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Happy Friday everyone! I have been struggling lately. I gained all my weight back plus some, starting feeling depressed, have been having a hard time at work and with family members due to my depression, and decided I'd better come back to SparkPeople and get back on track. My tip for the day: STAY ACTIVE ON SPARKPEOPLE AND DON'T GIVE UP!! Thanks for being here and listening. And have a very happy Memorial Day weekend! emoticon

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Hang in there with your son Maren. My prayers are with you both emoticon

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Yesterday my granddaughter was in a Spring Concert. It was streamed live over You Tube so I got to see it. She has a beautiful voice. I watched my grandson play lacrosse over the weekend. I had never seen a lacrosse game before. Each player holds a pole, about 3-feet long, with a net on the end of it. They toss the ball around until they get it in the other team's goal. The net is not very big so that is hard to do. These are my daughter's children.

I have not heard from or seen my son in over two years. The last time I saw him he said I was too much trouble. I have gotten help for my depression but he refuses to believe he has it and would not listen to me when encouraged him to talk to someone about it. I haven't given up on him. I send him cards for his birthday and Christmas and write him notes. I don't even know if he gets them. I keep him on the prayer list at church.

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It is a good day.

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Hope everyone had good weather and enjoyed the weekend. It was beautiful here.

Cody - your 12-minute mile is spectacular. I'd be afraid to time myself.

Deb - I have a calendar of beautiful pictures of Wisconsin and scrapbooks of places
I've been. I look at them and they cheer me up on gloomy days.
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I started with 25 minutes of cardio first thing this morning. I hit my personal best with a 12-minute mile, which I'm really excited about! We had lots of awful storms yesterday, and today the sky is filled with gloomy leftovers. However, the amount of rain we've gotten this year had led to a lot of beautiful blooms this month, and I might have seen some simply gorgeous things this morning. Also, I'm working on my 6th cup of water for the day, which is great for me on the weekend.

I hope everyone's doing well today!



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Hi,

Today is overcast and gloomy outside. We are going into four more days like this, but with rain and I am less than excited with this weather. It just makes me feel so badly when the sun doesn't shine. Micah and I are going to figure out things to do in the house today. It is not a day to go to the park and play. We are having his birthday party tomorrow at the area bowling alley. Micah likes to bowl and the other kids may enjoy it too. We are hoping so, anyway. He actually turned five yesterday, but we are having his birthday party on a day that his Mom is off from work. I am looking forward to the party and seeing all of his little friends bowling and having a great time. I will have to stay on top of the housework today, because we all want to have fun tomorrow and it will be easier if we start out organized and tidy. I hope that all of you are having a good weekend. Sending positive energy and hugs to all that need them. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon emoticon

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Hi everybody,

I hope that you are having a wonderful Thursday and looking forward to the weekend ahead of us. Today was drizzly and cool. There were some sun breaks, but not very long ones. I have to go pick up my grandson here in a few minutes from school. Their last day is Monday, so I will have him home 24/7. I am looking forward to improved weather and a fun summer with the kids. Sending positive energy and hugs to all that need them. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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There is my funny lady. Thank you for making me smile.

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I saw the foot doctor yesterday. He said I have nerve pain in my feet. I now have lifts under my heels (in my shoes) and a gel pad under each foot. He said I should have some relief in about a month. I hope so. It is hard to walk when your feet hurt. I am going to see a barbershop quartet this afternoon. Should be fun. I am spending a lot of time walking, trying not to lean to heavily on my walker. I am getting some balance back, after surgery. It's good to be able to get outside now that the temperature is a little warmer. I am still waiting for the 80s - that's just right for me. Make it a good day ! emoticon

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This past weekend I had a birthday party for my daughter. I was pretty stressed out from planning the party. I didn't sleep very well due to strange dreams during several nights of sleep. Not sure what causes me to have strange dreams. I have always had them. I used to think it was because of caffeine that I drank but I have stopped drinking caffeine except for one cup of coffee in the morning. Anyway, planning the party was stressful but I got a lot done and the party turned out great. The weather was nice except for a little bit of wind. I had a little financial trouble this month and I'm sure I was stressed because of that and that was due to the party but I should have planned better. I used to weigh 90 lbs before I started having my kids and now I weigh 150 lbs and eat everything in sight since I have been on my antidepressants. I got my doctor to take me off of one medication and put me on another one. This weekend at the party I ate 4 cupcakes and the day after there were cupcakes left over and I ate 3 the next day.

