Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Over the past several months I have become a fan of yogurt, I'm almost addicted to it, lol. However, I have a question that I know many of you can answer.
How long after the "best by" date on the yogurt can it be eaten?
I buy mine in a box containing 100g cups. I have shown a picture of it above. For example I will have a few little cups left after their January 30th "best by" date. I have read online that yogurt, if kept refrigerated can last a long time after this date. However, after the date you should always check for consistency and smell and taste.
Does anyone have any experience with this. Different internet articles say different things.
Oh, and PS: Somehow I tweaked my internet browser and it got rid of all of those annoying popup ads, so it looks like I'll be staying on Spark People rather than ditching it. Thanks for all of your help in that regard.
Saturday, January 04, 2014
I have been a member of SP for almost 6 years. I joined in 2008. And, it's been a great website. However, I am getting totally frustrated with the site over the past months and especially over the past few weeks.
I know they need ad revenue to keep the site free, and I understand that. But there have been more and more intrusive ads popping up, and I mean literally popping up. I'll be reading a blog and then I get a video playing with loud audio. Very irritating. There are ads everywhere.
Today was the worst. In my hour spent on here, I got a page that popped up asking me to update my Java (I already have the latest version) with a button to "Click here". This was a full page pop-up. A little while later I got another pop-up asking me (with a button) to update my Flash (again I have the latest version installed). And amid the video popups I got, my resident virus protection software popped up twice refusing to open two pages on people's blogs that it said was not safe and promptly closed me out of SP.
I am spending less and less time on here. I read a few blogs and leave some comments (amid the popups). I mainly use the nutrition and fitness trackers. But those are available everywhere from many similar sites with less ads. I have started to use another well known site and it is almost identical to SP.
I have referred many friends to SP but they choose not to join due to the amount of ads they see. I have messaged SP about this in the technical forums and there are tons of threads in there by people having the same issues. SP's answers seem to indicate they find nothing intrusive. They said that videos shouldn't play unless one clicks on them. Well, videos play for me without my doing anything.
SP are doing nothing about this and the ads are seemingly multiplying. I don't get frustrated easily, but this is driving me craaaazy! I don't need the stress. I don't need the frustration.
So, I am going to continue for now just to log in to enter my food and my exercise, but I'm not going to do much else. So, if I don't get around to your pages or blogs for long instances, this is the reason.
This is my rant for the day, but it's been building up for a long time. Sorry to take it out on you.
Bless you, my friends!
EDITED: Since I know I will be getting comments on this, I have my browser's ad-blocker turned on. I also have run two various virus scans and nothing shows up. I have deleted SP cookies, etc. My anti-virus (BitDefender) scans my computer continuously and I have no firewall issues. This is the ONLY site that I have a problem with. Thanks friends.
EDITED (Feb 08/14): Everything appears fine now and has been great for a couple of weeks. I tweaked some things within my browser and no popup ads or annoying audio ads. Thanks for all your help. You will be stuck with me for awhile longer.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
I have a couple of Spark Friends who are having problems with the new SP Home Page. I know it is new and daunting, but there is an easy fix if you want to quickly and painlessly get back to the page you are used to. I thought I would post this as it may help others.
This is what I do.
When you get to the opening Spark Page, under the big Spark People logo at the top left, just let your mouse hover over MY TRACKERS.
Then when you see the drop down menu, click on MY SPARKPOINTS (second from the bottom of the drop down menu).
Then, BINGO, you are the page you are always used to.
If you somehow get sent to a strange page, again (as above) just hover over MY TRACKERS and then click MY SPARKPOINTS and go from there.
I don't like the new Start Page either, but by using the above method, you can simply get to the old page.
By doing this, I avoid the new Start Page completely except for the first click.
Please Spark Mail me or comment if you need further help. I am always here for anyone.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Happy First Day of Autumn.
Autumn begins in our hemisphere at 4:44 pm EDT. For me, it seemed like Summer flew by. It was a blur almost. Now the days will get cooler and the nights will get longer. I thought I would pull out a few facts and sayings about autumn.
It is the summer's great last heat,
It is the fall's first chill: They meet.
–Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt
Autumn days come quickly, like the running of a hound on the moor. - Irish proverb
Trees snapping and cracking in the autumn indicate dry weather.
If, in the fall of the leaves in October, many of them wither on the boughs and hang there, it betokens a frosty winter and much snow.
Spring rain damps;
Autumn rain soaks.
Of autumn's wine, now drink your fill; the frost's on the pumpkin, and snow's on the hill.
- The Old Farmer's Almanac, 1993
Autumn has caught us in our summer wear. - Philip Larkin, British poet (1922-1986)
- From the Farmer's Almanac
HAVE A WONDERFUL, BLESSED AUTUMN!
Friday, September 13, 2013
Hi my Spark Friends!
As some of you are aware, I have been battling a throat issue ever since I got rid of a bad cold in April of this year. I have become hoarse, had irritation, coughs, voice changes and on and on. This has really eaten into my Spark People time and my lifestyle changes that I want to make. My progress since April has pretty much been non-existent.
I have seen several doctors about this, had to take many medications (mostly antibiotics), and got a referral to an ENT specialist but this was in April and I was still on the waiting list. I went to an on-call doctor last Friday and she said that a new ENT had moved into town and she would see what she could do to get me in to see him.
I have been praying and praying about this, leaving it in God's hands. Guess what? I got a call on Monday from the ENT's office asking if I could come for an appointment on Wednesday. He put a scope down and took a lot of movies and pictures and found no polyps or tumors - but he found that I had something called LPR. If you are familiar with acid reflux and GERD, it is the same except it is further up. He is sending me for one further test and doubled my acid reflux medication but assured me that it will eventually go away and not to be concerned.
I was so scared of the "C" word. I prayed that it would not be this. This sensation of something stuck in my throat was on my mind all the time. So, Sparkpeople kind of took a back door in my life and in my mind.
But, now I am going to get back on the Sparkpeople programs and continue my diet and exercise, although I have to cut out a lot of food that causes acid buildup.
So, I should be more active here. I was just so scared and my mind was so preoccupied since April about this that I haven't really enjoyed the summer. I know it will be better from this point on.
Thanks, my Spark Friends! Some of you who knew about this really came to my aid and for those that didn't, I apologize for not telling you, but I'm not one to bother people about my problems. There are enough problems to go around!
Have a blessed day, everyone!
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