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I just need to whine for a bit. My scale is stuck emoticon . It has hovered over the same number for over a week. I know that I should be glad that at least it hsn't gone up a bunch (it went up a little, but it ws because I was over my calories yesterday, I expected that). But not seeing any progress in that long is really discouraging to me.

Thanks for letting me whine. I know, it takes time, and I'll keep trying. *sigh*

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FUTUREYUPPIE: Remember to just take baby steps...it took you a while to get in the shape you are in and it will take just as long or longer to get in the shape you want to be. We are all on the same journey and just wish that everything would happen in a blink of the eyes. Unfortunately some of us are caught in the zombie stare for a time... emoticon ...LOL... emoticon

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emoticon Glad your need is recovering quickly! I think stretching and using a resistance band to strengthen the muscles is a great idea! emoticon

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Thanks for the support! I'm feeling much more cheerful today. My knee is already starting to improve. I've done the RICE thing a couple time but I spend most of the day in front of a computer so it's hard for my to elevate my knee. I have some resistance bands that I'm going to use to strengthen my knee so this will be less likely to happen again.

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FUTUREYUPPIE,

I'm sorry to hear about your knee. I hope that you are able to recovery quickly, yet safely. You could try to elevate your knee at night while you sleep. Also, GENTLY stretching your leg/knee each morning and evening (if it's not too painful) may help. The RICE method is also very effective. You could do a warm/hot bath and just relax and soak for a little. I think as long as you eat healthy and drink as much water as you can, the lack of cardio/exercise shouldn't impact your progress too greatly. Maybe you could find alternative exercises that may not require you to be on your feet/legs. You could do some seated upper body and core exercises. Focus on some ST rather than cardio.

BLT1952,

I hope you are doing well on your recovery of your breaks. Thank you for sharing the RICE method!!

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3/7/12 4:02 P

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I am sorry that you are in pain.......I can relate I broke my hand and foot recently. I just don't let it get me down. I also twisted my knee I followed the RICE method and it felt betterin a couple days!!

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I'm feeling really negative today. My bad knee bent sideways at zumba last night and I can barely walk. After I got over the shock of what happened I actually cried, not because of the pain but because I know this means I'll be out of commission for at least a week while it's healing. Does anyone know of anything you can do to speed the recovery of a knee injury?

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This thread is intended for those who need a place to ask for support that OUR ENTIRE TEAM can give. Needing advice…or positive thoughts…maybe prayer….or even help getting motivated again? Maybe you just need an ear or a shoulder. If you need support, this is the place to let us know and we will all do our best to assist you in any way possible. For more private support, please feel free to SparkMail the leaders or someone on the team that you are close to.

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Brenda - emoticon I had a similar day last week. I made a point of really sitting there, feeling how awful it was to be that full. And when I woke up the next morning still feeling ill, I sat on that for a few minutes too. I'm hoping that the next time before I actually get fully into a binge I can recall the physical discomfort and at least slow myself down, if not completely avoid it.

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Okay, two things: one on planning weightloss. I know it's safe to lose up to 2 pounds per week, so I'm planning for that, but as I get closer to goal, I should start expecting it to come off slower. Is there a guideline for when it should start trailing off? I'd like to factor that into my longterm goal..just wondering if anyone has any suggestions.

Second thing: I pigged out last night. I had a great day until dinner. I waited too long to prepare it, so I just threw up my hands and told my husband to take care of it. He went for pizza rolls and some other frozen junk food. Ugh! Even if I managed to control portions, which I didn't, it just did not fill me. So, instead of recovering, I kept going. I closed out the evening at a little over 2k in calories and 74 fat grams. This was probably an average day before I started paying attention to what I ate.

Anyway, I made myself so ill, I skipped my cardio and strength training. This latest feeding frenzy was different than before. Time seemed to go by slower and I was very aware of the bad choice I was making. It didn't stop me from finishing, but it was definitely different than my pre-Spark lifestyle. I'm hoping that means that it's going to get easier.

