SparkPeople SparkPeople Cafe Messageboard General, fun discussion about a variety of topics. Please post one-word answer and game threads in the Game Room, not in the Cafe. SparkPeople SparkPeople Cafe Messageboard The Latest on Artificail Sweeteners I subscribe to a lot of different medical journals and newsfeeds. This came through today. I thought you might find it interesting. I edited to remove links that wouldn't work for you. <BR> <BR> Is sugar a healthier option than artificial sweeteners? Despite some common misperceptions, artificial sweeteners are clearly the healthier choice, Aaron Carroll argues in the New York Times' "The Upshot." <BR> <BR> Artificial sweeteners are often cited as being harmful chemicals, in part because of... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:27:04 EST How much weight have WE lost?! ... I like doing this every once in a while to see how AWESOME our numbers add up. <BR> <BR> I've lost 35 lbs so far ... so that's the number we'll start with. Add your weight to mine ... the next person adds their weight ... and we keep it going - it's a totally feel good exercise. <BR> <BR> Ex/ <BR> <BR> Me - 35lbs + Next Person's total weight loss = NEW NUMBER <BR> <BR> Let the game begin ... GO! <em>344</em> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:30:46 EST Pay the Encouragement Forward To the next person to post on this thread, my advice for you today is: <BR> <BR> Think twice when making choices -- you know you can do what's right. Also today, do something for someone else that's unexpected. It will bring joy to both you and them. Have a wonderful day. Feel free to let us know how things went. <BR> <BR> Your Spark Friend <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>244</em> <em>224</em> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:32:08 EST Doggie got a haircut Looking at my profile picture, my mum gave our dog a shave because she was so fluffy and its been so hot, we figure she must be very hot. So now she has soft puppy fur all over. It's so cute. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:00:29 EST Amazon Gold Deal Tonight 7/27/2015 - ZUMBA DVD Set This sale that this message is about will likely expire in the next 2-3 hours, depending on your time zone (it's 10:19 pm CST now where I am, in the USA) - and I have no idea if any of this works outside the USA - But....the Gold Box Deals of the Day: Over 25% Off Select Zumba Fitness DVDs - they look to be offering 4 basic packages, and 2 of the packages look like they are the same thing, but different prices.... I tried to put this link on my Status update, but I think it cut off - <BR> ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:23:44 EST Drawing the line of when to care what others think Time & again I either read on social media or hear people say, "I don't care what others think of me, I am who I am,...." <BR> <BR> I care what others think of me but not every facet of my existence. Do I care that people know I am a band or gamer geek? <BR> No. <BR> <BR> Do I care that the clothes I'm wearing are clean because I don't want people to think I'm a hobo? <BR> Yes. <BR> <BR> Where's your line? Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:26:01 EST Is Eating Ice Bad for You? Pica is a disorder where people feel the urge to eat items of little or no nutritional value, such as soil, chalk, sand, or glass. This disorder generally occurs amongst children and people who have developmental issues. <BR> <BR> Pagophagia is a form of pica—it’s a disorder where people have the constant urge to consume ice, or iced drinks. But, why is eating ice bad for you? Chomping on a piece of ice may appear to be a seemingly harmless habit, but it can actually be detrimental to your t... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 04:15:39 EST Loss of my brother He been gone 2 yrs and I still can't stand living without him aim not happy any more see I am a addict and my brothers wife wouldn't allow me to come see him for a yr cause I was using but my step brother who was shooting drugs was allowed to live there , thing hurt cause I didn't stop useing wn my brother was sick. I feel like dying , I hate my self for it. Wn he lye in the hospital. He said why are u all here I am not dying. He held my hand and said I love u sis. That was the last time I... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:31:08 EST Sprains are Contagious! At least at my house. <BR> <BR> First my DD sprains her back at work. Doing the whole PT bit, getting better yada yada yada. <BR> Then DH slips and sprains his back at home. Medicating, massage, getting better yada yada yada. <BR> Then I strain my wrist, doing everyone else's heavy lifting. "RICE" getting better, yada yada yada. <BR> <BR> This is all the people in my <BR> <BR> Last night the dog sprains her back...trip to the vet, medications, rest for ten days ....yada yada ... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 15:08:24 EST What Are Your Sundays Like? Besides worshipping (not a religious discussion), do you use Sundays for wind-down? or are Sundays another day to make the most out of weekend activities? <BR> <BR> I do both -- depends on what I've done on Saturday. Today I'm working on crafts and a few chores. Then later, we'll watch a couple of our favorite TV shows. We've planned a really healthy dinner already, which will take some time to prepare. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day! <BR> <BR> <em>87</em> <em>125</em> <em>87</em> ... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 12:26:46 EST Pilates ineffective? I did some research on youtube and found some ppl recommending heavy lifting and deadlifts, saying that Pilates is ineffective. That it doesn't do much for your body? I'm really confused because other ppl say that Pilates is body weight exercise and builds muscle. <BR> <BR> I've been following Cassey Ho's workouts <link> </link> and I'm just wondering if I've been wasting my time. However, I can't lift heavy weights because of the fistula on my left arm that enables me to un... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 09:14:01 EST Catchy TV Commercials -- Good or Bad! I don't know why this one caught our attention, but it's the Bushes Baked Bean commercial where the husband shops, comes home and his wife asks him if he bought some beans, and he replies "Yes, yes I did!" <BR> <BR> Now, around our house, when asked a question, we reply either "Yes, yes I did!" or "No, no I didn't!" It's getting sickening. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 10:09:23 EST Fun and Unique Cooking Tips Both my spouse and I love cooking. We aren't 5-star chefs, but we do make some pretty good food (so our family and friends tell us). I'm always excited to learn new ways of cooking, the process of cooking and baking -- anything that makes for ease in the kitchen -- even cleaning the kitchen. Here's one I learned lately, and it really works: <BR> <BR> To peel garlic cloves easily, and without getting all those sticky peels stuck on your hands, separate cloves from the garlic head. Place c... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 09:59:43 EST KITCHEN LOCATION CAUSES FAT A lot of kitchens today are open and in the same room where the family hangs out like the den. We rented a vacation house like that and I found I snacked more and ate more as I could smell and watch my honey cook meals. My residential home has a kitchen in it's own room and not visible to the rest of the house. <BR> <BR> Do you think kitchen location and weight loss or gain is a reality? Fri, 24 Jul 2015 11:37:40 EST Do you consider Friday "THE WEEKEND?" I do and a lot of people I know do think of Friday as the kickoff of a Friday-Saturday-Sunday "weekend," which I define as a period of time that is somehow "different" from the "week," even if I am working or have tasks to do. <BR> <BR> But I am old enough to remember when the "weekend" with its difference and special qualities used to be just Saturday and Sunday. <BR> <BR> How about you? Do you consider weekends as somehow different from weekdays, even if you work weekends or just don't ch... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 11:26:49 EST still see myself fat hi there. i know it might be silly but it bugs me alot. <BR> on my biggest days my weight was 82 kg. (i am 165cm) and i hated it with all my might. throughout a few years with breaks i managed to go down to 65 ultimate goal is 60 so just 5 kg to go. not clothes went down from 16 uk to 10-12 uk so there is a difference in a body size/shape. but every time i stand naked in a front of a mirror i see the same 82 kg. looks like all those kg are still in my head and i s... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:50:58 EST Ketogenic Hello, <BR> I was wondering if any one on here is doing the Ketogenic diet for health reasons? <BR> I am looking for support in how to get started and recipes ect... <BR> I have looked all over in here and I have not found where they are? <BR> Thank you <BR> Marilyn Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:17:49 EST Sharknado Night!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Are you going to indulge in the guilty pleasure of watching 3 really trashy shark movies in one night? <BR> <BR> I admit it, I am. The worse these movies are the more I enjoy them. I know they are badly written, with bad acting and are over hyped...but I DON"T CARE! <BR> <BR> Break out the popcorn cuz here we go! Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:00:37 EST How to make this message board more exciting. I suggest the following change to SparkPeople Cafe. <BR> <BR> Please discontinue giving people points for posting on this forum. This encourages many people to add quick answers just to get an extra point. <BR> However, you may want to continue giving points to people who post in the <BR> Woo Hoo! Button to Celebrate Success and other similar message boards. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:29:03 EST Do you work Weekends? When I ask "do you work weekends?" I don't mean chores or errands, I mean do go to your place of employment and do work for which you are paid? If so, where? <BR> I do. I work at Tim Horton's Café and Bake Shop. They are open every day except Christmas, so someone's got to be there. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 20:39:13 EST Rosacea Laser Treatments Hello, <BR> I posted my pics on my blog - <BR> i am on a 3 day rest from this treatment <BR> is anyone else doing laser ? <BR> <em>204</em> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:18:54 EST Emotional Overeating A string of family drama in the last few days has left me an emotional wreck. For a couple of days, I had absolutely no appetite. Everything was tasteless and I felt as though my throat was closing up which made swallowing difficult. <BR> Yesterday, all of that changed and I made some very poor choices that added up to 500 calories over my maximum daily limit. Today, whenever the emotions start to bubble to the surface, I am searching for snack foods. The lunch I packed was gone before 11:30... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:01:39 EST Addicted to Food Channel I'm a real foodie and love watching the Food Network station. I've learned a lot of things about food and cooking from there, but it seems like a lot of the shows are all about "comfort" foods. I really get hungry, too, watching some of the shows that highlight "best foods" from somewhere. I can't tear myself away from watching, though. I even like the cooking competition shows. I wonder if my addiction to this station has played any part in my gaining back lots of weight. Anyone else w... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:54:39 EST What Activity Level Would You Call This ? A lot of people work at desk jobs where they sit for most of 8 hours. <BR> Then a lot of these folks commute for a half hour trip home. <BR> Some might take a walk during some of their lunch break (maybe 20 min) <BR> maybe even half hour walking their dog in the morning and evening. <BR> <BR> What activity level would you categorize that? <BR> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:17:51 EST Do you lose 8 oz? I heard someone size they had lost 8 oz after coming out of bathroom. Not going to be crude here, but is this correct that you can lose 8 oz after you eliminate in the bathroom? Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:13:54 EST SPARKPEOPLE HOW DO I MAKE SPARK PEOPLE MY HOME PAGE. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:50:54 EST Conflicts with personal trainer I recently started seeing a personal trainer, and while she's been great with what I REALLY want to do, I have found we are already conflicting on nutrition. Basically, she asked me how many calories SP told me I could eat. I have my FitBit synced up, so that makes it complicated as it adjusts my calories by my activity level. So then that prompted a bunch of "advice" I was already aware of (don't eat back all your exercise calories, you can't eat TOO LITTLE or you'll go into starvation mode... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:17:09 EST Slow and Steady Wins the Race There's nothing worse than working your butt off trying to lose weight, but no one notices. Your clothes feel loose, the scale says you're losing weight, you physically look like you're losing weight, but yet no one says a word. I know you're not supposed to care about what people think or say, but you have to admit it bothers you. <BR> <BR> I think I know why: <BR> <BR> 1) I started off at 220 pounds and I'm now 194. Yeah, I've lost weight, but I'm still overweight.You're not going to co... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:32:17 EST Virtual Walk? When I was a part of SP years ago, there was a group that was doing a virtual walk following the story of the Lord of the Rings..... <BR> <BR> Does anyone know if there's any other virtual walks that follow a book or story in that way? Or a trail? <BR> I've seen virtual walks of the West Coast Trail, Pacific Crest, Appalacian, etc, that all have info along the route you're walking, and pictures as you go, but they all cost money through various other sites. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:18:33 EST What would you change if you could live life over? I'd do some things differently, including work harder at algebra in the 8th grade. <BR> <BR> What about you? Tue, 21 Jul 2015 02:18:46 EST Weddings? My sister told me she is engaged. I don't know if I'm going to be in the bridal party. I know that I can't spend any money on myself now and that I have to stop eating. Other than that I don't know what to do. Like how many gifts do I have to buy and what to buy), for example. I want to be the ideal sister: slim, attractive, perfect wedding behavior, giving the best gift, an awesome speech,all that. But I've not even attended a wedding in my adult life. Can anyone recommend websites that migh... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 01:42:19 EST SUGGESTIONS FOR SMART PHONE OR I-PHONE PLEASE Three months ago I got a Jitterbug smart phone. I'm a senior and not very technical. I liked the large numbers. It does not record all my messages. Others complained and I tried myself. Any suggestions for phones that will be easy to text on and one you would recommend for a non technical senior. THANK YOU! Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:56:20 EST I sprained my left foot and now I can't do hiit workouts for a week at least! I m feeling v disappointed bcoz I am really trying to lose weight. How could I have been so careless?! I just don't want to talk abt how I sprained my foot bcoz it's so stupid! Now, I m mad at myself for being so careless! Esp now I m on a roll with the hiit! Sigh! Sun, 19 Jul 2015 21:59:15 EST :) :) :) My 3yr old grandson called to say Hi and tell me about his new house. <BR> Sat, 18 Jul 2015 22:51:08 EST Guess my age Looking at my photo, how old would you guess I am? Don't worry about offending me, you won't. You can get a better view in my gallery. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 12:39:53 EST Resting Metabolic Rate Test I have been on either Synthroid or Armour Thyroid (dependent on the whims of the doctor) for about 40 years. This week my newest doctor had me take a Resting Metabolic Rate Test. It was a 10 minute test that showed that my metabolism is off-the-charts low. <BR> <BR> From that test, the nutritionist was able to determine the number and type of calories I need each day to lose weight. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure I buy into this whole test quite yet. Do any of you have experience with this test? ... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 12:21:10 EST Street Food These days, you hear a lot about food safety, food spoilage, cross contamination, and harmful bacteria. <BR> So do you feel comfortable buying food from a street cart, or at an outdoor fair? Do you watch to see if the person who prepares your food, also handles the money? Are you checking to see how clean things are kept? Sat, 18 Jul 2015 12:17:18 EST Good habit you've been neglecting? I've been seriously slacking on my good habit of doing 10,000 steps daily, no matter what other exercise I get in a given day or what is going on in my life. When I get those steps in, no exceptions unless I physically cannot walk, which hasn't happened yet, my BP goes down, my mood stabilizes and a lot of other good physical, spiritual, emotional and weight-related things fall into place. I do at least 5,000 daily but really, 5,000 is not 10,000. <BR> <BR> I'm going to stop neglecting the 1... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 10:52:37 EST FREEDOM OR SPEECH OR BULLYING? Flying over the internet is the video of the "so called" male comedian and his act where he degrades another comedian who is female for being fat. He says, "you know that fat smell, fat people have. It's because they can't get clean the area where their stomach hangs over. He talks about yeast growing or something. He also makes fun of her having one arm which she lost in a car accident as an adult. <BR> <BR> There is a video also of that female comedian and her response to him. She s... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 10:37:58 EST Thanks cat. My cat ran down the battery on my digital scale! She sits on it every morning and night while I'm in the bathroom. Arg! <BR> How do your pets affect your weight loss journey? Fri, 17 Jul 2015 15:46:35 EST first full day First day with you. Let's get started. <em>521</em> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 08:02:31 EST Do you include massage as part of your self care? I have found great benefit in therapeutic massage. There are so many benefits I can't imagine not trying it. -- I aim for 1 each month whenever possible. <BR> <em>224</em> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:37:15 EST ios What are your favorite iOS apps for meal planning? Thu, 16 Jul 2015 22:47:20 EST ARE YOU TAKING HIGH CHOLESTEROL PILLS? Well I made it to two months short of 63 years of age without taking any pills. As of two weeks ago I now take high cholesterol meds. Anyone have side effects? I read pros and cons of taking the meds if you have no other medical problems. Whats your opinion? Thu, 16 Jul 2015 02:49:36 EST Step one The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 09:03:04 EST Clean eating I'm just starting day 2 and o need a good knowledgeable support team any suggestions Wed, 15 Jul 2015 08:54:58 EST Forgetting stupid things I seem to be growing more absent minded lately..or more distracted .... <BR> <BR> I find myself doing stupid trying to get out of the car without taking off my seatbelt. Or squinting from the glare when my sunglasses are on top of my head....Or writing the shopping list and leaving it on the counter.... if I remember the list, I forget my coupons... <BR> <BR> Anyone else having "fun" moments? <BR> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 17:28:06 EST Farmers Market is expensive! Do you have local farmers market? How are the prices? <BR> <BR> I went to ours recently and as blown away by the prices. $3.00 for a bunch of radishes (5 radishes per bunch), 2 bunches for $5 was typical. Most vegetables were in the $3 to $5 price range per item or bunch. <BR> <BR> I can get 2 bunches of radishes at the local grocer for .99. True, they aren't organic and they are half the size but I get 8 to 10 radishes so volume wise it works out to about the same amount for 1/3rd the p... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:04:48 EST TEES THAT DON'T SHRINK/know of any? Anyone find a T shirt label that doesn't shrink two sizes in the dryer? I love the 5 dollar tees at Walmart. Cute designs and long. I like tees to come down to right below my hips. I buy them two sizes larger but when I put them in the dryer they shrink and hit me above my bellybutton. I wear tees when exercising so need a lightweight material. It is over 100 degrees here. Thanks. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:43:35 EST Spark Coach Do they still offer this feature? Tue, 14 Jul 2015 11:06:37 EST How to look rich? I am 30 years old and not rich at all. I have no money to spend on my looks. Rich women tend to look amazing. Rich women: <BR> have white teeth <BR> spa days <BR> personal trainer sessions <BR> nutritionists <BR> hair that isn't frizzy <BR> housekeepers/ maids to clean their home while they are out getting pampered <BR> image consultants/personal shoppers <BR> <BR> <BR> I have none of this. How do I get that rich look? I want that because who DOESN'T want nice hair, white teeth, fit body... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 10:43:13 EST If I had it to do over... I would never have dentures inserted immediately after a multiple extraction. I had 10 teeth pulled today and my dental plates were put in about 30 minutes afterward. I was given a scrip for a pain med but was unable to get to the pharmacy before it closed so can't fill it til tomorrow and I am in agony!! If I could do it over, I would wait til the bleeding completely stopped and the numbing subsided. I was told not to remove the plates til I return to the dentist tomorrow. I don't know ... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 22:53:48 EST Who has said "good-bye" to their Cpap? I have had my Cpap maching for about 8 months. It is one of the developments that has spurred me on to getting healthy for good. One of my long term goals is to get rid of my Cpap machine when I am at a healthy BMI. I am interested in hearing from anyone who has done this. I want to make sure it's a realistic goal of mine. Thanks! <em>24</em> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 04:38:26 EST Starting Over is there anyone else here who needs to start over? <BR> <BR> I have gotten away from my healthy eating and exercising routines, have gained quite a bit of weight back after losing it, and have to start over, but finding it very hard to get started again and keep going. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 21:41:45 EST What do you usually do on the Weekend? Do you usually... <BR> Go to church <BR> Go to work (your job) <BR> Visit family or have family visit you <BR> Do housework <BR> Go out to eat <BR> Go shopping <BR> Any other weekend traditions? <BR> <BR> I usually... <BR> Go to church <BR> No <BR> Go to work (your job) <BR> Yes <BR> Visit family or have family visit you <BR> My brother visits on Saturdays <BR> Do housework <BR> Yes, I garden and cook and sometimes clean <BR> Go out to eat <BR> Yes, we usually have hamburgers at A&W on Satur... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 20:47:36 EST DO YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE WITH THE OVEN ON? I was raised that it is dangerous to have the oven on and not watch it. I'm a senior but that has always stuck with me. Stoves are different now but I can't seem to leave the house when I have something in the oven. The other day I made something that needed three hours in the oven. I could of done a lot of errands in that time but I could not bring myself to leave. <BR> <BR> Do you leave the house with the oven on? Sun, 12 Jul 2015 07:20:47 EST Off topic, fight with the husband So it is Saturday night at about 6:15pm and I am at my office, alone because we're closed today, but had nowhere else to go and wanted to get out of the house. <BR> <BR> My husband and I had a fight. It wasn't one of those stupid fights about really nothing, it was going to happen sooner or later, and it seems it ended up happening later because he really let me have it. He must have been feeling some things for a while and totally unloaded on me today. I argued back, defended myself. But at... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 18:24:53 EST cycling how far? Sat, 11 Jul 2015 15:10:56 EST What's your favorite pizza? Does anyone have any great pizza recipes or a favorite take-out, delivery or bake-at-home variety that they LOVE? <BR> <BR> My favorite is a gluten free pizza made from scratch at a local restaurant. I always have mushrooms and cheese on it. I only go there once in a blue moon, but it's a huge treat. Sat, 11 Jul 2015 09:27:03 EST Weekend Plans? Does anyone have any exciting weekend plans coming up? <BR> <BR> I am just planning a shopping trip to get a few clothes, but that's pretty exciting to me. Sat, 11 Jul 2015 09:23:01 EST Anyone else with clinical depression? I have major depression and anxiety. I take medication and go to therapy, but as anyone with depression knows, some days are just more difficult than others. I'm having a really tough day. Trying to deal with it by eating well and keeping busy but it's hard. What are some coping strategies that work for you? Fri, 10 Jul 2015 12:59:40 EST How do I learn to love myself........ despite what I weigh? <BR> <BR> In 2011 from January to September I lost 35 pounds, it was hard but I did it. Then in Feb 2012 I went into menopause and in December 2012 I had a hip replacement. From about April 2012 to April 2013 I gained about 15 of it back and for the last 27 months I have been struggling to get that 15 pounds off again. No matter what I do (besides starving myself which only results in a minor loss that always returns) I just yo-yo between a 6 pound variance never lower ... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 08:26:07 EST So far, I love lamictal Hello, I'm new to this board but I just have to tell everybody something. <BR> I started on lamictal (generic) 25 mg on July 1, 2015. I must say that it has completely made a difference in my life. I used to self-medicate with alcohol but after 1 day, I was unable to hold my liquor anymore. I was a very heavy drinker as a woman. I had a couple shots and it was as if I drank the entire bottle! The next day I tried to have a few sips of beer and it came back up almost immediately. So I was don... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 22:08:37 EST Drug ADs...Are we supposed to prescribe ourselves? I watch most of my tv watching on the internet...and I am amazed at the number of pharmaceutical commercials that come up. Half the time I don't even know what the drugs are used for. Considering most HMOs want patients on generic drugs, are patients supposed to ask to pay more for these brand name drugs? Thu, 9 Jul 2015 14:56:13 EST Television - Three Questions Last night, I was watching a commercial for FIOS. One thing that they emphasized was how you could have programs in every room of your home from your television to your tablet to your laptop and even your cell phone. It implied that most people had a TV in every room. I've seen similar commercials for cable. <BR> <BR> Three TV related questions <BR> <BR> 1) How many do you own ? <BR> 2) Where are they located ? <BR> 3) How many hours per day do you watch ? <BR> <BR> My answers <BR> <B... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 10:16:28 EST Back to 'MY LIFE' Friend of my lost her pet and mother with in the 3 month of each, she was so lost, for the last two plus year, I try to schedule my life with in her's, so she won't be feel lost or alone, now she is got her self back, busy with two new pet she just adopted, am back to do what I need, for my self. Thanks God, was able to be there when she needed some one. Thu, 9 Jul 2015 08:31:19 EST SparkCoach The last time I was here there was SparkCoach. I can't find it. Is it gone? Wed, 8 Jul 2015 23:34:53 EST The Exercise Sweet Spot JAMA recently published a study that followed over 6000 people, tracking death rates/ages and exercise patterns. <BR> <BR> The current recommendations of 30 min 5x a week for moderate exercise and 25 min 3x a week for vigorous exercise are shown to have a very beneficial effect in reducing your risk of sudden cardiac death. (25-30%) <BR> <BR> But the sweet spot that reduces your risk of sudden death by 40% is 450 minutes of exercise per week, or a little over an hour a day. <BR> <BR> Min... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 22:57:27 EST French Fun Facts- Bonjour Bonjour <BR> - is used to say , Good Morning, and Good Day <BR> you always say this, when you enter any building, and meet a person <BR> <BR> only around dinner time, 8 pm- ish, is when you switch over to Bonsoir ( Good evening) <BR> <em>10</em> Wed, 8 Jul 2015 18:35:03 EST Nashville TN, you ever been there? We are planning a trip to Nashville in a few months and we have never been before. <BR> <BR> Just curious if anyone has any recommendations on places to stay, visit or eat? <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Wed, 8 Jul 2015 11:07:35 EST weight loss hypnosis Just curious if anyone else has tried hypnosis for weight loss. I've been doing it for about a week and a half now (just some free video on YouTube) and I really seem to have a handle on my junk food cravings--actually, I don't have the cravings at all; I do, however, crave fruit and vegetables. This is something totally different for me because I could probably win the world record for biggest sweet tooth. Has anyone else had any experience with hypnosis? It's not that I've dropped a ton of ... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 10:55:58 EST Come Join us in the Virtual Racing Team group Here is the link to help find us. <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=43603 </link> <BR> We have a Virtual Run Week each month with the next one coming up on July 13. We keep track of our times on a team spreadsheet so we can cheer each other on. <BR> Come walk, run, walk/run. Tue, 7 Jul 2015 14:45:13 EST Has anyone tried Almased? What were your results? Just curious if anyone has tried this. Tue, 7 Jul 2015 12:25:56 EST Favorite Veggie Burger? Because of a shift a year or so ago to needing to eat gluten free, I stopped eating a brand of veggie burger that I enjoyed as it was wheat based. I don't like any of the veggie burger recipes that I've tried to make at home because to me a veggie burger ought to be a quick meal that, frankly, I like better if it comes from a box. Lately, though, I've been eating the one gluten free brand I could find that I liked. I was a vegetarian for many decades of my life and although I eat the occasion... