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7/4/15 12:26 P

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Hi Sharyn! I'm 63 and I've been dealing with depression since my 30's. You are fortunate that you have been able to limit your meds. That hasn't worked for me - I've been on meds for about 25 years. I'm trying to reduce the dosages of some of them, but it's a slow process. I'm also trying to accept the fact that at this point in my life, they are just part of how I have to deal with this and I shouldn't feel ashamed of it.
You have endured some major losses this year! Be kind to yourself and give yourself time to grieve and heal. Hang in there! Consider yourself hugged! emoticon


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6/28/15 3:01 P

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Thanks MRS_TOAD! Your signature is cute, by the way! :D emoticon

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6/28/15 1:01 P

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emoticon to Spark, MADLYHADLEY aka Janey. Wow! You have had a difficult few years! I'm so glad you made through all of that and have arrived at a place where you are happy and accepted. While you may think 90 pounds is a lot to lose, remember, this is a marathon not a sprint. Every healthy choice adds up over the long haul (just like all those unhealthy choices added to our weight and depression). You can do this! Lean on the team! We are here for you.

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6/27/15 3:02 P

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Hi everyone! I've been back to sparkpeople for about a week after using myfitnesspal off and on for a couple years. They were bought out by under armor and I didn't like the changes or premium-upgrade-begging, so I came back to good old spark. I'm Janey, I'm 28 and 244.8 pounds with a highest weight of 252. I suffer from depression and social anxiety.

There's nothing more comforting than the purr of a cat against your face as you sleep. As long as he doesn't also plant his tiny paws on your windpipe.


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6/26/15 9:46 A

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emoticon to the team, MARGIMORRIS. I'm so sorry to hear that you are feeling disconnected with the team. One huge way to become connected is to make your SparkPage open to the public. Currently, no one on the team can come and comment on your SparkPage, send you goodies or offer words of encouragement. (There is an option on the top of your SparkPage to change it from it's current Private Setting.) Another way to become connected is to post on any of the Team Threads. Our Daily thread gets a lot of traffic and is a great way to become connected.

As for the app, I'm sorry, but I can not help you there. I only use my computer to access Spark. Hopefully, with a little luck and a lot of patience, you will figure it out. Hang in there.

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6/25/15 6:29 P

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Hi, I've been trying to understand this app since May 21st and am logging food and exercise but can't seem to feel "connected" to anything or anyone...so I'm introducing myself...I'm 65, presently really fighting depression and am not really sure what I need to do with this group to get connected...not even sure how to find the message board this is going to be printed on....

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6/22/15 12:43 A

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Thank you for the warm welcome. Yes I will check out the threads. emoticon

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6/21/15 10:09 A

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emoticon to the team, HEARTSPUZZLE26. I love your SparkPage title: Life is a Journey, so take the Leap! What a great philosophy! If you haven't already, check out our many threads. You will find loads of support and motivation on them. If you feel comfortable, please feel free to add to them at any point. In the meantime, enjoy the journey to a healthier and happier you!

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6/20/15 10:39 P

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cheers from Sharyn,
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May you all find your perfect comfort zone in all you do

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6/20/15 9:46 P

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Hello everyone. I'm new but not new to sparkpeople. Was on a while ago but took a break because of work and life in general. I'm ready to get back out there and be healthy and happier knowing I'm forming good habits. Appreciate all the support I can get and I'm a great motivator as well. I've struggled with anxiety and depression most of my life. The ups and downs get me sometimes but I always find a way to bounce back because life is worth it and my son deserves the best mom I can be. emoticon

"It takes a dream to get started, desire to keep you going, and determination to finish." - Eddie Harris JR.


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6/19/15 9:20 A

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emoticon to both Spark and the team, BARKSPAWN. Sadly, what we are "taught" as kids carries on long into adulthood. While it takes a lot of work, these "lessons" can be replaced with a healthier self-talk. Each time we find ourselves putting ourselves down, we need to replace this negative tape with something positive. Like all things, it takes time and dedication and is a slow process.

If there's anything we can do to help, please let us know. You are not alone on this journey to a healthier you.

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6/18/15 5:09 P

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hello Barkspawn & emoticon to the team. Bullying is terrible While the hurt from those years of bullying might be hard to get past and even though we don't forget it, it is possible to move on to better memories. I hope you can find peace.

