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 blessed thanksgiving Hope everyone who sits down to eat a nice lunch or dinner and be thankful for the Thanksgiving you have because there are always some people in this world that are not as fortunate Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:34:03 EST Happy Thanksgiving - Your Favorite Holiday Food Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to all !! <BR> <BR> I am sure you will all be doing your best to be mindful of your portion sizes. Indulge, but try not to overindulge. But you if you, remember, that doesn't make you a bad person or an unhealthy one. One over ingulgent meal will not make or break your healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> One that note, is there something you are looking forward to eating today ? Do you prefer the white meat or dark meat ? mashed potatoes or sweet ? bread stuffing or w... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:04:25 EST exercise for the sick?!?! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Some advice would be appreciated... <BR> <BR> I've been doing the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and am currently on day 12. I woke up with some Flu symptoms yesterday so thought I would take a rest day and hope that it clears with a good night's rest. <BR> <BR> Needless to say, my hopes were dashed as I woke up this morning feeling even more clogged up than yesterday. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> My question is can I carry on doing my workouts, is there something else I... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:19:05 EST What is your favorite facial moisturizer? What is your favorite facial moisturizer? <BR> Have you seen changes in your skin from using it? Thu, 27 Nov 2014 03:22:42 EST Article on resisting temptation Seemed kinda "well duh" to me! I don'tgo into candy stores, I avoid the cookie aisle, I don't bake as often and I don't shop when hungry. It only makes sense to avoid situations that are going to tempt you to fail! <BR> What do you think? <BR> <BR> How people resist temptation <BR> <BR> Step one: Proactively avoid situations that could challenge self-control <BR> <BR> People who are better at resisting temptation purposely avoid putting themselves into situations where they could lose se... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:47:57 EST Obesity andHeart Disease Article Another reason to keep fighting the battle! <BR> Johns Hopkins IDs a new risk of obesity: 'silent heart damage' <BR> <BR> Researchers call the discovery 'truly concerning' <BR> <BR> Obese individuals are at greater risk for silent heart damage, according to a new study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure. <BR> <BR> For the study, researchers at Johns Hopkins University tracked 9,500 disease-free men and women, ages 53 to 75, from four states for about 12 ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:45:06 EST Happy Turkey Day <em>428</em> May your stuffing be tasty, <BR> May your turkey be plump. <BR> May your potatoes & gravy... <BR> Have nary a lump. <BR> <BR> <em>428</em> May your yams be delicious, <BR> May your pies take the prize. <BR> May your Thanksgiving dinner <BR> Stay off of your thighs. <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> Happy Thanksgiving! <em>429</em> <BR> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:04:54 EST Todays interesting mailbox article Weirdest thing I have read all week: <BR> <BR> A British gentleman had surgery to remove a "migrating brain mass" that had been causing headaches. <BR> <BR> Turned out he had a rare tapeworm that had migrated to his had never been found in humans, only in fish in Asian countries. Guess where he had vacationed some years earlier??? <BR> <BR> What's the weirdest thing you read this week? <BR> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:47:42 EST Exercise during commercials? Do you do exercises during commercials? Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:41:10 EST Get paid to lose weight My new gym opens this week. It's 0.8 miles from my house so I reckon if I walk there and back I won't have to do the treadmill! One interesting feature is they pay you to lose weight - up to a maximum of £45 for 10 kilo weight loss. I'm not sure about the time scale of that but they do say that maximum healthy weight loss is 2 pounds per week so I guess they're not expecting that 10 kilo to drop off too quickly. <BR> <BR> Would that motivate you? My weight has plateaued for about a year and ... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:41:41 EST digital postcard apps? Have you used these? Send photos from smart phone and they create and mail the postcard. Can you recommend a good one? Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:10:50 EST Thankful? What are you thankful for this year? Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:06:24 EST Should hospitals ban junk food? From an article I read today: <BR> <BR> <BR> Should hospitals ban junk food? <BR> Bloomberg thinks so <BR> Initiative pushes hospitals to ditch deep fryers, unhealthy snacks <BR> <BR> New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday urged public and private hospitals throughout the city to ban sugary and fatty foods and beverages. <BR> <BR> Specifically, Bloomberg is asking more private hospitals to participate in his Healthy Hospital Food Initiative, which is mandatory for all public hos... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:32:53 EST Bodies in motion Attended my 2nd Bodies in Motion class this morning. It is 30 minutes of exercises using dumbbells, ball, resistance band, and our own bodies. It is similar to Silver Sneakers. The instructor is fabulous. She is encouraging and helps us (me) want to return the next week. We have this class Monday mornings (except 1st Monday of the month). <BR> Do you attend any classes? If you do what classes do you attend? What equipment do you use? <BR> Do you have any favorite exercise classes? What do yo... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:16:29 EST Monday How is evrybody doing on this Monday? Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:01:02 EST Facebook posts? I don't post much on Facebook. I just think "would my Facebook friends care about this?" then I image them being bored. I'm clearly not the Facebook type :) What do you like to see (or not like to see) posted on Facebook? Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:27:38 EST Taxing Junk Food What do you think? <BR> <BR> The Navajo Nation passed a bill implementing a 2% tax on foods of "low to no nutritional value" and rescinding a 5 tax of fruits and vegetables. (All retail sales are taxed at 5$) <BR> <BR> The funds raised are to be used to provide farmers markers, vegetable gardens, health and wellness programs and exercise equipment for the 110 communities. <BR> <BR> The Navajo population is high risk for diabetes, approximately 30% are diabetic, 60% of some age groups are... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:39:25 EST Lack of sunshine - does it make you sad? Whenever winter approaches I find myself getting down and sad. The lack of sunshine really takes a toll on my normally very Optimistic attitude. What are some tricks others use to help overcome the winter blues? Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:09:11 EST Online dating sites? Anyone use any? Any thoughts? Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:39:01 EST My calorie goal I set my calorie goal for between 1200 and 1400 a day but on my nutrition tracker has it set for between 1670 and 1870 calories a day. I have tried to edit it back several times but it won't set it to what I want. Suggestions. The 1670 to 1870 will make me gain, gain, gain. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:38:24 EST weekend going Hows your weekend going so far? Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:17:20 EST Do you Facebook? I used to until about a month ago. When I quit, I couldn't believe what a time suck it was. I don't miss it at all. Maybe one day I will go back. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:49:23 EST Snow & cold states - temp you keep your heat on? I keep my heat set on 61 during the day (even when I am at home ) - and up to 66 when my dh gets home from work. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:20:27 EST Mayo Clinic Diet I find that if I follow the Mayo Clinic Diet I feel much better than if I just eat what I want. <BR> Have you ever tried the Mayo Clinic Diet and if you have how do you feel about it? <BR> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:16:07 EST Slim without exercise? Are they healthy? I met a college student the other day. She was slim but she says she never exercises. Is she any better off then someone like me, who is slightly overweight but exercises fairly regularly. <BR> <BR> She might say that she doesn't need to exercise. What do you think? Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:01:19 EST Ever feel lazy to exercise? No exercise yesterday bcoz I was too lazy! Hoping to make myself do it today! <BR> <BR> Ever feel reluctant to exercise? So mad at myself! Fri, 21 Nov 2014 03:19:17 EST Thanksgiving Recipes What are you serving for Thanksgiving? I'm in the process of making my Thanksgiving menu. I've started by ordering a fresh turkey instead of a store bought frozen one (save on preservatives and sodium) <BR> <BR> We will have pumpkin pie instead of apple (one less crust), but I don't have a recipe yet. <BR> <BR> I'll serve a veggie platter with hummus as an appetizer. <BR> <BR> Please share your plan and healthy recipes! I'm still looking for a healthier stuffing recipe and ideas ... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:32:12 EST snackie days Today has been rough. One of the roughest days I have had so far and been doing this for 3 months and have lost 27 pounds. All I have wanted to do today was snack. Had 2 this morning and then 1 this afternoon. Thankfully I have managed to stay in my calorie intake range but still feel guilty for eating like this. How do you handle days like this? I so dread thanksgiving next week, not looking forward to It at all. Afraid I might back pedal and then just give up. How do you stay head strong an... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:32:20 EST Study: Soda May Age You as Much as Smoking I thought that this Time article was interesting. Yet another reason to stay FAR away from pop! <BR> <BR> Soda May Age You as Much as Smoking, Study Says <BR> <BR> The link between soda and telomere length <BR> <BR> Nobody would mistake sugary soda for a health food, but a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health just found that a daily soda habit can age your immune cells almost two years. <BR> <BR> Senior study author Elissa Epel, PhD, professor of psychiatry at Uni... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:17:55 EST 93 Weird Things About The U.S. That Americans Don’ 93 Weird Things About The U.S. That Americans Don’t Realize Are Weird-- <BR> <BR> 1.HUGE portion sizes of food. <BR> 2.Flags everywhere. EVERYWHERE. <BR> 3.Wearing the flag as a bikini. <BR> 4.Price tags without tax included. “How do you know how much you’re spending until you get to the cashier?” <BR> 5.Tipping is confusing. <BR> 6.Advertising for prescription drugs, as in “ask your doctor for brand x.” In the U.K., “your doctor tells you what drugs you should take, not the other way arou... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:07:31 EST How do you know if you've made too many goals? I've started my list of goals for 2015 (and started working on them) I have fourteen (and counting, most likely) goals. If I was to achieve them all, I'd be wonderful. They all are important some are harder than others. I don't want to say "I'm just going to focus on these few. Forget the rest." They all have some importance. How can I assure my success? Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:27:10 EST Ever been snowed in? I have been snowed in this is day 3 , its a bit of a struggle to stay on track with eating but I have been hanging in there. No work because we can't get there so I have been keeping busy on line. Have you ever been snowed in if so how did you stay busy <em>27</em> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:55:40 EST Do you collect anything? I love home made pottery - the kind that children/kids do in school. I find most of mine while thrifting. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:26:48 EST How do you take your green tea? Generally I do not like green tea. However, I love Arizona's Diet Blueberry Green Tea and Panera's Green tea infused with passion fruit and papaya served over ice. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:14:50 EST sodium how much sodium is a person suppose to have a day? I don't use salt on my foods and I know a lot of processed foods have a ton of it. I am looking for some ideas that don't have a lot of sodium in them. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:18:17 EST menopause <em>40</em> I am scared to death of it <em>40</em> Any words of wisdom? Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:18:26 EST All natural? I only eat all natural foods (I have for years). I don't eat anything that has artificial anything in it. On a rare occasion I will, but it doesn't happen often. This is not to be confused as eating organic - I do try to buy organic but that can be difficult/expensive. So, that being said - anyone else eat all natural foods only? Wed, 19 Nov 2014 05:23:13 EST 13,000 Steps!!! Yeah!! Baby!!! I felt too lazy to exercise yesterday. I had just come back and I was playing with my tab. <BR> <BR> According to my handy pedometer ap, I had already taken 5,000 steps while I was up and about. So, at about 5pm, I laced up my sneakers and walked some more. I had already touched the 10,000 step mark but I walked some more while chatting with a friend. <BR> <BR> I took more than 13,000 steps yesterday and I was sweating! Yeah! Baby! Wed, 19 Nov 2014 03:43:08 EST Does more sleep help weight loss? It's hard for me to go to bed in a timely fashion ,but if it could help me lose weight, I'd try harder. So does it work? Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:28:32 EST Is it wrong to brag? Todays Dear Abby was from a lady who was upset that a friend posted her daughters grades and accomplishments on Face Book. The writer felt is was inappropriate and hurtful as the writers son is suffering from depression and just making it through the day is an accomplishment. <BR> <BR> What do you think? <BR> <BR> Is it wrong to be proud of your kid? Wrong to post your child's accomplishment on social media? <BR> <BR> Was the writer over sensitive? Should she make an attempt to be happy f... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:35:44 EST cancel Spark Coach I just wanted to just check out "Spark Coach" not sign up for it. How do I get rid of the Menu in my "TRACK YOUR FOOD"? I'm sure it's a wonderful program but I don't want to do it just now. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:40:22 EST Just getting over the flu I started this journey about 2 months ago because I put on a lot of weight after injurying my ankle. I have to take it easy because of said ankle. Now I'm getting over the flu and I have very little energy or motivation... Very frustrating... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:54:32 EST My Annual Christmas Treat Christmas comes early this year at my church! The 29th of November to be exact. 2 Saturdays from now. I've decided I want to look fab for the party! So on Tuesday, the 25th, I am going for a facial, followed by a pedi! <BR> <BR> I haven't had a facial in years and I promised myself a pedi on my birthday but never got around to it but I'll have pretty Christmassy toenails for the Christmas party! <BR> <BR> I've decided that I will dress casual for the Christmas party that Saturday because I ... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:41:57 EST What are your sleep habits? Do you sleep 8 hours straight at night (or most nights)? Do you keep the same hours/routine most nights? Tue, 18 Nov 2014 03:23:43 EST Making it through the Holliday season So how do you people avoid over eating during this up coming time of year, every looks and tastes so darn good? (trying to muster will power to just say enough) Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:18:06 EST What would you have said? I was completely unable to come up with a response today. <BR> <BR> One of my co workers went to the cafeteria for lunch. Walk a hundred feet down a hall, take the elevator down 3 floors, walk 150 feet or so and return. <BR> <BR> He is in his 50's, 75#s or so overweight. <BR> <BR> He comes back carrying a tray of food, huffing and puffing and states "It's so exhausting walking to the cafeteria." <BR> <BR> I just looked at him, nodded and said uh-huh and went back to work. I couldn't thi... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:47:02 EST Purging my old clothes! Donated all my 2x-3x size 22-24 plus clothes today Hope they find a good home Yipee! Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:46:54 EST KETO DIET I HAVE BEEN HEARING ALOT ABOUT THE KETO DIET AND I WANTED TO KNOW IF SOMEONE COULD HELP ME OUT WITH IT AND GIVEME ALL THE INS AND OUTS , DO'S AND DON'TS PLEASE... I REALLY WANT TO GET STARTED FIRST THING IN THE MORNING... THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP, I HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT EVENING Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:14:04 EST What's for dinner? I'm stumped on what I want to make. Probably something with chicken. <BR> <BR> So, what's for dinner? Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:37:58 EST Lipstick - Do Women Still Wear It ? Over the weekend, I was sitting on the T (subway) and at one stop a woman got on. Normally, I don't really pay attention to who gets on and off. The reason I noticed her was because she was wearing bright red lipstick. She didn't seem to be wearing any other makeup. So, I looked around at the other women in the car. No other woman was wearing lipstick. <BR> <BR> Question, if you wear makeup, do you use lipstick ? Why or why not ? <BR> <BR> I don't wear lipstick. Never liked it. Would occa... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:02:14 EST Fall off the wagon Life is not being fair to me right now and I fell off the wagon but I am willing to start again and hang in there this time. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:03:46 EST What's Your #1 Goal This Week? Follow my anti-inflammatory eating plan! <em>521</em> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:29:19 EST Which stuffing from a bag is best to use? Brownberry is my favorite but I haven't really used anything else.... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 22:19:48 EST Sunday hope everyone had a great Sunday Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:56:04 EST Sunday afternoon What is everyone doing this afternoon? It's a chilly 49" in Atl Ga.!! What am I doing? Laundry...ugh! Sun, 16 Nov 2014 13:15:23 EST 4 days smoke free 4 days smoke free and Im seriously ready to buy a pack of smokes Sun, 16 Nov 2014 12:30:38 EST Lazy weekend! I spent almost the entire weekend reading. I went to a chronic illness support group meeting at 3pm in the mother church. My church is actually a preaching point started elsewhere in the neighborhood, planted by the mother church. <BR> <BR> The mother church is further away, in town. After the meeting, I went to the mall beside the train station. I had a nice bowl of herbal beef noodles. I actually wanted herbal chicken noodles but they just ran out of bone-in chicken pieces. But no regrets,... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 09:14:09 EST Bored, lonely and alone what do you do? I need a social life because when everyone else is living their life and I'm left to my own devices this is how I feel, what to do what to do? It generally leads me to over eat, I've never had a ton of friends but I do have a few who are very close but they have spouses and raising children and work so we rarely if ever get together anymore except for maybe a couple times per year. But actaully speak or text weekly. <BR> <BR> <BR> I know the more weight I gained the more isolated I became ... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 23:38:42 EST NEW EMOTICON <BR> <BR> THINK ABOUT NEW EMOTICON'S TO BE ADDED. WHOEVER IS IN CHARGE. WE NEED A CHANGE. WHAT DOES EVERYONE THINK ???? HMMMM Sat, 15 Nov 2014 18:55:06 EST Cool Tool--Harvard Healthy Heart Calculator This tool asks questions about exercise and eating habits and gives you a picture of your cardiovascular risk. <BR> <BR> It also gives some helpful, detailed feedback about how to improve your diet and fitness. <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <BR> <link>https://healthyheartscore.sph.harvar<BR> </link> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 15:51:08 EST SP points not transferring from phone to SP Sometimes when I read an article or review my goals, etc. on my phone and click "Get your Points" they don't record on SP. Sometimes they do! <BR> <BR> Does anyone know why? What should I do? I like having SP with me on my phone, but I want my points! <em>246</em> <em>252</em> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 15:41:17 EST Holiday music - is it too early? I've already heard holiday music and usually it annoys me when it's too early but this year I'm enjoying it - how about you? Sat, 15 Nov 2014 09:30:58 EST Free time What do you like to do with your free time? Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:11:14 EST access to this website? did anyone have problems gaining access to this website today? Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:46:52 EST How do pictures of yourself make you feel? Im a photographer and its picture season!! I have so many mom friends that have a ton of pictures of their kids and their husbands but you hardly ever see a picture of them. When asked, they reply that they HATE the way the way they look and they will eventually get their pictures made when they lose weight. I can relate. The camera may add a few pounds but it really doesnt lie too often. I have lots of 'skinny" pics of myself before i had all of my kids but the ones afterwards are slim.What ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:55:14 EST LOOKING FOR SPARK FRIENDS! I have been an active member of SparkPeople since 2011. I have had numerous friends on my friend's list, but over time the friends have left spark or just become inactive. I am trying hard to join teams and connect with people, but I am running into a lot of inactive teams too. I am looking for more friends, people that are actively using spark and excited to be here. Please add me. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>252</em> <em>223</em> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:17:17 EST feeling how is everybody feeling today? Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:53:46 EST Recipe calculator is not right I put in a recipe and the carbs I know are not right. I looked at every ingredient and it doesnt add up to 14 point something it is more like 8 point something. What could be wrong? why would it put more carbs in it when all the stuff adds to less. <em>39</em> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:29:59 EST Getting Frustrated! I keep exercising and watching my portion sizes but I don't seem to be losing weight! I need to lose 30lbs and lose some belly fat but so far, no changes and I've been trying for at least 3 years! <BR> <BR> I m starting to think : "What's the point?" Fri, 14 Nov 2014 04:46:16 EST If only I had woken up earlier But I was very tired this morning because I couldn't sleep last night. This old gentleman just came to the dialysis center a mere 10 minutes earlier than me and he got to start at 12:30 pm; while the rest of us has to wait till 2:15pm! <BR> <BR> It makes me wish I had woken up earlier, then I can finish at 4:30pm and not 6:30pm. I m just so upset! What a waste of time! Fri, 14 Nov 2014 02:05:36 EST A Good Dose Of Reality Again I found myself in a discussion about weight loss among a few friends also "on diets". Much about the same stuff, plans, supplements, fads, special, health and diet foods, foods to eat and avoid, exercise etc. All of us been on the yo-yo routine. Nothing working long term-all of us have about 60+ lbs to lose. Then from the mouth of a child, a friends pre-teen daughter seated with us blurted out" ITS EASY! Eat only three times a day until you don't feel hungry, and no more". At that ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:16:00 EST Info for Newbies? Just wondering . . . <BR> <BR> This site and it's resources are huge and can be overwhelming for someone new. Does anyone know if there's an article or link somewhere to help new people get started? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:37:53 EST How to live the dream? Hi, I have a dream of having and body like Jessica Alba and overall movie star looks. How can I achieve that without spending any money (I'm not rich yet-working on that too.) I know this sounds shallow but who doesn't want to be thin an look great? Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:22:12 EST Ads and appropriateness So, I am putting in my points today for exercise and not really paying much attention to the ads on the sides, top and bottom of the screen. But suddenly, one caught my eye, primarily because of the inappropriateness of it for people who are trying to eat healthier and to lose weight. What was it you might ask? <BR> McDonalds <BR> Yes, a big juicy looking cheeseburger and fries right in my face for me to drool over and wish I had. Now the veggie lunch I had been looking forward to didn't ap... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:21:19 EST Veteran's Day Are you going to a Veteran's program today!! Thank a Veteran Today!!! Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:06:32 EST Going back to smoking I quit smoking on Sept 13th 2014. Now I'm noticing I'm smoking cigarettes again. At least I'm not buy a pack of cigarette. Today (Nov 10) I had smoked 4 cigarettes. I really want to quit. What trigger me is stress, or nervous, bored. <BR> I have nicroette gum and Chantix, But should I start again on those or just see if this pass? My family and I was happy I quit but now disguised with myself I'm sneaking back. <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:50:29 EST smoking This may not be the bestplace to post this but I'm lost. My husband smoked when we first met (13) he quit. But in 08 I caught him smoking at work. (He was comming home and just smelled awful. I asked he amitted.) Never smoked again but the last couple of months he has been complaing of having cravings. He quit drinking a year ago and I think stress from work is whats making him want to smoke. He yells at me and the kids over little things and when they/we ask why did we do he says nothing. I ... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:05:04 EST Soup I am in a big soup phase right now. What are your favorites? What are healthiest? Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:58:35 EST Water in Crystal Light Is the water used to make a package of Crystal Light (2 Qts.) considered water? Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:33:33 EST SP Class Team Leader Can anyone tell me what's involved with being a SP Class Team Leader and how they are chosen? <BR> <BR> Thank you! Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:12:22 EST SO, is it a "SPORT"? How about them Cardinals??? 7 and 1, soon to be 8 and 1! Whoo hooo <BR> <BR> Okay got my plug in! <BR> <BR> Chatting with friends the other night and the topic of sports came up which segued into "Is it really a sport? <BR> <BR> What do you think? <BR> Is race care driving a sport? <BR> Horseback riding? <BR> Cheerleading? <BR> Chess? <BR> <BR> One definition " usually competitive physical activity which,[1] through casual or organized participation, aim to use, maintain or improve physi... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 11:56:18 EST 10,000 steps in!!! Yeah!!! baby!!! I just love my pedometer app! It's pretty accurate and doesn't drain my phone battery! <BR> <BR> There are lot's of them out there. You just have to read thru the reviews and find one you like. <BR> <BR> I m not saying mine is the best but I m happy with it. It's called StepWalk. <BR> <BR> It keeps me on track to get in my 10,000 steps! Sun, 9 Nov 2014 11:06:06 EST THIS is considered plus size? She's a size 10. I don't know how tall she is, but she looks perfectly healthy to me. <BR> <BR> Thanks, fashion industry, for continuing to perpetuate the stereotype that thin and frail = beautiful. <BR> <BR> Kudos for continuing to skew little girls' idea of what beautiful is. <BR> <BR> Golf clap for your tone-deafness in putting a perfectly fit young woman out there as an example that "plus size can indeed be beautiful." We already knew that, you snobbish morons. <BR> <BR> <l... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 22:41:36 EST Has anyone tried Vida health coaching? Hello, <BR> <BR> Has anyone downloaded and tried Vida health coaching? I just read about them and thinking about trying it out. Sat, 8 Nov 2014 19:49:18 EST Weight Watchers vs. Counting Calories I have always done Weight Watchers, but I don't seem to be losing anymore with that program. I am afraid to count calories though because Weight Watchers has always kept me accountable. Thoughts? Sat, 8 Nov 2014 06:55:01 EST Computer/ Buy Now or WAIT for Black Friday? The fan motor on my laptop is dying.... <BR> <BR> My question...would you buy now or wait for the Black Friday Sales? <BR> And anyone have a recommendation on a good laptop website?. Fri, 7 Nov 2014 14:04:20 EST Sometimes eating out makes more sense! I wanted to make lasagna but the ingredients alone cost more than RM50! 3 kinds of cheese, the noodles, meat, tomato paste? I'd rather pay RM20 to eat one portion in a restaurant! <BR> <BR> If I make a pan of lasagna, who's going to eat it all? My parents are not big fans of it! But seeing the recipes for homemade lasagna make me droll! Guess I'll have to save up for it! But then again, who's going to eat it all? Fri, 7 Nov 2014 11:25:10 EST Just finished my Christmas shopping! I had fun wrapping them! I actually wanted to give special presents to the staff at the dialysis center but I just couldn't afford it. I was saving up since July, I think but I only managed to get 3 special gifts. I got 6 nice but economical photo frames, who doesn't need photo frames, right? I also got 4 McDonalds vouchers. The nurses are big fans of McD! <BR> <BR> It's tough shopping for 13 ppl! I hope they will like their gifts and won't cry unfair......sigh! It's the best I can do! Fri, 7 Nov 2014 11:14:15 EST Ladies with long, fine hair Any tried & true tips to get rid of, or manage static in your hair? (Other than a pony tail?) <BR> <BR> Fri, 7 Nov 2014 10:54:14 EST What's your favorite Sweet Potato recipe! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> It's that time a year when the sweet potato becomes the "go to" dish. But...sweet potatoes are delicious all year. So what is your favorite way to prepare Sweet Potatoes all year long? <BR> <BR> This is probably a boring answer but I love the simple...Foil wrapped baked sweet potatoes. I don't even put anything on it...just eat it plain! It is so YUMMY! <em>4</em> Fri, 7 Nov 2014 10:21:19 EST What is your favorite way to de-stress? Music! Anytime I feel the need to unwind and de-stress I turn on music! I love music, no matter what my day was like it always makes me feel better. I'm a huge Elvis fan and Elvis radio never fails at making me feel good! Fri, 7 Nov 2014 06:49:48 EST I wish Sparks People would have meeting places.. I suppose it's just a wish..but I would love to be able to attend a meeting to weigh in something like the "Other" weightloss group. I for one think they would do so well..blow the others out of the water for sure. I would gladly pay a membership fee. <BR> Sparks has sooo very much more to offer. <BR> <BR> I know,I know..Sparks already does so much and for that I am most grateful. <BR> Just wishing... <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Thu, 6 Nov 2014 11:56:17 EST How do you track walk/run intervals? How do you track walk/run intervals in the fitness tracker? <BR> <BR> I see two options to choose from and none of them look like they fit. And I can't put in my own exercise because I don't know how much calories I burned. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did 3.21 miles in 45 minutes which includes a 5 minute walking warm up. <BR> <BR> In total I did 37 minutes walking and 8 minutes running. <BR> <BR> I appreciate any help. Thu, 6 Nov 2014 10:58:11 EST Anyone here doing NaNoWriMo this year? This is my first time! For those who don't know about NaNo, its a challenge for the month of November to write 50,000 words for a novel. For me, its less about that number and more about finally having the courage to pursue one of my life long dreams. Its been a wild ride so far, and I'm less than a week into it. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I posted a little excerpt of my story on my blog. I'd love to get some feedback on it. Check it out and let me know your honest opinion. I can take it, I promise! ... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 10:55:59 EST Who is looking forward to Thanksgiving?!? I am getting excited about turkey day! I am *not* gonna let it throw me off my groove, either...I've been researching healthier, low carb versions of pumpkin pie, cheesecake, green bean casserole, etc. And reminding myself that even tho my kids will be stuffing their faces with stuffing and gravy, I don't have to! I'm especially looking forward to my home made cranberry sauce, made with Splenda instead of sugar. So delish. <BR> <BR> Who else is determined to be HEALTHY this Thanksgiving and... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 10:18:07 EST Workout with a buddy and want to share your story? Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We're working on an article about working out with a buddy and would like to include stories from our members about how this has affected their progress, motivation, etc. <BR> <BR> If you are interested in being interviewed for the story, can you send me a SparkMail? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Thu, 6 Nov 2014 09:21:27 EST planned whats everybody got planned today? Wed, 5 Nov 2014 15:36:55 EST Girls Night Out Question A few of us were enjoying each others company and drinking some wine. One friend asked this question. Which one would you pick? <BR> <BR> A Jeannie out of a bottle gave you this ultimatum. You can be rich for the rest of your life. You could never lose any of the money in a bad investment that would render you not rich as money would just miraculously appear in your account again if you lost some always keeping you rich. Rich for life. With this choice you would be always at least 60 p... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 12:31:44 EST Having an allergy exclusion in meal plan I was a dedicated user of this site and app, however, have not used it lately due to lack of being able to use meal plan they recommend. I am still waiting for Spark people to move forward with putting options for selecting various allergies when choosing their recommended food plan. I have been diagnosed with Celiac and would love to see a No Gluten option in there selections. Wed, 5 Nov 2014 08:22:51 EST What's your favorite healthy meal? What is your favorite healthy meal? <BR> <BR> I love a great spinach salad & Tuna sandwich for lunch. It is actually my favorite quick healthy meal for any time...lunch or dinner Tue, 4 Nov 2014 15:06:01 EST Election Day November 4th I hope all my Spark friends are performing their civic duty and getting out to vote today. <BR> <BR> You don't have to mention who you are voting for, but are there any issues or ballot questions that concern you ? In Massachusetts, one ballot question is whether or not the bottle bill (deposit) should be expanded to include items like water and energy drinks. Personally, I'm for expanding bottle deposits. Why ? Litter. Having a deposit on water bottles means that someone somewhere will pic... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 12:34:42 EST <em>652</em> ELECTION DAY IN THE U. S. <em>652</em <em>652</em> Today is ELECTION DAY in the United States. <em>652</em> Please get out and VOTE...regardless of what you have been told, your vote DOES matter! Tue, 4 Nov 2014 09:11:26 EST How to find pretty but reasonable plus size blouse ?? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tired of not being able to find affordable but cute/pretty blouses that are durable and will last. Do I have to pay $30 to $50 dollars for one blouse or shirt, that wont even last that long, and the material at times is so thin. <BR> <BR> Where do you ladies purchase quality but reasonable clothing, I need blouses the most. I have plenty of bottoms <BR> <BR> Clothes I like are generally not made for my size 2x top and size 18 bottom, and some clothes that are, ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 02:58:20 EST Question about spark teams So I joined spark people a little over a week ago and I use the food log and blog, but I also was looking forward to having some "buddies" to do this journey with so I've been checking out a few spark teams. Most of the ones I'm really interested in haven't had any posts in over a month or more and I'm kind of bummed about that, as I was really looking forward to finding at least one person on this journey in a similar life position as me (in their 30's, no kids, no significant other) or a... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 20:49:27 EST Garden tower I am not even sure this is where I should be. I am with 50+with 50-99 lbs to lose. Some have been interested in my Tower garden planter, I have gotten some pictures taken by my son to show but am not sure how to do it. I put a link (I think) in my blog that can be clicked on to show one view. This planter is especially good for those who are in a wheel or power chair. I hope this works, Betty <em>247</em> Mon, 3 Nov 2014 18:07:30 EST Not sure where to put this question... I was wondering if anyone else has had this happen to them. I apologize if there is tmi. For the last two nights, I'd wake up in the middle of the night feeling a bit overheated (even though I run the temperature down) and like I need to go to the bathroom (for bm). When I get to the bathroom, I end up vomiting a little bit. After a few minutes, I feel better and I'm able to go back to sleep. <BR> <BR> I'm not pregnant and I haven't eaten anything out of the ordinary that would upset my stom... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 12:06:30 EST Feeling wonderful and inspired! Hi SP land! <BR> <BR> I have to share some wonderful news with all of you... Today, I finally feel a little like my old self again! I've been following a Naturopathic Physician prescribed "anti-inflammatory diet" for 4 weeks now, with the goal of reducing painful inflammation all over my body, and especially in my bone-on-bone, severely arthritic knees. The diet combined with taking Zyflamend (amazing stuff!) and various herbal tinctures and Unda numbers, has resulted in me waking up this mo... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 13:56:08 EST Remember ---Time Change For those in the USA turn you clock BACK one hour tonight, Saturday night! We get an extra hour of sleep! WOOHOO Sat, 1 Nov 2014 19:34:26 EST Are YOU sticking to your goals? Happy to report that I am and I am loving the feel of being in control of what I put in my mouth! <em>244</em> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 14:46:46 EST I feel so fat! I hope ppl are not going to say that I am obsessing over my tummy problem/belly fat. <BR> <BR> But I just feel that this can't be healthy! True, I'm surrounded by younger women, but it can be disheartening to feel that I'm the only one with a belly problem! <BR> <BR> I just feel so discouraged when I see pictures of women with perfect flat abs. I don't necessarily want a six pack. I just want to be more attractive! <BR> <BR> Nearly everyone is commenting on my belly problem and saying that... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 10:16:20 EST Girls: Do you gain weight right before period? And how much do you usually gain? I have gained 2.5 pounds since the day before yesterday and I have been on track and exercised so it is not due to overeating. But I am due to start in the next couple days so I am thinking that is why. Sat, 1 Nov 2014 09:00:50 EST Any Krav Maga students out there? I am in need of some help. My mother and I want to take Self Defense. I think we should enroll in a Krav Maga program, while she believes that the possibly cheaper alternative of going into a continuing education Self Defense class at my community college would be just as good. Community College: Eastfield College in Mesquite, TX. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:43:05 EST HAPPY HALLOWEEN! ---HAPPY HALLOWEEN!--- <em>420</em> <em>431</em> <em>419</em> <em>420</em> <em>431</em> <em>419</em> HAPPY HALLOWEEN! ---HAPPY HALLOWEEN!--- <em>420</em> <em>431</em> <em>419</em> <em>420</em> <em>431</em> <em>419</em> ---HAPPY HALLOWEEN!--- <em>420</em> <em>431</em> <em>419</em> <em>420</em> <em>431</em> <em>419</em> ---HAPPY HALLOWEEN!--- <em>420</em> <em>431</em> <em>419</em> <em>420</em> <em>431</em> <em>419</em> ---HA... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:28:13 EST Low carb food help please I have pcos and it is hard for me to loss weight but the best diet for me is low carb but everything has so many cards. <BR> Besides meat cheese and eggs what else can I eat? HELP Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:27:37 EST Back!!! Without my computer for a week while getting fixed. Back! I didn't realize how much I missed Spark until I noticed myself myself slipping back into old habits I'm trying to break-I've been soooo bad and off track :( staying off the scale until next week. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:27:36 EST Do You Count Coffee In Your 8 ....... Do you count coffee or tea as part of the 8 glasses of water you drink a day? Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:38:43 EST losing weight might be impossible for me Here is the thing, I am 20 to 30 pounds over weight but I just couldn't lose any of those weight. I play tennis almost everyday for the past 7 months for an hour, I walk everyday for 40 minutes; I do eat more calories than I should (I start to realize it when I log in all my food), but those food are healthy, nutritious, home cooked meals. I want to eat less calories but the haunting hungry feeling is always there, then I just give up and end up eating more. So, ever since I started to try t... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:04:10 EST Chocolate Cake Tomorrow is my treat and I am going to have chocolate cake with my Daughter. October the 30th is her 50th Birthday. <BR> <em>4</em> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:19:26 EST What's Your Halloween Plan? So here we are...three days from the Halloween Celebrations (for those of us that "Do" that!) <BR> What's your plan to keep the Candy Monsters away or limit their effect this year?!! <BR> <BR> We have a neighborhood full of kids who will be making the rounds, and emotionally, I have many good memories from our years growing up, so we do put out a pumpkin, offer Trick or Treats, and really enjoy the kid's costumes. <BR> <BR> My partner already came home with some Trick or Treat candies ( f... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:27:13 EST Who Inspires You ? I wrote a blog today about "who inspires me". Please check it out and write a comment about who it is that inspires you the most. Looking forward to hearing from you. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:14:41 EST Vaping anyone? Have any of you tried vaping, as a way to help quit smoking? If you're not sure what it is, its sort of like e-cigs. Check out vaping, on youtube... pretty awesome. It helped me to quit smoking completely. I smoked since I was 21, and I'm almost 40 now. Have been quit over 6 months, and no thoughts of ever lighting up again. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 03:02:01 EST Possible I am facing having to lose 200 pounds and I don't know if that is even possible. What are the odds of success? How does one do it? Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:47:53 EST Cruise Control Diet Hi everyone; <BR> I just watched a video about the Cruse Control Diet. Has anyone heard of it before? And does it really work? Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:28:22 EST + & - of activity (fitness) monitors I am just beginning the research fot a fitness monitor... I am interested is: <BR> <BR> Features <BR> Cost <BR> Function <BR> Steps <BR> Heart Rate <BR> Activity Timer (reminder) <BR> East of use/ interface with SP <BR> Battery Life <BR> <BR> AND what are your experiences. Do they help motivate? <BR> Are they worth it the money? <BR> Do you use it all the time or was it just a phase? <BR> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:50:21 EST Nike Fuel Band Hi, <BR> I have the Nike Fuel Band, is there anyway to sync it to my Fitness Tracker like the FitBit? Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:11:30 EST Calling all MOMS :) I've started a team for moms! <BR> Stay at home, working, single, married, dating, widowed, divorced, biological and non-biological moms of any age! <BR> As long as you're a mom then this team is for you! <BR> <BR> We'll have weekly challenges beginning Monday November 3rd. Our monthly challenge will begin November 1st-- simply pick your fitness minutes goal and update it regularly in our November challenge thread. <BR> <BR> Team goodies will be given to our Top 3 "Monthly Achievers" in fi... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:35:49 EST Partial Solar Eclipse Tonight (10/24/14) A partial eclipse will occur over North America late this afternoon. It should be amazing for all the celestial enthusiasts. Remember: never look directly at the Sun for any reason, especially during an eclipse, as severe damage or blindness can occur. <BR> <BR> You can see the eclipse event LIVE on EarthSky: <BR> <BR> <BR> es-a-bite-out-of-the-suns-disk-on-octo <BR> ber-23 <BR> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:47:59 EST losing weight before getting pregnant Hello, <BR> <BR> I joined sparkpeople because I want to lose weight before my husband and I try to have a baby. we would start trying now but I know getting pregnant can take time or happen over night so I need to be in a better place. I am posting because I am scared and a little lost. I got involved with a new career which was my excuse to pack on even more pounds to the already newly wed weight gain. It has gotten to the point where I am addicted to sugar/carbs/process/and junk. two ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:27:03 EST Thrive 365 It appears Thrive 365 is an extra page above the Start Page. Is this a true statement, and does anyone know how to add this to "My Trackers" instead of "My Favorites" on my computer? Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:46:19 EST Platuea - How to get out of them? Hey, so over the last year I have lost 40 pounds. I am looking to lose about 20 more but I am having a hard time getting past where I am right now. Its frustrating because I think I am eating well and exercising fairly regularly. Anyone have any tips or tricks or advice that they used to get out of the platueas? The longer they go on that harder it is for me to keep motivated... <BR> Should I exercise more? Be more careful of my tracking? Help please!! Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:01:02 EST Starting again - What's new? Hi all, I'm sorry to say that I've been away for a very long time. I'd say about a year and a half!! In that time, I've regained almost half the weight I lost and I am very ashamed and embarassed since I really thought I had finally gotten the answers and licked this thing for good. Anyway, I just wanted to say hello again and see if anyone can bring me up to speed with anychanges that have happened. I see that the site has changed a bit and it's much cleaner and user friendlier and I've d... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:36:23 EST New Levels! More Motivation from SP! There are 5 new levels that raises the bar on SP! <BR> <BR> Thanks, SP! I m excited! Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:58:07 EST Weight loss gifts. Re-posting this in a different place. Hoping to get more feedback: <BR> <BR> I'm working with a consultant and one of the questions that I have been asked of is when I set a weight loss goal they want me to gift myself something. I'm at my last 40lbs of my 90lb weight loss and I have no idea what to gift myself for the last 20lbs lost. I for one am currently 215, and at 209 I will gift myself something and then 199 I will gift myself something, 189, and then 179 and like 4lbs. My goal is 175... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:46:44 EST Do you take pics of your food to post them on the net thru apps or whatever? <BR> <BR> I usually don't bcoz I m impatient to eat! <BR> <BR> But sometimes I do, just for fun! <BR> <BR> What abt you? Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:23:39 EST Has anyone found a substitute? I have been craving tuna or chicken salad and I know how bad mayo is, at least in the amount I like in my tuna salad. Has anyone come up with a good substitute? I know I have added some spicy mustard but just wondering what others do. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:00:25 EST Looking for friends for motivaiton. Hey I'm new on here and I'm looking for friends that are active on this site that will help with motivation and I will be happy to return the favor. I'm on a mission to lose 100 pounds. This is a hard journey and I could use all the help I can get. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:18:21 EST New Here New here, and just really wanting to get my life on track. I am all messed up in my schedule and with what I do all day, which is sleep or watch tv. AND I HATE IT. Any tips or motivation would be greatly appreciated. Thank You in advance :) Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:49:05 EST binge eating So on Sunday I binged for the first time in a long time. I've been reflecting on it and trying to get to the root as to why I did it. If you follow my blog you see that I ate mission burrito and after that, I spiraled out of control leading to ice cream, peanut butter, and meals way too large. Yes, I feel guilty about it. Like I ruined all the hard work I did last week. <BR> <BR> but <BR> <BR> I'm blogging it out, posting on here. Typing my frustration and putting it behind me. It could hav... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:43:52 EST Late Period. Help! I've lost 10 lbs since Sept 10. I think that's a reasonable amount & by no means too fast. I'm 5'3" and 146 lbs currently. Would it be normal to have a delayed period just from a 10 lb loss? Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:18:59 EST New to this whole "taking care of myself" thing So, I've always been a caretaker - just not of myself. So, I recently turned 39 and I decided to make some changes. Now they say not to overwhelm yourself with too many changes at once or you're doomed to fail. I have 4 major things I need to change - weight, eating habits, fitness habits and smoking. Right now I am focusing on fitness and weight. I bought a scale and 3lb weights. I've been going to the pool and I got hooked up with dailyburn,com. I love daily burn because it's fun, there are... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:44:26 EST I like working out... so? I workout on average 2 hours a day 5 days a week. There are days when I will spend as many as 4 hours at the gym. <BR> <BR> Today for example, I took a 5:30 am Boot Camp class (PC Fit) for an hour, then later on in the day I took a 5:30 pm spin (x-bike) class. It was my day off and I had a doctor's appointment, had to get my Jeep serviced, had breakfast with a friend, did some shopping and a few other things in between. <BR> <BR> On the days I spend 4 hours in the gym I will take various ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:50:40 EST lost 10 pounds!! woohoo! started about a month and a half ago just walking and eating right and i lost 10 pounds, been slacking for the last 2 weeks, getting back on track today! walked 2 miles tonight, my goal is to lose 28 pounds by january! Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:42:42 EST I did it I could not make it to the gym all week. I was just too tired to get up and walk. The gym is about 5 blocks away. My medication for bipolar disorder is making me sleep a lot. Well,I said I need something to motivate me and I thought of you guys here. I went pain and tired and worked out over 30 minutes on the bike. Broke a good sweat and all. Then got on another machine and made it 6 minutes. Normally I can't pass 3. Yeah me. <BR> <BR> Lets hope for the best tomorrow. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:08:34 EST Have you tried colonics? Have you tried colonics? If so, how did you feel about the experience? Mon, 20 Oct 2014 04:32:06 EST soups what soups are considered simply filling ? Sat, 18 Oct 2014 23:25:07 EST Autism, Divorce, Desperation Hi... Please... I am writing on behalf of a friend who's losing her mind in desperation right now. She is recently divorced, though the battle has taken years to finalize, and they have 2 sons--one is 7 and "typical" while the other is 15 and has severe violent autism. Latest episode was that he attacked his mother (my friend) in Walmart, leaving her bleeding profusely from the arm, police and ambulance coming, ER visit... ugly. <BR> <BR> Anyway, it was an even uglier divorce, and her ex has... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 22:13:31 EST Reviewing Daily Notes Haven't been around for a while but wondered where you went to review old daily notes. Used to track restaurants there and it was easily to look through and figure out when I went and what I calculated I could eat without extreme guilt. I'm sure you can still get to it but I am just not sure how...........................thanks for the help..........................Naki Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:53:51 EST what's your favorite food scallops Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:01:27 EST Reward? Bad Haircut! I lost a few lbs and decided to treat myself to a haircut-it needed done anyway. So after finding out the person that always did my hair left, the other beautician seemed nice and she was employed there for a while so why not-after all I wasn't changing hairstyles and all she needed to do was follow the same cut lines......Yea right! Worst haircut ever! Doesn't even resemble my the original style-she went overboard with layering and chopping away, so now it looks like my hair is thin a... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:19:59 EST Disturbing vampire trend It all started with the Twilight craze. Then there was the True Blood series, among others. <BR> <BR> I find this trend disturbing, to say the least. In the Twilight series, Bella actually died and then became one of the undead, in short, she became a vampire too! What sort of message does this send to young girls reading this series? <BR> <BR> In the Twilight books, Edward, the vampire is described as divinely handsome, or something to that effect. It's almost as if vampirism is being glor... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 08:25:51 EST Spark Coach I want to join the Spark Coach program but don't know how I get to it. I have looked around the site but don't see a link anywhere. ANy ideas? Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:52:22 EST Nutritional values Is anyone else having trouble seeing the nutritional value of the food before adding to your day? If I enter it I can see the calories, carbs, etc. but I can't see anything in the popup window. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:45:54 EST URBANMOMMY Just wondering if anyone knows whatever happened to Kim who went by the name of URBANMOMMY. She was very inspirational and made quite a few You Tube videos about her body building/weight training journey. She started her own personal trainer business and then POOF seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth. As a fan, I'm hoping nothing happened to her. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:10:55 EST Sugar I was addicted to sugar but didn't know it. I had a Mello Yello every morning, junk food all day, but because I ate a lot of veggies I thought I was pretty healthy. I started a 10 week challenge that entails avoiding added sugar or sugar substitutes as well as processed food (in general). The diet concentrates on getting enough protein and carbs. <BR> <BR> I'm in week 3 of the challenge and I can TASTE natural sugar again. By this I mean Sweet Bell Peppers taste like candy, and my morning B... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:49:20 EST New Username Problem! Help! I recently changed my Username and yet Sparks asks me to log in with that old name every day! So I go into my start page and put my new Username in all over again. It is getting a bit frustrating that my new name isn't being acknowledged when I get on this site. <BR> <BR> Has anyone had this happen? Got a solution I could try? <BR> <BR> Thanks for any help/info. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:57:57 EST Meal Replacement Shakes - 21 Day Fix - Picky Eater I was so inspired by the info commercial on the 21 Day Fix that I had to buy it. It finally arrived...and has not yet been removed from the box other than to look at it. After reading through the booklet and reviewing 1 of the 30 minute exercise routines, I have stalled. My issue is that I am a very picky eater. I don't eat veggies, other than cooked carrots, corn, peas and corn. That is it! I have tried and tried, but I just gag and can't force myself to do it. For me, I am sure it is... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:48:47 EST Feeling down today During mid summer we rescued 3 infant kittens left abandoned in a rainstorm with a can of food, these were toothless, eyes not open babies! They were wet, cold, and limp-lucky we took a walk after the storm passed. After a lot of TLC all survived and are happy and healthy. Now its time to find them their forever homes and one found their home today- I feel as if i'm giving my baby away! We have two cats (spayed/indoor) and keeping one of the kittens-but I feel as if I'm, abandoning two of ... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:12:24 EST Chat rooms? I used to belong to a site that had live chatrooms that helped me a lot. Now it is a paid site so I had to leave. Anyone here know of a free site that offers live chatrooms for weight loss support? Although I enjoy Spark, I liked the chatrooms at the other site. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:43:35 EST Dog People-Coconut Oil? My 14 year old dog has recently been diagnosed with Cushing's disease & has been on medication now for a little over a month. He has his second blood work check up in a few days, & I'm wondering if some of his "issues" aren't just from that but also cognitive issues, seeing that he is old. I'm going to bring this up with the vet, but has anyone out there given their dog, especially a senior one, coconut oil? I've been doing some research on how senior dogs can benefit from it, and am thinking... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:42:37 EST medications Hi everyone! I was wonder if any else on here has had their primary care provider prescribe phentermine to help in losing weight after seeing it go up each time at follow up appointment's? How long did you use it? Did it have any affect on your BP in terms of making it go up? How did it make you feel? I've been on it for two months and have lost 12 lbs (3% of where I was when prescribe this medication). I'm happy for that. What I don't like is I never feel like eating breakfast in the morn... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:03:03 EST Joining? Hi all, <BR> I have decided it's time to do something about my weight. I've recently had a baby (7 weeks ago) and I have about 50lbs to lose. <BR> Have many of you had success with this program? I am looking for something I can do to keep me on track and provide guidance, I need some type of tracking. <BR> Any advice or opinions welcome. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:58:49 EST What is/was your unhealthy behavior chain/cycle? I find that for most people, there is a cycle of events or behaviors/choices that keep them on the unhealthy path (or drag them back to that path after a time of good habits). I'm definitely in that boat sometimes, and I hate it!! <BR> <BR> Mine is usually something like: <BR> <BR> Go to bed way too late -- Only get 4-5 hours sleep -- Hit snooze several times in morning -- Don't have time to pack a healthy lunch for work -- Feel grumpy, pessimistic and fatigued all morning at work -- Snacki... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:35:43 EST I woke up today a grouch... Slept hot, poor sleep,want to go back to bed and try again but not sleepy, just in a BAD mood Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:36:20 EST Anyone going to school and working full time and.. Trying to keep a healthy lifestyle? I am in school for my MBA (double full time to finish sooner), working full time, being a mom... and trying to keep a healthy lifestyle. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:53:13 EST Why you SHOULD brag! We all come to for the same reasons. Support, sharing our experiences, weight loss, and to improve our overall health through motivation of others. <BR> <BR> I've had my ups and downs just like any other person. Believe me! I've been overweight since I was 3! I have never been thin and recently making it to 190s is uncharted territory (since I was a little girl). <BR> <BR> I'll be the first to say that I've been through so many yo-yo diets and I have never lead to the succes... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:13:42 EST Are you planning a reward for when you get to goal I'm planning to vacation and possibly a new tatoo. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:09:01 EST Whats You Favorite Fall Snack sliced apples w/cinnamon Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:33:50 EST ppl with thick skulls Again and again, someone has again commented on my belly problem. I've had enough! I told them their comments are neither welcome or beneficial; but she said she's only 'giving me advice'. <BR> <BR> Well, I am working on it and I don't have to be constantly reminded of it! Geez! Losing weight takes time! So, stop with the insults already! I even told her I m already in my 40s! It's unreasonable to expect someone my age to be perfect! Mon, 13 Oct 2014 05:19:25 EST Losing inches from only one area? I know you can't target weight loss, but according to my tape measure this month I lost 5 cm from my waist but pretty much nothing from any other part of my body. I'm thinking maybe I measured wrong last time but I don't see how I could have accidentally added 5 cm to my measurements. Is it actually possible that I lost 5 cm from my waist only?? Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:43:05 EST Apple Cider Vinegar Hi all, <BR> has anyone tried this? its supposed to help with a multitude of things, weight loss, HBP, cholestrol, blood sugar to name a few. <BR> <BR> this is the drink <BR> <BR> 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar <BR> 1 cup hot water <BR> 1/4 cup apple juice <BR> 1 teaspoon honey <BR> 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger & ground cinnamon <BR> I started it on wednesday twice a day seems to help <BR> with my blood sugar stablizes it over nite. <BR> let me know <BR> thanks Sun, 12 Oct 2014 12:02:40 EST Party Ideas My 10 year old daughter has been invited to several Halloween Parties and now wants to have a Christmas Party since its too late to throw together a Halloween Party. Anyone have any ideas for fun and cheap games and activities for kids ages 9-11? Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:14:25 EST My husband won the soup cook off! My husband won a soup cook off at my daughter's school fall festival this morning. He made a butternut squash and walnut soup and it is a perfect fall soup that can warm you up on cold days. <BR> <BR> He roasted 3 large squash at 425..added 1 gallon of half and half to about 2/3 of the original volume. A box of chicken broth and 3 medium gala apples, yellow or read onion, diced and fried , chopped walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, allspice. <BR> <BR> Here is the list of ... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 13:29:22 EST belly fat, should I settle? Does hitting the 40s make you have a belly problem / muffintop? <BR> <BR> I refuse to believe that I can't improve my physique! <BR> <BR> What must I do to gain a flat belly? I m not asking for a sixpack, I would settle for a lean 2 pack! Sat, 11 Oct 2014 10:42:44 EST A carbo question Must I really give up white rice, white bread and potatoes? <BR> <BR> I find that really hard to do! It is ok to include them in my diet if I keep to my calorie allotment? Are these foods really bad for you if you are trying to lose weight? Fri, 10 Oct 2014 03:14:21 EST How did you do it? Advice needed please YEARS! I have been saying that tomorrow will be the day. I have had a few epiphanies about not feeling worthy of success and I can trace these emotions back to my mom but holy moly HOW HOW HOW do I get past it??? I can tell you that when in the grips of making the decision to put off a workout or eat more than I need to that part of me feels like "why bother you are going to fail anyway" but I just can't seem to get the upper hand on it. <BR> <BR> SP friends I am looking for your combined wi... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 18:43:13 EST What was your "lightbulb moment"? I realized that I didn't want to live my 20's like I lived my teens, unhappy. I want to enjoy my young adult years and experience new things. Thu, 9 Oct 2014 10:07:31 EST HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED? how do you stay motivated? Is it for your health? is it for your family? is it for yourself? is it to look good in your clothes? what motivates you the most on your journey to get healthy and fit? For me it is to get healthy, feel better, breathe better, for my friends,and family:then to look in my clothes <em>334</em> Wed, 8 Oct 2014 14:19:56 EST FRUSTRATED WITH ADS! I have been back on SP for a few weeks, highly motivated this time, after a hiatus. However, last night I clicked something too hastily (before reading it / eager to see how many steps I had taken) and now I am inundated with ads! I mean they COVER everything! I cannot even track my nutrition without having to repeatedly close ads! In addition, there are audio ads! All this is driving me crazy! <BR> <BR> PLEASE, someone tell me how to go back to the usual ads (on the side)! Otherwise, I am ... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 12:54:48 EST Anyone Sous Vide? I won a sous vide machine at the International Food Bloggers Conference last month in Seattle, and am having great fun with it. <BR> <BR> Just curious, anyone else here cook sous vide? <BR> <BR> -Chef Perry Tue, 7 Oct 2014 14:42:04 EST Converting Crock-Pot Recipes for the Oven This has been one of the most popular posts on my blog for a couple of years running, so I thought I'd share it here on SparkPeople (sans links, of course)... <BR> <BR> Converting Crock-Pot Recipes for the Oven <BR> <BR> Let’s talk about crock pot to oven conversions. We got a very nice email from Ashley L., who is a little concerned with the slow-cooker beef recipe this week. To quote, “HELP! I don’t have a crock-pot, and I can’t afford to go out and buy one…am I going to ruin this roast ... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 16:36:17 EST Weekend Weakness Hey, I've got this thing going on at work that's been serving me well insofar as exercise and water intake goes. But the second the weekend rolls around, I cop a 'tude where "I don't wanna" and I end up not exercising (at least 10,000 steps, exercise class, etc.) or drink an adequate amount of water to manage my symptoms. <BR> <BR> Silly, I know! <BR> <BR> I need an attitude adjustment, and I'm hoping I might hear from this community how other manage the Weekend Weakness hurtle. <BR> <B... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 15:47:30 EST fit2me I just notice Fit2me as an ad showing up. Has anyone tried it? Mon, 6 Oct 2014 09:48:21 EST Now running and gained a little weight.. I know, I know..water retention (btw I take pills to keep that in check..diagnosed with hypertension when I was 20), and muscle mass gain. <BR> <BR> However, I want to know: When does the weight start coming off? When do the muscle and the running charge up the metabolism? <BR> <BR> I know eating right is about 80% of weight loss. The first 80 pounds have been much easier to lose than this last 60! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 6 Oct 2014 08:26:44 EST what is WRONG with me?! I wonder if it's becoz I don't eat enough in the day but I keep getting the midnight munchies! <BR> <BR> Sometimes, I even end up brushing my teeth 3 times becoz of late night eating! <BR> <BR> This isn't helping at all! I still have a belly roll and I have put on 3kgs in the space of 3 years! <BR> <BR> And I am not getting any younger. <BR> <BR> The problem is, I get so hungry at night and I can't sleep till I've had a snack! <BR> <BR> I m literally tearing my hair out! I feel so fat! Mon, 6 Oct 2014 04:01:16 EST Do you take a B-complex? If so, have you noticed any changes since taking it? Mon, 6 Oct 2014 02:46:33 EST Rasberry Ketones - Do they work? Hey! We have prob all heard of this new diet including Rasberry Ketones that is going around at the moment. I was just wondering, has anyone tried it or known anyone that has? And does it actually work or not? Because I was wondering if I should give it ago, even if just for a while to start me off or not... Advice welcome. Sun, 5 Oct 2014 10:57:47 EST Have we become too sensitive? To me, one of life's survival skills is the ability to laugh at your self, to see the humor in everyday life, in you own and others foibles. <BR> <BR> I was reading an article about Joan Rivers career and how she would respond to hecklers. She had a routine that included a joke about being deaf and a guy in the audience got all bent out of shape. When asked about it she replied that she made 3999 people laugh with that joke and one person got mad. She said something along the line that bein... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 14:15:54 EST Your ideal first date? So you have met the potential love of your life. You have chatted on line, on the phone, and you have met for coffee. Seems like a nice person who you would like to get know better. <BR> <BR> So you are now going out on first real date! Would you like to: <BR> <BR> A. Go to an amusement park? <BR> B. Go to an action/ adventure type movie? <BR> C. Go to romantic comedy movie? <BR> D. Be active- skating, hiking? <BR> E. Quiet dinner, so you can talk? <BR> <BR> Why would you chose that activ... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 13:55:16 EST How many pounds per pants size? How many pounds did you lose before you went down a pants size Sat, 4 Oct 2014 11:37:51 EST What do you do to get a good night's sleep? What's your secret to getting a good night's sleep? Fri, 3 Oct 2014 12:45:18 EST broken toenail Someone's maid accidentally kicked my big toe and now I have a broken nail. I only discovered it when I got home. She didn't even apologize! Now my pedi has been messed up. I m quite upset! Fri, 3 Oct 2014 12:14:16 EST Looking for buddy (26, college student, no kids) Hello <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I am looking for an online buddy. Somebody I am accountable for my good and bad decisions. Recently I feel like I make a lot of bad food decisions.. I haven't had a buddy yet but I feel like I need to tell somebody on a regular basis. Of course I also want to hear about your ups and downs! <BR> <BR> Ideally we have a similar way of life. I am a 26-year-old student. No husband, no kids, no big responsibilities except for myself. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Thu, 2 Oct 2014 19:15:50 EST What is packed in your work lunch today? If you go to work and pack lunch like I do, what did you bring today? <BR> <BR> I actually pack both breakfast and lunch to work, as I'm at work by about 1 hour after I've woken up in the mornings and I find I feel best if I wait until about 90min after waking up to eat anything other than water. So: <BR> <BR> Breakfast- 8oz greek yogurt, banana, 1oz raw almonds <BR> <BR> Lunch- Southwest salad (mixed greens, 1/4 avocado, 1/2 cup seasoned black beans, diced red onion and bell pepper, cherr... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 12:20:20 EST Women: chest size and weight loss I'm wondering what I can expect the end result to be when I lose 50 pounds. I'm a 38 H already feeling my bra get looser and I've only lost 20 pounds. What happen to your girls with your weight loss? Thu, 2 Oct 2014 11:22:26 EST 10 Pounds! I just joined an October challenge to lose 10 pounds by October 31st by tracking food and activity. I am pretty sure this is doable for me. Woot <em>521</em> <em>334</em> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:21:08 EST E-mail from Sparkpeople/ Didn't see this coming! This morning I received an e-mail at my personal e-mail address (not spark mail) from Sparkpeople offering a Jenny Craig membership for 50% off. So they are now endorsing these weight loss companies? I am so disappointed in Sparkpeople. I don't mind these ads on the web site as I can just ignore them but when I have to see them in my e-mail that is disturbing. Something like this goes so against my own personal philosophy of living a healthy life that I made a decision to leave Sparkpe... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:49:24 EST Ebola Virus Is anyone else freaked out about this whole Ebola virus outbreak? Heard this morning its in the US now... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:42:23 EST would u still exercise if you had a Scratchy throat and stuffy nose? I m taking a break bcoz I don't want the fever to come back. Would you push thru and do it? <BR> <BR> I m feeling better but my nose is still stuffy! Sigh! Wed, 1 Oct 2014 03:49:26 EST OVERWEIGHT DOCTORS If you went to a new primary care doctor (not a specialist to treat a specific disease) would you keep him or find one that is normal weight? A primary care doctor is one you see yearly for physicals and when you want to discuss medical issues so would it bother you if you want to live a healthy life to have a physician who clearly needs to lose 50 or more pounds and clearly not living a healthy life. We will assume this doctor is not trying to lose weight. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:22:22 EST unwanted comments! There are a couple of old men in the dialysis center I go to that are always passing out rude, unwanted comments abt my belly roll. I have already told them : "yes, I know! Pls stop commenting on it", but they still keep on doing it! <BR> <BR> It's highly annoying and offensive, not to mention that weight loss takes time and we can't spot reduce! It makes my blood boil! I wish I could make them see how hurtful their unwanted comments are. <BR> <BR> There's a lady at my church that does the ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:14:31 EST It's a conspiracy! I tell you! What do you do with the attractive looking pizza flyers with their discount coupons? If you are wise, you would chuck it out. Otherwise, you'll find yourself ordering pizza online the moment you have some spare cash! Ooooooooh! They are sooooo evil! Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:20:49 EST can someone help me with food tracker question? Is there a way for me to put in the information ( calories, fat, protein, carbs, etc) for a food. I used a specific recipe from and I have the nutritional information---and I can not find exactly what I want when I search for it. When I had Noom you could do a quick add and enter the stats yourself if you knew them. I made an Italian wedding soup from Giada De Laurentiis--- <BR><BR>-de-laurentiis/italian-wedding-soup-re<BR>cipe.html Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:11:10 EST energy How much energy does everyone have after the weekend? Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:45:30 EST Hit my goal weight Today I hit my goal weight, now comes the hard part of keeping it off. Shall I reward myself with a nice new toy or buy some clothes that fit. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:44:06 EST Spark on iPhone 6 IOS 8 Problem Is anyone else having problems using the scanner on their iphone with IOS8 update? My camera is not working on the scanner, the screen is black. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:12:37 EST depression Trying to battle this bout of depression. I have been gone for a while. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 03:11:44 EST not feeling v good I got a flu on Saturday or Friday, can't remember but now it's Monday and I m still not feeling v good. I wish this flu will just go away! First my Dad, then my Mom, now me, sigh! Sun, 28 Sep 2014 23:57:42 EST Back Again I have been away for awhile and not having much success on healthy eating on my own. Looking for encouragement and support from anyone. My name is Valerie and I'm 47 years old. I've been married for almost 20 years (officially 20 years on October 15th) to my best friend. I have a 17 yo daughter and a 13 yo son. I like to scrapbook, read, watch movies over and over and cross stitch. Feel free to message me and I'll respond. Thanks! <em>30</em> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:47:28 EST Pantry/Fridge Staples Hi, new here and planning on doing some pantry/fridge "cleaning". Just wondering what most Sparkers "must haves" are and the "go to" treats.. I make my families meals and do one take out day on Saturday. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:32:41 EST Spark People for 4 years I have been a fan of SparkPeople for more than four years. What a great program Sun, 28 Sep 2014 10:33:27 EST Self sabotage at it's best! I have been very frustrated with myself. A month ago I hit the 20lb mark and I should have been super excited. I had given myself a challenge to lose those 20lbs and if I hit it I was going to allow myself to buy some new clothes. Thing is, I never logged it here because I weighed myself on a Wednesday. <BR> Why is that important, you ask? My usual weigh in day is Sunday and then I log it. When I weighed myself that Sunday I had gone up a pound so I decided not to log it because it was the n... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 09:03:15 EST A Moment of 'Bacon' Pleasure vs. Guilty Feelings Boy did I mess up. I made a big brunch for my guys and I thought I had everything under control. I counted my egg, biscuit and even 3 pieces of bacon. Then I totally lost control and ate way too many pieces of bacon. It was ridiculous!!!!! All I can do now is get right back on track and workout some today which was supposed to be a 'rest' day. <BR> <BR> Kicking myself!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't like this feeling. I hate this feeling, yet I don't want to forget how miserable I'm feeling. ... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 17:08:00 EST I want to thank evey one who shined the light Thank you to everyone who shined the light yesterday. I did the same thing. I did two things since I live in an apt building. I put a flashlight face up in the window and I kept a beautiful night light that I only display never use so last night I used it to shine the light. <BR> <BR> Thank you all. Sat, 27 Sep 2014 16:37:21 EST today today is Saturday and its a lovely day here in Indiana Sat, 27 Sep 2014 14:08:34 EST What is the latest you eat? Do you have a certain time you stop eating and will not eat past? Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:30:02 EST How much are you losing a week on average? I am afraid if I only lose a pound or two a week, I will not be happy with that. I have a huge problem of wanting to be at goal NOW. I need to learn to accept that I did not gain all this weight in a week, so I will not lose it all in a week. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:32:02 EST How many calories are you eating a day? I am just starting and my range is 1400-1700. Sounds high to me. But we will see how it goes! Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:30:19 EST I urge everyone to Shine a light tonight - if you I urge everyone to Shine a light tonight - if you live in a private house put your porch light on <BR> and if you live in an apt building (like me) put lamp on all night <BR> <BR> Here is what I am referring to: <BR> <BR> Article: <BR> <BR> Tonight marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Staff Sgt. Thomas Allen Baysore, Jr. Baysore's son, six-year-old Darren, hopes that members of the Clarksville, Tennessee community will come together and shine a light to remember his dad. <BR> ... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:23:12 EST had a huge salad for lunch I had a huge salad for lunch today. I dipped huge mouthfuls in low fat mayo on the side. I now feel a nice, clean feeling. I am happy with the knowledge that I have filled myself with fresh veggies! <BR> <BR> It has one of those prewashed bags. My Mom bought it for herself but gave it to me bcoz she had a sore throat. She had cream of mushroom soup instead. She told me to eat her salad bcoz it doesn't keep well. <BR> <BR> It consisted of fresh lettuce, shredded carrot and cherry tomatoes. P... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:54:08 EST Chipotle How do I start a petition or something to get Chipotle (and maybe some other food places) to offer smaller portions? I LOVE Chipotle. I cannot eat their food anymore because their burrito bowl is literally enough for 3 or 4 meals for me now. And if I take it home, that's all well and good but their containers do not last very long (they get soggy/leak). Seriously would like to do this... Thoughts? Tips? Suggestions? Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:33:06 EST LOOKING FOR AN ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER! I need to lose 30 pounds and I need someone to help me out. Any takers? Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:49:30 EST A sudden realization As I was moving around this morning , it suddenly occurred to me how fortunate we are as Spark People to have this wonderful connection with each other. It is very nice to know that you are with me Sparkers and I really appreciate you. I have lost 45 pounds. I love this set-up. <em>252</em> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 07:42:11 EST I hate knots! This happens to me sometimes when I am cross-stitching. Suddenly, for no apparent reason, a knot appears on my thread. Sometimes I can unravel it, sometimes, I can't. Sometimes, this means cutting it with scissors, sometimes meaning wasted thread; but when this happens, it means frustration! Not fun! <BR> <BR> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 03:14:09 EST WW points I have all the books for weight watchers but I cannot remember how to figure out the points I need. Can anyone help. Thanks, Irene Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:29:18 EST Help? Hi all! <BR> <BR> Google hasn't been supplying me with answers, so I thought I'd see if anyone on here had tips! My right ear has been full of wax for the last few days, to the point where I can barely hear out of it and it bugs me (and yes, I am certain it is wax). I can't use ear drops or the water flushing at the doctor because I have a hole in my eardrum and can go permanently deaf if I get liquids in my ear. I was wondering if any of you knew of safe ways that would get rid of ear wax t... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:21:47 EST I'm looking for a partner in a healthier lifestyle Want to have a partner to talk on a daily basis to keep on track for a healthier lifestyle while using Sparkpeople. Anyone interested? <BR> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:41:05 EST how adventurous are you to new foods? I have yet to try fennel and artichoke. <BR> <BR> Today, a nurse in the dialysis centre gave me some kind of pickled fruit that she got from her trip to Taiwan. <BR> <BR> I ate it because I was hungry. It was nice, a little salty because it was pickled but nice. <BR> <BR> So, how adventurous are you to new foods? Wed, 24 Sep 2014 05:01:20 EST pics how do some people have tons of pics. i can only add six on my sparkpage Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:04:48 EST Favorite websites? Besides Spark, what are some other websites you enjoy? (not necessarily health related) Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:21:30 EST New Fall TV Shows I just watched an episode of MADAME SECRETARY and became an instant fan. <BR> Good script, great acting, and wonderful plot mix is intelligent, interesting and has sophisticated humor. <BR> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:56:22 EST Dresses in the workplace My mom made an offhand comment the other day and I'm wondering if this was a generational thing or what. She mentioned that she believes dresses are unprofessional in most business situations and always wears separates. She's pretty senior in a fairly formal office and was really making her career in the 80s through the 90s. <BR> <BR> Hence why I'm wondering why this is a generational thing because I work in a more business casual office and I like having a couple of dresses in my wardrobe... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:47:01 EST Fitbit Friends? Anyone interested in being Fitbit friends? My user name for Fitbit is the same as it is here, so feel free to send me a request! Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:09:35 EST how to find a weightloss accountability partner Hi Everyone i like in irving texas, and wanted to get your opinions on what is the best way to find an accountability partner. I need a friend/somewhere who i can work with to lose weight. We can go to the gym together or just workout outside and get fit and lean together. I want someone who will be willing to break a sweat with me. Please let me know how i can go about finding someone in my area to lose weight with? Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:59:19 EST Only one theme in most pop songs I must be getting old but I find that a lot of pop songs theses days are all about sexual inuendo! <BR> <BR> Can't they sing abt anything else? What do you think? Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:31:07 EST Any K-pop fans here? Please tell me I'm not alone!~ Sun, 21 Sep 2014 05:55:42 EST How do you work nights and have regular fitness? I occasional have to work nights doing papers for my husband when he's away on one of his jobs. It really does a number on my body b/c its not something i do all the time. My weight fluctuates and my workout regiment takes a major hit. I need help balancing sleep, work, fitness,and all my other responsibilities without gaining back the weight i have lost. I just want to maintain not gain. :/ tracking my food is not a problem but without my regular sleep and excerise my body really suffe... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:59:06 EST feeling bleh I m bored but at the same time, I just don't feel like needlework! <BR> <BR> But I have to keep working on my projects or I will never finish! <BR> <BR> I think I will just watch a movie, then do some needlework later. <BR> <BR> What do you do when u feel bleh? Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:57:18 EST Do you drink alcohol and still lose weight ? I've lost 35 pounds with SP by mainly limiting the amount of alcohol I drink. I have alcohol-free streaks - my longest being 107 days over the holidays last year. I've found that when I go for weeks or months without alcohol - the weight just comes off naturally. And then if I slip for a couple days - the weight comes back on quickly. <BR> <BR> Recently I've read "How to Change Your Drinking - a Harm Reduction Guide to Alcohol" by Kenneth Anderson. Discovered I had been following his ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:24:49 EST random question i don't know if this is even the right place to put this but whatever <BR> <BR> is there a way to reply to blog comments? like respond so the person who left the comment will see it? or do i have to go post on their page or shoot them a private message? <BR> <BR> there ought to be if there isn't already. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:11:54 EST Exercise Does anyone know a new fitness craze that has real results? Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:48:03 EST ot: instagram Hi! I'm getting bombarded with smart phone notifications for people I don't even follow on Instagram. I know how to turn off push notifications, but I'm still getting these random notifications for people I don't follow. Anyone know how I can clean this up? I've tried Googling but I only get steps for turning off notifications for people I follow or for comments on my own photos. <BR> <BR> thanks in advance! Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:09:28 EST Holidays are coming Its almost October and the holidays are just around the corner, what do you do to prepare yourself for the holidays? Food wise, festivities, decorating, traditions? Anything that has to do with the holidays! Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:24:20 EST SCOTLAND Such a relief for me as an English person. Scotland voted against Independence. I'd have been very sad to see the end of the United Kingdom. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:25:46 EST Should the NFL ban or suspend those accused? So, what do you think? <BR> <BR> Should the NFL or other major sports organization suspend a player for being charged with a criminal offense? Should they be fired or banned? <BR> <BR> Or should they wait and ban the player if they are convicted? <BR> <BR> Should they be held to a higher standard than the general public? The average person isn't suspended from their job if they have charges being against them, with a few exceptions of course. <BR> <BR> But keeping this about sports .... ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:30:42 EST Input foods so that they are there ahead of time. Can one input foods without connecting them to a specific meal such as breakfast, etc? I would like to input foods with all the nutritional info so that it is there when I might eat that particular food. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:19:06 EST First 30 day isagenix cleanse.... tips? I am starting my first Isagenix 30 day cleanse on Monday Sept 22. I plan to do 1 cleanse day a week and 6 shake days. I am a little nervous about how little food I will be eating, but am excited for the potential results. Does anyone who completed the 30 day cleanse have any helpful tips?? Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:40:14 EST UP24 Just found out how to sync my UP24 to this site and finally starting to use this site. Any tips how to get the best out of both? I am a little unsure where to really start on here and sometimes I just don't pay attention to my UP2. Would love to know any tips for utilizing both to their greatest ability. Thanks!! <BR> Smiles, <BR> <BR> -Heather :) Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:13:39 EST fast stomach workout I am not looking for something easy, just some quick workout to get rid of this gut! I have lost 3 inches in my butt from doing more exercises and walking. I haven't been hard core anything just doing this at "my" lifestyle pace and things are working for the most part but the gut has to go. I am not sure if I heard or read that sit ups don't do anything for your stomach, and not sure if that is crap to or not, but I need something different to try. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:49:18 EST Trying Spin Class For the First Time!! I'm going to try spinning tonight...I'm excited and nervous. I'm already sore from Zumba on Monday and I've heard I should wear padded shorts.....yikes haha So, what are your experiences? Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:46:31 EST Download data to a spreadsheet? I record everything I eat here and would like to have access to the data to home for further analysis. Is there anyway I can download my Spark data to an Excel compatible spreadsheet? I would like to get as much information as possible (foods eaten & for which meals, the nutritional data for those foods plus any I've entered to my favorites list). Isd this possible? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance... Bob Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:52:37 EST Please read my blog. SO IMPORTANT! Please check out my newest blog!!!! <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781096 </link> <BR> <BR> WOOOO!!!! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Tasha Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:10:02 EST Caring for an aging parent My mother is moving in with my husband and me this weekend. I haven't lived with her for 29 years. We've tried very hard over the past 4-5 months to keep her in her own home but she's on oxygen 24/7. If she forgets the oxygen she gets so confused because of the lack of oxygen to her brain. She was caught smoking while her oxygen was still on. Most of the time I think she forgets to put the oxygen back on after a cigarette. Her standard answer is "I'm working on it". <BR> <BR> Anyway,... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:28:21 EST New Here! I have been a member since 2009 and have failed a number of times. I am at my heaviest and finally need to do something about it! I have medical problems which cause me to be very weak and not want to put in the effort in the gym, but I feel i have used that as an excuse to get out of going to the gym and i don't want to do that anymore. This is the first time I've ever posted anything and hoping that maybe it might motivate me to strive to do better and be accountable for my actions. <BR>... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:27:43 EST Concentrating Issues. Help! Has anyone ever had a hard time focusing? I am a 24 year old female that has been dealing with mental fog for about a year now. It's been tolerable until the last few months. Just seem to have gotten worse. I love a good book and never had issues in the past. Now, I don't see the individual words, but it kinda all just blurs together as a whole. Also, I have difficulties following conversations lately. These are just a few examples. Anyone else go through a phase like this? Was it sleep, diet... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:08:10 EST What do you find harder diet or exercise. What do you find harder diet or exercise? <BR> I love working out most of the time but I struggle with my eating. <BR> I do well with it at times and others I find myself going to the drive through and ordering crap I know I shouldn't eat. So diet is rough for me.. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:57:04 EST Connection Trouble Hi is anyone else having problems using the site , when I try to put in my daily nutrition it's keeps saying sparkpeople not responding. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:39:45 EST What's ONE thing that you're going to do better..., than you did yesterday? <BR> <BR> I'm going to go an extra mile on the stationary bike. <BR> <BR> -ChefP Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:14:09 EST Excess Skin... I have been on this weight loss journey now for over 150 pounds. 50 since Feb 2014. I think I am on a path to a healthy weight and a healthier heart. <BR> <BR> My question/comment is about excess skin. <BR> <BR> What can/should be done with all this skin? All these fabs and flaps? <BR> <BR> I think it is a cosmetic thing, mostly, but what can I do? There is the inconvenience of rashes and breaks in the hanging skin. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:17:48 EST Can't add food to a grouping I have started having a slice of bacon on my existing sandwich grouping. I'm trying to add the bacon to that grouping. When I click "add food to grouping and dialog box comes up that is empty, no foods listed to add to that group. Help please. Thanks... Bob Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:00:19 EST spark points? Can anyone tell me the purpose of spark points? Can you do anything with them? Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:36:53 EST Was there video support? Hi Guys, <BR> <BR> I was hoping you might be able to help me out. I'd read on the board (via Google search) that there was once support groups that were connected through web cams. I was just wondering why it didn't work out? <BR> <BR> Seems like something that people would want to use. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:18:20 EST Where Is Your Silent Retreat? Thoughts? Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:45:19 EST Good Morning! Up early! <BR> <BR> Trying to be quiet (we have grandparents visiting) but I need my tea! :) <BR> <BR> Tons to do on the website revamp today, plus planning the next set of cooking classes for the foster kids, and winter camps for Sparks of Hope...oy! Oh, and I'll be posting the second in my series "How to choose the right meal plan" on the meal Planning Team page this morning, as well! <BR> <BR> Thinking that a couple of eggs (1 yolk, 2 whites) scrambled with some of last nights roasted ... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:24:25 EST something is troubling me My Mom came back from China a few months ago and she bought me a beautiful ruby ring and pendant. I don't know what got into me but I rejected her gift because I seldom change pendants and I don't like wearing rings. <BR> <BR> This is the truth but I know I shouldn't have hurt my Mom that way! To make a long story short, I have lost a valuable gift and hurt my Mom horribly when all she wanted was to give me something from her trip. <BR> <BR> The thing that bothers me is this : am I the onl... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:07:37 EST Some things are just wrong, should not be allowed! Things like fruit flavored candy corn. Totally wrong, should never have happened. <BR> Carob chip cookies, nasty, should never be allowed (unless you're allergic to chocolate). <BR> Chicory flavored coffee substitute ... had it for the first time today ewwwwwww <BR> <BR> What else should never have been allowed??? Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:02:00 EST I'm just mad and disillusioned (not food-related) I had a horrific day on Tuesday. I helped a neighbor-in-distress (so I thought) and got burned badly as a result. He is quite evidently a professional con artist, and I fell for it. It's just my nature... I'm not suspicious of people without having a reason to be so. I regularly collect warnings and admonitions from family and friends on the topic. <BR> <BR> In this instance, he stole my billfold (with nearly $200 in cash and all my store cards and ID and membership cards), and my cell phon... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:53:27 EST Menu Planners Team is back! Hey all, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to let you all know that, after a long time away, I'm back, and the Menu Planners Spark Team is up and running once again. Just posted Step #1 in "How to find the right meal planning service for you." <BR> <BR> Come on over and check it out! <BR> <BR> Team URL: <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=39781 </link> <BR> <BR> -Chef Perry <BR> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 23:37:10 EST Motivation: BMI? Scale? Health? or Clothes? For me, basically it is to eat healthy and live an active lifestyle. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:05:53 EST Fear/ Love I heard someone ask a person do you want to live from fear or love? LOVE.. I need to treat myself with love.. Humans are drawn to love and run from fear. SO which do you want to live by? ;) Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:38:44 EST Just diagnosed with Hashimoto's Hi Everyone! I was just diagnosed with Hashimoto's today. Apparently I am asymptomatic and had no idea until my physical appt last week (it had been over 15 years since my last one). My initial blood work showed my TSH level was really low at .006. Upon further testing my T4 and T3 levels were normal but my antibodies was high at 1.7. I have to wait for my insurance to approve seeing an Endocrinologist. I have been overweight all my life and finally starting taking care of me by making lifest... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:44:36 EST guilt free take a break day Today I am sore. I sprained my ankle yesterday and had to walk 3 miles home with it sprained, hit the top of my hand with my walking stick (don't ask...LOL) and had a monkey bump on it, and today I am just worn down and out. So I am just hanging out, and putzing around my home doing things I have been avoiding, and that is a mental workout. Feels good to take a break...and tomorrow well that is another workout day! Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:36:47 EST Perfume? Would you spend hundreds on branded perfume? <BR> <BR> Some of them costs insane amounts of money! <BR> <BR> I just can't justify spending so much just to smell nice. I'd rather just use deodarant! Much cheaper! Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:09:51 EST diet tea has anyone tried the diet tea at Mcdonalds? Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:50:07 EST Healthy Coffee How much would you pay for a GOURMET cup of coffee with health benefits?? Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:22:44 EST super annoying new patient! There's this annoying new patient in the dialysis center I go to. She keeps calling the nurses like every 3 seconds! I swear! It's nurse! Nurse! Nurse! I get so annoyed that if I wasn't connected to the machine, I'd get up and smack her! <BR> <BR> The nurses have explained to her countless times that she has to go thru the 4 hours of dialysis, and that if she needs to go to the loo, she has to go before or after treatment. Why can't she just go thru the 4 hours peacefully like the rest of us... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 03:01:03 EST Question about mobile app tracker Hey everyone.. i am going to start tracking my stuff tomorrow. Now i have the app but i want to know when i change my starting weight in my ONLINE settings... will it also change automatically in the Spark People Tracker app aswell? Tue, 9 Sep 2014 10:17:55 EST My hair just doesn't seem to be growing at all! I had a trim a few months ago, and my hair doesn't seem to have grown at all! It still seems to be the same length and not any longer! <BR> <BR> On the bright side, I can save money on haircuts! But it's such a pain when you're trying to grow your hair! Tue, 9 Sep 2014 03:06:37 EST Keep your germs at home or I'll Lysol you! Once again, one of my wonderful co workers comes into work with a cough and a fever and complaints of diarrhea. He survived for 2 hours before going home sick. <BR> <BR> Gee, thanks for sharing your germs with the rest of us. <BR> <BR> I sit less then 3 feet from this guy. I swear I'm going to buy a can of Lysol and spray it in his direction every time he coughs. Because, of course, he swears he will be fine and able to work tomorrow. Tue, 9 Sep 2014 00:16:46 EST Looking to start a small motivation group. Hiya! my name is Sarah. I'm looking to get together a small group of awesome peeps (both men and women, 30's-40's-ish) who are just starting a healthy life journey and want to help each other, through sweat, tears, laughs (and maybe one or two lite beers). <BR> <BR> I'm thinking something small, just five or six people with one common goal and a commitment to helping each other succeed. If you're interested, shoot me an email telling me a little bit about yourself and your goals. I would lo... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 19:19:46 EST feeling How is everybody feeling today? Mon, 8 Sep 2014 16:32:57 EST Any Hairdressers here at Spark People? Are there any hairdresser, barbers, cosmetologists on Spark People in the Vancouver, WA or PDX Metro area in Oregon? I am trying to survey the beauty colleges in Vancouver, WA and PDX Oregon to attend soon around February 2015. I am planning to go to them as a customer and see how they operate, but I'd like to to connect to hairdressers in Vancouver, WA the town I plan to move to and work in. I tried Meet-Up to see of a group of Hairdressers go to events, but no such luck. I was a working Cos... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 11:26:11 EST Eating for nutrition I am happy to report that I have lost my initial goal of 24 pounds in 12 weeks! Thanks to SparkPeople, I journaled every bite of food I consumed, and I ran nutrition reports to ensure I was getting enough nutrients while eating only REAL (not highly processed or with added chemicals) plant-based food. The weight just dropped week after week, and I feel super healthy and energetic! I am looking forward to even more great results. <BR> <BR> I just blogged about HOW I am eating healthy. I'... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:06:57 EST Sunday whats everybodys Sunday been like? Sun, 7 Sep 2014 20:53:08 EST Sparkpeople is not weight watchers Hi, I just wanted to make sure, SparkPeople has nothing to do with weight watchers right? They are two totally seperate programs? Sun, 7 Sep 2014 19:55:38 EST Walking buddy needed I'm in Broward county Florida and would like to find a beginning walking buddy. Just getting over a bad tear of my Achilles tendon and other ankle issues, so I have to take it slow and easy. Also have a gym here in my community where we can do treadmills on rainy days, and a nice little park across the street. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 18:50:33 EST Bonus Spins I have not been getting Bonus Spins the last two days plus the first points spin after l point today. I do not know who to report this to. Could someone help me. (I know this will not count on my 3-point message posts as I've already done them) Just hope someone can get back to me. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 09:26:35 EST Found out my oxygen level in my body is low When I found out my oxygen is low I also found out it is from low iron and not enough water. So remember to have both of these in your system or you will be very tired and get exhausted doing the slightest things. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 22:07:45 EST Hi ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<BR>~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Hi, I would like to invite you to the team 'People with Health Issues United' , we are a small group and would like some more company. <BR> <BR> Here is the Link for the Team.... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=58444 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Katie (Team Leader) Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:48:51 EST Friday What is everyone up to on Friday? Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:48:27 EST LOOKING DUMPY ON PURPOSE <em>29</em> Would be grateful for some advice. I have the feeling my boss tries to make me look bad or sabotage me sometimes because she is jealous of me. <BR> I wore a new shirt to work on Tuesday and she made a comment that sounded a little snarky. She has seemed to get meaner to me the more weight I lose. It is to the point where I am struggling to stay on my eating plan because of her. Am I just imagining things? She brings in food, like muffins in the morning, and then constantly... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 18:33:35 EST I need info about the NutriBullet For several weeks now, I've been thinking of buying the Nutribullet. My understanding is that I can make nutritious drinks in it, combining fruits and vegetables. <BR> <BR> I already have a small smoothie maker but it definitely would not pulverize veggies, hard fruits, etc., so this is my query. <BR> <BR> If you use a Nutribullet, what are the health benefits of the drinks? Can the drinks help with weight loss? Do you have any tried and true recipes? <BR> <BR> What is your take on the ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 13:12:24 EST Bountiful Baskets spark team I created a spark team to bring together SP members who are also BBFC members and volunteers. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 13:08:30 EST Is stress worth it? As I’m getting older my priorities in life have been shifting (and I’m sure always will be), and I have been reflecting a lot on what is important to me. I am getting married next year, so I’ve been thinking a lot about family and settling down. One main thing I have come to realize this year are my stress levels and how that is affecting the people I love. As we have all heard , ‘stress is a killer’, is it really worth it? <BR> I started a post the other day about work/ life balance and poin... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 08:29:20 EST why must fried foods/junk be so delicious? In Malaysia, fried bananas, sweet potato slices and fried fish cakes are a common teatime snack. Fried cempedak is also popular. <BR> <BR> No matter how many times I eat them, they still taste delicious! I try not to eat them too often but I wish I didn't like eating them so much! <BR> <BR> Don't even get me started on potato chips, fries, burgers, pizza and fried chicken, esp KFC! I would weigh 200lbs if I had no self-control! As it is, I still need to lose 30lbs! Fri, 5 Sep 2014 04:33:59 EST not hunngry My husband basically forces me to eat. <BR> <BR> 15 days at the hospital w/4 illnesses _ I wasn't hungry all the time (sometimes I gota sandwih at subway - but i probably only consumed 2.5 days worth of calories (not including gingerale cream soda <BR> <BR> I really can't eat! I am far from hungry (15 days w/ barely any food can do that to you) <BR> <BR> I mashed potatoes w/ gluten free strips tonight - I hate two tenders and a couple bites of potatoes <BR> <BR> DH even tried to get me... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 22:38:17 EST KJfitnessdude where are you? I just tried to email KJ because I haven't seen him on the boards lately. It wouldn't go through and after some digging I find out he has gone offline. I will surely miss him. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 19:59:06 EST Joan Rivers Dies at 81-- Joan Rivers Dies at 81-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Joan Rivers, a pioneer for women in stand-up comedy and television, has died, her daughter confirmed. She was 81. Rivers died at 1:17 p.m. ET Thursday in New York surrounded by family and friends. <BR> <BR> "My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh," Melissa Rivers said. "Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon." <BR> <BR> From Carson's couch to the ice bucket cha... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 16:16:41 EST Whole30 - Your experience or opinions. I'm doing the Whole30...partially. I'm actually using their grocery list and limiting my processed food intake. <BR> <BR> I feel the program is too restrictive for me so I choose to use it as more of a guide to clean eating and a lifestyle change. <BR> <BR> Am I going to leave out dairy....probably not. I'm not really eating cereal though and that's really the only time I have milk, I can't stand the taste of it by itself...soo, I'll probably find a way to get that in. <BR> <BR> I haven't... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 12:15:37 EST Back after a long while...looking for support... Hi, I'm Melissa... <BR> <BR> I had been on Spark on & off for some years now. Then about 6 or 7 months ago I joined Weight Watchers and really started losing weight that I could never seem to take off before. I yo-yo'd around the 23-25 pounds lost mark. However, I can't afford WW at this time & not sure if & when I'll be able to go back to it. <BR> <BR> I've been back tracking on Sparkpeople to see how this goes again. I need to learn how to be more accountable to myself. The thing I did r... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 10:56:36 EST Need some encouragement I moved twice in 3 months, and it's taken me another month to actually recover from the second move. All that stress got me away from taking care of my physical self, as it was all I could do to stay sane! Now that I'm in my new place, I have specific goals, but I"m going to need a lot of encouragement to stick with them, as I'm still under a lot of stress. I'll be writing in my blog every day, so that's probably the best place to reach me. Any encouraging words or emoticons will help. I'm on... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 06:52:08 EST