SparkPeople Dealing with Depression Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=953 Welcome! This is a space for anyone dealing with depression to support each other as we eat right, exercise, lose weight, and find ways to manage our depression. SparkPeople Dealing with Depression Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=953 Diet to fight Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=711x953x66697199 This was on my local news last week. I figured I had nothing to lose by trying it, and I thought I would share. <link>www.rochesterfirst.com/news/local-ne<BR>ws/link-between-depression-and-your-di<BR>et/687917828 </link> <BR> <BR> ~V_A <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:55:38 EST New to the Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66683323 Hi, hey, and hello! I was a member of SP a long while ago and life...well life did it's thing and got chaotic. I lost track of myself and my weight. I'm here again knowing this site was one of the reasons I did so well the last time. I was recently diagnosed with depression and I'm just finally starting to feel better with meds. Feeling better has led me to want to improve other areas, and my weight is one of them. I just want to be comfortable with myself. It's hard being so sick of being si... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:34:55 EST STRESS!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6887x953x66668603 I'm so frustrated! My 18 year old daughter and I use to be so close. Then she got involved with this boy, who is a real piece of work. Now all she does is lie. It's to the point that I don't want her living with me anymore because I can't believe anything she says. I feel like a horrible mother. The only thing I want to do right now is go to a movie and eat a large buttered popcorn and a coke. I bought the tickets for both of us earlier today because I though that things were turning a... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:05:49 EST New member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66666875 <em>40</em> <BR> Hello! Just looking to find tips on how to start being more active and stay that way, despite getting discouraged easily. Any recipe ideas that are quick and easy would be appreciated! <BR> Thank you! Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:08:36 EST Binge eating due to hurt feelings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x66656370 I've just realized that every time someone says something that hurts my feelings, I basically binge eat. I guess I don't feel like I can express myself, so eating is a way to cover up all those painful feelings. Overeating is not hurting the person who hurt me, though, it's only hurting me. I can't seem to stop because I know of no other way to deal with all this pain. I'm supposed to be seeing a new therapist soon and I hope she can help me with this. I've seen therapists before and they wer... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:23:07 EST underlying depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x66648658 trying to not fight this depression that persists, but to 'go with it' as my therapist tells me, and learn something from the experience. Have not used sugar to improve my moods for 17 days now and I learned that old feelings can surface that need to be dealt with. I guess that is what's happening for me. It doesn't make it easy, but I know eventually that dropping this weight which has served as a layer of protection in a way will lead me to better health, happiness and increased energy t... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:31:49 EST I've no reason to be depressed and yet . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6887x953x66643480 I am so depressed. Everyone says it is grief over losing my SO in January of 2017. I am not so sure. I promise I won't do anything, but I just keep wishing I were dead all the time and I don't know why. I think it might be anxiety because I am scared to face the future alone. I go to a grief support group and they said that they felt the same way . . . except they don't wish they were dead all the time. <BR> <BR> Who would be depressed when you have this going for them: <BR> I am financ... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:42:29 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66641388 My name is Lisa and I am new to Spark. I recently lost about 20 lbs but hit a plateau and that's what brought me here. With about 100 more lbs to lose I'm super excited that there is a group like this that seems to be supportive, safe place for folk like me. Thanks for making this group! Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:20:49 EST Louisiana http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66608644 Hello! I am new to the group. In 2013 when I got married I was at my all time highest weight 278 pounds...I thought I would NEVER get down from that. In 2015 I was able to drop over 60 pounds getting down to about 210 but at the time I was diagnosed with depression, anxiety and what causes migraines for me. Over time not being on the proper medications I have gained weight again, as well as depression, anxiety and migraines and I am now at 254. :( I hate that me weight defines the way I f... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:32:27 EST Self Sabotage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x66594423 I was doing really well, but as of late I have started to self destruct. I have no reason to be depressed. I know how blessed I am. I have an amazing husband and daughter. I have 3 dogs that run me ragged, and a nephew I keep some who is my joy. About 2 months ago I started the depo shot, and almost immediately my who attitude changed. I don't have the joy, and I am the girl that is always smiling on the outside at least. I can't even mustard that as of late. My husband is 13 years younger th... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:02:52 EST Good Afternoon Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66590747 First and foremost I wanted to thank you Pam for inviting me. <BR> <BR> I've been dealing with my depression for alot of years, and its truly hard sometimes. I'm tired of the drugs for stress/anxiety, depression, insomnia, my stomach so I can eat. I'm tired of the pain meds for my back, and dealing with COPD "those breathing meds"...lol, I feel like a walking pharmacy!! My recent Dr. visit was for my yearly checkup and bloodwork...now I find I have high Cholestrol... My Dr. gave me the choi... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 18:10:12 EST new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66582967 HI There, I have signed up for spark people but never really used it, I turned 50 last year and realized i have to get myself in shape to enjoy the years ahead of me.. I have alot to lose, but hoping to change the 2 in my weight to a 1....LOL,, I do struglge with depression.... <BR> <BR> i also live in the middle of Indiana Sat, 8 Apr 2017 13:09:50 EST Depression and Over Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66577438 Hello All, <BR> <BR> My name is Christina and I suffer with Depression. I do take medication for it but many people in my career field often cause my medication to do live up to it's full potential of keeping me calm. Well this is where Food has stepped in and smoothed out my temporary feelings of unhappiness. But no sooner than the last mouth full is swallowed, I feel this deep guilt of eating and gaining weight. So I'm here trying to find other ways to focus my attitude/depression to... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 15:26:59 EST My partner of 25 years died and I am so depressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x66576612 I just need to “talk” to someone, thus my post. <BR> <BR> My partner, passed away on January 21, 2017. He was 85 and I am 65. We were together over 25 years. We met after I was divorced for several years. They discovered he had stage four cancer in the first week in January. We both thought he might go first as he was 20 years old than I was. However, know that and being able to accept his death are two very different things. <BR> <BR> I have been so depressed and anxious I can hardly f... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 12:16:30 EST THE GORILLA IN THE HOUSE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x66571800 Acquiring a disability is a bit like getting home to find there's a gorilla in your house. You contact the approved and official channels to get rid of infestations of wild animals (in this case, Health Care) and they umm and aah and suck air in through their teeth before saying something roughly equivalent to "what you've got 'ere, mate, is a gorilla, and there ain't really a lot what we can do about them, see..." before sending you back home to the gorilla's waiting arms. <BR> The gorilla i... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 17:20:12 EST I think I start here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66542650 Hi, I'm Danielle (Blue also works) <BR> <BR> I'm trying to regain some control in my life. My weight and my health are a great place to start. I started to have anxiety and depression about 10 months ago when my mom was diagnosed with cancer. It's been almost 5 months since we lost her...and since then there are a lot of days that I have a hard time. I will admit, there are days that I turn to food for comfort. The way my clothes fit and the numbers on the scale tell me that the end of ... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 07:40:06 EST Hi, I'm new... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66526153 Hi, I'm Robbie, and I'm new and trying to lose 50 lbs. I guess I should say, "I will lose 50 lbs." to keep it positive, but I've had a hard time with motivation over this last year. I've been in the hospital for my depression and PTSD last fall and am seeing a therapist and psychiatrist. I guess I feel like I'm taking care of one of my issues and the others can just wait. But, my spouse and I have just booked a cruise in April 2018 to the western Caribbean, and I figure if I lose a pound ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:51:59 EST New Member! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66521351 Hello Everyone! <BR> My name is Ashli and I am new to this site! So glad to find a weight loss site that also has support groups for Depression! <BR> <BR> My depression makes it so hard to stay focused on loosing weight. I am 26 years old, and have a 5 year old daughter, a 4 year old stepson, and a husband. Those three are the bright spots in my life. <BR> <BR> I am at the biggest I have ever been at 229 pounds. I eat cause I am depressed, and I am depressed because Ive let myself get so ... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:52:24 EST My first day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66514661 Thank you for this opportunity for me to learn how to be motivated and devoted to keeping this tasks to get healthy and fit. Some days are so hard to stay awake and get over an awful headache. I really need to lose weight and get educated on how too. I bought a rowing machine from Sunny Health, and I do like giving it go as much as I am up too. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:40:48 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66507747 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to SparkPeople and really happy to be here. Looking forward to using all the tips and tricks to getting my health back in order and getting my life back on track. <BR> <BR> I have struggled for about 12 years now with ups and downs in my life. Some days I have a handle on things and other days it all falls apart. This has done not so good things to my overall health as I have type 1 diabetes and celiac disease. I often get into moods where I just don't car... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:59:57 EST Hi, I'm Melanie. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66497913 I like writing, museums, and cuddly stuff such as puppies. I rejoined because my family is on a diet and I know I'll have to go with them. I actually do need to lose about fifty pounds, but I think I can do it. Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:17:32 EST Hi! I'm Alex! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66491779 Hi everyone, I'm Alex (cometkazi). I've been up and down losing weight (lose 20 pounds, gain it back, again and again) and I'm really sick of it. I've been overweight since middle school- I blame it on not being coordinated enough for sports and high doses of Abilify and Prozac. But at this point, I'm tired and scared. My cholesterol is through the roof, and though my doctor is trying to wean me off of the Abilify, I'm not sure if it will work, and if it doesn't, what then? My point is, I'm h... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:08:15 EST When I was a young wart hog... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66488111 I never was. A wart hog, that is. But I never know how to title these introduction threads and over the years you tend to start picking random things. <BR> <BR> Hi, I'm Mel, and I'm addicted to sparkles. Wait--wrong group--Hi, I'm Mel, and I have depression and Bi-polar II (the sexiest of the bi-polars, if you ask me. And I know you did.) <BR> <BR> I am not particularly new to Sparkpeople. I tried this website several years ago and like many things in my life, I used it for a while before... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:03:46 EST Yo, Folks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66484636 My name is Yu, though, you can also call me Yun (and both these names are usually written with a macron over the u, but it won't display). I'm a quarter century old and I occasionally deal with gender dysphoria, but also regular bouts of depression. <BR> <BR> Pleased to meet everyone. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:11:03 EST Have you taken an MAOI? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=711x953x66482477 Greetings! <BR> <BR> I am looking to get some in-the-trenches info from folks who have taken MAOIs: <BR> <BR> Were they helpful for you? <BR> What side effects did you experience? <BR> How would you compare them to SSRIs, if you've taken both? <BR> Were you required to make the dietary changes, and if so, how did that go for you? <BR> <BR> My story for context: I have been suffering from chronic depression (officially dysthymia) for about 24 years (!). I've been in and out of therapy and... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:39:25 EST Introductions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66476852 Good morning, <BR> Thanks for the invite to the group. I have fought with depression since I was a teenager. I have tried many things to cope medications, faith, rejecting my faith, diet, exercise, therapy, and nothing. I have found the things that work the best are my faith in Christ, diet, exercise, and I am now going to try to have a consistent routine. My goal is stick with it, this time through support from my family and to create a support system here on spark. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:12:18 EST New member! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66461791 Hi, my name is Di (short for Diane). I was just diagnosed with binge eating disorder by my psychiatrist and am wondering if there are any team members who also suffer from this disease. Looking forward to being on the team! Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:34:41 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66438409 Hi. I'm Helen and I am new to SP. I have 50 lbs to lose and that seems very daunting. I suffer from depression and have been taking medication for a year. I'm also on medication for Hypothyroidism. <BR> I am a couch potato who has never liked exercise. I am so disappointed with myself for letting my weight get out of control because it just adds to my depression issues. I hope I can stick with this. xx Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:55:11 EST Therapy Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66428175 I llost sight of my priorities taking care of a friend.. and had not seen my therapist in several weeks. When I don't talk about what I am feeling my feelings come out "sideways" in terms of overeating. <BR> <BR> I deal with depression on a daily basis but I have learned some coping techniques. Most important I have learned how to ask for help. <BR> <BR> Taking an action, like joining Spark People -- and facing the reality that I have gained more weight and my joints are screaming "HELP"... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 17:54:07 EST Struggling to feel better http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x66417307 Someone stopped talking to me and instead of letting go, I found out why because it was maddening to try and figure out what I did wrong. This person and I didn't speak often, but she informed me that I was too "negative and draining". I "saddened" her and "stressed" her out often and would impair her "recovery." First of all, I will admit that there was a time when I was going through a lot of anxiety. She mentioned she also had anxiety, so if I did mention being stressed, it's probably beca... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 05:01:33 EST To New Members Who Haven't Spoken Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66415055 Welcome. Look and you'll see that we've all stared down the same monsters. We'd like to be your friends and fight these battles with you, shoulder to shoulder, bolstering each other up. I hope you'll stay around long enough to start feeling comfortable enough with us to introduce yourself, so we can start to get to know you. Sun, 12 Mar 2017 18:51:02 EST Special treat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20119x953x66412844 I came upon this earlier Oh, just go ahead and see for yourselves: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3lAM_L3jR0 </link> Sun, 12 Mar 2017 11:41:46 EST I want to be happy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66400457 I want to be finally happy with myself again. I struggle with my weight so much that it is the one thing I think about from the time I get up until I go to sleep. I am not happy with myself, because I have so much more going for me. I want to be able to have a better self image. Any help would be appreciated. I follow a wholesome whole foods diet and I exercise when I have the energy. Currently going through menopause so that makes it even harder. Encouragement and advice would be greatly app... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:38:47 EST Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x66395806 So my PCP just put me on an antidepressant. I am so upset. Don't get me wrong, I find nothing wrong with antidepressants, it's just that my husband and I are trying to get pregnant and we have struggled with fertility. I don't want to take anything that can be dangerous. I am also on a blood thinner, so I am very limited as to what I can take due to the possibility of bleeding in the stomach. None of the antidepressants that are safe for pregnancy are on the list of ones that I can take.... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 15:47:43 EST New to the team and Excited! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66385287 Hello Everyone! <BR> I'm Jess and I have been battling depression for a while now, being recently officially diagnosed with that and anxiety. I've been offered medication and seen a therapist, but I didn't find anything to help yet. Not sure if I even tried. <BR> <BR> I was on SP before and lost 50lbs in which the depression seem like it 'was gone' but something obviously triggered it back and caused me to gained the weight and some! I was blogging on a website that is no longer available... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 04:03:30 EST Message from Coach Jen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66383416 "New Community Goal Feed" <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I wanted to give you a heads up about a new feature we'll be launching in the next day or two. We're very excited to introduce our Community Goal Feed, a place to post updates and photos, share your goal progress and tell others a little more about yourself! This feed will be found on your Start page (on the full site) or homescreen (through the app). <BR> <BR> <BR> We think this feed will make it even easier for people to share... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 20:31:31 EST I'm New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66366672 Hi Everyone. I'm new here. I kind of stumbled on the website as a whole but since I teach online it seems like my entire life is online now. That's good and bad I guess. I'm fairly recently disabled and use a wheelchair. I live with chronic pain and though many have urged me to just go on disability I would rather keep working as long as I'm able to so I teach though I don't know from one quarter to the next if I'll be offered a class to teach or how many. <BR> <BR> I have two adult daughter... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 14:20:18 EST Sue Bee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66352328 Hi, I am a 65 year old grandma. I lost 70 pounds several years ago and kept it off for many years. However, I broke my arm and injured my knee which stopped my ability to exercise like I once did. If I exercise regularly I seem to be able to eat better. I have regained 45 pounds and feel terrible. It has been like a snowball effect. I am hoping to lose the weight and regain a healthy lifestyle even with a knee that hurts at times. Fri, 3 Mar 2017 12:21:20 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66344318 My name is Teresa and I live in the pollen swarmed state of South Carolina. I have an amazing husband of 16 years and two very beautiful daughters. I have battled depression off and on for years. I was in the hospital last year for 2 months and was diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety disorder. I am taking Prozac and Ativan to try to control the emotions and prevent panic attacks. My mother died on Thanksgiving day and that has been the worst thing in my life in a very long time.... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 10:05:16 EST AARP Renew: "10 Things to Do Before 10 a.m." http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=711x953x66338565 Some good ideas for days that get off to a difficult start. They are on page 7 in the link. They seem non-threatening enough and, if some are more daunting, all of the 10 tips can be rearranged to make them feel more doable. <BR> <BR> <link>member.uhcmedicaresolutions.com/cont<BR>ent/dam/UCP/Individual/AARP_Renew_News<BR>letter_PDP.pdf </link> Wed, 1 Mar 2017 15:21:09 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66337432 I'm 31 years old. I've been married for almost 13 years and I'm the proud mother of 2 children (12 year old son, 4 year old daughter). <BR> I joined Sparkpeople because I'm here to learn how to love me. Part of that is to love myself enough to live a healthy lifestyle. The plan that they have set for me is to weigh 130 lbs which I'm fine with, but if I'm honest...I don't have a set goal in mind at this point. My main focus is for me to love me. <BR> I'm currently suffering from PTSD and depr... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 12:07:45 EST Nice to meet you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66333472 Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Jennifer. I'm a graphic designer from Madison, Indiana. I used to be really active on SparkPeople, but I just sort of... quit. I'm back after a 9 year hiatus. It's time to refocus on taking care of myself as much as I do everyone else. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:05:13 EST Hello this is my first time with this. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66324150 I am new, I am starting my weight loss journey again!!! lol I am glad to meet you all. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:17:31 EST Misplaced a big chunk of money... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x66286875 Hi everyone, <BR> I hope you all are doing good. <BR> As embarrassed I feel to write this down, I think I should. <BR> <BR> Fifteen days back, I got some money (solely my savings) and I kept it in the 'usual' drawer and locked it. <BR> <BR> Back, in my mind have already planned how will I save and how will I use for summer clothes. <BR> <BR> Yesterday (24 hours ago) I open that envelope and 1/4 the amount is missing. <BR> <BR> I did take some money before, but it should not be this LESS... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:58:25 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66283044 My depression recently returned after many years of keeping it at bay. I don't know I will be able to fight it back again or if it will be sticking around for a while. I am only a few pounds overweight, and I actually usually LOSE weight when I'm depressed, but my husband has been feeding me a lot and so I am staying overweight for now. But I would like not to be, because being overweight contributes to my chronic pain, which doesn't help my depression. Anyway, hi everyone and good luck on yo... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:46:03 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x66216644 My name is Stacy, I am 42 years old, and have been a T1D for 41 years. I am new to this group and to this site. Very happy that I found this community. Also having been Diabetic for so long I am more than willing to give advice, and opinions on medications, meters, and pumps I've had experience with. Just ask and if I'm able to assist, I will certainly do so. Nice to "meet" you all! Sun, 12 Feb 2017 05:19:41 EST Self care going out the window http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6887x953x66198063 I realized today that I used to get up.....do my makeup....hair.... exercise more regularly... eat better.... binge less.... and now I'm lucky to get up in enough time to dress properly and throw my hair in a ponytail.... its like I don't even care about how I look anymore or about taking care of myself......when did I stop caring???!!! This is a new low for me.....and it scares me :-( Thu, 9 Feb 2017 10:03:22 EST The Mental Health Side of Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x66192586 Elizabeth Lowry (SPELIZABETH1) <BR> Assistant Editor <BR> Is needing some help. Please read the short post in the link, and if you can, help her. This would benefit many MANY people. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageb<BR>oard.asp?imboard=7&amp;imparent=408653<BR>77&amp;strViewThisPage=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Kris Wed, 8 Feb 2017 15:12:14 EST My husb and I http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x66162185 Hi dear friends <BR> So here it is- <BR> <BR> My husband is always and I mean ALWAYS fixed to his mobile. <BR> It's been three years &amp; yes we do have our appreciation moments but then I'm not sure. <BR> <BR> 1) he travels a lot. He got back for for four days &amp; leaves Monday. But, then we have had no moments to ourselves. <BR> Our 'bedroom' life or sex life is almost nil. <BR> <BR> 2) I had a bad moment yesterday and I was crying he was sitting there listening but, then he had noth... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 11:33:51 EST Returning after losing and gaining again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66162130 Hi, I lost weight about 3 yrs ago and I have gained it all back and more. I have thyroid issues and it has also been more difficult to lose weight and also feel better. I am hoping to get back into shape and find the motivation here again. I must feel better and also get healthy again. I am sure I will accomplish it if I keep it up! Sat, 4 Feb 2017 11:23:36 EST mama1234563 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66157094 Hi! I'm Sharon from Kentucky. I joined spark people to add to my accountability and also to feel supported by and offer support to others on our journey to healthier living. I especially need the support of others, as I have a tendency to get discouraged and quit. I have, however, come a long way in my decision that I am worth the effort! Fri, 3 Feb 2017 16:38:20 EST Addictive self soother http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66147439 I over eat sweets, I don't exercise, consistently, I'm a recovering alcoholic and a cigarette smoker, Oh and I'm dyslexic, I welcome all support, thanks. Thu, 2 Feb 2017 10:18:01 EST Cello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66146504 Ahoy hoy. <BR> <BR> Old new member of sparkpeople here. Been here before multiple times, but back with a new attitude, and better self confidence. <BR> <BR> I do experience depression, but have also had some hypomanic episodes which caused a whole ruckus, but was generally pretty entertaining at the time. <BR> <BR> Also tend to have this jerk called anxiety who likes to make life hell for me on occasion. I've seen people say, "my anxiety" this, and that, but I don't refer to it as my anxie... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 08:48:57 EST IS BEING SELF EMPLOYED THE ANSWER? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6887x953x66117404 hi i have a question, do you think it is better for people who suffer from depression and anxiety to be self employed rather than working for someone or something? can you give me your ideas? thanks! Sun, 29 Jan 2017 09:19:41 EST Newly Diagnosed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66117217 Hello everyone. I've recently been diagnosed with depression after struggling for over a year with what I thought were symptoms of hypothyroidism. I'm feeling a little lost and confused with this information, but hoping that the treatment plan I was given (antidepressant and therapy) will help. <BR> <BR> I am a single mom to one almost 13 year old boy. I'm a licensed teacher working as an administrative assistant in a school after my position was eliminated and I was unable to find another. ... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 09:00:12 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66112984 I am a 71 year old who has been told by my Dr. that I have to loose weight. Cut the carbs he says. So here goes. I know I will feel better and it will solve my heath issues by doing this. So here I am and the treadmill is set up as well so lets hope I can stick to it. Sat, 28 Jan 2017 14:11:30 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66110656 I've been diagnosed with depression for over 25 years and 8 years ago I suffered a grievous injury that had me quite disabled for several years. Needless to say, the depression really escalated. I'm on the other side of all that now, but I'm hauling around an extra 40+ pounds due to the inactivity and stuffing my face when I'm feeling down. <BR> <BR> I'm a pro "starter" of weight loss programs. LOL When I start to slide though or have a bad day, I end up feeling bad and end up losing all th... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 08:35:23 EST Just getting started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66105642 Hello, I'm a 45 years old. Four years ago I was diagnosed with manic depression, bi-polar disorder and anxiety induced OCD. <BR> <BR> I have worked very hard with therapy and meds to level myself out to a functioning state. As of last week my doctor let me know that my physical health has declined and its time to do something about it. So while I'm on the upswing in the bi-polar spectrum I'm trying to concentrate on the healthy eating and trying to exercise. I've been told that this w... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 12:23:39 EST BEING NEW HERE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66092123 HI I JUST JOINED THIS FORUM TODAY, HOPING THIS WILL BE A GOOD THING FOR ME TO HELP ME HELP MYSELF WITH MY UPS AND DOWNS.... <em>249</em> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 15:24:05 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66061960 Hi I'm Laura. I have Bipolar Disorder 2 with mostly depressive episodes. I have a lot of weight to lose (100 lbs). I am a full time music teacher and mom and wife. I love walking outside, doing yoga, reading and hanging out with my family. Listening to music helps calm me and I am working on eating healthier and exercising more... I also have lots of physical ailments, but I am working through those too. Just wanted to introduce myself... <BR> <BR> Laura Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:08:27 EST Hi! Happy to be here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66051458 Heloo! I am looking to form healthy habits, including eating 'like a normal person'! I think i just need a bit of daily support and hopefully to support others. I dont count calories or do temporary diets as i just feel restricted then eat more. Im quite stressed atm but i think i need to still try to eat normally, because a bit of weight loss might help me feel better! Looking forward to meeting people on here. <BR> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:53:17 EST I want to enjoy every second http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66046081 Hi <BR> <BR> Im new to SparkPeople but have been on CalorieCount(shutting down in March) since 2011. Ive decided to really put my whole heart into it here and have been logging every day since I joined. I have also been making the effort to keep my heart happy which to me means paying attention to what I let into my life and my body, no animal products, nothing that has been tested on animals and less alcohol :) I want to be my healthiest me which includes mind, body and heart. <BR> <BR> T... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:51:45 EST Meet Mama P http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66041123 I am excited to be joining this site. So many great opportunities for support. Looking forward to the next 30+ years of life in a healthy, joy filled, productive way. Leaving 30 years of grief, loss, illness, fear and doubt in the dust!! Thanks to my friend Amy for introducing me and being my accountability partner in this journey. May this journey ignite a positive spark. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:50:54 EST Trying to Find My Happy Place. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66040520 Hello! My names Kimberly. I have tried using this site several times and didn't succeed. Well, this time I have found more motivation and I am ready to start something new. I currently am struggling with my depression. It keeps me up most nights. I used to be able to control it with reading and writing but lately that doesn't seem to help. I am turning to diet and exercise. I heard somewhere that a daily exercise routine can help improve someones mood so here I am again reaching out. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:55:44 EST Fear of being JUDGED http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x66029846 Coming from a broken home and as an addict in recovery and so much more I am a shame to mention. I have fear of being judged or be frowned upon because of me and my past. I dont know why I feel this way. I have overcame and dealt with that part of my life and given myself time to recover and move on. Now that I'm on track and want to do "normal" things Ive never given myself the chance to do, I freak out cuz all the emotions from my past creep up on me 1 by 1. I feel that all this and more ha... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:50:15 EST Having a rough time of it http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x66029393 I had one of the most difficult counseling appointments yesterday. I try to leave everything in that office when I leave, but this time I just can't seem to do that. I did not sleep at all last night because I had too much on my mind and now I am feeling it today at work. It is going to be a very long and tiring day. I can't seem to pull myself together and out of the funk that I am in. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:56:13 EST Starting SparkPeople today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66025305 Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Cindy, 53 yrs old, married, and stay at home wife. I get pretty bored when my better half is out of town working 2-3 weeks at a time. We just moved from Florida to Alabama to be close to the grandkids 2, 8 and 15 all boys. <BR> don't know anyone yet. I am not much of a people person. I have knee and back problems, so I need a program at home. My doctor told me I needed to lose weight and solve my low energy. I am addicted to the computer or busy making a quilt. I ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:20:58 EST *insert overused title here* http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66018655 Hi I'm Stacy, freelance artist and stay at home mom. Also an owner of an anxiety disorder along with depression. I had gastric bypass in 2011 and lost a lot of weight, then gained half of it back due to a drinking problem I developed I think mostly because after my bypass I couldn't take any antidepressants that worked anymore. <BR> But now I have a fitbit and have stopped drinking as of january 1st and have been tracking my food intake and just generally trying to take better care of myself... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:42:44 EST I really want to do this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66018301 Hi, I was in a car accident 18 yrs ago and gained 90 lbs.u I don't motve well. I tend to focus on what I can't do rather than what I can. . I can do light exercise and ride a bike. Would love to get myself back in the pool. Joined Spark People for help and support Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:48:50 EST Just me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66008263 Not sure what y'all would like to know. I'm a 50+ female that has suffered from an odd form of bipolar disorder for most of my life. I am here to improve myself in all ways possible and that means getting the depression side of things back under control. I have been through a LOT including the lovely drug therapies, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask. If I do not know something I will tell you and then go off on a quest to find the answer. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 14:05:48 EST Another newbie here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66008205 Hello all! <BR> I just joined today and am here to live a healthier life because of some health issues I have. I'm 26 years old, turning 27 this year. I hope to make some friends to join me in both my bad and good days during this journey! I've been depressed since childhood and also have problems with anxiety. It's not as bad with any of those these days though, but sometimes I have worse periods as well. I don't really know what else to write, so please feel free to ask questions! Sat, 14 Jan 2017 13:57:24 EST Weight Loss Ticker? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x66007295 Could someone please tell me how to find the weight loss ticker? This is my first day and I would like to add it to my Spark page to follow my weight loss and to hopefully motivate others who visit my page. :) Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:35:02 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x66005101 Hello I'm new to the group and the site and everything. Fighting a depression. My husband and I are getting over the flu and it's very very cold outside I haven't left the house much lately. With challenges weights and video I've gotten some exercises so that's a start. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 06:23:22 EST a little about myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65996956 hello, <BR> i am charlette i have 3 children 1 boy 2 girls <BR> i have 2 babies that died in the womb one being recent back in october. <BR> i had the surgery in november and i was told i needed to get healthy and it has pushed me to finally getting things together. my weight goes up and down and by joining here i am hoping to gain control over my wight gain, heal and refine myself in the process. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 01:09:00 EST Depression is affecting my earning ability http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65987035 Hi everyone. First, let me tell you that I have been diagnosed as "treatment resistant." I've taken every single anti-depressant there is, and within 6 months, I'm at maximum dose and then they stop working. So going to the doctor is not going to help. They have given up on me. <BR> <BR> I can usually pull myself out of my depression long enough to function halfway normally. I work from home, and I'm in control of how much and when I work, which is the only way I can work due to my depressio... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:28:52 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65979032 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm not new to SP but I'm new here. I used SP in my initial weight loss journey years ago and have returned to help myself with accountability now that it's all back after grad school and beginning my career. I never suffered with depression until last year when my boyfriend, tragically passed away. We both knew from the start this was "it" and we were on the fast track to our happily ever after. Nearly a year later (a year in less than a week, wow), I am ready to s... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:59:16 EST introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65956772 HI!! I'm new to all this and I'm hoping that with the right support from people who go through the same things in life can give motivation to me as well as i to others. I'm 28 and a single mother of a 7 year old. And all I want is to overcome my depression and emotional eating so I can give myself and daughter a happier healthier life. I've started over the summer but had many ups and downs, but have lost 15lbs so far, but still need to lose about 80 more. I'm hoping support from spark will g... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 20:26:10 EST Carol http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65948929 I am a grandmother of 1, a retired Probate Paralegal of 38 years, and have been diagnosed with NASH a few years ago and just days ago I have been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and full blown type 2 diabetes. Medications affect my cirrhosis so I need to lose 50 pounds and get back to good and healthy living. I am raising my 6 year old grandson and have many stressful times with my daughter, his mother. I also need to learn how to handle the stresses in my life without letting them tota... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 18:52:01 EST I'm brand new to this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65947832 I'm Angie and I have just joined SparkPeople. I'm very nervous right now! I'm not good at dieting or exercising. I'm 57 yrs. old and would like to lose 95 lbs. When I was 21, I never imagined that I would gain so much weight! But 30 years later, bad relationships, being a sing mom, a divorce, and currently in a sad marriage, I've given up on me. I don't want to give up. Now that I've joined Sparks, I have to be accountable. In all honesty, I am scared to death! I'm afraid I'll fail. ... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 15:01:20 EST 2017 Im taking my life back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65946469 Im 37 yrs old and have fought my weight my whole life my kids are grown and out of the house so its my time to work on me!! Fri, 6 Jan 2017 11:19:21 EST New Diagnosis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65943662 Its been an interesting year. Fell off the bandwagon too many times to count last year. Had a suck year financially. The one thing good that has come out of all of it was my coming to terms with my new diagnosis of Bipolar 2. It explained a lot of my behaviors while not minimizing my depression. I didn't realize that if you wake up out of a dead sleep at 2am and have a driving need to clean your kitchen that minute it would be considered a manic episode. Manic episodes aren't like they ... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 01:05:51 EST Getting up again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65936707 I've had lots of setbacks in my life. Its just time to get up again! I'm about 50 lbs heavier than i want to be, so here i am. I'm planning on loosing 2 lbs per week and reaching my first goal by July 4th. I'm going to walk 5 miles a day to loose the first pound per week and im going to cut 500 calories per day to loose the 2nd pound per week. <BR> Some of my setbacks include Amputated right foot (Hit by 16 year old driver while i was jogging) <BR> right shoulder messed up in same acciden... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 06:44:30 EST Hi, new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65927469 Hey. My name...well, just call me Tiger, if that's all right. I've been overweight for a long time, probably because of depression meds I used to take screwing with my metabolism, but that's just a theory. I know a big part of it's because I'm lazy XD. Trying to change that. <BR> <BR> I do suffer from depression, but I try not to let that define me. It's an ongoing battle, of course. I just hope to be able to drop 50 pounds or so and put myself at a healthy weight. I used to be motivated, I ... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 23:09:15 EST My name is Kelly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65924607 I have 2 babies, Sophie will be 5 in February and Sammuel will be 2 in September. I have been battling depression since Sophie was born. I was 18 at the time and thought my whole world was ending. It got worse when Sophie's dad left me after she was born. I am taking medication for it. It helps most days but everyone has their "downs". I don't really eat all that much but most of the things I eat are not really healthy (if at all). So here is the "New Year New Me" chant about getting my life ... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 16:03:19 EST Hoping to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65917519 Hello all, I am joining today hoping to lose 25 lbs by my 60th birthday April 14th I know that following this program I have a better chance than doing it alone. Mon, 2 Jan 2017 18:55:07 EST Birdies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65917443 I love my birds, but I don't put out the feeder till later in the season. We get hummingbirds galore down here in NM. Last year I had the pleasure of watching a pair of orioles trying to drink out of the hummingbird feeder. It was hilarious! <BR> <BR> Right now I have curve billed thrashers, doves, quail, and further toward the river there are sandhill cranes squawking up a storm. I love our birds. <BR> <BR> In other news I am starting back up with walking. Day two of managing to get on th... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 18:44:21 EST New username: Sexybeans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65911832 I have been wanting to embrace my physical body in a new way and am finally brave enough to do that. I have decided to go with a new username. One that entails my new decision: Sexybeans. I always thought of being sexy as sinful. But, the more I think about it, the more I want to think of myself that way. It's not awful or dirty or sinful as I was taught. I mean, part of me still thinks that, but, it is who I am. I want to embrace it and enjoy it. Mon, 2 Jan 2017 05:26:10 EST Chronic Fatigue Syndrome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65909773 Hi I,m a new member and wanted to introduce myself and ask for help. I have been in a dark place for quite a while with a number of health issues which make it very difficult for me to exercise. The CFS means I sleep a lot and have little to no energy, whilst the depression means I cry a lot and have little motivation. My darling husband of 41 years of marriage is slowly dying of alzheimers (he was diagnosed in 2010) and I am finding it extremely difficult todeal with the whole situation. <BR... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 20:45:31 EST Treating depression with diet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=711x953x65898707 My doctor wants me to go grain free because he says it causes inflammation and interferes with hormone balance. He thinks the change will help with my depression, migraines, arthritis, and effects of multiple sclerosis. Has anyone else been told this? Anyone tried dietary changes to treat any medical issues? I also need to lose about 90 pounds so I am going to try to do both at once. Sat, 31 Dec 2016 10:56:04 EST Thinking about quitting therapy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65898481 Hi All <BR> <BR> I'm thinking about quitting therapy for good next year. My therapist means well and is usually nice. She has said many hurthful things but she says she does not mean to hurt me intentionally. I am extremely sensitive so I wonder is it me or her. Confused. I have many things that are going on with me. She specializes in one of the things I have and its very hard to find a therapist who can work with me. That is why I feel that if I leave I am not doing it again. So to the poi... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 10:17:43 EST Depression Isn't Just a State of Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65895769 <link>theheartysoul.com/depression-brain-d<BR>amage/ </link> <BR> <BR> I've always thought that my depression wasn't just me not doing something right, and this article backs up what I've always known! <BR> <BR> Fri, 30 Dec 2016 22:17:13 EST New to the group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65887422 Hello everyone! My name is Melonie. I am new to 'this' group but not to Spark. My dad passed away on Veteran's day in 2015 and it seems that since then I had more 'bad' days then good. I struggle every day to try to make myself have a good day for my family. I feel like, to my mom and her side of the family, I am not supposed to grieve for him since they divorced over 30 years ago and I guess the reason. But, I cant help it. Most days, just looking at a photo of his or even the thought ... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 15:35:39 EST VoiceOfAnEagle2 2016@outlook.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65882354 Hi there! Happy New Years everyone. I am here to make major changes in my life this year because if I don't I won't be here next year. I am fifty years old and I am fighting bad habits that I need to break. I am looking forward to joining this team of people and meeting my goals along with all of the rest of you. <BR> Sincerely, Brenda. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 19:45:00 EST Hi, my name is Winnie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65880255 I have been in need of a diet for years, this is the day. I am hoping for support to get rid of about 50lbs Wed, 28 Dec 2016 11:38:42 EST WebMD: "10 Ways to Control Your Eating" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=711x953x65857618 In case any of these tips are new to someone. <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/diet/ss/slideshow-10-w<BR>ays-to-control-eating </link> Sat, 24 Dec 2016 09:35:03 EST WebMD: "How to be happier" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=711x953x65855290 A slide show of things most of us know, but too easily forget to put into practice. This is a good time of year for the reminders. <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/balance/ss/slideshow-b<BR>e-happier </link> Fri, 23 Dec 2016 21:34:20 EST Puppies fix boredom...and sadness and more http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=711x953x65853819 It's long been known that having a pet or simply being where animals are (I've always been happy watching squirrels be squirrely and seeing sparrows hopping along) is healthy. I don't know the reasons that psychologists offer for the health benefits. I just chalk it up to having a living creature to take care of while making no demands -- unless you count things like having to walk a dog. I'm certainly not discounting people, but they're a different story. <BR> <BR> This short video is a ... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 14:57:46 EST New to group: Isn't anger a form of depression? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65835809 Hello Everyone <BR> <BR> I'm not new to SP, just new to this group. I've been dealing with a family member who has NPD (Narcissistic Personality Disorder) and it's not only affected our long-term relationship, but they've also taken their kids away so that I have no contact with them - removed them from my Facebook friends list and blocked me so I cannot contact them. To say I'm angry is an understatement. And, unfortunately, my usual go-to response is to sabotage myself...my weight-loss ... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 14:06:58 EST Hello All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65823389 My name is Greta and I am endeavoring to lose 50 pounds over the next year. I'm planning to go slowly because it's going to require a lifestyle change because my current habits are awful and are what got me here in the first place. I am committed to getting started and am open to all helpful advice. Sun, 18 Dec 2016 14:50:33 EST new girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65818798 Hey y'all, <BR> <BR> I just joined this site today, so I'm still figuring out the navigation, but I was added to this team so I figured I'd introduce myself. <BR> <BR> My name's Mae, I'm thirty three, and I was just diagnosed with depression this year(after half a lifetime of dealing with it silently). I was always the type that turned to food when depressed or bored, or you know, any other time. The past year has brought a lot of changes to my life. Somewhere along the way something s... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 20:28:47 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65799206 Hello! My name is Janel. Raspberry who is a member of this team told me about you all and I thought I would give it a try since I suffer from anxiety and depression. Everyday is a challenge but I always am able to think of a way to make my day nicer or try to distract myself when I am feeling bad. My motto is to think, believe and achieve. If I think I am having a great day and I am happy I will believe it and then I can overcome these feelings. Of course I do have my days where this is diffi... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 15:48:33 EST In a wheelchair from an accident a year and a half http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65789545 My name is Mary and I am trying to find out how to live this NEW NORMAL Tue, 13 Dec 2016 01:47:09 EST Avoidance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65767448 I'm going to try to keep a long story short. I'm 35 and have been dealing with depression since I was 11. There is one particular manifestation that I have no idea if it is common or if it's just me. It has to do with competition. I'm sure people can relate to years of feeling worthless and like I'm not good enough, leading to an unhealthy level of perfectionism. So I avoid competition, not because I'm a sore loser, but because I don't like the dark thoughts and feelings it dredges up wh... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 11:07:37 EST Anxiety and depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65767413 I have been stable for many years. Suddenly I've got anxiety gnawing at my stomach. I find myself unwilling to go out. I've stopped doing much of anything. I've been on effexor for almost 20 years. Has any one else had this problem? Fri, 9 Dec 2016 11:01:43 EST Hi There! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65765109 I am 55 years old and want to lose weight. I need support from new friends I hope to meet here. Fri, 9 Dec 2016 04:01:24 EST Introduce myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65764511 Hello. I have been struggling with depression for almost 40 years. I am so sick of it messing with my life. I have tried so many medications but none of them help very much. I will turn 60 in January and I am very happily married. I need to lose weight but due to health problems especially in my back it's hard to get any exercise. I want to feel better so I am going to try to lose weight but it will be slow. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:25:02 EST A Better Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65762215 Thanks to everyone for your concern. Feeling better today. Don't know what was going on with the BP but it was 92/65, and pulse was 63. Got out for a short time this morning despite the fact that it was 1 degree out. Fresh air made me feel better. Still not much energy for exercise but will get in some sitting ones done before the day is over. Have a great day everyone!! <em>304</em> Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:07:53 EST Surviving the Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65759369 Ok everyone! What are your best ideas, tips, advice on maintaining your healthy eating and exercise habits during the holidays. I am really struggling this time of year with all of the parties, yummy cookies, and homemade candies. I know....everything in moderation....but sometimes that is super difficult! Any and all ideas welcomed!!!! Thanks in advance! Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:19:21 EST Started my fitness challenge . Today is my Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65746478 After gaining abou 22 kg i decided to lose weight for a better shape and gain back my life. I need your support. Tue, 6 Dec 2016 09:28:14 EST First Go Around http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65742767 I've never been part of a group that supports other people that suffer from Depression. I've fought it most of my life. I'm actually having to go back on medicine because we've added another member to our family recently and I'm not really sleeping at all. It's made it difficult to find the energy or the motivation to do much more than get the laundry done. I want to get into shape because it'll help me sleep better and help me fight to go back off medicine. My goal is to get off the medicine... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 18:23:03 EST Trauma and Grief http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65726910 Hi All: I am new to this forum and new to Spark People. My youngest son passed away a year ago at age 21. I have been walking around in a fog for the past year, lost interest in everything, I spent a lot of time hiding from the world. I really want "me" back. I know I will not be the same person, but the new me should not have that extra 40lbs on board. I am ready to get back to exercise and enjoying life. Joining a group like this will hopefully keep me accountable when I feel like hi... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 08:19:40 EST Healing from Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65716214 Interesting article in my inbox this morning, &amp; I wanted to share it with you. The article itself is interesting, but at the end are links for various resources for depression. <BR> <BR> Healing from Depression: It Begins With Asking for Help <BR> By Doug Walsh <BR> <BR> Adult Man Crying <BR> <BR> “I speak of a clinical depression that is the background of your entire life, a background of anguish and anxiety, a sense that nothing goes well, that pleasure is unavailable and all your s... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 14:15:20 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65709158 Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Kewanna and I am from North Carolina. I have been dealing with depression for most of my life. Lately it has been really difficult for me. It always is around this time of year. I have two great kids and spouse. I'm very thankful that they are in my life and I often refer to them as my center because they are my purpose in life. My son will be 18 next year and my daughter is about to turn 16. I have a sweet cat named cookie who is the most spoiled pet I ever had.... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:57:01 EST Coping with Family needs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65707851 We are again coping with family depression needs -- which is the main reason I joined this team initially - learning and better sense of where we are at. It comes up periodically. Hopefully it is a seasonal type of thing - still figuring it out. I need patience and ability to do well as I am more around the family member during the day than anyone else. Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:34:29 EST Hello everyone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65691920 I am brand new to this. I'm hoping for a fresh start to go with the New Year. I want to look and feel better. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 03:54:32 EST Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65682412 Hi, again.. My name is Bonnie and i use to belong here a very long time ago, now i am back for another try. I really need to loose weight for health reasons. Be stern with me and honest, and maybe i can do it this time. Thank you. <BR> Sat, 26 Nov 2016 14:31:44 EST Hello from Baltimore http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65649603 Hi all. My main fitness goals are to be more disciplined in my workout schedule, and to get strong enough to do full form pushups. A longer term goal that I cherish is to be able to do a pull-up. I'm 5'6" and currently weight 148. I've weighed as much as 210 and a few years ago lost 85 lbs over about 1.5 yrs. I couldn't maintain my weight at 125 without seriously restricting calories, and I got a little obsessed with being thin, so I don't have a specific weight loss goal. I also no lon... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 07:25:28 EST Negative emotions key to well being http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=711x953x65640687 <link>https://www.scientificamerican.com/a<BR>rticle/negative-emotions-key-well-being/ </link> Sat, 19 Nov 2016 20:52:40 EST feeling lost, and like a failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65640071 hey ... I'm new but feeling realllllllll low, and lost <BR> ok back story, my daughter has a daughter who is 15 almost 16 months old. and is pregnant with her second.. due any day now. <BR> well I had my older granddaughter due to her having been at the dr and the doctor giving her a shot to start putting her into labor, but with having fe (granddaughter) my daughter asked me to keep fe until she had 2nd so that if she went into labor in the middle of the night she wouldn't have to wake h... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 18:54:24 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65614469 Hello, My name is Diann Hart from Detroit,Michigan. I lost weight before some years ago. So I'm confident that I can lose the weight I need to lose but I need a little push this time and that is why I'm here. I hope I can get the encouragement I really need at this time and I hope in return I can encourage someone else. Thank You All <BR> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 21:44:09 EST WebMD: "Foods that Help Fight Depression" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=711x953x65613334 Friends, I have no idea how accurate the info is and thought I'd pass it along so that you can judge for yourselves. Maybe some of our team knows more about this. <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/depression/ss/slidesho<BR>w-foods-fight-depression </link> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:24:07 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65612114 Hello, all! <BR> <BR> My names Emma: I was diagnosed with depression a little less than two years ago, and have been on medication since. While I have learned to deal with my depression quite well, my medicine, I think, has caused weight gain. Last year, around October, I weighed 170 pounds; since then I have managed to lose 13-15 of those pounds (the exact number depends on the day), but I've hit a rut. I'm so tired of counting calories and worrying about what I eat! But I really want to h... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:45:17 EST Elsa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65611977 Hello, I am Elsa. This is the first time I do something like this so I am not sure how it goes. I need to lose weight. I want to lose weight. However, I am succumbing to temptations. I am also dealing with a very slow metabolism because I am going through a medical induced menopause. I work out 3 to 4 times a week for about 45 minutes, mostly cardio. I do not think exercising is my problem, eating is my problem. Any words of encouragement are appreciated. <BR> <BR> Elsa Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:17:33 EST Do you know what today is?????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65610887 Today is my BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!! I made it another year!!!! Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:14:19 EST Glee LaVroff http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65606128 Just found out I am Diabetic! I need a mjeal plan for every day, because I don't know where to start! Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:55:08 EST HELP!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65599618 I have to lose at least 40 lbs in order to have my knee replaced and I can barely walk so exercising is a challenge, plus I just can't seem to get on the weight loss wagon. I am so frustrated that I think I'm going to start and then blow it that day or even after one day. I just have no desire to do this. I have been fat my whole life and probably have lost over 500 lbs collectively so I know I can lose weight, but just keep regaining it and now I can't seem to get started again knowing th... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 16:55:37 EST Taking the plunge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65582377 Hello Everyone I am new here! My name is Ashley. My weight has always fluctuated and I am now at 235lbs (Previously 250 before moving to a new state). A lot of my weight is my own fault...I have dealt with major anxeity, depression, panic disorder for many years, and most recently agoraphobia. I am not proud of myself and it has been a dark long journey.. I have always had a skewed perspective of how I look. In the past when I was 150, I was in the best shape of my life. I worked out all the... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 01:34:02 EST Taking a brand new step http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65580538 I am starting to take control of my self esteem today. I am starting to work on my weight and feeling good about myself. I have had problems with depression for about 4 years. My current doctor has me on a good med that helps me sleep. I feel like a new person each day now. I started the Skinny Jeans Challenge today. The four butt busting exercises busted my butt! :) <BR> I can't wait to see a difference and I know it is one day at a time and to stay positive. Hopefully you all can help me in... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 18:31:01 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65573853 I just joined the team and wanted to say hello. Wed, 9 Nov 2016 18:07:22 EST Starting over again!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65568020 Hi, I came here several years ago when I was in TOPS. The advice I got really helped me. NOW, I need help again. I am 70 years old and have been retired for a year and a half. I have become very lax on what I eat and the amount of exercise I get. I have gained about 15 lbs. and gained too many inches. I know the right things to do, but I don't do them so am hoping with your help I can achieve my goals. I was a physical therapy tech for the last 10 years. I have been married to my best friend ... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 20:29:08 EST SRI vs.SSRI for mild chronic depression? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=711x953x65546370 <link>www.depressionny.com/q&amp;a.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Or maybe another type of medication is better? Or no medication but something else? Do you have any opinions on the best medication for Dysthymic Disorder? <BR> <BR> Reading this article made me nervous because it said that someone with "low-grade" depression for years or even decades, will eventually have bouts of major depression and that they are more likely to be suicidal than people with acute depression. Now that I don't hav... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 16:52:03 EST Just joined! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65545869 Over 55, living with depression and fibromyalgia.....weight loss will help.... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 15:15:12 EST New user http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65542248 Hi. I am new. I have 30 lbs to lose and a real affinity for laying around and hiding from people due to low grade depression. Grateful to be here :) Fri, 4 Nov 2016 23:34:24 EST Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6887x953x65519860 Hello there. I am a single 30 year old female who has been struggling with anxiety and depression for as long as I can remember. I have always forced myself to spend the holidays with my family. However, I have been in therapy for a while and only recently started bringing a lot of very painful memories from my childhood. I am really not looking forward to spending the holidays with my family this year. <BR> <BR> My family lives about 20 minutes away, but I get very anxious any time I know ... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 18:45:19 EST Born with Depression...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65518591 <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone. I'm new - please bare with me... <BR> <BR> Kind of an emotional moment when you sign on to a forum titled 'Dealing with Depression'. <BR> <BR> I guess this is because I don't allow myself to think about how it continues to affect me... How it's always been there. I wondered if anyone else feels as though they were born with Depression? <BR> <BR> I can remember feeling / being depressed as a very young child and although it doesn't seem po... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 14:31:34 EST Journaling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=711x953x65516804 I am struggling to get into the habit of journaling my food/drink intake. I do well for a while then I miss a day or a meal and I just can't seem to get back on top of it. Did anyone else struggle with this and how did you get into the habit of doing this on a regular basis. Tue, 1 Nov 2016 09:44:52 EST Fall is in the air. Is this a new challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65511633 The days are getting shorter, the birds are flocking and heading south. Mother nature is doing her best to forewarn us of the cold winter ahead. If your in California you probably think I'm loopy. Here in Michigan this is our wake-up call.It's an animals instinct to hoard food for the long winter ahead. The only problem is we don't need to hoard our food. I feel challenged when it's cold out and you want a nice hot bowl of chili or "Hot chocolate" or some other form of comfort food. So when M... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 16:04:39 EST I'm exhausted http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65508532 hi sparkies. <BR> I hope you all are having a beautiful Monday. <BR> Well, I have few things which are totally exhausting me. <BR> <BR> This is going to get really long <BR> <BR> 1- My kids (twin boys) - Oh I love them, Yet, they do not do their chores waste time. They are 11 (twins) and I know this is natural. But, I wold like to transform them to more independence. ( doing h.w on tme, setting the bag, cleaning the floor after bath) <BR> <BR> Sadly, my husband DOES NOT stand up for me. He... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 07:08:49 EST New Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65504754 HI I'm Becky! I just signed up to SparkPeople today. I have been on the weightloss journey for over 7 years now. I struggle with Depression, and It's been weighing heavy on me the past year. Making it difficult to stay focused on my goals. I'm looking forward to being part of a group who knows the struggle! Thanks! Sun, 30 Oct 2016 16:48:41 EST restarting yet again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65500878 hi I'm Samantha.... I have 2 teens in my house *step kids* I also am awaiting the birth of my 2nd granddaughter. I have suffered depression for as long as I can remember and life with 2 teens makes it worse at times. I am hoping that maybe losing weight will help my head to find a new thing to grab on and not to shut down and dwell on what I cant change Sun, 30 Oct 2016 01:52:39 EST Arthritis and Ulcerative Colitis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65491659 I am overweight dealing with depression, heart issues, UC and arthritis. I have to wear oxygen 24/7. Walking is hard and I spend a lot of time playing on the IPad, doing puzzles. I need to lose weight but it is hard with pulmonary hypertension. I was a Spark People member a long time ago. Glad to be back. Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:20:40 EST New to SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65490462 Hi All, I'm a newbie. My goals are to add regular exercise to my daily routine and learn how to eat healthier. I'm a very busy working mom to three kids so my life is basically a juggling act. I find myself exhausted most of the time and I think that things could improve if I took better care of myself. I'm guilty of letting myself go, which is something I never thought I would do. I'm making myself a priority which will hopefully be a positive impact to all of my family. Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:57:38 EST Hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65487290 I am new to SP..day 2...but I started losing 3 months ago. I have been dealing with depression, stress and anxiety disorders with agoraphobia since 1998. I now take a few meds to help with the stress and anxiety but have been off any to treat my depression specifically for almost 10 yrs, I am sure that the ones I do take still help with it. I did however spent a lot of years in therapy to get that far. <BR> <BR> I have been overweight since childhood and now I need both knees repl... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 23:03:51 EST Missed This Group So Much http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65480090 Hi, everyone! I just wanted to let everyone who I usually talk to on this team that everything is going okay. I haven't posted in a while because I really needed to take the time to focus on being content with myself and the people around me on a daily basis. I will post more later when I am less tired, but you all have been in my thoughts and prayers! Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:50:07 EST A New Journey, A New Season of Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65470759 Hello my name is Loretta, and I was introduced to Spark by attending an Health Expo, a few years ago. I have started, and stopped the program a few times, however I'm glad to say this time I'm fully committed to better health. I do want to join a walking club with other beginners, who live near by, I feel if I have someone to motivate me I will be more accountable. So if there are people looking to team up with me, please let know. Thanks! Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:13:48 EST A New Journey, A New Season of Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65470720 Hello my name is Loretta, and I was introduced to Spark by attending an Health Expo, a few years ago. I have started, and stopped the program a few times, however I Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:08:58 EST Family illness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65470428 This may sound strange, but I struggle with depression when someone at home is ill with a virus or whatever. It puts me in more of a caretaker /nurse role, which is harder for me. The funny thing is that I wanted to be a nurse as a child! Actually, my husband is much better in this role than I am, but I am the housewife/available caretaker while he is at work. I can do it, but it is harder for me. So..... a family virus is taking its toll on me in overeating, planning my day, etc. NOT h... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:00:54 EST Low Carb Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=711x953x65469229 I just saw my PCP yesterday to discuss my fasting glucose level and my insulin resistance level. My fasting glucose level was high and my insulin resistance is high. I was told that I am on the verge of being diabetic. My PCP sent in a prescription for Metformin. She did tell me that the medication alone may help me with my weightloss efforts, but she also put me on a low carb diet of 150 grams a day. She is closely supervising this diet. I am excited about having the close watch and su... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:00:58 EST Hello everyone!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65456683 Hello to everyone. I am happy to join the team. I deal with depression and have since I was 13. I am now 40 and I have three beautiful teenagers and a wonderful husband who does his very best to try and help and support me in my ups and downs. I think a huge issue for me is my weight. In being honest, I hate myself and how I look. I know it probably sounds odd being I have so much to be happy about but I do find myself hating how I look. I weigh 266 lbs as of last night when I joined. ... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 16:26:59 EST Beginning of a long adventure! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65451327 Hi, I'm Charie and I need to change my habits. I am going to lose 50 lbs no matter how long it takes. Right now my biggest challenges include being a full-time student, part-time employee, and a full-time volunteer. I feel as if I never have enough hours in the day. Hopefully I will be inspired by other members. Today the journey begins! Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:24:01 EST Hi, new member here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65440052 I'm not sure if it's depression or not but I surely have low self esteem since childhood. <BR> <BR> Lately I feel like my whole life is moving toward destruction. My career seem lead to no where, I couldn't find motivation to do my job at work (although I still doing my job after some struggles). My marriage is a ruin and I don't have any motivation to fix it. <BR> <BR> But still I have my son and have quite some laugh every day. <BR> <BR> I have this feeling that I can't see things would... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:33:47 EST Today I'm Greatful For..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65436108 My job, my family, a roof over my head, a husband that loves me the way that I am, and COFFEE!!! Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:15:22 EST Colleen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65429557 Hi I'm Colleen. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:27:07 EST "The Most Popular Book the Year You Were Born" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20119x953x65408123 A good book has no age. Here are lots of them, some I've read, others not and still others I've never heard of. <BR> <BR> <link>www.drozthegoodlife.com/healthy-life<BR>style/g560/most-popular-book-year-you-<BR>were-born/ </link> Sun, 16 Oct 2016 11:55:25 EST What are your plans for today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65407700 Later today, I am going shopping and then, going out for Sunday dinner with my husband. Sun, 16 Oct 2016 10:46:06 EST If you can share, was your Mom depressed? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65405808 I've been thinking a lot about my Mom and her depression. She's been gone for several years so I can't ask her. But I remember when she was put on medication (Prozac) about 30 years ago. She didn't stay on the pills because she didn't like how it made her feel and I don't recall her trying any other medication. She always had weight and body issues. (It didn't help having a cheating husband who constantly remarked about her weight.) She was always depressed growing up but that may have been s... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 04:53:06 EST I'm Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65405174 I'm a 50 yr old grandmother of 3 boys. I have General Anxiety Disorder. I was in this group in 2012. I wasn't very active but I'm back and trying to make an effort this time. I hope to make new friends here. Sat, 15 Oct 2016 23:32:22 EST Fitness Buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65399257 Seeking a partner in crime - oops - I mean, a fitness buddy. I am 43 and recently passed into the 300 lb realm. This freaked me out, and I promptly gained another 15 pounds. I live with bipolar, and am on meds that contribute to my weight gain. I keep reminding myself that I'd rather be fat than dead, but I fear that I am eating myself toward an early death. <BR> <BR> I am seeking a friendly person to help motivate me to keep trying. I offer a quirky sense of humor, deep compassion, a... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 02:14:17 EST Hallo! Any other blood clot survivors? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65396723 Hi, all, I'm giving this motivator a go. I need to pick up my exercise level. I loved dance for many years, but as I've gotten older I've done less of it. In February 2016 I was diagnosed with a "significant" blood clot in my right leg. Since then, I've been walking daily to and from the bus, but it's not enough. I hope to drop actually 60 pounds and get the stiffness out of the leg where the "interventional radiology" (read: micro-surgery thing) was done. I have an appointment with an ... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 17:09:53 EST Is staying in bed always a sign of depression? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65384785 I'm curious what everyone's opinion is. <BR> <BR> I have to get out everyday or else I get stir crazy. But after my errands, I just like to go back to bed. My bed stays made during the day and I'm in my comfy clothes. I watch TV and do computer stuff. Then get up at various points to do certain things but mostly I really just like staying there. Even if I only go out for a couple hours a day. <BR> <BR> Since Oct 1st, I've been doing great with my food, so I'm actually happy and my mood is ... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 22:55:13 EST Rebirth at Retirement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65377169 I want to like the way I feel and look which means creating a new Life Style and also learning how to communicate with others as I became secluded. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:53:08 EST Lack of Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6887x953x65366543 I go through phases where I feel so motivated and ready to tackle this weight loss journey. I feel motivated to exercise and eat right to fuel my body with the right kinds of foods. Then I go through phases where I just lack motivation in general. That is where I am today. I just can not seem to get myself motivated to exercise whatsoever. I am also struggling with sticking to my healthy lifestyle at work, especially when drug reps bring in treats and snacks for the office. When I start ... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:30:40 EST Hello from France http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65364121 Hi everyone, I moved to France after moving around a lot and thought I would be able to get myself back on track by eating healthy beautiful food and exercising. But, after three years, I am just not succeeding alone. I used to be really active fit and always slim. I used to look at fat people and think, how did they get like that? Now I am that fat person, and I now think, how did I get like this!? <BR> <BR> I have had a few horrible things happen and I am struggling to cope. I have ... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 06:13:51 EST Affording depression Meds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65328210 I have no prescription coverage, and my Depression Meds have really gone up over the last several months. I used to pay under $100 for 90 days worth and now I'm paying over $160. I'm on Bupropion 100 MG, 3 X a day so I do have to get 260 pills at a time, but its getting so hard to afford them. And I more than ever need to stay on my meds, as Ive been going through a rough time. Ive thought about talking to my prescribing dr about switching my meds, but this overall works well for me. Do... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 18:58:52 EST Stopped taking my meds-paying the price http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65326301 I stopped taking my Effexor about a week ago. It was stupid, I know. I was just feeling so good I didn't think I needed them. I thought I could do it on my own for awhile. Well, I'm really starting to crash. I finally realized and admitted to myself why I was feeling bad this morning, so started taking it again, but I know it takes a few days to kick in. In the meantime, my house is out of control, I have my parents coming from CA (I'm in IN) for a visit on the 12th, I NEED to clean, and I do... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 12:38:58 EST Make ahead breakfast and lunch ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6887x953x65325914 Hello, <BR> <BR> Can I get some ideas easy make ahead breakfast and lunch ideas? I am looking for suggestions on things that I can make on Saturday or Sunday and either put in the fridge or freezer to pull out as the week goes on. I am usually rushed in the mornings so I need ideas of things that are quick and easy. I struggle with motivation and getting the engine going, so I am hoping that having prepped options ready will help me to keep on a healthy diet. I have been doing overnight ... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 11:43:37 EST Bruce Springstein writes about his depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65323195 Just passing this link along. I didn't know Bruce had depression most of his life. He writes about it in his new memoir. I guess it just shows that it can happen to anyone, even a super successful singer. <BR> <BR> http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2016/0<BR>9/bruce-springsteen-cover-story <BR> <BR> Here's a snippet: <BR> <BR> "Married since 1991 to bandmate Patti Scialfa, with whom he has three children (and who shares and empathizes with his depressive illness), Springsteen enjoys a stab... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 04:51:53 EST karen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65318255 Looking for a walking buddy and weight buddy near Poway Ca Mon, 3 Oct 2016 12:35:09 EST Rough Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6887x953x65318205 So I am having a rough day here. I have a counseling appointment this evening and I am really anxious about it. I have seen this counselor for years and I really trust him, so I am not sure why I am so anxious about this appointment. Every hour that passes, the more anxious I get, and the more I want to turn to food for comfort. This is not a good day at all. I wish I knew what was causing the anxiety in me about this appointment. I have control over what we talk about, so I know I am n... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 12:29:22 EST Hello I am new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65313196 Hello there I am new to spark just wanting to get started on a healthy new life style. I have several health issues that I have been diagnosed with this year.depression being one of them as well as bi polar I have suffered for many years with this diesease and had to be hospitalized due to it.It has made it hard for me to keep a job and to live a healthy happy life .while I was in treatment I really injoyed the group treatments where I could talk about my feelings for that day and the journal... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 20:15:21 EST HI all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65310517 I'm BarbCa so you see already I live in California. I'm Almost 82 and have had a problem with depression that I'm just now rising from. My next oldest daughter passed away a year ago in March. My favorite of 7 grandchildren moved away so no more grands around. <BR> My next youngest daughter lives a 8 miles away and I sere here once or twice a year. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I'm well on my road to recovery and have been able to give up the antidepressants. I am getting my apartment sorted out but it ... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 12:39:16 EST Weight loss buddy needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65306717 Hi, I'm looking for a weight loss buddy that I can talk to and encourage, as well as have them encourage me. My depression has gotten the best of me lately and I am finding that I need help. I am in my early 30's and have about 100-120 lbs to lose and would love to have someone in the same boat (or close to it) as me to connect with. It would be great if we could text each other and provide support and encouragement to tackle this overwhelming journey. Please let me know if you're interes... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 22:09:43 EST Does the ticker motivate you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65305350 When I first started, I used the "weight" ticker and then switched to the "pounds lost" ticker because I thought seeing my actual weight might have been discouraging me. But now I'm back to thinking I have to SEE IT in order to see reality (which is that I'm now at my highest weight ever.) So I just switched my ticker back to the "weight" one, but wondering if I might end up sabotaging myself. <BR> <BR> I'm noticing most people here use the "pounds lost" ticker. Do you have thoughts on which... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 19:04:45 EST New Oldie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65287662 Hi, everyone! So I used to use Sparkpeople once upon a time, but I can't even remember when, exactly. To be honest, I'd forgotten about it, oops! But I'm here again because I'm trying my darnest to get serious about becoming healthier and getting in shape. I'm almost 32 and have two daughters, a 2.5yo and a 6mo. Being able to play with them, setting a good example for their own health, and staving off diabetes which runs in my family are my reasons for being here now. Oh, and I'd love to look... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:35:54 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65280901 Hello! I am a Newbie here. I am hoping to pull some motivation and strength from this group as I am striving to lose weight. I am recently married (4 months October 4!) We are wanting to have a baby, so I am desperately trying to lose some weight first. My doctor took me off of all my anti-depressants in preparation of becoming pregnant. I am hoping that as I lose weight and gain some confidence in myself that my depression will slowly get a little better. I look forward to the encour... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:35:03 EST Ready Set Go!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65276257 Hey Sparks People. I am 52 and joined to get healthier and in shape. I have 97 lbs to lose and I would like to get into a fitness routine. I joined here to find other people in the process of getting healthier with similar goals and for motivation both giving and receiving. I live in Lakewood Colorado. I would love to find a fitness pal with like goals. <BR> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:49:15 EST My Life is a Mess (long story) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6887x953x65254301 I have been dealing with so much in the last 10 or years or so.... but in the last couple years, I feel like everything has just spiraled out of control. I thought I'd share what's going on in case anyone has any advice... and to just... not be invisible for a short time. <BR> <BR> As I said, the things most affecting me now stem mostly from the last handful of years. Almost exactly 2 years ago I lost my best, and only, friend of 22 years (by lost, I mean simply that we are no longer friend... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:54:39 EST Hey There http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65254105 Hey everyone, I'm a longtime Sparker, returning from a lengthy hiatus. I've got a lot of things going on right now, which I'll detail in a separate post (in the problem solving forum) in a few minutes. For now, I just wanted to say hello. <em>213</em> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:10:55 EST 50 plus with a new healthy lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65240160 Hi everyone glad to be here on a great site with so much help to be had which is great. Still navigating the site and learning as I go, with my husband and I in the house alone most of the time it has been easier to get into a more healthier life style and it's not as bad as I thought getting rid of all the negative, unhealthy stuff. It took awhile to put it on so I know it will take awhile to come off. 1 step at a time !! Greater Days Everyone ! Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:50:24 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65240017 I'm at work taking a break so hopefully, I can write something without crying. <BR> <BR> My year started out getting fired from what I thought was a very good position, but they promised training and there was none, so I was let go after almost 6 months. I had left a job of 5 years for this one, so I was humiliated, shocked and scared to death what my husband would say. <BR> <BR> He was surprisingly very supportive, but our income took a huge hit. After 3 months of searching, I finally fo... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:22:22 EST Sparked before.... can I spark again? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65230368 As we all mostly know, Spark People is awesome. I've been here before, it's helped it has motivated, and then whatever happens I fall away. Now I am at my all time heaviest weight and I've been off spark people for almost 2 years. :( I'm REALLY REALLY heavy. over 200 pounds to lose. <BR> <BR> I used to be an athelete when I was young. Track & Cheerleading for school, weights and aerobics class during school and swam alot or I played basketball with my friends ..... <BR> <BR> Now I'm at a jo... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:47:45 EST Coming Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65206313 Hi everyone !! Hi Pat !! <BR> <BR> Giving it another try,as I was with SP about a year or less but had to stop,so much was happening and I couldn't concentrate anymore. Since then,things are still crazy but I REALLY need to lose this weight for myself and hopefully can help others out in time. <BR> Lost my cat Frisky March 3rd,2016, got a new cat,all white male,a year old March 5th,2016. Then my step-mom just passed away while recovering from surgery Aug.23rd,2016. I just had a kidney stone... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 02:27:10 EST Not A Very Good Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65205353 I've been in near constant pain and fatigue for the past week and I'm so worn out and depressed. I don't want to be in this body anymore. I'm not suicidal. I just wish that I could trade it in for a better model. I'm so tired of fighting against my own body and mind. I've been doing this practically all my life. Sat, 17 Sep 2016 22:09:20 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65205339 I joined a few days ago and just wanted to introduce myself. I'm a single mom. I've experienced depression and anxiety for most of my life. I also suffer from PTSD from severe childhood trauma. I have severe Scoliosis, which causes me a lot of pain and increases my depression when the pain levels get high. I have good days and bad days. Sometimes there is more than one good day. I like it when there's a run of good days. Sat, 17 Sep 2016 22:04:54 EST *waves from the corner* http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65203422 I'm a little shy and don't really know what to say, so I'll just wave and hope that everyone's having a wonderful day. <em>334</em> Sat, 17 Sep 2016 15:29:12 EST How I Feel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20119x953x65203054 <em>102</em> Sat, 17 Sep 2016 14:13:13 EST Another Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65201499 Hi all. =) <BR> <BR> After a visit with my doctor yesterday, it's kind of been uncovered that everything I want is pretty much inhibited by my weight, and while meds help my depression, they can't make everything else happen. So I'm here. Hope that I can stick to this. <BR> <BR> Anyways, just wanted to say hi. =) Sat, 17 Sep 2016 09:42:28 EST Hello there http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65196163 My name is Mimi, I'm 23 and stay in SC. I hope to lose 95 pounds by my next birthday and I am looking for support buddies for the journey. I am starting small for now with light exercise and dietary changes so i can remain realistic and gain momentum along the way. <BR> <BR> BTW, if you don't like shakes that are pre-made, try Designer Whey. I buy them at Bilo. 100 cal, low fat and carb, high protein and fiber. They are a lifesaver for me right now. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:50:56 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65190460 Hi all. New here. Just joined today. I have over 100 lbs to lose. I have also been dealing with depression and anxiety all my life due to severe childhood trauma. I'm currently taking several different medications and see three different therapists (LCSW, home therapy, psychiatrist and psychiatric nurse). I guess that's four, isn't it? I also try to go to group therapy once a week, but that's hard to do when my Fibro is flaring like it is now. Anyway, just wanted to introduce myself. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:14:17 EST Hello! New to the team. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65177936 Hello! I'm new to the team, rejoined spark people a few days ago- trying to get back on track with diet and exercise and improve my motivation to stay on track. Hx depression/ anxiety, lots of peaks and valleys there. Tue, 13 Sep 2016 22:44:00 EST Dealing with grief and loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=711x953x65174720 In the past year I have lost my 34 yr.old sister-in-law who passed away after having my beautiful niece. my favorite Aunt, and my only Sister who was only 57 yrs. old. All unexpected deaths, any suggestions on how to deal and cope. Emotions are all over the place! Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:23:30 EST I'm new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65162029 Hi everyone, my name is Kaya and I've been looking for some support groups for depression so I'm happy to have found this. I'm looking forward to connecting with others through this. Sun, 11 Sep 2016 16:08:22 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65159699 Joining sparkpeople to try and make myself more accountable to some of the healthy choices I am trying to maake- waxing/waning motivation is my biggest problem right now! Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:17:05 EST Majorly Struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65147050 I am really struggling with negative thoughts. My hubby and i are facing a few tough situations that have no good answers. My son is caught in the middle of one of them. I don't know how I can support and help him without his mother accusing me of interfering (he is my step-son). I saw the therapist a week ago, when all this started. And, I was so anxious and worked up, all I could do is pace in his office. He cut our session short because I was super worked up and clammed up, so he didn't fe... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 10:16:41 EST "New" Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65136019 I've decided it's time I kick this weight loss thing into gear. Let's see where to begin..... <BR> <BR> Around January of last year, my depression was at it's lowest. I was smoking, drinking somewhat excessively, not going to church, not spending time with family, showing up late to work (or not at all), overeating, and I was sleeping around. <em>42</em> <BR> <BR> Then I got pregnant. <em>40</em> And it was the best thing that happened to me. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I got my ac... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 19:48:14 EST I am Warren http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65121462 I have had weight problems all my life. Topped out at 287 about 10 years ago and swore to maintain the 213 I dieted down to over the next year. Now I have gained 20 lbs over the years and have failed to keep my promise to myself that I would go back on my diet and exercise program after a short hiatus and lose down to my then target of 145. Now I am finally going after my adjusted goal of 155. Mon, 5 Sep 2016 21:20:48 EST An overly long introduction! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65099036 Trying to figure out what and how much to say. Brevity is not my forte! So, I apologize, if this is way TMI! <BR> <BR> I've had a lifelong struggle with psychological issues and poor eating, but not with weight. I mean my eating habits have always been awful, I just got away with it for a long time. Like my great grandmother, grandmother, and mother before me, I've had horrible issues with depression (Bipolar II in my case, but with the depression causing the worst issues) and with anxiety. ... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 13:00:27 EST D from Halifax, NS Canada http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65097578 Hello! everyone, I have been struggle over the last few years taken care of everyone but me. I am currently taken care of my mother who is at the early stages of Alzheimer and I have realized in order to take care of her. I also need to take care of me. I love my job working as a career counselor and I am ready to take care of me and my mother at the same time. I am excited for this challenge and look forward to my new journey in life Fri, 2 Sep 2016 09:25:00 EST Newbee on Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65083461 Im new to all this so please bear with me. Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:59:49 EST Crying http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65079765 Thank you all for your concern &amp; advice. I' m much better now than I was in August. Tue, 30 Aug 2016 21:15:05 EST Returning user but in a whole new chapter of life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65079159 Hello everyone... <BR> <BR> I am a mother of an amazing little boy who is my world as I never thought having kids would ever be in my future. I have battled body image issues my entire life and after having my son I find its been worse. I am turning 30 in just over a month and I think its hitting me that I am no where at what Id like to see myself at. I am a military spouse which has its stressful times as is along with being a stay at home mom currently due to recently being posted to a new... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 19:30:33 EST How to feel accomplished right this second http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=711x953x65071881 I receive daily emails from several sources because I'm too lazy to unsubscribe from them. PureWow.com is a women's "lifestyle" magazine in regional versions, apparently geared toward youngish women who are productive and enjoying life. Despite thinking every time I see it in my inbox that "I should unsubscribe," a subject line catches my attention and I take a peak. (How else would I have learned about some of the best local barbecue restaurants?) Today was one of those days. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:16:35 EST Cooking question for our cooks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x65060360 I bought a gorgeous-looking bunch of red mustard greens. There are loads of recipes that cover southern tastes as well as Indian and Asian. Because the leaves are fairly broad, it occurred to me that they may be stuffable. I've never made stuffed cabbage, but I was thinking something like that, either with ground turkey or ground beef. If you're familiar with mustard greens, any color, what do you think? I'm more comfortable using Indian spices than Asian, but can't think of what sort of... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 23:54:28 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65048751 Good Morning, my name is Jamila,and I'm new to the group. I just wanted to say hello to everyone and wish you all a wonderful day! <em>524</em> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:15:12 EST Hello! *waves* http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65028350 I am not very new to spark people.. I am very new to sticking with routines, getting out of bed, exercising, and caring about my body! I have been doing great an am trying my best to stay motivated and honestly something kinda clicked? Or at least feels different this time. I guess I am finally ready or something. OORRR its because my meds are finally working LMAO. Anyways I struggled/struggle with depression and have been for more than half my life. My first hospitalization I was only 14!~ I... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:56:20 EST feedup1964 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x65020082 im feed up with my weight. need HElp! Mon, 22 Aug 2016 02:20:42 EST I am new, well sort of..lol http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64992214 I have been here for awhile but never really used the site to its full potential. I have always had weight issues. Whether being to fat or skinny but not skinny enough. my experiences and my depression I have, had has caused my issues with food . I was diagnosed at age 16 with severe depression. I am now in my mid-forties. I have been in a relationship for the last 15 years and I live with him. Everything was fine until my depression hit hard again when I turned 40. I am 46 now. Since then, I... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 21:07:07 EST Help for my husband http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64989754 Hi there. My husband is in the hospital after some suicidal ideation. I am fine, but I want to know what are the best ways to support him during this time? Wed, 17 Aug 2016 12:15:16 EST Omg! No Kitchen, Floor had to be Replaced http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x64984893 Still having work done on my kitchen. Still having to live with out stove and dishwasher and floor. I am so depressed right now. All I see is fat fat fat in the mirror and no way to cook anything and on my way home, I just felt rushed and tired. Stopped and did the dumbest thing ever, I got Dairy Queen for my husband and myself. Omg. What am I thinking? I would rather starve. The food is sitting on a tiny spot on my table in the living room where everything else is and it cost me money that ... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 18:58:56 EST How do you push through? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x64979431 I'm having a lot of trouble ignoring the voice in my head that's telling me to do nothing, especially during my time of the month. I have major depression and anxiety and I'm currently on meds. What do you do to push through the voice telling you to stay on the couch all day or lay in bed all day? I feel like if I can find some ways to tell that voice to shut up, I would be able to accomplish so many things. I'm just so tired of feeling like this and extremely ready to beat depression, if... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 23:17:13 EST Hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64951102 I am starting again with 100 pounds to lose I so need to do this. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:34:31 EST TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x64951007 My daughter had her first TMS treatment today. It's for her treatment-resistant depression. There was more pain/discomfort than we expected, but she did very well and everything was fine. She took some Tylenol before going and that may have helped. She'll have another treatment tomorrow and then 28 more after that for a total of 30. They said our medical insurance probably won't cover any of it, but if it helps it will be worth it. <BR> <BR> Just wondering how many others out there have had... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:12:50 EST oops http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64942259 Sorry--didn't realize this would post here. Tried to delete but couldn't. Appreciate the lovely thoughts! Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:55:19 EST HI everyone I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64939888 Today is my first day, I have struggled with depression my whole life....alcoholic father, mother addicted to prescription drugs, brother in and out of jail. I'm sure many of you can relate. I have 90lbs to lose Tue, 9 Aug 2016 23:57:48 EST Just found SPARKPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64936646 I think this website may work for me! I'm hoping so. <BR> I live in North Carolina; just moved here <em>41</em> <BR> Finding my way around the site. Really like it so far. Tue, 9 Aug 2016 13:29:03 EST Hi Everyone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64936301 Hi everyone. Thank you for having me. So I feel like a bad person since this is not my first time back on SparkPeople. I got down quite a bit in weight, and after a stressful breakup I gained all of it back. I am not going to let it get me down. Just need to get back to myself. What's the best thing to join in on in this group? Challenges? Tue, 9 Aug 2016 12:15:20 EST Lynn http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64934166 I am Lynn and need all the support I can get for this endeavor. Tue, 9 Aug 2016 07:16:23 EST brand new on spark people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64923128 Hello everyone, I have been obese for most of my life, all of my adult life thus far and three quarters of my teenage life. I am 43 years old and I joined weight watchers program on June 7th and I have lost 21 pounds. My weight loss journey seems like a roller coaster I have some weeks where I lose weight and then I have weeks where I don't. Sometimes I feel like I miss out on the good food that is advertised on tv like pizzas and ice cream and I crave them. But I know they are not healthy fo... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 15:10:42 EST How to eat healthy with no support from family? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=711x953x64903735 Hello, <BR> <BR> I was away at school for 6 months, ate generally OK and lost about 30 lbs. As soon as I got home I gained it all back! I believe I suffer from a binge disorder that is mostly caused by my depression. My mother is abusive and unhealthy and I've lived in this environment my whole life. I told my mother my goals about losing weight and being healthy. I'm going to serve with AmeriCorps in October and I'd like to get a head start on being active. The problem is, my mother doesn't... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 13:02:04 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64898423 I've suffered from depression off and on most of my life but didn't recognize it as such. Finally got on Effexor (generic) and things started to smooth out. I could tell if I hadn't taken my dose for the day. Then everything changed. I had bariatric surgery and couldn't take the pills. I'd throw them back up. I quit taking them for a couple of years until my daughter pointed out that I was angry, quick to snap. So I decided to start again. Everything was doing good until Target change... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 18:30:26 EST I never knew something this cool existed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64874506 I have always wanted to find something similar to this site. Especially with a FREE pricetag. I love that the food tracker actually contains food I DO eat, instead of giving me food I SHOULD ONLY eat like most diet programs. It's real this way. Like yeah, I at at Wendys or had Taco Bell, I choose their healthier options, but how could I have tracked that really? I like that even store brands are included and that poeple can add if something is missing. This is pretty awesome. I just need to f... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 11:38:18 EST Last of the red-hot "cute animal pics" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20119x953x64868187 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c5ac6e84-56dc-4b87-8098-c866459035a2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b4a84141-082c-4126-b855-b20af684b8c1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f484c012-6e52-4f34-aadc-c5e4f61977f2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c408a586-c42e-4997-a74b-cd93249d43f8.jpg"> <BR> This isn't so good, but the tigers are thrillingly beautiful. Sat, 30 Jul 2016 10:32:16 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64856102 Hi all. My name is Lisa and I'm a mom to two wonderful boys and owner of an in home daycare. I am just starting my journey to a healthy lifestyle. I have always dealt with depression, but I am starting the divorce process with my husband of 18 years so it's been a lot worse lately. He has a problem with my weight and I have a major problem with that. The person I married wasn't a shallow guy, but he has turned into one. I am finally ready to shed all the negativity in my life and do this for... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:38:31 EST How can I help my husband fight depression? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6887x953x64850332 Hi all. My husband was diagnosed with depression last year and suffers from anxiety attacks that are increasing frequency. He hasn't refilled his prescription due to lack of health insurance at this time and everything seems to be getting worst. I try not to add more stress to him, but life is still happening around us. There's bills to pay, a household to maintain and his son is with us for the summer and has special needs. <BR> <BR> I don't know how to ease his anxiety AND have our needs m... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:52:09 EST Not just another "cute animal photo" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20119x953x64830248 A friend sent several photos from [gasp] the internet with a note that the captions are better than most that we see [gasp] all over the internet. I think she's correct and I'll post another every couple of days. I hope you enjoy them. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1768b054-00e2-48ba-9dd1-65fb2d45bad2.jpg"> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:56:09 EST Back when, then, and where are you now?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x64814121 back when, then and now... <BR> its hard to think how i got to where i am today, as a child and teenager i suffered from having no positive self image. i destroyed myself, taking diet pills, not eating, over exercising... plus i got to be lucky and end up with ptsd, depression, panic disorder... that being said i was a wreak!!! i was always sick, passing out, always got made fun of... like brutally... many good thing in my life could have been but, i was so obsessed with diet, and exercise...... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 23:38:12 EST Exercise makes me feel happier :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64811049 Hi everyone! I am new to the group.. Pretty new to spark in general. Well anyway, I've been doing tons of reading about all kinds of health related topics.. Stress, depression, weight gain, fatigue, anger, skin issues- on and on. One common denominator that comes up every time is exercise. And I ignore it. I try to overcompensate with diet, supplements, water... I worry about losing the boobs I've grown with my new 20 lbs from sitting behind a desk for the past year... BUT I feel sad. I wake ... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:20:29 EST New from NC http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64795039 I am new to the group and the site...hoping for support on this journey...I have gained a massive amount of weight due to medication for anxiety, depression and fibromyalgia (my doctors have confirmed that my diet has not caused the gain). I gained almost 70 lbs in a little over 2 months on the evil seroquel.... then other meds caused slower gain...I am finally off those meds and hopefully on meds that will not only not cause continued gain but allow me to lose this weight... Being this size ... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:55:40 EST New gal on the block http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64787533 Blessings to you all, my name is Kelly . I am so overwhelmed. I was doing Weight Watchers and it works being on disability I cant afford it. I know its baby steps and such but I see the whole picture. I gotta lose 88lbs and to me that just seems impossible. I love sweets and eating late. I swim and walk but its my eating habits. My friend from childhood was on here a few years ago and she lost I want to say over 100lbs. She had mentioned this place. I dont know how to get started. I dont know... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 02:01:05 EST sad. please help. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6887x953x64763085 i had a nervous breakdown 9 years ago after having a training in nursing. sleep, eat stroll, surf the net--is my lifestyle. i have massive memory and inattention problem as well and anxiety leaving me not being able to work. basically i am disabled. i wish this is just a bad dream- a dream, not true, not reality. but it is. yesterday, i went to the doc and he said i cant go back to nursing or drive. due to my inattention and anxiety. its hard to swallow. i hate to be a walking bad vibes to my... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 07:52:23 EST Changing the headers on the Spark pages http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64753669 Just a heads up for everyone, they are changing the headers on the Spark pages tomorrow. Coach Jen says that there will be minor changes to a couple of the menus. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:32:53 EST Ketamine Treatment? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x64753209 I'm wondering if anyone on the team has tried getting Ketamine infusions for depression? My daughter is going through a very severe bout of depression and her depression is treatment-resistant. Her psychiatrist suggested Ketamine infusions. He says it works very quickly - you know within two treatments whether or not it's going to help. <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 18:59:59 EST Hello from GA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64721888 Hi everyone. I've been on the site for a little while now but just recently actually started making my way around. I'm glad to find this group. Fri, 8 Jul 2016 09:18:44 EST Trazodone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=711x953x64721873 Has anyone taken trazodone? I've just completed week 2 on 50mg at bedtime and I'm still suffering from insomnia. I've even started taking it at 7pm. I have noticed a small improvement in my mood though. I even managed to go for a walk this morning, despite not sleeping last night. I'm also on 10mg of topamax for migraine, so I'm wondering if that's keeping me from sleeping? I was just curious if anyone has had any luck with it or not. I've only taken amitriptyline before, and that was to star... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 09:16:26 EST I am sooo ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64715463 Hello. I am a recent retired school teacher. Because of several health issues I am unable to do a lot of exercises and activities that I would like to do. Due to my sedentary lifestyle and hypothyroidism, I have gained a lot of weight. I am so ready to make some changes in my lifestyle in order to become more healthy. how lucky for me that SparkPeople is available for free to help people like me and look forward to loosing some weight (45 pounds), to get where I should be. Thu, 7 Jul 2016 10:35:44 EST struggling with a tough workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6887x953x64678059 help! i am really struggling with exercise. this past week, i exercised with a trainer in the gym 3x. it was a mixed of 10 minutes interval running and 50 minutes strength traning.it was tough and painful. I was huffing and puffing all the time. I am 95 kilos and i have to lose like 90 lbs for 1-2 years. before the exercise, i am always tryingt to " condition" my mind. I was reading a christian devotional to calm me. it says God is always with us through the tough times. And God says that no ... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 02:48:16 EST Sleepy in Illinois http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64671644 Hello - I am starting over with my weight loss program. I hit an all time low when I got up this morning and weighed myself for the first time in several months. I had added on another 10 lbs. I have over 100lbs to lose. <BR> <BR> I know one of the reasons is my desire to sleep and pretend I am somewhere else. I sleep fine at night. Get up and with in 2 - 3 hours I want to go back to sleep again. Get up for a few more hours and want to sleep. I can sleep for a couple of hours at a time. My ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 08:08:50 EST Trying to stay positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x64663364 I am finding it hard to take care of my kids as well as the responsibility of being the caretaker of my mom and stepdad. <BR> <BR> I had to take care of my home yesterday because it was messy. My kids helped me clean. We still have more to clean but we spent so much time cleaning that I didn't get to do any extra exercises besides the steps recommended by my doctor. <BR> <BR> What I'm trying to say is that I'm feeling a little down because I wanted to start an exercise routine and I didn't ... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 02:42:32 EST Hi...I'm new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64655618 I am new here and I am looking forward to this journey. I hope to meet some awesome people along the way. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 01:58:18 EST Hi. I'm just starting today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64644335 I was diagnosed with bipolar depression since 2009. I had severe depression when I was 17. I've been pretty stable the last 3 years since I've been on my medicine. I had a hard time from 2009 to 2012 trying to find the right medicine for me. Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:44:31 EST emotional outbursts - crying http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6887x953x64643903 Since seeing a counselor, I have had 2 episodes of sudden outbursts of uncontrollable crying. First one was private, second one was with family. Luckily my family is a safe place, but it scared my mom. It comes on so unexpectedly and when I open my mouth to speak what is in my mind, the words come out much different (loud/wailing) than I anticipated. So far counselor has suggested small spurts of journaling, drawing, finding creative ways to outlet emotions. Has anyone else experienced t... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:46:29 EST Checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x64640994 Day 2 check-in. Still here. Still fat. Working on it, which is a positive thing. Mon, 27 Jun 2016 02:43:22 EST Oh jeez waddup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64638227 Hello~ As you may guess, I'm new to this and are trying to do my first introduction thing (which I'm not very good at, A+) <BR> <BR> Some things cool about me: I speak English (oh wow no way), I can't do a somersault (I know, pathetic) and last but not least, Dogs are in fact my least favorite animal. (Don't kill me just yet please and thanks) <BR> <BR> How about you? What are some super cool jazzy things that aren't maybe already obvious but whatever. Hope your day is going as groovy as mi... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:15:02 EST Celiac http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=711x953x64622987 I was diagnosed with non-celiac gluten sensitivity about 2 years ago. However with the recent stress of moving and just life in general I wasn't caring about what I ate and was eating things with gluten. I'm certainly paying for it. And this time its worse than 2 years ago. In talking to my primary doctor, she wants to test for Celiac, basically to just confirm her diagnosis. <BR> <BR> Its both a relief to know what is going wrong in/with my body but also upsetting. I want to lose wei... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:48:51 EST Paleo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64617114 Hi my me is Angie, I have been eating Paleo for 4 and a half weeks, and have only lost 3 and a half pound. This is very frustrating! All the books that I have read boast about fast and easy weight loss. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:44:38 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64608794 umm, hi. <BR> <BR> Been on other online weight loss groups but didn't stick with it. Hoping this time I will. It was nice to see a group on here for people dealing with depression. In looking at some of the discussions I a few dealing with other mental illnesses. I'm glad there are others who struggle like me. <BR> <BR> I have borderline personality disorder so my depression is like a side effect. I deal with it on a daily basis. I call my negative thoughts and urges to self harm my ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:04:00 EST Motivational video http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6887x953x64604136 I'm a skeptic about motivational videos, speakers, quotations and the like. However, someone at another website posted a link and I surprised myself by actually clicking and watching the full six minutes. I think it's excellent and certainly the sort of thing to watch as often as needed. The voiceover applies to all areas of life and it doesn't matter that the visual seems to be about athletics only. It really shows the drive. What I got from the video after one viewing is that we can do... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:21:10 EST PattieCarey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64595906 Hi I'm Pattie.I have been struggling with my weight off and on all my life. I'm ready to get back on top of things. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:59:27 EST Hi it's me, Christy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64595550 I am a 40+ single mother of 3 wonderful children. I need to lose more than a few pounds, and in general just need to be more active, as I have a sit down job... Overall, me and my children are looking to make healthier life style changes. I suffer from a few mild conditions, that are most likely fixed by making better choices and exercising more. If you have any suggestions you'd like to share, I'm willing to take the advice :) Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:17:43 EST Seeking advice: Stuffed animal safety http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x64594930 A friend's daughter gave birth a month ago. I'd like to get a stuffed animal and wonder if any particular brands are best or worst for babies. It's small buttons and such that a baby might chew off that I want to avoid. <BR> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:45:17 EST Hi Everyone!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64581864 I am jobie1232 I need to lose 82 lbs. It is very difficult. My son has lost 170 in a year, and I am so proud of him, but I can't get motivated. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 13:07:11 EST Looking for support buddies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64579498 Hi everyone! <BR> I am looking for other like minded people to create a support circle who I can interact with on a daily basis so we can support each other and share our progress stories or even rant about our daily stresses and difficulties we face! <BR> <BR> I would love to hear from you if you feel that this is smithing you can commit to and would like to be a part of! <BR> My goals are to lose weight and built emotional and mental strength in the process! <BR> <BR> Speak soon xx Sat, 18 Jun 2016 05:29:55 EST Saying hey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64568169 Hello Spark Friends. I've been on spark people for years, but this team is new for me. I was diagnosed this week with depression. Have decided not to try meds yet, but counseling first. Have never done any counseling before. Lost 75 lbs 4 years ago, then gained 40 back through menopause. Became empty nester last year and can't seem to recover. Counseling will be dealing with the last 14 years of what my kids have put my husband &amp; I through. Grateful to have the hope of Christ. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:20:15 EST Won't quit trying! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64568076 You might say,I've tried everything.This morning,I confess,I get off my plans for better,health,eating,attitude,so easily.I don't last a whole day,usually,but,last year,was in rehab for 42 days,I only ate what was prepared by the facility.I lost about 20lbs,without noticing.I was hungry,but,it was not fatal.Today,i accept responsibility for myself,the person who can help mysituaton,is me.I am 66 yrs. old,somewhat,disabled,because ,ofweight restricting me.Help me to channnnnge,teach me what wo... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:05:34 EST From eating disorder to healthy weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64564800 Hi all! <BR> <BR> This is my first post and I'm hoping this community might be able to help guide me on my journey. I have a history of anorexia for a few years from age 22-25, which ironically enough began during nursing school. I was never too low weight (119 at 5'7" was my lowest) but it certainly took a psychological toll leading me to anxiety and depression, and eventually the excessive exercise and strict calorie restriction of 800-1000 calories lead me to bingeing. I ended up shooting... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 21:30:38 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64561019 Hello I am new to SparkPeople. I basically quit on everything since I have no resources anyway and I end up getting hurt 99.9% of the time. I'm sorry. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:57:24 EST MIA crisis mode http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x64558838 Hey fellow Sparkers! I've been MIA for several weeks now, but felt I really needed to talk to my understanding group of friends. I went to the Dr about a week ago with severe pain. They said I have a huge ovarian cyst on the right side and several small cysts on the left. I was doing so well for awhile, felt happy, no panic attacks, things seemed to be looking up! Now I'm in pain, relying on pain pills (which is not good for me because they make my depression worse) and off of work for the ne... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 01:39:00 EST Bobby Grow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64557482 Hi I'm new to sparks people and learning my way around. I have a Face Book account in my name. Be free to check it out. I also use my Photoshop on my face book. All my friends can't wait to see what photo's I post next. I put some pictures on my sparks people home page as well. I speak with my photos. I added some comments to how I feel to some of the photo's. I've' been hiding behind my photo's for some years now. With photo shop I can take my body size down to 200lbs. Then a few months back... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 21:02:44 EST Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64523679 I don't know how to get started Thu, 9 Jun 2016 18:03:46 EST Meal Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6887x953x64521267 Okay I blogged about one of my issues with this whole "track everything" kick, and it was suggested I post my question here. So here goes. <BR> <BR> I find tracking my food gets really boring, so I usually stop after 2 weeks or so. How do all of you keep at it? Thu, 9 Jun 2016 10:32:51 EST Life and living http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64521078 I am over 40 with three boys ages 15, 12, and 11. My husband and I work full-time and live on 6 acres. We have cattle, chickens, dogs, and one cat. I was always very active until around age 40. I went to work at a job that had me on my feet 8-10 hours a day and worked for a boss that was extremely high maintenance. Now, I am at a sit-down job trying to let my body and spirit heal. The trade off is weight gain, and slow recovery. My main challenges are finding time to cook healthy meal... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 10:08:47 EST New hopes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64509593 I was here several years ago (not sure how many to be honest) but did not stay long because I let the other issues in life overwhelm me and lost myself in there somewhere. Since then I've had a stroke and made a complete recovery, gotten older and of course gotten heavier. I have several things I need to do to get my life back to where I want it to be. Yesterday I was thinking about those things and how to accomplish each one. I decided to start where I have the most control - what I eat. ... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 17:59:50 EST Help with Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x64507649 Hi <BR> <BR> Can anyone let me know how they track food intake? What if I want to record on paper? Is that ok? <BR> <BR> It seems it takes me awhile to enter in the foods I'm eating. Perhaps once I enter in the most common foods I eat it will be easier. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Tue, 7 Jun 2016 11:28:51 EST New here and looking for support. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64506499 Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm attempting to lose around 13 pounds that I cannot seem to release. I currently have a tight living situation. I have been diagnosed with clinical depression and bipolar type 2, and I'm on meds to take the edge off, but they are not entirely effective. I try to combat my disease with healthy eating and exercise but I can become extremely negative if I do not see results or I slip up. <BR> <BR> I hope to make some connections and gain both advice and criticism from this... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 08:25:27 EST Good Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64493695 Hi, <BR> I am new to the team forum. I hear that it is easier to reach your goals when you have a team. So that is why I am here. Hopefully this will be a positive experience for me and in turn I can give back to other members of the team. One step,at a time. Sun, 5 Jun 2016 12:55:27 EST Hey, I guess I am new here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64485192 For my 30th birthday present to myself I want to get a bit healthier....I hope this is the route to go!! Why did I choose summer in TN to do this though? I can barely even walk to my car in this humidity, much less exercise! LOL! Sat, 4 Jun 2016 08:21:11 EST Struggling... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x64475059 Trying to keep all my balls in the air as I juggle daily tasks and goals , posting Spark nut and fitness data, etc can be pretty stressing for me. Our whole family is ADHD! This can lead to depression for me in mild ways pretty easily. Perfectionism tendencies don't help. Lately I am really struggling with posting nut data and have had a significant lapse and a weight gain - the two are usually very connected for me - which doesn't help potential depression. Trying to patient with my... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 18:55:59 EST Biggest Loser being investigated by LASD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x64464376 The television show Biggest Loser is being investigated for giving contestants illegal diet drugs. Do you like the show and watch it. Would you be a contestant? Why or Why not? <BR> <BR> I watched the first couple seasons and when I started to lose weight knew it was bull crap. Especially after talking to my Dr. and asking him why I wasn't dropping pounds like they were and he said that was dangerous and he wouldn't let me. No I would not be a contestant. There is a article on Yahoo about t... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 10:42:25 EST I'm bad at thinking of witty things, I'm sorry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64463208 I suppose I'm just bad at talking about myself in general. I'm Amy, 26, dealing with bipolar, anxiety, ptsd, along with other medical problems. The odds are stacked against me, but I can take control of my eating, at least. I'm starting small- water instead of pop and breakfast every day, but even that's hard for me. I probably won't progress as well as some people, but I'm here to keep chugging along. Wed, 1 Jun 2016 08:49:43 EST Newness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64459392 I am a bit random. Depression tends to be a really bad thing for me. I've been struggling with it for years now. Glad to have found this group. <BR> <BR> PHYSICALITY <BR> <BR> 1. What's your first name ONLY? Betsy <BR> 2. Birthday? 11/12 <BR> 3. Ideal weight? 220 <BR> <BR> <BR> FAVORITES <BR> <BR> 4. Beverage? Water or Root Beer <BR> 5. Fruit? grapes <BR> 6. Veggie? Green Peppers <BR> 7. Meat? chicken <BR> 8. Dessert? Ice Cream <BR> 9. Cocktail? No <BR> 10. Season? Spring <BR> 11... Tue, 31 May 2016 19:19:21 EST Needing a Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64453308 The past year and a half has been very difficult for me. My husband of 33 years died from ALS. Two weeks later I lost my job of 35 years. And just recently I had an episode of stroke like symptoms. I have put on an enormous amount of weight. I need to lose 100 lbs. I really need support of people who are going through or have gone through what I am dealing with now. I cannot afford Weight Watchers and so I turned to this site for support. Mon, 30 May 2016 22:53:47 EST New here to the group and to message boards http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64432220 <em>249</em> Hi I'm Betsy and am new to this group and a SparkPeople on again off again. I'm hoping that trying message boards will help me stick to it this time. <BR> <BR> I don't really know how these things work so I've been bashful about using them. I guess the only way to learn is to do. <BR> <BR> I'm from Massachusetts and have been battling depression for all my life with the help of meds for the last 25 years. The early years were rough but I've since stabilized for the most pa... Fri, 27 May 2016 14:01:20 EST New to Board...Not to Weightloss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64425020 Although I am new to SparkPeople, I am, unfortunately, a veteran to weightloss and health choices. <BR> <BR> I have twice before lost greater than 70 pounds, only to have them pile back on. There are a lot of reasons I can throw out as to why I was unable to keep off the weight, all legit, but they are unsatisfying, and I my goal is to keep the weight off permanently. <BR> <BR> I have lost 25 pounds since the beginning of 2016, and I have another 90 or so to go. <BR> <BR> I look forward t... Thu, 26 May 2016 12:41:50 EST Mental health hospital http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x64421271 I haven't posted on here in a while, but I wanted to update. Things got bad for a while. I finally decided I needed more help than I was getting, so I was checked into a hospital. It was very frustrating because I really wanted help, but I didn't receive much in the week that I was there. I was a friend to one patient who was being bullied by other kids there, so it wasn't a complete loss. Also, one of the staff members turned out to be related to one of the people who abused me. He said some... Wed, 25 May 2016 23:06:21 EST Introducing the Fluffy Girl! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64415169 Hey everyone! I'm not new to sparkpeople.....but i am to actually being in a community. My name is Shawna, I'm 29, and I suffer from bipolar manic depression, along with some anxiety thrown in to sprinkle the top. <BR> <BR> I don't normally put myself out there like this...but to do this....I need support....support I'm not getting and haven't for a long time. <BR> <BR> I weigh 346.9 pounds....my goal weight is 180. <BR> thats 166.9 pounds...thats basically a WHOLE person....I'm scared to ... Wed, 25 May 2016 01:09:34 EST Hey Everyone!! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64414185 Hey! My name is Alivia, and I am starting fresh with Spark people. I used this website a few years back and lost 50lbs, but unfortunately gained all of it plus more after I started college. I am hoping to get back into a healthy lifestyle, lose weight, and work through my depression. I know this website is a great tool and I cannot weigh to see my results. Tue, 24 May 2016 22:00:39 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64411878 I am just coming down from a three week depression and am trying to find a way to deal with my many issues as a Christian. I just got done reading the book Honestly by Sheila Walsh. It helped a lot. I was online trying to find more books and saw this site. I am 42 years old and deal with chronic pain, brain injury, spinal injury, depression, anxiety and recently stomach problems. I take 22 pills a day on a good day. I see my husband and and 19 year old daughter going forward in life as I am g... Tue, 24 May 2016 14:11:43 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64402500 First time on Spark. Glad they have a group like this and looks active. I suffer greatly from going through periods of hating myself. Hope everyone is doing great. Mon, 23 May 2016 08:54:19 EST Hello There Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64385621 My name is Terri. Today is my first day on this program. I live in south Louisiana outside of New Orleans. I am 45 years old. I am married and I have 2 daughters and 1 grand daughter. I am looking to lose weight and I will need a support system to do so. My family will not help me. They only harm me by bringing in junk foods and heat and eat foods that are not good. I don't have a lot of close friends or people I can hang out with around me. I hope to make new friends that will last for a lon... Fri, 20 May 2016 17:33:48 EST Death/Emotional Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6887x953x64379641 Hi all. I was doing pretty good eating well until my grandfather passed away on Sunday. Since then, I've said *f it and ate whatever I wanted. I think it'll make me feel better but it makes me feel worse. Problem is, I don't want to do anything but sleep. Nothing makes me happy. I went to see my psych on Tuesday and she told me all this was normal but I feel like I'm falling apart. What can I do to curb the munchies? Thu, 19 May 2016 20:26:32 EST DaisyLou60 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64379628 I'm new to this community and as I look at some of the recipes I see they use a lot of Splenda. I'm not a big fan of Splenda but would like to still make good recipes - are there other sugar substitutes you recommend? Thu, 19 May 2016 20:24:27 EST yesterday was bad, bad, bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x64375013 I actually cried at my desk - first time in a long time. I tried taking deep breaths and doing a visualization where I was at my happy place but it didn't work. Crap I don't want to start doing this again. Thu, 19 May 2016 06:49:05 EST Suffering from depression and anxiety... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64370918 Hello, I am a little leery posting this, but here goes. I am 48 and was diagnosed with depression about 12 years ago. I responded well to medication and have been taking the same stuff for the entire time. Some days, especially in the last couple of years, it seems I need extra help. And then last year I was diagnosed with anxiety. I was given pills to treat the anxiety. However, I believe these pills, while they do help, tend to make my anxiety worse once they wear off. I have tried weaning ... Wed, 18 May 2016 14:39:46 EST Hello team........... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64352046 My name is Bob and I am a fan of the Oregon State Beavers..........thus the clever name. <BR> hehe....... <BR> I'm sputtering along trying to get into some new healthy habits but the old ones seem to hang on like bad cold. <BR> I did a bit better today and even got in a great walk in the Oregon rain. Thanks and God bless you all. Sun, 15 May 2016 23:27:48 EST Trying it all again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64349054 Hello, Everyone <BR> <BR> My name is Kayne(pronounced Cain), and I'm hoping this post will make it. I've only tried it three times. First one doesn't count, since I stuck it in the wrong place. <BR> <BR> I hope I will succeed this time, and that I can make some friends. Sun, 15 May 2016 14:47:15 EST Starting today - again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64348920 Hello, Everyone <BR> <BR> My name is Kayne (nickname pronounced Cain). I hope I can join some discussions and teams, and that I can find some friends. <BR> <BR> I have been fighting depression all my life, however, now it is just chronic, not severe. Meds are keeping it under control for me, without controlling me. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks for being here. Sun, 15 May 2016 14:13:50 EST Ooops, wrong place http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64348895 Sorry!!!! Sun, 15 May 2016 14:06:26 EST Starting (again) today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64348892 Hello, Everyone. I joined this group today. My nickname (which I prefer) is Kayne (pronounced Cain). Although my depression is not severe, it is chronic. I've been taking meds for years, and they have held me level. I still have bad days, but very seldom. I hope I can get help from this group, and that I can get to know people. <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> Sun, 15 May 2016 14:05:15 EST Starting today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64348838 Hello, Everyone. I joined this group today. My nickname (which I prefer) is Kayne (pronounced Cain). Although my depression is not severe, it is chronic. I've been taking meds for years, and they have held me level. I still have bad days, but very seldom. I hope I can get help from this group, and that I can get to know people. <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> Sun, 15 May 2016 13:47:41 EST HELLO ~ 2nd time Around! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64348593 i'm Michelle and this is my 2nd time with Sparkpeople. i Originally joined back in 2006 and really loved it and had met Lots of nice friends. My First WeightLoss started in 2005, took about 5 years, and i lost 100 Pounds..it was the BEST and most AMAZING feeling i had experienced in SO many years! i think you get so comfortable in that life and Forget really HOW you got there, and how hard you worked, and you start your OLD habits..well Now i've worked some of my weight Back UP. i had gotten ... Sun, 15 May 2016 12:45:32 EST Happy and nervous to be here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64338393 Hi everyone. Just posting on Sparkpeople is taking me out of my comfort zone. But while I fight my introvert nature let me say I'm excited to be here and I'm excited to have a community to hang with while I change my life and lose 127 lbs. Much love to all. Fri, 13 May 2016 23:16:59 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64334836 Hi, my name is Maddy, I am returning to SparkPeople, the first time around I half heartily did it, it was more to maintain. I have since gained a lot more weight and I am serious about getting it off. I have depression and anxiety and am excited there is a team created for it. I know I could use the support. Food is my go to when I'm down!! Fri, 13 May 2016 12:01:51 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64324373 I am new to the site and am a little nervous about starting this. I have failed at dieting before but I am hoping that this time it will stick with some support. Wed, 11 May 2016 23:10:47 EST Hi there http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64322849 My name is Bea, I am a single mom on a teenage boy, and also 2 furry babies, cat named Larry, and mixed breed pooch, named Kashi. Because she keeps me healthy, like the popular brand of foods. <BR> I was born in Poland and have lived in the USA for 26 years. <BR> Sooo, like many people, my weight has been going up and down for ages and I am currently going through the phase, when I record my food and exercise and losing. Question is for how long. <BR> I have bipolar depression, ADD, PTSD and ... Wed, 11 May 2016 19:10:09 EST Just another newbie :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x953x64316426 Howdy everyone! My name is Barbara and i am 54 years old. I am married, have 3 daughters and 5 absolutely wonderful grandchildren. I suffer from Bipolar disorder and depression is something I deal with on a daily basis. I am hoping to gain support from people that are on the same weight loss journey and do understand about depression. Tue, 10 May 2016 20:16:14 EST water world http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x64312297 I can remember my mom singing the Elvis song, Moody Blue all the time. <BR> I was just a kid and didnt understand, maybe she was blue and moody lol. <BR> Now, I look out my door at what is probably day 7 of gloom, dark gray cloudy skies, rain, and damp earth. <BR> I am just moody blue myself, and I cant seem to rise out of the funk. <BR> I know exercise would help, and I know I need to get out of this chair and venture out. <BR> I probably havent been in my car twice in the last week. I wake... Tue, 10 May 2016 07:48:23 EST Morning Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x953x64305524 I am currently unemployed, so I figured it would be a good idea to see how long it takes me to go through a morning routine with a workout. My findings: 2.5 hours. When I am working, I work an 8-5 job and I don't see how a morning workout is really feasible. I would have to get up at 4:30AM in order to have a morning workout session. Worse, that would mean being in bed by 8:30PM in order to get in 8 hours of sleep. I don't see how I can possibly go to bed that early. <BR> <BR> I'd like to... Mon, 9 May 2016 09:32:22 EST