True life isn't all about 'me' but there are times when the 'me' is VERY important & it is ALL about the 'me'. This is one of those times. I think you have done well at your introduction.

Have a wonderful day and pop in as often as you can or want, we love to hear from you.

cheers from Sharyn,
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May you all find your perfect comfort zone in all you do

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6/18/15 10:43 A

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Hi everyone!

I am new here. It is my second day at Sparkpeople. Feeling a little overwhelmed but not too bad. I am no good at introductions or talking about myself. I've always been taught to not talk about myself as "it isn't always about me".

I guess a brief overview of why I am here. I was bullied about my weight since the age of 9 years old (I am currently 24) and I have basically been struggling with trying to deal with that and undo the damage that was done. Kids can be so cruel.

Anyways, I look forward to talking with you all and maybe finally getting the support I need for this journey. emoticon

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6/17/15 6:07 P

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emoticon Mrs Toad.

cheers from Sharyn,
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May you all find your perfect comfort zone in all you do

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6/17/15 8:31 A

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emoticon to the team, INDORTY aka Sharyn. I'm so, so sorry to hear about your losses. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time of grief. You have a lot to deal with right now. Be as gentle with yourself as you would be to a friend in this situation. You made a good call going to your GP for help. If there is anything we can do to help you, please feel free to ask. You are NOT alone during this incredibly sad time.

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emoticon everyone. My name is Sharyn. I have been dealing with depression for most of my adult life, prior to that it was put down to being a bratty teenager.

in 2004 I had a major depressive episode that saw me being referred to a shrink & being on some pretty strong anti depressants. By the time I got to see the shrink he was happy I had turned the corner & didn't want to see me again but advised me to continue on the drugs for a few months. 12 months later I told my GP it was time I weaned myself off them & he helped me do so. Since then it has been a bit of an up & down journey but generally everything is pretty well managed & until the middle of May it had been 3 years since I had need antidepressants.

This year has been a real battle since the passing of my son in January & then my older brother in March, then near the end of May it was my sons birthday. the 1st after his passing away. I lost the plot & went back on the meds. My GP says I need at least 6 months on them to be sure I get back on an even keel again. he is happy with the way I have learnt to judge my need & how I can sense when I need intervention.

So now after a month I am feeling more like I can face the world again & I no longer cringe at the thought of having to leave the house.

cheers from Sharyn,
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6/15/15 2:20 A

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Thank you NURSEKYRAKNITS! This team has been a very valuable part of my experience so far, so thanks guys :)

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6/14/15 2:43 P

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Welcome to the team. This is a great site full of resources, support and guides to getting you on your path to a healthy lifestyle. Glad you are here!

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6/14/15 10:39 A

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Welcome VIJI_CAN and ELLENSEA5!! I hope you guys find support and tips throughout this group! emoticon

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emoticon to the team, ELLENSEA5 aka Ellen. You are off to a great start! Every little loss adds up. Remember, this is a marathon and not a sprint. Take your time and enjoy the journey to that healthier and happier you. Albeit, there is a lot to learn, but we have plenty of time. We are here for you.

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6/11/15 4:16 P

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Hi Mrs_Toad. Thank you for the warm welcome and words of support! Yes juggling work, studies and weight loss is challenging but joining sparkpeople has renewed my energies just by the encouragement of wonderful and supportive people in the community :) Feeling very lucky to have found a few support buddies :D Thank you for extending your kindness out too :) Much appreciated. Have a great day! emoticon emoticon

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Hello! I'm new as well. Just joined this week. I'm looking forward to learning more and hearing everyone's stories (good & bad) and just encouraging each other all the way around ...

My name is Ellen and I hope to utilize this site (work schedule allowing) to the max. Have a lot of weight to lose. emoticon But I've already lost a little this week! So..... step by step!

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Moving forward, looking forward. The past has passed. One pound, one step, one day at the time. Let us press on!


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emoticon to both Spark and the Team, VIJI_CAN. You are one very busy person between work and your studies. Hopefully you will be able to find the time to focus on becoming healthier and happier on a daily basis. You've taken the first step and that is worthy of praise. If there's anything you need, please feel free to ask on any of our many threads. We are here for you.

