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 Lunch today What are you cooking for lunch today? Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:58:06 EST Are You Doing Anything Fun for Halloween? Hi Folks! Do you have any fun plans for Halloween? If so, what? I love hearing about people's fun plans. <BR> <BR> I am running a 10k trail run on Saturday the 28th. I have done this race for 3 or 4 times now. <BR> <BR> My youngest sister has had people over for light snacks and to escort the kids for trick-or-treating in her neighborhood. I hope she does it this year. I try not to be at home, not so much to be mean but having candy in the house when you live alone is a challenge, even if ... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 07:01:08 EST Low Carb dieting Is anyone here following a low carb diet plan? Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:55:28 EST Do you just feel "skinnier" some days? I don't have any weight change today, but I feel like my stomach is flatter and I feel, well, thinner. No reason for it, but it makes me feel good. What about you? Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:32:36 EST What's your favorite scrape-together healthy meal? When there is virtually nothing in the cupboard, and you are unable to run out to shop, what do you do to pull together a meal that conforms to your sparkpeople plan? <BR> <BR> Today I had some packaged ramen noodles and some left-over cauliflower and will be pulling together the 5th of the following recipes to bring to work:<BR>cipes/10-healthy-ramen-noodle-recipes/<BR>slide/1 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:21:57 EST SparkPeople app update? Has anyone heard anything about an update to the iPhone app? I can't use it as Apple says it needs to be updated. <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:44:05 EST Daily calorie confusion I am confused about the calculated "daily calories". How does it know how much I want to lose per week? I can't seem to find the setting to indicate if I want to lose 1 or 2 pounds per week. Is the daily caloric recommendation automatically set to a range for a 1 to 2 pounds loss of weight? Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:56:34 EST Looking for HMR diet buddy I just started today and have 39 pounds to lose, doing decision free diet, all shakes and a cereal. Done it before and lost the weight but having a buddy would really help to stay accountable and have fun while the weight falls off. <BR> Sparkcheers:) <BR> Michelle Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:12:57 EST Would You Like To Be A Team Leader Gratitude Journals Team is looking for a new leader. It's a small team that had no leader a year or two ago. I took over so that it could keep going. With the right leader I think it could become a much bigger and active team. <BR> <BR> If you are interested send me a Spark Mail and I will get back to you as soon as I can. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=59036 </link> <BR> <BR> Marion Sun, 8 Oct 2017 14:35:20 EST Eye bags - Puffiness HELP Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> For as long as I can remember ive had those extreme puffy bags under the eyes and I know its from my allergies which cause me to itch my eyes really hard at times. On a normal day when I barely itch or touch my eyes I still have the puffy bags!!! How do I get rid of them? What can I use? ive tried the de-puffy eye rollers they don't work I tried stuff from oil of Olay, loreal etc but I just cant get them to go away and im just soo conscious about it that I don't feel p... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 14:30:17 EST How to post a pic? How do I post a pic? I push add image but it don't put pic in post Tue, 3 Oct 2017 09:05:06 EST What are they called I went to wal mart today and I wanted to get something that tracked my steps but I can remember what they are called. Can you help me out? TIA Mon, 2 Oct 2017 15:32:23 EST New Format I tried the new format a few months ago. I hate the page layout, I like the old layout. How can we get the old format back. I am back to the site again and still hate it. Maybe I just need to seek something new. Note to programmers: If it's not broke, don't fix it. Sat, 30 Sep 2017 17:35:39 EST Blog wont post I wrote my blog for today and itr wont post it just goes to a blank white page. What could be wrong ? Sat, 30 Sep 2017 08:46:50 EST Learned Something New Today Diagnoses with low thyroid - 30 years ago. Taken thyroid medication every day (sometimes I miss a day). Symptoms - tiredness, cold, constipation .... <BR> Since still experiencing these - next doctor appointment plan to discuss with my doctor. Plus get a TH4 blood test - last one 4/2016. <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> <BR> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 12:18:48 EST Learned Something New Today Diagnoses with low thyroid - 30 years ago. Taken thyroid medication every day (sometimes I miss a day). Symptoms - tiredness, cold, constipation .... <BR> Since still experiencing these - next doctor appointment plan to discuss with my doctor. Plus get a TH4 blood test - last one 4/2016. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:06:38 EST Amazon Prime Series We have a Netflix series thread. So I figured it would be nice to have an Amazon Prime thread. <BR> <BR> My favorite series on Amazon Prime. Is Another Dirty Room. Real motel reviews. <BR> <BR> Although the hosts are salty and their findings are really gross. Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:12:07 EST Presents I was at a big box store. In the card section. When I saw a card for a Bachelorette. And it had slots for a gift card. <BR> <BR> So now do we have to give a bachelorette present. If we are invited to the party? Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:00:29 EST Ever try anything from Pinterest? I have tried a couple workouts in the past, but that's about it. How about you? Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:59:57 EST Looking for a weight loss buddy Hello <BR> <BR> I am in the search for someone that would like to talk to me everyday share our lives together. <BR> I am 34 and have 2 boys that r my world <BR> I want to lose around 90lbs. I am, doing shakeology now and I pray it works for me. <BR> Hope to talk to you soon Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:48:00 EST how to get a tracker I want a tracker of my weight loss. How do I get one tia Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:07:50 EST how do i verify my e mail I didn't get a e mail to verify my e mail and I cant post in blog until I verify. Please tell me what I should do tia Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:40:14 EST What do you look forward to wearing? What is something that you look forward to wearing or fitting in once you reach your goal weight? I'm looking forward to being able to fit into my short denim shorts, and I'd also like to wear a pair of high heels with a dress or short skirt again one day. I want to be able to wear a cute bikini too. When I used to be thinner I had like 10 different bathing suits! Lol. I definitely want to start collecting them again once I reach my goal. I'm a huge girly girl, so I love clothes and dressing ... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:50:05 EST how do i get to sparkpage? I cant seem to figure out to get to my sparkpage. I would like to journal in it please help. thanks so much Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:07:55 EST Do you watch soap operas? I love the shows Days Of Our Lives and General Hospital. Do you watch any soap operas? If so, which ones? Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:55:08 EST What's your favorite TV show to watch? Do you have any favorite TV shows or shows on Netflix that you watch? If so what are they? Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:52:43 EST Is this a new world record? Today my 5 team bonus spins totalled 124. Beat that somebody! Wed, 20 Sep 2017 02:45:53 EST Healthy Wage Has anyone heard or participated through the website Healthy Wage? Just wondering if anyone knows it is legit Sat, 16 Sep 2017 17:25:23 EST Apple Watch - battery life For those of you that have an Apple watch. What is your battery life when exercising outside using the GPS? The website states up to 5 hours. TIA Tue, 12 Sep 2017 17:12:37 EST Has anyone heard of Gastric Band Hypnosis? I had never heard of this before and ran across it online. The theory is that you can be hypnotized into believing that you've had the actual gastric bypass surgery and your mind will react by telling you that you have a smaller stomach, you're full quicker, etc. This fascinates me but I don't trust anyone enough to open my mind to this. Just wanted to see what anyone else thought. <BR> By the way, can you ever really know what subliminal messages people put on those things? Excuse me, let me... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 12:37:54 EST Severe upper back pain Does anyone know of a group around this topic, it would really help. Thanks and have a blessed evening. Fri, 1 Sep 2017 19:53:39 EST Robert Redford Turned 81 in August I had no idea that Robert Redford was over 80 !! And Clint Eastwood turned 87 in May. EEK ! <BR> <BR> That made me feel a little old for a few minutes. LOL <BR> <BR> Do you have a favorite Robert Redford or Clint Eastwood movie ? <BR> <BR> I have a couple that immediately came to mind. <BR> <BR> 1 - the Sting <BR> 2 - This Property is Condemned <BR> 3 - the Great Gatsby <BR> <BR> For Clint <BR> <BR> 1 - the Spaghetti westerns like "the Good, the Bad and the Ugly" <BR> 2 - Dirty Harry... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 12:32:12 EST looking for a weekly check in buddy Hi, <BR> <BR> Getting back into Spark and all things healthy. Would love to have an online friend to check in with sometimes and help me stay accountable. <BR> Let me know if interested! Fri, 1 Sep 2017 10:08:24 EST every other day not everyday but skip two days or the weekend...but 143 is the weight I was in 2007 so 10 years off weight...hurrah now 20 pounds to go was doing 1500 calories a day cut that down to 1300 calories a day went to goodwill a few days ago got jeans in size 10 they fit, a little snug but zip up and I can breath. so, 16, 14, 12 go in box in garage now. Wed, 30 Aug 2017 11:03:24 EST Joe Pags Anyone listen to Joe Pags Tue, 29 Aug 2017 01:03:00 EST How Many Points Did it Take You...?? Here's a curious thought.... I wonder what the "average" number of Spark points are earned while trying to reach a significant losing the last 15 pounds for example. I *know* we all start at such vastly different points on our Journey, that there won't be a way to calculate this overall. But--do you remember where your point total was when you hit a cherished goal?? <BR> <BR> After several years on my Journey, I am finally reaching a Healthy BMI...and find myself at 78000+ po... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:59:50 EST Recovering from rotator cuff surgery One arm is in a sling for six weeks. I am gaining eating the food my husband makes. What easy meals can I make without a lot of cooking? Mon, 28 Aug 2017 05:40:20 EST TV Show Friends - What's Your Favorite Scene? Mine is "The One with the Jellyfish" when Monica, Chandler and Joey are telling the story about what happened when Monica got stung by the jellyfish. It kills me every time I see it. <BR> <BR> What's your favorite episode/scene? Sat, 26 Aug 2017 18:59:42 EST Hurricane Harvey Prayers to all effected by Hurricane Harvey. Stay safe. <em>247</em> Sat, 26 Aug 2017 08:32:07 EST Video Ads Issue Is it just me or is anyone else having an issue with the video ads on the forums pages here on Spark? <BR> <BR> Video ads that cannot be closed. They are making my PC slow and it'll jump back to the top of page when I'm trying to scroll down so I am forced to watch them. <BR> <BR> They are not a pop up, they are an ad that cannot be closed and I can pause them but when I go back to write somethng in the message box they start playing again. <BR> It's super annoying! <BR> <BR> Anyone els... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 08:21:36 EST 75 unhealthiest foods on the planet (article) It's hard to imagine that I've eaten several of these foods over the years without a second thought--especially when I was a kid and my parents did not know much about nutrition. My Mom tried, but my Dad was more concerned about getting foods at a cheaper price. We were pretty poor when I was growing up and my Dad was more focused on filling our bellies than the quality of the food that went into them. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>5-unhealthiest-foods... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 12:42:57 EST New dx in May 2017 Hello! I can't imagine that I'm going to bring much to the convo's that have been happening, but I was diagnosed with Hypo/Hash's just 3 months ago, 36yo. Started on Synthroid 100mcg and I don't notice much of a change although my numbers have improved considerably. I wish I wasn't so tired all the time, and this weight gain thing is really bummin' me out, and the brittle thinning hair / dry skin is the pits. I have my first appt with an Endo in October so I'm hoping for more answers when I m... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 22:20:25 EST Jerry Lewis - Dies Age 91 The news announced that Jerry Lewis passed away at age 91. I would stay up late watching the MDA telethon when I was a kid. <BR> <BR> Rest in Peace, Jerry. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 15:25:33 EST I made my goal! I made a promise to myself when I started my lifestyle makeover in July that if I lost 20 pounds I could have a piece of cake for my birthday this Saturday. I actually lost 22! Now I am not so sure I even want a piece of cake! Well...I am sure I want it, but it wouldn't be a big deal if I skip it! I am so happy to have met this goal! Still a ways to go on my overall goal but WOW...I did this, I can do anything, right? <BR> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:21:39 EST Where will you be watching the Eclipse from?? For me, home in SW Washington State will be at 99%.... <BR> I'm not going to fight the traffic to get further south to 100%..! (although part of me says --Go For It!!) <BR> patti Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:26:33 EST What Are Your Favorite Healthy Snacks? Hi Sparkers! I'm working on a roundup of our members' favorite healthy snacks! What do you love to nosh on between meals? Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:06:45 EST App Question I deleted the sparkpeople app. I just reinstalled it but it looks different and I can't find the chat on it. I am thinking maybe I downloaded the wrong app this time <BR> Does anyone have the app where I can connect with others in the chat? Sun, 13 Aug 2017 19:16:33 EST How To Leave a Team? There used to be a button to tap on to leave a team. Cannot find it any more. <BR> <BR> I have way too many teams. Many our inactive teams. <BR> How do I exit or withdraw from teams I am no longer interested in? <BR> <em>38</em> Sun, 13 Aug 2017 10:39:47 EST what music are you listening to RIGHT NOW? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Jackson Browne - Fountain of Sorrow <BR> <BR> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:58:37 EST Support Group for Thyroid Issues? I am newly diagnosed with a thyroid nodule. I don't have a treatment plan or prognosis yet, my biopsy is Monday. I suspect it has made me become hypo. I have really been struggling because since I noticed the lump enough to ask a doctor about it, I have really felt tired and exhausted and working out seems to exacerbate all of my symptoms. So if I workout, I feel like I need to sleep for two days or like someone has been beating me with a stick. I was in descent shape before this happened, so... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:58:08 EST Power balance wristband Does anyone wear a power balance wrist band and does it work? Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:09:06 EST What is your favorite Vegan recipe? Send me your favoriteVegan recipe & tell me why you love it Wed, 9 Aug 2017 21:07:43 EST Vitamins What vitamins should we take to rev metabolism? Wed, 9 Aug 2017 10:19:34 EST Looking for penpals, motivation, and fun!! <BR> Am looking for some friends here to help me thru my diet adventures! I am a old guy who loves to make people laugh!! Anybody out there???? thanks scott Wed, 9 Aug 2017 09:44:33 EST Light in the Box Has anyone ever used LITB? <BR> How much is shipping? <BR> How long does it take to get your item? <BR> What about returns? <BR> What is your general feeling about the website? Mon, 7 Aug 2017 00:24:30 EST Spark Teams I have been MIA for a bit and returning. I have found that some of my spark teams are no longer active. I love being on a team and connecting with team mates. I am looking for a couple new teams to join. <BR> <BR> Do you have a Spark Team that you find supportive that you love? Would you want to share about your team and experience? Fri, 4 Aug 2017 14:18:38 EST Favorite workout dvd Leslie Sansone's Miracle Miles! <em>331</em> Thu, 3 Aug 2017 23:59:02 EST When you have a surplus of calories to use ... This just happened to me recently. At the end of the day, I was under calories and had 200 more to use. In this situation do you ... <BR> <BR> Rejoice and eat a 200 calorie snack? <BR> <BR> Sacrifice and go to bed, feeling good? Sun, 30 Jul 2017 12:51:03 EST Atkins Low Carb Diet In recent years I began swimming in May 3 or 4 times a week and eating a low carb diet. I swam 1 mile 74 laps each time. By the Summers end I was down 30 lbs.. Had to change my swim suits to smaller 3 times .. Now I am eating a low calorie diet and not counting carbs and it just doesn't help me lose the weight like I did on Atkins. So this is day two of low carbs and the scale is already staying down to my lowest weight and not fluctuating! This tells me I just need to maintain a low carb... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 10:43:14 EST Is it okay to eat eggs every day? I normally eat one egg in the mornings as part of my breakfast nearly every day. With it, I will have veggies, one slice of toast or one tortilla sometimes, every once in a while some turkey bacon, or rice instead of the toast or tortilla. I usually always have fruit in the mornings with breakfast whether I have eggs or something else. <BR> <BR> Once in a while, I will cook with an egg in a soup or a rice dish for lunch or dinner, but this is only occasionally. If I am out to eat, and I ord... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 11:40:31 EST 7 days- 7 goals have doing a little challenge with myself and wanted to invite others to join me. Here is what i am doing. For me long term challenges like 30 days are always to hard. I need short term goals. So i figured 7 days and 7 goals seemed just about right. <BR> <BR> Guidelines <BR> 1. Write down your 7 goals every morning then check them off as you go or at the end of the day ( meet every goal its only 7 days) <BR> <BR> Here are my goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 60-100 oz of water <BR> 2. Eat between... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:43:07 EST Need a Great Challenge Group? Are you having a difficult time staying motivated, doing your exercises, eating right, drinking your water? Do you need some friendly challenges and competition to get out of your rut? <BR> <BR> Why not join the BIGGEST LOSER TEAM? We're a group of men and women, all ages, all fitness levels, all striving to live a healthier life. Regardless of fitness level, whether you're new to healthy eating or a seasoned pro, there's always something to learn from others. These teams are also a great s... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:42:37 EST SMART promises Hi everyone! I've created a SMART plan with my weight loss coach and she said I needed to share it with someone so I will have more chance of sticking to my promises <em>41</em> I thought sharing it here would be a good place to start... so here it is! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <link><BR>an.png </link> <BR> <BR> Anyone else been asked to do anything like this? What are ... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 04:55:48 EST Let's work on healthy habits - SERIOUSLY! I started a team for those of us who would like to seriously work on better habits! It is meant for people who are willing to commit to writing a post - can be a very short post - EVERY DAY about their work towards a better habit. <BR> <BR> If you are serious about getting into a healthy new habit, join me! <BR> <BR> You can find the team through my sparkpage. It's called the 'HEALTHY HABITS - THE SERIOUS TEAM'! :) <BR> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:55:33 EST Boogie 2988 I watch Boogie on You Tube. <BR> <BR> He's a 500 + pound man. And soon he's going to have gastric bypass. He's been talking a lot about his upcoming surgery in his videos. He was supposed to have it today. It's been postponed. <BR> <BR> I found him because of the Daddy o Five. Controversy <BR> <BR> He's a cool guy. The nicest guy on You Tube probably <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:31:28 EST HTML I'm trying to post a comment for a challenge and it won't take it. Keeps saying no HTML. How do I change it so I can post? Never had this problem before. It seems to be taking it here. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:41:51 EST Womens clothing for big hips, small waist Time to just buy clothing in a size up even though I hate to waste the money. <BR> I'm searching for some clothing brands for women with smallish waists and big hips/thighs. I'm a short size 10. I need all bottoms; shorts, skirts, pants (especially), and workout gear. I've been wearing my old stretched out smaller clothing for a while (a long while) and really need to get something new. I think if I feel better about the way I look losing will be easier. <BR> Cross-posted sorry if you see it ... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:23:59 EST What is your favorite fitness subscription box? I see all the Fab Fit Fun sub box reveals online...I love sub boxes and was wondering if anyone has found a fitness one they are crazy about? <BR> <BR> I've never done a fitness one, just skin care & a little jewelry (birchbox, popsugar, julep, the jewelry one (I forget the name, and another one I forget the name).... <BR> <BR> You can still order the Fab Fit Fun one...there are gobs of $10 coupon codes so don't order without that. (Without code, it's normally $50 shipped.) Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:08:33 EST Spark Teams What are the best teams to join on Spark? Looking for teams that are really active. Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:17:50 EST That doesnt sound right! <BR> Weighed on a scale at a walmart today! According to that I ave gained six pounds. I can see maybe a two pound gain in the afternoon but six pounds??? I sure hope not. This is not my normal scale by the way. Thanks all. <BR> <em>46</em> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:47:03 EST What did you eat TODAY that made you feel guilty? I'm on vacation and the hotel serves a hot breakfast with a lot of things that are hard to resist.... Although I skipped the fresh hot waffle, I DID manage to eat some breakfast sausages that in themselves might not have been so bad, but combined with the bad choices I've made since being away from home, have stirred some guilty feelings... <BR> <BR> What have you eaten today that has made you feel guilty, or make you wish you could have a Do-over? Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:12:29 EST Bad for swimming. Good for ducks <BR> I am going to have to change my swim schedule. Too many thunderstorms here to swim in the afternoon!!! Summers in Florida are rough. Is anybody challenged by the weather?? Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:15:31 EST Exercise equipment The one exercise equipment you use, and how often do you use it. I have a Nano Gym, I use it almost every day, I rest every couple days. Sun, 16 Jul 2017 16:03:00 EST How do you stay on track while vacationing? I am leaving for the beach in the morning. Looking for suggestions on keeping my nutrition on track while vacationing. Sun, 16 Jul 2017 13:47:27 EST OT: Excited I just got my first book contract! Sat, 15 Jul 2017 18:49:58 EST Features You Wish Spark People Had I wish that Spark People had a block member feature. Like other social media platforms. <BR> <BR> While 97% of members are the awesome sauce. There are a couple that are arrogant and insufferable. <BR> <BR> I guess until that happens. I will just have to ignore, sigh <BR> <BR> 😀? Thu, 13 Jul 2017 18:39:08 EST Corsets and Waist Trainers I was looking for abdominal exercises on Pinterest. Of course the ads for waist trainers and corsets popped up. <BR> <BR> I was looking at them. When that little suffragette that lives in my head said. "We worked so hard to get rid of corsets. Why do you want one?" <BR> <BR> I don't know? I have no waist. Even though I doubt there's any real lasting benefit. I might like to appear that I have a waist. Even though I know as soon as I take the thing off. My waist will become jelly, again. <BR... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:41:12 EST Do You have a Part Time Job ? According to this survey from YAHOO news, 44 million Americans have a full time job and a part time job. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urvey-44000000-americans-side-hustle-1<BR>44652229.html </link> <BR> <BR> I'm one of the 44 million. I have a day job and a part time job working as a personal trainer. I'll bet there are plenty of Spark peeps who work more than one job for the extra money or personal pleasure. <BR> <BR> There has to be a barista or two out th... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:35:20 EST Wimbledon Can I track watching Wimbledon as exercise? <em>334</em> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:47:45 EST exercise Does anyone know how many calories walking 20 and 30 minutes burn? Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:58:16 EST Mindfulness May Lower Blood Sugar Levels <link><BR>blood-sugar/ </link> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:52:01 EST Steps and obesity <link><BR>phones-study/ </link> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:41:31 EST Starting Over Again I was on Spark People about 5 years ago and wish I would have stuck with it. I get discouraged and down on myself and quit. I've gained 50 pounds! I need to lose weight for my health and mean it this time. I hope this community of other like minded people will help to keep me motivated and going strong. Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:53:58 EST Plateau <em>24</em> <BR> Help, looking for some ways to break a plateau or at least I think its a plateau. I had lost 36#...spring came and life just got busy. Yes, my eating got a little distorted and exercise got pushed to the side. The last 2 months I have been trying to "get back on track" and since doing so I have gained 9# back. Do you think this could be a plateau? My eating isn't horrible, but not on point either. I do Leslie sansone walking DVDs, walking about 3 mile a week and also light... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 10:37:59 EST Don't you ever wish you were someone else? Like don't you ever wish you were born elsewhere or had different physical characteristics/features etc.? <BR> <BR> I wish I was born in London or the US and was Caucasian with red hair and green eyes. <BR> <BR> But I was born in Malaysia and am Chinese and female. I do sometimes wish I was born male instead because males seem to have life a lot easier. Females are expected to do housework and such in my country. Males seem to have an easier time. Sat, 8 Jul 2017 02:18:40 EST I AM..... ....doing really well so far, eating well and I have been exercising for the past 3 days. It's weigh day on Tuesday so here's hoping lol xx Thu, 6 Jul 2017 14:56:32 EST Fascia blaster? Anyone know anything about the fascia blaster? Mon, 3 Jul 2017 11:01:55 EST Opinions Needed: How Often do you Weigh Yourself? So I've been on this journey for almost a week now (1 week tomorrow) and I'm trying to decide on when I want to do weigh ins. I've done once a week, every two weeks and once a month all the past. But for some reason I can't decide what way I want to do it this time around. <BR> <BR> Maybe it's because I'm scared of what I'll see. What if I've gained instead of lost (I haven't started exercising yet, after all)? <BR> <BR> So what do you guys do, personally? Sun, 2 Jul 2017 19:45:26 EST How Do You Manage Cooking Big Meal For Family I have a family that enjoys Steak, Potatoes, Baked Goods, no restrictions. Do you have this situation, and if so, how do you handle it. <em>468</em> <em>489</em> <em>486</em> <em>494</em> <em>22</em> <em>496</em> <em>477</em> Sun, 2 Jul 2017 14:43:43 EST fascia blaster Anyone tried the fascia blaster? Sat, 1 Jul 2017 12:14:39 EST Are you close to reaching your weight goal What is your weight goal Sat, 1 Jul 2017 01:43:58 EST Weight watchers vs Spark People Hi everyone! New here for the second time. <BR> I joined ww 3 weeks ago. I liked it because I never felt real hungry, But the really push the fruits and veggies to fill you up. I am not a huge fruit and veggie person. Mostly because I have IBS. So I am finding that Iwould rather just track my fruit and veggie calories and not depend on them to fill me up, which they don't anyway. <BR> I have only lost about 3.5 lbs in 3 weeks. Sounds fine, but the weight is up. I lost 4.5# the first... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 08:26:16 EST Interesting slide show!! <link><BR>ing/45-healthy-swaps-that-sabotage-you<BR>r-weight-loss/ss-BBDpSiP?li=BBnba9O&oc<BR>id=spartandhp&parent-title=why-you-sho<BR>uldnt-exercise-to-lose-weight-explaine<BR>d-with-60plus-studies&parent-ns=ar&par<BR>ent-content-id=BBDpXw8&fullscreen=true#image=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Have a look! Don't fool yourself! Fri, 30 Jun 2017 02:24:24 EST Why is this forum so quiet these days? There's nowhere near as much action on here as there used to be. <BR> Thu, 29 Jun 2017 23:21:18 EST Outrageous!!! Ever noticed how humongous some restaurant portions are!? <BR> <BR> Seriously!! Esp chains like Chillies or TGIF! I prefer local cafes who serve more reasonable portions! <BR> <BR> What about you? Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:28:39 EST Network Error code 400 I so often get the following message after being locked out of Spark: <BR> Network Error http error response code 400 Bad Request <BR> <BR> Does anyone know how to take care of this? <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:41:22 EST Should I join? I'm contemplating joining a cinema club. Benefits include 2 free movie tix and 1 popcorn set upon joining. ditto on my bday month. Plus I get to collect points with every purchase of a movie tix. The popcorn set includes soda. <BR> <BR> The catch is : RM30 upon joining and an annual fee of RM10 to renew membership. And I don't really want free popcorn or soda. <BR> <BR> Do you think I should join? It's attractive but I don't go to the cinema that often. What happens if I get the free tix bu... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 01:20:27 EST A Genie Grants You One Wish (This is for Fun) You're out taking your morning walk and discover a magic lamp. You rub the lamp a la Aladdin and out comes a Genie. the Genie says he will grant you one wish, not three. But there is a catch. The Genie gives you three wishes to choose from and you pick one. <BR> <BR> Wish 1 - the Genie will give you the body of your dreams. You can be taller, slimmer, red headed, curly hair, straight hair, six pack ABs... whatever you want. But you'd have the same job, live in the same house, etc. nothing e... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:39:53 EST S U C C E S S Success consists of going from failure to failure <BR> without loss of enthusiasm. <BR> - Winston Churchill Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:53:32 EST new spark team I started a new weight loss surgery team called Bariatric Sparks. If you have had any kind of weight loss surgery your welcome to join. The more ppl we have the more information we can share with each other. Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:42:01 EST Ever purchased something you regretted buying? I bought a handbag but after using it for a few months, I found it to be too small. I bought a 2nd handbag and this time I'm happy with it because I feel it's the perfect size and I love it soooooo much. <BR> <BR> But I can't help feeling that I wasted money on the first bag. It seemed like a good purchase at that time but it was too small! <BR> <BR> I have to be wiser in my spending as I don't earn much! <BR> <BR> What about you? Ever bought something then regretted buying it? Sun, 25 Jun 2017 04:18:24 EST My 600 Pound Life I recently started watching My 600 Pound Life reruns on HULU. It may just be the inspiration I need to get myself back under control. I only have a measly 40 pounds I have been battling. Watching what these people through to lose hundreds of pounds is amazing and a lot of times, the stories behind the psychological reasons for their food issues is so heart wrenching. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:41:32 EST What are your favorite podcasts? Why? I discovered podcasts with the Serial story from This American Life. I was mesmerized by that one, but I didn't appreciate what a shocking effect a podcast could have until I listened to their second season, S Town. Now I can't get enough of them. They're fascinating and so unique from another. Here are a few I've thoroughly enjoyed: <BR> Katie Couric (I felt like I was in the kitchen w/ her and the Barefoot Contessa); <BR> You Must Remember This (stories from Hollywood's first century -... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:48:55 EST Disney So, I'm planning a trip with my family to Disney World in family. I figure with all of the walking around we'll be doing, fitness shouldn't be a problem, but I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on the best restaurants that won't completely blow the new lifestyle? Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:11:10 EST Happy Father's Day!!!! It's Father's Day today in Malaysia! I don't know if it's the same the world over. But I am planning on taking my parents out to dinner today, my treat! My brother is working till late though. <BR> <BR> He is off on Tuesdays but I also have Bible Study on Tuesday nights. So our schedules clash. So it's just me and my parents tonight! <BR> <BR> What about you? Sun, 18 Jun 2017 07:00:06 EST new to sparkpeople and gastric bypass Hi, I am new to sp and I joined because my bariatric doctor wants everyone to join for the support and experience of others that have gone through or is going through the same things I am. But all the groups I found that are related are not active. So are there any bariatric ppl look for a group for support? If so I would be willing to Co lead one.. hit me up! Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:43:35 EST What do you do about facial hair? I am embarrassed to ask this, but what do you do about facial hair? Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:17:29 EST Join our Gratitude Journals Team We would love to have you join our team <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=59036 </link> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:14:47 EST It finally rained!!!! Finally, we are getting a good rain! After days and days of horrible heat!!!! I hope this means the monsoon season has started here in Malaysia! I've had enough of this horrible heat wave!!!! <BR> <BR> How's Summer in the US! I think you are so lucky to have 4 seasons! We have only 2 : heat and rain! Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:12:09 EST Netflix series I love my shows especially Call the Midwife and Person of Interest. I like shows about people helping people. Can anyone recommend any more shows on Netflix like that? Thanks ahead:) Fri, 16 Jun 2017 02:04:09 EST ww winning points i can not afford to go to ww now...but still have the old winning points there a way to convert those pts to the new pt program or maybe i should just use it as is??? <BR> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 14:28:10 EST anyone hate to fly? I hate flying. Note that I am not afraid to fly, I just hate it - squeezed in that coveted middle seat between two people who probably should have had to buy two seats so I can't even use the arm rest. Trapped like that for hours... <BR> <BR> anyone have any tips on getting through it? <BR> <BR> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:41:54 EST New hypothyroid diagnoses....what should I know? I was diagnosed with hypothyroid last Thursday. I was upset about being given a diagnoses that was "chronic"...but at least I know and its treatable....My doctor is great and we will do more blood work in two months to see how the medicine is doing, as well as my "real food" eating plan. I am eating as much "real" food as possible...but sometimes do stray from it, for example, breads or tortillas/wraps...but really trying to stay with the real food stuff. <BR> <BR> What foods should I try ... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:08:03 EST bugs in the system I have been having a whole lot of issues trying to do anything on here the last couple of days. Anyone know why or is it my side telling me there are to many bugs here and trying to kick it off? Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:35:19 EST What helps if you're having trouble sleeping? I get really tired at night but I can't seem to fall asleep...any suggestions on how to go to sleep? Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:32:18 EST Foods You Loved as a Child, But Hate Now We all had foods we hated as a child, but love as an adult. veggies seemed to be a popular response. <BR> <BR> Okay, so what is a food you absolutely loved as a child, but hate now ? <BR> <BR> Cottage cheese. <BR> <BR> When I was a child, I loved eating cottage cheese. now, I wont touch the stuff. I don't like the consistency. <BR> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:38:07 EST Rabbits in my garden dose anyone know how to stop rabbits from eating my veggie in my garden? first time gardener. Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:51:30 EST BMI is no longer the best way to identify obesity <BR> <BR> <link><BR>o-longer-best-identify-obesity-article<BR>-1.3228612 </link> Sun, 11 Jun 2017 11:29:18 EST The calorie-counting debate Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I have read quite a lot about the move away from counting your daily calorie intake, keeping your intake less than what you use and how scientists and dietitians are moving away from this approach. I felt a little lost, because this was the only approach that somewhat worked for me, but because I couldn't keep off weight in a sustainable manner with this method, I was looking for something else. On the other hand, I just didn't feel comfortable about eating loads of fat... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 07:47:37 EST Expedia - Purchasing Airline Flights I have a question for my spark peeps who do a lot of traveling. Do you use Expedia (or one of the other cheap flight websites) to purchase airline tickets ? If so, what's your experience ? In past, I have always booked my flights directly through the airline. However, today I talked to one airline about booking a flight and they quoted me prices that were significantly higher than prices I found via Expedia. <BR> <BR> I've read some online reviews that say, don't use them. But I'd like to k... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 14:57:43 EST metformin Good Morning Everyone! <BR> Metformin is not working for me. What does everyone else take? Fri, 9 Jun 2017 09:53:07 EST Metformin, does it work for you? <BR> Good Morning! <BR> I am on Metformin and it is doing nothing to control my blood sugars. <BR> <BR> What is everyone else taking? Fri, 9 Jun 2017 09:29:17 EST Random Thrift Store Finds Recently, I found a Starbuck's Verismo (first version) at a thrift store for $10. I had been looking at getting a new one because my espresso machine, which was over 15 years old, finally died after moving and subsequently sitting in a non climate controlled storage unit for a year. <BR> <BR> The new system retails for around $180 if you get the bundle. I was not wanting to spend that kind of money because my budget is tight. So, discovering this used one was exciting. I saw it on Sunday, ... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 06:35:34 EST Have you ever been called fat? yesterday while drinking, my husband called me fat and it really hurt my feelings <BR> <BR> When I called him on it the next day (he didn't even remember saying it), he was just like, "well it only upsets you because it's true. do something about it or get over it." <BR> <BR> I don't think he meant to hurt my feelings when he said it the first time. It just popped out after I mentioned that if I have too many drinks, I'm gonna get fat <BR> (then he was like, "you're already fat) and didn'... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 17:59:01 EST What is your go to meal. Salmon cakes W/Onion's, ground turkey burgers W/ peppers and onions. <BR> Spinach and egg's. Sun, 4 Jun 2017 21:01:06 EST Which type of scales do you use? Electronic or not I am using an electronic scale right now- I have a normal one too but that shows me less... I am not sure which to believe! Sun, 4 Jun 2017 14:30:29 EST Spark points How do you spin the wheel the second time for soak points when you are on mobile Spark? Sat, 3 Jun 2017 20:22:22 EST Tracking for life? Does anyone else see tracking both food and exercise as a life long event or until the weight is lost? <BR> <BR> Two years ago, I did great.....I felt great and lost a bunch of weight just by eating real foods, water and walking 3 miles a day. I felt I had control. And I stopped tracking. <BR> <BR> I am 40 years old now, mother of a 4 year old, work full time and was going to school full time. Life was stressful. And slowly I stopped tracking and then stopped everything. Started fast fo... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 09:39:03 EST to congratulate strangers at the gym...or not? I was at the gym yesterday and as I was leaving I saw a lady on the treadmill who had a hard time walking because she was very heavy. But dammit, she was on there and doing what she could do. She took that step that so many others don't. And I was PROUD of her! I have no idea who she was or whether I will see her there again - but I really wanted to tell her how awesome she was for taking control of herself and doing something I know she thought was difficult. <BR> <BR> Do you think it'... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 08:52:50 EST I Stepped on the Scale Today.... And I've lost 4 POUNDS! Not bad for a week (I joined last Thursday and found out I had eaten over 2000 calories that day!) Since then it's been around 1200-1300 a day. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Found out yesterday I was down one size, but I was still afraid to check my weight. But i just HAD to know. <BR> <BR> SO EXCITED. Four pounds! Not a lot by any means, but I will take it! If I keep going as I'm going and lose four pounds a week, it won't be too long and I'll be loo... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 23:20:05 EST Nature-Throid (or Armour) 2 times a day? Can you take Nature-Throid (or Armour Thyroid) 2 X / day? <BR> <BR> I started recently with only ONE-HALF grain (32.5 mg) but it is NOT doing the job. I used to take Armour 3 years ago and had NO problems with it but doctors switched me to Synthorid (Levothyroxine). Got so I could NOT take Levothyroxine anymore. <BR> <BR> Requested doctor to start me on Nature-Throid (similar to Armour Thyroid). I requested a LOW dose (one-half grain = 32.5 mg) but feeling weak, with little energy. <BR> ... Wed, 31 May 2017 22:01:10 EST Nature-Throid (or Armour) 2 times a day? Can you take Nature-Throid (or Armour) 2 X / day? Wed, 31 May 2017 21:55:24 EST Breast Cancer Diabetes and Weight Gain Hello Everyone! <BR> I have been under treatment for breast cancer for over one year now and I would like to hear from others experiencing the same issues as I have. I have currently gained approx. 25 lbs from meds regardless of my healthy eating habits. Any help would be greatly appreciated. <BR> Thank you. Wed, 31 May 2017 13:12:08 EST Letting go of Caffeine - HELP! I'm a caffeine addict, and this addiction leads to many other problems in my life. You can read a blog I wrote today (5/31) to get an idea of what I mean. But for now, let me just ask you: have you struggled with caffeine? Have you overcome an addiction to it? If so, what did you do? What advice would you give to me as I seek to let it go for good? Wed, 31 May 2017 12:00:29 EST The Warning Signs of Stroke The warning signs of stroke: <BR> <link><BR>stroke </link> Tue, 30 May 2017 23:03:18 EST Rotator Cuff Issues?? Which excercises are good? Hey ya'll! I am having trouble when I increase my weights at the gym and lower my reps. Should I just lower the weight resistance and do more reps? Any advice would be APPRECIATED GREATLY! Also I am swimming laps? Should I also be careful about how many etc? I am not going to surgery for this.... so .. anyway Mon, 29 May 2017 10:52:48 EST Depression & motivation I was diagnosed with depression 3 years ago and was on prescription medication for it up until a couple of months ago when I decided to get off of it due to the side effects. I'm managing the depression pretty well on my own, but there are still days that I feel the sadness and lose motivation to do much of anything. Can anyone relate, and if so, what do you do to get your motivation back? Thanks. Mon, 29 May 2017 02:18:55 EST Starting Sunday I'm starting the meal plan that sparkpeople provides on Sunday. Anyone else following it for diabetic? I am 44 and want to lose over 50lbs. Anyone have a good recipe for the refrigerator muffins? Most of the recipes don't have reviews Fri, 26 May 2017 21:21:26 EST Mixers/blenders for smoothies suggestions In an effort to squeeze in a little extra protein in my life I have added protein powder to my diet. The only issue I am having is I feel like I could be using a better tool. I have an older blender by Oster, its kind of meh. I tried my Cuisinart food processor, seems like overkill. Lots of pieces to clean, and the containers are kind of big. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for something smaller and easier to clean that isn't going to poop out in 6 months. Any suggestions on mixers/blenders? Fri, 26 May 2017 11:28:38 EST Ever bought something you didn't need for a 'free' gift? <BR> <BR> I saw a set of handcreams (heck! I don't even use them) that came with a free pouch! I wanted the pouch so bad! It was sooooo pretty! But it doesn't even have a handle and I asked myself when will I ever use it! <BR> <BR> So, I put it back, else I would have spent RM50! But I'm still thinking about it! Like I said, the pouch is sooo pretty! <BR> <BR> Would you get it? <BR> <BR> Wed, 24 May 2017 01:44:03 EST Compression clothing for loose skin I work hard to stay as gym motivated as I do with my food. It is so hard bc after so many years with my eating disorder and abuse of my body I have so much loose skin from when I was even larger than I am now. Does anyone know where to buy good compression clothing for plus sizes? Also, I have bunions and a horrible time with my feet after 20 years in the medical field. What are your favorite tennis shoes? I had found mine but of course Sketchers stopped making them! Tue, 23 May 2017 20:12:17 EST THAT SUGAR FILM interesting info Just watched THAT SUGAR FILM (2014) by Filmmaker Damon Gameau where he documents his experiment in the effects of eating supposedly healthy foods that contain high amounts of sugar. Before the experiment the Australian filmmaker and his wife were health conscious people who avoided refined sugar and ate primarily whole foods. He puts himself through a grueling 6 week diet consuming the equivalent of 40 teaspoons of sugar a day...which is what many people do eating a 'normal' diet....and h... Tue, 23 May 2017 16:27:14 EST Met a SparkFriend in person? Tell us about it! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm writing a blog for the site, featuring stories of friendship from SparkPeople members. Have you met a special friend on the site? How have they helped keep you on track with your healthy living goals? Have you ever met in person? <BR> <BR> Please SparkMail me the details of your story and it could be featured in an upcoming blog. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Tue, 23 May 2017 10:46:30 EST Do you like getting Sparkgoodies from the wheel? I do not. I want the Sparkpoints. Tue, 23 May 2017 06:22:32 EST Rower or Elyptical machine Which one is best for over all fitness? Mon, 22 May 2017 21:18:58 EST Question about SparkPoints What can I do with my SparkPoints? Mon, 22 May 2017 16:23:57 EST Come Join the BLC Summer Challenge BLC34 - SUMMER CAMP IS REGISTERING NOW! <BR> <BR> (Registration will close on May 27....time is running out!) <BR> <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is an 8 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 10+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. <BR> <BR> What is it YOU need to reach your goals? <BR> Do you need lots of SUPPORT, to be CH... Sun, 21 May 2017 11:32:34 EST Sweet or Savory? What are you fave foods? I just love salty or savory banana chips! I don't really like it sweet! <BR> <BR> As for sweets, I'm a big ice-cream person but I wouldn't really classify myself as having a sweet tooth. I'm more a savory person! Potato chips are my downfall! I also love salted nuts. But I can't have too much nuts because I'm on dialysis and have to watch my phosphate levels, among other things! Sun, 21 May 2017 03:13:33 EST 13 reasons why? Ladies, what do you think about the Netflix show " 13 reasons why"? Has anyone watched t? I keep seeing people say that they love it, but I also see a lot of people hating on it as well. What is the show and why is it generating so much controversy? Fri, 19 May 2017 23:16:53 EST tracking food! I can't keep up with writing down what I eat and the nutrition values. I thought about using the weight watchers points instead but they don't track carbs for diabetes. For example the fruit count as 0 points, So I think to just write down what I need to keep track of that also will do. What do you think? Fri, 19 May 2017 13:50:45 EST having trouble tracking what I eat! I love Subways flatbread pizza, but have a hard time adding it to my tracker. It's the 8" flatbread, sauce, and cheese. Then nothing but veggies, no meat! example: tomatoes, gn peppers, banana peppers, onions, spinach, black olives(FATg), Then I eat half at lunch then half at supper! Fri, 19 May 2017 13:45:28 EST My butt is... On your phone, type "my butt is" then use the autocomplete words to make a sentence. <BR> <BR> My butt is next to the dog and she didn't pay for the most important holiday. Fri, 19 May 2017 10:39:16 EST foods you hated as a child, but love now Vegetables of any kind. I didn't like them when I was young. I would put ketchup on my peas to mask the flavor. Now I love vegetables, they are the mainstay of my diet. What about you? Thu, 18 May 2017 17:00:24 EST Really Good Blog! So many bloggers. Act like they're perfect and have it all together. At my age. I know that no one is perfect and has it all together. <BR> <BR> <BR> This blog is about being mediocre and satisfied. I think pursuing this state of perfection. Which is really only a facade.It doesn't exist. Is detrimental to our health and well being. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 18 May 2017 13:43:09 EST RECUMBENT BIKE vs STATIONARY BIKE I prefer a recumbent bike. For me it is easier to ride because of the back and it is lower to the ground. Wed, 17 May 2017 20:58:02 EST Study Can you tell me about your studies? <BR> What do you like most about your studies? <BR> What do you find difficult about your studies? Wed, 17 May 2017 11:29:14 EST Mother's Day I hope all mommies had a fantastic Mother's Day!!! I stayed home as I was not feeling well today!!! My hubby made a good day for me!!! Sun, 14 May 2017 20:30:34 EST Today Happy Mothers day to all Spark Mothers. It is such a beautiful day in more ways than one. Sun, 14 May 2017 12:46:29 EST So tempted to buy a Naked Eye shadow Palette! But I am not liking the price. Maybe I'll settle for a similar palette from Maybeline or Revlon. But then again, I don't think I can use it up before I have to throw it out! <BR> <BR> I rarely use makeup. Even the Laneige 2013 Christmas set has hardly a dent in it even though it's my goto eyeshadow palette! <BR> <BR> So, I don't think it's worth the investment when I use so little makeup. It is tempting though. The colors in those palettes are nice! <BR> <BR> I don't think I can splurge at... Sun, 14 May 2017 08:32:48 EST Free Health Screening Sam's Club is doing a free health screening Saturday May 13th. <BR> <BR> They are testing glucose, total cholesterol, HDL, risk ratio, blood pressure, body fat %, vision screening & hearing test. <BR> <BR> Just thought I would pass this along if anyone has a need or knows someone who might benefit from this. Fri, 12 May 2017 11:45:01 EST things you ate as a kid that you wouldn't touch this was one of our ice breaker questions at a recent meeting - <BR> <BR> What food did you eat as a child that you wouldn't touch now? <BR> <BR> for me, 7 minute frosting and peanut butter cookies. <BR> <BR> The 7 minute frosting just seems sickeningly sweet now. And my sister baked peanut butter cookies several times a week when we were kids. Just the smell of them baking, or this picture <BR> <img src=""> ... Fri, 12 May 2017 10:10:12 EST What do you think of the new fangled beauty blenders? <BR> <BR> I think it's too much money for what is basically a makeup sponge! <BR> <BR> What do you think? Fri, 12 May 2017 08:48:58 EST How About a Great Challenge Team? Are you having a difficult time staying motivated, doing your exercises, eating right, drinking your water? Do you need some friendly challenges and competition to get out of your rut? <BR> <BR> Why not join the BIGGEST LOSER TEAM? We're a group of men and women, all ages, all fitness levels, all striving to live a healthier life. Regardless of fitness level, whether you're new to healthy eating or a seasoned pro, there's always something to learn from others. These teams are also a great s... Wed, 10 May 2017 16:03:55 EST How do you keep track of weight loss visually? Hi everyone! Melissa from SparkPeople here. <BR> <BR> I'm working on an article that will include visual aids people use to track their progress toward their weight loss goals. Some examples include putting a marble in a jar for every pound lost, stacking Legos, etc. <BR> <BR> We're looking for members' photos to include in the article. If you have an idea and photo, please share it either in this thread, through SparkMail or in an email to <BR> <BR> Thanks so mu... Tue, 9 May 2017 10:55:21 EST Looking for support supportive Sparkfriends. Im looking for some supportive Sparkfriends to join me on my journey to better health and weightloss, if anyone is interested please send me a friendship request and I will welcome you aboard, lm not only looking for support, I enjoy giving it also. Donary Mon, 8 May 2017 12:19:11 EST Say hello to my new friend!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I actually wanted a much bigger, exotic, much more expensive specimen! But it was waaaay too pricey!!! <BR> <BR> So I settled for this one!!! Isn't it cute?! <BR> <BR> Btw, it's an airplant, a thilansia (not sure if I spelled it right). If I had my way, I would have an airplant garden! But I'll settle for the one cute one that I now have!!! Mon, 8 May 2017 08:11:53 EST Random Questions What does being healthy and fit mean to you? <BR> What is your favorite exercise? Sat, 6 May 2017 20:12:08 EST Healthier food options for a Cinco de Mayo dinner? I'm going out with my friends tonight for Cinco de Mayo. I want to enjoy myself but still be careful with what I eat. I doubt that there are many HEALTHY Mexican food options, but what are the healthier ones? Let's try to skip on some calories when we can! <BR> <BR> Of course I should keep away from anything too cheesy or anything fried. What would you recommend to order? I think that even if I got chciken fajitas, which are grilled, the calories would still be high! <BR> <BR> Any suggest... Fri, 5 May 2017 15:03:53 EST Parent's Day Gift Ideas? Mother's Day is coming, Father's day too! <BR> <BR> I was just wondering what to give my parents. <BR> <BR> Any ideas? Thu, 4 May 2017 02:03:25 EST BIGGEST LOSER SUMMER CAMP CHALLENGE BLC34 - SUMMER CAMP IS REGISTERING NOW! <BR> <BR> (Registration will close on May 27....time is running out!) <BR> <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is an 8 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 10+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. <BR> <BR> What is it YOU need to reach your goals? <BR> Do you need lots of SUPPORT, to be CH... Wed, 3 May 2017 16:43:38 EST Broccoli - Has Anyone Else Noticed How high the price has been recently ? <BR> <BR> I make an effort to eat 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies each and every day. One of my "go to" veggies is broccoli. Usually, I will pay $1.49 a pound, $.99 cents if it's on sale. <BR> <BR> In the past couple of weeks, I've noticed a huge spike in the price. I went by Whole Foods and organic broccoli was $3.99 a pound, conventional broccoli was $2.99. I thought, okay. it's Whole Foods. that's why it's so high. Then I went to my local ... Wed, 3 May 2017 12:31:27 EST Looking for a Great Challenge Team? Are you having a difficult time staying motivated, doing your exercises, eating right, drinking your water? Do you need some friendly challenges and competition to get out of your rut? <BR> <BR> Why not join the BIGGEST LOSER TEAM? We're a group of men and women, all ages, all fitness levels, all striving to live a healthier life. Regardless of fitness level, whether you're new to healthy eating or a seasoned pro, there's always something to learn from others. These teams are also a great s... Wed, 3 May 2017 12:30:34 EST Has anyone tried Probiotics Has anyone tried Probiotics ? Wed, 3 May 2017 03:36:14 EST Where Did The Team Go? A few months ago, I came across a team called the Chocolate & Peanut Butter Lovers Sparkteam. I wanted to join the inactive team, but then changed my mind. Well, now I could kick myself. <BR> <BR> I have searched and searched for it. <BR> <BR> If you happen to know the URL, would you kindly pass it along? <BR> <BR> Thank you. <BR> <BR> Sincerely, <BR> ON_A_DIET Mon, 1 May 2017 22:47:43 EST Motivational Videos/Speeches Ive had to start listening to motivational speeches lately. It helps. I listen before I go to the gym in the morning and sometimes when Im around the house. I think Ive got my diet pretty dialed in. I have been somewhat depressed and asking myself why am I killing myself at the gym everyday? I have a goal to do a fitness competition before I turn 50. I know this is a big goal. I have no expectations, other than, I just tell myself "get to the gym and just do it". I also have been stopp... Mon, 1 May 2017 11:03:35 EST Words that Trigger You? What words are like nails on a chalkboard? As far as you're concerned? <BR> <BR> For me it's *supper* That's one word from my southern upbringing that I refuse to own. <BR> <BR> *Impromptu* I don't know why? It just irritates me. <BR> <BR> I can tell you why supper :/ irritates me, but it's not very nice. Spark would probably remove my thread. <BR> <BR> So what words irritate you? Sun, 30 Apr 2017 16:21:40 EST A New Bride to Be Hello All! <BR> I'm Meg Marie! My fiancé proposed 4-13-17! He is amazing and we are so happy! <BR> Here's where I need all the support and motivation you've got! <BR> My fiancé loves me as I am and is truly happy with me and I am just as happy with him the way he is... but this is something personal I have to do for me. <BR> I have been overweight most of my adult life.... It has always been a part of me that I have struggled with. <BR> I personally am so ready to close this weight loss chap... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 11:13:46 EST Nevermind EDITED TO ADD:......... <BR> I TRIED IT, <BR> <BR> I DID NOT LIKE IT, <BR> <BR> END OF STORY. <BR> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 03:23:14 EST Louise Green Big Fit Girl I just discovered Louise Green, the author of Big Fit Girl, and I am so impressed! Can't believe there isn't already a spark team celebrating her brand of fitness and body positivity. <link> </link> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:34:16 EST Herb Gardens -- Try Chocolate Mint If you love chocolate mint, you should try this <BR> <BR> I live in the northeast. This is the time of year when all the hardware/garden stores get their herb plants in for the warmer weather. A few months ago I read about chocolate mint; I was intrigued. Yesterday I stopped by Home Depot and got some spearmint and some chocolate mint to grow on my window sill. Mint plants can take over a garden so if you think of trying it...put it in a container. <BR> <BR> Well, let me tell you.... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:52:50 EST Points I think it is silly that we get points here and not for supporting our friends. We should get points for creating those friendships that help us with our goals and encourages us to support others. <BR> Anyone else have these thoughts? Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:04:08 EST Vegetarian Burger For all vegetarians <BR> <BR> Have you found a prepared veggie burger that you like in a grocery store? <BR> <BR> Thank you. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:52:47 EST Well, 50th anniversary coming On Saturday I will celebrate my 50th anniversary of getting out of the Air Force! Can't believe. My time to get out of the service was supposed to be the 30th, but that year the 30th was on a Saturday and the offices would be closed so I was discharged 1 day early!! Of course, that day I made sure I ate a gooodd breakfast and a goooddd lunch to tide me over. It was a growing experience for a young 20 year old who had become a better 24 year old. <BR> <BR> Only regret, I didn't continue m... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:53:27 EST Sugar intake Hi lovely team! <BR> <BR> I'd like to include in the report how much sugar I consume every day. I included as sulcrose but says 0... <BR> <BR> I want the report to add all the SUGAR within carbo. <BR> <BR> Any idea how to? Thank you! <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:15:36 EST Daydreaming Does anyone else daydream while they work out? I swim three-four days a week and one of the things I like best about it is the opportunity it gives me to let my mind wander. One day a week I swim watching the pace clock and counting laps, but the other days I just swim for a set amount of time and don't really worry if I am swimming 1800 meters or 2K or whatever it ends up being. <BR> <BR> Today my daydreams alternated between my upcoming weekend at the beach, what summer clothes I want to... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:27:25 EST How Has Your Spending Changed Since 2008? I was wondering how everyone's spending habits have changed since 2008? <BR> I earn more but I've stopped buying clothes and shoes (unless I need them) and buying things on ebay. I also spend less on books. And I almost never buy jewelry. <BR> What about the rest of you? Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:54:48 EST Spark Points Good Evening, <BR> <BR> What are spark points and what are they used for? Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:05:55 EST I Mapped My Day Out I printed out a chart and filled in when I got to work, getting ready for work, etc. I didn't put in exercise because I'm considering a routine change. <BR> How do I figure out how to best use my days? <BR> I'm also going to make a list of every goal I have. Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:16:07 EST Number of Daily Calories I know that each person may have a different daily calorie total based on height, age, level of activity, etc., but I was wondering what your daily calorie goal is and how you reach it - three meals a day, mini meals throughout the day, etc. Do you avoid carbs, especially sugar and white flour products. What do you find works best for you? <BR> <BR> Thanks. Have a great day. Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:09:55 EST Counting steps.. Today I ordered a pedometer. I have never used one before. How many steps in a day is considered a good amount? Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:27:03 EST Dog Food Recommendation I have this senior girl. Her teeth aren't so great. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for senior food. That is dry, but soft and chewy. That is like Purina One, but is NOT Purina One. <BR> <BR> Any Spark Members know? <BR> <BR> This is my sweet old girl! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:04:15 EST Still have no Clue how to Navigate this Place. I Have no Idea How To Navigate this Place. I'm Going to Have to Be Nosy. <BR> I Found out how to track Water, Food, Exercise. The Important things. I Have Been <BR> Here a Week and found Out I Eat too Much Carbs and Fat. I am Fixing all That. <BR> Portion Control is Better. I need to Stay away from Junk food. Then I Need To <BR> Get in more Water, I want to lose 156 pounds. That is a person. Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:45:14 EST You decide whether to be happy or not. So be ____ So be positive everyday. Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:52:20 EST Default setting for your goals I changed the original default settings for my goals and want to know how I can change them back to the original ones suggested but don't know how. I don't remember the original ones.. Thanks.. Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:24:38 EST How often do you land 25 points on the Sparkwheel? For me, not often enough! <BR> <BR> I always get a measly 2 or 3 points. I am frustrated that I always almost get 25 or 20 but not quite! I always get the square next to it which is merely a measly 2 or 3 points! sigh! Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:25:52 EST Spark People Book I have the Spark People book, printed in 2009. I was wondering if anyone else has it and found it helpful on their weight loss journey.. I just took it off the shelf and want to really read it. I am trying to put together a lifestyle that actually works for me and that I can stick to. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Have a good day/evening. Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:00:00 EST What is your idea of "business casual" work wear? Our HR department is considering adopting a dress code. We currently don't have one. Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:19:00 EST Obesity can cause lower back pain? Hello everybody! I was wondering, if anyone can relate to my own issue or not regarding Obesity. Whenever I am standing for a long period of time, I tend to get this pain in my lower back as if my muscles are aching. Just a moment ago, I was doing the dishes and I started to feel that pain in my lower back which also affects my legs as well and I had to sit down for about ten minutes to take a little break before I can finish during the dishes. Now, this also happens when I take a walk as... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:03:55 EST Business and beyond image article I noticed that there is not a way to comment on this article. And I have a few thoughts so I'll comment here instead. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>?post=better_in_business_and_beyond_le<BR>arn_why_image_is_everything </link> <BR> <BR> I found it interesting that a 1-week seminar and a love for fashion made her an expert many years ago. I think that she did an excellent job of taking control of her own life and building a career that she can be passionate abou... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 15:54:49 EST Donation presents my grandma and grandpa have so much clutter. they dont need anymore things. my grandma has 5 clocks in the kitchen- 1 is a bird clock that tweets on each hour. the dining room has a tractor clock that makes a motor sound on each hour. <BR> <BR> I have commented in the past about instead of giving them presents, donate money to a charity in their name. i was thinking of getting my cousins involved in this. i was wondering if anyone as done this before? <BR> <BR> i dont't know if we would c... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 22:04:47 EST Treat/Gift for achieving goal weight... Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> What do you plan to give yourself as a treat or a gift when you achieve your goal weight? <BR> <BR> For me: I have my eye on a trip to Costa Rica (mountains, hiking, swimming, trying surfing for the first time, etc...) Sun, 16 Apr 2017 10:48:10 EST Happy Easter! Easter needs a garden where its peace and joy may grow, like daffodils that brightly bloom above the melting snow. So find a little time each day that you can set apart to cultivate some flowers in the garden of your heart. And then, throughout the busy days your happy heart will sing. And to the people that you meet, you'll be a breath of spring! <BR> <BR> Wishing you quiet moments to relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds think about the blessings in your life and feel renewed ... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 22:28:20 EST Vitamin water Does vitamin water count when tracking water intake? Sat, 15 Apr 2017 13:46:49 EST Premium SparkPeople Just purchased the premium version with NO ADS! It's great! Loads faster without the annoying ads. Haven't checked out the other features, but will soon. I did the one-time payment. Sooo worth it!! Sat, 15 Apr 2017 12:44:24 EST Toasted Grasshoppers ? Step aside hot dogs, <BR> toasted grasshoppers are the hottest selling item at Mariners games. <BR> <link><BR>urantsandnews/mariners-order-emergency<BR>-supply-of-toasted-grasshoppers/ar-BBzQRAe </link> <BR> <BR> Well that's one snack I won't have to worry about <em>40</em> Sat, 15 Apr 2017 11:40:04 EST What's first at When you first open the sp site, what do you look at first? <BR> <BR> Sometimes it's the nutrition page to track, but I gravitate to Explore All Articles and Videos". Sat, 15 Apr 2017 06:54:54 EST What are your experiences getting a new doctor My last PCP moved & left me hanging to find a new dr. I called 2 drs this morning. The first can't see me for over 6 months. The 2nd took my info & said it will be a week before they can call me back & tell me if they will see me. <BR> <BR> Why is finding a new doctor so complicated? Anyone else had this experience? Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:50:43 EST Can someone please create an app That syncs with your body so that you can choose where your weight comes off first, and how much from each area. That way I can lose 2 inches from my waist rather than 2 cup sizes. Thanks. Tue, 11 Apr 2017 02:45:24 EST Feeling full I am so used to overeating, that I am having a hard time finding portion contentment. If I'm not hungry, I should be ok. But if I'm not full, I feel as though I haven't eaten enough. How long does it take to get used to being content with smaller portions? Mon, 10 Apr 2017 21:19:38 EST Avocado Is it really necessary to add "no skin or seeds" into the description on the food tracker? I mean. I have been hungry...but who's just going to eat the whole thing- skin, seed and all of an avocado? lol. Just found it humorous. :) Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:55:55 EST Feeling discriminated against My seat in the dialysis center has a ripped seat. I politely requested that they let me have the spare chair and let the ripped one be the spare but I got threatened with expulsion from the center! <BR> <BR> I don't think it's fair that other patients get a better chair! Why am I being singled out like this?! Sun, 9 Apr 2017 20:38:37 EST Think save money instead of spending My suggestion is to save money as much as you can instead of spending will help you loose weight and give you more strength. Look at all rich people are in good shape because they always think about money only eat when they have time. Sun, 9 Apr 2017 13:18:18 EST upset over small losses One day my Mom was tidying the table. I noticed that she also picked up one of her recipe books and I told her but she brushed me off. That resulted in her looking for that recipe book the next week but not finding it because she threw it out along with the scrap paper. I did try to tell her but she wouldn't listen! <BR> <BR> The a few weeks back she threw out a perfectly good bpa free bottle because she forgot that she bought it for herself. I tried to tell her but she wouldn't listen. So, ... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 04:39:29 EST How do you know when... I saw a picture on Sparkpeople of a young female model that had a Jill St. John like hairdo where the hair goes all over the place. If you have a hairdo like that, how do you know when to comb your hair?? Fri, 7 Apr 2017 19:37:17 EST Can you suggest me any entertaining dance workout? I am getting bored doing the same routine over and over. Thanks in advance <BR> Thu, 6 Apr 2017 11:35:03 EST Bizarre Underwear Trend - Would You Wear ... Camel toe underwear ? <BR> <BR> You can not make this stuff up. You can read the article for yourselves. Google search Daily Mail and camel toe if you don't want to use the link. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>376456/Are-camel-toe-knickers-bizarre-<BR>underwear-trend.html </link> <BR> <BR> Here are the before and after photos. There is silicon gel padding to create the camel toe in the crotch. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 5 Apr 2017 12:36:47 EST what keeps you full I seem to be starving by lunchtime, I eat breakfast at 8:30am and lunch at 1:30pm. I like to eat food instead of a liquid meal. Eggs whites, salsa,canadian bacon and cheese are my go to breakfast, what am I missing? Tue, 4 Apr 2017 18:20:09 EST Wrist circumference and body frame size? I've always been self conscious about my wrists. I think they are to thick. According to, you can determine your body frame size measuring your wrist with a tape measure and using this chart: <BR> <BR> Women: <BR> <BR> Height under 5'2" <BR> Small = wrist size less than 5.5" <BR> Medium = wrist size 5.5" to 5.75" <BR> Large = wrist size over 5.75" <BR> <BR> Height 5'2" to 5' 5" <BR> Small = wrist size less than 6" <BR> Medium = wrist size 6" to 6.25" <BR> Large = wrist size... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 11:59:58 EST Stiffing a waiter/waitress Last night we dined at a local mom/pop type restaurant. There were 5 adults seated across from us who ordered full course dinners. The waitress was very attentive and brought over additional servings of bread and coffee. After the group left, I heard the waitress comment that no tip was left on the table or added to the credit card bill. The group seemed pleased with the service and the menu...they just stiffed the tip. I don't think that's right, do you? Mon, 3 Apr 2017 11:50:36 EST Recording what you eat - once a day or every time? Hello All - I'm curious for those of you who are successful at recording everything you eat every day, do you record every time you eat something or wait til the end of the day, or something in between? What works for you? And how do you remind yourself to record? Sun, 2 Apr 2017 11:21:39 EST The Single Persons Grocery List I need to clean out the unhealthy foods and replace with some good food. I reduced eating to the recommended amounts of foods such as peanuts. Freezing some fruit and vegetables such has grapes and green peppers helps extend them. <BR> I have been blending apples, bananas, low-fat strawberry yogurt, and red seedless grapes. That has been my dinner for the last four days The old advice eat less move more to lose weight is helpful, but you need the fuel of eating healthy in order to m... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 08:46:44 EST Do You weigh everyday? I had always thought it was not good to weigh every day because weight can fluctuate but I've only been back with Spark for 11 day and so far weighing everyday is keeping me focused. Soooooo, I think I'll keeping weighing everyday until the plateau comes (which is probably a ways off since I am more than 100 lbs over my healthy weight!) Fri, 31 Mar 2017 19:45:55 EST Spark meal plan/menu Has anyone tried using Sparks recommended meals for the day? Or just do the tracking your own? And if so, which did you prefer? Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:53:59 EST Team points Where and why did the Team Points disappear? <BR> or did they? <BR> are they still accessible.? <BR> if so how?. <BR> <BR> 2nd request Fri, 31 Mar 2017 08:29:13 EST KNEE PAIN What have you found to be the best exercise for extreme knee pain? Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:49:37 EST Don't guilt me out. If someone has a problem with you, it's their problem, not yours. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:50:04 EST hard for the mind to remember. If I find any pleasure i the unhealthy breakfast this morning, it will be difficult to remember this afternoon. The mind will have forgotten but the body will remember. fatigue will tell me, perhaps an ache in the back. If I eat well i will not remember that either. but maybe i'll be better able to pay attention. Perhaps a trip to the bath room. I'll have a clearer mind and body. Probably I will not wonder why or give it a thought. Still life will be better. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:55:33 EST Anyone tried or heard of the program Weightnot? I would love to hear if anyone has tried the program called Weightnot. Any info/opinions would be very much appreciated. <BR> Thank you in advance :) Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:50:13 EST What are your favorite podcasts? Hello, Sparkers! We're working on a list of awesome podcasts to listen to during walks and hikes, and we'd love to include your recommendation! Are there any amazing health/fitness podcasts that you love to play while exercising (or just relaxing)? Please comment here, or feel free to drop an email to <BR> <BR> Have a happy, healthy Monday! <BR> Melissa Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:40:19 EST Contrave I just started contrave and on my second week. I have not noticed any appetite surprised but I'm sweating! What can anyone tell me about this contrave any success? Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:53:30 EST Daughter stressing me out causing health problems I'm 40 years old and completely stressed. It is stress and aggravation with my life that drives me to chain smoke cigarettes and overeat and gain weight. I'm raising a 16 year old girl who has decided to be lesbian. And when I say decided, I mean it. She was not born his way. She told me this herself. I am hoping its a phase, as most parents would. Perhaps she is BI. Im hoping for that. <BR> I'm seeking help on how to cope with my teenage daughter Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:58:10 EST Funny Why is it that when you hurt yourself you feel pain immediately, but it takes 20 minutes for you to feel fullness after eating. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:57:23 EST Had weight loss surgery? Be quoted in an article! Hi all! I'm a writer here at SparkPeople. We're working on a piece about weight loss surgery experiences - the good, bad, and in between. We're looking to feature quotes and thoughts from SparkPeople members. <BR> <BR> Maybe you regret it, or maybe it was the best decision you've ever made. Either way, we'd love to hear from you. <BR> <BR> Below are some questions: <BR> <BR> - How long ago did you have surgery, and what kind? <BR> - Before surgery, were you doing anything to try and lose ... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:28:29 EST Great news for Cracker Barrel lovers Just went to Cracker Barrel on Wednesday and they were just introducing new menus which list the nutrition information for every item they have. If you love Cracker Barrel like I do, then this might be helpful to you. The nutrition information has also been posted to their website under the FAQ section. <BR> Trying to post the link for everyone, so hope you can open it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>a/CrackerBarrel/Nutrition/320_nutritio<BR>n_guide.pdf?la=en </li... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:48:53 EST What do you grow in your garden Everything Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:08:03 EST Pregnant-gaining too much weight I used this site for a long time when I needed to lose my last 20 pounds (80 pounds total) but stopped using it when I started to maintain my weight. <BR> I went through lots of ups and downs including gaining 20 pounds in the year leading up to my pregnancy. <BR> Already 20 pounds heavier than I'm comfortable with I continued gaining through stressful events such as moving and a job change. <BR> At 23 weeks I now am 166 lbs (closer to 200 where I started than 115, my lowest) and it's freakin... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:40:10 EST Whata ya thunk 3/21/17 Always keep your gym bag packed and ready to go to prevent forgetfulness and exercise excuses. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:44:55 EST I'm looking for health insurance suggestions I might be changing health insurance companies and wondered if anyone had one they would recommend. Like a website or something. <BR> The one I am on right now I pay over $200. and they won't pay for anything related to my thyroid because I was diagnosed before I was covered by them. <BR> So I was thinking of looking for another one, but are they all like that? <BR> I don't go to the Drs. Often. last year I only went once and that was a yearly check up for my thyroid. I don't plan on getting ... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:59:47 EST Just Started 21-Day Fix My whole body hurts <em>40</em> , but I feel like I'm in the zone now. Has anyone else tried this? Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:20:20 EST What would you do if you found out your partner What would you do if you found out your partner was infertile? <BR> If you were engaged but not married yet, and recently found out your partner was diagnosed infertile by their doctor.Would this be a deal breaker for you? Would you still get married? Why or why not? Would you be willing to try infertility treatment even if it meant spending a lot of money, time, being in pain, & possible heartbreak - not to mention the possibility of it not even working? Opinions. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:37:35 EST Garmin Watch I am looking at a new fitness watch. The apple watch doesn't track well, inside or outside. <BR> <BR> I like the Garmin 235, but also like the 735xt. Does anyone have suggestions or feedback? Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:21:45 EST Turn every goal into an immediate action. Turn every goal into an immediate action. Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:54:12 EST It isn't fair!!! Beauty and The Beast has been postponed indefinitely in Malaysian cinemas. The Malaysian government has a problem with the homosexual elements in the movie. So, we can't see it. It might even be banned permanently! Sun, 19 Mar 2017 07:55:29 EST What do you have in your makeup kit? I have a few eyeshadows and lippies. Not much. I've stopped buying makeup in general because I'm too lazy to keep on applying makeup. I only apply makeup when I'm feeling like it or when I am going to some sort of event. <BR> <BR> I only have a few eyeshadows, I don't have that many colors. I am so tempted to buy a naked eyeshadow pallet but I know I'll never finish using them all! So I'm refraining from buying. I will buy only when I've used up all I have. <BR> <BR> I bought a Laneige Chr... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 05:20:37 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day Have a fun-filled St Paddy's and a wonderful weekend! <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:54:16 EST Healthy treats to take to a movie I have taken hummus and veggies, as well as sliced apples to the movies to snack on. What are some of your favorite healthy snacks you take to avoid the unhealthy temptations sold there? Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:33:41 EST WL loss ticker question Hello, <BR> <BR> How and where do you add a weight loss ticker? Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:20:23 EST What does maintaining weight look like for you? Over the last 6 years or so I have been trying to maintain my weight at 160 pounds. Not much luck though. If I am not ever vigilant I can balloon up to 170 and over very easily. I seem to cycle from 155 pounds to 160 pounds. When I get down to 155 I try to add some calories to maintain and I end up going up to 160 in a few weeks. Then back down some calories until I get to 155 again. I would love to be able to settle in to a calorie range that keeps me at 160 plus or minus about 3 pounds. Has... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:56:18 EST Bloating Does any one feel bloated even at the smallest meal ,& if so what do you do ? Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:57:19 EST Diverticulitis I was diagnosed with diverticulitis. I have had two flare-ups in the last four months. I also have fatty liver disease. I don't know what I can or can't eat. Help!!!! Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:30:33 EST Oh No!!!!! I was just informed by someone who is leaving SparkPeople that there are no more point levels - is that true??? I've been so focused on my upset about the team flags that I didn't even notice the levels were gone. I've been here for many, many years and those were important to me. I'm brokenhearted. <BR> <BR> I read somewhere that Spark Guy said they don't have a huge budget to do everything they'd like to do. Just stop changing the things that people count on!!! You've got people working f... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 23:01:50 EST Netflix series What are your favorite series on Netflix? I need some new ones for my watchlist! Thanks! Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:55:33 EST What Worked (and DIDN'T Work) for You? Hope everyone is having a healthy and happy day! <BR> <BR> I'm looking for some feedback from our awesome members for an article we're working on. <BR> <BR> Obviously, everyone's weight loss journey is different, and what works for one person won't necessarily work for everyone. We'd love for you to share your personal experiences with trial and error, and how you figured out what WASN'T working and then made adjustments. For example, maybe you had to make a slight tweak to your nutrition... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:25:47 EST How Did You Quit Sugar for Good? Attention, former sugar addicts! <BR> <BR> For a future article, I'm looking for SparkPeople members who were able to give up sugar for good, after being hooked on it for a long time. I'd love to hear about how you finally kicked the habit... any tips, tricks or recommendations are welcome! <BR> <BR> You can respond to this post or email me directly at <BR> <BR> Thanks so much for your input! <BR> Melissa Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:04:53 EST CELEBRATION COMING In just 6 weeks plus a few days I will celebrate getting out of the Air Force 50 years ago!! If the Air Force extended my enlistment for 1 year and $10,000 bonus I would have been sent to Viet Nam and I would not have found my wife of one year later who I married in Dec. 1968!! So, thanks Air Force! I love this country, but 4 years was enough, and I love my wife more after 48+ years!!! Mon, 13 Mar 2017 22:53:09 EST What happened to... the Spark Teams on the start page? Were they moved or removed? If removed, why? Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:59:35 EST Piyo Wondering if anybody is doing Piyo, and thoughts on it. Are you seeing results? I just received my videos Saturday and did my first workout this morning. I have been doing some of my old FIRM videos. I am already sore from this mornings workout, so I anticipate I should see some results with it. Anyway, just curious what others think of it. Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:51:21 EST PLEASE PROVIDE MORE LINKS TO THE FRIEND FEED! TYI Scientific studies have found that people lose weight and heal much better if they have the support of friends. The friend feed of SparkPeople is a wonderful way to get the support of many online friends. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople should do everything possible to encourage its members to use this fantastic feature of Spark. Please give it more links and publicity!!! <BR> Thank you to Spark for giving us this gift! <BR> <BR> Please forward this message to other message boards to get more suppor... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 21:03:09 EST What are you grateful for today? What are you grateful for today? <BR> I am grateful for being quietly at home to recover from my accident last week- I fell and dislocated my knee but evaded surgery- something else to be grateful for ! <BR> <em>239</em> 'Kat <em>661</em> Sun, 12 Mar 2017 10:24:54 EST question I've recently purchased a new (used) car. I'm a resident of SC, but working in OK (which is where I bought the car). My previous car was listed under my parents name as the owner (they live in AR), with me being the driver and was covered under their insurance. Since my car is newer than the previous car, I know the insurance will probably be higher, so I'd like to start doing my own insurance. The car is insured, but it's time for me to do it for myself, but I digress. My previous car had be... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 15:17:28 EST What happened to the team flags? The ones you click to get Spark points? They disappeared from the start page yesterday and I can't find them again. Sat, 11 Mar 2017 11:28:42 EST Where is the Friend Feed I used to be able to access the Friend Feed but it seems to have disappeared. I click under community and no longer see it. Thu, 9 Mar 2017 21:34:11 EST What Happened? There was a site in the 3rd section where one got extra points each getting on one of the sections of community. You got up to 5 selections, each one ranging from 1 point to 50 points in each of the five sections. Where did it go?? Thu, 9 Mar 2017 20:47:14 EST Food Tracker??? Is there any way to enter calories, carbs, sugars, etc. for food items not in the system? If so, please explain how to do that. Thanks. Thu, 9 Mar 2017 15:31:15 EST New Community Goal Feed Feature! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Below is the announcement with all of the details about our new Community Goal Feed feature: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=check_out_sparkpeoples_new_communit<BR>y_goal_feed </link> <BR> <BR> We think this feed will make it even easier for people to share and get the support they need to reach all of their healthy living goals. <b>We're hoping you all can play a key role in being active in the feed, both by your own posting and commen... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 10:32:02 EST Does anyone here really have one of those bodies? I was just wondering anyone here actually has one of those beautiful, tiny, fit bodies I see online? Thu, 9 Mar 2017 00:50:33 EST ......Or is it just me? For a while now, I've been thinking the message boards seem less active than they used to be? Maybe because of this? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ing/fewer-heavy-americans-are-trying-t<BR>o-lose-weight-study-finds/ar-AAnYOqg?O<BR>CID=ansmsnnews11 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>31</em> <em>805</em> Wed, 8 Mar 2017 15:06:13 EST Looking for more Spark friends I could use some extra motivation, support and accountability and also want to share that with you. Let me know if you want to connect! <em>223</em> Tue, 7 Mar 2017 11:51:26 EST Crazy Minnesota Weather! Yesterday, it appears that tornadoes may have touched down near the towns of Orrock and Zimmerman, MN. I am not 100% sure if the National Weather Service has officially confirmed them but if so, they would be the earliest tornadoes in Minnesota in weather recorded history. Thankfully, no life was lost; just property damage. Of course, we had snow this morning. Tue, 7 Mar 2017 06:17:11 EST 2 deaths! Another dialysis patient passed on last night! <BR> <BR> And a church member passed on this morning! <BR> <BR> Life is short! Treasure your life! <BR> <BR> I have to be better at fluid restriction or I could be next! Mon, 6 Mar 2017 03:43:20 EST Blue tooth chest monitor app What app have you found to work best, and with most information, using a Blue Tooth chest monitor? Mon, 6 Mar 2017 00:58:14 EST Bobs Red Mill What is bobs red mill on the diet plan? Sun, 5 Mar 2017 07:53:54 EST tracker transition Hi all, <BR> Well, today marks my first full week of using my Garmin Vivofit 3 and I find myself missing my SparkTracker more every day. <BR> Ugh. <BR> I was so happy with a basic tracker that was water resistant *and* accurate ! <BR> I got the Vivofit 3 as it would allow me to use it in the pool but it has been an interesting transition. <BR> <BR> Monday ~ 2x 60min classes (aquazumba and water aerobics), both pretty intense ... Vivofit picked up "12 min of intense activity" !!! Oy vey ! Now... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 12:38:37 EST Website Topic? What do you think would be a good website topic? <BR> <BR> For example, creating a website that is church-related. <BR> <BR> Many thanks in advance. <BR> <BR> Thu, 2 Mar 2017 15:05:27 EST Herbal life Has anyone tried herbal life and is it helping with weightloss Thu, 2 Mar 2017 00:23:44 EST Bob Harper has heart attack! Bob Harper, the trainer on the Biggest Loser Tv show had a heart attack recently at age 51. He claims it is genetic but I disagree. His mother died early of a heart attack. Well so did my father (age 51 and his father, age 52) yet at 65 this year I have no health problems and my brother 9 years older than me also is alive and well. <BR> <BR> I think his lifestyle and eating habits are somewhat to blame. He wrote a diet book years back and said women who want to lose weight should eat 7... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 23:18:16 EST Weight loss KIK group? Let me know if you're interested in making/joining one! Or if anyone can direct me to one. etc. <BR> <BR> Kik is a mobile app that you can chat on without exchanging phone numbers/facebook/personal info. I'm hoping to start or join one with people around my weight and age (college, 100+lbs to lose) but obviously I'm open to anyone. <BR> <BR> Just think it would be good for support as I'm rarely on an actual computer to come here! And I like IM better than message boards! Wed, 1 Mar 2017 16:09:32 EST July 4.2017? Starting today if I put more effort into eating better, exercise, skin care, and basically every area of life will have I met lots of goals and be fantastic by July 4,2017 Wed, 1 Mar 2017 12:23:51 EST Weight Ticker ?? I can't recall how to get a ticker on my signature space. Would appreciate help. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Linda Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:13:14 EST Intermittent Fasting -- whats your experience? I read a lot recently about the benefits of intermittent fasting (aka keeping to a shorter eating window of approx. 8 hours versus fasting for 16 hours). Even with exercise and a good, healthy diet, I have hit a plateau and the fat loss/weight loss is excruciatingly slow. Has anyone here tried IF and if so what was it like for you? Anything to avoid or do well making IF a success? Please share. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:11:52 EST Food Waste What is the dollar amount of the food you may throw away each month if any? I have one friend who said she buys fresh fruits and vegetables with the intension of eating them before they spoil but it doesn't always work out that way. Another friend freezes everything to the point that even the freezer food goes bad and dumped. Statistically they say we waste a lot. I find if I do food shopping several times a week I don't waste but if I do a big shopping for a couple of weeks I waste. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:29:31 EST Standing desks for office jobs Hi all, <BR> I wasn't sure where to post this, so I thought I'd try here. I was looking for opinions on standing desks for office work. I sit at a desk for 9 hours a day, and my company will usually buy a standing desk if someone requests one, but seeing as how expensive they are, I'm a bit hesitant to request the expense. <BR> <BR> I know standing for part of the day isn't going to take the place of exercise, nor is it going to make my job more active or physical, but are they truly wor... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:56:15 EST A Dog's Purpose : a Review! Absolutely adorable! So touching! I nearly cried at a few points! <BR> <BR> A must see for dog lovers! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:35:46 EST Am I spending too much on food? I spend over $200 a month on food. I budget $200 but always go over. Is that alot? Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:31:15 EST What are your best meals for losing weight? I find the a few routine meals that I really like work well for me for lunch. I am still looking for those for dinner. Breakfast too as I don't really like breakfast foods - or they are typically fatty. <BR> <BR> Go to typically for me are: <BR> breakfast <BR> fruit <BR> yougurt <BR> cheese sticks <BR> <BR> lunch <BR> zero point soup <BR> cottage cheese <BR> cheese sticks <BR> pretzels <BR> <BR> dinner: <BR> <BR> help! <BR> What are your best dinner meals for losing weight? Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:37:47 EST 2 story house 2 thermostats cental heat and air Just do you keep your upstairs and downstairs temperatures set for winter and same question for summer? <BR> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 21:20:20 EST walking yes, I did walk today take doggie on a 15-25 min walk each day trying to incorporate a 10 minute aerobics session but I'll admit I don't always do it each day. we'll started 1500 calories a day Nov 29th 2016 at 170lbs and now 155lb I had 5 candy kisses and 2 packets of sixlet candy for Valentine's Day ice cream blue bunny almost each night for dessert and lots of coffee with creamer I'm very satisfied on this diet 3 months now that I will extend it another 3 months March, April and May... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:50:56 EST Temptation tonight I am having a tough evening. Hubby is munching on a bowl of Crunchy Cheetos. I'm going to ignore it. Really I am. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:53:00 EST So coconut oil doesn't seem to work I've been using coconut oil twice a day for about a month on my eye creases. No changes at all! Eye cream is so expensive that I can't afford it. What are my options now? Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:46:33 EST Who's tried the new Halo ice cream? I hear Halo is a new ice cream product and it's supposedly only 240/pint. I was at Kroger yesterday and saw the price ($4.99) and thought, NOT!! What's your take on this latest offering to soothe the sweet tooth without all the fat? <em>211</em> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:12:46 EST Help!!! I m craving Cheetos!!! puffed flaming hot cheetos, to be exact! I m drolling over the imagined crunch! But they are so high in sodium and full of coloring!!! <BR> <BR> I know I shouldn't have them but I want them!!! Arrrrrrggggghhhhh! Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:10:00 EST Protein powder Hi all, new hoping someone can tell me about a good tasting but cheap whey protein powder.please and thanks Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:09:11 EST Invite Friend to Spark People I can't remember where I go to send a friend an email to invite them to join S <BR> park People. Please help! Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:25:16 EST good morning sp friends and good morningtoevery one...i have put on my 50s music and moving and groovin is this considered exercise <BR> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:46:39 EST What HP House Are You? I am sure there are enough Potterheads on here that we can have a great chat going on! <BR> <BR> I am a Ravenclaw, but I always have had a soft spot for Gryffindor :) so I have a bunch of gold and red stuff in the house. My husband, however, took the sorting hat quiz and let his green and silver flag fly, as the second proud Slytherin in my life! Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:32:49 EST Want to Join a Great Challenge Team? HERE IS A CHALLENGE GROUP FOR YOU. <BR> <BR> Are you having a difficult time staying motivated, doing your exercises, eating right, drinking your water? Do you need some friendly challenges and competition to get out of your rut? <BR> <BR> Why not join the BIGGEST LOSER TEAM? We're a group of men and women, all ages, all fitness levels, all striving to live a healthier life. Regardless of fitness level, whether you're new to healthy eating or a seasoned pro, there's always something to lea... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:14:49 EST SP Premium I have to say, I love not having ads all over the place! I paid the $29.99 one time fee and so far, so good :) Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:25:13 EST Shaker Bottle Help Is it just me or do shaker bottles tend to stink up after a few weeks to a month? Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:05:58 EST I don't want to be fat at 40 <em>39</em> <BR> I will be turning 40 in October and I don't to be as heavy as I am now. My goal is to be under 150 lbs. , it would be nice not to have to use that 150 lbs. or 200 lbs. weight slide on the manual scale. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:09:05 EST Great advice <BR> <BR> <BR> "GREAT is ENOUGH <BR> <BR> NUGGET OF WISDOM <BR> <BR> 3 things in Life that you can’t recover: The word after it’s said, the moment after it’s missed, and the time after it’s gone." Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:02:59 EST