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9/16/16 5:28 P

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You can do it!!

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I'm disabled using a cane and sometimes a wheelchair. I'm 45 yrs old almost 46 and have never used a gym. I recently started an online chat room Biggest Loser contest getting 32 people to sign up and decided through a friends suggestion to sign up for Planet Fitness. I've lived in Boynton Beach, Florida for several years and my husband and I don't get out much and any friends we have are long distance. I'm considered obese and can not get around very well due to my disabilities but I'd like to lose an entire person of weight off my body before my son graduates in 2019. I recently had one of my best friends pass due to his obese size and complications and as well my father just passed so I'm looking forward to a healthy future in my life. I'm not sure how long it will take me to get there and what exactly I can do with the equipment yet but I'm sure going to try! 267 to start- down to 241.9 as of 9/16

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emoticon I'm just getting back on track after being out of commission from a back injury. emoticon I have a few goals that I would like to reach and getting fit will help me get there! Ultimately, I would like feel more healthy than I currently do at 230 pounds.

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7/25/16 3:49 P

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Ok, here goes...
I'm Mike D, I love in Iowa, I need to loose weight so I can buy clothes at regular stores instead of the Big Men's store. I am married, and I want to look good for my wife. I am tired of being tired, I am a paraeducator for special need kids in the local high school, and I need to be able to get around with out hurting at the end of the day.

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1/22/16 4:50 P

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Thanks! Took me forever to figure out how to get back to the posts I commented on... :)

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1/21/16 8:43 P

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Freebird I know just what you mean cause I to have Asthma from my allergies. The called it allergic asthma and I have inhalers also nebulizer that I use. I can't take smells or cold or hot weather or getting sick or getting upset. I been in and out of hospitals too. It makes it very hard to workout so I can only walk. So I can completely understand.

I am a Beautiful Woman in side and out, I don't have a weight problem "I have a problem with my weight"

I love making new spark friends, so please feel free to drop me a line and say hello. Keep the spark going..

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1/21/16 8:01 P

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I bought a mini stair stepper for $37 on Amazon and it was delivered yesterday. I sat it next to my chair and used it during commercials last night (I'm hooked on My 600 lb Life). Wow, I got a lot of steps in and woke up this morning with sore quads and butt! Woo hoo!

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1/21/16 4:40 P

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Making better strides,
Last night I joined a walking group that walks in the hallways at the school across the street from my house. You can't get more convienient than that, so no more excuses because it is cold or slippery in winter!

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1/21/16 12:56 P

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Welcome QueenBee40! Congrats on the loss the past two weeks!

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Awesome job with the gym time too!! I find that when my motivation starts lagging, immersing myself in the tools on this site, and of course chatting with people really helps! Looking forward to getting to know you better.

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1/21/16 12:28 P

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New here, downloaded the app yesterday. I've tried to lose weight in the past, but never succeed reaching goal. I'd lose then gain it all back. However this time feels different. I am so determined & focused! I go to the gym every day. Before, the OLD me would barely make it 3 times a week! Now there are days I want to go a 2nd time! Seriously..who does that??!! LOL To reach my ultimate goal I have 133.4# to go. In the last 2 weeks I am down 10# so I am headed in the right direction!! Can't wait to get to know all of you!
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1/20/16 12:57 A

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My asthma is a big issue since mine is connected with my allergies. I have to be very careful not to be out in the cold too much or breath in alot of cold air. Scarves helps with that. I use a rescue inhaler and the purple daily inhaler. Find out when you can work out best; time of day and weather. I personally can not work out in heat or rain. the rise in pressure messes with my asthma. Also one thing I found out is that I can not have dairy before I work out because it coats my throat and makes it harder to breath. HTH

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Hi everyone.

My name is Tina and I have been on SP for a long time, but never really used it. I am starting to get really into it now!

I am 47 and am overweight and I have type 2 diabetes. I wasn't really taking care of myself and the past June ended up with super high sugars so my doc put me on a low carb diet. Since then I have been doing really great food wise and my numbers are really good for the first time in a very long time.

I am having trouble getting in exercise, partly because I am lazy, but also I have arthritis in both knees and some days they hurt bad and others not so much.

I recently have gotten into essential oils and those are helping with some of the knee pain.

My goal is to try and get in some exercise each day, even if I only walk for a bit.

That's my story! LOL! Looking forward to participating here!