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6/10/15 10:53 P

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Hi guys, just stopping by to say hello! emoticon

Im also new to this group and hoping to support and be supported on the journey to weight loss :) Ive battled with a mental illness for 10 years now so its great to know this support network is here in regards to weight loss. I have been seeking professional help for this illness but need that extra support and guidance from time to time too. All the best guyss!! :)

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6/6/15 10:13 A

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Welcome Rita! So glad you joined the team!

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6/5/15 6:58 P

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Sorry to hear about your depression affecting your diet habits hang in there and think good and positive thoughts.

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6/5/15 3:51 P

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Thanks for the welcome :-) I'm hoping to get some good habits going over the summer so when school starts again, I won't lose everything I've accomplished. Of course I'm having a pretty good day today; when the depression hits, all bets are off and things get harder.

How active is this team? Do people stop by everyday pretty much or not too often?

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emoticon CINCIMOMOF4 aka Amy! You are not alone. So many of our members have seen life get really busy and then lose the "taking care of me" perspective. The good news is that you are back and ready to begin anew. If there is anything we can do to help, feel free to ask. In the meantime, carve out a few minutes a day just for you and your dedication to finding that healthier you.

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6/4/15 4:46 P

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Hi I'm Rita I have struggled with depression and still do at times. I have learned how to control it most of the time. I also take medicine for mine. So yes I know what you are dealing with. Just try to keep a positive attitude and pray a lot. 5hotwired

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6/4/15 3:38 P

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Hi, I'm Amy. I'm a stay-at-home mom to 4 kids, ages, 15, 13, 12 and 10. I'm not new to Spark. I was on here years ago and just kindof stopped when life got too busy. But I am back again and hoping to get in better shape and lose some weight. I lost 50 pounds about 3 years ago, but have gained 10-12 back since then and really want to lose more weight.

I struggle with depression. I was diagnosed about 8 years ago and have been on a couple different medications since then. I'm currently taking Wellbutrin and it has been helping. I still have bad days of course. I am excited to meet some people who are struggling with depression like I am. It helps to know people who know what I am going through.

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emoticon to both Spark and the team, S_TALICIA0608 aka Tee. We are so glad you took the time to post your intro. It sounds like you are in a fairly good place despite the medical issues. Your positive attitude will take you are on this journey to a healthier you! If there's anything we can help you with, please feel free to ask. You are definitely NOT alone on this journey.

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Hi everyone! I'm name is Talicia, but you can call me Tee. I'm a senior in college with possibly two years left, God willing. I'm an special education major, and teaching is my passion in life. I love meeting new people, trying new things, and creating new experiences, which in return will create great memories. Yes, I suffer from bipolar depression, so sometimes it will just hit me out of nowhere and I'm just stuck under a cloud. However, I have been dealing with depression since I was 12 and successfully without medications. I'm glad to know I'm not on this journey alone and to be apart of something that will benefit me in all areas of my life. I've fallen off of this wagon numerous times since I was about 14; however, I have to say I am more determined than ever to stay on MY PATH, and tackle this journey MY WAY. I'm am getting ready to turn 21 on June 8th. Officially legal in the USA lol. Hope to befriend many people and help one another along the way! Have a great day you guys!

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emoticon BRINABEAR18! So glad you joined us. If there is anything you need, just post and we will be happy to try an help. I'm looking forward to getting to know you. Best wishes for an excellent first week.

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�Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.�
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�If I hired one of the stock boys to chase me around the store with a licorice whip, I'd be thin by Christmas.�
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emoticon to the team, BRINABEAR18 aka Brina. I'm so glad you have found this team. Have you discussed your mood and anxiety with your doctor or someone at the health center? It might be worth the call. They can be yet another tool to help you along on this journey. In the meantime, set a couple small goals and then track them. As you see your success, it will provide both motivation and pride at a job well done.

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Um..hi.

I'm not that great with hellos, so I guess I'll just give a quick run down.

I'm Brina, howdy, hola, aloha, hello, etc. I'm nineteen and I'm a sophomore in college.

I'm pretty healthy I guess. My only issues are a really bad anxiety order and some self-esteem issues. I worry about a lot of things, and have a bad tendency to bottle everything up until I kinda just..pop. It really screwed with my last semester of school, which in turn made everything sort of worse. I've contemplated suicide a few times, not going to lie, but I've always managed to make myself see that I could make everything better.

