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11/30/16 9:34 A

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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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11/30/16 9:28 A

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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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11/30/16 2:02 A

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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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11/24/16 11:43 P

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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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11/21/16 11:14 A

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


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11/21/16 4:39 A

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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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11/17/16 12:04 P

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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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11/17/16 11:59 A

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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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11/17/16 10:46 A

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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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11/17/16 2:04 A

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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.

"There is nothing you can do that we cannot fix, unless you put a hole in the canvas." ~Twyla Rose


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11/2/16 9:35 A

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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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11/1/16 8:35 P

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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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10/30/16 10:44 A

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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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10/30/16 9:00 A

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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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10/30/16 8:58 A

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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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10/28/16 10:21 A

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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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10/27/16 3:47 P

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

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10/21/16 8:52 A

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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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10/20/16 11:14 A

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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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10/16/16 11:02 A

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Thank you MRS_T......I appreciate the comment. God bless you and have a great day.

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10/14/16 10:18 A

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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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10/13/16 11:35 P

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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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10/10/16 2:50 P

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Thank you

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10/10/16 9:54 A

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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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10/9/16 11:57 A

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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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10/3/16 9:57 A

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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!

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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.

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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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Thank you,there are just some things you have to go through in life I have learned this from a very early age.My mom has depression and she is on meds every since she tried to take her life.When I was 2 she tried to kill herself she shot herself,for a long time I blocked it out.But I seen her after the fact lying on the floor bleeding.Then when I turned a certain age it all came back,knowing why she has did it helped knowing she has depression and other things that went on in her life to make her think that she just never thought things would get better helped.But it affected me in ways I have never told people.I am scraed of guns for one I can not touch or be by anyone shooting one I get flash backs,I am ok with movies or pretend stuff with guns.Anyway I brought myself up mostly both of my parents worked my Dad was a alcoholic and was emotional abusive when he drank so I have learned there are some things you can not change some things you have to go through.I had a not so great life but I have not had the worse although when I was young I thought so.There are other people out there that have had worse happen,I try to look at the good,and postive in life sometimes it is hard doing this with whatever is going on.Some things trigger me into a depression state but I always try and pull myself out and try not to come down hard on myself with whatever is going on at the time.Other people can hurt or trigger depression by what they say or do but we can also do this to our self.I have had a lot happen I am 46 years but sometimes I feel like I have lived for 200 years.

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emoticon to the team, CHERRIE1969. I'm so sorry to read about the difficulties you and your family are facing on a daily basis. Hopefully, when school resumes your life will become a little easier for a portion of the day. Know that no matter how difficult your day, we are here for you. Feel free to ask for motivation or support.

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emoticon to the team, NATDAN0519 aka Natacha. I'm so sorry to hear about your struggles with your little one. They definitely do know how to push our buttons and rattle our cages. The good news is that you have alternative to eating those feelings... reach out to your Spark Teams. They are here to support and care for you. You are not alone in those incredibly difficult moments.

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emoticon to the team, TAMMYROTTMAN aka Tammy. I'm so sorry to read about your medical and mobility difficulties. It is bound to affect your emotional state. The good news is that you can reach out to your Spark Friends/Teams for motivation and support each and every day. We are here to help you through the difficult moments and to celebrate your successes. Please feel free to lean on us.

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TAMMYROTTMAN , NATDAN0519 , and CHERRIE1969 emoticon to the forums a place were you can get help and not feel alone. Have a great time on your weight loss journey and I wish you all luck in your journey.

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I have the same problem with my husband sometimes he creates it by what he says or how he treats me,we that have depression some people do not understand what they say or do can trigger this.Welcome to our group.My kid is grown but he has a kid and has primary custdoy of her but has to work which leaves me raising a kid all over again which I was not really ready to do but he needs help and her Mom is not a good mom she has issues and has moved over 600 miles away.My grandbaby is 5 1/2 years old right now the good part she is going to school the bad part is when school is out it is hard being older I do not have the patience I use to and I defenatly do not have the energy,cause one I am older two I am over weight.

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Hey all I am new here.. Have suffered from depression for many years on and off. Am definitely a emotional eater. Mother of a very difficult 3 yr old (I know all 3 yr olds are probably difficult but I am having a real hard time dealing with her so I tend to turn to food more). I just need help and support from people who understand me, cuz believe me my husband is not one of them...

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HI, I'm new, and I am welcoming all other newbies...

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Welcome to all the newest members of this spark team and I hope you all have a wonderful time on this site and have a fun time losing weight !! Because losing weight can be fun with spark!

