SparkPeople Parenting and Family Support Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_topics.asp?imboard=61 Trying to balance work, weight loss, and family? Share tips for keeping your whole family fit and healthy. SparkPeople Parenting and Family Support Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_topics.asp?imboard=61 New Member here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=40464877 Hi, joining the V. wagon again. I want to say this is the first and last time for this but, I am like a yoyo... I hate this. I need to improve. My eating habits are terrible. Its horrible. I need to see this as a long term commitment not a quick fix solution but its hard at times. I just need to DO THIS! You see, I do better when I don't give myself permission to cheat. If I do cheat then it all goes down the drain. I need support, and a myriad of other things to accomplish this. Help.. howev... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 02:22:34 EST 6 days post op worried im not drinking enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=40462840 in hospital I had no problems with clear fluids. when I got home and started full liquids I can barely get my protein shakes down. I do have a few sips of chicken broth in morning and try to get take water in between. I just feel so uncomfortable after I drink. I am taking Prilosec and Zofran when needed but I still get tight feeling at top of stomach. Is this temporary. Protein shakes and other fluids I'm getting in about 6 to 7 cups of fluids is it enough? HELP. Sat, 3 Dec 2016 19:20:25 EST :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=40448154 Have a fantastic Thursday! Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:55:49 EST Not sure what I need... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=40425895 ..I don't see any way to delete a post..so I just erased it. Sorry all. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:14:05 EST anxiety medication http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=40348413 I am on sertraline 100 mg, once daily for anxiety and depression. Since going up 125 mg I been getting alot of side effects, painful joints, swelling in hands, feet, and legs. Weight gain, extreme headaches, twitches and or shaking, nausea all the time, painful stomach. What does other people take for meds. And if you are taking sertraline has these happen to you. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:37:39 EST i think my daughter might have PCOS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=40299511 hi everyone, <BR> my daughter is 12 almost 13, she started her period a few months ago... but her cycles are not regular she gets one like every 6 to 8 weeks.. i am concerned, because i have PCOS and my cycle was like clockwork intially and than by age 15 they completely stopped. <BR> <BR> when i told my daughter your eating habits are not that greatest, she gets defensive. i have tried to tell them fruit before junk, yet i still see her heading for the pantry closet especailly when i am n... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 06:22:29 EST scary halloween for kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=40219627 How do u make this time of year fun for 5 yrs olds...growing imaginations, harder to keep sheltered from scary thinking... <BR> Lots of bad dreams lately. <BR> My son knows it's pretend, but then wakes up every night with bad dreams. Fri, 28 Oct 2016 22:38:07 EST Walking program with kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=40008187 Help me think this through? Does this sound like a plan of sorts? I'm trying to do two things at once. <BR> <BR> I want to go for a walk, ideally following an actual walking program, but at least just getting out the door, moving, enjoying the scenery, and getting some fresh air. I also want to do almost the same for my two children (toddler and infant)--get them outside to move and get a change of scenery and some fresh air, and then also take them to the park for free play. Btw, the toddle... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:41:13 EST single parent struggles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39992448 I know that I am not the only single mom who is trying to lose weight, but I am struggling to find a balance between work, mom'ing, and exercise. I just feel like by the time i get home, it's dinner, bath, bed. I know I'm new to this, and am hoping that with some time, my energy levels will come back up as well. Do you have any tips or tricks on time management as single working parents? I know it's possible i just need to find the way that works for me! Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:10:34 EST Obesity in youth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39988129 Why do parents let their children become obese? <BR> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:37:15 EST Toddler frustrations! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39899119 So my son will be turning 2 on the 1st (condolences appreciated in advance). He is at the age where temper tantrums and the word "no" gets thrown around multiple times on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> This is frustrating on its own but I think my biggest frustration is that these temper tantrums always only seem to be given with ME. Daddy is everything and he listens to his dad, no problem. But Kaiden will not listen and if I try to pick him up when his dad is around, all hell breaks loose. ... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:10:21 EST Grown children living at home http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39885231 I am 50 years old and work with special ed children in our local school system. I need help on handling a situation at my home. I have two adult daughters that both still live at home, one moved back after graduating college (which my husband and I paid for almost 100%) She is 24 and working. Not a great job but a job. My other daughter is 21, stayed home to go to a local college and is now working as a nurse making very good money. We charge them nothing to live here. In fact both are... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 14:24:05 EST BLESSED GRANDPARENT'S DAY !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39881987 HAVE A BLESSED DAY TOMORROW & YOU GUY'S. TOO. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. Sat, 10 Sep 2016 23:21:20 EST I'm back to try again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39812714 I have recently returned to try and get my weight headed in the right direction again. After several failures, My weight rocketed up to an unbelievable 302 pounds. My first mistake was in making the conscious decision to stop trying to lose weight. I had convinced myself that I gain more weight each time I tried. With each failure came a spiraling vortex of shame and guilt. I told myself that each failure solidified the idea that I was a failure. If I could go back, I would say; at least you ... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 15:34:59 EST Safety of kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39801848 I recently bought a home in Toronto. It’s a double storied building. The casement window upstairs are open without any window stops. They all are very large in size. I have 2 small children and younger one is too naughty. I’m afraid about their safety. Before shifting to the new home I need to solve the problem. So i’m thinking of re-installing the window with a more safer one but I don't know which one will be best. My friend suggested(http://www.heritagehomedesign.ca<BR>/windows/compare-wi... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:18:23 EST Updating settings to include nursing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39690566 You used to be able to add that you were nursing in the settings on babyfit.com but that webpage now redirects to sparkpeople so is there a way to add that on sparkpeople? Sun, 14 Aug 2016 14:27:17 EST Making time for yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39604893 With all we do as moms, we can easily get caught up in everybody and everything else. But we need to remember to make time for ourselves. We can't be there for our family if we can't take care of ourselves. Spend at least 10 minutes a day doing something for you. Whether it's extra exercise, meditation, yoga, pilates, or just sitting down in a quiet room by yourself. It's important for us and our health. What are some things you do to take care of yourself, or ways you make time for your... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 11:45:45 EST Carbs in pregnancy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39599488 My 3rd child was born with an intestinal problem that caused her to be fed all her nutrition through an IV in a port in her chest until she was 5 months old. When she finally came home from the hospital at 6 months, her feeding team suggested that when we started food, we went organic to combat the chemicals in her system. So our family made a dramatic change and started on an organic journey. We found a great local organic farm we didn't even know was there and joined the CSA program and sta... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 17:12:38 EST Aspergers Daughter Overweight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39549922 I am scared for her health. I will guess she is at least 100lbs over weight. She is high functioning 21 y/o college student and very smart. Yet I think she is trying to sabotage herself. She just ate a whole gallon of ice cream herself in a day. She gets little to no exercise or movement. She does do spinning 2x's a week. But when college is in session I doubt she will find time for it. <BR> <BR> I am afraid that diabetes, hypertension, and other metabolic diseases are right around the corn... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:44:36 EST Parental Alienation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39541768 I have to say that this is my biggest, most painful struggle that tries to get in the way of me working towards my goals towards getting healthier. Parental Alienation is one of those things that you have no control over, no power to change in life. No matter how hard you try you can't make it better. Not until they make their own choice to stop listening to the other parent. Until they want to know their other parent for who they are, not what they've been told. I've finally reached a point ... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:05:34 EST Looking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39506955 Hey Ya'll :) Happy Tuesday <BR> <BR> I have just recently started a new group for anyone looking to stay accountable and just take it day by day. Feel free to come and join! Just copy the link and it will take you right to the team <BR> <BR> http://teams.sparkpeople.com/chooosetolo<BR>se Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:51:40 EST Online tools for divorce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39474374 Has anyone used online tools or web-based applications to create divorce documents? My spouse and I are recently separated and I am currently in the research phase. I was wondering if anyone has used www.thistoo.co ? Or can anyone recommend other websites for separation agreements and divorce forms? <BR> <BR> Thanks for the help in advance! Thu, 14 Jul 2016 22:55:32 EST Surgery scheduled for 10/5/2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39411641 Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm in the pre-op stage of gastric sleeve surgery which is scheduled for early October. Looking to be involved with like minded people and others with the same goals. Nice to meet you all! <BR> <BR> Lorene Wed, 6 Jul 2016 06:05:04 EST Who Dislikes Their Son or Daughter In Law ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39367512 I changed hates to dislikes because I don't want to sound mean. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:49:13 EST 40+ topics of weight, other http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39366275 Is it more difficult losing weight in your 40's than it was earlier on in life? I'm not looking for excuses to get out of weight-loss, just wondering if it's harder getting around for many, than when we were in our 20's, with overall health issues, etc. Also, looking for people I can relate with, not that age matters the most, just overall chats. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:47:54 EST Losing weight and TTC with PCOS? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39348516 Hi all! Is anyone here with PCOS actively trying to conceive while losing weight? I was diagnosed last year with PCO (Polycystic Ovaries, Insulin Resistance) and have been trying to cut those yucky carbs from my meals in order to shed some weight. <BR> <BR> I am trying for my first baby and my doctor said that even dropping 3% of your body weight can help improve fertility -- so here's to hoping! <BR> <BR> What are somethings that you are doing to lose weight while you TTC? Mon, 27 Jun 2016 03:12:26 EST VGS and panic disorder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39333323 Hi. First time poster here. I am scheduled to have VGS surgery and am worried about my anxiety meds not working after surgery. I would love to be thin for once in my life, but my sanity is not something I'm willing to trade. Has anyone on anxiety meds like Effexor for panic disorder had this surgery? If so, what were your results? I'm getting very nervous just thinking about going back to dibilitating panic episodes. Thanks for any advice. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:36:10 EST summer workoouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39325516 I'm wondering how other parents are faring with trying to workout in the summer with kidz at home. <BR> <BR> I seem just exhausted at every corner. <BR> <BR> I would love some ideas Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:13:04 EST deleted http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39318529 . Wed, 22 Jun 2016 13:14:10 EST How Do You Stay Close To Your Grandchildren? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39285320 Does anything besides giving them money work? Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:03:12 EST he hides his Other family from me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39265777 it doesn't make sense that I have to find out from the kids that my husband takes them to his parents house while I work. <BR> I understand things could be worse. At least the kids love their gma and gpa. But why does he hide this info? <BR> it's just rude! Tue, 14 Jun 2016 18:37:52 EST sucrolose http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39259139 I am having the sleeve done on Thursday and I am in a bit of a panic. I have never tolerated artificial sweetners well and I just realized that all the protein shakes are making me nauseous. I am trying to find a protein drink without splenda/sucrolose, but everything seems to have it. Does anyone know of any decent protein drinks without it? I found an all natural vanilla one, but I am hoping to find some others that are not neccessarily milk based. I just don't like milk and never have... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 20:34:15 EST Gastric sleeve for over 60 year olds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39257236 Anybody 60 or over who is considering or have had the gastric sleeve surgery? Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:08:28 EST Looking for mentor through process http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39214645 I am looking for a mentor/friend through this process. <BR> <BR> I am just in the initial stages (filling out forms, setting appointments) for gastric sleeve surgery. It's the first time, after being obese for 20+ years that I have even considered surgery as an option. <BR> <BR> I would love to share my story and have you share yours. <BR> <BR> I am from Upstate (rural) New York, turn 50 this month and am raising my granddaughter as a single parent. Feel free to check out my page and se... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 14:37:36 EST Single Parents!! Where are you! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39171275 Single Mom of a sweet, stubborn, loving one year old boy! I'm not looking at the pounds loss but at how I feel in my skin. Happiness with myself and body is the goal:).. and more energy would be nice too ;) Thu, 2 Jun 2016 00:07:27 EST Family Budgeting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39017034 I am trying to do better with my finances. its hard. <BR> <BR> In the past, I tried with software, and it helps to look at graphs but in order to do really well, I have to have something physical that i write in. <BR> <BR> and I tried looking on amazon for budget planners and it just made me feel even more lost. <BR> <BR> le sigh <BR> <BR> not too happy about that one. <BR> <BR> but anyways. <BR> <BR> does anyone have any advice on how to do this? <BR> <BR> I would deeply appreci... Sat, 14 May 2016 20:25:49 EST What's your biggest challenge for weight loss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=39003621 Hey lovely mums, <BR> <BR> I managed to lose weight prior to having kids and I did pretty well but now that I have a 17 month old I am finding it a real struggle! I am super tired working full time and taking care of him -he's also been sick loads since he started daycare so I'm up at nights and I always end up turning to chocolate and junk food to keep me going! Plus no time for a gym membership. I'd really like to fit back into some of my old clothes! Anyone else struggling with this? Fri, 13 May 2016 05:44:05 EST healthy college kid http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38964007 My daughter has just moved out to a college apartment, and is learning to cook. she never showed interest when growing up, and is now floundering. She signed up for Spark, as she wants to lose ten pounds. She needs easy healthy recipe ideas. I am making a list for her, and could use some suggestions. Sun, 8 May 2016 11:29:29 EST Last weekend before hospice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38947500 My uncle is going into hospice next week and my grandparents have lost two other children in the last three years including my dad. I really want to try to keep Mother's day upbeat as possible and