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 10:27:10 EST Transportation Napping Do you fall asleep while travelling? <BR> I can't stay awake on the bus. A long car ride is like a sleeping pill. It's hard to stay alert enough to get up at my stop on the subway. Anyone else have trouble staying awake while travelling? Mon, 6 Jul 2015 19:43:36 EST Anyone do subscription boxes? Ipsy, Birchbox, Glossybox, etc? <BR> <BR> You pay a small fee (I have an Ipsy subscription that runs $10/month) and you get 4-5 large samples of different makeup or beauty products. I've found that the retail value of the bags I've gotten so far runs around $35-$40 dollars each month. I like it as a way to try new stuff without a large financial commitment. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 17:21:37 EST Are You Competitive with Exercise ? When you exercise with a buddy or in a group <BR> Do you automatically feel a little competitive with someone else <em>38</em> <BR> or Do you just try to beat your last best effort <em>38</em> <BR> or Do you just try to complete the exercise <em>38</em> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 15:17:18 EST Spark Coach Does spark still have their coaching program?? I haven't noticed it and just wondered if it was still offered. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:41:41 EST How Much Of Your Clothing is STRETCH ? What percentage of your clothing is made from material that stretches? <BR> <BR> Comfort is my thing but sometimes I wonder if it would be good to have 1 pair of pants that don't stretch as a monitor of when I'm starting to put on a few extra pounds Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:20:50 EST Separation Anxiety and your pets This post is not so much about your pets having separation anxiety as it is about you having separation anxiety when separated from your pets. I don't mean during the day while you are at work, place of worship, or out and about for the day. What I am talking about is when you are gone for more than a couple of days. I am on a temp job and they put me up in an apartment (for two months) and pets aren't allowed. I've been other temp jobs where pets weren't allowed in the housing but I wasn't a... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 19:54:39 EST What do you do with your grey hairs? Do you splurge and go to a salon or do you do it yourself with Pharmacy bought color? Is your hair long or short? Don't you agree that long hair is more messy and difficult to color yourself? Mine is about shoulder length and already I feel that coloring it myself is one big mess, so I have no choice but to save up and go to a salon. <BR> <BR> I will need time to save up though, planning on a cut, color and treatment somewhere during Christmas or maybe the beginning of next year. Thinking of... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 02:19:28 EST Hands up! Those who feel lazy to exercise! Sigh! I really have to stop procrastinating and JUST DO IT! <BR> <BR> I have to make appts. with myself for exercise and stop diddy dallying and JUST DO IT!!!! <BR> <BR> Do you ever feel meh! when it comes to exercise?! I wish I didn't! Sun, 5 Jul 2015 02:15:00 EST how to tie your shoes... this video was going around on Facebook. I tried this method today - perfection! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I have very high arches. Several years ago, I changed the way I lace my running shoes, skipping every other hole. That helped with the numbness in my feet, but my feet would move around more inside my shoes. The video link shows a lacing method that corrects that issue. Sat, 4 Jul 2015 21:15:11 EST 3 common mistakes tourists make in Paris <img src=""> <BR> <BR> bonjour, <BR> I am living in Paris, and have seen these 3 things, ALOT <BR> so I thought I write a small blog <BR> to help SP friends <BR> merci Sat, 4 Jul 2015 14:50:23 EST Happy Friday July 3rd Happy day before the 4th of July !! <BR> <BR> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> Did you have the day off from work or did you have to go in ? If you have the day off, what did you do ? <BR> <BR> I have the day off. So, instead of getting up early to go to work, I took a 90 minute boxing class. I wasn't expecting to go that long, but it seemed everyone in class had the day off. After class, went home, got washed up and went out to enjoy the nice day. <BR> <BR> Ho... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 16:43:45 EST Question about Sparkteams About the amount to lose sparkteams: If I need to lose 100lbs, do I stay in the 100 lbs to lose team my whole weight loss journey? Or do I move into the 50-99 lbs to lose when that time comes? <BR> I feel like this is a stupid question, and I am not sure it makes any sense..... <BR> Wed, 1 Jul 2015 16:43:33 EST Do you go by how your clothes fit -be careful Since my workplace allows wearing jeans, I was off the scale for a few weeks and thought I was doing great since my jeans were feeling slightly looser. When I weighted to see just how much I lost, I was horrified to see I gained 15 lbs! How!! My clothes were feeling looser! Ok, heres the story, my jeans were the kind with spandex as many brands now are. My jeans were growing with me as the spandex stretched out feeling he same or looser. Wearing, washing, drying was making the spandex loos... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 12:36:47 EST Keeping track with no internet. Suggestions please I am going to a place in the boonies for a few days where there will be no internet access. No cell phone coverage. It might be as long as a week. <BR> <BR> So has anyone out there done anything similar? How did you stay on track? Exercise will not be a problem (plenty of places to walk!) and I am taking my own 'safe' food. <BR> <BR> Can I write it all down manually and enter it when I get home? Will it still count toward my challenges? Wed, 1 Jul 2015 08:17:11 EST Are there non-stick pans that are also non-toxic? Are ceramic or porcelain enamel pans the only safe pans that eggs don't stick to? Cast iron and stainless steel don't work well with eggs. Teflon and all those other coatings are carcinogens. Any suggestions to specific pans or brands I can buy that are non-stick also non-toxic? Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:08:50 EST What is your latest craving? Lowfat cottage cheese topped with fresh cherries! Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:11:14 EST Are Beauty Pagents Still Relevant ? Yesterday, NBC severed its ties with Donald Trump over his controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants. the Donald is the owner of the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. With those ties severed, it means that both pageants need to look for a new network. The news says that viewership for the pageants has been steadily decreasing over the past few years. <BR> <BR> The question is this,"do you watch beauty pageants like Miss America, USA or Universe ? Are they still relevant ?" <BR> <BR... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:10:55 EST Introduction Hi there, my name is Kathleen. I am one of those people who hasn't quite gotten it right yet.......Therefore, I keep returning to Spark People to get back on track. <BR> This is the greatest site around for help and support on A Healthy Lifestyle Journey. I enjoy hearing about other peoples struggles with stubborn weight loss, and sharing my own.... so , If you want a friend to chat with, feel free to look me up on here................Thank you all.... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:14:47 EST How do you, "Shake it Off?!" OK, over the weekend I did a Charity Walk for Suicide Prevention and was kind of on a high since people were out along the walk route cheering us on telling us how amazing we were for doing this 16-18 mile walk in the rain. I was posting on my Facebook along the way of my brother that I lost to suicide (so my main motivator to do the walk) as well as other highlights of the walk. I come into the office this AM and a FB friend that *I think* was trying to be funny who said to me, "No one giv... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:23:12 EST SparkPeople survey: We want to hear from you! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We've been making a bunch of changes this year to make the SparkPeople experience better. Could you spare five minutes and let us know how you feel? We really appreciate your time and opinions; these surveys help us get an idea of what we're doing well and what we could improve upon. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eople_2015 </link> <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Mon, 29 Jun 2015 07:14:45 EST Gift advise for an arangetram An arangetram is the classical dance debut of an Indian girl, usually an older teenager. <BR> Next Saturday the girl in the family I nanny for is having her arangetram. She is 17, and leaving for college in August. I'm trying to figure out some sort of gift idea. I don't want to simply give her money, as that's not my way with these kids. I try to find unique things that match their personalities. However, I'm sort of drawing a blank. Any suggestions would be helpful. <BR> Thanks! Sun, 28 Jun 2015 16:18:14 EST How to LOVE working out? I don't love working out (or eating right). So naturally I don't look how I want to. I can't spend ANY money (I'm economically challenged) . I have a waist that hovers around 30 inches. How do you get to be that person who is so happy to have a workout and eat kale? <BR> This is more like how I WANT my body to look: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (How long does it take to get a body like that anyway?) Sun, 28 Jun 2015 11:15:58 EST Looking for a Workout Buddy :) Hey guys I live in the Chicagoland area I am looking for a workout buddy... I am thinking of joining x-sport on state and I would just love someone fun to hang out with (it would help if you are a good looking male).... I am accepting anybody however who is looking to lose weight. <em>46</em> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 09:29:52 EST ANYONE DYE THEIR EYEBROWS? I am getting white hairs in my eyebrows and a eyebrow pencil is not doing the trick. I color my hair and want to know if anyone colors their eyebrows and do you use the same color as your hair or go darker? Thanks. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 17:59:30 EST Starving. Suggestions? I lowered my calories to match my new weight and I feel like I'm starving now. Any new suggestions? I do herbal teas, brothy soups, salads, fruit... <BR> Cannot lose weight on my old calorie range any longer, so I know I'm not eating too little. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 17:28:40 EST Spark People Stinks! I don't know what happened to this site but there are so many pop ups now that it takes forever to add your food choices to the tracker. I haven't been on here in a couple of years and this site was awesome a few years ago. Every time I attempt to add a food to the tracker its so delayed that I keep clicking and then 10 of the same thing is added to my page. I then have to go through the same frustration to remove all of it. I'm looking for a new site because Spark People has become more ... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 18:27:13 EST Are You Larger or Smaller ? In the panic room, a female member was concerned that they weighed more than their boyfriend. I assured her that one spouse weighing more than the other was not unusual. <BR> <BR> So, the question is this,"are you larger, smaller or about the same size as your husband/boyfriend, wife/girlfriend or significant other ?" <BR> <BR> For a while, I was about the same size as my boyfriend. Now, I weigh less. How about you ? <BR> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:25:05 EST new awareness In having to keep track of what I eat at each meal, via food tracker, I have had a flash! I have been unconcious when it comes to have I feed myself. <BR> It would seem I nibble my way through LOTS of food. Just a bit here a bit there. <BR> I have been keeping track with the easy to use trackers and I note on the tracker what I eat and when. SO>>>>>I am no longer snacking All day. <BR> I have also noticed I head for a bite of this or that when certain difficulties pop up. I am learning I dea... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:39:06 EST I don't know what happened!!! Ate everything but the kitchen sink today.....and it's only my 7th day in! <em>495</em> <em>468</em> <em>480</em> <em>493</em> <em>494</em> (couldn't find a kitchen sink) Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:58:04 EST What do others do to break no weight loss in weeks Hi Everyone: I'm at a stand-still in weight loss. Very frustrating to say the least. I have been following a hi protein type program with carbs being low...and usually staying within 1500 calories per day. I have lost a few inches in waist but minimal anywhere else. I started back with Spark on May 1st. Doing at least 15-30 min per every other day with walks and aerobics..I'd like to do more but my legs won't allow on some days. I'm all ears for some ideas to get this plateau gone. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:56:23 EST vacation its time Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:39:03 EST I'm New So nice to see all of these encouraging posts! I think I'm going to like it here. <em>381</em> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 02:29:12 EST Support System Hey guys, Something came to mind today. I always try to find people to add to my friends list but, it seems like its hard to find active people on this website. Alot of SP Pages are from 2013 ect. So, if you active NOW and you want support NOW.. Add me as a friend!! We need all the support we can get! Im here for you guys!! Love you all, and lets get this weight loss journey accomplished with the thoughts and ideas of others!! Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:32:10 EST I'm in a sour mood today... Yesterday I was really sour. I totally blew it this last weekend. Drank too much alcohol which (of course) ultimately led to me eating poorly. Got on the scale on Monday and was up 3 lbs. <BR> <BR> I was feeling so much better today. Had a nice talk with the husband about how I've been trying for two months to lose weight and I just keep failing. We talked about how we could both make sure I stay on track. I'm back on track, had an AWESOME workout this morning, totally planning to have a gu... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:46:01 EST How do you deal with negative friends? My best friend and I have been friends for over 20 years. Our kids grew up together, our husbands are friends. We coached our kids little league teams together, vacation together, go to church together, etc...We have always been your family is my family close. Well we have also most always been about the same size. Then I lost a lot of weight. The friendship is suffering. She makes rude and snarky comments. She tells me how bad I'm looking bc I am too skinny. I look old, it's unhealthy, etc. ... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 22:51:23 EST Company Picnic It's that time of year... the company picnic. I'm trying to maintain a very positive attitude about forced socializing on my day off...... <BR> It helps that I am taking off early everyday this week to make up for the hours I have to put in on Friday. <BR> <BR> I even volunteered to help and have planned lots of fun stuff for the kids and made sure we have lots of prizes for everyone. See, I am really trying. :) I've got face painting, a piñata, a sno cone machine etc.... <BR> <BR> Now, th... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 21:55:26 EST what would you do if you saw a DRONE? these days you can buy drones on Amazon. <BR> So my question is ... if you spotted an industrial quality drone following you <BR> <BR> What would you do <em>38</em> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:19:29 EST JAWS is 40 ?....OMG I remember seeing JAWS when it first came out... <em>46</em> OMG I'm old <BR> it made me think twice about going for a swim in the ocean..But that didn't last long. YouTube has a few videos of real divers that have been attacked by sharks while in cages , and lately there have been a lot of shark attacks in the news. <BR> I recently read about cageless shark dives. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> What do you think about sharks <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:45:29 EST Spark Solution Questions I am getting my pantry ready to start a healthier life style by starting Spark Solutions, but my first trip to the grocery store left me feeling over whelmed, and only 1/2 shopping done. Is the flavored greek yogurt supposed to be fat free or low fat? <BR> I am also feeling very anxious of how to take the steps to get this started since I work at least 10 hours a day (in at 7:30 am), and because of family, I will be going to the gym before work, and only have to time to grab something quick... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 09:30:24 EST upper stomach hard/bigger than lower belly I have always been shaped like an eggplant - smaller upper half, bigger bottom half. The only good thing about it was that I always had a smaller, flatter upper abdomen. After years of being heavy and having 2 kids, now I have the severe mother's apron - to thhe point that I can't even see my "hooha" in the mirror. In the past year, I noticed my upper stomach is getting bigger and harder - muscular - and sticking out more!! Ugh. But I think I figured out why! <BR> <BR> My upper stomach is h... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 07:56:37 EST recipe problem Hi, I just put in my blueberry muffin recipe and when I saw it completed, they had added a nutrition label to it which was completely wrong. there was no tab to delete or revise. what do I do? Sat, 20 Jun 2015 10:59:07 EST Which TV Show Best Describes Your Get Togethers? Which TV show best describes your get togethers <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> The Big Bang Theory <BR> Cheers <BR> Friends <BR> Seinfeld <BR> Everyone Loves Raymond <BR> Saturday Night Live <BR> 3rd Rock From the Sun <BR> The Golden Girls <BR> The Brady Bunch. <BR> Modern Family <BR> The Goldbergs <BR> OTHER Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:10:25 EST 450+ I need some help finding clothing. I am up over 500 at the moment but am on my way down and I am looking for shirts in particular that will cover me. I don't want anything short that will have belly sticking out the bottom, but it doesn't need to go to my knees. <BR> <BR> I wasn't going to purchase anything until I lost more weight but my only summer shirt just ripped and the mending job is okay but I would like more than one item to wear in the hot weather. I do most of my shopping onli... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:39:49 EST Active Teams Hi, everyone! <em>213</em> I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for really active Spark teams, please? Thank you! <em>247</em> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 20:26:40 EST Which Phrase Most Describes Your Wardrobe? Let's have fun....Which phrase most describes your wardrobe <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Goth <BR> Somewhere over the Rainbow <BR> Fifty Shades of Gray <BR> RESPECT <BR> I Walk the Line <BR> HELP <BR> Born to Run <BR> Good Golly Miss Molly <BR> A Whiter Shade Of Pale <BR> Or Other <BR> <em>334</em> <em>38</em> <BR> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:35:51 EST Smile (: Good morning, <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a great day so far. Let's start the day in a good and positive attitude is good and healthy no matter what, begin the day happy with family, friends, and co-workers. It will make a big difference in you're life. Remember we spend a lot of time on the road and at work, so let's make it fun. Have a great day today and always. Enjoy you're weekends with family and friends and also you're pets they are part of the family. <BR> <BR> Smile (: <BR... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:33:26 EST What's Off Your Bucket List ? We all have a bucket list. Things we'd like to do before we "kick the bucket". Tell me, what are some things you've ticked off that list ? And what are some things you'd still like to accomplish ? <BR> <BR> off my list <BR> <BR> 1) run a half marathon, 5ks and 10ks. <BR> 2) traveled to Europe (saw Stonehenge, Anne Frank House, Coliseum, etc) <BR> 3) ate beignets at the Café Du Monde in New Orleans <BR> <BR> Still on the list <BR> <BR> 1) travel to china or india <BR> 2) run a full marat... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 09:43:13 EST what do you listen ? a good mood will help a lot for losing weight .it was confirmed by studies . so what do you listen every day when you are exercising ? Wed, 17 Jun 2015 22:21:22 EST OK--Here's what happened Just before I started making a conscious effort to exercise more and eat better, i had a little cold and an eye infection. Concerned about my eyes, I went to the doctor. On his scales, I weighed 271. When I came home, I weighed myself on my own scales and weighed 264 so naturally I used that number as my starting weight. Now I am thinking that his scales were closer to the mark because after doing this about 4 weeks, I am finding I can stand up straighter and when I weighed myself today, ... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:00:59 EST What color are you rocking on your fingernails? I just painted mine sky blue with daises on the index fingers and big toes. I love it! Tue, 16 Jun 2015 22:01:55 EST Weight Watchers Online with SparkPeople Question I am registered with Weight Watchers Online, as well as here. Is there a way I can share food tracking between the two sites, without tracking in both places? <BR> <BR> Maybe this is a silly question - but I like both sites and my experience has told me I love the articles and videos, and person to person support on here. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:27:22 EST Spark weight scale I want to buy a weight scale from Spark. I dont see it anymore and I was wondering if I would still be able to buy one. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 10:18:05 EST Groovy Men's Fashions From the 1970s Here is a blast from the past those of us past that certain age might enjoy or cringe at. We talk about how fashions make a come back i.e. like bell bottoms or hip huggers. Some things should stay in the past. LOL. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4079/Groovy-baby-1970s-men-s-clothing-<BR>advertisements-just-cringe-worthy-fash<BR>ion-40-years-ago.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:57:59 EST Hallmark and other name brand greeting cards....?? Do you buy them? <BR> <BR> My friends and I have a pact to never waste our money on these; dollar store cards are just as nice and the money saved can be used for something useful. I'd rather receive a post-it that says "I love you, Happy Bday". I'd have more respect for the sender who saved five bucks. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:41:33 EST Gym Locker Room Etiquette The set up: my gym's locker room has 5 stations with outlets and mirrors for someone to do their hair and makeup in the morning. On average, when I'm getting ready there are about 15 other women getting ready post-gym as well and competition for the outlets is *fierce.* <BR> <BR> The situation: there is one woman who after she works out will layout all of her stuff at a makeup station before showering (laying out make up, hair appliances, etc), shower for 10-15 minutes, and then come back an... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 08:14:30 EST Squirrel exercises portion control :-) So, I was in my backyard this weekend, when I saw a squirrel on my roof, eating a pear from our pear tree. He was DEMOLISHING that thing - it was so cute! After he ate about half of it, he threw the other half on the ground, and ran away. I looked on the ground, and saw a pile of about 10 half-eaten pears - I need to be more like the squirrel - eat until I'm full, and then throw the rest of my food on the ground, er, or put the leftovers in the fridge. Hope you guys can see the pic below,... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 13:00:57 EST Tess Holliday - Plus Size Model - Thoughts? "Tess Holliday has gotten a lot of attention lately. <BR> <BR> Some of it from fans cheering on her success from the sidelines because they see this as fat acceptance and progression from what would be considered normal beauty standards. Others though, have criticized her for what they believe to be the glorification of an unhealthy lifestyle" <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Article here - <BR> <link>popdust.c... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 07:51:54 EST Being beautiful and fit = a full time job? I would love to be fit and beautiful (as those who read my posts probably know <em>41</em> ) But I have very little money or time. If I'm lucky I have time to read a tip online or something. But all that you have do to makes it seem SO time consuming. Make healthy meals, workout (cardio, strength,toning, and yoga),remove body hair and sleep a lot . You also must do things to make your hair and skin look good and whiten your teeth. And your clothes must be perfect, #outfitoftheday worthy. ... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 16:54:57 EST Escape Rooms My family and I are going to an escape room later today (early Father's Day celebration). The scenario - we are trying to get our Capt out of a POW camp. There are 8 of us and we have an hour to rescue him. Really looking forward to trying this out. Saw the gang in an escape room on Big Bang Theory and it looked like fun - mind you we aren't nearly as smart as those guys lol. Not sure how active of an event this will be but it seems like a great thing to do with the family - adult childr... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 12:00:06 EST Why Back into a Parking Spot ? I will never understand the idea of backing into a spot in a crowded parking lot? <BR> <BR> why people do it? <BR> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 12:01:54 EST Laser Lipo Has anyone had the Strawberry Laser Lipo done? I have lost 74 of my 81 pound weight loss goal. I am really surprised that my skin has been so cooperative and THANKFULLY I have very little sagging skin. I thought I would have to have some tucks, but the doctor says the laser lipo will take care of it. It's expensive if it doesn't work. A bargain (compared to a tuck) if it does....I have an appointment to get it done Tuesday and now I am second guessing it. If anyone has had it done I would lo... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 06:13:41 EST Looking for Buddy! asap I am looking to start fresh next week on Monday! (starting in the middle of the week just doesn't work for me) <BR> I would like to find someone with similar goals and keep in touch, daily if possible, if not no biggie! Sometimes it is nice to have someone there that struggles just as I do. Friends and family that are in my life are not very understanding of my goals so sometimes it is hard to stay motivated when it feels like you have no one there that understands what you are going through!... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 17:01:20 EST Would you spend good money on distressed jeans? I saw a trendy looking pair of distressed denim shorts for RM85 but for a pair of shorts, esp torn ones, they are very pricey. My most expensive shorts are only RM49.90. <BR> <BR> What abt you? Would you spend so much on torn shorts? I know my Dad would probably hit the roof if he saw me wearing it! Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:18:30 EST A hygeine question I wash my hair almost daily these days. It's because my hair feels icky esp after cardio. Sometimes I sweat during HIIT and strength training too. Whenever I sweat, my hair feels sweaty and dirty, so I have to wash my hair too. <BR> <BR> I always put some hair serum on the middle and ends to combat dryness after washing though. <BR> <BR> What abt you? Do you wash your hair after every exercise session? Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:10:04 EST Creative ways you've managed to get hurt? Please tell me I am not the only accident prone person in the world..! <BR> <BR> Today while waiting for a bus, standing still, reading a book, a bicycle was riding on the sidewalk and the girl had a hoodie on. <BR> <BR> Before I realized she wasn't going to go around me, because her hoodie was in her face, she ran right into me. <BR> <BR> We both fell back and now I have a scrape and huge huge bruise on my elbow. <BR> <BR> This is perhaps the strangest way I've gotten hurt..... <BR> <B... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 11:37:03 EST Very depressed over rude remark! I went to eat a waffle with ice-cream yesterday, the waitress remarked that I am so fat now. But I am still fitting into all my clothes! And I even think I've lost some belly fat! <BR> <BR> I feel so sad now! But it was a bit rich coming from her, she is much more overweight than me! Btw, I go to this dessert stand abt once a month, it's within walking distance from my house. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 00:29:31 EST Gallbladder Was just wondering if anyone had gallbladder attacks with this kind of eating. Day 4 and having an attack worse than when I eat high fat foods? <em>24</em> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 00:16:52 EST Ten positive statements about yourself? This is just for fun. Quickly, can you state 10 positive things about yourself? <BR> <BR> Actually, it doesn't have to be 10 things, any number of things would be great! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 20:49:13 EST Bummer SparkPeople Food Tracking I like SparkPeople and the community is really nice to have, but I used to use Cronometer to track my food and I have to admit it is SO much easier and the database is so much more expansive than what is available here. It converts between grams and ounces easily and it has a wide range of options for most fruits and vegetables. On SparkPeople I can't find things such as fresh coconut water, raw unsalted cashews, peaches measured in grams, etc. Disappointing! Thu, 11 Jun 2015 18:26:51 EST Belly Button Challenge As if young women don't have enough pressure to be super slim, there is a new craze sweeping across Asia and making its way towards the US/Europe. The BBC calls the trend, waist wars. The object of the challenge is to see if you can wrap your arm around your waist to touch your belly button. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is not something the average person can do. Out of curiosity, I tried it to see how ... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 12:25:26 EST Christopher Lee Rest In Peace Any fans of the legendary actor Christopher Lee ? He passed away today at the age of 93. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pher-lee-legendary-movie-villain-and-1<BR>21265764947.html </link> <BR> <BR> I've been a fan for years. Watched everything from his Dracula movies to Fu Manchu up to his portrayal of Saruman in the Lord of the Rings. Did you know that he knew Tolkien ? He read the books every year. a great actor as well as literate. We can't say that abou... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 09:26:15 EST Exercise should you exercise in heat good or bad? Wed, 10 Jun 2015 18:28:17 EST How do you organize... ...your life, your home, whatever? I am always looking to be more organized, so I"d love to hear your tips. Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:49:32 EST Weather Watch? Do you pay attention to the weather in your immediate area? I do. The weather has a big effect on how I feel physically and moodwise on any given day, although I don't let it change my plans or schedule. <BR> <BR> What about you? <BR> <BR> Does the weather affect you at all or do you ignore it for the most part? <BR> <BR> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 09:25:56 EST Positive Thought Challenge Copy and paste <BR> _____________________________________ <BR> Weight loss isn't going to be easy, especially for those that have started recently and still trying to find a routine - or keep their routine. A great way to keep you going is to look at what you've accomplished SO FAR and how that's a positive thought to keep you going. <BR> <BR> What is YOUR positive thought of the day? <BR> _____________________________________ <BR> <BR> My positive thoughts of the day: <BR> <BR> ---I've h... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 20:28:17 EST Favorite fruits My husband jokes that I have a fruit addiction. Maybe. I certainly am pretty obsessed lately because it's the perfect time of year in our area for juicy, flavorful fruits! Lately I've been eating a lot of grapes, strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, peaches, plums, and nectarines. I want to take advantage of their deliciousness while they're in season! While I could get them all year round, a fresh nectarine in November just doesn't have that same incredible, amazing, juicy flavor, plus it'... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 14:09:23 EST Workout songs What are your favorite songs to work out to? My IPod consists of everything from Eminem, Bush, Black Crows, Nicki Minaj, Outkast, to Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, Pink, Fleetwood Mac and Beth Hart (and so much more). <BR> <BR> Whats you running / quick moving fav song and your fav cool down song? Tue, 9 Jun 2015 13:24:59 EST Favorite Exercise? If for some reason you were limited to doing only one type of exercise for the rest of your life, what would it be and why would you choose it? Tue, 9 Jun 2015 10:32:36 EST How do you store your fruit/veggies? I live in a rural area, so its not always convenient to stop for fresh produce. Does anyone have any tips on storing produce so it lasts longer? Tue, 9 Jun 2015 08:43:06 EST I am just waaay too nice! and now I'm mad at myself for not being firm! <BR> <BR> I was out shopping with my Mom at the supermarket. Then this man started up a convo with me asking me if he's seen me before and what church I attended. I told him the name and area where my church was but he then asked for directions to my church. <BR> <BR> Normally, someone drives me there and I am very bad with giving directions so I said I couldn't explain further. Then he asked for my mobile number, which I declined to give. Then ... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 06:56:14 EST Need some help... My job consists of a lot of sitting all day....what do you do to sneak some exercises in through out the day? Also any Ideas for great low carb snacks? Mon, 8 Jun 2015 23:30:48 EST Propaganda & Debating Techniques I can't remember which thread it was but someone made mention of debating techniques like Straw Man and Fallacy, it got me to thinking about many Facebook friends I have to tear apart anything I post (I do not do that same to theirs) pro (not negative against those who don't support these) Unions, Teachers, Healthcare, etc... <BR> <BR> So I looked it up and saw this: <BR> <link><BR>nda.html </link> <BR> <BR> WOW! I have got a lot of reading to do thi... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 09:59:32 EST Entitlements or Earned Benefits? In your opinion, are public employee pensions that people have paid into (on time at that) entitlements or benefits, the difference for this purpose is being that entitlements are getting something for nothing and benefits are something that one pays for and gets the benefit of whatever that is and in this case a pension. <BR> <BR> My state (Pennsylvania) is trying to take away public employee benefits that were already paid for but are calling them entitlements. My state has been late payin... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 09:35:56 EST Anyone trying "Stubborn Fat Gone"? Hi There <BR> is anyone trying Jorge cruise's "Stubborn Fat Gone". I Bought the book and read it, just have not done the program. I am actually starting it Monday. I know that it takes more than another diet plan to reach my goals. I do well for a while and then I slip back into old habits. If anyone is interested in starting a weight loss journey, please join in. <img src=""> Sun, 7 Jun 2015 20:17:57 EST Anyone have experience or knowledge of NutriMOST? I've been seeing these full page and half page ads in our local newspaper from one of the local Chiropractors for a program called NutriMOST <BR> <BR> <link> </link> seems to be the mother lode, but each Chiro sets up their local page so there's one for Wichita or NJ or various places that I've seen, with a little customized tweaking. <BR> <BR> And of course, it's one of those "sounds too good to be true" with the fantastical patient testimonials. The Chiropractor w... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 18:56:14 EST Shame as a deterrent? Our state has had a rash of wrong way highway drivers lately. They are always impaired (ie drunk) and usually kill several people and it has never been their first offence.. From memory (like a sieve- full of holes) is ~ 6 instances with ~17 deaths...could have been more ...could have been less... <BR> <BR> There has been lots of discussion in the paper about how to prevent this from occurring. <BR> <BR> Flashing lights when entering the highway the wrong way...spike strips activated by en... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 17:27:19 EST Do you sleep in on your day off work? Do you sleep me,in on your day off work? Do you try to stick to the same bedtime and wake up? Sun, 7 Jun 2015 08:08:26 EST private messaging I want to send someone a private message but do not see an inbox anywhere so I know if they responded. Is it the same thing as Friend Feed? Does their response show up on my Spark page? Sat, 6 Jun 2015 12:04:34 EST Fess up - Who succumb to the donuts? It's National Donut Day, they are giving away free donuts today. Who stopped and got one? <BR> <BR> I managed to get to work and drove by TWO Dunkin Donuts and a Krispy Kreme without stopping - it did help that they were all really crowded! LOL Fri, 5 Jun 2015 15:45:43 EST Has SP got slower ....... .... or is it my computer? In spite of my state of the art fibre optic broadband it's taking me nearly as long to move from one page to another on SP as it did when I had dial up. It's because of waiting for the advert at the top of the page to load. It seems to be much worse the last few weeks than it ever was. <BR> <BR> Is anyone else finding the same? <BR> <BR> And it's getting really slow after everyone across the pond wakes up! In England it's not quite so bad in the day time, but it'... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 09:28:15 EST coconut oil for pets? Is anybody trying this with dogs or cats with success? I hear it is amazing for coats of fur and general health. -- I have an older dog & cat that I need to be creative in getting them to eat it... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nut-oil-pets/ </link> Thu, 4 Jun 2015 18:35:43 EST Customer Service Anyone here work in customer service? <BR> Do you love it or loathe it? <BR> I LOATHE it. Thu, 4 Jun 2015 13:14:06 EST What will they come up with next? Well, today I have learnt that London tops the league for the amount of cocaine found in sewage per 1000 people. Bottom of the league is Finland. <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I wonder how much money, time and effort has gone into analysing this and who the lucky people were that got to go through all this sewage. <BR> <BR> Do you think this is a good use of public money, time, personel etc? <BR> <BR> Or maybe you've come across some even more weird and wonder... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 11:44:43 EST BACK AGAIN....IT'S BEEN A WHILE I'm finally getting back on the road to better choices for better health. I have lost a decent amount of weight....keeping it in the 100s, but I still have about 50 pounds to go to reach my healthy weight goal. I had started to regain some weight and enough was enough. Back to taking care of my health before I let all the old habits take over. Hope to make some new friends and reconnect with some old ones. We can help each other reach our goals. I know I'll need your support along the w... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 22:48:51 EST Poking fun: Humor or Not Humor? That is the question. <BR> <BR> Outside, maybe, of the sphere of being a professional insult comedian whose known style is to take carefully crafted potshots at society in general and/or shared societal institutions or specific people, places, things, such as the government, public officials, cultural norms, the arts, etc., is it really funny to openly make jokes at the expense of others? Is it humor or not humor? <BR> <BR> Can humor be humor without being mean? <BR> <BR> Just a general q... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 10:48:28 EST What's your opinion about a Liberal Arts Degree? Liberal Arts Education definition from Wikipedia: <BR> In modern times, liberal arts education is a term that can be interpreted in different ways. It can refer to certain areas of literature, languages, art history, music history, philosophy, history, mathematics, psychology, and science.[3] It can also refer to studies on a liberal arts degree program. For example, Harvard University offers a Master of Liberal Arts degree, which covers biological and social sciences as well as the humanitie... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 10:15:15 EST mini crock pot Hi! Do you have this "lunch" size crock pot? My office is cold so I like to have a hot lunch even in summer, and I don't like using the microwave. <BR> <BR> I wouldn't be allowed to plug this in at my desk. If I take it to the kitchenette, how long would it take to heat up soup or chilli? <BR> <BR> I wouldn't be allowed to leave it there unattended, we aren't even allowed to have a toaster anymore because of a fire code. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>WARMER-BLU... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 09:07:37 EST Look at me! I'm hijacking your graduation! There have been several "news" stories about graduating seniors wanting to or using their graduation speech as the time to "come out" that they are gay. <BR> <BR> What do you think? Is this an appropriate platform? Is it fair? <BR> <BR> I'll go first :) <BR> <BR> I think they are being incredibly selfish and rude and are hijacking the event for their own purpose. Graduation is not about "you" or "me", it's about "us". It's about a group accomplishment. <BR> <BR> The graduation ceremony i... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 22:48:55 EST Do you still send snail mail? I went to a presentation this morning as part of a job interview process and the speaker spent a great deal of the time talking about how paper and pen letters handwritten and sent in the mail in stamped, handwritten envelopes are the next big thing in the marketing world. The theory seems to be that these retro communiques to prospective clients and consumers will get more attention than email, text or product web sites. <BR> <BR> I thought this was interesting and sounded reasonable (if ex... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 16:05:36 EST They need to make some of this easier I've been coming to this site for 5 days now, I still don't know how to verify The food tracker for 1 point, and I don't know why they don't have a much more complete list of food items to enter into your tracking, Sparkpeople needs to improve on this. Tue, 2 Jun 2015 14:50:50 EST Any trainers in the Nashville, TN area? Just thought I'd reach out. I've seen crazier things happen. Looking for someone in the Nashville, TN area to meet with about some goals I have. Just thought I'd try here first. I have been busting my butt for about 7 months now, I strength train, cardio, and have my eating pretty on point, but the weight just doesn't seem to come off like I would have hoped or thought it would for the amount of work I've put into this. Just a little disheartening. Anyone in the Nashville area? Thanks! Tue, 2 Jun 2015 14:25:40 EST Any difference between these 2 products? I love Korean seaweed snacks, I also love Japanese seaweed snacks! Heck! I love ALL seaweed snacks! What's not to like?! They are so tasty and yummy! <BR> <BR> My Mom calls the expensive seaweed snacks, genuine and more yummy! <BR> <BR> But why pay so much when you can get cheaper seaweed snacks?! They are only snacks after all! <BR> <BR> So, do you think there is any difference between the expensive seaweed snacks and the cheaper ones? Other than the profit margins? Tue, 2 Jun 2015 08:03:57 EST Those days when you "feel" fat... Are you REALLY fat or are you deploying your defense shield and by claiming you feel fat (even though you're much thinner than others) to make yourself feel safe? <BR> <BR> Today I feel fat, I am up 2.5 lbs from last week BUT! I'm not really fat when I look around and see folks my age (mid 50's) in far worse shape than me.....I mean FARRRRRRRRRRRR worse shape than me. <BR> <BR> I am actually up 15lbs from 2012 when I weighed in at 180 but still, I am not really fat. That said I must admit... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 16:22:34 EST Does fitness make up for being sedentary? I have been having struggles for a while with losing weight. I have hypothyroidism and take synthroid for that. its not new to me its been this way since 2001, however during the past year I have been having challenges to get the weight off I track I work out everything and my weight either moves a little go back up or nothing. So today I went to the doctor for blood work and she asked how it is going I explain what I am doing and that I am tracking and that I am working out more. She mention... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 11:46:58 EST Clothing/style For those of you who have reached your goal and/or have lost a significant amount of weight, has your personal (clothing) style changed or not so much, and if so, how? And for those of you just getting started, do you think you will dress differently as you lose weight and/or near your goal weight? Sun, 31 May 2015 18:15:21 EST Alternative Life? If, just hypothetically you could live your life in a different time period and in a different way (e.g., different occupation or any kind of different path or journey), what would that alternative life look like? <BR> <BR> For instance, although I love my life the way it is and am happy with who I am, sometimes I think it would have been fun to be someone else, in a different time. One of those people I might have enjoyed being is a famous Broadway star in the 1950s. <BR> <BR> I would have... Sun, 31 May 2015 11:39:24 EST R U Becoming more Assertive or Mellow ? HOW ABOUT YOU.... <BR> ARE YOU BECOMING MORE ASSERTIVE OR MORE MELLOW? <BR> <BR> I have heard that for some folks...their weight affects their self esteem and the way they interact with others. It can go either way. <BR> <BR> Every year I see physical changes that seem really strange compared to the mental image in my head. {...mentally, I'm still in my 30s.....physically? forgedaboutid...} <BR> But...along with changing to a healthy diet and taking better care of myself, <BR> I do... Sun, 31 May 2015 08:39:52 EST Getting acquainted with the smaller version of me I am writing this message. Me the one that said no matter how much weight I lose that is all that will change,. I will just be smaller. I was wrong much more has changed I am not afraid of what people may think about me any more. I do not get hurt when some one does not approve of me. The biggest change is I just keep climbing up my own hill of success. Not some one else's conceived notion of what that should be. I did this for me, not someone else My boyfriend says that if some one ... Sat, 30 May 2015 14:13:59 EST Most Inspirational quote What is your most inspirational quote? Mine is "Do something today that you will thank yourself for tomorrow" That has got me through the dark moments. Sat, 30 May 2015 06:49:45 EST New Group for Postpartum Moms! Hey there! I wanted to start an active group for the postpartum mamas that are currently using Spark to get to know each other. The group is called 2015 Postpartum Moms. Go check it out and join so we can start supporting one another! Sat, 30 May 2015 01:18:15 EST Mindless to stop or what to eat??? When I am stressed or bored I tend to snack constantly at my desk or while watching TV or just driving down the can I stop this or what can I eat? I love grapes but I have heard they are a bad snack in a large amount. Fri, 29 May 2015 13:30:16 EST Help running a report Can I run a nutritional report for a week WITHOUT the pie charts that I can take to my physician when I have my checkup? <BR> <BR> He needs to see what I ate each day and the nutritional breakdown. NO pie charts. Fri, 29 May 2015 12:45:43 EST Picky dog mom looking for new dog food Ok, I've been feeding my dog/son FreshPet Select- which is a fresh, refrigerated, made in the USA dog food. And he likes it, although he's also picky and I sense he's getting bored with it. He's had really itchy skin for some time now and we've tried most everything. Our vet recently said to try switching to salmon, and if in two months the itching has gotten better it might be an allergy to chicken. <BR> <BR> I thought I found a great one- Simply Nourish Tuna and Salmon Stew, which is canne... Fri, 29 May 2015 11:57:25 EST Fear of success? I think maybe I'm afraid of weight loss success. Did you have this problem and how did you fix it? Fri, 29 May 2015 10:42:08 EST Offended by Plus Size Stores / Departments ? Came across this article on Plus Size Stores and Separate Plus Size Departments <BR> 'Melissa McCarthy says she and other plus-sized women have nothing to hide—and now the actress is wondering why malls and shopping centers are trying to make them feel differently.' <BR> <link><BR>-mccarthy-says-malls-hide-stores-for-p<BR>lus-sized-women/ar-BBkm05y </link> <BR> <BR> I have mixed feelings.... <BR> I like knowing that I can look in the plus size depar... Thu, 28 May 2015 20:26:42 EST Where are the Vlogs? Haven't been here for awhile. I clicked "Community" and looked for vlogs and did not see any. I liked the video vlogs. Where do I now find them? Thanks. Thu, 28 May 2015 02:41:53 EST Acid Reflux - Kinda Icky I keep getting acid reflux when I am gardening. I think it is because I am constantly bending at the waist and standing up and squatting and standing up, etc. But today it was so bad (even after pepto) that I threw up on the driveway. Maybe the sun and heat had something to do with it too. But even when it's not really hot, it's very uncomfortable, I don't know what to do. Any ideas. Wed, 27 May 2015 22:07:26 EST "Science says eat XX to lose weight" study Read the article, and understand how junk diet science happens: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ing-chocolate-helps-weight-1707251800 </link> Wed, 27 May 2015 17:30:29 EST What would your dream vacation be? I honestly can't wait to go ANYWHERE and feel good in a bikini. But I would also love to go to New Zealand and backpack around the whole country with my husband. Then end the trip by sailing around the Whitsunday islands. <BR> <BR> What about you guys? Tue, 26 May 2015 14:55:16 EST Random Topic - Driving There is a good chance that I will need to drive from the southeastern US to New Hampshire. I was wondering about the Jersey Turnpike. Is there a way to get around it? I've heard that it is kind of crazy in terms of driving...mainly speeding. Is the driving on the Jersey Turnpike anything like driving through Atlanta (GA), Charlotte (NC), Knoxville (TN), or Little Rock (AR)? Or is it completely different? <BR> <BR> I'm pretty sure I'd have to stop somewhere for the night, but where that mig... Tue, 26 May 2015 13:38:56 EST Do you feel "super duper" today? <em>406</em> <em>88</em> <em>88</em> <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 26 May 2015 12:54:59 EST Do you believe in "magic"? or are you an evidence based type of person? <BR> <BR> Me? I LOVE the notion of all things magical but alas, I have to side with evidence based reality, there is no such thing as magic or anything of the sorts. <BR> <BR> <em>90</em> Tue, 26 May 2015 12:30:22 EST Nuances missed when writing... First a definition: <BR> Nuance - a subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound. <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>--------------------------------------<BR>----------------- <BR> <BR> I like to write when communicating to others whether it's on a message board, text message, e-mail, iMessage, whatever....but I sometimes read replies back where the receiver of my message totally missed what I was saying. I like to think that I write pretty well and that I ca... Tue, 26 May 2015 10:54:15 EST eating out? where is the best place to eat out where i wont kill my diet? Mon, 25 May 2015 21:10:31 EST anyone have sucess with nutra system or medifast? I'm really struggling! I can usually do this on my own with lots of bucking down.. not this time:( tried hcg drops and now I'm actually 10 lbs heavier than I started and my will power is toast:( I think I need a very well regiment diet that is already done for me...atleast in the beginning to get me going.. does anyone have experience with medi-fast or nutra system? Suggestions please :-) thx!!! Sun, 24 May 2015 19:40:41 EST Who is smarter? Me? Or the cats? The cats win. Hands down they are smarter. Not only do they sleep all day, get meals and snacks provided free of charge and get me to clean up their poo, they are now messing with me. <BR> <BR> Silly me forgot to close my laptop last night. This morning, I'm missing a tool bar, every time I try to scroll my screen gets larger or smaller and I can't type. Every time I try to type it opens a command box. <BR> <BR> I had to restart my computer to get back to my defaults. <BR> <BR> What ev... Sun, 24 May 2015 19:27:09 EST This is a test to see if I have installed a ticker. Sun, 24 May 2015 16:40:20 EST FEELINGS I FEEL THAT I WANT EVERY ONE TO PRAY FOR MOMA2ACATS SHE IS GOING THOUGH A VERY DIFFICULT TIME AND NEED'S ALL OUR PRAY'S. <em>43</em> Sun, 24 May 2015 12:11:02 EST What's your fantasy weekend getaway? Ok, you just won an all-expense paid weekend to anywhere in the US. Free airfare, free shelter of your choice, free standard meals, plus your boss has approved any necessary travel time. Your vacay begins Friday at 8 am and you depart the location Sunday at 8pm. You are traveling solo. <BR> Where are you going? Sun, 24 May 2015 03:25:38 EST When you weigh yourself... ...DO you take the first reading or do it a few times to see your "average" weight for the day? Sun, 24 May 2015 02:04:41 EST I'm new to this I just recently became a diabetic and I have family both living and deceased who were and are diabetics but learning all this stuff of what I am suppose to eat when to eat how much to eat what kind of foods to eat counting calories and everything that goes in that group I'm having a very hard time taking it all in I'm going into this with my best foot forward but its all just a bit overwhelming Sun, 24 May 2015 00:03:49 EST I wish .....what do you wish? I wish I could win a DVD from the bonus spin.... I never win anything and that would be cool. Sat, 23 May 2015 23:05:23 EST supposedly losing weight, but not inches? Here's the deal, I started at a size 22 and I've supposedly, according to the scales (multiple scales of different brands) lost just shy of 40 pounds. But I'm still a size 18. 40 pounds is a lot, so where the hell is it that the weight is dropping from? I expected at least another pant size than this by this point. I've noticed the pudge on my lower abdomen feels less dense, but I'm pretty convinced that I'm not actually losing weight and it's just a fluke. Any advice? Sat, 23 May 2015 20:49:42 EST Dumped for a thinner woman What would be the right thing to say to this woman that was dumped for a thinner woman? <BR> <BR> She got very close to the guy, thought he loved her... <BR> <BR> What should I tell her to encourage her? He wants to friend zone her. <BR> <BR><BR>23/dating-body-image-emkatz-on-short-m<BR>en-and-chubby-women-email-from-a-woman<BR>-dumped-for-her-weight/ Sat, 23 May 2015 18:23:59 EST Splenda (sucralose) vs. aspartame A certain beverage company I shall not name is switching from aspartame to splenda (sucralose) in august of this year. You can do the research. <BR> <BR> One online website stated it was like switching chairs on the titanic. Splenda (sucralose) is already in the crosshairs.. <BR> <BR> I'm about ready to give up all artificial sweeteners. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts on the subject? Sat, 23 May 2015 12:08:11 EST Looking for Spark Buddies close to my age Hi Spark community! I am looking to find more Spark Buddies to share positive support with and was hoping to find people around my age. I'm a 33 year old female. Stop by my page and add me if you too are looking for positive support and encouragement! Sat, 23 May 2015 10:27:16 EST Memorial Day Quotes WITH HONOR AND GRATITUDE <BR> WE REMEMBER <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> <BR> <em>652</em> <em>652</em> <em>652</em> <em>652</em> Sat, 23 May 2015 06:07:28 EST What does everyone think of Herbalife? I've never tried it but I think it kind of goes against the habits for life thing, but then again I don't know much about it. Has anyone tried it? Fri, 22 May 2015 18:56:22 EST The family and I are commited to getting fit I had served 30 years in the military, and doing exercises, basically, all my life, staying fit and healthy...then, when I retired, I let myself get complacent and gained weight...then I discovered SparkPeople! I have lost over 16 lbs! and counting...I feel great! Not only that, my wife and son who have never done exercise are now involved and losing weight...I thank God and SparkPeople...we are on our way to a healthier life style...and don't forget to use Spark Recipes as well...what a comb... Fri, 22 May 2015 09:42:58 EST Weight Loss Obsessions -- What would you say ? On another thread someone mentioned a friend who asked for feedback on her weight. <BR> Most of us believe that weight loss is a personal issue <BR> But <BR> What would you do if you had a close friend who was <BR> obsessed with getting THIN to the point of being MISERABLE <BR> ( determined to reach the low end of the Scale, regardless of how they looked ). <BR> <BR> WOULD YOU TALK TO YOUR FRIEND ? <BR> <BR> WOULD YOU SAY SOMETHING ONLY IF THEY WERE FAD DIETING, OR TAKING DIET PILL... Fri, 22 May 2015 09:09:48 EST My Magic Wand Is Broken I wish I had one that truly worked. I'd wave it over myself daily, and all of you, too. <BR> We all know there is no quick fix. In the past month, I've come across a costly weight loss program, and an intriguing fat loss product. I landed here, instead, money safely in savings account. <BR> <BR> I won't post the name, however, the program is pushing a diet plan, which sounds reasonable enough, with having an online community for support, and includes daily vitamin/weight loss aids (... Thu, 21 May 2015 21:21:07 EST What do you do to motivate yourself at the gym? ... As you're slugging away in cardio, or sore from yesterdays strength workout. <BR> <BR> Me? I imagine that I'm training to be a great warrior who will one day save the earth from dragons setting it ablaze. Can't weild a sword if you have no arm strength, and can't run for cover if I don't get my endurance in working order. Thu, 21 May 2015 17:54:58 EST How are you doing with your smoking cessation? Inbeing active on SP all day, signing up as a Beachbody coach, and planning on going to the gym later, AND knowing I have the Electric Run in Brooklyn in September, I've decided that I need to quit. This would be the second time doing it.. the first time I quit was in September and I started back again this past February. I had one cigarette left, but I looked at the pack on my desk and asked "why bother?" So I threw it out, along with the lighters in my pocketbook. <BR> <BR> Lets help each... Thu, 21 May 2015 17:43:35 EST What book(s) are you guys reading? I just got sucked into Game of Thrones after only watching the first season and now skipping all the way to the start of this season bc my boyfriend wanted me to watch with him. NO CLUE what's happened between season one and now D; Thu, 21 May 2015 17:00:12 EST Positive body image whilst trying to change? How do you maintain a positive body image while you are trying to change and loose weight? <BR> <BR> I look at Tess Holliday, the plus size model, and she is gorgeous and so positive and self-confident. <BR> <BR> I don't have tons of negative body issues....I am pretty ok and I never do negative self talk, at least verbally because I have a daughter who is 2.5 years old, and though she is young, I try very very hard not to critize myself or other women for their appearance, especially in fr... Thu, 21 May 2015 13:54:40 EST Summer Time What is everyone looking forward to this summer? I can't wait for fresh fruit and veggies and bbq's while enjoying the outdoors, camping trips and fun adventures. Anyone else have special plans or something fun they are looking forward to? Thu, 21 May 2015 12:27:44 EST What's on the Menu? I find it helps me stay on track when I