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 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 quick weight gain with moving! Please help me calm down or give me suggestions please...I have gone from 126 to 132 in 6 months...I will remain the same and then jump 2 pounds...It took me 18 months to get down to 126 after my 3 child and c section that really laid me up...I was 129 forever and then we moved and I jumped 2 pounds the first week and now I've jumped another 2 pounds in another week...I am beside myself...I ran everyday and weight trained, now I do so much more work plus all the craziness of cleaning a house... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 10:01:13 EST Emotionally eating and stress! help! <BR> I went through a period of stress and emotionally eating and gained back some weight not I'm finding it hard to get motivated again! :( Sat, 4 Jul 2015 09:29:01 EST Taking all the small steps but... I read the advice recently given at this forum about 'starting with small steps'. <BR> Things like drink more water, eat 5 servings of fruit and vegetables, exercise 10 minutes per day. <BR> <BR> I DO all these things... I exercise for more than 200 minutes per week... I eat more than 5 servings of fruit and/or vegetables per day and I drink my water. <BR> But - I binge. I can do well for a few days or weeks and then POOF, all progress made goes up in thin air. So I am still gaining wei... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 19:53:46 EST HELP ME!! Yesterday I weighed myself and I was down three pounds. This morning I weigh myself and I gained back the three pounds. WHAT IS THAT?? <BR> It is so upsetting to be elated and than feel so down. <BR> I know I shouldn't watch the scales but I cannot help myself. <BR> I didn't over eat and I work out everyday for at least an hour. So why did I gain back what I lost? Fri, 3 Jul 2015 14:41:54 EST Haven't lost weight in too long! Hello there.... <BR> So here is a brief idea about my weight loss history. I have lost 16 kilos, i used to do a bit of low carbing, and a bit of just plain calorie counting, with lots of exercise. I have been through a plateau for almost 7 months now, this is too long. I wished to reach my goal weight before the end of this year. for the past 2 weeks i started hopeful, I joined a fitness group, got super motivated, calculated everything I ate. still no weight loss, I know 2 weeks doesn't seem... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 11:39:19 EST No Energy I just turned 27 and I feel I should have a lot more energy than I currently do. I wake up at 4am to get ready for work, I get home around 5pm and just crash on the couch, I am exhausted! I have no motivation to go to the gym or even go for a walk around the block. Usually when I get home I have a quick snack, crash on the couch, then start dinner a couple hours later. <BR> How do I get my mojo back? For the last several months I have been taking vitamins daily for energy and metabolism, I e... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 06:36:16 EST Favorite Exercises In the section where you list and track your "favorite exercises" ---How do you DELETE an exercise/exercise machine you no longer use from the listing? <BR> Our local "Y" has replaced weight machines as well as deleting some (I need to delete some they no longer have.) ...... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 03:01:47 EST Ugghhhh Anytime I seem to take 1 step forward, I take 3 steps back <BR> I am frustrated big-time with my ongoing weight gain <BR> I seem to have brief periods where I am on track with exercise and nutrition <BR> But I am having trouble sustaining the momentum <BR> I am in this vicious cycle of feeling down about my weight and feeling depressed, self-pity and loathing, and lack of motivation <BR> To add to my challenge, I am socially awkward to start off with and this frustration around my body image ... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 19:30:23 EST I'm tired of my lack of success and motivation feel like I am drowning in this critically overweight body of mine. Any activity hurts so hard for me to want to follow a routine. <BR> I am a complete food addict. 355lbs and 5' 2 " <BR> Committing suicide with a spoon. Wed, 1 Jul 2015 16:34:37 EST sleep I am presently on medication for sleep, but for the last 2 days I have been getting up before 4 am and starting my day. I do not know if it is my anxiety or I just do not want to try to go back to sleep. <em>102</em> Wed, 1 Jul 2015 07:54:51 EST My parents STILL blame me for my renal failure!!! I was diagnosed with SLE in December 1997. I managed to delay dialysis for 7 years, eventually starting dialysis in November 2004. <BR> <BR> The doctors told me in 1997 that I will eventually require dialysis and put me on a low protein diet. I did my best but my kidneys still failed in 2004. <BR> <BR> Till today, my parents still blame me for my renal failure, saying that I didn't follow the dietary restrictions I was put on. But trust me, I did! The doctors DID say that I will eventually ... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 04:56:23 EST I am deserate for my spark to return... I am writing here, just to get some things off my chest. I am also hoping that I can connect to someone that can identify with me, in my current struggle. I am a 33 year old woman and I am around 5'9". I have a very large frame and I weigh in at a whopping 290 pounds. I have been heavy my entire life, and can never actually remember a time when I was an ideal weight. <BR> Back in 2012, I reached 219 pounds, and I looked and felt incredible!! To a lot of people, that may still seem like a v... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:24:17 EST What do you do when you really want to eat What do you do when you really want to eat but for some reason can't. Let's say you're out of calories, out of food, out of money, whatever, the reason isn't important. But you're hungry and you want to eat but can't. What do you do? (And don't say chew gum because I lack the number of teeth to do so). Please help. I just drank a litre and a half of tea and I still want to eat, but I know I won't stop. Sun, 28 Jun 2015 22:51:36 EST Augh Exercise.. exercise.. exercise... proper food choicez... water.. fruit vegies. Nothing budging. Gave up 20# to lose and it's not budging. Totally frustrated. Ate ice cream at a party. Today slept. Ate crappy. Don't care. Tried since Feb with this weight loss thing actually past 2 yrs. I give up. What food plan works ? Help :( Sun, 28 Jun 2015 16:45:41 EST Depressed Hi! I am Cheryle and my 57th birthday is tomorrow. I weighed myself yesterday and am just disgusted with my weight. I was doing very well and had lost about 10 lbs. Well, didn't take me long to put it all back on. Tomorrow is my birthday and I don't even feel like celebrating. I am also worried I may not have a job soon. I work for a school district as a secretary and the bidding and bumping meeting is on July 10th. I only have 4 years service and I am up against most people have like 15 -20 ... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 13:41:40 EST This Close to Giving Up So. I started on 6/9, so motivated, so sure this time I'd do it right. I have about 50# to lose. SP says I can make it by the end of November. Hm. Well I've been religiously tracking my diet here on SP and coming in right around the lower number in my calorie range. I've been eating healthy. No fast food, no sugary soft drinks, no ice cream (sob!). My daughter's boyfriend had a birthday and I had one TINY SLIVER of cake and like 2 tablespoons of ice cream. No lie. I eat different meals from m... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 14:02:05 EST help. I did herbalife about 2 years ago and was super successful in losing 65lbs. I'm not gonna lie I put back about 10 or so pounds. My total goal was about 90lbs so I wanted to get back on and lose 30 more thinking it would be cake. I start it and come to find out my scale was broken so I'm not even sure what my total loss has been up to this point. So we will say it's 10lbs because I can feel and see a difference. The issue is I haven't lost anymore than that and it's been about month. I lost a... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 04:54:54 EST Panic Attack When you suddenly feel that you are feeling down, try to break the patter of your thoughts. Repeat "Break the pattern" or some other metaphor that you find helping, in your mind and suddenly you'll be distracted. Then try to change your train of thoughts to something else. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:14:13 EST girlfriend outweighs me hey I'm new here but I have a nagging question in my head. So I hit the panic button lol. Sorry, thought it was a funny name for a forum. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I have been with the same girlfriend for a long time. When we met she was a few lbs heavier than me. I've stayed about the same and shes packed on the lbs. At this point, it's quite a big difference. <BR> <BR> Is it weird for a girl to weigh more than her significant other? I'm not supportive of her gaining but I'm not going t... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:23:54 EST Happy Thursday all! Whining inside...... Yesterday, I got in a total of 70 minutes of exercise. Two sessions of motion machine - 20 in the am - 30 in the pm and a 20 minute walk at lunch which I thought was gonna kill me. Got up this am and did 30 minutes on the motion machine. Got on the scale thinking this is gonna be good......NOT! Up two pounds. I spent the whole drive to work fantasizing about what I was gonna eat to make myself feel better, bagel kept popping up, then I said no, low carb, how about bacon, lots of bacon an... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:32:35 EST Good morning everyone! Happy Wednesday. Middle of the week. We can review the past two days and plan the next several. I want to step it up a notch, get this weight loss thing going. I had a shake for breakfast and brought grilled chicken, cucumber and tomato for lunch. Did 20 minutes on motion machine this am. Hopefully will report a 15 minute walk around the hospital today (work thier, not a patient lol). Have a great day all! Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:35:09 EST This is definitely closing the barn door after the horse PIGGED out all weekend. I blew it big time. Hubby had oral surgery and I took Friday off from work. I ran around doing errands all day, even got in some small amount of walking. Laid around all day Saturday with a headache. Didn't think I did too badly on Saturday but I had cranberry and gineragle so I blew the low card thing. In addition, I have been eating half sour dill pickles like crazy and I think the sodium is killing me. Now for the real issue, yesterday. Family barbeque... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:19:04 EST Same old thing I can't stop overeating even though it's killing me and I'm in pain all the time. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 21:39:58 EST Need your advice I have worked in the past at losing weight but never with the determination I have now. I will be turning 40 in a year and a half and want to be fit for my 40th. I am working on creating a plan. <BR> <BR> Can you share: <BR> <BR> Do you have goal rewards? Like, if I lose 5lbs I will.... <BR> Does anyone put money into a jar for weight lost? <BR> Other ideas? <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any advice on how they started their journey and what they might do differently? <BR> <BR> I want to... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 09:28:04 EST hopeless and frustrated Sigh. I'm feeling very frustrated. It's not even any specific thing, my weight loss is coming along slowly but surely, and I'm making healthy choices 90% of the time. So why do I feel so hopeless? I feel stuck in a brain rut of "what's the point". Any and all words of wisdom will be much appreciated! Fri, 19 Jun 2015 23:18:09 EST frustration I have been doing so well lately with my weight loss, but for some reason I seem to be in a hurry to lose my last 15 pounds. I have given myself until December 2015 to get there, but now I am in a hurry? <em>56</em> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:39:14 EST I feel like a failure! Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE has remarked on my belly problem. I feel so discouraged and depressed! I certainly don't remember having such obvious belly fat in my 30s! Is it my age (42)? Is it my menopause (2 years and counting)? Is it because of water retention? But it can't be! Because excess fluids keeps getting extracted at every dialysis session. <BR> <BR> I feel like I have failed to allow myself to get into this state! In the space of 5 years, I have gained about 5kg! How could I hav... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 05:19:15 EST Just frustrated and in pain I have a (suspected) stress fracture in my foot, MRI to confirm it later this week. <BR> <BR> I am just in pain and frustrated because even walking to the bathroom is painful. I do not have transportation, so going to the pool to swim depends on if my neighbor feels like going. I am off my feet for an unspecified length of time, likely weeks. <BR> <BR> I am just down because I am tracking calories, have an eating plan from a nutritionist, and had begun walking (likely how I got the fractu... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:10:19 EST recovering from a bad weekend Not actually a "bad weekend", but a festival weekend. Our town has a festival once a year, and of course it is hard to say no to "fair food". I need some encouragement to get back on track. Help! Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:45:31 EST I totally messed up I have been so stressed out over the last month and have become so discouraged because of it. I have gone back to eating bread and high carb foods and seem so out of control with no will power. I feel so out of control and cry all the is crazy. <BR> <BR> I have not logged in for a few days because I knew I blew it and didn't want to see it in print. I have started over today and will get it in gear. I have a very strict diet from my doctor...calories 100-1250, protein 60-136, carb... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 14:59:07 EST nightmares I have been having nightmares of extra skin. I lost a little bit of weight and now I have a little sagging skin, I still need to lose A LOT more! I am afraid I am going to be swallowed in skin. My husband has been really supportive about it but I can help shake the feelings and I am even more afraid of self sabotaging the weight I have already lost. <BR> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 23:35:21 EST Stress eating! I just found out one of my family members is in the emergency room and now I'm stress eating. Can anyone give me advice to stop stress eating? Thanks! Sat, 13 Jun 2015 21:34:49 EST First 10k So I have my first 10k July the 4th it's the Peachtree Road Race. I haven't really trained for it 😏 and I'm also at my highest weight ever. I'm so nervous you guys I don't know whether I should just sell my number or just train for the remainder and get out there and do my best. What would you do? Sat, 13 Jun 2015 11:44:53 EST Nothing's working! I have added HIIT workouts to my regular routine. These workouts really make me sweat! You can find them on youtube under fitnessblender. I have also been refraining from fast food. I have been making my own smoothies using my new sports blender bottle. <BR> <BR> While I have noticed my belly roll getting slightly smaller, my weight has stayed the same. A friend of mine boasted to me that she has lost 5kg! Why can't I lose ANYTHING? Does it make a difference that I am going to be 43 this Oct... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 03:05:50 EST need some advice in april i weighed around 84 lbs but later that month i was diagnosed with pcos and put on a birth control pill levonor/ethi and since then my weight is increasing i weighed in today ay 102 lbs could it be the pill or is it something i am doing wrong i have my food tracker public so could someone look at it and give some advice or if needed tough love i am 4 ft 2 also Thu, 11 Jun 2015 20:05:28 EST Ice Cream Craving! Help!! lol I really want to drive to the grocery store and pick up a pint of ice cream, and eat all of it!! Haagen Dazs, So Delicious, or Ben & Jerry's....ahhhhh ice cream is my Achille's Heel, and I've been really good with tracking my nutrition this past week, so I know I shouldn't. Plus its bikini season and I live an hour from the beach. :P <em>76</em> <em>468</em> <em>40</em> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:54:11 EST Stress gets in my way Diagnosed with breast cancer in fall- treated and can say I am a survivor but testing, surgery, treatment, uncertainty of what will happen, need to take RX for 5+ years to prevent recurrence. Thought cancer Rx were causing weird symptoms like dizziness, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, but now they tell me valves in heart leak significantly. More tests and waiting to hear... more stress. Have lost some weight since I got back on Spark People June 3rd... not huge but sensible amount. N... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 12:09:53 EST Getting back into it Over the past year I feel I've come a long way with my health choices. Although I gained all the lost weight back, I don't crave fast food anymore, I love to cook healthier choices at home, I drink more water, my hair and skin have gotten better, and I've been exercising on and off. I could do so much better. <BR> Now that my wedding is over, I want/need to focus back on my health and start a new chapter in my life. Last year I lost up to 10 pounds, then life and stress got in the way and I g... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 06:40:07 EST Emotionally exhausted I started the experts diet because my niece has had such great results. I have an emotional eating problem and it is causing me to fail, which in turn makes me want to eat even more. Does any one else have this problem I could use some suggestions to help prevent me from eating on emotions and not for nourishment. I'm emotionally drained and frustrated with myself. For me this is a big problem and I would like to loose my pregnancy weight from my 6 and 3 year children. Please help. Tue, 9 Jun 2015 17:21:29 EST worried about weight I know i am doing the right thing and i track everything. I can't exercise due to many back surgery. or maybe i could if i knew what to do. I can't walk for and Doc will not let me ride a bike. I have a implant in my back. so i am stuck. As for the weight well i am just staying the same for weeks now. will i start lousing again soon. Worried worried. <em>198</em> Tue, 9 Jun 2015 15:30:09 EST Doing everything right and GAINING? OK, I realize I'm very early into this journey, but I'm seriously frustrated. <BR> <BR> I rejoined SP to get healthy again after a severe depression and weight gain. A few years ago, I lost 85 pounds on SP, so I know there can be setbacks. But I've never had this happen before: <BR> <BR> I've been diligently tracking my calorie intake - even over the weekend when hubby and I went out and I splurged quite a bit - and exercising every day. Last week, I had a nice, steady loss and all was w... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 09:12:19 EST Living on a small budget Now that I am unemployed, I am thrown off of my routine which creates so much anxiety that I just want to eat sweets and chips, etc. I am trying my best to figure out how to use coupons. I need to learn how to save cash on food. If I can just get through this hurdle it would really help quiet some of my stressors. Tue, 9 Jun 2015 08:16:34 EST Safety/scared to workout outside? I've always lived in an isolated part of a small village and I've always been told to never go out running alone because of predators, etc. I finally moved away from such influences in a tiny apartment in the city. Last week, I got brave and went out for a run despite the old nagging fears. Came back so proud and motivated, and told people at work about my success. <BR> <BR> Well, my co-workers all began to vent about how dangerous it was to go alone and I could've been raped/stolen from/et... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 09:18:28 EST can't get going The plan looks good on paper...but cant the mind to move the body I tell myself "baby steps" but that doesnt help either. ahhhhhhh. I am just plain lazy. Sun, 7 Jun 2015 16:17:01 EST Downward spiral Hey all sparkies <BR> It's almost 8am in my part of the world so Good Morning. <BR> I just weighed in couple of mine back and I'm like 66.4 kilograms (146.3 pounds) <BR> In March I was 63 kilograms(138 pounds) <BR> So that means, I am up by 3 kilos since March <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> Last week I was 144 pounds and now up by 2 pounds since last week. <BR> <BR> I am visiting my family for two weeks, and I have been nothing but in track. <BR> 1. Eating all right. I got 90%of my food fro... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 22:24:52 EST Plateau annoyance I use to weigh 265 lbs, I am down to 205. I am trying to figure out why I am no longer losing weight. I have adjusted my diet because I was told I was not eating enough. I am exercise by using a stepping machine, walking, swimming, biking, working on getting up to jogging and running. <BR> <BR> Since adjusting the diet I am noticing that I am gaining weight. How long does it take for a person's body to adjust to changes? How many hours of activity should I be getting in a day? What else can ... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 08:54:46 EST Could I Be Pre-Diabetic? About 2 weeks ago I went to my doctor because I've been struggling with extreme fatigue. In fact, just yesterday, I fell asleep sitting up in my work office chair. <BR> <BR> He didn't seem worried about it, just told me it's probably school and work stress combined with lack of sleep due to them. I kept telling him that this semester was long over, that my job isn't stressful, and I've been sleeping fine. He shrugged and offered a basic panel of blood tests. <BR> <BR> Not long ago they cal... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 11:54:03 EST Anyone have any success with this I did very well on Spark about two years ago until a health issue caused a setback and I gained all my weight and then some. I am 60 years old and began my most recent journey with a need to shed about 50-60 pounds. It has taken some time, but I have managed to take off 20 pounds but still have a long way to go, but I am completely stalled out. I am handling the calorie intake and my activity level is okay. I don't do cardio or strength training per se, but I walk and have enough activity du... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 13:15:59 EST all or nothing I lost about 100 lbs and gained back half. I realized i was being lazy and looked at what was happening so i am back on track. Some days i am not hungry i barely eat anything and then some days i can't control my hunger no matter what. I set out meals and snacks for the day but i am not interested then i am suddenly ravenous the next day and eat my daily calories plus the ones i didn't eat the day before. How do i get out of this cycle? Has anyone had this issue? Tue, 2 Jun 2015 04:55:34 EST Help! My Knee!!! What Should I Do? I have water on the knee - the right knee. I've had it for about 4 days now. I've been trying to self-treat it to a point (I could be doing better at it). But at the same time I still do all my usual activities. And one of those activities is making it to the gym. But in good faith, I've tried cutting the intensity of the cardio (although I'm not happy about that). I am still favoring the right leg some and making up for it on the left so now my left knee is just starting to bother me. Like g... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 14:10:35 EST Don't Want to be Living in this House This is probably not the right place to ask but I find SparkPeople very supportive and I am feeling extremely isolated and can't turn to my family for help. I live at home with my mum and my sister. I can't stay here. There are many reasons why, they are not important. I am so depressed, I can't afford rent anywhere. I find myself going out for walks at night (or early morning). It's dark, it's dangerous, but I feel like the walls are closing in and I can't breathe. I don't know what to do. Sun, 31 May 2015 17:13:44 EST Please help :( I am in the middle of moving to a different town. I'm packing and stressed. I did well earlier this week, but yesterday and today I binged big time. I just got done eating half a large pizza and several brownies all by myself. I am so ashamed of myself. I would never eat this way around ANYONE. I am sick of letting myself down. I am sick of telling myself that I'm going to make better choices tomorrow or with the next meal. I am trying to be positive but I can't believe how much I have let my... Sat, 30 May 2015 22:29:19 EST Stressed and Impatient Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been trying to lose weight for years. I have been overweight for as long as I can remember, and I know what I need to do. However, I continue to let stress and my emotions have control and ruin what ever amount of success I'm having/have had. Right now I am stuck in a work situation that I can't seem to get out of, and that is 90% of why I am stressed out. I read the message boards on here, and I keep seeing the advice to make small changes, only change 1 thing ... Sat, 30 May 2015 13:08:48 EST Body vs. Calories I am trying to lose weight I need to take in a given number of calories, fat, carb, protein, etc