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5/31/16 9:40 A

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emoticon to both Spark and the Team, JOHNNAMARIER aka Johnna. I'm so glad you have found this site. Your Teams are a great place to find the motivation needed on a daily basis to break this cycle of weight and depression. emoticon on the weight loss noted on your tracker. You are doing great for only being here seven days!

Feel free to ask for what you need so that we can help you find that healthier you!

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5/30/16 3:54 P

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emoticon to the team JOHANNAMARIER !!!

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5/30/16 3:14 P

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Hi I'm Johnna and I'm still kind of new to SparkPeople. This is my 7th day so the end of my first week. I deal with depression and anxiety among other things. I have about 200 pounds I need to lose so I know I have a long way to go. Even though I have clinical depression I think the weight has added to the depression which then adds to the weight so I'm ready to break the cycle.

The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. author unknown.


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5/30/16 11:07 A

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If you haven't already been welcomed, emoticon to the team, RUSHER244593. It's always nice to see other members reaching out. Have a great day.

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5/30/16 2:06 A

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Hi just wanted to say welcome to all the new team members.

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5/25/16 4:09 P

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Howdy TINIESTONE3921 aka Tiny Sam. Welcome to the team

Discipline is choosing between what you want right now and what you want most.


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5/25/16 5:33 A

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emoticon to both the team and Spark People, TINIESTONE3921, aka Tiny Sam. This is a great place to find loads of information and lots of motivation, support and care. emoticon on your recent engagement. What an exciting time in your life. Know that we are here for you and want to help you succeed. Feel free to reach out and ask for what you need.

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5/24/16 1:42 P

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Hi! I'm Tiny Sam, (since there are a thousand other Sam's everywhere), and I'm a depressive eater.

(Hiiiiiiii Tiny Sam)

I just joined, and I'm...well, hopeful. I'm 23, and I got engaged two weeks ago, and I want to better my life before I tie the knot with someone who deserves my very best! So, hi!

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5/21/16 12:00 A

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Howdy Kristine aka krissteck! Welcome to the team. I know I am a few days late but that is me always running behind. I have a rough time with backsliding as well. I have only been using the site for a couple of weeks but I love it!

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5/20/16 12:42 A

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Howdy Pudding65. Nice to meet you. I am new here as well. I pray you have nothing but good news on your journey to lose weight. Have a wonderful evening and God bless!

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Thank you MRS_TOAD! Thanks for the link I will try to check it out tomorrow. I have actually found some wonderful exercises for people that can not stand for long periods of time or are confined to a wheelchair. It is called seated Qigong. It is a form of Tai Chi. There are several different videos on youtube. I use one that lasts 35 minutes and then a second one that is about 45 minutes for meditation. They are wonderful! I feel better than I have in years since starting. I have actually gone to bed without pain medication the last few nights and slept all night. My mood has greatly improved and I am more relaxed. I also lost 2.4 pounds this week. So I must be doing something right. I hope it keeps coming off like this. Have a wonderful night and God bless!

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5/19/16 10:28 A

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emoticon to the team, LADYLUK. We're so glad you dropped in and told us a little about yourself. You mentioned being in a wheelchair most of the time. With that in mind, don't forget to consult your doctor so that you don't overdue with the medical issues that you face. That being said, there are exercises you can do here on Spark that are seated. I hope this link helps you.

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In the meantime, know this team is here to help you stay motivated and succeed in meeting your goals.


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5/19/16 12:54 A

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hi everyone! I am not sure if I introduced myself before so here I am. I have embarked on this new journey in my life which means making healthy choices. It was definitely time for a lifestyle change as I want to be around for many years to come. One of my team goals is to say hi or welcome a new person every day, so hello KRISSTECK and anyone else here that is new to the site besides me. I look forward to getting to know each of you :)

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5/15/16 10:01 A

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emoticon to both Spark and the team, KRISSTECK aka Kristine. Your Spark Teams are a great place to find motivation and support. Congrats on powering through and doing your yoga routine. That shows a lot of discipline and will take you far! And don't forget to reward yourself as you meet you goals. Having an incentive will also help you stay focused. Whatever you do, find what works for you and Go For It!

