SparkPeople Panic! Button for Immediate Help Messageboard When you need a lift right now, “push the button!” Post here for some immediate moral support or help. SparkPeople Panic! Button for Immediate Help Messageboard Food allergies! I had a food allergy (blood) test and a complete blood count (CBC) test done about a month ago with my doctor's office, and I got the results back this week at my doctor's visit. <BR> <BR> I found out that I am allergic to cranberries, egg whites, egg yolks, wheat, wheat gluten, Gliadin, brewer's yeast, baker's yeast, kidney beans, lima beans, and I have a high sensitivity to Candida. <BR> <BR> I already knew for a few years that I am allergic to artificial sweeteners, so I do use real su... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 15:36:29 EST How would you feel if you lost loyalty points that is worth money? <BR> <BR> I lost a bit of money today, and I am NOT happy!!! <BR> <BR> The staff handling the transaction just wouldn't or can't help me recover my points! <BR> <BR> I am still pissed over it!!! <BR> <BR> But what I am especially upset about is the money I lost because a neighbor cheated me!!! My Dad offered to pay me back half of what I lost but I don't feel right taking his money when I was the one who made the mistake of trusting that con woman!!! Wed, 11 Dec 2019 07:22:20 EST Starting over would like an accountability partner Hello! <BR> <BR> My name is Ken. I was a member before and had lost a lot of weight but have gained it back. <BR> <BR> I have been eating clean for a few days and want to get back to the gym, but am looking for an accountability partner to help. I have tried to lose and get back to the motivated person that I was (lost 100lbs in 8 months without starving - only ate very clean .. frequent excersise), but every time I tried I fell off. A lot of it had to do with a huge emotional burden that... Mon, 9 Dec 2019 18:01:39 EST Feeling Down I'm having an off day, off couple days.. I need a friend, I need a hug, I need a smile.. I've been feeling pretty low lately.. I force a smile every day but in the back of my mind I cant help but feel phony. I've tried to connect with people, make friends.. but over time I keep finding myself alone, un-satisfied, unhappy. I don't know how to focus on myself when all I want and need is a friend to talk to. Ever since my divorce couple years ago I've been feeling so alone in this world, I star... Mon, 9 Dec 2019 08:45:42 EST Health stresses and how to get back to being me.. Hi! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I'm usually an upbeat person. I guess it's now my time to reach out for advice and support. <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago my grandchild got pretty sick. My great-grandchild was nearly hospitalized. I stayed up several nights watching my great-grandson. I am a retired pediatric RN, so that's what I do best. Thank goodness he pulled through. They are both still taking antibiotics and doing much better. They are 18 months and 2 1/2 years old. <BR> <BR> A couple of day... Sun, 1 Dec 2019 09:33:26 EST Those black shorts finally fit!!! Yes!!! Now I am getting somewhere!!! <BR> <BR> Those M sized shorts I bought some time back now finally fit!!! <BR> <BR> Check out my blog for pic!!! Wed, 27 Nov 2019 08:10:23 EST Self worth I have done many diets over the years. I am realizing that a lot of my unhealthy behaviours have to do with a core belief I hold about myself that I am undeserving of love and happiness. This was shaped by how I was treated by my parents growing up... through a series of events and interactions, my self worth seems to have eroded over time. What’s worse is that these feelings of insecurity have limited my ability to engage in meaningful adult relationships...l get upset thinking that I have ... Mon, 25 Nov 2019 22:28:43 EST Can see I am slipping backwards I have been on SP fir many years. I love the program. Between Jan 2016 and December 31, 2018 I had lost 117 lbs . <em>252</em> The way I lost it was by having gall bladder issues in 2016 and breast cancer in 2017. 2018 was a time of recovering and this year I have been working on maintaining the weight lost. It has been extremely difficult doing this. I am dealing with a lot of pain and insomnia at this time. My issue is is that I am hungry all the time. I seem to think of food all the tim... Sun, 10 Nov 2019 22:00:13 EST Counting calories and exercising but not losing Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm feeling really frustrated and defeated right now. Over the past two years, I've gained about 25 pounds. I am now at my heaviest weight that I have ever been, and it isn't dangerous because my BMI is about 24, but I feel very self-conscious because I don't fit into a lot of my clothes, especially pants, and because I don't like my stomach fat. My weight gain started when I started taking Lexapro for anxiety. I can't go off it because before I started, I was so anxious so... Wed, 30 Oct 2019 15:25:44 EST I feel myself slipping... So I've been working out really hard and tracking every bite and have lost a total of 5lbs out of the 15lb goal. Which is really great! The thing is Im not feeling super energized just kind of dreading my cardio and my strength training is weak. And as a result I'm being tempted with being more lazy in food choices and losing focus. <BR> I always do this (chronic yo-yo dieter) But I want to keep on but am feeling bored with the daily grind. Help! I dont want to gain back what I've lost and k... Tue, 29 Oct 2019 12:18:52 EST Forced to give up cheese The doctor came to the dialysis center I go to yesterday. He told me STRICTLY NO cheese, yogurt or dairy because they are high in phosphate. Other high phosphate foods include nuts and mushrooms. <BR> <BR> He told me that because I have been buying cheese recently and having small amounts several times a week because I love cheese so much. <BR> <BR> But now, I have to bite the bullet and pack up all my remaining cheeses and give them to my uncle. And never buy cheese or yogurt anymore. No ... Tue, 29 Oct 2019 01:47:25 EST I'm slipping I've lost 55 lbs since May. My partner in this journey has quit and I feel like I'm slipping back