SparkPeople Panic! Button for Immediate Help Messageboard When you need a lift right now, “push the button!” Post here for some immediate moral support or help. SparkPeople Panic! Button for Immediate Help Messageboard Going Insane How do you keep from going insane? <BR> <BR> I'm one of those people who can drop the weight fairly quickly and easily if I actually stay on track. For me, this means eating mostly minimally processed, whole foods, cooking for myself, and weighing, measuring, and tracking everything. <BR> <BR> However, if I have a last-minute 30+ hour babysitting job that I'm unable to pack food for, or if I'm invited over for dinner, I lose control. This means I start doing crazy things. I go over to one f... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:48:19 EST Almost 400 lbs. I posted recently on the message boards and one of the replies i got really ht home with me. They said you are almost 400 lbs. That's right, just 21 lbs. short of 400 lbs. <BR> When i first read this, it felt like they were talking about someone else, this can't be me I wouldn't let myself get to almost 400 lbs. but i have ... and it's not a good place to be. All this extra weight is affecting me in such a negative way both physically and mentally. It's like, i know i weigh 378.4 lbs, I know ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 10:25:43 EST Help! Haven't lost any weight! Hi, <BR> <BR> I started working out again after being sedentary for over a year and gaining back 50 lbs. I have been working out strength training and 30-40 min cardio 5 days a week and cleaned up my diet since 11/6/2015. However I have only lost 1 lb and it has now been 3 months. I hear people going from sedentary to just fixing diet losing at least 5-10 lbs in the first 2 months. I have only lost 1? For the life of me I can't figure out why only 1 lb. I am counting ALL of my calories and t... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 15:35:08 EST Confused and Upset I apologize because this may be a bit rambling but I am desperate for advice. I am hoping that you may be able to give me some advice. I have been with SP since October 2014. From then until Spring 2015, I only followed my nutritional intake and wasn't exercising. I lost weight. Then I began walking daily. I was up to 38-40 miles per month before winter hit. Since then my weight loss has totally stalled and I am going up again. <BR> <BR> Winter has hit me really hard for the first time. My ... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 12:36:32 EST Concerned abt young cousins I have 2 male cousins in their mid 20s living in my neighborhood. One has a hygeine problem, he stinks, and the other has been in 4 car accidents in 2015 alone! <BR> <BR> I don't dare speak to them abt it bcoz they don't even respect their own parents, I am just an older cousin. <BR> <BR> But I can't help worrying abt them! What can I do? Thu, 4 Feb 2016 21:48:42 EST Dreaded fitting room I rarely go clothes shopping. I went today because I needed a new blouse for a meeting tomorrow. Once I went into the fitting room to try on a few blouses, I dreaded it. For the first time in a long time, I got a good look at myself in the full-length mirror. At home, I usually get dressed very quickly without really looking at myself. I don't like how my body looks right now at all. It made me so sad. I do have a medical condition which has had me on an injection for the past almost-year and... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 17:38:20 EST Help Help <em>303</em> Thu, 4 Feb 2016 09:19:57 EST Weight Loss HELP Hi Yall, <BR> <BR> Can someone please help me understand this! So I recently started working out and eating right and all and about everyday I would lose like a pound or more everyday now its like I work out sweat like a pig in hot yoga and I did a double yoga class last nite and this morning I got up went to the restroom and then I weighted myself and I was still the same weight as yesterday how come that is???? Then the next day I hardly do anything workout wise and I lose some weight how ... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 08:49:44 EST I'm hungry and I've had all my calories! I'm hungry. I had all my calories. I want to go eatttttttt. <BR> <BR> But noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. <BR> <BR> But I want to! Wed, 3 Feb 2016 23:23:29 EST Not eating enough carbs Hi. Not my first rodeo with weight loss. Keep trying, but can't seem to eat enough carbohydrates to get within the limits defined. First off I can't stand yogurt of any kind or flavor so that is out. I like many vegetables and some fruit. Have been trying to choke down watermelon because of it's high carbohydrate levels... not easy. I really want to succeed, but being a somewhat picky eater with the fruits it is making it very hard. Need new eyes to help me through the hurdles. Any suggestion... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 09:47:38 EST Idk what to do... I'm a mess, guys. I've gained so much weight over the past few years and I'm officially at my heaviest. I know what I need to do to lose the weight but I just can't seem to make myself do it. I know I can but there's no motivation. <BR> <BR> You'd think having issues doing every day tasks (tying shoes, taking a bath, etc) would kick my ass into gear. But it doesn't. Idk what's wrong with my brain. I sit around and go over what all I could do to help kickstand me but then I talk myself o... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 05:34:57 EST No motivation I have hit the biggest roadblock and I just can't kick it out of the way like all the others. I've been doing this since the end of September, and I've had my falls, but they were relatively easy compared to this one. I cannot find any motivation. Anywhere. All my old tricks that got me back on track are not working. I've got a vacation in June that I want to get down to around 190 for. I'm so close to my 10% goal. But everyday, I get up and I might or might not start the day out right, but b... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 01:33:54 EST Urge to cheat! I've been eating so much better the past 3 days. I am full right now after good dinner.Been Staying in my daily cal range. <BR> All of a sudden i feel to eat cookies and have soda and i haven't felt this since i started. <BR> I hope it passes soon and i don't give in. <BR> I just needed to let it out and decided to post it here. My goal this year is to get my health under control and that mean having control of what i eat and i hope i stick to this! <BR> <BR> I am going to try having some te... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 19:02:42 EST Joined Last Monday, day 4 of going over calories!! I joined last Monday, did REALLY well for 4 days, then totally bombed since Friday. <BR> <BR> Well, maybe not completely bombed because I still got some exercise in and some water...and tracked food on 3 of those days even though I went way over... <BR> <BR> But...sigh... <BR> <BR> I feel out of control :( <BR> <BR> Part of the problem was I was out of town, there was a party, lots of food. I am feeling so emotional and prone to bingeing. <BR> <BR> And the sadder I feel about it, the mor... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 23:36:00 EST same weight since summer I lost 50 lbs in a year then I stopped losing weight. I keep going to the gym but I know sometimes I don't follow my diet as well as I should. I know that's why I am not losing. I have lost 5 lbs since the beginning of they year but I still feel like a failure. <BR> I just want to know what do you do when you start to lose your motivation? I just feel like I have so much more to lose I can't see the end of the tunnel. Mon, 1 Feb 2016 16:49:42 EST Feeling empty and un-grounded Can anyone help me understand what I can do to help me be part of my own life? I have had depression for most of my life and I am sure that this is part of it however I just do not know where to start. <BR> <BR> I keep feeling sort of 'outside of myself' and feel so completely alone inside my head. <BR> <BR> I know I am not explaining myself properly but I am choosing the wrong foods then eating too much of it. I kind of go into a trance where I keep eating not even aware of being full or n... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 16:31:57 EST I fell off the wagon - help! I've decided to stop drinking as alcohol has ruined so much for me. I'm also getting back into my workouts which I loved while I was sober. While I know it's the right choice, it's also a difficult one! Any support would be appreciated. Mon, 1 Feb 2016 12:02:19 EST Fitness & weight during disease Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm new here and am desperately seeking out some support to lead a healthy lifestyle after going overboard in the past and now falling off the wagon. <BR> <BR> I have some bowel problems that don't allow me to eat high fiber foods (esp. raw) and I have very low exercise tolerance after essentially burning out from over-exercising and under-eating (especially carbs). I lost my period for 4 years and finally got it back this year after upping my carb intake. <BR> <BR> But ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 22:25:48 EST Need a little encouragement here . . . I've been staying very positive mentally, I've tracked EVERYthing that has gone into my mouth (and have not once gone over my calorie limit), I've been drinking my water, I've been getting anywhere from 10 to 45 minutes exercise for at least 5 days out of 7. I've been doing so well that I'm stunned that I've even had to hit the panic button. <BR> <BR> However, today I need your help. Since January 3, I've only dropped 1.5 pounds; as a matter of fact, I've gained 1.5 pounds in the last 3 wee... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 11:06:46 EST Support~Love~Neg gativity~Confusion I have lost 25 pounds, I felt so proud and excited and happy It took me over 6 months of hard work. When I told my partner she just said 'cool' and walked off. Then later I was reading email from some friends congratulating me she walked over to the table so I showed her, She said so what about it and walked off. she never said I am proud of you and talked to me about it at all. I don't know why she can be so cold at times . <BR> <BR> I know she loves me but I don't understand how everything... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:08:56 EST Depressed and frustrated right now It's so frustrating and depressing when you can't stop feeling hungry in spite of eating at your higher range (or even a little over). I am always, and I mean always, hungry in the evening! I eat 3 meals a day and even include an evening snack every night but I find myself still hungry. I have even tried waiting a while to see if it passes but nope. I have been struggling with trying to lose my last ten lbs for a few months now! What can I do?! I try to eat healthier snacks as much as I can o... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 22:13:42 EST Night time binge eating help. I am new here. HELLO EVERYONE!!! I lost close to one hundred pounds three years ago on Weight Watchers. I'd never been one to exercise but I found walking/jogging and fell in love with it. Then went to a gym and fell in love with that also. Lost the weight, felt great, bought new clothes, started paying attention to my hair and nails. Things I'd never really done before. Then I had to have back surgery. It was my fault, I overdid the jogging and exercise. Surgery went great. Doctor... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 19:21:12 EST Confused and hangry I have off and on tried to get healthier for about 10 years, after the birth of my son. I'm currently rockin 315 lbs of fabulous on a 5'11 frame and I hate it. Sometimes my attempts have been successful but never to a goal weight, always top out at 40 lbs then gain it back over the next year or so. Here's the deal, I am feeling super down today even though I have been doing amazingly well for over a month now. I keep reading articles about other morbidly obese folks that lose hundreds of poun... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:50:56 EST I sucks at this And I don't think I am ever going to get anywhere. I am pretty much where I was when I started a few years ago. I'm pathetic. :( Sun, 24 Jan 2016 23:50:06 EST This is just sooooo hard! The nephrologist (kidney doctor) came today. He told me to exercise more intensely and cut way back on my portions. He also told me to avoid dairy and no more burgers. No more snacks either. No eating after 8pm. <BR> <BR> I told him I have been walking, he says I should switch to running. I guess this also means I have to do HIIT more often at longer sessions and really sweat it out. He said I should exercise more. <BR> <BR> I have been trying, but I guess I will just have to step it up! Al... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 21:25:46 EST The scale won't budge! I know, it happens, but for months at a time? I am trying to stay in calorie range and get lots of walking in, but it just dosen't seem to be enough. I have lost 8 1/2 inches in the last 5 months and I know I should be excited about that and know that everything I am doing is working, but I would like it to work a bit faster!!! Fri, 22 Jan 2016 11:15:46 EST Soul Searching I have spent most of my life focusing on others. I love spending time with others and making people happy. However, I’m at a point where I want to do some soul searching and figure out who I am, what I stand for and what I believe in. I've been in a rut, I can't look at myself in the mirror and say 'I stand for this, I believe in this, I am strong in this....' <BR> <BR> I am 27 now and married, and lately I’ve been feeling ‘old’. My husband and I have been talking about kids and buying our f... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 07:03:54 EST So busted !!! OMG, I am not sure where to start.... First of all, I posted recently that I am turning 50 in May and that this is going to be my year. Well, I havn't done much yet other than eat, be sedentary whenever possible and feel sorry for myself. All while I am reading every article I can about weight loss, watching every fat show ( as my husband calls them)! To try to get me motivated. I have been on SP more lately this year, browsing but not really participating. <BR> I was going to rejoin TOPS fo... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 22:27:31 EST advice please- feeling down about my bum knee hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I've struggled with my weight for a long time, but since August, I've recommitted to health and have been more successful with the help of SP to be more mindful about my nutrition and more active since getting a gym membership. <BR> I've lost about 20 pounds. Part of my success is that I found an activity that I just love - running. I really feel a sense of reward when I run - mentally, physically, spiritually. Running is my jam! But I've been warned and know that... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 20:11:12 EST Why gaining rather than losing?? I have been on a 1200- 1500 calorie diet for 7 days. 1 1/2 hours of intense cardio per day ie cross country skiing. Fairly active the rest of the day as I live on a farm/horses. I have gained almost 3 lbs in the last 7 days. Makes no sense to me. My metabolism must be practically nothing. Very frustrating. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:37:10 EST Care-giver stress not sure how to reduce stress as a 24/7 caregiver. I am able to get away for a few hours at a time but am "on-duty" the rest of the time including overnight. It is a good night if I only have to get up once or twice. I think it is the stress that is making me gain weight. I have gained almost 10 pounds in the past year. I eat mostly healthy foods but realize that I do some stress eating also. <BR> . Sun, 17 Jan 2016 20:59:31 EST Sudden weight gain? So I've been doing a fitness video game that I input my weight and inches every so often -- it checks about every week or so. This last time I seemed to gain about 3 pounds and an inch around my arms, waist, thighs and hips, which seems totally ridiculous to me. I can't imagine all of this would happen in less than 2 weeks for no reason (no major changes to diet and exercised consistently.) <BR> I can understand weight gain if I lost inches, but that doesn't seem to be the case. <BR> I'm wond... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 19:02:09 EST 2600 calories today I have been doing really well with my meal plan and exercise then today happened. My dad bought kfc and I could not resist those fluffy biscuits and crispy fried chicken. So now I feel awful because tomorrow I have a weigh in at the gym. I know it takes 3500 calories to gain a pound but you know how it is the day after you over eat, you always appear to have gained several pounds on the scale. Sun, 17 Jan 2016 17:26:53 EST Not losing I weighed in Friday I gained alomost all my 7 pounds back. I eat either I took chocolate out of my diet most sugar out caffine out Eat manly chicken and fruits and veggies don't really go back for seconds stick with the serving size. I work out 30-40 mins a day 5 days a week I burned 953 calories by Wed. Mother nature came to visit me yesterday I don't know if that is causing it. But if I don't lost at least 40 pounds this year I will not be pregnant again. I want a second kid and I am crying... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 11:19:30 EST Inches only 😕 I don't understand and I am getting frustrated. I have been working out hard since December 15, 2015. I am not seeing any weight come of the scales. I have only lost some inches. I feel like I am working hard for no reason. Is it really true that when you have a total hysterectomy that you can't lose the weight ad you might as well not try? Ugh, beyond frustrated and very disappointed!! Sat, 16 Jan 2016 09:23:51 EST Period sabotage! Hello to u all. I'm in a real panic and need some serious serious help. I've been doing excellent on this new me, life changing goal. Lost 4 lbs last week and eating healthy. Now I'm craving everything under the sun as I always do whenever my period shows up. Scared to weigh in this week because the water weight will disappoint me on the scale and the last two days have been a bust. I still have 3 more days of this and don't know how I'm going to make it before I end up back to old habits. Do... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 16:53:13 EST Impossible brother! My brother is impossible! He flys off the handle for no reason and he doesn't respect me or my parents! He doesn't even talk normally but gesticulates like a monkey and raises his voice unecessarily! And he does this ALL the time! I don't know why he is such an angry person! <BR> <BR> I used to think he wasn't like this at work at least but I heard from his workmates he sometimes does this at work too! I am concerned because I don't want him to lose his job or die from a heart attack! Being... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 01:30:25 EST Food intake I can not manage to get all the food in and I have not lost anymore weight and have gained three pounds back by trying to eat everything and calories. Where do I go from here? I am so upset with this setback. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 17:09:42 EST just depressed I'm so depressed...I wish I had more energy and cared more about myself......I don't :'( Tue, 12 Jan 2016 22:49:25 EST Help I cannot seem to get motivated. I have a conversation with myself every evening and do well for breakfast and plan to go to the gym but before even lunch time I will eat something I shouldn't and talk myself out of getting to the gym or even the tread <BR> mill in my own house. I am afraid one more year will pass by before I get the weight off I want and need to get off. <BR> <BR> Any ideas on how to get going? Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:51:00 EST Nothing seems to be working! I watch my portion sizes, try to eat healthy and exercise regularly but nothing seems to be working! <BR> <BR> The nurses at the dialysis center keep commenting on how fat I am! Saying that it's harder for the needles to go in now! <BR> <BR> I am so depressed. I keep trying but my weight just won't go down! Sun, 10 Jan 2016 22:38:35 EST Depressed need to exercise. Help I,m having trouble getting self to exercise.. Im sad about loss of an animal. I know moving and exercise will help the most but can't get myself to do it. Any suggestions? Sun, 10 Jan 2016 03:36:15 EST DODO diet Anyone who can provide me some orientation concerning this subject will be appreciated. Although I read the book, I still do not get the science re: pre-post and break-fast Sat, 9 Jan 2016 15:55:06 EST Quitting my worst habit Happily reporting After 10 years of addiction to regular Coca Cola, I was able to stop for the sake of weight loss. Determined!!! Sat, 9 Jan 2016 15:51:32 EST Fuhrman's Eat to Live Plan I wasn't able to find any recent thread's on the Eat to Live program. Is anyone able to give me advice? <BR> I'm on day 6 and am down less than 2#. I have substantially increased my exercise (walking, pump, combat classes), strictly followed the plan (no dairy, meat, etc.), increased my water intake, and the scale barely budges. I do have less bloating, but I was hoping for a bit more weight loss after all I've read. <BR> Thanks! Fri, 8 Jan 2016 11:50:16 EST Gross I'm new here and having a terrible time. I'm thoroughly disgusted with myself and the words that keep running through my head to describe myself are very insulting. I'm so bloated, round and miserable. I want to make a change, but the change never sticks. I need to lose at least 60-70 pounds. Anyone else at the same point right now? Thu, 7 Jan 2016 22:56:34 EST gained I have had a very long few weeks . My 90 year old day in VA home. My friend is dying of cancer.a lot of things plus Christmas. And i am a stress eater. So yes i gained. And here it is 12 pm still awake . I am going to try and dust my feet off and get with the program when i wake up in the morning. Mon, 4 Jan 2016 23:49:28 EST Trouble Refusing Sweets I have a huge problem refusing cookies or other sweets in mass quantities. It seems that if I have one bite there is the problem of going on a binge. Has anyone else that is peri-menopausal experienced this extreme craving for sugar? If so, how do you handle it? Thanks Mon, 4 Jan 2016 10:12:14 EST Quitting WINE and food SUGARS for a month. I'm 48, WAS 120 lbs half my life, had a baby at 39 by that point i was 170. I thought running around chasing a toddler would help lose the excess weight but instead i gained more. My husband and I love our wine and carbs. I just recently broke the 200 lb mark. And saw some pics just taken of myself and there's some serious disappointment. I know I need to make a life change. But i need help AND support. There's only so much my husband can do support wise, i mean he's great and supportive but ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 23:36:17 EST Gained 10 lbs over the Holidays Getting back on track,way to much unhealthy eating! Reaching my goal in 2016! I will do this!! New Year, New Changes! New Attitude! A bad Attitude causes bad Choices!! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 15:08:11 EST Eating simple cause Im sick. I am really trying to plan my meals the day before. But lately since im sick I dont have the energy. I find myself eating poor choices and going over on sodium and fatty stuff. Im trying not to get down on myself...but its so hard when I dont feel good... <em>198</em> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 01:40:17 EST Going out twice tomorrow Tomorrow I have plans to meet someone at a local Mexican restaurant for lunch and then I have plans to eat at Bonefish Grill with my family tomorrow for dinner. I want to be sure to stay in the proper range for all of my nutrients. Does anyone have advice? Thanks! Tue, 29 Dec 2015 21:59:17 EST losing weight but staying sick I have lost 22 lbs. Yay to that. The problem is its first one illness after another. I am frustrated 2015 brought 5 kidney infections three of which were before the weight loss journey began. 2 since then. 3 colds a sinus infection and now an ear infection. I am eating better so why am I getting sick so much. I really don't have time to be sick. I am a busy mom and full-time college student. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 20:05:55 EST 2016 --- The year I turn 50 ! Wow, I will be 50 this coming May ... Time to make some serious life changes. I am getting older and even though I am only 49, most days I feel at least 20 years older. I have so many aches and pains, I have no energy, I have lost most of my oomph! I know all this extra weight and sedentary lifestyle are causing most of my problems. I have been MIA from SP for awhile again, I tend to do that when I don't want to have to deal with things... Pretend it doesn't exist and it will go away , right?... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 11:04:40 EST Eating Enough Calories? Hello All, <BR> I have been struggling to lose weight now for a while. 20 faithful days at WW recently, Nutri-system, (a few years ago, I felt extremely weak and couldn't continue). At best I would maintain. Maybe up or down a pound or two. I followed a program from two separate nutritionists for a few months that were basically the same. They put me around 1800 cal. per day. Same results, maintain or fluctuate a 1lb or 2. <BR> <BR> I would suggest changing things up a bit but they would ... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 06:57:59 EST Lovely family...not Just at my parents Christmas dinner and I have had 3 different family members tell me how much weight I've put on. Sigh shouldn't have worn a tighter dress today :( Fri, 25 Dec 2015 02:09:46 EST It's the Holidays - Don't Panic ! First, I'd like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas ! Second, whatever happens tomorrow and this weekend,"DON'T PANIC !" <BR> <BR> I know we're either trying to lose weight or maintain the weight we've lost. BUT, I don't want anyone beating themselves up if they happen to eat a little too much during the holidays. Here are a few strategies that might help you get through the party season. <BR> <BR> 1) Eat a little something at breakfast. Don't starve yourself to save room for extra dessert... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 12:52:10 EST my body is a wreck I have lost 175 lbs in the past 18 months and I look like a pile of melted cheese. I can pull myself together by wearing long sleeves and pants and tucking and hiding all my extra skin away but without clothes I look like I'm standing in a fun house mirror, but it's no fun for me. I don't think I'll ever be able to get intimate with someone for the rest of my life because I can't afford plastic surgery. The thought of having to show someone my body makes me cry. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 15:59:22 EST I fell off the bandwagon I was doing well in the beginning and then suddenly lost my way to staying healthy by maintaining a healthy life style. I have gained weight again by allowing other peoples bad eating habits to become my eating habits. I do not want to give up. How do I get back on track and stay on track for good? <em>39</em> Tue, 22 Dec 2015 11:54:04 EST Gained Half Back! Please Help! Hi & Happy Holidays everybody! <BR> <BR> I am in a bad way with myself. I proudly lost 70 pounds with diet & exercise over the course of about a year & a couple months. Then I gained about 30 pounds of it back over the course of a year of bad choices including food & not working out. <BR> <BR> I'm a 46-yr-old female (with the mindset much younger than 46). So I worry about a much slower metabolism. I started working out as a new gym has open 5 minutes from my home. I think I'm most worried... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 19:55:11 EST Binge Eating Disorder Anyone else here struggle with binge eating disorder? I have for 10 years and have been in and out of treatment. Really interferes with any weight loss goals I have. I am wondering if anyone else has a similar experience and would like to discuss it. Mon, 21 Dec 2015 19:49:22 EST Thyroid meds and depression? 3 weeks ago I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, basically my thyroid level is at 150 when they should be between 1-4, so my thyroid is seriously underperforming. I started medication when they told me, and I’ve noticed myself getting pretty moody and depressed lately. I have my moments where my mood goes up and down, but lately I’ve really been feeling depressed and alone. I barely have an appetite, which is strange for me because I love to eat... <BR> Has anyone experienced this on thyroid ... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 08:29:24 EST How rude! My Mom cooked porridge yesterday and made fruit rojak for dinner. I also had beef noodles for dinner on Saturday. So, I am a little heavy today. My face was probably puffed up with the excess fluids. <BR> <BR> I went into the dialysis hall to weigh myself and this rude old man said, "you've put on a LOT of weight, you should eat less!". <BR> <BR> If that were true, I wouldn't be able to fit into my clothes! I tried to tell him that he offended me but he ignored me! I wish I had told him off... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 21:58:37 EST desperate for help Hello.. I'm desperate for help! I've lost a lot of weight twice before but now I've gained it all back and have stopped leaving the house. This year alone I've gained 84lbs. I really need help. Is there anyone who can help me please? Sun, 20 Dec 2015 19:09:01 EST No support Hi there. I've been struggling in finding support and motivation. I've lost 60 lbs before, but I was in my mid twenties and had more health-nuts around us. <BR> <BR> This time I'm past 30 with no support system. I have a work schedule that does not lend to meeting new folks (I don't get off work until 930P or later). I have almost zero motivation most days and am absolutely mortified that I gained the weight back for the most part. My workouts are testaments to my "set back"- I feel weak, em... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 17:31:44 EST Soooooo disappointed with myself! My weight increased by exactly 4kg today but the nurse wouldn't let me extract that much, no matter how much I begged! I am so worried that I will have excess fluid in me when the dialysis is done! <BR> <BR> They only gave me 3.4kgs! Why can't I be as light as the other dialysis patients?! I am the biggest failure here! I don't understand why I can't do as well as the others! I eat a little extra and bam! 700g! I drink a little extra and bam! 400g! <BR> <BR> I guess I just have to be more d... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 00:28:54 EST Eyes bigger than stomach I have 3 things going on that are keeping my weight at a standstill. I am working on my awareness of these things but could use some tips. <BR> <BR> My eyes are bigger than my stomach and every time I go to the grocery store, I want to buy everything I see, especially when I pass the bakery section. I usually eat before I go to the store, but I still stare at the donuts and pastries. I don't always buy them, but it's hard to walk away. When we go out to eat, I want to order everything I see ... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:51:46 EST New and so much confusing info I don't know how to start.I checked in at 50+over 50lb site. <BR> Need guidance b/c of age and very low fitness/stamina level.Don't have a food plan. <BR> YIKES! Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:04:39 EST That's IT!!! No more salty snacks! I've had it! I must have been crazy to buy those Shapes crackers! They don't even taste that good anyway and they've given me a horrible thirst! <BR> <BR> They are going in the thrash pronto! And I am DONE with salty snacks! I've learnt my lesson! Never agn! <BR> <BR> From now on, I will follow the renal diet closely! No more rebellion! Sigh! I m now 63.4kgs! I will have to fast the whole of today! Dialysis agn tmrw! Sigh! Mon, 14 Dec 2015 17:13:03 EST No ideaa I just came to know I didn't lose any weight, just may be inch of belly and around my arms.. I worked so hard .. I need to lose weight and I don't know how Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:48:28 EST Disgusted I am so disgusted with myself. I had been doing so well then BAM eating everything in site. Gaining back like quick fire. What is wrong with me I admit this holiday I am a little depressed life has not turned out as I thought it would. <BR> <BR> I log on and track then stop because I am eating bad. <BR> <BR> Well thank you for listening. <BR> <BR> Diane Mon, 14 Dec 2015 07:05:20 EST water log in Help. where do I log in how many glasses of water I drink??? I haven't been on this site in 5 years. I have just started my life over. thank you kindly for responding. Sun, 13 Dec 2015 22:47:35 EST I am doomed! I can't help feeling I am at the end of my rope! I have been on dialysis for 11 years and I feel the end is near! Try as I might, I just can't achieve my dry weight! Which means I still have excess water in me even after each treatment, esp on a Monday, bcoz the weekend is 2 days. <BR> <BR> I don't know what is wrong with me! Why can't I eat and drink less? I just have no willpower! Or mayb I m just greedy! Or unconciously, I have given up on myself and I have a death wish! I can literaly fe... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 21:44:56 EST bloating and weight gain Have been gaining at least a pound a week, and sometimes two. <BR> Usually consume a 1200-1500 calorie diet and hour a day workout. <BR> Help, thyroid being checked... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 10:20:21 EST Anxious about success I have struggled hard against the 200 pound mark for YEARS. I can get to 203, even 201, but I could never break down out of the 200s. I maxed out at 225. This morning I was 199.6. At first I was all excited. I was proud. But then all day I've been anxious. I'm afraid to eat. I'm afraid I'll creep back up. It's date night. We're going OUT. I logged my food ahead. I know what I can eat, but I'm afraid to freaking eat. This must be what an eating disorder feels like. (I've never had one of those... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 20:24:53 EST Ketogenic life style I'm trying to look at this as a new way of life/eating, not yet another low carb diet. I've lost weight on Atkins, but I got caught up in the processed shakes, bars, etc., and it really worked against me. So, I threw them out and am back on track. <BR> I'm a "mindless" eater at times, so I keep a bag of shredded cheddar near me and nibble one here and there. Seems to satisfy the urge to just plain eat! <BR> Breakfast for me is cottage cheese with cayenne pepper and natural pistachios and a to... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 09:39:06 EST Starting again This is probably my 5th time starting over with Spark and my weight loss goals. I've been having some medical issues that partially caused my gain. The other cause was not being as careful with my eating when I was working 3 jobs. I would just eat what was available due to lack of time. I have been having a lot of pain, off and on, and this made it difficult to go to the gym or do any sort of movement. The back pain kept me from exercising, but knowing the exercise would help me to feel bette... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 11:11:39 EST What could i possibly be doing wrong?(i feel lost) This is officially the first day i'm seriously working on achieving a goal that i've set years ago Since, apparently i was too busy procrastinating and expecting the future me to do all the work while i just sit on my lazy bum and wait for it to happen like a miracle. <BR> <BR> Everything has been going well so far with me, if we're speaking motivation wise. I am as motivated as i could ever be. And so i'm not struggling with this matter since i spent days trying to get me to want to change... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 19:44:15 EST Gaining after starting exercise Good Morning: Two weeks ago, I started walking consistently five days a week (I had been walking, but it was hit and miss) and I added in 15 mns of strength training three times per week. Just that little bit of exercise has triggered my arthritis. I'm achy and sore, but think that's just part of getting back into shape. My plan is to build up and add more strength training as I get stronger. <BR> <BR> My calorie intake has been between 1200 and 1500, but instead of losing weight, I'm gai... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 09:33:09 EST Depression I need help accepting my faults and praising my accomplishments. I get so emotional and depressed during the holidays when you should be glowing in joy. <BR> Anyone feel this way?? Mon, 7 Dec 2015 11:54:56 EST Help with accountability!! I just found out I have insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and have to quit carbs. I have been trying this for under a week and I am struggling and need an active group for support. Anyone have any ideas which group I can join that is currently active and helps with accountability and moral support? So many groups I have checked seem to be inactive. Any help is much appreciated. Mon, 7 Dec 2015 10:22:51 EST Needing Prayers for another Medical Scare In the last few weeks I have noticed a suspicious spot or lesion forming on the side of my upper thigh/buttock area. I didn't want to jump to worse case scenario at first, so I had hoped it may have been just some excema or very dry skin forming. It started off very small, and not too noticeable. I tried to go on and not grow concerned over it, hoping it would disappear, but now it has "changed" and I think getting a little bit bigger too. <BR> <BR> I am sorry if me posting in here upsets a... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 16:55:37 EST Help, dental problem requires drink liquids only. My root canal exploded in my mouth Sunday morning. Needless to say I was on only liquids & soft foods then. <BR> I went to the dentist yesterday and he said to save the tooth I must stay away from solid foods. My appt to repair/save this tooth may be as late as January 5th 2016. ? <BR> I can't figure out how to get enough protein. Any advise will help. <BR> I looked for a group but none were to be found. <BR> Thank you. Wed, 2 Dec 2015 13:11:35 EST I can't take it anymore! I am still living with my parents bcoz I can't afford to move out. My brother works but he lives here too bcoz he still can't afford to move out. <BR> <BR> The problem is, in their eyes, my brother can do no wrong, so the blame always falls on me. My parents can be very verbally abusive against me and they know the exact buttons to push. I am not even allowed to confide in my friends. My parents will threathen to break up my friendships with those ppl I usually confide in. <BR> <BR> The pro... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 09:31:12 EST Ready to Give Up I got on The Scale this morning was up 5 pds,A lot of Stress at My House,Medical Challenges,Money Issues,Those are just excuses,I am usuallly 170-`72 <BR> When the Scale read 177,I just wanted to crawl back in bed,Totally Fustrated this Am and very upset with myself. <BR> <BR> I Hope My Spark Friends Have a Good Day <BR> And Here Come The Holidays <BR> ... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 07:37:31 EST why do i keep doing this.... I am so depressed.. I had lost over sixty lbs and then personal things started to happen.. I became lazy and stopped exercising and started stuffing my face again.. and drinking sodas.. sodas are the worst..such an addiction to sugar you wouldn't believe. I'm 35 and am in college.. I failed two of my classes so now I have to come up with 1000 dollars to go back.. my job sucks. my relationship makes me happy. he says he loves me and I love him lord knows I do.. but I know he isn't attracted to... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 23:37:33 EST I need some input about a pulled muscle... Hi, <BR> About a week and a half ago I woke up in the morning, tried to sit up, and pulled my neck/shoulder muscle with my leading side. It hurts pretty bad and feels like a nerve is pinched in several places down my arm. Like the 'funny-bone' feeling in my upper arm, elbow and inside wrist. At first my hubby thought I should try to work through it, so it wouldn't lock up. But that didn't work. Then I lightened my movements and it still hurt. On the 6th day I finally went to Statcare and go... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 22:55:19 EST Weight Watchers and Free Fruit I recently rejoined Weight Watchers, and was doing GREAT for several weeks, but I don't think the program is completely right for me. I suspect I'm not eating enough on it because I've been having hunger-related binges lately. I also am finding tracking on the website tedious compared to tracking on other sites (like MyFitnessPal- I feel the Sparkpeople database is lacking). Plus, there are a lot of issues with the website- including major features simply NOT working. <BR> <BR> However, whil... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 22:13:45 EST Self concious over horrible complexion I had really bad skin as a teen. Bad acne and massive blackheads. my skin problems continued thru my early 20s. <BR> <BR> In Uni, I went to a Doctor and he prescribed Diane 35. within months my skin cleared up but it left me with scarring. I mean no more acne and blackheads but I have an uneven complexion. <BR> <BR> I am in my early 40s now and I still have scarring on my face. esp on my right cheek. This has made me very self concious. Which guy will ever date me now? esp now that I m on d... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:12:00 EST Am I eating enough? Okay, here's the situation... <BR> <BR> I swim 2-3 miles 4x/week in a relatively short amount of time (a two mile swim usually takes me about 45 minutes if I do a straight set, though I usually work on drills and shorter sets, so it averages out to about 70 minutes for 2 mile swim and 100 for a 3 mile swim). I've just adjusted by fitness goals so that it's more reflective of what I'm actually doing -- upped the time to 320 min/week and the calories to 6400/week. <BR> <BR> question... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:53:46 EST Thanksgiving - DON'T PANIC ! What to Do First, I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Second, whatever happens tomorrow,"DON'T PANIC !" <BR> <BR> I know we're either trying to lose weight or maintain the weight we've lost. BUT, I don't want anyone beating themselves up if they happen to eat a little too much tomorrow. Here are a few strategies that might help you get through your day. <BR> <BR> 1) Eat a little something at breakfast. Don't starve yourself to save room for extra dessert. If you go to the meal already hun... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:16:39 EST An Impossible task! The dialysis nurses have given me an impossible task : to only increase my weight by a mere 3% of my dry weight by the next dialysis! Which means a mere 1.8kg (calculated from my current dry weight of 60kg). <BR> <BR> I feel that I will have to fast during dinner in order to achieve this. Why does it have to be so hard?! I feel I must be the worst dialysis patient in the world. I haven't achieve my dry weight in more than a month! I feel like such a failure! <BR> <BR> I have also put on we... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:03:02 EST Thyroid Check I had a physical last week and I told my doctor I had gained almost 25lbs in 2 years. She told me I should get my thyroid checked, so today I am scheduled for an ultra sound. I am really nervous, I am not good with doctors/hospitals/blood being drawn... ugh I get really nervous and its all in my head. I had to get my blood drawn after my physical and they had to lay me down and count down before they put the needle in, I get so nervous and sweaty over this stuff <BR> <BR> Has anyone gotten a... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 06:54:51 EST Not Losing Weight Very much need suggestions on how I can loss weight in the coming week, have not loss any so far since I re-committed myself. Can anyone please help? Moral/motivation is a little low. Thank you any advance for all suggestions and help. <em>426</em> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 10:28:16 EST not consistent So upset right now. I can eat fruits, veggies, and lean proteins for about four days, before succumbing to overeating carb and sugar laden foods on Friday and Saturday in an all-out calorie bomb. I'm honestly just sad. I feel like crying over the lack of control on the weekend. I've even had weekends where I've over eaten healthy foods...I just ALWAYS overeat on the weekend. I just don't know what to do anymore. I just want to sob on my couch. I'm so worried about this emotional eating proble... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 18:53:07 EST Not seeing results Hi everyone! <BR> 2 months ago I started in earnest to lose weight. I started hitting the gym at 5:30am Monday-Friday for strength training superset, then on the weekends for power cardio classes. I am eating between 1300-1600 calories most days of whole foods, with plenty of water and supplementation. I have logged almost every day during that period. There has been 7 days in the last 2 months where I struggled with binge eating- a habit I have a long and illustrious past with. I only bi... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 09:01:58 EST Question about exercise and increased calories I finally got used to eating less calories (1730) since I have now lost 52#. However, I have greatly increased my exercise. My exercise is "speed" walking (as fast as I can do I input my exercise and my Garmin also adds daily activity of burned calories which in turns bumps up my minimums. Sometimes depending how much I walk my minimums can be 1890-2200. I'm afraid to eat that much more...should I really do that? I know I had to get used to eating MORE food in order to lose w... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:52:58 EST My worst fears are CONFIRMED!!! I just downloaded an app to calculate body fat, input my measurements and other data.....and I was classified as OBESE! Abt 37% body fat!!! <BR> <BR> I am soooooo mortified and sooooo ashamed!!! I just want to curl up into a ball and cry!!! Fri, 20 Nov 2015 04:14:11 EST First day here - and feeling a little unmotivated Hello all, <BR> <BR> First day here and I have a question. <BR> I started eating right and exercising on Nov 2. <BR> I was 211 lbs @ 5'3 and I'm a 50 year old women. <BR> I'm eating about 1200 or less calories a day, walking at least 14000 steps a day @ miles per hour. <BR> Nov 16 I was at 198.6 and was elated!!! Today I hopped on the scale and I'm at 201 lbs! :-( <BR> <BR> Feeling blue, discouraged, angry and need help figuring out what I've done wrong! <BR> <BR> The only thing I can... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:17:30 EST Feeling Guilty! I feel guilty every time I eat even 100 calories more then my daily allowance of 1200. <BR> <BR> I'm really struggling with my appearance and I get upset that I am not taking control and fixing it. <BR> <BR> What do you guys do to combat this? Tue, 17 Nov 2015 21:45:05 EST Working out is ruining my perfect skin!! Before I started working out last week, I had flawless skin. I was the girl that always looked best natural. No makeup needed ever. Now, in less than a week, my face is having the worst break out ever! <BR> <BR> I wash my face immediately after working out, but it doesn't seem to be helping me. I feel so self conscious now. It makes me not want to work out as much when I feel like it is making me look bad. But I really need to lose the weight and be healthy.... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:56:49 EST Feeling depressed & trouble with motivation. I'm on a low carb diet, have lost 8lbs, but now for 3 wks i have not lost any wt. having trouble keeping motivated to keep on diet program. do exercises everyday.Just need some advice on what to do or suggestions on what i'm doing wrong.Got any ideas? Tue, 17 Nov 2015 14:15:43 EST Uggghhhh....Thanksgiving. Been doing quite well and now that thanksgiving is next week the closer the day comes the more anxious I am getting. I love and hate this holiday because of all the good food that will be there and I ALWAYS eat way to much and regret it later. I love to see my family but this year I am thinking of skipping it because I just dont want that guilt (and extra weight) for one day. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:33:33 EST How to reduce waist inches? Any good tips, articles, recipes, exercises, advise.... you can think of. <BR> <BR> PLEASE HELP! <BR> <BR> Thank You! Tue, 17 Nov 2015 04:47:08 EST Fell off the wagon with SWEETS oh boy what was I thinking??? 8 pounds back in 2 weeks STOP THE MADNESS ~ ~ get back on track right NOW (note to self!!) Tue, 17 Nov 2015 04:44:18 EST Is it normal to be anxious? Right now, I am anxious about losing weight. I have spent a long time struggling to lose weight. I need to overcome this anxiety and I am tempted to change all at once. I realize that it is not wise to change things all at once. I feel like I need to go slower. Right now I have been consuming moderate portions of food and I have also learned to measure out food. I am also anxious because taking baby steps have been hard. I need some advice on overcoming this anxiety so that my weight l... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 06:22:08 EST I need some advice; it will be appreciated greatly I have yet to formulate a diet and exercise plan for tomorrow. That is because, I am not so sure how. I have struggled with doing so. I know I need to lose weight and keep it off. I didn't realize how out of shape I truly am. Going out there and walking made me realize that. Of course being in pain doesn't help either; I have pain in my back and I have difficulty getting up. I have no excuses because I have decided to make no more excuses. My plans tend to change and that could also be... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 21:04:14 EST Change in mindset I am so glad that there is a forum such as this. I could use help. I would like to know how I can change my mindset about food. It is scary that I have tried everything and planned meals and even went to a nutritionist, but I still struggle with my weight. Your advice will be greatly appreciated. Sat, 14 Nov 2015 20:59:02 EST Sidlined with Kidney Stones :-( Saturday night I was fine and by Sunday morning I was in the ER with my first kidney stones. Now I'm on medication that makes me feel like a zombie, I haven't lost any weight this week at all, haven't worked out at all, and I just feel so discouraged. I'm going to try to work out tomorrow and have a Veteran's Walk on Saturday but by the time I get off work I'm too exhausted to even go grocery shopping. Here it is 8:00 p.m. and I want to crawl into bed. Any idea how long it takes to recove... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 23:04:51 EST What am I doing wrong? Per my doctors instructions (so please dont tell me I should follow a different plan) Im doing a low carb high fat diet. Im eating greens, low carb veg, evoo, vinigar, about 12oz of meat and plenty of water every day. My calories are about 1300. No nuts, no dairy, no low carb junk, measuring everything. Ive been in ketosis about 3 weeks. I am doing yoga and gentle walking. I am not building muscle. I though Id FINALLY started losing after 4 weeks of dieting, only to gain all 5 lbs back in two... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 18:41:05 EST Just got back from vacation... I'm a mix of things.. negative things. I didn't actually eat all that badly, but I drank an awful lot, even after I said I wouldn't. I was with my family, so that's what I do. Every time. So now I feel slow, sluggish, hugely fat, and disappointed in myself. I went to the doctor 10/6/15 and he prescribed me Phentermine, wanted me to lose at least 4 lbs by my follow-up appointment 11/4/15. I lost 9, and we were both thrilled. Then I went on vacation and who knows what I weigh now. Certainly I c... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 12:38:16 EST I'm feeling out of control in life and in eating! I feel desperate at this point! I don't know why, but I've gotten really off track, and my weight is going up quickly again. I can't stop myself from eating! Rationally I know that I'm not even hungry, but I am continuing to put food into my body. I've tried not buying things, but then I scrounge and will eat just about anything I can find. <BR> <BR> I need help on how to stop myself & start to get back on track. I really do just feel like crying. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 08:03:25 EST gained 4 pounds in a week I finally start losing only to gain it back. At this rate I will never reach my goal. I never go over my range. <BR> I hate this. Tue, 10 Nov 2015 09:43:07 EST Going Backwards! I log the miles, I finish the challenges, I kept within the calorie limit and I've gained weight. With all due respect, please don't say it's muscle weight! Over the past few months I've put on 27 lb. How can anyone do that when they're on a fitness program? I won't bore you with details, but I will honestly swear that I've worked the program as well as I can and everything has just gone to pot! I get more exercise now than I've ever gotten in my life. I'm defeated and depressed and in... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 09:40:27 EST A 1C testing having my a1c done tomorrow does anyone know if i still so my insulin like normal? Mon, 9 Nov 2015 20:44:28 EST Stick2itiveness It's so frustrating to be eating right and exercising and see little to no results in 3 weeks. So that's when I give up and eat what I want. How can I get past this???? Sun, 8 Nov 2015 18:12:31 EST Getting started again Help! I can't get started. I have successfully lost weight using Spark People in the past. I have put all that wight back. The last time I logged on here was July. Since then, I have gained 10 more pounds!! I am the heaviest that I have ever been, and I want to change it! <BR> <BR> I have trouble with food tracking (even though I know it works for me). Entering each ingredient (especially since so much of my food doesn't have a bar code) is tedious and time consuming. I often forget to do it... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 14:28:08 EST Little control over menu for 5 days. Help. We are going to visit out-of-town friends for several days and will be staying at their house. How do I meet my nutritional needs and not over eat when I will not be planning menus or preparing much of the food? I feel it would be rude to weigh and measure my food in front of my hosts. I have already told my friend that I am getting healthy and am watching my food intake but I feel very out of control. Any ideas or suggestions please. Sun, 8 Nov 2015 10:45:11 EST lost my pedometer need app suggestions I lost my pedometer this morning while shopping. I've had it almost a year and wear it daily. I'm willing to use my phone temporarily but I need a good app suggestion, one that's accurate without using GPS, don't want an app that eats my battery. Sat, 7 Nov 2015 16:35:28 EST Ugh, to much to eat! I have not been able to get all my calories in each day. The tracker says 1400 but I hit 1100 or less a day. I am just not hungry! Of course the pound are not melting away but I am not sure what to do. I bought a food scale today to double check my measuring. So far so good. Any suggestions? This is getting very frustrating! Fri, 6 Nov 2015 20:30:06 EST What is it about Friday? I didn't exercise at all, because I just didn't feel like it. Just no motivation at all. My mood is lousy. Fri, 6 Nov 2015 20:21:44 EST Pain in hip Has anyone ever had bursitis in the hip? It's horribly painful and one of the ways to help is to rest, but I need to lose weight so that it goes away and that means exercise. Any suggestions? Fri, 6 Nov 2015 15:20:06 EST Feel like a failure! I had a plan to start new. I got all my stats & info logged in on Sparkpeople once again. Picked my start date. I got all excited about it & my stress level was pushed to the limits again which lead to more binging. Now I've gained more weight! <BR> I just feel like every time I plan to do something for myself something always happens to spoil it! <BR> I have a lot of phobias & anxiety issues, & yes I am seeing a therapist, but it's not just as simple as some may think it is for me to just s... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 01:54:15 EST Lost 13 pounds but no inches :( So I've been doing taking phentermine for the past four weeks and I lost about 13 pounds. But I notice I have lost no inches at all! I mean, there is no difference in the way I look whatsoever. Could all of that have been water? Also, I discovered that the slightest amount of carbs bloats me up and I way about 3.5 pounds more on the scale :( Thu, 5 Nov 2015 19:00:04 EST Uninspired/unmotivated d/disgusted/disappointed Hello, everyone! I've been with SP for quite awhile I lost over 40+ lbs the 1st time. I've had so much going on in my life that I've gotten off track again. I've nearly gained all the weight back that I lost previously over a year and a half. I just need some encouragement and suggestions on how to get started again. I feel disgusted yet I still eat foods that are "bad" for me with no second thought. I work 12hr nights and there's food all the time. I feel weak mentally and sometimes physical... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 05:52:29 EST how to manage nutrition tracker? How do you delete foods off of your nutrition tracker? Mon, 2 Nov 2015 11:33:38 EST What's eating me..... <em>189</em> I'm learning that it isn't ALL about what I'm eating, but a great deal to do with what is eating me at any given moment. Do you know what I mean? <BR> <BR> Over the past two months, outside of planned and tracked meals, I've made a conscious decision every time I reach for anything to eat. First, I stop...then I ask myself, "What just happened? Was I confronted with something that made me feel uncomfortable in some way? What am I feeling?" More often than not, I answer tho... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 10:13:29 EST hard to care ....when you get called whale. <BR> When everything you do means nothing. <BR> I don't even want to eat let alone track anything. <BR> Why call me names now that I am busting my ass trying to lose weight? Sun, 1 Nov 2015 19:25:42 EST SO FRUSTRATED...DID ALL THE CHALLENGES I completed ALL the challenges, and enjoyed it....nothing new, can't do them over, it won't let you. They were motivating while they lasted. Now they're done. Sun, 1 Nov 2015 01:06:44 EST OH No It's Halloween! Lots of help needed today. It is my 1st real obstacle since starting this healthy lifestyle change. I was, am and probably always be a chocoholic. I crave it all day and see it everywhere. I am as addicted as a junkie to his drugs, an alcoholic to his liquor, or a gambler to his gambling. I know my weakness and I need help to make it through today. Parties everywhere and temptations too many to count. Sat, 31 Oct 2015 11:30:01 EST What do I eat??? I just woke up and my mind is saying that I want to eat 2 bagels with cream cheese. Is this acceptable? I know that it probably isn't but I'm not sure what to eat. If not, what is a better meal? I'm learning to accept that I eat the "wrong" things but I don't yet get what the "right" things are. Please help. Sat, 31 Oct 2015 11:13:34 EST CARB CRAVINGS I'm suffering from serious carb cravings am I missing something from my diet or just trying to cut back is backfiring??? Thu, 29 Oct 2015 22:10:44 EST I blew my success I don't feel good about myself right now. I had a really good week and I blew it tonight. I had a plate of hashbrowns and numerous snacks. I wanted to throw the hashbrowns out but I thought that was wasting money. Had them in the fridge since before my commitment to get healthy. Now I feel bad. What should I do? Thu, 29 Oct 2015 21:57:50 EST Out of Control Pain! Have had physical problems for a lifetime. <BR> Many years and surgeries later, my story has not improved. <BR> Am facing another spinal fusion which is a BIG one. <BR> Had an epidural today for the pain and am in more pain tonite. <BR> Have no pain medication; ice packs aren't working and don't know what else to do! <BR> Any suggestions? Wed, 28 Oct 2015 22:15:49 EST Gained 2 pounds in a WEEK!!! WHY?! I am ready to give up - the scale put me 2 pounds UP this week. I have been killing myself with the running. Everything hurts, my foot, my knee, the "rubbing" rash under my arm. All of this effort and I get punished for it. I feel worse than last week. I am on the verge of quitting and just accepting that I'm supposed to look like a sausage for the rest of my life. When am I going to stop hating myself? Wed, 28 Oct 2015 09:39:54 EST I forgot my gym BAG!!!!!! Oi vey - okay so - most people when they say that it's no big deal.... so I walk a little extra at work...... I get up more..... I may even go and lift some weights -- BUT!!!! <BR> <BR> OMG! I'm not a normal person! :( SO - we get time to exercise while at work..... and since I come in so early, I come to work in my work-out clothes....... and my gym bag is packed with my work clothes for the day, my make up, my soap/shampoo, my hair dryer....... like My LIFE! <BR> <BR> And here I sit - an ... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 06:34:30 EST bread i heard that wheat bread is bad for you and packs on calories. do you have to give up all bread to maintain weight loss. Why are these diets such as the wheat belly diet so popular and why are their books about this written by doctors. They make it so hard to know what is good for you. We were always taught that whole wheat was <BR> healthy for you. Tue, 27 Oct 2015 19:58:10 EST Parathyroid Are there any other people on here with Parathyroid disease ? How has it effected your weight loss attempt. Tue, 27 Oct 2015 17:04:04 EST need some motivation I'm in my mid thirties and had been a comfortable size 12 for a long time. Now I put on some more weight, and I'm around 200. I need a buddy/accountability partner to strategize with and get motivated together. <BR> This isn't only about looking better, it's about feeling better. It's about not wanting to be intimidated by stairs or sports. It's about letting go of old habits patterns and beliefs- in fact, it's about discovering where my warped thinking is and then planning ahead so it won't... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 01:48:19 EST Feeling helpless! Lot's of ppl have commented on my weight gain. I was doing so well not too long ago! What happened? My weight just keeps going up and up. I have to weigh myself constantly bcoz I am on dialysis. <BR> <BR> Most of my clothes still fit but some are getting tight or snug. I feel I am fighting a losing battle! I am trying to get a handle on my snacking. Nowadays, if I do snack, I try my best not to binge but my weight keeps going up anyway! <BR> <BR> I have also been exercising, long walks, HI... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 11:15:58 EST Ladies: Weight loss and your period How much can losing weight change your cycle? I haven't had a period since the end of August. I have lost 20 lbs since then and have been working out quite a bit. I'm DEFINITELY not pregnant. There is absolutely no chance of that. Though, I have considered taking a pregnancy test in case I'm carrying the second coming. I started spotting a bit this week and cramping like something is going to happen, then... nothing. I've only ever missed a period once before when I was eating way too much so... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 13:18:34 EST Stressed and Depressed I keep telling myself that things could be worse but I can't see a light at the end of this tunnel. This all revolves around my 21 year old son who is in college. Since he graduated high school there has been nothing but stress. He has failed two semester. We got him to go to therapy and get tested for ADHD. His issue is he can't sit through classes. He has plenty of issues and now we found out his girlfriend is pregnant and has moved out due to their fighting over what to do. She is k... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 18:53:39 EST Fairly New, Hitting Calorie Goals, No Results My best friend has been totally focused on tracking calories (including measuring) and exercising daily but is not seeing any weight loss. I don't understand how that is possible. I know that people sometimes hit plateaus, but since she just started in the last several months, it seems like a sure thing that her body would have no choice but to drop the pounds. In addition to counting calories, she is tracking her food on SP and hitting her carb/fat/protein goals and drinking plenty of wat... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 13:12:36 EST Feeling trapped I have been overweight my entire life. My family loves to eat and really loves to eat. I cannot count the many times I have started a diet, lost weight only to gain it back plus some. I stepped on the scales today and cannot believe what I pound from 300. How in the world did I get to this? I am so overwhelmed right now I cannot even fathomed where I am going to start. Why do I always start full speed ahead only to lose steam about a month into it. I am so unhappy with myself and can... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 13:10:53 EST Where has the search bar gone? I'm a leader on the 5% challenge. I have member needing help for stress eating. She's not the only one. <BR> <BR> I went to type into the search bar,,,stress eating. But!! No search bar?? I heavily rely on this feature. <BR> <BR> Thanks Wed, 21 Oct 2015 22:56:31 EST Having Trouble Getting Started This may sound weird but I'm so preoccupied about losing weight that I can't even lose weight. I keep gaining. I dream about a thinner me all the time and I even daydream about it sometimes and I still can't get started. <BR> <BR> I am not new to the game. I've lost weight before only to gain it right back. I need to try a different approach. <BR> <BR> I need a hand to hold and someone who will kick me in the butt to stay motivated. Because I'm so confused over weight loss because of a... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 09:13:27 EST Ice cream! I was doing great the last 2 weeks. and then panic! I had a major regression the last 2 days where I ate waaaaay too much ice cream. like 3,000 calories of ice cream in 2 days. i don't know why! (actually i was stressed about money...) so emotional eating. but that's no excuse. i should have found a better way to relieve stress. blah. <BR> <BR> now i feel terrible, bad about myself, terrified of getting on the scale... ashamed to face my fiance... and angry at myself. <BR> <B... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 15:17:46 EST Medical Lab Results Back...Follow up:Females Only Greetings SP, <BR> <BR> I posted a board last month regarding my fear and break down regarding having another pelvic and PAP after the recent scare with my abnormalities last summer. <BR> <BR> Well, I've been waiting and waiting and unfortunately the office called me today with the news. It's mostly good with a little "but" in there... <BR> <BR> So, it did not come back negative which is of course what I was praying for, however, the results were ASCUS and they don't even want to see me a... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 15:54:28 EST Beyond stressed; trying to stay focused I'm in my senior year as an undergraduate psychology student, and as of today, I have begun the application process to graduate schools. This hasn't been the easiest semester and even though I am hanging in there grade-wise, I have let a lot of things fall through the cracks. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to refocus myself: prepare for the GRE in 13 days, finish the IRB proposal for a project that is way overdue (seriously, I have all the materials, what's wrong with me?!), keep my grades up, and fi... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 15:08:43 EST I have messed up the last two days. I was doing so well. I lost 7 lbs in the last month. I work out 5 days a week and keep my calories somewhere between 1150 and 1300. Monday morning I weighed 181 lbs. Monday night, however, everything went to crap. My daughter had her Daisy Girl Scout Investiture and we got out late. I stopped to pick her up a happy meal with full intention of going home and having a salad with some salmon. I was so hungry, though, so I ordered a meal. Ugh. Tuesday was recovery day and I needed it as ... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 12:34:05 EST how can I offset a booboo? I ate some really bad stuff and too much of it today. However, I know that I am not over my calorie limit for the day. If I just track it and be good the rest of the day will this still set me back? Wed, 14 Oct 2015 12:15:06 EST Going to try this again ... I decided last night to go back to TOPS hoping the accountability will help. <BR> I'm not real well prepared though, should have went grocery shopping first. Didn't realize how much unhealthy food is in my house. Nothing whole grain, no fresh fruit , not much in the line of veggies, no. Yogurt, tuna, or chicken breast. I am going to go shopping after work, just not sure what to do for today. <BR> Anyway, I am going to bring my water bottle to work with me today and focus on getting some wa... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 07:35:57 EST Back again... and again... and again I have been on SP on and off for a long time now, I was consistently on for maybe a year, lost some weight, life happened I got distracted and months later here I am again, at my highest weight. I wouldn't say I have hit rock bottom but I don't want to get there. I have been feeling so gross and big lately, and I know why, I have gained 10 pounds since July and I need to stop going down this path before I gain more and more. <BR> Its always overwhelming to get the ball rolling again, my moti... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 06:43:05 EST Scared of the gym So here I am, dressed in my exercise clothes and awesome shoes...just sitting on the couch. I got up early so I could go to the gym and I'm scared. My gym partner has stopped going with me, and for two weeks I've been waiting for her to start up again but once again, she said she would go and she's not answering her phone. I have a huge fear of the gym, and while I've gone by myself before, I hate it. I live in a small town so people that I work with tend to be there, and they always stare ... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 07:38:36 EST Sparks & Thin Within Is any one else out there combinding Sparks and Thin Within? Just started today. Working on portion control. Fruits and Veggies and vitamins . Wasn't perfect. Just improved. Biggest thing I didn't beat my self up about it. Still motivated. Noww that's progress for me . If anyone else is doing Sparks and Thin Within let me know how its working for You. Thanks Sun, 11 Oct 2015 23:00:37 EST Social situations - trying to retrain my brain I really struggled this week with my nutrition <BR> <BR> It was my brother's birthday- so i ate lots of cake <BR> <BR> And it is thanksgiving - so i ate way too much turkey, stuffing, cake again and lots of bread <BR> <BR> I just cannot seem to get a grip on social situations where i am faced with temptations. <BR> <BR> I have not been able to find balance in these situations. <BR> <BR> I try to be prepared and plan --- but inevitably, i end up gorging <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any t... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 22:08:12 EST Bitter/Sweet To begin with, after being injured for three and a half months and unable to run, I began to seek unnecessary comfort in food. I gained a solid 8 pounds. Realizing that with horror, this week I tracked my calories and ate wisely. Today, I began my day strong with good food choices (protein and fiber friendly) while maintaining my caloric goal. By evening, like most Saturdays for me, I found myself eating beyond my goals and even beyond comfort. Disappointed, I picked up the spoon once more fr... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 22:42:45 EST WW project on my positive self well I have none. I am doing WW because my clothes don't fit.loose weight or buy bigger size. <BR> My life is complicated at age 70. <BR> I don't want to be a roll model or tell sparklers you can do it when each day is a struggle. 8 weeks 8 pounds I am great full. I want to give up almost daily but know if I do the weight will come back. <BR> I guess one positive I am pushing myself to keep going. I have set no goal just stick to this it is working Fri, 9 Oct 2015 10:52:42 EST Nothing is working I have been exercising everyday for 276 days, most days I stay within my calories. I did fall off the wagon and still exercised but did not eat well and regained the 6 lbs that I lost. I restarted 2 weeks ago, bought a recumbent exercise bike to change up my workouts. I exercise at a minimum of 30 minutes a day and stay within my calories and I have not lost an ounce, in fact I gained .6 lbs in 2 weeks. I try and switch between the bike and treadmill several times a week. <BR> <BR> I'm 1... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 09:12:20 EST out of wack Help i fell off my band wagon. I was doing fairly successful for the first 3 months of my weight loss journey and September threw me for a loop and my depression kicked in full blast. <BR> <BR> Anyway, i need help. Everytime is start to work on my weight loss again i get super overwelmed and panicked. Any advise? <BR> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 02:51:07 EST Am I doing smthg wrong? I am doing HIIT workouts almost daily now. 20 minutes if I am lazy, 40 to 60+ minutes if I want to push myself. I also sometimes just do body weight exercises or mat Pilates. I alternate between cardio and strength. <BR> <BR> Among the exercises that I do, I also do lots of lunges and squarts. The problem is, the waist of my pants are getting looser but tighter in the butt. I feel my butt is getting bigger and more defined. I have a feeling my butt muscles are getting bigger. I now look good... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 00:06:49 EST How do I start again??? I had lost 80+lbs on Spark years ago, and now after 3 kids I've gained it all back... I'm looking for motivation to start losing again... anything. Articles? Insight? Suggestions? Tips?? Personal support/friendship? <BR> <BR> Thank you in advance!!!! Tue, 6 Oct 2015 12:32:43 EST weight gain/wanting to quit I don't think this is going to work this time around. I don't go over my calories. I track everything. And yet all I've lost is the initial water weight (about 4 pounds). This is my second attempt and the same thing happened last time a few months ago. So not only am I not losing further weight but this morning I weighed myself and see I gained two pounds. <BR> I'm pissed. Frustrated. Disheartened. Just want to the up. What's the point?! <BR> Destined to remain overweight. Tue, 6 Oct 2015 07:56:35 EST Hospital tomorrow: Females please advice I have an appointment with a new OBGYN tomorrow morning, and I'm going in for a dysplasia follow up I had a minor surgery last summer for abnormal cells. I know I've heard the comments before that "This is normal" "It's common" "Most women at some point will go through this" but NONE of this calms me down and keeps the fear at bay with the dreaded "C-word"!!! <BR> <BR> I always have to go alone and I'm just getting scared....I don't know how to relax during something like this, and I'm just... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 16:45:08 EST SparkPeople won't allow me to accept a leader req I was sent a leader request and when I click on the link, nothing happens. Help! :) Mon, 28 Sep 2015 18:38:46 EST before and after pics I took a before pic at 320 lbs and I took one now at 270lbs and I look exactly the same. There is no difference. I am two sizes smaller but I look exactly the same. I showed my mother and she asked if I had taken them both the same day. So it's not just in my head. <BR> I feel like I just want to give up and not even try anymore. I'm seriously considering a binge. Sun, 27 Sep 2015 18:49:37 EST Staying Positive It can be hard to stay positive. I have not been where I wanted to be on my goals, and I am heading to Hawaii tomorrow for a week. Any advice on how to stay positive while on the trip? Sat, 26 Sep 2015 18:46:43 EST Lack of support from my parents! I just started a sort of detox diet, where I don't take any red meat but am allowed ample veggies, low fructose fruit, no caffeine, no sugar, no grains, no dairy but I am allow complex carbs like sweet potatoes and yam, which I am not taking because I'm pre-diabetic (family history). I am also allowed fish and poultry. Except that whatever meat I take has to be free range, antibiotic free and stuff. This part is kinda hard because I don't have enough finances to get all my own food but I'm do... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 09:35:09 EST What can I say to cardiologist next week when He learns I didnt loose the 20 pounds he wanted. <BR> It's not that I didn't want to or by any means that I didnt understand the need for it but plain and simple I didn't succeed! <BR> I have had a ton of stressors two sons married this summer. <BR> Depression is a constant struggle and I lost my sister, my best friend in January and I'm not over it. Grief is an on again off again struggle. <BR> Yes these are excuses. My life is on line. I have health issues that are serious. ... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 17:10:17 EST Every Monday, After holidays, 1st of month, etc .. Someone told me once, you are always on the "Monday Diet" . That is so true. I am always going to start Monday, the first of the month, after the birthday party, holiday etc... I don't know why I do this to myself, it definitely is not working for me. <BR> For example, after Labor Day was going to be it. Summers over, time to get back on track. Well weather was still good so, used when we are done boating for an excuse. Now, tomorrow being the first day of fall was going to be my new start ... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 07:39:38 EST What do you want to do? DO WHAT YOU GOT TO DO SO YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO! You may be saying if I lose weight I will do this or that my suggestion is why wait? Life is too short and we can enjoy life before and after we lose the weight. I hopefully encourage someone today by saying You can do it and You are worth it, give yourself permission to live on purpose no matter what comes your way. We all have Life and having life is just one reason to Live! Turn your workout into something fun, find ways to make eati... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 20:24:46 EST DECISIONS I have something weighing on my mind, I don't want to get into too much detail but I've had times when the decisions I made wasn't the best ones for me. I feel like it's my duty to put myself first and worry less about what anyone will say or think about me. My well being is very important to me and my goals, hopes and dreams are a factor in making the choices that are best for me. I don't want my decision to based on what's best for anyone else but me! If you have any kind words i'm all ears... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 20:10:32 EST WHEN I'M MAD I notice that when i'm upset about something I over eat using food as something that makes me feel good in the moment, Do anyone have any helpful advice? Mon, 21 Sep 2015 19:21:40 EST Recumbent Bike Calories burned vs Exercise Tracker I just my recumbent bike and I love it, I did 30 minutes and averaged between 12-13 mph. that being said, the recumbent bike said I burned 165 calories, and the sparkpeople exercise calculator said I burned 360 (approx). I don't know which to believe. I know the machines are usually way off (usually over), but I'm more inclined to believe the bike and not the exercise calculator. <BR> <BR> Sat, 19 Sep 2015 13:42:33 EST UNBALANCED Today I had 500 calories intake and truly overdid the fitness working cleaning vigorously for 6 hours. Totally not balanced. Fri, 18 Sep 2015 20:49:35 EST Totally scared and wondering WHY! New to this board. I am in my 60s with a BMI of 24; have been a regular exerciser for 4 times a week( rowing, weights, Zumba, get the picture...), and am a very healthy eater, meaning low fat, no processed foods, low glycemic index, high fiber, and never fried or high fat food. I subscribe to the half plate of veggies, small portion of high fiber carbs (less than a cup), 4-6 oz. of protein or high protein grains. <BR> However, my dad died at age 66 from diabetic complications th... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 18:22:01 EST Help! Need ideas to get back on track with my exercise! I've been doing ok with my eating, but I've been having a hard time getting back to my walking ever since I got back from the beach.....and that was in July!!!! I was walking 6 days a week and now I'm down to 3 or 4 (sometimes 2)! I feel so much better when I exercise! Why is it so easy to stop and so hard to get started back!!! Thu, 17 Sep 2015 13:26:45 EST I seriously need some advice/help NOW Hello! <BR> <BR> I am Cherie and I am from Wisconsin. <BR> I am truly at my wits end. I don't like looking in the mirror I honestly don't believe I let myself get this out of control AGAIN and I just can't seem to help myself. <BR> I watch all these weight loss shows and all the contestant seem to have the A-HA moment. They were abused, picked on at school, suffered a major loss, their spouse left them so you get it. Well, where is my A-HA moment? I STILL haven't found it. I love my husban... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 20:19:05 EST Recipe Calculator I entered a recipe and used the recipe calculator. I'm trying to add it as my dinner but it's not showing up when I "search" for it. Does anybody know where I would find it? I hope I did it right! That was a lot of ingredients! LOL Wed, 16 Sep 2015 18:25:56 EST Don't Panic I have been doing this for 45 years. Believe me. Everything is going to be alright. <em>306</em> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:26:19 EST Hungry all the time Hi, <BR> <BR> I can't seem to keep within my calorie range. I've increased it to 1750, but it seems like I'm always hungry and I think I'm gaining weight. I exercise almost everyday now but I have been having trouble keeping within my calorie range even before that. I'm always hungry! I can feel my bum getting bigger. Any suggestions? Mon, 14 Sep 2015 23:19:23 EST Recipe ???? Chef-meg.......Your make over Boston Baked beans in a crock pot do not call for parboiling the beans . Is this correct ? I am making them now and did parboil for an hour. They are cooking now in the crock pot.....such a delious flavor, can't wait for them to be done. Thanks Meg <BR> Please let me know about parboiling, thanks Sun, 13 Sep 2015 16:21:32 EST How many inches? Hey all :) <BR> <BR> I'm keen to know how many inches people have lost in what time period? <BR> <BR> I'm really wanting to lose 4 inches on my hips/waist before the end of November, and I want to know if that's even realistic. <BR> <BR> Thanks! x Sat, 12 Sep 2015 19:49:28 EST Can't seem to even get started with weight loss! I don't know if it's middle age or what _Iv'e gained 20 pounds in a year (yikes, It's hard to even type that!) Now I am doing WW-that stupid scale won't even budge. I am learning about portions and can't believe how small a real single serving is. I am following ok but averaging 1 bad day a week-going out to eat or stress eating. But that scale won't budge-I thought I'd at least lose a few pounds fairly easy in the beginning. I am so frustrated! I had to leave my yoga studio because of money ... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 10:02:27 EST Ideal goal weight? Hi, everyone. I'm confused what my ideal body weight should be. As of now, i'm roughly 155 lbs,5'6, male 22 years old. My current waist size is probably about 35 inches. I'm trying to get my waist down to a 31-32 at the moment. My working out consists of mostly strength training and some cardio, but i get most of the cardio from walking on campus to classes. So would losing those inches cause me to be a little too much on the light side? I was 140 lbs before 3 years ago and was still at a 33-... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 00:11:55 EST Emotional eating out of control 3 weeks ago my husband and I received some really bad news that our baby did not develop properly and we lost it. Since then, my emotional eating has been way out of control. Mentally, I'm ok, it's just that my heart hurts which leads me to eat my feelings. I don't know how to stop it. I want to lose some weight before trying again, but it's not going to happen when I'm eating crappy. I need help, I don't know how to get my health and eating back on track. Thu, 10 Sep 2015 23:17:06 EST Panera scones are evil ... and irresistible My boss brought in Panera scones as a treat today. I told myself I wasn't going to have one... and then... I should have looked the calories up BEFORE I ate one - 540 calories... for one!! I'm so mad I couldn't resist. I did so well last week and this week it seems like my resolve has gone out the window. Wed, 9 Sep 2015 15:17:35 EST any suggestions???? My struggle is that I will lose weight and then immediately start overeating after seeing that I have lost weight on the scale - hence, I have only lost 4 lbs since starting in July. Any suggestions are very appreciated...... <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone - your suggestions were very helpful...... <BR> Wed, 9 Sep 2015 08:44:54 EST Night shift I started working night shift back in June. I work as a nurse in a hospital, so I do 12 hour shifts. My nights are from 6:30pm-7am and I go to sleep right when I get home at 7:30am and get up at 5pm to go back to work. I work between 3-5 days in a row. I have gained approximately 15lbs since I started with night shift and between being low in B12 I'm having a very hard time losing weight. Up until recently, I didn't even have energy to go to the gym. I've been taking 5,000 mcg Sublingual B12 ... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 01:33:01 EST May have to pay more for dialysis The head nurse issued me a last warning today. She said my dialyser was clotting prematurely and threathened to charge me more for my dialysis treatments. <BR> <BR> Each patient typically uses 2 dialysers per month but the head nurse informed me that I was using 3 or more because mine keeps clotting prematurely. I am also using a different anti-clotting injection that costs more bcoz I have issues with itchiness. She has also threathened to withdraw that and start using a cheaper drug. She s... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 23:43:58 EST F A I L U R E I've been a failure today and for the past week. <BR> I'm feeling a bit hopeless, like I'll never get it together and make better life choices. <BR> <BR> I hate how hard this is for me, and I feel weak and vulnerable and stupid and out of control. <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993656 Tue, 8 Sep 2015 20:40:59 EST Bad weekend at work stress wise ate out I ate out tonight went totally overboard. Went to tacobell. Just tired. I eat when i am tired and stressed. Want to throw in the towel. and say I will never be able to do this losing weight thing. sigh Mon, 7 Sep 2015 02:11:15 EST Having issues with craving sugary sweets!! I've been doing so good too. Now BAM! I want everything in sight. What can I do to help stop these cravings? Sun, 6 Sep 2015 20:21:32 EST I binged on snacks. D: I love to snack. It's literally my favorite meal (haha). XP <BR> <BR> I ate some Oreos, Chips Ahoy, Ritz cheese sandwich crackers and a few other unhealthy snacks and then I got super drowsy and fell asleep. <BR> <BR> I don't know why I do that to myself, I know it's a bad idea as I am doing it I just can't seem to stop myself. Sun, 6 Sep 2015 02:22:14 EST how I know Hello <BR> I am just curious how do I know that the amount of calories on sp and ex is correct for me ...I have been bouncing around between 127 and 130 forever .... <BR> 43 yrs 5'1 right now 130 and considered large frame. any suggestions. Fri, 4 Sep 2015 11:44:26 EST Struggling with rejection I've been struggling with rejection my whole life by all kinds of people, including family. I'm 61 years old. I have tried to shrug it off and not let it bother me. I tell myself that my self-esteem is not based on what others think of me. I keep myself busy to not think about it. I do everything alone. I have to motivate myself constantly as I don't get encouragement or support from others. I'm tired of the rejection, not being accepted for who I am. Tired of the loneliness and not being... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 13:26:57 EST Struggling to stop over eating.. I really tried to track this week but every time I try to lose weight recently, I just put on weight. Now I've given up a little but am not buying candy at least. I'm making my own snacks but then eat too much of them, but they are healthier. I really want to lose weight, I look pregnant and I'm not! I exercise but can't do much as I have a toddler and can only do a long workout if she's being looked after by someone else. Also I've sprained my wrist and can't do my usual Yoga practice. It ju... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 00:25:16 EST MEDICATIONS I have an autoimmune disease and am on Prednisone which makes me gain. Suggestions? Tue, 1 Sep 2015 15:41:29 EST So sick of hating my body I keep starting and falling completely off track, since May. I've lost about 10 lbs, and now am mostly just maintaining that loss. I don't know what's wrong with me! I guess honestly, I'm kind of at war with myself, for lack of better terms. On one hand, I want to lose weight more than almost anything in the world. But on the other hand, I've been dieting and/or watching my weight since I was 13 years old. That's 15 years of calorie counting and being unsatisfied with my body. Actually, for m... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 12:19:18 EST Overwhelmed + scared Hi Lovely Sparkpeople, <BR> I've started about a dozen times but very quickly feel overwhelmed and scared! <BR> I am recovering from brain issues (lol I know - sounds strange). I had an infection that has left me with neurological issues - mainly fatigue. Obvs this has created a vicious circle of low activity - weight gain- fatigue - weight gain - low activity. I know there's a fast break - is there a staring-in-the-headlights slow one? :)) <BR> <BR> I need advice on this. <BR> <BR> Thanks Tue, 1 Sep 2015 07:29:38 EST How many calories?? Last week, SP had my calorie range at 1700-2100. I was not using the link for the activities to determine calorie range. All of a sudden, without doing anything, the range changed to 1500-1800. I did nothing-no weight change, no account changes. <BR> <BR> I'm at a loss of what calorie range to be at. I gained 10 pounds in 3 weeks eating an average of 1800. I'm 39, 5'6", 210 pounds. I am active. I am post menopausal. I do strength training at least 60 minutes per week. I did a BODPOD tes... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:14:58 EST Hello, fatness, my old friend... Sigh. Lost ten pounds several months ago, then traveled out of town and lost my motivation to track intake and exercise. Back up to my maximum weight. Of course. Zero energy. Of course. Started tracking again today. Discouraged. :-( Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:11:28 EST Stressed over appointment Ugh I need help! I've been doing great the past month, I'm at almost a full month of tracking which is my longest streak ever. I know from past rounds of attempting to lose weight that if I fall off the bandwagon I'll have a really hard time getting back on. But I feel like I'm about to do some massive stress eating. <BR> <BR> The problem is that I have a doctor appointment tomorrow morning to look at a lump in my breast. I've had the lump since December and I'm not really worried. I ha... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:02:06 EST Help!!! I am feeling devastated. i just got back on the treadmill again. i severely hurt myself last Monday and this is the first time i have gotten back on the ball i wanted to give my body time to heal from when i hurt myself while exercising. <BR> <BR> i couldn't make it the 20 minute zombie run mission i set for myself i was only going 2 miles per hour. and i severely hurt and got winded and dizzy. <BR> <BR> i could do 60 minutes last week. i feel like i go through 2 weeks of progress and the... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 23:08:40 EST HELP ! How to get back on track by myself ! I used to walk religiously, everyday. Life happened to me and I have slowly gotten to the point that a small amount of movement is a good thing. I just cannot get myself back to where I was. I don't have anyone to exercise with. I am shouldering a lot and am at a loss. I want to get back to living. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated :) Sun, 30 Aug 2015 10:05:14 EST How to remove photos QUICK!? Please, I need an answer ASAP! Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:10:33 EST Binge Eating and Sugar Addiction Hey spark group! So happy and excited to be part of a support group! I just want to share some struggles I am facing and I would love to have some feedback. So almost 7 months ago, I cut out refined sugar from my diet because I finally realized that I was addicted to sugar which caused me to binge eat for 6 years. The biggest issue I am facing right now is not diet or exercise but shyness! I am struggling with standing up for myself when others try to push me into eating or drinking some... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:29:24 EST Help! Ate at Chick-Fil-A Help! Ate at Chick-Fil-A and ordered the new Greek yogurt with harvest Nut granola. CFA Site says calories 160. Tried to find it breakdown of all nutrients but my computer will not allow me to scroll down on their website. Could someone try to access website and download it as new food for me. Tried internet but the values range from 280-350 calories! I need more accurate facts. Thanks! Sandy Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:05:56 EST Help after weightloss surgery then DX thyroid Canc Hi there, <BR> I had weightloss surgery March 12/2013 and went from 290 to 170. I stayed at 176 for some time and then gained 8 pounds staying at 184 for a long time. Found out right after that I had thyroid Cancer and went through surgery Nov 4th. The only thing that didnt make me sick during everything was yoguart, chips and gum balls. SOUNDS crazy but it worked. I stayed at 190 from November til march this year. I am now at 216.4 and promised Iw ould NEVER weight over 200 ever again. BU... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:11:00 EST Binging in the evenings Hi everyone. I have been struggling with binge eating in the evenings really bad. I track my fitness as well as my food intake. I will do great all day long but then as soon as evening hits, I binge. <BR> <BR> I am looking for some ideas to help me to overcome this. I am an emotional eater and have an eating disorder as well, but if someone could suggest something that could help me to break this terrible cycle it would be greatly appreciated. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:30:38 EST 4 pounds gain in less than 4 days I know there can be a number of reasons when such gains occur. But I really really think this Is partially a result of not eating healthy and late night snacking. Just makes it all so frustrating!! Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:44:45 EST Sick of ppl suggesting a transplant! I have been on dialysis for abt 11 years and probably will be for the rest of my life. I am just sick and tired of ppl suggesting I get a kidney transplant! <BR> <BR> This is why I can't. I have SLE, meaning my kidneys failed bcoz my own immune system attacked my kidneys, meaning my transplanted kidney could suffer the same fate, therefore, I am just not a good candidate for a transplant! <BR> <BR> Second, the transplant is not the end of the story! I would have to be on anti-rejection drug... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 03:19:25 EST Considering Surgical Weight Loss Ok - here is my story... I am 61 years old and 325 pounds. I am getting married next week to my partner of 23 years. My major concerns is that I am so tired all of the time. I can walk about 10 steps and then have to sit and rest. I deserve more from my life. My partner deserves more from life with me than what I have been able to give. <BR> <BR> I am diabetic, hypothyroid, a survivor of 3 cancers with multiple surgeries radiation and multiple chemotherapy. I live a completely sedentary lif... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:19:42 EST Cravings! HELP I'm calorie counting and its so hard. I have only 1500 calories left today and intend to made that last however I'm craving fake Chinese food sooooo bad right now. Its not even noon yet and I'm craving an MSG, salty greasy filled plate of Shrimp Egg Foo Young with the "chinese gravy". I'm so close to giving in, its so hard. I just need some encouragement. And is there anything that I can subsititute for Egg Foo Young? Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:33:34 EST Newbie - heaviest ever - emotional overeating Hi <BR> <BR> Ive just weighed in at my heaviest weight ever and I know why. <BR> <BR> I am a real mess in life but am at the very beginning of some really good treatment for (probably) PTSD. <BR> <BR> Right now though, today - I am all alone. My cat died a couple of weeks ago and I cannot even tell people how painful this is for me. <BR> <BR> I'm estranged from everyone in my life. I was dating a guy who I thought loved me now has stopped calling - its been over a week. <BR> <BR> All I... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 23:00:20 EST Help! When with my brother, I cheat Hello everyone. I live with my mom and my brother studies abroad. When I'm only with mom, I'm able to follow my diet plan and get results. However, whenever my brother is around -be it in our house or in his college dormitory, I cheat. Big time. All the foods I refrain from but crave immensely are present, and I really am tempted. I don't want to convey the temptation, so I won't name anything but think about it: all the foods you really like but stopped eating, being eaten in front of you ev... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 19:16:05 EST "A FAT MESS" Man I have put my body through so much. I'm so mentally exhausted! 1999 was the last year I was under 150 pounds. Now I weight 263! How is that even possible! I am eating myself to death. As a former athlete, I feel the big difference in my energy, I am exhausted just walking up a few steps, I can't keep up with people when we walk and I pee all the time! I assume it is because of the fat around my middle pushing on my bladder. Diabetes was ruled out. I have been over 200 since from 1999-toda... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 15:24:59 EST how long does it take for weight gain to show? Hi everyone, <BR> I lost 5 pounds about a month back due to some stomach problems, and is currently trying to gain it back slowly. I think I am eating about 200 calories more than I used to (taking it slow), and it has been 2 weeks, but no change. How long does it take for a pound to show on scale? <BR> Is it possible for weight to show up suddenly, weeks after eating? (Because that makes no sense!). <BR> Any help would be appreciated. The thing is, I only want to gain back the lost weight an... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:03:41 EST I'm aggravated I'm hurt so it's hard to exercise. I try to do upper body exercises but my back & leg is hurting me. I don't know what to do. I gave up since i can't exercise & gained more weight. I want to get serious with my diet again. I need advice please. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 03:33:25 EST Newly diagnosed with fibromyalgia I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia and putting my weight back on rather quickly. I also have nerve damage in my lower back. are there any exercise plans that can help me get back in shape? I don't want to rely on medicine alone to manage my pain but it's getting very difficult to overcome! Please if anyone has any suggestion that might help I would truly appreciate it! Thank you all in advance! Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:17:11 EST Time to make a change So I'm at my heaviest I have ever been. 316 pounds 😔 I definitely think it's time for change. I know I've said that 100 times before. Being this big is having a huge impact on my life. I currently have plantar fasciitis I know it has to do with my weight. My feet never really hurt until I gained a lot. I'm getting married March 6th I want to look my best. It's not just for the wedding but for myself. Where to start is the question? I can't take being this big anymore. I'm also on a really... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 23:19:28 EST Ketogenic Diet Plan This low carb counting is so new to me. Going up/down pound or 3 every few days is frustrating to say the least; however I'm loosing inches, not so much belly fat any suggestions? Sat, 15 Aug 2015 04:18:15 EST weight gain since nutribullet came into my life I'm 39 years old, 3 kiddos, after last baby was back at 126 after a C-section and 18 months of watching what I ate and exercising...then in January I bumped up to 128/129, held that until June when we sold our house and moved...I suddenly gained 3 pounds and was very scared....shortly after that I started my periods again from not having them for 29 months after pregnancy due to nursing....I have started counting calories, I workout everyday for about 45 to 50 minutes...I just added strength ... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:42:28 EST Feeling overwhelmed From 2008-2009 I lost 102 lbs. I have gained back 11 lbs and am trying to lose it, but I can't seem to reduce my calories. I want to so bad but I seem to be locked in a vicious cycle. I walk every day and do yoga several times a week But I can't get myself together with the food. I feel like giving up! My weight is important to me because I am diabetic and I haven't had to take meds since 2009. Help! I am afraid I will have to take meds if I keep this stuff up! How do I break the cycle? I'm a... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 18:56:39 EST Feeling Fed Up So this week we had an especially low amount of funds for grocery shopping. I decided to get a 20-pack of SlimFast for breakfasts and lunches for the week- for financial reasons, convenience, and I figured it would be good for my weight loss efforts. I'm on day four and in HELL! It's easier today than it was yesterday, and yesterday was easier than the day before, but I am SO. FREAKING. HUNGRY. Never ever doing SlimFast again! I normally don't have cravings for potato chips or junk except lat... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 13:34:18 EST been binging Anyone else been binging when all they really want to do is lose weight? Tue, 11 Aug 2015 17:35:05 EST Is Stress Really THAT Much of a Culprit? So just to give you a brief background of my journey so far with weight loss - About a year and a half ago I was the fittest I had ever been in my life (125 pounds, 20% bf). I then went through a really rough year where I was at a job I hated, an emotionally abusive marriage that ended just recently, and under constant stress. This stress was so severe that I ended up taking anxiety medication that really messed with my metabolism. Long story short, with all the above factors I ended up gaini... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 12:37:08 EST Didn't get my paycheck today I logged in to check my bank balance and... no paycheck. My company had serious financial issues last year and early this year, but they seemed to be back on track. There was no warning, nothing - my boss didn't get her paycheck, either. <BR> <BR> Thank Gods we're ok for the moment financially - as long as it comes this week. But I am *STRESSING*. I am craving cookies and chocolate in a way I haven't felt since the first two weeks I was on the program. I don't currently have cookies i... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 09:52:19 EST I need help here I just recently had a miscarriage and now i have become an emotional eater. I have gained 10 LBS in just two weeks, I'm trying to lose weight here and its not working I'm creeping up to 200 LBS again and I once swore I would never see that number on my scales again, can someone help me? <BR> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 22:53:45 EST Beta Blockers and other issues Been pretty much gone since January in hospitals and physical rehab. Cardiologist put me on a beta blocker which causes rapid weight gain according to the information I was given. I had lost 240 pounds and was in maintenance but now I have gained almost 60 back. I am desperate. Please any suggestions? Mon, 10 Aug 2015 22:31:11 EST Upset over size change! I used to have a 28 inch waist but not anymore! It's more like 31inches now! Which means I've gone from an M to L!!! <BR> <BR> Help! I am fat!!! I wanted to buy some pricey booty shorts to workout in and I had to buy an L. I've wanted those booty shorts for quite some time now. I somehow don't think I can shrink myself to my 20s size anyyime soon. <BR> <BR> This is soooooo humiliating!!! Mon, 10 Aug 2015 12:16:24 EST Just got off Suicide Hotline, hit bottom again I am living in hell and it gets worse and worse, depression, anxiety, can't quit smoking, can't lose weight, my sons fathers who truly don't care for them esp my son with depression and tourettes just to name a few issues is going to take me to court to get full custody. The kids has to be drug out of my house to stay at his dads. I have no friends, no family, am not getting better and see no end in site of this pain for me or my boys. This place usually makes me feel worse because of all the... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 06:22:25 EST Having trouble limiting fluids! I am on dialysis, thus, I have to limit my fluids to 500ml a day. As you can see, I am not allowed to drink much. To make matters worse, I hardly urinate now. My weight has been climbing up and up and up, esp during weekends. <BR> <BR> I go for dialysis on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Which means the weekends are 2 days dialysis free. I normally weigh abt 61kgs plus on Mondays. Lately, though, I weigh 63kgs plus on Mondays. My main problem is Mondays. Currently, my target weigh after di... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:44:34 EST No energy work 6 days a week I now what I need to do but I get home change sit in my chair watch TV play my Ipad eat and go to bed. I am diabetic, overweight and I have high blood pressure and have no energy. <BR> I did order a 2 in 1 exercise bike so I hope this gives me and my husband more energy and motivation. <em>39</em> Sun, 9 Aug 2015 23:13:36 EST Frustrated and confused I usually don't post at all but i decided to do this because i need to know if there is someone out there with the same problem. <BR> <BR> I am very close to my goal weight. I started weighing at 200 lbs and now i weigh 142 lbs and only need to loose 10 more lbs to reach my target weight. I usually lost the weight by doing a lot of exercise and watching my portion sizes but i still eat everything including sweets and fast food (rarelly but i still do). <BR> <BR> The problem is i only seem t... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 07:45:54 EST why did I eat that?? HELP... I just started being honest with myself this week about what I ate. I was doing pretty good...then I needed to go to Target on lunch hour. Ended up with potato salad and chicken tenders...told myself I would only eat part. RIGHT! Now I feel a) mad at myself for no self control b) horrible feeling so full and bad taste in my mouth! How do I stop myself BEFORE?? Fri, 7 Aug 2015 15:33:54 EST Stressed! I've been really stressed lately and I can definitely tell it's impacting my health and choices I make throughout the day. Does anyone have tips or ideas for coping with stress and not letting it ruin your healthy lifestyle? Thu, 6 Aug 2015 23:03:03 EST In shock I just found out my boyfriend of 17 years might have a 12 year old daughter. Both of my husbands cheated I am so over whelmed Thu, 6 Aug 2015 13:05:13 EST Disheartened over unwanted remark I was walking with a neighbor today. She said somethg that REALLY discouraged me. She said : <BR> <BR> Whatever I am doing isn't working bcoz I don't have a defined waist. That I have really put on weight since she has known me. <BR> <BR> I mentioned that I was doing workouts on youtube prior to this remark. <BR> <BR> Help! I am trying to be more mindful of what I eat and I am making it a point to track my food regularly. I am also starting to exercise regularly again. But no jumping ard ... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 11:30:10 EST Too fat for Piyo So...I was doing my Piyo DVD today was awful. My gut is too dang big :( I'm not sure if I want to keep doing Piyo or just do different exercises for the time being. <em>46</em> <em>15</em> Tue, 4 Aug 2015 21:20:24 EST procrastination > guilt circle Lately I find myself dealing with no desire to do things and procrastinating, burying my head in a book so I don't have face anything. Then I feel guilty for not doing the things I should. Then I fall into the desire to emotionally eat. Tracking my food helps prevent me going crazy on the eating. I'm just wondering if anyone has advice for moving past the avoidance and back into doing. Thanks in advance for your advice. <BR> Tue, 4 Aug 2015 21:00:05 EST Exercise after MRI Results Several months back, I was rear-ended and pushed into a car before me as well. It happened to be the first day I worked with a personal trainer too. I was excited, motivated, and pumped up and ready to work. Yesterday I received my MRI results from that accident that stated I had two disc bulges in my neck. I had been making some progress with running/jogging on my treadmill daily. I am being referred to another doctor for a second opinion, but was told not to exert myself too much. That was ... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 09:55:29 EST Job opportunity affecting my health I started a new job several months ago and now am faced with a new opportunity elsewhere with a much higher raise. This new opportunity came to me because of a former boss reaching out to me. I really like where I am now, however this is a very tempting offer I really would be stupid to let go of. Money doesnt buy you happiness, however it does make the world go around, and I have to financially think about my family needs. I spoke to my current manager (who is beyond supportive btw), and tol... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 07:13:20 EST Weight loss stickers? Ok, this isn't really a panic, but I thought SP had weight loss stickers or trophies or something for certain weights. I can't find them. :( I've lost 11 pounds and I want my 10 pound weight loss sticker! Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:22:40 EST WHAT AM I DOING WRONG I'm eating the carbs correctly drinking water, 5 meals a day ~ I lost 10 # & 20" 1st week now I sig sagging up down a pd. I have not added exercise as LOW carb has me extremely weak. any suggestions HELP!! Mon, 3 Aug 2015 07:53:01 EST Very disappointed with myself! I am so worried! My weight has achieved an all time high. After dialysis today, I was heavier by 1.6kgs! Which means there is 1.6kgs of fluid stuck in my body that couldn't be extracted! <BR> <BR> I bought 2 huge bottles of sugarless aloe vera juice on Friday. It definitely wasn't a good idea but I finished one of those 1.5 litre bottles by Sunday. I also ate a bit too much during the weekend! I also had extra plain water besides the aloe vera juice. I was shocked when I weighed myself prior... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 06:26:48 EST Need help losing weight!!!!!! I really need help losing about 30 pounds!! <BR> I am at my wits end... <BR> I have done the working out 5-6 days a week. I've done the smaller portions. I've cut out sweets and junk. <BR> I honestly don't know what else I can do to lose this much needed weight!!!! <BR> I'm a female that is 5'3 and 168.8 pounds. 😞 <BR> HELP!! Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:10:42 EST Can't even tie my shoes Well, I was going to do it. I was going to go out with the family for a walk. Get some exercise that I rarely get. My flip flops won't stay on my feet because I wear them so much they are on their last legs, so I attempted to put my sneakers on. <BR> <BR> That was it. I'm now in tears and I sent my family off on their own (no one bothered to console me, that's the support system I have). I tried with all my might to get my shoes on. Well, I could get them on, but I couldn't tie them. Beside... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 15:07:11 EST Need help with self esteem I went shopping and everything that was cute was in a size 6. I am in an 18W and I know I will never be in a 6 which is okay. However I felt like a baby whale today. I did buy a nice out fit but felt very discouraged. How do you get your self esteem up and not feel like taking a chain saw and taking your hips off?? This journey if some times difficult. Sat, 1 Aug 2015 21:14:17 EST weight gain after partial mastectomy Since Feb. this year i have been going thru tests to screen for breast cancer. I had partial mastectomy May 19. I started all this weighing about 192. Now I weigh about 195. I can't believe I weigh this much. <BR> Now I'm going to be driving 30 miles 5 days a week for 6.5 weeks. Ugh. My prognosis is good but my spirits are low. <BR> I eat healthy but obviously too many calories for how much i'm moving around and exercising. <BR> My Dr. ha <em>101</em> recommended a nutr... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:55:32 EST weight gain after partial mastectomy Since Feb. this year i have been going thru tests to screen for breast cancer. I had partial mastectomy May 19. I started all this weighing about 192. Now I weigh about 195. I can't believe I weigh this much. <BR> Now I'm going to be driving 30 miles 5 days a week for 6.5 weeks. Ugh. My prognosis is good but my spirits are low. <BR> I eat healthy but obviously too many calories for how much i'm moving around and exercising. <BR> My Dr. ha <em>101</em> recommended a nutr... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:52:53 EST weight gain after partial mastectomy Since Feb. this year i have been going thru tests to screen for breast cancer. I had partial mastectomy May 19. I started all this weighing about 192. Now I weigh about 195. I can't believe I weigh this much. <BR> Now I'm going to be driving 30 miles 5 days a week for 6.5 weeks. Ugh. My prognosis is good but my spirits are low. <BR> I eat healthy but obviously too many calories for how much i'm moving around and exercising. <BR> My Dr. ha <em>101</em> recommended a nutr... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:51:47 EST 2 lbs in July So, I've been super careful about calories, measuring portions etc. I weigh at the same time/conditions every day. I have recently realized I am not getting enough fruits and veggies (even though I am in calorie range), so I have upped that this week. I have also started walking. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am 5'6, 184 lbs, with a calorie range of 1470-1720. I have been staying at the lower end of the calorie range all month. I don't think I've gone over even once. It is NOT my TOM. <BR> <BR> Don't... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:18:12 EST I went above my calories again! Honestly! I am VERY disappointed with myself! After I went to see a renal dietitian too! Why do I feel hungry all the time?! I have to have more self control and not keep stuffing my face all the time! I REALLY REALLY need to get my diet under control! I will have to submit my bloodwork to the dietitian in 3 month's time. <BR> <BR> My phosphate, potassium and blood sugar levels are way high! I really don't want to be prediabetic on top of everything else! I am so, so worried! <BR> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:49:23 EST Big plans, no changes. I have been "trying" to lose weight for almost 10 years now. I've done several programs but haven't been able to stick. Currently, I've been working out hard, in a boot camp style class 4-5 days a week for over a month, but my diet is so bad it's not making a difference. I have a food addiction, I know. My mom died 11 years ago, when I was far away from family and friends,so I turned to food, and that's been my coping mechanism ever since. I make big plans to change my eating, research recip... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:12:20 EST Injured knee, sliding off program, please help I am pre-diabetic and have made big changes so I could avoid diabetes. I tore my meniscus (in knee) 2 weeks ago and cannot exercise until I see the PT in a few days. With no exercise and difficulty doing everything on crutches, my carbohydrates have doubled. Losing motivation and unhappy with myself. Any helpful ideas to get back on track? Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:49:01 EST Help! I fell off the wagon with my diet Aboout 2 years ago, I lost approx 50 pounds, with the help of SparkPeople. I was really pleased and finally thought I'd cracked my weight issue. But somehow things have slipped again. I've now put at least 21 pounds back on- possibly more- but I almost don't dare weigh myself now. My brain keeps telling me I'll never lose it again, and I feel so ashamed and disappointed in myself. I've tried starting again, but I never seem to be able to stay within my calorie limit for more than a couple of ... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:02:56 EST My pinky toenail is coming off! Ok so at some point in the last month I did something to my little toe and now the nail is 3/4 hanging off. It doesn't hurt, the nail bed underneath isn't sensitive and it doesn't look infected, but I have a few questions: <BR> <BR> Should I cut the hanging part off? <BR> Should I see a doctor or would it be a waste of their time? <BR> How long would it probably take the nail to grow back-will it grow back?! Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:33:47 EST Eercises to strengthen legs and lower back ? Does anyone have an ides for exercises that can strengthen legs and lower back ? I have an 8 hour a day desk job and to be honest I am not a very active person otherwise Even going for short walks really hurts my legs and back and knees. I am in terrible shape. I want to lose weight and I know I need to move also. I've got to build up strength in my lower half, just not sure where to start ??? Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:12:29 EST help please... I have no support system- all of my friends hate me and won't talk to me and I'm 27 years old, which makes me feel like I'm being a big stupid baby for being sad that I have no friends. I feel like crying all the time, and my appetite yoyo's from not being hungry at all to feeling nauseous and dry heaving because I haven't eaten in so long. Nothing sounds good to eat anymore, and when I do try to eat the food is bland and makes me feel nauseous. Lately the only thing I can tolerate is chocola... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:06:30 EST I Can't Get Below 163.1 Pounds! I have been eating 1550 calories or less per day, and exercising a few times a week. I haven't been able to get under 163.1 pounds for about a week now. My weight has been hovering around 163.1-164.2. I feel like giving up. Could I be having a weight loss plateau? If so, how can I break that cycle? Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:03:45 EST Anyone not losing while staying with the diet? I'm a 56 y.o. male disabled man, I'm not able to walk any real distance so I cycle. When I started I was over 400... maybe as much as 430 and now down to my current 379 since June 27th. I lost pretty fast but in the last couple weeks stalled to 1 lb last week and none this week. My calorie are 1660~2010 with (no activity) and I average 1000 ~ 1200 daily plus cycling a hour 3~4 times a week. I understand building muscle would cause some slowdown but to not lost altogether. I'm not going to qui... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:22:36 EST Was anyone else depressed at the start? A bit of backstory: I love going out to eat, especially with my husband. I am a huge foodie and live in the mecca of great restaurants. I consider eating and drinking to be one of y hobbies and interests. It got way out of hand and my husband and I decided to dial back to one restaurant meal a week. In between, I'm eating frequent nutritious, delicious meals (we can both cook) and I've been eating better and feeling full and nourished but not satisfied inside. <BR> <BR> Breakfast and lunch a... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 05:09:10 EST Options when not many around....... Hi! <BR> <BR> So I live on an island (sounds great-really not), there are fresh fruits around but anything else veggies, etc. are slim pickings in the grocery store and/or REALLY expensive (try $30USD for nuts-ouch!). I'm in school here and don't have a ton of time to cook, let alone go grocery shopping so i'm stuck eating out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Everything here is carb heavy (rice/pasta/"ground provisions" with EVERYTHING or drenched in sauce). <BR> <BR> Any ideas on wha... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 22:48:46 EST Depression keeping me from sticking with it CW: depression/mental health issues (not sure if this needed a content warning, but just in case) <BR> <BR> I really need some help, folks. How do you make yourself stick with changes/commitments? I've got severe depression, which I firmly believe makes it even more difficult (and it's already super difficult) to stick to a healthier lifestyle. I've tried making small changes; I can never stick with them. I've tried to make healthy swaps, and I never stick with it. I've tried to do only smal... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 20:22:40 EST so overwhelmed, I want to quit I saw my psychiatrist today, another med change, he told me giving up all pop, obvious sugars, breads and pastries really don't make much impact even though I have been housebound with depression and with a worker and my boys am moving and leaving the house more. The house looks like a bomb went off, during the day I am so stressed out I forget my goals and then feel terrible when I report on them. Others successes make me jealous or like I am a failure. I am trying to figure out if this is e... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 01:34:28 EST Depressed & facing down cookie dough Hi! I'm so glad this forum is here. I'm having a heck of a time. I have an issue I don't really want to discuss here, but I can't stop thinking about it and the refrain "you're such a mess anyway, why are you even bothering to try to lose weight" keeps going through my head. There's chocolate chip cookie dough in the freezer and all I want to do is just go bake and eat a dozen of them. <BR> <BR> I just needed to say something to someone so I could be accountable and NOT eat the dough. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:07:42 EST Feeling so sad Starting in January I have struggled to lose weight. By the end of May I had lost about 16 lbs, and then I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and put on Prednisone. I have regained 12 lbs and I am just feeling really bummed out by the whole thing. I could really use some support, please. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:45:37 EST help - breakfast binge!!! I just mindlessly at 1 entire Dr Oetker pesto pepperoni pizza - FOR BREAKFAST! <BR> That's about 1200 calories. <BR> Such a stupid move for me - I knew better, but didn't do better. <BR> What do I do for the rest of the day? What should I eat? <BR> HELP PLEASE! Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:57:02 EST Feeling trapped in fat I feel like there is no hope for me. Not able to lose weight, cant control my cravings, gaining weight feeling like crap, exhausted, miserable & I hate myself for being so weak & disgusting. <BR> Got a new hip a year ago & just found out I have to get the other one done. Pain & lack of mobility already a problem the thought of going through it again is depressing me in a big way. I'm pissed!! Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:55:44 EST gained and i don't know how? :( I stuck to my plan followed and staying in track with cals fat etc and exercised and gained 1.5lbs :( Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:18:13 EST Just want to give up... I've been doing everything right and when I say everything I mean everything - tracking and staying within calorie/fat range and exercising 4 - 5 days/week ranging from 30-90 minutes each day. My last recorded weight was in April - the scale hasn't budged since. I'm desperate to break 194. On the plus side, I've dropped a dress size from the waist down (I carry my weight around my middle). There are no words to express my frustration. 2 of my colleagues started their weight loss journey ... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:58:58 EST Lost weight, feel ugly So, I've lost 49 pounds since March. I'm firmly in the middle of "overweight" rather than "obese", and I'm excited about that. I only have 20 to go to NOT be in the overweight category (where I've been since junior high)! I feel better (I hadn't even realized I felt cruddy before), I'm thinking more clearly, and my memory has improved. <BR> <BR> What I'm not happy with, is the way I look. My boobs are nothing but flat loose bags of skin, I can't find a bra that fits, my upper arms flap like... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:58:35 EST leaders absent for months Help <BR> Tried sparmail,sparkguy,leaders spark pages coach Nicole post on message boards <BR> SpRdayton official team would like to be co leader. There are a few of us that spend time and post but leaders are not there Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:49:55 EST Stupid all or nothing mentallity strikes again ! I just finished eating breakfast and I feel like crap. I ate bacon (lots of it) eggs fried in the bacon grease, toast and chocolate milk. All before I go to work. I really don't like myself right now. I really hate what I am doing to myself but it's like I am so addicted and can't seem to stop myself. I have it in my head again to start the healthy journey... But not until September ( after labour day weekend) I know this does not make sense but I cannot seem to make myself realize that I nee... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 07:28:13 EST Low calorie oops! What do I do now? Ok, so I recently went to the doctor and found out that thanks to some medication, I'd gained a lot of weight and it was making me sick. I freaked out and went on a veggie diet and made sure to walk at least 3 miles a day. Had a great initial loss, then gained most of it back. I was still freaking out about the weight gain when I unfortunately saw myself on a live video camera and realized that I look hideous. It's ok, I've calmed down somewhat. But I've been sticking to the diet and exercise... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 23:01:08 EST Can I come back to real? I lost a lb on the scale. ... that tool only knows how to condemn. Even being 4 days ahead of a nearly impossible goal of 100 lbs in a year I don't believe. 21 days faithful to the plan I still don't believe. able to work out 3 days in a row for an hour and I don't believe I'll be able to stick out the course --- even for just today. I have some goals I believe I can stick to today. 10 minutes today. OK I can do that for sure. I just checked in and span the wheel that's two steps. I'll track ... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 08:41:39 EST jealous and miserable My best friend and I are incredibly close - we've worked together over the past several years to change old habits, treat ourselves better and make positive life choices (we trained together for our first 10K and it was one of the best experiences of my life). <BR> <BR> Right now things are coming together for him in a HUGE way - he just moved into his own apartment, he got a big promotion at his job, and started seriously dating someone - all within about 30 days. I am trying so hard to be... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 13:21:34 EST Yes, it really is THAT bad On a recent trip to the doctor, I got an incredible shock when they checked my weight. I'd been completely unaware that some of my medications cause weight gain. So I resolved to lose this weight. I went a bit extreme, sticking to a diet of vegetables and walking at least 3 miles a day. I was gratified when I lost 8 pounds the first week. Well aware of the dangers of low calorie intake, I added protein shakes for my second week. 4 days later I grew impatient and checked my weight. I gained 5 ... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 02:16:59 EST First 10k So I had did my first 10k on July 4th. It was pretty awesome and fun. It was the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta. The only thing is now my right foot has absolutely been killing me every since I did it. I mean like shooting pain in my arch and at the first of my heel. It hurts to walk on it most of the time. Have any of you ever experienced this? Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:03:20 EST Owwww Sorry to complain but my tooth really hurts. Im getting two root canals tomorrow morning but until then, one of them in particular just aches. <BR> <em>234</em> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 15:10:28 EST Hovering weight So, I've been slowly losing weight. I started working on it again in April and only lost 2-3 pounds. About 6 weeks ago, I switched to a lower carb/paleo-ish diet, and lost about 5 pounds within two weeks. That was about 2 weeks ago, and now, for the last two weeks, my weight keeps jumping between 185-187. I can't seem to get it under 185. I'm watching portions/calories. Will it just take a littler longer before it starts to show? Thu, 16 Jul 2015 08:36:22 EST depression - dealing with it when parents... simply dont understand. <BR> <BR> Factors why am I depressed: <BR> - I struggle to accept myself / i feel like a faliure / I am not good enough <BR> - I struggle with sleeping (Was given sleep tablet today), i find it hard to wake up <BR> - I never go out / feel like I am trapped <BR> - Don't have many friends & they are busy (I understand but its hard for me to see them) <BR> - My auntie & neigbour has cancer (and my neighbur has been given a year to live) <BR> - I struggle sometimes w... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 06:36:38 EST Family of Origin I'm about to visit a beloved cousin who is like a brother to me. He recently had to go on oxygen due to a heart issue related to his obesity. I want to be able to talk to him about my journey with recovering from compulsive overeating, and just don't know where to begin without him feeling on the spot. He must lose weight at this point without being able to exercise. It means learning to live with feeling actual hunger. I hope I can talk to him about this from my own experience without him te... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 21:01:37 EST Relapse into Old Habits I am feeling rather blue due to the fact that I have relapsed into old ways the last three days (today included). After having such a success with weight loss since last Monday, this week has just hit me way harder than I expected with stress and other obstacles. And now, after eating everything that I have eating, I'm starting to feel really depressed about it and I know that it's all my fault. <BR> <BR> Any ideas of how I can combat this for future references? The last thing I wanted was t... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:46:34 EST going to restaurant lowest fat on menu 32 g!!! Its a friends 40th meal I told her to chose where she wanted to go starting to regret that should have chosen a nice one myself, its Italian 632 calories and 32 grams of fat for a risotto would go for a salad but the salad is higher.... :( weigh in tomorrow Tue, 14 Jul 2015 10:43:48 EST weight loss I have been trying to get in shape and have been healthy eating and exercising almost every day from doing between 5 / 20 Km on a cross trainer and I walk regularly between 30 / 50 miles per week, ( I walk about 4/5 miles a day when I am at work ) as I work in a hospital, although I have been losing inches I am not losing Lbs, I also have very fat upper arms which i really want to know how to slim down without building muscle, can anyone offer me any advice, i would be great for any advice at... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 16:43:10 EST severe ocd!! I am fat because I regain weight to feel in control after someone says something that makes me feel I am no longer in control. If someone says "you have to lose weight" or "you have to get a job" or you HAVE TO, anything then I regain weight and can't lose weight because then I feel that they are in control and I am not and to get the control back my mind tells me I have to do the opposite of what they say. <BR> The good news is I KNOW THIS IS TOTALLY IRRATIONAL THINKING, BUT... THE BAD NEWS... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 14:32:28 EST Supervising for the First Time (rant) So I have 2 interns to supervise this summer and this is the first time I've really been responsible for making sure other people get work done correctly. And I *thought* I had explained myself clearly as to what was needed in a report I had one intern prepare and I *thought* that he understood what I said. <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> I didn't thoroughly check his work and handed it to my boss and there was a significant thing wrong so now I have to take the heat for it because I was the one w... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 08:37:00 EST PLease Help I am about to just give up , I gave up eating late snacks is fruit cut back on everything and gained 5 pounds in one week what is wrong with me Sun, 12 Jul 2015 23:40:04 EST is this really real this sparkpeople site is too good to be true. Is it really real? Sun, 12 Jul 2015 17:10:02 EST I just want to cry I weighed in today....295.2 lbs. How in the heck did I let myself get to close to 300 lbs? How did I handle the news? I've eaten almost an entire loaf of bakery Italian bread. I know I can do this, I've lost 45 lbs on Sparkpeople before. However this time is different....I feel like a failure, I feel defeated. I am ultimately my own worst enemy and I don't know what I can do to stay on track this time. I can't live like this. I'm 27 years old. I can feel my blood struggling to go through my ... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 14:25:00 EST How to combat the weight blues? I've been very motivated for a while now, even joking and pinching my fat saying "I love you" because it was going to disappear. I've been kind to my body for once while trying to lose weight and get fit but tonight I'm just all out of motivation. <BR> <BR> I'm going through the "It'll never work, what's the point in trying" and "You'll never lose this weight" phase again. Just over all negativity in my body and the work I'm putting in. <BR> <BR> What do you guys do to cheer yourselves up w... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 18:00:05 EST Anxiety Hi there, over the last couple of months I have suffered sever anxiety and it has really affected my whole life physically and mentally. I went to my GP 2 weeks ago because I couldn't cope anymore. She prescribed antidepressants but said they wouldn't work for 2-3 weeks. Does anyone have any advice about coping with anxiety and stress as I feel my life is a mess and find it difficult to look forward with hope. Thank you. Sat, 11 Jul 2015 12:24:01 EST What's the use?! I have been exercising, hiit, cardio, pilates and I have also been trying to eat healthier but today, the nurse at the dialysis center said that it's possible that I have gained a couple of pounds! <BR> <BR> I am so discouraged! I haven't eaten fast food for more than a month and THIS happens! What's the use of doing all the right things if I gain instead of lose!? <BR> <BR> Today was blood taking day and the nurse couldn't even draw blood from my hand because I am fatter! In the end, she h... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 00:29:22 EST Help how do I sync app with main web site? I have tried and can not figure it out. I have read up on it and still don't get it. The information is not syncing. Tue, 7 Jul 2015 23:56:42 EST Insulin resistance prediabetic without results HI. I need some guidance and support. I have been on SP for the past 6 weeks. I track honestly, exercise daily for at least an hour with an additional 5 miles walked ( per fit bit) on average. I am monitoring carbs but they average 150 ish. I eat clean, organic and home cooked 90% of the time. Doctor has me moving the carbs down to no more than 100 which is very hard for me. I am 163, 5'3". My sugar is stable but i cannot lose weight which is what is needed to get me off my medication ( me... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 10:37:27 EST Skin Removal A friend of mine had a gastric bypass surgery and lost a lot of weight. She's still got some around the middle but has quite a bit of skin hang that she feels self conscious about. Insurance refused to cover her skin removal, saying it wasn't necessary. She used to be almost 400 pounds and is now about 220. Skin removal seems pretty necessary to make her happy. Does anyone have any ideas how she can swing this surgery? Mon, 6 Jul 2015 20:15:41 EST Feeling hopeless I am in my early 40's and really need to lose weight! I know what I need to do but why can I not motivate myself like I have in the past. I feel like I am being left out when people are able to eat what they want and I have to eat something that in my mind I really don't want and I feel deprived. When I do eat something that I know I am not suppose to eat I beat myself up about it. Some days I just feel like I am going crazy thinking about what am suppose to do and not having the energy or mo... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 14:39:50 EST Feeling hungry But already maxed my calories today <BR> Trying to distract myself and be mentally strong <BR> Posting so I don't cave in Sat, 4 Jul 2015 21:36:56 EST