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emoticon to the team, DANAMQ aka Dana. I'm so glad you took the time to introduce yourself to the team, I'm sorry to hear that you are struggling. The good news is that you have found a site that is known for its support and motivation. If you need anything at all, please feel free to ask. You are NOT alone on this journey to a healthier you.

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Welcome Anne and Dana!!! emoticon


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Hi DANAMQ,

just wanted to take a moment to welcome you to SparkPeople. I'm no big veteran, only been with the program for about 20 days, but those are 20 days that i feel better about myself.

I wish you luck during your time at SparkPeople. If you follow the plan, things seem to fall into place pretty easily. But, learning to get around the web-page is still a challenge for me.

Welcome again! Julie

Taking it one day at a time, one decision at a time and enjoying the journey to health.


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Hello everyone,

My name is Dana. I signed up for Sparkpeople a while back and just never used it. In that time I've succumb to my depression and lost control of myself. Now that I'm doing my best to make changes, I feel I should work on my rather strong social anxiety issues and introduce myself to people who can understand.

So...Hi!

I really look forward to getting to know everyone and try my best to be a support for others even if I can't be one for myself.


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4/18/14 8:31 A

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emoticon to the team, ANNEBLYTHE aka Anne. I'm so sorry to hear you are struggling and that medication has been all that helpful. Whatever you do, don't give up. Have you asked your doctor what other alternatives might work for you? Meanwhile, take this journey slowly so you don't get overwhelmed and don't forget to reward yourself when you meet each and every goal along the way. You can do this. You are NOT alone.

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4/18/14 5:14 A

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Hello and Welcome to the DwD team. emoticon

The Wolf Credo:"Respect the elders. Teach the young. Cooperate with the pack. Play when you can. Hunt when you must. Rest in between. Share your affections. Voice your feelings. Leave your mark.



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Thanks Ms. Toad. I'm spending a lot of time praying about the trust issue. Tonight, at the Tennenbrae service at my church, I felt like a heard God saying that I didn't have to trust anyone except him, and, in turn I could count on his unlimited store of love to give back to others. He has unlimited love to spread. I'm going to try to implement that.


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Hi everyone, I'm Anne. I struggle with bipolar depression and a lot of situational depression the past couple of years. I've not had much success with meds, goodness knows I've tried many. I just keep trying my best and plodding along with the lifestyle management stuff.

I'm not sure what else to add, other than I'm glad there's a group for us.




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4/17/14 8:43 A

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emoticon to the team, FIGERO. I'm so sorry to hear that you are struggling. My heart goes out to you. As you know from all your reading and degree, it takes time to learn to trust again. Start slowly with this site so you can begin making virtual friends and then try to stay connected with your Spark Friends. Over time, as you know, you will begin to discern who to trust and who not to. Know you are not alone in this battle, nor on this journey.

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I am 70, divorced for 10 years, and very active for someone who has had long term depression lasting more than 40+ years. Yes, I've tried every medication known to man, seemingly, and am currently on doctor prescribed meds. I am very social, involved in my church, involved in Ballroom Dancing, and Squaredancing. I volunteer (greeter, worship computer person, food bank, Vice President, Sunshine Lady, Insurance person for a nonprofit club). I have several long term friends, both couples and other single women. As you can see, I've read up on depression and am doing everything I can to get out of this thought problem.
My challenge now is that I have lost trust in my fellow man, which makes loving someone impossible. That tends to make me feel isolated even when, obviously, I'm not. Oh yes, I have had lots of counseling. In fact, my Masters is in Marriage and Family Counseling. I love to read and have read many books on codependency, boundaries, love languages, etc. All of this is useless if I retreat and shut my emotions down. I'm looking for something different that will help me connect and feel trust again.


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emoticon to the team, RKMARTINRN aka Rhonda. I'm so sorry to hear that life is so difficult for you at the moment. My heart goes out to you. The good news is that you have taken a great step toward finding that healthier you. This site is a great place to find support and motivation along the way. You are NOT alone on this journey.

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4/12/14 3:57 P

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Hi Ms. Rhonda, tis good to meet you. emoticon Welcome to DwD.