however it feels like too much food. I don't like to eat. what do you do? Sat, 30 May 2015 12:54:08 EST Beginning Exercise Very Sore Hi, <BR> I am out of shape and have started going to the gym. Because of some joint (knee and ankle) pain, was advised to start slow on elliptical then finish on the recumbent bike. Both are with no resistance. Was advised to go at my own pace and stop when I needed to. <BR> Day 1 Elliptical 3 min. Thighs on fire! 20 min on bike. <BR> Day 2 Rest <BR> Day 3 Elliptical 3 min. 20 min on bike. <BR> <BR> My out and top of my thighs are hurting so bad even to touch. I know I am really out of shape... Fri, 29 May 2015 01:10:53 EST Weird problem with sleeping For the last week or so, I 've been waking up in a state of anxiety. It'll be 12 or 2 in the morning. I'll wake up with this energetic, anxious feeling like I need to run. I have no thought of why I would need to run. I just have a feeling that I need to get away or move. My whole body will be charged up. My lack of sleep is causing me to be grumpy and irrational. I've yelled at my best friend and at my mom. I've also been screwy with my final papers at school. I can't concentrate. This is a ... Wed, 27 May 2015 10:46:14 EST I am so sorry! I broke my promise! I know I promised no Mcdonald's for one month but I got stomach flu last night, it hurt so bad that I didn't get much sleep. My Mom bought Mcd's breakfast wraps for my brother and me. I was feeling nauseous this morning and also threw up. <BR> <BR> I took a breakfast wrap to eat at the dialysis center. Didn't have much appetite and was too lazy to prepare my own lunch. <BR> <BR> So sorry! I only lasted 2 weeks! But what's done is done. I will stay away from Mcd's from now on. I was just laz... Wed, 27 May 2015 02:47:42 EST 44 and weight just won't go. Hi All, <BR> I'm frustrated. In 2006 I lost 55 lbs on spark people and kept it off until the past few years. I've gained about 20lbs back and am not comfortable in my body. It doesn't seem like my body wants to cooperate with calorie counting and exercise. I seem to be gaining weight, not losing. Have any of you experienced this? It is super frustrating. I'm wondering if hormones might be might be making it more difficult? Any thoughts? <BR> Thanks, <BR> Molly Tue, 26 May 2015 17:24:43 EST Can't get enough salt !!! I am a saltaholic ! LOVE salt. I know it is not good for me, I just cannot seem to stay away from it. I try other seasonings and spices when I cook which do help, but there are still certain foods that just need salt. tomatoes, cukes, picked eggs, etc ... I have been on a salt kick since Sunday, today is weigh day at TOPS it isn't going to be pretty. <BR> Any one have any suggestions on how to cure the salt cravings ??? Tue, 26 May 2015 14:31:14 EST How to be supportive? My fiance and I are getting married next Monday, we only invited our immediate family for the celebration. Last night my fiance's dad called us and told us he isn't coming because he spent too much money on a vacation last month... <BR> I don't want to say he's a deadbeat, because I wasn't there when my finance and brother were growing up, but from what I've heard, he's not the greatest father. He has been absent most of my fiances life, and will pop up here and there to say hi. However to t... Tue, 26 May 2015 09:58:07 EST Feeling Miserable I know that we are supposed to be celebrating NSV as well as scale victories, but it sucks when you've been logging on, cutting calories and exercising but not seeing results on the scale. That's the reason why we weigh in, right? <BR> <BR> This is my third time around with SP and I always seem to feel worse when I come back than I did before. <BR> <BR> The success stories are meant to motivate, but for me I end up saying to myself, "How come they can do it, but I can't" <BR> <BR> I just n... Tue, 26 May 2015 07:06:13 EST spiraling out of control. I need help and don't know where to start. Please read my blog. Tue, 26 May 2015 02:18:24 EST Help! I can't sleep because I'm sooo upset! I had a bad night last night, couldn't sleep till about 3.30am! As a result, I was late for dialysis, therefore I didn't have time to collect my laundry hanging outside myself. I was running out of clean underwear, so I made sure that I washed my clothes last night, and hung it to dry, planning to collect them before dialysis. But because of my sleepless night, I woke up late today and didn't have time to do so. <BR> <BR> Before leaving the house, I politely requested my Mom to take in my la... Mon, 25 May 2015 13:51:04 EST The Knees Have It I did my strength training workout today. I worked really hard to get in my reps. However, when it comes to squats, mountain climbers, or anything KNEE related.. My knees SNAP. Ohhh do they snap. It hurts and it's distracting. What do I do? Mon, 25 May 2015 13:36:23 EST Confused about caloric intake I am so confused about the amount of calories I should be eating. I burn a lot of calories doing my exercises and other various activities. If I eat more calories, will I gain the weight back? I'm trying not to over/under eat. Mon, 25 May 2015 12:14:48 EST Starting over and over and over ,I'm not sure that this is an immediate