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I have been dealing with depression for 7 years. Doing better now. Just joined SparkPeople about a month ago. I find it hard to track fitness and nutrition every single day although I have the app on my phone so I don't know why it's so hard to track everyday. I guess life just gets in the way. After I get my kids on the bus I lay down and fall back asleep for about an hour. Then get up and drink my coffee. Eat breakfast, get a shower, get dressed, do my hair and makeup, went to eat lunch with my daughter at school. Came home and straightened up the house and exercised for 15 minutes. I love the challenges on challenge central but I always want to skip ahead and complete the whole month in one day. I recently bought a workbook on Depression and it seems to help to read it. I have another challenge coming up in June or July. My family and I will be moving to Fayetville, North Carolina which is only 2 hours away from where I live now in New Bern, North Carolina but I have lived in Craven County for 29 years which is all my life. My son keeps talking about hoping he will make new friends since we will be moving away from his cousins that he is very close with. I keep encouraging him and telling he will make lots of new friends because he is a smart and fun person to be around and he makes friends easily.

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Good morning I am tired but happy~~

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Good Monday morning to all,

I hope that you all have had a terrific weekend and are looking forward to a great week. Friday night we went to my grandson's graduation from Head Start and pre school. It was a very nice affair. All the kids dressed up in blue cap and gowns and looked so cute. They had graduation pictures and everything. I was really, really touched by the awards ceremony and the actual handing out of the diploma's. Now we have two big boys in big boy school and Hayden will follow soon. He is eligible to go to pre school in another year. I'm sure that Sam and Allie will put him in the private sector for pre school, though - he won't go to Head Start. Now I just have to get through the summer and into next year's kindergarten schedule. I am looking forward to having Blaine and Micah accompany me on several hikes this summer. We have some really, really good urban trails here and we have the Columbia River Gorge just 20 minutes away. Even though they are seven and five respectively, they should be able to handle the trails fairly easily. It gets both grandma and the kids out doing something healthy for all. I have to go to the gym this morning and work out for an hour or so on the treadmill. It is either that or do a walk/run around the block two or three times. I prefer to be indoors with the weather we are having, so I will most probably get myself to the gym. Nancyrubio it is nice to see you back on site. Thank you Sharyn for the lovely pictures. I hope that you all have a fabulous Monday and a really, really good week ahead. Sending positive energy and hugs to all that need them. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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Here she is again with her great posts.

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Friday the 13th, Who Cares. Just an other day!

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Changed my routine and did some chair yoga. Got up this morning without my usual pain. Have to continue with my new routine. Of course I also fell hard on my butt. Who knows what is happening but I am pleased. emoticon

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I almost didn't go to PT today because I have been having trouble with the home exercises - I didn't have the strength to do as many as I thought I should have and was ready to give up. PT explained that that was the number of repetitions I should work up to and I was not expected to do that many repetitions right away. He also said I was doing very well. It just goes to show, don't put yourself down before you know all the facts. emoticon

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They're happy because I had wires removed after correctional surgery 7 weeks ago

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Hi everyone,

Foxbay, it sounds as if your Mother's Day was stellar. I'm so sorry that you are having so much trouble since your surgery. I had no idea that you were that ill and had to have two hospital and nursing home stays. I'm glad that you are at home now and I hope that your new prescription works well for you. Keep up the PT and the OT, because they will be what gets you back to normal soon. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you positive energy and hugs!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Letsdothis, I hope that you are feeling better and that you had a wonderful Mother's Day.