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5/14/16 6:19 P

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Hi everyone, I'm Kristine (aka krissteck)! I'm 21 years old, and looking to make some lifestyle changes. I want to loose about 50 pounds but more importantly I just want to feel confident. I started to struggle with depression and anxiety when I was in high school. Every time I try to make a healthy change I do great for a week or two, then after one bad day I take 10 steps backwards and end up starting again. I'm really hoping that SP will be the method that will stick. Love all the support I've gotten so far on here and its only been 3 days! :)

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5/13/16 8:56 A

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emoticon to the team, PUDDING65. You are not alone on this journey to a healthier you. Just start slowly by setting a couple of daily goals. As you getting more accomplished at meeting those goals, add another. Remember this is a marathon and not a sprint. It took time to get here and it will take take to loss that dreaded weight.

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5/13/16 7:50 A

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Hi, I'm new here too. I was on People before, but I sort of dropped out and regained all the weight I lost. Now I'm back trying to lose it again.

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5/9/16 4:08 P

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emoticon SOSMOND and AMSMC518... emoticon to SparkPeople and the team. Nice to have both of 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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5/5/16 10:20 A

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emoticon to the Team and to SparkPeople, AMSMC518 aka Mary. It's so good to meet you. The good news is that this is a great place to find information to help you stay healthy and motivated. There is a lot of information to be gleaned from this site. Take it slow and steady. This is a marathon, not a race. Know that we are here for you on both your good days and those darker days of depression.

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5/4/16 11:30 P

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My name is Mary. I am currently a student in college. I joined SparkPeople to become healthier and stay motivated in a school/college setting. I have struggled with depression in the past few years, but I hope this group will help give me the motivation I need to be successful on here.

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4/24/16 10:41 A

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emoticon to the team, SOSMOND aka Sheri. I'm so sorry to hear about your latest diagnosis. My heart goes out to you. Spark is a great place to find motivation and support. Staying connected with your Spark Teams can be so helpful. If you need anything, please feel to ask. We are here for you.

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emoticon to all our new team members and emoticon to SparkPeople...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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4/23/16 7:33 P

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Hi! Been a member of SP for a while however i am just getting into it now. First time actually on the site not the app so i was very excited to see i was part of this team :) my name is sheri, i am 27. I have a wopping 40-45 kg to lose. I love to dance and love my furbabies dearly. i have had anxiety and depression for as long as i can remember, i am hoping this lifestyle change may help. I have recently been diagnosed with a brain tumor that sent me spiraling out of control, but now i am aiming to get on track. Looking forward to getting to meet you all

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emoticon to the team, MISSD76. We are so glad you stopped in and introduced yourself. This is indeed a wonderful place to share your good and bad days. You will find a lot of motivation and support among your Spark Teams and Spark Friends. Just try to stay connected by joining the discussions on any of the Spark Team Threads. We are here for you each and every day.

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4/15/16 10:50 P

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I am new here. Depression seems to be a much bigger deal now that I am getting older. I am hoping I can find new friends and support, as well as be there for someone else.

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4/15/16 9:36 P

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That is so true, forming new habits and getting the support I need is what this group is all about!

I can do this! I'm Sheila from Petawawa, Ontario, Canada.


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4/15/16 9:19 A

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Welcome :) I have done weight loss alone all my life, but this time it is so much easier with the support of everyone on here. This time I am forming the right habits to keep me healthier and happier :) Have a great day!

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When you feel like quitting:

Think about why you started.

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4/9/16 9:59 A

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emoticon to both Spark and the team, RUSHER244593. We're so glad you have joined us. This is a great place to find both support and motivation. I love how you are planning to use your journey down the road to help others get healthy. Push for your dream. You can do it!

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4/9/16 7:27 A

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RUSHER244593 - Welcome to the team! Glad you joined us. This group is very welcoming and supportive. Anything we can do, any advice we can give, to help you maintain balance, just let us know.