help request, but I'm so tired of constantly starting over and over. I had great success with sparkpeople years ago, but here I am again. I've defined myself as overweight since I was 10, and I'm now 47. <BR> <BR> I'm having a hard time figuring out the best way to find a team since I've been gone for so long. <BR> <BR> But I need to do something because my motivation is getting shot and my weight is increasing. Mon, 25 May 2015 10:26:43 EST depression Depression is making me suicidal. I don't feel like living because I get depressed everyday. I noticed that if I keep busy I have a distraction and I feel better. But I can't think of things to do without spending money. Whether I live at my apartment or my parent's house, I can't feel at home anywhere because both places make me depressed. Does anyone know how to beat the hedonic treadmill? I'm getting so used to these houses that I don't like my living situations. Sat, 23 May 2015 22:48:07 EST Back and I gained <em>249</em> Yep <BR> Diabetes back <BR> Potassium high <BR> Need to get back on track a meal at a time <BR> All actual support appreciated! Sat, 23 May 2015 17:44:34 EST Back and I gained Yep <BR> Diabetes back <BR> Potassium high <BR> Need to get back on track a meal at a time <BR> All actual support appreciated! Sat, 23 May 2015 17:42:26 EST jump start I am wanting to restart/revamp my weight loss. I have started a new job and am right now dealing with and infection. However, I would like to jump start my weight loss to motivate me starting next week. <BR> <BR> How should I do this. I would like something fast with considerable weight loss, but then I could transition into healthy eating for long term loss and maintenance. Fri, 22 May 2015 13:34:37 EST Feeling claustrophobic in my clothes In the past month I've started to feel like my clothes are painted on! I just want to scream today. All I want to do is get home so I can put my stretchy pants on! <BR> <BR> I'm feeling bloated and just disgusted with myself that I allowed myself to get back to where I was! <BR> <BR> Freaking sucks!! Fri, 22 May 2015 13:00:30 EST Can't figure out this plateau/stall...ideas? I've been on SP since March of last year, and have had steady progress since then (not linear mind you, but steady). I had been consistently losing about 5 pounds per month, with which I'm happy. All of a sudden about a month ago the weight loss just stopped, and I can't figure out why. I have done a lot of soul searching and taken a hard look at what I'm doing, but nothing is surfacing to explain the sudden plateau. I need ideas! Has anyone else had this happen for this long, and if so, ... Fri, 22 May 2015 11:40:18 EST Tired of being tired, and living sucks bc of it PLEASE, I NEED SOME ADVICE! <BR> I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE... I'M TIRED OF BEING TIRED! And I'm tired of life because of it. <BR> <BR> For the past 2 months I have been more exhausted than I could ever imagine. Dishes? A lot of times I feel too tired to do them. That goes for clothes, sweeping, yard work, cooking, and working out. All of my failed attempts to stay on track recently involves my being exhausted. I'm 24, no kids, and have a full time desk job. I should be on top of my game! When... Thu, 21 May 2015 16:33:49 EST I am sooooo craving Mcdonald's right now! I haven't even tried Texas Fried Chicken! I am doing my best to stay away from fast food, I make myself walk away from fast food restaurants but the cravings are still there! <BR> <BR> I rewarded myself with a new handbag today. It's so cute! I am rewarding myself with non food items. But right now, I want a big mac! Note to self, stop watching food competition vids on youtube! Thu, 21 May 2015 13:32:44 EST Best TOPS meeting ever !!! I went to TOPS last night and even though I had a gain, it was the best meeting I have ever attended. We had a guest speaker, and she was amazing. I thought I knew everything I needed to know about losing weight and getting healthy, I just need to do it, right ? There is so much more to it than that. She told her story of weight loss and how she is living her best life. She gave a totally different insight on getting healthier. She spoke not only about the physical side of it but the emotion... Wed, 20 May 2015 07:38:12 EST Requesting encouragement, please..... I feel I'm on right path, but I know I'm slipping (a lot). I could use a little push, or nod. (smile) Wed, 20 May 2015 05:53:17 EST Your input needed...PLEASE!!!! I have always had a gym membership but thanks to someone stealing my bank info I had to suspend all drafts which meant my gym quit drafting, by the time I realized this is would have cost me 2 months to catch up (over $120 bucks)! I decided to let the membership go after all I have other things $65 a months could go towards but now I feel like I would be making a lot more progress with my daily workouts as far as weight loss goes. This is where you come in :) I need workout ideas...I have ... Tue, 19 May 2015 11:09:02 EST BORED! I am home bound right now because of medical issues and the fact that getting a license would cost me 8,000 dollars (I'm in a wheelchair). I want to get healthy and lose weight but I don't