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1/19/16 5:27 A

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FREEBIRD7100 I have asthma as well, what do you do to help it? My steriod helps a lot. I was given Breo to try and found it made it worse. I have been trying to do stuff inside and when it warms up some go outdoors too. Sometimes depression gets in my way. Trying to learn how to deal with that. I too have a history of being abused in my childhood.

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No worries, When I am able to get back to it I am going to get back to the blog. I want to badly but I have not felt good. I have asthma and when I get a cold it stops me in my tracks. Right now I just cant seem to shake it. I will post when I blog again.

Tina

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God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
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1/18/16 11:29 A

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Oops! I thought it was still ongoing. I'm so glad it's in the past! I'm looking forward to reading your blog!

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Thanks Chelery1 that was last year and it took 6 months for the pain to go away so that I could walk without pain. Now I am dealing with possible syatic (sp) nerve issues. I can only sit for so long. Even though it annoys the hell outta me I am harnessing it and using the fact that I can not sit for long periods as a message that I need to get up and MOVE!

I am trying to control the emotional eating and, like many on this board I am looking for that positive words from someone. So I have been working on doing it to myself as well.

I have decided to start a blog and talk about the weigh loss and the challenges that I will be doing to motivate myself. I have gotten down 20lbs and I am close to the first challenge. Thanks for the encouragement

Tina

I will not allow the tragedies in my life to become a negative influence in the world.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
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1/17/16 5:41 P

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Freebird, I hear ya! Last year I was on-track and losing well then I fell and bruised my ribs badly. I'm not kidding, it took over six weeks before I could move comfortably again. About that time, my husband announced he wanted a divorce. Believe me, I self-medicated with food. Well, truly, that was always my way of comforting myself. I gained back almost everything I'd lost. Thank God, we can turn it around and start over!!! And actually, thank goodness (now), my husband wanted a divorce. It wasn't until he walked out the door for the last time that I realized how mentally/emotionally abusive he was...because HE wasn't happy. I can't believe the peace I have now.

I hope the doctors can come up with a good solution for your knees and that you start healing so you can be pain-free! Don't be afraid to seek a second opinion. You can do this! Keep up the great work with the positive self-talk!!! You're worth the journey!

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1/17/16 5:37 P

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FRUITYFUL- I will tell you soething that I told a sparker a few years ago who was on a plateau, She was so hard on her self for being there and I told her that a plateau is a plateau for a reason. In nature when you are on a plateau you are able to look around and see everything. You can see where you came from and where you are going. So spend that time there looking back where you were, so you can decide if you want to go back there or go a different direction. Of course none of us want to go back we only want to go forward. But which way is forward? On a plateau you can take the time to refocus, refine and rejuvinate yourself. So don't beat yourself up. Look at this time as a test to see if you will give up or push forward. Good luck to you.

Tina

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God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.


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Mitzi, that's an awesome self realization. Kudos!!!


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SLCERMAK- For many of us there is a MAJOR underlying condition. Food for many, me included is our drug, we use it to numb ourselves; like one would with alcohol or drugs. For me it was to achieve on the outside how I felt on the inside. So yes for sure it contributes A LOT.

I have been on Spark for a few years but I was just spectator. I have a few boards I joined thinking that would help. It did, some. But I was not motivated in my soul to do this. The last few years have been filled with tough pain filled times. After my son was hospitalized in 2013 I binged to deal with the pain and I felt myself getting fatter but did not care. Last year I put a line in the sand and said "I AM DONE" Well that did not last. 1 week into 2015 I fell and the ice and hurt my left knee. So I was not able to work out right away, then 2 weeks later I slipped at work and hit my right knee. 5 months later I was still in so much pain that I had to see a Dr. Luckily he said no surgery but I have to lose weight and strengthen my knee up so I can have it with me for the long haul.

So now I am back this year and I am going to switch my focus. Instead of setting myself up to fail I am going to work on the underlying issues first. Because I know myself and if I lost the weight and did not deal with the voices inside me that wont let me be happy (a product of an abusive background), then I will just return into old habits and not have success. That doesnt mean that I am not exercising or eatting right. It just means that I am doing that but focusing on building up my soul and spirit to be able to accept the weight loss that will be coming and has already started. Positive reinforcement is so much more productive than negative diatribes.