Hope you enjoy Spark and the wonderful people who are a part of it as much as I do.

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4/8/16 11:46 P

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I am new to the team too just looking for support and help to maintain a balance.

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4/8/16 11:33 P

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Hello Kara, I was new 2 months ago and I,m so glad I,ve joined here! I find that with depression and trying to lose weight, the more support I have, the better I will do. I hope to support you!

I can do this! I'm Sheila from Petawawa, Ontario, Canada.


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Thank you, MRS_TOAD, I appreciate it! Everyone has been so kind and welcoming emoticon

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emoticon to the team, KNKIRK09 aka Kara. We are so glad that you stopped by to introduce yourself. If there is anything we can do to assist you, please feel free to ask. We are here to help you stay focused and motivated.
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Thank you for the warm welcome! emoticon

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Welcome to the team Kara!!!

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Welcome to the team Kara! So glad you joined the team, and look forward to getting to know you.

Hope your day is going well!!!

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4/4/16 11:43 A

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Hello everyone,

My name is Kara and I am new to this team. I have struggled with depression for several years now, and have been at a very low point now for the last few months. I am trying to keep myself afloat and get through each day. I am so happy to have found a group on here that is supportive and understanding of what it is to deal with depression. I don't have a lot of folks around me who truly understand it, and my sweet husband does his best to help me. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you. I hope you're all having a great Monday so far. emoticon

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Welcome to the team guys!!!

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3/25/16 10:09 A

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emoticon to the team, 60SURVIVOR. I'm so sorry to hear you are struggling with PTSD and anxiety. Hopefully, your rescued fur-babies can help you through this difficult time. Walking in the sunshine for 15 minutes a day can change your entire day (and your pups will enjoy the time too!) Whatever you do, stay in touch with your doctor so they can help you quit smoking, lose weight and find that healthier you.

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emoticon to the team, TARAH1979 aka Tarah. So many of us know all to well how anxiety can lead to emotional eating. However, just acknowledging that you struggle with this is a HUGE first step. If you haven't already, try to find something that soothes those feelings. It could be something as simple as music, coloring, exercise or crafting. You just need to find what works for you. Whatever you decide, know we are here for you!

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Tarah1979 - I have a lot of anxiety issues as well. If you aren't on meds for anxiety, you tend to self-medicate with something, whether its food or alcohol or something else. Medication and therapy do help a lot. Aerobic exercise can help as well because it releases endorphins.

I try to keep moving as much as possible.

Good luck to you. The people on this team are very supportive.

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Hi, I'm new to this group. I suffer from anxiety and I eat when I feel nervous or stressed. I have been trying to control it better, and so far so good. Hope everyone is having a great Thursday.

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Thank you 60 Survivor for your kindness. I used to be a very upbeat happy person and still have those days, but the bad ones are awful. I will remember this to shall pass :) Thanks again.

Gracie :)

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3/23/16 10:58 A

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Chris - I walk my four dogs as a form of exercise too, and I know what you mean about their sad faces. If I don't walk them, I feel very guilty, which leads to more depression.

Did you know that chocolate eases depression? That may be why you're choosing it over the healthy meals that you planned. Are you on an anti-depressant?

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3/23/16 10:53 A

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Pisces24 - Menopause plays havoc with your mind and your body. Don't be too hard on yourself if you slip up a little, you're dealing with a lot of things and you shouldn't beat yourself up too. I went completely off the wall when I went through menopause.

Yesterday is over. Today is a new day and a new chance to start over.

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SINISTERTHIMBLE - Welcome! All of us on this team have one mental health issue or another and hopefully can be a resource for you during your journey.

I don't know if, due to your childhood poverty, you suffered hunger, but if you did, that can be a big reason for your use today of food to comfort you. Not having enough food can have a huge impact, especially on a child. Food is life. If that was the case, it makes perfect sense that you developed a habit of using food to comfort yourself.

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emoticon to both Spark and the Team, SINISTERTHIMBLE. So, so many people use food as a security blanket as you well know. The good news is that you have recognized this as an issue and are working toward finding a solution. Know that your Spark Teams are here to help you stay focused on finding that healthier you. Feel free to lean on us during those darker days.

