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 Most Active Sparkteams Are any of the teams still active? I have been clicking around on them and find teams where no one has posted for over a month! I am looking for a team of medium size (30-400 members) with lots of posting. Any suggestions? <em>108</em> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:15:33 EST How do I put a tracker on my Sparkpage? I, at one time, had a tracker on my Sparkpage. It had my start weight and goal weight with a little do dad moving along as I lost weight. How do I do that? <em>429</em> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:24:50 EST Food Journal What does everyone use to track your food when you can't access a computer or if you're like me and prefer paper? Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:22:06 EST Dreaming of a replacement for Readymade magazine I used to subscribe to a magazine called Readymade it was a cool DIY type magazine. Unfortunately the magazine folded (four years ago). I still miss it. I saved a few issues. HGTV magazine fills the void better than anything else I've found. Any other magazines I should look into? <BR> Here's the Wikipedia article about it. <BR> <link><BR>ade_(magazine) </link> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:12:38 EST Happy Thanksgiving week! Happy Thanksgiving week! Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:01:32 EST Thanksgiving Game plan I have been reading the articles to make sure I have a game plan but I know it will be very hard for me. For one we will be eating Dinner at 2 different families houses (my moms, and then my in laws). I will not be controlling what and how its cooked. I want to enjoy the day with family. I just don't want to go over board with eating. I finally start seeing the weight come off. What are some of your game plans? <BR> <BR> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:12:00 EST So proud of myself I got sick last week (respiratory illness) and was not able to exercise for three days straight. I get easily derailed. Old me would have continued to make excuses for weeks, and then just gradually fallen back into old habits. <BR> <BR> But yesterday I braved the cold weather (excuse), and got out there, even though I still wasn't feeling 100% (excuse). And today I am going to do it again :) Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:55:22 EST Is anyone else not a thirsty person? I find that I can go almost a whole day without drinking anything. I have to force myself to drink water, tea etc. I keep a full cup of water on my desk to remind me but if it was not there I don't think I would think about it. Is there anyone else out there who has problems with not feeling thirsty and not drinking enough? Mon, 23 Nov 2015 20:58:52 EST Turkey, oven,deep fried, bbq'd? your best method cooking a turkey. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:36:07 EST What does "family gatherings" mean to you? To me, family gatherings are the people in my life that I choose to spend time with, they are the people that matter to me, that could mean actual relatives (DNA, Step, In-Laws or half) or friends. <BR> <BR> Spending time with family members that I do not enjoy being with isn't a family gathering, it's prison time. <BR> <BR> What do YOU say? <BR> <BR> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:01:05 EST Lotion for very dry skin? Hey all, <BR> <BR> I don't know if this is exactly the right place to post this, but I didn't figure it went anywhere else. I'm a swimmer, so I spent between 6-8 hours a week in chlorinated water, which dries out everyone's skin. I also happen to get really bad dry skin in the winter. And now that those two things are starting to come together again, I'm desperately searching for a lotion that a. isn't greasy, b. isn't overly perfumed (strong scents give me horrible headaches), and c. is goi... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 22:13:55 EST Miles ? How to get my miles accumulated ? How do I get my daily/weekly miles added to my Lifetime miles. I'm adding them on my fitness page but it's staying the same. Sun, 22 Nov 2015 21:36:51 EST What's Your Biggest Holiday Eating Issue ? What is Your Biggest Holiday Eating Issue ? <BR> is it all the get togethers with lot's of food <BR> is it the cookies and sweets at the office <BR> is it the cookies and sweets at home <BR> is it a lot more carbs <BR> is it the alcohol <BR> is it larger portions in general <BR> is it going out for lunch more often <BR> is it the forget about the diet <BR> is it something else? <BR> <BR> and WHAT DO YOU DO TO COPE ... OR DO YOU? <BR> <BR> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 20:34:12 EST trying to guess my weight I have no scale, I am 5'4" I fit into a size 8 pants but I am a 36 DDD bra size, does anyone have measurements close to mine who can tell me about what they weigh? Sun, 22 Nov 2015 01:05:43 EST " Keep Pushing " ? If I've been on point with my fitness & food consistently . I haven't faltered at all but the reply I constantly receive is " Keep Pushing " or keep at it . What's up with that ? <BR> Haven't I been pushing ? I do keep at it !!! Can I get a different reply besides telling me something I already do ? Sat, 21 Nov 2015 18:15:02 EST Nope! It's Thanksgiving! One time a year! So, no, I'm not going to worry about it, just exercise a bit more is all :-D Sat, 21 Nov 2015 08:25:37 EST Careful with some articles I read an article on Sparkpeople. "Eco-Friendly Fitness Gear." by Liza Barnes. She talked about batteries. Yeh, batteries. Bad idea!! <BR> I was in the military for 4 years. One group of workers had to wear headsets for a number of hours. EACH ONE returned home with hearing loss. DO NOT wear head sets. If you do, you may be healthier, but deaf!!! Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:25:44 EST Global Events: How much does it matter to you? I've been interested in global news/events for most of my adult life. I listen to NPR, BBC and Al Jazeera America and feel like I am getting a good sense of what's going on both inside and outside of our borders. <BR> <BR> I use to watch MSNBC and Fox News but have since learned that for me, they are way lopsided, I get that icky feeling after watching either of those news sources. <BR> <BR> Are you globally aware? Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:57:00 EST A week of Black Fridays! Well, in UK we don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but the last few years the shops have suddenly decided to promote Black Friday. Last year the great British public started riots and punch-ups in some of the stores in their efforts to get their hands on Black Friday deals. One store assistant was killed in the crush. <BR> This year some stores have decided not to have it at all - but other stores are having a whole week of Black Friday - So I think next Monday will be Black Friday as will all the ... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:00:32 EST Breakfast <em>40</em> <BR> What would you do if you were the type doesn't get hungry at breakfast time? Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:14:30 EST journals Have been journaling all weight plus activities and how I have been feeling each day. Wed, 18 Nov 2015 19:30:23 EST Let me ask your opinion... So yesterday two co-workers were having a discussion about whether or not we should allow refugees in the country. One was apposed and the other was not. When the one that was apposed asked the other if he would choose a refugee over his family he said no of course not but, when he was asked if he would choose between me and a refugee he couldn't answer or more likely didn't want to say so since he obviously would have chosen the refugee over me or he would have spoken up. <BR> <BR> I w... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 07:11:12 EST Failure of Operation Dumbell! I went to the mall but couldn't get my dumbells. My Mom flat out forbid me to get them. She said that my fistula cost so much and she wasn't going to let me risk damaging it working out with weights! <BR> <BR> I told her the Doctor said anything below 2kg per hand but she said that the Doctor doesn't have to live with the consequences but I do! <BR> <BR> So, no dumbells! Wah! Wed, 18 Nov 2015 06:11:57 EST Does organic food help you lose weight? If I switched out say non-organic bread for organic (I only eat one or two slices a day) and replaced other foods with organic would my weight loss efforts be more successful? I heard non organic stuff has obesogens. I don't need that. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:44:59 EST spark apps I downloaded the spark App, but did not get any points, Can anyone help ? Tue, 17 Nov 2015 07:58:55 EST Today is World Peace Day <img src=""> <BR> May the people on this planet be changed. <BR> Changed from hatred to love, <BR> Changed from greed to giving, <BR> Changed from apathy to action, <BR> Changed from intolerance to acceptance, <BR> Changed from being destructive to being constructive, <BR> Changed from fighting to peace, <BR> Changed from killing to protecting life, <BR> Changed from censorship to freedom, <BR> Changed fro... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 06:42:45 EST Deciding to have kids... Or not So I'm up late because apparently I can no longer sleep during normal human sleeping hours. And I'm thinking about having children, or not. <BR> <BR> Hubs and I have always more or less put it off the table. We are not the types who romanticizes about "having a baby." We are the types who realize that baby turns into a child who turns into a teenager who turns into a grown adult and there's schooling and food and clothes and toys and what have you all along the way. Yet, lately we've talked... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:41:25 EST Is this for real? Will it work? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ect/index </link> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 22:15:32 EST The Scale - What You Need to Know When a person decides they need to lose weight, this is the first thing they need to know. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 12:43:16 EST What should I do? I am on dialysis but thankfully, I don't have diabetes. I have a family history of it though, so I can't afford to be complacent. <BR> <BR> There's this old man who is diabetic who goes to the same dialysis center as me. He has 2 wounds near his foot. I've even seen him picking at them. But he won't let the nurses see it. He needs dressing but he won't even show it to them but hides it with long pants and socks. <BR> <BR> The thing that worries me is, gangrene seems to be setting in. Even t... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 01:32:26 EST How true is this?!!! <img src=""> <BR> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:21:48 EST Rude comments A few nurses at the dialysis center keep making rude comments abt my belly fat and weight gain in general. <BR> <BR> I have asked them to stop and I have told them I don't appreciate it but they keep doing it anyway! <BR> <BR> What can I do? The weight just won't go just bcoz I am trying. Weight loss takes time! In the meantime I have to suffer under their constant stream of rude comments! Sun, 15 Nov 2015 22:10:51 EST Starting again today Today I started my journey of weight loss again. This is about try #50. Hopefully I do it this time! I am wanting to lose 80-100 pounds. <BR> If anyone wants to add me as a friend, I could use the encouragement! <BR> I also bought a year of SparkCoach as well for the extra motivation. Sun, 15 Nov 2015 16:55:46 EST Hi! how's everyone doing today? Sun, 15 Nov 2015 15:06:31 EST Credit Card Rewards? Hey SP! <BR> <BR> I wanted to ask anyone who has an Amazon Credit card, do you feel it's worth it and how are the cash back rewards? For those of us that utilize amazon quite a bit (i.e. for business and personal) I find myself having been a Prime member for quite sometime, contemplating getting a card merely to receive rewards for the money I would spend anyways. I buy a lot of organic foods from Amazon as well as essential oils for my yoga classes, so I was just curious and would love any ... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 14:26:16 EST Tragedy in Paris, France Let's all join hands and sent our prayers to the people in Paris, France tonight. This senseless tragedy has taken so many innocent lives. When is it going to end? When are people going to realize that this is not the answer? Sat, 14 Nov 2015 00:20:42 EST Things Coconut Oil is *Not Good For I love coconut oil. Found out recently that while it's good for many uses. It's *not good for leather <BR> <BR> My black boots looked like I coated them in white shoe polish <BR> <BR> I had to buy some leather cleaner to get it off. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 19:01:48 EST Friday the 13th good day or bad? Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:24:49 EST November 13th - Friday the 13th Happy Friday ! Did you know that today is Friday the 13th ? Have you had any mishaps today ? Any bad luck ? <BR> <BR> Someone once asked me if I believed that bad things happen on Friday the 13th. I replied,"How do I distinguish the bad things that happen on Friday the 13th from the bad things that happen every other day of the week ?" LOLLLLLL <BR> <BR> I'm not superstitious about Friday the 13th. All things being equal, I believe bad things happen every other day of the week too. Monday t... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:09:11 EST Vegan options at restaurants I just need to rant for a second. Why do chain restaurants not offer hardly any vegan options??? It really wouldn't be that difficult to come up with 4 or 5 meals for those of us who don't eat animal products, would it? I went to dinner with some friends the other night and they had to have me make a list of restaurants with vegan options for them to choose from. There were literally 5 places on the list, and even the meals at those places had to be modified to be made vegan. Vegans should be... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 05:14:46 EST Trying new things This week I bought persimmons and have eaten two so far. I'd never had them before and I like them. (They were on special offer so that helped to inspire me to buy them!) <BR> <BR> Anyone else tried something new? maybe food, activities, etc? Thu, 12 Nov 2015 16:14:17 EST Letting go This week I made the difficult decision to let my dog go. He was 13 and suffering from arthritis. Pain medication helped but it seemed like it made him feel bad and he would quit eating. Then I'd take him off the meds and he would hurt more. Sunday he was limping badly on full meds and then wouldn't eat again. I knew it was time. I called the vet Monday morning and we took care of Boris one last time. <BR> <BR> We have decided not to have any more dogs after 26 years of always having one.... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 10:30:09 EST Tipping? Heard a story on the radio about tipping this morning and whether or not people would pay higher prices to eliminate tipping. <BR> <BR> My conundrum is Starbucks. I go once or twice per week for my unsweet black tea lemonade. If I'm paying cash instead of my "rewards card" I'll throw change in the jar. Otherwise I don't, but I'm not sure why I should. <BR> <BR> What about you? <BR> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 08:22:33 EST Remind myself that Success is small efforts! I must remind myself as a Hack that "Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out." Do not beat myself up if I have 12 Cheeto Puffs, or an extra handful of air popped popcorn this week. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 12:12:58 EST Cold Makes Me Hungry, Yikes! Okay, it does not usually get cold in SoCal, but this morning it was 37 degrees. My Jack Russell's were shivering, even with their sweaters on. <BR> <BR> You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. ~Marcus Aurelius <BR> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:40:41 EST I was so bad yesterday and feel guilty I stayed on track, been "good" for a few months, journal my food intake, lost weight and feeling better. Yesterday though, things just got on my nerves and I did OK with meals but ate 8 fun size candy bars ( my husband keeps them in a basket on the coffee table for his snacks while watching TV) last night!! I do allow myself a small treat day every two weeks and include that in my plan. Its been a while since I ate that much candy at one time and I feel so tired, icky and sluggish today. ... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:25:50 EST Working Hard for Those Points! My "opening spin" today only yielded me two points. Hmmm, should I get my work done or play on SP? Wed, 11 Nov 2015 08:32:05 EST Trackers Extremely difficult to use these tools especially for nutrition & fitness. So many advertisements continually cycling causes the system to stall and hampers entries into the tool. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 07:52:04 EST Is this healthy? A friend of mine gained a lot of weight but she managed to lose it all in 2 weeks! <BR> <BR> I want to ask her how she did it, but I m wondering, is it healthy/sustainable? <BR> <BR> Right now, I m very envious of her! Tue, 10 Nov 2015 21:23:26 EST When your best friend passes away <img src=""> <BR> He used to greet me at the door, followed me around and listened to what I had to say, didn't care if i looked at other dogs. The last 4 years I had taken him for walk-runs to the local park many times He never complained about the weather. Besides the exercising we got a lot of it gave many many opportunities to take pictures along the way. July 5th he passed away leaving an empty and sad fee... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 19:53:17 EST Beauty is withing and loving yourself Beauty is within and loving yourself Tue, 10 Nov 2015 14:52:05 EST Please help. How can I find balance?? &#128532; I am 1 track minded. I am an artist and I'm very passionate about what I do. Paint!! Ever since I gained my weight back in 2010, I started painting and I've been hooked ever since. I have since then had a hard time sticking with tracking meals, food prep or staying motivated. It is always encouraging looking up weight loss accounts on Instagram, but I also have a separate account for artists that I follow and I have such a hard time focusing on both goals at the same time: making a living fro... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 03:28:38 EST US folks - say THANKS to a veteran this week! Wednesday, November 11 is Veteran's Day <BR> <BR> take a minute this week to thank a Veteran that you know, or even a stranger who is a Veteran (they often wear some article of armed services clothing, or may have a decal on their car or a special license plate). <BR> <BR> <BR> THANKS to all the current & former US service men & women! <BR> <em>652</em> <em>652</em> <em>652</em> <em>652</em> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 10:56:47 EST Realistic blogs? I'm sure there are blogs I could learn from. I just haven't found them. What I have found isn't realistic (the blogger has a closet that is room sized!). and doesn't talk about what I need to know about. I love getting more organized (you can never be too rich or too organized), I also want to improve my money management skills.My time management skills need work too. I'm not really interested in what clothes some blogger likes. Can someone recommend good blogs for me? Mon, 9 Nov 2015 07:50:54 EST Rude ppl and ppl with no common sense! We usually have some food and drink after church. We usually wash our own dishes after use. I was washing mine when this old lady started shoving and pushing me to wash hers! I wasn't even done yet! Couldn't she have said "excuse me" or waited a few seconds till I was done? Geez! <BR> <BR> My friend was helping with washing dishes after service. As I was getting a lift home from her, I wanted to tell her I would meet her downstairs when she was done. I forgot that I was wearing shoes (as I w... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 21:38:35 EST Embracing the Madness or all things Thanksgiving Thoughts and suggestions for surviving Thanksgiving welcome! <BR> <BR> First a question...what is the largest turkey you can cook in a standard size oven? <BR> I'm hosting dinner for 15 to 25 people this year, not sure of the exact count yet. At a pound per person, I need to cook either one large turkey or have someone else bring a turkey. The biggest turkey I have cooked in the past was a 20 pounder.... <BR> <BR> Now for a suggestion on embracing the madness in our lives.... <BR> <BR> Sev... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 23:41:37 EST Spark Coach Who all uses Spark Coach? Would you recommend it? Is it worth the money? How does it compare to nutritionists/local gyms/etc? Sat, 7 Nov 2015 18:05:26 EST Winter Reminders What things do you do to get ready for Winter for your home and car? (This probably only applies if you live in an area which gets Winter Storms--LOL) <BR> <BR> --Change batteries in Flashlights <BR> --Put a blanket,extra coat and some food/water in the car <BR> --Know where the water shutoff is <BR> --Cover your outside faucets <BR> -- If you have a fireplace, get the chimney checked, and restack dry wood (put some in a basement or shed...) <BR> <BR> What else should we be thinking about... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 16:25:14 EST What is a "streaks homepage?" I read about this in a sparkpeople "experts" blog. I have no idea how to start this. Thanks, chris Sat, 7 Nov 2015 11:27:10 EST yahoo e-mail and Spark People What is going on with yahoo e-mail and Spark People? I have not been getting my e-mail from Spark for the last two weeks!!! Anyone else having this problem? I've tried everything!!! Fri, 6 Nov 2015 23:13:32 EST Site help I decided for the millionth time to get back on track and track my calories. I notice my problem is tracking and sometimes motivation when I don't have a good weigh in. My question can I set alerts to remind me to track, or can one direct me to articles about features on here that maybe I missed? <BR> <BR> Fri, 6 Nov 2015 14:18:52 EST Done being stubborn! It has taken me more than a decade to learn this lesson but I m done arguing with the renal nurses! The fact is, they really do know better! <BR> <BR> So, no matter what target they set, I will never argue with them again! Fri, 6 Nov 2015 01:52:50 EST What to wear for a wedding rehearsal dinner? A wedding rehearsal dinner I'm going to is "casual". I've never been to one but presume that doesn't mean wear jeans. I was told that polo shirts are okay but I feel as if a bunch of men will be wearing them so I don't want to be dressed like men. I want to look glamorous. Every time I try to dress up though, I look like a very poor office intern. How can I get the look right? Fri, 6 Nov 2015 00:40:18 EST Planning on getting dumbells! I just got off the phone with a fitness equipment shop. They have 2 and 3lb dumbells. I actually want a pair of 1kg dumbells and a 1.5kg kettlebell but the smallest kettlebell they have is 2kg. <BR> <BR> I already spoke to my doctor and he said 2kg is the maximum that my left hand can take (I m on hemoedialysis). I don't want to take the risk working out with a 2kg kettlebell, so I am planning to get a pair of 2lb and one 3lb dumbell. <BR> <BR> How am I going to transport the to the car? B... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 23:34:32 EST hi protein Hi, I just started a high protein diet. I started last week then Halloween happened. But I didn't over do it but I'm not losing weight. I've been very good this week and not losing. Why???? Thu, 5 Nov 2015 20:14:38 EST Mr. Rogers<BR>storic-moment-mr-rogers-got-the-shock-<BR>of-his-life-on-live-tv/?utm_source=AOL<BR>&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=Partnersh<BR>ip&icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl37%7Cs<BR>ec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D-974021732 <BR> <BR> Here is a humbling video I found on AOL today about the amazing Mr. Rogers. IMO, he is the epitome of what humankind should be. In his acceptance speech while being inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, Mr. Rogers emphasizes the respons... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 16:25:39 EST Rude Comments About Your Weight We've all experienced them, rude comments about our weight. Some of these comments may have come from total strangers, a person at the grocery store, in school from classmates and even from our loved ones. Taking pot shots at someone who is overweight, has always been easy. Being overweight, makes a person an easy target. It's never easy receiving rude comments such as "you're a whale", "can't you do something about your weight", "are you pregnant" . It can be upsetting. Some of these commen... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 10:51:14 EST Time We must give it time and keep at it to see results that will last. Thu, 5 Nov 2015 09:52:32 EST Anyone successfully cut out sugar? How did you feel afterwards? I went to my gynecologist one visit and she told me my blood sugar was low and I should eat. I was confused because I was told I was borderline diabetic so if anything I thought it would be high. Especially after eating a bag of Doritos and a Coke before bedtime the night before. Apparently not eating the right foods is my main problem. I hear it's best to give up sugar because your blood sugar drastically drops after having a high sugar meal or snack leaving you ... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 06:31:10 EST Jimmy Kimmel Halloween Prank? Need a good belly laugh? Google Jimmy Kimmel Halloween Candy and watch the videos where parents tell their children they ate all their candy :) Some very funny reactions and some very sweet as well. He's been doing this for several years now so you'll want to check out some of the older ones! Wed, 4 Nov 2015 14:38:20 EST Phone Scams On my answering machine yesterday there was a message notifying me that I just won first prize in a promotional contest. There were details on how to pick up my brand new SUV plus $35,000. Also, last week there was a threatening message from the IRS stating that if I didn't pay my overdue taxes by the 1st of the month, a sheriff would evict me. Really, does anyone fall for this pile of horse crap? Years ago, my father-in-law returned a call to claim a free magazine subscription. The follow... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 11:43:20 EST Team recommendation? Does anyone else notice that there is a lot of teams that are inactive, I'm looking for a very motivational and encouraging team do you recommend one? Tue, 3 Nov 2015 19:31:30 EST Yesterday, today, tomorrow Being a substitute teacher for several years, I learned a lot techniques to keep myself sane from juggling several jobs, schools, principals, and students. I didn't realize it until recently but being a sub taught me a lot. One of things it taught me was to review what I learned from yesterday or the even the previous class to help with today and prepare for tomorrow. Here is today's thoughts, what are yours? <BR> <BR> Yesterday I felt terribly exhausted <BR> Today I'm starting afresh on my... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 19:13:33 EST Do you have Fitness Buddies? At the gym I take fitness classes. I used to do sole cardio work, either on the elliptical or treadmill, but I checked out a Zumba class and got hooked. Now I do spin, HIIT, and Body Pump, all with a bunch of other people. <BR> <BR> One lady started a Facebook group for everyone at the gym who takes the classes, and last I checked, we had almost two hundred members. She even ordered and sold us fitness tank tops to work out in! <BR> <BR> It's fun to meet up with them at the gym and work ... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 13:19:27 EST Costco Shopping Trip Today - Hmmm Well, first trip to Costco for several months. They carry certain items cannot get anywhere else for my family. I will have my blinders on! Tue, 3 Nov 2015 11:58:58 EST I made a new friend! I actually met her a couple of years back. At that time, I was annoyed with her bcoz she kept asking me questions on dialysis. Last Christmas, she joined my church. <BR> <BR> At first, I was horrified. Then, she joined my Bible study and I was apprehensive. But I decided to give her a chance. Then she told me that she has been constantly praying for me when we were out of contact. My heart softened at that. Then she told me she had Skitzophrenia (can't spell it, lol) and I finally began to ... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 11:21:54 EST Election Day: TIme to Vote! If you're in the US, and haven't yet, take time to get this done! <BR> Walk to your local polling place and let your voice be heard!! <BR> patti <BR> Tue, 3 Nov 2015 11:03:01 EST My "friends" are here in cafe'.... I'll be shutting down for a while until they leave. <BR> <em>253</em> Tue, 3 Nov 2015 08:32:53 EST why can we not share some of of favorite????? I think its completely stupid that my wife cannot share our dinners with me <BR> grrrrr Tue, 3 Nov 2015 04:14:17 EST what was your exercise for today? I did 43 miles of bike riding. Tue, 3 Nov 2015 00:50:59 EST Cardio Training Does anyone know how long cardio training should last per session? <BR> <BR> Thanks. Mon, 2 Nov 2015 19:19:49 EST Time Change How is everyone dealing with the time change. I naturally wake up at 5 now I have woken up at 4 the last two mornings. I hope this changes soon!! Mon, 2 Nov 2015 17:46:01 EST Ski/snowboard... are you ready!? I am super excited! We went gear shopping a couple of weeks ago. Planning our first trip in 3 weeks. Cannot wait! Mon, 2 Nov 2015 10:37:01 EST Do You Prepare to Behave on Thanksgiving? I won't be making dinner this year for the family. Made reservations at a seafood restaurant instead, but I'm still mulling over how I will get through without overeating. Desserts and high calorie side dishes always get me....and it's a shame to go out and not get your money's worth (defeating thought -- huh?) <BR> <BR> What will you do to trim down your Thanksgiving dinner or what plans do you have to stick with your goals? <BR> <BR> <em>428</em> <em>427</em> <em>550</em> <em... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 10:06:23 EST Vanity Parking Did you ever just get mad when you see a vehicle parked over a line (and sometimes way over the line) and just wonder whatinthehell were they thinking when they did that? <BR> <BR> It has a name: Vanity Parking <BR> <BR> And though it'd be easy to just dismiss it as they're too stupid to or lazy to park right I bet you'd be surprised at just how many people do that ON PURPOSE!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Now some will tell you it's due to physical restrictiveness and that they aren't able to obtai... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 09:07:58 EST It's True! Some friends on SP have been telling me to fill up on fibre in the form of fresh fruits and veggies to chase away my hunger. <BR> <BR> Well, I had some fried rice for dinner today. I still felt hungry after dinner. I was planning on a cheese on rye sandwich later. But instead I cut up 1 huge juicy orange. I had abt half, my Dad ate the other half. To my surprise, I was full! I didn't want the cheese sandwich anymore! Sun, 1 Nov 2015 10:42:03 EST Is having a belly roll typical Of a woman with healthy weight or should I strive for the totally flat washboard abs of a fitness model? <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Nov 2015 02:07:54 EST Just for fun!! Least/most fav. commercials!! Seeing a commercial I cannot stand prompted this thread! :-) It's solely just for fun! <BR> <BR> Least favorite: <BR> The Cinnamon Toast Crunch with the people singling about their "Milkface"... That commercial drives me nuts! Here's a link. <BR> <BR> Also, the Geico Peter Pan class reunion commercial. <BR> <BR> What are yours?!? Sat, 31 Oct 2015 19:59:30 EST Gratitude I don't like that people think I'm ungrateful. If someone suggests yoga and i say it didn't work for me or I'm against concealer (basically because I'm worried about applying it wrong/ choosing the wrong shade/ it unexpectedly looking weird in photos/ not wanting to spend lots of money (concealer can be expensive) people say that I'm unappreciative. Since when does trepidation make you ungrateful? Sat, 31 Oct 2015 18:10:00 EST Happy Halloween! I love Halloween because it signifies autumn (in my part of the country). For the first time in many years, it will be a cold night for the kids. We get a good showing at our house and in our neighborhood. The goodie bags are packed up and ready to be given out and my husband will string up lights. We ran out of time to carve our pumpkins -- wonder if any of the regulars will notice. Our carvings have been pretty elaborate in the past. Be sure if you have kids that they are visible to c... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 12:05:08 EST I am always aware of how I look to others Have ever just thought about others may see you? I don't mean in a vanity way and I don't mean if they like you or not, I mean have you even had to think about how others, who don't know you, see you? <BR> <BR> I am a 53 Hispanic male (you can my pic as my avatar) and I am ALWAYS aware that when I'm in environments where people may not know me I do my best to act appropriately and I don't mean just obeying the law I mean like if I see an elderly person walking towards me I try to smile and b... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 13:34:57 EST Having Cable vs Not Having Cable Rose & I went nearly 2 years w/o having cable TV, yesterday we went back (Comcast) and for the same channels we had before we use to pay $188/mo and now we're going to be paying $109/mo and that includes our upgraded internet from 25 migs to 75 migs (not sure I got migs right). <BR> <BR> So, what shows to watch!? <BR> <BR> Suggestions welcomed. Fri, 30 Oct 2015 08:54:39 EST Now you can have TWO children.... in the People's Republic of China. <BR> <BR> w00t!!!!????????? <BR> <em>40</em> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 08:33:02 EST What can I do with rude ppl? The nurses and other patients at the dialysis center keep commenting on my belly fat! Even worse, some of them even have the audacity to even touch my belly. I've told them it was offensive, that I don't like it but they keep on doing it! <BR> <BR> Yes, it's a cultural thing. Asians are nosy that way! But it really distresses me bcoz I am taking action but as you know weight loss takes time and commenting and touching my belly won't make losing the fat there any faster but only serves to off... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 23:41:05 EST Vlogging...? Has anyone ever done a video blog? What did you think about it? What did you talk about? Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:27:08 EST Points for Fitness vs. Points for Reading Just did a great workout and love logging the minutes - but then thought, "Wait, I only get 1 point for every 5 minutes I work out? But I get 5 points for reading an article? That seems wonky." (Wonky is a worldwide accepted technical term.) Anyone else think that seems backwards? I think most people who like the competitive aspect of points would be more likely to exercise longer if they got a point per minute. And I SURE think that we earn it! Wed, 28 Oct 2015 07:17:20 EST Fitbit user and new to Sparks People I started my journey on Monday. I have lost 4.5 #. I'm sure it's water, but it's a start. I was so pleased it made me take my fitbit out of retirement and charge it up. I try to do over 5009 steps a day. I have bad kness and ankle problems, but I will keep on pushing. I really like this app. Wed, 28 Oct 2015 06:18:12 EST Finding My Spark Page I went under Community. There were 2 lines-Goals and Interests. The first line suggested either vacation or wedding. The 2nd line was JEFFGIRL my Spark I.D. To the left were questions which I answered twice. All were "up and down" arrows which could not be varied. After each, it showed no spark pages. This baffles me as I know I have a SparkPage and cannot access it, PLEASE Help! Wed, 28 Oct 2015 00:40:14 EST Flower tea! You can buy dried flowers from a Chinese med hall and make your own flower tea! Just add hot water! I bought some dried chrysanthemuns yesterday and I am now enjoying chrysanthemun tea! As a bonus, they look pretty too! <BR> <BR> I was so tempted to buy dried rosebuds and dried jasmine too but decided to finish my chrysanthemuns first. They don't last very long. Tue, 27 Oct 2015 23:09:13 EST Little Steps It's taking one day at a time and making little changes. I replaced half and half in my coffee to 1% milk. What's your little step? Tue, 27 Oct 2015 08:36:20 EST Ever think fate is biting you in the arse? SO - I re-introduced myself yesterday - was feeling that Monday blahs and hadn't been here in a while, so the intro wasn't very "me". So thought I'd just share this story - which hopefully will make you laugh vs. feel apathy for me. I mean, it is pathetic, but it's also quite funny, I thought.......... <BR> <BR> My family and I have been quite busy lately, which means a lot of quick fast foods and I was getting annoyed - they know it is not good for me and makes me angry! So I finally said ... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 08:01:19 EST How to know as much as a personal trainer? I dream of having a personal trainer. But since my income isn't going to double and a gym isn't going to be in walking distance of me anytime soon, I thought "If I knew as much as a trainer (or more) I wouldn't need one." I have to have my best body ever by May 2016, so how can I get that knowledge trainers have, without spending money? I'm not super bright and I have focus problem. (Just thought I'd bring up the challenges I have with learning) Tue, 27 Oct 2015 01:12:00 EST TV Spoilers on Social Media People who post spoilers of a show that just aired the night before should have their social media privileges revoked! My husband and I "cut the cord" and got rid of cable.. which also meant getting rid of AMC (The Walking Dead) so we watch that on Monday nights instead of Sundays, on I can't tell you how many of my Facebook friends went on FB giving stuff away, and that was when I woke up at 6am! There were more by lunchtime. So I basically know the big the thing that happened (whic... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 17:02:25 EST What foods do you hate the most and why? There are some foods I just can't eat. Take mushrooms, for's a fungus and I don't like the texture of them in my mouth..yuck! My other one is salmon...the smell reminds me of the beach at low tide! Mon, 26 Oct 2015 04:59:58 EST What makes your life easier? I'm always interested in making things easier. No matter what it is. What do you to make you life easier? Sun, 25 Oct 2015 15:19:43 EST Do you have your own garden? If you have your own garden, share which vegetables and plants you have. If not, and you've thought of doing your own gardening, what veggies and herbs do you have in mind that you just gotta have! <BR> <BR> Yum! <BR> <BR> Sun, 25 Oct 2015 15:00:49 EST Organic Health care Products Hey all!! <BR> <BR> So I've been transitioning over the last year to organic hair care products, organic make-up (which has been AWESOME for my skin) and other organic household products. <BR> <BR> Only problem is I'm only finding 1-2 companies and brands that offer organic shampoo and conditioners. Anyone have any personal experience with any products or brands? Any recommendations? I would love to hear them! <BR> <BR> Have a great day, <BR> <BR> Christine Sun, 25 Oct 2015 14:55:48 EST Hair Care? Okay this is going to be a long one, so bare with me: <BR> <BR> Last year when I started working for the bank I cut all my hair off into a bob. I donated the hair that was cut off (like 12 inches of hair) but I'm trying to grow my hair back out. This was prompted because a couple months ago my hair was actually FALLING out. I stopped the hair from falling out, and I started craving long hair to play with again. <BR> <BR> This is where I was at last year: <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 14:29:37 EST Sweet Justice! When I was in primary school, there was this boy and his gang that would constantly bully me. So much so that I often spent recess in tears. <BR> <BR> Fast forward to the end of high school. I attended an all girls high school while he attended the boy's school next door. <BR> <BR> He asked my 2 of my friends to arrange a meeting between him and me bcoz he was going to a college in England. Seems he now had the hots for me and wanted to say goodbye and make some kind of romantic pact. <BR> ... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 09:22:48 EST What do you eat for breakfast? So, I was trying to think of some ideas of what to eat for breakfast. Last week I had omelettes with ham, cheese and spinach. I have down the maple brown sugar oatmeal and even protein shakes. I would like to try some new items for breakfast this week. Please share what works for you for breakfast... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 20:58:39 EST Calorie intake- I take Levothyroxine and have been for months. Im 51 and 5'1 and weigh 186. I am tired all the time. I eat 1,000 calories per day and exercise, approximately , 6 days per week. <BR> <BR> How Many Calories am I supposed to eat?? Sat, 24 Oct 2015 20:42:43 EST A question for morning people Dear Morning People, <BR> <BR> I'm interested in waking up earlier so I can go for walks/runs. Problem is, I habitually sleep in even when I go to bed early! The alarm clock is also not a friend of mine. <BR> How did you become a morning person or is it something you're born with? Is there a certain wake up routine you have? Any advice for waking up early? Anything helps. Thanks! Sat, 24 Oct 2015 16:08:12 EST This isn't Fair!!! I received some cash from my Dad as a birthday present. I spent some of it on a pedi/mani today. My manicurist was even nice enough to give me a present of free nail art on 8 toes and 8 nails, which meant I got the entire set done at a fraction of the normal cost! <BR> <BR> But when I got home, my parents got mad at me for 'wasting money'! But it's my birthday! Don't I have the freedom to decide what I spent my money on? It's not like I get mani/pedis all the time, just occasionally. <BR> ... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 07:19:55 EST Rug hooking Do any of you hook rugs? Fri, 23 Oct 2015 14:46:18 EST I ate waaaaay too much today! I knew it! I should not have eaten those nuggets and wedges! Because of that small snack I am now waaaaay over in calories! <BR> <BR> I was at the mall with my Mom after dialysis. All I had at lunchtime was half a cucumber and a 4 fresh dates. So when we passed by KFC, my Mom suddenly craved chicken nuggets. I was hungry too, so I caved and share a large order of nuggets and wedges with her. <BR> <BR> I probably shouldn't have eaten dinner afte that, but I couldn't resist my Mom's cooking!... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 12:20:24 EST Is it ridiculous to believe in Santa Claus.. as an adult? <BR> <BR> Um, yes! <BR> <em>150</em> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 09:58:58 EST If you stopped communicating... with your friends (not family or business) starting right now, how long do you think it would be until you received either a message or phone call from them......obviously, not that it matters. <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I'm 53 now, it would be until I turn 70... <BR> <em>29</em> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 09:45:03 EST Anyone here improve their own vision? I'd love to be less reliant on glasses (I look better without them). I've heard eye exercises work. Anyone here improve vision without LASIK ? Fri, 23 Oct 2015 00:23:25 EST What's helping you? I need tips on losing weight, so what are some things you do to lose weight and to keep it off? I need tips, suggestions and support. I lose 2-5 lbs then turn around and gain them back. No health problems to keep me from it. Need willpower. Thank you. Thu, 22 Oct 2015 18:43:50 EST Does calorie counting work? I'm 6 days into changing my eating habits. I have been meticulous about tracking my food choices, but I'm honestly a little worried that all my hard work will be for naught. (Though the scale says I am 3 pounds lighter). Has food tracking worked for you? Thu, 22 Oct 2015 17:40:13 EST Drama....I'm starting to think it's me. Yes, once again, another FACEBOOK story......I know you're sick of hearing them and maybe you should just clack back to the main page of the cafe' because this one is just plain stupid. <BR> <BR> My daughter's and I are politically left, Rose and her family are politically right and her oldest is married to a minister and they self identify as Christian Right. <BR> <BR> I have this saying that may or may not irritate them (the oldest daughter and her minister husband), "We all need to celeb... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 13:22:41 EST All the small things... that confirm your definition of your healthiness. <BR> <BR> For me, I somehow feel that having the ability to put on my socks and shoes without the assistance of sitting or leaning on a chair makes me feel healthy and youthful. <BR> <BR> Being able to wear and pull off wearing a muscle shirt. <BR> <BR> Walking from far across the parking lot and not be winded. <BR> <BR> Being able to lift Rose's grand kids and know that I'm not hurting myself. <BR> <BR> <BR> What small things confirm yo... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 09:07:36 EST Happy Back to the Future Day! So, if you're a complete geek like me, today is the day that Marty & Doc traveled forward to in Back to the Future II. While we don't have holographic sharks coming out of movie theaters marquees, we do have computer tablets, video conferencing, and a whole lot of other cool stuff. So for Marty, 2015 was 30 years in the future and he got to see what his future life was like, then when he didn't like it he made changes to make it better. <BR> <BR> What do you see your life like in 30 (or ev... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 09:53:24 EST Got it? Flaunt it! Y or N? Do you subscribe to the notion that if you feel you're in great shape that you ought to "show off" (whatever that means) to the world? <BR> <BR> I'm gonna have to go a big YES on this one. When I am at goal weight (15 over currently) I wear muscle shirts or form fitted button down shirts. But like right now? Um, no...... <em>39</em> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 18:54:53 EST Haze and flus I haven't been able to exercise for a few days due to the terrible haze which cause my sore throat and stuffy nose. Lot's of ppl in Malaysia and Singapore are sick now due to the terrible air pollution. <BR> <BR> I hope I don't lose the muscle strength I've built so far bcoz of this enforced break! Tue, 20 Oct 2015 06:27:21 EST My birthday treat! I went to the movies last night with a friend. We saw Everest. I got 2 free tickets from the cinema bcoz I am an online member. The coupon is valid for the entire month of October. <BR> <BR> We had a light dinner before the show and I mean light. My friend is super slim while I am slightly overweight. We went to Burger King bcoz it was near the cinema. We shared a grilled chicken burger with cheese, an order of onion rings and iced lemon tea. If I had gone alone or with anyone else, I would ... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 03:14:34 EST hi everyone i am kathy097 hi Mon, 19 Oct 2015 23:14:15 EST Source for Pollution Free Organic Tea Hi Group! <BR> It seems that the areas where tea is normally grown has terrible air and water pollution. I drink a lot of green and black tea, and have become concerned that it is probably contaminated with pollutants, even if it is grown organically. Does anyone know of tea grown other places than asia? <BR> Thanks! <BR> Mike Mon, 19 Oct 2015 05:39:33 EST Do you think this works? <link> </link> <BR> <BR> They claim that the reason some ppl are fat is because of bad bacteria in the gut. In order to lose weight, you would have to feed the good bacteria and starve the bad. USD37 is a lot of money to invest for me. So, do you think this is legit? Sun, 18 Oct 2015 23:22:26 EST Quit Weight Watchers today! Hey everyone! Today I had my last weigh in at weight watchers. I signed up back in April weighing 240 pounds and today I was 181. Though I have lost almost 60 pounds following there program my heart isn't in it anymore! <BR> <BR> The meetings are becoming repetitive and I'm just not getting anything out of it anymore! As I've lost more weight the less I was able to eat and to be honest I felt like I was starving! <BR> <BR> Excited to start eating nuts and avocado again, all in portions t... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 14:24:54 EST Let's get to know each other: Music Edition! So this is a cafe... cafe's have music... and we are people who like music... <BR> <BR> Do you see where this is heading? I just want to know what kind of music you guys like here on sparkpeople! I've been here for almost a year now; who likes the same kind of music as me? Who has some good suggestions? Let's get to know each other! <BR> <BR> Ready? Go: <BR> <BR> All-Time Favorite song: Have you ever seen the rain by CCR <BR> This Weeks Favorite Song: Dear Boy by Avicii <BR> All Time Fav... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 12:33:33 EST The Holidays just HAVE to be P-E-R-F-E-C-T!!!!! Soooooooooooooooooooooooo, I feel very fortunate that I DON'T have to deal with family folks who have this personal motto. <BR> <BR> What about you!? Let's hear your stories. <BR> <em>446</em> <em>424</em> Fri, 16 Oct 2015 11:38:14 EST Just cannot stop eating! I really, really have to be more mindful of my eating habits! I snack all day, and I mean ALL day! It's like I am constantly hungry! I don't know what is the matter with me! <BR> <BR> Because of this, I am in trouble at the dialysis center too! They just can't clear my excess fluids because I am taking in too much! This is bad! This is REALLY BAD!!! I really don't want fluids having to be sucked out of my lungs, I hear it's REALLY PAINFUL!!! <BR> <BR> But what can I do? My appetite is too ... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 01:20:51 EST One way street It just isn't fair! I m constantly opening and closing the door for others at the dialysis center I go to but this morning, I forgot to close the door after coming in and everyone attacks me! <BR> <BR> Whatever happened to give and take? I m always serving others but I forget once and everyone gets on my case! It's just not fair. <BR> <BR> Well, I weighed myself and took my blood pressure and placed my file in first position. Then the person in 2nd position yelled very fiercely that I left ... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 00:48:09 EST Took a week off of working out So I do this on a regular basis usually every 8 weeks of steadily working I take off an entire week to give my body a break. <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago was a good time to do it since we were all busy with the death of Nina. This past Monday was my first day back; Monday Shoulders, Tuesday Back & Bicep, Today (Thurs) Chest & Tricep tomorrow will be Leg Day and Saturday will be TRAP DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I am completely sore already. ... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 12:42:27 EST Veggie Recipes I am a veggie fanatic! I need new recipes though!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> I just made some delicious baked Summer Squash with pepper, garlic powder and parmesan cheese!!!! Yum! Thu, 15 Oct 2015 11:03:37 EST It just got real! I only got 6 months and two weeks before my sister's wedding. I'm scared I'm going to look like I do now. I want to look amazing.I want to be lean and in the best shape ever. I have been trying extra hard to improve over the past couple days. The extra effort feels like work. When does it feel like a lifestyle and not "work"? Thu, 15 Oct 2015 09:53:19 EST Your resting face... LOL! My resting face is like a mug shot! <BR> <BR> My wife's resting face seems like she's thinking of something funny. <BR> <BR> My soon to be step son-in-law has a resting b*tch face. Thu, 15 Oct 2015 09:40:18 EST Toilet Paper - Two Questions An intellectual topic of vital importance for the day ! LOL... <BR> <BR> Two questions <BR> <BR> 1) When loading the toilet paper roll, does the paper go over the top or under ? <BR> <BR> 2) 2 ply or single ? <BR> <BR> My answers <BR> <BR> 1) the paper goes over the top <BR> <BR> 2) single ply because it's cheaper than 2 ply <BR> <BR> How about you folks ? <BR> Wed, 14 Oct 2015 12:20:54 EST Social Media is now a part of life... Ok, so not to you, of course, nor any of us here on SP BUT, it's been my recent experience that some folks use social media as an extension of their real lives. <BR> <BR> case in point, (once again my Brother-in-law and his wife) my wife's brother, who has a joint FB account) unfriended all of my wife's children last week and got mad when my wife had a conversation with about my MIL's affairs and she didn't mention anything about the unfriending frenzy, LOL! He said to her that she should kn... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 10:07:41 EST What do you do in the evening? After work and dinner is put away. What do you do with your time? Wed, 14 Oct 2015 09:37:21 EST I have been sooooo bad! I've been overeating for days now! Don't know why but I've been constantly hungry! What's wrong with me? I don't even dare track bcoz I know I will go over my calories! <BR> <BR> I've been overweight at dialysis too! I am just so mad at myself, it's not funny! My tightest pair of jeans is so super tight now! I can barely button it, tried it on the other day. Granted, I wore it in my 20s. Is it even possible to go back to that size? I am in my 40s. Wed, 14 Oct 2015 00:27:35 EST MTHFR deficiency anyone else heard of this, or been diagnosed with it? <BR> Would be nice not to feel alone. <BR> Essentially, it is a genetic deficiency affecting enzymes. <BR> <BR><BR>-integrationist/201409/genetic-mutatio<BR>n-can-affect-mental-physical-health Tue, 13 Oct 2015 16:14:10 EST Being called an "Einstein" Is the notion of encountering a really smart person somehow a bad thing to you or does anyone you know GET offended or intimidated by really smart people? <BR> <BR> I define "smart people" as those who have high IQ's or who are intellectuals/free thinkers or those that just really good at stuff, lol! Tue, 13 Oct 2015 12:47:05 EST 5/2 Way of Life Does anyone else utilize this lifestyle or am I alone? :) This is my 3rd week, and I am completely committed for the long haul. The health benefits alone are worth it, but the sense of control I've gained and the weight loss is definitely a bonus. If there's anyone else focusing on 5/2 as well, what days do you do and how's it going? Mon, 12 Oct 2015 21:57:40 EST USING CAP'S !! IT HAS COME TO MY ATTENTION ( AGAIN) THAT I USE CAP'S TO YELL. THAT IS NOT IY INTENTION. AGAIN ( FOR THE 4 TH TIME) PEOOPLE HAVE COMPLAINED ABOUIT ME USING CAP'S. I'VE HAD 2 CATARACT'S SURGERIES AND CAN'T READ OR SEND ANY MESSAGES. I A, AN OL' LADY GIVE ME A BRTEAK. IF I CAN DO THE <em>311</em> ING & <em>418</em> ING I CAN SURE HECK USE CAP'S.AID MY PEACE. THOSE WHO DON'T LIKE IT DON'T POST ME BACK GOOD NIGHT Mon, 12 Oct 2015 19:14:56 EST New Email Address But Keep Same Password Could someone PLEASE tell me how to change to a new email on SparkPeople and keep the same password, Would greatly appreciate it. Sun, 11 Oct 2015 16:44:56 EST Fitbit step goal This week I plan in reaching my fitbit step goal 3x in a row...anybody else up for that challenge Sun, 11 Oct 2015 11:56:25 EST Halloween: your plans? I'm creating a small costume for my grand-daughter... and have two small pumpkins ready to decorate. This year we're also going to do milk jug "pumpkins" with glow sticks in them on the driveway. On Halloween we'll be home to enjoy seeing the neighborhood kid's costumes. Last year we had about 50 little ones come by.... (and yes, they each got some candy...which meant I didn't have leftovers to worry about!!) <BR> <BR> Happy Halloween...and to those who celebrate the traditional el Dia d... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 11:51:51 EST Favorite Holiday/Winter Tradition With the holidays almost upon us, what is your favorite holiday or winter tradition? <BR> <BR> Sun, 11 Oct 2015 09:36:37 EST sport brain Hi - I used to follow Sport Brain avidly (ok, I'm dating myself). I'm looking for that kind of competion/connection again. Anyone know what I mean? Sun, 11 Oct 2015 00:01:02 EST Out of Control Appetite When I exercise regularly, even when it's only 30 minutes 5 days per week, my appetite is out of control and I end up gaining weight. I struggle with keeping on track with calorie intake and getting regular exercise at the same time. Anyone know why that would be? Sat, 10 Oct 2015 23:04:16 EST Bruises I fell down my basement steps a week ago and have an enormous bruise on my left butt and left upper arm. Does anybody have any getting rid of bruises fast ideas? My dr said ice it, I have and will. It looks so bad. Any help or ideas would be appreciated Sat, 10 Oct 2015 22:42:03 EST If Money Were No Object (Just for Fun) What would you buy ? Let's say you won Powerball and your first check is for $20 million. You know that you're going to give some money charity and some money to friends/family. What is one thing you would buy for yourself ? <BR> <BR> I would start booking first class plane tickets as well as passage on cruise ships. I'd take one year off to see the world. When I get back, I'll think about getting a part time job to keep busy. <BR> <BR> <em>388</em> <em>535</em> <em>218</em> <e... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 14:33:08 EST I NEED HELP PLEASE I got a question I just got a new job where I work at a restaurant doing things such as doing dishes, cutting up vegetables, lifting items such as 50 pound bags of potatoes, tearing down a salad bar and refilling it, putting food and new dishes out, cooking on the grill, and sweeping and mopping. I was just wondering can someone tell me am I burning calories while I do all of this and if so how much? I asked other web sited but every one has a different answer I want as close to real as I can... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 12:04:18 EST When do you weigh yourself? I know most people weight themselves in the morning. I, however, have been working out of town for 6 months. I don't have regular access to a scale. <BR> <BR> I weight myself every Friday evening, fully clothed, at the gym. I know it means the number I record is higher than it should be. I figure that I have so much to lose, bring a few pounds off is no biggie. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 07:52:54 EST What kind of pets, if any, do you have? I have 1 Pomeranian, who thinks she is the queen of the house and 2 cats who don't care what she thinks! All my pets are and have been rescued animals. Fri, 9 Oct 2015 13:33:08 EST My Spark Page!! At last! It's taken me 3 and a half years to get my Spark page made. <em>234</em> . <BR> So I'd love it if some of you drop by and 'friend' me! And I'll friend lots of you too - just don't know where to start as there's so many on here! Fri, 9 Oct 2015 12:26:35 EST Columbus Day Weekend - Canadian Thanksgiving Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian Sparkers !! It's Columbus Day weekend here in the US. <BR> <BR> Who has Monday off as the holiday ? How many people took today off or will be leaving early to start the long weekend ? Who is just stuck working ? LOL <BR> <BR> My last company used to give us Columbus Day, not my current job. So, I will be working. Today is a regular day for me too. How about you folks ? Any plans for the weekend ? I'm having lunch with a cousin. <BR> <BR> Fri, 9 Oct 2015 12:21:27 EST Guilty feeling Yesterday, just for fun, I commented on a friend’s facebook post of a nice apple and cinnamon cake something like: “Looks nice for tomorrow morning! &#61514;” <BR> <BR> Well she is one of those sweetie pies and off course she brought me a small slice this morning. <BR> <BR> It was indeed a very small slice and it was very good, but I can’t help feeling guilty that I ate it, in a weekday, when I know I’ll be dining out tonight. <BR> <BR> Paranoid much?! <BR> <BR> How did you learn to let... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 05:51:01 EST Just for the sake of discussion! Wouldn't it be nice to be so rich that you can say : "money is no object!" and you can just buy whatever you want whenever you want! <BR> <BR> To be able to afford everything your heart desires without having to contemplate or save up for it! <BR> <BR> Sigh! Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:57:51 EST Stress & health/weight? Does stress really impact health and weight? I have heard it has negative effects. What are your experiences with stress and health? Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:02:50 EST Malice Wordsmithing So, a 'wordsmith' is someone who's good with words. <BR> <BR> Do you know someone who fits that but uses their skill maliciously? <BR> <BR> Simple example (though most examples are probably far more complicated): <BR> <BR> Me: Hey, why don't you and the family come over for dinner next Sunday? <BR> Him: What a wonderful idea! <BR> Me: Come over about 5 o'clock, we're making BBQ chicken. <BR> Him: I LOVE BBQ chicken! <BR> <BR> Next Sunday they are a no show, when I ask where are they his ... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 15:20:26 EST Weight loss pyramid schemes...grrrrr!!! It is so frustrating to see so many people on social media advertising and selling all of those gimmicky products that promise effortless weight loss! Plexus, It Works, etc. are all over the place and it really annoys me. The saddest part is that people actually believe the claims and waste their money on this stuff. Sure, you may temporarily lose weight, have more energy, etc. but do you really want to spend your money on this overpriced, chemical-laden crap for the rest of your life? Why no... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 03:32:25 EST Why are cold cuts so pricey? I love cold cuts because they are so convenient when you want a quick sandwich but why do they have to be so pricey?! I don't buy them often, usually I settle for canned tuna. Wed, 7 Oct 2015 01:46:54 EST Anyone else get snow? Was surprised to wake up this morning and see snow on the peaks (11,000 feet). <BR> It has rained for the last two days and we are expecting freezing temps overnight. <BR> <BR> Anyone else get snow? <BR> Tue, 6 Oct 2015 23:22:42 EST ItWorks products Has anyone tried them? Tue, 6 Oct 2015 18:20:54 EST Question about posts I am new and I have a question about my message board posts. When I post, my spark page link does not show up in the box to the left where my picture, my user name, etc. is. What do I need to do? Tue, 6 Oct 2015 17:16:16 EST What the Heck is WRONG with this Chick?! Our office is very small, and open. Basically, if I'm talking on the phone, unless I whisper, the entire office can hear me. I don't have a door, but one department does: the IT department. And the IT chick is BLASTING like old MC Hammer music or something. I have my headphones on and I can barely hear what I'm listening to. UGH I AM SO ANGRY AND ANNOYED! Why would you think that's ok? I want to go shut her door. Is that rude of me? Tue, 6 Oct 2015 16:57:00 EST Did you get your flu shot? My work mandates we get them. I am going this afternoon Tue, 6 Oct 2015 15:56:38 EST Offensive & Misleading ads on SP Does anyone else here get the Skinnymint ads when they browse here? Now, we all know that slimming teas and pills don't work, much less on 28 days, as the ad claims. <BR> <BR> I think SP should remove ads like these! What dyou think? Tue, 6 Oct 2015 10:05:38 EST Costume Jewellery or the Real Thing? Would you rather save up till you can get nice white gold and diamond earrings/pendant/whatever or would you rather have many sets of costume jewellery or fake but stylish stuff? <BR> <BR> I have both but understandably I don't have many pairs of the real stuff. I can never have too many earrings! I LOVE earrings! <BR> <BR> Right now, I'm saving up for a pair of solitaire earrings. Might take me a few years though............ Tue, 6 Oct 2015 08:28:18 EST help!! After about 3 years on SP I've finally made my Spark page but people can't get into it. What do I do to make it so it's not private? <BR> Also it says that I don't allow comments. How do I change that? Tue, 6 Oct 2015 08:18:43 EST Starting over for the last time! I am 31 years old and have been dealing with weight related issues for roughly half of my life and I am DONE! I've been on and off the weight loss rollercoaster more times than I can count...lose 10 pounds, gain back 15, repeat. Now my body is rebelling back against me and the time to take back control is NOW. I have several health issues, including PCOS, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hypothyroid, type 2 diabetes, and depression/anxiety. This is absolutely ridiculous to me and makes ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 02:38:59 EST Question about community team member/ private team <em>524</em> My name is Marty! I am on my 8th month on spark people. I have really not explored the community home, message boards, spark page, member blogs or spark stories. Somehow while I was exploring I hit and got on community team member! I am clueless how I did that and what it is! Plus I deleted myself from the private team hoping that would get me off this team. It didn't now I'm out of the team and now I am very confused as to what to do! Help-please explain what I am in? ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:51:52 EST question My spinners aren't working! What's wrong? When I tried to spin for my points this morning, the screen came up blank. Then later, when I had earned 25 points, the bonus spinner didn't work, either! What is going on??? Is it just me and my antique computer? Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:28:09 EST Recording Steps I noticed halfway through September that the team leaderboards now include a step count. So from October 1st I started entering my steps each day. I just use a pedometer so nothing clever like syncing. But in the team Leaderboards my steps show as zero. In one sense it's no big deal - but I'm curious as to why they're not showing up. Does anyone know what I'm doing wrong? Mon, 5 Oct 2015 05:18:56 EST LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS <BR> I have a great new team "FIT TEMPLES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT". <BR> Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost and it is up to us to maintain these bodies. I am inviting team members who are team players. In this team we are encouraged to stay active and keep fit. <BR> <BR> I have just opened an Oct. challenge today that encourages being active everyday with Sunday being rest. The winner at the end of the month receives a goodie. <BR> <BR> I would love for you to join. Just click on my pi... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 14:42:01 EST Teeth Healthier Than Body Or Vice Versa? Curious about this as I have been healthy in my body all my life but seem to have horrible teeth. I have spent thousands in root canals, caps to go over the root canals, fillings, gum surgery, etc, etc. <BR> <BR> I was wondering if you find you have been healthier in one over the other in a drastic way as I have. Most curious from people over 40 as I know they now seal children's teeth so they don't get cavities. I don't know when that started. <BR> <BR> Thanks Sun, 4 Oct 2015 13:54:46 EST Mad at myself for missing exercise session! I wasn't sore. I didn't even have a good reason to skip my exercise session. I just procrastinated till it was too late! Now I am kicking myself for not exercising today! Sun, 4 Oct 2015 13:14:07 EST Emergency! I'm going shopping on Oct 10. I didn't lose the weight I'd wanted to-any of it! I want to have fun shopping. How can I be a little smaller by then? I'm not asking for a 15 pound weight loss. Just a little smaller. If my stomach isn't flatter at all won't even be able to look at pants. I have a lot of stress if I try to stress less will my gut go away this week? Sun, 4 Oct 2015 10:49:06 EST I had kind of a light bulb moment yesterday... I've struggled with my weight for much of my adult life, not a unique problem, I know! The hardest has been since having my 3 kids - my oldest is 11 now. I have been up and down with my weight, but never getting back to my pre-3-kids weight. To be honest, I'm OK with never getting back to my "before kids body". I lost about 35lbs about 3 years ago and felt great, but I let is slowly come back on. <BR> <BR> I turned 40 this year, I'm OK with that too :) I have returned back to college ... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 10:34:21 EST I Can't Do A Day Without . . . I can't start my day out without having two cups of coffee with 1% milk, and it has to be good coffee too. I grind my own. Any time I get lousy coffee at restaurants or have to skip my morning coffee, I think about it all day and stay pretty cranky about it. Even making up for it later in the day doesn't help much. I'm hoping to make a habit out of walking my neighborhood too every day, but I'm not there yet -- I used to have an addiction for doing that daily, and I don't know what happen... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 09:43:42 EST Enticing Advertising I was just going about my business on SparkPeople, and an advertisement showed up on the left side of my screen for Marie Callendar's pies. Boy, did that Cream Pie look mouthwatering. I know that the advertisers keep SparkPeople a free site (thank goodness for that), and I'm not complaining, but some ads just don't make sense on this site when I'm trying so hard to lose weight. I try not to look, but there it was! 1/9th (a sliver) of those little pies is 350 calories (the equivalent of wh... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 09:35:26 EST Are you going through menopause? Smile. I am. <BR> <BR> Do you think it makes it harder to lose weight? Sat, 3 Oct 2015 00:47:52 EST Do you keep a weight loss journal? What do you keep in it? <BR> <BR> I'm thinking of starting one with quotes, verses, pictures, journaling and more. A record of where I have been.... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 00:46:21 EST Importing recipes vs entering manually Is it possible to import recipes via Pinterest or other websites to save having to enter every ingredient manually? I love everything about tracking on Sparkpeople, except manually entering every recipe I make. Using one in the database that is "close enough" doesn't seem like the best way to go for accurate tracking. <BR> Fri, 2 Oct 2015 12:36:08 EST Who has over 100 pounds to lose? How do you stay motivated? <BR> I am so out of shape, I don't even know where to start. Thu, 1 Oct 2015 23:38:06 EST What do you say to yourself (for encouragement)? I am starting over - have been distracted for the last 5 years with life and multiple reno's, but the ONE quote that encourages me is a bible verse... <BR> <BR> I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 <BR> <BR> What quotes / verses help you? Thu, 1 Oct 2015 23:36:49 EST Anyone else starting over? I was here years ago but got too busy with life and a reno, and I am now just starting again. <BR> It's quite overwhelming and I have next to no motivation, but I am trying one day at a time and I am here. Thu, 1 Oct 2015 23:32:35 EST What is the ONE thing you do to lose weight? I was listening to the radio today and heard this statement concerning saving money. It made me think of losing weight. <BR> SO what is the ONE thing you are focusing on this week to lose weight? Thu, 1 Oct 2015 23:28:52 EST Cold sculpting? Does it work? There's this new treatment I read abt in a health and fitness mag called cold sculpting. Basically they put your love handles in a sort of clamp. Then, the machine literally kills your fat cells by freezing them. <BR> <BR> Then you go home and within 2 to 3 months, your own body will eliminate the dead fat cells and your love handles will be gone. <BR> <BR> This treatment is not for ppl with a lot of fat to lose. It's for ppl of a healthy weight who can't get rid of excess fat in specific a... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 22:01:01 EST Where your life is/was at... So for those who've finally made a change, and made it stick, whether it's still a work in progress or if you've already reached your goals, looking back, what made this time different than all the other "tries?" <BR> <BR> I'm interested to see if there's a trend on how we are feeling in our personal lives. <BR> <BR> For me, I've tried on and off for about 5+ years to lose the extra. In that time, I did not feel in control of my life - I didn't particularly feel out of control, but at the s... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 11:31:30 EST cadiac diet has anyone tried the 3 day diet? Thu, 1 Oct 2015 09:07:34 EST New clothes I need to lose about 150 lbs and am wondering about a weight loss wardrobe. I know I don't need a WHOLE WARDROBE and only plan on buying staples. i.e. one pair of jeans, a couple shirts, and some work outfits. I know everyone's body is different but I'm a chronic planner and I need to budget this stuff. <BR> <BR> Soooooo... <BR> <BR> For those people who have lost a significant amount of weight, how often did you buy new clothes? Wed, 30 Sep 2015 13:45:13 EST Weight loss buddy/penpall I'm a 38 yo office worker, in a committed relationship. <BR> <BR> I'm almost at half my weight loss journey and I would really like to find someone to share my journey, my progresses, my fails. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for a friend(s), someone I can lean on, but that can count on me to cheer them up through their journey too. <BR> <BR> As I don't have always online access to the internet, I would like to correspond by email. <BR> <BR> If you're looking for someone similar, please don't hesit... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 05:44:47 EST Any good/bad experiences on Lyrica for Fibro? Anyone have any good or bad experiences from taking Lyrica for Fibromyalgia? I've already tried just about everything else and this is my last go round. I just started taking it a couple of weeks ago and already, I've gained about 3 pounds. I could be wrong but I also feel like my hair is falling out a little faster than normal. It seems to be helping the fibro pain slightly but I know my dosage is going to have to be increased. I'm not sure if it's related but I also just got a really ... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 12:39:22 EST Girls, need your experiences! As any of you experienced more painfull periods after starting your weight loss journey? <BR> <BR> I was always told the exercising would help with bad periods, but the past two months I've been having back pains, heavy headaches, and now even stomack cramps and pulling in my thighs! <BR> <BR> I always had mild headaches and I'm on the pill. But I don't remember this kind of pain since I was a teen. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for your help. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 05:32:22 EST Does any body read my blog's !! YOU'D BE SURPRISED IN IDEA'S <em>3</em> THAT I'VE THOUGHT OF Mon, 28 Sep 2015 19:20:59 EST Who remembers playing this? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My sister and her stupid friends (7 years older than me) would play this game all-the-time and I was never allowed to watch. <BR> <em>234</em> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:13:20 EST Intro Hello all, just trying to get healthier; not just loose weight, I hope that all are well! <BR> <BR> Kind regards, <BR> <BR> Danielle Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:43:13 EST Slimfast Hi just wondering is there anybody here on the slim fast plan? I've started today and would love if there was somebody else that could be my slim fast "buddy" as such. I don't want any comments saying its no good and all that jazz cause I've no interest in negativity! Thanks :) Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:28:03 EST Emu oil? I'm wondering if anyone has taken this orally? I have a lot of pain and have been using it topically and it does help with pain, but they say that it can lower cholesterol and even help with weight loss wondering if anyone has used this before and if they experienced any side effects if taken orally... Thanks Sun, 27 Sep 2015 18:10:26 EST Horray!!!! It fits!!!! Hi, a pic of me in my cheongsam (Chinese traditional dress) as promised!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 01:18:43 EST What I have been doing I never talk much about what I have been doing. So I thought I would. I switched my workouts. Instead of "jogging" I do HIIT, which takes more effort than half hearted jogging. I have cut back some on eating. I have lost 2 lbs this month. That's a lot for one month for me (I average about 1/2 lb to 1 lb -if I lose anything). I do wish it was more weight loss though. <BR> I went to my closet today, faced reality, and pulled out some things that were 10 or more years old and aren't going to f... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 21:12:31 EST What GLUTE exercises do you do? I recently started to do hip thrusts off of the bench rather than barbell glute bridges. <BR> <BR> What do you do? <BR> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 13:24:19 EST An Historical Event 1981 Copy & Paste into your browser (I always keep getting a bad link) <BR> <link><BR>I_-K1w </link> <BR> <BR> Do you remember where you were when first heard of this? <BR> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 13:10:55 EST What's "weird" about you? So, I have this "thing" about turning around like wind and unwind......ugh......if I turn around to the left the next time I have to turn I turn to the right or visa-versa. <BR> <BR> No one really knows and my wife didn't notice until last year when we were working out and she noticed everytime I would re-rack the weights I kind of made a funny twist she said. Fri, 25 Sep 2015 08:31:31 EST Help! CalMed Diet/motivation Hi! I am trying to do the California Medical Weightloss diet and the first 6 days is protein only. I cannot seem to get the motivation to start it! My biggest problem/excuse is that I work long hours as a hospice nurse and while breakfast and lunch aren't really a problem, by the time I come home at night and have to make dinner for 4 other very picky family members, Thu, 24 Sep 2015 19:35:07 EST Any comments or thoughts on quinoa ? I just boiled 2 chicken breast with spices & seasonings and garlic then I cooked the quinoa in 2 cups of the broth but I don't know if I'm sold on it. How about anybody else ? Thoughts ? Suggestions ? Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:30:10 EST NEROTHY WITH TYPE2 DIETBETIS HI! HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU, WITH THIS NEROTHY THAT IS UP TO MY HIPS I CANNOT EXERCISE VERY WELL DOES ANYONE KNOW OF ANY KIND OF EXERCISE I CAN DO ? <em>24</em> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:14:48 EST Yoga - Size Doesn't Matter - Meet Valerie Sagun Many people believe that have to be super slim in order to do yoga. This is a total misconception. And here's the proof. This woman is doing poses that I can't do. At least, not yet. I need a lot of practice. <BR> <BR> So, for those of you who feel they lack flexibility or would like to become more flexible, don't be afraid to try yoga because you think you're too big. You're not. Like all beginners who started yoga, you learn pose modifications. <BR> <BR> There are more photos in the art... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 12:36:58 EST AIRBNB I just heard about this on a local NPR station and then just yesterday a colleague of mine told me that her and her husband are getting a place this weekend to stay at. I looked it up and ma unsure what to think. The prices look great, though. <BR> <BR> What's your opinion? Wed, 23 Sep 2015 10:05:36 EST Am I being unreasonable? I volunteered to be a backup singer in church. However, the person planning the duty roster slotted me to be an usher and took away my slot to sing one week in October. <BR> <BR> I don't mean to be difficult but I resent that I wasn't even consulted for this change of duty! I wouldn't have minded singing on a different date but making me an usher when I never volunteered to be one is rather high handed imho! <BR> <BR> I strongly feel like skipping church that day! I am so upset! Wed, 23 Sep 2015 00:35:55 EST need ambition I just don't feel like it.... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 18:20:25 EST The Weight on Your Driver's License: Accurate? Ok...time to get out that little card, and see if you are due for an update!! <BR> Is your listed weight: <BR> Within 5 lbs of your current weight? <BR> Under by more than 5lbs? <BR> Over by more than 5lbs? <BR> <BR> I confess: right now, the weight on mine is going to be a motivator: its under by about 7 lbs, and since I'm too lazy to waste time getting it fixed, I have to get down about 5 pounds!! <em>198</em> <BR> While you've got it sure to check you aren't expired.... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 11:35:20 EST Seeking a virtual workout buddy. No gym membership here. Have everything I need at home. Problem is nobody cares! Lol, Seeking accountability partner. Facebook, text, whatever suits you best! I have a personal goal to cut my B.m.I in half! Message me or add me and I will send my #...T/y Mon, 21 Sep 2015 23:08:17 EST Photoshop Skin for Real Life? My sister is getting married in May. I'm a guest so I need to have photo ready skin. My skin is dry and flaky. I have dark circles under my eyes despite sleeping 6-8 hrs a night. And my job involves a lot of germs. I don't have money to spend on expensive creams (basically if it is featured in a magazine it is out of my price range). I don't want to use things that are full of chemicals and artificial colors (I don't believe I should be forced to use such things by my income). <BR> I don't ... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:18:31 EST My TATTOO!!!!!! October 6th I will be going to my first of what may be several long sessions for my tattoo. <BR> <BR> I have thought about this for about 7 years now and have had my doubts because of how permanent it is but alas, I know what I want and that took over a year to figure out. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's very detailed and pretty elaborate but it's what I want and what I'm ready to live with until the end o... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 09:16:12 EST Bored stupid! Hi, everyone! I am having dialysis right now and I am bored stupid! <BR> <BR> Pls post here to interact with me with memes or whatever! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 21 Sep 2015 01:10:22 EST I don't like this! Now my pants are looser in the waist but tighter in the butt! What gives?! Should I stop doing squats and other butt exercises? Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:44:00 EST DO YOU EAT A LARGE OR SMALL BREAKFAST? I find when I eat a large breakfast I am less hungry during the day and wind up eating less calories by days end. What about you? Sun, 20 Sep 2015 10:15:38 EST EVERYONE Close the computer right now for ten minutes, do something and come back and tell us what you did...............I'll go first. BYE for now. Sat, 19 Sep 2015 14:52:05 EST Travel Sites Have you ever booked a hotel using a travel site? Is one better than another? Ever had any trouble? <BR> <BR> Just curious I seem to find better deal on sites like tripadisor & Kayak but I'm wondering what the down side is. I don't want to show up and be disappointed. Sat, 19 Sep 2015 11:21:17 EST Clothing Company Recommendations? I have long had trouble with jackets. Sleeves tend to dig into my arms. This was before I started weight lifting. That changed how some of my jackets fit, making them tighter in the arms. I need to replace them. I'm a size 6 or 8. I love Kate Middleton's casual outfits, even though I'm more eccentric (just an idea of my style). What clothing lines are might have enough room for my muscular arms? Sat, 19 Sep 2015 09:36:35 EST Film - The Invention of Lying<BR>A <BR> <BR> Copy and paste the address into your browser, the link seems to be bad when I "link" it. <BR> <BR> TOO FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 16:08:15 EST Diverting ads are very frustrating Anyone else tired of the way ads are being done on the internet? Not happy with the ads that are taking me to a different site when I just want to move from one conversation to another. I realize they want to keep the site free but free or not if its frustrating people are going to quit doing it. Fri, 18 Sep 2015 15:24:40 EST scrolling ads in my food tracker are making me CRA ANY ideas in how to turn them off, would be most appreciated! <BR> I tried settings, and that is grayed out. Thu, 17 Sep 2015 16:08:58 EST soooo,.....I finally put on some jeans I live in the Ohio Valley and the last couple of evenings it's been cool enough to wear jeans... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The good news is that my thighs and butt are firm as they've even been; the bad news is that they're a little tight around the man-belly area. <BR> <em>40</em> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 16:05:10 EST Wanted: Good Frozen Food Recommendations I'm generally a healthy food eater. We pick farm veggies, freeze them, and even grow our own. When my spouse is home, we prepare all of our meals by scratch, counting all the calories, etc. On occasion, though, I am on my own for lunch and/or dinner and don't want to prepare an involved meal for myself. Therefore, I keep a small stock of low-cal, healthy frozen foods on hand that I can microwave in minutes. Shopping for these meals is a nightmare for me because I usually don't buy them. ... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 15:59:27 EST "Catfishing" cruel bullying tactic "Catfishing" <BR> To lure (someone) into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona. <BR> "he was being catfished by a cruel prankster" <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>-------------------------- <BR> <BR> What the CRAP!? <BR> <BR> I recently talked to a mom of a teenaged daughter who had this done to her and the mom said it's running amok in her daughter's high school. <BR> <BR> This is very low and it makes me sad. <BR> <BR> Have YOU ever heard of this? I hea... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 11:55:08 EST Prioritizing Vs. Procrastinating I'm trying to make more time but I decide to do something later it feels like procrastinating instead of prioritizing. I feel as if I should be doing everything now. Saying "I'll do it later" feels lazy. Thoughts Thu, 17 Sep 2015 10:25:00 EST What happens when you hit GOAL I started recording my weight on Sparkpeople in 2011 and I set my goal 77kg. <BR> <BR> Since then my graph is quite interesting, a static run for a couple of years, then once I really put my ind to this stead loss. <BR> <BR> I peaked at 147kg and now I am just 1kg away from my initial goal. I have reset my goal a bit lower, but this is more in fear of not having a weight goal to work towards - frankly 77kg is about right for me. <BR> <BR> What comes next ? How do i make sure I don't slip... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 08:25:19 EST Your results?? Hey everyone! I've only been apart of SP for a few days now. I'm curious to know how much weight have you lost as a result of being a part of this? I'm super excited to have stumbled across it! :D Thu, 17 Sep 2015 02:56:54 EST Recipe Flops Got a really nice low-cal recipe from a famous "everything" site this morning for roasting okra (I usually toss it with corn meal and fry it in a couple tablespoons of oil), and it totally didn't turn out the way the recipe said it would. Followed the directions to a tee, but I think the problem must have been that the okra I get where I live is probably a little dryer than what the author of the recipe gets. Anyway, it was like eating wood. Hate that when it happens. <BR> <BR> Any of you... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 22:21:57 EST FDA approved the gastric balloon! This non-invasive procedure has been available for several years in other it...also called the Intra-gastric balloon or the Duo Balloon procedure....inserted endoscopically, inflated, and left in place for 6 months before more complicated than a colonoscopy. <BR> Trials have been very successful. <BR> So, does anybody know anybody who has had this done, as part of a trial or on their own? <BR> Does anybody know of anyone who is performing this yet? <BR> I assu... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 20:43:23 EST Gym Fat-shames Woman for Quitting on Principle She left the gym after quite a bit of ongoing success with her program, because, despite being comfortable working out around "muscle heads", she didn't support its use and promotion of their just-acquired tanning beds (as being unhealthy and (possibly) not ecologically sound) ... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ad-to-break-up-with-my-gym </link> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 22:58:52 EST Sparkpeople e-mail wish I really wish we could earn more than 8 points per day reading our daily mail. Sometimes my e-mails pile up and it would be nice to increase this to 10 points (e-mails) per day. Tue, 15 Sep 2015 19:30:01 EST Sweepstakes entry It says when you have 300 spark points, you get a sweepstakes entry. I now have 705 points but have never received any entries. How do I get these? <BR> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 16:37:27 EST Favorite Childhood Memories I've been trying to get over some serious anger, so I've been thinking of things that make me happy. This makes me think of some memories from my childhood, mostly of my mom. <BR> <BR> She's the best. I remember one time after soccer, she picked up me and my friends and she said she wasn't going to bring the car to a stop even once the whole way home. When she came up to a stop light she just slowwwwwwed down hardcore, but didn't stop. Oh, we got such a kick out of it! During the summer she ... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 16:30:01 EST Nuisance phone calls Do you get nuisance phone calls across the pond? I've had about 4 today, in spite of having blocked several numbers and telling every caller that I don't answer questions on the phone and would they please remove me from their database. <BR> Mostly they want my valuable opinion about certain issues. Or they want to tell me about the accident I had in the car (which I know nothing about) or the viruses on my computer. Today someone wanted to talk about the unsecured debts that I don't have. An... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 15:52:04 EST Logic I started a thread about this before but its buried way deep in the thread pages. <BR> <link><BR>mandments-rational-debate-logical-fall<BR>acies-explained/ </link> <BR> <BR> Without getting "political" on specific topics, can you recall any examples of these in public as of late? Tue, 15 Sep 2015 15:30:08 EST Weight Loss and Shoe Size! Hey everyone. Have a question maybe you can give me input on. How has weight loss affected your shoe size? Have you gone down in size after significant weight loss? I'm planning on losing 70+ pounds and just got a pair of Birkenstocks that are maybe half an inch too small.... it's worth it to me to hold on to them if I can assume my chubby feet will shrink since I got them half off the price. <BR> <BR> Let loose... tell me what happened to your footsies! Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:54:18 EST I'm not picky, I just don't like anything I don't mind picky eaters, my DD is a picky eater. <BR> <BR> I know what she will and won't eat and how she likes it prepared. Her pickiness limits her choices, not mine. It's easy to accommodate her by pulling a piece of meat out of the pan before I put sauce on it, or serving spaghetti noodles and sauce separately, no biggie. <BR> <BR> The ones who are driving me nuts are the "I'm not picky" eaters. Especially the ones who wait till something is made before telling me they don't like som... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 22:51:04 EST Ninja, Nutri Bullet... Which Is Better? Which do you like better? I am considering the Nutri Bullet Rx because I like the heating element for quick healthy soups. ( but I do have a stove & microwave to heat things.) And I like the fact that the Nutri Ninja Duo will crush ice. The Nutri Bullet never says anything about using ice. <BR> <BR> Just looking for some feedback on these machines. Thanks in advance! Mon, 14 Sep 2015 21:17:50 EST Coworker Betrayal, Or No? I'm a little ticked off, and also a little confused as to if I should be or not. <BR> <BR> I've actually recently posted about this one coworker who has been bothering me. She's been with our company for I think a little over three years. She just told me that this Friday is her last day because she's found a new job. <BR> <BR> Now, I understand the need to make more money. Our company has never been failing this badly. And I'm not ticked because I don't want her to leave. I'm ticked becaus... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 16:03:08 EST 11 Year Old Contortionist - Gaza I will never ever have this kind of flexibility, not many people will. But I thought these pictures, as well as the article on this 11 year old from Gaza were pretty amazing. Then again, he is the amazing Spiderman ! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You can see more photos here. <BR> <BR> <link>www.dai... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 11:38:15 EST Using Social Media and the Spark Community How has using the SparkPeople Community and other social media outlets with message boards and blogs helped you with your fitness or weight loss goals? <BR> <BR> Have you encountered resistance from close family members in using these types of resources? <BR> <BR> Only constructive responses please. Thanks! <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 07:10:15 EST Question about your weight loss obstacles I'm interested in knowing what everybody thinks is the one thing holding them back when it comes to weight loss? <BR> <BR> To me, I feel I have a lot of excuses but find it difficult to pinpoint just one problem area. Maybe I'm just lazy and for that reason don't get much results? Sat, 12 Sep 2015 08:49:29 EST Tech Hacks --- I didn't know that :) I came across a 2 minute video that has some great pointers <BR> <link><BR>-youre-using-your-tech-completely-wron<BR>g/vi-AA8H8vF </link> <BR> <BR> how not to get 'selfie arm' using your cell phone earphone to take pictures. <BR> how to keep your cell phone battery charged longer and charge up faster. <BR> how to take better cell phone videos/pictures. <BR> and how to use a tablet keypad more easily <BR> <BR> DO YOU KNOW ANY OTHER GREAT TIPS TO SHARE ... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 11:01:45 EST How to get over negative feelings towards other? Good morning and happy Friday! <BR> <BR> I'm feeling very negative towards a couple of my coworkers today and I'm finding it really, really hard to just let it go- their lives aren't any of my business anyways. <BR> <BR> One of them has to tell everyone, usually multiple times, whenever she gets here early. (Our very small company gives us 96 hours or 12 days off a year, and allows us to make up for hours. If you leave 3 hours early one day, you have the opportunity to come in three hours e... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 10:15:41 EST Challenging days The last two days have been very challenging for me. I am still trying to do my 24 day challenge but the last two days I have worked 16 hour shifts (I'm working now) so I haven't had time to sleep let alone pack my lunch, so I've had to settle for things I found at work in the cafeteria. I know I haven't made the best choices. Knowing I'm on my challenge has helped me to be more conscious however I still could have made better choices. How do I get past this...seems it always happens. Thu, 10 Sep 2015 19:58:46 EST I Strayed, I Returned I got a fitbit for my birthday which has become the best motivator for me to exercise. It keeps me in line, makes me exercise every day. I was using SparkPeople for a few months but wasn't exercising at all. I have really, truly, sat on my butt for at least the last 13 years and had become quite large and not very happy with my old self (63 now) I did quit a lifetime of heavy smoking 3 years ago. Anyway since the middle of June I have lost well over 20 pounds with 20 more to go. I do aerobics... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 11:48:22 EST Thinking far faster than you can talk Obviously this is true for mostly all of us and at times it can be a chore to try to get it all out without it becoming tiresome for both us and the for me, I *edit*..........omit..........leave out...........mute some parts......but all in the name of spitting out the content or gist of it for time sake. <BR> <BR> What are YOU like? Do you speak in terms of sound bites or blub or just the gist of what you're saying or are you the type of person who needs time to express ... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 10:55:47 EST "Well, if you don't know, then..... I'm not telling you." <BR> <BR> Do you know anyone who uses this phrase when they're mad at someone but won't tell them why? Oh yeah, it's totally a childish thing to say but I have heard adults use this phrase. <BR> <BR> I just don't understand why.............. <BR> <em>24</em> Thu, 10 Sep 2015 09:31:02 EST Just for Fun! I haven't been back for long -- as a matter of fact, I now have a streak of 60 days. This is how much I've lost since then. Feel free to post a picture of how much weight you have lost, or post a picture of something that signifies how much you have exercised or anything that is a symbol of what you have achieved. This post is meant to be fun and inspiring -- nothing negative, and everything counts no matter what you have done to further yourself to your goal of being better. Keep it ligh... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 00:52:36 EST Misfit Flash If I buy a Misfit Flash from somewhere other than SparkPeople, can I still sync it to my Sparkpeople Account? Wed, 9 Sep 2015 16:26:35 EST Something That Made Me Smile and Say AWWWW This made me LOL today. What's something that made you smile or LOL ? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Wed, 9 Sep 2015 14:20:57 EST Have you ever wanted to do this? <img src=""> Wed, 9 Sep 2015 00:01:17 EST Foods entered by other members What is with these crazy calorie counts that people are using on manually entered foods? I have finally decided not to use any foods that have been entered by other members because the calories they enter are dishonest. Do these people really think they're helping themselves by lying about how many calories are in each serving they eat? Crazy! Tue, 8 Sep 2015 21:24:16 EST Grocery Store Commentators I was in Costco today in the freezer section and I was looking at the different frozen treats available because it's HOT and I thought my family might like some. Just then an older gentleman comes around the corner, looks at me and says, "Don't look at the ice cream!" At first, I chuckled - yeah, ice cream is a temptation for many people. But then, when I had decided to not buy any because nothing was on sale, when I passed him again in the next aisle, he said, "That's a good girl." <BR> <BR... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 19:04:04 EST Out of guilt, obligation or loyalty This is a fine line to walk, are you expected to do things for your family like attend birthday parties or weddings or visit sick family members in the hospital or ride a roller coaster with your crazy cousin or attend any kind of family event? <BR> <BR> When being expected is there someone who wields the guilt rather than let you automatically say "No Thanks, I'd rather watch paint dry." or you yourself go because you FEEL guilty or do you go out of loyalty (or love) or do you attend (espe... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 15:19:20 EST Social Media - Facebook, Twitter, Instragram Totally Useless Survey for fun, amusement and general curiosity. <BR> <BR> How much time do you spend on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram ? <BR> <BR> For myself, maybe 30 minutes or less a week. That's no exaggeration. While I do have a Facebook page, I don't post anything to it. I only use it to look at the pages of friends or relatives. There is nothing on my FB page that can tie me to me. It's totally anonymous. I don't have a Twitter or Instagram account. <BR> ... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 11:53:33 EST Awesome success but not allowed to share it I finally found something that works for me but I am told I am not allowed to share it here. I came here for support, advice, encouragement, and motivation to keep going on days I want to give up. I shared my success so far with a product I am trying out and was told I was not allowed to do so as it was advertising a product. I was merely excited to the brim I was finally losing weight and wanted to share my success to get encouragement from others telling me great job keep going and to may... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 11:16:31 EST Sitting position I have a desk job, sitted for sometimes up to 9 hours a day. <BR> <BR> This is not ideal and I try to make breaks frequentely. <BR> <BR> My question regards to the sitting position. If I sit "correctly" with both feet on the floor and back straight by back will start hurting in a few minutes. <BR> <BR> Since I was a child, and I think because my Mom sits like this, I started sitting in a half lotus position. This is very confortable for me, because my back is straight without me having to ... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 05:03:56 EST Did you joyfully live healthy today? I am asking because I didn't today.... <BR> But tomorrow... <em>224</em> ! Mon, 7 Sep 2015 23:21:34 EST Herbalife? Tried it? I recently signed up for a weight loss challenge with a friend, and I found out it is sponsored by Herbalife. Obviously, the nutrition classes during the weight loss challenge will likely be geared towards getting us to try Herbalife during the challenge. I was curious to try Herbalife, but I was wondering if any of you have had good results with it, and if it's worth trying. <BR> <BR> I wanted to get some unbiased input since the coaches at the nutrition center will obviously be touting th... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 19:28:18 EST How to make it easier? When I have a chance to read about health and fitness, it is hard and confusing. I'm not a genius or college educated so I can't understand the articles (Shape magazine's articles are the hardest. It is as if they only want MENSA members doing their workouts). Of course not having money makes things even harder. It is as if the world is set up so I can't be fit and gorgeous. I've tried various things but can't stick with it. How can I make fitness super easy for me? Sun, 6 Sep 2015 10:32:02 EST Annoying songs on the radio Are lyrics so hard to write? Have they run out of ideas? A lot of the current hits rely on repetitions of certain words or phrases. It makes it look like a 6 year old wrote the lyrics! Heck! Even 80s or even 90s songs had more meaningful lyrics! I also love oldies, bcoz of their meaningful lyrics. <BR> <BR> But on the other extreme, why do old hymms have so many stanzas? Sun, 6 Sep 2015 03:38:50 EST Table is almost clean I had cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes to put up today. the cucs are done the zucchini will become chips tomorrow and the tomatoes are juice and will ecome sauce tomorrow. What a great day of healthy food. Sun, 6 Sep 2015 01:03:30 EST Where to place my scale We just moved into a new house and our bathroom is carpeted. We're renting, so I can't change the flooring. I'm trying to figure out what I should do with my scale, since I know putting it on carpet can throw it off. Anyone ever tried putting a thin sheet of wood or anything underneath? The kids' bathroom is linoleum, so I could put it in there if I really have to, but I'd much rather put it in our bedroom or bathroom. Thanks! Sat, 5 Sep 2015 18:40:33 EST Reduced calorie recipe Does anyone have a good reduced calorie family recipe for today? <em>550</em> Sat, 5 Sep 2015 15:21:52 EST Motivation Hii! I have been gone for awhile and lot has changed! I am now 300 lbs and type 2 diabetic because I let my weight get the best of me. I need to know how to get motivated! How do u guys do it? I have so much to live for and my family needs me yet I don't control my sugars. I make excuses constantly! Idk what to do to get my head out of clouds. Any suggestions Fri, 4 Sep 2015 22:15:32 EST Mall of America Has anyone been there? I would enjoy hearing about your experience. What you liked about it, what to watch out for, what is a must see. <BR> <BR> My DH woke up at 6:30 this am and decided we are going in a month :) I love him being spontaneous. Fri, 4 Sep 2015 11:59:08 EST Big plans for the Holiday weekend? I am canning, babysitting a 10 month old, sending my DH off to the field for a month, 30 mile bike ride with friends, cleaning, gardening, mowing the lawn, weeding the rocks.... I think that is it :) Fri, 4 Sep 2015 11:50:31 EST cycling Are you a bike rider, or just riding a bike? Fri, 4 Sep 2015 11:21:47 EST Men With Pedicures and Toenail Polish So, last night, I had just put my laundry in the dryer when a man in his twenties came into the Laundromat. As I was walking past him, I noticed that he was wearing sandals. Okay, it's summer, lots of people are wearing sandals. It wasn't the sandals that caught my eye. It the was the fact that we was wearing lime green nail polish. They looked to be professionally done because they looked nicely pedicured. I didn't say anything to him. Just walked over to my seat to read my book. <BR> <BR... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 10:16:36 EST What is going on? I have been trying to lose weight by watching what I eat and exercising till I work up a sweat. Ppl have been complimenting me on my weight loss but my weight has been increasing. Plus, though I am getting some definition on my abs (where previously there was just flab), my waist has increased from 28 to 31 inches. <BR> <BR> So, I am confused, am I making progress or not? <BR> <BR> Regardless, I will watch my portion sizes, work closely with the renal dietitian and keep exercising! It's all... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 02:19:35 EST Spark points In the spark points section it has verify nutrition info in our food database. I am wondering how to do that. I have done things several different ways and am not getting the point. Just wondering no biggie. Thanks <em>41</em> Thu, 3 Sep 2015 17:06:38 EST Hey, how ya, ah...." That awkward moment when you realize you TOTALLY went blank (aka forgot their name) and maybe it's someone you talk to regularly. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Every year when I go back to work and I know I'll be seeing my friends and colleagues after not seeing them all summer I try to go over in my mind names of folks before I talk to them but SOMEtimes I walk right into them and I'm surprised or not prepared. <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Does this happen to you? <BR> Thu, 3 Sep 2015 16:42:07 EST I won't go to the doctor unless I'm sick I know most people will cal me crazy, but I won't go to the doctor unless I'm sick. <BR> <BR> I won't do regular check ups. I won't do blood tests, unless necessary. <BR> <BR> Me and my body have a strong bond and I listen to it carefully. It tells me when something is wrong. <BR> <BR> Maybe one day it won't, and I'll regret it, but I think the stress of regular doctors appointments will do it more harm than good. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Sep 2015 11:04:23 EST Has anyone tried raspberry keytones??? Im just curious I just hear people bang on about them all the time has anyone used them and had success?? or did they not work for some. <BR> <BR> Working hard every day with body revolution and a healthy diet to shift these pounds. Thu, 3 Sep 2015 06:56:02 EST 12 Year Old Boy Chosen to Model Women's Clothing It was just a matter of time before a fashion house decided to use a 12 year old boy to model clothes for women. Hasn't the industry (except for lingerie like Victoria's Secret) been favoring women models with the bodies of adolescent boys with boobs ? <BR> <BR> Would you buy clothing modeled by a 12 year old boy ? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's a link to the article. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.y... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 16:30:42 EST Looking for an alternative I work in a museum doing guided tours and sometimes i need to speak for groups of 50+ people without a microphone. <BR> <BR> Recently i noticed my voice is changing is becoming rougher so i went to the pharmacy and they gave me a herbal supplement in a spray form to put in my throat. Problem is i just noticed it has a TON of added sugar and honey in it and i have to use it quite often. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know of na alternative that i can use to soothe my voice and it's practical enough ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:31:09 EST Fiber Ideas...... I need to up my fiber intake. What foods do you eat that are high in fiber?? Tue, 1 Sep 2015 21:29:15 EST Waist Training - Thoughts ? Folks, <BR> <BR> I'm curious to know your thoughts on the recent trend of "waist training". Now this isn't really new, women have been cinching their waists for centuries. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> However, everything old is new again. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's a link to an article about Khloe Kardashia... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 16:27:22 EST Workout Fitness Minute Leaders Am I the only person who notices that one person (always the same person) already has 16 HOURS of fitness minutes before 10 AM Central Daylight Time? Another person has 14 HOURS at the same time. I know that not everyone is in my time zones, but I find these numbers quite hard to believe. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 10:56:33 EST Just getting started is there a buddy site? <em>521</em> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 00:48:20 EST SP Challenge Question I have enjoyed many of the SP Calendar challenges. I am looking to do another one for Sept. My question is time. I know I will have surgery on the 9th & we'll be on vacation for 2 weeks after that. I want something that will only be 10-20 minutes a day and pretty easy to incorporate to family life & recovery. <BR> I just completed the Small Changes calendar. I did the Diabetes one before that. <BR> I'm trying to decide between the Plateau Buster and Balanced Life. <BR> <BR> Any ideas or thou... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:09:29 EST Whole30 plan? Has anyone tried it? In short, no dairy, grain, sugar, legumes for 30 days. <link><BR>30-program-rules.pdf </link> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:20:08 EST Maybe I am making progress? A few ppl have remarked that I have lost weight. <BR> <BR> But I won't be complacent! I will gradually step up my workouts! <BR> <BR> Found some great HIIT workouts on youtube! Gotta work up to it though! <BR> <BR> Looks brutal! Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:19:56 EST Starting Again After years of saying I'm going to get under 250 pounds last Friday I weighed in at 244.6. How did I celebrate? I was hungry! Made some bad choices that night and Saturday. Today is Sunday, a new day, and a new month. I got myself up determined not to screw up my success and walked/ran 1.6 miles on the treadmill. My body feels great! Then I thought get back on the Spark thing, so here I am. I don't think I've ever posted on the message board before but I think it's good to type out wha... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:09:34 EST Coulrophobia The fear of clowns! <BR> <BR> A hospital surveyed 250 pediatric patients and all of them admitted to a fear of clowns. I'm right there with them. I hate clowns and sock monkeys... <BR> <BR> How about you? Does Pennywise give you nightmares? Does Bobo give you the shivers? Or do you think clowns are fun loving creatures that live to give children joy and cotton candy? <BR> <BR> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 21:28:19 EST Daily Mantra I can do this one small change at a time. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 18:18:18 EST Contrave This one didn't seem appropriate for too many of the other boards, so I hope it's OK here! <BR> <BR> I've got PCOS and managed to lose 40 pounds on my own over the course of two and a half years with a gigantic struggle, but I stalled where I tend to always hit a wall (about 180, and then I just can't seem to keep going) and it's been slowly returning and my doctor talked me into trying Contrave before she wrote me a referral to an endo. <BR> <BR> Is there anyone else on it? How long? Did y... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:17:11 EST Wanting to share!!! I am having an awesome weigh day, Good News!!!!! Since at SP I have lost 4Lbs. May not sound like much to some but this is a great achievement for me. I've been really watching my calorie intake and walking when I feel I can [I have COPD]. <em>104</em> Thanks to all for your encouragement.. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:30:50 EST Hair color Let me preface this by saying that I'm not entirely pleased with my latest haircut. I feel like it was cut just a TAD too short, and there's a part where the bangs don't really blend in with the rest of it. Unfortunately, with it being so short, there's really not much I can do about it. <BR> <BR> That being said, I have an overwhelming desire to dye my hair... like NOW (ok, tomorrow morning- but don't tell anyone <em>100</em> ) <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:01:13 EST Mystery Emoticons? Does anyone know what this: <BR> <em>327</em> <BR> is supposed to be? I think I've got all the other ones figured out, but I can not work that one out, and neither can anyone else on my team. <BR> <BR> Anyone else have any emoticons you can't figure out? Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:24:28 EST Hypothyroidism I'm looking for this message board. Please can someone direct me? <BR> Thanks Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:24:23 EST Trim down club has anyone ever heard of this? 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