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emoticon FINDING_ME85 and emoticon to SparkPeople and the team...Nice to have you with us on the journey to a healthier lifestyle.

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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Good morning Crissy, sorry I screwed up and missed your post yesterday, and so sorry to hear about your PTSD. I so strongly believe that daily exercise, outside, just the way SparkPeople teaches will help you so much that I would guarantee it if I only could. I also believe in following their nutritious eating plan, tracking everything you eat, then at the end of the day, clicking on the "nutrition" button to see how you are stacking up on getting all the nutrition you need.

I immediately saw that even at my best, I was never getting anywhere near all the nutrition I need. I don't know how I survived. I went in for a battery of tests and I was malnourished on just about every vitamin and mineral. Lol. So I'm struggling to get my nutrition up. In addition to eating right, I believe in supplementation, particularly if a person is eating to lose weight or has a large body, like I do.

Also, as a depressive, one of the first things I did, was go to SparkPeople's search engine and look up "increase dopamine" or "increase seratonine" which are chemicals our brains excrete to control whether we are happy or sad. The first information I found there was very helpful, and there is a ton of info that is helpful.

We're here for you. You can PM me anytime you need a friend.

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emoticon to the team, WILSONC8 and emoticon ! We are all worth it and those voices that tell us otherwise are misguided! You might have a long journey, but know we are right there beside you for every step. This is a marathon and not a sprint so there may be derailments and delays, but the race continues just as soon as you lace your shoes and take that first step. You can do it!

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emoticon to the team, GINGB1985 aka Gin and emoticon on your 10 lb loss. What a great start to on your journey to a healthier you. I so admire your decision to get healthier for you and your family. You have a lot on your plate. Know that this team is a great place to lean your head on those darker days. Feel free to ask for what you need. We are here for you.

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2/20/17 9:21 A

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emoticon to the team, FINDING_ME85 aka Crissy. I'm so glad you found this team and that you took the time to post. We all have difficult days and seasons in our lives. It is the support we find around us that so often gives us courage and strength. If you haven't already, you might want to discuss with your doctor the depth of your depression. He/She should know about your depression and this journey you are taking to lose weight and find that healthier you. Whatever you decide, know you are NOT alone on this journey.

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2/20/17 3:08 A

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Hi Gin:
Depression is very hard to overcome, but you can. I call depression my inner critic. I tells me that I am not good enough or not worth it. This is not true! We are worth it. It is time for us to resist this destructive voice. I am still healing and have a long journey ahead. I am so thankful, that they have this challenge, that we can learn, manage, and get support from this forum. emoticon

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2/19/17 11:03 P

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Welcome Gin, you'll find support here. We're all on your side. Let's make a pact. You never try to end it again without talking it over with a professional first, and I won't either. Feel free to message me anytime. I'm old enough to be your Dad, but that could be good. I have many friends who are both twenty to thirty years older and younger than me. We just have interests or similarities in common. The funny thing is, most of my older friends are business owners who look to me for advice, while younger ones like to hang out and play games. Lol. It's funny because I am no longer capable of running a business, and live off of Social Security. Lol. But you'd think it would be the other way around.

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Hello my name is Gin and I'm 32. I've been married now to a wonderful man for almost 2 years. Between us we have 5 children (16 and 17 year old boys and 11, 7 and 6 year old girls). I have been battling depression since i was a teenager and have tried to end things several times. I am now in the care of someone and takimg medicine that helps. I am lookimg for support and motivation as i try to live a healthier life for my family. They deserve a wife and mother that i know i can be.

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2/19/17 8:24 P

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Hello! My name is Crissy and I'm 32 years old. I've been married to my husband for 12 years and we've been blessed with 2 children (12 year old son, 4 year old daughter).
Several months ago, I was hit with a very emotional situation and since then, I've been dealing with depression along with PTSD. There are days when I feel like I'm not going to make it. There are days when I don't even want to get out of bed. Lord, forgive me, but there's even been times when I've wondered about just leaving.
I've been told that a healthy lifestyle will help me battle this demon called depression and that's why I'm here. I'm here so that I can look this demon in the face and knock him completely on his butt. I refuse to allow depression to keep its hold over my life. I'll defeat him because there is no other choice.