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Welcome newbies! All the best to you on your journey to good health!

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emoticon to the team, CASSEEJO aka Cassie. What a great attitude to start this journey to a healthier you! Now is your time! So many people, including myself, suffer from "tomorrow syndrome" so it is refreshing to hear that you aren't stuck there. Whatever you do and try, find something that works and is enjoyable for you and know that we are pulling for you.

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emoticon Welcome to the team FERALAUNTIE and CASSEEJO !!! Hope you have success on your weight loss journey!!!

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Casseejo, sounds like a great idea to me. Wish I had done that! emoticon

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Hello!

I am 27 and from Denver, Colorado. I have suffered with Depression most of my life but seem to have finally gotten it under control.

I hope to finally gain control of my weight. I have no weight related health issues and am thankful for that but with a large family (both in weight and size) I am trying to get ahead of the game for my future.

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emoticon to the team, SKY988. What a great example you are setting for your kids and g/kids. You are showing them that it is never to early to start a new journey. Know we are here for you and will help you stay on track on this quest for a healthier you. If you haven't already, you might want to set a daily goal to move x many minutes. Tracking that said goal will help you see your success and add to the encouragement to keep moving. In the meantime, we are here for you.

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emoticon Welcome SKY988 to your new life here at Spark! Good luck on your weight loss goals!

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FERALAUNTIE,

I agree with you. Since admitting it out-loud to myself and to my SP family, I feel like maybe there is some kind of hope and a weight has been lifted!!

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emoticon PLATINUM755 Welcome to this spark team and to your new life here at spark people.

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emoticon emoticon emoticon KARENLARS125...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 KARENLARS125 Hope your journey on spark is something that makes you happy for years to come. Love your username!!!

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emoticon to the team, KARENLARS125, I hope you find this team supportive and motivational. We are definitely here to help you stay focused and to find that healthier you. If there is anything we can do to help, please ask. You are NOT alone.

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Hi PMWILLIAMS and WELCOME!! You'll find support and encouragement here to help you along your journey--you're gonna do great!! :-)

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emoticon PMWILLIAM96 Hope this time around on spark is better for you. And you find that you can lose weight and keep it off. emoticon

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Thanks for the welcome!! :D

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Hey there PMWILLIAMS96! emoticon 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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MRS_TOAD and LORANES, thank you so much! I'll try to be as active as possible. I'm a preschool teacher, so I'm working on balancing lesson planning with fitness planning

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PMWILLIAMS96 welcome to the team! I am also new!

Thank you for such a warm welcome!

Now just to remember to post here everyday would be great!

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emoticon LARORNES and emoticon to SparkPeople and the team...Nice to have you with us on the journey to a healthier lifestyle. You are not alone here! emoticon

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 PMWILLIAMS96. We are so glad you haven't given up finding that healthier, happier you. As always, we are here to help you stay the course despite the demands of being a college student. If you haven't already, trying setting a couple of goals to strive for on a daily basis. Tracking these goals will help you not only stay focused daily but help you "see" your successes. Know that we are here for you each and every day.

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emoticon to the team, LARORNES. I'm so glad you stopped in and introduced yourself. Depression is far from "being just in your head or being lazy". It is a serious medical problem that needs attention. If you haven't already, you might want to consult your GP as to depression management while going off your medication, as well as, weight loss tips. In the meantime, we are definitely here to help you stayed focused and motivated. Feel free to join us on any of our threads. You are NOT alone.

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Hi, all! I've recently rejoined SP, and I'm really trying to work on myself. I've had depression since 2010, and I've been working on finding ways to battle it. So, here I am! Good luck to all of us on our fitness endeavours! :)

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I have felt different since joining this group. It was hard to acknowledge to myself that I am depressed much less to a group. It is a relief.

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Hi all!

I am new to this team and SparksPeople. I suffer from depression, I do have good days and bad days. I have a goal of getting off my medication, I've been on it for about 5 yrs before that I hadn't been on any for almost 10 yrs. So, I'm not sure what has changed. I have a ton of weight I need to lose because I know some of it is because of the depression. I have read through some of the posts here and you all seem really supportive, I defiantly need some of that. I need to connect with people that understands where I am coming from and that it isn't just in my head or it's because I'm just being lazy or anything in that nature.

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7/26/16 3:37 P

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I have already noticed that this team is so accepting and open. I know I will love it

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emoticon HMATTAX and emoticon to SparkPeople and the 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.