Tina

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God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
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1/17/16 2:33 P

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Hi. Me again. I promise not to dominate this board but I had a bit of an epiphany last night and didn't know if anyone else would relate to this. So, every night there is a gravitational pull to the kitchen. I tell myself to stop but my feet keep carrying me in there. I beat myself up about it, I hate myself, I give in and binge and then give up on my diet for days, weeks, months.

I realize that I'm drawn to the kitchen because I'm in need of comfort and rewards. But maybe what I really need is for someone to say, "you worked really hard today." "You parented really well when you said that...." "Way to go handling your boss like you did in the meeting." "Kudos for cleaning up that dog vomit!" "I'm really proud of you." Since I don't hear that from anyone else but I feel I need some kind of reward for what I've done all day, I eat.

But what if I actually said these things to myself? I could give mySELF some personal acknowledgement. So last night in my journal I wrote , "thank you for walking on the treadmill. I know you didn't want to but you did it anyway." and "good job on being mindful and really tasting those m&ms. They were delicious." "thanks for keeping it together and not freaking out when the boy and dog tracked horse poop through the WHOLE house!"

I can't believe the sense of relief I felt in writing it. Instead of harsh criticism ("you ate all that candy, you lazy, gluttonous slug!"), I was really nice to me! Just the thought of me letting up on myself has given me this tangible sense that the pressure is off. It'll be a hard habit to break, but I bet we could do it. I mean, who needs that critical voice in your head? Life is hard enough without being cruel to yourself in the way you talk to you.

Okay, back to short posts.

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1/16/16 8:24 P

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Hi Chel,

Thanks for the encouragement. The weight loss has taken me a very long time, so it's slow and steady, with some loss, some plateau, some gain, some more loss, etc.

Actually, those are some really great reminders. I am SUCH an emotional eater and most of it is out of a desire to be cared for or pampered. You inspired me to think of maybe something that seems indulgent each night so I really feel cared for rather than stealing away something that isn't even really worth it. I'll have to think about what those kinds of pampering treats might be (long, hot bath or a nice wine or a pre-planned sweet indulgence. I like it! Thanks!!!

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1/16/16 11:05 A

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Hi Mitzi! Welcome! And I must say, awesome weight loss. Congrats!!

I can certainly pick out the sort of eater I am from that list. Total emotional eater here. I've been working hard on that, spending a lot of time redirecting my stress to gratitude, yoga and positive activities. I always tell myself that giving in to the stress eating isn't worth undoing weeks of work toward my goal. When that doesn't work, I make sure to have low-impact "snacks" around to get me through without too much problem. Also, I plan a glass of wine with dinner almost ever night and work in my "treat foods". The trick for me is to pre-plan it so I can have it and not feel denied. Of course, after losing as much as you have, you probably have all of these tricks down! :-)

Stay strong! You can do this!

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1/15/16 9:58 P

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Hi all! I'm Mitzi. I've lost 84 pounds with 16 to go. I've seemed to hit a wall for a long time and I'm frustrated. I've been lurking on this board since 2012, but it's time I stood up and said "I need help!"

So, evenings are the worst for me -- cravings (for carbs, especially) are actually physically uncomfortable. I get achy and tense and feel like I'm having withdrawal symptoms. I joked to a friend the other day the only way to make them go away is with wine. emoticon

Here's why I'm finally coming out and saying hello. Yesterday I watched a documentary out of the UK on three kinds of overeaters:
Feasters (who start to eat and can't stop because their gut hormones don't send the "full" signal to the brain well enough);
Constant Cravers (who eat all the time, throughout the day, grazing and always looking for and wanting food); and
Emotional Eaters (who eat to reward, entertain, numb, suppress, self-soothe, or otherwise manage emotions). In this documentary, the Feasters and Cravers both got diets to follow to help them lose weight, and throughout the documentary, their weight percentages went down.

I get stressed throughout the day, but I press it down and ignore it, but then at night I try to medicate all my feelings away with food. As I watched this documentary I kept waiting for the Emotional Eaters to get some kind of dietary change, but they didn't! No calorie restrictions, no diet plan, no exercise regimen. Instead they were told to seek out a support group and cognitive behavioral therapy. I guess it makes sense -- the food is a mask to cover up the deeper needs of self-soothing, nurturing, comfort, etc.

So, it's time I became more vocal and less of a lurker so you guys can be my evening support group. I desperately need support. It just seems to get harder and harder to lose (actually, it's hard not to gain each week!)

Cheers!