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2/19/17 1:28 P

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By the way I love your byline quotes. I'll try to commit them to memory.

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2/19/17 10:37 A

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To "join" a thread, you simply add a post on which every thread you are interested in and then you have "joined". Depending on whether you have checked the "I want an email to be sent to me" box, you may get an email whenever there is a new post to that particular thread.

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2/18/17 11:43 A

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Thanks Mrs. Toad. Don't know what you mean by "joining" a thread, but I'll figure it out.

Rather than flavor, store chains choose strawberry varieties for resell that give fairly uniform color and size of berries. That's part of the reason you'll never see Oregon's Hood variety in stores, also because they mold in 24-48 hours. But shoppers won't buy the smaller berries or the ones with a green spot, so merchants can't sell a variety that isn't large and uniform, even if it tastes heavenly, because customers erroneously think that big uniform berries are better. If customers would all sample the smallest strawberry in the store, and buy on taste, then the stores would sell the best tasting strawberries and farmers would grow varieties that taste the best and horticulturalists would stop trying to breed or hybridize huge, perfect looking strawberries, and start trying to make us the best tasting ones instead. For at least 50 years they've been breeding us worse tasting strawberries in an effort to give us uniform ones. That's true of most fruits and veggies. Without chemicals, I can grow produce in my own back yard that (proven) has 4 times the nutrition of anything you can buy in the store, organic section, farmer's market, co-op or anywhere else, and along with nutrition comes better flavor.(Sorry, I was once a produce manager, besides growing up on a farm in a farming community where strawberries were a prime crop. I know more than I should about it. lol.)

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emoticon to the team, JIMWOLVERTON. Like you, I love fresh strawberries that you pick yourself. If only they tasted as good when you get them at the store! Anyway, iff you haven't already, feel free to join any of the Team threads. It's a great place to vent, chat, and find support or motivation.

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2/15/17 9:55 P

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Hi David, I'm almost sort of new. I've been active six weeks, but this is my first post here, I think. I'm bipolar. So I know what sudden depression is all about, but mine can last a few hours or a few months at a time and just starts out of the blue for no reason. However, it's usually preceded by a bout of mania of some kind or other. So I kind of have an idea it might be coming. Mania is a really sick feeling most of the time too. It's like you know you're about to do something horribly wrong, but you can't stop yourself.

I can diet well, exercise and all that to lose weight successfully, but when a bout of mania or depression hits me, it all goes out the window. So I know what you are talking about, only, maybe times four. Lol.

Anyway, I just wanted to welcome you and I thought that maybe we could friend each other and help each other along. I'm a pretty good person to lean on, and I need to lose 250 pounds so I plan on being here for a long time. What do you say?

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emoticon to all our new members ... emoticon to SparkPeople and the team. It's nice to have you all with us on the journey to a healthier lifestyle.

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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Usually when you're having an emotional crisis with no apparent cause, you call your best friend. But what do you do when your best friend is having an even bigger crisis, and her cause is very apparent? Fortunately, I had a bit of a cry, which cleaned out enough of those nasty chemicals to allow me to be supportive of her when she called me. And I was able to go to karaoke last night for the first time since at least November.

It's past time!


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emoticon to the team, WIZKEY aka Teressa. This is Team is a great place to exchange hints on how to deal with those dark days associated with depression. If you haven't already, feel free to jump in on any of our many threads. Know that you are NOT alone on this journey to a healthier, happier you. Not only is your DH with you, but this Team is here to help you stay focused.
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Hi, I am so relieved to have found this team. I have been struggling with depression for the past few months. I believe it is a combination of a drastic life change and perimenopause. Looking for some natural ways to heal, since I currently have no insurance. Also hoping to find people to talk to when things feel especially dark.

