SparkPeople SparkPeople Cafe Messageboard General, fun discussion about a variety of topics. Please post one-word answer and game threads in the Game Room, not in the Cafe. SparkPeople SparkPeople Cafe Messageboard When you cheat what food or beverage is your go to chocolate candy bar Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:42:13 EST Starting again - What's new? Hi all, I'm sorry to say that I've been away for a very long time. I'd say about a year and a half!! In that time, I've regained almost half the weight I lost and I am very ashamed and embarassed since I really thought I had finally gotten the answers and licked this thing for good. Anyway, I just wanted to say hello again and see if anyone can bring me up to speed with anychanges that have happened. I see that the site has changed a bit and it's much cleaner and user friendlier and I've d... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:36:23 EST New Levels! More Motivation from SP! There are 5 new levels that raises the bar on SP! <BR> <BR> Thanks, SP! I m excited! Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:58:07 EST Weight loss gifts. Re-posting this in a different place. Hoping to get more feedback: <BR> <BR> I'm working with a consultant and one of the questions that I have been asked of is when I set a weight loss goal they want me to gift myself something. I'm at my last 40lbs of my 90lb weight loss and I have no idea what to gift myself for the last 20lbs lost. I for one am currently 215, and at 209 I will gift myself something and then 199 I will gift myself something, 189, and then 179 and like 4lbs. My goal is 175... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:46:44 EST Do you take pics of your food to post them on the net thru apps or whatever? <BR> <BR> I usually don't bcoz I m impatient to eat! <BR> <BR> But sometimes I do, just for fun! <BR> <BR> What abt you? Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:23:39 EST Has anyone found a substitute? I have been craving tuna or chicken salad and I know how bad mayo is, at least in the amount I like in my tuna salad. Has anyone come up with a good substitute? I know I have added some spicy mustard but just wondering what others do. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:00:25 EST Looking for friends for motivaiton. Hey I'm new on here and I'm looking for friends that are active on this site that will help with motivation and I will be happy to return the favor. I'm on a mission to lose 100 pounds. This is a hard journey and I could use all the help I can get. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:18:21 EST New Here New here, and just really wanting to get my life on track. I am all messed up in my schedule and with what I do all day, which is sleep or watch tv. AND I HATE IT. Any tips or motivation would be greatly appreciated. Thank You in advance :) Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:49:05 EST binge eating So on Sunday I binged for the first time in a long time. I've been reflecting on it and trying to get to the root as to why I did it. If you follow my blog you see that I ate mission burrito and after that, I spiraled out of control leading to ice cream, peanut butter, and meals way too large. Yes, I feel guilty about it. Like I ruined all the hard work I did last week. <BR> <BR> but <BR> <BR> I'm blogging it out, posting on here. Typing my frustration and putting it behind me. It could hav... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:43:52 EST Late Period. Help! I've lost 10 lbs since Sept 10. I think that's a reasonable amount & by no means too fast. I'm 5'3" and 146 lbs currently. Would it be normal to have a delayed period just from a 10 lb loss? Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:18:59 EST New to this whole "taking care of myself" thing So, I've always been a caretaker - just not of myself. So, I recently turned 39 and I decided to make some changes. Now they say not to overwhelm yourself with too many changes at once or you're doomed to fail. I have 4 major things I need to change - weight, eating habits, fitness habits and smoking. Right now I am focusing on fitness and weight. I bought a scale and 3lb weights. I've been going to the pool and I got hooked up with dailyburn,com. I love daily burn because it's fun, there are... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:44:26 EST I like working out... so? I workout on average 2 hours a day 5 days a week. There are days when I will spend as many as 4 hours at the gym. <BR> <BR> Today for example, I took a 5:30 am Boot Camp class (PC Fit) for an hour, then later on in the day I took a 5:30 pm spin (x-bike) class. It was my day off and I had a doctor's appointment, had to get my Jeep serviced, had breakfast with a friend, did some shopping and a few other things in between. <BR> <BR> On the days I spend 4 hours in the gym I will take various ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:50:40 EST lost 10 pounds!! woohoo! started about a month and a half ago just walking and eating right and i lost 10 pounds, been slacking for the last 2 weeks, getting back on track today! walked 2 miles tonight, my goal is to lose 28 pounds by january! Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:42:42 EST I did it I could not make it to the gym all week. I was just too tired to get up and walk. The gym is about 5 blocks away. My medication for bipolar disorder is making me sleep a lot. Well,I said I need something to motivate me and I thought of you guys here. I went pain and tired and worked out over 30 minutes on the bike. Broke a good sweat and all. Then got on another machine and made it 6 minutes. Normally I can't pass 3. Yeah me. <BR> <BR> Lets hope for the best tomorrow. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:08:34 EST Have you tried colonics? Have you tried colonics? If so, how did you feel about the experience? Mon, 20 Oct 2014 04:32:06 EST soups what soups are considered simply filling ? Sat, 18 Oct 2014 23:25:07 EST Autism, Divorce, Desperation Hi... Please... I am writing on behalf of a friend who's losing her mind in desperation right now. She is recently divorced, though the battle has taken years to finalize, and they have 2 sons--one is 7 and "typical" while the other is 15 and has severe violent autism. Latest episode was that he attacked his mother (my friend) in Walmart, leaving her bleeding profusely from the arm, police and ambulance coming, ER visit... ugly. <BR> <BR> Anyway, it was an even uglier divorce, and her ex has... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 22:13:31 EST Reviewing Daily Notes Haven't been around for a while but wondered where you went to review old daily notes. Used to track restaurants there and it was easily to look through and figure out when I went and what I calculated I could eat without extreme guilt. I'm sure you can still get to it but I am just not sure how...........................thanks for the help..........................Naki Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:53:51 EST what's your favorite food scallops Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:01:27 EST Reward? Bad Haircut! I lost a few lbs and decided to treat myself to a haircut-it needed done anyway. So after finding out the person that always did my hair left, the other beautician seemed nice and she was employed there for a while so why not-after all I wasn't changing hairstyles and all she needed to do was follow the same cut lines......Yea right! Worst haircut ever! Doesn't even resemble my the original style-she went overboard with layering and chopping away, so now it looks like my hair is thin a... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:19:59 EST Disturbing vampire trend It all started with the Twilight craze. Then there was the True Blood series, among others. <BR> <BR> I find this trend disturbing, to say the least. In the Twilight series, Bella actually died and then became one of the undead, in short, she became a vampire too! What sort of message does this send to young girls reading this series? <BR> <BR> In the Twilight books, Edward, the vampire is described as divinely handsome, or something to that effect. It's almost as if vampirism is being glor... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 08:25:51 EST Spark Coach I want to join the Spark Coach program but don't know how I get to it. I have looked around the site but don't see a link anywhere. ANy ideas? Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:52:22 EST Nutritional values Is anyone else having trouble seeing the nutritional value of the food before adding to your day? If I enter it I can see the calories, carbs, etc. but I can't see anything in the popup window. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:45:54 EST URBANMOMMY Just wondering if anyone knows whatever happened to Kim who went by the name of URBANMOMMY. She was very inspirational and made quite a few You Tube videos about her body building/weight training journey. She started her own personal trainer business and then POOF seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth. As a fan, I'm hoping nothing happened to her. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:10:55 EST Sugar I was addicted to sugar but didn't know it. I had a Mello Yello every morning, junk food all day, but because I ate a lot of veggies I thought I was pretty healthy. I started a 10 week challenge that entails avoiding added sugar or sugar substitutes as well as processed food (in general). The diet concentrates on getting enough protein and carbs. <BR> <BR> I'm in week 3 of the challenge and I can TASTE natural sugar again. By this I mean Sweet Bell Peppers taste like candy, and my morning B... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:49:20 EST New Username Problem! Help! I recently changed my Username and yet Sparks asks me to log in with that old name every day! So I go into my start page and put my new Username in all over again. It is getting a bit frustrating that my new name isn't being acknowledged when I get on this site. <BR> <BR> Has anyone had this happen? Got a solution I could try? <BR> <BR> Thanks for any help/info. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:57:57 EST Meal Replacement Shakes - 21 Day Fix - Picky Eater I was so inspired by the info commercial on the 21 Day Fix that I had to buy it. It finally arrived...and has not yet been removed from the box other than to look at it. After reading through the booklet and reviewing 1 of the 30 minute exercise routines, I have stalled. My issue is that I am a very picky eater. I don't eat veggies, other than cooked carrots, corn, peas and corn. That is it! I have tried and tried, but I just gag and can't force myself to do it. For me, I am sure it is... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:48:47 EST Feeling down today During mid summer we rescued 3 infant kittens left abandoned in a rainstorm with a can of food, these were toothless, eyes not open babies! They were wet, cold, and limp-lucky we took a walk after the storm passed. After a lot of TLC all survived and are happy and healthy. Now its time to find them their forever homes and one found their home today- I feel as if i'm giving my baby away! We have two cats (spayed/indoor) and keeping one of the kittens-but I feel as if I'm, abandoning two of ... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:12:24 EST Chat rooms? I used to belong to a site that had live chatrooms that helped me a lot. Now it is a paid site so I had to leave. Anyone here know of a free site that offers live chatrooms for weight loss support? Although I enjoy Spark, I liked the chatrooms at the other site. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:43:35 EST Dog People-Coconut Oil? My 14 year old dog has recently been diagnosed with Cushing's disease & has been on medication now for a little over a month. He has his second blood work check up in a few days, & I'm wondering if some of his "issues" aren't just from that but also cognitive issues, seeing that he is old. I'm going to bring this up with the vet, but has anyone out there given their dog, especially a senior one, coconut oil? I've been doing some research on how senior dogs can benefit from it, and am thinking... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:42:37 EST Parents, do you send your kids to summer camp? If so , how old were they for their first summer camp? And how long was/is camp? Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:57:53 EST medications Hi everyone! I was wonder if any else on here has had their primary care provider prescribe phentermine to help in losing weight after seeing it go up each time at follow up appointment's? How long did you use it? Did it have any affect on your BP in terms of making it go up? How did it make you feel? I've been on it for two months and have lost 12 lbs (3% of where I was when prescribe this medication). I'm happy for that. What I don't like is I never feel like eating breakfast in the morn... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:03:03 EST Joining? Hi all, <BR> I have decided it's time to do something about my weight. I've recently had a baby (7 weeks ago) and I have about 50lbs to lose. <BR> Have many of you had success with this program? I am looking for something I can do to keep me on track and provide guidance, I need some type of tracking. <BR> Any advice or opinions welcome. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:58:49 EST What is/was your unhealthy behavior chain/cycle? I find that for most people, there is a cycle of events or behaviors/choices that keep them on the unhealthy path (or drag them back to that path after a time of good habits). I'm definitely in that boat sometimes, and I hate it!! <BR> <BR> Mine is usually something like: <BR> <BR> Go to bed way too late -- Only get 4-5 hours sleep -- Hit snooze several times in morning -- Don't have time to pack a healthy lunch for work -- Feel grumpy, pessimistic and fatigued all morning at work -- Snacki... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:35:43 EST I woke up today a grouch... Slept hot, poor sleep,want to go back to bed and try again but not sleepy, just in a BAD mood Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:36:20 EST Anyone going to school and working full time and.. Trying to keep a healthy lifestyle? I am in school for my MBA (double full time to finish sooner), working full time, being a mom... and trying to keep a healthy lifestyle. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:53:13 EST Why you SHOULD brag! We all come to for the same reasons. Support, sharing our experiences, weight loss, and to improve our overall health through motivation of others. <BR> <BR> I've had my ups and downs just like any other person. Believe me! I've been overweight since I was 3! I have never been thin and recently making it to 190s is uncharted territory (since I was a little girl). <BR> <BR> I'll be the first to say that I've been through so many yo-yo diets and I have never lead to the succes... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:13:42 EST Are you planning a reward for when you get to goal I'm planning to vacation and possibly a new tatoo. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:09:01 EST Whats You Favorite Fall Snack sliced apples w/cinnamon Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:33:50 EST ppl with thick skulls Again and again, someone has again commented on my belly problem. I've had enough! I told them their comments are neither welcome or beneficial; but she said she's only 'giving me advice'. <BR> <BR> Well, I am working on it and I don't have to be constantly reminded of it! Geez! Losing weight takes time! So, stop with the insults already! I even told her I m already in my 40s! It's unreasonable to expect someone my age to be perfect! Mon, 13 Oct 2014 05:19:25 EST Losing inches from only one area? I know you can't target weight loss, but according to my tape measure this month I lost 5 cm from my waist but pretty much nothing from any other part of my body. I'm thinking maybe I measured wrong last time but I don't see how I could have accidentally added 5 cm to my measurements. Is it actually possible that I lost 5 cm from my waist only?? Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:43:05 EST Apple Cider Vinegar Hi all, <BR> has anyone tried this? its supposed to help with a multitude of things, weight loss, HBP, cholestrol, blood sugar to name a few. <BR> <BR> this is the drink <BR> <BR> 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar <BR> 1 cup hot water <BR> 1/4 cup apple juice <BR> 1 teaspoon honey <BR> 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger & ground cinnamon <BR> I started it on wednesday twice a day seems to help <BR> with my blood sugar stablizes it over nite. <BR> let me know <BR> thanks Sun, 12 Oct 2014 12:02:40 EST Party Ideas My 10 year old daughter has been invited to several Halloween Parties and now wants to have a Christmas Party since its too late to throw together a Halloween Party. Anyone have any ideas for fun and cheap games and activities for kids ages 9-11? Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:14:25 EST My husband won the soup cook off! My husband won a soup cook off at my daughter's school fall festival this morning. He made a butternut squash and walnut soup and it is a perfect fall soup that can warm you up on cold days. <BR> <BR> He roasted 3 large squash at 425..added 1 gallon of half and half to about 2/3 of the original volume. A box of chicken broth and 3 medium gala apples, yellow or read onion, diced and fried , chopped walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, allspice. <BR> <BR> Here is the list of ... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 13:29:22 EST belly fat, should I settle? Does hitting the 40s make you have a belly problem / muffintop? <BR> <BR> I refuse to believe that I can't improve my physique! <BR> <BR> What must I do to gain a flat belly? I m not asking for a sixpack, I would settle for a lean 2 pack! Sat, 11 Oct 2014 10:42:44 EST A carbo question Must I really give up white rice, white bread and potatoes? <BR> <BR> I find that really hard to do! It is ok to include them in my diet if I keep to my calorie allotment? Are these foods really bad for you if you are trying to lose weight? Fri, 10 Oct 2014 03:14:21 EST How did you do it? Advice needed please YEARS! I have been saying that tomorrow will be the day. I have had a few epiphanies about not feeling worthy of success and I can trace these emotions back to my mom but holy moly HOW HOW HOW do I get past it??? I can tell you that when in the grips of making the decision to put off a workout or eat more than I need to that part of me feels like "why bother you are going to fail anyway" but I just can't seem to get the upper hand on it. <BR> <BR> SP friends I am looking for your combined wi... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 18:43:13 EST What was your "lightbulb moment"? I realized that I didn't want to live my 20's like I lived my teens, unhappy. I want to enjoy my young adult years and experience new things. Thu, 9 Oct 2014 10:07:31 EST HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED? how do you stay motivated? Is it for your health? is it for your family? is it for yourself? is it to look good in your clothes? what motivates you the most on your journey to get healthy and fit? For me it is to get healthy, feel better, breathe better, for my friends,and family:then to look in my clothes <em>334</em> Wed, 8 Oct 2014 14:19:56 EST FRUSTRATED WITH ADS! I have been back on SP for a few weeks, highly motivated this time, after a hiatus. However, last night I clicked something too hastily (before reading it / eager to see how many steps I had taken) and now I am inundated with ads! I mean they COVER everything! I cannot even track my nutrition without having to repeatedly close ads! In addition, there are audio ads! All this is driving me crazy! <BR> <BR> PLEASE, someone tell me how to go back to the usual ads (on the side)! Otherwise, I am ... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 12:54:48 EST Anyone Sous Vide? I won a sous vide machine at the International Food Bloggers Conference last month in Seattle, and am having great fun with it. <BR> <BR> Just curious, anyone else here cook sous vide? <BR> <BR> -Chef Perry Tue, 7 Oct 2014 14:42:04 EST Converting Crock-Pot Recipes for the Oven This has been one of the most popular posts on my blog for a couple of years running, so I thought I'd share it here on SparkPeople (sans links, of course)... <BR> <BR> Converting Crock-Pot Recipes for the Oven <BR> <BR> Let’s talk about crock pot to oven conversions. We got a very nice email from Ashley L., who is a little concerned with the slow-cooker beef recipe this week. To quote, “HELP! I don’t have a crock-pot, and I can’t afford to go out and buy one…am I going to ruin this roast ... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 16:36:17 EST Weekend Weakness Hey, I've got this thing going on at work that's been serving me well insofar as exercise and water intake goes. But the second the weekend rolls around, I cop a 'tude where "I don't wanna" and I end up not exercising (at least 10,000 steps, exercise class, etc.) or drink an adequate amount of water to manage my symptoms. <BR> <BR> Silly, I know! <BR> <BR> I need an attitude adjustment, and I'm hoping I might hear from this community how other manage the Weekend Weakness hurtle. <BR> <B... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 15:47:30 EST fit2me I just notice Fit2me as an ad showing up. Has anyone tried it? Mon, 6 Oct 2014 09:48:21 EST Now running and gained a little weight.. I know, I know..water retention (btw I take pills to keep that in check..diagnosed with hypertension when I was 20), and muscle mass gain. <BR> <BR> However, I want to know: When does the weight start coming off? When do the muscle and the running charge up the metabolism? <BR> <BR> I know eating right is about 80% of weight loss. The first 80 pounds have been much easier to lose than this last 60! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 6 Oct 2014 08:26:44 EST what is WRONG with me?! I wonder if it's becoz I don't eat enough in the day but I keep getting the midnight munchies! <BR> <BR> Sometimes, I even end up brushing my teeth 3 times becoz of late night eating! <BR> <BR> This isn't helping at all! I still have a belly roll and I have put on 3kgs in the space of 3 years! <BR> <BR> And I am not getting any younger. <BR> <BR> The problem is, I get so hungry at night and I can't sleep till I've had a snack! <BR> <BR> I m literally tearing my hair out! I feel so fat! Mon, 6 Oct 2014 04:01:16 EST Do you take a B-complex? If so, have you noticed any changes since taking it? Mon, 6 Oct 2014 02:46:33 EST Rasberry Ketones - Do they work? Hey! We have prob all heard of this new diet including Rasberry Ketones that is going around at the moment. I was just wondering, has anyone tried it or known anyone that has? And does it actually work or not? Because I was wondering if I should give it ago, even if just for a while to start me off or not... Advice welcome. Sun, 5 Oct 2014 10:57:47 EST Have we become too sensitive? To me, one of life's survival skills is the ability to laugh at your self, to see the humor in everyday life, in you own and others foibles. <BR> <BR> I was reading an article about Joan Rivers career and how she would respond to hecklers. She had a routine that included a joke about being deaf and a guy in the audience got all bent out of shape. When asked about it she replied that she made 3999 people laugh with that joke and one person got mad. She said something along the line that bein... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 14:15:54 EST Your ideal first date? So you have met the potential love of your life. You have chatted on line, on the phone, and you have met for coffee. Seems like a nice person who you would like to get know better. <BR> <BR> So you are now going out on first real date! Would you like to: <BR> <BR> A. Go to an amusement park? <BR> B. Go to an action/ adventure type movie? <BR> C. Go to romantic comedy movie? <BR> D. Be active- skating, hiking? <BR> E. Quiet dinner, so you can talk? <BR> <BR> Why would you chose that activ... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 13:55:16 EST How many pounds per pants size? How many pounds did you lose before you went down a pants size Sat, 4 Oct 2014 11:37:51 EST What do you do to get a good night's sleep? What's your secret to getting a good night's sleep? Fri, 3 Oct 2014 12:45:18 EST broken toenail Someone's maid accidentally kicked my big toe and now I have a broken nail. I only discovered it when I got home. She didn't even apologize! Now my pedi has been messed up. I m quite upset! Fri, 3 Oct 2014 12:14:16 EST Looking for buddy (26, college student, no kids) Hello <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I am looking for an online buddy. Somebody I am accountable for my good and bad decisions. Recently I feel like I make a lot of bad food decisions.. I haven't had a buddy yet but I feel like I need to tell somebody on a regular basis. Of course I also want to hear about your ups and downs! <BR> <BR> Ideally we have a similar way of life. I am a 26-year-old student. No husband, no kids, no big responsibilities except for myself. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Thu, 2 Oct 2014 19:15:50 EST What is packed in your work lunch today? If you go to work and pack lunch like I do, what did you bring today? <BR> <BR> I actually pack both breakfast and lunch to work, as I'm at work by about 1 hour after I've woken up in the mornings and I find I feel best if I wait until about 90min after waking up to eat anything other than water. So: <BR> <BR> Breakfast- 8oz greek yogurt, banana, 1oz raw almonds <BR> <BR> Lunch- Southwest salad (mixed greens, 1/4 avocado, 1/2 cup seasoned black beans, diced red onion and bell pepper, cherr... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 12:20:20 EST Women: chest size and weight loss I'm wondering what I can expect the end result to be when I lose 50 pounds. I'm a 38 H already feeling my bra get looser and I've only lost 20 pounds. What happen to your girls with your weight loss? Thu, 2 Oct 2014 11:22:26 EST 10 Pounds! I just joined an October challenge to lose 10 pounds by October 31st by tracking food and activity. I am pretty sure this is doable for me. Woot <em>521</em> <em>334</em> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:21:08 EST E-mail from Sparkpeople/ Didn't see this coming! This morning I received an e-mail at my personal e-mail address (not spark mail) from Sparkpeople offering a Jenny Craig membership for 50% off. So they are now endorsing these weight loss companies? I am so disappointed in Sparkpeople. I don't mind these ads on the web site as I can just ignore them but when I have to see them in my e-mail that is disturbing. Something like this goes so against my own personal philosophy of living a healthy life that I made a decision to leave Sparkpe... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:49:24 EST Ebola Virus Is anyone else freaked out about this whole Ebola virus outbreak? Heard this morning its in the US now... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:42:23 EST would u still exercise if you had a Scratchy throat and stuffy nose? I m taking a break bcoz I don't want the fever to come back. Would you push thru and do it? <BR> <BR> I m feeling better but my nose is still stuffy! Sigh! Wed, 1 Oct 2014 03:49:26 EST OVERWEIGHT DOCTORS If you went to a new primary care doctor (not a specialist to treat a specific disease) would you keep him or find one that is normal weight? A primary care doctor is one you see yearly for physicals and when you want to discuss medical issues so would it bother you if you want to live a healthy life to have a physician who clearly needs to lose 50 or more pounds and clearly not living a healthy life. We will assume this doctor is not trying to lose weight. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:22:22 EST unwanted comments! There are a couple of old men in the dialysis center I go to that are always passing out rude, unwanted comments abt my belly roll. I have already told them : "yes, I know! Pls stop commenting on it", but they still keep on doing it! <BR> <BR> It's highly annoying and offensive, not to mention that weight loss takes time and we can't spot reduce! It makes my blood boil! I wish I could make them see how hurtful their unwanted comments are. <BR> <BR> There's a lady at my church that does the ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:14:31 EST It's a conspiracy! I tell you! What do you do with the attractive looking pizza flyers with their discount coupons? If you are wise, you would chuck it out. Otherwise, you'll find yourself ordering pizza online the moment you have some spare cash! Ooooooooh! They are sooooo evil! Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:20:49 EST can someone help me with food tracker question? Is there a way for me to put in the information ( calories, fat, protein, carbs, etc) for a food. I used a specific recipe from and I have the nutritional information---and I can not find exactly what I want when I search for it. When I had Noom you could do a quick add and enter the stats yourself if you knew them. I made an Italian wedding soup from Giada De Laurentiis--- <BR><BR>-de-laurentiis/italian-wedding-soup-re<BR>cipe.html Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:11:10 EST energy How much energy does everyone have after the weekend? Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:45:30 EST Hit my goal weight Today I hit my goal weight, now comes the hard part of keeping it off. Shall I reward myself with a nice new toy or buy some clothes that fit. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:44:06 EST Spark on iPhone 6 IOS 8 Problem Is anyone else having problems using the scanner on their iphone with IOS8 update? My camera is not working on the scanner, the screen is black. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:12:37 EST depression Trying to battle this bout of depression. I have been gone for a while. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 03:11:44 EST not feeling v good I got a flu on Saturday or Friday, can't remember but now it's Monday and I m still not feeling v good. I wish this flu will just go away! First my Dad, then my Mom, now me, sigh! Sun, 28 Sep 2014 23:57:42 EST Back Again I have been away for awhile and not having much success on healthy eating on my own. Looking for encouragement and support from anyone. My name is Valerie and I'm 47 years old. I've been married for almost 20 years (officially 20 years on October 15th) to my best friend. I have a 17 yo daughter and a 13 yo son. I like to scrapbook, read, watch movies over and over and cross stitch. Feel free to message me and I'll respond. Thanks! <em>30</em> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:47:28 EST Pantry/Fridge Staples Hi, new here and planning on doing some pantry/fridge "cleaning". Just wondering what most Sparkers "must haves" are and the "go to" treats.. I make my families meals and do one take out day on Saturday. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:32:41 EST Spark People for 4 years I have been a fan of SparkPeople for more than four years. What a great program Sun, 28 Sep 2014 10:33:27 EST Self sabotage at it's best! I have been very frustrated with myself. A month ago I hit the 20lb mark and I should have been super excited. I had given myself a challenge to lose those 20lbs and if I hit it I was going to allow myself to buy some new clothes. Thing is, I never logged it here because I weighed myself on a Wednesday. <BR> Why is that important, you ask? My usual weigh in day is Sunday and then I log it. When I weighed myself that Sunday I had gone up a pound so I decided not to log it because it was the n... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 09:03:15 EST A Moment of 'Bacon' Pleasure vs. Guilty Feelings Boy did I mess up. I made a big brunch for my guys and I thought I had everything under control. I counted my egg, biscuit and even 3 pieces of bacon. Then I totally lost control and ate way too many pieces of bacon. It was ridiculous!!!!! All I can do now is get right back on track and workout some today which was supposed to be a 'rest' day. <BR> <BR> Kicking myself!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't like this feeling. I hate this feeling, yet I don't want to forget how miserable I'm feeling. ... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 17:08:00 EST I want to thank evey one who shined the light Thank you to everyone who shined the light yesterday. I did the same thing. I did two things since I live in an apt building. I put a flashlight face up in the window and I kept a beautiful night light that I only display never use so last night I used it to shine the light. <BR> <BR> Thank you all. Sat, 27 Sep 2014 16:37:21 EST today today is Saturday and its a lovely day here in Indiana Sat, 27 Sep 2014 14:08:34 EST What is the latest you eat? Do you have a certain time you stop eating and will not eat past? Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:30:02 EST How much are you losing a week on average? I am afraid if I only lose a pound or two a week, I will not be happy with that. I have a huge problem of wanting to be at goal NOW. I need to learn to accept that I did not gain all this weight in a week, so I will not lose it all in a week. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:32:02 EST How many calories are you eating a day? I am just starting and my range is 1400-1700. Sounds high to me. But we will see how it goes! Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:30:19 EST I urge everyone to Shine a light tonight - if you I urge everyone to Shine a light tonight - if you live in a private house put your porch light on <BR> and if you live in an apt building (like me) put lamp on all night <BR> <BR> Here is what I am referring to: <BR> <BR> Article: <BR> <BR> Tonight marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Staff Sgt. Thomas Allen Baysore, Jr. Baysore's son, six-year-old Darren, hopes that members of the Clarksville, Tennessee community will come together and shine a light to remember his dad. <BR> ... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:23:12 EST had a huge salad for lunch I had a huge salad for lunch today. I dipped huge mouthfuls in low fat mayo on the side. I now feel a nice, clean feeling. I am happy with the knowledge that I have filled myself with fresh veggies! <BR> <BR> It has one of those prewashed bags. My Mom bought it for herself but gave it to me bcoz she had a sore throat. She had cream of mushroom soup instead. She told me to eat her salad bcoz it doesn't keep well. <BR> <BR> It consisted of fresh lettuce, shredded carrot and cherry tomatoes. P... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:54:08 EST Chipotle How do I start a petition or something to get Chipotle (and maybe some other food places) to offer smaller portions? I LOVE Chipotle. I cannot eat their food anymore because their burrito bowl is literally enough for 3 or 4 meals for me now. And if I take it home, that's all well and good but their containers do not last very long (they get soggy/leak). Seriously would like to do this... Thoughts? Tips? Suggestions? Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:33:06 EST LOOKING FOR AN ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER! I need to lose 30 pounds and I need someone to help me out. Any takers? Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:49:30 EST A sudden realization As I was moving around this morning , it suddenly occurred to me how fortunate we are as Spark People to have this wonderful connection with each other. It is very nice to know that you are with me Sparkers and I really appreciate you. I have lost 45 pounds. I love this set-up. <em>252</em> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 07:42:11 EST I hate knots! This happens to me sometimes when I am cross-stitching. Suddenly, for no apparent reason, a knot appears on my thread. Sometimes I can unravel it, sometimes, I can't. Sometimes, this means cutting it with scissors, sometimes meaning wasted thread; but when this happens, it means frustration! Not fun! <BR> <BR> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 03:14:09 EST WW points I have all the books for weight watchers but I cannot remember how to figure out the points I need. Can anyone help. Thanks, Irene Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:29:18 EST Help? Hi all! <BR> <BR> Google hasn't been supplying me with answers, so I thought I'd see if anyone on here had tips! My right ear has been full of wax for the last few days, to the point where I can barely hear out of it and it bugs me (and yes, I am certain it is wax). I can't use ear drops or the water flushing at the doctor because I have a hole in my eardrum and can go permanently deaf if I get liquids in my ear. I was wondering if any of you knew of safe ways that would get rid of ear wax t... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:21:47 EST I'm looking for a partner in a healthier lifestyle Want to have a partner to talk on a daily basis to keep on track for a healthier lifestyle while using Sparkpeople. Anyone interested? <BR> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:41:05 EST how adventurous are you to new foods? I have yet to try fennel and artichoke. <BR> <BR> Today, a nurse in the dialysis centre gave me some kind of pickled fruit that she got from her trip to Taiwan. <BR> <BR> I ate it because I was hungry. It was nice, a little salty because it was pickled but nice. <BR> <BR> So, how adventurous are you to new foods? Wed, 24 Sep 2014 05:01:20 EST pics how do some people have tons of pics. i can only add six on my sparkpage Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:04:48 EST Favorite websites? Besides Spark, what are some other websites you enjoy? (not necessarily health related) Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:21:30 EST New Fall TV Shows I just watched an episode of MADAME SECRETARY and became an instant fan. <BR> Good script, great acting, and wonderful plot mix is intelligent, interesting and has sophisticated humor. <BR> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:56:22 EST Dresses in the workplace My mom made an offhand comment the other day and I'm wondering if this was a generational thing or what. She mentioned that she believes dresses are unprofessional in most business situations and always wears separates. She's pretty senior in a fairly formal office and was really making her career in the 80s through the 90s. <BR> <BR> Hence why I'm wondering why this is a generational thing because I work in a more business casual office and I like having a couple of dresses in my wardrobe... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:47:01 EST Fitbit Friends? Anyone interested in being Fitbit friends? My user name for Fitbit is the same as it is here, so feel free to send me a request! Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:09:35 EST how to find a weightloss accountability partner Hi Everyone i like in irving texas, and wanted to get your opinions on what is the best way to find an accountability partner. I need a friend/somewhere who i can work with to lose weight. We can go to the gym together or just workout outside and get fit and lean together. I want someone who will be willing to break a sweat with me. Please let me know how i can go about finding someone in my area to lose weight with? Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:59:19 EST Only one theme in most pop songs I must be getting old but I find that a lot of pop songs theses days are all about sexual inuendo! <BR> <BR> Can't they sing abt anything else? What do you think? Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:31:07 EST Any K-pop fans here? Please tell me I'm not alone!~ Sun, 21 Sep 2014 05:55:42 EST How do you work nights and have regular fitness? I occasional have to work nights doing papers for my husband when he's away on one of his jobs. It really does a number on my body b/c its not something i do all the time. My weight fluctuates and my workout regiment takes a major hit. I need help balancing sleep, work, fitness,and all my other responsibilities without gaining back the weight i have lost. I just want to maintain not gain. :/ tracking my food is not a problem but without my regular sleep and excerise my body really suffe... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:59:06 EST feeling bleh I m bored but at the same time, I just don't feel like needlework! <BR> <BR> But I have to keep working on my projects or I will never finish! <BR> <BR> I think I will just watch a movie, then do some needlework later. <BR> <BR> What do you do when u feel bleh? Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:57:18 EST Do you drink alcohol and still lose weight ? I've lost 35 pounds with SP by mainly limiting the amount of alcohol I drink. I have alcohol-free streaks - my longest being 107 days over the holidays last year. I've found that when I go for weeks or months without alcohol - the weight just comes off naturally. And then if I slip for a couple days - the weight comes back on quickly. <BR> <BR> Recently I've read "How to Change Your Drinking - a Harm Reduction Guide to Alcohol" by Kenneth Anderson. Discovered I had been following his ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:24:49 EST random question i don't know if this is even the right place to put this but whatever <BR> <BR> is there a way to reply to blog comments? like respond so the person who left the comment will see it? or do i have to go post on their page or shoot them a private message? <BR> <BR> there ought to be if there isn't already. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:11:54 EST Exercise Does anyone know a new fitness craze that has real results? Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:48:03 EST ot: instagram Hi! I'm getting bombarded with smart phone notifications for people I don't even follow on Instagram. I know how to turn off push notifications, but I'm still getting these random notifications for people I don't follow. Anyone know how I can clean this up? I've tried Googling but I only get steps for turning off notifications for people I follow or for comments on my own photos. <BR> <BR> thanks in advance! Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:09:28 EST Holidays are coming Its almost October and the holidays are just around the corner, what do you do to prepare yourself for the holidays? Food wise, festivities, decorating, traditions? Anything that has to do with the holidays! Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:24:20 EST SCOTLAND Such a relief for me as an English person. Scotland voted against Independence. I'd have been very sad to see the end of the United Kingdom. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:25:46 EST Should the NFL ban or suspend those accused? So, what do you think? <BR> <BR> Should the NFL or other major sports organization suspend a player for being charged with a criminal offense? Should they be fired or banned? <BR> <BR> Or should they wait and ban the player if they are convicted? <BR> <BR> Should they be held to a higher standard than the general public? The average person isn't suspended from their job if they have charges being against them, with a few exceptions of course. <BR> <BR> But keeping this about sports .... ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:30:42 EST Input foods so that they are there ahead of time. Can one input foods without connecting them to a specific meal such as breakfast, etc? I would like to input foods with all the nutritional info so that it is there when I might eat that particular food. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:19:06 EST First 30 day isagenix cleanse.... tips? I am starting my first Isagenix 30 day cleanse on Monday Sept 22. I plan to do 1 cleanse day a week and 6 shake days. I am a little nervous about how little food I will be eating, but am excited for the potential results. Does anyone who completed the 30 day cleanse have any helpful tips?? Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:40:14 EST UP24 Just found out how to sync my UP24 to this site and finally starting to use this site. Any tips how to get the best out of both? I am a little unsure where to really start on here and sometimes I just don't pay attention to my UP2. Would love to know any tips for utilizing both to their greatest ability. Thanks!! <BR> Smiles, <BR> <BR> -Heather :) Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:13:39 EST fast stomach workout I am not looking for something easy, just some quick workout to get rid of this gut! I have lost 3 inches in my butt from doing more exercises and walking. I haven't been hard core anything just doing this at "my" lifestyle pace and things are working for the most part but the gut has to go. I am not sure if I heard or read that sit ups don't do anything for your stomach, and not sure if that is crap to or not, but I need something different to try. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:49:18 EST Trying Spin Class For the First Time!! I'm going to try spinning tonight...I'm excited and nervous. I'm already sore from Zumba on Monday and I've heard I should wear padded shorts.....yikes haha So, what are your experiences? Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:46:31 EST Download data to a spreadsheet? I record everything I eat here and would like to have access to the data to home for further analysis. Is there anyway I can download my Spark data to an Excel compatible spreadsheet? I would like to get as much information as possible (foods eaten & for which meals, the nutritional data for those foods plus any I've entered to my favorites list). Isd this possible? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance... Bob Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:52:37 EST Please read my blog. SO IMPORTANT! Please check out my newest blog!!!! <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781096 </link> <BR> <BR> WOOOO!!!! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Tasha Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:10:02 EST Caring for an aging parent My mother is moving in with my husband and me this weekend. I haven't lived with her for 29 years. We've tried very hard over the past 4-5 months to keep her in her own home but she's on oxygen 24/7. If she forgets the oxygen she gets so confused because of the lack of oxygen to her brain. She was caught smoking while her oxygen was still on. Most of the time I think she forgets to put the oxygen back on after a cigarette. Her standard answer is "I'm working on it". <BR> <BR> Anyway,... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:28:21 EST New Here! I have been a member since 2009 and have failed a number of times. I am at my heaviest and finally need to do something about it! I have medical problems which cause me to be very weak and not want to put in the effort in the gym, but I feel i have used that as an excuse to get out of going to the gym and i don't want to do that anymore. This is the first time I've ever posted anything and hoping that maybe it might motivate me to strive to do better and be accountable for my actions. <BR>... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:27:43 EST Concentrating Issues. Help! Has anyone ever had a hard time focusing? I am a 24 year old female that has been dealing with mental fog for about a year now. It's been tolerable until the last few months. Just seem to have gotten worse. I love a good book and never had issues in the past. Now, I don't see the individual words, but it kinda all just blurs together as a whole. Also, I have difficulties following conversations lately. These are just a few examples. Anyone else go through a phase like this? Was it sleep, diet... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:08:10 EST What do you find harder diet or exercise. What do you find harder diet or exercise? <BR> I love working out most of the time but I struggle with my eating. <BR> I do well with it at times and others I find myself going to the drive through and ordering crap I know I shouldn't eat. So diet is rough for me.. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:57:04 EST Connection Trouble Hi is anyone else having problems using the site , when I try to put in my daily nutrition it's keeps saying sparkpeople not responding. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:39:45 EST What's ONE thing that you're going to do better..., than you did yesterday? <BR> <BR> I'm going to go an extra mile on the stationary bike. <BR> <BR> -ChefP Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:14:09 EST Excess Skin... I have been on this weight loss journey now for over 150 pounds. 50 since Feb 2014. I think I am on a path to a healthy weight and a healthier heart. <BR> <BR> My question/comment is about excess skin. <BR> <BR> What can/should be done with all this skin? All these fabs and flaps? <BR> <BR> I think it is a cosmetic thing, mostly, but what can I do? There is the inconvenience of rashes and breaks in the hanging skin. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:17:48 EST Can't add food to a grouping I have started having a slice of bacon on my existing sandwich grouping. I'm trying to add the bacon to that grouping. When I click "add food to grouping and dialog box comes up that is empty, no foods listed to add to that group. Help please. Thanks... Bob Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:00:19 EST spark points? Can anyone tell me the purpose of spark points? Can you do anything with them? Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:36:53 EST Was there video support? Hi Guys, <BR> <BR> I was hoping you might be able to help me out. I'd read on the board (via Google search) that there was once support groups that were connected through web cams. I was just wondering why it didn't work out? <BR> <BR> Seems like something that people would want to use. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:18:20 EST Run 10 Feed 10 Fundraiser I found this fundraiser in the free paper today: <BR> <BR> <em>186</em> <em>551</em> <BR> <BR> Have any of you heard of it? <BR> <BR> stranger70127 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:12:44 EST Where Is Your Silent Retreat? Thoughts? Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:45:19 EST Good Morning! Up early! <BR> <BR> Trying to be quiet (we have grandparents visiting) but I need my tea! :) <BR> <BR> Tons to do on the website revamp today, plus planning the next set of cooking classes for the foster kids, and winter camps for Sparks of Hope...oy! Oh, and I'll be posting the second in my series "How to choose the right meal plan" on the meal Planning Team page this morning, as well! <BR> <BR> Thinking that a couple of eggs (1 yolk, 2 whites) scrambled with some of last nights roasted ... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:24:25 EST something is troubling me My Mom came back from China a few months ago and she bought me a beautiful ruby ring and pendant. I don't know what got into me but I rejected her gift because I seldom change pendants and I don't like wearing rings. <BR> <BR> This is the truth but I know I shouldn't have hurt my Mom that way! To make a long story short, I have lost a valuable gift and hurt my Mom horribly when all she wanted was to give me something from her trip. <BR> <BR> The thing that bothers me is this : am I the onl... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:07:37 EST Some things are just wrong, should not be allowed! Things like fruit flavored candy corn. Totally wrong, should never have happened. <BR> Carob chip cookies, nasty, should never be allowed (unless you're allergic to chocolate). <BR> Chicory flavored coffee substitute ... had it for the first time today ewwwwwww <BR> <BR> What else should never have been allowed??? Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:02:00 EST I'm just mad and disillusioned (not food-related) I had a horrific day on Tuesday. I helped a neighbor-in-distress (so I thought) and got burned badly as a result. He is quite evidently a professional con artist, and I fell for it. It's just my nature... I'm not suspicious of people without having a reason to be so. I regularly collect warnings and admonitions from family and friends on the topic. <BR> <BR> In this instance, he stole my billfold (with nearly $200 in cash and all my store cards and ID and membership cards), and my cell phon... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:53:27 EST Menu Planners Team is back! Hey all, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to let you all know that, after a long time away, I'm back, and the Menu Planners Spark Team is up and running once again. Just posted Step #1 in "How to find the right meal planning service for you." <BR> <BR> Come on over and check it out! <BR> <BR> Team URL: <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=39781 </link> <BR> <BR> -Chef Perry <BR> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 23:37:10 EST Motivation: BMI? Scale? Health? or Clothes? For me, basically it is to eat healthy and live an active lifestyle. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:05:53 EST Fear/ Love I heard someone ask a person do you want to live from fear or love? LOVE.. I need to treat myself with love.. Humans are drawn to love and run from fear. SO which do you want to live by? ;) Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:38:44 EST Just diagnosed with Hashimoto's Hi Everyone! I was just diagnosed with Hashimoto's today. Apparently I am asymptomatic and had no idea until my physical appt last week (it had been over 15 years since my last one). My initial blood work showed my TSH level was really low at .006. Upon further testing my T4 and T3 levels were normal but my antibodies was high at 1.7. I have to wait for my insurance to approve seeing an Endocrinologist. I have been overweight all my life and finally starting taking care of me by making lifest... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:44:36 EST guilt free take a break day Today I am sore. I sprained my ankle yesterday and had to walk 3 miles home with it sprained, hit the top of my hand with my walking stick (don't ask...LOL) and had a monkey bump on it, and today I am just worn down and out. So I am just hanging out, and putzing around my home doing things I have been avoiding, and that is a mental workout. Feels good to take a break...and tomorrow well that is another workout day! Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:36:47 EST Perfume? Would you spend hundreds on branded perfume? <BR> <BR> Some of them costs insane amounts of money! <BR> <BR> I just can't justify spending so much just to smell nice. I'd rather just use deodarant! Much cheaper! Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:09:51 EST diet tea has anyone tried the diet tea at Mcdonalds? Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:50:07 EST Healthy Coffee How much would you pay for a GOURMET cup of coffee with health benefits?? Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:22:44 EST super annoying new patient! There's this annoying new patient in the dialysis center I go to. She keeps calling the nurses like every 3 seconds! I swear! It's nurse! Nurse! Nurse! I get so annoyed that if I wasn't connected to the machine, I'd get up and smack her! <BR> <BR> The nurses have explained to her countless times that she has to go thru the 4 hours of dialysis, and that if she needs to go to the loo, she has to go before or after treatment. Why can't she just go thru the 4 hours peacefully like the rest of us... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 03:01:03 EST Question about mobile app tracker Hey everyone.. i am going to start tracking my stuff tomorrow. Now i have the app but i want to know when i change my starting weight in my ONLINE settings... will it also change automatically in the Spark People Tracker app aswell? Tue, 9 Sep 2014 10:17:55 EST My hair just doesn't seem to be growing at all! I had a trim a few months ago, and my hair doesn't seem to have grown at all! It still seems to be the same length and not any longer! <BR> <BR> On the bright side, I can save money on haircuts! But it's such a pain when you're trying to grow your hair! Tue, 9 Sep 2014 03:06:37 EST Keep your germs at home or I'll Lysol you! Once again, one of my wonderful co workers comes into work with a cough and a fever and complaints of diarrhea. He survived for 2 hours before going home sick. <BR> <BR> Gee, thanks for sharing your germs with the rest of us. <BR> <BR> I sit less then 3 feet from this guy. I swear I'm going to buy a can of Lysol and spray it in his direction every time he coughs. Because, of course, he swears he will be fine and able to work tomorrow. Tue, 9 Sep 2014 00:16:46 EST Looking to start a small motivation group. Hiya! my name is Sarah. I'm looking to get together a small group of awesome peeps (both men and women, 30's-40's-ish) who are just starting a healthy life journey and want to help each other, through sweat, tears, laughs (and maybe one or two lite beers). <BR> <BR> I'm thinking something small, just five or six people with one common goal and a commitment to helping each other succeed. If you're interested, shoot me an email telling me a little bit about yourself and your goals. I would lo... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 19:19:46 EST feeling How is everybody feeling today? Mon, 8 Sep 2014 16:32:57 EST Any Hairdressers here at Spark People? Are there any hairdresser, barbers, cosmetologists on Spark People in the Vancouver, WA or PDX Metro area in Oregon? I am trying to survey the beauty colleges in Vancouver, WA and PDX Oregon to attend soon around February 2015. I am planning to go to them as a customer and see how they operate, but I'd like to to connect to hairdressers in Vancouver, WA the town I plan to move to and work in. I tried Meet-Up to see of a group of Hairdressers go to events, but no such luck. I was a working Cos... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 11:26:11 EST Eating for nutrition I am happy to report that I have lost my initial goal of 24 pounds in 12 weeks! Thanks to SparkPeople, I journaled every bite of food I consumed, and I ran nutrition reports to ensure I was getting enough nutrients while eating only REAL (not highly processed or with added chemicals) plant-based food. The weight just dropped week after week, and I feel super healthy and energetic! I am looking forward to even more great results. <BR> <BR> I just blogged about HOW I am eating healthy. I'... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:06:57 EST Sunday whats everybodys Sunday been like? Sun, 7 Sep 2014 20:53:08 EST Sparkpeople is not weight watchers Hi, I just wanted to make sure, SparkPeople has nothing to do with weight watchers right? They are two totally seperate programs? Sun, 7 Sep 2014 19:55:38 EST Walking buddy needed I'm in Broward county Florida and would like to find a beginning walking buddy. Just getting over a bad tear of my Achilles tendon and other ankle issues, so I have to take it slow and easy. Also have a gym here in my community where we can do treadmills on rainy days, and a nice little park across the street. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 18:50:33 EST Bonus Spins I have not been getting Bonus Spins the last two days plus the first points spin after l point today. I do not know who to report this to. Could someone help me. (I know this will not count on my 3-point message posts as I've already done them) Just hope someone can get back to me. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 09:26:35 EST Found out my oxygen level in my body is low When I found out my oxygen is low I also found out it is from low iron and not enough water. So remember to have both of these in your system or you will be very tired and get exhausted doing the slightest things. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 22:07:45 EST Hi ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<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><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=58444 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Katie (Team Leader) Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:48:51 EST Friday What is everyone up to on Friday? Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:48:27 EST LOOKING DUMPY ON PURPOSE <em>29</em> Would be grateful for some advice. I have the feeling my boss tries to make me look bad or sabotage me sometimes because she is jealous of me. <BR> I wore a new shirt to work on Tuesday and she made a comment that sounded a little snarky. She has seemed to get meaner to me the more weight I lose. It is to the point where I am struggling to stay on my eating plan because of her. Am I just imagining things? She brings in food, like muffins in the morning, and then constantly... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 18:33:35 EST I need info about the NutriBullet For several weeks now, I've been thinking of buying the Nutribullet. My understanding is that I can make nutritious drinks in it, combining fruits and vegetables. <BR> <BR> I already have a small smoothie maker but it definitely would not pulverize veggies, hard fruits, etc., so this is my query. <BR> <BR> If you use a Nutribullet, what are the health benefits of the drinks? Can the drinks help with weight loss? Do you have any tried and true recipes? <BR> <BR> What is your take on the ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 13:12:24 EST Bountiful Baskets spark team I created a spark team to bring together SP members who are also BBFC members and volunteers. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 13:08:30 EST Is stress worth it? As I’m getting older my priorities in life have been shifting (and I’m sure always will be), and I have been reflecting a lot on what is important to me. I am getting married next year, so I’ve been thinking a lot about family and settling down. One main thing I have come to realize this year are my stress levels and how that is affecting the people I love. As we have all heard , ‘stress is a killer’, is it really worth it? <BR> I started a post the other day about work/ life balance and poin... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 08:29:20 EST why must fried foods/junk be so delicious? In Malaysia, fried bananas, sweet potato slices and fried fish cakes are a common teatime snack. Fried cempedak is also popular. <BR> <BR> No matter how many times I eat them, they still taste delicious! I try not to eat them too often but I wish I didn't like eating them so much! <BR> <BR> Don't even get me started on potato chips, fries, burgers, pizza and fried chicken, esp KFC! I would weigh 200lbs if I had no self-control! As it is, I still need to lose 30lbs! Fri, 5 Sep 2014 04:33:59 EST not hunngry My husband basically forces me to eat. <BR> <BR> 15 days at the hospital w/4 illnesses _ I wasn't hungry all the time (sometimes I gota sandwih at subway - but i probably only consumed 2.5 days worth of calories (not including gingerale cream soda <BR> <BR> I really can't eat! I am far from hungry (15 days w/ barely any food can do that to you) <BR> <BR> I mashed potatoes w/ gluten free strips tonight - I hate two tenders and a couple bites of potatoes <BR> <BR> DH even tried to get me... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 22:38:17 EST KJfitnessdude where are you? I just tried to email KJ because I haven't seen him on the boards lately. It wouldn't go through and after some digging I find out he has gone offline. I will surely miss him. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 19:59:06 EST Joan Rivers Dies at 81-- Joan Rivers Dies at 81-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Joan Rivers, a pioneer for women in stand-up comedy and television, has died, her daughter confirmed. She was 81. Rivers died at 1:17 p.m. ET Thursday in New York surrounded by family and friends. <BR> <BR> "My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh," Melissa Rivers said. "Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon." <BR> <BR> From Carson's couch to the ice bucket cha... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 16:16:41 EST Whole30 - Your experience or opinions. I'm doing the Whole30...partially. I'm actually using their grocery list and limiting my processed food intake. <BR> <BR> I feel the program is too restrictive for me so I choose to use it as more of a guide to clean eating and a lifestyle change. <BR> <BR> Am I going to leave out dairy....probably not. I'm not really eating cereal though and that's really the only time I have milk, I can't stand the taste of it by itself...soo, I'll probably find a way to get that in. <BR> <BR> I haven't... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 12:15:37 EST Back after a long while...looking for support... Hi, I'm Melissa... <BR> <BR> I had been on Spark on & off for some years now. Then about 6 or 7 months ago I joined Weight Watchers and really started losing weight that I could never seem to take off before. I yo-yo'd around the 23-25 pounds lost mark. However, I can't afford WW at this time & not sure if & when I'll be able to go back to it. <BR> <BR> I've been back tracking on Sparkpeople to see how this goes again. I need to learn how to be more accountable to myself. The thing I did r... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 10:56:36 EST Need some encouragement I moved twice in 3 months, and it's taken me another month to actually recover from the second move. All that stress got me away from taking care of my physical self, as it was all I could do to stay sane! Now that I'm in my new place, I have specific goals, but I"m going to need a lot of encouragement to stick with them, as I'm still under a lot of stress. I'll be writing in my blog every day, so that's probably the best place to reach me. Any encouraging words or emoticons will help. I'm on... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 06:52:08 EST RUSSELL_40 - Where are you? Has anyone heard from RUSSELL_40 lately? Wed, 3 Sep 2014 08:07:51 EST Hello Kitty! Do you like Hello Kitty products? <BR> <BR> I find they cost a little more but they are soooo cute! <BR> <BR> I have a Hello Kitty flask and it's so handy! <BR> <BR> The epitome of kawai! (Cute in Japanese) Wed, 3 Sep 2014 04:11:43 EST quick weight loss, need to keep it off I was in the hospital w/ sepsis, yeast in the blood and severe kidney infection (I ended up in ICU) I was 250 when I went into the hospital. I blew up like a balloon from all the fluid (I was so bad I has worse than cankles) I didn't weight myself when I got home b/c of all the weight - but today I did (as most of it is gone. I went from 250 - 231.6 <BR> <BR> Now, I want to keep this off EXERCISE IS NOT 100 POSSIBLE as I cannot stand - I have a machine that is like an ellipitical but w/... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 23:40:22 EST What is your word for today? Mine is "beginnings". I'm back on the path, putting one foot in front of the other. I'm going to be successful this time. Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:19:38 EST What do you love about fall today? I love the beautiful colors, and they're everywhere. I work at Michaels and when I get to work I am surrounded by autumn decor, and I love that! Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:18:09 EST STUPID WEEKENDS!!! The weekends totally throw me off of my plan!! During the week I am AWESOME!! On the weekends I stink. I think it may be because my routine is off. I need to get better!! Does anyone have any good tips for sticking with it on the weekend??? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance!!! <BR> <BR> Corine Tue, 2 Sep 2014 11:05:59 EST You weigh less in the mornings Here's a short little video which explains why you weigh less in the mornings than at any other time of the day. <em>36</em> <BR> <BR><BR>gh-less-morning-040000120.html?vp=1 Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:51:58 EST Galaxy Tab 2 with Sparkpeople Does Sparkpeople work with the Galaxy Tab 2? Tue, 2 Sep 2014 07:05:08 EST not a good idea but for discussion's sake..... Could you finish a whole carton or pint of ice-cream? <BR> <BR> I know I could, if I don't control myself! AND I don't even have a sweet tooth! What abt those ppl who do?! <BR> <BR> I m just curious here! Tue, 2 Sep 2014 00:22:05 EST woooooooohooooo!!! I have September off! No worship duty at all this month! <BR> <BR> Which means no Saturday pracitice and I don't have to go to church an hour early on Sunday this month! WooooooHooooooo! <BR> <BR> I get to sleep in every Saturday in September! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 23:49:32 EST Sparkling Ice Have you tried it! It is favorite is Peach Necterine! Such a treat! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:28:14 EST What came first, the chicken or the Egg Beaters I have been back with Sparkpeople for 9 days now and today I finished the last of the dozen eggs that were in the fridge. I will be buying some egg beaters (redi egg from TJs) today. <BR> <BR> What is your choice, eggs or egg beaters? Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:17:18 EST Retirement Age At what age did you retire? or At what age do you plan on retiring? <BR> <BR> My answer January 2009 age 58. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:12:32 EST Spark People Meal Plans Hello Fellow Sparkisters....I just have a question since I am very new here...I really need structure so I decided to follow the meal plans on SP...but the issue that I have is that the meal plans sometimes don't go well together...I mean for a snack on my first day it asks for black beans, yogurt and a fruit....seriously...that food combination is horrible...and because of the food choices this meal plan groups together it has thrown me off to follow the there any suggestions from... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:56:44 EST Ticker I see some people on here with tickers that show things other than weight. I would love to have a fitness minutes ticker, or a body fat percentage ticker as opposed to the weight one. How can I change it? <BR> <BR> Edit: Oops, found it. Should have looked harder before asking. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:02:39 EST blah I am feeling blah today and dont know why? Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:38:14 EST Fancy Mystery Boxes/Think it's worth it? Just found out about this. Curious if you get these, what you think. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:54:03 EST How do you make change the pictures that appear? When I upload new pictures to my page, how do I make sure they show up on the main spark page? Thanks Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:53:24 EST Dogs in the grocery store I was rather taken aback to see two different people walking their dogs in the grocery store tonight. <BR> <BR> Does anyone think this is acceptable? <BR> <BR> Personally, I don't think any animal belongs anywhere where food is being sold or served. With the exception of patio areas that are designated as dog friendly. <BR> <BR> People seem to think they can take their dogs, restaurants, libraries etc. <BR> <BR> I love my pets and get great enjoyment from them. (Curre... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:09:43 EST Store Brand vs. Name Brand I had this on another topic thread, but I thought it would go better here: <BR> <BR> I tried a name brand albacore tuna today that doesn't taste nearly as good as the Great Value brand of the same type tuna at Walmart. I was pleasantly surprised to learn this. <BR> <BR> Have you found this to be true of other less expensive products? I'm interested in saving money! Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:34:20 EST End or summer plans - what are you doing? Hikiking a different trail each weekend Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:45:10 EST Big Mabelline ad on the top, Dare to Go Bare I can't help myself, that huge ad at the top from Mabelline, "Dare to Go Bare", has these piles of different colors of brown, that look like pieces of different flavors of chocolate fudge, homemade or whatever.................sort of odd, but I guess it caught my attention, so it sort of worked. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:47:34 EST today How is everyone doing today? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:07:18 EST Must shut up....don't say it ....keep quiet... But it's so dang hard! <BR> <BR> I'm a nice person (most of the time lol). I'm a nurse. I want to help people. I want you to be healthy and to feel good physically and psychologically. I want to teach and support and provide you with every resource that I can find to help you make your life better. If you want it, need it and it's good for you I'm there. <BR> <BR> Having said that ....I work with 4 people that are overweight. <BR> <BR> One is about 20 pounds up, but is working out and eat... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:03:22 EST TOPS What is TOPS? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:38:53 EST Oooops! Fell back - big time. After losing 24lbs in in 20 weeks, felt good, got off my diabetic meds, felt so positive....what the heck happened? <BR> Well, I had a couple of physical setbacks, that gradually let my mind-set change back to it's old way of thinking, which caused me to gain 7 lbs ---and I want desperately to get back on track. <BR> This is all in my head. I know that. So why did I lose control? And how can I get it back? <BR> OK, I walked this morning... that's good. today I start tracking my food ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:08:26 EST Body Changes mid30s Hi all. I began using this site after my daughter was born in 2005. I lost 60 pounds since her birth, and I have been able to maintain my weight for several years.I exercise daily and track my calories. However, over the past few months my clothes seem to be getting tighter (especially around my belly) while I have actually lost a few pounds according to my scale. Has anyone experienced anything similar? It's really disheartening, and I'm at a loss for what to do to combat the issue... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:36:13 EST Pop up adds I know that pop up adds support this site, and I don't mind when they are on the sides or even the top of the page. Today they started getting so annoying by pushing the page content down so I have to keep scrolling to post something. Makes me want to boycott the sponsors that do this. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:39:43 EST tgif THANG GOD IT'S FRIDAY! I NEED A DAY OUT OF THIS FLORIDA HEAT! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:45:55 EST What a cool techie thing! Octopus camouflage! wow <BR> <link><BR>-inspired-camouflage-material-blends-i<BR>nto-environment </link> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:33:34 EST Need a new sparkie for motivation Hi, trying to connect to other journeymen and women. Need to read and interact with people who are trying to get healthy. This is an amazing site. I am getting better at recording my info. I have been periodically logging in and out...lost for awhile. I have been at it for more than a week. Noticed I haven't had anyone connected. The blogs and communities are great for reading. Just connecting and seeing everyone else's accomplishment can be a motivator. Good day! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:05:11 EST Neti Pot What's your experience with using a neti pot? Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:27:43 EST Inches I am not losing weight but my clothes are fitting better. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:38:47 EST water plus I like to drink water with lemon and lime, without the sugar, yum! So refreshing. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:35:41 EST walk the mall I completed my workout this morning for today and now I am going to the mall for a 2-3 mile walk. Should be fun! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:30:58 EST Fractured Ankle I fractured my ankle 4 days ago. I am looking for cardio suggestions. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:49:31 EST It's finally sinking in Hi! I just recently closed my sp account (an old one I didn't use) and rejoined sp. I finally realize that sp is not a diet. It is a life change tool. In the past I used to be ravenously hungry in the evening and even though I had calories left that I could use I didn't use them. In other words I was dieting. Since restarting I'm eating all my calories if I'm hungry. I realize now (finally) that this is a lifestyle change. I think that is a big hurdle for me. I'm no longer ravenous and am get... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:25:57 EST hello hello Jangeline <BR> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:18:15 EST Coffee Creamer Sugar Free or Fat Free? I use French Vanilla Creamer and could not live without it. <BR> Fat Free has 25 calories per serving and 0 Fat <BR> Sugar Free has 15 calories per serving and 1 gr Fat. <BR> <BR> Which do you use, what's the difference/ Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:28:14 EST Kindle "books" Does anyone else find Kindle books less satisfying than paper editions? I have quite a few on mine... but the editing is awful, a lot of the content is seriously sub-par and amateurish (despite rave reviews)... <BR> <BR> I guess I'm talking mostly about the inexpensive things I keep getting touted in my emails. It goes back to the "you get what you pay for", I suppose. What should I expect of a book for 99¢, or $2.99? Still... how tough is it to run a spell- *AND* grammar-checker on these t... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:05:18 EST Work/Life Balance What advice would you give someone who is starting their career in their 20's as far as work / life balance goes... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:03:52 EST Second page of friend feed With the changes, I can't get to the second page of my friend feed page - there is no "next" button to click on at the bottom. It's frustrating - am I missing something? Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:01:21 EST What do you think of the new message board layout? I'm personally not a fan. The titles of the different threads are not bolded so it makes it harder to read. I hope SP changes it back or makes it easier to read because right now a first year graphics design student could do better in Microsoft Frontpage. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:53:41 EST what do you think of designer labels? Like Coach, Prada, Louis Vutton that costs an insane amount of money? <BR> <BR> Personally, I wouldn't be spending that much on a handbag, piece of clothing or whatever, just in order to boast of having it. It's such a waste of money. <BR> <BR> I also don't believe in getting more shoes or bags or whatever it is if I have enough of them to use. My weakness is white gold and diamond jewellery but even then, I would only spend a few hundred, not thousands! <BR> <BR> What abt you? Tue, 26 Aug 2014 03:08:08 EST Candy Crush Saga - Whats your level? Any other Crushers out there? I think quitting food will be easier than trying to stop playing Candy Crush Saga. Level 327 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:14:00 EST weight loss and Levothyroxine I have been taking Levothyroxine for over 10 years now. I never had a problem with dose until just a few weeks back. As soon as I got down to 155 pounds, I noticed that I was flush all the time, sweating all night long, hot all the time, and my muscles started twitching all the time. I called the doctor and they gave me a blood test that confirmed that my dose is too high. After a week these symptoms are still with me. My doctor told me to be patient. Anyone know how long it should take to ge... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:21:12 EST Monday today is Monday and what has your day been like today? Mine has been good day. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:32:22 EST Looking for Active Members I've been on here for going on close to 4 years or you can imagine, most of my spark friends from way back when are now gone. I'd love to have some new spark friends that can motivate me again (I've gained the 40 some lbs back :(, ugh!) and that are consistently active. I'd love to be able to connect with people that have the same goals as me and are roughly the same age...20's to 30's, but by no means will I deny a friendship to anyone!!! <BR> <BR> I've lost my motivation and I want... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:09:00 EST can u afford to be fashionable? I have yet to get a cutout dress or blouse. That is the latest fashion. I have more than enough clothes, so I don't need more. But it would be nice to have the latest fashionable clothes but I just can't afford it right now! Mon, 25 Aug 2014 03:54:35 EST losing weight but not inches? For the last couple of weeks the number on the scale has gone down but my measurements have remained the same. How is this even possible? If I am losing weight shouldn't my measurements be changing as well? Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:29:37 EST Saturday Whats everybody doing today? Sat, 23 Aug 2014 10:42:40 EST vegetarian I am trying to find a good vegetarian diet for weight loss. I do not eat eggs or drink milk. I am having a hard time figuring out a meal plan. Thanks! Sat, 23 Aug 2014 03:34:05 EST Do You Have a "Go-To" Snack? Do you have a go-to snack for those moments that you just need something? For me, its 100 calorie pack pretzels. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:48:52 EST I am beyond thrilled! I have been taking long walks for cardio both in the mornings and evenings. I am also easing into a Pilates routine. I have noticed my lower belly pooch actually getting smaller! <BR> <BR> I will keep at it with the walking and Pilates! <BR> <BR> Here's to 6 pack abs! Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:41:28 EST Ebola Great news on the 2 patients who have recovered from Ebola. <BR> That is wonderful <BR> but ... does it seem a little fast to anyone else that they have released these 2 from the Atlanta hospital so fast...when a little over a month ago they were in critical condition. CDC feels they are not a threat to public health. <BR> <BR> They have recovered thanks to the experimental drug. But I would feel a lot better if they had waited until a lot more of the drug was available to release to p... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:26:56 EST I don't understand "POINTS" and "FRIENDING" What does it all mean!?! What the heck do points do for me? Why do I have "Spark Friends"? What is that all about? It's alllll sooooo confusing!!! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:16:33 EST Ordered a spark activity device??? no i didnt Have any of you notice that your status states you ordered an activity spark device? I didn't and yet it states that I have? Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:04:25 EST feeling bad I am feeling bad today and cant get myself going to do anything anybody else feel that way today? Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:18:17 EST I am back It has been almost one year since I damaged my old computer, so that is why I have not been online much. I now have a new iPad so I hope to be on more. It feels good to be back. I am struggling to lose last 20pounds and I need all the help I can get. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:57:07 EST Are there any medical assistants out there?? I start my medical assisting program on Tuesday and I am extremely nervous. Just looking for someone who can relate. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:56:05 EST Dramatic weight loss - good? Bad? Scary? I typically weigh every Monday. I started off at 331 pounds, my heaviest ever. My first week, I dropped about 9 pounds - typical. Two pounds the next week - progress. <BR> <BR> So I weighed myself this week, coming off a week of 320 pounds. I weigh on the same scale at the same time of day under the same circumstances. <BR> <BR> It showed my weight as 300 pounds. I tested it again - same. <BR> <BR> I'm a little concerned. I don't even know if this is real weight loss. Yes, I've been exerci... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:07:36 EST Belviq weight loss drug I decided to be my own guinea pig and try belviq a new weight loss drug that is advertised. I went to the official website and printed out a voucher or a free 15 day supply and got my dr. to prescribe it. I have to say....I'm FAMISHED on belviq! I realize drugs may affect people differently but this drug makes me hungry!!! I'm so glad I got to try it for free because it would have been a big disappointment had I had to pay for it. It costs over $200 a month. Then I got to researching it a bit... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:22:28 EST Any living organ donors out there? Part of the reason I'm on this weight loss journey is to get healthy as a potential living liver donor. I don't know anyone who has done this to turn to and ask questions about personal experiences with it. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:02:37 EST Finally got the nerve to post pictures... I'm finally 45 pounds down on my journey to awesomeness. I uploaded some before/during/present pictures on my spark page. I always like looking at other people's so I figured I would share mine! <BR> <BR> I have 40 more pounds to go. Should get there just in time to start 2015 the fit way! <BR> <BR> If any of y'all have pics of your journey, let me know and I will check them out! <BR> <BR> Good luck to all of you, it's worth the hard work. <BR> <BR> Nora <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:49:48 EST Does anyone just do only workout DVDs as exercise? I think I am going to quit the gym (expensive) and just do my workout DVD's. Is that enough? Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:48:03 EST Do You Play Mind Games with Your Inner Child? I wasn't a peanut butter fan as a kid...but I started making up for lost time. <BR> As a result, I looked for sales and stocked up when I found a great price...the problem is, that like everything else....when it's in the house, it calls out to my inner child. I found that buying the peanuts in the shell, unsalted, is less of a problem for me. No added ingredients. <BR> 20 peanuts = 1 serving. <BR> It takes time to shell the peanuts, and it fills the bowl...makes my inner child happy.... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:05:53 EST Love John Oliver on Misleading Food Ads As smart as I am about healthy choices in the supermarket, I still get drawn into looking at products that advertise the words: Natural...Heart choice...antioxidant...and...of course...low-fat. <BR> That's why watching John Oliver's LAST WEEK TONIGHT is so refreshing. <BR> Educating people to open their minds and think about the facts is a lesson we should re-learn over and over. <BR> <BR> In April a show about Misleading Food Ads was the topic on the show...I just w... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:10:21 EST Time sure does fly! Can you believe it's mid August already?! <BR> <BR> Soon, it'll be Christmastime again! <BR> <BR> I m already planning for Christmas! <BR> <BR> I can't believe that I've already been on dialysis for almost 10 years! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 03:20:55 EST Iced Coffee I just discovered iced coffee quite by accident. I poured coffee into my glass of ice cubes instead of water. Where is my head! Hmm so I added some Truvia and little half n half. Not bad but I am thinking chocolate would be good too. But I will leave well enough alone. <BR> <BR> Do you make your own iced coffee and how do you do it? <BR> <BR> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:54:38 EST Vision World Comments on Vision World--good and bad. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:19:02 EST Doc suggest wt loss <BR> Hi all, <BR> My doc recommended me to lose weight. <BR> Did any of your physicians talk about your weight? How did they approach the topic? Did it offend you? <BR> <BR> Should healthcare providers even talk to us about weight loss? Is it their business? <BR> Next thing you know, will nurses and pharmacists get involved too????? Sat, 16 Aug 2014 20:55:39 EST what's the most delicious food you enjoyed today? Food was meant to be enjoyed! What was your favorite meal or snack for today? <BR> I had a delicious tuna salad sandwich! It had almonds, cranberries, celery, boiled eggs, and tomatoes in it! Yummy!!! Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:39:22 EST weekend Whats everybody got going on this weekend? Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:26:32 EST Starting Over...and a little scared! Last year I was doing Great on Spark, but fell out of my rhythm. Of course, having been overweight most of my life, that little negative ninny in my head takes over my thoughts. "What makes you think it'll work this time?" "You always start and then never follow through". <BR> <BR> How do you beat that voice in your head? What do you tell yourself to get past it? How am I going succeed with my goals?? <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 09:52:31 EST When you go to a party.... I'm taking the boys to my nieces birthday party today. This is where I always fail. Good food, and A LOT of it! How do you resist the temptation when you're at a party? Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:59:34 EST Snacks I just received my first box of snacks from I've only tried two snacks so far but both were good. Since they offer a calorie counter box I thought it might be a good way to mix things up and try something new and different as I tend to get into ruts which then lead to boredom which eventually lead to trouble. Has anyone else tried a snack company like this to break up your eating routine? If so what and do you have any feedback? Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:28:10 EST Non fiction books Read any good non-fiction lately? Or have any favorites? Sat, 16 Aug 2014 06:44:11 EST Thank Goodness for Flame Broiler and Waba Grill Yesterday I took my boys to a small amusement park -- promising them lunch on the way home -- so we didn't have to end up eating the junk at the park. Of course they wanted McDonald's Happy Meals (which I did not want to partake in -- but I allowed them to get them because it is only an occasional occurrence -- less than once a month for them). A few blocks down the road I found a Waba Grill (with a drive thru). I had never been to it but it looked healthy and had a drive thru. I usually ... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:41:51 EST Smoking Pot Where do you stand on all changes in the marijuana laws? I can't believe it's finally happening, I never thought it would happen in my day. I was pretty much a daily smoker for many years. The only reason I stopped, about 5 years ago, was because my suppliers were getting arrested, I moved to a new town and it became hard to come by. My next vacation might have to be to Colorado! I think the government can make lots of tax dollars off of it. I do worry that the big tobacco industries wi... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:44:51 EST Another summertime scam Yesterday, a teenage boy rang my bell. The kid tells me that he is going off to college next week, and could I donate $50 to help with all of the expenses? As I'm shutting the door he says "OK, how about $5?" If he offered to mow the lawn, I would have given him $10. Really, what world does this kid live in expecting total strangers to shell out money? <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:04:11 EST trending vs. streaking I have been hanging around sparkpeople for over two years. I lost 40 plus but...found 30 of it again. excuses .... yeah I have a few. today when walking the dog I was thinking I almost had a streak going except for a couple of days when it didn't happen (insert excuse here). bottom line is I figure I'm better off not streaking because life can get in the way as long as I continue to trend towards regular dog walks and refusing the chip bowl when I can I may be better off. it's tha... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:59:03 EST Pathetic puppy- my excuse for not exercising today Just FYI - I usually work out an hour a day to the point of being a sweaty, drippy mess 6 or 7 days a week. <BR> But: <BR> We have a litter of 9 puppies that we are fostering. They are old enough to start getting spayed/neutered. Katy Ka Boom and Buster had their surgeries today. Buster acts like nothing happened. Katie is all pathetic, looks totally stoned and wants to just sleep in my lap. <BR> Everytime I put her down she whimpers cute and sad. She has an adoptive mommy waiting in t... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:22:15 EST Too close for comfort! A friend of mine, an elderly man, is now in hospital. He has been in hospital for more than 2 weeks now. He used to be physically able, driving himself to the dialysis center. Now he can't even walk! His son and daughter in law were driving him to the dialysis center prior to his admission to hospital. <BR> <BR> I was shocked when I saw him about a month ago. He wasn't the vibrant, healthy old man I knew. He looked so haggard! <BR> <BR> I'm feeling uncomfortable with this new state of him,... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:54:00 EST I Had A Dream That I reached level 20 and was all excited and then asked myself, "Now What"? So I am no longer obsessed by points. I want to look good, feel good, and be my best. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:25:55 EST Helicopter Parents I'm sitting in a tennis club with the 12 year old I nanny for. Well, he's taking a tennis lesson and I'm doing all kinds of random things. But this guy and his kid joined me in the cluster of chairs I'm sitting in. So far, all he's done in the 10 minutes they've been sitting here is nag his kid. "Don't eat that with your hands" It's a granola bar, how else is he supposed to eat that? "How much water have you had? Did you drink your whole bottle?" The kids is at least 10, probably 12. ... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:12:40 EST one down! I lost my first pound since I'm here! :D Anyone else just lose their first pound? :D Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:45:32 EST What do you do with failures? What do you do with the food when you try a recipe and it just doesn't work out? <BR> <BR> I tried a new type of fish, Swai. Hubby and I liked the seasoning I used but hated the taste of the fish. Soapy is the only way I can describe it. We threw away dinner and I gave the rest of the fish to my BFF. She and her hubby loved it! <BR> <BR> Would you eat the dinner? Or keep the fish and try another way of cooking it? Give it away? <BR> <BR> I tried a new lo fat/sugar cinnamon roll recipe, the... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:01:56 EST Would you dare wear a bikini if you had.... a lower belly pooch? A less than perfect body? <BR> <BR> I'm always a little self-conscious in my bikini! <BR> <BR> But I just wing it anyway because I love to swim so much. <BR> <BR> And bikinis are more convenient if you want to go to the loo! Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:15:41 EST Even a bad day is a good day. Sick as a dog, mother of three, 148 pounds overweight, and I work 11 hours a day. But...... even when I have a long, busy day at work. My babies have the apartment clean and keeping me positive and helping through this journey. I am ready two and a half weeks into this and I am staying positive. Besides, I have everything I need. Thank you God. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:26:36 EST HOW CAN YOU GET A GOOD MEAL AT A SENIOR FACILITY SENIOR FACILITIES OFFER WHAT THEY OFFER, & LOTS OF TIMES WITHOUT CONSULTING RESIDENTS. WE HAVE A MEETING EVERY TUESDAY MORNING WHERE RESIDENTS SAY WHAT THEY LIKE & DISLIKE ABOUT THE MEALS. UNFORTUNATELY, SOMEONE SUGGESTS A "WONDERFUL" MEAL THAT OTHERS DON'T LIKE SUCH AS LIVER OR OKRA. IF YOU ARE DISABLED AND CAN'T GET TO THE MEETING, YOU ARE OUT OF LUCK. SO MY ANSWER IS, I don't know. I THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE A SUGGESTION BOX IN A CENTRAL PLACE. THANKS FOR LISTENING. <em>652</em> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:57:07 EST US actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89 US actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89 -- <BR> <BR> US film and stage actress Lauren Bacall has died at the age of 89. <BR> <BR> Her Hollywood career spanned seven decades, with a memorable debut aged 19 opposite her future husband, Humphrey Bogart, in To Have and Have Not. More than 50 years later, The Mirror Has Two Faces earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination. <BR> <BR> Bacall's famed line from To Have and Have Not: "You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? Yo... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:36:47 EST Now you don't even have to go out to spend money! If you have a debit or credit card, you can shop online, spend money right in the comfort of your home or office! <BR> <BR> Do you think it is a good or bad thing? <BR> <BR> My savings account is getting emptier but there are just so much stuff that I want! Sigh! Wed, 13 Aug 2014 04:25:01 EST It isn't like you worked for it a little over 2 1/2 years ago, I had gastric bypass surgery. Since that time, I have lost about 130 pounds (sometimes 140 depending lol) and have maintained that weight loss. <BR> <BR> I was speaking with a co-worker last week about weight loss and fitness. She threw out the comment "well, it isn't like you worked for it" - I felt like I had been slapped in the face! <BR> <BR> I don't understand why people assume that? She knows I spend at least 2 hours a day in the gym. She sees what I e... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:31:38 EST Question about loose skin Im 19, and though my family say not to worry, im really worried that because of my being overweight for so long, when i do lose, i'll end up having a lot of loose skin. Should i be worried? Or am i young enough that it'll snap back? Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:24:44 EST What should I have for lunch? Normally I pack my lunch but didn't feel like it today. I had salad for lunch and dinner yesterday, so I'd rather not go there. I don't eat wheat and try to limit my carbs. I'm starving and can't decide on what I want. Feed me! LOL Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:38:58 EST Muffin Baking Times When baking mini muffins vs regular size muffins, how much do I decrease my baking time? Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:58:53 EST fun time have fun while I worship with the lord Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:59:45 EST Robin Williams Died I just heard that Robin Williams was found dead and that he committed suicide. What a shock and such a shame. He was one of my favorites and he will be missed. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:50:21 EST tracking calories and exercising .. gaining weight I started on a 1400 cal/day diet 4 weeks ago. <BR> I have been exercising 3-4/week (min calorie burn 400 per session) <BR> Gained 4lbs! <BR> <BR> Anyone have any ideas what is happening? Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:07:19 EST NOT tracking question Has anyone lost weight by NOT tracking what they eat? Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:01:37 EST Artificial Sweeteners -- Sweet Misery DO YOU STILL USE ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> you may want to watch this <BR> <BR> I came across a video on You Tube on artificial sweeteners called <BR> SWEET MISERY A POISONED WORLD <BR><BR>JE <BR> (it runs about 90 minutes) <BR> <BR> Now... I have severely cut back on sugar and I shy away from artificial sweeteners but I was a heavy user of diet soft drinks. And you hear the warning on one...and you start using another. So wa... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:51:02 EST How to Remove Meal Plan from Nutrition Tracker I opened up my nutrition tracker this morning and there were too many things to see on it. I noticed now there is a meal plan. Is there any way to remove it? Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:29:06 EST Favourite Salad Toppings Hey Guys! I'm starting back to work after mat leave, I'm a nurse that does 12 hr shift work. I don't want to do vending machines or cafeteria so I'm brainstorming food ideas to bring. What I want to do is make a salad for either my lunch or dinner meal. Looking for ideas for salad toppings so my salads never get old and boring. What are yours? Sun, 10 Aug 2014 13:22:02 EST BREO Ads on here Does anyone know if the nice looking older lady really has COPD or not? That ad shows up so often, I've seen this gal in my dreams, and I wonder as to her health. Maybe she is a model though. Wondering how she is doing now, is all I ask. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 13:05:34 EST EMERGENCY - PLZZZZ HELP ME Loneliness is sometimes my worst enemy. Overeating for most of your life can make you feel like an addict. When you are on the right track or in "rehab" it's easy to be strong when you are surrounded by other people who support you. However, the real test is when you are alone. When nobody is seeing you and you feel the urge to binge, sneak a bite, "reward yourself" for good behavior by doing exactly what you are not supposed to do. <BR> <BR> I am a writer and I am writing a book titled "Th... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:46:01 EST doTERRA or Young Living Oils Hi everyone! I suffer from anxiety and while exercise helps, I have been looking into oils and I'd like to hear some of your thoughts and ideas surrounding this topic. I love using a lavender scented bubble bath and night and was realizing it's great for anxiety. <BR> <BR> Any true believers or skeptics out there?? Would love your feedback! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Kim Sat, 9 Aug 2014 23:29:57 EST protein shakes? Does anyone use protein shakes? I am usually low on calories and protein at the end of the day and one of these seems to help balance but I wonder if it would be better just to skip it. I like GNC Total Lean™ Lean Shake™ 25... Thoughts? <em>38</em> Sat, 9 Aug 2014 20:58:15 EST Cruise coming up! A few days ago I received some great advice from one of the message boards about how to track nutrition while on the cruise since the app will not work w/o internet. With that being said, I haven't been on a cruise for a while, and although I travel a lot for work, I'm not in the mode of cruising too often. <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear any suggestions on best ways to enjoy a cruise without losing traction? (Not too much traction anyway <em>30</em> ) Sat, 9 Aug 2014 20:52:37 EST travelling I need help and advice about travelling. I always eat horribly when I am out of my routine and lose progress. Any advice? Sat, 9 Aug 2014 17:03:16 EST Exercise DVD I would like to find a good and easy beginner exercise/workout DVD. I have pain in my knees so that is a concern. Any Ideas? Sat, 9 Aug 2014 05:54:13 EST Back! After visiting relatives for a couple weeks and eating tons of fast food or unhealthy fried, salty, sugary, homemade foods, I am So Ready to get back on Track! I Gained 10 lbs! I never realized after becomming used to healthier food choices and moderate portion control, I could physically feel so horrible after eating the type of foods I Used to eat before! Fri, 8 Aug 2014 12:22:44 EST Can't make this daily thing work for me I don't eat dairy...I drink rice or almond milk...I do eat some fish but no other meats. I don't do soy or most breads, per say. There are no substitutes on my daily choices? Is this even going to work for me? Fri, 8 Aug 2014 11:26:00 EST Challenges, where are they? I am looking for the calorie burn challenge and the mileage burn challenge and can't find them. I know they are here on spark somewhere but can't seem to find them. There is just so many great things on spark I can't keep up with them all! <BR> <BR> Any help will be greatly appreciated! <BR> <BR> Thank you in advance! Fri, 8 Aug 2014 09:20:47 EST any ideas for healthy potluck? We're going to a potluck picnic and would appreciate some ideas on what I can bring that is healthy. <BR> Thanks Fri, 8 Aug 2014 00:33:01 EST 126 points today I love reading and watching the video's. It helps me stay motivated. <em>381</em> Thu, 7 Aug 2014 22:59:51 EST Back, after being away for too long! I have been on SP for years but for some reason life (and excuses) got in the way and I drifted from the site. I started focusing (again) on my health and fitness again a few months back but really need the accountability and motivation from people here. I'm looking for friends to help me stay focused as well as help them achieve their own add me : ) <BR> Joanna Thu, 7 Aug 2014 18:41:25 EST Outlander by Diana Gabaldon The adaptation is FINALLY coming to Starz (you can watch the first episode for free, even if you don't subscribe to Starz, either On Demand on your cable provider or at Note: NSFW) and there is an Outlander SparkTeam! <BR> <BR> This show is going to explode. Join early! Thu, 7 Aug 2014 16:56:51 EST Healthy Weight For the first time in my adult life I am at a healthy weight according to BMI and fat percentage. <BR> <em>104</em> Thu, 7 Aug 2014 13:16:59 EST Do you take Confession on A Thursday PM ? This is a mea culpa. I have been too trapped in a framework of justifying why my life is NOT working and how excruciatingly arduous it is to improve my life, than I have being about being stubbornly and determinedly committed to paying the price to do what will cause my life, in due season, to become what I desire it to be. <BR> <BR> I make some good starts but I've also seen those crash and burn FAR too easily and often. I moved earlier this year from Greater Dc to a rural community in Cent... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 13:14:51 EST DESPERATE in TEXAS Folks, I am desperate to find a weight loss program that works. I am a 58 yr old female, diabetic, on Lantus and regular insulin and Metformin. I am hypertensive, and have cholesterol and triglyceride issues. I am currently trying low carb. My blood sugar numbers are better, but have not dropped 1 lousy pound. A friend of mine has lost 70+ pounds doing low carb. Previously I tried WW and worked out at the gym with a personal trainer and still only lost 12 pounds in 3 years. Can someone... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 12:14:38 EST Weight Watchers Has anyone had success on the Weight Watchers program? Wed, 6 Aug 2014 20:04:49 EST non productive day This Wednesday has been a challenge for me. I am normally a very busy, productive, on the go person and today just hasn't been that. I didn't sleep well last night - pain from arthritis. Probably up 15 times during the night to walk off the pain. I know I am tired and that colors everything. A friend wanted to go out for a free breakfast - big apple bagel - I think I did fine but tonight my hubby's company is having their annual picnic with hamburgers, fried chicken and ice cream sandwic... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 14:28:37 EST A small rant Will somebody please tell restaurants that a bowl of lettuce with a tiny scrap of some other vegetable on top is not really a salad? I am losing patience with this. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Wed, 6 Aug 2014 13:46:13 EST What if my calories expended where WAY ... hi... <BR> yesterday I power house on cardio... <BR> 1st I cleaned my house for 1.5 hrs... heavy stuff like walls, floors were washed, vacuumed and rearranged a room... <BR> than I gardened for 1.5 hours.... weeding making new planting area, watering etc.... <BR> so when i put all my exercise & food in I have a large deficit btwn the 2 <BR> <BR> today I am very hungry but am afraid to exceed my planned intake d/t no exercise planned.. <BR> any input appreciated Wed, 6 Aug 2014 13:35:56 EST sparkfriend question how do you see who has added you as a sparkfriend - so that you can add them back? Wed, 6 Aug 2014 11:34:59 EST Samsung Galaxy Tab or iPad? I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and I absolutely love it! <BR> <BR> True, I wish for a Tab S now but there will always be new models coming out all the time! <BR> <BR> iPads are pricier, an iPad mini is cute! But I wouldn't trade my tab for anything! Well, maybe for a Tab S! For work, I still prefer my notebook though! Wed, 6 Aug 2014 10:03:54 EST When did you notice that you lost weight? I have about 20 pounds to lose, I am wondering how long it took before you felt or could tell you have lost weight? Was it a 5 pounds, 10 pounds...? A week, 2 weeks? Wed, 6 Aug 2014 06:10:40 EST