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5/22/15 4:06 P

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Newbies and those newly returned--how is it going for you? Post an update about your beginnings.Would love to hear from you and give you encouragement.

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�Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.�
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�If I hired one of the stock boys to chase me around the store with a licorice whip, I'd be thin by Christmas.�
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5/21/15 12:16 P

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5/19/15 11:35 A

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Welcome BROKEN_VALKYRIE! I'm glad you joined SparkPeople and this team. You will find lots of support here. emoticon emoticon

�Eating crappy food isn't a reward -- it's a punishment.�
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�Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.�
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5/19/15 8:51 A

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Thanks, I'll get it visible and check out the challenges. :)

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emoticon to both Spark and the team. It sounds like you keep yourself very busy and have many interests. Maybe you can set a goal to get in 10 minutes of exercise a day and/or drink 64-oz of water and then track it. Many people have found that tracking a goal helps keep one motivated especially when the days begin to add up. Whatever you decide, we look forward to seeing you around.

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5/19/15 7:33 A

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(To streamline things, I'm using pretty much the same intro post for any group I join, so if you've seen me elsewhere, that's why this might sound familiar. I won't be doing this with any other posts.)

Hello! I just joined SP yesterday. Like I'm sure most of you have, I've been battling my weight nearly my entire life (I can't remember their being a time before my mom started putting me on diets) and I've not done well.

I'm just over 50, and have been married to a wonderful man for the last 20 of those years. When we were younger, we'd independently come to the realization that each of us would be a lousy parent, so after we got married we adopted dogs instead. It turned out to be good thing, given my condition, and the dogs give me so many smiles and help keep me from feeling too lonely while hubby is off at work. I read a LOT, and most recently have been getting into paranormal stories And i love music - especially Rush and Pink Floyd. I get a kick out of live-action superhero movies &a TV shows, watching competitive cooking shows (even though I'm a VERY picky eater and wouldn't touch 99% of what gets made :D Oh, I also have a great interest in Norse Lore and Legends.

Anyway,. I just wanted to say "hi" and let y'all know I'm here :)


PS: I saw the note about filling out our SparkPages & I'm working on mine, but it may be a couple days before it says much...)

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5/15/15 5:44 P

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5/15/15 3:06 P

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Newbies and those who are newly back. How was your week? Is there anything we can do for you? emoticon

�Eating crappy food isn't a reward -- it's a punishment.�
― Drew Carey

�Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.�
― Elizabeth Berg

�If I hired one of the stock boys to chase me around the store with a licorice whip, I'd be thin by Christmas.�
― Jennette Fulda


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5/15/15 9:42 A

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Welcome, CurlyTop_Mom! It's great that your husband is starting to be more active now that the weather is warming up. Exercise certainly does help with depression and the sunshine has great benefits too. My stepdad has Huntington's Disease and we're always trying to encourage him to get outside and walk around the neighborhood to help with his depression.

Personally, I'd recommend the Y just because like you mentioned, they have more than just fitness equipment. I just checked out the schedule and ours offers all sorts of fitness classes. We even have line dancing. You might be able to find something fun that you can do together.

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Welcome CurlyTop_Mom! Unfortunately I cannot necessarily help with your decision as we do not have a Planet Fitness or YMCA in my area. We do have several gyms though. Most would be comparable to PF I believe. One, however, is owned by our list cal hospital and actually has physical therapist onsite, trainers, (indoor pool), and childcare. This gym is definitely my preference. I have children, so being able to bring them helps me have one less excuse not to go to the gym. I also like have actual medical people on the premises that could possibly offer advice or assist if necessary. The pool... Well that is an important deciding factor for me. Being over weight, the equipment can sometimes be extra brutal on my bones and joints. The pool is a great way to exercise and even better way to relieve stress.

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emoticon CURLYTOP_MOM. You have so much going on between your kids and the medical issues with your DH. The most important person to care for right now is YOU. Then you will have more energy to care for the rest of them. Your decision between the Y and the Gym is a tough one. It really depends on how dedicated you are on going and how often the rest of the family will go. Is there a trial period? Whatever you decide, know you are making a healthy decision.

