SparkPeople Emotional Eaters Team Messageboard for all people who have trouble controlling their eating due to stress, night time eating, boredom, etc. SparkPeople Emotional Eaters Team Messageboard Help I have once again had a difficult few days, Wednesday was my birthday so that meant cake(too lots as it was a friends birthday as well(this was at my craft group) if cake is there I will eat it, I do not buy cake usually. I am also drinking too much diet coke, it is all down to stress and I am doing my best to keep on track but it is not easy in the evenings and I am still worried about putting the weight back on. <BR> I would like to be less than 11 stone by the start of November and that i... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:41:06 EST August 22nd Birthday Happy Birthday to CRAMPERELLA! Hope you have a wonderful birthday. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>389</em> <em>383</em> <em>389</em> <em>383</em> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:13:54 EST Team Member Of The Week for Aug 17-Aug 24th Sorry to be a little late in the day with this, but our new team member of the week is FEEDTHEHUNGER! She is a relatively new sparker and has gotten off to a good start. Let's cheer her on her journey here! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>EDTHEHUNGER </link> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:26:20 EST August 14th Birthday! Happy Birthday to SNOWFLAKE814! Wishing you a wonderful birthday. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>389</em> <em>236</em> <em>389</em> <em>383</em> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 01:06:37 EST August 6th Birthday (Belated) I received an E-Mail today from someone who had a birthday on August 6th. <BR> Lets wish TAMMYLYNN8667 a belated Happy Birthday! Hope you enjoyed your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 01:38:43 EST August 12th Birthday! Happy Birthday to FORESTPAL! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> <em>409</em> <em>383</em> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 03:24:17 EST Frustration = Food? I wanted to share an observation I had about myself today. <BR> <BR> My neighbors are driving me crazy. New dog will not stop barking-all day he barks (a German Shepard), mom screams at her kids relentlessly, they run around and scream outside my window when there is a park less than a block away. Needless to say, I'm annoyed. <BR> <BR> Mind you, I am a kid person. I love children, and I work with parents on skill-building. So this is just ironic. I'm so frustrated I can't stand it. I fee... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:04:09 EST August 11th Birthdays Lets wish FARENC, RPRATER, and LANDRUS001 a Happy Birthday. Hope you ALL have a wonderful day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:23:32 EST New to the team <em>524</em> Hi everyone. I'm new to the team. I have been an emotional eater for as long as I can remember. I have gone up and down the scale quite a few times. I'm ready for a change and to break the cycle. <em>41</em> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 23:22:16 EST Greetings Team! Hello all, <BR> I'm Rachel and while I have BED, and am active on that forum, I thought this team would offer support for the emotional eating side of things. Wishing you all well. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 11:03:53 EST Team Member Of The Week for Aug 10th-Aug 17th Good morning all, we have a new team member of the week here and it is BAKES3000! She could use a boost from her fellow sparkers to get going strong. I know we can help out here. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>KES3000 </link> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:35:59 EST So sick of it Morning! Sigh.. I'm at the end of my rope. I used to be a leader in this group and loved it. As usual, I fell off and am now 210 lbs and disappointed and frustrated. I'm back and I'm gonna try hard to stay here a lot and post and track. Ive gotta get back on track because my body is aching and falling apart. Hope to meet you all and get to know everyone. Sat, 9 Aug 2014 09:45:48 EST August 9th Birthday Happy Birthday to MVILORIA73! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>407</em> Sat, 9 Aug 2014 01:31:07 EST Looking for a healthy buddy Hi group I am looking for a friend someone who would like to talk here on sp and just help hold each other accountable so message me here or write on my sp page if you are interested my name is Nicole and I am 33 from Tx I have two children and I am also going to school trying to get into the nursing program. I weigh 217 and would love to weigh 175 again so I need to lose 30 plus pounds at least that's my goal right now other than that I just want to be healthy and I could really use some hel... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 10:52:28 EST August 7th Birthday! Happy Birthday MELNJAY3! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> Thu, 7 Aug 2014 02:58:57 EST Struggles Hey group on a side note I am going to try and get more involved with the group see if that helps me stay on track or better yet keep my head in the game. I have been struggling a lot lately in life with all my goals and I just feel like im floating away maybe the best thing for me is to focus on my health and take it from there I have heard before that you have to be ready to lose weight some have aha moments and others just do it and get it done but the point is that you have to be in a pla... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 12:07:16 EST New Brazilian Food Guide. What do you think? Here is a breakdown of the new Brazilian Food Guide nutritionists are raving about. What do you think? <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Prepare meals using fresh and staple foods. <BR> <BR> 2. Use oils, fats, sugar and salt in moderation. <BR> <BR> 3. Limit consumption of ready-to-eat food and drink products. <BR> <BR> 4. Eat at regular mealtimes and pay attention to your food instead of multitasking. Find a comfortable place to eat. Avoid all-you-can-eat buffets and noisy, stressful environments. <BR>... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 11:23:45 EST August 4th Birthday Lets wish NEVERNOTBROKEN a Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> <em>407</em> <em>410</em> Mon, 4 Aug 2014 00:05:53 EST New to the group and posting Not sure if I was supposed to reply to sticky topic or create a new topic, not sure how this works yet. <BR> Hello. I'm 36 married mother of 3. I was in a bad marriage a few yrs back, I began throwing up when I got upset and developed an ulcer. Eventually I started combating that with eating and it helped, I stopped throwing up. <BR> But now I eat anytime I'm extremely upset because I'm afraid I'll throw up. I'm in a better relationship but the emotional eating hasn't stopped, this has been... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 21:25:46 EST Team Member Of The Week for Aug 3rd-Aug 10th Good morning team, it's that time of the week to announce our new team member in the spotlight! This week we have CRAMPERELLA in the spotlight. She has been struggling for a long time and is trying hard to keep on going here in the right direction. Let's show her that we are here for her all the way! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>AMPERELLA </link> Sun, 3 Aug 2014 10:50:32 EST August 2nd Birthday Lets wish SUGARSMOM2 a Happy Birthday! Wishing you a wonderful day! <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> Sat, 2 Aug 2014 00:44:50 EST newbie Hi everyone, <BR> I am new to this team and excited have found other people that understand this complex issue of emotionally eating.Looking forward to hearing everyone else's experiences. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 16:02:59 EST August 1st Birthdays Lets wish K-RAE82 and TIFFA409 a Happy Birthday! Hope you both enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>389</em> <em>236</em> <em>389</em> <em>383</em> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 00:54:04 EST July 30th Birthday! Happy Birthday to RAYNEEDAE! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>236</em> <em>409</em> <em>383</em> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:35:25 EST July 29th Birthday! Happy Birthday to CATCRAZYGAL! Wishing you a wonderful birthday. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>407</em> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:29:03 EST New to this team...sorta I joined this team a long time ago and didn't do anything with it. I have had success with weight loss with other teams, but once the "glamour" wears off so does my "willpower". I notice I eat more when I am feeling uncomfortable about myself. For example, if my friend and I are speaking on the phone and it is an opinion type thing I am grabbing food. I had lost a lot of weight, but it is sneaking back on and I need help to stay on track. I looked at the challenges and because I am also diabe... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:48:17 EST July 28th Birthday Happy Birthday to LOVEYDOV31! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:23:53 EST Team Member Of The Week for July 27th-Aug 3rd Happy Sunday everyone, we have a new team member of the week to announce and it is MARIBETHKC! Maribeth has been doing a great job and has lost over 60 pounds so far. She has done a great job and keeps on pushing, let's giver her a cheer! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>RIBETHKC </link> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:11:41 EST July 27th Birthdays! Happy Birthday to PSCHURKAMP & SARELLPOL! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> <em>407</em> <em>475</em> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 01:17:54 EST July 26th Birthdays Happy Birthday to CMMARTINDALE and FORZACHANDMATT! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:55:22 EST July 25th Birthdays Happy Birthday to SONITA25 and TRYINGHARD54! Wishing you both a wonderful day! <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>236</em> <em>475</em> <em>410</em> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:26:30 EST July 23rd Birthday Happy Birthday to CRICKET412! Wishing you a wonderful day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:40:30 EST Oldie but newbie I'm starting over here on SparkPeople after gaining double what I lost a few years ago. I definitely use food as pleasure and comfort, and to relieve boredom, and I'm working to be cognizant of this every day. Wish me luck! Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:15:40 EST "Aha" moment or turning point help please Hey everyone I have been missing from the group again I seem to always do this and when I come back I have always gained some weight back and this time is no different it is actually worse because I went form 205 to 217 and I have been doing pretty awful in general I always seem to have a lot in my life going on that takes my focus away and I have always heard that you need to be able to devote yourself too being healhy and your goals if you want to be successful but I have so many issues I j... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:23:26 EST July 21st Birthday! Lets wish MLC721 a Happy Birthday! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:31:19 EST new to this team Hello! My Name is Theresa I am new to the team and Spark people so I am not sure I am posting this right. I love food and am an emotional eater. Growing up me and my mom would eat pies together each eating our own, go out to fast food etc. I have continued that pattern though my adult life. I eat unhealthy and like about it later. I look forward to what I can learn from all of you. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:51:10 EST Team Member Of The Week for July 20th-July 27th Hey there, sorry about posting a little late with this, but we do have a team member of the week to announce and it is JAZZII4! Jazmine has been working so hard lately and she is going strong! Let's help keep her going! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ZZII4 </link> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:03:21 EST Hello everyone! Hi! I have been a binge eater and emotional eater for the last 10 years. The emotional toll has been debilitating, but it has also damaged my liver. I have had some success with giving up dieting and looking into the psychological reasons for my overeating. It is a long slow process. I am hoping to find some wisdom and support here as I continue on my journey to wellness. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:48:04 EST Birthdays for July 15th, 18th, and 19th I apologize for being a little late with the birthdays. I have been having computer problems so haven't been able to get on here. <BR> Lets wish CIVILSPARKY a Happy Birthday whose birthday was on the 15th and DYNAMIC8 whose birthday was on the 18th. <BR> JENNYJO2001 has a birthday today. Wishing ALL three of you a wonderful new year. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 01:13:23 EST July 14th Birthday Lets wish VIKILYNM7 a Happy Birthday! Wishing you a great new year! <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> <em>407</em> <em>410</em> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:07:03 EST July 12th and July 13th Birthday! Happy Birthday to LADYPIPER58 who had a birthday yesterday. <BR> Happy Birthday to HILDE45 who has a birthday today. <BR> Hope you both had a very special day! <BR> <em>383</em> <em>389</em> <em>383</em> <em>389</em> <em>383</em> <em>389</em> <em>383</em> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:25:57 EST Team Member Of The Week for July 13th-July 20th I hope everyone is doing well. We have a new team member of the week to announce and it is EIGHT30FIVE! She is trying hard to get herself on track here and could use some help. Let's cheer her on and help spread the spark! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>GHT30FIVE </link> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:55:57 EST Son-in-law life flighted My son-in-law, David Fitch, was in a serious auto accident <BR> yesterday. You can see the car pictures that were in the news. <BR><BR>tail/id/574862.html <BR> He was life-flighted to the trauma center. He got out of <BR> surgery at 10:30 PM last night. He is stable, but in a lot <BR> of pain. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:41:29 EST July 10th Birthday! Happy Birthday MARPARMC46! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>179</em> <em>236</em> <em>179</em> <em>383</em> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:32:25 EST July 9th Birthday! Happy Birthday to PANSYGAL! Wishing you a wonderful day! <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 01:07:54 EST Determined to make the worst year into the best. I was so proud of myself for keeping off 40lbs for almost 10 years. My commitment to a healthy lifestyle definitely was paying off. I felt happy and energized... I actually felt 'off' or sluggish if I missed a work out. Then everything started to change slowly. New relationship... new home new routines lead me to slowly drift away from taking care of myself. I managed to only gain a few pound here and there and then yo yoing began. <BR> <BR> But this year.. well it's been a rough winter.... ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:26:54 EST July 7th Birthday Happy Birthday to TRUCKERWIFE2! Wishing you a wonderful day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> Mon, 7 Jul 2014 00:56:06 EST Team Member Of The week for July 6th-July 13th I hope everyone has been having a good weekend so far. We have our new team member of the week to announce and it is POLLYPOPPINS! Polly is new to the journey here and could use some support. Let's get behind her! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>LLYPOPPINS </link> Sun, 6 Jul 2014 09:58:38 EST Making Commitment Trying to get more involved in my recovery around food. I want to start posting more and staying connected. A little stressed today because I am thinking about my granddaughter's wedding in October. I want to look my best. I need to take control. <BR> <BR> <em>29</em> Sat, 5 Jul 2014 13:08:50 EST Back and Defeated My eating has become out of control. My emotions are all over the place and I go to my drug of choice food. Today is my effort to get back on track. I need to be strong. Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:00:02 EST Just put it together that I am an emotional eatter I don't drink that often, don't do drugs, but when I want a fix, I go for food. It's my comfort. Mostly fatty salty, bar type foods. I need to find other ways to deal with my emotions. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 12:16:45 EST Team Member Of The Week for June 29th-July 6th I hope everyone is getting into the summer spirit and to help kick off the new week here we have MCJOYFUL in the spotlight! She is trying hard to keep on track here and is even getting her husband to work out with her! Let's cheer her on! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>JOYFUL </link> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:25:30 EST June 29th Birthdays Happy Birthday to CHERYLE51 and JESSIE062 ! Hope you both have a wonderful day celebrating! <BR> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>236</em> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 02:00:48 EST June 28th Birthday! Happy Birthday to REVVEDUPONE! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>383</em> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 18:54:56 EST Team Member Of The Week for June 22nd-June 29th I hope everyone is having a good day. We have our next team member of the week and it is TANYA210! Tanya is back at her sparking and she is really rockin it out! She is almost to her goal and working hard. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>NYA210 </link> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 11:43:29 EST June 21st Birthday Happy Birthday SHEELAC49! Wishing you a great new year. <BR> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 00:12:05 EST June 20th Birthday! Lets wish KATNAP a Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <BR> <BR> I made a mistake on one of the birthdays and I apologize. <BR> Lets wish CHAPMAC2 a Happy Birthday! Her birthday was June 18th. <BR> Homefrontmama's birthday will be Monday. <BR> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:16:17 EST June 18th Birthday! Lets wish HOMFRONTMAMA a Happy Birthday! Wishing you a wonderful new year. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 01:02:23 EST Team Member Of The Week for June 15th-June 22nd Happy Father's Day to all the spark dads out there. We have a great dad here to celebrate for the team member of the week, BRIANLIEBERTH! Brian is really rocking his spark and is working hard for his goals here to be a healthier person overall. Let's give him a cheer! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>IANLIEBERTH </link> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 11:52:10 EST Sleep Eating I ate approxxmately 3000 calories last night from sleep eating It is due to me taking an Ambien.I know it because when I checked the fridge stuff was missing. <em>46</em> I am not doing that again. I am starting Wonderslim shakes today.I have to lose 15 pounda by August. <em>24</em> Help Sat, 14 Jun 2014 15:28:57 EST June 14th Birthday Happy Birthday to RHOOK20047! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>236</em> <em>409</em> <em>383</em> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 06:58:22 EST June 12th Birthday Lets wish HEIDIJUNEBUG a Happy Birthday! Wishing you a wonderful day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>335</em> <em>383</em> <em>339</em> <em>383</em> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 00:46:33 EST Team Member Of The Week for June 8th-June 15th I hope June is going well for everyone so far. We have our team member of the week to announce here and we have MELLYMK in the spotlight! Melly has almost made it to her goal and is going strong. Let's cheer her on to keep up the good work! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>LLYMK </link> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 10:55:53 EST Over eaters annonymous Is there anyone who can be a sponsor for me? No meetings near me but I sure could use someone to guide me and encourage me on an individual basis. It is so hard...and I am feelings hopeless and helpness <em>198</em> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 04:43:52 EST June 8th Birthday Lets wish HARPERLADY and TNLADY1960 a Happy Birthday! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>410</em> <BR> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 03:30:35 EST June 6th Birthday Happy Birthday to FATGIRLRUN! Wishing you a wonderful day.! <BR> <em>410</em> <em>339</em> <em>409</em> <em>335</em> <em>383</em> Fri, 6 Jun 2014 00:26:59 EST June 5th Birthday Happy Birthday to HEYJULES12! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> Thu, 5 Jun 2014 03:15:09 EST June 4th Birthday Lets wish VICKITS a Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> Wed, 4 Jun 2014 08:22:28 EST New Hi everyone, I'm just joining this team. I'd love to add some new friends for support...if you would like the same, please add me. I'd love to get as much support as possible! Tue, 3 Jun 2014 19:41:22 EST Team Member Of The Week for June 1st-June 8th Welcome to the new month, we have a new team member of the week to go with it and this week we have JOYCECAIN in the spotlight! Joyce has been working hard and going steady for her goals. She could use some cheer. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>YCECAIN </link> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 12:03:37 EST June 1st Birthday! Happy Birthday to SHERILEEAZ! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 03:08:57 EST May 31st Birthday! Happy Birthday to BUDRFLY31. Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> Sat, 31 May 2014 00:43:02 EST Hello I'm Lizzie, relatively new! Long time emotional/boredom eater! SHAME ON ME! Welcome the support. Fri, 30 May 2014 11:24:21 EST May 30th Birthday! Happy Birthday to FINNLANA! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> <em>475</em> <em>410</em> Fri, 30 May 2014 03:28:15 EST I am NOT going to let ________ get me down today! <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> How would you fill this in at this moment in time? <BR> <BR> <BR> I am NOT going to let _______________ get me down today! <BR> <BR> <BR> God bless! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> ... Thu, 29 May 2014 16:25:12 EST May 29th Birthday Lets wish WANDERINGDOC a Happy Birthday! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> Thu, 29 May 2014 00:24:16 EST How not to feel bad, when the sweet tooth hits you Hi team, I'm back now and I lost 18 pounds, down from 207. The best Time to give in to your sweet tooth and not feel guilty, is to have it right after a workout. That's when those carbs help to feed your muscles converting the carbs into glycogen. Key, is after an hour workout or slightly less, you must eat within an hour only, during this recovery process. <BR> I hope this helps. End the guilt. <em>198</em> Sun, 25 May 2014 15:15:39 EST Team Member Of The Week for May 25th-June 1st I hope everyone is having a good weekend so far. We have our team member of the week ever our long weekend here and it is VALPHIL! She is working hard and tryong to make her goals. Let's cheer her on her journey! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>LPHIL </link> Sun, 25 May 2014 10:38:50 EST May 25th Birthday! Lets wish CLGALINDO a Happy Birthday! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>236</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> I would like to wish each and everyone of you a Happy and Safe Memorial Day Weekend too. <BR> <em>232</em> Sun, 25 May 2014 00:33:58 EST Team Member of the Week- Domestic Abuse I just wanted to say I am so grateful for being team member of the week this week. Last Wednesday May 14th My face served as a punching bag. I now live in a shelter and have to create a whole new life. I don't have daily access 24/7 to internet anymore but reading the congrats really helped me to want to continue on this journey...where I was leaning on "him" and my local walking trails for motivation. Thanks again for letting me be member of the couldn't possibly know how inspir... Thu, 22 May 2014 15:47:22 EST May 18th Birthdays! I am a little behind on the birthdays and I apologize. <BR> Lets wish GAYLLYNNE, LISACARYL18, and JANEEZY a Happy Birthday! Hope you ALL enjoyed your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>236</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> Mon, 19 May 2014 01:17:09 EST May 16th Birthdays Sorry I missed the birthdays but have been sick with a sore throat since Friday. Lets wish SLASHPINE and MBRANDO a belated Happy Birthday. Hope your day was very special. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> Sun, 18 May 2014 19:53:12 EST Team Member Of The Week for May 18th-May 25th Hey there everyone, we have a new team member of the week and it's KHUFSTETLER! Kathleen is a dedicated member who is working hard, but has hit a few bumps recently. Let's give her a cheer! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>UFSTETLER </link> Sun, 18 May 2014 11:41:58 EST New Here Hello everybody! My name is Cheryl and I am currently 31 years young. I am happily married and have an 18 month old son. I have really been struggling to lose the baby weight. I was over weight before I got pregnant, by about 20 pounds but now I am over weight by almost 60. <em>46</em> . I have always had an issues with food, but it has gotten worse after being diagnosed with PPD. I finally got on the right medication and dealing with my depression and possible BPD, but I still over ... Fri, 16 May 2014 08:21:53 EST newbie? nah, not really..... :) hello sparkies, :) <BR> <BR> my name is kim. i am a canadian, who loves photography (mostly street photography and nature), addicted to hello kitty & horror movies (yeah, i know that both of them don't go well together...but that's just me){*smiles*}. i am *wanting* to become a vegetarian but kind of nervous that i would just end up turning back to meat in the end... but i am willing to even try to do it. :) i am an emotional eater... but, surprising i did everything but eat after g... Thu, 15 May 2014 20:21:58 EST Book Discussion: The Emotional Eater's Repair Manu I borrowed from the library The Emotional Eater's Repair Manual by Julie M. Simon, MA, MBA and would love to connect with others who have read or are reading it too! You can find out more about this particular one at <BR> <BR> To start, I've read the first two skills: establish the habit of self-connection & catch and reframe self-defeating thoughts. I find the examples very helpful. I like where it says "Intellectually you know you have to do this fo... Thu, 15 May 2014 15:17:12 EST The Emotional Eater's Repair Manual I borrowed from the library The Emotional Eater's Repair Manual by Julie M. Simon, MA, MBA and would love to connect with others who have read or are reading it too! You can find out more about this particular one at <BR> <BR> To start, I've read the first two skills: establish the habit of self-connection & catch and reframe self-defeating thoughts. I find the examples very helpful. I like where it says "Intellectually you know you have to do this fo... Thu, 15 May 2014 15:15:03 EST junk food and the scale I have not written a blog for a while, so I thought I would sit down and do one today. last sunday I jumped on the scale and it said 182.4 I was so excited. Monday it said 184 tues it said 185.. ugh I was upset. I thought ok I am eating a little junk here and there. and I have been but counting the caleries. I thought ok is the fat in the junk food jumping to the scale along with my rear end. fat is fat. <BR> so I thought it has been three weeks since I started and three weeks since I meas... Thu, 15 May 2014 13:53:18 EST May 15th Birthday Happy Birthday to QUADEMOM! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> Thu, 15 May 2014 07:50:50 EST May 12th Birthday Happy Birthday FIRECOM! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> Mon, 12 May 2014 00:23:27 EST Team Member Of The Week for May 11th-May 18th Happy Mother's Day, we have a fresh new team member of the week here and it is NEELIXNKES! She is trying to start fresh here and working hard as well. Let's cheer her on! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ELIXNKES </link> Sun, 11 May 2014 09:21:21 EST May 11th Birthday Happy Birthday to SOAKEDGIRL! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>214</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> Sun, 11 May 2014 06:31:21 EST May 10th Birthday Happy Birthday to JUSTJUDEATTLUDE! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> Sat, 10 May 2014 07:44:32 EST For those of us that can't resist weighing daily I don't think weighing daily is a good idea for me, but lately I can't seem to resist it. I also have big weight fluctuations (I can be up/down 5 pounds like nothing, particularly around my period) and that, at times, can make me a little crazy. Last week was one of those times and while looking for info about weight fluctuations, I came across the article below (see link). It talks about weight fluctuations and using a moving average to get a more accurate picture (I hadn't heard the term mo... Thu, 8 May 2014 10:19:28 EST May 8th Birthday! Happy Birthday to GORDON66, KAREN91, and TINA_L. Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> Thu, 8 May 2014 00:58:38 EST May 7th Birthday! Happy Birthday to LAMSCATS and FFANGEL22! Hope you both enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> Wed, 7 May 2014 00:29:20 EST May 6th Birthday! Lets wish RIE567 a Happy Birthday! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> Tue, 6 May 2014 00:23:30 EST May 5th Birthday Happy Birthday to SAYADEH! Hope you have a wonderful birthday. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>410</em> Mon, 5 May 2014 00:46:05 EST Newbie but long time emotional eater Hey all, <BR> <BR> I am 26 years old and a part time nanny, heading back to school to become a teacher. I am working on changing my life around and gaining control, not to mention better organized. I deal with depression and Pmdd which contribute to binge eating and always feeling stressed. Food has played a huge role as a coping mechanism which I no longer want. So I'm hoping this will help with some of the craving attacks, super stressed days, and just if Im bored lol. Sun, 4 May 2014 14:48:09 EST Team Member Of The Week for May 4th-May 11th It's time to announce our new team member of the week and this week we have CHANCEBENTLEY in the spotlight! Chance is one of our newest members here and he could use some help and encouragement here. Let's cheer him on! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ANCEBENTLEY </link> Sun, 4 May 2014 11:38:23 EST April 4th Birthdays Happy Birthday to ILENOCHKA, TOONIE, CLASSYLADYMAY, and LITTOGREENWITCH! Hope you all enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> Sun, 4 May 2014 00:31:15 EST Saying Hello Hello group. I'm hoping to stop by SparkPeople more frequently and to this group also. I can most definitely say that I'm an emotional eater and would like to stop. Thanks for any encouragement. Sat, 3 May 2014 20:59:52 EST May 2nd and May 3rd Birthdays Happy Birthday to CHICK8526 and FLYER99. Hope you both enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> Sat, 3 May 2014 01:04:51 EST Tough Day.... What a Monday...I got home from work & it took every ounce of my being not to dig into those chips! I got on my Tread Climber instead!! Climbed out some anger instead of eating a bag of chips... <em>231</em> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:53:07 EST April 28th Birthday! Lets wish KHUFSTETLER a Happy Birthday! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 00:37:26 EST &#9734; Newbie... ..&#9734; Hey Sparkies.. My name is Kim... I am indeed a newbie. :) Looking to get healthy, lose weight, make some new friends and have some fun along the way. :) <BR> <BR> Always remember -- <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 23:35:50 EST Team Member Of The Week for Apr 27th-May 4th Good morning everyone we are here to announce our next team member of the week and now we have WIPINGSWEAT in the spotlight! Sheri is sparking strong and trying to keep with her program here. She is working so hard, let's cheer her on! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>PINGSWEAT </link> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 08:45:36 EST boundaries I have spent along time in and out of counseling. One thing that I have needed to work on is boundaries. As I have worked in these areas in my life, I came to understand that part of my problem much to my disappointment was my own lack of boundaries with myself.. As I have continued to work on these areas in my life. I came to understand until I face facts about why I have extra weight on and why I lose it and gain it back a dozen times. That I could never fully keep it off. so for two years ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:53:26 EST I've been emotionally eating my way to gaining There is joy in chocolate when the world is crazy and mean and nasty. But when the reality of having to deal with the fact that my clothes are popping, and my knees are too sets in, the joy dims. <BR> <BR> I'm starting again! No donuts! My hugest and most favorite make me happy food. Okay. One pinch, once a week, of one donut, down from 2 to 5 a day. <BR> <BR> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:09:06 EST One more birthday! I just received another birthday for today. Lets wish AUNTBEE6 a Happy Birthday. Wishing you a wonderful day and to all of you a Happy Easter. <BR> <em>383</em> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:05:03 EST Team Member Of The Week for Apr 20th-Apr 27th Good morning and happy Easter to those who celebrate. We have our next team member of the week here and it is TOBEANNOUNCED! Jean has been having a little trouble making sure she sticks to her program, but I know we can help and support her through anything ehre. Let's cheer her on! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>BEANNOUNCED </link> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:48:24 EST April 20th Birthday Happy Birthday to KHASSELBECK! Have a wonderful birthday <BR> <em>383</em> <em>214</em> <em>236</em> <em>126</em> <em>383</em> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:20:29 EST April 19th Birthday Happy Birthday RACELOBSTER! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>236</em> <em>409</em> <em>383</em> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:13:21 EST April 18th Birthdays Lets wish CHERYL_Anne a Happy Birthday. Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:43:36 EST Hi I'm new to the team I can't describe what I'm feeling right now. I've read through some of the post's here and it's like you all are inside my head. I'm like a sponge when it comes to others emotions. Specially when they are venting anger or agression I just absorb it and turn it inward. Then i eat. I'm excited to find people with similar struggles. I hope this will be a turning point for me. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:53:15 EST April 16th Birthday Lets wish WANNABESINGER9 a Happy Birthday! Hope your day is wonderful. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>19</em> <em>409</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:08:13 EST FRUSTRATED I don't know how to deal with what I'm feeling!! <BR> My husband has never had a weight problem & he watches every bite I put in my mouth. <BR> I eat a vegan diet & watch everything I eat but, no matter how healthy I eat he can always find something to say about my calorie intake. If I eat nuts (just a few) it's, "sure there healthy but the FAT!!" That's just one small example. I am living on carrotts, celelry & salad w/ balsamic vinegar & I'm hungry!! And depressed!!! Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:48:01 EST Day 1 of attempt #4598.5 over Giggle... That's what it feels like at least. Today I ate less calories than I burned. It's a start. <BR> <BR> I succeed when I'm engaged and focused; hoping the site and these forums help me do that. <BR> <BR> Good Night ! Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:50:20 EST April 14th Birthdays Happy Birthday to TRISHATRYIN, CONNIEBUG, and CMORISAK. Hope you ALL have a wonderful day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>407</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:10:25 EST Team Member Of The Week for Apr 13th-Apr 20th Hello wonderful spark friends, we are here to announce our new team member of the week and we have MACILINN in the spotlight now! Maci is going strong with challenges and sparking strong. She is almost halfway to her goal and I know she will make it, especially with the help of her spark friends! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>CILINN </link> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:10:06 EST April 13th Birthday! Lets wish JMZINCT a Happy Birthday! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>236</em> <em>19</em> <em>383</em> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:15:11 EST A wonderful blog by a life coach <BR> <BR> I recently discovered this blog after I was housebound after surgery. I had begun to feel real sorry for myself because of my nonambulation and disability. The blog gave me courage to face my fears and anxieties and stop turning to food for solace. <BR> <BR> It talks a lot about relationships -- with other people, for romance, our families, and most importantly, with ourselves. <BR> <BR> I hope it will help y'all too :) <em>381</em> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:09:04 EST April 12th Birthday! Happy Birthday to BECOMINGDEB! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>236</em> <em>407</em> <em>410</em> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:14:18 EST Awesome Video <link><BR>U3hmQU d2MkU4Rms/edit?pli=1 </link> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:42:21 EST April 10th Birthday! Lets wish NICOLENCCU a Happy Birthday! <BR> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:35:32 EST April 9th Birthdays Lets wish MELWELL85 and 56Rose a Happy Birthday! <BR> <em>383</em> <em>335</em> <em>236</em> <em>214</em> <em>410</em> Wed, 9 Apr 2014 01:11:51 EST April 8th Birthdays Happy Birthday to CHSHULER89 and LADYBUG869! Hope you both have a wonderful day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> Tue, 8 Apr 2014 00:55:32 EST Emotional Eater Extraordinaire I am an emotional eater or I wouldn't be on this board lol. I have been since I was a teen, for one reason or another. Mostly I have a lot of insecurities even though I know deep down I am awesome lol, its just hard to shake. I eat to retain this shell I have built around me,but there is an thin girl inside dying to come out.....just got to clear the mounds of fat that my heart has allowed to cover all the bruises and aches of being hurt over the years. With the support of this team I hope to... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 09:13:55 EST Team Member Of The Week for Apr 6th-Apr 13th Good morning everyone, I hope this will be a wonderful week for us all! We have a new team member of the week to announce and it is PFERG66! She is really trying to keep on track and to keep on moving. Let's cheer her on! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ERG66 </link> Sun, 6 Apr 2014 10:50:33 EST April 6th Birthdays Happy Birthday to MANTY526, ISLAYY, and AIMEEB4. Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> Sun, 6 Apr 2014 00:16:30 EST I'm New Hi, my name is Toni. I openly admit that I am an emotional eater. I eat when I'm bored, upset and even happy! I know my trigger food is potato chips so I don't have them in the house. I look forward to having this team to help me through my times when I turn to food for comfort. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 10:23:07 EST April 5th Birthdays Happy Birthday to KAMCCLARY, COLOR-BLUE, SUMMARAH, and MARIEL12982. Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>214</em> <em>236</em> <em>126</em> <em>383</em> Sat, 5 Apr 2014 00:53:32 EST Today~ It's fustrating when I can't track my stuff here at work or on my Nook. Everything stalls <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Any-who - at work they started a helath wellness program and I formed a team to compete with others on most tracked exercise minutes! Just trying to think of a really cool name! <BR> <em>381</em> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 14:43:19 EST Hunger Awareness When you are hungry, can you tell whether you are hungry for food or whether it is an emotional hunger? <BR> I am working on eating awareness for the next 10 days. If you care to join me see <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=27543x439x5<BR>7383746 </link> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 12:39:17 EST An Ongoing Journey to Staying Healthy After each small, healthy meal, imagine some fat dripping off your body and that you weigh at least one ounce less. <em>9</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Conversely, if you overeat, you weigh 1/2 lb. more. <em>15</em> and will <em>39</em> <em>46</em> later. <BR> <BR> Share what you learned and/or what worked for you. <link><BR>U3hmQU d2MkU4Rms/edit?pli=1 </link> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 12:10:00 EST April 3rd Birthday! Happy Birthday to MAXIE56 and ONICAM! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> Thu, 3 Apr 2014 00:37:10 EST April 2nd Birthday Happy Birthday to GOTTALUVME127! Wishing you a wonderful day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>335</em> <em>409</em> <em>339</em> <em>383</em> Wed, 2 Apr 2014 00:18:45 EST First Time Newbie Good day all~ <BR> <BR> I came across this website when I was going to another support groups website. This seems very....organized, sportive, thorough, and just awesome! <BR> <BR> I have gained weight over the last year few years slowly. I had a traumatic event in my relationship at the end of 2012 that shook up my whole life. So in 2013 I gained 20 pounds. <BR> <BR> I transferred to a new job that I love...but nothing fits me!! I don't want to cover up in a cardigan everyday to hide!! ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 15:52:22 EST April 1st Birthday! Happy Birthday Linda! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 01:17:08 EST March 31st Birthday <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> Happy Birthday to CALVIND! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:08:59 EST Goals For April Do you have a new goal for April? Maybe better weather will make it easier to work outdoors. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 21:54:54 EST Team Member Of The Week for Mar 30th-Apr 6th Good morning everyone, hoping all is well for you. We have our next team member of the week and it is WILDXANGELS! Whitney is getting her groove on and trying to be strong to keep on her journey. Let's get behind her here. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>LDXANGELS </link> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 09:37:22 EST March 29th Birthdays Happy Birthday to PHOENIXREBIRTH and SIDSMOM1. Hope you both have wonderful day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>383</em> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 01:18:38 EST V-I-C-T-O-R-Y Good morning, teammates! What victories have you been able to celebrate on your journey this week? Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:12:07 EST How crazy are these beliefs? Illogical thinking that enables me to overeat: <BR> <BR> I am tired therefore I need comfort food <BR> I am bored therefore I need amusement food <BR> I am emotionally hungry therefore I need sugary food <BR> I am sad therefore I need comfort food <BR> The food is there therefore I will eat it <BR> I want to eat it therefore I will eat it <BR> I just overate so now I am free to overeat for the rest of the day <BR> Today is special so I am free to overeat <BR> I am celebrating so I... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:43:38 EST Hi from Trev - a composer from the UK Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am Trev and presently reside in the South West of the UK. I will spare you my details in here as they are all available in my blog so please feel free to look in there. <BR> <BR> I believe in the power of music and the way it can lift us and motivate us. It can mentally steer us towards many better directions in life too. <BR> <BR> I don't know if I am the only composer in sparkpeople but I have yet to see anybody else load up any of their work into a blog. I only fou... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 06:48:32 EST March 27th and 28th Birthday! I made a mistake on somebody's birthday so will correct it on this thread. I apologize for the error. <BR> Lets wish JOYCECAIN a Happy Birthday who had one on March 27th and lets wish MARIEHAM2003 who has a birthday on March 28th. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> <em>335</em> <em>144</em> <em>335</em> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:58:00 EST March 27th Birthday Happy Birthday to LOULOSE! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:25:25 EST seeking helpful hints Hello, everyone. I just recently joined the team. I really want to just get rid of a few pounds and be comfortable in my own skin again. How do you maintain your motivation and consistency? Any helpful hints and ideas would be appreciated. :) Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:38:27 EST new teammate from TN Hello, everyone! I just joined this team to seek encouragement and support. Any helpful hints from teammates that want to share have they have begun to see victory in this challenge would be appreciated. :) Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:43:46 EST new to the team Hi, I'm a second time newbie, Ive gained back alot of my weight from the 1st time around, I work with aggressive behavioral children & return home 2 my oldest behavioral child. I have always struggled with eating healthy; as a teen I starved myself & after my ugly divorce i binged on junk food &/or sweets, or I go all day with eating 1 meal. My hubby is a junk food junky; last time I lost weight he was in torture with the healthy stuff I stocked the house. I want 2 be able 2 control the cr... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 04:34:21 EST March 25th Birthdays Lets wish LOULOSE a Happy Birthday! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>475</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 01:22:28 EST Excuses and Pounds Begone Challenge By getting rid of your excuses, you will also get rid of some pounds. <BR> Excuses are enablers. <BR> Affirmations are empowering. <BR> Change your excuses to powerful affirmations! <BR> What we think, we become. <BR> Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right! <BR> <BR> Please join me in being aware of how we sabotage ourselves by our thinking. <BR> Share what excuses you caught yourself using and what empowering affirmation you replaced it with. <BR> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:22:13 EST Team Member Of The Week for Mar 23rd-Mar 30th Hello everyone, I hope all is well in sparkworld! WE have our new team member of the week to announce and we have AUNTRENEE in the spotlight! Renee has been making some really good progress lately. She is almost halfway to her goal! Let's give her a big cheer. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>NTRENEE </link> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 12:14:02 EST New to the team Hi, my name is Jenni. I have recently joined Spark people and I am new to this team. Just browsing around this looks like an active supportive team. Looking forward to getting to know this team. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 20:17:09 EST March 22nd Birthdays Lets wish DCHELLE74 and MISSALICEGA a Happy Birthday! Hope you both enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>407</em> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 01:28:56 EST March 21st Birthday Happy Birthday to MISS3EVA21! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:20:56 EST Question to team leaders We have a challenge going on. The title on the thread is "Easter Fitness/Weight Loss Challenge." The starter is OceanLuvr. Is it possible to make it a sticky topic until Easter so that members taking part can enter their info as we go along? <BR> <BR> Thanks. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:57:49 EST March 20th Birthdays! Happy Birthday to MACILINN, SLLYONS51, and DBNJMDRS. Hope you all have a wonderful birthday! <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 00:19:51 EST March 19th Birthdays Happy Birthday to JUSTME9898 and GEORGIAGIRL26! Hope you both have a wonderful day celebrating. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>44</em> <em>383</em> <em>76</em> <em>383</em> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 00:25:57 EST changing behavior I really have a problem with eating in the evening. I work all day and don't get home until 7pm. From the time I get home til the time I go to bed (9pm) I eat. I have the best intentions in the morning and tell myself I'm only going to have something small but then its like as soon as I start to eat I can't stop. I eat junk all evening long and I'm not even hungry. I'm at a loss as to what to do and how to get out of this rut. Any suggestions would certainly be appreciated. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:44:26 EST Great weight loss trick! When cravings for unhealthy foods hit me, I often give in. I just can't seem to tell myself "no". But my boyfriend taught me a little mindgame...associate the food with something you find absolutely disgusting. For me, as a former smoker, it was the smell of cigarette smoke/ashes. So tonight when my family was eating their sausage and biscuits with syrup, I imagined that if I ate any, I would have to dip it in cig ashes first. The idea totally turned me off...temptation crushed! I happily ate... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 08:55:24 EST March 17th Birthdays First of all I want to wish everyone a Happy St. Patricks Day! <BR> Lets wish BUZZ0317, MOTIVATIONFOUND,a and PATRICIAANN46 a Happy Birthday! Wishing you each a wonderful day. <BR> <em>407</em> <em>137</em> <em>407</em> <em>137</em> <em>407</em> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:29:33 EST Team Member Of The Week for Mar 16th-Mar 23rd I hope everyone is having a good day so far. We have a team member of the week here and this week it is MELODY1966! Melody really needs some team support here. She has bee struggling and needs to find her spark to get moving. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>LODY1966 </link> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 12:06:41 EST Slipped yesterday I was having a little bit of a rough day yesterday. Feeling lonely and just not with it. Didn't really eat too well during the day and then I blew it at night. I had a huge taco salad with sour cream and fried zucchini - physically felt awful afterwards. Back on track today so that is all that matters. Just got done doing a 20 minute walk. <BR> <BR> Karin Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:14:14 EST just joined the team. I'm new to this sparked team, needed encourage mint kicking a bad habit. I hope to see possible changes for me to stop an Bad emotional eating habit here, Later. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 05:42:35 EST St. Patrick's Day... Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? If so, how? Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:52:04 EST Got lost... This site and all of you great people keep me focused. I have been so busy the last few days and didn't check in....I went off my plan !! I am happy to be back and thankful you are all here! <BR> <em>198</em> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:23:40 EST March 13th Birthday! Happy Birthday to GREENARLEEN! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>407</em> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>410</em> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 01:07:11 EST NYC-area WLS Clothing Exchange, 4/5/14 Some of you know that I've been organizing clothing exchanges for the New York City weight-loss surgery community for some time. I'm happy to again invite EE teammates to take part whether or not they've had surgery. <BR> <BR> I'm especially excited because the April 5 exchange will start the fifth year of this free program, making it the longest-running show of its kind by about 4.5 years. The exchanges originated in the lapband support group meetings of NYU Langone Medical Center and have ... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:57:26 EST stuck in life I have been using sparkpeople on and off for years. last fall a friend and i decided to try it again together. we were doing really well till the bad weather started and then i had to have surgery. we said after i was cleared from the dr we would go back at it. during the healing time i managed to gain the weight i had lost back. I have social anxiety so going to a gym alone is not an option for me. I can't seem to stay on track and wondered how everyone else does it. i tend to binge eat alot... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:42:06 EST March 12th Birthdays Lets wish JMATHISON75, HEALTHYONE2008, and GRAMTO2 a Happy Birthday! Enjoy your special day and hope you all have a great new year. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>383</em> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:35:16 EST text alert on bf phone = me eat my bf just started texting again. he hasn't been faithful to past gfs and isn't capable of having friends that are girls. Yesterday he re-connected with a gaming friend that is female and by last night turned on his texting. A few minutes ago his alert went off and within second I found myself eating some lunch meat eventhough I am not hungry. UGH. Any advice from anyone who has overcome insecurity and jealousy while losing weight? Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:24:47 EST advice on giving up dr p hey group I am drinking about a thousand cals a day of dr p and I know how bad it is I have been fighting it for a long time now and once I go about a week or I get really stressed I go back....I do not drink much water and I know this is a horrible habit...any advice from anyone who has had the same trouble would be awesome.... <BR> nicole Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:08:26 EST riding the wave Here's a technique an internet buddy of mine taught me years ago to deal with emotional eating and binge urges. When you feel like you want to binge, imagine a wave coming onto the shore. As the urge to eat gets stronger the wave comes closer. Go slow, take your time, and ride the wave. Imagine as the wave is breaking on the shore your urge to binge is breaking as well. It takes a while to get the imagery good enough but if you keep working at it, it really helps. I hope! <em>30</em> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:51:11 EST March 10th Birthdays Lets wish OHANAMAMA and SURESNAG a Happy Birthday! Hope you both enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>407</em> <em>335</em> <em>407</em> <em>409</em> <em>407</em> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:13:49 EST Awesome day...awesome site! The SPARK website is amazing and so full of motivational tips and even videos. I spent the better part of an hour watching inspirational stories of people who overcame challenges and feel ready to go. The really nice part is that I 'accept' that I have to work simple magical solutions for this girl!! I am ready...truly ready for a change! Go Emotional Eaters!! <BR> Sun, 9 Mar 2014 16:20:36 EST Back on sparkpeople wanted to say hi to everyone.. Hey group hope everyone is doing great and succeeding at their goals. I am back on the internet again and so excited that I can be on sparkpeople slowly getting back on track and everything im making my way though. I have been doing good I am taking alli right now just started but I really need to get my eating in check I have been eating a lot of junk lately and still fighting the dr p addiction. I think being back with the group might be just what I need so I look forward to hear... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 16:16:03 EST Team Member Of The Week for Mar 9th-Mar 16th Good morning all, I hope everyone remembered daylight savings time. we have a new team member of the week to announce and this week it is BLUEJEDIBUBBLES! She is trying , but she has been streesed lately and needs some help from us and support. I know we can be there for her now. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>UEJEDIBUBBLES </link> Sun, 9 Mar 2014 10:07:50 EST Oops... I just figured out how to post my own comment or situation. So sorry to those of you that I ended up replying to with my own post. I think I've got it now. Sat, 8 Mar 2014 14:07:56 EST day is dragging... Weekends are very slow at the group home where I work. I'm here alone with nothing to do and nobody to talk to. Have a healthy dinner planned for when I get home (kale and lentils), am determined not to binge (that's what happened last week) but could use some good vibes from whoever reads this. Thanks! Sat, 8 Mar 2014 10:29:19 EST March 8th Birthday! Happy Birthday to INFINITELEIGH! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>335</em> <em>236</em> <em>339</em> <em>383</em> Sat, 8 Mar 2014 00:59:49 EST March 7th Birthday Happy Birthday to REBIRTHDIVA! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>410</em> Fri, 7 Mar 2014 02:53:24 EST I lowered my calories! I am SO happy. So happy! I was trying so hard to eat less, measuring and tracking and working out and I was seeing little or no change on the scale. I finally had to face the fact that I was still eating too much. That was really hard to do, because I love food, I'm addicted to food, I have a compulsion to eat, and the thought of lowering my range even more was terrifying. But I decided that it was more important to me to feel good about myself as a whole than to eat those extra calories. And... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 09:25:13 EST New to the Team! Hello! My name is Terry and I've been an emotional eater for more years than I can count. <BR> I will be making healthy choices and getting my exercise when something happens to upset me, stress me out or make me mad so then I eat. What I eat usually contains sugar. Yes, I am a sugar addict and once I have a taste, I have to have more. <BR> <BR> The funny thing is, when the emotional eating happens, it's as if it's not really me. I lose any awareness of what and how much I'm eating. I don't ... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 13:27:31 EST Hello Hi Everyone, <BR> I am an emotional eater - but then, I will find any excuse to eat. Eating has become my way of soothing, celebrating, and just being. <BR> <BR> This has got to stop. I need to know that food is not what supports is what is killing me. The love that food gives me is just temporary. It will only last until the next fix. <BR> <BR> Somehow I have to learn to be stronger and more passionate about my self. I am a worth more than the next plate of food. If I don't take ... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 09:38:15 EST March 5th Birthday Happy Birthday to CL2MGUNN! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> Wed, 5 Mar 2014 00:11:43 EST How do you deal with insensitive comments? Today I got very sad because of a conversation I had with my brother and his wife in which they basically told me to snap out of depression and that the exhaustion I've been feeling is all in my head and that maybe I'll get moving when I'm really starving (I was unemployed and I'm now underemployed and I'm already in a tough situation financially). I know that they love me and that they said it with all the good intention to help me, but it really hurt. I told them that I felt they didn't und... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 21:09:03 EST March 3rd Birthdays Happy Birthday to TAT2SIS and SODELIGHT05. Hope you both enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>144</em> <em>44</em> <em>144</em> <em>76</em> <em>144</em> Mon, 3 Mar 2014 01:38:37 EST Team Member Of The Week for Mar 2nd-Mar 9th I hope everyone is having a good weekend so far. We have our new team member of the week here and it is JLOVESDOGS! Jeannie is trying hard to make the new year a good one. Let's help her make sure she can keep going strong! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>OVESDOGS </link> Sun, 2 Mar 2014 08:54:54 EST Today was a struggle Wow!!! I just couldn't control myself. I over ate I had 6 pickle spears to keep from eating unhealthy food, that's crazy I even treated myself to a slice of cake! And still ended up on the short end of the stick so to speak!!! I made myself look long and hard at my ticker I am just 11 pounds from weighing 234 pounds that would put me just 35 pounds from being in the under 200 pound club . It had been so many years since I was under 200 pounds!! I don 't want to blow it I always gain weight a... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 01:24:11 EST What Are You Hungry For? This morning I saw Deepak Chopra's "What Are You Hungry For" on PBS and I thought it was a pretty good program and the question is definitely applicable to those of us who struggle with emotional eating. I found this blog with a pretty good summary of the program and wanted to share it. <BR> <BR><BR>/what-are-you-hungry-for-by-deepak-cho<BR>pra-on-pbs/ <BR> <BR> What do you think? Sun, 2 Mar 2014 00:06:59 EST need support I have a habit of stressed-induced bingeing after getting home from work. I need creative ways of unwinding. I like my job and don't want to find another one, it would probably be the same no matter where I'm working. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 11:57:11 EST March 1st Birthday Happy Birthday to TERRY631!. Wishing you a wonderful birthday. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> Sat, 1 Mar 2014 04:43:44 EST Hi from Kathleen I'm new to EE...but long overdue. I have been emotionally eating for 39 years that I can remember consciously. Food never turned on me, back talked, upset me, discouraged me. And I would turn to "invisible" foods for a quick "get away with something" feeling. By invisible I mean like if there is a bag of something and I take a few -- its invisible to notice. <BR> <BR> I lost 50lbs on here a couple years ago. Then got away from everything and my weight went back up. I have been on here again... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:03:41 EST February 28th Birthday Lets wish BCSANDRALEE a Happy Birthday. Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 03:45:48 EST February 27th Birthday Lets wish Robbie53 a Happy Birthday! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 00:49:25 EST February 24th Birthdays Happy Birthday ADMIRABLE1, LADYSHERRY, PAM20FIT, and MARCY07 a Happy Birthday. Wishing each and everyone of you a wonderful day. <BR> <em>335</em> <em>44</em> <em>339</em> <em>236</em> <em>335</em> <em>44</em> <em>339</em> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 00:37:14 EST Team Member Of The Week for Feb 23rd-Mar 2nd Good morning everyone, let's celebrate our new team member of the week! This week we have SABLEFYRE in the spotlight. She has been frustrated recently and has been having trouble getting her spark on. Let's help her spark strong! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>BLEFYRE </link> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 09:31:11 EST February 23rd Birthday! Lets wish MARCYNA a Happy Birthday! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 02:51:11 EST February 20th Birthday! Happy Birthday to AFERRARI! Enjoy your special day! <BR> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:43:34 EST Surrender and the Mind Muscle Hello fellow Emotional Eaters... <BR> <BR> I have been an emotional eater for most of my life. In my family many of us are suffering the same challenge...seems it has been passed down the line. An inheritance I could have done without. with any challenge I must accept and learn about the solutions or be forever pinned by something that only serves to hurt me. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I made the 'decision' to face the issue and stop running from it. I think accepting...admitting...... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:54:37 EST February 17th Birthdays Lets wish LORILEEPAGE, FLEMIDG, and KSITAR a Happy Birthday! Wishing you ALL a wonderful day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>19</em> <em>409</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 02:59:14 EST I'm new As I was looking at a friend's page, I saw this Team. It fits me to a "t". I eat when bored. When I am upset. When I am tired. Nothing turns me off food. I only wish that when I was sick, I lost my appetite. But I don't. So, here I am. Do with me as you will. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 18:30:59 EST Team Member Of The Week for Feb 16th-Feb 23rd Hello fellow sparkers, it s time to announce our next team member of the week and now we have SUNNYSIDEUPMARY in the spotlight! Mary has struggled recently and could use some team help and support. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>NNYSIDEUPMARY </link> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 12:46:33 EST HI, I'm Debbie, newbie here I don't think I've introduced myself to this team yet. I'm still trying to find my way aournd SP and how to use it. I joined a couple of weeks ago but kinda on and off with it. Hopefully I can get into full swing and finding these groups will be a great support for me, I'm sure. I am an emotional eater for sure. I work long work days and they can be very stressful as an RN at the hospital. I get off late, super tired and go through fast food places, sometimes just sit and eat while keeping th... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 15:28:47 EST 100 days: feb starters This is for all of us february newbies to buddy up on the journey. I have been posting my daily workbook exercises on my spark blog. I am on day 5 today. <BR> <BR> About me: i am a returning sparkler...please help me stay motivated! I dont want to weigh this much ever again. I am doing really well so far, lost 15 since the holidays with only one minor gainback. <BR> <BR> Just posted my Day5 thoughts on 100Days of Weight loss over on my sparkpage blog. <BR> <BR> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 07:28:19 EST February 15th Birthday Happy Birthday to TWENKY215! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 02:27:31 EST What are your plans for Valentine's Day? I plan to go to dinner with hubby.....trying to eat healthy. <em>26</em> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:37:34 EST February 12th Birthdays Happy Birthday to KINISHA2 and TITANS0212! Wishing you both a wonderful day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>335</em> <em>44</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:30:33 EST Really Need Help with Complusive Overeating Hello, I would like to introduce myself and look forward to meeting others that have this same problem. <BR> <BR> I am older and have had a problem with this for years. I have been "dieting" most of my life with losing and gaining. Right now, I can't even get started back to losing. Have been having a big problem since Chistmas. I lost 40# over the past few years doing low carb. I think I am eating out of boredom but just need ideas on how to break behavior. I have gained 15# in the p... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:59:42 EST Any new 100 Days starters this week? I just did my first day's work...posted about it on my blog here <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621282 <BR> <BR> Would like to work on this together with anyone else who is starting this week. Reach out and friend me if you are, so we can go down this road together <BR> <BR> Jo Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:37:46 EST February Birthdays Happy Birthday to NOFRETS and STARDUST_1970. Hope you both enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 00:10:55 EST February 10th Birthdays Lets wish CONTENTEDLADY and BUSSVIC a Happy Birthday! Hope you both enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>407</em> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 00:41:22 EST Team Member Of The Week for Feb 9th-Feb 16th I hope everyone is having a good day. It's time for our team member of the week and this week we have PAULINED77 in the spotlight! Pauline is off to a pretty good start, but needs some good motivation from her sparkies here. Let's give her a cheer! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ULINED77 </link> Sun, 9 Feb 2014 10:27:20 EST Hi, there! Hi, everyone. I'm Julie and I'm an emotional eater. Food is often the first thing I turn to when I'm sad, anxious, bored, tired, happy. I can't live like this anymore! I am so happy to find this forum and start getting support from people who understand! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you! Sat, 8 Feb 2014 11:34:30 EST February 8th Birthdays Happy Birthday to JENDANA and WINNIE-POOH. Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> Sat, 8 Feb 2014 04:06:16 EST February 6th Birthdays Happy Birthday to JR_Fire and METALJEN73. Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 02:05:35 EST February 5th Birthdays Happy Birthday to IRELAND82, CHARMANIA76, TINKNTWEETY, and COSMICWATCHER. Hope you ALL enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> Wed, 5 Feb 2014 07:40:34 EST February 4th Birthday! Happy Birthday to NANCY511. Hope you enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>335</em> <em>144</em> <em>339</em> <em>383</em> <em>335</em> <em>144</em> <em>339</em> Tue, 4 Feb 2014 01:39:46 EST February 3rd Birthday! Lets wish BTMVERONICA a Happy Birthday! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 00:19:03 EST Team Member Of The Week for Feb 2nd-Feb 9th Good morning and happy Groundhog Day! Our team member of the week for now is JB65773! Jill has been feeling down lately and could use some friendly help here. I am sure we can help her get up and going again! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>65773 </link> Sun, 2 Feb 2014 10:16:28 EST February 2nd Birthday Lets wish LIKESTOEAT2 a Happy Birthday! Wishing you a wonderful day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> Sun, 2 Feb 2014 01:38:18 EST New Here Hi everyone. I'm here because I am an emotional eater. I've worked through so many issues dealing with food and just when I thought I had them all handled, I don't have them all handled. There is definitely a strong underlying current of emotion and food. I'm here because I have a habit that I can't seem to break of eating at night. I'd have a great dinner and for some reason I still need to have a couple of extra bowls of cereal or a whole bag of popcorn. It doesn't help that Costco is... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:48:57 EST January 31st Birthdays Happy Birthday to KBUCH87! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:19:28 EST January 30th Birthday! Happy Birthday to SUEZQMD! Wishing you a wonderful birthday! <BR> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:47:28 EST January 29th Birthdays Happy Birthday to STACEFANS! Hope you enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>383</em> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 02:14:09 EST Anthony Robbins Personal Power Hi! Is anyone out there doing or interested in doing the Personal Power program? (It's an old Anthony Robbins program you might be able to borrow from the library.) I just started it today and thought it'd be nice to do it with other Sparkpeople to cheer each other and make sure we complete it. Cheers! Tue, 28 Jan 2014 23:54:01 EST New to Team I've been a member of SparkPeople for a while now. I've been looking at teams and trying to learn how to be a good participant. I've been very heavy all my life and very over trying to lose a lot of weight. I'm dealing with a spinal disorder that is limiting my mobility. I can walk with a cane, but I can't stand still for more than a very few minutes, and my legs go numb when I sit in a normal chair that puts pressure on my spine. I worked at desk jobs for over 40 years, and now I just can't ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:40:11 EST hi hey everyone just wanted to stop by and say hi. I was part of this team about a year ago but quit logging on and lost my motivation but now i'm back ! A new spark page a new year and a new beginning ! :) Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:22:05 EST I eat from stress of harassing neighbor Hello, <BR> I overeat or eat the wrong things because I get harassed. I get anxious and look for something comforting--a carb, candy or cookies. Please help me to stay on track. Also, I tend to eat faster when anxious or stressed. Can anyone offer some advice? Thanks. <em>39</em> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:12:25 EST January 28th Birthdays Lets wish ADEVLIN1431 and RAZZBABE a Happy Birthday! Hope you both enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:30:12 EST Brand new to SparkPeople Hello all. I'm Puma and I've recently had to admit to myself that I am an emotional eater. I joined this community because I feel helpless. I don't know what to do anymore to gain control. Every day is a struggle and I am getting emotionnaly drained because of this awful cycle of mindless eating and guilt. I hope I can find people who understand what I'm going through and who have tips on how to deal with emotional eating. <BR> <BR> See you all around! <BR> <BR> Puma Mon, 27 Jan 2014 18:56:19 EST Hi Hi. I'm new here and I am an emotional eater. I have had a hard time really maintaining motivation, because life seems too hard sometimes. I have MS and am out of work. And there are other things that make life hard that I won't share online. I've heard all the great things about the community on Spark people. I don't have a lot of support in my life right now. However, I really do prefer real life connections, so it might be hard for me to get used too. I am thankful there is a group like th... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:29:48 EST Team Member Of The Week for Jan 26th-Feb 2nd It's the last week of the month and here we are with a great team member of the week to take us into February and it is FAIRYMELLY! Melissa is in need of some good team support on her journey here. I know we can give her a boost and get her moving along here! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>IRYMELLY </link> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:25:16 EST January 26th Birthday Lets wish ZMICHE a Happy Birthday! Wishing you a wonderful day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 01:37:38 EST I WANT TO EEEEEEAT! I've been snacking and picking at things today. Hubs got fresh bagels for the kids for breakfast and I knew I didn't want to eat one but I started picking and probably ended up eating half. UGH. Then my youngest daughter decided to make brownies from scratch, with frosting from scratch, and I licked the spoon, and a whisk, and took a few swipes with my fingers. We came home from our sushi dinner date and the kids had been helping themselves, which means there were brownie crumbs in the pan, w... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 20:27:01 EST Evening check-in, how was your day? I just wanted to check-in, say hi, and see how others are doing. I had a good day and a nice, quiet evening. I'm ready for the weekend and excited about visiting with friends tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend everyone! Sat, 25 Jan 2014 00:38:19 EST Newbie I'm Melissa from Kansas. I'm a very bad emotional eater. In the last 3 years however I have managed to lose from 203 my highest weight down to 139 my lowest weight. Lately however, the last 5 weeks I have gained up to 148.7. Today I am 146. I am trying very hard to stop eating when I'm emotional. I don't want to get back to that high weight again. It's very hard...seriously. I need help. <em>198</em> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:54:38 EST Unsurprising weigh in I lost one pound this week. I'm glad I lost anything considering I ate pizza and had two birthdays for my kids. I picked at food and didn't track it. I'm determined to make this week better! Thu, 23 Jan 2014 10:28:32 EST January 23rd Birthday Happy Birthday to MBECKER1975! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>319</em> <em>475</em> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:11:38 EST Setback My emotions are all over the place. I'm feeling very overwhelmed waiting for my husband's test results. What did I do I have been binging all day and just feel sick. It is so hard to sit with my feelings. I want to stop. I hope I am not being a downer. I commit to eat no more tonight. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:22:12 EST New To The Team! Hey guys! I am so excited to join this group! I am 28 years old and finally ready to turn my life around! I have suffered from binge eating for tooooo many years! This past Sunday I hit rock bottom and knew it was time to make a change. My biggest step was to open up about my bingeing and find support. I've never told anyone about my disorder before so this is huge for me! I've only been on the site since Monday but it has truly made a huge difference! I am officially binge free for 3 days! I... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:03:57 EST almost there! finally got serious last fall and now 2 lbs away from my first milestone. hoping that by next weigh-in I'll finally be under 200lbs, first time since can't remember when. starting eating for diabetes because I'm on metformin but mostly because a friend is looking at insulin in the near future so to encourage her and because I really needed to do something about my sugars we start eating for diabetes, we are both maintaining a much healthier sugar level and the weight loss is a bonus! yeah for... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:23:57 EST January 20th Birthday Lets wish JENBUG002 a Happy Birthday! Wishing you a wonderful day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 00:21:31 EST Knowing Me I learned a lot about myself by watching Ruby on Netflix. I found out that I use food to mask my feelings and comfort myself. It doesn't matter what the feeling is. Whether I'm happy, sad, depressed, bored, stressed or mad, food always accompanies those feelings. Stress is the worst. During last semester, I ate the most. I was at a new college, and I had to adjust, so I ate. <BR> My assessment is that I don't allow myself to really feel and work through the feelings. I just bury them and try... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 22:10:58 EST Team Member Of The Week for Jan 19th-Jan 26th Good morning everyone, let's get to our team member of the week! This week we have GINILEE4 in the spotlight! Gini could use some support and a good pep talk. Let's give her some team cheer! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>NILEE4 </link> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 11:01:50 EST January 19th Birthday! Happy Birthday to WILK50! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>236</em> <em>407</em> <em>410</em> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 04:30:13 EST January 18th Birthday! Happy Birthday to EGMINGA, PROVERBS31JULIA, and JOANNAEDGE! <BR> Wishing ALL three of you a wonderful day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>407</em> <em>383</em> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 20:16:27 EST January 17th Birthdays Happy Birthday to SUNNYSIDEUPMARY, WILDGIRL17, AMARILYNH, and TIME2BLOOM4ME. <BR> Hope you ALL enjoyed your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 20:18:07 EST Emo Binge Eater Hi, my name is Melly, and I'm here because I'm a binge eater. I grew up in a household where food was very scarce and it caused a lifelong problem for me. I constantly crave food, and once I start eating, I can't seem to stop myself. At times, it has caused me to purge and take laxatives. I always feel very out of control. I feel frozen and don't know how to change. I am also agoraphobic. I suffer with terrible panic attacks and anxiety. I'm so sick of being this way. I'm 41 years old, and I ... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:39:25 EST 4 Emotional years The last 4 years have been filled with near fatial motorcycle wrecks, grown children family split ups and domestic abuse that lead to our daughter in a nursing home, and grand children with a rough family we cant get them out of, and our 23 year old autistic son got into trouble while I was at hospital with daughter. She was abandoned at a terable nursing home in another state after the blunt trama from husband which caused a blood clot which caused a stroke. only witnesses our 3 and 4 year ... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 04:27:57 EST lsb1974 last year my husband of 17 years walked out on me and my girls. he blamed me for everything, when i know there is/was someone else. he has made this very hard especially with his hatfullness, rudeness, name calling and insults. in this time i have probably gained about 30 lbs and the divorce isn't final. i am beginning to come to terms witht he divorce especially with his attitude change and he has compeletly went bonkers. my goal or saying for 2014 is 40 @ 40. i will turn 40 this year ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:03:15 EST Hey! Hello all...this is the first ever team on spark I have truly joined with intent. I've joined others and am probably a member without even being aware! I am a 27 year old stay at home mom of 2 children, one of which has special needs- which makes my days a little complex with scheduling but I get by! I've been working out for a week straight- taking only one day off so far. I am trying to change my eating habits, not just go on some silly diet. Beyond being an emotional eater, I am an over-ea... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:05:47 EST January 13th Birthday! Lets wish CLAIREMZM a Happy Birthday! Wishing you a wonderful day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>214</em> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 02:39:53 EST Team Member Of The Week for Jan 12th-Jan 19th Hello, I hope everyone is having a good day so far. We have our team member of the week to announce and this week it is FIT4LIFEIN14! She has a good streak going on and has a good start on her weight loss. Let's get behind her here! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>T4LIFEIN14 </link> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 12:15:34 EST anti climax for month this month started out with as a big bust as on the day that I was due to celebrate my 60th we had an unforeseen tragedy we had to have a much loved pet put to sleep. <em>46</em> as she had a heart problem. so the party was not really a happy one. then the next week we went to Akaroa a small village just North East of Christchurch for two nights, we also went on a Harbour cruise where we saw heaps of Hectors Dolphins, the Worlds smallest dolphin. <em>41</em> they are the size of a large... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 19:08:43 EST Start Date January 11, 2014 My start weight is 225 <BR> My goal is to lose 25 lbs <BR> I will do this by tracking daily what I eat <BR> - read the book 100days <BR> - record weights every Friday <BR> -stick to the exercise challenge <BR> -keep my cals at 1500 <BR> -figure out a new routine daily when I get home from work to stop binge eating. <BR> - I will ask for help when I need it. <BR> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 04:06:23 EST New to the team Hi. My name is Amy and obviously I am an emotional overeater. It makes me sick to think of all the weight I am gaining, the unhealthy habits, etc. I have pinpointed my issue which is stress. I have to learn to not go to the pantry, but not sure how. I will be exploring this forum more. My goal for this year is to control this problem and not be controlled by it. I feel like I am strong, but then silently sabotage myself. Uuugghhh! Well, enough venting, you have all heard this before.... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 03:52:18 EST THANK YOU I appreciate all the kindness and support. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:51:17 EST Overdo$ed America Wanted to share a link to a 15 min. video I just watched by Dr John Abramson, MD, MS: Author of Overdo$ed America. I was super impressed by this video and just put this guy’s book on my Amazon wish list. I don’t know how to describe it other than to say this guy intelligently explains some of the underlying reasons why good doctors over-prescribe medications and how we can maybe move to a new paradigm. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/videos/advanced-study-week... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 19:45:37 EST New to Group I happy I found this group. I am a emotional binge eater and need help and support. I am sick and tired of being sick tired. I'm feeling so down today but I am happy to have found this group. I want to be able to express my feeling in a safe place without judgment. I am so used to stuffing them down with food. <BR> <BR> Look forward to getting to know all of you. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:04:56 EST January 10th Birthday! Happy Birthday to SPECIAL6! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 00:40:52 EST Intro to Group Hello everyone! I have been an emotional eater since I was a young child. I lost my mother at the age of 13 so that is when eating a lot began. I have tried a lot of diets but realized when things get stressful, busy, or when I may not be thinking positively, I usually run to the fridge! I want to try to live a healthier life style and I will appreciate the support and encouragement I get from all of you. I hope I can do the same in return. Thanks. Thu, 9 Jan 2014 22:15:01 EST Anything is possible if we show up and do the work 2 great stories about people who suited up, showed up and did the work <BR> It doesn't matter what we think or how we "feel" If we show up everyday and do the work we WILL succeed in our health goals, plain and simple. END OF STORY. <BR> <BR> Show up and do the work!! <BR> <BR> Man loses 392 pounds <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ses-392-pounds-seeing-obese-reflection<BR>-tv-131629687.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Woman films herself for 100 days <BR> <BR> <... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 06:42:57 EST Do you really track EVERY day? So I find that I have so much emotional STUFF happening just a month into joining sparkpeople that I've already given myself a few "free" days where I don't track my food. I haven't gone hog-wild (at least I don't think I have...) calorie-wise, though I'm sure I've eaten more than my calorie recommendation on my tracking-free days. The thing is, there's just so much TENSION between my old life (i.e. eating all day, whatever, whenever I wanted, in whatever quantity) and my new ways (i.e. tra... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 17:54:42 EST New to team I just joined the team. I am looking for support and knowledge on how to stop my emotional eating...I eat when bored. Weird thing is that I have so many other things that I could do that sometimes I get caught up eating instead of making the better choice. I know it is my choice and I need to rethink before grabbing food to fill a gap.. Looking forward to getting to know members and learn how to make those better choices! <BR> Wed, 8 Jan 2014 10:21:22 EST Offering all of you encouragement and support! Hi there- This is Linda Spangle, author of the book "100 Days of Weight Loss." I have joined your group and will plan to drop in now and then to offer some cheerleading and encouragement. <BR> <BR> As a child, one of my favorite stories was “The Little Engine that Could.” <BR> I loved how the small blue train kept saying, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…” and it reached the top of the mountain. <BR> <BR> With your weight-loss goals, keep telling yourself, “I can do it!” And jus... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 19:29:46 EST Not sure where to start I really want to get it right this time. To do that I must address my knee jerk reaction to stuff my face. Problem is I'm not sure how or where to start. <BR> <BR> I can do what I did last time and cut out sugars and eat healthy (and I am trying to do that) but it only by-passed my relationship with chocolate and food and when life got tough I crashed and burned. I want to learn to deal with my body's need for the comfort so I can build better and stronger tools to be able to say no! <BR> ... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 04:52:47 EST January 7th Birthdays Happy Birthday to ERIANDE and METRO2. Hope you both have a wonderful day celebrating. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> Tue, 7 Jan 2014 01:20:58 EST Acceptance I think I finally came to the realization that in fact I have been an emotional eater since I was a teenager. I was able to lose about 60 lbs in 2008 and was able to keep it off for about 2 years. The weight has been creeping back since 2010 which is when the emotional slaps in the face started. I had my first heart break and then health problems started with several family members. My step-dad who truly was my Papa Tom finally passed away May 3rd, 2013 after a long fought battle as well as 4... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 00:43:55 EST January 2nd Birthday! I just received a birthday message for January 2nd. Lets wish APHRODIDTE a Happy Belated Birthday! Hope you enjoyed your special day. <BR> <em>335</em> <em>214</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 19:24:51 EST Hello! I'm Snow. 26 year old mother of two wonderful little girls. One is three and a half and the other is just a half. ;) <BR> <BR> I struggle with emotional eating, especially after the girls go to bed- you might even call it binge eating. It is nightly and feels insurmountable to me right now. Beating the night time munchies will be one of my greatest challenges. I have plenty of weight to lose, but my first goal is to get to 199lbs. <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading, I hope to get to know some of ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 16:11:32 EST Team Member Of The Week for Jan 5th-Jan 12th Good morning everyone, I hope everyone is safe and sound. We have our team member of the week to announce and it is ZIGGY122! Mary is doing so well, she is really working hard and going strong. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>GGY122 </link> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 11:10:00 EST New Hello, my name is Susan and since my accident in 2011 I have become an emotional eater. I have nerve damage in my foot that requires nerve blocks three times a week. I am no longer able to participate in the activities that have always kept me healthy and in shape. I am having a hard time making so many changes in my life so I turned to food for comfort. I stopped paying attention to what I was eating and why I was eating even when I was not hungry. I have gained fifty pounds and am ready to ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 20:58:17 EST Newbie dooby do do do.... ..comma comma newbie dooby do do do.... Yes, sing it baby! LOL! I saw this team and had to join because I am an emotional eater and see several opportunities to vent here. I will probably be posting often. When I am stressed, emotional, worried, sad, lonely, I either eat or shop and must stop both this year. I plan on retiring in May and want to get a better grip on my emotional responses before then. Thanks for this opportunity to help others and heal... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 12:47:12 EST New to team and emotional eater My name is Kathy- I am 60 years old and a care giver to my 65 year old husband for the past 13 years who has a traumatic brain injury as a result of an automobile accident. I work full time also and have very little time for myself which has resulted in my emotional eating over these past years. It gets very lonely watching the world go by and not be able to enjoy doing the things that we used to do together. I know that I eat very unhealthy because I "deserve" it, I am going to try to change... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 06:42:45 EST Hello! Hello everyone. My name is Marcia and I have to face the fact that I cannot do this alone. I eat for every reason except that I'm actually hungry and the time is now to face reality and understand that I am on the wrong road. I am lucky so far, health-wise, and the aches and pains I have are all related to obesity. My weight has wildly fluctuated in the past two years, going from 205 down to 168 during a devastating time of my life...and slowly crept back up to 190. Then I finally quit smokin... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 10:37:06 EST The Recovery Group & Skype meetings For my fellow sparkers who belong to OA or are interested here is some information <BR> <BR> The Recovery Group is a GREAT 12 step resource: <BR> <BR> We are working on starting Skype meetings, if anyone is in program and interested please check out the TRG and join, it costs nothing to join :) and there is a WEALTH of recovery info. <BR> <BR> The meetings are going to be for TRG members. I figured I would give people a chance to check it out an... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 07:05:38 EST I'm back with new resolve! I haven't been on the page in a long while. I am committed now to improving my health, losing weight, and living a more positive, healthy lifestyle for me and for my husband. We are retired and not in the greatest shape, but want to get started on a healthier, more active lifestyle. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 19:50:11 EST Hello Hi, I'm Jeannie & I probably should have joined this team years ago!! <BR> I am a terrible emotional eater. I can be doing great & if something happens with my kids or my husband I go straight for the bad stuff & ALOT of it!!! For example, this morning, first thing my hubby was angry with me & made me cry. I immediately forgot all of my good plans & went back to my bad way of eating <em>46</em> I am more angry with myself than I am with him!! <BR> He had a storke & gets angry easily, I tr... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 15:07:11 EST Hi Friends Hi all, <BR> I'm Jen, a 31 year old teacher, emotional eater and weight struggler (I think I made that word up lol). Looking for some support for my weight loss and emotional eating and looking to be a part of this team to help support others! <BR> <BR> Happy New Year, everyone! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 11:51:33 EST Hello All! Hello Everyone, <BR> So, I'm another emotional eater looking for help and support on my weight loss journey. I am 51 years old, a returning student, and an empty-nester. I was happy to see this team as I mostly eat out of boredom or when I am stressed. I know you all will understand this struggle and give me the encouragement I need to stay focused! <BR> I'm looking forward to "meeting" all of you. <BR> Katie Tue, 31 Dec 2013 01:40:16 EST December 30th Birthday Happy Birthday to KIWILADY1! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 00:31:49 EST Stating Motivated Hello everyone! I'm new to this team. I am definitely an emotional eater. Sometimes I eat for no apparent reason. I've been doing very well here lately though. If I go over my allotted calories I will not eat randomly later in the day. This is great for me, especially since I've been off work for the holidays. I actually eat better when I'm at work because I pack my lunch the night before. I tend to eat randomly when I'm at home. I've been exercising daily, and eating more fruit. I've lost 5... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 15:50:09 EST New Sparky... Hi all, My name is Kimberley. I am a college student (taking Photography) and loving it. :) I was born and raised in Toronto Canada. Moved out of Toronto (still in Ontario) to attend school. :) I am married. No kids. Today (December 29th) is my birthday... so for a present from myself - I joined SparkPeople. :) I am not waiting til New Years to make my "become healthy" for my Resolution. I'm doing it right now! :) I would like to lose around 45 pounds and then re-evaluate w... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 11:28:14 EST Team Member Of The Week for Dec 29th-Jan 5th Good morning everyone, i hope all is well for us today. It's time to announce our team member of the week and it is SETTIMIA! She is a relatively new sparker and is trying to keep her momentum going. Let's make sure she has a good welcome! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>TTIMIA </link> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 10:08:39 EST Happy Belated Birthday! Lets wish POSEY440 a Happy Belated Birthday. Her birthday was December 21st. Hope your day was very special. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>407</em> <em>410</em> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 01:55:42 EST Goal Resetting question.... I am wanting to reset my goals for 2014 here on sparkpeople... I mean the complete reset under account preferences on the account page that removes all past entries... <BR> <BR> it says "Delete all your goals and results. You will keep your favorites and food groupings, but all goals and anything you have tracked will be removed. (Some people find this helpful for reading their reports if they have tracked inconsistently in the past.)" <BR> <BR> My question is, has anyone ever done this? W... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 12:27:28 EST holidays food :( I haven't loged in because i have being so busy!! but yesterday i weighted my self and to my surprise, i have lost a bit from 211 to 208.4 <BR> i have been eating tasty food, but watch my portions, i guess I'm happy with this :) <BR> i will try harder after new years eve <em>18</em> <em>236</em> <BR> will start login in every day again, i find it helps a lot. <BR> Happy new year every one. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 18:00:23 EST December 27th Birthday Happy Birthday to NIKKISMITH999! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>407</em> <em>410</em> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 00:35:40 EST Do you have any resolutions for 2014? Have you made any resolutions for 2014? If so, what are they? <BR> <BR> Mine are to exercise at least 20 minutes per day. I also plan to continue drinking at least 64 ounces of water per day. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 19:17:17 EST December 25th Birthdays Lets wish DONNAM1225 and KGROFF3 a Happy Birthday. Wishing you both a wonderful day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>407</em> <em>410</em> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 00:34:48 EST Idalia Starting all over,need to stay motivated! Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:27:59 EST McDonald's to employee's "don't eat fast food" uhhh huh, i don't even really know what to say to this *chuckles* Good advice, kind of like the cigarette companies putting a warning on the side of the pack <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mployees-stay-away-fast-food-225500247<BR>.html </link> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 06:48:47 EST December 24th Birthday Happy Birthday to JVD9091! Enjoy your special day. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>236</em> <em>407</em> <em>410</em> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 03:24:03 EST Newbie! Hi Everyone. <BR> <BR> I'm back on spark after a couple of years off. And I'm new to the team as well! I've realized that while I've tried really hard to deny it, I am absolutely an emotional eater. I've eaten myself into a SIXTEEN pound weight gain in a period of just over a month. <BR> <BR> I am terrified. And desperate. I WAS down 86 pounds with about 60 to go. Now I'm back up to 75 to go. <BR> <BR> Trying to not be a total jerk to myself about it because I know that won't help or mak... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 20:50:33 EST December 23rd Birthday Lets wish JBYRD25 and GOGOBEAR a Happy Birthday! Hope you both have a wonderful day celebrating. <BR> <em>410</em> <em>407</em> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>410</em> <BR> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 00:07:53 EST Team Member Of The Week for Dec 22nd-Dec 29th Hoping all is well for wonderful sparkers here. It's time to share our team member of the week and it is IMLOCOLINDA! Linda is a great active sparker and one of our newest members here with the team. Let's give her a big cheer and a nice welcome! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>LOCOLINDA </link> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 12:20:17 EST