SparkPeople Dealing with Depression Team Messageboard Welcome! This is a space for anyone dealing with depression to support each other as we eat right, exercise, lose weight, and find ways to manage our depression. SparkPeople Dealing with Depression Team Messageboard SP is closing in August. <link><BR>/wellness_articles.asp?id=2659 </link> Sun, 6 Jun 2021 14:09:06 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 5 May 2021 16:59:31 EST May minutes, steps and/or activity 05/01--2,275 <BR> <BR> 05/02--1,091 <BR> 05/09----915: <BR> 05/10:--2,422 <BR> 05/11:----959 <BR> 05/12:--1,173 <BR> 05/13:--1,298 <BR> 05/14:--1,234 <BR> 05/15:--1,298 <BR> <BR> Total:--9,092 <BR> <BR> 05/09:----915 <BR> 05/10:--1,182 <BR> 05/11:----917 <BR> 05/12:--1,376 <BR> 05/13:--1,402 <BR> 05/14:--1,279 <BR> 05/15:--1,491 <BR> <BR> Total:--9,841 <BR> <BR> 05/16:----561 <BR> 05/17:--1,346 <BR> 05/18:--1,159 <BR> 05/19:--1,567 <BR> 05/20:--1,762 <BR> 05/21:--1,486 <BR> 05/22:--1,47... Sat, 1 May 2021 20:13:06 EST May goals What would you like to accomplish during May? Sat, 1 May 2021 20:12:11 EST Intro I'm new here. Not sure what to put in my intro. I need to get back on track to being a healthy me. My kids need a healthy me. I'm in my 40s with kids, but also an infant so I need to make sure I am here a long time to see him grow. I'm dealing with some issues that are very hard and will always be there weighing on me, so I'm trying really hard to work around the pain. In fact, sometimes even thinking about me makes me feel a bit bad. I know I'm not alone in that it's hard to do the regular ... Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:39:50 EST Hello from Texas Hey ya'll!! 56 here...57 in June. Need to loose 70 lbs to get to my goal. I made a New Year's Resolution for 2020 to loose 50lbs that year---I DID DOUBLE!! I was sooo shocked and proud of were my doctors! Then a crazy Texas Historic Winter hit my area hard---stuck in house for 2-1/2 weeks! ouch...gained back some weight---then while gathering snow to melt for various uses I rolled my left ankle all the way over to the deck---still hurts n burns deep inside. So...some more w... Wed, 28 Apr 2021 04:02:56 EST stress A Great Lesson on Stress <BR> <BR> A young lady confidently walked around the room with a raised glass of water while leading a seminar and explaining stress management to her audience. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, 'Half empty or half full?' She fooled them all. "How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquired with a smile. Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. To 20 oz. <BR> <BR> She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold i... Mon, 5 Apr 2021 00:15:12 EST April goals Now that it is getting warmer outside and staying light longer are you increasing your fitness goals? This thread is where you can post you goals, whether personal, health or fitness and see how you did at the end of the month. I know this helps to keep me accountable. <BR> <BR> 1. Now that Chrome is working on SP I will track all my food and drinks on the tracker. <BR> 2. At least 64 ounces of water, but I usually drink 80 ounces. <BR> 3. Stay with in my nutritional values, with no mo... Tue, 30 Mar 2021 17:35:15 EST April activity It seems as though Spring has finally arrived. It is staying light out longer and we can be outside more? Are you going to increase your activity/steps/exercise with Spring. I hope to if my back and knee cooperate <BR> <BR> This is where you can post your steps or activity minutes for the month of April <BR> <BR> 04/01-- <BR> 04/02-- <BR> 04/03-- Tue, 30 Mar 2021 17:23:08 EST New to group Hi Everyone! I've recently returned to SP. My weight, depression, and anxiety are out of control, as well as other health issues. At 52, I can't keep putting my health on the back burner. Wed, 24 Mar 2021 20:30:25 EST Nutrition tracker won't work Is any one else having trouble with the nutrition tracker. If I check what I eat then I can't check anything else. A pop up comes up and says wait or cancel. I have waited for over a hour and it still won't track. If you press cancel it will snap the page. I have checked with my cable company and they said that the speed of the computer is accurate. SP is the only site it happens on. Mon, 22 Mar 2021 11:20:35 EST Starting Over I am here because I have to start life as I knew it over from scratch. My husband of 18 years left me for another woman and completely turned my world upside down, as well as our 15 year old daughter's. The stress of the heartbreak, moving in with my 76 year old mother, our entire family having COVID, and dealing with the fact that my ex is already living with and engaged to this woman and is not doing the things he promised our daughter he would do has caused me to gain weight. (mostly aroun... Wed, 3 Mar 2021 10:33:58 EST March activity What activity did you do today for exercise? How many steps did you get? Personally, I like to see a record for a month, so I can compare one week to the other. <BR> <BR> 03/01:--870 <BR> 03/02:--2,780 <BR> 03/03:--1,078 <BR> 03/04:--2,387 <BR> 03/05:--533 <BR> 03/06:--875 <BR> <BR> 03/07:--1,212 <BR> 03/08:--2,569 <BR> 03/09:--2,832 <BR> 03/10:--2,163 <BR> 03/11:--1,185 <BR> 03/12:--894 <BR> 03/13:--1,094 <BR> <BR> 03/14:--1,030 <BR> 03/15:--1,240 <BR> 03/16:--1,810 <BR> 03/17:--1,178 <... Sun, 28 Feb 2021 11:16:00 EST March goals What do you want to accomplish during the month of March. Fri, 26 Feb 2021 19:33:21 EST Hello Again! Hello, I'm back again! I'm Shelli, originally from Oregon and now living in NSW, Australia. I'm trying to get out from under the Covid blahs, and work on bettering my nutrition, health, and fitness. Wed, 24 Feb 2021 20:43:29 EST Hi im new When i got divorced a couple years ago it caused me to go back into major depressive disorder i am currently trying to loose 50 pounds and feel like im fighting a loosing battle the meds im on dont help im hungry all the time i do walk daily and cant wait to be a part of this group Thu, 11 Feb 2021 07:55:08 EST Interesting read This is an interesting read re a very large nutrition study and includes the relationship between nutrition and depression. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>at-have-we-learned-from-the-worlds-lar<BR>gest-nutrition-study </link> <BR> <BR> Kris Wed, 3 Feb 2021 04:09:31 EST Seems all I have are bad days I wasn't sure about posting because I'm not sure if there really is anything anyone can do to help me. Been going through this for years and nothing helps. Finally went to a weight loss medical clinic and the NP gave me Wellbutrin to try. She said they use it as a weight loss pill. It was guaranteed to cause weight loss for me. I was soooooooo excited. Thought it would take care of two problems. Weight gain (from antidepressants...not what I eat) and maybe mentally too. First 3 days were grea... Sun, 31 Jan 2021 20:53:37 EST February activity. This thread is for your exercise, steps, and activity for February. I log my steps in another team for the week, but I find logging for the month to be much more motivating. <BR> <BR> 02/01:762 <BR> 02/02:1,616 <BR> 02/03:811 <BR> 02/04:1,234 <BR> 02/05:1,070 <BR> 02/06:523 <BR> <BR> 02/07:690 <BR> 02/08:905 <BR> 02/09:777 <BR> 02/10:1,113 <BR> 02/11:2,006 <BR> 02/12:2,514 <BR> 02/13:1,412 <BR> <BR> 02/14:855 <BR> 02/15:1,280 <BR> 02/16:1.847 <BR> 02/17:1,091 <BR> 02/18:808 <BR> 02/19:1,8... Sun, 31 Jan 2021 11:51:52 EST February goals What do you want to achieve during the month of February. It can be personal, or a health goal? I find that writing my goals down and putting them where I can find them is very helpful. I enjoy looking back and seeing what I have to work on and what I achieved. <BR> <BR> 1.Get at least 1,000 steps a day at least 3x a week. Being in chronic pain sometimes this can't be achieved. <BR> <BR> 2. Track my food and drink daily. <BR> <BR> 3. Lose 6 pounds in February. <BR> <BR> 4. Strength tr... Sun, 31 Jan 2021 11:48:44 EST hard time My brother died this week, and my (adult) family is fracturing. I feel very alone, and it's amping my depression. I'm vigorously practicing self care, but I'm also cleaning out my brother's apartment (alone!) and it's brought my only child's death very close to the surface. Mon, 18 Jan 2021 13:05:21 EST Hello Hi everyone. <BR> Like you, I live with depression and anxiety. <BR> Fr all of my adult life, medical professionals, my family, and my support team ALL suggested I take care of myself by exercise. But did i ever listen?? <BR> Since being disabled, my weight has crept on, and my body was wracked with aches and pains. i got to the point where i was feeling sick of feeling sick, and made a change. <BR> I am now 15 pounds lighter, as is my brain-- I find that I am able t think more clearly, and ... Fri, 15 Jan 2021 05:45:43 EST Starting again Hi all, <BR> New account on here after some time away. I really struggle with depression Thu, 7 Jan 2021 16:06:54 EST 4 letter words, change 1 letter I know we have the 3-letter word challenge, but on this one, all that is required is that you <BR> change one of the letters and change it into a new 4-letter word. <BR> <BR> SOLD Mon, 4 Jan 2021 21:37:53 EST January activity Steps, exercising, playing or intentional exercise. What did you do today. Thu, 31 Dec 2020 13:29:27 EST January goals(short term) What will you accomplish in January to help you meet your long term goals. <BR> <BR> Lose 6 pounds in January---track my food and drink even the junk. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Pool--I will get to the pool at least 2x a week. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Trach--I will get to the track at least 3x a week. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I will not buy candy, popcorn and bring it into the house. Out of sight out of mind. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I will be more positive and halt the negativity. <em... Thu, 31 Dec 2020 13:28:18 EST Depression and me I've had some degree of depression pretty much all of my life. In my younger adult years meds helped a lot, now not so much. Lot's of situational things piling up on top of the chemical imbalances make it really hard for me, especially this time of year. I noticed that this is a very active group. I think it's awesome how y'all relate to one another here. I find that I have trouble interacting with others on anything more than a superficial basis and that's one of the things that I want to ch... Fri, 11 Dec 2020 21:15:52 EST December goals What do you want to accomplish or work on in December? Did you keep last year's resolutions? Tue, 1 Dec 2020 07:40:58 EST December activity I have proven to myself that seeing it is very motivating. November I didn't post the thread and my activity was way down. I guess the saying Seeing is believing is true, at least for me. <BR> <BR> 12/01:--3,131 <BR> 12/02:--2,458 <BR> 12/03:--653 <BR> 12/04:--1,056 <BR> 12/05:--1,002 <BR> <BR> <BR> 12/06:--1,259 <BR> 12/07:--2,151 <BR> 12/08:--2,847 <BR> 12/09--:781 <BR> 12/10:-2,233 <BR> 12/11:1,088 <BR> 12/12--1,002 <BR> My fitbit is messed up. <BR> <BR> 12/27:--600 <BR> 12/28:--60... Tue, 1 Dec 2020 07:37:27 EST Trying not to turn into an Old Maid! Hi, I'm Susan from Central Florida. I am 46 yo and have been overweight for most of my life. I am setting out again with a goal to make myself healthier and happier. No human children, just fur-babies. My most valuable titles are daughter, sister, aunt and friend. I work as an office manager and love everything that provides knowledge! I look forward to finding new members for my "tribe". Thu, 5 Nov 2020 11:16:54 EST hi :-D hi all, i'm looking to lose 30 lbs. i'd love to get plugged into a community of support. i'm in the rocky mountain area. <BR> does anyone do weight loss support groups like overeaters anonymous or weight watchers? <BR> thanks, <BR> Diana Sat, 31 Oct 2020 02:18:02 EST Self Respect - A Reminder We all need to practice self respect and so often we don't pay attention to ourselves in necessary ways. I hope that you enjoy this article on SELF RESPECT from the B.L.U.R.T. Foundation as much as I did: <BR> <BR> We're repeatedly taught about showing respect to others; to listen properly, to compliment, to be sincere, polite, encouraging, to show up for them, hold space, to congratulate, thank, and be helpful. <BR> <BR> Somewhere along the line though, the notion of self-respect gets a l... Thu, 22 Oct 2020 08:57:27 EST Here I am again! Hello all! <BR> <BR> I'm new to this group and just rejoined Sparkpeople today. I had been a member many years ago and successfully lost over 80 lbs. <BR> <BR> 2020 has been horrid. I started the year with my Mother passing away in February and it hasn't gotten any better since. Luckily, I have kept my job but my husband's employment has been sporatic. His company is suffering so it depends on the week as to whether he is working. <BR> <BR> All of these factors have led to me eating my emo... Wed, 21 Oct 2020 16:12:36 EST Hi, I am new Hi everyone, <BR> My name is Kendra and I have suffered from depression as long as I have remembered. I tried to take my life in middle school but got caught up in a book and then time ran out to do it. I never was on medication until after the birth of my first child. Her birth rocked my world in that it was nothing like I planned it to be. She was born early and needed eleven days in NICU. I am on zoloft still since she was born over nine years ago. <BR> <BR> I have four rascals. Two g... Tue, 20 Oct 2020 09:47:14 EST ANXIETY, DEPRESSION and FOOD I found an interesting article from HEALTHLINE regarding food, diet and how it can figure into a valid treatment program for Anxiety and Depression. We know that good nutrition helps with many disorders and is helpful for a healthful life in general. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st-diets-for-mental-health?slot_pos=ar<BR>ticle_1&amp;utm_source=Sailthru%20Emai<BR>l&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_campaig<BR>n=authoritynutrition&amp;utm_content=2<BR>020-10-01&amp;ap... Fri, 2 Oct 2020 06:09:52 EST October challenges and feats There was a pretty good turn out for last month's challenges and feats so I decided to try it again. They will begin on October 1 and run through Halloween. One goodie will be sent to participants <BR> <BR> Eat the Rainbow <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sparkchallenge-accept.asp?cc=3BZWWBXSS<BR>5BRM4S05BA26BBPF </link> <BR> <BR> Water <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sparkchallenge-accept.asp?cc=1FM3AWKX0<BR>QTEKL25V0DVEAYYR </link> ... Wed, 30 Sep 2020 14:27:07 EST Hello I am new and could really use support I am new to Spark. I am not new to being obese or depression or suicide attempts or even ADHD. I am glad that I found this group. Wed, 30 Sep 2020 12:57:17 EST October fitness This is the thread to keep track of your monthly fitness statistics. You can post daily, weekly or monthly. I think it is more beneficial to post monthly where you can compare your statistics to prior weeks. Everyone who finishes the month will be given a team goodie. Mon, 28 Sep 2020 10:49:42 EST High-Fun ctioning Anxiety Chart I'm sure some of you can relate to this <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Kris Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:23:55 EST Plant based I am whole grain plant based and use dexcom. Looking for soneone who also uses dexcom as I.have gained forty pounds since I started using it because of needing to eat too much because of all the extreme lows I have daily now. Very frustrating. Thu, 17 Sep 2020 07:05:46 EST I am thankful for I am thankful for Sparkpeople. Mon, 14 Sep 2020 09:05:00 EST Energy Drinks and Depression This is so strange and I KNOW it is not good for me so please no lectures!!!!! <BR> <BR> When I get so down I can't function I have been drinking a can of RockStar Energy Drink. Along with all the other bad stuff it has 250 mg of caffeine. The stuff gets me high and feeling good. The :"I wish I were dead" thing totally disappears. <BR> <BR> I have to drink it early in the morning or I can't fall asleep at bedtime. Not that I can fall asleep at bedtime anyway. I have only done this three ... Sun, 6 Sep 2020 23:45:39 EST New to the Group Hi! I am new to the group. Depression has been a hard nut to crack, and 51 grad hours in mental health counseling have revealed's a hard nut to crack. I look forward to getting to know some of you and giving each other support in the low times and the celebration times! Mon, 31 Aug 2020 14:20:16 EST September spark feats and challenges Let's get on track together, start healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Click on the link and join the challenge. <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Eat the Rainbow challenge <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sparkchallenge-accept.asp?cc=D7O81X3O0<BR>IMM6AK8QLHR37ND4 </link> <BR> <BR> Move It challenge <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sparkchallenge-accept.asp?cc=K2LHIS6OD<BR>3TNI40QEVKAF8YRD </link> <BR> <BR> Water challenge <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 29 Aug 2020 12:57:11 EST September fitness Let's step into Fall. Post your steps, miles, or fitness for the month. Post daily, weekly or all at once. Sat, 29 Aug 2020 12:13:33 EST A huge problem..... I don't know whether this is the right place to post this but here it goes...... <BR> <BR> I feel that being born a woman is a huge disadvantage. This is because we get stuck doing housework even if we are working full time. Most Asian guys view housework and even childcare as women's work or duties. <BR> <BR> I wouldn't mind it so much if I were a housewife or unemployed, but don't you think it's grossly unfair that after a hard day's work, women have to come back home to do basically ever... Wed, 26 Aug 2020 08:13:06 EST How to Breathe Better With a Mask This guide was prepared by Cliff Dryden, MBA, RRT-NPS, director of respiratory therapy at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. The facility is the merger between the medical centers of Columbia University and Cornell University, both in NYC. <BR> ---------------------------- <BR> <BR> HOW TO BREATHE BETTER WITH A MASK: Tips to Breathe Easier this Summer. <BR> <BR> The idea of wearing a face mask during the long, hot summer may not be pleasant. But it’s one of the most effectiv... Sat, 1 Aug 2020 18:42:30 EST Depression..Over weight...Bedroom Issues WARNING: Adult material <BR> <BR> Okay, I had really NO idea where to post this, but I think it's related to my depression so I'm trying here. <BR> <BR> I've got some other issues going on, other than depression and my weight, but that's the main problem. I'm overweight and depressed. I desperately NEED to get up and exercise, but my body hurts so much. And then I get depressed, and I'm too down to get up. Plus, I can't figure out any exercise that I can physically perform that would make ... Sat, 1 Aug 2020 14:29:31 EST Spark feats and challenges for August. Come join I am doing some feats and challenges for the month of August. This helps me maintain and make new habits. Just click on the link to join. Let's do it together. <BR> <BR> Here is the link for fitness feats <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sparkchallenge-accept.asp?cc=W7EGC3EM9<BR>FCQ2Y4WHH3AKEXXA </link> <BR> <BR> Here is the link for goal feats <BR> <BR><BR>kchallenge-accept.asp?cc=DLEPTEARW1JF3<BR>V4B4KPDFFA5M <BR> <... Fri, 31 Jul 2020 11:40:24 EST August steps, miles and fitness Keep track of how many steps you take. miles you walk, calories you burn and/or minutes exercised You can post daily or weekly. It is nice to be able to look back and see if you improved and by how much. <BR> <BR> <BR> 08/01--1,617 0.64 miles 1,305 <BR> <BR> <BR> 08/02--4,058 1.09 miles 1,365 calories burned <BR> 08/03--2,857 1.13 miles 1,355 calories burned <BR> 08/04--2,821 1.12 miles 1,351 calories burned <BR> 08... Fri, 31 Jul 2020 11:11:00 EST New Sparkie Person Good morning, just getting started on SP. I could use some support and motivation. If you can help, thanks! Mon, 27 Jul 2020 11:16:45 EST Self-harm I have come to the conclusion that I self-harm. It's not cutting or anything like that but I scratch and pick at my skin. From what I've read and researched, this is self-harm, I feel a relief when I do it and my body is covered with scars from it. I'm having trouble finding a way to stop this behaviour or how to handle the stress and just feeling low. Sat, 11 Jul 2020 15:48:48 EST Double Depression - What it is/ What to do I ran across this article in Healthline this morning and thought that it was interesting and very enlightening regarding this "new to me" double diagnosis. It made me think of a couple of my friends on the Daily Chat and the Get Help Here threads, so I thought that perhaps it could be of help to others. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pression/double-depression?slot_pos=ar<BR>ticle_1&amp;utm_source=Sailthru%20Emai<BR>l&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_campaig<BR>n=dep... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 05:15:15 EST Having a tough time with isolation.. Hi everyone, <BR> I have been inactive in Sparkpeople for years but managed to lose 35 lbs in the past 2 years. I am 69 yo. I had a fairly active social life before COVID hit which has almost completely stopped as far as enjoying anything other than socializing outdoors. No plays, movies, eating out or casual shopping. I have become quite depressed and am beginning to think nothing will help. A close friend has been ill off and on for months and I don't feel comfortable speaking with her ... Sat, 4 Jul 2020 13:56:01 EST Spark challenges and spark feats for July I am doing spark challenges and spark feats for the month of July Click on the link and join us. <BR> This one is for fruit and vegetables <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> This one is for move it <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> water <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 1 Jul 2020 10:38:26 EST July fitness minutes, steps and/or miles. You can post your daily or weekly fitness minutes, steps and/or how many miles covered in this thread. Each week you can see how you are improving or where you need to improve. Since doing this on I have seen a steady improvement in my steps. <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Jul 2020 10:20:39 EST June steps, miles and or minutes This is where you can post your steps, miles or minutes of exercise per day How many will you do? <BR> <BR> 06/01:1,358 <BR> 06/02:2,024 <BR> 06/03:1.321 <BR> 06/04:1,670 <BR> 06/05:3,130 <BR> 06/06:2,658 <BR> <BR> Total: 12,161 <BR> <BR> 06/07:1,075 <BR> 06/08:1,231 <BR> 06/09:1,774 <BR> 06/10:4,020 <BR> 06/11:1,638 <BR> 06/12 :2,140 <BR> 06/13: 3,338 <BR> <BR> Total: 13,616 <BR> <BR> 06/14 3,927 <BR> 06/15 839 <BR> 06/16 3,256 <BR> 06/17 3,695 <BR> 06/18 1,219 <BR> 06/19 4,253 <BR> ... Sun, 31 May 2020 09:39:41 EST Bad Month As a teacher, this COVID situation has my depression out of control. I rejoined SP in April to help me stay on track with my weight loss progress. I was doing great until May rolled around. I am not sure what happened. I was casually seeing someone, but he decided that he was not ready to date after being married for 30 years. An old friend popped back into my life (he is an old crush too). Things are going great with him until I had my divorce hearing. My ex was very emotionally and physic... Tue, 26 May 2020 11:39:34 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 22 May 2020 17:17:24 EST May 2020 | Gratitude I am thankful for: <BR> <BR> - bacon pancakes <BR> - blueberry pancakes <BR> - my loving S.O. who is making pancakes <BR> - SparkPeople's nutrition tracker <BR> - small bursts of energy so that I can do 10 min workouts <BR> - grapefruits <BR> - Hulu <BR> - Cannabis <BR> - Friends/Family <BR> - Sunshine <BR> - Sundays <BR> - Hope <BR> - motivation <BR> - and so much more <BR> <BR> We can do this! Sun, 17 May 2020 21:52:27 EST "Lockdown Lingo" This list came from the London-residing sister of a friend. We can make a game of it (hello, hello?). Go down the list and post which terms describe us. <BR> ---------------------------------------- <BR> - <BR> "Lockdown lingo - are you fully conversant with the new terminology?" <BR> <BR> *Coronacoaster* <BR> The ups and downs of your mood during the pandemic. You’re loving lockdown one minute but suddenly weepy with anxiety the next. It truly is “an emotional coronacoaster”. <BR> <BR> *Qu... Sat, 16 May 2020 12:40:22 EST Help for coping with coronavirus lockdown Any number of us are having a hard time now. I hope these articles will help. Please be aware that I have read none of them, therefore, can give no info about them. They are from an ongoing list of resources compiled for the child/teen/family dept. of a local organization. I hope and think that, although the items pertain to kids and teens, with a little open thinking, they can apply to older young adults. <BR> <BR> More apology from me: I've been spending so much extra time online al... Sat, 16 May 2020 08:17:58 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 15 May 2020 16:34:44 EST May minutes So you have a fitness tracker? Post your steps, distance,or miles here for the month of May You can post by the day, or week. I know we are a week into May but we have 3 weeks left. How many steps or miles can you walk? <BR> <BR> 05/03:4,328 <BR> 05/04:4,628 <BR> 05/05:3,508 <BR> 05/06:4,188 <BR> 05/07:2,833 <BR> 05/08:950 <BR> 05/09:989 <BR> <BR> Total: 21,424 <BR> <BR> 05/10:1,237 <BR> 05/11:1,442 <BR> 05/12:3,785 <BR> 05/13:3,888 <BR> 05/14:1,961 <BR> 05/15:3,752 <BR> 05/16:2,958 <... Sat, 9 May 2020 11:10:02 EST Healthline - 5 Affordable Therapy Options We get questions all the time on how members can access health care therapies and treatment. This article is a good source of information outlining the options available to you. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>erapy-for-every-budget </link> Thu, 7 May 2020 10:18:23 EST Lamictal Hello! <BR> <BR> Curious if anyone is taking Lamictal (generic form) or has past experience. <BR> <BR> I recently started it (I used to take it, over 12 years ago for about a year) and it seems as though if I take it around noon, I sleep so deeply that I can barely open my eyes when my husband tells me goodbye leaving for work, and then I am knocked out again til my alarm goes off, then I reset it &amp; sleep through that! <BR> <BR> Previously I was taking it around 6am and end up with a... Thu, 16 Apr 2020 22:38:50 EST The Blurt Foundation - a great resource This is a fun resource that I just came across today. It is from the Blurt Foundation. Check it out . <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 16 Apr 2020 08:02:39 EST 5pm ET today- Importance of community I think the discussion may be helpful to those who observe any religion, or none, during the time of corona virus. The link is from today's email from 92St. Y, a major presence in New York -- way beyond what we think of as a Y. <BR> <BR> "Watch live today at 5 PM EDT: Timothy Cardinal Dolan and Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein <BR> <BR> "Cardinal Dolan and Rabbi Rubinstein will discuss the importance of community at this time. Get notified when the talk begins, and submit your questions..." [cl... Mon, 6 Apr 2020 11:37:49 EST Starting over AGAIN! I have tried sparkpeople in the past with great success! Trying at this again. 