SparkPeople What's Up at SparkPeople Messageboard Read about the latest site developments and improvements, and other happenings at SparkPeople. Give us ideas or feedback on our site and services. SparkPeople What's Up at SparkPeople Messageboard Suggestion for Android app It would be nice if the Android app would come packaged with a quick scan widget to put on the homepage of my phone. I scan a lot of my foods and having to open the app, click on +Food, then click on the scanner button is cumbersome. Thank you!! Tue, 6 Oct 2015 07:15:12 EST I love what you did with the comment box! Some people have a dark background for their page and it made it so difficult for old eyes to leave a comment. <BR> <BR> Today I got a white comment box on a dark page! WTG! SparkPeople!! <BR> Thank you much! <em>250</em> Fri, 2 Oct 2015 17:10:14 EST New format for blogs.. very annoying I was getting ready to post a blog sharing my plans for winter batch cooking, copy pasting titles of dishes over from recipe page. <BR> <BR> And now the blog box is a static, non movable, blacking out the page pop up box instead of the useful, resizable, moveable separate page. <BR> <BR> It's a real step backwards to embed it like this making the rest of the page unusable. <BR> <BR> Not useful, and yes I'm sure you will "pass my feedback on" and nothing will change. Fri, 2 Oct 2015 09:05:45 EST Re: New Format for Photos in Gallery Don't like the new format of the comments in our photo gallery. Very awkward to use, and it is soooo narrow, and hard to read. Thu, 1 Oct 2015 23:56:52 EST Spark Goodies I was wondering--would it be possible to build a tool so that people could add or suggest their own Spark Goodies? <BR> <BR> The options seem surprisingly limited and impersonal. AND static! It seems like this is an area that could really use some development. For example--a few of my spark friends are avid gardeners. It would be fun to send them, say, a rosebush. Or a tree to plant. Or a packet of tomatos seeds. Instead of... another boring dose of "gardening tools." <BR> <BR> I s... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 11:05:40 EST Lost my Spark Activity Tracker :( I have managed to lose my tracker and have just found out that they are sold out and no longer available! Any idea when or if new stock will be available? Thu, 1 Oct 2015 09:30:53 EST How much is spark coach is it a monthly fee Tue, 29 Sep 2015 14:53:38 EST Medication Tracker Good Morning Sparkguy Chris! <BR> In the last couple of days, I have been looking for a easy, reliable way to track my medications. Unfortunately, I need several, and I want to add a good multivitamin and a couple of supplements to the list. <BR> I have had no luck finding something online, so I was getting ready to put a pen to paper and make up one of my own... When I had an AH-HA! moment. Track meds with food... Sparkpeople! All of this is my way of asking if you could add a me... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 10:44:51 EST Taste ! Get a plate the size of 500 calories and fill it with different delicacies every other day! <BR> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 15:29:24 EST Suggestion for the articles I love the articles at SparkPeople! What I don't love is that they separate them into numerous pages. With all the ads that are on SparkPeople it takes ages for pages to load. I just don't have the time to read them if they're too many pages because my computer takes to long to load each page. <BR> <BR> My suggestion is to make the articles one long page. It will cut down on the load time for the people who are actually reading them. Just a thought. Tue, 22 Sep 2015 17:48:22 EST Start page in transition? I loved the old Spark start page. Can you tell us why it was changed? <BR> <BR> I am wondering if you are going to create another start page and the present one is a transitional one. Is it? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <em>252</em> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 15:09:47 EST Feeling a little down I have not lost anything since last Monday. I keep going from 206 to 207. I am not doing anything different. Did this happen to anyone else. I was on a roll and so proud of my lost and I want it to keep going. Help me. Thank You!!!!! Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:28:38 EST How should I use them ? ! ? ! ? !! SparkPoints Prizes <BR> Congratulations You Won 100 <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>209</em> 0 SparkGoodie Points!!! Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:52:08 EST make it easier to read blogs I would really like to see Spark blogs set up so that you can go to the 'previous blog' or 'next blog'. <BR> <BR> I find it very cumbersome to have to keep going back to 'view all blog posts' then choose a page number to find a post. If someone has done a series of blogs, it's nice to be able to read them one after the other. <BR> <BR> Is there any reason why Spark does NOT have this feature? Thu, 10 Sep 2015 15:22:48 EST Quick Track at Start? What happened to the quick tracker on the Start tab? <BR> <BR> This is where I could log in and track my personal goals such as veggies/fruits per day, minutes of exercise, water and my mood? <BR> <BR> I miss this tool! Mon, 7 Sep 2015 11:45:19 EST Access our own recipes on phone app? I love being able to track my food on my phone, really helps with "tweaking" when little things change. <BR> <BR> But something that would be really useful would be able to access just our own created recipes. <BR> <BR> No need to make it whole database, I assume that would be a huge job, but as we are logged into the same account, is there the ability to add this function? Tue, 1 Sep 2015 08:29:52 EST Please Put Water Tracker Back on Start Page What happened to the water tracker on our start page? It was so convenient to update during the day. BAM right there! <BR> <BR> You keep reminding us that our water consumption is one of the 3 most important trackers of the day for consistent weight loss. Yet you have made it much harder to remember to keep track of it, and even to "forget to log it" because it is at the very BOTTOM of a page! Now we have to go into nutrition tracker and scroll down and around to find it - because you ke... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 16:59:33 EST Problems with Bonus Spin / New Start Page 1. The Bonus Spin (not the Team spins) is gone from my Start page and, after searching, I happened to find it on the SparkPoints page. But I lost 2 days of Bonus spins. <BR> <BR> 2. TODAY I went to the Sparkpoints page to take my Bonus Spin (I had over 110 sparkpoints from the day), and only by reading down the list where it had the line item for Bonus spins, it said that I already spun and acquired 5 points. I KNOW I did not manually take my bonus spin. How did that happen? <BR> <BR> Pl... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:31:10 EST Most of Feed Status disappeared? Tonight I tried to go back to people's comments on my feed yesterday to reply and I can't. It's gone. Now MY feed status only shows the last 20 hours of SP activities and comments. I can't reply to people's comments that are earlier than that. I don't remember reading about this change coming. It would be the ideal world if I could quickly reply to people on the feed every day but that's not my reality, sometimes I have to reply a day later. I miss this capability. <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:24:08 EST Challenge Central A day ago I went to Challenge Central and had all the challenges for which I'd asked all on one page. I was in the middle of a challenge, each day completing an "assignment" and the next time I logged in, that day would be checked off. Now I can't find my challenges. Can you tell me how to get back to them? Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:50:14 EST What Happened? What happened to the water, sleep, etc. trackers? I am finding it hard to track these now. I am sad and confused about the start page format, and would love some guidance. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:46:30 EST FYI-Previous Start Page was much more useful i realize designs need refreshing from time to time but today's change was not helpful. I have liked seeing the math on my base calorie range, how exercising affects it, and clearly understanding how much leeway i have between those two touchpoints. that information is more obscure now. please bring it back. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:07:38 EST What happened to my Start page? Many changes to my start page today, and I'm not sure why, and I'd like some of the old features back: <BR> <BR> 1. Food/Fitness/Weight Tracking <BR> buttons moved down from top, my personalized tracker is gone, just has a generic scale there. I used to have sliders/checkboxes for other goals, and those have all vanished: <BR> - water tracker slider <BR> - veggie tracker slider <BR> - sleep tracker slider <BR> - checkbox for 10 mins of exercise daily <BR> I have no idea where to find those... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:09:45 EST need general advice on site use Hi there, I am a long time Spark person....and while the new site is amazing and colorful, i admit it is a bit overwhelming,,,,like the ADHD of websites -I don't even know where to start, and could easily spend all day roaming around the site. I use MyFitnessPal for tracking meals as I have been using it for a while and it "knows me" . But what is your advice on how to pick and choose what aspects of SP to look at when you are a busy single mother of 2, working full time? <BR> Thanks for... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:24:59 EST What is involved in becoming a team leader?? I have found very little activity by some leaders and members on certain teams. How do you become a leader? And what exactly is involved?? I was even asked once by a leader if I would be willing to help out, but I didn't know what was involved. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 10:06:42 EST Spark Friends I just received an e-mail letting me know that I was added as a spark friend. I was curious as to why we don't get notified first that someone wants to add us and then why we aren't given the option to let them add us or not depending. <BR> <BR> What are the advantages to being a spark friend as opposed to not. And how much more access to my personal information do friends have?? Can I say no to being a spark friend? Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:57:17 EST Stay true to your values, SparkPeople! SparkPeople says, "We pride ourselves in offering medically accepted weight-loss and healthy lifestyle recommendations that are easy to understand and implement." <BR> <BR> Diet pills are not part of any healthy lifestyle, are they? At the end of an article I read today, there is an advertisement for "DIET PILLS THAT WORK" with a link to a list of no less than TEN sponsored ads. I understand the need to support the site with advertisements but shouldn't they fit the mission and values you es... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 09:33:43 EST Spark Tracker discontinued forever without notice Hi, <BR> I just found out, by going to purchase the Spark Tracker. it is no longer being offered and available for purchase! Nowhere have I seen any written notice about it, except at the SparkPeople online store. <BR> <BR> Why doesn't SparkPeople send out articles or notices to members? It's awful to find out this way. Really bad PR! <BR> <BR> When I read this, I rubbed my eyes in disbelief! I understand things change, but without any notice or explanation? Why? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> ... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 21:28:03 EST Vivofit 2 I'm sure this has been asked a lot - will we ever be able to sync vivofit 2 with sparkpeople? Tue, 4 Aug 2015 16:34:36 EST Loss of daily calorie differential report I really miss the calorie differential report that is the same as the one on my desktop on the updated mobile app.......or at least a count of remaining calories based on my BMR (not the higher end of my range and not based on exercise calories). I'm not losing, I am maintaining, and I use my total calories, not just exercise calories, to calculate where I am during the day. Of course I can do the math in my head, but it was so wonderful to just pull up the numbers on my phone. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 19:13:39 EST why is SP still promoting calorie counting? I noticed that SP put solely the emphasis on tracking calories. I found this on and to me, it makes a lot of sense. Does SP have plans to update the approach to tracking food intake? <BR> <BR> The human body is a highly complex biochemical system with elaborate processes that regulate energy balance. <BR> <BR> Different foods go through different biochemical pathways, some of which are inefficient and cause energy (calories) to be lost as heat. <BR> <BR> Even more im... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 14:19:51 EST Finding Friends How do I search for friends. I don't know anyone that is using SPARK but I want to look for people with same interests and/or in my area. Is there a search option? Sat, 1 Aug 2015 15:52:38 EST Sugar Grams So many of us are counting our Sugar grams these days. I am so surprised with everything that can be tracked in our nutrition trackers, there is no way to count sugar grams. <BR> <BR> Is that something that is in the works? Many of us are waiting. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 21:09:53 EST tablet How do i sync pc to tablet for keeping track of my meal plans? Thanks in advance Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:04:12 EST Is there a swimming icon? Am I overlooking a swimming icon? I would love to see one in fitness. Fri, 3 Jul 2015 22:37:23 EST The SlimFast Diet Is there a SlimFast Diet Sparkteam? I cannot seem to find it. Would you point me in the right direction? Thanks!!!!! Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:44:35 EST Where did the program go? So, I'm new here, but not actually new. I was an active member under a different name from (roughly) 2008-2012. I came back because I wanted to go through the program again and it appears to be missing! I'm talking about the program that had something like 8 or 10 strategies - measuring portions, eating veggies, drinking water, getting enough sleep, etc. It would give in-depth information on one strategy each week so you had a chance to focus and learn all about that strategy. It was, at the ... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 17:16:33 EST Caffine Hi, I keep coming back to SparkPeople because my family always feels better when we are following this plan. However I do have one issue: Caffine. I am an LDS member and as such am not able to consume Tea or Coffee. There seems to be a lot, A LOT, of Coffee and Tea in the Meals on the Nutrition counter. Is there a way to take the Coffee and Tea out of the menus? There is not button under the options when you reset your goals. Wed, 17 Jun 2015 11:59:46 EST WHAT ABOUT A NATIONAL SPARKPEOPLE DAY !!! SO WE CAN SAVE THAT DAY TO GET TOGTHER AS "ONE TEAM"I LIKE THE IDEA, DO YOU? BLOG ME. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 23:45:01 EST testing the tracker Test. Where is the weight tracker and why is it not on spark page anymore Mon, 8 Jun 2015 15:43:10 EST Spark people busniess cards? I want to print more! I use to find them under 'business' on my spark page, are they still available? They are SO easy to print & spread the spark website! I just put in my SP name & hand them out! I've handed out 100's but only have 2 people I've helped join! AMAZING! Sun, 31 May 2015 19:19:26 EST BBQ Icon I hope SP can and will provide us with a barbQ icon. After all, tis the season! Sun, 31 May 2015 12:00:40 EST Two days here and the add food is difficult to use This is my second day using this site and I find it very difficult entering the food you have eaten , I've had an easier time with My Fitness Pal, but they have problems with entering your fitness entries, there should be an easier way to post your food entries. Sat, 30 May 2015 17:22:35 EST I keep getting closed out of SP! The last few days have been AWFUL for just trying to track! I keep having to restart my computer & even that doesn't help! What's up????? It took me 3 X longer than before & it is NOT my computer, all else is running GREAT!!!! Fri, 22 May 2015 15:21:07 EST Come Join Us... I would love to invite you to join our team .... CALLING ALL VEGANS, VEGETARIANS and FLEXITARIANS. <BR> <BR> Making fruits, grains and vegetables the main source of our eating plan. Plant-based way of eating can help prevent, manage and even reverse serious illness. For those that are slowing cutting back on meat products and gearing for a Plant Based way of living, this is the place to be. <BR> <BR> All you have to do to join on my picture or the words below it on the right h... Wed, 20 May 2015 11:50:38 EST Snack Tracking I would find it very helpful if on the Food Tracker there would be a "snack" after each meal not only one at bottom of page. Breakfast-Snack-Lunch-Snack-Dinner-Snack For me, seeing the snacks all in one place doesn't help - it is a visual thing, kind of makes me think oh crap look at all the snacks I had today, even when they are healthy - a lump of snacks can look scary but when spaced out (even though the same amount) makes sense to the mind. <BR> <BR> It would also help to keep someone ... Wed, 20 May 2015 07:35:33 EST Coconut milk Is it ok to have coconut milk with protein shakes? Thu, 14 May 2015 23:29:18 EST Tab to navigate from Apple app to fullsite Hello <BR> Is there a way to navigate to the SparkPeople full site while in the app? I put all of my point in the app, but have to go to Safari and log in to get my bonus points. Wed, 13 May 2015 07:47:38 EST Timed Food Menu Hi <BR> <BR> I dunno if this is the right venue for this type of question, but is there any way that the Spark People food tracker could be updated to include times when you have eaten? This would help me out a great deal to know when I am eating, not just what. Sun, 10 May 2015 19:31:26 EST spark goodies What are spark goodies ? And how do I access them. I got 100of them today I don't know how to get to them or use them Sun, 10 May 2015 15:03:35 EST get up and push forward I believe in the positive mind is what makes positivity thrive. I always tell myself that it is not what society sees you as but how you feel internally and see yourself. It honestly was a rough road to overcome my fear of others opinions, but today I learn to love myself first and things are more willing to shine around me. Size is yes a number, yet it doesn't define your whole self that others may judge you for. I look forward to this journey of loving myself more as is and working to impr... Sun, 10 May 2015 11:54:46 EST Spark activity tracker 50% off?????? There is tab right under the community/today on sparkpeople tabs that says 50% off but when I click it, it is not 50% off. Does anyone know anything about this? Mon, 4 May 2015 17:12:31 EST What time is evening food cut offs? I tend to emotionally eat, or feel the urge to eat after dinner. any suggestions on how early or late should you cut off before bedtime. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:53:33 EST Spark People Mobile App (Android) Reports When I look at the reports on the app, I don't see the Daily Nutritional Report. Am I missing it or is it not available on the app? <BR> <BR> Thanks! :) Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:29:11 EST SPARK MOTIVATORS What's Up At Sparkpeople.....I'm not sure if this is the right forum to post this concern but perhaps it will get passed along to the appropriate channel. <BR> <BR> I was in need of a Spark boost today so I opted to check some of the Spark Motivator's pages for some inspiration, encouragement and possibly some motivation! After taking the time to read 18 different Spark pages for the motivators listed today-----ONLY 2 of them had postings in the last week. Most of them have not been active... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:45:48 EST It's 6:00 pm and I feel like I am starving. <em>4</em> Thu, 9 Apr 2015 20:00:53 EST Classical Stretch by Esmonde_White I really enjoy these DVDs. Each workout is 20 minutes and to me feels like a combination of stretching and Pilates workout. Anyone else doing these? How do you calculate calories burned? Thu, 2 Apr 2015 14:11:14 EST my device my batteries died. how do I change it? Wed, 1 Apr 2015 18:03:38 EST Reset to zero after completing 50% of annual goal I did not touch my settings and when I entered my walk today I noticed that my score is wiped clean after it showed yesterday that I completed 50% of my annual goal. Please reset it back to what it was. I am a member of a motivation group and I need those stats. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:41:08 EST Tuesday Happy Tuesday all! Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:39:27 EST shoulder tendonitis I have developed acute tendonitis as well as bursitis in my left shoulder from carrying an extra large heavy pocketbook. How can I rest my shoulder as I have to work. I have replaced my bag with a smaller one but can't wear a sling as I couldn't close my car door or put on a coat during this hard winter. How do I rest this so I can heal? I am a social worker and always on the go! Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:55:59 EST Curious: emoticons and sparkgoodies popularity? Hi Sparkfolks! <BR> <BR> I'm just curious if you have any data about what emoticons are the most and least popular, as well as goodies? Do you track this data right now? <BR> (a few of my favorite goodies that I give to people they comment they didn't even know they existed-- which seems to translate to them not being popular-- so I'm just curious how my goodie-ing behavior relates to the trends of spark-at-large. Can you tell I work in computer science? <em>211</em> ) Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:46:47 EST An Angel Spark Goodie please? We are often asked to pray for someone and the closest we have right now is a Hug. <BR> <BR> Any chance of an Angel or Praying Hands - something like that? <BR> <BR> Maybe you're idea will be better than mine but something between a Hug and a Sympathy Bouquet would be nice. <BR> <BR> thanks <em>252</em> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:36:57 EST cheating? What are your thoughts on wearing your fitbit on your wrist and swinging it all day to get steps for a fitness challenge? A coworker of mine is doing that. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 07:20:29 EST help I had to sleeve done may 1 2014 I was 271. I lost 60 lnds fast. But the last 6 mouths i haven't lost any. My Dr wants me to lose 40 more by may 18. I was thinking about going back to the liquid diet. Can someone help Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:09:50 EST dairy free tab I was wondering if it would be possible to add a dairy free tab in the sparkrecipes pull down menu. Dairy allergies are a pretty common allergy so I think it would be a helpful addition for those who suffer from it. <BR> <BR> Thank you! Thu, 12 Mar 2015 00:49:24 EST Spark Activity Tracker - bluetooth? So when is the Spark Activity Tracker going to have Bluetooth capability for syncing with a smartphone? I see that FitLinxx already has the Pebble+ which has this capability, and since the Spark Activity Tracker is really a SparkPeople-branded Pebble, when can we get this? I lost my tracker and want to buy a new one, but I'm holding out for the Bluetooth capability. <BR> Mon, 9 Mar 2015 16:26:28 EST Pep I have signed up and posted a few times to Pep, the new social media app from Spark. Will there be points associated with that app? Mon, 9 Mar 2015 15:06:59 EST Spark guy's weekly email How do I get Spark Guy's weekly email please? I did get it a few times, then it stopped - perhaps I clicked on something?! I'd like to get it. Sun, 8 Mar 2015 14:13:00 EST New Page and Font Colors Not the Best for Everyone I am writing to address the new color format of the site, and the individual pages. I have made comments on several of my team pages about the BRIGHT white background, and how fatiguing it is on my eyes, and many have voiced their agreement. So I am starting this thread for any one else who finds this to be the case to add their opinions as well. I found the old colors more subtle and sight friendly, and less assaulting and fatiguing on my eyes. I feel myself squinting as I type this. Th... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 11:17:13 EST spark activity tracker won't work I received my spark activity tracker on Tuesday, 3/3/15. Had little difficulty getting it to sync, but once it did it was great! However, it just stopped syncing yesterday 3/4 and wont pick back up. What do I need to do? <BR> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:52:33 EST dreaming of the best look i have been dying to look like some of those celebrities, especially Alison Sweeney, i am a mother of 3 girls and i am morbidly obese. i want to cry when i look in the mirror, i am trying to lose weight, have recently fallen off the wagon and just want to get back on track and feel happy.... but it just doesn't seem to be that simple. i am so tired all the time. i need help!!!!!!!!!!!! Thu, 5 Mar 2015 04:01:49 EST points I'm new to Spark people. Can someone explain points to me. Wed, 4 Mar 2015 22:53:14 EST what drives you and gets your attention Would you rather hear a bunch of negative reports on the weather or news media gossip or would you rather have an upbeat positive conversation. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 15:58:35 EST Need help Syncing my fitbit to Sparkspeople. How do I sync them? Im lost Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:26:33 EST Adding pic to status I know this is a new feature but I must have missed instructions on how to do it. Can someone tell me? Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:07:56 EST Getting started and starting over. I am on my second day of the 17 day diet. I have done much research and find it to be nutritionally sound and effective. I have spent the greater part of my life being on a diet or obsessed with my weight. I was always a heavy kid. The kids bullied me at school until I became anorexic in my senior year and lost 80lbs. I became sick and then became bulimic. I struggled with bulimia into my early 20's. After that, at 26 I had my first child and became a fitness instructor and personal trainer. ... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:26:01 EST Same old thing all time Is it just me or is the spark website getting stale? It seems to be same articles and same things over and over again. The same people get picked for blogs also <BR> <BR> Spark, you need some new things to keep the spark going. <BR> <BR> I am seriously thinking of switching to My fitness pal Sat, 21 Feb 2015 22:00:36 EST Inability to lose weight I am 27 yrs. old, 173 lbs, and have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. My insurance has not approved my surgery. I was wondering if anyone has any experience or knows if the sleep apnea is enabling my body from burning fat. I exercise rigorously and eat well according to my trainer and nutritionist but I keep gaining weight. I have had blood work done and all comes back negative. Meanwhile my doctor's continue to day that if I lost weight I would decrease my sleep apnea. I wear my B... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:31:37 EST deleting a food from "recents." Check the "topic" here to clarify my previous question as to how to delete an item from the "recents" category. Thx, again. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:50:15 EST What are SparkPoints for? Sure, I enjoy spinning the wheel, but what are the SparkPoints really for? Thanks!! <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:58:24 EST Need a Spark Team I am in need of a group of people that truly check in daily. I have a couple teams now but would like a new one too that would be active, determined and accountable DAILY by more than 1 or 2 people. Anyone have any suggestions? Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:48:12 EST SparkMail Suggestion I would love an option to enable SparkMail only from SparkFriends. <BR> <em>304</em> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:49:08 EST Advertising Integrity I love this site, and I love that it's free, and I completely understand that a free website is going to have ads. I don't mind the ads, even when they're blocking things I want to see on the site. <BR> <BR> But I'm getting increasingly annoyed at ads for unhealthy foods! The ads for light yogurt or weight loss DVDs make perfect sense - that's great targeted messaging. But when ads for cinnamon rolls and other delicious and untouchable foods pop up, it really upsets me. I just saw one that h... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:49:27 EST same favorite member blogs why if is there are over a million people here many many of them blogging , why are the same people featured week after week. . I have been here over 6 years reading many blogs and yes I myself have been chosen for a few and it is a great honor. It seems that lately three or four people are featured over and over again. Does anyone on the staff read blogs . I have read many that seem far more motivational to me than the ones chosen on some days. Just wondering how the favorite blogs are pi... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 12:55:55 EST Not synching again My Tracker seems very erratic about syncing. Yesterday it was erratic too. Last night it worked. This morning, it does not sync. When I am around the computer, nothing happens. I can tap the tracker and it shows lights. The green light is on on the computer unit. The battery meter shows less than half (although the unit arrived less than a month ago!). Any ideas? Tue, 3 Feb 2015 10:47:16 EST Best of SparkPeople email Has the Best of SparkPeople daily email changed in format? I don't see the Healthy Thought of the Day anymore, or the so-and-so says quote at the bottom. I wasn't sure if it has changed (if so, those were two key things I read in those emails!) or if it's just the new Outlook I've been using. <BR> Thanks for the feedback! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:45:36 EST Scales Trying not to become a victim of the scale and to gauge myself in other ways . I find that just moving along with forward progress is success. Don't stop moving <em>386</em> and it'll happen. I've been reading so much motivational content today and I have my new fitness lifestyle magazine in front of me, <em>244</em> !!!!! Love the life you live and make it matter <em>381</em> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 23:05:04 EST Daily Emails I've noticed that the last two days' Exercise of the Day emails had no link to earn Spark Points for reading the email and no article included. What happened? Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:57:37 EST Points for reading exercise of the day Why is there no spark point for reading exercise of the day article anymore? And why were 'Featured Blogs" reduced to only one per day? Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:52:28 EST What happened to snack #2? Just curious...what happened to the Snack #2 category in the nutrition tracker? I kind of miss it... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:20:58 EST SP and Withings Jan 2015 I connected (sharing) my Withings Scale account to my SP account and it even said "congratulations you are now connecting to your withings account and it shows as sharing. Yet when I go to my weigh page on SP .. it does not show my Withings scale weight or body fat. <BR> ??? <BR> Help. I have spent no less than 3 hours on this already.... I'm about to give it all up!! <BR> <BR> Wayne Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:45:39 EST Vegan option Is there a diet track for vegans or plant based meals?? <BR> If so how do I change my plan? Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:33:45 EST Recommendation for Nutrition Tracker Upgrade I'd like to see a bar graph on the nutrition tracker to let me see how close I am to each of my goals; that information is available in the table but a daily graph would be easier for me to visualize. The current pie chart tells me only the percentages of what I've eaten, but doesn't tell me, for example, that I still need 20g of protein to meet my minimum. Having that visually would help me plan the meals later in my day, since I don't often plan my entire day in advance but rather add or s... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:21:44 EST How about Stay at home mom to get payed,how much ? I am a stay at home mom of two boys 10 and 13 .I don't want to complaint but the Job is never done (Laundry ,cleaning, cooking ,driving everywhere they need to be )How much we should ask for a paycheck? Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:44:13 EST Hi SparkPeople An ignore option would be great to have. Thank you. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 12:50:22 EST Weight Watchers points Is there a way to track Weight Watchers point values on the SparkPeople website? Mon, 5 Jan 2015 22:02:47 EST New Blog defaults not good. They are not as easy or useful as before. <BR> - Blog subscription emails link to the blog summary page instead of the new added blog. So must click extra to get to what I want to read. <BR> - Blog summary page - too many pictures of blog contents so less blogs are listed per page. This makes it much more difficut to find an old blog. The former abbreviated was much more useful. Comment count is good. Gives one an idea of what people enjoy. <BR> - Maybe some members want to see picture or mor... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 14:26:35 EST Help with Android App and meals I have the spark people app on my phone but it doesn't show the meal plans on there. Is there anyway to get my meal plans to show up on this app??? Sat, 3 Jan 2015 17:16:11 EST Spark app for blackberry torch Is it possible to get an app for tracking on my blackberry torch or blackberry bold? I have searched the message boards but can't figure it out. Bear in mind I am the village idiot regarding phone apps- I've never got any before. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 10:42:27 EST Diabetic Tracking Hello. <BR> <BR> I am following the Diabetic plan. It would be great to see a place to add my medication to my daily tracker. <BR> <BR> Thanks for listening. <BR> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 10:35:40 EST Daily spark points I must have missed something. It looks like the Spark Page layout has changed and I can't find where my daily spark point total is at. I see the point listed off to the side for each of the three areas, but not a total like it used to be. Yes, I know I can add them up, but I admit that I'm just lazy and like to be able to do a quick check. Thanks Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:59:56 EST Recipe points could not get the points for looking at the recipe for the day whats up with that? Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:50:57 EST Secrets of success I see the secrets of success in some of the newsletters but I can't seem to locate it on main page. I hope you didn't take it away Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:08:35 EST First Blog Post link? When I started on Spark there was an option to read through new members' "first blog posts." I used to enjoy commenting on these and meeting brand-new sparkers. Is this option gone? <BR> <BR> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:40:19 EST ads are out of control the proliferation of ads on spark people is outrageous. It is hard to click the right spot with switching from lunch to dinner (on computer) but very easy to touch a "Meta" ad and get scooted off to their sit. <BR> Ultimately you are driving away members through overly aggressive consumerism. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:21:27 EST Tracking sugar as a nutrient I know sugar isn't exactly a nutrient but I want to be able to track how much I'm consuming a day so I don't eat too much or just get an idea of the average. The nutrition tracker is a real eye-opener for many of us as far as how many calories, sodium and saturated fat we consume so I think this would be a good idea as well. Any chance we can see this implemented? Mon, 8 Dec 2014 02:23:47 EST Shared Food Logs? I was wondering if there is a way to share food logs with other users (or just a setting so they can be viewed by others)? I have not been able to find this feature, and if it is not there, I would love to see that in the future. It is great to be able to see what others are doing- especially when they are having success... and it would be neat to be able to view the diaries of others in group challenges, too. <BR> <BR> Is this something that might ever come to be here? Sat, 6 Dec 2014 12:58:50 EST B.M.I TICKER? I don't know where to post this but I'd love to see a B.M.I ticker for our sparkpages as an option to the weight tickers. I want to take my focus off of weight and a BMI ticker would be great. Thank you. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 21:07:21 EST Linked accounts for families One thing I'd love to see is a way to link the accounts of family members so we can sync up our meal plans. I hate having to go over each day for my husband's and my plan to ensure we have the same meals. It's also a pain to have to combine both shopping lists, maybe there could be a paid service for meal plans for families or something. And though most meal plans are pretty clean already, I'd like to see a "clean eating" diet option. Or maybe a partial-vegetarian option. I want to eat vegeta... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 16:57:18 EST Activity Tracker NOT SYNCING My Activity Tracker is NOT syncing with my Spark People page. I have used it for 3 months without any issues. My sync to my computer is ON, my tracker is indicating steps however my Tracker is stuck on October 26 and has not tracked any steps since then. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 12:00:43 EST Idea for a forum or team I often have questions I would like to ask the people who reached goal weight and then maintained for three years or more. I know there is a team for those who are maintaining their goal weight but it may take a loooong time before I could join that one! And by then I may already know the answers to my questions. <BR> <BR> So I would like to ask if Sparkpeople could maybe set up a forum or team for people who reached goal weight, maintained for 3+ years and who are willing to answer questio... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 04:54:36 EST weight tracker why does my weight tracker say 148 and 0 pounds lost with an !!!! point ? I weighed 160 and now weigh 148 that is not zero pounds lost. I have been here six years and love it, just not that . Sat, 8 Nov 2014 15:23:24 EST Weight loss How can I loose my weight fast Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:28:42 EST Request: fruit/veggie counter + whole grain counte Hi. Just offering a suggestion for food tracker page: Same way I see the easy little click to count water intake, I would *LOVE* an easy way track my fruit/veggie and whole-grain intakes the same way. I have them as "other goals" but it would be nice to have at bottom of food tracker page for ease. Thx. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:08:32 EST Weight tracker Where do you find the cute wright trackers to pit on your page? Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:13:05 EST How often do you get on a scale I have heard 2 different ideas on this I weigh in every day so I can see the results of what I did the day before good or bad. That way I may need to change what I ate or what I did for exercise. Some say it is best to weigh in each week so you don't get the highs and lows of your actions Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:59:31 EST Virtual swim challenge Hi, <BR> <BR> In the challenge section you have all sorts of challenges for biking, walking, running, but nothing for swimming. I am a swimmer and would love a virtual challenge for swimming. <BR> <BR> Please consider this as a new feature. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:57:20 EST wondering why we can not track menstruation a woman's cycle can affect her weight, nutritional needs, mood, energy, pain, etc... <BR> so why can't we track it on sparks? It makes sense to me that we should have the option to track. That way when we are looking at are reports we can tell why we didn't do some stuff or why we did eat something. so on and so forth. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:57:35 EST New Sparkpoints levels I was so glad to see yesterday that we now have extra points levels. Ever since I got to 100,000 points I've been feeling a bit lost. Thank you, SparkPeople! Thu, 16 Oct 2014 06:58:42 EST success it has taken me a week of trying and trying but still made me chart every mouthful just to see the damage I was doing to myself. It paid off in that yesterday I was below allotted calories and it felt so good. Wed, 8 Oct 2014 09:52:29 EST Ability to sort my maps I would like to select the order I see my maps rather than just seeing the most recent one at the top. I have some maps that are around a year old which I still use regularly but I have new maps that I don't use as often but don't want to delete. Can you fix it where I can select the order of the maps or at the very least the maps I want to see at the top? Tue, 7 Oct 2014 11:53:35 EST 100 points for reading the new Mini-Book Where do I get the points? I read the draft and now the new book. Did I miss the place to get the 100 points? Mon, 6 Oct 2014 23:32:42 EST barcode calorie counter Hi, does Sparkpeople have a mobile app that you can use to take a picture of the barcode of something bringing up all the nutri data & add it to your food tracker with one click? Thu, 2 Oct 2014 07:18:08 EST New tabs opening with offensive ads I have noticed that the site has started opening new tabs with ads in them. Again, I understand the need for the revenue that the ads provide, but I have two issues: <BR> <BR> 1. The ad tabs have been opening up when I am in the Spark Coach pages. I am paying $9 per month for Spark Coach, and would have thought the ads would not be necessary there. <BR> <BR> 2. This morning I was recording my food and exercise when I heard the sound of heavy breathing. I looked at my tabs, and a site called... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 11:26:52 EST Mobile App update - THANK YOU!! I recently installed the mobile app on my new tablet and was pleasantly surprised on the amazing update! So I just deleted and reinstalled on my phone - so happy with this update. It looks fantastic and so much better than the just the bare bones tracking the app used to be. <BR> <BR> Thank you!! Tue, 9 Sep 2014 08:14:25 EST Like the new look -- where's shared secrets I noticed a lot of changes today and like a lot of them -- the Sparkpoints page is so much cleaner and easier to read. <BR> <BR> I haven't found the Secrets that used to be under Community and they don't show up on the Sparkpoints page. There were a couple of secrets that I was wanting to try but didn't write down. Are they available somewhere? Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:48:35 EST SparkPeople Irony I appreciate SparkPeople. I find it well balanced, accurate, motivational, well-planned and designed, and considerate of most areas of health, rather than just physical health. The articles, videos, inspirational quotes, stories of the day and so forth are all well done, informative, easily absorbed and well-rounded. <BR> <BR> Having said that, I find it ironic that these very same resources almost entirely show young, thin, attractive females in workout clothing. Where are the men? Where ar... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:49:09 EST Nix the LOUD auto-playing ads! I understand the site is supported by ads, and it's the only site on which I have disabled AdBlock. But the ads that come blasting out at the beginning of every video are really starting to bug me. Could they at least default to sound off? Or have the same (or lower) sound level than the video itself? I've had to turn my speakers way up to be able to hear the Spark Coach videos, and then I click on an exercise video and one of these ads comes screeching out. It is REALLY annoying. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:58:37 EST Has your doctor ever told you to loose weight? Hi all, <BR> My doc recommended me to lose weight. <BR> Did any of your physicians talk about your weight? How did they approach the topic? Did it offend you? <BR> <BR> Should healthcare providers even talk to us about weight loss? Is it their business? <BR> Next thing you know, will nurses and pharmacists get involved too????? <BR> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:21:57 EST Virtual bike race How about a 5 or 10k virtual bike race along the lines of the 5k race? <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:38:21 EST Spark Team bonus points I am not able to see or recieve any Spark Team bonus points. Is anyone else having this problem today? Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:09:03 EST I know it's all about marketing... but really? I've been with SP for a goodly while now (6+ years) and I've enormous respect for what this site has achieved... <BR> <BR> however...the marketing sound increasingly like every check-out-line sales pitch. To quote from only three emails received today: "Scuplt your arms in 17 minutes." "5 minutes a day to a better butt." Those are SO misleading, for reasons your site is so careful to explain elsewhere. The mix of messages grows yearly. <BR> <BR> I loved this site for its h... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 08:34:56 EST exercise and ms What would be good exercises for someone with ms? Sun, 15 Jun 2014 17:06:17 EST If Spark drops Planner/Journal, what happens... I've been keeping a private daily journal on SparkPeople since 2007! <BR> If SparkPeople goes through with dropping the Planner/Journal option, <BR> what will happen to the journal entries we've been writing for years? <BR> Will they still be accessible, or will we lose them completely??? <BR> <BR> Please don't drop our option to blog privately - that's what the journal is! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 06:41:46 EST Tracker needs a Net Carb count The nutrition tracker currently tracks both carbohydrates and fiber, but for us low-carbers it would be extremely beneficial for it also to track our net carbs. <BR> <BR> As it stands we have to find our overall carb count, then subtract our fiber count, which isn't rocket science but is an inconvenient step when you're in a hurry and want to know at a glance how much you've consumed. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:25:13 EST Adding step and mileage on the app Not sure if this has been addressed before, is there a way to add step and mileage on the phone rather than pc? I spend a lot of time with my phone and it would be easier. Thanks Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:44:17 EST Glow Getter Award What's up with the Glow Getter award and how do you get it? Fri, 10 Jan 2014 19:12:16 EST I wish for burpees in the fitness tracker I do burpees and wish they were standard in the fitness tracker, but can't find them. Tue, 7 Jan 2014 15:34:01 EST Night time challengers with food I can do great all day but at night watching tv I drift off and start eating :( any suggestions Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:13:29 EST Ad Free Spark??? Afternoon All!! <BR> <BR> I've been using Sparks regularly for about 4 months, and I was wondering has an "ad free" version of Spark ever been considered?? I will tell you (at least in my view) the flashing banners all over my screen are a little...distracting. <BR> <BR> Just a thought... <BR> <BR> Kim Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:02:46 EST new to the gluten free thing Just found out that I need to eat gluten free WOW this is overwhelming still want to eat low calories. Would be nice if they had a gluten free menu to follow, or at least get some ideas. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 09:59:51 EST Gluten free diet plans? As gluten sensitivity is becoming a mainstream problem, I was wondering if has any plans in the works to accommodate those of us who suffer from this affliction. I would LOVE to use the diet planner but, for now at least, I can't. Sat, 23 Mar 2013 12:02:50 EST Fitbit Sync suggestion I recently got a Fitbit and synched it with SP. Needless to say, while I'm enjoying the Fitbit, the minutes and calories imported for Fitness everyday are way too high. I'm deleting the entries and may eventually cancel the synch. However, I like the fact that my SP nutrition tracker synches with Fitbit. Is there a way that we can choose what synches between Fitbit and SP? It would be lovely if I could just synch the nutrition tracker. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:30:01 EST HOW MUCH IS SPARK COACH I DON'T HAVE TIME TO WATCH VIDEOS DESIGNED TO SELL ME ON SOMETHING BEFORE I GET TO KNOW WHAT THE COST IS. <BR> DOES ANYONE HERE KNOW WHAT THE COST IS? Mon, 19 Nov 2012 22:34:56 EST Runkeeper Sync Are there any plans in the works to have SP sync with other fitness apps? I use Runkeeper to track my running and biking, it would be awesome if that data could automatically update to My Fitness. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 17:10:06 EST Gastric bypass vs vertical sleeve gastrectomy? I have been approved for weightloss surgery and am seeing a new doctor because my previous doctor accepted a job in another state and is leaving. The new doctor said that I should have the gastric bypass and not the sleeve but my previous doctor said the sleeve is what is good for me. I am confused and am not sure what I should do stick with my first choice or change to the bypass? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> I am so excited about the surgery but scared too as it sho... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 12:51:53 EST Would Sparkpeople consider Gluten free meal plan? Hi, Just curious - I love the fact that we can allow Spark to give us a meal plan to follow in our Nutrition Tracker. It would be awesome if there was a Gluten free meal plan to choose from. Does anyone know if this being considered? Thank you for any response! <BR> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 14:32:45 EST No app for windows phone I am really sad that there isn't an app for windows phones for sparkpeople i have to use fitness pal on my phone:( Wed, 18 Apr 2012 15:03:41 EST Can't log in to Android App I downloaded the app to my htc. I sign in to the website using facebook. I don't have that choice on my phone. How do I sign in? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 23 Jul 2011 23:34:07 EST 17 Day Diet I was thinking about purchasing the book and dvd and was wondering if anyone has or is doing this diet? Any feedback would be appreciated. Thank you. Thu, 24 Mar 2011 23:11:16 EST Weight Tracker I've seen many people when they post something they have one of those cool little "current weight" trackers below their post. Anyone know where/how to get one of those? Are they available on the sparkpeople website? Any help would be great...thanks! Tue, 25 Jan 2011 15:45:44 EST Elliptical Trainer calories burned Is there any way for spark to put in more options on the calories burned on the elliptical? I do intervals and I know I'm burning more calories than if I was just doing level 1. My elliptical's calories burned is a lot different than this sites but its probably because I can't enter my weight on mine. I would think it could be calculated like walking or cycling? Wed, 1 Dec 2010 07:06:21 EST Spark for Kids Hi there! I joined Spark People in June, so this is my first Thanksgiving as a sparker! I'd like to start by saying how truly blessed I feel to have found Spark People. I count this site and all my Spark Friends among the many blessings I am counting this Thanksgiving!! <BR> <BR> I am the mother of a 9-year-old boy who probably has Asperger's Syndrome (we don't have a definitive diagnosis yet, but are working on it). He has always been small for his age and a picky eater, so I never worrie... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 12:49:39 EST can tea count as water? I can drink lot of tea in a day but can I count any of it as water? is this the right place to ask, or should I be someplace else <BR> <em>24</em> Fri, 30 Oct 2009 00:18:05 EST Whereare all you members from? I'm from Gloucestershire in England <em>30</em> Mon, 27 Feb 2006 03:53:01 EST