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 Questions for experienced travelers I'm about to go on a 6 day trip and I'm only taking a small carry on bag do any of you have any tips on how to pack without everything looking like a wrinkled mess? Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:53:16 EST Did you use to be "old" before you lost weight? When I was in my early 40's I was "old" and by that I mean I acted old, I dressed old and I felt old, that about 10 years ago. In the fall of 2006 I started what would be my most successful weight loss journey of my life and during that time I went from being "old" (as I described above) to being youthful. I consider July 1, 2007 as my RE-BIRTH Date because that's when I decided to completely shave my head and started to lift weights not just to be healthy but to gain muscle mass and get ripp... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:27:21 EST feeling hopeful last night did not sleep well but got up this morning and exercised anyway and got my shower so hoping my weigh in to day will be good along with the rest of the day Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:39:21 EST Emotional Review of my Goal Board I took a break from Spark for a bit and restarted last week. I am in the process of making my goal board. I don't think they had it before. It's a work in progress as I just started it yesterday. <BR> <BR> I signed on today and reviewed my goal board and was surprised at two things that happened. <BR> <BR> 1.) I was hit with a ton of emotions to the point of tears. Seeing my input right in front of my face was one thing, but then I saw the pictures of my family that I put up for inspiratio... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:19:46 EST Taught to like what I can do This morning I was lacking motivation. My treadmill was acting up, I still don't have a definitive answer to my weak spells. And our routine was altered when the underground power line burnt out in early April. For twenty days we've had the noise of generators in our ears. But all this was made trivial when I visited my former work place. In 1997 I met a man who knew the parts industry inside out. Though given to irritability a finer teachers you couldn't find. Now after two strokes and other... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:43:46 EST Prediabetes? Should I avoid all carbs? I was told I have prediabetes. My blood sugar and A1C was elevated but not enough to have full diabetes. The doctor wants to keep an eye on it though. I was told to cut back on sugar and carbs. But I don't know how much I should cut back or if I should try to avoid them altogether. Anyone have any experience with this? <BR> <BR> Also, it is a sure thing that I will develop full diabetes in the future, even if I take action now to get healthy? Of course I did not think to ask these questions... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:38:54 EST What foods are triggers for IBS-D? I have IBS-D. If you have it, what foods seem to trigger your symptoms? Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:36:29 EST funny music -- listen I found some funny music composers. <BR> Do any of you know anyone other than these? <BR> <BR> Weird Al Yankovic <BR> P.D.Q. Bach <BR> Roger Alan Wade <BR> Veggie Tales <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:21:28 EST That ONE habit that irks you. I am talking about our friends and/or loved ones who we love or really like a LOT save for that "one" little thing they do that bother the crap outta ya! <BR> <BR> My fiancé - she sometimes hears the content of what I'm saying in reverse. <BR> Example: <BR> I say to her - "Hey, I love that sweater you're wearing, it looks great on you!" <BR> She repeats what she thinks she heard me say - "Hey that sweater looks gawd awful on your, go change it." <BR> <BR> A close colleague of mine - tries ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:53:45 EST 17 Day Diet Hello, I am in Albany, Ga. I have just started back with Spark after a very long absence. Usually I try to eat low carb, recently I began following the 17 Day Diet. It is adding more carbohydrates into my diet than I am used to eating. I have also began counting calories and it does not seem like I am making any headway. Is there any one else following Dr. Moreno's 17 DD and what success have you had on it? Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:30:17 EST slow going I did not have a good start at wanting to get up I was slow to get up but once I did I got a lot done Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:09:44 EST INFLUENZA ALERT Florida. Don't let it set you back Hi, <BR> I just wanted to inform some of you about how subtle the Influenza can be and how it can set you back for days, if not weeks even if you have been immunized with the Flu vaccine. <BR> <BR> Five days ago I came home feeling aweful! I had a fever of 101.8. Nothing spectacular, nevertheless it drained my energy and made me dizzy when I stood up. My heart seem to beat really fast from the fever and my breathing was labored and difficult. I was coughing hard. I thought it couldn't be a v... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:17:43 EST Any DEVIOUS MAID fans? I LOVE how this drama is weaved together and such a great bunch of actors/actresses! I can't miss a Sunday of it. DVR is set. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:43:14 EST My scale arrived today!!! :) I got the package from Amazon at my dad's today. I have it delivered to my dad's because its easier. It's a sunbeam scale. It works very well. And I lost 5 pounds in the past week or two. Maybe because of this new diet I'm on. <BR> <BR> Happy Easter everybody!! Its a very peaceful day, and I have VERY high energy, and my mood is good. <BR> <BR> I also ordered a white noise with 10 different sounds by Conair. I bought gloves because I love 3 pairs each Winter, and we might have anoth... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:56:34 EST Favorite Teas? My latest catalog from the Republic of Tea came with a sample of one of their new teas, Hibiscus Watermelon herbal tea. <BR> <BR> It is FANTASTIC, in case you're wondering. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> So as I'm sitting here, sipping on delicious watermelon tea, I began wondering what kind of tea my fellow Sparkers like to drink. I love a wide variety, myself. My favorite flavors, sorted by brand: <BR> <BR> Republic of Tea: <BR> - Hibiscus Watermelon (my most recent addition, lol) <BR> - Hi... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:49:36 EST How are you doing on Qsymia? I have been taking Qsymia for just about a year now. I decided to go very slow in order to keep it off and be able to maintain it. I used to do all the fad diets and loose the weight quick but gain it back two fold. So in the first 6 months I lost about 26 pounds with no exercise and just portion control due to the pill making you feel full quick and satisfied longer. I then decided that I was happy at my weight even though I still could look another 10 pounds so I figured I'd try to maintain... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:47:42 EST Weighing a LOT more than you look? Hello! Does anyone have a problem with weighing a lot more than you look? Admittedly, I have gained a lot of weight over the past 4 months, but the number on the scale was such a surprise to me! I went on my honeymoon and probably weighed 215ish and looked pretty good in a bikini. Flat stomach, but I do have big boobs and a big (not huge) behind. Whenever I ask people how much they think I weigh, they say about 180-190. The doctors always start the scale at the 150 mark and keep going up ... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:01:16 EST Are there any ORPHAN BLACK tv series fans here? I read an entertainment article from CNN on the ORPHAN BLACK series and could not wait to see it. <BR> <link><BR>n-black-season-two-preview/ </link> <BR> I borrowed the video series for Season 1 from my library and watched yesterday and today <BR> I am hooked. Season 2 starts today on BBCAmerica . com <BR> I can't wait <BR> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:25:58 EST home page Since it has been 2 years since I have been on this site, I can't remember how to <BR> get 2 my home page. Can anyone help me? Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:46:27 EST need help starting over It has been 2 years since I have been on SparkPeople & would like 2 erase all my past data & <BR> Start over. How do I do that? Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:19:22 EST Restarting Hi, I was a member here awhile but I think my last activity on the site was almost 3 years ago. I'm wondering if it is better to restart my whole account, especially as I've gained weight since then and don't feel like I "deserve" to keep my points, anniversary years, etc., or just continue on? I was sort of thinking I should change my name anyway. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:55:41 EST A bad day! I woke up very early this morning to accompany my Mom to the market! I had a fab breakfast, of thosai, a kind of low-fat Indian flat bread! Malaysia has mostly Chinese, Malay and Indian food (the 3 major races here), we have other kinds of food too but those 3 kinds are the most common here. I ate it with a bit of fish curry (without the fish, just the curry gravy), and dhall curry. I just dipped it, I didn't finish the curries. <BR> <BR> Then we went home, and feeling tired, I took a nap, b... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:58:52 EST What are you doing for Easter, 2014? I'm not doing much. Just plan on staying home and relaxing. I may go for a walk. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:33:08 EST whats up whats up with everyone today hope you all have a great day today Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:36:25 EST What do you think of competitive eating? I think it's a waste of good food. Food should be eaten slowly, savored, and enjoyed. Not to be stuffed in your face at top speed! I don't think they even taste what they are eating when they turn eating into a competition! It just can't be healthy and it's such a waste! <BR> <BR> I don't think it can even be fun! I think it would make the competitor sick in the end! <BR> <BR> What do you think? Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:19:13 EST IP conflict problem? I sometimes get an IP conflict when I turn on my PC. Anyone else had this problem before? Do you know why it happens? Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:42:15 EST Font size Is there a way to increase the font size on my iPad, besides just stretching the page with my fingers. Sometimes it's really hard to read, especially the message boards. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:34:53 EST Play With Your Junk Food (funny) I;m a big fan of Dr, Yoni Freedhoff and his Funny Friday Blog Put a huge smile on my face <BR> enjoy <BR> <link><BR>t-use-for-condoms-nutella-mentos.html </link> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:37:34 EST Where do you sweat? This might be random but I noticed that after a workout I tend to sweat most on my forehead and back (sometimes behind my knees depending on what I'm doing). lol I have a friend who doesn't sweat on her forehead or back at all just her chest and arm pits. So I was wondering where do other people sweat? Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:42:22 EST Have a Blessed Good Friday Have a Blessed Good Friday everyone. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:46:59 EST Getting Impatient I have been exercising regularly for months now. I am also watching what I eat and drink, both bcoz I want to lose weight and also to manage my weight for my dialysis treatments. But my belly refuses to shrink! Worse still, I don't see any changes at all! <BR> <BR> I am getting very discouraged! Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:35:28 EST Buying readymade vs. making it yourself I just started making myself a triangular shawl with inexpensive yarn from the discount store. Costed me RM5 per ball. According to the pattern book, I will need 12 balls to complete it, which means, it will cost RM60 to make. <BR> <BR> This got me thinking, for RM60 or even less, I can easily buy a nice machine-made shawl for myself! But if I crochet myself one, I will have something unique and I do enjoy needlework! <BR> <BR> What about you? Would you make it yourself or just buy mass pr... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:00:12 EST Removed post? I'm puzzled. <BR> <BR> I started a thread a month or so ago asking people of any religion if they pray, how, what it means to them, if they experience answers to prayer etc. A lot of people were replying with meaningful answers - OK a few used it to just say yes or no (and they were usually the same people each day) but many of the answers were interesting and I enjoyed reading the responses. <BR> <BR> Then suddenly it was gone. I thought the guidelines said that normally we are told if (an... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:57:10 EST TOPS Hello fellow Sparkers! I was wondering if any of you could give me some info on the program called TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). There is a new chapter being started here in my community, and was wondering if any of you have sat in on a meeting or are a member. It seems like to me that this would be great for accountability, and meeting new people (which I LOVE) that share the same weight loss struggles. Any info you can give would be much appreciated. I am kinda excited about this...I jus... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:28:20 EST crohn`s diseases and lap band I want to know if anyone with crohn`s has ever had lap band surgery. If so did it effect your crohns Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:07:20 EST Adds on SparkPeople I am new to Sparks and I think the site is very valuable, but I'm very disappointed in the way Sparks lets advertisers cover the page so that you can not get to certain areas of the page. This prevents me from accessing options that are available on the web pages, for example I can not see the button to add a food to a grouping. Today an add for Fox Chase is covering more than an inch at the top of my page and I can not get to the buttons at the bottom of the page because of it. Also, there... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:55:33 EST How do you pick your workout clothes? Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm very curious to know, when you go shopping for active wear, what are you looking for? Like, specifically.. is it design, fabric, brand, cost, etc? What are some qualities of your favorite workout clothes that you already own? <BR> <BR> The more specific you can be the better! I appreciate any and all input. Thanks! Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:59:08 EST Did you have an imaginary friend ? Yes Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:53:51 EST cpap troubles im having a hard time getting enough sleep on my cpap machine. the most sleep I get is 5 hours. I also wake up at 3am. now, is it me causing less sleep or my machine. does my machine need adjusting or is something interrupting my sleep. your best answers please. thank you. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:54:02 EST Have you ever played unusal non-video games? <BR> <BR> I am an avid tabletop gamer, that is to say that video games are NOT MY THING, I like to have other players in real life sit at the table with me like the old days when playing Monopoly, Life, checkers and the likes with family or friends. <BR> <BR> After childhood I stopped playing games altogether but not for any real reason, I just didn't hang out with people who played tabletop games but the last 10 years or so I rediscovered the joys of tabletop gaming (btw, I say 'tabletop'... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:48:56 EST "Ugh, I always have to do it myself..." Many moons ago I tried my hand at Amway products, it didn't take but not because the product was bad in fact their cleaning stuff is top-notch in my opinion, anyway when you sell Amway products you attend a lot of motivational meetings to help you in your confidence to move their products, I had learned A LOT about people skills and other tidbits and one that has always stuck with me to this very day: <BR> <BR> *Why do a hundred things yourself when you can have a hundred people do one thing... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:52:32 EST Important FREE movie to see for your health Under Our Skin is on You Tube <BR> <BR> <BR> There is now an epidemic of Lyme Disease. Many people have Lyme and are not aware of it, <BR> For example, it has been found that most forms of MS are actually caused by Lyme. <BR> <BR> Everyone should be aware of this illness because it is growing. <BR> Just go to <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Then put Under our skin on the search engine of youtube. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:36:27 EST It's a Girl - Documentary Has anyone else seen it? It's on Netflix. <BR> <BR> Very sad, but very powerful. I had no idea things like this happened. <BR> <BR> ---------------------- <BR> <BR> "The film tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters’ lives, and of other mothers who would kill for a son. Global experts and grassroots activists put the stories in context and advocate different paths towards cha... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:17:51 EST How much do you strive to lose each week I'm just wondering. I know the best way is to lose slowly so as to make a complete lifestyle change. But sometimes I get a little impatient. Should I be happy with 1/2 to 1 lb a week or should I be trying to lose more? Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:37:40 EST The "No one can lose weight on 1500 cal a day diet I'm so tired if people asking me how I lost weight then telling me that there is no way that anyone can lose weight on 1500 cal a day, eating healthy foods and exercising for an hour a day 6 days a week. <BR> <BR> So I think we should have some fun and create a totally stupid diet for those people to follow. <BR> <BR> I've decided on the ...tada... <BR> Day of the week diet. <BR> <BR> Guaranteed to have you lose 5 pounds in a week. <BR> <BR> You can only eat foods that start with the let... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:59:40 EST Drinking 8 glasses of water a day For those of you that do this, great job! I've only gotten down 6 today and if I'm gonna have to use the restroom every 45 minutes I'm not gonna want to keep it up. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:04:02 EST Thank you! Last week was one of those weeks I normally would have found excuses to stop eating healthy and give up again. My husband was out of town, I couldn't go to yoga all week because I had no sitter, and my weight was up all week from the week before. <BR> <BR> Instead of just saying, "screw it," I read threads by members who were worried about their weight loss over and over again. So I told myself it was just water, likely from too much salt or maybe even from skipping yoga, and I mostly staye... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:42:55 EST Triggers I read about "food triggers" in the negiative sense all the time here on SP. What about Motivational Triggers? Positive Triggers! What keeps you motivated, in a good mood, a quick lift when you need one? Even a nutitional trigger that motivates you to eat more healthy and put down that junky treat! I found that wearing bright colors help! Got rid of my " fat color tops" all the Blah medium blues, blacks, grays, wines-replacing them with yellow, orange, light green, and the bright color ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:38:42 EST More fast food craziness Dominos has created a "pizza" with a fried chicken crust. Every time I think we can't get more disgusting, I'm proven wrong. <BR> <BR> I think I just threw up in my mouth a little. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ow-marketing-a-pizza-with-a-fried-chic<BR>ken-c-1563290228/all </link> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:16:20 EST Anyone else have a physical job? I am a registered nurse. I spend most of my day on my feet. I always use the stairs when I need to run to a different floor for whatever reason. I am still doing some exercise after work, don't always feel like running or doing cardio. Do you think working counts in this situation? Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:15:20 EST HELP, what do I do confused? I'm confused on losing weight, ok here's my confusion, Do you count calories, fat, carbs or what? What should I be doing to lose weight? Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:45:23 EST Pinched Nerve in Neck Has anyone ever had a pinched nerve in their neck? What did you do about it? Please don't tell me to see a doctor, I've done that already and so far their suggestions aren't helping. <BR> I'm going to my neurologist next week anyway, and he has a really good track record of manipulating my nerves (I have exposed nerves so they get pinched easily, but never in my neck before), and will hopefully be able to manipulate this one back to where it should be. But in the meantime it's driving me n... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:26:22 EST Browsing others' food trackers Sometimes I spend a little time just looking at other members' food trackers for inspiration, motivation, and ideas. Sometimes I'm curious to see what the really successful members are eating, sometimes I'm just looking for more food ideas and look at food trackers if I'm not in the mood to go through SparkRecipes. <BR> <BR> Do you ever browse other members' food trackers? Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:10:19 EST Gift giving question A good friend of mine, from New Zealand, just got her US citizenship after many years of waiting (yay!). She is having a party next weekend to celebrate, and I would like to get her a gift. I have no idea what to get her for this, though! <BR> <BR> Any ideas? Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:37:28 EST Stink Bugs THIS guy! <BR> <link><BR>stink-bug.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> IDK if this bug is regional (I live in Southwestern Pennsylvania) but they are making a come back this year. <BR> <BR> If you know what this bug is and have had to deal with it what has been your best solution!? <BR> <BR> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:28:04 EST Distorted Image Many times I hear about people who have lost a lot of weight but still "see" themselves as fat. I am the opposite. My fighting weight was 130, when I was younger, in my 20's and 30's. I have gained a lot of weight over the years, but in my mind's eye I still see myself as thin. When I go to buy clothes, I'm shocked that I need a size much bigger than a 12. I take pants into the dressing room and can't believe it when they won't go over my hips. When I look at a size 16-18 pants they jus... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:24:49 EST I hate goodbyes! So today morning I found out that it's my coaches last two weeks before moving abroad and ever since I'm feeling so down. Trying to distract myself but I still feel bad I just wish he didn't have to leave. I just hate hate hate goodbyes. Now I know that for the next two weeks I'm going to be feeling so bad and probably even after that once he's long gone. Sometimes I just wish I didn't have to cling on to people as much as I do. Just wanted to let this out thought this might make me feel... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:49:51 EST Does anyone here watch Bates Motel? I know this is a very non-weightloss topic. <em>30</em> I am a huge fan of this show, and was just wondering if anyone else watches it as well. This show had me hooked on the very first episode!! Anyway, I won't say too much about it, until others weigh in (see what I did there!). Hopefully I'm not the only one who is hooked! Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:15:27 EST Dealing with Judgement So the other night I went out with my personal trainer. At one point during the evening, she looked over at a "normal" sized woman talking to a larger man. She said "Aw, isn't that nice how she's being so kind to the fat guy". All sorts of thoughts went through my head, but the one that stuck with me is that I have always felt like the "fat girl". I have avoided SO many situations in my life because I have always been hyper-aware of my weight & people's reaction to me because of it. How ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:17:26 EST The Zombie Apocalypse :) So there's a lot of Urban Legend (media sensation due to The Walking Dead series) but IF (come on, play along here) IF there WAS a Zombie Apocalypse; are you ready? <BR> <BR> Are ya physically FIT enough to survive void of daily luxuries? <BR> <BR> Could you out run zombies? Escaped zoo animals? Are you ready for chaos!? <BR> <BR> This thread lacks any seriousness.....FYI. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Mns_sK8 </link> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:19:25 EST Chamomile Tea Question I did not get a good night sleep and am o the verge of being very tired. Has anyone used Chamomile Tea for insomnia and how did it work for you if it did? Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:07:28 EST Frustrated by Lack of Weight Loss...Please Help! Hi There. <BR> <BR> I am hoping someone can give me some tips or advice about 10 stubborn pounds I can't seem to shake. <BR> <BR> A little background....I have always been about 10 pounds lighter than I am now and I feel that is my comfortable weight. Over the past 6-8 months I have put on those 10 pounds because i have been making poor food choices and lack of exercise. About a month ago I got motivated and began to eat healthily again and I run about 2 miles each day. I have not lost ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:13:33 EST A year without sugar There was an article in the paper today about a family that went a year without sugar. They didn't really go without sugar but it was an interesting thought. <BR> <BR> They allowed the each person to make their own decisions about eating sugar at birthday parties or occasions where everyone else was eating sugar. They also each had one personal exemption that they could have at any time. <BR> <BR> They also didn't count "natural sugars" such as the sugar in an apple. But they did count any... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:49:31 EST hello just wanted to introduce myself. my name is jana and I am new to sparkpeople and I am hoping that this will help me with my weight loss goals. I have tried and failed a lot but maybe this will me my go getter to a better me for life. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:08:10 EST Feeling/looking bloated, but the scale says diff.. Today I have felt and looked bloated in the mirror, but the scale says that I've lost 5 pounds in a week?? Maybe it was the hotdog with onions and a soda I had for lunch. Not a good choice I suppose. <BR> <BR> I do not want to believe the scale and keep my hopes up. It cannot be too much water weight, because I have a combo BP/water pill that keeps that from happening. <BR> <BR> I feel terrible having this sort of denial. <BR> <BR> I'm getting a second scale tomorrow. Any recommendations?... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:45:47 EST DGL I saw an article on the benefits of DGL for acid reflux. I would like some opinions on this. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:03:00 EST How does your garden grow? Mine is growing well. My lettuce and peas are sprouted and my blueberries are starting to appear. I see nectarines, peaches, pluots, apricots and strawberries developing as well. I have flowers on one of my tomatoes, though no tomatoes yet. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:16:31 EST The REAL nutritional value of foods I recently realized that a lot of the foods listed on the lists in Sparkpeople don't have the correct and/or full nutritional content. If you are tracking specific nutrients, as I am, it makes it difficult to put together an accurate menu for the day. I found online. If you need to know the potassium, magnesium, selenium or maybe vitamin E content of foods, as well as calories, you'll need to look it up. I'm adding foods with the full nutritional content as I go ... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:44:46 EST Feeling horrible Hello all! <BR> <BR> So yesterday I couldn't recall if I had taken my morning meds. I dumped them out and counted and I was pretty sure I had. Now yesterday I stayed awesomely on track until my hubby got home, he had brought Little Debbies with him. I figured there was no issue with having one, especially since I've been well on track for a couple of weeks. When I stood up after eating them I was dizzy and again today I just feel horrible. Prior to yesterday I haven't had anything sweet or ... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:36:23 EST I Did It! At my highest weight ever,and barely could walk to the mailbox at the end of our short driveway without becomming exhausted, Today, 90 lbs thinner and about 55 lbs more to my goal, I did my first 5 mile walk! Even after shopping and walking around a big box store this afternoon! Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:42:56 EST Fitbit and SP I tried to find a good place for this questions and this board seemed good. <BR> <BR> I see a lot of SP members use Fitbit, I've never had one so please forgive my lack of knowledge. <BR> <BR> I know that the SP tracker differentiates between "workouts" (10mins or more of movement like walking, running ect.) and regular steps. Does Fitbit do the same. <BR> <BR> I only ask because I see a ton of folks with huge Fitbit entries. I'm just curious about how it tracks on spark people. Is it jus... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:19:29 EST Nutrition Tracker Corrections??? I currently have what I feel is a pretty serious issue but can't find anyplace in Spark to get it taken care of. The nutrition tracker says that a 10 piece serving of McDonald's Chicken Nuggets has plenty of calories, carbs and fat, but 0 grams of protein, the same for the 4 piece box - and that's just not true! I realize they are unhealthy and generally never eat such things, especially since I watch my glucose levels closely. The fact is we were pretty much out of healthy food all day, so I... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:33:57 EST Do You Tip Your Hairdresser? A little disclosure: I hate going to a salon to get my hair cut. I can't get it washed because I don't use commercial shampoo anymore, and I don't want it styled because they'll put product in it and I don't want that. Also I have social anxiety. <BR> <BR> But I NEED a haircut, badly. I want to chop off at least four inches. I live in a very wealthy neighbourhood and the cheapest haircut I can find anywhere is $60, and the best place around is going to cost me at least $80. <BR> <BR> So d... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:51:46 EST $1600 for a frozen dress. really? Parents are upset that their child does not have a dress from Frozen right now are paying 1600$ on eBay. I wish I had seen this coming! I could have made a small fortune. <BR> <BR> Whatever happened to saying NO? Sorry they are sold out, you will have to wait. <BR> <BR> I really doubt that the kids are driving this as much as the parents are! You are not a bad parent if your child doesn't get X right this very minute! Quit feeling guilty over whatever parenting sins you have made. Your chi... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:58:31 EST The "outraged citizen" friend or family member... I have a few of these folks involved with my daily life and they always seem to be outraged by something that was reported by the media. It's usually something blown way out of proportion (my opinion, of course) but regardless of what it is they're currently outraged about it always seems to have a theme of DOOM FOR US ALL! <BR> <BR> These folks are NOT the Drama Queens or the Negative Nancy types I usually talk about but they are in the same category of mine; "God Lord, get over it!" <BR> ... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:35:24 EST They keep calling me fat! While it is true that I have put on a few pounds and I don't have perfect washboard abs but I m not obese and I am not fat! I may b a little overweight and not perfect but I don't consider myself fat. <BR> <BR> But there are ppl in my life that keep telling me that I'm "so fat"! <BR> <BR> But I can still wear most of my clothes, so I can't be that fat, can I? <BR> <BR> I feel so depressed over my muffin top! I guess that's why they keep calling me fat! Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:52:44 EST Birthday! Tomorrow is my husbands birthday and going to Longhorn Steakhouse for dinner with family., I already decided on a smaller steak sans salty seasoned "dust", a sweet potato, aspargus for sides. Water w/lemon slice to drink. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:45:54 EST Nike Fuel Band I just purchased the Nike Fuel Band. Does anyone else use one and give me some pointers. Thanks in advance Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:49:24 EST New Job - New Stress - New Life? <BR> So I'm faced with a troubling decision! I am being looking at by the Regional Manager of Sales to become the Community Relations Director at an Assisted Living Facility. I have always been interested in this line of work and most definitely have the personality for it! However I worry, I worry about everything! I currently work in a nursing home as the Medical Records Supervisor. In this new position you are responsible for going out and marketing the company and getting people to move ... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:59:10 EST Starting a great day! Off work today, Hope to accomplish a great deal and spend some time outside enjoying my walk. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 05:52:27 EST XP.COM i can't sign on my computer with firefox, every time I click on it, it said can't load XP.COM, I had to get in by go to internet , does anyone have same problem as I am? what do you or how do you do, to get it back on, or it need to go pay some one get it fix? Wed, 9 Apr 2014 17:52:30 EST LifeStyle Lift I notice along with age and weight loss that my face is sagging and getting the "marienette" lines around my mouth and nose area and a small waddle under my chin! Its making me look older than I am! My husband told me he would reward me with the LifeStyle Lift advertised on TV, when I reach my goal! Just wondering if anyone had this procedure done and can tell me about their expierence with it. I 'd like to hear from someone else than the people in the ads endorsing it. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 14:45:59 EST Sparkpeople crush I know this is kind of silly for some others it might be a bit more serious. <BR> <BR> Anyway does anyone have a crush on someone here on Spark? Do they know? Are you going to act on it? Wed, 9 Apr 2014 13:22:10 EST Someone asked me today if I am pregnant and Im not I am SOOO not pregnant, but someone asked me if I was today. I have been working so hard to get healthy; it is so discouraging to be asked this. I have been eating well, working out hard 4 days a week, I have lost 16lbs since I started this, but still I have a belly pooch. My friends just laughed when I told them, but this is not funny to me! Just reaching out for some support really. Thanks! <em>15</em> Wed, 9 Apr 2014 12:50:47 EST weight loss surgery Anyone have any thoughts on sleeve surgery? Just trying to gather some info and stories from people who have had it done ? Thanks Wed, 9 Apr 2014 11:51:06 EST Does Media News Coverage Affect School Violence ? Violence in the schools is once again a big issue. <BR> April 9/2014 Stabbing at Pittsburgh High School is yet another news story. <BR> <BR> DO YOU THINK THE MEDIA NEWS COVERAGE HAS A NEGATIVE OR A POSITIVE AFFECT? Wed, 9 Apr 2014 11:26:39 EST Kmart e-mail? Hi <BR> I just tried to enter a give away for points from Kmart- the link was at the bottom of one of the Spark emails I got this morning, and I was told this offer is no longer available. Did this happen to anyone else? Does this happen a lot? I'm new to SparkPeople, and I hope that this is an isolated incident-- I was FRUSTRATED! <BR> <BR> have a great day! <BR> <BR> Beth Wed, 9 Apr 2014 07:53:43 EST Don't Text and Drive Commercial OMG! Have you seen this commercial? <BR> <BR> 2 young ladies in a car with the driver texting. They are hit by a semi. The commercial shows the car flipping multiple times and going off an overpass. Then brief glimpse of the dead bodies in a mangled car. <BR> <BR> Wow. Powerful message sent and received. I don't text and drive but have been guilty of getting distracted. I think we all have glanced at the phone, changed radio stations, tried to pick up something we dropped etc. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 23:31:44 EST AVE Q Have you seen Ave Q? It's Sesame Street for adults! I saw it years ago in NYC and am taking some friends to see it in a couple of weeks. I'm excited to see it again, it's so funny! <BR> <BR> What's your favorite musical? Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:17:18 EST Saving Money with Homemade Last summer I learned how to make laundry soap. It works great, I only use two Tblsp. per load and only costs me $10 for a big canister! I just ran out so tonight I'm making more! Three bars of Ivory soap grated (I put it in the microwave to blow it up so it will be finer), 3 cups of 20 Mule Team Borax, 3 cups of Washing Soda, A few Purex Crystals for scent and that's it! My clothes are so clean! It doesn't make suds, but that's okay! I've since then seen many variations on the internet. Wh... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:04:10 EST How are your numbers at the doctor's? I have been obsessing about losing weight. I talked to my doctor and he wasn't all that concerned about my weight. When I talked to my doctor he said my numbers were all good and to continue doing what I was doing before my last labs. <BR> I am overweight but, with what he said I guess he feels I am healthy. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <em>521</em> Tue, 8 Apr 2014 20:47:10 EST am I missing something? my friend and I both joined sparkpeople so we can help support one another. We both cant add the other as spark friends. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 18:32:27 EST good afternoon my sister called me today all excited about a new diet she found called the hungygirls ...any of you ladies have any infor on this..... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 12:31:34 EST Hey Lefties!!!! I am right-handed but several of my colleagues are south paws (left-handed) and I had asked several of them if they think the world is a right-handed world. Most said it was. <BR> <BR> If you're left-handed do you think it's a right-handed world and why do you think that? Tue, 8 Apr 2014 10:46:29 EST mind set after weight loss I'm curious to know how ones mind is after they have achieved their weight loss goal. My problem is that I want to lose this weight but I don't want to do the work. When I eat bad I feel guilty but the bad habits are SO VERY HARD TO BREAK. Any suggestions. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:06:46 EST How often do you "treat" yourself? Do you have a small item once a day, or do allow yourself a blowout occasionally? How does your decision affect your weight loss efforts? Just wondering what works for others. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 03:24:39 EST Such a disappointing day :( Early morning was great!! After a few months of trying to get my blood sugar to a normal reading I finally had a 104 reading this morning...HooRay!! Then I spent the greater part of day back and forth trying to book a flight for a friend. I have never experienced having to make so many calls trying to do so. I'm talking 4+ hours. Wow. I was exhausted and so frustrated. I had other things to do, like tend to the things I needed to do. I barely had an opportunity to eat (coffee, 2 boile... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 21:33:16 EST What do you do to help start your day? What are some things that you do to help start your day in the morning? <BR> <BR> Do you make a protein shake or something? <BR> Do you go for a early morning jog/walk? <BR> <BR> I am looking for ideas to help me get through the day. Because when i wake up and i start my day its just kind of plain. I don't do any exercises ( which is not good i know), i dont think i eat a good breakfast either. <BR> <BR> I wanna know maybe you make a shake in the morning to help wake you up or give you ene... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:59:01 EST McDonalds We had to be somewhere very early this morning, so no time to make breakfast and neither me or my husband felt hungry. So we were running somewhat early and he said lets go to McDonalds for breakfast since there was one close to where we needed to be. I agreed, since I was beginning to feel hungry. He ordered egg, chesse, sausage McMuffin, a hash brown and coffee. As he was placing his order first, I noticed they offered Whole Grain Oatmeal! So thats what I ordered, it came topped with cub... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 14:36:47 EST Around-the-world Journey With Small Children I read about a San Diego family who set sail on an around-the-world journey with their 1-year-old and 3-year-old daughters. Family members found themselves stranded, fell ill with Salmonella, and had to be rescued 900 miles from shore. <BR> <link><BR>Ship-Makes-Contact-with-Boat-with-Sick<BR>-Baby-254056951.html#ixzz2y822RZ8f </link> <BR> <BR> In 2010, 14-year-old Laura Dekker took to the seas in her sailboat, Guppy, on a quest to become the younges... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 13:48:27 EST Thank you for the nice welcome I introduced myself yesterday and this morning my email box was full of great welcomes for joining. I wanted to thank each of you that welcomed me. <BR> I hope to work on me one day at a time. I know that if I feel overwhelmed by too many things I will stop doing them all. There are many things to learn and remember to do. I am not used to tracking anything (except my blood sugar) and I might forget until I get used to doing it. So much information to take in...whew! <BR> Again...Thank... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 12:47:12 EST SVTs and menopause and magnesium I have SVTs but have been controlling them with magnesium and some of the meds the doc prescribed when I can't get my heart rate down myself. I know that menopause brings this on, and it did for me as well as other triggers but since I have been taking large doses of magnesium, I have not been to the ER to convert since 12/21/13. Does anyone have an idea about how to get more magnesium in their diet and still lose weight? Especially vegetarians. Sun, 6 Apr 2014 11:36:36 EST Negative Comments About Weight Loss Since I started my journey last year, I have had the best support from family, friends and online communities. I am currently down 106 pounds as of last week's weigh-in. I plan to lose about 50-75 more pounds. <BR> <BR> Lately, some people have been concerned that I may lose "too much weight". I'm a big guy. I started out at almost 400 pounds and I'm currently at 291. I look completely different but I'm still obese. Why are people reacting that way now? Maybe it's just because they're so us... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 09:15:32 EST Cactus Fans! Knock yourself out! I was doing research today to see what species of cactus I have when I came across this site! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_abc_cactus.htm </link> <BR> <BR> It's wonderful!!! I never knew there were so many species of cacti! I still haven't found the names of my cacti, but I could spend hours just gazing at the many species with their flowers! <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Sun, 6 Apr 2014 03:30:30 EST crummy day at work I worked at the group home, got off and got drunk on vodka. I'm not supposed to do this. I have to work tomorrow, but not until 12:30. Hopefully it will have worn off by then. <BR> <BR> Anyone else hate their job? What do you do about it? Sat, 5 Apr 2014 21:25:30 EST nice day Today is a nice day out so gonna do some yard work around the house whats on your to do list this weekend? Sat, 5 Apr 2014 14:00:08 EST Longtime Sparker looking for active Sparkfriends!! I'm looking for friends who are active on Sparkpeople on a daily or almost daily basis. Most of my sparkfriends are hardly active on here anymore, so I find that I'm not motivated enough to sign on here everyday and keep myself going. Signing onto Sparkpeople every day before kept me more active, motivated and in check. I'd like to continue that with some Sparkfriends :) <BR> <BR> A little about me, because my Sparkpage is private, my name is Ashley, I am 30 and love fitness! I am pregnant ... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 11:24:24 EST Well Water Do you drink your well water? My well water has a slight sulfur smell when it comes out of the tap so I put a jug of it in the frig and the smell goes away, I don't mind the taste at all. I have noticed that my dish towels and bath towels have a green tinge where I wipe my hands, that bothers me. I really don't think I'd be any better off with city water. Any thoughts? Sat, 5 Apr 2014 08:44:55 EST Pics of my little cactus garden and some others <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664730 </link> <BR> <BR> Cute! Heh?! Sat, 5 Apr 2014 04:31:25 EST My doctor shamed me and I am back for help Hi. I had almost gotten down to my goal weight in 2012 and then in 2013 all hell broke loose in my life and I gained back exactly what I Lost which was 35lbs. My husband was hospitalized three times and then diagnosed with cancer, I came down with this SVT heart beat crazy thing and then we moved. There is a lot more but needless to say, I gave up on myself and taking care of myself because I was so busy taking care of everyone else. And then....I went through menopause. After years of s... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 15:03:24 EST Today's choices are Tomorrow's inheritance. Do what matters. Well. <BR> <BR> :-) Fri, 4 Apr 2014 14:47:52 EST How you break the habit of eating processed foods? I have always had the habit of eating processed foods because they are already prepared before cooking. I realize that's why I got health problems and obesity because I eat mostly processed foods. Fri, 4 Apr 2014 14:00:59 EST What book to read? Imagine I could afford to buy only ONE book about health and/or weight loss in the next five years - which one would you tell me to get? Fri, 4 Apr 2014 13:58:47 EST It was the PUPPY! I was giving treats to my foster puppies, an 18 week old lab mix who weighs about 35 pounds and 4 ten week old cattle dog mixes who weigh about 10 pounds. <BR> <BR> Due to the size disparity, I was leaning over to give the little ones their morning treat when the lab mix jumped in a leap of morning perkiness....Did I mention I hate morning perkiness??? <BR> <BR> He nose bonked me in the eye. I am developing a lovely swollen eye, hoping the ice will keep it from bruising. I'm too old to ha... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 13:20:35 EST stupid callers! I was just minding my own business during dialysis when my mobile rang. The caller said "Ms. X, this is the phone company". "But I'm not Ms. X", I replied. He then proceeded to argue, "But this is Ms. X's number!". I was getting riled at this point! As if I don't know my own name! Then he proceded to ask, isn't this (phone number) before he realised midway that he had dialled the wrong number! Fancy insisting that I'm Ms. X when I'm not Ms. X! How stupid! Fri, 4 Apr 2014 03:40:39 EST Wearing jammies out in public Is this happening everywhere, or mostly just in areas like mine? These people have their pajamas on while going shopping, while going in the local banks, and local restaurants. They are everywhere! At first I thought this was supposed to be a new "cool trend" (not one I'd fall into because I'm not that trendy... :) but then I noticed that mostly people who looked like they were too lazy to take a bath or change their clothes were the main followers of this new trend. <BR> <BR> My husband ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 03:16:12 EST What is your current favorite workout video? Do you have a favorite on line work out video? <BR> <BR> Lately I keep going back to Jillian Michael's Fat Blaster Video <BR><BR>out+videos&FORM=VIRE3#view=detail&mid=<BR>CE7B1AD5816B636B5DF9CE7B1AD5816B636B5DF9 <BR> <BR> A good workout that is easy on the knees and gets your heart rate up! <BR> <BR> I like her because she is NOT Perky! I can't stand videos where the instructor is way too happy for any time of day...I think some of their water bottl... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 23:08:45 EST If your Dr. prescibes 7 servings Of fruits and vegetables a day would our insurance cover our grocery bills? <BR> <BR> Would you eat 7 servings of fruits and veggies a day if your Dr. handed you a prescription with those instructions? <BR> <BR> My mailbox this week has been full of articles from various medical journals touting the need to eat better to live a longer and healthier life. <BR> <BR> One article said that you can reduce your risk of sudden death by eating your 7 servings and maintain a healthy weight. You had... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 23:03:33 EST Fresh food nutrition planner With the nutrition planner to calculate foods why is it all fast foods. I don't eat fast foods I only eat fresh and home made foods. How is one suppose to calculate correctly? I'm new here. Is there anyway to do this or a program on here that will switch the food choices? <BR> <BR> Betsy Thu, 3 Apr 2014 15:10:10 EST Goals VS Reality - what can i expect? Hello. I was hoping for some input - more of a reality check - to get my goals in order, and what i can really expect as i venture into my weight loss journey <BR> <BR> My name is Jamie. I am 28 and clock in at 200lbs. I am not an active person, a dieter or a water drinker... well until now. I have decided that it is finally time to shed the extra 50-60 lbs i have accumulated over the years and after 2 kids. <BR> <BR> My daily routine as far as exorcise for the last 3-4 years has been limit... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 15:00:35 EST "Frozen" the movie Kids movie, right? I totally enjoyed it last night watching it with my fiancé. <BR> I love the song "Let it Go" <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Did any of you watch it? Thu, 3 Apr 2014 12:49:20 EST what is a lifestyle change with overeating? Diets don't work for me anymore. I am learning that I have to make changes that will be for the long-term. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 12:10:14 EST What is a Habit? I am a big fan of Stephen Covey (R.I.P.) and his take on forming a habit has carried over, for me, into a helpful guide pertaining to my health & fitness wellbeing. <BR> <BR> Here it is: <BR> "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People provides a holistic, integrated approach towards personal and interpersonal effectiveness. Habits are patterns of behavior that involve three overlapping components: knowledge, desire, and skill. Because these three components are learned rather than inherited, o... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 11:27:20 EST What is your fave frozen dessert? What is your fave frozen dessert? Ice cream, sherbet, frozen yogurt, soft serve, Italian ice, etc? And what flavor?' <BR> Not diet related; purely asking with regards to taste. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 08:11:19 EST no excuses I have a great life. Job is stressful and I work way too many hours but hubby keeps me sane. Just need to find the time and motivation to make me successful. Was there once-need to get there again. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 23:12:39 EST Weight loss and loose skin I have only lost 35 pounds but find my skin on arms, thighs ,belly etc loose and starting to hang. I am 55 so this happens at my age anyway but now that I am losing its very noticeable. I saw on "The Biggest Loser" that they have surgery to take off the extra skin after wt lost. Does anyone have info on this subject ? <em>9</em> Wed, 2 Apr 2014 15:05:39 EST understanding my calories hi, today I spoke with my wellness couch to learn that I should never go under 1200 calories. I also learned that I need to not use at least 500 calories from my goal in order to lose one pound a week. you have to save 3500 calories a week in order to lose one pound. I thought the calories listed 1800-2150 was what I could I use to lose but apparently it is to maintain weight. now hopefully I can start losing weight. hope this helps everyone. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 14:48:07 EST Frequent Air Travelers Question Is it ever worth it to pay for early boarding when you are in economy class? Wed, 2 Apr 2014 11:44:07 EST when a Spark Friend deactivates their account I'm feeling really bereft - a great Spark friend, Karen STR458, who was a daily vlogger and leader of a new team called 'Because I Can!' has suddenly disappeared from Spark People - account deactivated, off-line - team has 'no leader'. I've sent her a Spark Mail message - no reply. I guess this can happen any time in a community like this - but it hasn't happened to me before, and I'm feeling pretty down about it. Has this ever happened to you? How did you deal with it? It feels like a re... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 11:41:59 EST Autism Awareness Day Just wanted to take a moment to remind everyone that today is Autism Awareness Day. As a mom of an amazing little boy on the Autism Spectrum just remember to be kind. The kid that you think is too old to be having a temper tantrum may be having a sensory-related meltdown, the one that doesn't answer you when you try to start a polite conversation may truly have no idea of how to do that, that kid spinning in circles isn't trying to get in your way- he may be trying to calm his nervous system ... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 10:17:21 EST When did to introduce the parents? My BF and I are introducing our parents to each other next weekend. We're not at the point of getting engaged or anything, it just seemed like it was time. We're going to a restaurant and hopefully it won't be too awkward... <BR> <BR> So question: When did you and your SO introduce your respective sets of parents to each other (his mom and dad meeting your mom and dad)? Why? How? Wed, 2 Apr 2014 09:13:52 EST 100 SUGAR CALORIES Have any of you followed the 100 sugar calories diet? Is there any positives or negatives you can tell me about it? Thanks Tue, 1 Apr 2014 19:29:22 EST Do you think your vote counts on reality TV shows? I read an article on the internet that The Voice contestants sign a waiver saying that they understand the votes may not necessarily keep them on the show. In other words the producers are the ones really voting off the people. I wonder if this is true. If it is I assume it's the same for other shows like DWTS and Idol. Do you vote on these type shows, if so do you vote once or multiple times? Do you think your vote counts? Tue, 1 Apr 2014 18:25:20 EST Trying to find 2 friends on Sparkpeople I am not sure what I am doing wrong. They both say they are on here and have given me their usernames but when I put their user names in it says not a registered user or does not have a public page. One person thinks they have sent a friend request but ... I can't find it. <em>198</em> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 13:47:30 EST How I Met Your Mother - Series Finale ***SPOILER ALERT!!!*** <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was never a big fan of the show but I watched it with my fiancé last night and I gotta say I'd be disappointed if I were a fan. What a dud. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 13:41:13 EST Helpful Calorie Tools <link><BR>s-goal </link> <BR> I used the above link to plug in my current weight and goal weight then I filled out the stats (Gender, height, age, daily activity level, etc...) then it calculated about how many calories I will need daily to reach my goal at the date I set. <BR> <BR> Then I went here: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> I plugged in my calorie intake from the previous link and then picked my macro-nutrient plan and t... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:41:10 EST To Women with Daughters: If you are severely overweight this may not apply to you. If you are mildly overweight how do you explain to your daughters that you are losing weight (or do you) in a way that does not get them obsessed about their how weight? <em>40</em> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:57:15 EST Is it better to eat three healthy meals a day? I lost a lot of weight eating three healthy meals a day, but I was hungry a lot. I kept the weight off for five years and then I had my daughter who is about to be 13 soon. I have struggled with my since giving birth to her. I lost but regained it so many times. <BR> <BR> Now, I am learning to eat every 3-4 hours with a complex carb and a protein. I feel more satisfied, but then I eat something that's unhealthy. <BR> <BR> I guess it all a process because I am learning what works and w... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:56:35 EST How is losing weight a spiritual fight? I never thought of losing weight a spiritual fight until now. I journal and it helps, but no lasting affects. I watch what I eat, but then I end up making the wrong choice to eat something. I am really hard on myself when I overeat or eat something unhealthy. I feel hopeless, but then I need to do something about it if I want to live longer. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:34:55 EST Where does everyone get.... Where does everyone get the messages along the bottom of their posts which track how much weight they have lost? Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:23:45 EST Do you or can u Discipline other peoples Kids This has bothered me for sometime ( 3 months)…I had a friend that was in her fifties our kids played together and are the same age. One day they were over my house and (I am very protective when it comes to kids and always checking up and keeping a watchful eye). Her and I were in the kitchen and the kids were playing in the living room, I peeked my head out to see what they were up too (hence it was quiet) and her son was doing something inappropriate so I said stop that. I told my daughter ... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:09:21 EST Any vacation plans for this summer? My family goes camping every summer but this year we're going to try a hiking trip that will take us out away from civilization and the electronic world we're so used to. Definitely will be out of my comfort zone so I'm a little nervous but excited. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:30:59 EST Motivation when life throws you curve balls How do you keep yourself motivated when life seems to make fun of you and every other day throws a curve ball at you? <BR> <BR> I've been sick for almost two weeks (cold, flu like symptons) and stopped exercising as I really didn't have the strenght to do it after work. <BR> <BR> Now, I'm finally getting better and all kinds of problems start out of no where. <BR> <BR> How can I motivate myself to work out when I'm feeling so depressed? <BR> <BR> Sometimes it seems my life is out to get ... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:20:21 EST exercise When do you think is the best time to exercise morning or afternoon? Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:07:07 EST Black Cat/White Cat I have one of each, they both shed. What color sofa should I buy, why! Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:51:08 EST Navigating a Vacation I have been going on and off plan for about 6 months. A few weeks ago I decided I HAD to stop sabotaging myself and get OP for myself. Anyway, we are going to New Orleans for vacation this week, if this wasn't home and I did not miss all the yummy food it would not be a problem. But I miss stuffed artichokes, real roast beef po' boys and of course beignets, I could go on and on. Before I would just go, eat and worry later but this time I want to plan. <BR> <BR> I told DH that we would go... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:51:27 EST Now that's funny! Somebody posted a very funny video in the last couple of days... I can't find it now, unfortunately. But this one makes me giggle every time I see it - and these guys can *sing*, too!! lol <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 01:13:52 EST Hypothyroid and always cold I have struggled with having a low thyroid for the past 10+ years and aside from the fatigue and difficulty losing weight one of my biggest issues is always feeling cold. Even lying in the sun on a tropical island I can feel cold inside. At night I have both hot flashes and these intense cold flashes which is a feeling like ice running through my veins. It is not the chills one feels after a hot flash, it is feeling cold inside even when my outside body temperature is warm to touch. I am alwa... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:41:37 EST clothes and sizing! I am so frustrated! <BR> <BR> I am very short. It's hard enough to find things wide enough for comfort, but then add to that the "short"... well. It's virtually impossible to find clothes that fit and look half decent. Even "petite" sizes are too tall for me. <BR> <BR> The only pants I can find are capris - and even some of those don't fit properly. <BR> <BR> I'd love to have some skirts. I've even looked for patterns, although I'm no kind of seamstress. I'm willing to have someone make th... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 10:54:39 EST The Wheel Hello, Everyone! <BR> <BR> Since the Spark start page changed, I have been having trouble with my points wheel. At first I thought I was just forgetting to spin it even though I log in every day...I have been paying more attention to it as of late and have discovered that every 14 days it ends my streak. I was very hyper-vigilant to spin it. Well, yesterday was day 14 and said that I have a "0" day streak. Is anyone else having this issue? Or, does anyone have any suggesti... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 10:48:04 EST Awesome Things Kids Say :) I usually do all the cooking at my house. <BR> <BR> I am having hernia surgery this week and am going to be in the hospital for 4 nights leaving my husband in charge of everything kid related. <BR> <BR> This morning he is "practicing" how to cook breakfast for when I'm gone asking me a lot of questions. Bacon, home fries, eggs. <BR> <BR> My 8 year old comes in, sees Dad cooking and says, "Is it Mothers Day?" ROTFL Sun, 30 Mar 2014 09:26:29 EST Morning workouts I have a question for the the SP members who work out in the morning. I would love to start working out before work. I would like a routine that I could spend maybe 45 minutes to an hour doing. I like the cardio machines but my workouts are now about 2 hours in the gym when I do all that I want to do while at the gym. <BR> <BR> What workouts do you do that maximizes working out in the shortest amount of time allowed? <BR> <BR> Any ideas are appreciated. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Janine Sun, 30 Mar 2014 09:11:44 EST How to find local fellow sparkers? How can I find out if here are others in my area? I am looking for a walking partner. Anyone know how. To search his? <BR> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 23:08:41 EST Ebola again There's a new outbreak going on in Guinea. The reports say possibly 125 cases, in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Some borders have been closed to try to limit its spread. <BR> <BR> I believe I read somewhere that it's the Ebola-Sudan variant. <BR> <BR> Ebola scares me to pieces. I hope they can contain it, and than not too many more will be afflicted. <BR> Pray for them. <BR> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 20:42:55 EST Do you have any smoothie/shake recipes to replace? I will eventually stop using slim fast, but need good but healthy/nutritious smoothie recipes I can make. But ones that don't include a ton of ingredients. I like to keep it simple but good, any shared recipes would be awesome. I look online for recipes and there just to many to choose and to many odd combinations. <BR> <BR> The reason I chose slim fast was because it was simple to make and use, but of course the ingredient list isn't so simple :o) <BR> <BR> I would love to know what my sp... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:44:48 EST Looking for a buddy Hey :) <BR> My name is Meredith and I'm 18. I am not new to SP, but I am newly active again. <BR> I have a tough time with weight management and exercise due to several knee surgeries over the past few years. Combine that with poor craving control and a family with unhealthy eating habits and I have steadily put on weight since childhood. After every surgery I eventually get back into the swing of things, lose around 15 pounds, and then go back in for the next surgery. Being bed ridden for mo... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 16:59:32 EST Street Bike Recommendations <BR> Good morning everyone. <BR> My birthday is in a few months and I have decided that I would like a new bike. My current bike is about 15 years old, a heavy touring bike by Jeep. It was great when I lived in the “Flatlands” and the derailleurs worked. Now it’s getting to the point where the chain jumps and locks up and I constantly have to have it worked on. <BR> <BR> I will be hitting the local bike shops and plan to consult with their pros but I’m looking for opinions on what brands y... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 13:57:56 EST A Dream Message I met a woman in my dream last night - and I think I like her way of thinking. She had a big pile of candy on her kitchen table. When I asked her if she really ate all that candy by herself, she replied "yes, but I always make it a habit of eating carrots along with it!" <BR> <BR> Well, I guess that's one way to get your veggies in! Why hadn't I thought of that? <em>198</em> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:25:15 EST 40 and Fabulous These words are my driving force. <BR> I quit smoking over 2 years ago and for the first time have packed on the pounds. For quite some time I have been feeling bad about my new appearance, having to buy bigger clothes and wondering if it is ever going to stop. <BR> Times are changing!! <BR> I have decided that with my 40th birthday approaching I WILL do what it takes to look my best and feel my best. I didn't quit smoking so that I could feel bad... <BR> At this time I have lost my first ... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:54:42 EST I lost 13 pounds since Christmas, have you? Okay, as per suggestion I am taking a direct and honest approach to starting thoughtful and stimulating threads. <BR> <BR> Go. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:31:00 EST Why does trophy level 19 need to be so drab? Why does trophy level 19 need to be so drab? Even the "jewels" in the crown are gray. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:02:35 EST A life changing decision! Hi Friends! <BR> <BR> I am so happy to share that as long as I have been on this journey, I have finally made a life changing decision... CHOICE! I would love for you to read about it in my blog! <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658650 <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Kat Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:57:23 EST Time difference Hello Sparkfriends! <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> I live in England and returned to Spark a couple weeks ago. My logging in streak was 13 days as of Wednesday. I was late logging in yesterday, it was 11pm. I logged on just now and my streak is ONE DAY!! What happened here? Surely there is no time difference on Spark, I thought it would be a 24 hour thing as we come onto Spark from all corners of the globe. Can anyone give me a clue as to when the "Sparkday" begins and ends <em>303</em> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:41:28 EST great day Hope everyone is having a great day today because I am going to try and do the same. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:08:08 EST One Year Anniversary! One year ago today I made my goal weight. I never though I could be more proud of myself... until today. I have not only maintained my 55 pound weight loss for an entire year, but I have dropped a few pounds below it. (I'm going to go to the ER now so they can tend to the arm I broke while patting myself on the back.) Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:33:37 EST Sparks in Kentucky... I'm new to SparkPeople but am meeting so many nice folks. I'm curious how many are in here from Kentucky? Perhaps near the Boyd and Greenup County area? What are you doing for exercise? Do you eat out at local restaurants? Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:21:45 EST Trying to get to my Original Weight I've been complaining a lot lately about how hard it has been to get back to my original weight. <BR> A friend asked what my original weight was... <BR> I replied 9#s 8 ozs! <BR> <BR> Stolen from the Born Loser cartoon..... <em>334</em> <BR> What was your original weight? Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:08:15 EST Self Magazine <link><BR>ine-Makes-Fun-of-Cancer-Survivors-Tutu<BR>-252560451.html </link> <BR> <BR> If you haven't heard yet, Self Magazine posted a ridiculous thing in the "BS Meter" section of their April edition making fun of women runners of marathons who run in tutus. What it worse, is that they used a photo of a woman who was running the LA Marathon while fighting brain cancer. This woman also happens to run a business named Glam Runner, a non-profit organiza... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:11:14 EST Wiggin out! Wanting to binge. Help! I have anxiety today for no good reason. Just blessed. Anyway I have been constantly trying to talk myself out of binging today. I am at the edge of the cliff big time. I also need to work out today still and REALLY don't want to. Every second counts right now. Please talk me down. Help! <em>29</em> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:42:27 EST Taste of food matters the MOST! I am L-O-S-T with this concept, yes, I love fried chicken but I am sure I can live the rest of my life eating baked skinless chicken breast instead (it tastes yummy, too). <BR> <BR> If I based my weight loss efforts on trying to eat food that tastes YUMMY I would still be a member of the fat boys club. <BR> <BR> How can I get others to understand that taste does NOT matter? I can't but I can keep talking about it. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:21:43 EST Mashed potatoes...or is it whipped potatoes? I've always mashed my potatoes with a hand-held mixer. One of my nephews commented that they should be called whipped potatoes not mashed LOL. <BR> <BR> How do you mash your potatoes? Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:19:45 EST Beverage Alternatives? My favourite beverage of late is my bottle of water with frozen blueberries. The blueberries intensely flavour the water and it's cold and delicious. I've found that it helps me to drink more water as well as alleviate the temptation to snack. <BR> <BR> One other alternative for pop-lovers is club soda. You get the cool refreshing fizz without all of the added sugar or that poisonous asparatame. To add flavour you can try crushed mint, lemon, lime, ginger or frozen fruit. If you must have s... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:20:56 EST Opinion Conflict A close friend and I began our weight loss journey at the same time at the same weight. She just started Sparking and listed her Starting Weight on her Tracker as the weight she was at her highest, I have been Sparking a few weeks, and listed my starting weight as what it was at the time I Joined. She insists I should do the same to give myself motivation and credit for the hard work already accomplished before joining Spark. I feel since I lost weight Before Sparking, listing my weight at m... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:19:53 EST A little help? In January I had a lot of motivation, a lot of drive. I was able to quit one of the hardest things for me to quit, which was drinking soda. After that point I sort of kept celebrating the fact that I had quit drinking soda instead of working on new goals. Since quitting soda, I've gained weight, which is not something I expected. This is most likely because after I quit I basically started replacing those calories with calories from foods. <BR> <BR> Now I'm at the point where I'm the heavies... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:06:32 EST Time of the month, women? I hope I'm posting in the right forum! I've been steadily losing 1 pound a week for the past 6-8 weeks. I'm consistent with my food and exercise. But this is the first month I noticed bloating and a little weight gain around "my time of the month"! <BR> <BR> It seemed normal to me when I was eating poorly and I even used this time of the month to eat worse than normal....but I've been on track and mostly consistent since joining SP IN January. <BR> <BR> Now I'm worried that I'm Gaining i... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:58:11 EST Name One thing you like about yourself.... I know this is hard for everyone but I try to think about this every morning when I am getting ready for work. What do I like (or love) about myself today? <BR> <BR> Today I love the fact that I can look past the bad in a person and see the good. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:00:02 EST My ongoing constant goal and battle! To say that I'm starting on an attempt to banish my belly fat would not be accurate. As this has been a constant battle ever since it appeared! I love food, that's the whole problem, and it just isn't pleasant to exercise in this heat and water rationing exercises by our hopeless government! <BR> <BR> I am determined to melt this belly fat! I'll just have to keep on trying! Thu, 27 Mar 2014 05:57:27 EST Starting an ambitious project! I am now starting on an ambitious cross-stitch project. It's a winter scene with 5 deer. My Mom thinks I'm crazy for attempting something so big and so fine (18 count aida) and I'm beginning to wonder why I bought it in the first place but it's not that bad, really, if you break it down step by step. I tried finding the link to show you how it looks but I couldn't find it anymore, maybe it has been sold out. I did post a link in one of my previous blogs, you can try there if you really want t... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 05:52:01 EST Planning a little cactus garden! I just bought 3 little cacti! I'm planning to buy a few more different varities! Then I am going to buy a larger decorative pot that is a lot wider and make a little cactus garden! <BR> <BR> When I have transplanted them, I will put pics on my blog. Now if only they will live long enough! And I have to find a nice sunny spot for them! Thu, 27 Mar 2014 04:15:41 EST Are you using slim fast? If so? Are you using slim fast or any type of meal replacement? If so how is it working for you? and how much weight have you lost? I've lost 12 lbs replacing 2 meals a day. Thanks for sharing. <em>223</em> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:06:47 EST How about that Spark Activity Tracker? I am back after a few months of backsliding and am excited to see this Activity Tracker. Do you have one? If so, what do you like about it? What do you dislike about it? Is it worth the price? Please do let me know :) Wed, 26 Mar 2014 23:56:24 EST Fertilizers for my Veggie Garden I was thinking about trying a non-miracle-gro approach to my garden. Does anyone fertilize their veggie garden with "organic" fertilizers? Can you do this successfully without using fish emulsion (yuck, stinky, don't even like the thought of it), bone meal or blood meal? If so, how? What products do you use, how much and how often? <BR> <BR> What about fruit trees? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for any advice. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <em>45</em> <em>373</em> <em>368</em> <e... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:39:27 EST How to encourage weight loss? I'm concerned for my mom. She has been having knee troubles for the last few years and continues to battle it. She is also prediabetic. Once thing I know would help her would be to lose weight, shes only 5'3 and weights about 280. I don't live at home anymore, so I have no idea what her diet is, but I do know she has a sweet tooth, and never ate a lot of fruits and veggies when I was growing up. <BR> <BR> I know you can't force someone to lose weight, and I don't want to. I just would like ... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:02:49 EST Anything you see that I should do differently?? Background. 34 yo woman 5'6 started 175 on March 10th. Lost 6 pounds first week, and 2 pounds second week. Nothing since March 21st. Since March 10th, I have eaten 1200 calories each day. Fruits, veggies, protein, and once in a while a little treat (one peanut butter cup, or cup of frozen yogurt a few times a week but still stay in calorie range) I work out 4-5 times a week between an hour and 2 hours on stationary bike, 14 mph resistance 5. A few times a week I do Wii Just Dance for 30 minut... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:42:41 EST Qestion-How to set a menu Can I change to have a menu already set for me? Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:41:35 EST Streak Ideas I am on vacation and have more than doubled my calorie range for 4 days. I need to stop! Does anyone have any streak ideas I could try for the rest of my vacation? Wed, 26 Mar 2014 08:54:01 EST Made a yummy shake today - 40oz sipped it all day 1/2 peach, 2oz cranberries, grapes, granny smith apple, celery,kale, spinach, and cucumber! - Also added ginger and cinnamon <BR> <BR> 300 calories less than 2 grams of fat 14 grams of fiber Wed, 26 Mar 2014 00:31:43 EST a bit of an embarrassing questions sooo I have a bit of an embarrassing question. Does anyone get super gassy while working out? It happens alot when I do zumba or cardio. I've tried not eating before, eating before, snacking, taking beano or something like that. Nothing helps! Any one got some tips lol Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:17:13 EST Building Muscle Can this site help me GAIN weight? I'm starting a strength training program and want to gain muscle weight, can I set my calorie range for weight gain instead of loss? Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:58:04 EST Can you help me settle a food argument? The dinner rule at our house for the kids is that you eat whatever is for dinner, Mom is not a short order cook. I will make different things for lunch, but not for dinner. <BR> <BR> Tonight was Pancake night. Of MH and I, one of us does not like pancakes, so whenever this is the meal, the one who doesn't like pancakes makes themselves eggs. <BR> <BR> Every single time we have an argument. One of us believes that the adults should follow the same rules as the kids and must eat whatever is... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:54:09 EST Wasted food at school lunch 1.) I am not talking about nutritional values or the menu choices of school lunches, that has been discussed time & again here. <BR> 2.) I am not talking about universal lunches for all children (again, that's already been discussed). <BR> 3.) I am not talking about food choices of packed lunches. <BR> 4.) I am not talking about behavioral matters during lunch (or how asshats tell kids their eating bad food) <BR> 5.) This is NOT A POLITICAL thread so I'm not talking about food restrictions ma... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:50:08 EST Anyone with Epilepsy? <em>520</em> I have Epilepsy and the Meds make me so tired and also hinders me from a good weigh loss too? Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:25:37 EST Donating Blood I donated blood today, and aside from helping three random people in need, I hear that this also burns around 600 calories. Can anyone confirm this? Regardless of the answer I'll continue donating, but I'm just curious. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:00:46 EST Is this all there is? I have been a member for a long time and have even had some success losing weight. I have been back into some binge eating habits. This post is somewhat adapted from a post on another thread that I thought could get some interesting comments and at the same time maybe give me some food for breaking my current plight. <BR> <BR> While the nutrition advice I see here and other sources is solid for many people in the world, there are a group of people (no idea how large) who it just doesn't wo... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:52:11 EST Any Good Wife Fans? Did you see last Sundays episode? What did you think? I was totally shocked! <BR> <BR> Love that show! Tue, 25 Mar 2014 07:44:19 EST Angry at work privacy breach Okay, so today I got an email that has really really frustrated and angered me. I'm paid for my primary job through a fiduciary intermediary. Basically it means that the people I actually work for have another agency who does the payroll. It's government, so the idiotic bureaucracy isn't lost on me. However, for a long time I was sending in my time sheets via email, so they have my email address on file. Today I got an email addressed publicly to over 150 people with details about a payr... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:13:11 EST Just say NO I work in the land of FREE FOOD. It's a lovely place on the surface, full of donuts, cookies, cake, ice cream and pizza. Those were todays offerings. Tomorrows will be something along those lines. <BR> <BR> Under the surface is a closet full of clothes that don't fit, heart disease, diabetes and self-disappointment from eating all of that FREE FOOD. <BR> <BR> For the last 6 months, I have been working diligently to say "No, Thanks" to offerings of FREE FOOD. I refuse to bow at the alter of ... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:36:58 EST Parents: do you let your children have sugar? Parents: do you let your children have sugar (processed sugar, not sugar from natural sources like fruit and milk)? If so, do you limit the amount? Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:26:49 EST Carry-on luggage I'm in the market for some new carry on luggage does anyone have any suggestions that wont break the bank? Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:56:49 EST Does eating unhealthy foods cause cravings? I was wandering if eating too many unhealthy/processed foods cause me to have cravings and food addiction is why it's hard for me to break the habits. I am trying to eat natural foods but then if I am on the run or busy I eat processed foods because they are quicker. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:29:45 EST I'm so nervous I have an upcoming trip to Washington DC...a place I have never been, and I will be going by myself. I will be attending a week long conference and I am very excited to be going, but I won't know anyone there. I also have a horrible sense of direction and I'm very nervous about making this trip by myself because I'm afraid of getting lost. I tend to overplan things and try to anticipate what might go wrong so I can be prepared. <BR> <BR> I'm sure once I'm there I'll be fine. It's the get... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:15:26 EST Motivation Music? Hi everyone! I need some new songs for my iPod that will help motivate me to keep going! Please give me some examples. Thanks in advance!! <BR> <BR> I love pop and rock but not too hard core :-). Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:56:03 EST Broken Ankle On Wednesday March 12th I was carrying a box and stepped off of my front step and onto uneven pavement. I rolled my ankle and immediately knew something was very wrong. I had to call an ambulance and it turned out to be broken. I broke the fibula, but it's a clean break, the ankle joint is stable and no surgery needed. <BR> <BR> I was put in a cast on Friday 3/14 and am on crutches. <BR> <BR> I had another set of x-rays done this Friday - looks like 3 more weeks in the cast! <BR> <BR> So... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:33:08 EST What are your 'bad choice' triggers? Good morning! I hope you're having a FANTASTIC day! I'm just wondering what triggers us to make bad food choices. And, which kinds of food do you tend to eat? How do you work your way through the cravings? I have several 'triggers'. Boredom, nervousness & stress, are my big three. Chocolate covered pretzels are off limits to me! How DARE they create a food that serves all of my addictions! (what's wrong with those people??) <BR> Over the last year, I've lost quite a bit of weight. But, in th... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:00:36 EST blah I am feeling the blahs today and not very motivated I need some inspiration Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:22:27 EST Cats and Cleaning my Kitchen Floor I have two Cats. 17 year old male and 5 year old female. <BR> I am constantly cleaning and scooping litter boxes. <BR> <BR> My kitchen floor looks like a dusty erased black board from all of the litter dust. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any suggestions for cleaning my floor? My flooring is only about 3 years old. It has lost its shine from all of the litter dust. <BR> <BR> I called the place where I purchased the linoleum and they said once the shine is gone there is nothing that can be don... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 01:25:51 EST How to add fiber to nutrient tracker on android ap I use the sparkle ap on my android phone, which works great but would like to add Fiber to the list of items to track without having to log onto the website to see it. I can currently see calories, carbs, fat, and protein. I'm hoping there is a way to add Fiber to android ap. Looking forward to your responses. Thanks! Sun, 23 Mar 2014 23:52:51 EST How to add fiber to nutrient tracker on android ap I use the sparkle ap on my android phone, which works great but would like to add Fiber to the list of items to track without having to log onto the website to see it. I can currently see calories, carbs, fat, and protein. I'm hoping there is a way to add Fiber to android ap. Looking forward to your responses. Thanks! Sun, 23 Mar 2014 23:45:44 EST carbs sparkpeople allows 55% of carb intake and i want to change mine to 40% carb many carbs is that on a 1200 calorie diet? Sun, 23 Mar 2014 15:55:50 EST Fast Food While in line at the grocery store, I overheard the young family in line ahead of me. They were talking about the price increases of food and how unaffordable many items, including meat is becomming. Plain ground beef here is over $4.00 lb. So as they looked through their coupons, the Young mom was telling her husband how inexpensive and convienent it would be to order takeout burger meals with the BOGO coupons along with other fast food coupons for BOGO and other deep resturant coupons in... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 13:39:54 EST IC Flavored Coffee Creamer A while back someone mentioned some new coffee creamers, such as the one that is Almond Joy flavored. I normally drink my coffee black so I thought I would try them. It is wonderful! Not so sweet to taste like sugar in my coffee, which I don't like, but enough to smooth out the taste. Sort of tastes like hot chocolate. Unfortunately, I noticed that they are 30 calories each, so if I drink 5 cups of coffee per day, that's 150 calories I'm adding. So I need to either cut back on my coffee... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 10:57:54 EST New teams -Check us out and join us I started 2 new teams. One Go Girl Glow Team. Has challenges and overall offers support. Next team is a fitness team called Fit & Firm Daily Fitness Challenges. I offer lists of exercises you choose which days you will do, 2 - 3 x weekly. Join us..... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 06:47:36 EST Skinny-Shaming Okay, I admit I had a bit of a WHAT? reaction when I saw this head line on MSN today. <BR> <BR> How/Why would anyone “shame” skinny people? Isn’t that what we all want to be? Then I started reading links to various articles and its sad read that people feel its okay to comment on everyone’s body. No one, no body type or weight is safe or perfect or even just okay! <BR> <BR> I borrowed the following from various articles, copying sections that hit home with me. I know I am not perfect, I k... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 15:05:59 EST tracking too much? I've been looking at posts (and talking to friends) who are tracking nutrition and fitness in more than one way. On this website, it's tracking calories here and then I've seen several comments about people tracking WW points as well. In addition to. On top of. Not just. And I'll probably get smacked for this, but I gotta wonder- how much is too much? If we spend every single minute of the day counting points AND calories AND exercise AND etc... is this really changing our food addict behavio... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 14:49:39 EST weight loss friend jujU Anyone looking for a weight loss friend. I need to loss about 50pounds or so Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:10:19 EST School Bus Drivers any others willing to admit the drive a school bus? <BR> If you are there is a sp team, so far it only has 7 members. <BR> come on ppl lets get out of our seats and rally! <BR> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 08:44:16 EST Is Crystal Light Considered Water? It would seem to be seem since 2 quarts are made of water. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 08:29:25 EST Spring Cleaning the Kitchen In celebration of the arrival of Spring, I took the opportunity to "spring clean" my kitchen. For me, this is not that cumbersome a task to tackle. Because the majority of the food I eat has such a very short "shelf life", I take inventory at least once a week However, sometimes...something gets "pushed to the back" of my cupboards and will go unnoticed for a period of time. To date, not any historical length of time. No science projects in the fridge. However, found a few "old-timers" ... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 23:31:46 EST Starting to see progress!! I know that it's not as big of a deal to anyone else as it is to me lol but I have lost 8 pounds so far! Even better than losing weight is that I fit into jeans that I haven't been able to wear for at least a year! I've always hated exercise and healthy foods but I'm learning to love exercise because it gives me so much energy and I feel good about myself when I finish. Exercising has helped me with my willpower to eat better because I don't want to waste my hard work. I still enjoy the occas... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:31:32 EST Sugar Intake Question I want to keep track of my sugar intake each day and am not sure if there is some sort of "app" for that. When I went to the nutritional tracker it shows the sugars as fructose, glucose, etc. How do I just get something that shows all the sugars together? Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:12:26 EST Anyone do weight watchers food plan with Spark? I recently joined WW with my wife and I am interested if anyone has tips on food tracking in Spark while eating WW food plan. Should I stop tracking my food in Spark and just do it in WW? <BR> Have you been successful using both Spark and WW? <BR> <BR> Thanks for any advice pro or con. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:16:42 EST What should I do? I just bought a magbook entitled "Trim your belly in 4 weeks". The menu suggested seems varied and healthy, but also expensive. I simply can't afford to follow it to the letter! I also still live with my parents and my Mom always does the cooking. My Mom cooks fairly healthy but my family will insist on eating white rice, that's my only complaint. My Mom's cooking is also delicious, so I guess I have to just watch my portion sizes. <BR> <BR> Lately, my weight has been increasing slightly. Bt... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 03:22:39 EST Nutrition Tracker and Fruit/Veggie Servings It would be helpful if the nutrition tracker automatically calculated the number of fruit and vegetable servings based on your daily food consumption. Many times I have to try to remember serving sizes... there are so many kinds of fruits and vegetables available. It would be an awesome feature on SP, and would be a convenient way to motivate sparkers to get in their required servings. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:24:03 EST Why is it hard to make these changes? I think it's me. I start out meal planning for the day and I eat right, but then I eat something I should not and it sends me in the other direction. I know I need to make changes and lose weight because I feel it on me. I feel good when I eat healthy, but I feel unhealthy when I don't eat healthy. My confidence level has been 0. I try to take it day by day but then I end up not doing well. <BR> <BR> Here is an example of my meal plan: <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> oatmeal <BR> fruit <BR> ... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:09:47 EST New One Back in January, when the weather was so cold and snowing, I got a kitten come in , it's eye had just open, don't know if it's a girl or boy, so I kept for the weather get warm. <BR> <BR> Now she is a Trouble # 2, 9 I already had one name Trouble in the house, she is getting in everything and any thing, yesterday I come home, thinking she had hurt herself, she was laying in front of stove, all the red stuff all over the floor, am thinking she had got hurt, and try to think who and where I c... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:34:08 EST How anyone tried sparkcoach? I was thinking about trying sparkcoach and was wondering if anyone had tried it and what they thought? Thu, 20 Mar 2014 18:20:00 EST First Day of Spring!!! So, taking a breath of fresh air, visualizing myself thinner, , and Recommiting to eating liter and healthier and spending more time Outside! ! Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:25:19 EST Too fit for the gym? So this apparently happened: <link><BR>he-was-too-fit-to-wear-a-halter-top-vi<BR>deo/ </link> <BR> <BR> A woman's FIRST day back at the gym since a car accident and she gets told that she is "too intimidating" for other members while minding her own business on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> I think the gym was being absolutely ridiculous. "Judgement free" means you don't judge on EITHER side of the fitness spectrum. I hope this woman brings a compla... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:15:09 EST Lunch Really struggling today. Trying to stick to the plan, but everyone in the office is getting takeout. I said no, and maybe just take a walk while they eat and eat at my desk later. This is the hard part for me, and probably why I gained 20lbs since I went back to work full time. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:25:37 EST How do I get SP to adjust my calories down? So far I've lost 21 lbs. on sparkpeople but it still hasn't adjust my calories down. What to do??? Thanks! Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:06:10 EST In a plateau? Started working on losing weight on January 1, and you're now in a plateau? <BR> <BR> Plateau Busters <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=11578 </link> is not a very active SparkTeam, but it has some tips to break out of a plateau. <BR> <BR> Come join us if you need some ideas. <BR> <BR> ~ Faith Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:58:07 EST duplication Sorry folk's for the 4 entries I managed to submit with my question the other day. Clearly with losing weight, I have lost the part of my brain that knows how to work the computer! Lol. I appreciate all the replies I received and want to thank you for your support. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:07:31 EST PLEASE ANSWER THIS QUESTION If your teen son/daughter was told by another student in a fit of rage that he was going to put son/daughter in a coma and then bury him/her how would you take that? Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:58:27 EST Fitness Routine RUTS...same old, same old I feel fortunate that I learned early on that doing the same fitness routine all the time and never changing it up wasn't a good idea because the muscles start to anticipate the movements and will not react the way we want them to if done over and over again. <BR> <BR> When I first lost weight I was down 30lbs from doing the same thing for about 8 weeks in a row, I thought that since it was working why not keep the same thing going? The same for eating as well, I ate the same breakfast, lunc... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:38:15 EST HELP: Going to try to quit smoking I've decided it is time to stop smoking. I'm doing all these other good things for my body but still keep puffing away at these darn cigarettes. <BR> Went to the doc yesterday and got a script for Chantix. (need all the help I can get). I start taking them today. They list a ton of side effects but "cold turkey" simply hasn't worked for me and the patches and lozenges and gum still have nicotine in them which I'm trying to get away from. <BR> The Chantix says to stop cigs anywhere from day 5... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:14:29 EST Injured Back and Golf I have congenital disc disease which often causes considerable lower back pain. Are there exercises which will help me deal with this problem? Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:38:46 EST ??? about spark people app When u log info into your spark app does it sync with your online account? Thanks friends! Thu, 20 Mar 2014 07:35:39 EST Do you have a calorie per food limit? Weird question I know! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, while grocery shopping, I noticed that I seem to have set arbitrary calorie limits on foods. I'm not sure that they are backed up with any rationale lol! And I'm not even sure that it is a conscious decision process. <BR> <BR> I noticed that I will read the label and make my purchase decision based on how many calories per serving and how large the serving is. For example, looking at a box of crackers, 100 cals per serving for 15 crackers was okay... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:19:39 EST What are you struggling with today? Everybody struggles with different things every day. The hardest thing I'm dealing with right now is my sister. I have been struggling with this last 10-20 lbs. for 2 years. Last year my obese sister had gastric sleeve surgery. She's lost over 100 lbs. in 11 months and is now 5 lbs. lighter than me! Now all of a sudden she's a diet and exercise expert. She's actually said to me, "You know, the secret to losing weight is to eat several small meals during the day and lift weights." While that i... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:05:47 EST Pets need healthy eating also Not only do I need to lose a few more pounds but both of my little dogs need to lose weight also. I am trying to find a homemade dog food recipe that will assist my girls in losing their weight. Does anyone know of a group on Sparkpeople that covers this type of topic? Or maybe a website out there that would be helpful? Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:33:01 EST I need suggestions please. Hi there, I was looking at making a nice salad for lunch. Spring mix, tomatoes cukes, green pepper,, Scallions and at this point I usually put a 2 or 3 slices of slices of either ham, turkey, or both. Maybe even 3 slices. But that's killing me in salt. over 300 per slice I think over 350 per slice even. This is where I need help. Any suggestions to substitute for the meats? Feta cheese is also a killer. I knew it was salty but that is out of this world. I really need to cut back. Thank you a... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:20:07 EST What will u do when u reach your goal What will you do, go on vacation, will you color or cut your hair will you donate your old clothes, will you start dressing sexy? <BR> <BR> I jumped the gun! I needed a change so I cut n dyed my hair its not that short in comparison (upper back) but not good enough for my husband who's hair is in his lower back.......... yikes he hates it (I have to admit dont like it so much, not one of my better decisions). Getting cabin fever tired of winter need to do something, should have opted for a... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:03:09 EST Are you a Planner or a Tracker? I am a lifetime member of weight watchers and I have NEVER been a tracker. I joined SP to help me maintain my healthy lifestyle and help me get motivated to be more active. I still have my etools from WW but I find it hard to still Track. I have always been a planner. I plan my meals for the week every Sunday afternoon. I even have a small white board next to my frig with my plan for the week. <BR> <BR> So what do you do...Plan or Track? <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 07:54:22 EST Have you ever said something hurtful & stupid that you wish you could take back? Have you ever said the wrong thing bcoz you didn't stop to think beforehand and as a result, hurt someone you loved, and in the process losing something valuable? <BR> <BR> I have and am now full of regret and kicking myself for being so stupid. I am finding it very hard to forgive myself! <BR> <BR> Am I the only one to do stupid things bcoz I didn't stop to think thru the consequences of my words? Wed, 19 Mar 2014 05:37:41 EST Diet drinks Vs water If diet drinks have no calories or sugar in them how are they different from water? I don't drink tea or coffee but I love my diet drinks. And how is stuff like crystal light or mio any different that diet sodas? Wed, 19 Mar 2014 00:24:07 EST Seeking weightloss buddy! Hello everyone! <BR> I am looking for a weight loss buddy. When I was on here in the past, the times that I did the best were the times that I had that someone to talk to. <BR> <BR> I would love to have someone to talk to daily, share the good and the bads, the exciting times and the times where we need support. <BR> <BR> I do already have a bunch of people rooting for me, but it would be nice to have something a little bit more personal. <BR> <BR> I am 20 and currently am at 381 pound... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:36:53 EST is it wrong to not want positive attention when... you are just starting to see the first signs of losing weight? I have lost 20lbs and a work colleague said I was looking good. I said thankyou, but secretly I was terrified the 20lbs was going to pile back on me there and then! I have been a yo yo dieter all my life, but this time I feel its for good and im worried that im going to lose control again Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:37:51 EST Crazy Exercise Products I saw this advertised on TV a couple days ago. And it just made me do a facepalm. What is truly sad is that there are people that will spend $40 for this. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <em>100</em> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:13:56 EST How does your profession influence your progress? We all have different occupations, some of which could be detrimental to our goals due to coworkers, office temptations, on the go vs stationery, etc. What is your job and how do you cope with the challenges of your workplace? I own a residential cleaning business with my best friend, so I am in and out of the car all day. We would stop everyday for lunch or breakfast I stopped being lazy and packed my lunch the night before, made a smoothie in the morning, and grabbed a snack and ... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:34:01 EST Streaks Question When you set up a streak do you have to sign in and check it everyday? Is there a way to go back and check mark the previous days? <BR> <BR> Wait a minute. When I saw my post my streak was there!? I haven't checked it everyday. How do you UN-check it then? LOL I *have* gone 9 days without a pepsi! <em>30</em> But I still need to know how to manage the streaks. ;-) Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:43:05 EST Kevin Trudeau Sentenced to 10 Years It seems that there is some justice in the universe. <BR> <BR> That late night infomercial snake oil salesman, Kevin Trudeau, has been finally convicted of fraud. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-sentenced-10-years-prison-213615517--<BR>sector.html?vp=1 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:05:28 EST Your definition of cheating So, my fiancé and I know a couple who is going through a rough time, the wife has been unhappy for quite a while and now has a male friend whom she has a plutonic relationship with (no sex and we believe her), this guy fills in the gaps in her marriage (she professes to love her husband deeply but he won't see a marriage counselor with her. <BR> <BR> I say to my fiancé that she's not cheating since there's no physical contact just lots of talk, she says it is cheating. <BR> <BR> I told her ... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:38:10 EST Do You Compare Yourself to Others ??? While comparison can be a valuable source of motivation and growth, <BR> it can also spin us into a tail-chasing frenzy of self-doubt. <BR> Why You Should Stop Comparing Yourself to Others <BR> <link><BR>sta-lcsw/comparing-yourself_b_4441288.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> I tend to find myself looking at my 'peers' and evaluating how I think I'm doing. Sometimes it encourages me to push a little harder (as if someone else set the pace). If the person ... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:15:00 EST What an inspiration I watched DWTS and saw Derek's new partner who is dancing after losing her legs from bacterial meningitis, she just recently won a Bronze Medal in the para Olympics... I couldn't help but cry when I saw this fearless girl... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:11:26 EST how do you get your news? I get a lot of my news by watching the news, I love watching Diane Sawyer and the Today show first 40 minutes then it gets kind of stupid. <BR> How do you get your news with so many ways? Newspaper? computer? word of mouth? T.V.? or do you just not care? <BR> Lately it's rare to find anything positive... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:04:26 EST New to Spin Class I want to try taking a spin class at my local rec. center. I am a little nervous about it as I am REALLY out of shape and have no idea what to expect. Can anyone offer any words of advice? Mon, 17 Mar 2014 23:21:55 EST Repurposing leftovers I know not everyone loves leftovers, but I'm a huge fan. I have no problem eating the same meal more than one day in a row. But I do also like to get creative and repurpose the meal into something different the next day. I had made a bean/corn/pepper/onion 'dip' recently, tossed with vinegar, greek yogurt, hot sauce, and salsa, and served it at a small gathering. I ended up having a smidge leftover, and the next morning I used that as my base for an egg white omelet, tossed with diced chicken... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:40:13 EST Shape Up book--Jonny Bowden's I've been reading the book Shape Up by Jonny Bowden and I'm wondering if anyone is following his suggestions. I would love to hear from you. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:57:16 EST What do you listen to when you workout I have to admit I'm a metal head............the more energy the better!! grew up on Country and got hooked on rock! Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:37:11 EST Artists Anderson Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:22:10 EST Water Infusion Bottles I've been debating about buying a water infusion bottle/container and need some info. I thought perhaps I'd drink more water if it was flavoured and ready to drink, just waiting in the fridge! <BR> <BR> The ones I saw were plastic with a part going down the center of them to add fruits, etc. If you use one, do you like it? What fruits do you put in it to flavour the water? Does it hold much water? How long before you change the fruit & put in fresh? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance, I'm rea... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:37:02 EST Minimum Calories & Fitness My magic number for minimum calories for weight loss is 1200, but if I do a 600 calories workout, should I only still eat 1200 or how does this work? Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:35:04 EST Ugh,......women & weightlifting A new woman at work was talking about how it's great that several of the guys at work use weightlifting as a way to stay in shape followed by she would never lift weights because she doesn't want to look muscly and veins popping out. <BR> <BR> o_O!? <BR> <BR> How egotistical of her to say that! As if merely lifting weight would cause that to happen to her but none of guys look like that but she would. <BR> <BR> *facepalm* <BR> <BR> I kept my mouth shut (see my filter thread). <BR> <BR> W... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:22:19 EST Has Reading The Success Stories Motivated You? I've Sparked about a week, and still learning the site. I read a few success stories and was wondering if they have been helpful to other Sparkers. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:56:39 EST how? how do i turn my flab into abs? Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:04:56 EST "Why are you dating a fat guy?" How rude! I read this response on another message board I haunt and the profile pic was of this woman and her S.O. (I couldn't tell if they were married or not) but this asshat member replied to the pic "Why are you dating a fat guy?" <BR> <BR> I'm not sure but I think she either reported him or was able to erase but the comment is gone now. <BR> <BR> This got me thinking, though, about two separate issues; 1.) why some folk's social filters are broken (like the asshat's) and 2.) Do NON-ASS... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:52:39 EST Snow Patrick's Day Thank you, sparkpeople, for helping me reorient my thinking. It's snowing again in the mid-Atlantic, where we've had more snow than usual this year. Typically, I'd be irritated by the cold, wet, inconvenient messiness of it. <BR> <BR> Not now! Today it's a fast way to burn calories... and I'm sure to exceed 8 glasses of water just rehydrating as I go. <BR> <BR> Depending on how things go, I might even have calories left for beer. :) <BR> <BR> Thoughts? Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:39:55 EST Are you devoted to brand names? Do you stick with one brand? When do you change brands? Does it matter? Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:00:48 EST Breakfast Ideas? I normally eat breakfast every weekday at my desk at work. So I need to make sure that it is an easy grab and go type of meal. I am now starting to get bored with what I am eating. This seems to be my major issue. Breakfast bores me. I eat a waffle with Greek yogurt and Fruit with a cup of Milk or Oatmeal with Fruit and a cup of Milk. Any other interesting ideas would be greatly appreciated. <BR> <em>24</em> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 08:57:21 EST measuring at restaurants Show of hands: Do you bring measuring cups and spoons or any of your own substitutes to restaurants from home? <BR> <BR> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 06:12:54 EST Chris Powell in Ottawa I'm so excited to see Chris Powell in Ottawa on May 3! Is anyone else going? Sun, 16 Mar 2014 21:28:24 EST I have fallen out of love with exercising... yet: I have fallen out of love with exercising. Yet...I used to LOVE it. Now I want that LOVE back. <BR> <BR> I want to cultivate my love for fitness. <BR> If you believe you can make love grow, <BR> you can make your love for yourself grow, <BR> and that involves nurturing your fitness. <BR> <BR> Simple, right? <BR> <BR> I literally just started Mommies Who Love Fitness tonight, and would love ya'll to join up! Sun, 16 Mar 2014 02:17:05 EST Silly/Fun ways to exercise…? What do you do to add fun to your workouts? <BR> I just bought Hoops at Toys R Us that light up. <BR> They aren't heavy enough to use on my waist, but they are fun to use with my hands/arms. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 23:13:15 EST Having so much trouble getting on the ball with things! I know I need to lose a bunch of weight, but all the bad food keeps calling my name (and my husband keeps enabling me by buying it!) I know I have to stop. I am going to be TTC soon and I want to be healthy - <BR> <BR> Why is it so hard to get started Sat, 15 Mar 2014 20:27:18 EST do you teach your teens to cook? I've been giving my son, yes that's right son cooking lessons because I don't want him to be like me when I first moved out of my parents house and didn't know how to cook. <BR> I use to beg my mom to teach me how to cook and she'd say oh you'll just mess it up, I don't have time and she had all the time in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!! My mom didn't work, but just didn't want to teach me. <BR> I don't ever want to walk in her footsteps in being a parent, so he's had a couple of cooking lessons and ... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 18:17:25 EST homeless couple found love, giving back <link><BR>meless-shelter-pay-it-forward-help-oth<BR>ers-2D12089799 </link> <BR> I saw this morning and began to cry this really touched my heart, these two souls were down on their luck and found love and in a world where everyone is willing to spend thousands on their wedding and a lot of waste occurs, this couple gave out lunch bags of food to the homeless. <BR> I just thought I'd share this selfless act of love and caring for people they don't know bu... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 16:30:57 EST WorkOut Videos what have you tried and did it help Workout videos ,Jillian, p90X, Insanity etc. I've done p90x, bootcamp and spark videos. After you get going there is no stopping. Unfortunately its a bit too much for me now, and yes it worked!! I did this along with sparkpeople tracking food and exercise the combo was amazing. So bottom line is looking for a new routine what have you tired or doing? Sat, 15 Mar 2014 13:04:13 EST What do you think of selfies? I can see sharing cute pictures with you and your husband or a great view, but I just think it's to personal showing off yourself nearly naked or in a provocative pose and I just don't like people putting their kids out there especially on twitter as you never really know who is out there looking at these pics... <BR> What do you think? Sat, 15 Mar 2014 00:04:29 EST walnuts do they make you sick? My husband and I opted for a nice healthy snack today, so we had bought some Walnuts neither of us have allergies to it, but wow we had about a half a cup each and we got sick to our stomach, running to the bathroom all day , anyone else ever experience this? <em>39</em> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:43:32 EST looking for some friends ?? hi, i don't know if this is the right forum for this but it seems to be busier than the intro forum and i didn't get any response there .. i am looking for some friends for support and encouragement .. i have like 60 lbs left to lose so this is going to be a journey, and some friends to help along the way sure would be nice .. i am in my 50's and as i say so if anyone out there can relate to where i am .. can you send me a friend add?? Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:17:27 EST Food Tracker/ Fitness Tracker Question I have my settings adjusted so that my food tracker and fitness tracker are "communicating". I understand that this means that my range of calories consumed each day will be automatically adjusted to how many calories I burn in my fitness minutes that day. But, I have noticed that the ranges for carbs, fats, protein, etc. do not go up when my fitness calories burned have gone up. Is there something else I need to adjust? It can be difficult to know what the best kinds of things are to eat... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 14:59:21 EST Which bread do you prefer with chicken dinner? Which bread option do you prefer be served with chicken: biscuits, cornbread, or dinner roll? <BR> <BR> <BR> Serving 55-75 adults from all over the US. Seeking your personal opinion, not what you think they would like. :) <BR> Not diet related event so whatever you like best tastewise. Side dishes are already set, I just need to decide the bread. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 14:41:23 EST Paradigm Shifting Your view point or your perspective towards a particular thing completely changes in flash of a time. That’s Paradigm shift. <BR> <BR> Covey has the best example of a paradigm shift: he was traveling in a subway, a man gets in with his two sons, the sons are running all over the place bothering the people, this continues, so he finally gets irritated enough to ask the father why he doesn't do something to control his kids. The father replies, "We just got back from the hospital where their... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:35:18 EST Skin Spots...uggghhhh After not listening years ago about excessive sun exposure and not using spf on a daily basis, I like millions of others are now affected with sun/age spots on our hands, arms and face. While I have found an affordable facial spot fader its too expensive to use on arms. Does any body have a natural (using items in the produce department) or know of an affordable product? Any info would be great. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:46:49 EST Would you eat clean all the time or have the occasional treat or cheat meal? <BR> <BR> Today, I had a fun sized sneakers bar, you know, those little ones that are one third the size of a regular bar. Yesterday, I has a big n tasty burger from McD, but without the fries and soda. I usually make sure I don't go above my daily calories. <BR> <BR> My question is, is the reason I am not losing all these little treats I could have done without? Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:08:19 EST I'm not giving up I've been working pretty hard at trying to get to my goal that I set about 3 or 4 weeks ago. Two weeks ago, I was within 1 1/2 pounds of being there. I have still been working hard, staying within calorie ranges (mostly at the lower end of the range), working out (sometimes 6 days a week), and I have gained 1 1/2 pounds. It is so frustrating. I have to keep remembering that while I have not lost, and even gained weight, that I am losing inches, and gaining muscle. I would just like to se... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:21:16 EST Shakeology Have any of your tried Shakeology? I don't mind trying it, it is just a lot of money up front. My husband and I looked into it and it is not much more than the ones we buy at the store, just buying in bulk I guess. If you have tried it did you feel that you had more energy? What are your thoughts? Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:44:03 EST Do you own a Blentec? I bought a Blendtec and use it every day. I can make soup, smoothies, nut butters and the list goes on and on. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 06:15:19 EST So is it just me, or is everything wrong... in food people add to SparkPeople. It always seems off by at least 10 calories from the package listing. Do foods change that much and quickly or am I crazy? Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:00:33 EST Air popcorn poppers My presto air popcorn popper just stopped working, not even that old. It spewed popcorn everywhere. Any ideas on a good one? Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:41:40 EST Missing plane, theory? First of all let me say that my heart goes out to the families of all 239 people on that plane, it must be frustrating to not know what happened to your loved ones and I really hope they get some kind of news soon. <BR> I'm quite shocked with all this technology that they can't find this plane still, I know radar gets lost over the ocean, I know not all countries have the same technology, but that black box should have a better way of finding it other then looking in the ocean for it and lis... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:43:26 EST Sick people serving food (what would u do) Went into a deli, just wanted to get some cheese. Someone else was there being served and had several items already. I heard coughing and then a loud sneeze lady being served said that "they've been doing this since I've been here". I however got the heck outta there and advised her to do the same. EEEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWW Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:18:11 EST What does huddle in a Spark team mean? Ok, they say no question is dumb.. <BR> I see on the points tracker "huddle in a Spark team" <BR> do you do that? <BR> <BR> When I go to my teams, I interact all the time..but points go to post messages... <BR> So I'm asking...How do you huddle??? Ok no smart answers.... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:04:54 EST I didn't realize how much soda I drank.... ....until I stopped. I gave up soda for Lent. Even though I mostly only drink diet soda, it was keeping me from drinking my fill of water. I had one misstep when I went out for lunch the Friday after Ash Wednesday and mindlessly ordered soda. I've been good since then, but man do I miss it! I'm hoping that by the time Easter rolls around I'll have kicked my soda habit for good. I'm not sure if you can have withdrawl from soda, but I'm missing it something fierce. Some days I only had 1 can, b... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:40:50 EST exercise I need a new exercise to do today I am in a rut any ideas? Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:35:36 EST Bonus Spins I am confused about the Bonus Spins where you can give away points to your favorite teams. I don't know why but I find the Bonus Spins fun. Sometimes they appear, sometimes not...I got one bonus spin this morning before I even did my first click. I've noticed if I work around on the site I can gain more spins...since I want to award all of my teams, I'll wait. <BR> But then this morning the little bonus spins flag disappeared....I never got to even use the one I got. Am I doing somethin... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:32:35 EST How to respond when you don't understand? I get really annoyed when I get callers who insist on speaking to me in Chinese. This is because my standard of spoken chinese is so poor that I can't really converse all that well in Chinese at all! I can't understand much either, as for reading and writing, I only know a handful of words. <BR> <BR> When I tell them I can't understand them, they continue yabbering away in Chinese! At least, if they switched to speaking in Malay, then I can understand them. But No! They insist on speaking i... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 07:54:51 EST How much time must you allow for food to digest? I was about to exercise but I was tempted by an Asian salad instead. Julienned cucumber, carrots, shredded thai basil and torn mint leaves with a special sauce (I don't know what's in the sauce but it's virtually fat free) and topped with ground peanuts. <BR> <BR> I had 2 small servings with some fish crackers. <BR> <BR> My question is, if I still want to exercise, how much time do I give for all that to digest before exercising? It's about 5 pm now, is it safe to exercise at like 7pm? Thu, 13 Mar 2014 04:58:07 EST Need Friends I am not a new member but a re-born member and I'm looking for friends for support, motivation, venting when needed and praise when earned. Who's serious about SP to check in with a friend daily?? <BR> <BR> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:04:43 EST Why can't I do this... I just don't get it... I have so many people behind me. Pushing me to keep going, motivating me, and wanting the best for me, but for some reason I can't do it. <BR> <BR> I have so many goals, but they just take the backseat to when I want food. <BR> <BR> I let myself get this way because of food and I am just going to stay this way if I can't get my head straight.. <BR> <BR> I wish I could just reboot my mind and start over, but I don't know how to do that. <BR> <BR> And I know what ... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:09:56 EST