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


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4/23/15 3:34 P

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Welcome (Back) VMEZA89! emoticon

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4/23/15 12:50 P

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

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



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4/23/15 10:20 A

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

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4/22/15 8:54 P

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4/22/15 2:22 P

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

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Welcome QUADCMOM! I am new to this team too!

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

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

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

Visit my team "Vacation / Travel Support Team

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



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

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4/17/15 9:24 P

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4/10/15 7:47 P

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4/8/15 12:37 P

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Good Morning!

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

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

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

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

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

Namaste

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

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

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4/3/15 11:08 A

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Thank you Mrs _Toad!

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

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4/2/15 11:17 P

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

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

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

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hi. i'm not new but I am. let me explain. I was on SP about 3 years ago. I also started that journey about 40 lbs lighter than I am now. I did lose, but I let life get in the way. I am almost 300 lbs and it SCARES me. (272 last I checked). I have a 6yo daughter that thinks that being a mommy means you get fat and stay that way. she even noticed I don't eat like her (she chooses a whole plate of fruit vs my none when we go out) I want to be a better role model for her, and my son who is as tall as I am and getting heavy himself. (11yo). I have back issues ( I cant stand long enough to wash dishes) I am starting slow, I have been exercising my back for the past few days (logging) but not logging my food intake. one step at a time, maybe?

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emoticon to the team, PUNKDOUTIVORY. You are not alone. Like so many others here, motivation is good and then tanks when depression steps in. The good news is that this team is here to help you succeed in finding that healthier and happier you. Remember, take small steps by starting with small goals so you don't get overwhelmed. Each and every healthier choice you make really does make a difference.

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emoticon WELCOME!

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Hi. I'm not new to SP, been here off and on for awhile, but new to this group. The reason I keep coming and going is that I get very motivated, then my mood tanks and I lost all motivation. I'm hoping to stick with it this time and meet my goals, as I feel doing so will not only help with physical health, but mental as well. Anyway, not sure what else to say, so.... hi!

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Thank you, Darlene!

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emoticon to the team, VEG954 aka Darlene. I'm so sorry to hear of all the traumatic events within your life. You have certainly been through a lot. I can't even imagine how you must feel. Please feel free to share, or not, on any of our threads. If you need a laugh, scroll through the Joke Thread. There's some funny jokes to be found there. In the meantime, know you are NOT alone on this journey.

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emoticon to the team, VEG954. I'm so sorry to hear you are struggling with your depression. The good news is that this team is here to help you get through those dark days. Feel free to ask for what you need. We have numerous threads on which you can peruse or participate. Whatever you decide, we are here for you.

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Well, I am not new to SparkPeople, It seems I keep coming and going, this is my third time, my intention is to stay this time. My need is to get in shape and healthy and stay that way. I am talking physically, mentally and emotionally.

My doctor wanted me to speak to a counselor about some issues I have been having emotionally and mentally. He is afraid I am going to get suicidal, which I have before but not for quite a bit now. I spoke to a counselor like he asked and I was tested for PTSD, for those who do not know what that is, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, it is brought on by having one or more traumatic events happen in your life. I am now being treated for the disorder.

There have been many traumatic events in my life that concerns being beat, guns pulled on me, thrown through doors and windows and many other things. Life has been difficult but I have made it through. However, being this type of thing has occurred my entire life with every man I have been with, I no longer trust men as far as I can throw them. There is a large fear in me about getting out there and starting to date again. One day I will, maybe soon, or not for awhile.

I am hoping by joining this team I will get the support for the PTSD and the other things that I have going on right now. I thank you for listening.

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Have been around SP for quite a while and just discovered this team.
Have been depressed since childhood and wasn't treated until I was in my 30's which was a very long time ago.
Have been dealing with medical conditions for the past 30 years.
That doesn't help!
Doing much better now and getting stronger daily.

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emoticon to the team, FREE2BME4HIM. I'm so sorry to hear about your medical condition. While you may get some suggestions on this site, remember that we are not professionals. The best information you can get is always from your doctor as they are trained and up-to-date on the latest advancements in medicine. That being said, know you are not alone. We are here to help you succeed in making your goals.