to old habits. I don't know what to do to stop the slide. Being alone sucks Thu, 24 Oct 2019 19:53:36 EST is this message board for SP premium members only? I don't care I was just wondering. <BR> <BR> Right now I am working on quitting soda. I'm trying to do other things too but my main focus is soda. :) Wed, 16 Oct 2019 05:51:48 EST I went from a 6 to a 14 in two months I am soooo upset with myself! I went on a strict diet and was in the best shape of my life just a few months ago I started eating and it’s like I never stopped.. my weight raised to 158 and I now wear a size 14 at old navy and a 12 at torrid! I had to shop plus size because nothing would fit. I’m soooo upset with myself Tue, 15 Oct 2019 23:23:33 EST Gratitude with Thanksgiving today, I don't feel gratitude towards anything that I "should" feel gratitude for. In general, I don't feel emotions for a lot of things, I always feel dead inside. Is there something wrong with my head? Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:52:41 EST Dealing with sugar cravings and diabetes Hello all! I'm new to the sparkpeople community. I was diagnosed with diabetes several months ago, but keep finding I have an uphill battle when it comes to sugar cravings (candy and ice cream especially.) How do you handle cravings for sweets? Wed, 9 Oct 2019 14:27:18 EST so sick of starting a diet i know that what im about to say isn't anything new but im so sick and tired of myself. <BR> <BR> been trying to lose 20 kg since i was 15, im 32 now and still have never reached my goal. <BR> <BR> tried everything, atkins , no eating, excersize, calorie counting and i always seem to put it back on. <BR> <BR> now im starting sparkpeople again for the millionth time and tbh i have very little hope that it will work. <BR> <BR> also i have a back injury and cant seem to move properly atm so... Tue, 1 Oct 2019 20:13:19 EST I don't know which to choose?? I haven't posted in a long time because things has been a lot of family drama going on in and with all the stress it did me in physically and mentally. The worse of it all was I found out my nephew is an animal abuser and he got away with it because he moved out of state. Plus I took in the cutest cat that got left behind but sadly I only had her for 3 weeks total. She started getting sick after only 5 days here and she tested positive for Feline Leukemia. On the 21st day I had to have her pu... Tue, 1 Oct 2019 19:56:04 EST What happened??? I got weighed today and have regained the pound I lost last week. Why? <BR> Tue, 1 Oct 2019 10:12:40 EST Todays lesson On my planning your day page theres a task that says read todays lesson. Can anyone tell me where to find todays lesson. If someone could help me with this I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks a million Thu, 19 Sep 2019 10:17:12 EST Old age and injury I keep getting injured from strength training. 10 years ago, an imperfect rep here and there wouldn't have done a thing, now every single rep has to be absolutely perfect, or else, bam! injury. I feel really old now. Thu, 19 Sep 2019 09:40:48 EST So frustrated! A few years ago, I lost 15 pounds to get to a healthy, happy weight. I've since found my love, gotten married, comfortable and gained the weight back. <BR> Recently, I lost 5 pounds and immediately put it back on, endless cycle going nowhere. I need motivation and a program to push harder and get healthy again. Any ideas? <BR> I eat hard-boiled eggs and fruit for breakfast, salad with chicken for lunch, no sodas, cut cheese/cream sauces, fast food, desserts. I'm at the gym 3+ times a ... Wed, 18 Sep 2019 11:39:54 EST Lost weight, BUT! I’m around halfway through a 60 pound weight loss goal. <BR> I’m currently panicking because with (because of?) the weight loss, I’m losing my hair. It was very fine to begin with, but tonight after finishing a session including some weights and a 3 mile run, I got out of the shower at the gym and went to braid my hair into pigtails...and with all my hair in two braids, each was the size of my pinky. <BR> Is this a totally crazy thing to be upset about? As far as I can tell from my research... Tue, 17 Sep 2019 21:54:18 EST Discouraged, lots of room for improvement ... Ok, so I have not been completely on track lately, I have been doing better but still have a lot of room for improvement. I am tracking but will admit, not every meal as I should be and I really don’t have a good excuse. I could give many, no time, work stress, too busy, worrying about a sick friend ... all true but all excuses. Well, I came across an old movie this weekend I had never seen “What’s eating Gilbert Grape” the mother is very large, has a difficult time getting around, mobility i... Sun, 15 Sep 2019 12:24:05 EST What can I do abt this? The other day, towards the last 15 minutes of dialysis, I have severe cramps in my right calf. I was in real pain! This is the 1st time in my history of being on dialysis where the pain of a leg cramp has forced me to end treatment early! <BR> <BR> Normally, the pain will go away after a few seconds but on that day, the pain kept coming in waves! And wouldn't go away. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I cried out in pain and requested that they massage that calf. Well, they refused, saying I wan't old eno... Wed, 11 Sep 2019 03:09:24 EST Panic Breathing exercises help me and so does being outdoors and marvel at nature. I personally went outside my house and watched 3 deer interact with my cat. It calmed me down immediately. Sun, 8 Sep 2019 20:24:01 EST What would you do? My boss is now beginning the bad habit of online gambling. <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning, she asked me to transfer RM200 to her account, but she paid me back in cash on the spot. This transfer was so she could continue playing. <BR> <BR> She spent the entire day glued to her mobile on online gambling. She was very angry when I asked her when can we leave for the office because she said I caused her to lose money because she pressed the wrong button. <BR> <BR> We didn't even make it to the o... Sat, 7 Sep 2019 23:20:21 EST ? We are all adults here SO I really needed help, support, friends, advice this morning. And my post was