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emoticon to the team, JUSTLIKEMELLIE8. I hope you find the motivation and support you are looking for as you journey toward that healthier you. Remember, this is a marathon and not a sprint, so set small healthy goals and reward yourself when you meet them.

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1/30/17 8:14 A

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Welcome to the team everyone :)

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1/25/17 10:58 A

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emoticon to the team and a huge emoticon on your recent marriage, BECKYSUELEITCH7. I'm so sorry to hear about your recent injury to your ankle. Hopefully, when you are release by your doctor you can again start gently exercising. Being laid up with an injury can be so difficult and the rehab after, so slow. Remember, you CAN and WILL succeed and meet your goals.

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emoticon to the team, SYLVIA37. I'm so glad you found this site and the Team. There is a lot of information here so try not to get overwhelmed. Take it slowly and track your food and exercise in their respective Trackers. This will help you find the areas that are difficult for you and help you set up a plan for success. Also remember to keep your doctors in the loop as they can be a great source of help.

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emoticon to the team, LOSINGFAITH1967 aka David. I'm so sorry that you have had such a difficult time. The good news is this site is a great place to find support and motivation. Feel free to join us on any of our threads. In the meantime, remember that finding our healthier self is not a sprint, but is a lifelong marathon. In this case, the tortoise beats the hare with persistence and dedication. And is any marathon, you are NOT alone.

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emoticon to the team, LADYAHOLMES and congratulations on walking for an hour with your pups yesterday. Every healthy decision we make will help us meet our goals. Know you are not alone on this journey as can be seen on the number of threads on the Team. Feel free to jump right into the conversations there. It's a great place to find motivation.

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Hello group, I am new here, too! I just joined today looking to make new friends who are like minded in doing something healthy! I broke my ankle this last August and it was the toughest thing I have ever endured mentally... um, yea... not to mention the physical pain. I have been depressed on and off most of my life since teenage years (shhh, I am turning the big four oh this year!). I have 2 sons, 19 and 17, and just got married earlier this month!


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Hi I am new to the team. I was blundering around exploring this site, but I am so glad I found it! I have been suffering from depression for years. I am once again struggling out of the pit. I have some exciting (to me) plans. I have given up on getting help for my health, so am planning to take responsibility and do it myself. Therefore the changes to my diet and exercise.

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Hi my name is David. I join 4 days ago trying to find me. I've been depress for almost 32 years now. First was the death of my mom and also 2 fail marriages. So im trying to better myself because of being depress for so long I've top out at 284 I got down to 256 and I'm back at 270 now. I'm hoping to get back in doing good with health and fitness. I have a hard time sticking to it.

Any help or advice would be nice and thank you.

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Allow me to be the first to welcome a fellow "Lady" to the fold! Wow, four years is awfully fast to gain 100 pounds. Were you on some kind of medication? Corticosteroids caused me to gain 30 pounds in just a few months, on two separate occasions. That's why I'm here now. And we're all here for each other.

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Hi, I'm New!
Just joined Spark in the past week, and found this team today.
I am 29, and have both depression and anxiety. I got married 4 years ago, and in that 4 years have gained 100 lbs.
I am looking to get back to my pre-marriage weight, feel better, be able to manage my illnesses better, and have a better relationship with my husband because of it.

Every minute is a new minute,
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Every day is a new day,
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Every month is a new month,
Every year is a new year,
Every moment is a new start.


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emoticon to both Spark and the team, LOVING_ME85. If you lose a pound a week by the end of 2017 you will have met your goal! This is both an attainable and realistic goal. Think of all the bad habits that will have been replaced by healthier ones! Don't forget to track your goals and reward yourself along the way. This will help you stay focused when you get discouraged. Whatever you decide, we are here for you.

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Hello everyone! This is my first day and I'm so excited to begin this new healthy living journey! I'm hoping to lose roughly 50 lbs and simply begin to LIVE healthy! I can't wait to get to know all of you and see what we all can accomplish!

