SparkPeople Staying Motivated Messageboard Do you need some instant inspiration or have a motivation strategy to share? Get helpful tips from other members and SparkPeople Coaches, or give some advice of your own. SparkPeople Staying Motivated Messageboard How does one stop noshing? Good news that's also bad news. I've learned to make amazing, 3-ingredient ice creams that need no churn. They're easy. <BR> <BR> It's bad news 'cause these are not low-cal. Heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, and cocoa powder. I've TRIED lo-cal desserts. I use Splenda. But we had to give up 2% milk and go back to whole. Hubby can't stand part-skim cheeses. <BR> <BR> And a host of financial and health issues have me depressed and totally noshing. I can't drive too often and in this town ... Thu, 5 Dec 2019 02:30:07 EST DECEMBER 2019-Gratitude, Appreciations-Post Here! <img src=""> <BR> Let December be a month of light and delight as we share 5 things that we appreciate each day. <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 30 Nov 2019 19:44:07 EST Beer and Motivation Having just 1 beer derails any productive plans I have for that day. <BR> <BR> So, I know if I have something to work on at home, I MUST do that before grabbing a beer (or glass of wine) <BR> <BR> I can't be the only one who's affected this way, can I? Thu, 28 Nov 2019 14:37:35 EST Light a Candle “Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.” - Ben Franklin <BR> <BR> SPARKPeople is that candle. <BR> <BR> ~~~ MAINTAINING PERSISTENCE ~~~ <BR> <BR> ...and having coffee. Good day all. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 27 Nov 2019 15:07:32 EST Happiness is... Post one way that you experience happiness. <BR> <BR> Feel free to come back and post again each day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 21 Nov 2019 03:18:46 EST Jealous Family Members and Gym Shaming Does anyone else get the impression their family members are jealous of them? I am 28 and live with my grandmother (and pay to live there!). I grew up with her but the first time I lost weight, she always made snide comments. Lately, she has made the following comments that suggest she is upset I go to the gym regularly (5x/week). <BR> <BR> "Don't eat so many black beans. It's unhealthy." [This one isn't gym related but this was some BS]. <BR> <BR> "To save on gas, you should go to the gym ... Mon, 11 Nov 2019 12:12:51 EST AFTER BARIATRIC SURGERY Hi I am Bj I had tried losing weight on my own, tried most weight loss programs.Gained the weight back. after surgery I lost 57lbs. need 62 to go to my first goal weight. Then I would like to lose another 40 lbs. Motivation is what i need. I have started to do chair exercises. This is day 1. I dont check into my computer daily so i will at least check once a week. thank you for listening and concern. Sun, 10 Nov 2019 18:58:48 EST Getting very frustrated I have been on enough "diets" to know that a plateau happens, but I have lost and gained the same pound for the last month - I have tried eating a little more, eating a little less and nothing seems to help. I should be over halfway to my goal weight by this time and I am not - stuck at losing only 5 pounds since the beginning of Sept. Can anyone offer any sort of advise? Fri, 1 Nov 2019 07:43:08 EST NOVEMBER 2019-Gratitude, Appreciations-Post Here! This is the place to share your appreciations, gratitudes and things that give you thankfulness. It is a positive way to start the day! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 5 a day is recommended <em>129</em> Thu, 31 Oct 2019 19:14:17 EST Losing motivation to lose weight Hey ! So I started my weight loss journey about 3 months ago. After some hiccups of ironing out my diet, I began working with a personal trainer three days a week and dropped about 3.5% BF and dropped to 192 pounds. The past one month, owing to work stress, moving out and a bunch of other factors, I stopped going to the gym and nearly put back on 5-6 pounds. I am stuck now, I am trying to get to 160 pounds by February in time for my wedding. Nowadays I am driven to so much of impulsive eating... Fri, 25 Oct 2019 15:25:54 EST Goals <img src=""> Sun, 20 Oct 2019 03:50:56 EST Pantry cleaning and calorie control This is probably a weird question, but I'm curious if it's impacted others. Feel free to move this to a different forum if this isn't the best place for it. <BR> <BR> I just came home from a vacation where I was a little enthusiastic with my spending, and decided that as part of making it up I'm challenging myself not to hit the grocery store until November 1 with just a couple of specific exceptions. My winter garden is just coming into its own, and I'm a stockpiler because I live in an ear... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 13:04:15 EST Looking for an accountability partner I am down 50lbs, feeling very motivated and positive. I still have under 100lbs left to lose before I am where I want to be. So, I would love to have someone I can text/email regularly to check on one another. I am married so no I am not looking for anything more than a SP Friend that maybe one day we will meet, who knows. I am in Florida but it does not matter to me where you are from. I would like to be pals with someone with the same goals as me...around the same weight. Anyways Comment be... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 21:14:05 EST October Opportunities Milestone hit first day on Medicare! How did I celebrate? Joined a gym! <BR> Have not been in a gym in close to 20 years but this is a new phase for me. <BR> Have been working on controlling my blood sugar and have made great progress with a change in diet but need to be more active. <BR> I also need ME time as a full time caregiver for both parents (dad has dementia). The stress has been rough on all of us - just learning to live in the same house and that loss of privacy and ... Tue, 1 Oct 2019 19:03:37 EST OCTOBER 2019-Gratitude, Appreciations-Post Here! <img src=""> <BR> Welcome to all who wish to share five things appreciated each day. <BR> Look forward to seeing the October awesomeness, large and small <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 30 Sep 2019 16:15:37 EST Share your Goals I have a goal of losing 10 pounds by Christmas! Thu, 26 Sep 2019 21:50:59 EST Knee issues :( Clinic called. No sign of tears, but LOTS of swelling. Keep the crutches longer and really rest, which I thought I was doing. Wants to see me in the clinic for a cortisone shot when I can get it scheduled. Guess the downstairs a bit longer for me. Knee issues stink!!! Fri, 20 Sep 2019 09:58:16 EST first week was okay My first week went okay. I stayed on track for 5 of the 7 days. Gotta start somewhere! Mon, 2 Sep 2019 07:31:12 EST SEPTEMBER 2019-Gratitude, Appreciations-Post Here! <img src=""> <BR> This is the place to post 5 things that are appreciated in your life...every day. <BR> It is one of the powerful ways to enrich and empower your life. <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 31 Aug 2019 13:43:37 EST Emotional Eating What are some strategies for overcoming emotional eating? I just started SparkPeople last week, but this week I have lost motivation. My husband is stressed about work, among other things, and he comes home cranky at everyone. This makes me want to eat. The kids are cranky, too, which makes me want to hide in my room and eat chocolate. What is the best way to deal with someone else's stress? Thank you! Tue, 27 Aug 2019 08:26:43 EST How is everyone doing today? <em>244</em> Mon, 26 Aug 2019 12:11:21 EST Motivated Sparks helps me to stay motivated. Thank you Sparks Sat, 24 Aug 2019 12:01:01 EST I haven't been to the gym in a week I was doing really well with going to the gym 4-5 days a week. I have anxiety and I really haven't gone anywhere in a week. I am having anxiety about leaving the house. Just sharing... Mon, 19 Aug 2019 10:45:08 EST Emotional eater needs help Well once again - I am allowing my feelings and emotions control how I eat. I do wish I came with a "OFF" switch - then I could just flip the switch and carry on. But I am human. I need to control what I can and let the rest go! This is so much easier said then done. I do think I am being more honest with myself to be more aware of these things. Now I just need to figure out how to be " in control " and not let them "control me". Because I AM an EMOTIONAL eater- I am a work in progress and ... Sun, 18 Aug 2019 13:17:20 EST motivation lacking so doing it but halfhearted I start with full zest but the moment i have a blip like an unexpected or unexplained gain or i stop losing i lose oomph and although i carry on cutting things out i don't track then i get angry that I'm not losing . I know this is my fault entirely and am being a pact to myself that next time i will get angry at no loss and go in harder instead of backing away. also as I am low carb i find it hard financially as pasta and rice are good cheap meals, I am on low carb for my epilepsy and every ... Fri, 9 Aug 2019 12:01:58 EST My Goals 1. My top goal is to walk 30 minutes 6 days a week. <BR> 2. I want to maintain the weight I am now. <BR> 3. I want to eat as healthily as possible. Tue, 6 Aug 2019 22:22:42 EST Need advice I am in cardiac therapy after having stent surgery and a small heart attack. I go 3 times a week. It is straight up 1 hour a day cardio. It has been awesome. I am now supposed to workout an additional 3 times a week at home. My problem is, I have 3 kids, a husband, need to prepare heart healthy meals and work full time. I have been working out the 6 times that I am supposed to, but I am exhausted. I mean to the point that I am falling asleep at my desk. Preparing and cooking meals, wo... Tue, 6 Aug 2019 10:56:52 EST What Motivates you to check in with SP every day? Do you check in with SP every day? What motivates you? <BR> <BR> I'll start: I check in with SP every day because I'm HUNGRY :) :) <BR> <BR> (The meal plan is here; if I want to eat, I need to know what's on the plan for that meal.) <BR> <BR> Twenty days so far! Woot! Sat, 3 Aug 2019 06:24:44 EST Just told someone "I'm on a diet" #facepalm So the guys are work are all getting Subway and asked what they could get for me. I declined politely stating that "I'm on a diet". As the words came out my mouth, I was like "What? No! I'm NOT! I'm changing my lifestyle and improving my health!' <BR> <BR> But how do you say that to a colleague at work who wants to buy you a sub sandwich? <BR> <BR> I have YET AGAIN fallen off the wagon and gained back weight. My health, fitness and self-esteem are not in a great place, but I've YE... Thu, 1 Aug 2019 03:29:04 EST AUGUST 2019-Gratitude, Appreciations-Post Here! “No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.” – Alfred North Whitehead <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is the place to share five things that you appreciate every day! <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 31 Jul 2019 19:17:42 EST Help I need to Re-motivate I lost 30 lbs 2 years ago before college and now I gained it back ....:( How can I get back in without feeling so defeated to start. Mon, 29 Jul 2019 15:50:12 EST Need to get motivated to START Help! I just can’t seem to motivate myself to get started on my journey to health. I really need to take better care of myself. I need to move more, eat better, lose some weight! My blood sugars are creeping up into pre-diabetic range, my weight has climbed over 300 lb. I know what I need to do but I can never seem to make the good decisions. <BR> <BR> I am 53, mom to two boys 21/10. I enjoy going places and doing things but find my energy getting lower. Sun, 28 Jul 2019 11:23:54 EST Is it normal I'm starting my second week on SparkPeople. Is it normal to gain a pound or 2 the first week? I know I didn't make the best effort I could this week to lose weight. Mon, 22 Jul 2019 09:53:05 EST Discouraged I've been faithfully tracking my food, drinking lots of water, plus I've gone to the gym almost every day - 60 minutes on treadmill plus a few machines. Guess what? I gained weight! What the heck. I don't get it. Do you think I should cut down on carbs and eat more protein? Sat, 6 Jul 2019 11:03:41 EST . . Fri, 5 Jul 2019 09:59:30 EST Weight vs. Pant Size I am 5’3’’ and 316lbs, size 22. (Down from 340lbs, size 24). A friend of mine is 232lbs, size 22. How is this possible? That is an 84lb. difference! How