I'm not sure what I expect out of posting this. I guess I'm coming clean!

I'm having a better day today...but we haven't reached dinner time. I did well for a few weeks. But last night was a frightening reminder that my battle with food will never be over.

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Life's an adventure ... take it one step at a time and don't underestimate yourself! You're capable of more than you think you are! How do I know this? You're still here aren't you? That means you haven't given up!


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You'll want to use the Chat thread on this site to communicate with the team.

The Chat Thread on the INSPIRE site is where we're placing our Wave Runner Mini Challenge (WRMC) templates and weekly points. If you get confused, you can take a look at the the templates and probably figure it out. The templates are different. The WR templates have space for QOTD (Question Of The Day), ITS (In The Spotlight)....It might help to just kind of peek into each thread to see what's here (on the WR site).

HTH!

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Yes, but if you need to weigh in one a different day, please let us know. Last challenge we had a member you had to weigh in on Fridays. It worked out fine.

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Whoops, one more question: what days are weigh ins? Last challenge was Saturdays. Is that still true for this challenge?

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Thanks Lucky! I appreciate all the links and such.
Where should I post that I need a running buddy? I know you said that I should do it on the chat thread but I'm not sure if I should do it on the Wave Runner page or the Inspire page. Can you tell that I'm confused? :-) Thanks for leading the way!

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Sure!

The challenges have their own threads in the Everything About Challenges forum. Look two forums under this one. Here's the link to the INSPIRE challenges - we keep a copy here on the WR site: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
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I'll send you another copy of the WR FAQ which explains what you have to do and how to make sense of everything.

Posting your points (for both the challenges) and your weigh-in is done on the INSPIRE site.
You've already found that one! YAY!!! Here's the link for the Wave Runner Mini Challenge Tracking Thread. We're using our Chat Thread over there for the tracking since we do all of our chatting over here on our own site.

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WELCOME! Glad you're here!!

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Okay, help! I don't know where the challenges are...I got an email at the beginning of the week, but I don't know where to post my results, nor do I actually remember the challenge (something about yoga?). Can someone point me in the right direction? Thank you!

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This thread is here for ANYONE who needs support! We have such supportive members that you can be confident that your team members will help out.

Need advice? We're here to give it! Free of charge!
Need to vent? We'll understand and listen.
Need an idea? We'll come up with some!
Need someone to talk to? We're here!!!



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Thank you for all of the wonderful suggestions, you are the BEST!!!

I didn't know about about lemon, I'm going to try that next time. emoticon

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I will admidt..TOM and me do not play nice some months. I have started to realize that this is a part of life and I don't beat myself up when it doesn't always go the way I plan it.

I am starting to make better choices in how I handle it. On the days that I can, I try and get to the gym and do some exercise.

I find that I sleep a lot and I just want to relax.
I don't know if this is bad but it helps.

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I tend to be hungry TOM too. I make myself drink a glass of water & if I'm still hungry I find a snack - usually a piece of fruit. I also allow myself a double chocolate (usually large!) frozen yogurt then - a special treat I only get TOM It helps the yogurt shop is about 1 mile from home - I walk up there and back.

I also HATE to get up and get moving about then. I have found having a workout partner (my 4-legged one is Jack) makes me stay accountable. I get up and go out and tell myself if I hate it I can always turn around and come home after 15 minutes. I have a couple of times, but more often than not once I get started I finish the walk.

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I have trouble remembering what I did as TOM had left the building many years ago. Stick to many small snacks of healthy content so that it seems that you are constantly eating, but all your intake is spread out over the whole day...use your full calorie allotment for the day and just graze...this should satisfy your urge to be constantly eating as you really are, but still sticking to your nutrition plan. For the water retention, try adding real lemon juice to you water as it acts as a natural diuretic and should ease your bloating.

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When it's my TOM I just want to eat constantly - took me a while to figure out that it was related to TOM since I was never regular, I just knew that every so often I would have a week or so where I couldn't seem to stop myself from eating.