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1/14/16 2:04 P

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I think we've all been there done that with the emotional/mindless eating.

I'm not sure how much snow we've gotten here in Michigan the past couple days but I've had to shovel the deck 3 times just to get out the door to let out the dog. Today it's melting a little and nothing new. Yay!! Here's a pic for you guys :-)



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1/14/16 12:20 P

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Hello! Having a healthy lunch and then going for a walk!

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It's exciting to see so many people jumping on board here. It also helps to know that we're all not alone.
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I grew up in Oregon and would want snow so bad, but it rarely came. I live Idaho now and love it, where I live is rarely bad enough to shovel snow, but we get a few inches 2-4 times a year. Last night I was at a meeting where adults were acting like children. When I got home I didn't even want to think about dinner. My husband ordered pizza and I did eat it, but a smaller portion than normal. Tonight I have a plan

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1/13/16 11:05 A

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Good job making good choices. I'm an emotional eater as well and what you described could have been me. Lately I've had to tell myself not to blow it just because someone or something made me sad or mad.

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I wish! I live in Oregon and we rarely get snow. I'd welcome some snow shoveling right about now. I know that folks who live with it don't like to hear that though.

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My exercise program lately has been shoveling then more shoveling... Anyone else???

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Good for you!

Yesterday was rollercoaster with emotions for me. I was very happy about something which makes me want to celebrate with food. Then when I shared it with someone they didn't feel the same way, which made me mad. Which makes me wanna eat. I didn't. I remember thinking the 'chaos' of the situation made me feel chaotic with food. But I made good choices so I was ok.



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1/13/16 12:48 A

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I had a very hectic day and figured I went way off, but when I tallied everything I was still under my limit. Yay.

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PATTI7177, thanks for the reminder. I forgot about the chair exercises and things they have on here. Cold temps are a killer for my lungs and sinuses.


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1/11/16 8:40 P

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Commdir15, Slcermak is right. Walking is definitely one of the best ways to start an exercise program. Always start slow, which may be a walk to the mailbox or corner of the street. Just start from wherever you are. There are also several good, beginner level work outs here in the video library. Take some time and look through them. I am sure you will find something. There are even chair exercises too!

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My only health problem is asthma, which I had when I was a teen and very thin. It's way too cold to walk today, I need to figure an alternative.


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SLCERMAK, sounds good. I'll give it a try. And yes -- thanks for the reminder about the glucose tablets!

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Walking 10-15 mins fast enough to feel your legs tighten, then relax while walking is a great start, take glucose tablets with you just in case. But your legs may be sore for a couple days, but walk every other day to give your body a chance to get used to it.

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I'm here... and would love the support! emoticon

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Whahoo! Way to go! I haven't started exercising yet... I've been trying to get my sugars back up since decreasing my food intake. I need to start this week though. Any suggestions to ease me in?

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I was very faithful 4 days, then had 2 days off. I had a couple things to get out of my system. BUT I lost 4 lbs. It is a solid start. I tend to make small goals of 10-15lbs at time to help make it seem easier. I am now 6 lbs from my first goal. I even started to exercise. Yay!

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cool...we went out there several years ago for the Hell's Canyon jet boat tours..that was a blast

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I know where Wenachee is, I live in Lewiston

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Oh, I live in Wenatchee, WA. Which is north central Washington - between Seattle and Spokane.

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Hello II am Raynene and I live in Minerva Ohio. I married the love of my life 6 months ago. He is supportive in my weight loss. I am following a meal replacement program for breakfast and lunch but eating a calorie controlled dinner with my husband.

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I live in a community of about 40K in a canyon between Idaho and Washington. My name is Sherree. When Inst 75lbs a few years ago I had "cheat days." I found that I could have the things I was missing out on that one day and then get right back on. It helped keep me from huge splurges too. I also reformulated favorite recipes to be within my daily allowance, I was thinking you could do that with Mexican and Chinese foods. You have to be able toecap at this or it won't work.

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HI everyone!

My name is Dana and I live just outside of Nashville, TN. My goal is to lose 100 lbs and that has been my goal for years. I have managed to drop 20 lbs the last couple of years and at my highest (15 yrs ago) I have lost 30 lbs from that for a total of 50 lbs. I still have about 80 more to go. I have rheumatoid arthritis and other immune deficiencies that make me want to live a healthier life so that I start feeling better but boy is this hard. I still want my cookies, chocolate, cakes, Mexican, Chinese, margaritas, beer, etc. Just writing this makes me think about it. But I know that I need to be healthier and I made it my resolution this year to try to lose another 20 lbs. Slow and steady will win the race.

