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Hello Lisa and welcome to the team!



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emoticon ABINATHRA 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 PANDABEARS42 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 SEMWALKS 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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9/11/17 10:23 A

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emoticon to the team, LISA3TIME. We're so glad that you have not given up the journey to a healthier, happier you. If you need anything at all, please feel free to ask. We are here to help you stay motivated and supported during those most difficult days.

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9/11/17 6:24 A

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emoticon Glad your here! Sounds like your ready for a fresh start! emoticon

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9/11/17 6:20 A

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Hi I am Lisa and I am finally getting help for my depression while trying to lose weight. I have been on sp for awhile, but starting over and getting back on track. looking forward to hearing how other people handle life.

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9/10/17 11:34 P

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emoticon STOPH8INGURBODY and emoticon to SparkPeople and the team...Nice to have you with us on the journey to a healthier lifestyle again.

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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9/9/17 11:12 P

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emoticon LOVESWEETS2 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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9/8/17 4:05 P

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A big emoticon to all of our new members!

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9/8/17 11:36 A

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Hello to all new members and welcome to the team.

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9/7/17 10:09 P

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emoticon KERENSAMERE1 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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9/5/17 5:00 P

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emoticon RISINGBLUESTAR 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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9/4/17 9:55 A

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emoticon to the team, JENNIFIER30. We are so glad you have taken the step to regain control of your health, happiness and life. Now is YOUR time! If you need anything at all, please feel free to ask. We are here to motivate you during those dark days, but also to cheer on your successes.

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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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9/3/17 11:40 P

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emoticon BLEEDUFFY 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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9/3/17 6:48 P

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emoticon Nice to see you here. Hope we can help you attain your goals!

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Hello Everyone! I have been a SP member for a long time, but now it is time to take control. Took a break but ready to get back to work. Looking forward to connecting with other members for some accountability and support. I have hit the reset button on my life and this time the priority is me and the journey to a healthier, fitter life. emoticon

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emoticon SUEBEEGRAM 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 BGARNER-M and emoticon to SparkPeople's DwD...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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8/31/17 1:19 P

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emoticon Welcome to the team OBWRITES! Glad your here!

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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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8/29/17 11:35 A

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emoticon GRACECARRINGTON to both Spark and the Team. We are so glad you are finding the tracking systems here at Spark to be helpful. Over time, you will probably feel the same way about the support and motivation that your Team Members provide. If you need anything at all, please feel to ask. We are here to help you find that healthier, happier you.

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8/28/17 5:23 P

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emoticon We're glad your here.

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8/28/17 1:55 P

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Hi all, I am new and not sure really how to use Spark People yet, except to track food and exercise (I love that I can add the ingredients of a recipe and see how much of everything i am really eating!) - these community groups were unexpected but seem to be pretty great. I have never thought about a group that combines fitness and depression management, but it actually seems brilliant.

If anyone wants to reach out or connect with me I would love to have some accountability and connection....just looking to be a little less alone in the journey :)



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8/7/17 12:30 P

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emoticon MYTIMEISNOW32! The journey to a healthier, happier you takes many twists and turns. The good news is that you haven't' given up.

If you haven't already, you might want to consider talking to your doctor about your past foot injuries and see if there is anything you should avoid so as not to aggravate your foot.

The most important thing to remember is that this team is here to help you stay motivated and encouraged. The team has many, many threads where you can post, peruse or even start a new one. Whatever you decide, find what works for you and know we are here for you.

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8/7/17 7:17 A

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Welcome Back MYTIMEIS NOW32! Hope we can inspire you and join some of our fun teams! Have a good day!

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Hi all, not new to SP; however, this is my third time around. I'm one week in and going strong; however, I do fight depression/anxiety daily. I haven't joined a lot of groups in the past, because I sort of always feel like an outsider for some reason...but hoping to find all the support and encouragement I can get this go round, as it will be my last.

I have a lot of things going on in my life right now that take money, time, etc. to sort out; however, THIS i can start to finish NOW! Minus the large goal of weight loss, looking for an improvement in my self-esteem, and overall outlook! Hopefully it will decrease some of my pain (past foot injuries) and increase my energy too! (Thanks for reading, best of luck always to you!)

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8/3/17 9:55 A

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You are very welcome!