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5/12/15 11:29 A

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My thought about the Y is they might offer more opportunities for my husband with his Parkinson's disorder. We saw a new neurologist and she said that there are studies that show that exercise improves Parkinson's as opposed to the medications that just manage it. Plus we all hear that exercise improves depression. I see that with him just being more active in this warmer weather (here in the North) he seems happier, more cognitive, and more communicative. Planet fitness has basic exercise equipment, but I'm not sure what else they could offer him.

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emoticon DISCOVERLLH. (I love your pampered pup. Too cute!) I'm so glad you took the time to post about your return to Spark. Remember to start with small goals. You don't want to get overwhelmed by trying too many things at once. Know we are here for you.

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5/12/15 11:07 A

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emoticon CURLYTOP_MOM! It's funny you mentioned the "Y" because I was just thinking about this yesterday. I'm currently in Arkansas with my hubby while he is on a job, but I live near Galveston, TX. I'm probably going to look into joining the Y this week. Welcome back, and I hope you enjoy your membership.

�Eating crappy food isn't a reward -- it's a punishment.�
― Drew Carey

�Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.�
― Elizabeth Berg

�If I hired one of the stock boys to chase me around the store with a licorice whip, I'd be thin by Christmas.�
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5/12/15 9:22 A

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Welcome all new members! I am a returning member. I have been here and gone and back again a few times. I even signed up for Weight Watchers online during a 3 month special. Then when the monthly payment of $60 started, I said, why am I spending that on Weight Watcher when Sparkpeople is still free for my tracking, has the these wonderful forums for support. So I have cancelled that membership and plan to use that money to get either a gym membership or a membership to a local YMCA. My husband sufferers from Bipolar disorder and was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2013. So my debate is do I want a membership to the Y or to Planet Fitness? If I choose the Y, should I get a family membership (we have 4 children, 3 under age 18) or just one for the 2 of us?? Any suggestions would be great! emoticon

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5/11/15 1:11 P

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For those of you who are new or newly returned, what are you doing to get started? I'm doing well now, but getting started was difficult. I started with tracking my food...and BOY did I get an eyeful that first day! LOL!

�Eating crappy food isn't a reward -- it's a punishment.�
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�Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.�
― Elizabeth Berg

�If I hired one of the stock boys to chase me around the store with a licorice whip, I'd be thin by Christmas.�
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5/11/15 12:30 P

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Welcome back, Amy! I am just recently back myself, so you are not alone with that. If you need support, let me know!



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emoticon GIR1ANACHRONI5M aka Amy. It's so good to see you again. I love your positive attitude and your quote "I do more than survive. I thrive." I might have to steal that one and put it on my quote list. Anyway, if there is anything we can do to help you along the way, please let us know. We are here for you.

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5/10/15 9:15 P

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emoticon GIR1ANACHRONI5M! I'm also back from a year long absence, and it feels good to come home. LOL! I hope you have a great week!

Edited by: PAULAGRIFFITH75 at: 5/11/2015 (12:39)
�Eating crappy food isn't a reward -- it's a punishment.�
― Drew Carey

�Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.�
― Elizabeth Berg

�If I hired one of the stock boys to chase me around the store with a licorice whip, I'd be thin by Christmas.�
― Jennette Fulda


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Welcome Amy!

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5/10/15 3:04 P

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Hello everyone! I'm "new" to the team. I've been on Spark before but it's been a while. Glad to be back! My name is Amy. I've been dealing with depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember but was officially diagnosed and started getting help around 2009. It's been a long road with lots of ups and downs, but I believe I can do more than survive! I can thrive!

Also, big huge welcome to all my fellow newbies! I hope everyone has a great week!

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emoticon MARVELGAL! I added you as a friend. I've dealt with depression since my 20s and I'm about to turn 58. While sometimes it feels overwhelming and that we've lost control, the reality is that we are the ONLY ones in control of our lives. It is very important to have the support you can get in this group because we understand. Welcome back!

�Eating crappy food isn't a reward -- it's a punishment.�
― Drew Carey

�Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.�
― Elizabeth Berg

�If I hired one of the stock boys to chase me around the store with a licorice whip, I'd be thin by Christmas.�
― Jennette Fulda


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emoticon to the team, GODSGOODPLANS4U. Bless you for the encouraging post you left on this thread. It is sure to bring hope and inspiration. If there is anything we can do for you, please ask. We are here to support, motivate and listen. You, too, are not alone.