make the most of this last weekend all together, but I'm a wreck and at a loss for ideas. Anyone have anything? Fri, 6 May 2016 09:08:33 EST Getting Sleeved on 5/24/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38922735 Hello everyone, I have been approved for weight loss surgery and I am scheduled to have my sleeve operation in 5/24/16. I am very excited and thought others would be excited for me also, but now I feel like everyone is just saying negative things to talk me out of it. Everyone continues to say that I don't need it now that the date has been scheduled. This is making me very confused because I don't feel as if the support is there. Regardless of how I feel I will push through and do what is be... Tue, 3 May 2016 12:00:00 EST Going thru a divorce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38885035 I am going through a divorce. I'm not happy about it, but I'm not overly upset either. My kids aren't even real upset about it. But it still brings a lot of stress and stress eating. I really want to feel better and be healthier, but I seem to be sabotaging myself. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:17:13 EST Spouse Unsupportive http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38862533 I've always struggled with my weight; when I started dating my husband I found myself making a real effort to lose & success came with it. After our son was born, I slid back into my old ways. <BR> <BR> We've been struggling as a couple for most of my son's life> some of the time was my depression, some was his (which he refuses to address). Now we're faced with our son's issues as a child with autism. <BR> <BR> So I've lost 40lbs since Feb (Medifast) & he was completely nonplussed when I... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:07:01 EST Addiction To Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38859427 Do you have an addiction to food? What are your triggers? How do you deal with your triggers and urges? Do you constantly feel like your starving even though you know your not? How do you deal with this emotionally? Mon, 25 Apr 2016 22:28:59 EST Birthday Party Ideas for girl. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38855572 My daughter will be 12 in August. Beings she has been invited to a few parties lately she is thinking about her birthday. She suggested a Paris themed party. I looked on Pinterest and found a few awesome ideas for decorations. But nothing for activities. Any ideas?? Mon, 25 Apr 2016 13:26:21 EST Anyone dealing with aging parents? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38855004 Mine are 85 and starting to fail. I want to care for them, but don't want to give up my whole life. I'm so conflicted and falling into a depression about this. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 11:58:25 EST Any other PWS parents in here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38839746 I decided to change my eating habits and exercise me to be an example for my daughter who was born with Prader Willi Syndrome. The hallmarks are hypotonia (low muscle tone), a slow metabolism, and (later) hyperphagia (an uncontrollable appetite. So she will have to be active and watch what she eats always. She's two. And I want to lead by example. I'm curious if there are any other PWS parents in SP Sat, 23 Apr 2016 18:54:59 EST Parents of school age children - need feedback pls http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38779661 Hello all, a little bit off topic but maybe you can give me some feedback. We had new neighbors move in about one and half year ago. My kids were thrilled; they have kids too. My son today is 8 in 2nd grade, the neighbor kid (Dan) turned 9 yesterday and in 3rd grade (they are 6 months apart) my daughter and the neighbor's daughter are both in 6th grade. The kids played together (but are not best friends). They were generally nice people until yesterday. They were happy my son came to Dan's b... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 13:47:59 EST to moms who wonder how "other moms" get it done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38779631 <link>www.scarymommy.com/im-selfish-mom/?u<BR>tm_source=FB </link> Sat, 16 Apr 2016 13:40:50 EST Had a baby 17 months ago can't get the weight off http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38776443 Hello ladies! I had a baby at 39 years old she is now 17 months old and although I lost most of the weight I had gained with the pregnancy I gained it all back and than some mo the after I had her. Not to mention I have herniated disc, bulging disc, small fracture in my back and right wrist tendinitis that all started two months after having the baby via emergency c-section. I feel horrible I keep gaining weight and my back is killing me. I can't seem to get on the eight loss track. I starte... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 04:04:26 EST How do I make myself the priority when... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38738065 ....I have two children with autism. This is what I am struggling with. I reset my account today so that I can start fresh. Back in January, I had a very successful month, then both children started having difficulties at home and and school and I have been off the chain since that time and gained back the 10 I lost. I am a teacher, and spend all of my prep time at work making phone calls and trying to find services, and all of my out of school time going to therapist appointments and ser... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 12:01:01 EST lifestyle change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38733800 Started a whole foods plant based lifestyle. My mom is upset that I won't eat her cooking. Lots of dairy and animal protein. Losing weight quick. Feel awesome. Sun, 10 Apr 2016 22:31:54 EST Getting fit after 50 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38711656 I am afraid that taking care of my 89 year old Mom has been so consuming that I have just ate and drank what ever I want when ever I want to. It is time to start caring for the caregiver before she has a heart attack. Fri, 8 Apr 2016 01:38:09 EST Night time exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38710861 Hey... This is going to sound ridiculous, but I want to be able to go running at night but I'm afraid of the dark. Lifelong phobia. Any advice for getting over it? <BR> Thu, 7 Apr 2016 22:39:57 EST eating healthy with kidz http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38709587 my kidz love horrible foods like ramen and macaroni cheese. <BR> <BR> now I buy it for them, I'm gonna end up eating it too. bad I know. <BR> <BR> anyone have any advice on this? Thu, 7 Apr 2016 19:43:52 EST Learning to Lead http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38682671 Being a Mommy wasn't something I had planned, but I am thankful for my beautiful child. I want to be a good leader to her, not a dictator. I started this journey today and dedicated it to her. Mon, 4 Apr 2016 20:42:41 EST Indecisive Toddler http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38662822 So my son is 3. He is the most happy, energetic, loving child!!! He is also what they call stubborn, spirited, strong-willed, difficult!!! This has made raising him a huge challenge but he is my only child and I don't know any other way!!! <BR> <BR> Our latest obstacle is indecision! He's come to the age where he CAN make decisions and ask for things. Lately, however, he has become indecisive: <BR> <BR> "I want to go to the park... PWEESE!" <BR> "OK we have time ... Lets Go :)" <BR> "I don... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 12:46:51 EST Favorite Thing to do on Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38655772 Going out to dinner is my favorite. Fri, 1 Apr 2016 14:44:38 EST Help Me Find Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38639500 This is my schedule. Going to be 50 next year, want to lose about 25 lbs. Please help me find some time. <BR> I invest lots of time with my family, can’t seem to find time for me. Writing this in the bathroom! <BR> (Need to knows: live in a rural area, no family or friends close-1 hr. away, oldest son drives takes care of some of the little things already.) This is not a “woe’s me.” <BR> <BR> 4:45-5:00 Ironing/get coffee going <BR> 5:00-6:00 Shower/dress/make-up/hair/let dog out and in fo... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 19:04:56 EST I am close to hating my18yr old daughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38602339 Our daughter is 18 but still in high school. She will graduate in June. She has such disrespect and anger towards us that I'm am super close to hating her and moving out! Her older sister told her that she looks like her Godfather and not any of them or my husband(their father), now she wants us to go on Maury and do a DNA test (I REFUSE that nonsense, Maury or a DNA test). <BR> She told us that until we do DNA to prove that my husband is her daddy, she won't respect us because we don't resp... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 10:52:29 EST Protein shake http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38587519 Hello, <BR> <BR> Am wondering if anyone can recommend a good protein shake? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 24 Mar 2016 16:26:07 EST My Hubby Won't Help!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38582379 So my hubby and I have gotten into a few fights recently because when he is in charge of watching out toddler (3 yr old) he just lets him roam free and he's been breaking/ ruining/ messing up things left and right!!! My hubby only watches him while I'm at work (3-4 hours) maybe 3x/wk!!! <BR> <BR> The latest things were- <BR> Sat: Came home to sprinkles all over the floor (hubby said he cleaned it up but I noticed right away...so???) <BR> Mon: Broken pulleys on the blinds, ripped calendar... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 02:08:15 EST Pregnancy at 38 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38561533 Hi! I am a 38 year old woman and will be TTC (trying to conceive) shortly. Currently tracking ovulation pattern in hopes of conceiving a boy which are lacking on my spouse's side of the family (Shettles Method). I have 2 great kids already and we will be trying for that third little miracle. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to reach out to other women who are in the same stage of "older maternity" and would like to share stories. The last time I was pregnant, I was 29 but I have never felt so health... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 20:12:29 EST Bake sale drama http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38487415 Does anyone have good advice on dealing with team Mom drama? My daughter's team had a bake sale yesterday as part of their big home competition and I was excited to help so I really went all out. I got 5 cases of cake pops donated through a work connection and baked a big batch of cookies and two flavors of filled cupcakes, nicely decorated and packaged with individual labels. Apparently the cupcakes were a sore point- the woman in charge came up to me during the sale saying they were a hi... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 23:26:49 EST New Grandmother http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38470025 Getting baby outside in stroller so I can exercise more while babysitting. Sat, 12 Mar 2016 01:54:15 EST How to get a teen to drink water? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38460005 I am stumped at how to convince my teen to drink water. There are days he does not drink much of anything at all. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 22:29:48 EST N/A http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38444334 N/A Wed, 9 Mar 2016 10:57:34 EST My daughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38373653 My daughter is 11 years old. I had the wallpaper on my phone a pic of her. She seen it and freaked out and took my phone and deleted it, along with all other pics of herself. Don't know why. Wed, 2 Mar 2016 08:29:17 EST Need some advice please http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38349403 Has anyone had issues with inflammation My hip hurts so bad I can barely excersise I had a mri and they said I have degenerative disk disease and arthritis in <BR> my back . So I just don't know what to do just excersise my arms or what ? Sun, 28 Feb 2016 21:47:09 EST love my boys http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38301445 My 3 boys are under 6yrs. <BR> They are my angels. I feel sad when I return from work and hear how naughty they were. <BR> How do I handle their behavior while I'm gone? <BR> Tue, 23 Feb 2016 21:42:09 EST How can I help my husband? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38298024 <BR> My husband had been big ever since we met 10 years ago. But he's really started gaining weight this last year. He is a stress eater (like me), but while I've been making changes to address my weight and health, he is not at all. <BR> <BR> Last night really opened my eyes. He brought home McDonalds. I did ask him to, my fault. But, while I split 10 chicken nuggets and a medium fry with our 2yo, he ate 20 nuggets, a double cheese burger, and a large fry. <BR> <BR> He tried to encourage... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 14:13:58 EST teen girl issuses .... am i alone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38150744 I have a 13 yr old girl , that does not listen to me at all , just blows me off , she is a good kid but she makes me so mad , cause its like what I say don't matter but Dad is now getting it to Mon, 8 Feb 2016 16:12:42 EST Stopping medication before TTC http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38143651 Has anyone had an experience of having to stop a medication before trying to conceive? I have been on a very effective medication that was helping me manage my migraines and I have to be off of it for three months before I can even TRY to get pregnant. I've been slowly reducing my dosage these two weeks and am already feeling the migraines get worse. <BR> <BR> I'm getting a migraine right now, and I'm starting to get very anxious, I remember how bad the pain used to get and how it affected... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:07:29 EST We have a grown daughter dragging her feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38121225 9 months ago our daughter did some bad things that led to her losing her 6 month old son to me and grandpa. She was angry and blamed us for not giving him back to her on the sly. He was underweight and couldn't even roll over. We took this to mean neglect and so she decided to not come to visit him for months until her boyfriend was forced into rehab and then VOILA here she is every weekend. Her BF mom came in the beginning but we discovered she was giving baby cold meds to make him sleep!! S... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 15:53:11 EST Anyone dealing with defiant child? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=38012309 My 5yo granddaughter is the most defiant person I have ever dealt with. I mean its bad. I live with my daughter and her 2 daughters so I see first hand just how oppositional she is. This is daily. We have tried everything to get her to do what's asked of her. Once she decides that no she's not going to she just flat out won't. She's extremely intelligent so she understands what she's supposed to do, she just won't. Its frustrating and very draining. Any advice? She and my daughter are schedul... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:14:24 EST Ideas for quick to eat meals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=37975070 My daughter's dance showcase is coming up, and there are a few days where she dances 3:30-8:15 with a 15 minute break at 6:30. What can I bring her for dinner that she can eat really quickly? I'm such a hack. All I can think off off the top of my head are the below: <BR> <BR> Smoothie (frozen fruit and milk) + chips, crackers or pretzels <BR> <BR> Proteins: <BR> Beef stick, hardboiled egg, 2 tbsp of Nuts N More protein peanut butter, string cheeses <BR> <BR> Fruit/veg: <BR> Fruit/veg pouch... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:48:34 EST Watched a birthing video http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=37965368 So I watched a home natural birthing video... not sure why, but it really freaked me out. The lady was screaming... I mean SCREAMING! Was this because she was on no meds? <BR> She really looked like she was in torture... pregnancy and birth and babies are amazing to me, and I cant wait to be a mom one day... however... seeing this really scares me. I wrote a post before about being scared of labor, that still hasnt changed. I probably shouldnt watch these videos but I want to know whats goin... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 14:41:12 EST Toe nail http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=37916465 One of my nails is thicker than others , Does anyone know whats best to cure toe nail fungus ? I think thats what i got ? Fri, 15 Jan 2016 08:09:22 EST Parental Alienation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=37845060 Anyone ever experience it? Tell me what you think it is. Thu, 7 Jan 2016 22:28:26 EST Do you homeschool or want to learn more about it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=37807474 Join the Spark Homeschooling Parents team! <BR> <BR> The team has been pretty quiet so it's time to get it revved up again! With over 1000 members there should be a lot of helpful advice and support! <BR> <BR> I have over 10 yrs of homeschool experience and have 4 kids ages 17,14,11,6 so have been through it all! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Here's the link to the team. Hope to see you there! <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=1994 </link> Sun, 3 Jan 2016 20:42:55 EST weight loss after my sleeve http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=37731572 Today marks 2 weeks post op and I have lost 15 pounds since surgery...I feel like it should be more. My post op appointment was yesterday the doc said my weight loss is normal I still have swelling and fluids being shifted around...when dose this even out? Also it seems like I am at a stand still with my weight loss even though I am working out...I have been at 303 for the past 3 days now. Any helpful insight or your experience with this would be great. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 10:41:13 EST digestive issue http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=37705830 So i have been haveing probleums with constipation any advice would be appreciated. I went to doc they gave me miralax . I need to know what else to take food to eat etc how much water to drink? Any help please Fri, 18 Dec 2015 21:50:05 EST Planning for first child http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=37651377 My hubby and I are thinking of starting a family next year. I am super excited but super nervous. I know you can’t plan everything 100%, but I can’t help but think about what I need to do to get ready for this but I have no clue where to start. <BR> <BR> Currently we live in an apartment and want to buy a house before we have kids. My plan is to start trying around March, go house hunting over the summer and be moved in and ready for the baby. Ofcourse anything could happen (job loss, no luc... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 08:59:45 EST WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY AND WHAT DO YOU DO? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=37641345 Have a family dinner. Tue, 8 Dec 2015 16:56:48 EST Parents: How do you do it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=37473431 Hi everyone! Spark helped me lose a lot of weight a couple of years ago and it was such a great support system. A lot has happened in my life since then, most recently having a baby. I really want to start eating healthy and exercising again. My question is how do you guys do it when you have a baby? <BR> <BR> I feel like I go, go, go all day long and anything more than unhealthy pizza delivery or quick spaghetti is overwhelming. My baby is 3 months old so she requires a lot of attention. I... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 15:44:15 EST 4 weeks post-op from sleeve surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=37464968 I'm looking for someone who is either just ahead of me in recovery from gastric sleeve surgery or at the same point. I had my surgery 10/16/15. I've been pretty miserable. The protein drinks make me sick so luckily I'm on soft foods. Trying to get the protein in thru foods instead but I'm generally not hungry. And this deep stabbing pain is getting to me. Anyone out there able to relate? <BR> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 08:57:30 EST The AUTISM PDD-NOS ASPERGERS Sharing Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=37445192 Hi, <BR> <BR> I thought it would be nice to have a designated Autism thread for those of us with children, grandchildren, relatives or just friends that have Autism and related disorders. <BR> <BR> My son and grandson have Autism, in their case Asperger's and PDD-NOS respectively. They are both very intelligent and highly functional. My son is 31 years old and my grandson is 13 years old. I am proud to say they are both doing fantastic. My son is getting married in a few months to high swee... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 02:41:55 EST Sleeved on 9/28/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=37245180 Hi to all. I just found this site and have been reading through the posts and it looks like a great place to get information and support. I've just had the sleeve done on 9/28/15 (5' 7" SW 262 lbs) and they also repaired a hernia. So, after surgery, thank goodness, all is going well however i'm ALWAYS hungry. What is up with this? I didn't feel this hungry before but now my stomach just constantly grumbles. I hope this goes away soon. Also, i'm thinking i'm just miserable now because i... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 19:00:48 EST Mommy's and Working Out with Babies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=37225155 Hey everyone what are your tricks for working out with your baby or while your baby is awake? Wed, 30 Sep 2015 11:00:54 EST Gastric sleeve procedure coming up.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=37189912 I am scheduled for this procedure on 10/14/15. I am nervous, excited, terrified, anxious....but the one thought that keeps going through my mind is that the surgery is a cop-out. I have tried SEVERAL diets, spent a ton of money on their programs, supplements, etc and have always gained the weight back. I feel like this is my last resort, but then I feel like I am just doing it because I am not strong enough to do the other stuff AGAIN. <BR> <BR> Have any of you had these thoughts? Were y... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 12:48:06 EST Do you have an out of control teen? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=37137953 A big contributing factor in my weight gain was depression and guilt, as I have dealt with my oldest son's behavior issues. One of the biggest challenges I have had to face, has been dealing with this alone, with little support from family, and none from friends. If anyone else is having similar issues, I just wanted to let them know they aren't alone. I found no specific team for this type of support, but I am willing to share and be supportive if anyone else needs it. Wed, 16 Sep 2015 09:53:36 EST My daughter told me I'm fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=36894992 My heart hurts! Kids can be the most honest. I know I'm fat, and I hate it, but hearing it from my 4 year old hurt more than anything. <BR> When I was 16, I stopped eating. I would go days without eating a thing. Then I would leave my boyfriends and stuff my face with rice and popcorn for a day and start all over again. I was thin. My "diet" worked. Looking back now, I know it was an eating disorder. I know I messed up my body. Even being thin, I thought I was fat. I would put jeans on and t... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:16:44 EST I need help here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=36889895 I just recently had a miscarriage and now i have become an emotional eater. I have gained 10 LBS in just two weeks, I'm trying to lose weight here and its not working I'm creeping up to 200 LBS again and I once swore I would never see that number on my scales again, can someone help me? Mon, 10 Aug 2015 22:48:38 EST Good morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=36683872 Hello all, <BR> <BR> I took today off, trying to enjoy the summer with my little guy. He's 7. I work 30 hours a week. Monday-Thursday 8:30-4:30. I've committed to taking another day a week off at least every other week. I have the opportunity to do it. Helps with keeping my emotional balance :). I am also finishing my BA and some days it feels all work and no play. <BR> Hope everyone has a great day! Thu, 9 Jul 2015 13:49:19 EST Say Something Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=36364506 No negative thoughts are welcome here... Wed, 20 May 2015 15:33:12 EST Sparkteens http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=36081828 Does anyone here have teens that use sparkteens? My daughter keeps saying she wants to start a healthier lifestyle but I think she is having accountability problems, and of course doesn't want to listen to me when I suggest something because I'm mom. I tried to go check out the site but you cant really see anything unless you have an account. I was curious what it was like Sun, 12 Apr 2015 07:58:23 EST Mother In Law Woes: Advice? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=35209372 What is the polite way to interact with my mother in law? What can be reasonably expected of me? <BR> <BR> We have other issues, but I find myself having difficulty getting over the fact that she called my 5 year old daughter (who is in the 5th percentile for weight and can run 5k's without stopping) overweight - in front of her. I don't mind her disparaging me (I have a pretty thick skin), but my daughter is another story. My daughter is already very thin and very active and in fact needs t... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 10:58:59 EST Badly Behaved Momma http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=35101496 I recently noticed that I am really judgmental. I am ashamed. <BR> I force myself to go out and meet other moms, pay to be in a group, and try to convince myself the whole time that I will have fun. <BR> But after doing my obligatory volunteer position for the group, I felt extremely judgmental of certain women who irk me. <BR> I know it's okay not to like everyone, but I feel so awkward. <BR> I know I should TREAT OTHERS as I want to be treated, but sometimes I am honestly too tired to give ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 19:12:53 EST Gastric Sleeve http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33576694 It's nice to find this Forum and hi there guys. <BR> <BR> I am having a gastric sleeve inserted on the 11th June and have a couple of questions. I am in Australia and would like to know what products you take to maintain your hair which I believe falls out substantially post op. Also what products do you take for constipation. <BR> <BR> Thanking you guys and have a great day. <BR> <BR> Mieke May Sat, 3 May 2014 22:40:54 EST How old are your children? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=29526896 My dd is 12 years old. Wed, 5 Dec 2012 15:15:06 EST Gastric Sleeve Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=26615543 Anyone on this sight have the Gastric Sleeve Surgery? <BR> <BR> I was sleeved on 1/3/12 and looking to create a support group through SparkPeople. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 17:01:08 EST Has anyone here had a baby after age 40? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=23982308 If so please tell how it went? Tue, 3 May 2011 22:01:25 EST Does anyone else have the c-section pouch? Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=23959020 I'll be the first to admit, I never had a tight and sexy stomach- however- after having an emergency c-section.. I now have this pouch like stomach! Well, it's almost like a flap where the scar is.. anyone else?.. and how do you deal with this.. and tone it??. Thanks! Sun, 1 May 2011 23:36:30 EST pregnancy calories/weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=22829125 did anyone keep track of their calories and nutrition during pregnancy to try and keep their weight gain within the "normal range" (20-25 pounds according to my doc)? Tue, 1 Feb 2011 15:58:28 EST Mirena IUD and weight gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=18138234 I got a Mirana IUD last may and since then my weight has been gradually creeping up which I attributed to the stress of my PhD program. Now that I have been eating clean and working out hard for 30 days, I am shrinking inches but the miserable number on the scale is staying the same. I have been doing some reading and some women have claimed to have gained on it while the package insert says no. My doc says weight gain is not a side effect to her knowledge and will not take it out just for... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 10:28:56 EST What size do you wish you were? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=11980384 Ok, ladies lets get just a little vain for a minuite. What size do you wish you were? I myself would love to be a size 6 again. Even though that was over fifteen years ago. I think I looked healthier when I was a size 12 though because I am half Mexican and I have those child bearing hips! LOL. <BR> <BR> Tue, 30 Sep 2008 10:04:16 EST Use an emoticon to show your feelings today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=10038119 <em>41</em> <em>30</em> Tue, 20 May 2008 14:42:29 EST Loving Our Husbands ( and children too)!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=1609197 Good morning ladies! I thought we might like to share the things we do with our husbands to keep the bonds of love strong. We touched on that in another thread, but somehow it seemed to have turned negative. So here is a fresh start.Everyone is welcome to join in on the conversation and we all make a pinky promise not to have any harsh judgements on anyone else!!! Each of us have ways we show our love to our husbands and children. Lets have fun sharing them!! We might just add a spark to each... Fri, 3 Mar 2006 10:30:18 EST