SparkPeople The Guys' Lounge Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_topics.asp?imboard=60 A place for guys to hang out, ask questions, and find support. SparkPeople The Guys' Lounge Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_topics.asp?imboard=60 Things to remember before applying for home loans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=33462605 Before you chase the dream of owning a blissful home, it is very important make the necessary arrangements to get ample financial support from one of the nationalized banks out there. For this to happen without any hassles, you should have a clear-cut idea about the how the bank that you choose operates, as well as the procedures that should be followed to avail the loan that you would need to buy your dream home. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:15:57 EST most useful apps? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=33457061 I treated myself to a new Apple iPad Air last week. I've been good, I deserve it. hahahahaha <BR> <BR> Anyway, this is my first Apple product - I don't know anything about how it works, or what the most useful apps are out there. I did get a red roll-up cover so it matches my car! <BR> <BR> Thought I'd put out the question to you - what apps do you use that you consider most useful and what do you like about them? <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:14:57 EST Meds for anxious dog? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=33391640 We are going to Disney World in about 4 weeks and our 2 year old Mini Aussie will be staying with my parents. She's a good dog, but gets extremely anxious around new settings and she has pretty severe separation anxiety. I've been taking her out there to get her used to their house but she still acts nervous. <BR> <BR> I've been looking at some anti-anxiety meds at Petsmart and Petco, but I don't know how effective they are. Would I be better off giving her vet a call and seeing what he r... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 13:18:13 EST What's playing in your car/walkman/radio right now http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=33377880 In the car: Weckl/Oliver new disc "Convergence" <BR> <BR> In the walkman: Tegan & Sara "Heart Throb" <BR> <BR> (note: not being an Apple fan I don't use the word "iPod" - I'm a Sony fan so Walkman it is) <BR> Wed, 2 Apr 2014 09:02:20 EST Five Finger Death Punch http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=33377236 Went to see Five Finger Death Punch last night in Manchester - awesome! <BR> Anyone else a fan? Wed, 2 Apr 2014 07:16:58 EST Is ideal protein diet safe when have upcoming back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=33312722 I will be having back surgery soon as was wondering if I will have any problems with being on the ideal protein diet. I know there were a lot of restrictions to follow the week before surgery so I'm wondering if I will run into a problem when I check in when they discover I'm in phase 1 of this diet Sun, 23 Mar 2014 09:54:32 EST Fishermen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=33193362 Any fisho's on Spark People? I live in a fishing Mecca (Weipa, Queensland) and find it a great way to get outside and also to relax a little. <BR> <BR> What's your latest catch? Wed, 5 Mar 2014 02:23:24 EST Beard or cleanskin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=33170922 Gents, <BR> <BR> Do you maintain some growth on your face or go for the cleanskin approach? <BR> <BR> I have a bead and think it looks good, far lower maintenance than shaving everyday. Also matches my fur singlet. <BR> <BR> Tom Sun, 2 Mar 2014 01:48:21 EST 6 Nations Rugby http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=33170610 Wish there was an easy way to watch 6 Nations Rugby stateside. Imma hafta hack a satellite... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 23:41:47 EST Tarot cards or psychic readings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=33002679 Has anyone here had a tarot card reading or psychic reading? <BR> <BR> I've had a Tarot card reading a couple of years ago, I'd like to get another one done but everyone in my area charges like $60 per session. <BR> <BR> I haven't had a psychic reading - somehow I felt the cards validated the cost of the show... <BR> <BR> I do believe in these things very much, all joking aside Thu, 6 Feb 2014 07:40:07 EST Energy therapy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=33002664 Has anyone here had an energy session? What I mean by that is Reiki, EFT, etc... <BR> <BR> It's been a million years since I've had those sessions, just wondering if anyone here has had that lately, and what the cost is where you are located <BR> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 07:38:28 EST Any deep woods hikers here ....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32993941 ...... if so, where's been your favorite hike? Wed, 5 Feb 2014 01:10:04 EST How bout those seahawks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32978168 I personally went for the broncos but after the first lf I felt that it was a blow out. all in all Congrads to the seahawks. Sun, 2 Feb 2014 22:57:18 EST Tracking Strength Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32969483 I don't like the way SparkPeople wants me to track my workout. It's tedious. Why would I enter each exercise and the time I did them. I think they could improve this part. I do 20-30 minutes of strength training 3 times a week, but I don't track it. <BR> <BR> Anyone else feel this way? Sat, 1 Feb 2014 21:13:06 EST Train at Home or the Gym? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32960974 I was wonder how many train at home vs. the gym. I have a gym membership, but I train at home 95% of the time. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:00:04 EST Military Vets and Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32960253 I started a team for military veterans. It's for anyone who wants to think about getting in shape whether you're interested in being hard core or just want to lose a few pounds. Come check it out and join if you like! The team name is Military Vets and you can search for it by going to the SparkTeams link under Community in the SparkPeople toolbar, then searching Companies, Organizations, and Careers, then choose Organizations, and finally choose Government. Hope to see you there! <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:00:46 EST SparkTeam for Military Vets from all Branches http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32953194 I started a team for military veterans. It's for anyone who wants to think about getting in shape whether you're interested in being hardcore or just want to lose a few pounds. Come check it out and join if you like! The team name is Military Vets and you can search for it by going to the SparkTeams link under Community in the SparkPeople toolbar, then searching Companies, Organizations, and Careers, then choose Organizations, and finally choose Government. Hope to see you there! Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:46:18 EST New year, new snare drum! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32905348 I treated myself to a Tama Stewart Copeland signature snare drum.... for the second time. I used to own one many years ago but had to sell it. Not this time! <BR> <BR> The Police have always been my favorite band, and Copeland was always my favorite drummer. <BR> <BR> This drum is just incredible. It's nickel over brass, and quite heavy, but it is amazingly crisp and I'm thrilled to have it once again. <BR> <BR> I was lucky though, the sale rep at the music store had called Tama Dru... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 07:11:06 EST Snack Suggestions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32890461 My boyfriend and I are on a healthy eating journey together however he's having trouble finding healthy snacks to satisfy his salty/crunchy craving. He's used sitting down after dinner with a bag of chips (a large bag at that) and munching his way thorugh the news, now that he has decided to change his lifestyle, he's struggling with that craving. Other than microwave popcorn or those baked pringle sticks, I don't know what else to have on hand for when his cravings hit. Any suggestions?? ... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 08:37:36 EST So I'm at it again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32856489 So, I've been lurking the past few days and I thought I would take the time to introduce myself as you all seem like a nice group of guys. <BR> <BR> My name is Jeremy, I am 29, I live in West Virginia and have been struggling with weight all my life. I'm working once again to both lose my weight and become a healthier person. What drives me is the fact is that I know I can do it. My freshman year in high school I joined Weight Watchers and lost 100 pounds. While I didn't quite reach my g... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:00:27 EST 84 MPG Hwy. New Elio Motors three wheel car? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32828155 Hi Guys. Have you seen the new Elio Motors car? Google eliomotors.com to get to there web site and youtube.com has quite a few videos. It is the coolest car I have ever seen. It has tandem seating with lots of room front and back. It would be hard for me to leave it parked. I hope my wife and I will be able to sleep in it. We could take it all over the country visiting friends we haven't seen for years. My wife loves it to! It will come with air conditioning and a heater as standard ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:44:13 EST new phone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32825850 Saturday I got me a new cell phone... it's a Nexus 4... it's so friggin' cool especially because I use Google for email, docs, photos, etc. it's all nicely integrated. Runs on the Android OS. <BR> <BR> Wicked. <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:02:57 EST Are You Spartan Tough? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32783945 So my son, Stretch, is a middle school runner and mud/obstacle course guy in addition to his 5K's and 1600m. I am a 10K, turtle paced, runner, du/tri athlete. Stretch has just conquered some strange health problems and he celebrated by doing his first Spartan Sprint in Malibu. It was really intense and the balmy 34 degree F weather made it even crazier. Mud isn't my thing but there are challenges that look interesting, mentally and physically so my goal is to complete the Sprint in December ... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 16:42:52 EST 900 miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32734382 I was shooting for putting in over 900 miles this year but I was 8 miles shy of reaching my goal. But considering the year of taking off for being sick and a few injuries that sidelines me for a while I think I came close enough...lol. Considering I only do my training ever other day at the most so my body can rest, that works out to almost 5 miles a day (if I could have actually gone out ever other day). So hitting 1000 miles for next year should not be a problem...especially with the tra... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:59:59 EST New Year's Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32712062 Ok, who is gonna make one or more this year. <BR> Mine is to record my food intake everyday here on sparkpeople. <BR> Doing that with proper exercise seems to be the only way I have <BR> any success. (Ya, I know….. duh !!!) <BR> Happy New Year . <em>411</em> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 18:25:46 EST Spark Coach? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32704679 Have any of you gentlemen used the Spark Coach program on the site? If so, what was your experience with it and did you feel it helped? I just signed in for the trial but would like to know your experiences before I decide to continue next week. Thanks! Fri, 27 Dec 2013 16:08:02 EST Foot Pain on top of the arch? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32625501 I don't know what I did yesterday but I was on a 10k walk and about half way through I got a sharp pain in the top of my left foot. I thought it was my lases tied to tight so I loosened them off but it only got worse. I stopped for awhile but continued home the remainder of the way and now I'm unable to even stand on my left foot today. Every time I wiggle my toes or move my foot up or down I get sharps pains. I have been exercising daily for over a month and never had any issues but I'm won... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 18:08:40 EST Help! Tips, advice needed for party tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32525829 I'm feeling confident. I've had several comments lately about looking healthy, losing weight, and its boosting my confidence a lot. I even got invited to a party! There's this person I work with that is going and I just want her to want to be around me lol. At work we talk, laugh, and flirt all the time. I just want it to continue tonight at the party. She came up to me as soon as she got to work to talk about the party and stuff, and asked me to pick her up to take her there when she could h... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 18:52:08 EST James Bond Expert Needed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32492362 Hello Gentleman! <BR> <BR> I need some help from a James Bond expert, and I figured this might be a good place to start! <BR> <BR> In the movie Octopussy - Magda has an Octopus tattoo which she refers to as her "little octopussy" - I need to find out where the location of this tattoo is. <BR> <BR> I've Googled, and have come up with "the small of her back" or "the top of her buttock" but nothing concrete as to the location. <BR> <BR> If anyone out there can help, that would be awesome! Mon, 25 Nov 2013 20:41:38 EST Hard to get motivated after injuries http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32458284 Early 40’s but feels like 80 <BR> Approx 12 yrs ago I was 280lbs and not happy with my size, look or anything about me really. The only thing I was happy with was my wife and kids but I was worried that I wouldn't be able to do things with them do to my size. I started running and within a short period of time I was down to 155lbs and loving every minute of it. I stayed at that weight for a few years until I injured my knee in an accident and after that I continued to gradually gain weight. I... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:39:35 EST Exercise and weight loss after a heart attack http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32386627 I thought I would give a summary of my experience and hope it might help others. <BR> <BR> A little over 2 years ago I had a heart attack from 2 blocked arteries. I am very lucky to walk away without muscle damage but for the past two years it was hard to feel right. I started out on 80 mg of Lipitor in addition to the blood thinner, beta blocker and ace inhibitor. These drugs zap your energy and the statin causes muscle ache. Even watching what I ate and dropping cholesterol numbers I put ... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 21:20:55 EST Dinner Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32376379 What 5 people would you invite to dinner and why? <BR> <BR> Mine are: <BR> <BR> Ronald Reagan, because he was a great communicator and a very smart man <BR> John Wayne, because he was "The Duke" ('nuff said) <BR> Buzz Aldren, because he walked on the moon and his name is Buzz. <BR> Jaclyn Smith, because every dinner party needs a beautiful, articulate, demure woman <BR> Robin Williams, because he can keep things lite. Fri, 8 Nov 2013 09:46:56 EST How do you deal with new-found female attention? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32369395 I've lost close to 30 pounds this year, the past month I've been really pushing it and have went down on pant/shirt size. More importantly my confidence has risen and I'm much more talkative, smiley, and happy. There's been a couple of times at my place of work where I will go to the counter and there will be a lady that looks up and just smiles, starts flirting, and I don't know how to react! My friend will tease me sometimes because I "choke up" lol. Don't get me wrong, I like it, but I'm h... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 10:35:23 EST Happy Halloween http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32319106 Happy Halloween everyone! <BR> <BR> have a spooktacular day.... or a frightful one... whatever. <BR> <BR> Stay caffeinated anyway. <BR> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 08:37:57 EST How to romantically pick up a girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32236866 These threads have been particularly interesting, seeing the community at work and the level of casual comfort has inspired me to make a post here. As the title says, I've been wondering how to pull of the romantic carrying that occurs in movies and if there's a certain level of strength one has to be at in order to pull this off. <BR> <BR> http://puu.sh/4UbqY.jpg Sat, 19 Oct 2013 16:03:25 EST Wish this could count as exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32229142 Last night I played my first show with the rock band - to a huge crowd. <BR> It was a great success and lots of fun. Between hauling equipment up and down stairs and playing 2 one hour sets, I lost 5 pounds - oh, and having no food in the apartment helped! <BR> <BR> Too bad I can't count this as actual exercise somehow, maybe aerobic for the playing part, and something for the equipment hauling parts... I don't know, but it sure was a quick and easy way to drop a few pounds... <BR> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:44:27 EST am i a girlfriend or best friend? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32222265 i need some info. from a mans point of view if u have been seeing a guy for 4 years and when he introduces u he says ur his best friend or calls by ur first name should u b insulted that he didn't introduce u as his girl friend? im totally lossed here Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:49:01 EST One more try http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32206770 Going to try one more time. Male 51 years odl 5'4' 264. Have been below 200 in the past. Just can't keep motivated. How does everyone else do it? <em>39</em> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:10:01 EST Favorite comics http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32127006 I'm a big fan of some of the classic comic strips, many of them aren't around anymore. <BR> Here's some of my favorites: <BR> <BR> - The Far Side <BR> - Herman <BR> - BC <BR> - Wizard of Id <BR> - Blondie <BR> <BR> There's a whole new really really funny bunch from www.ragecollection.com - some of them are definitely NSFW but crack me up every time! <BR> Fri, 4 Oct 2013 08:01:06 EST Already awarded points? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=32069980 Have I really read so many SparkPeople articles that arrive in the daily email or is there just no new material lately? <BR> <BR> It seems every article I click on to read more about at the bottom it says "Points Earned...." <BR> <BR> WTF? (Why The Face)? heheheheheheh Thu, 26 Sep 2013 09:27:10 EST What's Your Own Healthy Scenario http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31962144 It would be interesting to see what type of a healthy scenario the men within this lounge would present. It could be your ideal weight, exercise program, what would you do for stress relief, types of food you'd eat, maybe some hobby that would help you maintain, where you would live, anything. ........ It may not be realistic, but you can fulfill some of it and use it to motivate yourself. <BR> <BR> I would love to live in Patagonia (It would never happen), so I've made the prairie my "Patag... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 23:38:33 EST Back With It: Going To "Baby Step" It http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31930373 I'm getting serious again. I've decided to baby-step my way back to a healthy lifestyle. As for exercise, I'm going to 'fast walk' 3-4 times a week....I'm at 24 min sessions now, but want to work my way up gradually to 40 min sessions. I'm not even going to consider going beyond that. <BR> <BR> As for food: for starters, I've just laid down the law that I'm not going to permit any of my binge favorites in the house until I reach my goal. I will probably encounter these foods outside the... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 22:13:08 EST Ideal protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31865271 Does anyone know any thing about ideal protein? I am interested about this product but would like more information on it. Thanks for your help!! Fri, 30 Aug 2013 07:55:34 EST It's a date, she's in the kitchen, whats cooking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31845384 Hihi! <BR> <BR> You may remember me, I've lurked here before.... Now I need you boys for MORE than entertainment! :P <BR> <BR> So, I'm single now and somewhat getting back into the dating thing, and I've been hanging around a gym buddy. <BR> <BR> Anywho, I think I'll invite him over for supper Saturday afternoon, and cook him something. He's a single fella that lives alone, so he practically lives off of subway. <BR> <BR> If I were cooking for you, what would you want? (My favourite pl... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:48:40 EST The Pushup & Crunch Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31802816 I couldn't find the old thread so I had to CREATE a new one. <BR> <BR> The Pushup test: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1113 </link> <BR> <BR> The Crunch test: <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/<BR>fitness_articles.asp?id=1114 </link> <BR> <BR> Sooooo - What's your score? Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:02:58 EST "So you think you can deadlift?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31790150 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS2wLZSdeDg </link> <BR> <BR> Impressive video. I think it moved a bit slow, especially the first 10 minutes or so, but I definitely learned something. My coach has already identified my weak lower back arch, this video just reinforces it. How is your arch? Tue, 20 Aug 2013 07:35:31 EST Exercise, where to start??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31784800 Hi Guys, <BR> <BR> Newbie here with a depressing amount of weight to lose. I have a HUGE amount of weight to lose and have not exercised in years. Would love to hear from people who started exercising from scratch as to how you did it. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> David Mon, 19 Aug 2013 14:05:40 EST Backpacking Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31771684 I enjoy week long backpacking trips and would like to hear from others about good areas to hike. Maybe there are some of you who could make a recommendation. ...... Also, would like to hear about your backpacking trips. <BR> <BR> Trailtrodder <em>295</em> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 22:12:57 EST Protein question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31741270 I am 45, should I try to load up on my protein intake as I age? I am asking to gather input, it seams like I just do not eat enough. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:30:13 EST Looking for a motivation/online workout partner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31696964 Hi, I am Keith and I live in Maryland. I am looking for a diet/workout buddy who is over 40 and willing to check in daily about sticking to plan and workout accountability. Serious inquiries only please. As Rite Mae Brown says, "I ain't got time for that" Hoping someone is out there who wants to get serious and do this. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Keith Thu, 8 Aug 2013 09:07:56 EST Anybody interested in shooting or archery? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31640977 Just curious to see if anyone is interested in either of the two. I have been considering getting back into archery which I enjoyed when I was a teenager. And, me and the wife have gone once skeet shooting which was really fun (even though she showed me up, lol). <BR> <BR> Any thoughts? Thu, 1 Aug 2013 09:00:12 EST Maybe asking about peoples goals was a bad thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31633521 http://www.ted.com/talks/derek_sivers_keep<BR>_your_goals_to_yourself.html <BR> <BR> Apparently telling people about your goals makes you less likely to achieve them. I wonder if that is as true for fitness goals as it is for other goals. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 09:40:12 EST away from computer - still log in? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31593315 I have to go up north where there is no internet or cell service. Can I log in ahead of time? I have a really good streak going and I dont want to blow it! Fri, 26 Jul 2013 12:37:19 EST Glutes: the big forgotten muscle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31567661 Inspired by this T-nation article: <BR> http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_arti<BR>cle/sports_body_training_performance/d<BR>ispelling_the_glute_myth <BR> <BR> Do you do any specific exercises for your Glutes? Do you do any compounds that work the glutes well? <BR> <BR> For me: I started doing hip thrusts, just started using the bar with it. I also do the deadlifts and squats, but according to that article, the amount they activate the glutes just isn't enough. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 11:15:43 EST Weight loss buddy wanted http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31541151 Hi Folks, I'm 58 year old West Cork male looking for a weight loss buddy so we can help each other on to gain our target weights/body sizes. Am 23st /146kg so a long way to go, thinking two to three years minimum. I'm starting slow with the rabbit food and cutting out the junk, need someone to share the journey with, don't want to pay the slimming gurus, doing it alone, maybe walk some, swim some, gym some, chat some, whatever gets it done. We might do before and after pics. someone with a go... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 08:17:45 EST What to do with creepy guy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31539704 There's this creepy guy in our Bible study. He keeps staring at single ladies' chests and he has strong body odour. He also laughs to himself all the time for apparently no reason and claps after every song in church service when no one else is clapping. He has mental problems but I don't mind that if he would stop being so annoying! <BR> <BR> He also interrupts bible study with inane remarks and questions! It's gotten to the point that some people have stopped coming to our weekly meetings! Sat, 20 Jul 2013 01:27:15 EST short or long hair on women? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31538896 I was curious what everyone's preference or thoughts are for hair length on a woman. I have shorter hair and have had for about 5 years. I am in the process of letting it grow for more versatility and something different. For me my hair is easy and cute, some guys just don't like the shortness or think its not feminine. I am fine no matter what and was curious about others opinions. When I say short for my hair the longest parts are about 1-2 inches away from my chin and then slightly shorter... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 22:52:05 EST Goals for the coming week 7/21-7/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31533802 So, what are everyones goals, fitness or otherwise for the coming week? <BR> <BR> Here are mine: <BR> Squat up to 175 (which would put me over bodyweight for that exercise), <BR> Deadlift up to 245 (only one deadlift day next week, will put me at 1.5 BW) <BR> OHP and bench at least back up to 95 and 135. <BR> Power cleans up to 115 <BR> Pull ups 4x3 at end of workout <BR> keep foam rolling <BR> barbell hip thrusts with the bar <BR> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 09:26:16 EST Frustrating workout. How do you react to these? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31517033 Uggh, bad day in the weight room today. Didn't move up in any of my lifts, while two of my lifts I actually failed when attempting to do the same weight as last week. Not sure why, because I have been getting the calories and the sleep that I need. <BR> <BR> I figure I will go back on Friday and Monday and those lifts should have recovered just fine. But what are your strategies for after a bad workout? Wed, 17 Jul 2013 09:36:50 EST Getting back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31515845 I recently had a bad bout of heath problems. Subsequently, I lost alot of my "condtioning' I'd been working to achieve. <BR> But now, I'm getting back on track. I have my 10th highschool reunion this fall, and I am determined to loose 50 plus lbs by October! <BR> <BR> So, I would like to invite anyone and everyone to join me in a quest to <BR> GET THIN THIS SUMMER!!!!!! <BR> Lets go get 'em!!! <BR> <BR> I'm starting by bicycling,... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 06:47:23 EST Creatine Use? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31510714 Anyone here using Creatine? Seems like it would be a very worthwhile thing to do, but I haven't tried it yet. <BR> Science based research on it- http://examine.com/supplements/Creatine/ Tue, 16 Jul 2013 13:58:01 EST Dulling of hearing during workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31501095 I had a tough work out today, where I felt quite bad afterwards until I ate something, suggesting that I had let my blood sugar get to low. But the really strange thing to me, was after my deadlifts, I was standing and recovering, and all of the sudden all of the noise in my gym dulled considerably. I could barely hear the radio playing, and the noise of the machines went from a constant noise to a dull whisper. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else experienced this? It went back to normal after a ... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:42:29 EST Exercise thread: Farmer's walks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31500991 It seems like on different websites I read, these are often coming up. From what I can tell, they are picking up heavy weights and walking with them. There seem to be different variations of them, but it seems like a great full body workout. I haven't done them before. I was curious, do you like them? Do you implement them into your workout? How? Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:32:26 EST Do you take vitamins? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31476496 I know I need to start taking vitamins and maybe fish oil too. What do you take and where do you buy them? Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:13:03 EST Layne Nortons 15 minute cardio Article http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31469954 I have been shying away from cardio, as I am looking to build strength more than anything else, but I thought this sounded interesting enough to work into the end of my workouts. <BR> <BR> http://www.fitocracy.com/knowledge/dr-la<BR>yne-nortons-best-damn-cardio-humanly-p<BR>ossible-in-15-minutes/ <BR> <BR> Nothing groundbreaking, just HIT on a bike for 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts? <BR> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:20:38 EST Serious Running Question (stay or go)? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31469545 My wife and I have started running together. I like running with her in a race and it's just for fun but she wants me to run ahead. I am faster and she has to slow down sometimes. <BR> <BR> She says she'd rather listen to her ipod and I like being with her so I really don't know if she's trying to be nice or really wants me to go ahead. I ask and she seems sincere, so I guess the question is, if your a competitive person but love being with your wife, what choice would you make if put on th... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 15:28:27 EST Need to rant- No ladies allowed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31467122 I love my significant other, but honestly sometimes she makes me want to just yell in her face. She constantly complains about her weight, and how her weight makes her look, but I get to see how she eats. That pumpkin pie in our refrigerator didn't eat itself. Boxes of crackers didn't magically empty themselves in a day. Don't cry to me about your metabolism when you won't eat vegetables, or most forms of chicken, or anything else that could possibly be construed as healthy. And your com... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 10:22:59 EST Killing 2 Birds With 1 Stone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31459831 This won't be for everyone....but it might be applicable for some. <BR> <BR> I own a private office and quite frequently I need to clean out client files on my own. <BR> <BR> Sometimes on a miserable hot day, or a miserable cold one I will stay after the office has shut down... then.I'll pull out some files....I'll take the first file....and then as I fast walk through the entire office, I'll go thru it to determine if it is still active or inactive. Then it's on to the second file...a... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:10:19 EST I've been gone a while, Changes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31458748 I noticed that they are now giving 5 points for every article read, while workouts are now a purely time based point system. <BR> <BR> I admit to being a slave to the point system, it does seem to motivate me pretty effectively, but it irritates me that they have increased the points you can get for reading, rather than increasing the points you get for actually exercising or tracking nutrition. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:38:20 EST Eating or Exercise gives the biggest bang? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31451924 I am a health coach who helps people get to and maintain a healthy weight. Whenever I talk to people about losing weight, the first thing they talk about is their workout plan (or lack thereof!). This is also how I used to approach it in my younger years. <BR> <BR> My experience has shown me that nutrition is BY FAR the most impactful factor to weight loss. Why do most people focus so much on exercise and treat their nutrition as an afterthought? Does this sound familiar: when people eat s... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 17:12:52 EST Why doesn't the tracker have deadlifts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31451287 It seems like when I read elsewhere, deadlifts are one of the most commonly recommended exercises. Here, they are not even listed in the tracker. I know sparkpeople isn't really into strength training, but this still surprising. <BR> <BR> Have you found other lifts that you thought were "standard" that you haven't been able to find on here? <BR> Tue, 9 Jul 2013 15:02:10 EST Men's tall clothes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31441320 My husband has been doing an amazing job losing size lately. We're planning a trip to Vegas in August and I'm pretty sure he's going to need new clothes and he's planning to shop in Vegas. We're from Canada and he pretty much always shops at the same 2 stores here because he knows they have tall sizes. <BR> <BR> There are a LOT of stores that carry tall sizes only online, can any of you suggest stores that are likely to have tall sizes in store? He actually likes shopping most of the time... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 13:17:52 EST Motivation to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31437292 I work shift work and I don't have the motivation or the will power to do anything when I get home. I work very long hours, but I want to try to lose my weight so I can enjoy spending time with my wife and son. I have a lot of health problems but they could be overcome if I lose weight. It is hard to lose weight when all I want to do is eat, rest spend time with my family, go fishing, and work. Can any body offer me some suggestions. Mon, 8 Jul 2013 03:59:01 EST Returning Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31399187 I'm so fed up for letting myself get to this point. <BR> <BR> I did Sparkpeople a few years ago, and did fairly well. Then I got back to my old habits and here I am. <BR> <BR> I need to lose about 38 pounds. Looking to only lose about 1-2 pounds a week. <BR> <BR> Plan to hit this website often both for support and as a substitute for that "mindless eating" that I am so guilty of doing. Wed, 3 Jul 2013 09:18:07 EST Need help from guys that hit or are close to goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31372214 I posted this in the nutrition board, but it really isn't getting many responses and a response or two from someone kind of makes me cringe because the advice was do cardio, which I clearly stated I do, but obviously people don't take the time to read when posting advice. So hoping you fine guys can help me out here. I'm sure we all know that men and women bodies are different, they both have different looks, goals, etc so I think posting here I will be able to find what I'm looking for. <BR>... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 03:20:38 EST I need a male perspective. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31361809 I posted this in the Cafe, but they recommended I post here as we'll for a male opinion. I reserve the right to delete this later as it is a very sensitive topic for me. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I need to put this out there to people who don't know me. I don't know if I'm making a mistake or if this is normal behaviour. <BR> <BR> I've been with my boyfriend from almost 2 years and lived together for the last 9 months. I don't know if I'd describe his behaviour as controlling, but I'm not sure... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 18:25:38 EST TRYING TO GET MY MOJO BACK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31339286 Wow. I never thought to be in this place! I had to break off everything for a few months due to remodeling and gutting my house. I never thought that would be an interruption....but running and watching the contractors block off parts of my house STOPPED my whole routine. <BR> <BR> I am WANTING to be focused and get into full swing of my routines. GOD please help me. I was starting to loose weight (afraid of getting on the scale) but I know my clothes are somewhat loose...my abs and a... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 22:06:04 EST negative but funny - what sounds do you hate? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31283934 I hate the sound of babies/kids laughing or crying. <BR> I hate the sound of an acoustic guitar, unless it's Flamenco style then I like it. <BR> I hate the sound of a harmonica <BR> I hate the sound of someone puking. <BR> I hate the sound of an old alarm clock that didn't come with a "wake to radio" option <BR> <BR> I'll think of more! Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:43:28 EST Have a Happy Father's Day Gents http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31241960 To all of you guys that not only made a difference in your own children's lives, but have touch the lives of many others; you lead, teach, encourage, and provide. I know that men make a difference in people lives, because I would not be the person that I am had many men not made an impression on me. Happy Father's Day weekend to you all. Benny Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:54:52 EST Formula 1 anybody? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31232554 Just curious if there's any other F1 fans out there? I've been in love with that sport since I can remember. Auto racing in general, but F1 in particular has always been more exciting to me than say, NASCAR or even INDY racing. The Canadian race this past weekend was very good and I'm looking forward to the first practice session at Silverstone on the 28th. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 08:46:01 EST Workout Partner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31218104 Hi Guys, have a question for you. I'm married and my wife and I have been together for going on 12 years now. We are friends with another couple who have been married for some time now. My wife really isn't in to workout out. <BR> <BR> I built a small home gym in my garage and her and her husband were over last weekend and I showed it to them. Yesterday she texted me and she told me she's really interested in working out in my home gym and would love to have me as a workout partner so we... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:31:20 EST wishful thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31174148 I wish I could heal as quickly as Wolverine when I get cut. <BR> I wish I could fly without having to buy an airline ticket. <BR> I wish I had those cool claws on demand like Wolverine too... <BR> I wish I could play my drums all day and make good money doing it. <BR> I wish I could erase some of the past and make things right that went horribly wrong. <BR> I wish I always looked on the bright side instead of just most of the time <BR> I wish everyone could get along instead of throwing darts Thu, 6 Jun 2013 08:21:30 EST Exercise advice for guys with bad backs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31158700 Ok guys, I am 31 years old and I have a herniated disc in my lower back. As a result of this injury I spent 2 years in a wheelchair, and another 6 years using a walker due to the amount of pain I experience. Not being able to exercise caused ALOT of weight gain. 9 months ago I weighed 470 Lbs, and I have lost over 200 lbs SO FAR. I use a stationary recumbent bike to take my back out of my exercise routine as well as using yoga designed for stretching the back. So, my question is; Is there any... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 11:32:35 EST Jumpstart to Skinny -- thoughts for the guys http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31142378 So I just started Bob Harper's Jumpstart to Skinny -- I lost my way a bit and gained a few back, so I'm trying to jumpstart again. I thought the skinny rules Bob had were pretty good as a reminder system (and I think the drinking water immediately before a meal thing actually works well). <BR> <BR> So I'm following the guide in the new book -- going to commit to the three week ultra-low-calorie diet. I'm in the midst of getting into day one after a monster shopping trip and this is what I ha... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 13:25:58 EST How bad can it get. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31119650 I'm on vacation, wanted to get out and walk for the exercise to increase my distance. Wouldn't you know it I caught a cold spent two days trying to get rid of it. Feeling better got dressed was finally going for that walk. I figured I could stop of and get a paper notarized during my walk. I went into the closet to pull out a box that contained another paper I might be asked for in order to notarize the paper and I pulled a muscle in my back and had to cancel the walk again. God willing I wil... Thu, 30 May 2013 19:28:19 EST Checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31116140 How is everyone? <BR> <BR> Since last I posted, I checked one goal off of my bucket list- I completed my first half-marathon. Very excited to have done that. 2:23 was my time. I kept a consistent (albeit slow) pace and got it done! <BR> <BR> Goal race for this year done- now will just enjoy the summer, try to stay active, and keep moving! <BR> <BR> What's new here? Thu, 30 May 2013 10:16:35 EST Need Husband more motivated not FRUSTRATED!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31115541 Hi, me and my husband are always struggling to be on the path of more healthier choices, but I walk and are more active then him and I enjoy it. He on the other hand on feels that watching what you eat will work for him, well it hasn't so far. To his credit, he has lost 11 lbs, but we have been watching since January. He is a big guy of 360 lbs, standing at 6'4. I believe he should at least lose 50 lbs and he will regain some energy and most importantly his confidence. He is not happy at this... Thu, 30 May 2013 09:29:29 EST Playoff Series NBA vs NHL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31107754 Greetings Spark Dudes ! <BR> <BR> I was listening to a local sports station in Boston, WEEI and they were asking listeners which they thought was the most exciting of the play off series this season. So, what do you think ? <BR> <BR> Basketball or Hockey ? Personally, I think hockey has provided more excitement (as well as entertainment) so far. And no, my opinion is not influenced by the fact that the Celtics got bounced in round one and the Bruins will be playing the Penguins. <BR> <BR... Wed, 29 May 2013 10:26:41 EST Manly Macho Men http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31067769 Do you think Manly Macho Men are intimidated by guys with Effeminacy and/or Androgyny type traits? <BR> <BR> Or more to the point, do you think they CARE about guys with those traits? <BR> <BR> I think it depends on the Macho Guy, I think some guys just don't give a crap about guys with those traits and I think others ARE intimidated by them. <BR> <BR> I suppose the real point is if those traits (from macho men, too) are erased from the social equation would it change anything? <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 24 May 2013 06:38:03 EST Are you a Nacho ? Tomato ? or a String Bean ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31061905 Hey, Spark Dudes ! <BR> <BR> I thought you'd enjoy this article on MALE body types. It's an interesting perspective. <BR> <BR> The seven shapes of men. <BR> <BR> PEAR <BR> A little bit larger around the middle <BR> <BR> CUCUMBER <BR> Straight up and down with no extra weight <BR> <BR> TOMATO <BR> Slightly chubby all over <BR> <BR> BRICK <BR> Broad all over <BR> <BR> NACHO <BR> Broad shoulders and slim waistline <BR> <BR> STRING BEAN <BR> Very skinny and lean <BR> <BR> SN... Thu, 23 May 2013 10:52:35 EST Guys' Lounge, why the Exodus? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31044830 This place use to be thriving now most of the regulars from before are gone. Wonder why they left? Tue, 21 May 2013 10:01:25 EST Punch drunk or slap happy. Which are you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31042715 Slap happy from lack of sleep Tue, 21 May 2013 03:44:50 EST Hot sauce. Yes or no http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31042712 Absolutely on everything. Texas Pete (made in N.C. Ironically) or Tabasco Asian sweet and sour. Tue, 21 May 2013 03:43:09 EST Archie Bunker-Types http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=31011223 Are these kind of guys still around? <BR> <BR> <link>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archie_<BR>Bunker </link> Thu, 16 May 2013 15:15:54 EST My efforts are being scuttled http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=30962216 My wife keeps trying to scuttle my efforts. I came home the other day, and sitting on the counter, were three bags of Kryponite (Doritos). I dont know why she bought them. She doesn't eat them (until now). They used to be my favorite. I dont eat them anymore! I didnt even eat one, I am happy to report. I know we need to have cookies, ice cream and stuff for the kids. I never really ate that stuff anyway. Luckily (and I haven't mentioned it) that there are never any peanuts around. I cant help... Fri, 10 May 2013 15:07:45 EST Things that bug you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=30952888 Randomly speaking.... <BR> <BR> 1. People who start sentences with "So...." <BR> 2. Saying hello to strangers and they look at you like you just puked on the sidewalk <BR> 3. Walking behind someone in a shopping mall who suddenly stops <BR> 4. People driving who cut in front of you but then do not accelerate to the speed of traffic <BR> 5. People who assume instead of communicating <BR> 6. People who don't reply to emails when selling something online <BR> 7. Hornets, wasps, mosquitos, black... Thu, 9 May 2013 13:07:52 EST WALKING help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=30927471 I just started walking for exercise and I found I really like it, but I cramp in my claves and my left thigh. I drink a lot of water, get lots of potassium, warm up and stretch, but no matter what I do I cramp. Does anyone have some suggestions Mon, 6 May 2013 11:51:12 EST NBA Playoffs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=30886359 Who's gonna win it all? I think the Heat are looking pretty dominant, but I would love to see those superstars fall and fall hard Wed, 1 May 2013 12:48:47 EST The Spark Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=30881434 I'm really digging the book that accompanies this site. Has anyone else read it? I'm a little under halfway done. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:29:31 EST I partner up with weight watchers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=30867733 Spark and weight watchers work well together Mon, 29 Apr 2013 09:34:43 EST Chevy Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=30867566 I recently purchased a 2013 Chevy Spark. I could not justify spending $150 dollars per week on gas with my Dodge Challenger. Just love racing to work with that big engine. To my surprise I really like driving that pint sized car. I can easily zip through traffic and the money I save on gas pays for the car plus some. The Challenger is now the weekend car. I can't believe how much fun it is to drive a slow car fast vs. a fast car slow. Has anyone been surprised with a purchase you had to make? Mon, 29 Apr 2013 09:09:26 EST Hobbies that you really love http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=30842040 I've been a drummer forever and recently was selected over many in an audition for a band. <BR> <BR> It's great getting back into it - it's a hobby that really makes a difference for me. It's a great workout since two band practices now have been just over 4hrs each (not to mention lugging gear) - but it's a soul-ful connection with what I'm doing that makes me feel good. <BR> <BR> I'd even choose music over women anyday - and that's the the only thing that knocks women out of the top choi... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:47:47 EST Vegetarians? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=30795022 Just curious if there were any other vegetarian guys in here. What are your favorite meals? Sun, 21 Apr 2013 00:23:22 EST Workout tank tops...best kind? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=30764037 Let me preface this by saying, no, I am not a man, but I need a man's advice on something. <BR> <BR> <BR> My husband has a 46" chest, and he has a hard time finding tank tops that are wide enough to be comfortable while he's at the gym working out. The undershirt style tanks are what he is wearing now are a 3X, and they are nowhere near wide enough. He says he gets tired of pulling the sides of the tank top to cover his nipples up. I'm not sure why that is a legit complaint for a man, but I... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 11:50:32 EST New Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=30753618 I turned 50 this year. <BR> <BR> I've been working since I was 12 years old. <BR> <BR> Last Friday, I was part of a reduction in workforce from the place I have worked for the last 16 years. <BR> <BR> Sucks to be a line item. <BR> <BR> So, I can take this time and devote my energies to self pity, rage at my previous employer, or something constructive. <BR> <BR> I think I'll choose something constructive. <BR> <BR> Matt Tue, 16 Apr 2013 08:28:03 EST No wonder I'm huge!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=30717100 I thought this was kind of appalling so I figured I'd share. Started eating better a few days ago. Before that, my life consisted of pretty much solely fast foot and whatever I felt like at home whenever I felt like it. I had no organization, no accountability and frankly just didn't care. <BR> <BR> So I'm tracking my food yesterday and decided to put in what a typical Taco Bell meal I'd normally get just to see what the count would be. Now for the last 4 days, I've had a total of 1800-2000 ... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 23:40:55 EST Trapezius Exercises http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=30693751 aka Traps <BR> <BR> I have time & again read/heard that the one thing that seperates a guy with an athletic build and a guy who weightlifts are the size of the traps. Supposedly there are no natural things we do that can increase the size of your traps. Don't know if that's true or not but I work on them anyway. <BR> <BR> <BR> My Shoulder & Trap Day Routine <BR> ~Seated Barbell Shoulder Press <BR> ~Front/Lateral DB Raises (P90X style) <BR> ~Bent-Over Reverse Flyes <BR> ~Upright DB Rows <BR... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 10:15:23 EST Low T http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=30609290 For the last couple years my energy level has not been what it use to be, I just credited it to getting older (35 now...lol). With all the ads on tv about low T drugs out there it got me thinking about my own levels. When I first asked the doctor on a regular check up he said he would do the blood work but also noticed that my blood pressure is higher than normal and it has been creeping up in the records. After reading more about high blood pressure I found out low testosterone can be a c... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 18:51:46 EST Dispute about clothes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=30532400 I just got some clothes back from the tailor and my girl friend thinks they are too loose. I got a suit, three pairs of dress slacks, and some shirts. She told me that I have a sexy body and that the clothes hide that. The clothes I bought were actually a size larger than I wear so the tailor had some material to work with. My measurements are 40 chest, 31 waist, and 35 hips. The tailor suggested size 34 pants so they would be wide enough at the hips and my pockets would not bulge out. They t... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 15:04:44 EST Torn calf muscle? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=30465151 So 7 days ago I tore my calf muscle playing tennis with the wife. I visted the doc and he sent me to an Orthopaedic. The tear is about 3" long and was measered using an sonogram. The Orthopaedic put me on rest and I was given a boot to wear that immobilizes the ankle and calf. <BR> <BR> From most everything I have read on the internet says I should be using and stretching the calf not immobilizing the calf. <BR> <BR> Anyway my question is any of you guys ever suffer a torn calf? What was ... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 12:56:35 EST Did You Workout Before, During or After Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=30403314 During <BR> <BR> I'm interested to see how others fit this into thier schedules. <BR> <BR> Sat, 9 Mar 2013 22:39:03 EST Military??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=30401786 Has anybody served or is currently in the military? If so, which service did/ are you serving in and for how long? I am currently in the Naval Reserves. I am with the United States Naval Construction Battalions "Seabee" (NMCB18). I have been in the Navy for 22 yrs. Six of the those years were served on the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) --- active duty and the other 16 years were served with the "Bees". I am currently an E6 (First Class Petty Officer). I have a green light to retire but I am planni... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 19:57:14 EST Anyone ever do a Spartan Race? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=30389180 I'm doing one tomorrow, hoping I haven't bitten off more than I can chew at my young age of 43. Fri, 8 Mar 2013 10:55:33 EST Have people noticed ???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=30361533 Ok folks, <BR> So, you've dropped some weight and are feeling better about yourself. <BR> How much weight did you have to loose before someone actually said ( totally unsolicited ) something like...... <BR> "Have you lost weight" or <BR> "You look good...you on a diet? or <BR> "You been working out"? <BR> Look forward to hearing some fun stories here.... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 17:23:54 EST favorite actresses and tv shows and more http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=30356851 on the SparkPeople Cafe message board, KJFITNESSDUDE is killin it with these kinds of great topics that here in the guys lounge we could sorely use... <BR> <BR> So here's my homage to KJFITNESSDUDE by dragging some of that good stuff in here where people only seem to care about the wheel points... <BR> <BR> My favorite tv shows (past to present - in no particular order) <BR> 1. Starsky & Hutch <BR> 2. Charlies Angels <BR> 3. Fantasy Island (you know what I mean!) <BR> 4. X-Files <BR> 5. M... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 07:45:10 EST Sweat etc http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=30340134 Hi guys...quick question. I workout 6x week and sweat lots. I have tried wearing a jock under my shorts but my boys have other things in mind. I've tried compression shorts but that makes it very uncomfortable and sweaty down there. Being in law enforcement does not give me much time to do a quick change. . Any help would be great. Thanks. Ps. I've lost over 90 lbs in two years and exercise is now an addiction for me. Sun, 3 Mar 2013 15:01:38 EST The wife does not want to go to church with me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=30217874 How can I change her mind. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 11:14:07 EST Whats your running shoe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=29835577 To those who run (seriousrunners and not) what shoes do you find mostcomfortable and best performing? <BR> <BR> For the last couple years I have found Saucony Ride (3 & 4) series very comfortable. Recently considering a new pair and getting the Ride 5 I decided to try ie againand go with the Air Max+ 2012. Expensive@ $150 but read some good reviews so figured Id give em a shot. They arrive tomorrow! Thu, 10 Jan 2013 22:20:06 EST jump rope? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=29619962 Is anyone here using a jump rope as part of their cardio routines? <BR> <BR> I live in Canada, and running outside in the winter to me is not something I want to do, so I'm looking at ways of maintining cardio levels inside. I don't currently own a treadmill or exercise bike but I'm interested in jump rope because it's CHEAP... <BR> <BR> your thoughts? Sun, 16 Dec 2012 22:06:27 EST Unloading Tractor Trailers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=29398272 I have an exercise question. I recently started a new job that involves unloading inventory from tractor trailers. How would I log this activity into SP? <BR> <BR> I did this at work yesterday, and I anticipate doing it again before the week is over. Any help is appreciated! Mon, 19 Nov 2012 21:53:40 EST Latest Successes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=29049569 So, I am in the mood to hear some good things. What was your latest success/milestone/something you are proud of? <BR> <BR> For me it was getting to two sets of ten close in push ups and progressing to wall walk downs to bridge in my bridging progression. Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:45:58 EST Chain Restaurants with good healthy options http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=28772639 So I have recently been obsessed with finding restaurants with good low calorie options, that won't leave me feeling cheated when I have them for my meal. I have tried the following with good success so far, and will keep investigating more <BR> <BR> Ruby Tuesdays - I used to loathe this place, but I feel like they have really worked to improve their offerings, and their fish options, as well as as the spaghetti squash are quite tasty, and with a little effort the salad bar can go a long wa... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:53:26 EST Any fighters/wrestlers in here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=28614450 Wondering if there is anyone who used to be a fighter, wrestler, or jiu jitsu like me. Anyone who has dealt with weight classes in the past. <BR> <BR> Trying to lose 5-6 more pounds in 3 weeks to make featherweight, pushing my body lower than it may want to be. Any tips on that? Weigh ins for IBJJF are right before (5 min) we compete so sauna/dehydration isn't an option. Got three weeks to get my weight down low enough to have a bit of breakfast and water that day and be weighing no more tha... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 13:46:41 EST Do you hate interviewing for jobs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=28560156 With the state of the economy right now, I'm pretty sure I'm not the only guy looking for work. As a man, I find it very easy to be on the interviewer side of the table and very embarrassing to be on the other side. I feel like I'm begging for work (which I kind am, since I'm the breadwinner in my family). <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I had a second interview, this time in-person. It lasted 2.5 hours and I met with three people. It seemed to go really well, but I went in with a different attitude. ... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 09:59:54 EST Skirts or Pants? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=27616771 Sorry to intrude on your Guy's Lounge, I have a question I want to ask you (men) because I had a disagreement about it in the Ladies' Lounge. <BR> <BR> Do you prefer to see women wearing skirts or pants? Which do you find more femine and more likely to draw your attention? <BR> <BR> Ok. I'm going now.... Tue, 8 May 2012 20:45:31 EST Why Do Girls Post In Here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=27453149 Okay seriously, just about every single other forum is utterly dominated by women. Now the Guys' Lounge is being crashed? I'm sort of tempted to create a thread about penis size just so we have a guy conversation. Sorry, just a petty rant on my part. Sun, 22 Apr 2012 15:17:47 EST 85 days 'til World Cup (WL Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=27183921 Spanglishese Rainbow Edition... <em>437</em> <BR> Sun, 25 Mar 2012 12:38:15 EST Ideal Protein Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=26812683 Has anyone used this program? I seen a lot of people losing lots of weight. But I am curious about the maintaining the weight lost after? What do people know about this diet plan? <BR> <BR> Thank you for your time and help. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 21:05:03 EST Has anyone tried Insanity workout? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=26547507 Thinking about doing it. Has anyone tried it? And how did you like it? <BR> <BR> Thanks Kevin Wed, 18 Jan 2012 22:49:24 EST Social networking Sites & Forums http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=25735327 I do: <BR> Sparkpeople <BR> FaceBook <BR> Fubar <BR> F...Life Thu, 20 Oct 2011 11:17:34 EST Bonus Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=24489954 I got 5 extra bonus points today. What did you get. Sun, 19 Jun 2011 21:40:32 EST Diet Soda? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=22967138 Has anyone else read the articles about drinking diet soda and the possibility of increased risk of stroke? What is your favorite healthy drink. I would have to say that mine is V8 Fusion. <BR> <BR> All things in moderation, That's the way to go! Fri, 11 Feb 2011 11:49:12 EST What kind of car or truck do you own and what http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=22734637 is your dream car? <BR> <BR> Own a Dodge Ram Truck <BR> <BR> Dream Car = 66 Sting Ray Corvette Tue, 25 Jan 2011 15:07:01 EST Spark Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=19429768 How in the world can someone get 5,000 spark points in a month? I can only get a max of 90 in a day. Fri, 30 Apr 2010 15:58:21 EST When I was a kid..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=19239093 We were only in the house for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There was no cd's, video games, or compters. <BR> If you had a TV it was black and white and only on at night. There were no seat belts in cars! Most of our toy's were hand made. Fast food did not exist. The government did not protect us from everything, and we are still alive!! <BR> Sat, 17 Apr 2010 16:43:50 EST Three points, is three points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=18995729 I have to get points so I can catch up with my wife. <BR> Wed, 31 Mar 2010 21:35:05 EST Weather Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=18990138 Unusually Wram Weather in Wisconsin thsi Week. <BR> Low to Mid 70's with Sun the next 4 days. Average Temp for our Area in late March is 47 degrees. We will take it! Wed, 31 Mar 2010 13:54:21 EST I get three points for this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=17024632 I get three points for posting a message- how cool is that <BR> So I have to post 400 more messages to get to my next trophy..hmmm Wed, 28 Oct 2009 20:26:49 EST Wheel points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=12865669 2 today Wed, 10 Dec 2008 08:12:50 EST Exercise Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=60&imparent=1752971 Who did what? Anyone get in some good exercise today? <BR> <BR> Denise and I just got back from a quick bike ride back into the mountains. We actually got cut short cuz one of the many giant redwood trees fell and blocked the trail. We thought about climing over it, but if we slipped we reisked falling or losing our bikes down a 75 ft canyon. And neither of us were in the mood to risk our bikes! lol <BR> <BR> Anyway, a good ride, burned just over 600 calories and enjoyed the gorgeous surrou... Sun, 19 Mar 2006 20:06:21 EST