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Hello to all you awesomely brave people. I generally don't talk about being bipolar on the internet and instead tend to use the computer as an escape where I can ignore my problems but reading through so many touching and candid stories has helped me face up to it a bit more. So thanks to everyone for leading by example and making this place somewhere I'm comfortable to make some baby steps in.
I've been on medication for over a decade and for the most part it has made a tremendous difference in my life. However, it's not 100% and the hardest part for me still is acknowledging all the pernicious bad habits and coping methods I built up over the previous 26 years and learning how to get along without these crutches. Food is a big one, from using it as a security blanket to feelings of panic of not knowing when the next meal is coming due to childhood poverty even though I'm living much more comfortably now.
Alright, now I have to get back to looking up fun, free and indoor exercises to get started on my fitness tracking!

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Thank you for the warm welcome and the encouraging message. I managed to eat well - no binge eating at all - and to stay within my newly lowered calorie allowances yesterday, the first time in several weeks. Not even a single longing for chocolate! I'm going to try knitting as a diversion from the negative self-talk that I find myself doing, and hopefully I'll be able to get past it by paying more attention to the jumper pattern that what's going on in my mind.

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Thank you Mrs. Toad. Support and Motivation are what is lacking. I have the mind set to try. I hope the rest comes in time. Yesterday was bad. I hate these emotional ups and downs with Menopause/Depressive symptoms, some days I don't even know who I am, last night was an all time low and today I am better. Many thanks for the support.

Gracie :)

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emoticon PISCES24 aka Gracie. I am so sorry to hear you are struggling with the increase of your weight. You know in your heart that you can get that pesky 25 pounds off, but you also know that it is difficult to stay on track when depression enters the picture. The good news is that we are here for you as you make this journey to a healthier you. Whether you are having a good day or a rotten one, we are here to support and motivate you. Feel free to lean on us.

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emoticon MONTROSE28 aka Chris. I'm so sorry to hear you are struggling after such a good run on "maintenance". The good news is that you have identified your struggles and are determined to do something about it. It's so good that you are walking the pups so often. Not only is it quite an accomplishment, but it is so good for you. You can do this! It's all about making those healthy choices.

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Hello Mary,

I am new here also growing up was much like you. I have been dieting since I can't remember when, sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. I hit my all time low when I was 250 lbs at 47. I managed to lose 85 lbs, and kept it off for 5 years. This past year has been a struggle at 53 now and 25 lbs have come back. I am very depressed and hope that I can lose the weight I want and maintain it this time. YOU can do this Mary :) Have a great day....Just remember to believe in yourself....you have the power to make the changes within!

Gracie :)

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I'm Chris and I've been Sparking since November 26 2014. I've been on my maintenance program after reaching my goal weight for 12 weeks (I think), but once again depression has reared its ugly head, and I've begun giving up on myself so far as healthy eating is concerned, with exercise - most of which is walking my three dogs individually - coming a close second. The only thing that keeps me exercising is knowing how much my dogs look forward to getting out and checking out the new scents wherever we may be walking. Their sad faces are enough to make me get up out of my chair, for their sake, if not for mine.

My weight has been increasing these past weeks, and twice in five days I've found myself choosing a family sized block of chocolate for dinner, rather than the perfectly healthy, enjoyable meals I'd planned on eating. If I don't do something to try to halt this, I'm going to be back where I started, or worse. Hopefully members of this team will understand where I'm coming from, and have some helpful suggestions.

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emoticon to both Spark and the team, LADYNIGHTSTORM aka Mary. The quote you have on your SparkPage is so true. Now is your time to blossom! Remember, each and every choice you make really does make a difference in your quest to find that healthier you. If you haven't already, you might want to make some goals that you can track daily. This will help you stay motivated on those days when the "I just don't feel like it" creeps in.

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Welcome to everyone new checking in. All of you are so courageous to take up this challenge when just getting out of bed is sometimes a challenge.