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Hi, I have been on sparkpeople for awhile. I was diagnosed with Dysthymic Disorder about 10 years ago. I was on medication for awhile but haven't been now for about 4 -5 years. I had pretty much dismissed it has over and done with but I'm beginning to realize that my continual exhaustion and struggling to keep up with all the things I need to do is a symptom. I am realizing that the vitamins and coffee and things are just a way of medicating myself to keep myself going. I think I need to get on some meds. I'm curious if there is anyone who has this disorder and has overcome it? According to the internet it is incurable but I really hate the thought of having to start paying for meds again. :(

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emoticon to the team, SWEETONE111. I'm so sorry you are struggling so. The good news is that you sought help. Depression can make exercise difficult, but not impossible. What a number of our members do is set a goal of 10 minutes of movement a day. While it crazy, it really does help. Once you get started, many times one ends up clocking more than 10 minutes because it "feels good" physically and emotionally. Whatever you do, never give up on yourself.

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hi everyone. I'm new to this group but not SP. I was diagnosed with depression last year which really threw me for a loop. I knew something wasn't right but I just thought it was stress and I wasn't handling it well until my DH convinced me to seek help. I'm so glad I did. While the depression was really taking a hold of my life I gained 30 lbs. I thought that with meds I would be able to lose that weight but I've managed to gain another 15. I'm generally feeling much better but still quite unmotivated when it comes to exercise and I'm still indulging in emotional eating. I'm now feeling quite panicked about this and need to do something about this before my health is impacted. I saw a post on my Facebook feed by SP about exercising while you have depression which lead me here. I don't know why I hadn't thought of it before. I've been reading the posts here tonight and am excited to have joined the group.

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emoticon SKEETER58. I know it is touch exercising in during the Winter. Just remember Spring is around the corner! In the meantime, check out the exercise videos here on Spark or try one of the free videos most cable companies provide for free. Whatever you do, don't give up on yourself. You CAN and WILL succeed.

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Welcome to the team ..I too an new but am a returning sparky. I have gained a lot of weight in the past 3 years due to depression and job (sitting at a desk) and so know it is time to get healthy. I think it is great we have a place we can vent or offer others support.
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emoticon FATCRISMATIC- Thanks for sharing such a great post. It sounds like you have had a very difficult time recently, but despite it all, you have a wonderful attitude. Thanks for giving some very great ideas on your daily "to-do" list. I'm sure it will help anyone perusing the thread.

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Welcome to the place to vent what makes you unhappy.
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Read some the other comments and see if you relate to one or two. Then let them know.

FACEURFEARS, I can relate! Motivation is the hardest thing in the world! I lost 60 lbs two years ago. emoticon I looked and felt great. Helped to keep moving!

Six months later I get colon pain - pain pills. It took 5 months to resolve. Then I get shoulder pain - pain pills. It took another 5 months to resolve. Up 30 lbs and I'm having a heck of a time getting motivated. emoticon

My way of dealing with this now is remembering one wonderful memory. I have so many! Children memories, grandchildren memories, vacations, cruises to the Carribean Islands, boyfriends.

SO! It's hard work but I am now working on one happy memory and when I start to feel sad or nothing - I go back to that one happy memory. I also make a to do list of 3 things to get done. Housework (ICK) I break down into each step (such as, dust living room, then vacume living room, load dishwasher,) and scratch off what I did. it could be one thing or two. The next day I make a new list. I also will put on the list- read, sew, get out of the house, live in the moment. emoticon Sounds like a lot. But baby steps are the way to go. emoticon

All who is reading this can do this.

I'M WORKING VERY HARD TO PRACTICE WHAT I PREACH!!!! emoticon

HAPPY! HAPPY! HAPPY!

Building my bucket list and enjoying the ones I've accomplished!!! I quit smoking and have visited 34 out of 50 states, WENT TO Disneyland in2014 for the first time, had African lobster in 2014,and went to second hand stores in Laguna Beach Cal.