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emoticon MARVELGAL. I'm so glad you have decided not to quit. Sometimes after setbacks and pitfalls it seems easier just to quit. The good news is that you are back and have made the decision to focus on you. Like you have probably heard before, set a couple of small goals to help you stay focused and not get overwhelmed. We are here to help motivate and support you. You are NOT alone. (Cooper is adorable.)

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emoticon PAULAGRIFFITH75 and emoticon for all the years you spent in the educational system. It is quite an accomplishment.

I'm so sorry to hear you are facing some serious medical issues along with your depression. Everything together is quite a lot. The good news is that this team is here to help support you along the way to a healthier you. If you need anything at all, please feel free to ask. I look forward to seeing you around on the boards.

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Hello AMANDASLATHAM :) So glad you joined. I used to be bi-polar as well, but with a lot of prayer and a lot of therapy, I got rediagnozed about 21 years ago as non manic depressive ( also non bi-polar). I will definitely pray for you. Good job dieting and exercising! It will pay off eventually! You might want to talk to your doctor about how much exercise is adequate. May God bless you richly! You are amazing!

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Hi guys, I'm new... but I've been on Spark before. I've been dealing with depression chronically since I was about 13 years old. I'm nearly 30 now. I refuse to let it defeat me. Hoping to drop the weight and the control depression has on my life. Would love some SparkFriends; I do well with support and I like supporting others.
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Hi, SPARKSEANSMOM! I'm returning after almost a year, so I know that feeling. I've been dealing with depression since my 20s, and I'm about to be 58. The good news is that there are much better treatments than there were in the 1980s. Welcome to the team!

Edited by: PAULAGRIFFITH75 at: 5/12/2015 (12:15)
�Eating crappy food isn't a reward -- it's a punishment.�
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�Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.�
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�If I hired one of the stock boys to chase me around the store with a licorice whip, I'd be thin by Christmas.�
― Jennette Fulda


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Welcome Newbie!

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I never thought about the cup idea. :) Sneaky! And yeah, I'm pretty busy but I rather like it. My ex has half-time custody so when I get home and they're not there, it's incredibly quiet. Then the dog starts whining about wanting out so it's just like the kids are there! Bwahahahaha!

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emoticon to the team, AIMJAY314 aka Amy. You are one very busy lady! Between work, 3 kids and 3 fur-babies.... Yikes! The good news is by joining Spark, you are creating a little "me time" in which you can focus on your health and well-being.

Can you take your medication at bedtime? If so, you could place a cup by the bed as a reminder to take your meds.

In the meantime, know we are here for you. You are NOT alone on this journey.

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Hello! I'm Amy. I live in southern Indiana, I'm a single (divorced) mom to three kids, aged 11, 8, and 6. We have two cats and a dog, all three under a year. I work at a bakery on a university campus. I've struggled with depression and anxiety since I was young, probably before high school. I'm currently on Celexa although I definitely forget to take it a lot of the time! :D

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emoticon to the team, CRAZYNNYSSA. I'm so sorry to hear about the fire and your bout with cancer. It's no wonder you are fighting depression. (Have you discussed your symptoms with your doctor? It might be worth the call.) Know you are not alone on this journey to a happier, healthier you. We are here to help keep you motivated and supported along the way. You might consider setting a couple of small goals and then tracking them on a daily basis. Even 10 minutes of movement, 8-64 oz of water, or packing up one box makes a difference.

You are NOT alone.

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Hello, I am new to this group. I decided its time to get my weight under control. I am 39, and a stay at home mom of a 14 year old son. My husband and I own a small ranch in Eastern Oregon. There is plenty of work to do here. To bad you cant count it as your daily exercise. Its hard for me to get motivated or find the energy to get the daily chores done. I milk and feed bottle babies 2 times a day. I have fences to repair, pens to clean, horses to train, but I just cant find the energy or motivation to do it any more. I have been threw a lot these last few years I am 2 years cancer free, we ;lost our home to a fire the first of the year. I still have to pack that home up, and move things out to the ranch. Again no motivation or energy!

My name is Melissa

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emoticon Laurie! i wish you the best in your weight gaining!!! Sometimes the get up and go, go's without you. I find just forcing your self to get started is the first step. Even if its just a little bit of something. Once your over that hurdle, you will start to gain momentum.

