SparkPeople Parenting and Family Support Messageboard Trying to balance work, weight loss, and family? Share tips for keeping your whole family fit and healthy. SparkPeople Parenting and Family Support Messageboard What do i do? Well my sis got married 2 yrs ago she got her own house , and 2 part time jobs <BR> well her husband started drinkin then he wrecked his jeep , and had to go to jail for two weekends , My sis says she doesn't know what to do she is uber stressed right now <BR> and she has 4 kids she trying to raise too one of the kids is her husbands they adopted i mean i love my sister but i thought she was smarter than that what do i do seems like if i give her advice things gets worse and she tells me he ... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 16:28:45 EST Parents: How do you do it? 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 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 Wanting another baby I'm 42. And found out I was pregnant. I lost the baby . my husband and I are trying again. I think I'm obsessed over it. My Dr says I shouldn't have any problems . anyone have any tips ? Im taking folic acid, I've also last 60 pounds . and other ideas? Sat, 7 Nov 2015 09:53:42 EST The AUTISM PDD-NOS ASPERGERS Sharing Thread 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 Just had a baby, but hoping to lose! My goal is to drop nearly 60 inches off my person! <BR> <BR> Sept. 11th I gave birth to my son 2 weeks late. It was difficult and long story short, my doctor ignored my pleas for a C-section (Which I never wanted, I was terrified of the idea until they'd burst my waters too early and still wasn't given the OK to push 12 hrs later) so we'd asked nurses that came and went to seek a higher doctor. 24hrs later I was rushed for a C-section with my fiance, my son born with next to no waters left, ... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 05:58:45 EST 2+ years out, post op, feeling nervous! I had the sleeve in July of 2013 and for the first 18 months I felt no hunger and was able to lose 80 pounds. I went from a size 24W to a regular size 12. It has been one of the best things I have ever done for myself. <BR> <BR> But I put on 6 pounds this summer and it scares the crap out of me! I fell off the exercise wagon and stopped journaling my food. I am living proof that the surgery is just a tool!! I would like to get the 6 off by my three year check up (I have time!), as I wil... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 12:50:43 EST babysitter woes Anybody else having or have had issues finding a reliable babysitter? We've had a couple in a row already that just seem to think it's okay to just cancel at the last minute or not show up or decide to send someone else in their place who has no experience with babies. <BR> <BR> Just wondering if I'm alone in this issue. Wed, 28 Oct 2015 12:33:07 EST How in the world can I do this? I was talking with some friends yesterday, several of whom are trying to lose weight, and a woman who isn't doing the same mentioned that she cannot notice the weight that I have lost. That she wasn't "good at that kind of thing" and that you could "tell with Michelle but not with you". I was floored. I have no idea how to do this. My life is totally devoted to my 3 boys, 6,4,2. When I'm done giving them everything, I have nothing left for myself. And I need my whole self to be focused on mak... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 10:22:40 EST Sleeved 09/04/2015 On 09/04/2015 - I was sleeved and all when well with the surgery. I was released 09/07/2015 - sent home on a liquid diet which went well for the first two weeks. I am now 5 weeks post op and so far have lost 25 pounds in total... But now for two weeks I have seemed to stall in my weight loss the number has not moved for 2 weeks and its super frustrating cause I am doing everything I am suppose to be doing. Does anyone have any suggesting? I would love to hear from others and there experie... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 09:06:18 EST Busy MoM - How do you keep up! Hello! I am a full time working mom to a special needs child and I am back in school for my masters....I just wanted tips from others in the same situation on how you manage your time better, when to exercise because it's hard to fit it in when your tired and how to stay on track eating healthy. I do fairly good all day until I get home. <BR> <BR> What do you do?? :) Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:48:06 EST Sleeved on 9/28/15 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 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 HI EVERYONE ! NEW TO THIS FORUM AND TOPIC! HI THERE ! I HAD GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY NOVEMBER 2014 AND HAVE ALREADY LOST 77 POUNDS. I WAS NOT EATING RIGHT FOR THE LAST 3 TO 4 MONTHS AND HAD GAINED 8 POUNDS BACK! THE DOCTOR TOLD ME THAT IF I DID NOT GET BACK ON TRACK WITH EATING THE RIGHT FOODS ,( I HAVE A BAD LIKING FOR CASHEWS AND CHOCOLATE!) I WOULD GAIN THE WEIGHT BACK! I AM A DIABETIC AND NOW I AM BACK AND MORE DETERMINED TO FOLLOW THREW. ANYWAY I THOUGHT MAYBE WE COULD BE FRIENDS ....DIANE <img src=" Fri, 25 Sep 2015 14:23:06 EST Gastric sleeve procedure coming up.... 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 moms got issue K so my mom is 60 yrs old and shes got bio polar depression and ocd,copd. etc so she been says she been hearing snakes and thinks her gradson is their so we went to doc took blood and she going to have mri in morning . So I hope she did not have a stroke , but she been saying her legs r week and she been having headaches etc. So anyone else been threw this ? to? Tue, 22 Sep 2015 21:11:31 EST Husband's behavior affecting me... need advice My husband works part time, overnight shifts, so he has a lot of free time during the day. He decided late last year that he needed to start exercising, as he found himself sitting around on the couch too much and wasn't feeling good about himself. I was glad, he felt so much better and was taking care of himself. <BR> <BR> Then he lost his dad this February. It was very sudden, and obviously very hard. My husband's exercising habits suddenly went from 'getting in shape' to a distraction... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 15:17:58 EST MY KIDS HELP Since I told my children about me wanting to lose weight they have been very helpful. They find all kind of ways for me to do things for them and in return I stay active. If they call me and I say im doing nothing they will find something for me to do, I love the way they support me and don't realize they do it. Sun, 20 Sep 2015 21:03:31 EST second job Ok i just need to vent alittle.... ok I work full time and the I come home and cook clean take trash out etc.. well I kinda mentioned about getting a second job to get money for Christmas and my daughter graduation. Well I had a place call me and my bf that I live with kept bugging r to call back. But I was kinda hesitant because I am already workinv 40, clean and take care of the house and my daughters mow my grandma yard on the weekend and now im suppose to add a second job. And the kicke... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 00:23:51 EST Do you have an out of control teen? 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 The Sandwich Generation 'kids-ME-parents' Hi, I'm Susan and I'm 47. I could use some friends that share the Sandwich Generation with me. I have a large family, homeschool, and am assisting my mother who is currently living with us. Anybody out there? Let's connect! :) Tue, 15 Sep 2015 00:28:58 EST How to be nice to an ungrateful spouse/person? My husband grew up as a spoiled brat, and as a codependent partner I felt like that was attractive at the time. I was the middle child and not special. <BR> <BR> But now when he's been super great and caring, I want to give him a gift or card or something and he is always the same...."what am I going to do with this?" <BR> <BR> Help! So annoying! Sun, 6 Sep 2015 08:52:50 EST Breastfeeding and SparkPeople Hey, does anyone know if there is a place where I can say I'm breastfeeding when tracking my food? I know that Weight Watcher's has this since it changes your nutritional needs. But I can't seem to find it on here. <BR> <BR> I'm 4 months postpartum with my second and once again gaining weight instead of loosing it. Everyone is still telling me that the weight will just fall off while I'm nursing. It didn't happen the first time and it is NOT happening this time. I'm frustrated with the extr... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 18:27:59 EST gastic sleeve I got surgery. Monday the 31 2015 i feel so hungrey protein drinks make me want to vomit what should i be eatting does any got some ideas. Sat, 5 Sep 2015 18:02:52 EST 8 week post op sleeve would like to talk to fellow sleevers.... <em>306</em> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 07:47:39 EST Helping my 15 year old lose weight My daughter is 15 and while I have known for awhile that she was losing control of her weight, I have been careful about how I approach her because I don't want to make her feel badly about herself. I have changed the diet in our home because my husband and I are both working on our own weight and it has of course trickled down to the kids. We got a family gym membership and have been encouraging her to join us but she has been very resistant and I don't always force it. She recently decided ... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 12:53:51 EST Survey for moms of young children Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We're looking for moms with children ages 0-18 to take the survey below. If you have a few minutes, can you help? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>C </link> <BR> <BR> Thanks for your time! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:06:17 EST My daughter told me I'm fat 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 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 SLEEP Working night shift is difficult especially when you can't get enough sleep because of noise around you or kids having fun with lots of noise around you, and then you find it difficult to sleep. How do you cope with less sleep working night shift? Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:30:19 EST suggestions after RNY surgery I am traveling via bus to NYC a large group. I am very excited about this trip, but the food part is a little stressful. Background: I am 2 months post op and have been cleared for all food. However, dense meat sometimes is a struggle. Sometimes I have no issues, other times I have major issues. <BR> <BR> My question to you is this....the itinerary is all laid out for us and because we will be "on the go" small meals are provided. However, most of the meals are things I wouldn't eat..... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 10:40:43 EST A bit non-sequitir Hi, I know this is a bit off of the general topic of this message board but my main issue with food is emotional over eating. Growing up, we didn't discuss feelings or talk things out like normal people, we would just eat. Whenever my parents would ask me if something was wrong, their follow up question would be what would you like to eat? From a very early age I learned to associate food with any sort of feeling, especially anger. It is so ingrained in me that I do it unconsciously. Somethin... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:12:25 EST what to do? I need some opinions..... my bf of 7 years, I love to death, but his kids keep coming to our house with bedbugs, head lice, and scabies. The bad thing is when they come its always something different and my youngest always gets both. Just like I had her head totally clear snd I by chance just checked her head. And once again she has them its flipping ridiculous. I want to be in the relationship but I dont know how much more I can take. Over the past two years I would get my youngedt clear o... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 01:13:43 EST Serious about getting the Sleeve So I've met with my regular physician to discuss weight loss surgery, he agreed since I've been struggling for more than 18 years now and said I would need to attend a class that would explain the different surgeries. He said once I was done to let him know so that he can refer me to the Bariatric Center. I completed the class on 7/8/15 and as soon as I got out of the class, I forwarded him a message that I completed the class, same day I was referred and received a call from the Bariatric ... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 13:13:18 EST Good morning! 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 Financial Worries I am trying to take a good look at my finances and plan for the future, however it really freaks me out on how expensive everything is. My husband and I have been saving up for years on a down payment for a house. I think we have a healthy amount saved up for it, however then I factor in additional fees, maintenance, kids coming into the picture, saving up for their education, eating healthy as possible while all this is going on... <BR> It really freaks me out on the idea of debt, we are go... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:08:13 EST What would you do? So I'm trying to get myself back on track and eat healthier. My husband, who is naturally tall and skinny (in 15 years he's gained and lost the same 5 lbs repeatedly despite eating junk food all the time, but he also works physical labour), doesn't always understand my approach to better eating. <BR> He hates most veggies and only really eats fruit if I make his lunch for him. He frequently snacks on chips and drinks lots of pop (we usually have a stockpile of 5 - 10 large bottle of pop in t... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:23:45 EST Nursing and weight loss. My baby is 6 months. I don't know how many calories I need to decrease to loose weight. My goal is to loose 50 lbs. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:14:37 EST Is there a link or two? I have a host of problems including diabetes and possibly arthritis. I was wondering if there is a link between PCOS and bone problems such as arthritis. The symptoms of PCOS such as the diabetes, obesity, and bone issues came upon me all of a sudden. I realize how strange it was. Or rather, it is still strange. It all started nearly 8 years ago when I was finally diagnosed as having PCOS. I gained nearly 60 pounds during that episode. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:54:52 EST Having PCOS I too have PCOS. How do I explain that I have this condition to my family? I need help in this area. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:51:27 EST Struggling with weight after having a csection Hiya everyone, my name is Natalie and I'm very new to this. Wondering if any one can give me some positive help/feed back on how to lose my weight after giving birth to my son last year. I had to have a planned csection at 38 weeks because I was in a lot of pain, due to my son being breach footling, and then during delivery he got stuck and had to have forceps to pull him out. Since having him, I am struggling to get back to my goal weight I was before being pregnant, finding it hard to exerc... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:07:02 EST Unsupportive Family Hi everyone! <BR> So I am a college student home for the summer trying to improve my health and fitness. I have recently started counting calories. I bought a food scale and use other measuring utensils for my food but having to explain all of this to my family is embarrassing. I feel like they are judging me for measuring every single thing I put in my mouth. They keep asking questions about it and I just feel a sense of judgement. Don't get me wrong they are great parents but this one thing... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 18:07:07 EST Fathers day Is sad to me my dad passed when i was 14 he had a brain tumor and lung cancer RIP daddy Sun, 21 Jun 2015 11:53:17 EST How can I get my son to gain weight? My son was placed on Ritalin about 9 months ago. He has lost 7 pounds and does not want to eat. He is 6 and I am very concerned. I have spoken to his doctor and we have tried using Ensure, Pediasure, Carnation Instant Breakfast, home made smoothies, etc. Nothing we do seems to make him gain weight. He is always super hungry before his morning meds and around the time he goes to bed. During those times we let him eat whatever he wants but I am looking for high protein items that have some fat ... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 07:15:39 EST Pregnancy, Anxiety, and Energy/Exercise I had a really bad anxiety/panic attack on the 8th because, when I tried to drop away from the problem to calm down the attack that I felt coming on - my family, idiots as they are and never listen when I tell them how I have to deal with it, trapped me in a room and kept the situation going which escalated the attack.. It got so bad my heart hurt, breathing became difficult/hyperventilated and trouble calming it with breathing techniques, and ever since my sleep has been messed up and I just... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:37:10 EST Autism parenting stress It's so hard to stay healthy while raising 2 autistic kiddos. I love them but it is a lot of time, energy and stress. My body is showing the signs. Anyone have coping strategies to avoid stress eating when autistic kiddos are finally asleep!? Wed, 10 Jun 2015 17:01:14 EST My daughter says I am pretty Today, after getting dressed, I came out and asked my 2.5 year old how I look. <BR> <BR> She said "Mommy is pretty". <BR> <BR> She makes me happy. She is partly the reason why I am trying to loose weight, so I can keep up with her, get down on the floor without hurting etc... <BR> <BR> But she's a great kid, and its great to feel pretty at my size, or any size, and I do, after she says so. <BR> <BR> I'll believe her any day of the week more than the voices in my head :) <BR> Wed, 3 Jun 2015 14:05:55 EST leg pain K I must of pulled a muscle in my hip doing this hip workout and the doc said I might have to have a MRI , but she refered me to a orthopedic I go to on June 8,. The doc told I can't workout with I hate, So I'm nerves about see orthopedic I just hope I don't have to have a needle in my hip . Sat, 30 May 2015 21:40:55 EST Memorial Day...Share how you paid homage Thought about my brother who served in the Marines during the 2nd World War. Wed, 27 May 2015 17:05:09 EST Say Something Positive No negative thoughts are welcome here... Wed, 20 May 2015 15:33:12 EST Gastric Sleeve Since my surgery 8 weeks ago, my body tends to "rev" up or crash. Any one else experience this problem? <BR> Tue, 19 May 2015 14:33:51 EST Stay on track while depressed? Hi everybody, I don't usually ask questions but I really need some help. I'm a college student and I'm trying to get healthy. Towards the end of the school year, I was working with my roommate, who is honestly the kindest person I know and she just generally knows how to make my day brighter. It's easy for my to stay on track when I feel like I have so much to work for, when I'm happy and enjoying my life. But I'm home now, and my home life isn't nearly as sweet. My dad hates his job and he h... Mon, 18 May 2015 21:33:45 EST Anyone have experience with the Implanon? Okay, so here's the thing. I am looking into getting the Implanon put in because I don't want any more children for a few years (at least).. I'm still young (23 next month). <BR> <BR> I want to here the good and the bad, realistically, what I can expect as far as changes once I have it put in. <BR> <BR> I am concerned that it may effect my weight loss efforts and I really don't want that. Sat, 16 May 2015 19:04:23 EST Favorite Thing To Do On Mother's Day? Breakfast in bed?, Dinner at a fancy restaurant? For me just being able to be with my kids would make my day! Wed, 6 May 2015 15:32:58 EST Visit My son is home for about a 24 hour visit! The one that is in the Navy for nuke training to be on a sub..... his fiancee is graduating college but she has all kinds of thing to do so he came on home to see me! <em>244</em> Fri, 1 May 2015 14:45:22 EST Anyone interested in early morning workout routine Hi Everyone (anyone!), <BR> <BR> I like to work out before work, but that means waking up at 4:30am central time. Its tough to do when you feel like you are the only one up that early. I am looking for someone or a few others to bond together to frankly help ME get out of bed that early each morning. I love running, but not myself at 4:30am, so I am trying small workouts I found on SparkPeople. It's still tough to get motivated and out of bed when I feel like I am the only one wake that ... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:32:46 EST Stressed... On Friday my husband got laid off. It was totally unexpected, but apparently the company is downsizing. This will be the 3rd layoff in 6 years. All of it due to circumstances beyond his control. The first one his job was eliminated nationwide. The second one, his department was moved to Arizona...we live in PA. This most recent one is due to lesser work volume. He does customer service and payroll. He is trying to remain positive as am I. <BR> <BR> He already got his resume updated and has... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:39:49 EST ? Did anyone have the sleeve surgery with a BMI of 35? Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:49:15 EST Help Me Help My Dad My father just got the gastric sleeve surgery yesterday. He has been overweight ever since I was little- which is something the kids in school made fun of me and my brother for- so it's always been a really sensitive subject around the house because we love our dad and refuse to believe anything is wrong with him; we would almost get in fights when the kids would call him fat, that's how sensitive we've always been about it. He got diagnosed with a rare kidney disease a few years ago, and thi... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:23:26 EST Band to Sleeve Revision Hi - I am just wondering if anyone has had a lap band to sleeve revision and if so, did you have the band removed and wait 6 months? Thanks for responding. Mary Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:36:42 EST Surgery Path Hi! I do not have a surgery date set yet I am in the process of the work up and have done most of the testing required for getting the gastric sleeve done. I just start to second guess myself. I have battled weight most of my adult life up and down. I have a busy life working full-time and 4 kids there is just not a whole lot of time for me. I read the success stories and get excited and then I read stories of people who have done it on their own and wonder why I struggle so much. I have my h... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:03:02 EST family support help Hello All, <BR> <BR> My spouse had the sleeve done about 2 months ago. While she has lost lbs., she has been depressed, won't eat, been to Dr. for dehydration and feels like it has been a big mistake. I can't say I know what she is going through as I haven't been through it. But I want to support her any way that I can. I know it is an adjustment, but if there is any advice anyone can give, I would appreciate it. I don't know how to help her get past this feeling like she ruined her lif... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:59:23 EST chubby loving husband I am married to a wonderful many that loves me fat, skinny, healthy or not..... he has always taken care of me even when I was so sick that I got sick on myself and my clothes and even used the restroom on myself...... sorry if that it TMI *LOL* <BR> I say this this to say that he is very supportive of me losing weight, but says he likes my curves... meaning my big butt and big hips and boobs...... when I start losing weight of course all those things get smaller and he teases and says I nee... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:01:20 EST Surgery date!!! I finally got my surgery date: May 11th!! <BR> <BR> My back and knees have been so painful it will be a relief to get some weight off.... <BR> <BR> Thank you all for being there for me.. <BR> <BR> Sandy Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:12:21 EST tips on losing weight while breastfeeding? Hi I haven't been on here in so long.well I'm a new proud single baby is four months and I gained a lot of weight and I breastfeed,just looking on tips to help me get rid of weight I gained to get back to my pre baby body or even better then before. <BR> Thank u everyone&#128522; Mon, 13 Apr 2015 02:10:21 EST Protein shakes with sucralose Has anyone found a protein shake sweetened with either Stevia or Xylitol? I can't tolerate splenda or aspartame. Sun, 12 Apr 2015 15:54:06 EST Breastfeeding and lowered calories? My baby is 14 months, eating well, but still a fair number of breast feeds, no formula. <BR> <BR> I am eating lower carb and since I want to drop weight, lowered calories from usual. Around 1400-1500, net carbs around 120g <BR> <BR> I am eating plenty of fats (salmon, nuts, avocado, oils). <BR> <BR> But the last three days, after I have had a sustained good week, eating on track lower calorie and carb, my baby is un-fillable! She is signing "food" and "hungry" and actually eating what is b... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 08:35:28 EST Sparkteens 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 Empty Nest I am dealing with empty nest syndrome. My oldest is in the Navy and was away at college before that.... so his going was not so bad because I had the youngest to help me adjust, now I am dealing with the fact that the youngest moved out back in Nov, but I thought he would come back home now he just got his own apartment a few weeks back. <BR> <BR> Is there anybody else out there going through the same thing? <BR> How do you deal with it? Thu, 9 Apr 2015 20:57:23 EST Husband INSISTS .. my husband has just announced that I am to track all of his calories for him and keep him from eating what he shouldn't. I'm a bit irritated by this as it will NOT WORK. We have tried this route before several years ago and though it started out great it ended up with fierce fights and tears. I told him I'd never do it again. So now we are fighting over his insistence that I do. <BR> <BR> I don't know how to help him understand that HE needs to be personally accountable for HIS cho... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 08:21:49 EST Methadone=extreme weight gain <em>24</em> Anyone else here on methadone and desperately trying hard to lose weight? I was between a size 2 and 4 for the last 10 years. Then after getting tired of being addicted to pain killers for a few years (that did not cause weight loss, I was always just naturally very thin), I went to a methadone clinic. All is going well, as I only have to go to the clinic once a week to pick up the medicine for a week's time, and counseling once a month, so it's not intrusive on my life.However... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 04:44:26 EST Military MOMs getting back in standards after baby Any other military Mom's having difficulty getting back in standards after having their baby? I need help getting there and tips and motivation as well. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:30:27 EST Hello Hi All, <BR> I had my sleeve done on 3/4/15 and I am down 16 lbs. That's great for me, never lost that in two weeks. Now I am coming up on my third week and the scale hasn't moved yet. Is this normal? Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:16:00 EST Post c-section rehab programs Any suggestions of workouts (DVDs, YouTube videos etc) to rehab post c section? I am an avid horseback rider and am more worried about regaining my core strength carefully and correctly than about the cardio-weight loss components. I am almost at the 6 week mark. I have almost no pain from the incision and have been walking approx 30-40 mins a day for the last 3 weeks, so I'm itching to take on a little more. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 19 Mar 2015 18:20:29 EST Ideal Protein Phase One I am curious if there is any other Spark people are doing the Ideal Protein program? Sun, 15 Mar 2015 13:25:08 EST Pregnant and needing to lose weight I'd love to say that I was active on here from early 2013 to early 2014. I lost nearly 30 inches, dropped from 272 lbs down to 242 (30 lbs) between oct 2013 and march 2014. In may, I lost a job and started a new one, in june I quit a job and started a new job - and began working 50-60 hrs each week + Online schooling which brought me to roughly 80-90hrs spent a week doing stuff besides sleep, exercise, and relaxing. Obvious enough to say - I stopped taking care of myself...I ate a lot of bad ... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 22:17:21 EST How do I ask for a significant raise at work? I know this isn't food, exercise, or weight related, but I need help. Any advice or shared experience might help me in this problem. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am working as an x-ray tech in an urgent care. Because I work mainly front desk/reception and our x ray quota is usually small, I am grossly underpaid, basically I am being paid as a receptionist 15.00 dollars an hour, instead of the 25.00 an hour that a newly graduated x ray tech can expect to get paid in our area. <BR> I have been working ... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 13:43:14 EST Daily Bible Verse - JESUS LOVES YOU!!! by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. <BR> 2 Peter 1:4 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 06:53:04 EST Grand families - kinship caregivers? raising LO? Hi all - we are raising our special needs 2&1/2 year old Grandson, full time since July. It has been a roller coaster since my daughters pregnancy 3 & 1/2 years ago and the past 2 have taken its toll in my fitness level! Would love to connect with others that are getting fit and can relate. Mon, 9 Mar 2015 11:03:50 EST Hello to all! Missed you guys! Just getting back on Spark after (I don't know what happened) a lengthy absence. <BR> Every blessing to you all! Mon, 9 Mar 2015 03:15:11 EST problems with niece I am having a little problem with my 5 year old niece, Brianna. She has seen me exercising more and dieting to lose weight for an upcoming surgery since November. All of a sudden, whenever I am exercising, she wants to exercise with me, saying that she needs to lose weight too. Brianna is pretty skinny to begin with (she has always been small, despite eating a lot), and I worry that her saying this might lead her to believe that she is fat. I have read that there have been kids as young a... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 03:33:59 EST Daughter wants Ear Gauges - Help! My daughter is trying to enlarge her ear piercing holes to accomodate those gauge stud things. I hate how it looks and she knows I am not pleased by this...but at 17, she feels she is wise enough to make her own decision, it's her body, blah blah... <BR> <BR> She has always been a challenging child and has had difficulty with anxiety and depression. She's had her share of bad things happen to her as well - date rape, sexual assault by someone twice her age, and a close friend committed suici... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 05:26:26 EST What do you want from Sparkpeople? Be specific, loose weight, get healthier, you name it! I am enrolled in Spark people to avoid having to pay $1,500.00 deductible on my health insurance... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:53:37 EST Grandma's getting fit. I became a Grandmother in Aug/15. It was one of the happiest days of my life. Now I am working on getting healthy and fit so I can keep up with that little sweetie when she starts getting more mobile. <BR> I want to be there for all kinds of her big events...which means staying focused so I can reach my deal. I now have a very big motivator. <BR> <em>178</em> <em>183</em> <em>521</em> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:53:29 EST Have you had a pregnancy loss? Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm losing weight in order to sustain an Sun, 22 Feb 2015 21:31:56 EST ambiviilence Hi All- <BR> My name is Sandy. I am 68 years old and have completed all of the pre-reqs for the gastric sleeve surgery. <BR> I am concerned that I am so ambivalent about it at this point--- <BR> Was anyone else? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 19 Feb 2015 22:46:02 EST Exhausted mom of 4 month old. Help! There are probably a million posts similar to this. NO, i so don't have time to check them. Really, i'm at work not working in order to do this anyway. <BR> <BR> I'm a new mom. I want to work on my body and loose weight because i'm not happy with how I look. While the natural after birth weight loss has stopped (unfortunately), the good news is that I've not gained anything since it stopped. I bought the Beach Body video set TurboFire. And I got through about a week of it. I'm totally... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:27:27 EST mirena Getting the mirena monday i have sever endometriosis so they are doing it in the operating room i am terrifed of being in pain because im already in severe pain everyday they want me to get the mmirena to slow the growth of new endometriosis. Have already had a laproscopy.done to remove most of it this is my last hope before a hystrectomy can anyone tell me what they experienced good or bad id like to know please and thank you Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:46:47 EST working out with a two year old Hi i have a two year old and when it was warm outside i would take her for walks go on trails and run around at the park. Any ideas how i can include her in my workout routine now? Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:05:00 EST What to do if your grown kids are fighting? My son and daughter have not been getting along and do not want to be in the same room with each other. Makes it hard to feel like a family. Any suggestions? Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:34:40 EST Moms...working out/staying on track during period Just wondering how you other women stay on track during your period. I find that I am EXHAUSTED that week. I have been forcing myself to workout, but I definitely am not able to put the energy level in that I usually can. I also crave sweets WAY more during my period. I have been trying to just have a small piece of dark chocolate to help myself stay on track and satisfy the craving, but sometimes that just doesn't do it. It doesn't help that I just retain water during that time as well...mak... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 13:31:45 EST How to explain the gift of giving I've obviously missed the mark on this as a parent. My 16 year old son believes in the receiving..not the giving. He expects Christmas presents, birthday presents,etc.. but doesn't think he should be on the giving end. He refuses to spend his money on any type of gift for myself or his sister. Not even so much as a homemade Christmas card or birthday card. <BR> <BR> I've tried to explain that it will make him feel good to give. But he doesn't get it. I have no idea where I went wrong b... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 09:53:26 EST Gastric sleeve Who do you tell if it's not working? I feel like I'm not full Sun, 8 Feb 2015 21:39:16 EST Gastric sleeve bypass How many ounces should you be eating on a. Normal day? Had surgury 11 days ago and not losing hardly any weight? Sun, 8 Feb 2015 03:03:47 EST Can I tell you how awesome my grandson is? My grandson Glenn is 12 yrs. old and a roller hockey player. He is so talented and a true athlete. Diet and nutrition are very important to him. He is very careful about what he eats before a game to achieve maximum performance. I can lean a lot from him! Thu, 5 Feb 2015 13:06:41 EST Depo Provera vs. Mirena So last year I was taking the shots and after a year of being on it was great didn't have to worry about it. My hormones so good I never was stressed out not emotional I was losing weight but I was also working out eating right and I was able to drop nearly 35 pounds. after going off the depo it has been 6 months now and I put on all 35 pounds again is this the depo?..or is this something else I haven't changed my eating style I've actually started exercising more. I'm looking at maybe going ... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 18:03:26 EST survey online Anyone ever done one of those surveys Online that u get paid for ? Any info would be appreciated Wed, 4 Feb 2015 14:02:31 EST What age for my young daughter to start running? I am a runner and my daughter always begs to come along with me, but she is only 4. I was wondering what age is appropriate for kids to start running any sort of distance? I know she won't be able to do my long runs but I would love for her to be able to run a 5k with me one day. Can anyone give me advice on what age to start her at / expectations to have for her endurance? She is an active kid and always begs to come run with me. Wed, 4 Feb 2015 10:03:10 EST Managing life. I have found that in order for me to take of care everyone else. I need to take care of me. This is hard with so many family responsibilities,husband children, work and home. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is how I balance life. I feel better, I have more energy, and I feel like it's not an obligation, I want to take be there fro my family because I have done something for me. We must not forget we are important too. <em>381</em> Tue, 3 Feb 2015 08:46:09 EST Trying to save a 35 yr old friendship HELP PLESE I really need help and advice on a problem I am going through, and cannot seem to fix on my own. <BR> To start - Susan & I met about 32 -35 years ago, and we were closer to each other then to our own sisters. And even though I moved all around the United States even if we lost touch for a year or 2 next time we spoke contacted each other it was like not a day has passed. <BR> But, something happened I do not what- The last time we spoke was in Aug. 2013 just after her mom passed away. I exp... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 01:37:27 EST Who's Life is it anyway?! Ready for spring?! I am, and I'm ready to take charge of my life too. Recently married in July of this past year I'm getting used to this addition of another family. One thing that seems to keep tugging at my mind though is the control my in-laws seem to exert over my wife. I can even see them trying to influence me as well. Please bear with me because I feel like this must be a common problem for multiple child households as they age. My wife's older brother is the center of conversation, hi... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:49:38 EST please ignore this... posted in wrong place and dont know how to delete it :) Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:34:01 EST what does a psychiatrist look for I need advice can some please tell what they will ask and why they might say no to the surgery please help me out Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:41:21 EST Is It Just Me? Maybe it is just me, but does anyone else find this whole weight loss thing to be alienating? I constantly feel like I'm not invited to a party that everyone else is currently attending. There are always occasions to eat. When I am choosing not the cake, the second hot dog, the this, the that, I am feeling 1) tempted and 2) like I am being no fun. I am making good choices, I am resisting temptation. I am on the treadmill when everyone else is watching tv together. I just feel so alone in it. ... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:40:45 EST Hello i am new to this forum! My name is Diane and i had gastric sleeve surgery on November 20th 2014. My starting weight on Sept 1st 2014 was 326. I started my diet just before the 1st, around October 28th. I went through the liquid diet for 3 weeks before surgery and that was so hard to do!.But i did it and have never regretted it. I now weigh 275 and i am feeling much better and getting more better each day. My goal weight is 150 and hope to be there in 2016 December. <em>244</em> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:03:14 EST Hiking with small children I want to start going on family hikes my 17month old can easily go I'm a carrier but not sure about my 3 1/2 yr old she gets easily distracted and would probably need to be carried after about 1 km....can anyone recommend a child carrier (she's 3'2 and 30 lbs) or/and tips on how to get her to walk without stopping every two minutes Sun, 11 Jan 2015 13:56:43 EST Looking for advise on dealing w/ teen attitude I'm at my wits end here..literally. I have a 15 year old son with so much attitude I hate to go home. I can honestly say that I don't like him right now. He bad mouths me at every turn..fights every rule..,there is absolutely no peace in our house. I feel like I'm mentally battered and just can't pick my self up any more. <BR> <BR> He is a very very brilliant boy... 95% average in grade 10. He does homework only when absolutely necessary and does not put any effort into it at all. Neve... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 09:25:45 EST Five Month Old and Gaining Weight.. Five months ago, when I gave birth to my daughter, I had lost an immediate 26lbs.. The last check up I had gone to the nurse told me I had slowly gained my "baby weight" back.. I had never been more than 155lbs until after giving birth and I'm not sure as to why I'm exceeding way past that weight.. <BR> Any moms that have had the same problem but have been working at loosing the weight, I would love some advice as to where I should start. <BR> I eat plenty of veggies and chicken but I do tend... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 21:15:44 EST The Pill, Conceiving, Fears, and Questions I'm 29, definitely starting to get baby fever. I've been married to my husband for almost 2 years, and we've been together for almost 7. I also have concerns surrounding trying to conceive. I've been on the pill for the last 10 years-ish. <BR> <BR> Before I started the pill, I had really bad cramps, migraines, mood swings, and sometimes even got physically sick (almost like morning sickness) every time I would get close to AF time. Since I've been on the pill, none of this has happened. I'm ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 13:28:30 EST Obtaining family support Hello, I am so tired of having to remind my family that I have other priorities than them, It is 11:00 pm and I just started doing the things that I need to do. I need suggestions on how to explain and obtain family support. <BR> <BR> PS... my family is not bad, they just really expect me to be super woman. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Tue, 30 Dec 2014 00:05:11 EST Mother In Law Woes: Advice? 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 Overweight, pregnant, and looking for support! Hi everyone! I am a long time member of Spark People, but have never really used it like I should have! I am currently 22 weeks pregnant and just wanted to find some people to go through this with me. I was overweight before pregnancy and am trying really hard to keep it under control for the next 18 weeks and beyond. Anyone else pregnant and looking for friends?? Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:54:29 EST HELP! 15 yr old son pot smoker Today is an emotional day. I just found out (through a bit of snooping in correspondence between him and his father) that my 15 year old son is doing pot! I divorced his father a year and a half ago (pot smoking was a huge factor in the decision) and now I find out he does it..and his father is totally ok with it. I have no idea how to handle this as I have no actual proof other than the messages I wasn't supposed to be reading! <BR> <BR> Any advise on how to proceed?? My son is in grade... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:33:59 EST Badly Behaved Momma 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 profile pic Anyone know how to put a profile pic up??? Sun, 7 Dec 2014 15:33:14 EST SSI I just found out recently they r cutting my sons check off and this is the worst time with Christmas and all ,And the thing is they r not telleing me when they r cutting me off Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:20:48 EST Gastric Sleeve 10/27/2014 I am 4 weeks post op and am down 28 pounds....That was the easy part. <BR> The emotional aspect of the surgery has been much harder than the physical. It is easy to lose weight when your stomach won't hold more than 4 ounces, but it still doesn't change the fact that your brain is programmed to want to eat (even when you are not hungry). Bad habits led me to being overweight and bad habits are not easy to break. I am not saying they can't be broken. I know they can and I know mine will but ... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:30:38 EST Need help for a friend My close friend who is 54, morbidly obese with 2 bad knees and hips and housebound, has just lost her 56 year old husband to cancer. She is alone, in a lot of pain and has been used to her husband doing most things for her. Her doctor will not operate on her knees or hips until she loses 100 lbs. She is in a bad place and I don't know how to help her. Does anyone know where to start? Tue, 18 Nov 2014 22:00:14 EST eating due to loneliness and depression I think I HAVE BEEN EATING to beat my emtpiness about being a new mom and having limited support. Any suggestions to strategies to stop ? Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:58:27 EST possible post pardom anxiety from weanning anyone else feel that weaning breastfeeding makes you moody , causes appetite changes,? Thu, 6 Nov 2014 15:05:31 EST Calling any military people or any other newbies. Hi, I'm currently deployed and would like to find some other military members who can relate to what I'm going through, but I'm open to meeting others. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:08:51 EST Calling all MOMS :) I've started a team for moms! <BR> Stay at home, working, single, married, dating, widowed, divorced, biological and non-biological moms of any age! <BR> As long as you're a mom then this team is for you! <BR> <BR> We'll have weekly challenges beginning Monday November 3rd. Our monthly challenge will begin November 1st-- simply pick your fitness minutes goal and update it regularly in our November challenge thread. <BR> <BR> Team goodies will be given to our Top 3 "Monthly Achievers" in fi... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:32:45 EST gastric sleeve without family support I'm scheduled to have my sleeve done on 11/3. My concern is will I be able to continue to cook for my family and not over eat. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 15:53:05 EST possible ADD/ODD diagnosis in 5 year old hello, my 5 year old daughter could possible have ADD/ODD, she doesnt listen at all to authority, she throws fits for no reason or over the tinest thing..shes also very stubborn, she has all the traits for the ODD diagnosis, one thing i dont understand is that she is pretty good at school and other people houses (until she become comfortable there and then some of her behaviors come out) anyone able to lend a few pointers or been here before? Tue, 7 Oct 2014 08:02:48 EST Three year old getting glasses!! I found out yesterday that my three year old is going to need glasses and that she's going to need her eye patched a couple hours a day, Has anyone every had experiance with this and do you have any tips or tricks to get them to wear the patch?? <BR> <BR> She is Nearsighted in one eye and Farsighted in the other, so she will need glasses and as I already said to be patched for a few hours everyday. But if she doesn't wear the patch then she has to have drops put in her eye everyday that will... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 08:12:25 EST Vegetarian & Pregnancy Hello Everyone, <BR> I have not been on Spark People in a very long time and I deeply regret it because I have been gaining weight yet again. Since the last time I was on here I have gotten married and accepted two wonderful step children into my life. We are trying to conceive a child of our own right now and he is worried about the fact that I am a vegetarian and that I am not receiving all of the nutrients that I need not only to take care of myself, but also to take care of the baby. The ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:25:11 EST Depo Shot problems Who has had experience with this form of Birth Control? What are your thoughts? <BR> <BR> My first shot was june 2013. I researched all the side effects but I thought no periods and not having to remember a pill every day was worth it. I knew weight gain was a side effect, but I also thought I was experienced in tracking my food and I knew how to handle my cravings. Well, turns out I knew how to eat and handle my cravings when I had normal ones. All I wanted to do on the shot was eat. I did ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 00:16:03 EST Where to buy lollipop sticks? I wanted to make a cute snack idea I saw on some blog and that needs lollipop sticks. Besides ordering it on Amazon does anyone know which stores carry it? It is not a very healthy snack but we don't usually indulge in unhealthy items so figured once in a while would be ok to have at class party or gathering. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:36:15 EST Going to be 46, had a surprise baby 1 year ago... Hi everyone-- <BR> <BR> My name is Sheila and I turn 47 at the end of this month, and I am a STRESS eater..and boy do I feel stressed...alot. <BR> <BR> I am married, and I have 3 kids of my own, ages 22, 11 and my husband has 3 kids ages 18, 9 and 6 and we have a 16 month old together-- <BR> <BR> Charlie was a huge suprise, and I have done nothing but gain weight since his birth---I weigh more now than I did during my pregnancy, and weight loss and gain has been a roller coaster for me for... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 10:03:25 EST Extremely full plate....stressed! My story is kind of complicated (isn't everyone's) so I'll just put a few bullet points to summarize for context. <BR> <BR> - I live in Ghana, a "developing" nation is West Africa. I have been here 6 1/2 years as a missionary/volunteer. Power outages, water shortages, malaria, typhoid etc. are all common here. <BR> - I got married in February of 2012 and now have two beautiful girls, a 20 month old and a 6 week old. <BR> - We've been working on the paperwork for my husband's visa (he's Gh... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:30:25 EST What's your favorite activity to do with your kids I love any outside activity, running, biking or swimming. Fitness for the whole family. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:54:10 EST MIL Troubles My mother in law and I started out with a very strained relationship. 2 years ago, after the loss of my youngest daughter, our relationship drastically improved, however, I am always nervous that one wrong word or slip up on my part will undo everything. <BR> <BR> The issue I am facing right now is that she is constantly wanting to make plans to come over and drink with my husband and myself. This isn't exactly something I am okay with. I can't get a baby sitter for my little ones, and I ju... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 02:05:12 EST Mother-in-laws! Has anyone's MIL pointed to their stomach and said "you have 3 stomachs"? I'm guessing my baby muffin top is one of them. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:02:45 EST Working mom of 3, need time/energy to exercise I am SO discouraged! I am a working mom of three, Kendal- 7, Kara- 5, Jake- 7mos. I do not get home until 5:30 in the evenings, and I don't ever sit down until I put my head on the pillow at night, most nights that is between 10:30 and midnight. My husband helps as much as he can, but he works crazy hours where he gets up at 3 a.m. for work and I sometimes have no clue what time he will get home, could be 2 p.m., could be 5 or 6. When he does get home, he is exhausted, and he goes to bed ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:04:44 EST Breakfast Veggies I've heard of adding butternut squash puree to oatmeal. What tips do you have for adding veggies to the most important meal of the day? Tue, 20 May 2014 11:02:33 EST Gastric Sleeve 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 Passions? What is your child passionate about? What about you? Sun, 27 Apr 2014 22:05:52 EST Toddlers make it difficult to exercise That, and teens that are able to eat whatever and have these tempting treats all over the place. <BR> <BR> So parents...what do you do about exercise time without feeling guilty? We have a membership to the Y, but I feel awful dropping my girls there. They like it, have fun with the kids, and actually ask to go. But I feel selfish, especially when I don't want to take them swimming after. Advice?? <BR> <BR> Thanks :) Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:02:50 EST Scared of Pregnancy Hello, I am 25 years old and have been with my fiancé for 6 years now. We do not have kids, but eventually we want to, but it scares the c^@p out of me! The idea of having children in our lives doesn’t scare me, it’s the idea of pushing a baby out of my body… and the pain… and the changes… and especially any complications… it really really scares me. I’m so excited for one day to become a mother, but the whole process just really freaks me out. When people at work talk about child birth I get... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:22:37 EST Hello I'm new to this forum, just dropping in to say Hello. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 11:56:39 EST Menu Planning I want to start menu planning and was needing some advice on the simplest way. <BR> Is there websites? Or is there a part of SparkPeople that has this? <BR> Any advise would be great... Thank you! Sun, 1 Sep 2013 02:20:23 EST Stopping emotional eating I'm a busy mom of 5, but regardless of how crazy life gets, I still reach for food when I'm happy, sad, bored, angry, or stressed (especially sugary foods). I need to find other things to do, especially when I'm stressed. I can't always drop everything and go for a walk so I need some other practical ideas on what to do instead of eating junk. Sun, 11 Aug 2013 15:10:19 EST How old are your children? My dd is 12 years old. Wed, 5 Dec 2012 15:15:06 EST Gastric Sleeve Surgery 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? If so please tell how it went? Tue, 3 May 2011 22:01:25 EST Does anyone else have the c-section pouch? Help! 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 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 weight loss after baby - anyone else struggling? Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I am so frustrated right now! I am 8 weeks post baby and working my butt off - especially for being a new Mom, but still having zero results. I would be happy if I was even losing a pound here or there - but I have been working hard for the past 4 weeks (I had a VERY easy pregnancy and delivery thats why I rebounded so quickly), and the scale hasn't even budged a pound. The only thing I can be happy about is I've gone down 2 inches in the waist and 1.5 in the hips ... Tue, 25 May 2010 10:14:27 EST Mirena IUD and weight gain 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? 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. <em>41</em> <em>30</em> Tue, 20 May 2008 14:42:29 EST Loving Our Husbands ( and children too)!! 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