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3/10/10 11:36 A

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Hi everyone! i am new to this group so just saying hello. i have had problems with depression since 2003. it comes and goes, just when i think i've beaten it for ever i start to feel lousy again. trying to loose weight, know it wont cure my depression but it will be one less thing to worry about. glad to have found this site, i'm sure it will be a massive help to me!

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3/9/10 8:23 P

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Hi, my name is Amanda and I am a 21 year old college student. I just joined a few days ago and I am absolutely loving it, as it provides an outlet for my obsessive compulsive tendencies lol. I have anxiety disorder an am bipolar and as a part of my disorder, I suffer from depression. I have been seen by psychologists as well as psychiatrists and for the most part have the emotional end of it under control but struggle with weight as a part of it as well.

Most of my weight has been gained in the past year or two between several different psychotrophic medications and three different birth controls for my ovarian cysts. The medications that I required for both of these issues all came with the big stamp on it that says major weight gain is a side effect. My biggest struggle with depression is in relation to weight loss because it all came on as a result of me trying to get myself healthier overall and now I feel stuck trying to backtrack and take the weight off, while feeling like I am willing to forego health in other areas because I get so overwhelmed by it.

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Hi. My name is Sherry and I am new to SparkPeople. I joined for the weight loss support, but was pleased to find a community for people dealing with depression. I've been struggling with a serious bout of depression for the last two years and finally sought help last September. As a result of the depression, I've gained almost fifty pounds. My psychiatrist tells me he thinks I'm one of a small number of people who don't respond to medication, but we're still trying to find something that will work. I know once I feel better physically I will feel better mentally, though, so it's time for me to make that a priority. I'm looking forward to achieving my goal and meeting some great people.

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Welcome, PATTIJ496! Despite the medical issues, you have a great exercise plan in place. You can do this despite the setbacks with the meds. If you need anything, feel free to ask.

Welcome, CAI23RO. I am so, so sorry for all your heartache. While it may feel like you are all alone in your depression and troubles, know that this team is behind you and will be your safe place to fall. We are here for you through anything life hands you.

Welcome, CARMICAL21. You may be stuck in a rut and wearing so many different hats (sometimes at the same time), but you too are not alone. We are here for you and more than willing to be a sounding board or a place to celebrate your successes! Let us know what you need.

Welcome, ELISGALLANT aka Elisabeth. You may feel alone in all your troubles, but you no longer need to be. This team is made up of people who understand the ins and outs of depression and are willing to extend themselves to help others. We are here for you.

Welcome, HEALTHYDIANAMB. I just wanted to thank you for your kind words to Elisabeth not only are they good for her, but for all those out there that are reading this thread but not posting. Thank you for remind all of us that we have a purpose and that together we can succeed.

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Hi Elisabeth!I wanted to send you a Sparkful welcome and encouragment!I am a mom of a 19year old freshman college student and I can understand how tuff college can be!Brieanna(daughter)has a boyfriend and she puts college first and of course him second!Only a few have the gift to accomplish what you have,you should be very proud of yourself,I am proud and I bet your family is to!You Go Girl!You hang in there you are almost there kiddo!I can relate as I too suffer from many mental health condititions;Anxiety,Depression to name a few and really haven't found the magic pill to end these conditions,just help me manage(a bandage)only.I believe things happen for a purpose,not always understood at first,but we all were put here for an important purpose! Move foward gear and keep heading forward even if you get sidetracked,keep Sparkin'!When the going gets tough,go to SparkPeople we are here! Best to you! Hugs,Diana emoticon Yes U Can!

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3/9/10 1:36 A

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Hi all, my name is Elisabeth. I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder a couple of years ago now but have been dealing with depression as long as I can remember. I have a problem always waiting for the next event in my life and never being happy with where I am at. Right now I am waiting for my school semester to be over, to move out of a bad roommate situation, and to be done dealing with my last relationship so that I can move on. I am a Master's student right now and am struggling to find the motivation to keep up with all my assignments that are stacking up right now.

The worst part of my last relationship ending is that he was the one who got me to seek help for my anxiety, that period of my life is one of the few times I wasn't depressed and not only that happy with where I was and where my life was headed. Now I am just lonely and feeling lost. The last time I had a really bad depressive episode was also after a relationship ending and so while I have my therapist and psychiatrist and am on a new medication (my last one caused a lot of my current weight gain) I guess I just need some extra support and a place to vent right now.

Anyhow, that's my current story hopefully others are in a better place than I am right now, I'll see you all around!