Today will be partly cloudy with some sun. It isn't supposed to get out of the sixties today though. Tomorrow will be full sun and in the seventies, but not today. I have to go to the gym today. After I drop Micah off at school, I will hit the gym for my cardio and my strength training. I need to do some clothes shopping after that is over for the day. It is my daughter's day off, so she's around to take care of Micah after he gets home from school. I should have plenty of time to get where I need to be. I hope that everyone has a pleasant Monday and a great start to the week. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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Hi everybody'

I had a wonderful Mother's Day. After church the men served a brunch for the women and it was delicious. In the afternoon my daughter and her family came over and we went to the park with their new puppy, 8 weeks old. We saw a lot of geese, with their young, and a lot of people fishing. We ate out and then I went to Bible Study. I fell asleep in Bible Study.

Let me recap my last month. Hip surgery, short hospital stay, nursing home for rehab, skin infection, return to hospital, skin infection cleared up, back to nursing home and finally home.
For the last two weeks I have had problems with both legs swelling up. Trying new prescription. I don't have time to be depressed - too many physical problems. Happy just to be alive.

I was only in a wheelchair for a few days after surgery. Even on those days I was walking with OT and PT. My favorite get-well card had a sun at the top and a blue sky with clouds under it. There is a mouse saying:

I ordered the sun
for you today.
Medium yellow.
Soft rays.
Threw in a breeze.
Hope you get better soon.

I am very thankful for everyone who has helped me.

Good night,
Sleep tight,
Don't let the bedbugs bite.

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Happy Mother's Day to you all!!! I hope that the day brings you all good things. It is overcast here this morning, but that is supposed to burn off later in the day. They have forecast sunshine and that is good enough for me. I love the sun. I do not do well with gray, overcast and rainy days. I need my therapy light to get through them. I have no plans for the day. I am just going to let it happen. I may take my daughter out for breakfast for Mother's Day and that would be fun. Spending time with the family is so important. I will be going over to my son's house later on with a card for my daughter in law. Seeing my grandsons always makes me happy. emoticon emoticon

Letsdothis, Do you have a therapist? If you do perhaps you could ask about CBT therapy. In CBT they teach you to take bad, recurring thoughts and behaviors and turn them into good thoughts and behaviors. It is work, but it is so worth it after you've put in the effort. It helps to teach mindfulness and staying in the moment rather than just letting your thoughts run rampant. I love Foxbay's advice to you. I keep a gratitude journal to help belay bad feelings and thoughts. I just write in my journal every night about everything good that happened to me and how I feel about it. Being grateful just feels good. Please keep posting and let us know how you're doing. We do care a whole lot about you.

Foxbay, Hi, I'm sorry that you are having such a time with the recuperation process. It must be hard sitting in a wheel chair - or are you on a walker now - all day while the hip and the leg heal. Try to be patient. I know that you are active and this is interfering with your peace of mind. I hope that the leg and hip are better every day and that you are back on your feet soon.

Well, enjoy your day. Sending positive energy and hugs to all that need them! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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We all have made mistakes in the past but thinking about them all the time stops you from doing something good in the present that will improve your future.

You can't change the past but any positive steps you take today may lead to a brighter future.

Can you make a list of things you enjoy and can do when you feel like this? My list includes listening to music and calling a friend for support. Find one small, positive thing you can do and then give yourself credit for doing it. Attitude is 90% of the battle.

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I feel horrible today. I hate being alone with my thoughts. This is why I need to constantly keep busy, but I'm just physically too tired right now. When I take a break from the hustle and bustle, I end up thinking...thinking about how I regret some of the decisions I made in the past. Because of my actions, my future looks bleak and I don't know how to change that anymore.

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I am losing patience and feeling down. It is taking too long to heal. If I do too much one day I am a wreck and can't do anything for the next day or two. I am used to leading a very active life and now I just have to sit and take it easy. I cannot even bend past a 90 degree angle or twist my torso. I am managing to get some exercise in: working with barbells, taking a slow walk and doing PT exercises to strengthen left hip and leg following surgery. I will just have to learn to be patient.