do I weigh this much more than another person who is wearing the same size pants as me?! I have so many questions about if I should reset my goals and try harder. How do you stay motivated with information like that? Thu, 4 Jul 2019 17:10:10 EST Diet Pill Although effective for three months, my doctor took me off the diet pill for fear of addiction. I understand I could easily gain some or all of my weight back. Has anyone else here in this group been thru this also. Tue, 2 Jul 2019 21:28:04 EST Reminder <img src=""> Mon, 1 Jul 2019 06:24:35 EST JULY 2019-Gratitude, Appreciations-PlsPost Here! Joys for July are even more powerful when shared.. <BR> Please post at least 5 things you appreciate, are grateful for or just working in your life. Look forward to sharing! <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 30 Jun 2019 17:54:58 EST Need some support..... Ok, I’ve been writing down what I eat with tracking calorie count to be sure I stay between 1200 to 1500 calories in a day. I stay in a range of up 3 pounds up and 3 pounds down. Been this way for a loooooong time ! Too long. I would be so excited just to lose 5 pounds! ☹️ Thu, 27 Jun 2019 14:43:01 EST Choices When something bad happens you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you. <BR> Dr. Seuss Wed, 19 Jun 2019 19:23:07 EST Constantly feeling hungry I am starting over after binging on junk food and lack of exercise due to illness. <BR> <BR> My problem is that I constantly feel hungry! And yes, I'm drinking water, yes i'm getting small portions of protien. I just don't feel satisfied. I'm sitting at work tryinig to concentrate and all I can think of is pizza or eating my lunch early at 11am. <BR> <BR> What am I doing wrong or what am I not doing right? lol Tue, 18 Jun 2019 11:09:13 EST Addicted to carbs I am working very hard to break my addiction to carbs. It is a major challenge for me. Anyone else trying to kick the carb addiction? Wed, 5 Jun 2019 13:25:50 EST Struggling Having a very hard time with emotional and binge eating for the past week. Sun, 2 Jun 2019 05:06:56 EST JUNE 2019-Gratitude, Appreciations-PlsPost Here! <img src=""> <BR> All are welcome to post 5 things that are working in their lives, that are appreciated and/or make you smile with thanks. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Fri, 31 May 2019 15:27:15 EST Sloughing off a Slump In the doldrums of the exercise sea? A lifeboat is close at hand and they are throwing you a ring to grab ahold of. Surprisingly enough it just says "do something". Vague? Sure it is. What you do is entirely up to you. Sink or swim - it's your call. Here is a hint; do something small. Pick up your dumbbells and do a curl. Sit on your Swiss ball and do a crunch or two. Sit on the floor and stretch a little. The thing is to start. Starting is the hardest part. Once you start - well, you know wh... Thu, 30 May 2019 18:40:08 EST How do you handle "helpful" people? I have increased my goals to 12.000 steps a day and 5 miles, and lowered my calorie allowance to 1,000-1,200 calories a day. I have been hitting those goals 6 out of 7 days, but still the scale is staying at the same place. To achieve my goal during the week, I have to sneak out of the office and take several laps around the building every hour (my FitBit tells me to get up and move every hour). Today, as I was walking, a girl who works in the cafe downstairs was outside and asked me if I ... Thu, 16 May 2019 10:03:46 EST Sparkteam for support ladies looking to lose 50 p I started a sparkteam for women who have 50 pounds and more to lose. It's a group for support, encouragement and motivation. We can help one another out on our weight loss and exercise journeys. <BR> The name of the team is " women looking to lose 50 pounds and more " <BR> Hope to see ya join the team ladies 😁? Tue, 14 May 2019 22:44:27 EST Bbby steps will give you BIG results On April 14th, I decided to tackle the bull by the horn once and for all. I've been obese since 1989. I reached 248 lbs last year and panicked so I lost a few pounds here and there but in April 2019 I was still 234 lbs. <BR> <BR> So I decided to use the food tracker, to read the nutritional report daily, do 18o minutes of exercise a week. Also as for losing weight, I wanted to keep it realistic; took me a long time to put it on so not going to come off overnight, right? <BR> <BR> My weigh... Tue, 7 May 2019 21:20:43 EST One more try??? Well, I was doing good with eating and my exercises. Decided to up the exercises and some how I pulled my thigh muscle. <em>24</em> Every time I moved my leg it was like having a Charlie horse. Walking was really hard. Could hardly lift my leg to go up and down the stairs or getting in bed. Had to hold off on the exercises for 1 1/2 weeks. Today it is finally almost back to normal but good enough I can start getting back to my exercises. Geesh, ever since I started this diet/exercise thin... Wed, 1 May 2019 07:56:08 EST MAY 2019-Gratitude, Appreciations-PleasePost Here! <img src=""> <BR> <em>87</em> <em>126</em> <em>376</em> <BR> Let's continue to cultivate a life abundant with gratitude and keep planting the seeds for an ever growing empowered life. 5 written things that are working in our life, we have thanks and appreciation for big or small. <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 30 Apr 2019 21:45:28 EST The same 15 pounds I have lost and gained (and lost and gained, and lost and gained, ad nauseum) the same freakin 15 pounds so many times. <BR> <BR> I'm sure there are many others here in the same boat. I do great for a while, get down to that point where I am finally starting to look and feel better... and then I fall off the wagon and it drives away without me. <BR> <BR> I know that it's so much harder to reverse 15 pounds than 1 or 2. Why don't I just have one bad day or even one bad week before I am abl... Tue, 30 Apr 2019 20:28:11 EST Is there any board to share weekly weigh-ins? I've been on Sparkpeople for years, but never really understood how to use message boards or community feeds. Looking for a place to post weekly weight numbers for accountability. Thanks! Sun, 28 Apr 2019 21:47:58 EST My mother is upset I am 61 and my mother is 86. I have recently gone on a fairly strict diet and she is upset because I am not eating the same food as her any more. I am eating more salads and am watching everything that goes into my mouth. She wants burgers, pizza or fried food (and lots of candy). When we were both eating badly, we were reinforcing each other's bad habits. I shouldn't but I am feeling some guilt for hurting her feelings! Any comments? I am finding it hard to stay motivated. Sat, 27 Apr 2019 16:22:07 EST Simplified instructions... 