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Hi Rhonda! Welcome to SparkPeople! It sounds like this is a wonderful time in your life for a new beginning, new confidence, and old jeans! :-) I'm fairly new to the site as well but it seems like a really great community with lots of tools at our disposal. Looking forward to hearing more about your successes as you reach your goals.



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Hi my name is Rhonda I am 47 and an RN. Today is my first day on SparkPeople. I am struggling with multiple issues in my life right now. I want to feel good and look my best. Everyone has an idea of what that is for themselves. I have jeans in my closet that I want back into. When I can wear those jeans then I know I will have met the goal of looking my best. In order to get into those jeans I am going to have to exercise which is difficult due to a back surgery (the one year anniversary is tomorrow) but, "no pain, no gain"!! I am currently separated from my husband pending a divorce. Never an easy situation. I will take all the support I can get!! I live in Chesapeake, VA. Good luck to all of you in reaching your goals.

This is the first day of the rest of my life!

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"my beauty is a knowledge and understanding of who I am." - Pete Townshend

“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.” - Bruce Lee


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emoticon to Spark, LILYADELYNE aka Dru. As you know, Spark is a great place to find motivation and support. The fitness and nutrition trackers are your friends-- albeit too honest at times. emoticon Whatever you do, stay connect to your Spark Teams! You are not alone on this journey to a healthier you.

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4/10/14 4:10 P

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Welcome back!!


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Hey, I'm sort of new I guess. I keep coming back to Spark whenever I decide that I should actually do something about my weight LOL. It's been a year or two since I've been back though and some/a lot of things have changed since then so I'm introducing myself. I'm 27, engaged, and planning on a cruise so I'm a little more motivated now than I was. Now if I can just say no to carbs we're in business :P


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MRS_TOAD
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emoticon to the team, TRIQUETRA3 aka Clio. I'm so glad you found Spark and this team. You are off to a great start by acknowledging that you want to make rational decisions instead of emotional ones. If you haven't already, check out the fitness and nutrition trackers. They can be quite helpful on this journey to a healthier you.

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Hi Clio and emoticon to the Spark People and the Dealing with Depression team. You have definitely reached a group of people who share an understanding of depression and how debilitating that it can be. Please post often and ask any questions that you may have. With over a million members there are answers never very far away. We are really glad that you have decided to join us! Take care and God bless, Deb

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance - Samuel Johnson


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Hi Clio, Welcome! emoticon


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Welcome to the team emoticon


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Hi, I'm Clio and fairly new to all of this. I'm in my early thirties, never married and never kid-ified (but my creative writing degree means I occasionally verb nouns and take other liberties). I've struggled with depression and some other issues for a while, which of course wrecks havoc with my health. I'm not really sure what else to share, but I'm looking forward to meeting some new people!



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welcome :) emoticon


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Thank you everyone :)

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Storm welcome to the team sounds like you made some great new changes just remember to focus on yourself create goal that good for you. If the fighting is bad if you can go for a walk so you don't have to hear it.

You can do this
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emoticon to the team, ORANGESTORM aka Storm. I'm so sorry to hear that your living situation is so chaotic at times. It certainly does affect our emotions when those around us are arguing and fighting. You have taken a huge step towards finding that healthier you despite what's going on around you. Tracking your food and exercise is a great tool. It really can be a reality check. In the meantime, stay connected to your Spark Teams. They will be a source of motivation and support.

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Hi Storm and emoticon to the Spark People and the Dealing with Depression team. I'm sorry that you are having such a hard time at home right now. I don't like being around angry, screaming people either. It really sucks the life right out of me and it is so nonproductive. You have come to the right place for support and encouragement. The nutrition tracker sounds as if it will become your new best friend. It is the most accurate way that you can log your" calories in" and keep track of your dietary needs. I hope that you can use all the tools on site to achieve your goals. Post often. It is only through posting that we can help you along the way. I look forward to hearing more from you on the threads and in the forums. It is wonderful to have you with us on this journey. Take care and God bless, Deb

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Welcome Storm. I hope things get better for you
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Hi, I'm Storm. This past month has been pretty bad for me. My living situation kind of sucks. I get really anxious and nervous around yelling, angry people. I live with my sister who fights with her boyfriend every few weeks. After the last huge fight they had, I got really down and only left my room to go to work and to hang out with my boyfriend.