I'M WORKING TO CHECK OFF MY BUCKET LIST A TRAINER TO ESDUCATE ME TO EXERCIZE. IT WILL BE COMPLETED IN APRIL, 2015

But I want to see the grand canyon, smithsonian institute, eat lobster in Portland Maine, a train trip for two months d


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I totally relate to the bazillino time....and the same 10 lbs...right now Im at about 7-8 lbs lost,,and until it hits 11...or more...Im not over excited. Doesnt mean Im not happy. It just means I know I am changing something different this time ( my thinking) to push past the 10 and keep going.

Here's to pushing past and trusting ourselves enough (and God) to know we can:)

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Hi Faceurfears:) That's a long time to struggle so much. Sometimes just doing the basics...is what you need. Get up...shower...start. Just start. You might think Im a bit crazy, but I have struggled with depression at one point...quite a low point in life. I had heard something and tried it...I do it to this day. I put on comedy. I know it sounds like the last thing you'd want to do.

God says laughter is the best medicine and He is right. Back then, I loved the show, MASH. There's scientific evidence that laughter changes the chemical in our brains. Not kidding. What have you got to lose:) Perhaps focus on the bare minimum right now...and work on your 'spirit' ...

I do remember getting out of bed facing 7 kids WAS A CHORE ( for a period of time) Please be nice to yourself...but also?...Require something of yourself. Anyone around you to help is nice, too. That you can be 'gut' honest with. You can do this.

Don't let 50 lbs define you as a person. It's just a part of life you'd like to change. It isn't who you are. I hope you check in often. Every day. Twice a day? Every hour? Do what works. I'd love to hear back from you,,,here,,,or friend me/email me.

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thank you Mrs Toad:)...Froggydown...love what you wrote!! Pigleg and Pooh....reminds me of conversations in the past when going to eat and someone says 'Im not hungry'..and I say...what's that got to do with it? lol No More!!

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emoticon to the team, FACEURFEARS aka Maria. I'm so sorry to hear you are struggling to get out of bed. What an awful place to be. My heart goes out to you. If you are able, try setting one goal for the day and then track it. Not only do you see some success as you see your progress, but it will also help lift your spirits as you have achieved something. Hang in there! You are NOT alone.

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emoticon REDDMARIE7. What a busy life you lead with 7 adults kids and 23 grand-kids! This is indeed a great place to find motivation and support. Sometimes it comes simply by reading someone else's post and how it resounds in our own lives. While each of our lives are so different, they really are similar in many ways. Please feel free to join the conversation on any of our threads. We look forward to helping you find that healthier you.

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Thanks everyone. Mrs. Toad that's great advice. Nitrous/Jayme I forgot to mention I'm stuck in that 10 lb range too, up and down and up and down. I don't know, but lately I am not as focused on the weight, and feel like if I just focus on healthy habits (physical and mental), and support via things like SP, the weight issue will correct itself. I feel like it's a symptom, not the cause of my problems.

Hey FACEYOURFEARS, how do you like that SP activity tracker? I am thinking of getting one too bc my phone is a little older and can't use the latest step counting apps.

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FACEURFEARS --

In the words of Winnie the Pooh:

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?"

"What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?"

"I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully. "It's the same thing," he said.”

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Hi, I'm new to this group. Been battling depression for the last 4 years! Have gained around 50lbs and are miserable. I am struggling right now in just getting the smallest things done. Personally if I could stay in bed all day, I would. My motivation level is so low. Nothing inspires me. I am so tired of being this way but just can't seem to snap out of it. Tired of all the medications that make you comfortably numb. How do you find motivation on those dark days when getting out of bed seems like a chore?

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Welcome Froggy Down. I have been away from SP for awhile, but am back now and everyone in this group does seem to be very supportive. I wish you the best on your journey to figure out your life.

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Hello everyone:) Im 'new', also, though I've been making my rounds like crazy in the last couple of weeks. New in 2010...new, again. lol I think I joined this group back in the day. I've visited several others, according to age...but just popped in here, today.

First,,Mrs Toad? You're very supportive..and so on top of things! That is way cool:)

What caught my eye was the poster who mentioned adhd. I, also, have it,,and have known it for many years, but never used meds till after 50 yrs of age. Imagine.

