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 How do I find the Coaching section of Sparkpeople? I have the Sparkpeople app for my Adnroid phone and everyday Sparkpeople sends me tips with today's Coaching tip (see below). These usually contain a link to more in depth information on that days topic. I would like to find that link on my computer rather than my cell phone but I have been unable to find a Coaching section on my computer web version of Sparkpeople. Help please. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance… Bob <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 12:22:11 EST We are always so hard on ourselves..... name ONE thing that you like about yourself. <BR> <BR> Everyone always comments on my eyelashes - they are very long & thick (it's written in my chart at the eye doctor to remind me to back up or they get caught in the machine). <BR> <em>40</em> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 10:54:23 EST Weigh in day! I weighed in this morning and gained .4 and I wasn't at all upset by that! I'm NOT ready to throw in the towel and give up! I know I did all the right stuff, however with burning around 2500 calories a day, I think I need to eat a few more calories. I will play around with it this week and see what happens! I love SP for keeping me motivated! <em>386</em> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 07:00:41 EST My plan of attack! <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887886 </link> <BR> <BR> For those of you who have asked me abt my plan, well, here it is! Fri, 6 Mar 2015 04:18:16 EST spreading spark cheer I have been on for about an hour now trying to comment on the recent blogs. Give encourage, advice, congratulations and what not. I just got the urge to do it because I know everyone needs encouragement, we are allnin this together :) i know i like hearing im doing good or whatever so i thought I would do the same! <BR> <BR> Anyway feel free to add me :) <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing wonderful! Fri, 6 Mar 2015 00:30:44 EST How toxins affect obesity <link><BR>ow-lab-rats-are-changing-our-view-of-o<BR>besity/ </link> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:53:18 EST Join us for MS Awareness Month. March is MS Awareness Month. Join us at our Spark Team, Doing It With Multiple Sclerosis. <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp </link> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:29:30 EST Am I being realistic? I keep trying and trying to get a slim midsection but I just can't seem to get rid of my lower belly pooch! My upper abs are starting to get some definition but I just can't get rid of that pooch! <BR> <BR> Should I just accept it as something I can't change? Or maybe, if I keep trying, one day I'll have my dream body? Thu, 5 Mar 2015 10:44:09 EST Items you try to always have I your car? What are the items you try to always have I your car? <BR> <BR> I'm trying to organize/prioritize my car. <BR> <BR> My necessities so far: <BR> jumper cables <BR> spare tire <BR> basic paperwork <BR> bottled watter <BR> towel <BR> paper towels <BR> pen and paper <BR> spare cash (hidden) <BR> spare shoes (hate wet feet) and uniform <BR> perfume <BR> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:36:21 EST Food planning I think I am going to start planning my meals out the night before. That way I am less likely to have any slip ups. My problem is always not being able to pick something so i go with something bad, but if its planned I will eat better. <BR> <BR> Idont know just my thoughts. Has anyone ever done this? Did it work for you? Advice? Thu, 5 Mar 2015 03:21:33 EST My soup doesn't taste the same as my Mom's! I just finished boiling some cabbage soup. I first boiled 8 pieces of pork rib, then 3 carrots and finally about half a cabbage. Then added some salt. I figured I was generous with the ingredients. And it's only me and my Dad eating today anyway. So I don't need to cook such a large portion. <BR> <BR> But it doesn't taste the same as my Mom's cabbage soup. Her's is tastier! I wonder what's her secret? Thu, 5 Mar 2015 03:07:33 EST Daylight Savings time...Sunday, March 8th I wish it would go away and not show up! <BR> <em>24</em> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 02:24:12 EST What are your thoughts about Isagenix? I bought a 30 day cleanse pack and thought it was pretty good, but I couldn't handle the deep cleanse days, wondered if anyone else experienced the same. Did it for two weeks, and am now taking a break from it and just keeping my calories at 1200 a day still staying away from dairy, gluten, sugar. I might incorporate it again but not doing the deep cleanses. Wed, 4 Mar 2015 20:19:32 EST Cubicle Woes My office recently downsized and moved to a smaller office with cubicles as opposed to each of us having our own office. At first it was really nice being able to just yell out for someone when you need them, and hear the goings on of other departments. And neither of those things bother me now either. What bothers me is that my coworkers are constantly trying to involve me in their conversations- ALL THE TIME! And then this one coworker never goes more than 20 seconds without talking to hers... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 16:52:42 EST Good reads Hi, I commute into Boston and lately so much time has been spent waiting for trains and really long commutes. So I am looking for suggestions on good books I can read on my Kindle App. Thanks! Wed, 4 Mar 2015 15:27:53 EST Size confusion I was browsing some online clothes shop and I go troubled by the differences in sizing. I'm 5'9'' tall and weigh about 141 lbs. In Italy, I wear a size 46 for trousers (and a 44 or medium for tops - I'm a pear shape, obviously), which is an XL here. According to most online converting tools, this is equivalent to an American size 12. My hips are about 40'' wide: what size should I actually wear in the US? Wed, 4 Mar 2015 12:20:45 EST Potato Soup Questions??? I want to make myself some potato soup. I have not had it for a long time, and there are complications an frustrations with me making this. <BR> <BR> I usually make this simple recipe: Potatoes cut up in chunks, cooked in water. When done drain water and add milk. For thickening I add Flour to Milk and add that to the potatoes and cook until desired thickness. I add Margarine, Salt and Pepper. <BR> <BR> My question is this: Now that I cannot eat flour, or anything that LOOKS like flour, wh... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 10:49:08 EST How do you turn your mind off? I have a very stressful job, and my personality makes it more stressful. I replay actions over in my head while trying to get to sleep after particularly stressful days. I'm excellent at what I do and LOVE it, but I get wound up and react instinctively at times and then regret it. I'm my own worst enemy. I take meds for anxiety, but need to turn the mind off naturally if I have severe insomnia. <BR> As it is I only get 4 hours of sleep. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts? Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:41:08 EST weight loss buddy Hi everyone. I want a weight loss buddy who can tell me what to do to lose weight fast and ask me if i do any cheating during the diet. I want to lose 10kgs in a month Wed, 4 Mar 2015 08:18:43 EST Anyone on Instagram?? Hey guys, <BR> <BR> I was just wondering if there were any fellow instagram junkies out there? <BR> I have become obsessed with instagram over the last year and it has actually helped me to keep on track with my weight loss and healthy living. <BR> <BR> If anyone is on instagram do message back it would be nice to find some other InstaSparkers out there. <em>220</em> Wed, 4 Mar 2015 07:21:52 EST Craving a cupcake with buttercream frosting! Just because someone else had one! <BR> <BR> Now, it's all I can think about! <BR> <BR> One of the nurses in the dialysis center can make the most delicious ones! <BR> <BR> Wah! I want one! Wed, 4 Mar 2015 03:11:24 EST Help!!! I am experiencing some symptoms and I would like to know if anyone out there has gone through the same. I feel weak,tired, dizzy, depressed, my whole body aches and I sleep about 10 hours a night. Could it be withdrawals from junk foods? I meet my calorie and fitness goals and I've been on this weight loss journey for about a week now. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 17:19:56 EST The fit folks who KNOW IT! Ok, first of all, I know being physically fit is all RELATIVE...... so now that we got that out of way here's my "discussion" topic: Have you ever known anyone who is "physically fit" and by that I mean 12% or less body fat, muscular looking (or really toned), wears clothes that fit (too well) and exude confidence to the point of perfection, seemingly snub their collective noses at us NOT-SO physically fit? <BR> <BR> Obviously I am taking this to the ridiculous degree. <BR> <BR> Apparently ... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 11:14:58 EST Selfies? I'm not gonna lie, I take selfies all the time and convince myself its for "progress" ain't. <BR> <BR> That said I rarely post them on social media but I most certainly am proud of how I look. <BR> <BR> What about you? What's your take on selfies; you taking them or others barraging social media with them? Tue, 3 Mar 2015 10:09:59 EST What do you do when you have chaotic family? My extended family are old enough to know better regarding fighting, starting trouble amongst one another and with my immediate family. but that doesn't stop them. And for that reason I'm done with them, I don't care if I ever speak to majority of them again. The majority of the problems is over jealousy who looks better, who has a better job, who kid is doing better in school, who has the best house, the best purse, just crazy. We're supposed to be happy for one another, but that's not the c... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 03:41:35 EST Used workout clothing....yes or no? Hello fitness lovers. I need some honest feedback and I promise I will not get my feelings hurt. In February, I started a business selling used fitness clothing (currently only on-line) with the hope of a store opening this year. far zero sales! <BR> Is this a bad idea? What are your thoughts about buying used fitness clothing? Is this a big no, no? Thanks to everyone for the honest feedback and time. Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:51:50 EST What's your favorite board game? Mine is Talisman and The Lords of Waterdeep Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:59:06 EST #doyoudohashtags? Are you a fan of the hashtag movement? <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:56:30 EST When the weather is bad, what do you do? This winter has been pretty crazy with the weather (Northeast U.S.) and so sometimes we're stuck inside for the evening. TV is okay, Netflix has House of Cards season 3 on, I rarely exercise in the evening since I get it done early a.m. <BR> Sometimes we play board games or just B.S. all night. <BR> <BR> What do you do on a night where the weather is too crazy to drive in? Mon, 2 Mar 2015 11:29:40 EST Who owns a Sodastream? I never imagined I would own such a thing, and now I do & I LOVE it. I don't buy any of the icky gross syrups they sell - ewww. I use strong brewed flavored teas, or pure lemon juice sweetened with stevia. Mon, 2 Mar 2015 06:31:38 EST Hollywood weight loss I want to lose lots of weight this year I want to go from 135 ish to 115 lbs (I'm 5 ft 2) I want to lose the weight so fast and look so great that people think I know Hollywood weight loss secrets. I try but nothing works and as soon as I pick up some good habits I get derailed. Any tips? Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:36:03 EST Do you like super soul sunday? If you love super soul Sunday like I do, join my spark team! Sun, 1 Mar 2015 18:27:18 EST It's great to be alive Just got back from the hospital yesterday after eight days. Doged a bullet - severe sepis. It's great to be alive. <em>224</em> Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:39:27 EST Anyone doing Slimming World? Really hoping it is ok to post this. If not please delete it. <BR> <BR> I am looking to go back to Slimming World next week. I did slimming world about 7 years ago. <BR> From what I saw online it seems to have changed. People are talking about extra easy plan. Seems a third of your plate has to be super speed food. May be a good thing but not sure. <BR> <BR> Does this mean I can no longer do a green or red day anymore? If that is the case I am not sure the Extra Easy plan would be for me... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 11:15:07 EST Teeny Weeny Pineapple Tarts That's what caught my attention during today's CNY party! <BR> <BR> Question, would you bother putting in the effort to make cute foods if it's only going to get eaten anyway? Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:54:39 EST Acupuncture Has anyone tried acupuncture? Sun, 1 Mar 2015 07:34:20 EST Change My word is change. Feelings come and go like the weather. If you don't like what you're feeling, just wait awhile and notice it change. What seems unbearable in one moment can seem entirely manageable the next day. Be patient and wait out any destructive impulses. Sleep it off. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 00:20:12 EST Whats your motivation? Hello all, I just joined and i would like to know what made you decide to start spark people! <BR> <BR> I want to take control of not only my weight, but my overall health and just feel happier, Junk food always makes me feel like poo after! Wanna know more about my story? message me or check my blog! <BR> <BR> <BR> Whats your story?! Sun, 1 Mar 2015 00:11:36 EST recipe calculator When I entered my ingredients into the recipe calculator it said 823 calories but when I put the same ingredients into the dinner menu on the tracker nutrition it read only 422 calories. That is a big difference? Has anyone else had the issue? <BR> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:04:56 EST why isn't easy to lose weight? Here I am again with trying to lose weight, I know I need to eat right and make healthier choices and to work out, but its not as easy as that. The working out I can do however I must not be working out long enough because I am not losing. I workout 4-5 days a week with a couple of those days strength training. at the most I am getting 30 days I am really trying to squeeze in more time. I start off eating right but then hunger sets in and some days I can spiral and it seems the day or 2 I spi... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:59:52 EST Can you sometimes be 'too nice'? I recall several instances in my younger days when I was so afraid to tell ppl off even when they were obviously imposing on me or being too nosy etc. <BR> <BR> Nowadays, if I don't want to answer, I just say so and not worry abt it. <BR> <BR> But when I was younger, I was so afraid of offending or hurting ppl that I kinda grin and bear it. But now, looking back, I feel I was a doormat and regret not telling them off! <BR> <BR> Have you ever been too nice like that? Do you regret it now? Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:01:46 EST health and homelessness What do you think that the percentages are <BR> regarding homeless people and health issues? <BR> <BR> Does anyone know the research? <em>303</em> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:22:03 EST Dress Controversy - What Colors Do You See ? Hey, folks ! <BR> <BR> Some of you may have already heard about the controversy over a dress worn at a wedding. Looking at the photo, some people see the colors as white and gold. Other people see it as blue and black. The true colors are blue and black. However, in the photo, it looks white and gold to some people. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2286/The-dress-divided-internet-blue-b<BR>lack.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>abcnews.g... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:16:39 EST Ants Oh, how I despise them. <BR> <BR> They live in my backyard and I can't get rid of them. Quite frequently, they invade my kitchen! I keep my counters meticulously clean, so there's no food available for them, but they still won't stay away! Instead, they come in and crawl randomly around, on my counters. You'd think that, by now, they'd give up and go away. But, nope. They keep coming. When they don't find the food they want, they just invade my houseplants, mostly my orchids. They i... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:12:58 EST Live Long & Prosper Leonard Nimoy dies at 83 from COPD <BR> <BR> SORRY FOR THE DOUBLE POSTING! Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:12:01 EST He Lived Long and Prospered - Leonard Nimoy May this fine Bostonian rest in peace. <BR> <BR> The news is reporting that Leonard Nimoy passed away today at age 83. <BR> <BR> I just may have to marathon watch Star Trek this weekend. <BR> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:47:00 EST $65 Million for a painting: thoughts? If you do a quick search on this artist you'll see some of the paintings listed below. I love art and support it but I was floored to hear about one of these paintings from the impression era go for $65 million. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today on NPR <BR> Here's a brief statement about this artist: <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>------- <BR> "A major star who has absolutely nothing do to with movies is having his day in Los Angeles right now. It's the 19th century French painte... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:24:45 EST Snow clearing at bus stop? Yesterday we had no school because we had snow both me and my neighbor have 3 kids of identical ages (5 almost 6, 8, 10 years old). I went outside with mine yesterday once the snow stopped to clear the driveway and my minivan. This morning we were lined up parked in the neighborhood driveway and she pulled up behind me waiting for the bus too. She had snow and ice on the bottom of her windshield and hood. She gets out of the Suburban and starts to chip away at the snow/ice with her umbrel... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:45:29 EST powdered peanutbutter? Have you seen it? all you add is water..I didn't buy it because it has sugar in it but. not sure If i want to try it. its a small plastic jar like the size of garlic salt or pepper you get at the dollar store. There is nothing in it except peanuts ,sugar and salt. 45 calories for one T. has anyone tried it? <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:40:23 EST How many prescriptions do you take? How old are you? <BR> <BR> AND <BR> <BR> How many prescriptions are you currently taking? Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:56:58 EST Looking for Jessica Where are you Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:14:14 EST I've lost 26 pounds since January 19th! I'm so excited! I actually have lost a total of 36lbs since December, but I began an all natural nutritional cleansing program last month and I'm feeling better than I have ever felt. I'm also down 44 inches over my entire body. I swear, I wasn't cheating with the tape measurer! Oh it is so nice to feel like I may actually reach my goal this time. Thank goodness! :) I've been too out of shape for long enough! Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:38:37 EST Write 3 things you are thankful for each day One of my health tip ideals shared to write 3 things you are thankful for.. it is amazing how this positively helps.... <BR> <BR> I am thankful for my dog always hanging out with me... Definitely today <BR> i am thankful for my computer that I can connect and do so many amazing things that i cant do on paper <BR> I am thankful for my husband being supportive and allowing me to move the coffee table so i can do my exercises <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:09:16 EST The "shower mat" syndrome So, I get scolded for stepping onto the shower mat (just outside of the shower) with wet feet. <BR> <BR> o_0!? <BR> <BR> So I ask what SHOULD I do? <BR> <BR> I get told that I am suppose to not step on the shower mat with wet feet. <BR> <BR> :/ <BR> <BR> So the next time I step over the shower mat onto the floor. <BR> <BR> I get scolded again. <BR> <BR> 0_0! <BR> <BR> Why have a shower mat outside of the shower if one is not allowed to step on it? <BR> <BR> #nevercanwin Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:35:30 EST Why Are People Mean & Can't See Beyond The Outside I'm 45 years old, engaged to a man that is 52. I have gained about 20 pounds since we met, but I've always been big. I'm 5'8 and am currently 320 pounds. I treat him like a king, making sure all his needs are met, we have intelligent conversations, have a very good job, and am doing very well financially. We have been together 2.5 years. Today, he tells me he is being teased by his co-workers for being with a fat woman. I can't believe at our ages and with everything going on in the worl... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:18:10 EST Have you done anything spontaneous lately? My good friend and I joined an adult beginning story writing class! I have always been a writer of poetry, stories, etc, and on my bucket list is to one day complete a novel. My friend brought up last week that he was thinking of signing up for an 8 week class and would I like to take it with him. Yes, please! First class was on Tuesday and it was great. I'm super excited to be writing again, as it's been on the back burner for awhile. Never know how the water feels til you jump right in :) Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:44:14 EST those cute little quaker oat cakes. you know, those delicious little rice cake wafers that come in all the flavors. What is everyones opinion on those? they are 130 calories for 18. and for one serving, and 335 mg of sodium for the serving. I'm inlove with them but would like others input. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:59:57 EST Finally decided to go to the hairdresser today! I was debating between growing my hair longer and then going for a digital perm. But then I remembered my regular hairdresser saying that those soft curls are high maintenance. He said I will have to be constantly blow drying and messing with rollers and stuff to keep it looking fab. <BR> <BR> I finally decided on a medium shag. I don't want to go too short, or I won't be able to put my hair in a ponytail when I exercise or when the weather gets too hot; which is practically everyday now! <B... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:09:19 EST Sleep issues. Little advice please! For a long time now, I keep waking up randomly at anywhere around 3AM to 5AM. I think this happened when my ex-fiance would come home from work around this time, and make a lot of noise. <BR> I suppose maybe it's a habit that my subconscious never got out of, and it's really annoying. Also, making it difficult to go back to sleep some nights and I feel groggy in the morning. Any assistance on getting back into healthy sleep habits? Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:24:09 EST Bad cold = weight gain? Anybody else have the experience of a significant weight gain in a day or two when you have a cold? Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:56:13 EST Smart Eating ( Updated on 2/25/2015 ) I've been in complete control of my food, today eating my almonds and water . One meal of protein and some carbs. A light yogurt for later and that's all my heart's desire for today & you ? How do you make it through ? Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:03:51 EST Women lifting weights = looking manly? obviously this is not true but a common notion amongst several female co-workers of mine is that they won't lift weights for fear of looking like a man. <BR> <BR> Question: what would be your retort to that type of statement? Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:54:57 EST Ugly Ok, before everyone jumps on me, I'm not saying that I'm ugly. <BR> <BR> But my hair. My skin. My body. Terrible. <BR> <BR> I know there are larger women who look great, so this is not a weight issue whatsoever, but I've been stuck in this awkward size between plus and regular sizes for the LONGEST time, and seeing that I carry my weight in my torso, that's likely to be a problem for a while- even if I actually lose weight. <BR> <BR> Clothes in the "plus sized" stores don't fit me. They'... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:11:31 EST RAW Just returned to Sparkpeople. Looking for information on Raw Diet . I would love to find a group. Thanks! <BR> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:04:31 EST Motivation to keep you fired up! <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=64688 </link> <BR> Join the new FIRED UP! Team to help you make 2015 your year to achieve your goals and stay motivated for the long run. <BR> <BR> Join daily, weekly, and monthly challenges to keep you motivated and interested. Have fun, lose weight and keep it off. Make the lifestyle changes to achieve a healthy, fit, strong new YOU! Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:39:48 EST having a good day even though I am exhausted I had to be up very early today and didnt sleep well at all, but just made myself an amazing smoothie and that always makes me happy. Does anyone have smoothie ideas? Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:48:49 EST Healthy Goal of the week? I figure if I make a new healthy goal every week, I'll have achieved a lot by the end of the year. <BR> I'm also thinking one new health goal and one lifestyle goal a week to make myself an amazing person. So that would be two goals a week. What would be some good ones? Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:47:10 EST Ordering from Canada? Hi, does anyone order any OTC meds from Canada? I'm looking for a reputable website to order an arthritis cream for my MIL. It's called "Voltaren Gel" and is quite expensive in the US but much cheaper in Canada. Her Dr. told her it was cheaper in Canada and that a prescription was NOT needed. I've heard of "Shoppers Drug Market" in Canada but they don't let you order online. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Any help is appreciated. <BR> <BR> Sue Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:36:27 EST Family member attack at child birthday party? What do you do when you have just plain crazy family members, how do you continue relationships when craziness happens? I have a cousin who is 40 years old she has a daughter half her age, they showed up to a mutual family members house for a childs party and attacked two other family members they claim to have problems with stemming from rude comments to one another online they assaulted the two other family members didn't try and talk with them and in the process one of the children got hit... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 13:19:25 EST Support Why does it seem so hard to find support during this journey? Very easy to feel discouraged. Sun, 22 Feb 2015 08:11:12 EST Facebook I use to get up in the morning and check FB, now I get up and check Spark People! I love this so much more and it doesn't have all the drama! Hope you all have a great day! <em>386</em> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 08:07:50 EST The Almighty Avocado I have tried to Google HOW much avocado I should eat per day to reap all of its' health benefits (mainly for lowering my slightly high LDL cholesterol level). I just want to eat enough of the avocado to meet THIS goal. I cannot find a definitive answer on any websites. Most sites say "eat the whole avocado"....No, thank you!! I just want to know how MUCH avocado I should eat per day to benefit my heart/cholesterol levels. If anyone has the answer, I'd surely appreciate it!!! <em>213</em... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 19:59:50 EST Hello Hello Sat, 21 Feb 2015 14:24:31 EST FitBit Charge HR - what do you think??? <BR> Considering purchasing the FitBit Charge HR but looking for reviews from others who enjoy activities that are not easy to track! This takes quite a chunk out of my "play $" so I want to be pretty sure the investment is going to be worth it... <BR> <BR> First of all I had some health issues and between meds and physical limitations gained weight and lost condition but I have some big goals and need to get back in shape to meet them... Looking to loose 50 + pounds (goal of 50 but may go ... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 08:36:45 EST Hello Hello Sat, 21 Feb 2015 07:55:01 EST The real reason for weight gain and how to lose we Dr. Robert Lustig has ground breaking research on why sugar is arguably the largest single contributor to weight gain. See the you tube lecture at Harvard: <BR> <BR><BR>U Sat, 21 Feb 2015 07:43:26 EST Fitbit vs. Polar Does anyone have suggestions or comments regarding fitness monitors? I can't run really much at all YET, so, GPS and all that wouldn't really be of use to me but the calories burned, and the ability to connect to Sparkpeople would be great. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:20:43 EST Hello Hello: <BR> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:27:25 EST Happy Friday (: Good morning remember waljk walk walk walk this weekend with friends, family, pets, just walk walik walk enjoy your Friday but most of all have a great and healthy weekend. <BR> <BR> Maria (: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:57:58 EST how to u stop emotional eating Sometimes I just get sad since I am still grieving the lose of my husband I take spells were I want to eat comfort food to deal with the emotions. Anyone have suggestions on how to cope with the emotional eating so I don't ruin my efforts in weight loss? Any thing is worth a try. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:41:12 EST What would you do? It is 18 degrees outside and snow on the ground and the neighbor's dog from two cul-de-sacs down is running up and down the street in our neighborhood (mind you it is not a busy street) but it is very cold. It is 1 p.m. when I see him. He is the type of dog that will not come to you and if you call him he bolts. What do you do? I know the cul-de-sac he lives in but don't know the owner's name or phone number. Everyone in the neighborhood frowns on calling animal control. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:33:59 EST Need an active Spark Team I am in need of a group of people that truly check in daily. I have a couple teams now but would like a new one too that would be active, determined and accountable DAILY by more than 1 or 2 people. Anyone have any suggestions? Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:46:06 EST motivational quotes? "Working out is hard. Being overweight is hard. Choose your hard." Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:57:34 EST 1st new dress! <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878468 </link> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:41:46 EST Are you finished tracking for the day? It's kind of funny when entering food into your nutrition tracker and that message pops up "Are you done tracking for the day, do you want to run your nutrition report?". It bugs me sometimes because "No, I'm not done, I'm still eating stuff OK?" Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:56:22 EST walk with your husband & dog Have fun while you walk invite people. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:47:26 EST Disappointed I didn't exercise this morning! I am definitely NOT a morning person! I wanted to get in some exercise this morning because of all the feasting I've been doing but I just couldn't get up! I felt sooooo sleepy and I kept hitting the snooze button! <BR> <BR> I will have to make time for exercise this couple of days especially because Chinese New Year has started and that means feasting! <BR> <BR> Ever missed an exercise session bcoz you were lazy? Tue, 17 Feb 2015 23:57:20 EST Lent Is anyone doing anything to observe Lent? <BR> <BR> Last year I decided to try to manage on £1 a day for food shopping throughout Lent. (I didn't count eating out a couple of times during Lent - I had that as an extra.) I'd got loads of food in the cupboard and the freezer so really it meant I had £1 a day for fresh food - and I'd try to empty my cupboards and freezer. <BR> <BR> I thought it would be too difficult for this year, as it was a really tough discipline last year. However, as I n... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:09:31 EST The power of ads! Many times you see ads for foods, esp ads for restaurants and it all seems so yummy! <BR> <BR> But the actual thing may not be as fantastic as the ads make them out to be. <BR> <BR> Ever experienced that? Tue, 17 Feb 2015 02:59:30 EST OH MY...10 Healthy Foods That Can Hurt You may not be the epitome of health news ... <BR> HOWEVER...I came across this slide show and #3 surprised me. <BR> Brown Rice can potentially be a problem <em>38</em> <BR> I know the system is broken...and even produce can have problems... <BR> BUT...I am beginning to think that these 'studies' want us to think the only things that are safe are 'gluten free' bread (not made with wheat) and boiled filtered bottle water... <BR> and I am sure they would find issue with those... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 17:10:41 EST Iced In How many other Tennesseans are iced in today? Happy that kiddos were already out today and pretty sure that they will be out tomorrow as well. Stay safe and warm out there! Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:08:58 EST Invested in new treadmill this weekend Picked up the Nordick Track T 6.5 Z <BR> <BR> Very excited! Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:23:41 EST How to edit a comment? Sometimes I submit a comment and later on I realize it has an error. <BR> <BR> How can I edit it? <BR> <BR> <BR> PD. I looked for a board of technical issues to no avail. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:45:05 EST Another Snowstorm Comming! What do you do if its to bad to get out, or if you need to because of your job? Sun, 15 Feb 2015 19:39:00 EST FitBit, and house walking I got a FitBit for Christmas, and I've found myself doing laps around the house when I'm short on steps. I just love seeing all the dots light up, and it keeps me motivated to move! <em>311</em> Do any of you do the same?...just curious! Sun, 15 Feb 2015 11:31:05 EST Missed Oppurtunity At the grocery store today, spending my coupons, and realized that manufacturers have been missing a golden opportunity.....for years! <BR> <BR> Why isn't there a "buy it now" coupon for chocolate on every box of tampons??? <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Or a free chocolate sample included???? <BR> <BR> They need to get a clue!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Sat, 14 Feb 2015 17:34:49 EST Hidden Sodium in Raw Chicken From an article in Cooking Light <BR> "One chicken breast could eat up 20% of your sodium limit—before you even start to cook. <BR> <BR> About one-third of the fresh chicken found in supermarket meat cases has been synthetically saturated with a mix of water, salt, and other additives via needle injections and high-pressure vacuum tumbling. The process is designed to make naturally lean poultry meat juicier and more tender. A 4-ounce serving of what the industry calls "enhanced" poultry can... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 15:42:38 EST Valentine & Mardi Gras Happy Valentine every one, and Happy Mardi Gras for my friends in New Orleans, which is next Tuesday, also Chinese New Year, busy month for so many thing, wish I can be with some of my freinds. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 14:17:31 EST A question abt kids I was in a friend's house when one of her neighbors with a 3 year old kid dropped in. The kid started playing with some cans of cat food. Concerned that she would dent the cans, I took away the bag containing the cat food. <BR> <BR> She started chasing me, at first she was giggling, like it was a game but when she found that she couldn't get the cans from me, she grabbed my lace blouse and started to cry and threw a tantrum! <BR> <BR> I was so afraid that she had ripped my lace blouse! <BR... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 10:37:29 EST Valentine's Plans? Anyone have any special plans? <BR> Since I'm 9 months pregnant and we have a toddler we're not doing much: Take-out and a movie in our bedroom while grandma watches the toddler watch the Lego movie for the one millionth time, but at least we can watch any movie we want. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 07:50:50 EST Becoming Awesome Was better than I was yesterday attempting greatness tomorrow and expecting an awesome week !!!!! Sat, 14 Feb 2015 00:53:29 EST Mini Chocolate Creamcheese cupcakes Have you ever tried to find the nutrition information with calories for mini chocolate creamcheese cupcakes? I'll admit I ate 2 when I made them this morning and went to log them, but now I can't find the calories for them. Guess that points them into the category of - you shouldn't have had them. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 14:22:13 EST Going over smallest number in Calorie Range? I just started Spark and I have managed to stay at the lowest number of the calorie range so far and I feel great about it. The weekend is coming up and I know I'll go over that number but still stay within my range. I know that's why it's a range, because you are allowed anything within those two numbers. Yet, I can't help feeling guilty for going over that smallest number, anyone ever feel this when they first started? Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:27:46 EST Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition 2015 At this time of year, Sports Illustrated publishes its swimsuit edition. This year, Hannah Davis is featured in what is considered to be a very suggestive cover photo. Now, SI is no stranger to controversy. Some of their swimsuit covers have generated a lot of "buzz". <BR> <BR> Hannah Davis has come to defend the photo saying that it's empowering for women. she says,"There's controversy every year, so I think it's kind of just silly that they're making it out to be the big thing; I mean it's... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:05:45 EST artificial sweetners vs sugar I like artificial sweetners, but I being hearing a lot of bad stuff about aspartame? What do you think about sweetners? Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:37:12 EST new to group and message boards hi, I am new to the group, looking forward to meeting friends thru this journey, thank you, any help you suggest will be welcomed Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:30:53 EST butter vs. margarine I am trying to get back to "real food" without so many additives ect. I recently switched from light tub margarine to sticks of real butter. Although it has more fat and calories than the light stuff I have been buying, I think it tastes so much better and the ingredients are only cream and salt. I just make sure I use it more sparingly. <BR> <BR> I also have switched from Splenda to real sugar. Again, I don't over do it. <BR> <BR> I was just wondering your thoughts and habits on this Th... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 06:29:49 EST New National Dietary Guidelines on Cholesterol "A U.S. advisory panel reviewing national dietary guidelines has decided to drop its caution against eating cholesterol-laden food, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> At a December meeting, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee discussed its decision to no longer deem cholesterol a "nutrient of concern," according to the Washington Post." <BR> <link><BR>may-lower-cholesterols-level-of-threat<BR>-to-health-report/ar-AA9e03I?ocid=ansh<B... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 20:35:26 EST When Clothes Shopping--What's Your Priority? When you go shopping for clothes what has the biggest impact on your purchase. <BR> Comfort... Style...Color....Fit...Does it Make me look slim,...Price. <BR> <BR> Have you ever bought something you loved but it was just a little snug at the moment <BR> in the hopes that it would fit soon? Thu, 12 Feb 2015 20:26:32 EST is there a Difference between Enabling VS Sabotage When is comes to bad habits <BR> Is there a Difference between an Enabler Versus Someone Who Sabotages You <em>38</em> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 20:15:54 EST Sell Activity Tracker on Ebay can someone use it? If I sell my sparkpeople activity tracker on ebay, can someone else use it as long as it is no longer linked to my account? Thu, 12 Feb 2015 19:50:28 EST Can you find? Can we find non-fat and no sugar that taste "good" coffee creamer? Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:52:23 EST Have you done your daily exercise ??? Do you do it in 1 large session or in 4 or 5 10-minute bursts ? I personally prefer 1 60-75 minute session in the a.m., dumbbells ( many reps & exercises ) in the early evening and stretching to finish. This works well for me !!!!! Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:53:58 EST CNY is coming! Chinese New Year is coming! On the 19th of February, to be exact! Already my house is filling up with goodies. The malls and shops are hawking all sorts of goodies too, with good deals to make you buy more! <BR> <BR> I bought some chewy caramel tim tams yesterday. Just one packet. The salesperson told me I would get a free packet of original tim tams if I bought 3 packets. I was thinking : is it wise to have 4 packets of tim tams lying around when there are already bottles and bottles of oth... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 11:13:52 EST On An Obvious Food Binge--Would U Want Help? If you were on an obvious Food Binge--and it was witnessed by a Trusted friend <BR> Would You Want Help? Like What for example? <BR> or Would you rather no one said anything? <BR> <BR> What would YOU want if YOU were the person eating.? Thu, 12 Feb 2015 11:12:07 EST Eating right Hi, I'm curious does anyone know what it means to be so hungry and fatigued that you can't get enough food into your body? I log ALL I eat via sparknpeople however some days just feels like I am going to eat my WHOLE HOUSE! I know I'm eating enough foods, protein could b better, Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:47:58 EST While I'm waiting to lose weight... ...I might as well be working on my outward appearance. But I've got a limited budget. So could you please share your best no cost beauty tips? (BTW I don't wear makeup) Wed, 11 Feb 2015 10:34:34 EST New profile picture do you like it? <BR> <BR> People don't comment on my pictures like they used to. :( Wed, 11 Feb 2015 08:31:45 EST EFT Anyone used EFT with good results that have stuck for a year or more? Wed, 11 Feb 2015 00:01:36 EST 4000 calorie day!!! I had a 4000 calorie day today but I am still feeling pretty good about myself, why? <BR> <BR> Because I did everything else right, I charted my calories and my exercise minutes, I journaled, I read articles and I filled my ears with motivational speeches, and most importantly I remain committed to this process. <BR> <BR> Healthy living is a process, and I will stick with it to win it, if not today, then someday. <BR> <BR> I will succeed, and will not use temporary setbacks as an excuse t... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:50:16 EST Feeling discouraged I am feeling very discouraged these days. I have a messed up ankle and am in a stabilizer boot for another 5 weeks. With all the snow and cold I cant get even get out to get some fresh air cuz with boot on it is very slippery. When I start getting depressed I tend to eat the wrong stuff. I dont really have junk food just eat carbs and soda. I cant seem to kick the soda. I will drink that instead of eat. Any suggestions? Tue, 10 Feb 2015 18:02:41 EST A way to enjoy walking!! I recommend the Fitbit, i have had the fitbit for 2 years and i compete aganist my family by walking to get a maxium of 10,000 steps a day each dot you get on the bracelet equals 2,000 steps so the object of it is to get 5 dots to reach 10,000 steps <BR> <BR> I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE FITBIT Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:33:24 EST Popcorn Machine Suggestions Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I love popcorn, it is my favorite snack. I would like to stay away from the added calories of microwave or stove top oil popcorn. I am not sure which Air Popper is the best. If you have any suggestions on a machine and tips on how to use it (i.e. not let hot burning kernels shoot out) please let me know. TIA Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:28:23 EST Your one reason for not giving up is.... Keeping my Type 2 Diabetes at bay! Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:51:25 EST Meditarean Diet Hi All, Just went through many of the Meditarean Diet boards, non are updated to 2015? Anyone know where there is a new one? <BR> Thanks ahead <BR> Susan <em>303</em> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:56:13 EST depression and wt loss How do you maintain your diet when all around you are upset, depressed feeling suicidal, I want to help but I don't know how. My brother passed away 6 weeks ago, my nephew killed himself 3 weeks ago and now I find out my grandson, dropped out of college, lost his job. and is living back at home. I am trying but what I want to do it eat. <link> </link> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:09:47 EST my mom says my new dress is ugly! I just bought a new lacy dress. It is made with quality material and has nice lining. It was a little pricey but she gave me a massive discount. I love it but my Mom said it was ugly! <BR> <BR> I tried it on and immediately fell in love with it! It's just disheartening that my Mom said I wasted money. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 03:54:41 EST Crappy Evening Crappy Food Day started out pretty good! Until my evening plans where thrown out the window which lead me to eat horrible. I had no plan "B" so plan "C" consisted of bad choices to eat popcorn and crackers and cheese! Shoot me now PLS. Ugh the guilt is taking over!!' Tue, 10 Feb 2015 01:38:55 EST When I was a Kid... We were only in the house for breakfast, lunch and dinner. <BR> There was no cd's, video games, or computers. <BR> If you had a TV it was black and white and only on at night with 3 channels. <BR> There were no seat belts in cars! <BR> Most of our toy's were hand made. <BR> The only fast food I remember was A&W. <BR> The government did not protect us from everything, and we are still alive at 60+ years old!! <BR> <em>652</em> Mon, 9 Feb 2015 20:55:27 EST How many nights a week do you cook dinner? How often to you make dinner at home? It's usually six nights for us, with one being for going out to dinner or grabbing something quick because of our social calendar! Even if we are getting takeout, it's either from a Mediterranean place or Asian. Meal planning for the week has worked wonders for keeping us on track with cooking meals at home. We plan the menu for the week and do all our grocery shopping for those meals on Sundays, after the gym. We haven't wasted food like before, and we h... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 14:09:19 EST What would be your dream vacation? About 9 years ago my hubby and I went to Hawaii and it was beautiful. Would love to go back someday to do some things we didn't get a chance to do such as snorkeling. Mon, 9 Feb 2015 13:55:07 EST Roadblocks but not this time I have the stomach flu. Tracking will be off and fitness won't happen today. Feeling better than yesterday but not 100%. These kinds of things are what always threw me off in the past, but as soon as I feel better, I will be right back on track. If 20 miles on my bike doesn't work out this week, it is only one week out of the eight I have been doing very well and have lost 12 pounds. I am determine not to let this obstacle derail all the good so far. Mon, 9 Feb 2015 06:31:42 EST how often do u photo update success I know many take pictures to show before and after of their weight loss success. I'm just wondering how often do u guys take photos of milestones and at what points would u take them. Every 10 pounds lost every 20pounds lost what? I'm new to the selfie world and not sure what is a good photo journal marker to keep and would love feedback from everyone. Thanks Sun, 8 Feb 2015 09:20:10 EST Spark Tracker If you have the SAT, where do you like to wear yours? Sat, 7 Feb 2015 17:07:52 EST who is feeling good out there today!! I am personally feeling WONDERFUL! I am really on track and getting it done!! Sat, 7 Feb 2015 15:11:09 EST can u avoid the scale everyday I weigh Everyday my dietitian wants me to stop and weigh 2 days a week this is so hard for me. He wants me to focus on the lifestyle changes and not the numbers but I live to see the numbers and know that they are changing and see if they are good or bad. I guess that can be bad but it keeps me going. I'm being broke down to every other day and then 2 times a week that's bad isn't it but its so stressful to me. does anyone else have this problem? Sat, 7 Feb 2015 11:53:36 EST my throat stays so dry help I'm not dying of thirst really but My throat is dry all the time this wasn't a problem before. my meds haven't changed so I can't figure it out. I have to drink something ALL the time. Any ideas. Sat, 7 Feb 2015 11:46:03 EST Am I doing too much? I know 10,000 steps per day is recommended but I am on dialysis, so I am wondering if it's recommended for me. <BR> <BR> Well, I got in 10,000 steps today. Right now, my feet are aching. Sat, 7 Feb 2015 11:07:54 EST get to know questions 1. What describes you? <BR> <BR> 2. Favorite music genre <BR> <BR> 3. Which would you rather do: wash dishes, mow the lawn, clean the bathroom, or vacuum the house? <BR> <BR> 4. What are your hobbies? <BR> <BR> 5. List two pet peeves. <BR> <BR> Fri, 6 Feb 2015 18:40:02 EST The Appraiser Guy This is just an odd, non weight related question: <BR> <BR> I have a home appraiser coming to appraise my house next week and my question is- what do I do while he is here? Do I follow him around from room-room? This type of situation always makes me uncomfortable because I never know what I'm supposed to do while there are workers in my! Fri, 6 Feb 2015 12:02:23 EST Donuts at Work! Someone brought donuts to work today and placed them near my desk since it's the spot that is easy for everyone to get to. My goodness they smell good! I am not going to eat one but wish that I could. I know they are so unhealthy and empty calories but they are so tempting! I find that so strange how I know they are bad for me yet I want to eat it and a fruit is good for me but I never crave it like I would a donut. Why is that? Fri, 6 Feb 2015 10:11:59 EST Problems with SparkPeople I am not sure where the proper place to post this would be, or if there even exists a proper place for this. I am posting this because I have been a SparkPeople member for years, and this site has helped me SO MUCH. The fact that I am considering leaving it is making me want to cry. <BR> <BR> My husband and I own a law firm that is devoted to helping small businesses and entrepreneurs get started and thrive. I understand completely what it takes to fund and support a company. I understan... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 06:35:18 EST Am I not allowed treats? Ocassionally, I will buy snack foods like corn puffs and cheese rings. I don't get them all the time. Just sometimes when I have a strong craving. When I eat them, I make sure I control my portion size and just keep to one serving. <BR> <BR> But my parents tell me I shouldn't be eating them at all! But I just can't live without an ocassional treat! <BR> <BR> What do you think? Fri, 6 Feb 2015 03:00:20 EST unusual piercings I would never piece my belly button, tongue, nose, eyebrows or anywhere else. <BR> <BR> The only thing I pierce are my ears, in the normal place so I can wear earrings. One hole on each side at the normal place is enough for me! <BR> <BR> I wonder at ppl who have multiple piercings in their ears too! Man! That's gotta hurt! Why torture yourself just to be unusual?! <BR> <BR> Some ppl even pierce their private parts! Ouch! What happens if these unusual piercings get infected? Ow! Fri, 6 Feb 2015 02:23:10 EST Question 2 I posted some where and I can not find it. I am to new at this. I am not sure if I remember the word. It was in caps and maybe FODPOD, does anyone know what I am trying to ask. I wanted to know what it meant. Thanks ahead. <BR> Susan Thu, 5 Feb 2015 21:23:55 EST Opinions Please Hi Everyone, my name is Sandy and I'm a 52 year old married mom of two adult children (biological son and step-daughter). My son's father and I divorced in 1989 after I found out that he had been cheating and had gotten someone pregnant. Our son was 18 months old at the time. I always tried and kept things civil and peaceful for the sake of my son. I have remained "friends" with my ex and his new wife (wife #4, not the person he cheated on me with). My ex has lived out-of-state since ou... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 16:25:10 EST Salad As A Meal I often make a salad as a lunch meal. I have a few go to favorite ingredients, but getting a litttle boreing, What do you place in your salad when the salad is lunch/dinner? Thu, 5 Feb 2015 13:20:08 EST print page without ads I saw someone said how to do this, but can't find it again - can somone help me Thanks!! <em>239</em> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 10:37:44 EST Clothes sizes It has been awhile since I posted on Sparkpeople, but in the last year I have almost 40 pounds.. Still fighting for those last 3 pounds. But I have a question, it seems that even though I have great success in losing weight, my clothes size have not change. Although the clothes I have fit a lot nicer than before my weight loss I would think that after 40 pounds I would at least go down a pant size. <BR> <BR> Is this normal? Thu, 5 Feb 2015 10:05:16 EST When to count it as a "loss"? So, I've been sick for about a week and lost 7 lbs. Usually, when I start eating/drinking again, that weight comes right back on, so I've been hesitant to consider it actual weight loss. This time, I'm back to eating and re-hydrated for a couple of days and the scale is still reading 7 lbs down. Is it to good to be true, or might the weight actually stay off? Thu, 5 Feb 2015 09:43:28 EST so dry! This winter has seemed particularly harsh on my skin, I'm all dry and flake-y (attractive, I know). I have very sensitive skin and all of the deep moisturizers I've tried so far have broken me out. I try to keep the ingredient list short and/or relatively organic/natural as this tends to limit the number of things that might irritate my skin. <BR> <BR> Anyone out there with sensitive skin have any recommendations for a good moisturizer? Thu, 5 Feb 2015 08:56:51 EST How to Print a page without all the Other Stuff ! <BR> OMG !!! this is the Best thing Ever !!! <BR> Click on the link below and enter the URL from a page you want to print... <BR> It gets rid of all the ads and other stuff all around the page and gives you a printable page with what you want. <BR> If there is something it didn't filter out, just click on that line and it will be deleted. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to share this with you all....It works Wonderfully ! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 08:12:21 EST Fitness Tracker I am looking to see if anyone has any info on fitness trackers? I am needing one that not only tracks fitness, but also tracks sleep! That being said the spark tracker is out, it would be nice also to get the recognition for the glow getters with other trackers. I cannot buy something that won't support what I need it to. Thu, 5 Feb 2015 00:55:31 EST Leslie Sansone? Thoughts? When I had enough (a month ago) I bought one of her DVD's "4 Really Big Miles" for like $5 in WalMart. Had to start somewhere, it is cold outside, I am a single parent that works full time with no $ in my budget or time for a gym right now. So 4 weeks ago I started with 2 miles, 2 days later I could do the 3 miles and now 4. I noticed a difference in stamina in just a couple workouts. I have since purchased the 30 day one (with weights) and other one that is 20, 30 and 40 minute intervals... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 19:07:15 EST what's this with guys and presents? I was just wondering why do most guys don't remember bdays and anniversaries and they don't bother with gift giving? Why is it like a female thing? Wed, 4 Feb 2015 03:49:46 EST How many Spark teams have you joined? How many Spark teams are you a part of? I have joined 8, and I probably can't delve into as much depth with all of them when I am a member of that many, but I really like the variety of topics that are discussed! Perhaps quality is better than quantity, but I can't seem to stop myself from joining more! How about you? <BR> <em>30</em> Tue, 3 Feb 2015 20:10:47 EST Do you smoke? Ecig or Real? Do you smoke real ones or an Ecig? or Both? I am currently a Both. I smoke about 10 real ones a day but am about done with them. I have been getting more into the Ecigs and blowing big clouds lol!! I looks for a team for Vapers but all I could find was non-smoking ones so I made a new team for us lol called Vape Cloud Blowers.. Come check it out and help me build this team up!!! <BR> <BR> <em>536</em> <BR> misplacedlife Tue, 3 Feb 2015 16:20:08 EST Jeans - One Size Fits No One I know we've all complained that trying to find jeans that fit is like finding the Holy Grail. Here is a terrific video of two women trying on the same size of jeans from different brand names. It merely shows that women's clothing needs to have some sizing standards. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>y-jeans-in-one-size-different-brands-a<BR>ll-109897908463.html </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 3 Feb 2015 15:20:46 EST Casual Wedding Rehearsal dinner my son is planning his wedding for the end of May. It's going to be an outdoor wedding rather casual. He is a soldier and very health conscious (good for me). Does anyone have and ideas for a rehearsal dinner that will not cost a fortune... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 13:50:13 EST ' Aint' Nuthin To It But To Do It " !!! <em>524</em> This weeks motto : just get up and do it . No thinking allowed. Tue, 3 Feb 2015 12:25:55 EST question about cooking spaghetti squash I plan on making some spaghetti squash and I'm going to bake it. Do I just bake the whole thing and then cut it in half and remove the seeds? Or do I cut it in half first, remove the seeds and bake it? Also what would be an appropriate temperature to cook it? Thanks in advance! Tue, 3 Feb 2015 07:44:50 EST New, looking for friends? Check out our new team.. New, Looking for friends? Whatever weight you have to lose. This is a great SparkTeam where we'll share successes, struggles, tips, suggestions, what motivates us, cravings, temptations, and daily chit chat. The SparkTeam is called.... Looking for friends ~ Join The Club <BR> <BR> Check out or join The Club by clicking under my picture on My SparkPage then scroll down to SparkTeams and click on Looking for friends ~ Join The Club <BR> <em>199</em> <em>381</em> <em>30</em> <em>223... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 21:05:09 EST Sections in spark What's the difference in a sparkpage and a blog ??? <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Feb 2015 20:04:48 EST New, looking for friends ~ Join The Club Looking for friends ~ Join The Club! Whatever weight you have to lose. This is a great SparkTeam where we'll share successes, struggles, tips, suggestions, what motivates us, cravings and temptations and the daily chit chat. <BR> <BR> Join The Club by clicking under my picture on My SparkPage then scroll down to SparkTeams and click on Looking for friends ~ Join The Club <BR> <em>381</em> <em>30</em> <em>223</em> <em>386</em> <em>199</em> Mon, 2 Feb 2015 14:02:30 EST Tablet PC or android device? I am thinking of an upgrade. Should I get the Samsung Tab S or the HP tablet PC? Of course, not right now but maybe later this year. The HP tablet PC runs on Windows 8 and is a working machine but the Tab S has 3 gigs of RAM while the HP device has only 2 gigs of RAM. The Tab S has better display and will be a treat watching movies! <BR> <BR> Once I get my device, I will give my trusty old Tab 2 to either my brother, Mom or Dad! Mon, 2 Feb 2015 04:27:49 EST Looking for friends ~ Join The Club Looking for friends ~ Join The Club! Whatever weight you have to lose. This is a great SparkTeam where we'll share successes, struggles, tips, suggestions, what motivates us, cravings and temptations etc. <BR> <BR> Join The Club by clicking under my picture on My SparkPage then scroll down to SparkTeams and click on Looking for friends ~ Join The Club Sun, 1 Feb 2015 21:43:55 EST Tax know-how? Not to bring up a stressful topic, but I was doing my taxes today, and this year I was able to use the 1040EZ. I went ahead and used the 1040 though, since I could easily copy most of what I input last year. But out of curiosity, I tried checking the EZ form, and I wound up calculating a smaller refund--by over 100 dollars! Is this reasonable? I've redone my math on both, a couple times! So much for getting them done fast and early--now I'm afraid to send them until I know what amount I shoul... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 21:43:41 EST Question for people familiar with Florida... If you had to pic somewhere to live in Florida and raise a family, where would you choose and why? <BR> Low cost of living and housing are the most important factors for me. Sun, 1 Feb 2015 19:05:21 EST Login In Points Several days in the past week and occasionally in the past when I try to get my login points the wheel is not there and there is no way to get it back. Tried logging out. Tried rebooting my computer. Is anyone else having this issue? Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:31:19 EST New Spark Buddies ~ Join The Club New Spark Buddies looking for friends ~ Join The Club. Share successes, struggles, tips, find friends, motivation and more! Together we can do it! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:28:55 EST Superbowl Plans Here's hoping it's such a Great Game that it keeps me riveted watching my SeaHawks win!!. That way, I'll forget about that bowl of buttery, salty popcorn I agreed to make for our viewing! LOL (At least I've already planned out the calories...and my walk is this morning...) <BR> What are your plans to keep your day healthy?! <em>211</em> <BR> GO SEAHAWKS!! <em>224</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:08:54 EST motivation fuel i just wanted to share a really great motivational tool.. <BR> his name is Daniel Cox <BR> and he is on <BR> you will find lots of short videos full of wonderful insight to helping our weight loss journey <BR> and i will be using his pointers and success to fill in for my success <BR> <BR> have a blessed day Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:53:01 EST Thinking of perming my hair! My hair atm is slightly longer than shoulder length. I am thinking of going for a digital perm when I have saved enough, and maybe later this year when my hair is longer. <BR> <BR> I did have the cash but I already spent it on moisturizer and new undies. But I needed them and the moisturizer was on sale, I bought 3 jars. Should last me a couple of months! The undies I needed too. Many of my undies are too old, too loose, holey etc. <BR> <BR> My friend said I should perm my hair for Chinese ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:33:06 EST I dreamed I weighed over 300 lbs last night In real life, my highest non-pregnant weight was over 200 (higher yet when pregnant). I've been maintaining around 120 for many years so I tend to wonder where a dream like this comes from! In my dream I stepped on the scale and yep, it was over 300! <BR> <BR> I am a Weight Watchers Life member and knew I needed to do my monthly weigh-in for January and yesterday was the last day; I had not weighed myself all month! I suppose that had something to do with my strange dream. Happily, I did wei... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 07:02:32 EST does coffee curb your appetite? I am finding that when I have coffee, it helps to curb my appetite for a while? Any one else have an opinion on this? Sat, 31 Jan 2015 14:25:33 EST Fitness Tracker Question Can anyone recommend a good Fitness tracker with a Heart rate monitor, pedometer and sleep tracker? <BR> I have a Lifetrak C410 but they updated the app again and it crashes and now nothing will sync. <BR> I think it's time to invest in a new one and get one that reliably syncs all my data. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! <BR> <BR> Michelle K Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:29:11 EST Valentine's Day dread I hope this is the right place for me to post this... <BR> <BR> I've just read a Spark article about nice thing to give or do for your children in celebration of Valentine's Day. <BR> <BR> But I don't have children. <BR> <BR> Neither do I have a 'Valentine'. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any advice or tips for dealing with 'Valentine's Day Dread'? Surely I can't be alone in this? Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:20:46 EST Does anyone remember that show "Ruby"? I got my tonsils out (OMG, awful as an adult) almost a year ago and there were all her seasons on Netflix and a powered through them while healing because I loved her so much. Just her attitude in general made me laugh. <BR> <BR> I can't be the only one that watched this? Is there any plans for more? Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:11:13 EST unpredictable weather! It was hot this morning, so I packed iced lemon infused water. Then I went for dialysis. Not long after I started my treatment, it started raining outside. I am now covered by my fleece blanket but I still feel cold and all I have to drink is cold! <BR> <BR> I KNEW I should have brought hot tea instead! Sigh! Lunch was good though! I packed tuna in water, drained, a hard boiled egg, chopped, half a tomato, chopped and a tablespoon of light mayo! <BR> <BR> I have about an hour more to go and... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:54:51 EST little motivators even silly ones It may seem silly but I have this little habit of every time I successfully log food for a week I put a cute sticker on my calendar to make me smile at a job well done. Its just a reminder to keep me motivated to log those calories and keep a watchful eye on those foods I eat during the week. I know to some it may seem childish but its just something simply that is cute and gives me something to look forward to at the end of my week. I also put it in the middle of the week so it fell on ev... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:59:21 EST Where's the panic? 853 confirmed cases of measles in the US. A death rate of 3 per 1000. Communication rate of 90% to the unvaccinated/non immune population. <BR> <BR> In my state we have 8 confirmed cases with over 1000 exposures including 200 kids at a children's hospital. (Can you say high risk population?) <BR> <BR> The virus lingers in the air for 2 hours. You might not even know you were exposed. If exposed, you are supposed to voluntarily quarantine yourself for 21 days? <BR> <BR> Where is the outc... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:20:02 EST Does anyone else have this problem? When I'm out in public I get jealous of any thin, beautiful, well dressed, women with great skin. I imagine they have perfect lives and don't have to suffer like I do. The beauties make me feel bad about myself (celebrities don't so much because they aren't actually existing in my world- they are only on TV ) Does anyone else have similar issues? Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:07:39 EST Breakfast what do you do when you eat a big breakfast at 10 am, and then are not hungry for the rest of the day until dinner? I would call this a brunch but for metabolism should I try to eat something later in the day. Because I will fix dinner around 5. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:07:35 EST What will i eat? after gastric sleeve surgery Does anyone have meals that are quick and easy, Healthy,that i can freeze before hand. would love to hear your ideas! Thank You. <em>4</em> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:54:24 EST Lost weight by adding more protein? Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> A reporter is looking for members who've lost weight just by adding more protein to their diet. If this applies to you, can you send me a SparkMail with the details? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:46:21 EST Have you met any 'Sparkers' in real life? We seem to get to know quite a bit about one another on Spark People. But has anyone actually met up with any Sparkers that they didn't already know? I haven't - not yet, anyway. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:02:02 EST Do you have a tattoo(s)? I am getting one next Saturday, in honor of my friend I just lost. We were supposed to get them together when she got well. The Tree of Life. I am still going to get one, with her initials hidden in the branches. It's kinda neat, the design just got finished. <BR> <BR> I also have one on my foot - my children's names with flowers. <BR> <BR> Do you have any? Tell me about them and their significance. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:34:24 EST Lemon & warm water I just start today ,In a cup of warm water I put half a lemon, is very tart and I don't know if I can do it every day .Sometimes the lemon makes me hungry I got to see how I feel later .What do you think????? Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:21:32 EST artificial crab meat. I really love the artificial crabmeat they sell, and took a look at the nutritional values on the back yesterday, it doesn't seem to have much in the way of anything and it stats 0% fat calories..the sodium content is low and the calories are pretty low also, Just wondering what anyone else thinks of this. I chopped it up and put it in with my salad. Hope it doesn't turn out to be one of those things that I cant have.Thoughts on this? Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:03:18 EST Dreaming of a cool young coconut! I am having a craving for coconut water and pulp in the shell! <BR> <BR> We can easily buy that here in Malaysia. The dessert stand where I can get it is just walking distance away! <BR> <BR> But I can't finish it all by myself because of all the fluids! I'm on dialysis! I could share it with someone but I'm by myself right now! Sigh! Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:41:40 EST My Aha Moment When I was at my heaviest my co-worker and I were talking about exercising. I told him when I was a young man, I used to ride my very expensive road bike 150 miles per week. I used to live to ride. He suggested I take up cycling again. I told him I was too big to get on a bike. He said riding your bike will make you small. Boy, did that make sense to me. Needless to say, I started riding again. I bought a $200 cycling uniform of my favorite team that was too small. Using it as an incentive to... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:13:53 EST thyroid problem or not recently I went to the doctor and had them draw blood to check my thyroid for problems. I had gained 36 pounds since may and lost hair . my doctor said nothing was wrong but me overeating. the thing is I really don't eat any differently and sometimes I eat less than I should . any suggestions??? I am on the verge of getting weightloss surgery . Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:44:21 EST Stress Free Living I need to vent so I do it through exercise. When people upset me I go walk. Lose weight and relieve pressure and tension. YES Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:32:15 EST I need to get this off my chest somewhere I need to get this off my chest somewhere because right now I'm craving food because of how angry I am... <BR> <BR> <BR> My future sister in law and my sister used to be the best of friends. They met through me, they did everything together. About a year and 1/2 ago she stopped really hanging out with my sister and my sister was fine. She knew she was busy. They would see each-other here and there, and whenever she's needed my sister my sister was there without hesitation. <BR> <BR> Well ... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:16:19 EST Motivational Videos, Useful or not? Hi guys i run a channel and was wondering do you find motivational videos helpful? Do they make a difference in your life? or is it just for a temporary boost? <BR> <BR> My channel is: Hayder M if your wondering <BR> I make videos and was just wondering if people actually watch them or use them to stay motivated. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:04:55 EST WAH! My Spark activity tracker is gone! I just need to whine. <em>46</em> I've had my spark activity tracker <em>543</em> for a while now and have loved it. <em>26</em> It motivates me to keep on going and get my steps in. <em>331</em> Yesterday morning, I was at work and wanted to check and see just how far I have gone... IT WASN'T THERE!!! <em>198</em> The clip was there, but my tracker was gone. <em>24</em> I looked all over work, even sent out an email to the other employees to keep an eye out for it.... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:10:08 EST Looking for couples who have lost weight on SP Hi everyone <BR> <BR> We're working on a story for Valentine's Day about couples who have lost weight on SparkPeople. If you know of any couples who would qualify, can you send me a SparkMail? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:42:50 EST What is your cardio for burning fat?????? I purchased a reasonable priced pro form exercise bike last week, I plan on starting tonight building up from 10-15 minutes at a time if I can even do that depending on the tension setting. <BR> <BR> Does anyone here use this as their main exercise? And if so what is your routine and how is it going for toning and fat burning? <BR> <BR> I will still walk when the weather is good and also attempt to incorporate my step aerobic stepper into my exercise equation, but the bike will be my ma... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:07:34 EST Historic Snow Storm To all my Spark Peeps in the Eastern corridor ! <BR> <BR> The weather reporters are saying this is going to be a doozy of a storm. My company has already said they'll be shut down. Of course, it would be hard to come to work when the MBTA (subway) has been shut down and drivers have been told to stay off the roads. <BR> <BR> The weather reports are predicting 2+ ft around Boston. What does that mean ? I get lots of exercise shoveling for the next two days. Remember, folks, use those legs t... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:09:34 EST Rude Office Staff I've been seeing the same neurologist for 15 years. I really like him, and we have a mutual respect I think. My migraine treatment with him has been successful for the most part. I take the meds, I avoid the triggers, I don't have migraines. Except when I do. Then he calls in steroids and it goes away. <BR> But last year his practice got swallowed up by a large corporate medical entity with whom I've already been acquainted and dislike greatly. Because I only see the neurologist once a ... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:48:49 EST Hello I have been away from SP but am back. I am trying again. I hope to be able to reach my goals this time. would love to meet people that are trying to reach their goals also. Any support would be welcome. I am very discouraged. LoreJae Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:25:44 EST *February Walking Challenge* *February Walking Challenge* <BR> <BR> You're <em>229</em> to Join Us! <BR> <BR> 100 Miles ** Virtual Walk ... <em>311</em> <em>543</em> <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> AT... Ready * Set * Spark - SparkTeam <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard.asp?board=24671x58290 </link> <BR> <BR> We are preparing now and it will be fun! <BR> <BR> We are picking 100 mile destination spots (like vacation spots) and sharing some brief info/history re: the spots we p... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:04:47 EST Stuffocation Following on from Eowyn's post about buying stuff: <BR> <BR> The BBC posted a review of James Wallman's book - Stuffocation: Living more with less. <BR> <BR><BR>3 <BR> <BR> It describes our obsession with 'stuff' as being the material equivalent of obesity and a serious problem in our generation. Apparently British women have an average of 22 items in the wardrobe that have never been worn. And in one study they found that 9 out of 10 people had ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:13:34 EST juice as fruit hi all does juice count as fruit because i had grape juice this morning? Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:44:08 EST odd weight distribution, any thoughts? I have a problem most overweight woman do not have.I am oddly proportioned. I have very small breasts and all my weight is in my tummy and I am only 4 11 1/2. there are no clothes made for me. The industry assumes that big woman have Gigantic boobs, are tall, and have ape like arms. I have none of this. if you look at my profile picture you cant tell I'm 194 lbs. My solution is to buy xx2 or x3,sweaters and tops, wear black leggin's and deal with it..I look very pregnant.(and yes Ive had all ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:29:19 EST E-reader or book? Which do you prefer to read from? An e-reader or a paper book? Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:31:24 EST Crunch gym Anyone in here live in florence or erlanger or elsemere or covington? I just started going to Crunch gym in florence and I hate going by myself :( I no it sounds silly but i'd really like to have someone to go with. I dont have alot of support except on here. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:36:00 EST COFFEE SHOP OR SOMETHING ELSE? COMMENTS and personal views on the fact that Starbucks now sells alcohol Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:03:02 EST How do I cook spaghetti squash? I want to make "spaghetti" using spaghetti squash. How do I cook the squash? Boil it? Bake it? thanks for the info! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 04:35:17 EST Do you get tempted by stuff? I mean material stuff like diamond earrings, cross-stitch kits, pretty new clothes, nice shoes etc? <BR> <BR> I've made up my mind not to buy anymore cross-stitch kits and patterns bcoz I have more than enough to keep me busy! I saw some good deals online though but nope! I won't b greedy! <BR> <BR> It's hard though! I guess I m a hoarder by nature! Got to talk myself out of it! Sigh! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 03:48:53 EST silk milk I Am currently on my second half gallon of silk cashew milk and was wondering what the rest of you thought of the silk milks. My only grip is that they don't sell it in less than half gallons, my mother has the same problem with lactaid, she cant possibly drink a half gallon before it goes bad..but the silk milk has a long due date. <BR> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:01:19 EST Happy Friday My husband and I will be working at the American Legion tomorrow morning serving a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice & coffee. It will be a very busy morning. What are your plans for the weekend? Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:00:15 EST canned beans I have been eating a lot of canned beans lately because I loved them and im not eating meat. the thing is,the can i was reading, (chick peas) are 100 calories for 1/2 cup,fat cal 20 and 360 of sodium, does this sound OK to you? I don't want to use dry beans so if it isn't, I'll just stop eating them so much. I really do love them though. <BR> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:23:23 EST A ray of hope! I just applied for a position as a teacher in a kindy! The principal asked for my number and will let me know by March! I have emailed her my resume! Now, all I have to do is wait and keep my fingers crossed. <BR> <BR> The pay is good, considering I only work mornings. But if I get the job, I will have to start my dialysis slightly later but I don't mind! I pray that I get the job and I also pray for more patience and wisdom to handle those preschoolers! Fri, 23 Jan 2015 02:46:35 EST I got hired! Background Investigation Headache!!!! , January 22, 2015 <BR> <BR> I was hired with a tentative date to start in one month from the date of hire, but now I'm getting a headache from the situation. I've never been hired and put through so much before I even started the job. <BR> <BR> The HR department decided to hire an outside company to do the background check, you know employment, references, credentials, school and even the drug test. But this company is far from doing their job, they continually email me for answers to t... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:36:39 EST what do you do when you are not hungry I have faced this the last couple of day's, if I am not hungry I don't eat but then I am told you must eat something. I have never been a breakfast eater and someday I don't even want lunch then there are some day's I just don't feel like eating at all. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:57:59 EST What are your two need every day? Music, Laughter, Love Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:38:09 EST oh mushrooms not you too! Even marinated mushrooms are not safe. <BR> <BR> I figured..OK ill add something flavorful to my beans and greens.. <BR> <BR> i was really shocked to find that a serving of jarred marinated mushrooms(progresso) is only 4 and the calorie count is 100 per serving.Fat calories..90? I know the marination must have SOME calories but seriously..needless to say i put it back and bought fresh. I can add my own marinade if I want to, and then again, I like the way the fresh ones taste in my beans an... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:13:53 EST want to lose 70 pds hi im new here my name is victoria Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:05:37 EST New! The Breakfast Club Daily-Help-Support Welcome to the Breakfast Club! ( it's here on the message boards) <BR> Check in anytime of the day and see what's going on, no one should be without friends on their mission to be healthy. <BR> I will post topics you can chime in with your thoughts or share a new topic, all is good. <BR> <BR> Thursday 1/22 Topic is Vitamins and Supplements What are you taking? Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:47:54 EST do you like the water tracker on the bottom or top I don't like the water tracker on the bottom. I liked it when it was on the top because I forget it down there. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:32:28 EST Where do most of you hang out on Sparkpeople? Every group I have tried lately doesn't have much life to it. <BR> Ideas? Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:01:00 EST FEELING GOOD HELLO IM BACK AFTER A LITTLE,SETBACK,READY TO GO <em>104</em> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:04:22 EST yarrrrrgggghhhhh! mistakes in cross stitch!!! I m doing a small piece for a nurse's bday in March, and I discovered I put a wrong color for one stitch! Arrrrrrgggghhhhh! But I've decided to carry on stitching anyway! It's only one stitch, right? But it really bothers me! I've already unpicked my work 3 times already! I refuse to do it again! Esp for one little stitch! <BR> <BR> I made some small mistakes in a bigger tapestry too! Again, I hope ppl won't notice but I KNOW!!! Sigh! Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:08:10 EST why must they load everything with sugar? It's super annoying. Anything from fruit juice to supposedly healthy milk has 24 or more grams of sugar! I might as well drink soda! <BR> <BR> Why must they pump everything full of sugar?! Even bottled green tea has sugar in it! Who in their right mind sweetens green tea! Totally mental! Wed, 21 Jan 2015 02:55:53 EST What workout did you do today? Hey everyone! <BR> I'm a new member here and would like to know what workouts everyone has done today or (will do)? <BR> Today I did PiYo drench :) Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:51:44 EST I HATE "new and Improved" Has any one else noticed that every time they make a change to a product it: <BR> 1. No longer tastes as good? <BR> 2. Is more expensive? <BR> 3. Comes in a smaller size? <BR> 4. Doesn't cook as well? <BR> <BR> Generally isn't improved???? <BR> <BR> The only yogurt that I liked got new and improved and now tastes nasty. <BR> And I hate spending money trying to find another one, only to throw out the container after a bite or two. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:31:05 EST My Husband Thinks the end of times is coming I am so looking forward to a vacation I have been planning and have brought in so under budget, but he wants to cancel everything based on the turmoil of current awful events. I say let go and let God ..............what will happen will happen, and we have lived long and glorious lives. How can I ease his fears?? I can't, but he is making me feel so guilty for forging on. Am I naïve to think my glory is in God and he has gotten me this far?? I have no fear what so ever, but my husband i... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:01:50 EST What is your favorite food? I think my favorite is ice cream or pizza.uhh ohh? Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:49:00 EST If you could wish for 3 things,what would they be? Of course I would wish for weight loss, a week long trip to Disney World, and winning the lottery Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:46:42 EST Spark versus MyFitnessPal I personally love Spark for tracking my fitness and diet, however ... anytime I mention that it's my go to for tracking my fitness endeavors, people look at me like I'm crazy and tell me how great MyFitnessPal is. I've tried that one before, and I don't find it as friendly as Spark, and I don't view it as having the support system of Spark, either. In addition, I feel like it wants to starve me to death, limiting me to 1200 calories exactly, no flexibility in the equation, and it tells me not... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:55:30 EST I just don't understand! My Mom and uncle, his wife and some others are going for an 8 day vacation overseas. My Dad is not going but he has to work. Meaning there will be no one to send me to dialysis on those few days. <BR> <BR> Innocently, I asked my next door neighbor if she could send me and she agreed. <BR> <BR> But my parents blew their top when they found out I asked her! Saying I m a laughing stock and that they were afraid the whole neighborhood will find out I m on dialysis! But even if they do, so what?... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:14:04 EST Buying clothes and shoes online? I normally don't. I need to try them on to see how it looks! <BR> <BR> There's kinda hard online and returning or exchanging is another hassel altogether! Tue, 20 Jan 2015 01:47:35 EST Family Dieting My wife and I along with our 14 yr old son are dieting. I'm only about 15 lbs over weight but they are considerably over their ideal weight. I'm dieting to help them keep on track. They are not losing the weight like I am and it's kind of getting them down a little. I think its because I'm more active. Any suggestions on trying to get them to be more active? <BR> <BR> Need help Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:48:46 EST simply 100 chobani Yogurt. can someone here please explain why simply 100 chobani yogurt claims 100 calories... for..what? the serving size is 1 cup and that is clearly stated, 150 calories per serving..where does the 100 come in, or do they think we're stupid? Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:35:48 EST Anyone from Michigan? I'm from Illinois myself but I was thinking to taking a vacation this summer to Michiigan and wondering if anyone can give me some suggetions. We are looking for a cabin on the lake Michigan side. I would appreciate any help. <BR> <BR> Thanks <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:22:48 EST RE: Coach Help Could someone help me please? How do I get a coach to help me and how much does it cost? <BR> Thanks for your time!! Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:13:57 EST Buffet, I was done but they weren't, need help. I did it! I survived The Golden Corral! For those not familiar with it, it is a buffet restaurant. I got a baked chicken breast, took the skin off, had 1 spoonful of boiled loose corn kernels, 1 spoonful of boiled carrots, 1 spoonful of grilled onions and mushrooms, and 1 spoonful of mashed sweet potatoes, and one yeast roll. For dessert I had half of a small chocolate pudding cup and one really, really small oatmeal raisin cookie :) Not too bad considering everyone else had 3 plates of f... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 20:42:25 EST FOOTBALL with family GRRRRRRRR Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:08:55 EST How many times have you started just to stop again I have done it so many times and I think I have reached a point where I am done with the roller coaster of doing well then stopping. What was your " thats it" moment? Sun, 18 Jan 2015 15:28:24 EST Football Playoffs <BR> <em>104</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> for ... S E A T T L E <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> w00 h000!! Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:58:56 EST Do I need practice or should I return it? I just bought a curling tong, Vidal Sassoon, no less. It cute and pink and compact. I have been trying to curl my hair. Maybe I didn't hold long enough, maybe I still haven't mastered the knack of curling my hair yet. I did apply a heat protecting serum before trying to curl my hair. <BR> <BR> So, do you think I should get my money back or give myself and the tong a chance and try again next week, when my hair is 'rested' again? Sun, 18 Jan 2015 10:44:46 EST Block cheese or individually wrapped slices? I love a good cheese! This often is sold in blocks. But atm I m settling for the individually wrapped ones because they last longer. I find that if I buy a block of cheese, it gets mouldy and I have to throw out abt half of it! If i get the individually wrapped slices, I get to use 100% of it, so I don't really have much choice! Sun, 18 Jan 2015 00:42:09 EST Midnight snacks What is your idea of a good midnight snack when you have a craving in the middle of the night? Is this a sign I'm missing something from my diet the day before? Sun, 18 Jan 2015 00:32:06 EST I am replacing Avocodo for sour cream Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:23:41 EST Techno Geeks, What do you think of The Samsung Tab S? It's the latest Samsung Tab and it's retailing for RM1,999! <BR> <BR> I currently own a Tab 2, a few year's old and already discontinued. I find it a bit heavy. Saving up for a Tab S now! Or maybe by the time I have the money, there'll be a newer model out! <BR> <BR> Or do you think I should continue using the old Tab 2 till it can't be used anymore. I was thinking of handing it down to my brother when I get the Tab S. That's the plan anyway! Sat, 17 Jan 2015 03:57:54 EST Losing Weight After Tragey? I am trying to lose weight but am also fighting with grief from losing my husband and father in 2014. It is hard to keep from eating comfort food when your depressed and trying to lose weight. Just wondering if there was anyone else on sparkpeople dealing with a similar situation? Any suggestions on dealing with not eating the comfort food but other options to try? Fri, 16 Jan 2015 18:57:10 EST Easy to use pedometer I want to start walking and tracking my steps here at the office and at home, I am looking for a simple pedometer that will just track my steps, if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. <BR> Thanks <BR> Ali Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:41:31 EST Can someone please help me find something? I am looking for those little "icons" (sorry, I cannot think of the correct word), that say "10 Pounds Lost" or "1 Year Anniversary with SP". There are several different ones. I see them on other peoples pages, and I would love to put them on my profile for each milestone I reach. Thank you guys in advance! Fri, 16 Jan 2015 07:49:30 EST does anyone here use a digital scale? I swear mine is looney. 3 different weights in two different rooms. time to replace the lithium battery I'm thinking. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:20:08 EST A small victory for me! Someone got Ferroro Rocher as a wedding present, and she was so generous and was sharing it with everyone. I managed to resist taking one! <BR> <BR> I am normally a choc fiend, so this is really a step forward for me! Yay! Fri, 16 Jan 2015 02:15:49 EST What is your non scale victory? Mine is that I was able to do one regular push up today! It was not great but it was something :) Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:41:55 EST Gaining self control! So today I had a little victory in my self control department. My friend asked my to go to buffalo wild wings tonight cause its boneless Thursday, Well I politely turned it down :) I knew that there wouldn't really be anything healthy for me to get, and I knew that I could get something healthier at home. <BR> <BR> Anytime before I would have went out, had soda after soda, and stuffed myself on wings, but not this time :) yay! Healthy bbq bacon meatloaf for me tonight! Thu, 15 Jan 2015 18:53:56 EST Need to start again Hi all Havnt been on here for quite a few months now due to stress of my son, he has autism n has had a really bad time in school he's in a support centre now waiting for a placement in Sen school, anyway I had 4 asthma attacks last year and stopped exercising completely n yes I've put on weight, overeating n drinking at xmas as you do lol anyway I'm going to start beginning of February ( don't beleive In new year resolutions or diets lol) healthy eating and exercise, I have zumba discs, kett... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:19:47 EST Daily Kid's Meal I just attended a Pediatric Obesity talk. One case study mentioned as an extreme was a 3rd grader who refused to eat the school lunches, so grandma went to a fast food restaurant daily, bought a kid's meal and took it to the school for her. I am pretty lenient with my child, but I can't imagine: <BR> <BR> 1. Yuck. Okay, we sometimes do fast food but every day? <BR> 2. What a waste of money. What is a kid's meal, $5? If so, that is $200 a month. <BR> 3. What a waste of time. Even if... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:36:11 EST Do you strive for the monthly tracker challenge? I have already achieved the January challenge of 60,450 steps with 78,104 steps so far this month and we are only 1/2 way through January. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:54:54 EST South Beach Phase 1 question So I am on day 4 of the SBD. Days 1, 2 and 3 I had horrible headaches that come later in the day. I'm also irritable. I have been following the program TO A "T". I am down 2.4# since Monday morning. Not really happy that I've only lost about .8# per day but I also have thryoid issues that I'm on medication for so maybe that's why I'm not losing as much? What would happen if I took a "free day" or had a "free meal" and had something that had carbs? would I lose all my hard work? Just need some... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:21:36 EST A Little Down Today Feeling a little sad today. But its a good reason. I was able to find a wonderful home for one of the kittens we found abandoned as infants in the field near our home and near death-wet, cold, lifeless. I bottle fed them kitten formula every few hrs for a few weeks until they could eat soft food. I litterbox trained them, kept them inside and they became part of the family for 3 months and they thrived. I knew I couldn't keep all, even though I wanted to. We did keep one kitten, and alread... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:17:56 EST whats with all the bad pages that open I get all these bad pages and gaming pages that open when I use Sparkpeople. Some are not appropriate for my daughter to see. Is there a way to block or stop them? Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:41:38 EST how would you deal with this? I usually have to wait for abt 2 hours in the waiting hall before starting my dialysis treatments. There is this older male patient that keeps calling me to chat. <BR> <BR> I would prefer to be left in peace because my Cantonese is so poor, I don't understand most of what he says anyway, so it bothers me when he keeps calling my name. The way he calls me also irks me. <BR> <BR> How can I tell him to leave me alone without offending him? Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:36:39 EST games on your mobile or tab? My Mom is addicted to game apps on her mobile! <BR> <BR> I play sometimes for fun but I m not as persistent as my Mom is, plus, I get annoyed when I can't pass a level! <BR> <BR> Currently, I am playing Cookie Jam, Paint Monsters and Charm Mania! <BR> <BR> If you have a good game, pls suggest it! Thx! Thu, 15 Jan 2015 06:36:23 EST What exactly is Chai Tea? Any idea? Thu, 15 Jan 2015 06:30:27 EST how long to cook? I am making my first quiche and I put spinach and cheese in it. Wondering how long I should cook it for I put 8 eggs in it. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 05:33:49 EST how strict are you with yourself? I become pretty strict with my WLP and it works for other words I don't cheat or stray off the plan. how strict is everyone else with themselves? Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:29:47 EST Help, I want to bring down my calories I do I adjust the per day tracker to read the calorie number I want vs. the computer? Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:17:45 EST How do you make time for exercise? All I can typically do is 30 mins three times a week (time constraints) . I'd like to do an hour 7 days a week. How do you all do it? Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:59:53 EST walden farms no calorie dressings Before I toss these in the trash, does anyone have any tricks for making these edible. The sesame ginger and the Italian can be saved I think with a touch of wine/balsamic vinegar, but the bleu cheese and the coleslaw are heading for the garbage bin. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:58:25 EST Starbucks Person? Are you someone who just has to have Starbucks? <BR> <BR> Or maybe as an occasional treat? <BR> <BR> Jeff Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:54:26 EST hello i am a newbee hi everyone <BR> I am hoping with the motivation I get on this site and some good old fashioned will power I can succeed in losing a few pounds I used to be better at this but it is really hard to stay on track for more than a week in the past few years can't afford the mail order diets either, not that I would have any more success anyway hope all of you out there can help motivate me somewhat have a great day doggiefriend Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:00:28 EST My Big Fat Fabulous Life Tonight is the TLC premier of the TV show "My Big Fat Fabulous Life". I first saw Whitney here on Sparkpeople on the daily spark and she sparked me. I am just curious what everyone's opinion is on this show. Worth watching? Gimmicky? Depressing? Motivating? I'm all tuned in to watch it in 30 minutes. Look forward to the discussion. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 21:30:17 EST Am I being petty? Okay so my friend and I try to go to the gym every night on the weekdays. I always get so excited to go then she cancels. The only time she ever cancels is when her other friend comes over. <BR> <BR> This other friend and me do not get along very well. Tonight she just texted me saying this other girl wants to go to the gym with us now. Well in the past every time I have worked out with her all she does is complain. Am I wrong for being upset that she is going? <BR> <BR> I don't know if a... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:59:14 EST P90 Has anyone tried P90? If so would a person that has just started working out be able to handle it or is it a hard core workout? Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:48:48 EST How to lose more than a pound every other month? I'm a 5'2 female 30 years old 135 lbs. I seem to only be able to lose maybe a lb every other month. Ugh. I have dreams I want to achieve! I can't do that without 20 lbs weight loss. I don't have money to spend (at all), I can't buy lots of fancy food (I have a $120 a month food budget), I can't afford a trainer or gym membership, I can't exercise outside because it's COLD here.I live in a tiny home with no room for quality workouts But I don't see why I should be denied a GORGEOUS body. Can y... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 23:54:49 EST Advice on Finding a SparkTeam Hi folks! <BR> <BR> I'm a [re]new[ed] SP member, and I'm really trying to make a go at it this time. I've got a lot to lose, but I really want to focus on small goals at a time. In the past I've joined SparkTeams and gotten quite excited about meeting and supporting others who have similar conditions/age/lifestyle/goals, etc... but it seems that every Team I join ends up either being a button-pushing huddle hut that exists for the sole purpose of its members gaining points, or I find one th... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:55:05 EST Lost 1 pound Not that it's much but I am down a pound from last week which I am so happy about. I know it's not a lot but at least I am going in the right direction. Thanks for letting me share. Enjoy your day!! <em>30</em> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:25:49 EST Re-set Weight? How do I reset my weight on my tracker? I originally entered the wrong weight and I just left it but I would like to start using my tracker again and would like it to be accurate. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:04:16 EST fitbit question Does fit bit measure movement as well as intensity?? I have a spark people activity tracker and it only measures movement so I get the same calorie burn from running as I do liesurly walking. Thanks for the info. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 09:45:25 EST coke zero? I love it! It doesn't give a sweet aftertaste like diet coke! <BR> <BR> But I guess it's not a good idea to drink it too often either, just as an ocassional treat. <BR> <BR> What do you think? Mon, 12 Jan 2015 02:15:25 EST spark trackers Hi All <BR> Where are you getting your spark trackers? Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:51:18 EST anyone from hertfordshire Would be lovely to chat to some local friends Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:55:20 EST Food and exercise So I'm in the process of training for a marathon, and today I ran 11.2 miles. This has, according to Spark, burnt off 1295 kcals, and raised my recommended intake for the day to 2845-3194kcals. Would you guys eat that much in a day if you were trying to lose weight, taking into the account of the amount of exercise I have done? I know I need to eat a "minimum" but this still seems really high! Sun, 11 Jan 2015 14:35:10 EST Need help finding Points board Hello everyone! I do not know what to call the board exactly. I am trying to get back on track but haven't been here in a while. I cannot remember how to get to the board that tells us how many points we have earned in a day. This board also tells us the many things we can do to earn the points. Thank you for your help! Sat, 10 Jan 2015 15:56:34 EST Breakfast restaurant chains? Which do you visit most: Denny's, Perkins, Cracker Barrel, Bob Evans, Shoney's, other? Sat, 10 Jan 2015 12:15:57 EST Cheese. Dont want to give it up. I love cheese. Better than junk food or sweets, I love cheese. I don't want to eliminate it from my diet. Is there a real full cheese(not fat free,or fake, processed crap) I can eat without sabotaging my diet? At the moment, I'm eating the leftover Swiss cheese from Christmas, a bit at a time, some for lunch some for a snack a few little cubes at a time...but figure when its gone, it's gone and that will be that. My favorite cheeses are the soft cheeses but I LOVE feta. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 08:46:57 EST what habits are now ingrained in you? I got into the habit of eating off the smallest plate possible and eating in small bites.,(I know it means little but its just something I do) usually a salad size plate, I gave up added sugar years ago and also now only drink black coffee and tea. these habits have stayed with me since my last WL program. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 06:26:59 EST looking for ideas to movitate Tops group. Looking for some fresh ideas on what others do at their TOPS meeting. Programs, contests,etc. Fri, 9 Jan 2015 17:47:08 EST 100% Commitment to losing 100lbs in 2015 Hello Ladies! <BR> <BR> My friend and I have started a team for ladies called 100% to 100lbs. This is a challenge for any ladies who want to drop 100 in 2015. It doesn't matter if 100lbs is your ultimate goal or if you want to go further after that, but we are challenging each other to lose 100 this year. <BR> <BR> Our goal is to motivate ourselves and each other to lose 100 this year! <BR> <BR> There are monthly challenges (January's is to try one new activity that you haven't done befor... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 13:45:20 EST Did you know..... That an apple core is a myth? I eat apples like this all the time, hardly anything is left over. Watch the video, then grab an apple! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>xZNzML0 </link> Fri, 9 Jan 2015 13:40:41 EST Real Women Have Curves.And Thin Women are Real. Period. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-real-women-have-curves-actually-means/ </link> <BR> <BR> Anything else is committing a mea culpa logical fallacy ... the premise being true subsumes the intersection of all of its subsets. Fri, 9 Jan 2015 11:04:59 EST Workplace Wellness Challenges The company I work for is beginning a new wellness challenge for all of our employees and I began wondering what other companies might have done this and how? <BR> <BR> Just curious if any of you have participated in a wellness challenge at your workplace before? How was it rolled out to get you interested, was it fun and ultimately... was it worth it to participate?? <BR> <BR> Fri, 9 Jan 2015 09:13:49 EST anyone here from Massachusetts? Any fellow New Englanders? Fri, 9 Jan 2015 05:07:47 EST ceramic frying pans? any good? They cost abt a hundred rm. Has anyone used them? Are they worth it? Are they good? Fri, 9 Jan 2015 04:06:29 EST Spark ladies that have had hysterectomy-need advic I had to have a total abdominal hysterectomy on November 12,2014. Does anyone have safe, gentle exercises? My doctor said no stomach exercises because my muscles are still healing. Fri, 9 Jan 2015 00:51:58 EST weight flux for women i was always told that a women's weight can flex between 5-10 would we calculate that in? also doctors offices weigh you fully dressed and each time you go in you'd be wearing different clothes especially with seasonal changes. (i know i'll have to buy a scale to be sure about this one....but still confused about the flex weight) Thu, 8 Jan 2015 21:55:30 EST Update on my weight loss journey I have not posted for a long while. I am so excited to tell everyone, I have lost a total of 31 pounds during the last seven months. Each month I do a three day juice fast. I continue to walk about one hour a day. I feel great. I have more energy. But the best part of all, is a whole new wardrobe. I have 11 more pounds to go. I should reach my weight loss goal within the next two months. Wish me luck. <em>334</em> Thu, 8 Jan 2015 12:47:47 EST What annoys you? You know what annoys me? "Close standers" annoy me. Why do some men have to stand very close when they talk to you? Women don't do that, or if they do it doesn't bother me. And why is it always men of larger carriage? And what is up with taking two steps forward when I take two steps back to increase the distance between us. Just stay put! I WANT that extra distane between us! I swear that our one buyer would follow me all the way to my office if I kept taking backward steps! <BR> Thu, 8 Jan 2015 11:49:33 EST Kithen gadgets we can't live without?? Do you have a kitchen gadget that you can't life without? What gadget helps to make meal preparation and healthy living easier? Thu, 8 Jan 2015 10:53:50 EST molly mcbutter I rely on this, but use it sparingly, does anyone else use it? Thu, 8 Jan 2015 09:06:37 EST Starting a Friday weigh in for accountability hi all! <BR> <BR> As promised this is my Friday weigh in board which i am going to commit to so I have regular accountability for my week's efforts. I hope other member will join too and make this goes on to become a massive board that goes on forever! Please help keep it alive! <BR> What I am committing to post here very friday morning, and i hope everyone else will too, - <BR> <BR> 1- lbs lost this week. (and actual weight only if you wish) <BR> <BR> 2- Your highlight of the week that ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 08:00:15 EST when resentment sets in I'm resenting right now and angry at the food industry for manipulating what could be healthy foods, into sugar laden horror shows. I refuse to eat any sugar infested flavored yogurt and at the same time refuse to eat nasty plain raw. I am very fussy and I feel as though my only choices are raw veggies, which I do not want. I refuse to eat instant oatmeal because its sugar laden and refuse to eat plain oatmeal with no dressing. and don't fool yourself, honey is still sugar, natural or not. ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 07:57:52 EST