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 Coconut oil in coffee? anyone heard of this? I tried to search for an article here on SparkPeople but couldn't find one. <BR> Anyone heard of coconut oil in your coffee? It's supposed to be good for you. Just wondering. I don't think the coaches reply to these posts. Sun, 30 Apr 2017 03:23:14 EST Louise Green Big Fit Girl I just discovered Louise Green, the author of Big Fit Girl, and I am so impressed! Can't believe there isn't already a spark team celebrating her brand of fitness and body positivity. <link> </link> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:34:16 EST Herb Gardens -- Try Chocolate Mint If you love chocolate mint, you should try this <BR> <BR> I live in the northeast. This is the time of year when all the hardware/garden stores get their herb plants in for the warmer weather. A few months ago I read about chocolate mint; I was intrigued. Yesterday I stopped by Home Depot and got some spearmint and some chocolate mint to grow on my window sill. Mint plants can take over a garden so if you think of trying it...put it in a container. <BR> <BR> Well, let me tell you.... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:52:50 EST Points I think it is silly that we get points here and not for supporting our friends. We should get points for creating those friendships that help us with our goals and encourages us to support others. <BR> Anyone else have these thoughts? Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:04:08 EST Vegetarian Burger For all vegetarians <BR> <BR> Have you found a prepared veggie burger that you like in a grocery store? <BR> <BR> Thank you. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:52:47 EST Well, 50th anniversary coming On Saturday I will celebrate my 50th anniversary of getting out of the Air Force! Can't believe. My time to get out of the service was supposed to be the 30th, but that year the 30th was on a Saturday and the offices would be closed so I was discharged 1 day early!! Of course, that day I made sure I ate a gooodd breakfast and a goooddd lunch to tide me over. It was a growing experience for a young 20 year old who had become a better 24 year old. <BR> <BR> Only regret, I didn't continue m... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:53:27 EST Sugar intake Hi lovely team! <BR> <BR> I'd like to include in the report how much sugar I consume every day. I included as sulcrose but says 0... <BR> <BR> I want the report to add all the SUGAR within carbo. <BR> <BR> Any idea how to? Thank you! <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:15:36 EST Daydreaming Does anyone else daydream while they work out? I swim three-four days a week and one of the things I like best about it is the opportunity it gives me to let my mind wander. One day a week I swim watching the pace clock and counting laps, but the other days I just swim for a set amount of time and don't really worry if I am swimming 1800 meters or 2K or whatever it ends up being. <BR> <BR> Today my daydreams alternated between my upcoming weekend at the beach, what summer clothes I want to... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:27:25 EST How Has Your Spending Changed Since 2008? I was wondering how everyone's spending habits have changed since 2008? <BR> I earn more but I've stopped buying clothes and shoes (unless I need them) and buying things on ebay. I also spend less on books. And I almost never buy jewelry. <BR> What about the rest of you? Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:54:48 EST Spark Points Good Evening, <BR> <BR> What are spark points and what are they used for? Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:05:55 EST I Mapped My Day Out I printed out a chart and filled in when I got to work, getting ready for work, etc. I didn't put in exercise because I'm considering a routine change. <BR> How do I figure out how to best use my days? <BR> I'm also going to make a list of every goal I have. Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:16:07 EST Number of Daily Calories I know that each person may have a different daily calorie total based on height, age, level of activity, etc., but I was wondering what your daily calorie goal is and how you reach it - three meals a day, mini meals throughout the day, etc. Do you avoid carbs, especially sugar and white flour products. What do you find works best for you? <BR> <BR> Thanks. Have a great day. Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:09:55 EST Counting steps.. Today I ordered a pedometer. I have never used one before. How many steps in a day is considered a good amount? Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:27:03 EST Dog Food Recommendation I have this senior girl. Her teeth aren't so great. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for senior food. That is dry, but soft and chewy. That is like Purina One, but is NOT Purina One. <BR> <BR> Any Spark Members know? <BR> <BR> This is my sweet old girl! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:04:15 EST Still have no Clue how to Navigate this Place. I Have no Idea How To Navigate this Place. I'm Going to Have to Be Nosy. <BR> I Found out how to track Water, Food, Exercise. The Important things. I Have Been <BR> Here a Week and found Out I Eat too Much Carbs and Fat. I am Fixing all That. <BR> Portion Control is Better. I need to Stay away from Junk food. Then I Need To <BR> Get in more Water, I want to lose 156 pounds. That is a person. Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:45:14 EST You decide whether to be happy or not. So be ____ So be positive everyday. Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:52:20 EST Default setting for your goals I changed the original default settings for my goals and want to know how I can change them back to the original ones suggested but don't know how. I don't remember the original ones.. Thanks.. Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:24:38 EST How often do you land 25 points on the Sparkwheel? For me, not often enough! <BR> <BR> I always get a measly 2 or 3 points. I am frustrated that I always almost get 25 or 20 but not quite! I always get the square next to it which is merely a measly 2 or 3 points! sigh! Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:25:52 EST Spark People Book I have the Spark People book, printed in 2009. I was wondering if anyone else has it and found it helpful on their weight loss journey.. I just took it off the shelf and want to really read it. I am trying to put together a lifestyle that actually works for me and that I can stick to. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Have a good day/evening. Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:00:00 EST What is your idea of "business casual" work wear? Our HR department is considering adopting a dress code. We currently don't have one. Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:19:00 EST Obesity can cause lower back pain? Hello everybody! I was wondering, if anyone can relate to my own issue or not regarding Obesity. Whenever I am standing for a long period of time, I tend to get this pain in my lower back as if my muscles are aching. Just a moment ago, I was doing the dishes and I started to feel that pain in my lower back which also affects my legs as well and I had to sit down for about ten minutes to take a little break before I can finish during the dishes. Now, this also happens when I take a walk as... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:03:55 EST Business and beyond image article I noticed that there is not a way to comment on this article. And I have a few thoughts so I'll comment here instead. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>?post=better_in_business_and_beyond_le<BR>arn_why_image_is_everything </link> <BR> <BR> I found it interesting that a 1-week seminar and a love for fashion made her an expert many years ago. I think that she did an excellent job of taking control of her own life and building a career that she can be passionate abou... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 15:54:49 EST Donation presents my grandma and grandpa have so much clutter. they dont need anymore things. my grandma has 5 clocks in the kitchen- 1 is a bird clock that tweets on each hour. the dining room has a tractor clock that makes a motor sound on each hour. <BR> <BR> I have commented in the past about instead of giving them presents, donate money to a charity in their name. i was thinking of getting my cousins involved in this. i was wondering if anyone as done this before? <BR> <BR> i dont't know if we would c... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 22:04:47 EST you did it again!! The second spin contained only 1 3 point slot. I got it!!! Get rid of the spins!!!!!!!!! They aren't worth the time. Sun, 16 Apr 2017 17:20:22 EST Treat/Gift for achieving goal weight... Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> What do you plan to give yourself as a treat or a gift when you achieve your goal weight? <BR> <BR> For me: I have my eye on a trip to Costa Rica (mountains, hiking, swimming, trying surfing for the first time, etc...) Sun, 16 Apr 2017 10:48:10 EST Happy Easter! Easter needs a garden where its peace and joy may grow, like daffodils that brightly bloom above the melting snow. So find a little time each day that you can set apart to cultivate some flowers in the garden of your heart. And then, throughout the busy days your happy heart will sing. And to the people that you meet, you'll be a breath of spring! <BR> <BR> Wishing you quiet moments to relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds think about the blessings in your life and feel renewed ... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 22:28:20 EST Vitamin water Does vitamin water count when tracking water intake? Sat, 15 Apr 2017 13:46:49 EST Premium SparkPeople Just purchased the premium version with NO ADS! It's great! Loads faster without the annoying ads. Haven't checked out the other features, but will soon. I did the one-time payment. Sooo worth it!! Sat, 15 Apr 2017 12:44:24 EST Toasted Grasshoppers ? Step aside hot dogs, <BR> toasted grasshoppers are the hottest selling item at Mariners games. <BR> <link><BR>urantsandnews/mariners-order-emergency<BR>-supply-of-toasted-grasshoppers/ar-BBzQRAe </link> <BR> <BR> Well that's one snack I won't have to worry about <em>40</em> Sat, 15 Apr 2017 11:40:04 EST Still get rid of the wheelspin, depressing I finally got 9 pts. 2 for the first spin, 7 for the 2nd. I got 7 only because all but 3 were 7 or above. and 3 were 7. That means out of all those above 7 was well over 7. Stupid, and no motivation to get any spin when I am striving to get 50,000 pts to get to each new level!!! Get rid of the spins!!!! Sat, 15 Apr 2017 08:28:16 EST What's first at When you first open the sp site, what do you look at first? <BR> <BR> Sometimes it's the nutrition page to track, but I gravitate to Explore All Articles and Videos". Sat, 15 Apr 2017 06:54:54 EST get rid of the spinning wheels!! They are more discouraging than encouraging. I get an avg. of about 7 for the two together!! Today I had, on the big wheel on 3 chances to get 3 and got 3!!! It is ridicules. Take them away. Non-motivation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fri, 14 Apr 2017 15:29:43 EST What are your experiences getting a new doctor My last PCP moved & left me hanging to find a new dr. I called 2 drs this morning. The first can't see me for over 6 months. The 2nd took my info & said it will be a week before they can call me back & tell me if they will see me. <BR> <BR> Why is finding a new doctor so complicated? Anyone else had this experience? Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:50:43 EST Can someone please create an app That syncs with your body so that you can choose where your weight comes off first, and how much from each area. That way I can lose 2 inches from my waist rather than 2 cup sizes. Thanks. Tue, 11 Apr 2017 02:45:24 EST Feeling full I am so used to overeating, that I am having a hard time finding portion contentment. If I'm not hungry, I should be ok. But if I'm not full, I feel as though I haven't eaten enough. How long does it take to get used to being content with smaller portions? Mon, 10 Apr 2017 21:19:38 EST Avocado Is it really necessary to add "no skin or seeds" into the description on the food tracker? I mean. I have been hungry...but who's just going to eat the whole thing- skin, seed and all of an avocado? lol. Just found it humorous. :) Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:55:55 EST What is your favorite summer food? What is your favorite summer food? Mine is any fresh fruit, corn on the cob and grilled anything. Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:36:48 EST Feeling discriminated against My seat in the dialysis center has a ripped seat. I politely requested that they let me have the spare chair and let the ripped one be the spare but I got threatened with expulsion from the center! <BR> <BR> I don't think it's fair that other patients get a better chair! Why am I being singled out like this?! Sun, 9 Apr 2017 20:38:37 EST Think save money instead of spending My suggestion is to save money as much as you can instead of spending will help you loose weight and give you more strength. Look at all rich people are in good shape because they always think about money only eat when they have time. Sun, 9 Apr 2017 13:18:18 EST upset over small losses One day my Mom was tidying the table. I noticed that she also picked up one of her recipe books and I told her but she brushed me off. That resulted in her looking for that recipe book the next week but not finding it because she threw it out along with the scrap paper. I did try to tell her but she wouldn't listen! <BR> <BR> The a few weeks back she threw out a perfectly good bpa free bottle because she forgot that she bought it for herself. I tried to tell her but she wouldn't listen. So, ... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 04:39:29 EST How do you know when... I saw a picture on Sparkpeople of a young female model that had a Jill St. John like hairdo where the hair goes all over the place. If you have a hairdo like that, how do you know when to comb your hair?? Fri, 7 Apr 2017 19:37:17 EST Can you suggest me any entertaining dance workout? I am getting bored doing the same routine over and over. Thanks in advance <BR> Thu, 6 Apr 2017 11:35:03 EST Bizarre Underwear Trend - Would You Wear ... Camel toe underwear ? <BR> <BR> You can not make this stuff up. You can read the article for yourselves. Google search Daily Mail and camel toe if you don't want to use the link. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>376456/Are-camel-toe-knickers-bizarre-<BR>underwear-trend.html </link> <BR> <BR> Here are the before and after photos. There is silicon gel padding to create the camel toe in the crotch. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 5 Apr 2017 12:36:47 EST what keeps you full I seem to be starving by lunchtime, I eat breakfast at 8:30am and lunch at 1:30pm. I like to eat food instead of a liquid meal. Eggs whites, salsa,canadian bacon and cheese are my go to breakfast, what am I missing? Tue, 4 Apr 2017 18:20:09 EST Wrist circumference and body frame size? I've always been self conscious about my wrists. I think they are to thick. According to, you can determine your body frame size measuring your wrist with a tape measure and using this chart: <BR> <BR> Women: <BR> <BR> Height under 5'2" <BR> Small = wrist size less than 5.5" <BR> Medium = wrist size 5.5" to 5.75" <BR> Large = wrist size over 5.75" <BR> <BR> Height 5'2" to 5' 5" <BR> Small = wrist size less than 6" <BR> Medium = wrist size 6" to 6.25" <BR> Large = wrist size... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 11:59:58 EST Stiffing a waiter/waitress Last night we dined at a local mom/pop type restaurant. There were 5 adults seated across from us who ordered full course dinners. The waitress was very attentive and brought over additional servings of bread and coffee. After the group left, I heard the waitress comment that no tip was left on the table or added to the credit card bill. The group seemed pleased with the service and the menu...they just stiffed the tip. I don't think that's right, do you? Mon, 3 Apr 2017 11:50:36 EST Recording what you eat - once a day or every time? Hello All - I'm curious for those of you who are successful at recording everything you eat every day, do you record every time you eat something or wait til the end of the day, or something in between? What works for you? And how do you remind yourself to record? Sun, 2 Apr 2017 11:21:39 EST The Single Persons Grocery List I need to clean out the unhealthy foods and replace with some good food. I reduced eating to the recommended amounts of foods such as peanuts. Freezing some fruit and vegetables such has grapes and green peppers helps extend them. <BR> I have been blending apples, bananas, low-fat strawberry yogurt, and red seedless grapes. That has been my dinner for the last four days The old advice eat less move more to lose weight is helpful, but you need the fuel of eating healthy in order to m... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 08:46:44 EST Do You weigh everyday? I had always thought it was not good to weigh every day because weight can fluctuate but I've only been back with Spark for 11 day and so far weighing everyday is keeping me focused. Soooooo, I think I'll keeping weighing everyday until the plateau comes (which is probably a ways off since I am more than 100 lbs over my healthy weight!) Fri, 31 Mar 2017 19:45:55 EST Spark meal plan/menu Has anyone tried using Sparks recommended meals for the day? Or just do the tracking your own? And if so, which did you prefer? Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:53:59 EST Team points Where and why did the Team Points disappear? <BR> or did they? <BR> are they still accessible.? <BR> if so how?. <BR> <BR> 2nd request Fri, 31 Mar 2017 08:29:13 EST KNEE PAIN What have you found to be the best exercise for extreme knee pain? Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:49:37 EST Don't guilt me out. If someone has a problem with you, it's their problem, not yours. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:50:04 EST hard for the mind to remember. If I find any pleasure i the unhealthy breakfast this morning, it will be difficult to remember this afternoon. The mind will have forgotten but the body will remember. fatigue will tell me, perhaps an ache in the back. If I eat well i will not remember that either. but maybe i'll be better able to pay attention. Perhaps a trip to the bath room. I'll have a clearer mind and body. Probably I will not wonder why or give it a thought. Still life will be better. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:55:33 EST Anyone tried or heard of the program Weightnot? I would love to hear if anyone has tried the program called Weightnot. Any info/opinions would be very much appreciated. <BR> Thank you in advance :) Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:50:13 EST What are your favorite podcasts? Hello, Sparkers! We're working on a list of awesome podcasts to listen to during walks and hikes, and we'd love to include your recommendation! Are there any amazing health/fitness podcasts that you love to play while exercising (or just relaxing)? Please comment here, or feel free to drop an email to <BR> <BR> Have a happy, healthy Monday! <BR> Melissa Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:40:19 EST Contrave I just started contrave and on my second week. I have not noticed any appetite surprised but I'm sweating! What can anyone tell me about this contrave any success? Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:53:30 EST Daughter stressing me out causing health problems I'm 40 years old and completely stressed. It is stress and aggravation with my life that drives me to chain smoke cigarettes and overeat and gain weight. I'm raising a 16 year old girl who has decided to be lesbian. And when I say decided, I mean it. She was not born his way. She told me this herself. I am hoping its a phase, as most parents would. Perhaps she is BI. Im hoping for that. <BR> I'm seeking help on how to cope with my teenage daughter Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:58:10 EST Funny Why is it that when you hurt yourself you feel pain immediately, but it takes 20 minutes for you to feel fullness after eating. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:57:23 EST Had weight loss surgery? Be quoted in an article! Hi all! I'm a writer here at SparkPeople. We're working on a piece about weight loss surgery experiences - the good, bad, and in between. We're looking to feature quotes and thoughts from SparkPeople members. <BR> <BR> Maybe you regret it, or maybe it was the best decision you've ever made. Either way, we'd love to hear from you. <BR> <BR> Below are some questions: <BR> <BR> - How long ago did you have surgery, and what kind? <BR> - Before surgery, were you doing anything to try and lose ... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:28:29 EST Great news for Cracker Barrel lovers Just went to Cracker Barrel on Wednesday and they were just introducing new menus which list the nutrition information for every item they have. If you love Cracker Barrel like I do, then this might be helpful to you. The nutrition information has also been posted to their website under the FAQ section. <BR> Trying to post the link for everyone, so hope you can open it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>a/CrackerBarrel/Nutrition/320_nutritio<BR>n_guide.pdf?la=en </li... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:48:53 EST What do you grow in your garden Everything Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:08:03 EST Pregnant-gaining too much weight I used this site for a long time when I needed to lose my last 20 pounds (80 pounds total) but stopped using it when I started to maintain my weight. <BR> I went through lots of ups and downs including gaining 20 pounds in the year leading up to my pregnancy. <BR> Already 20 pounds heavier than I'm comfortable with I continued gaining through stressful events such as moving and a job change. <BR> At 23 weeks I now am 166 lbs (closer to 200 where I started than 115, my lowest) and it's freakin... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:40:10 EST Whata ya thunk 3/21/17 Always keep your gym bag packed and ready to go to prevent forgetfulness and exercise excuses. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:44:55 EST I'm looking for health insurance suggestions I might be changing health insurance companies and wondered if anyone had one they would recommend. Like a website or something. <BR> The one I am on right now I pay over $200. and they won't pay for anything related to my thyroid because I was diagnosed before I was covered by them. <BR> So I was thinking of looking for another one, but are they all like that? <BR> I don't go to the Drs. Often. last year I only went once and that was a yearly check up for my thyroid. I don't plan on getting ... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:59:47 EST Just Started 21-Day Fix My whole body hurts <em>40</em> , but I feel like I'm in the zone now. Has anyone else tried this? Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:20:20 EST What would you do if you found out your partner What would you do if you found out your partner was infertile? <BR> If you were engaged but not married yet, and recently found out your partner was diagnosed infertile by their doctor.Would this be a deal breaker for you? Would you still get married? Why or why not? Would you be willing to try infertility treatment even if it meant spending a lot of money, time, being in pain, & possible heartbreak - not to mention the possibility of it not even working? Opinions. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:37:35 EST Garmin Watch I am looking at a new fitness watch. The apple watch doesn't track well, inside or outside. <BR> <BR> I like the Garmin 235, but also like the 735xt. Does anyone have suggestions or feedback? Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:21:45 EST Turn every goal into an immediate action. Turn every goal into an immediate action. Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:54:12 EST It isn't fair!!! Beauty and The Beast has been postponed indefinitely in Malaysian cinemas. The Malaysian government has a problem with the homosexual elements in the movie. So, we can't see it. It might even be banned permanently! Sun, 19 Mar 2017 07:55:29 EST What do you have in your makeup kit? I have a few eyeshadows and lippies. Not much. I've stopped buying makeup in general because I'm too lazy to keep on applying makeup. I only apply makeup when I'm feeling like it or when I am going to some sort of event. <BR> <BR> I only have a few eyeshadows, I don't have that many colors. I am so tempted to buy a naked eyeshadow pallet but I know I'll never finish using them all! So I'm refraining from buying. I will buy only when I've used up all I have. <BR> <BR> I bought a Laneige Chr... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 05:20:37 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day Have a fun-filled St Paddy's and a wonderful weekend! <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:54:16 EST Healthy treats to take to a movie I have taken hummus and veggies, as well as sliced apples to the movies to snack on. What are some of your favorite healthy snacks you take to avoid the unhealthy temptations sold there? Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:33:41 EST WL loss ticker question Hello, <BR> <BR> How and where do you add a weight loss ticker? Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:20:23 EST What does maintaining weight look like for you? Over the last 6 years or so I have been trying to maintain my weight at 160 pounds. Not much luck though. If I am not ever vigilant I can balloon up to 170 and over very easily. I seem to cycle from 155 pounds to 160 pounds. When I get down to 155 I try to add some calories to maintain and I end up going up to 160 in a few weeks. Then back down some calories until I get to 155 again. I would love to be able to settle in to a calorie range that keeps me at 160 plus or minus about 3 pounds. Has... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:56:18 EST Bloating Does any one feel bloated even at the smallest meal ,& if so what do you do ? Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:57:19 EST Diverticulitis I was diagnosed with diverticulitis. I have had two flare-ups in the last four months. I also have fatty liver disease. I don't know what I can or can't eat. Help!!!! Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:30:33 EST Oh No!!!!! I was just informed by someone who is leaving SparkPeople that there are no more point levels - is that true??? I've been so focused on my upset about the team flags that I didn't even notice the levels were gone. I've been here for many, many years and those were important to me. I'm brokenhearted. <BR> <BR> I read somewhere that Spark Guy said they don't have a huge budget to do everything they'd like to do. Just stop changing the things that people count on!!! You've got people working f... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 23:01:50 EST Netflix series What are your favorite series on Netflix? I need some new ones for my watchlist! Thanks! Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:55:33 EST What Worked (and DIDN'T Work) for You? Hope everyone is having a healthy and happy day! <BR> <BR> I'm looking for some feedback from our awesome members for an article we're working on. <BR> <BR> Obviously, everyone's weight loss journey is different, and what works for one person won't necessarily work for everyone. We'd love for you to share your personal experiences with trial and error, and how you figured out what WASN'T working and then made adjustments. For example, maybe you had to make a slight tweak to your nutrition... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:25:47 EST How Did You Quit Sugar for Good? Attention, former sugar addicts! <BR> <BR> For a future article, I'm looking for SparkPeople members who were able to give up sugar for good, after being hooked on it for a long time. I'd love to hear about how you finally kicked the habit... any tips, tricks or recommendations are welcome! <BR> <BR> You can respond to this post or email me directly at <BR> <BR> Thanks so much for your input! <BR> Melissa Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:04:53 EST CELEBRATION COMING In just 6 weeks plus a few days I will celebrate getting out of the Air Force 50 years ago!! If the Air Force extended my enlistment for 1 year and $10,000 bonus I would have been sent to Viet Nam and I would not have found my wife of one year later who I married in Dec. 1968!! So, thanks Air Force! I love this country, but 4 years was enough, and I love my wife more after 48+ years!!! Mon, 13 Mar 2017 22:53:09 EST What happened to... the Spark Teams on the start page? Were they moved or removed? If removed, why? Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:59:35 EST Piyo Wondering if anybody is doing Piyo, and thoughts on it. Are you seeing results? I just received my videos Saturday and did my first workout this morning. I have been doing some of my old FIRM videos. I am already sore from this mornings workout, so I anticipate I should see some results with it. Anyway, just curious what others think of it. Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:51:21 EST PLEASE PROVIDE MORE LINKS TO THE FRIEND FEED! TYI Scientific studies have found that people lose weight and heal much better if they have the support of friends. The friend feed of SparkPeople is a wonderful way to get the support of many online friends. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople should do everything possible to encourage its members to use this fantastic feature of Spark. Please give it more links and publicity!!! <BR> Thank you to Spark for giving us this gift! <BR> <BR> Please forward this message to other message boards to get more suppor... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 21:03:09 EST What are you grateful for today? What are you grateful for today? <BR> I am grateful for being quietly at home to recover from my accident last week- I fell and dislocated my knee but evaded surgery- something else to be grateful for ! <BR> <em>239</em> 'Kat <em>661</em> Sun, 12 Mar 2017 10:24:54 EST question I've recently purchased a new (used) car. I'm a resident of SC, but working in OK (which is where I bought the car). My previous car was listed under my parents name as the owner (they live in AR), with me being the driver and was covered under their insurance. Since my car is newer than the previous car, I know the insurance will probably be higher, so I'd like to start doing my own insurance. The car is insured, but it's time for me to do it for myself, but I digress. My previous car had be... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 15:17:28 EST What happened to the team flags? The ones you click to get Spark points? They disappeared from the start page yesterday and I can't find them again. Sat, 11 Mar 2017 11:28:42 EST Where is the Friend Feed I used to be able to access the Friend Feed but it seems to have disappeared. I click under community and no longer see it. Thu, 9 Mar 2017 21:34:11 EST What Happened? There was a site in the 3rd section where one got extra points each getting on one of the sections of community. You got up to 5 selections, each one ranging from 1 point to 50 points in each of the five sections. Where did it go?? Thu, 9 Mar 2017 20:47:14 EST Food Tracker??? Is there any way to enter calories, carbs, sugars, etc. for food items not in the system? If so, please explain how to do that. Thanks. Thu, 9 Mar 2017 15:31:15 EST New Community Goal Feed Feature! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Below is the announcement with all of the details about our new Community Goal Feed feature: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=check_out_sparkpeoples_new_communit<BR>y_goal_feed </link> <BR> <BR> We think this feed will make it even easier for people to share and get the support they need to reach all of their healthy living goals. <b>We're hoping you all can play a key role in being active in the feed, both by your own posting and commen... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 10:32:02 EST Does anyone here really have one of those bodies? I was just wondering anyone here actually has one of those beautiful, tiny, fit bodies I see online? Thu, 9 Mar 2017 00:50:33 EST ......Or is it just me? For a while now, I've been thinking the message boards seem less active than they used to be? Maybe because of this? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ing/fewer-heavy-americans-are-trying-t<BR>o-lose-weight-study-finds/ar-AAnYOqg?O<BR>CID=ansmsnnews11 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>31</em> <em>805</em> Wed, 8 Mar 2017 15:06:13 EST Looking for more Spark friends I could use some extra motivation, support and accountability and also want to share that with you. Let me know if you want to connect! <em>223</em> Tue, 7 Mar 2017 11:51:26 EST Crazy Minnesota Weather! Yesterday, it appears that tornadoes may have touched down near the towns of Orrock and Zimmerman, MN. I am not 100% sure if the National Weather Service has officially confirmed them but if so, they would be the earliest tornadoes in Minnesota in weather recorded history. Thankfully, no life was lost; just property damage. Of course, we had snow this morning. Tue, 7 Mar 2017 06:17:11 EST 2 deaths! Another dialysis patient passed on last night! <BR> <BR> And a church member passed on this morning! <BR> <BR> Life is short! Treasure your life! <BR> <BR> I have to be better at fluid restriction or I could be next! Mon, 6 Mar 2017 03:43:20 EST Blue tooth chest monitor app What app have you found to work best, and with most information, using a Blue Tooth chest monitor? Mon, 6 Mar 2017 00:58:14 EST Bobs Red Mill What is bobs red mill on the diet plan? Sun, 5 Mar 2017 07:53:54 EST tracker transition Hi all, <BR> Well, today marks my first full week of using my Garmin Vivofit 3 and I find myself missing my SparkTracker more every day. <BR> Ugh. <BR> I was so happy with a basic tracker that was water resistant *and* accurate ! <BR> I got the Vivofit 3 as it would allow me to use it in the pool but it has been an interesting transition. <BR> <BR> Monday ~ 2x 60min classes (aquazumba and water aerobics), both pretty intense ... Vivofit picked up "12 min of intense activity" !!! Oy vey ! Now... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 12:38:37 EST Website Topic? What do you think would be a good website topic? <BR> <BR> For example, creating a website that is church-related. <BR> <BR> Many thanks in advance. <BR> <BR> Thu, 2 Mar 2017 15:05:27 EST Herbal life Has anyone tried herbal life and is it helping with weightloss Thu, 2 Mar 2017 00:23:44 EST Bob Harper has heart attack! Bob Harper, the trainer on the Biggest Loser Tv show had a heart attack recently at age 51. He claims it is genetic but I disagree. His mother died early of a heart attack. Well so did my father (age 51 and his father, age 52) yet at 65 this year I have no health problems and my brother 9 years older than me also is alive and well. <BR> <BR> I think his lifestyle and eating habits are somewhat to blame. He wrote a diet book years back and said women who want to lose weight should eat 7... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 23:18:16 EST Weight loss KIK group? Let me know if you're interested in making/joining one! Or if anyone can direct me to one. etc. <BR> <BR> Kik is a mobile app that you can chat on without exchanging phone numbers/facebook/personal info. I'm hoping to start or join one with people around my weight and age (college, 100+lbs to lose) but obviously I'm open to anyone. <BR> <BR> Just think it would be good for support as I'm rarely on an actual computer to come here! And I like IM better than message boards! Wed, 1 Mar 2017 16:09:32 EST July 4.2017? Starting today if I put more effort into eating better, exercise, skin care, and basically every area of life will have I met lots of goals and be fantastic by July 4,2017 Wed, 1 Mar 2017 12:23:51 EST Weight Ticker ?? I can't recall how to get a ticker on my signature space. Would appreciate help. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Linda Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:13:14 EST Intermittent Fasting -- whats your experience? I read a lot recently about the benefits of intermittent fasting (aka keeping to a shorter eating window of approx. 8 hours versus fasting for 16 hours). Even with exercise and a good, healthy diet, I have hit a plateau and the fat loss/weight loss is excruciatingly slow. Has anyone here tried IF and if so what was it like for you? Anything to avoid or do well making IF a success? Please share. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:11:52 EST Food Waste What is the dollar amount of the food you may throw away each month if any? I have one friend who said she buys fresh fruits and vegetables with the intension of eating them before they spoil but it doesn't always work out that way. Another friend freezes everything to the point that even the freezer food goes bad and dumped. Statistically they say we waste a lot. I find if I do food shopping several times a week I don't waste but if I do a big shopping for a couple of weeks I waste. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:29:31 EST Standing desks for office jobs Hi all, <BR> I wasn't sure where to post this, so I thought I'd try here. I was looking for opinions on standing desks for office work. I sit at a desk for 9 hours a day, and my company will usually buy a standing desk if someone requests one, but seeing as how expensive they are, I'm a bit hesitant to request the expense. <BR> <BR> I know standing for part of the day isn't going to take the place of exercise, nor is it going to make my job more active or physical, but are they truly wor... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:56:15 EST A Dog's Purpose : a Review! Absolutely adorable! So touching! I nearly cried at a few points! <BR> <BR> A must see for dog lovers! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:35:46 EST Am I spending too much on food? I spend over $200 a month on food. I budget $200 but always go over. Is that alot? Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:31:15 EST What are your best meals for losing weight? I find the a few routine meals that I really like work well for me for lunch. I am still looking for those for dinner. Breakfast too as I don't really like breakfast foods - or they are typically fatty. <BR> <BR> Go to typically for me are: <BR> breakfast <BR> fruit <BR> yougurt <BR> cheese sticks <BR> <BR> lunch <BR> zero point soup <BR> cottage cheese <BR> cheese sticks <BR> pretzels <BR> <BR> dinner: <BR> <BR> help! <BR> What are your best dinner meals for losing weight? Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:37:47 EST 2 story house 2 thermostats cental heat and air Just do you keep your upstairs and downstairs temperatures set for winter and same question for summer? <BR> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 21:20:20 EST walking yes, I did walk today take doggie on a 15-25 min walk each day trying to incorporate a 10 minute aerobics session but I'll admit I don't always do it each day. we'll started 1500 calories a day Nov 29th 2016 at 170lbs and now 155lb I had 5 candy kisses and 2 packets of sixlet candy for Valentine's Day ice cream blue bunny almost each night for dessert and lots of coffee with creamer I'm very satisfied on this diet 3 months now that I will extend it another 3 months March, April and May... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:50:56 EST Temptation tonight I am having a tough evening. Hubby is munching on a bowl of Crunchy Cheetos. I'm going to ignore it. Really I am. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:53:00 EST So coconut oil doesn't seem to work I've been using coconut oil twice a day for about a month on my eye creases. No changes at all! Eye cream is so expensive that I can't afford it. What are my options now? Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:46:33 EST Who's tried the new Halo ice cream? I hear Halo is a new ice cream product and it's supposedly only 240/pint. I was at Kroger yesterday and saw the price ($4.99) and thought, NOT!! What's your take on this latest offering to soothe the sweet tooth without all the fat? <em>211</em> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:12:46 EST Help!!! I m craving Cheetos!!! puffed flaming hot cheetos, to be exact! I m drolling over the imagined crunch! But they are so high in sodium and full of coloring!!! <BR> <BR> I know I shouldn't have them but I want them!!! Arrrrrrggggghhhhh! Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:10:00 EST Protein powder Hi all, new hoping someone can tell me about a good tasting but cheap whey protein powder.please and thanks Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:09:11 EST Invite Friend to Spark People I can't remember where I go to send a friend an email to invite them to join S <BR> park People. Please help! Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:25:16 EST good morning sp friends and good morningtoevery one...i have put on my 50s music and moving and groovin is this considered exercise <BR> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:46:39 EST What HP House Are You? I am sure there are enough Potterheads on here that we can have a great chat going on! <BR> <BR> I am a Ravenclaw, but I always have had a soft spot for Gryffindor :) so I have a bunch of gold and red stuff in the house. My husband, however, took the sorting hat quiz and let his green and silver flag fly, as the second proud Slytherin in my life! Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:32:49 EST Want to Join a Great Challenge Team? HERE IS A CHALLENGE GROUP FOR YOU. <BR> <BR> Are you having a difficult time staying motivated, doing your exercises, eating right, drinking your water? Do you need some friendly challenges and competition to get out of your rut? <BR> <BR> Why not join the BIGGEST LOSER TEAM? We're a group of men and women, all ages, all fitness levels, all striving to live a healthier life. Regardless of fitness level, whether you're new to healthy eating or a seasoned pro, there's always something to lea... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:14:49 EST SP Premium I have to say, I love not having ads all over the place! I paid the $29.99 one time fee and so far, so good :) Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:25:13 EST Shaker Bottle Help Is it just me or do shaker bottles tend to stink up after a few weeks to a month? Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:05:58 EST I don't want to be fat at 40 <em>39</em> <BR> I will be turning 40 in October and I don't to be as heavy as I am now. My goal is to be under 150 lbs. , it would be nice not to have to use that 150 lbs. or 200 lbs. weight slide on the manual scale. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:09:05 EST Great advice <BR> <BR> <BR> "GREAT is ENOUGH <BR> <BR> NUGGET OF WISDOM <BR> <BR> 3 things in Life that you can’t recover: The word after it’s said, the moment after it’s missed, and the time after it’s gone." Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:02:59 EST day 2 today is my second day in a row for trackeing my food which is a big thing for me...ive tried all the diets with success but always gain it back and yesterday i decided was the day to stop all diets and just eat real food and use sparks to help with calorie count and support <BR> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:56:16 EST Does adding cinnamon to my coffee help with weight loss? That's a new hack I've heard of from my friend. She claims that adding cinnamon powder to her morning coffee helps her lose fat! <BR> <BR> What do you think? Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:57:25 EST Dealing with diabetes Hi Spakies, I was diagnosed last week with diabetes. Exactly what I needed :( My sugars are high all the time. I got diagnosed at the emergency room because I thought I was having a heart attack. My sugars were 497. I have got them down to 230 but that is thelowest so far and the pharmacy is still waiting on a shipment of metforman. Any advice would be great. Im trying to eat healthy and realizing I had even more bad food habits then I thought. Fri, 17 Feb 2017 03:42:46 EST How do you update status? Was trying to update status to get the points but I don't know how to do it. Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:47:58 EST Spark People Website Main page picture I have been a long time user of spark people. Every time I log into the website I am confused as to why they post a picture of pasta salad on the main page. Here we all are trying to diet or make smarter nutritional choices and they are teasing use with a picture of pasta salad. Shouldn't they have a picture of fresh veggies and a lean meat or something more in line with promoting healthy eating. Last time I checked white pasta was not promoted in most healthy eating plans. Just saying. Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:47:21 EST Have I Got a Challenge for You HERE IS A CHALLENGE GROUP FOR YOU! <BR> <BR> Are you having a difficult time staying motivated, doing your exercises, eating right, drinking your water? Do you need some friendly challenges and competition to get out of your rut? <BR> <BR> Why not join the BIGGEST LOSER TEAM? We're a group of men and women, all ages, all fitness levels, all striving to live a healthier life. Regardless of fitness level, whether you're new to healthy eating or a seasoned pro, there's always something to lea... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 23:31:08 EST What diet plan do you follow? I'm not sure if counting calories and eating everything low calorie is the way to go, or if eating real whole foods none processed is best. <BR> <BR> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:13:26 EST Share your fad diet experiences! (for SP article) Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm a writer here at SparkPeople and I'm working on a piece about fad diets (and why they catch on, from a sociology/psychology viewpoint) - I'm looking for member quotes to feature. <BR> <BR> Have you tried fad diets? Which ones? Why do you think you were attracted to them? <BR> <BR> When did you realize it wasn't for you? Did you learn anything from doing it? <BR> <BR> I will let you know if your quotes are featured in the story. <BR> <BR> Thank you in advance! <BR> ... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:40:18 EST Seen This Commercial? There is a commercial I have now seen a couple of times that makes me sick to my stomach. It's a mother with several kids. Shows her busy in the morning getting her kids ready for school. She gives them Debbie Donuts for breakfast because she said it is fast and they can take it in the car with them. Then it show her driving them to school and she says in a voice imitating her kid, "mom, can we have scrambled eggs for breakfast?" Then she sarcastically says to the camera, "Right, like th... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:51:09 EST good morning ww quistion ive been looking at the meal plan and ive noticed by alot of post that noone really uses it there a reason ...and does anyone know if it is like the new ww program...ive tried so many... any suggestions are all welcome and thank you so much <BR> faylene <BR> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:52:44 EST Does anyone out there have kidney failure? I'm looking for other members with kidney failure. I would love to see message boards on this topic. Would also like to be spark friends with others going through this. Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:47:20 EST Valentines Day Happy Valentines Day everyone <em>212</em> <em>129</em> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:10:52 EST Today Happy Valentines Day Spark Nation!! Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:02:56 EST I hate the printer! I have to uninstall and reinstall our printer regularly- think a couple times a week. It refuses to communicate with the computer and it's the fastest fix I've found. I feel it takes away time I could be living a healthy lifestyle with. How can I get the printer to work all the time so I don't have to keep reinstalling it? Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:30:40 EST Leaderboard Points How on earth do the people at the top of the leaderboards garner 9,000 points in one month? I'm pushing 1500, and I'm fairly active on SP. I'm not competing, just curious how they do it. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:46:08 EST Help....... im a 56yr old woman... i had a Gastric Bypass in 2011 at 297 pounds... i am 215lbs Now, i gained quite a bit back Drinking, but ive been Sober 2yrs now & its Hard to Lose! i tried Low Carb but i dont like it so im trying 1200 Calories a Day now... anyone else in My Predicamint??? I Need Help....... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:36:09 EST Moisture Wicking Sleepwear for Women Do you have a favorite pair? I've seen some online - whoa! expensive! - But I'd love to be able to see them in person before I buy. Plus I would like some real reviews. I don't always trust what I read online. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:49:36 EST my new friend in the kitchen my husband just bought me a power air fryer xl and it saves me a lot of low calorie and low fat cooking i use no oil or deep frying but it cooks my fish and chicken just like i deep fried them... does anyone else have this air fryer ? It saves me a lot of time in the kitchen too... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:13:57 EST Looking for suggestions on how to gain weight Over the last 6 months, I have lost more than 50lbs. without trying to. I am down to 103lbs. that is less than I weighed in high school. Both my PCP and my Endocrinologist say I need to gain some weight back, my goal is 125lbs. The problem is can't keep my blood sugars under control if I'm eating foods high in starch. Could really use some suggestions. Thanks in advance Sun, 12 Feb 2017 04:20:06 EST Need a Good Challenge Team? HERE IS A CHALLENGE GROUP FOR YOU. <BR> <BR> Are you having a difficult time staying motivated, doing your exercises, eating right, drinking your water? Do you need some friendly challenges and competition to get out of your rut? <BR> <BR> Why not join the BIGGEST LOSER TEAM? We're a group of men and women, all ages, all fitness levels, all striving to live a healthier life. Regardless of fitness level, whether you're new to healthy eating or a seasoned pro, there's always something to lea... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 16:26:58 EST it feels sooooo powerful!!!! so proud of me! <BR> planned snacks AHEAD of time for this afternoon and evening:)))) <BR> <BR> it feels so good to care for bout you? <BR> what are you doing to care for yourself today? <BR> <BR> you are amazingly worth it!!!! <BR> <BR> happy Saturday! <BR> Sat, 11 Feb 2017 14:49:04 EST Are You Doing a Fun, non-Valentine's Day Activity? I guess I don't really acknowledge Valentine's Day as I am perpetually single. For the last two years, I have done a 10k race and the weather was typically frigid for Minnesota with below 0 F temperatures at the start and wind chills. That 10k isn't available this year so I am doing a 5k. The high today will be around 38F. Goodness, break out the shorts! I love running races, though, so I just deal with whatever the weather tosses at me. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Are you doing any... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 06:06:31 EST Why are people so rude? Why are so many people on these message boards so rude? <BR> <BR> I belong to some awesome loving teams where wonderful people provide compassionate support to each other. I just don't understand all the hate I see in some of the replies on these message boards. <BR> <BR> Perhaps the rude people are ones who haven't suffered much. Maybe they haven't learned compassion yet. <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:56:45 EST tooooo many choices!!! what do you think? sometimes I just need to keep it simple.... <BR> my mind gets OVERWHELMED easily. <BR> <BR> dean anderson articles are my go go-to....picking one thing that sticks out and working on for meeeee! <BR> happy Friday everyone! <BR> c. Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:21:23 EST paleo, versus keto, versus brain fog Hi there, <BR> I'm looking for some clarity ver which might be the best fit to try and stick to... I'm not "overweight" but would like to lose 5 lbs, though would be happy even just losing two! I can't eat a high carb diet as it really gives me awful blood sugar swings and i don't usually crave junk food anyway, because that's all i was given growing up as it was the cheapest option and i would literally be begging for vegetables but was told they cost too much... Sometimes crave a brie and ... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:59:00 EST How do you deal with home envy? What do you do when you come back from someone's Pinterest-worthy home and back to your not that good home, feeling jealous? Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:13:07 EST Can't remove foods from Favorite List Hi, when I try to delete food from the Favorites list, I click on remove and nothing happens. Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:59:08 EST Anyone else feel high maintenance? I've been working harder on looking good and losing weight: <BR> <BR> Not buying junk food <BR> Doing 2 or 3 step morning and evening skincare routines <BR> working out for an hour most days <BR> drinking more water <BR> going to bed earlier <BR> <BR> It's been forever (if ever) since I put so much work into myself. As a result, I feel a bit high maintenance. Did anyone else here feel like that at times? Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:49:26 EST How much is a serving? I've having a problem with the serving size when looking up the nutritional content of the foods I am eating. How much is a serving. When I look up a food it says 1 serving, well how much is that? When people put in recipes that info should be included same goes for individual foods. Makes most of the info here useless. Thu, 9 Feb 2017 08:53:16 EST Do you mind when people ask your age? Both my parents "white" haired early, and the gene was passed on to me. After years of hair coloring, I let it grow out. (Now I have long flowing hair similar to the singer Judy Collins) Anyway, every so often a complete stranger will approach me at the gym and say, "Can I ask you your age?" What difference does my age have to do with walking on a treadmill? Would you be offended by these nosy people? <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 8 Feb 2017 15:19:13 EST I love spark For 45 years I was told to go on a diet, for 45 years I went on diets, mostly starvation diets. All failed. This whole thing started with needing to lose 20 lbs The stress from continually trying lose or to keep off a couple pounds was devastating; ranging from punitive to degradation, and humiliation. I retired finally from that work. They had less knowledge of how to loose weight or keep it off. Simply they focused on a 1200 cal diet. As for exercise, I got plenty. each time I was deployed... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 23:39:33 EST your thoughts.... for me my thoughts have to be about caring for myself...when it becomes about weight....i go down a wrong road Fasttttt..... <BR> yesterday was a binge is about compassion and kindness toward myself.... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 16:39:11 EST Need a Good Challenge Group? HERE IS A CHALLENGE GROUP FOR YOU. <BR> <BR> Are you having a difficult time staying motivated, doing your exercises, eating right, drinking your water? Do you need some friendly challenges and competition to get out of your rut? <BR> <BR> Why not join the BIGGEST LOSER TEAM? We're a group of men and women, all ages, all fitness levels, all striving to live a healthier life. Regardless of fitness level, whether you're new to healthy eating or a seasoned pro, there's always something to lea... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 16:27:26 EST Help on the weigh in ticker How do I get the weigh in ticker that is at the bottom of peoples message boxes. That shows their progress? Thanks for your help. Tue, 7 Feb 2017 10:53:10 EST Kids that are picky eaters I need suggestions on how to get my son to like or even try fruits and vegetables. He will eat lettuce if it has ranch dressing or the dressing from Olive Garden and he likes corn. As far as fruits he kind of likes grapes and apples. He will eat crasins because his poppa likes them. Tue, 7 Feb 2017 08:57:54 EST Here Is a Challenge for You HERE IS A CHALLENGE GROUP FOR YOU! <BR> <BR> Are you having a difficult time staying motivated, doing your exercises, eating right, drinking your water? Do you need some friendly challenges and competition to get out of your rut? <BR> <BR> Why not join the BIGGEST LOSER TEAM? We're a group of men and women, all ages, all fitness levels, all striving to live a healthier life. Regardless of fitness level, whether you're new to healthy eating or a seasoned pro, there's always something to lea... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 22:06:35 EST I'm ready now Yes, I've come to the point where I'm ready to overhaul my life. I don't remember the last time I was so ready. As the weather in 2017 warms up, I'll be getting thinner, better looking and better dressed. I'll have lots of fun acting as though it came easily to me. <em>211</em> Mon, 6 Feb 2017 07:51:14 EST Protein Sparkteam? Hello. I am a carb lover AND want lots of protein. I am so tired of peanut butter. <BR> <BR> I have searched for protein Sparkteams, but most are for a low-carb diet as opposed to myself who WANTS carbs. <BR> <BR> Any advice? Sun, 5 Feb 2017 16:23:18 EST Invitation HELLO MY NAME IS GAYLE (ANGELREJOICES54) I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME TO INVITE YOU TO CHRISTIAN ACCOUNTABILITY FAMILY. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE. <BR> <BR><BR>individual.asp?gid=5530 Sat, 4 Feb 2017 11:17:51 EST What's your Super Bowl Sunday plan? Are any of you going to or having a Super Bowl party? If so, what is your plan to stay on track? Fri, 3 Feb 2017 13:41:49 EST Is it even worth going to the movies now? Things are going from bad to worse in my country! Now, there is even a tax on movie tickets! This has nearly doubled the price of movie tickets! It's just not worth going to the movies anymore. Just wait a few months or 1 or 2 years and it will be on cable anyway! OH! Cable isn't free either! Sigh! <BR> <BR> Factor in the pop corn, drinks or any snacks, and you're looking at maybe RM30 above! <BR> <BR> Now I only go to the movies when I have spare cash and it's something I esp want to see o... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 08:34:11 EST daily spark Anyone on Spark on a daily basis? I am looking for someone to chat with everyday to keep myself motivated! Thu, 2 Feb 2017 12:46:51 EST Laughing About Mis-Leading Expensive Products! Today we had to take a remote control over to the Fireplace/Spa place we had bought our gas fireplace from. While the guys were testing it, I was of course looking at the Spa Products.... <BR> <BR> There is a brand called "Spazazz" which had 4 different Rx Therapy products there: Muscle Therapy; Joint Therapy; Detox Therapy and Stress Therapy...all of which touted "Soak in Vitamins" (whatever that means?!) One was blue, one was purple, one was yellow, and one kind of a orange color. The... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 18:30:04 EST Goals and Rewarding Yourself for Victories How do you set goals and reward yourself for healthy victories? I'm thinking about trying to set some goals and rewards, both scale and non-scale victories... <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> Lose 30 pounds: Mani/Pedi <BR> Finish my first 5K: New purse <BR> <BR> What do you do to keep your goals in focus and reward yourself for achieving your goals along the way? Wed, 1 Feb 2017 10:00:13 EST Any free ecard sites? Can anyone recommend a free ecard website? <BR> <BR> I've been searching online but they all require some sort of payment. <BR> <BR> I can't really afford it atm! Thanks! Tue, 31 Jan 2017 21:19:18 EST FEELING DISCOURAGED? NEED A CHALLENGE? HERE IS A CHALLENGE GROUP FOR YOU! <BR> <BR> Are you having a difficult time staying motivated, doing your exercises, eating right, drinking your water? Do you need some friendly challenges and competition to get out of your rut? <BR> <BR> Why not join the BIGGEST LOSER TEAM? We're a group of men and women, all ages, all fitness levels, all striving to live a healthier life. Regardless of fitness level, whether you're new to healthy eating or a seasoned pro, there's always something to lea... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 18:33:19 EST How do you sneak in exercise? Life is busy… how do you sneak in extra exercise or activity into your day? Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:32:00 EST Apple Watch Mile Splits I have an apple watch. It wont track my mile splits when I run outside. It does when I run on the treadmill. Any suggestions to have it track my splits outside? <BR> <BR> When I pull up the map from my run on my phone, it shows the map of where I ran. The GPS is turned on. <BR> <BR> TIA Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:52:44 EST Anyone looking forward to the live action Beauty & The Beast? I've seen the trailers and I'm not impressed! The beast looks even worse than the cartoon and though I loved Emma Watson in Harry Potter, I think she's bit wooden here! And Lumiere and the rest look fake! <BR> <BR> I don't think I'll go watch it! Tue, 31 Jan 2017 03:02:54 EST Can anyone help me with my eyes? Here's a photo of one of my eyes. It's not the best quality but you can tell I have eye circles and creases under my eyes! Help! It's so unattractive! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 10:32:24 EST Phentermine? postive and negative reviews My doctor just put me on the weight loss medication called Phentermine. I have heard very good things about it and nothing else was working for me so I was willing to give it a try. This is only my fourth day on it so its too early to really see results but I do notice a change in my appetite and energy levels. So far the only downside is that it makes you have a very dry mouth which makes you drink water more often but its important to drink water all day anyway so that's not really too ter... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 13:26:38 EST im being a scarrdy kat - your thoughts? i have been doing great on my journey toward healthy body and mind. from 206 to 173.5 <BR> <BR> ive noticed i seem to be scared between my ears concerning going below 173.5. <BR> <BR> i havent felt this way in awhile. <BR> <BR> thanks for your thoughts <BR> <BR> :) <em>40</em> Sun, 29 Jan 2017 12:33:03 EST Was giving yourself a makeover frustraiting? We all know how my makeover experience is going (slow and not many results at that) What was your experience with your makeover and what were you trying to change? Sun, 29 Jan 2017 12:16:59 EST Things that I took for granted Good morning, <BR> <BR> I'm 35 and at the highest weight of my life. I never realized I was taking the smallest things for granted as an averaged size person. I did not realize the challenges I would have with maintaining personal hygiene (like shaving my legs in the shower), cleaning, bending over, finding underwear that do not act as a torture device, chafing, being able to reach my feet, finding clothes that fit.....I could go on and on. <BR> <BR> I think regaining my mobility is what I... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 11:54:33 EST 1 week today marks my first full week!! I lost 10 pounds!!! I feel good am still motivated to lose more!! Sun, 29 Jan 2017 09:14:05 EST What are your reasons for losing weight? I've been told by my PA that my reason for losing weight is not motivating me. She said this because I've not been motivated enough to do what I need to do for good results. The reason I gave her was I wanted to lose it for my health which is true, but she's right. Apparently, I need more to motivate me which sounds silly, I know. <BR> <BR> I suffer from depression. I'm functional and being treated, but I have trouble with motivation for a lot of things. Losing weight and getting healthy is ... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 17:48:17 EST share sworkit with sparkpeople Is there a way to have the information generated in the sworkit app with the sparkpeople app to track my activity? Sat, 28 Jan 2017 12:49:15 EST Pause to remember............. <img src=""> Sat, 28 Jan 2017 10:25:19 EST potato chip substitutes what do you reach for when you want potato chips? :) Fri, 27 Jan 2017 13:56:40 EST self care how do you care for yourself when you have a cold? <BR> <BR> im learning to not push myself, to be gentle, patient, to not feel guilty.... for not moving or doing... <BR> <BR> i still try to self medicate with " junk" food when im sick :( <BR> i look forward to learning ad choosing different ways to give myself comfort when i don't feel well..... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:40:23 EST How to choose a bathroom scale? They all seem so complicated now. (Last time I bought one, there was no such thing as a digital scale.) Now they can tell you your BMI, fat, water and bone percentages, and store your details everytime you step on it. <BR> <BR> Now I'm looking at them online and it's hard to tell what features I should be looking for. Is it important that they have wifi? (It seems to me I can just type the info myself into sparkpeople, and save at least $30. But maybe I'm missing something about this featur... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 05:32:34 EST DO I HAVE A CHALLENGE FOR YOU If you're looking for a challenge and ready to make a commitment....I have the challenge for you! <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name. It's a 10 week commitment with 10 teams of 24 members each. Main requirements are to weigh in each week and do the interteam challenges (ITC's). Our inter team challenges) consist of exercise and nutrition. They are very helpful in losing the weight and inches and it's fun to compete with other teams for points. Individual teams might have mini challenges o... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 19:24:25 EST Is there a sister site for nursing/pregnant women? I seem to recall that there WAS a site. I am asking for a friend, actually, who is looking for ways to healthily manage weight while she goes through her pregnancy. My uterus is closed for business since 2006. Thu, 26 Jan 2017 11:42:14 EST Ever made any purchases you regret? Today, my Mom already mentioned in the car she had rice already cooked but I spent RM1.50 getting rice with my fried fish so it was a total waste! I ate it anyway, so as not to waste food! But my Mom cooked quality jasmine rice, while what I bought was inferior rice! I'm so mad at myself! <BR> <BR> So, have you ever bought anything that was purely unnecessary like I did today? Thu, 26 Jan 2017 01:38:00 EST Goodbye -- Mary Tyler Moore Mary Tyler Moore, who played TV’s first sexy housewife and then a single, <BR> career woman who could turn the world on with her smile and <BR> toss her hat in the air like no other...died on Wednesday. She was 80. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> Who can turn the world on with her smile? <BR>... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 15:41:40 EST Recipe Can you convert a recipe with just ingredients into ww points? Wed, 25 Jan 2017 09:10:35 EST The low carb question Are low carb diets healthy? I thought the brain needs carbs to function. I've read the Low Carb Fraud and The South Beach Diet. So I really can't decide either way. <BR> <BR> I understand that I need to keep away from junky carbs like sweets, ice cream and desserts. But surely complex carbs are healthy and required. <BR> <BR> Can someone enlighten me? Wed, 25 Jan 2017 04:18:32 EST Would you spend $$$ on good skincare? I don't spend much on skincare. I only buy lower priced products. I buy Garnier, which is cheap. I only stick to a foam cleanser, micellar water for toning and a water based moisturizer. I slap on a sheet mask about once or twice a week. <BR> <BR> Recently, I was in the Bodyshop and they were testing their 3 stem cell range on my hands. I was tempted to buy a scrub which they claim will remove all my dead skin cells. I would have bought it, only that it costs more then RM100! RM125, to be ex... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:39:17 EST Workout Music I am looking for suggestions of great songs to work out to. I would love for everyone to list music from their personal playlist! Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:18:56 EST app n Web page Has anyone been having issues on getting on sparkpeople Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:18:44 EST Kohl Rabi I love it, but it seems a waste to toss the stalks and leaves, can you eat them? <BR> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:40:28 EST Post Menopause Dieting! Acckk, Urgent Hep Needed! I have found for me (63) and many of my friends, just can't lose weight, or want to do any exercise because the lack of energy. For one thing, it usially takes twice as much work for post menopausal women to lose weight, then just add the lack of energy on top of that makes it like pushing a huge snowball uphill. Accckkk... Our bodies don't want to give the weight up, period. We exercise and we're more tired, we drink more water then we can't make it to the bathroom in time, we try to... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:47:18 EST So Upset! I've only lost 1 pound this year and no inches. Does this mean my dream makeover has no chance of happening? <BR> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:31:38 EST Question about eating too many sweets/sugar? If you eat to many sweets in a day, and I mean everyday I know it will make you gain but will it make you tired all the time? <BR> <BR> I eat something sweet about 6 time a day or so and the most of that is at night. <BR> that consist of Little Debbie oak meal cake the big ones, candy bar, little white doughnuts, chocolate cookies about 6 or 7 at a time, also the coke sand dt cokes I drink. <BR> I'm tired all time, I work 8-10 hours a day but when I get home I should be able to clean hous... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:17:16 EST Woman's March on Washington D.C. Hi everyone, tomorrow millions of women will be marching on Washington D.C. to raise awareness for Women's, and the LGBTQ rights. Other marches across the US and the world will be taking place at the same time. If you can't be there send your prayers and thoughts out to these people and lets end the violence against women and others across the world. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:48:41 EST Happy CNY!!! Chinese New Year's Eve is this Friday!!! <BR> <BR> We have been told to come for dialysis earlier than usual this Friday! <BR> <BR> My Mom didn't buy all that much goodies though, coz we don't entertain that much and we always end up eating it all ourselves anyways! But this year I have made up my mind to not munch mindlessly! The rest of the family can munch but I won't! Well, mayb a little but I am determined that this year I will lose instead of gain this CNY season! <BR> <BR> I will ta... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:14:59 EST exercise and fun videos not working The exercise and fun videos are not working at this time. Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:01:46 EST Caribbean Vacation Help! So I'm pretty type A. Great for instance - we're planning a vacation and for most people that's not an item that takes hours of planning before you even pick your destination! But me? I've got a Pinterest Board full of hotels and their rates for different days, I'm tracking 8 different flights on Google Flights and I have a word document filled with different details of things I like about different places, hotels, areas, flights, etc. <BR> <BR> Yes. I did all that AND I'm still asking for ... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:16:57 EST Emotional eating got the best of me today Today I succumbed to my sadness and worries and got some comfort food at McDonald's. More specifically a large fry and ice cream cone. At the moment I'm in South Korea, expecting to return home in about 1 months' time. My dog wasn't able to come with me unfortunately and she's been having health problems. All these worries have been piling up and it's been hard to stick with my meal plan. All I want is comfort food. My fur baby's normal weight is 70 pounds, but in 2 months time she's lo... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:38:02 EST Addicted to Soda... I am trying to break myself of the habit. I have tried to stop drinking soda cold turkey and it doesn't work for me. I find that doing that I feel the need to drink more and more. I was wondering if anyone else thinks this method to "ween" myself off of it sounds like a good idea.... <BR> <BR> I get a 6 pack of soda (which is better diet or regular?) and only have one a day (drinking water the rest of the day) then on the 7th day drink tea (and water). Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:58:02 EST Every day at 1:30 pm I get a sugar craving Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:38:52 EST Do you exercise on a stationary bike? Yes <BR> <BR> <em>314</em> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:36:52 EST Question about water I have a question about water intake. Does it mean just plain water or can it be iced tea, crystal light, decaf coffee, etc? I really don't like plain ole water unless it is totally ice cold, Any help would be appreciated. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:02:52 EST How cool is this? <link><BR>ticle.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11783520 </link> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:47:25 EST What Size Clothing Do You Wear ? This is to help another member understand that women's (men's too) clothing sizes are NOT standard. I'd like to show her how varied sizes can be. <BR> <BR> Example, I tend to wear size 6 pants, but not all size 6 fit right. I can't just grab and go. I have to try on the pants. I have pants in sizes 6,8, 10 and 12. They all fit. <BR> <BR> When I buy jackets, shouldn't I be able to wear a size 6 if I wear a size 6 pants ? nope. In jackets I'm one size up. I usually need to buy a size 8 or 1... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:33:01 EST Do you like winter or summer best? I MISS SUMMER...I so dislike the cold, ice and snow!! Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:17:06 EST Has anyone joined any fitness programs? I'm wondering who has joined fitness program(s) vs trying it on their own. And why did you do it? Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:07:59 EST 5 Acknowledgements Acknowledgements have been an important part of my healing and a simple way to track my progress even when I feel I haven't accomplished anything. Some are grandiose, but mainly it's acknowledging myself for the simple everyday things I do. Rhonda Britten, an amazing Life Coach, taught this to me. Now I practice it often. Let's do this together! I'll start: <BR> <BR> Today I acknowledge myself for: <BR> 1. Logging on to Sparkpeople after a few days off of it. <BR> 2. Thinking about exercisin... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:38:19 EST Biggest Loser scandals It may sound naive, but I'm really disappointed because I keep learning more and more scandalous things about the methods used on the tv show The Biggest Loser. At first, there were rumors of contestants being urged to take caffeine pills and water pills and diet pills like that. Recently I've read some of the past contestants saying that they were actually told to take illegal drugs. I don't know what's true or just a rumor but at the very least, 2 things seem to be indisputable: a lot of th... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 12:23:50 EST Juicing Does juicing remove the fibers? Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:27:57 EST Starting Over ....AGAIN !! Today, I start over again. Ten years ago, 2007, I lost 50 pounds and felt great, and looked great too I believe. Since then I have been up and down the scale by 30lbs, give or take.....mostly take, haha. I know I can do this and Spark People site has been a BIG help before so this is where I start again. Just putting this out there because if I write it down it is more real. <em>240</em> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:40:05 EST Thoughts about people with quiet personalities? I'm really curious to find out what others think about this topic. I've been reading about this recently, and I'd like to get some opinions from others. My personality can be described thusly; shy introvert. One of those people who is comfortable sitting in a calm silence with another person while each of them read or knit or other such things. For me this is normal. I'd rather sit in comfortable silence or have deep conversations - small talk is incredibly difficult. Ever since I was i... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 06:33:50 EST Spark Activity Tracker I bought a tracker and tried to activate it and this is what I got. <BR> What do I do? <BR> <BR> You are not in the system as having The Spark Activity Tracker. <BR> If you have purchased a Spark Activity Tracker but are receiving this message, please email with your SparkPeople username and the Serial Number printed on the back of your tracker. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:57:53 EST Weight loss and waist size I've lost 41 pounds and my pants are very baggy, but my waist size seems the same. Help please.... <BR> Sat, 14 Jan 2017 16:14:00 EST Being Bullied and Gun Commercial i watch my shows via the internet and I keep seeing this commercial for a concealed gun holster. Within the first minute of the ad you hear the announcer state: "Millions of people are like you. They are not willing to be the victim of a BULLY and they carry a gun to prove it. They don't want anyone to know it's there." <BR> <BR> Urban Carry G2 • Incredible Concealed Carry Holster <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> QUESTION: WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:47:52 EST please disregard -- double post sorry <BR> <BR> please disregard <BR> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:37:54 EST How to be a great beauty by spring/summer 2017? I want to be insanely gorgeous this year. I'm a great person, but should my outside match my insides? <BR> I'd love some advice to hurry along the process of being beautiful (of course thinnes helps- need to get thin.) <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:41:56 EST How do you reward yourself? Whenever I lose a few (5) pounds I start celebrating by rewarding myself my fave food (Mexican or Cajun) and get off track! And 5 pounds is much too soon to buy a new piece of clothing. Ideas please? Thanks! Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:31:16 EST How many calories should I eat? Good evening everyone! So this is day #3 for me. I feel really good! I've been tracking everything! Well, I noticed that some things are not accurate sonas ibwas googling certain things, I came across another weight loss site. I entered my infonanf it came back tobsay that I should eat 1800-2000 calories a day to lose weight. Well here on SP, it says 1300-1500. I am obviously happy on here and won't be using the other site, but I'm curious what everyone thinks. I currently am 5'4" and weight ... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:34:16 EST Spark Tracker Is it true that Spark Tracker ends February 22, 2017? Wed, 11 Jan 2017 03:02:25 EST Considering a job as a personal home caretaker I am looking for a new job and was thinking of going into the type of position that takes care of a person who is elderly and wants to live at home instead of a nursing home but needs some help or assistance. <BR> Since I have lost weight I have an interest in the health field but I don't think I have an interest in becoming a nurse. I have a degree in office and my past job was office work. <BR> However, I would have more job opportunity if I considered switching to a personal care aide or C... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:20:19 EST Nutritian Tracker Help Pls <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I would like to change the fiber option to sodium option is that possible? I want to see the sodium in each ingredient to see where my sodium increase. Is this possible? Hope so lol <BR> <BR> Hope someone can help. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:22:13 EST Sony smartwatch 3 sorry if this has been covered already but how do I sync/connect my sony watch to sparkpeople?? <BR> <BR> thanks <BR> Les xox Tue, 10 Jan 2017 06:55:09 EST Desperate to lose 25lbs!!! Losing 25lbs would make me have a perfect BMI or at least be in the normal range. I am 4 feet 11 weighing about 135lbs. I have been trying to get my BMI down to a healthy range for years! But with not much success! <BR> <BR> I've been exercising regularly (when I'm not sick with flu like I am now); I've tried eating healthy but no changes! If I throw in the towel, it would be even worse because I'm sure I'll start gaining! <BR> <BR> I know I can do better, but it's hard because I have a hug... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 05:18:31 EST Spreading the good word of health So, it's post New Years' Day and lots of folks are "dieting" (yeah-yeah, let us all assume we know dieting isn't the answer) and all the diet recipes are being posted on FB or talked about at the lunch table at work. <BR> <BR> Do you ever just read or listen to people (I'm talking about the ones who make a bigger fuss than they should) talk about "dieting" or talk about a recipe that allows you to eat all the bacon & chocolate you can and still lose weight (of course I'm speaking tongue-in-c... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 13:24:15 EST HELP! I have been away from Spark People for quite awhile. Now that I am back I know why I left. Is there anyone in the Tumwater, Washington area that can meet me for a coke and show me how to add and delete food entries and recipes? Otherwise, I will probably leave again, because I just don't understand how. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Cynthia Bennett <BR> 360-556-9566 Mon, 9 Jan 2017 13:03:08 EST Was 2016 the worst year ever? I know a lot of people have opinions about macro issues that made this past year dreadful, but for me I - went through a divorce, lost my job, got into debt and gained 30 pounds. I like to think, 2017 can't be much worse, right?? Thankfully I've got two amazing kids, a (relatively) positive outlook on things, and I've started my own business. How was 2016 to you? Mon, 9 Jan 2017 11:12:22 EST Bone Density? So I was wondering if anyone else deals with this issue. I definitely have some extra weight to lose, but I also have a high bone density. Is there a way to know how much of my weight is actually in my bones that I can't do anything about? And how do I adjust my BMI in regard to the density? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Sun, 8 Jan 2017 23:27:19 EST What non health related thing are you looking forw I am looking forward to purchasing new king size bed,upgrading from a queen. It is really going to take up most of the room but at least I won't have the dog pushing me off the bed every night. Or maybe I still will but I'm hopeful it will be less frequent. Sun, 8 Jan 2017 19:56:17 EST Frustration I am finally back on spark. I have a goal to lose 100 lbs. HOWEVER, due to the past year and a half, this will be beyond difficult. It is a very trying situation. I know what I have to do, and trust me, I want to do it. I just , with all the issues, I literally cannot. I am going to get my diet under control. I love 21 day fix eating plan. In 2015 before issues happened, I lost 20+ lbs on that plan, in just over 2 months. The exercising is what will be very difficult. As I cannot walk very mu... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 02:56:00 EST SICK/THYROID N TAMPA, FL So I am also new to SP, I'm having so much trouble with goiters, and I had a goiter removed in 2012 or 2013 can't remember what year. So every Doctor I go to never told me to leave certain foods alone all they said is take your meds, and lets check your T4 or t3. <BR> I have so many pockets of fats all over my body, what is weird is my glucose number I check every other day is usually always around 89-95, and I have great cholesterol according to the Dr's. <BR> I just had to join a group be... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 23:19:33 EST Thoughts on Quinoa I use to have a recipe for my lunch that I'd take to work that included Quinoa, Salsa, canned white chicken (packaged like tuna), Northern Beans & chopped onion. High in calories & protein (I lift weights as my main source of exercise) but the texture, yuck! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm back at lifting seriously again and started back with this recipe but man on man, yuck, the taste isn't bad, it's the way it feels in my mouth I'm eating it that grosses me out. <BR> <BR> Do you like Quinoa? If so,... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 13:14:07 EST Can I just say... How awesome is it when you can feel the work you put into muscles after a workout? Recently started an abs series and I'm already feeling it. ^^ What's your favorite workout when you feel you need to push yourself? Thu, 5 Jan 2017 06:12:54 EST Need Motivation Today is a blah day. It's pouring down rain, gray and blah. What are some great exercise DVDs that are on Blu-Ray that I can purchase? Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:58:59 EST I like having ads here, don't you? Today one of the ads on this site was for Halo ice cram. Only 240 calories a pint with natural ingredients. I never heard of it before and Immediately went to YouTube for reviews. This is why I don't have ad blockers. I like learning about new products. <BR> <BR> What is an ad you saw here that you were happy to find out about? Wed, 4 Jan 2017 09:43:15 EST What do you do when you have a very specific craving? Atm I am craving affogato, that is a scoop of coconut ice-cream in a small cup of expresso! That is served in the dessert stand near my house. <BR> <BR> So, should I get one? I haven't had one in months. Surely a small treat like this is workable. Or should I just wait it out? Tue, 3 Jan 2017 23:16:17 EST Your body's response to exercise Hello, Sparkers! I'm working on an article about how the body responds when someone first starts exercising, and would love your feedback. Below are my questions: <BR> <BR> 1) When you first started working out, how long did it take before you started noticing a difference in how you felt and looked? Mentally and physically? <BR> 2) How long before others started to notice? <BR> 3) What surprised you the most, physically, when you started working out? Looking for a mix of both positive an... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 20:14:35 EST What is your favorite breakfast? I have found that I do best if I have a solid, protein packed breakfast in the morning. I am trying to shake it up a bit -- what are your go-to breakfasts? Tue, 3 Jan 2017 16:36:58 EST Do you "Diet" or do you have an "Eating Plan" ? What are peoples thoughts on the word "Diet". Do you think of it as a specific eating plan designed to help you lose a certain amount of weight, or do you you think of it just as the way you eat? <BR> I know everyone has different nutrition goals out here. As I have a lot of weight to lose, I find that the idea of "diet" mentally makes me think I have to make temporary eating changes that are designed for weight loss only. I'm not sure I have ever looked at what I would do in maintenance. <... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 16:00:40 EST Active spark team? It seems I can't find a responsive active team. I work nights and just need some support and/or ideas when I am just to tired to do anything. Tue, 3 Jan 2017 13:22:46 EST How is it.... that gaining is so easy but losing is so stinkin' hard???? <BR> <BR> On average I can lose 1 - 1.5 lbs a week but managed to gain 9 lbs over the last two weeks?? I have never seen this type of gain and honestly I am frustrated. <BR> <BR> Tue, 3 Jan 2017 08:11:01 EST Sleep I'm having trouble sleeping. Any suggestions? Mon, 2 Jan 2017 23:40:27 EST Eating out My husband and I are going on 3 week road trip around the US. I'm needing help on what foods to choose ate resturants. We don't do fast food so that's not a problem and i'm bringing my protein shake with me. Mon, 2 Jan 2017 06:36:38 EST The app I apologize I'd I am posting this in the wrong place...but I was looking at the app and couldn't figure out how to access this place through it. Is that not possible? Or am I just blind and can't see it. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 2 Jan 2017 00:52:51 EST Day 1 What did you do to kick off your first day to a healthy and happy New Year? <BR> I did the following: <BR> 20 minutes on the elliptical <BR> 20 minutes stationary bike <BR> Walked 2 miles briskly <BR> Have 10,000 steps in as of 3:45 pm <BR> And now planning dinner in the grill with lots of veggies <BR> Sun, 1 Jan 2017 15:45:59 EST Make This The Year to Clean Your Plate! Try the 7-day veggie challenge! Eat mostly plants for a week with simple tips you get in daily emails. I've done this a couple times, they don't hassle you with junk email after the challenge is over: <BR> <link><BR>the-veggie-challenge-tabling/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 1 Jan 2017 13:59:26 EST Spark Streak on Signing In Does this Spark Streak start all over at the beginning of the year? Sat, 31 Dec 2016 20:58:45 EST You know the old cliché Tomorrow will be the first day of the rest of my life.... <em>46</em> <BR> Well for me, tomorrow will be the start of me being in touch with myself again. Some how I lost myself this year and put my health on the back burner... As of tomorrow morning I will be more in tune with my mind and body and make conscious decisions to a better me. Also going to work with others to form a tight support network while on this journey. My goal is to lose 90 pounds this year so that next year on New Ye... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 15:55:17 EST Happy 2017! <img src=""> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 14:51:59 EST Daily or Weekly Planning? Do you guys find that it's easier for you to plan your meals the day before or the week before? <BR> I feel like if I plan the day before, I am not utilizing my time as efficiently. However if I plan a week before, I feel like I'm eating foods I'm not necessarily in the mood for. <BR> What do you guys do? Sat, 31 Dec 2016 13:53:13 EST Veganuary -- eat vegetarian for January Wanna shake things up in the New Year by eating a vegan for the month of January? <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Spark team board for people doing Veganuary: <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 09:31:52 EST Craving a prosperity burger from McD's!!! The prosperity burger is only sold at McD's during the Chinese New Year (CNY) season. After CNY, they don't sell it anymore. That's why I have a strong craving for it because CNY is coming soon. <BR> <BR> I esp like the chicken prosperity burger. But it's a lot of meat and y'know, well, it's McD, so it's not very healthy! <BR> <BR> Help!!! Should I get a prosperity burger before they stop selling them? I've been doing so well avoiding junk but this burger is only sold for a limited period... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 08:52:30 EST Prove to yourself that 2016 did not suck Here's a challenge: write out one good thing that happened in 2016 that aren't related to politics. I'll get you started: <BR> <BR> There's an Ebola vaccine now. <BR> Volunteers in India planted 50 million trees in 24 hours <BR> Leo finally got his Oscar! <BR> Giant Pandas are no longer endangered <BR> Wild tiger numbers are up for the 1st time in 100 years <BR> Global literacy in children is the highest it's ever been: 93% <BR> Manatees are nice longer endangered <BR> Wild wolves are bac... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 14:50:44 EST My new food tracker journal <img src=""> <BR> New Year, New Journal to keep tracking. I am ready to lose! Fri, 30 Dec 2016 13:55:32 EST Help!!! I m Craving Cake!!! Hi! just finished dialysis, and had lunch but for some reason, I m craving cake! <BR> <BR> The cafe near my house has nice cakes but is too pricey. I feel like walking further away to a cheaper cake shop but will this craving go away if I delay?! I sure hope so bcoz I already had ice-cream this week! <BR> <BR> what do I do?! Thu, 29 Dec 2016 23:57:52 EST Anyone want to partner up? I learned long ago that a plan dependent entirely on will power is usually a very bad plan. I need more than just me. I am a grad student on winter break and so far, food and exercise and journaling have been doable without terrible effort. The winter quarter starts Jan. 3. My schedule is insane; I have a lot more than just grad school. I know from experience that I am very likely to stop journaling and exercise may fall off as well once the quarter starts. I am more likely to stay on it if I... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 19:34:10 EST Why We All Need to Learn to Read Nutrition Labels Here is a very good example of why we all need to learn how to read nutrition labels. <BR> <BR> This is a photo of a Harry and David chocolate decadence dessert that was part of one of their awesome gift baskets. As you can see, it's a single serving, right ? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Okay, well, this is where reading the label becomes extremely important. Do you know how many servings are in that one l... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 09:08:01 EST Are you part of the 6%? There is a nice medical column in our local paper...perhaps your's as well: To Your Good Health by Dr. Keith Roach ( In todays' column he answered a letter from a healthy 71 year old writing about healthy habits, etc. The last paragraph of Dr. Roach's response says (in part): <BR> <BR> "One recent study showed that those who don't smoke, exercise regularly, drink no more than moderately (if at all), maintain a healthy weight and get adequate sleep have a dramatically low... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:43:18 EST Underweight hypothyroidism and hair breakage I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about 5 years ago, but I suspect I've had hypothyroidism since I was fairly young. My symptoms went undiagnosed for years, most likely because I'm underweight (I always have been) is anyone else like that?! Also, my hair still breaks easily, which I hate. Anyone have any recommendations? I take biotin supplements. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 16:42:38 EST Trouble with Getting a password! !! <em>46</em> <BR> I have clicked on the password reset link everyday several times a day and I get an error message every time. I don't want to have to log in with my fb account, I want to London in with sparkpeople .. Does anyone know why this is happening or what else I can do ? Wed, 28 Dec 2016 13:03:20 EST Viewing Vlogs on iPads Hi Sparkers. I need some help. I would like to view the Vlogs here on Spark but my iPad just shows a blank screen whenI click on it. Anyone using an iPad Who is able to view the Vlogs on here. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:21:49 EST Rest in Peace - Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher The news is reporting Carrie Fisher passed away at 60. I remember waiting in line with my brother and best friend to see Star Wars when it came out in 1978. I saw it six times. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And George Michael passed away at 53. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 27 Dec 2016 14:54:26 EST starting over Anyone attend weight watchers meetings in Duluth? Just wondering where to go. <BR> Tue, 27 Dec 2016 06:46:29 EST Happy Kwanzaa! Happy Kwanzaa to those who celebrate or observe the day! <BR> <BR> Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the United States and in other nations of the Western African diaspora in the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. Kwanzaa has seven core principles. It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966–67. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosa... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 04:34:04 EST HAPPY BOXING DAY! Happy Boxing Day to those who observe the day! I hope you have a wonderful day! <BR> <BR> Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated on the day following Christmas Day in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth nations. Boxing Day occurs on 26 December, although the attached bank holiday or public holiday may take place either on that day or a day later. <BR> <BR> In the liturgical calendar of Western Christianity, Boxing Day is the second day of Christmastide, and also St. Stephen's Day. In some Euro... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 04:26:21 EST Hair care? I haven't found a community like this yet, but does someone want to start a "Hair, Skin, & Nails" community for all types of Hair, skin and nails? <BR> <BR> We could discuss products, styles and how diets affect these things? <BR> <BR> Such as: <BR> "I'm currently taking 10k mcg Biotin" <BR> response: "I'm only taking 2k, why do you need so much?" <BR> *Discuss* <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> "I'm trying to grow my hair this year! It's ear length and I'd love to have long hair! How long did i... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 20:14:33 EST How was your Christmas? I had a Christmas party on Friday, rested on Saturday, then went for Christmas service on Sunday followed by a Christmas lunch. I must say I ate too much and drank too much this weekend! I came to dialysis today with a 4.6kg gain! Well, it's back to business this week on! No more feasting! <BR> <BR> How abt u? Sun, 25 Dec 2016 18:51:56 EST Frustrated!! 1) I've had to log in FOUR TIMES already --- the original log in, then post on spark team, then look for blog and now to access message boards! AGGRAVATING! <BR> <BR> 2)I can't blog from my dad's computer or my mobile phone, my old phone became defective and I could post daily to blog. I was able to post my status from my phone but now I can't blog at all. It takes me to Member blogs but NOWHERE to post an update on my blog! <BR> <BR> 3)Members should only log in ONCE NOT FOUR TIMES like ... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 12:32:26 EST Merry Christmas All Merry Christmas from Texas Sat, 24 Dec 2016 06:11:26 EST Tomorrow is Christmas Eve! What are some... of your Christmas Eve traditions? <BR> <BR> We go to church, of course! <BR> We also have a huge family feast... china, crystal, the whole shebang. <BR> Our neighborhood all sets out luminaria - plumber's candle in a gallon milk jug - along all the streets. It looks beautiful! Fri, 23 Dec 2016 16:25:44 EST Holiday Gift to Group Fitness Instructor I asked several people in my large class, if they wanted to give $5-$10 to <BR> the instructor for the holiday. Very few seemed interested. These instructors don't make a lot of money per session, and a group gift would have been appreciated. (I purchased a gift card myself) What to you think? Fri, 23 Dec 2016 14:19:10 EST HAPPY FESTIVUS TO THE REST OF US! Festivus is both a parody and a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 that serves as an alternative to participating in the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas season. It has been described as "the perfect secular theme for an all-inclusive December gathering". <BR> <BR> Originally a family tradition of scriptwriter Dan O'Keefe, who worked on the American sitcom Seinfeld, Festivus entered popular culture after it was made the focus of the 1997 episode "The Strike". The non-comme... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 03:14:46 EST New here - Trying not to beat myself up Hi guys, <BR> <BR> New here, well sort of.. attempted this a few times but never posted. <BR> <BR> Anyways, little bit about me. I was always the skinny girl growing up. Shoot I don't think I ever weight over 115lbs until I was 24 and had been at my current desk job for two years. I had the mentality that I was blessed with that metabolisom we all dream of where I could eat whatever and never gain a pound. HA!! Nope. Couple that with little to no physical activity and also being a redneck g... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 14:26:15 EST Holiday Treats Christmas and Hanukkah are a mere 4 days away. YIKES ! I'm sre many of us will be enjoying a wonderful holiday meal with our families. So, my question, is there a holiday treat that you are looking forward to having ? Is there a recipe that a friend or family member makes that you've been patiently waiting all year ? Does your grandmother make her famous chocolate chip cookies only for Christmas ? <BR> <BR> I will be enjoying a buffet style meal with my family this weekend. Instead of a fan... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 12:29:02 EST Happy Solstice! <img src=""> Wed, 21 Dec 2016 01:28:19 EST Christmas cheer What will you drink to keep you on track over the holidays. I want wine and egg nog but know that they lead to overeating and weight gain. Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:13:16 EST Tracking! how do i track macro's? I'm new to this keto life style and now I'm trying to figure out Sparkpeople! HELP! lol.... I have tried looking for this answer on my own, but am not having any luck! Thanks. Peace and Love, Renae Sun, 18 Dec 2016 20:33:57 EST Funny story About a week ago, I bought a candy bar in a moment of weakness but left it in the car and forgot about it until today. There must be a mouse or something in my car because something's been gnawing on it, so I had to throw it away. I bought another one while I was out shopping and didn't realize until my husband pointed it out that it was a flavor I didn't like. I guess something was telling me I really didn't need that candy bar. Sun, 18 Dec 2016 18:41:08 EST Profile pics and stickers? Hi, can someone help? I often see folks here with a "lost 10lbs with sparkpeople" or something similar being used as their profile pic. How do I get one of those? I've lost 30 lbs from when I started in February. Sun, 18 Dec 2016 08:31:22 EST HEALTH CARE It's been reported of a record number of people signing up for health care. Is the Affordable Care Act working in your favor? From persona; experience I find the Patient Protection Act (PPA) does not contain enough to protect the patient. Since it was enacted on a the federal level it should have included where to file comments, suggestions, and complaints. This would give a clear picture of what and where the problems are. Filing with the state was useless in my case. <BR> Since hosp... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 14:13:43 EST Winter-themed healthy foods Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm looking for some ideas for ingredients to use for winter recipes. I want to keep that belly away when I'm eating Christmas dinner!!!! <em>39</em> Sat, 17 Dec 2016 13:26:20 EST What do you eat when you have a sugar craving? I just wanted to have a candy cane, like, super badly. For no reason. lol. Chose to have a yoplait "banana cream pie" yogurt instead! Wed, 14 Dec 2016 15:10:36 EST What is the best health book you have read? I have read many books over the years but still think Body for Life by Bill Phillips is a great book for anyone who wants to improve themselves. What is your favorite? Wed, 14 Dec 2016 14:02:30 EST Stuck So about 2 months ago I started my first job, and between that and going to college, I have really forgotten to take care of myself. I eat very little and what I do is pure garbage. I need to start taking care of myself and not sure where to start. One of my hopes is that I get kept on full time at my place of work come January, and if I do I am going to join the Planet Fitness that is going in next door, but until then I need to find the motivation to put my health before anything else... An... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:16:15 EST Body image, can we get past it? I work in a large company and have had some success in keeping my weight down and building a decent body over time. This has not gone unnoticed. I have people ask me about getting into shape. But what floors me, is the grown women who want to reshape their bodies into an unachievable look. Attractive well shaped women want to become petite through diet and exercise. Sorry, diet and exercise will not change your bones. A good looking medium build will always be just that. I was under the impre... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 12:33:49 EST OK, I admit it. I was gone too long. Now I hardly recognize SP. I still love it to death. But it is MUCH harder for me to get around, especially on my computer. All of my groups are dead, especially the local groups. Where'd everyone go? Did they all get new fitbits? Maybe they help you track stuff, but there's no community there. And SP had community. I hope I find it again. I've lost another 10 pounds, and I'm ready to continue my journey, but now I feel like I'll maybe be doing it alone. I sure hope not. Good luck ... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 10:21:39 EST I tend to binge in the morning, please help :( Ever since I started college I've been binging. I was so good the past few days. But this morning when I woke up, I literally consumed 1,600 calories. I just couldn't stop, I was so hungry. Please please help. What should I do to prevent this in the future? And should I fast today until I'm hungry? Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:14:04 EST Juice Cleansing Hi there, <BR> <BR> I am looking into getting in shape! No particular reason, I just wanted to start being healthier. A friend of mine is really into juice cleanses, and she says it's really helpful for controlling her weight, and since there's lots of fruits and veggies, it's also really healthy. Anyone's thoughts? Mon, 12 Dec 2016 05:13:46 EST I feel as though I should apologize... I re-read some of the posts from the past year or so (wanted to look at the advice). I realize I really was at a low point because of my sister's wedding. I didn't enjoy spending over a week's wadges and fearing looking like a fat cow on social media. There's like one picture where I look like I'm starting to get a double chin. At least I wasn't tagged. Hopefully people thought I was a cousin. <BR> I'm sorry for being annoying. I'm not as sad as I was then. Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:32:17 EST Samsung gear s2 I love spark people it is the best motivational app out there but is it possible to get it to connect with gear s2 if not I can't use it 🙁? Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:30:09 EST Wouldn't download No steps for six days. Tried everything (I thought). Found a clue to shake the SAT and it worked! Thu, 8 Dec 2016 17:45:36 EST John Glenn, a TRUE American hero Aged 95, former astronaut, and Senator from Ohio, John Glenn has passed away <em>39</em> <BR> He was a World War II, and Korean war veteran, a fighter pilot. <BR> In 1962 he was the first American to orbit the earth. <BR> <BR> There have been few like him. HE was a true HERO. <BR> <BR> Condolences to his family, and friends. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:24:44 EST Was I too sensitive? So my best friend sent me some photographs of herself in 3 dresses asking for an opinion on which she should wear. I showed them to another friend-we'll call her X- asking for her opinion on them. Now one of the dresses was quite leggy and had a cut out on the cleavage and the first comment from X was all about why did my friend need to wear that dress and who was she trying to impress? She then started on about how no one dresses for themselves and everything we wear is to impress someone. T... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 10:31:17 EST