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8/1/15 12:57 P

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Thank you for your gentle welcome. I feel like I've been hugged!

The celebration of life (memorial) for my mom is happening today, so I need to go shower soon and get dressed. It will be good to be surrounded by extended family that I haven't seen for a while, as well as more intimate family and friends. I plan to cry and laugh a lot today. My mom was a very loving person who exemplified the "Live, Love, Laugh" concept. There will be much sharing of good memories today!

My main frustration with SparkPeople is that I can't enter a dietary preference without saying "I ate this"! I came here for menu planning, primarily, and I don't want to virtually eat everything I like all at once! Eeeewwwww! I'm not planning to track my food on this site, at least not yet, so entering what I like won't happen gradually, as the site intends.

Thanks again for your welcome!
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8/1/15 12:29 P

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emoticon to both the site and this team, PENZUZU. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. What a difficult time this is for you. Grief takes time and varies from moment to moment. Be as gentle with yourself as you would be to your best friend. In the meantime, take both this journey to a healthier you and learning about this website slowly. We don't want you to feel overwhelmed. Set a couple small, manageable goals to get started and track them so that you can see your progress. Above all else, know that you are NOT alone.

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7/31/15 10:03 A

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Hello! I'm new here, and finding the web site rather overwhelming. I've struggled with depression on and off since I was in elementary school, and now I'm dealing with grief over my mother's recent death. I've gained a lot of weight during her illness, as have both of my siblings, but I can't afford a new larger wardrobe, so I've got to get my weight under control again.

My eventual health goal is to be strong enough to become a farmer, to help my teenage daughter realize her life dream.

Edit: I am much less confused and overwhelmed, in the light of a new day, and after getting enough sleep! emoticon

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7/30/15 10:25 A

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Good Morning all and Welcome to all of our new members. I hope you have a good day!


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7/30/15 10:13 A

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emoticon to the team, MISTYPVT. We're so glad to have you among our ranks. If there is anything we can do to help you find that healthier you, please feel free to ask. The success of this site is built upon the support and motivation you find among your teammates.

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7/30/15 1:32 A

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Welcome to the team :) I'm new here also ! Good luck

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7/27/15 2:20 P

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Hi Diva glad you could join us.

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7/26/15 9:46 P

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Just wanted to welcome all our new members. I hope you find the support you need here

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7/26/15 10:30 A

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emoticon to the team, DIVAH58. I love the Title on your SparkPage. Our goals are definitely worth the effort to achieve them. Unfortunately, too often we are not patient with the process. Thankfully, this team will help you find the support and motivation needed during those trying times. Lean on us on any of our many threads. We are here for you.

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7/25/15 1:22 P

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Hello everyone, I am new to this team. 7/25/2015 @1:21 pm

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7/24/15 12:41 P

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emoticon and welcome to all our Newbies. This group is really supportive and we are glad you are here!

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7/24/15 10:35 A

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emoticon to the team, KLAARTJE71. Today is indeed the day to take back control! You have set a great goal by tracking your food and exercise daily. This will help you notice any patterns that might have a healthier option. Remember to start with small goals and work up from there. This will help you not become overwhelmed. In the meantime, we are here for you!

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7/24/15 10:30 A

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emoticon to SparkPeople and emoticon to the team, STONEYHILLMOM. This must be an incredibly busy time of year for you. Getting ready for school, one last vacation and a busy life with your DH and 3 kids! The good news is that this team is a great place to find support, motivation and accountability. If you haven't already, please feel free to join in on any of our numerous threads. We are there to help you succeed!

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7/24/15 8:43 A

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Hi, I am Klaartje, 43 and dealing with mild depressions since my 18th. Most of the time I am doin quite well but I noticed something in my behaviour, weight and mood that rang alarmbells. Time to get back grip on my life, weight, mood and food.

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7/23/15 9:21 P

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Hi, I'm Sherry and I'm new to this team. I've come to realize that my depression is trying to come back, and it may never fully go away. I'm hoping to find people that understand on this team as well as accountability and support for the fitness journey. I'm a wife, mom, and school librarian - getting ready for school to crank back up again - but looking forward to a quick trip to the beach next weekend beforehand. emoticon

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7/21/15 12:37 P

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Welcome KC8RZK58 to the group we are glad you are here.

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7/21/15 12:08 P

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emoticon to the team, KC8RZK58! I love your adorable kitty pictures on your SparkPage! What cuties!

This team is full of motivation and support as can be seen on our many team threads. Feel free to just peruse them or even join in the conversation. We look forward to getting to know you. (As for medication, it's not a "bad" thing. Many look at it as insulin that diabetics take. It's just a part of life and when it works, it is actually a blessing.)

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7/21/15 8:12 A

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Hi I am new to the group & a person that has struggled with depression off & on most of her life. I am doing well on my anti depressant now but will probably always have to be on medication. Wishing everyone success in their battle against depression, it isn't easy that is for sure.

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7/15/15 11:19 A

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Thanks for the warm welcome. I am very lucky that I have a wonderful support group for the most part. Dealing with my daughter's depression is even harder than dealing with my own. Mainly because I just want to fix it and I know that it doesn't work that way. Thank you for your support!

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emoticon to Spark, THEWILLTODOIT. I'm so sorry to hear that you and your daughter are both struggling with depression. One person in a household is tough, but two must make it even more difficult. Hopefully you will find the motivation and support here on Spark to make your life just a bit easier.
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7/14/15 10:39 A

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Good Morning. I am returning to Spark people because this is the only truly supportive place I know. I am a 40 year old single parent of a 17year old daughter. We both struggle with depression. I'm struggling.

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7/14/15 8:05 A

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hello and welcome to the team xx emoticon

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emoticon to the team, LGREEN533. If there's anything we can do to help keep you motivated and so you feel supported please let us know. Enjoy your journey to a healthier, happier you.

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7/11/15 11:23 P

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7/5/15 11:55 A

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emoticon to the team, NEW-START-63. I love your SparkPage. Between your picture ("so you won't forget") to your statement about reinventing yourself, you will inspire a lot of people. I understand your sadness about being so far away from family and your friends being so busy with their lives because I am in a similar situation. Sometimes it's really tough. The good news is that you don't have to hide your feelings on this team and that Spark is around 24/7/365. You can always connect here. Whatever you do, I hope you know you are NOT alone.

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

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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.

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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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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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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

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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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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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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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emoticon Mrs Toad.

cheers from Sharyn,
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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Welcome Rita! So glad you joined the team!

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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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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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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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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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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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