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8/3/17 9:52 A

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Welcome CROUCHINGFLEA! I'm sorry to hear that you are struggling. I hope that we can help you obtain some goals! Have a great day!

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8/3/17 9:52 A

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emoticon to the team, CROUCHINGFLEA. I'm so, so sorry to hear you are struggling. You are definitely in a challenging place with all that is going on medically. Hopefully your medical team can help you find some much needed answers.

Know we are here to help you through your days and/or nights. Feel free to check our our other threads and peruse them and/or post on them. We want to help motivate and support you as you strive to find that healthier you.

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8/3/17 12:46 A

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emoticon I'm new, though I think when I was on under a different logon I was on this team. I have depression, bipolar and PTSD, which causes severe anxiety and panic attacks. I have not slept a full night since the beginning of March. Not for lack of trying, we just can't figure out why I wake up in the middle of the night, every night.. It can really mess you up, getting that little sleep.

I usually homeschool, but this year we decided I was not doing well enough to do so and I needed to take care of me. Tomorrow is the first day of school (we missed open house emoticon ) and I won't be able to go because of the crowds. That and the fact that youngest DD will cry and cling to me and I don't want her to be embarrassed. (she's in 4th).

I can't drive. I started having flashbacks that are...well, flashbacks, from the PTSD and I had one while driving me and the kids home the other day. I don't know how I got home. I know this is not a group for PTSD, but hopefully you will accept me, PTSD, Bipolar, Depression and all.
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8/1/17 11:13 A

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Welcome! I'm glad your here! It sounds like you are making strides to make a better life for you and your children. It is hard now days to make it! My daughter and granddaughter have been at my house for 7 years. I and my husband help my daughter all the time, I took them in because I couldn't put them out on the street. Many more young people for what ever reasons are having to ask for help from their parents. Enjoy your day! Do something special for yourself.

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emoticon to the team, SLBROOKS3. I'm so sorry to read about your struggles. Hopefully, the tide will turn quickly and you will find the perfect and higher paying job.

I'm so glad you are working closely with your doctor to get the medical side of life smoothed out. It seems you are moving in a positive direction on this front.

Know this team is here to help your through the difficult days and to celebrate the better ones. If there is anything we can do to help you, please feel free to ask.

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Hi I don't think I ever introduced myself to this team even though I have been a long-time member. You know, I probably clicked it and then just moved on adding all these teams I had to delete last week! Ha.

Anyway, this is one I'm keeping. I have what my psychiatrist deems as major depression with psychosis. I wish she would remove the psychosis part but alas she insists. It's because I had visual hallucinations when I don't get enough sleep and I ended up in the hospital. So I am even on abilify for this but she lowered the dosage recently thank goodness. My depression is situational too and mostly in remission aside from the situational part.

Situational being I have a low-paying job and have to receive help from my dad (I am ashamed of this) and have 2 children that I have to pay child support for because my ex has custody and I am a non-custodial mom. I was living with my own mom for 4 years until she would no longer allow the children to come to her house (long story) and I was forced by court order pretty much to get my own apartment.

It's all very ridiculous really. I keep looking for a better paying job and just applied to 2 today! Yay! Even applying is exciting. Well thank you!

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7/28/17 3:47 P

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We'll be here all the way. You can do this, I have faith in you!

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Thanks so much for the support. I gained 85 lbs. It's just nuts. I think sometimes I think too much. I'm motivated to lose this weight . emoticon

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emoticon to the team, DELAND5. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Grief is a difficult time in life and you had a double dose so, so close together. My heart goes out to you. What a great success you had by going out to your knitting group. Another great step is that you posted on this team. This is a great place to find support and motivation. If you need anything at all, please feel free to ask.

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7/28/17 6:10 A

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I'm sorry about your loss. I lost my parents within 9 1/2 weeks; and did hospice with my father. I too suffer from depression and anxiety. Gained a lot of weight after that. A couple of years ago I lost 71 lbs. Gained every ounce of it back! So here I am! This time I'm doing this for me and I'm going to focus on maintenance for a healthy life. Glad your here! We'll get through this one day at a time! Have a good morning!

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Hi !I just joined this team I have clinical depression and generalized anxiety disorder. I have had these seems like forever . It got worse the year my parents died within 9 months of each other. I tend to stay to myself I don't like groups much. I want to get healthy and be able to participate in life more . I went to my knitting group today . There were only a few people there so it wasn't too bad. . I write better than I socialize.
Glad to be here .