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3/9/10 12:40 A

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Wow! I think your post just described MY LIFE! lol I TOTALLY understand what your going through as far as being in depression and I can relate to not doing anything anymore but work sleep and EAT! I HATE IT! I used to be a very happy person as well. And up until I had my second son I was happy. But I went through a ton of life changing things in just a few years and these things are things that normal people do in a life time or at least in ten year span lol. Anyways I am now just stuck in this runt and can't get back out. It's very hard to be a mom, student, employee and girlfriend (oh while also an ex wife) at only 21 years old and feeling sooo alone. Its tough but I know eventually I can be the person i used to be. You can as well. :) Well if you ever want to chat send me a message i'll listen lol

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3/9/10 12:20 A

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Hi Cairo, Just wanted to welcome you and let you know that I will be praying for you! I am saddened to hear that in your short life, you have already had to deal with so many things. However, the fact that you are able to "talk" about your problems shows that you are on the right track! emoticon

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3/7/10 9:03 P

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Dear Cairo, I'm very sorry you've had such a difficult life, much more than any young girl should have to go through. Maybe a therapist could help you work out your problems, and help you get past it all so that you can move on and create a good life for yourself.

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3/7/10 8:41 P

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Hi my name is Cairo. I have had problems with depression all my life. I'm only 18 years old but I have dealt with raising my brother and sister, rape, lack of self confidence, manipulation from my mother, my parents getting divorced, and so much more...

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3/7/10 8:14 P

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Welcome! It's good to have you here.

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Welcome!

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Hi, I'm new and am trying to lose the last 50 pounds I have to go to get to my ideal weight. I have had depression for 29 years, it goes along with my fibromyalgia that I have had for that long. I do well until I get used to the medicine I'm on and it stops working for me, then the world goes crazy. I can't do many exercises so I make sure I walk every day and go up and down the stairs at least 10 times a day. I also swim when I can get there.

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Welcome, WH1SKEY aka Nicole. I commend you on all the work you are doing to take care of yourself. This team and site will only compliment all your efforts. The team is supportive, motivating and very caring. Please do not be afraid to ask for what you need.

Welcome, CALLIOPE_MUSIC. You are so NOT alone. Your words sum up so many people on this team. From the emotional eating, to the anxiety/depression and even to the eating disorders. The most important thing I can offer to you is to make sure your doctor knows about your weight loss/exercise plans. With the imbalances and issues surrounding the eating disorders, this is crucial. Thankfully you have a very supportive and loving man and now you also have this team. If you ever need anything please ask.

Welcome back, HEATHYDIANAMB aka Diana. I am glad to hear that you are in contact with your doctor regarding the medical issues. I am also congratulating you on realizing that you need to start with baby steps. At least for me, I have gotten overwhelmed in the past by setting too lofty goals and not realizing that I needed to start slow and small and in the end, I simply threw up my hands and quit! Keep us posted if you need anything along the way!

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Hi I am a new again member of SP!I am ready to try again!This time I am going to work on my goals in small baby steps and learn to love myself and except I am a work in progress! I have heart health issues that handicapp my excercising and cardio abilities,it's not that I can't,I just have to go until out of breath which is about 10min.of walking.I am awaiting some heart tests results that will hopefully clarify better what I can and shouldn't do. I also have mental health issues,depression and a few other things I deal with! I am currently taking more meds.than I would like to and have not found the right medicine to help with the mental illnesess I have. I also am going towards menapause,fun,fun LOL! I have had weight issues since having 3 children and not working that baby fat off,so times 3=being unhealthy due to weight and not excercising enough! I hope to meet other SP that can help me on my journey to a better me! Diana emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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3/6/10 11:12 P

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Hello everyone! Here’s my story.

