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 Vegetarian & Pregnancy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=34583232 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=34573751 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 constantly on the go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=34557328 well, I am a single mom of a 12, 10 and 2 yr old and working full time. My oldest does cheer which practice is 3 nights a week and my 10 yr old does church choir which is 2 nights a week and Sunday service. I literally pull into my driveway and the girls come running out and off we go! I will usually run into the house to go the bathroom and grab a handful of something, anything! and back in the van I go. lol They have said to do extra cooking on weekends but then weekends is cheer at the foo... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:47:36 EST Where to buy lollipop sticks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=34543940 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 Managing Separate Meal Plans for Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=34543105 My reality is that my boyfriend, my 18 month old son, and I are all on a different meal plan and we are all eating at different times. There is an end in sight for this and I minimize the need for it whenever possible, but it is definitely my reality. <BR> <BR> I'm managing pretty well - it helps that I plan all of our meals for the week ahead of time and shop accordingly. I was just wondering if anyone else is doing this juggling act as well and, if so, do you have any tips on how you're ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:30:34 EST Terrible nightmares http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=34446542 Has anyone ever had a dream that's like the world burning up and your driving threw it ?I have been having nightmares for a while just wondering how y'all gals deal with it please help Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:15:42 EST People with Health Issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=34409506 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<BR>~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Hi, I would like to invite you to the team 'People with Health Issues United' , we are a small group and would like some more company. <BR> <BR> Here is the Link for the Team.... <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=58444 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Katie (Team Leader) Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:50:26 EST Back to work after baby http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=34407227 Any working moms out there? I've been feeling a little blue since I started back to work last week. DD is 11 weeks old, and my husband is at home with her. I know I'm so lucky that he is the one looking after her, but I feel jealous! This morning, my heart broke a little as I kissed her goodbye. I'm hoping that things will get a little easier as I get back into the rhythm of things and when she starts sleeping longer at night. Anybody have any advice in the meantime? Thanks in advance for com... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:52:30 EST Going to be 46, had a surprise baby 1 year ago... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=34390763 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 mom with cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=34388924 My mother is 64 with stage 4 bone cancer. I think a lot of the days to come; will death be a year, two? I fear for the pain she will feel and the spreading. Will she end up with brain cancer and then die fast? I stress about getting her to Jamaica and Ireland; destinations on her bucket list. I worry about how can I service with out her? Is that selfish? Is it selfish to wonder how I can live without some one so much part of my life? How I will feel empty and lost. How much time do I... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 05:46:37 EST raising grandkids is tough http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=34378647 <em>24</em> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:59:29 EST Extremely full plate....stressed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=34371573 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 problems with mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=34244596 My mom is very cruel and mean she tries to talk my nephew into running away fro home and whenever I take my son to my mom I tell him to do something then she says he doesn't have to , she just makes me depressed bad tells me something is wrong with me ,she got bio-polar and is depressed , and has told me she makes me upset for a reason, I had to change my number so she wouldn't bother me all the time ,Anyone else have this same problem? Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:53:11 EST Pregnant Mama Looking For Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=34201920 Hi all. I am pregnant with kiddo number three and looking for someone for support and accountability during and after pregnancy. I want to try and get back to healthy habits for the remainder of the pregnancy so that going back to trying to lose weight isn't so hard after birthing the baby. Is anyone else maybe pregnant and looking for help as well? Tue, 5 Aug 2014 09:06:19 EST mothers of teen boys- past &present- need advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=34107520 I have a 13 year old son, almost 14. I have always told him to brush his teeth every morning and night, and now that he has gotten older, am trying to get him in the habit of putting deodorant on etc. and I am really thinking that by now I should not have to tell him these things. When he takes a shower, he often emerges without having washed his hair, and um he is a boy! He plays and works hard so when he doesn't wash from head to toe, he stinks! How do you get your kids to do this without b... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:58:27 EST Helping my wife see results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=34102610 Good evening everyone. I am new here and looking to help my wife. We both have been doing T25 and are on the beta section of week two. My wife works at a hospital 12 hour shifters 3 days a week. She is active and always busy doing something around the house when she isn't working. <BR> We. Started T25 and took pictures and have been doing the weigh ins. I have lost over 15 pounds already and down too 203 pounds. My wife started at 154 pounds and is still at 154 pounds. <BR> What and... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:32:51 EST What's your favorite activity to do with your kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=34071711 I love any outside activity, running, biking or swimming. Fitness for the whole family. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:54:10 EST MIL Troubles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=34065749 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 Mom all over again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=34051174 In February of 2013, I began taking care of my 2 great-grandchildren. It was supposed to be temporary, however because of circumstances it has become permanent. We are almost finished with adopting them. Ages(4 & 5.) I stopped caring for myself to take care of them and have gained 20 pounds. I need help to get motivated to get healthy, Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:08:13 EST Not feelin the love. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=34011133 My husband is a very thin and active guy. He really doesn't understand the challenges that I face everyday being over weight. He's not supportive and he doesn't encourage or say anything kind about my efforts. He always want to eat fast food and doesn't help cook healthy meals. I know that it my fault for the weight that I've gained but I feel like I'm swimming upstream against the current. How do I talk to him about this? I'm very sensitive about weight and I really need my family on board w... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 04:07:22 EST non diet stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33989407 my in laws havent really bothered with us or our kids, the kids are 5, 4 and 3. my MIL has mental problems, she gets very stressed and even banned the kids from going in their house. the last time we went over our 5 year old ended up locked in their bathroom and to this day she is adamant that my MIL locked her in( you can lock and unlock their doors from outside). our beautiful lil girl ended up messing herself coz she was too scared to go to the toilet, even at home. it took months to get h... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 10:27:35 EST 1 yr. or more since gastric sleeve surgery support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33986077 I just made it to my 1 year surgiversary since my gastric sleeve surgery. I don't regret it although in the beginning I had my days. But I just wish I had done it sooner - but since I am just over a year since surgery my body is adjusting and I am really having to fight to keep going to reach goal. <BR> <BR> But since being overweight most of my life - I still have to deal with osteo arthritis, hip bursitis, feet problem and knee problems and lower back issues. These problems don't affect m... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 23:25:03 EST Moving While Pregnant http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33943270 I am 5 months pregnant and High Risk attempting to move out of state with my SO and my daughter. This is a very difficult time for us but we are doing everything we can to make it happen as the results could be life changing. Any support whether they be kind words or anything are GREATLY appreciated! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.gofundme.com/ao96u8 </link> <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:57:58 EST Mother-in-laws! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33934247 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 Looking for advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33915278 I have a few obstacles in beginning my weight loss and healthier living lifestyle. I would appreciate any feedback from those who may have experienced one or all of these. <BR> <BR> One being I am a single parent of a 4 year old, with little to no support. He is with me, and only me, all of the time. This makes going out to exercise difficult. Yes gyms offer child care but he is already in daycare for 9 hours out of the day while I work, not to mention the obstacle I face of adding one more ... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 11:21:47 EST Working mom of 3, need time/energy to exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33881603 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 How do I help my 15 year old http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33825104 I have a gorgeous 15 year old daughter. I'm not just saying that she really is gorgeous. However, she is overweight and prediabetic. I have recently lost 80 pounds (and counting) and I'm hoping that my lifestyle changes will motivate her. I don't want her to think she is less than because of her weight and I want her to have a healthy body image. I am hoping to get some help in putting the focus on her health as opposed to her actual weight or appearance. I love her just the way she is ... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 13:06:21 EST SO spends way too much time running http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33819091 Let me start this by saying that I value fitness, nutrition, and a healthy, active lifestyle (I'm at Sparkpeople after all lol). <BR> <BR> My SO is almost 30 years old. He has been a runner since he was 12. He ran cross country in both high school and college. We've been together 5 1/2 years and I know he likes to run. <BR> <BR> For most of our relationship, he ran somewhere around 20 miles a week. In the past few months, however, he has gone back to the schedule he used during colleg... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 18:23:15 EST Relay for Life, family walking fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33760986 <em>520</em> I'm happy to share that last night my family participated in the Relay for Life walk (through my work) - my husband came and walked with and 2 of our 3 sons. I had set a goal to try and reach 15,000 steps on my Fitbit but with the encouragement and support of our two sons I was able to get 20,000 STEPS! My current daily steps average is around 8,000 and had never gotten more than 13,500 before (I've been tracking off/on since 12/2012). I'm so happy we were able to spend the e... Sat, 31 May 2014 12:04:56 EST Just diagnosed with PCOS and feeling discouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33706273 :( Anyone been through this? Fri, 23 May 2014 10:07:13 EST Parenting and weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33706045 Hi folks, <BR> <BR> I have 2 boys 6 & 10 and am an older parent. I am wondering about a connection with binge eating and parenting. My kids have the ability to drive me crazy and when they do I end up overeating. Also I feel their struggles intensely so I feel their pain and then overeat. How to you keep eating in check when there are so many challenges with parenting and you tend to overeat? When they scream, whine, get angry it makes me want to overeat. How do you all deal with day to day ... Fri, 23 May 2014 09:32:12 EST Breakfast Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33685719 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 Meal Planning with a Baby http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33638243 How do you juggle meal planning with taking care of your baby? <BR> <BR> I love my baby and would rather spend all my free time weekdays that I am not working/sleeping with my baby. Which we do because I breastfeed him after I get home then I have just enough time to wash his bottles from daycare and get our things ready for the next morning before we get him ready for bed. I go to bed when the baby goes to bed because he wakes up 1-2 (more or less) during the night and I need the sleep. <... Tue, 13 May 2014 09:38:25 EST trying to get pregnant could weight be the problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33633676 Hi everyone. me and my husband are trying to concieve, i heard that weight is and isn't the problem, not sure what to think. i currently weigh 250. i asked one of my friends how much did she weigh when she got pregnant and she said 264. she told me her dr said its not the weight its how you have sex. <BR> right i m not even sure if im ovulating since i found out i had a cyst on my right ovary in march and i am still bleeding to this day not sure whats going on but i have a ob-gyn appt may 29... Mon, 12 May 2014 17:00:55 EST Lose weight first, or have a baby first? Opinions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33631634 Hi All!! <BR> Not sure if I posted this in the correct forum, I hope I did. I figured this might be the best place to ask since this forum is Parenting/Family related. <BR> <BR> I am not a parent yet, but this is where my question begins. <BR> <BR> I joined this community a while ago determined to lose weight but caved and haven't been on in a while. This year I am more determined to keep going. I've been with my significant other for almost 7 years now and the family question pops up more ... Mon, 12 May 2014 10:05:57 EST Happy Mother's Day to All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33624713 Whether you're a mom or not, if you're on this site, you're probably a little better at giving love and nurturing others than yourself. If that describes you, I hope you take some time today to mother and celebrate yourself. <BR> <BR> Happy day to you! Sun, 11 May 2014 09:22:19 EST I think older children are harder than toddlers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33579579 I am just losing my mind with my daughters, ages 16 and 19. I was divorced 2 years ago and there's still lingering resentment from that. My older one doesn't want to grow up and the younger one is having a hard time organizing her life and chores. There are also issues with their father, where the older one adores him and the younger one won't speak to him and is scared of him. <BR> Mostly wanted to vent but holy moly, I didn't expect all of this at their ages! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> alay... Sun, 4 May 2014 10:26:07 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 money issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33537974 I need advice. Okay I lived with my mother for like 6 years. She supported me and let me live there for free but I ended up paying for groceries and anytime something needed fixed I always fixed it with my money and top of all that she would always ask to borrow money from me resulting in never being able to save money. I also have two kids that I support 100%. anyways my bf and I have moved out for about 6 months now. we have bought a house. my mother I still always asking to borrow mon... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 23:30:59 EST Passions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33537660 What is your child passionate about? What about you? Sun, 27 Apr 2014 22:05:52 EST New mom, always been overweight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33516558 How do i get started? I have a one year old. I was 75 lbs overweight before I got pregnant and I still am! <BR> <BR> I haven't found an exercise that I love. (I've tried running, swimming, gyms, videos) <BR> I take care of my one year old when I'm not at work. <BR> Also, I'd like to get pregnant again in the next 6 months. <BR> <BR> Any starting advice? <BR> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:16:35 EST got rid of child's easter candy, feeling guilty http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33515358 My 10 year old son does not live with me, but he visits. He left some of his Easter candy at my house, and I told him several times that I did not want him to. I told him it may not be there when he comes next time. <BR> FromSunday until Wednesday I was eating his candy, and going over my recomended calories, fat, carbs or a combination of the three. This morning I decided to give the candy away. I decided that when he comes I can get him ONE piece of candy like a chocolate bar for the weeke... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:27:21 EST Need advice on jogging strollers for a 5yr old http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33495292 I've just recently taken up jogging and my 5yr old daughter loves to go with me when she doesn't have school, but she has asthma and can't run or walk for long without exacerbating it. I would love to get a jogging stroller so that she doesn't have to miss out on what's become our favorite quality time activity but after researching a bunch of strollers online I'm more confused than ever. I don't have a ton of money to spend but I want something safe that will accommodate her weight (she's t... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:02:07 EST Toddlers make it difficult to exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33491282 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 Autism Awareness Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33378803 It is Autism Awareness Day! I encourage all of you who are on the spectrum or raising children on the spectrum to continue to be the brave, amazing people that you are. Those of you that do not deal with this on a daily basis, I encourage you to be accepting, open minded, and above all- kind. <BR> <BR> Remember that the kid who is spinning in circles isn't trying to get in your way, he may be trying to reset his nervous system; the kid who doesn't look you in the eye when you talk to him may... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 12:13:01 EST Did my first 5k yesterday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33360440 Eeek! Okay so place wise I didn't do stellar, but honestly my only goal was just to not come in last. Goal achieved. I have to say with it being my first 5k it was really the best experience! My husband and several friends from church did it with me. I didn't run as much as I had planned on, but a friend of ours couldn't really run due to a toe that was healing from being broken. We all had our own goals, but no competition between anyone. We just all wanted to do our best. We are all talking... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:09:53 EST Gastric Sleeve or Bypass?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33359112 I am scheduled for WLS. I was sure for months that I wanted the sleeve. Hpwever, after a recent meeting with my surgeon, she suggests the Bypass as that is her surgery of choice and believes it is the gold standard of WLS. It has the most data behind it. <BR> <BR> I do not have any co-morbid conditions other than arthritis. <BR> I am not a sugar addict. I eat in volume. <BR> <BR> From the research I have done, the sleeve would be a good match for me. However, I would like to follow my su... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 10:46:25 EST Hey ya'll, I'm new to this board http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33330794 Okay so this may get to be a little long. Our life is so very odd! <BR> <BR> Lets start with the basics. I am Teri. My hubby is Jim. We have two fantastic sons: Zack and Noah. We live in the Daytona Beach, Fl area. We are only in this area for 2 years though as Jim is in school and once he is done we will return home. <BR> <BR> I call Jim my hubby, which I see him as, but legally we are not married right now. Actually, we are divorced. He was my high school sweetheart. We got married enti... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:17:41 EST If your having bullying problems read this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33329730 Do you know that if your child doesn't fall into certain categories such as: <BR> 1. having a disability <BR> 2. racism <BR> 3. or sexual orientation (gay , lesbian or transgender) <BR> That there is really nothing a parent can do????? That your at the mercy of the school system, I know because my son has had 2 threats made against him and I've called EVERYWHERE and was told that a child like mine that doesn't fall into any of those categories falls through the cracks. <BR> So a child can bul... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:54:56 EST The Easter Bunny got lost on the way to our house http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33328638 I am reaching out to ask for ideas and support around easter baskets, candy and chocolate. As much as I try to be creative with what else to put in our eggs, it inevitably ends up being those chocolate eggs. I have labeled "treat bags" for my girls and they do pretty much know what is in there but I have to admit I am already anxious about getting through this holiday. Suggestions, ideas and humor all most appreciated! <em>303</em> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:13:07 EST BEYOND THE SCALE~ 10 Week Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33316292 How often have you wished you could find something to help you with your "stick-to-it-ness"? Have you found that you LOVE Sparkpeople, but have just hit a lull and need a little extra something? <BR> <BR> This 10 week challenge places you on a team with approx. 30 other members who are all working toward the same goal - to be accountable, get and give support, learn some nutrition tips, and build friendships! By setting a 10 week goal, and weighing in each week, you make a COMMITMENT to you... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:12:28 EST Disturbed Adult Child affecting Me Adversely http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33304777 I have made it thru this week without binge eating. We just got back Monday from Snowbirding in AZ. Our troubled 22-yr-old daughter was house-sitting and pet-sitting for us. While we were down there, she kept texting me 'I miss you mommy' and 'come home.' We came home two weeks early because we felt so bad. She is chronically unemployed, LOVES gambling, smoking, drinking, overeating, is bipolar. She had a job when we left in Oct and got 'laid off' again in Jan. I bought her all these s... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:54:33 EST Help...trying to motivate my 12 yr. old daughter.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33244545 My husband, daughter, and I have recently purchased the Focus T-25 series. We are all overweight and need to get healthier. The exercising is going ok (all going at our own pace, but working out together)...it's the food part with our daughter. She doesn't like eggs, unless she can dip toast in them, she says she is tired of eating fruit, and she doesn't like a lot of vegetables....any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!! She lost 6 lbs. last week and we thought that would motivate... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:29:03 EST Disordered Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33238299 Almost 20 years ago, my youngest sister died as a result of an eating disorder. She was 23 years old. She was funny, bright, creative and very hard on herself. I will call her "Emmy". Two years later, I had boy/girl twins after having 3 boys (yes, 5 kids!) and I promised the powers that be that I would name a baby Emmy if one turned out be a girl and that's what happened. Emmy is 17 years old now - funny, bright, creative and very hard on herself. She has struggled with anxiety and depression... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:59:34 EST 1st Recital 2+ Dances: Advice for a New Dance Mom? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33211979 My LO for the first time this year will have multiple numbers in one recital show. In fact, she's in 2 shows the same day, one number in the 12pm show, three numbers in the 6pm show (her idea to take this many dance classes, not mine! She even wants to take an additional class next year <em>39</em> ). I was thinking of getting her a bag to keep all her costumes together, but what kind? How do you organize your dancer's costumes? Also, any advice on snacks to pack? What to give her to eat be... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 17:15:10 EST my gastric sleeve http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33196301 Hello everyone. I'm not sure if im doing this right posting under a new topic. This is my first time in an online community. I am having my gastric sleeve april 10th and I am just looking for some extra support. to give a little background on myself, I am 25 years old, and i have struggled with my weight for my whole life. I am excited to start my new life as a healthy active individual. The thing that scares me most is having extra skin. I know that to have that be my main fear is very... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 11:40:16 EST my gastric sleeve http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33196296 Hello everyone. I'm not sure if im doing this right posting under a new topic. This is my first time in an online community. I am having my gastric sleeve april 10th and I am just looking for some extra support. to give a little background on myself, I am 25 years old, and i have struggled with my weight for my whole life. I am excited to start my new life as a healthy active individual. The thing that scares me most is having extra skin. I know that to have that be my main fear is very... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 11:39:32 EST my gastric sleeve http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33196293 Hello everyone. I'm not sure if im doing this right posting under a new topic. This is my first time in an online community. I am having my gastric sleeve april 10th and I am just looking for some extra support. to give a little background on myself, I am 25 years old, and i have struggled with my weight for my whole life. I am excited to start my new life as a healthy active individual. The thing that scares me most is having extra skin. I know that to have that be my main fear is very... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 11:38:45 EST stop eating off my kids plates! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33183858 Hello everyone! Just thought maybe you all could give me some good ideas on how I can stop the nibbling I do when I make dinner for my husband and children. I have been meal prepping my meals to make sure things are weighed out and healthy but family isn't on broad for the new way of eating just yet so I have been make meals for them every night and they are the healthiest. I notice I do a lot of nibbling while I cook and make plates for them. Its so hard when im eating that nice bowl of sala... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 20:08:12 EST Blood sugar drops http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33168285 Has any body experienced Blood sugar drops in the post op time after all my body was used to taking in 3000 to 5000 calories a day to less than 150 a day. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 13:32:48 EST Getting an Asperger's kid to be active http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33142503 I have an eight year old boy on the Autism Spectrum (would have been considered Aspergers before they removed the distinctions) he is very verbal but struggles a lot with social skills and reciprocal relationships. He is happiest in his own world which often includes Minecraft on his tablet. I want to get him to be more active and we do mess around in the house some but between his tendency to withdraw into himself and our incredibly crappy weather this winter (we're in MN and expecting -35 w... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 19:28:43 EST Are all scales the same? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33140895 A scale is a scale right? I went to the doctor today and the scale weighed me 5 pounds heavier than my scale at home. I was kinda freaked out. Did I over react or can my scale at home be that off? Just wondering what your thoughts are. Thanks for any advise. <em>192</em> <em>11</em> <em>193</em> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:34:28 EST Very Defiant 6year old..HELP!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33108240 I have a 6 year old daughter who is very defiant and will not listen to anyone. We have tried everything from, grounding, time outs, rewarding good behavior and nothing works. She is hyper active, but when she gets upset or doesnt wanna do something, she has the worst attitude. She is in Kindergarden and has already served detention for hitting other kids and a teacher. I have had many meetings with the school and she has has numerous therapy sessions and i do not see a change. I am afraid th... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:12:32 EST Twin Girls need to vent http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33105803 I have 16yr old twin girls that are driving me crazy … screaming is an everyday norm in our house….they have no chores they do not help around the house the stay on the computer all day and all night if I let them. When I try to give them chores they do a half ass job if I ask them to re-do it I get screaming and slamming doors…the problem was that I would take privileges away and my wonderful husband of 26yrs would let them have them back…we finally got on the same page after I threatened to... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 09:45:21 EST Tubal Ligation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33091958 I have been looking into sterilization. I have been researching it and see all sorts of stories but I'm getting mixed feelings. I love the thought of the Essure, but saw way too many reviews claiming weight gain and migraines. I already have issues with both. I gained 30 pounds on Depo. Before that about 20 on the patch. I only gained 30 pounds with my pregnancy and lost it all asap. I was lucky. Even with the lowest dose of bc I gain and get sick. I'm done having kids. But I am not sure ... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:11:53 EST New jogging stroller group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33064987 Hello all! My name is Brook. I'm a 34 year old stay at home mom to 2 gorgeous girls ages 1 and 10. We stay very active. I love running with my bob jogging stroller. I have been a stay at home mom now for over a year and I love it. Prior to doing this I was a group fitness instructor and massage therapist. I have been a spark member since 2007. I have lost 60lbs since having my second daughter now, but would love to loose 10-20 more. I am looking for like minded happy, inspiring people to help... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:05:08 EST Scared of Pregnancy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33063824 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 Ahhhh toddler on the go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33033733 I have one of those super active, super crazy (albeit super adorable) toddlers that is basically way too smart for her age and way too fearless. Let's just say "limiting screen time" with her is not a problem---keeping her from jumping off the kitchen counters is.... <BR> <BR> The problem is this: I have been pretty good at watching the calories (and types thereof) and hitting the gym, but at the end of the day I just cannot seem to cut the nightcap out. I know two glasses of wine is 200+ ... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:30:56 EST Need advice regarding an overly critical mother http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=33006376 Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I hope this is the right board for this. I apologize if it isn't. I need some advice regarding my mother, and I apologize in advance, because I know it's going to be long! My mother has been critical of my appearance for over half of my life. She was the athletic and pretty member of her family while growing up. But after she married my dad in her early 20's she started gaining weight over the years. She's been obese as long as I can remember and has Type 2 Diabet... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 17:30:13 EST Need some help and advise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32985861 Hello, <BR> <BR> I am a husband and father of a wonderful 2 year old boy. I know there is a time and place to ask for help and when your asking strangers you know you're desperate. My wife, son, and I are currently sharing a small room in my parents house after failing due to bills, school loans, medical bills, car payments, and vehicle repairs. We are both trying to live healthier and lose weight but the stress of our current situation is proving a massive hurdle. It has been over a year wi... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 23:57:10 EST Twin parents unite! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32937489 Hi everyone, <BR> I am finally finding some time to take care of myself and get back on track with my weight after having twin girls 7 months ago. I would love to get any tips on keeping motivated and healthy food options for the little ones. <BR> <BR> Would love any feedback, comments, suggestions, support! Hope you're all doing well! <BR> ~J Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:52:28 EST Cheating Newlywed Husband http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32924912 Good evening, all. <BR> <BR> Just found out last night that my husband of less than 4 months has been "sexting" and sexually video chatting other people. Although it was never physical, I consider this cheating. I confronted him and he said I don't have enough confidence in myself. I'm not looking to divorce him; our vows said "til death do us part" and I take that very seriously. He is wanting to work this out too, but says I need to boost my confidence. How should I go about fixing our mar... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 20:10:30 EST Weight confusion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32923192 Hi I weighed myself last Friday and on tues was at dr and was weighed there where he said lost 9 lb which surprised me but when I weighed myself this Friday my weight is still same as last Friday , who's scale was wrong . Am controlling portion and doing exercise daily Sun, 26 Jan 2014 15:36:07 EST Fizzy drinks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32923184 Hi me and my sons r trying to lose weight together but he struggled to not drink fizzy drinks when every one around him is drinking any tips Sun, 26 Jan 2014 15:34:12 EST Just Wondering http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32908258 If anyone has had a SO with an addiction to pornography who lost a bunch of weight. Did things improve? Or were they two completely unrelated issues? <BR> <BR> I know the whole "you two need counseling shebang". Just wondering if it made any difference. <em>41</em> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:59:43 EST "Fruit snacks" ??? What am I not seeing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32900166 Can anyone explain the allure of "fruit snacks"? I am confused about how they even exist when there is an abundant supply of real fruit. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:16:24 EST Stress eating and kids. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32869620 has anyone else notice that they crave certain (simple carbs and sugar for me) when they are stressed with their kids? last night my daughter was really pushing all of my buttons, and all I wanted was to dig into the Christmas candy! I had a glass of water, did a few yoga poses and deep breaths. I was mostly okay then, but it is a struggle for me. anyone else out there? Sun, 19 Jan 2014 14:19:03 EST support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32849522 getting support from friends, family, co-workers, church groups are fantastic. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:21:00 EST 'size' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32849517 sometimes the smaller we are, the smaller we want to be, be true to yourself. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:19:35 EST staying together http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32849516 'staying together' as a family can help in a big postive way. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:18:33 EST Morning Sickness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32827371 Looking for other mothers who found a routine that worked despite extreme morning sickness. I am not looking to lose weight, I am looking to stay fit for the pregnancy and to be in shape to get the weight off when I have the baby. Any suggestions? Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:06:16 EST Any Homeschool Moms/Dads Out There? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32802201 Just want to connect with other homeschoolers out there. How do you manage to stay on track amidst the madness? Hints and tips are welcome. For me, I still haven't totally figured it out yet, but now on my third year teaching/wrangling and feeling okay. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 05:24:21 EST Anybody else in my situation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32782691 I am starting to feel like my own situation is standing between me and my weight loss goals. I have 6 kiddos age 2-18. My husband was in a work accident that left him disabled and unable to walk. My point is my life is super busy, high stress, and "me time" does not exist at the moment. My other obstacle seems to be that I am 5' 4" and have a very short torso, my point is that each pregnancy definitely left its mark, Its clear by my physical appearance that I am a mama. According to what I ... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 12:38:41 EST Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32776418 How do you post on here?? To already existing posts. Mon, 6 Jan 2014 17:18:41 EST Extended Breastfeeders post here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32774255 Hi All! I am wondering who all is breastfeeding their toddler past the age of 1? ***PLEASE, no judgement here!*** And how is your weight loss journey going in sight of that? What adjustments have you made to your journey to make it work without compromising your breastfeeding journey? <BR> <BR> I have a 21 month old boy who still nurses several times a day. My biggest challenge is the variance in appetite it causes if he has a heavy nursing day (teething, for example, he nurses a lot!). Some... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 10:27:10 EST Seeking Balance as a working Mother of preschooler http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32706911 I've had to go back to work somewhat recently. For me it was not the choice I wanted to chose, because I absolutely love be "home" with my kids, teaching, playing and taking them new places...It was a absolute necessity. <BR> <BR> I work 3 days a week 7:30am - 6pm. Since going back to work in November, I have used this as an excuse to stress eat and quit working out. I feel like crap. I've gained back a lot of the weight that I worked so hard to lose this year. <BR> <BR> I've been dea... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 23:09:00 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32685773 I'm new to this forum, just dropping in to say Hello. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 11:56:39 EST Smoothie ingredients for a teen athlete? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32676648 My 14 year old plays football, wrestles, and is involved in other sports as well. He also likes to be creative in the kitchen, and is interested in increasing the protein in his diet as a strategy for helping to build muscle. So for Christmas I got him one of those personal blenders that makes one smoothie at a time, and am planning on buying a bunch of smoothie ingredients to go with it. <BR> <BR> I'm curious what are some healthy and yummy things to put in a smoothie. We sometimes do smo... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 00:58:29 EST Anyone Else With Diabetes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32668362 Hi everyone, I'm new to this site. I was wondering if anyone else had diabetes and wanted to pehaps be a buddy on this weight loss journey. I am having a difficult time right now. <BR> <BR> I am the mother of two beautiful children ages 8 and 3. <BR> <BR> Katie Sat, 21 Dec 2013 11:40:34 EST How to change settings? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32651883 How do you change settings for pregnancy calorie intake? Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:12:42 EST My daughter is grown but still a child http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32611759 So I need advice like never before!My 19 year old daughter moved out 14 months ago,lasted 11 months with her older sister moved back home with the understanding she get a job,save almost every penny to move out and so far she has made almost $1,000.She has a boyfriend she feels mad love for but he is a total deadbeat.He is 21 has no drivers license,a job he works when he feels like it or weather permitting aka a car wash owned by family.He told my daughter he saved up $1200 for a used car.He ... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:35:56 EST 6 1/2 year old Clingy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32594088 My 6 1/2 year old daughter has always had me and her father. We grew close from the beginning with her and still are. We foster independence with all our kids, as well as family time. Although in the last year she has been abnormally clingy, expecially to her father and to her uncle. She likes to kiss a lot, hug a lot and hang all over them, She has no regard for personal space, and even gets upset when her 2 year old sister is near them. She is overly sensitive as well, even if you tell her ... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:30:51 EST biting my tongue http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32585103 Maybe it's the Italian in me, but sometimes I get frustrated. <BR> <BR> I'm in a very stressful point in my life, and I was wondering if anyone had any tips to control temper?? <BR> <BR> I noticed sometimes I get catty & even down right rude towards the person I care most about. Usually things build up and, for example like today, when he took my car out for an errand and I was almost late to work I got so mad. When he finally came back I glared at him harshly took the keys from his hands ... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 01:27:19 EST Gastric sleeve do.or dont http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32563014 New Mail Help Tell Friends Log Out <BR> <BR> <BR> Start <BR> my Nutrition <BR> my Fitness <BR> my Weight <BR> Other Goals <BR> SparkStreaks <BR> Reports <BR> Planner <BR> SparkMail <BR> my SparkPoints <BR> Web Search <BR> Articles & Videos Home <BR> Health Conditions <BR> Nutrition <BR> Condition Centers <BR> Depression <BR> Diabetes (Spark*D Program) <BR> GERD (Heartburn) <BR> Healthy Heart <BR> Healthy Skin <BR> High Blood Pressure <BR> High Cholesterol <BR> Insomnia <BR> Irritable Bow... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 21:06:03 EST Not sure it will work for me ,,need advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32562946 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am a 56 yr old post menapausal women.I was the chubby child-that became an obese women.But at 22 I was 205 and LOST 75 POUNDS.How well its complicated: I did take diet pills back then,I also completly changed the quality and quantity of my diet. I also became Hyperthyoid. To this day I am unsure if the diet pills made me hyperthyoid..or if I was obese since a child because I had always had a thyroid issue! I from age 23-50..still struggled but within reason..... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 20:51:02 EST Any 40+ 1st time moms out there? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32553646 <em>187</em> I had my son when I was 39 and turned 40 a couple of months after he was born. <em>123</em> He is two now. I lost the baby weight, but now on a mission to lose the pounds gained years before his arrival. <em>198</em> Progress is sloooooow. <em>134</em> Looking for moms with similar challenges and hoping to support each other reach our goals! <em>361</em> <em>381</em> <em>252</em> Wed, 4 Dec 2013 13:38:43 EST What Has Marriage Taught You?!?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32494997 Communication, trust and faith is so important! <em>337</em> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 07:30:45 EST Prayers For All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32466649 Prayer of the day <BR> <BR> "A Prayer For Seeing The Big Picture" <BR> <BR> Father, there is much that we can learn from our temporal problems here on earth that better prepares us for eternity. As we work through these troubles, they enable us to have the mind of Christ so that attitudes reflecting the fruit of the Spirit become a spontaneous response to the difficulties that challenge us daily. Just as light, soil, air and moisture are requirements for growth in vegetation so must faith... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:26:07 EST no one cares http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32451820 <em>24</em> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:34:39 EST Brother Issue http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32440846 This has nothing to do with weight loss, but I'm hoping it is okay for me to post this to get some feedback. <BR> <BR> My middle brother lives in Colorado, and I live in Minnesota. We typically see each other once a twice a year. <BR> <BR> I have booked a trip to go visit him and his wife over Thanksgiving. Before booking the trip, I asked him if it could just be the three of us for my trip, for dinner and the few days after that I'm there. The reason I asked is because everytime I go to v... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 22:43:15 EST new here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32394332 Hi everyone! I just started here on spark people and the first thing I wanted to do was find other women with pcos. I am 28 and getting married next fall. I was diagnose with pcos about 3 yrs ago and i know I'm it doing everything I can to help the situation. I want to start!! <BR> <BR> The one thing that worries me the most, and perhaps motivates me the most, is becoming pregnant. I have wanted to be a mom my entire life and my France and I want to start trying right after we get married. B... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 00:17:22 EST Adult Conversations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32383987 Hi! I'm looking for advice on how to discuss adult issues with my husband when my son is always around! He's 6 and we have a very small apartment. I don't want him worrying about finances, etc. etc. etc.... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 11:05:31 EST Gained weight....now he's leaving me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32380516 <BR> Hi...I'm new here, and I never posted a question or anything before,,,...but I need some inspiration, some advice. <BR> <BR> I was always chubby. Round, full figured. I'm 5'5 or 165cm. I was always a size 14 or 12. I met my fiancé 6 years ago and he did everything for me,we did everything for each other. I started running. I ran two marathons. I lost 10kgs, or 20lbs. I was amazingly well shaped, for being me. A size 8, or 36 eu size. My bf still thought I was a bit too chubby, but he l... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 22:29:38 EST Prioritizing your self first....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32378213 So I recently have become a stay at home mom this year and I am having a hard time fitting in time to workout or even have anything outside of taking care of my family and the household things. I have always worked and never let myself go like I have this past year. I have a 3yr old and a 5yr old who was recently diagnosed with ADHD. I feel this constant pressure from myself to keep up with cooking,cleaning the house,doing the laundry, and spending time with the kids. Whenever I do have a few... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 15:42:37 EST Pregnancy Buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32336382 I am five months pregnant and now that I am able to eat again I am trying to get healthy again. I would like someone to trade ideas and thoughts with. I am at a normal weight though not active and I have gained 8 pounds so I am headed the right way just want to do it healthier :)) Sat, 2 Nov 2013 20:48:07 EST Need prayers and support! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32328187 Hello, we have an urgent need for as much support and prayers as is possible. <BR> Our 22 year young daughter is a special needs patient as well as a heart patient. <BR> She is about to have her 10th open heart surgery (since she was 3 days old) and we need to get our old Water damaged single wide home repaired so that she and her 11 month old daughter can move down from Fayetteville beside us so we can help her husband to take care of her and her baby while she is recovering. We need funds ... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 14:21:37 EST father very critical http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32309787 Hello <BR> A brief history about me. I was on the site about a year or so ago was doing great and then life happened. Long story short I am 27 and on disability. I'd rather not go into why. I have to live with parents as a result and while my mom is great my dad is another story. I have always been fat but with medication and not working I have gained more weight. My health issue is not weight related and not effected by weight. <BR> Well two weeks ago I decided enough is enough and I was goi... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 23:26:27 EST Kids and weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32291427 I have a semi personal question for you all. Now, my daughter is only two and we make sure she eats healthy. She prefers apples,grapes, tomatoes and healthier snacks like fruit snack instead of junk food. <BR> <BR> Now my question is as she gets older and feels the pressure to eat unhealthier foods I am afraid she is going to join the wave of over weight children.I of course will love her no matter what size she ends up being but I want her to be the healthiest happy little girl she can be.... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 08:17:16 EST Need support with craziness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32209502 I know there isn't a solution to my problem right now and I don't want a pity party. But I need objective opinions. <BR> My step-dad filed for divorce (and had my mom served at work) last November. I live with my mom because of my sister's severe and varied disabilities and medical needs. He has been verbally abusive for a long time, so the divorce wasn't necessarily a bad thing. I do wish it had happened like 15 years ago really. But now, my mom is in the funk. I don't think she's depr... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 18:36:22 EST Drowning in family problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32160426 Daughter and I went to our first counseling session today. Good counselor; don't know where we go from here. All I want to do is cry and curl up. Any ideas to help? Please! Tue, 8 Oct 2013 23:41:58 EST NEW TEAM- Secondary Infertility Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32122600 I know there is a team called Infertility...but we haven't had a team about SECONDARY infertility until now. <BR> <BR> This affects nearly 3 million Americans and the sad thing is that this group of people are LEAST likely to get help. <BR> <BR> I hope this groups helps as many as it can. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageb<BR>oard_topics.asp?imboard=61 </link> <BR> <BR> No judgement. Just support. Thu, 3 Oct 2013 17:05:58 EST Losing a child http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32104069 Losing a child is the hardest thing especially when its your son or daughter. I lost my son Joey May 2012.He is survived by his younger brother Michael whom they were both close. Tue, 1 Oct 2013 08:39:53 EST Christmas Craft for my daughters party in December http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32099440 Hi. My name is Shauna and I am in charge of the Holiday Party in December for my 9 year old. The 3 other parents and I need to come up with one or 2 games, healthy peanut free snack and a craft. Does anyone have any ideas? Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:51:01 EST Heart sick and frightened for my grandson http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32084493 Our very polite and fun loving18 yo grandson came to live with us to go to school, his lifelong dream. Managed to via text and phone get involved with a 16 yo girl back in home state. We immediately saw a change in him, but it got worse quickly. No he was not on drugs he was love struck. I also knew he was extremely depressed so made him was in he process of making him an appointment to see a doc. My neighbor called me at work and asked if I was aware he was leaving, no I wasn't. He sol... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 13:10:32 EST Mommy guilt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32063787 I have two small children ages 4 yrs old and 9 months. I have been taking a boxing fitness class in the evening for the last week but I am starting to feel guilty about leaving my kids in the evening. They are away at childcare during the day, so we come home, I fix them dinner then I am off to my class and return in time to put them to bed. How do other moms deal with this feeling of guilt when working out in the evening? Wed, 25 Sep 2013 12:53:58 EST My three year old is out of control. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32054788 Hello everyone! I have a 3 year old who is my only child and his behavior is out of control.I have tried time outs, taking away privileges (PBS kids website) and skipping play dates. He is very hyper so I thought I would sign him up for soccer to help him get some energy out.Instead he played a total of 20 minutes out of two games and refused to play after that.He stopped napping, so now I can barely get anything done, and I feel like I do not have any control anymore.Is anyone else dealing w... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 09:58:03 EST Deployment and stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=32033712 So my husband is deployed. This is his first since he has been in the army NG. We have been married for 7 years in Nov and have a almost 3 year old. I am an RN at a local hospital and only work about 2-3 8hr shifts a week. I almost had a mental breakdown today. I just feel so overwhelmed. Not only is my toddler in his independent stage, but I am trying to potty train him. I just feel so alone in all this. I have a sister-in-law who will come over a couple of times a week so I can work out, bu... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 17:38:41 EST Newly Diagnosed with PCOS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=31948535 Hi, <BR> <BR> Just got diagnosed actually yesterday with PCOS. I have many of the symptoms: Weight gain, facial hair, acne and cysts on my ovaries oh plus hjgh blood pressure oh and depression. What do I do and where do I turn? I'm sick of how I feel........ <BR> <BR> I am currently doing a low carb diet but it is not easy. <BR> <BR> -Kim Tue, 10 Sep 2013 07:14:46 EST my kids wont eat my cooking!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=31943111 Help!! I make great food, according to my kids friends and family... So why are MY kids not eating my food. Everyone but my kids eat my food... all they want is to load up on Carbs. What do I do... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 12:56:18 EST Menu Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=31878153 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 Calling all Cesarean Moms! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=31830410 Hi! My name is Barbara Smith. I am known as Chasing Bubbles here at Sparks! I am the mother of 14 children. I had 10 c-sections myself. Yes TEN. :) Anyway, I am an RN in a Labor and Delivery unit in NC. I am also an author. I have published two books so far. <BR> <BR> <BR> I know I have had some weird things said to me over the years. Have you? I once was told I couldn't be part of a food coop because I had "fake" births. I'm not kidding. <BR> <BR> How did you feel about your births? I ... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 16:22:08 EST Know it all 8 yo stepdaughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=31757280 My stepdaughter is only 8 years old, but she is driving me crazy! She's lived with her dad and I for two years now and it's getting so I want to send her back to her mom. Which is not a good environment, which is why we got custody of her. She constantly corrects people. If I say it's 3:00, she will say No, it's 2:58. We were talking about her open house at school and I said it was on the 29th and she said, "no, you mean it's on Thursday." I said, "Thursday is the 29th" And she said "No... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 22:51:07 EST Stopping emotional eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=31722349 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 Any homeschoolers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=31634238 I am homeschooling my middle school daughter and wondered if there were any other homeschool moms and dads who would like to have a place to chat. This is our second year homeschooling after having DD in a private school through 5th grade. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:57:27 EST My Daughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=31603677 My daughter will be 12 in September <em>247</em> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 19:37:02 EST Trouble feeling happy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=31508730 I am the stay at home mother of three children under the age of five. I've been working very hard since the birth of my youngest child to reach a healthy body fat percentage. This morning, for the first time in my life, I weighed in at 199.8. Just barely under 200, but still a success. <BR> Instead of happiness and pride in myself, I feel numb. This is something I've wished and hoped and tried for, for a very very long time. But it's like someone flipped a switch in my brain, and I just can't... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 09:32:14 EST Developmental Delays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=31502586 Hello all..i'm doing a project on the florida diagnostics and learning resources system. I am the mother of a child who was diagnosed with a speech delay shortly after his second birthday, he is now four (5 in november) and just graduated out of speech earlier this year. <BR> <BR> even if you reside in another state, just wondering what your experience has been with getting services for your developmentally delayed children? <BR> <BR> for example, how did you go about enrolling them? was t... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:59:13 EST What were the early indications of asp/autism? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=31246958 We have yet to get my daughter diagnosed but there's something wrong with her. She's 3 1/2 and she can't communicate like a normal 3 year old. She's kind of hard to explain. Sometimes I think she may be on the spectrum and sometimes not. For instance, she has a routine of sorts and doesn't like to vary from it. If you DO vary from it, she has a meltdown. For instance, she asks for a drink of water every night as soon as we put her to bed. After she takes a drink and you take the cup she poi... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 01:17:20 EST Do you know anyone with Asperger's Syndrome? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=30827715 I have a 19 year old son with Asperger's Syndrome and life has been very difficult lately. Does anyone else have experience with Asperger's Syndrome? Are you willing to share some thoughts and ideas? Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:45:17 EST filing for divorce....happy and sad http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=30647982 I may not be in the right forum, and it's only slightly weight loss related, but I'm filing for divorce tomorrow. My ex and I have been dating since 2002 and married since 2006. We split up in 2008 and didn't see or speak to each other for 2 years, but stayed married. Then, of course, he pops up out of no where, gets me pregnant, turns my entire world upside down only to walk away from me again, and this time, our baby girl. We briefly discussed getting back together, but he wont stop drinkin... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 16:53:38 EST Fostering Children http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=30187459 I have been a foster parent for three years. I have found this to be rewarding and tiring. I have young adult that are out on their own. I feel I have room in my home and in my heart to help. <em>148</em> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 08:46:58 EST pls pray for my husband http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=29861371 tomorow morning my husband is having and ultrasound done on his liver. we found out that his liver enzymes are very high. we are praying its just because for fatty tissue in hes midsection. i firmly belive in the power of prayer so all of the prayers we can get are great appreciated. thanks so much. melanie Sun, 13 Jan 2013 19:18:15 EST PCOS--Metformin vs Birth Control Pills http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=29709895 Hi, <BR> I've been on birth control pills for 14 yrs since being dianosed with PCOS at the age of 16. I was thankfully able to successfully get pregnant and have a healthy little boy thanks to being on the pill for all those years to control my cysts. Well now I'd like to get off of them and I'm taking Metformin to hopefully reduce/reverse the symptoms of my pcos. I feel so much better after only one month off of the pill. Mentally I feel much more clear headed less emotional. My blood ... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:05:22 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=29525265 I had my VSG on 10/5 and initially lost 32lbs. However, in the past 4 weeks, I haven't lost 1 single lb. I am still doing everything they tell me. Eating is going well. I still manage to get in about 4 oz. per meal. Sometimes 5 oz. I am struggling with getting in all my protein and water. Some days better than others. I keep hearing about 'stalls' that people have where they aren't losing anything. The Dr. says weightloss doesn't really take off until about 90 days out. Is anybody else having... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 11:03:03 EST If you don't eat what do u do.? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=27736348 I feel like not eating any more , so that I loss weight and I get my boyfriend to love me more, andi feel if I do that it would work Mon, 21 May 2012 14:44:28 EST Weight loss and Polyscystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=27272148 Hey! Has anyone else suffered with Polcystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS? I have recently been diagnosed. I have changed my diet and am quite proud of how well I am doing. I try to exercise, but this thing has kicked my butt! My hormones are a mess and my energy level is 0. I am trying to find some other women who have had this problem and try to figure out what I can do to ge things moving. Starting to feel discouraged and need some help. :) Tue, 3 Apr 2012 21:13:48 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 weight loss after baby - anyone else struggling? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=61&imparent=19757436 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 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