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well I completely failed over Christmas with all the baked goodies. None of us had baked in about 5 yrs and it too nice having family traditional goodies. I weighed at the doctor this morning...but I am not putting too much into it. It showed I gained 10#, which I do not think is accurate. My digestion system is still working on getting back on track and in its regular groove. And I usually only weigh in the mornings before eating. But all the same I am sure the scale was not completely wrong. trying to not let it mess with my head

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I'm an all or nothing person too. I'm trying to kick that habit. Good job on not gaining over the holidays! My weight fluctuated a little, but nothing too drastic. Now I've hit a plateau and I'm trying not to let it drive me crazy. emoticon

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I have been an all or nothing type person and am trying to remedy that. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas I decided to eat healthy meals and have the goodies in moderation. I did not lose during the holidays, but I did not gain either. That is really something for me. It will be nice to get to know everyone, maybe have our own group therapy here.

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I really enjoy this rolling forum. It reminds me of a facebook feed. I have actually added a couple people on Facebook to get that kind of interaction. I think it needs to be more Personal and connected for me. I have only gotten to really get to know a couple people here. I mean, I see names frequently, but they are just names. Does that make sense? In the past 8 years I have lost and gained weight, up to 77 pounds, due to losing two children, going to school, becoming a teacher, getting married, kids and grandkids moving into and out of my house, just so much. I have been really focusing on me the past year or so. I look forward to hopefully making some good, close, friends here through different forums and teams. Happy Sparking all!

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Hi all! My name is Anne. I am restarting again with about 110lbs to lose. I don't even know how many times I have restarted. But, I do have a new outlook this time. Before I was all or nothing and I wanted everything to fall into place right.this.minute. I would deprive myself of foods then binge. I would kill myself working out one day then be barely able to walk the next.
Now, I KNOW there will be mis-steps, I can't do it all at once.
I have decided no food is off limits. If I really want something, I will eat it and log it (before I thought not logging it meant it didn't count, of course). Then I will adjust the rest of the day as needed.
Exercise is now walking on a treadmill at a slow pace for as long as I can. I do push myself, and it does hurt a little. But its only because I have been so inactive.
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Heya! I'm here and working to lose about 128 lbs still. I've been on SP a couple years.

Growing up I was almost always a bit overweight and even when I was the "perfect weight" which ironically is my goal weight now, I thought I was fat. Oh how silly my younger self was. I didn't realize in high school that I just had a woman's body earlier than all the little whiffits I went to school with, lol. Frustrated and not knowing how to eat right, I slowly gained.

When I got married, I gained faster. I'm going through a divorce right now after 23 years. I didn't realize how much turmoil I was living with every day until we separated and rather than being devastated (it was his decision) I felt utter peace. He's an unhappy person and used to make little digs at me all the time about just about everything. Ironically, he now has nothing bad to say about me...go figure.

I've been a vegetarian for several years -- something my husband hated -- and I discovered vegetarians can eat A LOT of JUNK! Over the past few months, I've reformed my diet and in fact have gone vegan (almost 100% plant-based too). It's been refreshing and wonderful and I'm eating awesome food, loving it and feeling 0% deprived. I'm looking forward to dropping all this weight and getting to know all of you along the way.

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I'm certain that my overeating is because of other issues. I've been working on those for quite some time now. I'm hoping that when I reach my goal this time, I will be able to maintain because I've figured out how to deal with the things that made me an over eater and made me not care about what it was doing to me.

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I think it's great that you realize the battle is more than just food. My dad's cousin died from health related issues to overeating. He had one of the surgeries to help with the weight, but he didn't change the habits. Fix the head, the body will follow! Good Luck!

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I have a question for everyone. Would it be better for anyone to get private messages for encouragement or in group forum? I personally do not care, but I can do that if it would help anyone. Being a nurse, I understand both. Feel free to private message me. Another question. Do anyone here believe your problems with overeating may be from a deeper issue? I do believe mine is. I was expected to be perfect growing up, both of my parents were abused children. My dad was a cop and my mom didn't like me ( a whole different story) but that left for a lot of emotional issues. Anyone else here feel similar?