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emoticon to the team, LADYMOONSTONE. We're so glad you stopped in to introduce yourself. And emoticon a wee bit early! If there is anything we can do to help you on this journey to a healthier you, please let us know. You are NOT alone on this journey.

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I hear ya! I've suffered from depression my ENTIRE life, but only recently started struggling with my weight, thanks to corticosteroids. I'm here for you!

[ETA: I was speaking to BUNCHA.]

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Hi, everyone! Another newbie here. I just started the program last Thursday, so I haven't charted any progress yet. Shooting for firm muscles and a smaller waist, with the "side effect" of losing around 30 pounds. emoticon

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emoticon to the team, JULIELM1. You are off to a great start in this New Year.

It sounds like you may be changing your diet as well as your exercise/yoga routine. I'm confident that these changes will help you reach your goals. As for practicing yoga at home, I make a date with myself on my busy calendar. Setting a time slot on my calendar helps me maintain my yoga schedule. Likewise, I vary my routine to keep it interesting. Sometimes I use a DVD and at others, I use my Free On Demand section from my Cable Company to find new yoga routines.

Whatever you decide, remember that we are here to help you stay motivated. Feel free to jump in on any of our many threads.

(Just a reminder to anyone reading this post. Always consult a doctor before changing the dosage on your medication.)

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emoticon to the team, BUNCHA14 and to the New Year! What a great decision you have made to start taking control of your health and happiness. This journey takes time, dedication and a whole lot of patience. Make small changes across time so that you can replace those unhealthy choices with healthier ones and NOT get burned out. Know you are NOT alone on this journey. We are here to help you succeed.

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Hi,

And Happy New Year to everyone.

Finally, I am feeling motivated to make positive lifestyle and diet changes to improve my overall health and wellbeing, after 2 years on medication for depression ( which also included anxiety medication for one and a half years). I am vegetarian, and now considering a vegan diet, so if any of you have any interesting information to share regarding a healthy vegan diet, I would love to hear.

I have followed a mostly healthy diet for the biggest part of my adult life but, gained weight ( an extra 30lbs +) whilst taking the medication. I am currently reducing the medication, and have noticed that my weight is fluctuating regularly during this process. I aim to be medication free by the end of March 2017!! For that, I'd like to build up towards a "clean diet". During this period of illness, I have researched and discovered how certain foods can worsen conditions like anxiety and depression.

Normally, I walk most days, and I am looking forward to returning to 2 yoga sessions per week after a 3 month break due to an injury.

I would love to hear how people motivate themselves to practice yoga at home, and how you vary outdoor walks to keep the motivation levels up.


So excited to have joined, and really looking forward to discovering more about my diet and where I have to make improvements with food awareness!!


Julie:-)

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Hello, I'm new to Spark and this forum. I have struggled with depression and weight my entire adult life, (about 25 years), so I guess I am in the right place!

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emoticon to the tea\m, BOSTONDOGMOM aka Donna. You are off to a great start in finding that healthier, happier you. And what a great example you are setting for your dear daughter. This team is a great place to find support and motivation. Feel free to join us on any of our many threads. We look forward to getting to know you.

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I'm Donna and I just turned 40. I have a 10 year old wonderful daughter, 3 Boston Terriers, and a 26 year old husband. I am a stay at home wife/mom and coupon addict! I have a great life, but major health issues and being away from the corporate world is really hard on me. I am lucky to have a supportive family. I weigh about 162lbs and I am looking to loose 40lbs this year hopefully. Due to my health issues it will take me longer to get there, but I don't give up EVER.

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emoticon and emoticon SILVERRAVEN82 / emoticon FREEANGEL3 to SparkPeople and the team...Nice to have you both with us on the journey to a healthier lifestyle.

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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emoticon to the team, SILVERRAVEN83 aka Kelly and emoticon on baby #3. What an exciting time for you and your entire family. You are setting such a great example for your son and daughter. They are "little sponges" that soak up what they see and hear so every healthy choice will reflect in them. By all means, know that we are here, as well as your DH, to help you stay focused and motivated.

