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 Newbie Hello, I'm new just trying to figure all this out. What pages are what, what I need to track. I apologize for not knowing exactly what to post. Kind of having a bad day. Learned that one more kid we tried to adopt was not in the cards for us. My husband and I have been trying to adopt for years. it's just not happening. <BR> So I am still going to try and lose this weight, I have diabetes and I am not going to end up on insulin as I have issues with needles. <BR> honestly, life in ge... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:23:12 EST Hi there! My name is Emily, I'm 19, almost 20 and live in Pennsylvania. I have been overweight as long as I can remember. Healthy eating was never really a thing in my parents house, because my dad enjoys his "Down home cooking" Lots of butter, bacon fat and salt. Cookies or something else sweet at the end of every meal. I was bullied a lot throughout middle school, and was diagnosed with major depressive disorder and anxiety in eighth grade. Since then it has been a constant struggle with remembering ... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 03:41:13 EST Seeing Some Light Happy Thursday, everyone! <BR> <BR> I really wanted to share this, but I don't really know how to start it. I'm Leanna (or Lady), I'm a mommy, a wife, and a college student. I used to be this bubbly, friendly, social butterfly, but when I moved to Ohio, that gradually disappeared. When I started my weight loss journey in January 2015, I weighed 250 (at 5'3"), had uncontrolled asthma, was pre-diabetic, and was extremely blue. I've always had waves of depression, but after becoming a mommy, it... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:16:36 EST Newbie Hey there! Thanks so much for allowing me to join this group. I was diagnosed last year with Depression and Panic disorder. I am currently not medicated for either as I thought about 6 months ago I could do this on my own. I have this feeling that part of both of my mental health issues is because I am overweight, but the issues I am struggling with now is STRUCTURE...Motivation. The little voice in the back of my head that tells me that ...this is a HUGE joke and that I could never b... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:05:31 EST Hello Hi everyone. I have suffered from depression for many years but have a good doctor and it is mostly under control. Over time some of the medications have caused me to gain weight and now I just have bad habits. I'm hoping Spark will help along with the support of this community. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:31:19 EST Getting Back on Track Hi, I am starting a new chapter in my life and I am hoping SparkPeople can help me keep it going in the right direction. I spent 12 years of my life dealing with a very toxic marriage, and the last two dealing with custody battles and divorce court to end it. During the course of this relationship I was blessed with 4 beautiful and amazing children. However, as most women know, pregnancy does not exactly do wonders for you body image, especially when you are with a man that is constantly crit... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:25:23 EST Hello Hello, I am praying this works for me. I am so tired of being over weight. This is not something new for me. I have always been over weight. In my younger days I was always active. Not so much anymore. I am ready to start anew. I don't want the surgery because I have been sick and had my fare share of them. So Please Help me to put my best foot forward. If anyone has help please let me know. Thank you ,,, I so want to make this work. I will tell you this. I have never in my life ever really b... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 03:56:16 EST Learning my way around! Hello, not sure what to say.... Always hate opening up to people have found there is very little support out there for me. Seems like I am the one supporting others but when the tables are turn friends & family run to the hills... Forget that they sprint to the mountains:-) I have had to deal with sooooo much sadness in the last 18months that I have lost my way in caring. So I am really hoping I can kick start loosing weight & just maybe I can feel happy again :-) Mon, 13 Apr 2015 23:16:14 EST Need a water-drinking "buddy?" It's been a long time since I've drunk eight glasses daily. It's been a long time since I've drunk more than the sips needed to get vitamins and a couple of prescriptions down. <BR> <BR> I signed up the other day for SP's new 30-day challenge to develop a new, healthy habit and made eight glasses of water my chief goal for now. Today's challenge installment is to find a buddy with the same goal to check in for mutual, weekly accountability? <BR> <BR> Got the same need and want a support sys... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 20:28:54 EST A Proper Introduction...... Good Afternoon! I have been on Spark People for almost one week and have failed to introduce myself! My husband calls me Peanut, so we will use that name for now! I am turning 35 this year and I'm ready to shed these dreadful pounds and live life to the fullest! Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:47:01 EST New here Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to this forum but not to depression and the need to lose weight. Over time I have developed bad habits that coincide with medications that cause weight gain. Until now I have felt powerless to lose the weight. I really hope Spark people and this forum can help me. <BR> Thanks <em>213</em> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:14:25 EST Hello, kinda new here Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am returning to spark people because I don't know what else to do. I have recently been seeing a therapist, who diagnosed me with dysthymia (depression lasting for 2 or more years with only a few months of happiness) and anxiety. I struggle everyday with feelings of not being good enough, or feeling fat (odd for a guy), or feeling out of control with my eating, not feeling loved etc. Today I am really struggling. <BR> <BR> I want to lose this weight, but I a... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 09:08:50 EST Life Hello everyone. My name is Amy. I've been a member of spark for awhile but am starting my WL journey fresh today. Life has been.....well, a challenge but I'm trying <BR> <BR> I just saw someone last weekend who I have not seen in ten years! It was someone I used to date when I was a teen, we reconnected over the phone and have been talking for about a year and fell for each other again. He came all the way to see me. We've been hitting it off. I reconnected with him and now we are also going... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 13:46:53 EST Hi! My name is Chelsee and I'm 23 years old. I have about 120 lbs to lose along with being pre-diabetic, and having high cholesterol and blood pressure. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 12:27:44 EST What's better than orange juice and coffee? Start the day with music, any music, and you may feel ready for anything. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Singing works, too. <BR> Tue, 7 Apr 2015 07:00:16 EST Hi, my name is Wendy I am 38yrs old. I am married to my high school sweetheart. We have been together for 23yrs. We have a beautiful 21yr old daughter and 2 amazing grandsons. I am looking to lose weight so I know I can be healthy to continue to enjoy my family and to hopefully help build my self-esteem. I struggle hard with motivation. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 16:31:58 EST Depression and returning So I'm returning to the support that I get from Sparkpeople in my efforts to loose weight. I need to find support somewhere as I don't get it here. I am an emotional eater and that doesn't help weight loss. I am legally married, but we live as roommates who kind of raise the kids together. I am more the caregiver. My spouse has Bipolar Disorder and Parkinsons. He's either depressed or slightly manic (not in a good way). Usually it's just that he's depressed. He finally got approved and starte... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 18:55:43 EST hi my 3 day here this for having me <em>223</em> Sun, 5 Apr 2015 08:14:58 EST And away I go.... I very briefly signed up for Sparks in 2009 without trying at all, just seeing what it would be like. Well, I found myself back at the same website but something is different this time, I am older, of course, and just sick and tired of feeling like I am being held back by this weight. I have a wonderful, supportive husband and the kids are all out of the house, what better time than now. Appreciate any support from the over 55's out there! Sun, 5 Apr 2015 04:18:12 EST Meet and Greet Hello everyone. I just came back to SparkPeople 5 days ago. I am a 25 year old female correctional officer working at a male prison. I enjoy fishing, boating, camping, and reading. I have been married for 3 1/2 years and am blessed with a two year old little girl that looks just like her father. Over the last year I have become more and more angry with life and everyone in it... especially my husband. It got so bad recently that my anger was volatile and up to the point of almost being vi... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 01:22:34 EST accepting accountability buddy applications lol I honestly need help keeping myself motivated! sure i have friends that are stick figures and say they will help me lose weight and stay motivated, but are flakes and i get it. it's not their problem, but having someone going through the same thing as me would help drastically or i think lol. <BR> my name is jessica and i'm a 24 yr old stay at home mom with 2 boys and my oldest (5yr old) is autistic and my baby (8 month old) is a handful in himself lol <BR> so you can see where i need the m... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 01:05:00 EST accepting accountability buddy applications lol I honestly need help keeping myself motivated! sure i have friends that are stick figures and say they will help me lose weight and stay motivated, but are flakes and i get it. it's not their problem, but having someone going through the same thing as me would help drastically or i think lol. <BR> my name is jessica and i'm a 24 yr old stay at home mom with 2 boys and my oldest (5yr old) is autistic and my baby (8 month old) is a handful in himself lol <BR> so you can see where i need the m... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 23:55:35 EST hi not sure how to do this but hi, and all the things I wanted to say just fled my brain so I will stick with hi and say that I hope that every one is having a really really good good day. Wed, 1 Apr 2015 18:21:59 EST Gettin started! Hi everyone! I'm so glad I found this site. I used a similar site from Jillian Michaels last year and had great success. I think logging my food and exercise is the best way to keep on track. I was able to get rid of my baby weight both times within about 6 months- the first time was pretty easy. The second time I had to work a bit harder. But my problem is that everything else in my life has been flipped upside down and I gained the weight back, feel terrible, and haven't been able to get my... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 15:41:08 EST I'm trying again I deal with a lot of depression and the past 10 years has been the worst ever. I have Dysthymia but a situation involving my mother slammed me down to almost a walking dead state and I couldn't seem to pull myself out of it. Because I am unable to take anti depressants and such as they make me suicidal I refuse to medicate anymore. The mental health practitioner's mostly refuse to help you if you go that route and I got fed up with arguing with them. I'm at a stage now that it's do or die and... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:36:22 EST Hi, I'm New! Hi, I'm back for my umpteenth attempt at losing weight. I've made several changes over the past year; I quit smoking, I got married, I changed jobs...twice. And I've added a few pounds with each one of those. In June, I'm going home to see my family for the first time in 3 years, and I don't want to be the biggest they've ever seen me. <BR> I'm a college student, studying human services. I don't do well with routines, but I get bursts of energy that last a couple of weeks at most. I need to i... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:58:29 EST New here! Hi everybody I just started this journey 4 months ago when i was diagnosed with prediabetes. I was told I needed to lose weight, exercise, and eat right. Since then i have gone to the the gym at least 5 days a week and started doing cardio things-walking, recumbent bike, and weight training and I am doing water arobics and now increasing my walking speed and adding things to my exercises! I have lost 12 1/2 lbs.. Right now i am on a plateau I have only lost 1 1/2 lbs the last 8 weeks. But I k... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:58:35 EST awake at 230 am to depressed to sleep Another night with no sleep...I can't stop my brain from going through all the bad stuff I have going on <em>46</em> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 05:40:38 EST Just wanted to introduce myself. Hi everyone. I'm Casey, I'm 31 and cringe when I say that (lol) . Right now I reside about 15 miles East of Memphis, Tn. I've been on and off SP a few times but I have really stuck with it this time and I'm actually getting results, which I'm absolutely elated about. I joined this Team because depression is something I have struggled with for a very long time, especially after sustaining a career ending Figure Skating injury. I started really packing on the pounds when I continued to eat the ... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:59:23 EST Jon Stewart has at the junk/fake-food industry If you are delicate of ear, be forewarned that Jon Stewart is indelicate of mouth in service of making the point. <BR> <BR> <link> bi g-food/ </link> <BR> <BR> More than language, beware of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The name is new to me, but it has compromised what seems to have been a respectable reputation. The question is whether it will clean itself up and take care of where it puts its approval symbols. <BR> <BR> <link> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:44:48 EST Here I go! Hi everyone! My name is Rhoda aka Angelfeather1. I have recently undergone treatments for breast cancer and have a history of high blood pressure and gout. I just turned 50 and want to join you in a new life of weight loss (control), and good health! I look forward to getting to know you and sharing our stories and successes! :) Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:27:58 EST Ready to win Hey everyone! I am new to this site and everything it has to offer. I want to heal in my life severely right now! I know it takes one day at a time but it sometimes feels like forever. I was wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to stick with this everything on this site, how to get more involved, and how to succeed even though I might fail sometimes. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:39:08 EST Back on Spark People! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am finally back on SparkPeople after about probably 6-7 years of consistent use. At that time, I managed to lose 40 lbs and was in the best shape of my life. Slowly but surely, I gained back every bit and some more. I have been back on here for two weeks now and feeling extremely motivated. I have a weight loss goal of 40-45 lbs. I am hoping to utilize message boards and community for support! Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:55:58 EST HELP no one in my family understands me I am 24 and i have very severe depression, anxiety and painc attacks. My family tells me to chill and that my feelings are fake. I feel so lost and want to just not live anymore. I am not planning on killing myself but this is my lost hope. My name is karri Mon, 23 Mar 2015 02:17:01 EST My name is Sandra I'm 60-something. I am overweight - obese actually. I don' know what else to say just yet. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 19:11:58 EST skinnyrasven I am many things: retired social worker,cancer survivor. grandmother, and a life long Alaskan. this is my first time to take my weight and health seriously. I love the tracking charts and find that to be helpfull. I don't know about message boards. I do want one of the cute measuring TAPE at the bottom of your messages.t . I think visuals are important especially if you are a left brain kinda person. I am trying to catch up with technology especially when my granddaughter laughed when I ... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 16:22:58 EST Not Feeling Very Attractive I don't post on this website that often, but I'm having a lot of trouble lately. I'm 23 and I've struggled with weight problems and depression since I was in middle school. I used to be 260 lbs and I'm currently at 159 lbs. I'm hoping to get down to 125 lbs, but it's been tough to stay motivated. <BR> <BR> Anyway, the main reason I'm posting this thread is because I've had a lot of trouble lately with feeling attractive. I've been dating the same guy for a year and a half now and I feel like... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 18:30:46 EST How would you react? Hi, I'm working through a cognitive behavioral therapy workbook to help my depression and anxiety. The assignment today is to ask other people how they would react to a situation that I got upset about. I'm hoping some of you will help me by telling me how you would react to the following situation: <BR> <BR> <BR> You're cooking dinner and you're in a hurry. You're already feeling nervous and overwhelmed. Suddenly, a glass plate accidentally slips from your hands to the floor and shatters g... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:00:20 EST Hi My friends call me Shal, I don't talk much. I weigh 206 and want to get down to between 132 and 140. I'm very out of shape and don't have the motivation that I used to. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:33:29 EST grandma needs to loose weight I am excited to be a part of spark people.(first day) I need to loose about 100lbs to make me more healthier. would really love to have any information that can help me. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 23:59:56 EST hi I am new here. I am having trouble with depression and eating. I just dont know what to do. i am on meds for depression but i just want to be left alone and sit in the dark watching tv and feeding my face. i could use any advice you all could give me. <em>46</em> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 21:57:56 EST Depressed an full of anxiety When we lost my huband the car was in n his name as insurance an noone for ok out probate papers so altho I've made car payments/insurance we my son an I owe taxes under my husbands name so no one has been able to register vehicles an yesterday they took my sons truck for non payment , depression keeps getting worse an WORSE AN HAD TO CANCEL DR. Apt NO RIDE Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:39:19 EST Hi Sarah here Hi I am Sarah and will be turning 40 this July. Hard to believe. I have 2 daughters who are almost 10 and almost 7. I have had depression issues most of my life but have been in remission for a while now. I see a psychiatrist and a therapist every other week. I am divorced and my ex-husband has custody of the children so I am a noncustodial mom. I see them fairly often but need supervised visits with my parents there and I live with my mom. <BR> <BR> I have been a Spark member since ... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 20:49:53 EST Hi I'm Shawna I am a 31 yr old married for 12 years, mother of 2 children(9 and 7 months) I am the one who did everything for everyone else. Now its MY turn. I could very easily losing half my weight and still need to lose were talking 175+ lbs needs to go. I do battle with depression(not clinical) but always just grin and bear it. Sun, 15 Mar 2015 09:49:32 EST Hi, I'm Shelby... ... and I'm so happy to see that this group exists on SparkPeople. I have been managing my depression for several years now, and I've made quite a bit of progress. Body image and self-esteem are things that I've always struggled with, and I've gained a lot of weight over the last couple of years, so that's something that I continue to fight with even on my "good days." I'm sure that many of you can relate to my struggle to break the cycle of feeling bad about myself, losing motivation, eat... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 08:51:15 EST Hi all!! Hi, i'm starting new again, not sure of what to put, but need help. Have a lot going on and need to get the weight off. <BR> Thanks for being here or for having a place to go. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 22:47:09 EST Hey to all you beautiful people! Going to be trying this again. Hope all of you can help keep me motivated. I have two daughters getting married in 2016, so I have to do this! Please help me. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 20:06:17 EST New Hi I am 47 and should have lost my weight years ago but i am addicted to food and have been unable to succeed. I am hoping this will help with the support i am not receiving elsewhere. Nice to meet you all. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:31:39 EST felling scared hi i just wanted to let you know i am new to this and am not sure what to write but i am afraid of failing and i cannot fail due to my health. Losing weight is what will keep me alive longer than 10 years so i have to do this. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:29:48 EST Hi everyone Hi everyone. I'm not really new here just never talked in the community. I'm starting a weight loss/muscle building thing. Mostly cause of how little movement i have now . I have one of those desk jobs and at home i sit a lot too so yeah haha. Anyway friendly HI Wed, 11 Mar 2015 23:08:14 EST Intro Hello, <BR> My name is Dawn and I am 43 yrs old. I am happily married and have 2 beautiful children (9 and 3). I guess my depression began about 2 yrs ago. My father who was living with me at the time got diagnosed with dementia and lewey body parkinsons. The same week he was in the hospital I got a letter stating I was laid off from a job that I loved and I had for 9 yrs. My 3 yr old has a brain disorder and is becoming increasingly needy. My poor 9 yr old is feeling the brunt of her brother... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 15:33:35 EST hello everyone I'm new here, look forward to learning new things and making new friends Tue, 10 Mar 2015 01:02:29 EST hello just wanted to introduce myself. i have been back and forth with sparkpeople for the last few years. i really would like to regain my health. i am tired of being tired all of the time. i have dealt with depression for most of my life. would love to learn coping skills to make it through. you all seem very nice. look forward to learning with you all. Mon, 9 Mar 2015 14:49:28 EST Monday.... <em>102</em> .....sleepy! Mon, 9 Mar 2015 11:18:28 EST just wanted to introduce myself Good morning y'all. <BR> I just thought i would kinda introduce myself a bit. My name is Mickey and i have a little boy who is about a year old. I have been struggling with awhole bunch of different issues in my life, depression being one of them. It has been years that i have struggled with not only this but with anxiety as well as anorexia. It has been a tough battle with everything for me. And i am trying to do it right this time. but i am not going lie it is still a very big struggle Mon, 9 Mar 2015 09:08:03 EST Hey y'all Hey! I'm Liz. <BR> I left an abusive relationship in January of 2014, and I still deal with depression related to it. I have nightmares. :/ I'm trying to find a therapist that I like and can talk to. <BR> Nice to meet everyone :) Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:41:43 EST Determined to make changes As my title suggests I've found the determination to start my fitness and weight loss journey again. Just wanted to say hi and hope to become part of this community :-) Sat, 7 Mar 2015 06:56:34 EST how to get motivated for exercise when deppressed? I had been doing real good, been in up mood for about 6 months now then now I am going through depression again. Its not as bad as it has been in past, but still bad enough I had to go to dr about it. My question is how do I fight it and get motivated enough to do exercise when my energy levels are so extremely low? up until this week, I had been going to ymca 5 days a week and either walking the track or taking water aerobics class and I was really enjoying going. Now, it seems so overwh... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 14:47:48 EST Happy Friday I hope everyone has a great weekend. I am looking forward to warmer temps here 30+ today and into 40's next week. Need to get outside and enjoy the sun and more activity. Fri, 6 Mar 2015 12:11:14 EST Happy Friday! <em>334</em> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 11:48:00 EST Ideas for Motivation Hey, y'all. I hope everyone is doing well. I'm doing pretty good right now. Worked out 2 days in row now and doing other household chores to keep me moving. <BR> <BR> I was just doing some "cleaning up" of my Goal Board on the start page. Do y'all use it too? I just posted a suggestion to the message boards under Site/Technical Help. My suggestion was for some newer, fresher stock images for the Goal Board. To me they are starting to become "stale". <BR> <BR> I know y'all won't be ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:29:57 EST I'm Kathy and I need help!! I've been struggling for so long and never gave it to serious of a thought. With the way my last 2 years have gone I have really let myself go. Mentally and physically. I suffer from depression and (recently) anxiety. I have also developed other health issues that concern me enough to seriously do something about it!! I want to exercise more and try to eat better.... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 19:12:41 EST A quote for those in the daily fight Because we are in a fight, my friends. This is a battle. But you can do it. Do not fear failure. Depression can be beaten. I promise. <BR> <BR> "It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly... who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:06:10 EST Hello! :-) Hello all! I have had an account with SP for a long time, but haven't really posted on many boards. I don't know exactly why, but just didn't. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I was reading through some of the posts, and you all sound very friendly and supportive. I am really looking for some support and motivation. I am trying very hard to stick with it and lose about 35 lbs that I've been carrying around for far too long. <BR> <BR> I know that I have several things I need to work on... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 00:11:45 EST Losing 60lbs to gain Hi everyone, is Valerie I am 28 /5'4/214lbs/mother of three 1,5, & 7. <BR> <BR> I am working on losing 60 pounds I just recently restarted the program, after taking a break for a year or so after having a new baby, I previously lost 65lbs,I started at around 245lbs in 2010 and lowest weight before I was pregnant in 2014 was 181-182lbs.. and now I am hoping to to reach my goal Of 160lbs. <BR> <BR> In the past I walked off the weight all at home! No gyms or gear,but now with a very clingy cr... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:21:22 EST Losing 60lbs to gain Hi everyone, is Valerie I am 28 /5'4/214lbs/mother of three 1,5, & 7. <BR> <BR> I am working on losing 60 pounds I just recently restarted the program, after taking a break for a year or so after having a new baby, I previously lost 65lbs,I started at around 245lbs in 2010 and lowest weight before I was pregnant in 2014 was 181-182lbs.. and now I am hoping to to reach my goal Of 160lbs. <BR> <BR> In the past I walked off the weight all at home! No gyms or gear,but now with a very clingy cr... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 16:44:55 EST Hiya Hi everyone,my name is Valerie I am 28 /5'4/214lbs/mother of three 1,5, & 7. <BR> <BR> I am working on losing 60 pounds I just recently restarted the program, after taking a break for a year or so after having a new baby, I previously lost 65lbs,I started at around 245lbs in 2010 and lowest weight before I was pregnant in 2014 was 181-182lbs.. and now I am hoping to to reach my goal Of 160lbs. <BR> <BR> In the past I walked off the weight all at home! No gyms or gear,but now with a very c... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 16:31:24 EST Quick Introduction Though I did a quick intro on the team wall, I was encouraged to post here as well. <BR> <BR> So, hello! My name is Sarah. I just joined Spark People a couple of days ago. I'm hoping to get plugged into the community with people who also struggle with some of the same issues I do. Accountability is a huge plus. Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:20:34 EST Mary's time to start over-again! I am in the beginning of a complete "re-boot" of my life. My children are all above 21 years old and living on their own. After years of talking about finding jobs by our lake place and moving out there, we have finally taken the plunge and done it! I am leaving behind a career in music ministry, which I loved, but the hours were crazy and left no time for my hubby and I to be a couple. <BR> I have been in and out of healthy eating and exercise habits. My jobs in music ministry made it ha... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 09:39:20 EST Depression I know going through depression can be some trying times in your life. As myself I went through and I still have my times but not nearly as bad. My adult life has been rough and I got about as low I can get. I have been married four times and I blame no one but myself. I knew something was missing in my life and I was determent to find what I was looking not letting anything or any one get in my way. My third wife did pay me back for the evil things I did in the past when I caught her cheati... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 15:48:21 EST H Hi!, I'm Becky. I am 26 years old, 5'e, and 280 pounds. I'm sick of not feeling well all the time and being tired and self conscious. I'm getting to the point where it is getting hard to even find plus size clothes that fit comfortably. I've been through so much in my life, and have not had a very good start in life as far as being taught healthy eating etc...I am one of those that have lost weight, gained it and more back. The pattern seems to be that I'll loose about 40 pounds and then stop... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:51:34 EST ANGIEDAWN1213's SparkPage Hello my name is Angie Hanna. My doctor told me about the site because my insulin levels were extremely high. I also need to lose at least 40 pounds. I will need a lot of help and encouragement. I will need to change my eating habits and work exercise back into my daily routine after neglecting it for about a year. My interest are working in the garden and being outside when the weather is warm. I also enjoy reading. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:42:45 EST Hi there, new here Hello! I am here to lose 20-30 pounds, get toned, and live a healthier lifestyle. I have been an avid runner for the past several years, but have gotten out of if over the past several months because of work and the bitter cold. I've had trouble with my weight for as long as I can remember and would like to end that once and for all. I think my biggest problem is motivation to keep going (I've lost and gained the same 5-9 pounds more times than I can count!). Any help and support is greatly a... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:43:38 EST Stilll trying I can't fail again, it has worm me out.I don't want to feel dumpy anymore and I want to be able to dress better for work, instead of wearing what fits, which is getting less and less. I need to be accountable to someone. I have summer clothes I need to fit in, last summer I kept wearing the same couple of pairs of capris , black and navy. Need help! Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:18:49 EST Hi I just wanted to introduce myself I want to thank you for welcoming me to the group. I work full time and also raise livestock. I have battled with my weight for several years since having a complete hysterectomy. I have also battled depression for several years. Right now I am a pretty good place with the depression which is surprising for me as my son in law was diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer last June.. Perhaps having to be strong for them and their family has been a great thing for me. He was not doing well but rig... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:58:35 EST starting in forum today Hi! Im new to posting/reading in the forum. I'm hoping that by checking in daily, I'll be able to keep myself motivated. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:59:50 EST Greetings from France ! Hi everyone ! <BR> <BR> My name is Marion, I'm 25 (turning 26 next week !) and I'm from south of France. Please apologize any english mistake I may make, we'll say it's because I'm not fluent, when really it's mostly because I'm not paying enough attention to what I'm typing :-) <BR> <BR> I came across SparkPeople through Pinterest, and I like the whole idea. We have something similar in French, but not as good, so hopefully I'll be more commited to this website than I was to the other one... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:41:41 EST Hello out there! Hey y'all! I am Erica. I'm a 33 year old Stay at Home Mom from Texas. I got about 85lbs to get off of this body! Hoping to find inspiration and motivation to do so. Look forward to meeting you all and reading your posts. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:01:56 EST Free NYC-area Clothing Exchange, 3/21/15 Some of you may recall that I've been organizing free, semi-annual clothing exchanges for the local bariatric surgery community for some time. The next, March 21 in midtown Manhattan, marks the fifth anniversary of these events. As this is my baby, I'm again happy to invite DwD teammates who live in the vicinity to take part, no surgery or plans for surgery required. <BR> <BR> If you'd like to attend, email me at my private box for the exchange -- <link> </link> . Plea... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:50:56 EST Wellbutrin XL + Lexapro Hello! I currently take 300 mg Wellbutrin XL and 10 mg Lexapro daily. Before adding in the lexapro, my cravings for food and appetite were in check and well under control. Since adding lexapro, I've noticed my appetite increase immensly as well as the return of my food cravings, worse than ever before. No weight gain though. Has anyone on this combination experienced these types of set backs? Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:49:50 EST Introducing Myself Hi! I got an email saying I should introduce myself, so I'll do that. I joined SP a few years ago and then forgot about it. I guess the timing was not right. I just came back recently and joined this group to find support and friendship on the weight loss/get fit path. I used to be on my feet all day at work, now I have a desk job.... thus, some weight gain. I quit smoking 9 years ago... thus, began some weight gain that hasn't stopped yet. I went through menopause.... thus a LOT of wei... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:59:47 EST Bonjour Hi, my name is Emily. I joined Spark People to help me get control of an eating disorder. I can't wait to start this journey. I'm hoping it will turn into a testimony. Sun, 22 Feb 2015 22:35:52 EST Hey Team I'm Fran, and I am just just glad to be in this group. My body has suffered because my heart hurts. I'm hoping to make a difference in that. My youngest son has a very difficult health condition called NF. We didn't even know he had it until he was 16, but since that time he's had 27 surgeries. Last summer it was discovered he had cancer. He had two MAJOR surgeries over the course of three days. It took it's toll on him and on me. He's doing well considering. He's paralyzed, but manages very ... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 20:24:51 EST Sad I am back... There's so much tragedy in my life right now. I wonder if I will even have time for SP right now. Six months ago I was here introducing myself. I was sad that my mother died in a horrible car crash, that my sister blamed me for moving away and committed suicide. Worst of all that my son was having heart issues again... It isn't all doom and gloom. I got married to a wonderful man who I love more than life! Tragedy had to go and strike again. My little boy was diagnosed with cance... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09:51:13 EST Lowered my meds I am trying to have some normalcy to my life. I wanted to feel a bit again. Maybe get a bit of my libido Vick for the sack of my marriage but it seemed to backfire on me. I was taking 30 mg of Cymbalta and went down to 20mg. To be fair it didn't seem like the 30's were doing much anyway so I thought what would the difference be right? Well I feel like I am falling deeper down the rabbits whole. I have been ripping opened scabs on myself and shoveling food like there is no tomorrow. I feel so... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 22:08:09 EST Dealing w/depression and stress I recently stopped taking yet another antidepressant because it was causing one of my health conditions to get much worse - and I was only taking the tiniest dosage. Still, it was enough that I can tell the depression is worsening again. The OCD is always bad, but when the depression worsens then I feel like giving up on everything. Not on life - just on trying to make changes or do anything extra. I start feeling like, "what's the point of anything?" <BR> <BR> I guess it's not *just* the m... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:55:07 EST Anxious... I've started to make better decisions with my diet but I'm anxious to start back up at the gym. <BR> <BR> I haven't been to the gym since 2013. <BR> <BR> My gym is nice - it's clean, quiet and small without lacking equipment. Plus I pass by it on my way home from work. <BR> <BR> I loathe cardio but I don't mind weight training. I have rheumatoid arthritis which doesn't make it any easier. <BR> <BR> I just need to suck it up and go already! Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:55:20 EST Newbie Seeking Bucku Support I am a 62yo great-grandmother living in an apartment that is not fit for human habitation ( roaches, bedbugs and black mold ). My husband of 20 years is working 14 to 16 hours a day 7 days a week as a cab driver to get us out of here. But, the bed bugs keep him from sleeping so he's sleeping at a friend's house. On a good day I hour to be with him, on a bad day I get none. My doctor says that my pain is coming from suatica ( I probably misspelled that ). The pain keeps me from even walking ac... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:15:21 EST HI, Hello Friends, got a way to go, hope to lose around 60 pounds, taking small but sure steps at first. <BR> Take care, and thanks for reading. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:30:53 EST Hi all hey everyone, i have no idea what to do in this message board thing I have been with spark for 10 days now. I love the recipes awesome ideas and well I'm trying to my blood pressure down and my weight lost 7 lbs already hoping to lose more have a blessed day spark people. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:06:00 EST I can do this! Hi everyone. My name is Pam. I'm 48 years old & recently moved in with my elderly father to take care of him. In that process I stopped taking care of me. I have many health issues. I have a disease called Lymphedema that makes my whole body retain an ungodly amount of water. Which makes me look 60 pounds or better more than I really am. I also have chronic back pain. My doctor is doing his part in helping me all he can. But, it's getting pretty serious for me as my Diabetes is now out of con... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:40:14 EST Last Post Someone here reported me to staff as a suicide risk. I am very angry about that. No one bothered to talk to me before doing this. I will not be part of a group that doesn't care enough to even come to your first before doing something that can cause you untold problems. <BR> <BR> I have been treating my own illnesses for over 30 years. I don't take pills, and I don't go to doctors. I think about it sometimes, but then I decide I can handle it myself, and I'm still here, so it's working fine... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:20:52 EST Future looks promising hello I am Lorena. I am currently way over weight and I finally decided I was going to change this. For my first goal I started small with 20 pounds in 2 months. I want to prove to myself that I could do it. I want to change how I look and feel. Since I started this goal for my life, I am already feeling different. I can't believe it. Makes me want to keep going and not look back until I reach my goal of losing 250 pounds. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 22:51:34 EST good day Hi every one I wish the best for all you and God Bless. We are snowed in over 20 inches and they say we may get 8 to 10 more YUK!!!! Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:08:14 EST I have a job Thank you everyone for your encouragement I was just hired for a permanent job. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:33:56 EST The FUNK Caught Me! I call my depression the funk. I know we all go through it with different severity for each of us and different ways. Mine feels like it is getting worse with age but I keep fighting on. I can tell when the funk gets my hubby too, i'll point it out a bit but just enough to get him back on track with those small daily tasks that can help us prevent it and snap back out of it; i never say it directly as his isn't too severe and I would never want to belittle him in that way... just like I would... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 08:53:26 EST I need a friend to help through this journey I am 60 yrs old... never had a weight problem till, I start the change of life. Now I am 40 pounds over weight, it is effecting my back and knees. I need to do this to feel and look better for me. I'm always looking after everyone else, I want and need to do for myself. I'm reaching out...I need a friend to so we can help each other. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 05:47:52 EST Hi. I am Nan, I have been suffering with depression for over 25 years. A support group is something new for me and I don't know what to expect from this. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 13:08:13 EST Optimistic I have a very long history of losing weight, keeping it off, and gaining it again. I want the merry go round to stop and finally get healthy. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 07:44:12 EST feeling overwhelmed Hi everyone - I'm new to the group. This is my third time being on spark people. Food habits are not changing and life is hitting hard. Help Sat, 14 Feb 2015 12:27:08 EST New Girl On The Block Hey everyone. I've struggled with depression most of my life. It comes and goes but I try to stay positive as much as possible. My moods hit me instantly and then I don't feel like doing anything except eat or sleep. I'm on this journey to be a better version of myself than I have been. There's going to be days where I don't want to get out of bed but I hope I can get that extra push to get me going. Hope everyone is accomplishing what they set out to do. <em>381</em> <em>224</em> Sat, 14 Feb 2015 01:19:18 EST surviving Hi my name is Cat. I hope all is well with everyone. I suffer from manic depression/Bipolar and have been an insomniac since a child. That was very traumatic especially when there is school in the morning. My story is long and depressing so I'll skip all that. I have taken every sleeping pill natural, medical, listening to music cd's and the only thing that works is my Ambien. I love this pill. I call it my miracle pill. after years of no healthy sleep. Now I can sleep, yes I get up ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:04:39 EST Just Started! I have hope that I won't fail myself this time. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 13:13:13 EST I'm new but depression is very old (for me) I've had problems with depression since I was 13 years old. I've been able to feel good most of the time with medication but have occasional setbacks. <BR> <BR> Mine started due to a serious family problem, growing up with a mentally ill brother who should have been hospitalized but lived at home. <BR> <BR> I'm now married and employed in the same job for 15 years. I want to get rid of this weight and emotional eating and become one of the winners here. <BR> <BR> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 12:31:18 EST Seems I Have Yet To Chime In <em>524</em> my name is Tony. I live in Halifax NS. Up to two nights ago I was married. We've decided that after 21 years it is time to go our separate ways. <em>39</em> However, she will have to endure my being around a little while longer as my health issues at present need addressing (lose about 100+LBS off this near, if not already, 700 lbs frame). <BR> <BR> The 3rd anniversary of my landing in ICU with Sepsis is coming up. I mention this because since, I feel depressed more so now... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:37:56 EST Work :( it is very hard to deal with a 4 day 10 hour work week; but I was am trying. I had this job for almost 13 years and work experience no longer counts. all they are worried about is making numbers, I can no longer compete with the younger kids that work there; but jobs are very hard to find and I need this job. It is getting to the point where I do not want to get up, I just want to overeat because it is comfort food, and I don't want to exercise. I really sat there at the end of the day wonde... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 04:31:31 EST How do you prioritize? I feel like there are so many big self-improvement/lifestyle/maintenance projects waiting for me right now. <BR> I need to work on my budgeting, and I need to go back to the gym, and I probably should start seeing a counselor again, and my dog is acting up because I haven't been working with her enough... <BR> There feels like so much to do and not enough of me to go around. <BR> <BR> When other people say things like this to me, I tell them it doesn't matter where you start, as long as you ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 03:03:33 EST Liz Hi Sparks family. <BR> My name is liz. I need to lose some weight to get healthy. I hope this group can help me stay on track. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:10:40 EST Is anyone else like this? Hi - I've been dealing with depression since my late teens. About 10 years ago I was able to get off my medication and stop counseling. While pregnant with my daughter in 2011, it came back - so much so that I didn't want to get out of bed and was missing work. I went back on meds for about a month until my daughter was born and I've been good till about a month ago. <BR> <BR> Along with my depression, I also get anxiety almost to the point where it turns into OCD. Not so much doing t... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 08:58:56 EST One of those days... I've been doing really well lately. Feeling positive and even hopeful, but today was one of those days when I just felt like the rug was pulled out from under me. I feel overwhelmed by my anxiety and depression. And I so wish that I could just be "normal." I wish that the issues and problems that most people can take in stride didn't level me. It's so disheartening and it makes me feel like I'm always taking steps backwards despite any progress that I've made. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 01:15:20 EST Back again Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm certainly not new to Sparkpeople and actually not even to the team but I'm coming back here after a very very long time away. Just reading others posts and knowing I'm not alone in dealing with depression (whatever level it's at) helps a lot. Especially coupling this with the battle of trying to lose weight - it's nice to know others are other there facing the same hurdles in life. <BR> <BR> I'm working on logging my food and working out 5 days a week. I do believe ... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 22:15:29 EST Forcing myself to take my supplements I need to find a way to make sure I take my supplements every day. I've tried everything, but I just hate swallowing those capsules. Because of my lupus, I have about 15-20 I have to take every day, some 2-3 times a day. On days I just can't suffer through it, I at least take my multi, B-complex and C. <BR> <BR> I don't have a blender or food processor, so can't do my smoothies right now. I used to just toss them all into a smoothie and drink them. Now it's such a tedious task to get them a... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 20:17:39 EST Another new member Just wanted to throw my hat into the group. I know I will need help from time to time. My husband moved out last June after he had a girlfriend and now is deciding whether or not he wants to continue our marriage of 32 years. It is a very strange set of circumstances that led us to here. It is not all his fault, but leaving and not working it out is. He rarely calls, or comes over or talks at all. I don't know his new address. It all leads me to believe something is going on, but he te... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 19:35:03 EST Day 1 for me I feel very alone in my weight struggles. On the outside I present to the world a happy, friendly person yet inside I feel so inadequate and uncomfortable because of my weight. Food has been my comfort since early childhood and I struggle. <BR> Last November I turned 70 and had promised myself I would not be fat for this birthday, but I was. I have raised 3 daughters as a single parent and between them, I have 6 very handsome grandsons ages 25 to 7. <BR> My passion is sewing and all types... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 19:08:15 EST Hopeful new Beginnings Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I love words and tend to write a lot of them but I will try to keep this as short as I can. <BR> <BR> When I was in the hospital last November I weighted 552 and I'm sure my weight has gone up since then. (Hence why I put my start weight at 580) I'm going to talk to my doctor about a way to weight myself monthly and see if there is a way I can do that, so hopefully I will be able to update at least that often. <BR> <BR> I also have Lymphedema which grows constant... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 01:08:44 EST slipping into a slump hey ya'll my name is Angela. I have lost both my parents and I'm approaching the 5 yr. anniversary of my fathers passing and its killing me inside. I'm an emotional eater so yeah I'm having a really hard time staying on track but most of all cant find the motivation to get up and do anything. Just wondering who has been here and what do you that helps get you through. <em>39</em> Sun, 8 Feb 2015 22:43:55 EST I'm back. Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> My name is Starr, and I was on this team a year or two ago. I have been a bit active on a couple other teams since then, but not in a great way. My precious DH passed away last year, after I took full-time physical care of him for the last 13 years. The last 4 years he was completely physically reliant on me to do everything for him. He had ALS (Lou Gherigs Disease). Trust me when I tell you that it is a disease even worse then cancer and AIDS. <em>39</em> ... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 18:42:07 EST Hello Everyone! I am new to this team. My DSM IV diagnosis is disthymia. I have had it for most of my life and I haven't ever found an anti-depressant that seemed to make any difference, so I have decided not to use them. Exercise and getting out of the house really lifts my depression, but i also deal with chronic pain that can defeat that. Hope this group will help keep me accountable towards my goals. Sun, 8 Feb 2015 00:53:51 EST hi I hope to slim down Hi my name is mindie I am a mother of four two are adults now and two are younger they are in elementary school I need to lose weight and get healthy for me and them Sun, 8 Feb 2015 00:25:52 EST Rayne is the name Hey ladies, I am 20 almost 21 and i am looking to lose around 25 30 pounds and get healthy. Im horrible with self motivation so i need to find a get healthy buddy with my sameish goals.. to help keep me motivated. im friendly and upbeat can also txt and email to make more healthy friends.. Sat, 7 Feb 2015 20:01:11 EST newbie Hi, I'm new to the group. My weight gain was really getting me down and while I was depressed I had no motivation to lose weight. Fortunately I'm starting to feel better and am hoping this time I'll be able to keep the momentum going. I've lost five pounds in my first week, which is better than I had hoped for. <BR> Sat, 7 Feb 2015 16:53:03 EST Motivation I seem to lack the motivation to lose weight. Maybe I'm doing it for the wrong reasons? Maybe I don't love myself enough? Idk. Any ideas on how to motivate myself? Fri, 6 Feb 2015 20:51:17 EST Another newbie I'm over 60, live in Florida. I don't feel much like talking right now, so I'll do a better intro later. Wed, 4 Feb 2015 22:56:44 EST Hi I'm patty Just had gastric sleeve bypass any support groups for this? 1 week today! Wed, 4 Feb 2015 20:24:05 EST hello hello!!! My name is Lisa. I am 52 yrs old, I am new to SparkPeople and would love to have some friends. Wed, 4 Feb 2015 16:39:39 EST Feeling Low I can't put my finger on why but i have been feeling low for a few days. It hasn't affected my food choices until today, but now i am struggling. I have already had 2 chocolate bars and feel like i have let myself down. My first weigh in is tomorrow and i don't think i have lost anything. I just wish i knew what was causing my low mood, i am now soda free for 3 days but i was only drinking non caffinated, no sugar soda before so i don't think that can be the problem. Wed, 4 Feb 2015 12:44:10 EST Slump Feeling really down. Had a migraine on Sunday and the headache didn't go away till Tues. I still feel groggy and not wanting to do anything but sit here and play computer games or watch tv. <BR> Too cold to go outside and dont' know what to do with myself. <BR> Just needed to tell someone. <BR> Barbara Wed, 4 Feb 2015 11:16:28 EST Miss the old Spark configuration?? I guess I'm venting here and please forgive me for that. I absolutely love Spark, no doubt about it. But sometimes I miss the old configuration. I liked it the old way when the only choices were to either post on an existing Topic/thread or to Create a New Topic. Once newbies got the hang of that, they were able to get so much more in-depth support. I imagine a lot of them think this is like Facebook where you can type as much as you want, but the Team Wall is very limited - I wonder if some ... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 09:49:53 EST Hi there Hi there. Just popping in to say hello, new to the group. <BR> <BR> - Nicole <BR> Wed, 4 Feb 2015 00:20:53 EST bdonley22 I'm going to be 70 next month and i got to lose this weight. I have tried everything to get it off. I do need help Tue, 3 Feb 2015 18:03:43 EST "Emotional eating" tracker category An SP friend edited her food tracker to include a "meal" she calls "emotional eating." It's a genius idea and, as I'm a proponent, which is not always the same as a faithful practitioner, of honesty in tracking as a learning tool and mindfulness reminder, thought I'd mention it here. Called "emotional eating" or what you will, it can be an aid to the effort. I was in the habit of listing such things under "snacks," but a distinct category will be more useful to me when I resume sanity. Tue, 3 Feb 2015 15:55:26 EST I will succeed! This is day 1 and I already feel invincible! I have about 50 lbs to loose and am super excited I found this program! Thanks for your support! Tue, 3 Feb 2015 11:10:31 EST New today H everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new today. Looking forward to being a part of this group. I live in snowy Massachusetts where we are experiencing our second major snow storm in a week. It definitely gets us down here. <BR> <BR> I really need help with getting motivated to exercise. I really hate it. The only thing at do is walk my dog. Any suggestions to get started slowly? <BR> <BR> Cathy Mon, 2 Feb 2015 11:10:56 EST Not feeling it today I feel so blah today. I don't want to do anything. Not even sure what to post because I don't even know what I am really feeling. Mon, 2 Feb 2015 09:33:06 EST Listen Some times we do not listen to our bodies! <em>252</em> <em>524</em> <em>91</em> <em>87</em> <em>214</em> <em>460</em> <em>386</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 19:11:02 EST Hello Everyone Hello, my name is Kieran i am 32 years old and live in Essex UK. Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:20:26 EST I always hate this part Trying to fit a story into an introduction that is....31 years old, mother of 1, ex military, military wife of 13 years. After 18 years of an eating disorder I sought help and have come to a medically acceptable weight...and am in the worst shape of my life. I'm not here to lose weight, I'm here to learn to be fit and eat in a not scary to the rest of the world way. I've always kind of hid from the word depressed but as I learn to get well I'm learning that's exactly what I am. Not sure how... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:35:43 EST Unbelievable! Can't believe I found this site! I was just looking for some motivation - I work at home and need to get a new routine! I lost 27 pounds last year, started paleo diet, and was walking every day - then came the holidays and cold weather! SO, time to reboot! Looking forward to these challenges and have been reading blogs - LOVE IT!! Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:51:35 EST hi i am new here hi, i am new here and hoping to shift some weight and develop a healthier lifestyle. I am a 49 year old woman, with 3 kids, one aged 31 and my others are 12 and 13. <BR> I suffer from depression and anxiety and find this causes weight gain. I have ballooned to a size i have never been, i am not active and i am concerned about my health. As yet i have no health issues except my knees are starting to show the strain. But i want to lose some weight, i want to be around for my children. They ... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:36:45 EST Trying to lose some of this weight Trying to lose some of this weight that for some reason I am "clinging" to. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:10:44 EST New to the program Hi, I'm Terah I am 27, married with a 6 year old daughter and I am very dissatisfied with my figure. In the last I would say 2 weeks I have noticed some pretty big signs that it is time for change. Clothing not fitting the way they should, shortness of breath and the feeling of being tired all the time. I'm 5'8 and about 180lbs I would like to be at least at 160, that is the goal I have set for myself. My biggest problem is motivation I need some where I can get the advice and aid I need to k... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:16:28 EST First time Hi. I'm Sandi and I suspect i'm more bipolar than simply ( is it ever simple?) depressed. I Lost my Dad in 2012 , watched him Leave us and haven't cried yet even though he was a big part of my world. I have trouble letting my emotions out if they are intense. Looking for friends who can just be there for me and not try to psychoanalyse. I stay pretty upbeat most of the time and it helps me to help others. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:14:23 EST Being good to our bodies Some times we do not listen hard enough to the body we live in. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:55:32 EST Technically not new... I've been a member of SparkPeople since 2009, with varying degrees of participation levels. I am now more determined than ever to use this page (and app on my phone) every day. Depression runs in my family. Both of my parents deal with it. I had refused for years to believe I did, but I was finally convinced that I've truly been suffering from it for most of my life. And of course at the time, I refused to try medications. It was a point in my life when many of my friends were also anti medic... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:14:54 EST How are you today? How is everyone today?? <BR> <BR> I have to say I am feeling pretty good. Got the kiddos off to school, went grocery shopping and am now home to do housework and bake some bread and head off on my walk for the day! <BR> <BR> My meeting went very well last night and we came up with some really good tools and ideas to help with my emotions! So I am excited!!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:38:29 EST Very New to Social Media Hi, <BR> I'm trying something new! Feedback and tips are welcome--I'm diving in without looking at the "rules." As I come to better understand my feelings I'm looking for support and also a place to share what I'm learning along the way. Thanks for providing a forum. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:44:16 EST IDEAS please... what do you do? Hi, I know I'm not the only one on this team who struggles with turning to food for comfort and relief from depression and/or anxiety, I've been "brainstorming" for ideas of how to make myself feel better without turning to overeating. I realize 'two heads are better than one' and I'm hoping lots of you will share what works for you. <BR> <BR> What do you use (instead of extra food) to make yourself feel safe and/or happy? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance. <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:01:00 EST alternatives Although I am on meds, I also benefited greatly from DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) by Marsha Linehan. I was in a year long class in coordination with my therapist. It taught me so many skills to deal with depression and which to use when. I still watch you tube videos of Marsha Linehan to keep up with it. It taught me how to be mindful, stay in the present, use opposite action, stay in wise mind, communicating with others about my depression and feelings... it was great! <BR> <BR>... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:08:00 EST Losing myself I know I just joined a couple of days ago but I don't really know who else to talk to about these feelings I have. <BR> <BR> Lately I have been feeling very numb with bouts of anger and irritability. I am starting to work with a life coach about my feelings and relationships and moving on from my childhood abuse.I think that this has something to do with the way I have been feeling but I don't want to be numb to it. I want to feel it, deal with it and move on from it. <BR> <BR> I have been... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:20:40 EST Hello, I am new here I am new here obese in weigh and Very unhealthy with lots of other problems. I am very overwhelm being on here and taking the 1st step to being a newer and improved me. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:23:05 EST Hi, This is Mountainviewme And I am soooo lost right now! <BR> Thanks for having me! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:32:36 EST Struggling Emotionally Hi all, I'm new here. This winter has been really tough for me. My husband and I both suffer from depression and anxiety, and it's really bad for both of us right now. I manage to eat fairly well, and I work out with kettlebells 3x a week without fail. I hit my goal weight at the end of August and am up 12 lbs but all my clothes still fit and some of them are loose. The scale still bugs me despite knowing it's mostly muscle I've put on. <BR> <BR> I am currently using a HappyLight in the mor... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:52:56 EST Hello My name is Julie. I've been following the Spark plan since Jan 5th. I am nine pounds lighter. I'm just going to keep going one day at a time. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:10:35 EST Hi, New Here Hi. I'm Sara. Just joined today. I live in WI and really need help staying motivated and getting fit and healthy. I have a plan but I always end up giving up. <BR> I am a wife and a mother of 2. I love to cook and bake, walk, and just be around people. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:42:40 EST Hello, My name is Micheal and I need help. My name is Micheal, I am 60 years old and an ugly\discussing 272 pounds while only 5' 10" tall. I was born and raised in a very small Kansas town (pop. 136). 39 years ago I married and Angel and the love of my life, we seldom leave the house alone, many people joke we a attached at the hip. Let me stress that my wife is in no way over weight, she is 5' 4" and weights less than 130 (although I don't know the exact number), so other than her excellent cooking she is in no way responsible for ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:19:57 EST Losing a beloved pet Yesterday I had to say goodbye to my best friend and companion of almost 17 years, Kodiak. He is the 1st dog I've owned and trained from puppy to adult dog and he taught me so much about the human/canine connection. I cannot imagine my life without him. :( He was with me through the passing of both of my parents and so many other smaller parts of life.. I have no idea of how to cope with day to day life without him. I would give anything to have him back, yet I know he is now free of ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:24:00 EST Hello Everyone I'm Lora and I'm here to lose weight, learn how to eat healthier (on a budget), find exercises that I will do and have fun with. I also want to help my kids and hubby with their weight. I've done it before and I know, with patience, hard work, lots of love and faith I can do it again. Thank you and I hope you all have a blessed day. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:19:11 EST check in thank you for your support everyone Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:09:24 EST External Motivations So... My therapist says I need external motivations to help me with my fitness journey, so... What are some of yours *or* what are some suggestions you may have? Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:19:05 EST External Motivations So... My therapist says I need external motivations to help me with my fitness journey, so... What are some of yours? Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:16:16 EST Just saying hi I'm new here... just checking in. I don't tend to be much of a poster on forums, but I figured I'd branch out and say hi. <BR> Trying to take one day at a time and stay present. <BR> Hope you all have a good weekend <BR> <BR> K Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:15:46 EST New Year New Attitude! Hello all, <BR> <BR> I decided to start the new year with a new attitude. I am committing to myself, my health and my future. I decided to find people that were going thru the same things I was regarding my health and fitness goals. I hope to find people I can encourage and support who will do the same for me. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know many of you this year and to fulfilling my goals. <BR> <BR> Nancy Fri, 23 Jan 2015 01:25:41 EST One day at a time I signed up years ago and actually lost the weight I wanted to. But last year, I got sick and couldn't eat much for months. Then when I got better, I didn't stop eating. It didn't help that I left my husband at the same time. BUT, my name is Cyndie. When I started back on my journey on Dec 31st. I weighted 188lbs. My goal is 140 and I would love to be at 130lb. I am 5 foot tall so because of my small frame I can't eat much. I am living with an emotional abuser, ME. I don't know why I... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:36:35 EST Hello From Missouri Hello! I just rejoined SP last week. I started gaining weight back in 1977 when I was pregnant with my first child. It seems like I've been gaining ever since. I have decided to choose life over death not only for me but also for my family who have told me they would like to have me around for several more years. I had my first blood clot in a lung and 4th in a leg back in July 2014. I didn't realize my shortness of breath was due to the blood clot because of my size. My idea weight would b... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:28:40 EST I'm a newbie but not to SparkPeople I've worked with SparkPeople 2 years ago and lost 30 lbs. Unfortunately, I let my determination slide and I've gained the 30 lbs back. So, here I am. <BR> <BR> ~S~ Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:52:07 EST Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:21 EST Apple shaped emotional eater needs a fresh start Hi all I am new and looking to eat more healthy and lose weight especially around my middle. I like the gym when I go but sometimes it's hard to motivate myself. I have found sites like this very helpful in the past. Have lost lots of confidence in myself and am tired of not being able to fit into my clothes and reluctant to get a bigger size. Looking for friends for mutual help and support on my journey xx Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:38:51 EST This Emotional Rollercoaster Is Kicking My Butt Hi. I'm struggling with some pretty heavy emotions right now and could use some validation and kind words. I do have a great support team (husband, daughters, mom, sister, a couple of friends, and my therapists), but my greatest supporter, my mother-in-law, is in her last days and I'm a wreck over it. <BR> <BR> <BR> I could tell my mother-in-law anything and she would talk with me and help me figure things out. That's why, one day early last week, when I was sitting by her bed holding ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 07:56:39 EST Glitter & Rainbows & Unicorns & Rain & Eyeliner These are all things that make me happy. My technical name is Amber, but my friends call me Lumy. I am 24 years old and I have a LOT of weight to lose. It's almost overwhelming to think about. Honestly I need to lose over half of my weight. I weigh 436 pounds. *exhales* There, it's out there. No hiding behind vague comments about being obese. No I am MORBIDLY OBESE and I want anyone considering friending/ messaging me to know that up front. I'm not going to pretend to be anything other than ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 02:09:08 EST Hello people Just moved back to ohio from Maryland. Seriously depressed there. Started weight loss day after Thanksgiving. Lost 32lbs. Trying to continue. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 15:29:26 EST Happy to be back! Great to be back and make the chances necessary! Sat, 17 Jan 2015 16:12:44 EST Great Support Here There is such Great Support Here, maybe my first try at Sparkpeople would have been more successful if I had gotten involved with the message boards, teams and everything in the community. Thank You everyone for the excellent support! :) Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:47:12 EST Newbie! Hi, <BR> <BR> New here, but really appreciating this section of SparkPeople. 11 months into a major depressive episode, which is sloooooowly getting better, and still committed to staying motivated and connected, getting outside, exercising, reaching out to people. <BR> <BR> A good day is not just a good day, but something to be thankful for; hope that doesn't stay true forever! <BR> <BR> Q Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:02:24 EST Thank You Thank You everyone for the great ideas, waking this morning I felt a little better and a little more positive. I will try some of these ideas and see how they work for me. I do think that I have the seasonal affective so I do take vitamin D and try to open up my drapes for as much Winter sunshine as I can. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 07:03:39 EST Had a Rough Last Couple of Days Had a Rough last couple of days, just not feeling well and spending so much time sleeping & not getting any type of fitness in. I did still get my meals tracked but felt like I was getting off track and falling into the depression again. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:42:13 EST no more talking I began therapy a few months ago. At first, it was fine. How it works is I see a therapist once a week and the actual psychiatrist MD once a month. Today is supposed to be my first day on Lexapro. I'm hoping that will help, but I think medication should be just one part of my efforts. <BR> <BR> I thought I could learn new tools or exercises of healthier ways to deal with things. I don't handle stress well. I don't have a healthy relationship with food. I don't have much healthy joy in life,... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:49:24 EST saying hi I'm new to the site and thought I would interduce myself. My name is Misheila you can call me Mishy. I'm 36 and looking for weightloss buddies and people to chat with about my depression issues.People to share with Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:33:07 EST Introducing myself Hi, I'm Kelli. I joined Spark People to get healthy and take control of my emotional eating habit. I've been on an emotional rollercoaster . I'm a wife, a mom, a part time student and work full time. I stress and I eat. The more stressed I get the more depressed and the more bad choices. before I knew it the weight piled on and my clothes didn't fit. I've decided to make some changes permanently to not just lose weight but to get healthy too. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 23:43:40 EST Bumpee Good morning, I am stepping out of my comfort zone in the hopes of gaining support in this journey and offering up any wisdom/experience I may have. I am a nurse and a grandmother, a wife, a sister, a mom and I want to work and learn how to be more available in a healthy way for my family. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:09:04 EST Hi Hi there... I'm Rasheda "The Rayven" Poe. I am a writer and poet (written and spoken word). I discovered poetry when I decided to get off of my meds. <BR> <BR> I found that on meds I was grumpy, and without them I'm moody. People accept moody me more (mostly because I'm not mean). So for the past few months I stopped taking them. Then I started writing poetry, and found out that I am a pretty good spoken word poet. Of course my doctor wants me to go back on the meds. So I'm now in fear of lo... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:43:39 EST back again never quit quitting! No time like the present to make a better me! Any encouragement is appreciated. Struggle with exercise but don't want to shop in plus size forever..looking to lose 40-45 lbs by August to start by making healthy habit changes and gaining some positive influence in my life. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:01:34 EST SlimGrandma5 I would like to hear from people with Diabetes. People with needing to lose weight for health reasons. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 21:29:38 EST Introducing myself Hello all, <BR> <BR> My name is Jeanne and I'm beginning a self care program on Sparkpeople. I have mild depression that is managed with medication. Ten days ago I learned my position had been eliminated so I am unemployed. I have not been unemployed since I was about 14. This is odd, to say the least! I've stopped crying and am searching for a new career. Positive thoughts are needed and appreciated. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 15:19:50 EST Bypass surgery I am on a adventure I have started on a 1600 calorie diet to prepare for my gastric bypass surgery in three months I have started on this on Jan 2nd and went to my doctor today I have lost five pounds so I am on a good start. The low calorie diet seems to be working for me I am so happy and I am finally defeating my depression for once in my life YAHOOOO!!! Thank you Spark People for all of the help and encouragement.. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:29:28 EST Tess2k9 hi everyone i am here to try to loose some weight Sun, 11 Jan 2015 22:48:55 EST Getting off the meds Has anyone gotten off the meds successfully? I have tried to go off them for years and always end up back on them due to my major depression. I hate that these meds make me feel so numb sometimes. I want to be able to feel, have a libido and get back to the person I was. I was hoping that I could lose some weight and start feeling a little better about myself but my efforts keep getting stalled...Is there light at the end of this tunnel? Sun, 11 Jan 2015 21:15:20 EST Don't know where to start I'm fairly new to the group, so far I've just been an observer. But something's got to change. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> My name is Sarah and I am a stay home mom with 3 beautiful little girls (7, 6, & 2.) I have dealt with depression for a very long time but after I had my 3rd daughter I think I had undiagnosed postpartum depression. Now 2.5 years later I am more depressed than I have ever been. I have my good days but most days it's all I can do to get my oldest 2 to school and picked up,... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 13:45:47 EST Please let me introduce myself, As a new member I'm seeking information and examples on ways to utilize the website to the highest level,to understand where and how to find the tools I need to succeed. I have had seasonal mood disorder since before the diagnosis was developed, but since my father passed away 3 years ago depression has been a constant companion. It's managed with medication but it's always lurking. So,here I am. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 12:39:57 EST Sometimes I feel like I'm beyond repair It's the middle of the night and I've been (re)setting up my SparkPeople account for a few hours. It's made me realise, as I think about where I am and where I wish I was, just how much I have been struggling. <BR> <BR> I spent a few years caring for my husband. I also work in a very focused and mentally intensive career that I have had to try to maintain (under contract work) in order to support us both. My husband is still recovering but doesn't need caring anymore which has eased the loa... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 22:59:33 EST Hi I'm new to Sparkpeople New to Sparkpeople and to this Spark Team. Depression has been a life long struggle as part of another illness. Looking for support as I try to change bad habits and make healthier life choices. <em>213</em> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 18:24:31 EST Let it go let it go! Hi am new to spark recently just signed up last night not too sure how this works looking to find friends to help me out with this page I would like to also help you out with anything and everything you need in categories let's strive to survive.feel free to send me an email Fri, 9 Jan 2015 14:02:11 EST Hi, I'm new <em>213</em> <BR> Hello, my name is Angela. I initially found this sight over 2 years ago but became frustrated with my inability to lose weight. I think alot of that has to do with my medication. I have severe depression and anxiety. I also tend to eat more than I should when I am stressed. I'm really hoping to be able to stay motivated and lose weight. I'm looking forward to giving and receiving support throughout this journey. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 20:57:24 EST Looking for a Support System I'm not really the type to seek out strangers for help, but I feel as thought I've hit a point of no return. <BR> <BR> My normal support "team" is normally my boyfriend and a few friends, but recently, my boyfriend has come into some tragedy, and I feel awful dumping my problems on top of his. You see, one of his close friends has been in the hospital, and my have cancer, and the love of my life is having a hard time dealing with the thought of his friend being very sick. <BR> <BR> As for... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 09:53:26 EST Dealing with a loss (not related to death) The last time I logged into SparkPeople before the new year, my sister had just had a baby. He was a healthy, beautiful baby boy.She was living at home with my parents and I (I'm home while I'm going to school, and she was still young). Things had always been stressful with her, but we had gotten used to it. <BR> <BR> A lot has changed since then. She moved out with her boyfriend and her son, and they seem to be doing very well. But she hasn't let any of us visit her and her family since bef... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 09:46:08 EST Penny from Vermont Hi, <BR> I am a 55 yr old woman from Vermont. I was told by my heart doctor that I had to quit smoking and lose 20 lbs by June. Eventually, I will have to have my heart valve fixed and he wants me in the best health so recovery will be easy. I quit smoking on January 1st (cold turkey) and joined Sparkpeople to log in my meals to keep an eye on what I eat. I just started walking on my treadmill. I feel a little overwhelmed:} Any words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated. This ... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 16:29:32 EST hello My name is Christina I am new to spark people so I'm very excited to see how this goes. I have been struggling with my weight since I had my first child seven years ago. Last year I did the low carb diet and it worked until I started eating carbs again and gained the weight back and then some. I work full time mother of two that has a loving husband of eight years. I would live you to add me so we can keep each other motivated. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 19:43:58 EST Struggling Hey everyone. <BR> <BR> I'm really struggling right now. I'm super messed up on my meds due to being off work for the holidays and sleeping in. I missed like 6 morning doses in a row. The meds I take in the morning are for ADHD and OCD. Then, at night I take the same amount of the OCD med and Latuda. I have not missed my evening meds. But, I'm really struggling right now. This year was the 3rd Christmas without my grandpa. I spent the months prior to Christmas working in a wood shop at work... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 17:06:46 EST Spoons... I'm sure many of you are familiar with the 'spoon theory.' My depression is pretty bad, I'm seeing my psychiatrist next week, but until then (and my med changes kick in), I just don't have enough spoons to do basic, menial tasks. Yesterday I bathed twice and didn't have the spoons to wash my hair either time. I have been meal planning and eating a little bit healthier, but I feel ridiculously lazy for not exercising. Do any of you guys have any tips on how to acquire more spoons?! Lol. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 16:58:28 EST SparkTeam: Idea Exchange Hey guys. I don't know if this is allowed, so, if not, please feel free to remove it & I'm sorry for any inconveniences. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to let you all know I created a new SparkTeam called Idea Exchange. My goal for it is to get a community together where we can exchange recipes or inquire about any suggestions one might have for helping someone meet a nutritional goal. <BR> <BR> For example, if you are trying to find a nice, simple snack to increase your daily fiber intake, you ca... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 14:48:38 EST New to the team :) Hello to everyone from Minnesota! My name is Lisa. I am from a small town in Minnesota. I am almost 38 and married with 3 children from a previous marriage and 1 step child. I have recently quit smoking after having surgery to remove my tonsils and adenoids and to put tubes in both my ears 2 1/2 months ago. Wasn't hard to quit after that surgery! I have quit drinking soda and carbonated drinks 8 months ago. Now that I am healed from surgery and the holidays are over it's time to make a change... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 00:11:34 EST I'm planning on going hiking tomorrow! Hi Everyone, Happy New Year! I went ice skating the other day with my boyfriend and literally had to sit down every 15 minutes. I'm so out of shape! One of my resolutions this year was to lose weight and I'm looking for like-minded people to help motivate each other. If anyone lives close to me or is just looking for a motivational partner, let me know or friend me on here. I'm in Arizona, so I plan to do alot of hiking and swimming throughout the year. Good luck to everyone and let's r... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 00:06:32 EST Time for a change towards health and wellness Hi, my name is Tonya. I joined SP a few years ago but never did much with it; I have recently rediscovered the site and helpful articles and hope to get more involved with the supportive community. I am a busy, working mom and have let myself get to my highest weight ever over the last couple years by doing a lot of stress eating and not exercising. It is really time for change to a healthy lifestyle. My goal is to lose 35 pounds and get my fitness back. I want to get back to using exercise f... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 23:05:34 EST I can do this...right? Hello there! My name is Donna. I am a nurse practitioner student and am really struggling with my weight. I need to lose the weight for myself and my family, but I also need to do it so I can be the most effective clinician that I can possibly be. My goal is to lose the weight and therefore be able to counsel (and perhaps even inspire!) my patients on weight loss. I was a SparkPeople member many years ago (I don't even remember my old name) and lost 20+ pounds, but I have much more than that... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 21:02:37 EST Ready to start again… again Hi all! I am a musician, mental health worker, step-mom and wife. I also have lived experience with depression, anxiety and a few other diagnoses, including type 2 diabetes. <BR> <BR> After keeping good control on my blood sugars for over 7 years, this last year after returning to work they started to rise. I just started back on some medication and having some side effects, which are making me feel a bit more "bummed out" than usual. Thankfully, I have a WRAP plan that helps me when I... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 18:32:52 EST Hello from Minnesota Hi, my name is Rachelle and I am rejoining Sparkpeople after a couple of years away. I am a single mother of three beautiful girls and run a pretty busy schedule. This last year was the most difficult year of my life. I have been feeling much better since I was put on meds for anxiety/depression and started seeing a therapist weekly. Some days are better than others, but what is important as that we keep fighting the fight. If anyone would like a support buddy, please feel free to add me as a... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 15:39:11 EST vitamin d and depression Fellow sparkers, I wanted to ask if anyone has had their vitamin d level tested and found out they are deficient? <BR> I did 2 years ago and have learned how much this issue plays a role in so many of my other health problems, including depression and weight issues. <BR> I am considering starting a new sparkteam related to this issue and wondered if anyone would be interested in the subject? <BR> I could also use a co-founder or someone to show me the ropes to start a team. <BR> If anyone is ... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 14:18:14 EST hello... Hello, I am new...well I've had my account for over a year but just now pushing myself to stay on it. I am 29, mother of 5 and really want to get healthier. I suffered a knee injury on Christmas and it made me realize how bad of a shape I am. Now, I am still semi-down with my knee still hurting most of the time. I'm frustrated and want to eat or sleep all the time. This isn't good for my kids or my health. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 11:57:52 EST The struggle I've just restarted here after never doing anything here except for joining. I really need to do this for myself, both mentally and physically. Sadly, I don't believe I can and I really need support to get this in motion. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 02:59:44 EST Hello - I would like to meet people for support Good Morning and Happy New Year. <BR> <BR> I am recovering from a car accident and feel I have been using if somewhat as a crutch for not loosing the weight I gained after the accident and for my retreat from exercising. I would appreciate getting to meet other people - go slow to go fast - to encourage or challenge me to do my walking DVD each day and to cut out the eating late at night. <BR> <BR> Due to some brain damage I am now starting 3 businesses from home, taking care of my son's b... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 10:45:20 EST Hi! Back at it again! Well I had an old sparkpeople account from 2009, and I was doing really well but fell off the wagon for a couple of much so that I forgot my sparkpeople password! oops! <BR> I had a baby 6 months ago, and now I'm finally ready to get back to my old self! Fri, 2 Jan 2015 23:13:18 EST Greetings Everyone! Have just discovered this wonderful place. Hope to have many interesting discussions with you. I teach English second language in Québec. My main focus at the moment is to get back to enjoying a healthy lifestyle so that I can feel energized! <BR> Bye, <BR> Jackie Fri, 2 Jan 2015 18:06:28 EST I need support I want to restart my fitness journey. I've lost 60 pounds before, but managed to gain it all back. I'm looking for a partner in this journey to keep each other on track via email/text. when I first lost weight I had someone who did it with me, but I no longer have that support. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 00:21:19 EST Introduction Hi my name is Loretta and have spent most of the day crying about my weight and now its time to take action. <BR> Good luck to everyone. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 23:27:15 EST Hi. My name is Debra. Hi. My name is Debra and I just joined today. I am a single mother of a 17 year old son with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. We have been on our own for 6 years but this last year has been really hard not just physically but emotionally. Jacob is completely dependent on me for everything. It has just been painful to watch him deteriorate so fast. Really, really fast. I eat...and eat...and eat when I get depressed or stressed. So now I weigh more than I ever have in my life. I have talked to a th... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 18:24:38 EST New Life in 2015 Hello everyone! My name is Lisa, I have hope and faith that this year will bring great things! Alot has happened to my life in the last 2 years. I am determined to conquer the weight first and get in shape for my first grandchild in May. So very excited to communicate with fellow spark people! <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 10:15:27 EST Being alone I just retired year and I am kind of isolated from things to do and family. They all live in different states and it's hard to always travel over to them and they are always busy. Live in the country and it is a distance to even find a gym, I have a small place so no room for exercise equipment. Any suggestions...... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 10:02:12 EST Needing help to lose weight Hi, my name is Starsassy. I've been on here before but it's been a long time. I'm 45 years old. I have 3 kids & 7grandkids. I'm a proud mom & Nana. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 03:29:11 EST New2Spark Hello, to all. I am new to this page, but am anxious to get started. You guys seem to be the most needed group for me. I have been dealing with the loss of my dad ( March 2013) and my husband (May 2013) and haven't been doing too good. I haven't been eating right and until recently, didn't have a lot o f motivation. I have decided that I need to get it together because the way I am now would make my husband very sad. Hopefully I can find some support and encouragement here. Thank you ... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 21:42:35 EST New Team: The 2015 Resolution Revolution Challenge I created a new SparkTeam for 2015 weight loss resolutions. It's called The 2015 Resolution Revolution Challenge, and I hope that you will join! <BR> <BR> The challenge starts on Sunday January 11, 2015. Are you ready? <BR> <BR> Join Here <link><BR>roups_individual.asp?gurl=TeamREVOLUTI<BR>ON2015 </link> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 14:40:50 EST Sciatica I posted a while back about straining my back. Its been a couple months and I am still hurting. My doctor things it may be sciatica and will be referring me to a specialist. I forgot to ask him if I could workout. I know I can do yoga and some Pilates. Does anyone know if there are any forms of cardio I can do besides walk? Can I jog or are there any low impact workouts I can do at home? Tue, 30 Dec 2014 00:12:22 EST Depressio n/Anxiety Medication?? So I've been seeing a counselor for most of the year. I just recently decided that I'd like to speak to a psychiatrist about medication. I've never wanted to use medication for my depression/anxiety, but I have felt out of control for a while. I have good days, days that I'm able to cope, and days that seem to go from one emotion to another. But that's why I'm frustrated. I don't know what's coming from day to day and I'm not sure how to control it. My counselor and I have discussed positive ... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 23:34:30 EST i need a support system My name is betty I am 57 years young I need to lose 100 PDS I had my thyroid removed this year I was 305 lost to 288 went back up to 299 I am married to a wonderful man for 28 years but he is not a support system he loves junk food when I get depressed I eat all junk food I was praying someone can help me to lose this weight thank. You Mon, 29 Dec 2014 20:00:38 EST Hello! Hey guys! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is about my dozenth time starting a "lifestyle change" and I'm really hoping this one sticks... <BR> <BR> My name is Dan, and I'm a 25 year old father (of two) and husband (of only one) who lives in Somerset, PA, though I've lived just about everywhere in the Harrisburg area during my life... I work for the Commonwealth, which is a great job but leaves me sitting on my butt most of the day. I'm hoping to get up and get moving, and eventually do a couch ... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 14:13:21 EST New to SP Hello everyone, I hope everyone is starting off this Monday with a smile ! I'm new to SP, just joined yesterday ! I have weight loss goals to achieve , but what I think I really need is other people to talk with. I have a wonderful husband that is very supportive of anything that I may need , he is my best friend , but I need other people to talk to. I've been shut up in our home for two and a half years because of a back injury at work. I go to the doctor , some light grocery shopping, and s... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 11:28:36 EST Hello Hello! I suffer from Major depressive disorder. I have had a lot of things happen in my life, but food has never let me down. I am an emotional eater and am finding it difficult to stop using it as a crutch. I am looking forward to support and encouragement. Excited to get to know some people. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 11:17:14 EST New to the group Hi, I am new to this group but I've been on spark people a few times over the past few years of my life and I am a long time sufferer of depression. For awhile it has resulted in eating disorders and subsequent increased weight gain. I am hoping to start eating healthy and getting myself to a good weigh the right way! I am also hoping that getting healthy will decrease some of my depressive symptoms, though it know it won't cure me. <BR> <BR> I am a nursing student and that keeps me busy. M... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 06:39:26 EST Nice to be apart of the group <em>41</em> I am happy to rejoin sparks people. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 23:23:29 EST very depressed and sad. I just had back surgery Oct. 28th and then have been taken off work till after the new year, I have to go go back in for another MRI with contrast this time because the disc below the one they have already worked on is falling apart now. My husband has not been a very good support system he drinks, and I am trying to deal with losing weight. So I am hoping between ww and sp.I can get twice as much as support hope that doesn't sound selfish. <BR> I am just very much a people person and indepen... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 18:00:17 EST Hello From Halifax, NS Just stopping by to say hello. Hope all is well with everyone. I have returned to SP in the hope that much needed change will come this time around. I am at my heaviest (Last Weigh-In was October) 637.5 lbs. With this weight comes much discomfort & a host of health issues. I hope you will all support me in my journey as I will of yours. <BR> Sun, 28 Dec 2014 13:37:24 EST WANT TO SEE LESS OF MYSELF! Hello there! I was always walking 3 miles per day 3 years ago, and then became sedentary due to taking care of mother. The 50 #'s crept up on me again. I've done it before, and I KNOW I can do it again, because I am psyched for the new year ahead. If you don't have a supportive husband, and he doubts your efforts, get started like I did with a new girlfriend to walk in the park with. What a motivation and a blessing for 2015!! Hey, he is going to miss seeing more of me, but he is g... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 13:22:35 EST scared Hi, I'm almost 50 years old, and I'm about 50lb over weight ,I have tried so many different diets and I have failed, my daughter getting married in 2016 and I want to look good , not this fat over weight person, I need all the help I can get, not sure what I'm doing on this but guess I'm looking for support and help on sticking with it and not giving up on myself Sun, 28 Dec 2014 07:20:16 EST Hello, trying again to come out of the DARK My name is Holly I am a single Mom of 5. This last year has been one for the books. On November 25th 2013, I gave birth to baby number 5 a seemingly healthy boy. At two days old he got sick very quickly and almost died. We would learn the evening of November 29th that he had 4 Congenital Heart Defects. December 6th 2013 at 9 days old he has his first of a series of open heart surgeries. Fast forward 6 months, he goes in May 6th for his 2nd OHS, which led to a 3rd emergency one on the 9th of M... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 23:56:06 EST Hello! Hello all! <BR> <BR> I am a 20 year old woman, looking to lose around 80 lbs. My largest inhibitor is my bipolar disorder, however. I have Bipolar Type 2 Disorder, meaning I do not have manic episodes, only hypomanic (Not as bad as manic), along with ADHD and it causes me to lose my reason to get healthy when I am depressed. My depressive aspect of bipolar disorder is my worst enemy and I joined this group to help combat that as I work toward my goal. I hope you all are having a great day an... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 13:25:36 EST Leftovers I have a fridge full of leftovers, mostly sweets. I am having a very hard time controlling myself. I think I'm just eating because its there, not because I really want it. And I just want it to be gone. Do I eat it so it'll be gone? Do I just wait and let others eat it? Fri, 26 Dec 2014 12:46:58 EST New to Sparks and looking for support. Hello, I am new to Sparks and could use as much support as I can get. Recently just got out of a 3.5 year relationship which has been horrible on my emotions. I am trying to view this as a positive to regroup and focus on me. Get back to a healthy state both physically and mentally. Thu, 25 Dec 2014 19:27:04 EST medication Has anyone taken effexor? Wellbutrin? I stated the effexor a week ago and i was feeling pretty good. Past few days I've been experiencing flu like symptoms. Then today i could feel depression creeping back in. Anyone experience this? Mon, 22 Dec 2014 23:26:50 EST Hi my name is Dawn Gordon My goals are to be able to get myself to eat 3 square healthy meals a day with snacking in between. However I am a diabetic and a smoker who just found out a few years ago that I have COPD/ Emphysema . I was also diagnosed with major depression and anxiety. My goals is to lose weight but cannot to strenuous activities due to joint pain and arthritis. I need to get a little more active without sending myself into a breathing issue but also not to hurt my joints any further then they are right... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:29:37 EST Hi I'm Melody I have with sparkpeople but thanks to some computer problems I have had a slow start. Now that my computer is up and running again I am back on track. I am a single mother of two who has struggled with depression most of my life. Thanks to a wonderful behavioral health team at my local mental health clinic I am doing much better everyday. I am here to get and give any support to those who need it. <em>220</em> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:00:24 EST Introducing..Natasha! Hi, my name is Natasha and I am happy to introduce myself and become a part of this community. I so desperately need the camaraderie and support to succeed in my health band weight loss goals. Thank you for welcoming me. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:54:04 EST my name is toni I'm a mother of two beautiful little girls been married for a little over two years and I've been trying to get back in shape for years I was diagnosed with severe bi polar/ depression at a young age and was put on medication that made me gain weight and I have not been able to lose it no matter what I try.. My husband recently went to jail and its made it so much harder on me having to take care of the girls trying to find a job and going back to school to further my education Ifeel so hhelp... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:59:06 EST Fresh to SparkPeople Hey guys, I've only been a member for maybe... 2 hours? But I definitely love the way it's set up and the community on here. Especially the mental health consideration. Just thought I would stop by and say hello, I have a feeling I might be a regular poster to the team forum... But let's hope it's all positive. <BR> <BR> So so glad to see this type of group/team, the fact it exists already makes me feel like I can stick to my goals better than I could before. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:45:50 EST Injury I sprained my back a few months ago. I went to the doctor he put me on muscle relaxers and told me not to workout for a couple of weeks. It seemed to have gotten better, but ever since then I've had back and side pains off and on. I can't go back to the doctor until after the first of the year. I know I can focus on upper body strength and a few ab moves that dont put too much stress on my back. But what else can I do? I had an emotional breakdown last night because I am so frustrated with m... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:23:52 EST Troubled i'm having it Real bad today. feel like traumas will never heal and that i'm destined to be an "un-person", as in can't feel good about the things that other people can. because of what has happened to me i just will never be whole/ un-screood up/ carefree/ good enough/ alright/ mentally healthy/ in Peace with myself/ content with what is there, yada yada yada; can't really define the thought but it's a pretty crappy feeling. <BR> oh, and that i'm always falling short too. <BR> i'd really lik... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:56:30 EST Back on track Ive been binge eating a lot lately and I know alot of its from stress. Holidays aren't helping at all. I can't seem to get back on track. My family is unsupportive. Any tips? Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:13:33 EST Laughing your Gas Off No, this is not a joke or a pun. Well it is a play on words but it is happy news (a pun). <BR> <BR> Last night I read that a team of anesthesiologists and psychiatrists at Washington University in St Lewis had just (last week) published a paper on the use of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) in the treatment of depression. <BR> <BR> This is the very first report and it was done with a small group (20) of people but the results were astounding. Three of the people have claimed they are no longer ... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:16:57 EST Christmas In some ways I wish Christmas was over and (also Jan 6th my dads birthday) it is not because I don't like it but there is only me and my husband(he moans about it a lot), it just seems to me as if people have lost the real meaning of the holiday, also I am my husbands carer(bipolar) and if he is down I can be on my own all day, some years I have looked after a friends dog for the day which cheers me up but otherwise it can be a lonely boring day. <BR> <em>40</em> <em>252</em> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:56:09 EST binge eating Ive been binge eating. I think alot of it has to do with having semester exams coming up. And also I don't spend money on junk food but when other people in my family do, I tend to eat it just cuz its there. Any ideas on how to do better? Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:03:16 EST New beginning Hi everyone, my name is Roxanne and I am a wife and the guardian of my 5 year old nephew (for the past 2 months). My husband and I moved to FL 2 months ago to care for him and to help my mother out. Over the past 16 years, I have put on a pound or two a year until I am at my heaviest of 160 lbs. I don't like how I look, feel, I don't sleep but am always exhausted, have allergies and just feel "poorly". It is time for a lifestyle change and that is why I am here. I hope to lose almost 50... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:26:27 EST Music that makes you smile A Fast Track Goal is to listen to a Get up and Go Song. <BR> I have several Pandora stations I listen to, but I put in a Big Band CD and it was amazing how much better I felt to: Chattanooga Choo Cho, Anvil Chorus and the like. <BR> <BR> What songs make you smile? Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:35:44 EST Procrastination Meets Determination & Goals Hi! So Military injury & surgeries packing on some weight, changing my look & outlook (on lots of things) has finally reached the need for change. I have become involved with my husband's recovery option of bicycling. 500-600 mile awareness/fundraisers for the military & non-profits who support us. My first one is a few months away and I will reach my goals along the way! I'm excited. I just hope I hold off my old friends 'procrastination & self-criticism'!! Tue, 9 Dec 2014 08:55:54 EST "A Mother Doesn't Understand Why..." A friend who knows depression sent this link, only 3 1/2 minutes, from a poet who knows, but whose mother doesn't. The poet's images are evocative, strong and true, rather than florid and trite, as most are, it seems to me. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>erstand-why-her-daughters-depressed-he<BR>r-daughter-clears-that-up-for-her?g=2&c=ufb1 </link> <BR> <BR> I chose the Problem-Solving forum only to keep this from getting lost in the larger well of the General f... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 11:57:35 EST starting over!! Hello my name is Debra I have decided not to give up on my goal to change my life for the better .I lost a great amount of weight and then I was just stuck because I couldn't loose any more. Its been almost two years since I tried to get back on track. So I am feeling defeated so I decided to come back to Sparkle and get support and possible find a group or walking group in Charlotte to help me get restarted and to give me some tips on how to get back on track, and me remain accountable. I j... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 08:33:12 EST Anyone Interested in Different Teams? I joined a team called "Succeed in Life". It's a pretty new team I think. I like the team description/focus: <BR> <BR> "Succeed In Life is about finding yourself and helping yourself grow so that you can accomplish your goals, be it weight loss, family, career, or any other aspirations you have in life." <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I think the team could use some additional members/activity.Check it out if you are interested. Sorry - I couldn't figure out a way to link to the team page. Thu, 4 Dec 2014 23:51:51 EST Looking to find some strength my name is Liz. I am 28 years old and have been trying to loose weight for a long time. I now feel like I am on the right path. I just need to find some strength to keep pushing forward. Thu, 4 Dec 2014 12:14:47 EST Wens. I am 46 and trying to lose weight and quit smoking at the same time. I have fibro and other medical conditions that make it difficult at times to stay active. We have a new dog that I try to walk everyday. When it is raining like today that is not so easy to do because he does not like the rain. Wed, 3 Dec 2014 08:42:37 EST New to Spark and Quick Intro Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Doris and I am new to Spark. I joined this group because I recently moved from San Diego, California to Chicago, Illinois and I discovered I am having a difficult time transitioning to my new life. I moved to Chicago to be with my Navy Fiance, and things are not as easy as I thought. Since moving here, I have gained 15 lbs and I am more depressed because I do not have family or friends around me. In addition, my fiance works longs hours, I work from ho... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 22:30:15 EST Samsung "bug" Friday night when I talked to my ex boyfriend about my computer probs (he's an RIT Computer Nerd), he told me he got a Galaxy S5 for free!! Since then I can't stop thinking about it. Had 3 straight sleepless nights playing around with the carrier websites and Best Buy to figure out what my monthly bill would be for first the S5 and then I started looking at last year's S4. <BR> <BR> Today I went to Best Buy to talk numbers with someone there. Came home to look over my budget for Decembe... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 21:41:53 EST Depression after cancer surgery anyone else? Hi, I have been on anti-depressives for a year after cancer surgery. I am trying to ease off and would like to find some suggestions for other ways to stay happy. Low energy is a problem. Has anyone tried st.johnswort? <BR> <BR> Susan <em>249</em> Tue, 2 Dec 2014 12:32:31 EST December fitness minutes This use to be done on another team I am on. I guess they aren't doing it this month. I have to see it in black and white to give me that push, so I started a thread here. If you want to join me, please do, but no pressure. Commit to a certain number of fitness minutes for the month, post them in this platelet and see if you can reach your goal. The last few months I haven't reached mine. I hope to this month. <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes goal 500 <BR> <BR> December 1-3 <BR> December 2-... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 10:05:39 EST Stay motivated to exercise despite depression For those who may have missed today's article emailed by SP, here it is: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1808 </link> <BR> <BR> This slide-show/article on handling stress accompanied it: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ow.asp?show=16 </link> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 11:31:41 EST New to site After major crash 10 years ago and 12 weeks in hospital. It is now a day to day or week to week struggle. <BR> Do not know how this site works but encouragement to lose the weight I have gained in the last ten years and healthy mindset would be a great help. <BR> I am 67 , mother, grandmother , wife, retired. Sun, 30 Nov 2014 09:42:08 EST Focus on the Happy Because the holiday season amplifies my emotions and pain from the past, I must remember to focus on the good and happy things. <BR> My 3 boys are so joyful and good. Of course they are challenging at times. <BR> I look forward to putting up the tree...looking at lights in the neighborhood...getting presents for others. <BR> <BR> Nothing can bring me down, no family drama, no worries about my weight, no issues with my marriage... <BR> Happy Holidays! <BR> thankful Sat, 29 Nov 2014 13:24:55 EST Staying with a Program It's very hard for me to stay with a program because I am under a lot of stress. I either eat to much or too little. I am over 50, and losing weight is much harder. I need to lose 30 lbs. I have difficulty keeping track of what I eat because I have so little time to do anything for me. I am also dealing with depression because of the stress. It goes around in a circle. I try to work out, but have back problems and sometimes it becomes too difficult. I was on Spark People several years ... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:37:39 EST Hi from France Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I've been on Sparkpeople before but I'm trying to start my life anew, so I created a new account, new goals, etc. <BR> <BR> I don't have clinical depression (at least, I don't think I do), so if I shouldn't be in the group, don't hesitate to let me know. <BR> <BR> I have a lot of trouble lately stemming from a complete lack of motivation in life, as if every time I need to do something, a massive wall forms in my head and seemingly physically in front of me. I ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:57:49 EST I need buddies!! HELP! <BR> <BR> I'm new and I came here because I'm looking for a support group to help me with my goals. I'm looking to lose 40lbs and gain my life back. I'll journal almost daily and track my progress and it'd be great to have some people to share this journey with :) Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:58:14 EST Help! Hi all-new to the team here. <BR> I am a 44 year old married mother of 2 teenagers (God help me;) who needs to lose about a 100 lbs. I was down to 135 in 2008 but lost my job in 2010, got married in 2011 and was put on antidepressants at some point between the two events. I started gaining in 2010 and haven't stopped since. I feel horrible about it-which is obviously not helping me. I'm trying to let go of the fact that I regained all that I lost, just like I had to let go of not understandin... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:33:34 EST Interloper Hey All, <BR> <BR> I know I'm not around very often, which may be part of why I feel like an interloper when I do pop by, but I'm not certain anymore if I'm depressed or simply suffering from depressive episodes. Hell, I'm not even sure if there is a difference between the two! <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I've gone off my meds, which I know I shouldn't but I've actually had thoughts that I'm stressing out over my meds because it's such a hassle taking them and trying to keep track of the side ... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:05:19 EST Hello everyone. My name is Corliss, I am a Christian and child of the Most High God. I am a divorced mom of 11 children, all 11 are from my ex husband. Seven of them are grown and on their own. I am also a grand mother of 4 with a 5th on the way. I am engaged to a wonderful man who loves me and my children. We home school the four children that are still at home. I am from Killeen Texas but currently the six of us live in La Marque, Texas where my fiance' was born and grew up. I started with Spark Peopl... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:52:49 EST victorious_diva Hi fellow Sparkers....I could really use some support. I am trying to lose weight and fight againt medication that causes weight gain. I want to be healthy and I hope Spark can keep me going to see results. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:55:26 EST New Gal from New York Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm a 22 year old person from New York. I've suffered through weight issues most of my life and depression since I was 15. <BR> <BR> I'm trying really hard to make a significant change this time. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:28:49 EST Dreading the Holidays This will be the first time in 24 years that my daughter will not be home for Christmas (she's 24 years old!). <BR> <BR> I can't even think about decorating without tearing up. My husband doesn't seem to care about decorations. My daughter has always been the one to help me bring the decorations down from the attic, set up the tree, put up the house lights, pretty much everything. I just can't face doing anything without her. <BR> <BR> She moved half way across the country in August (I'm... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:34:04 EST Therapy Tomorrow, Thursday, November 20th will be my last meet with my therapist for the next 4-8 weeks. :-/ She's having a hernia repair and will be out that long. I am being temporarily assigned to another case worker. hmmm ..... Don't know how that's gonna go not only therapy wise but schedule wise. I just hope I won't be dealing with a Monday schedule. Don't want a Monday schedule with the new "system" in the office of 48 hour notices. Hard to notify the office 48 hours ahead if your sick... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:05:23 EST New to the site My name is Chad. I'm giving SparkPeople a shot to try to get motivation to stick with my diet and exercise plans. I've tried time and time again to diet and exercise, but I lack the motivation and the discipline. I'm really hoping to find people that can positively support and motivate me to stick with it and give it my best shot. <BR> <BR> I'm 24, 5'11", 208 lbs. I had a weight problem in high school - I was about 180 lbs when I was 14-years-old, and stayed that throughout high school. A ye... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:26:46 EST hi i've just joined this group hi everyone, <BR> I have been feeling down when i am alone. I have a full life, good job, husband, 2 great kids, but, when i'm alone i feel so hopeless and overwhelmed, i overeat to feel better and have been continuously gaining weight for years. I say to myself that i will go to the gym and when i have time, i feel soo lonely to go there, i just don't go....., <BR> <BR> I have decided to come back to spark and be active on the boards and log my food. <BR> <BR> Thanks, Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:28:41 EST I hate how I fee I have Major depression, PTSD, Anxiety, Borderline Personality disorder. I can't seem to motivate myself to do anything. I constantly tired and don't want to go places but just stay home. I hate the Borderline gosh pushing people away especially the ones I love. If anyone have this how do you cope? I took Dialectal Behavioral therapy in 1999-2000. I know how to do the skills. Just hate being "the bad person." I want to be my old self again. Anyone has the same problem? <BR> <BR> <BR>... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 01:03:32 EST Hello everyone :-) I'm new and a little nervous about trying to lose 75 pounds! Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:15:22 EST Mental Illness from a mom's view<BR>ning-zen/dear-claire-dunphy <BR> <BR> I'm sorry I can't set the link! Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:02:23 EST Just over surgery I haven't been on the site for quite some time. I have been battling chronic diverticulitis for well over a year and have not been able function well. My depression had gone way into the toilet. I was in constant pain and feeling really sorry for myself. Not being able to workout didn't help matters either. I eat sugar and lots of it for comfort. All it has done was pack on over 20lbs in 3 months. I just had surgery where they took out a foot of my colon to remove the diseased part. I... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:54:32 EST New from Southern Utah I have always wondered why someone 20-25 lbs. overweight couldn't easily loose the weight, JUST DO IT. How hard would a little self control be? Well, NOW I know. I keep saying I can do it, but now I understand it is not that easy. I keep trying...a day maybe;( I have to admit NOW I KNOW what it is like to want/need to loose weight and I'm not strong enough to just do it. I really do need help from others...HELP! Sun, 9 Nov 2014 11:28:19 EST Douglas Tull - Goal Ready to change my life. Really working hard, it has been difficult. I really struggle with emotional eating and I have had a ton of issues come up lately. Any advice on how to cope? Sat, 8 Nov 2014 11:59:22 EST Hello! I am new but here to stay! Hello, I joined a few weeks ago, but have been holding myself back from interacting with anyone else on the site because I wanted to make sure that I was really ready to commit to this journey this time. Well, today is day 5 on track with my eating and day 3 of early morning workouts. I think I am finally ready to commit to a healthy lifestyle and stick to it!! I ultimately need to loose about 100 pounds. I also want to take up running and complete an Appalachian Trail thru-hike before I turn... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 07:25:33 EST Hello, can I just not have depression, thanks I have never approached my weight loss journey while caring for my depression, but clearly I should, since I am struggling with both at the same time and when one goes bad so does the other. <BR> Anyway, just saying hi, and thanking you guys before-hand for the assistance and love. Thu, 6 Nov 2014 22:42:53 EST New, Just coming in and posting Hello, I'm new and just coming in, and I just got out of the hospital. I am very nervous about posting, I can feel the anxiety as I am typing this. I am a caregiver for both of my parents and my mom is having brain surgery 11-19. I am bipolar and in recovery from alcohol for 8 years, and also agoraphobic. <BR> <BR> I have dedicated myself to going out of the house to go to groups for support, as I am under a great deal of stress. This will be very hard for me as I have not really left t... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 07:23:51 EST Just a little about me! I am 45 years old and have been suffering from depression for the last 20 years. I have a 20 year old daughter with a 15 month old daughter who currently lives with us. I also have a 26 year old son with a 4 year old that is engaged to be married September 26, 2015. During the day I am an Instructor at a Technical College, training students in the healthcare field. When my day at school is done, the real fun begins taking care of everyone and everything else that life has to throw my way. ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 20:50:44 EST Anyone taken antidepressants while pregnant? I am almost in my third trimester and my depression is worsening. Has anyone taken them? Tue, 4 Nov 2014 11:34:33 EST I think it's gonna be a long, long ..... week!! ;-) <BR> <BR> Did pet food shopping at Wal-mart today. Have a folding shopping cart I use to lug it all home. I live at the top of a hill, which means coming home is an uphill battle with a cart that weighs .... 105#!!! Yes, I know cuz I weighed them on my scale when I got home! Both knees held up fairly well, but I'm beat. :-) <BR> <BR> More tmw .... food for ME! ;-) <BR> <BR> Wed .... Doctor's appt and then few things at Dollar Tree. <BR> <BR> Thursday ..... Therapy. <BR> <BR> F... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 16:40:10 EST New to the team!! Just a short intro... I've lived with depression most of my life. I am fairly stable for the most part, but the holidays send me spinning. I know it and I try to come up with ways to get through, but always fail. Fortunately I found this group just as the big holidays are now approaching (Again!!).. I hope I can add something to the group and not just suck the life out of it by being so needy. Thanks for being there!! Mon, 3 Nov 2014 05:30:11 EST Hi there! I'm just trying to start good habits and motivate myself to do so. It's rather more difficult than I had at first thought. Hopefully interacting with people with similar goals will help me. :D Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:54:40 EST Changing and Developing Habits <link><BR>-build-better-money-habits/ </link> <BR> <BR> The website LearnVest is primarily for women and about finances and career. This video, however, has no gender in mind and the tips clearly can be applied to all areas of our lives. The speaker relies on the work of Charles Duhigg, a journalist who's written about habit in life and business. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:31:35 EST Just saying hello Hello everyone I'm new to the site. Feel free to friend me if you like. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:13:09 EST Chefwannabee here! Hi folks. The tools I found on this site are really making Sparks fly in my efforts to regain my health and activity level. Nice to see you all! Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:23:17 EST Help with my page - it seems like no one can find I set up my page - and then changed my user name (from my full name) to SmallStepsNow. <BR> <BR> Apparently it does not show up to anyone -- though I can see my teams and people I've "friended" -- <BR> <BR> Can anyone help me sort this out! Much appreciated. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:53:09 EST I want to live!!!!! HI ! <BR> I am trying to lose weight once again. 7 years ago I weighed over 400lbs. Then just 5 short years ago I had gotten down to 225lbs. I got married to my wonderful husband. Tired to have a baby, only to find out I cant because of a doctor mess up. in the past 5 years I have had 4 miscarriages. My body is in no way on a balance of any kind. i have now gotten back over the 300lbs mark. I am so mad at my self. I tried to get my husband to lose weigh with me as well but he does not want to... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:09:12 EST Treating Myself Better Starting Today! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm starting fresh today for a healthier me in the future. I have contemplated weight loss surgery or the stomach band but I want to try AGAIN to do this on my own and I think Spark People can help me. I want to be much healthier when my son and daughter-in-law come home to visit from Japan in June of 2016. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:24:17 EST Newstartjanane I'm going to try this. I hate how I look And feel. I started this morning. Hope I can do it. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:45:17 EST My Mood Is a Sponge I'm new to group and have only been active with SP for about 1 1/2 weeks. Doing well so far, meeting food and exercise goals. I have been treated for depression for about 12 years now and i do my best managing my mood. On meds which definitely help. Have done therapy in past, but not currently. My biggest struggle, which occurred again last night, is that I "absorb" the mood of those around me. My husband (who has undiagnosed/treated OCD) can be very challenging to live with due to his inces... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:23:26 EST another newbie here Hi, I am new here. Needing to lose around 90#'s. I have multiple muscle disorders and diseases which make exercising a chore and a half, I also am living on disability so money is very very tight, also have to cook for 6 kids and a husband, two of which have several food allergies not limited to legumes of all types, seafood, shellfish and rice. Cooking is not an easy thing to figure out as food is not cheap and the good for you cheap foods most of which we cant cook or have in the house such... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:33:18 EST Hello Hello, how are you? I am Georgia and have just started Spark People. So far I have only done tracking but am going to try and start doing things with the teams and possible look up eating rite stuff and exercising things. I have a husband Stephen and a three year old son Apollo. *Georgia Bell Hull Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:29:24 EST