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9/25/10 2:22 P

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Hello everyone,

I was browsing through the boards and saw the wonderful messages of friendship and encouragement on this site. I notice that no one has posted for a couple of weeks on this thread, so maybe no one will even be reading this (LOL!) However, reading through the boards in order to get acquainted with people, it is really heart-warming to me to see what thoughtful and supportive answers people offer to each other. That is what will continue to keep at it and stay committed to successful weight loss.

Here's to smaller sizes for all of us! Sue Ellen

Click on the link below to read my fairy tale about a woman on a weight loss journey, "The Story of Sofa."
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9/7/10 12:18 P

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Hello and welcome! I hear you -- I'm in a similar situation with depression and weight... and have just spent a couple days in utter period-related despair and literal pain. Ugh.

I agree with what the others have said. This site is a wonderful resource. The nutrition and fitness program, the teams, the fellow travelers, the blogs are all so helpful.

Baby steps were a mantra of mine before starting here; friends who've dealt with depression have been preaching baby steps to me for a long while. I love that the program here is so geared to them, because it is SO easy to jump ahead and let go of those baby steps and spiral back into recrimination and self-hate.

The same friends have been after me about getting to the gym, too. It's so hard (as I'm sure you know!) to think of an exercise regimen when you're depressed and can barely take care of yourself. Over the last, oh, 8 months, in fits and starts, I've gotten myself more and more to the gym. Now that I've been more assiduous about it for over a month, I can really feel the difference in my body and my mood and energy. It really is great. Baby steps. (I'm living on a shoestring as a grad student, but I have access to the campus gym, thank goodness.)

I agree with what others have said about doctors and medication and therapists and journaling. They're all important.

Hang in there and keep coming back to the boards and posting. You are most welcome here!

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FANCYJ Posts: 74
8/25/10 10:28 A

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Hi Two S: i can't thank you enough for taking the time to reply.
i think you are right that when i drop a few pounds i will feel a little better about myself inspite of all the other things going on.
i appreciate your advice.
Fancy

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8/25/10 10:16 A

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Hi FancyJ:

You've taken a good first step. While many people poo-poo the idea of losing weight using an internet site, the numbers of members that have successfully achieved this goal on this site alone is staggering. Don't worry, it will become second-nature to you in no time.

Second step is to get your mind into it. Yes, that's a challenge, and I know from experience dealing with not just weight loss but depression, too, that it's so much easier said than done.

You will need the services of a counsellor for the depression aspect of your inquiry, but this site will help you, too. Success is a wonderful motivator and once you lose those first few pounds, you will feel fantastic about yourself. When you finally get down a whole size and realize that you can "re-introduce" some of your wardrobe stash (you know, those clothes you absolutely loved a few years ago but haven't worn because they don't look so good, but you were heartbroken at the thought of discarding such a beautiful item? Yeah...that stash). The compliments and looks of surprised admiration at how you're improving your outward appearance will be a huge boost to your self-esteem and hence your seretonin levels.

It's all related. All of it. BLOGGING or JOURNALLING helps, but it goes only so far. DOING something works, too, but it only goes so far. SUPPORT also helps a great deal, but it only goes so far. COUNSELLING is a wonderful assist, but again, only goes so far. TOGETHER, though, they are a formidable team.

You've come to the right place, m'dear. Don't worry, it all gets easier and you will love yourself for taking this first step.

Welcome to SparkPeople!

Yay YOU!

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8/23/10 11:00 A

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Hi FancyJ, and welcome!

There are so many wonderful friends here on Spark with so many great ideas and motivations!

First, create your sparkpage so people can send you goodies and encouragements and you can make sparkfriends and watch your progress.

I wish you wonderful encouraging thoughts as you start on your exciting journey.

elle~

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8/23/10 10:58 A

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as far as loosing weight hon, I would definatly stick to the site and participate in as much team goals & disscussions as you can for the moral support... for the depression, other than seeing a counselor or a doctor, I would suggest blogging about it, maybe getting out will help you start to feel better... there's the blog on your spark pages or you could use any free internet blog, or go old school and keep a journal..
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FANCYJ Posts: 74
8/23/10 10:42 A

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Hi, i am new to this team. I am in my 40's and have been struggling with not only trying to lose weight but dealing with depression. I think the depression is linked to hormones as it seems to get worse a week before my cycle begins. IT's brutal!!!! i am having a hard time coping with this and want to know if anyone can give me some tips on how to prevent it from taking over????

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