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 Body core quick way to get your body core up to temp? Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:00:02 EST Who observes Hanukkah (Chanukah)? Just ASKING A QUESTION! <BR> <em>499</em> <em>500</em> Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:20:19 EST TGIF!! I hope everyone has a happy and healthy Friday! Fri, 2 Dec 2016 08:52:10 EST Who does NOT observe the December holiday? Not everyone in the world observes/celebrates the December 25 "holiday" because of religious reasons, culture customs or just because they don't. <BR> Just wondering who else doesn't. <BR> <BR> DON'T BOMBARD BE WITH BIBLE STUFF. Fri, 2 Dec 2016 08:00:11 EST Pokeman Any one use Pokeman to help with walking Fri, 2 Dec 2016 00:48:11 EST How long is a cough supposed to last? I started having symptoms of a cold on November 9. At first, I thought it was allergies until I started coughing. I don't normally get sick, but this year I've gotten sick 2x (once in February - Valentine's Day weekend and the beginning of November). Before that, I haven't had a cold since November 2008. I'm starting to think that I may be getting another cold or may be developing symptoms of bronchitis. Overall, I feel fine physically. No aches or pains anywhere in body. I don't have a tempe... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 18:24:49 EST :) Have a fantastic Thursday! Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:53:25 EST Favorite Christmas album? why? I love Micheal Buble and Jim Reeves's Christmas albums. <BR> <BR> Jim Reeves has a smooth voice, so does Buble! <BR> <BR> Feels as smooth as chocolate, if that makes any sense! <BR> <BR> What about you? Thu, 1 Dec 2016 05:01:29 EST Hi!! Beginner here!! Hi! I am a workaholic. I normally work 12-14 hours a day 4 days a week! Unfortunately while I'm working I am constantly busy so I often (most times 😳😳) forget to eat so by the end of the day I am very very hungry. As the day levels out i often have only eaten the amount of calories that I should be eating but I continue to gain weight. I've recently started running and working out again but I still don't lose weight. Before I went to my doctor to see about the constant weight gain, whic... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 04:44:51 EST Gatlinburg I have many fond memories of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. <BR> <BR> The current forest fires, break my heart Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:36:36 EST Need Accountability Hi my name is Shanna and I am on a weight loss journey to go from 370 to 191. I'm calling it Adventure to Wonderland. I'm documenting it all on YouTube. <link> </link> I would love for you to join me. We can support and hold each other accountable. Especially with the holidays! Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:27:04 EST Good Afternoon Hope everyone has a great day! Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:02:25 EST Do you have any Christmas traditions? Please share I no longer have any Christmas traditions. When I was growing up well into my adulthood, I use to spend the night on December 23rd and stay all day at my grandmother's house on Christmas Eve but make sure I was at home on Christmas Day. Wed, 30 Nov 2016 03:57:58 EST How are you preparing for the Christmas season? A friend of mine has already bought a frozen turkey. <BR> <BR> I just finished my Christmas wrapping last month. I am now working on some cross-stitch bookmarks for 2 special friends! I have to get stitching though! Christmas is coming, we're reaching the end of November! <BR> <BR> I don't really decorate much because I'm living with my parents who are Taoists. I do have a mini Christmas tree in my room though and I have a Christmas sock! I don't cook much for Christmas either. But I'm goin... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:59:04 EST Hello!! Just wanted to say hello! I hope everyone has a great day! Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:52:15 EST Has anyone tried dry needling? Hi all! Melissa from SparkPeople here. Hope everyone had a restful (and delicious) Thanksgiving holiday! <BR> <BR> Has anyone ever tried this practice as a means of pain therapy? If so, I'd love to chat with you to get your input for an article we're working on! Feel free to comment here or shoot me an email. Thanks in advance! <BR> <BR> Melissa Rudy <BR> Sun, 27 Nov 2016 23:59:53 EST fitbit users Trying to by a second hand fitbit and I need some help which is gonna be only way. Sun, 27 Nov 2016 14:29:51 EST Wow...Now Santa is a Player ??? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fiat ran a Black Friday Sales commercial portraying a 'cool' Santa <BR> with 2 sexy elves on his arms <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Does this bother anyone else besides me? <BR> Do we have to reduce even Holiday Characters to sexist playboys? Sun, 27 Nov 2016 13:11:59 EST Hurdle, 3 complments Hurdle:accepting God's best , regardless of my wants <BR> I'm positive <BR> I'm grateful <BR> I'm beautiful Sun, 27 Nov 2016 07:57:45 EST Need Help Beginning Hi, I am a 23 year old female that is at a whopping 301 lbs. I hate how I look and how I feel. It is time for me to turn my life around so I can start living life. I am looking for advice on how to get started and really see results. I have been thinking about maybe starting off with the 21 day fix to really understand portion control and get the exercises in. I am also looking for friends that can be there to talk to and to support me through (what I think will be) difficult process. Sat, 26 Nov 2016 21:51:43 EST Can you help? Hey there! I'm on my first day of using SparkPeople, and I'm wondering if someone has any advice. I'm roughly 80 lbs. overweight and I have severe plantar fasciitis in both feet. I REALLY enjoy difficult workouts (think Insanity or intense/very long sessions of Zumba), but the problem is I can't do them with my feet hurting the way they do. I lost about 35 lbs. two years ago, but made a major move and have since gained the weight back because of my job (Reader's Digest version: I live with ki... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 17:16:45 EST Holiday Decorating Ideas to Share ??? Like a lot of people ... I never have enough room for the Xmas tree <BR> So when I came across this article, I thought I should share <BR> Have an artificial tree? <BR> check this out....from a REGULAR tree, to a SLIM tree <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> to this SLIM TREE.......same tree <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> see how they... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 11:31:37 EST sparkpoints looks like SparksPoints will reach the 5 billion mark ca mid-end of Dec.!! Fri, 25 Nov 2016 19:33:34 EST Black Friday Shopping - Who Got a Deal ? I had to work today, so I'll hit the stores after work and this weekend. So, for those of my Spark buddies who've already started shopping, what deals have you snagged ? <BR> <BR> A friend of mine hit Dell's website and got a nice laptop for his wife for $199. I went to check the deal and it was already gone. However, they do have another nice laptop (with more features that the two hundred model) for $350. <BR> <BR> A co-worker of mine bought a 48 inch TV this morning and then came into ... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:29:21 EST Friends I am new here, looking for some friends add me please :) sporty but eating is off at times. Thu, 24 Nov 2016 11:54:30 EST Good Quote for Women! Don't be a woman <BR> That needs a man! <BR> <BR> Be a woman <BR> A man needs! Wed, 23 Nov 2016 21:10:00 EST Favorite Thanksgiving Veggie Dish Happy Thanksgiving ! <BR> <BR> I know that we are all looking forward to a wonderful turkey dinner tomorrow. So, my question for all my spark buddies is this,"what is your favorite veggie side dish ?" <BR> <BR> If I had my way, I'd eat a plate of dark meat, stuffing and gravy. However, I do enjoy the traditional veggie side dishes that are served along with the turkey. I'm looking forward to the squash, green bean almondine and brussel sprouts. Last year, we had two kinds of sprouts, one ... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:37:15 EST Ab Circle Pro?????? Our local sport store has this machine called Ab Circle Pro (looks kind of fun) on sale super cheap, I tried to find some real people reviews on it last night (haven't purchased it yet), and couldn't find anything............. Any success stories or critics that can give me an opinion? Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:24:16 EST Hoodia - anyone use? I was wondering if anyone here had tried Hoodia P57 for weight loss? <BR> Any words about this product are greatly appreciated!! Tue, 22 Nov 2016 07:07:24 EST World Hello Day Apparently today is World hello day. <BR> <BR> So how many hellos in various languages can we say to one another today? <BR> <BR> I'll start. <BR> <BR> Hello! Mon, 21 Nov 2016 04:14:24 EST Happy Thanksgiving to all who r celebrating it this coming Thursday! <BR> <BR> Yup, I know my greeting is a little early but it'll be Thursday before you know it! <BR> <BR> So, Happy Thanksgiving and forgive yourself if you eat a little more! After all it's just one day! <BR> <BR> Enjoy yourself, and don't beat yourself up! Just keep on track the very next meal! Don't wait! <BR> <BR> Hugs! Sun, 20 Nov 2016 03:22:14 EST All set for Christmas 2016? I've finished wrapping most of my presents. All that remains is to complete making a few cross-stitch bookmarks! Sat, 19 Nov 2016 03:19:04 EST Belly Fat - Same Girl, Different Angle I know there are many of Spark buddies who beat themselves up because they have a belly roll when they sit down. I've tried to explain that this IS perfectly normal for women. Now, I can prove it. <BR> <BR> There is an article going viral called Same Girl, Different Angle. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-blogger-lets-her-belly-rolls-show-to-<BR>the-delight-of-fans-203639493.html </link> <BR> <BR> Look at the image of this woman. When she is standing up, you c... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 06:10:10 EST should I get them? I saw some comfy legging in 2 colors that I like but they are pricey and I don't really need new clothes! Plus, I have been spendin a lot this fortnight! I really need to start saving again. <BR> <BR> And they are capris, I actually prefer them long. But the colors are soooo nice! <BR> <BR> So, should I get them? Thu, 17 Nov 2016 19:40:01 EST breakfast What does people do for the first meal? Thu, 17 Nov 2016 01:36:08 EST Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize for Literature Since the news (local and national) has been spending the last several weeks covering the election non stop, I had no idea that BOB DYLAN won the Nobel prize for literature this year !! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>37806639 </link> <BR> <BR> What do you think ? I read one article that said the prize should have gone to Lenard Cohen, may he rest in peace. <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> <BR> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:31:18 EST cheat days Do you guys have a day where you take a break and eat whatever you want without tracking?? I do on Saturdays and i feel it gives me something to look forward to after i weigh in. thoughts?? Wed, 16 Nov 2016 11:14:31 EST Why must I be forced to wait?! This morning, the nurse was about to put in the needles to start my dialysis when one of the older patients needed help finding her file. <BR> <BR> The nurse immediately abandoned me to go serve her! <BR> <BR> I mean, she could have finished with me first before going to help her! <BR> <BR> Why must I be of lower priority just bcoz I am younger? I pay the same amount of money for my treatment too! Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:25:16 EST Can anyone Give me a good website to talk to an online therapist? I can't really afford a therapist and I don't have insurance right now. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you. Mon, 14 Nov 2016 19:12:26 EST Keto OS My neighbor is claiming Keto OS is a miracle diet! But don't they all??? Does anyone have a personal experience with Keto OS?? Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:57:49 EST INVITATION HELLO EVERYONE MY NAME IS GAYLE AND I AM THE LEADER OF <BR> JESUS IS CALLING , WILL YOU ANSWER. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME <BR> TO INVITE YOU TO JOIN US, AS WE WORK TOGETHER TO GET IN SHAPE SPIRIT, SOUL AND BODY. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE. <BR> <BR><BR>t Sat, 12 Nov 2016 12:46:15 EST communication problem with Fitbit ? ? ? Lately it seems to be difficult to sync Fitbit with the Sparkpeople pages. Any answers ? Sat, 12 Nov 2016 10:55:49 EST Does anyone have any tips on how to budget money? I need any tips or advice on how to budget my money.I feel like i'm constantly running out of money! PLEASE HELP! Sat, 12 Nov 2016 09:47:27 EST The Safety Pin Movement <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It isn't about who won the election.... <BR> It is HATRED and BIGOTRY that will destroy America. <BR> <BR> In the aftermath of the June 23 vote to leave the European Union, <BR> Britain saw a surge in xenophobia expressed in taunts, threats and worse. <BR> The hashtag #PostBrexitRacism started trending, as social media users <BR> reported verbal harassment on buses, city streets and in... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 09:38:30 EST The Crown on Netflix I started watching The Crown, a Netflix original series. I am absolutely hooked! It is a good watch, filmed beautifully, and really interesting. <BR> <BR> Are you watching this series? What are your thoughts on it? If you loved Downton Abbey, you might like it, if you haven't seen it. I didn't watch Downton Abbey and am enjoying the show. Sat, 12 Nov 2016 07:07:10 EST Weight Watchers compatible link with Sparkpeople I was thinking that the two, Weightwatchers and Sparkpeople were able to share food logs. Sort of like, Fit bit.... But I am not seeing a link. I have many favorites already in Sparkpeople and find WW cumbersome to log electronically. Any ideas? (I just joined WW today) Thu, 10 Nov 2016 18:34:09 EST walking walking after you eat will make you feel better . Thu, 10 Nov 2016 16:32:55 EST Why does she make me bake? My wife is sick and it seems the only thing that will save her life is carrot cake... she is not a good patient ha ha. <BR> <BR> So I had to bake a carrot cake. Carrots, raisins, and a cream cheese frosting. I figured the calories for it and it is almost 400 calories a slice?! (12 slices) I guess I will get a very small piece... such is life... but she seems happy. <em>24</em> <em>4</em> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:24:55 EST Over the nastiness on FB for a while! Friend me:) <BR> This election sure has brought out the ugliness in a lot of people. It is very disappointing to see many of my "friends" spewing political garbage online. It's one thing to state your opinion, but it has gotten juvenile. I dare not go on today. Both sides will surely be bashing one another and I don't need that negativity in my life. No, I am not happy with the way things have turned out and I wouldn't have been either way. But it is what it is! We don't need to bash one another. I go o... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 08:42:11 EST Name 1 hurdle, 3 compliments about yourself Acknowleging our weaknesses can be helpful, but it is important to recognize our strengths as well. Let's do a little constructive criticism followed by some self praise! <BR> Name one hurdle/struggle that a you are currently facing, and step(s) you can take to overcome it. Then list 3 or more compliments about yourself. They can be triumphs, characteristics you are proud of, anything positive about you. <BR> I'll go first. <BR> <BR> Current hurdle: Breaking my platue and stop gaining/los... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 09:12:27 EST Am I doing something wrong? I am a Methodist while my Dad is a staunch Buddhist who also believes in Feng Shui. Every year, I help him get a Feng Shui almanac and guidebook for those born in the dragon year. <BR> <BR> As I'm a Christian, I am worried that this may be perpetuating in a belief system that is not Christian. <BR> <BR> So, should I stop helping him get his almanac and guidebook. My Dad wants so little that this is only one of the few ways I can show him my love. <BR> <BR> But am I doing something wrong? ... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 03:26:43 EST Spark partners or teams helpful? Love all the support happening here, but I'm wondering about the longevity of connections and support partners and teams. I'm just starting out, but sometimes I feel like it's easy to step away and procrastinate. What have people's experiences been with partners and teams here? Have you found them to be helpful and successful? If so, how'd you make that connection? Would love to hear folk's thoughts! Tue, 8 Nov 2016 00:19:06 EST Losing a family pet Just lost {addy } lab/terrier Mon, 7 Nov 2016 16:46:15 EST Who here is on Weight Watchers??? Hello everybody! I was curious if anyone here is also on Weight Watchers? I know I am! I'm finally kind of committed to the program. I lost 4.6lbs this past week being on Weight Watchers. The biggest thing for me on this program is feeling connected with other members who are also on the program and to be a part of this amazing community. I know I can't do it alone. I been posting on connect on the app, as well as starting to attend the meetings in person which has helped me a lot so far. I... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 01:33:01 EST Inspiring Thoughts, Motivational Ideas & Jokes Gratitude turns what we have into enough. ~Author Unknown <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 7 Nov 2016 01:11:41 EST I know everyone thinks I don't try hard enough... ...but I've tried things to meet my goals and it failed. All that happened was I wasted money. I'm afraid of trying really hard and not getting where I want to be. Sun, 6 Nov 2016 15:40:12 EST Who's going watch Fantastic Beasts? Me!!!!! I will go with a friend! <BR> <BR> Is anyone excited about the latest Harry Potter movie!? <BR> <BR> I can't wait!!!!! Sun, 6 Nov 2016 03:37:25 EST BLC WINTER! Hey there! I was wondering if you were interested in joining us for a Biggest Loser Challenge for Winter? We compete in 10 teams for 10 weeks, 24 members per team. Our team is called the Invincible Indigos and we are having a blast for the Fall challenge together! We have won 1st place a few weeks in a row and are finding the challenges really motivating, if you are interested, just add me as a friend, go to the Biggest Loser Fall all teams Spark Team on my page and join. There is a Win... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 21:50:33 EST Have you voted yet? I sent mine by mail yesterday. Are you voting for the same political party as you did in the last election? Sat, 5 Nov 2016 17:15:57 EST INVITATION HELLO EVERYONE, I AM GAYLE (ANGELREJOICES54) AND I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE YOU TO MY TEAM THE LOVE DARE, MAKE YOUR MARRIAGE FIREPROOF<BR>proofyourmarriage <BR> <BR> HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE Fri, 4 Nov 2016 17:25:23 EST What reminder app do you use? I want to get reminders for goals and also for taking medications on my cell phone and Band 2 fitness tracker. Right now, I am using GoalMap, which is working quite well; I can schedule reminders and do some basic goal tracking. I would love to know which apps other SparkPeople are using for goal reminders and/or medication reminders! Fri, 4 Nov 2016 16:46:49 EST IT'S OFFICIAL! Well, it's official I am starting this thing tonight at dinner. No more carbs for me! I am going to need as much support and encouragement as i can get out of this! Fri, 4 Nov 2016 16:35:22 EST eat fresh veggies grow and eat your own veggies so good for you ... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 18:12:04 EST eggs grow your own chickens and have fresh eggs to eat . Thu, 3 Nov 2016 18:08:52 EST sparkpeople system very slow does anyone else have trouble with the sparkpeople system being very slow too many pop ups Wed, 2 Nov 2016 00:07:56 EST My parents have something negative to say about everything! And it's driving me nuts! They don't trust online banking and they keep up a litany of nagging whenever I make a phonecall! <BR> <BR> They just don't trust me to do anything! And I am already in my mid 40s! Tue, 1 Nov 2016 20:54:53 EST gardening gardening is a good work out . Tue, 1 Nov 2016 18:06:59 EST First day back at work after 7 day vacation :( I'm really very much aware of how wrong it is to feel SO badly about just going back to work after a great vacation (went on a 7 day cruise!). When I say "feel SO badly," I mean actually literally depressed about it. I have a long history of depression and anxiety so I don't use that term lightly. <BR> <BR> Ugh. The thing is that for all intents and purposes, this job is cake. It's an office job, and I work really hard, but I have access to the internet all day, I get 2 days per month I can ... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 09:40:10 EST Biggest Loser Challenge - Winter season! Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> One of my main motivators and sources of success is the Biggest Loser Challenge! We are ending our Fall session and starting to prepare for our Winter session. We have 10 teams of 24 and we work together on weekly nutrition and fitness challenges to keep you on track! <BR> <BR> You can sign up here: <link><BR>ndividual.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Just join the team and add your name to the Winter sign up thread! <BR> <BR> Happy... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 09:33:08 EST the scary part of Halloween. How did everybody do last night? <BR> <BR> two hour walk and I gained 5lbs lol Happy Halloween Tue, 1 Nov 2016 08:20:35 EST How do I approach this? I have a friend who is a heavy smoker, except now she has replaces ciggies with vaping! She keeps complaining how expensive vaping is and how she wished she could quit but I don't think she is making much of an effort to quit. She keeps making excuses how it is so hard and how she suffers from withdrawal symptoms when she doesn't or can't vape. <BR> <BR> I am at my wit's end trying to encourage her to stop smoking or vaping altogether! But every time I talk to her, she is always saying how m... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 05:06:52 EST walking walking is good for you so walk every day of the week . Mon, 31 Oct 2016 14:23:14 EST Looking for a Greaat Challenge? If you're looking for a challenge and ready to make a commitment....I have the challenge for you! <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name. It's a 10 week commitment with 10 teams of 24 members each. Main requirements are to weigh in each week and do the interteam challenges (ITC's). Our inter team challenges) consist of exercise and nutrition. They are very helpful in losing the weight and inches and it's fun to compete with other teams for points. Individual teams might have mini challenges of... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 03:33:12 EST Creating Calgon Moments? I remember those t.v commercials when I was a kid ...the lady in a tub full of bubbles relaxing & peace. Boy, I need to work on more moments like these. I'm a stress eater and when things are out of my control I go back to old habits. I'm working on more TLC for for myself- with no guilt. Anyone else can identify how little we give to ourselves and continue for others? First, give yourself a big HUG and know your not alone. Sun, 30 Oct 2016 20:28:00 EST What are you thoughts on Halloween? I've read that it is not Christian to celebrate Halloween. <BR> <BR> That it is based on pagan beliefs. <BR> <BR> What do you think? <BR> <BR> Is it just fun for the kids to go around collecting candy or is there a deeper, sinister meaning to this 'holiday'? Sun, 30 Oct 2016 14:03:33 EST Interesting reassurance <link><BR>?m=rkkcljvwgt&r=vpyhvpvrpfhk&s=adbtksm<BR>ptbtmlpwyzgvrvmsldzzlbhmvkkw&q=1477301<BR>113&a=view </link> <BR> <BR> Excellent article on casting your cares on God! Sun, 30 Oct 2016 09:49:43 EST Break my plateau! Help!! Hi everyone! I started in August at 234 lbs. I am now hovering around 211.... for the last3 weeks!!😭 please help! I exercise already 4 days a already for about and hour a day ( Richard Simmons) and i recently tried switching my exercises between Richard and hip hop abs. What am i doing wrong!? I WAS using the weight watchers points plus system but i don't know If i should start counting calories or what (p.s that never worked before but the wwpp helped me lose 45 lbs before). <BR> I ha... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 18:58:10 EST walking up and down stairs. walk up and down some stairs two times a week. Fri, 28 Oct 2016 14:40:20 EST eating eating good food will help you with your weight loss Fri, 28 Oct 2016 14:34:11 EST walking walking after you eat is so good for you ... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 14:32:51 EST Need support buddy Hi! Isn't that interesting? I've only been walking and exercising for the last three days. Or at least that's my official starting point for losing this weight. I just got back from walking 15 min. I'll do another 15 tonight. I danced earlier today for 30 min. I tend to snack a lot so I'm glad I'm exercising while I'm learning to cut back. I haven't lost any weight but I was able to tie my shoes easier today! Yea!!!😊 <BR> MARYBUFFY 10-28-16 9:58 AM Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:58:32 EST bad breathe Hi all, <BR> This is my first post here. Can anyone suggest me a solution for bad breathing? Is it a symptom of gum disease? I used to do the oil pulling and tried some mouthwashes as well. I have got to do this since my childhood to get rid of bad breath and teeth stain. But I didn't find a big difference even after my years of efforts. What should I do? One of my friends recommended me to get a teeth cleaning from Appleton dental clinic in Ajax. She told me that, it will me to heal all my ... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 02:13:30 EST Losing fat from love handles and not from waist ? I haven't lost any thing from my waist in a couple weeks. But I've had to start wearing my belt on a smaller notch recently(I wear my jeans lower than my waist, not super low though). It just seems odd to have smaller love handles without the waist shrinking too because it's all in the neighboring area. I guess I'm just supposed to hope my waist will lose some fat soon? Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:09:40 EST Do most survivors of sexual abuse sleep a lot and hardly talk and avoid people? <BR> A friend works at a hospital where they treat women/girls with eating disorders as inpatients. They also treat men/boys on an outpatient basis. She said that all eating disorders have an underlying emotional cause and often its sexual abuse-even for the males. Often, the people with eating disorders also have depression too. I guess that a side effect of depression and starvation would be sleepiness and avoiding people. Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:02:37 EST Share your crash diet experiences! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> A writer is doing a story for SparkPeople about crash dieting and she'd like some member input. <BR> <BR> If you're someone who has tried crash diets in the past and has since adopted a healthy and gradual style of weight loss, <b>we want to hear from you!</b> <BR> <BR> Please include details about lessons you learned along the way, how you got out of the crash diet mentality, and any tips you might have for others. <BR> <BR> Post your responses here, and they mi... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:03:47 EST Is it just me? Every single time I see someone post the WooHoo emoticon, I think it says #88. Now I'm not young and my vision isn't perfect, but that just bugs me. LOL <BR> Honestly, doesn't it look like someone lost 88 lbs? <em>244</em> <BR> <em>30</em> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:14:56 EST Looking for friends :) Hi everyone, I'm Brenda a 34 year old mom from Florida, looking for some friends, and weight loss buddies :) Sun, 23 Oct 2016 14:38:21 EST To color or not? I have predominantly black hair but now they are interspersed with white strands. It's not that obvious but it bothers me. <BR> <BR> I really want to go to my hairdresser for a color, but my Dad warned me that if I damage my roots by coloring, I will actually worsen the problem. <BR> <BR> So, I can't decide, to color to not to color? I am inclined to just let nature take it's course! After all I've kinda earned my greys?! Sun, 23 Oct 2016 07:38:12 EST Clothes modification ideas I love my size 26 stressed jeans - but, they're getting a little big now as I lose weight. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can modify them to keep them a bit longer before I have to go out and buy new jeans??? Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:52:11 EST Looking for some buddies Hi everyone! I'm a 38 year old married female and dog mom. I'm back at it with Spark People after a several year hiatus. I had a lot of success before on here, and I'm looking to do it again. I'd like some friends who I can motivate and who can motivate me as well. <BR> Wishing you well! <BR> Sincerely, <BR> Bobbie Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:41:59 EST BBQ do you like to BBQ veggie on the gill. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:46:01 EST Zumba Classes So far I have gone to Zumba class 3 days straight this week. I plan to go today as well. So excited to have a gym to go to again. The classes are fun. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:08:50 EST With Sparkpeople icons Hi! <BR> <BR> I'd love to know how or where members have received the icons that read for example, "Lost 10 lbs with spark". I've been measuring my progress in kg, and I've lost what is equivalent to 28 lbs, yet I've never received an icon that I could potentially use as my profile pic. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know? Thanks!! Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:01:57 EST Do you get headaches when not eating sugar? I am doing a 21 day no sugar challenge. The second day, in the evening, I started feeling horrible and got a terrible headache. I was wanting sugar and felt like it would make me feel better. I ate some ice cream and I did feel better. Should I just wait it out next time? Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:14:28 EST Slumps at certain times Does anyone have times of the month (not THAT time) where they find their motivation just dips. For me its the week before holidays from work. I seem to have so much going on and somehow less time to do it! So I just have to make sensible adjustments and keep going. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:49:44 EST Housewarming? My sister and her husband are throwing a housewarming party. What can I expect at a housewarming? And what do people wear? It's next month, it'll be cold here. Sat, 15 Oct 2016 15:58:33 EST I AM AWAKE!!!! My cat caught a mouse. Then the dog charged the cat so the mouse got away. So, I have a mouse wondering around. I know my cat will find it soon enough. Normally, I prefer coffee to get wake me up. I hope nothing unusual woke you up this morning! <em>30</em> Sat, 15 Oct 2016 08:47:52 EST what are weekend plans Im off exercise so rest for me. Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:53:53 EST Where is my workout montage? I have been doing this for 7 weeks, and lost 7 kilos. Not bad so far... but I am ready for my 3 minute workout montage. We will see me workout, eat right, get a pedicure, and maybe some new sunglasses. Then I will be lean & mean! <BR> <BR> Where is my montage? Fri, 14 Oct 2016 02:12:00 EST Have you seen a health coach? Tell me about it! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm writing an article about the different kinds of health experts someone might visit. I'm looking for someone who has seen a health or wellness coach to tell me about your experience so I can share a personal account in my story. <BR> <BR> If interested, I'd like to know why you decided to see this person, what you got out of it and any advice you'd give to someone looking to visit the same kind of expert. <BR> <BR> <b>Please SparkMail me with this information by... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:54:41 EST Weight loss and emotional eating Hello all. I just wanted to get some advice. I truly WANT to get on track and lose weight, but I am going through some very real and stressful trials in my life, and I have been backsliding and eating for comfort. What do you guys do when life seems too much and eating copious amounts of chocolate or eating something cheesy and fattening sounds like pure heaven? Wed, 12 Oct 2016 19:32:36 EST High functioning Anxiety Disorder Does anyone else have this or a similar anxiety disorder? Does anyone that deals with this take any natural medications to help? Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:22:36 EST Book suggestions on intuitive eating? Hey sparkers! I was wondering if anyone had read any amazing books on intuitive eating that you'd recommend? Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:10:29 EST High Calorie What food somehow just wont escape your mind when your going to have a high calorie meal? Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:29:00 EST Help!!!! Soooo tempted!!!! I came with an all time high of a 5kg weight gain at dialysis today! <BR> <BR> After treatment, I still owe the machine 1.3kg and now my Auntie is coming for a visit and my Mom is going to bring us to my favorite noodle soup place! <BR> <BR> But I can't have any soup! Help!!!! I'm so tempted!!!!! Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:38:50 EST Freezer Queens? Does anyone know if Sparkteam "Freezer Queens" is still up and running? I cannot find it anywhere. I would like to join if I may. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> FITNESSGRAD Sat, 8 Oct 2016 19:19:13 EST Hurricane Matthew Hope everyone in the path of this Hurricane is safe! Fri, 7 Oct 2016 15:47:15 EST Happy Long Weekend! This weekend is the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. <BR> <BR> If I said Happy Thanksgiving in the title, I'd be flamed until Monday or beyond. <BR> <BR> For some Canadians like me, Thanksgiving is not a huge deal other than all the great food, great drinks, and turkey - which is a food group unto itself. <BR> <BR> Instead, it's a great 3 day weekend - a great time for back yard campfires, and of course, time spent in the Drum Cave working on grooves and phrases. <BR> <BR> Ah, I love a ... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 07:39:22 EST Aching to go out for something! I am at the moment debating whether I should go out for ice-cream or some form of dessert. Walking to the nearby McDonald's also crossed my mind. <BR> <BR> But I have already promised myself no junk. And this urge definitely qualifies as junk! <BR> <BR> Help! Fri, 7 Oct 2016 02:16:16 EST When you're in a rush what do you grab to eat? I have found lately that I have been in a rush every morning. Between feeding animals and getting my niece and nephew up for school and getting ready for school myself, I have found that I often go without eating in the morning. I know I shouldn't skip breakfast but normally I can't find the time to grab a bowl of cereal and find myself buying a quick fast food choice. What do you grab when you are rushed in the mornings and is it a healthy choice or a not so healthy choice. And what would yo... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 13:11:38 EST Exercising with a cold? if you find a good pace, and not over do it it can be done. Thu, 6 Oct 2016 11:46:40 EST lipozene ? Today I've started my new journey into living a healthy, active lifestyle. Yesterday I began taking these lipozene, and metabolism pills, in hopes that it will help. <BR> I'm beginning to workout again, after not for almost 6 months. <BR> Can anyone tell me if lipozene has worked for you in the process of weight loss. Wed, 5 Oct 2016 13:06:51 EST Electric Cars/ Do you have one? Thinking about buying an electric car. Do you own one and what do you think the pros and cons are? Thank you. Tue, 4 Oct 2016 22:19:48 EST National Taco Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Taco's are my weakness. I love them. I am still in the first month of this commitment to a healthier me so I am trying my best to avoid the Taco. Tue, 4 Oct 2016 16:16:00 EST INVITATION I HAVE JUST BEEN MADE THE NEW CO-LEADER OF GOD'S ARMY TEAM <BR> COME AND JOIN US AS WE WORK ON OURSELVES. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE. GAYLE <BR> <BR><BR>individual.asp?gid=65397 Mon, 3 Oct 2016 14:43:51 EST Comfort foods mashed potatoes & gravy. Mon, 3 Oct 2016 12:40:51 EST No Comments Allowed on "Blogs" now? I read the latest article on the Start Page "Don't Miss this..."Your Cheat Sheet For Buying the Best Shoes" --which turns out to be a "sponsored blog"--aka Advertising by Vionic-- that there is no longer a place at the end to leave comments....!! <BR> Come on Spark... <BR> first off, why does the advertising have to be so invasive....some of us signed up for Premium to get rid of ads, remember? Passing them off as "articles" hardly counts in my book. <BR> second, no comme... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 02:14:22 EST What is her problem?! My Mom will disappear for the entire day playing gin rummy with her friends or whatever else she does. I sometimes call her on her mobile to find out if I should wait for her or fix dinner myself, which oftentimes I do. <BR> <BR> Anyways, when she comes home, she will blast me, scolding me, asking me never to call her again! But I can't help it if it nearly 7pm and she's not home yet and my Dad is asking about dinner! <BR> <BR> If she wants to avoid me calling her, she should be more consci... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 07:08:42 EST How to change my tracker How I can add a weight tracker to my page. I saw some cute weight loss trackers on many members pages. but Don't laugh at me I feel lost. Sat, 1 Oct 2016 16:34:27 EST Self-control I'M STARTING ALL OVER AGAIN AND HOW DO I AVOID THE DELICIOUSNESS THAT IS THE STARBUCKS CARAMEL MOCHA FRAPPUCCINO???? IT IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO TASTY. (Caps for emphasis. Because Starbucks.) Sat, 1 Oct 2016 09:53:49 EST Fell off the wagon LOL So I have been disciplined for 4 months now with everything I eat, and I gave it tonight and ate a bag (about 600 calories) of Dove chocolate bits, I guess I just keep going tomorrow right? I'm just disappointed in myself, but the chocolate was SOOO good (I've lost well over 30 lbs so far, so I'm not "really" worried, but...anybody else do this? <BR> Joseph Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:33:00 EST Best cell phone choice? I need to replace mine - I like the phone but after sending it out for repair, the Bluetooth mic still doesn't work. It's a critical feature for me as I get and make a lot of calls when I'm in my vehicle because my commute to/from the city is so long. <BR> <BR> I need a new and reliable one. I'm not an Apple guy - I use Android, and I have all my music on a microSD card in the phone. Bluetooth is the most important feature for me. I certainly don't make use of everything the phone can do, b... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:08:39 EST The Spark is $5 today only The audio book of Chris Downie, The Spark, is on sale today only on HayHouse website. <BR> It's 80% off selling for $5.00 for the audio download version. I'm getting ready to buy it and came over here to let you know. If you haven't read The Spark yet, you really need to read it. It's one of the most inspiring books ever written!! <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>udio-downloads/audiobooks/the-spark-5 <link><BR>o-downloads/audiob... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:27:27 EST National Coffee Day - September 29th ATTENTION !! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is National Coffee Day !! Where to find deals and freebies ! <BR> <BR> Peet’s Coffee: At participating café locations, Peet’s will give away a free medium drip coffee with the purchase of any fresh food item. The chain will also announce the top 10 finalists for its Ode to Coffee First, a video contest by Project Greenlight and Peet’s Coffee which shows the role coffee plays in our daily lives. <BR> <BR> Pilot Flying J: Get one free small cup of Pilot coffe... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:30:18 EST Anyone near Vineland, NJ Looking for workout buddies near vineland Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:50:51 EST Coffee: K-cups or scoop out of can the old way? Sometimes I buy K-cups but mostly just pick up a can. I did buy a couple of those K-cups that you scoop your coffee from the can. Much cheaper. Although, I enjoy buying K-cups, more convenient. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:49:54 EST My sparkpeople WHAT happen? I just logged on and I find that I'm back on level one and all my points are gone, I haven't been on in a while, what happen? Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:26:02 EST Question for kilgram users... I am from the US and used to using pounds for weight (it seems a majority here may be as well?). I emigrated to the Philippines so my scale is now in Kg. We all know that 1 kilo is 2.2 pounds (although I never watched Miami Vice). When I use to track pounds I never counted halves, only whole pounds. <BR> <BR> Now in kilos it seems discouraging to lose so little... feels like it... I will stay on 112 kilos longer than I would stay on 246 pounds, you know. <BR> <BR> So, how do you kilo fo... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:28:48 EST Do You Cook Pretty? I was thinking about this at breakfast. I usually cook healthy but don't take the time to "plate" pretty. Just returned from Europe where I stayed with a family. They had a beautiful frittata for dinner one night with a salad. Lots of pretty veggies in the frittata. It looked so petty on the serving plate. I usually do a scramble and just mix things with it. Does not look so pretty on a plate. <BR> <BR> This morning I attempted my first frittata, came out well. Put it on a pretty ser... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:35:40 EST Down 32, 50 to go. plateau again bouncing up and down within a 3 lb. range. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:54:12 EST Curious to try it! There is this Korean instant noodle that is extremely spicy and very delicious. It is supposed to be the 3rd spiciest instant noodle in the world. I found it in a nearby supermarket. It is extremely expensive for an instant noodle and extremely high in sodium. <BR> <BR> I m on dialysis and cannot drink much. I have been advised to stay away from these noodles but I can't stop thinking about them! Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:19:31 EST Curtains, how much would you spend? My hubby and I bought our first home a couple months ago, and I am starting to put together the decor around the house and have started researching interior decor and pricing, I know nothing about this stuff, but hey we all start somewhere right? <BR> <BR> Holy moly there is so much you can do with windows and curtains! Colors/ materials/ sizes/ personalize rods/ fabric type/ patterns/ layering... who would have thought! I feel curtains can set the mood for a room, however i'm not sure how ... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 06:50:14 EST Dr. Oz Have any of you ever tried something he suggested to take in a supplement form that actually helped? I am curious because yesterday I was reading First Magazine and it mentions something he says to take to speed up your metabolism 30 %. I looked at it because it says there were studies done by the American Medical Journal and they proved this to be true. Sat, 17 Sep 2016 21:38:10 EST Any Apple iWatch Users Out There? I've recently ordered (and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of) an Apple iWatch. Other than tracking daily steps, how can I use the watch as a tool to help me in this journey? Any tips or tricks? Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:55:47 EST Do You Yahoo! Do you have any Problems? I have used yahoo as my primary email account since they first came on the scene, 20-25 years ago, I have no clue. Lately I have been having all kinds of trouble with them. Emails aren't getting sent even though I get the message that they have, freezes when I'm trying to read their news feeds, slow startups, unable to delete sometimes and several other problems. I am the person who clears my cookies on a very regular basis, clears my history, refreshes my browser, updates my security syst... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:00:49 EST Question RE: Multi Vitamins and Daily Tracker Hi all: <BR> I am new to this site and this site's tracker. When I enter a multi vitamin into the daily food tracker, I do not see any nutritional info on the daily report when I do this. <BR> Help? <BR> It is frustrating to see the report tell me I am low on calcium when I take calcium supplements, but can't figure this into my food tracker. Am I missing a step or something. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Liefe Thu, 15 Sep 2016 07:04:44 EST Fridge is getting low on food What do you eat when your grocery are running out. Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:00:53 EST Bonus Wheel I am probably over looking a previous post but When I see a picture of the bonus wheel, prior to switching to the actual spin page, it always shows a bunch of prizes. How come when I get to spin it only has numbers and no prizes? Any ideas? Mon, 12 Sep 2016 18:26:47 EST Med Gem metabolism analysis? Has anyone had the med gem metabolism test done? I've found one locally that only cost about $60 and am thinking of getting it done. Just curious if anyone has done this and how accurate you thought it was. <BR> Thanks in advance. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:45:32 EST Celebrate without cake?!? I need your help sparkpeople: I want to rewire my ideas about celebrating. Food and frosting are usually involved. Is it possible to celebrate a birthday without cake? I am celebrating on 9/19 and want to do it better this year. <BR> <BR> How do you celebrate your birthday with your health in mind? Mon, 12 Sep 2016 02:31:00 EST locating a specific person Does anyone know if I can find a person I know who joined sparkpeople before me? Not sure how to do it or even doable. Thx healthylife! Sun, 11 Sep 2016 12:21:17 EST Where is the time to do all this? I want to be better in so many areas but where is the time? I want to seriously up my game. This is a list of the things I have to do by myself because I can't hire anyone and no one will help me: <BR> Workout for at least one hour a day <BR> Do yoga <BR> Put together really great great outfits <BR> Improve skincare <BR> Go to work <BR> Go food shopping <BR> Remove body hair (I have more than my share) <BR> Clean <BR> Declutter (which is different than regular cleaning it because it means get... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 10:47:12 EST BLESSED GRANDPARENT'S DAY !! FROM A SPARKER GRANDMA. HEY YOU GUYS, TOO. COULDN'T FORGET YOU.GOD BLESS YOU ALL Sat, 10 Sep 2016 23:19:02 EST Dieting or liquid diet prior to any process? Hi I'm signed up for a free education class to begin my gastric sleeve process. I probably have 120 to 130 pounds to lose. Did anyone start trying to diet or a liquid protein diet prior to even seeing your surgeon? I would like to lose some if I could to make my liver smaller & that way have less to lose. Thanks Sat, 10 Sep 2016 12:35:29 EST Why keep going...? The other day, I walked out of the house where a group of teenagers pointed out that a whale sighting just occurred. A month ago, a guy that I really really wanted to have a close relation with said that I had the "wrong body type". Each day, I workout, walk, row, bike, and watch what I eat. Nothing. Never ever. Then my mother tells me that she had clothes that she says are waaay too big for her but should probably fit me...if we let them out. Then I go out to my rowing machine in the heat an... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 10:46:09 EST So tired I am beat and Unmotivated to train , today. I have been procrastinating for an hour now. <BR> <BR> Okay... going to train. <BR> <BR> <BR> Anyone else , every get in a funk like this and what do you do to snap out of it. Fri, 9 Sep 2016 19:45:48 EST Curious to know... First of all I'd like to say that I am not someone who makes a habit of using profanity anywhere in my life, least of all here; and I have always appreciated SparkPeople maintaining a high standard of interaction on the site. <BR> <BR> Yet today, several of us noticed on a discussion thread that certain words were not censored out as they have been in the past: <BR> <BR> big ass salad <BR> the bitch is back (Elton John reference) <BR> hell and damnation <BR> damn it all <BR> ...and several ... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 16:08:48 EST What Surprised You Most about Weight Loss? Hello, Sparkers! <BR> <BR> For an upcoming article, I'm looking for people who discovered something surprising after losing a good amount of weight. For example, were you surprised by people's perceptions of your weight loss? How hard (or easy) it was to keep the weight off? Shopping for clothes after weight loss? Any surprise discovery is welcome! The more specific and unique, the better. :) <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! <BR> Melissa Fri, 9 Sep 2016 09:13:29 EST Challenges What is your most recent challenge? Mine was the heat. Wed, 7 Sep 2016 22:41:55 EST Success or Positive thought today I did a TON of exercises to work my thighs. Now I feel bruised and aches to walk. Sore inner and outter thighs and knees. Oh boy, and a +7lb weight gain (all inflammation???!? Possible). <BR> <BR> Goal is, on off days, keep up exercise. every day, even off days, goal is 30push ups (x3), 15 sit ups (x3), and 30 leg raises (x3). <BR> <BR> Did my first round but today is a break day. Thighs need healing. <BR> <BR> Good to know something is working 😀😄💪⏳ Tue, 6 Sep 2016 12:31:11 EST Do you do your own or go to a salon? I do my own hair treatments. I can't afford to go to the salon for treatments all the time. But my hairdresser says that home hair treatments aren't as effective because I don't have a steaming machine. She says that the steaming machine opens up your hair follicles so the treatment penetrates to the cores of each hair. While home treatments just treats the surface of hairs. <BR> <BR> What do you think? Sun, 4 Sep 2016 03:03:28 EST Do You Wish Spark had a "Like" button? So many times I read a members response to another....and would love to indicate that they have given great advice!! I do try to drop notes occasionally...but for all of you whom I haven't acknowledged this way--THANKS!! Your contributions help us all!! Sat, 3 Sep 2016 11:57:55 EST Need an accoountability partner Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I desperately need an accountability partner. Some one I cant text or email back and forth with. I know what I have to do but it gets down to it I procrastinate and don't do what I have to do. Does anyone need a buddy? <BR> <BR> Dhaiana Fri, 2 Sep 2016 11:21:45 EST Could I be small framed after all?! I did the wrist test and my middle finger overlaps the thumb. That means I'm small framed! I always thought I was medium framed! Does this mean that weighing 45kg is possible for me? <BR> <BR> Oh, btw, I am 4 feet 11. Fri, 2 Sep 2016 03:05:36 EST I wonder why I can't sleep in the daytime! I wake up at 5:30am to get ready for dialysis 3 times a week. Yet, I find difficulty dozing off when I try to sleep in the center. Even when I get home, and I'm longing for a nap, but I don't doze off straightaway. <BR> <BR> I wish I could just sleep esp in the center so the time will pass quicker! I can't even nap when I get home. But come 11pm, I will feel so tired I will just fall asleep! But I can never sleep in the daytime. <BR> <BR> Why do you think this is? Fri, 2 Sep 2016 02:59:38 EST Does anyone still have cassettes or VHS? I threw out my VHS long ago because of fungus issues. <BR> <BR> I still have some cassettes but I can't play them anymore because my player doesn't have a tape deck! But has a CD deck and mp3 slot. <BR> <BR> What about you? Thu, 1 Sep 2016 06:53:15 EST How do I put in a profile pic? Can't figure out to save my life Thu, 1 Sep 2016 00:07:16 EST Is obesity a spectrum disorder? I read on Spark people: Mastering the Mysteries of Motivation <BR> Understanding Motivation <BR> <BR> I swear I could read this same type of article on an anorexic website/society/clique with the same fervor from fellow "dieters". I just don't know anymore. Is this what we have to do? There is something wrong in this "must lose weight, must look a certain way" ideology. Anorexia is a mental disease. Why isn't obesity? Wed, 31 Aug 2016 21:21:32 EST bladder leakage What to do when you want to exercise but you leak a lot. So embarrassing Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:42:30 EST A more general shopping quesetion I''ve got a big shopping trip coming up in October. To a big mall in a different town. I do have some money budgeted for this. How does one prepare for a trip like that? I imagine just wandering around 100+ stores with no plan or idea is silly. Wed, 31 Aug 2016 08:37:15 EST Failure is not an option! Should I fall I will get back up as failure is not an option. If I mess up today I will not say I will start over tomorrow and a week later I'm still off track. I will simply dust myself off and keep going. I will not give up or let weight, overeating or not exercising defeat me. May God Bless you and remember "failure is not an option". Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:41:51 EST For Diabetic Nutrition page move the "Note Data" ? To Sparkpeople CDE - For people...who are using the Diabetic Nutrition Sheet... Would it be possible to move the Note data on the Nutrition sheet to under where the glucose readings are placed? Or maybe to the right of them? I took the note section and notated my insulin dosages and after I cut the note to attach next to the glucose readings, I took the nutrition sheets I had filled out and brought them to my CDE...and she was very she said it helped her to see where I was mayb... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:29:00 EST Paying It Forward Sadly, there was a young man and his father (named Ram and Jeremy) who passed away some time in my area due to somewhat of a freak accident. In their memory, their family members are selling "Pay It Forward for Ram and Jeremy" cards. The money from the cards is being put towards a scholarship fund in their name. I thought this was an awesome way to honor who they were. Yesterday I bought 10 cards. The goal is to do something kind and leave the card with the recipient so that they can also pay... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:21:31 EST How can I help my friend? I have a friend who is trying to quit smoking. She has switched from cigarettes to vaping. She really wants to quit smoking and vaping as it is very expensive and unhealthy. <BR> <BR> But she is having a very hard time quitting! She says the urge is so strong, and she can't quit cold turkey because she says she really suffers without her vape. <BR> <BR> How can I help her quit, she says she really wants to, but it's very hard for her! Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:00:56 EST the dreaded weekend who else will spend the weekend hiding from their kitchen Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:04:37 EST Fitness Tracker Up until today I have been using a Jawbone UP2. It died today. So I am in the process of finding a new basic fitness tracker. What do you think of the misfit Ray or Shine 2 and do you have any other suggestions? Thu, 25 Aug 2016 22:11:21 EST What is the perfect exercise program? Do you do your cardio and strength training on alternate days? Or do you do both on the same day? If so, which one do you do first? If your goal is to lose fat, esp from the belly, what would you suggest? Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:53:50 EST Feeling very discouraged!!! I need to lose about 30lbs. Losing 30lbs would make my BMI perfect! <BR> <BR> But that's not the only thing! I have a huge belly when I sit down. It's not really visible when I stand up but when I sit down, it's like a tyre! <BR> <BR> I am so discouraged that no matter when I do, I just can't get rid of it! I have been trying for soooo long, but my belly problem is STILL there! I can literally pinch like 3 inches of fat! <BR> <BR> Ever since menopausing early my belly has been growing! I'm... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:00:51 EST Low carb? High protein? Are carbs to enemy? Lately there has been talk of high protein, low carb diets. Some ppl ever propose eating more good fats and low carb. <BR> <BR> Is this valid? I know that when it comes to carbs, whole foods are the best, not overly processed white foods. <BR> <BR> So, do I need to limit my carbs if I want to lose weight? Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:39:48 EST How to eat an apple like a boss! Like me, many of you have been eating apples wrong all your life. I saw this video about 3 years ago & my family has been eating apples this way ever since. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:09:41 EST Minnesota State Fair!!! I live in Minnesota, USA and today is the first day of our annual state fair. It's one of the largest in the US. I think only Texas' fair is bigger. It is a fantastic celebration of things Minnesotan like farming, agriculture (we have amazingly tasty apples started in Minnesota), music, crafts/art, technology, and food. The best part? The people watching. <BR> <BR> Of course, I will be careful with the food but I do allow a few treats, like a corn dog, that I only allow at the State Fair. An... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:06:40 EST Panera Bread Not sure if this is the right forum or not. I am very new to this site. Doing great so far, and tracking everything. Going to Panera Bread tomorrow for lunch and was looking for suggestions to help stay on track. Any idea's are appreciated. <em>231</em> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:07:11 EST How to use your pc to keep motivated and on track Here are a few tips you can do to use your pc to help with your planning. <BR> <BR> 1. when using yahoo mail you can use something called "filters" and there are even ways to search your entire email account for a specific email address just by opening a email from the sender your looking to organize. Plus by using filters it will take all the future emails from the send and place them into your specific folder. <BR> <BR> 2. If your running windows 10 like myself you will have something ca... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:58:55 EST New blog! Hi guys! I started blogging and would love some followers to further the conversation! :) Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:39:08 EST I'm a Nut .... and ...I Put a Spell on You Enjoy :-) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ivJ8&v=P1hnVutWxos </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>index=1&list=RD0exXGfzivJ8 </link> <BR> <BR> Kris Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:04:16 EST HELP!!!!! I am so hungry today and do not want to eat any of the things I should not. Today has been awful so far. My body is hurting and my energy level is down to about 2 - not joking. I have lost 52 pounds since May 2016 on another programme. However today I am really craving a plate of food no diet. <BR> <BR> I need some inspiration from you all. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:31:51 EST Calling all people with depression... The cycle of depression is kind of funny (not ha-ha funny, but ya know)... You feel tired, sluggish, depressed so you don't work out and eat badly. Which makes you feel tired, sluggish and depressed. <BR> <BR> People who deal with depression, do you ever feel the need to give yourself a break from the weight loss goal? I have been feeling almost on a high for the last three months. I've gotten sober and started eating right and exercising. But all of a sudden yesterday I hit a wall, and I hi... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:43:58 EST Is homemade pizza any healthier than store-bought? If you made pizza from scratch and piled on the veggies and used tomato puree and limited the meat, would it be any healthier than if you called pizza delivery? Tue, 23 Aug 2016 02:16:35 EST What it means to be a Team Leader I've been part of Sparkpeople for years now, kind of going up and down with this thing. <BR> I've always been curious about being a Team Leader for a Sparkteam, but I've never really known how to go about it, or what it means to be one. <BR> I know it probably means different things to different people, but I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts and opinions! Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:11:14 EST Ontario Just wondering if there is anyone here from around the Guelph Ontario area <em>433</em> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:37:40 EST first week is done completed that first week all under by range counting calories including the dreaded weekend. <BR> <BR> to be honest I think I went over on Saturday night. that was a pizza a few beer and a Hip concert which closed down Canada Saturday night. the pizza was calculated and budgeted but I never logged the 4 cans of beer I had. <BR> <BR> Hopefully all my water weight has been dropped as I started at 236 and now for the second day in a row Im at 226. Now begins the long journey. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:53:00 EST Olympic inspiration What 2016 Olympic event has inspired you the most? Sat, 20 Aug 2016 14:21:08 EST Ear Piercing Advice?? Where to?? HI Everyone, <BR> <BR> I was thinking about getting my ears pierced for the 2nd time above my original piercing but I don't what to spend alot of money tho but the only place that I know of that does ear piercings is Claires ( but im gonna feel soo awkward cause that's for like little kids and stuff) and there isn't an Icings near me at all. <BR> I live in Humble TX area fyi. <BR> Any advice??? <BR> Thanks <BR> Lu Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:21:24 EST How to I retrain my mind?! My mind keeps on thinking of food! Food! Food! <BR> <BR> right now, I'm thinking, should I go out for ice-cream? How about cake? or durian! Or order McD's! KFC! Pizzzzzza! <BR> <BR> Honestly! I have to keep telling myself NO! <BR> <BR> Even when I'm in church, instead of focusing on the sermon, my mind will start thinking what shall I have for lunch? <BR> <BR> Am I the only one?! Fri, 19 Aug 2016 01:57:51 EST Successes as of 8/18 - Slept through the night the past two nights, got about 7 hours sleep each night <BR> - Went to the gym and did weights <BR> - Got almost 14,000 steps even without walking on my lunch break <BR> - Noticed that lifting heavy things is getting easier <BR> - Stretching almost every day and don't feel tightness in my lower back when I bend over <BR> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 21:59:16 EST How do I deal with this? Another patient commented on my belly fat on Wednesday. I just let her know it wasn't acceptable and I didn't like it without raising my voice. She apologized gruffly but I didn't realized she was holding a grudge until this morning. <BR> <BR> I said good morning twice but she ignored me. I thought she didn't hear me and I repeated my greeting. She responded by gruffly telling me to do my work of preparing the dialysis machine. <BR> <BR> I mean what? Since when is it ok to comment on someon... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:33:19 EST results M not going to let focusing on 'results' (shoulda-woulda-couldas) for me, nor anyone/thing get me down 2DAY ! ! <BR> 'NOSIREE-BOB' <em>521</em> , <em>250</em> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:34:43 EST DId You Read this article? 8 Gym Bags, 78 Items Fitness Pros Never Leave Home Without .... <BR> <BR> Shame on Spark for posting an "article" that is 99% Advertising links!! yeah, there are a few nuggets of information mixed in if you have never talked with anyone who has done those 8 activities....but really....we don't need to waste our time reading about someone's favorite top-end gadgets and "must haves". <BR> <BR> Fitness can be achieved without those items.... <BR> patti Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:17:45 EST HELP!!! SparkPremium Payment Instructions I was advised to let my payment schedule on my credit card expire and on the next day to pay the 29.99 payment and not $4.99 per month as was shown when we first got Premium. Now I am trying to do that. There is no place for an amount. Will SP automatically set up the 29.99? I need some assurance that you will not be charging 29.99 or will I HAVE to pay the $4.99 per month. Need help today in order to get SparkCoach. Thank you. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:08:15 EST Junk Food Diet - Crazy Thing I Heard <link><BR> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> (CNN) -- Twinkies. Nutty bars. Powdered donuts. <BR> For 10 weeks, Mark Haub, a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, ate one of these sugary cakelets every three hours, instead of meals. To add variety in his steady stream of Hostess and Little Debbie snacks, Haub munched on Doritos chips, sugary cereals and Oreos, too. <BR> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:18:55 EST Calories burned w BeachBody Build Legs (Beast) Hi. I'm trying to figure out how many calories I burn in this workout, because I'm trying to keep close track and make sure I'm eating enough. Anybody?? Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:39:06 EST Heartbroken! Can one have a beer belly without drinking beer? <BR> <BR> The answer is yes! I don't drink a drop of beer but I have a beer belly! It breaks my heart! Especially when ppl comment on how big my belly is ALL the time! <BR> <BR> I am trying to follow a healthy lifestyle of healthy food and consistent exercise but progress has been v. v. slow! I can see my belly slowly shrinking but it's still there! To make matters worse, the nurses at the dialysis center are saying my gut is getting bigger! ... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 04:48:30 EST High blood pressure blues. Hi all! <BR> <BR> I have been taking my blood pressure at home, because for the past two months every time I get my blood pressure taken at the doctor it's higher and higher. Now it's really high. I'm going to the cardiologist tomorrow to find out what my problem is. I haven't a clue what it could be. I'm 66, I eat meat once weekly, if that and it's lean, I eat eggs twice weekly. I cook with a tbs of olive oil and put the same in my salad. I eat clean. I'm losing weight, I do eat salt, but I... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 01:30:17 EST Surprising Feelings from Weight Loss As someone who's lost 80 pounds in the last 3 years, only to regain 60 over the last year or so, I am a person who has firsthand experience with losing a lot of weight. Looking back, what I can tell you is that along with the good feelings, I got a huge reality check. There were some bad feelings too. <BR> <BR> I can remember crying to a friend when I realized that my mom never told me I was beautiful when I was heavier, but she (and my dad) couldn't stop harping on how great I looked once ... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 18:07:44 EST The Sound of Silence is Soothing The sound of a fan is the only one I hear as I write this. I can't remember the last time I actually got the house to myself for a whole day. That's one of the challenges I face as an adult living with my parents (and older brother). <BR> <BR> As a natural introvert, I need alone time. It is vital for me to function, otherwise I can't recharge my batteries. Some people like being the life of the party, and seem to enjoy being "on" all the time. Not me. I am reveling in the quiet right now. ... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:44:24 EST new to counting calories noob question Hello everybody that clicks <BR> <BR> Im new to the calories counting lifestyle and I have a noobie question about the amount of calories I need to consume in a day. <BR> <BR> on the mobile apps Log screen is my goal to eat until Im at 50% of the line graph in green or is my goal to eat all my allowed calories per day without going over? Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:03:09 EST Who's up for a challenge? Would you like to try out a fun challenge this fall? The waiting list is open and ready for you to sign up for the Biggest Loser 2016 Leaves of Change Fall Challenge! <BR> <BR> This is a 10 week challenge, start weights will be due the week of Sept 5th (these differ slightly depending on your team). We have 10 teams of 24 competing in weekly fitness and nutrition challenges, and of course trying each week to be the biggest loser!!! The support and accountability of an entire team of peopl... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:56:14 EST Food addictions! I was addicted to some dry style noodles with shrimp dumplings. I also loved their sambal! But now I have a different addiction! The fish paste in clear broth at a different restaurant. <BR> <BR> I have been like eating the same thing almost everyday! Ever got addicted to any food? Sun, 14 Aug 2016 21:50:04 EST Why blogs and social media confuse me Somewhere along the way I learned bragging about yourself is a bad thing. I read that in order to do well in conversation one must focus on the person/people they are talking to. So blogs and social media where not famous people brag about their perfect lives make zero sense to me. I know at my age (31) this is an unusual opinion. Anyone else have thoughts on this topic? Sun, 14 Aug 2016 18:37:12 EST 10 to 20 Pounds? Hello there! How are you? I hope well! <BR> <BR> I have searched and searched for a team for people to lose 10 to 20 pounds. Is there such a team? I would appreciate any reply. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Sun, 14 Aug 2016 17:12:13 EST trigeminal neuralgia Anyone have this? Mine has come out of remission and I'm in really bad pain. Trying to get into Cleveland Clinic for surgery but no opening until Jan. 2017. Anyone dealing with this please send me a note. Sat, 13 Aug 2016 10:05:10 EST What finally worked for you when nothing else did? What helped you meet your health/fitness goals when nothing else did? Sat, 13 Aug 2016 00:38:58 EST Email Spam? I created a new email address for my Sparkpeople emails because they kept getting blocked on my personal and business emails so I wouldn't get them. Unfortunately, I get three to five emails a day from Sparkpeople and up to 50 spam emails a day from this new email address. I have to attribute it to Sparkpeople which I'm not happy about. I don't mind the ads on the website but the unwanted emails are a bit too much. I tried unsubscribing from them but that just verified my email address and I ... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 15:38:11 EST Fashion tips for boxy ladies? I recently lost a little stomach fat- from my lower abs. Nothing from my waist. So I've still got a boxy look to my body. I don't know what clothes are right for my shape. Yeah I could look it up but I'd probably just find lame advice from some stylist who has only ever dressed perfect looking movie stars. I'd rather have some tips from normal boxy ladies who have figured out what works for them. Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:33:05 EST Disney World Bound Any tips on how to stay on track for 2 weeks! (only a mini fridge and microwave in room). Thanks :) Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:53:18 EST Has anyone seen Finding Dory? I fully intend to get the DVD! <BR> <BR> Has anyone seen it? Is it good? Thu, 11 Aug 2016 03:32:25 EST Has anyone seen The Secret Life of Pets? Is it any good? <BR> <BR> What is it about? <BR> <BR> Seems to be doing very well at the box office! Thu, 11 Aug 2016 03:30:43 EST Exercise question: Please share your experiences! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> One of our writers is looking for member quotes to be included in her story. Below is her question that she would like to get some quotes for: <BR> <BR> You're 40 minutes into your workout and the sweat starts pouring as your legs start screaming at you to please, have mercy and just stop this madness. What do you say to yourself to keep going? <BR> <BR> Please share your answers here by Monday, August 15th and we'll feature the best quotes in a new blog post! <BR> ... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 20:03:22 EST Young Adult Novels I will admit that I haven't been a young adult for several years, LOL. When I was in my early teens, there weren't a whole lot of books aimed at my age group. I read mysteries, sci fi and myths. Young adult literature was Nancy Drew or the Diary of Anne Frank. Today, there are more options for teen readers that range from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games. <BR> <BR> And the great thing is that you don't have to be a young adult to read and enjoy these books. I've read several such as the fi... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 12:55:01 EST Hello everyone. I have just finished A Gift of Ghosts by Sarah Wynde Tue, 9 Aug 2016 22:23:35 EST Just checking in Hi, not here everyday and check in time to time. Summer, and I feel its more important to get outside in my free time and be active than be on the computer. So, I'm still here with the other Sparkers, I didn't give up. I still keep up with my written journal every evening and log everything. Mon, 8 Aug 2016 15:31:55 EST HYPOTHYROID HERE... So I have started on a new weight loss journey. For the first two weeks I focused on my health and managed to lose 8 pounds. The third week I began to exercise, 20 minutes elliptical and 1-1.50 hrs of weight training. This week I gained 1 pound. What gives.. Not sure what I did wrong if anything I am active. I've heard that muscle weighs more than fat but there is no possible way that I have gained muscle in one week. Please anyone encounter this issue? and how they got the scale to budge. Mon, 8 Aug 2016 13:01:13 EST My goal for this week is....... My goal for this week is to drink more water. What is your goal (s) for the week? Sun, 7 Aug 2016 22:28:28 EST Racquetball Looking for racquetball partners to play with on Wednesday afternoons in the Victorville CA area... I play at West Winds, am 69 yrs old, average player (C level)... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 18:34:45 EST DIFFICULTY USING THIS SITE Does anyone else have problems navigating this site? I find a recipe I would i want to add to "my" recipes and it sends me to an ingredient search. I just want to save the one I found! Very frustrating! Sun, 7 Aug 2016 14:42:26 EST Guilty over past sins I have an excellent memory. I've made some mistakes in my past, I even remember my childhood sins. <BR> <BR> These awful memories still make me squirm! I have prayed to God to let everything go but I just can't forgive myself! <BR> <BR> How could I have been so awful?! How can I b free of such awful memories? Sun, 7 Aug 2016 07:41:03 EST Clearing the toxins Sometimes we think that we collect toxins only from the food we eat and some people who are very toxic, however, I've come to realize that we can be our own worst toxins in the way we believe in ourselves, the way we view or value the opinion of others about us. In our self talks are we reinforcing or reducing, let us check to see if we are bearing any toxins and clear them out. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 14:45:59 EST Does anyone else get anxiety attacks? I normally get anxiety attacks after an extraction of 3kg or more during dialysis. I was in trouble today because today is Friday, and I was supposed to be extracting 3.8kg. That's really bad because I was supposed to keep to weight gain to less than 2kg on a Friday. <BR> <BR> Well, I got dizzy and my blood pressure dropped to dangerously low levels of 60s, and my target was reduced to 3.4kgs. The good news is, what came out was 3.6kgs, which only gives me a nett excess of 200g. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 05:51:19 EST Keep Going Good Morning All, <BR> I know it's been a while since I was last here. I just wanted to share an good story with everyone today. During my lunch break, instead of eating my lunch I go out of the office for an hour walk. This action improves my mood and just helps me get on with the rest of my day. Yesterday, during my usual lunch walk, a complete stranger stops me and tells me that she has seen me walk the same trail for some time. She also told me that the difference in my body is real... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 07:10:29 EST Waiting on the Lord. Waiting is probably my hardest most difficult challenge whether it be on my children to get ready or just waiting on a response, however, the hardest has got to be trusting the Lord by waiting on Him. Hard really hard. Wed, 3 Aug 2016 11:40:30 EST Best Gren Tea Hi folks, just wondering if all basic green teas are created equal. I'm not thinking about matcha, it's out of my price range, just basic good green tea. I'm wondering if any brands have higher quality leaves or more antioxidants than others. Any tea lovers out there? Wed, 3 Aug 2016 10:47:51 EST Active Sparkteams? I'd love to be part of a few active Sparkteams. Have that accountability and support that community brings. I've been browsing teams, but have been finding many to inactive or not have much activity going on. I'd love to have some recommendations for active teams. <BR> <BR> Wed, 3 Aug 2016 10:24:30 EST Why did I gain a pound and now stuck there? I have been sticking to the plan. I measure everything. And I either walk for 30 minutes or do a workout DVD most days of the week. But I have gained a pound and I am stuck there. And I still have a lot of weight to lose (about 65-70 pounds to lose still) and I have only been on the plan for 3 weeks. Isn't it too soon for a plateau? I eat 1200-1500 calories a day so I can't cut back anymore. Wed, 3 Aug 2016 09:48:59 EST SP Premium 29.00 One Time Payment ? Hi All and Coach ! <BR> <BR> I have members asking what the "One Time" payment means...??? <BR> per year or forever ? <BR> <BR> This needs to be clarified on the Blog ! Wed, 3 Aug 2016 07:50:00 EST Just Got Spark Premium! I just got it and I luv it! <BR> <BR> Such a pleasure now without the ads - that alone is worth every penny!!! I got the 'best deal' of $29.99 one time payment. (Note: I paid in Canadian funds $40.41.) Having access to SparkCoach again is pretty great too!! <BR> <BR> Thank You SP!!! Wed, 3 Aug 2016 00:18:08 EST Metamucil Appetite Control HI, I picked this up recently and have been taking a half dose once per day to acclimate my body. A half dose is only 1 tsp. I'm having a pretty intense GI response, but I am also less hungry for several hours. I have read that psyllium can aid blood glucose levels, lower cholesterol, etc. Has anyone tried this? Thoughts? Tue, 2 Aug 2016 23:00:30 EST SparkPeople Premium Launches Tomorrow! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I wanted to give you a heads up that we have a new feature, SparkPeople Premium, launching tomorrow! <b>This new option will change nothing about the current site, which will continue to remain completely free.</b> It's just an additional option for those of you looking for more from your SparkPeople experience. <BR> <BR> Look for a <a href=""target=new>new blog</a> to be posted tomorrow with all of the details. <BR> <BR> Th... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 15:40:21 EST I Lost weight taking Vinegar I am a Type 2 Diabetic. Diagnosed in May,, and right before that anyway I found Braggs Raw Vinegar and sipped it some. Weight came off slower but still off. A few weeks ago, I started to take it easier with a spoon, diluting it and chasing it with koolaid. About two teaspoons at a time, twice a day, sometimes a little more. I have stomach problems and it helps them so much, I also have ovary cysts sometimes and it helps that as well. As I have weighed myself since I have been taking vinegar, ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 11:11:26 EST Do you count fresh fruits and vegetables? I was just wanting to get an idea of how many people counted fresh fruits and vegetables in their daily calorie range? I read that some people have more success by allowing unlimited fruits and veges. Like Weight Watchers. Thoughts on this? Mon, 1 Aug 2016 10:18:49 EST What is your guilty pleasure TV show? I have a few. My latest is American Pickers. It amazes me what those two guys will pay for rusty junk then turn around and resell it for double,triple and sometimes even more than what they paid for it. Mon, 1 Aug 2016 08:16:53 EST What sort of workouts do you do when you really, really don't feel like exercising? <BR> <BR> When I don't feel like sweating it out, I always fall back on Pilates or Yogilates. <BR> <BR> I also have some shorter, lighter, more relaxing workouts that I fall back on when I am feeling lazy! Mon, 1 Aug 2016 05:34:12 EST Work at home legit jobs I would like to find a work at home job Sun, 31 Jul 2016 20:52:45 EST Why must shipping costs be sooooo prohibitive?! Have you ever ordered anything online? <BR> <BR> I'm interested in some cross-stitch kits but the shipping costs are sooo expensive! The shipping costs are even higher than the items themselves! <BR> <BR> Why must it cost so much? Sun, 31 Jul 2016 04:58:03 EST grocery list app?? I'm sure there is such a thing, just need to search. hoping there is one that different members of the household could add to from their own phones?? Sat, 30 Jul 2016 08:51:31 EST My signifigant other does not ... Agree with my food choices. I have to include him because he buys the groceries. How do I bring up wanting to lose weight when I am already 100+ lbs lighter than him? He also does not approve of my yoyo weight loss gung ho lifestyle. He says I'm fine the way I am. What to do? Sat, 30 Jul 2016 01:50:59 EST Pets What kind of pets does everyone have? Or want if they can not have a pet? <BR> <BR> I have 2 cats, a dog, and a bearded dragon. I did have a guinea pig but she passed away a few months ago Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:03:20 EST Politics and Family... Ok, I want to say first and foremost this post is not about politics, and I do not want to have a debate about politics, or religion for that matter. <BR> <BR> My father and I are on two completely opposite sides of the spectrum. He's far right and I'm left (I guess, however I don't consider myself a Democrat nor do I consider myself a Republican.) I try my best to stay away from the political posts on Facebook, mostly because I'm not trying to argue with my family and friends. Let's face it... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:51:54 EST iFit Anyone ? So, I'm being either super busy or super lazy here - you choose - but I'm hoping to glean info without spending hours on a web search. <BR> <BR> This past weekend, I took advantage of Sports Authority going out of business and procured a Freemotion 850 Treadmill complete with a TV monitor, Wifi and iFit capability. <BR> <BR> In addition to simply being a treadmill and all the info tracking capabilities, it has many cal burning, weight loss, etc. walking routines - some with satellite mapp... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:53:44 EST Would you ever do it? Plastic surgery? <BR> <BR> Sex change operation? <BR> <BR> I would never do it! <BR> <BR> Maybe a tummy tuck if I had a lot of loose skin but beyond that, nope! Fri, 29 Jul 2016 04:23:09 EST Feeling powerless and helpless! After much difficulty, I was offered a spot in the 1st shift of dialysis, which means waking up at 5:30am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to get ready. <BR> <BR> However, 2 of the staff nurses always come later to work, meaning us patients who come on time have to wait for them to arrive to open the center. <BR> <BR> I mentioned to one of them that they should come on time but she responded by threatening to move me back to 2nd shift, saying she has to do her prayers every morning, hence... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:24:22 EST Starting over.....over and over again.... Does anyone else have this issue? I "started over" on Sunday, and again on Tuesday, and again on Wednesday, and will be again today. I don't know why this is so hard. I have gained and lost the same 9 lbs 4 times this year. My most recent good streak was in the end of May/beginning of June, where I was logging every day and doing well, until I got really sick with anaplasmosis, caused by a tick bite. This was just the excuse I needed to derail and spin out of control. That's now all res... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:26:58 EST anybody on hey anyone wanna chat Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:32:01 EST How do you deal with mean comments? Ok, I haven't really lost any weight but after all my hard work, I have managed to lose some belly fat. This is not wishful thinking on my part but I scrutinize my belly daily and it IS getting smaller. <BR> <BR> I haven't reached my goal of washboard abs but I am pleased with my progress! <BR> <BR> However, the nurses at the dialysis center I go to keep commenting that my tummy is bigger! Saying they won't lie to me but I know this is just not true! I am so upset over their mean, unkind co... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 20:44:34 EST Ex Weight Watcher followers. Welcome to all weight watcher followers who have since cancelled, either because they dumped the community boards, or are just fed up with their program and decided to go back to the sensible way of loosing weight, counting calories. <BR> <BR> I am Karen, retired, and living in north east Wisconsin. Am a true blue Packer fan. <BR> Did WW for years, off and on, as most of us. Tried SP last year, when they switched, but did not like it. Finally have my motivation back, and after trying MFP, d... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:02:32 EST What do you do when you want your abs to look good I will probably have a big shopping trip around Columbus day. I'd love to be buying pants a size smaller by then. My current jeans are looser in the thighs and rear but not in the stomach. What do you do when you want to make your abs looks better? Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:45:56 EST What do you do when... So no one slept here last night and I'm so tired today. I have lots of housework that has to get done today. My original plan was to do a Leslie sansone walking video this morning, but I'm just running out of time and honestly, Im tired! So my question is , what do you do when your plan gets sidetracked? Im hoping to stay active (with resting in between) all through the day w cleaning, laundry, etc. What do you do??? Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:50:02 EST Food for Thought Eat what your body needs first.... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:48:04 EST Hot wheather bike riding? Riding bike 30miles to & from work each day, stay hydrated everyone <em>198</em> <em>91</em> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:02:06 EST Migraine articles I thought people who suffer from migraines might be interested in this series of articles (there are four of them). <BR> <BR> Here is the first one: <link><BR>migraines-how-to-end-them/ </link> Sat, 23 Jul 2016 22:13:17 EST Victoria's Secret Photoshop tricks revealed Below is a link to an article that explains a lot about the model industry - Victoria's Secret being the one being mentioned in this article. <BR> <link><BR>ticle.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11678769 </link> <BR> <BR> Hopefully those who see the pictures in magazines will take this on board and realize that they aren't actually looking at the 'real' people's bodies at all. <BR> <BR> Kris Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:54:50 EST Plus sized workout gear I am looking for workout gear in larger sizes. I am in a size 18/20. I am looking for yoga style pants. I have not had success finding any. Have any other ladies had any success finding great yoga/workout pants in larger sizes/ If so, where? Please help. Thanks! Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:27:45 EST Stress/Sleep Affecting Weight Loss? Does anyone else have an issue where when they are under more stress and are not getting enough sleep that they stop losing weight? I have definitely noticed this, and I don't eat any differently during these times. I am in the accounting field, so I have monthly cycles of stress & lack of sleep trying to meet my monthly deadlines, typically from the 8th through the 15th. I can even see it on my weight loss graph! <BR> Does anyone else have this issue? If so, do you find that it's caused ... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:49:44 EST More then should Daily Thu, 21 Jul 2016 19:25:36 EST Christian Bale has an English accent?! I had absolutely NO idea about this! My mind is blown! <BR> <BR> I'm taking a Facebook fast so I have no one to declare this to lol. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:26:39 EST Please Help on How You Block Comment-Not Blog Page I am having trouble editing comments on my Comment Page. Inadvertently blocked 2 friends from seeing my blogs. Activity feeds OK. I did not want to block those 2 friends from blogs or activity. Saw where you could Edit comments on your Comment Page but could not find Edit on Comment Page. <BR> <BR> Detailed Description please on how to unblock 2 Spark Friends On Blogs. Then how to Edit Comments only on My Comment page-Thank You. Need Help on This. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:09:10 EST Social Anxiety Even with my Family... Ok I'm going to sound like a total loser here but here goes. <BR> <BR> I am 28 and I have an older sister who is 30, and a younger brother who is 24. We've all been really close and have gotten along our whole lives. When I was in high school I'd go to the movies with my little brother and didn't care if that was "lame" because he was awesome and I loved hanging out with him. We used to play Whose Line Is It Anyways together (that was like our favorite show). <BR> <BR> I have GAD (Generali... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:42:47 EST Sick of waiting for the ads to load! I came back to SP after a couple busy months. It's working so much slower now because every time I switch from search to favorites or switch any page at all I have to wait for the ads to load before I can do anything. Let's face it, all this logging takes time and this is doubling it at least. I don't think it's my computer because no other programs/pages are affected. I just think SP wants to make sure you see the ads over and over again. I would pay for an ad-free service. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 04:53:26 EST politccal ads Saw another political ad on this site. Not real happy about it. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 20:50:06 EST Armour dosage sorry posted in the wrong forum. Please delete~! Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:39:58 EST Suggestions on what to get my Dad for his birthday His birthday is coming soon. Clothes are out bcoz he is extremely fussy with his clothes! Handkerchives are out bcoz of a Chinese superstition. He doesn't use cufflinks. But he loves chocolate! I m thinking of getting Ferroro Rocher, his favorite, but I already got him some chocolate on Father's Day! So, getting chocolate isn't very creative. <BR> <BR> Plus, he is still mad at me, so I m worried he will reject my gift! Tue, 19 Jul 2016 21:52:50 EST Weigh-in at doctors office (check-up) and at home Had a doctor's checkup today & weighed in at 210 lbs fully clothed, but on an empty stomach (no food, no drinks); My last weigh-in at home was 229.8 lbs on 7/1/2016. <BR> <BR> Because of the apparent huge weight loss in just 2 or 3 weeks, I weighed myself again as soon as I got home. By then I had eaten (a small chili and 1/2 little fries at Wendy's and about 12 oz of plain water), and I had gone to the bathroom. <BR> At home I weighed in the buff (of course!) and weighed 225 lbs. <BR> That ... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 19:09:51 EST looking Hey Ya'll :) Happy Tuesday <BR> <BR> I have just recently started a new group for anyone looking to stay accountable and just take it day by day. Feel free to come and join! Just copy the link and it will take you right to the team <BR> <BR><BR>se Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:55:22 EST Looking for a beginner Vegan group, if such thingð I am 35 and have been alternating between vegetarian and pescatarian (only seafood) since I was 13. I dont eat much dairy. <BR> The main reason I quit is not health or compassion towards animals. Eating meat quite simply grosses me out and always has. I cook meat for my family and that does not bother me. I might continue to eat only seafood and when I visit home (1-2 per year) because it is absolutely fresh and for reason does not disgust me. <BR> Anyway, I am new to SparkPeople and I'm l... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 10:59:31 EST How to start weight loss when you don't know how? I must be a total moron at weight loss I need to lose 10-20lbs (and get my waist 4inches smaller) because I'm sick of the limits that kind of weight puts on me. <BR> I exercerise almost daily. I want a perfect body. I have no money. I have no gym access. And don't have tolorance for wrting down food. Where is a good easy place to start actually getting results? <BR> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 10:29:36 EST I'm so fed up with people thinking they are better Seriously it seems to be a distrubing trend. People thinking they are better than everyone else. I see it everywhere: blogs, youtube video posters, facebook friends and people real life. <BR> I work as a janitor. I was in the middle of cleaning a sink when some woman shoves herself between me and the sink and says "I have to clean my coffee cup" She proceed to defile my sink right in front of me. WTF! She was condisending simply because she thought she was better than me. This is not the firs... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 09:59:19 EST Pokemon Go - the APP Some of you may have seen this app in the news recently. There have been car accidents because someone was chasing a rare Pokemon while they should have been paying attention to the road. I didn't see this once, but a couple of times now. Here's a link to a recent car crash. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>016/07/14/pokmon-go-player-crashes-his<BR>-car-into-tree/87074762/ </link> <BR> <BR> So, my question is how many Spark members are playing the increasingly p... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:48:00 EST Who has started Christmas 2016 Shopping!? I've bought some gifts already, even wrapped some of them! Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:08:09 EST What is Your You Tube Obsession Mine is watching Dan Bell urban exploration. <BR> <BR> His channel is This is Dan Bell. Very cool videos. Contains some language. The best Urbex videos that I have run into in a long time. I love Urbex! Even though I have never actually gone. I just watch from the comfort of my living room. <BR> <BR> My favorite is Trapped and Terrified: Scary 1920's Apartment Building <BR> <BR> Sun, 17 Jul 2016 19:10:59 EST Ketogenic diet Has anyone heard of the ketogenic diet? This morning was the first time I've heard of it. My classmate asked me to try it for two weeks, I'm going to TRY but don't want to be alone. <BR> <BR> How would you evaluate the ketogenic diet? What do you like about it? Dislike? What would you change? <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 Jul 2016 14:21:17 EST Herbal Cleanse for weight loss I ordered an herbal cleanse through Advocare.Haven't started it yet ..Wanted to know peoples thoughts does it help jump start the weight loss? Sat, 16 Jul 2016 08:42:51 EST Isn't this discrimination? I rang my neighbor's doorbell first, I wanted to enquire if they really will be blocking the road for 3 days due to the their Raya celebrations and their oldest daughter's wedding. I was just curious why the celebrations would take 3 days. <BR> <BR> They were not home so I spoke to the lorry driver of the ppl setting up the tents. At this point my Mom happened to arrive in her car. She scolded me severely for speaking to the lorry driver! <BR> <BR> What did I do that was so wrong? I wasn'... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 06:43:20 EST Runkeeper How many of you use Runkeeper? <BR> <BR> If so do you add friends? Sat, 16 Jul 2016 06:39:58 EST Summer after the 4th! Does anybody else think summer goes to fast after the 4th of July? Sat, 16 Jul 2016 06:38:56 EST Have you tried Phentermine (Adipex)? I am starting it tomorrow. Got an RX from the doctor. Was wanting to hear how it worked for other people. Fri, 15 Jul 2016 21:50:48 EST Not sure if I want to go through with this again Hi everyone. When I was 17, I weighed 330lbs. It took me 11 years of yoyo dieting and intense exercising to go down to 220lbs. After some hardships, I gained it all back and then some in just 4 years. I feel like weight loss and a healthier healthstyle is at the top of the Himalayas for me now. Exercising is harder than ever now with the extra weight, getting older and the new bad habits that have settled in. The only exercise I ever enjoyed doing was walking with me dogs and hiking. I always... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 08:23:28 EST Coexist Spark Team Interest? Hi all, <BR> <BR> I was hoping there was a Spark Team filled with people of multiple faith paths. I find it interesting to see how people of different paths work through challenges because so often I end up hearing exactly what I need! I also love the idea of joining together with others of different belief systems and coming to a greater understanding of one another. I really believe that every spiritual path contains spiritual truths. <BR> <BR> Would anyone else be interested in joinin... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 23:15:49 EST SPARKPEOPLE HELPS ME I have gained when here. I have become healthy and enjoying Thu, 14 Jul 2016 15:08:24 EST GREAT ADVISE I talked to a co-worker who used to be a work-out trainer, and vented about weight issues. He said to think of my metabolism as a burning ember in a fire, which is our metabolism - and it will die if it's not given food to burn. Maybe because I have hypo thyroid, I made the mistake of not eating enough during the daytime for years and years - and my metabolism has died out. He said to eat small healthy snacks more often and to exercise... I feel like I have heard that advise somewhere befo... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 17:42:22 EST Give me some lunch ideas! Help!!!!! I work in a very small office. I usually bring my lunch. Today I brought a Birds Eye Steamable bag. At lunch, I popped it in the microwave and couldn't wait to dig in. How disappointed was I to dig in and be totally turned off by the flavor variety I brought today??? <em>39</em> Very disappointed. Luckily I had a back-up in the freezer here at work. But it got me thinking, give me some of your quick, easy go-to's for lunch! <img src=" Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:36:43 EST New header launching tomorrow! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We wanted to give you a heads up about a new header that will be launching on the site tomorrow. Here's a look: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The menus will work in basically the same way, except that there are a few new options like videos and challenges. Hopefully these changes will help you access the features you use even more easily! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen <BR> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 12:46:26 EST Sometimes I'm not hungry. I just want to munch Sometimes I'm not hungry, just have the urge to eat something, Anyone else? Diversions or drinking water don't always work. Mon, 11 Jul 2016 16:14:19 EST Workout buddies: Please share your experiences! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> One of our writers is looking for member quotes to be included in her story about workout buddies/accountability partners. Specifically, here are the questions she wants to ask: <BR> <BR> 1. How did you find your workout buddy? <BR> 2. For those that found their buddy through SparkPeople, how did you go about the process? <BR> 3. What tips would you give others looking for workout buddies? <BR> 4. How has it changed your relationship with exercise? <BR> <BR> Please ... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:02:51 EST Don't know which workout to do today! I've got some more new workouts to do! I just downloaded more Yogilates workouts from Youtube. I also got a couple of Pilates ones. I was thinking of doing cardio today. I already did a Yogilates workout yesterday. <BR> <BR> But now I have so many to choose from, I don't know which one to do! They all look good! I usually watch first before doing them. Now, I am confused! Which one should I do? <BR> <BR> LOL! Mon, 11 Jul 2016 03:48:39 EST Your favorite youtube workouts? I have done many youtube vids but I would like to find more! <BR> <BR> What are your faves? <BR> <BR> Please share clickable links! Sun, 10 Jul 2016 19:26:32 EST Adapting to weight gain rather than changing? I've noticed a disturbing trend when I go through long periods of not losing weight. I start adapting to the weight gain, i.e. elevating my TV chair to make getting up easier, triple knotting my shoe laces to avoid any chance of them coming untied in public, bringing a plastic chair into the shower, etc. Do you or have you found yourself adapting rather than changing your habits? Sun, 10 Jul 2016 05:15:05 EST weekend enjoying norcal cool wheather Fri, 8 Jul 2016 16:31:39 EST Prayers Please. #PrayForDallas <em>459</em> Fri, 8 Jul 2016 12:43:21 EST How many days do your migraine last My migraines are usually debilitating for about 72 hours and last about 5 days, but since I am eating healthier, drinking more water and exercising more, this current episode has not taken me out and it feels like it is going away sooner. Fri, 8 Jul 2016 00:19:36 EST Upset over low quality! I just bought some tshirts. They weren't cheap either! Already they have holes in them! I am really upset over the low quality! Thu, 7 Jul 2016 20:04:13 EST salad days I love to make salads this time of year and each one I make is different depending what type of veges I have on hand. I make pasta salads, couscous salad, quinoa salads, vege/garden salads. Because each one is so different it is a pain to try to add them to my recipe box every time or groupings. It would be so nice if within our nutrition tracker we had a "salad making feature" where you could add each ingredient used and this feature would figure out the appropriate number of servings a... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 10:53:58 EST Exercising after Surgery I had gallbladder removal surgery last Friday, what can I do to stay active? Any good routines I can do? Thu, 7 Jul 2016 01:05:25 EST cravings it's 3 weeks now of new me . i look better . i feel better . but these cravings are insane today !! do they ever stop ?! Wed, 6 Jul 2016 10:22:31 EST Can we block a member? Can we block a member from seeing posts / sparkpages / blogs? Tue, 5 Jul 2016 21:50:09 EST how do you recover from 4th of july over eating? feeling stuffed. Tue, 5 Jul 2016 12:27:16 EST Get Fresh Produce from the SNAP Program For those that need Grocery Help...SNAP Program <BR> <BR> I just read an article from the Farm and Dairy Site that explains the SNAP Program including benefits and phone numbers if you have questions... <BR> <BR> Here is the article.... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p-benefits-for-market-and-farm/344532.<BR>html?utm_source=Farm+and+Dairy&utm_cam<BR>paign=14d9502924-E_newsletter_7_5_16&u<BR>tm_medium=email&utm_term=0_23b488519b-<BR>14d9502924-80608469 </link> <... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 10:01:41 EST So, How Was Everybody's Holiday? Mine was awesome! I went to the gym early (they were closing at 1 pm for the holiday - how DARE they?) so I hit it at 9 a.m. Did an hour of cardio and me total body weight work (with very low weight cause yeah, I'm old hahaha). Then I came home and ate a couple of grilled burgers, some macaroni salad, popcorn (buttered because, well, butter) and a Rice Krispies Treat or 4. BUT my calorie deficit remained intact, albeit not as high as I'd have liked. I didn't drink (I'm in recovery so I don't ... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 08:56:37 EST Who likes short weeks? 4 day work is a good thing! Tue, 5 Jul 2016 07:38:10 EST The Mukbang trend? I really enjoy watching mukbang videos on youtube! <BR> <BR> Call me weird but I really enjoy watching ppl cook and eat! <BR> <BR> I really enjoy watching Keemi and Mark Weins! Sun, 3 Jul 2016 20:31:46 EST Happy 4th of July to all my American friends! Hope you all have a swell day! Don't eat too much bbq! Lol! Sun, 3 Jul 2016 19:05:56 EST Breakfast ideas? I normally have just oatmeal, made with skimmed milk powder for breakfast! <BR> <BR> What do you normally have? I don't normally have much appetite in the morning. Sometimes I have a tuna sandwich or wrap. <BR> <BR> I've heard that oatmeal is healthy. Sun, 3 Jul 2016 19:03:16 EST