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 OH MY I have had my first gain, it is unbelievable I gained 3 pounds this week and I can not even lose that in a week. I know I have been slacking on my tracking but that is just crazy!!! Need help overcoming this!!! Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:29:15 EST Where do I begin, I'm so overweight I am close to 370lbs and I can hardly walk currently with back pain. <BR> I have no idea what direction to go in, ww, low carb etc, except I know I need potassium rich foods! <BR> I never used to be lazy but I am not because EVERYTHING HURTS, I have lung problems and am so easily fatigued I find it embarrassing to be seen. <BR> I knew better than to get in this position and yet here I am. <BR> This really isn't living, just existence My health is at risk big time! <BR> My sister and best ... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:46:11 EST Totally out of control Please help. I am so out of control, it is just crazy. Every day I am over my calorie range, and am gaining weight. I am constantly subjected to food that I know I shouldnt eat, but can't help myself when I keep digging into it. Night time, day time, any time. And now our vendors are sending HUGE baskets of chocolates, cookies, you name it, for the Christmas holiday. I put it in the cubicle farthest away from my office. BUT, it is like a magnet drawing me to the table every 15 minutes. I know... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:55:28 EST Meal planning help I'm trying to deal with a crazy retail schedule and meal planning around it. I've realized that MOST days, I can typically eat breakfast between 8am and 11am and lunch between 12 and 3 or so. <BR> <BR> However, there is a small challenge with my schedule that I'm not sure how to overcome. <BR> <BR> On Thursdays and Fridays, I typically work from 12pm to 6pm. This means that I'll eat breakfast around 10, and lunch closer to 3 at work. Saturdays, I work 11-5 most weeks which means eating bre... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:20:12 EST Office meeeting in 10 minutes and lunch in an hour HELLLLP! So far today I have turned down a huge canolli, a birthday cake, and a bagel!!!! Im not sure I will make it through round 2 of donuts in our meeting and whatever is coming at me in this lunch.How do you guys keep the strength? Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:11:05 EST Pretty much have given up I really late to admit this but I am done struggling, I have been struggling since the Summer I worked so hard to lose weight but by the Fall I was up 10lbs.. I had some set backs with working out this Summer due to knee injury so my work outs where not as intense as I like.. as far as food, I pretty much tried everyday to stay on track and I would or a week or two then I get off track and then get back on.. so it has been on an off like on and off like a bad Hollywood relationship. <BR> <B... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:25:04 EST Not Seeing any changes Hello All, <BR> I am a 46 year old female with hypothyroid. I am doing my second round of tapout, well, week 4 of round 2 and I don't see any results in my body. my mid section is fluffier than ever, even tho I am keeping a good diet and keep my calories at a deficit of at least 500 and following tapout's original schedule. well, I am subbing some of the original tapout workouts with XT2 workouts, twice a week. <BR> I know I can not do spot fat burning, but I really want to see some results. ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:36:14 EST Running MIGRAINE SUFFERERS I just wanted to as a question, <BR> <BR> <BR> I have been a long time walker, at one time I actually lost over 100lbs BUT unfortunately that same 100lbs found me!! Any way my question is this, every time I start trying to run or jog I end up with a severe headache. I always tell my husband when I try to run it feels like my brain is in a blender!! Has anyone else have had this kind of experience? What did you do to get past it?? Any help would be greatly appreciated **I am a diagnosed migr... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 17:20:51 EST Depressed and in PAIN!!! I am so unhappy with no family support, a very dysfunctional family and now because of my weight I am bedridden and dependent on a Mom who is cruel and hateful. Please offer me help, encouragement because I'm at a really bad place. I have allowed myself to become fat by turning to food to make me feel better for so many years. I started this program as I have many times before but this time, since August I had lost weight and was taking care of me in spite of the negativity in my life. I had ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:48:36 EST About to quit. Keep gaining or staying where I am. I am working my butt off with exercise and I am doing between 30-45 minutes of exercise every day. Sometimes more. Plus I am sticking with 1200-1550 calories like my range says. And it is set for me to eat my exercise calories but I never do. I usually eat 1300-1400 because I feel hungry if I only eat 1200. But I have stopped losing and sometimes even gain. I still have a LONG way to go. So I am nowhere close to a healthy BMI yet. Been stuck for a couple weeks. I weigh myself every other day ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:55:08 EST Nobody supports me!!!! It's infuriating that I have no support other than on SP. I lost 11 lbs this first week and literally nobody cares!!! One person, Even accused me of lying. Grrrrrr. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 06:07:34 EST Sick as a Dog First of all, I'm sorry to use this feature but I need some help. I have the flu with a sinus infection too. You'd think you would't be hungry, right? I am. But my stomach can only deal with bready/carby right now or I will vomit. Also the meds have to be taken with food or you'll do the same. But this is the worst thing for my weight! I'm hungry but most foods are out. Frustrating! Any advice, pretty please? <BR> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:44:04 EST Laid Off and Depressed Hi everyone! My name is Gabrielle and I'm from the metro Detroit area. Last Friday I was told that I was laid off for a minimum of 30 days. (Even though they said lay off, I'm treating this as a termination because I don't trust that I'll actually be called back in 30 days.) I was unhappy with my job and was planning on looking for a new one in January anyway, but this still left me in a tailspin. I'm feeling depressed and lonely while my husband is away at work all day. I'm also gettin... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 01:29:10 EST Help!! Going Downhill Fast! I was doing really well on my tracking and exercise until early November and since then I've just been in a tailspin. I use an app on my phone to track every bite I eat, good or bad. For the past 5 weeks I have been at least 3,000 calories over every single week. Last week I was 6,500 calories over for the week. <BR> <BR> Before Thanksgiving I was at my lowest weight ever, and 3 pounds from my goal. Now I've gained 3 pounds and I'm miserable. I'm so disgusted with myself. I hate myself... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:28:56 EST frustrated! I am starting to work out again and trying to eat healthier. my husband said he will be supportive and the same day he said this he ordered a taco pizza and brought home a 12 pack of pop! i had one piece of pizza no pop though so I'm proud of that. I've been working out for a week now and haven't lost any weight. I'm going crazy and the only thing keeping me going is the smile on my 4-month old's face which is a great motivator but I need support Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:17:08 EST Feeling Lonely Feeling lonely and distant from everyone. Tue, 9 Dec 2014 13:28:45 EST I feel like I'm crazy I have struggled my entire life with weight loss. At the age of 9 or 10 I began playing sports (Softball in the summer basketball in the winter) through till I was 17, and by the age of 12 stopped eating breakfast and lunch for fear I would be ridiculed for what I ate. Regardless of these facts I continued to gain weight. By the time I was 22 I was 360 lbs. I underwent lap band surgery at that time and lost 60 lbs. 40 of which I gained back. Since then I have yo-yo'd between 275 and 340 unabl... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:51:00 EST Help! I am UGLY!!! I looked at myself in the mirror today and did not like what I saw. My belly was literally hanging over my undies and i looked FAT! I am 4 feet 11 and 57kgs or about 125lbs. <BR> <BR> I am not obese but I still think I look awful! I have been exercising and watching what I eat for years but I see no change! I am so depressed over the way I look. Jillian Micheles is around my age! Why can't I look more like that!? <BR> <BR> Honestly! I didn't look so bad in my 30s! But not all ppl in their 4... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 08:57:07 EST What's the point? ` <em>24</em> I'm a stay at home mom. 5'6 and did weight 208. I recently lost 17 pounds. Last time I weighed myself, I was around 191. The only problem is I'm still wearing the same size jeans. The numbers are changing but that is the only thing. I would like to see my body getting slimmer too. Should I just give up? I'm starting to lose all motivation and hope. Mon, 8 Dec 2014 10:20:12 EST Zumba I'm trying to decide whether to go to a zumba class this AM. I think I definitely will! I was going to save my exercise for tonight at 6PM but I think it's better to do it this morning and get the stress out. I was going to post this to ask if I should go but I've answered my own question. <BR> <BR> :) <BR> <BR> The bigger question is should I also go to the zumba I had already planned tonight? two in one day? I'm worried I will be really tired tomorrow. Mon, 8 Dec 2014 09:41:55 EST Anxiet Help, my fitness and nutrition are ok, but my anxiety ruins everything. I've missed days at work and missed social situations and soon this will get me depressed and probably homeless <BR> Exercising helps to relieve the anxiety, but it's still there any experience or advice on that? Sun, 7 Dec 2014 14:38:16 EST Why is it ... ? I hit a rough patch this weekend. Things have been going really well since Nov. 1 when I re-started this process of trying to be intentionally healthy and make good choices. But yesterday and today ... rough patch. Yesterday was a good day - including great exercise - but I made an eating mistake that cost me lots of calories and nutrition. I didn't even do it intentionally, I did it by old habit without thinking. You should've seen my surprise when it hit me. Granted, the exercise still brou... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 17:10:23 EST needing to wear a swimsuit for work. I work with disabled adults and special olympics swimming is starting this month... I was informed that ill have to be a coach since swimming is happening on my shift... I cried due to being in a swimsuit scares me like i have anixiety attacks over it... What do i do so i can do my job Sat, 6 Dec 2014 10:28:51 EST how do you motivate yourself to work out everyday? I struggle with consistency <BR> <BR> would appreciate tips from the SP community re how to stick/motivate oneself to exercise... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 10:21:59 EST YIKES! I actually struggled for a few minutes trying to figure out a title for my post. I knew I had gained a little bit of weight - we went to our cabin and I ate things I don't normally eat. I stepped on the scale this morning and I have gained A LOT of weight. I am up 15 pounds. I cannot even believe it. Yes, I noticed my clothes fitting tighter, but seriously? I practically wore the batteries out on my scale from hopping on and off to make sure I was seeing what I was seeing. I AM one of those p... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 07:34:16 EST Struggling Ok have been weighing up whether or not to post this on here. I have been struggling for a couple of weeks now, both emotionally and physically. 39 <BR> A couple of weekends ago, I was home alone (my husband works shifts), on Saturday night and a young man wearing a bandana across his lower face, broke in via the back door which hadn't closed properly. I heard a noise in the bedroom which I thought was our very naughty cat breaking something. The intruder was hiding behind the door - fortunat... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 04:50:00 EST avoiding temptation today! ok I have a meeting at work today on campus which is how I gained the 5 lbs in the first place. they have a ton of delicious food, and it's all free. normally I work off campus but I started going and getting the free food every day and I was eating a lot of desserts. Today my plan is to stick to salad bar, soup, and fruit. <BR> <BR> I will have oatmeal for breakfast so I feel full. <BR> <BR> I will bring some meat with me to go, but I'm not going to eat it there because I don't want t... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 13:04:51 EST Feeling blue and no motivation So I didn't get a good of rating at work as I would've liked and I'm just feeling down. I'm deployed and missing my family for the holidays. All I want to do is eat good ole comfort foods and sleep. I'm still going to the gym, but I feel like it's all a waste. I just have no motivation at all. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 15:15:28 EST Rough start I just restarting using SparkPeople after a long absence. Since I was gone, I have done Ideal Protein and Weight Watchers to no avail. Lost a bunch of weight on Ideal Protein, but couldnt afford the cost. Way too expensive, and restrictive. Went back to Weight Watchers for the 1000th time, only to leave again. Very tired of the routine. Back on Spark for the last couple days, and can not seem to stay in my calorie range. I deprived myself of all things sweet, and cant seem to say no to it now... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 14:25:15 EST Clothes Vs. Scale This question has probably been addressed many times, nonetheless, without me changing my diet or exercise routine, my weight has gone up a bit, however, my clothes feel looser, which is great but I can't figure out the weight gain. I do cardio 3x a week, weight train 3x a week and do yoga once a week. My diet consists mainly of vegetables and lean meats and whole grains. In addition, I am a "mover". I am 58 but I feel alot younger. It's a little disheartening when I work so hard, to see... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 13:42:13 EST My Panic Attack Won't Stop It's been going since about 12 am and it won't stop. I've tried my meds, I've tried working on things. I have my first read through for the first play I've been in in 5 years and I can't stop freaking out. I feel absolutely frozen. I have so much to do and I can't do anything and I'm just scared out of my mind. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 15:49:57 EST HELP!! My name is karen and i am new to all of this today! I am so morbidly obese. I just wrote down what food i am eating today. But the exercise. I have not exercised in years!! What can i do to start? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 14:48:41 EST Last official Weight Watcher Day Yesterday was my last official WW day. Even though I've been doing SparkPeople for the past few weeks, the WW site has been available to me, for $42.95 a month, of course. I'm actually losing weight, since I quit WW, but I feel my "crutch ", WW is gone. I've been on WW since I was 18, more or less. Now, I'm 58. I've lost 65 lbs on WW, so it has worked in the past, but since I've given up processed food, I haven't lost on it. I'm trying to figure out how to stay motivated without weekly meetin... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 21:09:04 EST Feeling depressed I weighted myself this morning and I didn't lose nothing. I stayed the same. I was really hoping for at least 3 lbs lost. This is really hard. Just needed to vent a bit I guess. Have a great day everyone. Sun, 30 Nov 2014 08:32:45 EST SP for eating disorders? I think I may have BED. (Binge Eating Disorder). I'm going to look for professional help. <BR> <BR> In the meantime I wonder if I 'should be' here at Sparkpeople if I do? Is SP also for those who have an eating disorder (like binge eating disorder)? Or is it better to stay away? Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:51:21 EST Gas Petral woud be nice. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:52:49 EST Weight creeping up for no apparent reason Hi all, <BR> I'm new to this site. I'm 34 years old and have successfully maintained about a 15-20 lb weight loss for three years using a different tracker than SparkPeople (I joined this site because of the forums :) <BR> <BR> Over the past month, though, my weight has slowly started creeping up. The absolutely frustrating thing is that there has been literally no change to my eating or exercise habits - and I know this for sure, because I've been tracking my food and exercise the same exa... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:50:52 EST two days of chaos for the past two days I have been running around helping everyone with their needs, trying to get my own errands done and getting my fitness in. I just realized I did not do any fitness yesterday and so far today only 10 mins on the bike and I am already tired. <BR> <BR> The other thing I realized is that tonight without even thinking, I reached for something to eat after dinner. I feel this is a real set back because it tells me that I allowed emotions to make me slip. I have reached goal w... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:36:32 EST consistently go over with vitamin A I have been monitoring vitamins and minerals and find that I am consistently over with Vitamin A. I understand too much vitamin a can cause problems. I do take a daily vitamin, but it only has 25% of the daily RDA. I am also consistently low in Potassium and Magnesium. <BR> How accurate would this tracking be with the foods in the database? <BR> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:00:42 EST send prayers her way I know this forum is for help with diet but I have a friend here on sparkpeople that could use all the prayers she can to help her daughter through her surgery tomorrow. it is a major surgery. this person has been nothing but helpful to me and is there for me and I just want to do something to help her through this. she needs all of our strength to help her through this. plus her daughters two teens could use all our prayers too. I am sure god will be there for her but every little prayer can... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:23:45 EST weight is ruining my life I have been overweight since I was 6 years old. My parents were never mindful of what I was fed. My weight as an adult has gone as high as 230lbs and as low as 128lbs in 2009. I had kept the weight off for about 4 years. But now here I am, 210lbs and 5'2....this is so embarrassing to say my weight. I feel trapped in my body, like I will never be stable. I have always gone up and down. Now the weight doesn't want to budge and I am so exhausted all the time. I am only 29 years old but feel olde... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:03:47 EST used all my calories! how to avoid eating the rest of the day? Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:21:50 EST Confused? Good Morning everyone :) <BR> About 2 years ago, I lost 76 pounds and have been able to keep it off this whole time. <BR> I'm still considered over weight (obese) but *I* am ok with how I look and feel and am probably the healthiest I've been in years, despite what the scale is saying about me. <BR> <BR> My weight has been sitting at 203.8 for over a year. Not moving an ounce. <BR> I've been working out about 30 minutes a day and eating around 1500 calories a day. <BR> <BR> So, two weeks a... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:03:40 EST My Aunt passed away Having a difficult time taking care of self while dealing with my aunts death. A family member gave me a ride to see my aunt before she passed away and it was difficult for me to eat right during that time so my sodium and calorie intake went way up during that time. This week I've been watching it but what to do when I go to the funeral this weekend. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:47:03 EST Evening binging is sabotaging my health plan I start out great but after a couple days, my favorite bad habit seems to return. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:39:14 EST Needing some advice!!! <BR> Hi everyone!! I am getting married next summer and have just started getting serious about my diet and exercise about a month ago. I have always been a very active person but my diet gets off track sometimes. I workout 4-5 days a week and do 20 minutes of cardio and 40 minutes of weightlifting, I have been doing this for the past month and feel like I am seeing ZERO results. The scale has stayed the same and I feel like I don't look different when i look in the mirror. I am looking for ... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:30:23 EST I need prayers Having a problem for which I can't find a solution. Very afraid the stress will cause weight gain, and create another problem. Please send prayers.... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:18:19 EST Do I eat too much? Hi, I'm trying to figure out how this works... I have been counting calories for the past days and when I eat 'enough', meaning not overeating but also not going (very) hungry, I eat an amount of about 2200-2400 calories per day. I burn between 180 and 400 calories per day exercising. I don't eat junkfood, I don't eat meat, I eat a lot of vegetables and fruit. I have about 20 kilograms to lose to reach a healthy BMI. (About 44 lbs). <BR> <BR> SP suggests that to lose weight I should eat b... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:55:48 EST Gained 10 pounds! I got a new job and I don't know what's going on but I have gained 10 pounds and 1 inch on my waist! I thought this job would help me lose weight and it did in the beginning but lately I have been gaining. I need to request to do the more active part of the job, which will keep me moving instead of the part where you are standing still. Also, I have been going out for lunch every day with my fiance (it is the only way I can see him!) But that needs to stop. <BR> <BR> I am going to make... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:04:17 EST Bad choices while trying to eat healthy? I have changed my eating lifestyle a lot this year without the help of a doctor or nutritionist, basically following what SparkPeople has provided for me. I feel like I’ve been making good choices but they might not be the best for my body… example, earlier this year I was eating a lot of veggies and couldn’t get a BM for a couple weeks, and my sparkpeople friends helped coach me to eating better to regulate my BM again. Now I am noticing whenever I eat out, my stomach can’t handle it. I was ... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:04:26 EST nutrition and finance i recently became a spark lover again been away for 2 years. <BR> i dont excersise alot but still want to lose weight i try to curtail my eating habits and stay away from chocolate but chocolate isnt my only issue.cookies, candy, chips, soda,etc. im always in trouble control and conditioning is my worst enemy please help any way you can Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:21:42 EST I think I need help I don't know where to begin. <BR> I've always been heavy. I started off at 283 lbs. And my weight loss process has been a slow one. In 2012 I lost 40 pounds. In 2013 I lost 20. <BR> <BR> I also dated a boy in 2013 and I'm pretty sure he was my soulmate. When he met me I was 240, and I lost 20 pounds throughout our relationship. <BR> <BR> It ended on Christmas Day last year. He cheated on me. He cheated on me because I'm fat and he wasn't attracted to me. <BR> <BR> We got back together ... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 13:06:32 EST Check my blog please It's not entirely fitness-related, but I wrote on my blog before I thought to check here. Please see my most recent post on my Sparkpage. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:27:49 EST Am I losing or gaining? I weighed myself last Friday and the scale said 174 pounds and then I weighed myself on Monday and it said 169 pounds and my waist measurement was 44 1/2 inches. Now I weighed myself today and it says 169 pounds and my waist measurement is 45 inches. I'm confused? I'm staying within my calorie range and gave up sweets, chocolate, and soda which I was eating on a daily basis. Why would my waist measurement go up. Thank you all of my spark friends I'm confused? Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:01:47 EST Help breaking the plateau By August I has lost a total of 45 pounds. It was my goal before my vacation. I went on vacation and gained 4 pounds, which was really surprising. By September I reached a 46 pound weight loss. It is now the middle of November and I am still at the 46 pound mark. I can't seem to get past it. I have had some days where I figured to hell with it all and pigged out but then quickly hauled myself out of that state but nothing is working. I've been watching calories, eating "clean", tracking food,... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:41:17 EST I just ate an entire box of cookies And it's the third time I've done so this week. I just calculates how many calories were in the box, and it equals to 2280. The plan was to limit them to one or two cookies a day. <BR> <BR> No matter what I eat, I am constantly hungry, and I keep going back to the junk food, no matter how many times I've tried to change. <BR> <BR> I'm a general science education major in college, and I'm going to be 30 in a few weeks. I know about nutrition, I just can't seem to get in the routine of pract... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 22:01:28 EST Bad day Today I went over my calories with unhealthy choices. It is 6:41pm and I don't want to work out. Feeling depressed. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:43:39 EST Bad day Today I went over my calories with unhealthy choices. It is 6:41pm and I don't want to work out. Feeling depressed. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:43:19 EST I have no energy and I'm so tired..... This is my fourth day and I have no energy. I'm so tired and I'm dragging at work. I feel like I just wanna sleep.....Is this normal? Thanks everyone Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:38:16 EST trying to get back on track I have been ssssoooooo off track for the past two weeks, first with Halloween and then the in laws came to visit and we ate out all week. Trying very hard to get back on track, could use some motivation please before I gain back the 30 pounds I lost!!!!!!!!!!! Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19:06:39 EST I want to quit I have been doing really well the past two weeks and now I am starting to fall off the deep end again! I am trying so hard not to but my cravings have been so bad the past two nights. And I eat for no reason at all. I'm not hungry, but it just seems like the time to eat so I eat! Ugh! I am frustrated and I want to quit but I really can't! Tue, 11 Nov 2014 23:34:14 EST I'm doing something wrong ??? .... This is week 2 for me at TOPS last week I lost .3 of a pound, not much considering how much I have to lose ... Tonight is weigh day for me, got on my scales and I'm up probably 2-3 lbs at least. I thought I did pretty good food wise this week but apparently not. <BR> I have been eating bagels/cream cheese for breakfast alot this week, and I have not been real good about drinking water but overall considering my eating habits before this last couple weeks, I thought I was doing pretty good.... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09:44:50 EST Feeling Lost Hi everyone, I've been meaning to make this post for awhile now. Before I start "venting" just be aware I'm not suicidal or clinically depressed. Here's my background. I'm a 21 year old college student (Junior) in college. I'm studying applied mathematics and I've been starting to realize i'm heading to a dead end. I have very little work experience, little social life, never had a girlfriend, etc. and this isn't the kind of lifestyle I want to live. I'm not completely shy as I have been invo... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:20:31 EST Hit a weight loss plateau For the past 2 weeks, I haven't dropped any weight at all. I fell like I'm just wasting my time at this point. I'm 5'4 and around 165-167. Also, it's that glorious time of month for me and my weights about the same, maybe that has something to do with it? Sun, 9 Nov 2014 15:08:01 EST Seven days in and craving are taking over Having a total freak out right now people. I have a serious sugar addiction and I'm really craving those bad for you carbs like white bread and cheesy pasta and cake. I know it'll pass but I just feel like this is a turning point in my program where it really starts to get difficult and I need some kind of coping techniques. Sun, 9 Nov 2014 13:55:48 EST leg going numb I had knee surgery back in 2006 I have some knee issues but lately its been going numb or tired. It does effect me when i work ot. My doctor said to look into other exercises. Idkwhich ones i shoukd or shouldnt do i love dancing walking and doing ab exercises. Should i give up? Sat, 8 Nov 2014 07:40:39 EST I feel so ugly I can honesty say that this is the first time that I've actually really felt ugly :'( As I type this I'm in tears. I feel so alone. I had my beautiful little boy a year ago, and have since then put more weight on then after I gave birth. I'm not really sure how to begin to lose the weight. Any help would be so appreciated. I feel that the hardest thing for me is to find the time to work out and eat healthy. I'm a single mom, I work full time but currently seeking new employment, take college... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 06:33:18 EST Are my eating habits disordered?! So, the past few weeks I have gotten into a habit of eating very lightly throughout the majority of the day. I'd say I consume, on average, 325-400 calories between breakfast and lunch with no snacking in between. As a result, I have the bulk of my calories to spend in the evening on one large (and sometimes not the healthiest) meal for dinner. <BR> <BR> I started doing this because it allows me to basically eat whatever I want at the end of the day and alleviates the burden of counting calo... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 18:43:29 EST Numberous dinner dates, calorie count goes up I got clam chowder for lunch today at work. Although it’s not healthy I figure if I indulge today its fine, I usually eat pretty healthy so I dont feel too guilty. However, I am going to dinner with a friend tonight, another friend tomorrow, and another friend wants to go next week. I love spending time with my friends, but right now I feel blah from the clam chowder, and thinking about all these dinner dates with my friends makes me worried about my calorie intake over the next week. I am tr... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 13:22:46 EST frustrated its been a week since my appointment with a dietitian and I did what she suggested, I added more calories, some grains and some fats. I also added treadmill every day 35 minutes 3.5 speed AND uphill. I KNOW im working heard cause I get a heart rate in the 170s. today isn't a weigh in day but I jumped up there anywys and GAINED 2lbs WTH. it makes me go back into my old way of thinking and with the negative reinforcement that 1200 is too many calories for a big girl on a diet. it is hard for me... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:38:31 EST I need serious help!! At work we are doing a 12 week weight loss challenge. It ends on the 20th of November and is by percentage lost. I currently am in second place and feeling myself wanting to sabotage all my efforts thus far. I almost feel like I want to fail. I dont know what to do, and not sure where this is coming from. Craving more food, consuming more calories!! PLEASE HELP!!! Does anyone else have this happen? Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:21:47 EST Breaking point I have been struggling to lose baby weight for 7 months now.. I was born with heart conditions and kidney problems. After the baby was born, I started having intestinal issues... After two weeks of working out, my liver became enlarged. I eat less because I'm always nauseous and I have IBS, the diarrhea form. I cannot sit in the bathroom without being in excruciating pain from my bulging liver and stomach cramps. I attend college full time, I'm passing my classes but my gpa is not at a 3.0, w... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 20:13:55 EST Frustrated: Hit a plateau I was on Spark, a few years ago, and lost about 40 pounds. <BR> I got frustrated, when I hit a long plateau and went off. <BR> After about a year, I gained back about 10 pounds, and I was upset, so I decided to join spark again, in September 24,2014. Since then, I have lost 9 pounds, and was feeling very happy with my success. But it seems I have hit a plateau again, and am afraid that if I remain on this plateau too long, I will get frustrated again, and go off again. I presently weigh 25... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 09:19:36 EST Glucose Monitoring In June 2014, my AIC was 6.2, which is listed as pre-diabetic. Although my doctor never contacted me about it, I bought a few books and have been researching my options. Several sources say I should check my blook glucose levels several times a day to see how certain foods and activities affect my blood sugar. Should I buy a glucometer and start testing without checking with my doctor? <BR> <BR> Thanks for any advice. <BR> <BR> Elaine Wed, 5 Nov 2014 11:27:57 EST So overwhelmed... Hello…. <BR> <BR> I have a lot going on and I'm feeling like I might drown…. <BR> <BR> Almost exactly a year ago I had an unexpected hysterectomy. Between being inactive from the surgery and all the body changes that accompany that I gained a solid 20lbs…Just when I was starting to feel like myself again..I had to have foot surgery. I had to be non-weight bearing for 8 weeks. Ugh…it was awful. So, as you can imagine I packed on an extra 5lbs for good measure. About two months ago, I could f... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 16:53:56 EST Food Tracker My Favorites on my Food Tracker Don't Work... Even new stuff I put in don't show up... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 11:56:33 EST Too out of shape to get into shape? At the beginning of September this year, I decided I wanted to change my life. There are many facets to this but one of the main focuses for me would be diet and exercise. Being over 300lbs, my goal was to lose at least 100lbs and then continue on from there. In October I started seeing a nutritionist every week to help me plan how many calories I should be eating (this included setting daily goals for carbs, protein, fat, sugar, fibre, sodium) and feel I have a good handle on the food aspect... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 20:15:00 EST Back after a year. Feeling so lost. <BR> Good afternoon everyone! <BR> I last logged into spark a week after I found out I was pregnant. That was exactly a year ago today. Now I have a healthy and *if I do say so myself* gorgeous 3 1/2 month old baby boy. I also have another 10lbs on my already obese body. <BR> I clock in at 220 now. And at 5'2, that's shockingly overweight. <BR> I feel so lost. I just can't wrap my mind around where to begin. Even though I know there are articles and everything on where to begin... I just fee... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 15:02:25 EST My personal Journal I am trying to find my old personal journal.It use to be under tools and then planner but planner is no longer there. I am starting again and want to keep a personal journal. Please can someone help me?Thanks in advance :) Mon, 3 Nov 2014 11:38:56 EST Negative self-talk I try to practice gratitude but have so many negative thoughts about myself <BR> <BR> I was looking online and came across some amazing TED talks by Brene Brown on shame and vulnerability <BR> <BR> Had one of this A-HA moments that I have felt shame around my body image and self-worth since I was 10 years old <BR> <BR> I realize I am not alone <BR> <BR> While I am happy I have come to recognize this in me- I am struggling with moving forward - I want to silence and not believe the neg... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 22:26:23 EST How do I share my nutrition tracker ? It was suggested to me to share my nutrition tracker, good idea so I can get feed back on where I may be able to improve but I don't know how to share my nutrition tracker ? Can anyone help ? Sun, 2 Nov 2014 12:46:02 EST 5 pound weight gain overnight!? I have been doing so well but last night I royally screwed up! I ate atleast 15 snack size candy's and some chips before bed (around 11/12am). This morning I got on the scale and weighed 5 pounds more. Please tell me it is just water retention from the foods I ate! I can't imagine gaining that much. It takes us all such incredible hard work to lose this weight then one screw up and we can it all back!? I'm feeling just awful but wanted to get on the boards so I don't continue eating bad today... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 10:13:44 EST Frustrated, scales have not moved .... Not sure what I am doing wrong, I have been tracking my food, eating a lot better and less than I usually do, drinking more water, the scales have not moved yet ... It's been almost a week. Usually week one I can lose quite a bit. What's up with that ??? <BR> Pretty frustrating.... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 09:56:30 EST Want to eat to stuff pain! Okay my mother and I wanted to loose weight....which was great and I still want to loose weight.unfortunately my mother forgot she's got dementia along with diabetes. <BR> <BR> Right now I want to stuff the pain of this hateful stage of dementia that's happening. I mean really hateful as in "Why are you such a hateful daughter?" "OH I'M SURE YOU'LL FORCE ME TO MAKE HALF THIS CAR PAYMENT" HELLO IT'S HER AND MY HUSBAND'S CAR! THEY ARE BOTH THE OWNER!!!!!!!!! THEY USED HER CREDIT AND HIS INCOM... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 20:11:33 EST getting back up over the last week I have binged twice. ordinarily I would give up, but this time I am in this for life! No giving up! We can make it even if we have years of disordered eating behind us! Thank God we have Sparkpeople and each other! Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:47:33 EST Suggestions for exercise after ankle surgery Hi everyone, <BR> I will be having tendon repair surgery on my ankle and I will not be able to weight bare on that ankle for 6-8weeks. <BR> I was walking the treadmill or around town 4 days a week ( 9 mile walked or more each week with intended exercise, not including daily walking around ) up until 10/14 when I had hand surgery...I haven't been on the treadmill since then as I cannot put weight on the hand due to stitches being in it...I have four incisions in that hand and want to make sur... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:08:36 EST HELP....Losing all motivation I'm so disappointed in myself and my husband doesn't help! I'm good for about a week and then something happens with stress/family/husband and I get sad and down and lose all my motivation. Sooo disappointed with myself!!!! <em>46</em> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:30:34 EST Baby weight won't budge ..&#128554; I cant get used to the jello belly and added weight after baby. I keep goung up and down ,.. Breastfeeding still atv16 monthes pp. feeling sad&#128532;&#128542; i had a goal of losing when she was a year (june ) . Then new one when i turned 30 , October 24th. I am feeling so disappointed Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:02:59 EST Withdrawals already ??? Well, I did it. I joined TOPS last night, made it through the first dreaded weigh in. It wasn't pretty but it's done. <BR> I have decided to start tracking my food as well, which I will do shortly. <BR> I know this is probably all in my mind but I feel starving already even though I had a healthy balanced breakfast and lots of water. Still another hour before lunch ... <BR> I am so used to having a large, pretty much unhealthy breakfast and usually an unhealthy snack <BR> of chips or choc... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:12:29 EST Scared to start this journey again This is my first time writing in a SP community board, so here goes... <BR> <BR> I am feeling pretty hopeless and helpless these days. One day I looked in the mirror and realized how bad it had gotten - pound by pound it has crept up and I look back and am 20 pounds heavier than I was three years ago. <BR> I am only 22 years old. I am a senior in college - supposed to be the best time of my life. I feel like now is the time when my body is the most likely to be in the best shape of my life, ... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:38:09 EST Nervous about tomorrow night !!! I have finally decided to go back to TOPS. I have been speaking to one of the ladies there and she has solved the scale problem. They have purchased a new scale, so getting weighed will not be an issue :) I am happy about that and excited to get back on track but I still am nervous knowing I am the heaviest person there I know everyone that goes to the meetings and I am definitely the largest person there. Not that it makes a difference to them I'm sure but I am wondering if they will make th... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:31:51 EST Not the success i wanted to see Ok here's the deal <BR> I am 28 years old and have had weight issues nearly since adolescence...I have polycystic ovarian syndrome ( diagnosed when I was 23 ) have done the gluten free thing several times as I was told I couldn't handle gluten...I first went GF in 2011 and I was exstatic over the results I saw...I went from 230.0 on 4/7/2011 and by 5/12/11 I was down to 217.0 <BR> I thought, I have finally found the answer! only that was short lived..before I knew it I was up to 225! I felt t... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:35:40 EST Gobbling Up Grief: One pint of gelato at a time. How is it possible that for two years I spend 6 days a week in the gym, count my calories, "learn" how to be gracious when people comment on my weight/improving health, etc., and then in the span of 3 months, destroy my progress?? <BR> <BR> OK... "no", I haven't gained all 150 lbs back, but it feels like it today. My father died this week, and now I'm sitting here dreading going to the funeral after having put on 25 lbs during the last few months of his life. It shouldn't matter, but I k... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 06:58:11 EST Getting really discouraged I've just come back to SparkPeople after being away for ages. I was under another name then. <BR> <BR> I'm having a really hard time because I do well for a few days, and then my chronic illnesses kick in and I'm in bed for a few days. And when I feel crap, I eat crap. <BR> <BR> I know I need to watch more closely what I eat on days I can't exercise but it just isn't happening. <BR> <BR> Thanks for listening. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:16:14 EST Need direction I have been averaging 6120 steps daily, 5 floors daily, calories burned 11567, 9123 calories eaten with 5250 plan deficit for the week, HOWEVER, I either gain weight or stay the same. I even bought a new scale. What am I doing incorrectly? The weight has basically been the same for months. Need help now, please. Thanks <em>46</em> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:00:13 EST Cant seem to get motivated =/ I keep going through periods where I am great with tracking and I eat healthy and feel great, then I fall off the horse and find myself where I am now... <BR> I tried going back to the gym to help but the gym just isnt my thing... I bought a hula hoop and tried lifting weights at home (that lasted maybe 2 weeks), I cant seem to keep it consistent. I want to get back into those things I really enjoyed it, but I need the motivation. Now with my eating habits I am slipping. I keep going through ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:26:41 EST Constantly feeling hungry I was doing really well for a couple of months. Since Sunday or Monday I have been feeling hungry all day. I have started back to eating an egg omelet for breakfast. Over the weekend I was eating green chili and a couple days of turkey chili after. (Being the only person in the house I usually eat the same thing until I have finished it or have frozen it.) Usually if I start out with an omelet (one egg) I don't get hungry during the day. Any help would be appreciated. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:53:26 EST ran a 5k, 2 fitness classes over 4 day period I ran a 5k and taught 2 fitness classes in a 4 day period, I swear I didn.t overeat during this time period and i gained 3pounds. I was just starting to make progress. Any ideas on what might have happened? Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:48:41 EST Hit a wall after 16 months I weighed 366 pounds and down to 214 and haven't lost anything in 3 months, lifting some weights, don't know if that has anything to do with it. any suggestions, lost 152 pounds and feel like I am in a rut, walk 3.5 miles and jog 2.5 miles everyday. I'm stuck, Help! Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:30:00 EST Desperately needing change I am writing this here as I just feel like I need to put this out and ask the universe for something to change. I don't want to say what because unless you could truly understand how it makes me feel it would probably sound stupid. I have done everything in my power to change something regarding a situation that instills such anxiety and unhappiness in me. It affects my mood and therefore my attempts at weight loss every day. I have made myself clear and no change, I contacted the proper p... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:04:50 EST I'm back and I need help Hello everyone so I have been off spark for awhile. I am at my closest heaviest weight which is 308 and I'm at 305. I am 25 and 5 '9. I am ready to make a change. I am tired of always feeling down and depressed because I can't be like normal people. I can't wear boots because my calves are to big. I can't go sky diving, zip lining, horse back riding or go to six flags. I get out of breath easily. I want to be able to go to any clothing store and find clothes with no problem. I just got engage... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:07:37 EST My husband has a sweet tooth. Last week my husband bought a dozen doughnuts (that sit out on the counter since he brought them home), bags--yes bags--of mini candy bars and cookies. <em>40</em> He knows I am in a weight loss group at the VA and online. He is not one who likes to "talk", but I tried! I just resorted to finally asking him not to offer it to me, I'd even prefer he not bring it in the house or do his best to hide his "stuff" from me. He made it very clear that he does not care about healthy eating and he w... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:39:57 EST Fluctuate up only? I know weight can go up and down a few pounds a day, but mine only ever seems to go up! <BR> <BR> I started tracking my meals again the end of August. And I was 142 lbs. and for a 5'4 frame that is on the high end. My goal was to get to 120-125, and I worked on it pretty consistently for 2 months. I got down to 129-131, consistently. Two weekends ago I took a bit of a break. But only a few days, and I still worked out every day but let myself eat what I want, my weight catapulted to 137! An... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:09:05 EST weekday workout fatigue ok, so I know other people have this problem so would like to know what tips you might have <BR> <BR> I work 9-5 Mon-Fri desk job. Luckily I don't have to work evenings or weekends. <BR> <BR> during the weekends when I have more flex time- I'm able to get in good workouts <BR> <BR> but during the weekdays- I am not consistent with workouts <BR> <BR> part of the issue is that I commute back and forth to work, and when I get home- I am just tired. I also live in a condo- and use the gym ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:37:48 EST Don't get it! Hi everyone, <BR> I started using SP on 9/8/14 in hopes of having the same or similar success I had a few years ago. So far it's not going as well as I had hoped :( <BR> When I started SP on 3/19/2012 I didn't know what to expect. But at my first weigh in I was down a few pounds :) And super excited :) in twelve weeks I went from 246.6 (starting weight) to 224.0!!!!! I couldn't believe it!!! then I stopped tracking which to this day I regret doing :( Over the past two years I have started an... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:28:49 EST Night eating. I cannot stop myself from eating carbs at night . I eat more calories after dinner than for my regular meals. I eat till I can not sleep. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:12:16 EST calorie counting out of control I am just sick of calorie counting. Now, I find out that different types of apples,( i.e., red delicious, granny smith...) all have different calorie counts. Some can be as much as 30 calories different. Not that it's a huge deal, as any apple is better to eat than junk food, but I'm just saying. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:35:06 EST Disappointed I have been plugging away and thought I was doing good. Until I started preparing my clothes for our holiday next week. <BR> <BR> I guess because I had lost some weight and cms that I would look okay. I didn't. I am feeling bad and don't want to go away now. God, now I am even crying. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 03:50:41 EST Hey all Losing my motivation....! Need some advice Hey all my name is Cassandra... I was doing good for almost a month and then all of a sudden went back to basically rock bottom almost... Which isn't any good at all... My poor health and mind is suffering from it... I wanted to be a good role model for family and people... Not to give up and keep pushing on... I guess I need some motivation and stuffs... Any ideas...? Or advice...? Just wondering... <BR> <BR> I hope everything is doing good, and wish everyone good luck with there Journey'... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 18:37:17 EST activity tracker I accidentally put my tracker in the washing machine. Should I order a new one. Has anyone done this. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:56:44 EST I am losing momentum. I don't know why. But this is the best I have ever done with ANY program. I have been on a ten day streak. But it is getting much harder to track my food. When I start getting like this I feel that it is only a matter of time before I lose it again. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:22:30 EST Ended up gaining the weight! Ugh! Over the past two and a half years I have gone from 245 down to 119. Back in March of this year I weighed around 119lbs. This morning I weighed myself and I am 130! Ugh. It's really frustrating. I've noticed that I've lost a lot of muscle, and have gained a lot of fat. Mind you, the past 6 months I tried starving myself and ended up gaining the weight instead. The past week almost every day I have been binging (around 10k calories a day) because I am not sure how much I should be eating, and ... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 01:14:40 EST I'm panicking! <em>198</em> I am so close to my goal weight! Another 14 pounds and I'm there! But, for the last two weeks I have been compulsively eating, especially sugar! I feel so hopeless...I don't want the weight to pile back on. But, fear has me in it's grip...the more I eat and gain the more afraid I am that I'll not be able to stop. I'm almost feeling hateful toward myself...which just perpetuates my overeating. <BR> sigh....I can't give up, but, motivation escapes me right now. My spous... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:54:18 EST A Very Bad Week I had been doing very well in all aspects of life for some time (mind/body/spirit). Then, a stressful even began last week, and my behavior was the exact opposite of what it should have been. I overate, and not only did I overeat, I consumed lots of very unhealthy foods - sugar, fats, processed, you get the picture. Now, I feel as if my body is so out of balance again, and I can't seem to rein in the cravings. I don't know what I expect to get out of posting here, but I hope some support a... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:14:23 EST Binge drinking I'm getting the craving and need of drinking this evening, I cant only drink one to get the sense of "relieve" since I'm only going to want to keep drinking till the point of no return. How can I STOP myself? Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:15:14 EST pain I hurt so much I want to scream!!!!! The pain is so unbearable sometimes! <BR> I exercise & I hurt. I don't exercise & I hurt! Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:37:23 EST Doing everything right and getting bigger I'm finally eating enough to meet my goals and slowly increasing my exercise and I'm getting bigger. I've gained 7 cm in the last 3 weeks, does any one have any tips? Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:48:25 EST Before Bed Eating I have a problem. I have 60 lbs. to lose and I do fine all day, but right before I go to bed, I seem to gorge myself on the leftovers from dinner. I don't do this all the time, but I do it enough where it is getting old. Does anyone else have this problem and how did you deal with it? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Caroline Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:17:35 EST feeling crappy and craving sugar I have just returned to SparkPeople after a year of non-participation. I got so tired of the tracking that I fell off the wagon. Now I am back on and trying very hard to eat right. If someone had waved a giant Hershey bar in front of me at 10 this morning, I would have lunged at it! Feeling achy and tired. The weather is bad, and my sinuses are acting up. Please God, do not let any chocolate cake wander into my path today! I need to lose 100 pounds, and it is going to take at least a year, as... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:03:17 EST About to GIVE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! UGH! <BR> I don't even know where to begin. I've been trying and trying to lose weight for several years. I've had successes but then something happens and I regain. <BR> <BR> But let me give you some perspective. I have an autoimmune disease (where your body basically attacks itself) so I have problems w/my joints, tendons and back. Multiple surgeries, major fatigue problems yada yada. And major steroid usage which doesn't help matters. I have 90lbs to lose. I recently gained 19lbs o... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 04:07:41 EST Struggling. I feel so discouraged about my body and emotionally I just feel like a mess and a failure. There probably isn't anything you guys can do, but right now I just need a safe place to say how I'm feeling. <BR> <BR> My weight makes me hate myself. It's time for a change. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:46:33 EST I need help on how to stop obsessing with exercise I do cardio mostly Tae-bo videos that are about an hour long each. I tell myself 30 mins is plenty but when I get there, I don't feel happy with myself because the dvd is still going. Like I finish doing 30 mins, see the dvd still has another 30 to go so I don't feel happy because I feel like I didn't complete my workout. I know I just did 30 hard minutes but I can't give myself any credit and feel like I did badly by not doing the entire hour long workout. Because of this, I push myself too ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:02:41 EST How do I subscribe to this message board? Am I missing something? Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:51:37 EST Tomorrow is a day I am not looking forward to... I have to travel into the city for a meeting that I am dreading. I don't know what is happening with my job and I am trying very hard not to eat over it. The unknown is stressing me out. I just joined back up with Spark People again today because I feel I am at a dead end. I have about 175 lbs to lose, I telecommute and basically keep myself confined to my home...self imprisonment, LOL. I feel really out of control. I know that I won't be able to lose 100lbs overnight, even though I wish I c... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:41:37 EST The scales won't weigh me ... I have been trying hard to get back on track, I realize I am the type of person who needs the accountability to do it. The problem I am having though is that I know for a fact that I exceed the weight on the scale at the weight loss group I want to go to. <BR> There are not many choices for weight loss groups for where I live as it is a small community. <BR> There is only one that I can attend weekly with jmy work schedule. <BR> I am frustrated because I really need and want to do this, I a... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:26:08 EST Frustrated and Stumped I've been with Spark People a long time. A while ago, I took a long break because I was getting frustrated that I was gaining and losing the same 3-4 pounds over and over despite my efforts. It was really stressing me out, so I took a step back. So now, after a few months away, I am making another effort. This was my first week back, and I tracked everything I ate. I only got exercise on a couple of days, and I normally walk around 5 miles just at work. So I was certain I'd lose weight ... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:28:34 EST Life and health beyond my control I just joined. Why, I don't know. <BR> Maybe, to see if anyone found their miracle. <BR> <BR> I'd like my spark page to be visible for all. If it's not, please instruct how I make it so. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:26:41 EST It's gone too far I am at an all time high for my weight right now, at 189 and it needs to stop. It ends here. I can't handle looking at myself in the mirror anymore. I need help. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 12:46:40 EST What can I do with a broken foot? <em>39</em> I am going to be on crutches for a month and a half what should I do to get some exercise in. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:32:54 EST In a very low place without someone to lean on I have struggled with my weight all my life. Constantly, I throw myself into a vicious cycle of eating well and exercising for a week then giving up all good habits and completely letting myself go for another 2 weeks. It's like for every one week of healthy behavior, I suffer through two weeks of unhealthy living and despair. <BR> Even worse, I am currently living on campus at a college away from my home. I have not made any real connections yet that would allow me to reach out to a friend, ... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 19:30:47 EST lost 20 lbs and feel...disappointed So, I've lost 20 lbs since January (142 to 122) and I should be proud of the accomplishment, but mostly I just feel disappointed. Maybe it's just that my expectations were too high. I was expecting to feel more confident in a swimsuit, look thin and hot and have to buy an awesome new wardrobe for the thinner me. Instead, I still see wide hips and thighs in the mirror and have a hard time seeing that I'm smaller than I was. Because of clever clothing choices before (empire waist dresses an... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 12:41:21 EST measure <em>198</em> Measuring my food,,,0.75 is it 3/4 of a cup ??? please someone help. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:48:20 EST Stress, Stress, and more Stress!!! Hi everyone, I have had a lot of stress with my family lately. I am feeling very overwhelmed trying to help everyone and making sure everyone is happy. I feel a responsibility to my family to take their stress away. In the meantime it is adding to my stress. Within the last month or two I have gained 10lbs. I get very depressed at night and sit in front of the tv and eat anything I possibly can. Wake up the next morning and beat my self up for eating so much and feeling like complete cr... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:24:28 EST What happened? I was doing pretty good. Now I will probably have to lose this 6 lbs all over again. When will I ever learn. I'm reading my own quotes and they look good, makes a lot of sense. So, why don't I get it? <BR> <BR> Must do better...must do better. Tue, 7 Oct 2014 18:31:57 EST UGH WHAT am I doing Wrong ? This morning I am so incredibly frustrated . I have changed my eating habits ( I am not cheating), I am exercising ( everyday ) and counting and watching everything. I have lost a few pounds but now I seem to be in a rut. It looks like I am loosing weight in my mid section and the muffin top , but no movement on the scale. UGH what oh what can I do differently ? Any suggestions? Tue, 7 Oct 2014 10:57:23 EST Judged by a close friend Not sure if this is the right place for this post, but here goes… I’m going to try to sum this up as much as possible! Sorry for the long post!!!! <BR> I have a friend I’m really close with, knew her for over 10 years, talk to her almost everyday. Unfortunately in college she developed a cyst in her brain, after 2 brain surgeries she had to drop out of college. Now she is on disability (she is 26), can’t walk or sleep well because the pressure in her head gives her constant pain, she is alway... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 07:24:07 EST feeling overwhelmed My father died on June 28, 2014. On July 2, 2014 I had my regularly scheduled 3 month checkup with my doctor. I did the blood work and the results were a little better than the prior 3 months. I felt like I was moving in the right direction. Last week, I went and had the blood work done again for the next 3 month check. I have been feeling overwhelmed, between my Dad's death and my husband's heart attack in April......I am just numb. Got the results back from the doctor today and they w... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 21:45:07 EST Tired of the battle. Looking for motivation and insight here....I've been losing and gaining the same 45-50 lbs all my life (I am 46). I don't crash diet (I did when I was 17 but vowed to never do that again). I lose the weight by calorie counting and exercise...and try to make my lifestyle reasonable. I know you can't give up everything, because deprivation will make you binge. Anyway, after Iose the weight, I tend to gain it back over the course of 10 years, and I'm getting tired of it. <BR> <BR> I use Body ... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 20:16:43 EST Jazzercise Help I have been going to Jazzercise three times a week. I just joined Spark people and when I tried to add it to my fitness tracker there is no category for it. For anyone tell me what an hour of Low Impact Jazzercise is equal to so I can add it to my tracker. Sun, 5 Oct 2014 11:38:02 EST Ideal body weight? Hi, i'm currently working off that freshman 15 I gained from 2 years ago. I'm currently 21 years old, male, and about 5'7. I currently weigh 158 lbs as of this morning. I just figured out yesterday that I have a small frame. I've seen charts say that i should be roughly like 136 lbs or so. Does this sound accurate? I seem to still have plenty of belly fat :p. I've been doing some strength training recently so hopefully that'll help out. Appreciate any advice, thanks! Sun, 5 Oct 2014 11:30:18 EST Trying to beat a temptation I made breakfast this morning, scrambled eggs with tofu/mushroom/spinach and onion, I brought it into work to eat at my desk. Its delicious, however the donut that was offered to me by my coworker this morning looks delicious as well. I tucked away the donut in my draw, i'm so tempted to just eat it. I know the food I made are much healthier for me, maybe I should save the donut as a snack for later? I looked up the nutrition for the dunkin donuts donut, its 360 calories! I know its ok to tre... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 09:26:33 EST Bumper Sticker Bully My husband was in an altercation in a parking lot. We were behind a guy with a bumper sticker that called every one behind him an idiot. My husband told him it wasn't cool, he's a veteran of Iraq and couldn't believe someone was using their freedom of speech to insult others the guy didn't even know. The guy attacked my husband. Fast forward: what was a misdemeanor has turn into a felony against my husband because the guy fractured his leg jumping off his own truck....I'm scared and just need... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:07:23 EST Self Forgiveness Is So Hard After doing so very well I binged last night. I'm tempted to make excuses like 'It could have been worse' and 'It was only stuff in the fridge and freezer, no fast food' - but a binge is a binge is a binge. I weighed myself this morning and I'm up a whole feaking pound overnight, and that's after the morning 'business'. Why did I do it?!? I'm really good at forgiving others but I just can't find it in my heart to be forgiving with myself today. I know when I stay up late I get weak. (I was up... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:06:09 EST working hard and not getting anywhere I know i am expecting too much---but 4 pilates classes, miles on the treadmill, nutritition tracker and no weight loss?? <BR> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:49:03 EST Fell off the wagon and can't get back on. Hey Sparkpeople out there! I have fallen off the wagon and I'm struggling to get back on. I need some words of encouragement and motivation. Please teach me how to be successful with this weight loss journey that I am on. I am trying to not make excuses, but like the rest of you, I am so busy! I work full time, go to school full time and I'm a busy mother of 4. My husband is on the Atkins diet, so he wants one meal. I cook separately for the kids, then if I have enough energy then I make some... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:30:56 EST Been going way overr my calories I have been stuck in a plateau for the lasts couple of weeks. So I guess I am losing my motivation completely. I have been going over my calories by 500-1000 for the last three days. It is not helping that the area I live in WA has become grey and nasty again so all of my energy feels drained ALL the time. I need some support or I fear I will fall back into the same old patterns and i will gain back the 23lbs I have lost. i still have over 100lbs to lose!! Please anyone need a buddy to talk... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:58:13 EST Help, please. I just can't seem to get started Every night, I think, " I'll get back on track tomorrow" and then when I get stressed or just because I'm sitting down to watch tv with my DH, it going out the window! I am a little more than 2-1/2 years post gastric bypass, and have gained 10 pounds of the 100 I lost. (228 to 128 I had gone up to 132 after my body became adjusted and I was fine with that, then I had a knee replacement with complications and couldn't exercise like I had before and went up to 138. I am doing good with my new ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:28:33 EST So sick of failing <em>303</em> I feel that there is never a light at the end of my tunnel for my weight. I get frustrated cause I'm so tired of being told that I cant do and that its too hard. I am 34 years old and I go to college full time, I feel that I am not a failure until it comes to my weight. I work a third shift job and I feel that between work and school there is no time to exercise and eat right. I'm always on the go and eating out because it is easier. My eating schedule is so off track. I never ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:18:45 EST HELP!!!!!!!! Need massive motivation to go to the gym, I feel depressed and lethargic. I want to stay in bed. :( Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:15:53 EST Error loading Player When I click on the Spark Video it simply says Error in Loading Player could not load player configuration. Can anyone tell me what the problem is I am missing out on all the workout videos. Would g <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> Carpamil Mon, 29 Sep 2014 01:51:22 EST My body is crazy Hi All <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed a few months ago with Graves disease, in other words I have an overactive thyroid along with other unpleasant symptoms. Anyway normally people who have this condition lose considerable weight, in fact can become anorexic, yet guess what I have piled on weight. I'm like the odd ball that doesn't make sense. My body is running in overdrive and medication is struggling to control it, often ppl who have it would have come right before now but not me. My heart... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 00:40:37 EST Sick of this! I've been really struggling with staying on track lately. My job has me working crazy hours. Twice this week, I stayed late. I've tried working my eating schedule around an intermittent fasting schedule, but that has not worked too well for me. Yesterday, I was supposed to get off at 7pm. I got off at 8:45. Wednesday, I was supposed to get off at 3:30, and got off at 8. My job has me on my feet the entire time, getting 9,000-20,000 steps per day (bending, lifting, twisting, etc). <BR> <BR> D... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 23:41:24 EST I'M NOT GETTING MY SPARK POINTS FOR THE DAY. I'm not getting my Spark Points for the day on the Points Page. It has been going on for the last 3-4 days. The points numbers aren't moving at all. I can't afford to lose points like this. I hope that you can give the points that I have earned for the past 3-4 days too. Please let me know what is going on, the cause of it and fix the problem for me. Thank You. I would appreciate it very much. Sat, 27 Sep 2014 12:34:02 EST What does no html mean? I haven't been able to post. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:26:36 EST Eating at Cheesecake Factory tonight I am going out to dinner with a friend who is SUPER picky. She loves to eat at chain restaurants, usually we end up at Chillis. I've suggested other places but she makes a face and goes, "nah I cant eat there, i'm just really picky". For tonight I said anywhere but Chillis, and she said Cheesecake Factory. I figure wherever we go, I will end up having this issue of not having many healthy choices to choose from. I looked online at the Cheesecake Factory menu/nutrition's, and there aren't much... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:06:03 EST Transition from Low carb to Cal counting/ +carbs Hi all, I had been low carbing for 6+ months, and managed to lose almost 50#s. I started to see that I wasn't doing too well health wise, I was feeling sluggish, didn't have energy to work out and realized after some research i needed to add in more carbs. Since doing so over a week ago, I have had so much more energy (most days) though after my carby meals i tend to crash, and then get a rush of energy an hour or two later. My weight has been the same so I didn't gain which I thought i woul... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:51:38 EST Help, please! Any advice, solutions appreciated! I am starting week 4 of a pretty vigorous workout regimen. I work out 6 days a week with 45 minutes of cardio(including warmup and cool down) and 45 minutes to an hour of either weight training, yoga or pilates. I also eat a pretty strict diet, calorie wise, I eat 1500 calories daily. I should probably up my protein consumed. I entered my information and was told how many calories to consume based on my activity level, height, weight etc. I am 198 poun... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:17:30 EST Balancing carbs and protein. Need help I've been on almost every diet imaginable but never had to balance carbs and protein for each meal. 20-30 g of each Im having trouble figuring this out. Anybody have ideas? Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:17:14 EST feeling like giving in, giving up Hi all, I am not as frequent on the site as I should be, but I feel its time to change that because I need motivation and support. I am slowly gaining back the 30 lbs I lost last year! After this summer I just stopped exercising. I traded my elipticle for a seat on the coach and my water for popcorn and hot chocolate. I feel like I have no place to exercise, to cold now to hit the beach, my bike broke, and my living room seems to crowded with hubby, puppy, and two old~er children hanging out ... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:53:40 EST It doesn't work! <em>198</em> I am about to the end of my rope. I quit drinking 2-3 20oz mochas a day. I quit drinking diet Pepsi. And that's as far as I've gotten. It's been 6 mos and the scale has not moved. <BR> I can't seem to get my rear in gear to do much else. I'm full of excuses that are very real to me. The main one seems to be that I have to have "bad" foods in the house. For me, "bad foods" are trigger foods. How do you fill up 2 skinny little active children on the foods overweig... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:21:00 EST So stressed... I have had pizza on my mind all day because of the stress of school, work, and baby. A little voice in my head is telling me not to count my calories and go ahead and binge-just for today...HELP Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:01:18 EST I can't even get started I cannot even get started on the plan. Exercise I am fine with. But it is the eating that is the problem. By dinner, I am starving and insatiable. And I am eating plenty for breakfast and lunch. Fiber, protein, fat, carbs... all what I should. And I am eating enough calories for breakfast and lunch. I try to save myself at least 500 calories for dinner. But it isn't enough. And I cannot stay in my range. I feel like there is no hope for me. I hate being hungry, especially going to bed hungry. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:36:27 EST what to do after supper hi. I think my problem area is after supper. I eat around 6pm. I don't go to bed till 10 or 11 o'clock. during that time is when I want to have hot green tea and something to go with it. I really try to eat things that are good. I have blueberries with no sugar whipped cream and somethings high protein special k topping, an apple with cinnamon on top heated in the microwave. sometimes bowl of cereal( high protein). eddys no sugar fruit bars. <BR> <BR> what can I do to stop eating during th... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:24:44 EST Always feeling down So I just came back after a few months and right now I feel so sad. I got married back in April to my wonderful husband he recently got a new job and is gone for months at a time and im here staying with my inlaws til we are able to afford our own place, My inlaws are always so negative about EVERYTHING!!! Im trying to figure out how I can drop this weight. They do not eat healthy all the time its actually pretty rare so if my mother in law is cooking and I don't eat it she throws a horrible ... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:21:49 EST Annoyed, Frustrated and totally venting I weighed myself this weekend and i've gained... again. I'm so annoyed, I get that there is bloating and water weight and weight fluctuates, but i've been trying to be good, and I keep gaining weight, wicked annoyed right now. I looked at my general trend of weight, and it just keeps going up and up, never been this heavy before, UGH! <BR> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:25:09 EST I'm just shooting myself in the foot at this point I've lost over 100 pounds with about 40 more to go and I've just completely lost steam. I haven't exercised since Monday, I binge ate for two days, one of those days was at a fair. I'm afraid to see how much weight I've gained and I just absolutely have no motivation anymore. I feel like I'm never going to reach my goal. It's so depressing to have lost so much weight and worked so hard just to still be overweight. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:55:20 EST brownies I just made a batch of Duncan Hines brownies <BR> <BR> why? <BR> <BR> cause I'm an idiot <BR> <BR> I've eaten about one-third <BR> <BR> help! Sun, 21 Sep 2014 16:16:34 EST Seeking advice, tips and tricks, opinions, etc I'm sorry if this isn't the right place to post this. I wasn't entirely sure where it belongs. <BR> <BR> I'm seeking help, advice, tips and tricks, encouragement, weight-loss buddies--especially ones in the Chicago area because then we could be in-person weight-loss buddies potentially as well, and to hear YOUR story as well. <BR> <BR> I have struggled with my weight nearly my entire life. I'm 23 years old, turning 24 in a few months, so I know in the grand scheme of things that still ma... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:15:07 EST I want to EEEEEEEAT! I'm struggling today. I'm not feeling well and as a result all I want to do is eat. I have a cupboard full of snacks for the kids. I have several things that I could munch on that would give me that satisfaction boost. I haven't touched any of it (I'm not even hungry) and I doubt I will. But right now, just for now... I want to eaaaaaaaaaaat!!! Sat, 20 Sep 2014 23:03:40 EST sugar addict and over eater I just joined this site today and I am excited to be here. I have been going thru some major stress this past two years. I moved to Canada after getting remarried. I am really trying my best to make things work but I am married to a workaholic that I hardly ever see. I cant work here yet, left all my grown sons and three grandchildren in the states and the only friend and comfort I seem to have is food and sugar. Its really getting out of hand. I worry about my health and I have to get a grip... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 01:56:23 EST So sad and I feel like I'll never do it. U feel so sad I had a massive binge wasting time and money it was awful, I feel sick now. <BR> <BR> I am 235lbs and to myself I look awful I am a size 20 UK (living in England). I dont know how to get this started again, I am great at exercising just not eating. :( Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:00:56 EST I have Asthma and an upper respiratory infection <em>527</em> I have already been to the doctor to get steroid shot. What are some home remedies that can help with the asthma while sick Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:41:11 EST Not weight related gripe At least not directly weight related. <BR> <BR> I got a notice on my door yesterday that the apartment managers feels that I am in violation of the "clean and orderly" provision of my lease. They are also using this as a reason to further delay repairs in the bathroom, where a pipe burst 7 weeks ago and they have only half fixed it. <BR> <BR> I am irritated because the apartment isn't a health hazard, or unsafe. I am disorganized, but not dirty. So this means I have work books and papers ar... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:29:11 EST Could my birth control be one of my problems? I need help! I have been on several types of birth control over the last 17 years. I was on depo for 10 and now the mirena for 7. I have gained a lot (50) weight in the span of 17 years but never really thought it was due to my birth control. I thought it was due to getting married and having a baby. I was on depo for 10 years and gained about 30 . But during my time on depo I went on diets and had no problems with Losing the weight. I would always put it back on. I then got on the Mirena and... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:15:05 EST So Sad and Alone I've had a pretty stressful week and I'm sad, and exhausted, and alone. I was dealing with a family emergency and staying up all hours to take care of it, in addition to going to work. I was happy that I at least had the guy I've been semi-dating for a little over a month to spend time with... <BR> <BR> That was until Tuesday night when he dropped a bomb on me....we were never dating because he has a girlfriend. I'm just his side chick. Talk about a blow. I was already struggling becaus... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:36:57 EST what to focus on-consistent or intense workouts? advice please... <BR> <BR> I've been reviewing my exercise pattern....I try to be consistent - slow and steady <BR> <BR> but sometimes I wonder- is it better to be super intense with workouts fewer times a week, or less intense workouts more often? <BR> <BR> i.e. is it better to do 10 minutes of walking a day? or 30 minutes of running 3 x a week? <BR> <BR> I have really been struggling with consistency....and sometimes I think it you aren't working out hard enough, why bother.... <BR> ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:17:17 EST I don't feel I can succeed I am at 165 pounds- 35 more pounds than I was in February. Depression (which I already take anti depressants for), bad eating habits (once you start eating fast food, it really is hard to stop), and living in a chair has taken its toll. And when I say living in a chair, I mean that I work 8 hours a day IN A CHAIR, 2 hours at night classes IN A CHAIR, and by the time I get home I'm mentally exhausted and just want to be IN A CHAIR - aka - couch. <BR> <BR> Mentally exhausted... it sounds path... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:32:57 EST I can't get motivated or started! Help!! Please help! I need to jump start my weight loss. I have a short term goal of 5 pounds! Im getting out of control. What should I do? Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:37:49 EST sadness made me eat a TON Ok, so me and my Daughter don't see eye to eye....and I get that. I'm remarried to someone who isn't her Father, but it's so much better for me. She's married and has two great kids. We live a distance away from each other. She never calls, I never get to talk to the kids....I've asked over and over what I've done wrong....and I get a string of things that I either did so long ago that the Egyptian people wrote it in hieroglyphics on the pyramids...or it's things she's imagined I did; like sh... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:14:58 EST Seriously Frustrated over the lack of progress :( Hi all, <BR> I started here on SP on March 19th 2012 ( march 18th I knew I wanted to make a change and I heard about SP from a family member and figured, lets give it a shot ) <BR> I weighed in the 3/19/12 and the scale said 249.6 ( I thought our scale read three pounds heavier, so I put down i was 246.6 )but now don't think that was the case...I believe that was true reading as I got weighed elsewhere and it read the same as home did) my first week I was down a few pounds....I was elated !!... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:46:21 EST Tips to Avoiding Temptation at Cook-outs! Hi all, <BR> I'm about to go over to the in-laws to eat dinner, cook-out feast... I'm wondering what tips you have for when you are eating away from home to stay within your nutrition goals? Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:27:16 EST So frustrated...and its all because of my habits Grrrr I’m so frustrated with myself… I’ve been fluctuating a lot lately… but in general my weight is going up. I feel gross, and I feel ‘extra heavy’. I know why I feel gross, I’ve been eating crap… I had a frozen burrito for lunch today and a meatball sub for dinner last night (we ordered in this past weekend). We just got through a bunch of food from when we ordered in this weekend, and I’m ready to get back to cooking from home (which I usually do), but all that crap has just been adding u... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:48:11 EST I'm confused, I'm not losing weight Hello, <BR> <BR> I've started using Spark recently (about 2 weeks now). I'm 34 and have gained 30 pounds for the past year since I moved to the UK to study. I have to get my weight back now. <BR> My life is very sedentiary and I don't really exercise. <BR> <BR> I've been keeping track of my calories during the past 2 weeks. My suggested limits are 1200-1550 per day. I've been staying in that limit and sometimes even going below the lower limit (not on purpose, just eating filling low calori... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:46:35 EST Help understanding calorie ranges I am curious about the additional calories that are added on to your daily total when you work out. I have really ramped up my workout schedule, and try to eat the lowest of the two ranges after the exercise is factored in, and have only lost 1 lb in a week and a half. I wear a heart rate monitor, and am burning between 350-800 calories a day. I have 30 pounds to lose. TIA Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:33:11 EST fallen off the wagon on dieting Hello, <BR> <BR> Well here goes my problem, ever since Easter, I have cheating constantly on my diet. At first it was easy to get back on my diet. But my weight would flucate loss 10lbs then gain. Then in June, I found out that i have POCS and gaining weight can be deadly . So I started to slide then like staying on my diet first three days then get lazy and eat out. Then at my first checkup with my new general practionor, She ran tests to see if i was diabetic and so forth . Well my choles... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:03:49 EST Tracker help I restarted tracking and find I am having the the same problem I had tracking before when I enter a food lI often get several of the dame food all have a different calorie count and information how do know which one is right? type in cube streak lots of beef meals popped up the two i checked 1 was 140 cal. the second one 240 cal. <BR> just one example . <BR> thanks <BR> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:29:18 EST Oh my gosh so much left over!!!! This weekend my friends and I ordered food at my place... a lot of food and not the healthiest choices... and now I have a lot left over. I also just bought fresh veggies last week and I don't want anything to go bad. My friends don't live close so I wont be able to make them doggie bags at this point. I don't want to throw anything away, or wait till it goes bad, but at the same time I don't want to eat processed food for the next 2 weeks. Ideas? Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:07:29 EST Not able to update Sparkpage for WEEKS. Why? All summer I have not been able to update my Sparkpage. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople keeps telling me "No html Please! Also, you cannot use 'X' or 'X' [the two little opposite-facing "arrows"] in your message. Please press the back button on your browser to re-enter the information..." -- Does anyone know what's going on? Thank you! <BR> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:58:45 EST Weekend blowout -what do I do now? I ate several high cal meals and despite walking a lot (over 12,000 steps each day) I have put on 1.7 kg. How is that possible???? <BR> <BR> What do I do now? First instinct is to 'diet' but I don't want that to be that person any more. <BR> <BR> help would be greatly appreciated. <BR> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:29:09 EST Discouraging advice from a loved one... Have you ever gotten some sort of "advice" or tips on how to lose weight from someone who is not or has never ever in their lives been on a healthy lifestyle? How does that make you feel when someone tries to give you health advice when they themselves don't even take their own advice?? <BR> <BR> For me it goes in one ear, and out the other honestly. I try to ignore it. But I can't help but feel discouraged at the same time. <BR> <BR> A loved one recently tried giving me advice on maratho... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:20:19 EST Reaching out for help...... Hi everyone!! <BR> I'm a single mom to my 11 month old little boy. I work full time and take classes online for my bachelors degree. I feel wiped out most of the time, I'm working so hard to give my son the best life I can. It's a hard struggle for me to eat right because I'm always going going going. Can anyone give me advice on how to prepare fast meals and snacks for myself? And what are the healthier options I should stick to? Thank you all so much!! :) <BR> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:56:22 EST weight loss please pray as I need to loose weight now today I fine curves is closing sept 28 I am starting back to the YMCA Monday I need to keep excerise and watching my spirit goals god bless Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:01:14 EST Body Changes After 200 lb Weight Loss (WOMEN ONLY) I need to lose 200 pounds. I hate the way i look now. I am really fatty, not just a little bit or some muscle,i'm all fat,i've lost 60 pounds so far but i really hate the way i look now more than ever. will it ever change? for anyone that's lost 100-200 lbs, how do you look now? and please don't tell me it's not how you look it's how you'll feel because that matters because i already know that. i just want to know if the jiggly granny skin and the floppy saggy boobs will go away. i know it pr... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:02:52 EST Got Check and Want to Binge My Brains Out :( It's been 10 months since my dad passed. My estate executor brother finally sent me a check for partial share of the estate. No note, just a cashiers check in a plain envelope. <BR> <BR> SO SAD that it seems my dad's life dreams, work & savings end like this. <BR> <BR> Wow. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:45:00 EST spark points Hi read that if i have enough sparkpoints that i could give myself a virtual goodie does this mean if i want to take my points and get a treadmill for 500 points is this a real treadmill that they would send to my house for getting sparkpoints? please let me know asap? thanks from p.s what are virtual gifts does that mean that you have to win the prizes or do they send out prizes to your address? please get back to me thanks from Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:06:20 EST Help! Recovering from yesterday's binge =( Help! <BR> <BR> I went WAY over my calorie range yesterday. It started with some cookies in the afternoon and ended with ice cream, cereal and pasta late at night. I do not want to do it again today. I have only lost 2 lbs so far, and I am afraid to start going backwards. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else gone through this? What did you do to recover and motivate yourself the following day? How did you deal with the guilt? What should my first step be this morning? <BR> <BR> Any encouragement or t... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:10:33 EST Bloated! I posted a couple of days ago and got some wonderful advice and followed just about everything but I am totally bloated. I am heavy (255) and carry alot of fat in my stomach but it feels very bloated and uncomfortable. I feel like I need to have a good bowel movement. I have increased my fiber intake but feel I might want to try something over the counter. I want to try the most natural thing I can. I would really appreciate some suggestions and if you can tell me if you have felt this way be... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:11:27 EST Help needed! Today i was shocked. <BR> I weighted myself after a good week of healthy eating within my calorie range, and exercising more than half an hour a day and sometimes more than one hour but still the scale pointed a gain of one pound and i don't know where did this come from!! <BR> I'm really frustrated and don't know what to do. <BR> Please if anyone can help me with any suggestion i'd appreciate it. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:18:58 EST Work and Diet I work part-time as a personal shopper at a local grocery store. My job is to take the list(s) of groceries that people order online and go through the store shopping for them. Some orders do require heavier lifting: detergent, cat litter, pet food, cases of water, 40 pound bags of salt, etc. There is also a lot of bending and walking. <BR> <BR> Lately, it's been really hectic. Yesterday, for example, I started work an hour early at 9am. I managed to take a sip of orange juice when I went u... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:36:19 EST Weight loss amount is not enough Hello, <BR> I have been with Spark for 11 days and just had my weekly weigh in. In the past 7 days I have only lost 0.7kg. <BR> I dont understand what I am doing wrong; I am sticking to my calories (around 1300 per day) and I am walking for exercise every day (getting over 10,000 steps). <BR> What do I need to do to lose 1kg or more per week? <BR> I am 42, female and have 40kg+ to lose. <BR> <em>303</em> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:29:59 EST i gained 3 lbs in 7 days i had surgery the 28th of aug. and was weighed at the surgeons office the 3 of september at 112 today the 10th i weighed in at 115 i can't figure out why and to boot my grandma made me feel worthless on the phone by telling i maybe ate too much i need advice do i need to cut my meals more i had gastric bypass december 9th 2013 so my calorie needs are few i log everything i eat i weigh my foods with a scale my meats are baked or boiled or panfried with non stick and lean i need help Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:06:42 EST I am so disappointed I am eating with in the goals set by sparks-- I am excercising, and stop eating by 6:00 pm and I gained .5 pounds...I don't get it......HELP Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:11:01 EST Strength Training Questions 1) Can I strength train everyday? Can I do the same muscle area 2 days in a row? example: arms, legs, and belly? everyday? <BR> <BR> 2) Something is wrong with my elbow?? Anyway, for example: It really hurts to do hammer curls. So I haven't been doing them... Should I baby that arm/elbow? Or is some strength ok, with light weights?? Thanks in advance....Sashay!! Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:09:07 EST I ate like a pig and LOST weight? Wha-wha-wha-what I have been in a WICKED weight-loss plateau for a couple of months. My youngest baby of 4 is only 4 months old, but since I got the go-ahead 2 months ago to start working out and dieting I have been fairly consistently on the low end of my daily calories and have worked out almost every day (T25 or Brazil Butt Lift). I have lost... get this... 1 pound in 2 months of this!!! <BR> <BR> My Dad flew into town and he loves to eat, so since Friday I have been pigging out on whatever I want witho... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 20:43:38 EST HELP! I don't think I can do this! Hi everyone, I'm going to put it all out there. I weigh 270 and for the past month I've been bouncing back and forth from 270 to 268 to 272 and back to 270. I'm frustrated with myself to no end because I need to get on a schedule and come up with some kind of routine and get this weight off. I'm determined and ready but I just don't know where to begin. I just don't know what to do. I feel like I need to throw in the towel and just not worry about it. I don't want to do that though because it... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 16:02:03 EST wanting to eat today i have the night shift from 2:30 to 11. I usually work mornings from 6 to 2:30. at least I have the next 2 days off. However that being said, I slept in this morning to catch up on sleep, and now all i want to do is walk the dog on a short walk right over to starbucks and eat a chocolate croissant and drink a mocha (not healthy) <BR> <BR> and then go straight to the company cafeteria and just binge on everything they have there, m&m cookies, pork burritos, bubble tea, stir fry bowl... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 12:53:26 EST My FAT wont leave!!! I just want to get out of the 250's!! After that I know I can then get out of the 240's and so on. I don't get my body, it isn't letting the fat go. I was 254 yesterday and am 257 today! I am eating below my recommended calorie intake and walking 40 min. a day. I am feeling very frustrated, I have wanted to get out of the 250's for a while now and I did see some progress but now I gained? I was at my highest weight ever a few weeks ago (264). I look in the mirror, I mean really look at myself... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 10:58:21 EST overcoming self-sabotage and inconsistency... when I'm good, I'm really good <BR> <BR> when I'm bad, I'm really bad.... <BR> <BR> I'm alluding to my adherence to my nutrition and calorie intake <BR> <BR> recently I've been dealing with a "to heck with it" attitude on days that I "indulge..." <BR> <BR> for example, if I have a treat, then I track and realize I'm over, then I say, "to heck with it" and keep "treating myself" <BR> <BR> I totally realize this is mindless, and I need to work on consistency <BR> <BR> but at those mome... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 19:37:43 EST Stomach bug? Or bun in the oven? This post might have a little TMI in it… <BR> I’m really hoping there is a stomach bug going around, because my tummy has not been feeling the best lately. It comes in waves, when my tummy isn’t feeling well I still have an appetite (which I guess is good) so I’ve been sipping on ginger ale and eating bread to keep something down. I’ve even started getting a bit nauseous here and there… <BR> Ummm yea first thing that came to mind, I took 3 prego tests and they all came back negative. I misse... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 09:11:02 EST I need to put down the fork! When you think of salad you think healthy but here I have on my lap a salad with a thick creamy yummy dressing and sour cream, a large avocado in my salad and a hand full of croutons. I know I need to work on portion control but I have the whole thing in a bowl and it actually isn't that much. It is a dole southwestern salad 3.5 servings 140 cal per serving. I added the avocado and a handful of croutons. I am proud I put the bowl down and am writing this post but I want to eat the whole salad... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 22:41:59 EST Gained weight after so long ugh So my apsergers son and I made it through summer and I did not gain a thing ( I did not lose but I did not gain). I somehow kept up my exercise. Now that school has started I have gained 5 pounds! I am currently taking care of my parents, 83, my dad has parkinson's and dementia and has been falling alot and was in the ER on labor day and now in a rehab/long term care facility awaiting medicaid ( hopefully). He has went down hill fast there. My mom is grieving for her husband who is not at ome... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 18:06:12 EST Scared to fail, AGAIN ..... Here I go again, it's been quite a summer. I have tried a couple times to get back on track, but I for whatever reason keep falling off the wagon. Stupid all or nothing mentality always gets in my way. <BR> I am ready to do this again, I will be weighing myself this weekend and measuring. Not going to be pretty but I need to know where I am starting so I can see my progress. <BR> I am so scared of failure once again...... My sister just had weight loss surgery 5 weeks ago and is already down... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 13:23:13 EST Yoga It's Saturday morning and there is an outdoor yoga class I have been meaning to go to on saturday mornings for months. I finally have a day off on saturdays but now i'm not sure if i am up for going or not. i'm getting over a cold and I really want to get over it instead of pushing it and prolonging it. I don't want to feel like I have something to prove, but on the other hand I want to exercise and have fun. It's a cool class sponsored by lululemon. i am also concerned about putting my ... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 10:34:50 EST craving Mc donalds I eat Mc Donalds about 3 times a year. Of course just when I decide I am going to get healthy this craving for Mc Donalds comes over me. <BR> <BR> also not helping is pressure and stress I feel about being so fat and haing to go to wedding next weekend. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 13:43:59 EST Cafeteria is Calling me! I work for a company that has an incredible cafeteria! They cook meals 3 times a day and they are fantastic and very healthy. Problem is my job is off-campus so I can only go there once in a while and when I do go I am tempted to binge because it is a rare opportunity. Today is my day off work and I want to go to the campus and eat a lot there. <BR> <BR> I am planning on going to a yoga class tonight at 5:30 and I know the responsible thing is to go to the grocery store, make a healthy ho... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 12:26:32 EST Lack of Support I am getting back on track but was hit with a familiar challenge yesterday that slaps me back into the reality that we are often utterly alone in our weight loss efforts (which is why we need Sparkpeople). Family, friends and co-workers are generally not supportive. I can't control whats in my house because my husband is an athlete and keeps caloric stuff on hand, I work in the foodservice industry and family gatherings are literal pig outs and no one is willing to change it. People are "su... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 09:46:46 EST End of my rope emotionally I am having extreme stress with my 27 year marriage (which "really" should have ended 20 years ago) and extreme stress with my OCD, ADHD and separation anxiety issues with my 16 year old son. The situation with my son has skyrocketed and I put on 10 lbs. <em>39</em> <BR> I had lost 75 lbs with a goal of losing a total of 130 lbs. <BR> <BR> I have lost one pound of that ten thus far and I intend to not let the stress get me to eating to much again! <em>532</em> <BR> <BR> I have a gre... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 22:49:24 EST Junk Food Junkie Hello, <BR> <BR> I have been a person addicted to sugar since forever. Coming from an emotional abusive parent. When I ate it made me feel better and til this day it's just a bad habit. This is my tenth time starting spark and I just came back to the site six days ago to do the fast break week. I have been counting my calories, eating better. <BR> <BR> The last two days I feel myself slowly going back to my habits. One reason is because I feel like I'm always hungry. I eat cereal in the... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 19:11:41 EST Seriously need some advice!!! About a year ago, my 15 year old daughter lost a very close friend to suicide. She started showing signs of depression herself after that, such as spending a lot of time laying in her bed (on her laptop watching TV, movies, etc.) We've tried to give her some space while still encouraging her to get out & do things. I don't want this to be a battle, but she rarely goes out with her friends now & is staying in bed basically any time she's home. It drives me insane. Sometimes I create household ... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 13:34:38 EST No matter how hard i work i can't lose weight! I've been working hard for a few months now, doing yoga almost daily, running a mile on the treadmill, trying to eat healthy (although i do have occasional slips), getting in a few mile walk every couple of days, and I fluctuate between 178 and 171. I can't seem to lose this weight no matter what i do. I even talked to someone yesterday at Athenix about doing body contouring because i'm so disgusted with myself that i can't stand this much longer. I'm desperate! Wed, 3 Sep 2014 07:16:31 EST Late Overeating Three years ago I had the gastric sleeve surgery. I lost 90 lbs, Ive since gained back 35 lbs. I know Im overeating and not moving enough, but my panic situation now is the fact that I cannot seem to not eat when I get home from work at night. I work an evening shift and get home around 11 pm. My craving is generally some type of protein. Something simple (a bowl of cereal, a salad or a sandwich) is never enough. I always eat too much. I dont know what to do. I cant just go to bed and... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 01:39:03 EST I need help with severe binge eating!!! I just ate a large bag of potato chips, 10 individually wrapped cheese slices! I started out eating healthy with an apple and 3oz of tuna I don't even know what happened it was like I had no control over myself....the binge started and the rest is a blurrrrrr. Please if there is anyone out there that has been through binge eating and has been able to control it I really need your help! Tue, 2 Sep 2014 18:26:28 EST Cancer survivor Help.. I have tried this before but stopped when I was diagnosed with Breast to Bone Cancer. <BR> I had breast surgery and spine surgery so I its hard to be active. I am trying to suppress my estrogen. I cant have soy or flax seed. Being overweight creates your very own estrogen. I dont know what to eat. Or how to exercise. My meds make me gain weight. Is there a diet plan out there to reduce estrogen? Please help. <BR> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:24:07 EST I need an answer please I have been off spark for quite awhile now and I would like to start again but what I want to know is do you think I should start a whole new account and start from the beginning, or just keep this one with all my points from the past. <BR> I am leaning toward starting a new account so any thoughts?? Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:06:19 EST Back to where I started 5 years ago!!! Why do I keep doing this to myself? <BR> <BR> I started here Jan 1st 2009 and weighed 4 months I had lost 80lbs and felt great, but the methods I were using were extreme and unsustainable.....slowly, I gained it back, 20lbs in a year, then another 20. By 2012 I was back to 425lbs, since then I have gone up and down 40 or so pounds every few months, today I am back to exactly 425lbs. What can I do differently this time to stick to it in the long run? My initial plan is think ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 20:32:18 EST Going to Golden corral with my family Help! Help, I need advice about tracking food and not overdoing it when I go out to Golden Corral with my family tonight. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:34:23 EST I need help! Everything is bringing me down. I had a baby five months ago and I've been struggling to gain back my body appearance. I still have 50lbs to loose and my self esteem is down the toilet. I just started college and I decided to go running after school. I found out 3 days ago I have an enlarged liver and there may be something wrong with my intestines. In the mean time I cannot exercise. This happens everytime, I fix my diet and I start exercising and don't skip something goes wrong. Health, emotional, anything. It's making me... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:38:37 EST Depressed over lower belly pooch! My friend commented that I was so slim in my 30s but now that I m in my early 40s, I m fat! With a lower belly pooch. <BR> <BR> I m so frustrated I could scream! <BR> <BR> I have been walking morning and evening and starting Pilates again but took a break this week bcoz of flu. <BR> <BR> I m so depressed and disheartened. Can a few years make so much difference? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:17:22 EST Black Hole Suckage As my dad's estate probate is winding down, I seem to be 'crashing' emotionally by binging and sleeping/hibernating in my bed. <em>18</em> Needless to say, home life is lagging and job work productivity non-existent. Fear of 'being found out and called out' at home and work adds to the crap-load weighing me down...YIKES! <BR> <BR> I've been lurking around SP for weeks reading posts for inspiration, but didn't have anything worthwhile to contribute. Today, I finally mustered my resolve to ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:04:17 EST Skinny face after weight loss Hi! I'm just new here. <BR> <BR> I've been doing taebo since 2004 on and off. I was 52 kgs when I started 3 weeks ago, now I'm only 46kg. I love how my body look now, but I'm worried cause I lost all the fat on my face. I've been told I now look old. Not to add that I have TMJ and have a slight jaw misalignment. Is there anyone here who can help me with my problem? SOS :( <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:55:28 EST stress I guess you could say I am so tired of getting stressed out over my grandkids. my son lives here and he is suppose to get his two boys every other week end. well we had them almost the entire summer except when my husband and I went on a 3 and 4 day weekend to different car shows. we had them last week( not weekend tue thro. Monday. they started school Tuesday morning of this week . here it is Thursday and they are here. we are going to have them until Monday night . we had plans Saturday to... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:42:55 EST Disappointed after gain at weigh-in I weight in weekly and tonight I gained. I really thought I would lose I was watching what I ate (not measuring so not good enough) and it was the first week that I exercised every day. I will need to track more closely. What are some ways you all have shaken off the gain and moved on. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:21:14 EST Stopped Caring.. Just as the topic says I've lost that spark I've had and any hope I've had also in trying to get this weight off. I'm starting to think that this is just way my life is going to be and have to deal with it cause I fail every time. I live on my own so I don't really have any support system so it's just myself going through this alone. <BR> <BR> I've been trying to low carb thing and the first time I tried it was when I was going to a see a professional wegiht loss person so I had some one in ... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:59:57 EST Help! I'm gaining back all the weight I lost! Hi, My name is Sandi and this is my first post. I have been on Spark for 2 years now. I was very successful for 1 1/2 years, lost 60 lbs and thought I had truly changed my eating habits. Then, about 7 months ago everything changed. Since last November I have regained 28 lbs. I do have eating issues, binge eating, restricting and binging again. For reasons I can't explain I feel I have no control over what and how much I eat. I just ate 8 brownies and now feel so gross. I start off e... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:54:40 EST Don't know what my ideal weight is... I am 5'6" and currently 142 pounds. I am in good physical shape - I exercise 6 times a week. I have been overweight twice as an adult (around 170 lbs) and the second time I lost the weight, I went all the way down to 130 pounds, which was satisfying in a way, but was very hard to maintain and to be honest, I think I looked too bony at that weight. I've been counting calories for years now, and I go back and forth between being very conscientious and then overeating. This has prevented me from... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:20:48 EST School Days and Rainy Days So I've taken up the Spark Your Way to 5k Walking/Jogging challenger, and I have just been COMPLETELY derailed! I was just doing fine until the rainy weather started. Constant thunderstorms meant no outdoor running, and of course, I don't have the space for a gym, nor can I afford a gym membership. <BR> <BR> Add in that this past weekend I just binged on Saturday! I was in school most of the day and just kept eating and it was so hard to resist it! I know I shouldn't feel to... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 03:13:24 EST Completely traumatized by obstacle race experience This was seriously the worst thing that's ever happened to me. I'd rather give birth drug free to quadruplets, or bonk in every marathon. I had a panic attack on the course, I nearly fainted from lack of food and I especially hated everyone trying to tell me I was doing well, because it was obviously a lie. So embarrassed because even my delicate lily, non runner, non exercising friend was faster. Not even going to log it as exercise because I didn't even try. <BR> <BR> I don't want to he... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:40:32 EST Frustrated This had to have been my best week for staying on track and eating whole foods, yet somehow I've managed to gain 2 lbs. For the very first time I hit and exceeded my calorie burn goals for exercise along with staying close to the lower end of my ranges all the calculations I've done (and trust me, I've tracked every last bite as I ate it, it's not inaccurate) I should've lost 2 lbs at least. I know the calls of "water weight" are coming, but I used the bathroom before I weighed in. ... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:25:07 EST Dealing with a Busy Schedule I've been insanely busy over the last three weeks, and haven't been tracking what I've eaten as strictly as I could, nor have I been exercising the way I used to. As a result, my weight loss has stalled, but the great news is that I am not gaining as a result, although I could easily see it going that way. <BR> <BR> A large part of the problem, I think, is that I was working thirty or so hours per week at a very active, fast-paced job. When school started back this week, I've gone from being... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 20:49:16 EST calorie count???? ok I know I can be think in the head at age 64 but I just don't get it still. I key in my meals to make sure I am in the calorie range. lets say basic 1200 to 1550. I do some cardio on the gazelle for 45 minutes with weights in hand. now calories have gone up. 1700 to 2150. all my food is keyed in for the day so I read nutrition report. I am at 1476 calories and they are saying its not good to go under my calories recommended because I can screw up my metabolism . what the heck. I though I wa... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:37:02 EST Food Addiction? I don't even know how to start this. I mean I used to be somewhat fit. In fact I used to be only 30 lbs from my goal weight. But that was years ago. After three fast food jobs and a baby now all of a sudden I have 150 lbs to lose instead of just 30, and everything that had become basic instinct about healthy food, cooking and exercising has just been all but erased from my mind. I have never been this heavy before. Nor have I ever been this low. I have a little girl to think about now and if... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:51:23 EST Problem with nut butters... I've been trying for months to get over these. I know they're not necessarily bad, but I suck at portion control on them. Anytime they're around I want to binge on them. Sometimes I succeed in not buying them, but that never lasts long. I think I live too close to the grocery store, so it doesn't really take a lot of effort for me to go get something I want. Any suggestions? Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:31:41 EST About to give up I can't lose any weight. I have gained 4 pounds in 6 months- not lose anything. I want to lose 30 pounds but am getting frustrated. I can't seem to make any weight loss stick. Last week I lost a pound, this week gained it back. I just can't stay motivated or even want to change my lifestyle anymore but I am miserable being fat. Any help? <BR> <BR> I should add that I have lost 95 pounds before a setback of 29 -30 pounds. I am not new to weight loss. I can do this, but I got stuck and don't k... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:54:46 EST Celebration Dinner for daughter/Menu limited Tonight our daughter returns to Visit. Our family is going to a restaurant that menu is not "healthy" or has a lot of variety. Don't want to be the wet blanket at the party! Just a salad is not even an option on the menu. A filet perhaps with no sides. How do I get through this? Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:29:40 EST What if you just don't like to exercise ? I am one of these people to prays I can stop eating as many calories because I really don't like to exercise. <BR> <BR> I can walk and walk and walk. But I don't really like "gym" activities. I don't like group activities. I was never athletic. <BR> <BR> So is my option to somehow make myself cut the calories? <BR> <BR> One thing that can help is listening to books. I'm not a music person. <BR> <BR> I probably sound boring but are there others that identify ? Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:24:05 EST Night eater I did so well today. But still at night I have a hard time focusing on my goal. I would like to snack right now but I know I shouldn't. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:41:17 EST Rapid help for resurfacing addictive behavior??? Tonight for dinner we ended up at a different restaurant than the one I'd prepared for, and I ordered fish and chips with cole slaw. I intended to box up half right away but didn't, and despite my inner voice SCREAMING at me to stop I ate the entire platter. I recognize that I have some addictive behaviors around food (fortunately not around anything else!) but I haven't struggled with them in MONTHS. I've never been treated for an addiction although I have wondered if such treatment would... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:10:41 EST One Step Forward Two Steps Back This morning I went for my run and while I was doing my 1/4 mile warmup walk I felt a pop in my right knee. Pain shot down my leg. I stopped and rubbed my knee a bit and the pain subsided to a dull ache. it might not have been the best decision, but I tried to finish my morning run. I made it almost the whole way when it happened again. I took a few steps and it happened again. At this point I had no choice but to stop running and limp back home. <BR> <BR> The pain has mostly stopped ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:02:47 EST Disgusted - Weight Loss and Body Image This is a little TMI (apologies in advance) but I'm really struggling with my body image as I lose weight. In particular, my ta-tas have gone from being "fun bags" to "sad sacks." I know it's really vain to focus on that, but it's really messing with my head. I have a little extra skin on my stomach, but I've dealt with that, and you can't tell that much until I bend over. But the top half is just bringing me down (no pun intended). <BR> <BR> I don't know that I'm expecting a solution, m... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:50:40 EST Meds/weigth gain/frustration I really need to lose 20. My bipolar meds have piled on weight the past year. But another side effect is drowsiness. I can't seem to get motivated to work out or eat right (in other areas of life I'm more motivated than ever) but certain meds mess with your blood sugar and metabolism, making you hungrier for sweets and carbs. <BR> Any tricks/tips on how to deal with this issue? When i was more "manicky" my weight dropped too low and I was crazy obsessive. Help! I need balance! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:35:34 EST Team Support Hi, Im in this forum for one reason..To get myself back on track, I had triplets about 2 yrs ago and since then I have had a C-section pouch.Belly flab and generally feeling unwell. I thought If I join this group Id become what I once was. <BR> <BR> Lets face it, we are a team:) We have the common goal. So lets support each other.) Happy to be here;) <BR> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:24:27 EST Help I slipped The last three days I have not done my exercises. I do not know why. Then today I had I big bad carving and I gave into it. I feel so terrible and I need to get help for my obsession. I am obsessed with chocolate. I can not get away from it. I dont know how to stop eating it. My husband has tried many times to get me away from it but nothing I do works. I have been doing everything I could to get away from this thing. I need to figure a way to get this out of my system. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 18:50:00 EST Oh my, what a day already :( ........ I am supposed to be on holidays, yesterday was my wedding anniversary, you would think everything would be going great but .... My sister is in the hospital, she just had surgery yesterday, and I have a close relative who is trying very hard to get on my last nerve ..... Almost impossible to avoid this person. On a good note though, my sister came through surgery and us doing ok. <BR> I was just looking for a few quiet days. Just wish I didn't have to deal with this person who is trying my l... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 08:54:04 EST I am still fuming So yesterday I went to my job as a casino dealer. It was bad enough that I got tapped out of my cushy table in high limit and shoved onto a blackjack table in a high-traffic area (blackjack is not only boring and full of obnoxious people but it gives me back pain.) But when I arrived, a player, one who recognized me but I didn't recognize him, was present. <BR> <BR> The first thing out of his mouth? <BR> <BR> "You sure have gained a lot of weight." <BR> <BR> It shouldn't bother me. It shou... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 06:16:25 EST I am having a panic attack Ik i have talked about this before but im struggling even more! been struggling like 2 weeks ago went from 107.4 to 109.0 than like end of last week got back down to 107.6 but this week it went up to 108.4+ lbs and i dont know what to do!! Like ive been doing more lunges and squats also drive by inner thighs couple times a day and i need to quit snacking on pretzels but still i dont get why i could of gained?! Can drinking ton more water for couple days help? I drink like none but im gonna tr... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:45:53 EST Need Tips for preparing for 10k Hi, historically I've never really been a good runner. I'm planning to run a 10k in November which gives me plenty of time to start training. My goal is to run the entire 10k, but I want to run it at a decent pace and maybe finish it even under an hour! Historically, i was able to complete the first 10k i've done since i was in relatively good shape and finished that with no training in about 1 hr and 6 mins. Second year, i tried training but i only ran 3 miles and finished in 1 hr and like 1... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:29:58 EST Today, I am struggling. Haven't had breakfast and feeling a bit down. Have no idea why. Still on my first bottle of water. Help me, please. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:42:45 EST I want to drink tonight... I am struggling with the two notions tonight. <BR> one I should go to the gym and walk on the tred mill. <BR> I want to walk 2 blocks and drink some apple cider. <BR> I am trying to be healthier and have lost a little weight which i great. <BR> I know that I gain weight when I drink. <BR> hubby is gone out of town and I am by myself. He is due back in late this evening. <BR> bizi Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:31:11 EST Metabolism and Calories I've been eating a low calorie eating plan (around 1200 calories per day) for about a year now as part of my weight loss journey. It is the bottom of the range I was given. However, now that I'm 3 pounds away from my goal my weight loss has stalled and will not budge. <BR> <BR> Have I ruined my metabolism by being on a low calorie eating plan for so long? I would like to shift into maintenance mode if I can get rid of these 3 pounds, but I'm really concerned about gaining weight. <BR> <B... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:36:27 EST Incurable Sweet Tooth I know many have had the after meal sweet tooth, but I have seemed to have taken it to new heights. After a nice healthy meal on my new small brightly colored dining plates. . .I WANT A CHOCOLATE BAR! Okay, have a glass of water and wait it out. I SAID I WANT A CHOCOLATE BAR. How about an orange. That was good. Ooops I picked up my book to settle in for a nice escape. I WANT CHOCOLATE! Phase three. Maybe I am actually still hungry. A cheese stick and a couple bagel chips. And just t... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:13:26 EST i fell off the wagon and can't get back on hi i am so frustrated with myself. how does everyone eat healthy, exercise and keep going once you mess up. i have been saying for two weeks i was gonna start over tomorrow is teh back on track day. then tomorrow comes and i start off good but by afternoon I start eating stuff i am not even hungry. i am afraid to step on scale because i am pretty sure i gained a few lbs. help! money has been tight this summer with only a part time job. i go back to full time soon and i hope that helps me and ... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:41:23 EST It's my birthday & out of control **Sigh** Not sure why I am posting this, but today is my 42nd B-day, went to AC with my girl friends (no kids or hubby) over the weekend and ate and drank too much (don't get me wrong, had a blast!!)... Back on track yesterday, but today is my actual B-day -- so my work friends brought in everything from bagels to pastries, and soon it's cake time, followed by out to dinner tonight with the family. I am trying to navigate best I can, but I did eat more than I should have already... Saturday ... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:31:09 EST Plateauing? My actual goal weight is 160# but my maintenance range is 10# (150-160). I prefer to stay at about 155, but it varies according to sodium content more than anything else. Occasionally, I will eat something that my body reacts to oddly and I will have a weird weight bounce, but since I track religiously, I don't get spazzed out about it. I know that if I am eating within my calorie range and moving my body daily I am not gaining fat, just weight. There is a difference. <BR> <BR> Depending o... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:33:07 EST I can't seem to stay away from the junk food. I told myself last night that today was going to be the start of a new day, that I would cut down on the amount of junk food, and increase my intake of healthy food. <BR> <BR> After making a vegetable tray to leave out for everyone, I got 2 cookie for my self and my niece, and put the cookies away. Less then five minutes later I was getting the cookies out again, and in less then 20 min, the cookies were all gone. <BR> <BR> Now here I am, having eaten nothing but junk food today, hungry, ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:00:12 EST Weight Scale Question Good morning, <BR> <BR> I don't know where to post this question. It doesn't really seem to fit in any of the categories, and it's not really a "panic" situation. <BR> <BR> To make a long story short, I am using a different weight scale this week. You know how scale are usually calibrated differently? Well, last week I weighed myself on the old one and the new one. I added the difference to my starting weight to make up for the difference in calibration. <BR> <BR> My question is: Was tha... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:31:20 EST NUTRITIONALLY MOTIVATED BUT PHYSICALLY FRUSTRATED I am doing great so far as my nutritional goals and weight loss is concerned 15 lbs in 3 weeks. However due to a bad knee and battling depression formal exercise is nonexistent for me. I have been working on a project home that I dubbed MISSION: DECLUTTER and I am sweating up a storm and it is really vigorous work for me because I was sedentary (stayed in bed most of the day) for several months. So what is my frustration you may ask - I can't find where to track any of my sweaty accomplishmen... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:30:26 EST fibro soreness vs getting cardio I am so sore now from my strength training yesterday. I had just made a new commitment to do cardio YESTERDAY. Today I am so sore that I don't want to even do household chores. My left hip hurts pretty badly (a fibro thing not related to exercise), and my arms are very sore from the weight load yesterday. Yesterday I felt like a million bucks. I workout out hard, came home and busted out the housework, made dinner and took a short walk with my husband. Today I could hardly get out of bed. <BR... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 10:37:29 EST Need a helping hand... I've been doing well for nearly a month, but the past couple of days I have found myself falling back into bad habits - I've been eating very unhealthily and excessively and am concerned that I could be moving into a downward trend foodwise. I think it's partly to do with the fact that I'm a little under the weather, and so I'm allowing myself a little too much freedom to compensate for feeling not-so-good. <BR> <BR> I think I can get back on track, but a little helping hand in the way of so... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 09:13:43 EST Not losing and don't know why? One thing that is different on this journey than it has been in the past is how I look at the scales. Wow! In the past the scale could make or break my day! If I got on and saw a blip upward, I was depressed, frustrated and thought, "Why bother?". <BR> <BR> Not so, this time, Kemosabe! This time I was more realistic in my approach. I kept in my mind that I was doing this for health purposes. I got on the scale regularly, sure, but throughout my losing period, I could not tell you definitive... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 13:39:06 EST Is there something wrong with me... Ive been trying (or rather wanting) to lose weight my whole life, and now at 255 lbs, i know it has to stop. <BR> I have all the tools i need, knowledge and equipment. I know what to do. I have plans. I have goals. Ive learned every way possible to go about it. But for some reason... My mind cant control my body. Its like i literally cant do what i need to. <BR> I know im supposed to be eating healthy, and the whole time im driving to get fast food my mine is screaming at me that i dont need ... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 10:54:50 EST 900-1500 Cals, 30 min cardio and hydroxycut <BR> <BR> <BR> TIFANYDALPONT <BR> SparkPoints: (3,039) <BR> Fitness Minutes: (3,546) <BR> Posts: 1 <BR> 8/7/14 11:07 P <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> At 172 lbs,I started July 15th, with only 900-1500 Cals a day. All complex carbs, fat and protein. I'm 29 years old, 5 foot 9 inch. Also added 20-45mins of cardio and light weights about 4-6 days a week. I work as a waitress and bartender 6 days a week, so my body is use too running around at work. The first week I only burned about ... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 02:23:08 EST Nothing fits :( I have a wedding to go to in 2 weeks and I I have nothing to wear to it. Seriously, it's not that I am really fussy abut my clothes, I just cannot find anything that fits and doesn't make me look like a whale. I have been looking at dresses but .....not going to happen :( it is supposed to be hot according to the long range weather forecast. <BR> I know noone will be focusing on me but I still would like to look half way decent. <BR> The saying " A year from now you will wish you would ha... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 07:09:10 EST I had a tubal in 2010 I had a tubal and it messed up my ability to keep weight off and lose it. Does anyone else here struggle with hormone issues, how do you cope? Wed, 6 Aug 2014 17:43:56 EST I've GAINED WEIGHT. Help! Okay people, here's how it is...I set a modest goal at the beginning of the year to lose ten pounds. I have much more than that to lose, but I thought I'd start small and build up. But contrary to that plan, I've actually GAINED more than five pounds, putting me at my heaviest weight EVER. So I am officially open to any and all suggestions. I'm going to give you a layout of all the barricades that are in my way and I encourage you to give me anything you've got. I NEED to turn this thing arou... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 10:34:32 EST Self motivation is low - can't seem to fight it! When I started SP this second time I was so hyped - ready to lose this weight finally. I started off tracking my food, then started using a notebook (more comfortable with pen/paper). Kept track of exercising on my calendar. Someone gave me a compliment on my appearance. It felt good! I guess I had lost inches because the scale hadn't budged. A second person gave me a compliment...I started evening snacking! Now I know that is an EVIL but I continued - even baked a cake!!!! To make a long s... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 09:37:57 EST Self motivation is low - can't seem to fight it! When I started SP this second time I was so hyped - ready to lose this weight finally. I started off tracking my food, then started using a notebook (more comfortable with pen/paper). Kept track of exercising on my calendar. Someone gave me a compliment on my appearance. It felt good! I guess I had lost inches because the scale hadn't budged. A second person gave me a compliment...I started evening snacking! Now I know that is an EVIL but I continued - even baked a cake!!!! To make a long s... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 09:35:03 EST Don't Give Up... Because of a Bad Day... Don't Give up just because you had a Bad Day... Forgive yourself and Do better tomorrow... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 04:21:38 EST Painful, aching heel - how to continue exercise? Any experienced runners out there? I'm traditionally a non-exerciser, but wanted to start my program with SparkPeople out right. I recently started running and dancing quite a bit. Unfortunately I also started wearing different shoes for a new job. I've been in flats, running shoes, heeled and non-heeled dance shoes. I think I may have overdone it. My left foot has a tender area of soft tissue with swelling directly below my heel. It's an aching pain, worst first thing in the morning, but d... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 22:42:20 EST When am I going to get this right? I have been struggling with my weight my entire life. I can't ever think of a time when I wasn't overweight and miserable about my appearance and health. I remember giving Weight Watchers a try at the age of 12 years old...I have lost weight and regained it back so many times, that I have lost count. The last time being last year. I started on August 21, 2013 at 270 pounds and had gotten down to 229 by December 17, 2013. At my height and bone structure, 229 pounds looks awesome on me!!! Anywa... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 10:23:04 EST cheat days + weight gain? Help! So I eat around 1100-1250 because i eat lot low calorie foods but for past 2-3 days ive been slacking eating wise so cheat days (aka pretzels) and i went from 107.4 to 109.2 and im 5'1.5" btw so this is healthy weight but like my goal is 106.0 and like ive been starting to exercise more again i couldnt do too much last week cause my friend was in town. Why did i gain? Will it go down? <BR> <BR> What is it? What do i need to do? Mon, 4 Aug 2014 17:00:41 EST I so want a snickers right now!! I'm really struggling today, want a snickers, all I could think about while I was on the treadmill, also thought about getting off and having that snickers. Now it is lunch time and I would rather have that snickers than the planned salad. I just need someone to know I'm having a hard time with this today, maybe if I think someone knows then I won't have such a hard time. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 13:50:51 EST Had a really bad weekend with eating... Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've never posted anything like this before, but this weekend was a really terrible weekend as far as eating went. It was a family member's birthday on Saturday and I feel like I spent the whole day eating crap. I ate a huge greasy breakfast, a massive piece of strawberry shortcake in the afternoon, and in the evening we went to The Keg for dinner. I gorged on a salad with blue cheese dressing, a giant piece of steak, a baked potato and wine. <BR> <BR> Today didn't go so ... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 22:59:11 EST Weight loss stopped, Am I eating too little? Hi! <BR> So my weight loss has been slowing down to nadda since I started T25 three weeks ago, although I think it is a way harder workout then I did before (Jillian Michaels 30 day shred). I also started really watching what I ate when I started T25 and Im wondering if maybe Im eating too little and thats why it seems like no weight (or inches!!) is coming off? Im just confused because I had awesome results on the Jillian Michaels 30 day shred which was easy compared to what Im doing now, b... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 17:46:25 EST Need some advice... Im 25, with amazing fiance, great job, and wonderful life. Up until I was 16 years old, I was fit. I never had a problem with weight. I got my first job, started stress eating, and within 1 year went from a size 12 to a size 18. I've tried calorie counting, exercise, learning to cook, I will stay at the same weight until I try to change my lifestyle ans eat healthier. Then I never lose a pound for 3 months and get frustrated and gain 20 until 6 months later when I try to get healthy again. ... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 12:32:10 EST Need some advice... Im 25, with amazing fiance, great job, and wonderful life. Up until I was 16 years old, I was fit. I never had a problem with weight. I got my first job, started stress eating, and within 1 year went from a size 12 to a size 18. I've tried calorie counting, exercise, learning to cook, I will stay at the same weight until I try to change my lifestyle ans eat healthier. Then I never lose a pound for 3 months and get frustrated and gain 20 until 6 months later when I try to get healthy again. ... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 11:43:58 EST First binge in more than 40 days... and on the day that I weighed in my lowest in about a year! WHY? Self-sabotage? PMS? UGH! Now I'm focusing on drinking lots of water and hope to eat well tomorrow. I know it'll take more than hope, but I don't have food in my house and can't go out to get any now for tomorrow morning. <BR> Send good thoughts my way? <BR> Thanks! Sat, 2 Aug 2014 22:01:33 EST Discouraged I am so discouraged. I have been exercising, tracking my food, and drinking water. The scale has not budged. I do not want to give up, but it's not working. Sat, 2 Aug 2014 19:37:55 EST Guilty Free Rest Day I haven't really posted on a board before and I'm sorry there is so much, but I really need to get this out. <BR> <BR> This past 2 -3 week I have worked on getting back on track by doing some form of physical activity every day and tracking calories. <BR> <BR> This last week, I lost a lot of bloat and water weight pounds. <BR> I started a new 30 day exercise challenge where on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday you do 50 star jumps, 20 push ups and 20 squats three times and every day yo... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 23:40:39 EST Fell off the spark train!!!!! I am so disgusted with my week!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> I own the fact I did not pay attention, did not track and ate so many unhealthy snacks,very little exercise that I gained 6 lbs. Been sick for 2 weeks,had 2 spinal taps and bad reaction to both so spinal headache for 5 days!!!!!!!!!!!!ughhhh!!! <BR> <BR> WHAT WAS I THINKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GRRRRR!!! <BR> But in it for the long hall so new day ,fresh start!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Just had to vent and own it!!!! <BR> Thanks for listening everyon... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 12:18:54 EST Why can't I do this?! Someone please tell me what I am doing wrong. I have been trying very hard all summer long to lose weight and it just does not want to leave! <BR> <BR> I am a fairly healthy eater. I eat lots of veggies and fruit, lots of chicken and easy on the red meat. I even measure and track my food. I drink tons of water and tea. I try to stay away from soda and limit myself to 1 cup of coffee in the mornings. I have even sworn off all alcohol...but the weight still stays. <BR> <BR> No I am not an ex... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:51:47 EST Exercise Companion Needed! I have been having a problem with depression and loneliness for about 18 month so, I have a problem sticking to an eating and exercise program. Even though I start my day thinking, I will not let my depression and loneliness win today, it always does. <BR> <BR> I am looking for someone to walk with, someone to help make me accountable for at least part of my attempt at getting healthy. I live in the Allison Park/West Deer area of Pittsburgh, PA. <BR> <BR> Does anyone want someone to walk ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:08:04 EST I ate half a pizza I did... I ate half a pizza by myself. I feel nasty and like a failure. I don't know how to do this. I feel like I'll never be able to get better. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:39:21 EST stuck after a 7 pound lost I been on spark since may or june... I lost seven pounds now I'm stuck... I was just walking then I noticed I was really stuck... I tried adding pilates and yoga. I eat as healthy has can be and I don't have pop or chocolate unless its dark then its just a bite... am I done with my weightloss journy already :( Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:55:15 EST Trying To Start Back Up!!! Today I'm starting to track my water again. It's hard right now with the very tight budget we are on to feed 4 people a week and it all be healthy. It's hard. Next year, it will be much easier because we wont have this credit card debt after taxes. Rough estimate of if we get back what we did last year, they'll all be paid if not, it'll be close! So there's some stress I naturally worry about things even when I know it'll all work out and get better. We're way better than we were la... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:53:20 EST Plateaued ????? Hey guys! So I joined spark January but I haven't been very active online. I've lost 35 pounds since I started my journey but recently I've started to plateau. I still have another 100 pounds to go so any tips would be great. <BR> <BR> I try to cycle at least an hour a day, burning anywhere from 400-800 calories depending on my intensity that day. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:01:30 EST Help! I gained instead of losing?!? I'm not sure what I am doing wrong here. I watch what I eat, track my food(through body media), I workout every day except 2 days off for rest a week. Why did I gain 2 pounds? I eat 6 times a day, mostly veggies cooked and raw, 2 servings of fruit and 3 servings of protein. I'm ready to give in and just have weight loss surgery! <em>234</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:59:20 EST Help!!!! Plz I have been very depressed for a while now, and I just recently gave up self harm. But I have began to feel insecure with myself and my weight and I'm starting to have urges to self harm again.... What should I do? Any advice? <em>46</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:20:23 EST I feel alone I feel alone and a little scared because I don't know how MS is going to with my body. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:17:21 EST I feel lost This week's been stressful, and I've lost my way because of it. I'm picking at food, not eating fruits or vegetables, finding it hard to get myself to exercise. Portions are getting bigger and less healthier. The only day I did really well this week was Tuesday. <BR> <BR> I've lost my sense of awareness and focus on the fact that I do want to get healthy and feel better. My mood's been worse because of it. I feel like a failure. <BR> <BR> How do I get my desire to do this back? When I f... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:47:31 EST First failure - help! Hello, <BR> <BR> Over the weekend me and my partner went to stay with my Mum: we were only there for twenty four hours and ate a high fat, high protein, but relatively low calorie diet. I feel like I've failed because of the high fat content...will I gain weight? <BR> <BR> May just be panicking over nothing. <BR> <BR> Any advice on how to "start again" would be much appreciated? Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:31:17 EST