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


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7/26/16 9:01 A

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emoticon to the team, FERALAUNTIE aka Linda. I'm so sorry you are feeling down and depressed, but thankful that you have found this team here on Spark. One thing that remains important here on Spark is to stay connected to your teams. If you haven't already done so, posting on any of the team threads or even starting a new thread will provide you with a lot of support and motivation. Whatever you decide, find something that works for you. We are here for you.

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emoticon FERALAUNTIE and emoticon to SparkPeople'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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7/25/16 12:17 P

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Hi, my name is Linda and I have been on SP for just over 2 yrs. I have just decided that I cannot shake this depression not able to get a job, my age and my weight are not a good sell. I found this group when a another woman friended me. I am hoping if I do accept the fact that depression is causing me to withdraw, it will help me get ahead. I am 69 and have 2 cats and a condo in the Wash/Balt area.

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7/25/16 9:27 A

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emoticon HMATTAX. I extend my condolences to you. Grief takes time and affects everyone differently. The good news is that you have already taken positive steps to control your food portions and to find relief for your depression. Know that we are here to help you continue working towards that healthier, happier you. Let us know how we might be able to assist you on any of our threads.

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emoticon to spark HMATTAX !!! I hope you find a better time this time with spark and a better overall experience with the program. Just remember to put your best foot forward and keep up the great work.

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Hello everyone!
I live in the middle of nowhere in central New Mexico. I have been off and on Spark for years, the first time losing about fifty pounds.After my husband died in 2013 I started to put those pounds back on. And kept putting on the pounds. Well, 90 pounds later I am here. I am 31 but have been the same 230 pounds for the last year.

Between having bipolar disorder, rheumatoid arthritis, and a love for food, I have the deck slightly off my side. The arthritis is pretty darn well controlled, but the bipolar is...variable. It tends to swing mostly to the depressive side...so, I am here

So this time around I am using Nutrisystem for the first two months to get my body used to portion control again, then switching back to regular food again. I love to cook, so I have to reign in my tendencies to cook decadently and eating lots of veggies. Three weeks in to the Nutrisystem and I am ready to get cooking, but I am still getting reoriented to how much I should be eating every day. I am even getting real food added back in to their stuff!

Anyway, I update the blog pretty frequently since I am a typeaholic. Thanks for taking me in and I hope that this whole getting healthy again process goes as smoothly as possible.





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7/24/16 12:41 A

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emoticon to all our new members and as for old members emoticon for returning to spark each and every day and continuing to be better people because of it!!!

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

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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7/19/16 9:57 A

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emoticon to the team, LOVELYAVIE aka Abby. I'm so sorry you are feeling alone and sad. Try to stay connected to your Spark Teams. They are a great source of support and motivation during this difficult time. (You don't need a diagnosis to be a part of this team.) Whatever you do, know we are here for you and what to help your find that healthier, happier you.

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7/18/16 2:28 P

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Hi everyone! I'm abby, and I'm 23 years old.
I'm not really sure if I have depression or not, I haven't really been to a doctor to check it out. And I'm not really open about how I'm feeling to the people close to me.I try my best to hide how I really feel. and try my best to pretend that everything is okay. But the truth is I'm not okay.I've searched online about depression. and when I read about them it as if its me. I don't know if it's really depression or it's just because i just want to have someone to talk to. There's a lot of people in my life, but they just come and go, and for those who are still there, they are busy with their own lives, and most of the time I just feel alone, even if they are there I still feel alone. Hope that being here, would help me overcome this even a little. Thank you

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emoticon MELAMA210 and emoticon to SparkPeople'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, MELAMA210 aka Amanda. I'm so sorry that life is so difficult for you at the moment. Hopefully, things will calm down quickly. You have made an excellent choice to try to combat your stress. Exercise not only helps to lessen stress, but it will also help you find that healthier, happier you! You are not alone on this journey. We are walking along side you!

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Hello! I'm Amanda! I was diagnosed with depression over 6 years ago, although I have struggled with it for a long time before that. Ive been having a really rough time with it lately. I have a lot going on. I started to walk again about 3 weeks ago to deal with stress, Its been going good so far. LIke many of of, I'm on meds to help control the depression. I also have bad anxiety. I'm a huge emotional eater and its hard losing weight with depression, being an emotional eater and I lose weight really slow to begin with. I joined this team to meet people who understand what I'm going through.

~Amanda~

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Yes, always keep in touch with doc!!

Debbie

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emoticon to the team, GODS_SERENITY. I certainly hope that this medication helps you get back on track. Remember to stay in touch with the doctor so if you don't get relief or any side effects crop up that your doctor is in the loop. In the meantime, feel free to check out any of our threads and jump into the conversation. We are here to help you find that happier, healthier you.

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