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emoticon to the team, LAURIESUEWENTZ. I'm so sorry to hear about your health difficulties. You certainly have a lot to deal with. The good news is that this is a supportive team who is here to offer support and care during your darkest days. If you get a chance, check out any of our many Team Threads. They are there to help you throughout your days. If there is anything we can do, please feel free to ask. In the meantime, enjoy your journey.

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emoticon Laurie!
Sounds like you have lots on your plate.
We are here to support and encourage you.
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I am new here so I will tell a little about myself. Let's see...

I am 44. I have stage 4 kidney disease and the associated symptoms of depression and anxiety that goes along with it. I am also one of the rare wants that WANTS to gain weight. I am currently 8 lbs. shy of my current goal.

Getting through the depression is the worst struggle for me right now. Seems that lately I just don't have the "get up and go."

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I am going to try to start doing weekly measurements to see if I am making changes. I have started to see I am able to walk longer distances in a litter shorter time.

My energy has been through the roof. I am feeling amazing and really do enjoy doing the workouts.

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emoticon to the team, AMANDASLATHAM. I can hear your frustration. You are working the program and yet seeing no results. While it is easy to say, "Stick with it." It's very difficult to do. Your body is adapting to a big change in both your exercise and your food choices. In many ways, it is trying to figure out what is going on. Have you taken any measurements? Sometimes they begin to shrink, while the scales is refusing to budge. Likewise, how is your energy level? Has it increased? There are many ways to measure success.

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Hiya, I am new to posting here. Been battling Bi-polar for roughly 10 years now. I am seeing a pattern in the swings with my unhealthy lifestyle choices. I have recently been diganosed with diabetic and really need to get my act together to become healthy. I have been working hard for about 2 weeks now, and my weigh tis not changing, and I am not seeing much for results physical. My husband says he can tell see a difference, but Im almost positive he is saying it to make me feel better. I know it takes time to lose weight. I have been walking between 1-3 miles a day, and doing 15 min working during my lunches 3 days a week. I have completely re-worked my meals so that I am now on a low carb high protien diet. The new meal plan is super easy to stick to, and the workouts are fun and enjoyable. But I am starting to notice that because I am not seeing results I am started to feel down/upset and want to push my self even harder to walk farther or workout more often. I really worry this is not healthy to push myself so hard.

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Hi Newbie. Welcome, welcome, welcome.

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emoticon to the team, GODSGOODPLANS4U and emoticon on giving up smoking. What a grand accomplishment. As for this journey, take it slowly. Each and every healthy decision you make really does add up. After consulting with your doctor, set some small goals and track them. This will allow you to see both where you do well and where you struggle. Whatever you do, don't give up taking care of you both physically, but also mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

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Hello :) This is my first post on this page. Not the tech savvy type so I hope I'm on the right page! Not new to spark people --been with them off and on for over 2 years--but new to this page. Almost 8 years ago I left an unhealthy church community. I do not say this to give the church a bad rap. The church was a rarity, not common. I have been part of many churches since I was very small and I am almost 50, and most of the churches I've encountered have been full of big hearted although somewhat imperfect people. When I left this church, I was a smoker, and all my friends went there. I am happy to say I am no longer a smoker--God completely took away my desire. May 26th will be 7 years! But I do struggle with emotional eating related to lack of connection with healthy people. I don't just mean healthy physically but spiritually and emotionally. So I want to lose 22-25 lbs but more than that, I want to feel better. I have cramps in my legs and feet and in my hands and wrists. I know I need to eat better, rest better and start excercising. Any advice or support would be helpful! Thank you :)


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Welcome (Back) VMEZA89! emoticon

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Welcome to the team, Mewing71, Vmeza89, and QuadCMom! We are all here to support each other and stay motivated.

Mewing71, I understand first hand what it is like without insurance. I have found in most areas the city or county will have free and income based mental health services available through the local health department. I know it is hard to get the motivation to look for the help you need when you are already being pulled down by depression, but it is worth it to muster up the energy for it. You are worth it!



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emoticon VMEZA89. We're so glad you are back here on Spark. This site can help keep you motivated and supported during those dark days. Feel free to peruse and/or participate on any of our many threads. Staying connected really does make a difference. We are here for you on this journey to a healthier, happier you.

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hello I am not really new I have tried sparkpeople in the past and I got lost.. but I am back I am here to stay I need to make some really good and positive changes in my life.. so I am starting here thank

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Welcome QUADCMOM! I am new to this team too!