Since these problems have been happening more and more frequently, I decided a month ago to try some things to make my quality of life better. I figured if I made myself a healthier lifestyle, I'd be happier. And I joined Spark as a tool to help me complete that ultimate goal.

So, hello. Nice to meet you all. I'm also a pretty good listener, so I'm open to conversation and friends as well. :)

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Thank you, I think this team will be a great resource for me and a place I can come for support and comfort.

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emoticon to the team, KNKIRK09 aka Kara. I'm so sorry you are struggling so with your current job and related issues. It is tough when you are far from family and friends. Hopefully, Spark and this team can help fill the void until the situation changes for you. Feel free to share on any of our threads as you journey toward that healthier you. We are here for you. You are NOT alone.

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Hi everyone! I'm Kara, 34 and I live in east Tennessee. I'm a librarian and I run a small rural library. I have been overweight since I was a child, and have been on medicine for high blood pressure for a few years now. I have tried to lose weight so many times, and would do well for a while before I let something get in the way and derail me. I went to the doctor a couple of weeks ago and the number on the scale shocked me. I am at the highest weight I've ever been. I have problems with my knees, sciatica, and of course the high BP. If I don't start losing the weight now, I am going to be unable to move before I hit 40. I decided it's time for me to take control of my life back and stop letting the food, the stress, the "whatever" it is determine how I'm going to live.

I started my current job in August of last year, and it has been nothing but stress since day one. I had to move almost 50 miles from my family and friends, and I am not happy here. I am so depressed and have been struggling with emotional eating every single day. I want out of here (and hopefully will be soon, if it all works out) and until then just try to take it day by day. I have struggled with depression for years, and this seems to be one of the worst bouts yet.

I'm so glad I found this team and I know it will be a huge help to me. I look forward to getting to know all of you.

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emoticon to the team, 5HOTWIRED. I so hope you find this team and Spark in general to be a safe place full of motivation and support. If you need anything at all, please feel free to ask.

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I have had trouble with depression most of my life. I have had several nervous breakdowns. I have learned to control them and stay on medication for the depression.

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emoticon to the team, POOHLUVER1977. You have summed up exactly how so many of this team feels, " I am so tired, of being sick and tired," You have made some gigantic strides towards that healthier you and should be very proud. We look forward to seeing you on our many threads.

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emoticon SANDYKMAC. I'm so sorry to hear about all of your setbacks. The good news is that you have not given in to excuses. You have reached out and restarted that journey to a healthier you and your sister! emoticon

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POOHLUVER1977, welcome! I love what TSWITTRIG said about getting outside because that also improves me outlook on things. I also fight depression and anxiety...and chronic pain. I agree with your doc that getting out in social settings helps also. If you look around your community, you might can find a support group, volunteer group, or craft group that fits your needs. I am just so glad you joined this group. If you need anything, please post. I am looking forward to getting to know you. emoticon

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One thing that really helped me is to commit to getting outside at least 15 minutes every day. I have been able to build on that. It really really helps with depression. As I build up (working toward 10000 steps a day), it helps with diet too.

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I am new to all this with SP. I lost over 80lbs over the last year, but now I have hit a block. I am currently doing " The Simple Diet". I started back with it five days ago. I lost weight on the diet before so I know if I follow it I will lose again. It's just so hard to get started, and get used to it. I find myself hungry a lot. I struggle daily with depression, PTSD, and OCD. I take a lot of medications. Most of which cause weight gain. I also have an underactive thyroid. I feel like it all works against me, and my need to lose the weight. I am so tired, of being sick and tired, as I'm sure a lot of you can relate to. I would love to talk to you, my therapist says I need to branch out and make new connections with people. I have few friends. So it would be great to meet new people who I can relate to.

