenings get a head of me as I have two kids and once they get to sleep I find myself just wanting to sit and enjoy a few minutes of quite. what do I do to get back ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 13:51:20 EST Biggest Loser Fall Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39597673 First of all, you will need to have a sparkpage made and set to public. <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name of this challenge. It's a 10 week commitment. You have several little teams (with 24 members) that compete with each other. Main requirement is to weigh in each week. If you know for some reason that you can't post your weight (let the leaders know). Otherwise after 2 missed weigh ins (with no excuse) you would be moved to honorary. We have ITC (inter team challenges) that consist of e... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 13:15:33 EST Feeling Overwhelmed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39594121 HI Spark People! <BR> <BR> I am new here, and am really needing your best advice as to how to get started and maintain accountability. I have been unhealthy for years now, and I have no idea how to even begin. It's hot in Arizona, and I don't have a gym membership. Please send me your best ideas..I would really appreciate it. I want to make this work! Sun, 31 Jul 2016 23:28:39 EST How do you reward yourself for accomplishments? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39593734 Hi all! I've been beaming with support on my first week with SP and now I'm developing a reward system to continue to motivate myself as I continue to make progress. <BR> <BR> I think I want to set a small reward for every successful week I have, and then a larger reward for each milestone, like every 10lbs, or every milestone weight. <BR> <BR> I've heard some good ones so far, like: <BR> Massage <BR> New hair color <BR> Nice water bottle <BR> Swimsuit <BR> Clothes, in general <BR> Movies ... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 22:16:31 EST AUGUST 2016 -Appreciations and Gratitude- Welcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39591215 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2fe70a13-7213-40ff-ae8d-5116c7a42419.jpg"> "Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices." Robert Braathe <BR> <BR> I appreciate every person who contributes and shares on this thread. As always please share 5 things you are grateful for, appreciate or are working for you. The daily gifts! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/75f2a030-2a70-4e0f-9899-46e9337aaa31.jpg"> Sun, 31 Jul 2016 15:51:22 EST Motivated by guilty pleasures http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39590056 I have a guilty pleasure - the Housewives of any city. I make my brain drain habit a little less remorse Inducing by combing it with exercise. By the time I am halfway through an episode, I have completed 30 minutes on the stationary bike. Two more televised screaming matches, dinner parties, Dubai shopping sprees or white parties later, and I find I'm on the cool down phase of my elliptical session. <BR> <BR> What's great about keeping my covert trash tv viewing localized to the gym is tha... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 12:11:49 EST I need initial motivation to eat healthier http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39585411 I am returning to sparkpeople after, I think, about 10 years. The first time around I lost about 60-70 lbs. I have only gained back about 20. But, it's uncomfortable and it's largely due to depression, poor nutrition, and laziness in this summer heat. <BR> <BR> While I find working toward being more active is the easy part, I need motivation to get back in the kitchen. My husband died about 5 years ago and it's been a downward slope since then. I rely heavily on convenience items like froze... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 16:52:57 EST singles what do you do when feeling lonely? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39571337 While trying to lose weight I have noticed when I feel lonely I normally head for the fridge. So let's talk about what we can do instead of piggy out when feeling lonely. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:25:31 EST Inspirational cards for purse/wallet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39557594 Many many many many moons ago I had a deck of cards which were inspirational/motivational that you could keep in your wallet/purse or pop them up on your mirror etc. I have since lost those but was wondering whether anyone has anything similar? I have tried googling it but am not seeing the kind of thing I am looking for. <BR> <BR> Thanks <em>88</em> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:18:59 EST Am feeling really low http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39549995 Have been using SP for 25 days and had a weigh in this morning. Due to the lack of control I have over my bingeing, I am now 0.4kg GREATER than when I started. <BR> <BR> Maybe weight loss is not actually possible for all people <em>39</em> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:51:49 EST how to stay motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39549286 Hello my name is Malcolina and this is my first week here i am so far doing ok but at time it's hard to keep myself motivated, i want to lose 56 pounds by the end of the year i need help to keep going what should i do? Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:26:36 EST Asthmatics and exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39541204 So it's been awhile, but I recently have decided I wanted to get back into a healthy lifestyle. The past couple weeks have been rough due to family being in town, working full time, and putting in volunteer hours every morning before work to a theatre camp. <BR> <BR> I stepped on the scale and had gained two pounds. Not that it's much, but it makes me afraid I may gain back all the weight I lost (around 30lbs). I have been doing Pilates every now and then and playing pick up/semi competitive... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 13:29:29 EST Sad motivation, but powerful http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39526589 On vacation this week, visiting family and traveling a bit. Yesterday I saw my sister. She is 4 years older than me. We had dinner with her and her husband at a buffet style restaurant. I did my research ahead of time, knew what I "could" have and logged it into my food journal. Very tasty food, and I was more than satisfied. But my sister, God love her is not at a place where she is able to make even small changes, better choices. She seemed upset with me that I chose a plain baked swe... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 07:33:23 EST I am exhausted http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39507298 So here's my M.O. I am very into and motivated from the time I wake up in the morning until about 3-4pm. By that time, I start thinking things like, "What am I even doing this for, anyways?" And, "Oh well," and stuff like that. <BR> <BR> I think the thing is that I've always struggled with my weight. I'm either overweight and trying to lose it, or I've lost weight and I'm trying to maintain it. Either way, it's a struggle. Sometimes after a few days of tracking, I'll not track for like a da... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:45:31 EST Looking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39507007 Hey Ya'll :) Happy Tuesday <BR> <BR> I have just recently started a new group for anyone looking to stay accountable and just take it day by day. Feel free to come and join! Just copy the link and it will take you right to the team <BR> <BR> http://teams.sparkpeople.com/chooosetolo<BR>se Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:58:36 EST How do you stay motivated? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39469819 I just finished the 30-Day Workout Challenge. I've been cutting my portions, eating more salads, and adding more veggies to my diet. In short, I feel like I've been working really hard. I have issues with my feet and knee (I've had three surgeries between them) and they're so sore at this point from working out everyday that I'm almost limping. My energy is tanked; I feel exhausted all the time now. I thought eating better and getting more exercise was supposed to feel good - but all I want t... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:58:33 EST Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39469361 Hi, <BR> <BR> I am having so much trouble tracking, I just can't get into the groove AND/OR admit to what I'm eating. How do I fix this? <BR> <BR> Also, I can't seem to start eating healthier and kick out junk food, it tastes too good! <BR> <BR> PLEASE HELP!! Thu, 14 Jul 2016 08:54:18 EST Keep It Simple http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39464496 You have chosen to embark on a great journey to health and fitness and you'll make some great new Spark Friends along the way! <BR> And it's easy if you follow these guidelines... <BR> *Drink your <em>274</em> <BR> *Eat your five servings <em>550</em> <BR> *Track your food and fitness <em>17</em> <BR> *Get in an extra 10 minutes of dancing <em>354</em> <BR> *Get plenty of <em>102</em> <BR> *Believe that you are worth it <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> You are not alone on this... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:39:02 EST Thanks to the emergency services in our city http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39457542 If those in the military and police and other e.r. people could stay in shape in order to protect us, I should too. Thanks to all the military, police, etc. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:55:33 EST Financial woes, sleep and motivation. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39456825 I am a mom of seven. Three are in college but everyone comes home off and on during the summer. We recently moved back to my home town because my youngest (3) is autistic and we needed better services. My husband found a job immediately but they pay is not that great. I am reopening a law practice but it is going to take a while because we are putting together services for my son. I am really worried about affording healthy food. I also do not feel like exercising when they keep me up a... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:30:16 EST Trying to focus on the positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39448088 I got on the scale this morning and am disappointed that I didn't lose any weight last week. I've been eating so much better and exercising, but it's really hard for me to lose weight. <BR> <BR> That being said, I am trying to stay positive. I feel SO much better, physically. I have energy (I cleaned my whole house, top to bottom, on Saturday. Planned to just rest on Sunday but I got up and was productive on Sunday too), I feel more confident. <BR> <BR> I think I am going to spend the next... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:07:42 EST What do you say to yourself when the scale goes up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39447349 You are faithfully tracking and eating healthy. You see results. Then the day comes when the scale goes up for no good reason. What do you say to yourself to keep motivated and to stay positive? <BR> <BR> I tell myself , " I believe in the process. It could be salt. I am staying on track." Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:25:27 EST Hard to Forgive http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39416103 "Resentment is the poison you feed yourself. " <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <BR> Someone, who I thought was a friend said something very unkind to me today, and a day that started well almost went bad. Then I realized on this hot summer day that I needed to stop feeling hurt and forgive this person, not for them but for me. Thanks Spark People for providing an avenue for me to share and let this go! <BR> <em>252</em> Wed, 6 Jul 2016 17:13:14 EST What's Missing From Your Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39406779 for me, there's days when I am extremely active and then there's days when I just seem to be in recovery mode. certain things only happen on certain days and cannot be changed. I know recovery time is important, but there is also such thing as active recovery and then there's maintenance - not resting/recovering so much that your health/fitness actually deteriorates. I need to find that balance. <BR> <BR> some days I can drink plenty of fluids and other days, I don't get around to it unt... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 12:31:25 EST Miracle Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39392410 Has anyone else read the book, heard about it? I met with a friend recently, whom I hadn't seen in a few months. She looked amazing! Down 40 lbs, skin glowing, eyes sparkling. She was completely different from the last time we met. She had been depressed, working a job she didn't love...I told her about manifesting, and what it had done for me. Dream home, job, car. But that's where it ended for me. I tried to continue with manifesting a healthy body and lifestyle, and came up short.... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 11:02:24 EST Mood Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39386651 I've been on and off Spark People for many, many years. I remember there was once a mood tracker. Is that still a thing? Sat, 2 Jul 2016 11:52:49 EST SHARING MY GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39380301 On Sparkcoach today SparkGuy's message was about sharing your goals. So, here I go. <BR> <BR> Daily Goal 1...track meals at the beginning of the day so that my calories are set up and I can reach for my goals at the beginning of my day. <BR> <BR> Daily Goal 2...track fitness at the beginning of my day and strive to meet at least that and add to it if I need to. <BR> <BR> At this point of my journey, I want only to set Daily goals and not be discouraged by the goals that are not in my DAILY... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 10:23:56 EST JULY 2016-Appreciations, Gratitudes-welcome all!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39375770 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d995e2b1-ee06-404a-b12f-34645f788964.JPG">By living life in a way that brings healing to Mother Earth and all of our fellow creatures we are in harmony with the Universe. <BR> Seeking wholeness is part of the pathway to power. It certainly seems that writing our appreciation daily is a great step towards a joyful life. <BR> <BR> See you here in July! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a36901a1-a525-43d3-9d7d-ccfbd361532e.jp... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 18:36:51 EST Summer Book Read: "Life is Hard, Food is Easy" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39373632 Join us at "Just Check In" Spark team (under 100+ lbs. to lose category) for our summer book read. <BR> <BR> We will be reading the book "Life is Hard, Food is Easy!" by Linda Spangle. The subtitle says it all: the 5 step plan to overcome emotional eating and lose weight on any diet. <BR> <BR> We will start on July 15th. I would like to end on Labor Day or the Friday after. <BR> <BR> No weigh ins or cardio minutes to report, just a team discussion of this book as we read it together. <em... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:57:03 EST I am not losing weight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39368145 Help. I started back in April and have done great and lost 30lbs but suddenly my body is not responding and I have not lost any for two weeks now. Why has my body stopped responding to the diet. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:15:48 EST Extremes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39363930 Hey, <BR> <BR> I've been on this site before, lost 10kg, then gained it all back and then some. Now at my heaviest, I really want to lose the weight and maintain that. However, I always find myself at extremes, either on a perfect diet/exercise plan or completely off the tracks. I find it very hard to strike a balance. I feel doomed to fail eventually, but want to change that. Any tips? Wed, 29 Jun 2016 06:04:39 EST Stuck on the Plateau, needing encouragement. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39363699 I have a goal of losing 20 pounds in 3 months, before I go back home to see my family and friends. In the first two weeks I lost a total of 8 pounds! But now for the last 2.5 weeks, with the same diet and exercise, I have stayed steady at 164 lbs. Needing motivation to stay the course... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 04:24:41 EST Is it to hot to workout outside today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39353294 I live in Kansas City MO. It's about 94 degrees out today Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:33:59 EST Not good, slipping into old ways http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39351993 hmmm, have gotten away from my motivation lately- I need to reboot ASAP!! Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:38:48 EST Staying motivated with a junk-food loving husband? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39348511 Hi all! I began a LCHF diet today and am so excited about it. What I'm not excited about is my junk-food addicted hubby. While I must admit he LOVED dinner tonight (to my surprise as it was LOW carb!), he eats so much junk. I began making two meal versions of everything and it's exhausting. For example, I eat zuccini noodles and marinera - he wants normal noodles. So tiring. Any tips on getting your hubby on board? Mon, 27 Jun 2016 03:08:34 EST Getting back on the horse. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39344391 I'm getting back into SparkPeople and tracking my food and exercise after three years (and 15 pounds gained). I know I can do this and will feel better when I take better care of myself. <BR> <BR> I am surrounded by people (my husband and two of my closest friends) who can eat/drink whatever they want and not exercise without gaining weight, so they are not exactly supportive or understanding when I try to track my food and exercise. I could use a little encouragement to get me going. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 13:38:25 EST Insulin Resistance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39327790 I have just learned that I am insulin resistant. I am trying to learn quickly and make drastic changes in my diet and exercise. I am not new to dieting but this concept is completely new to me. I may be overthinking things but am completely overwhelmed. Any advise on how a working, busy mom can make this transition any easier? Thu, 23 Jun 2016 19:46:58 EST looking for some travel girls . for Norway http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39317260 hi, <BR> I want to visit Norway & Sweden (maybe) before it gets too cold up there. I am a Viking TV show fan, and want to visit the Viking ship .. in aug. <BR> is anyone interested ? <BR> I am a modest traveler, no smoking , no clubbing, modest wine drinker- <BR> merci <BR> <em>252</em> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:07:45 EST Suggestions for celebrating... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39310199 meeting a Spark points GOAL of 20,000 soon. <BR> <BR> I've met a few weight goals, but not the final one and maintenance LOL. <BR> So, I've decided to start celebrating big Spark point milestones. <BR> My ideas so far- workout clothes, new fit bit since I've lost the old one, massage, go to a yoga class. How do you celebrate meeting your goals along the way? Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:32:07 EST sticking with it...what's your story? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39294081 I've been struggling with my attitude in staying consistent. I find it difficult to stick with the exercise plan I've drawn up. Like for example the other morning, my alarm got me up at 6 but it was cold outside, I was still pretty sore my previous workout and I didn't get the full 7 or 8 hours sleep...so I didn't go to the gym! <BR> <BR> What was your last battle with inconsistency? How did you battle it? Sat, 18 Jun 2016 20:52:48 EST Just posted a blog, but need support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39278385 Hey, I need some friends on here to help keep me accountable. Any takers? hahah Thu, 16 Jun 2016 13:46:30 EST Depressed & Needing Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39268511 Hi guys. So, I struggle with depression and other mental illnesses, and am on disability for it. I used to exercise regularly and I know it made me feel better, but I haven't exercised for several months and have no idea how to get myself back into it. Even going outside is difficult at this point. <BR> <BR> I'm not technically overweight, but I've gained about 30 pounds in the past several months, along with stretch marks, more cellulite, and lots of flab (particularly in the middle). <BR> ... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 05:49:06 EST Non-food "rewards" big / small for reaching goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39259963 Looking for some small and some big rewards for motivation. This week if I go to the gym M-F, Saturday I get a pedicure.... Need ideas for the next 3 weeks, then a big one for going for a month. What things motivate you? I'm pretty simple in my needs, so this can be a bit of a struggle to come up with stuff for ME (not my kids, not my husband). <BR> <BR> Annnnd GO! :) Mon, 13 Jun 2016 22:21:21 EST i don't think i should weigh myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39256870 here's the scoop. about 3 years ago i lost 50lbs using this site. i measured, weighed my food, weighed myself, was completely rigid, denied myself things i loved to hit a goal, and finally did. <BR> <BR> not surprisingly, when i hit said goal i fell off the wagon HARD. the highest i ever weighed before this was 296. i binge ate myself right back to 296 and then seem to have leveled out around 307. When i hit 300 i thought my life was over... but here i am! <BR> <BR> i have recently decided... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 12:55:22 EST Deleted http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39250838 Deleted. Sun, 12 Jun 2016 17:32:36 EST Fitness Trackers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39249218 I'm wondering what is the best/most affordable tracker to get? I'm pretty competitive, even with myself/meeting goals and I think this would be some great motivation, but I'm not sure which one would be the best to get... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 11:31:21 EST Lost Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39236619 I was doing really good. Going to the gym and eating right. Now, I just don't have the motivation to do it again. I want to, but I have no idea why I just can't seem to find it. I think I might be having a little bit of depression going on. Anyone have any tips? <BR> <BR> Thanks Guys, <BR> Jodi Fri, 10 Jun 2016 12:02:34 EST Which diet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39234967 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I need to lose about 14lbs. <BR> <BR> I have been able to diet and get down to a weight I am happy with in the past using the following diet plans but after a while the weight creeps back. I have also found that I only feel motivated by following a diet once so the ones I have used before I seem unable to repeat. <BR> <BR> Any ideas for another good diet plan/ book/ website that will set out a plan and motivate me? I like whole fibre foods generally as I don't like ... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 07:20:44 EST What is a Healthy habit you are trying to start? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39233882 In the past i would brush my teeth in the afternoon when I felt sleepy or if I wanted a snack. everytime i change jobs, i lose the habit. i moved and got a new job in october and i lost the habit. I need to restart it again. the Minty toothpaste wakes me up and puts a strong mint flavor in my mouth so i dont want to snack on anything. this habit will not only help my teeth andy gums but prevent me from snacking. <BR> <BR> Anyone else struggling or do you have a healthy habit that seems simpl... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:49:27 EST Fitness trackers (Jawbone and fitbit) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39228596 In May I started wearing a Jawbone UP24 to help track my steps and calories burned . I know many people use these devices but do they truly help in the battle of the bulge? <BR> <BR> I've had some technical issue with my SP account I think I got that fixed since I got my UP <BR> <BR> I gained 2 pounds as I was using nutritional tracker here it gave me some outrageous calorie range to go by. I know both include calories BMR but seems like some of my all day activity calories would have ... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 09:16:38 EST What's Changed for the Better With Spark? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39214045 My blood pressure dropped! <BR> I have a little more energy! <BR> Tue, 7 Jun 2016 12:37:39 EST fluctuations... hmmm... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39213273 So... I"m at 10 weeks in on this weight loss regimen. So far, so good. Last week's weigh in had my weight down 29lbs from when I started which is a little faster than what was projected, but I didn't mind. I generally feel like years are being lifted off. I have more energy now than in a long, long time; back, knees and ankles aren't hurting like they did for a while and I've gone down a pant size. Then yesterday, I made the mistake of stepping on the scales 2 days earlier than my weekly weig... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 10:20:44 EST hard to stay motivated when........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39201923 You have a demanding land lady, demanding bosses, and crazy work schedules. If I had a set schedule, didn't have the need to have a beyond military perfect apartment, it would be easier (and no seeing a therapist won't help went that route and it got worse not better). I am working on myself to be a better me, it will have to take longer than it should for those demands. I know this sounds bad, I may have to end up in the hospital to get the help I need and to show that not everyone can do... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 22:35:54 EST Confused and tired , on the verge of giving up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39200161 Hello, <BR> <BR> I seriously need your help my dear spark family. <BR> <BR> I'm a 19 year old girl who's been 70 kg for almost a year now or more probably , and no matter how hard I exercise and how much i fix my eating habits and stick to a healthy meal plan , I still never manage to change it ! It's been constantly wavering between either 69 ' 70' 71. Furthermore , I even decided to get a personal trainer and train my bum off along the entire summer break, I'm in 2 weeks now. there's no... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 18:11:43 EST Skype workout buddy with meal plan accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39198120 Hello looking for someone interested in trying out a meal plan with me or at least holding each other accountable to our own meal plans and work out together via Skype. Open to your ideas too! email me jma021582@aol.com put in subject line Skype Workout buddy Sun, 5 Jun 2016 11:31:51 EST 21 days to get closer to being Naked and Afraid... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39171835 There is a TV show called Naked and Afraid and is based on living in the wilderness for 21 days with only one personal item while Naked with one other person. It is crazy addictive cause it is crazy to watch two strangers surviving in the wilderness with absolutely nothing to eat or drink and having to catch hunt and build everything for 21 days. Some of these people go two weeks without eating anything and living on dirty nasty water they get from rivers and watering holes. <BR> <BR> I say... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 02:37:52 EST Lapses in exercising. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39162582 <em>102</em> Don't take a week off from exercising. Starting over is a killer! Don't get caught up in your life and not exercise. I thought I would be okay just walking a little a couple of times, but I was wrong. Staying motivated is hard but I believe you have to want to stay healthy and get committed. Tue, 31 May 2016 21:35:32 EST JUNE 2016 Appreciations, Gratitude, Smile Bringers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39159513 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/47cd7538-3533-4c75-9bbf-37b8fe22f3e9.jpg"> <BR> “When we use words filled with positivity, like “love” and “peace”, we can alter how our brain functions by increasing cognitive reasoning and strengthening areas in our frontal lobes. Using positive words more often than negative ones can kick-start the motivational centers of the brain, propelling them into action, Dr. Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at Thomas Jefferson University, and Mark Rob... Tue, 31 May 2016 16:35:26 EST Did you gain weight when you quit smoking/vaping? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39157752 Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm on my 11th day without nicotine and I could eat the world and still feel hungry. <BR> <BR> For those who have been there, did you gain much weight? <BR> <BR> How long did it take your body to return to not being hungry all the time? <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> <BR> Mad Tue, 31 May 2016 11:32:45 EST On again off again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39137342 I'm notorious for starting on Sparkpeople and then getting discouraged and quitting. I've been on and off of this site multiple times. Any ideas for how I can keep myself motivated? Sat, 28 May 2016 20:29:48 EST Weight Loss Rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39136444 Have any of you ever set up weight loss rewards for certain goals met? I am thinking it's a neat way to keep motivated (amongst other things) but I am having a hard time coming up with a list........... ideas welcome. Sat, 28 May 2016 16:06:55 EST Anyone loose weight for their career? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39134924 Has anyone on here lost weight for their career? I'm a massage therapist and I've had a really hard year and gained back most of the 96 pounds I had lost. I've noticed that my personal business has completely dried up. I still get clients at the spa and they love me. I know my skill only improves with time so its not that. I'm starting to think it the open secret that being over weight in America is one of the worst things you can be and a lot of people are disgusted by fat people. I also kn... Sat, 28 May 2016 11:07:17 EST 20 lbs down...cant tell a difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39129584 I have worked hard and lost 20 lbs...started at 255 and now at 235...i have a long way to go, but I am proud of myself. Im just not sure why after 20 pounds I cannot see a difference. Anyone have any advice or past experience like this? Fri, 27 May 2016 18:04:32 EST body image http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39113233 hello i have been trying real hard to love who i am but when i look in the mirror and see them flabs and rolls and cellulite i just hate myself as much as society does..All the exercise in the world isnt going to spring my skin back to normal and im not rich enough for skin surgery...But i listen to some who are just so happy the way they are and i am puzzled for i see what they do and i dont get it. I would never ever tell someone the things i tell myself for i wouldnt hurt no one in that wa... Wed, 25 May 2016 17:27:13 EST It doesn't work aka body hate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39113087 Today, I've started a week long detox. Yeah, I know, controversial. But let me give you some background. I've almost always been overweight. I believe that my body was forever ruined by the parental abuse and starvation I was put through during puberty, but whatever. My first experience with weight loss came during college. I went to the medical center on campus to complain about my weight and instead of help the doctor yelled at me for expecting her to have some miracle cure. She said I coul... Wed, 25 May 2016 16:58:40 EST A new motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39106887 Tonight I made it through an entire yoga class without modifications or quitting early! In the past I've had to stop because of pain (I have lots of physical issues that cause joint issues) or the instructor didn't explain things well enough. I'm happy to say that I've found an instructor who explains things fabulously, and who moves around the room adjusting body position if necessary. She also knows plenty of modifications that she provided to my friend (she has RA) who took the class wi... Wed, 25 May 2016 00:53:21 EST HEY! - Where are all the REAL TEAMS ???