I feel like I'm sort of 'discovering' something, reading so many ppl's stories. I'm seeing how food is such a crutch. Medicine. A way to internalize stress and whatever.

It's one thing to hear that over and over in the billion books I've read on weight loss and every other 'issue' in life..lol...but to really 'get it'...is taking some real effort and time. It's obvious I use food in a manner in which it's not intended...and of course I eat emotionally...yadda yadda....why don't I write a book and get rich??? lol

We all could. I'm determined this time. Maybe it's cuz Im 59...and the clock is ticking...I always was a hard nut to crack. I think one of my main goals right now, besides the obvious stuff (tracking, exercise,,not that those are easy) is to really let the 'cliche's' sink in...

Like...Im eating emotionally...do I try to 'sit' and just 'feel' the stress and not 'feed' it. Im really trying, on a daily basis to look at those 'moment's'. They come often. Sometimes hourly. Or more. Wanting to eat. It's like wanting a cigarette. I almost don't care about the 'food rules', because for me I'm really starting to see it's not about the food. I don't have it all figured out. In fact, I'm really just starting...but what DOES feel different this time,,,is I'm seeing that those things that make me reach for food,,,are the things that I need to reach for something else. People. Support. Practical things. Dare to take a chance on myself lol

Im a talker:) I don't aplogize. Having a captive audience is kind of energizing lol

Have a great day. Take one thing,,,and do it well. One Day at a Time is my new mantra

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Thanks MRS_TOAD. I've really enjoyed being on this site in the past, so I'm trying to get involved early so that I stick with it this time!

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emoticon to the team, FROGGYDOWN aka Rachel. I'm so glad you haven't given up your journey to a healthier and happier you! We all go through times when we regress back to old, unhealthy behaviors, but today is a new day with new possibilities. Just start with one small, healthy goal and work from there. You are NOT alone.

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emoticon to the team, NITROUS87. I'm sorry to hear that budgetary restraints became such an issue. The good news is that this site is free and there is loads of motivation and support to be found here. You also have the added bonus of a supportive BF which is wonderful. If you need anything, please feel free to ask. We are here for you.

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Thanks for the welcome FROGGYDOWN! I love the story behind your username, it's cute! Mine is just an old nickname from high school, followed by my birth year. Nitrous has just kind of become my official handle online, since I've started playing more online video games. My real name is Jayme, which I've used before as a username on here.

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Welcome back Lady_Evaine. Love your Galaxy Quest quote. Such a sweet, funny movie. Sorry you've been having a rough time. Glad you're back. Hugs.

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Hi folks, I'm Rachel and I'm new to this team. I also just joined the "other" depression SparkTeam (our competition!), the one with "with movement" in the name. I have never been in any kind of online support group for my depression but I have found SP in general a very supportive and encouraging environment in the past when I've been active, so I'm hoping that'll be the case for The Big D too. Depression is really holding me back. I need to figure out my life.

For my first order of business I will welcome the person below me on this thread, NITROUS87, to the team. Welcome NITROUS87! What does your username mean? Mine is just a silly nonsense phrase we say in my family. It can be used to mean whatever the user wants. For example:

Dad: "Rachel, feet off the coffee table!"
Me: (protesting) "Froggy down!"

Good luck to us all on our journeys.

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Hi all! I'm mostly new here, been on the site a few times in the past, been part of this team a few times as well but never posted much as my depression was kept pretty well in-check. I'm back to trying Spark to really get serious about my weight loss, and trying to keep up on team memberships to keep me engaged in the site.

Just a little background, as far as weight loss goes I've tried a bazillion times to lose and always end up slacking off on what I know works after a while. I've been stuck in the same 10lb range for longer than I can remember, and I'm ready to get rid of it. I know that tracking my food is one thing that always has worked for me, which is why I keep coming back to this site. I did Weight Watchers for a few months last year, and was doing pretty good then, until my budget had to be made more strict and I couldn't afford meetings anymore. Then I put the weight back on again. I could write about this all day, but I'm trying to keep this short!