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Mrs_Toad. Thanks for the welcome. As far as speaking to my GP, well no insurance means I haven't seen one if those in a while either. I do stay very active with my church and have regular communication with my pastor...not as much about the depression, but definitely about much of the stress factors I have in my life. I look forward to being a part of this team.

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emoticon to the team, QUADCMOM. I'm so sorry that you have "lost" your motivation and your attention to the healthier achievements of the past. The good news is that this is YOUR year. Just like you did in 2009, start by setting a couple small, healthy goals and then track them on a daily basis. You know the drill. By setting small goals you will see progress AND be able to feel a sense of accomplishment even when the scales "fails" you. (You also might want to have a conversation about whether you have depression and see if there is anything they can do to help assist you.)

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I don't know if it's depression but I just don't feel like doing anything today. I have gained back 30 of the 75 pounds I lost in 2009 and I can't seem to get back on track to lose it. I am on Sparkpeople site every day but I'm not excited like I used to be. I want to get better.

Visit my team "Vacation / Travel Support Team

It's set up for people who need support while away from home, whether it business or pleasure.



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emoticon to the team, MEWING71. I'm so sorry you are struggling so badly with depression and that finances are making it even more difficult to get help. Have you reached out to a local pastor/priest? They will usually see you weekly for no fee. Likewise, your GP may be able to refer you to a clinic with a discounted sliding payment scale. In the meantime, lean on this team as much as you need. You are off to a great start on this journey to a healthier, happier you.

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Hi, I am new to SparkPeople. I just joined last week and while I was successful in losing 3lbs during week one, this week has been a struggle. I hesitated in joining a team to start with as I know I may not have the ability to utilize the forum as much as I might like; however, I realize at this point that I may very well need to reach out for help from time to time. I know the support of a team is a great place to start. I was treated for depression more than 25 years ago. Off and on over the years I have struggled, but have usually managed to stay afloat. Unfortunately, that has not been the case over the past several years. I do not have insurance and cannot afford to go to the doctor... so that avenue is currently not an option. I am trying focus on taking better care of myself, but life keeps happening and yes, I cry a lot. I want to be successful in my weight loss and attempt in improving my overall health and personal outlook, but I cannot help but be concerned that I could very well self destruct. I truly hope that by joining this team I will find encouragement as I see how each of you are overcoming similar challenges in your life. I also pray that I may son be able to serve as an encouragement to others as I move in a positive direction.

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emoticon to the team, BEETEACHABLE aka Faith. I'm so sorry to hear you are struggling. You certainly have a lot going on. Whatever you do, stay connected to your doctor/s and follow their advice. This journey is all about the long-run. Set small goals and as they become achievable, add on a couple of new ones. Remember to track your goals so that you can "see" your progress. You are NOT alone on this journey.

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emoticon to the team, HOOPTONS aka Serenity. You are so, so busy between your little ones, schooling and working nights. Despite this busyness, try to carve out a few minutes each day for exercise. Even 10 minute blocks can make a huge difference in both your health and your mood. In the meantime, if we can help you in any way, please feel free to ask.

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I thought that I had introduced myself to this team and joined it is on my page but anyways my name is faith. I have a lot of stress in my life in the past few months I think I am doing ok then boom in 5 minutes flat I feel like I am flat on my back again tonight is one of those so far I have just kept getting back up but tonight it seems as though it is to long of a trip. Everyday it is a new stresser with illness in the family and I am the caregiver I try to get all the rest that I can I see a therapist and a pyscatrist they have changed my meds around like I said though ok one minute then there are those days that this happens. I know it is a little bit anger a bit of self pity sadness ect. ect emoticon Faith

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Hello! My name is Serenity. I am looking to lose a good amount of weight. I did lose weight about three years ago, but my life has become about a hundred times busier since then. I have two kids under two, my oldest will be two in June. I go to school and I work overnights. I am working on adding exercise in when I can!

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emoticon DARE2DREAM75. I'm so sorry to hear about all your struggles. It's no wonder you are fighting depression. Health issues are bad enough alone much less coupled with career issues and relationships. The good news is that this is a very supportive team. If you haven't already check out any of our many threads. Feel free to join the conversations and ask for what you need. You are NOT alone.

