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 Anyone use Slim Fast to make smoothies? I bought some French Vanilla Slim Fast powder, also some of their French Vanilla already mixed bottles. But I've heard of mixing the powder or the ready made ones with different things to make them more filling and flavourful. <BR> <BR> I'd like to use these for a while, to give my weight loss a 'boost' but need to find out about adding and blending foods with them. What foods? etc. <BR> <BR> Appreciate any help I can get. Thank you. Sun, 7 Feb 2016 12:11:58 EST The Gift of life, Donate Blood Since a pint is pound, you lose a pound every time you donate whole blood. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 22:23:02 EST Do we have any other Comic Book fans here?! Just curious; maybe I've not been on the right section of the spark but I haven't really encountered many others so just thought I'd take a quick roll call! <BR> <BR> My favorite Heroin is Carol Danvers and my Favorite Hero is definitely Captain America (Cap is also my fitness role model!) <BR> <BR> I like Iron Man too, but it's hard to like him TOO much after that whole Goliath/Clone Thor thing he pulled. <BR> <BR> Spiderman is another favorite of mine (peter parker; I haven't had a c... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 22:54:46 EST Do you feel the improvement in your health yet? Though I've only been on this journey for 2 weeks, I am already beginning to feel the improvement in my body. I have more energy. My skin is tightening up but not as cushy like I felt when I gained more weight. I have greater stamina. And my mood is improving. I'm so excited and determined to make these changes permanent in my life! Thu, 4 Feb 2016 13:15:23 EST Do you observe Lent? Do you typically give up something, or do you do something extra or special in observance of Lent? I've done both (gave up chocolate, sodas--a permanent thing now, contacted people I hadn't touched base with in a while, let drivers cut in front of me, etc.). Still pondering it for myself for this year and would love to see how others approach it. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 08:11:27 EST Out of cabbage! We just went to the supermarket. Would you believe that cabbages were sold out?! Chinese New Year is on Monday and it seems every Chinese family wanted cabbages. Fortunately, my Mom finally got some from the bargain bin! At a discounted price! <BR> <BR> My home has a few bottles of goodies, not as much as last year as we are all watching our diets. What's new this year is surimi fried with curry leaves and caramel popcorn! I don't recall seeing them last CNY! <BR> <BR> With the sluggish eco... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 05:05:09 EST Anyone Want to Drop a Note to a Lonely Recruit? My daughter is in basic training in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. She has about two weeks left before she graduates. <BR> <BR> She has a battle buddy who for whatever reason is not getting a lot of mail from home. Mail call is very important for morale. <BR> <BR> If anyone is interested in sending an encouraging note, PM me and I will send you her friend's address. Cards and letters only, please. They're very limited on what they can receive in a care package and we don't want to get her... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 16:29:10 EST I look for "L_Drouin"... My name is Drouin too... I would appreciate your communication back... Who knows ? We may be related... <BR> <BR> Thank you anyway to be on Sparkpeople ! Wed, 3 Feb 2016 13:09:21 EST coffee - water ? Do you count your coffee as water? Wed, 3 Feb 2016 12:47:21 EST Help - Technical Issues! Hi there all my Spark friends! <BR> <BR> I hope that you are well today. <BR> <BR> I have been having problems with tracking on my Spark page for awhile now and am wondering if any of you are having the same problem. <BR> <BR> I NEED to track my food every day. For me, that is the only reason that I have been successful at losing and keeping the weight off. However, I am finding that the tracking tool is slow and difficult to use. Do any of you have the same problem? <BR> <BR> Every day ... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:56:18 EST adding a category to spark people tracker page. Good morning All. Im new to sparkpeople , I just started logging food and fluid intake. Can or is there way to add a Sodium tab? Thank you in advance. Steve Wed, 3 Feb 2016 07:24:09 EST Um.... this spark video is set to private???? <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=121 </link> <BR> <BR> Why show us and then disappoint us? <BR> <BR> chris Wed, 3 Feb 2016 07:19:34 EST Am I aiming for the impossible? Am I being unrealistic to aim for a 25 inch waist at my age? (early 40s). <BR> <BR> I currently weigh abt 130lbs, I am aiming to weigh 100lbs. I am 4 feet 11. <BR> <BR> Am I being too ambitious? Tue, 2 Feb 2016 22:09:57 EST Growing my bangs for this! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Planning on getting this cut! Right now my bangs aren't long enough. Growing them now! Tue, 2 Feb 2016 22:05:55 EST Mental Break --- Books? I am getting back into making my workout routines and watching what I eat. However, it is a lot harder than ever before. Part of some issues have also surrounded me needing a mental break. My friend was mentioning the Khloe Kardashian book and how she addresses her new outlook on working out. Anyone read any books like this that are worth reading? Looking for a bit of a mental relief. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 2 Feb 2016 21:01:52 EST Free upgrade to Windows 10 - did it go smoothly? I have been putting off upgrading to windows 10 for weeks. I just didn't want to learn something new and had heard mixed reviews on it. I finally did it yesterday and it appeared to go smoothly and did not operate much differently than my old system. I had left my computer on over night for the install and all was well. Then I powered down for the next night and this morning I was given temporary user access and not all my files are were they should be. Oh crap, looks like I'll spend the... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 10:48:49 EST Under 500 Menu at El Pollo Loco So I got the double Chicken Avocado Salad which was listed as 380 calories. It was a good choice and left me very satisfied. When entering dinner to my tracker, I noticed that the Creamy Cilantro dressing was a separate entry and had 221 calories plus 20 grams of fat. Live and Learn Mon, 1 Feb 2016 21:50:56 EST Spark mail I feel like an idiot but I can not find how to get to my spark mail. Anyone able to help? Mon, 1 Feb 2016 21:32:49 EST what am i doing wrong so looked at my report and it states im under the calorie for today yet iv ate like a pig Mon, 1 Feb 2016 18:37:54 EST Want a Great Challenge Team? If you're looking for a challenge and ready to make a commitment....I have the challenge for you! <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name. It's a 10 week commitment. Main requirements are to weigh in each week and do the interteam challenges (ITC's). If you know for some reason that you can't post your weight (let the leaders know). Otherwise after 2 missed weigh ins (with no excuse) you would be moved to honorary. Our interteam challenges consist of exercise and nutrition. They are very helpfu... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 15:57:17 EST Trying Hard I am trying hard to follow my food plan and not binge. I am going with a friend to a movie and out to dinner. I am nervous when I get home. That is always a tough time for me. Today I will be ok Mon, 1 Feb 2016 13:44:02 EST Angry responses to seemingly innocent posts I recently posted an article on Facebook promoting hobby board gaming and how it's different from mass market board games like Monopoly, The Game of Life, Trouble and the likes...I got an angry response from a friend at how I and others who play these hobby games are elitists and promote hate towards well known games. <BR> <BR> She cited an example of a gaming group that I belong to as proof........did I mention I was promoting hobby board gaming and NOT trying to destroy mass market board g... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 09:44:33 EST New Barbie dolls Has everyone seen that Barbie is now offered in petite, tall, and curvy varieties? I'm not sure how I feel about this, I guess. Criticism came from those saying that the 'thin' Barbie promoted unrealistic expectations for beauty for girls. Does it though? I played with Barbies growing up, yet here I am, on SP because I'm NOT thin! (And thin isn't even in my genes, I'm naturally larger boned so I'm not even going for thin..but that's beside the point.) Do you think that 8, 9, and 10 year old g... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 13:42:29 EST A bad weekend! I had severe food poisoning on Saturday night! Kept going to the loo! My stomach hurt so bad. <BR> <BR> I wanted to exercise on Sunday but my stomach was full of food. Not that I ate a lot but I just felt sick! Didn't feel like exercising! <BR> <BR> What a failure of a weekend! Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:45:51 EST Another storm coming our way Sounds like this one will eventually hit all of us. <BR> It's supposed to hit Utah Saturday, Colorado and AZ on Sunday, Midwest on Monday continue blowing east on Tuesday and hit the Mid East on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> We're supposed to get 10 inches total over about 24 hours. White out conditions for a few hours with the winds. Fortunately we are used to big storms so it won't be as dangerous here as it is back east. The ski resorts are thrilled. We got 30 inches with the last storm so we have... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 17:16:42 EST This site is great by why dos it not track sugar? Our food companies have been keeping the percent of sugar off our food labels; it would be nice if this app would count our sugar differently from carbs. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:24:23 EST tracking medicine Is there a place to track how you are doing on coming off prescription meds like Lisinopril for while you are learning to get healthy? <em>40</em> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:29:33 EST BB8 question! I simply adore the new droid BB8 from Star Wars, The Force Awakens! What I really want is a BB8 action figure, but I can get a BB8 tshirt for much less but it's not what I really want. <BR> <BR> So, should I get the tshirt or save up for the action figure or just settle for owning the movie when it comes out on DVD. <BR> <BR> I was thinking if the action figure rolls like the real BB8, it will be fun to play with! Do you think I am crazy to want something like that at my age (early 40s)? Thu, 28 Jan 2016 22:32:35 EST Are carbs ruining everything? I love carbs and eat lots of them. Is this the reason I don't have a great body? If I cut back will I lose weight like crazy? Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:48:55 EST Nursing Students. I start my Nursing Program (RN) in August. Looking for fellow Nursing Students so we can chat about school and maybe help each other with weight loss and school. <BR> <BR> The few groups I found for Nursing Students do not seem to be active. I would like to find more Nursing Students as well as maybe get an active group started for us Nursing Students. <BR> <BR> Add me as a friend, send me a message or comment here. <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 22:12:24 EST A very interesting article "Too fat, too thin? .." I have just finished reading this article and found it thought-provoking. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ticle.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11580954 </link> <BR> <BR> Kris Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:50:45 EST Scales... analog or über-hyped doodad? I mean, really. should I just find myself a regular old spring-loaded scale, or is it worth the extra dolla dolla bills, y'all to get the digital setup that measures your fat, muscle, water, etc? Is it really possible for a scale to measure such things through your feet? Wed, 27 Jan 2016 13:48:18 EST You Can't Trust What You Read About Nutrition.... <link><BR>t-trust-what-you-read-about-nutrition/ </link> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 13:32:07 EST Best solution for knee tracking issues? (Running) My knees grind terribly when I squat. I want to start running again, but I know that I risk damaging them further. I'm not in any pain - I'm 28 years old. But I have seen that people have had great improvements in their patellar tracking in using braces and straps. Which do you suggest (brace or strap) and what specific brand? There is not sound science to support the copper infused ones, so I am just looking for something that is specifically effective in improving patellar tracking especial... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:09:09 EST The CALORIE is broken; it's time to burn it.... <link><BR>m_medium=email&utm_source=digg </link> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 10:28:28 EST How to maintain after Shred Diet by Dr. Ian K. Smi I have started reading and following Shred Diet A Revolutionary Diet by Dr. Ian K. Smith this week. I was skimming through the the end of the book and did not see anything on how to maintain after you have reached your goal? Would anyone know this process? Please explain...thank you! Tue, 26 Jan 2016 17:46:53 EST looking for a good set of wi fi / bluetooth scales bathroom scales what do u all suggest? Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:28:49 EST Meditation... how?? does it really work?? My mind is racing these days and I am having trouble focusing and sleeping. I have never been this easily distracted. <BR> <BR> Before resorting to medication I would like to try to slow down the stream of thoughts and thought meditation is meant to do just that right?? <BR> <BR> So which of you wonderful people can enlighten me on how to begin the process of learning to meditate. I am not expecting an immediate cure-all. I appreciate that all the wonderful things that are driving me craz... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:11:42 EST Fitbit Charge HR I haven't used mine for a couple of months so decided to charge it up and start using again. After charging overnight, the time is about 4 hours off. Does anyone have one of these and if so, do you know what could be wrong? <BR> <BR> Thanks for any help. <BR> <BR> Susan Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:56:22 EST Am I being mean? I started this again last week and found out today I have lost 6 lbs. I'm excited and I shared this with my daughter whom is overweight and on her own mission to lose weight. She has way more weight to lose than me. I'm wondering if I accidently hurt her feelings. I felt like yelling it to the mountains, I'm so happy but I received a congratulations like a quiet golf clap from her. Should I keep my success to myself? I'm not out to hurt feelings. Oh she's grown (38). Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:58:49 EST Have you tried a personal trainer? I'm doing Zumba 2 days a week which I love!!! I just hired a personal trainer for 1 day a week. She is 61 and was a professional athlete runner. I've only had one session. It reminded me of high school gym class which I was made fun of and hated the class. Lots of push ups, sit ups, squats, lunges etc. No music and very little talking. Has anyone hired a personal trainer that makes things fun? I paid for 2 months. I would like to hear from others and what helped make personal trainin... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:57:57 EST Biggest Loser type challenges? I missed the joining date of the BLC here on spark. Does anyone know if there are other biggest loser type weight loss challenges that I would be able to join?? Thanks! Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:20:43 EST Sugar Tracking I know you can track calories and fiber, protein...but what do you do to track sugar intake on SP? Or do I just need to track it on my own? thanks (still learning after all these years....) Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:43:47 EST Sjogren's Syndrome If you suffer from this condition, please check out the Sjogren's team here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=66419 </link> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:52:39 EST Getting better legs? I have lost a couple inches off my breasts and a couple more from my waist since November. My legs aren't getting any smaller. I remember when was a chubby teenager and lost like 30 lbs, my legs waited and waited and waited to shrink. I don't want to wait so long this time. I want leaner legs by summer. Problem is I have no exercise equipment and no trainer or gym membership. I can't workout outside very much because it's cold here (so cold I couldn't be dressed warm enough for an outdoor wor... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 17:25:03 EST Where do u get photos that say, "I lost 5 lbs w/sp I can't find the photos that say, "I lost 5 pounds with Sparkpeople." Does anyone have a link? Sun, 24 Jan 2016 14:01:54 EST Snow shoveling Anyone have to shovel snow today? Just did 90 minutes, time for a break! <BR> Sun, 24 Jan 2016 12:13:44 EST Could A Bacteria Unlock a Solution to Alzheimer's? Bacteria From Guam's Palm Trees Could Unlock a Solution to Alzheimer's -- <BR> <BR> In the mystery of degenerative brain disease, scientists have found a clue in among the most surprising of places: the plant life of Guam. <BR> <BR> An environmental toxin produced by bacteria found in Guam's palm trees has been linked to dementia and could potentially help fight Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases, the BBC reported Thursday. Scientists from the Institute for Ethnomedicine and t... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 11:08:25 EST military diet OK so I started the military diet and I was wondering for the dinner with just tuna can I fry it ? And add a little salt and pepper ? Sat, 23 Jan 2016 15:30:28 EST Pictures - Do you or don't you? When was the last time you looked at a picture of yourself and felt beautiful ? Sat, 23 Jan 2016 15:09:21 EST Instant chat? I know this is totally random, but I think this site should have an instant chat instant chat along with message boards. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 09:45:47 EST What are the little things that undo you? Ok I am a week in and I have clearly identified junk food and lack of exercise as unhealthy habits that are not helping me :) BUT within those I am working at identifying the small little things that lead to the downhill ride. <BR> <BR> The small things I am going to work on one by one <BR> -pre supper grazing <BR> -"tasting" while cooking <BR> -waiting too long for breakfast <BR> -being embarrassed to do my exercise DVD when my son and hubby are about <BR> <BR> My week one success remind... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 08:11:41 EST Ha, Ha, Global Warming : ) <em>425</em> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 20:09:51 EST Calorie target hit. 8PM and starving. What now? When you've followed your eating plan perfectly, hit your calorie target, and it's 8pm and you are starving... <BR> <BR> I listen to my body and eat more lean protein... What do you do? Fri, 22 Jan 2016 18:49:19 EST Coffee Mate How do ya'll feel about coffee-mate non-dairy creamer ? <BR> Are you aware of the ingredients ? Thu, 21 Jan 2016 20:50:50 EST Did you see anything interesting while out walking I had fun watching the ducks and the seagulls 'walking on water'. The ducks were slithering about on the ice. The lake wasn't completely frozen so every now and then one of them would seem very surprised when he/she landed in the water. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 12:57:31 EST Low Weight Loss I have been eating around 1100 calories since January 1st and exercising a minimum of 15 minutes every day. I have only lost 5 pounds. I realize that losing weight during/after menopause can be tough, but I am frustrated. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 16:07:45 EST Day 3 Re-dedication to plan This is the third day of my positive attitude toward my plan and my life. I am having problem with getting all my water in, usually make it but is not easy. However the sodium issue which is a health issue for me is another problem for me. I am limited to 1500 per day by my doctor. It is almost impossible if you eat any kind of processed, canned or frozen food. But I am still trying. Judy Tue, 19 Jan 2016 23:09:33 EST Got Fired Monday Hey everyone. Things have been tough for me this week. Heck, the last 6 months. Life hasn't exactly been kind to me. And after walking to work Monday morning (even though it's only a mile, it was -2 with windchill out!) and then getting fired promptly 30 minutes later, I am having one heck of a time staying on track diet-wise and lacking motivation to workout! Now we may lose our house and are looking at moving to a different state where the job market is better. I guess I'm just looking for ... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 21:01:38 EST Recipe's I want to fix Bush's Chili Magic Chili Starter, traditional mild. How do I figure out the calories per cup. I am not sure where I can do this on SparkPeople. The directions are as follows 1 lb. of ground beef, (I will use ground chuck 80-20), 1 can 14.5 oz. of diced tomatoes. I know I can do it by hand, but I want something I can put in my favorites. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for your help. <BR> <BR> rose2016 Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:43:22 EST Exercise after ankle injuries I currently have two broken ankles from a car accident. I've changed my diet but I was wondering if anyone had experience with an elliptical, exercise bike and treadmill after a broken ankle(s). <BR> I had surgery on one ankle and have 4 screws in it too. <BR> I've never had a broken bone before so I'm not sure how it will be after I heal. <BR> <BR> Of course I'm going to talk the doctor about it, just looking for advice and suggestions. <BR> Thanks! Tue, 19 Jan 2016 14:06:02 EST How are you doing with your 2016 goals so far? So far this year: I've gotten rid of a whole bunch of stuff (more to go soon), I'm managing my money better, getting closer to eight hours of sleep,and even though I haven't lost a lot of inches (or much weight) my old button down shirts are fitting better than they were a couple months ago (but I can't wear them out in public yet) <BR> How are you doing with your 2016 goals? Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:13:46 EST Salsa What do you use to eat with homemade salsa besides tortilla chips? Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:01:33 EST Sjogren's Syndrome There is a team for those who have Sjogren's Syndrome. Feel free to check it out here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=66419 </link> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:15:02 EST Clothes shopping advice, please Hi, my name is Dana, and I'm new here. This is my first post. I have a question for you all about shopping for clothes as I drop sizes. This summer, I may go on a mission trip to Swaziland for two months. I expect to still being losing weight at that point, but it's not like if my clothes get super loose, I can just go to a mall and buy new ones there. Also, since I would likely be quite active (for me, anyway) and be eating a diet with less processed food, I might drop weight even faster for... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:55:59 EST Anyone From Ohio???? Looking for fellow people from Ohio... <BR> <BR> Findlay Ohio here Sun, 17 Jan 2016 23:22:17 EST Pre Nursing Students Looking for fellow Pre-Nursing students. <BR> <BR> I will hopefully find out if I will be in the RN program next week or the week after :) <BR> <BR> Rian Sun, 17 Jan 2016 23:21:41 EST Looking for Friends Hey everyone. My name is Rian and I am 34 years old. I am currently just looking for some friends that I can check in with that will keep me going on my journey to lose 86 pounds. My husband (I love him dearly) he could careless if I am 125 lbs or 212 lbs. I care though and I need people who are willing to make sure I am staying on track. I will also do the same. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Rian Sun, 17 Jan 2016 17:13:44 EST dont look back It was Satchel Paige, the great baseball player who paved the way for blacks to play in the major leagues, who made famous the saying, "Don't look back, something might be gaining on you!" <BR> Long before Satchel Paige ever gave his advice, the Apostle Paul was telling Christian folks, in so many words, "Don't look back!" Paul writes in his letter to the Philippians, "Brethren, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 16:55:57 EST Recent TSH test Hello everyone.....Just had my latest TSH testing done. My TSH level is now at 6.88...pretty high. My doctor is going to contact me tomorrow about what he plans to do. I take Levothyroxine 50 mcg. a day. Thinking he may up my dosage. Is 6.88 super high? Thanks. Sun, 17 Jan 2016 15:34:38 EST Coffee I am a big coffee drinker because I have two young children, they're 2 and 4. Any suggestions on what I could relax coffee with for my morning and mid day boost? Sun, 17 Jan 2016 06:07:07 EST Depressed over shortage of funds! I really want a certain pair of leggings and a set of really nice artist quality colored pencils and water colors (taking up art as a hobby) but I don't have enough cash. <BR> <BR> I am always wanting things that getting a credit card would be a bad idea! I would definitely get into debt, that's why I don't have one! <BR> <BR> But right now, I really, really want these 3 things! Maybe I'll get the leggings b4 they run out of my size and get the art supplies later when I do have enough cash.... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 23:20:23 EST FRUSTRATION It's been a while since I've visited Sparkpeople and was happy to be back until I started using the site again. All these ads that pop up and slows down the script is so frustrating. I don't know what's going on with ALL the ads but I'm pretty sure that I'm done using Sparkpeople for recording my nutrition & activities. There's got to be a better site with a lot less ads on it. I'll be searching for it. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 11:49:15 EST What's your favorite exercise? Battling ropes, and lunges! Sat, 16 Jan 2016 10:45:27 EST Old Quick Start program Ok my pit is deeper than I current seem to be able to climb out of but I want to, so desperately. I have been on SP before and used the Quick Start program which walked you through the first 12 weeks or something like that. I have all the tools but just seem to struggle to put them in to play this time. I just want something to walk me through the baby steps of pulling it back together so I can get my mind back on track so the body will follow. I can't find the Quick Start. Is it gone? If so ... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 09:34:48 EST Best 'fit' watch? What kind of monitor watch do you have that tracks your activity? Is it accurate? Can you see your activity over time? Set goals on it? <BR> <BR> I'm looking for the best one since websites are so overwhelming! Fri, 15 Jan 2016 23:53:16 EST How'd you do this week? I weigh myself every Friday. I have the FITBIT aria scale that measures body fat too. I am down only .8 lbs from last week, but at least I'm not gaining. And my body fat is down almost a full percent. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 07:24:06 EST Impossible brother! My brother is impossible! He flys off the handle for no reason and he doesn't respect me or my parents! He doesn't even talk normally but gesticulates like a monkey and raises his voice unecessarily! And he does this ALL the time! I don't know why he is such an angry person! <BR> <BR> I used to think he wasn't like this at work at least but I heard from his workmates he sometimes does this at work too! I am concerned because I don't want him to lose his job or die from a heart attack! Being... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 23:38:10 EST Quitting Pop- So, I recently had a majority of my teeth fixed, and I decided for the new year. To start taking the weight off and make sure my teeth STAY fixed, that I would stop drinking the 5-6 cans of Vanilla Coke a day I usually do. I'm doing good so far. Except it's killing me all the time forever. I've god tea, but I have a 64oz water bottle and I don't let myself drink iced peppermint tea until it's empty. Any suggestions for the absolute sluggishness? Thu, 14 Jan 2016 17:35:04 EST Instagram? Does anyone here document their health/fitness journey on Instagram? I'd love to connect! <em>41</em> @wwtrishnicole Thu, 14 Jan 2016 12:59:46 EST RIP - Alan Rickman Rest in peace, Alan Rickman. <BR> <BR> I was so shocked to read this in the news this morning. Alan Rickman, a fantastic actor, passed away at age 69 from cancer. <BR> <BR> I first saw him as the villainous Hans Gruber in Die Hard with Bruce Willis. He was amazing. He's been a favorite of mine ever since that movie. If you haven't seen that movie, you may recognize him as Professor Snape from the Harry Potter movies. <BR> <BR> David Bowie and now, Alan Rickman. <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:31:43 EST Appendicitis, Hysterectomy, Gallbladder - oh my! I'm looking for some help and or guidance. I have had 3 abdominal surgeries in the last year. Appendicitis, TAH, and now 6 days ago my gallbladder. My sister jokingly asked if I was selling my body parts. Lol. After each surgery is been harder and harder to get back on track. And true words, the number on the scale is just that. .a number. I have only gained about 8 lbs in the last year. .but nothing fits like it did a year ago, most notably in my stomach, and last week's surgery for my... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 04:29:21 EST Which cheesecake? Making a cheesecake for dinner party friday. Which would you choose to eat if you had the option of any available? <BR> <BR> (* = graham cracker crust) <BR> chocolate with peanut butter swirl * <BR> plain with fresh fruit topping (pls specify: cherry, blueberry, or strawberry) * <BR> lemon * <BR> plain with oreo crust and topping <BR> pumpkin base * <BR> mint base with chocolate crust and choc chips mixed in <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Edit: I appreciate all the feedback. I got the date wrong; ... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 02:30:03 EST Today i broke the toilet seat... Help... What a terrible sound to hear first thing in the morning, you know? That *SNAP* that is both heard AND felt. The toilet seat breaking, finally giving way to my overwhelming weight. <BR> <BR> And there i sat, in shock, jaw open, staring straight ahead unblinking as i wrap my head around what just happened. Me, simply sitting down to take a morning pee, was enough to break the same seat that was new 7 months ago. I was dumbfounded, unable to believe it. I knew i had gained some weight recentl... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 23:26:53 EST Advice on possible allergy Hope it's OK to post this here, but I was hoping more health conscious people might have some suggestions. I am having an allergic reaction to something. Every year, and I was never able to pinpoint it before, I would get red, dry skin above my eye lid but below my brown. It was always kind of patchy. Sometimes itchy, sometimes not. I also get a small patch under the corner of one eye (on the skin, not near the eye). Sometimes it was more severe than others. <BR> <BR> I finally felt I f... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 22:09:36 EST Do you have a goal photo? Not to sound superficial - as this is obviously not just about the physical aspect of things, rather, a whole mind/body/lifestyle transformation - but that being said, is there a photo of yourself, a fitness coach, celebrity, or before/after that also motivates you to keep going? <BR> <BR> My photo motivator is my before and after from 6 or 7 years ago, when I was first introduced to spark. It keeps me going because I HAVE physically achieved it before, so I know it is possible. The road the... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 21:33:29 EST Missing Step 1 - Foods that help you lose weight I used the program a few years ago and want to start again. I am missing the booklet step 1 - find out what foods cause you to lose weight (have all the rest). Does anyone know where to find a replacement? Thanks!! Wed, 13 Jan 2016 18:58:14 EST Your Library Card Is it in your wallet?.............yes <BR> When did you last use it? <BR> What for?............books on Alaska to plan a summer trip, and a crochet book to work on a project for next Christmas.... <BR> And you?? <em>211</em> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:49:21 EST batched cooked for the week. made a huge batch of veggie soup that will last 3 or 4 weeks, veggie stir fry that will be 4 dinners, quinoa and veggie main dish type salad that will be either lunch or dinner for the rest of the week, home made salsa and oatmeal for rest of the breakfasts this week Mon, 11 Jan 2016 19:53:04 EST Sleep meditation Has anyone used this before? Or do you have other suggestions on how to fall asleep? Mon, 11 Jan 2016 14:17:03 EST R.I.P. David Bowie So sorry to hear of the passing of David Bowie. He just turned 69 on Jan. 8th and battled cancer for the last 18 months. I really enjoyed his music. He will be missed. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 04:11:33 EST Cleaning your French Press I was just reading a board about instant coffee and many of you mentioned your French Press. I have one but I find cleaning it messy. Any suggestions? Sun, 10 Jan 2016 19:28:35 EST w smart points Just curious if there is a way I can figure out how many smart points I'm allowed daily without having to pay money? Sun, 10 Jan 2016 17:34:23 EST Where's the journal? I am back on SP and am looking for the journal that I used to write in daily. Is it gone? Sun, 10 Jan 2016 08:54:23 EST Powerball Jackpot - Are You Playing ? I don't usually play the lottery. I get a kick out of giving some scratch tickets for stocking stuffers at Christmas. Normally, I only play when there is a really really BIG pot. When the Powerball is over 400 million, I'll buy a ticket. <BR> <BR> Since the Powerball is currently at 900+ million... I bought two tickets. LOL. I doubt I'll win, but it's fun to fantasize what I would do with roughly $400 million after taxes. <BR> <BR> So, did you buy a Powerball ticket ? How many did you buy... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 15:22:22 EST Spring Cleaning There is a possibility that I will be offered a job that is clear across the country and will take me several days to get there. It’s semi-permanent in that I could stay until the project is completed (in 2018), with a minimum commitment of 3 months. I plan on staying for more than 3 months, although I’m not sure if I’ll stay until it’s finished (depends on whether or not I find a more permanent job in my field – wildlife biology and ecology, with an interest in research focusing on ecology, ... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 15:12:37 EST Could I be Allergic to Capsaicin? I'm asking because I am fine eating bell peppers, but when I handle spicy peppers I need gloves or I get a rash. When I eat spicy food, (I know this is gross) it makes me vomit. I don't eat spicy food anymore. I have no tolerance for heat, the slightest bit burns my mouth like I've put napalm in there or something (but I'm missing most of my teeth). Any feedback? Sat, 9 Jan 2016 12:25:23 EST Motivation music A friend whom recently lost close to 100 pounds over the last year, told me today one thing that really helped her going was a song. The song is Today is your day, by Shania Twain. <BR> <BR> Do you have any songs that have inspired you to keep going? Or maybe some good work out music you'd like to share? <BR> <em>335</em> Sat, 9 Jan 2016 12:08:23 EST workout buddy hey there people I am looking for a motivational person to workout with me, I am in the Delaware area and seeking a serious person to get me in the habit of working out 3 times a week or so, I would be willing to get a gym membership and become more then just a workout buddy but a friend. I am trying to surround myself with like minded people who want to stay healthy and become fit. Thu, 7 Jan 2016 18:47:06 EST How do you keep on track after a bad day at work? Hey everyone. I have had a bad bad bad day at work. Normallly on days like this I would eat my feeling. But I do not want to ruin the good I have done this week? Any tips on staying away from the chips? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 7 Jan 2016 17:37:39 EST Do you know "this" guy? <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 7 Jan 2016 12:58:07 EST Would you even bother? I am in my early 40s with a few strands of grey here and there. I just had a color job less than 6 months ago but my greys are already showing again! But my new growth is like an inch and a half at most. <BR> <BR> I am tempted to just leave my hair as it is as I just had a trim ard Christmastime. Chinese New Year is just ard the corner so most hair salons are super busy and have a price hike. <BR> <BR> If I decide to color, I will wait till after CNY. But for a few strands, would you even b... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 03:07:05 EST Balance in the new year I've dubbed 2016 the Year of Balance for me. I want to start living more simply and not to any extremes. I've started purging my house of clutter and getting rid of things that no longer serve a purpose in my life. I'm not going to beat myself up for not eating or exercising "perfectly", and I'm going to focus more on relaxation when I'm not at work. It's going to be a good year! Thu, 7 Jan 2016 02:33:43 EST Opportunist & Presumptious? My former neighbor drops in to my neighborhood park sometimes to hang out with his friends. He is married with a daughter who is abt 3 years old. <BR> <BR> When he found out that I had a limited edition hobbit orchist keychain from attending the movie marathon, he asked if I could give it to him free. I said, no way but I was willing to sell it to him for a profit. The ticket to the marathon itself was expensive. How can he even ask? <BR> <BR> Then, when he found out I bought the Beatrix Po... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 01:19:04 EST My calorie requirement went up today Can someone please explain to me what the calorie intake went up. I do link my fitbit to the other trackers but I will never lose weight if I go eat 2700 calories <BR> <BR> I am confused. I don't really want to disconnect the tracker...I like seeing how many calories I have left. <BR> <BR> What are your experiences? Wed, 6 Jan 2016 17:38:20 EST Looking for members for "boutique fitness" article Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Are you someone who belongs to a specialty fitness club- like a place that only offers spinning, a special bootcamp workout, or some other specific activity? If so, we'd like to talk to you about the pros and cons for an upcoming article. <BR> <BR> Can you send me a SparkMail if you're interested in sharing your thoughts? <BR> <BR> Thanks!! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Wed, 6 Jan 2016 13:12:20 EST Stunted growth! It is extremely difficult for me to grow my hair. I only get it trimmed abt once in 6 months to get rid of split ends. I even informed my hairdresser not to cut away too much bcoz I m trying to grow my hair long. <BR> <BR> The problem is, my hair doesn't seem to be growing at all. After each trim, it always returns to the same shoulder length! I used to have waist length hair when I was younger. What can I do to make it longer? Tue, 5 Jan 2016 22:10:37 EST A question about weighing meat When you weigh your meat, to track it, do you weigh it before you cook it or after? My theory is that I won't be eating is raw, so I weigh the portion I am going to eat after it;s cooked. I've always done this, but I was informed by a weight loss/nutritionist "professional" that I should be weighing it raw. It doesn't make sense to me to do that, so if I should, can you tell me why? <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Jan 2016 20:31:07 EST Fitness Folder Hey guys I am making a Health and Fitness Folder to help me stay on track. I am going to put workout schedules and goal trackers in it as well as motivational quotes. I am really excited and cant wait to put it all together :-) thoughts? Tue, 5 Jan 2016 17:35:01 EST My first day and I'm scared. I don't want anyone I'm not much of talker and more of doer. I really don't care if you like me better before or after. I'm doing it for myself this time. I was fit, sexy, and confident. I lost track of who i was after a 10 year relationship. That's over and fighting for myself. I would love connections with serious and fun minded individuals in Atlanta, GA. <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Jan 2016 17:00:18 EST Looking for Advice from those Without a Thyroid I am a newbie to this site... <BR> <BR> I was hyperthyroid for more than 10 + years. Without success on medications, in 2012 I finally had my Thyroid surgically removed (Total Thyroidectomy). <BR> <BR> Weight Gain: After surgery, I gained more than 20 pounds in the first 3 weeks and have gained 30 more since then. I have tried prescription diet pills, juicing, calorie counting, exercising & even a dietitian - The only weight loss I had was on the dietitians prepackage meals (while I was s... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 14:32:46 EST Being "the job" A colleague of mine is "the job", this means that after work they are STILL at work (mentally) and their entire social life revolves around their job. My colleague invited Rose & I over to a dinner party he was having and guess what, the only thing he talked about was about work and not complaining or whining about stuff at work and not about other people either, just wanted to only talk about the work he does. I suggested a game he said no, but he wanted to know if we'd talk more about work.... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 13:03:13 EST Sharing money Do you and your significant other share money or do you each keep track of your own? Tue, 5 Jan 2016 11:22:48 EST biggest loser Anyone else watching the season premiere? Would you take the money or persevere? Mon, 4 Jan 2016 21:13:00 EST Cleaning Coffee Maker?? Never had a problem with my coffeemaker, it lets me know when it is time to clean. So heres the story. My husband has OCD and He decided to clean the coffee maker and used cleaners not recommended for cleaning the Inside of the Coffee Maker. The coffee tastes horrible, no one other than him will drink it-he says we are picky. I have re-cleaned it using vinegar several times and rinsing well with water, the coffee still tastes bad! I can't afford to replace the coffee pot with the same kin... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 21:06:37 EST instant coffee this is a bit embarrassing , but does anyone have a problem with diarrhea after drinking maxwell house french vanilla instant coffee? or is it just me Mon, 4 Jan 2016 18:54:25 EST I MADE my own yogurt!! Holy cow! so easy and way cheaper then buying it. Having Muesli and plain yogurt for breakfast and using some to make a Tikka sauce for chicken breasts for dinner!! Mon, 4 Jan 2016 14:29:27 EST Food Strategies Living With Others If you live with others... <BR> who aren't on the same page as you when it comes to losing weight... <BR> and you don't feel STRONG enough to resist trigger foods yet. <BR> <BR> WHAT ARE YOUR WEIGH LOSS STRATEGIES ? Mon, 4 Jan 2016 09:54:06 EST Trying to kick processed sugar. Having a rough time kicking the simple sugar. Kids keep my addition going...what do you do and have you reached the other Side? Sun, 3 Jan 2016 16:44:46 EST How do they do that? Can't see how some can get 2-3000 points in one day??? I have trouble getting to 150 in one day. Fri, 1 Jan 2016 19:43:05 EST Water? I have a question about water. Does coffee, tea, or crystal light count as water? I think it should cause it's base is water. How about diet soda? Does it count? I am supposed to watch my fluid intake and need to know if I should add 64 ounces to my daily diet or count other fluids in the 64. Any help or opinions will be appreciated. Thanks. Fri, 1 Jan 2016 11:30:59 EST Log in every time I have to log in every time I open the site. I had this problem once before and found how to fix it on this site but I forgot how to do it and I can't find it again. Anyone? Fri, 1 Jan 2016 11:29:02 EST Happy New Year! Don't you just love a clean slate. We can do this. <BR> <em>381</em> <em>411</em> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 08:06:09 EST Instagram Hello! I hope this is an okay question to ask here. I do apologize in advance if it isn't. I am documenting my weight loss journey on Instagram, and would like to know if anyone else does as well. I would love to follow you, if you do, and it would mean a lot to me if you wanted to follow me as well. I am losing this weight through hard work, eating right and exercising and it's so much fun (for me anyway) to see my progress at a glance. It also gives me some accountability. <BR> <BR> My In... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 13:11:02 EST The Roller Coaster of Emotional Eating I know you can relate. The daily struggle. Using the pleasure of eating unhealthy food to "medicate" the unpleasant and even very often pleasant feelings in life. It's easy for someone to give the advice, "go for a long walk" or "call a friend" (if you even have one that will listen for more than 5 seconds before talking about themselves) but how do you hold fast when the storm is raging? When the feelings creep in like a plague? Lonely, tired, rejected, anxious and stressed, angry, exhaus... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:33:29 EST This Really helped me get to goal I'm 64 years old and I lost 50 pounds in 7 months and am at goal weight thanks to Bright Line Eating with Susan Peirce Thompson. I cannot recommend the program strongly enoug. I now know how to keep at goal for the rest of my life. The support is like none I've ever had anywhere. It will work for everyone. It is also possible to get wonderful support at FAA or other 12 step programs, but this one is out of this world loving. Here's what Ocean Robbins had to say about Bright Line Eating... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:16:53 EST New Year's Eve Plans? I'm working today and have been up since 1:00 AM so I will probably be asleep on the couch by 8:00 tonight! My husband and I don't go out anymore and prefer to stay home. We usually make a special dinner and watch tv that's about it. <BR> <BR> So what are you all doing? Do you have any traditions? Any special foods you prepare? <BR> <BR> And how about new years day? We always make hoppin John it's supposed to be good luck. <BR> <BR> I wish you all a very happy & healthy new year! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 04:26:07 EST Pls. share your fav. Ninja blender recipes We got a Ninja blender for Christmas and I've heard you can make some tasty, healthy, stuff with it. <BR> <BR> Please share your favorite, healthy, Ninja recipes with me. :) <BR> <BR> I have a pineapple in the cupboard. Any recipes with pineapple? Wed, 30 Dec 2015 14:14:46 EST Points Question Over the last few weeks I have noticed my Sparkpoints were slowly creeping up to 10,000. I was at 9,997 point last night. I was excited for it to turn to 10,000, just like I had to stop and take a picture of my odometer when it hit 200,000 Kms. <BR> <BR> This morning I only have 9,805 points. I didn't use any points to buy anything. <BR> <BR> What happened to my points? Wed, 30 Dec 2015 09:22:19 EST I wish I could do this! Some dialysis patients at the dialysis center I go to can afford to take Wednesdays off! I wish I could too! But I can't bcoz I find the fluid restriction too hard already as it is! Skipping Wednesday would mean a 3 day break between Monday and Friday! I don't think I can do it as I find the 2 day weekend hard enough as it is! But I still wish I could do it to get a 3 day break! Tue, 29 Dec 2015 20:39:56 EST Getting back on track! I didn't gain weight over Thanksgiving, but think I did over Christmas. I haven't stepped on the scale, going to give myself a week of eating smarter before I do that! Too many gingerbread men that my granddaughters and I made for Santa ended up on my plate! Lol! <em>198</em> Tue, 29 Dec 2015 16:27:26 EST Time to Stop the Madness!!! My last trip to the ER with sepsis and a week in the hospital has me kinda opening my third eye a bit wider Tue, 29 Dec 2015 09:50:47 EST Mayo Clinic Pop Up AD The Mayo Clinic Pop Up AD is driving me crazy! Every time I click to go to a new page it pops up. Is there anyway of disabling it? Mon, 28 Dec 2015 08:00:43 EST Constant Pop Up , The Mayo Clinic Diet Experience What;s up with that ? I can't even type without it popping up constantly. How can I remove it ? It is so annoying ! Mon, 28 Dec 2015 07:48:16 EST Tornado Victims Praying for all Tornado victims and their families in the United States during this holiday season. It has been so tragic!!!! Mon, 28 Dec 2015 00:12:00 EST cold weather workout good idea? Sun, 27 Dec 2015 11:24:30 EST Sparkpeople store? I saw a photo of a sparkpeople workout bag on someone's sparkpage, but I haven't found a link to a sparkpeople store (and now I don't remember who's page that was). Is there a place with sparkpeople merchandise? Sun, 27 Dec 2015 10:47:24 EST Any foods you no longer like Since I have completely changed my eating habits I no longer like the taste of most cookies, cake, etc. Especially anything with frosting. Has your taste for food changed? Sun, 27 Dec 2015 08:25:15 EST Starting a 12 week challenge; question. At the end of January im starting a 12 week weightloss challenge at my gym... I have been super lazy the past two months. I know I have it in me to get my butt back in shape.. But I really want to do great at this challenge too.... So I'm in the mind set that I don't want to start working out and getting results too soon. ( I'm not sitting around eating bowls of ice cream, just in maintaining mode).... Would you start getting serious a week or two before the competition for best results? Or w... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 02:12:22 EST How do you track your last posts in these boards? Hi guys. These boards are different from other message boards I have used. In other forums there is a way you can view your last posted messages or at least a list of your subscribed threads. Is it possible to do the same with these message boards as well? <BR> <BR> Also I would like to ask if there is a kind of setting that I use so the " I want an email to be sent to me when anyone replies to this topic" option below is not ticked by default every time. <BR> <BR> Thank you friends ! <BR>... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 16:25:27 EST How do you shed the old fat man image in my head. Lately I have been in some situations that make me believe that I really do not see what I look like. One of my friends, that happens to be a women, had a disagreement on some new clothes. I thought what she picked was too young for me but she countered that I look young and have the body for it. The other day I was talking to a young women in her late 30's and she started flirting a little. Guess what, I asked her if she likes old overweight men. Then gave her my age to top it off. The flirt... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 10:55:28 EST ARGH!!! Food put on wrong day. I just added all my Christmas eating, including all the candy and everything--every fiddly little estimate of how many ounces this, how much that, and all that nonsense--to yesterday. Today my tracker says I have eaten nothing. <BR> <BR> Now it is a bit odd. Yesterday I had bowel problems and ate very little, so although I now have recorded way too many calories for yesterday, it's not like I have 4000 calories for yesterday, even though I put two days of eating on one day. It is over my da... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 22:22:06 EST It's Christmas!!! Merry Christmas, everyone!!! <BR> <BR> Remember that Jesus is the reason for the season! <BR> <BR> I went carolling on Wednesday night, went to the mall on Christmas Eve and I have a Christmas party tonight! <BR> <BR> The mall was packed to the brim with holiday shoppers! I had a fantastic lunch with lots of prawns (my favorite) and I even got of free drink of honey lemon with lots of aloe pieces! I wanted ice-cream too but decided against it. I hope I don't overeat tonight! I am bringing ... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 01:13:59 EST A new year coming I have been fortunate. Pneumonia, 5 by-pass surgery, and apendix removed, and still living a better life at 72!!! Thu, 24 Dec 2015 14:56:52 EST Looking for someone Hi I started SparkPeople a few months back and was friends with a lady I can't remember her name. Maybe she will remember mine... Robin Alice. My short term memory is not the best. We were about the same age, in our early to mid 60's.I think her name began with an M. If You are out there please drop a line. Thank You, Robin Thu, 24 Dec 2015 09:45:04 EST New Year's Resolutions - Make? Keep? In the past few years I really haven't made any New Year's resolutions, so I haven't been disappointed not keeping them. I'm thinking that maybe I will make a couple this coming year, however. Track everything I eat, and walking a certain amount of miles every week (I find that weekly goals are better than daily goals, because stuff happens, and when I'm not able to keep a daily goal, I give up totally). So, trying to keep things simple and do-able. <BR> <BR> Do you have or make resolutio... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 09:46:06 EST Fitbit challenge Add me for challenge Tue, 22 Dec 2015 16:30:40 EST Santa, Other countries leave him to eat Xmas Eve I am traveling now. Just left Italy where I was told he will be left tangerines. In Scotland now where I am told he gets minced pies. People from the states usually leave him cookies and milk. <BR> <BR> Do you have friends or relatives in other countries and know what they are giving him to munch on? Tue, 22 Dec 2015 07:14:54 EST Oxford English Dictionary - Word for 2015 Ladies and gentlemen of Spark People ! <BR> <BR> The Oxford English Dictionary word for 2015 IS a pictograph ! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The emoji has made into the lexicon. Other words include, ad blocker, Dark Web, on fleek, lumbersexual. I have no idea what a lumbersexual is. I had to look it up. <BR> <BR> Previous words of the year include selfie, vape, GIF, refudiate, unfriend, etc... What can I s... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 13:17:29 EST Does size matter? Rose & I were walking through Dick's Sporting Goods store over the weekend and of course I had to stop by the weightlifting department. To my surprise I saw 10lb. Olympic sized plates made the same diameter as the 45lb plates but they were really skinny! <BR> <BR> I said to her that they probably made those that size so that people who aren't that strong can appear to be strong (from a distance) having those size plates on the barbell. <BR> <BR> REALYY!?! <BR> <BR> The thickness couldn't h... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 11:32:57 EST Millennials I'm a millennial.But I feel as if I don't fit in with the other ones. The others all seem to have gym memberships, they have great wardrobes, look awesome in their skinny jeans, have thigh gaps,have time for everything, have Pinterest worthy homes,are thin, are beautiful and have high paying jobs. I have nothing in common with those people. I'd love to be more like them. Mon, 21 Dec 2015 10:02:52 EST Happy Holidays!!! Wishing everyone a safe and blessed week. Take time to love one another and do for one another. Have a Merry Christmas everyone!!!! Sun, 20 Dec 2015 23:42:28 EST Looking for a tasty spinach dip recipe! Anyone have a spinach/artichoke dip that is healthy and yummy???? Sun, 20 Dec 2015 14:12:32 EST Thoughts on leaving some Spark Teams ? When is too many teams too many. I'd like to give my all so beginning in January I'm visiting all of my teams on a regular basis and if I can't, I may leave some. What are your particular thoughts ? Sun, 20 Dec 2015 12:13:25 EST healthy tasty appetizers for the holidays! hello! <BR> looking for a tasty spinach/artichoke dip to take for my son's engagement party OR any other appetizer/dessert ideas! THANK YOU! Trying to eat healthy for this event! Sun, 20 Dec 2015 01:40:30 EST Tomorrow is "me" day! Tomorrow I will be starting day 8 of my journey here. I've decided to weigh myself once a week -- and that day shall be named "ME" day. I had to cheat though and weigh myself two days ago because I was heading out of town -- but I'm back and ready to see what my first week's total will be tomorrow morning. This evening I spent some time thinking up other goals to work on too -- fun stuff. Feeling positive. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 22:14:02 EST A Rose Is A Rose Is A ??? Just for fun! <BR> <BR> In my family we have come to name a number of common items with different names. Here's a couple from Christmas. <BR> <BR> A "T'Roo" is the cardboard tube that is left over after all the paper is gone. They can also be referred to as "Didgeritubes." I save them for Christmas Eve and they regularly get played similar to the long horns they have in the Alps, or as Didgeridoos. They also come in handy for telling secrets from one person to another across the dinner ... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 18:57:58 EST Holiday Decor -- Your Spark Page I really enjoy seeing how Spark members decorate their Spark Pages for the holidays. There are so many imaginitive folks here, and so many fun/beautiful ways to decorate your page. If you've changed your page to reflect the time of the season, let it be known here so we can visit and encourage each other! <BR> <BR> Happy holidays! Fri, 18 Dec 2015 10:47:25 EST Post traumatic stress I am a survivor of sexual abuse, I even got through a trial of my childhood rapist, but to have two men in a truck stop in the dark while I am out for my morning walk and start commenting on my being beautiful and making me feel threatened makes me weak and afraid. <BR> Running and walking saved my life. How do I get back out to the road? I have always been hyper vigilant when I have been out on my own. My husband doesn't understand why I hate going on unlit trails, I will never even attempt ... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 16:58:18 EST Is The Force With You? How crazy excited are you (or not) to see the new Star Wars movie? <BR> <BR> I'm going to get out my Star Wars set and watch them all over again before I see this new one. <BR> <BR> <em>272</em> <em>530</em> Thu, 17 Dec 2015 09:18:16 EST What Christmas gifts are you giving? I'm embroidering some pillowcases for my best friend (in her favorite colors :)). I'm frantically working on them so I can get them done by Christmas. <BR> <BR> I got my husband a Fitbit Charge HR. He used to track his steps every day, but he lost his old pedometer a few months ago. For once, he has no idea what he's getting. I think he expects pants, lol! <BR> <BR> All the family pets are getting stuff...catnip, cat toys, light up collar for one dog, slow feeding bowl for another, etc... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 08:03:08 EST Clothing Sizes I feel like sizes are getting bigger. I use to take a size 10 in clothes now I am a size 12. It's very depressing. I only want to lose about 10 pounds so I feel this is not a huge jump. Thu, 17 Dec 2015 06:27:10 EST Looking for walking support Hi I'm Jay new here to cypress area I'm looking for walking buddy's <em>104</em> 541-595-8908 Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:39:03 EST Which hair-removal method works best for you? what kind of hair removal do you use, how often, and does it work? Wed, 16 Dec 2015 20:02:50 EST New life. Hi I have been busy working my new life. I have me at partner now and moved in with so life is great. I am not very happy with myself I have put weight on. Wed, 16 Dec 2015 17:53:34 EST When You're Having a Setback - Just Keep Going ! Whenever you feel like you're having a set back, remember this ! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 16 Dec 2015 12:25:03 EST Books? Can anyone recommend any good books to read for weight loss motivation? <BR> I'm not looking for a diet or exercise program. I'm looking for a book that I can read that will motivate me, even if it is fiction. I just want something that will give me that "Hell Yes I can do that!" feeling. Wed, 16 Dec 2015 12:07:54 EST Fitness tracking and calorie range So I discovered there's an option to have your fitness tracking alter your calorie range. It seems to me that my tracker overestimates the number of calories I burn for a given activity (even when I'm being conservative) -- at least for the way my body seems to work. So I changed my settings to the "my activity does not change my daily calorie range" option. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts on this you'd care to share? Wed, 16 Dec 2015 00:16:48 EST What was the last straw before changing your ways? While there's probably a lot of "last straws" in my own personal decision to fix my lifestyle.. But most recently I found myself at one of these "fast weight loss" places signing up for an HCG diet. I had built up the visit as my "quick fix", but as I was sitting there, being told I needed to eat between 600-700 calories a day, that most of the vegetables that I like were on the "do not eat list" and being told not to exercise -- it occurred to me that this would never be the right solution ... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 00:41:41 EST question how many point's for a 240 lb woman? weight watcher's points? Mon, 14 Dec 2015 22:47:25 EST Signed up for a walking 10k today! 6 weeks to train, but I should be fine, I'm a walker anyways. <BR> Maybe next event I'll work on doing a running 5k. <BR> Anyone else like to walk or run races? Sun, 13 Dec 2015 15:30:28 EST I just got a new 3 tier steamer I got steamer to cook healthier but I am having issues imparting flavor into the food...any suggestions Sat, 12 Dec 2015 19:57:24 EST How do you get started? How do you identify and find a good accountability buddy when so many people are on the website? What is the best way to get started? Any other tips for beginners? Sat, 12 Dec 2015 18:51:07 EST What are you giving your husband/fiance for Xmas? What are you giving your husband/fiance for Christmas? I need some ideas. <BR> What would be good to give my husband as a christmas presents that does not need much money to do it? Sat, 12 Dec 2015 10:09:47 EST Virtually vegetarian Over the past few months I have gravitated to an almost vegetarian diet. I have nothing against eating meat but I just love the vegies. I have noticed that I do not go number 2 daily like I used to. Now it is only every two to three days. Is this normal? Sat, 12 Dec 2015 10:03:40 EST America on the Scale NPR series Anybody besides me listen to this series on Here and Now? <link><BR>he-scale </link> Sat, 12 Dec 2015 06:23:34 EST possible to not loose weight? I have a quick question. Three weeks ago I started eating completely clean and organic, lots of vegetables and fruit, and I also started working out doing HIIT workouts 5 days a week. But the scale keeps going up even though my body is changing. <BR> <BR> Is it possible to be doing everything perfect and not lose weight? I'm a bit scared that I will be stuck overweight. ..but healthy. I'm trying to shift my focus onto health and no weight loss. .. but I would like to have some hope that I ... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 02:31:56 EST Training for a half marathon and lose weight? Hi everyone, <BR> I have an issue, this last year I started running and after several months I was able to run 3 to 4 miles at a time and even completed 3 5k's. I was running about 15 miles a week and eating pretty healthy (I thought) but I kept gaining weight, in fact I gained 20 lbs. and I don't feel that I ate badly. Anyway, obviously I am doing something wrong. I stopped running the last 2 months and am wanting to start again AND train for a half marathon to do next (late) spring. Does an... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 16:54:45 EST Counselling Hi. I strongly believe that my eating habits stem from my teenage years and the heartbreak I felt when my parents split.this was very traumatic. I have carried hurt around from this since then and thinking about how I felt then still brings me to tears. Does anyone else feel that counselling would benefit people when trying to loose weight and does anyone know who provides this kind of service Fri, 11 Dec 2015 09:06:22 EST Any good health-related books come out this year? I haven't heard of any, but I may have missed it/them. <BR> Thu, 10 Dec 2015 18:51:49 EST cyberbullying Hi everyone. I'm doing a report on cyber bullying for my English Comp class. I was wondering how many of you out there have been bullied on here our other websites. I know that SparkPeople does a great job in deleting mean posts and threads and blocking users. However some posts can get through. Wed, 9 Dec 2015 12:02:58 EST wow i cant lose the weight! whats a good diet to follow that will help me lose weight .there are so many and id like to do one that is proven to work. thank you Wed, 9 Dec 2015 01:44:03 EST Garmin Vivofit I am getting a Garmin Vivofit for Christmas and would like to work OT with Spark people. Am I going to have to manually enter my days? If so, how? Tue, 8 Dec 2015 10:58:34 EST New Emoticons How often do they update the emoticons? I wishs they had one for different countries, like something tartan for Scotland, silver fern for New Zealand. They do have the shamrock for Ireland. I know it is impossible to do every country. Just curious. Tue, 8 Dec 2015 08:52:43 EST Bananas! If someone doesn't like Bananas* because they make them feel uncomfortable or whatever then it would be logical to just stay away from them, but what if that same person that doesn't like Bananas* wants others to not like them too or worse, try to get RID of Bananas* altogether? <BR> <BR> What's your thoughts? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> *choose the noun of your choice. <BR> <BR> Tue, 8 Dec 2015 07:25:07 EST Personal Goals Accomplished in 2015? Each year I have a few goals I try to accomplish. Goals to me are important for my well being and self esteem. These can be personal goals or external goals. One goal I had this year was to try and see a point of view through another persons eye, remembering their background and age and not to judge their opinion which may be so different from mine. Another goal was to make my body even stronger as I like to hike. I am happy to say I climbed the Duomo stairs in Milan which are 150 stairs... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 02:09:55 EST 12 Reasons To Eat Eggs.... <link><BR>-body-when-you-eat-eggs </link> Mon, 7 Dec 2015 15:50:00 EST Freak out Did you ever drop one of the items from a 100 Calorie Pack and think, "Damn, there goes 1/10th of my snack!!" Mon, 7 Dec 2015 15:03:18 EST Not your normal foodie! Are you a concoction kind of person? I am! When I'm alone, I never eat the norm....what do you eat that your friends think you are an odd cookie? This could be fun. I will post some fun and crazy snacks that I have concocted in the years of getting healthy...have fun sharing! Mon, 7 Dec 2015 14:00:53 EST completely new lifestyles w/ bariatric surgery I , like millions of other americans have had weight loss surgery. Im 6 months out & down 140lbs. It's a lot but I was massively obese. My lifestyle has changed 100% , I eat clean , low carb, no sugar, nothing refined & I exercise. I just would love to have a forum where those like myself can come, post, Q&A & share experiences. Sun, 6 Dec 2015 14:07:36 EST Sharing from one's abundance... Do you make a point to look for ways to give to those in need? -- Many of us are blessed with so much. Check out your local shelters for a list of things needed and take the time to drop off a bag or 2 or 3 of extras. <BR> <BR> Frankly, I skip the toy "wants" on local trees. When my kids were younger, it seemed that the "needy" kids wanted things my kids didn't have or get. Go figure. -- At that time, I found a tree with cards of needs for an elderly care home: socks, lotion, robes, slippers... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 23:21:13 EST SALTY OR SWEET I am traveling in Italy now and taking a lot of trains. When they come over to offer you the snack included in your ticket, they always ask, "salty or sweet?" You don't know what exactly your two choices are as it is in a drawer and if you say salty, your snack is handed to you from the salty drawer. <BR> <BR> I like to observe how many say salty and how many say sweet. (said in Italian of course) So let's take a Spark survey for fun. Are you a Salty or Sweet person? Sat, 5 Dec 2015 13:46:11 EST gluten free any pointers on going gluten free would be greatly appreciated thank you Sat, 5 Dec 2015 09:37:12 EST Weight loss and hypothyroidism Hello! I have hypothyroidism and I am curious to know if anyone has any tips or suggestions as far as diet goes and what has helped you feel better and lose weight? Also, I drink coffee regularly, and I am wondering if what to do with that? Because it is what helps me get going in the morning and I need to know what has helped anyone in that area. Thanks for taking the time to read my message! Fri, 4 Dec 2015 19:20:16 EST I LOVE SPARK TRIVIA! I just want to tell everyone that I'm addicted to Spark trivia! I learn so much just by reading the explanation when I choose the wrong answer! Thank you, Sparkpeople! Thu, 3 Dec 2015 16:01:14 EST Snobs of any kind? or just enthusiasts? <BR> <BR> I started a thread on Board Game Geek called "Board Game Snobs" and I posed the question if the board gamers of that site believed if there was such a type of person that could be called a Board Game Snob, this is defined as someone who wouldn't be caught dead playing Monopoly or The Game of Life or Trouble or Trivial Pursuit but rather they play what's called "Designer Games" or Euro-Games like Settlers of Catan or Carcassonne or Ticket to Ride. <BR> <BR> I t... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 15:49:05 EST Response to comments from saboteur? I'm not sure if this is being done consciously or unconsciously, but my mother tells me that I don't need to lose weight because I am "always so skinny," but yet this family member is actually smaller than me and complains that she "needs to lose her gut." To me, this just doesn't make logical sense. <BR> <BR> I realize that whether or not I let her comments affect me is on me, but I'd be lying if I said it didn't irk the living daylights out of me that she's smaller than me and complains th... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 15:19:05 EST I feel so hungry I am on day three of counting calories. I feel so hungry. I constantly think about what I will get to eat next and when. This is tough. <BR> <BR> I wonder if anyone would be so kind as to have a look at my Nutrition Tracker and let me know if I am doing this right? I don't want to set myself up for disappointment and lose a few pounds only to gain them back when I start eating enough again to really feel satisfied. Thu, 3 Dec 2015 13:22:27 EST Using full length mirrors when working out Someone at work asked me about working out and what do I do. When I mentioned that I lift and have several full length mirrors around my cellar workout area they gave a slight chuckle. I laughed, too, then asked why was that funny. She said, "Doesn't that seem a bit narcissistic?" <BR> <BR> I said no and explained that both Rose & I use them to watch our form when we're lifting so we know we're doing it right. She just a nod and said nothing more and subject got changed by another person ab... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 13:18:30 EST SP Routine? What is your SP Routine? <BR> <BR> After logging in, I spin the wheel to see my daily points (have to work hard today, only 2!). Next I head over to Trivia and play for 3 points before hitting the message boards. Tracking, awarding team bonus points and reading blogs round it out for me. And, hopefully, at some point I get my chance at spinning the wheel again for bonus points. <BR> <BR> What about you? Thu, 3 Dec 2015 08:37:26 EST Can we make this Postitive Wednesday instead? It's the middle of the week, energy is flagging and you're probably just hoping for the weekend to come soon, right? <BR> <BR> For many... It's just hump day. <BR> <BR> For me, it's positive Wednesday. A good day to cheer myself up with all the positive things in life and to help me get through the rest of the week with a kick and a spring in my step! <BR> <BR> I'd like to share that with you all. Let's get "hump day" out of our heads and change it to Positive Wednesday. Hump day is too... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 23:47:00 EST Cards or no cards? If you celebrate Christmas do you still send cards? I usually send out about 30 a year and get back about 6-8. Not that I am upset about that but it seems fewer and fewer people are sending them. It is an expense and we are beyond the years of taking family pictures to send so...Just curious what everyone is doing this year... cards or no cards? Wed, 2 Dec 2015 08:44:04 EST Sex and Exercise Maybe it's just me but whenever I'm exercising regularly all I want to do is the "nasty"!!! Fortunately my hubs is happy to help ; ) Tue, 1 Dec 2015 11:03:24 EST No Dec. Challenge? Am I missing something? Ok, I have to admit the monthly challenges motivate me. I got through Nov's burn 10,000.... with my eye on what was coming for Dec. It always seem to have a preview as it got closer but not in Nov. So here is Dec 1st & nothing. So what the deal...challenge or no challenge....If it's something I'm missing PLEASE let me know! Tue, 1 Dec 2015 10:12:14 EST Holiday Charity In the past, I made fleece blankets for Ronald McDonald House because they were directly related to my job as a nurse. I probably made 100 blankets for them. Now, I don't find myself with much time, so usually my holiday donations go towards toy and food drives, and helping to fill the metal cans of the Salvation Army. <BR> <BR> Do you donate your time or other things during the holidays? <BR> <BR> Don't forget about those persons who go out of their way to give you good service too. For... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 08:53:27 EST Trivia WooHoo, I'm at 100% this month! <BR> <BR> Oh yeah, it's only the 1st of the month <em>100</em> Tue, 1 Dec 2015 08:45:17 EST A Shopping question! If you like 4 designs in tshirts, would you buy all 4? <BR> <BR> If you like all the colors, would you buy one of each color? <BR> <BR> Sigh! If only I was rich, them I'll just buy them all, but I m not! <BR> <BR> So I just stick to 1 or 2 fave items...... sigh! Tue, 1 Dec 2015 04:03:31 EST Help Please stop sending me texts. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:31:25 EST Is it time for a trim? <img src=""> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 02:35:15 EST Losing weight working the night shift,suggestions? I currently work 3rd shift 40 hours a week. Ever since I started working the odd shift, my body has went through dramatic weight gain. I am looking for tips, and advice from anyone who as worked or is working the night, on how to lose weight. Thank you for the support, looking foward to great tips and advice from all of you!! Sun, 29 Nov 2015 16:14:10 EST PEP ad in upper right corner Does anyone know what that is all about? By the time I get the cursor to point and click on it, it changes to an ad for Ultratherapy. They are kinda layered in the right corner, with the PEP ad underneath. Is it a social media site? Something like this? I am so curious, it's like a race to click on it before it takes me to Ultratherapy!! Sun, 29 Nov 2015 11:45:20 EST Black Friday Shopping - Who Snagged a Bargain ? For all of those who went out early early in the morning or late late at night, who snagged a Black Friday bargain ? What did you buy ? How much did you save ? <BR> <BR> I don't have a whole lot of shopping to do this year. Giving a lot of gift cards. However, Amazon was having a fabulous deal. I bought a Kindle Fire 7" 8gig for $35 !! it's normally $50. Even at $50 that's a great deal on a tablet, so $35 for a Kindle was pretty amazing. I bought one for my cousin. Not sure how long the sa... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 16:00:46 EST Thanksgiving - DON'T PANIC ! What to Do First, I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Second, whatever happens tomorrow,"DON'T PANIC !" <BR> <BR> I know we're either trying to lose weight or maintain the weight we've lost. BUT, I don't want anyone beating themselves up if they happen to eat a little too much tomorrow. Here are a few strategies that might help you get through your day. <BR> <BR> 1) Eat a little something at breakfast. Don't starve yourself to save room for extra dessert. If you go to the meal already hun... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:15:43 EST Anyone looking for 28 day challenge? If you are looking for extra support and motivation during the holidays. Come check out 28 day challenge spark team, Starts Monday December 7th. <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=65279 </link> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:15:38 EST Happy Birthday Thanksgiving Day to me Tomorrow is my birthday, on Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> This year I am so thankfulf or many things. I have a wonderful husband and daughter and family life is good. I started back at college and getting all A's. And I've lost 58 lbs so far this year!!! <BR> <BR> I am so thankful that I am no longer addicted to food. It feels to freeing! <BR> <BR> 39 will be a good year.....excited to see what changes may come!! Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:23:28 EST Most Active Sparkteams Are any of the teams still active? I have been clicking around on them and find teams where no one has posted for over a month! I am looking for a team of medium size (30-400 members) with lots of posting. Any suggestions? <em>108</em> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:15:33 EST How do I put a tracker on my Sparkpage? I, at one time, had a tracker on my Sparkpage. It had my start weight and goal weight with a little do dad moving along as I lost weight. How do I do that? <em>429</em> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:24:50 EST Food Journal What does everyone use to track your food when you can't access a computer or if you're like me and prefer paper? Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:22:06 EST Dreaming of a replacement for Readymade magazine I used to subscribe to a magazine called Readymade it was a cool DIY type magazine. Unfortunately the magazine folded (four years ago). I still miss it. I saved a few issues. HGTV magazine fills the void better than anything else I've found. Any other magazines I should look into? <BR> Here's the Wikipedia article about it. <BR> <link><BR>ade_(magazine) </link> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:12:38 EST Happy Thanksgiving week! Happy Thanksgiving week! Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:01:32 EST Thanksgiving Game plan I have been reading the articles to make sure I have a game plan but I know it will be very hard for me. For one we will be eating Dinner at 2 different families houses (my moms, and then my in laws). I will not be controlling what and how its cooked. I want to enjoy the day with family. I just don't want to go over board with eating. I finally start seeing the weight come off. What are some of your game plans? <BR> <BR> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:12:00 EST So proud of myself I got sick last week (respiratory illness) and was not able to exercise for three days straight. I get easily derailed. Old me would have continued to make excuses for weeks, and then just gradually fallen back into old habits. <BR> <BR> But yesterday I braved the cold weather (excuse), and got out there, even though I still wasn't feeling 100% (excuse). And today I am going to do it again :) Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:55:22 EST Is anyone else not a thirsty person? I find that I can go almost a whole day without drinking anything. I have to force myself to drink water, tea etc. I keep a full cup of water on my desk to remind me but if it was not there I don't think I would think about it. Is there anyone else out there who has problems with not feeling thirsty and not drinking enough? Mon, 23 Nov 2015 20:58:52 EST Turkey, oven,deep fried, bbq'd? your best method cooking a turkey. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:36:07 EST What does "family gatherings" mean to you? To me, family gatherings are the people in my life that I choose to spend time with, they are the people that matter to me, that could mean actual relatives (DNA, Step, In-Laws or half) or friends. <BR> <BR> Spending time with family members that I do not enjoy being with isn't a family gathering, it's prison time. <BR> <BR> What do YOU say? <BR> <BR> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:01:05 EST Lotion for very dry skin? Hey all, <BR> <BR> I don't know if this is exactly the right place to post this, but I didn't figure it went anywhere else. I'm a swimmer, so I spent between 6-8 hours a week in chlorinated water, which dries out everyone's skin. I also happen to get really bad dry skin in the winter. And now that those two things are starting to come together again, I'm desperately searching for a lotion that a. isn't greasy, b. isn't overly perfumed (strong scents give me horrible headaches), and c. is goi... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 22:13:55 EST Miles ? How to get my miles accumulated ? How do I get my daily/weekly miles added to my Lifetime miles. I'm adding them on my fitness page but it's staying the same. Sun, 22 Nov 2015 21:36:51 EST What's Your Biggest Holiday Eating Issue ? What is Your Biggest Holiday Eating Issue ? <BR> is it all the get togethers with lot's of food <BR> is it the cookies and sweets at the office <BR> is it the cookies and sweets at home <BR> is it a lot more carbs <BR> is it the alcohol <BR> is it larger portions in general <BR> is it going out for lunch more often <BR> is it the forget about the diet <BR> is it something else? <BR> <BR> and WHAT DO YOU DO TO COPE ... OR DO YOU? <BR> <BR> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 20:34:12 EST trying to guess my weight I have no scale, I am 5'4" I fit into a size 8 pants but I am a 36 DDD bra size, does anyone have measurements close to mine who can tell me about what they weigh? Sun, 22 Nov 2015 01:05:43 EST " Keep Pushing " ? If I've been on point with my fitness & food consistently . I haven't faltered at all but the reply I constantly receive is " Keep Pushing " or keep at it . What's up with that ? <BR> Haven't I been pushing ? I do keep at it !!! Can I get a different reply besides telling me something I already do ? Sat, 21 Nov 2015 18:15:02 EST Nope! It's Thanksgiving! One time a year! So, no, I'm not going to worry about it, just exercise a bit more is all :-D Sat, 21 Nov 2015 08:25:37 EST Careful with some articles I read an article on Sparkpeople. "Eco-Friendly Fitness Gear." by Liza Barnes. She talked about batteries. Yeh, batteries. Bad idea!! <BR> I was in the military for 4 years. One group of workers had to wear headsets for a number of hours. EACH ONE returned home with hearing loss. DO NOT wear head sets. If you do, you may be healthier, but deaf!!! Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:25:44 EST Global Events: How much does it matter to you? I've been interested in global news/events for most of my adult life. I listen to NPR, BBC and Al Jazeera America and feel like I am getting a good sense of what's going on both inside and outside of our borders. <BR> <BR> I use to watch MSNBC and Fox News but have since learned that for me, they are way lopsided, I get that icky feeling after watching either of those news sources. <BR> <BR> Are you globally aware? Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:57:00 EST A week of Black Fridays! Well, in UK we don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but the last few years the shops have suddenly decided to promote Black Friday. Last year the great British public started riots and punch-ups in some of the stores in their efforts to get their hands on Black Friday deals. One store assistant was killed in the crush. <BR> This year some stores have decided not to have it at all - but other stores are having a whole week of Black Friday - So I think next Monday will be Black Friday as will all the ... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:00:32 EST Breakfast <em>40</em> <BR> What would you do if you were the type doesn't get hungry at breakfast time? Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:14:30 EST journals Have been journaling all weight plus activities and how I have been feeling each day. Wed, 18 Nov 2015 19:30:23 EST Let me ask your opinion... So yesterday two co-workers were having a discussion about whether or not we should allow refugees in the country. One was apposed and the other was not. When the one that was apposed asked the other if he would choose a refugee over his family he said no of course not but, when he was asked if he would choose between me and a refugee he couldn't answer or more likely didn't want to say so since he obviously would have chosen the refugee over me or he would have spoken up. <BR> <BR> I w... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 07:11:12 EST Failure of Operation Dumbell! I went to the mall but couldn't get my dumbells. My Mom flat out forbid me to get them. She said that my fistula cost so much and she wasn't going to let me risk damaging it working out with weights! <BR> <BR> I told her the Doctor said anything below 2kg per hand but she said that the Doctor doesn't have to live with the consequences but I do! <BR> <BR> So, no dumbells! Wah! Wed, 18 Nov 2015 06:11:57 EST Does organic food help you lose weight? If I switched out say non-organic bread for organic (I only eat one or two slices a day) and replaced other foods with organic would my weight loss efforts be more successful? I heard non organic stuff has obesogens. I don't need that. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:44:59 EST spark apps I downloaded the spark App, but did not get any points, Can anyone help ? Tue, 17 Nov 2015 07:58:55 EST Today is World Peace Day <img src=""> <BR> May the people on this planet be changed. <BR> Changed from hatred to love, <BR> Changed from greed to giving, <BR> Changed from apathy to action, <BR> Changed from intolerance to acceptance, <BR> Changed from being destructive to being constructive, <BR> Changed from fighting to peace, <BR> Changed from killing to protecting life, <BR> Changed from censorship to freedom, <BR> Changed fro... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 06:42:45 EST Deciding to have kids... Or not So I'm up late because apparently I can no longer sleep during normal human sleeping hours. And I'm thinking about having children, or not. <BR> <BR> Hubs and I have always more or less put it off the table. We are not the types who romanticizes about "having a baby." We are the types who realize that baby turns into a child who turns into a teenager who turns into a grown adult and there's schooling and food and clothes and toys and what have you all along the way. Yet, lately we've talked... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:41:25 EST Is this for real? Will it work? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ect/index </link> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 22:15:32 EST The Scale - What You Need to Know When a person decides they need to lose weight, this is the first thing they need to know. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 12:43:16 EST What should I do? I am on dialysis but thankfully, I don't have diabetes. I have a family history of it though, so I can't afford to be complacent. <BR> <BR> There's this old man who is diabetic who goes to the same dialysis center as me. He has 2 wounds near his foot. I've even seen him picking at them. But he won't let the nurses see it. He needs dressing but he won't even show it to them but hides it with long pants and socks. <BR> <BR> The thing that worries me is, gangrene seems to be setting in. Even t... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 01:32:26 EST How true is this?!!! <img src=""> <BR> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:21:48 EST Rude comments A few nurses at the dialysis center keep making rude comments abt my belly fat and weight gain in general. <BR> <BR> I have asked them to stop and I have told them I don't appreciate it but they keep doing it anyway! <BR> <BR> What can I do? The weight just won't go just bcoz I am trying. Weight loss takes time! In the meantime I have to suffer under their constant stream of rude comments! Sun, 15 Nov 2015 22:10:51 EST Starting again today Today I started my journey of weight loss again. This is about try #50. Hopefully I do it this time! I am wanting to lose 80-100 pounds. <BR> If anyone wants to add me as a friend, I could use the encouragement! <BR> I also bought a year of SparkCoach as well for the extra motivation. Sun, 15 Nov 2015 16:55:46 EST Hi! how's everyone doing today? Sun, 15 Nov 2015 15:06:31 EST Credit Card Rewards? Hey SP! <BR> <BR> I wanted to ask anyone who has an Amazon Credit card, do you feel it's worth it and how are the cash back rewards? For those of us that utilize amazon quite a bit (i.e. for business and personal) I find myself having been a Prime member for quite sometime, contemplating getting a card merely to receive rewards for the money I would spend anyways. I buy a lot of organic foods from Amazon as well as essential oils for my yoga classes, so I was just curious and would love any ... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 14:26:16 EST Tragedy in Paris, France Let's all join hands and sent our prayers to the people in Paris, France tonight. This senseless tragedy has taken so many innocent lives. When is it going to end? When are people going to realize that this is not the answer? Sat, 14 Nov 2015 00:20:42 EST Things Coconut Oil is *Not Good For I love coconut oil. Found out recently that while it's good for many uses. It's *not good for leather <BR> <BR> My black boots looked like I coated them in white shoe polish <BR> <BR> I had to buy some leather cleaner to get it off. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 19:01:48 EST Friday the 13th good day or bad? Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:24:49 EST November 13th - Friday the 13th Happy Friday ! Did you know that today is Friday the 13th ? Have you had any mishaps today ? Any bad luck ? <BR> <BR> Someone once asked me if I believed that bad things happen on Friday the 13th. I replied,"How do I distinguish the bad things that happen on Friday the 13th from the bad things that happen every other day of the week ?" LOLLLLLL <BR> <BR> I'm not superstitious about Friday the 13th. All things being equal, I believe bad things happen every other day of the week too. Monday t... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:09:11 EST Vegan options at restaurants I just need to rant for a second. Why do chain restaurants not offer hardly any vegan options??? It really wouldn't be that difficult to come up with 4 or 5 meals for those of us who don't eat animal products, would it? I went to dinner with some friends the other night and they had to have me make a list of restaurants with vegan options for them to choose from. There were literally 5 places on the list, and even the meals at those places had to be modified to be made vegan. Vegans should be... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 05:14:46 EST Trying new things This week I bought persimmons and have eaten two so far. I'd never had them before and I like them. (They were on special offer so that helped to inspire me to buy them!) <BR> <BR> Anyone else tried something new? maybe food, activities, etc? Thu, 12 Nov 2015 16:14:17 EST Letting go This week I made the difficult decision to let my dog go. He was 13 and suffering from arthritis. Pain medication helped but it seemed like it made him feel bad and he would quit eating. Then I'd take him off the meds and he would hurt more. Sunday he was limping badly on full meds and then wouldn't eat again. I knew it was time. I called the vet Monday morning and we took care of Boris one last time. <BR> <BR> We have decided not to have any more dogs after 26 years of always having one.... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 10:30:09 EST Tipping? Heard a story on the radio about tipping this morning and whether or not people would pay higher prices to eliminate tipping. <BR> <BR> My conundrum is Starbucks. I go once or twice per week for my unsweet black tea lemonade. If I'm paying cash instead of my "rewards card" I'll throw change in the jar. Otherwise I don't, but I'm not sure why I should. <BR> <BR> What about you? <BR> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 08:22:33 EST Remind myself that Success is small efforts! I must remind myself as a Hack that "Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out." Do not beat myself up if I have 12 Cheeto Puffs, or an extra handful of air popped popcorn this week. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 12:12:58 EST Cold Makes Me Hungry, Yikes! Okay, it does not usually get cold in SoCal, but this morning it was 37 degrees. My Jack Russell's were shivering, even with their sweaters on. <BR> <BR> You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. ~Marcus Aurelius <BR> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:40:41 EST I was so bad yesterday and feel guilty I stayed on track, been "good" for a few months, journal my food intake, lost weight and feeling better. Yesterday though, things just got on my nerves and I did OK with meals but ate 8 fun size candy bars ( my husband keeps them in a basket on the coffee table for his snacks while watching TV) last night!! I do allow myself a small treat day every two weeks and include that in my plan. Its been a while since I ate that much candy at one time and I feel so tired, icky and sluggish today. ... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:25:50 EST Working Hard for Those Points! My "opening spin" today only yielded me two points. Hmmm, should I get my work done or play on SP? Wed, 11 Nov 2015 08:32:05 EST Trackers Extremely difficult to use these tools especially for nutrition & fitness. So many advertisements continually cycling causes the system to stall and hampers entries into the tool. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 07:52:04 EST Is this healthy? A friend of mine gained a lot of weight but she managed to lose it all in 2 weeks! <BR> <BR> I want to ask her how she did it, but I m wondering, is it healthy/sustainable? <BR> <BR> Right now, I m very envious of her! Tue, 10 Nov 2015 21:23:26 EST When your best friend passes away <img src=""> <BR> He used to greet me at the door, followed me around and listened to what I had to say, didn't care if i looked at other dogs. The last 4 years I had taken him for walk-runs to the local park many times He never complained about the weather. Besides the exercising we got a lot of it gave many many opportunities to take pictures along the way. July 5th he passed away leaving an empty and sad fee... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 19:53:17 EST Beauty is withing and loving yourself Beauty is within and loving yourself Tue, 10 Nov 2015 14:52:05 EST Please help. How can I find balance?? &#128532; I am 1 track minded. I am an artist and I'm very passionate about what I do. Paint!! Ever since I gained my weight back in 2010, I started painting and I've been hooked ever since. I have since then had a hard time sticking with tracking meals, food prep or staying motivated. It is always encouraging looking up weight loss accounts on Instagram, but I also have a separate account for artists that I follow and I have such a hard time focusing on both goals at the same time: making a living fro... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 03:28:38 EST US folks - say THANKS to a veteran this week! Wednesday, November 11 is Veteran's Day <BR> <BR> take a minute this week to thank a Veteran that you know, or even a stranger who is a Veteran (they often wear some article of armed services clothing, or may have a decal on their car or a special license plate). <BR> <BR> <BR> THANKS to all the current & former US service men & women! <BR> <em>652</em> <em>652</em> <em>652</em> <em>652</em> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 10:56:47 EST Realistic blogs? I'm sure there are blogs I could learn from. I just haven't found them. What I have found isn't realistic (the blogger has a closet that is room sized!). and doesn't talk about what I need to know about. I love getting more organized (you can never be too rich or too organized), I also want to improve my money management skills.My time management skills need work too. I'm not really interested in what clothes some blogger likes. Can someone recommend good blogs for me? Mon, 9 Nov 2015 07:50:54 EST Rude ppl and ppl with no common sense! We usually have some food and drink after church. We usually wash our own dishes after use. I was washing mine when this old lady started shoving and pushing me to wash hers! I wasn't even done yet! Couldn't she have said "excuse me" or waited a few seconds till I was done? Geez! <BR> <BR> My friend was helping with washing dishes after service. As I was getting a lift home from her, I wanted to tell her I would meet her downstairs when she was done. I forgot that I was wearing shoes (as I w... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 21:38:35 EST Embracing the Madness or all things Thanksgiving Thoughts and suggestions for surviving Thanksgiving welcome! <BR> <BR> First a question...what is the largest turkey you can cook in a standard size oven? <BR> I'm hosting dinner for 15 to 25 people this year, not sure of the exact count yet. At a pound per person, I need to cook either one large turkey or have someone else bring a turkey. The biggest turkey I have cooked in the past was a 20 pounder.... <BR> <BR> Now for a suggestion on embracing the madness in our lives.... <BR> <BR> Sev... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 23:41:37 EST Spark Coach Who all uses Spark Coach? Would you recommend it? Is it worth the money? How does it compare to nutritionists/local gyms/etc? Sat, 7 Nov 2015 18:05:26 EST Winter Reminders What things do you do to get ready for Winter for your home and car? (This probably only applies if you live in an area which gets Winter Storms--LOL) <BR> <BR> --Change batteries in Flashlights <BR> --Put a blanket,extra coat and some food/water in the car <BR> --Know where the water shutoff is <BR> --Cover your outside faucets <BR> -- If you have a fireplace, get the chimney checked, and restack dry wood (put some in a basement or shed...) <BR> <BR> What else should we be thinking about... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 16:25:14 EST What is a "streaks homepage?" I read about this in a sparkpeople "experts" blog. I have no idea how to start this. Thanks, chris Sat, 7 Nov 2015 11:27:10 EST yahoo e-mail and Spark People What is going on with yahoo e-mail and Spark People? I have not been getting my e-mail from Spark for the last two weeks!!! Anyone else having this problem? I've tried everything!!! Fri, 6 Nov 2015 23:13:32 EST Site help I decided for the millionth time to get back on track and track my calories. I notice my problem is tracking and sometimes motivation when I don't have a good weigh in. My question can I set alerts to remind me to track, or can one direct me to articles about features on here that maybe I missed? <BR> <BR> Fri, 6 Nov 2015 14:18:52 EST Done being stubborn! It has taken me more than a decade to learn this lesson but I m done arguing with the renal nurses! The fact is, they really do know better! <BR> <BR> So, no matter what target they set, I will never argue with them again! Fri, 6 Nov 2015 01:52:50 EST What to wear for a wedding rehearsal dinner? A wedding rehearsal dinner I'm going to is "casual". I've never been to one but presume that doesn't mean wear jeans. I was told that polo shirts are okay but I feel as if a bunch of men will be wearing them so I don't want to be dressed like men. I want to look glamorous. Every time I try to dress up though, I look like a very poor office intern. How can I get the look right? Fri, 6 Nov 2015 00:40:18 EST Planning on getting dumbells! I just got off the phone with a fitness equipment shop. They have 2 and 3lb dumbells. I actually want a pair of 1kg dumbells and a 1.5kg kettlebell but the smallest kettlebell they have is 2kg. <BR> <BR> I already spoke to my doctor and he said 2kg is the maximum that my left hand can take (I m on hemoedialysis). I don't want to take the risk working out with a 2kg kettlebell, so I am planning to get a pair of 2lb and one 3lb dumbell. <BR> <BR> How am I going to transport the to the car? B... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 23:34:32 EST hi protein Hi, I just started a high protein diet. I started last week then Halloween happened. But I didn't over do it but I'm not losing weight. I've been very good this week and not losing. Why???? Thu, 5 Nov 2015 20:14:38 EST Mr. Rogers<BR>storic-moment-mr-rogers-got-the-shock-<BR>of-his-life-on-live-tv/?utm_source=AOL<BR>&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=Partnersh<BR>ip&icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl37%7Cs<BR>ec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D-974021732 <BR> <BR> Here is a humbling video I found on AOL today about the amazing Mr. Rogers. IMO, he is the epitome of what humankind should be. In his acceptance speech while being inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, Mr. Rogers emphasizes the respons... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 16:25:39 EST Rude Comments About Your Weight We've all experienced them, rude comments about our weight. Some of these comments may have come from total strangers, a person at the grocery store, in school from classmates and even from our loved ones. Taking pot shots at someone who is overweight, has always been easy. Being overweight, makes a person an easy target. It's never easy receiving rude comments such as "you're a whale", "can't you do something about your weight", "are you pregnant" . It can be upsetting. Some of these commen... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 10:51:14 EST Time We must give it time and keep at it to see results that will last. Thu, 5 Nov 2015 09:52:32 EST Anyone successfully cut out sugar? How did you feel afterwards? I went to my gynecologist one visit and she told me my blood sugar was low and I should eat. I was confused because I was told I was borderline diabetic so if anything I thought it would be high. Especially after eating a bag of Doritos and a Coke before bedtime the night before. Apparently not eating the right foods is my main problem. I hear it's best to give up sugar because your blood sugar drastically drops after having a high sugar meal or snack leaving you ... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 06:31:10 EST Jimmy Kimmel Halloween Prank? Need a good belly laugh? Google Jimmy Kimmel Halloween Candy and watch the videos where parents tell their children they ate all their candy :) Some very funny reactions and some very sweet as well. He's been doing this for several years now so you'll want to check out some of the older ones! Wed, 4 Nov 2015 14:38:20 EST Phone Scams On my answering machine yesterday there was a message notifying me that I just won first prize in a promotional contest. There were details on how to pick up my brand new SUV plus $35,000. Also, last week there was a threatening message from the IRS stating that if I didn't pay my overdue taxes by the 1st of the month, a sheriff would evict me. Really, does anyone fall for this pile of horse crap? Years ago, my father-in-law returned a call to claim a free magazine subscription. The follow... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 11:43:20 EST Team recommendation? Does anyone else notice that there is a lot of teams that are inactive, I'm looking for a very motivational and encouraging team do you recommend one? Tue, 3 Nov 2015 19:31:30 EST Yesterday, today, tomorrow Being a substitute teacher for several years, I learned a lot techniques to keep myself sane from juggling several jobs, schools, principals, and students. I didn't realize it until recently but being a sub taught me a lot. One of things it taught me was to review what I learned from yesterday or the even the previous class to help with today and prepare for tomorrow. Here is today's thoughts, what are yours? <BR> <BR> Yesterday I felt terribly exhausted <BR> Today I'm starting afresh on my... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 19:13:33 EST Do you have Fitness Buddies? At the gym I take fitness classes. I used to do sole cardio work, either on the elliptical or treadmill, but I checked out a Zumba class and got hooked. Now I do spin, HIIT, and Body Pump, all with a bunch of other people. <BR> <BR> One lady started a Facebook group for everyone at the gym who takes the classes, and last I checked, we had almost two hundred members. She even ordered and sold us fitness tank tops to work out in! <BR> <BR> It's fun to meet up with them at the gym and work ... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 13:19:27 EST Costco Shopping Trip Today - Hmmm Well, first trip to Costco for several months. They carry certain items cannot get anywhere else for my family. I will have my blinders on! Tue, 3 Nov 2015 11:58:58 EST I made a new friend! I actually met her a couple of years back. At that time, I was annoyed with her bcoz she kept asking me questions on dialysis. Last Christmas, she joined my church. <BR> <BR> At first, I was horrified. Then, she joined my Bible study and I was apprehensive. But I decided to give her a chance. Then she told me that she has been constantly praying for me when we were out of contact. My heart softened at that. Then she told me she had Skitzophrenia (can't spell it, lol) and I finally began to ... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 11:21:54 EST Election Day: TIme to Vote! If you're in the US, and haven't yet, take time to get this done! <BR> Walk to your local polling place and let your voice be heard!! <BR> patti <BR> Tue, 3 Nov 2015 11:03:01 EST My "friends" are here in cafe'.... I'll be shutting down for a while until they leave. <BR> <em>253</em> Tue, 3 Nov 2015 08:32:53 EST why can we not share some of of favorite????? I think its completely stupid that my wife cannot share our dinners with me <BR> grrrrr Tue, 3 Nov 2015 04:14:17 EST Cardio Training Does anyone know how long cardio training should last per session? <BR> <BR> Thanks. Mon, 2 Nov 2015 19:19:49 EST Time Change How is everyone dealing with the time change. I naturally wake up at 5 now I have woken up at 4 the last two mornings. I hope this changes soon!! Mon, 2 Nov 2015 17:46:01 EST Ski/snowboard... are you ready!? I am super excited! We went gear shopping a couple of weeks ago. Planning our first trip in 3 weeks. Cannot wait! Mon, 2 Nov 2015 10:37:01 EST Do You Prepare to Behave on Thanksgiving? I won't be making dinner this year for the family. Made reservations at a seafood restaurant instead, but I'm still mulling over how I will get through without overeating. Desserts and high calorie side dishes always get me....and it's a shame to go out and not get your money's worth (defeating thought -- huh?) <BR> <BR> What will you do to trim down your Thanksgiving dinner or what plans do you have to stick with your goals? <BR> <BR> <em>428</em> <em>427</em> <em>550</em> <em... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 10:06:23 EST Vanity Parking Did you ever just get mad when you see a vehicle parked over a line (and sometimes way over the line) and just wonder whatinthehell were they thinking when they did that? <BR> <BR> It has a name: Vanity Parking <BR> <BR> And though it'd be easy to just dismiss it as they're too stupid to or lazy to park right I bet you'd be surprised at just how many people do that ON PURPOSE!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Now some will tell you it's due to physical restrictiveness and that they aren't able to obtai... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 09:07:58 EST It's True! Some friends on SP have been telling me to fill up on fibre in the form of fresh fruits and veggies to chase away my hunger. <BR> <BR> Well, I had some fried rice for dinner today. I still felt hungry after dinner. I was planning on a cheese on rye sandwich later. But instead I cut up 1 huge juicy orange. I had abt half, my Dad ate the other half. To my surprise, I was full! I didn't want the cheese sandwich anymore! Sun, 1 Nov 2015 10:42:03 EST