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    Welcome to SparkPeople!! This is a wonderful site with so many resources like articles, trackers, and community SparkTeams to help give you support and keep you motivated. See how many SparkPoints you can get each day and this will help you find and use many of the tools of the site. Best of luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle!

    Yes, I deal with depression and emotional eating, too.

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    2921 days ago
  • v no profile image TINKERTOY11
    Hi There, have to say I am a newbie to this site only written a few on the message boards but your topic made me want to reply...but I will tell you what really helps me.. Think positive as hard as it may seem you have to talk to yourself .Read positive things such as a book by JACK CANFIELD who is amazing called Life Lessons for Mastering the Law of Attraction this book really is life changing also the movie THE SECRET you need Positive energy around you . As silly as it may sound tell yourself every night before you go to bed and when you wake up that you are beautiful and grateful and you love your life... Trust me your mind starts to believe it say it every day and one day you will wake up and you are going to love life Please do this it helped me its now something I do everyday, because 1 year ago I really didnt like me and now I have grown to love me! wishing you beautiful thoughts!!!
    2922 days ago
  • v RUTHEY01
    emoticon Vinayangel!

    I agree with the advice you received from Ragamuffinkel. Spark People is a great place for encouragement on your journey to a healthy eating lifestyle. I don't use the "D" word. It makes me think of something that I have to do not something I want to do.

    I had 45 pounds to loose 2 1/2 years after I quit a 40 yeas smoking habit. My food tasted so good after my "dead" taste buds had a resurrection emoticon that I overate without thinking about it. I went from a size 10 to a 16 (or 1X). emoticon I am now back into a 12 that fits a little loose or a 10 that fits a little tight. I use the scales just for changing my weight status that is posted on my SparkPage. I gauge my weight loss on how my clothes fit. Getting rid of too big clothes is a must for me. That way I can't think, "I'll hang on to this, just in case I gain weight again". I did that in the past and sure enough, the pounds came back.

    If you hit a plateau, where you seem to be stuck at one weight for weeks, don't get discouraged. If you add exercise to healthy eating, you may be taking off fat and adding muscle. And muscle weighs more than fat. I learned that from personal experience.

    Again, welcome to SparkPeople. Enjoy your new journey. We are all here for you.

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    2922 days ago
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    emoticon on posting to the message boards. It is an excellent way to get the help and support you need for the journey! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    I have found that daily interaction on SP has helped me overcome some of the lethargy and isolation of depression. There are several teams for individuals with Depression and I would encourage you to check them out.
    Some additional thoughts and suggestions as I say emoticon to Spark People.
    emoticon This sight has so much to offer! One of the easiest ways to learn a lot about what it has to offer is to go to your "My SparkPoints" tracking Page. Next to each opportunity to earn Sparkpoints there is a link that will take you to the place on the site that helps you complete the task. Some are one time opportunities, others are daily tasks. Complete as many tasks as possible per day.
    emoticon don't emoticon to the temptation of making the journey all about the numbers. It is not about pounds taken off or inches trimmed, it is all about creating a healthier and more fit you. emoticon
    emoticon Be on the lookout for the many, many, many non-scale non-tape measure victories you will achieve. Feeling healthier, breathing easier, enjoying activities that were once a drudgery, trying something new and enjoying it, choosing a healthy snack versus an unhealthy option, choosing a less than healthy food option over a decadent food option! The possibilities for non-scale victories are ENDLESS. emoticon
    Some things to remember: emoticon drink plenty of water every day!
    emoticon sleep well, it is probably more important than you know. emoticon healthier every day. emoticon Don't go the way of total deprivation, it is apt to set you up for failure and a binge that will leave you feeling devastated. Look for opportunities to emoticon every day. emoticon when you need to --it is healthier than emotional eating! Find ways to emoticon emoticon emoticon exercise that you ENJOY. The right form of exercise is the one you can stick with regularly!!! Something else may burn more calories in a shorter time, but if it makes you give up you won't burn any calories! emoticon
    emoticon MAKE EVERY STEP COUNT. Even steps that seem to move you backwards or to the side have a purpose. Sometimes it is just to get another look at something you passed by without noticing.
    Perhaps most importantly from my perspective DON’T LOSE weight or inches…TAKE THEM OFF, emoticon KICK THEM TO THE CURB. You aren’t interested in FINDING them again. GET RID OF THEM through hard work, determination, accountability, whatever it takes!!!
    Finally, join teams, make friends, encourage others, be encouraged, take challenges, write out SMART goals regularly and track! Track! TRACK!!! It will help with both accountability and motivation, and You will be glad you did!!!
    Feel free to stop by my page, let me know if there is anything I can do to help you in the journey!
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    2922 days ago
  • v TWEETYKC00
    Welcome to the Dog Lovers Team! We are glad to have you here and we can't wait to get to know you better. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to let us know.

    2922 days ago