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 new weight loss program For the last 8 years I have been struggling with my weight fluctuating. The highest weight was about 192 pounds and I am only 5 feet tall. After being told i could go see a dietician, I realized the food plan was going to cost me too much. Finally this year, my doctor asked me if I wanted to go see a weight management doctor. I thought to myself, why did he not ask me to do this a long time ago? So, I decided to go see him. I have finally learned that I was doing my weight loss the wrong ways... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 10:25:30 EST ? Drop down menu on pages Hi, the other day I noticed there was a drop down menu on our spark pages - under information - so you could choose from several options. I thought it was kind of neat but didn't really look at it much. <BR> <BR> Did this go away or is there somewhere else this function resides? Thanks in advance Fri, 1 Sep 2017 00:59:09 EST goodies How to get them? Sat, 26 Aug 2017 08:54:57 EST Can't read articles on my iphone When I check my mail on my I phone, I can't read anything from sparkpeople. When I press any article or anything spark sent me, it does absolutely nothing <BR> Does anyone know why?? Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:18:56 EST Site Navigation Hello, <BR> <BR> What happened to the Spark Store? I wanted to order a couple of T-Shirts. <BR> I can no longer find the Spark Stoire login. <BR> <BR> Also, was the Sparkpeople Podcast discontinued? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Daniel Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:10:27 EST Suggestions Put a place in to add medications and supplements. It would be nice if the nutrition could read the supplements. It always tells me I am too low. Sun, 13 Aug 2017 13:57:21 EST Just a suggestion I love this website. I am still going strong meeting my goals. With my level of "tech savvy expertise" or lack there of....the pages are really user friendly to maneuver about. <BR> I have one request or suggestion. Would it be possible to move the water counter closer to the top where food is inputted? I would love to see this item moved right up top since it is one of the most important factors in achieving a weight loss goal. Just a layout suggestion. I am not even sure if this is the rig... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 09:09:16 EST Sponsored Articles I have noticed that sponsored articles, like the article I read this morning sponsored by the American Beverage Association, do not have a comment section. You can earn points for reading the sponsored article just like for any other article, you just can't comment. <BR> <BR> 2 questions: <BR> 1. Are the sponsored articles removed like the other ads if I sign up for premium? <BR> 2. Is there a way to tell that an article is a sponsored article before clicking on it? Thu, 3 Aug 2017 17:21:59 EST Using phone traveling for points Why is Samsung mobile different than tablet? I find this mobile version inconvenient. Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:01:18 EST Traveling and Spark People How can I keep up log in while on a trip? Sun, 9 Jul 2017 18:24:24 EST Sugar now available as nutrient to track! We have now added the ability to track sugar, since there is more reliable sugar data available from food labels than there used to be. The recommended range is 0-90 grams per day, which will include natural and added sugar. Since it's regularly requested, I wanted to pass along the information. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Thu, 6 Jul 2017 08:39:22 EST Goodies why do I not have the option to gave goodies to friends on the mobile site? I can buy a goodie for my self, but not my friends Sun, 2 Jul 2017 10:11:10 EST Problem with Premium status I signed up for Premium status and Sparkpeople has been charging me 4.99 per month. This past week, I've started seeing ads and don't see anyway to contact my coach. Where can I check my Premium status on the website? Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:27:13 EST The Spark Books Good morning, <BR> <BR> Is there a group here that talks about the Spark books? I am not sure how to find specific things in the community. <BR> <BR> I have just purchased both the orange books and the cook book and was just wondering if others were talking about them somewhere. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Shellie Sun, 25 Jun 2017 06:51:28 EST Moving ads Today the moving ads are so bad I can't use the site. I understand the need for ads, and don't mind them usually, but I have a vision impairment and can't tolerate all the jumping. Fri, 9 Jun 2017 07:47:56 EST STOP the Speeded Up Videos on the Forum Pages!!! VERY DISTRACTING, and annoying!!!! Please remove them!!!! Fri, 2 Jun 2017 01:09:53 EST Hey SP are you trying to make people leave If not - Why ram ad's down our throats. <BR> <BR> Premium members should be ad free - Period! <BR> <BR> I am a premium member here and I would assume not the only one. I most recently started noticing the cute little way SP marketing is sneaking in advertising. The start page now shows video of how to make (let's say) pizza or chocolate flour less cake using egglands best eggs. <BR> <BR> Cute very Cute ---- NOT! <BR> <BR> And while we are at it. What happened to the user controlling the ... Wed, 24 May 2017 16:21:39 EST water count does black coffee count as water? Mon, 22 May 2017 15:53:47 EST Looking for support supportive Sparkfriends. Im looking for some supportive Sparkfriends to join me on my weightloss journey, if anyone is interested please post me a friend request to join me on my journey, lm not only looking for support but enjoy being a support also. Donary <em>220</em> Sun, 7 May 2017 21:52:29 EST Carb Monster I had bariatric surgery and really have to control carbs. Is there any place on thus site which addresses this? Fri, 5 May 2017 10:15:58 EST Log In and Tracking numbers wrong I have been logging in every day since last May with the exception of about a week last Oct. 2016 when I went on vacation. How do I get better answers about this problem? Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:38:52 EST Why can't I find my SP friends? I guess the format has changed...I can't find my SP friends in order to encourage them and thank them for encouraging me. Help, please! Sun, 2 Apr 2017 00:24:55 EST Friend feed Do I not have a friend feed on the mobile app anymore? Thu, 30 Mar 2017 01:30:26 EST Trophy - Fitness Gold Medal I received this trophy this morning. Does anyone know where I can find out more information about it? Thank you! Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:34:13 EST How do we combine two teams? How do you combine two teams when the leaders agree? Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:17:56 EST New, useless "Favorites" arrangement SP, you asked for ideas and feedback. Got it. <BR> <BR> Earlier today an SP member kindly told me how to access my "Favorites" via my page SP. How dismal to click in and see a new format that renders saving SP materials a waste of time, not that it was perfect before. I found two columns, "SparkPeople Favorites" and "SparkPeople Recipes." Both are, in my estimation, stupidly, uselessly arranged. Shall I say "unarranged?" <BR> <BR> Before the site was overhauled, articles were arranged alph... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 13:38:59 EST Want less facebook look and more focus on tools I started spark people years ago. It had 4 cornerstones or stages with e-mails that helped you understand how to live a healthy life and how to loose weight. Then the site changed. Then it had goals that you could make with either yes/no or number gauge. That was nice. You could also find your favorites really easy. Now the tools take very little room and it is all facebook style. I know people love face book, but we need to not loose those people that are here for the tools that help ... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 23:22:01 EST Can't find link to 10 week Diabetes challenge Since the new format changes, I can't seem to find the longer Diabetes challenge that goes about 10 weeks. <BR> <BR> I can find the 30 days challenge alright. Has the longer one been discontinued? Used to access the 10 week challenge from the diabetes health section... It has been so revised I can't spot links to the main educational challenges and teams. Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:31:25 EST Lost with the New Changes Finding old familiar things is HARD with the new upgrades! And I'm not sure I will ever find some of my favorites.... <BR> <BR> I DID manage to find my Friend Feed (even though the Community category no longer carries it) <BR> <BR> I cannot find my Goal check-off list (used to be on the modified 2nd step of the Start page) nor the Motivation check-off graphic (also on the modified 2nd step of the Start page) <BR> <BR> And where can I find my Team spin list again? <BR> <BR> Not giving up,... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 10:59:29 EST This plugin is not supported I can't add a video to my blog. Any suggestions? "This plugin is not supported" Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:15:10 EST Share your fad diet experiences! (for SP article) Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm a writer here at SparkPeople and I'm working on a piece about fad diets (and why they catch on, from a sociology/psychology viewpoint) - I'm looking for member quotes to feature. <BR> <BR> Have you tried fad diets? Which ones? Why do you think you were attracted to them? <BR> <BR> When did you realize it wasn't for you? Did you learn anything from doing it? <BR> <BR> I will let you know if your quotes are featured in the story. <BR> <BR> Thank you in advance! <BR> ... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:48:30 EST UGLY UGLY RED BANNER I (mostly) love SP. I've been here a LONG time. <BR> <BR> On 7/15/16 SPARK_COACH_JEN said " There will be no change to the current site" when discussing premium. But now we have to live with that ugly banner. I think it's really over the top in trying to get people to join. I'd join for positives, not to stop negatives, and imho that's one ugly introduction to the page. <BR> <BR> I suspect it turns people OFF ands AWAY. <BR> <BR> emoticon emoticon Sun, 5 Feb 2017 16:02:03 EST Motivation buddy Hello, I am a new member and i am looking for a buddy in which me and that person will contact each other and help us both lose weight ! I want a BFF!! A person who will push me to my limits! Thu, 2 Feb 2017 01:05:48 EST Not receiving notifications of mail For months now I have not been having notifications when there activity on my teams ,I have ticked all the relaxant boxes , hope you can help, Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:59:37 EST Suggestion: A Much Needed Tool for Blogs I love writing my blogs, but the one thing I find frustrating is the lack of a PREVIEW. <BR> <BR> We have that option on our individual Spark Page, but the only way to see what your blog looks like is to post it. Sometimes the editing can become confusing, as my mind is still working and editing, but I am not able to see what changes I have made. <BR> <BR> It would be very welcomed and very helpful to have a PREVIEW button so that I don't have to keep "editing" and then "posting" to pr... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 18:15:02 EST New Team - Balance Blvd Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> On behalf of my co-leader (Alp1976) and myself, we wanted to let you guys know about a new team that we created -- it is a team focused and centered on healthy habits and living a balanced life with regards to food and fitness. <BR> <BR> Feel free to give it a glance if you'd like!! " <BR> <BR> Thanks for looking <BR> <BR> -DC <BR> <BR> The Link <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=68058 </link> and it should be in my signature ... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 06:31:25 EST Lights for SAD I am getting ready to purchase a light to help with winter time depression. I live in northern Minnesota. Sunrise today was 8:06 and sunset is 4:35. I work 7:30-4 and commute an hour each way. I am in the dark. I want to get a lamp to help with it. <BR> <BR> Any recommendations on what to get or what not to get? I would appreciate your help. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 10:23:41 EST How do I enter my weight on the Android app? I don't know if I am just overlooking something or if it is due to the recent update of the phone app, but I can't figure out how to input my weight on the Android App? <BR> I usually use my computer so maybe I just forgot, but at this point, I can't even figure out how to do it. <BR> Help???? Mon, 19 Dec 2016 13:09:48 EST Fit Bit ? I just got a new fit bit. Is there any teams out there for this device users? I cant seem to find one. Thanks. Fri, 16 Dec 2016 18:53:17 EST Spark Mobile Android App New Android App Dec 7th <BR> <BR> <BR> AWESOME-----THANKS Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:46:40 EST Is Spark Premium worth the money? I am considering giving myself the upgrade for Christmas. For those who have it, is it worth the extra cost? <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Dec 2016 10:00:01 EST Adding variety ......... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 14:46:23 EST More Snack Logging options I think it would be great if I could log my morning snack, afternoon snack and evening snack separately. I break my meals into 6 small meals and the way it is now, snacks are almost 50% of my meals. Sat, 5 Nov 2016 12:43:16 EST Featured member blogs I've asked this before and ask it again: why do the same people/bloggers always get featured? I don't get it. There are tons of people on here that have great blogs, yet the same ones always get featured.Thanks in advance for helping me understand. Fri, 4 Nov 2016 23:35:02 EST Just signed up Please help me.. I just signed up and don't have the time to look all around this site for the answers I seek. <BR> What is the deal with What do I get that with paying that I would not other words the advantages I will receive by paying. Help me please. <BR> I just found out my BMI and I have to loose at least 5 inches off my waist...the belly fat. <BR> Thanks... anyone steering me in the right directions on here would greatly be appreciated. Wed, 2 Nov 2016 15:38:59 EST have to leave sparkpeople sorry have to leave the sparkpeople system. the system is much too slow and too many pop ups more than any other site I have tried. very frustrating tryting to track my food intake Wed, 2 Nov 2016 00:18:13 EST SparkVersary Awards First, let me say that I absolutely love SP and the fact that it's always there for me! I may slack off sometimes, but always able to come back when ready. And for free! #Grateful <BR> <BR> Question: Can anyone tell me why the SparkVersary Awards do not download automatically? Why do we have to go in and actually manage our awards to receive the SparkVersary award? I'm sure there's a good reason why, that I am just not aware of. <BR> <BR> I finally remembered to download my 6yr SparkVersa... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 10:18:38 EST Binge Eating Disorder and SPARK Hello, <BR> <BR> I am wondering if there is any way that SPARK can show itself as more aware of issues related to Binge Eating Disorder (BED) In particular, I have been struggling with binge and restrict cycles for years, but it was by chance that one of my team members shared information that clued me into the idea that the treatment for people with BED might be quite different from some of the strategies often recommended on Spark. <BR> <BR> I understand that Spark cannot provide prof... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 19:08:30 EST What about a group of Non-potty mouths,but sassy. <em>381</em> Searching for fun people who can care and encourage and make fun of our selves when the need arises. We need to laugh. We need to be pround of our successe <em>334</em> s! And forgiving enough to leave yesterday behind if it wasn't so great and make today much better.We need smart inventive cook's too that like to share secrets. ANYBODY OUT THERE FILL OUT QUALIFYERS? YOU CAN DO IT <link>#getitdonewithfun </link> Sun, 16 Oct 2016 05:04:53 EST "What's up WITH SparkPeople" is more like it Today's "Best of SP Daily" email leads off with "Editor's Choice." The subheading suggests that the article, "Combating the Nighttime Feeding Frenzy," was deemed beneficial to membership. How disappointing, nay, annoying, that it turned out to be an ad for some product. After reading through it and finding no suggestion for combating night-time eating, I skimmed it to discover that the author is "Sponsored Blog." <BR> <BR> If Spark is going to place ads on the site, fine. Why not be u... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:15:38 EST Anybody know how to take a vacation leave? I will be out of town without a computer, just wondering how I can do this <BR> so my streak will not be interrupted. <BR> <BR> I received a message saying the tracker would not record while I was gone, <BR> but I did already realize that. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:29:02 EST Let's have more points for blogs! I don't think it's fair that there is more points for posts rather than blogs. I think there should be more points for blogs too! As it is, we only get points for 1 blog, how about 5 or 6, some ppl blog more! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:29:44 EST SparkPeople tracker not syncing w/app Hello, <BR> Did something change that would cause my tracker to no longer sync with the application on my computer? It worked yesterday and today it is not. The battery is fine, not ready to be replaced yet. <BR> Please advise. <BR> Thanks. <BR> Judy. Thu, 4 Aug 2016 14:01:41 EST Spark Goodies I think it would be neat to see more Spark Goodies added to that part of the website. For example, you could do more specific goodies like pets or musical instruments or flowers/plants/herbs, etc. I don't know. It just gets kind of boring where none have been added in a while. Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:12:16 EST Where do I begin? Hi, <BR> I went back East for 3 weeks in June. I got an apartment in NJ. Now I've been home for almost 3 weeks now and I'm packing my things before I leave at the end of this month. I've not been eating good. I get something easy to just stick in the microwave and heat it and buying chips and ice cream. Let alone drinking a lot of sodas too. I feel like I'm going crazy here. I have 2 friends that do help but one is taking things like it's for free and don't ask me first. I still h... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 18:15:12 EST Spark People PREMIUM? So... SP Premium is a paid subscription? How much? Paid on a monthly or yearly basis? <BR> <BR> Are you then going to pare down the free pages that we can access? <BR> <BR> What extra benefits will be available to the paid subscribers? <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:53:08 EST New Challenges I just wanted to give a big shout out to SP for all the great challenges!! There are so many now!! You can do one a month still not repeat them in a year!! <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for all your hard work!! <BR> <BR> Blessings, Anita Mon, 4 Jul 2016 12:26:31 EST Just a quick THANK YOU to Spark People! <em>252</em> My 3rd time back -- 12 weeks, 23 pounds down. <em>129</em> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 10:35:49 EST Is Chris Downie ok? Hi, I was following Spark Guy's Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge, and he was blogging daily. The last blog I saw was March 21, where he said, "Woohoo! My goal for 2016 is to do an Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge blog post 200 days this year (63/81 days so far)." I haven't seen a blog or word from him since, and wanted to check and make sure he is ok. I am wishing him and his family well, and praying all is well. Please let me know how he is doing. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Jill <BR> Sun, 5 Jun 2016 13:59:13 EST Is sparkpeople going away? So, I bought a fitness tracker, and eventually it fell off my shoe and got lost. I went to buy another one today and discovered they are no longer available. :( <BR> <BR> Then I went to the sparkpeople store, just to see if anything else was available to replace it. <BR> <BR> What I discovered was that all products in the sparkpeople store seem to be on clearance at 75% off while supplies last. As if sparkpeople is selling out all remaining inventory. <BR> <BR> Please tell me that at ... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 01:11:06 EST Pep App Suggestions I love the Pep app but have a couple of suggestions for making it even better. <BR> <BR> 1. When I get email notifications that someone has liked or commented on a pep photo on SP (not through the app), I don't get a link to the picture. Instead it links to my feed and I have to scroll through to find it. <BR> <BR> 2. It would be nice if the caption for photos uploaded in Pep displayed on my SP feed. My friends that don't use the Pep app are sometimes confused as to what/why I am posting be... Tue, 31 May 2016 09:03:20 EST Gluten, dairy and soy free diet needed I need to be gluten, dairy and soy free and am new to SparkPeople. I don't know how this will work for me. The meal plans are not for people with these type of restrictions. Sat, 28 May 2016 08:48:56 EST dating as a formerly overweight person So for those of you who have lost all your weight do you find that people act funny when you tell them you used to be overweight? I have a friend who lost lots of weight and when she showed the guy she was dating her before pics he immediately changed his vibe and then dumped her. Tue, 8 Mar 2016 16:58:09 EST Suggestions - and time for database update While I very much appreciate the information that is currently available in the database, there appears to be a lot of data from the USDA that is missing or incomplete. <BR> <BR> A few examples: <BR> - many pork cuts do not give the option of mass in grams (which is available for all items on the USDA) <BR> - the listings for brown rice are missing the descriptors as to whether or not they are cooked, and are missing the various options for serving sizes (grams / ounces) <BR> - the listings ... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 21:06:32 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 Coconut milk Is it ok to have coconut milk with protein shakes? Thu, 14 May 2015 23:29:18 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 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 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 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 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