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Hi, I've been on Sparks for several years. I'm needing to loose 125 lbs. I had managed to lose 36 lbs when I hit a rough patch and fell into a depression where I lost control. I didn't put too much back on, 15lbs, and of course this was over the recent holidays.

I am still trying to pull myself back together emotionally, I still have hiccups, but I'm back on Sparks trying to motivate myself. I am working on getting my eating back under control. My hubby is NOT supportive, he'd like to see me stay over weight, not because he's a chubby chaser, but he just wants me unattractive to other males, and YES he DID tell me this.

I am looking very forward to getting back into the swing of things. I joined one of the new daily challenges and I'm quite enjoying it. Actually I combined it with my treadmill routine and I am very sore.

Looking forward to reading everyone's post. Keep Sparking

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I am on here AGAIN, lol. I found SP in 2012 and lost 75lbs. I felt much better, but still had more to go. Life happened, it started with getting a job working over 70 hours a week. I ate what I could when I could, not healthy things either. I gained all the weight back plus 20lbs and became very depressed and didn't care. I was very thin in high school, but had an eating disorder. I have never known what healthy feels like. My goal is to find healthy and stick with it. I do not believe surgery would be good since it would not help my dysfunctional relationship with food. So here I go into the unknown, excited and nervous at the same time. I do plan on checking into SP a couple times a day to either encourage or get support. I hope others want the same.


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I've been a member since 2009 also. I have been active daily for about a year and a half, even through my backslides. I know that using the tools here is key, and when I reach goal weight, continuing here will help keep me there. Life gets busy often and I don't get to post much, but I am never far away! happy Sparking ladies!

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I've been a member since 2007 and I reached my goal weight and did not maintain. I've been trying and have been on and off the wagon for years. I also had a back injury and finally had surgery a few years ago. It's been a slow recovery. I'm hoping that this time, I'll get there and be able to maintain.

As far as tips go, I think the most important thing is to make changes that you can live with for the rest of your life. When I started off, I just tried to set an exercise goal for the first week. Then I started tracking my food, even if I went over. Here I am, just six months into this new weight loss journey and I'm going to be incorporating weight training. I'm not a fan of it, but realize that I need it, so I'm going to look into a video that I can follow so I do exercises that are actually useful.

I'm pretty hard on myself, so it's easier said than done, but it's important not to beat yourself up when you make a mistake or get off track. You cannot undo all your hard work in one day. Just leave that binge or high calorie day behind and start over. I had three "cheat days" around the holidays and they've slowed my progress quite a bit, but I still keep pressing on because I know, eventually the scale will move again. With Thanksgiving, a December birthday and Christmas, I kept giving myself excuses go over my calorie ranges, so no more of that for a while.

I could go on and on, and I'm happy to talk about what's worked for me and what hasn't worked. I've found that when I've been successful on here, it's when I look at what all the other people around me are doing and pick and choose the things that will work for me. I've tried a lot of things that have worked for other people and some were great and some were not.

What motivated me this time around was finding out that I'm going to be a Grandma at the end of February and, knowing I'd have to fly across the country to see my daughter and her baby, I did not want to be 300+ lbs! I hate flying, so being comfortable is important to me. I'm 15 lbs away from my first goal of hitting 220 and I'm hoping to be there by the time I travel.

I hope this helps, feel free to post on my page or email me! Best of luck on your journey!



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Wow that's awesome! Got any tips for everyone else?

I am the same way, I think I've been a member since 2009. I had a back injury and two kids in that time. Only thing that stayed the same is my weight!



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Good morning! I'm new to this board too, but I've been on Spark for several years. I've been up and down on the scale and I've gone missing from Spark for long periods of time when I was completely off track. I've been on track since July now and I'm doing pretty good. I would love to have friends to chat with and to encourage.

I started out needing to lose 150 lbs and I'm down 70 so far. Let's do this!

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So I am new to this board. I noticed last night alot of the posts were pretty old. So lets get a roll call and get this board chatting and supporting each other.

Who's here, what's your story, and anything on your mind?

I'm Sarah aka ugh, I have about 100lbs to lose. My motivation was to find jeans that fit comfortably!

I'm worried of doing great for one week, then slipping. Planning my meals in advance through spark is the only way I succeed. Someone yell at me if tomorrow isn't inputted tonight!

I start classes (on top of running a business, 4 kids, husbnd and grandson) in a few weeks I'm worried that will take over my time. Keep me motivated to come back!

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