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7/24/17 10:28 A

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Thank you for the complements and support for a nap. I'm glad that I did take that nap, I felt so exhausted and in the past I have binged when tired. I grabbed a big glass of H2O and sawed some logs! Thank you again. Roxi

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emoticon to the team, ROCKS8ROX aka Roxi. You are off to a wonderful start on this journey to find that healthier you. A 5 pound loss is extraordinary good! As for needing a nap, remember to always listen to your body. It just could be that a nap is what your body needs at the moment. (Don't feel guilty about it. During rest, your body regenerates and repairs.) Again, welcome to the team.

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"Hi" I'm Roxi and I joined 9 days ago. Had a very successful 1st week. Lost 5 lbs. +inches. Today I'm feeling tired and I'm dragging my feet. I think I'm going to give my self permission to take a nap. Just don't feel right today.

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emoticon to both Spark and the Team, OBWRITES aka Orelia. We are so glad you have joined our ranks. As you have already seen, there is a whole lot of information on this site, as well as, a lot of support. This journey is a marathon NOT a sprint so please feel free to ask for what you need. There are a lot of threads on this team where you can post questions or offer suggestions. Feel free to find what works for you.

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Well, my name is Orelia! I joined this website last night, just out of curiosity and was shock to find the amount of support and knowledge being exchanged here.I don't really have any friends which is shocking at 22 years old but hey, is mostly do to anxiety (I tend to talk myself out of going out and interacting with other people) and depression caused by the abusive environment I grew up in thanks to my family not being able to cope with my disability. I am hopeful that through the support of the people here and my attempts to be consistent I shall be able to gain my health and independence back. Maybe even use the walker again someday :D

BTW, if any of you guys need an ear or a friend for support. I am all for it. Good luck today, I hope is a good one for you.

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Okay I started a message and I lost it so let me try again. if you are new to the sparkpeople community please go through the welcome guide you will find it under help to the lett of your name. At your convenience develop a sparkpage mine is not up to date so I am not practicing appropriate healthy growth.

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emoticon to the team, NAMSALL. I'm so sorry to read that you are struggling despite treatment. You are in such a difficult place. The good news is that you found this site and this team. We are here to help you find that healthier, happier you one step at a time. If you haven't already, you might want to consider setting up a couple of attainable goals to strive for each and every day. This might help you stay focused and push you toward making healthier choices. Whatever you decide, know we are here for you.

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Hi, I just joined sparkpeople. I have been suffering with PTSD, alongside social anxiety, major depressive disorder, and borderline personality disorder since I was almost 18 (although I think I had symptoms during childhood after my father died. I am now 22, and nothing has gotten better despite treatment. I am hoping to use sparkpeople to increase my motivation to take care of myself. I currently eat only 1 meal (and maybe a light snack) per day, get very little or very interrupted sleep, but I do exercise daily (I have a dog, and need to walk her.). I am trying to improve my health and habits; maybe in turn, that will help my mental health.

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i want to thank you for welcoming me to the team. sorry i haven't been back. have been dealing with problems and i need to push myself to get over them and start to feel like doing things. unfortunately, most days i deal with problems. this past weekend was a rough one for me.

need to get moving and try and get something done.

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emoticon to the team, GAJOMA and I'm truly sorry to hear your Dad passed away in January. Grief can be such a hard process and can wreck such havoc on our lives. Know that we are here for you during this difficult time in your life. You might want to consider setting one small, achievable goal each day and then track your progress. Seeing and acknowledging our accomplishments can make us feel a whole lot better.
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Hi. I just joined today. This past week was horrible. I either cried or was stressed all week. My dad passed away in January of this year. That hit me hard. Then I started not caring about what I ate or how much. I'm hoping this will help me with my depression and not have to turn to food. I looked forward to getting to know people.

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emoticon to the team, ABINATHRA and emoticon on your 100+ loss. Teams are a great place to gather information from others, be supported and offer support, as well as find motivation on those more difficult days. If there is anything we can do to help you along this journey, please feel free to ask.

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5/26/17 10:04 A

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I am new to teams in general and just joined this one today. I am glad you took a step to find people to talk to. It helps.

