SparkPeople Dealing with Depression Team Messageboard 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 This is my 3rd try at SparkPeople My name is Pam and I've tried SP before and then let it go by the way side. This time I need to make it work for/with me. I am 59 and have suffered from depression for about 30 years. I am on anti depressants to keep it under control but it sneaks out every now and then. So this is another start for me. I also need to lose more than 100 lbs. <BR> Good Morning Everyone! Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:31:58 EST New to this Hello, I'm Angela. I've walked away from an abusive relationship. My situation made me depressed so I would eat then I get more depressed because of my weight. I need to break this cycle as I begin to heal. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:57:01 EST Why does it always come out of nowhere. ....???? I was plugging along the last 2 weeks or so doing really well, diet in good shape, managing my crazy boss at my job, marriage manageable and kids are why do I suddenly wake up one morning just wanting to get back under the covers and hide from the world? Why do I feel such an overwhelming sense of misery - out of nowhere...nothing brought in on, I wasn't doing or thinking of anything that should cause it, Easter was very nice in my home....Depression is such an evil monster to jus... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:24:53 EST Wanting to join the military.. I'm a single mother in San Antonio. I have two children, ages four and five. I'm in college for health care administration. I would like to lose weight to join the military. I have about 114 pounds to lose. If anyone has similar goals, please add me as a friend. I really need support. <BR> In regards to depression, I think that being a single mom has a lot to do with it. Even though I'm in school and have a full time job, and have my parents watch the kids while I'm at work...I feel like I'm ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:26:20 EST ALMOST 60-LOOKING TO LOSE Hi, <BR> I will be turning 60 this year and this is the first time I look at myself and think I am looking old on my face, with my belly fat...disgusting! I have the potential to become diabetic, gestational diabetic with both pregnancies, so I am looking to bring my weight down a bit and hopefully I can. I am bad at follow through, especially when I feel down about anything. My go to feeling down remedy is sweets. I am hoping that I will be able to keep on my meal plans better as I am selec... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:12:11 EST Stuck, energy? for life is missing.... I try to stick to a fairly healthy fruit, veggie, carb & protein diet with exercise & wghts too. Anymore I find myself relying on the coffee to keep me going....luckily its sunny today! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:08:54 EST Hi I am MarciaLS51 from IL I am 62 years old, 5 feet tall. This is my second time to try Sparks the first I wasn't to into it. I have been on for 2 weeks , I started at 303.4 and I weighed at the Doctor yesterday I am 297.4. I am below 300. Next goal to be below 290. Small goals big ones seem out of reach and I get thinking why try. I have bad knees, back trouble and high blood pressure. So Doctor is on board. I live with my oldest daughter, Tina, who is doing Sparks also. She has lost 12 pounds and is walking... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:43:43 EST Hey there, I'm new here. My name is Ariel, but as you will be able to see I go by Ari. <BR> I'm 20, and turn 21 in December. I am slowly getting out of an abusive relationship, he moved almost 500 miles away so it's easier to "disappear" off the grid. I started getting depressed almost 6 years ago. And I have been working my way out of it, I used to self harm. All I want now is to get healthy and be happy. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:59:38 EST Cindy2chubby Hi! I'm the girl described as has a great personality. I worry that since I am heavier 5'5" 220 lbs that people judge me as gross lazy and pathetic. I also worry no decent man will ever truly love me. So I have come for support to get back to the fun beautiful lady I used to be. I'm having trouble getting motivated for exercise and laying off the comfort foods. Please help and be kind please. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:20:11 EST Hi everyone! I just signed up for spark people to help me drop 32lbs. I'm always looking for support and to support people on their healthy journey so feel free to add me as a friend so we can reach our goals together! Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:31:59 EST Hi! My name is Redgirl54. I am a type 2 diabetic and was diagnosed 4 years ago. I struggle with depression due to the diabetes. I joined Spark People on the first day of April. I have really enjoyed the tracking features for food and activity. This makes me very accountable. I need to lose a total of 37 pounds and I believe I will be successful. This weight did not come on in a few days and I know it will take several months and a lifetime of changes to accomplish my goals. My good friend introduced me to Spark... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:47:56 EST New Hi, want and need to do this but really having to push. How do you get motivated when eating is how you "manage" your depression. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:47:29 EST Hi I'm New!! Hi! I'm Madison I am new to Sparkpeople. I am 20 years old and have always struggled with being happy with my weight! I went to the doctor recently and he told me that I need to try to loose between 10 and 20 pounds so hopefully this can be my way to that goal!! My biggest problem with trying to loose weight is that when I get sad or am feeling down I need to eat. So I guess you could call me an emotional eater. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:34:28 EST Hi this is my first time on here. Hello, <BR> I am a 49 year old women who needs to lose weight. I dont really know where to begin. This sucks. I am so at a loss for what to say. I get so depressed because everything I have tried ends with me putting the weight back on. What really works???? Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:49:49 EST Hello! Hello all, I'm Anna. <BR> <BR> i've never considered that I might be depressed, I always thought that feeling stressed and sluggish and bummed out just came with working long hours, and dealing with difficult and stressful situations. I'm a pretty cheerful person for the most part, but over the past few years, I've started having days were getting out of bed is too hard, calling in sick to stay home in my jammies and eat comfort food, and skipping my workout because I worked an 9.5 hour day... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:48:14 EST I am new to the team I am coming back to Spark since I feel like I am in a place where I need to take care of myself and focus on my health and well being. I look forward to being a part of your team <BR> <BR> Linda Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:04:52 EST Tangible.... The main reason I am doing this is to feel better and stop hurting, that doesnt mean I dont want to look good and have fun too tho. I thought maybe it would help my motivation to set a more tangible goal to work towards. I so badly want to go cosplay at a con, so Im thinking maybe after Ive lost quite a bit I will find a way to make that happen. Im not sure what I will cosplay, there are SO many choices from Doctor Who, Supernatural, The Avengers and so many others that I will have to think l... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:47:00 EST Back again Hi Ppl, <BR> <BR> I'm back after a while away. I'm seeing a councilor and getting some things sorted. I am not comfort eating at the moment so that's a big step for me. Now just need to move out of the crummy area I live in and change job. Working on the job bit but the moving could prove to be a little harder. Fed up of neighbours kids playing outside my house all the time, politely asked some to move, and stop screaming, at half seven tonight as my kids are in bed and one told me to make h... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:03:56 EST Getting your body to move when your mood says "NO" I was amazed at myself yesterday. I actually got out of bed and walked around the park. Although it was one lap instead of my usual two, my body yearned to "MOVE". <BR> <BR> My head said, stay in bed, cover your head, don't take your meds and sleep. Which is what I really wanted to do and intended to do. <BR> <BR> Instead, I ate right, walked and didn't dive into the sweets etc. (Because we don't have any.) <BR> <BR> I was still depressed. Going thru a med change. I still was in bed for m... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:17:38 EST Nice to meet you'all! Hi, my I'm Cindee. <BR> I have been trying to lose weight for a long time. The most I've weighed has been up to309 lbs! I get discouraged and stress eat, or just become content with my weight and convince myself that that's how I should feel and look. <BR> I have a classic rock band with my sisters and I am the vocalist, so losing weight has haunted me for years. the least I've weighed is 282 lbs and with the help of this site I have started this challenge ones more. <BR> Thank you for we... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:40:25 EST Hello Hey Yall(: <BR> Im new to sparkpeople, and a new mom. My first baby is now 2 months old and I decided its time to start losing some weight. I'm currently 209.4lbs and my goal is to be 150 or less. I just started working out today and did a mile and a half on the treadmill, also took a walk with my baby(: Trying to boost my mood and get out of the post partum blues. (: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:01:56 EST Hi! I have suffered through depression for 24 years and have just recently enlisted the help of a psychiatrist. The best decision I ever made! I am also in therapy because I've realized that there are issues I need to address and then maybe I won't be so depressed. <BR> <BR> weight issues don't help anything either. I feel like I am a disgustingly fat person who no one would like to see. Even though I'm told different, by my husband, kids, friends...I don't believe them. <BR> <BR> S... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:07:23 EST Good Morning!! I just wanted to say good morning and that I hope each and every one of you have a wonderful day! Wed, 9 Apr 2014 08:36:05 EST Desperate situation in long time infrequent group I am a long time group member (several months, not a super long time). I am depressed right now due to a bad living situation, couples with bipolar disorder and possibly depression for strong pain medication (fentanyl patch and hydrocodone with acetaminophen pills for a tumor condition). <BR> <BR> I also take care of my parents, but I am having a really hard time. I have a lot on my plate, and I really could use some encouragement more than anything else. M support network is failing me (... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:36:43 EST Hello! Well I finally did it, reached 201 on the scale and my husband nagging me. I tried a paid program with little to offer then remembered SparksPeople. I've lost 2 lbs in only a few days. Afraid of getting the saggy skin like an elephant but maybe that won't happen. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:34:40 EST Hello! Well I finally did it, reached 201 on the scale and my husband nagging me. I tried a paid program with little to offer then remembered SparksPeople. I've lost 2 lbs in only a few days. Afraid of getting the saggy skin like an elephant but maybe that won't happen. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:29:02 EST New to this Hi, my name is Lisa. I have recently discovered the world of depression. I went through some tough times as a kid but always got through it, I considered myself to be pretty strong but a year ago I got divorced and I am really struggling with it. I actually lost a lot of weight which is not how I wanted to do it but now I am a little too thin for comfort so I am trying to gain strength to get on a healthy track. <BR> <BR> I appreciate all the struggles that people go through and know we all ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:21:42 EST New to sparkpeople Hello everyone. I am new to sparkpeople. I am trying to lose weight and I have depression and anxiety. I have four children ages 19, 16,16, 4. Hope to talk and become friends to some of you. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 11:00:45 EST New here Depression makes me isolative so, I'm happy to reach out to you. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 03:28:44 EST Just Wanted to Say Hi I'm new to Sparkpeople, my name is Catherine and I joined this community to help me try and lose weight and stay motivated along the way. I'm now at 183 and working my way down to 135 by October, I aim to get there so staying positive about all this. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 20:11:38 EST Trying to find the motivation I need Hi, my name is Roxanne and I'm hoping this site helps me achieve my goals. I been looking everywhere for the right tool to help me get some sort of self esteem considering the fact, that I've never really had any. When I was young, I was miserable and made myself invisible even though it didn't work much, but now that I am older and I now have a 6 month old son, I realized this is way past due, I just can't seem to find the right steps to start and get past the lack of motivation. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 15:29:14 EST Hello My name is Patricia and I am very new to the Spark family. I have seven dogs (all came here as strays but are strays no longer). I have a very understanding husband, who loves animals as much as I do. I need support (a little push) into a great weight loss program. ...I think I have found it. Thanks Mon, 7 Apr 2014 11:14:00 EST Good Books A friend of mine told me about this book it is very good and a quick read. I am on medications so I don't do the Herbs but is also talks about vitamins and how Anxiety and Depression comes on and things we can do to help ourselves. <BR> <BR> <BR> The chemistry of calm by Henry Emmons, MD Mon, 7 Apr 2014 09:36:37 EST New here... Oh my goodness... where to start... well my name is Kimberlee. My main goal is to be healthier for my guy and our future children. I would also like to eventually beat my depression that is caused by many years of abuse as a child and a brain tumor that I was never fully able to process emotionally. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 09:25:11 EST jennifer needing to lose the weight I'm 28 yrs of age, I was in very good shape up till 2007 I got hit by a forklift at work. I became depressed, because I could not work but I did not give up. After two years of therapy I went to work for the state through pain and spasms and all I hung in there till my body couldn't take any more so two years later, I had a spasm on two row stairs that caused me to break my right foot and damage my disc worse then before. But I haven't gave up GOD is going to guide me all the way. Sun, 6 Apr 2014 23:38:19 EST New to SP & looking for support! Hello everyone! I recently joined SparkPeople and am looking forward to accomplishing my goals with the help of this site! <BR> <BR> I'm Lori, a 31 year old female who's on her journey to lose 31lbs this year. I'd love to get to know some people with like minded goals! Sun, 6 Apr 2014 23:06:13 EST hello I had a pretty good day. I walked to Church (I live right next store) and paid attention to the mass. It is a struggle for me to get my mind off my problems. But I did it. I watched a movie and relaxed. When I say I walked to church that is an accomplishment because I am recovering from sciatica and have before now been unable to walk. I'm so relieved to be walking again Sun, 6 Apr 2014 16:58:16 EST busy and fat I am a grandmother, mother, wife, xspecial ed teacher, great cook, and very caring. I am not able to control my eating some of the time, at other times it is easy to focus on low calorie eating and feel confident about it. I lost 50 pounds a few years ago and have been able to keep my weight even. Last month I lost a cousin who was very dear to me. It has left me drained, and I am eating too much. I have gained 10 pounds after helping him die with dignity and helping deal with his estat... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 08:52:00 EST Trying the herbal stuff I was just wondering if anyone has used St. Johns wart for depression. I don't have allot of options as far as medication because my pcp doesn't want me on anything processed through the liver. The chemical produced products are limited on what I can take and from the four or five I can take none have worked, or have undesired side effects. I have done some research on the product and started it today, but was wondering if anyone has taken it and what results, good or bad, or any they had fro... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 22:22:05 EST Hello Everyone I am new here and hope to learn lots! I am amazed at how many calories I am suppossed to eat each day. I don't eat that much but I guess it's what I eat that I need to be mindful of. I have several health issues and I need to take care of myself. My main concern right now is that I have Chronic Pancreatitis and not sure if this is why I have developed Type 2 Diabetes. I really need to take care with food. Things high in carbs and sugar put me in pain. My blood sugar has been out of con... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 21:18:27 EST New..beyond help! my name is Shirley and I join as a last resort to help myself become healthier and lose mega pounds.. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 10:50:59 EST Ready to Make Changes Hello My name is Jessica and I am almost 42 years old ( 4/8/72) and I found this wonderful website to help me learn how to eat better and how to get active and healthy. I had gastric bypass in April of 2012 I lost initially 130 pounds in the first 18mos and then I sat at the same weight for a few months and then the holidays happened and well Ive gained 30lbs and it scares me to death because the surgery I went through and the recovery was super hard on me. I don't want that all to be a was... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 22:21:25 EST Welcome DEBTEVELDAHL As A DWD Team Leader! Hello to ALL DWD Team Members, <BR> <BR> It is my pleasure to announce that DEBTEVELDAHL, (DEB), has accepted a Leadership role on the Dealing With Depression Team. Let's all welcome DEB and give her our support as she takes on this position. I am sure DEB will be a wonderful addition to our group of leaders. <BR> <BR> Thanks to ALL of you for all that you do! <BR> <BR> HUGS <BR> Pam <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> <em>229</em> <em>199</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Apr 2014 22:41:28 EST Hello there Hi, I am new here, new to the whole Spark thing. Im a mom of 7 kids ages 2 to 17. Not sure what to think of all this but Im ready to give it a shot. Am looking forward to meeting new people as well. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 21:27:38 EST Trying this again! Joined SP previously and then go sidetracked. I'm trying this again because I'm now 54 years old and am facing some future health problems if I don't lose some weight. I have a very supportive husband and son; however, I lack the motivation so I'm hoping I can make some online buddies to keep me going on this challenge. I used to be an active person until I lost my job of 27 years and my mother died all within a twelve month period. After those life-changing events, my depression worsened ... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 16:44:47 EST Hello Hello All, <BR> <BR> I am new here and looking for some support buddies on this journey. My goal is to lodse between 70-80 LBS to start. I have two daughters 14 and 19 years old. I am 36 years old and have been married 16 years now. <BR> Hope to hear from you all soon and good luck to everyone on there journey!! Thu, 3 Apr 2014 10:02:18 EST hi im Bev Hi my name is bev and I need help loosing weight! Wed, 2 Apr 2014 22:37:23 EST Yes, hi, hello there! Hello everyone! Wow, over a million members? I feel a bit better already. <BR> <BR> I'm Mina, and I have been dealing with depression since childhood. I have my good days and bad days (and my good weeks/months/years and bad ones, too). It's really important to me that I get myself into the groove of a healthier lifestyle. I'll be thirty this year, and I know that my depression and bad habits have already taken a toll. Let's support each other! Thanks for being here, everyone! Wed, 2 Apr 2014 22:11:41 EST New to spark There is a lot goin on here. I'm still trying to maneuver the site get set up. I'm reading the book and I totally can relate to the spark people founder so that is why I joined. My life is being wasted away and I'm getting fat and settling for a life I don't want. I know I can do and be so much better than right now. I want to change my life. I want to be the person who can reach her goals and not give up. I fizzle. Yeah. I fizzle out and quit. I give up on myself all the time. Yes, th... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 20:28:41 EST Feeling defeated and trying to start over again. I will probably spend hours trying to word this post so you understand it so I can get some much needed support. I feel very lost right now. <BR> <BR> Like most I started out the year, on new meds for the depression and starting to feel better and determined to lose weight in hops of looking/feeling better and getting off blood pressure meds. I did ok- I did lose 5 pounds but that pretty bad for 4 months - I work out and then... I eat, I eat when I get upset or anxiety sets in. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 10:55:17 EST candy's new love Hi there, I'm a 43 yr old woman making positive changes in my life over the past few years. I've struggled with many addiction in my life, my current being cigarettes and food, comfort food, food for every occasion, especially when exhausted. Over the past couple of years I've quit smoking only to gain 10-20 lbs, than start smoking only to lose 10-15 lbs. It's been a pattern to go back and fourth. I'm taken a Nutrition class and my professor assigned us to track our food for three days, well ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 01:14:51 EST Hi, I am new to this site Hello, I am trying to turn my life around since I am not happy with the way my life has been going. I am taking my first steps by setting goals. I recently joined Curves but the one I joined doesn't have the Jillian Michaels program. So I am going to visit another site and try it out. It is a bit of a drive so I hope it is worth it. <BR> <BR> I have been struggling with depression almost as far back as I can remember. I always felt alone and did not have very many friends growing up.... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:10:29 EST Kelly Hi everyone, I'm scheduled for gastric sleeve tomorrow morning at 7 wish me luck. It was actually recommended by my specialists because my health is very bad. so here I go, Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:17:15 EST anorexia, suicide attempt, meds and weight gain! Hello Everyone, <BR> Thank you for the welcome to this group. I don't like to focus on my depression, but it is such a major factor in my life that it needs to be managed into my nutritional and health goals. I guess you could say it all started when my Mom became terminally ill. After going through the same thing with my father when I was young, I went through it again with my Mom. Since I live overseas (in Greece), it was very hard on me as I couldn't see her as much. <BR> <BR> Her i... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:41:17 EST need advice... how should I deal with feelings of Because of how our insurance makes us buy our drugs online I ended up short on my thyroid pills by about a week. By the time I was out my new supply hadn't gotten here yet and so I was without them for over a week. <BR> <BR> This past Friday my husband & I went up to Minnesota for a cousins funeral visitation and on the way home we were stopped by the highway patrol. As we sat by the side of the road waiting the officer to walk up to our car, I leaned over towards my husband so I could s... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 10:52:16 EST Just Joining Depression has been a struggle since I was a child. I have tried medications unsuccessfully. Hoping to combat it with exercise. Has worked in the past but I get busy and drop it. I did walk this morning but it is hard to get things started when you are feeling depressed. I struggle with anxiety too. I hope I can learn from others here. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:55:27 EST penquin64 hi ,my name is marge.i would like to learn to loose weight.i have tried every thing else but all failed. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:21:38 EST introduce yourself Hello, everyone! I'm feeling a little nervous and excited to begin this journey. I'm afraid of setting goals and not meeting them and then spiraling further into a depressed state. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 08:10:24 EST Weightloss with Godly scriptures for 2014 I read Lynn Modranskis Biblical group weightloss plan and I decided to start one in my home. <BR> We are on the 2nd week of her plan. Which group should we join on Spark people? Christi Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:37:28 EST Hi gang, thanks for the invite! I'm a 57 yr old who has been suffering from depression for a long time. I'm on drugs now and it helps some. I am also a recovering alcoholic. This month makes 11 yrs sober. I also think I have always had ADD, they just didn't know what that was when I was in school. Just thought I was a disruptive kid. I have a Masters degree in Engineering so I love data and graphs. I think what I hate most about depression is that there are no numbers to measure it like there are with other medical issues. ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:02:55 EST How to talk to teen son about depression? How have those of you with kids talked to them about depression and their risk for it? I have a strong family history of it; all immediate family members have been being treated for it for years (except my dad, and he probably should be, but he's one of those "it's all in your head" kind of people). <BR> <BR> I'm going to the psychiatrist for first appointment on Monday; haven't been treated for depression for a long time but it's way past time to do the dance again. I was thinking of usin... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:45:25 EST Thank you... Hello, <BR> <BR> I just finished my first week, during which I focused on getting and learning how to stay motivated and hopeful. I was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder last year, and have struggled with depression for 15 years or more. The hardest parts for me, in terms of losing weight, are emotional eating, staying hopeful, and feeling empowered to change. I am finding a lot of the articles to be very helpful and the community members to be very inspiring regarding these challenges. ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 03:15:11 EST New on here Hello all, new to SparkPeople and this board, but hoping it will help! <BR> I actually joined back in '08 and then didn't do anything. I'm going to give it a go again and see if it helps, so I figure I might as well jump in all the way. <BR> <BR> I've been battling depression off and on since I was a teen. I'm lucky that I've always been able to be treated for a year or two, then get off of meds etc. and be fine for a long time. <BR> <BR> This time I let my depression get the worst it's b... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:19:17 EST second time newbie I am going @ it again, I have gained alot of weight back, this time I want 2 make sure it is the healthy way with; fight the sweet tooth, no midnight stuffing junk food down b4 someone see me, or go all day with eating 1 meal. I have had lots of stress with my oldest, he is 17 & half. My youngest had 2 move in2 her fathers due 2 the bullying behaviors & skipping school of my oldest. I work overnights (12-14 hour shifts) with aggressive children. This year so far has seemed 2 b the worse ch... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 03:01:09 EST Nebie Just wanted to say hello to everyone. I am in my early 40s. My wife and I have decided it is time to make some healthy lifestyle changes so we joined sparkpeople. I have been dealing with depression for 2 years now and am doing fairly well. I have learned to use several coping skills but still have bad days sometimes. Well I hope to get to know more people with a similar journey in order to spark success in myself and them. Thanks Wed, 26 Mar 2014 00:24:07 EST Hi Im new to this site and to getting healthy Hello, I have decided that it's time I make myself a priority and by that I would love to lose some weight and start living a healthy lifestyle. My goal is to lose 50 lbs by March 2015 but mainly to start making healthier choices in my life so that I can live a better life for my two beautiful daughters and not get held back because of my weight. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:09:57 EST Hello to a new day. Hello, new team. I'm relatively new to Spark People and just introducing myself to this team. I'm glad you're all there and that you understand. I've been living with Major Depression for a very long time. I'm in the "excited" stage of my SP journey, but at the same time, I'm struggling. I recently started a new medication (which is helping my mood) and have been craving sweets like you wouldn't believe--one of the medication's side effects. It's making my days a little stressful and a little... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:09:10 EST 9 year old daughter sad/anxious Does anyone have experience with a child having depression/anxiety? What did you do about it and what were their symptoms? My 9 year old daughter is having a rough time right now. It started at the beginning of this school year with wanting to get to school earlier and earlier, be the 1st one in line at school, if we didn't leave by a certain time she was in a stressful. She has gotten a lot better with that but is starting to be sad and angry. I started taking her to a counse... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:35:21 EST Hello I am one of those people who becomes depressed when I don't look good. I am on the 1st week of losing 24 pounds. I have to do this to feel and look better. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:55:27 EST Jimi777 I am the father of 6 kids and I have 4 grandchildren. Over the years I have put on a lot of weight and now would like to get healthly Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:02:48 EST Finding me under all lol. My name is Kayla and like the title says I'm trying to find the person I know I am underneath all the "me" I've put on over the years. I'm 24 years old and have a five and three year old. My kids are my world and I hope to get fit so I can be a better mommy. I've always had a little trouble doing it on my own so if anyone wants to chat or get together to work out let me know! Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:55:55 EST Feeling pretty discouraged During these last 18 months, I have struggled so much with many things. One thing is my weight. I feel like I exercise so much, and I have yet to see any results. I walk to work (1.5 miles) every day. I run at least 2.5 miles every other day. I am in a yoga class twice a week. I play Just Dance on the Wii, which really works up a sweat, on the days that I don't run or walk. I am eating very healthy every day. Being gluten intolerant helps with eating healthier. I don't know what else I can do... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:51:28 EST Thought I was well So I was really depressed last semester at school all I did was lay in bed and sleep. This semester I eat all the time no matter what. I want to be happy if that is even possible. Now I cant even look in the mirror because the pure site of me makes me want to throw up. I wish there was a magic spell that could take all this pain away. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any advice or suggestions please im desperate and depressed AND that is not a good combination. <BR> <BR> thanks a million <BR> Bobbi Mon, 24 Mar 2014 07:01:32 EST Hi I'm New [again] I'm new again here. It worked for a while but then something happened and I developed the ever so lovely symptoms of PTSD and depression and I secluded myself and I gained 80 pounds over the past couple years and I just want it gone. But I know there is no way of doing it by myself. I've tried that and the second I got discouraged I stopped all together because I had no support team at all -- so thats what I'm looking for. feel free to send me a message or add me as a friend on here. :) I... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 04:09:06 EST Self Introduction Hi all, <BR> My name is Ona and I live in a small town called Bandera, TX. It's about 40 miles N/NW of San Antonio. I just found this site a little while ago and am interested in seeing how this works for me. I have been a yo-yo dieter for many years: Atkins, WW, pills, over exercising, etc. <BR> I am 55 years old and am starting to experience health problems and really need to lose at least 35 pounds - 50 would be optimum. I live in a high stress environment and an emotional eater. My husb... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:14:55 EST 44 and looking to change my life for the better! Just had my 44th birthday. I want to do so many things but my weight keeps holding me back. My daughter was so proud of one of her classmate's mom for losing weight. It has motivated me, I want her to be proud of me. I am ready to change and grow to the me I want to be. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 23:29:19 EST Just joined I have struggled with my weight for years. It is so much harder to lose as I get older (as it is for everyone). I lost 30 pounds and still had more to go when I had foot surgery and gained 15 back. I took a vacation and I'm tired of not liking to have my picture taken. Exercise is somewhat easy, the food is an issue. I have tried many programs and hope this one helps me,! <BR> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 20:58:26 EST How do I deal with situational depression? I ask this question because, at the moment, I can't change my situation. It'd be too much text going to detail, so I'll sum up: <BR> <BR> - Living 15 hours from family <BR> - Military boyfriend gone often <BR> - No friends in new location (moved here about a year and half ago) <BR> - Tentative diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome after about a year of symptoms and tests <BR> - Moving again in 3 months (9 hours from family this time) <BR> - Working 8 to 10 hours per week (online tutoring f... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 10:13:51 EST My name is jill and I have already lost 8 pounds. Hey everyone, I just joined Spark People to help me continue with my weight loss goals. I have lost 8 lbs already in a month and a half, and would like to at least lose 24 more. Not only to look better but mainly feel better. I have noticed that if I don't get on the treadmill each day it makes me grumpy. So I think it is a habit now. YAY. Wish me luck, as I wish all of you. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 14:38:23 EST A puzzle for spring <link> </link> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 12:14:00 EST New Introduction <em>524</em> Hi, I'm Marion. I live in the Houston, TX area. In 2008 I contracted Lyme Disease. Because of the controversy that surrounds this disease, I was not properly treated and it quickly entered the chronic stage. I was given several different medicines that put over 100 pounds on me in less than a year. I've been unable to do any kind of real workout to help in weight loss due to the extreme pain I have to live with, so loosing weight has been very difficult. I can do a little for a... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 07:54:31 EST Hello! Just joined today and wanted to say hello. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:08:38 EST Help me help my daughter My 16 year old daughter has told me she is depressed, she's been out of sorts for a while but I put it down to school stress and just normal teenage stuff but she had gone to see the guidance counseller in school who called us in for a meeting. <BR> <BR> I'm taking her to a doctor next week for an proper diagnosis but its thrown me. Even though I have had depression myself I don't know what to do. I don't know how to act, I don't know if I should just carry on as normal or make reference t... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 07:14:46 EST Looking to lose weight Hi my name is Vicki and I am 39.I came on here to lose weight.I have tried many times to lose weight and never have.I want to lose it to feel better. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:48:42 EST Single mom rant I struggle so much with being unhappy. I try so hard to stay positive. I am finishing college (at 32), single mom of 3 wonderful girls, work full time, and live with my parents till I finish school. I am truly blessed to be able to do this and have family but I feel like a HUGE burden at times b/c I am working as a teachers aide (the pay is awful). However, I get all holidays and summers off so that helps with getting my school done and not having to pay childcare. Then my ex husband is ... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:24:55 EST Introducing myself I have never done this before. But I have been dealing with Depression and Anxiety it seems like my whole life. I grew up in a dysfunctional household and even though I am an adult, I wonder why I never just let go and delt with things. I was very close to my parents and I have lost both of them within the last two years. So I think that this has added alot of the anxiety. <BR> <BR> I am not sure what else to say. But I joined this group because I thought it would be a way to get encouragem... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 23:36:14 EST umm...hi....i'm new I am new to the site...not sure what I am suppose to Wed, 19 Mar 2014 23:14:05 EST umm...hi....i'm new I am new to the site...not sure what I am suppose to Wed, 19 Mar 2014 23:12:40 EST Um, hi. Hi. I'm Becky. I'm 22 and I've been dealing with depression my whole life just about. I'm a single mom of a two year old, but I do my best to make sure he doesn't see it. My depression used to be situational, but I've learned to roll with the punches, and now it's mostly diet controlled. And since my diet has been terrible, I've been pretty down. So hopefully I can bring myself out of this mess. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:04:59 EST new here too Hi, I am trying to dig myself out of a funk. The weather is getting me down this year, with so little opportunity to be outside. I started exercising yesterday (walked for 15 mins as it was only minus 9 degrees). I didn't sleep much but do feel a little better today. How do other people manage to keep active in crappy weather? Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:24:40 EST Hello My name is Sandi and I am a single mom of 2 girls (Reba 23 and Mandi 18). Mandi has Aspergers & Tourettes syndrome. Reba has 2 little ones that also live with me (Damien is 4 and Reiya is 2). <BR> <BR> I am not usually one to join groups and introduce myself. I tend to sit in the background and observe, but I feel for this to work for me I have to step out of my comfort zone. <BR> <BR> I started my weight loss journey this time around on May 18, 2013. I have lost 85 pounds, but get ... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 01:30:37 EST i'm new and having a bad day today I'm having a kinda down day due to the weather outside. It's grey and cold and i have little motivation to go my workout. I weight 166 and still have about 21 left to go. I hope everyone else is having a great day today, and i'm sure tomorrow will be better. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:30:09 EST Hi Hi everyone, just wanted to introduce myself. I am a mom and wife, & I love my family very much! Mon, 17 Mar 2014 23:43:27 EST It's getting harder I know I want to take something because this bout of depression is almost crippling me. I have a counselor whom I love and who helps to a degree and while i am grateful for my insurance because it is such a bad plan there are apparently fewer psychiatrists on plan then we've had in the past. <BR> I went though my job's Employee Assistance Program today and the man there said the best thing for me was to try my ob/gyn since she will be more in tune with the female body. <BR> I had to leave ... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 22:09:27 EST Introducing myself Hey im new to this. I am a mother to a one year old. would love friends to help me through all the rough patches in life Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:57:16 EST Great weight loss trick! When cravings for unhealthy foods hit me, I often give in. I just can't seem to tell myself "no". But my boyfriend taught me a little mindgame...associate the food with something you find absolutely disgusting. For me, as a former smoker, it was the smell of cigarette smoke/ashes. So tonight when my family was eating their sausage and biscuits with syrup, I imagined that if I ate any, I would have to dip it in cig ashes first. The idea totally turned me off...temptation crushed! I happily ate... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 08:54:00 EST Hypnosis Has anyone here tried hypnosis for any purpose? Last night I couldnt sleep, I was laying in bed for hours and finally decided to listen to some soothing music on youtube while I was in bed. I came across guided meditation and hypnosis to help one relax and fall asleep... It really freaked me out. It was soothing and relaxed me, but it made my mind race at the same time. I read the comments and alot of people found this youtube video (50 mins) effective, yet there were several people who said ... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 08:08:05 EST Glad I'm not alone Hi to all Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:50:10 EST Brutal honesty Should I really post this? I think it's what a lot of us on here and to the people that haven't found this site are going thru so yes I will post this. I don't know if it's my who cares attitude, out and out stubbornness, fear of success, self sabotage because of fear of getting hurt again if I lose the weight and catch the eye of ANOTHER bad for me guy, self loathing because of past failures food addiction, emotional trauma or what is holding me back from getting started on a healthier lifes... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 18:49:33 EST Hello! Hi, I'm Pam. I'm 43, very busy with 3 kids and am very tired of feeling blah and unmotivated. I'm not overweight, but I feel quite chunky. I lost weight with Weight Watchers 7 years ago but most of it is back. My main goal is to GET HEATHLY!! Sun, 16 Mar 2014 17:28:34 EST self empowerment and loving myself !! Hi all, <BR> As many of you, I have tried losing weight countless times and I have in fact lost but never reached my goal weight. For the past 8 years I have tried to reach my goal weight of 115-120 lbs and just never quite made it. This year I realized how little I really loved myself and how I was always braking promises to myself. Yes, among them losing weight. This year I decided to lose the 20 lbs that have haunted me for years. I am very excited. This is not just about looking good phy... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 07:09:30 EST 37 point jump in cholesterol??? From December until March my cholesterol jumped from 170 to 207. WTH???? My diet hasn't changed, but I was put on Pristiq about 6 months ago. Could this happen from the Pristiq, do you think? Has this happened to anyone else? Did you get it back down? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> I just got the results in the mail. I haven't had a chance to talk to my Dr yet. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 08:41:33 EST newbie Hello - I'm new to SparkPeople. I was diagnosed with MS in September and I have been suffering from depression ever since. As a result, I have gained a significant amount of weight. I am in therapy now and looking to get back in shape. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:31:35 EST Hi I would like to introduce myself, iam a 47yr old woman with 5 adult kids an 11 grand kids. I have been dealing with depression for yrs now. I have no energy to do anything. taking meds to help but still depressed. would love to get encouragement to get up an do something every day, all I want to do is sit around!! thank you all!!! Pamela Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:43:12 EST How can I stop depression affecting my relationshi I suffered with depression for longer than I can remember, the worst it got was when I was with my ex boyfriend, we made each other miserable and brought out the worst in each other but I stayed with him because it was familer and I never thought that I would find anyone else, the relationship dragged on for 2 years longer than it should have done and in the end had just had enough of being on off and ending it for good. It was the best decision of my life, I got a new job reconnected with my... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 06:57:13 EST hi i am new Hi folks, <BR> <BR> Although I am new to this team I have been a member of Sparkpeople for YEARS. I am been also dealing with depression for years as well in fact I know my weight gain is a symptom of my depression since is pretty much my only outlet at this point. <BR> I have taken meds in the past but that was when I was a lot healthier and now I am diabetic and l was also recently diagnosed with NASH. I have taken Wellbutrin in the past with marked success but the last time I tried it th... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 05:36:48 EST Nervous but hopeful... Hey, my name is Britt and I'm finally to the point where I'm so desperate that I have to do something. I've tried losing weight in the past but my willpower seems to be nonexistent after a couple of weeks of trying to be healthy. I'm guilty of losing 10 pounds, then putting on 20+. I'm to the point where my clothes aren't fitting anymore and I'm the heaviest I've ever been. The one thing in common with all of my past attempts is that I did it alone- so I'm hoping that participating in the me... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:01:44 EST I hope this works I hope this works. I have been eating a lot lately because I am stressed out. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:54:48 EST new Hello, I would say this was a brief introduction, but my life is never that boring. I am a 32 year old mom of 4. I have 3 girls and a boy. My oldest is 13, then 11, and 9 and then my miracle son who is 2. I had cervical cancer had part of my cervix removed and was told I couldn't have kids anymore. 7 years after my last daughter and I get to do it all again. I have had issues with my weight for a while. guess my mom was right when she said it would catch up to me. I suffer from a range of men... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:06:32 EST Not goo Emotion Day I know some days are better than others and I know my triggers - the dreary day today did nothing to help with my mood. I let myself wallow and skipped my workout to go to the mall - retail therapy which was a bust - I bought nothing - probably because I didn't want to not a this size. I tend to over analyze so of course I have been hashing over my mood. I know where the sadness came from just not how to get rid of it. On the bright side, I still have time to get in at least 10 minutes an... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:56:08 EST NYC-area WLS Clothing Exchange, 4/5/14 Some of you know that I've been organizing clothing exchanges for the New York City weight-loss surgery community for some time. I'm happy to again invite DwD teammates to take part whether or not they've had surgery. <BR> <BR> I'm especially excited because the April 5 exchange will start the fifth year of this free program, making it the longest-running show of its kind by about 4.5 years. The exchanges originated in the lapband support group meetings of NYU Langone Medical Center and ha... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:54:37 EST Hello! Im new. My name is Haley, I'm 26 years old. I've been dealing with depression since I was in high school. It makes it hard for me to be motivated to work out, I hate working out, I also suffer from bi-polar disorder. I'm kind of lost in life right now, I don't know what I want to do. I don't want to go to school and I don't really want to work. So I guess you could say I'm depressed right now. And I'm really unhappy with my body. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:51:51 EST New here Hi, my name is Karin and I am 47 years young. My body is a trainwreck and the added weight does not help. Growing up I was an athlete but as I got older I paid less and less attention to my weight and now find myself at 300 lbs. Losing weight is part of my goal but my bigger goal is to be healthier in all areas of my life. I want to grow old with my partner. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:18:33 EST Feeling Good It kinda scares me to tell you the truth. I can't remember feeling this good for any length of time much less a few weeks. Although I tell myself to enjoy it, I keep waiting for the crash that has not come yet... <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:30:05 EST When you don't trust your doctor.... I know it seems like it should be as easy as finding a new one, but my circumstances are complicated. Without going in to so many details, I'll just say that finding a new GOOD Dr would be virtually impossible for me right now. <BR> <BR> There is something wrong at my Dr's office (I feel it...I know people don't put much stock in this, but it's a part of my survival mode) I don't know exactly what is wrong, but my feeling gets stronger every time I go in there. For about the last year I f... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:05:33 EST Melissa for Workouts and Diets Hello! Looking for a virtual workout buddy. Someone who won't let me take a rest day just because.... <BR> My main goal is to continue working out, rather than just rushing to get fit for events. Right now I'm doing well, but I don't want to stop just because I reach my goal weight. I always do that. My workout goals are to run/jog, 6 times a week, 12-18 miles. I try to do the Spartacus workout 3 times a week, and do a dedicated Ab and lower back workout twice a week in addition. When ... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:26:33 EST Mother of 4 Hi I just wanted to thank you all for welcoming me to such a huge team many people think they are on there own when it comes to depression but in reality there millions of us alike in this world. And like me I love to eat it takes the pain away especially any junk food lately I've forced myself and family to try counseling hopefully the stresses of life will lift somewhat so I can be a healthier me. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:05:58 EST Children who disrespect their mother This weekend was very depressing for me. I was a single parent that raised four children on my own. One daughter has never appreciated what I've done for her and her siblings. She has put me through so much, that I believe most of my depression comes from her and the problems she gives me and those that I love around me. I know that I was and still am the best parent that could be. This one just has to turn my buttons. She actually talked to me like I was a piece of trash in the street. I... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:30:10 EST Hello there everyone! My name is Vicki. I'm new, I came across this site today and it looked and sounded great! I have been over-weight all my life. <BR> Not a new story I know. I stay at home most of the time. And so I would like some new friends, that <BR> might help and encourage me along the way. I am open to new ideas, recipes things like that. <BR> I believe I can get these pounds off! Maybe we can help each other. Thanks! Sun, 9 Mar 2014 19:36:27 EST Hi Everyone Hey there. I am a stay-at-home mom of 2. Used to be in the Navy. My family and I live near Augusta GA. I am dealing with the daily struggles of being a full-time mom with Fibromyalgia and everything that goes with it. I am hoping to lose about 70 pounds in the next year or so. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 18:12:28 EST First week of Lent-did good This is my first week, since Lent started and so far I'm sticking to what I've decided to achieve. 1. To not eat any sweets, cakes, pies, candy etc. 2. Stick to my diet without cheating. So far so good. One thing that I will not do is fall out of what I promised for Lent, so I know that this will give me the job start I needed. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 10:23:26 EST Postpartum Depression Weighing Me Down Hi everyone, <BR> I'm a stay at home mommy batting post baby weight and postpartum depression. I have amazing reasons to lose 80 lbs. I know how to do it. Eat healthy and move! So, why can't I just do it? I need inspiration! Motivation! I need all of you. My life has had many challenges and changes lately; marriage, moving, baby, personal health problems, fathers death, and a child battling cancer. I could use some fellow commiserators who understand. I could use some cheerleaders too. As a m... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 16:01:52 EST Saturday Silliness 3/8 How's your weather today? <BR> <BR> What's your favorite thing about spring? <BR> <BR> Do you have problems when the clocks change? <BR> <BR> When was the last time you laughed out loud? <BR> <BR> What's your favorite song? Feel free to share link to video, if available. Sat, 8 Mar 2014 10:53:55 EST Setting Captives Free<BR>ourses/ <BR> <BR> They have a study on depression. I am currently working on The Lord's Table and it is helping me! <BR> <BR> Thought I would share! Fri, 7 Mar 2014 22:17:05 EST Advanced Nutrient Therapies for Bipolar Disorders This is from the International Bipolar Foundation. It should be very informative & interesting!!! <BR> <BR> Please join us for our next Webinar: <BR> <BR> Advanced Nutrient Therapies for Bipolar Disorders <BR> Thursday, March 20th at 9:00 AM PST <BR> Our present dependence on psychiatric drugs will gradually fade away as brain science advances. Learn how brain-changing imbalances occur in bipolar disorder. Discover how these imbalances alter brain levels of key neurotransmitters, disrupt... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 11:42:30 EST A really stressfull day for me:( Hello, <BR> <BR> I am working hard on many of my health goals and on week 15. For this I am grateful. Today however I have a meeting with some people that have had a direct impact on my challenges with depression and anxiety. Need less to say I am tense and having a hard time staying positive in my thoughts. If there anyone out there who can send along a happy thought I would very much appreciate it. Thanks and have a great day! Fri, 7 Mar 2014 08:56:53 EST Saying Hello - Introducing myself hello! New to Sparkpeople, not new to dieting, or depression. I joined sparkpeople because I need a creative, supportive, new way to manage my weight. I am 45 and have suffered from depression since my teenage years. I don't respond well to medications, but do well with talk therapy. Trying to lose weight seems to be a cycle I can't break. I lose weight look and feel good then guilt and self doubt creep in so I start to eat then get upset that I can't control myself - trying to break th... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 23:20:57 EST he,lo.... Hey I'm mercedes and I am overweight. I have been obese since I was a child. My grandfather own a grocery store (which helped with my obsession with food). I have been dealing with depression since I was little. Raped by my two step brothers and mistreated by my peers led me to cutting myself and eating my emotions. Now I am a 22 yo college student that wants to put this behind me and move forward. Hopefully this team will help me met this goal.....thank you Thu, 6 Mar 2014 17:38:21 EST Hi- I am from Jacksonville, FL I am looking forward to this new journey in my life where I am learning to make better food choices, incorporating daily exercise into my life. <BR> Kids are grown, grandchildren out of town so I have reason no reasons why I shouldn't do this. <BR> I was a dental hygienist for thirty-two years and have been married for almost forty years. <BR> Actually, my husband has joined me in this effort as well! <BR> Wish us well, please, we are on our way :-) Thu, 6 Mar 2014 16:25:28 EST St. Patricks day My sister and my daughters work at a factory where they celebrate in a huge way. They have Irish singers all day and a huge catered breakfast and lunch. That's the only thing I miss about the place other then the workers. Have a great st . pattys day Thu, 6 Mar 2014 11:18:09 EST Depressed but no defeated <em>224</em> I've been trying to lose this weight for so long, last year at this time I was 80 lighter, feeling happier. I was raised up to follow everything that went with being a Catholic and I do believe in them till this day. Last year for Lent I gave up meat till Easter and it helped me out a lot to get to my goal. This year I was plagued again with my continual depression, with things just happening, family, my own personal health period. I've gained it all back and I am feeling awful... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 07:19:38 EST Looking for Supportive Friends New to SparkPeople and looking for supportive friends and groups. Wed, 5 Mar 2014 07:09:06 EST Alikat I need help! I am a yoyo dieter and have recently been on a non stop eating binge! Tue, 4 Mar 2014 22:08:40 EST Newbie Hello fellow friends.... <BR> Just wanted to stop in and say hi. I'm excited and nervous all at the sametime to get started. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 14:45:19 EST Looking for support in dealing with depression Hello, <BR> <BR> I have been dealing with treatment resistant depression for the past 4 years. I have been off work for 3 of those years due to this condition. I am hoping that I can find other people who I can discuss my challenges with and in any way I can help those who need this support as well. Thanks for listening, its good to be here. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 08:11:14 EST Good morning Sparkspeople! A little bit about myself. I'm a mom of 3. My 33 Birthday is this month and I have spent my whole life over weight and ready to make a change. Its been a hard year on my family and I've come a accept the things I can not change and change the things I can. Its time for a better ME! I started my journey last week at 259 and as of today 253.6! My workout is T 25 ready to start week 2! Mon, 3 Mar 2014 08:42:56 EST Eating disorder I've suffered from bulimia for most of the past 6 years. I go through good times and bad. I feel like I'm starting to enter another bad time. I'm so frustrated with myself because I don't stop eating until I'm sick. I am seeing a therapist but my main problem is not knowing how to eat healthy again. I want to lose weight the healthy way, but I can't seem to figure out how to get started. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 21:47:59 EST Hello everyone Hi, My name is Tina. I've been tracking my calories and exercising for the last week. I've started and stopped many times but I feel confident that I have the right motivation to stick to it this time, however, today has been hard. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 19:05:07 EST Feeling Alone I feel like I let days just slip by from me. Like I am in a fog. I don't want to be like this any more. I used to be a bright, bubbly, positive person. I have realized in the past month that I have become angry, stressed out more than normal, and that I completely want to shut out the world. This needs to change because I don't want that! I have two beautiful girls. A wonderful husband that, because of work schedules between the two of us, I don't get to see very often. I have friends that ar... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 16:03:48 EST Hello :) My name is Patricia! I am thirty years old. Happily married with two beautiful daughters. I don't have much confidence and I my doing this journey on my own. I am looking forward to doing something for me in the first time since I can't remember. I need to reclaim my confidence and I want to make my children proud of me. <BR> I look forward to connecting with new people Sun, 2 Mar 2014 13:41:50 EST daryl kemp retired I am 65 retired and have gained weight to 280lbs, I am a diebetic type 2, my goal weight is 210 lbs, I would appreciate some help in daily diet, and exercise program, as well as quitting smoking Sat, 1 Mar 2014 16:40:53 EST Gotta start somewhere... gotta start sometime... Hello! <BR> Where do I begin... I've been addicted to all sorts of bad things. I am hoping to become addicted to good things! I know this is not a diet- it's a life style change. And change doesn't happen overnight. There will be blood, sweat and and lots of tears, I'm sure, but I've got to give it a shot. I deserve to be healthy and enjoy my body. I'm recruting friends to join me on this journey. Motivation, support and celebration! I can do this! We can do this! Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:09:38 EST Southern WV Mommy Hey everyone...I've been a member for quite a while, but haven't done what I was supposed to. I have lost about 40 pounds in the last 5 months by going back to work and working a lot! I went to the doctor last week and was put on medicine for diabetes, which I am very unhappy about. My oldest son is about 75lbs overweight and the doctor is concerned about him. WE NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT AND BECOME MUCH MORE HEALTHY!! I really need help figuring out menus and such to help us succeed. Thanks to all... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:31:02 EST Hello! I'm trying again :) Hello! I've been on sparkpeople before, a few months ago. I have a problem I'm sure we've all had because we deal with depression, the loss of motivation. I'm doing something I did not do last time, however, and that is reaching out to the community. <BR> <BR> A little about me, My name is Alayna and I'm in my early 20's. I've hated working out since I was a kid, gym class I hated because I was so painfully self conscious. I'm starting to develop some love for it, probably due to the good e... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 07:04:16 EST Thank you Jesus I am thanking Jesus. I suffered from depression for 20 years. I was on and off all the different types of medication from the time I was 15. In October of 2011 I was delivered from depression and chronic migraine headaches. At that point I was on about 5 different medications for depression, anxiety, and migraines. The day I asked Jesus to take the depression away from me and set me free from it the depression was gone along with the headaches. I haven't had any medication for depressio... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:51:14 EST new to spark My name is Jody and I am new to Spark. I am dealing with depression, lack of sleep and have heart issues. In the last year I have had 3 mild heart attacks and I just turned 42. I am looking to better my life and eating habits. Does anyone know if we are allowed to drink Sobe Life waters? Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:18:49 EST Getting Opposition Today I come from a family where I am not heard usually. What I have to say isn't considered that important, unless i make a big deal to get everyone's attention. <BR> I was surprised yesterday when I told my parents, who I live with, that I wanted to get rid of all our junk food and white sugar, white flour, etc. so I could improve my chances of being successful in my weight loss. <BR> All I got for a response was, "oh yeah, we don't need to keep any of that in the house." I was surprised they w... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:15:52 EST Ready to start living! Hi, I'm Nina. I'm an 18 year old, college student somewhere in Europe. I am severely overweight and I am sick of life going on around me without being able to join it. I am sick of being insecure, of not having friends, of being afraid. I am ready to become the thin, confident person I am on the inside. I am ready to lose the weight and become the real me! Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:38:05 EST 52 and ready to start living. Im 52 and 5,2, 223lbs.I have not cared about myself in along time, very depressed and just lock my self away in my bedroom and just waiting to die.But I just want to get better now and I dont know how to even start.I really someone to do this with, or I will not do it.Please help me. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:58:46 EST Kind of confused I am not very computer savvy so I hope I am posting this correctly. I have always used excessive (outdoor hiking and horseback riding to keep me sane. I have been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and am on pain management, I have been essentially sideswiped and feel like the welcoming nature of this forum is just what I nees. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:59:48 EST Give me a nudge? I'm feeling pretty good overall. I overdid it last week and caused by SI joint pain to flare up, but that has quieted down. This week was my husband's birthday and we had a lot fun. I'm doing well on getting my 10000 steps per day. <BR> <BR> However, today I just don't feel like it and am struggling to get myself moving. I don't have any meetings today, so don't have a need to get up from my desk other than to get water and pee. I found an errand to run earlier that took me to the main h... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:02:28 EST hi im new to program. my name is pekaana Hi my name is pekaana. Im new to this. I have 30 pounds to loose. Im so ready to shed this weight. I could use littile motivation. Esp in excerise. Im lil lazy!! Lol love to walk. Got walk away pounds dvd and gilad quick fit system. Goalnis to do excerise 3 to 4 days a week at least 30 min. This is a neat websight. I just stumbled upon it. So here I go. Im on day 2. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:22:03 EST Weight loss - My main goal I'm unemployed and not looking for a job at the moment and life has been a bit gloomy,but i hope it will change.I want to start by reducing my weight and need help with the same.It is a major concern and i would like to get started but i need some advice on how to do it and if anybody wants to tag along and check up on me,i would also wish to do the same for the other person and make this mutually beneficial. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 08:55:18 EST Hello from Aurora, MO I joined SparkPeople last week after joining the Bod4God class at our church here in Aurora. I am trying to get used to tracking everything I eat and managing my exercise routines. I am also not good at posts where I am supposed to introduce myself. <BR> <BR> My husband and I adopted two of our grandchildren and they are 5 and 6 years old. Recently I made the decision that I wanted to see them grow up and decided to improve my health by losing weight and changing my eating habits. I also gav... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 00:02:42 EST Depression meds I have been dealing with depression since I was 13 yrs old ( I'm now 27) I have always taken meds.. Last yr about this time I decided to stop my meds bc i did not want to take meds for the rest of my life. Now after almost a yr without them I'm wanting to get on them again.. I just feel like I can't get through the day, I'm VERY VERY unhappy, no energy, no motivation & all I want to do is lay in bed all day... I have been trying to research some meds & see what would work best for me.. Wantin... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 19:51:03 EST I'm new I'm new to sparkpeople and trying to figure this out. I have been dealing with depression for 11 years (I'm 25). And today sucks to put it bluntly. I am hoping that joining sparkpeople will help me stay consistent with my weight loss goal. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:45:20 EST Having a good day I am feeling so good today. I have energy, and a want to get out of bed and do things. SO i have made a list of things I am going to work on. I feel that if you make a list of things that "you will get done today" that you are setting yourself up to fail. So on my list i have already started the laundry, the dishwasher, spirited the furniture with febreeze, worked on next months finances, and am having some computer time. And when the the washer or dishes are done I will take a break fro... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 09:10:56 EST Hi I'm Gemma I posted this on the "Hi, I'm new" thread but then I decided to start a new thread. I apologize for double posting. I have been on and off of SP for several years but just joined this team. I have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder and have been on Meds for both half of my life (I'm 36 years old). Recently my ex got engaged and that has been really hard for me to deal with. I know we weren't right for each other but we were together for six years an... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:52:30 EST Hello All I am trying this to make a new start to lose weight. I honestly don't know if I can do it. I think writing it all down is going to help me though. Depression isn't going to make it any easier. We will see what happens. Wish me luck! Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:12:58 EST Hello Sparklers and Sparklettes!! Hi! I'm Jennifer! I've been on and off of Sparkpeople for about 5 years now. I've recently recommitted to living a healthy lifestyle and overcoming some major life changes and getting to be the ME I was meant to be. <BR> <BR> When I say that I've overcome major life changes, I primarily mean finally Coming Out. I've been officially OUT for about two years now. Most of my depression and anger stemmed from living a lie and being fearful. <BR> <BR> Long story short, I'm finally happy. And it'... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:07:15 EST HIya I'm Kaity hi I'm Kaity and I'm looking forward to this new journey in life to better myself physically. I look forward to meeting new people and learning new life choices to better myself. I hope along the way I can help others as well. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:45:07 EST Makeing 'the' decision Hello!! <BR> <BR> I am a closet depression suffer. I put on the smiley face and go about the day...while inside I am cringing and being a negative nelly. <BR> <BR> I decided to open up to my husband, about my depression--something I have been living with for 11 years... 11 years of steady weigh gain. He tells me, depression is a choice. before I lashed out, I paused (patting myself on the back) and thought. <BR> <BR> If I cannot beat this on my own, and I refuse to take meds-- I need to... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:57:35 EST A grama's agony I've been a very happy grandmother, I have five beautiful grandchildren. This is a long story so I'll cut it down a little. My daughter had a son, that I ended up taking care of from the first day of his birth, I woke up with him at night fed him and when he was old enough I was the one to take him to daycare the whole works and then went to work and came back to the same thing. I was literally the mom. She was doing good went to nursing school but got side winded again by another boy, I c... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 07:13:45 EST Hi I'm Annabel im interested in connecting with others who have SLE. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 14:45:53 EST Hello I'm a single father (divorced 17+ years, not really willingly) of a 18 (19 very soon) year old with Aspergers that is flunking out of community collage. The same school I am going to after loosing my grocery job a few years ago. Working to become an IT person so I can have a career instead of a job after job. <BR> I also moved up here to WA 7-8 years ago from southern California, and finding it hard to really make friends, especially since I'm not a drinker, have depression issues, shyness an... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 08:21:55 EST doing ok Went to see a house today, first one, as we are looking to buy. Was a little too hyped so, I was somewhat discouraged. I know it was the first house we saw, and we will see many more before a decision is made. It was a learning experience and I won't get so hyped when we see the others. <em>24</em> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 20:21:46 EST Here I am Hello, <BR> I'm Tessa (AKA Squishieme) I got the nick name squishie from my sister, I was at a Dr. appointment when I text her about it. It was a breast check up, there are some spots that they monitor every year. My sister asked how the boobies were doing I told he big and squishie. So squishie stuck. This is my third time working with sparkpeople. I really enjoyed it the first time met some members, but didn't keep in touch with them. The second time I let life get in the way. <BR... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:09:23 EST introducing me hello my name is ariel and I am 19 I have suffered from depression my whole life ts hard for me because I hate taking medicine I just want to fix it on my own. some times I gets extremely hard and I don't know what to do. It doesn't help that my I never had anyone to talk to not even my family I cant even look them in the face everytime I look at them I just want to die and its so hard I lock myself away in a room and hide until they go to bed I have horrible nightmares but no one ever realiz... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 20:50:32 EST Ready to do this Hi my name is Cindy i had signed up for sparks awhile ago and then had surgery done on my foot. I am finally able to start slowly getting back to my life. With that said i want to start losing this weight and start a new life of happiness and health. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:28:14 EST Hi, I'm new but ready to change my life! I am a 32 year old mom of two! I want to be an example to my sons about a healthy way to live your life! Diabetes, heart disease, and strokes are what awaits females in my family if we are not careful of our lifestyles. I have also suffered from depression for twenty years and my youngest son was just diagnosed with major depression. That was the wake up call for me that my family needed a serious life style change and asap. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!!! Thu, 20 Feb 2014 07:25:48 EST Another Good Day Today I walked on my treadmill for 50 minutes. Even though I walk at a moderate pace, it truly is so beneficial both physically and mentally. I'm up to 9000 steps and almost to my goal of 10000. I feel simply fantastic today. <BR> <BR> I created this topic so I can have a place to check in every day that I have a good one. I will have not so good days but I want to focus on the positive and so hopefully this will help others as well. <BR> Have a wonderful day and be proud of how far you'... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:11:58 EST Hi my name is Joni! Hi everyone! I joined about 2 months ago, but I'm really just getting going with the program! I'm still trying to figure it all out, but I have learned a lot with what I have been reading! Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:53:43 EST new Battling the winter blues and having a hard time getting off the couch! Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:10:45 EST MY FIRST DAY hello there its my first day here on spark im feeling happy i have made my first step to health fitness beauty and happiness! good luck for all of us ladies and gentleman Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:45:57 EST i was frustrated i have been exercising every day, well i walk everyday, i bought the 28 day body boot camp with coach nichole.....and i was getting frustrated cause i thought i wasnt loosing weight......i was hanging out with my friend yesterday, and she told me that she saw that i lost weight. i didnt think i did, i mean the scale didnt say i did, but i guess you loose inches first then weight if your doing it i am feeling better, especially when i go to grab my double chin and i can barely g... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:38:19 EST Hi I'm a new member Hi, I'm a new member finding my way around on Sparkpeople. I have suffered from depression. Right now it is in check, which is good. My mom died Nov. 17 2013 and we were very close. I wasn't coping very well, I would sleep and eat. Since coming on board, I have been motivated to lose weight and several small things in a day, so I don't sleep. Thanks for listening. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:57:02 EST "Starvation mode" When your body goes into starvation mode and starts storing fat because it's not getting enough food, how long does it take to end that once you start eating more? <BR> <BR> I think the reason I wasn't losing weight was because 1200 might not be enough food for my specific body. Maybe my body went into "starvation mode" and was hanging onto weight. <BR> <BR> I have been eating about 1400-1500 for a few days (LOVE IT!) and I'm eating some treats (LOVE THAT TOO!) that I've avoided. I am so mu... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:37:20 EST Pristiq?? I just started taking 50 mg of Pristiq on Friday? Does anyone have any experience with this? Mon, 17 Feb 2014 17:46:17 EST Hi! Hi everyone! My name is Chelsea, I'm 19, and a freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. When I was 18 (a year and a half ago), I started going to therapy and was diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and panic disorder. I have been depressed/suicidal since I was 9 years old, but I always hid my feelings. It led to destructive behaviors such as a pill addiction and eating disorders. I have come a long way in the last year and a half, but I still have a hard time dealing with my emotions a... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:34:35 EST Depression might be a strong word... to describe my challenges. I say that because I have no desire to make light of clinical depression. I have never been to counseling or on meds - mine is the 'low-cal' version of depression. Just the low energy and dark moods sometimes. I am working on things that seem to help, and I appreciate the chance to connect with others who struggle. Best of luck and goodness to us all. <BR> <BR> Sandy Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:04:32 EST Dealing with depression Hi, <BR> I am a new member here. I am here to learn how to deal with depression and anxiety. Any help and directions will be appreciated Mon, 17 Feb 2014 04:25:55 EST EXERCISING WHILE HAVING BPPV Does anyone have SEVERE Vertigo - Benign Positional Paroxyl Vertigo? I have it so severely that I cannot do situps, lunges, ANYTHING, except walk. I need some exercises that I CAN do. I take Meclazine, however it does NOT help. I am NOT DIZZY - THE ROOM IS. It is like the school teacher, riding her bike in the tornado in the Wizard of Oz and the house Dorothy is in spins around and around. <BR> <BR> I need to lose weight. I have had had BPPV for 2 years now and have taken physical th... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 19:56:24 EST Greetings from the south! Hello! My name is Cyrena and I'm from San Antonio. Just started on this crazy journey...again. I've been to Sparkpeople before but wasn't ready for the commitment but now I'm back and determined. I've got about 100 or more pounds to lose guys are going to be stuck with me for a long time! ^.^ I have two beautiful daughters that are great motivation for my journey. I looked at my babies one day and knew that I didn't want to be 'the fat mom'. I know that they're going to get teased fo... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 13:04:31 EST Is it spring yet.....? I've just been reading through some of the forum posts and want to give a bunch of kudo for all the positive messages out there. This is a great group. <BR> <BR> I have anxiety and depression issues. Normally the anxiety is a far great err problem than the depression. Until this winter. We've had some rough times with our Asperger's son and trying to find appropriate treatment for his depression. I'm a school teacher, too, and have been under a lot of stress there as well. A few weeks ago I... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 12:37:06 EST My Weight Loss I am 25 years old and currently weigh 200 pounds. I have never been this big in my life and I want a change!! Sat, 15 Feb 2014 21:02:06 EST newbie Hi I am Sarah and I have just joined - not sure what happens next as I came across this site by accident, but I want those 100 lb over the next year Sat, 15 Feb 2014 19:50:45 EST I have hit a low I have hid away my aunt died and I can't seem to get over it It was wed. when she died but it has hit very hard for me and I have shut things off. I am in trouble and I can't get out help <BR> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 11:51:44 EST Sharon Recently retired. Want to get healthy, closer to God. <BR> ........... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 09:11:10 EST Happy Valentines Day! I'm feeling depressed today, not because I don't have a man (although that would be nice) but more because I miss my Mom. I remember the last V-Day before she passed away, I surprised her and showed up at her house. She loved it. At that time, we didn't know she was sick. So just thinking back made me sad all day. I still stayed on my food plan, so that's one accomplishment. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a nice day! <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>144</em> <em>214</e... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:51:12 EST A new Beginning I am 37 and been through a lot in my life, like most people. I want to lose 150 lbs. I was in the military and got hurt very badly. I got a head injury and hurt my back. I gained 100 lbs after getting out in one year and steadily gained some more since then. My eating habits were bad and mostly I was eating just trying to feel better. Now I got diagnosed with having type 2 diabetes and that has really motivated me. It is not bad and the doctor thinks it will be like pregnant women who get ges... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:58:02 EST Frustrated today I had my yearly visit with my PCP yesterday. I have always felt in the past that she was receptive and listened to my concerns. Not so much this time. My biggest concern was my fatigue. Since my thyroid levels are normal, she just figured it is due to being a mom of an active child. Really? <BR> <BR> Then today I got a call about my labs. My LDL is higher than before and the person reporting it doesn't say that my physician is concerned. So I asked. All she said is that if I'm concer... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:57:48 EST Hello SP world!!!! My name is Traci. I'm 31. I live in sweet home Alabama married with a lil fur baby named Gino! I joined SP on Feb 13, 2014. I'm scared out of my mind but I need to do this. I feel like with the community support I definitely can!! I will start today officially and hopefully this will be the beginning of me learning to love ME! My mom always says "NOTHING CHANGES IF NOTHING CHANGES!" So it's time for a change!!! Let's do this together! Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:55:08 EST Depression Devil Hello All, <BR> <BR> I am new to Spark. Although I was skeptical at first, I realized that I had nothing to lose. I've been battling depression and acute anxiety for 15+ years (i'm 28), so for the majority of my life. Between medications, various therapies & therapists, I have yet to find some sort of relief. <BR> <BR> I know that everyone's Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:56:03 EST Perla Ayala-It won't hurt trying something new! Hi Everyone: <BR> My name is Perla Ayala I had joined SparkPeople since 2010 if I am correct, but I was never active on the site. I decided to give it a chance this time since I have lost 29 pounds with small changes I have done and learned from all the emails/articles I get from SparkPeople. I am really hungry, but not for food this time, but to accomplish my goal, which is feel better with myself and get rid of those last 24 pounds!!!! I think I am going through depression and as everyone... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:54:55 EST Hello! I am not new here but I have never actually reached my goals. I suppose I just start with the best intentions only to see myself fail or if I do get success I get really nervous and sabotage myself. I cannot do that any longer as this year one of my dreams, to live in Europe, is coming true and I must get myself healthy. Sure, I want to lose weight but I mostly want to feel confident in myself and happy with a healthier lifestyle. I will try to remain confident in my efforts to get healthy an... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 06:10:20 EST Getting Started Hello, everyone. I am getting started with Sparkpeople because I need to do SOMETHING to change my life. It's part of my New Year's resolutions to make a better life for myself. I deal with depression periodically and have all my life. Right now, besides trying to make my health and weight better, I am dealing with the "loss" of my son...he's 14 and has decided to go live with his dad and stepmother. I could deal with this better if it weren't for the fact that he is systematically erasi... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 23:52:20 EST Dealing with death of family members The last several months have been pretty hard. In November my mother's youngest brother passed away and then on January 8th my older brother died just after he turned 50. I have been left, with my 71 year old mother, to deal with clearing out his home. The topper is last week my oldest son was injured at work and he may yet lose a finger. I'm ready to run away and find somewhere to hibernate. I just pray that nothing else happens. I am so tired and so very frustrated with my younger brother a... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:24:36 EST Just Getting Started Hello, <BR> My name is Therese and I have just joined Spark People. I'm hoping to turn things around by eating healthy and getting into a daily exercise routine. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:08:44 EST WORLD BIPOLAR DAY!!! I got this from the International Bipolar Foundation today: <BR> <BR> <BR> World Bipolar Day (WBD) will be celebrating its inaugural year on March 30th, the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who was posthumously diagnosed as probably having bipolar disorder. The vision of WBD is to bring world awareness to bipolar disorders and eliminate social stigma. Through international collaboration the goal of World Bipolar Day is to bring the world population information about bipolar disorders that will... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:54:27 EST Hello Hello my name is Raven. Just stopping by to introduce myself. Im 36 a mother of a 5 & 17 yr old. I've lost 125 pounds n have 50 more to go. I was down 140 but have gained weight due to stress n depression of divorce and now raisin two children while un employed. Its very frustrating but I've lost a lot so I know I can do this. Im one to never complain about my problems or share my emotions. Growing up I was told this was weakness. I have an amazing partner now but I don't want to bring him do... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:36:30 EST When does it all fall into place? I've been living inside of my head for a long time now. <BR> <BR> I've known for quite a while why my weight hasn't really done much moving except for the bouncing it does between the same five pounds, but I haven't actually ever said it (or written it) out loud. <BR> <BR> I have zero direction in my life. I'm 26, and I have no idea what I want to do. My husband is a real go-getter. He always seems to know where he is headed and just does whatever needs to be done. I'd be lying if I said I ... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:23:47 EST I Am Reaching out I know that we all go through times in our life when we are feeling down, but lately this feeling I have is too much. I feel consumed by my sadness and those who don't have depression can't understand. It's not like a switch I can turn off or on. I am trying to reach out before the feeling gets worse. I don't want to live on medication for the rest of my life just to maintain. Does anyone have any advice? I just moved to a new city and still trying to make a place for myself,so I know that i... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 06:36:47 EST What could you be doing better to get healthy? For me, adding exercise and eating more protein. <BR> <BR> My weight loss is VERY slow so just reviewed all my intake stats and the one consistent thing is I'm not eating as much protein as I'm supposed to. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 02:02:15 EST Bryan G2 Hello, I am new to this whole computer thing, my goal is to loose 100 pounds. Not sure what else to add Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:10:20 EST Hello, this is my introduction. My name is Jess and I just created a profile. I decided to join this team because I figure that the first step in making this weight change (within a community) is being completely honest with myself and others. I have a history of depression and cutting, and feel that one of my biggest hurts is binge eating when I am sad, and then feeling immediately guilty afterward. I also have a problem with getting close to people. I find that I usually make friends quickly then a couple months in I wil... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 21:47:18 EST Had hoped for depression... <BR> Had hoped for depression one time because that is something that is, while intangible, at least something that can be reasonably easily expressed. It seems almost natural now to suggest there is something wrong with a person when they are in a down mood. Very generally, antidepressants are used to elevate the mood so people can enjoy life again. This can be overdone in my opinion where people are made or helped to enjoy untenable situations. I have been out of depression for quite a whi... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 21:17:56 EST frances Im trying to lose 30 more pounds, I hope I can make alot of friends here to help me. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 20:05:45 EST I'm trying again I've just about given up trying to change my eating habits. I'm about 50 pounds overweight, and to me this sounds like a daunting challenge, trying to lose it. I'm 62 years old, still working, but I keep putting the weight on! I used to be very active, but for the past couple of years, I haven't done much in the way of exercise. I'm unhappy with my appearance, but now I also have high blood pressure and high cholesterol.I really want to make this work! Guess I just lack confidence. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 17:05:42 EST Could this be happiness I'm feeling? My doc changed my meds on 1/24. This week, for the first time in a year at least, I have a sense of well being. I am moving without having to painfully force myself to do so. I am showering. I am not lying in bed all day. I am keeping the kitchen clean. I am playing with my dog. I've caught myself singing. I pray this is not a passing chemical reaction - it would be so nice to build up momentum in creating a life for myself without a wrecking ball showing up to stop me in my tracks after maki... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 16:06:55 EST Stefanie I started this program to be able to keep track of my calorie intake and finding so much more! My goal is to lose 30 lbs or more :( <BR> Sun, 9 Feb 2014 16:04:13 EST Hi Everyone & Happy Sunday! (Newbie)... I'm really glad to have found this website and this group in particular. <BR> <BR> Treatment resistant depression. Awful. Considering participating in clinical trial @ NIH. <BR> <BR> I live mostly alone with my wonderfully fabulous son. He is 10 years old and has autism and many other alphabet soup related diagnoses. His condition requires a lot of care - so I have not been able to work since 2005. My husband and I have been estranged for several years; he is based in San Fran and F and... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 10:53:55 EST Hey There Hi my name is Trisha. I'm 37 years old and a single (sort of) mom. I'm not sure what to say here. I work full time, and am trying seriously to lose weight. I recently learned that I have a serious problem with depression and anxiety. I don't know how to deal/cope with it and as a result I have gained about 35 pounds since September. <BR> <BR> It's KILLING me! Sat, 8 Feb 2014 22:55:11 EST Afaid to be happy Being depressed all the time and with terrible family woes and illness I am all ways searching for help. But sometimes I think I am afraid to be happy for fear then the powers that be will double up on my troubles. Any oppinions Sat, 8 Feb 2014 20:56:40 EST Hello HI Sat, 8 Feb 2014 18:22:37 EST Lackluster Week Greetings Sparks Friends! Due to several days of bad weather, I missed going to Curves this week except for two days. Had been able to get there 4 days a week, but will attempt to do better this upcoming week. Doctor put me on the lowest dose of thyroid medication due to having Hypothyroidism. Wondering now if I have had it for awhile, but at least it was found and am looking towards 6-9 months before I actually see any tremendous results from being on the medication. Slow and steady is ... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 14:34:13 EST ways for me to motivate myself while depressed Hi! I was in a clinic for 11 days dealing with my severe depression..i am on meds and they help me with daily life but i am still lacking thwe movivation to workout and lose all the weight i have gained...I am 51 and have never been overweight in my life up until i had a (know Im spelling this wrong),hystrectomey....then weight gain and a number of events that spiriled me into deep depression and suisidal thoughts....I'm recovering now and trying to lose the 25 pounds I have put on....I am 4'... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 12:48:19 EST Anyone on Wellbutrin here? I am new to the board, now to admitting I am suffer depression and my doctor who I have used for 14 years now and knows me so well put me on Wellbutrin to help me through this. We started on a really low does and it didn't help much so we just increased it and it is helping but I think I would just feel better than I do. I have been pushing myself to do all the things I need to do and like to do, the crying daily has stopped but I was hoping for better results. This Wed is 4 weeks on the lar... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 12:06:06 EST Latest Biggest Loser Winner I didn't see the show but have been following the controversy. I admit I felt she looked way too thin. I also admit I wondered how she did it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id-the-biggest-loser-winner-go-too-far<BR>_b_4746102.html </link> Fri, 7 Feb 2014 22:51:31 EST New to this team Been with SparkPeople for a while now, and started out doing really well. I made it past my first two goals, was almost at my third . . . and started hurting, a lot. Turns out I have a sticky SI joint that doesn't like to move. I tried to ignore it, then see a chiropractor, PT and eventually had to have a steroid injection into the joint. <BR> <BR> During that time, I was taking on too much with work and school and family, and my depression hit me like a brick wall. <BR> <BR> So that's... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 15:03:06 EST TurtleSpeed Well I have never been much of a blogger, but I thought I would give it a try. A bit about myself... I am an elementary teacher, I have 3 kidst, 2 dogs, and a very supportive husband. I joined sparks to track my eating and exercise. The first part is going great... Not so much for the second. I know I would feel better and have more energy if I exercised, but the turble is by the time I get home from school I'm exosted and don't want to.... I have been tracking sence the end of Dec. I love th... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 14:04:31 EST hi everybody! im new in town. Hi everyone. Just wanted to introduce myself and see what kind of pointers you guys may have for this site. I tried to find an Android app, but came up dry. I've lost about 60lbs in the last 8 months by training for and running one marathon/half marathon per month. I am only about 20lbs away from my final weight loss goal! I'll be the same weight that I was in high school. Well, I'm sitting in a meeting now so I should go back to paying attention. Bye! <BR> Jason Fri, 7 Feb 2014 10:44:35 EST Bullying made my depression spiro I've been depressed for a long time, but suppressed it to the point, where I finally went and got some professional help, but this did not happen until I had a nervous breakdown after being bullied at work constantly. I have too long of a story to tell, but this has caused me to have to be treated with medication and I think this along with years of overeating to comfort myself, has really done a lot of damage to my body. My body is in so much pain from back issues that I'm more sedentary an... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 07:28:20 EST Nightmares and sleep problems I read a comment online about a medication that stops nightmares. The person didn't give more info and there's no way to ask a follow up question. <BR> <BR> I was wondering if any of you heard about that? <BR> <BR> When I have sad dreams, I wake up feeling completely down. I feel a sense of dread and that feeling of wishing I could go back in time and do things over. When I have a nice dream, I wake up happy and fine. I'm trying to find a way to control what I dream about. <BR> <BR> I try ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 03:10:01 EST Trying Hi... Hi...I am hopeful I don't feel so alone with all of this. Thu, 6 Feb 2014 23:15:02 EST a born again newbie! Hello out there!! My name is Tiffany and I am currently 37 years old. I have been a part of spark in the past and was successful, I then had my second child and boy oh boy how things change!! I am ready to take this ride again!! 40 is not too far of and it is time to nip this unhealthy lifestyle in the bud!!! :-) Thu, 6 Feb 2014 16:16:09 EST Hello Jello Hello, my name is Kara and I am a 21 year old female from Colorado Springs, Colorado. I look forward to meeting everyone here. I tend to get manic then depressed. I cant lie as say I don't love being manic, because everything gets done. However, depression has led me to some very dark moments in my life. I am currently around 210lbs and wish to be 120lbs or 115lbs. I have had depression and anxiety for a long time now. I really don't have anyone to relate to what I am going through. I hope be... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 09:58:11 EST Hello! I'm a 27 year old mother of two beautiful girls (11 and 5), I'm a paralegal in my hometown, I'm married to my jr. high sweetheart of 15 years, and I have lost 77 lbs in the last year. I have been a member of SparkPeople for almost that entire year, but have never posted to message boards. I've also not been the best at tracking my food and exercise. Between work and taking the girls to all of their activities and practices (I'm a basketball, gymnastics, and baton twirling mom!!) I just haven'... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 09:39:00 EST I'm new, let's be friends. Wow, a lot of great resources and discussions in this community. I'm looking forward to being active here. <BR> My mood is in an upswing right now, so forgive me if my happy tone is irritating. &#128540; <BR> I just know this is the place where y'all will understand how great it feels when those moment of sunshine hit. <BR> I've been doing spark workouts every morning for the past month, and making a concentrated effort to get to bed earlier and wake up earlier. Getting sleep and exercise h... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 06:54:03 EST Dealing with the passing of both of my parents Last year 2013 in August my mother passed away she wasn't young but still she was not well then my father stood strong during the time that we put her to rest but then he lost his companion(his dog), this made my mother's passing intolerable. By December he fell and was no longer able to walk like he used to. He passed away January 2014. It has been very hard to deal with everything. To top it off my husband was not comforting nor understanding and now we are going through a divorce. I just f... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 13:27:59 EST Hello All! Hey everyone <BR> My name is Amanda and I am 30 years old. Joining back with Spark people again after not being here for a couple of years. I have battle my weight ever since I was a teenager. I also battle depression and anxiety since the birth of my second child. I have been on antidepressants and had a hard time adjusting and now I see a counselor once a week. She helps me to deal with my anxiety and try to manage it when I can feel myself losing control. <BR> <BR> The winter is hard for ... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 12:04:56 EST Hello again hi <BR> i am collar and i was a member of this group a couple of years ago. <BR> things have been very twisty and turny and little up and very very down. <BR> I am back on anti depressants and finding them a lot better than the last ones i had <BR> i have changed my job after finding my previous job far to stressful and the support non existant <BR> i now work on a deli counter in a supermarket and have had far more support from my colleagues in the short time i have been there than i did mo... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 11:20:17 EST Hi My name is Tiffany, and I am from Ohio. I have struggled with depression ever since I was a teenager. I am now 39 years old. This year, I will be turning 40. I get depressed so badly that I am hardly able to function and live a happy life. It will be a challenge to deal with these moods , but It helps to know I am not alone in this battle. <BR> <BR> I've always wanted to lose weight, but I didn't care about myself to even try to. Instead, I engaged in self destructive behaviors, such as ove... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 04:25:55 EST Friends help ease depression hi, I'm Bri. Or "Breezy." I have bi-polar disorder, (among others,) and depression is one of my major obstacles. If anyone is interested in being buddies, and fighting this horrid place to be....please, say hi. Friend me. Send me a message. I've been fighting depression for 20 years and maybe I can help you. Tue, 4 Feb 2014 23:51:26 EST 360 frustration Today was my only day off for about 10 days. I was hoping to relax. One of many plans gone bad. <BR> <BR> My finances are a hot mess. Rent is due by tomorrow and I don't have it. My kitchen is bare. Work is still unpredictable at best. I finally got through to Unemployment a couple of weeks ago but I still have to wait until the end of February for an interview with them to get payment back to December. <BR> <BR> Because of the weather my session with my therapist was on the phone and I me... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 22:50:49 EST Vegan is In Hi I am kind of new or actually new at making contacts to meet someone. I am trying to stick with the vegan lifestyle but I keep running out of ideas, can some one help me with ideas and recipes for lunch, super and breakfast? Tue, 4 Feb 2014 20:31:50 EST Newby Hello everyone, my name is Mark, I am 6'2" and slightly over 300 pounds.I live in a very small town with no gym and am tired of being overweight! I used to run a health club for crying out loud! I competed in power lifting for years when I was younger but after 2 bouts with cancer and much MUCH over eating I let my weight get away with me! I am 53 yrs old, fairly healthy and love working out. My 2 biggest problems; I love food! lol...and no access to a gym. I do however have a few dumbells an... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 14:21:27 EST hello im trying to find my way Hi im from tn just trying not to feel traped in this body Tue, 4 Feb 2014 00:42:40 EST Hello all Hello all I just wanted to introduce myself. I just joined Spark and am very excited about the support. Dealing with depression and anxiety is a daily struggle especially when it is hard to dig yourself out of all the negative things in your life. I am committed though, to trying to start rising about all the stress and terrible things that have happened and get to a point where I can sleep peacefully at night, not have panic attacks all the time and last... PEACE within myself. ... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 10:23:06 EST Hey there! So I am new to this. I know that I will struggle to continue to go on here and update but I will try my hardest! The thing is, I am a college freshman this year and I'm struggling with some serious anxiety and depression issues. I am a generally happy person, so people tend to think I am lying when I say this, but it is true. On top of this, I am a serious snacker and emotional eater. I basically eat any time I am sitting doing nothing. I constantly have to be keeping myself busy otherwise I ... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 03:14:17 EST Hello everyone! I'm not so much new to SparkPeople, as much as a returning person. I let my depression and fibro take over my life and have put on quite a bit of weight. I am not making it a major goal to eat healthy so that I can get my life back under control. I don't like the way I've been feeling and I don't like being on so much medication to try and "cope" with my depression. I have been feeling like if I start eating correctly and doing the correct exercises I will be able to deal with my depression a... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 13:36:36 EST SP Superbowl Workout Someone join me in doing the Sparkpeople Superbowl Workout during the game today. It will motivate me. I'm just starting to workout so I modified the exercises that are on there. For example on the workout when there is a Sack in the game, I am running around my house 10 times instead of whatever is on the list there. Here's the Superbowl Workout page: <BR> <BR><BR>?post=the_super_bowl_exercise_game_wor<BR>k_out_while_you_watch <BR> <BR> <BR> Edit M... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 11:37:26 EST Happy Superbowl Sunday! Wishing everyone an easy and fun Superbowl Sunday! <em>208</em> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 14:38:35 EST Hello. A brief intro I have struggled with depression since my childhood. I have good days and bad. I think we all do. I used to weigh 270. I got down to153 and felt great. Between some significant life changes, and antidepressant changes, and just abandoning my "lifestyle", I have regained 50 pounds over the last 3 years. Half of it in just the last year alone. I still felt hopeful that I could get it back off, until I hit the 25 lb gained mark. Now I struggle to try to figure out what to eat that is healthy and... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 05:38:36 EST is it just me? i am not trying be to a downer here......but is it just me? or does anyone else get really pissed when you ask for advice for something and other people arent giving you advice but just telling you that you need to get on with your just really pissed at my other teams right now Sat, 1 Feb 2014 00:23:10 EST New guy Hi, new here. Name is Emily. I have been on sparks before also, but never really involved myself in the teams. I have been dealing with depression since high school. Only recently, in the past few years, I have sought counseling. And again, it no longer is. After having to go off of effexor cold turkey because of my docs being switched and medicines being so expensive and then again having to stop zoloft after a year for similar reasons i don't feel much reason to get back on another. ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:40:25 EST Not Feeling Anything It's already been such a long winter! I felt no excitement for the holidays and January has been more of the same. My family and co-workers don't notice because my shell is positive and I'm doing everything expected of me but I'm empty inside. I've been on an antidepressant for many years and have considered having my doctor increase it. <BR> <BR> Today I got out of bed at a reasonable time instead of sleeping until I absolutely have to get up. I fixed a healthy breakfast and then drove to ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:29:54 EST Looking for empathy and support Hi everyone, <BR> I tend to isolate myself so I decided to start communicating with others through this group. The weight affects my depression and the depression affects my weight. I am hoping that the tracker and belonging to a group that understands how depression lessens your activity level will help me get a little further than I usually do. Keeping my food intake to 1200 calories lasts all of two days and the 3rd day I usually want to eat a pie, or a cheesecake, or a pan of brownies. My... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:54:01 EST Diva in Progress Hi <BR> <BR> My name is Yvonne and I joined sparkpeople a few days ago...I was looking to jump start my weight loss and a new healthy eating life style. I was so amazed with all the support and information that this web site embodied. I am glad I stumbbled upon it. I am not much of a writer, but I will do my best to state who I am, and what my goals are, bear with me. <BR> <BR> I am a mother of five and a grandma to one. I am a snow bird from the north who planted myself here in Central... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:34:46 EST Awesome Apps I love my iphone & I have tried all kinds of apps.My favorites consist of: <BR> ZenLab apps~ especially the weight tracker <BR> Digifit which tracks your cardio via gps & sends you messages when you go too long without using it. It tracks distance, speed, calories burned, and time. My favorite tracker. <BR> Then there's the ACTIVE APP. It gives you events near you: 5Ks, marathons, volunteering, triatholons, 10K, and on & on. <BR> <BR> There's one app I've paid for which is ZOMBIE! RUN! 5K... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 08:55:33 EST Here's to new beginnings I thought I could do it on my own. I tried, 4 years ago. I lost 60 pounds. I gained it all back. Then a few months ago in November I thought, what's stopping me? My only obstacle is myself. So I decided to try again. I lost 30 pounds since November, and got under 200, which was one of my goals. A part of me is scared to get back down to the weight I was when I last lost weight, in fear that it won't stick this time either. But I will never get there unless I try. Every day is a struggle, and ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:40:20 EST dealing with family what do you do when your family isnt on your side about getting healthier? i am not sure what to do, its like pulling teeth to get them on the same track. i am living with my parents and my three kids under the age of five, and they love whatever i am making. but its my mom who doesnt care about her health, she tries so hard to go against whatever i want to make. what should i do? Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:05:18 EST Hi From Tennessee! Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a newbie to Sparkpeople, and I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself. My name is Charlotte, and I live in Middle Tennessee. I am a teacher at a high school Annex, married, with a beautiful 14-year-old "bonus" son. <BR> <BR> I have been "officially" diagnosed with anxiety disorder and bipolar disorder since around 1996. My psychiatrist believes that I may have had episodes as a child, and that I also had petit mal seizures, which have been linked t... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:40:10 EST Hi! Hey everyone, I'm Hilary. I've tried Sparkpeople before but ended up just fizzling out because I drove myself crazy tracking every single thing I ate and freaked out if I got more than 1000 calories a day. This time I'm focusing more on the exercise tracking, reminding myself how good it feels to watch the monthly fitness minutes go up. I've been doing some strength training plans that were recommended, and while I'm not sure if I've lost any actual weight yet, I can already feel myself getti... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:34:10 EST Hello all! Gotta get back on track. Hi, <BR> I'm 46 years old and have struggled with my weight as long as I can remember. I was working out very regularly at high intensity until about 5 years ago when a new job combined with a stubborn injury got in my way. Then came hysterectomy and bam hormonal issues that seemed to crank up my appetite while slamming on the brakes metabolically. :( Seems like my body changed very drastically in about 2 months time. I've been trying to do this alone but am realizing I need support an... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:55:07 EST Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) ? Hello, <BR> <BR> Has anyone had any experience with TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation)? I have treatment resistant major depression. I am EXTREMELY sensitive to medications and can only tolerate low doses (barely). Unfortunately, my insurance doesn't cover TMS, so I would need to pay $10K-$13K out of pocket. That's a big chunk of change. I just started Abilify only at 1mg and there are some whopper side effects for me. I'm only on day 7, so that may get better, but I'm not overly optimi... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 07:17:54 EST Introducing Ms_Mustang Greeting fellow Sparks family. I am happy to become a part of your family. I look forward to a wonderful journey of weight lost with you all. Peace and blessings. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:44:05 EST Needing support Hi all. I'm new to Sparkpeople. I've been using the site for about 3 weeks now and am finding it very helpful in learning how I can improve the quality of my food choices and increase my exercise. I've been so depressed this week, though, that I can hardly get out of bed, and preparing a healthy meal seems too much to take on. I just need to know there are others out there that can relate to my struggles and perhaps let me know how they deal with those days when they just want to stay in bed.... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:46:50 EST New Team Member Hello all my name is Crystal I am from Jersey City, NJ. Here's a little introduction of who I am and where my Journey began. I began my weightloss journey March of last year, And I tipped the scale at 335 lbs (which was my heaviest). With daily exercise and changing my eating habit I had gotten down to 298lbs (which was my lowest since high school) by November. Once november hit that's when my motivation starting slipping away. Between my mother (my weightloss partner) getting sick and stop g... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 09:14:40 EST SP looks FUN! I was reading weight loss success stories for inspiration and motivation because I am 60 lbs overweight. Someone had posted that part of their success was due to so naturally I came to the website to check it out. So here I am. I hope that this will be a tool that will work for me for my weight loss goals. It looks fun! Wed, 29 Jan 2014 00:58:40 EST Hi there! My name is Kasey McFarland (no, I'm not Irish, but someday I will go there just to hear a real Irishman say my name :)). I'm here on Spark People to start shedding the extra 30 pounds I have gained in the last 5 years working full time as a secretary after being a very busy and active stay-at-home mom for many years. Sitting all day does NOT agree with me. You know that commercial, "a body in motion stays in motion and a body at rest, stays at rest"? Well, I've been resting for 5 years and I ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:28:44 EST hello i am new here hello everyone, i am new to spark. here is a little about myself. my name is stacy and i have three beautiful children all 5 and younger. i am divorced, which put me in a depression, plus it doesnt help that i have bipolar disorder, and i am dealing with ptsd from being in the army. i try to be positive as much as possible but as most of you know, being positive isnt always easy. there are times when i feel all alone. but i hope being on spark i will get some support on not only loosing weigh... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:14:11 EST So all alone I have been depressed now for over a week. My husband and I are on disability and don't have a car. I am stuck in this small apartment 24/7. I can't go walking because of the weather (below 0 temps.) and I have no friends here. I know I have my old man and I love him very much, but, I feel so all alone. I have NO ONE to talk to and it is really statring to get to me. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any suggestions for this? Tue, 28 Jan 2014 06:30:32 EST Hello I am new to SP. I was diagnosed with depression, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and chronic back pain. I want to lose weight but all of my issues are a hindrance. I really don't have the energy or the drive to exercise or eat better because most times I don't feel worthy enough. I don't have many people to talk to or support me. Hopefully I can find that here. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:26:00 EST New to Team Hello, I have just joint Sparkpeople again after many years of being away. My first time I joined I had lost over 70 lbs and was able to keep it off until I was injured on the job, it slow creep back up and I got some off again once I was able to get mobile again. Then in 2012 I was involved in a motor vehicle accident where I was hit from behind and my vehicle was sent air born through a telephone pole and into the trees. I am now living with chronic pain lack of mobility and feeling of ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:07:06 EST Newbie I'm new to the team also. Working on recovering from Major Depression (this episode has lasted about a month) and generalized anxiety. Looking forward to the supportive environment. Thanks. <BR> <BR> PS = not sure if I'm supposed to "Reply" or "Create New Topic" within each thread, but I guess I'll figure it out! Mon, 27 Jan 2014 07:57:09 EST Checking In For Today Hi everyone! <em>524</em> From the sound of some of the posts, everyone is working hard at staying motivated. Though it has been snowing a lot here in Ohio these past couple of days plus having frigid temps at night, I did shovel snow yesterday and today. Mind you, I could not get to Curves to do the Circuit exercising yesterday and they are closed on Sundays, so I did the next best thing that would raise my heart rate; but did it on my own terms making sure I didn't overdo anything. W... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 19:39:09 EST I am new to all of this Hello. <em>213</em> <BR> My name is Erin, and I joined yesterday. I have spent the past day navigating around the site and getting used to things. I think I've got it. <BR> This isn't my first rodeo with weight loss and depression. I was abused and bullied by family and peers growing up. I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder in 2007 and PTSD in 2010. I am very much an introvert. My closest real friend is my husband. I just don't let people in because I always get hurt, or the... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 16:27:42 EST Hello! Hello, I am not new to spark, I have been a member since last year, but I am now just starting to actively use this website. My name is Tashelle, I am 27, I live in Alaska and that maybe why I have been dealing with depression so much lately, but being more active has been helping me cope with it. I am looking forward to networking with you guys. Have a great day :) Sun, 26 Jan 2014 15:43:39 EST take the good take the bad I have a friend who is struggling with her depression and it made me realize how much my own depression has returned. <BR> I cannot take much more of the cold, dark, short, windy, days. <BR> Everyone is telling her to pray or go to church, and I say, huh, is that all it takes, wow, who knew!!! <BR> It is a medical condition and just like cancer or diabetes, prayer isnt going to make it go away, or even make it better. <BR> If it did, no one would ever be depressed!!! <BR> I told her most peo... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 14:32:02 EST A commentary on my life Once a sous chef at a yach club with a very promising future, I was stricken with osteomyelitis which kept me hospitalized for a month, cost me my job, my home and robbed me of my self confidence. I am still struggling with the aftereffects of what happened and am just a shadow of my former self. Hopefully with the help of sparkpeople, I can regain some of my self confidence and learn to be happy again Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:27:00 EST Hi. I am new. Hi everyone. I am new here and looking forward to my journey to a healthier lifestyle. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 09:02:54 EST bsl1956 I am 57 years old, I need to loose at least 40 pounds I drive 40 minutes to work and back. Sit at a desk all day. For a week now my coworkers and I have been walking a mile at lunch and 2 miles in evening. I have only lost 1 pound going to keep trying. I have copd Sun, 26 Jan 2014 08:41:39 EST Isolated and loving it.... For about 2 months, I've stayed home every day (except for grocery stores and take-out places.) I haven't seen anyone. I will have stretches of maybe 2 or 3 weeks where I don't leave the house. I talk on the phone and email. I go online every day and post. I also watched TV online. But basically, I have been alone in my thoughts. And you know what? I love it! I actually feel better this way. I'm getting some sun and spending a lot of time in the backyard. I love the trees and garden. <BR> <B... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 00:58:22 EST struggling I joined this team a long time ago but never posted. I have struggled with depression for many years. Spent 15 yrs I Air Force. Am a Gulf war vet. 100% disabled mainly due to depression. Have had better moods lately until last few days. Struggling with insomnia and guilt I shouldn't feel. Thanks for listening. Jennifer Sat, 25 Jan 2014 22:57:08 EST New to Sparkpeople and Looking for Support I'm new to Sparkpeople and looking for support and strength to continue on my path to a healthy body weight. I reached an all time weight of 297 back in July 2013 and lost 55 pounds by the end of 2013. Since then I have been completely obsessed about my weight number on the scale and have gone back to eating horribly. I am terrified I am going to gain all my weight back. I am trying to break out of my obsessive, isolated brain and get back to eating normally and exercising and not overthin... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 22:06:45 EST Introduction to Team Forum Arctic Blast Greeting from NE region of Ohio! Wow, the snow is beautiful and fluffy. The colder temps that our area is experiencing lately could leaver sooner rather than later, as far as I am concerned, but hey, I'm not complaining too hard. Did take the dog out a couple times already today and shoveled for about 20 minutes. Couldn't get to my Curves Complete to workout on the cardio circuit, so I shoveled some snow. Will do some other exercises in the house in a little bit. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 14:21:18 EST Scared! Trying hard not to stay on program and stay positive! Help! Sat, 25 Jan 2014 06:09:29 EST I need will power Hello fellow weight losers. I seriously want and need to lose weight and eat healthy and exercise for my son and myself. But some place down the road I've lost my will power to do any of it. I thought that by joining this site/community it might help. Sincerely hope so. If any of you have any advice please email/text me. <BR> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:38:17 EST Fat and Depressed I am not only overweight but also suffer from depression. I have a condition known as hyperhidrosis (excessive hand and feet sweating), of course people think you are just fat and sweaty. I always thought because of the fat, depression and hyperhidrosis I wasn't good enough. Food has been my only friend and comfort when I need it. I stopped caring about myself, but now my family also has weight issues. My two kids and I can't go on like have. I need a lot of help. I have lost 2.5lbs. ... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:20:38 EST Spirituality and a Wellness Based Lifestyle From International Bipolar Foundation ( <link> </link> ) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Spirituality and a Wellness Based Lifestyle With Those Who Live With Bipolar Disorder <BR> <BR> Wednesday, February 5th at 9:00 AM PST <BR> Why should we be talking about spirituality and mental illness? Many individuals understand the essence of what it means to be a human being through their spirituality, and I find that this is even more so for those who struggle, ones living purposeful life, and th... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:00:46 EST ready to change new to this site hoping to find people that can encourage me to get this done . Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:31:30 EST New Gal in SparkPeople Town! Hey everyone, I'm Staci! Found this site by chance and I couldn't be happier! I have been on the "Weight Rollercoaster" for the past few years... UGH! I just turned 29 in December so I decided that I have... absolutely HAVE to make this year count and what better way than to dedicate not only this year, but the rest of my life to living a healthier lifestyle! I'm not trying to go on this crazy diet, because I don't want to set myself up for failure! I'm starting off with baby steps... cou... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 23:27:46 EST New Gal In Town Howdy! I'm from Texas, and I do suffer from mild depression. My name is Hailey, I'm going to nursing school so that kind of makes sense that I get emotionally crazy sometimes. I love running, being outside, playing with my dog, and camping, hunting, fishing. All around outdoors girl here! Wed, 22 Jan 2014 20:12:45 EST Introducing Myself Hi everyone on this team. I am so glad there is a team like this on SparkPeople. I am new to the whole forum and internet communication outside of facebook of course. For 2014 I decided it was time to get healthy in every way: mind, body, and soul. I would love any pointers and motivation techniques you have to share especially for those days when getting out of bed seems like so much work. :_) Wed, 22 Jan 2014 19:30:11 EST New To This......... Ok so i'm new to this, I knew I had gained some weight but going to the doctor yesterday shocked me.....need help to quit smoking and lose this weight....... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 18:07:20 EST Making decisions As a single mother of adult children I am in the process of becoming an independent contractor to allow for more time to be a grandmother as well as build something for my grandchildren and my children as well. but this grave depression came over me and this has gone on for like a year and some months although I never gave up it felt like I was giving up. I have fought with this like I said for a year and some months at first I said it was because I had lost my job then I began this job hunt ... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:23:05 EST New to the group Hello to all, I am an injured Marine Corps vet and am new to this group. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 02:49:41 EST Uh Oh! I am in the "why bother...mode." Started to tackle my weight loss last week and you would think I would be super psyched by a 7lb drop in one week, but whereas before when I was re-committing to healthy living and getting a result like that I would have had a self esteem boost; this time no luck :( Depression sure does get in the way! I just want to get in bed and escape. <BR> But I won't. Since I am in a depressed mode, what I am doing is telling myself just to accomplish one or two goals a ... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:50:42 EST Have I already sent this? Hi Everyone...trying to figure out how all the navigation tools work..I apologize if this is a repeat. But I'm looking forward to being on the team. K Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:44:56 EST Hello. Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> My name is Jesse. I'm a single mother of a 16 year old. I work full time and attend school full time. I was diagnosed as bi-polar when I was 15 and my daughter was diagnosed at 9. Life is never boring in my house, it seems as if when I'm having a good day, she's having a bad one and vice versa. I have a few extra pounds that I need to take off. Exercising seems to be my problem. I never seem to have the energy or the drive to get it done. Does anyone have an... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:46:41 EST Pay It forward Dealing with depression most of my life I have found that doing something to help another person ( without expecting anything in return) can help with depression. It is not a magic pill or a quick fix but it is something that can make an impact in another persons life as well as your own. <BR> <BR> So, maybe we can take a week to pay it forward in some way how many times you wish to do it.. you can bring healthy food to someone, you can spend time with someone who really needs it or help ge... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:25:53 EST Build a Home Gym on Any Budget <link><BR>/equipment/budget-home-gyms/?sssdmh=dm<BR>17.718332&esrc=nwfitdailytip012014#page=1 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> An easier solution than me sharing everything I get in my email box may be that you get you own subscription! <em>211</em> <link> </link> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:27:46 EST Interesting Article on Misdiagnoses! <link><BR>head-to-toe/common-health-misdiagnoses<BR>/?sssdmh=dm17.717392&esrc=nwycdi012014 </link> <BR> <BR> Because I've been feeling so bad for so long I found this very insightful & important. I am really interested in the thyroid issue. I hope you enjoy reading this too. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:19:49 EST Hello Hello everyone. It is really nice to meet all of you. I'm not very good with forums..... Anyway, I finally have acknowledged the fact that until I get me dealt with, I'm not going to be able to get anywhere in life. The biggest battle is dealing with severe PTSD. Too much has happened to me in a relatively short time period and now I just don't care about anything. It doesn't help that I have ZERO motivation and ZERO people in a "support group." <BR> Today I just am. I'm neither happy nor sa... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 07:24:40 EST St John's Wort? Has anyone tried St. John's Wort for their depression & if so, did it help? <BR> Does any one have a different natural remedy that has helped them? <BR> Thanks! Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:46:52 EST new to this group! I'm Julie from Springfield, MO, and am new to this group. Working on getting healthy and fit. Leaving for the gym now! Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:57:07 EST trying to make a good day out of a sort of bad day Going out of town with my mother to visit my daughter and granddaughter. Normally this would be the highlight of my week; however, I had something happened this weekend between my daughter and myself that has upset me a great deal. I am still going because I promised my mother and I want to see my granddaughter. So for those reasons, I am putting my big girl panties on and hitting the road. I will not allow these depressed feelings ruin my day!! I will not let these depressed feelings r... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:31:10 EST Hello Everyone I am here to get healthier and loose 100 lbs in the next 2yrs. Looking for friends and encouragement. I am still trying to learn how to use sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> Add me as a friend and let the fun begin. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 17:11:35 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I am really excited to be here. I can already tell this is a great community. <BR> <BR> I'm not really good at these " introduce yourself" posts. My goal is to lose 100 pounds. My scale isn't the greatest so I've been gauging my weight loss more by my clothing than the scale. I actually started walking last November. So far, I've dropped 2 jean sizes. Just this morning I changed my route because I was getting bored and really kicked butt. I'm feeling pretty proud of... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 16:30:06 EST Hello to all! I am back on SparkPeople after a long time gone. I'm a single mom of four wonderful kids. An 11 yr old daughter & 15 yr old triplet boys. I work part-time at a middle school cafeteria which I love. I was diagnosed with MS in 2003 which has been in remission for the past 7 yrs. I really want to lose the weight this time around. The GERD, hip & knee pain is bad not to mention the depression that has set in recently. My mother had bariatric surgery 2 years ago but has not lost much weight so I ... 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