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 Specially priced food deal...what would you do? I went shopping this afternoon and found a package of Turkey Thighs that were priced at half of what all the other packages were marked. They looked good and they did not smell funny...but they looked as if they had been re-wrapped. <BR> <BR> Would you buy them or pass? Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:54:35 EST We're going on a picnic and bringing..... Bug Spray. <BR> <BR> No bitty ants are ruining our time. <BR> <BR> What are you bringing? Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:09:27 EST What Would You Do With $5 ? What would you if you found $5 ? <BR> <BR> That's what happened to me this morning. I was walking to work and found $5 on the ground. I posted on my Spark feed that, "walking is not only great for your heart. It's great for your wallet too!" LOL ! <BR> <BR> So, what would you do with $5 ? A friend is in town visiting. I'll be using that money towards a nice lunch/meal tomorrow. If I wasn't meeting a friend for lunch, I'd probably go to the Goodwill and check out their books/DVDs. I would a... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:36:07 EST Do you still use makeup after the used by date? Is it risky? Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:53:34 EST Persistance “We can do anything we want as long as we stick to it long enough.” ~Helen Keller <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:47:31 EST Help I have fallen and I can't get up! I started off weighing 326 lbs. I lost 130 lbs. I then gained back 84 lbs. I then had gastric bypass lost 60 lbs. I then gained back 98 lbs. I am just not doing well. I need motivation to get back up. It seems stress is getting the best of me. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 04:18:16 EST Canadian Playboyz Bit of excitement and motivation to help me stick to this plan. <BR> Myself and two girl friends and going to see the Canadian Playboyz <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> The show is mid-May. Already got a target outfit picked. <BR> <BR> Super freakin' excited <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a Wonderful Wednesday <em>67</em> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:36:55 EST softball teams great exercise if just once aweek Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:09:23 EST Hi Am a week new here, and my first post. I love Spark; all you guys. You are making my dreams come true. 20 pounds into this so far; although the boards say 15 for some reason. Not too good at figuring out all the computer stuff yet. LOL Anyway, want to thank all of you guys for being out there. Finally figured out how to post something; well more by accident while tolling through the menus. Ha, ha. Hope I can find it again, so I can read and post with all of you everyday. :) Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:22:55 EST looking for new spark friends I am needing to lose 100+ and I am looking for sparkfriends that are doing the same. All me to your friends list and I will do the same. Let's motivate each other. God bless. Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:05:51 EST Being a boss vs being a b*tch I've never been good at this. And I'm once again presented with the need to do this. I manage two people, but their (apparent) definition of being "managed" means I hold their hand and make every decision for them so they don't have to think for themselves. We're a SMALL office, I have the job of three people, I am the only one-man department here- I WOULD have the job of only two people, except managing these two is a full time job. <BR> <BR> So I tried to get one of them to help me with th... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:15:23 EST Virtual PhysEd Job <em>213</em> Hello Sparkfriends! I am writing to ask for a favor... <BR> <BR> I am looking for a virtual PhysEd job. If you ever come across an opening, while surfing the net, would you pass it along to me? <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:07:05 EST Positive Self Talk Positive self talk is so important for self esteem. I think it's something most people don't do enough of. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> DAILY CHALLENGE - Name something you like or are proud of about yourself or that you're good at. <BR> <BR> -------------- <BR> <BR> I'm proud I finished a very hard bike race yesterday and I even rode all of the last hill (20% grade) even though it hurt something fierce. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 06:06:16 EST Veganism VS Omnivorous diets! Which do you think is better for you? Why? Sun, 24 Apr 2016 21:41:44 EST Nothing funnier than Watching my daughter try to do yoga with the assistance of a 13 pound tuxedo cat, a 12 pound marmalade cat and a 65 pound black lab all "helping". The tux is under her back, the marmalade is on her tummy and the dog is trying to play. <BR> <BR> What made you laugh today? Sat, 23 Apr 2016 14:53:39 EST Bad news! I just asked the nephrologist if I should slash my calories way down to about 1000kcal and he agrees! This is bcoz I am on dialysis, hence I need less food than a normal person. This is becoz thru the years I kept on gaining, therefore I have come to the conclusion maybe my caloric needs are less. <BR> <BR> Wah! I have to eat less! <BR> <BR> Bad news for my brother too! He is on holiday in Japan but they lost his luggage! <BR> <BR> I wonder why my family is cursed with misfortune! Thu, 21 Apr 2016 20:07:34 EST Getting through a Plateau Hi Everyone, I have lost 32lbs and I now find myself at a plateau. Does anyone have any easy steps to get through the plateau that we all run into? Thu, 21 Apr 2016 13:49:55 EST Shocking News !! RIP PRINCE !! Shocking news is being reported by TMZ and other news agencies. They're saying that Prince has passed away at 57 !! <BR> <BR> That's insane ! No word on cause of death, but he had recently canceled some shows because of severe flu symptoms. If it turns out he died as a result of a heart attack, I wont be surprised. I know people who died of a heart attack in their 50s and they too had severe flu like symptoms prior to having their heart attack. <BR> <BR> Many people don't realize that th... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 13:07:57 EST diet foods trying to get good info on diet foods, email me answers at Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:56:17 EST Your input needed for a new article Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm writing a new article about health/fitness advice you'd give your younger self. If you think back 10, 20 or even 30 years, are there things you did then that you know better about now? For instance, I used to think any run less than 6 miles was a waste of my time. Since becoming a mom and being stretched for time, I've learned to make shorter workouts just as effective. Maybe you used to try all kinds of crazy diets before you realized that wasn't the best way t... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 10:11:40 EST Hmmm,....that's weird (weight loss) Since Christmas I have dedicated myself to eat cleaner (again), my starting weight the day after Christmas was around 199ish, so my goal was to drop (on average) 1 pound per month and since then I've pretty much on track maybe a bit better. <BR> <BR> This past weekend I had a really bad food weekend (I ate what I wanted to and it was all so delicious!) On Friday morning I weighed 191 (GOOD!) and Monday morning I weighed 194!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> uber UGH! <BR> <BR> But rather than trying o... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:21:09 EST Don't know what to get my Dad for Father's Day! He is very hard to shop for. He is very fussy about his clothes. I bought him some good Christian books before, but he has never read them. I am trying to reach out to him as he is not a Christian yet. <BR> <BR> He loves chocolate but is very health conscious but hardly exercises. A safe bet would be some nice chocolate but I don't like giving food as gifts because nothing is left after consuming them! <BR> <BR> So, what should I get him? Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:12:37 EST Mother's Day! What are you getting for your Mom for Mother's Day?! <BR> <BR> My gift arrived today! It's a compact set of makeup brushes with a concealer palette! I got 2 sets! One for me, one for her! <BR> <BR> I even got a discount! Wed, 20 Apr 2016 03:40:45 EST weight loss How long to start seeing results, been very on or under allowances for 10 days now lost 1 pound, wife has lost none <BR> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 15:41:10 EST Looking for Anyone from Susanville, California We have a Susanville, California Team. Looking for people to do running/walking/biking events, sharing, caring, etc. I know you're out there! <BR> <BR> Smiles, <BR> <BR> Stephney Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:59:00 EST Are you happy with your progress? How long have you been working on your goals? Is this your first time taking a stance on your health/first go on SP? How are you feeling about your progress? <BR> <BR> So many of us are at different points of our journey, just wondering where everyone is and how they're feeling about it!? I'll admit, this is my 7th go around on SP. I'm one of those who knows the exact equation of what it takes to be successful, AM successful, then stop SP and quit working at it. That being said, I restarted ... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 22:47:10 EST Has this ever happened to you Coming off a weekend that was a total diet disaster and getting back on track today. Problem is after all that overeating, I still feel hungry! I shouldn't ! I should feel overstuffed, and my tummy is telling me it wants food although I feel somewhat bloated. I drank a few glasses of plain water in case signals are getting crossed, but I still feel like I want to eat something! Going to ignore this feeling, take a walk, get a few chores done before my next meal which I'm keeping light. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 10:38:33 EST Looking for a Buddy!! Is it You? Hi everyone. I am looking for someone that is interested in communicating, either through spark people or email to mentor, motivate and help each other on our paths to a healthy weight and lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I am a 46 year old female, from Australia who has a great outlook on life and loves to motivate and be motivated. I have struggled with my weight for the past few years, mostly due to quitting smoking, aging and just being plain lazy. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to find someone who is in... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 08:04:49 EST Traveling and watching your diet Does anyone have advice on how to travel while be able to eat healthy? I am going away for roughly a month and will be on the road quite a bit, at least a week of driving. Thankful, not all at once but 3 days here and 2 days there. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 06:51:25 EST We Want to Hear About Your Groceries! Hi all! <BR> <BR> My name is Melissa Rudy; I'm a writer for SparkPeople. I&#65533;m looking for input from our members on an article I'm working on. It will focus on grocery plans for a variety of households (i.e. single people, couples, small families, large families, active/fit people, adventurous cookers, those on weight loss plans, etc.) <BR> <BR> I would love to include your input in my article! If you're interested, please include the following info: <BR> <BR> - How many people are i... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 22:42:35 EST The Best Thing Mom Taught You About Cooking Hi there! I’m a writer with SparkPeople, and I'm working on a Mother's Day article about great cooking tips/techniques from Mom. <BR> <BR> I would love to include some responses from SparkPeople members. Let me know what valuable cooking info your mother (or grandmother, or mother figure) passed along to you. <BR> <BR> Thanks so much! :) <BR> Melissa <BR> Sun, 17 Apr 2016 22:41:11 EST Do you have a cheat day? Why or why not? If you do, do you go indulge a bit, or do you still watch what you eat? Sun, 17 Apr 2016 11:45:02 EST What do you think? Here is how my hair looks currently : <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the cut I am thinking of getting : <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am so tempted to get this cut but at the same time, a leetle apprehensive. Atm, it's just so easy to throw my hair in a ponytail but at the same time, I may look great with this cut! <... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 05:17:52 EST Any Pregnancy websites out there for nutrition?? I'm annoyed to discover that babyfit by spark people no longer exists. Does anyone know of anything LIKE what used to be babysit? Help!! I really want to be fit and healthy this time around and really need pregnant support! Sat, 16 Apr 2016 20:56:26 EST Downloading weekly Meal plan Is there a way to download the suggested weekly meal plan to go shopping without having to wright down everything? Sat, 16 Apr 2016 20:04:34 EST Day 15 and finally lost weight I just needed to share with someone so here goes. When I started two weeks ago I was on steroids and had pneumonia. My scale was not moving in part to illness and not having this plan down well. My husband gave me a fitbit blaze for my birthday and I started to realize how little I was actually moving. So now since I received it a week ago, I have increased my movement each day, one goal after another. I was not seeing the scale go down at all. It actually went up another pound while was... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 11:43:28 EST Smartwatches? What do you think of those new fangled smartwatches? I am eyeing the samsung gear2 classic in rose gold! Are they worth the price? <BR> <BR> Do you own a smartwatch? Which model would you recommend? Why? Sat, 16 Apr 2016 02:27:59 EST Hoping to make new friends New to this site, just feeling my way around. I am hoping to make some new friends in the same situation as I. Fri, 15 Apr 2016 22:40:58 EST New Member Hi! I'm a new member, Day 4 with Spark! <BR> <BR> Looking to meet new people and make friends to help keep it fun and encouraging! Fri, 15 Apr 2016 18:54:52 EST Superman Vs Batman? Has anyone seen it? Is it good? What do you think? Thu, 14 Apr 2016 04:18:13 EST fitness goal buddy? Hi everyone. I am looking for someone that may be interested in communicating over spark people or through email to help each other staying motivating to start/continue a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I am a 29 year old male that has struggled with continuing a healthy lifestyle since high school. I was very physically active, played at high levels in sports. Since then I have tried to continue working out in a gym setting either by myself or with a work out partner but have continually slip... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:25:11 EST Weight Watchers Beyond the Scale Question I have been considering joining WW and was wondering if anyone could shed some light on their Beyond the Scale program. What's it like, is it easy to follow and do you feel it works for you? I would like any input that I can get on this program. <BR> Thank you! Wed, 13 Apr 2016 04:13:57 EST did I "barge in" line at the super market? I had an old man go past me on the express checkout (I was still checking out and he was finished) accuse me of "barging in line." <BR> <BR> I know there is more important stuff, but while I sometimes forget to be mindful of others; I do not consider myself a person who would barge in line. <BR> <BR> Situation: an express checkout with 2 checkout clerks, one further up and another lower down same checkout line (think Walmart). When I started to go through there was 1 lady at the abov... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:50:46 EST Cheap Healthy Meal Idea Search My biggest pet peeve lately is trying to find new, healthy, easy (and most of all) budget-friendly recipes. They're all disguised as easy and/or cheap, but then they have like a million ingredients, and weird stuff that you don't just have around the house. I love cooking so I can usually revamp stuff to fit my needs, but I need some new material, and badly! <BR> <BR> Anyone have some easy and cheap recipes that utilize staple pantry items? (Note: My husband's a chef so we have a bunch of sp... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:01:36 EST Do people still use Spark? Hi, I'm back after some time off Spark. Wow! How things changed since I was here! Just wondering if people still use this site, was scrolling some in the message boards and many posts seem to be the same ones since last time I was here last year. Tue, 12 Apr 2016 13:48:57 EST Miss Universe 2015? I think Miss USA, Olivia Jordan should have won the title! <BR> <BR> Miss Phillipines is sweet but too ordinary looking. <BR> <BR> Olivia exudes glamor! Even Miss Columbia would have been a better choice but I vote for Miss USA, Olivia! Tue, 12 Apr 2016 12:21:26 EST Beyond diet Hello I am new here and I know you have already discussed the beyond dirt but I can't seem to find it. Is it worth to buy the program? I am curious s out the step 1 program? Does she give you the macros you should be eating per day? Tue, 12 Apr 2016 12:15:06 EST T-Minus 25! After kind of bobbing back and forth through the last 5 pounds, I finally stepped on the scale and saw that I made it to my own first milestone! The 25 pound marker! 11 months. I could have done it sooner, I know that. But I hit a really depressive snag. PTSD was on a high, my friend losing her mother, brought up my own grief about losing mine. But I didn't completely give up the eye on the prize. Sure I indulged in ridiculous snack sessions, but I was conscientious about it and knew what it ... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 19:13:22 EST Hiit? How do you determine calories burned in a session? I read you can count 15 calories burned per minute but is that just the high intensity minutes or both the high intensity minutes plus the rest minutes? Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16:48:07 EST Looking for Spinning enthusiasts to interview! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Our Editorial staff is hard at work on the next installment of our "Home is Where" blog series. Here's a link to one if you haven't seen them: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=home_is_where_the_half_marathon_is </link> <BR> <BR> We would like to feature Spinning in one of these stories, so I'm hoping to find members to interview! If you are interested, please SparkMail me with answers to the following questions: <BR> <BR> Name (Ideally... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 13:37:26 EST Oculus? What dyu think? I hate the ending! So pointless! <BR> <BR> What abt u? Sun, 10 Apr 2016 04:41:14 EST Waiting...waiti ing...waiting... I'm sure everyone here can relate to this: I've lost about 6 inches, but I still have more to go. I'm so eager to be skinny and buy smaller clothes, but the waiting for it to happen is hard. How did you keep yourself from being frustrated waiting for the weight loss to come? Sat, 9 Apr 2016 10:28:19 EST Feeling good....... hope you are too <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>354</em> Fri, 8 Apr 2016 18:47:51 EST Scared to go back to work I work a very busy seasonal job, where I work somewhere between 9-12 hours a day 6 days a week. The season will be starting up soon and I'm scared to death to go back to work because that's when my progress really seams to fall apart. The long days don't leave much time for anything else other than eating dinner and going to bed so I can get up and do it all over the next day. The nature of my job doesn't allow for breaks, so you eat what you can when you can and it's usually quick, easy a... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 15:27:33 EST Did not hit my goal....but great success anyway! I wanted to be down to 200 lbs by 5/8/2016.... I won't be able to hit that goal. But looking back, I started at 312 and lost 58 pounds, that is great! <BR> <BR> I've kind of stalled around Christmas time and this semester at college (going back after 17 years) has been difficult....but the last three days, I went to the gym and starting to eat better, and track, again... <BR> <BR> I am sure I'll get back on track and the weight will come off again....its a may have been too ... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 08:43:20 EST Would you do it? I am bored with my shoulder length style! I'd like to try a shorter style but I lack the courage to go for the chop! Atm, my hair length is very convenient, if I am feeling hot, I just clip up my fringe and put the rest in a ponytail! <BR> <BR> I am afraid I might regret it if I were to cut it short! I have a square face so I can't get a pixie. <BR> <BR> This is the style I m thinking of : <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 21:26:17 EST My 600 pound program Does anybody else watch it? I am so amazed by these courageous people...such an inspiration! It's also intriguing to listen to them talk about their need to change and yet not able to change. <BR> <BR> I am fascinated by their journeys. One of the things I have learned is that when I see a fat person I know not to judge them. I don't know where they are in their journey or how much struggle is in their lives. For all I know, every obese person I see has already lost over 100 pounds. <BR... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 19:29:25 EST Glass of Water How many ounces do you consider to be a "glass of water" for purposes of drinking your daily 8 glasses of water? Thu, 7 Apr 2016 15:09:36 EST How Much For a Dozen Eggs ? In different thread, a member mentioned that they paid $5 for a dozen eggs. That astonished me. Locally, I can buy a dozen organic eggs for $6. Last week, I bought a half a dozen organic eggs on sale for $2. If I had bought conventional eggs, I know a place where I can buy them for $2 to $2.50 a dozen depending on size. <BR> <BR> So, I'm curious, what do people pay for their eggs or any other produce ? How much is a bag of apples ? At Star Market, I can buy a bag of apples (I think about 8 ... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 14:07:19 EST Husband encourages me to cheat on my diet... I want to lose weight, and my husband also wants me to lose weight. I have started a diet plan that doesn't allow starchy vegetables or sugary foods, but if he feels like eating corn or potatoes that night with dinner, he will tell me that it's ok if I have some and encourages me to eat them. Or if we are out to eat, he will always offer me the bread on the table and then when I decline, tell me it's ok to have some. It's very frustrating, and I've told him to read the diet book that I am ... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 18:08:32 EST Being A Supervisor... Is Annoying Not weight loss related, except for the fact that it makes me want to drink copious amounts of alcohol! <BR> <BR> I'm the supervisor of one of our departments here at work, which consist of two brand new people. One has been here for three months, the other about a month and a half. So training is long since over, but really we all learn something new all the time, and especially when you've been here a short amount of time, lots of things are new. I'm not discounting that. <BR> <BR> But th... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 15:50:10 EST Manging a good diet on food stamps What are some ways that I, myself can make a little over $100.00 spread out a month food stamp wise and still eat healthy ? <BR> Wed, 6 Apr 2016 14:05:18 EST How to Earn "Set SparkPeople Goals" Award It's the 1st award under the "One Time Self-Reported Trophies. How can I earn this? Wed, 6 Apr 2016 12:41:31 EST Michigan Michigan peeps ~anyone near Belleville, MI or close to it? Im on day 14 of the '21 day challenge' as of today Wed, 6 Apr 2016 10:43:37 EST Water? I keep hearing how great water is. I used to drink lots of it. Then my lifestyle became such where I became super busy. Now I drink 8 oz of soy milk and 8-16 oz of various beverages. How would my life and looks change in a month if I started drinking more water? Wed, 6 Apr 2016 10:06:03 EST Dogs or cats? Why? I love both! I like the way dogs always welcome you but I like the way cats rub themselves on your legs! I have dog days and cat days. On dog days, I pat all my canine friends, on cat days, I stroke all my feline friends. The reason for this is their natural animosity towards each other! Lol! Tue, 5 Apr 2016 21:35:58 EST Question for the Ladies Only about the Girls Okay ladies, how much weight do you typically lose before going out and buying new bras? Mon, 4 Apr 2016 17:27:55 EST Political ads I do not feel that this is not (NOT) a politcal group and there should be no election advertisements in this website!!!! Mon, 4 Apr 2016 15:03:10 EST Outlander Season 2 Starts April 9! Anyone who is a fan of these fabulous books by Diana Gabaldon, Season 2 of Outlander begins this Saturday on Starz! <BR> <BR> We have a SparkTeam if anyone would like to chat with your fellow Sassenachs! <BR> <BR> Je suis prest! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp </link> Sun, 3 Apr 2016 10:33:26 EST Food Search! I love the SparkPeople food search! Amazingly, everything I want to track shows up. I'm especially pleased that every ALDI item I key in is listed. At least I haven't come across a food item wasn't...yet. (So different from W.W.'s) All this makes my tracking and ultimate weight loss so much easier. Thx!! Sat, 2 Apr 2016 16:21:44 EST Food Search! I love the SparkPeople food search! Amazingly, everything I want to track shows up. I'm especially pleased that every ALDI item I key in is listed. At least I haven't come across a food item wasn't...yet. (So different from W.W.'s) All this makes my tracking and ultimate weight loss so much easier. Thx!! Sat, 2 Apr 2016 16:21:24 EST What healthy habits are hardest to stick with? Why For me it's blogging. why? Because every time I update my status or blog, I only get likes and no answers. One post I got answers. I even ask questions in my posts and get nothing. It's very depressing, quitting blogging frequently crosses my mind. The only reason I started blogging was a challenge from Spark Coach. I thought we're a support for each other and a team. Sat, 2 Apr 2016 10:31:00 EST Exercising I notice that Sparkpeople tracker system says I only burned 80 calories. Surely it's more than that! I did the 100, 2 sets of 10 of butt lift/bridge, 2 sets of 10 of scissors with each leg, 2 sets of 10 abs crunch. No hand weights Sat, 2 Apr 2016 10:25:09 EST Dealing with jealous friends I walk my daughter to school every morning with a neighbour. My neighbour is a little bigger than me.. anyhow I was mentioning to her this morning that my SIL lost 35 lbs and that I have started a "new life" and have already lost a few lbs myself. She got very jealous and upset. She actually told me that she couldn't walk back with me. I was just making small talk and wasn't rude. I have always supported all my friends weigh loss and encouraged them as much as I could so I was very thrown by ... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 11:38:46 EST Retired Dancer or Athlete and Weight Gain Hi All, <BR> I'm brand new to Spark! Just started tracking and slowly piecing together a workable plan for weigh loss. <BR> My weight gain began after retiring from a career in dance at age 30. Nothing can replace 3 - 4 hours of dance per day so I started gaining weight immediately..and then the can of worms was opened. Unhealthy eating habits so I could stay thin, poor body image, perfectionism, self-criticism, pressure to perform - all techniques I used to stay thin while still in perf... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 10:06:07 EST Anyone ever use an image consultant? I think it might be fun to see an image consultant but we don't have any where I live. Has anyone here used one? What was the best advice they gave you? Thu, 31 Mar 2016 11:45:23 EST anyone use fitness tracker like Fitbit My question to you if you do most fitness trackers count resting calories burned and active calories burn . So do you only go by SP tracking logs ? I just started using IFIT and just started to reuse SP fitness & nutrition trackers and of course the IFIT has me buring more calories then SP does so I'm a little confused I have had major success here before but I know people who said with their FITBIT they are losing weight <BR> <BR> Any input would be great Wed, 30 Mar 2016 21:15:38 EST Memory Loss Hi. <BR> <BR> I have a question. Has losing weight improved your memory? I need to lose about 100 pounds and I have a lot of trouble with my memory. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Phil Wed, 30 Mar 2016 13:40:05 EST Squeaky shoes Any tricks to get leather boots to not squeak anymore? They aren't cowboy boots. And it's a soft leather. Not sure if it's the boot or the sole. But the squeaking noise is driving me crazy! <BR> <BR> Thank you. Wed, 30 Mar 2016 12:22:22 EST Food and Fitness Tracking: FitBit vs SparkPeople I have a FitBit Charge HR and am struggling to find the best ONE place to track all my data. I'll list some of my pros (cons are the opposite of the others pros) and if you guys could give me your opinions/solutions that would be great! <BR> <BR> SparkPeople: <BR> Pros: I can do/look at everything in one place, there's other features (fitness help and community), and a detailed list of my nutrition goals <BR> <BR> FitBit: <BR> Pros: Accurate food listings, easy and quick to read dail... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:25:39 EST Did you allow yourself any Easter candy? I brought home 4 mini chocolate eggs from church. my Dad ate 3, i only ate one. today, I am eating the one caramel egg I bought. that is the end of my easter treat till next year. <BR> <BR> my dad says i m not to eat any more chocolate till i lose some weight. sigh! Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:16:30 EST Tracking Without Feeling Bad About Having To? If I had my way, I'd be one of those people who LOVES healthy eating and working out.I hate workouts because I am bad at them and I love nothing I'm bad at. I also want to be a very glamorous person. But I'm not :( I'm way to fat to be glamorous in my eyes. <BR> Anyway there's only about a month until the wedding. My last shot at getting any thinner seems to be tracking my food. Tracking, to me seems very not-so-glamorous and like something people with no self control do. <BR> Any tips for ... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 10:08:03 EST Purpose of tracking Every time I eat I record in my Sparkpeople trackers. Twice I was invited out to eat and nothing I eat is listed and the restaurants have NO nutrition count (calories, fat, protein, etc to enter for foods not listed in Sparkpeople trackers) so what's the purpose recording? I guess I won't include them in my calories Sun, 27 Mar 2016 15:17:53 EST Your Best Money Advice Please? My bank account is in tatters because of the wedding. How can I recover financially? Sun, 27 Mar 2016 11:44:26 EST Happy Easter Spark Friends <img src=""> <BR> May you have a blessed day and enjoy the gifts of health, laughter and loved ones <BR> <BR> Sun, 27 Mar 2016 05:22:17 EST Looking for a daily check-in buddy! Hello all! <BR> <BR> I would love to meet someone who is interested in having a daily check-in buddy. I need someone to be accountable to, but I think it is also beneficial to have someone counting on me to help them through the tough days too. <BR> <BR> A bit about me... <BR> I'm a 33yo high school teacher near Toronto, married no kids. I have about 73 lbs to lose to get to my goal weight. I have been overweight since I was 8 years old, and have always been trying to lose the weight, but e... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 07:26:49 EST How to Maintain Weight on a Cruise We came back from a four day cruise to the Bahamas and I'm proud to say I maintained. I realized a couple of things on the trip. <BR> <BR> 1) Take the stairs as much as you can. First off, it's faster than waiting on the elevator, and as much running around as you're going to do you might as well work in a few flights of stairs along the way! <BR> <BR> 2) Leave empty space on your plate. I found the meals in the dining room not excessive, and in the buffet line, I took just a few bits ... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 08:44:43 EST Why are there advertisements in everything ugh! I was on this morning and noticed there were advertisements embedded within the main page of the recipes. I've seen ads on the sides of the sites which are already annoying to me but I just ignore them, but to see them as part of the recipes is new ugghhhhh <BR> Such a turn off, i'm so sick of seeing ads everywhere. Even on my phone, I cant read my email without having to close 3 pop up ads Fri, 25 Mar 2016 07:34:30 EST Childish Hobbies? Do you think collecting action figures and other collectibles a childish hobby? <BR> <BR> But I think only adults have the means and finances to do so. <BR> <BR> Most children can't afford to care for such items, much less afford them, unless they are given to them as gifts. Thu, 24 Mar 2016 22:20:38 EST Points given this message is for the administrators. I enjoy the articles and the recipes, but the points are no longer added to me. I used to use spark everyday and now I just pick and choose. Is there something wrong with my log on. <BR> Thanks, Judith Thu, 24 Mar 2016 14:27:39 EST Fitness Guru's to follow on Social Media? Hey I just downloaded Instagram (might download twitter too) so I could follow people who can inspire me to meet my goals :D <BR> <BR> Specifically people who are just kicking butt in the fitness and health department so I don't cheat on my 1 week, twice a day cardio challenge... <BR> <BR> Does anyone know any NOT crazy but super inspiring fitness guru's I can follow? <BR> <BR> I already found blogiloties :) Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:21:13 EST gain weight Why did you gain all that weight? What did it do for you. How did it make you feel. I am really curious why we all gained our weight. Was there a reason? I am trying to find out why I did. Why I have struggles since I was 15. Up and down has been my life. I feel and look so much better down. Why not stay there. <BR> What is your story? Thu, 24 Mar 2016 10:46:20 EST Scrapbooking online Has anyone tried it? <BR> <BR> I would like to do the real thing but am really lousy at handmade projects. So I'm thinking online. <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 06:23:10 EST How can I beat the heat? Good Lord! I can't stand this heat wave! It's above 30 degrees Celcius! I wish it would at least rain, but it hasn't rained today. I just came back from the mall and I'm burning up. I am in front of my computer now with the air conditioning on and the ceiling fan full blast! That's the only way I can tolerate this horrible weather! <BR> <BR> I wish I had snow! I wish I was a mermaid, living in the water! Anything is better than this heat! Wed, 23 Mar 2016 05:58:48 EST Anyone do the 21 day fix container system? Results? I'm thinking about buying. I don't plan on doing shakeology because energy=anxiety for me. Mon, 21 Mar 2016 21:48:55 EST I'm New, Trying New Things I've been keeping track of my food for a couple of weeks. I'm type 2 diabetic and normally eat a high fat/ low carb diet. But the carbs having been creeping up along with my weight, so I decided it was time to take a look at that. I'm getting myself to eat more veggies which is good and looking at timing of meals. The last several years I have gone to 2 meals, but tend to snack in the evening, so I'm playing with the times of my meals and healthy snacks to see what works best for me. I've nev... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 13:47:17 EST Looking Forward I think the stress of the wedding is causing me not to lose the amount of weight I should be. So I'm setting so goals that extend after the wedding to focus on instead: <BR> Be thin enough to need less courage to wear shorts <BR> Lose enough weight so I don't get a lecture from my Dr in six months <BR> And be so skinny by the 1st anniversary of the wedding the dress I wore is waaayyy too big Mon, 21 Mar 2016 11:55:40 EST Wrong decisions in life? I really regret giving up ballet lessons when I was 12. I was just frustrated bcoz I should have been in Grade 6 but had to repeat years primary to 3rd Grade bcoz the teacher didn't have a Grade 4 class available for me to join. <BR> <BR> By the time I did my Grade 3 exams again, I was considered too old, plus I didn't have the height or the right body type. <BR> <BR> Now, looking back, I guess I should have persevered! Sigh! Mon, 21 Mar 2016 02:49:20 EST Loosing focus I am really low on focus. <BR> I am easily swayed into eating out of my diet do I focus and really concentrate on what I keep going.... <BR> I feel like I have been watching what I am eating....but getting nowhere <BR> can some recommend anything? Sun, 20 Mar 2016 14:48:38 EST Paid Position? Hello! My name is the_little_lady. I am a contributing editor, editor and Sparkteam leader. I love being a Sparkteam leader so much that I would like being a paid health coach. Do any of you know how I should go about doing this? I have pitched to some magazine editors about fitness and nutrition articles but have not received a reply yet. I cannot afford to be a Beachbody coach as is very expensive. I do not want any sales type position. Any comments? Thanks. <BR> <BR> <em>104</e... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 14:37:51 EST Happy first day of Spring! I love Spring... it feels like the world is waking up from a long slumber. <BR> <BR> On my morning walk, I paid extra attention to the sounds surrounding me. I heard woodpeckers, cardinals, redwing blackbirds, robins and sparrows. What a wonderful way to usher in the new season. <BR> <BR> <em>376</em> <em>378</em> <em>375</em> Sun, 20 Mar 2016 11:23:16 EST Tracking vs Logging In This may be too petty for a topic, but I cannot understand how I can have 11 days of tracking food and fitness and only 10 days of logging in. I couldn't track if I wasn't logged in. <BR> <BR> Guess I'm just a little OCD. Sun, 20 Mar 2016 07:59:29 EST Why does makeup have to be so expensive?! I was just walking ard in the mall when a salesperson approached me to try out their makeup primers. I declined, saying I don't use them but mentioned my problem of my eyeshadow not staying put. <BR> <BR> Then she showed me these lovely cream eyeshadows that stays. It's in a plastic swivel tube like lipstick, so you don't even have to sharpen it. The colors were very nice too but it was more than RM100 each! <BR> <BR> The next time I was there, another salesperson approached me with some li... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 02:12:38 EST Just can't get motivated I walk a mile a day, maintain my home and run all the errands alone for my house. I am having a hard time establishing a work out routine. I want to build muscle/maintain muscle during my weight loss. I just can't see to get up and do it. Walking is a chore but I manage to do so everyday now. Any suggestions? <BR> Sat, 19 Mar 2016 23:01:35 EST Reaching out and it's hard So I joined SparkPeople a long time ago, made a token attempt at utilising the site once or twice then forgot about it for the past 6 years. I have a real problem with motivation and sticking with things, my attention span is pretty shocking and I'm generally very lazy. I also have a real problem with opening up to people and interacting with strangers, so this post in and of itself is pretty hard for me. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to lose weight for both health reasons and for my wedding in Octo... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 22:56:54 EST What came first, the chicken or the egg beater? Which do you use, real eggs, or an egg substitute? I have become accustomed to Egg Beaters. It is just too bad that you can' poach, or fry them over medium. Fri, 18 Mar 2016 15:20:29 EST Always hungry!!! I am supposed to eat 1500 to 1800 calories a day. I am a picky eater and I am always hungry. I'll drop 25 (with exercising) but eventually give in to my hunger and gain it back. I am in the middle of losing again but know that after I drop down from 200 to 175 I will eventually put it back on. 1800 calories just seems like its so little. <BR> Jason Fri, 18 Mar 2016 12:29:52 EST insulin does anyone have a hard time loosing weight on insulin Fri, 18 Mar 2016 10:09:01 EST Am I being petty? I wore my favorite tshirt to dialysis today and the nurse accidentally got ballpoint marks on it as she was checking my blood pressure! <BR> <BR> I was annoyed at her carelessness! She did apologize but the damage has already been done! <BR> <BR> Do you think it will wash out? Thu, 17 Mar 2016 20:42:50 EST Too faced melted chocolate lipsticks? Has anyone tried them? Are they worth the price? <BR> <BR> I emailed them but unfortunately, they don't ship to Malaysia! Sigh! Thu, 17 Mar 2016 12:03:32 EST LOSING MOTIVATION Back in August 2015,I hurt myself and have to stop going to the gym. I ended up having to have knee surgery in December and was finally able to start going back to the gym in the middle of February this year. Because I was inactive for so long- I gained about 20lbs. <BR> I have been eating right and exercising now for over a month. I have been cooking my own food and watching what I eat. The scale and the inches are not budging. This is getting really depressing- worst part about it- I've ac... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 11:55:40 EST Luke Wilson 2005 film Idiocracy <link><BR>cy </link> <BR> <BR> Have you seen this movie? <BR> <BR> If not take a minute to read the plot. Reply back if you think we may be headed that way now... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 10:22:39 EST Health and Fitness Apps: Which Do You Like? Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We're working on an article highlighting other mobile apps people should try - obviously in addition to our apps. Are there any fitness, motivation, health, or food apps that you like and that you feel help you on your healthy lifestyle journey? <BR> <BR> If so, please share here! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Thu, 17 Mar 2016 08:10:08 EST triglycerides elevated - I am a diabetic with kidney issues, both my b/s and triglycerides are elevated despite my best efforts???????????? Wed, 16 Mar 2016 17:33:59 EST Methimazole, Anyone taking this If you are you know what it's for, My question did you have to readjust you calories that Spark tells you to eat? I just feel like I am eating too much and Methimazole slows your thyroid down. Tue, 15 Mar 2016 21:44:24 EST Plans this Easter? There is church service Monday to Thursday night in the bigger church and Good Friday service in the smaller church. With service at the usual time, 10am on Easter Sunday. <BR> <BR> I m still undecided on attending church nightly but I defintely have to go on Sunday bcoz I am on worship duty! Tue, 15 Mar 2016 19:34:27 EST A smelly post - I'm talking BO I don't use deodorant usually in the winter time. I shower every day and that usually takes care of it. If I know I'm going to have a heavy sweat day I use some. When I do use deodorant it seems like I have to use it again the next day and the next day and I start this cycle of needing it. If I can stand myself for a few days and stop using then I go back to a shower is enough. This makes me feel like the companies that make deodorant are putting something in there to keep you using. Li... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 10:21:31 EST Funny of the day based on my weekend <img src=""> Mon, 14 Mar 2016 06:48:50 EST Sparkpeople Boards and Abnormal Behavior I almost feel as if these boards are truly abnormal. I have been around a lot of message boards over the years, but these appear to troll free for the most part. <BR> <BR> People are actually nice and supportive around here...go figure. <BR> <BR> I don't know why it took me so long to figure that out, I don't post a whole lot on any boards, but I do read quite a few. <BR> <BR> It hit me today. I was on another board and someone mentioned Lent, then the haters came out and started attac... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 12:53:01 EST Is the Affordable Care Act working out for you? Along with the ACA is the the Patient Protection Act From personal experience it does not contain enough to protect the patients. Since the PPA was made on the Federal level it should include where to file complaints, suggestions, comments, and the department that would address those issues. According to my representative in Congress it is the states primary responsibilities but I have yet to receive a response from them. Since the ACA was enacted providers are required to keep Electronic... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 09:34:18 EST Food Tracker Adding New Foods I have added a new food item to the tracker, listed the calories and the nutrition facts, saved it and then tried to search for it on the tracker and it doesn't come up. What am I doing wrong? Sun, 13 Mar 2016 07:51:36 EST Spark Points Can I ask what the Spark Points are used for? Are they worth anything? I don't know the purpose of them. Sat, 12 Mar 2016 17:42:24 EST Do you believe in natural or synthetic products? All natural products tend to be more pricey. By synthetic products I mean those products you can get easily at your local pharmacy, those with a long ingredients list with long chemical names you can't pronounce. <BR> <BR> I have no choice but to use synthetic products bcoz I can't afford to use the natural products all the time. I am using some samples of natural products from Annmarie but I really can't afford the sky high shipping! So I will have to fall back on my usual synthetics! Sat, 12 Mar 2016 10:38:27 EST Achieving things without much time? My sister's wedding is in less than two months. I look nothing like how I wanted to. I wanted to be thin and glamorous with perfectly white teeth. I don't feel as if I can look very good because I have zero time for myself (because I have to get rid of things, help others and hold down a job) and I ended up spending a week's net income on the wedding expenses (my finances are forever ruined and I'll probably end up homeless at some point in my life). Photos will be taken and I don't want bad ... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 10:30:22 EST Whipped Yogurts I discovered the whipped yogurts last night. I now think I am in love. They are delicious! Thu, 10 Mar 2016 13:13:12 EST Leg cramps at night - is it due to weight loss? Hi everyone - I've had occasional leg cramps at night, but since I started eating healthy and within my caloric range, my leg cramps have really increased to Charley Horse status. I only have about 4-5 cups of water a day and am trying to increase that to 8 just to make sure that's not it. Any suggestions on what causes them and how to stop them? Thanks for your thoughts. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 10:35:29 EST Gained 10 pounds back. how to stop stress eating It took me 6 months to lose ten pounds, two more pounds and I was going to get a body massage as a reward, but didn't make it. I'm so disappointed, any suggestions. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 08:58:43 EST Things that annoy you 1. Going to a shop for somethg and when you get there, it's closed! <BR> <BR> 2. Pushy salesppl who won't leave you alone! <BR> <BR> Grrrrrrrr! Thu, 10 Mar 2016 02:57:40 EST False ads! I get really annoyed when I come across false ads. They advertise a low price but when you actually click on the link, the price is much higher than expected! <BR> <BR> Why advertise a low price if you are going to lie abt it? Wed, 9 Mar 2016 21:43:26 EST Questions about everything healthy really 1. When you do exercise, do you personally log it all separately or all together; <BR> Say if you did 10 minutes walking in the morning and the evening, do you log it as 20 minutes or separately? <BR> <BR> 2. How much water is too much water in a space of time? <BR> I don't really get to drink much between 8am-5pm...I have a tea/coffee at around 5:30am/6-6:30am then about 3 between 8am-11am and have a few sips of water between 12-5pm due to my work day. When I get home I've always wondered... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 13:02:22 EST Skinny Mirrors in retails stores... If you knew a store was using skinny mirrors so that you look well.....skinny in clothes, would that deter you from going to that or would that have no effect on you? <BR> <BR> I know, this is an old topic but I saw them talking about it on The Today Show this morning. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>inny-mirrors-being-used-in-popular-ret<BR>ailers-dressing-rooms-i-decided-to-find-out </link> Wed, 9 Mar 2016 09:12:56 EST LEAN SHAKE FROM GNC.....FANTASTIC I went to GNC over the weekend and purchased a can of Choc Lean Shake and I can only tell you that this product tasted so good. My plan is to have two shakes a at breakfast, and one at lunch with a regular meal in the evening. Currently, I am counting calories and I believe this also helps me to know exactly where I am at. My recommendation would be for anyone wanting a change to try this product. <BR> <BR> Bon Tue, 8 Mar 2016 17:44:10 EST Spark Coach You'll find Spark Coach in Google Play store, it's free :) however today is my second day using it and it still goes back to first day each time. :( how do I get it to recognize that on my phone? Tue, 8 Mar 2016 12:51:21 EST Happy 10TH SPARKIVERSARY BDTHOM <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>384</em> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <em>283</em> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> Please join me in wishing Brian a Happy Sparkiversary <BR> here is a link to his sparkpage <BR> <link><BR>THOM </link> <BR> <BR> {..Can you tell I love photoshop?.....I had fun with this....} <em>246</em> Tue, 8 Mar 2016 01:47:22 EST Tracking Sugar Sugar is still not tracked on Sparkpeople. Sugar is not shown as a nutrient so I added glucose, sucrose, dextrose to my nutrient tracking goals. But that does not track "sugar" and I am diabetic and need to track it. For example, 1 cup of non-fat milk has 12.5 grams of natural sugar. That shows on the nutritional profile of milk. However, on the tracker it shows as zero since sugar is not tracked on nutrients. As a diabetic I need to monitor both carbs and sugar (both added sugar such... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 19:10:11 EST Hi!I'm Back! I am back! I was gone for a while because I was doing well and had almost reached my goal, but then i fell off the fitness wagon and gained a few pounds and lost some muscle. So here I am once again, back on track and ready to go! I really hope I can stick to it this time! I only have 10 pounds left to lose, so it shouldn't be that bad, my main goal is just getting fit, eating better and gaining some muscle. I am 26, and I have 4 kids (yes you read that right 4 KIDS) and a handicap husband, ... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 00:55:22 EST Very nervous about flying at my weight and size I am taking a vacation with 12 of my family members and of course I'm the big one. I'm flying Southwest and of course they have a policy on people of size. I'm concerned at my size of 280 lbs and a size 24 I may not fit as I carry the majority of my weight in my hips, butt and thighs. However, I do fit in desk chair with sides at work as well as my car seat with plenty of seatbelt left over. I hope I'm just worried for nothing. Any suggestions or experience would be greatly appreciated! Thank... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 15:53:50 EST workout favorites Is there a way that I can make a workout video favorites list, so I don't have to search every time I do one of them. Thanks Sun, 6 Mar 2016 15:42:20 EST Motivation Videos Hello, <BR> <BR> Im looking for the best motivation videos on the web. i have seen some websites like and on youtube. They have until now the best motivation video content. Do you have any reccommendations? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 5 Mar 2016 18:37:13 EST Good Morning! I hope everyone has a blessed day! We are going out on our boat today can't wait I will post pictures later Sat, 5 Mar 2016 08:25:29 EST Steroids and Weight gain Good Morning, <BR> <BR> I have been taking a new medicine for my asthma for the last couple of weeks that has a large dose of steroids. I made my goal in November of 2015 and have been in Maintenance. But now the scale is creeping up no matter what I do. My exercise has increased and I eat mindfully so it isn't what I am doing. <BR> <BR> I looked here yesterday in the community for articles pertaining to Steroids and Weight Gain but all I could find were very old posts on different threads ... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 06:42:53 EST It's been a long hard road... and as symptoms begin to peak their annoying little heads through, I find myself wondering - is this the point of no return? <BR> Tingling sensations in my feet and legs, skin stretched so that now its too lose even for my fat, high blood pressure, water retention feet and legs swelling...and hands and arms. Weird electric shock sensations in my chest and an ever increasing awareness of how dumb I was for ever picking up a cigarette. Head aches, back aches... a tiny almost microscopic (though... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 16:50:31 EST Moving home I am in the middle moving home. Got moved into new place just clean up at old place. I am bugger but will get there and then unpacking and work out where to put everything. Fri, 4 Mar 2016 16:46:25 EST food plan I really need to lose 40 pounds. I hate counting points when I was with weight watchers. What I need is a meal plan for the week. Anyone out there to help me? Thu, 3 Mar 2016 19:46:17 EST Should I get it? I saw some deep conditioning treatment for hair last night at the mall. <BR> <BR> Usual price RM55, sale price RM29.90, that's almost RM30. <BR> <BR> I could have bought it but that would leave me with only RM30 for next week. I decided not to buy it last night. Do you think it's a bargain too good to pass up? Should I just get it? Thu, 3 Mar 2016 19:36:45 EST Non Stick Pans Any recommendations for a healthy brand of non stick pans? Would appreciate it! Thu, 3 Mar 2016 13:26:12 EST gastric sleeve Anyone follow spark people diet tracker while having had gastric sleeve surgery? Wed, 2 Mar 2016 21:03:46 EST watch age 55+ Boy! Since moving to Texas, one doctor and problem after another. Got here, age 66+, now age 73. I have been to more doctors in that time spell than age 13-65!!! Wed, 2 Mar 2016 19:30:28 EST Sheetz Ad Am I the only one who finds the Sheetz ad that appears on the SP site INCREDIBLY ANNOYING?? It's the ad with the mule that yells "HEE HAW" every couple of minutes that the ad is on your page. <BR> Honestly, SP....have them come up with a different/less annoying ad, please!!!!!! Wed, 2 Mar 2016 16:39:34 EST Do you like "Fun" topics on message boards? Do any of these topics appeal to you? <BR> <BR> Hopes and aspirations <BR> Hobbies/interests in general <BR> Music <BR> Dreams <BR> Romance <BR> Friends <BR> Travel <BR> Vacations <BR> Movies <BR> Entertainment <BR> <BR> If so, what are some of things you like about them and if not, which ones don't interest you? Wed, 2 Mar 2016 15:01:07 EST Anyone an H. P. Lovecraft fan? I have yet to read any of his books but I do like horror films, games and books. Just thought I'd ask before I delve into the whole Cthulu mythos. Wed, 2 Mar 2016 11:02:26 EST what makes you happy when I ride my bike I let my mind go blank and just wander. Its really enlightening to find out what swirls around in my brain... so today I was wondering what makes you really happy... will you share your thoughts with me ? Wed, 2 Mar 2016 08:08:26 EST Did you have a difficult time beginning your plan Hi! I'm Annie and I am having a difficult time staying on my plan. Problem is I find comfort in food for any reason, eat when I'm not really hungry, just want something to put in my mouth, mostly junk. I can't seem to stay motivated very long. I know I have to work at losing this weight and there is no magic pill/supplement. I want to lose about 80 lbs and tired of restarting every time a gain back a few lbs because I feel I failed-again. Any one else like this, or just me? Tue, 1 Mar 2016 21:04:43 EST Super Tuesday - Did You Vote Today ? I did my civic duty and voted today because Massachusetts is part of Super Tuesday. Are you voting today or did you already vote because you're in New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada or South Carolina ? Maybe you vote at a later date. Do you vote in the primaries or do you wait for the big elections. <BR> <BR> I'll admit it that when I was younger, I tended to skip the primaries because I didn't think they mattered as much as the presidential election. Today, I try to vote in most if not all elect... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 15:58:03 EST picking a scale So I don't own a scale, and my fiancee's scale is... sorta kinda works in that its zero'd to 5lbs and is off by a few pounds the higher you go..but at any rate i want a new scale!! <BR> <BR> Any recommendations? I have a fitbit flex but paying $100+ for a scale seems nuts... i saw some on amazon for under $20 but wonder about longevity. I dont need crazy functions or down to the 1/4 oz, just a loose estimate, but less loose then the mans, lol! Thanks! Tue, 1 Mar 2016 13:27:58 EST Barnes & Noble Board Game Events Good news for board game hobbyists, Barnes & Noble Book Stores are sponsoring board game nights at their select locations where store employees will be demonstrating various "hobby" (or designer style) board games. <BR> <BR> I think this is a pendulum reaction to what seems to be excessive solo or online video game play experience where folks can hide at home and play video games void of in-person human interaction, lol. (Take a shower and get outside, hahahahaha). <BR> <BR> <link> Tue, 1 Mar 2016 10:28:46 EST Ability to extract meaning from verbal dialogue This is about folks who either experience trouble with being able to extract meaning from verbal dialogue/conversation or people who experience the frustration of getting their point/message across through dialogue/conversation. <BR> <BR> Here's a simple example that actually happened to me: <BR> Me: "Oh yeah, they have a very frosty relationship." <BR> Person I'm talking to: "What does that mean?" <BR> Me: "It means that they're cold to each other." <BR> Person: "What does THAT mean?" <BR> ... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 09:28:19 EST Any one here use weight watchers? Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I am thinking of joining weight watchers. I think it might help me join my goals. I was thinking of doing it online since the days of the meeting do not work well for me. <BR> <BR> How many of you here use weight watchers? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 1 Mar 2016 06:23:01 EST How did get the weight loss tracker? Some people's posts show a long rectangular bar that shows how much weight they have lost. Some are pink or sports related etc. I was wondering where can I get one of those? Thanks :) Mon, 29 Feb 2016 22:22:44 EST past week hi everyone ! what kind of week did you all have? well as far as steps go i get them but i still have to step my game up so these pounds can start dropping. talk to everyone later. Mon, 29 Feb 2016 14:52:15 EST Portion Containers Has anyone used those portion containers? I don't eat a lot of meat, I definitely don't eat red meat or pork. So I was wondering for those who are vegetarians or don't eat a lot of meat, what would you put in the meat container? Protein shake, nuts, legumes, combo? Mon, 29 Feb 2016 03:46:52 EST Happy Leap Day! <em>224</em> Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:19:36 EST Political ads Not real happy about a political ad while trying to watch exercise demo. Can't I get away from these people who think they are the answer to the world??? I will quit watching demos for the sake of not watching politics. Sun, 28 Feb 2016 17:57:55 EST Support and Motivation Hi mobile chat buddies! I decided to set this up in SparkPeople Cafe, as I noticed there were comments from younger Sparkers looking for motivation buddies and didn't want to leave anyone out. I hope everyone is having a great Sunday! Where is everyone from? I'm in beautiful Colorado. <BR> <BR> <em>524</em> <em>199</em> Sun, 28 Feb 2016 13:57:44 EST If girls were boys for a a day....<BR>al/001/043/157/37a.gif <BR> <BR> <BR> Yep... this would be me! Sat, 27 Feb 2016 00:31:19 EST finding friends to help how daunted I feel I am feeling pretty comfortable doing the exercises, but when I look at the actual calories I have just taken in, I get so scared about how am I supposed to loose weight while I am taking in so many calories? I also am worried on how I will loose weight as I am over 300 lbs. I found out I couldn't do any of the jumping or quick movements I'm the exercise program I participated in and it was for beginners. I worry if I will ever be able to move like I did when I was younger. Help and suggestio... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 23:20:00 EST MOTIVATION What motivate you to be the best you ? <BR> My main motivation is being able to run & play with my children always . Fri, 26 Feb 2016 11:51:18 EST How do you log in your exercise to reduce calories I logged in my food for the day and now I cant log in the 10 minuets I walked today. Please help me find my way around. <BR> Thu, 25 Feb 2016 17:32:41 EST delete exercise on tracker Hi there. <BR> im new and was trying to add an.exercise on my tracker but when i want to delete it i cant find the option to do it. Can someone tell me how to? <BR> Thanks! Thu, 25 Feb 2016 12:18:06 EST Renaissance Festivals I am in dfw texas, and I try to go to Scarborough Fair Renaissance Festival each year. This year, I am wanting to get dressed up for it. However, my weight and insecurities have me worried about how I would look, so I am going a more conservative route than I have dreamed about. <BR> I am looking at the cotton off shoulder shirt, corset, long skirt, plus accessories. <BR> I have always dreamed of belly dancer outfits or skimpy leather armor outfits. <BR> <BR> Do any of y'all go to renaissanc... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 09:35:02 EST Any homeschooling moms? I homeschool my 3 daughters. Any other homeschoolers Sparking? Wed, 24 Feb 2016 21:43:04 EST Need help with Tickers I had one on my page I'm not sure what I did but i must have hit a button now I cant figure out where to go to get it back on my page does anyone know where I can go to fix this? Thank you Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:54:46 EST I'm officially going back to school! But... Okay I withdrew from College when my child was 2 so that I could raise her and re-evaluate what I wanted out of life. <BR> <BR> I was a Business Administration major. I decidedly do NOT want that out of life; the thought fills me with dread. <BR> <BR> Recently I started working at a hospital. I find that helping people and finding new ways to help people is more up my alley. I'm going to school for an Associates in Applied Science. <BR> <BR> This is so that it will be easier for me to t... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 23:42:41 EST Ever Lost Your Wallet?? Just getting over that vey scary feeling of having lost my wallet this afternoon.... <BR> Fortunately, In a fit of not paying attention, I had actually slipped it into an unusual pocket of my I seldom use. Who knows why I did that?!! <BR> <BR> BUT...this reminded me that I'd been "meaning to" take out all the unneccesary cards (like my National Park Pass...)...and then PHOTOCOPY everything I am leaving in it. So I have now done that!! Copy is all together in the safe, and all ... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 18:35:36 EST weight I'm a little confused. I hear so many women talking about what size they wear in pants, some weigh more than I some less. Anyway, my question is, I recently lost about 40lbs., I'm 5'7 and I fluctuate in pants between a size 10-12. Most women my weight maybe even more wear a size half the size that I am. I am going on 50 years old, however, many of them are as well. In fact, even when I was 19 when I meant my husband and weighed 120lbs. I didn't wear a size 6 or below, lol, I just don't get it... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 15:56:16 EST Plateau? Did you begin losing the weight after the new year, but, now you're in a plateau? <BR> <BR> Visit us here at Plateau Busters: <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11578x637<BR>31664 </link> <BR> <BR> You'll find some stickies there that may help you with ideas, and I'll respond to any posts you make. Mon, 22 Feb 2016 12:17:33 EST What motivates you to exercise? For me, losing weight results in less prescriptions and looking for support system when I'm not motivated Mon, 22 Feb 2016 12:14:46 EST Deadpool [tap-tap-tap, is this thing working?] <BR> <BR> So, Deadpool is a kid's cartoon, right!? <BR> <BR> FALSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!! <BR> <BR> Granted, it's billed as a Marvel Movie and the Avengers were cool, the Iron Man movies were awesome and the Captain America movies were wholesome (Thor, but DEADPOOL is not a kiddies movie......I do believe DEADPOOL is rated "R" and for good reason, too! <BR> <BR> I saw it and it was g... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:52:26 EST What would you do? I've had my meals for the day. It's nearly midnight and I m feeling peckish. I made a promise to myself : no in between meals and no midnight snacks. <BR> <BR> I really need to lose my excess weight but I am hungry now. <BR> <BR> Should I just go to bed? Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:44:03 EST What Day of the Week Did You Begin Your Journey? On what day of the week did you begin your journey to a healthier life? Did you choose that day for a reason? <BR> <BR> <BR> I began mine on a Thursday simply because that was the day I decided "enough is enough." Mon, 22 Feb 2016 09:26:56 EST How do you deal with questions about your weight loss? <BR> <BR> I am getting to the point where people are openly noticing my weight loss. First, it makes me really uncomfortable. I don't like being noticed (which is part of the reason I ended up heavy and invisible in the first place, but that is another issue entirely). <BR> <BR> But also, I panic when they ask "what diet are you doing?" I feel like they're looking for some sort of quick-fix trendy magic pill solution to their own issues. The real answer ... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 07:13:15 EST Sunday greetings Good morning everyone. Have a wonderful day. Sun, 21 Feb 2016 07:21:40 EST Joyce Vedral Sparkteam? I found a Joyce Vedral Sparkteam in the past but now cannot find. I want to join such team. Would you happen to know such team and point me in the right direction? <BR> <BR> Thanks Sat, 20 Feb 2016 10:45:11 EST Atkins Induction: How To Sweeten Iced Coffee? Hello! I am beginning Atkins Induction but have a problem... <BR> <BR> I read that I may have 3 packets of sweet n low each day. But, I use 3 packets in EACH GLASS of iced coffee! <BR> <BR> I am not going to give up my treat of iced coffee. Today, I bought protein shakes and have used some to sweeten the iced coffee. Just wondering if you have any other ideas? <BR> <BR> I know you'll pull through for me! <em>223</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> the_little_lady <BR> <BR> Thu, 18 Feb 2016 16:25:41 EST Am I the only one that has regained weight after losing some? 2 years ago, I was getting compliments but now I have gained some weight. <BR> <BR> Pls tell me I m not the only one! <BR> <BR> I feel like a failure! Thu, 18 Feb 2016 10:44:58 EST Where do people get their weight loss tickers? I see them all over the forums. Are they connected to Spark or do you have to update them evry weigh in? Thanks! Wed, 17 Feb 2016 16:44:28 EST How do you normally take your coffee? I normaly have just instant coffee and creamer. I only add sugar like once a week. I am lazy to brew coffee from grounds. I normally take those prepackaged coffee sticks/packets. <BR> <BR> What abt you? Wed, 17 Feb 2016 05:12:18 EST Remind me why eating a bag of tator tots is bad D: I have a strong urge to make an entire bag of tator tots and eat them by myself with a whole jar of ranch dressing. I am controlling it. I will not eat this... but I want to sooooo bad! Tue, 16 Feb 2016 23:37:34 EST spark points just beginning Mon, 15 Feb 2016 18:30:57 EST Looking for active teams It's been a while since I have been involved on here. I have been lookig through teams and it seems most aren't active. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks :) Mon, 15 Feb 2016 15:46:48 EST Shin Splints I went roller skating with my family this past weekend on top of doing my four mile walk the same day. Needless to say, it was too much for me and I developed a bad case of shin splints. Yesterday was my rest day, but I would really love to try to get in some exercise today if possible. My legs are still hurting though, any suggestions? TIA Mon, 15 Feb 2016 13:42:17 EST Need Advice from Personal Trainers I started working with a personal trainer two years ago. I like him, but in the last 2-3 months he started bringing in others so that he is training 2 to 4 of us at the same time rather than just me. I know he thinks it is no big deal because he still has an exercise program for each of us. I also understand that he can make more money from a group than from an individual. But I feel frustrated and cheated because it is not what I signed up for. What to do? Mon, 15 Feb 2016 02:10:29 EST Losing inches but no lbs! Since mid November 2015 I've lost just over 3 inches total (no pounds). But I never lose pounds. Inches have always come off me easier than pounds (Is that odd?) I weigh about 148-150 lbs (I'm approaching a 32.5 inch waist). I've got a bridal shower to go to on March 6, so I'd like to be 1.5 inches smaller. I'm thinking about not going to the shower if I have to be this fat at it. Sun, 14 Feb 2016 20:10:16 EST Food Scales I been looking at food scales on Amazon. There are pages and pages of different brands and models. Do you use one? Which brand and or model would you suggest. Thank you in advance for your help Sun, 14 Feb 2016 02:10:44 EST Happy Valentine Day to all!! Always keep a smile and make it a great day! Sat, 13 Feb 2016 21:24:55 EST Protein intake per day Hi everyone... <BR> <BR> Question.....How much protein should a 214 lb., 5'8" woman, who exercises 75 minutes per day (well, I do NOW!!!) per day to keep the fat burning going? I am so confused. Wherever you look on the internet, there are a ton of differing opinions. TOO much protein is taxing on the kidneys (I have one kidney)....too LITTLE and you're not burning fat, even if you are working out.....Does anyone have a definitive, simple response? Thanks so much for the continual... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 13:23:51 EST Happy Valentine's Day ! <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <BR> Wishing you a very HAPPY and HEALTHY Valentine’s Weekend. <BR> Love yourself…..Spoil yourself…. You are worth it! <BR> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <em>148</em> <em>148</em> <em>148</em> <em>148</em> <em>148</em> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:36:56 EST green tea capsules ok so this maybe cheating but im struggling to quit the night time cravings so decided to give these ago has anyone else tried these x Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:22:08 EST How do you fight the urge to snack? I am currently struggling with this! Esp now that it's Chinese New Year! You know when you are not really hungry but you just want to munch? How do you fight the urge to snack? Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:58:59 EST Euchre (the card game) Any Euchre players in the Café> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:41:24 EST Do close ones near to you sabotage your efforts? I come from a family of large people and most have lost weight through surgery, though they have lost weight the cooking habits have not changed, snacking, fried foods, sweets and other fatting things. I have tried to change my cooking habits but have been told that the food is not to the likes of others and revert back to old habits. Financially I have to cook what the want but how do I get out of this old habit and bring my family along on a healthy journey. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:31:15 EST Meditation/Binaural Beats I'm curious if anyone has experienced success with managing stress by routinely using meditation. <BR> <BR> I listened to this binaural beats track and it put me into a trance. I swear I could hardly open my eyes. The feeling was almost blissful. I tried the same track again today and it didn't happen again. Almost felt like I was taking drugs. <BR> <BR> I just want to hear everyone's thoughts on meditation and/or binaural beats. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:41:57 EST Any good movies? Have you seen any good movies lately? What are you looking forward to seeing? Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:52:20 EST Levothyroxine alternatives? I have hypothyroidism and have been taking levothyroxine for about 6 months. I missed a couple of doses and noticed an immediate difference in how I feel. I'm less tired and have a better mood without it even though it's supposed to produce the opposite effect...weird. So my question is, has anyone tried any natural alternatives to levothyroxine, and if so, how have they worked for you? Thanks :) Thu, 11 Feb 2016 03:46:11 EST Nutrition Settings Problem... Hello everyone! I'm trying to edit my Nutrition Settings by adding "Fructose" to the settings. I went in and put my goals for the day for "Fructose", and hit "Save"....However when I went into my Nutrition Page and looked for the "Fructose" totals for the day, it said "0". I tried to enter a one cup glass of chocolate milk to my Nutrition Page for the day, and since I KNOW there is a lot of fructose in a glass of chocolate milk, I figured it would show up in the Nutrition Report for the da... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:30:18 EST Hair question: Am I OVER conditioning my hair????? I was told that it was possible to OVER condition your hair today and with me trying to GROW my hair (I'm aiming waist length as my goal!) and to grow it healthy... I am worried. <BR> <BR> So what are the signs that I am over conditioning my hair? With the crazy weather we are having in the Cincinnati river valley I have been using a deep conditioner once a week. When that ran out I started doing hot oil treatments (it's cheaper to just buy coconut oil and apply that once a week and it has ... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:03:44 EST to fitbit or Garmin ??? I have been on the fence about these devices, and I was wondering how people here felt about them. I do have the run keeper app on my phone. <BR> So are you for or against them? <BR> Do you find them helpful? <BR> which do you prefer? <BR> did you have regrets about buying it? <BR> <BR> Help me please! Tue, 9 Feb 2016 20:10:23 EST Pets... If you're like me, your pet(s) is more than just a pet. They are family. They have toys, a special place for treats (and they know where you keep them), at least one pet bed, etc. <BR> <BR> For me, my cat, Peanut, is my furbaby and my best friend. She has two pet beds, one of which has a couple of handmade blankets (specifically for her, by her grandma, my mom). Peanut has a couple of other places that are specifically for a pet to hide and sleep, as well as a couple of blankets and a coupl... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 17:12:49 EST Feeling sad and lonely I like healthy food. I love to move. What hold me back is that I am ill, and because of that I can't leave the house much. I want to enjoy the world around me, and be close to people, but I feel like I have the flu all the time, and all I want to do is lay in bed and hope the pain goes away. When I am not nauseous, I try to comfort myself by eating. I already ate, but right now I am really craving foods that would make me feel like I am having "fun," like I am not alone... <BR> <BR> I realiz... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 15:57:21 EST Are you celebrating Fat Tuesday today? If so, how do you celebrate. Tue, 9 Feb 2016 15:55:52 EST What did u do this CNY? Chinese New Year, that is. This year it fell on this Monday and Tuesday. <BR> <BR> I have been munching, time to stop munching! <BR> <BR> My cousins came over today to demolish the chow. <BR> <BR> Well, less for me...... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 10:09:15 EST day after superbowl feeling the affects of to much snacking? <em>4</em> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 14:34:35 EST Valentine's day What are you doing for your significant other for Valentines Day? <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 11:46:37 EST Anyone use Slim Fast to make smoothies? I bought some French Vanilla Slim Fast powder, also some of their French Vanilla already mixed bottles. But I've heard of mixing the powder or the ready made ones with different things to make them more filling and flavourful. <BR> <BR> I'd like to use these for a while, to give my weight loss a 'boost' but need to find out about adding and blending foods with them. What foods? etc. <BR> <BR> Appreciate any help I can get. Thank you. Sun, 7 Feb 2016 12:11:58 EST The Gift of life, Donate Blood Since a pint is pound, you lose a pound every time you donate whole blood. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 22:23:02 EST Do we have any other Comic Book fans here?! Just curious; maybe I've not been on the right section of the spark but I haven't really encountered many others so just thought I'd take a quick roll call! <BR> <BR> My favorite Heroin is Carol Danvers and my Favorite Hero is definitely Captain America (Cap is also my fitness role model!) <BR> <BR> I like Iron Man too, but it's hard to like him TOO much after that whole Goliath/Clone Thor thing he pulled. <BR> <BR> Spiderman is another favorite of mine (peter parker; I haven't had a c... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 22:54:46 EST Do you feel the improvement in your health yet? Though I've only been on this journey for 2 weeks, I am already beginning to feel the improvement in my body. I have more energy. My skin is tightening up but not as cushy like I felt when I gained more weight. I have greater stamina. And my mood is improving. I'm so excited and determined to make these changes permanent in my life! Thu, 4 Feb 2016 13:15:23 EST Do you observe Lent? Do you typically give up something, or do you do something extra or special in observance of Lent? I've done both (gave up chocolate, sodas--a permanent thing now, contacted people I hadn't touched base with in a while, let drivers cut in front of me, etc.). Still pondering it for myself for this year and would love to see how others approach it. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 08:11:27 EST Out of cabbage! We just went to the supermarket. Would you believe that cabbages were sold out?! Chinese New Year is on Monday and it seems every Chinese family wanted cabbages. Fortunately, my Mom finally got some from the bargain bin! At a discounted price! <BR> <BR> My home has a few bottles of goodies, not as much as last year as we are all watching our diets. What's new this year is surimi fried with curry leaves and caramel popcorn! I don't recall seeing them last CNY! <BR> <BR> With the sluggish eco... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 05:05:09 EST Anyone Want to Drop a Note to a Lonely Recruit? My daughter is in basic training in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. She has about two weeks left before she graduates. <BR> <BR> She has a battle buddy who for whatever reason is not getting a lot of mail from home. Mail call is very important for morale. <BR> <BR> If anyone is interested in sending an encouraging note, PM me and I will send you her friend's address. Cards and letters only, please. They're very limited on what they can receive in a care package and we don't want to get her... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 16:29:10 EST I look for "L_Drouin"... My name is Drouin too... I would appreciate your communication back... Who knows ? We may be related... <BR> <BR> Thank you anyway to be on Sparkpeople ! Wed, 3 Feb 2016 13:09:21 EST coffee - water ? Do you count your coffee as water? Wed, 3 Feb 2016 12:47:21 EST Help - Technical Issues! Hi there all my Spark friends! <BR> <BR> I hope that you are well today. <BR> <BR> I have been having problems with tracking on my Spark page for awhile now and am wondering if any of you are having the same problem. <BR> <BR> I NEED to track my food every day. For me, that is the only reason that I have been successful at losing and keeping the weight off. However, I am finding that the tracking tool is slow and difficult to use. Do any of you have the same problem? <BR> <BR> Every day ... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:56:18 EST adding a category to spark people tracker page. Good morning All. Im new to sparkpeople , I just started logging food and fluid intake. Can or is there way to add a Sodium tab? Thank you in advance. Steve Wed, 3 Feb 2016 07:24:09 EST Um.... this spark video is set to private???? <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=121 </link> <BR> <BR> Why show us and then disappoint us? <BR> <BR> chris Wed, 3 Feb 2016 07:19:34 EST Am I aiming for the impossible? Am I being unrealistic to aim for a 25 inch waist at my age? (early 40s). <BR> <BR> I currently weigh abt 130lbs, I am aiming to weigh 100lbs. I am 4 feet 11. <BR> <BR> Am I being too ambitious? Tue, 2 Feb 2016 22:09:57 EST Growing my bangs for this! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Planning on getting this cut! Right now my bangs aren't long enough. Growing them now! Tue, 2 Feb 2016 22:05:55 EST Mental Break --- Books? I am getting back into making my workout routines and watching what I eat. However, it is a lot harder than ever before. Part of some issues have also surrounded me needing a mental break. My friend was mentioning the Khloe Kardashian book and how she addresses her new outlook on working out. Anyone read any books like this that are worth reading? Looking for a bit of a mental relief. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 2 Feb 2016 21:01:52 EST Free upgrade to Windows 10 - did it go smoothly? I have been putting off upgrading to windows 10 for weeks. I just didn't want to learn something new and had heard mixed reviews on it. I finally did it yesterday and it appeared to go smoothly and did not operate much differently than my old system. I had left my computer on over night for the install and all was well. Then I powered down for the next night and this morning I was given temporary user access and not all my files are were they should be. Oh crap, looks like I'll spend the... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 10:48:49 EST Under 500 Menu at El Pollo Loco So I got the double Chicken Avocado Salad which was listed as 380 calories. It was a good choice and left me very satisfied. When entering dinner to my tracker, I noticed that the Creamy Cilantro dressing was a separate entry and had 221 calories plus 20 grams of fat. Live and Learn Mon, 1 Feb 2016 21:50:56 EST Spark mail I feel like an idiot but I can not find how to get to my spark mail. Anyone able to help? Mon, 1 Feb 2016 21:32:49 EST what am i doing wrong so looked at my report and it states im under the calorie for today yet iv ate like a pig Mon, 1 Feb 2016 18:37:54 EST Want a Great Challenge Team? 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. Main requirements are to weigh in each week and do the interteam challenges (ITC's). If you know for some reason that you can't post your weight (let the leaders know). Otherwise after 2 missed weigh ins (with no excuse) you would be moved to honorary. Our interteam challenges consist of exercise and nutrition. They are very helpfu... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 15:57:17 EST Trying Hard I am trying hard to follow my food plan and not binge. I am going with a friend to a movie and out to dinner. I am nervous when I get home. That is always a tough time for me. Today I will be ok Mon, 1 Feb 2016 13:44:02 EST Angry responses to seemingly innocent posts I recently posted an article on Facebook promoting hobby board gaming and how it's different from mass market board games like Monopoly, The Game of Life, Trouble and the likes...I got an angry response from a friend at how I and others who play these hobby games are elitists and promote hate towards well known games. <BR> <BR> She cited an example of a gaming group that I belong to as proof........did I mention I was promoting hobby board gaming and NOT trying to destroy mass market board g... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 09:44:33 EST New Barbie dolls Has everyone seen that Barbie is now offered in petite, tall, and curvy varieties? I'm not sure how I feel about this, I guess. Criticism came from those saying that the 'thin' Barbie promoted unrealistic expectations for beauty for girls. Does it though? I played with Barbies growing up, yet here I am, on SP because I'm NOT thin! (And thin isn't even in my genes, I'm naturally larger boned so I'm not even going for thin..but that's beside the point.) Do you think that 8, 9, and 10 year old g... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 13:42:29 EST A bad weekend! I had severe food poisoning on Saturday night! Kept going to the loo! My stomach hurt so bad. <BR> <BR> I wanted to exercise on Sunday but my stomach was full of food. Not that I ate a lot but I just felt sick! Didn't feel like exercising! <BR> <BR> What a failure of a weekend! Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:45:51 EST Another storm coming our way Sounds like this one will eventually hit all of us. <BR> It's supposed to hit Utah Saturday, Colorado and AZ on Sunday, Midwest on Monday continue blowing east on Tuesday and hit the Mid East on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> We're supposed to get 10 inches total over about 24 hours. White out conditions for a few hours with the winds. Fortunately we are used to big storms so it won't be as dangerous here as it is back east. The ski resorts are thrilled. We got 30 inches with the last storm so we have... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 17:16:42 EST This site is great by why dos it not track sugar? Our food companies have been keeping the percent of sugar off our food labels; it would be nice if this app would count our sugar differently from carbs. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:24:23 EST tracking medicine Is there a place to track how you are doing on coming off prescription meds like Lisinopril for while you are learning to get healthy? <em>40</em> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:29:33 EST BB8 question! I simply adore the new droid BB8 from Star Wars, The Force Awakens! What I really want is a BB8 action figure, but I can get a BB8 tshirt for much less but it's not what I really want. <BR> <BR> So, should I get the tshirt or save up for the action figure or just settle for owning the movie when it comes out on DVD. <BR> <BR> I was thinking if the action figure rolls like the real BB8, it will be fun to play with! Do you think I am crazy to want something like that at my age (early 40s)? Thu, 28 Jan 2016 22:32:35 EST Are carbs ruining everything? I love carbs and eat lots of them. Is this the reason I don't have a great body? If I cut back will I lose weight like crazy? Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:48:55 EST Nursing Students. I start my Nursing Program (RN) in August. Looking for fellow Nursing Students so we can chat about school and maybe help each other with weight loss and school. <BR> <BR> The few groups I found for Nursing Students do not seem to be active. I would like to find more Nursing Students as well as maybe get an active group started for us Nursing Students. <BR> <BR> Add me as a friend, send me a message or comment here. <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 22:12:24 EST A very interesting article "Too fat, too thin? .." I have just finished reading this article and found it thought-provoking. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ticle.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11580954 </link> <BR> <BR> Kris Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:50:45 EST Scales... analog or über-hyped doodad? I mean, really. should I just find myself a regular old spring-loaded scale, or is it worth the extra dolla dolla bills, y'all to get the digital setup that measures your fat, muscle, water, etc? Is it really possible for a scale to measure such things through your feet? Wed, 27 Jan 2016 13:48:18 EST You Can't Trust What You Read About Nutrition.... <link><BR>t-trust-what-you-read-about-nutrition/ </link> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 13:32:07 EST Best solution for knee tracking issues? (Running) My knees grind terribly when I squat. I want to start running again, but I know that I risk damaging them further. I'm not in any pain - I'm 28 years old. But I have seen that people have had great improvements in their patellar tracking in using braces and straps. Which do you suggest (brace or strap) and what specific brand? There is not sound science to support the copper infused ones, so I am just looking for something that is specifically effective in improving patellar tracking especial... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:09:09 EST The CALORIE is broken; it's time to burn it.... <link><BR>m_medium=email&utm_source=digg </link> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 10:28:28 EST How to maintain after Shred Diet by Dr. Ian K. Smi I have started reading and following Shred Diet A Revolutionary Diet by Dr. Ian K. Smith this week. I was skimming through the the end of the book and did not see anything on how to maintain after you have reached your goal? Would anyone know this process? Please explain...thank you! Tue, 26 Jan 2016 17:46:53 EST looking for a good set of wi fi / bluetooth scales bathroom scales what do u all suggest? Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:28:49 EST Meditation... how?? does it really work?? My mind is racing these days and I am having trouble focusing and sleeping. I have never been this easily distracted. <BR> <BR> Before resorting to medication I would like to try to slow down the stream of thoughts and thought meditation is meant to do just that right?? <BR> <BR> So which of you wonderful people can enlighten me on how to begin the process of learning to meditate. I am not expecting an immediate cure-all. I appreciate that all the wonderful things that are driving me craz... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:11:42 EST Fitbit Charge HR I haven't used mine for a couple of months so decided to charge it up and start using again. After charging overnight, the time is about 4 hours off. Does anyone have one of these and if so, do you know what could be wrong? <BR> <BR> Thanks for any help. <BR> <BR> Susan Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:56:22 EST Am I being mean? I started this again last week and found out today I have lost 6 lbs. I'm excited and I shared this with my daughter whom is overweight and on her own mission to lose weight. She has way more weight to lose than me. I'm wondering if I accidently hurt her feelings. I felt like yelling it to the mountains, I'm so happy but I received a congratulations like a quiet golf clap from her. Should I keep my success to myself? I'm not out to hurt feelings. Oh she's grown (38). Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:58:49 EST Have you tried a personal trainer? I'm doing Zumba 2 days a week which I love!!! I just hired a personal trainer for 1 day a week. She is 61 and was a professional athlete runner. I've only had one session. It reminded me of high school gym class which I was made fun of and hated the class. Lots of push ups, sit ups, squats, lunges etc. No music and very little talking. Has anyone hired a personal trainer that makes things fun? I paid for 2 months. I would like to hear from others and what helped make personal trainin... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:57:57 EST Biggest Loser type challenges? I missed the joining date of the BLC here on spark. Does anyone know if there are other biggest loser type weight loss challenges that I would be able to join?? Thanks! Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:20:43 EST Sugar Tracking I know you can track calories and fiber, protein...but what do you do to track sugar intake on SP? Or do I just need to track it on my own? thanks (still learning after all these years....) Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:43:47 EST Sjogren's Syndrome If you suffer from this condition, please check out the Sjogren's team here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=66419 </link> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:52:39 EST Getting better legs? I have lost a couple inches off my breasts and a couple more from my waist since November. My legs aren't getting any smaller. I remember when was a chubby teenager and lost like 30 lbs, my legs waited and waited and waited to shrink. I don't want to wait so long this time. I want leaner legs by summer. Problem is I have no exercise equipment and no trainer or gym membership. I can't workout outside very much because it's cold here (so cold I couldn't be dressed warm enough for an outdoor wor... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 17:25:03 EST Where do u get photos that say, "I lost 5 lbs w/sp I can't find the photos that say, "I lost 5 pounds with Sparkpeople." Does anyone have a link? Sun, 24 Jan 2016 14:01:54 EST Snow shoveling Anyone have to shovel snow today? Just did 90 minutes, time for a break! <BR> Sun, 24 Jan 2016 12:13:44 EST Could A Bacteria Unlock a Solution to Alzheimer's? Bacteria From Guam's Palm Trees Could Unlock a Solution to Alzheimer's -- <BR> <BR> In the mystery of degenerative brain disease, scientists have found a clue in among the most surprising of places: the plant life of Guam. <BR> <BR> An environmental toxin produced by bacteria found in Guam's palm trees has been linked to dementia and could potentially help fight Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases, the BBC reported Thursday. Scientists from the Institute for Ethnomedicine and t... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 11:08:25 EST military diet OK so I started the military diet and I was wondering for the dinner with just tuna can I fry it ? And add a little salt and pepper ? Sat, 23 Jan 2016 15:30:28 EST Pictures - Do you or don't you? When was the last time you looked at a picture of yourself and felt beautiful ? Sat, 23 Jan 2016 15:09:21 EST Instant chat? I know this is totally random, but I think this site should have an instant chat instant chat along with message boards. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 09:45:47 EST What are the little things that undo you? Ok I am a week in and I have clearly identified junk food and lack of exercise as unhealthy habits that are not helping me :) BUT within those I am working at identifying the small little things that lead to the downhill ride. <BR> <BR> The small things I am going to work on one by one <BR> -pre supper grazing <BR> -"tasting" while cooking <BR> -waiting too long for breakfast <BR> -being embarrassed to do my exercise DVD when my son and hubby are about <BR> <BR> My week one success remind... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 08:11:41 EST Ha, Ha, Global Warming : ) <em>425</em> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 20:09:51 EST Calorie target hit. 8PM and starving. What now? When you've followed your eating plan perfectly, hit your calorie target, and it's 8pm and you are starving... <BR> <BR> I listen to my body and eat more lean protein... What do you do? Fri, 22 Jan 2016 18:49:19 EST Coffee Mate How do ya'll feel about coffee-mate non-dairy creamer ? <BR> Are you aware of the ingredients ? Thu, 21 Jan 2016 20:50:50 EST Did you see anything interesting while out walking I had fun watching the ducks and the seagulls 'walking on water'. The ducks were slithering about on the ice. The lake wasn't completely frozen so every now and then one of them would seem very surprised when he/she landed in the water. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 12:57:31 EST Low Weight Loss I have been eating around 1100 calories since January 1st and exercising a minimum of 15 minutes every day. I have only lost 5 pounds. I realize that losing weight during/after menopause can be tough, but I am frustrated. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 16:07:45 EST Day 3 Re-dedication to plan This is the third day of my positive attitude toward my plan and my life. I am having problem with getting all my water in, usually make it but is not easy. However the sodium issue which is a health issue for me is another problem for me. I am limited to 1500 per day by my doctor. It is almost impossible if you eat any kind of processed, canned or frozen food. But I am still trying. Judy Tue, 19 Jan 2016 23:09:33 EST Got Fired Monday Hey everyone. Things have been tough for me this week. Heck, the last 6 months. Life hasn't exactly been kind to me. And after walking to work Monday morning (even though it's only a mile, it was -2 with windchill out!) and then getting fired promptly 30 minutes later, I am having one heck of a time staying on track diet-wise and lacking motivation to workout! Now we may lose our house and are looking at moving to a different state where the job market is better. I guess I'm just looking for ... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 21:01:38 EST Recipe's I want to fix Bush's Chili Magic Chili Starter, traditional mild. How do I figure out the calories per cup. I am not sure where I can do this on SparkPeople. The directions are as follows 1 lb. of ground beef, (I will use ground chuck 80-20), 1 can 14.5 oz. of diced tomatoes. I know I can do it by hand, but I want something I can put in my favorites. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for your help. <BR> <BR> rose2016 Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:43:22 EST Exercise after ankle injuries I currently have two broken ankles from a car accident. I've changed my diet but I was wondering if anyone had experience with an elliptical, exercise bike and treadmill after a broken ankle(s). <BR> I had surgery on one ankle and have 4 screws in it too. <BR> I've never had a broken bone before so I'm not sure how it will be after I heal. <BR> <BR> Of course I'm going to talk the doctor about it, just looking for advice and suggestions. <BR> Thanks! Tue, 19 Jan 2016 14:06:02 EST How are you doing with your 2016 goals so far? So far this year: I've gotten rid of a whole bunch of stuff (more to go soon), I'm managing my money better, getting closer to eight hours of sleep,and even though I haven't lost a lot of inches (or much weight) my old button down shirts are fitting better than they were a couple months ago (but I can't wear them out in public yet) <BR> How are you doing with your 2016 goals? Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:13:46 EST Salsa What do you use to eat with homemade salsa besides tortilla chips? Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:01:33 EST Sjogren's Syndrome There is a team for those who have Sjogren's Syndrome. Feel free to check it out here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=66419 </link> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:15:02 EST Clothes shopping advice, please Hi, my name is Dana, and I'm new here. This is my first post. I have a question for you all about shopping for clothes as I drop sizes. This summer, I may go on a mission trip to Swaziland for two months. I expect to still being losing weight at that point, but it's not like if my clothes get super loose, I can just go to a mall and buy new ones there. Also, since I would likely be quite active (for me, anyway) and be eating a diet with less processed food, I might drop weight even faster for... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:55:59 EST Anyone From Ohio???? Looking for fellow people from Ohio... <BR> <BR> Findlay Ohio here Sun, 17 Jan 2016 23:22:17 EST Pre Nursing Students Looking for fellow Pre-Nursing students. <BR> <BR> I will hopefully find out if I will be in the RN program next week or the week after :) <BR> <BR> Rian Sun, 17 Jan 2016 23:21:41 EST Looking for Friends Hey everyone. My name is Rian and I am 34 years old. I am currently just looking for some friends that I can check in with that will keep me going on my journey to lose 86 pounds. My husband (I love him dearly) he could careless if I am 125 lbs or 212 lbs. I care though and I need people who are willing to make sure I am staying on track. I will also do the same. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Rian Sun, 17 Jan 2016 17:13:44 EST dont look back It was Satchel Paige, the great baseball player who paved the way for blacks to play in the major leagues, who made famous the saying, "Don't look back, something might be gaining on you!" <BR> Long before Satchel Paige ever gave his advice, the Apostle Paul was telling Christian folks, in so many words, "Don't look back!" Paul writes in his letter to the Philippians, "Brethren, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 16:55:57 EST Recent TSH test Hello everyone.....Just had my latest TSH testing done. My TSH level is now at 6.88...pretty high. My doctor is going to contact me tomorrow about what he plans to do. I take Levothyroxine 50 mcg. a day. Thinking he may up my dosage. Is 6.88 super high? Thanks. Sun, 17 Jan 2016 15:34:38 EST Coffee I am a big coffee drinker because I have two young children, they're 2 and 4. Any suggestions on what I could relax coffee with for my morning and mid day boost? Sun, 17 Jan 2016 06:07:07 EST Depressed over shortage of funds! I really want a certain pair of leggings and a set of really nice artist quality colored pencils and water colors (taking up art as a hobby) but I don't have enough cash. <BR> <BR> I am always wanting things that getting a credit card would be a bad idea! I would definitely get into debt, that's why I don't have one! <BR> <BR> But right now, I really, really want these 3 things! Maybe I'll get the leggings b4 they run out of my size and get the art supplies later when I do have enough cash.... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 23:20:23 EST FRUSTRATION It's been a while since I've visited Sparkpeople and was happy to be back until I started using the site again. All these ads that pop up and slows down the script is so frustrating. I don't know what's going on with ALL the ads but I'm pretty sure that I'm done using Sparkpeople for recording my nutrition & activities. There's got to be a better site with a lot less ads on it. I'll be searching for it. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 11:49:15 EST Old Quick Start program Ok my pit is deeper than I current seem to be able to climb out of but I want to, so desperately. I have been on SP before and used the Quick Start program which walked you through the first 12 weeks or something like that. I have all the tools but just seem to struggle to put them in to play this time. I just want something to walk me through the baby steps of pulling it back together so I can get my mind back on track so the body will follow. I can't find the Quick Start. Is it gone? If so ... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 09:34:48 EST Best 'fit' watch? What kind of monitor watch do you have that tracks your activity? Is it accurate? Can you see your activity over time? Set goals on it? <BR> <BR> I'm looking for the best one since websites are so overwhelming! Fri, 15 Jan 2016 23:53:16 EST How'd you do this week? I weigh myself every Friday. I have the FITBIT aria scale that measures body fat too. I am down only .8 lbs from last week, but at least I'm not gaining. And my body fat is down almost a full percent. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 07:24:06 EST Impossible brother! My brother is impossible! He flys off the handle for no reason and he doesn't respect me or my parents! He doesn't even talk normally but gesticulates like a monkey and raises his voice unecessarily! And he does this ALL the time! I don't know why he is such an angry person! <BR> <BR> I used to think he wasn't like this at work at least but I heard from his workmates he sometimes does this at work too! I am concerned because I don't want him to lose his job or die from a heart attack! Being... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 23:38:10 EST Quitting Pop- So, I recently had a majority of my teeth fixed, and I decided for the new year. To start taking the weight off and make sure my teeth STAY fixed, that I would stop drinking the 5-6 cans of Vanilla Coke a day I usually do. I'm doing good so far. Except it's killing me all the time forever. I've god tea, but I have a 64oz water bottle and I don't let myself drink iced peppermint tea until it's empty. Any suggestions for the absolute sluggishness? Thu, 14 Jan 2016 17:35:04 EST Instagram? Does anyone here document their health/fitness journey on Instagram? I'd love to connect! <em>41</em> @wwtrishnicole Thu, 14 Jan 2016 12:59:46 EST RIP - Alan Rickman Rest in peace, Alan Rickman. <BR> <BR> I was so shocked to read this in the news this morning. Alan Rickman, a fantastic actor, passed away at age 69 from cancer. <BR> <BR> I first saw him as the villainous Hans Gruber in Die Hard with Bruce Willis. He was amazing. He's been a favorite of mine ever since that movie. If you haven't seen that movie, you may recognize him as Professor Snape from the Harry Potter movies. <BR> <BR> David Bowie and now, Alan Rickman. <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:31:43 EST Appendicitis, Hysterectomy, Gallbladder - oh my! I'm looking for some help and or guidance. I have had 3 abdominal surgeries in the last year. Appendicitis, TAH, and now 6 days ago my gallbladder. My sister jokingly asked if I was selling my body parts. Lol. After each surgery is been harder and harder to get back on track. And true words, the number on the scale is just that. .a number. I have only gained about 8 lbs in the last year. .but nothing fits like it did a year ago, most notably in my stomach, and last week's surgery for my... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 04:29:21 EST Which cheesecake? Making a cheesecake for dinner party friday. Which would you choose to eat if you had the option of any available? <BR> <BR> (* = graham cracker crust) <BR> chocolate with peanut butter swirl * <BR> plain with fresh fruit topping (pls specify: cherry, blueberry, or strawberry) * <BR> lemon * <BR> plain with oreo crust and topping <BR> pumpkin base * <BR> mint base with chocolate crust and choc chips mixed in <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Edit: I appreciate all the feedback. I got the date wrong; ... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 02:30:03 EST Today i broke the toilet seat... Help... What a terrible sound to hear first thing in the morning, you know? That *SNAP* that is both heard AND felt. The toilet seat breaking, finally giving way to my overwhelming weight. <BR> <BR> And there i sat, in shock, jaw open, staring straight ahead unblinking as i wrap my head around what just happened. Me, simply sitting down to take a morning pee, was enough to break the same seat that was new 7 months ago. I was dumbfounded, unable to believe it. I knew i had gained some weight recentl... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 23:26:53 EST Advice on possible allergy Hope it's OK to post this here, but I was hoping more health conscious people might have some suggestions. I am having an allergic reaction to something. Every year, and I was never able to pinpoint it before, I would get red, dry skin above my eye lid but below my brown. It was always kind of patchy. Sometimes itchy, sometimes not. I also get a small patch under the corner of one eye (on the skin, not near the eye). Sometimes it was more severe than others. <BR> <BR> I finally felt I f... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 22:09:36 EST Do you have a goal photo? Not to sound superficial - as this is obviously not just about the physical aspect of things, rather, a whole mind/body/lifestyle transformation - but that being said, is there a photo of yourself, a fitness coach, celebrity, or before/after that also motivates you to keep going? <BR> <BR> My photo motivator is my before and after from 6 or 7 years ago, when I was first introduced to spark. It keeps me going because I HAVE physically achieved it before, so I know it is possible. The road the... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 21:33:29 EST Missing Step 1 - Foods that help you lose weight I used the program a few years ago and want to start again. I am missing the booklet step 1 - find out what foods cause you to lose weight (have all the rest). Does anyone know where to find a replacement? Thanks!! Wed, 13 Jan 2016 18:58:14 EST Your Library Card Is it in your wallet?.............yes <BR> When did you last use it? <BR> What for?............books on Alaska to plan a summer trip, and a crochet book to work on a project for next Christmas.... <BR> And you?? <em>211</em> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:49:21 EST