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emoticon to the team, PANDABEAR42. I'm so sorry you are struggling with your depression and also so sorry that your DH isn't on the same page as you. It makes it so difficult when you feel alone. As you can see, this team is here for you. The best example you can be for your son is to take care of yourself. I'm so happy that you have achieved the lowest weight in 8 years. You deserve a pat on the back for that. Try not to undo that success with stress eating. One way I combat stress eating is to do needlework for charity. It keeps my hands busy and the finished project is always a moment of joy. Whatever you decide, we are but a keyboard away.

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Welcome PandaBear.
I just joined SP three weeks ago. One thing that you will see is that you are not alone. Congratulations on being at your lowest weight in 8 years.
Depression is no doubt hereditary. You had no control over the DNA you received, but you can control how you handle it. You are brave to reach out, and you will find support on SP.
Best wishes always.

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hello, i'm new to the team, but not spark. have been a member for years and actually last year i decided to make it my year to loose weight and get on track which i have, but... now i'm just struggling with daily stress which is leading to depression on my part. i have been dealing with this myself....i guess i'm embarrassed, i've been trying to handle things by myself, worried for my son as he is suffering from depression himself and doesn't live close and i don't know how to reach him. my biggest problem is hubby is the main cause of my depression and i can't say anything to him.

i'm embarrassed and feel funny reaching out for help, but i know i need to get my head in the right place or i will go backwards from what i have accomplished the last year and a half. i'm at the lowest weight i have been for over about 8 years. i'm a stress eater and i have anxiety.

must get moving and get some work done. Thank you for your time.

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emoticon to the team, SEMWALKS. I'm so, so sorry to hear about your recent medical issue. You are in a difficult place in life and need all the support you can get. Know you are NOT alone on this journey. Along with your medical staff, we are here for you on both your good days and your bad ones. Hang in there and know we are pulling for you.
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Hi all,

New to the team, but not too SparkPeople. I've been on the site off and on since 2006.

Family history of depression, and I've dealt with a couple bad bouts of it myself. Last month, I had a nervous breakdown at work (elementary special ed teacher with a self-contained classroom - my students are with me all day, and I'm responsible for all instruction and grades), and I have been on medical leave since.

My doctor put me on Prozac, which is helping, and I start counseling on Friday.

Glad to be here for some extra support!

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emoticon to both SparkPeople and this Team, STOPH8INGURBODY. I'm so sorry to hear you have hit a "rough patch" in October and are still there. Hopefully your new doctor can help you find a way through it. You have a great program set listed on your SparkPage. If you haven't considered it, it may be useful to track those goals daily so you don't have to "remember" from week to week how you are doing. Whatever you do, find what works for you and your medical team. Know you are NOT alone on this journey to a healthier, happier you.

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SparkPeople helped me a lot in the past so I am trying this again after struggling with gaining weight and disordered eating for the last 7 years. I am in a mentally bad place but feeling hopeful. My username is so I a constantly reminded to work on loving myself.

I've been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, anxiety, ADHD, and CPTSD and have recently hit a rough patch (well, not recently, it seems to have started back in October). The worst symptoms of my borderline are in remission but the ADHD and anxiety are kicking my ass.

I am feeling hopeful as I have started up with a new treatment center.

I have a cat who is a lifesaver and if you ever need a photo of her to cheer you up just give me a holler.




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emoticon to both Spark and the Team, LOVESWEETS2. Sadly you have summed up quite nicely the story of many of lives. Too often we smile we are hurting so deeply inside! The good news is that you don't need to put up a front on this team. We are here to help each other get through the dark times and to celebrate the small successes (like picking up the pieces once again). Know you are NOT alone on this journey to a healthier, happier you!

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Hello, I am new to the team. I have been battling depression for as long as I can remember. Just when I think I have a handle on life, my handle gets broken and I fall down trying to pick up the pieces... Sometime I end up pinching myself with the broken pieces but it doesn't change anything. I am alone and I don't like this. If I could I would just sleep.... I am a liar because I smile but on the inside I am hurting...

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emoticon to both Spark and the Team, KERENSAMERE1 aka Jen. I'm so sorry that you and your DH and teen struggle with depression. The good news is that you are starting the journey to take control of your eating and exercise habits, Each and every goal you meet, no matter how small, will help you feel better about yourself. If there is anything we can do to help you on this journey, please feel free to ask. Your and yours are NOT alone on this journey to a healthier, happier you.

