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5/26/17 10:42 A

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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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5/20/17 12:36 P

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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.

the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. Colossians 3:14-15a


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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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5/2/17 5:59 P

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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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4/28/17 7:09 A

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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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4/15/17 11:28 A

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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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4/10/17 11:11 A

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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.

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4/9/17 8:11 P

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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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3/11/17 2:20 P

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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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3/11/17 10:36 A

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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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3/11/17 10:30 A

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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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3/10/17 1:43 P

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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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emoticon to the team, LOLLILOVE. I'm so sorry about the difficult times you experienced. Hopefully life will calm down for you. If you need anything at all, please feel free to ask. We are here to help you stay motivated especially when times are tough. Know you are NOT alone on this journey to a healthier, happier you.

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Hi NEW to the team. Was on SP before and lost. Son went through difficult times needing treatment, family needed me. Dealt with stress and am back but kept losing while off SP. Depression sets on and off for hormonal and health issues and increased debilitating migraines thought to be tied to this over the last 4 years have increased depression (though tried to put it to stress, have to admit to it having escalated). Have changed meds to more herbs, vitamins and trying to find my life back to living healthy. On bad days, I still have times not being able to fight it but the herbs and vitamins are shortening the period of time. Husband and teens are amazing. My Chihuahua saves my life. Happy to find this group.

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

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

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

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

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


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

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

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

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Welcome to the team everyone :)

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Any help or advice would be nice and thank you.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

[ETA: I was speaking to BUNCHA.]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi,

And Happy New Year to everyone.

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

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

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

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


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


Julie:-)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hey Ya'll.

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

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

The Journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step.


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

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

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emoticon to all new members!!

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Thank you for the warm Welcomes emoticon

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

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

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

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

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

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


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