So to combat that I work diligently on making sure there are plenty of healthy snacks in the house -- lots of fruit and veggies already prepped so I don't have an excuse not to eat them. This way if I can't keep myself from eating it's things that are healthy for me and no sodium, which helps extra due to water retention.

Right now I have cut up cantalope, carrot sticks, celery sticks, slices of cucumbers, bananas, and apples in the house. I've also got a lot of made up ice tea (no sweetener) to help me fight the soda urge.

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How do you maintain your progress when it's your TOM? This seems to trip me up constantly and I'm unsure of what I need to do and/or tell myself...

I struggle with eating too much, being lazy, moodiness, etc.

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BLT- I am sorry to hear about your sister. I wouldnt know what to do either. Praying and maybe just listening to her might help. I will pray for your sister and I hope she gets the help that she needs.

Hang in there girl, we are all here for you!!!

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BLT, suicide is so difficult. As a teenager, I attempted suicide three different times. As an adult, I have felt suicidal numerous times. Working with a counselor, specifically a mental health nurse practitioner, I have found someone who not only counsels me, but also regulates my medication. That way, I don't have more than one person dealing with one medical issue.

When I was twenty, my aunt committed suicide. My grandma found her and has never been the same. I believe that is the one thing that kept me from actually going over the edge in the last six years. Maybe, finding people who have experienced a loss due to suicide that your sister can talk to might help her.

Give her hugs, whether she says she wants them or not. Whether she wants them or not, she needs them. My husband had a really hard time with that one, but when he puts his arms around me, even when I'm pushing him away, life seems bearable.

Don't tell her she has no reason to do it. My grandma will yell at me and tell me I shouldn't tell people I'm feeling that way because it's not nice, but that does not help. In her mind, that's the way she feels, it is that big of a deal.

Take her to do things...shopping, out to lunch, to a park for a walk, to the beach or somewhere fun near where you live.

Tell her she can call you 24/7. Don't ever brush her off when you're on the phone...let her decide when the conversation is over.

Finally, pray. So much depends on the individual. Pray and pray and then pray some more.

I am so sorry your family is going through all this...it's so difficult, both for the person feeling suicidal and for the family. I've been on both ends and neither end is easy.

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Christina, I also have PCOS. My OBGYN actually told me, when I was 18, that I could never have kids, and she put me on birth control pills to help with all the symptoms of PCOS. In spite of my supposed infertiliy and birth control pills, my husband and I conceived my daughter (he attributes it to his super-sperm, lol!). But, really there's nothing a woman with PCOS can't do, if she really wants to. Yes, there are more difficulties in conceiving for some women. Yes, we have more difficulty losing weight. But, it can be done. My favorite book, which helped me a LOT when I first found out I had PCOS:

The Savvy Women's Guide to PCOS:
http://www.amazon.com/Savvy-Womans-Guide
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Also, I take Metformin and that has helped my hormones to stabilize...you may ask your doctor if she thinks it would be helpful. No one suggested it to me until last winter, when I went to see a new OB.

The group on SP for PCOS was not very active when I checked it out, but message me if you've got questions or anything!

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BLT,

My heart goes out to you. My brother has attempted suicide about half a dozen times (since he was a teen-ager). He is doing better, thanks to a good therapist, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety meds, and the support of family and friends. In about a week's time he was diagnosed with bipolar depression, post-traumatic stress, and epilepsy. It took forever for him to get his meds right.

I also felt hopeless during this time. All I could do is continue to tell him how much I loved him, that he could talk to me about anything anytime, encourage him to continue taking his meds and seeing his therapist, and most of all...pray.

I don't know if it will make you feel better or not, but I started to understand more about what he was going through by getting educated, and thankfully there's a lot of good information on the internet from credible websites like the Mayo Clinic and WebMd. Spark Mail me if you want some help in finding some info.

I'll be praying for you, your sister and family.

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My youngest sister attempted suicide again yesterday. ( this is her 4th in 1 and1/2 yrs. ) I don't know what to say to her or what I can do. All I can think of is to pray for her soul.