1 - Get reading these message boards <BR> 2 - Get it done...plan what you're going to do and do it <BR> 3 - Keep it going...continue to do what works for you and is sustainable! Wed, 24 Apr 2019 13:49:22 EST Why am I not losing weight? I don't understand why I'm not losing. I'm on week #2 (although I just joined SP, I had been using LoseIt). I've lost about 3 lbs. I had lost 5, but somehow have gained back 2 by doing absolutely nothing different than I have been for 2 weeks, just all of the sudden the scale went up 2 lbs. I keep my calories and macros within range, I exercise 6 days a week. I don't get it. Honestly I feel like maybe I need to eat more? I don't add exercise calories to my day, maybe I need to do that? It jus... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 07:16:19 EST Feeling a bit down today I was so determined this time to lose weight and my body tells me each day that I need to get on with it but somehow I get discouraged by the slow progress and then just eat. How many times do you have to try before you succeed? Mon, 22 Apr 2019 09:40:12 EST Workout Music Hi guys, I love music and am looking for some ideas to freshen up my workout playlist to keep me motivated as I love my music cranked up when I work out. <BR> Any favourites of yours would be muchly appreciated. <BR> Thanks in advance. <BR> <em>41</em> Wed, 17 Apr 2019 12:29:13 EST Buddy Finder? I'm trying to use the Buddy Finder feature that's on the Spark Pages section, but I can't find the Advanced Search... <BR> <BR> That being said, I could really use a daily check-in buddy. Just someone to be accountable to, someone willing to encourage me to keep my promises to myself, to share with the successes, and pitfalls of weight loss, and I will offer the same. <BR> <BR> A bit about me: 37 high school biology teacher, married, live in Ontario, have a cat and a bunny. Enjoy being out... Sun, 14 Apr 2019 17:37:58 EST Thoughts on trying again for the 200th time I would love to hear from people who failed a bunch of times before finding a way to sustain weight loss. Sun, 14 Apr 2019 00:58:50 EST Have you ever used a weight loss therapist? Hello, Sparkers! We are working on an article about weight loss therapy and we're wondering: Has anyone here ever used a weight loss therapist to help with issues surrounding weight loss/wellness? If so, we'd love to get your input about your experience. Feel free to respond here or send me a SparkMail! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Melissa Fri, 12 Apr 2019 09:20:23 EST Giving it another try Since I am no longer on the blood pressure medicine that put weight back on me that took so long to get off...……...I am now giving this whole diet/exercising thing a try again. My blood pressure kept dropping to low so Dr told me to stop it. Haven't a clue why it suddenly was dropping low again. Got a look at myself on a video and I can't believe how fat I am!! It makes me want to cry. My sister kept telling me I was fat and frumpy and she was right. <BR> Now lets see how much weight I can g... Mon, 8 Apr 2019 12:28:42 EST Visual Motivation So once again I'm starting over and working on one my biggest issues is lack of motivation. Recently I've started tracking on a calendar that's on my wall. What do you have/do? <img src=""> Mon, 8 Apr 2019 01:28:04 EST tracking when out of town I will be out of town for 5 days. I don't have a smart phone. I use my computer to track food & fitness at home, but won't be able to while gone. Can I add it when I get back? I'll be writing down everything and keeping track that way. I won't even be able to get emails either. . .I'm the last hold out in the world who doesn't have a smart phone! Wed, 3 Apr 2019 21:48:36 EST Struggle with Motivation Does anybody struggle with motivating themselves to lose weight? Wed, 3 Apr 2019 12:33:22 EST APRIL 2019-Gratitude, Appreciations-Post Here! <img src=""> <BR> The road to happiness starts with a deep breath and an awareness of the many blessings tied to that single breath.” – Richelle E. Goodrich <BR> <BR> Welcome all to the tradition of writing 5 appreciations every day. This practice brings a healthier outlook and improved quality to our lives. <BR> I look forward to sharing our days this way. <em>354</em> <BR> Happy April Fool's Day...Photos fr... Sun, 31 Mar 2019 18:51:44 EST Healthy -vs- Hubby I am anticipating some feedback on this particular topic as I am quite certain I am not the only one struggling with this issue. How do you stay on course when you have a serious junk food junkie with a major sweet tooth and loves meat & potatoes? We both are recently retired and travel full-time in our RV. Most days it's just easier to make "junk" to eat rather than cook two meals. Also, the exercise thing, I need some suggestions on how to cope with this. Thanks in advance! Wed, 27 Mar 2019 08:01:08 EST Struggling I am having a seriously hard time with this. I keep trying different things to focus my eating on the "right" things- I did Whole30 last year, lost 12 pounds in the process, then another 5, maintaining what I'd learned. Then, it all went downhill with the holidays. I tried W30 again in January and totally failed (partially because I got a nasty cold, partially because my head isn't in it). I've tried different things- I know myself well enough to know I deal well with some kind of structu... Mon, 25 Mar 2019 11:21:03 EST Rough Patch Yesterday was a very rough day for me. Not just following program but emotionally. I have not felt this way in a long time. Totally off track, missing my family so bad I cried and felt my heart was breaking. It felt like I was in dark pit. Thankfully today it has passed. I'm back on track and I feeling positive. Sometimes