I joined so I can track what I'm eating. When I get down (like I was the week after their fight) I just don't eat very much. On the other hand when I'm in a normal mood I eat more than necessary. I'm trying regulate my eating and my weight.


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Hi Elle and emoticon to the Spark People and the Dealing with Depression team! I too suffered a long time with serious agoraphobia. Counseling, therapy and medication have helped to work wonders with my disorder, so now I am not nearly so home bound. I still don't like to be around crowds, but I can get out and go shopping or run errands by myself these days. Are you on any kind of medications or in therapy? It's wonderful that you have a good support group within your family. This team is great at providing support and encouragement too. Take your time looking around the site at all there is here for you. Small steps in the beginning will translate into big changes on down the road. Post often. We listen and we care. Share as much or as little as you like. There is no pressure here. We are really glad that you have decided to join us!! I look forward to reading more of your posts. Take care and God bless, Deb

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emoticon to the team, CHIPPYXD aka Elle. I'm so sorry to hear you are struggling with your anxiety and depression. What a difficult spot for you! Thankfully you have found a great source of motivation and support here on Spark. Remember to take this journey slowly so you don't get overwhelmed. You are NOT alone on this journey.

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emoticon Elle! You have joined a great team. You will find support and motivation here. I joined in December 2013 but didn't get serious until recently. I read a lot of the posts from my teams and I respond to those that I can. I talk more to some teams than others. You will find those that you are more comfortable in. This has helped me in a big way with staying on track!

Hope to hear more from you!

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Welcome Elle emoticon

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Hello! I'm new to the board. My name is Edee but you can call me Elle or Chippy, I am 25, almost 26, years old. I've struggled with depression and anxiety since 2006 and my anxiety had gotten worse over the years to the point of being unable to leave the house. I've gotten a little better with the help of my family. I'm hoping I'll get better by becoming healthier and hope some new cyber friends will keep me motivated to losing my 90+ pounds! emoticon


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emoticon to the team, KRISTINGARY13 aka Kristin. How busy you must be with a young toddler! Hopefully you can carve out a bit of your day to find support and motivation on this site. We truly do care and hope you know that you are NOT alone.

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Hi Kristin! Best of luck to you!!!


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Hi Kristingary13 and WELCOME to the Spark People and the Dealing with Depression team. This is a really good place to come for friendship and support. We are all in this together. I hope to see you sharing often, so that we can encourage you along the way. Becoming more fit will definitely help with your depression and to help regulate your mood. Exercise is great for the mind, body and soul. As you adopt a healthier lifestyle you will notice differences in your complexion, hair and body. The journey can be exciting especially when shared. We listen and we care. It is wonderful to have you with us on this journey! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon emoticon

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Hi KRISTINGARY13 emoticon You will get tons of support and motivation in this team. We have about the same amount of weight to lose. I am also new and it's great that you want to talk to people here. I think that was one of my mistakes when I joined in December 2013. I didn't think that talking with other members would make that much of a difference, but IT DOES! It keeps you going and gives you motivation to stay on the right track.

I hope to hear lots more from you!

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Good Morning! I am new to the board. My name is Kristin, I am 24 years old. Mother of a one year old son. Married for 4 years. I have struggled with depression and anxiety since 2004. I am hoping my overall mood will become better by getting healthier. I am a HUGE emotional eater. I hope to make some new cyber friends to help and help me lose my 90 pounds! emoticon


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Welcome emoticon emoticon

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emoticon to the team, CMORIELGO. I'm so glad you found this site and have joined this team. We are a huge team and very active. This team is a great place to find inspiration, motivation and support. If you haven't already, check out our Daily Thread and our Joke Thread; the first is very active and the second, a great place to find a laugh or two.

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Welcome,

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emoticon to Spark, BHIGGINS46 aka Brooke. I'm so sorry to hear you are struggling after a hard break up. My heart goes out to you. Feel free to lean on your Spark Teammates during this difficult time. We do care and are here to help you succeed in finding that healthier you.