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39099515 What's Up Spark People! <BR> <BR> Help me out here! <BR> <BR> Where are you hiding all of the REAL TEAMS ?? <BR> <BR> There are many definitions for "TEAM". <BR> <BR> I went online and found this one...and it really resonates with me, especially when I think about weight management teams. <BR> <BR> If you can honestly say that the definition below describes how YOUR TEAM functions... <BR> <BR> I DEFINITELY want to hear from you! <BR> <BR> If not, maybe this will inspire you to a... Tue, 24 May 2016 06:44:35 EST Why You Do What You Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39086773 A great motivation: <BR> WHY do you do what you do? <BR> Why are you tracking your food? <BR> Why are you exercising? <BR> WHY do you need/want to drop this weight? <BR> <BR> Daily/Weekly, post here. Remind yourself. See others' reasons. It can help encourage you. <BR> ____________________________________ <BR> <BR> I'm trying to lose weight because I gained a lot through my pregnancy. I swore I'd never be over 300lbs. I was. I JUST lost 5 and got under it. <BR> <BR> I want the body I've o... Sun, 22 May 2016 21:37:55 EST Motivation, how do I keep it up? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39086242 My problem with eating healthy and exercising is keeping motivated. What are some things I can do to stay motivated? Sun, 22 May 2016 20:29:16 EST Lazy to track regularly but I m going http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39085847 to make myself do it anyway! <BR> <BR> Ever felt that way? Sun, 22 May 2016 19:29:54 EST Back Slide http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39083167 I had to have my wisdom teeth pulled a week and a half ago. Before that I measured everything. I was doing SO good protein shakes, fruits, vegetables, low carb. I was at the gym EVERY day do at least an hour of cardio. When I had those teeth pulled I back slid. Now, I'm trying SO hard to get back into the swing of things. Today is the day. I'm currently drinking my morning protein shake and thinking about the gym. Sun, 22 May 2016 11:40:55 EST I Need a "True Friend" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39064182 I Need a “True Friend” <BR> <BR> I probably wasted a good hour of my life and journey tonight on a potential teammate. <BR> <BR> I don't get it. I reach out to people hoping to create something more than a superficial blogging team of cheer leaders, and the folks I have talked so far just aren't into it. <BR> <BR> I don't understand. <BR> <BR> Why would anyone prefer to blog meaningless rah-rah comments to one another, and then claim they are providing, or receiving, anything more ... Fri, 20 May 2016 04:18:28 EST I need a LOT of encouragement... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39062777 This may be long, so let me apologize beforehand. First a backstory. Like many of you, I have been dealing with obesity my whole life....my...whole...life. I remember trying Weight Watchers at age 12. Anyway, in the past 5 years, I've experienced 4-5 successful weight loss endeavors. Going from 290 down to 240 then having it back, several months later, I got down to 220....gained it back....and so on. <BR> <BR> This morning, I weighed it at 289.2. I'm feeling so discouraged and I need some ... Thu, 19 May 2016 22:11:13 EST I keep losing my motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39057934 Hi all! <BR> <BR> Every time I start the road to wellness, I end up quitting after a few weeks or a couple of months. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have advice for sticking with it? Thu, 19 May 2016 09:48:36 EST Obese Accountability Partner Needed!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39054515 Hi! My name is Alyssa. I am 22, 5'2 and ~330 lbs. My ultimate goal weight is ~125 lbs. I know people in a similar weight bracket are hard to come by, especially around my age and height. <BR> I would like someone to text daily/most days to keep each other on track and talk about our progress/stumbles/whatever. I only say texting because it is the most convenient. Ideally you are similar in stats (age, height, weight) and being female is a plus. <BR> That said, you certainly do not have to b... Thu, 19 May 2016 01:19:19 EST What's stopping you?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39053737 What do you feel is sometimes holding you back from reaching your full potential? I find that sometimes I get 'stuck in a rut' and it's tough to keep moving forward... I'd love to hear what is holding back others in our community... Wed, 18 May 2016 22:45:58 EST If You Could Change Anything about SP Teams... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39045544 Here is my challenge to you: <BR> <BR> If you could change anything about SP Teams, what would it be? <BR> <BR> How would it help you in your struggle? <BR> <BR> How would it make you more accountable? <BR> <BR> How would it allow you to better support others? <BR> <BR> What would the risks be? <BR> <BR> What would the rewards be? <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 18 May 2016 05:11:15 EST Maybe this is just the way I am http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39041120 I'm 28, and I've been losing weight and gaining weight and losing weight and gaining weight since I was in 7th grade. The last time I lost weight was in 2013 before my wedding, I lost 55 lbs. But I gained nearly all of it back since then. I'm generally very good at getting in "the zone" and doing what needs to be done to lose weight. But I've been having one good week, one bad week (you know, generally) for the last several months. <BR> <BR> I don't think I'm mentally up for anything very r... Tue, 17 May 2016 16:14:38 EST Weight loss buddy wanted http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39035135 mostly looking for someone who i could reach out to when ever i feel like cheating or discouraged and vise versa. Let me know if you are interested. <BR> Email: <BR> talia.perluss@gmail.com Mon, 16 May 2016 23:51:50 EST Cheer Leading Vs. Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39030586 I want more than cheer leading. I want accountability partners. <BR> <BR> I need a close-knit group of people who want to become friends over the long haul that it takes to sustain behavior modification and will result in achieving our individual and Team goals. <BR> <BR> I NEED cheer leading, but I WANT accountability partners. <BR> <BR> If you are SERIOUS, write me back, or check out the team I am starting: "I Control Me - Calorie Crushers 01". <BR> <BR> I'm in this fight for life, ... Mon, 16 May 2016 11:30:55 EST Feeling discouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39029922 Hello SP friends! <BR> Between September 2014 and June 2015 I managed to lose nearly 34 lbs (I was regularly seeing a dietitian and exercising). My weight was stable for some months, then from January 2016 on, I slowly piled on 13-14 lbs again! I know that I wasn't eating less strictly healthy anymore and my dietitian agreed on this after I reached my weight goal, but I guess that too much useless stuff is sneaking in my daily food intake. And it's blowing my efforts up! The main problem is ... Mon, 16 May 2016 10:21:19 EST Getting back on track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39007536 Today I sit at home with my 10 month old wondering how I have fallen off track so far?Both of my children are my world and I always put them first and focus on what they need . Which is good to an extent . Putting your children first ..until you are compromising taking care of yourself in the process. Sure feed them first then you eat that's fine, but now I find ways to not make myself meals and eat junk, I find ways to not shower.. I have put them first so much that I have become paralyzed w... Fri, 13 May 2016 13:27:18 EST Social Media http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39004141 I see people on Instagram tracking their weight loss journey over the course of months, even years. Has anyone used social media as a motivator to stay on track? If so, does it help you stay motivated? Fri, 13 May 2016 06:21:06 EST Blew it already http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39002505 I just started the 28 day challenge yesterday and really blew it bad today. I don't know how to fill out my nutrition I blew it so bad.I just have to start over tomorrow. I I feel so bad. Thu, 12 May 2016 22:47:11 EST Getting on a schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=39000546 Hey, Everyone, I'm Jess. I was on SparkPeople a while back, but I managed to lose about sixty pounds, so I stopped checking in. I have, however, gained thirty pounds back and I need help and support, because I can't do it on my own. <BR> <BR> I was at 220 at my highest, and my psychiatrist prescribed me this anti-depressant that also works as an appetite suppressant. It worked for a while and I ended up losing sixty to sixty-five pounds. I was at 161 last May. <BR> <BR> I was in LA for grad... Thu, 12 May 2016 17:46:29 EST burnt out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38994693 i finally decided after feeling burnt out today, i needed to get some spiritual fill up so physically i could feel better. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4df6d891-ea20-4998-b1cc-967bc266a3bb.jpg"> Thu, 12 May 2016 00:06:56 EST Scale is creeping back up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38993817 So, last summer I decided it was time to lose weight and went from 170 lbs to 120 lbs. I did it through exercise and eating around 1200 calories a day. I managed to keep the weight off for a while by strictly monitoring my diet, but in the last month I just completely lost it. I gained five lbs in three weeks because I keep binge-eating and I really don't know how to stop. I'll wake up and start fresh the next day, use the my exercise bike and follow my diet plan, but once a week I fall off ... Wed, 11 May 2016 21:36:41 EST Cardio Music http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38988783 Need some ideas for great songs to work out to for Cardio and separately for Strength Training. Desperately seeking to update my Ipod Wed, 11 May 2016 08:56:16 EST ADVICE, HELP! ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38979944 Hi there, I am trying to find out more about loosing 1,2 pounds a week the right way.. i exercise daily, i try to eat clean, but am stuck....what I doing wrong? Calories 1300 1500 Tue, 10 May 2016 09:45:56 EST ADVICE, HELP! ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38979939 Hi there, I am trying to find out more about loosing 1,2 pounds a week the right way.. i exercise daily, i try to eat clean, but am stuck....what I doing wrong? Calories 1300 1500 Tue, 10 May 2016 09:45:30 EST ADVICE, HELP! ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38979935 Hi there, I am trying to find out more about loosing 1,2 pounds a week the right way.. i exercise daily, i try to eat clean, but am stuck....what I doing wrong? Calories 1300 1500 Tue, 10 May 2016 09:45:03 EST ADVICE, HELP! ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38979931 Hi there, I am trying to find out more about loosing 1,2 pounds a week the right way.. i exercise daily, i try to eat clean, but am stuck....what I doing wrong? Calories 1300 1500 Tue, 10 May 2016 09:44:25 EST Focusing on Stress and Well-being http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38967045 This week, I'm going to focus on limiting stress and maintaining a positive attitude. I don't want to make my body uncomfortable and I don't want to shock it and stunt progress by expecting too much. I want to focus on taking my journey slowly and making sure that health is the number one goal. <BR> <BR> This process is too important and delicate to rush, and I intend to do it right. <BR> Slow progress is permanent progress and I will do my best to spread that word and to remember it wh... Sun, 8 May 2016 20:03:27 EST Why do people regain weight? Your input needed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38943019 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> One of our writers is doing an article about some of the reasons people tend to regain weight. Here are some she found: <BR> <BR> 1. Setting Unrealistic/Unsustainable Goals <BR> 2. Mindless Eating <BR> 3. Using A Short-Term Diet To Lose Weight <BR> 4. Losing Sight Of Physical Vs. Emotional Hunger <BR> <BR> Can you relate to any of these? If so, please share your experiences here, and your responses could be featured in an upcoming article. <BR> <BR> Thanks in adva... Thu, 5 May 2016 19:44:18 EST Why do you want to be healthier? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38940220 I'm wondering what reasons you have to be healthier. A lot of people say they want to lose weight to look good in a bathing suit, feel more confident, feel better in general, prevent disease, but why? <BR> <BR> What are the deeper reasons you might want to have that bikini body or boost self confidence? Thu, 5 May 2016 12:20:22 EST Don't Choose B/t Being Healthy or Enjoying Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38939762 You want to enjoy life. You want to enjoy doing the things you love. Spending time with friends, family, watching sports, celebrating birthdays, graduations, engagements, stopping for lunch after a great hike, going to festivals, brunches, and parties, all involve eating, and drinking too. And in the attempt to get healthy, you feel dread as these events approach, wondering if there will be healthy options, if you’ll have fun while everyone else is eating the creamy spinach dip in the bread b... Thu, 5 May 2016 11:12:21 EST Question: how many people do you know http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38932895 How many people do you know personally - I mean in real life: friends, co-workers, family.... who lost a significant amount of weight (at least 30 lbs) and kept it off for more than 5 years? <BR> <BR> I hardly know any... and at times I wonder if that saying is true that only 5 % (or less) of those who lose weight can keep it off. Wed, 4 May 2016 16:41:47 EST Feeling Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38922011 I hope everyone is feeling motivated today! I am ready to start my day and be active. Since I can not access the spark people app on my phone. I decided to not use that as an excuse and get on my computer to post and track foods I eat today. Nothing is going to stop me!! By the grace of God I am accomplishing my goals day by day. My prayer is that you are too! Have a BLESSED DAY!! Tue, 3 May 2016 10:12:29 EST What motivates you into action? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38910453 Hi Everyone! Lots of things inspire us but what motivates you into action? What was/is it that got you all excited to start? <BR> <BR> For me it was 3 things. One, all the things I can't do because I'm too overweight at this time. Two, all the things I can do but could do easier if I wasn't carrying around an extra 165 pounds every second of every day. Three, avoiding or prolonging health issues that will happen if I remain obesse. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/068... Mon, 2 May 2016 00:23:45 EST GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38906647 I am definitely going to lose 5 pounds before memorial day. What are your short-term goals? Sun, 1 May 2016 15:51:26 EST Humorous quote for "dieters" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38906448 “I tried every diet in the book. I tried some that weren’t in the book. I tried eating the book. It tasted better than most of the diets.” ~Dolly Parton Sun, 1 May 2016 15:20:48 EST Creative Before and After Photos...OPINIONS NEEDED http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38902211 I am doing a before-after photoshoot for my weight loss journey, similar to The Beth Project (look it up on google...its super cool!). Mine is going to be Alice in ONEderland themed because my goal weight is in the 100s, and I honestly can't remember the last time i weighed under 200lbs. <BR> I plan on dressing as the Cheshire cat, Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, and possibly the Caterpillar and/or Queen of Hearts as my "fat" self, and then dressing as Alice for the "after" part of the photos. I ha... Sun, 1 May 2016 00:26:44 EST SparkTeams http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38901792 I have been on and off Spark for the past 9 years. I used spark to lose a lot of weight and get on a good track in 2007 after my son was born and then it faded when I had my daughter in 2009 after some other struggles. Needless to say, 6 years later I'm the biggest I've ever been and ready to get back on track again. <BR> <BR> In the past, I led a spark team and joined several others. It was a great motivator; however, I'm struggling to find active teams now. Do you have teams you reco... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:13:26 EST MAY 2016-Gratitudes, Appreciations, Welcome All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38899556 “A noble person is mindful and thankful for the favors he receives from others.” – Buddha <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6f9b1263-7287-4403-b7b8-0c9174292588.jpg"> <BR> When you enter into a state of mindfulness, you make the choice to open your awareness to all aspects of your experience… positive, negative, and neutral. You look at yourself, others, and the world with an open-eyed sense of curiosity, nonjudgment, and acceptance. When you apply this same attitude of ... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 17:36:39 EST Thinspiratonal quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38897775 “Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:27:06 EST I cried at dinner tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38893991 I cried at dinner tonight. <BR> <BR> - 2 years go I was in a wheelchair with heart arrhythmia <BR> <BR> - last year I was struggling to walk from the living room to the bathroom without getting winded, and my husband had to wash my hair because I didn't have the energy <BR> <BR> - 6 months ago I could get up and do some minor light chores but have to sit down after every 5 or 10 minutes, sweaty and winded. At the grocery store I had to use a motorized cart, if I was able to go at all. <BR... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:53:41 EST Thinspirational quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38889646 “Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” ~Chinese Proverb Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:40:57 EST Biggest Loser Summer Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38888962 Need help getting healthier this summer? If you're looking for a challenge and ready to make a commitment....I have the challenge for you! <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name. It's a 10 week commitment. You have several little teams (with 24 members) that compete with each other. Main requirement is to weigh in each week. If you know for some reason that you can't post your weight (let the leaders know). Otherwise after 2 missed weigh ins (with no excuse) you would be moved to honorary. We h... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:55:39 EST I'm stuck! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38882384 Hey there! I'm Liz, a SAHM of 2 girls. I've kind of been one of those "spend most of the day on the couch with minimal getting up to go do some dishes or change the laundry over" people for the last 8 years. I wasn't particularly active when I was younger either, but I'm sad to say, I'm sitting at about 260 lbs, and I REALLY want to get down to about 180. I know weight is NOT the best show of results, but that's my ballpark figure. I'd like to drop about 4 sizes in pants, and a couple band si... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:14:14 EST Thinspiratonal quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38880897 “None of us can change our yesterdays but all of us can change our tomorrows.” ~Colin Powell Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:02:28 EST Thinspiratonal quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38871115 It's a slow process. Don't make it slower by quitting! Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:10:25 EST Are you tired everyday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38867597 Do you wake up tired? Do you count the hours before you go to bed as soon as you wake up? Do you miss your energy? I once did i am so thankful i am able to function during the day and not be exhausted anymore. I also have been thankful for the weight loss that has come with it. DO you miss living life? How much of your life have you missed out on because you have no energy. I have more energy than i did at the age of 18 i have energy to care for my three kids and work full time. Tell m... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 21:07:15 EST Thinspirational quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38862553 "Weight loss is like driving; If you ever veer off the road just make a U-turn and head back in the right direction!" Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:10:20 EST Thinspiratonal quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38853936 "You are one step closer every day so don't give up today!" Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:19:21 EST Thinspirational quote for the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38846089 “The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” ~William Faulkner Sun, 24 Apr 2016 12:04:24 EST Help! I Regained The Weight I Lost!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38839914 Hi. Here's the story. I successfully lost 70 pounds. Proud, confident, happy... the whole nine yards. Then after being sick, getting lazy I go back to old habits of eating crap and not going to gym anymore. Well that has packed back on more than half the weight I lost. Now I'm ashamed and no longer confident. <BR> <BR> I started out successfully losing with a workout buddy who was also aiming to lose weight. She gave up. I am on my own, which is fine. I just need to find some extreme mojo to... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 19:26:49 EST Struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38834808 Hi, I am new to the site. Am looking for motivation, support and new tools for success. I need to lose over 100 lbs and started slow about 2 months ago by cutting sodas and making healthier choices. <BR> <BR> I went to the doctor and he added Phentermine and Topamax plus a blood pressure medication. I have been on that a little over a week. I didn't weigh myself at the very start, but did not too long into the process. All in all I have lost about 12 lbs, 4 of those since starting the medica... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 03:09:48 EST got some good news for health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38832550 Need to contact VA to get some good health care. The 4 years years ago may be helpful now!?! Fri, 22 Apr 2016 19:28:19 EST Weight chart http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38822399 Where do I find those cute charts that show your weight goal and how much weight you have lost? Thu, 21 Apr 2016 14:02:37 EST Do you like yourself from the inside out? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38820797 I try to encourage my inner self everyday sometimes all day .I have to feed my spirit on the inside my core self as I would feed my physical body on the outside the two go hand in hand they come together to create a more happier, optimistic, and well rounded individual with a positive attitude towards life and life's situations. Think positive for as much as you can despite what it may appear to be and look Like otherwise .BE GOOD TO YOURSELF FROM THE INSIDE OUT LOVE YOU FOR YOU AND FOR ALL ... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:59:24 EST Who has beat the cycle of binging? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38817936 I am looking for a group of women here who have been bingers that can share with those of us who struggle with binging. Is there a way we can start a group? Anyone else out there interested? Thu, 21 Apr 2016 02:27:56 EST How to eat right http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38813759 I can not seem to stop snacking I work with clients who ALWAYS have treats such as cookies cake always around and it's so hard not to have some. But I stepped in the scale and I've actually gained weight part of me feels to give up the other part want a to try idk how to resist the sweets I've always loved sweets Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:28:13 EST How to go from losing to maintaining? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38788672 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> When I'm paying attention, tracking every day, and weighing myself every day, I can lose weight. Once I get to my goal weight though, I lose focus, consider that I'm done, and then over a year or so, 10 lbs comes back. <BR> <BR> Has anyone had success in relaxing the efforts and still keeping the weight off? I can't stay at 1200-ish calories forever, but it seems once I go off that restriction, I don't do well. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Sun, 17 Apr 2016 17:57:56 EST GAINED 3 pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38770162 So today I jumped on the scale to do my weekly weight check in. When I started I was 182. I lost 2 pounds and was down to 180. Today I go on the scale and I weight 183 pounds. I feel so angry and frustrated. I've been working out a lot to get ready for this race that I'm running. But this added weight is REALLY bothering me. Why isn't what I'm doing reflecting on the scale? Maybe I am eating too much. It just stinks. And I feel so bothered that I just want to eat everything around me.... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:44:39 EST How do you reward yourself? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38767596 I am a big food reward person, which is sabotaging me when it comes to having a healthier lifestyle. I also don't have a lot of money to play around with, so saving for a cool new toy or movie or whatever is difficult. Does anyone have any ideas for motivating rewards that are free or pretty inexpensive? Thu, 14 Apr 2016 23:36:02 EST Motivational Reading http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38764444 Hi everyone, <BR> I'm wondering if anyone has read any nonfiction or memoirs about weight loss success stories that they could share? I read "It Was Me All Along" by Andie Mitchell and her story really resonated with me because of how much I could related to her emotional eating. I've found a couple others and find that reading them while also committing to my own goals helps me stay on track. I'd appreciate any suggestions! Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:11:41 EST Illness + Stress= HELP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38762473 I am finding myself wandering off track for the last week. I need HELP! Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:42:57 EST Can I Just Skip a Few Months? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38762363 Day three now of my weight loss journey. Got on the scale, actually for the first time (when I started three days ago I was a little fragile, couldn't handle what I might see there) and it was three lbs heavier than just a week ago. I'm at the big 2-0-0. I seriously, literally, gain weight just by looking at junk food. And that's when I realized two things. <BR> <BR> One, this is going to be a lot harder than I thought. And two, I'm glad I'm here. <BR> <BR> But I've done this before and I ... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:30:47 EST Activity trackers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38752576 Hi i am new here and wanted to know how many people use activity trackers, or wearable to track their fitness goals etc, Have they made you more active or motivated <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 05:05:03 EST Staying Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38748864 Hi, I returned back to Sparking today after some time off. Motivation has seemed to be my main issue with losing. I will be doing so well and lose then BAM! Something happens to knock me off the wagon, I'll begin to overeat again or return to unhealthy snacks and gain back. This cycle needs to end and I need help to find how to end it. That's why I returned to Spark. Tue, 12 Apr 2016 16:41:06 EST If you could go back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38744671 To a younger age, what age would you pick? I'd go back to 17-18 to make different schooling/career choices. Tue, 12 Apr 2016 06:56:18 EST getting close to getting well again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38742642 Got a visit to biopsy then one of 3 is complete, no more guessing on the one. Can live with the other 2 conditions. Mon, 11 Apr 2016 22:42:10 EST Disappointed and need a lift http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38732488 Good Afternoon, all! <BR> <BR> First off, I'm a self-starter and a teacher. Motivating others is what I do all the time. I'm pretty good at motivating myself, but am in a bit of a slump and could use some optimism myself. <BR> <BR> In January I had my second son (yay!) Prior to that, I lost 50lbs on TSFL/Medifast. During my pregnancy, I gained 30lbs. I'm fine with this. It happens. However, this past month, I've been eating clean, watching portions, drinking over a gallon of water, and wor... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 19:59:39 EST Shake your booty! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38730679 Just found some '70's CDs at a garage sale, and have been dancing to them all morning out in California. That is one way to get exercise and smile! Sun, 10 Apr 2016 14:33:15 EST I Need Help!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38720673 Day 50 here and I have done so very well, I have a binge eating problem that I have let go unchecked for several years now. I am no stranger to weight loss I lost 156lbs 10 years ago, but today find myself right where I started. Only 10 years older. I am so proud of the effort that I have given! I have stayed within my calorie range for 50 days. I have logged my nutrition, remained positive, but with very little results. I lost 1 lb this week. I feel the emotions that give me the desi... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 07:20:18 EST Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38718593 So, here's the thing, I am 52 years old, 5'6" and, as of this morning, weigh 244 pounds. I do not have high blood pressure, my cholesterol is fine, my blood glucose levels are perfect and my resting heart rate ranges from 45 to 52. I am hypothyroid but according to the endocrinologist I saw in January my thyroid medication has it under control. I am exercising 45 to 60 minutes a day 6 days a week. I don't drink pop - never have as I'm not a fan of the carbonation and I make almost all of o... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 22:09:12 EST Energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38710175 how do you force yourself off the couch to do anything Thu, 7 Apr 2016 21:14:00 EST huge success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38706784 Ok I did not lose weight this week but I tracked everything and kept it real with Spark p and did not gain weight. I have adhd,bipolar 2, and ocd and a major breakup of three plus years going on. The fact that I kept with this program for 7 days is the huge success. The fact that I controlled myself and didn't do emo eating and beer drinking is awesome. I am proud of myself. Thu, 7 Apr 2016 11:20:12 EST plateau beating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38706080 Im 65 lbs into my target 100lbs weight loss and have at last come to a plateau. <BR> <BR> I have double checked to make sure that there is no calorie creep and have increased my activity level. Based on the maths I should loose at least 2lbs a week. <BR> <BR> Is this the body doing something for its self and if so why does it do it and more importantly how do I get through it fast - as its driving me crazy! <BR> <BR> Current weight constant for 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> Cheers Thu, 7 Apr 2016 09:59:43 EST Yo-yo Sparker, Back Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38681026 I'm back, again. After gaining all my weight back, again. I've got a cruise in October which is sort of the date I'm chasing. But I'm really looking forward to losing some of this weight and feeling better. I'm really down on myself. And I gain weight so freakishly fast- I don't even eat that poorly, and I work out 6 days a week, yet I've gained 5 lbs in the last two weeks alone. So I usually have to be pretty restrictive on myself to actually see any results, which is a bit of a double edged... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 16:42:33 EST Comments from work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38680681 I know this will sound silly but it's something that has been bugging me more and more. At work I bring my lunch and snacks (generally fruit & veggies) and will munch on them throughout the day. I've had a few people comment "eating again?" now in a joking manner but it's starting to irritate me. <BR> <BR> I used to snack heavily throughout the day but never on junk. I've been working on my grazing and am happy to report that I am down 4 lbs as of today! When I graze, it's not uncommon for ... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 15:57:26 EST Getting back on track... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38670350 First let me say that I have been overweight all of my life. I have diabetes and am on insulin. On February 4th, I started using Spark People and was very good at logging everything. Lost 10 pounds in 5 weeks which was amazing for me especially being on insulin. I started out doing 30 minutes of exercise 6 times per week... then upped it to 50 minutes. I was so proud of myself. My dad had surgery two weeks ago and I got really stressed.... slowly I fell off the proverbial wagon. I am trying a... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 11:19:49 EST APRIL 2016-Gratitudes Thanks Appreciations!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38649805 "Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices." Robert Braathe <BR> <BR> I appreciate every person who contributes and shares on this thread. As always please share 5 things you are grateful for, appreciate or are working for you. The daily gifts! <BR> <BR> Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. <BR> Denis Waitley <BR> Sometimes we should express our g... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 20:50:24 EST How do you break the yo-yo cycle? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38647611 I lost 80lbs going on 6 years ago, gained back 40, lost 40, gained 40...etc..? Does anyone have any advice for breaking the yo-yo cycle?? It seems every time I feel like I'm finally at the weight I want to be, I lose all motivation to maintain and just go nuts and gain it all back.... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 14:48:53 EST Are you DETERMINED? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38638714 Today is the one day I can be determined. I can plan for tomorrow by my determination is reserved for today. Good morning. Have a determined day. (J.L.Norman) Hugs, Mama Judy <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7576c4e8-d6b8-43da-94da-8b88dfd88f57.jpeg"> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 16:52:29 EST Calorie counting or not - what works best for you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38620139 Hi everyone <BR> <BR> my obesity is now WAY out of control. 3 years ago I was 175lbs and now I'm up to 220. I've felt like the entire time I've been battling yet could not grasp hold of the problem. I've gained more and more bad habits and now I do things I never would have considered - like eating a box of chocolates every single night, and dinner is normally a whole pizza, like every single day. I don't know why I can't stop! <BR> <BR> I THINK I need a way to eat less and eat healthier in... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 17:10:00 EST starting over ~ AGAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38617560 I was doing so well then LIFE HAPPENED. I just can't seem to get motivated again. Mon, 28 Mar 2016 10:28:08 EST Keeping the determination in the face of adversity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38609796 Today will be a big challenge for me: family gathering. Food means love, in our family. I plan to eat small portions, and drink lots of water. Tomorrow, I weigh myself for the second time. It would be huge for me to have even lost one pound, despite this big day. I want to keep this determination. To be an example, and have a healthy heart. Have a super day! Sun, 27 Mar 2016 11:32:22 EST Break up effects health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38604526 My girlfriend and I of 8 years broke up. I feel so devastated and the thing is one my favorite hobbies is working out and I can't even motivate myself to go like I used to I would 7 days a week now I go 2 if I am feeling it I really have no friends family is busy and I don't have my very best friend I know it's over I am accepting that but what do I do to break this wall any advice would help Sat, 26 Mar 2016 17:46:32 EST Looking for a daily check-in buddy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38601073 Hello all! <BR> <BR> I would love to meet someone who is interested in having a daily check-in buddy. I need someone to be accountable to, but I think it is also beneficial to have someone counting on me to help them through the tough days too. <BR> <BR> A bit about me... <BR> I'm a 33yo high school teacher near Toronto, married no kids. I have about 73 lbs to lose to get to my goal weight. I have been overweight since I was 8 years old, and have always been trying to lose the weight, but e... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 07:25:33 EST it's nothing new. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38599325 Still having trouble staying motivated. I am doing well, but need a lot of encouragement, which I get from my wife most of the time. Thankful for her. Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:20:39 EST raw vegan texting buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38595469 Hello, <BR> I am looking for a raw vegan texting buddy- US only Fri, 25 Mar 2016 13:30:08 EST Losing my mind... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38587162 I think I am losing my mind! My emotions are all over the place and race from depressed to angry in split seconds. I haven't been on medications for mood swings but in December I weaned off Pristiq, per Dr orders. I had been on it since my car accident in 2009 and it was prescribed to help with hot flashes and anxiety. It was hell weaning off it and never want to go through that again. I was feeling fine until recently (app2 weeks). Then started having erratic thoughts, emotions and not... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 15:23:27 EST Healthy goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38582099 I want to lose weight to fit into a favorite pair of pants. I also don't want to be waddling next year when I go to Europe. Are these healthy goals? Thu, 24 Mar 2016 00:50:11 EST The number on the clothes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38581132 As I'm in VA and the weather is getting warmer, I am realizing that my shorts from last year (size 12) do not fit AT ALL. I tried to psych myself up to believe that I could be back in these clothes in a few months. I finally broke down and went to target today to buy a couple pairs of shorts that DO fit me RIGHT now. Surely a size 14 would fit...nope. Size 16!!! I was about to sink into a deep depression but reminded myself that I'm exercising daily and tracking my food. Yes I have wor... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 22:00:29 EST Looking for a buddy to keep me accountable http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38579294 Hello, <BR> I am usually pretty active. With work, my activity level has diminished. My takeout orders have gone up. Today I am on day 2 of no takeout and for my first day on here, I am meeting my goals. Any advice or motivation is welcomed! Trying to lose 20 pounds. Wed, 23 Mar 2016 18:42:31 EST Lost motivation, trying to get it back. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38568686 These past few weeks, I've been especially lax. You could say even the past few months I've been not as careful, but I've maintained when I've been wanting to lose more weight. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty sure I've put on the pounds in the past few weeks and It's really brought me down. I think of when I first started and how disciplined and hard I worked at it and I get so anxious thinking about gaining all that I've lost back. <BR> <BR> I've lost about 140 lbs. now and anytime I overeat I worr... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 15:37:10 EST Life going down hill http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38561662 How do you stay motivated when you're a breath away from losing your job and your Mum has said she feels like she doesn't have a daughter (me)? Mon, 21 Mar 2016 20:27:57 EST Feeling Discouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38558456 I ate a really sugary breakfast and I am feeing really upset with myself Mon, 21 Mar 2016 12:46:59 EST Please Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38556500 I just signed up for the coaching program. I am 66 years old and getting fatter every day. I would like to have a coach that can help me just get started. Its so hard. I tried just logging my calories everyday for the past two weeks. but nothing is changing. I can't seemed to get motivated to do any kind of exercise. My job keeps me sitting most of the day. When I get home at night I just want to relax. I try bring my own lunches and breakfast to work, but don't seem to pick the right... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 08:31:39 EST It's been difficult http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38552765 With asthma and c diff it has been difficult in maintaining my tracking on SparkPeople, but my wife of 47 years, has been a pillar for me!!! Sun, 20 Mar 2016 21:34:01 EST Need a weight loss partner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38549068 I have been with sparkpeople since 2009. I am eating low carb/keto and would love a partner to help get this weight off. I recently lost my mom and my gym, so I am pretty in the dumps in the motivation dept. I live in Missouri, I'm single w/4 kids, 39. I run a fitness gear website, and another website for chickens, so I work remotely and have limited access to people. I do enjoy 5ks, I love CrossFit, but looking into a home gym now (since my gym closed, and no others are very close, I live in... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 13:03:39 EST Weight loss while taking Seroquel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38522546 About 4 years ago I weighed 454 pounds. Since then I have been working on my weight through diet, exercise and weight training. I got down to 289 pounds which is so close to my goal of 250 pounds. I have been having some issues with anger and went to see my doctor and after a bunch of tests I was diagnosed with being Bi-Polar. After trying a couple different meds I finally found that Seroquel XR works awesome and I feel like a new person. One of the side effects is weight gain. Over the past ... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 13:39:36 EST "Small goals" rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38519780 What are some good rewards to have for reaching those smaller goals? I tend to find it easier/more motivating to look forward to the little things in addition to the big payoff at the end. <BR> What do you reward yourself with for hitting the smaller milestones? Thu, 17 Mar 2016 08:08:21 EST i want to fast before college graduation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38517869 so guys, i have a considerable amount of BF on me. <BR> <BR> here is the weird thing... <BR> <BR> 2 1/2 weeks ago i had strep throat and a fever of 108!! can you believe that? despite eating up to 1800 calories a day and being sedentary, i lost 6 lbs in BED! i had to be admitted to the hospital 2x and they found a bacteria in my lungs (and later, you know, the other end). <BR> <BR> here is the thing that i am grappling with: how the frick did that happen, and why does it keep going? i am... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 02:09:18 EST Favorite workout song http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38515494 Mine is a little-known Britney Spears song called 'Work Work'. What is your favorite song to workout to? Wed, 16 Mar 2016 20:38:15 EST Accountability Buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38506413 I am a 32 year old Female looking for a weight loss / accountability buddy. I am just starting my journey to a newer me, and would like to loose 100 lbs. I am going the low carb with exercise route. Anyone out there that would be interested? Thank you! Tue, 15 Mar 2016 22:35:22 EST Having trouble staying motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38473340 I'm 48 almost, 140 lbs overweight. I can and have lost weight then gained more back beause I get lazy. The worst part is my knees are killing me. I can only stand about ten minutes and i have to sit. Hard to clean, cook, excercise and stay motivated. Sat, 12 Mar 2016 11:20:55 EST Not seeing results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38468434 I lost over ten pounds, but am not seeing results. I decided to lose weight, eat healthier, and exercise in order to help with my heartburn and insomnia. Ten pounds later, and two months of sparkpeople and I still get heartburn and have just as much trouble sleeping. The past couple of days I have been very frustrated. It's nice to look thinner, but that was never my goal. My goal was to feel better but I don't! <BR> <BR> I know I may have to change my diet more, but I feel miserable th... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 21:48:39 EST Sooo hungry. Are the first few days the worst? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38465704 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I started counting my calories (I refuse to say I started a diet) on Monday, so today is the fifth day. I'm irritated and hangry (yes, hangry - this is beyond hungry and has put me in a foul mood). Is this normal for the first few days? I'm hoping it is and that this will pass soon. I've lost three pounds already, so I know I'm doing something right, but I'm just so hungry. I'm used to being a grazer, but I haven't figured out how to eat like that and still stay within... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:05:52 EST 2016 Spring 5% Challenge Community http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38465380 Summer IS coming - are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Spring 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. You get to have fun, make new friends and get in shape! <BR> <BR> During the winter challenge I lost 6lbs. Now I'm looking forward to hitting Onderland in the Spring Challenge. The 5% community is on... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 13:18:32 EST oh man losing it http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38457380 Not the weight...my mind! gotta get it together. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 16:51:53 EST Help!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38456947 I just think I am going to over weight for the rest of my life. I just cannot get into the groove again to start eating healthy. I am so miserable with myself but I keep eating and falling into same ruts. I know it is up to me to do this but I just wish there was a magic pill that I could take and it would get me to where I want to be. I am so unhealthy and I have no energy to even exercise. I just really need some motivation and some word that will get me started again. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 15:22:51 EST So no help from husband today :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38449209 Now I thought that my husband would be more encouraging about me losing weight but that seems to be the opposite. I bought a WII so I could get the WII Fitness program so we could both work out together but he just rather sit in his chair and that just makes me want to do the same. How can I get him interested in working out with me so I just don't give up ?? <em>46</em> Wed, 9 Mar 2016 21:31:07 EST Rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38447542 One of my goals that I track is if I rewarded myself each day. I'm just wondering how each one of you rewards yourself for sticking to your plan. Wed, 9 Mar 2016 18:29:12 EST The struggle is REAL!