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Christina,

I'm so sorry that you're having to deal with this. I don't know a whole lot about it, but I did some Goggling and found this site which seems to be pretty good. Lots of information and support.
www.pcosupport.org/

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Sorry Ladies I have been MIA this entire week!

Got some not so good news on Wednesday and its kinda depressing. As you may know, my boyfriend and I are talking about marriage and kids. Well, we went to the women's doctor, so we can see how everything was coming along and the doctor told me that I have PCOS. I have long suspected that, but now that I know its true. I am scared that we might not beable to have children. I have just watched my best friend go thru this and she is still not okay. She has had 3 miscarriages and this last one was a toughie for her and her husband. I am scared and dont know what to do?

Does anyone have any suggestion or are you dealing with this also?

Thanks!


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emoticon everyone for your support, I very much needed it, I was in quite a rut at the beginning of the week.

I looked at my last blood tests, done in February, and found that my thyroid was not tested. So, I plan to call my doctor next week and request to have it tested. I don't know that I have sleep apnea, because once I fall asleep, it's usually next to impossible to wake me up. But, I might ask my Mental Health Nurse Practitioner about increasing my antidepressant medication that I started in the middle of June.

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Oh, don't get me started on work-related depression! I just got put on an anti-depressant on Monday. I had to do something as the stress of going back to work in a few weeks was getting worse. Not to mention my general attitude.

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Sleep Apnea is no joke! I went through testing at one point- I don't have sleep apnea but since one of my biggest complaints was I didn't feel rested my dr started with that - I ended up being depressed - took medication for about a year - (a lot of mine was work related and I was smart enough to change positions within my school) since then I have been able to read the signs when I start to move into those patterns I am more aware and haven't had to go back on medication!



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My daughter went through the sleep tests and found she has sleep apnea and was waking up 120 times/night--which is considered MODERATE sleep disturbance! (Like Lucky says, the person stops breathing and then usually startles back, which disrupts sleep.) She is having success with the C-PAP, too.

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My husband has sleep apnea and is now on a C-PAP machine. I would lose sleep at night before he got it because he would stop breathing and it alarmed me as to how often he could stop breathing. The machine has really helped. No more huge dark circles under his eyes, his mood is better and he has more energy. The sleep clinic he went to was through the university so it didn't cost him anything. Sometimes there are clinics that are doing research and it might be free or low cost. And if you have insurance, it should pick up the cost of the tests and the machine.

It's DEFINITELY worth checking out.
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Oh, that sounds pretty much like me! For me, I know that it is mostly psychological: I just don't want to return to classes and have been doing everything possible to procrastinate writing syllabi, cleaning out my office, and all the other things I should be doing--including getting up earlier.

The only suggestions I have may or may not be helpful. 1) If you think it might be depression, consider consulting your doctor ; 2) Consider checking out the possibility of a sleep disorder. A lot of people--especially us overweight folks--can develop sleep apnea. You wake up many times during the night without realizing it, and since you never reach the deep sleep phase, you never feel like you've gotten enough sleep. Your doctor might refer you to a sleep clinic for testing, but there is help.

Can you possibly work out after work instead of before? It might give you a little more time for sleep.

The only other thing I've got to offer is that I know from experience that I have MORE energy if I push myself to exercise, even when I'm already dragging.

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CHARYSEEBOO,

Your energy level sounds like mine when my thyroid levels go down. Are you hypothyroid by any chance? Have you checked with your doc to see if you are? Once my levels get normalized (by adjusting my meds) I usually feel a lot better and my energy comes back. Just an idea, but maybe talking with your doctor and getting some routine blood work done could help you see if this is the problem. It's an easy one to solve.