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Oh, SANDYKMAC; I live south of Houston and do so know what you mean about the rain. Welcome back! This is the best place to be. I'm glad you are back and sending best wishes for a new start. If there is anything we can do, please post. I'm right there with you with hip pain. I'll be seeing my bone doc on Monday because it really has gotten so much worse during all this rain. I will post info as I find it; however, I've started an anti-inflammatory diet to help with the pain. Have a great week! You will be in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon

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I'm back after a long hiatus. So much has happened and I'm now having hip pain and I've gained so much weight. In Dallas, we've had over 60 days of rain in the past three months. The grey skies have me feeling so depressed and a week ago my mood was really good. Even so, I decided to go back to the Simple Plan on Weight Watchers and this time, it's working. My sister and I have tried walking, but we keep getting set back because of the rain. I'm not talking about gentle rain, although it was closer to that three months ago. These days, it's several inches and the ground is so saturated it's flooding everywhere.

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Walking does help. Commitment to a daily walk clears out your head, at least a little.

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emoticon BROOKE008. We're so glad you have returned to this journey to a healthier you. Don't look back at the weight that you have regained. Instead let us look toward your new goal of getting more involved with your teammates. Know we are here for you!

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emoticon all newbies and newly returned. I find that this is the thread that gets real, and you are all welcome. We suffer from depression, and even though we do, we soldier on. TSWITTRIG, hopefully you can find some inspiration here--kudos for the great goals. MOMMYDEATRE, I've been there--nervous breakdown, major depression, and PTSD. Welcome. I admire that with what you are dealing with, you are here, ready to fight it out. LOL! emoticon BROOKE008, we have all fallen off the wagon at some time. I haven't been back all that long, and you are doing a good job with setting your focus. I'm glad you're here. Best wishes to all of you for a great week!

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Hi everyone,

I am not new to SP or this group, I joined this team over a year ago and was doing very well, but then i fell off the bandwagon. I gained all my weight back (boo) but I am back to fight the good fight and get fit for good! I am struggling with my depression quite a bit atm but I am working hard to get it in check.

Just wanted to re-introduce myself as I am restarting my journey, and I am sure some of the active members have changed a bit... Looking to get more involved this time around. I think that was my downfall last time! So, in any event.... hello!

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I use an app on iphone called habit chain. So, you have to 'do' the new habit every day to keep the chain going. I've got 18 days in a row for 15 minute walk. :)

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emoticon to the team, MOMMYDEATRE. I'm glad to hear that your side-effects from your medications are beginning to subside. Remember to set small goals here on Spark so you don't overwhelm yourself. It also is an encouragement as you see those goals begin to add up. If there is anything we can do to help, please feel free to ask.

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emoticon to the team, TSWITTRIG. This group is a great place to find motivation and support. If you haven't already, check out any, or all, of our threads. They are a good place to meet people, chat and ask for what you need. In the meantime, start slowly and work up from there. Have you been tracking your 15 minute walk so that you can reward yourself when you meet your goals along the way?

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Hi-- I started this program this past Saturday. I currently struggle with PTSD and major depression and am working to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I see a therapist about once a month (all I can afford) and just started seeing a psychiatrist and started medication about a week ago-- thankfully, the most bothersome side effects are subsiding.

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I'm new. Suffer from major depression (two episodes in last five years).

Feeling good now after several months really depressed. ECT really helped me.

I'm now working on good habits (15 min walk every day) and diet.



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Newbies and those newly returned--how is it going for you? Post an update about your beginnings.Would love to hear from you and give you encouragement.

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Welcome BROKEN_VALKYRIE! I'm glad you joined SparkPeople and this team. You will find lots of support here. emoticon emoticon

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Thanks, I'll get it visible and check out the challenges. :)

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emoticon to both Spark and the team. It sounds like you keep yourself very busy and have many interests. Maybe you can set a goal to get in 10 minutes of exercise a day and/or drink 64-oz of water and then track it. Many people have found that tracking a goal helps keep one motivated especially when the days begin to add up. Whatever you decide, we look forward to seeing you around.

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(To streamline things, I'm using pretty much the same intro post for any group I join, so if you've seen me elsewhere, that's why this might sound familiar. I won't be doing this with any other posts.)

Hello! I just joined SP yesterday. Like I'm sure most of you have, I've been battling my weight nearly my entire life (I can't remember their being a time before my mom started putting me on diets) and I've not done well.