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A gracious welcome to all, SP is great & such great support with all who has either worked through or is working through similar situations.
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Hi Brooke and emoticon back! I'm sorry to hear of your break up. Getting back into doing good things for you seems like a really great idea. I'm just back from a five month absence myself. Take it slowly and you will gradually get to where you want to go. Be sure to check in often so that we can offer our support and encourage you along the way. It is wonderful to have you with us on this journey. Take care and God bless, Deb

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Hi Brooke! emoticon Glad you found your way back to SP! I joined in December and made a few attempts but just didn't last. Finally, a week ago, I gave it another try and I'm doing pretty good. I've stayed on track with food. Now I have to get a regular exercise schedule. I'm sure you will do it! I stay in touch with one team more than others and I know it is helping me. You will get there!

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Hello All.

I'm not new to SparkPeople, but I've been gone for a while. I'm back because I'm bigger than ever AND I just went through a terrible break up. I'm struggling really hard not to sink back into depression. Diet and exercise seems like it may be just the thing. :)

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emoticon to the team, SPINSTER321. Your goal is not that far away even if it seems it. Stay connected to your SparkTeams, utilize the fitness and nutrition trackers and most importantly, enjoy the journey to a healthier you! We are here for you.

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Howdy ma'am, and a warm Welcome. emoticon

The Wolf Credo:"Respect the elders. Teach the young. Cooperate with the pack. Play when you can. Hunt when you must. Rest in between. Share your affections. Voice your feelings. Leave your mark.



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Hi Spinster321 and emoticon to the team! You've come to the right place for motivation and support while pursuing your fitness goals. I am recently back from a five month absence, with 20 pounds to lose. It will be fun sharing our goals and encouraging each other along the way. This is a great team to connect with regarding depressive episodes. There is so much experience and so many knowledgeable teammates that are out there for you to draw upon. I hope that you enjoy the journey as much as I do. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon emoticon

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3/30/14 7:46 P

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Got it, thank you.

Little by little, step by step, day by day.


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3/30/14 7:36 P

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Hi Spinster123 - I sent you a message. I'm pretty sure that when you create your SparkPage, it asks you what you want your ticker to show - fitness minutes, weight, pounds lost . . .


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Thank you.

P.S. How can I get a weight tracker to show up on my posts?

Little by little, step by step, day by day.


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3/30/14 7:11 P

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Hi Everyone. emoticon Spinster123! You've come to the right place! I feel better when I stick to my nutrition tracking and exercise. I'm sure you will, too!

I hope to hear more from you. Everybody's posts help me in some way, every day, whether they are newbies or oldies to SP.

Have a good night!

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Hello. Joined today. Looking to lose 51 pounds. Hopefully this will help with that and alleviating depressive symptoms. Thanks.

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Hi Pennyct, I am excited to be returning to the team. I am sure that you will see me out and about on the threads. I love to welcome new members and I participate in the conversational as well. I'm serious about losing this extra weight. There is always hope for both of us. I was successful before and I see no reason why if I begin again slowly, I can't lose the weight as I have before. It will be fun sharing the journey with you. Thank you for your condolences. It is much appreciated. I look forward to seeing you in the forums.

Carpetcrawler, I love your name. It reminds me of play with my grandchildren, whom I am watching for their parents today. Thank you for your kind words as well. I sincerely appreciate the thoughtfulness.

Mrs. Toad, I know that you know how close my father and I were to one another, so again I appreciate the kindness. The grieving process is slow right now, but I am in therapy for both the grief and the bipolar condition. I was smart enough to know when I was completely overwhelmed and got to help in a timely fashion. I know that I have friends here, like you who completely understand and I can lean on in time of need. Thank you for being there. I am really happy to be back.

Thank you all again. Take care and God bless, Deb


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emoticon DEBTEVELDAHL aka Deb. I'm so sorry to hear that your absence was due in part to the loss of your father! My heart goes out to you as you continue to grieve. I hope the next few months bring you healing and peace.
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Welcome Deb! Glad you are back. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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3/29/14 11:41 A

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Hi Deb! emoticon I've been playing with the SP website since December and have made a few attempts to eat healthily over the months. I've finally been serious for the past week and have built up some hope. I too, have depression. I've tried the medications and most of them do make you gain weight.