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38447234 Hi All, <BR> <BR> - I NEED a buddy, not just any buddy!!! I need a true buddy. not just here on Spark people but an "in my business" buddy. I need someone who is walking a similar journey, who is serious about this and isn't afraid to be a friend and kick a little butt and still be empathetic and understanding. Some one who checks in often and prods till it gets done. I need someone who will fight the fight, walk the walk and talk the talk; TOGETHER. I need someone whose in this life to wi... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 17:47:32 EST need a find ten exercise buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38442527 anyone out there willing to help? Wed, 9 Mar 2016 07:33:43 EST Too much on Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38434388 I ate too much on Saturday. Too many sweets. So what do I do now? Get back on track and back to walking and eating right. Oh, but I did reach my walking goal on Saturday, so the day did hold some merit as for my weight loss journey! Tue, 8 Mar 2016 11:15:22 EST How do you keep your commitment? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38422888 I'm having trouble staying committed with my plan to lose weight. How do you keep going? I feel like I lose some weight and then I feel okay so I start adding in little junk food here and there. I just don't know how to keep the momentum! I weigh 151 and when I get below 150 I feel like I start gaining again.. I do it to myself! It's very frustrating! What keeps you going? Mon, 7 Mar 2016 09:44:27 EST Transitions are hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38419082 Hi guys - I've used sparkpeople on and off for at least 7 years now. I graduated from college in May and was not prepared for the transition to adulthood, mentally or physically. I moved from a small college community on the East Coast that provided me with healthy nutrition options and a free gym to a small, isolated military town on the West Coast. This town is just opening the first (nice) gym this month and food options are scarce. <BR> <BR> I want to start getting healthy again - really... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 22:49:07 EST Motivation Videos http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38407928 Hello, <BR> <BR> Im looking for the best motivation videos on the web. i have seen some websites like vmotivation.com and on youtube. They have until now the best motivation video content. Do you have any reccommendations? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 5 Mar 2016 18:42:30 EST about to give up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38404263 Soooo discouraged. Working out 5 - 6 days a week. Keeping calories at about 1200 and not losing a single pound! 5 years ago I did the exact same thing and dropped 25 lbs in 3 months! Is it because I quit smoking? Do I need to go back on nicotine? Even greatly reduced simple carbs and still no luck. I know it gets harder when you get older but this is ridiculous. Sat, 5 Mar 2016 09:36:13 EST Finding Your Smile On the Inside http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38388918 I want to wake up in the morning and feel whole again. Even if things aren't how I -need- them. <BR> <BR> I would like to rise from bed, make my coffee, and drink it with a sense of calm, knowing everything will be alright. <BR> <BR> After losing a baby and my husbands infidelity only a few weeks ago, I'm starting to see the fatigue in my face, the lack of hunger, the restless sleep, the knowing that the man beside me wasn't faithful after all these years. And lets not forget the plateau of... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 17:49:58 EST Counting calories is difficult http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38386555 Hi guys <BR> <BR> I have counted calories and tried to lose weight countless times before. Now I'm at my heaviest ever and I just want to lose at least some of it. I'm not sure where I keep losing my motivation, but I think part of it is that I think counting calories is really hard. I never know how much I ate exactly (how many grams of something for example)or what constitutes a small or a large banana for example. It's also just a lot of work to add all the various small ingredients. Furt... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 12:06:19 EST Struggling to stay motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38375052 I have been working out fairly consistently for the past three months. But for the past two nights I found myself sitting on my sofa playing games on my ipad after work until I crawled into bed. I just didn't feel like moving. I am worried that I am losing my motivation and I am not sure what to do.... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 11:04:45 EST MARCH 2016-Gratitudes Thanks Appreciations!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38357754 "When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around." Willie Nelson <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/187391af-dc1b-4407-a6b1-f592b2ef1a76.jpg"> <BR> Let's keep the tradition of sharing 5 things that are working in our lives, we appreciate or that just make us smile. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1353cf86-6bca-449f-806e-3c8f195e5bad.jpg"> <BR> I look forward to seeing all my grateful friends tomorrow! Mon, 29 Feb 2016 18:52:12 EST Hobbies can keep you motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38356522 I am an amateur artist, and I started a painting today. I actually forgot about being hungry (afternoon is usually my danger time) b/c I was so engrossed in my art. Does that happen to you? What do you do that makes you forget? Mon, 29 Feb 2016 15:49:00 EST Serial Bingeing/BED http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38350863 Hi <BR> <BR> So I got back on my healthy eating habits of over 6 months after a massive 6 week carb-centric binge, and I know a lot of us have been there and done that. However, since this was the first (and hopefully last) time I did what I did, I stumbled on a couple of gasp-inducing realizations that seem to be a common pattern with serial binge-eaters, which I'd like to share with y'all: <BR> <BR> 1. If it's probable BED, PLEASE get it checked. I'm from India where mostly even a visit t... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:39:33 EST Feel like I have no control http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38349731 Two years ago I had lost 40 pounds and was still working on it when I kind of fell out of my good habits I'd formed. I managed to stay around 185 (ultimate goal 160) and ended up being hired as a shorebird intern with the Park Service in Cape Cod over last summer. Every single day I was out on the beach walking miles in the sand searching for nests, using an 8lb sledgehammer to pound out miles of fencing with the tides. I was gaining fitness quickly but continued eating what I wanted. I neve... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 22:31:50 EST I'm having a hard time with motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38347092 I restarted SP like gangbusters and now am having a hard time keeping up my motivation. Been feeling down in the dumps lately and can't seem to shake it. I start my days ready to face the world, then the day comes & I feel I just can't cope so I eat. I know we all go thru this from time to time & just need a little guidance. Sun, 28 Feb 2016 17:09:03 EST I lost 10 pounds, but can't really tell..? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38346872 Hello everyone! This is my first post in the forum, I'm really enjoying having this platform to track my weight loss progress. <BR> <BR> Since going vegan - a little over a month ago - I've lost about 5kg. The thing is, I can't really tell a difference, not in the mirror, nor on my daily life... The only place where I can kind of tell some shrinking is my breasts, and my boyfriend says my legs are skinnier (I can't see it). <BR> <BR> I was a little overweight before (about 70 kg - 5'5") an... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 16:22:41 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38346614 I need help with this. I am not motivated. I gave up but now i want to try it again. Sun, 28 Feb 2016 15:41:23 EST New Month - New Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38346528 March into the new month. Sun, 28 Feb 2016 15:25:57 EST Starting over....and over, and over, and over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38327229 I have tried getting fit and healthy (and losing weight) so many, many times in my life. I have almost stopped believing it is even a real possibility, even though, intellectually, I know it must be. I am not actually overweight (though I am getting close and weight the most I ever have in my whole life). But I am seeing my body changing in a way I don't like, and I see the direction this is leading. Also, I feel like my body can't do all the amazing things I want it to be able to do... be st... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 10:01:42 EST I just massively overate two days in a row... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38313103 Everyone keeps telling me i'm teeeny-tiny and that I don't need to lose any weight and that I look fantastic and so I just eat whatever but then at the end of the night I hate myself for doing it :( <BR> <BR> Everyone just see's that I'm a size 6-7 and that I used to be an 18 and that I've lost 80+ lbs already and that I'm active now and they tell me to stop but I see myself for what I actually look like (without clothes to hide behind) and am disgusted because I still have fat on my stomac... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 23:55:55 EST just say no http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38306934 I just said "No" to the donuts in the break room! I am so proud <em>104</em> Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:34:38 EST #100daysofhealthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38305044 With 100 days to go until my 30th birthday, I've decided to use this time to focus on changing my habits and being healthy - taking it 1 day at a time for the next 100 days. I think I'm finally in the right mindset to do this! No weight loss goal, just being consistent day by day so that just over 3 months from now, my healthy choices are routine. <BR> <BR> I'll be tagging some of my meals and workouts as #100days on Instagram - would love it if other people could join in! Wed, 24 Feb 2016 08:25:53 EST Fitbits? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38292575 How accurate have you found your fitbit to be? I have the Charge HR and I'm loving it, assuming it's pretty accurate, of course! Tue, 23 Feb 2016 00:12:38 EST I need Expert advice - What to do next? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38288995 Hoping a SP Resident Expert can give me some guidance... <BR> <BR> I have been on SP for many years. Love this place! But I have always lost weight so incredibly slowly that I find myself giving up after several months of no success. Then after a few months later I come back to SP and get back to tracking. Sometimes I've gained weight, sometimes I haven't. I don't give up on a healthier lifestyle, I just have to take a mental break from tracking everything because not seeing it turn into res... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 17:05:56 EST Smaller jeans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38282400 I've bought two pairs of smaller jeans last Friday and I was on cloud 9. <BR> <BR> "Oh my God, I hadn't fit in a 38 since I don't now how long. Oh I look so good!" You know, the drill. I used to wear a 44, so I drop 4 sizes. I was happy. <BR> <BR> I left the pants to have the hems done and pick them up yesterday. I put them on and... <BR> <BR> I feel fat in them. They fit, but I feel fat. They don't seem to look so good now. <BR> <BR> Do any of you felt fat when you try smaller clothes ... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 04:33:47 EST Today I laughed when... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38280673 Today I laughed when my husband told me that my nephew's girlfriend has had a crush on him since she was in the first grade..😀 Sun, 21 Feb 2016 21:47:50 EST with this blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38279602 I don't know about blogs or frogs, though my grandpa taught me how to gig for frogs and watched my grandma cook frog legs. However, with this message I go on to another level, but I am revamping my diet for more healthy and less "wants." Sun, 21 Feb 2016 19:13:33 EST getting discouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38271876 I started to change my diet (notice I did not say dieting) on January 4th. I've lost 11 pounds since then. It's been that way for about 3 weeks now.I have much healthier eating habits and I gave up all kinds of pop. No diet. No regular.I've cut back on the amounts of food I eat. I was eating over 3000 calories a day. Now I am eating about 1600 most days. Some days I go under by a couple of hundred. Other days I go over by as much. It all evens out. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I wonder if this is all... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 22:14:53 EST Working out... and only more exhausted than before http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38262633 My husband and I joined a gym just 6 weeks ago. <BR> <BR> When I started going I was hoping that I'd be able to boost my daily energy level. Before: I often found myself, with my sedentary life as an editor, being exhausted mid-day, often napping instead of working (from home). But then I'd end up staying up until 12 or 1am working... repeat. <BR> <BR> Well since going to the gym my night sleep habits are far better - much more routine (tired for bed - and then going to bed - all before mid... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 22:55:54 EST Good Morning All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38257582 Wow started the day with a band... Sun is shinning and so is my spirits... I had a bowl of Grapenuts Cereal and 5 oz of OJ... I will save the other 5oz for dinner... down 3lbs but I am sure some of it is water... I will be like a turtle slow and steady... <BR> Spring is just around the corner... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 11:05:27 EST Feeling frustrated with my plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38242566 Hi everyone. I am curious as to how many people feel completely down about hitting plateaus? I have lost 25 pounds and have 25 left to go but the last few weeks my weight hasn't budged. I changed up my exercise routine and swapped out some foods to try to kick start my system again and nothing has seemed to work so far. Any suggestions on how you get through this? I'm working out and still putting in max effort but looking at myself and feeling down for not progressing. How long can this last... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 22:05:05 EST How do you imagine Skype could help fitness? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38240957 I'm thinking of people with injuries or older ages who don't go out to a gym or have friends over to do stretches or workouts with them. I love this topic and I haven't heard many people talking about Skype's possible role in fitness. Wed, 17 Feb 2016 19:12:38 EST Got off track-Need advice ASAP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38232493 Hi guys, <BR> <BR> I am pretty new, but I was doing so well! Just by tracking my food, I lost 4 pounds in the first week. Then Valentine's Day came and I totally went off track, especially with our dinner out. You would think I would just get back on track the next day, but no...I ate left overs..too many and then just continued. I did well for breakfast and lunch today but then not dinner again and I have now eaten too many sweets today. I need to change this now, but what can I do tom... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 23:01:14 EST Need help. I have a fear of exercising http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38222624 Ok this might sound really stupid but I'm having trouble getting past this point and could use some advice from people that actually work out. <BR> <BR> I'm over weight. I don't work out at all and every time I consider starting to jog and maybe lose some weight I hit a mental road block. And I don't really know how to get past it. It's just a fear I have. Yes a fear of getting healthy... <BR> <BR> When I was younger I was chubby. I gained quite a bit in my chest and developed man boobs. We... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 00:56:58 EST Buddies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38216742 Not going to lie I have had the hardest time trying to figure out how to make some buddies/friends on Sparkpeople to help each other with motivation and friendship along the way. Thanks for listening! Mon, 15 Feb 2016 11:47:11 EST I had motivation, but was always short lived. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38215203 I learned something new today. Its something that is simple and does not take a medical or college degree to get. If you are trying to lose weight, having junk food all around you does not help you in stay on track to succeed. <BR> <BR> I am in my 50's, I havent been a healthy weight for over 30 years. I have either joined or have done many different diet plans,I have gotten healthy, good food to eat and stock my shelves and frig, but the moment my kids ask me to buy something I shouldn't h... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 08:49:41 EST No MORE stretching! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38189006 Ok, I just joined SparkPeople 3 days ago...But, I have been running, weight lifting and doing many varieties of workouts for about 4 months off and on. The last 2 months I have been really serious about my workouts. I do watch what I eat. I watch my portions and calories. I have been on just about every diet out there and really counting calories and working out is just the best and easiest way. <BR> So, on to my topic... <BR> After getting more serious about my workouts (not changing my die... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:04:08 EST Say "Well done to someone on this app.Toda. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38187963 To all my Spark family who are on this journey together with me who has lost even 1 pound and those who are trying very hard:"Well done ! Proud of you all.Stay positive. Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:11:36 EST self motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38185501 I'm having a hard time getting motivated to exercise. I need to find some self-motivation. I n need some help with tips of motivation Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:56:29 EST Time to be OPTIMISITC http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38184226 I know with all of this cold weather it's easy to fall into the traps of eating unhealthy and being lazy. That's why I think it is important to focus on what we HAVE done for the day rather than what we HAVEN'T. <BR> <BR> With that, I want to hear one thing that you've completed today that has made you happy. It doesn't even have to be fitness related! It can be anything! <BR> <BR> My happy moment was participating in all of my classes today. It's something I never do because I don't like... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:22:17 EST Need some help with motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38180023 Hello all! <BR> <BR> I lost 50 lbs about 2 years ago using Sparkpeople. I felt great, but a move, new job, and a break up left me with an extra 20 lbs. I am trying to shed the extra 20 plus some! I just turned 25, and my goal is to lose 25% of my weight before my next birthday. I lost 15 lbs using the 21 day fix, but the scale isn't moving anymore, and I am losing my motivation. Any tips for breaking this plateau? Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:05:22 EST Please Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38159576 I am a 39yr old male. I am 5'5" and I weigh 435 lbs. I have struggled everyday with my weight since I was young. I am reaching out in the forum because I am ashamed to ask for help in person. I am embarrassed of how I look, and I feel like people are staring and making fun of me everywhere I go. I am so sick of feeling this way. It's not just the mental pain, but I am tired of feeling this way physically. I want to play with my kids, and take them places with feeling like I have embarrassed t... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 12:17:45 EST Needing a boost http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38149643 I'm 38 and quit smoking 3.5 years ago ever since then my weight's been a slow creep. Yet extremely stubborn to come off. I have committed to getting it off but it is SO frustrating it feels like my weight will not budge no matter how closely I control intake and I'm also exercising 5 days a week doing insanity max 30 which is a kick butt workout. This morning I weighed in expecting to see at least some loss and instead I saw 0.4 lb gain! Ugh!! I'm so frustrated! Looking for any pointers from ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 13:34:53 EST Staying motivated to get up early http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38142252 I searched through the message boards to see how everyone wakes up early, but it seems that most people work normal hours. I have to be at work by 6am. Before I started doing any exercise I would not wake up until 5:30am. Now, due more to my dogs exercise needs, I have been waking up at 5am to take them on a 20 minute walk and 10 minutes of obedience training. I already have trouble rolling out of bed at 5:30am and I am a horrible morning person. My husband can't even talk to me in the mornin... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 20:38:32 EST Staying motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38136844 How do you stay motivated when your boyfriend constantly criticises you for rewarding yourself with a very small occasional treat? He won't even let the kids have treats anymore because I'm fat. My motivation to lose is turning to motivation to just "sneak eat" like I did when I was growing up. Plus I think I may be pregnant & that's not going to go over good at all. Anyone have any suggestions? I feel so alone & I need to get to a healthy size because after being told a year and a half ago t... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 10:28:12 EST This is what a pound of fat looks like! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38136059 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/98655f88-61d0-425f-b905-29db790ba457.jpg"> Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:05:28 EST Need advice.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38125364 I'm just starting this weightless journey. I'm alone in it with no family support :-( and I have a long way to go as a 5'8" tall woman weighing 290#. I love to be active outdoors hiking and biking, but tend to lose motivation when it's cold out. I'm joining a gym today to get started on a treadmill. What worries me is I'm terrible at logging what I eat, and its hard to cut carbs. I see those as my struggles. What are your advice on starting out so I don't overwhelm myself and can keep focused... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 03:02:49 EST Cant convince myself. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38120732 I'm reaching out to just get some advice on how you convince yourself to work out. I have all the tools, I literally BUSTED my bum to get an entire room together, cleaned out spare rooms, reorganized my entire house LITERALLY, in between working both my jobs, and worked hard on it for two weeks straight.. got all my equipment in and havent stepped foot back in. Why? What is making me stray? Why cant I force myself to get in that "work out room" and get things done? <BR> <BR> I have all the ... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 14:30:07 EST Looking for advice... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38119618 I wasn't quite sure where to post this, but I'm just looking for a little advice. My dentist recently (about a week and a half ago) put me on a general antibiotic because I have an advanced gum disease, something I've been dealing with for a while, so I don't have any major infections or anything, but anyway, the side effects completely threw me off. I was feeling nauseous when I took it in the morning, I had some other indigestion, I'm drained of energy, my appetite changed and I've had un... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 11:39:56 EST Sparkpoints are Motivating Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38118759 Maybe it's the competitor in me, but I LOVE Sparkpoints. I have been aiming for 100 points per day abut am now ready to ramp it up to even higher daily points totals. I am trying to move quicker from one level to the next. I love the variety of helpful ways to earn points each day. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 10:10:51 EST TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38118748 Today is the immediate part of my goal. It is my clean slate. What I write that.is under my control. I choose to be positive and successful. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 10:09:38 EST What are some of your favorite workout songs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38109939 What are some of your favorite workout songs? I love to listen to classic rock while working out.:) Thu, 4 Feb 2016 13:47:20 EST Help for retirees http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38108722 You have lot of stuff for youth, families, workers, etc., but very shallow for seniors. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 11:39:16 EST Why is it important for you to reach your goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38103325 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e2faa0b-d5e4-4f74-9eb7-5ed5eed5b7c5.png"> <BR> <BR> So why is it important for YOU to reach your goals? Wed, 3 Feb 2016 21:12:36 EST Trouble getting started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38098582 I really am ready to lose weight. But I just can't stay focused. I need something to follow for accountability, but I don't want a program I have to pay for since there are so many good resources here at Sparkpeople. I want to eat healthier (mostly stop overeating), exercise more, and lose weight. What can help me with accountability, and staying focused? I'm having problems self-motivating! Wed, 3 Feb 2016 11:27:53 EST walking the mile http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38092489 I walked the "wicked" mile where I fell last week. Memorable day, going to lose a tooth from the accident, among other things, but I faced my stress on walking the mile today. Tue, 2 Feb 2016 19:41:44 EST Deleted http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38092091 Deleted Tue, 2 Feb 2016 18:59:04 EST Monthly assessment leads to frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38079122 I've tried so hard this month to do what I needed to do to get on the right track and lose weight/become healthy...I'm doing the atkins with some input from Profile by Sanford (which I would do completely but it's too far away)....I've eaten like I'm supposed to and worked out better than I even thought I would....I've planned and prepared for when I'm not gonna eat at home etc. I've brought food with me and worked really hard and feel like I'm STUCK. I'm very frustrated. :( Anything right no... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 13:50:24 EST FEBRUARY 2016 -Appreciations, Thanks, Gratitudes!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38071616 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3d14f164-6115-4f99-ae14-d2e547407a4c.jpg"> <BR> "Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices." Robert Braathe <BR> <BR> As always please share 5 things you are grateful for, appreciate or are working for you. The daily gifts! <BR> <BR> "Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude." <BR> Denis Waitley <BR> <im... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 20:04:23 EST Trying to lose but keep gaining http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38069184 Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm new here but really interested in connecting with people and getting some feedback on how to stay motivated for the long term. <BR> <BR> I've always been a bit overweight but was able to drop from 145 to 120 a few years back. This is a good weight for me as I'm only 5'2". However, in the past year I've been experiencing a lot of stress, lack of sleep, and general exhaustion so I'm finding it hard to want to eat the same way I did when I was at a healthier weight. <BR>... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 14:18:15 EST Want/Need a Challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38064008 If you're looking for a challenge and ready to make a commitment....I have the challenge for you! <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name. It's a 10 week commitment. You have several little teams (with 24 members) that compete with each other. Main requirement is to weigh in each week. If you know for some reason that you can't post your weight (let the leaders know). Otherwise after 2 missed weigh ins (with no excuse) you would be moved to honorary. We have ITC (inter team challenges) that cons... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 22:37:14 EST Book: No Sweat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38051954 Has anyone read the title book, "No Sweat - How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness" by Michelle Segar? <BR> <BR> I'm only about a tenth of the way in but so far, I find it fascinating. And right now for those with e-readers (or who don't mind reading on a computer), it's only $2 on Kindle! She advises as her primary instruction: "Take any and every opportunity to move, in any way possible, at whatever speed you like, for any amount of time. Do what makes yo... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 14:36:33 EST Goals and motiviation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38046404 I've been struggling with instant gratification. I've been eating well, or so at least I think so, and just started back at the gym yesterday with cardio and weight lifting. Today though, as I was walking to my car from the gym, I felt defeated already. I have a hard to seeing past the big picture. All I see is the 80 lbs that I gained, and need to lose. I just couldn't stop thinking about how this is going to take forever to do. Then I started thinking about, what if I'm putting in all of th... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 23:17:18 EST What are three things you're thankful for? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38046034 1. My family <BR> 2. My friends <BR> 3. My SO Thu, 28 Jan 2016 22:21:59 EST Emotinal eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38043614 I have been trying to have diet for a long time.. i always fail and leave it.. for 2 years now my maximum to stay on diet was 10 days.. and then my cravings beat me and i eat more than before i started diet.. im hopeless.. i hate the way i look and feel Thu, 28 Jan 2016 17:57:43 EST Fighting away the depression! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38039971 I have been going great for 2 and a half weeks! I started on a Sunday than weighed myself on the following Wednesday, and subsequently will weigh myself every Wednesday when I get home for work! The first time I weighed myself, I was down 8.6 pounds and it had only been 4 days. The second time I weighed myself I was up 1.9 pounds. Today I weighed myself (I forgot to last night) and I am up another pound! WHAT THE HECK! I am eating tons better and have been going to the gym the last 3 da... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:55:55 EST Letting Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38028037 This question can be as simple or as deep as you like. It can be answered here or you can use it to contemplate. <BR> <BR> "What can you let go of?" Wed, 27 Jan 2016 06:54:24 EST What motivates you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38025191 aside from the obvious...better health....I need serious help with motivating myself to get up and move. Please share with me any creative ideas that motivate you to get off your rear and exercise. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 21:46:32 EST Late night cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38020471 Yesterday was my first day/step to the new me. I did so good during the day. I was eating every 3 hours. I felt like I was eating a lot, but I did not go over my calories. Then it got into the evening and that's when I started to get my cravings. I want chocolate so bad(I did not eat any). It was hard to keep saying no, but I did not give in. My question is how do you stop the cravings? Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:25:55 EST its so hard! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38018728 a big part of my plan nvolves eating heathier. Its so hard though! I just want to eat cookies and tons of sugar!! Tue, 26 Jan 2016 09:20:55 EST Office Get-Together This Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38012487 My office is very small, and each month we do a "Fun Day" when we'll usually cut out of here a bit early and all go to some bar or restaurant, one time we went to Dave and Busters. It's awesome, my boss is the best. But... I'm an alcoholic who's been off the wagon for a couple years. This last year has been one of the worst years. A different kind of "worst" than I've put myself through before, but then again sort of the same. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I've been losing weight and gaining weight and... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:35:14 EST Low carb and frustrated... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=38010584 I'm following a low carb living plan and not feeling successful even though I'm working so hard to do it to a T......... :( I track everything, eat only low/no carb foods as listed in the Atkins book and keep my carbs between 30-40 (net carbs)...have been more active and am not feeling any better or seeing any results. Monday is weigh in day and I'm up 5 pounds and ready to quit. :( So defeated....so frustrated. I am watching everyone else drop drop drop and i'm struggling only to gain?? Feel... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:56:39 EST HELP!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=37994088 Hi everyone, I'm James and i'm 23. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for some motivation and guidance. <BR> <BR> I lasted one day eating healthily, and now i'm back to eating rubbish. It's so hard to keep to it. <BR> <BR> Exercise wise, I've kept to the 10,000 steps a day (I brought a Pedometer to measure, and today I've done 15,281 steps) and I've also done a couple of 30 minute Zumba lessons. <BR> <BR> Now, I know it's me who has to do it, but I'm really struggling. <BR> <BR> It doesn't help me l... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 16:47:58 EST Disappointed but not Discouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=37993333 I have been on SP for the umpteenth time and have always lost a bit of weight in the beginning but then I plateau and get discouraged and quit. This time, I have not lost any weight, 21 days in, and though I am disappointed I am not discouraged. I really have an amazing will power that I have no clue where it is coming from but I would think that I would see some results. I have kept to my calories and even switched from being a 68+ oz drinker of diet coke to water. Even surprised myself ... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 14:44:05 EST Having trouble getting back into exercising http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=37991170 2 years ago I was active on SP and thru tracking and exercise I lost 70 pounds. Fast forward to 1 year ago. I torn Tendons in my foot and my exercising came to a screeching halt along with my food tracking. I did PT then had surgery, followed by more PT and here I am today. Foot is about 85% healed and I have found about 40 of those lost pounds. I have started tracking again but am afraid to start exercising. I'm fairly sure my fear stems from the worry my tendon will tear again. Help! Sat, 23 Jan 2016 09:47:25 EST SABOTEURS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=37986515 Do you have those that would sabotage you efforts, in your home? How do you deal with that? Suppose someone offered you a high calorie/sodium pizza and when you said no because you have to lose some weight and control your salt intake, their response was "Don't you want to die happy?" Ugh! What would you say? Sometimes it is hard to stay motivated but I know that I can do this, I did it before. Suggestions??? Fri, 22 Jan 2016 19:14:22 EST What was your moment of clarity? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=37983922 I had a depressing - but weirdly wonderful - "a-ha moment" this morning after yet another diet overhaul that didn't work out as advertised. I started slow-carb earlier this month, and you're allowed one cheat day per week. Not my finest hour, let me tell you. It's taken me a week to make a dent in the weight gain from that one day. <BR> <BR> I've been looking for the "magic bullet" that would solve my weight-loss problems forever - low-carb, slow-carb, low-fat, high-fat, fasting, Master Clea... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:08:02 EST What are you PROUD of yourself for doing TODAY??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=37973053 People often forget to celebrate the "small" achievements in life, in this lifelong journey of health and fitness, and otherwise. But, as I tell my husband (who was a little upset that the scale stayed the same on week 3, as week 2, although he ate right and exercised consistently with me) , "CELEBRATE EVERYTHING!". So, no matter how small someone else might think it to be, what are you proud of yourself for doing today? Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:41:07 EST accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=37950782 So I started my workout journey and I would really like accountability partners I would like to do one on one with people you know let's exchange phone numbers let's talk to each other and let's work through it together I feel like it would be very motivational for me because this past year I just haven't been motivated to get fit after I had my son I got really motivated and now kind of lost that motivation so I really like some support and I'd love to support other people and I feel like i... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:05:59 EST If you are needing Motivation today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=37947953 Please Remember <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c1fda9dc-c953-4157-8528-cb39b96edf4b.jpg"> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 19:00:42 EST Your Daily Sparkpoints Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=37947939 Have you set a daily Sparkpoints "goal"? I challenge myself to earn 100 points per day. yesterday I earned 116. It felt like a great day ad it really kept me motivated throughout the whole day! I love the various ways to earn Sparkpoints. They are all very helpful and encouraging! Mon, 18 Jan 2016 18:58:41 EST Staying Motivated When Life Kicks You http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=37947696 Well. <BR> Today I was fired from my job. My boyfriend and I may now lose our house and car. It's SUPER hard to find any motivation to workout tonight and even harder to find the willpower not to binge on cupcakes and junk food. How do you stay on top of your A-Game when life takes the wind out of your sails? Mon, 18 Jan 2016 18:17:21 EST Whats more important to you to lose? Lbs or Inches http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=37945232 A friend of mine was talking about how she hadn't lost any weight despite her best efforts. She has lost inches though and is toning up. I pointed out that she was building muscle hence toning and that muscle burns fat. She said she would rather see the number on the scale reflect her efforts than what the mirror showed. I told her that inches were better to lose because another person can look at you and tell you have lost weight because you getting smaller. They can't look at you and ... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:50:51 EST Staying motivated in winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=37943283 I live in a cold weather climate. I hate the gym. I prefer to get my fitness minutes outside (walking, hiking, jogging, etc.). It is easiest for me to do it during a break from work (I call it "lunch" but depending on how crazy my day is, it might not be until 2 or 3pm). If that fails, I will do it in the evening wherever my kids' activities are that night. <BR> <BR> But now that there is snow on the ground and it gets dark so much earlier, those options are pretty much out for me, except... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 09:40:28 EST What Day of the Week? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=37936103 Is there a particular day of the week you find it hard to eat healthy? Sundays are hard for me and I'm not sure why. Sun, 17 Jan 2016 13:49:03 EST Skin after success... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=37935271 So I've been watching that show called "Skin Tight" and I have to admit I am scared to death that I will have that problem. Sorry, it may sound mean, but I am. Does everyone who lose alot of weight, as in go from morbidly obese to just obese, have this? Or is there a way to shrink the skin as you go? A lady I work with, who is a super healthy, thin woman, says the skin will shrink, but I would like to know from others in my situation. Sorry if this is the wrong board, but this is making me wo... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 12:18:13 EST Keeping Your Sense of Humour http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=37933963 Life is full of challenges, and one of the best things we can do through it all is learn to laugh and keep our sense of humor. Laughter is a great stress reliever which in turn helps us achieve our weight loss goals. <BR> What has made you laugh today? Sun, 17 Jan 2016 09:47:56 EST How do you keep your momentum? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=37932124 I'm really in need of help! I started out with such momentum that I just couldn't picture failing. I have done this soon many times. I am 30 pounds from my goal. I really want to get there I'm just feeling impatient! I can't wait to see results and I think the way I pass time normally is by comforting myself with food. For losing weight this just is NOT gonna work! The time is going to pass no matter what I do. If I eat healthy or not the time is still going to move on. I just need h... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 00:02:36 EST self sabotage? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=37921344 Anyone any experience of self sabotage i.e. not losing weight due to underlying fears of what being an ideal weight will bring with it? Fri, 15 Jan 2016 19:23:05 EST Post something positive about yourself today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=37917257 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b5c3681f-eb01-4f86-a07b-c161c7763078.png"> How can you expect to stay motivated to eat better, live better, and feel better if you do not, at the very centre of it, believe in your own worth?! Use this thread to post something positive about yourself at least once a week. I want you to share with us how much you actually deserve to be healthy!! Fri, 15 Jan 2016 09:39:15 EST Struggling this week, but staying w/in calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=37910071 having a tough week this week professionally, personally, but really trying to eat within my calorie range. I have not gone over any day this week, but haven't lost (and it's only week 2!). been eating mid-range and even worked out for an hr last night. <BR> <BR> just hoping that soon all this starts working right, because it's hard to be motivated to do the right thing when nothing is happening. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:42:21 EST Seeking weight loss buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=37903993 Hello everyone. So many threads here, I don't know where to begin. I am in my 50's and in need of losing 40-50 lbs. Seeking the same, someone who wants to chat and give one another the encouragement we need to achieve our goal. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 22:29:49 EST Need help and advice for losing weight while BF http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=37902162 I'm a Mum of a 3yr old who wakes most nights so I never get a good sleep and I'm still breast feeding her until she decides to wean. I'm very busy in the day and food has become the way I relax in the evenings but now I am over weight and my blood pressure is up. I'm 44yrs old and my metabolism is very slow everything seems to make me put on weight. I'm a sugar addict and it's hard to break the habit think I just have to cut it right out. I walk every day and push a stroller up and down hills... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 19:48:41 EST For those looking to lose 100+ pounds... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=37898006 When it comes to weight loss... <BR> <BR> If you could wave a magic wand and have any result today, what would that be? Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:08:28 EST Winter blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=37895675 Do any of you have the Winter blues? <BR> <BR> Since Christmas I haven't been able to get back to my exercise routine. I feel tired and unmotivated. I'm cold and don't feel like leaving the house, or the sofa for that matter. <BR> <BR> I know I need to force myself, but after a days work, the cold, the rain, I cannot find willpower to make me do anything. <BR> <BR> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 04:28:10 EST New Year's Goals: What Are Your Little Rewards? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=37860742 Hi Everyone and Happy New Year! <BR> I'm really excited about getting some fitness streaks going, and I have found one of the best ways to achieve long term success and keep motivated, is to set small weekly goals with a small reward each week. One of my favorite methods is getting a calendar and those little gold/silver/red stars and giving myself a star for the goals I've accomplished every day. When I get to so many stars, I give myself a tiny reward -like nail polish, a bubble bath, et... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 15:11:42 EST Calling All Seniors/Retirees...How to Stay Upright http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=37859175 I recently posted this...My life is the exact opposite. Since I've retired, I don't live a hectic lifestyle. There is only so much exercise, just sitting, reading, watching TV/Netflix, talking to family/friends, studying the Bible, meditating, and volunteering one can do in a day. After those things, I find myself laying down to rest and then waking up at midnight; therefore, I might be getting to much sleep. I also find myself struggling with eating healthy or unhealthy snacks because I've n... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 12:17:47 EST My streak is keeping me motivated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=37855710 I'm sitting here watching my mom open a package of oreos-she just pointed out to me they're double stuffed. While I love sweets, especially cookies, cake, and the like, I've never been a huge fan of oreos. I will say though, I've turned down ice cream, fast food, and other junk. I know its one day at a time, but little victories like this keep me goal oriented. Fri, 8 Jan 2016 23:27:24 EST Meeting with Resistance...and Frustrations... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=37849617 I would like to Share a past Blog I wrote with you if I may...It is important to note that I wrote this back in October...To Explain Further...So you Understand where my Thoughts were emanating from at that time...I have GROWN SO MUCH Since then...I thought this might be Helpful to someone because this was coming out of one of the MOST INTENSE EMOTIONAL TIMES of my Life...So far. <BR> <BR> My youngest brother, 40 years old (I called him Bucky...His name was Matthew), was hit and Killed by a ... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 11:16:21 EST