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emoticon FREEANGEL3. We're so glad you are back and working toward that stronger, healthier and happier you. The key is to never give up even if you have a period of complacency. Remember to start small and work yourself back into the program so you don't get burned out.

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Hey Ya'll.

I'm Kelly, 33, mom of three beautiful children. I'm married to the love of my life (7 years and counting). I work full time in the mental health field as a case manager. I have struggled with anxiety and depression most of my life but just recently began seeking treatment for it. I'm currently trying to manage without medication due to having a new baby and nursing. So far I'm doing alright but there are definitely days where I feel the blues rear their ugly heads.. I do pretty good keeping it in check though and when I don't I have my hubby to help me stay focused.

I'm looking to start living a healthier lifestyle, making better food choices, and getting more exercise (once I'm cleared by my doctor) as a means of improving my over all mood. I'm excited to start this journey :)

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Greetings all!
Years ago I used SparkPeople and had a several year hiatus however, I am back and happy to be a part of this group. I think those of us suffering with depression need all of the support possible. I look forward to getting to know some new people.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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5th Mini Goal - 180 lbs (25% body weight loss)

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emoticon to all new members!!

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emoticon --DEBY-- and emoticon to SP's DwD Team...Nice to have you with us again on the journey to a healthier lifestyle.

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

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emoticon to both Spark and the Team, --DEBY-- aka Deby. According to your SparkPage, you were so successful in your journey to a happier, healthier you that I have great confidence that you will succeed again this time. Please feel free to let us know what you need. We are here to help you succeed in reaching your goals.

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emoticon hello

My name is Deby...

I was on the team a long time ago... I am back...

~*~ LOVE ~&~ BLESSings ~*~ ALLways ~*~Deby~*~

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emoticon JAVNMICH1969 and emoticon Aboard to SP's DwD Team...Nice to have you with us on the journey to a healthier lifestyle.

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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emoticon to the team, JAVNMICH1969. Thank you so much for stopping in and introducing yourself. Even though you are dealing with a lot, how wonderful that you have found the correct doctors/medications to deal with your medical issues. That's such a great help. (I'm so sorry to read about your dad. My hope is that he is continuing to improve.) Know that you are not alone on this journey to a healthier, happier you. Even if you aren't active until 2:00, the good news is that you are active and that is a reason to celebrate.

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Hello to all! I just joined this team and feel very happy to have found it. I suffer from Schizoaffective Disorder which is basically Schizophrenia plus depression. I was diagnosed in 2008 and have been on anti-psychotics, an anti-depressant, and anti- anxiety medicine. Boy when I write that I feel like I am on a lot of medication but I have found the right cocktail and do not feel over medicated at all. But I still suffer from depression most days and really struggle in the mornings especially. I usually get active around 2pm and get my workouts in and try to get busy around the house or if there are errands to run I do that. I do not work because of my condition. I wish I could exercise in the mornings but I just sit at my computer and spark or blog. I do stay home a lot but try to get out with friends for coffee or lunch some weeks. I wish I wasn't so addicted to my computer but it helps to pass the time although I do have a few hobbies when I am in the mood.
Anyway it is nice to be a part of a depression group!


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emoticon All and emoticon to SparkPeople and the team...Nice to have you with us on the journey to a healthier lifestyle.

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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emoticon to the team, JOJONIUM. I'm so glad you found the site and the team. Spark is a great place to find valuable information, support and motivation. One key to losing that hated 10 kilos is to replace bad habits with healthy ones. Each time you make a healthy choice you are one step closer to your goal. Remember, you are NOT alone on this journey to a healthier, happier you.

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Hello everyone, I'm 21 and I just joined yesterday after searching for calorie calculating pages.
In the last 2 years after closing myself in my house I gained 10 kilos. I'm pretty short so the kilos may not sound like too much, but on my body the difference was huge. I hope sp helps.


