SparkPeople Fighting Emotional Pain and Stress Team Messageboard This is for anyone who struggles with stress or an emotional or psychological issue (anxiety, depression, grief). This is also a team where anyone who needs emotional support to come together. SparkPeople Fighting Emotional Pain and Stress Team Messageboard Do you plant flowers outside? y Sat, 20 Mar 2021 17:07:13 EST Real or artificial tree? Artificial, but I must have some pine scent Wed, 2 Dec 2020 10:17:52 EST rejoining the group With the rampant virus keeping us indoors (beside my age) I thought I'd rejoin this group to keep contact with real people. I'm an avid reader, also play word games on my PC &amp; tablets &amp; do crosswords jigsaw puzzles, but miss human contact. I know this is how the world today is, but I don't have to give in to it. Fri, 6 Nov 2020 13:08:06 EST Getting to Know You When I started SP, I introduced myself to the teams that I joined. I realized that it's now my 11th year and many people probably never read my posts. With that said, I thought we could again let people know something about us. <BR> <BR> I grew up in suburban Detroit, MI. Most of my family still lives there, but my sister and I both said "No more snow and cold!". I moved to Huntsville, AL, and my sister goes to Florida for the winter. <BR> <BR> I have two married daughters; Sarah (Tim) ... Thu, 27 Aug 2020 11:50:52 EST Daily Chat I had to get an echocardiogram done this morning. My feet and lower legs have been swollen for about 2 months now. It's not a terrible hurt, but is uncomfortable at times. So...I get to take a lot of tests. Wed, 5 Aug 2020 16:48:41 EST introduction Hi I am new here and I was looking for a small team that would be supportive. Everything going on in the world today is extremely overwhelming, especially those who suffer from various mental health issues. Nice to meet you. Tue, 12 May 2020 20:41:59 EST Really Rough Day!!! Forgive me for not posting here much. I feel like that makes it unfair to ask for support now. But this is the most likely place for me to find any support at the moment. <BR> <BR> In my PTSD therapy session today I said a lot (too much?) about my abusive marriage. I've been sick (with a "cold") since the 17th &amp; had very literally spent from Sat evening (19th) til Sat morning (26th) in bed, getting out for the bathroom, but so ill, so weak, so exhausted, I relied on my girls to provide f... Tue, 29 Oct 2019 01:23:43 EST Jobs Starting with Initial of First Name P <BR> <BR> postal worker <BR> podiatrist <BR> party planner <BR> priest <BR> psychiatrist <BR> Thu, 5 Sep 2019 10:27:55 EST SPARKS INFO & ARTICLES ON LOWERING STRESS! JULY 10th- <em>128</em> Don't multi-task. <BR> <BR> With a lot to do in a little time, you might think it's efficient to multi-task. Talk about stressful!! He who chases two rabbits catches neither. Focus on one thing at a time for a better outcome. Wed, 10 Jul 2019 07:32:51 EST Did U Eat 5/6 Veggies or Fruits 2Day or Yesterday? We know that fruits and veggies are a wonderful way to get in our daily nutrients, plus make super snacks!! I'm adding a link to a great article on ways to get in those yummy fruits and veggies-so you can CLICK ON THE LINK below to check out the article! <BR> <BR> And-did you enjoy your 5/6 Fruits and Veggies Today or Yesterday??? Let us know---and keep loving those healthy food choices! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/nutrition_articles.asp?id=1795 </link> Sun, 28 Apr 2019 12:04:33 EST TEAM CHALLENGE...DID U MAKE YOUR PERSONAL GOAL? <em>249</em> A new fantastic month ahead--and it may be time for some of us to revisit our personal goals in water intake, mindful eating, exercise minutes, steps, or the ability to lower our stress levels! <BR> <BR> So, if you're like me, it's time to change things up a bit! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Example...I've set one of my personal goals to NOT or watch the amount of processed sugar I eat in a day! With Lupus, Dry Eye Syndrome, and other autoimmune conditions, I've found that ... Mon, 1 Apr 2019 10:52:32 EST LET'S COUNT UP BY 2s! 2 Mon, 11 Feb 2019 09:30:04 EST Food & Exercises Logged in at Sparks 2-Day? Yes! Sun, 10 Feb 2019 22:33:52 EST What Did U Do to Lower Your Stress Today? Be it taking a nice relaxing walk, talking to a friend or family member, or how about enjoying a warm soothing bath, what did you do today, yesterday or another day to relax and lower your stress? Sun, 10 Feb 2019 21:25:15 EST Strength Exercises Done? Show Us that YA!! <em>224</em> Sun, 10 Feb 2019 20:58:58 EST Daily Roll Call!! <em>30</em> Sun, 10 Feb 2019 20:55:01 EST Drink Your Water Yesterday / 8 Hrs. Sleep Last Pm? Yes &amp; Yes for me! Sun, 10 Feb 2019 20:34:32 EST Did U Do Deep Breathing Exercises Today? Yes! Sun, 10 Feb 2019 20:31:39 EST Share Your Log In Points from the Wheel Today Fun! <em>347</em> 2/3 Sun, 10 Feb 2019 20:22:33 EST What Was Your Last Healthy Snack? Yogurt! Sun, 10 Feb 2019 20:18:32 EST Did You Take Your Meds/Vitamins Today? <em>91</em> Yes Sun, 10 Feb 2019 20:09:42 EST Share a Smile to Make Someone's Day! <em>30</em> Sun, 10 Feb 2019 20:06:28 EST Did U Stay in Your Calorie Range Yesterday? Yes! Sun, 10 Feb 2019 20:04:02 EST Cardio Done Today or Yesterday?Share Your WOO HOO! <em>244</em> Sun, 10 Feb 2019 20:03:05 EST Last Fruit or Veggie Eaten! Tomatoes! Sun, 10 Feb 2019 19:56:06 EST Did U Exercise Today? Yes! Sun, 10 Feb 2019 19:55:34 EST Did U Take Time for Just YOU 2-Day or Yesterday?? YES!! Sun, 10 Feb 2019 09:35:43 EST SPARKS TRIVIA (Question, Answer & Explanation)!! <em>38</em> To achieve minimum health and fitness benefits, adults should aim for how many aerobic exercise sessions per week? <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Answer/Explanation: Aim for a minimum of 3 days of cardio (aerobic exercise) per week with no more than 2 days off between sessions. Gradually work your way up to 5 or 6 days per week. Sat, 9 Feb 2019 12:17:58 EST Last Fruit or Veggie Eaten! <em>284</em> Cabbage Sat, 9 Feb 2019 11:20:23 EST DID U READ A MEMBER'S BLOG TODAY? Yes! Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:29:01 EST SAY "THANK YOU" FOR THE NEW DAY! <em>304</em> Mon, 24 Dec 2018 10:15:53 EST READY TO MAKE IT A GREAT DAY? JUST SAY "YA" <em>224</em> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 14:27:51 EST maybe a new member Is this a good place for a woman in her 80s who has anxiety problems &amp; everything that goes with it. I need ways of coping (and getting rid of it) so I can enjoy the rest of my life. Thu, 3 May 2018 13:24:49 EST hi i am hope Hi I am Hope and I am 51 years, struggling with anxiety and trauma stress which affects me on a daily basis. I work hard at it and see someone for it and the good news is that with every obstacle I learn and grow. I think the biggest hurdle I have right now is to lose 50 pounds as i struggle with dis-ordered thinking around food. I am an emotional eater and used to be bulimic and would overexercise to compensate for binging. I don't binge as often but i have a mindset that is fixated on e... Sat, 28 Apr 2018 08:50:19 EST March On a Roll Check IN <em>213</em> Thu, 8 Mar 2018 19:13:26 EST February Fun Check In <em>213</em> Thu, 8 Feb 2018 16:22:55 EST JanuaryJump Start Check In <em>107</em> <em>411</em> Tue, 2 Jan 2018 09:04:45 EST December Cheery Roll Call <em>445</em> Sun, 3 Dec 2017 15:34:59 EST Christmas wish list - a-z Apple pie with no calories Fri, 1 Dec 2017 10:52:42 EST very emotional eater hi, im new here. I have a big problem. I eat when i am sad all the time. I can't seem to get this habit under control. Every time I get upset from something in life that doesn't go as planned i get sad and eat junk and sugary foods. I want to stop this soon. I have had times when i went weeks without it then i crash and eat like crazy. <BR> I know its linked to my traumas in the past... <BR> Whats the first step without seeing a psychologist? <BR> I'm not able to pay for professional help... Sun, 5 Nov 2017 00:33:36 EST Two Words, Change One. Apple Cake Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:56:02 EST Today, the team should know I will be doing a lot of different exercises. Because of the weather, Helena doesn't have school. So...we will have a dance party, etc. We already took a walk. Wed, 5 Apr 2017 10:33:29 EST 2017 Chit Chat I've been sick for over a month as well as the rest of my household. goals for the year are still vague. I need to get motivated and just do it! Mon, 9 Jan 2017 20:46:25 EST Name a Movie Old or New and Actor Who Played In It Bell, Book and Candle / James Stewart, Kim Novak Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:22:38 EST Name a Movie Old or New and Actor Who Played In It Bell, Book and Candle / James Stewart, Kim Novak Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:16:39 EST Name something you can do to stop Stress!! (Daily) Meditate in prayer, sit back and just rest my head for a little while. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:11:41 EST New or Old Members, Daily Check In.... <img src=""> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:49:17 EST Like to join Hi Everyone <BR> I suffer from GAD and emotional eat when I am upset or stressed out. I tend to worry alot too especially about my 2 young kids. <BR> <BR> Looking for some support and encouragement and I am willing to do the same . Wed, 5 Oct 2016 18:47:12 EST Newbie here I have more issues than vogue. Hoping to get some support here. Sun, 14 Aug 2016 08:58:46 EST What state are you all from? What state are you from? Give something of interest one might like to see in your state if thaking a vacation, Sat, 2 Jul 2016 12:53:18 EST The NEW My Spark Page Look! Putting this out there for anyone who's having issues updating your profile on the new My Spark Page. This is a BIG topic of discussion with the team leaders right now and many people are not happy with it. For better or worse, it's here to stay so you might as well know how to change things if you want to. Everything that we've had is still there. Some things are easier, others are more difficult. <BR> <BR> Here's the biggest complaint. <BR> <BR> If you've tried to change your profile in... Thu, 19 May 2016 23:43:22 EST May 2016 check in and chit chat Hi! There are a lot of new members; I welcome you all. To all the members that have been with me: keep up the good work. <BR> <BR> I am going to re-vamp my food and exercise plans today. I just got home from a crazy trip to Michigan and need to JUMP on the bandwagon again. Wish me luck! Sun, 1 May 2016 12:21:49 EST weight issues I have had problems with food my entire life. and I was gained and lost so many times it is unreal...when I first got on sparks I called myself yo-yo queen because that is who I was. <BR> the last four yrs I had given up on weight lose. I was up to 198 pounds and I would get up take my daughter to school and come home and sleep. I would get up about 1pm and eat but stay on the couch. i would pick my daughter up and be with her. when her dad came home i would cook dinner and eat it and than g... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 15:35:48 EST Hello Team I would like to introduce myself. <BR> I have been a Spark Person for 4 years, but have been unsuccessful in reaching my goals. Last year I realized I was suffering from an intense depression and sought help. I am finally beginning to feel better and I am motivated to take care of myself once again. <BR> <BR> I offer you my support as you journey through your pain and stress. Sat, 9 Apr 2016 16:25:35 EST Thyroid Condition Symtoms Here are some signs to look for that might indicate a thyroid condition: <BR> Feeling run down, exhausted, drowsy and/or fatigued, even with proper rest <BR> Feelings of depression or lack of interest in things previously enjoyed <BR> Increased and/or heavier menstrual periods, PMS, fertility/miscarriage issues <BR> Constipation, even with adequate fiber intake <BR> Forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, difficulty learning or feeling like you are in a ''fog'' <BR> Unexplained weight gain b... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 11:34:38 EST Hello Everyone Hello <BR> <BR> I was a member of Spark a long time ago and recently rejoined as the weight has really gone on. I work in a very stressful job, plus life stresses as everyone has. I keep really wanting to shift the weight as I have big meetings including a trip to the states coming up! I have a few good days then back off the rails following bad day at work, anxiety and feeling always tired. I use to be very controlled with my eating and exercise and really want to get back to that. So I am ... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 07:53:58 EST Accepting what is Rather than resist the situation you face, one should accept and welcome it even if it is not what you desire. You have the power to face every moment without stressing over it. Accepting what is doesn't equate into giving up your desires, it merely means you are not trying to force the desired outcome. All mental pain from emotional stress comes from resisting the situation you face or reliving the emotional stress of the past. If you want to end the pain of emotional stress, accept whate... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 19:17:00 EST Take action, other than worrying, when anxious This was given to me by Kevin at <BR> " <BR> worry[ing] is a response to anxiety and fear. It's a <BR> mental action that makes you feel like you are more <BR> prepared for what might happen. Yet worry isn't all <BR> that good a preparation for anything--is it? It tends <BR> to put you in a mental-emotional place of stress. <BR> Because of that, it keeps you from being relaxed, <BR> happy, present, and effective at what you are doing. <BR> So, instead of worrying, ... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 19:09:57 EST Emotions Anonymous 12 Steps 1. We admitted we were powerless over our emotions — that our lives had become unmanageable <BR> <BR> 2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. <BR> <BR> 3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him. <BR> <BR> 4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. <BR> <BR> 5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. <BR> <BR> 6. Were ent... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 19:02:40 EST Prevent weight gain by... eating..?... The BMJ, Jan. 28, 2016 <link> </link> <BR> What Should You Eat? <BR> <BR> What that means in plain English is that the folks who included more blueberries and strawberries, apples, bell peppers, celery, onions and tomatoes in their daily diets enjoyed more stable weights over the years. These people were also drinking more tea (and a little red wine). As the authors note, “preventing even small amounts of weight gain could have an important public health i... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 11:36:53 EST Emotional Freedom Technique I found that EFT (or tapping) is a great way to uncover and correct negative thoughts or emotions that are holding you back. A recent video <link><BR>Series/nick-ortner-explains-tapping-post/ </link> discloses just how EFT does that. Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:17:09 EST Accepting and Turning "failures" into Successes Happiness does not come from comparing your successes with the successes of others, but from looking within yourself. Failure is merely an illusion as every situation is an opportunity to start over with new information. See if the thought you need to compare yourself with others, or regret a failure, can be changed to “I can be happy with my self no matter what my circumstance is, or what others do or say, since I am an able and capable individual and have much to give back to society. ... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 08:15:54 EST Emotions Anonymous Helpful Concepts HELPFUL CONCEPTS <BR> <BR> 1. We come to EA to learn how to live a new way of life through the twelve-step program of Emotions Anonymous which consists of Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, concepts, the Serenity Prayer, slogans, Just for Todays, EA literature, weekly meetings, telephone and personal contacts, and living the program one day at a time. We do not come for another person—we come to help ourselves and to share our experiences, strength, and hope with others. <BR> <BR> 2. W... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 07:56:58 EST Emotions Anonymous Just For Today JUST FOR TODAY: THE CHOICE IS MINE <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Just for today I will try to live through this day only, not tackling all of my problems at once. I can do something at this moment that would discourage me if I had to continue it for a lifetime. <BR> <BR> 2. Just for today I will try to be happy, realizing my happiness does not depend on what others do or say or what happens around me. Happiness is a result of being at peace with myself. <BR> <BR> 3. Just for today I will try to adj... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 07:52:53 EST EA and member suggested slogans EA SLOGANS <BR> <BR> 1. Let go and let God <BR> 2. You are not alone <BR> 3. One day at a time <BR> 4. Live and let live <BR> 5. First things first <BR> 6. Look for the good <BR> 7. By the grace of God <BR> 8. Know yourself—be honest <BR> 9. This too shall pass <BR> 10. I need people <BR> 11. Keep it simple <BR> 12. I have a choice <BR> <BR> Member Suggested <BR> 13. Emotions have less and less control of me - OlderOwl <BR> 14. Emotions have no control of me - OlderOwl Wed, 3 Feb 2016 07:49:50 EST Emotions Anonymous 12 Traditions 1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on EA unity. <BR> <BR> 2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern. <BR> <BR> 3. The only requirement for EA membership is a desire to become well emotionally. <BR> <BR> 4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or EA as a whole. <BR> <BR> 5. Each g... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 07:46:33 EST Emotions Anonymous 12 Promises These are posed as promises but they could just as easily be used as self affirmations, for more see the link below. <BR> <BR> 1. We realize a new freedom and happiness. <BR> <BR> 2. We do not regret the past or wish to shut the door on it. <BR> <BR> 3. We comprehend the word serenity, and we know peace of mind. <BR> <BR> 4. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we see how our experience can benefit others. <BR> <BR> 5. The feelings of uselessness and self-pity lessen. <BR> <B... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 07:43:22 EST Acceptance: A key to emotional freedom Acceptance is a key to emotional freedom. We learn that from EA concept 4: “We do not judge; we do not criticize; we do not argue…” and EA concept 5: “EA is not …for continually reviewing our miseries, but a way to learn to detach ourselves from them … [and] our serenity comes from being able to live at peace with unsolved problems.” We also learn to accept what is one day at time: “Just for today” [2] “I will try to be happy, realizing my happiness does not depend on what others do or sa... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 10:44:08 EST About the Emotions Anonymous 12 Step Program Emotions Anonymous (EA) was formed by a group of individuals who found a new way of life by working the twelve-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, as adapted for people with emotional problems. <BR> <BR> We invite you to discover, as we have, that our EA fellowship of weekly meetings is warm and friendly, and that it is also important for achieving and maintaining emotional health. <BR> <BR> The Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions are our guides for our meetings and for living one day ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 19:40:13 EST January 15, Friday is National Hat Day I have made and shared 14 green hats...we will be raising awareness of Mental Illness <BR> Specifically Green ribbon is the color for child/adolescent Mental Illness <BR> <BR> What gets kids 5-17 admitted to a psychiatric hospital unit? <BR> 1) younger ones are SO hyperactive, aggressive that they are dangerous <BR> 2) self harming such as cutting themselves <BR> 3) Suicidal actions/statements/texting <BR> 4)Drug abuse often leading to #2 #3 <BR> Fri, 8 Jan 2016 12:19:00 EST How to be a B***h 101 (and stick to it)? Hey howdy there <BR> <BR> I have to admit I've had a weird day already and super stressful week that I've done my best to purge. One issue's gone out of my hands now (and i hope it goes for the best result), but another concerns a co-worker. <BR> <BR> There's a co-worker with a crush on me that can't get the hint that i'm not dating at work and never will (i flat out said it the first time he tried to ask me out). Well, what came to a head was my supervisor told me today that he heard about... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 19:48:49 EST reminders of bad habits you're working on?... Hey howdy there. <BR> <BR> I've got some crazy bad habits, the biggest one that's probably giving me the most grief is nervous babbling. the problem is i end up talking far too much and sharing far too much when i'd rather be quiet and listen. I don't say much at home and when i'm out of the house i'm overenthusiastic and talk about nearly anything (though i try to keep it funny, relevant, or educational--with mixed results). Still, its become a habit somehow to just fill the air with noise... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 20:50:03 EST Looked for a specific group to join - so here I am I am a grandma going through some tough stuff right now. When I get to know some of you, and feel more comfortable, I will share more. Besides the life struggles I am facing, I also have long time depression and anxiety too. I regained over 50 lbs... I think. Afraid to get on the scale. I am here, at the start....setting up a program for myself and I thought I would try to keep track of what I do here. I am hoping my daughter will work out too and gain more strength and resilience because her... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 10:36:54 EST Countdown to Holidays 2015 It's October 23 already. I want to start getting ready for the holidays right now so that when Thanksgiving comes, I can kick back and enjoy them. I challenge everyone to do the same. Let's share our secrets and report what we've gotten done already. <BR> <BR> This year, a priority is making sure Helena has a lot of presents (inexpensive, of course) and enjoying her. I have already ordered things for her and purchased some things. Most are wrapped already. <BR> <BR> I find a lot of ... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 20:59:18 EST Starting with a new therapist(T) <BR> I started in T for 12 cbt sessions for phobia. Then discovered what lay beneath, and I've been suffering full blown ptsd for over a year since, with anxiety and depression some of the most unmanageable features. <BR> <BR> My old T... Left me thinking I was too broken and didn't mend fast enough, and shouldn't be in T. My gp on the other hand is firmly convinced, now meds 3 and 4 are failing to help, that I'm one of those people for whom meds don't work. <BR> <BR> But no one deserves t... Wed, 27 May 2015 18:11:52 EST Failing to find support is pummelling my mood <BR> I finally plucked up the courage in Feb to talk to my gp about how tough I was finding life. <BR> <BR> I waited a month to see her. <BR> <BR> Then we waited three weeks for the private pdoc I'd seen previously to respond to her fresh referral. <BR> <BR> Then she thought we should try an nhs referral. I got their letter this week, called to book an appt - and can't do that as the waiting list is so big. They will call me if and when a slot opens up. <BR> <BR> So I have absolutely no... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:15:10 EST A Proper Introduction...... Good Afternoon! I have been on Spark People for almost one week and have failed to introduce myself! My husband calls me Peanut, so we will use that name for now! I am turning 35 this year and I'm ready to shed these dreadful pounds and live life to the fullest! Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:47:01 EST What did you do for you today? I sat down with my daughter and granddaughter and played. We got giggling; it's been a long time since we've just giggled about silly stuff. Wed, 1 Apr 2015 08:42:45 EST The Team Hi my name is Susie. I think God or fate might have helped me come across this team. I'm looking forward to being a part of. <BR> <BR> Hope all is have a Very Blessed Day <em>220</em> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:47:09 EST How to stop a panic attack? Does anyone have experience in panic attacks that come on out of the blue? Im just coming down from one that came on suddenly. Im home alone, the tv is on and I was just doing some computer work and suddenly I was in the midst of a panic attack. I tried googling for methods on how to bring yourself down from one but I couldnt find anything so I thought I would try here. its a horrible irrational feeling. It will be wonderful once I have a job to be able to go to a doctor for something to... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 13:14:02 EST Just Needing extra support due to losing my Aunt Hi, I am not sure if I have introduced myself to the group yet, it is hard for me to remember things and my mental strength is not real high right now. I am writing today because I lost my Aunt Jo yesterday and I am grieving her. I can't stop the tears from flowing and there is so much to get done. I am trying to get to the funeral services which are out of state. At present I do not have a car to drive, it is about an 8 hour drive. I am very sad that I couldn't be there to say goodbye to her... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 16:10:56 EST What to do With Sad Feelings Hi, <BR> <BR> I've been feeling pretty sad lately; this time last year I was 18 weeks pregnant and I was so happy and content. This year I feel like someone carved out a piece of my soul and I can't replace it. The sadness makes me physically ill sometimes. I am on medication that helps me function but it can only do so much. <BR> <BR> What do you do when you feel so sad you want to pull the covers over your head and stay in bed? What are your personal coping mechanisms? I know I'll always ... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 10:16:17 EST Tough tobogganning. Hi, my name is Nickie. I'm in my 40's and I live in the greater Seattle area. I've had chronic pain health issues for almost 15 years. Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, hashimoto's thyroiditis, the gift basket overfloweth. <BR> <BR> I've been on SP for about 4 years, and a couple of years back had some great success with eating low carb and lost almost 70 lbs. In August last year, I ate something that was mislabeled in a store that contained jalapenos, which I am severely allergic to, and hav... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:15:03 EST Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:27 EST I am (alphabetical) alright Mon, 8 Sep 2014 17:38:58 EST Communicating with your partner I feel like we have a communication problem lately and we are planning a wedding or least I am. My partner told me this morning I tend to ask random questions just to talk. This has made feel a little lonely and insecure on what I say now. I work from home alot by choice I could <BR> go in the office but I get more work done at home and I get off at 6pm. Working from home I guess I get a little chatty when he is around. I may vent a little on my day about work or ask where you going. In my m... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 10:43:11 EST CHANGES TO SPARKPEOPLE & OF HELP TO YOU! You may have seen a few changes here at Sparks today and, the reason being, they are always working on ways to make the site more convenient and easier for the members to find info, use the trackers and so much more! That's why this is such a remarkable site! They really do care! <BR> <BR> I'm adding a link to a video that shows and explains the changes, so to see the same and better understand what those changes mean to you and how they can be help, please click on the link below and it... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:32:19 EST What do you still want to do this summer? Do the following: <BR> beach <BR> baseball game <BR> sister's cabin <BR> daughter's house in Alabama <BR> daughter's house in Nova Scotia Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:41:19 EST Question of the Day July 19 What have you done this summer on your to-do list? <BR> <BR> I went to a baseball game, the Detroit Institute of Arts, a couple of garage sales, went to the beach, released sky lanterns, watched fireworks, and my granddaughter was born. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:39:30 EST Introduction Greetings! I am new to this and hope I am posting properly. My name is Sue and I am 50+ and have battled weight my entire life...but it's been the last 10 years or so that I have pretty much lost that battle. I have found myself becoming an emotional eater. This last year I lost my mother-in-law (she really was a 'keeper'), my father, and most recently my son. Additionally, my best friend, who I have known my entire life, is battling mantle cell lymphoma and her prognosis is not good. Husband... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:02:43 EST Positive Thinking Surround Yourself with the Positive <BR> Picture Yourself in a Positive Light <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you put yourself in a positive frame of mind, you can accomplish anything. If you can clearly see your goal, see that it’s within your grasp, there’s nothing stopping you. That’s why surrounding yourself with positive images and visual reminders can be just what the doctor ordered. <BR> <BR> You may already have an inner voice telling you that you can d... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 16:42:58 EST Question of the Day May 28, 2014 Do you have plans for the summer? <BR> <BR> I plan on getting a yearly pass to the area's parks and going at least once a week. Wed, 28 May 2014 05:10:22 EST Question of the day: May 19, 2014 Did you plant flowers? <BR> <BR> Yes - at my house and at mom's Mon, 19 May 2014 09:42:36 EST SPARKS TEAM PAGE REDESIGN COMNG UP! Just a heads up--Sparks will be redesigning the Team pages in the coming days. I've added a link to the Utube video that explains the changes, so feel free to click below and check it out. I'll be curious to see how our Team page will look--but from what I see, we'll keep posting and sharing our friendships, tracking and more as we have been--so, here's to a new and exciting Sparks' change! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Thanks everyone!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:34:59 EST hello The names is actually Sherri and it has taken a while, but with the death of my father in feb and trying to be strong for everyone else I have finally figured out that I am an emotional eater. this seems like a goof fit for me to get and give support. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 01:13:48 EST New member. Hello. My name is Kathy and I have been taking anti-depressants for almost 10 years and anti-anxiety medication for 4 years. I would like to know if it is possible to lose weight while on these meds. <BR> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:54:40 EST 3 things to do today take mom to doctor <BR> stop at store for her <BR> clean closet Mon, 10 Feb 2014 02:10:07 EST needing emotional motivational push I'm soon going to be 46 separated from husband handling 3 grown children with college and starting college by myself I love to work out but when the alarm clock goes off I always hit snooze I just don't want to get up I have no one to push me I don't go to the gym cant afford it I work out alone I have no support from anyone how would I stay motivated,i keep telling myself I can do it I need to do it <em>262</em> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:27:05 EST Help! My Chronic Stress is Flaring my Chronic Pain Hi. Cynthia here and I am a team newbie. <BR> <BR> I have had chronic stress for as long as I can remember. It seems like I am almost always in fight or flight mode and often overreact over things that aren't that big of a deal. Does anyone relate? The more stressed I get the more my body tenses up,, my fibro flares, and migraines hit. <BR> <BR> My dr. told me the other day when I went in for my migraines (had had them for nearly 2 weeks). I told her about all that has been going on the las... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:21:24 EST NEW- VERY ROUGH TIME Hi: <BR> <BR> My name is Nancy. I am struggling with insomnia- sleep issues for 8 weeks now and bad anxiety, panic attacks, depression. I was recently hospitalized. I am still not on the right mix of medications. I have seen a sleep specialist weeks ago and he cannot do anything else for me. <BR> <BR> I can not drive currently and have no support.It is bad for me to have so much time alone to think. <BR> <BR> I have trouble concentrating and stopping all the worries going around in my head... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 18:11:27 EST Amazed<BR>inspires-fitness-world-her-ability-101<BR>506751--abc-news-health.html <BR> <BR> I wached this and realized that I can no longer say that I can't do something. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 14:10:22 EST 3 Things I am Thankful for Today I am thankful for my family. <BR> I am thankful for SP. <BR> I am thankful for my pets. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 09:28:10 EST UPCOMING SURGERY I found out that I will need to have surgery for a deviated septum and also to remove a birth defect or growth inside my nose... I am freaked out about this and worry that maybe I shouldn't have this done. Has anyone ever had this done? I need some advice. I'm afraid I am going to back out. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 13:24:57 EST what is your life like right now? My name is rose and i have a very hard time with stress and am very depressed lately so I will start with what's going on in my life. I am fighting the state for my two little girls because I was in an abusive relationship and couldn't get out and when I asked for help cps took my kids from me, and now i'm with a great man and we just had a baby boy but his brother who I was close to and still am has cancer real bed and the doctors gave him 2 days yesterday. His throat is closing and he can't... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:55:52 EST Goals and Accountability Motivation - I want a healthy, trim body and find enjoyment in everything I do. <BR> <BR> Accountability - Each day I will: <BR> 1. meditate when I first wake up, at noon and before going to sleep <BR> 2. eat when hungry, enjoy what I eat and stop when satisfied <BR> 3. do yoga 20 min, walk 1 mile and do 5 min of isometrics <BR> 4. drink 6 glasses of water <BR> 5. track my stress level before each meal <BR> 6. reflect before bedtime to see how I can improve <BR> <BR> 9/1 - 142 lbs,... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 11:18:19 EST REALLY LOST. Hi everyone, I am 49 going on 50 in September. I love animals, especially my 3 dogs, boating,etc. I usually am pretty timid about this but I am going to cut right to it. I saw this team and thought finally! I really need some help. I have a lot of anxiety issues and it is effecting my health. I know I have added stress as we just bought a house but this is really bothering me. My son , back in May had a sore throat and fever... it lasted about two days. I got it right behind him and I have no... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 14:58:45 EST Hi, Hi, I am spark people because I need to loose 30 pounds just be considered a healthy weight. Probably the reason I am in the situation I am in is because I have simply stopped taking care of myself over the past 17 years. I hope to regain some of my good habits I had in my past life. I know that stress is one of the reasons I am overweight. I have five children, three of them have special needs. My son is autistic. Not the life I had planned for myself. Tue, 2 Jul 2013 22:08:20 EST Intro Hello all, <BR> I am new to Spark and this group. Thought it would be a good group for me. <BR> I had weight loss surgery in 2003 and went from 227 to 120. I felt good about myself after years of low self-esteem and low self-worth. I am gaining back the weight due to stress eating and major depression. <BR> I can't find or keep a job and I am so discouraged and disappointed. I feel useless and worthless. <BR> I don't have a good relationship with family and my boyfriend is a good man, but ... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 20:24:32 EST emotional pain Feel so empty and alone right now..the best of what I had is now over and now its just try to scrape together and muster enough will to try to find all the broken pieces of my once whole life and hope and pray that I can maybe be at least half of the person I once was..there is no more compassion for others within me any more..the person that was once compassionate,helpful,kind,and willing to help others out is I need to find a reason to help myself..I can't think of one reason to b... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 08:06:14 EST MY JOB &#9788; my job has hurt my feelings, they just volunteered me to train about 20 people w/o any perks! This is a repeated issue in many situations! No promotions, no parking space, nothing! Well needless to say today took the cake...bad enough my hours are horrible that doesn't leave me any time in the evening after i pick up my children from daycare, that is filled with homework, cooking, cleaning, baths, etc. Non stop work days for 3wks....found out the changes while being sick on my only da... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 20:00:45 EST Newbie Hi Team. I just signed up for this team. I am coming back to spark people after a leave. <BR> i have a lot of depression and anxiety issues that are hindering my life and just looking for support, insight, and weight loss. I am a former gym rat that has lost his way, but am trying to get positive and get my groove back and get back on track. I look forward to working with you all and want to make 2013 a great year. Thanks for reading my post and feel free to comment at will. Take Care ~DJ~ Fri, 18 Jan 2013 16:35:51 EST What are you goals for 2013? What goals have you set for 2013? Mon, 31 Dec 2012 05:44:23 EST Did you track your exercises today? yes Thu, 13 Dec 2012 08:22:12 EST Did you read a member's blog today? yes Thu, 13 Dec 2012 08:21:32 EST Did you track your food today? yes Thu, 13 Dec 2012 08:21:02 EST Did you read a SP article? yes Thu, 13 Dec 2012 08:18:49 EST Winter Blues Can Be SAD Hi - this is my first post on this team. I had to deal with bi-polar and anxiety and neither one is fun. Now with the winter, I also have to deal with SAD. <BR> <BR> To help others who have or know someone with SAD, I have written a blog about it with tips and advice on how to handle the seasonal affective disorder that comes every year. <BR> <BR> Take a look and let me know what you think. I can also write on various topics for this team, just let me know. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 9 Dec 2012 14:20:22 EST Hi I am a Handicapped Grandmother of 2. I need more help and encouragement with exercises that I can do while sitting in a wheelchair. the personal stress of dealing with this chair & beating myself up over something that is out of my control is high. some days it is to high and go ahead a do something that all I do is cause more pain on me. I then I beat myself up over it. I sure would like your help. Sun, 11 Nov 2012 12:21:31 EST Disabled veteran due to psychological trauma Hello friends. On the surface I seem quite average. Deep inside is another story. I have fibromyalgia, bipolar disorder and ptsd due to a traumatic event while serving in the Navy. I have anxiety and panic attacks every day. Since joining Sparkpeople and tracking my food and fitness the deep emotional hurt has lessened greatly, as well as my anxiety. Every day is a struggle but my husband is always there tohelp me through. Sparkpeople has me setting goals and aiming to better myself, which i... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 09:40:24 EST Hello Hello and my name is Cate. To say that I have stress in my life or have gone through emotional pain and stress in my life is an understatement. In the past several years I have lost a family member to cancer and am still dealing with that. I have this need to fix everyones problems around me and because of that, I get completely overwhelmed with things. I am also a full time student and work full time, so I don't really have much time for myself. I am hoping to learn from this team and get s... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 23:40:50 EST What did you do to de-stress today? I gave my hair a conditioning treatment while I gave myself a manicure. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 13:04:24 EST My introduction Hi, I live with a great deal of emothional pain du to my weight and body image. I'm 5'9" at 250 lbs. and have lost 40-50 lbs since separating from my wife a year and half ago. My biggest emotional problem is the way I look in clothes. I have always had pretty large man boods. I can't tell you how much greif and pain I have due to this problem. I just don't feel fully like a man with or without a shirt on. I have alot of muscle and but very significant muffin top. Clothes are not my fre... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 14:52:26 EST Hit the road.... Emotional pain it is time for you to hit the road. I am tired of living with you and the stress that you cause me. I need to live my life to the fullest and enjoy it so LEAVE ME ALONE!! <em>33</em> Sun, 5 Aug 2012 00:32:21 EST Hi everyone I just joined sparklepeople last week. I have been busy looking through the site and reading posts. <BR> <BR> I picked this team as i think its very important to have a support network out there to help a lady cope with stress and everyday living. Stress affects our weight and what we eat and how we maintain. <BR> <BR> <BR> I hope i can be a help to others and looking forward to getting to know all of you. <BR> <BR> <BR> ~~~Hugs~~~ <BR> <BR> Carla Sat, 21 Jul 2012 09:50:44 EST Hello I decided to join this team because honestly, I do have a LOT of emotional pain and stress. I honestly don't even know where to begin other than I was diagnosed with depression when I was 8 years old. I've had a LOT of pain in my past that I'm sometimes surprised I didn't just take the easy way out, well, eating was easy. It's how I got here. Food was my comfort and rage was my shield. Still is. I'm still trying to figure out how to deal with things more healthily. And I'll be honest, I... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 18:31:03 EST Sydnee54 Hello, I joined Sparks People 1 week ago and I am looking forward to meeting my goals. I spend most of my time alone, so this has given me a reason to get up compete and lose weight. My energy level has already increased and I am having fun with my menu each day. I have fought depression as long as I can remember. I had 2 major surgeries in one week last year and I have been getting stronger and learning how to do everyday tasks in a different way. I am ready for the challange. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 12:32:46 EST I need some motivation Im trying to start sparkspeople again for the millionth time. I moved to a rural area a year ago. I live with my fiancee and daugther who is 9. I have no friends around here. My self esteem is shot, im finding myself frequently depressed and have no one to turn to. My fiancee is always a complete jerk and i cant open up to him anymore. I feel totally alone especially when im alone during the day cause they work and go to school. I feel totally hopeless. I dont know what to do. I just want to ... Mon, 21 May 2012 10:34:23 EST Hello! Hi! My name is Talitha, and the reason I joined this team is because I am trying to lose weight and I'm thinking if I get depressed, it might stop me from achieving my goals. I am a 5 month recovering cutter, I have Bipolar with schizo effective tendencies, and OCD. I would love to have a support group who would tell me it will be ok, and to just keep pushing on when I think all hope is lost. I am 19 years old, and I suck at introductions. I have a support network of about 3 people around me ... Sat, 19 May 2012 05:42:38 EST afraid to go outside I'm not sure if it's a real fear although it feels more real everytime i'm asked by my family to go outside somewhere or if it's something i've got use to by being inside. <BR> <BR> What scares me more is the thought of going outside in my street, as i've been bullied mentally by my neighbours, and other people calling me names when i'm on my own. <BR> <BR> I got so use to living on my own with my children before i met my recent husband. That if the neighbours or anyone complained about t... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:39:21 EST Quote For The Day! <BR> I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. <BR> <BR> Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> How True! Tue, 20 Mar 2012 13:08:08 EST The Road Less Travelled! Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. <BR> <BR> Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 15:18:42 EST HEROES IN OUR MIDST! <BR> A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer. <BR> Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> And, that's what we are; Heroes! For even just trying this Spark People Program of nutrition & fitness. It takes courage self esteem. <BR> <BR> Congratulations for getting started. You are my hero! <BR> <BR> Love, <BR> squingile <BR> Sat, 17 Mar 2012 04:20:51 EST Good Morning - At Least It's Morning Where I Am Hi, everyone, my name is Janis and I lost my mom when I was 17 going on about 13 years ago. I didn't deal with my emotions then and now have post traumatic stress from the even. I watched over her for four months, day and night as she slipped away from ovarian cancer. <BR> <BR> I don't really know how to get through this and I eat emotionally without really thinking about it. I weight 236 pounds and need to get back to 130 pounds. I used to be so good at what I ate and exercising every day.... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 06:47:00 EST Why don't the tears come? Hi Everyone! I'm new to this team and hoping to find some TLC. My life has been so difficult almost from the start. my dad passed away when i was 6 and I had to live with a family friend so my mom could work to support me and my 2 half sisters. so i was never close to my mom. it was hard especially not having a dad. both my sisters were always into trouble, one more so than the other so mom's time went to them. I started working as soon as i could so i could buy my necessities and thin... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 23:42:21 EST Motivated & Positive Today? Post a Thumbs Up! <em>48</em> Sun, 11 Mar 2012 14:28:50 EST Lets Rally & Get Going Together! Every great and commanding moment in the annals of the world is the triumph of some enthusiasm. <BR> <BR> Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> US essayist & poet (1803 - 1882) Sun, 4 Mar 2012 02:08:59 EST FEELINGS... I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. <BR> <BR> Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> Well said I might add! <BR> How do u feel 2Day? <em>43</em> Fri, 2 Mar 2012 00:46:57 EST Past, Present & Future! <BR> Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old. <BR> <BR> Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> US essayist & poet (1803 - 1882) <BR> <BR> I must remember this famous quote because I live in the past & it dictates my prresent life & denies me any future... <BR> We can only get better if we try! Wed, 22 Feb 2012 00:55:12 EST Hello I would like to Join Your Spark Team! Trying to stay motivated & on track is hard enough but when you have a diagnosis of BiPolar Disorder with severe Depression it makes it that much harder. I think I qualify for your group. I am overweight due to overeating, binging & trying to satisfy my loneliness. One of the many Giants I must slay in order to move forward. I have been a member of Spark People for 1 month now & haven;t lost any weight yet. I bought the cook book but I don't cook, I also bought the Boot Camp DVD but our DVD p... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 20:26:36 EST A Tentative Hello Just joined the group and thought I'd say a hello, however I have been struggling to "get with the program" / use this site regularly this time go round (first tried coming here about a year ago- no luck, same reason though- wasn't 100% with it). Not much motivation most days. Currently am unemployed due to a foot injury 'bout a year and a half ago that made me lose the job I had/ currently looking/waiting for good news once again. And overall just feeling kinda blah, unsupportive family, few... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 23:27:42 EST Losing a Spouse Hi - my name is Elaine. I lost my spouse six months ago to pancreatic cancer. He was only 61 and we had many plans but they all went down the drain when he got sick two years ago. I miss him terribly and I miss what we had together and what will no longer happen. I was his caretaker for two years and now I don't have anything. At least, when he was here, I could do something for him to try to help. Now, I just cry and think about him and the things we did together that will no longer ha... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 16:51:17 EST newbie any advice for emotional eating ??? Fri, 20 Jan 2012 20:46:00 EST Introduction Hi <BR> I am new to this team but not to sparkpeople <BR> I am dealing with anxiety <BR> Severe depression <BR> Chronic pain (which is the root cause of the depression--in pain for over two years) <BR> Worry about family members <BR> financial stress (I'm currently on medical leave) <BR> <BR> I am basically in a very dark place and am looking for support--so I decided to try here. <BR> <BR> I am in therapy and on medication and have a whole team of different medical providers that are all ... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 00:46:38 EST Do you have a goal today? Clean at least one room well. Wed, 14 Dec 2011 09:33:01 EST Did you exercise today? <em>224</em> Sat, 5 Nov 2011 10:35:25 EST it's my birthday, I can vent if I want to :) Today's my birthday. I've been ambivalent about birthdays since I was a kid because I always wanted to be treated like a big deal on my birthday (or just like it's my special day). My friends never made it a big deal because my birthday was always the 1st week of school and my family celebrations seemed to be an afterthought. So I've grown accustomed to no fanfare, but this year it seems to have hit me worse. I'm single and don't have a lot of friends. My mom died last summer and last year m... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 01:28:32 EST Today for fun, I watched an air show as I weeded my yard Sun, 21 Aug 2011 18:10:14 EST Hi, I am so sorry I haven't said hello yet Been so busy and running out the door again now lol. I'm a single mom of 2 wonderful sons, 21 and 18, and 2 Siberian Husky princesses, Kemoru and Lola, and 6 purry furry kitties, Blaze, Shadow, Middy, Tommy, Jayden and Quintinius. I am studying Medical Transcription Coding and Editing online and taking care of the house and kids and furries and even do the mowing and gardening. My ex cheated on me during my 2nd pregnancy and left when he was born. It's 18 years of water under the bridge. My k... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 23:49:41 EST Emotional eating? For most of my life I was an Emotional eater, and I would use food to help deal with stress, and emotions. But then after I would be left with feelings of Shame, guilt, and self- hatred. For me that caused a viscous cycle. <BR> <BR> What is your biggest challenge with emotion pain & stress when it comes to eating? Sun, 24 Jul 2011 11:27:03 EST J is for June & July jumping Sun, 26 Jun 2011 15:30:41 EST Question for June 25 Do you use food to deal with emotions? Why do you think we do that? Sat, 25 Jun 2011 11:12:46 EST I will work on _________ ___today. keeping my motivation up Fri, 20 May 2011 08:57:01 EST New Team: SP Class of May 29-Jun 4, 2011 If you have an anniversary during this time, please join us! Sat, 23 Apr 2011 09:49:45 EST Hello Hi, <BR> I'm not new to spark, but I'm new to this team. <BR> Some people don't eat when they are stressing. That's not me. Right now there is a bunch of stuff going on with my granddaughter's parents. I'm trying my hardest to just stay out of it. but I'm worried about my son and my baby girl. She's 2 and I think understands more than they think. Then there is the worry that her mother won't let me see her. Mon, 4 Apr 2011 12:28:57 EST Exercising and having fun! Yesterday, I went to the park and played basketball by myself. Trust me, shooting hoops works out your arms! I had the best time. What kind of exercise do you do while having fun at the same time? Sun, 27 Mar 2011 09:31:50 EST M is for madness Sat, 5 Mar 2011 10:04:49 EST Hi Hi! I'm new here. Dealing with anxiety, depression and a lot of emotional eating. Just looking for some support <em>41</em> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 23:41:30 EST loyalty genes I was inspired by Ashley's blog today. She was feeling sad about losing spark friends, some just fade away. It brought back something that had happened to me about 30 years ago when I lost a good friend without explanation. IT HURT! Now I can look back and see she didn't want me as a friend, just a support for a short while. My success shadowed her and she dumped me. Anyway, I can look back and see it, she doesn't have me as a friend anymore but I have several new ones. <BR> I can put ... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 05:32:58 EST HI! I am new to Spark and the team! I found spark on my blackberry and then discovered the webpage. It is amazing! I have a lot of work todo. While weight is important to me I know for me it is dealing with some underlining issues and finding me again. Changing my way of thinking, and looking at myself and the world. <BR> <BR> I am nervous. I am always nervous for others to get to know me, and I am super nervous about failure at the exercise portion. Oddly enough I am a bit nervous about the weight loss, or the mind set chang... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 16:03:30 EST reward time this morning was weigh day, I went to my neighbour's house to compare notes and listened to her problems with healthy eating. Did my turn come? no, her granddaughter arrived and time for me to exit. I didn't get to tell her I had lost 5lb (2kg) and I was thrilled with the success. So I compensated by going shopping....but nothing I wanted or needed. I logged into Spark people and had a lift from reading a few pages and decided on my treat, I have ordered a pedometer from ebay so I can tra... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 17:44:07 EST Anxiety issues I am trying to calm down. I have been trying for about an hour and I am not getting anywhere right now. Thu, 27 Jan 2011 08:46:48 EST Emotional Eating forum Hey Everybody: <BR> <BR> I know that many of us struggle with emotional eating so I thought I'd start a new thread where we can find ideas and support. Please discuss emotional eating on this thread. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Wed, 26 Jan 2011 09:14:41 EST SOO ANGRY AT NURSE/SURGEON OMG- I had the appt. with the general surgeon on Tuesday afternoon and then later called back because I had /'s about why he wanted to remove the breast lumps when I had been thru an MRI in December and had a core biopsy done then plus I had a ? about whether he was also removing a lump on my left arm. <BR> <BR> He was in surgery all Wednesday and a 1/2 day on Thursday. I called in the afternoon on Thursday like the nurse suggested and was told he would call me back after he was done with pa... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 14:54:41 EST do you talk to a therapist??? My world has been so dark lately and filled with weird thoughts that I have never had before and I am thinking I should go talk to someone, but that thought is scary and I dont know how it works or what it will cost and how to find someone. What is the first office visit like? How can a total stranger make you feel comfortable enough to open up? Anyone??? Fri, 21 Jan 2011 12:33:42 EST IBS= pain and sick feeling <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I've been real bad off this week, first constipated so bad it felt like rocks now I'm sick at my stomach and crampy as the stuff does the soft ice cream consistency as it exits. I know its stress and I've got med to take for it but, I hate it! Why did I have to be the one to inherent my mothers bowels! Fri, 21 Jan 2011 12:29:53 EST Scared- need surgery I had a long day but made it thru all my appointments but now I have another major thing to go thru- OMG John and I marked over 50 to 60 lumps on my body, not including the breast lumps. The surgeon didn't look at all of them which kind of makes me mad. He did do a thorough breast exam and went over the MRI's I have had and ultrasounds, mammograms etc.. <BR> <BR> He feels we should remove under I.v. sedation 2 of the lumps on my right leg that seem more immovable- they don't move around like... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 23:24:42 EST hi-new to team hi all. i'm hoping to find support here. my husband has been depressed for quite some time. i've been trying to take care of myself during this time. sometimes it just gets so overwhelming that i start to feel drained - i know i am really being affected by it. i've made some improvements in my life, but this last episode is really hard. he has been waking me up throughout the nights, saying things like he's a "failure"...he can't do anything right...etc...needless to say, i'm exhausted! he wo... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 10:10:31 EST Feeling Blue Boy, the post Holiday blues really are affecting me today. My stomach is churning. Cory is supposed to drop by on his way to school. Ryan is at a Packer Game with his dad. Tomorrow John goes back to work and here I sit by myself. I do have a chiropractor visit and really want to make it to the last meeting at my friends church- which I am also sad about. I just feel really down. <BR> Yesterday Cory had agreed to come for dinner but decided he wanted to see friends instead so he said he would ... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 14:33:11 EST This is a vent! we moved into our new little apartment in in Florida, and we get ROBBED! Someone broke into our place and stole the Wii! and some tools. But my Wii is gone! I am mad and depressed and URGH!! thanks I had to vent Fri, 31 Dec 2010 15:49:38 EST Great News I took some clonazepam because I was stressing out so much, The nurse just called- no cancer and no a-typical cells. yeah! Praise God!!! <BR> Thanks for all your prayers and concern! <BR> Nancy Mon, 20 Dec 2010 17:35:04 EST Oh Christmas tree Time to decorate the team's Christmas tree. Be creative . . . or downright silly if you want! <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> Mon, 20 Dec 2010 03:40:38 EST Breast Biopsy- Scared OMG they called from the hospital today that did my MRI and wanted me to go in for an ultrasound of some areas of concern and so that the radiologist could talk to me. I am sooo nervous, anxious and scared. 