I'm just over 50, and have been married to a wonderful man for the last 20 of those years. When we were younger, we'd independently come to the realization that each of us would be a lousy parent, so after we got married we adopted dogs instead. It turned out to be good thing, given my condition, and the dogs give me so many smiles and help keep me from feeling too lonely while hubby is off at work. I read a LOT, and most recently have been getting into paranormal stories And i love music - especially Rush and Pink Floyd. I get a kick out of live-action superhero movies &a TV shows, watching competitive cooking shows (even though I'm a VERY picky eater and wouldn't touch 99% of what gets made :D Oh, I also have a great interest in Norse Lore and Legends.

Anyway,. I just wanted to say "hi" and let y'all know I'm here :)


PS: I saw the note about filling out our SparkPages & I'm working on mine, but it may be a couple days before it says much...)

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Newbies and those who are newly back. How was your week? Is there anything we can do for you? emoticon

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Welcome, CurlyTop_Mom! It's great that your husband is starting to be more active now that the weather is warming up. Exercise certainly does help with depression and the sunshine has great benefits too. My stepdad has Huntington's Disease and we're always trying to encourage him to get outside and walk around the neighborhood to help with his depression.

Personally, I'd recommend the Y just because like you mentioned, they have more than just fitness equipment. I just checked out the schedule and ours offers all sorts of fitness classes. We even have line dancing. You might be able to find something fun that you can do together.

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Welcome CurlyTop_Mom! Unfortunately I cannot necessarily help with your decision as we do not have a Planet Fitness or YMCA in my area. We do have several gyms though. Most would be comparable to PF I believe. One, however, is owned by our list cal hospital and actually has physical therapist onsite, trainers, (indoor pool), and childcare. This gym is definitely my preference. I have children, so being able to bring them helps me have one less excuse not to go to the gym. I also like have actual medical people on the premises that could possibly offer advice or assist if necessary. The pool... Well that is an important deciding factor for me. Being over weight, the equipment can sometimes be extra brutal on my bones and joints. The pool is a great way to exercise and even better way to relieve stress.

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emoticon CURLYTOP_MOM. You have so much going on between your kids and the medical issues with your DH. The most important person to care for right now is YOU. Then you will have more energy to care for the rest of them. Your decision between the Y and the Gym is a tough one. It really depends on how dedicated you are on going and how often the rest of the family will go. Is there a trial period? Whatever you decide, know you are making a healthy decision.

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My thought about the Y is they might offer more opportunities for my husband with his Parkinson's disorder. We saw a new neurologist and she said that there are studies that show that exercise improves Parkinson's as opposed to the medications that just manage it. Plus we all hear that exercise improves depression. I see that with him just being more active in this warmer weather (here in the North) he seems happier, more cognitive, and more communicative. Planet fitness has basic exercise equipment, but I'm not sure what else they could offer him.

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emoticon DISCOVERLLH. (I love your pampered pup. Too cute!) I'm so glad you took the time to post about your return to Spark. Remember to start with small goals. You don't want to get overwhelmed by trying too many things at once. Know we are here for you.

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emoticon CURLYTOP_MOM! It's funny you mentioned the "Y" because I was just thinking about this yesterday. I'm currently in Arkansas with my hubby while he is on a job, but I live near Galveston, TX. I'm probably going to look into joining the Y this week. Welcome back, and I hope you enjoy your membership.

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Welcome all new members! I am a returning member. I have been here and gone and back again a few times. I even signed up for Weight Watchers online during a 3 month special. Then when the monthly payment of $60 started, I said, why am I spending that on Weight Watcher when Sparkpeople is still free for my tracking, has the these wonderful forums for support. So I have cancelled that membership and plan to use that money to get either a gym membership or a membership to a local YMCA. My husband sufferers from Bipolar disorder and was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2013. So my debate is do I want a membership to the Y or to Planet Fitness? If I choose the Y, should I get a family membership (we have 4 children, 3 under age 18) or just one for the 2 of us?? Any suggestions would be great! emoticon

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For those of you who are new or newly returned, what are you doing to get started? I'm doing well now, but getting started was difficult. I started with tracking my food...and BOY did I get an eyeful that first day! LOL!

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Welcome back, Amy! I am just recently back myself, so you are not alone with that. If you need support, let me know!



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emoticon GIR1ANACHRONI5M aka Amy. It's so good to see you again. I love your positive attitude and your quote "I do more than survive. I thrive." I might have to steal that one and put it on my quote list. Anyway, if there is anything we can do to help you along the way, please let us know. We are here for you.

