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emoticon to all our newbies. emoticon to SparkPeople and the team. It's nice to have you with us on the journey to a healthier lifestyle.

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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Hi, I just joined.

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emoticon NB180788 aka Kirsten. You are off to a great start on this journey. Knowing that consistency in tracking your nutrition and exercise routines is a huge key to success. Another key is to clean out your fridge, kitchen and pantry and restock it over time with healthier choices. You can do this! It's about making one healthier choice after another.

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emoticon to the team, RISINGSUN2016 aka Erika. We're so glad you dropped in. Spark is a great place to find loads of information, support and motivation. They key is take all this information and find what works for you. (Don't forget to ask your doctor for tips!) Remember that this is a marathon and not a sprint. It takes time, patience and perseverance. Know you are NOT alone. We are here for you.

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7/8/16 2:50 A

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Hi everyone

Thanks for just being there!

I'm Kirsten and I come from a long genetic line of depression in many forms. Like most of you, I take drugs to stabilise my brain chemicals and stop me becoming suicidal again. I can't ever take myself off them, but wish I could as they also affect my weight. Since being back on medication, I have picked up 25 kgs in 2 and a half years.
I am now trying to take back my life and starting with consistent tracking, exercise and eating right, I'm going to get back to a healthy weight, in spite of the medication.
I have no doubt I will stumble along the way, but it really is good to know that you are all there supporting each other and hopefully me when I need it!!!

Take care and have a great weekend!

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7/7/16 11:42 A

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Hi, I'm Erika and I joined yesterday. I have struggled with depression for most of my life. I have medication and a daily meditation practice which helps a lot but I need to get my food and exercise on track. Thanks for reading me.

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7/7/16 9:30 A

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Welcome Katie. I hope you like this team, it has lifted my sprites many times, which has been very helpful to me.

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emoticon to both Spark and the Team, KAYLEEFRYE6 aka Katie. I'm so glad you took the time to stop in and introduce yourself. The good news is you are among a lot of members who understand depression and anxiety. Even better news is that you have noticed that you have let your "health and fitness goals go". You are so ready to make some needed changes in your life as you continue studying for your exam. Start slowly by setting small goals and then track them. As you see your success, continue adding more goals. Whatever you decide, enjoy this journey to a healthier, happier you.

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7/5/16 4:50 P

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Hi! My name is Katie. I am new to SparkPeople and new to the team. I've been struggling with mood imbalances and possibly anxiety and depression over the last 4 years. I am studying for professional exam and have just kind of let my health and fitness goals go completely. I am the heaviest I've been in my entire life and would like to make a change. But I think that managing my stress/anxiety/depression would definitely help. Any suggestions and guidance would be much appreciated.

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emoticon to the team, TAMADOR. It sounds like you are extremely busy! However, have you phoned your doctor and asked them about this recent episode of depression? It might be worth the phone call. If you haven't already, you might set one goal that you can work towards on a daily basis. Even success meeting this one goal can help lift your spirits. Whatever you decide, know we are here for you. Please feel free to ask for whatever you need.

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emoticon to all our new team members. emoticon to SparkPeople and the team. It's nice to have you with us on the journey to a healthier lifestyle.

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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Hi and welcome, TAMADOR. We're glad you've joined the team. I feel for you because I, too, have tried many medications and had much therapy over the years. My depression is hard-to-treat and it's challenging. I admire you for forcing yourself to walk - I know how hard that is when you feel depressed. It does make me feel better when I get outside and walk for even 10 minutes.

Several threads on the team forums lately have had team members talking about fatigue. Many of us have family members who found out they had sleep disorders (in my husband's case, sleep apnea) and my daughter's circadian rhythms were off. Sleep disorders can cause great fatigue and low energy levels. Other common problems are lack of Vitamin D (mine and my daughter's were ridiculously low and we had to take prescription strength for a while, then change to supplements), and of course thyroid disorders can cause problems. Just mentioning all this in case you haven't seen your medical doctor in a while - maybe a check-up could help in addition to your therapy and meds for depression.

Again, welcome to the team!!!

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Hello I'm new here, I've suffered with depression many years. I've tried all sorts of medication, and therapy. I feel very fatigue, no energy or motivation to do anything. I've been forcing myself to walk and try to get into the excersise mood (which I use to love) but it's been hard.

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Hi and welcome to all new members!! We're glad you've joined us!!

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emoticon to the team, KESIATAH. I love your goal you up on your Spark Page: "Learn to think, eat, and live healthier." That is a goal we are all striving to meet. I understand you love to cook and bake and you are working toward healthier recipes. What a great change to undertake! After going through all you have, regaining control is so important and this is but one way to do that! Tweeting recipes and trying new ones allows us to enjoy our food but in a healthier version. This change alone will help you find that healthier, happier you.

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emoticon to the team, HEALTHYLADY58. I'm so sorry you are dealing with so much within your family combined with your medical issues. You are in a difficult situation, but I absolutely love your attitude. The Biblical quote you use to motivate you is a great reminder that our attitude affects our entire being. Thank you for that reminder. Whatever you decide to do, know we are here to help you succeed.

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emoticon to the team, HEALTH_NOW. You are off to a great start on this journey to a healthier you. By documenting everything, you can see trends of when and what you are and are not eating. This allows you to make changes along the way. Also this is a great document to share with your doctor. They can help you dissect the info and add helpful advice. In the meantime, we are here for you.

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Welcome to the team Health_Now and HealthyLady. Good luck on your journey!