I’ve always been overweight. Well, when I was born I was a skinny thing, but by the time I was 6, I was pretty chubby…and tall. Ever since then, I’ve generally been the tallest AND the biggest. I was also that kid that would have rather stayed in the library reading a book than play outside at lunch time. I think a lot of it has to do with my family; my mother, whom I spent the majority of my life growing up with, is the same way. We also didn’t have money for team sports, like soccer or little league, so I generally stayed in and read. At least it made me smart!
Fourth and fifth grade were really when the kids started getting mean. I also developed some pretty severe anxiety (looking back now I can recognize it) and used food to cope with it. In fact, I used food for everything – happy, sad, upset, whatever. I am most definitely an emotional eater and am trying hard to work on that.
Let’s skip ahead to high school. I still got made fun of but not nearly as much. I got involved in sports (track, tennis, basketball) and continued to be the biggest and the slowest, but I did have fun. I still like to play a pickup game of ball if I have a chance! I went to boarding school as well and went swimming nearly every morning.
College. I don’t remember really having issues in college. Living on a meal plan was hard but I managed to do it without gaining too much weight.
Graduate school was really when things fell apart for me. I moved to a city that I didn’t like (and still live in…hmm). My schoolwork was not all that challenging, so I didn’t spend much time on it. Instead I made a lot of good friends, but they were of course all skinny, gorgeous, etc. and I stuck out like a sore thumb. I developed depression/body image issues, social anxiety, and general unpleasantry. I tried desperately to find someone who would “love” me, but to no avail. This depressed me even further, and I ended up convincing myself that the only way that I would be attractive would be if I was a stick. Enter disorganized eating patterns, excessive exercise, starvation, purging. Yep, an eating disorder. I ended up losing 40 pounds in about 3 months, but in the process almost got sent to a partial hospitalization program for eating disorders. I then got a job as a nanny for the summer and gained all my weight back. I was just exhausted from trying so hard. Still depressed, still anxious, but not as bad. I don’t really know what happened, to be honest.
Second year of graduate school I met the most amazing man in the entire world. I plan on marrying him and he constantly tells me how beautiful and amazing I am and is incredibly supportive throughout this weight loss journey. I graduated, got a job that I hated, got more depressed/gained and lost the same 10 lbs over and over again. I quit my job and am now at a mediocre one, but it (mostly) pays the bills.
I don’t know what’s going on now. I am stressed, depressed, anxious, and making a conscious effort to be mindful of my eating. I joined Weight Watchers on January 3 and have lost about 17 lbs since then, mainly through diet because I rarely have time to exercise (I know I need to fix this). However, the depression and stress is making me fall back into my disordered eating patterns and I get nervous about this. I am seeing a therapist but so far, not much help. I will keep you all updated though.
I am just done. I am tired of being the fat girl, tired of being stared at and feeling inadequate, and tired of not doing what I want to do. I want to be healthy enough to have babies with no complications, and that is part of my motivation. I want to be the girl that I feel that I am inside – confident and beautiful, inside and out!
Thanks for all the support I get here!


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3/6/10 10:51 P

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Hiya, my name is Nicole and I am new(of course lol). I joined this time to have help with my ADHD, Clinical Depression, Anxiety and Borderline Personality Disorder(all diagnosised by a psychologist). I see a therapist about every week(she rocks) and I am unmedicated. I've tried the different meds(oh so many) and none helped. I refuse to try any ADHD meds, the side effects are too scary. I've done quite a bit of research and started taking B-6 and Magnesium along with my other vitamins. I'm hoping this will help me. I know that support helps a lot as well. I hope that I can lend support as well to you! Thanks all and God bless! Oh and I also quit drinking pop. I noticed that when I drank it my moods and mood swings were so much worse. I'm hypoglycemic, so the constant up and down from the sugar was killing me! I highly recommend not drinking it.

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Welcome, RACHELLYBELLY aka Rachelle/Shelly. You have joined a great site to help you achieve your goals. There is so much information and support here on both this team and SP as a whole that one can easily become overwhelmed. Feel free to ask for whatever you need or any questions you might have. It is an honor to walk this journey with you.

Welcome, JULSDRAGON aka Juls. Never, ever give up on your hopes and dreams. While the only person we can control is ourselves the decisions we make can affect other people's lives. It is kind of like a mobile above a child's crib. If you add weight to one of the items, in order to stay balanced the rest of the items have to adjust. By seeking counseling, doctor's assistance with your depression or a healthier exercise/food routine , you are changing the relationships between you and your loved ones. So often while you change for the better, they will follow. Hang in there and keep pushing towards your goals!

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3/6/10 2:16 P

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Hi! My name is Juls. I'm 21, and trying to lose weight and get in shape for life and for my wedding in 5 months. I study psychology, about to get my BA. I suffer from stress, anxiety, and intermittent depression, although none of it has been officially diagnosed (due to denial that strikes roughly the day before any appointments I make). I can't get myself close enough to a practitioner to get diagnosed! I'll get there eventually, though. My record is two sessions with a psychotherapist, before he got in a car accident and had to cancel on me.