I'm sorry you lost your father. Nothing hurts more than to lose a loved one. Thank God you have your grandchildren. What happiness they must bring you!

I hope to hear from you in the future. You already know that you've come to the right place.

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Hi I'm Deb and I'm back after an extended absence of five months. During that time I lost the use of my computer, the primary reason for my silence. I lost my father, to whom I was very, very close. I went into a bipolar tailspin which ended in a brief hospitalization. The past few months have been some of the hardest in my life, but I am now feeling stronger than ever. I am retired and grandmother to two boys, one 5 and one 2. I look forward to reconnecting to this team, my spark friends and making new spark friends as I struggle to lose the 20 pounds I have gained. Most of the weight is due to medication changes and just plain not caring. It is great to be back and I hope to get to know everyone again. Thank you. Take care and God bless, Deb

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3/29/14 9:58 A

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emoticon Carpetcrawler,

You have joined a great team! I'm happy you're here. Stick with us!

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“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
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emoticon to the team, CARPETCRAWLER aka Carolyn. I'm so sorry to hear you are struggling. Know you are not alone during this difficult time. If there is anything we can do, please ask. We are here for you.

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emoticon to the team, JACQUELINEMELO aka Jacqueline. You have joined a site and team that are known for its support and motivation. If you need anything at all, all you have to do is ask. We are here for you on your good days and bad alike.

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Welcome JACQUELINEMELO! You'll find plenty of support here.

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My name is Carolyn. I'm 47 years old and suffer from depression and borderline personality disorder. Been living on Social Security Disability but went back to work part-time in January. I've been having a hard time with an eating disorder. Have to work all weekend, it's a good job but stress sometimes gets to me.

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3/28/14 5:44 P

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emoticon I feel the same way sometimes. Every day that goes by and I'm sticking to healthy eating makes me stronger and I start to feel differently about myself. Every time I exercise I feel stronger. You are going to do great! Stick with us!

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“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
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Hi, I'm Jacqueline, I'm 22 and I'm here because weight has never been a problem for me. The thing is, when I turned 20, my whole body changed and so did my life. As of now, I feel like a failure in almost all aspects of my life... I think that if I master my body and my food cravings, I'll trust myself a little more... Thank you all! :D



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Thank you all for your welcome here. emoticon



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emoticon Tania! Are you sure you're not me? I have dealt with depression most of my life and the emotional eating that goes with it. My weight has been a yo-yo. I also have hypothyroidism that wasn't diagnosed until I was 40. And even then, I had to tell the doctor to check me for it. I swear, sometimes you have to point them in the right direction. They just don't take you seriously when you tell them you are tired and have no energy.

Anyway, I have one of those people that try to make my life miserable in that non-supportive way. Be stronger than him. Every day I make it through with the right eating choices I feel stronger. When I exercise, I feel stronger. You will too, I'm sure. I'm happy you have your mom and sister. Keep your supportive people close to you.

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emoticon to the team, TITATOTA aka Tania. You, like Pam, have already set some healthy goals and have started implementing them. Well done! I'm so glad to hear you have a number of persons in your support system. They will be quite an asset when life implodes on you. Don't forget to lean on them as well as your Spark Teams.

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emoticon to the team, SENSORYFOODIE aka Pam. You are off to a great start on this journey to a healthier you! You have already set some healthy and manageable goals, as well as, started using the trackers! Way to go! If you need anything, please feel free to ask. We are here for you.

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Hi, my name is Tania and I am 32 years old. My weight has been a problem for me a long time, I just can't seem to get it under control. I goals are to get to a healthy weight and to stay in control of it. This time around I have the support of my mother, sister and Sparkpeople. I am dealing with Hypothyroidism, depression and my husband is not supportive. I have already started some life changing goals, I walk to work every morning and back in the afternoon. I have taken up Rollerblading, joined a gym and I play basketball with my kids. I am scared of failing again and proving my husband right. I really pray for success and staying motivated. emoticon



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Thank you, Penny! Good luck and keep working it. Exercise definitely is a mood lifter, so get out there if you can and walk. It helps to have a pet like mine who needs it, so that's my excuse. I also have really enjoyed the "map route" function, which has helped me track a 1.8 mile walk to the next main road and back, so I take it pretty much daily, or vary my trail but at least go somewhere, for a good period of time. At least 20 minutes. I am not being hard on myself but I do understand the importance of setting and following goals. The map router shows you your calories burned according to the distance walked and keeps track of this route for you. I love it!