deleted. I was very down and emotionally drained. my post made no threats and didn't have cursing. I came here because I didn't have anywhere else to turn. So why did the moderator discriminate against my post? Mon, 2 Sep 2019 22:40:48 EST Nexplanon and weight gain Anyone else on Nexplanon have these issues? I feel like I want to eat all the time, especially sugar, and it's much harder to fight these cravings than it was before I got the implant. I am getting it removed soon because it's caused other issues too. But this has set me back over 20 pounds! Ugh! Mon, 2 Sep 2019 18:00:43 EST Hitting a low... Have you ever felt like you are alone in the world, don't know where to turn to? I'm there right now... <BR> I'm 31 years old, I know that's not old, nor is it young, but I feel so lost in life. I'm divorced.. don't feel like I make the best choices, feeling alone most of these days... I try to be a good person, practice kindness especially to those who look down, but I definitely have moments where I wonder what i'm doing with my life, who is there when I need someone to lean on? I know thi... Sun, 1 Sep 2019 20:34:52 EST Should I continue to exercise? Hi! I am having this condition that causing me to have a dull achy pain that starts up around my knee and goes all they way down my leg. It started about a year ago when we were on a trip to Nebraska and I had been sitting in the car a while so I just thought it was my leg cramping and me needing to get out and stretch. Then about a year later we went on another trip and the same thing happened only the trip wasn't near as long. I didn't notice it too much but now that I have started running ... Mon, 19 Aug 2019 10:23:23 EST Tracked my food, not good .... I use another site to track my food as that is the one I am used to. <BR> Anyway, thought I was doing better, making better choices, cutting back on portions but I am still way over for carbs, sodium, sugar and calories. I guess I am still overeating. <BR> Any ideas for breakfast and lunch besides sandwiches or salads ? Something enjoyable to eat that doesn’t blow the calorie budget ? Sat, 17 Aug 2019 12:16:02 EST Struggling I have been making small changes for a while now. I quit smoking, started parking further away from my office, working out most mornings and focusing on my food choices. The weight isn't moving and clothes seem to be getting tighter. I am so proud of the changes I've made and that I've stuck with them but I need to see some results! I'm getting way discouraged. How do you all stick with it? What small changes did you make that lead you to results? Wed, 14 Aug 2019 13:10:53 EST At my highest weight... I am at my highest weight ever. I can't seem to get back on track. I know what I need to do and I know how to do it but I am living with blinders on. I look down now and my stomach is much larger than my chest, I sweat in the weirdest places and it is hard to walk a mile. <BR> I ask for help and then I avoid the people and Spark. I am out of control and I don't like the feeling at all. <BR> 50 and failing. Sun, 11 Aug 2019 10:31:15 EST No appetite... Without going into too much detail, after losing weight using SparkPeople, I've been maintaining my weight perfectly for eight months (under my PCP's direction that I stop losing weight) until about a month ago. <BR> <BR> Some extremely stressful stuff has happened, probably the most stressful things I have gone through in my life. I have no appetite. This tends to be how my digestive system reacts to stress but I usually just have a bad week or two and then the stress gets better so I can e... Sun, 11 Aug 2019 05:20:47 EST want to eat my sadness away I have been searching for a new job for the past 6 months or more, this week I got rejections from 2 interviews I went on that I really wanted. I also gained 3 pounds when I stepped on the scale yesterday. Feeling like I am failing at life... Wed, 7 Aug 2019 11:28:27 EST Should I eat? I’m a girl who loves to eat and feels hungry...a lot. <BR> Except when it gets hot. We don’t have A\C and I’m hot sticky days like today sometimes I just lose my appetite entirely. <BR> Part of me feels like I should run with it! Don’t eat if I’m not hungry! <BR> The other part knows that I should develop the habit of eating regularly and taking in a minimum amount of calories. <BR> I’ve had 960 calories today, ending with a shrimp taco (home made) around 7pm. It’s 9:30 now. Is that enough fo... Tue, 6 Aug 2019 00:27:59 EST So, so, so overwhelmed ... Well here I am again, it has been almost a year since I have posted. I am not sure why I don’t use this site more often. I am sure if I did it would help. <BR> I keep letting my love for food ( addiction) win out over doing things to make myself healthier, happier and to feel better. <BR> Here is an update on what has been going on since I last posted probably 10 months or so ago. I at that time weighed around 380 lbs. I am now somewhere over the 400 lb mark as my scale only weighs to 400 lb... Mon, 5 Aug 2019 09:59:40 EST What started as Mac and Cheese... Last night I made mac and cheese, had a small portion with lots of water no issue. Then today I thought hmm.. why not make something in the crockpot because I have all day.. decided to make bbq chicken.. and mashed potatoes.. and cornbread.. and asparagus. I made asparagus! something healthy right? I indulged, it was all home cooked (except the cornbread) but still not the best choices. <BR> Sun, 4 Aug 2019 16:14:27 EST Tried Keto now cant seem to lose, I just keep gain Help, I went on the Keto diet and did pretty well, than my sister passed away and I just kept eating. That was 3 months ago and I have gained what I lost on Keto plus 20lbs. It seems everything I try I cant get the scale to budge. How can I reset my system so that I can start losing by just eating healthy, cutting calories and exercisng. I have been doing all of the above for about 3 weeks and still not losing/ Thu, 1 Aug 2019 18:26:43 EST Help I lost my self I have been off track with my self the last few weeks. I found out that I may have Lupus. And my body hurts. so I have not stayed on track with the diet. Now I need to get back on track. And I have to restart the plan