plan a bare bones menu for my day, either when I wake up in the morning or the day before. It helps to have a plan; sometimes I make substitutions, so nothing is set in stone. Anybody else do that? <BR> <BR> I thought it might be fun to share our menu plans here for the day (or for the next day or week or whatever). Thu, 21 May 2015 09:55:26 EST healthier but he says she's "too thin" A friend of mine is very interested n dating a guy we both know. He told a mutual friend of ours that she is too thin since recently losing 10lbs (by making healthier habits). I agree she is thin (about 5'4" 120lbs), still, she is healthy and lean, more muscle than fat, making her appear smaller. Now, she is talking about going back to her prior weight. I think that would be beautiful, but don't want to support her motive. I told her I support whatever makes her happy and healthy and lef... Thu, 21 May 2015 07:00:13 EST Found out who my true friends are Yesterday, I had a breathing emergency at work, due to some new chemicals being used to clean the floors. Started coughing, then my throat felt like it closed up and I started wheezing and getting light headed. Took a trip via ambulance to the ER. <BR> During this time, I was only in contact with three people, on a consistent basis, my daughter (obviously), my roommate (my ride home), and the person I considered my best friend. After the initial scare was over, I (as we all do), posted to ... Thu, 21 May 2015 06:32:27 EST Okay I know this sounds weird but... ...really good cigars relax me and they don't add any calories. Anyone else smoke good handmade cigars? If so what are your favorites? Wed, 20 May 2015 22:06:50 EST totally screwed up! I have not been very good for a week now. I've been kinda eating my emotions. Depression has kicked in pretty bad. I have to go see a specialist as I may have lupus, fibromyalgia, or even rheumatoid arthritis. :-( So I'm going to just take some time off to wallow in self pity until I get results back from what ever tests they give me. Wed, 20 May 2015 20:45:51 EST Do you think this works? According to the ads, all you have to do is take one pill of Garcinia Combordia Forte in the morning before breakfast and one pill of Complete Cleanse before bed. The ads claim that you can lose up to 12kgs in a month! <BR> <BR> It isn't cheap but if the ads are true, I am so tempted to try it! The ads also claim that you don't have to make adjustments to your diet (it also suppresses apetite) and you don't even have to exercise! Seems the pills turn your body into a fat burning machine! The... Wed, 20 May 2015 04:03:01 EST Dieting and Significant Others Hello all, <BR> I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this question, so please excuse me if it should go on another board. <BR> I want to know how everyone deals with significant others who either do not need to lose weight or do not understand how much work it takes to do so. I personally just started to truly Spark a couple of days ago. I told my boyfriend and he was super supportive... but I am having a hard time keeping up resolve when he is eating things that I should not be ... Wed, 20 May 2015 00:10:09 EST How much has Sparkpeople helped YOU??? AS FOR ME LOSING 70 LBS. & 25 IN. IN 3 YRS. I'D SAY THEY AND ALL OF YOU SPARKER'S HAVE HELPED ME ON MY JOOURNEY. GOD BLESS YOU NOW <em>215</em> LET'S DO IT. Tue, 19 May 2015 23:46:59 EST can I transfer food I found on spark nutrition? Can I transfer food I found on spark nutrition app to my individual food tracker daily log? I can not figure out how. Just starting up again after 5yrs of not using spark need help. I do not have a smart phone using Ipad and old fashion desk top . Seems hard to locate food and build my database of groupings and favorites. i can only have Gluten Free due to Celiac . <BR> thankful for the resources here on that .thanks so much Tue, 19 May 2015 17:08:41 EST What happens to tattoos as you lose lots of weight So I have one tattoo, one branding and one cutting... <BR> <BR> What happens to such body mofications after weight is gone? Distort? Just get smaller? <BR> <BR> The answers won't be unmotivating, just curious.... Tue, 19 May 2015 14:48:12 EST What happened to the "What's for "meal" posts? I haven't seen the What's for breakfast, lunch and dinner posts for a while. I enjoyed those posts. When I was at a loss for what to fix, there were always some great ideas. Tue, 19 May 2015 13:48:17 EST Come Join Us.... I would love to invite you to join our team .... CALLING ALL VEGANS, VEGETARIANS and FLEXITARIANS. <BR> <BR> Making fruits, grains and vegetables the main source of our eating plan. Plant-based way of eating can help prevent, manage and even reverse serious illness. For those that are slowing cutting back on meat products and gearing for a Plant Based way of living, this is the place to be. <BR> <BR> All you have to do to join on my picture or the words below it on the right h... Tue, 19 May 2015 11:36:08 EST Diary of a Starvation Diet The first article on this site: <link> </link> "I Tried a Wedding Starvation Diet and It Really F**ked with my Head" is really interesting and well written. I'd post the direct link but SP's puritantical content standards are blocking the link address because it has one tiny f-bomb in it. <BR> <BR> The transformation in the author's writing style over 3 days is a bit shocking. Tue, 19 May 2015 11:04:13 EST SparkPeople Friends :) I would really like to make friends on here and have people that I hear from at least once a week :) <BR> It doesn't always have to pertain to weight either, add me or message me and I'll add you! Tue, 19 May 2015 09:59:02 EST Did you spend time with you're pet I love my dog wolf he is so darn handsome ty you god for wolf Mon, 18 May 2015 17:14:35 EST Smile have a happy happy Monday to all Mon, 18 May 2015 17:13:14 EST Congratulations Dadbod guys... As if the standards of beauty were not unequal enough, the world has introduced the new trend of the "dadbod." I'm in no way shaming these folks, most men with the self proclaimed dadbod have a healthy figure or one that just needs a little work to be in optimal shape. <BR> <BR> But seriously...? When's the day of the "mombod" or the moment that we realize that most gyms are filled with ladies, most diet foods and trends are purchased by us as well? While women are plucking and waxing, and ... Mon, 18 May 2015 14:59:17 EST Ladies - Mascara Question The only mascara that has ever worked for me has been covergirl's lashexact waterproof mascara. But now, it's starting to smear and make me look like I have raccoon eyes! <BR> <BR> I have tried so many brands (from inexpensive to expensive) and nothing seems to work these days. <BR> <BR> Any tips? A brand that you swear by? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 18 May 2015 12:25:18 EST Nothing seems to be working! I have been trying and trying! Tracking my food, walking, dancing, Pilates but my belly fat is still ever present and seems like a blight on my figure! <BR> <BR> How would you feel if you have been trying for years but nothing changes? The muffin top is still there and I still wear XL! Mon, 18 May 2015 12:20:07 EST So, you didn't get invited.... My friend Steve says, "Invite them once and they don't show, that's okay. Invite them a second time and they don't show, take them off the list." <BR> <BR> He had said this to me because several summers ago he asked me to go golfing with him on a Saturday morning and I couldn't go on ANY Saturday morning because I had a constant responsibility to take care of so he understood and then invited me to go golfing with him at a time that I told him I could make it, I didn't go and can't remember ... Mon, 18 May 2015 10:40:13 EST Unengaging Posts I remember when I used to talk in the message boards there were a lot of conversations and actual interaction going on. But now it just seems so crazy like one worded comments and no real connection. Does anyone else agree? I just like connecting with people. Sun, 17 May 2015 19:30:18 EST How do you feel about horror movies? Do you think they're demonic? Do you watch them? I just got Oculus because I was fascinated by the trailer. Do you think it's inadvisable to watch such movies? Sun, 17 May 2015 02:54:44 EST What would you consider artistic? I think the term artistic is used rather loosely in today's society. A lot of what some people call artistic borders on the offensive. For me, artistic means tasteful, anything in bad taste, I don't think artistic. <BR> <BR> So, what would you consider to be artistic? Sun, 17 May 2015 02:22:33 EST Zentangle Inspired Art as a hobby helps me relax! My blog: <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929352 <BR> <BR> One I made for my mom last year: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 16 May 2015 23:12:49 EST Cost of obesity on Americans article <link><BR>udy-finds-obesity-is-costing-americans<BR>-dollar92235-per-person/ar-BBjQ0kw </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm sure most people are aware of this. Sat, 16 May 2015 04:02:00 EST No choice but to weigh myself often Hi, I am on dialysis, so I have to keep weighing myself multiple times a day, I have no choice in this matter. <BR> <BR> I have read that weighing yourself so often will drive you crazy but I have special circumstances that necessitates weighing myself as often as I do. And it does drive me crazy bcoz I seem to be on a plateue. Sigh! <BR> <BR> Can my weight stay the same or even go up a little due to muscle gain? I have been walking and doing Pilates regularly. Sat, 16 May 2015 01:54:51 EST he is here! My newest grandson arrived at 7:59 am weighing a whopping 10 lbs 4 oz! And 20 in! His name is Kaiden!! And I already want to eat him up! His cheeks! OMG!!! <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 15 May 2015 22:51:11 EST What would you do if you were at your goal weight? Okay, I am still over 100 pounds away from my goal weight, and honestly I don't let my extra weight stop me from doing most things I want to do. I swim if I want to swim, I hike, dance, whatever... if someone doesn't like how I look doing those things they can look away, I don't care. <BR> <BR> BUT there are some things that I can't do at this weight, such as riding an average sized horse (I could, but I think it would be mean), riding a certain roller coaster (I can fit most coasters, but ... Fri, 15 May 2015 15:00:12 EST It's Friday !!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!! If we are eating healthy, so should are pets. Remember they are part of the family. I have a dog he's Sherman shepherd and chow handsome as can be he loves walks, he loves to go on the boat and of course he loves when I catch a fish. Very smart dog, loves to go for rides in the truck and when we go camping he knows. My husband backs the truck up to the RV and he's tail is just going. He's name is wolf but most of all he loves to watch TV with us lol lol loves it. So remember they give us unco... Fri, 15 May 2015 09:40:23 EST Do you participate in fund raisers? The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is happening this weekend locally. Losing a sister to breast cancer it's a way of sharing one of life's dramatic hopes to find a cure Fri, 15 May 2015 08:16:09 EST Why is this time different? If you are like me, this isn't the first time on the merry go-round..... <BR> <BR> So I wanted to list why this time is different for me. <BR> <BR> 1. Because I am eating real foods. I gave up the frozen food aisle, the cookie aisle, the chips in exchange for real food. <BR> <BR> 2. Because I am not limiting myself on what I can't have. I am not doing low fat, low cal, low carb, low whatever. I am focusing on getting the most nutritional bang for the calories etc. But if I want somethi... Thu, 14 May 2015 13:31:19 EST It's your Birthday! Anyone held accountable? It was my birthday yesterday and when I was a little boy my Mom did what she could for me when she could (single mom of 5 and I didn't know we were poor) but always told me far in advance to not expect much and anything she could do should be appreciated (which it was and to me she always gave me the best presents), that said I must've learned to not really celebrate my own birthday or drop big hints about others getting me presents or whatnot. I always remember other's birthdays and give car... Thu, 14 May 2015 10:11:38 EST Kombucha - What Are Your Thoughts ? I'd like to know how many members have been drinking Kombucha tea and what they think. <BR> <BR> For those of you who don't know, Kombucha is a probiotic tea that is supposed to help improve a person's health. It's been popular in Russia and has now made its way to the United States. I have seen bottles of Kombucha at the supermarket. I've read some of the articles. <BR> <BR> However, I wonder how different Kombucha is from eating something like Greek yogurt. Yogurt is a probiotic as well... Thu, 14 May 2015 10:07:31 EST tracker Why does my food disappear? I refresh the page and its still not there, then when I re enter it it shows doubled?!?! Wed, 13 May 2015 21:09:53 EST Motivation/Small goals What is everyone's motivation of small goal/short term goal? Mine currently is doing a solo camping trip for the first time ever. Where I am planning on going has a 8 mile hiking trail I would like to walk with my fuzzy friends. Does anyone else have a event that they are working towards? Wed, 13 May 2015 12:27:27 EST Spousal support concerning exercising I feel very fortunate that my wife & I workout; in the morning she does the stepper for 30 min. and I lift weights and afterwards cardio. At lunch time she lifts (I make her routine every week) and we support each other concerning eating. <BR> <BR> Again, I feel VERY fortunate that we are being healthy together but time and I hear or read about spouses who refuse to participate or even be supportive for the other spouse who wants to be healthy. I know there is no solution but what words can... Tue, 12 May 2015 10:00:28 EST where Can Someone tell me where the chair exercises are please Tue, 12 May 2015 09:07:11 EST Campers, what is your favorite campsite? Campers, what is your favorite campsite/ campgrounds so far? Tue, 12 May 2015 01:39:09 EST Anyone with fibromyalgia? I've seen a few people post on the messageboards in the last few weeks mentioning they do; and just wanted to let you know we have a team on SP called Fibro Friends that you are very welcome to join where hopefully we can encourage one another. You can find us here: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Until recently we've had a large membership but not much activity; and I'm really hoping we will get more active and that others will join in. Fibro ... Tue, 12 May 2015 00:08:33 EST 6 Week - Attainable % Weight Loss Our office is doing a weight loss challenge - but rather than doing pounds - we want to do it by % of weight lost. What is a healthy, attainable % to lose in a 6 week period?? Mon, 11 May 2015 16:55:32 EST Do "Attractive" ppl make more $$$? <link><BR>ople-make-more-money-2014-11 </link> <BR> <BR> What is your opinion about ":attractive" people? I know it's all relevant; what's attractive to one person (tall, thin, large breasted, pretty face) may not be attractive to another person, but do you think attractive people are given either more benefit of the doubt or more opportunities to earn money? <BR> <BR> I whole-heartedly believe that physically attractive people are treated better by o... Mon, 11 May 2015 15:55:07 EST Super Heroes: Do you