I do know - most days - that I have a problem. It runs in my family, and my mother is also undiagnosed, although she is in much worse shape than I am. I initially started studying psychology because I thought I'd be able to help her. Of course we know we can only help those who want to be helped. I've about given up, and I'm now watching my family slowly fall apart.

I do the whole emotional and stress eating thing, I project my insecurities on others, and sometimes have anxiety attacks caused by those projections. I'm glad to find a support group that can understand these feelings though. :)



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3/5/10 10:00 P

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hi :) my name is rachelle(shelly as ppl like to call me) and im 19 and from canada. ive been struggling with weight ever since i can remember and i think i have the will power now to do sumthing about it. my weight has been the number 1 cause of my depression. i want to be able to lose the weight so i can become an overall, happy joyful person :)

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emoticon , DECAPITRON aka Travis. I am so sorry for your loss. The death of a parent is never easy and must have been even more difficult since it was during your teen years which can be a tough time in itself. The good news is you have joined a team that is compassionate, motivational and willing to walk with you on your journey to a healthier you. If you need anything at all, please feel free to ask.

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3/4/10 2:35 A

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Howdy, I am Travis a 24 y/o cashier from California. Capricorn/Ox so I REAL am thick-headed. That's probably what got me started on this path. Raised poor, but not too bad. It was never like we didn't have anything to eat. Seen my share of deaths, both family and friends. The whole turning point was probably when my mother died, when I was 12. After that I just stopped caring about things. School, sports, friends. It's not hard to see how I went from a very fit and thin boy to an obese teenager by 14. All that is in the past now. I am tired of letting the past control my life, I am ready to step into the future, the new me.

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Thank you :)

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Welcome, XIERAJAY. I know you said you will keep your venting to your blog, feel free to vent on any of our threads. We are here to support you in the good and bad alike and that is why this team is so successful. If you need anything give a holler.

Welcome, HNC1982 aka Heather. What a blessing you are to those 2 very special children. You have a rough road to haul especially being a single mother to boot! I am so glad you found this team and that you have started a treatment program. By doing so, you have given a gift not only to yourself, but also to these children. If you need anything, please ask.

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I will be working out at 4:oo a.m. so if I miss time on here I hope to see you again.

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Hello Heather,
That is an easy name for me remember because it my daughter's name. What a lucky girl you are and welcome to our team i am glad you joined and here's to hoping get to you better. I am not only depressed I also have bipolar disorder which only proves to be even more unstable but I am working on that sparks has help me to gain better footing and I know it will help you too.


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Hi, I'm Heather. I'm a new member here. I've been dealing with depression for quite awhile but only started getting treatment a few months ago. I'm a single mother of 2 special needs children, so I guess it goes with the territory. Trying to stay positive can be hard, but it's the only way to get through things I guess. Hope everyone is doing well.

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For your weight tracker go to you sparkspage and set up your weight tracker it is kind of a cool little thing.

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Well it would appear that is that time a night once again till to lay down and rest and get some much needed sleep I am looking forward to my work out day tomarrow as it is the day of the week that I enjoy the most So let's move and keep it moving. Have a good good night see all in the a.m.

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Hey all, just wanted to introduce myself. Don´t worry if I disappear on you for a while, I haven´t really gotten into the habit of checking in regularly. But
I´ll get there. I have been told that I give good pep talks, so hopefully I can help some of you out someday. And I would greatly love to vent, although I will keep the serious venting to my blog, I promise.
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PS, where do you guys get those cool little weight tracker thingies you have at the bottom of your posts. I would LOVE one!!! Thanx

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emoticon new members. We are so happy to have you on the journey with us!

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Welcome to SP and the team, DMICHELLEF. As you said, you do indeed have a lot of stressors on your plate. The great part about this team is since we have members worldwide you can vent here 365/24/7. We truly are a caring bunch of people who are honored to walk the journey with you.

Welcome to the team, SAGE150. Isn't it amazing just how small the world really is? I can identify with both you and Dmichellef is so many ways. As the saying goes, "no man is an island." We are in the world together to share "our stories, struggles and successes" in your wise words. Let us know if we can be of help.

Welcome, HELLIWILY. I love your mantra "If Rose can do it, so can I." Many times when we look at another's life we see just how blessed our own lives really are. It is in that courage we find our inner strength and our ability to overcome. Thanks for reminding all of us that while we need one another for support and care (i.e. this team, family and friends), we also need to find our own inner strength and build up that as well. When we combine the two, we truly are invincible.