Thewarrior4 -There are times that are very hard and seem impossible to get through. Can you think of some small thing or moment that has given you joy or peace in the past? I like to think of a waterfall or sunset. Can you hold on to that thought and use it to take one small step forward? The first step is always the hardest but one small step forward can be a beginning. A small step can be just getting out of bed in the morning and not giving up. I wish you all the best. I know it is not easy. Hang in there. emoticon

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Hi Thewarrior, I am guessing from your post that you are just returning to the Sparkpeople after an absence. I was going to send you a goodie, but you don't have your Sparkpage up and running yet. Let me at least send you a smile emoticon and a warm emoticon to the Sparkpeople and emoticon to the Dealing with Depression Team!! I'm so sorry about your job loss, but the bright side is that you do have another one which is no easy feat during these economic times. I know that calling in is not optimal, but sometimes you just can't deal with your depression and your job as well. Have you gone into your doctor's office for a physical lately? There may be something wrong like low Vitamin D or some other physical ailment which can exacerbate your depression. Once you rule out the physical, then you can work with your doctor on medications. If you already take some, perhaps a medication review is in order. If you don't take any yet, maybe it's time for the addition of some. Do you have a therapist? Getting in touch with your therapist may be a good idea at this time. Keep posting on the Dealing with Depression Threads for the best in encouragement and support. We care about you and how you feel. I hope that you have already started an introductory thread, so that everyone can properly welcome you to the team. You can start a thread of your own if you so choose to get some ideas from some of the other members that might be helpful to you right now. I am so sorry that you feel lost and so depressed right now. Try to get yourself out of bed every morning and at least get yourself straightened around for the day. Even if you only get to the shower, then back to bed, any little action that you can take to make yourself feel better is great. Sometimes just getting out of bed in the morning is progress. Be kind to yourself and use as much positive self talk as you can right now. You're a bright, compassionate person and you deserve to be treated with respect and care especially from yourself. Try to get moving. Any form of movement is great when you're depressed. If you can march in place during commercials while watching TV, that would be good. If you can do just ten minutes a day of any kind of movement will help - a short walk to get a change of scenery or some jumping jacks to get your blood moving. My heart goes out to you in your pain. I hope that you will find some relief soon. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you positive energy and hugs!!! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Not feeling good, trying to get back on sparks and read the positive. I feel lost and depressed. So drained. I quit my job, started another and called in already. I am tired. emoticon

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Good Morning!!!

Today is a transitions day for me. The weather is clearing up and getting ready for more 80 plus degree heat by tomorrow and full sun. I am transitioning into more strength training sessions a day here at home. I need the strength training and so I am stoked. I'm part of the 30 day Jump Start Your Workout Challenge. I am getting more and more strength training information from that challenge. It is a workout if any one is looking for a terrific workout challenge. This one is very good. Going to the gym later in the day today. I wanted to get my email and sparking done first. I had a lot of emails to clear up. I hope that you are all going into the weekend with great plans and having a lot of fun. Thursday this week is the last day that Micah has school, so I have him Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It will be a great weekend if the weather is as nice as they say it will be. My sparking is curtailed on the weekends when I have Micah here. He requires a lot of attention and hands on care. I am watching one of my other grandson's for a short while this afternoon while my son goes to pick my last grandson, Blaine, from school. Hayden is only about 18 months old and he hates the car, so I go over to watch him. It is something little that I can do for my son. I enjoy the kids. I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend coming up. Sending positive energy and hugs to all that need them. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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Hi everybody,

Happy Monday!!! It's the start to another great week in the making!! I am starting off the day by getting my grandson ready for school and then dropping him off. After that, the only appointment we have today is Micah's standing speech therapy appointment at three o'clock. I have to take him today, because Jeni has another appointment to have to go to at roughly the same time. I go to these appointments almost every week. Micah does better if his grandma is there. We will meet his mother after the appointments are over, when we will go get a strawberry smoothie for Micah and some real caffeine for grandma and mom. I have laundry to do today - something that I didn't get done yesterday - and must make some room for gym time today. I hope that you all have a really good day. The sun is shinning here and the temperatures are in the high seventies, low eighties. It's a wonderful Spring day and I intend to enjoy it to the fullest. Sending positive energy and hugs to all who need them!! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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