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emoticon to the team, PSWSUNSHINE. You have taken the first step to finding that healthier you by joining SparkPeople. My first suggestion would be to set up 1 or 2 healthier goals and then track them under "My Trackers" then "Other Goals". This way you can see your success. As the streaks grow, add another goal. Even if it is getting out of bed by 8 a.m., going for a 10 minute walk, or drinking water instead of cola, these decisions help set you on a healthier path. You are NOT alone on this journey. We are here for you.

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emoticon to the team, KYLARI. This is a journey to a healthier, happier you. Don't get caught looking at the distance, but instead focus on small successes. Celebrate every 5 pound loss, every 5 day streak, every day you drink 8-8oz glasses of water, every 10 minutes of exercise... Each healthy choice you make really does make a difference. Whatever you decide, know this team is here to help you find success, stay motivated, and support you on those difficult days.

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Morning everyone. This is a big step for me, posting on a public forum (even anonymously). I've never told anyone other than my doctor about my depression and anxiety. I've been on medication for less than a year, so still "trying to see what works". Getting through each day takes so much energy that I have nothing left for self-care. Now that I'm in my 40s, it's only gotten harder. I try to find little things throughout my life that make me feel better and break out of the funk. Most of the time I feel like I'm on auto-pilot, just getting through each day the same way I got through the day before. Of course, that includes eating poorly and not exercising. What can I do to snap out of that? I don't know how to do this.

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Hi everyone! I'm new and ready to get started. I'm 43, and have a long journey ahead of me, but I need to do this for myself, my family, and for my future grandchildren.

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emoticon to the team, MSGOODYY1 and thank you for your service. I'm so sorry you are in such a dark place at the moment. Please stay in contact with your medical team so that they can help your through this time. Know also that you teammates are here to help you find motivation and support. If there is anything we can do to help, please feel free to ask. Depression is a serious situation and it takes a lot of support and care.

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I am a female Veteran that is disabled because of trauma cause from the military. In the last 3 yrs. this depression has cause me to be afraid to leave my home with out my service dog or be on meds. I have gained 50 lbs in those 3 yrs. and have thought of suicide many times. I am tired of my depression leading me around by the nose, so I have come to SparkPeople to see if I can help myself. I want to work a normal job again and have a normal life. I hope this is the answer I have been looking for.

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emoticon to the team and to Spark People in general, ELONKA1.

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Gllad to hear we CAN manage the wight gain while on meds. In the past the weight gain has been my excuse to go off meds. Was not a good idea for me.

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Welcome 7EmilyEizabeth!!! l a.lso have lamented the weight gain assocaitecd with psych meds. I just upped mine in the midst of re=joining SparkPeople. So let's move on together - leiterally!

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Welcome CIDPGirl!! YOu will find lots of support on this team. I just joined last week myself.

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emoticon to the team, CIDPGIRL. I'm so sorry to learn about your medical condition, but I think you have the right mindset and determination. Know you are not alone on this journey to a healthier, happier you. We are taking this journey with you and are here to help support and motivate you along the way. Please feel free to join us on any of our Team Threads.

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Hello, I'm new to the group and wanted to say hello!

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emoticon to both Spark and the team, 7EMILYELIZABETH. I'm so glad you took the time to introduce yourself. You have been through a lot, but it sounds like you are doing so, so much better. You are correct. The weight will slowly begin to melt away as you continue working out at the gym and making healthier food choices. Being in partnership with your health care team can make all the difference in the world as you well know. Thanks for the reminder.