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So, I feel like I've been trying so hard for the past week and a half to get back to a sleeping cycle that is healthy (7.5 hours) and will back me up when school starts and I have to get up at 4:30 in the morning in order to get my workout in and still leave for work by 6:55 each morning (asleep at 9 pm and up at 4:30 gives me 7.5 hours). I have tried so many different strategies, but in the morning, I just can't get out of bed. I can sleep 5 hours and not get up, I can sleep 7.5 hours and not get up, I can sleep 10 hours and not get up. Last night, I was fast asleep by 10 pm and I couldn't get up at 6:30 this morning. I managed to drag myself up to get my daughter some milk and fruit for breakfast and change her diaper; then I crashed on the couch for a few hours. In the meantime, while my daughter is well behaved and our house is fairly baby proof, I should NOT be sleeping while she is let loose in the house (this is why we keep a baby gate at her room at night). And, when I finally wake up enough to be up, I feel horrible because there is so much I could be doing, in the house, in the yard, and with my daughter. School starts in a few weeks and she goes back to daycare, yet I am sleeping away the precious few days I have left with her.

I'm not exercising nearly as much as I could be, I'm not eating enough food because I don't want to get up to eat, and I'm not drinking enough water.

I have been taking my meds more regularly, and in June that helped me turn myself around quickly. I know I can do this, because I did so well for seven weeks this summer...then August hit, the month I have so much time to accomplish things in, and I'm just feeling a little lost in life at the moment.

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Kerry,

Not only does stress play a major part in us trying to lose weight (the body wants to hang on to ALL the calories we give it. Stress equals the fight or flight principle), but it also plays an even bigger part in our health.

Like you, I have multiple health problems and every one one of them gets worse when I'm stressed. Stress affects our immune system and can cause inflammation in a lot of health issues. I used to think inflammation wasn't such a big deal, but I know better now.

Stress also affects the body's ability to function normally. One of my health issues deals with the inability to digest most solid foods. I'm sure most of you have read my blogs and know about this problem - it's called gastroparesis - or basically a paralyzed stomach. I can digest some soft foods like bananas, tofu, cottage cheese, canned peaches. But when I'm stressed, I can't digest ANYTHING. Everything that is still fermenting in my stomach from the past few days decides to come back up and I risk becoming dehydrated because the stomach muscles that cause me to vomit are different than the ones that could at one time help me digest food. Stress is a real demon, and until we learn to deal with stress, we're at it's mercy.

Your health problems might be similar to mine in that you'll have them for the rest of your life, and that they might even get worse as you get older, but the best thing you can do for yourself, regardless of how many health problems you have and how severe they become, is to learn how to manage your stress. It's the one thing that only you can do for yourself.

But at least you have options that you can explore....

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Kerry, I know that for me, stress plays a HUGE role in my weight. I am starting to feel extremely stressed at the thought of classes beginning in less than three weeks. The fall and the week I spent in Texas helping my brother and SIL pack and move to NH didn't help. I was totally at their mercy as to when to eat and where (no stove or refrig as the movers had come), when to return to the hotel for the night and when to get up in the morning, then spending three days sitting in a car for 9-10 hours/day. I've been back for a week now and have yet to make it to the gym. I've gained back four pounds and am feeling really angry and frustrated. I'm trying yet again to get in a workout today. I know that once the semester begins, there will be more stress, and it stresses me even more to think about the fact that I haven't achieved all I had hoped over the summer! I gain during every school year, partly because of not having the time to focus on my program needs, but in large part, I believe, due to stress.

I wish I had a magic answer, but the best one I have is "Just do it." When I exercise, I feel better, sleep better, and handle the stress better, and I even think it makes it easier to follow a healthy eating plan. And having something to focus on aside from the usual stressors also helps.

I have arthritis, which holds me back somewhat, but I know that your health issues are more constant and serious. Just do your best and remember that even a tiny step is a step forward and that even a little exercise will make you stronger.

~Deborah
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I know we're supposed to be creating a healthy lifestyle, which should be maintainable through good times and bad. But I'm really stressing, having health issues and struggling. These health issues are not going to go away, so I feel like I shouldn't quit, but I'm getting so frustrated.

Anybody have suggestions on how to keep moving forward when you feel overwhelmed? How much do you think stress effects your weight loss??

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