again. Having depression and body hurting is hard. But I need help to stay on track. <BR> <BR> Thank You Tue, 30 Jul 2019 10:01:15 EST Frustrated with no scale movement TLDR: I've been working hard for 5 weeks. Just averaged my weight loss per week, and am down 1.5 pounds. Yes, 1.5 POUNDS in FIVE weeks. <BR> <BR> The full story: <BR> <BR> Five weeks ago I signed up to Noom (another weight loss app that promises "this time it will be different") and about three weeks ago I bought a Fitbit. <BR> <BR> I've been checking in on Noom every day and going through their activities, tracking my food, and staying active. Since getting my Fitbit, there's been about... Mon, 29 Jul 2019 14:03:23 EST My heart is broken!!! My Dad has pinned all the blame on me. He says I am the cause for my brother's anger problem. <BR> <BR> That is simply not true. If anyone's to blame, my parents are! <BR> <BR> All throught our childhood my brother has learnt that if he cries, my parents will rush to comfort him and he gets his own way. <BR> <BR> The result of all this mollycoddling throught his life has resulted in him throwing temper tantrums whenever he feels he is not getting his way. He is too old to cry now, so he th... Thu, 25 Jul 2019 11:12:24 EST New and dont know how to start Hello there, I am fairly new to Spark. <BR> I am looking to change my unhealthy eating habits and stick to a healthier lifestyle. You guys all know its much easier said than done. I understand the basics, drink plenty of water, don't eat too much junk food or sugar, eat unprocessed foods as best you can, portion control... I understand these concepts, but sticking to it has been tough for me. This past week I've been binge eating... I know its not doing me any good, but I still make the choi... Thu, 25 Jul 2019 08:31:38 EST Help!!! I am panicking!!!! I went to dialysis this morning. I was delayed because one of the covers of the new dialyzer popped off and I didn't notice, resulting in a 15 minute delay. <BR> <BR> To make matters worse, I was already overloaded with 500g, then the head nurse reduced my target by 400g, so that means I am already owing 900g without question. <BR> <BR> Then, the unthinkable happened! The water company cut our water supply! Resulting in me finishing 37 minutes early! Which meant that I am now owing 1.5kg i... Mon, 22 Jul 2019 03:40:27 EST Losing Motivation - Help? Well, I signed up for Nutrisystem 4.5 or 5 months ago and dropped from 205 to 184 and I have been drifting between 183 and 186 for the last two months. It's like I'm stuck. <BR> I have followed the program about 80% of the time, and the rest of the time I have slipped a little. My biggest challenge has been giving up alcohol, which I'm working on - haven't had a drink in almost two weeks. I'm just hoping someone can send out a lifeline for me. So very depressed and losing all my motivat... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 12:45:50 EST Need help right now! I anyone there? OK, I feel like ordering food so badly right now. I came to spark to chat and blog instead of eating. Is anyone there? Wed, 17 Jul 2019 07:55:52 EST Is anybody else taking Chicory Root Powder daily? I used to say I wouldn't let myself go over 300 again but in Oct I reached 306 lbs and by Mar 19th this year at the doctors I had reached 321~ <BR> <BR> I had already been told that I cant get needed hip replacement unless I lose over a 100 lbs and had gone in October for a consult and got on the list for a gastric sleeve and was accepted into their program but besides the 6 months wait and I have other medical issues that have to be addressed before they can schedule it. I also still have t... Sun, 14 Jul 2019 13:43:00 EST Spark Goodies How will you know when you will get your spark goodies? Mon, 8 Jul 2019 16:10:13 EST Anxiety and stress sucks I am having extreme anxiety attacks and stress because of an unemployed husband, I will start stressing about things that I really do not need to stress about. I will think something is wrong and have to go back and check a situation many times but still think something is wrong , when there isnt any issues. My eating choices have hot been the best and I am one who feels like she is floundering in deep waters here. I am in counseling and my health is my first priority but feeling very over... Sun, 30 Jun 2019 11:20:50 EST I really wish he would get it into his head! There's this older male church friend that keeps harping on the fact that I'm good with computers, so he says I should help out in the AV tech duty (manning the powerpoint on the PC to project onto the big screen in church). <BR> <BR> But I keep giving him the same answer, unlike other ppl, I have to work nearly every Saturday, and that is the time that is required for the person on duty to come into church to key in the needed data. So, I just cannot commit. <BR> <BR> Besides, I am alread... Wed, 26 Jun 2019 03:41:14 EST Help! I have a very specific craving!!! Burger King has some new burgers, I tried finding the nutrition stats online but couldn't find it. But I am guessing it is very high in calories, fat and sodium. <BR> <BR> I has nacho cheese sauce, american cheese and swiss cheese. It also has 3 beef patties. It's called a triple cheese burger, I think. <BR> <BR> I'm guessing it's a bad idea to eat that..... <BR> Tue, 25 Jun 2019 03:31:19 EST I'm really not just looking for sympathy . . . thank you. I would appreciate the moderator deleting this thread. Sun, 23 Jun 2019 10:52:14 EST Blew out my knee and shoulder in an accident but.. I will still be exercising but it will be hard. Most yoga is out of the question, no walking long distances, and no upper body work out. I will sit on a recumbent and do knee strengthening exercise. I will not sit still!!!!! Fri, 21 Jun 2019 11:44:26 EST OVEREATING - Family heartache OK - finding myself in a place where I am overeating because, I am hurt and stressed and terribly unhappy. My DIL limits my time with my grandchildren favoring her own parents and literally speaks 2 words to me when we see each other (kids notice this behaviour and start to limit their contact with you because they see their mother is indifferent to you). Be aware that I watch the kids 3 days a week (the girls are now 10 and 12 and get put on a school bus, the boy is 3 years old and with me... Tue, 18 Jun 2019 04:00:31 EST Blood Pressure, Sodium, and Heart Effects Just found out from my Dr. that my high blood, caused by food with large sodium, has left my heart valves either thick (right side) slow in opening and closing valves causing blood to seep into the lungs. Then the Aorta is now getting hard. <BR> <BR> The good news is this can be reversed! They put me on a dose of Blood Pressure meds. I'm supposed to lower my sodium levels. Now in Europe, they recommend 5 grams a day. I also need to start becoming more active with exercise. <BR> <BR> I fou... Fri, 14 Jun 2019 23:23:59 EST Varying Work Schedule Makes Routines Difficult I currently work in the service industry as a manager at a movie theater (and teach during the school year). I've discovered in the last few years as I've tried to lose weight that my inconsistent schedules makes creating routines difficult. Over the summer, I work five days a week, but those days vary from week-to-week, and the times I work on those days vary from day-to-day. <BR> For example (schedule starts on Fridays and goes through Thursdays): <BR> This week I work Saturday 1-9, Sunday ... Mon, 10 Jun 2019 22:47:21 EST Feel like getting a divorce My husband fight about our older son all the time. The stress of it makes me want to just eat and forget about it. I'm trying to find the strength to make it but I am so depressed Wed, 29 May 2019 01:07:01 EST Does Intermittent fasting work? I am desparate to lose fats. I've heard this is an effective way to do it. But my Dad said it will only give me gastric problems! So, what is what? Fri, 24 May 2019 09:34:00 EST Post Vacation let down I started SP early Dec '18 and was able to lose 15 lbs before my 1st cruise vacation in March. Came back from cruise +3 lbs, and haven't loss any of it. I had a little post-vaca depression and that's resolved (I've booked another cruise for Jan '20 - ha!), but I can't seem to find the "spark" I had back in Dec. During the day, at work, I feel motivated and feel I can do this! But by the end of the day and I get home, I've lost all ambition and pep; and just want to sit in my recliner and ... Tue, 21 May 2019 14:09:04 EST Weight gain from IUD, remover and still not losing 1 year ago I had a 27 inch waist, was a size S or 4, and was 147 at 5’7” I looked great. Due massive amounts of overtime at work over the course of few months I stopped working out and gained 7 pounds. With my wedding a year away (9/21/19) I didn’t freak out because I knew I would be able to loss that pretty quickly. Then come November it was time for me to get my Mirena IUD replaced. The first time <BR> I had no side effects and no periods the whole duration. By the time January hit I got my... Sun, 19 May 2019 14:19:37 EST Someone please help me. Hey everyone. I need some help. I am working out daily. I lift weights several times a week, run, and do the Insanity Max 30 program. I have celiac disease so I have to stay away from all wheat/gluten and therefore I am on a low carb diet. (There is to much junk and extra ingredients in gluten free products.) Anyhow, I am doing all the right things with zero weight loss. In fact, I almost feel like I am gaining. What am i doing wrong? I am so confused. I am out of ideas. I refuse to give up b... Thu, 16 May 2019 10:34:35 EST Over indulged mothers day weekend I didnt follow my healthy eating plan really well over the weekend and I didnt exercise. This morning i weighed in and got bummed 😔😔?? <BR> I also felt " heavy " and weighed down. Yuck, I didnt like feeling like this. <BR> So I had a healthy breakfast and took a walk and planned my lunch and supper. I got back on track today and plan on staying on track. <BR> Havent lost much weight yet but I feel better and can feel a difference in my clothes and I feel good mentally and emotionally. <BR... Mon, 13 May 2019 17:46:48 EST Sudden binge attack! I would love to banish the binge forever! For the most part I eat well giving myself treats occasionally and eating within my calorie goal. Yesterday I got through two dishes of a banana with a spoonful of butter and caramel sauce before I "woke up" to the fact that I can't do that anymore and expect to lose weight. How do you guys banish the binge? Sun, 12 May 2019 08:55:46 EST Eating while cleaning up Oh my gosh! I've tried three times to clean up the kitchen and these darn potato patties are calling my name! My client said they were perfect, which has made me very proud and happy. I did manage to put them in baggies. I told myself that I just posted on Spark people that I'm almost to twenty! Twenty and not so winded doing stairs, feeling better. I'm so close! I have got to get it together so I can clean the kitchen without eating everything in it! I need support. How does this pa... Sat, 11 May 2019 12:33:05 EST Calories in, Calories Out? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Just out of curiosity . Let's say we have 2 people that are virtually identical in physical features, same gender, height, weight, body fat%,etc. If Person A eats 2000 calories of perfectly clean food and Person B eats 2000 calories of half healthy and half junk food, would Person A and Person B lose a similar amount of weight AND body fat %? <BR> <BR> I know that eating healthy will make Person A less hungry and feel better overall, <BR> but I'm curious about what t... Sun, 5 May 2019 11:14:13 EST Trying to drop weight, Hypothyroidism. Hey i`m brand new here, <BR> i just started going to the gym awhile ago and have been swimming for about <BR> one and a half months. I have to say, its kind of depressing how little i`m <BR> improving. i swim like 750 - 800 meters a day and now i`m going to the gym, <BR> getting on the treadmill for about 15 minutes after that followed by lifting on <BR> like 10 different machines. <BR> <BR> My swim technique has improved significantly, i can go allot faster than <BR> some others ... Thu, 2 May 2019 19:27:20 EST day 2 gah day 2 and I am about to throw in the towel. I'm hungry and stressed out. Mon, 29 Apr 2019 19:51:50 EST So disappointed in myself and feel like giving up! This time last year I had almost reached my goal. I had lost 51 ponds. I had 8 pounds to go to reach my goal. <BR> Then I decided to quit smoking. I have gained back 40 of the pounds I had already lost. <BR> My life has gone in a down hill spiral over the past year. EVERY THING that causes someone to eat has happened. I moved, lost my best friend, maxed out all my credit cards and went into deep debt. I have M.S. and no longer can work and am living on Social Security only. I even over drafte... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 10:00:49 EST Need to get back on track I had lost a 100 lbs total a year ago. Since Nov, I have gained 25 of it back. I refuse to go back over 200 lbs, but I'm hovering close. Could really use someone to do challenges with on fitbit or just help keep me on track Wed, 17 Apr 2019 16:31:31 EST Everyday I go over ! Hi everyone, I have been keeping track of my food on SP and everyday I go over by like 200-300 calories <em>20</em> I am weaning off of an anxiety medicine so that might be partly why I seem always hungry. I do not want to gain weight back but I feel hungry all the time. Anybody else have this? Sure appreciate your input. Thank you <em>252</em> Tue, 16 Apr 2019 21:12:55 EST ONE Month And No Change? Okay, I get it. I'm 69 and it's going to take a while, but how long? I'm low-carbing and I take in less than 10 grams a day. I'm in mild ketosis, and walking 1.5 miles every other day (disc degenerative disease). My caloric intake is 1200-1500 per day. <BR> <BR> So does my body just need to get the "message" and THEN I notice the scales change or what? <BR> <BR> How long has it taken some of you other seniors to see the scales change? <BR> <BR> Thanks Sat, 13 Apr 2019 13:25:14 EST Community Post Etiquette There was a post this morning which got a lot of attention. If you did not agree totally, the tone got really negative. What is the procedure about this? Sun, 7 Apr 2019 17:06:42 EST Funny/Not Funny I have resentment: Hit traffic outside a doughnut shop, ran into a supervisor bringing doughnuts to a meeting, passed by the work cafe selling wonderful things like tater tots, muffins, and you guessed it -- doughnuts. I'm feeling a tiny bit resentful of doughnut eaters today. Tue, 2 Apr 2019 10:46:44 EST New and struggling to find my path My weight has been increasing for the past 3 years, I've been having health issues that I believe are contributing to my weight gain but all doctors continue to give me the same answer..."you need to eat better and exercise more" <BR> <BR> It's so disappointing and discouraging, makes me feel so lazy and irresponsible. As my weight went up again this week, I'm joining Spark People and looking for some support and direction. I'm feeling's hard not to. Tue, 2 Apr 2019 00:25:44 EST YIKES! I took a leap and weighed myself for the first time in months....and I weigh more than I've ever weighed in my life. I'm a mess and having a hard time started this consistently. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 07:37:19 EST WTF!?! I have been making all the right choices since December I cut sugar, I've started working out and no results...I shouldn't say that, the weight was coming off like a pound or two a week, but I don't see it. Clothes don't fit differently, no one notices all the hard work I'm putting in and it has me stuck in a "what am I doing this for" mind set! There are people sharing 30lbs weight loss pictures for the same amount of time I have lost ten!! <BR> I was feeling great about the weather and w... Mon, 25 Mar 2019 21:46:11 EST Devestated Last month, I did great.. wasn't logging food either, this month it's going so slow, I have to be doing something wrong, Maybe I am not eating enough of something, We try and cut most carbs out, but i still have them going in being a diabetic is not easy by any means. I am currently on medications and side effects its an appetite suppressant which hey im okay with that, I should be taking in 1750-2000 a day, In my lifestyle impossible most days, I work 9-12 hours, I have broken sleep bringing... Tue, 19 Mar 2019 19:44:33 EST Considering Gastric Sleeve any one here done it? I'm thinking about doing it ( I thought about it before but didn't really get very far, I'm actually a little scared about how my body will be if I do the surgery) Tue, 19 Mar 2019 11:05:46 EST Big Apatite For some reason, the past couple weeks I have been wanting to eat so much :( Fri, 15 Mar 2019 14:36:40 EST losing my hope I've been here for years. I've actually lost a few pounds back then. But I lost control of everything and I'm gaining weight recently. <BR> No matter how much I try, I can't stop it, it's useless. <BR> I am so hopeless, so depressed and wish I was never born. <BR> I'm not writing those things to discourage people here, or make them loose their motivation. I know there is only one person who can help me through this and it is myself, who happens to be a useless garbage. <BR> I just wanted t... Mon, 11 Mar 2019 09:51:25 EST One sandwich and I gained 3 lbs! Well, I found some vegan bacon and it really tastes like bacon. You fry it in oil. (I use olive oil) I had just one vegan BLT with peta bread and I gained 3 lbs! Weighed myself this morning and I gained 3lbs with that sandwich. <em>198</em> Add on the early wake up time now because of the spring forward and I'm in such a bad lousy mood. I could have had a sundae for those 3 lbs. It was mostly lettuce and tomato to begin with. I just feel like why bother. Why not just be happy with being fa... Sun, 10 Mar 2019 14:02:52 EST cravings Having a tough time tonight, craving chips and some dip. Anything. Sushi. Chicken wings. Parmesan fries. I need a bed time snack that I won't regret, and won't keep me up half the night with indigestion. Sun, 3 Mar 2019 23:40:54 EST A1C is up Hi, my name is Sheila. I have been part of SP for a long time. I keep track of my food and on it everyday. <BR> Today I had my A1C level checked and it was 6.1. Last fall it was 5.7. I am so upset. Scared me because I use to be on medicine for pre-diabetics. I have lost over 100 lbs and am glad for that but feeling nervous right now. I am 71 years old and do not want to gain it back. Is there a group for people that want