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Hi, I'm new! I've been reading through some posts and wanted to share my story. My current weight is the highest my weight has ever been. But in the grand scheme of things, it's kind of okay, follow along to see my logic :) I've spent the last 15 years in and out of therapy and on just about every depression/anxiety/sleeping medicine you can name. I used to drink to numb the pain, always a bad idea but I wasnít thinking that far ahead. December 2014 was the darkest my depression and anxiety ever got. After I left the hospital I had a new psychiatrist and tried medicines Iíve never tried before and I am HAPPIER than Iíve ever been! So the side effect of most psych meds is weight gain. Iíve made peace with that because I am now healthy enough and motivated enough to go to the gym and not drink my feelings away, which was incredibly unhealthy. So now I go to the gym and I know this weight will come off in time. I traded being insane and not going to the gym for a little extra weight that Iím now motivated to get rid of to be healthy.
So stick with your medicine because in the end it'll get you where you need to be.
If anyone ever wants to talk, please send me a message :)
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Thank you MRS_T......I appreciate the comment. God bless you and have a great day.

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emoticon to Spark, KARMALETTA. Spark is indeed a place to assist you in making those vital changes to your health. Remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint and there will always be setbacks. Know that this team is here for you whether you are experiencing a good day or a bad one. We are running this marathon with you and are rooting for each and every participant. You are NOT alone on this journey to a healthier you.

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Hello, I started this evening and I hope I will meet some new friends here. I was on here about 8 yrs. ago, a long time I know, but I am back now. I need all the support I can get. I hope I can help others in some small way too. God bless.



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Thank you

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emoticon NEEDTOBESLIM3. It's so good to know that you haven't given up this quest for a healthier you. If you need anything at all, please feel free to ask. We are here to help you find that healthier you. You are NOT alone on this journey.

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Welcome back everyone and Hello to new members

So glad you are here.

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Hello, I'm returning after a long while away. It's been tough lately but I'm inching forward. Panic attacks my mind and I can't think straight. I pray for clarity of thinking and for the anxiety to pass.

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emoticon to the team and emoticon to Spark, MOMSPIRATION aka Kristin. I'm so glad you are "healing". While the journey to this point may have been rocky, you show a grit and determination in that you have not given up. Know this team is here to help you stay focused and motivated no matter what life throws at you. You are NOT alone.

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emoticon JAZZYGF. I'm so glad you are working in conjunction with your therapist in trying to get your depression under control. The good news is that eating healthier and exercise can also help battle this disease. Remember, this is a marathon and not a sprint. It takes time, patience and a lot of work. We are here for you.

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Hello, everyone! New to the team (been in it for a few days but haven't said hello yet...) Not so new to SP, just a new account. I used SP back in 2009 after I had my first son, but fizzled out at some point.

I'm finally ready in my life to make the changes I want and need to make. I've been making positive changes over the last month and so far, so good! I'm glad to be doing this, even though a month ago - I stomped my feet and even told my therapist "I really don't want to do Sparkpeople... It isn't my thing." Sometimes, I will do things after I make it my idea, rather than doing it because someone else told me to.

Granted, she recommended OA - I refused for three months... finally went... found out I hated it and it wasn't for me! So, at least I did try it.

My therapist and I share a lot in common, the nurse that was my primary nurse after I had my last baby was such a wonderful nurse and she got me in touch with my therapist. We are both in recovery from eating disorders (although she's much older and much farther in recovery) and we both are children of Borderline mother's and have addicts in our family's. So, it's nice to have someone who truly does know, what it's like. Her tips and tricks and tools are so beneficial to me and for the first time in my life I can feel that I'm healing, not just coping.... but healing.

Anyhow, I'm glad to be here! I look forward to being a member of this team! Best of luck to everyone!

~ Kristin ~

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welcome to all new team members,old team members or rejoining team members
I am an old or rejoining
each day is difficult but some days I can manage my life better. my therapist is a big help of course medicine and praying a lot.
I try to keep busy so not to dwell on my past and look forward to some good news in my life.

I want to make goal in 2017


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emoticon to both Spark and the the team, ASHLEYYOUNG6416. If there is anything we can do to assist you on this journey to a healthier and happier you, please feel free to ask. We are all on this marathon together!