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Hi Pam! emoticonI'm happy that you found this team. Everything about SP seems so positive and helpful. Even reading what you posted has helped me today. It tells me that there are others out there that are going through this battle - not only depression but the desire to change their lifestyle or maintain it. There is also an Emotional Eaters group in case you are interested.

Like you, I have tried medication. It DID work for me but I got sick and tired of the side effects. Depression medications made me eat and/or crave EVERYTHING. I gained 60 lbs. in my 20's by trying them. That is just the effect they had on me. I believe that healthy eating and exercise can help clinical depression. I feel a lot better even after a few days of tracking my nutrition. I haven't exercised much but will begin to when it gets warmer.

I hope that you keep in touch and that SP helps you as it is helping me.

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Hello All:

I am Pam (SensoryFoodie) and I belong in this group as I have suffered from mild depression all of my life and have also been an emotional eater since my teens, much like Penny.

My biggest goal is to look at myself differently while taking this journey and keeping it positive. I'm already having fun tracking calories and nutrition, as SP makes it so personal for you.
Another goal is to use exercise to counter depression and to make sure that my cardio (walking) makes me breathe deeply. Research shows that exercise does treat mild depression while meds treat clinical depression. I myself am on Lexapro for anxiety to adjust to a move to a different state and I am staying on it as it needs to be in your body for a while (I am not giving out nor recommending any advice on meds here, just explaining myself), but I notice that when I walk long and hard, I feel quiet and good the rest of the day. So that's pretty much it. I'm a whole lot more, but that is the most important stuff for you to know. Thank you for being here. emoticon



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emoticon to the team, GORDON66 aka Leslie. I'm so glad you found this site and this team. Spark is a great place to find motivation and support. Try to stay connected to your teammates. They can be a great resource. In the meantime, set a couple small goals and work toward them. It is important not to get overwhelmed so take it slow and steady and know we are here for you.

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emoticon to the team, MOMINSCRUBSRN aka Ashley. How busy you must be as a single mom of a 8 month old working nights! Despite your busyness, now is your time. Remember, each and every healthy decision you make really does make a difference. The fitness and nutrition trackers can be a valuable tool for you. You are NOT alone on this journey. We are here for you.

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Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance. ~ unknown

Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain. ~ unknown


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PENNYCT
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3/24/14 2:59 P

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Hi Leslie! I'm new to this group and I have been depressed for most of my life, too. I've heard the words "clinical depression" more times than I can count. I was a tiny kid - the depression came from things that were out of my control. The emotional eating didn't start until I hit my teens and the weight came on. I've been a yo-yo on the scale ever since.

I never found a place where I can "comfortably" talk until I joined SparkPeople. I hope that you will feel the same way. There aren't any OE meetings where I live and I honestly don't think I would go. I don't like groups.

Weight is part of my depression as well and I find help to talk about my feelings with all of you. Everyone is here for you.

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Edited by: PENNYCT at: 3/24/2014 (14:59)
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture





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3/24/14 2:32 P

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My name is Leslie, and I've been told I've probably been mildly depressed for most of my life. Since I'm 65, that's a long time. This might have something to do with the fact that I've been obese for as long as I remember. When I was in second grade, I weighed 90 pounds, and that's not a pleasant memory.


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MOMINSCRUBSRN
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3/24/14 12:11 P

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Hey everyone! My name is Ashley. I'm a might as well be single mom of a beautiful 8 month old baby girl. I work as a nursing supervisor (at night blahh). I'm out to change my life for the better.

Ashes the mom in scrubs, Darlington, SC
3/24/14 Today is the first day of the rest of my life


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3/23/14 10:06 A

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Hi Mrs. Toad,
Thanks for welcoming me to the group, and for your positive encouragement. Kate

A happy heart is engaged in life.


 
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