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You sound like a very strong woman. Some people have trouble just doing one of the things you have to do! When I was in university and a single mom I used to get through the hard times by looking at another single mom in residence but she had triplets! I'd say to myself, "If Rose can do it, so can I!" I think you could be my new Rose! Courage, chin up, walk on...
I'm new here too.

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Dear DMICHELLEF,

I have, at one time or another, found myself dealing with all of the disorders you mentioned. I just joined this site today myself but, after having read a bit of blogs, I already feel very welcome here and I hope you do, too.

I look forward to sharing our stories, struggles, and successes.
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3/1/10 10:10 P

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Hi. I have been a SparkPeople member for a bit, but have just gotten into the habit of logging in daily and joining teams. I fight numerous things on a daily basis. I am 35, a single mom of a beautiful 8 year old daughter, and I also take care of my 60+ parents both of whom are disabled for various reasons. I am currently unemployed because I got layed off last year, and I was a full-time student. I had to take off last semester. Besides that I battle with anorexia, bulimia, and bipolar disorder along with anxiety and panic attacks. Yes I have a lot on my plate. It is no wonder I am stressed out and depressed one week and full of energy the next. Anyway, I am hoping that this year turns around for me and I am trying to get my life together. I am hoping I can vent my feeling to some of you and even that some of you can understand what I am going through. Thanks. emoticon

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Dear KELPIE57,
I have always been very athletic and very active throughout my life...except when plagued by depression. I went for years not being able to exercise because of my depression. I think what changed was that I just kept trying to actually walk out the door. I had to break it down to "walking" up and down the stairs to do laundry. At another point I "walked" to the car to get something out of it. Another day I "walked" to the rental office (which is only a block away) to pay the rent. Another day I "walked" to the closest big blue postal mail box. If I was thinking about it as in doing chores instead of "walking"--which held too much pressure and too high risk of failure of execution--then I seemed to start to have a little bit of success where for years I had almost had little to none at all. I had to break it down into baby steps and to be kind and gentle to myself, let it happen when it is going to happen and not feel like a failure if you do not end up being able to exercise today or the next day. Every time depression completely whacks me down for a period of several weeks, I have to start with the basics again and then build upon my successes. My mantra every day that really helps in general with everything but also helps me to remember to be gentle with myself is, "Today, I am going to be good to myself."

Incidently, my doctor waited to tell me this until after I had been able to exercise for awhile. He said that with my condition, manic depression, the people he sees who have the most success in managing their symptoms are those that exercise and that they usually have to exercise a lot more than just a person who wants to stay in decent health. Manic depression is own individual monster so I don't know if that applies to uni-polar depression or not, but I have found what he said to be true with regards to my symptoms. Relax. You will be able to when you are able to. Do something else in the meantime and give yourself the break you deserve.

Hope you feel better tomorrow,
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Welcome to both SP and the team, AZBADBABS. You have just introduced yourself to a compassionate team that is here to walk this entire journey with you. You are definitely no longer alone on your quest for a healthier lifestyle. If you have any questions, feel free to give a holler.

Welcome to the team, KELPIE57. Exercise is indeed a great offset for many health issues including depression. However with that being said, have you discussed both your depression and your desire to lose weight with a doctor? The medical field has so many options to help you get back on your feet with or without medication. However, whatever you decide, know that this team is here for you.

Welcome to the team and to SP as a whole, TWIGGEA aka Erin. With your drive, Erin, you will succeed. The beauty of this site is that it challenges us to change our lifestyle in both food and exercise choices, but also the way we look and speak about ourselves. You are indeed ready for this journey!

Welcome to the team, COUNTRY-MAMA aka Amy! You have joined a team that understands the effects of depression and is willing to extend themselves to assist others. If you need anything at all, just ask. There are so many members on this team that you will surely get a response.

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Welcome new members!!! emoticon ..this is an awesome team where you can vent, cry, pray and just share your news. The people on here are just awesome and caring!!!

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Hi. My name is Amy and I'm new to this team. I've been on Spark for about 8 months and found this team just the other day. I battle depression and anxiety daily...I am hoping this team will help me.

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Hi, my name's Erin, I just joined SP on Friday, I think? I've been dealing with depression for most of my life, and in the last 4 years or so it has started really affecting me physically. I've gained about 50 pounds and am done with that! I'm ready for a change! I know I have to change myself both physically and mentally if I want it to last, so here I am.

