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 Depression buddy? Hi, I'm Em. I'm 20. I have very bad depression and recently its gotten worse and more complicated. I'm trying to lose weight, I'm 190 and want to be 125 lbs. I would love someone who also has depression to be able to talk with, unjudgementally and openly and with optimism. By optimism I mean someone who doesnt want to just sit and wallow in this chemical imbalance, but someone who is trying, and is willing to do everything they can to find some sort of calm in depression. Optimistic. Someone ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 03:03:51 EST Healthy Momma Hello there people on the internet just wanted to introduce myself. <BR> My name is Sarah Holt and I am a first time momma and a diabetic. I joined the site in hopes of losing some weight to control my sugars so i can live a healthy and long life with my loving fiance and beautiful little boy. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 02:47:51 EST Those who pray, please do so!! I really hate to sound selfish, but I could use some prayers right now. This has been an absolutely horrible week! Tuesday I had a really bad asthma attack at work and was sent to urgent care. After waiting about 30-40 minutes from the time we entered the urgent care, I was taken to a room. Then, about 15 minutes later the nurse practitioner came in. She listened to me and said I wasn't getting any air in my lungs. She ordered a breathing treatment. It took like another 20 minutes to get the ... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 21:22:00 EST Here I go again, but the fight to loose is harder <em>4</em> my first week small loss but thanks to your system I learned a lot. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 18:57:47 EST Looking for a Partner in Crime Hi! I'm Laurie. I am 59 years old and about 50 lbs overweight. I want to get my weight under control before it causes me serious health problems. My goal is to lose a couple of pounds a week by eating more healthy food and less comfort food and by becoming more active. I'd like to meet some like-minded people on this site that I can work together with by coaching and encouraging each other. Wed, 3 Feb 2016 22:21:26 EST I am leaving for awhile I will be having a right knee replacement on Monday, Feb. 8 and then will go into rehab for up to 3 weeks. I will not have availability to a computer so will not be on SP for the time that I am away. I was told there may be, not positive public computers at rehab, but you can't stay on them for long. I may be able to post a quick status or spin. I know I won't be able to respond to posts like I do now. I will certainly miss the support and genuine caring that I feel from this team. Know... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 09:04:05 EST carlene <BR> im very much over weight and miserable. i hate the fact that i have done this to myself with boredom and depression . all three of my girls want me to l9se and they want me to be happy again. my husband is not a good support person he is very much an enabler. so this is pretty tough but two days in and im doin good <BR> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 16:59:20 EST bluejeanslady Good Monday morning, decided to join spark because I think I will do better with help and support from others like myself. I am a carb freak, oatmeal for breakfast, lunch I usually good but if not then I am looking for candy etc, dinner I try to cook healthy unless I am exhausted then it's something quick. I am addicted to Coke 0 for the caffeine throughout the day and change to caffeine free at 6:00.. I also drink V8-Energy drinks 50 calories but I tell myself it's healthy because fruit an... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:45:24 EST Hey, new to the group. So I thought I'd join this group. I feel like I've been depressed most of my life. I seem to be a natural born failure. I'll manage to not be depressed when I have something to be hopeful about but nothing I do really seems to get me any appreciable results. I'm sure it's nothing new to humanity, it's just very frustrating to consistently fail in life, to always be the outsider, and to have people tell you that you just need to try harder. <BR> <BR> Part of me says I shouldn't even pos... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 16:06:23 EST HI I m great fan of spark people hi <BR> <BR> I am from india . fighting with weight issue for last 7 years. want to get rid off excess weight during 2016-17. want your support.. thanks Sun, 31 Jan 2016 11:44:44 EST new to spark people and team Just some quick information on me. I will be 43 next month and i live alone. So cooking for one is hard for me especially since I learned to cook in large quantities. I drink diet pepsi, I want to get off the caffeine habit since soda has caffeine and other flavorings, not sure what. I want to drink more water. I guess that is my first 2 baby steps stop drinking soda and drink more water no excuses. <BR> <BR> I have many medical issues that accompany my obesity such as high blood pressure, ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 04:24:34 EST how do you build a broken self esteem? i dont know what happened, when i was in college i was pretty ok. But things got pretty rocky when i had series of failures in my career. Did you have instances where there's something that blowed your self esteem? How were you able to get up? Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:55:26 EST A timely reminder.In need of a shoulder to lean on "Sometimes people come into our lives for a reason or a season. These encounters change our life or change their life so let's try to leave a positive impact on everyone we meet." ~ CaringJoy, <BR> <BR> I wanted to share this on the team wall but could not..Hope you all like it too =) <BR> <BR> I think lately I have been struggling a lot with people - friends to close relationships - fluttering in and out and my life. As a social yet shy person when someone leaves my life it impac... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 02:16:46 EST Debbie Hi all I am using spark to help me count protein in my diet goal is 60 - 65 I had a gastric bypass 2 months ago, so not really a diet I am on but only soft foods that are dense in protein Can only take portions of half a cup or so every 2 to 3 hours. Suppose stay away from sweet but I did a few chocolates over Christmas. So far I am down 47 lbs got 60 to go. just starting to exercise now as I had to wait and make sure everything was healed. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 23:52:49 EST Hello! Hi! I am not brand new to Sparkpeople, but I am just getting started with exploring the community this site has to offer. I am excited for this journey, and can't wait to hear new ideas, share progress, and motivate one another. I'll have to explore things a little more, but I just wanted to say hi and start making connections! Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:54:36 EST new to spark people, glad to be here I have many medical conditions, I can't really blame my weight on my conditions but what I can do is change my lifestyle around to get healthier and happier. I want to exercise more and eat healthy. And drink plenty of water. I have watched many you tube videos on weight loss yesterday and today and I searched the net and found this site, hoping to change my life around one healthy habit at a time. I am a little depressed because this weekend we got at lest 15 inches of snow here in Delaw... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:40:58 EST Hello Here to hopefully keep myself motivated and moving in the right direction. :) Sat, 23 Jan 2016 16:27:40 EST My daily fight. Hey everyone. My name is Sarah. I've been struggling with depression since I was about eight years old. That's the first time I tried to kill myself. I grew up in a bad family situation and turned to food as my Savior. All my life I've been overweight, and I feel like that's a big part of my depression. Letting myself get lost in all that food. That's why I'm here though I am bipolar and schizophrenic with borderline personality disorder but most importantly I'm a fighter. I'm looking for fri... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 16:05:54 EST I'm yet another newbie I have depression and anxiety. This is probably because I grew up in a dysfunctional family with a verbally abusive father, churches ostracized me for having problems, and school groups didn't think verbal abuse was "real". I withdrew from people, started cutting myself, and eventually hit the last straw and tried to kill a family member. My parents finally agreed something was wrong at that point, and took me to get counseling and psychiatry. within 2 years of that, they divorced. Now I am a... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 16:01:48 EST Go Cards My brother lost 100 lbs on this program a few years ago. It gave him a new lease on life. Last week I underwent knee surgery, prior to surgery I lost 14.2 lbs on my way to 30. Feel like I am in a bit of a rut, but getting more active every day... NO crutches now, but could use some love from the SP team. GO Thu, 21 Jan 2016 11:22:04 EST Announcment from Coach Jen Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Two new things launched today that I wanted to let you know about: <BR> <BR> 1. On the Nutrition Tracker, you can now make a “Quick Entry.” This basically lets you add a calorie/carb/fat/protein value to a meal, without searching for a food, nor adding a manual food. <BR> <BR> 2. We used to let people share 1 piece of content for 3 points a day. We now let you share up to 3 pieces, and at 3 points per piece, you can get 9 points a day. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> C... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 16:48:12 EST Hello everyone! My name is Ali and I just joined. My weight loss goal is to weigh less than 150lbs. I currently weight 220 pounds and I'm extremely embarrassed about it. I'm afraid to go out in public because I always think that people will make fun of me for being so fat. I suffer from major depression and ptsd (part of my trauma history is connected to body-image issues, which is a major barrier in my weight loss journey). <BR> I'm looking for support around weight-loss with the added challenge of mental ... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:17:09 EST Hello! Hello - I don't do social media but I am jumping in!!! I just joined this forum, thank you so much for the invite. I'm still getting used to the web site and all it has to offer and mostly how to navigate. I joined the Resolution Challenge to begin again. I joined years ago and quit so starting anew! I'm very excited and motivated to make this happen! I lost 50 lbs with weight watchers but then plateaued and gave up (lacked motivation to continue, was angry about having to continue, etc.)... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 10:02:18 EST Hi, I'm Not So New... Hey everyone!! It would be a former participant of this Team &amp; SP. My Username was BAYBOY6385 but b/c I was having issues logging in and or posting I became frustrated and closed the account. <BR> <BR> Not a bright move me thinks. Now I must start anew. Please if we were buddies add me again if you wish. I welcome new adds as well. <BR> <BR> Much thanks &amp; it is great to be back. <BR> <BR> Tony <BR> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:31:06 EST Hi I am new Good Morning to all.... As I set here and tell you about me I am at my desk at work where I spend most of my time. I work 40 hours and have to drive 45 minutes to get to work. I am the primary bread winner in my home and this is a struggle for me. I am a mother of 4 beautiful girls and have 3 grand babies. I have never seen my grand babies and the other 2 children I have not seen in a long time. This is part of the depression that I deal with. I hope that this group will help me come to terms... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 07:59:56 EST Good morning from a newbie Morning all. <BR> I'm Mina. I just signed up here today to try to take off some of this extra weight I've been carrying. <BR> <BR> I'm 35, recently married (2 months), with 2 dogs. <BR> <BR> I've had some health problems recently which has prevented me from exercising, and has kept me in a bit of a depressive funk, so I've been an emotional eater for a while. <BR> <BR> i'm trying to train myself to have a healthier relationship with food, and exercise. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you all... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 09:16:56 EST Another Newbie... Hi Folks, <BR> <BR> Really not a complete newbie. I was here a few years back, but gave up. Not sure if starting again at this time is the best of ideas, as we're smack dab in the middle of winter, which is always one of the worst times for me, but if I wait for a time when I'm not depressed, it will never happen. I want this to work. <BR> <BR> A little about me: I'm a 42 year old divorced mother of 2 nearly adult kids (17 and 21 still at home). I live on Cape Ann, Massachusetts (that... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 17:15:43 EST in need of a change Hello Everyone, <BR> Have set my mind to making some changes in my life. Looking for positive people to give encouragement Sat, 16 Jan 2016 21:37:11 EST Need some advice or insight.... Hopefully someone will help me with this... I have a friend (yes for real friend) who is very depressed. She is passive/aggressively (in my opinion) trying to commit suicide. She is doing some out of character behaviors for her that are potentially harmful. I have tried to talk with her about some of this but she doesn't think she is doing anything wrong but she continues to make statements about how life sucks and there is no hopeful end in sight... now I am NOT for suicide, I am not a go... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 18:25:46 EST New to Forum but... Hi everyone. My name is Michelle, and this has been my 2nd (or 3rd) go around with SP. I joined this forum because I have been dealing with depression for a number of years, although I haven't been clinically diagnosed. I believe that I have depression because for a number of years now I have lost the passion to do a lot of things that I love. I continue to work toward doing those things that give me joy again, but it is a slow process and sometimes not easy "psychologically speaking". <BR> O... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 15:31:55 EST Hopeful Hi everyone. My name is Sandra. I am 42 years old and I weigh more than I ever have in my life. I quit smoking on December 20, 2015 and now trying to get healthy. I suffer from PTSD plus manic depressive disorder which developed in 2013. I fight with it every day even though I am on 5 different medicines. Dealing with weight issues does not help with the depression. I turn to food whenever I am bored, stressed, moody or any other time. I thought smoking would be the hardest thing I ever did b... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 14:32:43 EST It's a new day! 52 year old looking for a buddy... Hey y'all...I'm 52 year-old guy and I'm looking for a buddy with whom we can virtually walk side-by-side to meet our wellness goals. I'm an Evangelical Christian which to me is an important part of how I view all of life, not just food, so finding someone who shares those values is probably a good idea but it's for sure not a deal-breaker or anything. Any takers? Thu, 14 Jan 2016 13:14:46 EST New here, but not new to depression Hi. Depression has pretty much been a lifetime companion---worse in winter. Starting this to see if I can maintain some consistency in my day-to-day battle to see and celebrate the positive. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 13:01:03 EST Tips on finding a therapist Hello! I've just rejoined SP, and as part of my Get Healthier goals, I'd like to find a therapist. Any tips on the best way to do this? <BR> <BR> I've done plenty of therapy in the past, but it usually involved going to an office, crying for half an hour, and going home not feeling a whole lot better. This time around I'd like to find someone I can talk to about specific issues (including depression, career/work, creativity, and anxiety) and actually make some action plans. <BR> <BR> I kno... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 16:36:10 EST Hello, My name is Mallory. Hi everyone, My name is Mallory and I am 22 years old. <BR> I am here in hopes of losing some weight. I am currently 186 pounds and am hoping to lose 30 pounds. My depression has lead me to view food as a form of comfort. The last year, particularly, has been tough. I had been accepted into my program of choice at college but later dropped out due to my anxiety and depression. I have also began a new job recently (which I love) but some of the new challenges it has brought me (so far) has cau... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 00:26:28 EST Staying Motivated Hello! <BR> <BR> I joined sparkpeople about 1,000 years ago and keep getting busy, distracted, or unmotivated and abandon it. I love the ideaaa of sparkpeople, when I'm on I'm ON. I love the ability to track my food, exercise and progress. It's such a fantastic tool but how do I remind myself to keep coming back? <BR> <BR> I guess I want to ask how you all how you stay motivated and remind yourself to use the tools at hand. I have never utilized the forum section or the community. I want to... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 14:55:03 EST Just getting started Hi I just started with Sparkpeople yesterday and still learning my way around. I'm not even sure I'm joining teams properly. I join a goal and it takes me to another area of the site. Bare with me and if you see I'm doing something wrong please let me know. Fri, 8 Jan 2016 08:22:09 EST Hi I'm Diana I am a 61 year old Mother of 3, Grandmother of 13, and wife of 42 years. I have battled weight all my life. At one point I weighed 380 lbs and was given 5 years to live if I didn't have gastric bypass surgery. That was 13 years ago. The surgery went well but was done the old fashioned way. They took out parts of my stomach and intestines. So my ability to eat a lot at one setting is not a problem. But I did find I could eat a little all day long! At my one year mark I was down to 160 lbs. But... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 17:14:41 EST Adele, the Everywoman For those like me who usually miss the viral, Adele's selfie. It helps. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>jpg:large </link> Thu, 7 Jan 2016 16:03:53 EST Hi, I'm new to this site! I'm new to this site! I've struggled with depression for 25 years. Some of my meds make it difficult to lose weight. Hopefully with support and all the other great spark team tools I will be able to make it this time. Glad to be here! Thu, 7 Jan 2016 12:02:06 EST HELP I NEED MOTIVATION Hello I am a 20 year old college student who is overweight and has pre-diabetes. I am wanting to lose 95 pounds this year. I need constant support and motivation from someone who is willing to help me. Thu, 7 Jan 2016 02:06:03 EST Hey all nice to meet you!!! I'm Katie I'm looking for some friends on here I can help motivate and who can motivate me as well! I hope to hear from you! I love making new friends :-) Wed, 6 Jan 2016 22:36:25 EST New Girl in the Neighborhood Hi :) I'm new to SparkPeople. I'm working toward Duodenal Switch surgery in July or August. I'm 47, divorce and mom to a 15 year old boy. I have Major Depressive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. <BR> <BR> I work from home taking customer service calls annnnnd I sing. I can't think of anything else to add at this point lol. Nice to meet y'all Wed, 6 Jan 2016 18:40:41 EST Hi From a New Person Hi! I'm a freelance artist working from home. I like knitting, books, walking, and Zachary Levi. I have PCOS which makes losing weight really hard, but the weight makes PCOS worse, so I'd like to lose 80 pounds. That would put me at 160 pounds which is the last weight I remember looking at myself and thinking "Yeah, I look good right now." <BR> <BR> I've been fighting depression for a few years now. PCOS doesn't help with moods, but for the last two months, I had more bad days than good ones... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 18:33:10 EST Having a day of remembering. Last night my better half called his baby sister and was talking about the baby she just lost. I myself lost a baby 30 years ago. Immediately I felt that pang of loss that still to this day cuts deep. All day I have thought about my Danny and what kind of a man he would have grown up to be had life not thrown me a curve ball. I have 2 grown girls now who have each given me a granddaughter. All of them are the joy of my life, however, sometimes I still have the deep sadness of missing one... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 16:23:08 EST Help with gym memberships Just wanted those of you out there on social security or those who's income is low, some gyms offer sponsorships to help you out. I am on social security and believe me it's not much. Someone told me about the Y's sponsorship program and I thought might try it, what have I got to lose. Well it worked out for me, I only have to pay 13 dollars a month for membership and that includes all of their classes. So it has been wonderful to learn of these programs and I just wanted to pass it on. I... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 15:33:09 EST needing to get it done i am married with two girls 24 and 17 ive currently lost 50 lbs on my own but now im stuck and i need to lose more for my better health so im looking for some healthy help, no pills or drinks or having to spend money on special food. so i am hoping for this community to help me get this done. i am so eager to check in daily and keep this going. Tue, 5 Jan 2016 22:19:17 EST Migraines Just wondering if anyone on here also struggles with migraines? I know there are other groups, but from what I've seen, this is the most active. I also know stress and depression go hand in hand with migraines and tension headaches. Its hard to eat healthy when you have a migraine. I've had one for two days and I just couldn't force myself to eat a salad or anything like that. I'm at school so all I had was the cafeteria's options and some apples in my dorm. Any advice would help. Thanks! Tue, 5 Jan 2016 22:09:22 EST Thanking someone several years later I've written a couple of times in the past about having been inpatient for depression. That was eight years ago. My going to the ER was not by choice, but, after speaking with the psychiatry resident who was on duty in the ER that day, he saw that I wasn't a danger to myself or anyone. He'd have sent me home, had I wanted, but he suggested that I admit myself in view of what we discussed and my previous 15 months. I took the suggestion, signed in and was there for 12 days, I think. Altho... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 18:47:57 EST Big JG I'm a 6'4" 320lb male who should be a 6'4" 230lb male. I suffer from Rheumatoid arthritis and my activity level has pretty much hit zero because of pain and inability to move easily. I really want to get back in better shape. I know I'll never be an Olympian but would really like to feel better about myself. Wish me luck Mon, 4 Jan 2016 19:01:49 EST Just joined Hi just joined SparkPeople. I know I need to do something. In August of 2014 my daughter, Sherri, died of cancer, and 5 days later my husband died of cancer. It has been a rough journey. It seems in the last 6 months I have started packing on weight. I was already to heavy and now I weight 10-12 pounds more. I am hoping to get my self back on track. With the grief and spending so much time alone gaining has been easy. I turn to food, when I am stresses. Thie last year and a half have been ver... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 16:38:18 EST Antidepressants and weight gain Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've slowly gained 20 pounds over the past 3 years. I started a new relationship back then, and am comfortable and happy - so...happiness they say. However, it has become worse with the addition of antidepressants. I've gained another 10 pounds since August (total of 30 pounds in the 3 years) when I started taking Cipralex 10 mg daily, and Remeron (7.5mg - 1/2 tab of the lowest dose) occasionally for sleep. Even that small dose makes me hungry. I am exercising at least 30 m... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 12:01:22 EST Hi, folks! I just started SP again on Jan. 1. I'd lost 65 pounds using this website a couple of years ago, but when things got rough in my life, I started abusing food again, so I've regained about half of that weight. <BR> <BR> I was tempted not to join this group, because despite the fact that I say depression is nothing to be ashamed of, apparently in my heart of hearts I don't believe that. I don't want anyone to know. <BR> <BR> However, the wiser part of me really does understand that there... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 21:37:46 EST New here Hi, I signed up a while back but finally here to come out of my shell. I was diagnosed with severe depression quite recently but I have had it all my life. I also have been thinking like a victim for a very long time but all that did was damage me in so many ways, such as putting on an obscene amount of weight. I hate how I look but fortunately it's still some time before it is summer and I need to start eating well and moving more, perhaps that will help me feel better. I am not worried abou... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 20:34:05 EST Communicating Mental Pain Hello All! <BR> I am in the beginning of stages of planning out a non-profit based on peer to peer connection for mental health. One of the goals around the organization is communicating mental pain effectively. I am curious if the published literature matches reality and to genuinely get a straw poll of how others tackle this consistent problem. <BR> <BR> How to do communicate mental pain or discomfort to family? friends? significant others? Sun, 3 Jan 2016 19:48:02 EST Determined to make a change! Hello all! <BR> I joined about a week ago- this is my second time on SparkPeople. I have yo-yo'd with my weight for years and am now committing to make a healthy lifestyle change so that the yo-yoing stops. I have two young boys, 2 and 4, and I want to have more energy for them. I also want to have more energy for me, but my biggest push is being a good role model for them, which includes having a healthy relationship with food (which is unfortunately very hard for me). <BR> <BR> I have 90 ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 14:57:43 EST Hello! Hello! I am Jen and I am 35, single, and battling major depressive disorder. One of my ultimate life goals is to be able to manage my depression without the use of psychotropic medications and I feel that SparkPeople provides many useful tools that will enable me to eventually live a healthier and medication-free life. <img src=""> Sun, 3 Jan 2016 12:01:18 EST Checking In... I met my old boyfriend after many years. Although he's not currently available, meeting him has motivated me to start being willing to take better care of myself and to lose weight. Sun, 3 Jan 2016 09:48:23 EST Anyone familiar with FLR? Need advice desperately. Sun, 3 Jan 2016 05:56:52 EST New Day I'm 67 and a caregiver to my mother (87) who has dementia. I was going to Weight Watchers and decided to stop paying the $45 a month. I need a support system and Sparks seems to offer much more then WW. Your support system is totally amazing. I'm not sure if the Fitbit will work with Sparks but it stills tells me how many steps I take. As it is extremely late for me now (1 am) I will start my new adventure one step at a time. Sun, 3 Jan 2016 04:07:07 EST Hello looking to lose weight this year and need all of the support that I can get :) Sat, 2 Jan 2016 15:56:02 EST Hello Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm not new to Spark People. I've been using it on and off for several years. I kind of hate tracking, but find it's necessary in order to manage my food intake. <BR> <BR> I've been taking anti depressants for six months now and have gained some weight. I'm not at my highest weight ever, but getting pretty close at 180 pounds now. It's very uncomfortable and now I have to make the effort to try and lose. <BR> <BR> Cheers, <BR> Chloe Sat, 2 Jan 2016 14:48:43 EST Yeap i'm here!! But i'm smiling and i'm excited about conquering depression and weight this year!!! Fri, 1 Jan 2016 19:57:44 EST Hello Hello all! I am a 29 yr old working mother of 3 and wife of an active duty airman. I have suffered from depression and anxiety for about 8 yrs now off and on. I was able to lose the weight with my first 2 children but not with the baby which in turn is affecting my depression! I am ready to get my life back together and learn to love myself again and get my weight back under control! Fri, 1 Jan 2016 13:54:54 EST Happy New Year from New Zealand We are now 10 minutes into 2016. We have finished with FIFTEEN YEARS in the new Millennium .... MAN time goes fast! <BR> <BR> Have a safe and Happy New Year everyone. <BR> <BR> Kris <BR> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 06:11:20 EST A double-edged cliche came true the happy way I don't mind when a cliche bears truth and when its truth bears out. What I mind is the dumbness of the cliche. That aside, one proved itself this morning and made a happy difference in my mood. If the following seems a bit "written" for a forum, it is. It's in progress for another location, but I thought of DWD as I was writing. <BR> ----------------------------------- <BR> <BR> "Today is December 30, 2015. Knowing that I would be buying more than I could carry home with my two tiny ha... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 15:21:54 EST Finally ready for change Hello everyone, I'm finally ready to get my life back instead of fighting it. My short term goals are simple. Exercise at least three times per week and eat healthier. Some of my long term goals are to lose 47 pounds to reach 225 and live a healthy lifestyle overall. I look forward to learning and supporting the groups I am part of. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 13:06:05 EST Having trouble sleeping? ....... ........ Then try this: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ticle.cfm?c_id=6&amp;objectid=11444015 </link> <BR> <BR> It is an interesting read, and a technique I have used at times, thinking it was all my own 'invention' - LOL! <BR> <BR> Kris Tue, 29 Dec 2015 17:19:31 EST New here! Hello there! My name is Melodie, I just want to introduce myself! I'm 25 and plan on doing things better in 2016! Tue, 29 Dec 2015 11:19:13 EST Hi to all Sparks People Hi, I joined Sparkpeople today because I need help losing weight. I have been over weight most of my adult life and have tried every diet program under the sun, they work short term but I alway regain the lost weight. My hope is to start by losing weight in 30 pounds increments. I love to quilt and be with my three cats and visit with my grand kids. I hope to meet some great members on this site. Thank you for any suggestions that you may have. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 22:42:42 EST In a pit Hello I'm dealing with depression, weight gain and health issues since the death of my mom in February.I want 2016 to be the year I take back control of my life Mon, 28 Dec 2015 15:33:08 EST Hi I am Jae...I suffer with Chronic Depression..which means it has been with me most of my life. I also suffer with SED...I want to lose weight..Makes it difficult when I want to turn to food for comfort. Glad to be a part of the team. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 11:15:56 EST Hi I am Shelia I am 55 years old and am 53lbs away from weighing 300lbs! I am 6ft tall, but this is much to heavy for even that. I was always skinny growing up. I gained a lot of weight in my early 30's, but did the Fat-Free Diet and lost 60lbs. I was able to keep it off for over 12 years and then thought that I could go back to eating everything that I wanted. I also quit exercising. Prior to this time, I did aerobics and walked. I just got off the road this past year. I was traveling for 8 years with my j... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 07:12:31 EST Over weight and over it! Hello I'm Dianah a 57 year old married woman over weight by 60 pounds. Does anyone live in Indiana and if so where. I live in Carlisle In. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 00:08:57 EST It's been a long time I feel like I have been putting my life on hold for quite a long while now. I used to be active and loved going places. I was starting to feel more upbeat and energetic. Everything feels so hopeless right now. I was so proud of myself as I have been weaning off Cymbalta and I was finally losing some much needed weight. All went to Hell. The 25lbs I lost found me again and I am back in a deep depression. I am in such a rut. I can't stand looking at myself. All I see is an over weight unhappy p... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 20:57:39 EST Don't try to fix me . . . I'm not broke, yet My name is Liz and I have always been skinny and not have to work for it. About 5 years ago I started taking a medication that has very low side affects except it makes you eat. I've gained 40 pounds and I am very depressed about it which isn't helpful. I have always been a very outgoing person but lately it seems I just push myself to do the things I have to do and seclude myself. However, I have decided that I am determined to lose the weight, quit smoking, stop drinking soda and get my lif... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 21:15:46 EST Journey of a thousand miles starts with one step! Hello dear team members! <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are planning great resolutions for the new year! <BR> I thought I'd stop by to share some of the festive cheer and also the joyous state that I'm currently in :D <BR> <BR> I was a regular user of SP 5 months back and made a commitment to lose weight. However I fell off the wagon over time... work commitments got the better of me and also I felt guilty that I wasn't progressing as well, lots of talk but no real resul... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 18:09:22 EST NEWBIE Hi, My name is Heather. I am trying something new to lose weight Wed, 23 Dec 2015 11:20:48 EST Depression during certain time I was wondering if anyone else feels this way. I can go to work and feel fine. i am a fully functioning person. I am able to make decisions and put on a happy face. The moment I leave the office I depressed, I have anxiety, I can't sleep and just want to isolate and be by myself. I have a family which I love very much. I cancel engagements with other people because I just can't face seeing people. I don't know why I am able to turn it on and off? Does anyone have any insight. I woul... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 11:19:47 EST Hi There! Hi My name is Stefanie, and I am new to this is towards the end of my first week. I need to loose 60 lbs and my Body fat is around 37, and needs to be 18, so working hard. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 11:50:15 EST Hi, New Member I was looking for a forum to discus Nutrition and this looks like a great one! Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:25:26 EST So proud! The concept of mental health recovery has been in my head for the last few months and I just have to share how proud of myself I am. I have been in various situations recently that were very much outside my comfort zone. Typically, I withdraw and allow either the anger, depression, anxiety, or all of the above to take charge. I had loved ones yelling at me for things that I know I didn't do and rather than retreat or attack, I said my peace and choose to walk away from those situations. It is... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 01:23:35 EST Most Days Are Sunny Hi, I am Sandra. While most days are sunny and I am okay some have a seeming never-ending black cloud. I am a nursing student and about three semesters away from graduation. It has been hard being away from family, and my bad habits took reign in my life. After some very dark weeks, I started to see some light. I have decided that what I need most is some radical self-care, each and every day. I have been doing fairly well and now I am ready to start taking more baby steps. I would like to lo... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 13:28:49 EST I need some hope <img src=""> Mon, 14 Dec 2015 12:30:02 EST Newbie Hi! This is my first day here. I have downloaded this app a million times, but finally decided to actually see if I can get what I need/want out of it, and give it a fair try. I can honestly say that my weight has always been a viscous cycle for me. I have struggled with it my whole life, and it has gotten worse after the birth of my youngest a little over 2 years ago. I dealt with horrible post-partem, and after a divorce and subsequent struggles, have had a hard time. I just started Lexapro... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 14:18:21 EST My Recovery, at Last? I've been feeling much better since Thanksgiving.I'm not experiencing anxiety attacks or depression for the most part. Maybe it's the holidays. I've given myself permission to take time off from working and have the excuse of the time of year. Retailers are busy, but not consultants - or at least not as much. I'm losing my anxiety around work issues and have actually started to think about planning for 2016. <BR> <BR> I experienced a mental health crisis this spring and summer. I ended up in... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 13:34:12 EST Hello! New to SP I joined 4 days ago. Been learning the tools and getting used to the site. I have been fighting my weight for a few years, and since August of last year, it has been much harder since my heart attack caused by a reaction to steroids for treatment of ezcema. I am a mom of two girls, 19 and 13 years old. I want to get healthy so I can be there for them and have fun with them. I understand to get physically healthy I need to be emotionally healthy, and vise versa. It seems overwhelming rig... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 06:11:43 EST Hello Hello! I just joined the team today. I have been dealing with anxiety and depression for years, it has been A rough year. I'm glad to be here to relate to others who are going through the same thing. I have been on SparkPeople for years. I once lost over 70 pounds, but I gave all that back plus more weight. I have gone back to using food as my comfort and that's never a good thing to do. Right now I'm in the habit of I eat either too much or not enough and need to get that under control. Loo... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 09:14:05 EST STARTING NEW JANUARY 1, 2016 HI, EVERYONE IM CHEROKEE AND I'M 340POUNDS AND IM HERE, BECAUSE DUE TO MY SICKNESS AND MY OWN FAULT ALSO, IM OVERWEIGHT BUT WITH GOD AND YOUR HELP, I KNOW I CAN DO IT, THANKS!!! Mon, 7 Dec 2015 16:06:09 EST HELLO! Hi, I'm Brianna! I am 23 years old and have two beautiful babies, a 5 year old girl and 7 month old boy. I have been dealing with some major anxiety and depression for the last few months. I just always feel like crying and I don't know what to do. I want to lose weight and be healthy. I was taking some medication for my depression but I decided to try and stop because I'm not much into taking pills. I am also engaged! Well, that's pretty much it! Have an awesome day! Mon, 7 Dec 2015 13:33:54 EST Just cause... I found the following list, on MindBodyGreen, of reminders to help when you get discouraged and wanted to share: <BR> <BR> 1. You are so much more than your setbacks. <BR> <BR> 2. You belong in this world just as you are. Celebrate your weird, quirky, beautiful self. <BR> <BR> 3. Your dreams matter and they want to be realized, so give yourself permission to dream more. <BR> <BR> 4. How your life feels is more important than how it looks. Trust yourself more. <BR> <BR> 5. When you sto... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 00:47:32 EST Emotional undertaking I wasn't sure what to title this topic because it's really just a slew of things I see that I do that bring me down. <BR> First I should start at when I noticed my problem. <BR> I started losing weight and got down to under 200lbs, but things went to hell in Sept of 2014. <BR> I lost my job and I was feeling a bit happy at first but the new job I have was more hard work and a longer day involved. <BR> Then I started to feel hurt and depressed when I started feeling like everyone in the hous... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 11:23:43 EST The scale is a villian I have given up on scales. I won't even let my Dr. tell me if I have lost or gained weight. I know I am losing because of my clothes, but I just don't care how much. I am okay with who I am. I am eating right mostly, and if I pass through the drive through I forgive myself and the next meal will be a good one. Wed, 2 Dec 2015 22:19:49 EST Hello I'm Larry and i wanted to join during the holiday season so i don't go out of control Tue, 1 Dec 2015 11:25:38 EST Hi I'm new Hello team of random strangers across the world, <BR> <BR> What a strange world we live in. So many different lives, so many of the same struggles. I am feeling heavy and depressed, going through culture shock after having moved abroad to be with my husband. In my thirties now; have gone down this road of seeking a healthy mind and body over and over again; and find myself back, seemingly, at the beginning, again. <BR> <BR> I feel like I have so many of the tools needed to live a healthy li... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:39:41 EST Hello, I'm a newbie to the team Hello, My name is Mary. I am 39. I live NV and work in the Tradeshow Industry. I stepped on the scale sometime back and saw the largest number I have ever seen. I was mad and sad at myself for allowing the weight to pile on. I went from a very busy, active, position at my job to a very sedentary, office, not-so-busy position. I love the outdoors but just no longer have the motivation or courage to go be in it. I am hoping that the support and people I meet will help. <BR> Thank you, <BR> Ma... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:33:58 EST Thank You for Existing! Hi, I'm RRLK1960, <BR> I appreciate this website and all of you on here so very much. I have repeating clinical depression and fibromyalgia. The depression keeps me from moving and has made me very overweight and weak. It is a struggle to move one minute. I am hopeful that there is someone out there who has been where I am or is there now that I can pair up with to have friendship, advice and in general help to get myself out of this lifestyle which is so unhealthly. I am a retired teacher wi... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:30:52 EST It is so hard to get out of bed some days Hi, I am new to this team. I am a 48 year old woman, Mom and wife. Overweight, and depressed with no reason to be. Exercise is the only thing that helps. I bike, walk, swim when my mood allows (getting into a bathing suit is sometimes too much to bear). I take 2 antidepressants and have Hyperthyroidism (go figure) and take meds for that. I love my animals and find humans hard to handle. I really have a hard time getting on my bike in the morning, but I know that if I do I will have a b... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:50:45 EST Video on binge eating from WebMD <link><BR>isorders/binge-eating-disorder/video/v<BR>ideo-binge-eating </link> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:32:15 EST Suggestions... How do you all deal with isolation and change? I am introverted and prefer to be alone or with a few loved ones, but when I start feeling resentment, anger, or frustration toward others because they do not understand and I can't explain or defend the way I feel and the solitude turns to loneliness, I know the depression is in charge. I am better about catching it early now, exercise really helps,as do reading, eating healthy, and checking in with loved ones. I have a counselor I talk to and h... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 01:45:16 EST Who's got a fitness wearable? I've been researching about getting one these wearables to help me "move". I've narrowed it down to my top 4: Garmin Vivosmart, Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Charge HR, and the Samsung Gear Neo. I'm still not 100% sold yet on any ONE of these. But in looking around on Spark, it looks like only the Garmin and the Fitbits can pair with Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> Here's what I want in one of these 'wearables': Clock, Alarms (either set via phone or tracker, doesn't matter), MUST vibrate and MUST aler... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 12:06:27 EST Post Thanksgiving Diet Starter It's a silly time to start any kind of diet, right? But there will always be a reason not to start, every month has some holiday or event that interferes starting anything, December - Christmas, January - New Years, Avoiding News Resolutioners, February - Ground Hog's Day, Valentines Day, March - St Patricks Day, Easter, April - Tax Day, May - Memorial Day, June - MinervaCat's Birthday, July - Independence Day, August - Women's Equality Day, September - Labor Day, October - Halloween, Novem... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 11:35:05 EST How did you do over Thanksgiving? I am away from family, so I do not get to have a "Proper Thanksgiving" dinner very often--only when I fly back home. But every year that I have been away, I have had friends to spend the day with. This year I found myself sitting at table aware of all the differences and things that were "wrong" with the meal and the day, but then I realized that I had friends who had invited me and shared their family with me. So although it was not a meal I would have planned, not prepared the way I would h... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 03:07:11 EST Hello again! I was on Spark people quite a few years ago. I lost 60 lbs in 2009, but have gained and lost twice since then due to life getting in the way. Last year I had managed to stay around 140, but gained a bunch of weight back because I had a rib/spine injury and was very depressed due to being off work, going through a divorce and not being able to workout. I'm pretty determined to once and for all get things back under control and I realized the emotional eating has to stop. This time I want to lo... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 21:10:03 EST Hi Everyone I'm not new to SparkPeople but just started using the Fitbit tracker & reset my account and goals. I am looking for new Spark Friends and other Fitbit users to buddy up with & work on my goals for a healthier lifestyle. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:04:49 EST Fill in a word <BR> How to play: <BR> Copy the whole list to your post and fill in ONE (anyone you want) answer starting with the letter given. <BR> <BR> When the list is full, we'll move on to the next letter. <BR> <BR> Let's see how long it takes us to go through the alphabet. <BR> <BR> WORKING ON "N"For November then O so on <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. A child's toy - <BR> <BR> 2. Something in your wardrobe - <BR> <BR> 3. Something in your fridge - <BR> <BR> 4. A mood - <BR> <BR> 5. A film title ... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 09:54:14 EST Groucho, Robinson and Reynolds got Uptown Funk I hope this is new to you. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ce-oldies-classic-vintage-nostalgia-v2/ </link> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 19:54:24 EST HI, I'M NEW Trying to break all these bad habits and to learn to live with diabetes. Sometimes, it can be over whelming, 1 step up and 10 steps back. Fri, 20 Nov 2015 19:45:45 EST "Amy Poehler's Smart Girls" A feature on Amy Poehler in a today's email from, a career-oriented website, introduced me to her site designed to feed young girls' intelligence and curiosity in light of all the dumb things on the internet. The recap of an interview with Poehler about her views on career is worth reading for her ideas on work. The link to her website in the article doesn't work, but the one below does. While browsing the site I noticed an item on negative body image and ways to change it; this o... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:23:47 EST Heny Tucker of Lanham Maryland Hi my name is Henry, I have been battling my weight forever I quite smoking , retired and the struggler just got worst. All I can do is keep on trying , hope someone can wish me luck Wed, 18 Nov 2015 08:45:25 EST I'm Baaaackkkkkk!! Yes, starting a fresh new outlook on health and determined to make it more fun, more challenging. Health is my biggest goal more than losing the weight even. I had a scare I was sitting in a big chair in front of the TV and kept coughing what felt like a heart cough and it hurt, and it was scary and it was then that I determined to get healthier. NO MORE SITTING IN FRONT OF THE IDIOT BOX. I want to do more, read more, learn more and live a long and healthy life. Friday I walked a 5K on ... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:04:48 EST Water I am having trouble drinking enough water each day. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:11:22 EST abutton35 I am a 39 year old female that is looking for other fitbit codes so I have friends that will do challenges with me.. None of my life friends have fitbits or are even interested... as i offered to buy a few of them some just so i could get the most out of my fitbit and have ppl to challenge me... anyone want to help me out?? Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:18:16 EST Great quotes for a bad day. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Need a pick me up. Need some motivation. I saw this on another team and thought it would be great for this team. I hope you like it. <BR> <BR> <link> id =18203&amp;memberid=972843 </link> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 12:03:33 EST Hello to newbies. Make this day be the start of a new and healthier and happier life for you. Sat, 14 Nov 2015 22:10:18 EST Newbie Here Hi everyone! I signed up a few years ago, but this is the first time that I have been checking out the SparkPeople website to see what features there are. <BR> <BR> About me, my name is Teana and I'm 27 years old from Northern California. I currently suffer from depression (nearly my whole life but it's been officially diagnosed about a year ago). My mother suffers from Manic/Bipolar Depression and Borderline Personality Disorder so life at home was so miserable at a very young age and even... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 18:05:15 EST Thank you <em>304</em> everyone for being here! My life is mostly that of isolation, for many reasons beyond my control, so knowing you all are here to "talk" with everyday brings light and smiles to my life! <em>304</em> <em>247</em> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 17:03:55 EST Introduce myself Hi, my name is Nikki. I been diagnosis of depression since 2009 when I had a preterm pregnancy at 21 weeks. Yep never an easy topic with most people. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 01:37:56 EST new but not Hello my name is shellbie I am a single mother i have depression anxiety and am a compulsive eater oh and on top of that im a professional chef ugh and anyway im here to get healthy and feel better about myself so pop over to my page friend me say hi I could use the support and conversation! ! Wed, 11 Nov 2015 21:44:38 EST Hi I am new also I am a grandmother of 9 and they keep me busy. I have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and on chemo. It did not help my depression but I am doing well. The biggest problem is that chemo causes fatigue and no one understands. They all say take a nap or my daughter the gymnastics coach says just get up and go and it doesn't work that way I need encouragement not smart comments Wed, 11 Nov 2015 14:54:11 EST Hi I am new also I am a grandmother of 9 and they keep me busy. I have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and on chemo. It did not help my depression but I am doing well. The biggest problem is that chemo causes fatigue and no one understands. They all say take a nap or my daughter the gymnastics coach says just get up and go and it doesn't work that way I need encouragement not smart comments Wed, 11 Nov 2015 14:53:37 EST Thank you! A big hug to each of you for your warm welcome and providing more understanding and support than I have received in a very long time! <BR> <BR> Blessings to each of you on your journey! Tue, 10 Nov 2015 01:21:27 EST giving up I feel like I've kind of given up. Not officially, but I haven't been working out or counting calories. I just have no energy. I'm stressed, I'm having headaches and earaches all the time and we don't know why. I'm tired. I'm trying to just accept myself at my current weight. But I feel insecure and not pretty. I just dont feel well. Mon, 9 Nov 2015 16:48:06 EST Hi! Can't remember if I introduced my self or not, so here I go. I am a 74 year old grandmother of 5 with 2 artificial hips,1 artificial shoulder, and 2 artificial knees. Some call me the bionic woman. Not quite. I have been depressed for many years. Been in therapy off and on for years. Been on several meds. Earlier this year my mother - to whom I was really close - died and a month or so later my body fell further apart. The arthritis seems to be eating up my joints like PAC-man (if any... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:24:48 EST Depression, self esteem, fear; all linked Hi I am a 31 year old female who has struggled with depression and weight all my life. The heavier I get the more my self esteem drops and the more depressed I become. When I was a teen I rode and trained horses. I have always been heavy (genetic trait) but I wasn't unhealthy. My legs were pure muscle and I was proud of that fact. I knew I would never be skinny but it didn't stop me from wanting to be one of the popular, thin, cheerleaders. I have aspergers so I struggle not only with d... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 23:53:54 EST lazy and unmotivated Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm a 55 year old overweight female. I struggle with consistency and motivation. I have severe depression which is unmedicated due to intolerance to most drugs. I'm a mess and need to take action but honestly I need help. My husband is very supportive but I need more help. I feel like I disappoint him in my lack of consistency. I would love to have a friend or mentor to help me make some type of progress. I do pretty good with my diet but cant seem to find an exercise I en... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 12:07:34 EST Anxiety cartoon This was sent by the same friend who sent the poem, "Why You Should Go Outside at 4:40 am in November," which is in the Healthy Living forum as topic "A poem for November." <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sat, 7 Nov 2015 23:01:12 EST Hi I am Mischief! Hi I am 30 years old and I weigh 300lbs! I want to lose at least 135lbs by next year and looking to make some friends, maybe even some accountability partners along my journey! Please talk to me! I would love to get to know and help you as well! Sat, 7 Nov 2015 16:02:37 EST Procrast natingly new... Hi! I'm Tanya. 34 fulltime mom and housewife and I'm bipolar depressive. That along with an injury from a 3 year ago car accident make it difficult to get and stay active. Joined Spark Nov '14 first log in today 1 year later. 3 years ago I was at 270 and active. By Feb '15 I was 457. Today Nov '15 I am at 389+/-. Just wanted to say hi! <em>524</em> Sat, 7 Nov 2015 05:03:31 EST A poem of November "Healthy Living" is the forum that makes sense to me. A friend (not the poet) sent it as a gift. I want to share it with you. <BR> <BR> Laurie <BR> <BR> <BR> "Why You Should Go Outside at 4:40 am in November" by Rosemary Royston <BR> <BR> Because it is more silent than you can imagine <BR> and above you the moon is a nickel <BR> glinting from the unseen sun, <BR> surrounded by broken crystals. <BR> <BR> With the limbs of the bare trees <BR> web-spread like arteries, <BR> under a sky wh... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 15:06:26 EST This never happened to me before - and I feel good For the first time in my life, I believe, I got a "second wind" (I guess that's what it was). For the first time I can remember, I did not want to quit exercising. <BR> <BR> My goal is 30 minutes a day. Most of my exercise is on the exercise bike. Early this morning I did 15 minutes at a fairly slow pace--slow is all I can do in the early morning. Later in the evening I was going to do the other 15 minutes. I started at a faster pace (12-15 mph rather than 10 mph) and kept going. I did 30 mi... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 21:20:50 EST A new start and new journey I moved to Hawaii one year ago with the purpose of getting healthy, sad to say I've gained 12 pounds and injured my knee and hip which had stopped me from exercising. Also developed high blood pressure which I am sure is stress related. So I now am going to stop the excuses and do what I set out to do in the first place. Get Healthy Sun, 1 Nov 2015 14:53:48 EST November words Fill in NOVEMBER with words associated with the month November. <BR> <BR> N-Nuts <BR> O <BR> V <BR> E <BR> M <BR> B <BR> E <BR> R Sun, 1 Nov 2015 10:44:01 EST Hi I'm new Hi my name is Lisa. I'm 30 years old and a mom of 3 kids. I am struggling with ptsd and depression which hinders my motivation to stay on top of my goal. My goal is to lose 200lbs. I want to become healthier. I gained 200 lbs from baby weight, pcos and stress. Trying to balance my insulin resistance is also tough. I'm really glad there is a supportive group who understand. Fri, 30 Oct 2015 20:17:48 EST New to the team Hi I am Jennie and I am new to the team. I have lots of weight to lose and I also struggle with depression a lot. I am looking forward to being a part of the team and getting to know everybody. <img src="">I love to read and also I write a lot of poetry. Fri, 30 Oct 2015 08:10:29 EST Don't know what to do next I have not felt that good for most of this year, we did have a holiday in June which was good apart from Michael's mood changing halfway though the week, we also had a few days way earlier this month but again his mood was not good before and it is not now. <BR> I spend so much time on my own, I do go to several craft groups but all are in the day time apart from one. I have friends but find talking to them hard, I have had several sets of counselling but used up all the time now. Thu, 29 Oct 2015 15:20:06 EST Abuse/ Does It Ever Get Better Do these feelings ever get better? Its been three years since my sexual abuse which I went through for two years ended. I've dealt with nightmares and flashbacks and everything else. But it feels like its just now sinking in that it actually happened to me. Its not something I just made up in my head, its not something I can change. It hurts that somebody took something that's supposed to be great and ruined it for me. I can't get that back and it just hurts. This is what I imagine having som... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 23:12:54 EST Toda is the first day of the rest of my life I've been on countless diets. I've managed to not gain ALL of the weight I've lost, but have put 50 of 89 back on. I have well over 100 to lose. I'm very excited to learn of the diabetic tracking and challenges and team offered here! I was going to join Weight Watchers (again) but I think everything I need and then some is HERE! I have been dealing with stage 4 cancer for almost 7 years (given 3 months to live in Dec. 2008!) and have managed to beat that beast and keep on breathing and l... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 20:56:56 EST Steps I took to fight depression Hi, my name is Danny and I've been struggling with depression since I was 12. Eventually I was diagnosed with a Borderline Personality Disorder and I tried to commit suicide at least 4 times... the last one 6 months ago. <BR> Today I'm happy, functional and enjoying my life. What changed in this last months for me to change to an opposite mindset? <BR> The answer: almost everything. But I had to give the first step to change things and for me this first step was changing my eating habits.... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 12:51:28 EST New member wants to know about depression meds... Hi everyone, I just joined Spark today. I am in recovery and when I got sober in 2009, I began gaining a lot of weight. I was taking Serequel for depression and sleep and it seems I was always hungry! I stopped taking it when the weight started piling on. However, I do take Effexor. Does anyone know if Effexor causes weight gain? Has anyone else had problems with depression meds and weight gain? Mon, 26 Oct 2015 02:44:56 EST Hello everyone Hello, <BR> My name is Sherri. I started out at 230 lbs and had the gastric bypass done 4 years ago. I got myself down to 125 lbs. I started neglecting my excersizing and also found foods that agree with me without me getting sick. I found myself gaining weight. I am currently at 155 lbs. I desperately need to find a healthy diet that will help me get back to 125 lbs. along with getting back into the gym. I hope to get to know all of you and to get some tips. <BR> Thank you, <BR> Sherri Sat, 24 Oct 2015 21:43:01 EST New Here Hi. I am 38 (almost 39) years old and live in Arizona. I am married, and we have two dogs and two cats. I joined SparkPeople to work on my health goals. I feel like the trackers are helpful, because everything going on with me is linked. I deal with depression, grief, chronic pain, insomnia, health issues related to PCOS and high blood pressure, and of course being obese. Really all these issues just make up one picture of low overall health. My depression often prevents me from doing th... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 16:29:27 EST Article: Why midlife people stay unhappily married A team member recently wrote about feeling devastated by her parents' announcement that they'd divorce after 40+ years. I don't recall which member and can't find the topic. <BR> <BR> This article from Huffington Post may be helpful to her or others in making some sense of the situation and finding her own peace of mind. <BR> <BR> . <link><BR>ary/why-midlifers-stay-unhappily-marri<BR>ed_b_8281928.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592 </link> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 09:05:34 EST Hi! I've never really used message boards before so this will be an experience. <BR> <BR> My name is Angela. I am an over 40 mom of 6 and glam ma of 2. I work from home and homeschool my youngest 3. I have lost weight in the past (50 pounds) but gave up when I got depressed. I am an emotional/boredom eater. So I've gained back 35 pounds. I know I can lose the weight. Just keeping it off when life strikes is my issue. <BR> <BR> I look forward to making new friends and encouraging others. Wed, 21 Oct 2015 07:24:25 EST Getting back on the horse So I made the mistake of stopping my Wellbutrin for about two months. Of course, I start losing motivation again, lose interest in things that used to matter to me (like getting healthy and losing weight), and I of course start FEELING like crap again to where I'm tired all the time and have to peel myself out of bed in the mornings and force myself to go to work. thank God for my kids or I don't know that I would get out of bed. Can't believe I did this to myself. I should know better as a n... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 10:41:34 EST you know it will pass I had a black dog day last week.Really bad. I would work for 3 days, get overtired and sleep for the next 2 days. I don't want to see anyone, answer the phone, get dressed, clean the house, not even brush my teeth, I only want to sleep and eat when I get like that. I realize that I also have some very good days where I can turely say that I feel happy. I also realize that if I make myself get outside, even if it is to just sit outside with my coat on and read for a while, it helps. Shut off t... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 21:34:59 EST Greetings fro Switzerland I have joined multiple teams so here is my intro for them all: <BR> <BR> My name is Carmen, I am 51 and live just outside of Zurich in Switzerland. I am married and have two sons ages 16 and 20. <BR> <BR> Over the past couple of years I have managed to gain more than 10 kilos / 22 pounds... I do not recognize myself. <BR> <BR> I have been diagnosed with osteoporosis (after I fell and broke my wrist 1.5 years ago) and struggle with anxiety and depression (life long). I have been vegetarian ... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 04:34:16 EST New to SP Hi all! My name is Melissa and I am new to SP. I'm looking to change my lifestyle, gain fitness, lose weight and feel better. Hoping that SP can help! I know that exercise and healthy eating can have a huge impact on mood, so I'm holding out hope. Thanks!! Thu, 15 Oct 2015 21:29:01 EST Trying again I'm Kelly. I'm trying again. Between the weight, migraines, depression and anxiety... something needs to change, then maybe it will all change!! I seem to never have the motivation and energy to exercise. The times when I finally do get up to do it, my blood pressure goes up, I get all red-faced, and a migraine starts. I'm very unhappy with the way I feel in my own skin. I'm not sure what to do to start out (and have the motivation to do so) and maybe build my way up to regular exercise, with... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 19:13:41 EST So much has changed!!! I was on here 4 years ago and lost and maintained my weight until I lost my leg. I came back because the food and support were amazing.!!!! but I re-joined tonight and realize that a few things have hanged. Is the menu and work out plans no longer available? I am the type person that NEEDS directions, lol. I like having my meals planned out for me. Is that option gone ? Thu, 15 Oct 2015 00:29:35 EST <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Select an image and, by maneuvering the angles and observing all the details, determine where you are. You can start in a country or city that's familiar or jump in with both feet -- examine an image that provides no man-made clues. <BR> <BR> Especially in the case of images of the natural world, don't make wild guesses. For example, if you see banana trees, it's unlikely that you're in Canada. In all cases, think of everything you know as a guide.... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 08:36:26 EST Parents seperation after 40+ years After more than 40 years of arguments and pain, my parents have decided that they can't be together anymore. My 2 brothers and I are devasted. We're all 3 in our thirties and we knew this day would come someday but never really put too much thought into it. We thought it was just their way. We run a family business which makes it harder as they're aren't speaking to each other. With my depression and maybe because i'm the oldest i'm having a really hard time dealing with this emotional nightm... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 17:33:45 EST Just a beginner I am going through some rough times. I had back surgery 2-1/2 yrs ago and it seems I am having trouble again. I have a stimulate implanted and so I can have a MRI, so NEXT Monday I am having a Cat Scan. I am depressed because I am in paid continually. Couldn't sleep most of last night - so I am up now waiting for my pain med to set in. Reading your posts has giving me a little spark. If I had friends to go do things with, it might help. I miss my family (in another state), and work is ... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 05:20:40 EST Really low I have been slipping back into my depression lately. I was on meds for maybe two years, got off of them in June, and now am having trouble again. I reached the point of suicidal thoughts today which it rarely gets to for me. I have been seeing a therapist but haven't been working out or on medicine. I don't know what I hope will come from this post I guess I just haven't felt supported by people here because nobody understands what its like, and I feel alone and scared in this. Sun, 11 Oct 2015 22:32:53 EST Giving this a try !! I'm overweight due to back issues I can not work out and I've gained so much weight and need help. Sun, 11 Oct 2015 09:41:32 EST HI I'm Jane... HI I am Jane. <BR> I have been dealing wiith depression and social anxiety for the past ten years. I can be very perfectionistic, which often leads to binge eating. Today I went over my calorie allowance which made me a bit stressed. I am trying to teach myself it is ok and to be be flexible, there is no right or wrong. <BR> <BR> Being highly anxious means I often isolate myself, even though I am really quite a social person (that doesn't make sense.....) I don't really have friends anymor... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 07:45:05 EST new to spark people.... New to spark people, not sure what to put here. I am obese and I have been since I was in my teens, 42 now. I have just gotten to the point where I am just sick and tired of being this heavy. I want to be at a healthy weight and I know that is going to take years, I weigh a little over 350 pounds with many medical conditions including bone on bone arthritis in both knees. My main problem is motivation, I have a hard time staying motivated. Not too familiar with spark people, I guess I will le... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 18:46:46 EST Hi my name is Bobbie I am a 64-year-old female in moderate health I try to walk at least 30 minutes every day. I have a Garmin Vivofit fitness band and have questions about how to use it. Can anyone help me with this? Fri, 9 Oct 2015 10:04:56 EST Hello Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Jenni, I'm 25 and I've been overweight my entire life. Although most would argue I'm not THAT big when I'm ONLY 60-65 kg, I'm very short and gaining just a bit of weight makes me obese. Luckily this weight of mine hasn't really led to any health problems (yet) and I have lost 15 kg in the past after moving out from my mum. I've been here on SparkPeople for three weeks (tomorrow) now and I've had my ups and downs. <BR> <BR> I've suffered from depression since ch... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 14:28:38 EST Hi I'm new. My name is Diana I hope to get to chat with some of you. I have a goal of 40 pounds to lose <BR> Is anyone doing low carb? Wed, 7 Oct 2015 09:29:00 EST Day 1 IP Good morning. Today is my first day on ip. I have let myself go for various reasons. I'm at the highest weight currently at 155. My goal is to be 125 and have committed to the regiment of ideal protein to make that happen! I intend to post regularly what threads on the message boards are the most active ? Sat, 3 Oct 2015 09:11:52 EST hello I am new to spark people I am about 350 pounds and I have been severely obese for almost all my life except my childhood years. My weight has caused many medical problems for me. Hypertension/high blood pressure, high triglycerides, hypothyroidism, sleep apnea, acid reflux, depression and anxiety along with low self esteem. I also have bone on bone arthritis in both knees which makes it hard to exercise. <BR> <BR> I want and need to lose weight not only for medical purposes but for my sanity as well and for me. <B... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 02:36:56 EST Hi, I'm "new again" After gaining to my highest weight ever, I'm back to get the weight off. I have 44 pounds to lose to get to my goal weight. I'm being realistic this time because at age 55 I know it won't be easy and not as much weight will come off. My depression comes from chronic pain. I am facing hip replacement surgery in December and want to have 10 pounds off by then. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to be my SparkFriend! Fri, 2 Oct 2015 10:48:11 EST Sherri I have hopped on board. My suggested goal is to loose 50 pounds by March of 2016. Thu, 1 Oct 2015 23:34:47 EST Hi I am new Hi been dealing with depression and other mental health problems for about 18 years just looking for support Tue, 29 Sep 2015 00:30:29 EST Newbie Hello everyone. I am joining this team as dealing with depression and chronic kidney disease renal failure, I know how much support and encouragement is beneficial when you feel low.. I find that what is best for me is to take little steps at a time, this way I still finish the course without putting pressure on myself. Sat, 26 Sep 2015 05:03:40 EST farae hello <BR> i am new to the site. I am starting my weight loss program today. going to try the post daily and connect to keep me accountable to something. <BR> <BR> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 14:30:52 EST Hi I'm new Hi my name is Heather and I am new to this page and group. I have had depression for over 20 years. Pills help but nothing helps enough. Thu, 24 Sep 2015 12:33:57 EST HI New and trying to get it together. 45 married mom of 1. working full time. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 21:16:07 EST Hello :) Hi, my name is Jen. I started to lose weight over a year ago but without people supporting me I struggled for motivation. I am a PhD student in the UK and am looking for some lovely people to hold me accountable so that we can all benefit from the rewarding results. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 19:22:55 EST Where Oh Where Do I Go I'm a 67 year old woman with many varied interests. Recently the computer is my main interest and I need to get away from it and get up and get shaking. There are so many groups here I just don't know which one(s) to start with. I hope to be able to encourage and support you as much as I know you will me. Blessed Be Wed, 23 Sep 2015 14:16:33 EST Newbie! Hello! I gained a whole lot of weight after getting out of two abusive marriages and then losing everything in a fire. I have started and stopped with Spark many times but I am fi ally coming out of my self built dungeon and giving life a fresh start. Any and all support,advice, friendship is welcome. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 13:20:44 EST Hi Hello all, <BR> I must say that this is new for me. Most of my weight loss attempts have been alone or with family. <BR> So to start, I have been struggling with my wieght my entire life. My family is a string of Obess people, all of whom love food, myself included. I have my wedding coming up in June and it is time for a change. Of all the silly things, I want to feel beautiful and slim on my wedding day. <BR> I picked up my wedding dress a few weeks ago and they wanted me to try it on to ... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 16:18:23 EST Fall/Winter SAD I'm already feeling the affects of Seasonal Affective Disorder. For those of us who fear the fall and winter because we become fatigued, lethargic, and just plain sad, this blog on Psychology Today explains why that happens and what we can do to help ourselves. Just thought I'd share. <BR> <BR> Fear Not the Winter Blues <BR> <BR> SparkPeople won't let me hyperlink the blog so that we can go directly to it, so I've just deleted the link and have put the title of the blog above. As NEW-START... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:19:35 EST Reaching out to say HI! Hi everyone! I am a 46 year old Mother of triplet girls in their second year of college. I had a very busy 19 years and now I am taking time for myself to get more healthy. I like to read horror books and watch movies and all that CSI stuff. I joined a gym and went on and off for about a year. I start strong with everything and then stop so I need motivation to keep going. I never had to work out before and now all of a sudden I gained 20 pounds! Mostly interested in losing by stomach ... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 11:25:55 EST Bipolar 1 I moved a few weeks ago and had to change providers. I had my intake appointment for the psych yesterday. She has changed my dx from depression with psychosis and OCD to Bipolar 1. My meds have stayed the same though. I crashed big time last night. The intake therapist and I talked about a lot of different things. She thinks my parents were emotionally abusive. She thinks the semester I took 18 semester hours, worked 4 different part time jobs (10-15 hours each), was involved in homeschool ba... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 05:40:18 EST New to team just read an article on upcoming holidays and saw this team <BR> I do belong to anxiety team and it a big help <BR> I am 70 in therapy over 5 years and struggle daily. I been at the bottom the lowest possible moment where it seemed going on was not an option. Bonded with hubby on my fears,financial mess we were in and slowly felt better. Found a wonderful therapist and each month go over what has happened. Some days are great but today not one of those <em>521</em> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 13:00:03 EST sick I feel so sick. It just hit me from left field yesterday and now I'm coughing and sneezing and my chest feels like its going to cave in. I hate it. It adds to my mood and I feel like I can't do anything which in turns makes me push harder. I live in Ohio and our weather is up and down,up and down. I want to take advantage of the nice weather that is coming our way because before to long we won't be doing much outside. I feel like its worth it so my kids can get out and I can get some exercise... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 09:34:29 EST How I cured my depression and anxiety... So, I was incredibly mentally ill from ages 15-26, was diagnosed with all kinds of disorders ranging from Bipolar II, Major Depression, to Social Anxiety Disorder, to Borderline Personality Disorder. I had memory loss, weight gain/swelling, extreme shyness, headache, lowered immune system, chronic fatigue, and more. Took basically every variety of psychiatric drug on the market including mood-stabilizers, SSRIs, benzodiazepines, SNRIs, SSREs, MAOIs, stimulants, you name it. <BR> <BR> I foun... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 00:30:57 EST Ibuprofen and Naproxen I just came across what I consider to be an important article in my Diabetic Connect Newsletter. It is important for those who are not just diabetic, but for those who take NASID's on a regular basis for pain management. Ibruprofen (Advil for example) and Naproxen (Aleve), as well as some other non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs, are adding strengthened warning labels from the FDA due to new research regarding heart attack and stroke dangers to those who use them. I thought that it wa... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 00:42:38 EST the wonders of depression I have been on this team before but changed my user name and started over. You would think things would be great as I have made it to a promotion in management at work. In all my 20 years in health care I have made it finally. The problem with that is people think I am in cohoots with our nurse to fire people and bring in our own people. I thought I had proved myself already. <BR> I have a 19 year old who is having a lot of health issues and is in early stages of renal failure. I just had ... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 10:11:24 EST Emotional health and Diabetes One of our members, Armmom12, pointed out to me an interesting article by Dr. Sanjay Gupta from Every Day Health. I thought that the article might be of some interest to our diabetic contingent here on the Dealing with Depression Team. It might be a good article for someone to show a relative or significant other regarding how diabetes can affect their emotional state if they are having trouble getting people to relate to their emotional health. <BR> <BR> <link> Wed, 9 Sep 2015 14:21:31 EST New to spark people I am a 42 year old woman and I have been obese all of my adult life and almost all of my adolescent life span. I want to get healthy and look good and to increase my self esteem through my body image. My problem is motivation and my willingness to stick to my goals. And I don.t have any support here at home I live alone and my relatives are few and far apart. I don't have a car so I have to utilize transportation services. I can cook I have a crock pot and I cook mostly in big quantities but ... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 20:15:07 EST My name is Freddy Hello, My name is Freddy. I am new to Spark People but I have been dieting and working out for almost a month. I am hoping that loseing some weight and getting in shape will make me feel better. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 16:01:59 EST my name is cheryl <BR> I am new , also I am looking to met friends , I just wanted to drop a line <BR> and introduce my self to you all <BR> looking forward to having some chats <BR> thank you <BR> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 13:22:34 EST hi my name is desirea hi my name is desirea I am 22years old I have two kids one is two and the other is almost 2 months old. I have struggled with my weight my whole life. My junior year in high school i went from 185 to 160. I keep my weight down then i got pregnant with my son a year later and i gained over 20 pounds i now 201 pounds and i struggle with post postpartum depression after having my daughter in july and i have high anxiety. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:09:52 EST Just to let you know a little about me . . . I am new to, but not new to trying to lose weight. I ran across an article profiling weight loss success stories and found one that attributed her success to I know that a support system was vital to helping me recover from an abusive marriage, so I thought this site would be perfect for my weight loss/fitness improvement goals. <BR> <BR> I have over 100 pounds to lose, and I know I have to be patient in losing them. The upside of the slow speed is that ... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 23:20:53 EST Hi Hi, I am Sue. I'm 66 yo and a proud grandmother. I have 30 pounds to lose and I'd also like to improve my outlook by dealing with depression. I live in Seattle, and like most, I'm on an antidepressant (Sertraline). I can't say that it makes me happy, but it's a whole lot better than what I was feeling before. <BR> <BR> Nonetheless, I'd really like to give myself more options. I appreciate any ideas you can suggest. <BR> <BR> Thanks Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:07:23 EST Fight with my Mom I had a small fight with my mom last night, and she accidently pushed one of my butttons, a very bad button from my past, how do we avoid that? Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:55:48 EST I'm back! Hi. About 6 years ago I belonged to SparkPeople. I lost 90 pounds. It took me 4 years. It's a slow process for me. I'm back because I have gained enough weight that I do not fit into any of my clothes. Tracking calories is a proven method for me. I would like to loose 17 pounds. I cannot put a date for the goal because it is a slow process at this age. I've been counting calories in my head and now that is not working for me. I need to get real. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:45:44 EST Need motivation Hello, My name is Darcy, I just had my 25th wedding anniversary I have 3 great kids ages 13-22 My oldest has Down syndrome and is an awesome kid. When I got married, I was a size 3 even after my oldest was born. At the age of 37, I had my youngest daughter and was a size 5 after I had her. I started gaining weight when I turned 40. I need to lose at least 35lbs. I took pictures of my stomach and was grossed out. I try a new diet every week thinking Oh I can do that. Then the next day I decid... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:41:57 EST my life just went nuts I just found out that i am not in control of my body and what is does all the time it is scaring me to death. i have no one at home to talk to and no one in my family understands. i feel so alone and they think i should just give up. If this site doesnt help i might give up. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:06:52 EST Getting in the Swing of Things <em>524</em> I am a newbie to this group. I have to tell you that since I began my Spark People program 26 days ago and have stayed with the program consistently, I have begun to feel so much improved. I have lowered my medication by 10 mgs. and am enjoying each day much more. I wish all of you much success and many happy days!!!! Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:04:03 EST hello kinda new to spark people <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hello, I am 42 with many medical conditions including bone on bone arthritis in my knees. And every time I try to take a walk for exercise I am so much in pain. I weigh about 355 and my primary care doctor told me for every pound I weigh it is 4 pounds on your knees that is why it is so painful for me to walk. I want to eat right and exercise but it is so hard on my knees I am hoping I can get some insight and helpful information on spark people. I was on spark people ... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:14:43 EST Message from Coach Jen Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I wanted to make sure you all see this blog announcement, so that you can share it with your teams: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=check_out_sparkpeoples_new_challenges </link> <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:32:39 EST Hi I am old, fat, and depressed <BR> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:57:23 EST I'm excited to be here! Hi! I'm looking to reach out and collaborate with other people who are finding success on their weight loss or muscle building journeys. I'm just starting to exersize outside of weightlifting classes, on my own. I love to lift, even though I don't lift a lot at once. I've been attending Zumba and beginners Yoga, and am looking for other things that you've found success in. <BR> <BR> I'm 23, married for 5 years , and never really recovered from the pregnancy of our 2 year old son. I have hor... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 00:32:45 EST ABILIFY & DIABETES? I am pre-diabetic, but my A1C is very close to the full-blown diabetes range. <BR> <BR> I suffer from Major Depression and OCD. My new psychiatrist put me on a very low dosage of Abilify. He did NOT tell me that Abilify can increase blood sugar levels and cause a person to become diabetic, but it can. It's in the medication literature from the pharmacy and on the pharmaceutical company website. <BR> <BR> Does anyone here have any experience with Abilify and prediabetes or diabetes? <BR> <... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 23:35:00 EST sons death Dear spark family I have not been on for a while and now I have sad news. My son age 43 was in a motor bike accident. He was on life support but died. He was my baby boy and I am not doing so good. He had a 17 year old son and a wife of one year. Pray for all of us please ty for all the support over the years bless you all Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:39:56 EST Hello Hello Everyone! I am new here. I am looking forward to getting to know you and gather support and encouragement on my journey and hopefully to give some as well! Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:37:42 EST Having a glimmer of hope Hi everyone. I have bi-polar disorder, anxiety, and PTSD. I have dealt with these issues for the last 35 years. I am now 60 years old and am on disability and semi housebound. Since going on disability in 2010 I have gained 100 pounds. I do not have a good support team right now but see my psychiatrist once a month and am on medication. I have been in a bi-polar depression for a while now but am beginning to have a few hours a day of glimmers of hope and I am using this time to do something p... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 13:23:05 EST I feel depressed I always have a hard time on the weekends. I feel so lonely and sad and scared. I wrote a blog post about it today, and I could also use support of my team. What do YOU do when you are feeling the blues? What helps the most? <BR> Thanks team. Sun, 23 Aug 2015 10:29:27 EST Worth sharing - stress There was a great article this morning regarding stress that I accessed from the Exercise of the Day page. If you suffer from or have a problem with excess stress it is an excellent resource. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1687&page=5 </link> Sat, 22 Aug 2015 10:43:45 EST Not doing well right now . . . The load has just gotten too heavy. Our church is going through some changes, and there are people who aren't happy about it. Sunday I learned that a former member circulated an email criticizing our church and encouraging the recipients to go to another church. (I didn't get the email.) The next day, I learned that a church in our area has withdrawn fellowship from our church because of the changes we are making. <BR> <BR> Earlier this week I had what I think is an adrenal crash--a feeling... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 08:11:00 EST Hi I'm a 28 yr old college student. I have 10.5 lbs left to lose, but I do have problems with binge eating when I'm depressed. Hope to get to know some of you. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 12:01:33 EST Prospect of an empty nest The end of summer is so hard, because it underscores the passage of time. I have two kids in college. One worked out of town the whole summer, so I will only get to see her a couple of days before she leaves again to go back to school. The other has been home most of the summer, but I feel as though I hardly had time with her, and she leaves tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I have two still in high school - one will be a freshman and the other a junior, and they both start back in a week. I hate that the... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:59:54 EST New member Hi everyone I am new, starting today. There is a lot of information to read on here. If you have any tips or advice feel free to let me know. Thank you Sat, 15 Aug 2015 17:26:24 EST New here Hi everyone, My name is Bobbie I am new to Spark people. I love to workout and eat healthy! I am moving my family towards clean eating and we are almost there. I love sharing recipes, ideas and motivation!!! We can do this! Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:36:40 EST BACK AFTER 7 YEARS Hey there. Melissa here. Fat, tired and ready to make a change again...hopefully for good this time! Hoping to help support and be supported on this journey. Sedentary office job for 15 years........not conducive to a healthy me. Just realized my blood pressure meds make it even harder to get my heart rate up. That depressed me very much. Anyways, will be here tracking, tracking, tracking and chatting along the way. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:03:25 EST cholesterol My cholesterol is 328. My diet is good but i just found out excercise and weight play just as much an important role, Im pretty sure thats where i am failing. bmi is 28, weight is borderline obese Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:19:52 EST cholesterol My cholesterol is 328. My diet is good but i just found out excercise and weight play just as much an important role, Im pretty sure thats where i am failing. bmi is 28, weight is borderline obese Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:19:52 EST An introduction!! HEY SPARK PEOPLE! <BR> I have always been overweight and i'm now 34 years old and trying, once again, to lose the weight for good. I have never reached out online to accomplish this because i am a very private person, and my obesity is a source of shame for me. <BR> i have just joined spark people today, and i am in need of encouragement and advice and friendship from spark members who have accomplished their goals, big or small. Maybe just sharing the experience with others will be helpf... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 23:26:39 EST Need help My name is Debbie. I'm 65 I have been fighting weight and low self esteem all my life .I want to loose weight to be healthy .I have been on every diet l loose weight and gain it back .I have dieted my way. to 247 pounds. I really need this yt? Owork Thu, 13 Aug 2015 14:31:28 EST New to this group Hi I am ayla, I am just coming back to Spark after a year or more away. I gained a bunch of weight, working now on reversing it. Some weight gain due to medication (Thorazine) for bipolar. Most of due to just plain eating too much and not exercising enough. <BR> <BR> I make 5000 steps a day taking care of my invalid parents in our home. They are both disabled by brain disease (Mom has Normal pressure hydrocephalus and a shunt, and Papa has Parkinson's) Since I am a nurse, instead of the... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 01:06:21 EST My first day with Spark People. Hi there! I'm Maria. Call me Sunshine! Just started my 49th year of life,. Joining this forum is my gift to myself. Yesterday I celebrated. Today I want to plan steps of action so I can find myself in a better place next year. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 22:59:23 EST Hello from Malaysia! hi. i m Elaine from Malaysia. i m in my early 40s. Chinese. single. i've had depression before and am taking meds for bipolar now. <BR> <BR> i m also on dialysis and am feeling very down on myself right now because i m having major issues with fluid control. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 12:34:13 EST Welcome new members Wishing you luck on your journey.... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 07:28:17 EST Hello everyone! My name is Tristan Hello everyone I am new to the team and my first time posting on a blog so here it goes. My name is Tristan and I have clinical depression (Hi Tristan). I have had clinical diagnosed depression for 3 years and non-clinical diagnosed for many years before that due to my parents not thinking i had a problem. I grew up with my mother being in and out of the hospital with cancer and other serious medical complications since i was 4 years old, by kindergarten i was already severely overweight but ... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 23:37:50 EST Totally terrified and no idea what I am doing Hi, I'm so terrified about this. My name is Lindsay. Married, mum of 2. Need to lose quite a bit of weight. Needing lots of help. I'm a good listener if anyone needs someone. Sun, 9 Aug 2015 15:35:35 EST Weight Loss A New Frontier 4 Me!!! My name is John. When emailing me please use my Blog name: Frustratedat224, I will know it is from SparkPeople. Greetings, I like millions of people have been battling weight loss my whole life. I have been on so many diets, I've tried so many diet plans to NO avail. I'm weighing in at 224 lbs. When I go to the doctor's office I'm looking for the truck scales, instead of the regular weight scales [just kidding.. L.O.L.] Anyway, my first goal is to see 200 lbs. in November 2015; my next goal i... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 02:47:47 EST Hi I'm new to the group Hello, I have tried losing weight many times. I lose some I gain more. Living with depression is horrible and not knowing what I want or what I'm going to feel like tomorrow doesn't help. I am looking forward to trying again with a little help from this group. Sat, 8 Aug 2015 22:57:56 EST Shadaux's new I have just joined today, August 8 2015. I am almost 61 years old. My hobbies are making quilts for charities in my community. Like oldies in music and just about any other music except rap. I also like to color, work on family tree, jig saw puzzles, read and stare off into space. Not an active life, that's why I am here. Thought some motivation would help. Sat, 8 Aug 2015 15:29:34 EST Please Pray ...for my DH who is in end stage ALZ. I might have to make tough decisions soon. <BR> Thank you for all prayers, thoughts and comments. I'm so sad.... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 20:38:02 EST Feeling Blah Feeling really low tonite...can't sleep...legs and feet hurt, I am new here...hope everyone is having an OK nite. My second week with SPARKPEOPLE , doing with food planning and exercises, but stll feel down and out. Thu, 6 Aug 2015 23:44:24 EST ideas to beat the blue blahs Although it is early August, all this rain we have had has been making me think of the pending winter. <BR> Dread sets in. Last winter, well actually it was March, we had terrible snow and was stranded at home for nearly 2 weeks. <BR> So, here is my question. <BR> What ways are you going to beat the winter, no sunshine, low vitamin d blues?? <BR> SAD? <BR> I am going to make a plan, find 5 or 6 good books I have yet to read and have them at the ready. <BR> I plan to workout at least 30 minute... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 10:53:05 EST Hello From Florida Hello, <BR> <BR> I was hunting around for exercise advice for a specific issue and found this site. It looks very interesting so I thought I would give it a go. I am looking to lose around 100 pounds and I have already loss 50 over the last year. I have extrememly large calves and hope to work towards fixing that as a main goal for the rest of this year along with my weight. I enjoy being outside, though not as much as I used to. I am a major book worm and nerd from inside outside. I a... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 20:59:16 EST New to Spark People Hi, I am an obese woman 42 years old. And I have about almost 200 pounds of weight to lose. I have been obese for all of my adult years and most of my adolescent years. I suffer from depression and right now I can't stand to look at myself in the mirror. I have some medical problems. such as hypothyroidism, migraines, high triglycerides, acid reflux, high blood pressure, overactive bladder, seasonal allergies, and so on. I also use a Cpap machine every night for my sleep apnea. Taking all the... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 19:46:10 EST Hello, New to this forum but not to depression. Hello, New to this forum but not to depression. Having a lot of pain in back and knees as a result of putting on an extra 20 pounds during a long depressive period recently. Hoping to find some support, motivation and a bit of accountability to continue to work towards an overall healthy outlook here in the Spark-forums through positive thinking and healthy exercise and eating. Thanks Sparkpeople for providing this site. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day all, Im heading out the door for a nice ... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 12:13:54 EST Just Getting Back To Me... Hello...My name is Missie...Residing within the sunshiny state of Florida...I am so glad to have been talked into joining SparkPeople...The last two weeks I have been hopping around getting to know the doing so, I have created a routine... <BR> <BR> I have created my spark page, set some long term goals and some short goals, been learning about foods, tracking my foods, learning about streaks and setting some up, and created favorite fitness exercises I know I can handle and track... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 09:48:08 EST good news and bad news/help with therapy I'm moving in to a new school in the morning. I'm super excited! That's the good news. The bad news is my mom hasn't been able to switch my insurance over to a new PCP in the town I'm moving to, which also means I haven't been able to be referred to a therapist there. I'm getting anxious. There are things that I need to work through, certain details of my abuse that I wasn't ready to open up about, that I'm ready to talk about now. But those things are really embarrassing which is why I didn'... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 01:22:46 EST Hello my name is Laura I just join the site today...after a long search for weight loss programs and support. Although my main goal is to loss 50 plus pounds, I would also like to find tips on how to get and stay motivated. There are many things I no longer do because of the weight gain in the past year..just would like to get back to my old active , happy self. Sat, 1 Aug 2015 19:08:02 EST struggling i'm really struggling with thoughts of cutting. my hubby will be leaving for work in about 15 minutes and my son is still asleep. it's so tempting to do. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:27:32 EST HOW WAS EVERYONE'S DAY? avoided caffeine better today, no cheating with that . <BR> <BR> blisteringly hot outside, very uncomfortable walking home from express bus stop. <BR> <BR> deheaded the rose bushes in my bathing suit - why ever not? Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:47:37 EST New here c: Hello!~ <BR> <BR> c: My name is Kota. I'm a returning user to Spark, and today remade my account. <BR> <BR> It is nice to meet all of you. <BR> <BR> Since I was young I struggled with depression and social anxiety. While it is a battle everyday <BR> I do my best to keep pushing forward and push past it. It has caused me some hindrances but I try and pick myself right back up and usually am able to. <BR> <BR> I tend to struggle with my weight loss but I ain't letting that stop me! <BR> ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:13:53 EST i keep on chaging my help. i cant seem to stick into a decision. i am at a very critical moment in my life and its driving me crazy <BR> <BR> I am a nurse, but i left this job many years ago because of anxiety and depression. But i met a doctor recently who told me that my only problem was confidence. I need to lose weight to feel "okay" and to start having enthusiasm in things again. I need to get myself back to perfom and carry on. But having all this said, losing weight is still a struggle and i am stuck. I ... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 13:46:52 EST Hello! Hello, I'm Danielle and I'm 19 years old. A couple of months ago, I weighed at around 240 and got down to 231. I stopped around there, because I just didn't feel it anymore. I have been TTC since last December and have had no luck. I went to see my doctor where I was diagnosed (well, a confirmed diagnosis) with PCOS. He told me that if I lost weight, my body would ovulate more than what it is doing. My goal is to get back under 200, so between 30-40lbs. I haven't been dieting for long, and cu... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:12:52 EST Yes, You Can Today's motivational video is "The Word 'Can't' Is Not in My Vocabulary" which is a story about a successful gymnast who has no legs. It's amazing <em>104</em> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 08:54:32 EST Exercising Anyway! I live with chronic depression. Today was one of those days when I did not have much energy. That's why I really didn't feel like exercising, but I did it anyway. Yay Me :-) Day 4 of my journey to better health! Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:44:20 EST Scared of the future I just went on WebMD to check my symptoms: anxiety, loneliness, overeating, fear of the future, etc. It came up with: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, which basically means there is nothing wrong with me. I called a therapist to set up an appointment, he asked a few brief questions and when I said I will be leaving town soon he said he won't take me on as a client, because he needs a commitment. Does he even know how hard it was for me to make that phone call and ask for help? <BR> <BR> Hi ever... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:02:47 EST Med's and weight gain Does anyone take Geodon and can't lose weight? I also am on Latuda and it seems to also add to my appetite. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:19:14 EST Feeling disconnected I have been just having a rough time with my emotions. I have been working a lot of hours with one day off in between with a stomach bug and I have a genetic mouth disease that requires me to have surgery which won't be done til next month. I got a promotion at work and I love my job. I keep trying to tell myself I am losing weight, enjoying my job and there's nothing to be down about but can't seem to get out of this funk. When I am off work I only want to be by myself. I hardly talk when m... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:29:23 EST Hi!!! Hi!!! I'm new to this page and I just wanted to to say hi. Im 22 and I am a happy person but I also suffer from depression. I have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning and most days I just want to sleep all day. I'm trying real hard to find a way to make my life better and more focused. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:46:29 EST Hi. I'm restarting SP Hi. I'm restarting SP ... had used it about 5 years ago. Hadn't joined any support groups on here at that time, and trying to diet while struggling with my bipolar depression became too much. I'm now much more stable after being put on different meds, but still have days when I don't want to get out of bed. <BR> I'm a senior citizen & on disability, so exercising can be a challenge too. Being at my highest weight ever doesn't help either. <BR> Despite the challenges I'm starting to mak... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 02:46:54 EST misunderstood and frustrated Sorry this is a little long. My family always comments on my weight. They really are trying to help, but they don't get it. My sister is more overweight than I am. But heres the thing. She doesn't always try to lose weight the right way. She always wants to try all these supplements and stuff that doesn't work. Or starve herself. She tells me to fight my hunger. But theres a difference between fighting hunger and cravings. Yes you are supposed to fight cravings. But if you're so hungry that y... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:36:00 EST Hi Today was a good day! Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:32:19 EST Giving it a go . . . again I have an start it and quit it attitude about exercising and eating healthy. However, I have decided to start again. So I'm back!! Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:46:07 EST Hi! I'm a new one from Spain <BR> Hello everybody. This is a new experience for me. I don't have the habit to speak about me or share my worries and I'm a little bit shy about that. <BR> If my english is not good, please tell me and I'm going to try to improve it. <BR> <BR> My name is Raquel, but my close friends call me Accel. I'm 34 years old and I'm not having a good time lately. <BR> <BR> Last year I was working in another country. When I returned to Spain My boyfriend broke the relationship, some of my oldest fri... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:51:29 EST Young at heart I turned 50 this year and kind of went into a "life is over" mode. I need a new attitude and I am here to find one! Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:01:54 EST Diet, depression & anxiety cure?? My daughter saw a psychologist today that she's known for years. The psychologist told her that several of her patients (with lifelong depression and anxiety) changed their diets and were able to stop taking all their medications. My daughter is not trying to get off her medications. She's just trying to find something that will help the depression and OCD, as she cannot tolerate therapeutic doses of any medications. <BR> <BR> I believe the diet is something along the lines of a paleo diet.... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 17:53:26 EST hopeful i had a meeting today with a cognegative therapist to day ...she was really nice ,i think i am finally going to get the help i need and want so much <em>104</em> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:20:02 EST My name is Mary Posey Hello everyone I am determined to make some big changes in my life and I have already made quite a few changes but it is a struggle especially when trying to do it on my own and i am unable to afford any of the other programs i have heard of because i live well below the poverty line and can barely pay my everyday bills. I have had 4 surgeries in 6 months and i have another procedure this afternoon where they go down your throat (endoscopy) and my prayer is they dont find what they are lookin... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 08:57:32 EST Help for caregivers The difficulties of being a caregiver come up often. This article from AARP may help: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ow-a-caregiver-copes/?cmp=NLC-RSS-DSO-<BR>CTRL-072015-P7_E3-CAREGIVING-704082&en<BR>cparam=O2WFiq5iw58UFI4HjmAbQsybPgT5Nw8<BR>DJ+5/35EBx3UJM/0w0/vVRaJg3y3W8CeN </link> <BR> <BR> There are also various types of respite care which let the caregiver have a break just to relax or get other things done. Some are day programs and others are short-term... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 01:24:02 EST better Things have been going better lately. I'm still struggling a little, but overall my mood has been better. I lost a couple pounds this week which is great considering the fact that I haven't worked out much. I'm going off to school in two weeks and have most of my shopping done. Things are pretty good Mon, 20 Jul 2015 22:58:45 EST Hi I'm new.... Hi everyone. My name is Michelle. I'm a 39 y/o sahm of five kids. I joined Sparkpeople back in like 07, but that didn't last long. I came back last week. I turn 40 at the end of August, and I really want to be in better shape by then. <BR> <BR> As to my depression issues.... 2 years ago, I was drinking heavily, trying to numb my feelings. I ended up putting myself into a mental hospital for a week. Turns out I have chronic depression and severe anxiety issues. I was on meds for abou... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:31:08 EST Binge-eating disorder info (WebMD) <link><BR>isorders/binge-eating-disorder/ss/slid<BR>eshow-binge-eating-disorder?ecd=wnl_wl<BR>w_071915&ctr=wnl-wlw-071915_nsl-promo_<BR>2&mb=k6wfp6MHbPe%40Vy0y5%2fjEH%40HnVev<BR>1imbCF9kot%2fHZfko%3d </link> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 14:00:04 EST care givers depression. I have been dealing with this for about 10- years now. Husband has a very bad back and unexplainable muscle spasms that takes him to the ground. I also have a mother with Parkinson's disease. and I also help my 92 year old father-in-law. plus I work a full time factory job. Sometimes I just feel the worlds on my shoulders and no one will get off. Nut I pray and remind myself that there are others in worst spots then me. <BR> Sat, 18 Jul 2015 14:45:04 EST New to Spark People Hi my name is Tammy and I just joined spark people this evening. I weigh over 350 pounds and being obese is very depressing. I am 42 and I have been obese most of my life. teenage years and adulthood. Right now my knees are swollen I can't hardly move. I have medical conditions associated with my obesity such as hypothyroidism, hypertension, sleep apnea I use a cpap machine occasionally, acid reflux, depression, and migraines. I hope if I can lose some weight I could reduce some medications, ... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:07:20 EST Back after about a Year with Weight Watchers I was doing great with W.W. ( Weight Watchers) But we have a run a bad luck. My parked car was totaled by an a@# with no insurance, and we can't get any money out of him to replace it. So we got an old SUV from my sister; and after having it a about a month the transmission is now going out on it! So we have to cut back on some of the things we are paying for. And well no W.W means an extra $60.00 a month. The only reason I was going was for the meetings. they got me out of the house and arou... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:19:42 EST tempted to cut i always thought that self harming and especially cutting was more popular in young people ....for several months i pull my eyebrows out when ever since my dad passed i'm more drawn to cutting the temptation got the better of me last week , i promised my self i would not do it again ,but the temptation is getting strong again ....does anyone else my age do this ,i cant mention it to any one as my mum is always with me as i dont go out. <em>234</em> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 13:34:58 EST I'm new! Hello all. I've been depressed most of my life but have never really sought help. My strategy (the last 5 years) has been to keep busy as much as possible so I don't have time to think about it. Lately this has only become more difficult as my youngest (3) was recently diagnosed with ASD and to add to my already stressful life, there are many many many appointments, evaluations, assessments, therapies, md appointments (and the list goes on). I feel run down and many days wish I wasn't around ... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 11:48:40 EST Chessie Canter Hello All! <BR> <BR> I am a 35 yr old mother and wife. I currently work as a Hemodialysis Technician at IU Health. I am also in school working on my Bachelors degree in Human Services. All of my life I have been able to eat whatever whenever, until now. suddenly I am overweight, depressed, and out of energy. This combination has totally rearranged my life. I'm over it and ready to work. Unfortunatly, that means I will have to change everything. I am determined and defeated at the same time r... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 09:38:34 EST Defeating My Depression Hi everyone, I am new to Spark People. I am a mother of 4 toddlers and found that if I am not doing good for myself then I am not good to anyone. I have been dealing with depression what seems like my entire life. I didn't actually seek help for it till I was in high school and then once again in my early 20's after a bad relationship. I am now almost 30 and have found that with all the stress, anxiety, and emotional roller-coaster called life my depression has become worse again. I tried the... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 16:49:25 EST The Road to Happiness and Good Health ARMOMMI2 began this topic in the General Discussion forum as a way for us to post links to helpful articles. I'm merely her assistant, transferring the links and some of the messages here under Healthy Living. This is how she started: <BR> <BR> "Team DWD. I wanted to open a new topic that I hope we can use to share information with each other about some useful tips and suggestions for issues that we deal with when coping with depression. I'm including a link to an article about Being Happy ... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 09:22:59 EST Hi, I'm new Hello all, <BR> <BR> I recently rejoined SP because I need to lose a few pounds again. Food has been sort of a struggle for me for a while due to depression and anxiety. I tend to self-medicate with food and am working on overcoming that. <BR> <BR> I've struggled with depression since I was very young. My family was (and is) non-emotional and passive aggressive, and my mother in particular doesn't acknowledge depression as a real illness. She makes fun of my sister-in-law for "making u... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 15:11:51 EST New Day Today is my first real day. I am a 40 year old and have been hiding behind my weight for years. I know that my weight is now a problem of it's own, but the depression that caused it is still something I am fighting. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 09:34:42 EST desperate I have a really hard time relating to people my age. I was sexually abused alot and forced to grow up faster than everyone around me. (I'm still a teen). I thought I had friends but now that schools out we don't talk. The only person I'm close to is my older cousin but he's 11 years older than me and lives 13 hours away. He helps alot but he's working and stuff so he can't always reply to my texts and stuff. I dont know what to do. I just want to be able to relate to people my age but there's... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 22:47:48 EST Need advice... I'm having a bit of a problem. I suffered from depression from the time I was in grade school up until about two years ago. It was relieved a great deal by giving up gluten (I have a sensitivity), alcohol, and added sugar. I still get a bit here and there if I get gluten in something or if I cheat (which I'm trying hard not to do) but I'm 110% better than I used to be. Anyhow about 8 months ago I hurt my back at work and had to take off due to rehab and fear of going back to CNA work since my... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 17:03:41 EST The Road to Happiness and Good Health <em>213</em> Team DWD. I wanted to open a new topic that I hope we can use to share information with each other about some useful tips and suggestions for issues that we deal with when coping with depression. I'm including a link to an article about Being Happy Alone that might give us a different way of looking at it. Great stuff on the Mayo Clinic website. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> (I tried the link, but it didn't work) I'll keep trying. Tue, 7 Jul 2015 03:44:29 EST Frustrated, overwhelmed, and ready to give up I have been hospitalized twice in the last month for asthma. The first time was because a student smacked chalk erasers in my face and triggered my asthma. It actually started in March when I got really sick with either bronchitis, croup, or whooping cough. I haven't been able to work out since then. I want to work out but I'm so quick to start coughing and then wheezing. I don't know what to do. I last 30 lbs a few months ago but I've gained it all back. What do I do? I follow up with the dr... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 20:29:01 EST Have to change I am a dedicated teacher which means lots of sitting and eating when I'm nervous I want a lot of changes in my life hope I do something about it and contribute to other people's same goals as well. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 16:19:56 EST Affirmations "You are an empowered, competent individual who can cope with difficulties, make plans and solve problems."— Amit Sood, M.D. <BR> <BR> My favorite affirmation from the Mayo Clinic "Handbook for Happiness." A 4-step plan for resilient living by Amit Sood, M.D. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:32:02 EST Hello Hi, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to say a BIG "THANK YOU" to everyone for all the kind words & expressions of sympathy, over the loss of my friend Sue. <BR> <BR> They are GREATLY APPRECIATED! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Barbara Sun, 5 Jul 2015 10:45:14 EST A little about me... I was a single Mom for years. Was doing great. Had a nice job, was starting a business and then I got in touch with an old flame. We fell back in love moved in together, blended our families. I moved to be with him got a desk job and quit going to the gym. I have now gained two pant sizes. I have finally decided to do something about it . Sun, 5 Jul 2015 07:59:25 EST NewLindaRae Hi, I am 68 years old .have had WLS , 14 years ago. Need to monitor my weight and water. And BP .so i. Found this site to help me I hope. <BR> I was 550 pounds down to 199 , but have put on 15. That is a panic attack. My goal is 150 <BR> On there recommended call.a day .i can't even get close to that . For me to just maintain I can only do half that. So when reading how much I have left .i cut it in half. <BR> I am from Alaska but live in Florida now. <BR> My diet is High Protein , Low Ca... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 21:10:23 EST NewLindaRae Hi, I am 68 years old .have had WLS , 14 years ago. Need to monitor my weight and water. And BP .so i. Found this site to help me I hope. <BR> I was 550 pounds down to 199 , but have put on 15. That is a panic attack. My goal is 150 <BR> On there recommended call.a day .i can't even get close to that . For me to just maintain I can only do half that. So when reading how much I have left .i cut it in half. <BR> I am from Alaska but live in Florida now. <BR> My diet is High Protein , Low Ca... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 18:18:43 EST Scary to reach out Hi all. I'm new to SP and just figuring out all the tools here! <BR> I'm 63, single, never married, no children or grandchildren. I've been dealing with depression since my 30's. I worked as a professional for 25 years, changed careers at 52 to try to become an elementary teacher, but that didn't really work out. So I sort of had to "retire" a lot sooner than I planned. <BR> I sold my home last fall (after living there almost 20 years); moved to a much smaller apartment in a different pa... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 12:41:00 EST hi all Hello everyone, <BR> I am new here and just wanted to send out a quick hello. I am looking for friends if anyone is interested in chatting,motivating and challenging one another. <BR> Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and look forward to chatting soon Fri, 3 Jul 2015 14:47:34 EST When Friends and Family Don't Get It....... Hello Everybody: I came across this article and will post the link address at the end of this paragraph. This article addresses the issue of dealing with Friends and Family when they Don't Get What You're Going Through With Depression. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>se-borchard-sanity-break/ways-deal-wit<BR>h-family-friends-who-dont-get-it/?xid=<BR>salesnl_9319_20150618 </link> Thu, 2 Jul 2015 21:35:19 EST Giving up. <em>359</em> Hi, its me again. I come and go like a boomerang to this site. I think I am at my lowest emotionally right now. I am truly thinking about giving up. I am going to be 76 at the end of this month. I weigh 301 pounds, have diabetes 2 , heart failure and practically every other health problem there is. Two years ago, I had a severe heart attack. Actually stopped breathing. They performed CPR and for the next month I laid in the hospital on my back and managed to lose 30 pounds. All... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 10:27:28 EST hi I have never really done anything quite like this so some guidance would be great! My depression makes me eat and not want to exercise add to that some meds that make you crave sweets and i am up 20lbs that i just worked to lose last year! Almost back to my starting point!!! <BR> Leigh Ann Wed, 1 Jul 2015 17:05:09 EST Brand new in more ways than one.... Hello, my name is Sara. I'm new to this group, but I've been using Sparkpeople off and on for a few years now. I'm also new to having depression. It hit me really, really hard about six months ago. Since then, my doctor has had me out on disability. I've also been diagnosed with a few other health issues; Hashimoto's disease, panic disorder w/anxiety, agoraphobia, and I found out that I have an extra bundle of nerves on my heart that causes severe palpitations and a skyrocketing pulse at rand... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:01:45 EST Hi, Songwriter originally from UK now living in Washington State. Over the last 2 years , my emotional life has hit the lowest i could ever remember, I have lots to be greatly for in life but I feel i have nothing worthy and nothing left to offer anybody. I piled on the pounds because eating is my only source of happiness but its a short lived happiness as you look at you ever increasing disgusting body and say why bother with all anymore. But I am a fighter :-) and i will try just one more tim... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 11:55:42 EST I am new to spark people...A little about me hello, I am new here. I am a 42 year old female that weighs a little over 350 pounds and my self esteem and self image is down the drain. I also have health problems associated with my obesity such as hypothyroidism, hypertension, borderline diabetic, sleep apnea, arthritis in knees and feet,depression and anxiety. I want and need to lose weight, but the thought of it is just overwhelming. Any advice. My doctor told me just take it one day at a time but she is not in my shoes. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 01:55:08 EST dissociative identity disorder Hi, I have depression and anxiety related to dissociative identity disorder...does anybody else have that...I'd like to connect... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 14:16:52 EST need help explaining My new fiancé I don't feel fully understands my depression cause he automatically thinks I wanna move to my home town four states away which is not at all what I wanna do. He swears Im not losing him but thanks to the depression that is a constant worry for me. I don't know how to explain my fears or depression with him can someone please give me some advice? Thu, 25 Jun 2015 15:06:48 EST Fibromyalgia I have fought with depression and been over weight most of my life. I lost my weight and I was so proud of my self but since I have lost the weight I have been suffering with so severe pain and I can not do the things I enjoy in life any more. I can not get any help and I am at the point if dying would relieve me of this pain then I have wish at time I want to be dead so I wouldn't suffer any more.. The doctors in the past diagnose me with fibromyagia and said I will suffer with pain it would... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:48:33 EST Intro - Jenni Hello Folks, <BR> I have had depression off and on probably since childhood. Things are okay, and I'm happy to say I'm only moderately depressed. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:58:59 EST New - Hello!! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am starting my journey of self improvement. My husband is in my corner, but boy do I realize I need a support system to pull me over that goal line. This is exciting and nerve racking to take on, as I have failed in the past. But, here is being positive to new things in life! Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:55:43 EST A flower is dying because of me... What can I do? I try to manage my stress, but yesterday I had a burst, again. I was in the office and I felt an intensity I have not experienced for a long while. I couldn't find my place. I went home, tried to sleep, but I could hardly fall asleep towards dawn. <BR> When I came back in the office late, in the morning, I found the flower almost dead, lying down on the pot. It is a high and beutiful plant, about 60 cm high, in a big pot, and it was in perfect shape, growing more and more in the last months. ... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 05:50:38 EST I'm back Hi, all. I am one of those yo-yo dieters. I am so tired of the lose gain party. I am sick... have had high BP for decades, diabetes type two for 15 years, and just diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and I am afraid. I started with tiny goals, 5 minutes to walk daily. Track, track, track! Mon, 22 Jun 2015 19:56:38 EST Starting Fresh Again...!!! Hi <BR> My name is Shy, once again I end up back here, starting Fresh Again..... I've been on several programs to get this weight off... I'm on this mission this time to stick with it... I don't understand, I can give things up for Ash Wednesday which is in Feb/Mar and runs until Easter.... I loose weight inches and everything. So one thing I can't do is keep it off and continue I stated a few months ago I was going to continue since the summer months are here and you can no longer hide behi... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 18:21:43 EST Starting Fresh Again...!!! Hi <BR> My name is Shy, once again I end up back here, starting Fresh Again..... I've been on several programs to get this weight off... I'm on this mission this time to stick with it... I don't understand, I can give things up for Ash Wednesday which is in Feb/Mar and runs until Easter.... I loose weight inches and everything. So one thing I can't do is keep it off and continue I stated a few months ago I was going to continue since the summer months are here and you can no longer hide behi... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 18:20:48 EST check in Hi. I was on a trip to Atlanta last week. We ate at local restaurants most of the time instead of fast food so I didn't count calories. But I drank water and tea 99% of the time. I only had one soda and one cup of coffee during the whole trip. Plus there was tons of walking. I'm leaving tomorrow for church camp and wont have my phone so I still wont be counting calories. But there will be lots of outdoor activities. I feel like I really needed these getaways and I actually haven't been eating... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 15:57:36 EST Hello Spark Members Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself. The reason I am joining this active board is because I am feeling overwhelmed, sad, tired, and am not doing any exercise and/or eating well. Hoping to find some support here....Have a great day and a wonderful Father's Day!! Sun, 21 Jun 2015 12:43:37 EST Hi Friends My name is Robbie, and I live in SC. My goal is to lose 50lbs, and I can use all the help, support, and advice I can get !!! Thank you. Robbie Sun, 21 Jun 2015 08:59:51 EST Newbie here my ex husband died going on 4 months ago. that is brought on a clear realization of life and an appreciation but fear lingers that something could happen to my present husband. I know as a Christian that I should pray about these things that's part of what on my mind along with stuffing feelings with food Sun, 21 Jun 2015 01:48:26 EST I am new to spark people Hi everyone, Tammy here. I am 42 years old. I weigh just about 350. I am really sick of looking the way I do.. I need to lose weight, the correct way where it doesn't creep back up on you. I know I have a long haul to lose the weight. I know it is a lifestyle change but don't know where to start. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 18:37:21 EST consistency issues I seem to deal with this a lot and I don't feel like I have made much progress with this. I have so many things I want to accomplish and I get started on so many things its like I don't finish what I start. Last night a thought came to me that maybe deep down I am so afraid of failing. Funny how that works. I am consistent and know that I am good at my job but it seems managing my own life is a struggle for me. I have had lots of changes in life but I don't want them to be an excuse. Any sug... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 12:28:54 EST Not sure whatI am seeking.... Ok folks, I am reaching out and not sure what I will get or really want. Some background... I have lost 6 toes to osteomyelitis and am facing losing half a foot or possibly more. I am being strong for every one else, but have no one to really give me support. Everyone, including the doctors and specialists, can tell me why this is happening except that saying 40 years of not taking care of myself is catching up to me. See I used to weigh over 250 lbs and was on multiple medications for ev... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 07:19:28 EST