all you can do is ride out the storm. I did reach out to family and my best friend for moral support, which I'm sure this rough patch would have been worse if I didn't reach... Sun, 24 Mar 2019 13:51:52 EST Laid off I waslaid off 2 weeks ago.. i am 55 and devasted. I really did not see this coming , i left a job after 16 years to work at this new career. I am trying to stay motivated working out in the morning and job searching in the daughers will be completing college in may...this is the first tine in 30 yers of marriage that i do not have my own money... i just need sone positive motivation. Sun, 10 Mar 2019 20:31:56 EST Motivation to get up in the morning? Hi! I'm Jewel and I'm 33 years old (34 in May). For weeks, I've been getting up at 5 AM to prepare for the day, do zazen (meditation), and get some exercise or yoga in to wake me up. However, the past week, I've just not been motivated to get up early. I've tried allowing the alarm to go off at 5:30 am and then 6 am...I've tried setting two alarms...I've tried going to bed at 9 pm (though I don't get muc sleep until 2 am either way)...I just don't know what to do. Waking up at 5:30 AM at leas... Sat, 9 Mar 2019 14:09:09 EST Actions not Leading to Desired Outcomes In my WW (formerly, Weight Watchers) meeting (aka "workshop") today, we discussed goal setting. <BR> <BR> Actually, we talked about achieving "desired outcomes." My leader dislikes the rigidity and finality of the word "goal." <BR> <BR> In short, the meeting was talking about taking small actions to reach your desired outcome. For example, if your desired outcome is to curb overeating at dinner, you might decide that you need to try adding an afternoon snack to help you get through the lon... Sat, 9 Mar 2019 12:37:55 EST Steps to good health challenge Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Steps to good health challenge group. Our March challenge has begun. This months challenge is to walk 2 miles a day. Walking 4-5 times a week. Taking one day off as your rest day. Each day check in here telling everyone what workout you did each day. You will post your total miles for the whole month at the end of the month. This is a super easy challenge that anyone can do, all fitness levels are welcome to join. This is a no judgement zone challenge... Wed, 6 Mar 2019 23:53:47 EST I need to lose weight now I need to lose 20lbs. <BR> <BR> I lost all motivation to go to the gym. I'm lazy and eating a lot. Not proud of myself. <BR> <BR> Anyone else go through this? Sun, 3 Mar 2019 18:19:30 EST MARCH 2019-Gratitude, Appreciations-Post Here! Here we are with a fresh new month to continue or start the tradition of listing 5 things a day that you appreciate, are thankful for or are just working in you life. <BR> <BR> ALL are Welcome... <em>129</em> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 28 Feb 2019 19:33:56 EST 40 pounds in 6 months - anyone want to join me? Hi! I'm looking for some friends along the way to join me in my weight loss journey of 40 pounds by August 31! Just some friendly encouragement back and forth would be nice! <em>381</em> <BR> I'm wanting to lose 1.5 pounds/week. Wed, 27 Feb 2019 20:05:32 EST Accountability Friend Hi, I need an accountability friend. Hoping to maybe message a couple times a week and just help each other stay on track. <BR> If it's helpful, I enjoy doing cardio, jogging, weight training, pilates, and strengthening. Wed, 27 Feb 2019 06:56:27 EST workout song Working on a play list. What is your favorite workout song. I like something that is motivating, and upbeat. Thu, 21 Feb 2019 17:22:50 EST Spark Challenges I am not sure how to utilize these. It seems that I cannot customize them. Sun, 17 Feb 2019 20:15:45 EST Night time walk anyone? I need to get my walk in UGH! Sat, 16 Feb 2019 22:58:54 EST Inspirational - good read <img src=""> Sun, 10 Feb 2019 04:41:34 EST Slow metabolism Hi all, <BR> <BR> I have re started on my quest to be healthy (and thinner). 32 days in and still calorie counting. My exercise regime also continues. BUT, I still need/want to lose about 24 kg (approx 50 lbs). <BR> So here it is. In my spark 32 days, I have lost exactly 4 lbs. I cannot think of any reason why the weight just isn’t falling off me. <BR> <BR> • Before you reply, please don’t write encouragements like.... it will come...or... stay motivated.. or .... you have just reached ... Sat, 9 Feb 2019 15:27:19 EST Getting Discouraged Tomorrow will be 3 weeks that I have been using sparkpeople. I have not cheated and I count everything that goes into my mouth. I walk at least a mile 5 times a week as my job has an indoor walking track (as soon Missouri thaws out or spring gets here I will be able to get outside and really start power walking at least 3 miles.) I try to keep my carbs below 150 and eat a lot of protein, 1 drink 1 cup of coffee in the morning but the remainder of the day I only drink water but the scales ar... Sat, 9 Feb 2019 07:06:02 EST Broken Ankle I have been an active jogger/walker since I was 28. <BR> <BR> I turned 62 in January and find myself with a broken ankle. <BR> <BR> I am diabetic and the doctor told me I am looking at being in a cast for 4 months. Have any of you had this experience. <BR> <BR> <em>12</em> <em>459</em> <BR> Fri, 8 Feb 2019 16:36:38 EST HELP I have this overwhelming urge to eat a giant plate of nachos. I know that I shouldn't eat them, so I am posting on here. Say a prayer for me; send me some love and ecouragement. I don't want to give into the craving and could use some support. Wed, 6 Feb 2019 03:28:33 EST Birthday party Hi everyone this evening I'm invited to a birthday party .I. gonna make an effort and try to eat,healthy stuff ....the problem is I love red wine and I like to drink more then a glass it ok ro have wine and avoid carb would I b still losing weight?..... Sun, 3 Feb 2019 11:37:22 EST NO MOTOR SKILLS Well I was told you have to have "motor skills" to become motivated and that in itself is a challenge especially when you have no "motor" I am trying to get someone to give me a "jump" I have cables any one ????????? Thu, 31 Jan 2019 20:40:05 EST FEBRUARY 2019-Gratitude, Appreciations-Post Here! <img src=""> <BR> Observe the direct connection