SparkPeople Depression And Dieting Team Messageboard People who suffer from any kind of depression, and need lots of support and help on their way to the goal of weight loss. Its not easy feeling alone. SparkPeople Depression And Dieting Team Messageboard To depressed to work out Sundays and Mondays Anyone else get so depressed to not want to work out? I have a husband that ignores me. He sleeps all day and works all night. Weekends he sleeps all day and sits at computer all night. I left him twice already this year. I am so miserable and depressed I am seeing a therapist. Any advice besides leaving again. I am only back for our 2 kids. Thu, 5 Jun 2014 10:25:28 EST Brand New Hi, I'm Chandler. I was diagnosed a few years ago with major depressive disorder, and I have several other health problems to boot. Yay. Most notable is polycystic ovary syndrome, which has caused me to gain 20 lbs in the last year. I also take a boatload of meds for the depression, so I'm sure that's contributing to my obesity too. Anyway, just wanted to say hi. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 19:30:15 EST New to Team from North GA, USA Hi, <BR> <BR> I've been lurking around for several years; tracking my nutrition and weight but nothing else. <BR> <BR> Severely depressed, I counsel with a really good therapist every week, spend an hour one-on-one with my Pastor each week, have a nutritionist who checks my food diary and weight loss each week, and have a Psychiatrist whom I see monthly to adjust my meds. <BR> <BR> With all that support, you'd think I wouldn't need anything else! But I do. <BR> <BR> Solid... Mon, 27 May 2013 11:29:57 EST Hi I am new in this site.. Hi, Im Debbie, I just recently joined this site. I am diagnosed with Major depression when I was 19 years old. Still now I am on medications, I am getting better everyday. But i gained more weight because of the meds, I hope this site can help me to lose more weight by tracking my food I eat. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Fri, 19 Apr 2013 21:22:13 EST Hello! This is My First Post.... I'm thinking about ordering the IdealShape and was wondering if anyone has tried it? If so, does it taste good and is it working for you? Sun, 31 Mar 2013 19:12:14 EST What goal have you accomplished that motivated you In an effort to increase participation and support each other, I want to hear about goals (they can be small or large) that you accomplished that made you feel good about yourself or motivated you. <BR> <BR> My accomplished goal is I went 2 whole weeks without caffeine or carbonation of any kind. Not a large goal, but it is something small that made me proud. <BR> <BR> What have you done? <em>104</em> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 21:07:12 EST Diet Plateau After losing some weight, I have reached a point where the numbers don't go down anymore. <BR> Frustratingly enough, it has been going on for 3 weeks. My weight loss is painfully slow, and I mean it, the antidepressants (that are very efficient dealing with my depression) do no help when talking weight loss. <BR> How do you guys deal with weight loss plateaus? any tips? <BR> <BR> Ariel. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:14:38 EST I am back with good news! It has been quite a while since I logged on to this website. In a way I gave up because the task seemed to hard to me. <BR> After a few months of absence I am back, 16 lbs thinner and with a bit more or energy as I started to walk daily for about 30 mins. <BR> I accepted the fact that it is going to be a very slow process, I take medication and Im am reality sets in. After the euphoria of the first lbs lost, comes the hard work, the responsibility and persistence. It wont be easy, I w... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:58:42 EST returning member Hi, my name is Freida, and I am 63 yrs. old. I have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. Some days are so good, but when they are bad I am my own worst enemy. There are 5 of us living in my home. All, and I mean all the daily chores are my responsibility, cooking,cleaning, laundry, and the care of my 2 grandchildren ages 5 and 2. I have lost myself. I have tried so hard to stay on track and do so well during the day, but I lose it at night. Something of someone will trigger so... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 08:02:14 EST Temptations! When temptation strikes... <BR> <BR> I usually try to distract myself through music or a last resort would be to take a good look at the mirror (works 70 % of the time). <BR> When I can't deal with cravings I CONSCIOUSLY go for it and try to fix the calorie count before the day is over! (not always works lol) <BR> What is your best technique to avoid temptations and keep on track? Thu, 22 Nov 2012 05:22:44 EST Foods that booster good mood? I have read somewhere that there are indeed certain types of food that can booster good mood. <BR> Do you know of any? I am going to conduct a little search and see what I can find to include in my new new new... lifestyle. Any suggestions? Sat, 6 Oct 2012 01:13:13 EST Hi, I'm new! Hi, I'm Solveig, I come from Iceland, but am currently living in Denmark. I've been a member of SparkPeople for a long time now, and I succeeded in losing some weight last year, just to gain it all again this year. I hadn't noticed this team before, but I look forward to reading and posting :-) Losing weight when you are dealing with depression is just a bit different, I think, than for people who aren't dealing with something like that. <BR> <BR> I've been dealing with depression since chil... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 08:59:27 EST Depression And Dieting (New Member) My name is Melanie Louise Jackson aka (Grease31), <BR> <BR> I have joined this particular group, as the title suggests Depression And Dieting, i suffer from both these problems. <BR> <BR> If anyone has any advice,hints,information,tips, that they cud give me as to try & cure both these problems, i wud be eternally gratefull, as god knows i need all the bloody well help!!!!, that i can get when ever i join all these different sparkteams lol. <BR> <BR> If anyone wishes to browse my sparkpag... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 10:52:36 EST Diet and antidepresants Hello, I'm Ari and I am new to the website. <BR> I came across this group and I thought that is an excellent idea to share some of my experiences in regard to dieting while being on antidepressants. <BR> I consider myself lucky to be treated, for years I though that the way I felt was the norm for everybody. <BR> I have always been overweight, since puberty, but since I started the medication my weight went out of control, which of course adds to the low self image and lowers my motivation to... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 09:11:58 EST what have you done to treat yourself lately I give myself bi-weekly manicures and pedicures Mon, 13 Aug 2012 07:46:35 EST sorry I've been gone first my son had his tonsils out then I went on two summer trips one of which my husband was able to join me and the kids So sorry I a haven't been around . Getting out of my normal routine makes it really hard for me to maintain my health goals. I still really want to loose enough weight to get my wedding ring on I think it important to my own self image as well as the health of my marriage . although my husband the laid back guy he is, is all like don't worry about it. So here I am struggli... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 09:32:48 EST yeah me I have been absent from sp for about 2 1/2 weeks due to the facts that my youngest got is tonsils and adenoids out and then i took the kids to visit their grandparents and some friends out of state for 10 days. I ate and drank like i was on vacation and tracked nothing so much to my surprise i lost 1/2 lb. <BR> <BR> It was really great to connect with friends and family. I recently was reading a book about finding and maintaining happiness and it suggested that people who have long lasting ... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 09:50:17 EST the lie verses the truth we depressed people all have something we tell ourselves. <BR> <BR> "i'm a loser" "he hates me" "i can't do anything right" "it's my fault my 35 year old daughter is on drugs" "oh no! i should die for the mistake i made" etc etc. <BR> <BR> (please don't feel i am taking it lightly by saying "etc", i just want to get on with my point) <BR> <BR> here's the challenge: what is the stinkin thinkin you have or have had, and what is the TRUTH? <BR> <BR> example: "just because he is angry at ... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 23:17:57 EST who do you talk to when you feel blue I think it is very important to have a support system. I talk to my husband or my friends, but it is hard since we move a lot and most of my friends are far away. Thank God for the internet and skyp. Mon, 9 Jul 2012 09:06:05 EST what new things have you tried lately I am taking a yolaties class half yoga and half palliates I love it on saturday I tried climbing the rock wall in the pool with my kids I failed miserably but my kids thought it was awesome Mon, 2 Jul 2012 12:26:53 EST stress Ironically enough my stressor is stress. about 2 years ago the drive to do everything perfect drove me to the point of planning my own not so happy ending. Although I really want to find the skinny girl I used to be I need to take my mental health seriously and sometimes stepping back and knowing when to just let go and take a break is a big part of not going off the deepened. Yesterday I loaded my car up to go to my fusion class ( half palates half yoga ) to find myself in road construction ... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 12:05:17 EST hope everyone is doing well I hope everyone is having a great week. Take a minute and look in the mirror and tell yourself as many good things about yourself you can ( no negativity ) have fun!!! your all great people Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:26:38 EST what did you do over the weekend I let my two oldest kids have friends over saturday they all played nice and we walked to the park for some run around time , when the friends went home it was moms turn and we went to one of my friends houses and had a cook out . over all great weekend hope you all had a great weekend as well . So what did you do? Mon, 25 Jun 2012 08:21:15 EST what are you doing to reward yourself today I am going over to a friends house and letting our kids run wild Sat, 23 Jun 2012 09:14:15 EST what are you doing to de-stress today Going to the pool with the kids. I baked them chocolate chip cookies this morning and now I just need to put some space between me and the cookies. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 13:05:14 EST anybody out there I have been making it a point to post everyday and I just want to know is anybody reading this stuff?? some interaction please Thu, 21 Jun 2012 15:24:43 EST make a plan to get away it is important during times of stress to have something to look forward to . On friday I am leaving my kids with my husband and going out for a light dinner with a friend . What are you going to do to relax and take a break this week? Wed, 20 Jun 2012 12:07:11 EST things I can do once the weight is gone My clothing choices will expand in just 10 lbs . I haven't been able to get my wedding ring on in the last year and I would guess that in 15 lbs I should be able to place it back on my finger. I used to be super thin and I want people i haven't seen in a while to stop looking at me like I just ate a baby i am not sure at what weight that is but I can't wait to get there Tue, 19 Jun 2012 09:37:56 EST name something that made you smile today My three year old crawled in bed with me this morning wrapped his arms around me and said "I love you mommy" then squeezed as tight as he could. Wed, 13 Jun 2012 08:12:41 EST Does anyone come to this site regularly I hope to breath new life into this group I am going to come and post daily until I get a response. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 09:47:07 EST depression and anxiety I don't know about anybody else but for me anxiety and depression go hand and had. Because of things that have happened in my past it makes me worry about the future. When my kids were infants I thought I must be the craziest person on the planet going in to check if they are still breathing more than once in an hour. I also find that anxiety makes me eat and then I get depressed because I don't look and feel like I want to . Tue, 5 Jun 2012 12:51:17 EST another hi Hi everyone. I'm struggling with my weight gain since starting on my meds. I'm about to turn 30 and I just want my life to change by the time I get there. Ugh, I don't know what else to say. Thu, 10 May 2012 23:17:47 EST Hope this is where I can fit. Morning! I've been on Spark for a long time and have managed to lose 20 lbs and keep it off. Now to lose another 20, which is beginning to be the issue. I''m 34, 3 kids ages 16,12 and 4. Always struggled with depression. Lots of childhood issues.. blah blah... <BR> Been married for 7 years. I'm currently on three medicines which I HATE because they've completely messed my sex life up and I could go for the next 50 years and never be touched again and NOT CARE. They are Celexa, Buspar and Vist... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 10:05:25 EST Hi My name is Christina and I have been struggling with depression for a long time. I have been to therapists, and on medication, but it doesn't last. We are a military family and just moved to TX, and the move did bring my depression back. The funny thing is whenever I start taking care of my body (exercise and eat a lot healthier) I feel so much better like my depression is gone. However, I always stop and I don't know why. I have a really hard time staying on track, I'm always off and on spar... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 12:17:53 EST hi hi im sarah im 33 from england i just joined this team about ten years ago i had very bad depression and panic attacks it was a very diffcult time for me for long time i had no depression or panic attacks but the last 2 years have been very stressful and i got it back again i have good days and bad days but im trying to look after myself eat healthy and to excerise. x Mon, 16 Apr 2012 18:31:28 EST Tired of being Down Hi members! I think we all now why I'm here. It's why we all are here; we'd like to get better. <BR> I dunno how long I've been depressed. But I do know I've been around the mountian to many times. Mon, 9 Apr 2012 15:10:47 EST confused I come everyday and look to see if there are any new post here. I understand the basis of the team however I am confused as to why no one uses it. The team is suppose to add support, help and motivation however if you dont come and post in the team i am not sure how that will happen. at any rate I am not complaining really just making an observation that none of us on this team have to go through life alone in our troubles. Hope all of you are having at the very least decent days !!!! Tue, 27 Mar 2012 10:55:58 EST alone with people around I am not good at admitting that i am not alright ... i have battled through bouts of serious depression over the years and here I am again. I struggle every day to find the strength to go on. the worst is feeling alone even when people are around me. I wonder if they can see that i am falling apart on the inside. I refuse to give into it but I have to admit as of lately the feelings are so strong. at any rate i just wanted to put it somewhere and this seemed like the good place to put it out ... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 15:14:31 EST Wanted to indroduce myself, and say *Hello*!!! Hi I am Piper and live in Middle TN. I love, love, love Sparkpeople!!! I usually in the past came on here to log in my nutrition and get awsome recipes, but I am going to start really using the site for support in my current state. I have to set up my page yet, I have a S-L-O-W PC! Anyway I am pushin 200 pounds and simply miserable. I have so much to be thankful for, I know! Recently though I have found what depression can do to you. I am so thankful that there is a topic and team here that I... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 11:41:01 EST I CAN!! Dear Spark people, <BR> <BR> When there's too much going on with your lives, like having a lot of stress, how do you handle it? How do you juggle everything? How about handling your eating? I've been through a lot of stress lately, and I must say that i turn to food to cope. Actually. its not just to "cope" but it became a habit to me, stuffing my mouth with bad stuff especially at night. Did u ever feel like you're gonna cry because you are shifting yourself to change? Like for example, you... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 10:20:49 EST Things we do to smile and be active... Hi! <BR> If I am repeating anything around the forum, I am a real newbie here so please forgive me! <BR> Whenever you have a moment to check into the group please let us know what you are trying to do on any given day to; <BR> <BR> 1)make yourself smile (no matter how simple or silly) AND <BR> 2)get active (no matter how simple or silly) <BR> <BR> Everyone's input could give us ideas and inspiration. I think it is very important to try to do BOTH challenges here in life to address weight... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 19:50:55 EST none ignore this...i was lost! lol Wed, 8 Feb 2012 19:33:34 EST Fallen into a Heap This cloud just doesnt want to lift. I don't sleep well, I have low energy. I'm not excited about much again. I had been going so well until now and its all just collapsed into a hole. I'm tired and snappy again and I don't know what to do. I have lost my momentum and motivation although I've still been good food wise. I'm lonely, I miss my friends. (blog goes into more detail) <BR> <BR> I thought I'd improve by now from when I wrote the the blog - When it all comes tumbling down. <BR> The... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 00:06:58 EST Just wanting to introduce myself Hi, my name's Miriam. I'm new to Spark People, but sadly not new to depression. It's been going through my family for generations and about two years ago I was diagnosed with it too. Since going on anti-depressants I have sadly about doubled in size and weight. The doctors don't quite know what to do about it, other than taking "baby steps" to try to exercise more. <BR> <BR> I am in general in a much better place than I was two years ago, so I am incredibly glad that I did decide to get hel... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 14:26:58 EST New to this site I am new to Spark people. Only a couple of days. For some reason this site is a great fit for me. I actually find myself wanting to watch calories, add in food and keep track of things. I have been severely overweight for probably over 10 years. I have had 2 kids and about 6 surgeries which have not helped in me losing weight. They were not for weight loss, various reasons. I cannot lose my stomach fat which in turn hurts my back. I see woman that look bigger than me but wear smaller sizes. I... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 21:28:34 EST late fifties crafter I am nearing the big 60 but feel much younger. I love craft and cooking. I want to try and look as young as I feel. Mon, 26 Sep 2011 09:59:08 EST Living With Depression Although I do not have depression, my husband does and on medication. When he has his "days", I am always at fault and accept the blame for whatever reason states. I am put down, called horrible names, and often threatened he will "do something" to me he does have a temper, and thing get thrown and broke sometime. . When he is like this I try to avoid being around him but he follows me to whatever room I'm in and begins screaming at me while I'm forced to listen to all his issues and put do... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 14:26:00 EST hello I am currently living in Mn and have battled with major depression my whole life. It seems to have gotten worse since moving to Mn from Colorado. I gained a huge amount of weight and fought daily with the depression, I was not taking any meds at the time. I have been on Wellbutrin for about a year now and seem to be leveling out. <BR> I am glad to see this group! Sat, 11 Jun 2011 12:06:11 EST NAME 1 THING YOU HAVE DONE TO MAKE YOUR LIFE HAPPY Happiness is a choice ! It doesn't just come to us we have to work at it ! Think over your life and name one thing that you have done to make your life happier and simplier ! Mine is to give up getting envolved in fixing other peoples lives ! I use to make myself misserable trying to keep other people from ruinning their lifes but found out they won't listen to me anyway so i keep conforsations down to the weather and I LOVE YOU ! I can't tell you how much that has help me deal with depressio... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 04:44:31 EST Why does it always come back I'm not sure anyone can answer, but I'm struggling once again with the effects of depression. I'm on medication, have been for years and I do tend to put together a string of days without feeling waves of lousiness, but lately, they've been few and far between. I'm not new at this, so the effects are far more manageable and less devestating that they used to be but they still suck! I"m wondering if it's like this for everyone? Will I have to fights this for the rest of my life? Sometimes, i g... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 09:42:12 EST DO YOU PLAY GAMES ? I am very limited on what i can do because of health issues i am not allowed to exercise at all.I like to keep active tho it improves my moods makes me happy ! I spend alot of time during the day by myself and being idle causes depression for me . Life is to short and if i can change that i do . I have found a sure cure for my depression is helping others or just having a cup of tea and looking at a magazine . I like to go to the library in the winter . Learn something new . Because of being ... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 08:16:23 EST LIFE IS LIKE A COIN ! I read this the other day and it is really something to think about LIFE IS LIKE A COIN ONCE YOU SPEND THAT COIN IT IS GONE FOREVER and life is the same way ! Everyday we live we all have the same amount of time in a day and what we do with it we are in control. If we get up and are in a bad mood and not the nicest person to be around we can either stay that way or take a few minutes alone and make up our minds to have a great day even tho things are going on around us we don't like. When we ... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 08:08:29 EST DOING SOMETHING YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO ! 2 years ago i was stressed and bored and wanted to do something with my life different to break the same old -same old . So i got thinking about it and i have always wanted to learn how to use a computer so in November i found 2-3 hour free classes and took them . Was short of money so i traded a goat and 75 dollars for my computer ! The one i am using now ! <em>104</em> It has been a very POSITIVE thing in my life .Finding this team has also been a very POSITIVE thing to ! <em>334</em> Ke... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 07:30:04 EST DO YOU WANT A LEADER FOR THIS TEAM ? This week when i come across this team i saw you didn't have a leader . I have a team called GOD ANSWERS PRAYER and have 39 members right now. I don't push religion on anyone and this team is not based on religion and i understand that but i do believe PRAYER is the key to succees in health and happiness thats why i started my team. But to make a long story short if you want a team leader i am willing to try to help. I put in for it but don't want to do something you as a group don't want. Y... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 08:30:30 EST hi i'm pattie having a hard time depress my 17 year old had a baby and i'm taking care of her will mom is out running and doing whatever she wants. i'm stuck in the house can't go to ymca or walk grain back all the weight i loss fell like all the cards are stacked agenise me hopeless Sun, 27 Feb 2011 13:43:35 EST New member 36 yr old married gal in Utah. I just joined yesterday. Thank you SO much for the handful of welcome mails I received! Here's to a successful lifestyle change (I hope!). Sun, 16 Jan 2011 16:49:28 EST Medication Monstrosities I hate 'em, I really do. <BR> <BR> Went on Cymbalta...worked ok for a while, but I could not lose a single pound. No matter what I did...and believe me, I did everything. Docs swore it wasn't the med. I knew it was. Last February I weened myself off of it and after a horrid withdraw, I started losing the weight. By June/July I was down 32 lbs and almost to my goal. During that time I also started Wellbutrin (after I had started to already lose) which helped me quit smoking without having a m... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 16:00:33 EST I am new to the team I am a 62 year old grandma living in So. California. Have been a member of Spark since August 2010. I did pretty well at the beginning but this past month has been hard for me. I have started this three times now and want to delete it all again. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 13:18:48 EST 2010 coming to an end... Wishing everyone much happiness in 2011!! Sat, 25 Dec 2010 19:54:31 EST Song of the DAy I like this team very much. I really liked Song of the day, which started my day off nice. My computer got mixed up and when I came back it was gone. Can anyone tell me what happened? <em>41</em> Fri, 17 Dec 2010 08:18:14 EST GREETINGS in the last 2yrs, i lost 50lbs. this year, i put on 20lbs and still rising! <BR> i have to nip my bad habits in bud. because of all the negative things in my life right now; food has again become a great loving friend. <BR> looking forward to your support on my journey. <BR> <BR> Nudgie Thu, 4 Nov 2010 00:38:40 EST Hi, new member here :) Hi hi everyone. <BR> <BR> My name's Hannah, I'm 22 years old, from Switzerland but living in the UK at the moment. I'm studying in Sheffield and I'm studying international business with chinese. I'm currently in treatment for depression and EDNOS (binge-purge type...but sometimes just binging...which it has been for the past year) and am trying to get myself healthy and fit. I gained 10kg last year, caused by a combination of my new pills (which actually work and take the edge off better ... Wed, 27 Oct 2010 14:29:06 EST Hello from Northern NY My name is Holly. I'm 38. Been seeing psychologists/ psychiatrists for depression since age 12. Weight issues since my mid-teens. Just saying "hi." <em>213</em> Tue, 21 Sep 2010 13:36:07 EST Word Of The Day... September 18 <BR> <BR> wend \WEND\, verb: <BR> <BR> 1. To pursue or direct (one's way). <BR> 2. To proceed or go. Sat, 18 Sep 2010 19:46:15 EST Daily Holiday... Yom Kippur (Jewish - Sept 18) <BR> Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the most solemn day of the Jewish year and is observed on the tenth day of Tishri. It is a day of fasting, reflection and prayers. <BR> <BR> Yom Kippur is a day of "NOT" doing. There is no blowing of the Shofar and Jews may not eat or drink, as fasting is the rule. It is believed that to fast on Yom Kippur is to emulate the angels in heaven, who do not eat, drink, or wash. <BR> <BR> On Yom Kippur the Book of Life is clo... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 19:45:54 EST Did You Know... Did You Know? <BR> Facts, Figures & Folklore <BR> About Fall / Autumn <BR> Sept 18 : 04 days to Fall <BR> <BR> Did you know that the word autumn comes from the French word, automne? <BR> <BR> The word came into common usage around the 16th century, before which "harvest" was used to refer to this time of year. The use of harvest fell out of popularity as people gradually began living in towns and working the land became less common. <BR> <BR> Did you know that Americans colloq... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 13:49:03 EST Joke Of The Day... A young man at this construction site was bragging that he could outdo anyone based on his strength. He especially made fun of one of the older workman. After several minutes, the older worker had enough. <BR> <BR> "Why don't you put your money where you mouth is?" he said. "I'll bet a week's wages that I can haul something in a wheelbarrow over to the other building that you won't be able to wheel back." <BR> <BR> "You're on, old man," the young man replied. "Let's see what you've got." ... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 13:02:19 EST Today in Television History.... SEPTEMBER 17th... <BR> <BR> 1955 - "The Perry Como Show" moved to Saturday nights on NBC-TV. <BR> <BR> 1963 - "The Fugitive" premiered on ABC-TV. The show starred David Janssen. <BR> <BR> 1964 - ABC began airing the series "Bewitched." <BR> <BR> 1965 - The first episode of "Hogan's Heroes" aired. <BR> <BR> 1965 - "The Smothers Brothers Show" premiered on CBS-TV. <BR> <BR> 1966 - "Mission Impossible" premiered on CBS-TV. <BR> <BR> 1967 - The Doors appear on the "Ed Sullivan Show" and pe... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 16:17:56 EST Louisiana Newb! Hey everyone! I'm A, a 25-year-old single mom to an 8 week old boy. I was diagnosed bipolar II at 18, and FINALLY ended up on Lamictal (bless that little pill) after years on Depakote. I lost some of the Depakote weight but have gained a lot of it back, and gained a good bit during the pregnancy as well. Coming off Lamictal to try to breastfeed was awful, but we ended up switching to formula so I can stabilize and we're both doing a lot better. I graduated with a bachelor's with concentration... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 00:10:28 EST Shuffling my feet Hi, <BR> <BR> I’m new to this team, and decided to join because I’m on AD, and haven’t felt like myself since taking them in May 2009. I talked a little about why I’m on them on my Sparkpage. <BR> <BR> For the first 6 months, I was taking Cipralex (10mg) but I was always feeling tired, sluggish and loss of energy so my doctor added Wellbutrin XL (300mg) to the mix. I take Cipralex in the evening and Wellbutrin in the morning. <BR> <BR> In the beginning, (after taking the Wellbutrin), I s... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 13:15:32 EST Household Chart "Get things done" I enjoy using a household chore list I made on my computer. It helps me get things done faster, and a few hours heavy cleaning I feel the burn. <BR> LOL! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Check out my blog in my sparkpage Staying On Task. I used Microsoft Office Excel 2007. <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3077892 </link> <BR> <BR> These are daily goals. Make everyday count! Thu, 22 Jul 2010 17:03:46 EST Angry People I am active duty army and if anyone understands the ranking system then you can understand that you have to be polite to an NCO I on the other hand am not an NCO so, I am being nice enough to give this individual a ride cuz she doesnt have a car, anyways this person is a very angry person, and she upsets me everytime I am around her. I dont want to give her a ride anymore due to her anger issues and the fact that I am trying to handle my own depression. I dont know what to tell her, without... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 11:31:34 EST Finding a Way Past Food Anxiety Hi everyone... Been struggling lately... <em>39</em> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> These past few weeks, I made a huge change in my attitude toward food. It's not meant to be a permanent way of life, but I needed a mental "reboot." I was focusing TOO much on what I was eating. Balancing daily nutrients and percentages is certainly a goal to work toward, but doing that became a negative process for me. <BR> <BR> I start agonizing over cravings later in the day/evening, entering and reentering and ... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 00:51:46 EST For a beginner I have a question and I will be asking all my teams because I just don't know. <BR> <BR> I live on a tight budget and only get money once a month. I do not get any type of food stamps but I do attend a local pantry from time to time. <BR> <BR> My question is this because I just don't know. <BR> <BR> What is in a well stocked HEALTHY kitchen? It does not have to be brand name and I kind of prefer that it is not so I can save money. <em>40</em> Sun, 23 May 2010 22:23:45 EST Low Vitamin D Tied to Depression Interesting article! <BR> <BR> Low Vitamin D Tied to Depression<BR>itamin_D_depression/2010/05/14/315297.<BR>html?s=al&promo_code=9E49-1 <BR> <BR> Originally posted in the Healing foods, vitamins and minerals thread, but MimaElizabeth requested I start a new thread with the article as well. Sun, 23 May 2010 11:16:28 EST HELLO Hello I am Leelee from Missouri. I been diagnosed with bi-polar/manic depression that I fight with on a daily bases. Some days, when I feel down and out, I eat all day and don't care what I put in. Other days I lay in bed and won't eat all. I know both extremes are not good for me and I want to stop that. I made my first blog it is a list of things I want. Like my knee to stop hurting when I walk up and down stairs. to walk up the hill in front of my house without dying and to look very good ... Sat, 22 May 2010 08:58:01 EST Northern California newbie Hi! My name's Mary, and I live in the California Wine Country. I've had major depression all my life (I'm working with a great therapist). As you can imagine, it plays havoc with efforts to lose weight. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to meeting all of you! Sat, 15 May 2010 14:31:33 EST Hi new here Hi my name is Ginette. This is taking a lot of my strength I have left to join these depression teams. I just recently admitted that I needed help to my neuropsychologist who is helping me deal with things from my collision. I scared myself this weekend. Just the thoughts, but I did. I think it might be good if I find friends that are dealing with similiar issues. Wed, 12 May 2010 20:28:13 EST hello I joined SP in Feb and for a few weeks i did amazingly well,filling out my food logs and pretty much sticking with it. The last month or so has been really tough and have been coming on and lurking(trying to get back into the groove) but that is as far as i got. I want/need to get into a healthy lifestyle and stick with it. <BR> Made a promise to myself 2 nights in a row that i will get up and walk for at least 10 min before going to work. which i did!! yah for me!! <BR> I have been feeling.... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 03:10:36 EST I just learned I just learned that my seroquel has the side effect of weight gain. But I'm not going to let it get the best of me. I feel like I need the seroquel to help with the racing thoughts when I go to bed at night. Gave up the trazodone that I used to take with the seroquel. Am in the process of visiting with my physician to find out why he lowered my Celexa (citalapram) to one 20-mg tablet per day instead of the usual 60 mg I'm accustomed to taking. I sure don't want to get depressed to the po... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 08:45:24 EST Great website about motivation <link><BR>l </link> Sat, 3 Apr 2010 20:15:21 EST Looking for a virtual buddy... <em>321</em> <em>213</em> <em>306</em> <em>231</em> <em>332</em> <em>311</em> <em>414</em> <em>306</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Looking for a virtual buddy for mutual encouragement about attaining weight loos and fitness goals. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>306</em> <em>231</em> <em>332</em> <em>311</em> <em>414</em> <em>306</em> <em>224</em> <em>321</em> Tue, 30 Mar 2010 16:23:39 EST Hi, I'm new here and haven't really quite gotten s Hi, I'm new here. I found out about SPARKS thru my insurance company. I'm very interested in the program, etc, but haven't really started any of the program yet. Truthfully, I'm an "over life-time goal" Weight Watcher Leader! Pathetic, eh? I thought I could gain a lot of support thru this site as I'm not like all the other Leaders who get help at the WW site. I'm battling a lot of health issues that make losing the weight so much more difficult. Severe Clinical Depression and the "wonderfu... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 10:55:17 EST Hi Hey everyone! I'm glad I found this team. I've dealt with depression my whole life, with my mom then myself and have come to appreciate the importance of support in terms of dealing with depression. <BR> <BR> There have been a few times when things have been particularly hard for me and I'm going through one now. It's been a very strange start to the year and I am having trouble getting back on track with everything! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to participating in the team and getting to kn... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 10:04:22 EST Sugar and Depression I have been diagnosed as being Bipolar 2 well, manic depressive. But I have to ask, why do we crave sugar and fattening foods when we are depressed? It seems to be a common pattern... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 12:21:13 EST So glad to see this team Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Alison and I'm new to SP. It's so great to see a team like this on SP because it's comforting to know that there are people out there who understand! A major roadblock in the road to my weight loss is my depression. I have a very hard time getting out of bed and I sleep a lot. Surprisingly, I can get up and go to the gym, however, I don't feel that energy rush or stress relief from exercising that I hear others talk about. After the gym, I usually go home and go... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 15:56:41 EST Looking for support Hi there, <BR> <BR> I just joined the team and I'm looking for support in dealing with depression and weight loss. I just recently started taking Pristiq, but I'm not sure it's doing the trick. I was on cymbalta and welbutrin before, but had so many night sweats and started feeling so tired and just down that the doctor and I decided to try something new. I'm at the point where I just want to sleep becuase it's easier than dealing with things. Between my job, house work, my kids, my weig... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 17:15:16 EST Hi I'm new I live in Iowa - didn't have problems with my weight until about 12 years ago when i started my antidepressant. I have gained almost 60 pounds since then. I need help getting them back off - I can't do without my meds......... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 17:36:40 EST After being gone for awhile... I'm back. I have had a lot of anxiety and depression issues to deal with. So, the weight has crept back up (go figure.) I have decided to get back on track and am counting calories again and working out! More than I have done in a long while. Wed, 2 Dec 2009 21:56:56 EST December Discussion Anyone frustrated about the holidays, shopping, relative, food? This is the pace to talk about it. <BR> <BR> However, this is also the place to share happy moments as well. <BR> <BR> How was your Thanksgiving? <BR> <BR> We had a wonderful surprise this morning in TX. It snowed. Not the usual snow/ice where everything just freezes, but really nice, big, fluffy snow that covered everything. It was great. When driving to work, I felt like I was in winter wonderland. We don't get m... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 16:11:22 EST The Excuse and How To Beat It No matter how I'm feeling I get out and walk at least 15 to 30 minutes of walking. <BR> <BR> This is from Runner's magazine Dec. 2008 <BR> <BR> The Excuse (AND HOW TO BEAT IT) <BR> <BR> I overate, and I feel too sluggish in the morning to run. Just walk. If you start out by walking slowly for 10 minutes, it's very likely that you'll feel good enough to run segments of a minute or two later on. Even if you don't run a step, the walk will burn calories and improve how you feel. <BR> <BR> W... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 20:48:44 EST Tired and Depressed... It's been a long time since I've posted anything. But I think I've reached a point in my life where I'm at the end of my rope. My family situation has gotten out of control. While my husband and I are doing okay (with the occasional fight but I understand that's going to happen) but it's my side of the family that have pushed me to the point of giving up. No, I don't want to hurt myself, I couldn't do that. But I just don't want to do anything anymore. I have tried my hardest to appease every... Fri, 27 Nov 2009 17:10:39 EST Hi I'm still finding out how things are done around here even though I've been a SparkPeople member for a couple of years. Slow going, but I'll get there eventually...maybe. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Fri, 20 Nov 2009 09:13:29 EST DEPRESSION AND FOOD <BR> Thu, 19 Nov 2009 20:49:34 EST November - welcome all new friends Welcome back group. I will try to keep the group active, festive and running. <BR> <BR> I hope all the new people will tell us a little about them here and we can all get to know each other. Thu, 19 Nov 2009 16:37:51 EST I am nervous about tomorrows schedules Going to see the Doctor tomorrow morning for ECG and Spirometry ( which I am nervous about), and in the afternoon I see a Psychiatrist for my depression for the first time since living in New Zealand, a bit nervous about that as I really hate opening up to people cause I have in the past and that person broke their promise.But tonight I have joited down some things that I am hoping he will read and know what I need without alot of questions, but I will do it because I need too for ME and my f... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 06:19:05 EST I'm curious---pain question I'm trying to figure out a way to ask this that it makes sense. Every time I type it it doesn't sound right. <BR> <BR> Does anybody suffer from any type of pain during their depressive episodes? And if you wouldn't mind me asking, how does it manifest? <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm in a down phase of my life right now. It seems like everything on my body aches. I get headaches, my teeth hurt, I've got a dull ache on the lower left of my back. I tried doing some light yoga to loosen it up last night, ... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 09:17:52 EST Do things Rational ? Anyone do this? Hi everyone <BR> <BR> Ok I put my mind to do something like add a person as a friend on facebook,myspace or whatever, and I am genuine at the time, then 2 or 3 weeks if not sooner I think, naw why do I bother having that person on my list, I am probably a waste of their time then I delete them off then turn around in a few weeks if not sooner and ask them to come back, this is very annoying that I do this. <BR> One time I created a chat site for my friends then when they all got in and I d... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 07:24:08 EST Wellbutrin experiences? I've been struggling with depression for the past few years. I've tried a few different meds like prozac and lexapro, xanax and ativan, ambien... all for different symptoms of the same basic depression issue. I'm really interested in getting on Wellbutrin since it's not supposed to cause weight gain- and I'm already bumming from an extra 15 pounds I'm trying to lose. SO... my question is, are there any success stories out there for Wellbutrin use? (Horror stories too... I guess... shiver). Th... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 22:05:55 EST M A O I food restrictions (HELP!) My doctor just put me on an MAOI (EMSAM transdermal patch) I have been reading about all the food restrictions and I am feeling overwhelmed. Can anyone help me come up with some foods/recipes that I can eat? Sat, 24 Oct 2009 16:49:34 EST October Team Discussion Welcome to October!!!! <BR> <BR> October is going to be a very busy month for me. I see 4 birthdays on the calendar and my parent's 45th wedding anniversary. Also, State Fair of Texas is this month. Woo Hoo!!! I am looking forward to all the deep fried food. This year, among the usual fried cookie dough, fried coke, fried muffins, fried banana split, fried ice cream, fried latte and fried peaches and cream, we have something new - fried butter. <BR> <BR> I have been sick since last Th... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 17:44:28 EST Can someone help? This is probably a really stupid question. do you ask for help? I sorely need to see someone about my mental problems (there are many, not just depression) and eating disorder. But I don't have the slightest clue on what to say when I call an office to make an appointment. I'm afraid that they won't believe me or that I'm faking it. I know it's not true but I grew up being told things like this constantly so it's hard to break that mindset. <BR> <BR> Any advice will be appreci... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 15:50:59 EST SEPTEMBER DISCUSSION It has been a long time since we all talked in this group. We have several new members and I would like to welcome you all. <BR> <BR> September is usually a stressful time for me and other parents who's kids are starting school and trying to get into routine. I have a daughter who is a social butterfly and I get tired just listening to her talk about the things she wants to do. I also have a son who just wants to sit in front of the TV and I am trying very hard to get him out there and d... Wed, 2 Sep 2009 12:55:51 EST How do you get over the blues? I've been feeling really blue lately, and its not because of my weight. My usual methods to overcome the blues aren't working and the meds don't seem to be doing the trick either. So how do you get over the blues? Thu, 27 Aug 2009 12:43:43 EST Hi Hi my name is Linda.. I have been here before but closed my accounts.. but I am back and hoping to have more motivation then before.. This is the one team that I have always found great for motivation and help.. Fri, 12 Jun 2009 00:43:35 EST June Discussion It's June, everyone. My kids are done with school this week. They can't wait. <BR> <BR> I have had something on my mind lately that I am hoping you can help me. I have been trying to be more free spirited and outgoing and it’s not going very well. I have read many books and articles about how to be outgoing and how to talk to people, but I am still having a hard time. My co-workers are all very nice to me and if I start talking to them, they seem to enjoy talking to me. Many share thei... Tue, 2 Jun 2009 17:20:22 EST Thank You! This is my second time around on Spark People, but I just joined this team recently. Just wanted to say thank you for all of the warm welcomes I had in my inbox. I think SP is great, the members and the teams are wonderful, but I never had so many nice and supportive emails just for joining a team! <BR> <BR> One of the things that makes me depressed is being overweight. No, I'm not terribly overweight, but I've been trying to lose the same 20 lbs for ten years! That should be easy. And now ... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 10:45:10 EST Hi I'm new here Hi, <BR> My name is Jenna and I was diagnosed with depression quite some time ago. I also suffer from fibromyalgia (chronic pain), which just makes it worse. I work full time and have two little boys, ages 2 and 4. I love my family and am blessed with a husband who is a good dad, but it all gets overwhelming sometimes. <BR> <BR> I'm currently under a lot of stress with work and my family. Money is an issue (when is it not?) and my family is mostly too busy to help out. Almost none of them li... Tue, 19 May 2009 15:47:19 EST New kid on the block Hi, <BR> I am new to this team and I am from PA. I have never been clinically diagnosed as being depressed but wanting to sleep or eat as an escape on a consistent basis sure sounds like depression of some sort. I am going thru menopause and the doctor has put me on an anti-depressant. Hmmm, should I take that as a hint? <BR> C <em>102</em> Sun, 17 May 2009 07:58:04 EST Depression meds question Okay, I did a really stupid thing and stopped taking my wellbutrin for 2.5 weeks. I had to get a root canal done and my meds cause drymouth. Going for a root canal with drymouth is not pleasant. I can't hold my mouth open for more than about 30 seconds or I start to gag. So I thought I would do myself and the dentist a favor and take a short break from the meds. I was fine at first and even thought maybe I don't need them anymore, but then.... <BR> <BR> I have been back on them for al... Sat, 16 May 2009 19:48:51 EST UGH!!!!!!!! UGH!!!! Have you ever felt like everyone was out to get you?? Or has it ever felt as if you were going nuts and you can't quite place your finger on it??? <BR> <BR> I feel that way tonight. <BR> <BR> My month freaking started off bad....starting with my middle son, Aaron, stealing that 6th grade girls $500.00 phone to tonight where all I want is some industrial strength duck tape to tape all 3 of my kids mouth shut and while I am at it, I will add my hubby to that list. <BR> <BR> My hus... Fri, 15 May 2009 00:10:53 EST MAY GENERAL DISCUSSION FORUM Here's a thread for May, just to keep us current... <BR> <BR> This is from KITEFLYINGGIRL: "I am so happy that the weather is finally getting good enough that I can get out and walk... that morning walk makes all the difference in how my day goes... do any of you walk in the morning?" <BR> <BR> I wish I could walk in the morning, I'm sure that would be a good start to the day. Not only do you get fitness, you have personal time to contemplate and gather your thoughts for the rest of the... Thu, 14 May 2009 21:16:33 EST Starting Wellbutrin XL again! Hey All! <BR> So I just rejoined this team. I had been depressed from mid-2004 to early 2007 when I finally got some help. After therapy and some other things, I was put onto Wellbutrin XL and stayed on 300 mgs per day until summer 2008. I went off of it and did fine, until a little over a month ago when my symptoms came back at full-force. <BR> I knew even before the emotional symptoms (friend withdrawal, loss of interest, indifference) that the depression had come back because of all of the... Sat, 18 Apr 2009 12:29:42 EST Intro I’m Thea. It’s actually a shortened form of my middle name but it’s the name I prefer to be called. I see there's another Thea here already which is pretty cool. <BR> <BR> I’m technically diagnosed as bi-polar2. I get the severe depression but only the mild “hypo mania.” I don’t know how they can call any mania mild but if it gets worse than I get, I don’t want to see it. I had been med-free and mostly stable for 3 years. Recently, I started the down slide into depression. I don’t k... Tue, 14 Apr 2009 09:52:16 EST finally did it I finally made it one day good eating and some exercise. I know it doesnt sound like much but since the loss of my Dad in January I have gained 12lbs. This is something me and my Dad did together walk and talk and eat good. So I finally feel like I accomplished something. I guess this is what they mean when you hear"One Day At A Time" Have a good day... Tue, 7 Apr 2009 09:08:58 EST We are in need of a Councilor Our family keeps fighting. really bad. Last night my stepdaughter told me that she want her mom and dad back together and she want to be with both of them. I guess I took it wrong. cause i felt like she didn't want me here. and I go upset and took off in the jeep and road around the country and cried. We all are going to a family councilor soon. This week. I feel like I am going to loose my mind!