1 area in my left breast absorbed some of the dye so they want to do a biopsy. I am supposed to have a core biopsy done this Thursday where they take samples of the area in question. I would get results on Monday. It would be done at the hospital not by my surgeon. I need to call the surge... Tue, 14 Dec 2010 23:53:44 EST GRRR- re-do of MRI I wrote this Friday- the hospital called this morning and they needed me to come back in early this afternoon to re-do part of the breast MRI that didn't turn out right. OMG- you would think they would make sure it was done right the 1st. time and have a radiologist there to make sure. GRRRR On the other hand I want it done RIGHT. <BR> SOOO I had to drive all the way back to Grafton today. Then they called later and said the breast radiologist could not read the MRI without a copy of my mammo... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 19:56:50 EST Attack that Anxiety Several of us struggle with anxiety, so let's share how we cope. Remember, you may have an idea that none of us have considered. <BR> <BR> My healthy coping mechanisms: <BR> 1. praying <BR> 2. journaling <BR> 3. guided imagery <BR> 4. exercise <BR> 5. tapping ( <BR> Sat, 11 Dec 2010 19:01:44 EST Update from Nancy I didn't sleep well last nite, awake with night sweats off and on and worried. Phone rang at 10 so I ran to answer it- broke out in a whole body sweat and felt faint and a bit nauseated. Not sure what that is from- Lyme, stress, menopause??? John called. I asked him to have the insurance person at work look into this issue with the MRI. <BR> <BR> The person from insurance- what a uncaring, cold person- never called me back this morning like she said she would. This is the same person who sai... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 16:49:24 EST Need a Miracle OMG I have been on the phone with the clinic, insurance about 10 times today. First someone from insurance said they received the letter from my surgeon re: breast MRI and forwarded it to pre- approval and I would have an answer by the end of the day. Then someone called me from insurance and said as long as there was a medical diagnosis it was covered. Then someone from insurance called late this afternoon to say it was denied but the examiner left for the day so I don't even know if the sur... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 20:06:03 EST D is for December Douglas fir Mon, 6 Dec 2010 17:32:31 EST lavendar Does it work? Fri, 3 Dec 2010 11:41:32 EST Scared- Need Urgent Prayers I am scared sooo much, to be very truthful. On the positive I really like the surgeon, he is very nice and thorough. The computers went down so he couldn't look at my films so we talked and I explained everything . I had marked the lumps on my right leg- just a few of them not all. and the lumps on the upper part of my breasts. He talked with me first and then after I changed into the gown he examined all the areas I marked. He didn't think much of the lumps on the upper part of my right leg ... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 00:52:04 EST What are you thankful for? Thanksgiving is upon us, which made me wonder: what are you thankful for? Mon, 22 Nov 2010 07:45:51 EST Heartbroken I am heartbroken, depressed, sad and anxious. Lee- my ex- is up to his old tricks. I had told him that I wanted to spend Christmas day with my sons- ages 21 and 18. He just e-mailed me and said he would be taking them on another snowboard trip leaving the day of Dec. 24th. and returning on Jan. 1st. Cory has to go back to school on the 2nd. and Ryan won't get home until maybe late on Dec. 23rd. so that wouldn't give me anytime to celebrate Christmas with my sons. I replied by e-mailing him ba... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 23:49:41 EST Anxiety over Not working I have Lyme disease and never know if I will have a good or bad day- health-wise as far as fatigue and pain. I have not worked since a year from last September. I do get a small amount of disability. <BR> <BR> At the end I couldn't even handle working my 3 hours a day. I worked at a school and caught every germ going around. <BR> <BR> Since we are in a different house, different community, I am sick, hubby sometimes travels and friends are busy, and I am a recent empty nester I find it real... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 23:57:07 EST Thanksgiving is coming . . . what's for dinner? Okay guys and dolls: <BR> <BR> Time to make our Thanksgiving dinner. So, what are we having? <BR> <BR> *You can list appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, desserts, etc. Fri, 12 Nov 2010 11:20:22 EST Goals we keep putting off Do you have any short term or long term goals you keep putting off? Any type of goals. <BR> <BR> For example, I have wanted to learn how to play a regular guitar ever since I was a little girl. I've <BR> never even picked a guitar up! I guess I want to learn because I love music so much. Wed, 3 Nov 2010 00:25:46 EST I am nothing Nov 1 and I can't rest. Yes I sleep but only with a muscle relaxant. I do not rest. I wake up early every morning and this morning is no different. I am in pain. My heart feel as if it is breaking. As I sit here writing this the tears keep falling. I want so badly to smile and laugh again as I once did. The zoloft doesn't seem to help much. I just can't seem to get it together. I just don't know what to do? Yes people I get up and walk every morning. I don't just sit here in this house all da... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 05:59:40 EST Do you have a song in your heart? I sometimes think that there is a mini radio inside of my head because I am always thinking of a song. What songs are you thinking about and/or singing today? How do those songs make you feel? Tue, 26 Oct 2010 11:04:41 EST What keeps you up at night? A good night's sleep is so important, especially when you're fighting stress and/or depression. So, what is keeping you up at night? <BR> <BR> Maybe we can help. Tue, 26 Oct 2010 01:22:33 EST What are your top two stressors right now? no money and a small social life Sat, 23 Oct 2010 13:01:48 EST New to group...Not New to dieting! Hello Everyone, My name is Elizabeth and I am grossly obese, (Gee, I kinda sound like an AA member! LOL) Anyway, I decided to join the group because of it's name. I to have dealt with insecurities and low self esteem.Although I am a retired counselor and I know that using food and cigarettes as a crutch to hide behind. However, my many years of experience have not been useful for me so I decided to join this group to meet new people, develop new friendships and help each other achieve our sha... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 04:25:46 EST "O" IS FOR OCTOBER and..... ...(Word Fun!) Thinking caps on??? It's October and let's come up with any word that begins with the letter "O" and have an "O"utstanding time sharing! Thu, 30 Sep 2010 18:13:50 EST State One Good Thing About You (Daily) I am compassionate. Thu, 16 Sep 2010 12:00:11 EST S is for September sunshine Wed, 1 Sep 2010 10:17:28 EST Anger Issues I don't know if it's because I'm going through a divorce or if I'm just lonely and bummed about not being able to get a job, but i find that I have this anger that I don't know how to get rid of. Any ideas? Mon, 30 Aug 2010 10:19:34 EST Getting school-age children ready for school? I don't have school age children any more. I just think about the mothers this time of year. Mon, 23 Aug 2010 11:10:00 EST Saying goodbye I haven't had time or energy for my sparkteams lately and I'm tired of fooling myself that this is helping me. So I'm going to say goodbye for now while I work things out in the real world. Hugs to you all! You have been great friends. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Wed, 18 Aug 2010 14:14:07 EST What stresses you right now? Money Sun, 15 Aug 2010 21:18:54 EST A is for August aromas of barbecues as we take our evening walks Sun, 15 Aug 2010 21:13:30 EST Health issues... This may not be the place to post about this, but I was wondering if anyone has had, or knows of anyone who has had issues with their thyroid gland? Specifically having had a mass which has had to be removed? <BR> I found out about 2 weeks ago that I have a mass on my thyroid. It's 5 centimeters in length. I will have surgery next Tuesday to have it removed and check it for cancer. My doctor doesn't seem to think it will be cancerous but will have a pathologist in surgery with me to have ... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 13:11:45 EST Where do you want to travel to? It's a toss-up between Hawaii and a Carribean Cruise for me. Sat, 7 Aug 2010 15:01:10 EST What are your plans for today? I am cleaning up stuff that I should have done a long time ago and organizing papers. Later, it's off to the dreaded grocery store! Thu, 5 Aug 2010 12:00:02 EST Having More Things to Do I moved back to my home state about six weeks ago. I have found some things to do and some ways to meet people. But, most of the time I don't know what to do that doesn't cost much money (unemployed) or I don't know anyone that I can do things with. Ideas? Wed, 4 Aug 2010 11:40:18 EST Any suggestions (good or bad) on books to read? I'm usually an avid reader, but don't know of any good ones out there right now to read. I am open to suggestions on good ones and/or tell me if one is bad. Mon, 2 Aug 2010 12:56:51 EST August Daily Chat Thread It's the last month of summer already. What has been going on in your lives lately and what have you planned for the next month? <BR> <BR> I've been trying new churches, looking for a job, and trying to sell Avon. Although they have kept me busy, I haven't been too successful at them yet. I'm looking for things to do in August. Little League's season has ended, so there opens a couple nights a week! Mon, 2 Aug 2010 12:51:23 EST Sleeping problems I have to spend next week at my mother's house. The thing is that I'm a little agoraphobic. This is particularly a problem at night. Reason being, when I'm not in my own place in my own bed, I do not sleep-at all! I've gone an entire week without sleeping before, and it was not fun. Any suggestions? <BR> Sat, 31 Jul 2010 09:59:33 EST I am proud of ______ today. I am proud of the fact that I am doing things to make my life better. Thu, 29 Jul 2010 21:35:26 EST Troubles Ok my husband told me 2 weeks ago that he didn't think he wanted our marriage to work anymore. Apparently, he felt he couldn't go out and do things he wanted to do without me. Just guy stuff ya know. It hit me like a brick wall. Yesterday, he informed me that he had been trying to see if his feelings for me ever come back. So far no. Of coarse this was after I cornered him to try an get to the bottom of it. Some of the stuff he said though leads me to believe he is in midlife crisis/transitio... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 14:41:43 EST WHAT'S THE WEATHER LIKE IN YOUR AREA (By Emoticon) Today it was <em>257</em> in the early morning hours, but it turned out to be a sunny and humid day! So, I'd say it was <em>67</em> Sat, 24 Jul 2010 23:19:08 EST 5 Mind Blowing Benefits of Exercise Someone shared this article with me and I found it very interesting and helpful. <BR><BR>mind-blowing-benefits-exercise Mon, 19 Jul 2010 09:29:32 EST Do you allow time to unwind before going to bed? Sometimes I do, but most times I don't. Tonight is a do night. Thu, 24 Jun 2010 19:50:18 EST I am amazed at how good I feel today I had a great 30 minute cardio workout today. It wasn't as hard as it has been for the last three weeks, and I didn't anticipate I would feel so good. My body was pinging all over with pain before I got on the elliptical trainer. Now, I feel light and free. Exercise really does make you feel better. I know others have said it, but now I get it! Wed, 23 Jun 2010 21:59:54 EST Unpleasant Situation I left my husband Thursday. He was emotionally abusive. He called my almost-80-year-old mother before I did and gave her the sob story. So she gave me the lecture about how he loves me and he doesn't know why I left and he treated my right, etc. She thinks I came up without planning and plan to live off of my daughter. I don't think she believed what I was telling her. How do I fix it? I don't want 2 broken relationships. Sat, 19 Jun 2010 10:39:09 EST Help with the munchies (Game-time) I do not know about you gals, but I have a serious problem with night-time munchies. So, let's come up with some healthy options for dessert that won't ruin all our great efforts! Fri, 11 Jun 2010 22:11:25 EST What do you do to settle your emotions? I do some kind of physical activity. Walking outside helps the most. Thu, 10 Jun 2010 18:38:10 EST Hello Everyone. I am thrilled to have found a 'home' with this team. I have lived a great deal of my adult life either in denial of my emotions or completely ruled by them. I am so glad to have joined a group where I can talk to similarily 'afflicted' people. <BR> <BR> My name is Karen, I am married and have one beautiful daughter named Grace. If I could, I would talk about her nonstop to every pair of ears that came my way, but I have learned that other people are not quite as fascinated by the topic of... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 16:21:40 EST Q.O.D June 10, 2010 Given my history of ED, "diet" is a four-letter word. Made me wonder, how do you gals feel about dieting? Does it work? Or do they cause more harm then good? Thu, 10 Jun 2010 08:01:55 EST LET'S JUST TALK!! Hey Everybody: <BR> <BR> I wanted to thank you again for your prayers. I believe that the job interview went well today. I really liked the supervisor and the other people I meet who work there. I received the feeling that they really care about the people they work with. They are going to interview more candidates and then call me and let me know their decision. Once again, thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers. <BR> <BR> Aron <BR> Wed, 9 Jun 2010 21:20:39 EST Which one do you want today, a maid or a Massage? This is a fun game that Cheryl introduced on another team. Just say which one you want today! Sat, 5 Jun 2010 11:39:53 EST WELCOME OUR NEW CO-LEADER, MAMANADEUX A huge <em>244</em> <em>235</em> goes out to our new Co-Leader of the Team today! Welcome, Noelle, and it's so wonderful that you'll be helping the Team through support and friendship to make it the best the Team it can be! <BR> <BR> The link to Noelle's page is shown below -- so, please send your thanks and welcomes by clicking below and passing along your congrats and woo-hoos to our super special friend! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>MANADEUX </link> Tue, 25 May 2010 12:56:03 EST LET'S GET MOVIN' CHALLENGE! WOO HOO!! Nola had a fantastic idea and, that is, keep moving and getting those exercises and physical activities in our day! I'm all for it and I hope everyone feels the same! <BR> <BR> Here's our "Movin' Challenge" and it's fun! The challenge is to get in at least 30 minutes of physical activity/exercise in your day! <BR> <BR> If you've done your 30 minutes -- you can either show it by <em>248</em> or share what physical activity, etc., you did for the day! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Let's ... Tue, 25 May 2010 10:51:09 EST Ahhhhhhh hhhhhh!! Ahhhhhhhhhh!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! It's not fair!!! The first two decades of my life I was trapped in a poisonous cocoon and it took over 20 freakin years to get out of it. The moment I am free I just want to rip my hair out!! Lately I am not sad about it often. For some reason I am just feeling a little sorry for myself today:( After all that abuse my family threw me away like I was nothing to them and left me to pick up the pieces and just because I wanted to be happy:(......bleh. I cant be... Mon, 17 May 2010 09:06:32 EST Hi! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> How are you all today? <BR> <BR> :) Mon, 17 May 2010 08:54:03 EST Jokes to make you smile. Eileen and her husband Bob went for counseling after 25 years of marriage. <BR> <BR> When asked what the problem was, Eileen went into a passionate, painful <BR> tirade listing every problem they had ever had in the 25 years they had <BR> been married. <BR> <BR> She went on and on and on: neglect, lack of intimacy, emptiness, <BR> loneliness, feeling unloved and unlovable, an entire laundry list of unmet <BR> needs she had endured over the course of their marriage. <BR> <BR> <BR> Fina... Fri, 14 May 2010 18:52:13 EST hi newbie Hi my name is Ginette. This is taking a lot of my strength I have left to join these depression teams. I just recently admitted that I needed help to my neuropsychologist who is helping me deal with things from my collision. I scared myself this weekend. Just the thoughts, but I did. I think it might be good if I find friends that are dealing with similiar issues. <BR> Wed, 12 May 2010 20:28:57 EST Question of the day-May 10 How do you handle negative people? Mon, 10 May 2010 07:42:53 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY! (5/7/2010) <em>38</em> Question for Today (5/7/2010) <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Based on Sparks' Healthy Reflections today, please share how you would answer our Question today! <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> Sparks' Healthy Reflections! <BR> <BR> Persistence. Persistence. Persistence. <BR> <BR> We keep hearing about how persistence is often the key to success. But what do you do when you've been striving for so long that it seems like your goal is never going to see light? How do you deal with the fear that... Fri, 7 May 2010 09:29:41 EST Question of the day-April 26 How do you feel you are doing in accomplishing your goals so far? <BR> <BR> What are some ways that this team can help you? Mon, 26 Apr 2010 12:25:39 EST Question of the day-April 24 Do you have a particular song or songs that you listen to when you're feeling down? <BR> <BR> <BR> Mine are "the anchor holds" and "Master of the Wind." Sat, 24 Apr 2010 13:06:46 EST Keeping the wolves at bay This may sound a little crazy (pun intended) but I keep feeling like I'm fighting to keep the wolves at bay. You know, where the depression keeps lingering in the backgtound. I have been fighting it through keeping busy and trying to laugh at circumstances, but it's been rough. I have not been on any meds for at least a month-so I'm sort of fighting this solo. Anybody had this experience before? What did you do? Fri, 23 Apr 2010 12:12:21 EST Question of the day-April 21 Do you have a "best friend" who you can confide in about anything? Wed, 21 Apr 2010 07:19:47 EST Desperate and anxious I was with SparkPeople in the past and have decided to give it another go. I'm at a point in my life where I feel like I'm on a downward spiral. My job is suffering, and no my relationship is suffering. My partner is doing well with her dieting and is very determined, but I have such anxiety that it's nearly debilitating. It seems like everytime I start a diet, I sink into this depression that just wipes out everything. I dont understand why! This is supposed to be a positive change, so... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 12:01:26 EST Question of the day-April 18 Do you ever watch inspirational DVD's? Sun, 18 Apr 2010 09:44:38 EST What is your opinion?? OK ladies I need your opinions here! Myabe I am just being crazy but still.... <BR> <BR> Here is some of my story: <BR> OK my hubby (the one you seein my pics) is my 2nd marriage. OK he was married for 23 years before me. The only reason his first wife divorced him is because he was caught cheating on her...even though he says he never did anything sexually with this girl. OK well after I met him and moved here to be with him and wait for my divorce from my 1st hubby to be final, she (the ... Sat, 17 Apr 2010 23:39:15 EST Question of the day April 11 What will you work on after meeting your current health goal(s)? Sat, 10 Apr 2010 23:16:16 EST Question of the day-April 9 What are some obstacles that you have for becoming healthy? Thu, 8 Apr 2010 23:35:46 EST Question of the day-April 8 Who do you admire and why? Thu, 8 Apr 2010 12:50:58 EST Question of the day-April 7 How does stress (anxiety, depression, etc.) affect you physically? Wed, 7 Apr 2010 06:51:36 EST Question of the day-April 6 What is one aspect of your health that you want to work on and why? Mon, 5 Apr 2010 21:20:04 EST Hi, I'm Jade Hello everyone. I'm Jade, I signed up for this site a few months ago, but I'm just getting started on actually maintaining it. I'm 21 and currently finishing up my first degree in Criminal Justice. I deal with mainly situational anxiety now and stress. I have been dealing with this my entire life. Mainly learned, in my case. I also have built up anger (it's not the medical term, but it has caused me to have horrible migranes. I am just getting my life in order and I am looking for a support ... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 14:38:01 EST Question of the day-April 5 What is one of your short term goals and how are you planning on reaching it? Sun, 4 Apr 2010 22:32:25 EST Question for Easter! What are you doing this Easter? Church? Easter egg hunt? Sat, 3 Apr 2010 21:27:36 EST Challenge time I am continuing the challenge that we did for March. <BR> <BR> This week, I completed 225 minutes of exercise this week and walked on the beach to relax. Sat, 3 Apr 2010 21:07:32 EST QUESTION FOR TODAY! Do you believe that pets improve our health? <BR> <BR> **Yes, it's true for me <BR> **Yes, I've seen it happen to others <BR> **No, but I still love pets! <BR> **No, but I'm not an animal person <BR> <BR> I'm a total animal lover and I have 2 dogs and 2 cats -- and for me, it's a total "YES, it's true for me!" How about you? What do you think or feel? <BR> Sat, 3 Apr 2010 10:15:11 EST Question of the day-April 1 Happy April Fools: <BR> <BR> Has anybody ever played an April Fools joke on you? Tell us about it! Wed, 31 Mar 2010 23:46:57 EST Just Arrived...... Good morning, <BR> I have just arrived. My anxiety level is high - I keep trying to lose weight and fall off plans because of anxiety/stress. This has been going on for years <em>39</em> I've tried Sparkpeople for a couple of years - my participation has been more gone then here; when I blow it, I am ashamed and disappear. As you can read, emotionally I'm a bit all over the place today. Hope I'm not too overwhelming because I really need support. <BR> <BR> Objectively, I am a 55 year old C... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 11:58:00 EST Question of the day-March 30 If you could change one thing in your life right now, what would you change? Tue, 30 Mar 2010 00:32:48 EST Question of the day-March 28 If someone could predict your future, what would you like to know? Sun, 28 Mar 2010 09:26:40 EST Question of the day-March 26 Do you/have you kept a journal or diary? If so, what did you use it for? Thu, 25 Mar 2010 21:03:39 EST PRAYER REQUESTS/PRAISE REPORTS I should have added this thread a long time ago. <BR> <BR> If you have any prayer requests let us know so that we can pray for you. Also, if you have a praise report-please share! Thu, 25 Mar 2010 20:59:55 EST (DAILY)EVERYONE NEEDS A HUG SOMETIMES-PLS. SHARE! <em>220</em> everyone! Thu, 25 Mar 2010 20:17:33 EST WHAT MADE U SMILE TODAY? Alot of times we are in a rush, feel stressed and running low on patience! But, let's remember those smiles that we had and shared with others today! It only takes a second to pass along a smile and I hope you shared and received a few today too! <BR> <BR> So, what made you <em>30</em> today? Thu, 25 Mar 2010 19:00:35 EST Question of the day-March 22 Is there a talent that you always wished you had? Is so, what is it? <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> <BR> Aron Mon, 22 Mar 2010 23:46:06 EST Question of the day-March 20 Today, I am going to be spending six fun filled hours sitting in a classroom getting certified for CPR/First Aid. <BR> <BR> Are you certified? Have you ever had to use your skills? Sat, 20 Mar 2010 07:04:34 EST Question of the day-March 19 I recently read an interesting article on Sparkpeople about how to incorporate exercise into daily activities. <BR> <BR> So, how do you gals incoorporate exercise into your day? Fri, 19 Mar 2010 01:18:48 EST Question of the day-March 18 Here's a fun one guys and dolls. <BR> <BR> Do you remember who you had a crush on as a teenager? Wed, 17 Mar 2010 23:43:52 EST Question of the day: March 17 Happy St. Paddy's Day! <BR> <BR> Building on yesterday's question: What are some activities or thoughts that you practice to help you feel good about yourself? Wed, 17 Mar 2010 11:56:16 EST ECT I have been reading up on ECT. I think that becoming an idiot is about the worst thing I can think of to happen to me. But from what I read, it is a real possibility. So the question becomes, do I try to continue to struggle on as I have all me life and retain my intellect, my ability to make a living in computers and possibly lose the battle with and my life to depression or do I take the ECT and risk living life as an idiot, albeit a happy idiot? I cannot take this decision lightly. The b... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 00:19:28 EST Question of the day-March 16 I have a confession. I have a little problem with low self-esteem (big surprise, right). However, my best friend can say something nice about me and all of the sudden I feel better about myself for a little while. So, today's question is: <BR> <BR> How does other people's comments or behavior affect how you feel about yourself? Tue, 16 Mar 2010 06:48:52 EST Question for March 15 With warmer weather approaching, are you looking forward to spending more time outside? Mon, 15 Mar 2010 20:49:00 EST Question for March 14 Which day of the week is the most hectic for you? Sun, 14 Mar 2010 12:31:48 EST Question of the day-March 13 What do you think about daylight savings time? Will it be helpful to you to have a longer day? Sat, 13 Mar 2010 10:02:21 EST Question of the day-Thursday, March 11 Do you do any volenteeer work? Tell us about it if you do. :) Thu, 11 Mar 2010 13:05:04 EST What do you do when.... This is the first time I am posting on this forum. I need to vent and saw this forum and thought perfect! <BR> <BR> So...basically I am extremely stressed out and emotionally tired. When I was younger, I thought I had a "perfect" family....well i was wrong! My mom is an alcoholic and my dad has Parkinson's disease, which he has had now for over 20 years. I'm 23 and desperately wanting to move out because I just can not handle the stress this is putting on me. I can't even begin to go ... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 22:16:02 EST Question of the day-Wednesday, March 10 Summer is arriving-finally! Which means, swimsuit season! Are you nervous or self-conscious about dressing for the summer? Wed, 10 Mar 2010 09:33:11 EST Tips on feeling beautiful because you are! Hey everybody: <BR> <BR> One of the many things that I struggle with is feeling good about myself. To this day, I am put down because of my appeareance. Even though we know that real beauty is on the inside, I thought we could talk about ways that we help ourselves feel beautiful. So, feel free to give tips, advice, or ask questions. Who knows, one of us might have the answer. :) Mon, 8 Mar 2010 15:23:46 EST Question of the day- Monday, March 8 What is your biggest obstacle for eating healthy? Sun, 7 Mar 2010 22:53:29 EST Water, water everywhere Does anybody besides me find it difficult to drink <BR> their water everyday? I need to because I have so much trouble with my skin breaking out. Do you have any idea what it feels like to have pimples at the age of thirty-one? AcneFree doesn't seem to be cutting it, so I'm going to try drinking my water everyday and report. Also, feel free to post any ideas on how to get in those eight servings everyday! Would anyone like to join me? Sun, 7 Mar 2010 10:02:24 EST Question of the day-Sunday, March 7 What is your biggest obstacle to exercising? <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> <BR> Aron Sat, 6 Mar 2010 21:13:39 EST Question of the day-Friday, March 5 What are your plans for this weekend? <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> <BR> Aron Fri, 5 Mar 2010 12:08:38 EST Question of the day-Thursday, March 4 If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be? <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> <BR> Aron Wed, 3 Mar 2010 23:09:46 EST Question of the day-Wednesday, March 3 When you diet or are trying to eat healthier, do you allow yourself "treats?" If so, how often? <BR> <BR> HAVE A GREAT DAY! <BR> <BR> Aron Wed, 3 Mar 2010 06:42:27 EST March challenges So, I was thinking about you guys on the way to Tally today, and I was thinking that we could have some fun and complete some challenges for March! <BR> <BR> I was thinking of introducing two challenges for this month. One for our physical health and one for our emotional health! Ready? <BR> <BR> For our physical health how about we shoot for 500 minutes of exercise for this month? It can be anything. As long as we get that heart pumping. <BR> <BR> For our emotional health, do someth... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 18:59:20 EST Here's to Mental Health (Caution: senstive issues) Hello team: <BR> <BR> If you have been watching the news, you know that there have been a couple of high profile suicides recently. I have been absolutely appauld at some of the insensitive reactions that I've heard and read from some people. This is a topic that needs to be discussed, which is why I am starting this thread. If you ever have any questions, information, or need support-let us know! We need to be able to have open and active discussions. To start, what does everything thi... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 21:33:47 EST Question of the day-Monday, March 1 I'm driving to Tally tomorrow, so tomorrow's question is being posted tonight. <BR> <BR> Did your parents relationship with food affect you? If so, how? Sun, 28 Feb 2010 21:20:52 EST Question of the day-Sunday. February 28 Which would you rather do-work in the house or work in the yard? Sat, 27 Feb 2010 19:31:31 EST Question of the day-Thursday, February 25 Were you a Daddy's girl or a Momma's boy growing up? Thu, 25 Feb 2010 10:05:25 EST Question of the day-Wednesday, February 24 When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? Tue, 23 Feb 2010 20:42:48 EST Question of the day-Monday, February 22 I've heard that playing sports is a great way to get exercise. I am not athletic at all, but I wondered. Do you play sports to work out? What do you play? Mon, 22 Feb 2010 10:28:15 EST Question of the day-Sunday February 21 My best friend recently warn me about what type of information I put on my Sparkpage because she is afraid that it would leave me vulnerable. Made me wonder. Are you cautious about what appears on your Sparkpage? Sun, 21 Feb 2010 19:44:37 EST New Goals Hey Everybody: <BR> <BR> I have totally redone my Sparkpage with new goals, new pictures, etc. I was wanting some feedback. So, if you do not mind, visit my page and let me know what you thinlk. :) <BR> <BR> Aron Sun, 21 Feb 2010 16:11:03 EST Question of the day-Saturday, February 20 Do you have any pets? If so, what kind of pets do you have? Sat, 20 Feb 2010 14:17:29 EST Have you been watching the Olympics? I have. Aren't they great. Those people work so hard for their goals. We have to work just as hard as they do. <BR> <BR> Tell me what you think and which sport you like the best so far. <BR> <BR> I loved the men's free skating. They all made it look so easy, so natural. <BR> <BR> Have a great day today. <BR> <BR> Sharon Sat, 20 Feb 2010 09:04:05 EST Question of the day-Friday, February 19 What is a short term goal that you are currently trying to accomplish? <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Friday! Fri, 19 Feb 2010 14:25:43 EST Question of the day-Thursday, February 18 Building on yesterday's question: <BR> <BR> Does being an introvert or extrovert present any challenges for you? If so, what are they? Thu, 18 Feb 2010 17:19:56 EST Question of the day-Wednesday, February 17 What are you, an introvert or an extrovert? Wed, 17 Feb 2010 06:58:27 EST I think you will enjoy this blog <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2873305 </link> <em>223</em> Fri, 12 Feb 2010 09:47:50 EST Question of the day-Friday, February 12 Friday nights are usually a "fun night" for me. What do you do on a typical Friday night? Fri, 12 Feb 2010 00:20:21 EST Question of the day-Thursday, February 11 Valentine's Day is fast approaching. <BR> <BR> Is Valentine's Day a special holiday for you? What makes it so special? Thu, 11 Feb 2010 07:27:04 EST Question of the day February 10th Which beverage do you prefer-hot cocoa or hot tea? Wed, 10 Feb 2010 07:01:21 EST Question of the day-Tuesday, February 9 Where would you rather live, at the beach or in the mountains? Tue, 9 Feb 2010 07:55:49 EST Lessons from the Geese I received this email today and just had to share it with you! Be like the geese. <BR> <BR> FACT: As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an "uplift" for the bird following. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone. <BR> <BR> LESSON: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another. A shared vision and sense of p... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 10:20:07 EST Question of the day-Monday, February 8 Do you consider yourself a "people person?" Mon, 8 Feb 2010 09:00:40 EST Ideas for Interaction I believe that one of the reason so many Americans struggle with depression and other related disorders is that they are hungry for real meaningful contact. Therefore, I thought that we could come up with ideas for interacting with our family and friends in postive ways. Sun, 7 Feb 2010 09:49:40 EST Question of the day-Sunday, February 7 What is your favorite television show? <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> <BR> Aron Sat, 6 Feb 2010 23:24:09 EST Question of the day-February 6 Simple question today: <BR> <BR> What are your plans for this weekend? <BR> <BR> <BR> I hope part of it involves rest. <em>30</em> Sat, 6 Feb 2010 08:23:23 EST Verses of Encouragement "Hast thou not know? Hast thou not heard that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching for His understanding. <BR> He giveth power to the faint, and to them that have no might He increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run, and not be w... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 08:20:55 EST Mind Over Matter You can't expect to prevent negative feelings altogether. And you can't expect to experience positive feelings all the time. The Law of Emotional Choice directs us to acknowledge our feelings but also to refuse to get stuck in the negative ones. <BR> <BR> -Greg Anderson <em>81</em> Fri, 5 Feb 2010 09:57:54 EST Question of the day-February 5 I am very fortunate in that I am doing exactly what I want to do in the workforce. <BR> <BR> If you could choose any job or career, what would you choose? Fri, 5 Feb 2010 07:27:49 EST VALENTINE'S DAY SHARE of an EMOTICON or WORD FUN! Share any word or emoticon that relates to Valentine's Day! And, have fun everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all! Thu, 4 Feb 2010 20:47:20 EST