to maintain and also for diabetics? Thank you <em>252</em> Fri, 1 Mar 2019 18:58:21 EST verifying email. The confirmation string did not match the string we emailed to you or the link expired. You can click here to see the status of your email verification. <BR> <BR> I received this not once but twice. What do I need to do to verify my email? Tue, 19 Feb 2019 21:00:33 EST Help overeating too many days a week. I live with big eaters and do the cooking for them, they eat what I eat but the portions are large and some days I just automatically eat too much for me. I justify it because it's food I'm able to eat then get so frustrated with myself for eating too much. Tonight is an example I ate 9oz of beef... who needs that? I lost just under 2lbs this week and I really need to be at a solid 2lbs per week to reach my goal and I'm eating too much on the regular to do that. Do I quit cooking for them? Re... Mon, 18 Feb 2019 22:32:35 EST Feeling urge to binge! Hi. <BR> <BR> I've had a terrible week of eating which has triggered my binge eating disorder. Today I feel very discouraged and it's all I can do not to snack and stuff my face. My urge to binge is very strong. Any help is appreciated! <BR> <BR> Thank you! Mon, 18 Feb 2019 12:48:54 EST Mad at myself I've done the best at counting calories this past week as I have in my whole adult life. Today I went over 300-400 calories. I'm really disappointed in myself. I had to eat out and was on the road for basketball. Tomorrow, I'm in a gym all day for volleyball and I will have to really be diligent to pack healthy snacks. I know what to do, I just need to do it. Bananas to the rescue. LOL Sat, 16 Feb 2019 21:43:19 EST Not sure about my heart Well, things were going good for me so I should have known. Tuesday morning my blood pressure started going up (I've been having BP problems since last year. I kept asking my doctor for bp meds but she kept saying no because it went down at home. Was always high in her office) and by evening it was 198/84. I went by ambulance to the ER. In the ambulance my bp was 220/108. It went down to 161 over something by the time I left the ER a few hours later. They did blood work, EKG and said my heart... Sat, 16 Feb 2019 09:21:57 EST Help-hurt knee, so can only do upper body I have an event coming up and need to (1) strengthen my core, (2) biceps/triceps and <BR> <BR> 3) back especially mid to upper back. What simple exerc can I do at home with free weights. Thank you! Sun, 10 Feb 2019 13:39:52 EST Diet and Exercise are on, Results are not...:-( Hey hope this is the right section to post this in. <BR> <BR> I’m a big guy, I’m 44 now, and Ive always lifted weights and always been a bigger heavier guy in general. My ideal weight actually tends to be aroun 260lb which I was about 6-7 years ago and I was super fit. Currently I am weighing 324lb. <BR> <BR> Over the last few years though Ive dropped in consistency and diet and overall movement each day. But a couple months ago I was finally able to get a better job with less hours and a c... Thu, 7 Feb 2019 15:01:56 EST I'm stuck! I started my new lifestyle on 11/27/2018. I am down 19 lbs! The only problem is I have been down 19 lbs for a week now. The pound before I was down for 2 weeks before I hit -19. I went from losing a pound every 2-3 days and now it's every 1-2 weeks. What is going on? (btw I eat 1,000 cal a day, do 16/8 fasting, and ride 21 miles on setting 4 at 13-14 mph every night) Tue, 5 Feb 2019 14:59:17 EST I have a serious issue!!! My food intake is out of control! I have gained back everything I have lost and I feel like I am eating myself to death! I am at my heaviest weight and feeling so disgusting!!! I can't stand the site of my body! Sun, 3 Feb 2019 00:22:12 EST So much harder over 40 January goals: <BR> Stopped drinking alcohol-met <BR> Stopped eating chocolate-met <BR> Stopped drinking diet coke (big trigger for sweets for me)-met <BR> Reduce eating out-ate out 2x <BR> Continue jogging 3x per week-met, increased speed and time over the month <BR> add strength training-met <BR> Yoga class 1x per week-met <BR> <BR> Pounds lost-0 <BR> inches lost-0 <BR> <BR> I legit cried this morning. So disappointed. Thu, 31 Jan 2019 08:30:44 EST gained back the 1st pound I lost I was going strong. <em>318</em> Exercising everyday...eating right and then bam! I had one of my extra achy/pain all over day and sooooooooo tired. Then one of my cats allergies went into over drive so I "slept" last night on the roll away bed of torture. <em>102</em> Didn't get a lot of sleep last night so today is the 3rd day in a row that I haven't done any exercises and did very little cleaning. <em>24</em> Spent 3 days mostly sitting. On the good side of that I got my crochet... Wed, 30 Jan 2019 20:02:34 EST was down 2 pounds my weight was down 2 punds from new Year. But now 2punds are back.My life has many or rather several stresses but they are all in major areas of my life. <BR> <BR> I have to leave my home of 18 years because I called the county on some illegal and harmful asbestos abate ment . fought him with atty. Now I at least I can stay until I find a new place <BR> The trouble is rents have increased by two. hundred percentage i have a dog hard to find a pla <BR> ceLooking for part time job and aven... Tue, 29 Jan 2019 22:42:16 EST Back after a long absence Was up to 245 pounds 6 years ago, had gastric sleeve surgery in 2013 and was at 150 when I got married in June 2014. Everything was fantastic until I got hit by a car while walking in September 2015. Pain and surgery became my excuse and slowly the weight came back. I am now at 220, depressed and miserable and can't blame it on the accident anymore. Motivation is very hard to come by and my husband is no help at all. He's an eat and drink all he wants and never gain any weight kind of guy. I ... Tue, 29 Jan 2019 12:49:19 EST chocolate has taken me to the mat Seriously, how can a single food throw me down and stomp me? I found a box of chocolate turtles and it was like they were calling me. I thought one would be enough. Turned out I ate the whole box. The. Whole. Box. Feel physically ill and emotionally revolted. What it wrong with me that I can't put away foods I don't need to eat to live? I've wondered this for decades, and I'm at my 2nd highest weight ever. (sigh) Fri, 25 Jan 2019 01:07:31 EST Donuts are talking to me!! OMG! So frustrated! Nearly everyone in my office is trying hard to eat better and someone has brought in donuts! They are trying to be nice but it really isn't. It's actually mean. I brought in celery sticks and hummus to share. People, get a clue! Thu, 24 Jan 2019 15:26:31 EST It's Really Painful I am unable to fill my heartburn meds today (insurance) but the pain is keeping me on the path to bad eating. Any suggestions? Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:18:15 EST What is up with my weight?(Q about weighing yrslf) Can anyone out there explain "the scale"? <BR> How is it that I am six pounds heavier than when i was this morning when i weighed in? <BR> I literally only ate 800 calories up to now and drank 32 ozs of water and am peeing like crazy! <BR> <BR> I feel like giving up (again!) Tue, 8 Jan 2019 16:07:48 EST Stress and eating Hi everyone, <BR> I'm pretty new here. Mostly just lurk and read, but I think I need a bit of support. <BR> I know I stress-eat, and I have been working on combating that on a regular basis, but right now I have a pretty big stress that dropped into my life today. <BR> <BR> Long story in short: I live about a four-day drive from where I grew up (about four provinces apart), where my parents and sister still live. My sister has some pretty severe semi-mental health issues, which has forced he... Tue, 8 Jan 2019 14:45:38 EST Happiest of Holiday Seasons <BR> "Christmas Day is in our grasp - so long as we have hands to clasp." <BR> <BR> Welcome Christmas. <BR> <BR> Dr. Seuss <BR> <BR> Hope that you and your families will enjoy all things good this holiday season. Mon, 24 Dec 2018 18:51:18 EST Am I abnormal? Seems like many people stop eating or eat only very little when they are in a crisis. For me it's the opposite: I have a very hard time to limit the amount of food I eat when I go through very tough times. <BR> Am I abnormal? Why do I want to eat eat eat and give in to temptations when I grieve, while others eat less or not at all? <BR> And what to do about it? Sun, 16 Dec 2018 16:52:28 EST Food food food Well I am on this journey and I love it, I like the feeling of putting miles behind me, walking with the dogs and the feeling I get after a good weight lifting session in. <BR> My problem, blinders every day I tell myself I NEED to start tracking my food better (or at all) and every day I neglect it? Hide from it? I am doing better with staying away from soda and fast food but i still tend to over eat. <BR> Why is it so challenging when other aspects are going so well? <BR> <BR> Fee... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 07:33:45 EST Too Stubborn? Last night was a disaster, I ate enough for 3-4 meals, and that was just dinner. Today I'm fighting the urge to just keep eating. I haven't done great, but there isn't any junk food in the house (and I'm not going out in the cold! lol thankfully) so it hasn't been awful either. <BR> <BR> I don't know how to get over my stubbornness. I will come home after a stressful workweek and want to just relax and eat and snack. I know in the end it only makes me feel worse; I've experienced that more t... Sat, 8 Dec 2018 16:33:21 EST Frustrated, I don't understand I joined spark people a LONG time ago. <BR> Back in 2010 I started to weigh my foods, and started working out 5-6 days a week. I ended up losing over 20 pounds and I maintained that for about 6+ years. <BR> in 2016 we decided to build our own house (husband is a builder) so for 1 year we worked our tails off building and I ended up losing another 10 pounds even though we were eating so much junk cause we didn't have a kitchen to cook in. It was crock pot, lots of takeout, electric skillet..... Fri, 7 Dec 2018 11:36:45 EST I NEED SUGAR!! So it is day two with cutting sugar from my diet I'm doing ok but I need something sweet and grapes aren't cutting it! I want a chocolate bar, a cake, or ice cream...even avocado pudding! As I'm writing this all I can think is "I want it all! all the chocolate sugary things!" And this is why I'm taking a break! But I need some suggestions on what can help ease the cravings? I'm in desperate need of some new ideas!!! Sun, 2 Dec 2018 21:06:34 EST Sooooo upset!!!! Yesterday, they switched dialysis machines on me, to the machine next to mine. The old lady who sits there always gets severe leg cramps toward the 3rd hour, so they are experimenting whether us switching machines would make us fare better. <BR> <BR> I have no problem with the machine I am usually assigned to. I was a bit apprehensive but I complied. <BR> <BR> BIG MISTAKE!!! My bp kept dropping, so they had to give me tons of saline, TWICE. Then I couldn't even finish the 4 hours, I had to ... Sat, 1 Dec 2018 00:00:06 EST panic I think I am going crazy. Panic attack big time! Sat, 24 Nov 2018 15:03:06 EST No thirst Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm sure I am not the only person with this problem. Since I have been a child, I have little thirst. The only time I have thirst is when I sweat during exercise. Other than that I have a really hard time drinking 8-10 cups of fluid of any sort daily. Does anyone have any tips that would help? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 27 Oct 2018 20:01:40 EST Afraid to get on scale On July 8th I began an exercise regimen - 50 minutes (3 miles) on the treadmill 6 days a week. I've been successful at keeping that regimen and have also found that because of the work I'm doing - I'm eating better so as not to sabotage any good weight results. <BR> Hence my problem. The last time I got on the scale (about 10 days ago) - I'd lost nothing. I would like to lose 60 pounds - which would put me at still overweight by BMI standards - but not by much. I am 52 and a woman so I know ... Mon, 1 Oct 2018 11:32:35 EST words "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but, words will never hurt me." <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, we know this NOT to be true. I am heartbroken & trying to unhear some very unkind words. <BR> Wed, 11 Apr 2018 03:42:43 EST