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Hello, I'm trying to cope with an upsurge in the depression that has been plaguing me for longer than I like. My dear long suffering bf thinks I need to get out of my head, and into my body, through exercise. He can't understand how I am stuck and unable to "do" what I know is best for me. I'm sure that all of us "know" what to do. For me, I am searching for the missing link that puts the two together. Some of the earlier posts I read seem to bear this out.
My goal is to exercise, and deal with the demons that way. It would be good to hear if that has worked for others.
Oh, and I blogged recently on the depression, if anyone wants to see how I am living it at the moment. And trying to use humour (yep, UK English) to deal with it.



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Hello - I have been with SP for about 4 days now and am trying to get in the groove of everything. I used to be somewhat of a happy person until various things hit me all at once and my life crumbled before me. This is what let me in to a deeper depression than I was already dealing with. Hopefully by reading the teams messages I will be able to realize that I am not alone in this so called world we live in.

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Welcome to the team and to SP, GRANDMACHRIS77 aka Chris. I am so happy that you found SP and this team. There is no shame here. We are here to help each other become healthier, to offer compassion, strength, motivation and care. You are among the ranks who understand depression and are working on a daily basis to beat it. Know that together, this journey is much more manageable.

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Welcome Grandmachris77. You'll find lots of support here.

"Promise you will always remember: you are braver than you believe you are, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think."

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Hi, I recently had a breakdown, ashamed of my weight gain and the lame excuses that got me here. This is my quote for the week of the breakdown..."you don't know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice" --unknown Stick with it each day, it is very hard but we are stong. Chris

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I am a new SP person and have dealt with mild depression for 25 years...My doctor has been on my case to lose weight for a number of conditions related to obesity and couldn't understand why a smart woman like I am (his words) can't lose weight. So he sent me to counseling and after only 2 visits I had a big breakdown. My excuses sounded so lame, I was so ashamed. Plus I had just had a total hip replacement, so hadn't been sleeping. Am on more meds and trying to go to bed at a more regular time. I always do for others and leave myself for last...now I want to change that! Chris

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Welcome to the team, CALLMEMUNCHY! I am so happy that you have caught the weight gain and have chosen to do something about it. You will make your goals. How do I know? Because you are starting off with such a great attitude. You state "it's about changing my lifestyle." The beauty of SP is it is about changing your lifestyle and learning new habits with the support of friends/SP friends. If you fiancé is anything like my DH, then he may just jump on the bandwagon as he sees you become more fit and trim. Remember, though, the decision is ultimately his so if he chooses not to join you on this journey, you can still do it for yourself. As for this team, we are a compassionate bunch who understands self-esteem issues, the ins and outs of depression and the need for support and care. All you need to do is ask for what you need via the threads or through SP mail. We are here for you for the long-haul!

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My name is Shannon and I'm 19. As my profile says, I went to the doctor a few weeks ago and found out that I'm 70 pounds over weight! I could have cried. With every thing that has happened in my life lately, I knew I had gained weight. But, I didn't think I had gained 50 pounds! It took me less than 1 year to destroy myself physically, mentally, and emotionally. I have no self-esteem, I have literally hated myself for a long time, and I don't like the way I seem to not care about my health. For me, this isn't about losing weight, it's about changing my life style. And it's not just about me, but also about my fiance who is pre-hypertension and is 100 pounds over weight. I want to motivate him by losing my 70 pounds like I'm supposed to! And that's what led me here. Ultimately, I need a supportive group that will keep me on track. Not just with my weight but with my depression and my self-esteem. I want to be happy, healthy, beautiful, and love myself.

"We're all a little weird, and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love." --Anonymous


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Welcome back to SP and to the team, SPRACKALICIOUS. You are definitely right. Things will get better if you can hang in there in long enough. This team is great for support and compassion. Feel free to lean on us or vent with us. We are here for you. You are no longer alone.

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Hey! I'm new here :), as you can tell by the post on this thread, haha.

I kinda did this whole sparkpeople thing before (when I FIRST started gaining college weight) and well . . . it's all gone downhill.

A lot of horrible things have happened to me, and I haven't had the time (or want) to really deal with any of those things.

So I started a new sparkpeople :)
This time, it will work.

I believe that my life has HIT it's low, and there is nowhere to go but up right now. I am surrounded by people that care about me, and I know that things are going to be better.

I have never been officially diagnosed with depression, but I feel like the last three years of my life have been very bad. I feel like I've been really sad for a really long time, and I don't want to deal with it anymore. I want to be a part of this group because I want to fix whatever it is that is wrong with me, or at least to feel like I'm not the only one :S

Thanks everyone!

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