want to be one? From the NPR show This American Life, host Ira Glass asks this week: <BR> <BR> Can superheroes be real people? <BR> <BR> Can real people become superheroes? <BR> <BR> And which is better: flight or invisibility? <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>------------------------------------ <BR> <BR> ME: <BR> If you could have a super power which one would you want? <BR> Mon, 11 May 2015 13:58:32 EST ASMR - Ever listen to it? From Wikipedia: <BR> "Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is a neologism for a perceptual phenomenon characterized as a distinct, pleasurable tingling sensation in the head, scalp, back, or peripheral regions of the body in response to visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, or cognitive stimuli. The nature and classification of the ASMR phenomenon is controversial, with strong anecdotal evidence to support the phenomenon but little or no scientific explanation or verified data." <BR> -... Mon, 11 May 2015 13:13:02 EST Voltage! New team looking for members <BR> Everyone is welcome. <BR> Easy targets to reach <BR> Chat based <BR> Focuses on all areas of "life" <BR> Frequent challenges - May have mini teams <BR> Aim to be fun & friendly for all walks of life <BR> <BR> hope you join me :P <link> </link> Sun, 10 May 2015 16:36:44 EST Outlander OMG! Tonight was a great show; but, I don't know how I feel about this show without Jamie. Beautiful country and scenes but I miss Jamie, he's so nice to look at. <em>129</em> Sat, 9 May 2015 22:25:09 EST Lean leg tips? I have naturally thick legs. They need to be leaner but they aren't out right flabby. I just started getting into jogging more. But really really want slender legs. I'd love some tips from someone who has legs that tend to the thick side. Thank you. Sat, 9 May 2015 18:19:39 EST Are there any active "alternative" members around? Any one who likes tattoos,piercings,metal/punk/pop-punk/"old<BR>" classic music, <BR> Likes to dress "weirdly" or dark ect... who wants to try and be healthier? <BR> <BR> Or if you like some alternative bands that's great too! <BR> Looking for like minded people / same interests Sat, 9 May 2015 17:10:35 EST Want to be part of a team that checks in daily? Would you like to be a part of a team checking in DAILY? Give/receive motivation, accountability, encouragement, tips, and suggestions! Let's inspire each other to stay on track moving towards our goals! Join the team by clicking "My SparkPage" then scroll down and click on the team "250-350 Check in daily". <BR> <em>229</em> <em>213</em> <em>381</em> <em>223</em> <em>220</em> <em>235</em> <em>48</em> <em>30</em> <em>387</em> <em>331</em> <em>199</em> Sat, 9 May 2015 07:36:07 EST Annoying Coworkers... Seriously, what logical reason does a person have who, in an open workspace, plays their music loud AND sings along with it? And/or plays "funny" videos and laughs hysterically every 10 seconds? And/or plays their Netflix so everyone can hear it? <BR> <BR> First of all- if ever *I* goof off at work, I make every effort to make is UNnoticeable as possible. I certainly don't broadcast the fact I'm not doing anything work related. <BR> <BR> And secondly, do these people seriously not realize,... Fri, 8 May 2015 16:06:11 EST Pizza How Do You Eat It ? With Hands or Cutlery ? So, last year, the Mayor of NYC was blasted because he was pictured eating a piece of pizza with a knife and fork. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>7501/Forkgate-New-York-mayor-Bill-Blas<BR>io-snapped-eating-pizza-knife-fork.html </link> <BR> <BR> In a related article, David Cameron, Prime Minister of England, was caught eating a hot dog with a knife and fork. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>8532/I-won-t-try-hide-fact-posh-says-C<BR>am... Fri, 8 May 2015 15:54:07 EST Sexy voices: tone, dialect, or what? A female with an alto range French-Canadian accent would melt me to my knees in a second. Oh, and with a slight snappy attitude helps. <BR> <BR> YOU? Fri, 8 May 2015 14:35:44 EST So, you've recieved a flattering compliment... Does it "depend" on who's giving the compliment? <BR> <BR> Let's say "all things equal" a compliment was given to you by a person of the opposite sex and let's just say for the sake of argument that it was an appropriate compliment for your standards; "Hey, you look great today!" or whatever floats your moral boat. <BR> <BR> It was given in a pleasant, non-creepy tone. <BR> <BR> Does it matter WHO gave you the compliment? <BR> <BR> Now, here's the "tread lightly" part; for me, yes it does... Fri, 8 May 2015 14:32:36 EST Deflated Issues I am a football fan, that is to say that I like to watch my home team (Pittsburgh Steelers) and last year I disgusted with the way Steeler's member Antonio Brown did a kung fu kick to get an opposing player out of the way. Since then I have been contemplating on just giving up NFL football altogether because it's getting out of hand (it's been getting out of hand the last decade or so. <BR> <BR> Tom Brady of the NE patriots says he has no reaction to the deflating of footballs he used in the... Fri, 8 May 2015 12:36:29 EST What Did You Learn This Week? What did I learn? Visit my blog and see: <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924708 </link> <BR> <em>41</em> Fri, 8 May 2015 10:37:49 EST Weight Loss - Before/After Photos (COOL) For those of you who are looking for interesting ways to chronicle their weight loss journey, check out these photos. a photographer chronicled the weight loss of Beth Beard who had WLS surgery in 2012. Her before and after photos are extremely clever. <BR> <BR> I think the Diego/Frida is the best. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>073299/Beth-vs-Beth-Woman-celebrates-d<BR>ramatic-TEN-STONE-weight-loss-incredib<BR>le-portraits-stars-twice-using-photos-<BR>tak... Fri, 8 May 2015 09:50:43 EST Want to be part of a team that checks in daily? Would you like to be a part of a team checking in DAILY? Give/receive motivation, accountability, encouragement, tips, and suggestions! Let's inspire each to stay on track moving towards our goals! Join the team by clicking "My SparkPage" then scroll down and click on the team "250-350 Check in daily". <em>30</em> Thu, 7 May 2015 23:07:03 EST New team, 250-350 Check in DAILY Would you like to be a part of a team checking in DAILY? Give/receive motivation, accountability, encouragement, tips, and suggestions! Let's inspire each to stay on track moving towards our goals! Join the team by clicking "My SparkPage" then scroll down and click on the team "250-350 Check in daily". <BR> Thu, 7 May 2015 11:01:10 EST 15 words to stop using to make you sound smarter!? Saw an article link on FB last night and had to share: <BR> <BR> That <BR> Went <BR> Honestly <BR> Absolutely <BR> Very <BR> Really <BR> Amazing <BR> Always <BR> Never <BR> Literally <BR> Just <BR> Maybe <BR> Stuff <BR> Things <BR> Irregardless <BR> <BR> I use all of them on a regular basis. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> Thu, 7 May 2015 10:47:09 EST Differences in taste buds I just bought some probiotic drinks. On the label, it says less sugar. <BR> <BR> It tastes ok to me but my Dad complained that it was sour. <BR> <BR> Have you ever thought that something was delicious but another person didn't like it? Thu, 7 May 2015 09:36:26 EST Would you spend more on foreign mags or just settle for local versions? Shape Malaysia is thinner but much cheaper; but has lots of good articles, meal plans and workouts in it. I would prefer either Shape US or Shape Australia but they cost a lot more, a LOT more! So, I settle for Shape Malaysia. <BR> <BR> But I promised myself that if I lose 5kgs, I will treat myself to a sports bra! Maybe an issue of Shape US too! Thu, 7 May 2015 09:23:47 EST Cold in Florida It's almost cold enough in the house to turn on the heat. Even colder outside, not even 70º yet. Brrrr... Thu, 7 May 2015 07:57:09 EST new and looking for low carb support I'm using Spark to track at the request of my dr who is transitioning me from a VLCLD I was on to loose as much as quickly as possible for surgery. I still need to lose about 60 lbs to reach goal. <BR> <BR> He has me eating a sustainable low-carb/higher protein (he gave me my guidelines) Wed, 6 May 2015 20:22:32 EST Clearance forms needed to volunteer at school I don't know about elsewhere but here a parent who wants to volunteer to help out at school (elementary school) needs to have criminal clearance forms. I am not talking about employment or even volunteer work, I am talking about chaperoning a school field trip or helping with a Valentine's Day party. <BR> <BR> What do you think about this? Wed, 6 May 2015 11:30:54 EST What's going on in Texas? <link><BR>5/05/02/403865824/texas-governor-deplo<BR>ys-state-guard-to-stave-off-obama-takeover </link> <BR> <BR> Any Texans here that can clue us in on what's really happening there? <BR> <em>38</em> Wed, 6 May 2015 08:29:00 EST What Nationality Are You My parents and I were born in Canada, but as people say, you're not Canadian until you leave the country. Here, people consider me to be British because my ancestors came from England/Ireland/Scotland over 100 years ago. Where do you come from? Tue, 5 May 2015 18:18:50 EST Inferences & Social Cues Inference: a conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning. <BR> A social cue can either be a verbal or non-verbal hint, which can be positive or negative. These cues guide conversation and other social interactions. A few examples of social cues include: facial expression. vocal tone. <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>-- <BR> I am good at inferences (mostly) but really need work on social cues, I'm sometimes that guy who says something not having thought out that ... Tue, 5 May 2015 11:52:12 EST Time will go, either way For about 4 weeks now I've been eating a lot healthier. A lot. <BR> <BR> My plan is very basic, a protein shake for breakfast (better than nothing, or Mcdonalds), a salad with protein at lunch most days, or hard boiled eggs/cheese, and a reasonable dinner. I stay away from freezer foods though for dinner, or anything too processed. It may be just a sandwich, or some chicken or even cereal/toast etc.... <BR> <BR> If I want a snack, I have a snack. If I want to eat more, I do. But most ... Tue, 5 May 2015 11:01:55 EST For those TTC to newly pregnant - Join our Team! For anyone trying to conceive (TTC) or newly pregnant, we have a great Spark Team called Fit & Pregnant. Come swing by our team and check out our daily chats, Question of the Day (QoDs) and celebrations. Looking forward to some new members as we have several new mommies now. Good luck everyone and see you over at Fit & Pregnant! Tue, 5 May 2015 10:56:24 EST Social Anxiety + Houseguests It might sound weird that having my aunt and her husband stay the night at our house would cause me anxiety, but it DOES. It's only one night, and it's a week night so it's not like I'm under any obligation to stay up late an entertain. Ugh I'm just dreading it though. It's not like I'm really close with this aunt. And, my husband and I have no children and kind of got roped into this big 3 bedroom house that we don't need, we brought our bed into the dining room and pretty much stay out ther... Tue, 5 May 2015 10:55:28 EST It's Teacher Appreciation Week! I heard this story on the news this morning, this is a teacher from my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA <BR> <BR> <link><BR>11818/the-civics-teacher-who-turned-hi<BR>s-arrest-into-a-classroom-lesson </link> <BR> <BR> I can totally relate to the message here; my mom told me when I was a little boy that because I look different (I am of Hispanic background growing up in predominantly white steel mill town) that I would have to work twice as hard as others jus... Tue, 5 May 2015 10:15:10 EST chew toys for a teething puppy I'm adopting a puppy who will be teething still for a while when I get him. I have tons of experience with adult dog toys... but I assume teething puppies need something that will be softer/easier on their teeth? <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Anything anyone's found particularly beneficial? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 5 May 2015 08:43:25 EST Weight loss not going as plan I really don't know how much more I am going to take of this before I throw in the towel. I have been trying to lose some weight and this isn't going as I plan. Actually it isn't going at all. I have the workout part down pack. So I figured it was what I was eating, so I am tracking better than what I am doing and I was going to stay on the lower end of my calories range for majority of the days. Well to my surprise it did move the scale but only by a half a pound. So frustrated. I've been to... Tue, 5 May 2015 07:11:36 EST If You Could Go Back And Tell Yourself Something.. If you could go back and tell yourself something as a child, what would it be? <BR> I would tell myself "run". Don't make yourself sick. Don't feel bad about who you are. Don't let the other kids or your father get you down. It will only lead you to a life of misery. Be yourself. Learn to eat healthy. Love life. <BR> Funny how hindsight is always 20/20. Funny how I love puzzles and mindgames but I can't figure my way out of this one. <BR> Sorry for unloading at 2am. Good night. <BR> Tue, 5 May 2015 02:02:12 EST Apple watches have issues with tattoos <link><BR>30/apple-watch-tattoos/26627195/ </link> <BR> <BR> The ink on the skin interferes & blocks the readings from the Apple watch causing the watch to not work properly. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Mon, 4 May 2015 15:55:24 EST How are you THINspired? This is what worked for me. <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922308 </link> <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 4 May 2015 13:44:14 EST Elderly Parents have you ever had to convince either your parents or your in-laws to move either closer to you or into a nursing home? <BR> <BR> I could use some advice; my MIL is 88 and can't live alone anymore but she doesn't want to move ANYWHERE! <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 4 May 2015 12:12:23 EST Anybody here grow Plumerias? The Plumeria is a special flower for my wife and me. Sun, 3 May 2015 11:49:47 EST What if u could be ur healthiest possible self.... ... just by giving up 3 things: cell phones, personal computer devices, and television? Would you do it? You could still use landline phones, credit/debit card machines, movie theaters, and any devises used just to listen to music. <BR> <BR> Completely hypothetical question.... Sat, 2 May 2015 04:00:15 EST Using SPARK to stay healthy during PREGNANCY? Just wanted to reach out to any soon-to-be-mamas who are expecting and looking to stay fit and in-control during this awesome time!! Our Spark Team FIT AND PREGNANT is a great way to meet others using spark to maintain healthy weight gain and control during all the amazing changes, challenges and milestones you are going through. Come check us out and meet some mamas like yourself! Fri, 1 May 2015 12:31:25 EST Sabotage Why is it when you get to a certain point you unknowingly sabotage yourself. <BR> <BR> I have so much to lose, and am doing so well. Yet I start to eat the wrong things. Oh I am tracking, but just feel I can have it since I have done so good. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else find they do that also. <BR> <BR> Diane Fri, 1 May 2015 09:59:05 EST