I've had ups and downs with my moods for a long time as well. I was diagnosed with depression when I was 15/16 (I'm 27 now). It took over my life for a long time, but I've been able to mostly keep it in-check since college with counseling and supports in my life. My mom is my biggest supporter in everything, and I always talk to her about things. My current boyfriend is a great support as well, especially since he has dealt with depression in the past as well. We support each other now when things are going bad. I've never been very active in this team when on here in the past, because things were going good, but lately I find myself feeling sad and disconnected more often than I'd like. So I decided to join back up here, and hopefully can find some brightness again while working on improving myself!

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Hello Tracy, welcome back. I have been gone for awhile too but felt the need to come back. This year will be a better one for you. Think positive and know that we are all here to support you.

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emoticon TRACY180. You, too, have faced difficulties in your life. Know that we are here to help give you both motivation and support along this journey to a healthier you. If there is anything specific we can do, please feel free to ask. We are here for you.

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emoticon LADY_EVAINE. I'm so sorry to read of all your difficulties in the past year. You have been through so much! The good news is that you are back and being your journey toward a healthier you. This is YOUR year! This is YOUR time. We are here to cheer you on to each victory and to share any tears along the way. You CAN and WILL succeed.

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I have been on this team for a long time but haven't touched SP much in the past few years. I discovered that I can do this on my kindle fire rather than my 2009 computer.
If you remember me, I started food stamps for the first time last year. Ugh. My finances sucked last year. I think this year will be better.

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Thank you guys! I will definitely check out the new members guide and some other threads tonight at work. So far, so good. Met my water intake yesterday, making healthier food choices, and this is day 3 of weaning me off my zoloft - no withdrawals! Starting to feel less discouraged about this entire process.

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2/22/15 4:05 P

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Hi everyone! I'm not actually new to SparkPeople or this team, but it's been many months since I last logged in and many years since I first joined SparkPeople. I'm trying to get back on track with my health. I've had a rough couple of years, and an even rougher time in the last 2 months. I've updated my SparkPage if anyone wants to take a look. Feel free to add me as a friend as well.

Chris~

Original Starting Weight - 260 lbs. on July 18/2012

Short Term Goal
230 lbs. by June 8/2015

Long Term Goal
153 lbs. by Feb. 29/2016

"Never give up, never surrender!" - Galaxy Quest


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2/22/15 11:21 A

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Thank you very much Mrs.Toad for the nice welcome.

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2/22/15 10:43 A

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emoticon to the team, THERHAPSODY89 aka Nichole. I'm so glad you were referred to this site. It is a great place to find motivation and support when the world seems to be collapsing around you. If you haven't already, check on the team's threads. There's a wide variety of topics and a great place to post or just peruse.

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2/22/15 10:40 A

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emoticon to the team, KECHARA14 aka Patty. We're so glad you took the time to post. If there's anything we can do for you, please let us know. We are a caring team that wants to help motivate and support you along your journey to a healthier 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

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2/22/15 9:51 A

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Welcome Nichole. You're in a good place. SparkPeople has a lot to offer for ones overall health and wellness. I urge you to take a good look around the website stating with the "New Member Welcome Guide" if you haven't done so already. Best wishes to you.

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2/22/15 12:09 A

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Hey, my name is Nichole! Been dealing with depression and anxiety for a few years now. Started seeing a new psychiatrist last week who recommended this site to me. He also took me off my antidepressant and cut my anxiety pills in half. So here we are.

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2/21/15 8:12 P

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Good Evening, My name is Patty and it has been many months since I have logged into Spark People, but I feel the need to come back and kick start my passion for getting healthy in mind and body.

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2/20/15 10:12 A

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emoticon to the team, CHRISTIC77 aka Christi! We're so glad you took the time to post. (You did fine.) You have joined a great group of folks that are taking the same journey as you; that is, to find healthiness both physically and emotionally. If you haven't already, check out our other threads. There's a lot going on within this team. If you need anything at all, please feel free to ask.

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

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ok im not sure if im doing this right I was asked to itriduce myself hi im christi and im here to get healthy both physically and emotionly

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Welcome to the team Scboykin. You're in the right place. SparkPeople is not a quick fix but it easy if you stick to it! Best wishes.

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