SparkPeople Staying Motivated Messageboard Do you need some instant inspiration or have a motivation strategy to share? Get helpful tips from other members and SparkPeople Coaches, or give some advice of your own. SparkPeople Staying Motivated Messageboard I lost 100 lbs & You can do it also! ( I CAN RELATE!) What doesn't kill you makes you stronger! I suffered from many health problems from broken bones to chronic hypertension. I almost lost my life and I had to make changes and start working on a better me. Failing was not an option!!! <BR> <BR> I know what it feels like getting out of breath after walking up a flight of stairs. <BR> Looking down in the shower, and not being able to see your feet. <BR> Taking blood pressure - medication everyday. <BR> Not being able to find tha... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:35:50 EST Help! I'm just getting started I need support please! I keep starting and stopping. Blowing how I eat. It's like I self sabatoge and or act like calories don't really matter, though I know they do. It seems like even when I keep my calories to 1,540 I still gain weight. I try to fit in sweets but it seems to stick to my butt. Anyone here relate? Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:53:03 EST Help! I keep gaining weight I'm really struggling with weight loss seems like I like sugar way too much. I need encouragement from someone who's been there and has succeeded. I need someone to care. I don't have friends other than online so I struggle with not feeling supported. I'm mainly on Facebook. This is why I joined Spark People. Can anyone relate? <em>213</em> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:38:31 EST Depression and a Healthy Lifestyle I've been struggling with depression for the last couple days (I have anxiety and depression and some days are worse than others). Does anyone have advice on how I can remotivate myself to get up and do anything? Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:11:07 EST I NEED MOTIVATION!!!! Tonight was my first time going to the gym! I sat outside in the parking lot watching people come and go for like 30 mins talking to my friend on the phone trying to get motivation to go in! Finally after a good bit of people left i went in and got on the treadmill. I walked 1 mile at 3mph then did another machine for about 5 mins and went back and walked another half mile on the treadmill. Then before i left i did some inner and outer thigh workouts and leg presses. I was there for about a h... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:29:17 EST new to me I started going to a new gym (for me). It has a swimming pool with no "classes" so I had the pool to myself this AM. It was great!! Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:31:30 EST need help I know that I need to start working out but I do not know how , when, where or what . any ideas that can help <BR> <BR> Mimi Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:19:25 EST Looking for a buddy or group Hi <BR> I'm looking for a buddy or few buddies to share support and keep us accountable. I have lost a good amount of weight here before but have not done well adapting to unpredictability of shift work and am back at the start plus more. I have around 100lb to lose. I'm late 20s, UK, work shifts, need to work on planning meals I can take with me and eat on the go, I simply don't get time to prepare a meal in my break, barely get time to eat it. I am also aiming to work in more walking as thi... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:31:44 EST Calling all ladies 300 lbs.... I am a 34 year old woman who, as of this morning, who weighs 305 pounds. I am 5'9 and my goal weight is 230....I would love nothing more than to "meet" some gals who are like me. I have lost weight and gained it back so many times and need some people in my corner who I can talk to and who understand my struggles. I absolutely will not give up until I reach a goal I'm comfortable with and I want to learn to KEEP IT OFF!! Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:11:53 EST Feeling good about the little weight gains I never used to weigh myself daily. It was too depressing. After finally loosing my first 60 pounds, I started to weigh every day. I never liked seeing the scale go up even a pound but finally realized that even weight gains could inspire me to keep up my plan. I noticed, after looking at the graphs that over time I was still loosing weight but not in a linear fashion. Up 2 pounds down 3, stay the same for a while up 2 more pounds and then down 4 pounds. After analyzing the weight I started t... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 11:34:47 EST day 1 - small victory! This may sound stupid but its a tiny victory for me... one of my problems is when I am cooking dinner and I am hungry I eat snacks.. or whatever is around.. chips, cookies... well last night.. while I was cooking and waiting for it to be finished..I managed to do some laundry and straighted out one closet... and drank water! <BR> <BR> whooo hooo! that a good thing for me!! Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:56:52 EST So how is your mental attitude about your journey? I'm not sure I worded my question right. What I wanted to know is, however far along on your journey you are, how hard is it to follow? Is it still, every day you have to make yourself drink water or do that set of crunches, or is it finally beginning to feel like habits, like a new lifestyle? Thu, 13 Oct 2016 14:01:37 EST Six months...ready, set, go ! My youngest sister is getting married in May. <BR> I want to look & feel good in a pretty dress for her wedding. <BR> Six months to get focused. <BR> Six months to get back into a healthy routine. <BR> Six months to get back on track. <BR> Six months goes pretty quickly. Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:53:51 EST Is the Motivational Sparks Pages still active? I am a team leader through the 5% Challenge which has over 600 members. Those 600 are divided into 13 teams. It's a GREAT Challenge ! In it we do what we can to lose 5% of our weight in 8 weeks. It's very supportive and DOES help you to lose if you are serious and simply follow through on what we are working on (Exercise, and 2 skills a week, such as drinking up to 8 glasses (can more but, only 8 count) and tracking our food, while STAY IN RANGE), <BR> <BR> I am a ML (Motivational Leader) ... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 00:24:07 EST I gained 4 lbs overnight?! Tracking everything I eat. Last night I carefully planned to have two chicken strips with a half size portion of fries and coleslaw. Today: up 4 lbs....what's the deal... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 09:46:49 EST I need help Hi <BR> <BR> Has anyone else encountered this - made a concerted effort to lose weight only to gain initially? <BR> Why do you think this was? <BR> How long did you persevere before benefits started to show? <BR> As long as I stick to my daily calorie allowance, should I ditch the scales compl <BR> <BR> I have decided to start this again - I lost focus for a while, so, this is my situation... <BR> <BR> I have posted before but since returning from holiday, I have not managed my weight well... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 06:06:40 EST more in control Food track good, exercise good, junk food in control, sleep better, etc. Wed, 5 Oct 2016 11:01:13 EST Keep falling off the horse I keep going through these cycles of being mindful, then I go back to bad habits, then i'm good for a couple days, then fall off the horse again... its been a pattern all summer and I dont know how to stay consistent. <BR> <BR> This past weekend I didnt do too well, ate a lot of junk and wasnt mindful of what I was putting in my body. Yesterday I did great, I was mindful, watched my portion sizes and made healthier choices. Today I am keeping that in mind and took a walk this morning and pa... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 08:06:37 EST When your job sabotages your weight loss I've had my ups and downs with my current job. I've been here for seven years, and have had more downs than ups. Five years ago I'd leave almost daily and go drive to an empty parking lot nearby and cry for my lunch hour. It's my dad's company, and I've used that as the reason to stay- the excuse, when in reality it's fear keeping me here. <BR> <BR> Anyways, my current plight is the fact that, well not only do I do the job of at least four people (I've confirmed this), but one or more of tho... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 13:24:29 EST I so hate myself I haven't been on here for so long and decided today to get back in to it and went through everything and a year ago I was 16 kilos lighter. I feel like an idiot for allowing myself to get back to this point. I am so much more motivated to get to a healthy weight. I can and will do this Tue, 4 Oct 2016 01:21:30 EST Life better Everything ok in ur life.?? Mon, 3 Oct 2016 19:02:04 EST Today Hope all had an awesome day!!! Mon, 3 Oct 2016 18:57:57 EST Today I had am awesome , hope u did!!!! Mon, 3 Oct 2016 18:57:06 EST New Hello I am new here and I want to keep myself motived to do well and change my habits Sat, 1 Oct 2016 15:42:23 EST free non-food rewards I have set some specific fitness and nutrition goals for myself this week (no added salt, walk 3x, 8 glasses water 3x). Any ideas on good non-food rewards that don't cost anything? Sat, 1 Oct 2016 08:41:42 EST OCTOBER 2016 Gratitudes, Appreciations WELCOME "One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child." Carl Jung <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I appreciate every person who contributes and shares on this thread. As always please share 5 things you are grateful for, app... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:08:50 EST As I am retired, need to think about time As one grows older days, weeks, even hours get muddled. To help me be active I have a timer. I put it on one hour time length. When buzzer rings I get up and do anything for at least 5-15 minutes. Do some of my walking, chores, genealogy work. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:23:33 EST Is it possible for a mature woman to have washboard abs? Even if she has already gone through menopause? When I was in my 30s, I didn't have the muffintop I have now. <BR> <BR> If I try hard enough, can it be possible to have the washboard abs of a fitness model? Or should I just settle for my flawed body now? Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:29:00 EST the big word "IF" I should change my wording from IF" to "I WILL" Most of the time when I say "IF" I lose something, except weight. When I say "I will not snack after 7 PM" I lose some weight most of the time, but DO NOT gain weight. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:26:55 EST Looking for buddies who can motivate everyday! Hi, <BR> I'm new to this site - but like many on here, not new to dieting. But I'm thinking motivation/check-ins/support may be the one piece that has been missing in my past attempts. <BR> I'm looking for a few buddies that I can communicate with everyday -- hoping to create a small network where we can encourage and motivate each other. <BR> I have 30-50lbs to loose -- and ideally, my buddies will be in their 30s or 40s. <BR> Hope to hear from you! Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:17:17 EST I'm giving Up I started exercising since May of this year. So far until now I have only lost 6lbs, but then I gained a lb back. I don't see the scale moving at all. I eat right, do cardio, exercise around the park and no results. I'm about to quit. There is no use in me continuing if the scale doesn't move. What do I need to do? <em>39</em> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:02:39 EST No more junk food! This last weekend, I got rid of every single bit of junk food in the house. Couldn't bring myself to throw it away, so I gave it to my daughter. <BR> <BR> It's a relief to have it out of the house, and makes it sooo much easier to make healthy choices. <BR> <BR> Feels like a win. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:27:39 EST Anyone near Vineland, NJ Looking for workout buddies near Vineland, NJ Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:43:35 EST did it again Already back to my old habit of late night snacks, but I am catching it after two nights. Going back to my new ways. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:43:49 EST What did you do when you lost your motivation In the last few months I have given up on myself and do not like me right now. It seems like every time I get started on the road to a better, healthier me something goes wrong, illness or injury. I kept getting back up and going again but feel that I have reached a point of why bother anymore. I want to get past this but feel beaten down. While I am typing this, presently have severe sinus, taking anti-biotics and this has cause complications with my asthma so on rescue inhaler daily and... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:18:08 EST What is your favorite reward Every five pounds I have been treating myself to a new piece of exercise clothing. Nothing expensive but fun. I never bothered with nice workout stuff because I did not really work out much. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 01:00:35 EST getting to my low watermark Even with my bad scale I am below 190!! Also, doing well, lately as to no post-7 PM snacking. Watching more closely to tracking EVERYTHING I am eating. Feels great!! Sun, 25 Sep 2016 07:50:33 EST What goal have you reached? One of my goals was to do 60 push-ups in 60 seconds. After a lot of work with a push-up app on my phone, I did my monthly fitness test today and passed my goal with 61 push-ups! Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:18:20 EST Staying motivated when you're in pain! Ok guys, so I suffer from A multitude of various pain most days, I'm pretty familiar with the various pain and what I can do even when it's bad. I try to keep myself motivated, I know after doing things I tend to be in less pain. But what can I, or do you do, when it's pain that's been caused by doing to much on a previous day? For example yesterday I walked my weekly shopping home and today I can't move my right arm without a tearing sensation running through it. Today I've mainly focused on... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:41:52 EST A little something a Dr. Once told me Every few weeks you'll notice your lower belly is kind of dangling and you've hit a plateau. You have not hit a plateau, what is happening is that your body is adjusting to it new size. Your skin is skrinking back in, to adjust to your new size. Within 2 to 4 weeks you'll start to lose again, and the process will repeat itself once the body needs to adjust again. This has been keeping me motivated, thus far I've found that the Dr. Was right! Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:26:40 EST Depression diet sabotage I have type 2 diabetes and recently injured my shoulder and knee, making it hard to exercise. I've gained some of the weight I had lost back because of this, and now find myself battling comfort eating because I'm depressed from the weight gain and inability to exercise and partake in activities like golf.. <BR> I feel like diving in to a tub of ice cream even though I know it will add to my weight gain and high glucose numbers. HELP!! Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:22:06 EST Buddy? I am looking for a friend on here to talk to. That way I am more motivated. Anybody up to the challenge? Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:07:43 EST Dad died and can't get back into the swing of thin Hi, my Dad died in May and I can't seem to get back in the routine of walking or any kind of exercise. Trying to drink fluids is hard for me also but need to lose some of my weight. Don't understand exactly how to do this site. Any help would be appreciated. Husband is no help at all Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:44:50 EST Motivation We moved up to a small town and it is where I want to be but, I can't seem to feel happy about it. I have a good job, a wonderful family. I have had to deal with more drama than I am use too but, I can't seem to get out of this funk I am in. Any help would be great. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:57:21 EST Help! Totally stuck. I have not lost a pound or an inch in over a month. Still religiously following all of the nutritional and portion rules. Only real exercise is yard work and walking. <BR> Any suggestions? <BR> Thanks Mon, 19 Sep 2016 08:28:02 EST Weight Loss Buddy (Please!) Hello, I am newish to Spark People and after years of trying to lose weight, I am hoping that a weight loss buddy will be the key to keeping me motivated and accountable. I am a great at keeping others accountable and motivated etc (I have friends who have lost weight but prefer to do it on their own) but when it comes to me, well it all goes to poo! <BR> <BR> I am 47, a mother and grandmother. I have almost 100 pounds (40kilos) to lose and I have a few other health issues going on. I am ... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 22:49:30 EST Motivation What are different things you do to stay motivated? Sun, 18 Sep 2016 14:10:31 EST It feels good I did not snack past 6:35 last night. Saw it on the scale this morning. Below 190, again. Now shooting for 180, then 175, then 170. Plan to get to 170 by my 74th birthday, but will be happy with 175 since Christmas is coming!! Sat, 17 Sep 2016 14:47:39 EST reading, not my best This program helps me read more. I never was much of a reader. Had 3 speed reading classes between grade school and junior year in high school. Not much help. Never liked reading. However, here I am seeing the benefits in the trivia section and it gives me ways to be motivated. Sat, 17 Sep 2016 06:55:46 EST Learn to Write Backward To write yourself a note of cheer on the mirror. <em>306</em> Sat, 17 Sep 2016 02:00:04 EST Self control problems please help I just can't seem to stay motivated at all, I anyways start off so strong and after about a week of diet and exercise i start to over eat again and I honestly dk why i know im not hungry but yet it's like once I start eating i just can't seem to stop. Does anyone have any advice or suggestions that might help and I do drink plenty of water to try to kind of bloat myself so I won't eat so much but didn't seem to work for me. Please help Fri, 16 Sep 2016 21:50:59 EST My Motivation Reading something every day from a Paleo book or cookbook to keep me motivated and remind me of my new life style. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:54:36 EST Lost motivation due to problems bothering me. I am struggling with financial issues and being a caregiver for my mom. I am overwhelmed with life and don't know what to do. My husband makes me feel good and he is very supportive. Does anyone have any ideas for me to makes this less overwhelming and help me to want to take care of myself? Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:01:38 EST BMI System Frustrations Hello! I've been told by doctors, nurses, nutritionists and other 'experts' that I need to lower my BMI under 25 in order to be healthy. I'm 5'2'' and I would be perfectly content if I could reach 150lb, but according to the BMI, I would still be overweight, 27.4 BMI. I'm looking to be healthy, not skinny. I don't feel like losing 14 extra pounds just to be considered 'healthy'. Does anyone have a solution? Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:18:34 EST The (bra) cup half full I'm having trouble staying motivated. <BR> <BR> I've lost 15 lbs in 7 weeks, and about a cup and a half. My cup has always runneth over, and now it's the cup half full, and I wasn't prepared for that. I always thought that I'd just be a smaller version of me, but my body seems to have other plans. It just makes it hard to identify the woman in the mirror. <BR> <BR> It also makes it hard to figure out what to wear. My shoulders are still as broad as they always were, so it's not like I... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:39:19 EST Are u happy with your progress ? Yes I am. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 06:17:19 EST Frustrated and need REAL Solutions. Not Hype. So I've been a part of SparkPeople for almost 10 years. I have lost only about 15 lbs in all of that time. I brought my A1c down from 12 to 6 at one time. This past 6 months it's gone from 6.5 which is the norm I've maintained all this time to 6.8 to 7 and now to 7.5. I will admit that I didn't count every calorie, every carb, or even paid much attention to what I was eating most of the time. I started a full time job, I work from 7am to 3:30 pm, I have an hour drive each day. I can har... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 21:23:58 EST My husband does not support me My husband gets kind of upset because I dont eat what he eats. I trying to eat healthier, with the menus on SparkPeople, instead of eating cereal every day. I says, " I eat anything I want, I dont people to tell me what to eat." I tell him I want to eat healthy but he doesnt understand. Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:34:11 EST Coaching Apps/Websites - WW, Rise, Noom, Others? Has anyone used an app that connects you with a coach? <BR> Here are the apps that I have found: <BR> - Weight Watchers <BR> - Rise.Us <BR> - Noom <BR> <BR> Are there others? <BR> <BR> Have you had success with the coaching app? Mon, 12 Sep 2016 15:25:04 EST I use to love to run...what happened? I know I'm older and have two more kids but, I just can't seem to enjoy exercise anymore. I need some ways to strengthen my will power.! Sun, 11 Sep 2016 17:08:32 EST it's difficult I seem to freeze on my weight control when I get down to 190, but I am going to beat it this time with common sense Sat, 10 Sep 2016 20:00:46 EST Naps I have never been one to nap. But just this week I have dosed off doing homework twice?! I'm 30 not 17! What is up with me? Sat, 10 Sep 2016 00:35:21 EST I need help with accountability I am in the same boat, I am 5'4 and 235 pounds. I am looking for help staying in line I am a single mom and I think I have been over eating due to my broken heart from the divorce. I need an accountability buddy someone to text or email daily with, if interested just send me a message. Fri, 9 Sep 2016 15:14:07 EST I feel so organized It may be the new member excitement, gung-ho high, but today I've been pretty big on organizing and getting everything set up so I can be as successful as possible. I've found an old hard-covered spiral bound notebook that I bought and never used that I've been writing out daily workouts in so I can check them off as I go (including weights, who I'm working out with, or apps I'm using to track). I've also been organizing my workout clothes so they're ready to go each day of the week first thi... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 11:46:28 EST What Surprised You Most about Weight Loss? Hello, Sparkers! <BR> <BR> For an upcoming article, I'm looking for people who discovered something surprising after losing a good amount of weight. For example, were you surprised by people's perceptions of your weight loss? How hard (or easy) it was to keep the weight off? Shopping for clothes after weight loss? Any surprise discovery is welcome! The more specific and unique, the better. :) <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! <BR> Melissa Fri, 9 Sep 2016 09:14:24 EST FITBIT over 15,000 steps If anyone averages over 15,00 steps per day, please add me! I need some new challenging folks to get me moving. I am very competitive. <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 Sep 2016 22:30:12 EST bad, bad scale Numbers off on scale, had to redo. Thu, 8 Sep 2016 20:00:51 EST Lost 10 pounds first month but... So, I started a challenge to get a better lifestyle and losing weight. I am following a deliberate process of limited calories (1,000-1,500 per day) and increased exercise (200-500 kCals per day) to create a caloric deficiency and lose about 1-2 pounds per week. August was a great month as I was down 10 pounds by end of month. <BR> <BR> But, I took a weekend to enjoy cabin life and spend 20 plus hours in 3 days driving and violating my 'no fast food' policy. I still tracked my calories an... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 14:39:58 EST What keeps you motivated? What tactics do you use to stay motivated when just the general knowledge that you want to get healthier fails? Thu, 8 Sep 2016 13:39:02 EST activity to keep hands busy at nite I do really well during the day exercising for at least an hour and eating very clean and low carb. Come nite time and after dinner and I am tired so I sit and watch TV but this is the hard time for me not to snack. I am not really hungry but I snack at nite and I know it is just a bad habit and I can not seem to talk myself out of it. Does anyone have any ideas? Or things to do to keep my hands busy and mind off of snacks? Any help would be appreciated! Thu, 8 Sep 2016 12:10:47 EST Help Me Make a Difference - Stay True Be You! Hi ladies and gents, hope all is well!...Would really appreciate your support! <BR> <BR> I'm trying to get my story out there...I believe I can help and inspire many people...Would love to make a difference in people's lives! <BR> <BR> I was born with Cerebral Palsy and for most of my life I couldn't utilise my limbs or hardly talk; Thank god I'm improving by the day...My goal is to walk one day and become a motivational speaker. <BR> <BR> This is my first official YouTube video, I'll be p... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 06:46:02 EST Be YOU and only YOU. Being yourself is the most important thing you can do to your body. Natural is one of a kind is being real to yourself and nobody else but YOU. Be YOU and only YOU : ) Wed, 7 Sep 2016 19:09:18 EST Do you want a Grinders Mentality? Everyone wants to put a mark on the world, but not everyone has that grinders mentality <BR> to do so. If someone told you that they would pay you to start working towards your dreams, <BR> Would that change the amount of hours a day you spent working towards your dream? <BR>   <BR> That would give you a lot of motivation, you wouldn’t want to let them down <BR> because there investing in you. That feeling of what you would have is the grinders <BR> mentality. Grinders don’t need someone to... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 22:10:15 EST Feeling sad today. A lot of Effort, No Results. Today's weigh in marked my 5th week. <BR> I've cut calories to 1200 per day. <BR> Brisk 30 minute walk at lunch <BR> Brisk 30-45 minute in the evenings. <BR> week 1= -2.2 <BR> week 2= -2.2 <BR> week 3= -1.8 <BR> week 4= +.4 <BR> Today = +.2 <BR> Feeling sad with my efforts and no progress the last 2 weeks. I plan to: <BR> Lower my calorie intake and do a lot of cardio. <BR> <em>234</em> Fri, 2 Sep 2016 16:14:39 EST Need help staying on track Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I desperately need an accountability partner. Some one I cant text or email back and forth with. I know what I have to do but it gets down to it I procrastinate and don't do what I have to do. Does anyone need a buddy? <BR> <BR> Dhaiana Fri, 2 Sep 2016 11:20:31 EST What Activity Did You Work into Your Day? Today I walked with my granddaughter and her baby brother (whom I had in a strap-on carrier) to the duck pond, up the "mountain" and around the big tree. There was no power walking, but some fast walking was involved! lol...after the kiddos left I went on a 2+ mile power walk. It was a beautiful day! Thu, 1 Sep 2016 23:31:03 EST Starting over yet again I have so much weight to lose. I need to lose over 100 lbs. I am really stressed about it. I hope I can find the strength to do it this time. I have now tried 9 times to lose weight. This is attempt #9. Wish me luck! Thu, 1 Sep 2016 21:55:55 EST Meals the day before you Weigh In Just wondering...I'm a WWer, and weigh myself once a week (Fridays). Thursdays I eat even a little healthier than I do the other days...would definitely not have something like a burger or a slice of pizza. Today I've had grilled chicken, baked chicken, salads, fresh fruit and oatmeal. Just wondering if you eat even better on the day before you weigh in, or do you weigh yourself more often...FYI I've been on WW for 15 months and have lost 80 pounds and still have 35 more that I'd like to l... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 20:30:24 EST I guess I do my own thing I do much better at treadmill and cycling with "easy listening" music vs. fast paced music. I like Montivoni. Thu, 1 Sep 2016 11:00:16 EST SEPTEMBER 2016 -Appreciations, Gratitude-Welcome!! <img src=""> <BR> "A noble person is mindful and thankful for the favors he receives from others" Buddha <BR> <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 attitud... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:37:24 EST Overwhelmed: Ankle Injury, PCOS, Pre-Diabetic-HELP Hello <BR> <BR> This is my first time writing in the message board, not sure if I am in the right category but hey, I am giving this a shot. I am feeling super overwhelmed with my current situation and was wanting/hoping to find some words of wisdom (or encouragement) from the fellow SP community. <BR> <BR> Pls bare with me, I am going to share some very important information about me, which will hopefully help someone give me some advice, perhaps there's someone here going thru a similar s... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:27:47 EST Rainy daze Does anyone else feel especially lazy on rainy days? How do you overcome this? Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:17:41 EST 21-day challenge After one week, I'm feeling good. Mon, 29 Aug 2016 23:38:47 EST I'm ready to quit I know that sounds horrible, but it's how I feel.. The more I workout, the worse I feel. I have been working out somewhat regularly since March. But I'm seeing so little results. And eating, HA! I have trouble not eating right and I hate eating like a rabbit. I don't like complaining, but I want to feel better, I've felt crappy for far too long.. <em>234</em> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 20:32:11 EST Motivate me Please So I have been working out since June. I go to Orange Theory twice a week and burn 500 calories then I do hot yoga once a week. (I am not sure what I burn there but I believe it has to be close to 400). This last week I upped it to three times at Orange and 2 times at Yoga and still I am not losing weight. I also quit drinking alcohol (was drinking 2 to glasses of wine a night) and I started Isagenix. I am positive I am getting less than 1500 calories a day this last week and I know I nor... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:05:46 EST Lost weight twice but gained back twice Hi Everybody, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to share how I feel. The first time I was on a good exercise schedule from Oct 2014, I had lost 8 kgs until 24th Dec 2014. On 25th Dec, I was down with typhoid + hepatitis and recovered after 3 months. In the recovery process I managed to gain a few kilos but I did not feel fit enough to start my fitness regime. At the end of 2015 in December I gathered some guts to go on a diet and managed to reduce 11 Kgs by the end of April. Starting May 2015 I could no... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 03:54:23 EST Weight loss buddy?? Hi! My name is Meghan , I am 23 years old and I currently weigh around 240 lbs with a height of 5"6. I have been trying to lose weight for years but it's proving to be challenging. I didn't start gaining a lot of weigh until around 2012 and it just increases each year. I really want to actually lose weight this time. I was diagnosed with PCOS which makes it really easy to gain and really hard to lose. I want to feel good physically and mentally about myself and I'm ready to start a family but... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 01:02:50 EST Greatful Every morning I am so grateful to get up and login to Spark People and see my progress, and how my community is doing. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 08:34:55 EST walking I finally made the 4.1 miles walking today. First time over the 4 mile walking!! Feels great! Sat, 27 Aug 2016 22:09:26 EST Banishing Bad Body Thoughts 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 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 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><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? 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 <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 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? 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! 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? I've tried photo journals, weekly weigh ins. Looking at old photos ect.. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:49:25 EST Goals 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! 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 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 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 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! 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? 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....... 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 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? 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 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 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 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.. 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 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 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 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... 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 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 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? 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 <img src=""> "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=""> Sun, 31 Jul 2016 15:51:22 EST Motivated by guilty pleasures 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 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? 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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><BR>se Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:58:36 EST How do you stay motivated? 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 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 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 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. 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 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 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 "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? 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 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 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 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!! <img src="">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=" Thu, 30 Jun 2016 18:36:51 EST Summer Book Read: "Life is Hard, Food is Easy" 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. 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 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. 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? 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 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? 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. 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 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 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... 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? 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 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 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 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 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... 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 Deleted. Sun, 12 Jun 2016 17:32:36 EST Fitness Trackers 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 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? 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? 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) 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? My blood pressure dropped! <BR> I have a little more energy! <BR> Tue, 7 Jun 2016 12:37:39 EST fluctuations... hmmm... 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........ 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. 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 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 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... 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. <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 <img src=""> <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? 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 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 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? 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 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 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 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 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 ???? 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 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? 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 to make myself do it anyway! <BR> <BR> Ever felt that way? Sun, 22 May 2016 19:29:54 EST Back Slide 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" 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... This may be long, so let me apologize beforehand. First a backstory. Like many of you, I have been dealing with obesity my whole 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 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!! 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?? 