between practicing trust and the serendipitous events that follow. (Alan Cohen) I have a notion trust is related to thanks. <BR> Let’s make this a Fabulous February and share 5 things that you appreciate, that you are thankful to have in your life or small gestures, words or actions that made you smile Thu, 31 Jan 2019 19:41:27 EST How do you exercise and do everything else too? My hardest part of the weight loss is being able to do 20-30 minutes of exercises and still do the house cleaning, cooking/baking ect. I can't do all of it anymore and haven't been able to for the last 20 yrs due to health problems. I try and try to do it all but then I have pushed myself way to much and I'm "down for the count" for at least 5 days. If I spend time exercising then the cleaning goes and then I fall way behind on everything. I'm super tired due to I have only had 4 nights of sl... Mon, 28 Jan 2019 11:12:52 EST The Power of Positive People Hello, everyone! This is Melissa, a writer here at SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> We are working on an article about the importance of surrounding yourself with positive people when trying to lose weight or lead a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> We'd love to include your input/experience on this topic, if you'd like to share. <BR> <BR> How has positivity helped you? And, conversely, how have negative influences held you back? <BR> <BR> Would love to hear your story or stories. <BR> <BR> Thanks so m... Sat, 26 Jan 2019 16:28:49 EST Reaching For the Stars If you're looking for a team to encourage you on your journey, join Reaching For the Stars! Whether it's quitting a bad habit or starting a new one, this is a brand new team looking for dedicated, motivated members. (dedicated and motivated meaning that you're looking for change, not at ALL that you're perfect) Fri, 25 Jan 2019 18:04:35 EST Question How do I stay motivated with a broken and ankle and dislocated elbow? <em>46</em> Fri, 25 Jan 2019 10:31:38 EST Boyfriend diagnosed with cancer My "live together" boyfriend (read: serious relationship) was diagnosed with eye cancer yesterday. He is only 41 and we are waiting to see if it is anywhere else. I'm trying hard to keep up with my food and exercise, but I know I may falter. One thing that keeps me going strong is I just committed to a Healthy Wage and if I lose 50# by September 28th I will earn $2100 from that website. We have planned a trip to New Orleans to celebrate. Now more than ever I want to have that experience with ... Thu, 24 Jan 2019 15:20:02 EST FORMULA Hello <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I need a <BR> formula to STAY MOTIVATED IS THERE One? <BR> <BR> As With MY Prayers I am So Easily Distracted Help <BR> <BR> DEE <BR> Tue, 22 Jan 2019 12:51:20 EST Starting a weight loss journey- I need your input! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm writing an article/blog about how to start a weight loss journey when you feel completely overwhelmed. Would you be willing to share what worked for you? What are the first few things someone can do to start heading down the right path without feeling like it's all just too much? <BR> <BR> You can post your comments here or SparkMail them to me and they might be featured in my piece that comes out next month. Thanks in advance for your help! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Tue, 22 Jan 2019 08:49:28 EST I Looked in The Mirror Today I looked in the mirror and I did not know the person looking back at me. I am not young, I am not old. I have a body that overweight and filled with aches and pain. I try to start a healthy weight loss journey and I am stuck, I have good intentions but I feel like I just can't get started. I have never been a negative person and have always tackled life's challenges head on and usually meet them well. <BR> But this time for the first time I am not me. I don't know this person, I am havi... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 17:41:06 EST Weight loss buddy in Downtown Toronto? Hi SparkPeople! <BR> I'm new to this site and looking to find weight loss buddies in downtown Toronto, to keep each other motivated and for accountability also. <BR> I have a GoodLife Fitness membership but I rarely go, I need to lose a lot of weight and having buddies I'm sure would benefit for motivation. <BR> Do you also have a similar 2019 resolution goal? <BR> <BR> Have a great day everyone! Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:42:29 EST 35 and back again Hey all, <BR> I am back on here after several years and babies later. I’m 13 pounds heavier which doesn’t seem like much but when your short it is. My pants don’t fit and I can’t breathe. I’ve been bummed to go to the dr and get on the scale. This 13 pounds came on in a year. I can’t seem to get even a pound off. I’m doing what I did when I was younger and in shape but it doesn’t seem to be working. Any suggestions on where to start and what to do? I’m feeling very overwhelmed and frustrated... Fri, 11 Jan 2019 23:15:54 EST Back at it <BR> Well I got down to close to my goal then started putting it back on again. <BR> <BR> So: starting again before it gets out of control. Sun, 6 Jan 2019 13:47:33 EST How did you learn to ENJOY exercise? Hello, Sparkers, and Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> I'm Melissa, a writer here at SparkPeople. We want to know for a blog post we're working on: How did you learn to actually ENJOY exercise?? Please share your tips and strategies so we can share with our members! <BR> <BR> Thanks so much, and keep on sparking! <BR> Melissa Thu, 3 Jan 2019 21:26:22 EST Fun way to motivate and reward exercise I am always at a loss when trying to think of rewards for meeting goals. I had always centered them around food, which kind of defeats the purpose. And I can never really think of things to buy for myself. So I came up with a fun idea. My walking buddy and I pick a place on the map where we want to visit. I map it out on Google to determine the number of miles it would take to walk there. We then add up our daily mileage. When we reach the number of miles it would take to walk there, we get a... Thu, 3 Jan 2019 19:32:13 EST January G.E.M.S. Goal (new habit) <BR> Exercise <BR> Meals <BR> Sleep <BR> <BR> To help keep you focused, report daily on how you are doing. Tue, 1 Jan 2019 21:04:46 EST JANUARY 2019-Gratitude, Appreciations-Post Here! <img src=""> <BR> For a quality 2019 I propose we make time every day to write 5 things we appreciate, are grateful for in our lives. With this tradition it makes it easier to practice kindness, and even contribute to the restoration of peace in the world. I have found bonds with others who share this practice and thank them sincerely. I welcome every other person who decides to add thankful comments whenever th... Mon, 31 Dec 2018 16:36:55 EST 2019 Winter 5% Challenge Community This is your invitation! Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the 2019 Winter 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. Members in maintenance are also welcome. Let’s have fun, make new friends and get in shape! Challenge starts Jan. 5. Please click on this link to join the Challenge. <BR> <BR> <link>www... Thu, 27 Dec 2018 10:54:57 EST 4 Pease in a Pod <em>235</em> It's party time! Paula, Anne, Marlene, Good to see you here!! I am so excited to team up with you for ONE WHOLE YEAR!! Remember to stop in here everyday!!! And don't forget to do at least 10 fitness minutes a day! This is our one year commitment. <BR> <BR> GETTING STARTED: <BR> 1. Join Food Feats challenge: <link><BR>sparkchallenge-accept.asp?cc=1G79OXITN<BR>YB71F4ZKHJB4UCW4 </link> <BR> 2. Set Up Yearly Goal! This goal can be anything--... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:35:23 EST What are your 2019 goals? We want to know: What is YOUR goal for 2019? Working on a goals list to share with our members. Fri, 14 Dec 2018 08:08:22 EST DECEMBER 2018-Gratitude, Appreciations-Post Here! "I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder." G.K. Chesterton <BR> <BR> My most sincere gratitude is for each and every thought of thanks expressed here. <BR> I will be here tomorrow to post Five things I appreciate, feel thanks and gratitude for having in my life. <BR> <BR> I hope to see you here too.. <BR> This is a transforming tradition open to all and enpowering to lives. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.c... Fri, 30 Nov 2018 20:46:48 EST How do you find ways to love your body? Hi Sparkers! I'm working on an article about "How to Learn to Love Your Body a Little More Every Day." I would LOVE to include your tips for how you find ways to love/appreciate your body, despite your goals for change. Feel free to respond to this post, or send an email to <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! <BR> Melissa Fri, 23 Nov 2018 23:31:36 EST Starting over... again I have kept up reading the articles sent to my email from sparkguy Chris but it’s time to get serious again about getting healthier and lose weight. But when I logged in and went to my page with my last weigh-in, it was over a year ago and I have gained additional weight. It hits hard to realize that I have gone backwards. I don’t have any local support and find it so hard to stay the course everyday, every week, etc. So now I’m at another crossroads of trying and hoping I can make some prog... Sun, 11 Nov 2018 10:29:09 EST days of gratitude day 1 Write down 1 thing you are really good at: <BR> <BR> Coming up with solutions to problems Thu, 1 Nov 2018 20:26:00 EST Why is it so hard? I just wrote a blog post, something that always opens up my mind to new questions and realizations, and it really brought up this question: <BR> WHY is losing weight and getting healthy so hard? <BR> <BR> It's not that we don't know how to do it, but for some reason we get into these habits and we just can't get out of them. <BR> I get home from work and instead of doing something productive, my first instinct is to sit on the couch with whatever junk I'm craving, and watch TV. And all the... Mon, 22 Oct 2018 14:42:18 EST Looking for check in buddy Im looking for a check in buddy for DAILY CHECK INS and possible craving busting or other help. I prefer in the pacific time zone because its easier to catch up when we are in the same zone. Only answer if you're dedicated to being on DAILY at an arranged time and willing to keep each other in check. Im very serious and would like a buddy who is also as motivated as me. Thu, 5 Jul 2018 19:29:00 EST Did you get your workout in? I did on a early morning routine <em>315</em> <em>23</em> <em>362</em> <em>414</em> <em>593</em> Fri, 30 Mar 2018 10:17:53 EST Pep talks! Get your pep talks here! Wow! You are an AMAZING PERSON who has decided to care of your health and fitness. That's one unstoppable person right there. You're not the sort to let any set backs or plateaus or ANYTHING get in your way when you are protecting someone you love, and you have decided to protect and love YOURSELF! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> (Post pep talks for others, and come read pep talks when you need one.) Sun, 7 Jan 2018 12:46:59 EST Motivational Memes, Jokes and Quotes <img src=""> Tue, 26 Dec 2017 00:10:21 EST How do you get motivated? Greetings from SW VA, <BR> <BR> The late fall and winter time are the most difficult times for me, I have never been diagnosed but I do believe I suffer from a mild case of seasonal depression. I also suffer from edema localized to my feet/ankles. I know it is most likely due to my weight and my job. If anybody could give me any ideas of how I could get motivated, I would greatly appreciate it. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:20:11 EST How often do you weigh in? I do daily. I was originally going to only weigh in each day for one week and see how much my weight fluctuates. Then I came across an app called "Happy Scale" So far I absolutely love it. I'm just wondering if anyone uses that app? How often do you weigh in? What has been you experience in general and how does your weigh fluctuate? Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:29:40 EST do you buy new clothes while you are still losing? I am wondering how many people buy themselves new clothes before reaching your goal. Thanks for responding. Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:10:27 EST Did you overeat at your last meal? No! <em>244</em> Fri, 9 Aug 2013 15:03:06 EST This is my Emoticon today... <em>381</em> <em>386</em> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 16:45:21 EST How did you feel when you woke up this morning? I woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed. Worked out on my elliptical and will check out a video to work out with before I start work. <em>104</em> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 07:17:59 EST Say it in A WORD! AWESOME! Wed, 23 Jan 2013 09:43:09 EST Are you at peace and grateful right now? When at peace, one does not have emotional hunger. Wed, 9 Jan 2013 14:27:06 EST How many cups of water today (or yesterday)? I know there are a number of these threads on SP, but I am starting this one for my friends and HSM4C teammates. If others come along, then "the more, the merrier!" <BR> <BR> I will try to post every day, so I will say something like "8 cups today!" <BR> <BR> But I often finish my water late at night, so my post may say something like: "8 for yesterday" or "9 on Monday". <BR> <BR> Feel free to post either way; go ahead and add an emoticon it you feel like it! Let's use this message bo... Tue, 1 May 2012 11:04:56 EST What are you looking forward to? This morning I am looking forward to: <BR> <BR> - reviewing and practicing singing and playing guitar on an old song that I'll be teaching students. <BR> - getting out the information sheet for the party next weekend. <BR> - connecting with colleagues and students today. <BR> <BR> What about YOU? What are you looking forward to right now? Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:15:09 EST What Emoticon Are You Today? Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> So myself and my other two co-leaders at The Biggest Loser Workout Club came up with this creative and fun way to getting our members checking in daily and thought I'd bring it to the message boards! <BR> <BR> With that being said, we came up with a really great idea in having this thread! What will we do is each day you can check in here and let everyone know what emoticon you feel today!? <BR> <BR> To do this, go ahead and click on "Add An Emoticon" and then tell... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 19:44:00 EST Are You Walking and/or Running Today? If so! How far? Gopd Bless, Vic. Sat, 6 Mar 2010 07:53:40 EST Did you take your vitamins today? I forget to take my calcium vitamin most days, but when I notice it on the message board I remember to take it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 8 Jan 2010 23:31:25 EST Positive Words In the book "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking" by Malcolm Gladwell, the author talks about a study which showed that simple exposure to words actually influenced peoples' behavior, feelings and attitudes. Since reading about that, I've often purposely used words to self-direct. And I've been delighted by the results. <BR> <BR> Thus, this thread. This is a place to post words that indicate how you would like to behave, feel or be in the immediate future. Post as many, or as few, ... Sun, 20 Dec 2009 09:33:46 EST Today I am thankful for... A wonderful holiday/birthday weekend celebration with my love, my daughters and my friends; <BR> <BR> My snuggly little dog <BR> <BR> Signs of fall in the air Tue, 8 Sep 2009 10:08:29 EST Are you feeling Positive or Negative today? Today I'm feeling positive. When I'm feeling negative it's so much harder to motivate myself. Changing attitude is simple when I recognize it. Reality what a concept. Sun, 23 Aug 2009 10:17:01 EST 3 Item To Do List I read somewhere that one way to stay motivated is to create a 3 item To Do list every day. Each item should be something that is realistically achievable. The idea is that once you complete all 3 items, you will have a great sense of satisfaction. With that in mind, here are my 3 for today. Feel free to add yours. <BR> <BR> 1. Get data to Jennifer. <BR> 2. Complete the retailers analysis. <BR> 3. Complete the Top 5/Top 10 report. Mon, 27 Jul 2009 07:58:17 EST How motivated are you today? Scale from 1-10 Be sure to read the rating scale! <BR> <BR> <BR> 10= Very motivated and won't give up no matter what. <BR> <BR> 9= close to 10 but not quite. <BR> <BR> 8= Very motivated but I still need lots of support. <BR> <BR> 7= close to 8 but on the lower end. <BR> <BR> 6= Very motivated but loses focus quickly. <BR> <BR> 5= Motivated but will give up when things get hard. <BR> <BR> 4= I want to lose weight but it gets too tough. <BR> <BR> 3= I am motivated but whatz the point. <BR> <BR> 2= I... Thu, 9 Jul 2009 10:58:37 EST today i feel... rejuventated...even though these last 2 weeks have been HORRIBLE...yard work and exercise helped me stress out i feel rejuventated Fri, 3 Apr 2009 16:25:03 EST I want to eat healthily and exercise because... It helps to regularly think about, and remember, our reasons for doing this work. I will be posting here almost every day at least one reason why I want to eat healthily and exercise. Please join me in maintaining this focus. <BR> <BR> Suggestions: <BR> <BR> - Anything counts. Big, tiny. Whatever your mind comes up with as a motivation is great. <BR> <BR> - Repetition is not only OK, it is GOOD! If you repost the same reasons, it only means that you are remembering and reminding yourself o... Thu, 26 Feb 2009 08:08:23 EST Say one positive thing about yourself each day... I am creative! Fri, 20 Apr 2007 00:10:08 EST Are You Happy Right Now? I just wanted to share this with everyone here because we all need to be happy with ourselves and sometimes it's pretty hard to do. <BR> <BR> First of all, it would be nice to know how to be <BR> happy...right? <BR> <BR> Happiness has more to do with your attitude about the things that happen to you than it does with what actually happens. The happiest people are those who can take lemons and make lemonade. <BR> - Stress Management Guide Elizabeth Scott from <BR> <BR> This is w... Mon, 5 Mar 2007 20:42:04 EST Finish this sentence...Today I'm Thankful For.... ....finally being healthy after 2 months of consecutive viruses, Dayna my weight-loss partner and motivator, God's favor. <em>26</em> Fri, 14 Apr 2006 23:09:15 EST