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Hello! Welcome! Feel free to add me as a buddy on here! emoticon

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emoticon to the team, ABOUTAGIRL180. I'm so glad you are back and giving SparkPeople another go. As always, we are here to help you find success on this journey to a healthier you. Know you are not alone on both your good days and your more trying days.

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emoticon to the team, FIBRESTARTER. We're so glad you popped in to say hello. Hopefully, you are finding SparkPeople a great place to find information, tools, and a whole lot of motivation. If you need anything at all, please feel free to ask.

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Hi there! I'm new to this team. Wanted to try to reach out and say hello. I'm looking forward to meeting all of you and walking this path together.

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Hello, just joined this team and wanted to pop in and say hello! I am almost a week into using spark people and taking t slowly but getting there! emoticon

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emoticon to the team, CONTROUBLE aka Kerry and emoticon on quitting smoking! What a huge accomplishment! This is a great place to find support and motivation during this journey to a healthier you. As for setting goals, how about starting with getting 8-8 oz glasses of water a day and when you have accomplished that one successfully add eat 3 servings a day of fruits/veggies. You can track these and many other goals under "My Trackers" and the subcategory "Other Goals". Whatever you decide, find what works for you.

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Hi! My name is Kerry, but in some circles I'm better known as Trouble.
I've been struggling with depression recently and when I told my doctor the weight was creeping back on because exercise and food intake was getting way off track, he suggested having someone to be accountable to (not just myself) for staying on track with my food and exercise. I found this team while reading some of the depression articles in LEARN.

Would anyone here be willing to be my buddy and keep me going? Or help me start over? I'm terrible at setting goals - reminds me too much of performance reviews at work.

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emoticon to the team, DANNATWEEDY. I'm so glad you stopped and introduced yourself. I'm so sorry to hear you are feeling "down" this morning. That is certainly a miserable way to start the day. Feel free to lean on us during this difficult moments. We are here to help you stay focused and positive. If there is anything we can do to help, please feel free to ask.

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Thank you for the warm welcome, Mrs_Toad! I am very happy to finally be here.

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Hi, DannaTweedy emoticon Today is my 2nd day, too! I started the day saying "thank you" for just one good thing, and my goal is to start each day doing the same. I'm also focusing on the nutrition tracker instead of my weight right now since that's depressing all by itself. I've wasted a lot of time trying to lose weight fast, but I've realized that I can't do anything to change my weight instantly. On the other hand, if I stop making myself feel worse about the weight I've gained and the number on the scale, and focus on the changes I can make right now, like what I eat at each meal and how many minutes I move, it gives me a sense of control. So, as they say in AA and NA, "Just for today." Just for today, I will treat my body the way it deserves to be treated. Be encouraged, Danna. Read the many success stories here. Wishing you a prosperous Saturday.

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Today is my 2nd day and I know I can do this. Today I just woke up feeling down. I'm trying to pick myself back up and plan on having a good day. Could really use some inspiration

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emoticon to both SparkPeople and the Team, JUST1BREATH. We are so glad you are here and look forward to getting to know you. If there is anything we an do to help, please feel free to ask. Try not to get overwhelmed with the enormous amount information this site has to offer. Take it slowly and enjoy the journey.

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Hi, Everyone! I'm totally new, so I'm slowly feeling my way around. Looking forward to reading your posts, getting to know each of you better, and sharing supportive thoughts and ideas.

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emoticon to both Spark and the Team, FITGIRL1077. I love your statement: Anything is better than being a couch potato! There is so much truth and wisdom in that statement. Remember to take this journey slowly to avoid burnout and injury. This journey is a marathon not a sprint and will take time. Be patient and lean on your teammates during those difficult and frustrating days. We are here for you.

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Hi Team! I am so tired of feeling tired, and I am so over feeling depressed, anxious, panic and sad about my weight. I am looking forward to supporting everyone here as well as receiving support. I know I can't do this ALONE!!! Free Hugs Daily. :)

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Hi and welcome to our team I have to get my weight under control also I have gotten heavy because of loving food plus I am at times a emotional eater.

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