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Hi everyone! I'm Mary, and I've been struggling with both severe depression and weight issues since I hit puberty at 10 years old (I'm 31 now). I hope to find good comraderie here and I also hope to be of help and support to others :)

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emoticon to both Spark and the team, WYOLOLITA. We are so glad you took the time to introduce yourself. One of the keys to success here on Spark is setting small, healthy goals to replace our unhealthy habits. If you haven't already, you might want to set a couple of these goals. Whether it be do 10 minutes of exercise a day or drink 64 oz of water daily, these small choices help us to stay focused and on target. In addition, if you track these goals daily you will see your streaks grow over time and this, too, will help you stay motivated. Whatever you do, we are here for you.

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emoticon Hello everyone. I am just staring out on spark people and have been facing depression since I was a young kid, first diagnosed in 4th grade with it and anxiety. Recently I haven't been able to really control it but tomorrow is always another day to turn things around. I am glad to join the team and hope to make some new friends.

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emoticon to the team, MASEA621 aka Pam! Also, emoticon on your exercise streak (4 days when I looked at your page). You are off to a great start on this journey to a healthier and happier you. Spark Teams are a great place to find motivation on those difficult days. Feel free to join the conversation on any of our pages. Sometimes even perusing the page can give you the encouragement needed to continue forward when the going is rough. Whatever you do, we are hear for you.

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Hi, my name is Pam and I'm new here. I'm at my highest weight ever due to anti-depressants, so I'm feeling a little overwhelmed and embarrassed about it. In the past, depression has really gotten in the way of pretty much everything - including my desire to become more active and lose weight - so I wanted to join a support group here. So happy to have found you guys!

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emoticon to the team, RISINGSUN26 aka Dawn. What a busy, busy person you are between work, family life and the kids. I admire your determination to find that healthier you. What a great role model for everyone in your life. Know that your Spark Teams are here to help you stay focused and motivated as you move forward with your goals. Please feel free to ask for what you need.

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Greetings everyone. My name is Dawn. Although I occasionally deal with depression, I do try to not let it run my life. I am working on losing weight and getting into a better state of mind. I have found that getting up and doing what I do everyday keeps me from just staying in bed, where I really want to be most of the time.

Anyway, I hope everyone has a good day/evening/night (it is getting late where I live). I look forward to interacting with everyone.

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emoticon to Spark and to the team, LOSTINPNW. I'm so sorry your life has become so difficult lately. The loss of your job and your kitty both add multiple layers of grief. It's important that you take care of yourself during this period of grief. Be as gentle with yourself as you would be with a dear friend. Things will turn around for you. Hang in there. We are here for you.

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I used to belong to Sparkpeople many years ago and have just rejoined in the hopes of getting back on track. I am currently unemployed and staying in my parents' guest room while I look for a job (it's been 4 months so far) and have been feeling even more down on myself than usual. On top of that, my beloved kitty, Disney, passed away unexpectedly a month ago. She was only 8. My mother doesn't like cats, so Disney was staying at my brother's house. Her brother Cheshire is still there and I am able to visit him every other week for a couple of days. My cats are incredibly important to me, so not having them with me has added an extra layer to everything that I have been dealing with. I am hopeful that I will be able to turn things around now and start moving in a positive direction again.

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emoticon to the team, MERMAIDINSIDE aka Stephanie. I'm so sorry that you are in such a difficult place right now. With all that is going on, you are bound to be sad. If you haven't already, you might want to call the doctor and ask for names of persons who take a "sliding scale". There are doctors and therapists who take a minimal fee in order to assist those who are not insured and/or struggling. In the meantime, know we are here for you. Feel free to lean on your Spark Teams for support and care.

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My name is Stephanie. I have a lot of weight to lose. I'm going through major heartbreak and trying to find work and trying to keep myself sane. I don't have insurance but I'm looking for therapy. I need friends.