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Hi! I'm new here, started tracking my nutrition and fitness 2 weeks ago, now I'm finally getting into the fun stuff like joining teams, etc. Hubby and I are both using Spark People and we both deal with depression as does our teenager. I'm hoping that getting healthier physically and being more active will help me emotionally as well. I look forward to being a part of the team! Oh, and I'm Jen by the way. :D

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emoticon to the team, RISINGBLUESTAR aka Amanda. I am so glad you are NOT throwing in the towel. We all struggle at times, but so often forget our daily successes. If you haven't already it might be helpful for you to set up a small daily goal. Whether it be to take a 10 minute walk daily or eat 2-3 servings of fruits and vegetables.... Tracking these goals helps one stay focused on the good choices we are making during difficult times.

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Hello everyone. My name is Amanda. I struggle with depression and anxiety, though it did not Start interfering with my life until about eight years ago. At the same time I developed a thyroid problem, I also started getting panic attacks. Weight has been a struggle for as long as I can remember. Being healthy is important to me and there are periods where there is motivation and effort and periods when it stops. It's frustrating but I'm not throwing in the towel!






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emoticon to both Spark and the Team, BLEEDUFFY aka Bree and emoticon on your recent marriage. While this is an exciting time for you between your marriage and your upcoming degree, I can understand how it may be also a time of heightened anxiety. The good news is that you are NOT alone in having sweets calling your name when you are down or anxious.

One hint I was given years ago was to drink a glass of water and then set a timer for 10 minutes. During that 10 minutes do something that fully engages your mind/body. If at the end of 10 minutes you are still craving sweets, allow yourself to enjoy 1 serving. While this usually works, there are times I sill go overboard. Whatever is the outcome, don't beat yourself up. Just move on and begin again.

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Hi Bree, welcome. That sounds like me on one of my less stable days emotionally. Right now there is nothing emotional about my equation, I'm simply eating any sweets I see, out of control. So I'm like that sometimes.

It's Fiber Man! With his side kick Protein Pup. They'll save us from the Blob.


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Hey everyone!
My name is Bree, and I have both anxiety and depression. I have dealt with both since I was in middle school.
My biggest challenge around weight loss with my depression is it is super easy for me to have an extra down day, which my sugar brain tells me is a good reason to eat everything that ever contained chocolate. I am most looking forward to finding other people who struggle with this and getting out of that mindset and working through those days together.

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Hi Barbara! I'm bipolar and diabetic too. Sorry to hear about your long bout of depression. I just came out of a 2 or 3 year one myself. Maybe longer, not sure. Exercise sure helps, but it's easier said than done, when you are under. So does just eating right and getting all the nutrition you need. Mine had to do with my mom dying, so I think it was just a process of time kind of thing. Anyway, welcome to the team.

It's Fiber Man! With his side kick Protein Pup. They'll save us from the Blob.


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emoticon to both SP and the team, BGARNER-M aka Barbara. I'm so sorry to hear that you are struggling to get your weight off. It is quite frustrating to have surgery and then see the loss turn into a gain. I know it is difficult to see the weight come off so slowly, the good news is that your weight is going down. You are so close to having lost 5 of those pesky pounds. Remember, this is not a sprint, but a marathon and we are making changes to last a lifetime.

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emoticon to the team, SUEBEEGRAM. We're so glad you took the time to post. I'm so sorry to read about your knee injury. How frustrating to have worked so hard to lose the weight and then to regain it. You have set some very manageable goals, but have you also set up a reward system? Sometimes knowing that there is a non-food reward at every 5 pounds lost (or whatever you decide), it helps you stay on track and focused. Most importantly, you are NOT alone on this journey to a healthier, happier you.

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emoticon I'm Barbara, I am not new to Sparkpeople just new to this group. I have been dealing with a bi-polar depression for several years now. I have recently noticed that as I work towards my weight loss goal that the worse it gets especially because I am not seeing the weight get off as fast as I would like. I also have issues with depression because I am diabetic and well they go hand in hand. I am really hoping to get support and ideas on how to combat this from others that suffer the same ailments. I look forward to talking to everyone.

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Keep your chin up! Being a mom of teens is difficult at times but also very rewarding. My doggie literally saved my life so keep that pup close, and get out of the house if you can. God Bless

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