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sun, 5 Apr 2009 12:23:15 EST Tired, Scared, and Unsure Hi all, I am new to the team, and just needed to get somethings out. I have struggled for years trying to find happiness, but it still seems to elude me. Unfortunitly I dont have many friends that I can turn to, and my family isnt close. I dont know what I am doing wrong in my life, but everything seems to go wrong. <BR> For a young women my age, I am greatly inexperienced in the relationship department, so when things arise I tend to ask my friends for advice. I found out this evening one... Sun, 5 Apr 2009 04:10:47 EST APRIL GENERAL DISCUSSION FORUM Welcome to April, everyone. Also, welcome to SPACE-WOMAN. I hope you will find new motivation here. After all we are all in the same boat. I tell myself every day that I will get on the treadmill when I get home from work. But, by the time I get home, I am so tired, I can't do it. But, I will keep on telling myself until I do. <BR> <BR> Julie, good job on not drinking Mountain Dew. To tell you the truth, I love soft drinks. I can't drink them because of bladder issues. But, if I c... Fri, 3 Apr 2009 10:56:12 EST starting over again and again Weighed myself again gained a pound, lost last week I don't know what to do ...I'm so tired of being heavy. I gained this weight becoming depressed. Understanding depression after along time, but it can happen to me any time I eat and eat then I realize what I did. I feel like I just go around and around and cant get out. I want this cycle to end. And my goal today is I'm going to try harder and try and stop myself before I begin this eating pattern. Thanks I just needed to write this a... Fri, 27 Mar 2009 08:47:52 EST Hola!!! I just wanted to say hi! Thu, 26 Mar 2009 00:17:14 EST Looking for a "Depression Support Buddy" I was just thinking how nice it would be to have a support buddy who is dealing with the same issues of depression I am. I'd like to have someone to "SparkMail" back and forth with- a little glimmer of hope each day from a buddy... what do you think? If you mail me, I will be sure to mail you back. I could use all the "atta girl"s I can get and maybe you do too??? Wed, 25 Mar 2009 18:02:53 EST wellbutrin dosage I have been taking wellbutrin for about 5 years now. Currently, I am taking 300 in the morning. Does anyone know what the maximum dose is? I am thinking about talking to the doctor about upping it a bit, but thought I should check around first. I don't want to switch since wellbrutin is the only one that didn't make me gain weight or have sexual side effects. Wed, 25 Mar 2009 14:50:16 EST Depression leading to food, leading to weight gain I am at my wits end. I cannot get out of bed during bouts of severe depression. All my hard work to get the pounds of and get exercising come to a halt when this happens. It's an emotional and weight roller coaster. I just keep gaining the weight back (and often more) when depression comes my way again. I feel there is never any progress made. <BR> <BR> Plus, my bouts can last weeks to months. That is a lot of time not to be upright and to be eating garbage just to get by. <BR> <BR> H... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 15:29:44 EST 14 Ways to Improve Sleep Now! 14 Ways to Improve Sleep Now! <BR> Barbara C. Phillips <BR> Sleep disturbance or insomnia is not uncommon in women starting at midlife. While this may be due to a physical concern, usually it's not. Let's discuss some things you can do NOW to improve your sleep. <BR> <BR> * Good sleep is a component of good health. Things that you do for good health are essential and will directly impact your quality of sleep. This means eating a healthy diet, regular exercise and good daily multivitamin/mi... Sat, 21 Mar 2009 01:19:06 EST Healing foods, vitamins and minerals I have a book about healing foods, vitamins and minerals and thought I would share some information with you. I will write about one food, vitamin or mineral per day. <BR> <BR> Today is Broccoflower. Yes, it's not a typo. It's a Broccoflower. It's a hybrid from California and it combines the best of broccoli and cauliflower. It's sweet and mild, without the cabbagey flavor that turns some people off cauliflower. It's also softer than broccoli. It's a nutritional wonder. Each half cup servin... Tue, 17 Mar 2009 20:34:52 EST Top 10 Cancer Fighting Foods Top 10 Cancer Fighting Foods <BR> <BR> By Erin Dummert RD, CD <BR> Up to 30 percent of all cancers are linked to poor diet. That is a scary statistic, until you think of how much power we have to control it. Diet is one of the few controllable risk factors for developing cancer. Studies demonstrate that people who eat a plant-based diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains have a significantly lower risk of developing many types of cancers. <BR> <BR> The plant world is filled with t... Sat, 14 Mar 2009 03:25:31 EST Heard this phrase- thought it was pretty cool Failure is not an ending its just feedback! Fri, 13 Mar 2009 11:19:10 EST 10 Strategies for permanent weight loss <BR> 10 Strategies for permanent weight loss <BR> Kathleen Goodwin, RD <BR> 1. Exercise is essential for weight loss <BR> It's nothing new, but exercise is probably the most important predictor of whether you will succeed at long term weight loss and weight loss maintenance. In order for exercise to be helpful in weight loss, you should strive for a minimum of five 30 minute sessions per week. The good news is that recent research has shown that three 10 minute sessions in a day are as go... Thu, 12 Mar 2009 16:33:31 EST 8 Tips For Losing Weight and Keeping It Off 8 Tips For Losing Weight and Keeping It Off <BR> By Kathleen Goodwin, RD <BR> 1. Never crash diet to lose weight <BR> When you lose weight rapidly your body is typically only losing glycogen (carbohydrate) and water weight, not fat. Your body thinks that it's starving and reduces its metabolic rate, which makes it harder for your body to burn each calorie (they burn at a slower pace than they normally would). Then when you start eating normally again, your body stores as much food as it can... Thu, 12 Mar 2009 16:07:05 EST I need help!! I am depressed because I am overweight and I don't have the will power to lose weight. My new husband says he loves me the way I am. I am not happy. I have a lot on my plate with stepchildren not listening to me and he doesn't do much. except sleep most of the day. I know he don't feel good. He has heart trouble and bipolar and alt of other things. I just sometimes want to run away. We have been married for 10 months. I need to feel better about my self. All i do is cry. Thu, 12 Mar 2009 12:15:24 EST Doctors messages..I am confused So I am on psych meds: Seroquel, Wellbutrin, Abilify & Lexapro along with some medical meds. Talking with my primary doctor today who prescribes my medical meds for PCOS & Hypothyroid stated that being on all these meds would make it 3x as hard to lose weight as others who dont take them. I am confused because I thought not treating all of these things would cause me to gain more weight, because my metabolism is lower, lower energy, and emotional eating. Anyone else get confusing messages fro... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 19:16:50 EST Hi My name is Erica and I am old to spark people, but new to the team. I am 25 years old from Nebraska. I have been dealing with depression for several years. I finally feel like I am strong/well enough mentally and emotionally to take on my weight. I hope that I can gain help from others and be a source of support for others as we continue down this path. Take care everyone! Wed, 11 Mar 2009 19:06:41 EST The Hidden Dangers of Cooking Before you cook that chicken breast to a perfect golden brown or caramelize those onions to add to your favorite dish, you may want to heed the latest research. <BR> Browning your food – the cooking term is “caramelizing” – occurs when sugar molecules attach to protein. <BR> <BR> Though your taste buds are enjoying the party, the rest of your body is paying the price. <BR> <BR> When the sugar attaches to the protein, a series of other reactions occur called glycation that causes proteins ... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 10:46:20 EST Diet and lifestyle to decrease depression Diet and lifestyle recommendations to decrease depression <BR> 1. Reduce your consumption of refined carbohydrates to avoid low blood sugar <BR> The brain prefers sugar as its source of energy. However, when a person eats refined sugar or carbohydrates, blood sugars tend to rise and fall quickly, leading to low blood sugar. Symptoms of low blood sugar include depression, anxiety, fatigue, irritability and headaches. <BR> 2. Increase your intake of omega-3 oils may help with depression <BR... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 14:01:17 EST Craving Carbs in Winter: Is It Depression? <BR> What’s normal, what’s not? <BR> By Kathleen Doheny <BR> WebMD Feature Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD <BR> If winter weather triggers carbohydrate cravings, you're not alone. Many people snack more on carbohydrate-containing foods in winter, sometimes in an unconscious effort to boost their mood, says Judith Wurtman, PhD, a former scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-author of The Serotonin PowerDiet. <BR> <BR> How can you tell if your seasonal carbohydrate ... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 13:22:21 EST Resist Temptation This is a great article, a bit long to put here, so I put it on my blog, check it out if interested <BR> <BR> Resist Temptation <BR> By Dr. Ian Smith <BR> Author of The 4 Day Diet <BR> It's not easy resisting temptation, but this excerpt from Dr. Ian Smith's latest book will help you stay resolved in the face of it. <BR> YOUR MIND MUST LEAD YOU <BR> <BR> Mon, 9 Mar 2009 15:38:35 EST Couldn't Sleep so - I worked out at 1:30am! I kept tossing and turning last night so at 1:30am I said enough is enough and I got up and worked out on the Wii Fit for 90 min! I did an hour of aerobics and then 30 min of balance exercises. Then I was able to sleep for 5-6 hours. He had to go and do some stuff for his mom and I am home alone, so I just did another hour on the Wii Fit. You would think the weight would start melting away!!!!!! One of these days I know the scale and measuring tape will catch up, just hope its sooner rather ... Fri, 6 Mar 2009 16:51:28 EST Road Trip My family is planning to take a road trip from TX to CA and see sights on the way. We want to stop at Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam, but I am wondering what other interesting sites or cities we should visit. Since SP has so many people from all over the country, you all can give me some pointers. We will be going through New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions for any of these states? Mon, 2 Mar 2009 16:03:07 EST March team general chat Failures do what is tension relieving, while winners do what is goal achieving. - <BR> Dennis Waitley <BR> <BR> <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When I read this quote, I was shocked to notice that the failure person is me. I am the person who needs to rest when I get home after work. I am the person who didn’t sign up for yoga because it was too early on Saturday and I wanted to sleep in. I am the person who actually plans rest time before anything else. I am the person who stopped ... Mon, 2 Mar 2009 10:52:36 EST Calm Down and Cheer Up! <BR> by Joyce Meyer <BR> Today it seems as if everyone is under stress. It’s become a normal part of our everyday lives. As long as we keep that stress at a reasonable limit, there's no problem. But when we allow it to exceed that limit, trouble begins. <BR> Each of us needs to know our limits—we need to know how much we can handle. We need to be able to recognize when we’re reaching "full capacity" or "overload." Instead of pushing ourselves into overload to please others or satisfy our ow... Mon, 2 Mar 2009 10:29:36 EST FOCUS ON TODAY Focus on how you will become successful today and forget about the setbacks from yesterday. <BR> <BR> Tue, 24 Feb 2009 19:50:41 EST Heartbroken In spite of the depression, I think I'm generally a pretty upbeat person. Lately though it just feels like one thing after another and I can't seem to get my bearings. Last night our sweet turtle suddenly got sick and died shortly after we left the vet. It's just not right that he's gone. He deserved a lot more time. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to get myself motivated to work harder in my classes and exercise more and eat better, but my grandmother died right after Christmas, and I was sick f... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 17:03:17 EST Undervalued and needing support Hi I'm new this is my first post.. I've been seriously dieting for 4 weeks now and I've lost approx 6 kilos.. I try to do about an hour of power walking a day as well as weight training every second day. I only eat about 800 calories a day (on a good day !) while my family an partner are supportive I feel as though I need a bit more validation that I'm doing the right thing but I feel unable to ask for it so I thought it might be easier to ask for it here... It's so easy to get down when you ... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 23:10:44 EST Mayo Clinic definitions Carbohydrates Description: Carbohydrates, also known as starches and sugars, are your body's main energy source. Complex carbohydrates include legumes, grains and starchy vegetables, such as potatoes, peas and corn. Simple carbohydrates are found mainly in fruits and milk, as well as in foods made with sugar, such as candy and other sweets. <BR> <BR> Protein Description: Protein is essential to human life. Your skin, bones, muscles and organ tissue all contain protein. Protein is found in y... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 16:57:24 EST MIA again... sorry... I am sorry I haven't been more active in the group for the last coup;le of weeks but we have been going through some severe family problems here... <BR> <BR> I am not sure if I was in this group last November when I posted that someone had come into our house and taken the kids PS2 and about 50.00 in cash out of our rainy day fund...(I bought the boys a new one for Christmas with my child support money...) <BR> <BR> But with that said...On Friday the 13th, my hubby and I went out to eat f... Wed, 18 Feb 2009 02:18:18 EST Have a great day! Hi, <BR> I'm Shirley and from Avon, Indiana. I'm trying to lose weight I gained over the holidays and about 15 more pounds. I'm looking for a job along with raising my two Grandchildren ages 8 and 9. This week I'm doing pretty well, just hope it continues. Tue, 17 Feb 2009 18:41:44 EST Finding the rainbows challenge If any of you have been reading my blog you know that I am trying to get my rainbows back. I used to be a positive, upbeat, happy person, but over the years that has changed. Due to a abusive marriage I gave up on finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I want my rainbow back. I have been out of that relationship for 16 years, but still can't put it behind me. I have major inlaw problems that are ongoing. My challenge is to get those rainbows back. I want to find something t... Sat, 14 Feb 2009 10:23:14 EST Victory Over Depressi n-Prayer It was taken from a book , "Prayers That Avail Much" by Germaine Copeland. The prayer is titled "Victory Over Depression" and has been very helpful to me as we are to pray to our Father with a positive attitude, He will answer our prayers and claiming "Victory" is very uplifting! <BR> <BR> Father, You are my refuge and my high tower and my stronghold in times of trouble. I lean on and confidently put my trust in You, for You have not forsaken me. I seek You on the authority of Your word and ... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 23:07:42 EST hi i'm new just wanted to say hi and introduce myself i am 20 yrs old and a single mom to 2 beautiful girls that are almost 2 and 1, my depression has recently come back maybe it never really left but it seems to come in phases and i could really use some support and uplifting thoughts ya know? it's so hard to do this alone and depression doesn't make it any better. Mon, 9 Feb 2009 20:54:30 EST advice for the tired mom Hi all I don't suffer from depression but I have a 28 year old son who was diagnosed 8 years ago with manic depression and Bi Polar. Right now he is missing and on Parole I am able to converse via e-mail with him but I can't seem to break through to him mentally. he is so very unhappy and will not let anyone help. I have always benn able to bring him back but he's been gone for 1 year and needs to come back and face his punishment. I am trying to quit smoking and lose weight and at the same t... Tue, 3 Feb 2009 16:02:39 EST So down I don't know what the problem is today. I just want to curl up in a ball and cry till everyone gets home. My period is due in 7 days so it is probably to early for PMS, but I don't know. I just keep imagining the worst and then hating myself for it. I'm sticking to my diet though. Mostly because there is nothing junky in the house and there is 5 feet of snow outside keeping me from shopping. Maybe I'm sick of winter, which I am, but that usually doesn't effect me like this. I did my ca... Mon, 2 Feb 2009 15:57:01 EST Heart Healthy Challenge Until Valentine’s Day, I challenge everyone to do or eat something healthy for your heart every day. It could be cardio work out or eating berries, as long as it’s good for your heart. Post what you did for your heart every day here. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning I ate whole wheat bread for breakfast <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Mon, 2 Feb 2009 11:57:32 EST GENERAL TEAM DISCUSSION - February It's February!!! I can't believe how January just flew by. I was 5 lbs away from my goal in December, but in January I gaines 5 lbs and so I am back to being 10 lbs away from my goal. I made a desperate effort to walk on the treadmill this weekend. Saturday, I was so tired and it was so hard to walk, I almost cried. But, I did it. Only 20 minutes, but it did make me feel better after I walked. <BR> <BR> Only 10 lbs. Wow!! Some people who lost hundreds of lbs would laugh at me. But, ... Mon, 2 Feb 2009 09:45:08 EST PMS I have been working so hard and managed to lose 15 pounds in January. I was feeling really good about myself. Despite having the flu and missing two days of cardio I still managed to burn 3500 calories last week. I was eating 1000 - 1200 cals a day, but raised it to 1200 - 1500 when I upped the cardio. I aim for a minimum of 60 minutes a day of cardio five days a week and about 30 mins of strength training 4 times a week. Does that sound right to everyone? Anyway yesterday my scale was ... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 10:52:55 EST LIghthearted Reading DIET PILLS: <BR> "I'm prescribing these pills for you," said the doctor to the overweight patient. "I don't want you to swallow them. Just spill them on the floor twice a day and pick them up, one at a time...." <BR> <BR> Have a great day!! <em>30</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2009 03:32:10 EST Remember to take your vitamins every day Anxious- Take Vitamin A <BR> "All things work together for good for those who love God, <BR> who are called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28) <BR> <BR> Blue- Take Vitamin B <BR> "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is <BR> within me, bless His Holy name." (Psalm 103:1) <BR> <BR> Crushed- Take Vitamin C <BR> "Cast all your care on Him, because he cares for you."(1Peter5:7) <BR> <BR> Depressed- Take Vitamin D <BR> "Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you." (James 4:8) <BR> ... Fri, 30 Jan 2009 18:25:36 EST 3 rules for successful weight loss I am pretty sure we all know this, but just to refresh our memory. <BR> <BR> <em>491</em> <BR> <BR> By now we know what we should eat: fruits, veggies, lean meat, and so on. But researchers are finding that how we eat can also have a big impact on our waistlines. Do you stand at the kitchen counter? Indulge in snacks in front of the TV? Decide you're hungry when you smell something savory? Three recent studies suggest a pinch of awareness may be just what the weight loss coach ordered. <... Thu, 22 Jan 2009 14:49:27 EST Great ways to deal with burdens of life <BR> Here are some great ways of dealing with the burdens of life: <BR> <BR> * Accept that some days you're the pigeon, <BR> And some days you're the statue. <BR> <BR> * Always keep your words soft and sweet, <BR> Just in case you have to eat them. <BR> <BR> * Always wear stuff that will make you look good <BR> If you die in the middle of it. <BR> <BR> * Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be <BR> Recalled by their maker. <BR> <BR> * If you can't be kind, at least have the dece... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 19:44:48 EST Hi, I'm Emily, I'm new, & I'm already struggling I am a mother of 3 wonderful kids, I have a wonderful and supportive husband, and I've been battling depression on and off my whole life. <BR> I originally joined the team "Dealing with Depression," but it seemed too large, and I didn't feel it quite fit my needs. I'm new to Sparks (one week), and while I started out feeling excited and empowered, I find I am now feeling depressed an overwhelmed. <BR> I can't stay within the calorie guidelines that SP made for me (1200-1550, probably becau... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 13:18:27 EST Women compared to cell phones We Women are like cell phones <BR> We like to be held and talked to, <BR> But push the wrong button <BR> you will certainly be DISCONNECTED! <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Wed, 21 Jan 2009 00:21:46 EST Winter Hot Tub Hot tub is back. I cleaned it and it shines. Fresh water is in and bubbling. I added a relaxing scent to the water, but it’s not over powering. Let’s chat. What kind of snacks would you like? I have water, water, ice tea, coffee and some punch that a woman at work showed me. Very nice and refreshing. <BR> <BR> How is the weather where you are? Is everybody staying warm? In TX, it’s cold and not cold. Our temperature this time of the year changes everyday. This morning, it’s 23 de... Fri, 16 Jan 2009 09:37:02 EST Twas the month after Christmas, Check out my new blog entry- its a really cute poem that was sent to me that I wanted to share. Tue, 13 Jan 2009 02:24:48 EST Trying to Lose Again Hi, I am new and I want to try to lose my weight again, but this time for good. I lost 75 four years ago, but then my mother past away and I gained it all back if not more. She was always my motivator. When I was losing she would cheer me on and encourage me not to cheat. Since I don't have my cheerleader, I haven't been able to even get started on losing weight again Mon, 12 Jan 2009 21:12:08 EST January Team Chat Happy New Year!!!! Fri, 2 Jan 2009 09:35:15 EST Anybody Got?? The Jillian Micheals 30 Day Shred DVD??? If so, will ya copy it for me and I will reimburse you with a blank DVD??? <BR> <BR> If ya can, contact me!!! <BR> THX!!! <BR> Love ya millions, <BR> Lady Dice <BR> Fri, 2 Jan 2009 02:15:31 EST Update from me.... I took all of your advice and went to the library and went to the websites. I even had my sister to call and talk to the ppl. <BR> <BR> They told me to get professional counseling and then try to get him in after about 5 or 6 sessions alone. I have been going to counseling at my church with a great lady named Cathy. She is doing this in a biblical way with me and then we will call him in in about 2 more sessions, which is about 2 weeks... <BR> <BR> He did apologize and is not "watching" ... Mon, 29 Dec 2008 22:24:07 EST New Year Recolution What do we want to improve on for New Year? <BR> <BR> In the new year, I will try to be forgiving. I will try not to stay mad at people. I will try to understand that sometimes people are just misunderstood. <BR> <BR> I will also try to be myself. All my life I have struggled with trying to be nicer and prettier and skinnier and better than everyone else. In 2009, I will try to only be who I was born to be. I am not a 6 feet tall, 21 year old, blond model making millions per year. ... Mon, 29 Dec 2008 19:04:22 EST Why do men.... have to be jackasses??? Why do they accuse you of things that are <BR> simply NOT true??? <BR> I have a tagged account and now my husband is raising all kinds of <BR> hell. I am not allowed to talk to anyone anymore except certain ppl. <BR> He has demanded me to take it down because he is upset because guys are <BR> saying hi to me and wanting to be buddies with me. I talk to nobody on <BR> there except my sister. And then he had the balls to ask why was I <BR> talking to my sister in ... Sat, 27 Dec 2008 23:50:42 EST Best Sport Bras for.... Anybody know where I can find the best sport bra?? I am rather large chested and when I try to jog in cheap bras, I still bounce and flop. I end up spending more time adjusting myself than getting to workout. <BR> <BR> I wear a 38D bra and since having 3 boys and nursing all 3 (and a little gravity) I sag. So with cheap bras I have to put in, push up, pull out and constantly adjust. So I am usually spending more time doing that than getting my head and body ready for my workout. Plus I want... Sun, 7 Dec 2008 11:32:14 EST DECEMBER TEAM CHAT Sorry I haven't posted. It has been very busy at work since my company laid off a lot of people. I am the only person doing what I do and it's starting to get very busy. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and looking forward to end of the year. Tue, 2 Dec 2008 14:52:48 EST Why the need for validation Whenever my depression I guess the word would be spikes I seem to need validation. Or at least that's what my daughter told me as she was shouting at me this evening. The problem is I don't know if she is or not. She says I always seem to doubt that they love me and I need the to validate that they do. I know in August that was true. My marriage seemed to be crumbling and I had just spent 4 weeks taking care of BOTH my parents even though my mom was the one who had the bypass surgery. <BR> Sh... Tue, 2 Dec 2008 02:22:42 EST I am thankful I am thankful. Every year we go around the table at Thanksgiving and those that want (especially my kids) tell everyone what they are thankful for. This year, I will not only thankful for my family and my job and my new medications that are finally working, but I also will be thanking SparkPeople. This web site changed me. I don’t mean it changed me because I lost some weight and feel better, althugh that is a great change. But, this web site changed how I look at things. I am more pos... Wed, 26 Nov 2008 10:19:14 EST Just starting My name is Norma and I would like to lose 30lbs. I have moderate to severe depression. To complicate the issue I am need to lose weight, I have fibro and I feel like I'm constantly on a roller coaster. I have horrible eating habits. Which means I rarely eat and when I do I eat the wrong things and then over indulge. <BR> I feel alone and spend alot of time alone. My husband works all the time to support our family as I can't work at this time. My daughter is a senior in high school and works... Fri, 21 Nov 2008 02:09:39 EST Christmas Challenge An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day. - Irv Kupcinet <BR> <BR> <em>147</em> <BR> <BR> We can all be optimists. The new challenge is to start eating better on Thanksgiving Day and continue until after Christmas. What better way to show your body you care than not to pig out on the biggest eating day of the year. We can all have turkey and potatoes and green beans, but let’s focus more on the green beans than turkey and gravy. Let’s make more veggies. Cook pot... Thu, 13 Nov 2008 10:43:29 EST Having a hard time with exercise? Are you having a hard time getting yourself to exercise, because you just don’t like it very much? <BR> <BR> Well, you’re not alone. <BR> <BR> Most people who’ve been sedentary for awhile have a hard time getting started with exercise because it’s physically uncomfortable at first. The more out of shape you are, the harder it can be to get yourself up and moving. In most cases, this initial discomfort doesn’t last too long--especially if you start slowly and give your body a chance to adjus... Tue, 11 Nov 2008 11:12:01 EST What do you do when you are stressed out? Besides medications, what do you all do when you are stressed? Do you walk? Do you eat? Do you watch TV, listen to music, talk on the phone? Do you do yoga? Do you go to your "happy place" in your head. Has anyone read any good books on managing stress? <BR> <BR> I am very interested in starting yoga. I can't afford lessons, but if anyone can recommend a book, I will read it. <BR> <BR> Tue, 4 Nov 2008 18:03:50 EST NOVEMBER TEAM CHAT Happy November, everyone!!! <BR> <BR> It has been a "one of those" weeks for me last week. I started taking Provigil for my migraines. It gave very bad side effects. I stopped taking it last Friday, but I am just now starting to feel better. Doctor already called a new medication for me. So, here I go again. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a great October. Did anyone eat a lot of Halloween candy? <BR> <BR> Reminiscing about the past is something everyone does. We think about momen... Tue, 4 Nov 2008 09:22:59 EST Hi, I'm Dave and I am very new here.... I'm from New Jersey, I want to lose weight and I am dealing with depression at the same time. I am currently taking medication and have been taking meds for about 20 years now. I'm 46 years old now and thought that things regarding my depression would get easier, but they haven't. I go into a sort of mild to moderate depression on the weekends. The weekends are the worse for me. I tend to have problems planning my time and many times go the whole weekend without doing anything meaningf... Mon, 3 Nov 2008 12:59:54 EST hi im kim im an aussie mum of 4 and was hoping to find a little help <BR> i think im suffering depression and hoping to be able to lift my moods by diet and exercise <BR> i was wondering if anyone had ideas on good mood foods <BR> thank you so much <BR> kim <BR> XXX Fri, 31 Oct 2008 02:36:43 EST Disabled and Can't Exercise! Besides being depressed about my son's death which occurred last June, I'm also depressed because I physically can't exercise. I have lost a lot of weight because when I'm upset, I can't eat. I'm down to 102 lbs. and still losing. This is not the way I wanted to lose weight! Any suggestions for getting out of the bed and doing some type of exercise? Believe me, I'm not bragging about my weight...I just want to be active again. <BR> Suzy <em>134</em> Wed, 29 Oct 2008 09:20:56 EST I did it! I reached a daily goal today, the one that is the most important goal for loosing weight. I not only reached the goal but I surpassed it by 58 points. The goal is my calories burned. My daily goal is 272 and I did 330 calories. Woo hoo! I'm sure glad I found those belly dance exercise videos. Not being able to reach my daily calories burned goal was one thing that was depressing me so much. I had such a hard time finding an exercise routine I could do so I could reach the goal, now I've found... Tue, 28 Oct 2008 17:13:45 EST Hello, Thea Here! Hello every one. I just got my new work out videos that my wonderful son ordered for me off of Amazon. This is cool because now I feel I can actually start a work out plan. As I've tried so many before that was hard to do. I'm beginning tomorrow. I'm hoping that it will help to relieve some of this depression I've been feeling and I've been feeling pretty rotten lately. <BR> <BR> I first found these videos on Utube. I have always been intrigued with the Middle Eastern cultures and I've alway... Mon, 27 Oct 2008 16:30:50 EST Hello, I'm New Here My name is Thea. I live in lower Pan Handle Texas. I have been a member with Spark People for around 2 years now. I'm not having a very good time with losing weight. This depression I'm feeling is just overwhelming. I've been suffering with mild to moderate depression since I was a kid. The big difference now is, when I was a kid I didn't have trouble with being over weight. I was a skinny little thing. Now I'm 235 lbs. and terribly out of shape. I have a hard time with exercising because of ... Sun, 26 Oct 2008 00:42:24 EST here i go again <em>20</em> my new knee has become one with the rest of me,sooo,i have started workng out again,not breaking any records here but i am trying to get back into a routine,just feeling along in the dark Fri, 24 Oct 2008 14:40:55 EST new to the spark team <em>30</em> Hello everyone. I am a frustrated 42 year old, married with 4 teenagers, deal with depression and need to lose about 150 lbs. and just don't know where to begin. I need to get on some kind of schedule. One that will help me prepare meals ahead of time, get on some kind of exercise program, and someway to stay motivated, and something that doesn't cost me a fortune. I would love to get the lapband but the cost is out of my league. I need something where I have to be, can't... Thu, 16 Oct 2008 16:24:18 EST Fitness Challenge Hi Team, <BR> <BR> For the next fitness challenge, I would like each member who is interested in participating to post suggestions of what they'd like to do for a challenge. The challenge will be based on the suggestions. <BR> <BR> Please have your suggestion(s) posted by Oct. 5 and the challenge will start Oct. 7. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to hearing from y'all! <BR> Reba Thu, 2 Oct 2008 17:25:54 EST A question.... ...OK I have a pedometer that you have to program your height, weight, and age. You also have to program your stride in. <BR> <BR> OK my question is this... <BR> If my pedometer says I burned 400 calories do I subtract those calories at the end of the day after I am all finished eating. <BR> <BR> EX: I have consumed 1500 calories at the end of the day. My pedometer says I have burned 400 calories so do I subtract the 400 calories from the 1500 because those are already burned???? <BR> ... Wed, 1 Oct 2008 21:38:56 EST Thank you all.... ....For all your advice and wisdom. About me taking Me time... <BR> Well, I am going to get my "me" time. I did not ask hubby, I told him that every Friday I wanted to do something...I wanted my say in what we do or don't do together but only on Fridays! <BR> So Friday the kids are off and I am off and we are all going to the mountains for a long hike. I love nature and when I am out there for very long period of time I feel relaxed, refreshed, and reenergized. I feel balanced again. <BR> ... Wed, 1 Oct 2008 21:21:41 EST October Challenge Name one thing you will do this month that you did not do last month. This does not have to be food or exercise related. But, it HAS to be active. <BR> <BR> I will clean out my closet and put away clothes that my husband and I have not worn in years. Wed, 1 Oct 2008 09:48:51 EST Hot Tub - October chat Since the weather is getting cooler, it’s getting too cold for the pool. So, welcome to the hot tub. Get in everybody and we can chat about our new lifestyle and the good and the bad. The water is warm, the fireplace is hot with real wood that smells wonderful and we can roast some marshmallows (just a few). They are fat free, you know. <BR> <BR> You know what I always say? New month – new opportunity to start over again and do all the things we didn’t do last month. My challenge to ... Wed, 1 Oct 2008 09:45:59 EST Sorry I have been so quiet BUT.... <BR> ...I have been pretty down lately. I have so much stress going on right now that I am broke out from head to toe with some sort of rash. Whenever I get upset, I gets worse. Plus I have been hurting in my chest and not opening my mouth to hubby about it. I go to the allergist Thursday to get the pricks to find out what I am having a reaction to and then I go back to my regular doc to have him look at my chest and see why it is hurting but I think I know...STRESS. <BR> <BR> Plus I am tr... Sun, 28 Sep 2008 01:47:56 EST Hello I just found this team and wanted to say hello. <BR> <BR> I have struggled with depression for a very long time and it definitely has had an effect on my weight. I sometimes wish I was one of those people that stop eating all together when they get depressed, but no, I am the exact opposite. <BR> <BR> Today has been particularly hard and I am fighting the urge to make a food run. <BR> <BR> Anyway, hello. Sat, 20 Sep 2008 17:27:10 EST New here , so wanted to introduce myself! Hey y'all! I am SomerDyan! I am a stay at home Mom of 3 boys, and I am almost 25. I am FINALLY seeing results in the losing weight department, but recently have been depressed. I lost my best friend last month, and I am feeling extremly guilty for so many reasons. I decided I would find a Spark Team to see if that helps! Anyway, best part is I am losing weight! Well, I hope everyone has a great weekend! Take care and hang in there! <BR> ~SomerDyan~ Sat, 20 Sep 2008 14:52:15 EST September Challenge THE FOLLOWING IS A CORRECTION FOR THE SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE. INSTEAD OF BURNING AT LEAST 100 CALORIES OVER THE AMOUNT YOU CONSUME, IT IS NOW TO BURN AT LEAST 100 CALORIES A DAY EXERCISING. SORRY FOR ANY CONFUSION. <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Congratulations to all the participants in the last challenge (Food Challenge)! <BR> <BR> The next challenge is to burn at least 100 calories per day exercising. Also, drinking at least 8 cups of water a day. <BR> <BR> The challenge will start Sept... Sat, 13 Sep 2008 12:24:26 EST Have a fun weekend!!!! Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. - Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> What are you passionate about? Everyone is passionate about something...whether it be a political issue or your family...there is something that you are truly passionate about. Do you do things to enhance that passion? Many of us let our passion die down or the flame to almost disappear. We don't take time to cultivate our passion and to explore what are passion is all about. Take some time this weekend and l... Fri, 5 Sep 2008 17:29:02 EST SEPTEMBER TEAM DISCUSSION Happy September, everyone!!! Can you all believe we survived August? How did we all do in August? Let’s share our accomplishments for August and our goals for September. My biggest accomplishment is that I did not gain any weight. That is a big considering everything I ate during Labor Day weekend. I also stopped serving family style dinners to my family. My husband and kids get only what is on their plates. No seconds or thirds. This is working out great. Nobody is hungry and both ... Tue, 2 Sep 2008 17:37:24 EST Team Beaver This is the thread to post your daily nutrition amounts. Mon, 1 Sep 2008 16:25:23 EST Team Aardvark This is the thread to post your daily nutrition amounts. Mon, 1 Sep 2008 16:20:04 EST Another Great Article *Another Great Article!* <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Overeat Now, Pay Later <BR> <BR> We might be familiar with the ways our couch potato habits can take a toll on our health. But what about the effects obesity can have on our wallets? A recent Newsweek article says that being overweight can have some very serious financial repercussions, like lost work hours due to weight-related illnesses. Not too surprising. But did you know that when it comes to health care, extra pounds mean some serious ex... Thu, 28 Aug 2008 21:19:33 EST Food Challenge Hi Team! <BR> <BR> MEGANKERR7226, Team Captain of the winning team for cardio challenge, has chosen a challenge to stay within your daily food ranges! <BR> <em>140</em> <BR> The challenge will start Tuesday, Sept. 2, and will end Monday, Sept. 8. If you would like to sign up, please let me know by Sunday, Aug. 31. I will post the teams on Monday, Sept. 1. Also, for the members who participated in the last challenge, if you'd like to be on the same team, let me know when you sign up. The te... Thu, 28 Aug 2008 09:33:27 EST How To Handle Food Cravings... *I found this article and hope it helps!* <BR> <BR> <BR> Your final term paper is due the next morning, but you can't type another word unless you get a slice of hot, gooey tomato and spinach pizza. You run over to the student union, even though it will put you behind schedule. <BR> <BR> You've gotten to the movie theater late and just found a place to sit when suddenly you have to have hot, buttered popcorn, even though you know that if you get it, you'll miss the first 10 minutes of th... Thu, 28 Aug 2008 01:35:20 EST Looking for support I weened myself off of Paxil about eight months ago and have felt better. But now I am really struggling with my depression weight. I won't diet. I can't anymore. I only fail on diets. How do you all do it? Can I still have ice cream and lose weight? Can I have a bad day and still meet my long-term goals? <BR> Any help will do! <BR> Thanks! Tue, 26 Aug 2008 20:01:43 EST I Feel Like I'm Fighting with Almost Everyone My self-esteem is down the tubes & I just want someone (my dh mostly) to say something to me that's not negative. <BR> <BR> I plan to hug myself with a hamburger and fries. They're left over from yesterday when I was unable to take time for lunch. <BR> <BR> How do I stand up for myself without the backlash that usually seems to occur? <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Aug 2008 13:37:04 EST RISE AND SHINE - I am happy Rise and shine everyone!!! I don't know if it's a new skinny pair of jeans I bought this weekend or the fact that I did not have a migraine all weekend, but I feel happier than I felt in a long time. <BR> <BR> I would like to remind all of the quote that I have hanging on my wall at my work. It talks about how one should find happiness under their feet and not look for it in the distance. This week, try to think about all the things you have in your life you are thankful for. I can alr... Sun, 24 Aug 2008 19:49:51 EST Hi my name is Rena I have lost 176lbs, efter suffering a depression and being on Efexor for a good year from lossing a husband to diabetes type 1 and putting a ADHD child in a foster home. <BR> These days life is getting better. But sometimes I get down because I also have ADHD, but I fight to keep my good humour with alot of exercise, healthy food and keeping positive as possible at all times. <BR> I have two kids with ADHD, I often wonder if life will be good to them.. Even if they are good kids, I have mem... Fri, 22 Aug 2008 14:18:24 EST Think fit - be fit "Think Fit, Be Fit <BR> Do you think of exercise as a chore? Or do you think of it as a pathway to health and physical well-being? Do you consider yourself in shape and strong, or unfit and weak? <BR> The way you think about your physical fitness abilities may actually help determine to what degree activity benefits — or doesn't benefit — your body. A recent study showed that the power of a positive mind-set may play an even bigger role than anyone thought. <BR> <BR> A study conducted by ... Thu, 21 Aug 2008 16:30:42 EST Question about Spark Teams I'd like to get feedback about how everyone is able to interact with all the teams they join <em>38</em> <BR> I find that I join teams that "spark" my interest, but then I'm not able to stay involved with all of the teams. Am I the only one that has this problem <em>38</em> Thanks for your input. <BR> Jackie <em>214</em> Tue, 19 Aug 2008 22:53:42 EST Team Falcon Hi Team, <BR> Here are the teams for the Cardio Competition Challenge: <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> TEAM FALCON <BR> <BR> REBA1058 - Captain only <BR> ASPENHUGGER <BR> MIMAWELIZABETH <BR> OLGAINTX <BR> RIGREENTHUMB <BR> SCATTERBOLT <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> I will be the Captain of TEAM FALCON but I won't participate as far as posting cardio minutes. That way the teams will be balanced. <BR> <BR> There are 2 threads set up under the Challenge Forum ... one for each team. After you fi... Sun, 17 Aug 2008 07:57:06 EST Team Eagle Hi Team, <BR> Here are the teams for the Cardio Competition Challenge: <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> TEAM EAGLE <BR> <BR> MEGANKERR7226 - Captain <BR> DCBOHART <BR> EVIE13 <BR> LOVEYDOV31 <BR> MCWHIRTER3 <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> I will be the Captain of TEAM FALCON but I won't participate as far as the weight goes. That way the teams will be balanced. <BR> <BR> There are 2 threads set up under the Challenge Forum ... one for each team. After you find which team you are on, please pos... Sun, 17 Aug 2008 07:56:15 EST Weekend Rise and Shine Good Morning Team!!! Rise and Shine!!! <BR> <BR> It's weekend. I hope everyone got to sleep in this weekend. It's raining and cold in TX. And by cold, I mean it's going to be in the 80s today. That's cold for TX in August. This change in weather is not doing anything good for my head. I woke up with my a very strange feeling. It's not really pain, but more like pressure and white noise. It reminds me of my younger days after a rock concert or night clubs. <BR> <BR> To what challe... Sat, 16 Aug 2008 10:22:45 EST Daily rise and shine Rise and shine everyone. I hope you all are having a good morning. If not, let's make it better. To what challenge will you rise to day? How will you shine? <BR> <BR> I will try to walk on my treadmill today for the 4th day in a row. I will shine by saying good morning to everyone I see at work today. <BR> <BR> Let's make it a good day!!! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Fri, 15 Aug 2008 10:30:19 EST Lady Dice is checking in... Hey All, <BR> I am checking in b/c I haven't done it in a while but I have been fighting a migraine for the last 2 weeks and have been to 2 different docs with no avail. I have only slept like 5 hours in the last 2 weeks and being on the computer hurts my head in the worst kind of way! <BR> I am not ignoring anyone but that is my reason! <BR> Love ya, <BR> LadyDice <BR> <BR> PS: I have not gained any weight by being basically dormant for the last 2 weeks!!! Thu, 14 Aug 2008 00:05:04 EST What do you do to relax? What do you all do to relax and calm yourself down? Do you have any tricks you would like to share? What happens after a busy day or a stressful situation? <BR> <BR> My husband can start snoring the second his head hits the pillow or back of the couch. I, on the other hand, need at least 30 minutes or sometimes hours to get relaxed enough to sleep. Two things that do relax me a little is eating and watching TV. But, how much can I really eat? <BR> <BR> What do you all do to relax or ca... Wed, 13 Aug 2008 17:47:02 EST Cardio competition challenge Hi Team! <BR> Would y'all like a competition team challenge? Starting Monday, Aug. 18 and ending Sunday, Aug. 24, if there is enough interest, teams will compete against one another for the most CARDIO minutes. If you are already doing a cardio challenge use those minutes for this challenge. Remember, cardio gets your heart beating faster. <BR> <BR> If you would like to join, please post in this thread or send a SparkMail message to me letting me know. Please respond no later than Saturday, ... Wed, 13 Aug 2008 12:54:39 EST CHECK IN WITH US! WE MISS YOU! <em>30</em> This is your team! Check in and let us know that you're still hangin' in there! <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> PS If you need help or encouragement, let's us know. We are all in this together! Wed, 13 Aug 2008 12:16:31 EST Naming our Cat in the Hat We have had many good suggestions for naming our cat. I will post these names now, and we can all vote (only one vote per person, please! on which one we think is best. I will let the voting run for a week, closing on Tuesday the 19th. This should give all of us a chance to vote and we will pick the winner on Wednesday, the 20th. <BR> Have fun. The Nominations are: <BR> <BR> Ms. Clara (for Clarabelle) <BR> Miss Felicity <BR> Miss Pearl <BR> Ms. Grace <BR> Daisy <BR> Ms. Dixie <BR> Ms. Blanch... Wed, 13 Aug 2008 11:02:30 EST Tired of being very depressed I don't even know where to begin. I haven't been at this very long and feel in a lot of ways that I've barely begun. It is so hard for me to hang in there. I try to tell myself that every day is a new day. But, I just can't get in the groove of eating healthy. I am soooooo depressed. In spite of all my medications I still feel awful, anxious and so alone. Aside from normally being depressed for no specific reason, I have loads of reasons in my life to be depressed and stressed. Sometimes it... Wed, 6 Aug 2008 20:30:43 EST Need your help, please I would love some advice. For those of you that are new, I am having issues with my mother-in-law. She is not speaking to me. She has not spoken to me or my parents for a year now. We had a pretty normal relationship for 11 years of my marriage. I put up with her and she put up with me. That was fine with me and everybody got along when we were together. There are many reasons I think of why she stopped speaking to me and my parents, but I will not go into that now so save time. I hav... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 11:56:11 EST Suggest a name for our White Cat with Hat We will run this topic for 2 weeks, beginning Wednesday July 30th and closing at the end of the day on Tuesday, August 12th. this should give everyone a chance to get a suggestion in. Suggest as many names as you want, but on Wednesday, August 13th, we will start taking votes on which previously suggested name you prefer. I think it is only fair that we each get only one vote. We will then tally the votes and pick the one that has the most votes. Wed, 30 Jul 2008 07:43:32 EST What helped with your depression besides meds. I just thought it would be interesting to see what things helped other people. Anything that helped you no matter how little or big. <BR> For me, I do take meds everyday, but working out has also help tremendously. Working out in my yard has also helped, because besides clinical depression I also get depressed with gray skies in the winter. <BR> <BR> ~Nicole <BR> <em>67</em> Tue, 29 Jul 2008 19:47:31 EST Lets Name that White Cat with The Hat! My suggestion is: <BR> <BR> Clara (short for Clarabelle) <em>240</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I love that cat! <em>26</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2008 09:12:47 EST Just sitting here and wondering why... OK you are probably wondering why I titled it that way... <BR> <BR> A friend from Kentucky where I am from orginally from called me tonight. She and her husband are almost identical to my husband and my marriage. <BR> <BR> Well she told me tonight that she had confronted her hubby as to why here latey that when she walks into the room, that he will turn off the moniter to the computer. He got all mad and said that she had the guilty conscience or else she would not question him about it a... Sat, 26 Jul 2008 00:36:55 EST August Challenge Hi, everyone. <BR> <BR> I thought I would get started on August challenge since my challenge might take some time to do. I challenge everyone to walk as many miles as it will take to walk to your favorite city. I like Austin TX. Austin is 195.7 miles from me. Do you all think I can walk there in a month? Over the weekend, I would like everyone to think of a city that’s around 200 miles from where you live. Let us know where you will be walking to and how many miles that city is from ... Fri, 25 Jul 2008 17:41:58 EST My new exercise motivators Hi everyone, <BR> I'm a new member and several of you have already sent me welcoming messages. Thank you so much. I was in a terrible slump regarding exercise because in 2 years, I managed to break 3 different bones in both feet. So, I was in a walking cast for about 6 months on and off. <BR> I watched The Dog Whisperer often during this period and realized that by just walking my dogs, I would be helping everyone out. We live in the country with a huge "free range" area for my do... Thu, 24 Jul 2008 01:01:38 EST UPDATE to nervous to take meds... Well I had my script filled yesterday but they had to change it to Celexa because of my insurance. So yesterday afternoon about 4:00 I took my first one. About 5:00 I started feeling kind of different and started getting sleepy and having trouble focusing. <BR> I just figured it was because I was looking at the computer so much yesterday. I got off work at 6:30 and my husband picked me up and we were taking my step-son to karate lessons and just as we were getting there I told my DH to turn a... Wed, 23 Jul 2008 16:00:49 EST Just Saying Hi I found this team on another member's Spark Page, & it certainly fits me! I've struggled with depression on & off all my life -- it took until I was in my 60s to realize that it runs in my family (just like diabetes does). Now I'm afflicted with both, & really struggling, especially since I don't have health insurance & can no longer afford the anti-depressant that seems to work for me. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that losing weight, getting my diabetes under control, and exercising on a regular ... Wed, 23 Jul 2008 15:08:01 EST Nervous to take meds My doctor has put me on Lexapro (small dosage) for my mild depression. I have fought against it for so long because I am nervous to take it for some reason. I feel like "do I really need this". I also worry about weight gain with it. <BR> <BR> I know that I do probably need it. I work in a stressful job in the medical field and I have a stressful home life. I don't really know the difference or relationship between stress and depression. There are some days that I am fine...and some days I ... Mon, 21 Jul 2008 13:26:10 EST Lady Dice's Update <BR> I Lady Dice promise to keep everyone updated!!!! <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your concern and advice. I am really a very shy person and thought I had found good friends on some Yahoo groups that I belong to but seemed like everyone in certain groups could vent about anything from babies with diaper rash to hubbys not giving them enough sex but yet when I would go on and vent they would yell and give rotten advice. As a matter of fact, I got kicked out of so many Yahoo Groups because t... Sat, 19 Jul 2008 23:45:03 EST Slow Change Check out my blog. Does anyone else feel like I do? <em>12</em> <BR> <BR> Jackie <em>214</em> Sat, 19 Jul 2008 10:35:16 EST OK finally got the courage.... OK I fianlly got the courage to come give my story. I rarely do what I am getting ready to do so bare with me... <BR> <BR> I rarely open myself up to anyone...I have trust issues going ack from childhood... <BR> <BR> But I have been staying depressed lately and trying to keep my emotional eating issue under control too...So here goes... <BR> <BR> My X husband (and my hubby now) are really stessing me out. OK I am white and have 3 white children by him (my X)and he is trying to end his fi... Fri, 18 Jul 2008 22:52:50 EST Another newbie here... <em>213</em> <BR> I haven't had time to introduce myself yet, so hi everyone. I am 48 yrs. old and living on disability because of major depression, anxiety, binge eating disorder, and sleep apnea. I had a very difficult childhood, being sexually abused by 3 different extended family members that started at age 9 and continued into adulthood until I learned how to stop it. <BR> <BR> When I was 21 I married my first husband, a very sick man who abused me emotionally, psychologically, and e... Tue, 15 Jul 2008 07:50:30 EST A False Start for a Strong Heart A False Start for a Strong Heart <BR> <BR> <BR> We all want to start the day with a hardy breakfast that will keep us strong, energized and healthy. So when we’re grocery shopping and we see a cereal whose front label practically screams… <BR> <BR> “Hey! This is a smart and healthy way to start your day — it’s so smart we even named it Smart Start!” <BR> <BR> …we naturally assume that this cereal must really be… well, a Smart Start, right? <BR> <BR> Wrong. <BR> <BR> The eBrandAid G... Mon, 14 Jul 2008 23:58:24 EST July Challenge This month I am challenging you to seek out and visit one page each week of another person on the team here that you do not know. Post on their page and blog if they have one and then come back to the team and post in here what you learned about them from their page.. <BR> <BR> This is a great way for us to get to know each other better.. to make friends.. and you just might be reaching out to someone who is really in need of a hug today.. sometimes we don't realize that a person is just... Sun, 13 Jul 2008 13:15:57 EST Confessions of Ben, Jerry & Me I just felt like I needed to come here and vent. <BR> I seem to be my own worse enemy, sabotaging myself. Tonight I bought a pint of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. If that wasn't bad enough, I ate the whole pint. Now I feel sick. It almost seems like I do this on purpose. Why do I always do things like this to myself? Am I a sucker for punishment? <em>24</em> Sat, 12 Jul 2008 21:22:16 EST Can I tell you all anything about me... and you won't judge me or think bad of me??? <BR> <BR> I want to give a full intro as to why I am depressed majorly but I need to know if I can say anything without being judged! <BR> <BR> Lady Dice Sat, 12 Jul 2008 02:43:18 EST Hi! <em>235</em> Judy! <BR> <BR> Best wishes to you on your journey! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Jackie <em>214</em> Fri, 11 Jul 2008 20:02:33 EST Hi Everyone I was reading some of the forums for this group and it really hit home so thought this was a great team to join. <BR> I'm Judy and suffer from depression. I can go weeks without exercising cuz I just can't get motivated. Other times I exercise several times a day. <BR> I am taking depression medication (celexa) which I think is hindering my weight lost, I have no will power at all. I am from CA, married with two beautiful daughters, one is married and has given me my first granddaughter, as... Fri, 11 Jul 2008 16:54:48 EST Scales <em>213</em> everyone! <BR> <BR> My scale is suppose to be a good scale. (Tanita Body Fat Monitor/Scale). But I believe it is inaccurate. I'm just wondering what kind of scale everyone uses and if they're happy with the accuracy of their scale. I believe short of having a calibrated physician's scale, it is difficult to find a good one. So, what is it? Aside from whether or not you're losing or gaining weight, do you like your scale? <em>192</em> hee...hee <em>211</em> Mon, 7 Jul 2008 22:47:03 EST getting produce direct from farmers I had written in our forums a while back about the program we signed up for, where we paid a particular farm a subscription fee and receive our fresh produce every week from them. At the time, I was under the impression that this was a local thing in Maryland. Well, it turns out that this is a much bigger idea than that. It is a program called "Community Supported Agriculture" or CSA for short. <BR> This program has participating farms all over the US. I found this website where you can learn... Sat, 5 Jul 2008 12:23:30 EST A tribute to our Troops Happy 4th of July! <BR> <BR> &#65532;&#65532; Sry pics didn't come out! <BR> <BR> I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG, <BR> OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, <BR> AND TO THE REPUBLIC, FOR <BR> WHICH IT STANDS, <BR> ONE NATION UNDER GOD, <BR> INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY <BR> AND JUSTICE FOR ALL! <BR> <BR> For All of our other military personnel, <BR> where ever they may. Be Please <BR> Support all of the troops defending our Country. <BR> And God Bless our Military who are protecting o... Fri, 4 Jul 2008 02:25:29 EST Newbie to this team Hi <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm Jackie. I live in Rhode Island. I'm 50 years old. I've been married for 20 years and have an 18 year old son who also has mental health issues. I'm into gardening (in case you can't tell from my spark name) I've been depressed all my life and diagnosed with major depression as one of my problems. I'm currently on Cymbalta, Lamictal and Abilify for depression as well as numerous other pills for other ailments. I hate taking the pills! I am not overly joyed wit... Thu, 3 Jul 2008 05:23:53 EST Summer Chill Out Party <BR> I am having a virtual chill out party. Everyone is invited. We can have some cold drinks, “good for us” food and we can chat. I have plenty of water and some diet cokes. For those that wish for something stronger, I have frozen margaritas. For those that want to have margaritas, but can’t drink, I have virgin margaritas. I have different green salads and fruit and lean grilled chicken. Yum!!! Come on over. This is the kind of party where you eat all you want and drink all you w... Tue, 1 Jul 2008 14:19:30 EST July Team Discussion Welcome to July!!! How was everyone’s June? Did we loose any weight? How did we do on eating? What happened to us in June? Please share your June adventures with us. <BR> <BR> I did not loose any weight in June. After 15 lbs loss, I am struggling to loose any more weight. I know I need to exercise, but there are so many things I need to do first. I also know that I need to make room for exercise, but it’s so hard since my new plants need watering and house needs cleaning and kid... Tue, 1 Jul 2008 11:03:17 EST Hi there I would like to introduce myself as I just joined this group. My name is Renee, I am almost 44, a Mother a wife, and very overweight. I am really having a hard time with this lifestyle change and am here to offer support and hopefully recieve support too. I would like to meet other who are struggling with their weight too. Sun, 29 Jun 2008 21:23:08 EST I hate taking meds everyday! I was diagnosed with clinical depression in Jan '07 and have been on meds since. Its not a very high dose, 50mg. Recently I tried to stop taking them. I did it the correct way and went to 25mg for 2 weeks before stooping. But I started to feel myself sliding back to where I was before them. Not quite to the point I was at as then I could barely get out of bed. But the no hope, no reason to smile, ect..., was back. So now I'm working my way back up to my regular dose. <BR> <BR> The thing... Sun, 29 Jun 2008 20:10:42 EST Desperately needing some support! Hi everyone. I don't post on the message boards often, but I'm finding myself in a difficult situation right now and I could use some support. <BR> <BR> My husband left Friday and I wasn't expecting it. I knew we were having problems, don't get me wrong. But I didn't expect him to leave suddenly like that. Anyway, along with dealing with that situation, I now no longer have his income, which isn't much, but it did help me out. Now, I'm afraid I'm going to lose my house. I'm hoping to get so... Sun, 29 Jun 2008 09:55:38 EST Almost the Fourth of July and... what are your plans for the 4th? My grandson's birthday is the 3rd, and we will be there for his birthday party. Oh, the temptation of birthday cake with lots of buttercream icing! I hope I can eat enough fruit before it gets to cake that I can be strong. I am such a sweets craver! With all the BBQing and salads, I might just make it. <BR> How about all of you? Any plans to head off the diet busters that happen with the holiday? <BR> Kris <BR> <em>4</em> Sat, 28 Jun 2008 14:34:42 EST 8 Ultimate Flat Belly Summer Foods 8 Ultimate Flat-Belly Summer Foods <BR> <BR> 1. Spinach <BR> It may be green and leafy, but spinach is no nutritional wallflower. This noted muscle-builder is a rich source of plant-based omega-3s and folate, which help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis. Bonus: Folate also increases blood flow to the nether regions, helping to protect you against age-related sexual issues. Aim for 1 cup fresh spinach or a half cup cooked per day. <BR> <BR> 2. 2. Yogurt <BR> Vari... Wed, 25 Jun 2008 16:37:40 EST Hello Hello, my name is Karla. I'm hoping I fit in seeing that I've never been diagnosed by a doctor as having depression. Concerning my family, they don't believe that depression is a real medical condidtion. According to them, when I get in one of my "moods", I need to snap out of it. A coworker of my mom's took leave because of her depression, my mom and another coworker of hers sat and laughed at her, made fun of her and said all she wanted was sometime off. They think it's just somehting you c... Thu, 19 Jun 2008 06:40:56 EST 7 questions to ask as you start each day Friday is the 1st day of summer. I like firsts, 1st day of the year, 1st day of spring, 1st day of summer, etc. The reason is that we can start new. We can forget about all the bad food we ate before and we can forget about all those hours on the couch. We can start fresh. We can start new. Here are 7 questions you can ask yourself when you get up in the morning. <BR> <BR> 1. Why is it important for me to engage myself in my work passionately and purposefully each day? <BR> <BR> 2. How wi... Wed, 18 Jun 2008 17:58:49 EST I'm Back I haven't been active on this site for awhile. But I'm back on the wagon again. Wed, 18 Jun 2008 13:49:30 EST Knees My knees have been very painful lately. <BR> <BR> I figured having lost weight they'd hurt less, but actually seem to be hurting more. I don't do any high impact exercise, but these days even biking hurts. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions anyone? <BR> <BR> Otherwise, life is a bowl of cherries (and someone already removed the pits!!!) :-) Fri, 13 Jun 2008 11:02:33 EST 6 Worst Things to Eat at the Movies Large Popcorn <BR> 1,283 calories <BR> 78 g fat (49 g saturated) <BR> 1,850 mg sodium <BR> <BR> Large Nachos with Cheese (40 chips, 4 oz.) <BR> 1,101 calories <BR> 59 g fat (18.5 g saturated) <BR> 1,580 mg sodium <BR> <BR> <BR> Snickers Popables (5 oz., 46 pieces) <BR> 692 calories <BR> 33 g fat (14.6 g saturated) <BR> 73 g sugars <BR> <BR> <BR> Whoppers (5 oz. box) <BR> 676 calories <BR> 24 g fat (20.3 g saturated) <BR> 88 g sugars <BR> <BR> 44 oz. Cherry Coke <BR> 572 ca... Thu, 12 Jun 2008 16:15:37 EST Just for fun Kids Are Quick <BR> <BR> <BR> TEACHER: Maria, go to the map and find North America. <BR> MARIA: Here it is. <BR> TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America? <BR> CLASS: Maria. <BR> ____________________________________ <BR> <BR> TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor? <BR> JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables. <BR> ________________________________________<BR>__ <BR> <BR> TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell 'crocodi... Thu, 12 Jun 2008 13:47:43 EST Obstacles Goals can impact every area of your life. Pursuing goals takes hard-work, perseverance, and dedication. Sometimes it is easy to see the obstacles that lay ahead of your mission. Try to look at them as challenges. Set goals, plan for success, and embrace each challenge as a chance to grow. Remember that obstacles are part of the goal-setting process and shouldn’t be considered failures. <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> Wed, 11 Jun 2008 14:58:23 EST I need to vent some stress First(for those who don't know) I am a single mom, I have a brand new job, just had my birthday and turned 46, I have three kids 18,11, and my son 9. I also had 4 cats, I say had because yesterday my favorite kitty died in her sleep. <BR> <BR> My kids' father (not my fiance) died Saturday night of Cancer. My own father also has cancer but seems to be doing ok. <BR> <BR> I am supposed to marry at the end of July as my fiance came on a 90 day Fiance visa that we waited 2 years for. I do no... Wed, 11 Jun 2008 10:13:18 EST Help I'm not feeling well, I wasn't sure whether to post or not. didn't want to bring anyone down. I've been depressed for 20yrs and I've taken all kinds of antidepressants. I'm a 43 yr old mother of 4 who has been in the hospital a couple of times for suicidal attempts. I haven't done this in a very long time and my children do not know what I've been in the hospital for. We haven't had any medical insurance for the last 5 mos or so, obviously you can tell I haven't taken any meds lately. I'm sca... Tue, 10 Jun 2008 20:37:04 EST June General Discussion Welcome to June, everyone!!! <BR> <BR> I did have a little set back last 2 weeks. I have had a cold that just will not go away and my family and I are going on vacation in 2 days. Ahhh!!!! As soon as we come back, hopefully all healthy, I will have to start working out and eating right again. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone reached their individual goals last month. If you didn't and had some set backs, don't worry. It's a brand new month and we can all start new again. <BR> <BR> Have a ... Mon, 2 Jun 2008 14:40:31 EST June Outdoor Activities Challenge Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> June is right on our doorstep and summer is just around the corner. It's a good time to continue your May Challenge right on in to June Outdoor Activities Challenge. <BR> <BR> I challenge everyone to do at least 30 minutes of outdoor activities. It can be walking, biking, jogging, hiking, swimming, racquet ball, weight lifting, softball or football. Or a combination of them. And it can be broken down to 15 minutes twice a day, 10 minutes 3 times a day ... whatever ... Fri, 30 May 2008 14:26:03 EST The Paperclip Challenge Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> This is a simple visual challenge. For each pound you lose add one paperclip and start a chain. Leave it somewhere you can see it on a daily basis. Maybe buy some nice colorful paperclips so you can do a color coordination "thing" or make a paper chain. Let's see how long you can grow your chain.. <BR> <BR> Have fun with it! Reba Fri, 30 May 2008 14:10:22 EST June Motivation Challenge - Hugs Hi Team, <BR> <BR> I would like to challenge each of you to learn something about another team member here. Make sure it is someone you have not talked to, have not visited their page and really have had no contact with. <BR> <BR> Go to the main team page and then scroll all the way to the bottom.. you will see the pictures of the newest team members and under that you will see VIEW ALL, click on this. <BR> <BR> Now pick a member.. go to their page and read it, then leave them a comment ... Fri, 30 May 2008 13:52:51 EST Mini Challenge for June 2 - 8 Hi everyone, <BR> Exercise has been shown to help relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety. According to a Mayo Clinic report, "It's not a magic bullet, but increasing physical activity is a positive and active strategy to help manage depression and anxiety," says Kristin Vickers-Douglas, Ph.D., a psychologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. The full report is at <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-and-exercise/MH00043 </link> <BR> <BR> Here is my challenge ... Fri, 30 May 2008 13:37:19 EST Another new team Leader Please welcome in Reba1058 to the team.. she is going t help out as a team leader.. I have been really busy with the new Spark class team of may11 and my mom is still having physical problems.. <BR> <BR> she broke her leg and had surgery, they inserted a plate and now it's 6 months later and one pin has broke off and the plate has separated from her bone.. she is in a wheelchair and taking most of my spare time. The Dr's want to operate again and she is refusing.. she is so stubborn a... Wed, 28 May 2008 23:07:30 EST Do you Drink Enough Water This is from my Team Leader, MrsHoneyC. The link to the thread is at the bottom. <BR> <BR> TOTALLY REVISED TO POST ALL ON ONE THREAD - if you've 'seen' this before, scroll to the end - you haven't seen my take on strength yet ... <BR> <BR> Here's a 'Good Idea' that is spreading like wildfire ... <BR> GO LOWER ON CALORIES to lose weight!!!! <BR> <BR> (and DON'T LIE! I've SEEN YOUR NUTRITION TRACKER!) <BR> <BR> Um, did it work the LAST 'DIET' you went on??? <BR> NO! So why are you tryi... Mon, 26 May 2008 04:21:48 EST Memorial Day This is from another group. It's breathtaking. Remember our troops in prayer, along with the vets. <BR> Give this a minute to load. <BR> <BR> What are you doing this memorial day? We're going to a bbq/family day tomorrow evening at church. <link><BR>20Hymn/index.htm </link> Sun, 25 May 2008 19:41:39 EST My Nephew Hit in Iraq I can't find the original! <BR> Just letting you know: New Update. Joey is now in Quatar. Update is with original article on 2nd page of my blog, at the bottom. Sat, 24 May 2008 21:32:01 EST Private Challenge team is open to new members until monday night at 8pm <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=16129 </link> <BR> <BR> I have been a member of this team for about 3 months now and their challenges usually run for a month at a time.. they pair you up in teams.. I am in the gray wolves team and you could request that if you wanted to, other wise they will assign you. <BR> <BR> The team leader has requested that you: <BR> <BR> Would you please remind people that after they add them... Sat, 24 May 2008 14:40:40 EST Our group picture I just had to say that our group picture makes me laugh out loud everytime I see it. <BR> I dont know where it came from , but its hilarious! <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> ~Becky Fri, 23 May 2008 09:30:07 EST Fresh Veggies! I am so excited! Last winter, we saw an article in the Washington Post (we live in the MD suburbs) that some of the family-run farms in the state had a program where people would subscribe to a particular farm, pay an up-front fee (ours was $400) and every week during the season we would receive a box of Veggies. The farms are all organic, and the veggies are supposed to be really great. It is sort of a mystery box, as we don't know what we will be getting each week. This is going to be our f... Thu, 22 May 2008 13:36:46 EST Wellbutrin Withdrawal = Weight Gain? Hi, <BR> <BR> I haven't been on the site at all for almost a week. No logging, no anything... but I have been working out and watching what I eat. <BR> <BR> That said, I hope someone can help me. I stopped taking Wellbutrin (which I mentioned in another post). I was weened off by my doctor, and it took about 1 month to do it. Now I am having weight gain issues. I have been off of Wellbutrin completely for almost a month. <BR> <BR> I have read that weight gain can be a sign of withdrawal (a... Tue, 20 May 2008 15:47:59 EST Chicken Soup for the Soul Feeling Free <BR> Don’t wait ‘til you’re sick to give your body and mind a break. Here’s how I learned to drop the guilt and recharge myself. <BR> By Ferida Wolff <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I woke up feeling cranky. I didn't want to do housework, though the laundry was piling up. I didn't want to read the work I brought home from the office. I didn't want to do anything that resembled responsible behavior. It was that kind of day. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As I drank my mo... Mon, 19 May 2008 17:47:33 EST Checking In I'm back. <BR> I was sick for a few weeks, then recovery was worse, then my keyboard went out. <BR> I'm ok now, just have to get sleep straightened out...again. <BR> Another Spark Person in a SMALL group I'm in, got ahold of me. She lives in a nearby town and works in another on the other side of me. She almost goest past my house every day! The biggest town around here is only about 40,000 people! Mine is 25,000 and hers up in the hills probably only in the hundreds! It's been a miracle... Sun, 18 May 2008 02:40:03 EST My Nephew was Hit in Iraq I'm asking you to pray for my nephew, his brothers (all 3 in Service. Jimmy is in Italy and Ben in Okinawa) Joey was hit. In Iraq. <BR> <BR> An IED went off near him today and he has shrapnel wounds all over his body. We know none were life threatening and he came out of surgery ok. We don't know anything more. <BR> Sis, his mom, was to see him in 2 weeks. She and hubby were going to go to Italy and see Jimmy and Joey was taking his 2 weeks off to go see them there. She has no idea wh... Sun, 18 May 2008 02:35:17 EST Still having a heck of a time with the Zyprexa and sleep eating. Its only sugary items I binge on. the kids find the remnants in my bed. Zyprexa is an excellent medicine for one of my mental health illnesses, and I just don't want to give it up. We are actually going to up the dose to 20 mg next month. If I have to pick between the extra 40 lbs, and my mental health wellness, I must pick the latter. <BR> <BR> Sat, 17 May 2008 22:59:06 EST hello everyone... <em>213</em> i just joined this group a few days ago & wanted to introduce myself. i've been dealing with PTSD-related depression & anxiety for the past 10 years (i'm 27 now), though i do remember having problems with it long before that. i've been heavily into self-medicating since probably the age of 13 or so. i'm trying to get away from all of that now, and i'm hoping this site will help me with some of the challenges i face. i don't wanna write too much, but if you would like to kn... Sat, 17 May 2008 07:30:55 EST Dinner at other people's houses We eat dinner with my grandparents and aunt and uncle every week. Whenever we eat at my house, it's healthy. Whenever we eat at either of their houses, everything is covered with a sauce or fried. Tonight We had meatballs with cream of mushroom soup gravy, mashed potatoes and salad with some creamy-type dressing already mixed in (I didn't even touch that one). I can't even guess with the calories because I don't know what's in everything! <BR> <BR> Anyway, how does everyone here jump over t... Thu, 15 May 2008 21:18:54 EST Please help? I have been appointed the team leader for the newest Spark class of May 11. Oh my gosh I am so swamped! the team just opened may 11th and we have over 10,000 members already!!! <BR> <BR> If any of you have any spare time could you please go to the team and welcome new members? Or maybe comment on their blogs.. most all of them are first time blogs.. <BR> <BR> I will never forget my first few weeks here and how lost I was. I needed that support so much.. I am working 10hr shifts and hav... Thu, 15 May 2008 11:23:26 EST 10 things about us I saw this topic in another group and thought it would be a great way to get to know everybody. What 10 things would you like for everyone to know about you?Please feel free to brag. <BR> <BR> 1. I live in TX. I love it here, except for the weather. Constant weather change is a big migraine trigger for me. <BR> <BR> 2. I love to eat and I love to cook. But, I hate to clean up. That's probably the reason I don't cook as much as I want to. <BR> <BR> 3. I love old black and white TV s... Wed, 14 May 2008 15:11:14 EST Hi, I'm new! Hi everyone, I just joined this team today and wanted to say hello. <BR> I think I've been depressed most of my life. Mental illness runs heavily in my family and I first started taking anti-depressants about 10 years ago. For the last couple of years, I have felt that something else aside from depression was going on with me. I had always suspected that my mom was bipolar (we havent spoken for about 5 years, partly because of her illness that she doesnt believe she needs medication for). ... Wed, 14 May 2008 09:34:06 EST Introducing DJ Hi! I'm DJ. I'm pretty sure I've always been depressed. When I recently read a diary from when I was 10, there were references to suicide and passages with such angst that I had to stop reading. I wished I could hug that little girl and tell her it would get better, but sadly, it hasn't. <BR> <BR> I've spent many years escaping emotion using tools I'm sure are familiar to many: perfectionism, food, tobacco, alcohol, video games, etc. I successfully quit smoking a couple of years ago, and on... Wed, 14 May 2008 09:30:54 EST New Meds and Dieting As some of you may know, many mental health drugs warn of weight gain as a side effect. <BR> <BR> I must be very very careful and continue to drink my water, watch snacks, and walk a bit more! Tue, 13 May 2008 06:14:58 EST New Here Hi I am new here.. i well I think I was here a year or so ago but not sure.. <BR> I am very depressed with myself.. and it shows in every aspect of my life.. I have a 3 year old daughter so has so much energy and I have none.. My husband does not try to modivate me at all.. sometimes I think he is ok with my being fat.. mind you he is seriously to thin.. so.. but I am 26 years old and all I want to do is sleep and eat.. I really need help.. I went from having a drug addiction to a food addic... Mon, 12 May 2008 14:41:17 EST STILL FEEL LIKE A NEWBE HELLO ALL THE TUNNEL IS DARK! HOPE TO SEE SOME LIGHT SOON. <em>257</em> Fri, 9 May 2008 16:50:26 EST MAY FLOWERS I thought I would start a new chat line for May discussion. <BR> <BR> I hope all the April showers brought beautiful May flowers for you. I have a Healthy Reflections that I printed from SP and it's been hanging on my wall at work since I joined SP 8 months ago. I read it everyday and I love it. I want to share it with you. <BR> <BR> How many times have you thought, IF I do this or get this, THEN I will be happy? Many of us think about happiness as something that will eventually happe... Tue, 6 May 2008 11:39:22 EST Our sisters I know we have many men on this site, but it is mostly women, and we women have a special connection to each other; it is a blessing from the Almighty to those of us who seem to gather together for support most naturally. This is a little story which helps us to remember who we are and how we relate. <BR> <BR> Sisters <BR> A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid day, <BR> Drinking iced tea and visiting with her Mother. As <BR> They talked about life, about marriage... Sun, 4 May 2008 15:37:15 EST To The Team Leaders: Thank you so much for your time and effort to develop our team goals. I really appreciate and can see where this challenge will benefit me greatly. <BR> <BR> Thank you!! <BR> <BR> <em>285</em> <em>205</em> Sun, 4 May 2008 13:52:14 EST MAY CHALLENGE I am so happy that I found this group. Not only have you all already helped me to feel better, but the people in this group are so special that I want to make everybody feel better also. That is the reason I want to share a story with you. <BR> <BR> About 17 years ago, I went through a very hard time in my life that involved being in abusive relationship, which did not end on a happy note, loosing my job and having no money. I started having panic attacks on regular basis. It was very ... Wed, 30 Apr 2008 14:28:35 EST 2 new team leaders I would like to let all of you know that we now have 2 more Team Leaders, <BR> OLGAINTX and MCPENGUIN5 <BR> <BR> Both of these wonderful gals have jumped in to help us out.. I want to thank both of you so very much! Rorie called me last night.. I was getting worried about her but she is still having computer problems and very busy with work.. She says to tell everyone hello. <BR> <BR> Rosie has been gone for a few months now and I do not know if she will be back.. I do know that they... Mon, 28 Apr 2008 14:53:57 EST I need to let this out. Hello all. I am having a real hard time right now balancing my family and my life and had to drop a lot of things. I did not mean to drop You all. YOu all are in my thoughts. <BR> <BR> I am also having a bad time with my computer to top it all off. I am not sure what is wrong with it. I need a new one. This is old. Anyhow. <BR> <BR> My parents and my brother are all moving at the same time so this leaves me in major disarayed. I am so scared and just not doing so well. It is a hard... Mon, 28 Apr 2008 13:17:25 EST New here and new mom Hello my name is Renee I am 26 and this is my first day on this site. I am 67 lbs to lose and I am also the proud mom of a 3 month old daughter named Sophia. <BR> <BR> i have struggled with depression for many years and I am looking forward to other dealing with the same issues. <BR> <BR> From, <BR> Renee Mon, 28 Apr 2008 13:03:12 EST Mother's day I got this from a cousin today, and I just had to pass it along to my Spark buddies. I know we have a lot of moms here, and I thought this was appropriate: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is for the mothers who have sat up all night with sick toddlers in their arms, wiping up barf laced with Oscar Mayer wieners and cherry Kool-Aid saying, 'It's okay honey, Mommy's here.' Who have sat in rocking chairs for hours on end soothing crying babies who can't be comforted. <BR> <BR> This is for all t... Sat, 26 Apr 2008 12:33:31 EST Introducing myself I joined this group a week or so ago, but I don't think I ever introduced myself. <BR> <BR> I'm Kristy, I've struggled with depression since I was about 13. Years of therapy, dozens of different combinations of meds, and a couple of suicide attempts later, here I am. <BR> <BR> I'm doing pretty well these days, compared to much of the last 24 years. Well, and the 13 years before depression took over weren't much to brag about either. <BR> <BR> There are still days when dragging myself... Sat, 26 Apr 2008 09:21:04 EST Would you like to be a Co-Team Leader? We have a couple of team leaders that are not here right now and Karen has really been shouldering this mostly by herself lately.. she does a wonderful job of it but I don't want to see her burn out trying to keep up with a team this size.. <BR> <BR> So would any of you want to help out? If you think you might want to drop me a mail or answer back here whichever you like. <BR> <BR> This is a wonderful team and you are all so supportive. Some of you probably don't know it but when I found... Mon, 21 Apr 2008 23:38:37 EST I feel like... I want to cry, but if I start, I will never be able to stop. <BR> <BR> I worked out this morning, but the high I normally get just kind of went the other way. I'm not sure why I feel this way, but to be here at work and want to cry, well, it ain't good... <BR> <BR> I just wanted to say that because maybe if I just express it a bit, I can fight it better... Mon, 21 Apr 2008 15:49:39 EST Looking for a Diet Buddy Hi all, <BR> <BR> I saw a thread about gettig a buddy to help keep you on track, and I think that's a wonderful idea! I could use one or two or ten of you! <BR> <BR> A little bit about me... I have limited internet access, so I might not be able to get on here everyday... I do my best, but between a job that doesn't have much in the way of internet (most sites, including this one are blocked) and my depression, which can keep me offline for a couple of days... I squeeze it in when I can. <B... Thu, 17 Apr 2008 23:51:37 EST Hi there. I'm new. Hello everyone. I have been a member of SP for about 6 months now. I really don't have a lot of weight to loose, but what I do need to loose I just can't. <BR> <BR> I will try not to make this a very long story. I have been having issues with feelings of depression for years. They come and go. I used to have panic attacks until I learned to go to my "happy place" in my mind. Sometimes I still get panic attacks, but I can avoid most of them. I cry a lot and I have issues within my fami... Thu, 17 Apr 2008 17:05:49 EST Howdy Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'll make this brief. <BR> <BR> I joined this site about two days ago in the hopes of finding support in my weight-loss/general fitness issues. Even now at the beginning, I'm enjoying creating my exercise schedule and so on! I'm a nerd! <BR> <BR> I have severe depression and serious self-image issues. I lost both of my parents in 2005 and my grandfather in 2006. Since then, I've yo-yo'ed weight wise fairly badly. When I was on Effexor, I worked out like mad, but had serio... Wed, 16 Apr 2008 16:33:07 EST afraid to be thin? does anyone else feel "afraid" of being thin? I know that sounds totally nuts but I find myself uncomfortable with the idea of actually being thin. In fact when I got down to 209 I sabotaged myself to a more comfortable 215. Wed, 16 Apr 2008 12:04:52 EST a little about me Hello- <BR> <BR> I wanted to introduce myself. <BR> <BR> I have been on spark for a year now...last year I started right after finally starting anti depressents and suddenly I felt I could tackle eating- up until then eating was my solution to depression so I couldn't even look at it. <BR> <BR> I was at that time something like 260lb at my highest post baby. <BR> <BR> I lost down to 209 at my lowest and was really starting to feel good- I was healthy and I could run. <BR> <BR> then th... Wed, 16 Apr 2008 09:45:27 EST