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emoticon to both SparkPeople and the Team, AERIAL32 aka Aerial. You have so much going on between school, work, your family and your medical issues. That being said, you sound like you are in a wonderful place at the moment. Part of the journey is indeed connecting and sharing with others. You have a lot to offer and I look forward to your sharing in the coming days. If you haven't already, feel free to jump in on any of our other threads. There is a lot going on.

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Hi, my name is Aerial. I finally joined sparkpeople, though I had heard about it for a while. I decided to jump right in to the community, because the more support I have, the better, right?
I joined this group because of my ongoing battle with bipolar, borderline personality disorder, and social anxiety. I have been through multiple suicide attempts, but am now at a place where I feel healthy, stable, and secure, and I want to share the joy of recovery with others in the same situation!

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emoticon to the team, ASHLEYDAWN628 aka Ashley! I'm so glad to see you have such inspirational family and friends within your life. You are back on this journey to a healthier you and that is wonderful. Know that your teammates are here to help you stay focused and motivated during all the phases of this journey.

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emoticon I'm Ashley, I'm new to the team. About 2 years ago I had lost 53lbs. and I felt really good. Then I got lazy and gained back about 70lbs. Now I feel miserable. Starting over on my journey again. Hoping with the weight loss I can be more active to play with my kids and not be as tired or have flares (I have fibro) as much.

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emoticon to the team, SNWANGEL831 aka Susan or "Snow". I'm so glad you stopped into introduce yourself. You have been through so, so much in the last year. You certainly have a new lease on life. Could this depression/lack of motivation be related to meds? Have you discussed this issue with the doctor/s? It might be worth the call. In the meantime, feel free to lean on your Spark Teams for support and care. We are here to help motivate and support you through the good and bad times.

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Hi! I'm susan, but everyone calls me Snow. (I LOVE snow). I'm starting life new, literally, after a lifetime of serious medical stuff. I had a liver & pancreas transplant one year ago last week. They've also removed all but 3 ft of intestine. Some of the meds make me tired,the steroids rev my brain up,but most suppress my immune system so going out in public is a challenge. I've become physically weak. It's led to some pretty deep depression that i'm trying to get in control of. I'm not sad per say, i just...don't. Dont want to do anything, talk to anyone, work out, leave the house.
That's what the new start is for, right?
I can do anything with my new chance at life! Spark is one step in the right direction-motivation and safe contact with great people.

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emoticon RUN2RIDE aka Becky. I'm sorry to hear that life has thrown you some curve balls and now you are struggling with depression. My heart goes out to you. The good news is that you recognized the success you had in the past and have returned for support and motivation. Know we are here for you. Please feel free to lean on us.

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Hi - I'm Becky and coming back to spark after a few years off. I'm starting to struggle with depression again... Just ugh...

Thanks for having me...

My ticker represents 12 years of learning and losing and regaining and regrouping - I'm NOT going back! I *AM* and *WILL BE* fit 4 life!!


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emoticon to the team and to SparkPeople, JBRUTON0926. How busy, busy, busy you must be with 4 children from 9 months to 8 years. While you are struggling with depression, there are things you can do to combat it. Have you chatted with your doctor about your depression and weight issues? If not, it might be worth the call/visit. In the meantime, know we are here for you. Take this journey slowly setting a couple of small, healthy goals. Whether it be a 10 minutes dance with your children or focusing on your water intake, it all adds up. Whatever you decide, we are here for you.

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Hi I'm 29 I have for kids who are my everything. Depression and low self esteem have controlled me most of me life but not any more I seen my oldest going down the same path I did and decided enough was enough so here I am taking control of my life and being a better role model for my kids.

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1/27/16 9:41 A

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emoticon to the team, DUKEBLACKSTAR. Try not to become overwhelmed with this journey. Set small, healthy goals and then reward yourself along the way. Whether it be new book, a massage or an iPod, these incentives will help you stay focused. And remember, you are NOT alone on this journey to a healthier you.

(Have you discussed the use of Light Therapy with your doctor? There are a number of inexpensive lights that with a short use each day can make you feel so much better. It might be worth the call.)