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emoticon GIR1ANACHRONI5M! I'm also back from a year long absence, and it feels good to come home. LOL! I hope you have a great week!

Edited by: PAULAGRIFFITH75 at: 5/11/2015 (12:39)
�Eating crappy food isn't a reward -- it's a punishment.�
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�Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.�
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�If I hired one of the stock boys to chase me around the store with a licorice whip, I'd be thin by Christmas.�
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Welcome Amy!

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Hello everyone! I'm "new" to the team. I've been on Spark before but it's been a while. Glad to be back! My name is Amy. I've been dealing with depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember but was officially diagnosed and started getting help around 2009. It's been a long road with lots of ups and downs, but I believe I can do more than survive! I can thrive!

Also, big huge welcome to all my fellow newbies! I hope everyone has a great week!

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emoticon MARVELGAL! I added you as a friend. I've dealt with depression since my 20s and I'm about to turn 58. While sometimes it feels overwhelming and that we've lost control, the reality is that we are the ONLY ones in control of our lives. It is very important to have the support you can get in this group because we understand. Welcome back!

�Eating crappy food isn't a reward -- it's a punishment.�
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�Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.�
― Elizabeth Berg

�If I hired one of the stock boys to chase me around the store with a licorice whip, I'd be thin by Christmas.�
― Jennette Fulda


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emoticon to the team, GODSGOODPLANS4U. Bless you for the encouraging post you left on this thread. It is sure to bring hope and inspiration. If there is anything we can do for you, please ask. We are here to support, motivate and listen. You, too, are not alone.

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emoticon MARVELGAL. I'm so glad you have decided not to quit. Sometimes after setbacks and pitfalls it seems easier just to quit. The good news is that you are back and have made the decision to focus on you. Like you have probably heard before, set a couple of small goals to help you stay focused and not get overwhelmed. We are here to help motivate and support you. You are NOT alone. (Cooper is adorable.)

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emoticon PAULAGRIFFITH75 and emoticon for all the years you spent in the educational system. It is quite an accomplishment.

I'm so sorry to hear you are facing some serious medical issues along with your depression. Everything together is quite a lot. The good news is that this team is here to help support you along the way to a healthier you. If you need anything at all, please feel free to ask. I look forward to seeing you around on the boards.

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Welcome Newbie!

March 23 2015 to September 30 2015


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Hello AMANDASLATHAM :) So glad you joined. I used to be bi-polar as well, but with a lot of prayer and a lot of therapy, I got rediagnozed about 21 years ago as non manic depressive ( also non bi-polar). I will definitely pray for you. Good job dieting and exercising! It will pay off eventually! You might want to talk to your doctor about how much exercise is adequate. May God bless you richly! You are amazing!

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Hi guys, I'm new... but I've been on Spark before. I've been dealing with depression chronically since I was about 13 years old. I'm nearly 30 now. I refuse to let it defeat me. Hoping to drop the weight and the control depression has on my life. Would love some SparkFriends; I do well with support and I like supporting others.
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Hi, SPARKSEANSMOM! I'm returning after almost a year, so I know that feeling. I've been dealing with depression since my 20s, and I'm about to be 58. The good news is that there are much better treatments than there were in the 1980s. Welcome to the team!

Edited by: PAULAGRIFFITH75 at: 5/12/2015 (12:15)
�Eating crappy food isn't a reward -- it's a punishment.�
― Drew Carey

�Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.�
― Elizabeth Berg

�If I hired one of the stock boys to chase me around the store with a licorice whip, I'd be thin by Christmas.�
― Jennette Fulda


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Welcome Newbie!

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I never thought about the cup idea. :) Sneaky! And yeah, I'm pretty busy but I rather like it. My ex has half-time custody so when I get home and they're not there, it's incredibly quiet. Then the dog starts whining about wanting out so it's just like the kids are there! Bwahahahaha!

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emoticon to the team, AIMJAY314 aka Amy. You are one very busy lady! Between work, 3 kids and 3 fur-babies.... Yikes! The good news is by joining Spark, you are creating a little "me time" in which you can focus on your health and well-being.

Can you take your medication at bedtime? If so, you could place a cup by the bed as a reminder to take your meds.

In the meantime, know we are here for you. You are NOT alone on this journey.

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