have anything to do, even with a beautiful trail a mile away but no one to take me. It's so frustrating and makes me want to give up. Mon, 18 May 2015 21:15:15 EST Cannot begin, dying to go buy a milkshake, despera te <BR> I say I want to loose weight, I look in mirror and can't even stand the sight there <BR> I am afraid I'll never get it together <BR> I want to loose weight but seem not to WANT to do the work <BR> I would love to understand this <BR> Mon, 18 May 2015 19:50:24 EST Losing motivation more then losing weight with out going into a long back ground history of me I am going to come right out and say I am so frustrated and I just want to go off the grid.. I want to stop this nonsence of working out hard eating right and not being able to lose one pound.. and god for bid if I do eat something stupid maybe a slice of cheese cake or something I am up 3 pounds.. <BR> <BR> I have been struggling for 5 months now.. it really started 10 months ago.. I was struggling and then the holidays came and I was st... Mon, 18 May 2015 07:44:50 EST Why can't I just be myself? I really don't know where to begin but basically my Mom wants a totally different daughter. I feel like I am a mistake! I feel unwanted! My Mom wants a demure, totally obedient doormat for a daughter, which I am not. <BR> <BR> Well, I do have my faults. Like today, when my Mom was driving and snapped at me to move my head. I was already leaning back for her to see through my window, so I snapped back, "what is it?". I mean what else was I supposed to do, I was already leaning back. Then whe... Fri, 15 May 2015 12:27:32 EST not losing I have been eating between 1200-1500 calories and working out with cardio 6 days a week at 30 mins and weights 3 days a week 30-40 mins. I am not losing any weight. I am 50 now and only have about 8 lbs I want to loose. Any suggestions. Fri, 15 May 2015 09:29:19 EST I can't believe myself!!! My Mom just fried a huge container of fish crackers. And they not just any fish crackers, they are thin and big and oh, so delish! Last night, I had a hunger pang and just couldn't resist opening the container and having a few. Also, there was a half bottle of the most delicious chilli sauce! So, I had 3 crackers, with the chilli sauce, then another 3, and before I knew it, I had finished half the container! <BR> <BR> Now my Mom is mad at me and I just can't believe I could eat so much! Just... Thu, 14 May 2015 10:56:21 EST Why does this keep happening? Every time I go to the hospital to fill up a prescription, this happens. Old folk holding up the queue! And I'm always the one waiting behind them so I can hear the ongoing convo. Seriously, it's like a merry go round, the dispenser will be patiently explaining again and again that he/she needs to see the doctor first to get a new prescription. That it's not in the dispensers power to give her/him more meds. But the poor dear just stands there arguing. The dispenser begins to sound like a tap... Thu, 14 May 2015 10:36:23 EST Feeling down today ... As I looked in the mirror this morning, I realize that I have spent my forties being seriously overweight. I turn 49 tomorrow and here I am almost 200 lbs over weight. I have made so many promises to myself, tried every diet going, every Monday, every first of the month ect... was going to be the day I start my new journey. I am doing a little better than I was, I have cut way back on the junk food, am drinking more water and am learning to portion my meals better. I have lost a few pounds bu... Thu, 14 May 2015 07:55:20 EST Life First of all, I'm very thankful for the Panic Button room. I need to come here, I'm just feeling really really overwhelmed. I want to stay positive, but sometimes it is just.....very difficult. I want to eat away my feelings right now, but I'm not doing it. <BR> <BR> There is just a LOT going on in my life right now, and people are not being supportive like I need them to be. I wish I could be more specific, but I'm embarrassed to even say what is going on in my life on this board out of fea... Tue, 12 May 2015 20:40:28 EST feeing Discouraged and worried I started diet in January, all healthy foods to bring down cholesterol, sugars and assist with my BP. Went ot Dr and redid my blood work, YEAH ME! all my numbers came down. BUT... My Lipoprotiens were Up in 92s. they were normal first time I had my blood work, Does not make sense when I lost 14 lbs in the 3 months and lowered all my other numbers. Yet LIPOPROTINES shot up? i am researching it but Hoping for some insight on it in here. I go back in 3 months for more blood tests and I know i w... Tue, 12 May 2015 19:43:39 EST Please help me.. I feel like i am orphan I am 2nd daughter to my parents. But my parents have left me alone. They dont give any moral support to me. I almost feel i dont have anyone in life. If i have to face any challenge I have to go behind people. I dont find anyone motivating me to help me to face my challenge. Infact nobody cares whether I am dead or alive. I am not getting any interest to lead my life. N I dont want to fall into any relationship which wont work out for marriage as I already had one and he was too dominating. H... Tue, 12 May 2015 09:19:59 EST