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 What is your cardio for burning fat?????? I purchased a reasonable priced pro form exercise bike last week, I plan on starting tonight building up from 10-15 minutes at a time if I can even do that depending on the tension setting. <BR> <BR> Does anyone here use this as their main exercise? And if so what is your routine and how is it going for toning and fat burning? <BR> <BR> I will still walk when the weather is good and also attempt to incorporate my step aerobic stepper into my exercise equation, but the bike will be my ma... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:07:34 EST Historic Snow Storm To all my Spark Peeps in the Eastern corridor ! <BR> <BR> The weather reporters are saying this is going to be a doozy of a storm. My company has already said they'll be shut down. Of course, it would be hard to come to work when the MBTA (subway) has been shut down and drivers have been told to stay off the roads. <BR> <BR> The weather reports are predicting 2+ ft around Boston. What does that mean ? I get lots of exercise shoveling for the next two days. Remember, folks, use those legs t... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:09:34 EST Rude Office Staff I've been seeing the same neurologist for 15 years. I really like him, and we have a mutual respect I think. My migraine treatment with him has been successful for the most part. I take the meds, I avoid the triggers, I don't have migraines. Except when I do. Then he calls in steroids and it goes away. <BR> But last year his practice got swallowed up by a large corporate medical entity with whom I've already been acquainted and dislike greatly. Because I only see the neurologist once a ... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:48:49 EST Hello I have been away from SP but am back. I am trying again. I hope to be able to reach my goals this time. would love to meet people that are trying to reach their goals also. Any support would be welcome. I am very discouraged. LoreJae Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:25:44 EST *February Walking Challenge* *February Walking Challenge* <BR> <BR> You're <em>229</em> to Join Us! <BR> <BR> 100 Miles ** Virtual Walk ... <em>311</em> <em>543</em> <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> AT... Ready * Set * Spark - SparkTeam <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard.asp?board=24671x58290 </link> <BR> <BR> We are preparing now and it will be fun! <BR> <BR> We are picking 100 mile destination spots (like vacation spots) and sharing some brief info/history re: the spots we p... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:04:47 EST Stuffocation Following on from Eowyn's post about buying stuff: <BR> <BR> The BBC posted a review of James Wallman's book - Stuffocation: Living more with less. <BR> <BR><BR>3 <BR> <BR> It describes our obsession with 'stuff' as being the material equivalent of obesity and a serious problem in our generation. Apparently British women have an average of 22 items in the wardrobe that have never been worn. And in one study they found that 9 out of 10 people had ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:13:34 EST juice as fruit hi all does juice count as fruit because i had grape juice this morning? Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:44:08 EST odd weight distribution, any thoughts? I have a problem most overweight woman do not have.I am oddly proportioned. I have very small breasts and all my weight is in my tummy and I am only 4 11 1/2. there are no clothes made for me. The industry assumes that big woman have Gigantic boobs, are tall, and have ape like arms. I have none of this. if you look at my profile picture you cant tell I'm 194 lbs. My solution is to buy xx2 or x3,sweaters and tops, wear black leggin's and deal with it..I look very pregnant.(and yes Ive had all ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:29:19 EST E-reader or book? Which do you prefer to read from? An e-reader or a paper book? Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:31:24 EST Crunch gym Anyone in here live in florence or erlanger or elsemere or covington? I just started going to Crunch gym in florence and I hate going by myself :( I no it sounds silly but i'd really like to have someone to go with. I dont have alot of support except on here. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:36:00 EST COFFEE SHOP OR SOMETHING ELSE? COMMENTS and personal views on the fact that Starbucks now sells alcohol Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:03:02 EST How do I cook spaghetti squash? I want to make "spaghetti" using spaghetti squash. How do I cook the squash? Boil it? Bake it? thanks for the info! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 04:35:17 EST Do you get tempted by stuff? I mean material stuff like diamond earrings, cross-stitch kits, pretty new clothes, nice shoes etc? <BR> <BR> I've made up my mind not to buy anymore cross-stitch kits and patterns bcoz I have more than enough to keep me busy! I saw some good deals online though but nope! I won't b greedy! <BR> <BR> It's hard though! I guess I m a hoarder by nature! Got to talk myself out of it! Sigh! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 03:48:53 EST silk milk I Am currently on my second half gallon of silk cashew milk and was wondering what the rest of you thought of the silk milks. My only grip is that they don't sell it in less than half gallons, my mother has the same problem with lactaid, she cant possibly drink a half gallon before it goes bad..but the silk milk has a long due date. <BR> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:01:19 EST Happy Friday My husband and I will be working at the American Legion tomorrow morning serving a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice & coffee. It will be a very busy morning. What are your plans for the weekend? Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:00:15 EST canned beans I have been eating a lot of canned beans lately because I loved them and im not eating meat. the thing is,the can i was reading, (chick peas) are 100 calories for 1/2 cup,fat cal 20 and 360 of sodium, does this sound OK to you? I don't want to use dry beans so if it isn't, I'll just stop eating them so much. I really do love them though. <BR> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:23:23 EST A ray of hope! I just applied for a position as a teacher in a kindy! The principal asked for my number and will let me know by March! I have emailed her my resume! Now, all I have to do is wait and keep my fingers crossed. <BR> <BR> The pay is good, considering I only work mornings. But if I get the job, I will have to start my dialysis slightly later but I don't mind! I pray that I get the job and I also pray for more patience and wisdom to handle those preschoolers! Fri, 23 Jan 2015 02:46:35 EST I got hired! Background Investigation Headache!!!! , January 22, 2015 <BR> <BR> I was hired with a tentative date to start in one month from the date of hire, but now I'm getting a headache from the situation. I've never been hired and put through so much before I even started the job. <BR> <BR> The HR department decided to hire an outside company to do the background check, you know employment, references, credentials, school and even the drug test. But this company is far from doing their job, they continually email me for answers to t... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:36:39 EST what do you do when you are not hungry I have faced this the last couple of day's, if I am not hungry I don't eat but then I am told you must eat something. I have never been a breakfast eater and someday I don't even want lunch then there are some day's I just don't feel like eating at all. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:57:59 EST What are your two need every day? Music, Laughter, Love Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:38:09 EST oh mushrooms not you too! Even marinated mushrooms are not safe. <BR> <BR> I figured..OK ill add something flavorful to my beans and greens.. <BR> <BR> i was really shocked to find that a serving of jarred marinated mushrooms(progresso) is only 4 and the calorie count is 100 per serving.Fat calories..90? I know the marination must have SOME calories but seriously..needless to say i put it back and bought fresh. I can add my own marinade if I want to, and then again, I like the way the fresh ones taste in my beans an... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:13:53 EST want to lose 70 pds hi im new here my name is victoria Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:05:37 EST New! The Breakfast Club Daily-Help-Support Welcome to the Breakfast Club! ( it's here on the message boards) <BR> Check in anytime of the day and see what's going on, no one should be without friends on their mission to be healthy. <BR> I will post topics you can chime in with your thoughts or share a new topic, all is good. <BR> <BR> Thursday 1/22 Topic is Vitamins and Supplements What are you taking? Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:47:54 EST Smile Thankful Thursday Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:49:28 EST do you like the water tracker on the bottom or top I don't like the water tracker on the bottom. I liked it when it was on the top because I forget it down there. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:32:28 EST Where do most of you hang out on Sparkpeople? Every group I have tried lately doesn't have much life to it. <BR> Ideas? Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:01:00 EST FEELING GOOD HELLO IM BACK AFTER A LITTLE,SETBACK,READY TO GO <em>104</em> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:04:22 EST yarrrrrgggghhhhh! mistakes in cross stitch!!! I m doing a small piece for a nurse's bday in March, and I discovered I put a wrong color for one stitch! Arrrrrrgggghhhhh! But I've decided to carry on stitching anyway! It's only one stitch, right? But it really bothers me! I've already unpicked my work 3 times already! I refuse to do it again! Esp for one little stitch! <BR> <BR> I made some small mistakes in a bigger tapestry too! Again, I hope ppl won't notice but I KNOW!!! Sigh! Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:08:10 EST why must they load everything with sugar? It's super annoying. Anything from fruit juice to supposedly healthy milk has 24 or more grams of sugar! I might as well drink soda! <BR> <BR> Why must they pump everything full of sugar?! Even bottled green tea has sugar in it! Who in their right mind sweetens green tea! Totally mental! Wed, 21 Jan 2015 02:55:53 EST What workout did you do today? Hey everyone! <BR> I'm a new member here and would like to know what workouts everyone has done today or (will do)? <BR> Today I did PiYo drench :) Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:51:44 EST I HATE "new and Improved" Has any one else noticed that every time they make a change to a product it: <BR> 1. No longer tastes as good? <BR> 2. Is more expensive? <BR> 3. Comes in a smaller size? <BR> 4. Doesn't cook as well? <BR> <BR> Generally isn't improved???? <BR> <BR> The only yogurt that I liked got new and improved and now tastes nasty. <BR> And I hate spending money trying to find another one, only to throw out the container after a bite or two. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:31:05 EST My Husband Thinks the end of times is coming I am so looking forward to a vacation I have been planning and have brought in so under budget, but he wants to cancel everything based on the turmoil of current awful events. I say let go and let God ..............what will happen will happen, and we have lived long and glorious lives. How can I ease his fears?? I can't, but he is making me feel so guilty for forging on. Am I naïve to think my glory is in God and he has gotten me this far?? I have no fear what so ever, but my husband i... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:01:50 EST What is your favorite food? I think my favorite is ice cream or pizza.uhh ohh? Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:49:00 EST If you could wish for 3 things,what would they be? Of course I would wish for weight loss, a week long trip to Disney World, and winning the lottery Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:46:42 EST Spark versus MyFitnessPal I personally love Spark for tracking my fitness and diet, however ... anytime I mention that it's my go to for tracking my fitness endeavors, people look at me like I'm crazy and tell me how great MyFitnessPal is. I've tried that one before, and I don't find it as friendly as Spark, and I don't view it as having the support system of Spark, either. In addition, I feel like it wants to starve me to death, limiting me to 1200 calories exactly, no flexibility in the equation, and it tells me not... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:55:30 EST I just don't understand! My Mom and uncle, his wife and some others are going for an 8 day vacation overseas. My Dad is not going but he has to work. Meaning there will be no one to send me to dialysis on those few days. <BR> <BR> Innocently, I asked my next door neighbor if she could send me and she agreed. <BR> <BR> But my parents blew their top when they found out I asked her! Saying I m a laughing stock and that they were afraid the whole neighborhood will find out I m on dialysis! But even if they do, so what?... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:14:04 EST Buying clothes and shoes online? I normally don't. I need to try them on to see how it looks! <BR> <BR> There's kinda hard online and returning or exchanging is another hassel altogether! Tue, 20 Jan 2015 01:47:35 EST Family Dieting My wife and I along with our 14 yr old son are dieting. I'm only about 15 lbs over weight but they are considerably over their ideal weight. I'm dieting to help them keep on track. They are not losing the weight like I am and it's kind of getting them down a little. I think its because I'm more active. Any suggestions on trying to get them to be more active? <BR> <BR> Need help Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:48:46 EST simply 100 chobani Yogurt. can someone here please explain why simply 100 chobani yogurt claims 100 calories... for..what? the serving size is 1 cup and that is clearly stated, 150 calories per serving..where does the 100 come in, or do they think we're stupid? Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:35:48 EST Anyone from Michigan? I'm from Illinois myself but I was thinking to taking a vacation this summer to Michiigan and wondering if anyone can give me some suggetions. We are looking for a cabin on the lake Michigan side. I would appreciate any help. <BR> <BR> Thanks <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:22:48 EST RE: Coach Help Could someone help me please? How do I get a coach to help me and how much does it cost? <BR> Thanks for your time!! Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:13:57 EST Buffet, I was done but they weren't, need help. I did it! I survived The Golden Corral! For those not familiar with it, it is a buffet restaurant. I got a baked chicken breast, took the skin off, had 1 spoonful of boiled loose corn kernels, 1 spoonful of boiled carrots, 1 spoonful of grilled onions and mushrooms, and 1 spoonful of mashed sweet potatoes, and one yeast roll. For dessert I had half of a small chocolate pudding cup and one really, really small oatmeal raisin cookie :) Not too bad considering everyone else had 3 plates of f... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 20:42:25 EST FOOTBALL with family GRRRRRRRR Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:08:55 EST How many times have you started just to stop again I have done it so many times and I think I have reached a point where I am done with the roller coaster of doing well then stopping. What was your " thats it" moment? Sun, 18 Jan 2015 15:28:24 EST Football Playoffs <BR> <em>104</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> for ... S E A T T L E <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> w00 h000!! Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:58:56 EST Do I need practice or should I return it? I just bought a curling tong, Vidal Sassoon, no less. It cute and pink and compact. I have been trying to curl my hair. Maybe I didn't hold long enough, maybe I still haven't mastered the knack of curling my hair yet. I did apply a heat protecting serum before trying to curl my hair. <BR> <BR> So, do you think I should get my money back or give myself and the tong a chance and try again next week, when my hair is 'rested' again? Sun, 18 Jan 2015 10:44:46 EST Block cheese or individually wrapped slices? I love a good cheese! This often is sold in blocks. But atm I m settling for the individually wrapped ones because they last longer. I find that if I buy a block of cheese, it gets mouldy and I have to throw out abt half of it! If i get the individually wrapped slices, I get to use 100% of it, so I don't really have much choice! Sun, 18 Jan 2015 00:42:09 EST Midnight snacks What is your idea of a good midnight snack when you have a craving in the middle of the night? Is this a sign I'm missing something from my diet the day before? Sun, 18 Jan 2015 00:32:06 EST I am replacing Avocodo for sour cream Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:23:41 EST Techno Geeks, What do you think of The Samsung Tab S? It's the latest Samsung Tab and it's retailing for RM1,999! <BR> <BR> I currently own a Tab 2, a few year's old and already discontinued. I find it a bit heavy. Saving up for a Tab S now! Or maybe by the time I have the money, there'll be a newer model out! <BR> <BR> Or do you think I should continue using the old Tab 2 till it can't be used anymore. I was thinking of handing it down to my brother when I get the Tab S. That's the plan anyway! Sat, 17 Jan 2015 03:57:54 EST Losing Weight After Tragey? I am trying to lose weight but am also fighting with grief from losing my husband and father in 2014. It is hard to keep from eating comfort food when your depressed and trying to lose weight. Just wondering if there was anyone else on sparkpeople dealing with a similar situation? Any suggestions on dealing with not eating the comfort food but other options to try? Fri, 16 Jan 2015 18:57:10 EST Easy to use pedometer I want to start walking and tracking my steps here at the office and at home, I am looking for a simple pedometer that will just track my steps, if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. <BR> Thanks <BR> Ali Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:41:31 EST Can someone please help me find something? I am looking for those little "icons" (sorry, I cannot think of the correct word), that say "10 Pounds Lost" or "1 Year Anniversary with SP". There are several different ones. I see them on other peoples pages, and I would love to put them on my profile for each milestone I reach. Thank you guys in advance! Fri, 16 Jan 2015 07:49:30 EST does anyone here use a digital scale? I swear mine is looney. 3 different weights in two different rooms. time to replace the lithium battery I'm thinking. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:20:08 EST A small victory for me! Someone got Ferroro Rocher as a wedding present, and she was so generous and was sharing it with everyone. I managed to resist taking one! <BR> <BR> I am normally a choc fiend, so this is really a step forward for me! Yay! Fri, 16 Jan 2015 02:15:49 EST What is your non scale victory? Mine is that I was able to do one regular push up today! It was not great but it was something :) Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:41:55 EST Gaining self control! So today I had a little victory in my self control department. My friend asked my to go to buffalo wild wings tonight cause its boneless Thursday, Well I politely turned it down :) I knew that there wouldn't really be anything healthy for me to get, and I knew that I could get something healthier at home. <BR> <BR> Anytime before I would have went out, had soda after soda, and stuffed myself on wings, but not this time :) yay! Healthy bbq bacon meatloaf for me tonight! Thu, 15 Jan 2015 18:53:56 EST Need to start again Hi all Havnt been on here for quite a few months now due to stress of my son, he has autism n has had a really bad time in school he's in a support centre now waiting for a placement in Sen school, anyway I had 4 asthma attacks last year and stopped exercising completely n yes I've put on weight, overeating n drinking at xmas as you do lol anyway I'm going to start beginning of February ( don't beleive In new year resolutions or diets lol) healthy eating and exercise, I have zumba discs, kett... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:19:47 EST Daily Kid's Meal I just attended a Pediatric Obesity talk. One case study mentioned as an extreme was a 3rd grader who refused to eat the school lunches, so grandma went to a fast food restaurant daily, bought a kid's meal and took it to the school for her. I am pretty lenient with my child, but I can't imagine: <BR> <BR> 1. Yuck. Okay, we sometimes do fast food but every day? <BR> 2. What a waste of money. What is a kid's meal, $5? If so, that is $200 a month. <BR> 3. What a waste of time. Even if... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:36:11 EST Do you strive for the monthly tracker challenge? I have already achieved the January challenge of 60,450 steps with 78,104 steps so far this month and we are only 1/2 way through January. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:54:54 EST South Beach Phase 1 question So I am on day 4 of the SBD. Days 1, 2 and 3 I had horrible headaches that come later in the day. I'm also irritable. I have been following the program TO A "T". I am down 2.4# since Monday morning. Not really happy that I've only lost about .8# per day but I also have thryoid issues that I'm on medication for so maybe that's why I'm not losing as much? What would happen if I took a "free day" or had a "free meal" and had something that had carbs? would I lose all my hard work? Just need some... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:21:36 EST A Little Down Today Feeling a little sad today. But its a good reason. I was able to find a wonderful home for one of the kittens we found abandoned as infants in the field near our home and near death-wet, cold, lifeless. I bottle fed them kitten formula every few hrs for a few weeks until they could eat soft food. I litterbox trained them, kept them inside and they became part of the family for 3 months and they thrived. I knew I couldn't keep all, even though I wanted to. We did keep one kitten, and alread... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:17:56 EST whats with all the bad pages that open I get all these bad pages and gaming pages that open when I use Sparkpeople. Some are not appropriate for my daughter to see. Is there a way to block or stop them? Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:41:38 EST how would you deal with this? I usually have to wait for abt 2 hours in the waiting hall before starting my dialysis treatments. There is this older male patient that keeps calling me to chat. <BR> <BR> I would prefer to be left in peace because my Cantonese is so poor, I don't understand most of what he says anyway, so it bothers me when he keeps calling my name. The way he calls me also irks me. <BR> <BR> How can I tell him to leave me alone without offending him? Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:36:39 EST games on your mobile or tab? My Mom is addicted to game apps on her mobile! <BR> <BR> I play sometimes for fun but I m not as persistent as my Mom is, plus, I get annoyed when I can't pass a level! <BR> <BR> Currently, I am playing Cookie Jam, Paint Monsters and Charm Mania! <BR> <BR> If you have a good game, pls suggest it! Thx! Thu, 15 Jan 2015 06:36:23 EST What exactly is Chai Tea? Any idea? Thu, 15 Jan 2015 06:30:27 EST how long to cook? I am making my first quiche and I put spinach and cheese in it. Wondering how long I should cook it for I put 8 eggs in it. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 05:33:49 EST how strict are you with yourself? I become pretty strict with my WLP and it works for other words I don't cheat or stray off the plan. how strict is everyone else with themselves? Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:29:47 EST Help, I want to bring down my calories I do I adjust the per day tracker to read the calorie number I want vs. the computer? Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:17:45 EST How do you make time for exercise? All I can typically do is 30 mins three times a week (time constraints) . I'd like to do an hour 7 days a week. How do you all do it? Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:59:53 EST walden farms no calorie dressings Before I toss these in the trash, does anyone have any tricks for making these edible. The sesame ginger and the Italian can be saved I think with a touch of wine/balsamic vinegar, but the bleu cheese and the coleslaw are heading for the garbage bin. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:58:25 EST Starbucks Person? Are you someone who just has to have Starbucks? <BR> <BR> Or maybe as an occasional treat? <BR> <BR> Jeff Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:54:26 EST hello i am a newbee hi everyone <BR> I am hoping with the motivation I get on this site and some good old fashioned will power I can succeed in losing a few pounds I used to be better at this but it is really hard to stay on track for more than a week in the past few years can't afford the mail order diets either, not that I would have any more success anyway hope all of you out there can help motivate me somewhat have a great day doggiefriend Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:00:28 EST My Big Fat Fabulous Life Tonight is the TLC premier of the TV show "My Big Fat Fabulous Life". I first saw Whitney here on Sparkpeople on the daily spark and she sparked me. I am just curious what everyone's opinion is on this show. Worth watching? Gimmicky? Depressing? Motivating? I'm all tuned in to watch it in 30 minutes. Look forward to the discussion. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 21:30:17 EST Am I being petty? Okay so my friend and I try to go to the gym every night on the weekdays. I always get so excited to go then she cancels. The only time she ever cancels is when her other friend comes over. <BR> <BR> This other friend and me do not get along very well. Tonight she just texted me saying this other girl wants to go to the gym with us now. Well in the past every time I have worked out with her all she does is complain. Am I wrong for being upset that she is going? <BR> <BR> I don't know if a... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:59:14 EST P90 Has anyone tried P90? If so would a person that has just started working out be able to handle it or is it a hard core workout? Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:48:48 EST How to lose more than a pound every other month? I'm a 5'2 female 30 years old 135 lbs. I seem to only be able to lose maybe a lb every other month. Ugh. I have dreams I want to achieve! I can't do that without 20 lbs weight loss. I don't have money to spend (at all), I can't buy lots of fancy food (I have a $120 a month food budget), I can't afford a trainer or gym membership, I can't exercise outside because it's COLD here.I live in a tiny home with no room for quality workouts But I don't see why I should be denied a GORGEOUS body. Can y... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 23:54:49 EST Advice on Finding a SparkTeam Hi folks! <BR> <BR> I'm a [re]new[ed] SP member, and I'm really trying to make a go at it this time. I've got a lot to lose, but I really want to focus on small goals at a time. In the past I've joined SparkTeams and gotten quite excited about meeting and supporting others who have similar conditions/age/lifestyle/goals, etc... but it seems that every Team I join ends up either being a button-pushing huddle hut that exists for the sole purpose of its members gaining points, or I find one th... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:55:05 EST Lost 1 pound Not that it's much but I am down a pound from last week which I am so happy about. I know it's not a lot but at least I am going in the right direction. Thanks for letting me share. Enjoy your day!! <em>30</em> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:25:49 EST Re-set Weight? How do I reset my weight on my tracker? I originally entered the wrong weight and I just left it but I would like to start using my tracker again and would like it to be accurate. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:04:16 EST fitbit question Does fit bit measure movement as well as intensity?? I have a spark people activity tracker and it only measures movement so I get the same calorie burn from running as I do liesurly walking. Thanks for the info. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 09:45:25 EST coke zero? I love it! It doesn't give a sweet aftertaste like diet coke! <BR> <BR> But I guess it's not a good idea to drink it too often either, just as an ocassional treat. <BR> <BR> What do you think? Mon, 12 Jan 2015 02:15:25 EST spark trackers Hi All <BR> Where are you getting your spark trackers? Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:51:18 EST anyone from hertfordshire Would be lovely to chat to some local friends Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:55:20 EST Food and exercise So I'm in the process of training for a marathon, and today I ran 11.2 miles. This has, according to Spark, burnt off 1295 kcals, and raised my recommended intake for the day to 2845-3194kcals. Would you guys eat that much in a day if you were trying to lose weight, taking into the account of the amount of exercise I have done? I know I need to eat a "minimum" but this still seems really high! Sun, 11 Jan 2015 14:35:10 EST Need help finding Points board Hello everyone! I do not know what to call the board exactly. I am trying to get back on track but haven't been here in a while. I cannot remember how to get to the board that tells us how many points we have earned in a day. This board also tells us the many things we can do to earn the points. Thank you for your help! Sat, 10 Jan 2015 15:56:34 EST Breakfast restaurant chains? Which do you visit most: Denny's, Perkins, Cracker Barrel, Bob Evans, Shoney's, other? Sat, 10 Jan 2015 12:15:57 EST Cheese. Dont want to give it up. I love cheese. Better than junk food or sweets, I love cheese. I don't want to eliminate it from my diet. Is there a real full cheese(not fat free,or fake, processed crap) I can eat without sabotaging my diet? At the moment, I'm eating the leftover Swiss cheese from Christmas, a bit at a time, some for lunch some for a snack a few little cubes at a time...but figure when its gone, it's gone and that will be that. My favorite cheeses are the soft cheeses but I LOVE feta. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 08:46:57 EST what habits are now ingrained in you? I got into the habit of eating off the smallest plate possible and eating in small bites.,(I know it means little but its just something I do) usually a salad size plate, I gave up added sugar years ago and also now only drink black coffee and tea. these habits have stayed with me since my last WL program. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 06:26:59 EST looking for ideas to movitate Tops group. Looking for some fresh ideas on what others do at their TOPS meeting. Programs, contests,etc. Fri, 9 Jan 2015 17:47:08 EST 100% Commitment to losing 100lbs in 2015 Hello Ladies! <BR> <BR> My friend and I have started a team for ladies called 100% to 100lbs. This is a challenge for any ladies who want to drop 100 in 2015. It doesn't matter if 100lbs is your ultimate goal or if you want to go further after that, but we are challenging each other to lose 100 this year. <BR> <BR> Our goal is to motivate ourselves and each other to lose 100 this year! <BR> <BR> There are monthly challenges (January's is to try one new activity that you haven't done befor... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 13:45:20 EST Did you know..... That an apple core is a myth? I eat apples like this all the time, hardly anything is left over. Watch the video, then grab an apple! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>xZNzML0 </link> Fri, 9 Jan 2015 13:40:41 EST Real Women Have Curves.And Thin Women are Real. Period. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-real-women-have-curves-actually-means/ </link> <BR> <BR> Anything else is committing a mea culpa logical fallacy ... the premise being true subsumes the intersection of all of its subsets. Fri, 9 Jan 2015 11:04:59 EST Workplace Wellness Challenges The company I work for is beginning a new wellness challenge for all of our employees and I began wondering what other companies might have done this and how? <BR> <BR> Just curious if any of you have participated in a wellness challenge at your workplace before? How was it rolled out to get you interested, was it fun and ultimately... was it worth it to participate?? <BR> <BR> Fri, 9 Jan 2015 09:13:49 EST anyone here from Massachusetts? Any fellow New Englanders? Fri, 9 Jan 2015 05:07:47 EST ceramic frying pans? any good? They cost abt a hundred rm. Has anyone used them? Are they worth it? Are they good? Fri, 9 Jan 2015 04:06:29 EST Spark ladies that have had hysterectomy-need advic I had to have a total abdominal hysterectomy on November 12,2014. Does anyone have safe, gentle exercises? My doctor said no stomach exercises because my muscles are still healing. Fri, 9 Jan 2015 00:51:58 EST weight flux for women i was always told that a women's weight can flex between 5-10 would we calculate that in? also doctors offices weigh you fully dressed and each time you go in you'd be wearing different clothes especially with seasonal changes. (i know i'll have to buy a scale to be sure about this one....but still confused about the flex weight) Thu, 8 Jan 2015 21:55:30 EST Update on my weight loss journey I have not posted for a long while. I am so excited to tell everyone, I have lost a total of 31 pounds during the last seven months. Each month I do a three day juice fast. I continue to walk about one hour a day. I feel great. I have more energy. But the best part of all, is a whole new wardrobe. I have 11 more pounds to go. I should reach my weight loss goal within the next two months. Wish me luck. <em>334</em> Thu, 8 Jan 2015 12:47:47 EST What annoys you? You know what annoys me? "Close standers" annoy me. Why do some men have to stand very close when they talk to you? Women don't do that, or if they do it doesn't bother me. And why is it always men of larger carriage? And what is up with taking two steps forward when I take two steps back to increase the distance between us. Just stay put! I WANT that extra distane between us! I swear that our one buyer would follow me all the way to my office if I kept taking backward steps! <BR> Thu, 8 Jan 2015 11:49:33 EST Kithen gadgets we can't live without?? Do you have a kitchen gadget that you can't life without? What gadget helps to make meal preparation and healthy living easier? Thu, 8 Jan 2015 10:53:50 EST molly mcbutter I rely on this, but use it sparingly, does anyone else use it? Thu, 8 Jan 2015 09:06:37 EST Starting a Friday weigh in for accountability hi all! <BR> <BR> As promised this is my Friday weigh in board which i am going to commit to so I have regular accountability for my week's efforts. I hope other member will join too and make this goes on to become a massive board that goes on forever! Please help keep it alive! <BR> What I am committing to post here very friday morning, and i hope everyone else will too, - <BR> <BR> 1- lbs lost this week. (and actual weight only if you wish) <BR> <BR> 2- Your highlight of the week that ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 08:00:15 EST when resentment sets in I'm resenting right now and angry at the food industry for manipulating what could be healthy foods, into sugar laden horror shows. I refuse to eat any sugar infested flavored yogurt and at the same time refuse to eat nasty plain raw. I am very fussy and I feel as though my only choices are raw veggies, which I do not want. I refuse to eat instant oatmeal because its sugar laden and refuse to eat plain oatmeal with no dressing. and don't fool yourself, honey is still sugar, natural or not. ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 07:57:52 EST What is your favorite..... What is your favorite kitchen gadget or appliance? <BR> <BR> Mine is my VitaMix - it makes the best smoothies and the best coffee! Thu, 8 Jan 2015 06:05:10 EST It feels almost like I am my own enemy I have some medical condition that I need to loose weight and avoid certain foods. I have been "trying" get on track for a few weeks now and every day I keep blowing it off. I keep telling myself that I should take one day at a time and it will happen but it doesn't. I mean I feel like for the first time I am taking things seriously but I can't seem to break the cycle, it feels like I am eating now worse than normally. It really feels like I am sabotaging myself. I am so disappointed in mysel... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 00:37:12 EST Who else is in Kentucky? While I love meeting people from all over - I'd really like to meet some SparkPeople who are from Kentucky! Anyone? Wed, 7 Jan 2015 22:03:01 EST Can I sneak back in? Ok. so I'm not exactly a newbie but I kinda feel like one. It's been a long time since I've been here and you guys have been on my mind lately. I'm still on this journey and it was so much easier when others knew what I was going through,,, so anyway,, Hi all! I'm looking forward to meeting a lot of new friends!! Wed, 7 Jan 2015 19:51:29 EST What is your favorite raw food recipe? At the moment my favorite is green smoothies with a lb of greens, 1 apple, and half an avocado. It's tolerably good and great for you. Wed, 7 Jan 2015 17:45:30 EST Blog Widgets? Does anyone know if Spark People has widgets that you can put on your blog? I have a running blog and I'd love to be able to promote my sparkpage and SparkPeople on it. Wed, 7 Jan 2015 16:58:26 EST My prayer It seems that I am too sensitive and get offended too easily. I wish I could just ignore when ppl are inconsiderate and say offensive things! Esp from old folk that are not so educated. <BR> <BR> I would like to be kinder but I just find it hard to be patient and let things slide. <BR> <BR> I know this is my problem but I just can't help being offended, angry or hurt when things don't go accordingly. Wed, 7 Jan 2015 04:33:11 EST Always Keep Moving Forward I've been on this journey off and on for a few years. It's never too late or too early to begin again. I dropped 17 pounds in two years. I gained 3 pounds over the holidays. Now I'm back on track and want to drop the 3 and drop an additional 10 pounds. Blessings! <em>381</em> Tue, 6 Jan 2015 13:28:16 EST Entitlement always astounds me <link><BR>ersy-erupts-over-mother-of-child-with-<BR>106912460352.html </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ithivy-mom-was-so-wrong-107267702627.html </link> <BR> <BR> I am probably the most sympathetic person a person could get when dealing with a person with disabilities. My sister is severely multiply impaired, I have friends with disabilities and I've worked as a caregiver and an advocate for years in multiple setting... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 12:27:21 EST Best quote EVER (seriously) on weight management "The people who are most successful are those who embrace both consistency and imperfection. Think of starting out a weight management or healthy living program like you would a martial art. You'd never expect yourself to have a black belt from the get go. Instead, you'd start with really basic moves that you'd practice over and over and over again, you'd fall down a bunch, and doing so would be an expectation, and not a disappointment. And then slowly but surely you'd get better and better a... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 11:36:30 EST Engergy Levels I am having a problem after changing my diet with my energy level. I know that this is just a temporary thing but, I was wondering if anyone is using any kind of supplements that help with your energy levels. Thanks Tue, 6 Jan 2015 09:26:09 EST Tendering Shares and Stock? My company is being bought out this month, and I have been getting alot of paperwork in the mail regarding tendering shares and 401K options and blah blah blah.. things that I dont understand and make my head spin. I'm trying to get a grip on all this but its confusing to me. Just some general questions; <BR> <BR> - Our company uses Prudential for our 401k, once the aquisition happens do I need to roll this over to an IRA? How do I do that? I hear you can get taxed and penalized for touchin... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 06:58:36 EST SparkTeams Does anyone know how to leave a SparkTeam? I've aged out of a couple that I'm in! :) Mon, 5 Jan 2015 23:49:12 EST Weight Loss first week Low Carb I would like to know from everyone whos tried low/no carb, How much weight did you lose your very first week? were you in ketosis? Thanks in advance! :) Mon, 5 Jan 2015 19:50:35 EST Some Cool Resources that Might Be New to You I have a new insurance plan this year and get a discount for taking health surveys and completing some challenges. As I've gone through some of these today, I've come across a few resources that might be helpful for some of you. A few links... <BR> <BR> A printable (double sided) grocery list with check-off boxes: <BR> <link><BR>2005/toolkit/Worksheets/ShoppingList.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Active at Any Size: <BR> <link> Mon, 5 Jan 2015 15:33:36 EST What Empowered You Lately? Doing something out of the ordinary with my gf. Leaving my bf sitting at home doing his usual sleeping on the couch. This is a big move for me. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 13:06:05 EST Has anyone done Whole 30? I did it last June, but admit that I wasn't 100% compliant. I'm trying it again starting today and hoping to make it to 30 days. <BR> <BR> Any success stories? Any giant failures? I'd love to learn from those who have been there and done that. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 12:12:37 EST Need ideas before tomorrow to help keep me on trac Tomorrow my oldest son is getting tubes put in his ears and his adenoids taken out. So it will be a whole day possibly day and a half at the hospital since he is only 18 mons. This means having to eat out for lunch, dinner and possible breakfast and lunch on Wednesday. Which probably means cafeteria food so I am not gone very long. Can you guys give me suggestions to how I can stay on track and not have 2 really bad days in a row! Mon, 5 Jan 2015 09:14:50 EST Do you eat wild game meat?? My husband and I are both hunters and we got quite a bit of venison and bear meat this year. It is really hard though to find nutritional information on this. Does anyone else know of where I could find this information because we are thinking of adding duck to our menu also. I really wish that Spark had some basic nutrition info on wild game. Are there other wild game eaters out there? Mon, 5 Jan 2015 09:02:48 EST How do I Save $$? I am almost 30 years old and I am TERRIBLE at saving $.. I make a pretty good income at work and with Christmas over and the New Year here I am looking for any ideas on how to stop spending and start saving! <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 Jan 2015 06:55:37 EST Try one new food today I'm following the 30 days of small changes challenge. Yesterday was a day to try a new food (emphasis on healthy I think!). I made the SP recipe for crockpot steel cut oats with apple and cranberries. It's really delicious. I like a hot breakfast and am trying to get away from my salty egg habit. What have you tried that's different lately? Mon, 5 Jan 2015 06:02:27 EST I SO need a reality check from my sp friends! THIS POST HAS BEEN DELTED BY ME. I WAS JUST LOOKING FOR SOME FRIENDLY ENCOURAGEMENT NOT SOMEONE TO FOLLOW ME AROUND DAY AND NIGHT. PLEASE DISREGARD. I'M NEW AND CAN SEE THAT MAYBE SP ISN'T THE FRIENDLIEST FORUM TO POST. FROM NOW ON I'LL JUST STICK TO MY PROGRAM AND KEEP TO MYSELF. <em>253</em> Mon, 5 Jan 2015 03:01:48 EST websight for comparing fitness trackers?? buying myself one with Christmas money and I'm very confused about what one to get. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 11:14:48 EST Why are some ppl more blessed than others? Before you say "models in mags have been photoshopped!", I can tell you that I have seen real women in the flesh that look as perfect as them! All I have to do is go to the mall, and I can see many small, slim, perfect women walking about! <BR> <BR> These women are born with small frames. As for me, using the wrist test, I would guess I'm a medium frame. I guess I am just griping here but why can't all women be born with small frames so that there will be less envy in this world? <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 01:52:48 EST how do I find my cookbooks I have saved? My husband would like to be able to view and save my recipes and look at the cookbooks, can someone please let me know if this is possible. Thank you Sat, 3 Jan 2015 20:26:48 EST Spark Coach Is getting a membership with SparkCoach worth it? I was thinking about signing up for it, but I just wanted a few opinions first! Thank you! Sat, 3 Jan 2015 13:54:03 EST What is your fave meal of the day? Lunch Sat, 3 Jan 2015 12:08:47 EST new year Holy cow, after being away for so long, I cant believe how much has changed! everything from the pages to the whole look, thank goodness its still free, always here to support. wish me luck folks, I'm in for the long haul, I have ballooned up to 230, and have crossed my threshold, gotta do something now, or i might not live to see my grand-babies grow up, Sat, 3 Jan 2015 09:50:18 EST I LOVE the sp activity tracker! I bought the sp activity tracker that links to my pc and love it! I I bought it from and it was used but in like new condition. It surely was! I only paid $15 for it. I did my workout and it tracked everything this morning spot on. I love feedback when I'm trying to lose weight. The scale isn't always reliable but this is~! I highly reccommend it!!! Sat, 3 Jan 2015 05:35:51 EST An Open Letter to the Food Pusher in my Life Today you stopped by with 4 dozen cookies. They were leftover from the 36 - 40 dozen or so you made for Christmas, and "the kids love them." They were in addition to the 5 dozen you already gave us for Christmas. Thanks, but we don't need any more cookies. <BR> <BR> I'm tired of you making me out to be the bad guy when I don't take your leftover cake, cookies, eclairs, etc. When I say "no, thanks" it doesn't mean you're a bad baker, or that I'm "mean" by depriving my kids of "treats." <BR> ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 00:24:36 EST Am I the only one that doesn't appreciate the taste of wine or beer? I just don't like the taste of alcoholic beverages in general. The only alcoholic drink I like is ginger wine from Australia, shandy, fruity tasting wine coolers or my favorite, Bailey's! <BR> <BR> I kinda also like apple cider but I hardly drink, usually! Just as well as alcohol is REALLY, REALLY expensive in Malaysia! Fri, 2 Jan 2015 12:27:55 EST What's your favorite relatively new song? I'm trying to find some new music to download. Please tell me some of your favorite songs, from any genre, that came out in 2014 to present, that give you energy and make you feel good. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 11:46:45 EST Carbs Does anyone else think this program allows too many carbs which inhibits weight loss? Fri, 2 Jan 2015 10:28:13 EST To buy or make your own hummus? It may be cheaper to make your own but tahini is not so readily available here and may be expensive so I guess I'll just take a shortcut and buy my hummus ready made! <BR> <BR> The ready made ones last longer too! Unless I decided to make my own hummus with just chickpeas, garlic and lemon juice. But I guess I'm just lazy! I think I'll just buy my hummus ready made! Fri, 2 Jan 2015 03:45:24 EST Am I being unreasonable in this matter? I am part of this whatsapp group for church members. I just find it annoying and counterproductive to be constantly deleting messages that are not related to me. If you want to say something to someone, just message that person, does it make any sense to address the entire group and cause every mobile to beep incessantly? <BR> <BR> I find it especially annoying because I am expecting important messages and I keep getting false alarms with inane messages that have nothing to do with me! <BR> ... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 03:32:22 EST Where is the spark store? I cannot seem to find it here. Anyone know? Thanks! Fri, 2 Jan 2015 03:09:06 EST Get rid of my blog's !! I am trying to delete my blog's and when I push delete nothing happen's. <em>215</em> <BR> HELP ME PLEASE Fri, 2 Jan 2015 00:29:02 EST Looking for a team... My ten year wedding anniversary is this July (wow?! how?!) and I am determined to shed my "happily ever after weight" - - - the pounds I have gained since we were married : ) <BR> <BR> I am looking for a team that is full of motivated Sparkers working towards a milestone/event/deadline. A search didn't readily produce one, so I am not sure if there is one out there. <BR> <BR> Is there such a team? Other folks out there with a similar goal? Let me know! Thu, 1 Jan 2015 22:18:54 EST another ?? about sp activity tracker I will mainly use my spark activity tracker at home but sometimes I go to my parents house for a day and use their computer while I'm there. Will it sync with any computer? Thu, 1 Jan 2015 09:22:21 EST InsanityI I am starting the Insanity program and was wondering if anyone has seen good results from it? I looked online but I see the results of their focus group, and I wanted to hear from real people with real results. I calculated that I should be eating 400 calories per meal and snack! I think I have been eating way too little. It scares me to think I need to eat more to lose. But, I trust what they tell me. Excited to think I can be fit by this time next year ( my goal is to lose slow and steady). Thu, 1 Jan 2015 08:35:45 EST Achieved mini goal for today! I aimed to walk 10,000 steps today and I did it! 10,600+ steps, according to my pedometer app! I plan to plank and do a few pushups before bed every night too! Can you tell I'm a night owl!? <BR> <BR> I plan to set mini goals everyday and reward myself with workout clothes and sports bras when I achieve my milestones like for each kg lost and when my finances permit. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 07:17:33 EST 30 days of small changes My goal is to go from 147 lbs. to 135 lbs. by May 1. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 06:29:59 EST Happy 2015 Wish all my Spark friends, and those working on their journey to a better you, a happy, healthy, prosperous and blessed new year. <BR> <BR> Let's make this the year all our hopes and dreams come true . Have a wonderful 2015. <BR> <BR> Spark On! Thu, 1 Jan 2015 04:39:45 EST To bob or not I have hair slightly longer than shoulder length. I love my longish hair and I love dressing it up with accessories! I have a whole drawerful and keep an eye out for interesting ones to add to my collection. <BR> <BR> But at the same time, I am itching to try this stylish slightly angled, roundish bob I found online but I'm still hesitant bcoz growing it out again will be a massive pain bcoz my hair grows v. v. slowly! <BR> <BR> I am thinking to bob or not. But when I think of all my hair a... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 02:13:06 EST New Year's Resolutions So, have you made any? What are they and how have you set them up to ensure success (dates, numeric, etc)? What made you decide on these resolutions? <BR> <BR> I, sadly, have to start over again on the weight loss. (Common problem for many, so I know I am not alone.) Marriage was not good for me. So, I am hoping to lose 26 pounds across the year. It's about 1/2 a pound a week, which I believe is reasonable as I don't have a lot to lose. I will do the usual things by focusing on tracking ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 19:05:16 EST New Year Happy New Year to all SP. Have a wonderful evening with family and friends and have a safe New Years! <em>236</em> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 18:31:15 EST EXERCISE Just a thought. I do like to watch Dr. Oz. This is sitting, doing nothing physical! SO I picked up my 2 lb. weights and did arm exercises for 10 minutes. <em>34</em> <em>224</em> <em>362</em> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 12:11:29 EST Happy New Years' Eve Tomorrow begins the First blank page of a 365 Day Book.. Each page to be filled in with lifes journey. May your book be filled with Sucess Stories! Happy New Year everyone! Wed, 31 Dec 2014 10:53:24 EST Hi New here ?? about sp activity tracker I just bought a spark activity tracker (used but like new) on Amazon. It was amazon's actual item not a third party. I'm curious it hard to link to your computer? How does it sinc with your computer? Can you go to sp and see current results at any given time? thanks for the info! Wed, 31 Dec 2014 04:31:46 EST Ideas for snacks during dialysis? I was thinking celery or carrot sticks with hummus but I am afraid that will be messy to eat. <BR> <BR> So, what would you suggest. It has to be portable, easy to eat and economical. <BR> <BR> Thx! Wed, 31 Dec 2014 01:44:14 EST Groups who do challenges for 2015 Hi! <BR> <BR> I am looking to join some groups that will really keep me focused in 2015. I love doing small weekly challenges, something that keeps me 1000% accountable! Is there anyone out there?! Tue, 30 Dec 2014 15:51:16 EST What are you doing for New Years Eve? Hey Ya'll! <BR> <BR> I was wondering what everyone is doing to bring in 2015 tomorrow evening! I am more than likely sitting at home with my 4 year old son, and boyfriend. We will probably play card games with his parents and just sit around and drink beer. No driving required and my son is super excited!! Tue, 30 Dec 2014 15:44:37 EST vanity sizing I received a wonderful gift from my best friend for Christmas! She bought me a vintage coat! <BR> <BR> The coat is a size M which would normally fit me with extra room, however, this coat is very small and just fits but it is very snug. If I had to guess by how it fits me, it would be today's equivalent of an extra small. <BR> <BR> It is amazing how sizes have changed in the last 40 years. Tue, 30 Dec 2014 13:33:49 EST What meal do you struggle with most? For me it is dinner. I LOVE dinner and could eat it like a buffet every night <em>40</em> It is also my favorite meal to cook.....maybe that has something to do with it? Tue, 30 Dec 2014 08:46:24 EST If you totally blow it.... If you totally over eat do you go back the day before and log all that junk? Or do you just keep moving forward? <BR> Thanks so much! Tue, 30 Dec 2014 08:24:28 EST Is this too good to be true? The ad claims that these ppl lost 12kg in 4 weeks! By using these 2 products. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 03:04:41 EST What Successes are you taking into 2015? 1. Exercises at least 10 minutes everyday <BR> 2. Drink 64 ozs of water <BR> 3. Get 8 hours of sleep most nights <BR> 4. Continue to eat fruits and veggies daily <BR> 5. Enjoy time with my family Mon, 29 Dec 2014 22:18:22 EST New Year/New Commitment Who else has had to restart their healthy lifestyle? Mon, 29 Dec 2014 19:13:34 EST How to get weight tracker on your posts? Can someone please tell me how to get the weight tracker to appear when you post on a thread? <BR> <BR> Thank you (: Mon, 29 Dec 2014 12:37:18 EST Happiness Project 2015 Hello! <BR> <BR> The SP Happiness Project team is gearing up to re-start in January! Join us if you'd like to explore habits to put us in a happier mindset. The Happiness Project is a book by Gretchen Rubin. It's quite popular so you can probably find a used copy or even get it at your library. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=32744874 </link> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 11:43:52 EST Feeling very hungry right now...... Having dialysis atm. I had a light lunch : a tortilla wrap filled with tuna and chopped lettuce and a cup of sugarless coffee. I am just past my 2nd hour of dialysis and I am starting to feel very hungry! <BR> <BR> I am determined to eat less but I can't wait for dinner! Maybe next time, I'll bring a light snack to tide me over till dinner! Maybe a pb sandwich? Or some celery or carrot sticks? Man! Now I am hungrier! Mon, 29 Dec 2014 02:58:57 EST so disappointed in myself! I tried going to bed earlier last night but just couldn't nod off! I was planning on waking earlier this morning to exercise but when the alarm went off, I felt so tired that I got up, shut off the alarm and went back to sleep. <BR> <BR> Needless to say, no am exercise today! Why, despite my best intentions, can't I follow through with my plan?! I am having dialysis right now and I am still kicking myself for not exercising earlier! I wish I was a morning person but I am just not! Mon, 29 Dec 2014 02:04:37 EST Underwear Sizing Help Please! I have recently lost 30 lbs and need to buy new underwear. Now as I gained weight I would notice hey my underwear are a little tight, and just buy the next size up, but I haven't bought any new pairs along this 30 lb weight loss. <BR> <BR> So I'm looking around and finding sites that say measure widest parts of your hips, do they mean include the butt, just the hips? <BR> <BR> I took one measurement around my underwear waistband and the size it tells me seems so small to me knowing the siz... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 00:54:22 EST Chit Chat Cafe Let talk about anything here, chit chatting about succeses and failures small bumps in the road to falling off the wagon, starting over, plans, food, fads, weight loss surgery, prescription diet pills, anything to promote a healthier lifestyle and reaching goals during 2015. Many of my friends are taking various otc supplements, are they really necessary while dieting? I am 5'7 tall 235 lbs and my goal is about 160 lbs. This is my second time here on Sparkpeople, the first time my beginnin... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 16:33:48 EST Goals Does Anyone Have Any New Goals For 2015? If So What Are They? <em>252</em> Sun, 28 Dec 2014 12:06:47 EST Making the most of a Fitbit Flex I received a Fitbit Flex for Christmas. Any tips on using it? (Btw I don't have a smartphone) Sun, 28 Dec 2014 10:53:21 EST Cutting back on carbs? What are your thoughts? I know the good, the bad, and the ugly carbs. I can make good carbs up (to a degree) in my veggies, but for the past two days, my total carbs have been much lower that Spark says I should have. My fats and proteins are good. What is the Mediterranean diet? Our resident Dr. on our local TV station says following Mediterranean is showing to have the same benefits to your health as quitting smoking. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 10:04:07 EST Tabata anyone? I found some Tabata style workouts online today. I was supposed to repeat the 10 minute routine 4 times but only did it once. Since it's my first attempt, I decided to go slow. I wanted to go for a walk but it started raining! <BR> <BR> So, all I did was 10 minutes of Tabata and 20 minutes walking. <BR> <BR> I already have a pair of outdoor walking shoes. When my part time business takes off (link in my sig), I plan to buy a pair of indoor aerobic shoes for my dance, tabata and aerobic work... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 08:43:22 EST Hope everyone had a great Christmas! I had one of the best Christmas holiday ever. I didn't exercise or watch what I ate...but still am down 0.6 of a pound. Lol I don't know how that happened. I was pretty busy so I guess that is it. Now back to work. Vacations go by so quickly. So wrong on so many levels... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 07:19:27 EST Sleepless in PJ! I don't know what's wrong but I just can't sleep tonight! So I plan to read till 6:30am then go for a walk. Church is at 10am. It's 3:30am now. Sigh! I don't get sleepless nights all that often, thankfully but sometimes it happens. <BR> <BR> I am really not exercising enough. I need to step it up! Sat, 27 Dec 2014 14:30:31 EST flu Does anyone have the flu? It seems to be running rampant across the United States. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 13:26:51 EST Create the outcome you want and it will be done You have a power within that can spark the very core of dynamic momentum, just by saying yes, I will do one more rep and yes, I will not have another sugary snack, but a healthy slice of apple. It is just that simple or it can be just that fascinating. Join with me in saying yes! Sat, 27 Dec 2014 13:08:15 EST Tried quinoa for the first time today! Here's how we cooked it! <BR> <BR> We boiled it with water till cooked. <BR> <BR> Then we stir fried minced garlic, shallots and bird's eye chillies. Then we put in sliced french beans, baby corn and cauliflower. Lastly, an egg, a bit of salt and chicken stock granules. <BR> <BR> It was nice! I liked it! Sat, 27 Dec 2014 12:24:51 EST Plans for New Year's Eve? Nothing much in my case, as all the malls will be packed with shoppers. <BR> <BR> All restaurants will be packed too. <BR> <BR> Just watching the countdown on TV. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 12:15:01 EST Fitbit? My sister got one for Christmas and it looks pretty neat. <BR> <BR> What do you all think? Do you have one? What do you think of it? Is it worth the $75-100 bucks? <BR> <BR> Sat, 27 Dec 2014 08:37:48 EST breast reduction Hi guys. I had breast reduction 10 days ago. I was a 30FF and I'm otherwise tiny (about the size of a 12 year old). Everything has gone well except for the size. I'm feeling pretty down because it looks like I'm about an E cup now and was hoping for a D(although a C would probably be best proportioned to my body). If anyone else has had this done do you think i will get any smaller? I know its still early days but really I'm disappointed. <em>303</em> <em>39</em> Sat, 27 Dec 2014 05:33:02 EST Why is it taking so long? I am tracking my food diligently now. I am trying my best to eat healthy and I am exercising regularly but I don't see or feel much changes. <BR> <BR> A bit abt me : I have been on dialysis for 10 years. I am 4 feet 11 and I currently weigh abt 57.5kgs, that's like 126lbs, I think. <BR> <BR> I am aiming to lose abt 26lbs, that is, my goal is to weigh 100lbs by the end of 2015. <BR> <BR> Am I doing something wrong? Or do I continue what I am doing? Does weight loss take time? Am I being too... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 02:41:21 EST How was work today? Hope everyone had a good day at work if they had to work hope it went well Fri, 26 Dec 2014 20:54:37 EST What LVN/LPN school did you attend in California ? I was a CNA for 20 years I'm currently temping as a Certified Medical Assistant. But I always wanted to become an LVN had the opportunity wasn't the right school or fit at the time. Thinking of starting over again in LVN school but I also need the flexibility of the LVN schedule, because it fits my personal life not so much with the MA position. <BR> <BR> Which school did you attend in California? And or which school would you recommend? I'm in the San Francisco, CA bay area. Thanks for th... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 13:42:48 EST anyone tried the VFX fat loss system? It costs 47 dollars. Anyone tried it? Does it work? Fri, 26 Dec 2014 13:12:01 EST where are my posts? Why do my posts keep getting deleted?! <BR> <BR> Without even an email telling me why! <BR> <BR> I just asked about favorite foods and what to buy if I had a 100 dollar voucher! <BR> <BR> I don't think my posts were offensive in any way whatsoever! Fri, 26 Dec 2014 12:55:40 EST Spark Activity Tracker Im so excited about getting the tracker but I was wondering if I have to be close to my computer for it to sync my activity or can I walk 2 miles away from my computer and will it still sync? Thu, 25 Dec 2014 17:54:19 EST Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas fellow Sparkers! Enjoying the Hoilidays and will be back Sparking on Jan 2. My Christmas/New Years wish is that everyone here reaches their goals in 2015 . Thu, 25 Dec 2014 15:14:35 EST Christmas Morning Did you wake up early today or did you sleep in ? Did the kids wake you up to see if Santa had left the presents ? <BR> <BR> I was up around 5am. Even though I didn't turn on the alarm, my body was on automatic. Stayed in bed for a while, then got up to do my workout. <BR> <BR> Any early risers today ? or just glad that you could sleep in ? <BR> <BR> Thu, 25 Dec 2014 12:30:11 EST 21 day fix Hi all I was wondering if anyone is interested in getting a team for the 21 day fix program started? If so let me know. Thu, 25 Dec 2014 03:20:04 EST Are you planning to work out on Christmas? Tomorrow is Christmas and I have been on a streak of working out for at least 10 minutes a day. So I plan to work out on Christmas, what about you? Wed, 24 Dec 2014 22:44:24 EST If you are alone/apart from family and loved ones I send to you a big hug and Happy Holidays! Wed, 24 Dec 2014 18:31:49 EST Check out NORAD Santa Tracker! Check out the Official NORAD Santa Tracker website. <BR> Super cool site following Santa's journey. The site has the history of how NORAD became involved in tracking Santa, music, games etc. <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 17:12:31 EST What are you cooking or eating for Christmas What's for dinner on Christmas? <BR> <BR> I'm having chicken instead of turkey <BR> macaroni and cheese <BR> Strean beans <BR> yams <BR> dinner rolls <BR> corn bread stuffing <BR> pie (not sure what kind yet) <BR> beverage (a diet one) lol to that after all this food. <em>4</em> <em>223</em> Wed, 24 Dec 2014 16:49:11 EST Walk A Mile In My Shoes!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!! <em>444</em> <em>252</em> Walk a mile in my shoes and you'll realize we're the same, we're far from being that different as humans in our wants, needs, thoughts and even deeds. <BR> <BR> So why do so many people judge each other so harshly especially based on color, religion, sexual orientation, perceived stage of class in life, job you name it, to fat, to skinny, gay or heterosexual the list can just go on and on. <BR> <BR> How about we get to know each other individually then make yo... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 13:52:58 EST Merry Christmas from (geographic location) Merry Christmas from Alabama! Hope y'all have a great Holiday celebrating the Birth of Christ. I pray you take time for joy and introspection during the hectic sometimes stressful season. That you slow down enough to actually enjoy the blessings Christ brings to you and your Home. I pray your Celebration be free of any negative drama and full of love. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 08:35:45 EST What did you get for Christmas? Good haul this year! I love all my gifts! <BR> <BR> A coin purse with a pic of a sleeping kitten! <BR> <BR> A handbag with a doggie design! <BR> <BR> A RM100 dept. store voucher! Planning to buy a new dress with it! <BR> <BR> 6 small jellies! <BR> <BR> A chicken pie! <BR> <BR> May receive some cash from my Dad, still hoping but I love all my gifts so far! <BR> <BR> What about you? Wed, 24 Dec 2014 03:46:17 EST Are you in the Christmas spirit or are you over it I love the holidays, but just over 24 hours away, I am ready to be done with it all. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 23:03:08 EST How Flexible Are You ? As I have aged, my flexibility isn't what it once was. I used to be able to do a split in high school. That's why I've been taking more yoga. I'd like to improve my flexibility along with my coordination, balance, etc. maybe one day, I'll get to do that split again. lol. <BR> <BR> Today, I was reading some of the articles on the Daily Mail UK website and this one caught my eye. I will never ever be this flexible. My spine just wont do those sorts of things ! LOL. However, it's amazing that... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 13:07:57 EST Fashion -- Is STYLE a Matter of Size ??? Now, I admit....I am NO fashion expert. <BR> <BR> but I came across this slideshow yesterday and it convinced me that what is in style is more a matter of what size you are. I am no fashionista, But I wonder if they would say the same thing if the models were overweight/obese...or would they think it was Frumpy?. <BR> <link><BR>27-winter-outfits-to-copy-now/ss-BBguB<BR>BO?ocid=DELLDHP </link> <BR> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:25:04 EST Worked up over Happy Holidays Several times in the past week I've been rudely rebuked for saying "happy holidays". I'm told "it's not happy holidays, it's Merry Christmas". My response, not if you don't celebrate Christmas. Why is this such a divisive issue? Why do people care so much about what someone who is wishing them well says? <BR> Personally, I do celebrate Christmas, but I nanny for a Hindu family who doesn't. The kids best friends are Jewish, so they don't celebrate Christmas either. I've learned a lot abo... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 09:14:06 EST Do you send Christmas cards in the mail? Just started on mine tonight. Better late than never??! <BR> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> ...and just for the record, I'm NOT PC. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 03:10:16 EST Are simple carbs really the enemy? Should food like white rice and bread be eliminated from your diet if you want to lose weight? <BR> <BR> If you watch your portion sizes, can simple carbs still be a part of your diet? <BR> <BR> Or are they the enemy that should be avoided at all cost? Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:20:44 EST Need advice... Christmas time is coming up. Most of my immediate family is in Florida for the winter. I am invited to my aunt's for Christmas supper, but she humiliated me this summer in front of everyone by comparing me to her 14 year old grand daughter. I am 36. (Long story short she asked me why I am so fat, and how did I get this way because she is scared her son's daughter might someday look like me.) I don't want to go, so I am not. This means Christmas alone again this year. I am scared I eat out of... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:52:16 EST General Chit Chat So, on Spark again for today! My husband is enjoying several slices of baklava and watching tv after dinner. I already had dinner ( a bowl of home made chili) and a small piece of peanut butter fudge for dessert. I don't want to eat again this evening so Sparking. I've been here almost 2 weeks and need a diversion from stuffing my face! I really want to make this work this time and lose 70 lbs. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:21:50 EST Favorite workout music? I got a new great one! It's by Nickelback. Called Million Miles an Hour! Awesome workout song! Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:59:47 EST How's everyone's Sunday going? How is it going today on Sunday? Sun, 21 Dec 2014 11:52:17 EST When Loved Ones are Ill during the Holidays ive not got a very good relationship with my brother <BR> we have never seen eye to eye <BR> but that doesnt change the fact that i still love and worry about im <BR> <BR> two days ago i got word that he had been taken to the hospital with another heart attack <BR> the previous one was last year, and had an addition of a stint put in to relive the blockage <BR> <BR> this time the stint from last time, collapsed and created a 100% blockage <BR> very very life threatening <BR> we nearly lost... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:04:45 EST Don't travel with Carnival Cruise Line they are the worse and to top it off crooks, I came back from my cruise with them this past Thursday and when I called them to make sure they credit my debit card back with refunds they owed me I found out from my bank they actually placed a hold on my card of a couple hundred dollars and that they placed pending charges of an additional $400 for no justified reason. <BR> <BR> My cruise was already paid off before I stepped on the ship and any charges I incurred on the ship they got before I stepped... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:42:35 EST Do I really need to give up white rice? This will be hard because white rice is a staple in many Asian diets. My usual lunch is always either rice or noodles, with veggies and meat. My usual dinner is rice with veggies and meat. <BR> <BR> I am trying to eat less rice. I truly want to switch to brown rice but it's hard when my family prefers white rice. <BR> <BR> Must I really give up white rice? Can I still lose my belly fat if I stick within my calorie range but still eat like this? Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:14:12 EST The benefits of being older! When I was in my teens and 20s, I attracted a lot of unwanted male attention, esp from Malay guys! Used to drive me up the wall bcoz I definitely don't want their teasing! And I don't want anything to do with them! <BR> <BR> But I've noticed that the sexual harrassment has lessened a lot now! <BR> <BR> Thank God! Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:36:39 EST Little Jelly Sweets Shocker!!!! I will admit that I haven't been tracking my food as diligently as I should since I forgot when. <BR> <BR> But I opened up MyfitnessPal today and tracked everything I've ate today so far, which is my Mom's homemade fried rice noodles and some little fruit jelly sweets. I only had a handful, so I keyed in a rough estimate in MyfitnessPal and........... <BR> <BR> 10 sweets equaled about 420kCal!!!!!! Yikes!!!!! Just think of all the 'little bites' of little things like that! It all adds up!!!... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:06:45 EST Movie theater popcorn Do you always get popcorn when you go to the movies? <BR> <BR> I just went to see The Hobbit 3 yesterday but decided to forgo the popcorn and coke. I was thinking of all the butter and sugar. I know it's yummy but it's unexpectedly and horrendously fattening! I got myself some sugar free candy instead. Much less caloric and popcorn makes you thirsty! That's a bad idea in my case bcoz I am on dialysis. <BR> <BR> I had a great time yesterday! Saw 2 movies! I was there at 11am. Had lunch with ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 02:17:47 EST Coming back to Spark soon! Hello everyone! <BR> I haven't been keeping up with my spark for quite a while, but that is quickly about to change. On Dec. 30th, I will be having a baby via C-section, so when I get the all clear from the doctors, I am jumping back on the horse. This time however, I am going to start with all new goals, as I am looking for a mostly new me (physically that is). <BR> I would have continued doing my spark exercises seeing as how they do have a section for pregnant women, but I was put on a ve... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:40:27 EST Ataxia Anyone with ataxia? I would like to hear from people who also have a Neurological Disease called Ataxia. <BR> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:33:12 EST FedEx package not received? I placed an order with Walmart. The tracking history shows it was delivered to my doorstep but it wasn't. Has this happened to anyone else? Was it difficult to get reimbursed? Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:04:41 EST Feeling discouraged! I've been trying for years but there is no change! <BR> <BR> I am still just as fat and I see no muscle tone on my belly! <BR> <BR> In fact, I think it's worse now, ppl are starting to comment. <BR> <BR> All I can do is keep trying but why do I see no change? Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:20:35 EST Metabolism miracle diet? I have struggled with weight issues since I went on my first diet at age 6, and I am now 52. For years, doctors told me I had a "borderline thyroid" problem, whatever that really means. Now, of course, as I am getting older the weight is going up, and I find myself volleying between about five pounds when I do everything right (which includes lots of exercise). <BR> <BR> I bought the Metabolism Miracle book and found its description fit me, so I started on it and lost 4.5 pounds the first w... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:10:24 EST ladyvixen, anyone remember her former motivational,inspirational member of spark ,i cannot find her,can anyone help me find her again, she was a good friend,i am back but don't know how to find her,contact my page to help me out please..thanks <em>36</em> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:27:15 EST What is your Christmas wish?? My wish be healthier and not be a slave to the I can enjoy family and life in general. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:26:08 EST what message board should I use? Hi everyone. Those who have read my blogs know I am usually an 'up' type of person, <BR> Right now my family is in crisis. My Dad won't be with us much longer. Days are spent traveling back and forth to the hospital and pharmacies. <BR> My tracking, motivation, will power, all zapped right now. I don't want to put alot of thought into planning food here or at the hospital ( we are taking 6 hr shifts to sit with him). <BR> Maybe some easy ways to eat a little better during this time would b... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:45:06 EST monday How is everyone's Monday going so far? Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:36:35 EST Junk email alert - fake Target email going around <em>2</em> Just a warning, I almost got caught by a fake email claiming to be from Target. It said there was a package for me at a local store and I should click a link to find out more about it. Being in the holiday gift exchange mode, I fell for that one! But when I clicked, fortunately my Google Chrome warned me that it looked like junk. Then when I looked at the email again, the fake Target logo was a square! I felt like a total dummy - after all the Target logo is always round..... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:31:54 EST Feeling stuck....any suggestions? When I started my journey I was close to 200 lbs. I set my goal weight for 130 lbs. It seems I have been stuck at 140 lbs. forever. Any suggestions for those last remaining pounds? Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:41:37 EST diabetes good evening...i was just diognosed with diabetes and need to lose alot of only 57 and wiegh 232 and im only 5 ft. im very scared that im not going to be able to do this and i know i cant do it on a limited income and cant afford the expensive programs that are out there....ive been sculling around this site for years enjoying the post but never really took it serous for here i am scared ..and asking for help so thank you to all for the help i have seen you gi... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:26:31 EST How to bring my "A game"? I would love to bring my "A game" when it comes to diet and fitness. Right now I'm bringing my "D game". Mainly because I have a hard time with delayed gratification when it comes to my body ("Oooohh that [insert junk food here] looks so good now"). I am very organized and I am good at saving money, two things that many people struggle with, so why can't I do this? I need help! Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:46:59 EST encouragement I have been overeating for about 1 month now. I can't seem to stop. please help. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:43:56 EST Have you finished your holiday decorating I put my Christmas tree up weeks ago (before Thanksgiving) but today I finally decorated the outside. I love it. Have you done your holiday decorating Sat, 13 Dec 2014 21:06:05 EST How to enjoy a Holiday party and not feel guilty Going to a holiday party tommorow and know there will be TONS of food and drink. Have been in this position before where I am watching my weight and the hostess just keeps saying eat, eat, drink, etc.! I will try to eat as healthily as possible and keep the drinks to a glass of wine. Anyone have any other suggestions? Sat, 13 Dec 2014 19:41:54 EST this morning yesterday...I ate to much...but today...I started out great....I have one cup of special k cereal and one half cup of whole that was not to bad...then I took Dude out for a walk....we walked 3.67 miles...give or take a few few...but we burned up about 378 that took care of my breakfast and then I have a little kitty to start my day with....I cut up some carrots and celery...and I will make some boiled eggs....for today....just in case I feel I need them...... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:51:25 EST Besides weight do you have personal goals? I am constantly trying to be... <BR> <BR> .....less judgemental <BR> ................................think positive thoughts <BR> ........................................<BR>...........................forgiveness <BR> ........................................<BR>......................................<BR>.......learn to accept a compliment Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:39:59 EST Date anyone for a day, who would it be ? Demi Moore, nothing more to say :)) Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:13:04 EST What Inspired you to lose weight? What Inspired me to lose weight, was when my niece asked me to go to her wedding in the Dominican Republic. I had not seen my niece for twenty years, nothing more to say. <em>30</em> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:04:45 EST Please tell me I am not alone! I have lots of needlework projects that need completing but lately, I would rather play with my mobile devices, reading email, ebooks or even watching TV. <BR> <BR> I think I have set aside my crochet and cross-stitch for months now! I also need to catch up on my reading too, I still have unread mags and books! <BR> <BR> And I feel that God must be very disappointed in me because I am so lazy to do my quiet time. But I get down on my knees before bed every night to pray and unburden my hear... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 02:46:16 EST What's one of your bad habits? A friend of mine and I were talking about our bad habits. We came up with a lot much to our dislike. I'm wondering what one of yours might be? Will you share? Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:57:41 EST Tell me about resolutions you've failed to keep Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We're working on a story about New Year's resolutions. I'd like to hear from you about some of the resolutions you've failed to keep, but more importantly, what you learned from those experiences. <BR> <BR> Please share here! Thanks for your help! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:36:16 EST is Christmas a pagan holiday? Much as I enjoy Christmas, some of my Christian friends don't celebrate it because they say it's a pagan holiday. <BR> <BR> But the world wouldn't be the same without Christmas! <BR> <BR> I still want Christmas! <BR> <BR> What do you think? Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:12:27 EST what would you do if your room is full of mags? If I sell them to the paper recyclers, I only get a small fraction of what they are worth. <BR> <BR> And I don't have the heart to give them away! <BR> <BR> I will admit I am something of a hoarder but I will have to clear my room someday! <BR> <BR> The mag pile is getting out of control! Sigh! Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:02:35 EST What did you learn in 2014? I've learned that no one is going to stop you from exercise, eating less, or not drinking alcohol. except ourselves. <BR> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:36:43 EST I'm going to Catalina and Ensenda cruise any tips? First time cruiser going on carnival cruise was interested in the excursions but not sure if we should book any or just walk from the ship and enjoy and explore on our own. Was told by multiple people that they didn't do excursions and still had a good time and that they didn't always enjoy excursions or feel they were worth it when they did them. I have a family member who said to stick with the excursions, what do you think? And what have you done with cruising? Thanks <em>223</em> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 06:51:43 EST exercise what exercise did everyone do today? Tue, 9 Dec 2014 16:31:54 EST Should I cut my hair short? <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about chopping all my hair off lately. I work a retail job where I'm pretty active. Even on cold days, I get hot and sweaty, so I almost always have my hair pulled up out of my face. <BR> <BR> I'm just sick of having hair that I can't stand. I love how my hair looks when I leave it down, but it just gets in the way, so I'm constantly putting it up. I'm getting tired of being dependent on headbands and elastic bands, e... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 15:59:21 EST No standardized sizing for bras anymore?? you find This is what the store clerks are telling me. And...if you find a perfect size in a perfect have to try it on every time, because they don't even standardize within their own product! Now that is just poor. Tue, 9 Dec 2014 13:57:44 EST Do you smoke inside your home? Or do you go out to the patio, or driveway? Do you smoke in your vehicle? I don't know any smokers who smoke inside anymore. Tue, 9 Dec 2014 13:49:53 EST spark coach not showing up on my computer Spark Coach is no longer showing upon my computer need help missing a part of my program. Please advise thanks Tue, 9 Dec 2014 13:06:23 EST Company Buy Out Yesterday I came into work to find out our company is being bought out by a much bigger pharmaceutical company. I've never been through a company buy out before and not sure what to expect. Everyones emotions were running high, ofcourse we are all worried about our job security and plan forward. <BR> There will most likely be lay-offs, but generally speaking, what should I expect over the next several months? Tue, 9 Dec 2014 06:32:47 EST Losing weight without exercise? Not that I am going to do this, because I like exercise for health benefits, but do you think it's possible to lose weight without exercise? I know through this season I may not be able to get in fitness everyday, I wonder if you can lose weight without exercise. Tue, 9 Dec 2014 05:47:36 EST I wish I had more money! I bought a new dress today, but that means I can't buy new bras online. It was one or the other. <BR> <BR> Having a limited budget sucks! I wish I had more money so that I won't have to keep making these decisions and just be able to buy whatever I want! <BR> <BR> The dress is nice though! Super comfy! I don't even need a petticoat, as the material is opaque enough! And it has pockets! Tue, 9 Dec 2014 05:00:24 EST Would love an accountability buddy! Hi guys, <BR> <BR> I wouldn't say I am new to this site. I was on here a few years ago before life got crazy. I had some great friends on here and we helped to keep each other accountable and motivated - they are all long gone now. <BR> <BR> I would love if anybody would be interested in staying on track together! <BR> <BR> I am a 24 (nearly 25) year old girl from Australia. I love sports and all things fitness but I also love food and chocolate (hence the weight problem). <BR> <BR> L... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 01:17:01 EST Do you watch TV in bed? I've noticed that I am more active since I moved my cable box out of my room. Do you have a TV/cable in your room and if so do you watch TV in bed? Mon, 8 Dec 2014 20:32:56 EST You Tube Sound I'm looking for help. Can anyone tell me why I'm not getting any sound from You Tube videos? Everything else on my computer has sound and the You Tube videos had sound last week. Now all of a sudden I'm not getting sound. Mon, 8 Dec 2014 20:19:56 EST Skinny heels Out of all of the areas that I want o be "skinny" why does it have to be my heels? <BR> LOL, I have to put those heel pads in my shoes in order to keep them on. <BR> How ridiculous is that??? <BR> <BR> I don't remember this being a problem when I was heavier. <BR> Any else noticing skinny heels? <BR> <BR> Also does it seem like shoe sizes are getting larger? <BR> My "normal" size is too big, the half size sometimes fits and the next size down either fits or is too small. But when I compare ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 19:27:16 EST Help looking for a contrator. I need to have some interior painting done in my home and I was just curious where do you all look for contractors? I was looking in the local paper but then again Im old school and I was wondering if I should get with the times and look online? I dont know where to begin. Mon, 8 Dec 2014 12:31:16 EST Switching from WW to Sparkpeople. I have not been doing to well on Weight Watchers (Can't get motivated on the program), I want to really be committed to Spark People now and count calories. Any tips?? Mon, 8 Dec 2014 06:03:24 EST Christmas Trees... Do you put one up? <BR> Real or "Realistic"? <BR> What if you don't have Guests coming...for instance, just you & Spouse home...Still do it? <BR> <BR> For myself: Always, Real...and Yes, though now its a smaller one than when I had kids/relatives/etc here for the Holidays! <BR> <BR> Hope however you choose to celebrate the enjoy and find special meaning as the New Year approaches! <BR> patti Sun, 7 Dec 2014 15:03:43 EST weigh in ? When you weigh in do you use the whole number like if it says 231.8 do you use that or do you drop the .8?. I have been dropping the .08. just wondering what everyone else does. Sat, 6 Dec 2014 13:35:14 EST Is this realistic? I'm a 30 year old female and my waist is about 29-30 inches. Can I get a six pack by this summer? <BR> Sat, 6 Dec 2014 11:42:29 EST Did HCG diet screw up my metobolism? I complete a 41 day HCG diet May 2013 months later i lost ONLY 10 pounds of weight on my own with many hours at the gym and eating healthy. I became pregnant in October 2013, gained about 65lbs, delivered July 3rd,2014, lost 20lbs. Now i am still about 35lbs pounds away of my pre pregnancy weight and I feel like i eat decent, don't work out just breastfeed. I was planning to do another HCG diet after breastfeeding, but now I'm thinking maybe the HCG diet just slowed down my metobolism. Fri, 5 Dec 2014 14:23:12 EST Ever feel this way? Sometimes I feel as though there is a black cloud hovering over me. I don't feel like doing anything. It feels like nothing will lift my mood. I normally feel this way when I m left alone at home. I've noticed that I feel better when I have company. <BR> <BR> Am I going crazy? Am I depressed? I normally read or play with my tab when I feel this way or even do some needlework, but mostly, I don't feel like doing needlework when I m feeling this way. <BR> <BR> What would u do? Ever feel this... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 02:06:44 EST My calorie tracker changed on it's own? Did I do something wrong? I didn't update my nutrition, or add anything to it, my goals are supposed to be 1200-1550 or at least they were for the calories, the fat was max 53g min 40 i think, everything changed... I'm supposed to be on a diabetics diet and it still shows as that but the calorie bases shot through the roof!! I don't even come close to eating 1500 calories a day right now because I can't exercise so I cut back on calorie intake. <BR> <BR> I just was wondering why it would do ... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 01:11:46 EST What is the best dress shoe I'm a teacher and I'm looking for work shoes. My doctor and friends agree that I need a better shoe than ballet flats, but I've never found anything that worked... from Clarks to Rockports, to nurtralizer, and easy spirit. . . . None worked for me. I keep going back to my cheap flats. Thu, 4 Dec 2014 21:21:10 EST What is SparkCoach I'm looking for accountability. I'm wondering what sparkcoach is? Is this like having a real coach to help you lose weight? Thu, 4 Dec 2014 18:24:50 EST What's your Christmas Shopping Pattern? It's that magical time of year again, where the malls are a circus - the parking lots are a nightmare, and everyone should generally just ho-ho-hold off on the madness. <BR> <BR> What's your shopping pattern? <BR> <BR> Are you a last minute shopper madly going from place to place hoping and praying there is something remotely appropriate for free or almost free? or are you willing to pay anything to make it end? <BR> <BR> Me, I have a few people to buy for - and I'll often do one person... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 10:25:39 EST Having a craving for waffles and ice-cream with blueberry sauce! That's the way they serve it at the dessert shop near my place. Or with strawberry sauce or even better with slice banana and caramel sauce! Mmmmmmmmm! <BR> <BR> I think I'll head over there after I've done my laundry but maybe my laundry will take up so much time that the craving will pass! Lot's of handwashing today! Thu, 4 Dec 2014 01:25:18 EST If I keep this up... I'm very proud of myself. I was placing an order at and I could have ordered a favorite snack cracker (I even put it in the cart) but ultimately I didn't order that item. I'm doing awesome keeping chips out of the house. But if I get my order vice - tasty snack crackers out of the home will I lose weight really soon? Wed, 3 Dec 2014 09:38:03 EST Totally off-topic...but curious I read or saw something quite a while ago about a lady who'd retired on a cruise ship. When her DH passed, she sold everything and bought a more or less permanent cabin on a ship they'd traveled on regularly. <BR> <BR> This is incredibly appealing to me - even though I haven't the resources for it... but consider: <BR> a room with maid service; <BR> meals 24/7; <BR> medical care (at least basic) travels with you; <BR> great amenities like entertainment and duty free shopping and an unending... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 16:26:55 EST Christmas Tree Lights We put up our Christmas tree this past weekend, however I am going to re-do it because our lights have white wire (not the nice dark green or black wire), and it shows like crazy when the tree is off. Any suggestions on how to hide white wired lights on a Christmas tree? <BR> I usually have the lights with the darker wiring, but half the bulbs are blown out =*( I might try to replace them first before trying the white wire lights again Tue, 2 Dec 2014 10:44:06 EST need some motivation in a slump right now, not sure why other than holiday stress and family issues. need some motivation I know I need to eat better and exercise but in such a slump right now. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 13:24:00 EST Throwing things away Lately I've been going through a period in my life where I'm getting rid of things pretty easily. Between garbage and donations I'm getting rid of at least 2 bags a week. I'm not sure what's going on, but I'm good with it. My house is looking better, it's easier to keep organized too. <BR> The downside is that I want to keep pitching and organizing, but I'm running out of things to get rid of. Has anyone else experienced this? Was it caused by something? How did it end up working for yo... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 11:28:18 EST need some motivation Need some motivation.. I am having so much trouble this fall. I live in an area that has winter so less active now and eating so much related to stress and the holiday.. Need some support!!!! Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:57:28 EST Misfit Flash????? I got one for christmas. Anyone have opinions on them. How well do they work. I wanted a fitbit flex but can not afford one. Sun, 30 Nov 2014 19:07:59 EST need help. scan barcode not working anymore It used to work. now it doesn't. I have an IPHONE 6. I used to be able to scan barcodes with now problem. now when I press "scan barcode" I get a totally black screen. I have deleted my Spark app and reinstalled it but it still doesn't work. I turned my phone off and on and still doesn't work. I love this tool. Can anyone help me out there??? thanks in advance. Sun, 30 Nov 2014 15:05:50 EST Jeans I am on a mission to find a pair of jeans that fit normally. Every pair I have now don't fit right. They are all too tight in the legs and hips, and too big in the waist. <BR> <BR> I went to about 6 different stores yesterday and tried on different pair, and have had no luck. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else have such a hard time? Sun, 30 Nov 2014 15:01:17 EST Black Friday Happy Thanks Giving I'm just sorry that some people in the UK see the adoption of Americas Black Friday as an excuse to push shove and behave in appropriately for the sake of goods!!!! <BR> <BR> Debrina <BR> debrinashealthybites Sat, 29 Nov 2014 10:48:16 EST Friends Realising, that after one week being on this site, I have no friends. Guess I will have to complete my journey on my own. <BR> <BR> Remember Guys. You do not own your body its only on loan so look after it. Life is not a rehearsal, you only get one chance so grasped it with both hands and enjoy <em>502</em> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 08:14:41 EST Alternative exercise, walking running the dog I'm thankful for having a dog to walk-run every day. I let him run to the park while I bike ride which is a little less than a mile. I park the bike and we go for walks as long as he wants to. We're gone any where from an hour to 3 hours a day no matter what the weather is doing. This helps keep both of us physically fit Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:51:26 EST Thanksgiving Dinner Disasters Anyone else season the sweet potatoes with cayenne pepper instead of cinnamon? <BR> <BR> I roasted and mashed and added nutmeg and ginger and ...cayenne. <BR> <BR> Taste tested and thought they were good but could use a it more added a bit more cayenne! <BR> <BR> I thought they tasted pretty good....had quite the bite though. A couple of friends tried them and thought they were good so I served them with a warning. <BR> <BR> I was Fire Hot Sweet Potatoes we... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:55:17 EST Happy Thanksgiving weekend! Yay! Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:36:01 EST blessed thanksgiving Hope everyone who sits down to eat a nice lunch or dinner and be thankful for the Thanksgiving you have because there are always some people in this world that are not as fortunate Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:34:03 EST Happy Thanksgiving - Your Favorite Holiday Food Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to all !! <BR> <BR> I am sure you will all be doing your best to be mindful of your portion sizes. Indulge, but try not to overindulge. But you if you, remember, that doesn't make you a bad person or an unhealthy one. One over ingulgent meal will not make or break your healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> One that note, is there something you are looking forward to eating today ? Do you prefer the white meat or dark meat ? mashed potatoes or sweet ? bread stuffing or w... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:04:25 EST exercise for the sick?!?! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Some advice would be appreciated... <BR> <BR> I've been doing the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and am currently on day 12. I woke up with some Flu symptoms yesterday so thought I would take a rest day and hope that it clears with a good night's rest. <BR> <BR> Needless to say, my hopes were dashed as I woke up this morning feeling even more clogged up than yesterday. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> My question is can I carry on doing my workouts, is there something else I... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:19:05 EST What is your favorite facial moisturizer? What is your favorite facial moisturizer? <BR> Have you seen changes in your skin from using it? Thu, 27 Nov 2014 03:22:42 EST Article on resisting temptation Seemed kinda "well duh" to me! I don'tgo into candy stores, I avoid the cookie aisle, I don't bake as often and I don't shop when hungry. It only makes sense to avoid situations that are going to tempt you to fail! <BR> What do you think? <BR> <BR> How people resist temptation <BR> <BR> Step one: Proactively avoid situations that could challenge self-control <BR> <BR> People who are better at resisting temptation purposely avoid putting themselves into situations where they could lose se... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:47:57 EST Obesity andHeart Disease Article Another reason to keep fighting the battle! <BR> Johns Hopkins IDs a new risk of obesity: 'silent heart damage' <BR> <BR> Researchers call the discovery 'truly concerning' <BR> <BR> Obese individuals are at greater risk for silent heart damage, according to a new study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure. <BR> <BR> For the study, researchers at Johns Hopkins University tracked 9,500 disease-free men and women, ages 53 to 75, from four states for about 12 ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:45:06 EST Happy Turkey Day <em>428</em> May your stuffing be tasty, <BR> May your turkey be plump. <BR> May your potatoes & gravy... <BR> Have nary a lump. <BR> <BR> <em>428</em> May your yams be delicious, <BR> May your pies take the prize. <BR> May your Thanksgiving dinner <BR> Stay off of your thighs. <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> Happy Thanksgiving! <em>429</em> <BR> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:04:54 EST Todays interesting mailbox article Weirdest thing I have read all week: <BR> <BR> A British gentleman had surgery to remove a "migrating brain mass" that had been causing headaches. <BR> <BR> Turned out he had a rare tapeworm that had migrated to his had never been found in humans, only in fish in Asian countries. Guess where he had vacationed some years earlier??? <BR> <BR> What's the weirdest thing you read this week? <BR> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:47:42 EST Exercise during commercials? Do you do exercises during commercials? Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:41:10 EST Get paid to lose weight My new gym opens this week. It's 0.8 miles from my house so I reckon if I walk there and back I won't have to do the treadmill! One interesting feature is they pay you to lose weight - up to a maximum of £45 for 10 kilo weight loss. I'm not sure about the time scale of that but they do say that maximum healthy weight loss is 2 pounds per week so I guess they're not expecting that 10 kilo to drop off too quickly. <BR> <BR> Would that motivate you? My weight has plateaued for about a year and ... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:41:41 EST digital postcard apps? Have you used these? Send photos from smart phone and they create and mail the postcard. Can you recommend a good one? Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:10:50 EST Thankful? What are you thankful for this year? Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:06:24 EST Should hospitals ban junk food? From an article I read today: <BR> <BR> <BR> Should hospitals ban junk food? <BR> Bloomberg thinks so <BR> Initiative pushes hospitals to ditch deep fryers, unhealthy snacks <BR> <BR> New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday urged public and private hospitals throughout the city to ban sugary and fatty foods and beverages. <BR> <BR> Specifically, Bloomberg is asking more private hospitals to participate in his Healthy Hospital Food Initiative, which is mandatory for all public hos... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:32:53 EST Bodies in motion Attended my 2nd Bodies in Motion class this morning. It is 30 minutes of exercises using dumbbells, ball, resistance band, and our own bodies. It is similar to Silver Sneakers. The instructor is fabulous. She is encouraging and helps us (me) want to return the next week. We have this class Monday mornings (except 1st Monday of the month). <BR> Do you attend any classes? If you do what classes do you attend? What equipment do you use? <BR> Do you have any favorite exercise classes? What do yo... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:16:29 EST Monday How is evrybody doing on this Monday? Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:01:02 EST Facebook posts? I don't post much on Facebook. I just think "would my Facebook friends care about this?" then I image them being bored. I'm clearly not the Facebook type :) What do you like to see (or not like to see) posted on Facebook? Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:27:38 EST Taxing Junk Food What do you think? <BR> <BR> The Navajo Nation passed a bill implementing a 2% tax on foods of "low to no nutritional value" and rescinding a 5 tax of fruits and vegetables. (All retail sales are taxed at 5$) <BR> <BR> The funds raised are to be used to provide farmers markers, vegetable gardens, health and wellness programs and exercise equipment for the 110 communities. <BR> <BR> The Navajo population is high risk for diabetes, approximately 30% are diabetic, 60% of some age groups are... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:39:25 EST Lack of sunshine - does it make you sad? Whenever winter approaches I find myself getting down and sad. The lack of sunshine really takes a toll on my normally very Optimistic attitude. What are some tricks others use to help overcome the winter blues? Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:09:11 EST Online dating sites? Anyone use any? Any thoughts? Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:39:01 EST My calorie goal I set my calorie goal for between 1200 and 1400 a day but on my nutrition tracker has it set for between 1670 and 1870 calories a day. I have tried to edit it back several times but it won't set it to what I want. Suggestions. The 1670 to 1870 will make me gain, gain, gain. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:38:24 EST weekend going Hows your weekend going so far? Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:17:20 EST Do you Facebook? I used to until about a month ago. When I quit, I couldn't believe what a time suck it was. I don't miss it at all. Maybe one day I will go back. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:49:23 EST Snow & cold states - temp you keep your heat on? I keep my heat set on 61 during the day (even when I am at home ) - and up to 66 when my dh gets home from work. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:20:27 EST