3rd time around- 3rd times a charm, right? Looking for motivation during these new and trying times. Homeschooling 3 boys at the time, because of pandemic, and working full time becomes very challenging. I am sure numerous people on here are in the same boat. We can do this together with some positive re-enforcement and the help of each other. Good luck to all of you and lets ride this out together! Mon, 30 Mar 2020 12:27:42 EST COPING WITH CORONA-VIRUS STRESS <link><BR>naviruse/coping-with-stress.pdf?sfvrsn<BR>=9845bc3a_8 </link> <BR> <BR> Kris Sun, 22 Mar 2020 04:24:53 EST How to Manage Treatment Resistant Depression Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I was looking through some of my Healthline articles today and found this article on Treatment Resistant Depression solutions. If you have Treatment Resistant Depression you might find some of this information helpful: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eatment-resistant-depression?slot_pos=<BR>article_1&amp;utm_source=Sailthru%20Em<BR>ail&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_campa<BR>ign=depression&amp;utm_content=2020-03<BR>-10&amp;apid=25547559#stim... Fri, 13 Mar 2020 07:30:54 EST Other people's expectations of depressed people Do you ever meet people who don't seem to understand why you're not "up" all the time or positive all the time? <BR> <BR> I freely admit I struggle with being negative. Not only was I reared that way (to think life was hopeless), but I've also had years of abuse as a child and (for a few years) as an adult, plus a lifetime of mental illness (chronic and major depression, severe OCD, GAD and (I'm told) PTSD). <BR> <BR> I try to be more positive and often am much more positive than I truly f... Sun, 23 Feb 2020 20:40:37 EST Newbie, and a bit lost Hi! I'm new, and trying to find my way around. This looks like an amazing resource in helping on the quest to be more fit. A bit overwhelming, but also exciting! Tue, 18 Feb 2020 22:15:06 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 31 Jan 2020 09:19:50 EST Highs and lows Some days I'll move around and feel on top of the world. But, some days are just- I feel horrible, I don't do anything. I need help Fri, 24 Jan 2020 19:35:53 EST Hello! I'm Jo, <BR> Ready to make a change for once in my life ;) I would like to lose 57 lbs by August, and here for moral support for you all as well! Mon, 20 Jan 2020 17:32:25 EST Introduction Hi, my name is Tracey. This is my 2nd go round. Mon, 6 Jan 2020 17:00:18 EST Day 1 again Although I have dealt with depression for decades, over the past year I am no longer needing any anti-depression medication. Thu, 2 Jan 2020 11:34:15 EST Take Care During the Holidays I know that the holidays can be a trigger for those with depression. The number of the suicide hotline has been abbreviated to 988 so it's easier to remember. Again, that is 988. If you need someone to talk to, please call 988. Tue, 24 Dec 2019 22:23:56 EST Bipolar 2 Hi. I am new to this team but not to SP. I was just diagnosed as bipolar 2 this year, mostly just so my doctor new what anxiety medication to prescribe. I don't know much about it, so if people would like to share what they know or resources, that would be appreciated. Sat, 21 Dec 2019 20:36:06 EST Looks like I found the perfect site for me Hi all I'm type 2 diabetic/pre diabetic. I've lost 20 lbs since being diagnosed 6 weeks ago. Also in the middle of a not much appetite.I'm 62 and want to be in much better shape for retirement Fri, 13 Dec 2019 21:36:00 EST From WebMD: Can You Eat to Beat Depression? Who knows? It's worth a try. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>02/can-you-eat-to-beat-depression?ecd=<BR>wnl_faf_120719&amp;ctr=wnl-faf-120719_<BR>nsl-LeadModule_title&amp;mb=k6wfp6MHbP<BR>e%40Vy0y5%2fjEH%40HnVev1imbCF9kot%2fHZfko%3d </link> Sun, 8 Dec 2019 08:37:34 EST You´ll Never Walk Alone This song, which was just shared to a FB Group I belong to, really resonates with me re Depression. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>amp;feature=share&amp;fbclid=IwAR182-p<BR>JbcWBt8KTEnBPMwwVCvZUVXpHtGl58CR9Emnky<BR>ndQkU5Z6_Q6I-M </link> <BR> <BR> Kris Sun, 24 Nov 2019 20:40:14 EST Not healthy For years I have been trying to loose weight without success. In July, I weighed 198#. Yesterday, I weighed 165#. My father died July 13th. I wasn't hungry and didn't want to eat. I figured that was normal for a little while. But then I started to get nauseous throughout the day. I would think about eating or get hungry but couldn't eat due to the nauseousness. Sometimes I would get about 3 bites down and that would be it. I couldn't eat anymore. I've been to the Dr. twice because i... Thu, 14 Nov 2019 16:20:51 EST Introducing... Maybe Hello all, I'm not really sure what to say to introduce myself. I'm 38 years old (turning 39 in February) and would like to get in better shape and learn how to stay healthy. I've been on SparkPeople before but that feels like a different person ago. I'm looking for motivation to get moving in a new direction. I look forward to getting to know those of you that are active on here and helping to support eachother. Wed, 6 Nov 2019 17:46:52 EST I'm having a GREAT day!! I don't know why, but, everything is going my way today! I'm just going with the flow.... <BR> Sun, 3 Nov 2019 22:42:27 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 2 Nov 2019 22:04:41 EST Goals <img src=""> Sun, 20 Oct 2019 03:49:31 EST How do you do it? How do you get the energy to exercise when you're in a depressive episode? I'm having a hard time getting up to go to the bathroom, because it's ..way...over...there..., yet alone try to exercise. Mon, 14 Oct 2019 23:52:00 EST The Great Depresh - See it for free until Saturday The Great Depresh <BR> <BR> I haven't seen this yet but have heard from a few people that it's really amazing. It's about depression but supposed to be very funny. HBO is showing it for free on YouTube until Saturday in honor of World Mental Health Day. <BR> <BR> Link:<BR>E&amp; Fri, 11 Oct 2019 04:01:42 EST Short-term, temporary medications? I have a huge project (both physical and emotional) that I just can not seem to accomplish. Basically I need to pack up my house and rent it out so I can earn money and also so I can be free to live in the place I actually want to be. But I have not been able to accomplish even a small part of this. It's emotional because there are a lot of my parents things here and it's physical because it will involve a LOT of work, not to mention figuring out where to put everything and finding a safe sto... Thu, 3 Oct 2019 18:56:57 EST Widow Hi am am Cheryl from Texas. I haven't been on spark people in a few years. My husband passed in July 2017. We were married 51 years. The last couple of months I have only wanted to sleep. My name is Cheryl. Sun, 22 Sep 2019 09:12:02 EST Mental Health Support Poem <img src=""> Fri, 6 Sep 2019 01:10:10 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 4 Sep 2019 16:41:37 EST I'm New Hi!! I'm new. Today was the day for my "New Start". I went to the gym, stretched, walked, did stairs and rode a bike. Then I went to work on the machines and quickly realized I had no idea what I was doing. I was so intimidated and embarrassed I left in tears. So much for my new start <em>39</em> Wed, 4 Sep 2019 14:48:05 EST Introduction Hi everyone. I'm Lori. I'm 54 years old, and I have severe depression and severe anxiety. <BR> <BR> Three years ago, two of my daughters stopped talking to me. Then just in June, another one abandoned me. <BR> <BR> I've been suicidal in the past. Sliced my arms with a knife when the love of my life passed away in a car accident and then two weeks later, I miscarried our child. <BR> <BR> I have six children and two grandchildren. <BR> <BR> One of my grandchildren I've never met.... Wed, 4 Sep 2019 03:11:48 EST Weight Loss and Depression Hi y'all. This is my first post here. I've been with SparkPeople for two weeks and think it's great. I was feeling down or, more likely depressed, a few days ago and started thinking about weight loss and depression. (Note: This was by no means the first time I've encountered depression.) I figure that when it happens, for severely overweight people, it's most likely because we're eliminating our go-to coping mechanism and have to face what's bothering us more directly. <BR> <BR> I'm sure it... Tue, 3 Sep 2019 15:32:40 EST On a mission at 40! My name is Octatives and I'm 39 years old. I have gotten up to 233 pounds at 5'11' and am now on a mission to lose 50 pounds. I hope that I can inspire someone as well as get inspired by you! Thanks for allowing me to be a part of this group! Sun, 1 Sep 2019 19:26:56 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:17:30 EST BLC41 I am also a part of the Biggest Loser Challenge. Having a goal and the support of others trying to lose weight has helped me some with my depression - maybe it can for you too! <BR> <BR> ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A CHALLENGE TO HELP YOU REACH YOUR GOALS? <BR> <BR> THEN JOIN THE BIGGEST LOSER CHALLENGE! <BR> <BR> The BLC (Biggest Loser Challenge) is a 12-week challenge composed of 15 teams. Each team has its own personality and structure enabling you to focus on what you need on your healthy ... Sun, 18 Aug 2019 21:07:39 EST It is time for me to get healthy Thank you for allowing me to join. I had my regular appointment yesterday with my nurse practitioner to go over bloodwork and such. She has never really pushed me about my weight before, but this time she told me I have to lose some weight. My liver enzymes have been high for the last couple of times, and she has already run the standard liver tests. This implies that I have a fatty liver due to my poor eating habits. It is now imperative that I stop talking about losing weight and actually d... Thu, 15 Aug 2019 18:14:21 EST Weight gain When I took drugs for depression, they immediately caused weight gain. Is anyone having issues with this? I won't take them because of the weight issue. Thank you. Sat, 3 Aug 2019 11:12:37 EST Check-in Discovered that the pain in my hips was due to arthritis in both, as well as arthritis in the sacrum. PT, weight loss, Meloxicam and constant movement seem to help. Also auditioned for a part at the community playhouse. No word on casting. Wed, 31 Jul 2019 09:29:52 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:41:55 EST Hip Pain Need to see the doctor soon for hip and thigh pain. I'm fine when I'm moving, but when I have to stand for long periods of time, the aches come back with a vengeance. Anyone else have/had the same problem? <BR> Tue, 11 Jun 2019 08:03:15 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 31 May 2019 20:44:55 EST Good Morning! Mood: 1 - 10, 1 being the black pit of despair, 10 being grrrrrrr/wheee! Today I'm at a 6. <BR> <BR> I am a Bipolar II with rapid cycling and an axis diagnosis of generalized anxiety. I hit the low lows, but my highs are either extreme giddiness or queen of snark. Thu, 30 May 2019 08:45:25 EST Yesterday - ugh! Caused a flood in the storage area of the store I work at. (I didn't pay attention to the drain; damn thing is backed up.) Cleaned it up - took a while. Don't ever want to do that again! Wed, 29 May 2019 10:15:51 EST Here we go again Hi, My name is Tawny and I am 53 and struggling with my weight. I am in need of an accountability buddy. My family members are not willing to hold me accountable for my bad eating habits or my lack of weight loss. I am looking for someone who will be my coach or weight loss advisor. Basically I am looking for a person that is going through the same issues as myself, who is willing to give me 5 minutes a day in text or email to talk about the accomplishments or failures of the day. I am h... Tue, 7 May 2019 11:32:25 EST I came back I came back here for days when I have to TRY to move when depressed and get encouragement. I recently found out that I have bi polar 2, along with PTSD, ADD, and OCD tendencies. I hate it. I hate that I am no longer in control of myself. This has only been in the past year that i went through a major depressive event that lasted 6 months. Thank God I finally was able to see a Psychiatrist and get on medications that help. Where I live the mental health care system sucks, huge. It took me 2 mo... Wed, 1 May 2019 00:58:25 EST Jim Carrey/Ariana Grande and Depression Recently, Ariana Grande and Jim Carrey tweeted each other after AG gave an interview saying JC is someone she admires because he's talked about his depression, which is something she is experiencing now. <BR> <BR> He posted some supportive words to her and then included this meme. I never heard of the teacher he mentioned. The part about medication is weak but I was wondering what everyone thinks about the other points he mentioned, like the "deep rest" concept. It sort of rang true to me b... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 21:04:53 EST New here :) Hey, <BR> <BR> My name is Emily, and I'm a 36 year old mother (she is 4 years old) living in New England. <BR> <BR> After watching a horrible review for Noom, and deciding to find an alternative way to keep track/motivate me to eat healthy... I did a little research, and I found an article about SparkPeople, and thought a free option would be a great place to start. <BR> <BR> I have some problems with depression and anxiety (mostly social anxiety) which makes me spend way too much time i... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:30:10 EST Im here once again Hello, I'm Petrona came here when I was 25 and now I'm 32, I have been on a yo-yo for years or should I say a roller coaster. I'm at the place now where I really want to love me and me just accepting me. It's strange to think that I found myself but I haven't really found me. So I want to embark on my new journey and just to learn that it's a journey and not a destination with myself. I got this and I just want to share it with SP again. Sun, 14 Apr 2019 10:23:40 EST Working thru the first few days of Keto! Hi - I have been trying to lose this weight for a while and have tried many weight loss plans. I have come to the realization that I cannot eat carbs and sugars. Once I eat just a little it is all up for grabs. So I investigated the Keto diet and found out that a friend from college was working it as well and had lost 35 lbs so I have started emailing her and she has lots of recipes etc. I feel encouraged and today was the first day that I listed my foods. I am encouraged and feel better ... Tue, 2 Apr 2019 19:38:19 EST question to all hi. i survived a depressive episode since last week. thank you very much. And i was able to prevent it from lingering for another weak. double thank you. <BR> <BR> I was wondering, there's gotta be a way for a better living, like, i would limit my depression for 3 days, and develop my GRIT for the hard things on life. <BR> <BR> MY question is, as someone with depression or anxiety , posibly, how do you cope when you are depressed? how do you work? do chores? do responsibilities? basically ... Tue, 12 Mar 2019 14:53:24 EST It's so difficult to get this ball rolling ... Grateful to be here with others like me. Thanks! Sat, 9 Mar 2019 15:32:47 EST Returning Member Good morning! I used to be a member here about 10 years ago and managed to lose a bit of weight before falling off the wagon (as I usually end up doing). It was helpful, especially the calorie tracker, so here I am again. I've been exercising for about 2 weeks now and have completely revamped my diet - I cut out coffee (I was drinking about 6 a day) and soda and drink mostly tea & water now. I still eat bad food occasionally, but I'm really working on a healthier lifestyle. I recently went th... Sat, 9 Mar 2019 04:49:02 EST Change one letter Sing Wed, 6 Mar 2019 10:38:52 EST Hi, New here. Hi, I'm new to spark. I want to get healthier and part of that is to lose weight but don't have the funds to do most diet plans even online. So was glad to find this place and a group for others dealing with depression. I hadn't thought of myself as an emotional eater but I realized even to not eat is still part of being an emotional eater. <BR> <BR> My depression is just of what I deal with on a daily basis. I also have Borderline Personality disorder which at times compounds things. ... Tue, 5 Mar 2019 12:10:11 EST Just gettng started I will be 72 in May. Ever since I retired in 2016 I have let myself go. Now I am ready to get healthy again. Need all the good vibes I can get. Thu, 28 Feb 2019 09:07:43 EST Intro I don't know if I introduced myself. I'm Liz. I've veen diagnosed with Bipolar II, with an axis of anxiety. Hope ll of you are doing well. Sun, 24 Feb 2019 19:47:35 EST Hi, my name is Lisa I have a food addiction, more specifically, sugar addiction. I am ready to give up. I have for years kept track of weight and sometimes (not often enough) tracked my food on this site, but keep doing that without any success of actually losing weight/improving my health. I am diabetic and in this last year been diagnosed bulimic. My weight has gone up instead of down the last few months. My cholesterol is high. I have never posted here before and thought maybe if I had a few friends I might h... Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:35:37 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 12 Feb 2019 12:31:45 EST Inspirational I hope that this can be read: <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 10 Feb 2019 04:39:20 EST Hey Ya'll ... Hi everyone, Most_Treasured1 here... I am once again getting back on the horse after having fallen off the wagon HARD. Feeling a bit low and could use some encouragement as we all can. Glad this team is here.. <BR> <BR> Thanks &amp; God Bless!! <em>247</em> Sat, 9 Feb 2019 23:51:51 EST Sane interview ... So thankful for a respectful phone interview. There was no degradation or condescending remarks, no mind games, or devaluation of my skills and background. <BR> <BR> Sat, 9 Feb 2019 00:40:44 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 5 Feb 2019 08:45:31 EST New to the Team Hi, I have had major depression for many years In the last 3 years I have gained 40 lbs after having lost 107 lbs. I got a little shih tzu to force me to leave the house and walk but it's just not happening. I went out once this week alone then once with my husband. I know I need to get out every day and I hoping being part of this group will help.. Thu, 31 Jan 2019 23:15:38 EST I am back again Ii would like to be a member of this group, I am depressed, we lost our son to an OD. I will never get over it but i do need to take care of myself. I have let myself go for to long. Mon, 28 Jan 2019 15:52:29 EST Hello! My name is Wendy Hi, I joined Sparkpeople today. I don't really know what I am doing yet. I have been overweight most of my life. I have several health problems and I want to make a change. I hope this will help me reach my goals. I have 2 sons age 25 and 18. My 25 year old is in the Navy and my 18 year old is away at college. I am adjusting to being an empty nester and know it is time I focused on my health (way past time!) My husband needs to lose weight as well. He is starting to have health problems a... Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:56:32 EST Tikki_Tikki My name is Darla, Tikki-Tikki is just a charter I created on a game . I am 308 pounds, and want to/ have to loose 100 or so pounds in order to have both of my knees operated on; they are bone on bone . My weight is crippling me, and I am tired of being like this. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:11:46 EST spark challenges. join here. I decided to do all the spark challenges for the New Year. It is for the month of January. Click on the links to join/ I hope to see you there. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Jan 2019 16:23:44 EST Hi, I'm Rachael First of all, let me tell you that I know this program works. I've done it successfully before. However, several life changing injuries and surgeries mean that I can't approach taking care of myself the way I used to. I'm no longer able to cardio dance, walk for more than 6 blocks, or play. And I have been grieving that. I have been ANGRY about that. But, I'm also thankful to even be alive..... Today, I've realized I just have to deal with the new me, find ways to get my blood sugars un... Sun, 30 Dec 2018 23:39:59 EST Goodie game Easy and fun game. If the number that you type in following the previous sequence ends in zero (0) or a five (5), you share a goodie with someone on this team. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 Mon, 24 Dec 2018 12:59:54 EST Merry Xmas and a safe and Happy New Year This holiday season, I wish you all the best gifts of life. <BR> The gift of friends, the gift of hope, and the gift of love. <BR> Have a merry Christmas! <BR> <BR> Kris Sun, 23 Dec 2018 23:08:54 EST words ending in "ing" In ABC order, type in a word that ends in "ing" <BR> <BR> A-arriving Sun, 23 Dec 2018 21:36:13 EST Newbie My name is Jody and I want to say hello to everyone. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 10:38:11 EST New to group and battling depression Hi All, <BR> <BR> I’m new to SparkPeople. Yesterday I emailed a team holiday pic from work to my older sister and her response was hurtful— it was all about my weight gain. She even asked if I was pregnant. <BR> <BR> Anyway I’ve been stressed about work, my family constant fighting and negativity and feeling the need to play peacemaker (sisters and mom), my own family (pre teen and teenager attitudes etc), my husband being dishonest about losing his job so all the weight is on my shou... Sun, 2 Dec 2018 09:34:10 EST Hello Folks - I'm new Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to Sparkpeople. I'm going through a break-up, job loss, and all around tired of being tired. I'm looking at my current situation as fire being put under me to make changes in my life. <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting new people here and reading about their accomplishments despite depression. Mon, 26 Nov 2018 05:48:49 EST Oldnewbie Hello everyone. My name is Jeanne and I am a 40 something with 50+ pounds to lose. This will be my 2nd shot at Spark people, about my 100th try for weight loss. I guess never give up! Looking forward to connecting with you Sun, 18 Nov 2018 15:28:05 EST New but Not New Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to this group and I guess you can say I am new to the site. I haven't been on SparkPeople for 7 years. In that time I have been diagnosed with depression and I have been dealing with it for 3 years with the help of some medication. I am looking forward to getting to know you guy. Thanks for letting me be a part of this group. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 18:04:26 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 12 Nov 2018 12:07:51 EST New Here Hello everyone! I'm new here and getting my bearings. I have been struggling with getting a handle on my health (I have type 1 diabetes and celiac disease) for years now. A lot of my struggle comes down to depression, stress and anxiety. I struggle with getting myself up and making changes in my life, despite the fact that I want to change and dream about change all the time. I am happy to be here and looking forward to meeting new people on my journey! Sat, 10 Nov 2018 22:00:52 EST I am thankful for November is Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for in your life. Instead of lamenting over what you don't have, gratitude is a powerful depression buster. Sun, 4 Nov 2018 12:14:03 EST What is this odd object? <em>227</em> Please don't post here. This is an accidental topic duplicate. Fri, 2 Nov 2018 20:49:07 EST What is this odd object? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This thing is about 10" high and 8" in diameter (the top rack). Clearly its for storage or display of some sort. The person who posted it indicated that it is made of stainless steel. <BR> <BR> Guesses so far have included mugs, hats, scarves, necklaces, shoes, fruits &amp; vegetables. One suggestion is that it's a commercial cooking tool for baking a load of potatoes or something-or-other ... Fri, 2 Nov 2018 20:44:33 EST I'm new here. Even though I joined in mid September 2018, I am finally getting to know this team. That's how depressed I am. grrrrr <BR> <BR> Lisa Thu, 1 Nov 2018 21:49:45 EST Hallo, I'm new here... Hi, hope everyone is well? <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not going to take much of your time... I was a happy child until after high school when I experienced my first episode of depression. I didn't know what it was for a few years until going to a my first doctor who prescribed my antidepressants. After years on these pills and feeling like crap something happened at my work. I exploded and nearly choked a fellow employee whose work wasn't up to standard. Well, it is a long story but my ... Sun, 7 Oct 2018 12:41:17 EST Depressed My depression is getting to me today but I did muster up enough strength to exercise some Thu, 27 Sep 2018 18:00:03 EST wellbutrin AND zoloft?? anyone???? I have been taking Wellbutrin, today my doctor wanted to add Trintelix. But my insurance wouldnt pay for it, so she added 50 mg zoloft instead. <BR> I was taking 200 mg Wellbutrin, and lowered down to 100. <BR> I had hoped to reduce my medications instead of increasing them. <BR> I am going to have to do some research before I begin the zoloft to see what the side effects are and interactions with my other medicines. <BR> But I am just wondering if anyone here has taken both Wellbutrin and Zo... Wed, 26 Sep 2018 15:13:06 EST very bad week It's been a very stressful week. My husband has been in a fowl mood and it seem I can't get a minute to myself. As a result I tend to make myself better by eating and then I feel terrible because I ate and drank all the wrong this. Did my weigh in today and gained 3lbs. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Sorry I just don't know where I can talk about this. Fri, 21 Sep 2018 13:33:37 EST New Member Sept 2018 Hi Community, <BR> <BR> My name is Pamela, I am a "50 something" struggling to improve my dietary and smoking addictions. I am encouraged by the support and safety that I perceive to be a major component of SparkPeople membership. I am 50 lbs overweight and smoke 1 pack of cigarettes per day. I struggle to cope with stressors and use both food and tobacco (and caffeine) to find the energy I need to work and care for a home and husband. I also work-from-home so, motivation for physical a... Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:45:52 EST Hey Guys Hey Y'all, my name is Victoria. I am 20 years old and I have been struggling with depression for almost 6 years now. I am the type of person who never reaches out for help but I think its time to change that! Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:04:53 EST Anyone on Medication for Depression and Anxiety Hi! I have been on the same medication for anxiety and depression for about 11 years now. I tried to cut down on one of my pills by only taking a 1/2, but my husband said it was affecting my moods and making me snippy, so I went back to taking the whole pill a few days ago. Does anyone else take medication? I take three different kinds of pills and really wish I didn't have to. I take Seroquel, Klonipin and Cymbalta. It seems like a lot but I guess I have to take them all or I am misera... Sun, 9 Sep 2018 16:26:24 EST Struggling with depression I have been trying to eat healthy and exercise but I have really been struggling with my depression I am trying to get thru it but it's really been hard for me to stay positive they this Fri, 7 Sep 2018 17:33:02 EST Not really new I've been a member for years. Depression is at a new low. 2 days out from being discharged after a suicide attempt. Yes, I want to lose weight and get in shape again but mostly right now I need support and to not be judged. Tue, 4 Sep 2018 12:41:14 EST Hello everyone! I’ve been dealing with depression for over 25 years. I have found the right psychiatrist and medication that works for me. Now I have fibromyalgia and don’t see a specialist until November. I get tired easy and hurt all over on my body so working out is hard to do. I also get upset not being able to do the things I once could do. My depression has come back but it’s manageable. <BR> <BR> I am very thankful to have this team! Sun, 2 Sep 2018 11:30:02 EST Hello! Hello~ My name is Autumn. I am 23 years old, and currently, weigh 237 pounds. I've done every diet under the sun, completely changing what I eat to lose weight. Obviously, I relapse quick and HARD. But, for the past 3 weeks, I've been slowly transitioning to healthier foods, no fast food/processed food, and I've been feeling so much better physically and mentally. I found I have gluten intolerance/allergy as I feel like CRAP if I touch it... it was also the reason why it was so hard to breath... Sun, 19 Aug 2018 23:13:20 EST Hello new to these message boards Hi I am back in spark working to establish a good daily schedule and fitness routine,with 100 lb to lose, and would love to connect with people. Bipolar for 50 years. Surviving but have deteriorated to a very low productive point at age 66. So stepping it up! I prefer to be happy, so I am working on it. I sew and self publish and watch TV. What do you do? Sarah Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:42:33 EST Mental Health Awareness "Piglet?" said Pooh. <BR> <BR> "Yes Pooh?" said Piglet. <BR> <BR> "Do you ever have days when everything feels... Not Very Okay At All? And sometimes you don't even know why you feel Not Very Okay At All, you just know that you do." <BR> <BR> Piglet nodded his head sagely. "Oh yes," said Piglet. "I definitely have those days." <BR> <BR> "Really?" said Pooh in surprise. "I would never have thought that. You always seem so happy and like you have got everything in life all sorted out." <BR>... Fri, 3 Aug 2018 23:05:27 EST Intro from April Hi, I'm April. It's been a constant battle between my weight &amp; I ever since I became conscious of my weight. I suffer from depression &amp; I'm an emotional eater. I get sad, you deserve a treat, eat. I get mad, you deserve a treat, eat. I get happy, you deserve a treat, eat. It's a vicious cycle that I've let myself fall into &amp; get comfortable in. I recently started working out on a regular basis but it can be extremely hard to get up &amp; go do to my depression, I feel lifeless as ... Mon, 30 Jul 2018 15:03:52 EST Hi Everyone! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Christina and I'm 34. I've always struggled with my weight, highest I've ever been was 250. I was diagnosed with depression in remission and generalized anxiety disorder about two years ago. Looking back, I've always had anxiety, but it was suppressed. Four years ago, my whole world was turned upside down and that's when my anxiety surfaced. At the time I was 175, over the last 4 years, I have struggled to diet and even more, exercise. I need positive encou... Fri, 27 Jul 2018 15:58:25 EST New to team Hello, <BR> I am new to the team but not really spark people. I am 41 and finally know what type of depression I struggle with. I have dysthmia and I have found that exercise is my best friend and happy campers is a great supplement for me. I look forward to sharing our stories as well as our journey to wellness. Mon, 23 Jul 2018 15:21:52 EST 5 HTP for depression I was wondering if anyone has tried this? I am thinking about trying it. I dont want to take anti depressants because I've had to many cause me bad reactions. My depression has been pretty bad lately and I know I need something and I came across this and I just wanted to know if anyone on here has and did it help? Thu, 12 Jul 2018 14:55:52 EST Introducing myself - tentatively Kind of scared to join this group but it is clearly right in my wheel house. <BR> <BR> I joined Spark 2 days ago to start my journey to losing 100LBs!!! I can't even believe I'm writing that number. I've been an ostrich for too long and now, on advice of my Dr., I'm using a support network to try and help me through. <BR> <BR> Reading other's posts is very enlightening. I look forward to traveling with you all. Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:36:48 EST Hi im new here! Hey there, I am new to the team group and I suffer with anxiety disorder with autism with it. I was diagnosed 6 years back, late diagnosis. <BR> <BR> I have times where I feel down in myself and get rather depressed; asking ''why am I here?'' ''why am I even in the world?'' stuff like that... <BR> <BR> Music helps but only for so long... <BR> <BR> What do you all do to cope with your depression? Sat, 7 Jul 2018 14:09:09 EST Caregiver of spouse with progressive dementia My spouse has early onset Alzheimer's and is in the last stage. Trying to stay as healthy as possible and lose 60 pounds but have spinal osteoarthritis. I do love to blow and shovel snow as can take breaks. Mowing lawn is tougher with no break or else cannot get the mower started again. At over $10,000 a month private pay (Medicare and Insurance do not cover Alz.) I struggle to just hang on. Right now, I need a fast entry food diary and place to keep track of water and another to keep tra... Fri, 6 Jul 2018 12:41:57 EST Hi! Just started, already not kping track. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have trouble keeping track of my actions every day. Today I did good but I joined a few days ago. I have depression and anxiety and have recently made a commitment to use exercise to feel better on the whole. My clothes are fitting better but the scale doesn't record much change. I'm fine with that. Wish you all the best! Tue, 26 Jun 2018 02:45:56 EST Hello My name is Jennifer and I am new here. I just decided to try this out and see how it works. <BR> <BR> I have been dealing with depression for most of my life and I have realized that my depression has caused me to eat in a way that is unhealthy. I have been overweight for most of my life and I use food to deal with emotions. I have come to the realization that that is not working. Right now I am 371 lbs and am trying to lose weight 2 lbs per week. My goal is to lose 64 lbs by the end o... Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:51:59 EST rodney, have 110 #'s to lose I do not understand this stuff real well. I have been below my BMR every day for 60 days and no weight loss. My sugar levels are much better and my blood pressure is 10 points better but no weight loss. I average 2100 to 2200 a day and my BMR is 2800. Something not right. I usually get 300 to 400 on the exorcise and that makes me feel better as well. I have diabetes, and reducing my meds on it due to eating less carbs and more protein and fat. I use a mix of the paleo, ketogenic and at... Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:11:15 EST From WebMD: "Foods to Calm Anxiety" For what it's worth. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>show-calming-foods </link> Thu, 14 Jun 2018 06:40:07 EST Hello Hello! Im amanda! I was part of this team awhile ago but havent been in spark people in awhile but now im back. I was doing alot better with both my anxiety and depression but the last few month or so, i have been having a really rough time. <BR> <BR> I came back on sp the beginning of May, ive lost 23 pounds so far! Looking forward to being a part of this team again! Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:33:02 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 6 Jun 2018 11:49:07 EST Add "Emotional Eating" category to food tracker Eons ago I added the category and think that I suggested it in the team. As countless new people have come through since, I thought I'd post again. <BR> <BR> The separate category helps me better distinguish between sane eating and out-of-control eating. Sometimes I use the Add Notes section to track at which times of day I've been out of control and with which foods. <BR> <BR> The separate category and notations increase my awareness of myself, my circumstances and my behavior. More import... Sun, 3 Jun 2018 13:23:45 EST Greetings Everyone Hello everyone! <BR> My name is Maria and I am 25 year old female from Flowery Branch, GA. I have been living with depression since middle school. Despite, running into obstacles and rough spots with my depression. I have managed to cope and deal without the aid of any antidepressants. <BR> <BR> I was recently and finally diagnosed with hypothyroidism in February. I have been undiagnosed for years, while dealing with symptoms that made life difficult and often debilitating especially with f... Wed, 23 May 2018 01:11:47 EST New comer Good morning, my name is Mattie. I am 51 and I quit smoking a year and 2 months now. I have gained 20 pounds in the process. Although I had already been overweight before i quit, 20 more pounds feels like 100. My physician said that I was in the pre-diabetic stage and my cholesterol was slightly high. I can't find the motivation to start. I need a meal plan that I like. I grew up on high sodium and fatty foods and I need to break this generational curse. Tue, 22 May 2018 07:58:41 EST "5 Ways To Say NO To Head Hunger..." Although the title of the article refers to weight-loss surgery, the content is universal. I hope it offers some new ideas to anyone who is struggling with emotional eating. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>to-say-no-to-head-hunger-after-wls </link> Mon, 21 May 2018 15:17:56 EST Newspaper article Someone who survived throwing himself off Golden Gate Bridge and survived. <BR> He said as he did this is started praying to God to save him.He survived and now gives talks <BR> It opened his eyes to speak and tell his story. <BR> As bad as your life seems and you think it's better to end stop pray and realize it's temporary <BR> He still thinks about isuissde and does not act on it. <BR> It was a feeling I have a lot.i don't act on it,I have a therapist we discuss this feealize depression is... Fri, 18 May 2018 09:21:35 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 14 May 2018 14:05:20 EST I've lost interest in so many things I enjoy doing I know it is because it is because of this horrible depression. <BR> <BR> I have been walking out in the fresh air as much as i can. The doctor has changed my medications. Thursday I am seeing a counselor again. I have tried to improve my eating habits. I try to see my adorable 4.5 year old grandson at least once a week. Well, he was adorable until he hid my keys in his drawer. Just kidding. I thought I lost the keys; my daughter found them yesterday when she was storing some blankets. <... Mon, 7 May 2018 18:49:36 EST I have really been trying to make this depression I have really been trying to make this depression more tolerable. I have been walkig at least 3 miles every day. If I miss a day I try to walk extra the next day. yesterday I walked 6.73 miles, two days before 4.8. Yet, this depression does not seem to lighten. I am also trying to eat better. I try to get enough sleep, but it is hard to fall asleep and then I don't sleep through the night. I was so tired from yesterday I thought I would sleep through the night. It didn't work and I wound up s... Mon, 7 May 2018 18:43:15 EST Lisinopril and Depression Has anyone had a bad reaction to taking Lisinopril? <BR> <BR> I have high blood pressure, so had to start taking medication. I've been on it for about 4 months. At first, the dose was too high so now I'm on a lower dose of 10mg every morning. It works great for my blood pressure but I feel like I have side effects. <BR> <BR> I feel so depressed. It seems to get worse as tie goes by. I don't know if it's related to this medication or not but I read it's one of the side effects. <BR> <BR> Ev... Sun, 6 May 2018 19:49:21 EST Hello from the land of Oz I'm trying to get back into the healthy eating/fitness routine once again. A few years ago I was very successful, but due to personal situations and working two full time jobs it has fallen to the way side. Unfortunately my work load can't be reduced at this time so I am hoping logging my food intake and ANY exercise I am able to get in will at least motivate me to make better choices. Going to the gym or taking an exercise class is not an option currently, hopefully in the future I can add... Thu, 3 May 2018 11:25:31 EST Hi I was on SparkPeople a long time ago, but after quitting a pay-to-play weight loss system (it was good for getting me started again, but lately, I haven't been using it and it's EXPENSIVE), I needed another place to track my eating. Honestly, I think I'd totally forgotten about the community aspect here. <BR> <BR> I have dealt with depression and anxiety literally as far back as I can remember. Now I'm having a terrible time with it - specifically, the depression. It's been especially bad... Sun, 29 Apr 2018 16:22:21 EST newbie I'm new to this and would like to find friends to help me on my goals. I'm a mom of three adult children and two grandsons. Sat, 28 Apr 2018 09:22:42 EST Hashimotos Warrior I have Hashimotos, which has caused many health problems, weight gain being just one thing to deal with. I'm to have a total thyroidectomy on May 14th, and am not wanting to gain any more weight. I already have 60 plus pounds to lose. I do good on a "diet" for about three days, then for some reason I get off track by eating something I shouldn't. I'm determined that I will succeed this time though. I do better with encouragement, and am hoping to find what I need to succeed on here. I need so... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:58:01 EST Emotional Eating I am seriously struggling with emotional eating right now. Everyday I get up and tell myself it's a new day and that I can do this and that I can do things other than eat as a self soother, but I always end up turning to food then I end up feeling even more guilty and depressed which then just causes me to go and eat more. How do you all deal with emotional eating? I track my food and drink intake each day, and even when I know I am blowing it I still track it. It was my hope that seeing ... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:37:03 EST Favorite Workout Songs I'm trying to update my playlist on my IPod. What are your favorite songs to work out to??? Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:36:34 EST Trouble getting in steps Hello! I work at a doctor's office and pretty much sit behind a desk all day. I do get up periodically to take a few steps, but I am not allowed to be away from my desk very long. Can anyone offer any ideas as to ways that I can increase my steps? I do try to go for a walk every evening which helps, but I have so few steps during the day that I still don't meet my goal. Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:59:12 EST Hello from Pennsylvania Hello! I am new to spark people and am hoping to find motivation, encouragement, and support on here. I am working with a counselor on the depression, and it is a daily struggle. I really struggle with emotional eating and am looking for outlets other than food to cope. <BR> I just got a puppy 2 weeks ago. He has brought so much joy and keeps me moving! My husband and I have been trying 2 years to start a family. The fertility struggle has been very trying on me emotionally. I am rea... Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:09:17 EST Trying to find reasons to keep living This has been a really bad few days for me. I suffer from PTSD, anxiety disorder, and depression, and bipolar disorder. I really can’t go into detail but I am really fighting right now to find reasons not to end it all. I want to go into the hospital but my husband doesn’t want me too.everybody thinks I should just snap out of it and stop acting crazy. But I can’t. My heart feels broken and just telling me it will be okay doesn’t make things go away. I feel too tired to fight . My meds ... Sat, 14 Apr 2018 11:44:32 EST Hello :D I am 37, just got diagnosed as pre-diabetic, and for the first time in my life feel more interest than repulsion toward tracking information in my life, so I'm giving this a shot. I am an online student and full-time parent. I am married to a great guy, am an INFP, and tend to be very indoorsy and spend too much time sitting. I am trying to do a yoga with adriene video five times a week for my fitness as it is the only thing I will do inside and by myself. My doctor wants me to do keto, but I... Sat, 14 Apr 2018 05:22:05 EST Hi everyone! New to the idea of having support with my weight loss goals. I've come so far with it only to be stalled with that last 25 lbs to go. I hope that this gets me out of the funk that I might be sabotaging myself to quit. Thu, 12 Apr 2018 05:17:22 EST Staying motivated I am on a 30 streak of eating healthy.Still working on the fitness part as i go up and down with that.Fighting depression is rough some days but I challenged myself to do 27 minutes of fitness a day. I feel so much better after having my fitness for the day.Joining a gym also to do swim aerobics because I love the water. <em>386</em> Wed, 11 Apr 2018 12:46:39 EST new here hi I am back at spark people after a long time away, and motivated, however, i am dealing with a lot of emotionally charged issues that tend to lean me towards self soothing with sugar, refined products at night. night eater for sure. i am a trauma survivor with complex ptsd and depression. i have been working intensively with a wonderful therapist now for 10 years who finally found out why i have been struggling for so long. The gift of hard work is having a solid marriage with a husband... Tue, 10 Apr 2018 16:18:23 EST Getting Started, Again! Hi, my name is Tammy! My husband, David &amp; I have been married for 37 years now. We have 2 adult sons, 3 granddaughters &amp; 1 grandson. With God's help, I would like to lose 100 pounds, before we return to Disney World next summer. (2019) Tue, 10 Apr 2018 11:31:59 EST Pain is a great motivator... Hi... I'm new. I haven't joined a challenge yet, but I probably will. I'm finishing up, got one more day on my last challenge. I don't want to take on too many, or I get overwhelmed. <BR> <BR> So... at the end of last year, I started getting stomach pains. It really just seemed digestion connected... the doc put it down to a bug, I thought it was indigestion or acid reflux, and neither of us was right. At this point in the game, we're pretty sure I have some kind of auto immune disorder. <B... Sat, 7 Apr 2018 14:17:49 EST I feel so Isolated I have Hoshimots's and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. I am physically disabled...but I need to stop being in bed depressed and move when and how I can - but I feel so Isolated. Anyone else with mobility issues who would like to become friends so we can encourage each other. We are trying to reduce carbs - but our Autistic daughter who wont eat meat is making the change difficult - but for her health as well we are going to keep trying. BTW - I am Angie, 45 and I am an advocate for special needs c... Sat, 7 Apr 2018 06:52:28 EST Greets :) Hi all, I was automatically added I guess because I selected depression when I created my account. I do have clinical depression, but it comes and goes, usually triggered by difficult/stressful life situations. I'm normally a very introverted, deeply thoughtful person. <BR> <BR> I think about strange and rough things on a regular basis, topics that "normal" people either have trouble comprehending or avoid like the plague, as evidenced by various people's reactions to me when I try talking ... Tue, 3 Apr 2018 13:40:13 EST Never stop learning and growing Never stop learning and growing is a clear and simple statement designed to give anyone reading it the opportunity to realize that life offers each person the chance to improve their lives in a strong, powerful and meaningful way. Not only for them selves, but for others in their lives. <BR> I sincerely hope that anyone who reads this simple, yet important statement walks away with the realization that all things are, never stop learning and growing. Mon, 2 Apr 2018 03:50:21 EST Easing Past Perpetual Exhaustion The biggest challenge is this pervasive feeling of exhaustion especially living in North Dakota. It is compounded by seasonal depression. For months I can do nothing but eat and sleep it feels like. Recently I have had a break through with this. I have found ways to transition out of full blown hibernation and into exercise....yes i know exercise. i am grey. i have zero energy. i want to binge watch netflix and eat halo top. how can i break past this? one of the most effective ways i have fou... Wed, 28 Mar 2018 17:41:07 EST Our smart and caring son tackles mental illness Our amazing son became mentally ill when he started college. He's an amazing guy and it's understandably thrown us into a deep depression figuring out how to help him for the past few years. Now, however, I feel like my cute hubby and I need to proactively figure out how to regain our life and tackle depression on a daily basis so we can get healthy and be even more help to our son and our daughter and grand baby. So, for me, I've just started going to Jazzercise and I see a strong correlat... Sat, 24 Mar 2018 09:21:29 EST Newbie from San Diego; ready to get real :) Hey amazing people --- I've never really accepted that I struggle with depression but I think at 60 it's time to try some new approaches. For me, I'm digging in to tackle depression first with exercise (relatively new habit for me ) and God. Inch by inc.... hugs to all :) Sat, 24 Mar 2018 09:17:45 EST Lack of Motivation How do people get motivated? For me exercise has never been "fun", which makes it even harder for me to do. I don't see the results, and honestly if I can't see results, then what's the point? My weight was never a huge issue until the military starting pounding into me that I'm fat. I'm a 28 y/o 5 foot 4.5 inch white female who weighs 195 pounds. Last year I got down to 191 before plateauing. I want to go back to a place were I liked my body. <BR> <BR> Oh and I've had two ankle reconstruct... Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:56:09 EST New Hello, I'm new to the team. I just joined Sparkpeople to see if this can help me get up the motivation to exercise. I stated in on my page, that I am a member of the military and need to lose 4% body fat to be in compliance with regulations. In order to do this, I am hoping that dropping 20 pounds will be good. I have weigh the "max allowable" weight of 154 before, and I do not feel that I looked healthy. So I am going for the 20 pounds and hoping for the best. <BR> <BR> I've been dealing wi... Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:45:54 EST Trying again Hey everyone! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I've been trying to deal with my weight for the last 13/14 years. I've suffered from depression for gosh, almost 20 years now. I was always categorized with Bi-polar, but I don't show characteristics according to my psych. Over the last 9 months I have gotten a team together to help me treat my mental health. We've come to the conclusion that I suffer from Depression, anxiety, ptsd and mood disorder. I'm also seeing a counselor every week to learn t... Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:45:20 EST Suicidal thoughts I am in my 40s but am still living with my parents. The same with my younger brother. He is in his 40s too. I am still living here bcoz I am on dialysis and can't afford to move out. <BR> <BR> Even though my brother is so old, he still thinks and behaves like a child. He is still stuck in a 'I'm better/smarter than you' cycle, even though I stopped all that childishness decades ago. He is always getting me into trouble with my parents while he gets away with everything, even when he was the ... Wed, 14 Mar 2018 05:38:06 EST Hello from Malaysia!!!! Hi! I'm Elaine from Malaysia. I have bipolar. which is sorta like depression except I go up and down, not just down. <BR> <BR> I also have SLE, which resulted in kidney failure. I have been on dialysis for 13+ years. The dietary and fluid restrictions suck but what can I do? I have no choice but to limit fluids, potassium, phosphate, sodium and protein! <BR> <BR> Right now, life is good but I need to start saving money, coz you never know what will happen in the future! Mon, 12 Mar 2018 03:05:46 EST Fun Quiz I posted this in 2012. We have so many new members, I thought I would post it again. <BR> <BR> This was posted on another team I am on. Don't cheat. Write your answers on a piece of paper and when done, scroll down to get your horoscope. <BR> <BR> <BR> Fun Quiz! <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a Chinese Feng Shui horoscope. <BR> If you are honest this tells the truth. <BR> Write your answers on paper. <BR> To find your Feng Shui horoscope scroll down. <BR> <BR> 1. Which is your favourite ... Tue, 27 Feb 2018 13:30:31 EST Starting Anew I've been aware of SP for several years now, but just never 'got it' before. This time is definitely different. Without going in to details, I recently lost a toe to diabetes. I have pledged never to lose another part of my anatomy to that dreadful disease. I have come back here to use the tools that SP offers, to lose the weight and get fit. It will take awhile, I have over 100 lbs to lose. We'll become good friends! <BR> <BR> I'm a California girl now living in Nottingham, England. I... Sun, 25 Feb 2018 10:19:22 EST New Member Angela G. Hatchett Hi, Just getting started today. I've already lost 29 lbs. over the past year, but I still have 33 more lbs to go. I have a lot of health issues, including Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Stage 3b) and Spark People was recommended to me by someone in my support group. I think this is just what I need to keep tract of my diet. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:15:15 EST Spinal Reconstructive Surgery, so overweight I am in need of some kind of emotional support. I am in month 6 ( really 8 since my first surgery). I gained 20 lbs my first surgery in June of 2017 and an additional 20 lbs after my second surgery in August. I have rods from T6-L3. I stay completely exhausted all of the time and am in peri-menopause. I ate great for 2 months to try and take some weight off but I only lost 5 lbs in two months. I?m so frustrated, I feel like I?m in a Catch 22 where, I have to spend all day in my back bra... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:48:55 EST New to the group My world as i have known it has ended, I put on so much weight when both of my mothers died with in a year of each other . Tuesday i found my daddy laying on the floor dead. My daughter thinks i should just snap out of this mood and go on . yeah right . i just want to dig a hole and hide from the world. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:10:58 EST Asking for help. I booked a doctors appointment today, to finally speak with him about my depression, and asking for a referral. But talking to him about it means actually saying out loud whats wrong with me, I've never done that before. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any tips on how to get the courage to ask for help? Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:49:19 EST New to Spark Hi my name is Julie. <BR> I am 27 years old and I have been depressed for as long as I can remember. I have never spoken to anyone about it, not family or friends or doctors/ psychologists. <BR> <BR> It has gotten really bad lately, I find it hard to get through the day. I hardly take care of my self, my personal hygiene is poor, and my eating habits are terrible. <BR> <BR> Trying to build up the courage to go to the support center at my school. But every time I try I chicken out, or tell... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 22:01:23 EST New blog! I’d like to be an active and supportive team member so, I wrote my first positive blog message! If anyone is interested, I figured out how to attach a link! Woohoo! <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463808 </link> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:26:45 EST New.... again! Hey everyone! I used to be on here about 10 years ago as yankykitten, but I don’t remember any of my passwords from then. However, I’m just as motivated as I was then. I lost 45 pounds in 9 weeks (way sooner than my goal) just walking, lifting weights and eating healthfully. I’m hoping to lose that much again by August 10th, which is the time frame spark people gave me. I’ve had some ups and downs since then but I’m hoping to focus on the positive. Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:14:25 EST Need a accountability partner Hello, my name is Shelly and i need some extra help and need a friend that will encourage me through this journey. Im kinda a shy person at first when you try to get to know me but I will eventually open up. I deal with a lot of social anxiety and deal with depression on a daily basis. I am currently 160lbs and would like to get down to 125lb. Message me if interested. thanks Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:28:01 EST new to SP.....again for the second time On and off depression but mostly due to menopause and hormones that have lasted the year. Migraines aren't as bad as they used to be but still show up with other health difficulties. Familly wonderful; hubby absolutely amazing. Lots of great things now- just some moments of hormonal difficulties and not as up as I have been in life previously. Hoping to be able to lose weight, be healthy and feel better. Same wish for everyone else here. Sun, 11 Feb 2018 15:58:10 EST Starting again Hello, I have been dealing with a sense of failure and depression for years. Today is a new day and a new beginning. Sat, 27 Jan 2018 12:12:11 EST Hello, new here Hello everyone, I am here to lose 125 pounds. When setting up the profile it said by April of next year, but in reality I just want to slowly lose it and keep it off. I hardly eat on most days, some days I forget to eat. I do snack if there is a snack around, and sometimes if I'm hungry my bipolar depression hits and I just go back to bed instead of eating. <BR> <BR> My mom just passed away on the 3rd and between the stress of that, and not feeling well, I lost 20 pounds but then put it bac... Wed, 24 Jan 2018 21:24:37 EST Hello My Name Is DJ, My Goal Is To Loose 60 Pounds My goal is to loose 60 pounds. Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:22:15 EST Not ready to stop - and it's okay I began taking Zoloft when I was taking care of my terminally ill adult daughter. I could immediately feel the difference. After she passed, I was ready to stop, but my doctor suggested that I stay on for a few weeks and withdraw slowly. three weeks ago I started with half a pill a day, then every other day, and was due to reduce further. Two days ago I realized how anxious I was and that I still needed the meds - Two days ago, I started back on the original dosage. I can tell the differ... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:18:38 EST Tsunami Alert re Alaska Earthquake I hope that all affected by this huge earthquake stay safe. Please, don't take any chances and keep away from the water. It can't be outrun. <BR> <BR> Take care and big hugs, <BR> Kris Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:41:31 EST Hi loves Char here... Hi loves, too many ailments & way too much "fluff" to not make 2018 the beginning of the best year yet.Looking forward to losing weight & illnesses both while working out with my hearts love & my daughter as well as any new friends we are blessed to meet along the journey. Blessings to all Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:31:05 EST depression and weight loss I just started a gym routine. I am pre diabetic so worry about what to eat and not eat before and after a workout. I do get low blood sugar feelings which I can fix with a sugary fix followed by a protein shake. Any suggestions? Sun, 7 Jan 2018 22:16:52 EST need help! I have HBP ,on meds that worked for a while but now don't seem to be working ,Doc. said at last visit she said The Dash way of eating would help, just can't seem to get started can't get the to that place .Thanks Sun, 7 Jan 2018 19:42:37 EST Hello I always hate these introduction things, never sure what to say. I guess I've decided to join spark in the hopes that I can get some support with weightloss/fitness goals. I have struggled with depression most of my life, makes the fitness goals difficult to focus on. I'm hoping to find/create a support network so that I can accomplish my goals and help others reach theirs. Not sure what more to mention, I work in eduction, live in Vegas... single-ish... I have 2 dogs and a cat. Um, I also li... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 20:45:00 EST How do you lose weight put on from Psych meds? In december 2016 i was admitted for the first time for depression (had been suicidal etc) for 2 weeks and they put me on a lot of meds, one was zyprexa. I have gained back all my weight plus some but now lost 25 lbs in 5 weeks since i went off that and on rexulti instead. But how do i keep losing the weight? I had gained 100 plus poounds years ago from seroquel and never lost it and when i was back in teh psych hospital end of feburary early march. I did great for awhile but the depressions b... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 16:09:24 EST how many hours of exercise is needed before . . . you get some relief from depression. <BR> <BR> Many years ago when I had a major depressive episode the psychiatrist told me to get outside and walk 30 minutes every day. Not inside, but outside! Not in the gym but outside! Not at the mall, but outside. You get the picture. I know walking outside helped I just don't remember how long it took to help. <BR> <BR> So today despite the temperature of 2 degrees with a -2 windchill I bundled up and walked outside for 50 minutes.I was dresse... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 17:34:11 EST The Last Day of the Year Even though I know I won't happen, I wish that when the New Year begins tomorrow that this depression would be left behind. I just can't seem to handle it anymore <BR> <BR> I suppose part of it is that January 21 will mark the first anniversary of my SO passing away. So many things have happened this past year without him but I still find hard to accept my life without him. Mostly I just want to go to sleep and never wake up again. I have a wonderful DD, SIL and grandson who are always t... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 14:50:43 EST New Hi everyone I'm Brenda and I'm new. I'm not really good at this whole intro thing, but I thought I would say hi and let everyone know I'm here Sat, 30 Dec 2017 22:59:21 EST Hi I'm Sheila,I have to replace all my bad habits I'm 63 &amp; I feel like 95 all because of my lifestyle.I have to change this.Hoping by coming on here everyday will keep me Accountable! Most days I stay by myself &amp; don't go out of the house.I have run out of excuse's.I'm hoping to connect with other's going thru same thing &amp; be strong. Sat, 30 Dec 2017 06:24:19 EST I'm new to this :) Good morning! My name is Steph and I'm new to this SPARKPEOPLE. I'm not new to my depression or working out, but I've been redefining my life for almost 2 years now and need support to make the healthy choices stick for good. <BR> <BR> I am out of shape because I've been focusing on reworking myself. I go to group therapy once a week and my psychiatrist and therapist monthly. They all tell me to not be in a hurry to make a million changes, so I have been trying to be patient with myself. <B... Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:00:53 EST Hi, my name is Angie. Hi everyone! My name is Angie. I live in Goldendale ,Washington. Goldendale is one of those places that is close enough to another state that it's within spitting distance. My goal is to lose weight. I have said that so often throughout my life! I am tired of not including me in my life because I am embarrassed about my weight, or tired, or unable to do what thinner people do. I want to be able to like myself and feel as though I have made a difference in the world. The only way that I can do... Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:22:56 EST Are the holidays tough for you? Are the holidays tough for you? So many people struggle with the holidays. Yes, it is a fun happy time of year, but so many people struggle with the holidays. Just because it is the holidays, "stuff" doesn't stop occurring. I do enjoy the holidays for the most part, but they also can depress me if I let them. My Dad, my hero, my protector, passed away on December 28, 1993. We found out he had terminal lung cancer just before Thanksgiving. Thank God he didn't suffer long, but he suffere... Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:51:13 EST stuck stuck stuck I am a 75 year old lady who has struggled with weight all my life. When I was 30, I lost 100 pounds, from 228 to 128. Over the next 30 years, pounds snuck back on, topping at 226 in 2014. I am now "down" to 175, and so stuck, fighting to not gain a pound. I lost two close family members in the last few years, and occasionally depression grabs me for a few days, but that is improving rapidly. <BR> I am as active as I can be, I have in my back and Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:29:14 EST NEW I have been looking for a team that is active on here everyday and it looks like I found it! Hurray! Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:59:27 EST Returning I am pretty sure I have been a member of this team in the past. I thought I had my depression under control. I was fit and healthy. Ran half and full marathons. Completed 5 sprint distance triathlons. But the darkness is back. I have been out of sync since May. Workouts have become pretty much a thing of the past. I think I am living on sugar and diet soda. I have gained 40 pounds since last December. November was (hopefully) rock bottom and after a failed suicide attempt I have to get myself... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:42:13 EST please delete, created accidentally please delete. Tue, 5 Dec 2017 14:04:28 EST Breaking out of the rut Hello my name is Gaya. I'm 40 and a mother of three. My twins are 8 and my oldest is 12. Which means I should have done this atleast 7 years ago. But that river has flown. The main thing is I'm ready to do it now. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for accountability partners. People that can motivate, and support me on my weight loss journey. I know I should be doing so many things differently, but I keeping falling back into my unhealthy patterns. I want to break out of the rut and start getting healt... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 06:19:13 EST Hi, I'm new I'm a little nervous to reach out, but I want to be able to better control my depression. I know that improving my health will improve my condition, so I am thankful to be here. I look forward to hearing from all of you. Sun, 3 Dec 2017 18:57:35 EST Hey. I am new. Hello. My name is Misha. I'm new to Spark, and new to talking to people about this topic. I've been struggling with Depression for years. I don't really know what else to say about it. I just know that it helps when you have a support group that you can share stuff with. I'll work that. It's a pleasure to meet you guys. Sat, 2 Dec 2017 02:26:54 EST Hard to live with a mean husband Hi..I know I made a mistake in marrying the wrong man ..I just don't choose to get a divorce.. It would be catastrophic in my life if I did, and for certain religious beliefs. tell He's emotionally abusive at times, is angry a lot, and carries this "mean" type of face often.. We're in marital counseling but progress is very slow at this time . We even can't afford to see the therapist every week, so we see her every other week. And that's a hinderance because I need to see her weekly.. He... Sun, 26 Nov 2017 13:25:30 EST Of course we remember Tom one Les! <img src=""> Sat, 25 Nov 2017 19:39:34 EST Maritial Depression Does anyone else have a spouse who is equally as depressed as yourself? It's like our depression feeds off each other. While he has some legitimate health reasons to be depressed I've just always been this way. I'm overweight and have zero social skills but overall life is pretty good. I've never been emotionally strong and seeing him upset only upsets me. I never know what to say. What do you do when you can't help the person you love when they need you? Sat, 25 Nov 2017 16:10:13 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:09:34 EST momrockz hello..i just sighned up and am ready to get moving Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:03:55 EST Feeling Hopeless... I know that's not a very positive message title but since the tears are always flowing, the weight keeps coming on, and my body has started to give out, it's exactly how I feel right now. I'm 59 years old and I work at a desk job where I sit for 9 hours a day and I sit in a car for over 2 hours a day to get to and from this job. I'm too tired when I get home to do anything but eat, drink wine and go to bed. I try almost every day to start eating healthy but I fail every time. I have a foo... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:44:29 EST Can I Be Motivated Good evening! My name is Laurie and I'm a 52 year old widow. My husband passed away from a massive heart attack. I am also a mother of an angel. My son (20) at the time, passed away from an accidental drowning. Shortly following the death of my husband, I went back to school, and now I'm an Elementary Principal. I'm tired of feeling tired, old, and out of shape. I have two beautiful daughters, two wonderful and supportive son in laws, and four grandkids. I want to be healthy for them-but more... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:03:10 EST Hi! I'm Dawn I'm new. I'm open to suggestions & ideas. Have you been successful or somewhat successful with this plan? Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:29:17 EST Hi! I'm Dawn I'm new. I'm open to suggestions & ideas. Have you been successful or somewhat successful with this plan? Mon, 13 Nov 2017 04:52:22 EST SAD As we move into shorter days and cooler weather, does anyone have trouble with SAD/seasonal depression? Any tips or things to try? Mon, 6 Nov 2017 19:54:55 EST Im sort of new. Hi my name is Michelle, and Im 28, mother of 1. I joined this forum because I have moments when I feel really down, and find it really hard to pick myself back. I also want to lose weight, but am struggling so much. Mon, 6 Nov 2017 18:40:16 EST Hello Hello! I am looking forward to getting and giving support. My goal is to improve and/or slow down my medical conditions. <BR> <BR> I am dealing with fibromyalgia, arthritis, neuropathy, migraines, type 2 diabetes, depression, fatigue, and sleep apnea. I am scheduled to see a neurologist because of brain lesions. My primary care physician believes I have multiple sclerosis as well. Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:12:37 EST Hi I'm Jay Hello everyone! My name is Jay from New Orleans, LA. I have recently restarted my journey with being healthier and getting in shape. Recently i have felt like i have gone into a depression lately between things i cannot control, home life, married life, and just overall life. I find that the only people i can talk to about it in person is my wife which is great but sometimes i feel like she just doesn't understand. I don't feel comfortable talking to people about my issues in person or o... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:11:38 EST Colleen C I have been on many diets and now it is difficult to choose one that will work for me. It is hard for me to stay motivated. <BR> I just recently retired, I was in the Easter Seals program for Seniors and I reached the duration limit of 4 years with them. My last position with them was working with the Clothing Closet. All the clothes are free and the clients could come in twice a month and get up to 25 items. So I got to know a lot of people in the community and I miss that. The clients are... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:15:26 EST Weight struggle Hi I'm Debbie Heard I have been on Jenny Craig Weight Watchers only to gain almost all the weight back ready to lose the weight and keep it off for good. Any tips or advice or motivation would Sincerely be appreciated one day at a time. <BR> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:14:29 EST fresh start Need to find the motivation to stay in a healthy lifestyle I have such a sugar addiction smart enough to know what I have to do just need the push to follow through. Hoping to find that all here, Sat, 14 Oct 2017 11:07:19 EST Hi I'm Shana Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm dealing with PCOS and am having difficulty losing weight. I have pretty low self esteem and low motivation I just sort of force myself to get through the days. Uh I'm interested in coping methods and I'm a good listener so if you need advice I'd like to help. Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:24:13 EST Dawn here:) Hello everyone! I have dealt with depression for many years now but it seems to have gotten a bit worse recently. I have been sick the past few years and that really limits what I can do which has made my depression worse but I continue to fight it. I am back on sparkpeople for support as I overcome my illness and this depression and hopefully lose some weight too. Be blessed! Thu, 12 Oct 2017 18:27:41 EST HI my name is Frances I hear to lose 30 pounds I gained due too health issues. As per the MD I cleared to go and workout and eat different foods any feedback would be great. Sun, 8 Oct 2017 14:10:47 EST HI my name is Frances I hear to lose 30 pounds I gained due too health issues. As per the MD I cleared to go and workout and eat different foods any feedback would be great. Sun, 8 Oct 2017 14:10:46 EST Starting in kitchen. Want to see? <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my kitchen this weekend. I am working on it should be done in a few more days if i can find motivation to do it. Please be kind I kni\ow its a mess but I just need to get decluttering and cleaning <BR> <BR> Lets see your kitchens give me so m\ideas TIA Tue, 3 Oct 2017 13:47:48 EST New to this Hi...I am new. I'd like to hear how others deal with their emotions during this journey. Sun, 1 Oct 2017 19:31:19 EST hello Hello my name is Maryjane I need help I am 57 years old I hurt in my body and i think if I can lose the weight it would be helpful but it don't seem i can get started and to stay on it. I am in this stupid wheelchair so i don't think there is anyway for me to get help Sat, 30 Sep 2017 12:18:34 EST First day Good morning! Sat, 30 Sep 2017 08:50:29 EST Insecurities anyone I've been focusing on reading books on renewing the mind. Problem is my depression and my insecurities are ruining my marriage. I'm so withdrawn but fine at work. My personal life is truly suffering. I'm emotional a lot. I'm on Viibryd. And have had such a hard time finding effective counseling in my area. What works for you guys. <BR> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 16:22:02 EST Hi! I'm new! Hi <em>213</em> My name is Lisa and it's my first day on Sparkpeople. I'm the heaviest I've ever been and really hoping this works and keeps me motivated! Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:06:12 EST Hello! I am new here! Hi! My name is Nicole and I am new to the team. I am a married Stay at home mom to 6 wonderful kids. I have been dealing with depression pretty much my entire life. I am an emotional eater, using food to cope with my feelings. I started SparkPeople back in 2009, did pretty good for awhile, but then just stopped. I started up again a few times but never stuck to it. This time I am determined to stick to it, lose this weight and look at it not as a diet, but as a lifestyle change. My husband ha... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:18:10 EST "Wherever I go, there I am!" Hello Team, Thank you for allowing me to join. I look forward to our on-going journey. <BR> I have dealt with depression most of my life. The best antidote is exercise: however, <BR> for a long time, food was (and can be) my constant companion. <BR> If you want, you can look at my latest blog. It explains where I am now. <BR> <BR> I feel really motivated and happy to continue to use Sparkpeople. <BR> I feel very blessed to have people I can share my challenges and triumphs with. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:27:17 EST Hi! I'm Kerry, and I've been using Sparkpeople for about a month now. I'm doing well, but also haven't run into a breakthrough depression episode yet - when my usual practice is to forego all exercise and dive into the ice cream. Hoping for better results now that I've started a healthier pattern and have a community to back me up :) Hope everyone has a great afternoon! Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:00:36 EST Looking for like minded people Hello- Wanting to lose weight and reach out for support for the first time. I am a 50 year old gal fighting all kinds of challenges with my body not wanting to lose weight> hormones, menopause, etc. Suffering from depression and never knowing when that bad day will hit..hoping support can help. Thank you. <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:44:26 EST Hello My Name is Sarah Hi guys my name is Sarah and I am a working mom who has diabetes and joined the site in hope to lose some pounds so I can be healthy for him and myself. I deal with bouts of depressing feelings month to month and sometimes week to week. I don't want to see a therapist so I just cuddle up and watch movies and cry internally for a couple of days til my son gives me the light I need to keep going through this life I live. Fingers crossed that this round of the site is the motivation that I need ... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:15:10 EST Hello I have been depressed for longer than I like I have been on meds for my depression, but they do not seem to work well. I did think I might be on the way up today, but it is not so. I am 60 years old and have no medical problems. I find that depression makes it harder to lose weight but I keep trying! Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:08:27 EST hello, my name is anne with an E Hi, I am picking myself off the ground and getting healthy after getting some scary news from my doctor. I used to be very active and outdoorsy and ate mostly healthy. Then I put myself on the backburner while seeing to the needs of several special needs kids. I learned to ask for help with all of that and wanted to work on myself. Now, I HAVE to work on me and get into the mindset that it is okay to set aside time to work on me and find balance. I will poke around the site but wanted to get ... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:46:45 EST Seeing All Fat I look in the mirror everyday and all i see if fat! I want to see something else other fat but i don't others tell me i am losing weight but where that is my question ? I just want to fell good about myself and that is super hard to do :( feeling fat makes my anxiety go up even more and then i have panic attacks because of it all :( I want to be accepted in this world and i don't feel like i am sadly. Wed, 13 Sep 2017 18:47:15 EST New and Frustrated I can't seem to stop binging about every other day. I truly feel like a slave to food. Fri, 8 Sep 2017 11:28:32 EST Hello, I'm a newbie! Just wanted to introduce myself as a new member of this team... My name is Ashlee, I am 22, and have been dealing with depression for a majority of my life, more recently anxiety was also added into the mix. Woohoo -_- I am on medication, but nothing really seems to be helping, so I am trying to work on my diet and learn to meditate to try and help! Looking forward to knowing everyone and supporting each other! <em>30</em> Mon, 4 Sep 2017 12:22:59 EST hulagrl, Aloha! I need to get on a program that will help me lose weight. But what's more important is I am a diabetic, have high blood pressure, kidney problems, and thyroid problems. Having a hard time getting started. I just want to feel better and get in control of my life. Mahalo Thu, 31 Aug 2017 23:11:48 EST Anxiety I feel sick to my stomach right now...belly filling with anxiety. Feeling that knot in my throat and tears welling up. There isn't A LOT going on in my life..but the things that are happening are BIG things. They are tough to deal with. I am so sick of letting rough times in my life put a halt to my goals :( I just really need any positive vibes you can send...send them my way. Wed, 30 Aug 2017 07:40:01 EST Stop giving up. I don't know how many times I have started a new diet but I never seem to get to my goal I always give up. I keep telling myself this time I won't give up. I want to lose 50 pounds. Tue, 29 Aug 2017 09:30:05 EST 13 Reasons Why I am watching this Netflix show which has been talked about a lot. <BR> I really like it! For me it is a big reason why suicide is not the answer. The effects on the living <BR> has a hard toll. <BR> I never thought I would ever try. I know I would mess it up and be worse place than the M.S. depression, diabetes and nephropathy have me now. Such a positive thought. Sorry. Sun, 27 Aug 2017 14:47:13 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 27 Aug 2017 08:32:47 EST New to group Hi, I'm 41 and from Oregon. I struggle with chronic depression. I've been on Vybriid for two years. I keep trying to get myself going and get through alone but it's terribly difficult. I have so much to be thankful for and I love my job. Getting motivated beyond that is very trying and I isolate very well. Tying to break that routine. Looking forward to reaching a positive mental health and wellness lifestyle with others. Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:20:35 EST esperanza Does anybody get this magazine? I just got the Summer 2017 issue and read some of it. I usually read it cover to cover and love it! This time it is about anxiety and motivation. Saw two articles about that. The cover says Letting Go Of Worry How to get from uptight to alright. The article on it is HUGE too. I love the magazine. Anyone else get it. It was recommended to me by a leader of our depression group here in Binghamton, NY. It sometimes features celebrities like Lady Gaga in ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:13:51 EST New to the team I'm not new to Spark, but I'm new to the team. You can call me Susan or Sparkle. I don't like to give much identifying information on websites like this. I worry about being tracked through internet searches. I value my privacy and I'm also a little paranoid, I guess. Several months ago, I went through and deleted all of my blogs here on Spark. I really regret making that impulsive decision now. <BR> <BR> I already have a pretty thorough introduction on my Spark page, so I'll just addr... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 19:53:00 EST Advice/Tips Needed Hello, I am really struggling with completing my food logs. I am not sure why this is so hard for me to become a habit especially when I know that when I do it, my diet is so much better. I am at a weight loss stall (sleeved 3/22/17) and it is driving me crazy. I am desperate to lose weight to be able to get pregnant and I know that logging my food and drink is such a helpful tool I just can't seem to remember to do it. Any ideas or tips on how to make this a habit? Tue, 8 Aug 2017 08:52:00 EST Hi from Minnesota! Hello, my name is Rachelle. I live in Minnesota as a single mom, with my three daughters (ages 17, 13, and 10) and our cat, Zappa. I have had a weight struggle ever since having my second daughter. I have been on SP before and liked it a lot, but always let life get in the way of my success. I have always struggled with balancing self-care with the needs of others. I am hoping to continue to work on prioritizing myself in my own life (preferably without guilt) and also get in better shape/hea... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 10:55:19 EST Talk About It Depression is one reason for my unsuccessful attempts at attaining a healthy lifestyle. Through my involvement with my therapist and group therapy, I am learning how to live with depression in a more productive way. I found an online group therapy website to be very helpful and affordable ($3.95-$9.95). You choose the amount that you want to pay. The website link is I hope this can be a resource for someone else. Fri, 4 Aug 2017 17:39:45 EST Start and Quit - Quit and Start I've been gone for awhile. Hopefully, I'll start and commit this time! Fri, 4 Aug 2017 17:27:54 EST Inching toward healthy goals I completed step one when I purchased a membership for the YMCA. My next step is to go to a water aerobics class. Fri, 4 Aug 2017 17:24:04 EST Colleen Hi everyone, my name is Colleen, I am new to this. I look forward to comment on my journey, as well as hearing from all you that are just starting the program, or have success stories. Good luck to all and have a wonderful day Wed, 2 Aug 2017 08:49:10 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 29 Jul 2017 18:04:18 EST Just joined! My friend called me this evening and inspired me with her weight loss and how easy this site can be so I've sat down joined and entered my food for today and I didn't do too bad! <BR> I suffer from Adrenal Fatigue so I'm going to take the exercise slow and easy so I don't set myself back. <BR> It said I could obtain my weight goal by March 2018! 67 pounds, that seems doable. <BR> My main thing is not not complicate this and make it burdensome. <BR> So I'm excited to join you all and hopef... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:03:50 EST trying again/ always trying Hi! ive got 75 ibs to lose, 43 yrs old, have 4 children, work outside the home, have 1 dog, 2 horses and 3 cats, havnt worn jeans or anything other than stretchy pants for the last 14 years. Im ready to stop feeling sorry for myself and could really use other's support and in turn to support others because this is hard! Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:30:17 EST