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Hi! I spent some time on SparkPeople and lost a considerable amount of weight around 7 years ago, but life got in the way, and I've put a good amount of weight back on. I have some health issues including blood sugar issues, PCOS, and some weird as of yet undiagnosed autoimmune issues that make losing weight harder, and contribute to some depression. I am also a musician for my career, and have been struggling w/ tendonitis and carpal tunnel issues, which makes practicing my instrument regularly pretty much impossible. This is contributing to my depression as well. There are also some relationship issues coming into play. I basically consider myself an optimistic person, but I've really struggled lately, and could use some friends on this website since I don't really have any in real life that are very supportive of my weight loss effort. I look forward to getting to know some of you! :-)

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emoticon to the team, VICKYMISSOURI. I'm so sorry you are struggling with your weight, health issues and depression. Know you are NOT alone on this journey. First, and foremost, stay in touch with your doctor/s. They are a great source of information. Second, set small goals and then reward yourself for your successes. Finally, keep in touch with your Spark Teams. They will provide you with a lot of motivation and support.

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Trying to stay on the straight and narrow with Nutrisystem. I started it last Saturday, April 5. I'll know if I lost the "First Five" on Saturday when I weigh. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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emoticon to the team, NURSEJOY35. You are one busy woman. School, a 10 year old son, and life in general. Balance is something we are all striving for. You are in good company. You have taken the first step on this journey to a healthier, happier you. We are here to walk the walk with you each and every day. You are NEVER alone.

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emoticon to the team, DSCHULTE7. I'm so sorry to read of your loss. Grief, among other things, has such a large impact on one's life. On top of that, you have had so much going on. However, you are right. NOW is your time to gain control and find that healthier you. If there is anything we can do to help, please ask.

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Love your post!!! Relating to your words so much ... Good to know I'm not alone but trying to find that balance is insane and feels impossible sometimes.

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Good Morning!

Emotional eater - reporting for duty! Depression/Anxiety and I go wayyyy back.

I was at a healthy weight 8 years ago and so very happy. Then life happened. I have endured marital struggles, two miscarriages, another full term pregnancy, getting my bachelors and masters degrees (late night sugar and carbs to write papers), and supporting my son through five tumultuous years leading up to his bipolar diagnosis. Keeping my head above water was my goal, and taking care of myself fell to the back burner.

I turned 40 fifteen days ago and it's time to take the wheel back. To manage without food (and without alcohol), I'm:

Staying plugged in at church
Seeing a therapist every other week
Practicing daily meditation
Practicing yoga twice a week
Journaling (emotion and food)
Seeking social support

I commend you all for being here to support each other, and I look forward to getting to know you!

Namaste

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emoticon SPARKSEANSMOM. Now is YOUR time! Every small change you make will make a difference over the long-run. The first step you have already taken....You are HERE. If there's anything we can do to encourage you, please let us know. We are here for you.

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Hi, I'm back to SparkPeople after years away. I never did make much effort my first time around so nowhere to go but onward and upward. I am hitting my mid-forties and discovering that the weight is creeping on with my current habits so needing to make some changes. Depression has been my nemesis all my life.

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Thank you Mrs _Toad!

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emoticon to the team, VEG954. I'm so sorry to hear about all your health issues. You have been and are still struggling with a lot. It is no wonder that you are depressed. Have you spoken to your GP about your depression? It might be worth the call. In the meantime, know we are here to help you through this dark time. If you need a chuckle, check out our Joke Thread. If you want to vent some more, check out our Daily Thread. Whatever you decide, know you are not alone.

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Have been going thru one health issue after another and it is getting me down.
Have been in the hospital for costo chondritis, had foot surgery, dehydration several times, Meningitis, stomach surgery and the list goes on and on.
I am not depressed just discouraged.
Have several medical tests scheduled along with physical therapy.
There just seem to more problems than solutions.
Thank you for letting me vent.

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emoticon to the team, IAMWORTHIT1972. It is indeed about one healthy choice at a time. You've taken the first step. Now to stay motivated and on track. One way to do that is to set a couple of small goals and when you accomplish those, add another. For example, after you are able to successfully exercise your back, add drinking 8-oz of water daily. Then when you can do both of those, add another. Know you are not alone on this journey to a healthier you! You can and will succeed in becoming healthier and becoming a healthier role model for your kids.

Remember to work with your doctor as you undergo this journey. They are a wealth of information and can help you set applicable goals.

Edited by: MRS_TOAD at: 4/2/2015 (09:44)
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