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... 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 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 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> Mon, 16 May 2016 23:51:50 EST Cheer Leading Vs. Accountability 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 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! 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 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 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 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 i finally decided after feeling burnt out today, i needed to get some spiritual fill up so physically i could feel better. <img src=""> Thu, 12 May 2016 00:06:56 EST Scale is creeping back up... 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 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! ! 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! ! 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! ! 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! ! 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 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! 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? 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 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 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 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? 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=" Mon, 2 May 2016 00:23:45 EST GOALS 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" “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 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 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! “A noble person is mindful and thankful for the favors he receives from others.” – Buddha <BR> <img src=""> <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 “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 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 “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 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! 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 “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 It's a slow process. Don't make it slower by quitting! Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:10:25 EST Are you tired everyday? 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 "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 "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 “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!!! 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 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 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 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? 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? 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 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? 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 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? 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 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! 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? 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 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 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 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 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 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! 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!!!!! 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 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 how do you force yourself off the couch to do anything Thu, 7 Apr 2016 21:14:00 EST huge success 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 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 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 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... 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!! "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? 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? 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=""> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 16:52:29 EST Calorie counting or not - what works best for you? 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 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 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 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! 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. 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 Hello, <BR> I am looking for a raw vegan texting buddy- US only Fri, 25 Mar 2016 13:30:08 EST Losing my mind... 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? 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... 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 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. 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 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 I ate a really sugary breakfast and I am feeing really upset with myself Mon, 21 Mar 2016 12:46:59 EST Please Help! 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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? 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 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 Not the mind! gotta get it together. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 16:51:53 EST Help!! 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 :( 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 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!!! 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 anyone out there willing to help? Wed, 9 Mar 2016 07:33:43 EST Too much on Saturday 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? 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 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 Hello, <BR> <BR> Im looking for the best motivation videos on the web. i have seen some websites like 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 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 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 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 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