New to SP today. Mainly here for support for weight loss - like the idea of a group in our 50s(+). Today I restarted working out (elliptical) - legs felt heavy afterward (I haven't worked out since Nov.). Hope to keep up the habit.
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I will definitely try some of the tips, I have no problem with soda but I like hot tea and usually add sugar to it. I am trying to reduce the sugar and use stevia. I like fruit as dessert so I just switch and have it first, maybe that can help in reducing the amount of food I eat. It is a struggle and any help is appreciated
Hi Connie. Welcome. I just returned from a cruise. While on the cruise I consulted with an Acupuncturist about a few things. One of them may be of interest to you and anyone else reading this. I'm pretty excited as, if it works, it would make dieting much easier. She said that I should not drink sodas (which I cut out of my diet years ago), drink room temperature water instead of cold water, eat fruit at the beginning of the meal instead of during or as dessert (if I want fruit with the meal), eat only one kind of starch at any meal (if eating potatoes, don't eat bread), and drink hot tea (any kind I like) with meals/dessert. I saw her on the second day of the 7 day cruise and started following her directions immediately. It's been less than a week so I haven't seen loss, but I didn't gain weight on the cruise like most people do. I'm feeling optimistic!
Good luck on your journey with us! If you find any tips to be of help to you, please let us know.
Hi Jane. No, I don't feel that the depression I have felt is clinical depression. I know the difference. I was clinically depressed for years and saw psychologists for help. This is just the regular, run of the mill, life sucks sometimes type of depression.
I have the opposite issue when it comes to snacking - I snack at work. I sit all day in front of a computer. We have bite-size candies for marketing available all the time, as well as crackers & pretzels. It is so difficult to walk by them (they are on the way to the restroom) and say "NO!" I have other things to keep me busy at home. I don't snack much there.
I totally relate to the clothes not fitting issue. Buying new clothes is fun - but not when buying a larger size!
BTW - Nutrasystem did not work at all for me. The recipes have apparently been changed since I was on the program in the 90s. Most of the food in inedible as far as I'm concerned.
Hi I've joined for the same reason I need support because it's so easy to become discouraged. I know if I'm at home I tend to wear comfy clothes ie: elastic waist and of course being at home lends it self to snacking. I work outside of my home so I have to dress everyday but I've gotten to the point where nothing fits and what does is uncomfortable. Which led me to a promise to myself to follow sparkpeople daily. I joined this group to keep me accountable. Have you considered consulting with a doctor re: your depression? It's a real medical issue and they can help. Depression and motivation will never be compatible and you deserve to feel good!! Be well-Jane
So hard to keep going when one obstacle after another but take every like victory you can and you'll build momentum. It's as much, or more, for our mental health as for our physical health. Keep pluggin' along I'm cheerin' for you!!
Good morning! I've been with SparkPeople for years, on and off. I find it difficult to keep my enthusiasm when I see no progress, or worse, backward movement! I was doing very well, working out a minimum of 5 hours a week & working with a trainer twice a week, and then I pulled a tendon in my shoulder. Then I got a heel-spur. Then I twisted an ankle. Then I got a bone-spur in my neck. With each setback I gained weight. All of this within the past 19 months and I've put on 50 pounds!
After being depressed for a few months, I finally started to pull out of it. I'm pushing myself to exercise again. I joined Nutrisystem a month ago. I'm seeing a difference and feeling better. Now I'm ready to join a team. What do I need to know?
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HI, I just joined this team as well. I am suffering from depression and have a lot of problems with motivation. I work from home so I don't see many people very often. I also have a 16 year old son at home with major depressive disorder as well as a husband who is no support whatsoever. I am on my computer every day and am looking for some friends to help me along as well as me to help them if I can.
A.S.A.P ----- Always Say A Prayer
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I don't have grandchildren (or children), but I have kids that drive me crazy -- I'm a schoolteacher. Yesterday was the last day of school, and I joined up to lose weight before the next school year starts. I'm a stress-eater, too. I suppose the best thing we can both do is take time for ourselves and take care of ourselves so we can be the best for the kids we care for.
"Our life is what our thoughts make it." Marcus Aurelius
I have been with sparks a while but have had a little trouble lately. I am looking to find a spark buddy. People to help me keep on track and encourage me when things get tough. I am over 50 and have recently got custody of my Grandchildren. The added stress has sent me on a weight gain cycle. They came in Nov to stay 6 months and are still here. I have gained 15 pounds in the time they have been here. Not there fault but I am a stress eater. This week has been another low for me and I just need someone to care.
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