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Welcome HealthyLady 58 and Health Now

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Hi, I am new here. I have struggled with depression and anxiety since childhood. I am 58 now. I comfort and binge eat. I often feel like a failure in life and about not being able to control my food intake. I am thoroughly documenting everything including how much I eat, even though it embarrasses me at times. I do see a trend that I don't consume enough protein. I really struugle to get to 10% protein when I know it should be more.
I am looking forward to getting to know the group.


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SPLORI- I see you have been here on Spark since 2008, but I'm not sure if you were ever welcomed here. I would hate to have you think you have been overlooked so, in case you haven't been,

emoticon to the team. We are glad you are here and that you took the time to post. If we can help you along this journey to a healthier you, please feel free to ask.



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Welcome to the team

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Think of not about your frustrations,
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Concern yourself not with what you have tried and failed in,
but what it is still possible for you to do.

Pope John XXIII


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6/22/16 10:03 A

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emoticon to the team, DUCKTURNIP and good luck with that interview. My fingers are crossed for you. I'm sure this is an extremely stressful time for you. Please stay connected to this team so that we can support you and help you stay motivated. You are NOT alone.

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emoticon to both Spark and the Team, BFITZH2O. We are so glad you are here and that you took the time to introduce yourself. We are a supportive team that will help you through those tough days and celebrate with you as you meet your goals. If there is anything we can do to help you, please let us know. We are here for you.

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Diana. I need to be using this group more as I'm very depressed.

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6/21/16 1:32 P

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Hello. I;m new here.

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Hi TCG290676 Welcome to our team.

Sparkle, Shimmer
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May your Star always Shimmer and Shine!! Keep Sparkling!!


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emoticon to both Spark and the Team. I'm so sorry you are struggling so. One way to get through those difficult days is to read and/or comment on the Team Threads. There is a lot of support, motivation and care offered from the members. Many times you don't even have to post in order to get a "lift". Know we are here for you and that you are NOT alone.

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Hi. I joined sparkpeople a few weeks ago. I am a wife and mother of two teenagers and struggle with my eating every day. I am a binge/compulsive eater who sometimes purges as well. Suffering at this point from mild depression, I am doing much better than I have in the past. I just don't like myself very much.
Am looking forward to reading about how everyone else copes and any ideas they may have for getting through the days.


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emoticon to the team, JUNEWALKER! I'm so glad you took the time to post a short intro. It's always good to hear from our team members. As you can see, we are here to support and motivate you. You are off to a great start with your walking program. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. You are NOT alone on this journey to a healthier you.

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Welcome, Junewalker, from across the pond!

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Welcome JUNEWALKER to the team and to your new life here on sparkpeople!!!!

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Hi! I just wanted do say a quick intro - I'm 52, happily married, no children or pets, like walking, gardening, listening to music, reading and cooking, and am a born again Christian. I live in England and have been in a gloom for about 6 months I think. It's time to do something about it. I'll be looking over the spark depression teams I joined today and other websites, and walking more, as I feel sure that if I went to the doctor he would prescribe more exercise. Looking forward to getting to know you!

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Welcome MalificentladyJ. Lots of good articles and lots of support here. Your came to the right place. Give a shout out if you need to talk.


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emoticon MALIFICENTLADYJ. I'm so sorry to hear you are struggling! The good news is that we are here for you whether you are having a good or bad day. Feel free to lean on us! Whatever you decide, enjoy this journey to a healthier, happier you.

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Hello friend! I, too, have the "depression is waaay worse than the mania" issue! I actually enjoy the mania because I rarely see it! But neither is healthy, so I guess we must tame both beasts! If you ever need a friend, I'm here!

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Hello everyone! Rejoining Spark People after a few years! I have a few mental health issues, but the doozies are Bipolar Disorder Major Depression, and PTSD. Haven't been taking care of myself at all, and am now tired of being mad and sad all the time! Time for a positive change!

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If you havent been welcomed by me already emoticon PLATINUM755 and welcome to spark people and the team.

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emoticon to all our newbies and emoticon to SparkPeople and the team.

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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Welcome to all our newest members!!! Its a journey that were all on together!! Use us as support!!!

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emoticon SPARKL3SUSAN!!

I am happy you have joined our team. The key to success is doing what works for you, and I am impressed that you recognize and have done that for yourself. Be sure to let your Spark friends know how we may be of help to you.

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emoticon SPARKL3SUSAN aka Susan. You have a great mind set for beginning this journey again. It is not just about weight loss, but mind, body and spirit. As we change each of these we will begin to feel better on all accounts. If there is anything we can do to help you from feel overwhelmed this go-around, please feel free to ask. We are here for you.

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Welcome SPARKL3SUSAN !!! We are here to help so use the forums to your advantage.

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Hi, I'm Susan. emoticon I'm sort of new. I think I was a member here for a short time a couple of years ago, but for some reason dropped out. I think I felt a bit overwhelmed with Spark and I felt overextended with teams. I have been on Spark for a few years on and off, but recently changed my Spark ID out of paranoia that people who know me could locate me here and read all of my personal stuff. I deleted most of my photos and blogs -- anything that could identify me personally.

So now you know about my irrational fears. emoticon

I have bipolar depression, but I feel more at home in groups dealing with depression than with groups of people with bipolar disorder. I am depressed much more than I am hypomanic. I also deal quite a bit with anxiety and OCD.

I look forward to getting to know all of you!

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emoticon to both Spark and the team, KALISBACK aka Karen. I'm so sorry to hear about your broken foot. Hopefully, it will heal quickly and correctly. I'm so glad you can take this time to focus on yourself and your journey to a healthier you. If you need anything at all, please ask. We are here to help you succeed and stay motivated.

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