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1/26/16 3:59 P

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Howdy folks, I'm a 32 year old Oregonian dealing with depression, GAD/SAD, and PTSD and, might I add, absolutely currently wishing I lived somewhere the sun actually made its presence known. Sometimes I feel like we've got a dark gray ceiling instead of a sky up above here. Anywho, this is my first serious attempt in my life for loosing weight. My lifestyle has been pretty sedentary all through college and into early adulthood, but the combo of my metabolism dropping out (RIP) and the meds made constant, unrelenting, weight gain creep a harder issue to tackle than I thought it'd be! Hoping I can halt and reverse the gain and develop some healthy lifestyle habits along the way. :)

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1/22/16 3:52 P

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thank you mrs toad :) i hope to inspire people and help people while on my journey on sp!! these things are just so hard to do alone, and I'm full of enough experience to help, and i hope i can do so while here!!! thank you!!!

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emoticon to the team, PUNK-RIOT aka Leeshi! I'm so glad you have joined the team. Your story will resonate with so many on this team. Not only have you inspired those who peruse this thread, but you are off to a great start. If there is anything we can do to help, please ask. We are here for you.

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1/22/16 2:36 P

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hey friends, I'm new today is day 13 for me, i suffer from depression, anxiety, ptsd, and all that wonderfulness... I'm here to introduce myself... so I'm leeshi, I'm 31 single mum of 2. the battle of self image really destroyed my life at a young age... i completely ruined myself as a teen when there was nothing wrong with me, i would never eat, take all these diet pills, get sick, i passed out numerous times, its a hard habit to break, too me till recently to feel somewhat good about myself... and now i weigh wayyyyyyy to much, I've realized i wasted most my life feeling those feelings and making bad decisions. now i have 100+ to lose, this time I'm going to do it the health and right way!!! I'm off most my meds, I'm working out, 3 to 4x a week... i just hope i can stick with it... i fear my bipolar will take it away... ya know with all the ups and downs and big ideas that never work? anyways... hello to everyone!!

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1/22/16 9:56 A

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Thanks Mrs Toad - love your ticker and keyboard doodle! I appreciate the welcome and support!

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emoticon to the team, JBSTARAZ. You are off to a great start and have added some great suggestions. If there is anything we can do to help, please feel free to ask. SparkPeople is all about supporting one another. In the meantime, we are here for you. You are NOT alone.

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1/21/16 10:20 A

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I'm new and just want to say it sounds like you are taking steps to make some positive changes. I wish you the best.

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Welcome, I'm new too! We have similar tickers! If possible, one habit I am working on is to not have too much of a bad thing in the house and also look for something I like to assuage the sweet tooth. I like Lara Bars - Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip or an instant oatmeal or All Bran with Almond Milk. Of course, this doesn't always work but they can be a bit filling and sometimes can defer action on going for a candy bar! I'm using Water My Body app if you like that kind of thing to also concentrate on ensuring I'm hydrated. Can you get some walks in to help with the stress? That seems to be the primary thing that helps me too. Take care and my sympathies.

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thank you so much for that reply MRS_TOAD. I LOVE that strategy, H.A.L.T. I was just thinking of getting back to jouralling and that is such a fantastic suggestion. Thank you for sharing. yes, the loss of my dad really turned my entire world upside down. My mother is my rock and she deals with some health issues as well so I find myself worrying about what I will do if something happens to her as well. Best to stay away from that thought though. I have to let tomorrow worry about tomorrow for now. Thanks again for that suggestion. I will definitely start putting that into action!

Takin' it off SLOW and keepin' it off for GOOD!!


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emoticon to the team, TCLINDSEY75 aka Tammy. I'm so, so sorry to hear about the loss of Dad. This is a substantial loss and one it takes time to heal. Know that you are off to a great start by acknowledging that this journey involves our wellness on multiple levels (spiritually, physically and mentally). Too often, we try to "fix" one without the others. One trick I have used to avoid emotionally eating is to ask myself if I'm Hurting, Angry, Lonely or Tired (HALT). If any of these are a YES, then I have a glass of water and take some time to journal my emotions. Whatever you decide, know we are here for you.

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

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


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