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 What is your word for today? Mine is "beginnings". I'm back on the path, putting one foot in front of the other. I'm going to be successful this time. Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:19:38 EST What do you love about fall today? I love the beautiful colors, and they're everywhere. I work at Michaels and when I get to work I am surrounded by autumn decor, and I love that! Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:18:09 EST STUPID WEEKENDS!!! The weekends totally throw me off of my plan!! During the week I am AWESOME!! On the weekends I stink. I think it may be because my routine is off. I need to get better!! Does anyone have any good tips for sticking with it on the weekend??? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance!!! <BR> <BR> Corine Tue, 2 Sep 2014 11:05:59 EST You weigh less in the mornings Here's a short little video which explains why you weigh less in the mornings than at any other time of the day. <em>36</em> <BR> <BR><BR>gh-less-morning-040000120.html?vp=1 Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:51:58 EST Galaxy Tab 2 with Sparkpeople Does Sparkpeople work with the Galaxy Tab 2? Tue, 2 Sep 2014 07:05:08 EST Do you use Spark Coach? After the free trial did you continue to use Spark Coach? Tue, 2 Sep 2014 06:44:42 EST not a good idea but for discussion's sake..... Could you finish a whole carton or pint of ice-cream? <BR> <BR> I know I could, if I don't control myself! AND I don't even have a sweet tooth! What abt those ppl who do?! <BR> <BR> I m just curious here! Tue, 2 Sep 2014 00:22:05 EST woooooooohooooo!!! I have September off! No worship duty at all this month! <BR> <BR> Which means no Saturday pracitice and I don't have to go to church an hour early on Sunday this month! WooooooHooooooo! <BR> <BR> I get to sleep in every Saturday in September! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 23:49:32 EST Sparkling Ice Have you tried it! It is favorite is Peach Necterine! Such a treat! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:28:14 EST What came first, the chicken or the Egg Beaters I have been back with Sparkpeople for 9 days now and today I finished the last of the dozen eggs that were in the fridge. I will be buying some egg beaters (redi egg from TJs) today. <BR> <BR> What is your choice, eggs or egg beaters? Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:17:18 EST Retirement Age At what age did you retire? or At what age do you plan on retiring? <BR> <BR> My answer January 2009 age 58. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:12:32 EST Spark People Meal Plans Hello Fellow Sparkisters....I just have a question since I am very new here...I really need structure so I decided to follow the meal plans on SP...but the issue that I have is that the meal plans sometimes don't go well together...I mean for a snack on my first day it asks for black beans, yogurt and a fruit....seriously...that food combination is horrible...and because of the food choices this meal plan groups together it has thrown me off to follow the there any suggestions from... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:56:44 EST Ticker I see some people on here with tickers that show things other than weight. I would love to have a fitness minutes ticker, or a body fat percentage ticker as opposed to the weight one. How can I change it? <BR> <BR> Edit: Oops, found it. Should have looked harder before asking. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:02:39 EST blah I am feeling blah today and dont know why? Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:38:14 EST Fancy Mystery Boxes/Think it's worth it? Just found out about this. Curious if you get these, what you think. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:54:03 EST How do you make change the pictures that appear? When I upload new pictures to my page, how do I make sure they show up on the main spark page? Thanks Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:53:24 EST Dogs in the grocery store I was rather taken aback to see two different people walking their dogs in the grocery store tonight. <BR> <BR> Does anyone think this is acceptable? <BR> <BR> Personally, I don't think any animal belongs anywhere where food is being sold or served. With the exception of patio areas that are designated as dog friendly. <BR> <BR> People seem to think they can take their dogs, restaurants, libraries etc. <BR> <BR> I love my pets and get great enjoyment from them. (Curre... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:09:43 EST Store Brand vs. Name Brand I had this on another topic thread, but I thought it would go better here: <BR> <BR> I tried a name brand albacore tuna today that doesn't taste nearly as good as the Great Value brand of the same type tuna at Walmart. I was pleasantly surprised to learn this. <BR> <BR> Have you found this to be true of other less expensive products? I'm interested in saving money! Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:34:20 EST End or summer plans - what are you doing? Hikiking a different trail each weekend Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:45:10 EST Big Mabelline ad on the top, Dare to Go Bare I can't help myself, that huge ad at the top from Mabelline, "Dare to Go Bare", has these piles of different colors of brown, that look like pieces of different flavors of chocolate fudge, homemade or whatever.................sort of odd, but I guess it caught my attention, so it sort of worked. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:47:34 EST today How is everyone doing today? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:07:18 EST Must shut up....don't say it ....keep quiet... But it's so dang hard! <BR> <BR> I'm a nice person (most of the time lol). I'm a nurse. I want to help people. I want you to be healthy and to feel good physically and psychologically. I want to teach and support and provide you with every resource that I can find to help you make your life better. If you want it, need it and it's good for you I'm there. <BR> <BR> Having said that ....I work with 4 people that are overweight. <BR> <BR> One is about 20 pounds up, but is working out and eat... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:03:22 EST TOPS What is TOPS? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:38:53 EST Oooops! Fell back - big time. After losing 24lbs in in 20 weeks, felt good, got off my diabetic meds, felt so positive....what the heck happened? <BR> Well, I had a couple of physical setbacks, that gradually let my mind-set change back to it's old way of thinking, which caused me to gain 7 lbs ---and I want desperately to get back on track. <BR> This is all in my head. I know that. So why did I lose control? And how can I get it back? <BR> OK, I walked this morning... that's good. today I start tracking my food ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:08:26 EST Body Changes mid30s Hi all. I began using this site after my daughter was born in 2005. I lost 60 pounds since her birth, and I have been able to maintain my weight for several years.I exercise daily and track my calories. However, over the past few months my clothes seem to be getting tighter (especially around my belly) while I have actually lost a few pounds according to my scale. Has anyone experienced anything similar? It's really disheartening, and I'm at a loss for what to do to combat the issue... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:36:13 EST Pop up adds I know that pop up adds support this site, and I don't mind when they are on the sides or even the top of the page. Today they started getting so annoying by pushing the page content down so I have to keep scrolling to post something. Makes me want to boycott the sponsors that do this. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:39:43 EST tgif THANG GOD IT'S FRIDAY! I NEED A DAY OUT OF THIS FLORIDA HEAT! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:45:55 EST What a cool techie thing! Octopus camouflage! wow <BR> <link><BR>-inspired-camouflage-material-blends-i<BR>nto-environment </link> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:33:34 EST Need a new sparkie for motivation Hi, trying to connect to other journeymen and women. Need to read and interact with people who are trying to get healthy. This is an amazing site. I am getting better at recording my info. I have been periodically logging in and out...lost for awhile. I have been at it for more than a week. Noticed I haven't had anyone connected. The blogs and communities are great for reading. Just connecting and seeing everyone else's accomplishment can be a motivator. Good day! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:05:11 EST Neti Pot What's your experience with using a neti pot? Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:27:43 EST Inches I am not losing weight but my clothes are fitting better. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:38:47 EST water plus I like to drink water with lemon and lime, without the sugar, yum! So refreshing. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:35:41 EST walk the mall I completed my workout this morning for today and now I am going to the mall for a 2-3 mile walk. Should be fun! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:30:58 EST Fractured Ankle I fractured my ankle 4 days ago. I am looking for cardio suggestions. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:49:31 EST It's finally sinking in Hi! I just recently closed my sp account (an old one I didn't use) and rejoined sp. I finally realize that sp is not a diet. It is a life change tool. In the past I used to be ravenously hungry in the evening and even though I had calories left that I could use I didn't use them. In other words I was dieting. Since restarting I'm eating all my calories if I'm hungry. I realize now (finally) that this is a lifestyle change. I think that is a big hurdle for me. I'm no longer ravenous and am get... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:25:57 EST hello hello Jangeline <BR> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:18:15 EST Coffee Creamer Sugar Free or Fat Free? I use French Vanilla Creamer and could not live without it. <BR> Fat Free has 25 calories per serving and 0 Fat <BR> Sugar Free has 15 calories per serving and 1 gr Fat. <BR> <BR> Which do you use, what's the difference/ Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:28:14 EST Kindle "books" Does anyone else find Kindle books less satisfying than paper editions? I have quite a few on mine... but the editing is awful, a lot of the content is seriously sub-par and amateurish (despite rave reviews)... <BR> <BR> I guess I'm talking mostly about the inexpensive things I keep getting touted in my emails. It goes back to the "you get what you pay for", I suppose. What should I expect of a book for 99¢, or $2.99? Still... how tough is it to run a spell- *AND* grammar-checker on these t... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:05:18 EST Work/Life Balance What advice would you give someone who is starting their career in their 20's as far as work / life balance goes... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:03:52 EST Second page of friend feed With the changes, I can't get to the second page of my friend feed page - there is no "next" button to click on at the bottom. It's frustrating - am I missing something? Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:01:21 EST What do you think of the new message board layout? I'm personally not a fan. The titles of the different threads are not bolded so it makes it harder to read. I hope SP changes it back or makes it easier to read because right now a first year graphics design student could do better in Microsoft Frontpage. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:53:41 EST what do you think of designer labels? Like Coach, Prada, Louis Vutton that costs an insane amount of money? <BR> <BR> Personally, I wouldn't be spending that much on a handbag, piece of clothing or whatever, just in order to boast of having it. It's such a waste of money. <BR> <BR> I also don't believe in getting more shoes or bags or whatever it is if I have enough of them to use. My weakness is white gold and diamond jewellery but even then, I would only spend a few hundred, not thousands! <BR> <BR> What abt you? Tue, 26 Aug 2014 03:08:08 EST Candy Crush Saga - Whats your level? Any other Crushers out there? I think quitting food will be easier than trying to stop playing Candy Crush Saga. Level 327 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:14:00 EST weight loss and Levothyroxine I have been taking Levothyroxine for over 10 years now. I never had a problem with dose until just a few weeks back. As soon as I got down to 155 pounds, I noticed that I was flush all the time, sweating all night long, hot all the time, and my muscles started twitching all the time. I called the doctor and they gave me a blood test that confirmed that my dose is too high. After a week these symptoms are still with me. My doctor told me to be patient. Anyone know how long it should take to ge... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:21:12 EST Monday today is Monday and what has your day been like today? Mine has been good day. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:32:22 EST Looking for Active Members I've been on here for going on close to 4 years or you can imagine, most of my spark friends from way back when are now gone. I'd love to have some new spark friends that can motivate me again (I've gained the 40 some lbs back :(, ugh!) and that are consistently active. I'd love to be able to connect with people that have the same goals as me and are roughly the same age...20's to 30's, but by no means will I deny a friendship to anyone!!! <BR> <BR> I've lost my motivation and I want... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:09:00 EST can u afford to be fashionable? I have yet to get a cutout dress or blouse. That is the latest fashion. I have more than enough clothes, so I don't need more. But it would be nice to have the latest fashionable clothes but I just can't afford it right now! Mon, 25 Aug 2014 03:54:35 EST losing weight but not inches? For the last couple of weeks the number on the scale has gone down but my measurements have remained the same. How is this even possible? If I am losing weight shouldn't my measurements be changing as well? Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:29:37 EST Saturday Whats everybody doing today? Sat, 23 Aug 2014 10:42:40 EST vegetarian I am trying to find a good vegetarian diet for weight loss. I do not eat eggs or drink milk. I am having a hard time figuring out a meal plan. Thanks! Sat, 23 Aug 2014 03:34:05 EST Do You Have a "Go-To" Snack? Do you have a go-to snack for those moments that you just need something? For me, its 100 calorie pack pretzels. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:48:52 EST I am beyond thrilled! I have been taking long walks for cardio both in the mornings and evenings. I am also easing into a Pilates routine. I have noticed my lower belly pooch actually getting smaller! <BR> <BR> I will keep at it with the walking and Pilates! <BR> <BR> Here's to 6 pack abs! Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:41:28 EST Ebola Great news on the 2 patients who have recovered from Ebola. <BR> That is wonderful <BR> but ... does it seem a little fast to anyone else that they have released these 2 from the Atlanta hospital so fast...when a little over a month ago they were in critical condition. CDC feels they are not a threat to public health. <BR> <BR> They have recovered thanks to the experimental drug. But I would feel a lot better if they had waited until a lot more of the drug was available to release to p... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:26:56 EST I don't understand "POINTS" and "FRIENDING" What does it all mean!?! What the heck do points do for me? Why do I have "Spark Friends"? What is that all about? It's alllll sooooo confusing!!! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:16:33 EST Ordered a spark activity device??? no i didnt Have any of you notice that your status states you ordered an activity spark device? I didn't and yet it states that I have? Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:04:25 EST feeling bad I am feeling bad today and cant get myself going to do anything anybody else feel that way today? Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:18:17 EST I am back It has been almost one year since I damaged my old computer, so that is why I have not been online much. I now have a new iPad so I hope to be on more. It feels good to be back. I am struggling to lose last 20pounds and I need all the help I can get. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:57:07 EST Are there any medical assistants out there?? I start my medical assisting program on Tuesday and I am extremely nervous. Just looking for someone who can relate. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:56:05 EST Dramatic weight loss - good? Bad? Scary? I typically weigh every Monday. I started off at 331 pounds, my heaviest ever. My first week, I dropped about 9 pounds - typical. Two pounds the next week - progress. <BR> <BR> So I weighed myself this week, coming off a week of 320 pounds. I weigh on the same scale at the same time of day under the same circumstances. <BR> <BR> It showed my weight as 300 pounds. I tested it again - same. <BR> <BR> I'm a little concerned. I don't even know if this is real weight loss. Yes, I've been exerci... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:07:36 EST Belviq weight loss drug I decided to be my own guinea pig and try belviq a new weight loss drug that is advertised. I went to the official website and printed out a voucher or a free 15 day supply and got my dr. to prescribe it. I have to say....I'm FAMISHED on belviq! I realize drugs may affect people differently but this drug makes me hungry!!! I'm so glad I got to try it for free because it would have been a big disappointment had I had to pay for it. It costs over $200 a month. Then I got to researching it a bit... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:22:28 EST Any living organ donors out there? Part of the reason I'm on this weight loss journey is to get healthy as a potential living liver donor. I don't know anyone who has done this to turn to and ask questions about personal experiences with it. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:02:37 EST Finally got the nerve to post pictures... I'm finally 45 pounds down on my journey to awesomeness. I uploaded some before/during/present pictures on my spark page. I always like looking at other people's so I figured I would share mine! <BR> <BR> I have 40 more pounds to go. Should get there just in time to start 2015 the fit way! <BR> <BR> If any of y'all have pics of your journey, let me know and I will check them out! <BR> <BR> Good luck to all of you, it's worth the hard work. <BR> <BR> Nora <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:49:48 EST Does anyone just do only workout DVDs as exercise? I think I am going to quit the gym (expensive) and just do my workout DVD's. Is that enough? Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:48:03 EST Do You Play Mind Games with Your Inner Child? I wasn't a peanut butter fan as a kid...but I started making up for lost time. <BR> As a result, I looked for sales and stocked up when I found a great price...the problem is, that like everything else....when it's in the house, it calls out to my inner child. I found that buying the peanuts in the shell, unsalted, is less of a problem for me. No added ingredients. <BR> 20 peanuts = 1 serving. <BR> It takes time to shell the peanuts, and it fills the bowl...makes my inner child happy.... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:05:53 EST Love John Oliver on Misleading Food Ads As smart as I am about healthy choices in the supermarket, I still get drawn into looking at products that advertise the words: Natural...Heart choice...antioxidant...and...of course...low-fat. <BR> That's why watching John Oliver's LAST WEEK TONIGHT is so refreshing. <BR> Educating people to open their minds and think about the facts is a lesson we should re-learn over and over. <BR> <BR> In April a show about Misleading Food Ads was the topic on the show...I just w... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:10:21 EST Time sure does fly! Can you believe it's mid August already?! <BR> <BR> Soon, it'll be Christmastime again! <BR> <BR> I m already planning for Christmas! <BR> <BR> I can't believe that I've already been on dialysis for almost 10 years! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 03:20:55 EST Iced Coffee I just discovered iced coffee quite by accident. I poured coffee into my glass of ice cubes instead of water. Where is my head! Hmm so I added some Truvia and little half n half. Not bad but I am thinking chocolate would be good too. But I will leave well enough alone. <BR> <BR> Do you make your own iced coffee and how do you do it? <BR> <BR> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:54:38 EST Vision World Comments on Vision World--good and bad. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:19:02 EST Doc suggest wt loss <BR> Hi all, <BR> My doc recommended me to lose weight. <BR> Did any of your physicians talk about your weight? How did they approach the topic? Did it offend you? <BR> <BR> Should healthcare providers even talk to us about weight loss? Is it their business? <BR> Next thing you know, will nurses and pharmacists get involved too????? Sat, 16 Aug 2014 20:55:39 EST what's the most delicious food you enjoyed today? Food was meant to be enjoyed! What was your favorite meal or snack for today? <BR> I had a delicious tuna salad sandwich! It had almonds, cranberries, celery, boiled eggs, and tomatoes in it! Yummy!!! Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:39:22 EST weekend Whats everybody got going on this weekend? Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:26:32 EST Starting Over...and a little scared! Last year I was doing Great on Spark, but fell out of my rhythm. Of course, having been overweight most of my life, that little negative ninny in my head takes over my thoughts. "What makes you think it'll work this time?" "You always start and then never follow through". <BR> <BR> How do you beat that voice in your head? What do you tell yourself to get past it? How am I going succeed with my goals?? <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 09:52:31 EST When you go to a party.... I'm taking the boys to my nieces birthday party today. This is where I always fail. Good food, and A LOT of it! How do you resist the temptation when you're at a party? Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:59:34 EST Snacks I just received my first box of snacks from I've only tried two snacks so far but both were good. Since they offer a calorie counter box I thought it might be a good way to mix things up and try something new and different as I tend to get into ruts which then lead to boredom which eventually lead to trouble. Has anyone else tried a snack company like this to break up your eating routine? If so what and do you have any feedback? Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:28:10 EST Non fiction books Read any good non-fiction lately? Or have any favorites? Sat, 16 Aug 2014 06:44:11 EST Thank Goodness for Flame Broiler and Waba Grill Yesterday I took my boys to a small amusement park -- promising them lunch on the way home -- so we didn't have to end up eating the junk at the park. Of course they wanted McDonald's Happy Meals (which I did not want to partake in -- but I allowed them to get them because it is only an occasional occurrence -- less than once a month for them). A few blocks down the road I found a Waba Grill (with a drive thru). I had never been to it but it looked healthy and had a drive thru. I usually ... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:41:51 EST Smoking Pot Where do you stand on all changes in the marijuana laws? I can't believe it's finally happening, I never thought it would happen in my day. I was pretty much a daily smoker for many years. The only reason I stopped, about 5 years ago, was because my suppliers were getting arrested, I moved to a new town and it became hard to come by. My next vacation might have to be to Colorado! I think the government can make lots of tax dollars off of it. I do worry that the big tobacco industries wi... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:44:51 EST Another summertime scam Yesterday, a teenage boy rang my bell. The kid tells me that he is going off to college next week, and could I donate $50 to help with all of the expenses? As I'm shutting the door he says "OK, how about $5?" If he offered to mow the lawn, I would have given him $10. Really, what world does this kid live in expecting total strangers to shell out money? <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:04:11 EST trending vs. streaking I have been hanging around sparkpeople for over two years. I lost 40 plus but...found 30 of it again. excuses .... yeah I have a few. today when walking the dog I was thinking I almost had a streak going except for a couple of days when it didn't happen (insert excuse here). bottom line is I figure I'm better off not streaking because life can get in the way as long as I continue to trend towards regular dog walks and refusing the chip bowl when I can I may be better off. it's tha... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:59:03 EST Pathetic puppy- my excuse for not exercising today Just FYI - I usually work out an hour a day to the point of being a sweaty, drippy mess 6 or 7 days a week. <BR> But: <BR> We have a litter of 9 puppies that we are fostering. They are old enough to start getting spayed/neutered. Katy Ka Boom and Buster had their surgeries today. Buster acts like nothing happened. Katie is all pathetic, looks totally stoned and wants to just sleep in my lap. <BR> Everytime I put her down she whimpers cute and sad. She has an adoptive mommy waiting in t... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:22:15 EST Too close for comfort! A friend of mine, an elderly man, is now in hospital. He has been in hospital for more than 2 weeks now. He used to be physically able, driving himself to the dialysis center. Now he can't even walk! His son and daughter in law were driving him to the dialysis center prior to his admission to hospital. <BR> <BR> I was shocked when I saw him about a month ago. He wasn't the vibrant, healthy old man I knew. He looked so haggard! <BR> <BR> I'm feeling uncomfortable with this new state of him,... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:54:00 EST I Had A Dream That I reached level 20 and was all excited and then asked myself, "Now What"? So I am no longer obsessed by points. I want to look good, feel good, and be my best. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:25:55 EST Helicopter Parents I'm sitting in a tennis club with the 12 year old I nanny for. Well, he's taking a tennis lesson and I'm doing all kinds of random things. But this guy and his kid joined me in the cluster of chairs I'm sitting in. So far, all he's done in the 10 minutes they've been sitting here is nag his kid. "Don't eat that with your hands" It's a granola bar, how else is he supposed to eat that? "How much water have you had? Did you drink your whole bottle?" The kids is at least 10, probably 12. ... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:12:40 EST one down! I lost my first pound since I'm here! :D Anyone else just lose their first pound? :D Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:45:32 EST What do you do with failures? What do you do with the food when you try a recipe and it just doesn't work out? <BR> <BR> I tried a new type of fish, Swai. Hubby and I liked the seasoning I used but hated the taste of the fish. Soapy is the only way I can describe it. We threw away dinner and I gave the rest of the fish to my BFF. She and her hubby loved it! <BR> <BR> Would you eat the dinner? Or keep the fish and try another way of cooking it? Give it away? <BR> <BR> I tried a new lo fat/sugar cinnamon roll recipe, the... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:01:56 EST Would you dare wear a bikini if you had.... a lower belly pooch? A less than perfect body? <BR> <BR> I'm always a little self-conscious in my bikini! <BR> <BR> But I just wing it anyway because I love to swim so much. <BR> <BR> And bikinis are more convenient if you want to go to the loo! Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:15:41 EST Even a bad day is a good day. Sick as a dog, mother of three, 148 pounds overweight, and I work 11 hours a day. But...... even when I have a long, busy day at work. My babies have the apartment clean and keeping me positive and helping through this journey. I am ready two and a half weeks into this and I am staying positive. Besides, I have everything I need. Thank you God. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:26:36 EST HOW CAN YOU GET A GOOD MEAL AT A SENIOR FACILITY SENIOR FACILITIES OFFER WHAT THEY OFFER, & LOTS OF TIMES WITHOUT CONSULTING RESIDENTS. WE HAVE A MEETING EVERY TUESDAY MORNING WHERE RESIDENTS SAY WHAT THEY LIKE & DISLIKE ABOUT THE MEALS. UNFORTUNATELY, SOMEONE SUGGESTS A "WONDERFUL" MEAL THAT OTHERS DON'T LIKE SUCH AS LIVER OR OKRA. IF YOU ARE DISABLED AND CAN'T GET TO THE MEETING, YOU ARE OUT OF LUCK. SO MY ANSWER IS, I don't know. I THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE A SUGGESTION BOX IN A CENTRAL PLACE. THANKS FOR LISTENING. <em>652</em> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:57:07 EST US actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89 US actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89 -- <BR> <BR> US film and stage actress Lauren Bacall has died at the age of 89. <BR> <BR> Her Hollywood career spanned seven decades, with a memorable debut aged 19 opposite her future husband, Humphrey Bogart, in To Have and Have Not. More than 50 years later, The Mirror Has Two Faces earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination. <BR> <BR> Bacall's famed line from To Have and Have Not: "You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? Yo... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:36:47 EST Now you don't even have to go out to spend money! If you have a debit or credit card, you can shop online, spend money right in the comfort of your home or office! <BR> <BR> Do you think it is a good or bad thing? <BR> <BR> My savings account is getting emptier but there are just so much stuff that I want! Sigh! Wed, 13 Aug 2014 04:25:01 EST It isn't like you worked for it a little over 2 1/2 years ago, I had gastric bypass surgery. Since that time, I have lost about 130 pounds (sometimes 140 depending lol) and have maintained that weight loss. <BR> <BR> I was speaking with a co-worker last week about weight loss and fitness. She threw out the comment "well, it isn't like you worked for it" - I felt like I had been slapped in the face! <BR> <BR> I don't understand why people assume that? She knows I spend at least 2 hours a day in the gym. She sees what I e... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:31:38 EST Question about loose skin Im 19, and though my family say not to worry, im really worried that because of my being overweight for so long, when i do lose, i'll end up having a lot of loose skin. Should i be worried? Or am i young enough that it'll snap back? Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:24:44 EST What should I have for lunch? Normally I pack my lunch but didn't feel like it today. I had salad for lunch and dinner yesterday, so I'd rather not go there. I don't eat wheat and try to limit my carbs. I'm starving and can't decide on what I want. Feed me! LOL Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:38:58 EST Muffin Baking Times When baking mini muffins vs regular size muffins, how much do I decrease my baking time? Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:58:53 EST fun time have fun while I worship with the lord Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:59:45 EST Robin Williams Died I just heard that Robin Williams was found dead and that he committed suicide. What a shock and such a shame. He was one of my favorites and he will be missed. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:50:21 EST tracking calories and exercising .. gaining weight I started on a 1400 cal/day diet 4 weeks ago. <BR> I have been exercising 3-4/week (min calorie burn 400 per session) <BR> Gained 4lbs! <BR> <BR> Anyone have any ideas what is happening? Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:07:19 EST NOT tracking question Has anyone lost weight by NOT tracking what they eat? Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:01:37 EST Artificial Sweeteners -- Sweet Misery DO YOU STILL USE ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> you may want to watch this <BR> <BR> I came across a video on You Tube on artificial sweeteners called <BR> SWEET MISERY A POISONED WORLD <BR><BR>JE <BR> (it runs about 90 minutes) <BR> <BR> Now... I have severely cut back on sugar and I shy away from artificial sweeteners but I was a heavy user of diet soft drinks. And you hear the warning on one...and you start using another. So wa... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:51:02 EST How to Remove Meal Plan from Nutrition Tracker I opened up my nutrition tracker this morning and there were too many things to see on it. I noticed now there is a meal plan. Is there any way to remove it? Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:29:06 EST Favourite Salad Toppings Hey Guys! I'm starting back to work after mat leave, I'm a nurse that does 12 hr shift work. I don't want to do vending machines or cafeteria so I'm brainstorming food ideas to bring. What I want to do is make a salad for either my lunch or dinner meal. Looking for ideas for salad toppings so my salads never get old and boring. What are yours? Sun, 10 Aug 2014 13:22:02 EST BREO Ads on here Does anyone know if the nice looking older lady really has COPD or not? That ad shows up so often, I've seen this gal in my dreams, and I wonder as to her health. Maybe she is a model though. Wondering how she is doing now, is all I ask. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 13:05:34 EST EMERGENCY - PLZZZZ HELP ME Loneliness is sometimes my worst enemy. Overeating for most of your life can make you feel like an addict. When you are on the right track or in "rehab" it's easy to be strong when you are surrounded by other people who support you. However, the real test is when you are alone. When nobody is seeing you and you feel the urge to binge, sneak a bite, "reward yourself" for good behavior by doing exactly what you are not supposed to do. <BR> <BR> I am a writer and I am writing a book titled "Th... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:46:01 EST doTERRA or Young Living Oils Hi everyone! I suffer from anxiety and while exercise helps, I have been looking into oils and I'd like to hear some of your thoughts and ideas surrounding this topic. I love using a lavender scented bubble bath and night and was realizing it's great for anxiety. <BR> <BR> Any true believers or skeptics out there?? Would love your feedback! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Kim Sat, 9 Aug 2014 23:29:57 EST protein shakes? Does anyone use protein shakes? I am usually low on calories and protein at the end of the day and one of these seems to help balance but I wonder if it would be better just to skip it. I like GNC Total Lean™ Lean Shake™ 25... Thoughts? <em>38</em> Sat, 9 Aug 2014 20:58:15 EST Cruise coming up! A few days ago I received some great advice from one of the message boards about how to track nutrition while on the cruise since the app will not work w/o internet. With that being said, I haven't been on a cruise for a while, and although I travel a lot for work, I'm not in the mode of cruising too often. <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear any suggestions on best ways to enjoy a cruise without losing traction? (Not too much traction anyway <em>30</em> ) Sat, 9 Aug 2014 20:52:37 EST travelling I need help and advice about travelling. I always eat horribly when I am out of my routine and lose progress. Any advice? Sat, 9 Aug 2014 17:03:16 EST Exercise DVD I would like to find a good and easy beginner exercise/workout DVD. I have pain in my knees so that is a concern. Any Ideas? Sat, 9 Aug 2014 05:54:13 EST Back! After visiting relatives for a couple weeks and eating tons of fast food or unhealthy fried, salty, sugary, homemade foods, I am So Ready to get back on Track! I Gained 10 lbs! I never realized after becomming used to healthier food choices and moderate portion control, I could physically feel so horrible after eating the type of foods I Used to eat before! Fri, 8 Aug 2014 12:22:44 EST Can't make this daily thing work for me I don't eat dairy...I drink rice or almond milk...I do eat some fish but no other meats. I don't do soy or most breads, per say. There are no substitutes on my daily choices? Is this even going to work for me? Fri, 8 Aug 2014 11:26:00 EST Challenges, where are they? I am looking for the calorie burn challenge and the mileage burn challenge and can't find them. I know they are here on spark somewhere but can't seem to find them. There is just so many great things on spark I can't keep up with them all! <BR> <BR> Any help will be greatly appreciated! <BR> <BR> Thank you in advance! Fri, 8 Aug 2014 09:20:47 EST any ideas for healthy potluck? We're going to a potluck picnic and would appreciate some ideas on what I can bring that is healthy. <BR> Thanks Fri, 8 Aug 2014 00:33:01 EST 126 points today I love reading and watching the video's. It helps me stay motivated. <em>381</em> Thu, 7 Aug 2014 22:59:51 EST Back, after being away for too long! I have been on SP for years but for some reason life (and excuses) got in the way and I drifted from the site. I started focusing (again) on my health and fitness again a few months back but really need the accountability and motivation from people here. I'm looking for friends to help me stay focused as well as help them achieve their own add me : ) <BR> Joanna Thu, 7 Aug 2014 18:41:25 EST Outlander by Diana Gabaldon The adaptation is FINALLY coming to Starz (you can watch the first episode for free, even if you don't subscribe to Starz, either On Demand on your cable provider or at Note: NSFW) and there is an Outlander SparkTeam! <BR> <BR> This show is going to explode. Join early! Thu, 7 Aug 2014 16:56:51 EST Healthy Weight For the first time in my adult life I am at a healthy weight according to BMI and fat percentage. <BR> <em>104</em> Thu, 7 Aug 2014 13:16:59 EST Do you take Confession on A Thursday PM ? This is a mea culpa. I have been too trapped in a framework of justifying why my life is NOT working and how excruciatingly arduous it is to improve my life, than I have being about being stubbornly and determinedly committed to paying the price to do what will cause my life, in due season, to become what I desire it to be. <BR> <BR> I make some good starts but I've also seen those crash and burn FAR too easily and often. I moved earlier this year from Greater Dc to a rural community in Cent... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 13:14:51 EST DESPERATE in TEXAS Folks, I am desperate to find a weight loss program that works. I am a 58 yr old female, diabetic, on Lantus and regular insulin and Metformin. I am hypertensive, and have cholesterol and triglyceride issues. I am currently trying low carb. My blood sugar numbers are better, but have not dropped 1 lousy pound. A friend of mine has lost 70+ pounds doing low carb. Previously I tried WW and worked out at the gym with a personal trainer and still only lost 12 pounds in 3 years. Can someone... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 12:14:38 EST Weight Watchers Has anyone had success on the Weight Watchers program? Wed, 6 Aug 2014 20:04:49 EST non productive day This Wednesday has been a challenge for me. I am normally a very busy, productive, on the go person and today just hasn't been that. I didn't sleep well last night - pain from arthritis. Probably up 15 times during the night to walk off the pain. I know I am tired and that colors everything. A friend wanted to go out for a free breakfast - big apple bagel - I think I did fine but tonight my hubby's company is having their annual picnic with hamburgers, fried chicken and ice cream sandwic... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 14:28:37 EST A small rant Will somebody please tell restaurants that a bowl of lettuce with a tiny scrap of some other vegetable on top is not really a salad? I am losing patience with this. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Wed, 6 Aug 2014 13:46:13 EST What if my calories expended where WAY ... hi... <BR> yesterday I power house on cardio... <BR> 1st I cleaned my house for 1.5 hrs... heavy stuff like walls, floors were washed, vacuumed and rearranged a room... <BR> than I gardened for 1.5 hours.... weeding making new planting area, watering etc.... <BR> so when i put all my exercise & food in I have a large deficit btwn the 2 <BR> <BR> today I am very hungry but am afraid to exceed my planned intake d/t no exercise planned.. <BR> any input appreciated Wed, 6 Aug 2014 13:35:56 EST sparkfriend question how do you see who has added you as a sparkfriend - so that you can add them back? Wed, 6 Aug 2014 11:34:59 EST Samsung Galaxy Tab or iPad? I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and I absolutely love it! <BR> <BR> True, I wish for a Tab S now but there will always be new models coming out all the time! <BR> <BR> iPads are pricier, an iPad mini is cute! But I wouldn't trade my tab for anything! Well, maybe for a Tab S! For work, I still prefer my notebook though! Wed, 6 Aug 2014 10:03:54 EST When did you notice that you lost weight? I have about 20 pounds to lose, I am wondering how long it took before you felt or could tell you have lost weight? Was it a 5 pounds, 10 pounds...? A week, 2 weeks? Wed, 6 Aug 2014 06:10:40 EST How many Carbs do you eat while on weightloss Plan I am just wondering- <BR> <BR> I know Spark people gives a Carbohydrate range along with the Calorie Range. <BR> <BR> I was consistently losing weight mainly following my calorie recommendation, but I hit a plateau. I am thinking of reducing my carbs. Right now carbs are between 40-50% of my calories, which is in line with what Spark recommends for me. It recommends 30% fat, 20% protein and 50% Carbs. <BR> <BR> How many carbs do you typically aim for, also it would be helpful to kno... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 03:03:38 EST overcast Today is Tuesday and has been overcast Tue, 5 Aug 2014 21:08:53 EST Ethical Dilemma Do you think it is ethical/acceptable to bring your own drink mixes (like Skinny Girl or Mio or Crystal Light) to restaurants and add them to your water? <BR> <BR> Would your answer change depending on whether or not the restaurant offers any drink options on their menu that are both sugar-free and caffeine-free? Tue, 5 Aug 2014 18:17:44 EST Watch Pedometer Combo Suggestions? So I'd love to have a Fit Bit, but I already religiously wear a watch that I feel naked without. I have a friend that has a super nice one that he spent close to $500 on, but unfortunately I don't live in fantasy land and I can't afford to spend $500 on a watch! <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any good suggestions? I'd love to have Fit Bit functionality but still function as a watch. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 5 Aug 2014 18:04:05 EST Macbook Air? Hi! I'm about to buy a new computer....I'm leaning toward the Macbook Air and wondering if anyone here has feedback about it? <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Aug 2014 14:53:53 EST Websites to pass the time at work I have had a lot of downtime at work recently and have exhausted my normal internet sites. What do you read online when you are bored? After Sparkpeople of course. Tue, 5 Aug 2014 14:11:04 EST What would you rather fill up on? So I just had lunch and i'm stuffed =( I brought a salad and decided to get some toppings from the Cafe, but I loaded up on a bunch of veggies and beans for toppings, not realizing how full i'd get now i'm stuffed, but i'm glad I overate on fresh veggies rather than processed bad for you foods. <BR> If you had to get stuffed off a certain type/ group of food what would it be? Something you wouldnt get sick of Tue, 5 Aug 2014 12:26:59 EST An excellent lunch! I had lunch at Chillie's today. It was a set lunch. I had a chicken and mushroom soup. It had chunks of fresh mushroom and chicken breast in it. The main was a chicken, onion and cheese quesalada with a side if baked black beans. The portions were just right for a light lunch! <BR> <BR> The entire meal cost only RM22! As an added bonus, the iced water was free! <BR> <BR> Yummo! Tue, 5 Aug 2014 05:06:16 EST How to disable auto log in Can anyone please tell me how to reverse auto log in. I checked remember me, but now I don't want my username and password to automatically populate. Thank you. Tue, 5 Aug 2014 00:10:42 EST Night Guards for teeth grinding Apparently I grind my teeth so my dentist wants to fit me for a night guard ....for $500 <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Has anyone had any experience with kits that let you take your own impression and then send it back for a custom mouth guard? (Something like this:<BR>m-Strongest-Protection/dp/B00DJC3MPG/r<BR>ef=cm_cr_pr_product_top) <BR> <BR> I love my dentist and all but that's a little excessive... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 13:47:31 EST Simply posting to get points! <em>248</em> Mon, 4 Aug 2014 13:18:23 EST Constant headaches =( Usually when I get a headache it goes away in a couple days, I try not to take medication I like to sleep off the pain. But this past week and a half I've been getting constant headaches and its no fun. Its like waves of pain on the left side of my head. I've been downing ibuprophen, migrain meds, sinus pressure meds... nothing is helping. For someone who barely takes pain meds i'd thought this would do the trick. I even got a Thai massage yesterday and the lady did some head massage in case ... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 07:15:02 EST foreign maids Lot's of women from poorer countries come to Malaysia to work as maids. A lot of them don't even get time off! So, a simple matter of going to the mall to get hair ties may not be even possible for them. <BR> <BR> So, I have decided to give 2 hair ties to a maid I know. It feels good to be kind! Mon, 4 Aug 2014 05:16:27 EST Any Expats on Sparkpeople? Hi all - <BR> <BR> I am in Expat from the United States currently living in Poland. I am just wondering if there were any Expats trying to get healthy here on Sparkpeople? It would be nice to have other expats to discuss the challenges of losing weight in another country (Like not being able to read labels because they aren't in English!). Mon, 4 Aug 2014 03:55:43 EST Tea flavors I have never been big on drinking hot tea so I was wondering....What's your favorite flavor? Mon, 4 Aug 2014 02:14:33 EST activity tracker owner My workout minutes used to show up for my friends & me and all sparks owner, but since it was down for repair in July, it now shows up for my friend & me. When I try to go to all owners team it said I am not a member. What is wrong? Sun, 3 Aug 2014 21:14:00 EST Do you give yourself a 'free day'? One day each week, either Saturday or Sunday, I give myself a 'free day' where I allow myself to eat whatever I want, no food tracking or calorie counting. It seems to really help me not have the cravings for 'bad' foods throughout the week and the longer I'm eating right I've noticed that my 'free day' choices are just naturally becoming healthier. I don't want to eat all the bad food like I used to. :) Sun, 3 Aug 2014 13:58:20 EST are you sick watch this and watch all of it Sun, 3 Aug 2014 13:26:57 EST Spark Coach Good morning - I'm debating whether to buy Spark Coach - so far I have been using the free site and love it but just wondering if the spark coach would be helpful/useful. For those of you who do have it, do you find it worth it? Sun, 3 Aug 2014 10:25:30 EST Did you Sharknado 2? If you did, what was your favorite scene? <BR> <BR> I loved it when our hero was standing on top of the van with the giant chain saw and the shark swooped down and he cut it in half from stem to stern. No blood spatter on the crowd and a perfect cut! <BR> <BR> There were so many campy, hilariously bad moments. I think it repeats tonight in case you missed it. Sat, 2 Aug 2014 17:32:24 EST Activity trackers? I'm thinking about buying a Fitbit. Does anyone have an opinion about the Fitbit or any other brand of tracker? I have been reading some reviews but I'm not sure I'm ready to commit just yet. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 20:29:50 EST What luxury do you allow yourself? It doesn't need to be food or about health; it doesn't need to cost $ but it may. So what's something nice you do for you? Fri, 1 Aug 2014 20:07:45 EST New to counting calories I have tried just about every weight loss plan there is on planet earth. My mother always said that the first bottle I ever took was 8 oz and it's been a problem ever since. I have struggled with bulimia and anorexia, I have been a Weight Watcher leader and yet I still struggle, I do like counting calories - I'm much more aware of carbs, fats and all that information that I should have paid attention to in the past. <BR> <BR> I try not to be absolute with finding the exact food and puttin... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 19:44:04 EST Wedding dress shopping Has anyone here gone wedding dress shopping alone? My day isnt till next June, but I figured I would start looking to see whats out there. This is my first time going to a store and trying a dress on, do I need to go with someone? Or will I be seen as the weirdo trying on dresses by myself? I'd rather go myself but is that weird? Fri, 1 Aug 2014 15:20:05 EST Accountability Partner?! Hey my name is Alora and I am so excited to start getting healthy! I am 21 years old and about to enter my final year of college and I want to graduate healthier than I entered :) I would love to have an accountability partner if anyone is interested! Just send me a message and we can encourage each other! I am trying to lose a total of 150 pounds but my current goal is to lose 50 pounds by January 1st which is about 10 pounds a month. Let me know your goals! <BR> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:28:08 EST Your Last Meal If this was your last day on earth what would you choose for your last meal? <BR> <BR> I think for me it would be a traditional thanksgiving day feast. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes...pumpkin pie. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 04:47:07 EST Calorie allowance goes up due to fitness My calorie allowance goes up when I enter fitness minutes. I don't want it to. Can anyone tell me how to stop this from happening. I want my calorie range to stay same all the time. <BR> Thank you for any help. <BR> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:59:45 EST Can't Use App on a Cruise Ship I'm going on a cruise in a few weeks and I can't use the app since it requires a network connection and internet access is expensive on a cruise ship. Any suggestions on alternate apps I can use for that week to track my calorie intake? <BR> <BR> I'm posting this on 2 other boards as well since I'm not sure exactly which board is the correct one to use for this. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:23:29 EST think I have hypothyroidism I am 22, active and otherwise healthy, and I can't figure out why the weight won't budge. I'm tired and Moody and get horrible headaches. I have most of the symptoms: dry skin, thinning hair, fatigue, and worst of all high cholesterol and stubborn weight. Despite dieting and exercise for months, the scale hasn't moved at all. It makes me not even want to try anymore. :-( has anyone ever had any luck with a juice detox? I'm completely out of ideas. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:52:05 EST Are there any PDX, Or or Vancouver, Wa hairdresser Are there any hairdressers on Spark People who are in the PDX Oregon or Vancouver, Wa area? I am planning on attending beauty college and am trying to get information, details, maybe even buy used equipment from students. I am interested in the theory books. So, I can get a jump start on reading. I can't decide which is better, go to school in PDX, OR or to go to school in Vancouver, Wa. My knickers are getting in a twist, and I am starting to rethink, and second guess myself. HELP! Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:56:23 EST Raffle question, who would you say won this money A couple of days ago, I came home to a message on my voicemail saying I had won $3000! I have received plenty of scam phone calls and did not recognize the number on the phone ID so I was certainly skeptical, to say the least. <BR> <BR> But I called it anyway, and a person told me yes, I did win and he would need my address to send the check. So I gave him that, and then he said he needed my social sec. #. That is when I decided I needed more information before giving it, so said I would cal... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:34:10 EST My parents still blame me for my condition! I am now on dialysis. I have been on dialysis for abt 10 years. I have an aggressive form of SLE. The doctors told me that it was only a matter of time before my kidneys failed completely. I got this diagnosis in 1997. I started dialysis in November 2004. So I managed to stall it for abt 7 years. I was put on the renal diet in 1997. <BR> <BR> The problem is, my parents still blame me for my kidney failure! I have tried my best at the renal diet but my kidney still failed anyway. I feel very ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:14:06 EST I found my crochet hook! I honestly thought I dropped it somewhere when it was hiding in my paper bag all along! It was under the cardboard at the bottom! <BR> <BR> I decided to have another look to be sure and lo and behold!, I saw it sticking out! I am so happy! Now I can proceed with the lace tablecloth! Wed, 30 Jul 2014 03:33:11 EST Long lasting scented lotions or body sprays? I am looking for reviews of scented lotions and body sprays. I'd love to find one that stays on for a whole day. Any first hand reviews? TYIA. :) Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:23:27 EST today Whats everyone up to today? Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:39:20 EST Do you have progress pictures to share? I was seriously considering deleting my old progress pictures since I gained back all of the weight, but decided instead to keep them as a reminder to myself of the fact that I did it before, I can do it again. I did add a new one now that I am starting over, even though I don't think that I look any different. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else have pictures they care to share? I figured that not everyone has pictures in their profile, but if you respond here, then I can check them out! Thanks! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:00:08 EST Where would you live in the US? My husband and I would like to relocate somewhere in the US. We currently live in Minnesota, but have had a hard time finding jobs we both like. He's in IT, and I'm an admin, with Travel Agent experience, as well as Beer Promotions and brewing knowledge. If you could pick up and move anywhere in the US and get a job, where would you go? Please give pros and cons as well, I love to travel and have been to a lot of places, but my hubby has not. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:49:37 EST I did it!!! 200 squats!!! I didn't think I could do it! I was actually aiming for 100! <BR> <BR> I plan to gradually work up to 1,000 squats eventually! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:03:04 EST just making small talk I had a lovely chopped chicken salad for lunch from Subway today. <BR> Came home to do some cleaning and watch some Neflix before cooking dinner. <BR> Did some stair stepping and dumbbells for exercise. <BR> We are getting ready to see more rain here. <BR> I look forward to the day when my foot is healed and I can get back to the walking track, it has been a decent day so far. <BR> How was yours??? Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:27:27 EST What are the Spark Goodies? Also, where are they? I keep winning them on bonus spins but I have no idea where to find them or what to do with them. Any help is appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thanks All! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:43:06 EST calorie range Does the calorie range change as you lose weight? does it automatically change or do I have to reset something? <BR> Thanks <BR> Mary Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:37:03 EST meteorologist warns extreme heat where do you walk I try to walk all the floors of my apartment building. Walking both directions on each floor and using the stairwell instead of the elevator is about 1 mile. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:20:08 EST Whoops! Bike Accident. Now, the rode I am living on has been under construction due to a new sewer system. About 3 weeks ago, they finally put the first layer of pavement for the road. They haven't put in the second layer, so there's about an inch or two between the road and the cement curb. <BR> <BR> So, today I rode my bike to the gym that's about a mile away. Got my work out in and started riding home. About 2 blocks from home, my front tire caught the curb and I fell off and managed to get a few abrasions, ... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:23:08 EST I've had depression like symptoms I've been on an antibiotic that caused depression like symptoms. I've been struggling to get out of bed, and to eat. Plus my grandma passed away. Tough times. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:36:43 EST Should I take my scale on vacation? We're going to the shore, so driving. I was going to take my regular scale and food scale. I'm on a good path and am worried that when away from my trusty scales that I'll just eat with restless abandon and undo some of the good I've done. WWYD? Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:04:39 EST 5,000-10,000 calories a day Yup. That's about what I ate at my all-inclusive resort vacation for 11 day, including alcohol. My uniform still fits, so I'm wondering how long before the pounds show up. I knew what I was doing. I'm good all year and let loose on vacation. I'm back on track though. <BR> <BR> I don't feel guilty either. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:17:22 EST today what is everybody up to today its Sunday so some people may be working or at home? Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:33:47 EST anyone tried the doctor's diet? I am trying The Doctor's Diet (from TV show) it's healthy eating but having no success. I had rolls in my stomach before and now there is no waistline. Stomach as big as when pregnant years ago. Anyone have some suggestions on how to lose this enormous belly fat? Thoroughly disgusted with me. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:05:36 EST How did you get a passion for Exercise? I love my house plants and pets, but how do I find a passion for exercise? I don't mind exercising but I want to feel excited about the process. Is this a weird question or what? :-) Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:12:16 EST I lost my crochet hook & it was the only one of that size! I've had it since I was 12! I loved that hook, now I'll just have to buy another but the mall is packed during the weekend! So I'll have to wait. Sigh! I can't wait to get that lace tablecloth done! <BR> <BR> You know the feeling? Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:17:59 EST Anyone heard about Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss? A few days ago I came across a newspaper article about hypnosis for weight loss. It was really interesting so I searched up a little more on the internet. <BR> <BR> Hypnotherapy is a form of complementary therapy that utilises the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings and behaviour. <BR> <BR> The process itself aims to alter our state of consciousness in a way that relaxes the conscious part of the mind while simultaneously stimulating and... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:32:40 EST My first weigh in...... Is tomorrow. I'm excited but nervous! Any first time weigh in stories out there? Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:13:16 EST What is your weekend workout plan? I plan on run/walking 8.5 miles tomorrow. <BR> <em>312</em> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:07:19 EST Song recommendations please!! I'm trying to find more songs to exercise latest find is 'All About the Bass - Meghan Trainor' ....I would appreciate any recommendations though to help me build my playlist. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:33:48 EST Market Basket Anyone from the New England Area? We have a grocery store here called Market Basket, known for their good prices and well treatment for their employees. Last week it was announced that the CEO was fired (family disputes, MB is a family run buisness). There was been strikes and protests all week by the employees and customers to get the CEO back, he puts his customers and employees first. Apparently Shaws/StopnShop/Hannifords has been swamped with customers since everyone is boycotting Market ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:45:03 EST Plus Size model?! No way. Did anyone see this article today? <BR><BR>odel-posts-untouched-bikini-photo <BR> Absolutely ridiculous! This girl is absolutely NOT plus sized. And this totally illustrates why our country has a body image problem. Ugh. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:47:01 EST headaches so for the last month every time i go for a walk (i try to get out at least 3 days a week) i end up with a headache that usually goes away by the evening but is back when i get up the nest morning. this really makes me not want to take the risk by walking and i really have come to en joy it. i drink plenty of water (8 glasses a day) and started eating before i go (morning) to see if that makes a difference and it hasn't any help or advise please!! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:14:01 EST Thursday Hope everyone had a great Thursday and even better Friday Yeh!!! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:14:49 EST Wedding reception foods? What entrée and sides did you serve at your wedding? Was it full service or buffet style? If you were to do it over, would you change anything? Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:15:07 EST TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) question? I am on a mission to lose 60 pounds. I have done it on my own through reading a book and following a program called Body for Life (but that was 10 years ago -- before marriage and kids). It is harder now to focus on me now and I don't feel like I have the same intensity as I had in the past when I was single and self-centered. I really think I need the accountability of being weighed in weekly and the weekly support of others in a group setting so that I don't lose momentum. I have been c... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:59:53 EST Would You Buy This??? New Fitness Bracelet Delivers Electric Shock if You Don't Work Out: <BR> <BR> Do you like jogging, but wish it was a little more like a Saw movie and/or dystopian nightmare in which thigh gaps have become the global currency? Well, today in horrible ideas: A new wearable fitness tracker that actually zaps users with an electric shock if they stop exercising will be hitting the market later this year. <link><BR>ivers-electric-shock-if-you-don-161039<BR>08... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:17:05 EST sugar I have decided that I am consuming way too much sugar. I know that one of the best ways to eliminate sugar is to just not have it in my home. <BR> I have gone thru my frig, freezer and cabbards and either thrown out or given away any foods with 4 or more grams of sugar. <BR> Any other suggestions? Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:45:31 EST Excess skin question. Hi all. I have a question that has been bugging me and i was wondering if anyone has some "on hand" advice/experience they could share. <BR> <BR> When I lose this weight (and please note the optimism that I said "when" not "if" <em>9</em> ) will I have a lot of excess skin on my stomach. And if so, other than expensive surgery, how am I going to reduce it. Or will it go away naturally and eventually. <BR> <BR> I am 5' 3" and currently weigh 184. I wear a size 14/16. Kind of a 15.... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:03:17 EST How old were you when you developed weight issues 6. I had measles and was put in bed for weeks. Must have changed my metabolism due to not getting any exercise. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:14:47 EST Gluten free (celiac or gluten intolerant) If you are celiac or gluten intolerant, can you talk to me about your symptoms when you accidentally ingest wheat? <BR> <BR> I've been gluten free since 6/9 as I suspected intolerance. I went out to dinner last night and was eating an appetizer that should have been gluten free based on the ingredients, but of course, cross contamination in a restaurant kitchen is not very far fetched. <BR> <BR> As I finished the appetizer I was overcome with stomach pains, bloating, gas, and eventually end... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:53:45 EST Food, Calories, and counting them My story is far from unique, my weight has been up and down a large part of my adult life. I have had successful bouts of dieting, exercise and counting calories and at one point had lost nearly 70 pounds and was not too far off from my ideal goal weight. <BR> <BR> I am back on the train again and I am finding one of the things I struggle with the most is when I cook really understanding how many calories are in a per serving of what I cook. I tried a couple recipe calculators but I did ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:17:16 EST Prioritizing: What and How? Ok, so this is a general topic, but I'm curious how others prioritize all the things they have (and want) to do! <BR> <BR> Not just chores, but also the fun things. Where do we spend our time, and why?! Who writes lists? Any hints? Examples of times where it all just came together and times where it all came crashing down. <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:36:23 EST Favorite quote for the day. What's Yours? Hi all. I am trying to do something a little different with my blogs. I am picking a quote a day that feels right to me and using it as a blog title for the day. Come on by! <BR> <BR> Today's is: <BR> <BR> The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat are really good friends. <BR> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a good day! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:06:50 EST ulseravtive colitis Hi <BR> Has anyone on the forum have ulserative colitis ? Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:19:58 EST How Long do you Work Out For? Just Curious how long does everyone work out... and how often... Hope people reply to this Post that I Created... oxox Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:20:16 EST Am I a good candidate for liposuction? My belly is driving me nuts! It seems the only way to be rid of my lower belly pooch is to suck it out! Should I be saving for a liposuction? Is it the only way? Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:37:15 EST Considering gastric bypass Advice please! I'm thinking about having gastric bypass. I'm going to a information meeting tomorrow. I'm not sure whether to continue trying diet and exercise alone or having surgery. If I do have surgery should I do roux-en-y or gastric sleeve or lap band? Also do you really have to give up pop forever if you have surgery? I would love to get advice please! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:10:32 EST Arranging the freezer They have shown a video of arranging a chest style deep freeze today. I used to have an upright (now used for a pantry), but it went out and now I have only the small freezer on top of my fridge. Just wondering how people arrange their small freezers so they can get sale items instead of having to pay high prices all the time or put leftovers in the freezer so they don't get wasted. <BR> <BR> I keep trying to re-arrange it so that I have more room, but things are always moving when I try p... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:03:56 EST Do I need to supplement? I like to think that I eat a pretty balanced diet even if I don't consume wheat, but I've noticed that several items I never seem to meet the recommendations for. Should I be concerned? Should I somehow be supplementing? Most noticably, I average only 11-12 g of fiber per day and I pretty much never meet the goals for Vitamin E, Vitamin B-12, Zinc, and Calcium. I also never meet it for Vitamin D either, but I'm not too concerned about that since I do spend a lot of time outside. What would yo... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:22:16 EST Morning Radio Shows Most of the time I listen to my local NPR station and that's at any time of the day when I'm driving in my car but on occasion when I'm just want to listen to the radio for mindless drivel I turn on Pittsburgh Star 100.7 <BR> The Star morning show is exactly the kind of mindless drivel I need to escape from real news. <BR> They have games where people call in, they have people call in about their personal problems, they give away concert tickets every hour, and they play the same top 40 over ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:31:31 EST sugar alcohols why doesn't the place where we list our foods have a place for sugar alcohols? russell stovers for example have sugar al. I do low carb and cannot get correct count on my graph this way. <BR> <BR> tia Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:15:46 EST ??spark tracker If you have a spark activity tracker how do you like it? How is it different from fitbit? Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:37:47 EST Losing weight without any effort.... A loud groan should've emanated from your brain after reading the title, lol! <BR> <BR> I think this is a subject that can't be discussed about enough and that is the pursuit of losing weight via SHORT CUT! <BR> <BR> Why, WHY do folks come here in search of a short cut? There is no pill. There is no shake. There is no short cut to losing weight. <BR> <BR> Time and "real" effort is required. I highlight real because time and again I read posts from folks who say they eat 100 calories a day,... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:08:36 EST Spark Favorites from app (droid) I want to use some of the workout videos while I am at the gym. Is there a way to access my Spark Favorites from the app to save time between routines? <BR> <BR> Thank you! Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:30:21 EST I blew it- and need to reboot I had been on an incredible run. I was stuck at 203 for almost 3 weeks and then , over a one week period dropped to the 200 pound mark (my goal for july) and then after obtaining it I went on a feeding frenzy and blew it all away. After my Phys therapy session I was so exhausted and sore that I binged on salty foods. I feel so crappy - but know I need to pick myself up, dust myself off and start again. <BR> <BR> time to put it behind me and re-boot the program. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:56:17 EST Calling all Japanese Spitz Lovers!!! Whether you own one or just love one, it doesn't matter! <BR> <BR> As long as you love this beautiful breed of dog or are just a dog lover in general, please join!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=63414 </link> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:47:18 EST finding "joy in the journey"...! As we "journey" towards health & fitness, here are a few synonyms for JOURNEY: <BR> <BR> JOURNEY: adventure, campaign, course, drive, expedition, exploration, hike, itinerary, jaunt, migration, odyssey, outing, passage, crossing, pilgrimage, quest, route, sojourn, tour, travel, trek, trip, visit, wandering, progress... <BR> <BR> Which one represents your path you are on?? <BR> <em>211</em> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:44:14 EST Autoimmune Illness Thread I have Lupus and fibromyalgia and I am trying to lose weight. <BR> <BR> So far I have lost a fair bit. <BR> What do you have? Let's support each other! <BR> Our weight loss might be even slower than others' but we CAN do it, I am proof of that. <BR> <BR> What do you do to lose weight? Are you on a special diet? <BR> I used to do SBD but that depleted me of nutrients so now I just try to eat mostly whole foods and don't restrict anything, I just eat less of it and try to get small portions ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:19:55 EST Why do all these cats run from me? When all I want to do is stroke them and be friends! I really mean them no harm! Honest! I only have a few feline friends that allow me to stroke them! I wish they could sense how much I love them and stop running! Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:07:54 EST Blender, food processor, or what? Seeking advice. The motor on my food processor burnt out, not from overuse, & I'll say no more on that topic. I've had it for a long time, and mostly used it for making cakes & latterly, since I have been low carbing, ricing cauliflower. I'm quick enough with the knife to do most of my veggie prep with a knife. So, though the processor had all the bells and whistles, I haven,t used it a whole lot. <BR> <BR> I am a fan of soups & smoothies, which I make using my trusty stick blender. This is a very doughty ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:32:21 EST Is This Normal? Today I gave away ALL my way to big clothes and for some reason feel somewhat sad. I should be feeling happy i'm no longer that size and that someone else can wear them! I never planned on wearing them again and didn't want to be "tempted" by keeping one or two "just in case". For some reason, I miss my old clothes! This a normal feeling? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:12:16 EST ??? about joining Spark Teams I tried to join VA team but I keep getting a page telling me I could join Spark People for free. As you can see, I am already a member. <BR> <BR> Any help would be great!! <BR> <BR> Blessings, <BR> Elizabeth <BR> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:12:19 EST How do you celebrate your wedding anniversary? Trying to think of an inexpensive fun way to celebrate our wedding anniversary. How do you celebrate? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:38:01 EST Soup and other stories I am now cooking a pot of soup from vegetables from my crisper and freezer. It includes a bit of ground sausage (about 3 oz) and a box of vegetable broth, water plus: <BR> <BR> Carrots <BR> Celery <BR> Onion <BR> Garlic <BR> Asparagus <BR> Green Beans <BR> Corn <BR> Yellow squash <BR> Spinach <BR> Peas <BR> Mushrooms <BR> and a bit of tomatoe paste <BR> <BR> I laughed when I looked up "refrigerator soup" on the SP recipe search and found several, none of course like mine. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:27:25 EST Do you get Bountiful Baskets? I do every week, they've really helped my family be able to eat healthier because we can afford all that 'good for me' foods they have to offer! :) Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:29:26 EST i need some suggestions/advice I weigh 237 and I am trying to lose 50 pounds by january, IS walking a good way to lose weight or should i be doing something else? Also I will need to tone up when i Lose the weight, should i lose the weight then tone up or try doing it at the same time? Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:53:26 EST Is loose/excess skin an issue or fear of yours? I've read that many times when people lose a significant amount of weight that excess or loose skin becomes an issue for them. <BR> <BR> Has this happened for anyone on here? Is anyone on here who is on their way to their goal weight afraid of having excess skin? What do you do if it happens? Can it be prevented? <BR> <BR> My friend says pilates can prevent it and that the only thing that can be done for it is surgery to have it removed, is this true? <BR> <BR> I'm sorry if I'm posting thi... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:52:26 EST message to have a message saying I am making progress Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:18:10 EST Fall & Winter Clothing Here in 90+ degrees Florida the stores are stocking fall/winter clothing in JULY. I really had to search for short sleeve tops. <em>101</em> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:15:14 EST I sure hope I'm not the only one! I'm really, really bad when it comes to housework! <BR> <BR> I hate folding or doing laundry, tidying my room etc. But it just has to be done! <BR> <BR> Am I a strange person? Does anyone else feel this way? Sun, 20 Jul 2014 05:47:37 EST good swimsuit for plus size I didn't know where to post. I am wanting to begin swimming for exercise in hopes to ease by back and knee pain. My problem is finding a good suit. Problem is I wear an 18 ..all in the belly and flat chested. They usually are to loose in the chest. Any suggestions? Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:31:55 EST good swimsuit for plus size I didn't know where to post. I am wanting to begin swimming for exercise in hopes to ease by back and knee pain. My problem is finding a good suit. Problem is I wear an 18 ..all in the belly and flat chested. They usually are to loose in the chest. Any suggestions? Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:29:24 EST Prilosec users...??? Could you please share what results you have experienced with this medication? Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:12:00 EST What is Whole30? I have noticed quite a few sparkers mentioning their whole30 plan. Curious on what that is about. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:23:31 EST good swimsuit for plus size I didn't know where to post. I am wanting to begin swimming for exercise in hopes to ease by back and knee pain. My problem is finding a good suit. Problem is I wear an 18 ..all in the belly and flat chested. They usually are to loose in the chest. Any suggestions? Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:21:17 EST Stopping Lupron Hi all, <BR> <BR> I was hoping that anyone knows how to stop and reverse Lupron before it wears it's course? My doctor put my partner on it for endometriosis and it has not been successful. She just got her shot 1 month ago and wants to reverse it. When she told her doctor that he said that was it was not a good idea, so we are taking it into our own hands. I've heard you can do this by taking birth control, is there a specific birth control that you need to take or a specific drug to reve... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 07:57:00 EST What kinds of things fill up your weekend?! Are you the kind to "take a break" or are you out there enjoying your day? -- I can go either way, depending on plans with family. <BR> <em>211</em> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 01:17:05 EST Clothing size frustration I would love to be able to walk into a store and just buy an article of clothing that is my "size" but the lack of standard women's clothing sizes makes it next to impossible and it's so frustrating. <BR> <BR> For example, I have 3 pairs of pants, 3 different sizes. The largest size fits well, is even a little loose, the smallest fits ok but is still a tad bit snug, the middle size, I can't pull up past my hips. <BR> <BR> Ugh. It's just frustrating. Vent over. Thanks for reading. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:46:13 EST Problem with all the ads Is anyone else suddenly having problems with all the ads? Everytime i hit a button that changes the screen a new set of ads appears. That would be fine but we don't have all that much bandwidth and it makes everything jerky and slow. I end up waiting for the new set to load after each food I enter. Is there a way around it? Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:56:32 EST Friday Hope everyone has a great Friday and I know I will because the sun is shining and that always makes me feel good. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:56:11 EST One injection may stop Type 2 diabetes... <link><BR>7/140716131541.htm </link> <BR> <BR> "Summary: In mice with diet-induced diabetes -- the equivalent of type 2 diabetes in humans -- a single injection of the protein FGF1 is enough to restore blood sugar levels to a healthy range for more than two days. The discovery could lead to a new generation of safer, more effective diabetes drugs. The team found that sustained treatment with the protein doesn't merely keep blood sugar under control, but... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:01:05 EST One Off Day Is Killing Me I have been eating very healthy and exercising for about three months now and my energy level has been out of this world good. I have been playing full court basketball vigorously everyday with the exception of Sunday burning through about 800 calories a day and I have been feeling the best I have ever felt in my life. Rewind back to Tuesday and my wife and I got invited to a Ray Lamontagne concert so off we went since we love his music. The dining option of the group that night was first Hoo... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:16:35 EST kudos to me! How rare is that? :) I have been faithful with SparkPeople for 5 weeks today! I haven't been perfect every day with all of my limits - but I have stayed pretty darned close and under most of the days. And I have exercised 31 out of the 35 days! And guess what? I am down 8 pounds! <BR> <BR> It may not seem like much to lots of people, but to me, it is a great start! I haven't given up all the foods I like, I have just paid closer attention to portions! In all 5 weeks, I can remember only 1 day that was TOO HARD a... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:36:19 EST Recommendations for a new scale. Help. My scale is frustrating me <em>40</em> I weigh on a flat floor but it will give me different readings if I step on more than once. Yes I know I should go with the first reading, ha, but I just don't trust it. <BR> So I am looking for some recommendations for a new one. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Jayne <em>665</em> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:53:37 EST How about a thank you? Do you ever get irritated when you leave a nice message and/or a goodie on someone's page and they don't even acknowledge it? Am I wrong to expect that in this day and age? Is my age showing? <BR> <BR> Just curious. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:38:35 EST Who has started their Christmas shopping?! I'm now thinking what to get the nurses at the dialysis center I go to! They are all so nice to me that I usually get them all Christmas pressies during Christmastime. But I can't give pressies that are too expensive as I don't have much of an income. So, it has to be small, nice and economical! Oh! And not forgetting the admin person, she's nice too! So, all in all, I have to get 13 presents! <BR> <BR> I have some nice wrappers all ready. I always have wrappers on hand! But the presents the... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:05:14 EST Exercize Group Hey! I was hoping there would be some people hopefully in the wood bridge area that would maybe want to get an exercise group together? I am sure it would be more fun with others. :] Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:02:47 EST Body Fat in Normal Range and Weight is Overweight Would like some input on this as I figure it is due to more muscle since I train a lot and have started to ramp back up my walks and core workouts. Look forward to hearing what everyone things. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:41:04 EST Is 10 minutes too short a workout? I just did a 10 minute Tracey Mallet Barre workout on youtube. <BR> <BR> It was very short but it was challenging. I have a very busy day today so I could only spare 10 minutes. I went on youtube and searched for a short workout. <BR> <BR> this one was called "Look better naked". You can check it out if you want. But I'm warning you, it may only be 10 minutes but your legs (thighs) will be crying : "Enough already!". LOL! Don't say I didn't warn you! Thu, 17 Jul 2014 01:14:40 EST I need something! Hey guys! Been a while since I've posted and I just want to say how much I miss being active on Spark! Out of all the weight loss programs I've tried, nothing feels like Spark! So here I am back at it. School is starting to wind down and I'll be graduating in December so my stress levels are dropping, not to mention my wedding is right around the corner (September 6!). I feel like it's time I can focus again on my health and exercising, feeling better and once again getting back in shape. But... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:11:29 EST How Many Times A Week Do You Cook "From Scratch"? 6 dinner meals Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:31:09 EST Remaining Calories why are there two calorie amounts in the Remaining Calories column? Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:04:08 EST Oh how I have missed thee One-derland! Finally back in One-derland! I have missed it so much! I hope to never see my weight on the scale start with a '2' ever again! And yes, I'm excited! Thus the overuse of !!!!!!! LOL Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:59:39 EST Heads Up! Free Fitness videos on Youtube! You never have to buy a DVD again! There are endless workouts for you to do on Youtube!!! <BR> <BR> If only I can download them all. But I just have to turn on Youtube and do a different workout everyday!!!! <BR> <BR> I recommend Tracey Mallet's workouts! So graceful! Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:58:44 EST Sit to Stand Workstation A few months ago, my department moved to our parent organization's new headquarters. The building is all fancy and such with a coffee shop, convenience store, and fitness center. <BR> <BR> Our cubes are sit-to-stand work stations. They come equipped with buttons where you can raise and lower the desk yourself. So you can sit or stand throughout your workday. And it's nice from an ergonomic perspective because you can set it yourself to a proper height without having to call in real esta... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:52:23 EST Visiting NYC and need recommendations! Hey folks. In late September/early October, I'm going to NYC for the first time. I don't actually care to see the traditional things. Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, Yankee Stadium, etc. I'll see them from a distance, but I don't want to spend a day standing in line to walk around in them. I'd rather 'live the city', methinks. <BR> <BR> I'm definitely planning to see two Broadway shows--Les Mis and Phantom of the Opera. They're classics, and I love the music from both, so what better place ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:52:24 EST Slow But Sure Hello SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> This is Day Nine. I am feeling so much more energized. I am learning to use my nutrition and fitness trackers, trying new recipes, and spending more time reading the articles. I am confident this will be a successful lifestyle change! Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:15:00 EST Didn't manage to go thru with it today..... Again, I didn't manage to do that 50 minute Latin dance workout I found on youtube. I went for a walk instead but ended up discussing a business proposition with a neighbor and playing with her cat! She gave me a couple of prawn fritters afterwards! Yummmmmm! <BR> <BR> I felt guilty for skipping my walk, so I did a 30 minute Denise Austin Super Stomachs workout. Think 80s! Lol! It was on VCD but I used an AVS converter and converted it to mpeg. Yup, I still have some old VCDs waiting for co... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:15:25 EST Marine Corps Marathon Hi everyone! I'm trying to find someone who is willing to sell their bib for the Marine Corps Marathon in October. It's a sold out race, but bib transfers are allowed until the end of August. If you know of anyone trying to sell a bib, I'd be more than happy to purchase it!! Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:10:07 EST Any success selling stuff on instagram? Hi, I have just started advertising my cross-stitch on instagram. No sales so far but I only just advertised yesterday. Anyone have any success selling on instagram? Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:48:00 EST Detox Water Recipe - trying today Many friends are making detox water with mint, lemon and cucumber. I have mine melding this morning. Must sit for four hours or overnight in fridge. They all say it really flushed the system - that is through urination - they say you will pee, pee, pee! Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:42:33 EST great day Hope everyone is having a great day today <em>213</em> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:22:31 EST Is it normal to gain weight in hot weather? I have put on 3 pounds since the heat wave hit. I know I could do better with diet and have cut back on walks since it got really hot too, but could the heat be part of the problem too? Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:07:36 EST Anyone have post weight loss surgery? I'm seriously considering a Breast Lift/Reduction and a Tummy Tuck when I get to within about 20-30 pounds of my goal weight. Wondering if anyone would care to share their real life experience. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:28:15 EST Advocare I'm just starting the 10 day cleanse today and was wondering if any others have done it/are in the process right now? I would love to have someone to talk to during the whole process :) Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:55:05 EST Anyone had cataract surgery? I'm only 44, but have one and will have surgery. Not sure when yet. But, it could be a few weeks before I can do strenuous exercise again. I am a little disturbed by this because exercise is a great stress/anxiety release for me. I started the couch to 5k 5 weeks ago. I've been exercising regularly since the end of February. I don't want to lose all the progress I've made. I know my vision is way more important and I won't do anything to jeopardize that, but still, the disappointment is there... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:06:36 EST Things you do for your pets... As a pet lover and a cat mom, I enjoy talking with other pet owners about their furbabies. I enjoy hearing funny stories about your pet, how you adopted your pet (or how they adopted you), and even the sad stories (i.e., when you had to say goodbye and see you later (due to their death)). I think pets make a world of difference in our lives and mean more to us than most human relationships, at least this seems to be the case for me. I definitely think that, in many cases, people underestimate... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:10:00 EST Weightloss/scale advice I have been going at my new healthy lifestyle since June 9th so not a long time. I notice One week I would lose anywhere 1.5 to 2.5 pounds then the next week nothing. I don't gain or anything. I notice when I pick up my workout and add something new that week that is the week I don't lose anything but then the following week doing the same thing I can lose up to almost 3 weeks. I wasn't for sure if anyone experience this same issue. I guess I shouldn't be upset because I am losing at some poi... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:44:28 EST Housework = Exercise? Do any of you count housework as exercise? Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:06:39 EST Ever have a craving for a specific food? Like pizza or potato chips? Nothing else will do, you just have to have that specific food! I am craving Papa John's pizza atm. Sigh! Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:07:19 EST Fundoplication surgery? I have been told that I will need surgery for severe hiatal hernia next month. Approximately 3/4 of my stomach is always above my diaphragm. While I do have GERD, its the shortness of breath that is really my problem. I can't breathe because my stomach is pressing my lungs. Has anyone else had this surgery? I'm just looking for more information. thanks <BR> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:14:25 EST Does this nutrition list still exist? I used to have a food chart (I believe it was from the USDA but I am not sure) that listed hundreds of foods along with all of the nutritional values for each. This list could be sorted by any of this nutritional values. For instance if you clicked "Protein" it would list all the foods by the amount of protein in them, from the foods with the most protein down to the ones with the least protein. Does anyone know where I could find such a list? If it could be imported to Excel that would b... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 14:48:54 EST Trouble using "Foods I Have Manually Entered" Has anyone else had a problem accessing the food that they have manually entered? I can't use it at all. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:26:29 EST Discouraged. I love this site, but really am overwhelmed. I always try to come up with how people have the time to keep up with it all. This is a great site, but very involved. But this is only one of many sites I love and do not want to give up. I seem to be the odd one that never has time to keep up with what I want to do; I never see posts about my greatest anxiety causer : Lack of time for all I want to do. I know most people have this problem, but I do not think it is like the death of me since I do ... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:58:35 EST ads in way of adding info I noticed recently when attempting to 'Create a Grouping' and adding a food, that the ad above the 'Create a Grouping" page takes up space and doesn't allow one to scroll to the 'add food' link at the bottom under serving size- the bottom of the page is not accessible and YES I do have my 'popup blocker' ON... There is no "X" close on the ad to get rid of it. Anyone else having this problem? It is just recently. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:48:52 EST Would you pay top dollar for a nice steak? I just saw a special menu at the cafe near my house. RM59 for steak! Would you pay that much for a single meal? And that's not including drinks! I do tend to treat myself with food though! I guess I shouldn't make a habit of food rewards! Dangerous! Sat, 12 Jul 2014 05:30:01 EST Annoyed with Credit Card pushers! Can't I ever shop in peace? No, I have never used or owned a credit card and NO, I don't want one! But they keep hounding me whenever I go to the mall! They chase after me, asking if I want a credit card! Shouldn't they recognize me as the woman who doesn't want a credit card by now!? Geez!!!!! They are soooo pushy! Sat, 12 Jul 2014 05:22:28 EST Do you think I'm a spendthrift? I just had a pedi today, after like 5 months. The pedicurist said that I should have a pedi every month, but I can't really afford to. I have just settled on a pedi once every 5 or 6 months or so. The pedi itself costs RM45, and the nail art on the big toes cost another RM9, bringing the total amount to RM54. <BR> <BR> She said if I buy a package of 10 pedis, it will be a total of RM38, meaning about RM38 per pedi. But I will have to split it into 2 payments, that is, I have to fork out RM19... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 05:03:50 EST Question about WW meetings Hi, so I'm considering doing a month or two of WW meetings to make myself accountable to someone other than myself. I was reading the website, and I'm not clear if you have to choose the same meeting time every week or not. I was going to get a monthly pass, which is unlimited meetings -- which seems like you could go to one time one week, and a different time another week if you wanted. Anyone know for sure? And do you have to go to the same location each week? Thanks. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:58:15 EST Love the journey, should it be a career? I've been in the banking industry for 7 years, I've been on my healthy living journey for 4 years. I've come to love it, and would love to help others with their journey. I've been doing research and saving money to become a Health Coach. <em>38</em> The question, what is the most affordable way to enter into this field and become certified from a respected company? Currently have undergrad degree in business economics, hubby has student loan debt galore so another 2-4 yrs of college is ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:34:56 EST Not to be a dumb@$$... but is there a way to go directly to my Sparkpage? I always seem to have to sign in, go to start and then scroll down to the link. It is entirely possible that I am over looking the obvious (just one of my many talents). Thanks! Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:28:39 EST Compliments to a stranger Have you ever complimented a stranger on something? The good behavior of their kids or pretty dress or accessory or someone's hair cut/style and/or color or on their fitness? <BR> <BR> I have and though it seems more and more people say they would never do this I think it's perfectly okay unless that person is "creepy" (and so starts the debate) Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:55:11 EST It just isn't fair! I will be the first to admit that my diet during my uni days wasn't all that healthy but why did I have to get SLE and kidney failure?! Most ppl just put on weight because of an unhealthy diet but why did I have to get a chronic illness?! It just isn't fair! I feel that God is punishing me for some reason but WHY?! I may not be the best person in the world but I'm certainly not the worst! What have I done to deserve this death sentence?! Fri, 11 Jul 2014 03:52:02 EST Homemade hummus I've been reading a bunch of recipes on how to make hummus. <BR> <BR> I finally broke out the food processer, opened a can of white beans, drained and rinsed them and ground them up. <BR> <BR> I added a dash of olive oil, a Tbsp. of chopped garlic, a dash of salt, some white pepper, cayenne and paprika. <BR> It took 5 minutes and its absolutely delicious. <BR> <BR> Total cost was less than 1$. I will definitely make this again. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:12:30 EST No such thing as a free lunch the famous adage, refers to the idea that it's impossible for a man to get something for nothing. <BR> <BR> (getting on my soapbox) <BR> <BR> This same adage applies to weight loss. There is no magic pill, magic body wrap or corset, super secret psychotherapy, hydrotherapy or other therapy or any other expensive treatment that will magically make you a size 4 without dieting or exercise. <BR> <BR> We desperately want to believe that we can lose the flab without changing our diet, exercise ... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:58:45 EST Food to serve with Shakespeare Heading with friends to watch a park performance of MacBeth tomorrow. We like to do a theme potluck - any suggestions? Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:03:33 EST IT WORKS!! A friend of mine works for "It Works". Among other products they sell, the biggest attraction/seller are the WRAPS. Its menthol gel (im sure there's some technical/scientific name for it) a wrap and then clear plastic wrap. They place it wherever you want, arms, legs, stomach and its suppose to melt fat I guess. She's making tons of money...but not sure it really works. I had one done..I couldn't tell the difference, she said she could. I wasn't sold. She makes TONS of Money doing this... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:02:31 EST Corsets & Waist Training What do you think? Yay or Nay...or is it a phase. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:40:40 EST Please share your favorite smoothie recipes! And which smoothie blender do you prefer? Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:06:04 EST Adrenal Gland Problems Anybody out there suffering with this Wed, 9 Jul 2014 13:07:14 EST One bad night/ guilt in the morning I hit zombie mode last night and just munched out. It was bad. I feel so ick this morning because of how much junk I ate last night. The only thing I am proud of is again I realized what I was doing and stopped. Now if I can get the portion part of it under control I'll be good. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 10:27:24 EST I Love the Spark People Cafe So man subjects and nice people. Love those Sparkers. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 08:50:22 EST Watch out for West Nile Just wanted to remind folks that we're in the thick of summer and I doubt there are many places, if any, that don't have their share of mosquitoes. Please, please, please take precautions to not get bit by the pesky little varmints. I am just now getting back on my feet after contracting this disease last September, 10 months ago. I will have permanent neurological problems now, but I actually feel lucky. Some people have had it even worse. I live in an area where it's a huge problem, bu... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 08:04:09 EST MISS GETTING MESSAGES FROM SPARKER'S !! I'VE CONTACTED SPARKPEOPLE SUPPORT TO GET ME SOME EMAIL'S AND HAVEN'T RECEIVED ANY. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> like to know how everyone is doing Wed, 9 Jul 2014 03:01:14 EST The CATNIP is Dead My kitties are in mourning. Their foot high catnip plants are in shreds. We just had a huge hail storm, lasted 20 to 30 minutes and had hail up to an inch in diameter! Talk about loud! <BR> <BR> Another storm is heading our way, should hit in about 30 minutes. We had a mudslide that closed part of Route 66. What a way to start the monsoon season. <BR> <BR> I did get great pictures! I posted a couple to m page. <BR> <BR> I can't believe it! They have already sent the snow plows through to ... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 20:15:52 EST 6 Minutes to Skinny Wondering if anyone has tried something called 6 minutes to skinny? Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:32:49 EST Things that make you happy? I read an article recently titled "Choose Happiness". It's premise is that we can choose to be happy even in rough times. It also pointed out the many ways that being happy is very good for our health. I've listed a few of the things that make me happy. What's on your list? Be happy! <BR> <BR> Hugs-giving and getting <BR> Smiles <BR> Time with family <BR> Finding the perfect gift for someone <BR> Walking on the beach <BR> Finding a rare seashell on the beach <BR> Flower gardens <BR> Pup... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 08:29:01 EST Would you push through the aches and pains? I did a 25 minute Jane Fonda workout on Sunday. I took a break on Monday. Now it's Tuesday and I still have aches and pains all over. Would you push through and do a workout today anyway? I have planned a 50 minute Latin dance workout for today but I just don't feel like it! Tue, 8 Jul 2014 01:46:17 EST Drinking something besides water I got a Pur Filter but our water pressure was so low it barely came out (I can't even SHOWER right now b/c of how bad it is today) <BR> <BR> I am a soda jerk - I know I need to stop it. I HATE the flavour of diet.- is there a sparkling water that does NOT contain artificial sweetener. This way I can wean off soda w/ sparkly water Tue, 8 Jul 2014 01:40:42 EST Great, another orchid I can kill Complete ticked off rant: <BR> <BR> This is going to sound horrible but I wish people would quit buying me presents if they can't take 10 frigging minutes to figure out something I would like! Yeah, I know we are supposed to appreciate whatever we are given. But it's easier to appreciate a gift if it shows the least little bit of thought! <BR> <BR> For my BD, hubby bought me another stupid orchid. I've killed the last 2 he gave me. They don't do well in a dry environment and are difficult ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 20:38:00 EST problm with the spark pedometer Is there anyone else having a problem with the dongle being red. I have internet connection and it is plugged in and what it is saying that data center connection is the problem. I sent an email off and the replied saying having issues and should take about 24 to 48 hours to fix. It has now been almost 72 hours.Am I the only one having this problem. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 18:32:08 EST Lunch Time Walk - Lower Manhattan Hello, <BR> <BR> I recently started working downtown, near South Ferry Terminal (Battery Park). I would love to have a group of people to walk with at lunch, socialize, maybe explore the area and find interesting and healthy places to eat. If you are interested, reply to this topic or send me a spark mail. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> James Mon, 7 Jul 2014 14:53:26 EST the importance of sleep and dark-time in obesity Something to think about. I worked nights for many years, slowly gaining weight throughout. I can't say that was the whole reason, because I wasn't eating properly during that time either... but it does raise some questions and considerations for trying to shed those gained pounds now. <BR> <link><BR>/2014/05/29/aje.kwu117.short?rss=1 </link> Mon, 7 Jul 2014 11:14:22 EST article on weight loss strategies I hope this study didn't require too much funding! it seems to be pretty intuitive. <BR> However, it was depressing to see that the participants lost about 10 pounds in 6 months, and then regained about 2 pounds of it over the next 6 months. <BR> Shouldn't we be able to expect more than 8 pounds of weight reduction in a year?!? sheesh <BR> <BR> In any case, the study underscores the value of frequency and consistency in self-monitoring. <BR> A good "plug" for SP! <BR> <BR> <link>onlinel... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 10:54:25 EST Why is everyone so scared of fat? I don't know, should I be? <BR> <BR> I've managed to gain and lose plenty of weight over my lifetime and I can honestly say, it's always been a combination of good and bad choices. It isn't always as simple as Taco Bell = Bad Choice = Gain Weight or Salad = Good Choice = Lose Weight. <BR> <BR> At the end of the day, its all calories, whether is 50 calories from carbs or 50 calories from fat and at the end of the day, eating too much of anything is bad. I've lost weight eating Taco Bell, I'... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 10:52:16 EST Dance for health! Got a link to an interesting study on dancing vs exercise. <BR> Thought you might be interested too. <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 7 Jul 2014 10:26:37 EST My Plateau Is My Life! Long story short---it's taken me two years to lose 50 pounds. Please believe me when I say I'm doing everything right, including recording food/exercise on here. I'm not a bag-of-chips-in-secret person. The plateau has been the same 6 lb. since last Sept. The lowest I got was when I had the flu for 3 days and was only able to drink water! It's like my body has said "that's it. No more!", yet I have another 35-40 to go before I'm where I need to be. The crazy thing is, today I will do eve... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 09:22:58 EST Sparkpeople buddy?? Hi guys! <BR> My name's Ally. :) I'm not sure if this is the correct forum for this but I was hoping to find a buddy to help keep me motivated and on track! While this isn't my first go around using Sparkpeople I am hoping to finally get off the weight loss merry go round and make some lasting changes in my life. I have heard and read such wonderful things about the community at Sparkpeople but was always way too shy and self conscious to step up and ask for help. However, I'm making it one o... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 21:49:46 EST What can I do with a cold roast chicken? I have a cold roasted chicken from the grocery store. I'm looking for a family friendly recipe that I can use the chicken with. I searched Sparkrecipes but all star from raw chicken breast. Is dark meat out of the question now? I'd like to use the dark meat too! Sun, 6 Jul 2014 21:17:08 EST Thank you Sparkers Just wanted to say thank you to the Sparkers who enter nutritional information about foods on the nutrition tracker and then share it with the rest of Spark People. There have been countless times that I have wanted to enter a food on my nutrition tracker and have found that the exact food that I'm looking for has been entered into the database by a fellow sparker. So thank you! Sun, 6 Jul 2014 11:25:03 EST